Nov 25

The Top 5 Green Living Apps for the Environmentalist

If you are very keen on protecting the environment, you will probably be interested to learn there are apps, which can help you stay as devoted to green living as you’ve always been. I’ve searched the net to show you five of the most used apps for environmentalists.

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So, if you’re willing to adopt the idea, take a look at the suggestions of Tenancy Cleaning W8.

 

  1. Light Bulb Finder

Want to know how to switch to energy-saving light bulbs? The Light Bulb Finder app will help you find the best light bulbs available on the market, compare costs and environmental impact they have. It shows light bulb images, pricing and other important characteristics of the given product. Want to know what type of energy-saving light bulb you should buy to replace your incandescent equivalent? The app will give you all the information you need with just one click. The best part about Light Bulb Finder is that you can shop directly through it. It is available for iPhone and Android.

This app is free of charge.

 

  1. ClimateCounts

Want to know what climate impact leading companies have? Then this app is for you. ClimateCounts will give you information about climate ratings in different industries. It reveals companies’ sustainability efforts and the way they impact the environment. Later on, consumers can share their concerns with the companies through the app, either on social sites or by e-mail. ClimateCounts allows people to search by industry or company. It is available for iOS users.

The app is free of charge.

 

  1. Fooducate

Make informed decisions about the food you buy by using the Fooducate app available for Android and iOS. It scans food giving valuable information as to how good a product is. It provides details about ingredients and nutrients as well as a letter grade for every item, from A to D. For example, according to Fooducate, Mahatma brown rice is an A, whereas prepared white rice is a B+. In comparison, prepared wild rice is an A-. The app can both scan your food or you can provide the necessary information manually by entering the bar code. Simple as that.

Apart from this, the app also shows calories. For example, you type ‘chocolate’ and the app displays a few pages of results, revealing information about calories (e.g. white chocolate 458 calories, dark chocolate 218 calories, milk chocolate 37 calories, etc.) Did you know that avocados in Florida have 365 calories per serving, whereas those is California have no more than 227 calories per serving? It’s valuable information, I think. You can calculate your calories properly and help improve your diet.

The app is available at $4.99.

 

  1. Carbon Emissions Calculator

Ever wondered how much you impact the environment when travelling by air? The Carbon Emissions Calculator app can tell you just how much carbon emissions there are during your air travels.

Carbon Emissions Calculator app is available for iOS users. What you need to do in order for it to work is to specify your destination airports and your origin, select the number of passenger to join you in your flight as well as the class of travel and the app will show you how much your trip will affect nature.

The app is offered for free.

 

  1. Locavore

Looking for in-season food? Use Locavore app. It shows users nearby farmers and markets which offer the food you want. Seasonal produce has never been so easy to find. You can search for organic foods and use thousands of recipes. The app informs you which vegetables and fruits are available at the moment and it also lets you know whether they are currently in season.

The app is provided for free and is available for both Android and iOS.

 

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Nov 19

The Best Tips For Keeping Your Computer in Premium Condition

Having a computer that is in the best possible condition that it needs to be is imperative. These are expensive machines. So, if you are looking at ways of making sure that your devices are in the best possible condition, you need to take heed of this advice.

 

Invest in Clean Up Software

In some circumstances, manual simply won’t do. You have to make speculate to accumulate. The world of technology is no different. There is a wide range of different clean up software programs that you can install or download. For Mac users, there is the Mackeeper download. Many people have found this to be a useful tool when they don’t want to clean manually up their computer. Let’s face it; cleaning up your devices via the manual route can be a long, drawn out process. The cost of mackeeper is relatively cheap, so do make sure that you spend wisely. For Team Windows, you can get a whole host of Microsoft approved products via their site. Take a look and see what is best for your operating system.

 

 

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The Importance of Backing Up

Okay, we all know that it is vital to backup our data. But, it can have a bigger impact on your computer. If you store a large number of photos, videos, movies and music on your computer, you need to make sure that you are saving these. What is more, you need to be backing them up.

In fact, removing these from your hard drive and storing them on a USB is an excellent way of making sure that your machine is in premium condition. You don’t have to store every little thing to your computer. On the contrary, you can back up using a wide range of different methods. USB sticks are cheap and can be purchased in bulk via online vendors. But, you can also attain DVDs and other types of discs to make sure that you are not running your computer into the ground.

Of course, you can invest in an external hard drive too. These are a great way of freeing up your computer and keeping it in premium condition. Simply back up an external hard drive and your computer is in a great place to run properly.

If you don’t like the thought of backing up via these devices, you can always use the mythical cloud. Well, it’s less mythical these days but it’s an excellent way to store your data. Drop Box and other online solutions are perfect. Plus, you can download the app to your smart device and have all of your files on the go.

 

Antivirus: Have You Got a Sufficient Program Installed?

If you don’t have an antivirus installed on your computer, shame on you. Of course, for Mac users this is less relevant. It may be worth investigating it virus software if use your Mac a lot. But, if you are running a Windows machine, you need to make sure that you have a reliable anti-virus program in place. These are useful for a wide range of reasons. It can detect and prevent Malware. But, they can also stop infections and Trojans. These can severely impact on the condition on your device. So, invest wisely and see what is best for you and your operating system.

