Fortnite World Cup 2019 Update

Fortnite is a relative newcomer to competitive gaming. But with the more than $100,000,000.00US prize pool sitting at the end of the 2019 Fortnite World Cup, Epic Games has created a tournament powerhouse.

With an event this big, you can bet that betting powerhouses like Sportsbetting.ag will have odds on the tournament. The cool thing about this event is it isn’t just big name teams like Team Liquid and FaZe Clan; anyone can play.

How to Qualify

Epic released an official blog in late February detailing the Fortnite World Cup. It quite simple: solo and duo modes will be highlighted but there will be ample squad play as well. The first step is the merit-based qualification. You don’t have to worry about your spot being taken by a franchise buy-in or anything like that … you must play and earn your place. There will be weekly online qualifiers running from the thirteenth of April to the sixteenth of June.

There will be various 1 million-dollar competitions as we lead up to the cup. But it will come down to the top 100 solo players and the top 50 duo teams from the 10 qualifying weeks. Those players will join Epic Games in New York City on July 26th for a three-day event known as The Fortnite World Cup Finals! Each player is guaranteed a minimum of fifty $50,000.00 and the solo champ will win a cool $3,000,000.00.

Don’t worry. If the math doesn’t seem to be adding up it’s because Fortnite will be holding weekly $1,000,000.00 events after the Fortnite World Cup Finals as well. Yup, you can boogie bomb your way to a battle-bus-load of cash all the way up to the end of the year. The only catch is you have to be at least 13 years of age to participate and those between 13 and 17 need parental permission.

Big News

After a slight setback in the Duo Gauntlet test to adjust scoring and leaderboards, it’s looking like it is up and ready to go.


In other Duo-based news, Team Liquid is apparently going with the flow. According to Poach, they are testing out different Duo combinations as they head towards the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers.

“Yeah, we’re going to try out some new things for World Cup, for sure. Everyone needs to be comfortable with who they are playing with. I think, until the World Cup, we are going to mix around duos and try to find what works best. So, today I will be doing the Duos Gauntlet with Chap.”

We are likely to see Poach with either 72hrs or Chap … or perhaps a combination of either of the three with Vivid. It remains to be seen. In any case, Team Liquid is regarded by many as one of the top Fortnite teams on the planet (some think No. 1, some think No. 2). So it’s scary to think that they are finetuning even more.

Get to Training

The Gauntlet Solo and Duo Tests are up and running and will be going for a few more days. So get in there and get your points up. Play like it’s a $100,000.00 event because you’ll need to take this seriously. To make it through the qualifiers you’ll be facing the best of the best to get in there and grind.

You have about a month to get into shape to take on the pros, so gear up, get in the bus, and make it happen!

How has iGaming Driven Online Tech Development?

It might seem an odd combination to the uninitiated but make no mistake – iGaming has contributed a great deal to the development of a wide range of online technologies. From payment to proliferation, iGaming services and websites have long stood as one of the vanguards of software evolution, and we want to look at how.

Readers old and tech-focussed enough to remember the early days of the internet might remember the pain of ordering things online. Having purchased full versions of shareware games over the late-90’s net, we can state unequivocally that this was usually a slow and painful process, especially when credit cards weren’t accepted.


PayPal” (CC BY 2.0) by André-Pierre

Not only have credit cards become common today but other and arguably more convenient systems like PayPal, PaySafeCard, and Skrill have also risen to fill the gaps. Acting more like debit cards, which is to say without the hassle of interest fees, these online wallets owe no shortage of thanks to just how rapidly iGaming sought them out.

As one of the earliest and widespread examples of businesses into the online world, services like these not just thrived, but they helped convince other reticent businesses of the public desirability of online payment services. This is a pattern continued and built upon today, with websites extending these systems to include additional bonuses, further setting a standard of online payment integration.

This leading of the path, as it turns out, would become common.

We also saw this fearlessness when it came to adaption to mobile gaming. While it has taken a long time for traditional AAA video game publishers to become heavily involved in the mobile market, iGaming showed no such hesitance. Jumping in with both feet, iGaming websites were fast to adopt mobile apps once the era of the smartphone arrived. This viability contributed to the popularization and rise of developments of app stores, which most of us use to this day.


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This, again, is seen in the new age of HTML5. As this new coding basis for websites effectively mitigates many of the issues which made apps a necessity in the first place, its adoption on iGaming websites again has helped set a new standard. 

While it is true that many websites would adopt HTML5 anyway for its versatility over mobile and desktop browsers, iGaming did so in such a way that included heavy quantities of games. This is seen through developments like what NetEnt casino has done with the likes of the Mega Fortune and Strolling Staxx jackpot slots. Apps were once the necessary basis here, and now that they are increasingly not, it is again iGaming which has taken on of the first steps forward.

