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Mobile app developers are always talking about numbers. From how many downloads a product has to the amount of megabytes the software will take from your mobile hard drive, numbers seem to be an integral part of the app world.

With such an emphasis on numerals, it’s only natural that developers have taken this theme and turned it into a series of engaging games. Taking a page out of lexical gaming genre, number games have become as much of a learning tool as an entertaining way to pass the time in recent years, which is why we’ve decided to pick out three of the best examples of the genre.

Mobile Bingo (iOS and Android)

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When it comes to number games, the original has to be bingo. Brightly coloured balls and a giant mixer might not seem like it’s highly entertaining. However, when you factor in the element of chance and some cash prizes, it soon becomes one of the most engaging games in the world. Naturally, in modern times, online and mobile operators, including bgo, Betfair and Wink, have digitised the game and made it possible to play anytime, anywhere.

For example, when you navigate to a page such as bgo.com/bingo, you’ll be thrust into a virtual world of free games, jackpot prizes and bonuses. Basically, if you enjoy numbers and want to win some extra cash, then mobile bingo apps are the way forward.

2048 Number Puzzle (iOS and Android)

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Similar to the type of bingo games offered by operators such as bgo and Wink, Estoty Entertainment’s 2048 Number Puzzle gives you a total, an ever-changing set of numbers and an end goal. The premise of this game is simple: move the numbers around the board in order to make the total 2048 in the shortest time possible.

As well as being a test of your mental arithmetic, this game keeps you coming back for more thanks to a “best score” function and three separate gaming modes which include unlimited “undo” mode for those who make mistakes, and survival mode where you have to hit the total within a set time limit. When the premise is simple and the action engaging, a mobile game is always a hit and 2048 is certainly one of the most addictive number games currently available for iOS and Android users.

Threes (iOS and Android)

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If you liked Spelltower and Letterpress then you’ll love Threes. As you’d expect, Threes is all about the number three and how you can get to this number (or a multiple of it) in the least number of moves. Similar to 2048, Threes gradually fills up the game card with numbers and it’s your job to move the right numbers onto each other in order to make a number related to three.

As you’d expect, the early rounds start off relatively easy with lots of “2” and “1” symbols, but as the boards begin to fill up you’ll need to use your knowledge of multiplication to stay on top of the action. When it comes to being both educational and entertaining, Threes, just like 2048 and mobile bingo, has it all. Indeed, if you’re someone who struggles with math and don’t want to read a textbook, then these games will certainly give you a greater affinity for numbers.

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Becoming a professional blogger isn’t easy. But it is an incredibly rewarding career choice for creative individuals to take. It’s no wonder that so many are trying to break this phenomenal industry.

As a growing media type, bloggers are constantly trying to find new ways of winning new audiences and making more money. There are ample opportunities to be creative and step out into untested territory. However, there are still some focal points that must be adhered to make a success of the business.

Following this blueprint won’t guarantee success. Nonetheless, it should give you a much greater chance. Quite frankly, no blogger can afford to miss out on this information.

This Is Your Business

The beauty of blogging is that you can be as active or passive as you like. If you’re serious about making money from this venture, though, it’s imperative that you treat it like a business. After all, this is your business.

Your blog won’t flourish unless you give it the attention it deserves. You need to commit yourself to the project. Meanwhile, good organisational skills are equally important. This is especially true if you’re juggling the blog with a normal job. You must look to embrace text appointment reminders and other useful tools.

Once you start treating your blog like a business, you can start to earn the money you think that the company deserves.

Blog Audiences Love Personality

Blogging is different from normal journalism. Most readers appreciate it when the blogger displays personality in their posts. If you can relate to the author, you’ll be far more likely to enjoy their work.

This is why it’s imperative that you discover your writing style at the very earliest opportunity. Once you do this, you can start to create much better content that will resonate with your readers in a far more powerful way.

Besides, writing blog posts should be fun. You’ll seek far more enjoyment from letting your passion shine through.

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Online Marketing Is Key

Marketing is a crucial aspect of any business. As your entire operation is conducted online, it’s only natural that you must utilise the internet to grow your audience.

Search engines are one of the main ways that people will find your blog, so it’s imperative that you rank highly on the results. After all, competition is fierce. Using SEO to boost your website’s visibility is a must.

Meanwhile, you should look to use social media as a great tool for recruiting new readers and encouraging them to participate.

Other Bloggers Can Be Your Friends

It’s easy to think that you are in direct competition with every blogger that has ever lived. The truth is that audiences will often visit several blogs.

