Is the Google Pixel 2 as Good as it Seems?

With the rapid releases of new smartphone models, it can be hard to know which device you should upgrade to, the recent release of the Google Pixel 2 seems to be one of the hottest phones on the market right now but I’m here to go through this veratilephone’s features to see if this really is the case. The thing about Google Pixel phones is that even though they are on their second model they are a pretty new phone brand when you look at how long the competition has been around.

 

Display

One of the most important things on your phone in my opinion would have to be the screen, if the screen is not the right size or quality for what you want to use your mobile device for then it is likely that you are not going to enjoy your experience with the phone. If you are someone that is looking for a good entertainment device then the Google Pixel 2 is the one for you, it has a durable gorilla glass coating to protect the high-quality multi-contrast screen.

 

Camera Quality

The camera on this phone is also very high quality with a twelve-point two-megapixel camera on the rear, this camera provides high definition photos and four k video recording capabilities. These top specifications would be perfect for someone who enjoys being able to capture high-quality content without having to carry an extra device. If you are a budding photographer you will be very happy with the camera quality on this phone and the included editing software has been rated as one of the best in the industry so you can touch up your photos to a professional standard.

 

CPU and Gaming

The great thing about the development of the smartphones we all know and love today is the fact that they are basically portable computers with just as much processing power. If you are someone who likes a sharp performance or if you enjoy playing mobile games then this may be the phone for you. The processing power within the Pixel 2 is up to scratch with some of the best releases this year, showing that Google is not playing around when it comes to providing a professional-grade experience with their phones.

 

Battery

One of the main issues with having such high-quality components in a device is that they can reduce the battery life and reduce the time it takes for your phone to die, as many of us have such a busy lifestyle having to repeatedly charge your phone is not an option. Don’t worry as the Google Pixel 2 is fully equipped with a strong battery capable of lasting around fourteen hours when it is used excessively, for me this is an okay battery life especially when you consider how much this phone can do. If you ever need a pixel 2 battery replacement then the parts are very affordable and accessible so getting a new battery fitted should be an easy process.

 

Apps

One of the biggest misconceptions about buying a Pixel phone is that you will no longer have access to the traditional Android Google Play Store, while it is true that we may be seeing a software update where you can get apps through other means, all Pixel phones come with a guaranteed three years access to the normal app store. If you enjoy using the older app store then you have it guaranteed that you will be able to do so for three years.

Understanding Vaccines: How are They Produced?

This year has been a groundbreaking year for so many different aspects of scientific breakthroughs. Many new processes have been developed from creating new vaccines to cosmetic developments such as the microcannulas method which allows fillers to be performed without sharp needles.

For those of you who don’t know most of the complications related to having fillers is due to the sharpness of the needle so this development will make receiving filler much safer. We’re going to discuss vaccines and the latest breakthrough but you can read more about the microcannula technique here if you’re interested in this too. Vaccines have been around for a very long time, the very first vaccine was created hundreds of years ago in 1796 by a man named Edward Jenner.

He developed a vaccine to try and help the fight against cowpox and smallpox which were both common diseases at the time, the first-ever vaccine on record was administered in Berkeley, England by Edward Jenner. Vaccines have come a long way since 1796 and have helped to eliminate many deadly diseases from the human population, scientists are always working on new vaccines for diseases that don’t yet have a cure. Many people have been trying to get a deeper understanding of how vaccines work and how they’re produced after a vaccine was found for the coronavirus in record time, vaccines usually take years to get approval but within a year a vaccine has been improved. We’re going to explain all the basics you need to know about vaccinations.

 

How do they work?

Vaccines work by triggering a response from your immune system. If you suffer from any illness then your body’s immune system works hard to fight off any attacking bacteria to prevent any serious harm from coming to you.

Once your body has fought off an illness there are memory cells within the immune system which means if the same bacteria attacks again they’ll be able to fight it off much quicker. Vaccines work by injecting a weakened or dead form of bacteria into you, this causes the immune system to respond without you getting sick. Then if your body does get attacked by an alive version of the virus your immune system will already know how to fight off the attackers. This is the basic concept of how a vaccine works and how it leads to immunity.

 

How are they produced?

Vaccines have to go through rigorous testing before they can be stamped with approval and administered. There are many phases this testing must go through, the journey starts with a pre-clinical phase where scientists determine which antigen should be used to provoke a response from your immune system. This is then tested on animals and if there is an immune response the testing will continue to the next phase which is testing on humans, this happens in three phases.

The first phase usually involves testing on young, healthy, and fit volunteers to see what the optimal dosage is, if it provokes a response in humans as well as animals and if there are any harmful side effects. If it’s deemed safe following this then it moves on to phase 2 which will increase the number of volunteers being tested on and include volunteers from the group that the vaccine is being developed for.

Finally, if it passes phase 2 then phase 3 expands testing from hundreds of volunteers to thousands. Phase 3 also usually has volunteers from more than one country and many areas within a country to check it is safe for all. It usually takes around 10 years for a vaccine to be approved.

