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Laptops With The Best Keyboards

For those who spend their time typing, you need a laptop with a good keyboard. Bigger keys and a bigger keyboard helps you type more efficiently. It reduces the chance of typos and hitting multiple keys at once. Save time and frustration and check out these laptops with the best keyboards. To keep the blog concise, we left out other data information. All keyboards are backlit.

Typing-Friendly Keyboards

  • Asus Zenbook. With big keys and a 12″ keyboard on a 14″ laptop, typing is like a summer breeze. It’s a quiet keyboard, so you won’t disturb others around you. This very blog was typed on a Zenbook 14.
  • Asus is known for having great keyboards. So, it’s no surprise that the Asus Chromebook is also an excellent choice. There are several different variations of the Chromebook, such as Flip.
  • MacBooks, thanks to their agility, also offer satisfactory keyboards. However, keep in mind that many claim the older models have better keyboards.
  • Lenovo (made by Dell) Yoga 2-in-1 Ultrabook. If you want a nicer laptop with a solid keyboard, this is your next purchase then. Similar to the Zenbook and Macbook air, it has the lightness of a tablet but the keyboard is similar to Asus’ big keys.
  • Last but not least on this list is the HP Spectre x360. Not only are the keyboards nice, but so is the nearly borderless display. You can customize these laptops as well!

None of these are in a specific order. The most compatible laptop varies between each person. This is simply a list of laptops with best keyboards according to several different reviews. Let us know what you think of your laptop or what your next one will be!

 

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How To Properly Clean Your Electronic Devices

It’s important to keep your electronic devices clean on a regular basis. Dirt, bacteria, and dust collect on the surface and in the device. Dirty surfaces can cause acne or illness. Interior dirt build-up can lead to technical problems. So, here’s how to actually clean your phone and other devices.

Sadly, wiping your shirt or sleeve on everything does not do the trick. But, you do have to be careful to not scratch surfaces or avoid putting harsh chemicals on your $1K device. Depending on how dirty your device is, get rid of excess dirt with a dry microfiber cloth first. Also, use soft items for wiping, and apply the solution to the cleaner first not the device. Anything stiff will scratch the screen.

Smartphones

Phones should be cleaned the most often. Every other day would be ideal, but once a week is okay. Use either 50-70% isopropyl alcohol to dampen a cotton ball or microfiber and go over the front and back. Since tablets are basically just bigger smartphones, this same method can apply. Take off your case and clean both case and device thoroughly.

Laptops

Laptops can get surprisingly dirty. The culprit? Debris in the keyboard. Back in the day, I had a laptop where the fan stopped working due to dirt build-up. So it’s important to clean the inside and outside out thoroughly. For the exterior: Mix dish soap and water and dip into microfiber cloth, wringing out excess fluid. Wipe down entire surface. Wipe again with dry cloth. For the interior: check out these Wiki Steps or check out this YouTube tutorial.

We recommend using Clorox wipes for devices shared by the household: remote controls, microwave, door knobs, gaming controllers, ect. Pandemic or not, items that see several hands throughout the day should be sanitized. Also, make sure your device doesn’t get moisture damage. How often you clean electronic devices is up to you, but please wipe down that phone before you put it up to your face again!

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The US Stock Market 2020

The stock market went through drastic highs and lows this year. This is due to the pandemic, the presidential race, lawsuits, and even tweets. Read on for how these factors affected the biggest stock holders. Also, see who’s rising in the market and consider investing in them in 2021!

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S&P 500

First, we’ll look at the S&P 500 Index. Statista says,

 “Between March 4 and March 11, 2020, the S&P 500 index dropped by twelve percent, descending into a bear market. On March 12, the S&P 500 plunged 9.5 percent, its steepest one-day fall since 1987. The index began to recover at the start of April.”

As of April 14, the value was $2,850 per share, just a few hundred dollars below their pre-COVID era. Then, their value rose above $3,000 per share at the end of May. Since then, it’s gradually been rising. Now, as of December 15, the value is at $3,666 per share.

closeup photo of silver iMacSo, which companies fell out and which ones rose? The five biggest companies to soar in 2020 are:

  • Amazon (AMZN). Due to stay-at-home orders, Amazon revenue and stocks gained profit. CEO & Founder Jeff Bezos is now the richest man on the Forbes list! Each share is valued at $3,157.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM). America’s largest bank and 7th largest bank in the world. They faired okay during the pandemic. However, they did see a drop after making changes to their borrower policy. Their value is now worth $120 per share.
  • Visa (V). Overall, banks survived the pandemic thanks to the Federal Bank Act. Visa saw more success in 2020. Today’s value is at $209 per share.
  • Tesla (TSLA). Elon Musk’s engineering and company management skills are earning him big bucks. He also soared up on the Forbes list and is now at #7. But, his stock value does fluctuate according to what he tweets. Tesla is worth $639 per share.
  • Brookfield Property Reit Inc (BPYU). Despite worries that the housing market would tank due to evictions, business is good. BPYU is at $15.90 per share.

