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Nintendo Switch’s New Update Lets You Transfer Game Downloads To SD Cards

Ver. 10.0.0 (Distributed April 13, 2020) of Nintendo Switch’s firmware is now available for download.

The latest update adds the ability for you to transfer any of your downloaded games directly from the systems onboard memory to your SD card, or vice-versa, allowing you to free up some essential storage.

Other changes in the update allow you to change your Avatar on your User’s Profile from a new selection of Animal Crossing – New Horizon icons, and the ability to remap your switch’s buttons. For example swapping ZL > L, possibly making some games such as Mortal Kombat a bit easier.

Nintendo Switch’s new Button Mapping interface.

Custom configurations can be saved as favorites in System Settings > Controllers and Sensors.

Custom configurations are stored on the Nintendo Switch system.

Configurations can be customized for the following controllers: Joy-Con (L), Joy-Con (R), Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Button configurations can also be customized on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.

This feature is not available for other controllers.

On each system, up to five favorite custom configurations can be saved for Joy-Con (L), five for Joy-Con (R), five for Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Five configurations can also be saved as favorites for Nintendo Switch Lite.

A second screen switch?

More interestingly than all of this is that the firmware adds preliminary support for a new hardware model called “nx-abcd”. Within the DRAM profiles in the firmware – 3 out of 5 of these are for “nx-abcd” and it seems this has TWO displays.

Nintendo have commented publically stating they have “no plans” to release a new model of switch this year. But hey, have they ever lied about a release?.. (Yes… Every SINGLE time they’ve lied to us)

Some lesser important features in the update

  • A bookmark feature to ‘News’ – Limited to 300 bookmarks.
  • A new section in User Settings for ‘Play Activity’
  • General system stability improvements.

Performing the update

In most situations your Switch will automatically update. But if you are unsure, or wish to update… You can verify your current menu version and manually start the update by navigating to System Settings and clicking on “System Update”. Your current version will be displayed beneath this.

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How to Add a Ninja Forms Loading Icon

I searched everywhere on the web for this and only found one (that didn’t work), So here is my method of adding a loading icon / loading spinner to Ninja Forms (Or probably any form such as Gravity Forms / WPForms) using BlockUI.

The site I was working on had a lot of ‘Actions’ that ran in the background on Submit, so the form took forever to send, with nothing visually moving to let people know something is happening. Initially I wanted to append a spinner inside the button but I couldn’t figure that out (If you know how – hit me up below).

You can see the working loading icon at the bottom of the page. This will display in the centre of the screen with a semi-transparent background hiding your content.

What you’ll need:

  • Insert Headers & Footers Plugin (If you only have one form).
  • Insert HTML widget. (If you have multiple forms) – I used Insert PHP/HTML.
  • BlockUI js file.
  • FTP Access to your WP Site to upload BlockUI.
  • A fully CSS loading icon. I got mine (below) from here.
  • My below script to either go in your sites header or on each.

1. Lets get started.

Upload the blockUI file you downloaded to your webserver into this directory:

2. Headers & Footers Method

Skip to Insert PHP/HTML Method if you have more than one form.

  • Install the Install Headers & Footers plugin.
  • Login to your WP Site and Navigate to “Settings -> Insert Headers & Footers”
  • Copy & paste the code below (Edit it to match your BlockUI directory from Step 1 and your submit button id – We’ll get to that.)
<script src=""></script>
<!-- include BlockUI -->
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    // unblock when form has submitted
    $(document).on( 'nfFormSubmitResponse', function() { $.unblockUI(); });

   $(document).on('click', '#nf-field-XXX', function() {
   $.blockUI( {
       message: '<div class="loader">Loading...</div>',
       css: {
            padding:    '15px',
            'text-align': 'center',
            color:      '#212121',
            border:     'none',
            backgroundColor:'rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.0)',
            cursor:     'wait',
            '-moz-border-radius':   '3px',
            'border-radius':        '3px'
        } } );

You need to change “” to your BlockUI location.

