SkillCrush – Forge Your Own Path in the Tech Industry

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The tech industry may strike you as a male-dominated industry, but in reality, technology is for everyone. This means that regardless of age, gender, race, or background, tech is a career path that’s easy to achieve with surprisingly low investment in time, money, and experience.

There’s just one question people usually ask themselves: “Where do I start?”

Enter SkillCrush.

SkillCrush is an online coding school that welcomes anyone with a passion for tech. What’s most ideal about SkillCrush is its ability to adapt to your schedule so you can take classes at your own pace.

Changing careers or learning something entirely new is a daunting thought, but that’s why SkillCrush created a system that’s adaptable to students. Students will also receive one-on-one career counseling, resume and portfolio help, and a community to ask questions and collaborate with other students.

Once students complete their courses, they’ll have access to resources that will help them find jobs and explore new careers.

Once you take the plunge to learn these tech skills, it’ll change your life without requiring a computer science degree. Go ahead, make more money regardless of what your background is. And did you know that Web Developers make an average of $64,000 per year, making it one of the highest paying jobs that doesn’t require a college degree? Sounds like a pretty lucrative and achievable business to get into if you ask us.

Let SkillCrush help get you to the level of achieving your passions in the tech industry. So start learning how to code in a way that fits your life while also forging a path towards your dreams!

Head to skillcrush.com today to get started.

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BioStrap – Biometric Wearable Device for the Most Accurate Results

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Wearables are a hot trend, but what’s even hotter is working up a sweat and knowing how much weight has been shed.

However, a lot of what’s available isn’t the most accurate insight into our health. So step aside Fitbit, BioStrap is here to track your movement and biometrics.

Given the complexity of our body, we know our movements can get confusing for just one activity tracker. With BioStrap, its wristband and shoe clip monitor your movements AND biometrics allowing you to take a data-driven approach to live a happier and healthier life.

BioStrap’s clinical-quality PPG sensors give users access to the health metrics similar to what your doctor would use.

HRV, oxygen saturation, and resting heart rate are just a few are just a few of the long list of biometrics tracked by the BioStrap. Whether it’s at the gym, cycling, cardio, swimming or even while you’re stationary, these waveforms measured by BioStrap are the same kind that your doctor uses to evaluate your heart’s health.

BioStrap also offers dual-device activity monitoring and clinical-grade PPG. The wristband comes with a wrist-worn sensor, three colors of bands to fit your style and mood, and one shoe clip.

BioStrap even monitors and tracks your sleep by giving insight on your sleeping patterns. It also takes it a step further by giving you data that provides actionable insights to your health on a macro level.

And for those who like to workout often, BioStrap recognizes over 120 different workouts with the ability to record any new repetitious activity.

Being one of the most accurate and insightful fitness and health trackers on the market, BioStrap can provide the stats you’ve been needing all along. If you’re interested in picking one up today, visit biostrap.com.

InvizBox – Privacy Made Simple

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When it comes to private networks, they are the go-to solution for securing your digital information when accessing WiFi. And let’s face it, with the constant advancement in technology, comes further sophisticated threats. And while everyone appreciates access to WiFi, they appreciate it even more when they know that their browsing is secure.

But wait for it, here’s a VPN you can bring ANYWHERE with you. It’s called InvizBox – But we kinda figured that the title already gave that away.

With its portability, this VPN device allows you to secure your mobile devices while you’re out and about. No more having to worry about if others are prying into your browsing history or other sensitive data.

Features you can expect with InvizBox:

  • Ultimate privacy protection: it’s never safe to assume that our information is secure. So in order to ensure our information is safe, we have to take the necessary security measures and InvizBox is that security measure.
  • Fast setup: Simply turn it on, connect over WiFi, complete the wizard, and you’re good-to-go. Any device can connect over WiFi and is then immediately secured by a VPN.
  • Payment privacy: All major credit cards are accepted as well as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, and Dogecoin.
  • Blocked ads
  • 24/7 protection
  • Streaming of content that isn’t available in your country
  • Ability to charge your mobile device

Though it’s small, don’t let that fool you. InvizBox is equipped with ironclad security when in operation. It can also act as a WiFi booster for weak signals when you apply the Extender mode. This just leads us to recommend InvizBox as the perfect gadget to have when you’re traveling and on the go.

Take charge of your privacy today and set up your phone, tablet, laptop or computer to InvizBox. So, if you want to make the moves to purchase it, head on over to invizbox.com today.

 

Sketch Nation Competition

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NewsWatch created a fun, yet friendly, competition between Chris and Michelle to see who would don the famous dinosaur mask in public.

