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Drinking beer and coffee is as normal as snacking. While snacking seems to be known to be the infamous cause of putting on weight, not many have realized the significantly different effects of the two popular drinks on our human brains.
What is well known about coffee is that it helps us get rid of drowsiness. When workload or academic assignments are piling up, we drink coffee to be able to stay alert and focused for longer period of time. Well, does the drink actually possess such magical power as it is believed? To find out the truth behind the popular belief, what we need to highlight is that coffee contains caffeine and the substance can bind with adenosine, a part of brain which calls for sleepiness when it binds with its receptor. Simply put, caffeine makes the binding of adenosine and the receptor less likely, if not impossible. Thus, five minutes right after the first sip of coffee, we find ourselves more energized and focused.
Beer, on the other hand, is known to be the kind of drinks consumed while watching TV or having light conversations with friends, or in other stress free atmosphere. Lucky for us, such settings go along with the scientific explanation of beer effects. It starts with the alcohol composition in beer. The alcohol we consume deals with the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain that manages consciousness. When we are in conscious state, we tend to have lots of thoughts going on in our brains. So many things to think about. Thankfully, the presence of the alcohol in the celebral cortex helps us be free from some insignificant thoughts. No wonder, people tend to be seen as more relaxed when drinking beer. Further scientific investigation has even pointed out the fact that as our brain gains more freedom and less worries about some unimportant matters, the brain can then make deeper connections, which means more creativity for us. Scientific data have even specifically mentioned that creative ideas pour in when our blood alcohol hits 0.07, the amount that can be reached after approximately two drinks.
In short, it can be concluded that coffee is a good company in situations where focus plays a major role, while beer is a ‘good relaxing friend’ that can fish out the creativity in you.
Despite the drinks’ obvious benefits on our brain functions, consumption of either over the moderate limit will do more harm than good. In fact, too much alcohol results in less memory capacity as well as difficulty to focus. Caffeine (although less noticeably) harms our body tolerance of the substance, which can constantly create higher demand for coffee in order to get more focus. This, in the end, can result in addiction and uncontrollable coffee intake. Therefore, keeping things in moderation is key to enjoying the perks of both drinks. What may work is to drink beer when seeking brilliant (brand new) ideas and drink coffee while there is the dire need to keep focused to execute the [...]
Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers have identified sixteen personality types. Using code system that consists of four letters to differentiate traits, the test results can easily be referred to the characteristics owned and shared by the world’s famous people.
The main attributes of the 16 major personality types include extroversion (E), introversion (I), sensing (S), intuition (N), thinking (T), feeling(F), judging (J) and perceiving (P). These characteristics are grouped together to form a common personality type.
People with personality type has the ability to keep things run smoothly and even systematically. They focus on the present and count heavily on facts.
Meeting and interacting with others are interesting for these people person group. Despite their tendency to sense what lies beneath the outer appearance, this group are inclined to be supporters with constructive judgement.
They are reliable people that can be taken as examples of good citizens. Doing the right thing, especially for those they love, is their main characteristic. For that reason, they value loyalty, integrity and honesty above any other qualities.
Although these people are not obviously intuitive, they are actually way better observers than many would have thought. Having constant ability to see through people and their surroundings, they rather keep the information they find important to themselves.
Full of enthusiasm and excitement, ESTPs are straight forward people who will go straight into action with enough guts to take risks and “dirty their hands”. Angelina Jolie is one obvious example of people with this personality.
Unlike many who experience limelight fright, individuals with this personality type loves being in the spotlight. These born entertainers would try to entertain others and keep the situations lively when interacting with others.
They are people who fancy high level of efficiency. Not wanting on spending their full energy on trifles and other unnecessary stuff, they always strive to adapt and find the most effective solutions that go with the current needs and situations.
Gifted with natural artistic flair, ISFPs are keen on things that display high aesthetic values and would most likely be artists of some kind.
Born with natural insticts to become leaders, ENTJs are thrilled to be given huge responsibilities and the opportunities to facechallenges.
Blessed with perceptive minds that allow them to see possibilities that are often missed by others, people with this personality type are known to be idea people.
In spite of their ability to lead the way in times of need, these people prefer being the mind masters working in the background while looking through various ideas.