Teaming up with other bloggers to produce more exciting content can help both parties gain new readers. Meanwhile, you could run joint competitions or promotions to create an extra buzz about both blogs. This can be particularly useful when making YouTube video content.

If you get these joint ventures right, you should both receive a huge boost in popularity. Ultimately, that means more money for everyone. That’s the exact outcome you want!

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Many small businesses are looking to the cloud to provide them with better structures and platforms to improve and modernise their services. Is yours? If not, it might be time to think again. In this guide, we’re going to outline five key reasons that your business should embrace cloud-based technology. Read on to find out if this might be a viable option for you.

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Cheaper startup costs

Many cloud-based services use subscription models, rather than the one-off fee that you often get with software packages. This opens up plenty of possibilities for small businesses who may not afford those one-time costs. Regular monthly payments can be much easier to deal with when you are just starting out. And, that immediate cash saving could be used to strengthen your business in other areas.

More flexible

It is essential for all small businesses that they have options when it comes to the software and services that they use. It can be difficult to predict the future, and a couple of good months of profits could mean you are suddenly capable of scaling up. You need to act quickly to take advantage of this opportunity. According to cloud specialists Cloudamour, the cloud can offer a much more flexible way of working. It can work seasonally, grow with you, or you can scale back when needed. This limits your risk and means that you won’t have to discard equipment or software packages that you no longer have a use for.

Faster

Most cloud services can be set up and start running in no time at all. This is a vast improvement on the unwieldy process of buying, installing, and setting up expensive hardware and software. Also, you won’t have to allocate time to updating and managing the software that you use – it is all taken care of by the service provider. That gives you and your team the opportunity to spend more time doing more profitable tasks.

More accessible

Because cloud services are hosted elsewhere, they are available from remote locations. That mean that your team can work wherever they are. Many modern small businesses can offer their employees the chance to work from home or on the move, and the cloud is an enormous factor in this. Assuming there is an Internet connection available, you and your staff can access your service from anywhere. That accessibility brings many advantages – particularly the ability to act fast when needed.

Secure

Let’s face it, as a small business you have resources that, most probably, are stretched enough as it is. So how would you expect to find a security flaw in your system? You may not have the time or expertise to deal with it, and it could be years before you finally find the security issue. With cloud-based software, it is all taken care for you. And that peace of mind can help you concentrate on other areas.

Have you moved to the cloud, or are you tempted? We would love to hear your stories – so let us know in the comments section below.

 

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When you enter the world of business, you might find it hard to understand the rules. Let’s face it, you will make many mistakes when you first start out. That is inevitable. If you want to be a success, though, you have to have what it takes. No one said that this journey would be an easy one. If you’re not strong enough, you will never make it. Follow these five awesome business tips.

  1. Take care of your IT systems

If your IT fails you, you have a serious problem. These days, companies need technology in the workplace. When you need IT solutions fast, you need to make sure that you have a reliable team to call. All too often, people think that they can take care of this aspect in-house, but they can’t. If you want to protect your computers, you should look for an IT support service in your area.

  1. Motivate your staff

Do your staff need a little extra motivation? If you feel as though you need to help your employees move forward, you should find out what makes them tick. You should talk to each of your staff members and figure out what their goals are. Once you know that, you can help them reach them. That way, you can motivate people so that they work as hard as possible.

  1. Network, network, network

Networking is vital in any business, and so you must make sure that you do it. You have to build a strong business network. Once you have that, you will never run out of new business options. If you need clients or people to work with, you can find them through networking. If you don’t know enough people in the professional sector, your business will fail. Remember that and you’ll go far!

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  1. Never give up on a project

Is a particular project troubling you? At times, you might find the idea of giving up tempting. Don’t do it. Good business practice is about the search for solutions. When times get hard, you have to carry on. Sometimes, you might struggle to find the drive to do so, but you should push yourself as hard as you can. Only then, will you succeed and move forwards in your career.

  1. Never let a client down

There will be times when you struggle to meet the needs of your customers. Of course, some customers ask for the world and want to pay nothing for it. You should not deal with those customers at all if you can help it. When you take on a job, though, you need to do it to the best of your ability. The moment you let a client down, you start to tarnish your reputation. Don’t do it.

Only a small percentage of people will make it when they start out in business. If you want to be one of them, you have to work harder than anyone else. If you follow these tips, though, it should be plain sailing.

 

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One of the biggest buzzwords we hear in the IT world these days is “the cloud.” We are often told of the benefits of storing our data in a location far away from us. But, there are times where we need to have complete control of our information.

After all; what guarantees are there that our data won’t end up in the wrong hands? It’s for those reasons and more that plenty of firms prefer to have in-house file servers. Is that something you wish to do as well? If so, today’s article will show you how to build a new file server for your business.