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Go On Head, Retweet Yourself: Twitter Gets an Update

We bet that quite a few of you are on Twitter. And since there are over 300 million active monthly users, the odds are in our favor. Well, just so ya know, Twitter got a whole lot cooler this week. Here’s our breakdown of what’s new in the Twitter-sphere:

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  1. Say bye-bye to harsh 140 character restrictions
    • You heard us right. Twitter just got a little more lenient with the character count. You’re now able to add pictures, GIFs, quoted tweets, and videos without adding to the total number of characters. Alas!
  2. Go on head, retweet yourself.
    •  Did we stutter? You can retweet yourself. Feel free to share all the glorious comments from your Twitter’s past.
  3. Replies sans @username
    • When you’d reply to a tweet, the tweet would start with @username before your comment. That’s no longer the case. Now there’s a thread line that shows who you’re replying to with your tweet below. So that just means that you have even more characters to share your reply.

So what do you think? Was this update everything you hoped for and more? If so, you can – shameless plug – tweet us @newswatchtv. Or if the update didn’t live up to the hype, you can still tweet us; we’ll be happy to reply.

Five Entertainment Tech Trends You Should Know

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By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Creativity is the working body in the entertainment industry. And with recent advances in technology, creatives are finding insane ways to incorporate tech into entertainment. From virtual reality headsets in movie theaters to CGI in Fast 7. You never know what new technology will be up next for the industry.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses software-generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations to channel a real environment.

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, accumulated $2.5m in funding on Kickstarter and was available for the blockbuster film “Interstellar” to let audiences interact with the movie’s spacecraft and explore areas in the film. Hopefully we get to watch all movies on VR.

 

VR isn’t only popular in watching movies, but it’s the new trend in gaming. You’ll find VR gaming headsets from all the tech giants. For example, Samsung released their Gear VR while Sony is in the works for a headset for PlayStation 4. Additionally, Valve Software and HTC are working on Vive.

  1. Augmented Reality (AR)

Now augmented reality (AR) is found in the latest addition, Pokémon Go. This technology blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated. Basically a mix of virtual reality, computer-generated environments, and what’s in the real world in real time.

In Pokémon Go players use their mobile device’s GPS capability to capture, battle and train virtual created, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real world.

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But Pokémon Go isn’t the only one in the AR arena, Microsoft is currently working on a high-profile HoloLens project, and Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is working on augmented reality.

  1. High Dynamic Range

High-dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a high dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imagining and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range. It’s better visual experience with greater contrast—highlights, brighter colors and a lifelike images.

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An example of HDRI is 4K TV. This tech is on the rise, but it probably needs to be watched on a huge TV to notice the difference. This tech can also be found in compact cameras like the new Nikon DL series feature 4K video. Although 4K can be very crisp it takes a lot of memory storage and a strong hard drive to import videos.

  1. Real-Time Cloud Rendering

Cloud rendering is a fast process of creating constant-shape clouds for games and flight simulators. Basically rendering of clouds in real-time. This technology can be used to render complex game image son mobile devices. Major studios use this to cut visual effects costs.

Atomic Fiction’s Conductor is in the lead for these visual effects technique and helped the visual effects for the movie, “The Walk”.

  1. Light Field

A light field camera captures information about the light field emanating from a specific scene; that includes, the intensity of light of the scene and the direction that the light rays are traveling in space. This gives the photographer flexibility to shoot first and choose the focus, aperture and settings after.

This is a time-saver for film shoots. Instead of multiple cameras for different focus points, this will capture it all in one shot. You can edit and change the settings after each shot to satisfy which image you want.

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Ars Electronica 2013 – Lytro light-field photography

Companies Otoy and Lytro offer light-field capturing devices. Other companies like nVidia is also researching this field.

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Netgear’s Multi-Unit Wi-Fi Solution

Courtesy of Engadget.

Courtesy of Engadget.

By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

The worst part of Wi-Fi connection is not getting a connection if you’re too far away from the router. This is definitely a first world problem people hate, especially for those tech savvy humans. Wi-Fi routers can be set up in any area in your home, but a majority of people loose connection in certain areas of their home. After all, who likes using their data in order to use the internet or play Pokémon Go?

Netgear is an American global networking company that delivers products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The company’s products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (Wi-Fi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline.

Netgear is introducing a multi-unit router called Orbi. It is a “Wi-Fi system” that is a combination of a router and a range extender. This single router is capable of covering 4,000 square feet of space to provide strong but fast Wi-Fi signal. Something we all want of course.

Courtesy of Engadget.

Courtesy of Engadget.

Orbi consists of two units. The main router, which you plug into the modem has a blue top and the secondary unit that should be placed somewhere in the “central” of your home (the satellite, has a white top). Although the Orbi is bigger it is faster. It’s standout feature is its tri-band mesh system that dedicates one channel to extending the internet from the router to the satellite while keeping the other two free for your other device’ connections. Netgear has two competitors, Ero and Luma, both of which already have multi-unit routers, but have a three-piece system. They are less noticeable being smaller than the Orbi.

Netgear’s vice president, David Henry, says, “Today we can’t sell a Wi-Fi router less than $99 because the products less than $99 are no better than what you have in your home.”

Courtesy of TechCrunch.

Courtesy of TechCrunch.

The Orbi will go on sale in early September, with the two-pack selling for $399.99. The single add-on units will eventually be on sale for $249.99.

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