Seemingly aware of possible improvement and modifications of how things are done and if things can be changed into something of better use, these engineers like to analyze problems and focus their minds on theoretical possibilities.
As they are equipped with natural compassion, understanding and care about others, they have the excellent abilities to be friends with all kinds of people and encourage them to be better. Oprah Winfrey is one of extraordinary mentors.
Bitcoin price is very volatile. However, despite all that bitcoin is believed to be the new modern cryptocurrency, that will overtake the fiat currencies in the near feature. Or if that does not happen for some reason the chances the bitcoin to become a preferred method of payment is very likely. However, before we go into the facts and the details about the bitcoin phenomena. I would like to begin with a bit of background.
Predominantly for 19th and 20th centuries, the world’s most successful currencies were with fixed value for gold, silver and other precious metals.
The creation of such valuable connection between gold and money, helped to attract investors gain confidence in the nation. Nowadays, people need new modern fast and reliable way of payment where the costs are close to nothing. Bitcoin has started to shape the face of the internet and the way how we pay for our products and services. It cannot be counterfeited, however it is possible to be spent on more than one place, but this would require tremendous amount of computer power. With another words, it is close to impossible to be counterfeited. Bitcoin seems to be the solution for all of the problems that appear to come on mind for every fiat paper based currency controlled by the governments. However, its biggest disadvantage is the volatility. We have observed some crazy and unpredictable behavior of the cryptocurrency. Even only one negative tweet can drag the price down and bring chaos for many investors.
The Real Problem with the Paper Fiat Currencies
The problem with the paper fiat currencies is that soon or later the value of any paper currency have been inflated down to complete worthlessness. It is obvious that when people are involved into taking such decisions facing the supply and growth of the currency. Many unwanted row of events will follow. However, I will leave this for you to decide and I will not speculate on the matter with paper currencies. The best part about Bitcoin is that no government has direct influence over the bitcoin growth and monetisation, instead the cryptocurrency is maintained by decentralized network. If, I have to explain this in English, this means that not only one person maintains the so called ledger, instead it is maintained by all participants at the same time. The hard decisions are taken by developers not politics.
What on Earth is Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash?
Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency. As from 1st of August 2017 the introduction of Bitcoin Cash came along, doubling the amount of Bitcoins an individual owns. Bitcoin Cash is the new born continuation of Bitcoin project as peer-to-peer digital cash. This new term Bitcoin Cash is the fork of the Bitcoin chain ledger. The rules and the way it works has been re-written by the community behind. This project similarly to Bitcoin is decentralized, with no central bank or trusted third parties to limit its potential. Some of the promises given by the Bitcoin cash community are as follows:
YouTube has become an irreplaceable part of mainstream culture that provides high-quality videos to users all over the world. Even the people who don’t use the Internet have heard of YouTube, because, like Google, it is one of the most popular places on the Web. While in this article, we will show you the latest YouTube facts with the aid of an Infographic.
Most popular video sharing platform in 2017
The latest YouTube facts show that approximately 1 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched each day and 500 hours of video content are uploaded to this platform each minute.
These facts and statistics clearly indicate the popularity of YouTube, the staggering amount of its daily users and its role in the everyday lives of people all over the world. The emergence of Smartphones has increased the accessibility of this video sharing platform, even more, because today anyone with an iPhone or Android phone can watch music videos or any other kind of video on their phone.
40% of all videos on YouTube are watched from mobile devices in 2017, which speak volumes about how many people use the second largest search engine on the Internet while they are away from their desktop or laptop computers.
YouTube has changed the way we think about videos forever and its future appears to be bright, however, at the beginning, things didn’t seem as promising as they do today.
The humble beginnings
A little over a decade ago Steve Chen, Jawed Karim and Chad Hurley activated the www.youtube.com on February 14, 2005. Only a few months later, Jawed Karim uploaded the first video called ‘Me at the Zoo’, and by November YouTube got its first video with more than 1 million views.
The first video on YouTube with more than a million views was a Nike commercial that featured Rolandinho one of the biggest football superstars in recent history, and it was posted in November 2005. Only a year and a half later, the company reported that more than 65,000 videos are uploaded to YouTube each day.
However, by the fall of 2006, the company was acquired by Google for $1. 65 billion, and the purchase solidified its position as one of the largest platforms of its kind. In October 2009, YouTube has reached 1 billion views and less than a year later, in May 2010, it hit 2 billion views.