RSI: What it is and How to Avoid It

What is RSI? According to Wikipedia, RSI stands for ‘repetitive strain injury’. Wikipedia states the injury in question can occur to any part of the skeletal or nervous system that sees over, or repeated use.

Does this sound pretty benign? Believe me, it’s not. Repetitive strain injury can be extremely painful and can make other tasks in your daily life difficult, or impossible, to complete. While both have similarities, read about how a sprain differs from a strain. A sprain, says Wikipedia, is a torn ligament. A sprain happens all at once, and not over time like a strain. Sprains, while requiring more short-term rest and recovery, once healed tend not to cause any further issues (though can be weaker more likely to sprain than before). Sprains, even the less serious ones, have the potential to have longer-term rest and recovery periods than sprains and often return when aggravated by external stimulus.

How to avoid a Repetitive Strain Injury

A lot of us spend our days attached to technology; whether that be a phone, laptop, gaming console, tablet, or any other device. Technology isn’t designed for long term use and often causes repetitive strain injuries from the amount we use them. To combat this, here are a few things you can do:

Put your phone down

I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to this, especially with Among Us out. But, with that said, taking regular breaks from holding your phone will really help keep RSI away. Buy a phone stand!

Invest in ergonomic items

Ergonomic items, such as gaming controllers, mouses, and furniture, are specially made to fit the human body. For example, the generic mouses used for laptops and computers aren’t good for your wrist; many people get RSI this way. An ergonomic mouse, however, is designed to mimic your body’s natural positioning, preventing RSI.

So there you have it, look after your body, and buy some ergonomic stuff to stave off RSI.

How To Edit Your Photos Like a Pro

Many of us love taking photos, but whether you view it as a fun hobby or are considering it as a potential career, there are plenty of ways to put your photography ahead of the rest. If you feel you’re taking the best quality of photos, but want to take them one step further or even want to experiment with the aesthetic of the photos, it may be worth looking into the effects of editing your photos. Good photo editing makes all the difference between something looking like a bad use of photoshop to the sort of photos you see framed all around the world. Why not try to expand your photography portfolio by editing your photos. If you’re wanting to get started, here’s a quick guide on how to edit your photos like a pro.

 

Get Inspiration

The first step you should take is finding styles of photographs that you might want to try and experiment with. A good place to start may be the photo-sharing social media, Instagram. Try and explore some more popular photography accounts to see if you can find an aesthetic that resonates with you. Who knows, you might even make some contacts you can use in the future. You may even find some photographers have already followed you. There are plenty of ways to find out who doesn’t follow you back on instagram if you’re wanting to check for yourself. Why not make a mood-board or save some photos or accounts you like the look of.

 

To Software or Not to Software?

If you’re looking into editing your photos, you may be hit with ads for various photo editing software. Things like photoshop are often advertised and used by many people, however, if you’re only beginning your photo editing journey, there’s nothing wrong with starting your experimentation with free photo editing software. There are plenty of free apps you can download on your phone with a whole range of editing tools. Most of these apps have premium or pro versions that you can buy if you’re wanting a wider range of tools or styles. But, take it at your own pace, there are plenty of people who make career worthy photographs using free editing software.

 

Filters

One of the most widely recognized elements of photo editing is the filter. Many of us know and love them and many even use them for every kind of photo. A filter can change the mood or aesthetic of your photo with very little effort. There are plenty of existing preset filters that you won’t need to alter or change. The key is looking at a range and seeing which ones fit your photographs and the feeling you’re trying to evoke from them. Whether you’re wanting your photo to look colder or warmer or if you’re a black and white kind of person, there’s something out there for everyone. A filter is the easiest way to get a consistent aesthetic for your photos, especially if you’re posting them somewhere like Instagram or in an online portfolio.

 

Exposure

Whilst the only limit to your photo editing is your imagination, one thing you need to pay attention to is the exposure of your photos. Messing around with the brightness too much can lead to your photos looking over or underexposed. Which are the simplest terms, means your photos could look either too bright and blown out or too dark and difficult to make out. Whilst you have creative freedom on everything else, make sure your photos are correctly exposed or you could end up sacrificing the quality of your photos.

From Games to Guides: The Best Apps To Download in 2021

After 2020 being the year of lockdowns smartphones have become the main source of entertainment for many people. They’ve become a lifeline for millions of people during the pandemic and with the pandemic not looking like it’s coming to an end anytime soon lockdowns will most likely carry on into 2021. To make 2021 more enjoyable during the lockdowns a good thing to consider is what apps will help you have fun during this lockdown. They’re capable of so much to make your quarantined days better, they have social media apps that will allow you to keep in contact with friends and family, there are graphic design apps, work-related apps such as word, editing apps, games, etc. Finding helpful or enjoyable apps can be difficult so we’ve compiled a list of apps that you might want to download.