You also need to change #nf-field-XXX to your button id. This can be found by opening your website page with the form in Google Chrome, right click on your Submit button and click “Inspect”.

In the below example you can see it is #nf-field-582

3. Insert PHP/HTML Method

Skip this step if you only had one form and completed Step 2.

  • Log in to WordPress and Edit the page that has your form on it, using your editor of choice (I used Elementor).
  • Add your Insert HTML/PHP widget.
  • Copy & paste the code below (Edit it to match your BlockUI directory from Step 1 and your submit button id – We’ll get to that.)
<script src=""></script>
<!-- include BlockUI -->
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    // unblock when form has submitted
    $(document).on( 'nfFormSubmitResponse', function() { $.unblockUI(); });

   $(document).on('click', '#nf-field-XXX', function() {
   $.blockUI( {
       message: '<div class="loader">Loading...</div>',
       css: {
            padding:    '15px',
            'text-align': 'center',
            color:      '#212121',
            border:     'none',
            backgroundColor:'rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.0)',
            cursor:     'wait',
            '-moz-border-radius':   '3px',
            'border-radius':        '3px'
        } } );

You need to change “” to your BlockUI location.

You also need to change #nf-field-XXX to your button id. This can be found by opening your website page with the form in Google Chrome, right click on your Submit button and click “Inspect”.

In the below example you can see it is #nf-field-582

Repeat this same process for every page that has a form. Changing only your #nf-field-XXX

4. Add your Pure CSS loader of choice. (Or Mine)

  • If you’re using a custom loading icon remember to change the line in the code you added to match. These work well as they are already called ‘loader’
<div class="loader">Loading...</div> 

Change “loader” to your “.loader_name” from the CSS you add. You can also change the ‘Loading…’ text or add:

<p>Your text here</p> after the </div> closing tag.

Adding your CSS loader

From your WordPress, go to Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS.

Copy and paste your loading icon CSS or use mine (The one at the top of the page)

.loader:after {
  background: #4a54ff;
  -webkit-animation: load1 1s infinite ease-in-out;
  animation: load1 1s infinite ease-in-out;
  width: 1em;
  height: 4em;
.loader {
  color: #4a54ff;
  text-indent: -9999em;
  margin: 88px auto;
  position: relative;
  font-size: 11px;
  -webkit-transform: translateZ(0);
  -ms-transform: translateZ(0);
  transform: translateZ(0);
  -webkit-animation-delay: -0.16s;
  animation-delay: -0.16s;
.loader:after {
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  content: '';
.loader:before {
  left: -1.5em;
  -webkit-animation-delay: -0.32s;
  animation-delay: -0.32s;
.loader:after {
  left: 1.5em;
@-webkit-keyframes load1 {
  100% {
    box-shadow: 0 0;
    height: 4em;
  40% {
    box-shadow: 0 -2em;
    height: 5em;
@keyframes load1 {
  100% {
    box-shadow: 0 0;
    height: 4em;
  40% {
    box-shadow: 0 -2em;
    height: 5em;

You’re Done!

You can edit the style of the “BlockUI” giving it a background by changing the transparency in backgroundColor field in Step 2/3.

I’ve set it to 0.0 which makes the Block fully transparent. 0.3 would be less transparent etc.

For more blockUI styling options & demos click here

If you have any issues with this, or know how to get a spinner to work within a Ninja Form submit button, let me know below in the comments.

Any method of ‘appending’ a spinner to a Ninja Form Submit button I found online simply didn’t work.

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Google Launches Free Version of Stadia With a Two Month Pro Trial.

Anyone with a Gmail address can get Stadia free of charge.

Google is launching the free version of its Stadia game streaming service today.

It comes just two months after Google promised a free option was coming soon, and it will mean anyone can get access to 9 games which includes Destiny 2: The Collection, GRID and Thumper, for free.

Anyone with a Gmail address can sign up free, and Google’s even giving a free two month trial of Stadia Pro as part of the launch.