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Standalone or rack-mountable?

The first step is to decide whether you want a standalone tower server, or one that you can mount in a rack. Both options have their benefits, and it all comes down to your particular needs and budget.

Tower servers are useful for small office environments. Whereas you may wish to have a rack-mountable one if you want a rack that will house other servers in the future.

Choosing the right components

Irrespective of form factor, building a server is no different to building a PC. You need the basic components – RAM, hard drive, motherboard, CPU, and a power supply. Once you’ve installed them in your desired case, you can concentrate on configuring it!

Here are some tips to choosing the right components for your server:

  • Use server-grade motherboards and ECC (error-checking) RAM;
  • Consider going for a dual-CPU system, using Intel Xeon or better processors;
  • Install SSDs (solid-state drives) instead of conventional hard drives.

Buy a RAID controller card to set up your SSDs

What would happen if one of your SSDs died? If you had a single-drive server, your data will die with it! That’s why it is important you set up a failsafe system for those “just in case” scenarios.

I recommend fitting a RAID controller card and connecting your SSDs to it. That way, if one of your drives goes down, the others can take over. Consider setting up a “hot swappable” solution. That way, you don’t need to power down your server to replace the faulty SSD.

Configure your server operating system

Once you’ve got the hardware sorted out, you need to configure the operating system. The one you choose is down to personal preference.

Many people set up Linux servers because they are cheap (most of the time, they are free). If you’re a Microsoft person, you may prefer to use the Windows Server OS.

Set up an efficient database system

It’s likely that you’ll have one or more databases on your file server. They might be part of a CRM system, for instance.

I recommend using an in memory database from Altibase. That way, your data will get served faster, especially if complex queries get run on a regular basis.

Set up a fast network and Internet connection

Last, but not least, you need to ensure that your network in the workplace is fast. It doesn’t cost a lot to use Gigabit Ethernet in your office. It’s also crucial in environments with scores of users.

If you want to access your server from a remote location, don’t skimp on your Internet connection! You should get one or more leased lines to provide high-speed access from anywhere in the world

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In the past the two tech giants Microsoft and Google haven’t come into any serious conflict. Various disputes about pre-installed browsers and software aside the relationship has been cold but amicable. Now Google are trying to push into Microsoft’s heavily entrenched office market with Google Apps for business. The old dog still has a few tricks however and Microsoft Office is taking the fight online in the form of Office 365. So is this another scuffle or the opening salvo in the war for your budget?

Google’s relatively new Apps for Business offers all of the standard software you’d expect for productivity, Docs, Sheets and Slides for Word, Excel and PowerPoint respectively, and they come through your internet browser. No need for local install or individual software licenses. Working around individual Gmail accounts (with customisable @ addresses) the interfaces for the apps are clean and will feel familiar to any regular Gmail user. They offer all of the standard features you’d use day-to-day for word processing, design and calculation but for the most advanced users there may be some functions you miss from Office. They also integrate with the other standard Google features like Hangouts and Gmail messenger. For the creative collaborators the ability to video conference quickly and easily with colleagues is very useful.

At the centre of the Apps offering is the Drive, Google’s cloud storage platform. From here users can share and collaborate on documents with anyone simply with a few clicks and restrict access as necessary. Drive also automatically saves documents as they are made creating an instant backup that can be opened and edited from anywhere with internet access. Worth noting though is that your office now becomes tied to Drive and the only solution when using other cloud storage is some, often unreliable, apps to synchronise the two clouds. Also being browser only Apps can get memory intensive and some of the more complex documents can cause significant slowdown.

Finally realising that maybe businesses don’t want to pay £140+ for a license for every machine Microsoft have made a big leap in the form of subscription services. Based on a per user/per month price Office 365 is tied to individual staff members not the machine they’re sitting in front of. The implications of this for effective hot-desking within an organisation speak for themselves especially as the Office Apps are also now available through any browser with internet access (though the functionality is slightly reduced over the desktop versions.) 365 also includes SharePoint for document management and fairly limp collaboration. The major benefit for a big organisation will be the Azure Directory though. Utilising ‘Single Sign-On’ Azure integrates with an existing server active directory to allow access to thousands of apps including, notably, Salesforce.

For those tied to the desktop, or using the more complex features, the standard versions of Office are available for download at the second tier of subscription and above. These are the standard Office 2013 programs with no major improvements or new features over those releases that haven’t come in updates since. It’s worth remembering that for a lot of people these will feel familiar though, especially the ubiquitous Outlook, and moving to Google may cause headaches than it solves.

