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The analysis of the TOP-5 popular PC games in March 2019

PC games become more and more popular each year. There are declines and recoveries of individual representatives in this rhythm. Many agencies even create particular ratings of the most popular PC games to find out what games were popular during the reporting period.

In this material, the specialists of the gaming website EGamersWorld have prepared the analysis of changes in the popularity of games in March 2019.

The list of the most popular PC games looked in the following way in March 2018:

  1. League of Legends (Riot Games)
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (Bluehole Studio)
  3. Fortnite (Epic Games)
  4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

The situation changed in a year and there are slight changes on this list in March 2019:

  1. League of Legends (Riot Games)
  2. Apex Legends (Electronic Arts)
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve Corporation)
  4. Minecraft (Mojang)
  5. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

League of Legends is the unconditional leader, it didn’t leave the first place during the year. The MOBA strategy has been holding the leading position for years. Such a result was achieved due to the significant fan base from Southeast Asia. Many tournaments with a big prize pool, nice coverage, and a good organization allow the game to keep the leading status.

The new member of the rating, Apex Legends – the game was revealed by the giant Electronic Arts in February 2019 and it became very popular at once, having displaced Fortnite on the 6th place in March. The new leader has appeared in the Battle Royale genre. If two representatives of the genre were in the top 5 on PC last year, the recently-made game Apex represents them today.

With regard to Fortnite, it’s obvious that the game becomes boring when the time passes like his colleague PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, which stepped down to the 10th place. The genre, in which games don’t differ a lot, needed fresh blood. It has received it in the form of Apex Legends. We’ll how long EA’s newcomer will last.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been on the top for not the first year. The shooter wins new viewers’ hearts every year. There is nothing more to say because the game is called the classic of the genre. The game will not have a decline, according to a row of experts.

HearthStone is also an immovable leader of its genre. The game has been very popular all over the world for 3-4 years.

Minecraft has balanced on the verge of getting to the top 5 for 2 years. The pixel game entertains not only small gamers but enough adult people due to an addicting atmosphere. Many interesting mods and full freedom of actions cannot but attract.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is the main loser compared to the last year. The game placed second in the rating in 2018 but it holds the 10th place this year. Such decline was caused by slow changes in the game and also a fast development of analogs. The emergence of Apex made an even more significant impact on the popularity of someday breaking game.

With regard to other important esports disciplines, Dota 2 holds the 9th place, having grown up on one position. Overwatch has held one place higher and become one place closer to the top of the rating. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege places 7th stably without showing rises or declines.

It will be very interesting to see what games will get hyped till the end of 2019 and what regulars in the rating will have to slide over and to give way to newcomers.

 

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Top Seven Highly Anticipated Video Games in 2019

Top Seven Highly Anticipated Video Games in 2019

2019 looks promising with new unforgettable and classic video games marketed to be offered to gamers of all ages. And although it may be hard to live up to the 2018 hype with hits such as Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and many others offered by Homeofarcadia, 2019 is stirring anticipation with more incredible games for people around the globe.

Here are the top 7 video games set to be released in 2019 that is brewing excitement to every gamer out there.

  1. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Capcom already had a great year in 2018, but they still started the year with a bang, releasing one of their most successful games in one of their most successful franchises ever made: Resident Evil 2.

And this remake isn’t just a simple graphics update, either. Developers and publishers have announced that there are several changes that every gamer will love, including gaming mechanics, character design as well as an array of bonuses such as character skins and alternative weapons.

Resident Evil 2

And as long as the game stays true to the original while delivering at least some fresh surprises, this should be fun and exciting to revisit one of the best horror games in the industry.

  1. Kingdom Hearts 3

It has been 13 long years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released way back in 2005, much to the disappointment and annoyance of the franchise fans everywhere.

The expectations and anticipation have been mounting since its first teaser trailer that made its appearance in 2013. This January, Kingdom of Hearts finally hit shelves around the world and Square Enix and Disney fans could finally end their 13-year-long anticipation.

  1. Anthem

Anthem, a newly launched franchise, made a strong impact on the world when it was first announced. The game features flying over to an alien planet with friends in Iron-man like suits and laying waste to enemies in a detailed and beautiful environment.

Anthem

Built around cooperative and multiplayer options, this game is expected to offer a similar gaming experience to Destiny, but with a different package. And it’s quite promising to be everything that Destiny wasn’t and more of what it should have been.

  1. Mortal Kombat 11

The very first game in the Mortal Kombat series that came out 26 years ago has changed the face of gaming since then— and not just with regards to fighting games. It has long inspired and popularized arcade fighting games.

There are very few other titles claiming that kind of influence with even fewer staying in power for 3 decades. But, here we are, anticipating its 21st game in the franchise and the 11th installment of the main series. Its teaser trailer was shown last December with few details revealed. However, from the looks of things, Mortal Kombat 11 should be the most action-packed and bloodiest entry yet.

  1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The game was supposed to be released last year, however, Koji Igarashi, the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night producer and former series producer of the Castlevania series, has announced that it will be pushed back to the new year.

Excitement is high for this Castlevania successor developed by Dico co., Ltd., Monobit, Inti Creates, WayForward Technologies, and ArtPlay. It is always great to see an indie game whipped up by the gaming community and also quite interesting to see if Igarashi and the game’s team can truly live up to expectations.

  1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Both Bloodborne and Dark Souls were incredible, challenging the gothic-inspired hack-and-slash games whose level of difficulty and gruesomeness puts the like of DCM or Devil May Cry to utter shame.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The game is certainly not for everyone, and that’s kind of the point. Developed by the very same team that offers us both of the above-mentioned super violent games, Sekiro looks to stay the course with some hugely different gameplay mechanics as well as world-building. Set in a war-ravaged Sengoku-era Japan, but with a few supernatural elements, this samurai-inspired game looks to be one hell of an action game.

  1. Halo Infinite

Over 300 industries are keeping their lips tightly sealed for the most part regarding their most-anticipated project, the Halo Infinite. This game is a sequel to the game Halo 5, bringing back the couch co-op and is looking to make a blast with the latest Halo game release.

It is expected to be released in November 2019, however, it still remains unconfirmed. Right now, though, there will be a bit of waiting and patience before its official announcements.

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A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog’s Way Home

Thank you Sony Pictures for sending us this 96-minute Blu-Ray to review!

We get sent quite a few pet-themed movies and A Dog’s Way Home is a live-action movie with the main dog's thoughts being narrated throughout. A Dog’s Way Home begins with a young pit bull puppy being born under an abandoned house. Along with the puppy’s siblings are a bunch of cats and kittens. That is, until animal control arrives and takes away most of the animals. The young puppy is separated from her mother and is fed and raised by a motherly cat instead. A kind young man that lives across the street stops by and feeds the cats. During one of his visits with his friend, Olivia, he meets the puppy and gives her a home.