2020 Stocks

While the stock market tanked in March, overall it has been steadily returning back to its normal rate. However, the presidential race is an important factor now. Now that Joe Biden is confirmed for inauguration while son Hunter Biden is under legal fire, we will have to closely watch the stock market. Also, another factor affecting stocks is Bitcoin. It has recently seen a drastic increase in December. One Bitcoin is now worth 19,531.20 US dollars. Also, technology development and releases are contributing to the rising stocks. While Apple stagnated a little this year, they are expected to stay as the leading smartphone company.

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Overall, there’s no danger of a stock market crash. While Biden’s confirmation will affect Wall Street, stocks are expected to rise more in 2021. Check back for our 2021 stock prediction blog! And, please feel free to comment and let us know what shares you’re investing in.

 

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Top Technology Releases in 2020

November and December are popular times for brands to release their newest product. Coming in just in time for the holidays are the top upcoming technology releases. For items already released, we have the scoop on what customers have to say about it. Read on about Apple’s newest iPhone, the newest gaming system, and more!

Smartphones & Tablets

Apple normally release their newest iPhones in September, but this year, the iPhone 12 will unveil space gray iPhone X on blue surfacein November. Available for pre-order on 11/6, it will become fully available on 11/13. The iPhone 12 will have cameras be able to capture the perfect nighttime photo. Also, a ceramic shield will add better protection.

Samsung released their Galaxy S20 in February. And, the past 8 months were kind to Android’s newest smartphone. The video chat quality is top-notch, even if your signal is not. And, the cool thing about Samsung is that there are a variety of phones you can get, so you can pick the perfect one. Tech Radar leaves an honest but positive review.

 

Tablets are ideal for playing games, browsing Facebook, and watching movies/TV shows on the go. I’d recommend the iPad if your friends and family all have one, due to easy sharing and connecting. It also has a simple, easy-to-use design. But, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is better for more hands-on tasks, thanks to the S (stylus) pen. The newest iPads came out earlier this year, and people seem to like the 4th generation iPad Air.

 

Game Time

The heavily-discussed PlayStation 5, coming out Nov. 12, is set to sweep the gaming nation. The all-new design for both the console and the controller is will offer a refreshing gaming experience. The previous generation, PS4, was released 4 years ago, so it was time to match up with today’s technology.

Or, get the Nintendo Switch. Although it came out almost a year ago, it’s still all the rage and heavily used. With two-part controllers attached on each side, the user can easily switch from single player to multi-player.

Computers and Laptops

The best laptop depends on what it’s needed for. For gamers, PC Mag recommends the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. If the work-from-home laptop needs an upgrade, then try out the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14. Or, you can pick up the newest MacBook Pro and check out the magic keyboard.

In the age of rapidly-evolving world, keeping up with the latest technology releases can be a challenge. That’s why we wanted to give you a heads-up, in case you’re thinking about upgrading your gadgets or starting to form a holiday shopping list. You can count on us to help you stay updated!

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What is UI/UX Design, and Why Is It Important?

What is UI/UX design, and what’s the difference in between them? It can be easy to use the terms interchangeably. While they are closely related, they mean two different things. User interface design (UI) is a graphic design term for the front and back end development. Specifically, what their users expect out of their devices and simplifying use. You can find user interface in machines from smartphones to refrigerators. Therefore, UI falls underneath the UX umbrella term. UX refers to user experience. This is what consumers gain out of their product thanks to UI software design. Here’s how UI and UX work together, but could stand alone.

Understanding UX

UX is a general term regarding user’s experience with the product. It can refer to any category of product, not just technology. It can apply to hardware/physical design as well. Let’s use a car for example. Do customers like the size, the look, and find it smooth? Does it function desirably? Could you see yourself using this every day? How does the car make you feel? Whether you are satisfied with the product or not is essentially user experience.

Understanding UI Design

User Interface design is the inner works that makes a product function. Since UX refers to overall design, that means that UI is a part of UX. UI is what gives the product its unique brand look. Also, UI is for electronics only: computers, toasters, and such. UI is concerned with software design and layout, like buttons. The main goal is to simplify design for easiest  Matters such as security, battery life, and speed all have to do with UI. Website designers, engineers, and technology developers heavily rely on UI design for their daily work. UI design evolves as technology improves.

 

 

UI/UX design is crucial for modern technology. We rely on our smartphones and computers to have the best user interface design so we can get the best user experience out of it. Since UI is strictly electronics, UX design could exist without UI. There’s a relatively high demand for UI/UX designers as technology continues to develop and evolve. Click here to read about what a computer whizz has to say about UI and UX design.

 

 

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