That is not to say that iGaming services are driven solely by the desire to push the envelope, far from it. They are businesses first and foremost and, because of this, their primary desire is to drive a profit. That said, this desire is often illustrated by other ostensibly progressive businesses ploddingly, with many timid about making each step.

We can’t exactly measure the effect that iGaming has had on leading this progression but, if history is anything to go on, whatever the next big step may be, iGaming will undoubtedly be one of the first through the gate.

The Most Memorable Android Games In 2018

It’s been a huge year for mobile gaming, with more and more people now regularly doing their gaming on smartphones rather than on console and PC. Android has now been around for a decade and in that time, there have been some hugely impressive games. But 2018 could well have been the biggest year for Android games so far. In light of this, we’ve compiled a list of the games that have hit the high notes in 2018, ahead of what should be an even bigger 2019.

PUBG Mobile

One of the most popular game genres around right now is battle royale, with a lot of games now focused on delivering this sort of game mode to their players. PUBG, which shot to success on PC, has made its way onto mobile and what a masterstroke it’s proven to be. 100 players go head to head in a last man standing battle, in what is a visually impressive title with incredibly smooth gameplay. Many would suggest PUBG is the original battle royale game, and while it may have been edged out on PC and console by Fortnite; PUBG is still a winner on mobile.

Alto’s Odyssey

An avid Android gamer will have played the prequel to this title, Alto’s Adventure. Building on the success of one of the greatest mobile games of all time, Alto’s Odyssey takes everything that was good about the first instalment and adds to it superbly. They’ve changed location with dunes and deserts replacing snowy landscapes, with fresh gameplay elements added too. Balloons and tornados will bring new challenges to players, in what is a free to download game that everyone should play.

Fruit Machine Slot Game

Fruit Machine is a brilliant slot game by mobile gaming giants mFortune. With more and more of us opting to play games for cash on the go, mFortune have established themselves as the number one developer by creating their own in-house content. The game is a stripped back approach to slot gaming, with mFortune Fruit Machine representing the retro version of slots, but this is what has helped make it so popular with players on Android. There are some fantastic wins to be had too, in what is one of the finest fruit machine games around.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Final Fantasy will go down in history as one of the best RPGs of all time, and while it’s been truly outstanding over the years on console, this pocket edition is just as epic on mobile too. The game, which comes in a series of chapters, is mobile enhanced and really captures the story of the game superbly. They’ve cut out the unnecessary grind in this version, but that’s not a negative by any stretch of the imagination. The game, as you would expect, is visually stunning, while the combat system has real charm about it. It is well worth downloading the first episode and before you know it, you’ll be hooked.

Asphalt 9: Legends

Racing games have always been popular on mobile, and Asphalt has been one of the best race series of all time on Android. The latest edition known as Asphalt 9: Legends features some of the finest supercars around from manufactures like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. The game is ideal for those who love customising their own vehicles as there are plenty of custom paint jobs, rims and more available. It’s arcade racing at its finest, with speed boosts and knockout spins helping to take the adrenaline fuelled action to the next level, in what is 2018’s top Android racer.

How eSports can achieve its full potential

eSports refers to electronic sports and is an industry that is growing at a phenomenal rate. Players play against each other, either individually or in teams, on computers or consoles and these competitions now sometimes take place in big arenas, all over the world in large arenas. These players take their gaming extremely seriously, with the US Government regarding them as professional athletes! On the face of it, it can be difficult to see how the industry now worth $900m can grow much more, but it will.

Technological developments have given gamers the ability to compete online and for eSports to be viewed online vis streaming. As technology continues to grow it is likely that video sharing capabilities will increase, and so will the number of viewers watching eSports. This aspect of eSports is going to continue to grow and will increase revenues in the industry as technologies capabilities increase, opening eSports up to a wider audience.
eSports companies need to find more ways to encourage those who don’t actually play games themselves, to watch others playing game. This is mainly down to the game developers having to make games appealing to viewers and not just those who are actually playing.

As streaming and content creation continue to make more and more opportunities for revenue, more content will be created, which then in turn will attract a wider and larger base of viewers.

Each big eSports tournament now has a massive prize pool, which is in the most part made up of sponsorship money and entrance and viewing figures. The bigger the prize pool is though the more people will be attracted to the events. This will then lead to an increase of the amount of money that current and potential sponsors are willing to spend, which will further increase the prize money available and interest in the event.

In the same way poker tournaments were shown on ESPN, mainly due to the massive pots of money on offer, the same is happening to eSports. We are already seeing the likes of Epic Games guaranteeing $100 million for their Fortnite tournament prize pools. Therefore, it is no surprise that other big names in the industry are keen to set up their own professional teams to compete in these events.

