Technology

You Decide: PC or Console Gaming?

Hello everyone, this is my second addition to my debate series. Today, Riley, Calvin, and Marcus will join me in a new topic: should traditional gaming be played on a console, or should we switch to computer gaming? Riley and I will argue for PC against Calvin and Marcus, who side with console gaming. First Topic: Price Luke: At first glance, console seems cheaper, but that’s not exactly true. An Xbox One can cost around to $350, and while PCs are best at around $1,000, you can run eSports games like Overwatch, CS:GO and League of Legends on a $400 computer. Riley: I completely agree with Luke. When one part of a console stops working or breaks, you have to buy a completely new console. On the other hand, when a PC part breaks or stops working, you can replace it and some parts can cost less than $30. Let…


7 Tips on How to Begin to Make a Video Game

So you want to make a video game? Well of course you do if you clicked this article! Well, here are a couple quick tips to get you started. 1. Have a Bit of Background Knowledge Though some programs don’t need it, it is always best to learn how to code. For video games, probably the best coding language to learn is C Sharp, but you can be fine with JavaScript. Codecademy is a great place to start. Also, play your favorite video games! Most people get inspired by playing other people’s games. You’re way more likely to have an idea for a video game if you play one. 2. Think of the Mechanics of the Game Before you think about story, characters, level design, power-ups, and more, try to think about the main mechanic you want to convey and base the other things around that. The Portal series is…


The Future Is Here

Uber has said that it plans to have cars that can vertically take off of the street. It is similar to the helicarriers you see in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though downsized a couple billion square feet. They take off vertically and their propellers change directions to make it move forward/ backwards. (Don’t ask us how it turns, because we don’t have the slightest idea.) Last week, a Slovakian company named AeroMobil propelled its Flying Car at the super car show in Monaco. “The first vehicle is intended to create a buzz,” Stefan Vadocz, AeroMobil’s chief communications officer said to Newsweek. The car can fly up to 1,000 km at the top speed of 300 km/h. There is one question everyone is still wondering: What if something goes wrong??? AeroMobil’s car comes with the latest technology in vehicle recovery ballistic parachutes. It is designed to bring an airborne vehicle back…


Review: Titan XP Graphics Card

The Titan X Pascal, considered the best graphics card you can buy… just got better. On April 6, 2017, Nvidia announced a new addition to their enthusiasts grade GPU family, the Titan XP. The Titan XP is incredibly fast and runs cool while doing so but that comes at a very, very, high cost. The Titan XP runs faster and a little cooler than its older counterpart, the Titan X Pascal, but besides the faster performance and slightly better cooling there isn’t that much different between the two. Today we will be looking at the specs, benchmarks, price and performance of the new Titan XP. The Titan XP is the best GPU on the market, and its spec are, as Elijah would say, BLAZINGLY FAST. Titan XP runs on the same GP102 die as the Titan X Pascal, but sports a fully unlocked version of the processor. The GP102 is…


TechTips: Keyboard Shortcuts

Hi everyone! From our knowledge, everyone at this school uses computers or iPads, to some degree. On Mac computers, there are some shortcuts that you can learn that make navigating a computer a lot easier. You can also edit, disable, or even create your own shortcuts in System Preferences. The four main shortcut keys used are Shift (to the left of the Z key), Control (to the right of the FN key), Option (also called Alt, below the Z key), and Command (to the left of the space bar) Here are some commonly used command codes: (The Command button is usually replaced by the Control button on PCs and Chromebooks for some commands) *What is the difference between Quitting and App than Force Quitting an App? Well, quitting an app is when you get rid of it when you’re done with it. If that app freezes, crashes, or loads really…


Simple Photo Manipulation with Apps

If you aren’t already familiar with the term “photoshop” and you are living under a rock, it is basically editing photos to make them look surreal or just flat-out unrealistic. In this tutorial, I would like to show how to do a simple photo manipulation! All you need is an app that can mask out layers and maybe a photo editor to make your photo look better. Picsart is free and works fine, but I like Superimpose because it is more precise. It is up to you if you want the photo to be of yourself or a friend. The steps will be for people who are using a friend. I would also like to add that this requires a puddle… Steps: Ask your friend to stand behind a puddle. Make sure their reflection looks like a human outline. Be sure to keep a portion of their legs in the…


SpaceX SES-10 Launch

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket on March 30 successfully carrying the SES-10 satellite to space. It was a typical launch, using the Falcon 9 FT booster. The only difference, and it’s a big one, is that this particular Falcon 9 was already used. That’s right. As you may know, SpaceX has been landing and saving their Falcon 9 boosters for a while now, but this is the first time one has been reused. Not only did the payload get to GTO successfully, but the booster landed again on SpaceX’s barge drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You. This marks a huge step in rocket reusability. Typical launches cost around $62 million. Musk estimated that around 70% of that cost was in the booster, and about 1% of the booster’s cost is the fuel. Eventually, the customer would only need to pay of the upper stage and the fuel,…


App Unwrap: Twitch

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Twitch, it is a live streaming service for video games and talk shows. It lets content creators reach out on a live platform playing games and talking to viewers rather than making videos and uploading them to something like YouTube. Anyone trying to start a channel can also go to Twitch and gain popularity by streaming popular games. When streamers get popular enough to attract a lot of viewers, they can set up ways for their fans to donate. Some people even use Twitch as their job, often streaming all day long and attracting a lot of donations throughout the day. Anyone who wants to follow a channel closely can pledge $5 (separate from donations) to subscribe to the channel and receive notifications whenever that person starts to stream. Twitch is a really great program because you can interact with your favorite gamers live as…


Tech Review: GTX 1080 Ti

On February 28, 2017, the company Nvidia released its new flagship graphics card1, the GTX 1080 Ti, which gives a 35% performance improvement compared to Nvidia’s GTX 1080 graphics card. The GTX 1080 Ti also has just edged out Nvidia’s former most powerful GPU, the Titan XP, by a few Megahertz2 in processing power. The 1080 Ti also has two power connectors compared to the GTX 1080’s one, which means more power, which equals better performance. The 1080 Ti is the largest improvement in performance compared to any regular vs. Ti. Here are some comparisons between the 1080 and the 1080 Ti in various games. The numbers on the right show the performance gain between the 1080 and 1080 Ti. These test were run at 4K4 resolution. The GTX 1080 Ti also has the same amount of CUDA cores as the Titan XP coming in at 3584 cuda cores. To…


App Unwrap: Amaziograph

Amaziograph is a drawing app available on the App Store for $0.99. It lets you control the basics of your digital pen like selecting color, thickness, opacity, and clarity. What separates Amaziograph from other drawing apps is the focus on symmetry. It lets you select multiple templates for drawing. Each template allows you to repeat a design over multiple sections of the drawing. This results in a cool effect where a simple design is repeated in a cool way. The app is paid, but in my opinion  it is well worth 99¢. I love the app for fidgeting and mindless doodling. You can edit the section sizes for each preset in the settings. There isn’t much else to say about the app; it is very simple and user-friendly. It doesn’t have many advanced options so experienced artists may want to look at another app. Amaziograph is not a normal drawing…


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