Google have stuck to form and kept their pricing simple. To get access to the full Apps and a 30GB mailbox costs £3.30 per user/per month or £6.80 for the top level. For this you get an unlimited mailbox and additional user management tools on top of the basic. Things are not so clear cut with Microsoft as you might expect. They’ve managed to pull one over on Google with their basic subscription for £3.10 but all you get with this is the browser based apps, no mailbox or desktop install. At the next level, £7.00 per user/per month, you get the desktop versions but it’s at £7.80 you finally get a 50GB email plus access to video conferencing and Yammer software. These prices are only available up to 300 users however and if you need more you’ll need to upgrade to ‘Enterprise’ where the monthly sub starts at £5.00 per user. For simplicity and value for money Google’s pricing does make a lot of sense, especially to a startup or creative company needing flexibility in costs and function.

So which is best? Unfortunately there is no clear winner. Google’s Apps is definitely ‘Office Lite’ but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Office has always been bloated with menus and toolbars that the majority of users never need and using Apps feels like a cleaner experience, more intuitive experience. On the other hand every part of an organisation needs to be able to work together efficiently and if one department can’t do everything they need because the functions aren’t there then everything grinds to a halt. The dreamers will love Google Apps, the accountants will request Excel.

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Microsoft recently offered the newest version of its operating system, Windows 10 as a free upgrade to all Windows users.  The software upgrade will be available for free for the next 12 months.  If you are wondering whether you should take the plunge and upgrade the current Windows system you are using with Windows 10; you need to stop and think carefully about it for a moment.  Read more →

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The internet revolution has changed the business world in two important ways. First it has opened up the market to smaller companies that previously would have not been able to gain enough interest to make an impression. Second, it has made the market more competitive, and that means business owners have to evolve their strategy. The main way to do this is to ensure you are using the latest tech to improve your business.

Online Marketing

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We imagine that you are already using some form of online marketing. You may have a website set up and running that consumers can interact with. You might have a blog that you can use to advertise your company and give customers additional information. Or, you might have figured out how to use social networking to your advantage. Actually, you should already be using all of these resources but we have missed out the most important one, and that is SEO.

SEO or search engine optimization is how to ensure that your company can be found by consumers online. When a consumer types in a phrase or keyword into a search engine related to your business, they should immediately find your site. SEO is how you ensure that this happens and there are two ways you can do it. Either you can learn how to setup your online profile with SEO yourself or, you can hire a company to do it for you. The latter option usually means a more successful result, but the choice is yours.

Computer Networking

Of course, it does not matter how well your company is being marketed online. If your business is not running efficiently you will still struggle to make a profit. We think that the best way to ensure efficiency is to keep your company connected completely. What we mean by this is that your company is using dedicated servers for exchanged information and data. By doing this you will make sure that you do not lose any profitable time because of slow downloads or bad connections. Again, you can set these servers up yourselves but it might be best to hire a professional company. It can be quite a complex process.

Utilizing Digital Resources

As well as saving on costs, switching to digital resources has several other advantages. For example, if you are using E-cards to thank your customers, this is more personal than a mass email sent out to every consumer. But, it also has the advantage of saving on paper and showing your business cares about the environment.

Similarly using an online faxing service rather than a fax machine means you immediately save on a fixed cost. But, you also save the time and effort of filling the fax machine and avoid the issues you have if it breaks down. In this way, your company is running more efficiently, saving money as well as improving your business profile.

We hope you see that it is in your business’s best interest to use the available tech. You will save money and become more competitive, at the same time.

 

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Have you recently started a company that trades online? Would you like some expert tips from the professionals? Then you’ve stumbled upon the right article. This page will provide you with a few key ideas that could help to propel your company forward. There is lots of competition in most industries at the moment. So, it makes sense to look for advice wherever you can find it. At the end of the day, most people do not give their secrets out for free. So, you’re in for a real treat this afternoon.

Get involved with social networks

You might think that Facebook is for kids, but that is an incorrect assumption. Over the last five years, the company has become an essential tool for the business world. Millions of people use that website every single day. So, it doesn’t make sense to overlook the potential. Creating an account only takes a few minutes. Once you’ve done that, it is possible to reach almost everyone in your target market. There is even a paid advertising solution designed to speed up the process.

Learn how to use Google Adwords

Banner advertising services are the best way to drive more relevant traffic to your website. It’s all well and good having thousands of views. However, it won’t benefit your company if that traffic is not converted into sales. Google Adwords allows you to target your efforts based on a wide range of different elements. Presuming your customers are based in the US, you can make sure your banners are not displayed to users outside that country. You can also target based on age, sex, and many other factors.

