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How to Find the Best Vlogging Camera

July 24th, 2020 | Posted in Technology

If you’re a startup or small business owner looking to put a human face to your company, vlogging (video blogging) may be the answer you’re looking for. After watching a video, people relate, connect and feel that they’re buying from a person and just a website.

As your vlogging and video creation skills grow, you’ll learn what a difference a good vlog camera can make to the overall quality of your YouTube videos. The good news is that a good digital camera for vlogging doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Have a look at these quick tips for finding a good camera for your video blog:

Look for a Wide-Angle Lens

If you’re looking to shoot video in the widescreen format you’re going to need a wide-angle lens. As mentioned before, people are watching YouTube videos on their HD TVs, and most of those are built for widescreen viewing. Widescreen is also formatting looks a lot more professional and is preferred over the older pan and scan narrow ratio. It all comes down to this; a wide-angle lens makes everything look better.

Good Optical Zoom is Key

A great optical zoom on a digital camera will show you where to focus your shot in the viewfinder. The beauty of the zoom focus is that you’ll usually use it to tell how each shot will look before you start filming.

You want to try and avoid grainy or blurry video, and that’s why checking the range is so important when zooming into a subject from a long way away. The optical zoom is a useful tool whether you’re filming up close or from a distance.

Make sure High-Definition Video Recording is a option

YouTube first rolled out its HD 1080 high-definition five years ago. Ever since then HD has become the dominant YouTube format. These days people watch HD YouTube videos on their smart TVs, smartphones, tablets,and laptops. To create the kind of video that your audience craves you must make sure that your vlog camera is capable of recording in HD.

Be aware of camera size and weight

Once you’ve found a camera that’s compatible with your budget, the next thing you’ll want to look at is size and weight. If you shoot a lot of footage while on the go, you will want something small and light enough to fit into your pocket and that isn’t going to feel like a you’re carrying around a brick.

Built-In, High-Quality Microphone Make All The Difference

Audio is right up there with video quality in terms of importance, so making sure that your digital camera has a high-quality in-built microphone is something you will want to do. A microphone that can filter out background noise is good, an extension for an external is better again.

There’s no doubt that an external microphone improves audio quality, and it’s true that you may not get the best audio without one.  That being said, you don’t need to rush out and buy one straight away. It’s good enough for now if your camera supports an external microphone, an external microphone is something you can think about another time.

Conclusion

You will be surprised at just how affordable a high definition camera that’s easy to carry around can be. Make sure that that you get a camera that is going to meet all of your needs. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small a camera is, it’s not worth the packaging it came in if it doesn’t take quality footage.

Finally, make sure to do your research before making a purchase. Read the reviews, keep in mind that one or two bad reviews do not mean that it’s a bad camera. It’s good to come across a couple of bad reviews as these will give you a balanced overview.  Obviously if nobody has anything good to say about it, then move on and look at other makes and models.

Try to keep these basic features and tips in mind as you look for a good vlogging camera for your video blog.

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Prepare Yourself for the Mobile First World We Live In

July 21st, 2020 | Posted in Technology

Why do certain developers choose to build for iOS or Android first? It differs from person to person and company to company: sometimes the limitations of the iOS approval process turn people off while other times the varying specs and size of Android devices makes developers pull their hair out.

Each has their own respective strengths and weaknesses. However, they’re both united by the fact that the world we live in is now a mobile first world. That is, they’re both winners over web platforms these days.

Tech.Co has been compensated by University of Phoenix for this article. All thoughts and opinions come from Tech.Co.

Let me lay out some quick stats that I got from Mobithinking, via Code My Views:

  • There are over 1.2 billion mobile web users worldwide
  • 25 of mobile web users in the US are mobile only, meaning they rarely use a desktop to access the web
  • Mobile apps have accumulated 10.9 billion downloads to date on app markets
  • Mobile device sales are increasing across the board, 85 percent of which are able to access mobile web

The numbers here corroborate the fact that we’re in a mobile first world, so there’s really only one question to ask. Why wouldn’t you build for mobile first? The simple answer is that you wouldn’t.