Source – Google

Pre-existing Stadia Pro customers get two months of the service for free, as Google isn’t charging existing subscribers for the next two months.

But while Google Stadia Pro is available to play today on Google Chrome and compatible TVs using Chromecast, it can’t be used through Android mobile devices.

You can still use Google Stadia’s App to access your account.. but when it comes to loading up a game, you’ll be forced to open it up in a Google Chrome window.

This is another step that has been implemented due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which has led Google to remove Andorid support from their Pixel devices.

If you’re interested in trying out Stadia for free, you can now sign up over at Google’s Stadia website.

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How Cloud Helpdesks Give A Better Customer Experience

Why businesses are adopting Cloud Helpdesk Software to streamline ticket management workflows and improve overall customer experience.

Running a business is a challenging task, to begin with. But when you get down to it, you see there are plenty of other sub-tasks, some more important than others, that can prove to be quite tricky as well. Case in point: Effectively managing the customer experience.

Customers today have come to expect quite a bit from the companies they give their business to. Today, they want smooth and seamless service, and customer support has to be even more effortless. And what makes things even more complicated is the fact that their demands and expectations keep evolving at a rapid pace.

In the face of such circumstances, companies have felt the need for a robust solution that can effectively help them contend with this challenge. And the answer? Cloud-based help desk ticketing software. You see, on the outset, it would seem that such tools only serve a minimal purpose, i.e., enhance their help desk ticket management process. But the truth is that these tools are capable of so much more. In essence, they are comprehensive solutions that help companies manage customer queries/problems, deliver solutions, and track and generate reports for the overall process.

When used correctly, cloud ticketing software can completely overhaul the quality of the customer experience.

Here’s how they do that:

  1. Optimize ticket management workflows: One of the key benefits is that such software enables customers to submit their concerns and complaints to the company round the clock. It then automatically filters these tickets and assigns them an order of preference or whatever other criteria the business may have selected. And since all of this is on the cloud, one can manage tickets from wherever they are.
  2. Support across all channels: The basic principle at work here is that everything is first brought under the umbrella of a centralized database. It is then accessed via a dashboard that gives staff the requisite visibility along with the appropriate tools to resolve the customer support tickets efficiently and quickly. It also offers omnichannel support, i.e., the ability to use touchpoints like social media, emails, chat, and more to connect with customers wherever they are and deliver personalized support.
  3. Enhanced customer experiences: This is more of an overall advantage. In essence, you see cloud ticketing software enable a variety of functionalities and features, such as self-service, expedited resolution time, and security, among other things. And all of these factors, together, contribute to ensuring the delivery of a top-notch customer experience every single time they engage with your business. It is because all of these factors are fundamental to an ace customer experience, and when they are seamlessly managed, it becomes that much easier to achieve substantially better customer experiences.

As technology and the digital realm continues to evolve at a rapid pace, customers’ expectations will only become more complicated. And to effectively deal with that challenge, your business will need the robust support of a full featured Help Desk Software.


Top Free Helpdesk Software

  • ConnectWise Control
  • Deskero
  • Freshdesk
  • SysAid
  • ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus
  • Zoho Desk
  • Hesk

Top Paid Helpdesk Software

  • Freshdesk
  • Zendesk
  • Casengo
  • Mojo Helpdesk
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What You Need To Know When Buying a HDMI Switch

HDMI is becoming the industry standard to connect HD devices to digital displays. Unfortunately, many consumers are tricked to pay outrageous prices for fancy unessential features.

If you want to purchase an HDMI switch with the right features, read on.

Personally I bought the UGREEN 3 Port HDMI switch, as it supports HDMI CEC, has 3 ports, 4K support and a sturdy remote control meaning that you can hide away the switch. It has helped expand my older HDMI TV so that it works with all my devices.

HDMI CEC ensures that when used with a CEC enabled TV/device, the remote for the device can switch the channel, without using the HDMI switch’s remote.