As the Internet became more common and more accessible YouTube grew in popularity, but until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, YouTube still wasn’t quite what it is today.
The Rise to Stardom
As early as January 2012 YouTube has hit 4 billion views, thus breaking all records set in the previous decade. As new video technologies emerged, the world’s most famous video sharing platform kept evolving and adjusting to the latest advances in digital technology.
4K streaming or 360 VR video uploading are only a few options supported by YouTube, that enable its users to utilize the latest technologies in order to produce their videos.
Angular 4 is the latest update for the Angular framework. I will not go without slight introduction for those of you who do not know yet, what Angular 4 is and its hidden enriched powers for the mobile and web development world.
Angular 4 is framework aiming mobile and web applications. This framework is actually classed as a new framework comparing to its main competitors such as React and Ember .
React was developed by the developers of Facebook and Instagram. React’s first initial release was in 2013 and Ember’s in 2011. Ember was developed by (Ember Core Team)
The differences between Angular 4 and AngularJS
It was the year 2016 when Angular first appeared in the world of web development. Angular was developed and still maintained by Angular team at Google. AngularJS and Angular 4 are different but very much similar frameworks. Angular framework is the ground- up rewritten framework of AngularJS. Just to bring some light for those of you who do not understand the major differences between two, here are some examples:
The concept of “scope” or controllers are not in use, instead hierarchy of components as a main architectural concept.
For modern browsers only: browser compatibility workarounds.
Mobile development only: Mobile performance are handled first making the desktop development much easier.
There are some differences between Angular 4 and AngularJS. However, if you are curious person like me and want to find out a bit more about the major differences, please read the full list here.
Since its origin, Angular 4 has attained a series of milestones with each update. These transformations have changed the face of Web Development altogether. In the current date, Angular 4 has customized features, that meet the requirements of the modern world currently dominated by the mobile users.
Angular 4 Functionality
As you know there are thousands of different mobile devices. These devices support different mobile OS. Of course, to make the story even harder. Each device will most likely have different browsers.
Speed and Performance
Achieving the maximum speed and performance is not only crucial when it comes to SEO. It is the whole thing starting from on server-side, web browsers and devices, end users.
Absolutely nobody, would like to wait more than 4 seconds for a webpage or an app to load. 4 seconds is actually a lot when it comes to loading a page. There is actually a lot going on behind the scenes.
Angular 4 is incredible when it comes to template. This makes the development process really easy and convenient. The templates allowing you to edit and extend the templates with your own components in any time. This gives you more time to focus on building better apps rather making [...]
Video game consoles have come a long way from back in the day. The consoles that were most popular about ten years ago are now obsolete and have newer models that are to die for. Video games are no longer considered as small kids’ games only. Now there are adults who live their lives as professional competitive gamers and it helps to pay their bills and support their lifestyles. Why then wouldn’t you also want to have the freedom to indulge in a game once in a while? Even better, you can take a trip down memory lane with the game consoles and video games that were there decades ago. The evolution has come a long way.
So, which were some of the most popular consoles of all time?
The Nintendo Entertainment System
This game was commonly referred to as the NES. It was popular back in 1983 and popularized games such as Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. At this point in time, people still thought that the video game trend was only a fad and that it was going to pass on. The console sold 40.4 million copies! That is an impressive number. In addition to that 73 games were produced.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
This horizontal style game had buttons on either side and was a favorite. It sold 81.5 million copies but came much later in 2001. One of the selling points was that it was compact and able to carry around. The Neo Geo Pocket Color and N-Gage were some of its competitors at the time.
The Sony PSP
Known as the Sony PlayStation Portable, this game sold a whopping 82 million copies after its release in 2004. This was the first portable console from Sony and it sold more copies than the Game Boy Advance. However, its main aim was to rival the Nintendo DS but it did not even come close.
The Sony PlayStation 3
One of the best things about this console was that the buyer had three options to choose from. Each had different thickness. The other great feature was that it was the first console to use Blu-ray discs. In addition to that, the fact that the console used wireless controllers was a plus. It is not a wonder then that so many copies were sold and produced. An impressive 1,432 games were produced as well.