The puppy is named Bella and enjoys playing with Lucas and comforting his mom, who suffers from PTSD. She also enjoys games such as “stop” and “don’t chew shoes.” The voice narration by Bryce Dallas Howard is really well done and quite entertaining. For a short while, things go well, and Lucas and his mom successfully manage to hide her from their landlord, who does not allow pets. Thankfully, the landlord announces his visits so Lucas can sneak her into work on those days. However, hiding a pit bull in a VA center is no simple task.

Other challenges arise when Lucas gets on the bad side of animal control; Denver, Colorado, is not tolerant of pit bulls, and threatens to euthanize her if caught. In an attempt to keep Bella safe, she is put in the care of Olivia’s family, who lives four hundred miles away in New Mexico. Bella’s stay there is short-lived as she is determined to “go home” as it’s one of the tricks that Lucas taught her.

This trick takes a couple of years to complete. It’s a tough journey as Bella has several brushes with death and makes some unusual friends along the way. Bella meets an orphaned cougar and becomes her mother. Although Bella is a live-action dog, the cougar is obviously computer animated.

Bella also gets some temporary human caretakers like a married homosexual couple that put a rainbow collar on her. Although they treat her well, she belongs with Lucas and parts ways with them. In the end, Bella does find Lucas and Olivia who have started living together in her absence. They didn’t flash wedding rings around like the other couple did so I’m not sure if they were married or not. One other thing worth mentioning is the blaspheming with the term OMG used in its full form.

In the end, A Dog’s Way Home is a heartwarming story and the kids and I enjoyed watching it together. One of them even cried at the end. If you like narrated pet movies and/or pit bulls, A Dog’s Way Home won’t disappoint.

 


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What Routers Are Best For Home In 2019?

Why should you get yourself a good wireless router?  Well, you can stick to an old-fashioned wired option that performs daily tasks more or less well. But don’t you want to get rid of those annoying wires and finally enjoy a stable and fast Internet at your home?

A solid connection is a must-have in the modern world! It serves numerous purposes. With good Wi-Fi router, you can surf the Web and work several times faster, and enjoy your favorite shows or films in HD or even 4K quality. Not to mention how many benefits it can bring to gamers. You can waste lots of time on picking the best settings for your game, which, by the way, is simple with FortniteSettingsPro, or throw a lot of money on upgrading your PC. Still, it won’t get you too far without a stable connection.

So, you are confident that you need to purchase a high-quality home router, which one to pick? Look at our top picks to get an idea of what are the best models available on the market!

 

  • NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750

Features:

  • 450 Mbps + 1300 Mbps speed
  • 3.0 USB port
  • Secure
  • 4 gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Dual core CPU
  • Three external antennas
  • Boosted bandwidth

This is one of the most demanded routers for home. The reason why people choose it is its large area of coverage mixed with fast speed of the connection. It can serve 12 and even more devices, so it’s suitable for large families with heavy Internet use.

 

  • Securifi Almond

Features:

  • 300 Mbps speed
  • Two internal antennas
  • 2 LAN ports and 1 WAN port
  • Highly compatible
  • Secure
  • Ease of control

This model is way more technological and modern than many other routers, and, thus, it is more expensive. It has a built-in touchscreen that makes it possible to set up with no special PC drivers and in less than 5 minutes. Can be used as a bridge, extender of Wi-Fi range, or as a router.

 

  • Medialink AC1200 Wireless Gigabit Router

 

Features:

  • 867 Mbps speed
  • Broadcom ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • Guest network feature
  • Two internal antennas
  • Range extender
  • Full control

This model can easily handle up to 12 devices that run at the same time. It is excellent in terms of gaming and streaming and suits best to bigger home environments with many devices. It delivers large and stable coverage, has 4 LAN and 2.0 USB ports, and boasts the high speed of the connection.

 

  • TP-Link N-450 (TL-WR940N) AC 1200

 

Features:

  • 450 Mbps speed
  • Single-core CPU

This model is good for watching movies and gaming as it shows faster speed and larger area coverage than products with the same low price. No wonder it is quite popular among users. Also, it boasts decent security encryption, has several adjustable features like parental control. It doesn’t suit for phone line internet though.

 

  • ASUS AC5300 TriBand Router

 

Features:

  • WTFast Gamers Private Network (GPN)
  • Eight external antennas
  • Covers a range of up to 5,000 square feet

This one is good for expert gamers as it comes with special gaming features. It boasts a large area of coverage and level.

 

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Dumbo 4DX Experience

Thank you 4DX for sending our family tickets to see this film!

The animated classic, Dumbo, was originally released in 1941. At sixty-four minutes, it was one of Disney’s shortest films. Tim Burton’s live-action version is quite a bit longer at one hour and fifty-two minutes. There’s more characters and backstory in this version.

The story still centers around a traveling circus, but this one is struggling financially and has sold all of their horses. They still have their elephants and one of them, Jumbo, is expecting. Unlike the animated version, the animals don’t talk in this film. The story is mostly told through two young kids who lost their mother to influenza. Their father returns from the war missing an arm and is out of touch with his kids and is struggling with relating to them. The boy, Joe, wants to continue the family tradition of working in the circus, but his sister, Milly, wants to pursue a career in science.

In both movies, the baby is initially named Jumbo Jr. but is dubbed Dumbo as people make fun of his enormous ears. The defensive mother does not take kindly to her son being ridiculed and gets locked away as she is considered dangerous. Needless to say, the animated version is a little more lighthearted in this regard. Other than death, the live-action movie has some minor language (hell). Surprisingly, both films have alcohol and drunkenness.

As charming as the animated version is, the 4DX effects in the live action film are quite astounding. This was my first 4DX experience and I was taken aback by the seat rumbling as the firecrackers exploded during the opening Disney logo. I then got to experience the seats moving up and down frequently during the train sequences. There were quite a few of them as the circus was on the move quite often. My husband wanted to hold my hand but it was a bit uncomfortable with the theater seats going up and down repeatedly.

The gusts of wind blowing through the theater added to the immersion as well. The breeze was strong enough to flip the pages on the notepad I was using to take notes! Water misted from the seat in front of me which happened at key moments in the film too. I’m told that some 4DX films have scents and I’m glad that this one didn’t with the elephant poop humor.

Overall I must say that I’m still partial to the original movie. However, the 4DX effects made the live action film one to remember! I’m blessed to live close to a 4DX theater and I highly recommend experiencing a 4DX film if you’re able to do so. Just don’t expect to be able to hold hands with a loved one while doing so!

 


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Atari to launch an inexpensive streaming console for non-broadband internet users

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There’s been a lot of talk about game streaming services for the masses. What about those who don’t have fiber, cable, or DSL internet? Atari hasn’t forgotten about them! In fact, they have the perfect streaming console solution that runs games great for those with dial-up internet access! The 8GB of storage is plenty of space to hold the entire game library of the 2600, 5200, and 7800 systems combined! Cloud saves are a standard feature as well so your progress in E.T. will not be lost!