HDMI Switch Configurations

A HDMI switch connects multiple HD devices to one digital display. It means the switch has multiple HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. There are varied HDMI switch configurations available – 3 port, 6 port, and 8-port.

The best HDMI switch configuration depends on the number of HD devices you currently have. For example, if you have 3-4 HD devices in your home, the best HDMI switch configuration is a 6-port HDMI switch that will ensure you can connect all your HD devices to HDTV and you will also have some spare ports that would prove useful in case you buy more HD devices in near future.

HDCP Transparency

Audiovisual content is mostly distributed in digital form on the web and on physical devices. To protect unauthorized access or prevent copying of copyrighted content, the entertainment industry uses HDCP to protect the content at last stage of distribution stages.

If you want to play HDCP content, you need the HDMI source, HDTV, and all connecting devices in between to be HDCP compliant. The HDMI auto switch should be HDCP compliant or feature HDCP transparency which would ensure you can watch HDCP content on your HDTV in the best manner possible. Without HDCP transparency in your HDMI switcher, you would not be able to watch HDCP protected content on your digital display.

External Powering

The HDMI devices are not designed to power other devices. Many HD switcher manufacturers design the devices to draw from HDMI sources which might overload the HDMI devices. A good HDMI Switcher would have an external powering source that ensures the safety of HDMI devices and also ensure good quality HDMI transmission.

Intelligent Input Selection

As you know HDMI Switcher connects multiple HDMI sources to your digital display. A good HDMI switcher would have an intelligent input selection that will automatically switch to the recently activated HDMI source.
Without intelligent input selection, you might be required to walk to the device and select the desired HDMI source manually using the buttons provided on HDMI switch.

Remote Control

A remote control is a useful accessory in a device that allows you to remotely control the features of the device. In an HDMI switch, it is used to select any HDMI source with a press of a button. Without a remote control, you would be required to walk to the device and select the desired HDMI source manually.

The HDMI Auto Switch is a useful addition to your home theater setup that will bring in the much-needed convenience and allow you to enjoy content from multiple HDMI sources without any hassle.

Do you know any other important features in HDMI Switches?

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Best ROM Websites to download Games

Take a step back in time to your childhood and re-play some of those old favourites! Safely!

Some ROM websites do actually have ROMs already in their websites, and some of them contain popup ads through which viruses will infect your system. Some places will also provide you with a file through which you may download the mandatory ROMs and it will work… but, they also contain viruses!

To prevent these situations, you’ll require some Trustworthy sites which will not just give you the perfect ROM for your emulator of choice, but keep your PC away from viruses.

So, if you don’t want to be at risk, check out the below mentioned ROM sites.

Below is the listing of some of the Safe Rom Sites for downloading ROMs:

1. Garoms

If you are looking for ROMs & Emulators for some of the most popular consoles like GBA, SNES, N64, NDS, Atari or Sage, Garoms should be your one-stop destination. It contains one of the most extensive ROM databases online with simple download measures and most importantly no viruses or .exe documents. Head out to Garoms and get your favorite retro games for free.

2. Gamulator

Gamulator is just one of the more recent generation Emulators & ROMs download websites, expanding their games record on a daily basis. At Gamulator you are able to find various ROMs out of each and every console which was available. They take good care of their download security by providing both manager based and immediate download. The arrangement of the website is great and you’d be able to navigate ROM’s by both group and tags.

3. Rom Hustler

Inside this website, it is possible to find a ROM by selecting any console or a keyword. The primary aim of any Safe Rom Websites ought to be to remove from malware or viruses, and this website will meet your requirements efficiently. Here, you’ll get the wanted ROM that you desire! ROM Hustler is getting the very best emulators and ROMs which can be found on the Internet.

The ROMs and emulators available here are mostly based on client votes and ratings. Thus, you don’t need to fret about what you are getting! Additionally, Rom Hustler mobile version can be obtained which will be more efficient.

