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In recent years we have been made more aware of our impact on the environment. We know now that our actions as a species have directly affected the atmosphere and weather. Summers are hotter. Winters are colder. And if we don’t make a change, we are in serious danger.

One innovation that has been a huge boost to the green initiative is the introduction of electric cars. These function exactly like normal cars, but rather than running on fossil fuels, they are powered by electricity. This means they have no carbon emissions and present no danger to the environment.

A lot of countries have been happy to introduce electric cars. Others have not. This includes the USA. The nation that is leading the charge in fighting against electric cars. This is odd considering Tesla, one of the worlds leading electric car companies, is American.

Texas

Some states have happily welcomes electric cars. But this is to be expected of those more liberal states. What really needs to happen is a massive red state needs to step up and prove to the others that electric cars are the way forward.

And it seems Texas has taken up this job. This came as a surprise to a lot of people, but it’s true. Texas is paving the way for electric cars and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. But how exactly are they doing this? Let’s break it down.

Tax Breaks

Texas is following the example Norway set. Norway introduced a massive series of tax breaks for people looking to buy electric cars, but also providing tax breaks to any company looking to sell electric cars in their nation.

Texas is looking to copy this method exactly. This would mean an owner of an electric car would pay less road-tax overall. And companies, such as Tesla, would have to pay less tax to sell their cars in Texas. This is a win-win for everyone. It means the price of electric cars will go down. As the price decreases and the reduced road-tax for owning one, more people are sure to get on the electric car trend.

Purchasing the Car

Texas is also making it easier for people to get a new car as well. We did a comparison of title loans in Texas against other red states like Florida. And Texas has removed a lot of the red-tape surrounding it. Interest rates on loans are capped at a lower rate, making it more viable for customers to get an electric car without breaking the bank or forcing themselves into excessive debt.

Free Charging

When you own a car, you know as well as I do that the biggest cost isn’t buying the car itself. It’s the fuel cost. And gas prices are only ever going to go up. Not down. A time will come when fuel is so scarce that gas will cost triple what it does now.

But Texas is incentivizing people to go electric by offering free charging in a few year’s time. This means there will be no additional fueling costs while driving. This is already a practice in Norway, so it is no surprise Texas is following suit.

Free charging does of course incur a cost to the state, but that cost is one Texas is willing to take on as the long-term benefits will be nothing but positive. Alongside the decreased pollution, Texas actually stands to save money by providing free charging.

You may not know this, but each state in America has to bid on the amount of pollution they are allowed to produce each year. If a state produces more pollution than allowed, it can be hit with very hefty fines. And they have to pay a steep upfront cost each year to cover the pollution they know they will be producing. So by increasing its green effort, Texas will save more money than it will ever spend on providing free charging.

We can only hope other states follow the example of Texas. If they do we might see a marked improvement in the global carbon footprint in the coming years.

 

 

Our society is literally built on the backs of construction workers. All the world’s greatest scientific marvels and artistic achievements were only possible because our ancestors put in the hours of back-breaking labor to build shelters.

Shelter protects us from the cold and the dark. It stopped predators from attacking us in our sleep. It increased infant mortality rates and overall health and wellbeing. And with the invention of shelters, we saw many more innovations come forth to improve our quality of life even more. Indoor plumbing. Central heating. Refrigeration.

The greatest devices ever built wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the men and women who built the houses and labs they were created in. This is why today we want to take a look at the World of Construction and how technological innovation has changed and shaped it over our history. Everything from the old, yet significant inventions. To the new and modern cutting tech construction tech.

Saftey

Time was that construction was a dangerous profession. It still is, but less say today than one hundred years ago. Any major construction project is allocated a number of deaths or injuries that can occur before it is considered a problem. This is a grim, but indisputable fact that there are bound to be accidents.

But we have been seeking to minimize these accidents throughout our history. In ancient times people cared little if someone died building something. Mainly due to the fact construction was carried out by slave labor.

Nowadays, we put more value on human life. This is why modern construction workers wear a safety-focused uniform at all times. Hard Hats were one of the most significant inventions in this field. Made of a light-weight yet super resilient plastic. These hats are designed to make a significant impact and reduce the damage to the wearer. It has been proven that the introduction of hard hats reduced workplace accidents by a significant factor.