The Xbox 360
No gamer who is worth their salt can say that they do not remember the Xbox 360 and its prominence in the gaming world. It was released in 2005 and was produced as a successor to the Xbox which also took the gaming world by storm. With 24 million copies sold and 1,182 games produced, this game rivaled the PlayStation 3.
Sega was not left behind in the frenzy of game consoles. The game was released in 1994 and sold 2.5 million copies with 597 games being produced. It performed much better than the Sega CD and Genesis that sold 1.5 million copies each.
Running a business website can often be a disappointing affair. The upsurge of visitors could quickly turn into a trickle and you might experience people leaving your website without converting to subscribers and customers. Even if you invest effort, time and money, the results can still be pretty mediocre, to say the least. When this happens, most website owners focus on fixing up the content, improving the marketing strategy and SEO and tend to neglect one crucial aspect and that is the web design. That said, here are the most common web design mistakes you should avoid when building a business website.
Having a slow website
Less is always more when it comes to web design practices. The design should provide the visitors with focus, guidance, and more importantly, a good content hierarchy. Having a page cluttered with numerous design elements competing for a piece of user’s attention can only have a negative impact on the usability and overall user-experience. You should keep it simple during the design process and instead of adding elements, consider eliminating those that slow down the page or hinder the user experience. Stay consistent with your design, divide the content into manageable chunks and use white space to guide the attention of your visitors.
Navigation is important for two reasons. First, good navigation is used to separate the various parts of the website available to the visitor and second, it should provide clear access to said parts of the website. On the other hand, if the visitor can’t find a specific section they’re looking for, they often come to a conclusion that there is no such section and simply leave the website. Not to mention the horrendous drop-down navigations menus which force visitors to make a number of unnecessary click in order to be taken where they want to be. Avoid using drop-down navigation menus and instead, opt-in for an easier-to-use, horizontal navigation.
Large chunks of interrupted text
Most visitors these days want to quickly scan the outlines of the content before deciding whether they’re going to read it or not. When your text is in one large chunk that has no clear indication which part is which, it makes it very hard to read. Not only are there no rest stops for the eyes, but it also makes the page look bad and gives the impression of lower quality. You should [...]
With digital and social media cutting the content landscape, content marketing has turned into the center of working up brand mindfulness and an online nearness that drives business. The significance of content marketing has not gone unnoticed. At present, 73% of B2B advertisers incorporate an arrangement to work content marketing as a continuous business handle. It is not just a battle (Content Marketing Institute). The concentration of content marketing ventures have moved from quite recently content creation to content advancement. It’s a blend of these both that at last decides the achievement of content endeavors.
What is content marketing?
Content marketing is a long haul procedure in view of building a solid association with your intended interest group by giving them fantastic content applicable to them on a reliable premise. “Inevitably, when clients settle on a buy choice, their steadfastness as of now lies with you. And they will buy your item and favor it over contenders’ items”, says Neil Patel. Why would that be? How about we take a gander at a portion of the reasons.
Content is an approach to expand brand mindfulness by building a voice and expert on the web. It’s about making a picture of genuineness and aptitude in your particular field. How does this happen? Absolutely not overnight. It takes consistency; being precise and not deluding your crowd. Posting all the time keeps you obvious to your group of onlookers, and posting reliably enables your gathering of people to shape propensities around the utilization of your content. At the end of the day, groups of onlookers can anticipate that you will give certain sorts of content in an auspicious manner. Trust likewise calls for getting the consideration of your group of onlookers in the correct way. You can do this by urging representatives to partake in content creation, interfacing with the correct influencers and giving yell outs to brands and individuals with drew in gatherings of people. At the point when groups of onlookers detect your content through well-known or compelling individuals, they will probably make that next stride towards buying.
Content marketing is an approach to begin dialogs around subjects that are critical for your business and pull in light of a legitimate concern for individuals and associations handling with issues your administrations can give answers for. Inquiring about your gathering of people and focusing on this group of onlookers in light of what they’re searching for is the way to get leads. By having the correct lead capability forms set up and having distinctive sorts of content to accommodate leads at various phases of the buy channel, you can transform your leads into business. An entrenched content methodology implies that you have to work less to discover leads, when leads will discover you through the content way that you have laid out.
You can measure and adjust
Not putting resources into the correct innovation and following framework for overseeing and measuring the execution of your content marketing endeavors resembles attempting to hit a moving focus oblivious. [...]