4. DopeROMs

DopeROMs is known as the interactive site for video games which lets you play copies. You can play these copies of your games on mobile device or pc depending on your conveniences! It has an attractive database of ROMs and lakhs of all ROMs are available to download. On the top of the website, a search box is available from where you can type a key word to search any of the ROMs. This site is a source for analyzing emulation theories for novices.

5. Romania

The name of this site specifies it is full of ROMs. Romania has a large number of games and emulators available to download. A search box is also open on this website by which you may search for your preferred ROM which you would like to download. You’ll get to learn about each ROM with their webpage such as some downloads, games console, etc.. This is the best place for downloading ROMs.

6. CoolROM

CoolROM can also be among the most significant gaming resources with more than thousands of matches and latest emulators. Different screenshots of matches, game-play preview ratings and videos are also offered. It comprises an assortment of ROMs to download with Emulators to having efficient access. If you want to get any ROM from this site, undergo its Header menu and search for your desired ROM.

And if you’re confused in choosing the perfect ROM, examine the sidebar of this website. This will show you a listing of some of the top 25 ROMs from which you can easily choose whichever you want to download. The downloading procedure on this site is straightforward. An immediate download button will appear with each ROM webpage from which you’ll be able to download your ROM.

7. Emuparadise

Emuparadise is your famous website for ROMs. Besides ROMs, it has several options also! It contains a large number of ROMs and games which can be downloaded easily. The games offered in this website can be performed directly. Many places have opportunities to become dirty with malware or viruses, but this site is much from that! You won’t find any of the advertisements pop-ups on this website which is the very best source of infections.

8. Emulator Zone

Emulator zone is a well-known site for emulators as it provides detailed information about ROMs, emulators, updates, download links, ratings of emulators, emulator scams, etc.. It comprises Emulators for MAME, Saga, PlayStation, Xbox, etc.. It’s an excellent site to see if you are searching for games and ROMs.

9. Rom World

Rom World is one of the leading websites with thousands of ROMs out there. This site will also give directions for playing MAME games on iPad along with iPhone. It’s the biggest online platform for downloading free ROMs. It contains ROMs for different operating platforms and gaming devices.

10. RomUlation

This website uses a method to prevent misuse. You have to register for this site to get access to it. After signing in this site, you will be credited with 10000 points.

For installing every megabyte, you will require one spot, like if you want to download 100MB then, you will need 100 points which will be subtracted from your login account. If you are a frequent member of this website, then you’ve got a particular advantage! You’ll receive 500 points daily in every 24 hours up to 50,000 points.

11. Vimm’s Lair

Vimm’s Lair will never let you down. It’s a fantastic site with tens of thousands of games and directories. It contains full-color manual scans, user ratings and reviews. There are no ads and is entirely free from viruses. However, it currently only supports only US releases plus some translations of Japanese games.

It has recently been upgraded on March 16, 2019, with an update for Game Boy, Game Boy color, and Genesis Vaults.

12. The Eye

The Eye is another ROM site free from ads. It’s free and operates through user donations. It’s a directory of 3.1Tb and users may download in bulk. Volume download functions for both Windows and Linux. It contains games from a number of obscure systems and well-known ones as well and the download speeds are fairly fast. You can combine their Discord host for more information.

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Sony unveils new ‘Haptic’ PS5 Controller

In a shock announcement from Sony on Tuesday – They revealed a new and “improved” controlled that will come with the next-gen PlayStation 5.

Their newly labelled ‘DualSense‘ controller has some shiny new features not found in their current PlayStation DS4 controller.

The first being a ‘Haptic Feedback‘ system (I’m assuming like the new Xbox One controller?)
They stated the system will offer more intricacy and immersion by expanding upon the type of vibrations possible. This seems a page out of Microsofts book by putting the motors under each finger tip for more precise vibrations.

More interestingly Sony stated: “We also incorporated adaptive triggers into the L2 and R2 buttons of DualSense so you can truly feel the tension of your actions, like when drawing a bow to shoot an arrow” – Now, whether this will make gaming more difficult by adding tension and possible vibrations(?) to L2 and R2 is another interesting question.