High-vis jackets are another invention that utilizes incredible tech to improve safety. They make use of cat-eye and reflective technology to be hyper-visible. Even in minimal lighting. This is important on a construction site as it can be, at times, difficult to spot a person. But their jackets make them stand out even from 100 stories up.

Efficiency

Recently I hired this concrete contractor for the project in my Florida home. They arrived and the job was done in a couple of days. I, of course, took this for granted as that is what I expected. But in the past mixing concrete was a tiresome and long procedure. Any work that needed concrete could take weeks or months. Whereas today a concrete mixer cuts the workload in half.

The tech itself is simple. An electronic spinning mechanism allows the concrete to be mixed automatically and quickly. But it just goes to show how even the simplest of tech innovations has the biggest impact on construction, and in turn our society.

This leads me to one of the greatest innovations of construction. The Crane. Cranes are not new by any means. There is proof that the ancient Egyptians used man-powered winches and cranes to build the Pyramids and other monuments. But modern cranes make use of two types of innovation to improve on this design.

Firstly, they are automated to a degree. No longer do they rely on man-power. They use technology to lift incredible weights with ease. The second is the fact they are built using modern industrial technology. This allows them to reach the highest heights imaginable. This wouldn’t have been possible in ancient times dues to the unstable nature of the materials they would use.

Planning

No construction project starts overnight. You can’t just find a plot of land, buy the materials, and dive in. There is a lot of rigorous and detailed planning that needs to occur before anyone can step on site. A lot of this planning is carried out by the architects before construction begins.

It involves a lot more than simply a creative flair and straight lines. It requires a lot of maths and scientific knowledge. A building is a sturdy, yet complex thing. Making use of a number of different materials and techniques to support the massive weight of itself.

In the past, this planning would take a long time. Mainly due to the fact that all the calculations had to be manually and checked over and over again. And then this process was repeated at the construction process as planning had to be done carefully.

Now we can make use of fantastic computers and calculators to help cut down on the calculation times. Something that could have taken a month to plan out can be done in a week or even a few days depending on the size. Gone are the days of using an abacus to sort these things out.

Another thing that we can do to help utilizes the power of simulations. These programs can perfectly simulate what the building will look like with its current specifications. It can then be given real-world physics. This lets the simulation calculate if the building will actually hold up one constructed. This can stop any potential disasters from happening further down the line and ensures construction is as safe as it can possibly be.

 

 

2020 may have been an absolutely terrible year in a lot of areas. Socially we were all locked down and confined by a global pandemic. Politically the world has never been more divided. But there is one area that still stands strong amidst all this chaos. And that is the world of Video Games.

Every year it seems the gaming world is blessed with new fantastic titles, incredible gaming stories, and fantastic new technology to make our gaming sessions more intense. So as we leave 2020 behind us, we want to take a look at some of the most popular games of 2020. To remind ourselves that there was some light in the darkness.

Warzone

Call of Duty is a staple of the gaming world. You can always bank on there being a new CoD released in any given year. And you can guarantee that it won’t break from the winning formula that has made CoD such a success.

But Warzone did try something different. The battle royale genre has become rather saturated in recent years. Thanks to the success of Fortnite. So it’s no surprise that CoD would try to get in on the action.

But Warzone differs in one respect. It takes the winning CoD gunplay and combat systems to create a totally different experience. And with plenty of hacks, cheats and aimbots for warzone to help you win, it is no wonder Warzone was one of the most popular games of 2020.

Fall Guys

Move over Mario party, there is a new party game in town. Fall Guys appeared out of seemingly nowhere and became the summer smash hit. Everywhere we looked we saw articles and videos of Fall Guys. The charming take on gameshow such as total wipeout being played by 6ft tall bean men won hearts and minds everywhere.

The game uses the battle royale formula but is decided over a series of rounds where random mini-games are played. The stakes are always high as there can only ever be one winner. The game keeps things fresh by changing the theme every season. Everything from Wizards and Knights to Frozen winter wonderland. We personally cannot wait to see what exciting new minigames make an appearance in 2021

Among Us

Among Us has been around for a while now. But it was only this winter that it really came into its own. Moving from relative obscurity to being one of the most popular games on the planet. It takes the traditional werewolf/mafia gameplay idea and puts you and a small crew against alien infiltrators.