There are three affordable subscription plans available and the same stylish console can be used for any or all of the plans:

  • For $26.00 a year you get access to all 565 of the 2600 series games.
  • The $52.00 annual plan gets you access to the Atari 2600 titles plus the official 69 from the 5200 series. The number pad controller is also included in this bundle.
  • For $78.00 a year you get access to the 59 7800 games as well as all of the titles of the 5600 and 2600 systems. Durable metal reinforced joysticks are included in this bundle.
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Kim Possible

Thank you Disney Channel for sending us this movie to review!

Kim Possible (2019) follows the journey of the titular protagonist as she navigates the crazy pitfalls of her high school days – and having to save the world in between. The movie is approximately 88 minutes long, and there are no ads at the beginning, which is nice because there’s nothing that has to be skipped. It also comes with support of the FastPlay feature so that you can get right to the movie.

Kim Possible is based off of a TV show of the same name, which aired in 2002 and was popular for both boys and girls. The characters are basically the same, and it provides a small amount of backstory as to why Kim is where she is today. The movie then leads the viewer into the main plot of the story, which is attempting to teach the lesson that jealousy can destroy a friendship, and that humility is the way to go.

This movie is very much an action movie, and while the overall message is pretty good, there are some questionable scenes scattered throughout the film. One of these scenes is where a character confesses that they want to be a pooch when they grow up, and their friends wholeheartedly support them, saying that they will be the best pooch in the world. Another scene like this is when the two protagonists are late to class, and a lie saves them from detention. This scene, whether knowingly or not, promotes lying as something good that can get you out of a situation. There is also a scene where a villain character pulls a blue cube out of nowhere, and another character asks where they pulled it from. Kim Possible also has very politically correct gender roles that seem to be promoted, and the target audience is most likely female.

The plot itself is pretty predictable for anyone over nine or ten years of age. My closest friend was over watching Kim Possible with my family, and she found some of the exaggerations in this film relatable, but others annoying. She caught on to the plot pretty quickly, but everyone knew how it was to end. It’s pretty clear that this film was designed with younger audiences in mind.

Overall, the movie was decent. I would not recommend this to strictly Christian families because of some of the questionable morals promoted, but if you don’t really care about that too much and have little ones who are itching for something fun with lots of action, then this movie is for you.

- Kittycathead

 


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How to Bypass IP Bans When Gaming

Today, most service providers and website owners do their best to protect their customers.

This is usually done by monitoring their networks and blocking any abuses when flagged or reported by other users. Whenever an abuse is detected, they may either choose to block the contravening user’s account or they might put a full-on ban on that user’s IP address.

Obviously, the best way to avoid having your IP address banned is to simply read and follow the service providers rules and regulations.

But fortunately, if you find yourself having been banned for whatever reason, there are a few stealthy workarounds that you can employ to regain access to the service.

In essence, since your IP address has been blocked, you’re going to need to change your IP address. This can be done in a number of ways, such as using a proxy server or a service such as ExpressVPN. But we’ll get to a bit further on in this article.

For now, let’s start out by explaining a little bit more about IP bans.

What Are IP Bans?

To define an IP ban, it is a block created by a server, which will reject any requests made by a specific IP address or range of IP addresses. IP bans can either be implemented manually by a server’s admin, or they can be put in place automatically when a pattern of abuse has been red flagged by the server itself.

There are many reasons that IP bans are put in place. But most of the time, they are implemented to help protect the server and its users from brute force attacks, to limit network usage, or even to block unknown spam emailers.

IP bans allow a network server to block certain IP addresses from being able to access a website, chat forum, game server, or any other type of online destination.

How to Bypass IP Bans

As we’ve mentioned, the best way to avoid an IP ban is to abide by the service provider’s terms and conditions. So, if you’ve had your IP banned, chances are that you’ve gone and contravened against their rules.

However, there are some situations when you might want to or need to regain access after being banned. Below, we’ll explain some of the most common methods for this.

Changing Your IP Address

To regain access after having been banned, you’re going to need to change your IP address to one that hasn’t been blocked by the server’s administrators.

To do this, you can try to renew your IP with your current internet service provider by speaking with them. However, they may or may not end up assigning you a new one and might simply renew the one that you’ve been using.

If that doesn’t work, depending on your setup, you might be able to change your IP address by resetting your hardware device (router) or your computer’s IP address.

Aside from that, the only other way to change your IP address is to use someone else’s instead. Below, we’ll take a look at the three easiest ways to go about doing that. 

Proxy Servers

Proxy servers are basically computers that sit somewhere between your computer and the internet and provide you with an indirect way to access a client’s network.

Essentially, when you access a proxy server, you’ll be able to access the world wide web by using the server’s IP address instead of your own.

So, when you try to access a gaming server or any other type of online content that your IP address has been banned from, the proxy will intercept the request and provide a response to the client you’re trying to reach before forwarding your request to its final destination.

Virtual Private Network

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a type of networking technology, which extends its private network (similar to a LAN network) across the world’s biggest public network, otherwise known as the internet.

In other words, using a VPN allows your computer to safely connect to the internet, almost as if it was physically wired to it. At the same time, by using a VPN, you’ll have the option to choose the server with which you would like to connect.

This means that, when accessing the internet, it will appear as if your IP address is actually the IP address of the servers that you’ve chosen to connect to. Essentially, this can trick gaming servers and they won’t be able to see your true IP address, which has been put on their blacklist.

The TOR Server

TOR is a free-to-use software application, which allows internet users to browse and communicate anonymously while connected to the world wide web.

The name TOR is short for The Onion Router. This refers to onion routing, which is when the data being sent from a computer or device is encrypted and then routed through multiple nodes or relays located around the world.

TOR has more than 6,000 relays that your activity can be routed through, making it practically impossible for anyone to view where your IP address is actually located.

In other words, if your IP address has been banned from your favorite gaming server, using TOR can help you hide your IP and get around the block.

 

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How Much Money do Esports Athletes Earn?

Do you remember the times when your parents used to tell you to stop playing video games and go study because video games are a waste of time? Well, it turns out they did not see the whole picture. In the past several years, Esports has become a budding industry, allowing gamers to earn millions of dollars.

So, if you are good at playing video games and you’re wondering whether you should or shouldn’t try to go professional, the answer is now more complicated. There is a lot of money to be made, and you will be part of a rapidly growing industry.

In their infographic named “The Rise of Esports,” NJ Games states that the highest-paid esports team, Team Liquid, earns almost $24 million a year. The second and third highest-paying teams, Evil Geniuses and Team OG earn $20.5 million and $17.5 million a year, respectively. Therefore, the amount of money that you can get as a professional esports team is much higher than in many “real” sports.

If you climb the esports ladder and become one of the best players in the world, such as Kuro Takhasomi, Johan Sundstein, or Amer Al-Barkawi, you can earn millions in net worth.