Content marketing in the past for small businesses, would mean that you have to approach marketing in a much different fashion than larger companies, but with the internet connecting everyone and everything, the line has become blurred. The small local restaurant is followed on social media and rated and reviewed online, just like the national chain. Likewise, to get organic success, small businesses need to include content marketing in their strategy just like everyone else.
What Is Content Marketing?
Content marketing is the process of using online content (blogs, articles, videos, infographics, social media posts etc), to get eyes on your business without using direct sales-speak or paid online ads.
Well-produced content helps businesses become an authority within their niche, improving both brand identity and awareness within the community. It also helps their websites rank in the organic search results from Google and other search engines. The aim of content marketing is to inform the consumer without demanding a return, which builds trust. Increases in conversions and sales are secondary but a statistically significant outcome.
Traditional content marketing focused on articles and blog posts, which are ideal for getting ranked in the search engines. However, with the rise of ‘Web 2.0’ and smartphones there is a wide range of content types that are effective.
Video is engaging and shared much more on social media than written content. Although it won’t necessarily rank your business website, it will still rank on the platform you use and then users can click through to your site anyway.
Benefits to Small Businesses
The benefits of content marketing for small businesses are numerous. As well as helping small businesses in the search engines, it also improves social media engagement. By consistently creating quality content and sharing it (as well as encouraging users to share it), you can build a steady stream of traffic from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Content marketing also creates long-term returns (saving money over paid advertising over time), because informative content is often ‘evergreen.’ This means the information doesn’t go out of date and users are just as likely to share it today as they would be in a year’s time.
Traffic from search engines is fairly consistent unless a website gets penalized whereas traffic from paid ads ends as soon as your budget runs out.
Small businesses rarely have large marketing budgets, so content marketing is a great long-term strategy.
The Data Doesn’t Lie
A new infographic from Skilled.co reveals just how effective content marketing can be. Did you know 85% of all marketers now use it as part of their overall marketing strategy?
If you are not yet using it, you can bet the competition is.
And it’s no surprise, 70 to 80% of all web users ignore paid search ads and go straight to the organic search results instead. They also consume over 11 pieces of content before buying a product. If your site doesn’t have content that is ranked well in Google, you are missing out on a huge chunk of traffic and therefore sales. You are also [...]
How to take a trendy selfie? MyTrendyPhone gave some of the best hints on how to become a master of photography in no time!
Not quite sure what a selfie is? The Oxford Dictionary announced the selfie the word of the year for 2013, defining it as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” It all started in 1839 when an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast from Philadelphia, Robert Cornelius took, what many consider it to be, the first photographic portrait ever taken. It was a forerunner of a trendy selfie, triggered by the arrival of the front-facing camera in 2010 and fueled by the growth of online social networks.
Millions of selfies are taken every day. Almost one half of all is uploaded on Facebook (48% to be precise). One third or 27% of them is sent directly to someone through different messaging apps, while the remaining fifth goes public on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or other. There are plenty of trendy selfies out there, but if you want to make your’s stand out in the crowd continue on reading.
Let‘s Start From the Basics
The rule of thirds is probably the most known rule of photography. It allows you to easily structure the picture. Basically, all you need to do is to use a feature on your phone camera that divides the screen into 9 equal pieces by using 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. You should position the important elements in your scene (a.k.a. you) along these lines or at their meeting points. Try placing your eyes at the intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines. Voilà your structured composition!
Changing the angle you’re taking the picture can completely change the way you look. Keep in mind that our faces are not symmetrical, so accentuate one profile of your face. The more prominent one, of course. If you want to enhance your cheekbones and eyes, take a photo from the bird perspective. This way your nose will look smaller and you will avoid getting a double chin. Experiment and find your best pose.
It is important to know that how selfies are cropped also makes a big difference to how many likes they will attract. According to an artificial intelligence system built by Stanford University research team, men should take a step back because the best men selfies should be more widely cropped, so the whole head and shoulders are in the frame. The opposite complies for women. They should make it all about their head but might want to crop the forehead, according to the scores of this university’s survey.
What Else It Takes for a Trendy Selfie?
If you want to highlight your face use a neutral calm environment. The most important feature besides your looks should be the story that you are telling to the world. Are you on an interesting sight? Show it! Are you doing something exciting? Capture it all and let your friends [...]