You have to use all your wits to complete the tasks and uncover the aliens before everyone is murdered. This seems simple but you have to deal with the fact that your teammates are often random people who seek only to troll you. Among us is playable for free on mobile or for purchase on other systems. We recommend playing the PC version as keyboard integration is much easier to use than a phone touchscreen.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for millions upon millions of gamers, the release of Animal Cross NH was a monumental occasion. Especially since people found themselves stuck indoors for a long time, this game offered everyone an escape to a more idyllic world full of friendly animals and comfy scenery.

The new iteration in the series added a lot of quality of life improvements the game has been calling out for. A crafting and milestone system to encourage continued play. Improved multiplayer and the ability to terraform the landscape.

 

It isn’t unusual to see medical professionals telling people they need to spend less time on their phones or away from their computers. Eye-strain, RSI, back-ache, and a number of mental conditions can be linked to prolonged exposure to technology and the blue light emitted from our screens.

And there is the massive social movement that aims to encourage us to step away from our screens and engage with the world around us, as our forefathers had to. And these people are often met with criticism. Particularly from the younger generations who have only known this digital world.

So why are we now seeing a stream of medical professionals recommending people start investing in smartwatches? Contrary to their usual stance of advising us to cut down on our technology use, they now want us to take it a step further.

 

SmartWatches

For those who are unaware, a smartwatch is exactly what it sounds like. A smartphone-style watch. They look like a normal wristwatch and strap on just the same. But the clock face is actually a screen and it functions similarly to a modern phone. Scroll through apps. Bluetooth connection. And they even display the time, fulfilling their primary function as a watch.

They are extremely useful for anyone who leads a busy lifestyle. You can check messages and emails on them, get live weather updates and some even offer facetime functionality. But there is one function that is responsible for the sudden surge of recommendations from doctors.

 

Monitor

A few years ago you may recall FitBits became all the rage. They made the perfect Xmas present and it seemed everyone and their mother was out sporting a sleek FitBit. And they received a lot of positive press as they were encouraging people to take their health more seriously and exercise regularly.  Some medical companies even began promoting FitBits to encourage their use. For a brief time, you could get FitBit supplies at the face med store and other medical suppliers.

Some studies have looked into this phenomenon and have suggested that the data recorded and shown by a FitBit almost turns working out into a game. And humans are more likely to engage with something when they can see results in metric form.

But, of course, once a workout was done and dusted a lot of people would simply remove their FitBit for the day. This is where the smartwatches come into play.

Consistent Data

The biggest upside to a smartwatch is they are designed to be worn throughout the day. Aside from their social functions,  most smartwatches also contain all the tracking equipment as a FitBit.

This is the biggest reason medical professionals are encouraging people to invest in smartwatches. The ability to track your own biometric data throughout the day is fantastically useful to a doctor. If you ever found yourself falling ill or are injured, the data can be compiled and provided to the hospital to give a much more detailed medical history. This will allow for a greater degree of certainty when making a diagnosis.

Another useful function is that these watches can alert emergency services if you are in need of help. Gone are the days of needing to call for an ambulance. Even now we are hearing stories of people who have been saved by their smartwatches knowing they were having a heart attack before the patient did.

The Downside

It’s no wonder doctors are encouraging people to wear a smartwatch as often as they can. But there is a downside, as with anything. Firstly, they are extremely expensive at the moment. Being a luxury item, it is going to be a long time before we see them come down to more affordable prices.

There is also the argument raging about how our devices track and monitor us. In our society today it is nearly impossible to do anything or go anywhere without being tracked. So some argue these devices are just a step towards giving our bodies over to the cooperate machine.

We hope a day will come when everyone can make use of the safety a smartwatch can provide. Until then, I will stick to my FitBit.

 

Going back to the early days when there was no electricity and all the tasks were done manually, it was seen that a higher level of effort and energy was required. This resulted in the completion of small tasks in a longer duration, but with the discoveries heading over year after year, the technology got developed. The evolving technology has given rise to the electronic gadgets used by people to make their lives easier and simpler.