Nov 18

Technology that is revolutionizing your daily chores

Nowadays technologies have developed so much, that it is hard for anyone to imagine his life without them. The machines, devices and applications, which ease our lives are numerous, new and more modernized are being invented every day. Here I am going to present some of the best technology inventions these days, which can be used for revolutionizing your daily chores.

 

The Roomba is a gadget, designed for cleaning floors, hoovering carpets and mopping all floor surface. It can be used instead of a vacuum cleaner, a mop and it will maintain your home for less time and efforts. It can be applied on every floor surface multiple times. After navigating it, the Roomba moves freely and saves a lot of time. It vacuums very well the floor, cleans bare floorings and mops them. There are plenty of cleaning robots, available in the markets. They can be programmed to clean certain rooms by being monitored from a distance through the smartphone.

 

The Roomba at large

image credits to Eirik Newth, on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/qWJgT

 

ECOVACS Winbot is a cleaning device for windows – another smart technology, which saves time and does wonderful job. Using it is easy – switching on, setting the robot on the window and pushing start is enough. There are devices, specially created for windows on higher than the ground floor.

 

The Spotter is a multi-purpose technology, which can be connected to your smartphone and trigger various actions. It can be used to supervise motion, sound, light, humidity and temperature and control what’s happening inside the home. Through the phone the Spotter can notify with a sound alarm, for example, when the dishes are cleaned, the washing machine is ready with the laundry or when any other chore is completed or started.

 

Along with the modern lawn mowers for maintaining the grass length, there is a device for cleaning leafs from the front meadow. The leaf blower removes all leaves with just one click of the button. It can be navigated for working with higher or lower power, depending on the quantity of leaves you want to clean from your lawn. The batteries of the tool can replaced without any efforts and this machine can run for a long time, till it does the necessary work. The leaf blower is very useful in the autumn for cleaning meadows from the fallen leaves.

 

There are many applications for controlling the kitchen and other appliances remotely. They can inform you what’s inside your fridge so you will know what you need to buy, do the laundry remotely by turning on the washing machine through your smartphone and take care of many other daily chores. After connecting your smartphone with the devices in your home, you can control them and use them with just one click, from a distance.

 

 

TaskRabbit is a platform, which reminds of cleaning chores, informs about different things like delivery services and can be a very useful web technology. There are many other applications, which can be very helpful in organizing your daily chores.

 

The technology inventions, which are available in the markets and are created with the aim of revolutionizing your daily chores, are various. From cooking, laundry, cleaning, washing dishes and the rest of your daily chores, new devices and appliances are created with fast steps, for making them easy. They can make our lives a lot simpler. Without them nowadays life seems impossible. Cleaning robots can function as a mop cleaner and vacuum cleaner at the same time, and take less time and efforts. They are smaller in size and easy to be used even by Professional Cleaning Services. Web applications offer a lot of information for different services  everyone can use. They can be helpful in finding the nearest laundry service, restaurant, store and etc.

Nov 03

Elsword Online Game Review

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Ah, Elsword… Where should I begin? It’s a 2.5D side scrolling game which works much like the game named “Grand Chase”.  The big difference is the character design and how the PvP system works. Believe me, the PvP system is somewhat annoying.

Before you start playing the game, you have to choose among of the following characters; Elsword, Aisha, Rena, Raven, Eve, Chung, Ara, Elesis and Add. Expect for more characters to come in the future for the game is an MMORPG as well. Each character has their own 3 respective paths, and you can only choose one so choose wisely. Let’s begin talking about them, shall we?

I’m not going to be too detailed on these characters; the rest is up for you to find out. The first one we’ll tackle is of course, the possible leading main character: Elsword.

Elsword the Swordsman can choose to either be a “Sword Knight,” “Magic Knight,” or a “Sheath Knight.” A Sword Knight will be specializing on the usage of Elsword’s rather large sword while Magic Knight, well as name suggests, will be specializing on some magic. Sheath Knight is one of the most complex yet easy to use classes; choosing this class will make Elsword wield two swords and be an overall annoying character in PvP. Not as annoying as Add but we’ll get to him later.

Next up is Aisha the Magician. She can choose to either be a High Magician, Dark Magician, or a Battle Magician. The High Magician is an elementalist, Dark Magician specializes in Dark Magic while Battle Magician is basically a typical Anime MahouShoujo.

Rena the Archer, definitely one of the most annoying opponents you could ever face in PvP. She can take on 3 paths; Combat Ranger, Sniping Ranger and Trapping Ranger.

Raven the Taker, one of the most unique characters in the game. He’s a sword wielder but also has a Nasod Arm (Nasods being robots in the game by the way.) He takes on 3 paths; Sword Taker, Over Taker, Weapon Taker. Sword Taker specializes in Sword Skills, Over Taker specializes in Destructive Abilities and finally Weapon Taker is a mixture of the two.

