Is your username that important?

We have all been there. Just got your new PlayStation. Now it is time to create your PlayStation Network (PSN) account, and you get to choose your name. However, be careful once you have made it there is no going back.

Or is there…

PlayStation has just announced that it will allow users to change their PSN* account name! This is said to happen in early 2019, so only a few more months.

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“Finally” – a quote from all my console gamers

This is excellent news for many people who have been burdened by choice, they made when they were in their early teens, and have been humiliated ever since; so that is the lives of many console gamers.

But is it really a big deal…

Too many people who are gazing in on the world of console gaming, such an amendment may seem pathetic due to many reasons. One of such is the question of why don’t they make a new PSN*: well that would result in them losing their level, status, XP (or any other word for achievements) and in the gaming world players with the most achievements rule over their game. Additionally, many players use real-life currencies such as USD or GBP to purchase in-game items (items that enhance the experience of the user for that game at an extra cost). Moreover, most importantly of all, we are talking about gamers: they are too lazy.

Like a retro game, an old username can hold great nostalgia.
Like a retro game, an old username can hold great nostalgia.

[Some problems: not all games made for all PlayStation systems are guaranteed to support the username change; therefore, gamers may find some errors in certain games]

Despite this, I personally will not change my username, like many others, I wish to keep the nostalgia of a childish, silly and absurd username.

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RTX 2080 Ti: New series! New name! But is it worth it…

It is finally here! After two years of eager waiting, Nvidia has finally announced, at an event in Cologne (Germany), that it will release a whole new series of graphics cards on September 20th 2018.

However, this is no ordinary improvement like cards before! Previously, Nvidia named its graphics cards with “GTX” beginning with the first of the 10 series cards which were the GTX 1080 on May 27th 2016. Since then, graphics cards released had less power and were targeted towards mid-range gamers. That was until March 10th 2017 when Nvidia released the 1080Ti which were more powerful but also more expensive…
Towards the beginning of 2018, there had been rumours of a new series of graphics cards, and many (such as myself) believed it would be called the 11 series: “GTX 1180” and “GTX 1180Ti”. Nevertheless, the rumours began gaining momentum, and at its peak hype (excitement) Nvidia suddenly hit us with promising benchmarks of the new 20 series.

RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080

As you can see there are many new upgrades and feature compared to the GTX 1080: Firstly, the RTX 2080 (and its complementary Founders Edition card) feature a new GPU architecture called Turing – replacing the old Pascal architecture – which points towards a more efficient GPU. Secondly, the memory speed for both cards has increased by 4 Gbps, and they now feature the new GDDR6 memory (seen next to “Frame Buffer”). Overall, this leads to higher frame rates, but of course, that was expected.

RTX 2080 Ti Specs

Here are the prices:
• GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition: $1,199
• GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Reference*: $999
• GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition: $799
• GeForce RTX 2080 Reference*: $699
*Reference is another way of saying normal

RTX 2080 Ti

In conclusion, I feel that the prices of these graphics cards are quite high and would suggest buying a 10 series card if you are not gaming in 4k. This is because a GTX 1080 is still a great GPU and will be suitable for any 1080p gaming. Additionally, many popular games (such as CSGO, Fortnite and many, many more) will run at frame rates above 120fps using a GTX 1080; after 120 fps extra frames are almost negligible to the average gamer. I would only recommend buying an RTX 2080 Ti if you are an enthusiast and you have plenty of money to spend on the latest and greatest hardware.

Apple Glasses? iGlass? What’s really going on…

The first thing that comes to mind when talking about Apple and new products is, of course, secrecy and it is for a good reason: Apple is one of the best companies at guarding its new products against the prying eyes of the media and the general public. They do so by ensuring nothing enters and leaves Apple’s buildings and factories without them knowing; for example, they employ former government intelligence agents and carry out meticulous searches on factory employees that would put the TSA to shame.

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All of this, however, cannot shroud all their activities in secrecy and we, the eager customers who are just waiting to throw away our money on another one of Apple’s over-priced “innovations”, get a glimpse of what is yet to come.

If we look closely at the companies Apple has acquired over the past years we can see that they stand out from what other technology giants are doing. Google and Microsoft, for example, buy many small start-up companies in hopes of make it profitable and they do so regularly; subsequently, many of these companies purchased usually do not make any profit, and it is common that many may fail.

Conversely, Apple only buys companies once they are sure of its use and are confident that it will be implemented in a future product. For example, Apple brought Siri which naturally became Siri (Apple’s voice assistant). However, now, within recent years, Apple began to buy companies related to Augmented Reality, eye tracking and small, yet powerful, screens.

All leading to the idea of glasses made by Apple!

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In conclusion, this is only speculation at the moment nevertheless it doesn’t stop us from eagerly jumping to conclusions, and this is only fuelled by the fact that Apple will never admit to this. Personally, I do not doubt in my mind that we will soon see Apple releasing its glasses in years to come. Mainly due to the fact that Apple is the only company that can push us to buy its innovations and- unlike the Google glasses which failed miserably due to its high price (higher than iPhone prices!) and its bulky design- Apple will undoubtedly have a much better design; even if the price is high. After all, what do we expect from Apple!

The only question left is what will it be called?

Where is Bitcoin today?

I know, I know Bitcoin was so seven months ago, however, let me elaborate as to why I decided to make this my first ever blog post. Bitcoin is something everyone now knows about due to it increased value during the end of 2017 and as it seemed to make those who invested in it very wealthy the rest of the population wanted to ‘jump on the Bitcoin wagon’ as it were.

At its peak, 1 Bitcoin on the 17th of December 2017 was worth near to $20,000 (approximately £15250), although since then the price has fluctuated. Subsequently, at the current time of writing this 1 Bitcoin is worth just over $7,700 (approximately £5870). This, therefore, means that the value of bitcoin has fallen more than 60% in seven and a half months.

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But what does this all mean…

Well, firstly, you can relax now as I have finished with all the numbers and calculations. Secondly, despite the massive decrease in value, I think this means that currently, Bitcoin is at a great place because the reason its value increased so much was due to: the fascination in a new kind of currency, the chance to accumulate vast amounts of money easily and the sheer excitement or ‘hype’ (as it is called nowadays). However, as Bitcoin became ‘old news’ many people lost interest in it and now it has become more stable which means that it can be used a legitimate currency for online transactions as it is more secure and less traceable by governments that wish to know your each and every transaction.

Moreover, for me personally, as a computing and gaming enthusiast, Bitcoin’s rise has lead to a surge in demand for high-end graphics cards (a key component used for ‘Bitcoin Mining’ and other forms of ‘Crypto Mining’). Many powerful cards, such as the GTX 1080ti, were brought in large amounts and put into systems that would ‘mine’ Bitcoin by carrying out computational tasks and calculations in return for Bitcoin. Thus, this demand exceeded the world’s supply of graphics cards and prices rocketed by a few hundred pounds.

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Luckily, for people like me, Nvidia (the company that make and sell the GTX/GeForce line of graphics cards) said that “For Nvidia, gamers come first” – when commenting to German website Computerbase.de. 

Therefore, they began to sell only one graphics card per customer at prices lower than that of the current market. Subsequently, the fall in Bitcoin’s value and interest has lead to the prices of graphics cards to fall greatly and now many people like me are able to buy more powerful graphics cards at lower prices.

[This is the end of my first blog, however, I would like to thank you for getting to the end. Please comment and email me about your thoughts as I would love to hear them and please share this if you found it interesting. Thank you!]