“If you still have it in your head that mobile web design and application development is a niche industry, you need to change your way of thinking. Mobile isn’t a trend, nor is it even the future, it’s the present,” reads the Code My Views article.

We heard as much from Matt Galligan and Brady Forrest, two huge proponents of building for mobile first, at our Celebrate Conference in Downtown Las Vegas. During their time on stage, Galligan asked the audience a question: How many services do you use that are actually built on a web platform?

We do use some, but for the most part the services we use are built for the mobile first world we now live in. It’s also why mobile developers are in such high demand these days.

There are a lot of startup companies who have embraced this mobile first mentality as well. Take, for example, Ink Messenger – they built out an alternative platform to the traditional SMS messaging. Wouldn’t it be totally ridiculous to even consider developing for web in this situation?

It absolutely would be, but that also says something important about the state of startups these days: mobile development has opened new doors for them to rapidly innovate and iterate platforms. Though, this isn’t a trait relegated purely to the archetypal startup: bigger companies like Imgur are also starting to shift towards mobile first.

True enough, Imgur did in fact start out web based and they’ll continue to maintain that presence. However, over the last few months we’ve seen a host of new releases for Imgur that are completely mobile first and mobile focused – the future for them is in mobile.

It doesn’t matter if a company is old, new, big, or small – everybody needs a mobile developer. That is to say, there are a lot of job openings for those interested in pursuing a mobile development career.

If you’re headed back to school, courses in mobile development will help you adapt to this rapidly changing technological world. Pursue classes in web, mobile, iOS and Android programming as well as web and software coding courses—it’s well worth your while.

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22 Communication Tools for Remote Teams

July 20th, 2020 | Posted in Technology

Skype or Google Hangouts? Basecamp or Asana? Remote.co interviewed 60 remote companies to find out which tools they use to communicate, and the results are in.

Remote.co launched in July as a resource for the remote work community. The new site is a blend of articles about remote work, a listing of remote jobs, and Q&As with remote employees.

The companies they interviewed included startups like GitHub, Automattic, Balsamiq, and Trello. Remote.co aggregated all their answers to come up with the top tools for instant messaging, project management, team collaboration, phone calls, video calls, and screen sharing – all staples of the remote work experience. Read on to find out what they are:

Instant messaging

1. Slack (used by 36.2% of respondents) 

Slack is a real-time messaging app for teams that lets you create “channels” around different topics, like marketing or tech. Although transparency is encouraged, you can also send direct messages or create small groups for private communications.

2. Skype (19%) 

Skype, the classic video calling app, also offers business support with Skype for Business. In addition to phone calls and videos, this affordable service allows up to 250 people to have online meetings and message each other.

3. Google Chat (19%)

The free Google Chat lets Google users have private and group conversations that are searchable later.

4. HipChat (5.2%)

Similar to Slack, HipChat allows teams to have private and group conversations in different “rooms,” from sales to dev. It integrates with more than 80 other online tools your team might be using, such as Mailchimp, GitHub, and Google Drive.

5. Yahoo IM (3.4%) 

An upgraded version of the instant messengers of the ‘90s, Yahoo Messenger can now coordinate your business conversations. The service also lets you share files and have voice and video calls.

Project management

1. Pivotal Tracker (14.3%) 

Pivotal Tracker is a project management tool specifically designed for software teams doing agile development, so they can prioritize tasks, have conversations around features, and predict launch dates.

2. Basecamp (14.3%) 

Basecamp is a project management tool that helps teams track to-do’s, have discussions, and share files. The calendar feature is particularly useful for scheduling releases, launches, or publications.

3. Trello (12.7%) 

Trello’s project management software distinguishes itself by being very visual: tasks are organized into Ideas, To Do, Doing, and Done, and you can easily drag them from one bucket to another. Around this framework, team members can also have discussions and share files.