Moreover, when it comes to the future of esports, there’s no need to be skeptical. The future seems as bright as it can be, as experts predict that the industry will continue to grow. All of the major sports leagues are investing tens of millions of dollars each year in tournaments and new video games, as the industry is becoming more profitable by the day. Also, there are serious indications that esports may become an Olympic sport as well, perhaps as soon as 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Game providers know how to create games; they have countless ideas and once they finish a game they want to sell it fast to start designing another one. When getting started in the game design and diving right in, developers consider it a rewarding and fun experience. They share their visions with the world and they are working on something they are passionate about. However, there are times when the passions of the developer are not the same as the ones of the gamer, especially now when the gaming industry is in a major transformation.

Gaming has grown in a subculture nowadays and gamers are very determined when it comes to the features they want from their games. For the gaming providers, every year means 12 months of opportunities to launch new games and to make money. However, in order to make money they need to find out what the requirements of the market are.

 Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Why is market research needed?

Market research helps gaming providers know their clients. They get to find out who their clients are because the audience is continuously changing. The main question gaming providers have is what do people want from their games?

First, they want to have a spectacular gaming experience and 4K games are nowadays considered the standard ones. The latest trends have shown that more and more gamers want to play games that include support for PS4 and Xbox One X with HDR included. The majority of them have PC monitors with HBR support and this is a sign that the tech industry is heading to a new direction. Players want to offer their eyes a visual feast when trying a new experience, and if the game promises them the best experience, they will be interested to try it. Gaming developers have to implement higher resolutions and High Dynamic Range on their products more than ever if they want people to buy them. Considering that nowadays high-quality monitors and TVs come at affordable prices, market research reveals that clients are interested in visuals more than ever.

Second, market research shows a growth of the number of players who are passionate about Indie games. Why do they prefer these products? They are more affordable, they offer a long time experience and they are easy to play. In addition, the majority of them come with expansions and additional features and these aspects always thrill the public. In order to meet their clients’ needs and interests game providers have to release new games weekly because the bar has been raised in this domain.

Third, Pokemon Go made people became more interested in AR gaming. When the game was launched, everyone was running around trying to catch digital creatures. Gamers nowadays want to have access to games that allow them to explore a new world through their devices that act as a mirror into another dimension. Market research shows that the gaming industry should base their products more on tech advances and use AR as an entertainment method.

Forth, the market research reveals that games are nowadays considered services and people want to access them anywhere. People want games that demand every hour of their life, they want to dive in the digital world and forget about their real lives. Game providers have to put on the second plan the games that imply pay-to-win tactics and to focus on creating games so good that the player is willing to pay to download it.

Games as services are a predominant trend in the industry and clients are interested in them more than ever.

Therefore, game providers should ask themselves if they are creating games for their players. Viewing the games as an extension of the creator is no longer an option. Nowadays, they need to present in the game their players’ vision and not their own. The market research should offer them information on the preferences of the audience. Companies need to research the market and reach out to their prospective clients to find out what features they want for the next games released.

In the process of knowing their audiences, companies need to determine whom they want to sell the games, what kind of games their audience prefer and why should their clients be willing to pay for their games.

Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Market research helps gaming companies know their competition

In order for a gaming company to succeed, they need to know who their competition is. Who is selling the same products as they do on the market? Having a list with their competitors and with the products they sell can help a provider know what aspects require their attention.

When developing a unique product they should get the assistance of experts, not only in their field, but in other related fields also. For example, Svitla now provides software consulting services for the companies that have difficulties in developing successful apps and systems. Sometimes a third party partner can have an objective perspective on the products a company is creating and can offer them a new vision on how to develop competitive products.

Market research goes a step further and it checks the quality of the products the competitors are offering and their sale price. It is known that people prefer to buy the cheapest product but when it comes to gamers, they are willing to go with a pricey option if it promises to deliver them an incomparable experience. By knowing how many competitors they have on the market and what place they have in the top of preferences they can decide how to market their products in the future.

Gaming providers have to be aware that constant effort is required in order to keep up with the tendencies of the market. Market research is vital in the process because it helps them understand how they should interact with their prospective clients. Market research is the new way of listening to your community and see if they like or not the direction you are heading to.

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The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity

Thank you Blue Sparrow for sending us this book to review!

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity is written by Matthew Kelly who is an author of books translated into twenty-five languages, acclaimed speaker, and business consultant at his company, Floyd Consulting. This book is fifteen chapters long and only 128 pages. It’s a pretty quick read if you want to learn how modern culture is robbing billions of people of happiness.

If you’re looking for the answer to the title’s statement, you’ll have to read through the first few chapters of fluff. In fact, much of the book is filled with statements that I was already aware of. For example, the second chapter discusses happiness and the author shares insights like “Lying never makes me happy” and “It is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.” The fifth chapter discusses various lies about Christianity including: Jesus did not exist, the resurrection is a myth, Christianity preys on the weak and ignorant, Christianity is anti-intellectual and anti-scientific, and Christianity is anti-sex.

The biggest lie is uncovered in chapter six, claiming that holiness is not possible. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 is referenced and used to state that “God wants us to live holy lives, grow in character and virtue, and become the-best-version-of-ourselves.” I bet you’re wondering how this is possible! Through what this book calls holy moments. Everyone else knows them as pay it forward. There are some nice examples of kindness like a guy taking care of his neighbor’s lawn while recuperating from a broken leg or nurses agreeing to take on an extra shift for years to cover the salary for their co-worker who is battling cancer. Those are some significant tasks that surely make God proud and bring joy to others, but even simple things like recycling are holy moments according to the author.

Even if I don’t see eye to eye with what qualifies as a “holy moment”, I do agree with the author that our world does indeed need changing and we as Christians should get off of our collective butts and do something about it. The thirteenth chapter uses some fascinating math on how if we impact three people that can multiply to one billion people if each of the three people we inspire bring three more and continue the cycle. In the end, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity has some good stories and ideas, but I’ve already heard them all before.

 


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Celeste Piano Collections

Thank you to Scarlet Moon Productions for the music!

Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of Celeste is the soundtrack. The various movements match the action, the melodies are emotional, and every track is catchy. As hackneyed as my regards are, the game deserves the praise it has received. When given the opportunity to listen to the Piano Collections, I was curious to see how an already piano heavy soundtrack would be modified for solos. The end result maintains most of the original's charm, but some of the omissions were disappointing.

Celeste Piano Collections comes with the main soundtrack of Celeste, arranged for the piano, of course. While many of the pieces in the main game were piano oriented, this rendition adds the various harmonies to the piano as well. I was provided a digital copy of the music, though a physical copy and sheet music are also available. All the included music is immediately recognizable to anyone who played Celeste, which is always a good sign with these arrangements. Generally, each piece contains the main melody and appropriate segments needed to loop back to the melody. The mood of each piece is maintained through various dynamic and tempo changes.

