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7 Apps to Download to Get the Most Out of Your Phone

7 Apps to Download to Get the Most Out of Your Phone

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There are a number of different apps and games that are available for download on your phone, gone are the days where mobile phones are limited to a handful of functions with your phone being just as powerful as many computers in terms of processing power. If you really want to get the most out of your phone then I would look for apps that fulfill a need or useful function that is missing in your life or appeals to something that you enjoy.

1. Instagram

Social media is a great platform that can be used in a variety of different ways depending on how far you are prepared to take it. You can use social media to keep up to date with world affairs and any updates with your family and friends. You can also use social media platforms like Instagram to set up your own page and share your own content and photos with your followers, this is great for somebody who lives a busy lifestyle and doesn’t always find the time to contact family and friends.

2. Messenger

A great application that you can install to get the most out of your phone would be one of the many messaging apps that have been created alongside some of the most popular social media platforms. Messenger for Facebook is just one option but with the opportunity to send messages, call and video call your contacts over the internet, it is a great choice. The great thing about having these extra messaging platforms is that in times when you are out of minutes or credit you will still be able to get in contact with your loved ones provided that you have access to an internet signal.

3. Calendars and Organizers

For those of you that live busty work lives then it is more important than most that you are using your phone to the best of its capabilities, your phone can be a great organization and work tool with all that is needed being a few simple apps that can usually be found free of charge in your app store. Using a calendar or organizer on your phone has many benefits including the fact that you are unlikely to lose them as they are stored in your phone. With many apps you can also back your data up, meaning that if anything was to happen to your phone your work files would be further protected.

4. Group Planners

A more recent development within the world of phone organizers and planners would be the development of a shared planner that can be accessed by multiple people to help improve event planning within your family, friendship, and workgroups. These apps are very easy to find with thousands of users now downloading them to try and keep their lives organized and make it easier for any events or catch-ups to be hosted on a day when everyone is available, with it being made easier by everyone having access to the other people’s schedule.

5. Youtube

The great thing about many modern phones is that they are equipped with a high-quality resolution and screen size meaning that they are well suited for entertainment on the go, this is why making sure that you have downloaded apps like Youtube is essential to getting the most out of your mobile device. The Youtube app is very easy to use for both viewers and content creators with it now being even easier to manage your account from your phone. If you are someone who works in the online industry then having access to all of your streaming platforms on the go could be very beneficial, as you can do things like managing your comments and Private Youtube Videos teilen without having to take your laptop or visit your computer.

6. Spotify

Spotify is a subscription service which provides you with a humongous library of music that can be accessed very easily with your phone, if you are someone who travels or uses music in their day to day life then I would highly recommend that you make the investment as it is much more convenient than transferring files or listening to ads every time you want to hear some music.

7. Shazam

The final app on this list that would really help you get the most out of your phone is another music-related option, Shazam is an innovative application that solves a big problem faced by music lovers. If you have ever been in the frustrating situation of hearing a song you love but not recognizing what it actually is then Shazam is the app for you. This app will record the surrounding noise and recognize any media that is attached to it, also providing available links to the song on Spotify where necessary, so that you can always find the songs you love and add them to your favorite playlists for future listening.

Gaming Tech: How Red Dead Redemption Created their Physics

Gaming Tech: How Red Dead Redemption Created their Physics

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In May of 2010 the world was introduced to John Marston and his not so friendly posse in Red Dead Redemption. The game was a resounding success when it came out and was praised for it’s fleshed out characters, massive and flowing open world and engaging gameplay. Over the years the Red Dead Redemption series has gained a significant fan community. There is fan art, mods, hacks, entire groups of peoples dedicated to talking about this game. Personally, I like to add a few hacks onto my game to improve my aim during fights. If you’re the same, then veteran cheats has you covered for red dead redemption hacks. It’s interesting to look at how games get such a big following to even have dedicated cheat codes and hacks like on veteran cheats, what made this game so popular in the first place? If you ask me, it’s the physics engines they use, starting with RAGE for the first game and then moving onto Euphoria for the sequel.

 

What is RAGE?