With the introduction of electronic gadgets in the market, the demand for human resources got lower, and people could complete their work in lesser time and more conveniently. As the days are passing by the technology is growing more powerful and advance only. It is climbing the graph of the modern era at a very high speed. However, technology has made people dependent on it directly or indirectly. We cannot even afford to imagine our lives without a fridge, watches, mobile phones, televisions, etc. devices that we use in our daily lives. In this article, we will look at glace points of electronic gadgets and how to save money and buy smartly when purchasing consumer electronic gadgets!

What is consumer electronic gadgets?

As the word defines consumer electronic gadgets, which tells about all the gadgets consumed by the homies. These consumer electronic gadgets are often known as home electronics. These can be digital as well as analog. These devices are generally used for consumption at homes. Some of them can be television, radios, calculators, mp3 players, gaming consoles, etc. better ranges of products appear in the market with the change in technology.

The reports are evidence that the field of consumer electronic gadgets contributes to the world economy. On average, the annual revenue earned from the consumer electronic devices sales is supposed to reach $2.9 trillion by this year of 2020. Despite the pandemic, the profit earned in the electronic industry is not seen coming down. Although the speed of sales was slowed down for a few months, now again it has gained speed. Back to back emergence of new technology is seen in almost all the areas. This is the reason why the cost of electronic devices is not rising high.

Tips for buying electronic gadgets cost-effectively.

When it comes to purchasing a device, the first thing you decide is the budget. Budget is a very important factor that one needs to consider while buying electronic devices. This is because, with each day passing, technology has just become better and advanced. Therefore, our knowledge of old techniques must be abolished and continuously adopt new methods for judging the products based on the latest technology. However, if you know every minute detail of that gadget, it will become easy to judge if the gadget’s cost is appropriate. Or if you can buy a better product in a similar range. Especially when you buy products online, all the features and specifications need to be tested and ensured about. For better decisions, you can take a look at reviews that best describes the product. The reviews and ratings tell everything you need to know about your gadget. Here are some of the ways using which you can save your money when purchasing the consumer gadgets:

  • Shop for previous generation gadgets
  • Never go for purchasing the expensive cables
  • If purchasing the printer check for the ink usage before you buy it
  • Sell old devices and invest in better
  • Unplug your devices
  • Look for a better deal
  • Don’t let your kids play games with the in-app purchases

What is the use of using electronic gadgets?

Electronic gadgets have somehow proved to be a convenient way of doing various tasks and simultaneously offering fun and entertainment to people. With the involvement of these electronic gadgets, the daily life of people has moved to the paths of betterment. More hi-tech you are, the better and lavish your lifestyle will be considered, and you can thus, contribute to the advancement in the technology.

Numerous countries have excelled in technology and are now standing at the number one position in the world. On the other hand, some countries are still away from experiencing better technical devices and, thus, are moving backward from others. We can say that technology also indirectly affects the growth of any country, and majorly influences people’s lifestyles. By opting for electronic devices consumption, we can make our living style better and easier.

Lastly, it can be concluded that electronic devices are the most necessary human beings in the present era. Most of the people are used to these devices to a great extent. Consumer electronic devices are a great way of entertaining ourselves. Just because of the latest technology that keeps on upgrading every day, the cost of these devices varies. This is why it is advised to have complete knowledge related to the gadget you want to buy. Knowing the in and out of the device and the specifications and features will help you judge if the product is worth buying. The cost of the device is also based on the technology it uses to build itself.

Where to buy?

There are many websites and stores online that sell best consumer electronic devices, but the customers should make use of trusted and safe sites only to buy these products. Many fraud sites are also accused of selling duplicate or fake products on the name of branded devices. If you buy cheap or fake brand products, there are chances of experiencing causalities. Since most of these devices run on electricity or battery, it is seen that duplicate and cheaper gadgets whose quality is kept low tend to only run for a short duration. They are then exposed to short circuits or battery problems. Thus, make sure you buy better quality and original products when shopping online from amazon as these gadgets are expensive to buy and involve a good amount of money when purchasing. These gadgets also work as an investment product, and if you want them to run for a long period, make sure you look after their maintenance.