However, not all the movements of the pieces are included, which was disappointing. Although the pieces are still well composed and the key is properly maintained, omitting the many movements was a poor move. Granted, this would make some pieces nearly ten minutes long, but some of my favorite pieces from Celeste are these secondary segments. The music is stellar without considering what was removed, however. The B-Side remixes are also not included, despite being an integral part of the game's soundtrack. I assume this is because the negotiations with the various composers of the B-Side music (as opposed to the single composer of the A-Side) would be too difficult. I would have loved to hear the blues remix of Chapter 5's music on a piano.

While all the music that was chosen to be arranged for Celeste Piano Collections was done very well, I couldn't help but be disappointed by the missing parts. I loved that the mood of each piece was maintained with only one instrument, and the original melodies are still easily recognizable. However, I would recommend the original soundtrack over this, simply because it has more music. It’s 15 dollars for both the A and B side music, available wherever the Piano Collections are. As a standalone product, Celeste Piano Collections is nice, but the source material is certainly better.


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Tips to Pass CompTIA Security+ Certification & SY0-501 Exam

 

With massive data growth in every organization, the need for security is increasing every single day. Most companies face such security threats as data breaches and hacks that’s why the demand for qualified professionals that possess skills to protect company’s data has increased. Employers are ready to pay them high salaries, that’s why such professionals should be certified. If you wish to make a career in such a demanding and constantly developing field as security, having a certification is a real necessity for you. Among the certifications available here, the best way is to start with CompTIA Security+ credential, as it doesn’t require prerequisites. Being a vendor-neutral, it is one of the most demanding IT certifications in the field of security that after its completion grants you a number of benefits.

In this article, you’ll get to know the tips on how to gain this certification. So, to start with, you need to pass one exam, known as CompTIA Security certification exam or simply CompTIA Security+ Certification Practice Test Questions.

CompTIA Security+ Exam Overview:

The CompTIA Security+ test (SY0-501) is an online test that includes about 90 multiple-choice and performance-based questions. You are given 90 minutes to answer all the questions and your task is to score 750 on the scale of 100-900 in order to become a CompTIA Security+ certified professional. The price for taking this test is 339 USD.

There are no prerequisites to take the CompTIA Security+ exam. And the skills you should master in include access management, cryptography, architecture and design, disaster management and risk management among many. Only being confident in your knowledge and being armed with hands-on skills you are able to pass the exam successfully.

Sometimes, the hardest part of studying is simply starting. This is because we often don’t know where to begin with, so we keep putting it off until the last minute. When there’s no other option, we start cramming—often with cataclysmic results. If this sounds familiar, you’re in the right place. The CompTIA exams have a reputation of being difficult, but it’s not impossible to pass. We’re taking a look at some tips and tricks to help you ace SY0-501 certification exam.

1. Create a Study Plan

After getting a good grasp of the test objectives, creating a study plan is essential for time management. Remember to allocate more time for difficult topics. Additionally, leave time for taking practice exams and revising problem areas. Most of all, stick to the schedule—there’s no benefit in cramming!

2. Recall Objectives of SY0-501 exam

This is plain and simple but too often overlooked. Take some time to read through the Security+ test objectives you can find on the CompTIA website (this goes for related qualifications as well). Reading through the objectives will leave you with a good understanding of the required objectives and steps needed to pass the test.

Not only will you develop a thorough understanding of what can be found on the test, but you’ll also have a handy roadmap to keep track of your progress throughout the exam. Knowing how far you are and how much is left is imperative since the exam is time-oriented.

3. Practice, and Practice a Lot

Practice exams and questions are extremely useful when testing your own skills and readiness for the exam. Additionally, you can focus your time and attention on areas that you have issues with. When reviewing your answers after SY0-501 test, you can figure out your problem areas and put some extra effort into them.

In addition, practice gives you confidence. There’s nothing like acing 10 practice exams in a row when preparing for your CompTIA exam. You may be spending a lot of money on this certification, so knowing that you’re truly ready is vital. Once you’re able to nail these tests, you can sit your exam with assurance that you have the ability to pass.

4. Braindumps

Using quality material to study, like official CompTIA textbooks and resources from certified industry professional is non-negotiable. Sometimes, real exam-takers post exam questions after taking a test, such files are known as braindumps. Still, these files should be approached with caution, since they usually include the answers as well, you must keep in mind that there is no control over these questions and the source could be unreliable. Moreover, simply learning the answers to an exam won’t bring you very far because you won’t understand how to apply the concepts in a work environment. To be sure that you use the actual braindumps, find reliable platforms on the internet, such as PrepAway, Exam-Labs, ExamCollection among many. These websites offer the most updated files checked by IT experts. What you need to know is to use these braindumps for your revision, as they are the best option to systematize your knowledge.

5. Choose your preparation method

The learning process of each individual is different. Developing an understanding of the best practices to help you retain information is one of the best things you can do for yourself—it could save a lot of time and help you get rid of unwanted frustration. Choose a perfect method that suits you most, for example, start making short notes, learn with flashcards, keep thing written, use diagrams and try to use maximum time. Eg. while traveling in a bus or when you are stuck in traffic, you can start reading your notes which will surely help you to get better score.

6. Join Online Community

To succeed in any test or exam a person must find as much prep material as possible. For that, you can search the internet to find variable resources, from books to large online platforms. What will help you more is the communication with individuals that are sitting for or already passed SY0-501 exam. Ask them questions, discuss your stumbling blocks and you’ll find the solution and enhance your preparation with additional valuable tips and tricks.

7. Tip to Tackle Multiple-Choice Question

Keep cool and think logically. Even when faced with those “all of the above” options, there are ways to allow yourself a fair chance. Firstly, eliminate any and all answers that are clearly wrong. This may leave you with a single answer or 50/50 odds (which are considerably better than flailing around in panic).

Then identify a keyword in the question and try to recall the relevant information. Capitalized words are uppercase for a reason. This may seem redundant but can be extremely effective—simply think of ways the retained information relates to the word.

8. If it’s too Hard, Skip it

If you find yourself spending too much time on a question and getting frustrated by the lack of solution, move on and come back to it later. This could save precious time and your subconscious will keep working on the problem while you’re away (or you may find the answer in one of the later questions).Keep in mind that CompTIA sometimes places beta questions in papers. If a question is completely out of left field, leave it for now and come back if you have time left. While these questions aren’t graded, it’s difficult to identify them so it’s best to write something down.

Even if you have no idea which of 4 answers are correct, you have a 25% chance if you choose one. If you leave it blank, there’s a 0% chance. Therefore, coming back to those difficult questions you skipped is imperative. And, remember to use the multiple-choice tricks to eliminate incorrect options before taking a random guess.

9. Stay Calm on Exam Day

Be rested, be hydrated, and be confident in your abilities. A large part of CompTIA tests is failed due to panic—not lack of knowledge. So, take a deep breath if necessary and leave the tough questions for last. This is necessary for a candidate to stay calm and more active on exam day. To stay calm, you should try Yoga or morning walk, as they keep you closer to the nature and give you positive vibes which boosts your mental power and help you to stay calm.