Air BnB

Air BnB would be a great app to download for 2021 as after 2020 was a year of not being able to travel. After missing out on a year of traveling and adventures you’ll want to make up for this in 2021. Air BnB allows people to provide their extra rooms/homes as holiday homes for other people. They rent these spaces out and many of them are incredible and at a good price too. By using air BnB to book your next holidays you’ll be able to travel for longer and visit more places for the same price. Even if travel isn’t possible during 2021 then air BnB is still a great app to download to kill time dreaming about the places you want to visit when the pandemic is finally over.

Lilith Games

Farlight 84 is a game produced by Lilith games. It’s a shooter game that is set in an apocalyptic wasteland and is a thrilling combat game. There are various characters that you can play as, if you’re an animal lover in real life then you can play as a veterinarian or if that doesn’t appeal to you there’s a weapons engineer among many other characters. Lilith games also have many other game apps that would be great to download, we rank their game AFK arena as the best app of theirs to download in 2021 because LilithGames just changed the way to redeem AFK Arena giftcodes making it much more effective. Their games are available as apps to download on both the android app store and the apple app store.

Netflix

Netflix is a movie and tv series streaming service. The app is free to download but requires a monthly subscription to access the content on the app. It’s a highly rated app, it’s cheaper than paying for satellite tv and has many more options of what to watch as every month some shows and movies are taken down and replaced with new content. Another positive to downloading Netflix is if you’re sick of all the adverts you have to watch when watching tv, you can avoid this on Netflix as it’s commercial-free. It also works on almost every platform smartphones, PlayStation, Xbox, etc. Everyone’s favorite Netflix feature that will likely make you make the switch is that the Netflix algorithm learns what shows you like and uses this information to recommend new shows and movies to you so you’ll never struggle to figure out what to watch.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a languages app that offers over 30 different languages for the user to choose from to learn from widely spoken languages like Spanish to less spoken languages like Finnish. This game has grown in popularity over the last year as many people had much more spare time and used it to try and develop a new skill. If you missed the original hype in recent years then 2021 is the time for you to download the app, it’s never too late to learn a new skill. Duolingo makes learning languages fun and simple, you create a profile and set your weekly goals and then the app does the rest for you. The lessons are fun and involve lots of different activities to help you learn about a variety of topics e.g. simple phrases and it helps you to learn to speak, reading, and listening in your chosen language.

How It Works: Exploring the Magic of Search Engines

The idea of search engines may seem intimidating at first glance, but it is an extremely straightforward and integral part of the world of search engines. When you think of search engines, you may simply think of inputting a question into google and then browsing the most popular answers that appear at the top of the web page. But how do these options appear at the top of the page and how does google know what is most relevant to your search? It may seem like a confusing process and rightly so, though the processes of search engines are straightforward once you understand all of the elements, someone who has no experience with how they work can understandably be puzzled.

 

What you may not know is that search engines use bots and other tools to ensure that you have the best answers to any questions that you may have. Here is how the magical world of search engines work.

 

Bots/Crawlers

The first step for storing information for any search engine is using bots of crawlers to scour the internet and take note of relevant pages. This works by searching up key terms or phrases that relate to certain searches and categorizing them. Not only will these bots/crawlers look over the actual content, but they will also look over the code to make sure the site is safe. Something that can unfortunately happen is that hackers and virus producers may use key terms and safe looking content to try and improve its ranking in a search engine. By looking at the actual URL code, the bot is able to get an idea of whether or not the page is safe and if it is not it will not rank it higher.

 

The main way that bots find new URLs is by looking back at pages that they already know exist and extracting any links that they may find on there and link it to the shared topic of the original page.

 

Index

After completing the crawling process, bots will create an index of the new sites that they have found.  Once a page has been indexed, it will start to appear as a result of any relevant questions or searches.  Indexing is slightly more complicated than it may appear at first, but it is a very important part of the search engine process. Indexing not only files any page, but it also takes apart the page and finds any keywords or phrases, and stores it alongside the actual page. This makes searching for all of the relevant pages much faster as instead of having to search through billions of search options, it is instead limited to those that fall under all of the relevant key terms.

 

Ranking

For any page owner, ranking is one of the most important parts of the search engine process. A site is ranked by how relevant it is to the query that has been searched along with a number of other classifications. There are too many classifications to list, but the classifications are usually based on locality and relevancy to the question. The traffic to a page is also a good indication of how highly the page will be ranked, as if a page has a lot of traffic, this usually means that it is relevant to the search.

 

SEO

If you are someone with a page or business that wants to improve your search engine position, you may ask for the assistance of an SEO company. This is completely understandable as knowing what to do to become more popular in the search engine takes a long time and a lot of resources that you may not have. I found myself in the same position when I was trying to improve the ranking of my own page online, I didn’t want to make any changes without being educated on the matter so I went with an seo company in perth instead of doing it myself. For me, this was the best option as they already knew how to work with the search engine and it also meant that I could invest time in other aspects of my business.