Sony says that it has renamed its ‘Share’ button which allows online users to share clips of their games with others in the PlayStation community, to the ‘create’ button. They offered very little detail on this, but usually in this context, ‘create’ means you will probably be able to edit your clips for that perfect 360 no-scope montage. Details on this will be revealed closer to launch date.

Image Source – Sony

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Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Machine Learning

Facebook met 2020 with a statement about what social media development trends will be relevant next year. Augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning were named among others.

It will be surprising for user experience designers to find out that in the future the main page of the site will turn into a kind of anachronism, and user interfaces will do fine without it. Its place will be taken by more targeted and personalized landing pages.

Advanced machine learning will help webmasters, web developers, and UX / UI designers get user information based on their browser history and location, for example.

In turn, this information will help site owners and designers to develop web pages relevant to the interests of these users that will meet people with offers of those products or services that visitors might want to look for, say, on an online store site.

Artificial Intelligence is no stranger to web design and development. Any automated system that provides a personalized experience based on user preferences and perceived behavior qualifies as AI.

The average web user will soon begin to wait (and demand) a much more multidimensional personalization of their online experience. It’s an online experience in which the websites they visit and interact with know what they want before they even realize it.

Brutalism in Web Design

Before material and flat designs jumped onto the stage, strict nets and blocks with sharp edges ruled the ball.

Last year, large companies diligently supplemented the organic designs of their sites like beauty packaging companies with smooth curved lines and smooth shapes, sometimes creating real works of art. The goal of such designs is to make the brands behind them more human, breathe soul into them and, thus, attract the attention of the target audience and earn its trust.

By the end of 2019, a new cohort of designers was formed, which sought to rethink the traditional layout of web design. In their work, they tried to emphasize the connection with the design of good old static sites with a clearly structured layout. The purpose of this was to express brand affiliation with the target audience through originality and individuality.

Sites with such a “wrapper” will not escape your sight: a combination of horizontal and vertical color blocks, a neighborhood of contrasting colors – the appearance of such web resources will differ in the presence of asymmetric visual effects, which are diametrically opposite to what we are all used to seeing in more conservative designs.

Moreover, brutalism has always placed above all the functionality of the resource, and often the aesthetic side of design was sacrificed to this functionality. Therefore, one of the most sought-after web design trends for next year can be called simplicity and accessibility. Of course, brutalism has the potential to create attractive and not without beauty sitesFind Article, but you can turn to this style if you need to create a simple and functional site that pursues exclusively business goals.

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Best Power Banks For Your Smart Device

There are so many on the market, but which is best for the money and your device? You might need it for your iPad when you’re traveling and then for your Phone or your Vape when you’re home. Read on to find out which Power Bank will suit you best.

We’ll review some of the best portable chargers for smartphones that are offered by recognisable brands. Some of these chargers are only recently launched by them, which means they have more up to date features such as USB-C and Laptop charging.

A few of the power banks that I am going to mention are high MAH which means that they can also be used to charge a laptop.

So let’s start discussing the best portable chargers that will suit your every need and make all of your trips more enjoyable.

Best Portable chargers for smartphones Reviews 2019-2020

  1. Anker PowerCore 10000 PD

Anker PowerCore 10000PD is one of the latest power bank offering by Anker brand. Anker became one of the top-selling online gadget stores which create its own products and supply to different countries worldwide. Mostly they manufactured powerbanks for mobile and laptops, hands-free’s, and other cell phone accessories.

This portable charge provides a fast charging of 18W. There is two types of USB port – That is Type C and Type A. It is 10000mah which is enough to charge 100% of any phone, period. But what we were impressed by in this model is its speed. So i suggest that if you have a 2000 to 4500mah smartphone you must try it.