RAGE also known as the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine is a physics engine used by Rockstar to create some of their biggest action open-world titles including Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and of course Red Dead Redemption. Before moving to the RAGE engine Rockstar were using a less developed RenderWare engine when creating some of their early products. The issue with RenderWare was scale, Rockstar had big ambitions and the RenderWare engine wasn’t able to support the larger open world games that they really wanted to spend time developing. So when Criterion Games was bought by the production company EA, Rockstar jumped at the opportunity to hire their own team and build their RAGE engine.

What does RAGE do?

The main draw of the RAGE engine compare to older physics engines was its ability to handle complex and sprawling worlds with more developed AI and vastly improved weather generation and effects. This meant that Rockstar could really put the work into creating open worlds that feel thriving, full of life and most importantly felt good to play in as a sandbox. From there forward they continued to develop the engine, increasing its size and scope. They mainly worked on increasing its graphical capabilities to improve the look of their following games but unfortunately you have to move on to a new engine someday.

How is Euphoria different?

Whilst the RAGE engine really set the stage for what a good physics engine could do, as consoles became more technologically capable, it was time for the physics engines to catch up. This is where Euphoria comes in. Rockstar used Euphoria during the production of Red Dead Redemption 2 and it shows. The physics engine worked to improve physics-based reactions between the player and their surroundings meaning that the world felt much more alive and interactable. One good example that the games director of technology Phil Hooker used was about the interaction between a player and their horse. He went on to describe that if a horse was shot and killed whilst the player was riding it, the new engine would allow for more realistic outcomes to that situation. Instead of a canned animation or cutscene playing out, the horse could fall over, the player could fall off and get dragged along by the horse or the player could even get stuck under the body of the dead horse and have to break free. These major additions really help to make the entire game feel like a unique experience for each player and is why I believe that Red Dead Redemption is such an important series of games for so many people. It’s all the extra details added by the physics engine to improve gameplay flow.

The 5 Basics to Building a Solid SQL Database

The 5 Basics to Building a Solid SQL Database

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SQL also known as; Structured Query Language is a type of programming language that is mainly used in systems based in database management. Knowing how to build ana manage an SQL database is a highly sought-after skill on the job market at the moment. Any company that collects any form of data is likely to need a group of skilled professionals fluent in SQL programming techniques so it’s important to make sure you known the ins and outs of how it works. You don’t want to get caught with no answer after getting asked some SQL interview questions for your dream programming job so here are the basics to making sure you know how SQL works.

What is the basic knowledge?

It’s always important to make sure when you start a new project to give yourself a refresh on the basic aspects of what you’re doing, weather you’re a professional or a completely new beginner. Building an SQL database can be quite a complex and sometimes laborious so make sure that you know about DBMS and RDBMS, what primary and unique keys are, what a join. Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary and definitions that run the SQL and then you can get started.

What should I include in the database?

Once you have this work done, its important to make sure that you decide what needs to be included in the table, so you know how to set them up. For example, you are working for a shipping department for an online store. The information you have on customers includes, Name, address, phone number, age, email address and delivery date. You can decide that for the delivery drivers, the only information that they would need is the Name, address, delivery date and maybe the phone number. By doing this you are able to make sure that only the relevant information goes to the right people and it makes building your database a much less cluttered experience.

What should I designate as the primary key?

The primary key is the field in the table that is completely unique. At often times this should be something like an order number, a product ID, a username. Some form of unique piece of data that separates the different entries. This is mainly used as a way to quicky identify separate entries of data within the table and help later on when searching through the tables for specific information.

How do I organize my tables?

Once you have your tables designated with the right information it is very useful to create a table diagram. This puts all of your tables in small windows next to each other allowing you to see all the information going through your tables at once. Not only is this useful as a way to mark your progress but doing so allows you to create certain relationships between the different tables. This will ensure that two separate tables that have matching sections, are linked and cross referenced with each other.

Why are queries important?

Queries are effectively the fruit of your labor. A query is basically a way of saying a search. Just as you would google something on the internet, in a database you would use a query. Being able to quickly and effectively query is very important as it shows that your tables are working as they are intended to or more importantly aren’t. If you use a query and find that you don’t get the right information, it shows that you need to go back into the database to do some troubleshooting which is better than getting complaints about it not working properly down the line.

And there you have it, 5 basic tips that will make sure your SQL is up to scratch and ready to be used in the future.