10. Stay Positive & Motivated

Yet another really important point is to stay positive about the exam, about the job and a better career ahead. People fall down after few tries. If you are really serious about your career, then always stay motivated and never feel negative about your failures. Keep learning and keep fighting, and this amazing spirit will one day bring you the real joy of success. Remember that there’s always a position that you can apply for after completing SY0-501 exam. The jobs that you can choose vary from systems administrator, security engineer to penetration tester. Show you dedicated nature, believe in yourself and success attend you!

Conclusion

So, we hope that the information we’ve gathered here in this article is important for you. Now, you know the SY0-501 exam details and what is waiting for you at the certification exam, as well as you find out why Security+ credential is valuable and sought-after in the modern world. You are equipped with the tricks that will help you stay active, ambitious and motivated before taking SY0-501 exam. Use the tips provided to pass this test, make the plan, and start riding Security+. After its completion, enjoy the benefits, that the certification offers you, just boost your career of a valuable professional in the IT security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Best Tinder Alternatives

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Lack of time, a constraint on personal acquaintance, the desire to find love with the same interests are just some of the reasons why modern people resort to online dating applications. However, how to find a simple and secure mobile application with informative questionnaires and real photos? We offer the best Tinder alternatives that will help you to find true love.

  1. Badoo

Badoo has a huge user base. You can find people who are nearby or with whom you have crossed paths before. By the way, to see the profiles you are interested in, you don’t have to open them. You can make gifts, communicate in a chat (by reciprocity), and look for the "lookalikes." This is a secure application that works correctly and safely.

Advantages:

- encrypted data transfer;

- verification of photos;

- informative user profiles and advanced interaction with the questionnaires;

- search for "Lookalikes;"

- attractive design;

- integration with social networks.

Disadvantages:

- a small number of search filters (3 out of 10 main ones: by gender, age, and network status);

- notifications with useless information;

- high subscription cost.

  1. Mamba

In this application, there is a well-developed system of filters and very informative questionnaires. A profile you like can be added to favorites. Also, there is a verification of photos. However, to use all the features of the application and disable the limit of likes, you need to purchase a paid subscription. Moreover, this application does not have integration with third-party services.

Advantages:

- informative profile card and advanced profile management;

- verification of photos;

- a large number of search filters (8 out of 10 main ones: there is even a filter by the presence of bad habits, level of education, and language skills);

- ease of use;

- encrypted data transfer.

Disadvantages:

- limit likes per day;

- paid common chat;

- the absence of the “Help” section.

  1. Mylove

Here you can search for users from different countries, filtering profiles by gender, age, region, network status, and dating goals. You can start a chat with any user and, if you wish, add him to your favorites. In addition, profiles can be viewed on a map of the city. Also, Mylove transmits personal data in an unencrypted form.

Advantages:

- informative user profiles;

- verification of photos;

- the ability to cancel the last action;

- statistics and rating of profiles;

Disadvantages:

- lack of encryption of personal data;

- demonstration on the map the exact location of users.

  1. Wannameet

Here you can find people nearby. The application has a well-developed system of filters (there are even bad habits and the presence of children) and advanced statistics with information on the rating of the questionnaire, the number of visits and likes. Text chat opens only by mutual sympathy. The application is easy to use. However, it does not control the visibility of the questionnaire and sends useless notifications.

Advantages:

- A large number of search filters (6 out of 10 main ones);

- encrypted data transfer;

- advanced statistics;

- informative user profiles;

- ease of use.

Disadvantages:

- lack of verification of photos;

- lack of questionnaire visibility control.

  1. Flirt Chat JAUMO

In this application, there are also many filters for user profiles (there is even a filter by appearance). Moreover, questionnaires can be viewed without any registration. Also, it is possible to chat with any user. There is integration with social networks and a map with the approximate location of users. However, the application does not have a computer version.

Advantages:

- a large number of search filters (7 out of 10 main ones);

- encrypted data transfer;

- integration with social networks;

- the ability to assess the database of profiles without registration.

Disadvantages:

- lack of verification of photos;

- extra advertising.

  1. Loveplanet

The application allows you to communicate in anonymous chat rooms, search for users nearby, and give users not just gifts but service opportunities (for example, Premium). However, to use all the functionality, you need to purchase a paid subscription. Also, there is no verification of the photos. But the application is safe and works correctly. Moreover, there are a lot of very beautiful women for marriage, so you will definitely find a loved one.

Advantages:

- informative user profiles;

- encrypted data transfer;

- anonymous chat;

- advanced statistics.

Disadvantages:

- lack of verification of photos;

- the high cost of a paid subscription.

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Gaming Headset Buyers Guide

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Having a rad gaming headset is a must in the world of interactive video games. If you don’t have a great gaming headset, you will struggle to keep up with other top notch players. If you are in the market for a new set, check out this gaming headset buyers guide. We have you covered.

What Not to Buy

If you want to really immerse yourself into the gaming world you don’t want to buy a cheap or knock off set that will break in a few hours. Avoid the drug store ear buds, that barely work well for cell phone calls, as well as the headphone you can get in the discount bin at Walmart. You don’t want these for gaming; maybe for your Walkman, but not for Fortnite or SmashBros or anything that requires talking to another human being and hearing what they are saying back to you.

What You Should Buy

There are several features you will want to consider. If you want a top-notch pair be prepared to pay for what you are getting. Even if your budget puts you in the middle-of-the-road market, you can score a decent headset. Be sure that whatever you pick meets the following:

Know the Difference Between Headphones and a Headset
Headphones are what you think of when you picture a kid walking down the street with a portable CD player. A gaming headset is more like what a pilot would wear, because you can talk and hear others. Size, features, and quality are what differentiate them.

Sound
If you can’t hear what’s being said, there is no point in even wearing a headset. Find something that has killer sound and has good bass.

Comfort
If you are like most gamers, you will be wearing your headset a lot. So find a set that is comfortable. The goal is to feel like you aren’t wearing anything on your head at all. If it is bulky and heavy, it won’t be comfortable, and you will get annoyed quickly.  

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Microphone
You want to make sure that you have a great mic on your headset. You don’t want it picking up background noise or other sounds that are coming through your headset. The only thing that a mic should pick up is the sound of your voice and deliver it as clearly as possible.

Compatibility
Be sure that the headset you get is compatible with the gaming system that you own. Some headsets are specific to brand and won’t work with a different system.

Wireless vs Wired

Do you want to have constant gaming, but be limited by a cord, or be wireless and have to charge your headset from time to time? This is something to consider when purchasing a gaming headset. There are wireless ones that run off AA batteries, too. Be sure to check the expected battery life before diving into your purchase.  

Do They Look Cool?
Looks are not everything, but some people love a good looking headset. To some , the look, shape, color, and details on their headset are just as important as is its performance. There is nothing wrong with style, just be sure you aren’t sacrificing quality for aesthetics.

There are a ton of gaming headset options on the market. Where to start depends on what you plan on using your headset for and what you want to get out of it. After that, comfort, style, and even durability come into play. If you don’t have a headset that is comfortable and can withstand the occasionally launch across the room, you might want to consider a different brand. Things do get frustrating after all.