  1. Mophie Power stations USB-C XXL

Mophie manufactured for devices like phablets and tablets. Because of the high MAh capacity, It can charge big devices which have 4000 or 4000+ mah battery size. It has a full capacity 19500MAH charge & 30W output, which is awesome. This is the charger that I mentioned earlier that you can use it to charge your laptops with. There are two USB-C and USB-A charging ports. Its size is a little big because of its high mah so it’s not exactly a ‘pocket’ charger, but considering it’s mostly for Tablets, iPad’s and laptops, you can throw it in their bag.

  1. Lifeproof Life Active Power Pack 10

If you are going for a long trip or you are a great traveler then this “power pack” is a great option. It has a fully charged capacity of 10,000mah. There is two USB ports on the side. There is a LED charge indicator installed to show you much charge is left in the power bank. It is one of very few portable chargers which is waterproof. Its cover is made up of strong rubberised material. If you work in construction or a trade, then this is for you.

  1. Ravpower USB-C Power bank 26800

One of the highest mAH power banks on our list of best portable chargers. Those who have big cell phones such as the latest iPhones or Samsungs simply have to buy it. Its 28,800 MAh battery will easily charge your phone and then your laptop as well. There is two port types available USB Type-A and USB-C. If you have a Macbook, then buying this to charge via USB-C is a great decision.

  1. Aukey USB-C Power Bank

Last but not least, the Aukey USB-C power bank has enough capacity to charge some of your higher capacity batteries. This charger would be more aimed at the Tablet market rather than laptops. This option is more slim and stylish design compared to the other large batteries on this list. There are four USB ports installed on this charger and all of them are USB-C type. Note you can get USB C to Micro USB cables if required.

Also, it reasonably sized, so you can easily carry it in your pockets. It provides 20000mah full capacity charge.

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Crucial Decisions Most People Fail to Make When It Comes to Estate Planning

Whats the best way to put this?

We’re all going to go at some point, and while you may not want to think about it, never mind, talk about it, you’re not immune.

So what then?

You might think your estate will get miraculously sorted out, and that squabbling relatives are just the stuff of TV dramas. But you’re not just leaving an estate. You’re leaving a ‘legacy’ so to speak.

You want to be the one who’s in control of what happens to what matters most to you, such as minor children, dependents, financial assets, even your own health care decisions.

Without a properly planned estate, or legacy strategy, your assets could be subject to the time-consuming, expensive and very public process where relatives and creditors can gain access to records and even challenge your will.

And yet, according to a recent survey, 77 percent of Irish people believe having such a strategy in place is important for everyone – not just the rich – only 24 percent have even taken the most basic step of designating beneficiaries for all their accounts. To avoid even one of those “then what?” moments,

Here are some of the key elements to consider:

• Will.
 What’s the worst that can happen if you haven’t written one? “Plenty,” -depending on your situation, the personalities of the people in your life – and the estate laws that your country & county has.

In other words, not only could some court be deciding who gets everything if your family can’t agree on their own, but he or she could also wind up appointing a guardian for your children.

• Living Trust. Do you own other property, such as a holiday home? Or maybe you want to leave more to one child than the others? Assets you register into a revocable living trust are there for your benefit during your lifetime, can be managed by your named trustee if you become incapacitated, and are harder to contest than wills.

• Health Care Directive. In the same way that you don’t want some judge deciding who gets your Mark McCabe album, for instance, you definitely don’t want the courts having to settle an inter-family fight over whether you’d rather go on living in a vegetative state or be taken off hospital feeding tubes.

And, yes, believe me, it’s happened.

Shuddering at the thoughts? Then you’ll recognise the importance of appointing someone to carry out your personal medical treatment wishes in the event that you’re no longer able to communicate or incapable of giving your own consent.

• Beneficiary Designations. Suffice it to say that you don’t want to be among the 76 percent the survey found hadn’t even bothered, for starters, to fill in a beneficiary’s name on accounts or their savings.

For some people, this would be simple – others, need help. What got my thoughts going on this is the Free Will Kit that was provided to me by when I signed up for Life Insurance. It included absolutely everything I needed, and to be honest; I probably would have never got around to it otherwise.