Eve the Nasod Queen, I should say is my “videogame crush,” is one of the most annoying characters in 3v3 PvP and useful for playing in Dungeons. She is divided into 3 classes: Code:Exotic, Code:Architecture, and Code:Electra. These three classes are quite different from each other. Code:Exotic specializes in Close Combat and the usage of several weapons such as cannons, miniguns, and Nasod Spears. It’s deadly point is “Queen’s Throne.” Code:Architect specializes in summoning Nasod Minions and the like, and lastly Code:Electra specializes in honing and destructive barrage of lasers.

Chung the Guardian, the trap of Elsword, is definitely one of the most challenging opponents you could ever fight. He can journey the path of Fury Guardian, Shooting Guardian and Shelling Guardian. Fury Guardian is regarded as the “Tank” class for Chung. Shooting Guardian specializes the use of dual pistols. Finally, Shelling Guardian uses grenades and the like for his attacks.

AraHaan the Martial Artist. She uses a spear and has quite the mobility that rivals Eve’s overall movement in the air. She can enter 3 paths, Little Hsien, Little Devil and Little Specter. The first class is mostly used by players in PvP due to its rather strong attacks until Little Specter came who specializes in dark exorcist abilities. Little Devil, on the other hand, specialize in the usage of balls. Lots and lots of balls.

Elesis the Red Knight is Elsword’s older sister and wields a claymore. She’s definitely the character you need to have a look out for because out of these characters, one could say that she is the deadliest of them all. Her connection with Grand Chase’s Elesis is official and the same person due to the fact Elsword was confirmed to be Elesis’ little brother in Grand Chase. She can enter one of the 3 paths: Grand Master, Blazing Heart or Crimson Avenger. Each has their own specialization and I think that you should find it out yourself on how they work.

 

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Lastly, my favorite character of all: Add the Tracer. Unlike the other characters, Add is mentally insane due to witnessing his parent’s death, being enslaved and trapped during his childhood. He’s definitely one of the most OP characters in Elsword currently and is both loved and hated by the community. He is designed to pair up with Eve, having the same color scheme and Nasod Weapons. He can enter the jobs of Psychic Tracer, Arc Tracer and Time Tracer. Psychic Tracer relies on brute force. Arc Tracer relies on the usage of different Nasod minions while Time Tracer manipulates time and space.

Now that we are done with the characters, let’s go with the game itself. The game is rather simple and much like Grand Chase. Each stage is well done as well as its boss. It has 3 difficulties: Normal, Hard and Expert. Each difficulty, the map changes and the amount of monsters are increased. Mini bosses are also added which adds in the difficulty. However, the dungeons are rather easy at first but as the game goes on, it gets harder and harder. The bosses also drop rare loots so you will definitely waste your time grinding for these items.

Speaking of dungeons, there are also secret dungeons wherein you need to acquire specific items and the specific level to enter.

There is the Henir Time and Space Challenge which brings in all sorts of joy and rage. It’s basically a dungeon wherein you have to fight ALL the bosses in the game in the hardest difficulty. Oh did I mention? They actually multiply. Good luck with that. Finishing Henir will give you some fragments in which you can exchange for rather powerful gear. Start grinding folks or you will be constantly destroyed in PvP.

PvP is hell, literally. If you wish to enter PvP, I wish you luck because you will seriously feel inferior to the other players. Unless you did some practice and research then go ahead! You can practice at the Sparring Channel by an NPC named Camilla. Moving on, PvP is divided into three: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 as of the moment. The higher the rank you get in PvP, the stronger your opponents gets.

The game supports a stamina system which limits the time you’ll be able to play. You can restore them by using stamina potions which restores 30% but they can only be given by exchanging medals to Ariel or by events.

Well done backgrounds are also present in the game and if you want to get some special gear, you can visit the item mall. In order to buy the items, however, you have to pay real life money. Hope you don’t get addicted.

Now that I’m done explaining, it’s time for its Pros and Cons!

Pros:

  • A fun experience and definitely challenging.
  • Well-made character designs as well as the costumes that comes along with it.
  • Connecting combos which sparks your creativity.
  • Gives Goosebumps during PvP.
  • A 2.5D game which is basically 2D and 3D at the same time.
  • A storyline which leads to several possible fanfictions and ships to sail. I personally ship ElswordxAisha and AddxEve.
  • A comic-style cutscene every time you execute a skill

Cons:

  • Gets rather boring every once in a while, especially if you have to wait for the players to go with you to the dungeon.
  • Frustrating players in PvP(I’m definitely one of them.)
  • The excitement dies down after the first few days of playing unless you are really into games like this.
  • Imbalanced characters (Add and Elesis are the most imbalanced ones.)
  • Sore losers, trash talkers and scammers on some servers while one certain server has the most of them.

 

About the Author: Another guest post contributed by my youngest son- Yahmir,  who’s only 15 years old at the moment.  He’s a grade 9 student, who excels academically, a gamer, a writer and the author of The Lunacy of a Warrior. The Elsword online game review is based on his own opinion and experience.

 

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