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Is Your Fleet Ready for the New Food Transport Rules?

If you are running a fleet management company that deals with food transportation and deliveries, you need to ask yourself whether the fleet is ready to comply with all of the new rules. Starting a new business does not pose a lot of compliance challenges like those that run with different rules. Both 2017 and 2018 brought some changes into the industry that both small and large food transportation fleets are expected to comply with. However, all of these are for the benefit of the consumers who are the heart of the business.

FDA Regulations

Both the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 mandate the FDA to come up with better ways of transportation of food with an aim of reducing contamination. Thus, they have been working on this before rolling it on to fleet owners and management firms. According to officials, this has since been completed in 2016.

Areas Covered

The FDA has tried to cover all food handling and transportation areas across all sectors. The primary goal is to have all vehicles and shipping containers maintained at set standards and to avoid contamination by all means. Apart from hygiene, temperature control is another concern one has to address. Thus, if you are in this sector, you need to understand the new rules and comply. Here are the areas covered.

  • Transportation of food from the firms, especially animals and animal products.
  • Shipping and receiving of food and in and out of the country.
  • Food transportation through enclosed trucks.
  • Food preservation gasses transportation.


Keeping of Records

Fleet companies are required to keep records of their transportation and shipping process. This includes the delivery time, temperatures of the enclosed vehicle at any specific time, and the condition of the food, among many other things. On the other hand, shippers need to show agreements, contracts, and condition records of the food items they are shipping.

According to experts, there is no better way of handling records than embracing technology. This is where fleet solution providers like eyerideonline.com come in. They have record keeping and transmission solutions for you.

Driver Training

Another requirement by the new regulations is the need to train drivers on how to handle food during deliveries. The argument is that some contamination can be prevented by the drivers while they are doing transportation. As a fleet owner or company, you need to show proof that your drivers have undergone training.

Apart from complying with the regulations, delivery fleet driver training on how to handle food safely will also be a plus to the company. Minimal loss of food means more cost-saving and more profits. Customers will also trust your company, which builds a better reputation in the end.

Check the Entire Transportation Process

The last thing you need to do is assess the entire food transportation process and see to it that it is compliant with the new rules. If not, then you are not yet ready. The authorities have ways of doing verifications. Of course, no fleet company wants to be locked out of business or get fined. Get your fleet ready.

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MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes

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Many video games are known for their great soundtracks and some catch your attention at the menu screen before embarking on your adventure. MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes is a collection of over fifty theme songs and menu tracks from various games in the past three decades. Most of the songs are true to their origins and others like the Mega Man 2 and Minecraft themes have rap and/or lyrics added to them. While I didn’t mind the “enhancement,” the rest of my family preferred the rap-free songs.

Not surprisingly, this collection has five songs (nearly 10%) from Final Fantasy games. There’s music from Final Fantasy Tactics, IX, XIII, XIII-2, and XV. There are three songs from the Mario franchise including tracks from Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, and Super Mario 64. Elder Scrolls fans will enjoy the songs from Oblivion and Skyrim.

Belmont Overture from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is probably one of the oldest tracks in this collection as this game originated in 1989. Listening to this song brought back pleasant memories from my childhood and my NES. Other familiar songs include Geralt of Rivia from Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Doki Doki Literature Club, Main Title from Deus Ex, Happiness from Sims 3, and Myst’s theme.

There are so many songs from games I have yet to play including Limbo, Celeste, Cuphead, Horizon Zero Dawn, Stardew Valley, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Katamari Damacy, and FTL: Faster Than Light. Although I haven’t played Ninja Gaiden II, I really enjoy its menu music now! Mass Effect: Andromeda has good title music too and that series is on my bucket list.

Even if you haven’t played many of the songs in this collection, it’s exceptionally made. The asking price of $16 on Bandcamp is very reasonable. If you order it through there you can get the files in MP3 or in lossless formats like FLAC.

 


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What Are the Rules One Need to Follow in Order to Pass CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam?

The CompTIA Security+ certification the vendor-neutral certification that allows you to work on the overall cybersecurity field. The CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam is a worldwide recognized endorsement of foundation-level safety abilities and comprehension and can be employed by companies and security professionals around the world.  The CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam will ensure that the successful candidate has the knowledge and techniques required to set up and configure systems to safeguard applications, networks, and devices; execute hazard analysis and response using proper reduction techniques; engage in hazard reduction actions; and run with an awareness of related policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate can conduct these jobs to encourage the principles of ethics, confidentiality, and accessibility.  The CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam is aimed at an IT security professional with prepaway Security+ Practice Test - SY0-501:

  • A minimum of 2 years' expertise in IT management with a focus on safety
  • Day-to-day technical data security expertise
  • Broad understanding of safety issues and execution, such as the subjects in the domain

Which are the modifications in CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam compared to the previous exam?

When there are lots of changes, possibly the most important is a heightened demand for hands-on abilities. Information technology has had a severe impact on the growing world. This trend will grow and continue because the SY0-501 exam is supposed to comprise endorsement of hands-on abilities. This means functionality based questions about the exam, though CompTIA hasn't supplied information about any new exam design. Several types of research indicate a foundation of 90 multiple choice questions, together with multiple choice questions being swapped out to every single performance-based query the candidate experiences about the exam. Although enforcement could be hard, CompTIA indicates that hands-on labs ought to be strong and compulsory given the new exam requirements.

Benefits offered by the CompTIA Security+ certification

Boost Your Employment Prospects

Many occupations require Security+ certification.  Moreover, many public-sector businesses realize the need for safety aware workers. The CompTIA Employer perceptions of IT Training and survey reported 91 percent of managers to imply CompTIA certifications are valuable in supporting experience. It shows an understanding of key safety concepts.

Expand Demonstrate Continuous Improvement & Your Expertise

Among the highest advantages of the Security+ certification is the fact that it provides you with a better comprehension of security fundamentals that are important. Additionally, it shows improvement. IT employees can't manage to stay stagnant if they wish to proceed in their career. The Security+ certification demonstrates your capacity to build your expertise and find out about current security issues.

Boost Your Value

Security+ certification is a fantastic method stick out in an aggressive business and to raise your worth. The value that you gain from the certification provides you an advantage when compared to others who haven't confirmed their understanding. It makes it possible to get in the doorway when following a job or marketing and assists you progress toward a career in safety and IT system management.  Security-conscious workers help reduce vulnerabilities. Organizations appreciate Safety employees recognizing they help them mitigate safety hazards that are costly.  Also, many organizations need to comply with a variety of laws, regulations, and guidelines. They utilize this as a technique and guarantee that a number of workers have certifications.

Suggestions to pass CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam

Utilize CompTIA Approved Content

Begin by buying a study manual using the CompTIA Approved Quality Content (CAQC) seal. This will make certain you're currently analyzing not just with the ideal material, but using the ideal material backed by CompTIA itself.