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Vuze VR Camera – An Immersive Experience

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to relive the best moments of your life, and be able to share them with others? Maybe it’s the dance floor at your wedding. Or the birth of your child or his or her first birthday. Maybe it’s that touchdown that led your team to victory in the last seconds of a game. With today’s mobile virtual reality technology, it’s possible to create virtual memories and it has never been easier to get started.

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The Vuze XR Camera

Humaneyes Technologies, an innovator in camera technology, has developed a user-friendly, dual camera that combines 360-degree photography with immersive 3-D Virtual Reality (VR), all in one simple-to-use solution that costs about the same as a decent DSLR

“360-degree pictures and video continue to change how we use cameras to capture the world around us,” says media expert Jim Malcolm of Humaneyes Technologies. “And the global adoption of VR headsets, combined with 3-D cameras, is providing even more ways to create virtual content and virtual memories.”

“We’ve done it with the best, from documenting Mako sharks with The Discovery Channel to weightless experiences in the International Space Station, floating more than 250 miles above the horizon.”

“We’re now excited to watch, firsthand, as consumers create their own immersive personal stories,” says Malcolm.

The Vuze XR flips easily from a 360-degree camera to a VR180 camera and shoots both virtual video and photos. Whether you’re recording or live streaming, users can create and share virtual experiences at that moment, and then save them to revisit next week or next decade. Special features of the VUZE include 18-Mega Pixel still images, built-in stabilization, filters, and a VR editing suite. Plus, it doesn’t get more portable.

“Everything can be viewed, controlled and edited, right from your phone, so that you can shoot, create and share virtual videos at a moment’s notice,” says Malcolm. But not everything needs to be virtual; the VUZE also functions as a 5.7K and 4K up to 60fps 2D camera for capturing high-resolution video and pictures to fill out your photo album.

Think ahead to the holidays and how the latest in VR technology can help make unforgettable memories and connect far-flung family and friends. The VUZE XR camera also features live streaming and social sharing for platforms, including Facebook and YouTube, so that you can bring your social media audience into the scene with you.

For more information on the VUZE XR camera and how to create your own virtual experiences and memories, visit

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How Robots Will Shape Humanity – A New Perspective

Throughout the years, technology has improved drastically – creating machines and devices that were unimaginable 50 years ago. And perhaps the most advanced and interesting of society’s technological advancements is robots – but it is also the most misunderstood.

In fact, according to recent research, more than 70 percent of people express concern about a world in which machines perform many of the tasks done by humans. Fortunately, there are people who believe humans and robots can coexist and work together in harmony and are working to debunk many of the fears people have about them.

Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading semiconductor and electronics component distributor based in Fort Worth, TX, and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara (Yes, from Mythbusters) have teamed up again for the fourth consecutive year for their Empowering Innovation Together program.

This year’s program is called Generation Robot, which features five videos filmed across the world, including in the U.S., Germany and Japan. Mouser’s goal is to reach innovators around the globe by showing how robots have a positive impact on humanity and change how people see the possibility of interacting with them.

Throughout the Generation Robot series, the entire spectrum of robotics will be examined, as will the understanding of how robots not only have a technological impact on society, but also a social and moral one. The video series begins with Imahara visiting the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech, and speaking with the executive director, Dr. Magnus Egerstedt.

There, he explores several aspects of robots, such as the basics of the machines, myths and misconceptions, as well as the hopes for, and fears of, the advancement of robot technology. In the video, Dr. Egerstedt mentions that robots used to be about mechanical engineering, but now modern robots involve psychology, because these machines will be working along with humans and thus they need to understand people.

The second video, which takes place in Augsburg, Germany, dives into the real meaning of robots and humans working together, as well as the way this interaction will benefit society.

The third video, which comes out in mid-July, will focus on the all-robot-staffed hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, where Imahara investigates the way robots behave utilising only artificial intelligence.


Mouser Electronics has announced a release of a new e-book titled Collaborative Robotics which would be the most recent offering the the Generation Robot series. Part of Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together programme.

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