Use advanced encryptions to protect your network

Hackers will have a field day if they manage to penetrate your system and steal key information. That is bad news for you because it will mean you get lots of negative attention. Considering the situation, it makes sense to encrypt your network. We spoke to someone who provides IT solutions to some of the biggest companies around today. They said that most business owners are now using cloud storage. That is deemed to be much safer than keeping files on your standard system. Perhaps it’s something you should consider if encryption does not seem enough.

Learn from your competitors

Regardless of the products or services you sell, there should be many competitors in the marketplace. Those of you who aren’t achieving your goals should consider replicating their strategies. By looking at their websites, it should become clear what they are going right. Copying them completely is not sensible because it could land you in legal trouble. However, adjusting their techniques slightly could work wonders for your firm.

That’s all we’ve got time for today. Just remember that more than 50% of new companies will fail within the first twelve months of trading. So, you will need to work hard if you want to succeed. Professional assistance might be required if you feel things are beginning to slip. With that in mind, it’s always wise to put some extra cash aside to pay for outsourced services.

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Cooler Master Gaming Keyboard

When it comes to PC gaming whether you’re a casual or expert gamer the equipment you have matters, you have to make sure you think about your choice of gaming keyboards as it could make the difference between winning and losing. More so you need a keyboard that can seamlessly go from writing reports to a hard-core gaming controller with easy, so knowing the right gaming keyboard to get and what distinguishes one from another is vital. But don’t worry I’m go to list some of the top gaming keyboard of 2015 to help.

First up and one of the best gaming keyboards currently on the market the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB, which has been improved in every way over its predecessor. The Corsair K70 RGB has the durability, styling and responsiveness that all Corsair gaming keyboards are famed for alongside a multicolour per key backlighting with all sorts of colour combinations. The K70 RGB also features mechanical switches throughout with a no bump or click keys so no distracting noises when gaming, and with anti-ghosting ensuring accurate gameplay you get an all-round enjoyable gaming experience.

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The Corsair is also designed with style and comfort in mind with black anodised aluminium used to finish the lightweight keyboard, alongside a removable soft-touch rest so your wrist stays elevated when typing or gaming for long periods. Finally with its 100% Cherry MX RGB key switches for fast, precise actuation and superior feel, and each key having the ability to be individually programmed to display any of 16.8M colours it means a level of customisation never before seen in a mechanical keyboard. So game without compromise with the Corsair K70 RGB Gaming Keyboard.

Next up is one of the most complete mechanical gaming keyboards out there at the moment, the Cooler Master Quick Fire Ultimate Professional Gaming Keyboard. Coming in the choice of from 3 different switches red, blue or brown the Cooler Master Quick Fire has an amazing Full LED backlight with 5 brightness levels that lets you see every key even in the dark. More importantly with N-Key rollover registering every key press it means faster key presses and response times then almost all other rival gaming keyboards, which will give you the advantage over other gamers.

When it comes to finish and overall look the Quick Fire is probably one of the smallest gaming keyboards on the market, which leads to it being one of the most portable gaming keyboard as well. In terms of design Cooler Master have opted for a matte-black square shape finish with Super Grip pads and an embedded steel plate for maximum stability and durability. Alongside this it comes with a detachable braided USB cable for even more flexibility, and connects via mini USB enabling you to swap it out for a longer or shorter wire as needed. Finally with a Lifespan of over 50 million key presses the Quick Fire is perfect for people who have to juggle between work and play so prepare yourself for the Ultimate gaming experience.

Roccat Ryos MK Pro
 

The final keyboard on my list of top gaming keyboards of 2015 is a unique one why? Simply because it’s completely customisable, it’s the Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. With engineered per-key illumination in two convenient modes smart and manual it allows you to add awesome special effects to your keystrokes, configure your keyboard to highlight your in-game and application key bindings, modifier your keys, your macro sequences and cool downs, and much, much more.

Furthermore with what Roccat call Easy Shift you can assign a secondary function to virtually any key to suit you gaming needs, and added with the fact you can store over 500 macros in the keyboard’s flash memory and you’ve got an insanely customisable, fast-acting piece of gaming hardware. In terms of finish the Ryos MK Pro comes in the four most popular key switch colours blue, black, brown, and red, meaning you can pick the key switches that suit you. Alongside this the Ryos MK Pro gives you that sought-after sleek and glossy look, but with no fingerprint left behind due to the micro-dots on the surface being ultra-polished, leading to no smudges and a classy, durable finish. In all with a jumbo sized wrist rest and two retractable stabilisers you can count on the Ryos MK Pro to provide you the stability and comfort for prolonged hardcore gaming.

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