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Accessories for Your Gaming Console

To make the most out of your gaming console, invest in good quality accessories besides an extra console or a huge television screen. Here are items that will enhance your overall gaming experience.

Controller Charger

Recharging can be annoying while you play and sometimes it’s easy to forget when you’re preoccupied with a boss fight. You can’t also recharge more than two controllers at a time because of the limited USB port. Buying a controller charger will save you from the hassle of recharging while you play.

Mouse and Keypad

Sometimes first-person shooters and real-time strategy games are better played with a mouse. The reaction time is slightly faster than when you’re using a controller. And if you’re planning to use a mouse, then you might as well buy a keypad for a complete experience.

Wireless Headset or Speakers

When you don’t want to wake up your neighbors with the sound of explosions, there are tons of headsets available for gaming. Pick a wireless headset though because you don’t want to sit too close to the television. There are games however that support surround sound, so you might want to consider speakers to take advantage of it.

External HDD

There are new titles that require a lot of space in your system’s hard drive. Even if your console has a 500 GB hard drive, one day you’ll need more space. That doesn’t even include downloaded games and other files that you might want to save on your console like photos, music and videos. It’s not recommended that you tinker with your internal drive, so getting an external HDD is the best solution.

Racing Wheel

This is recommended for those who spend most of their time playing racing games. Not only does it make you feel like you’re actually driving, but you’ll look really cool too. You won’t need this if you don’t like racing games. Besides, you’d need to sell an arm to afford it. If you’re planning to buy one however, make sure it’s compatible for your console.

Media Remote

A media remote for console works the same way a controller does. If you love watching shows and movies, it’s easier to pause, stop, play, rewind, forward, change the channel, and turn up the volume with a remote. Some remotes can also be used for more than one device including the TV, audio receiver and cable box.

Camera

It’s not just for gaming but it can also be used to record videos like you would in a normal video camera. You can also use it as a voice-control remote and it has a facial recognition feature as an alternative to a password for your console.

Arcade Joystick

If you love arcade games, then your poor controller will most likely take a beating. It’s also a good option for those who are used to and are more comfortable at using the joystick instead of the pads.


Much Bandwidth Does My VoIP Need?

Home owners and businesses in Singapore are slowly leaving the traditional telephone services, replacing them with Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP). However, one of the challenges that go along with this evolution is being able to have the right amount of bandwidth to support quality communication.

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If you’re among those people looking into shifting to VoIP Singapore, you may want to know first how much bandwidth you’ll need for high-quality voice calls. Here are the important things to know.

Measuring Bandwidth

Although “bandwidth” is often interchanged with “connection speed,” technically they don’t mean the same. Bandwidth is a range of frequencies where data travels to reach its destination. With a large bandwidth range, more data can be transmitted at a time and at greater speed.

In measuring bandwidth, Hertz (Hz) or MegaHertz (MHz) are the standard measurements used. However, when measuring bandwidth, most service providers refer to the connection speed (or bit rate), as it is far easier to understand because it just refers to the amount of data in bits transmitted per second. Usually the best internet phone system features in Singapore can be found from reputable merchants. The measurement of connection speed is megabits per second (mbps) or kilobits per second (kbps), with 1 mbps being equal to 1,000 kbps.

You will know whether you have ample bandwidth and a good or bad VoIP connection speed and whether your connection is suitable for VoIP by performing online speed test. The higher the kbps, the better connection you have and thus the more suitable your connection is for voice-over IP.

Determining Functional Bandwidth

When thinking of integrating voice-over IP to your system, part of the preparation is to find out how much bandwidth you have as of the moment. However, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will probably just confirm what service you signed up for, or the “up to” value of your connection service, as in “up to 30 mbps” or “up to 50 mbps.”

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To find out the accurate amount of bandwidth you currently have, the best way to go is to run a speed test in a site like speedtest.net. This will give you a snapshot of how much your functional bandwidth is, as well as provide variable results according on the location you use for speed testing.

Recommended Bandwidth for VoIP

The bandwidth of a voice-over IP phone service depends on the number of concurrent calls you will make on a regular basis.

If you’ll only be making an average of one to two concurrent calls at a time, a recommended bandwidth would be 100 kbps and a connection speed of 3 mbps; for three to four concurrent calls, a bandwidth of 300 kbps and a speed of 3mbps; for 5 to 9 concurrent calls, a bandwidth of 500 kbps and above and a speed of 5mbps; and for more than 10 concurrent calls, a minimum bandwidth of 1 mbps and a minimum speed of 5 to 10 mbps is required.

Bandwidth Cost

For most Internet users, bandwidth is the most expensive requirement because it’s recurring. For communication purposes, the bandwidth is more important since voice call creates a type of data that’s bulkier than text in SMS messaging. This means that the faster your connection speed is the better voice quality you’ll get. Today, broadband connection is the most used connection and is getting much cheaper over time.

Broadband offers unlimited connection (24/7) at a speed that’s much better than that of a 56-kbps dial-up. Most broadband providers today give at least 512 kbps, which is already more than enough for VoIP technology. This is most common to more developed countries. Unfortunately, in less developed ones, they are given low connection speed at very high price.

The amount of bandwidth needed for VoIP primarily depends on the usage and the quality of call you want to achieve. Hopefully, through this guideline, you’ll get an idea of how much bandwidth to secure for your voice-over IP. Call a service provider now and know more about the different packages suitable for your VoIP Singapore.

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The Consumer Electronics Show 2014

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If you are into coolest gadgets, Consumer Electronics Show (CED) should never be missed. But if you let it pass, there is nothing to worry because there’s still next year. CES was scheduled from January 7 to 10, 2014. It was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many people came to this event because it featured cutting edge innovations and technologies. CES is by far the biggest event of its kind.

If you missed the recently concluded CES, do not worry because you will still know what innovations and technologies made waves. Here are some innovations and technologies that made waves:

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ChefJet

Printers are functional. It can be used in your home and in the office. CES featured ChefJet that have the capacity to produce sweets. That is something new, right? 3D Systems utilized CES to expose ChefJet. According to reports, there will be 2 models – standard ChefJet and ChefJet Pro. These printers can be used to print sweets, sugary sweets and other pastries with flavours like watermelon, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, mint and sour apple.

Curved TVs

You should know that flat televisions are out-dated. Manufacturers are thinking about curved TVs now. Curved screens will enable a different viewing experience. LG’s TV stood out. Its 77 inches screen lets you switch its curvature feature using the remote control.

Appliance voice commands

Communicating with your appliance is possible now. LG designed and developed Home Chat which will allow consumers to control kitchen appliances by using their voice. For example, you can talk to your fridge when you want to ask about your supplies. You can even text your fridge when you go grocery shopping.

Drone

Spying will be easy with China’s Phantom 2 Vision system. The drone can give its customers satisfaction especially when it comes to aerial spying. The drone features 4 rotors with 14 megapixel camera that can video or shoot. The video can be stored through your iPhone or Android phone. It can also be streamed live if you choose to.

Smart toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are prevalent these days but in truth, it is out-dated. You have to welcome Kolibree. Kolibree is a smart toothbrush that effectively analyses the brushing habits of the users. The results will then be displayed on a Smartphone application. The price of this smart toothbrush is $99.

These are just some of the things showcased in the CES.  You can expect these innovations and technologies to be available in the market soon. But there are others that are available in the market now. If you are really interested, you should look out for the launching or releasing date.

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