4. JIRA (6.3%)

Created by Atlassian, JIRA helps software teams track issues and visually see the status and priority of different tasks. The goal is to make sure projects get released on time and with the fewest bugs.

5. Asana (6.3%) 

Asana helps teams manage their projects across different departments and work groups. Within Asana, it’s easy for team members to see which tasks are due soon and for managers to keep track of what their team’s working on.

Team collaboration

1. Slack (44.6%) 

2. Yammer (8.9%) 

Under the Microsoft umbrella, Yammer is a social network for businesses that allows teams to communicate in a Facebook-like interface. Within that familiar framework, teams can also form groups, have private conversations, and share files.

3. Google Drive (5.4%) 

Google Drive is Google’s cloud file-sharing service, allowing users to share documents, spreadsheets, images, and other files. Everyone starts out with 15 GB of storage for free. For Gmail users, Drive is an alternate way to share files that might be too big to send over email.

4. HipChat (3.6%) 

5. iDoneThis (1.8%) 

iDoneThis increases visibility around a team’s progress by having team members share what they accomplished at the end of each day and sending out a summary to everyone the next morning. This boosts transparency and helps managers identify areas for improvement.

Phone calls

1. Skype (28.1%) 

2. RingCentral (4.5%) 

RingCentral replaces the traditional office phone infrastructure and places it in the cloud, so employees can make phone calls, have meetings, and communicate between different office locations.

3. Grasshopper (4.5%) 

Under the Citrix umbrella, Grasshopper helps entrepreneurs sound professional. When customers call in, they select the department or person they want to speak to, and their call is forwarded to the appropriate person’s phone – even if it’s just a cell phone or Google Voice number.

4. Google Hangouts (3.4%)

Google Hangouts are the voice and video counterpart to Google Chat. On the voice side, users can call US numbers (and other Google Hangouts users) for free, or pay to call international numbers. On the video side, up to 15 people can gather on a video call and share their screens or their files.

5. UberConference (3.4%) 

UberConference offers free conference calls with upgraded features, including the ability to dial in without a pin number and see who’s talking.

Video calls

1. Skype (35.1%) 

2. Google Hangouts (33.8%) 

3. Zoom.us (6.8%) 

Zoom offers web and video conferencing software that’s also compatible with Polycom, Cisco, and Lifesize, so you can use it right in the literal conference room.

4. GoToMeeting (2.7%) 

GoToMeeting lets you hold an audio or video meeting and easily see who’s on the call – particularly useful for webinars and presentations. You can also share your screen and record meetings to watch later.

5. Sqwiggle (now Speak) (2.7%) 

Sqwiggle’s focus is on keeping your remote team connected, so it actually sends out photo snapshots of team members throughout the day and allows you to start talking with someone in just one click. (Some teams even mount it on the wall!)

Screen sharing

1. GoToMeeting (20%) 

2. Join.me (18.7%)

Join.me is a simple service for online audio and video meetings with screen sharing. Paid accounts can invite up to 250 participants.

3. Skype (14.7%) 

4. Google Hangouts (12%) 

5. Screenhero (5.3%) 

Now part of Slack, Screenhero upgrades traditional screen sharing by allowing multiple participants to collaborate on the same screen, so viewers can explore your screen with their cursor instead of simply watching.

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Self-Balancing Scooters Will Be At The Top of Holiday Wish Lists

July 19th, 2020 | Posted in Technology

It’s a scooter… it’s a segway…it’s a hoverboard? Spreading like a technological epidemic, people in major cities, sales guys at tech startups, and even students are being observed riding around on a strange new gadget. From YouTube celebrities and Instagram stars to well known athletes, self balancing scooters have hit the market in a big way, and are likely to be at the top of holiday wish lists this year.

To see what all the fuss was about, we got our hands on one and ran it through a gamut of trials. And by running the gamut, I mean trying not to kill myself or hurdling this 20 lbs thing at people.