Produce a Research Plan

Preparing for the Security+ test whilst maintaining with your livelihood as well as other engagements can be quite the balancing act. Hence you can structure your total data and work accordingly

Prepare in Small Chunks

Choose bite-sized classes over all-nighters; the ideal research time for a lot of people is 30-45 minutes. Assessing in smaller openings can allow you to stay engaged and keep the info.

Use Video Content

Oftentimes, seeing and hearing with an explanation is much more memorable than studying a definition. This is particularly true with exams including CompTIA Security+, which cover a huge landscape of theories that intertwine and overlap.

Practice to Pass

Mock exams are essential since they train one to defy the length, breadth, and depth of the Security+ certification. They also permit you to set your strategies, like crossing off choices or highlighting key phrases.

Cover All Concepts

There will be regions of the test material which you find intriguing, and you'll likely excel in them. Make certain you're proactively not concealing out of -- your flaws while capitalizing on your strengths.

Review Repeatedly

As soon as you've finished a mock exam, reevaluate the questions that you answered incorrectly. Along with noting the right replies, dissect the rationale supporting the wrong choices. Look at making flashcards to enhance your practice exams, which means it is simple to mix up the sequence of the queries. The more ways you exercise, the more queries and theories you may recognize on exam day.

The internet may also prove to be a great source for study materials. You may either purchase these study materials from the various websites or from markets. However, if you want to get the best dumps then you I personally suggest you to choose PrepAway.com, however, you can even go with another dump provider but this is of the best place to get it.

Conclusion

You'll have 90 minutes to finish the 90-question Security+ certification exam (SY0-501). A score is 750 from 900 points that are possible. Passing CompTIA SY0-501 isn't a major deal. The SY0-501 CompTIA Security+ Certification is the written exam that's essential for the candidates to maneuver to input in the IT marketplace. It's the requirement and there is a demand for CompTIA Security+ certified professionals are there in most companies, government departments, small businesses, communication, and care.

 

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - 4DX Theater experience

Thank you CJ 4DPLEX for sending us to the movies!

As more and more aspects of the theater experience can be reproduced (or are simply better) at home, the movie industry continues looking for ways to encourage movie lovers to make the trek out of their houses and into the local cinema, while also offering value-adds that make it all the more memorable. Being one such enthusiast with a theater in my basement, I know this struggle all too well. Do I see the latest superhero movie when it's new in the theater, where I have to deal with other people and (usually) inferior video, sound, and comfort, or do I wait and watch it in my home theater with 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos surround and a 125" projection screen? (I told you I was an enthusiast.)

Well, 4DX can now safely say they offer something that no home theater ever will. All 4DX movies are in 3D, with a supported 3D glasses being offered. Unlike some theaters, this theater screen was more than bright enough to handle 3D properly. I was also pleased with the theater's sound system; while it wasn't quite as loud as I may have liked, the positional separation of the sound, from the clear center positioning of the voice, to the easy to locate side and rear speakers worked quite well. I did not note any ceiling speakers at this location for Atmos, though.

Each seat has rumble (this can be replicated at home with ButtKickers or other similar bass shakers), but what's really special is the tilting, fans, spritzers, and even scents that can be added to the movie experience. That's right - Smell-O-Vision is back! I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when I found out that, as of February 2019, there are only 12 4DX theaters in the USA, and one of them is just a few miles from my house - and the only one in the Midwest! Pretty cool, eh? Fortunately, they are expecting to have as many as 85 locations within a year or so, so hopefully there will be one near you soon.

My son and I were fortunate enough to watch a 4DX showing of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. This starts just a few minutes after the first Lego Movie, but not long after that there is a time shift to five years later. The kids who own the Legos play a much more prominent role in this one, and their tastes, and what happens in the house, have an impact on Emmet, Lucy, and their friends.

Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and all of the gang seem to live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, called Apocalypseburg. The movie calls it a 'heckish place to live'. Many people are hard and downtrodden, with fighting in the streets, and so on. Emmet is one of the only ones to seemingly not allow himself to grow a negative attitude - he even listens to upbeat pop music, while everyone else seems to be a victim of their surroundings.

Strange space aliens capture Emmet's friends right in front of him, and he rushes off to save them in his newly created spaceship. In the process, he meets up with a new friend Rex, and goes on a daring chase reminiscent of an action movie to save them.

This is hard to talk about without spoiling the movie, but one of the things that I wasn't a huge fan of is that a theme of the movie is that becoming a powerful man - the kind that action-hero fans love - can lead to pushing people away and hurting the people you love. This unfortunately reminds me too much of the 'toxic masculinity' concept that anti-men culture warriors are pushing. This viewpoint was further solidified by some of the cameos in the movie, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Of course there is nothing wrong with her cameo, but it gave this viewer pause since I know how important she is to those who often hold a similar anti-men viewpoints.

My son and I really enjoyed the 4DX experience, and I recommend you check it out as soon as you can. We also enjoyed The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. It's just a shame that the 'lesson' the movie pushes is in some ways the opposite of what we want our young boys to learn. Teaching boys to be masculine men will not lead to them hurting other people, but instead protecting our most treasured people and values. In fact, our society needs more men like that - not less.

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Nature: Super Cats

Thank you PBS for sending us this Blu-ray to review!

Cats are fascinating creatures and truly show God’s handiwork in their design. This series covers cats of various sizes and from around the world. In total, there are three parts that are an hour long each. The first episode is Extreme Lives and shows how ferocious and daring various cats are. For example, you’ll get to see a jaguar take down a caiman crocodile. It’s well known that cheetahs are fast, but I had no idea that the stress they put on their body during a chase would cause a human’s bones to break! Out of all of the cats in the world, the leopards thrive in the most environments. Sadly, that’s not the case for other cat species like the tiger and the Iberian lynx, which are in danger of extinction.

Episode 2, Cats in Every Corner, features felines thriving in unexpected environments. Many house cats (mine included) hate water, but the fishing cat literally lives in it and spends its life in a swamp environment living up to its name by hunting and eating fish. Swamp tigers also don’t mind getting wet. The bay cat has very little footage and information on it and there’s a scientist who has spent over a decade of his life researching this elusive animal.

The last part, Science and Secrets, shows how technology has been aiding in studying the lives of cats and even saving them from extinction. Out of all of the cats, lions are argued to be the most intelligent since they are social by living in prides. It was neat watching a female lion figure out how to open up a box with meat inside while having another female watching in the distance and learning from her experience and opening the box faster.

As cool as the big cats are, seeing some of the world’s smallest felines hunting is truly a sight to behold. The rusty-spotted cat is only 3 lbs and is every bit of a killing machine as its bigger relatives. The desert native Black-footed Cat is around 4 lbs and has a 60% success rate when it hunts, which is pretty impressive.

If you find cats fascinating, Nature: Super Cats is worth checking out. The visuals look great in the Blu-ray version, and it’s worth the extra $2 on Amazon. The series can be yours in high definition for less than $19.



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