Self Balancing Scooter Specs

There are quite a few models of self-balancing scooters, and this particular version is what I would call the entry level edition. It costs about $280, goes between 6-10 MPH, and doesn’t have some of the extra bells and whistles. Interestingly enough, this looks almost exactly like the popularized version, Phunkee Duck, but their units cost $1,500 (their specs say it’s lighter and can take on more weight though).

During the review I went just under 3 miles with an average speed of 5.6 MPH, but this was also on a mostly flat trail, but the maximum distance on a full charge is about 15 miles. A full charge takes between 2-3 hours and houses a lithium-ion battery. The device itself weighs just over 22 lbs, and is about 2 feet long. We also used it over several weeks at the office. Unfortunately we only had one, or there would have been a fun upgrade to jousting. Comparing the outside travel to indoors, it’s easy to see why this is designed for smooth, flat surfaces.

The suggested maximum weight is listed at 220 lbs, and the more weight added will affect overall distance and control. It’s made from a hard plastic, and based on the work I put it through, it’s pretty durable. During the review it flew off the path a few times, ran into metal furnaces, and all of this usually did more damage to me than anything. However, on the fenders it gets pretty scratched up, but on other versions they do have a leather like material to reduce that.

The device itself is controlled by four different sensors, two under each foot. Once you find your footing, the sensors kick in and help you balance. There are also some novelty LED lights, a battery indicator, and balance indicator.

The craziest version I’ve seen out there has a bluetooth speaker built in, and supposedly there is a hand remote to control the direction as well, but mostly these all share the same essential design, battery power, weight restrictions, and speed.

Getting Zen aka Balancing

If you tend to call yourself clumsy, a self-balancing scooter may not be for you. Granted I’m not the most stable person on the planet, I ran into quite a few things as it accelerated to its maximum speed. To get on the thing, I found it was easiest to hover over one side with my left foot, and then hop on with my right. This way both feet hit the sensors at about the same time. When I had some friends try it out for the first time it usually resulted in what look like some awkward thrusting or totally busting their ass.

On a flat surface, this thing feels like you’re flying; however, looking back at the video footage, it’s about the same speed I jog. It also works well on flat carpets, but brick based pathways and gravel are definitely not its friend. Roaming around Georgetown in Washington DC you generally find three things: Hills, brick pathways, and a lot of people. At slow speeds, the board takes them in stride, but add a bit of speed and you’ll be launching the 20 lb death machine right into the street or at a crowd of tourists in line for some cupcakes.

The instructions are also pretty clear (as clear as broken English can be) that the gadget really is designed for flat surfaces anyways. Additionally, according to the driver safety section “children, the elderly, and pregnant women are not allowed to drive,” and “do not drive after drinking or taking drugs.” Luckily for us, you ride this thing rather than drive it, so I’ll just chock the strange rules up to be an opinion based on a strange repressed engineer. My favorite line is where it describes how to operate it and balance, “you are forbidden to swerve violently when driving fast, otherwise will cause dangerous.” So with that I say ride on little Timmy, ‘Merica! But seriously, be careful and watch your kids if you let them ride this thing, but they will probably be better at it then you anyways.

It’s Not Really a Hoverboard

Regardless of the hype around Lexus and what some misguided Instagram stars say, hoverboards are not yet a thing. In reality, this is essentially a segway without the handle bar, and according to a recent lawsuit, segway would agree. Whatever you call it, even Bieber and Jamie Foxx have them.

Overall Impression

Haters aside (and there will be a lot of them), this thing is a lot of fun. Although I personally couldn’t replace my 5 mile commute with it due to the terrain, if they had some larger wheels that could be a possibility. For now, I see this as a fun way to get around, terrorize the people I work with in our office, and do donuts in my very small apartment. Because these are also a bit more on the expensive side of the spectrum as far as toy based gadgets go, combined that with a lack of any major console release this year, self-balancing scooters will certainly be on a lot of wish lists during the holidays.

Recommended to Buy: Yes, but not the ridiculously expensive branded ones. This model cost $290, and other unbranded models can be found on Amazon and various other sites.

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Channelize your growth with Dedicated Developers

July 16th, 2020 | Posted in Technology

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