At the moment if you follow a particular eSports team it is not easy to keep track of when they are playing and how they are performing and there is no central platform for this. If this can change and it is made easier to follow a particular eSports team it is likely that they will then start to attract fans and followers, which could then be turned into another revenue stream for the industry.

Furthermore, eSports are currently dominated by PCs and the main consoles on the market, however in future it is likely that we will see eSports taking place on mobile devices. If this does happen it will make it a lot more accessible and it is likely there would be a massive increase in the amount of people participating in eSports.

It is predicted by many experts that the eSports industry will be worth more than $1.5 billion a year by 2021 and it is easy to see how. So it is easy to see why this sports/gaming genre will eventually become as popular as main stream sports such as American Football, soccer and basketball.

iSkysoft Toolbox – Erase Review

The mobile phone in your hands is a very powerful device. You can make calls, watch videos, surf the internet and much more with its help. And with the plethora of apps available for it right now, the list of things it can do keeps going on. All in all, our phones are essentially the storehouse of all our personal data, which includes photographs, videos, email and other documents.

These days, switching phones has become common as manufacturers keep rolling out new mobile phones every few months. Well, why shouldn’t you? with all those exciting offers coming out and especially when you are getting a sweet resell value.

But be careful how you are handing over our phone to its next owner. You wont want to hand it over without securely wiping out all the personal data from your phone. In wrong hands, your privacy will be at risk.

You can delete all the data from your phone by resetting it, but what you might not know that the data from your phone can be easily recovered even after a factory reset. There are numerous free and paid tools available on the internet for doing this.

So how can you make sure that the data from your phone has been securely erased?

Its simple, make use of an professional android data eraser tool such as iSkysoft Toolbox – Erase for erasing software to permanently erase data from your phone. The tool not only erases data from your phone, but it also writes random data to the phone memory to overwrite your deleted data and make sure that it cannot be recovered again. All this happens in just three steps, which ensure that anyone can make use of this tool easily.

With iSkysoft Toolbox – Erase, you can securely erase data form your phone and hand it over to its next owner without any worry.

And if you are in need for a android backup tool to backup your phones data and restore it on your new phone, you can make use of iSkysoft Toolbox’s Backup&Restore. Using this handy tool, you will be able to backup and restore contacts, messages, call history, calendar, photos, video, audio, applications and other data from your old phone to new phone without any hiccups.

Go ahead and try out these tools and if you like them you can buy the entire iSkysoft Toolbox suite, which contains many useful tools such as Mobile to Mobile Data Transfer, Data Recovery Tools, Social App Backup tools and much more.

 

 

 

Importance of proper data classification in organizations

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Whereas in our day-to-day personal computing, data asset management isn’t too much of a priority and things land where they may, organizations need to know how to classify the different types of data they manage, especially in the case of potential loss.

Data classification is a multi-step process that involves properly tagging data according to several factors, including data state, format, and level of sensitivity.

Classification is also important to keep in line with several regulations, including GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation, which just went into effect back in May of 2018 in order to protect the personal data of all European Union citizens and visitors. GDPR is being called the most important change in data privacy regulation in over two decades.

The data classification process starts with data discovery, which allows an organization to identify the location, volume, and context of data. The amount of data stored in several locations often means organizations don’t have a general idea of what data they are storing and where it is located. Because of this, the data discovery process is vital and provides the information that may be currently lacking.

As mentioned above, tagging and labeling should include several factors, which also highly depend on the type of organization. Data state identifies the current state, whether it is an archived file, a current file in process or data that is in transit.

Perhaps the most important is identifying the level of sensitivity. High, medium and low sensitivity labels are most commonly used. A good example of identifying the level is that high level should be confidential, medium sensitivity could be for internal use only and low sensitivity could be anything public.

With the information in hand, an organization can then move on to the next step of the process, which involves defining, implementing and executing data classification, which includes tagging data according to the information listed above.

This is a more tedious process but is a necessary one, especially in knowing the potential value loss.

With the classification information now available, the last step would be to implement security technologies to protect data and appropriately monitor it. This doesn’t have to be something just done within the organization as there are data security solutions available to protect from attacks and stay compliant with the many privacy regulations. In addition to GDPR, there is also SOX, HIPAA and PCI DSS, which all require data classification.

Aside from data protection and regulatory compliance, data compliance also helps with ease of access within your organization for anyone needing to regularly access and store data, making sense of the vast amounts of data available. Classification provides a clearer understanding of where and how data is stored, how it’s accessed and protected.

Are ARGs the Future of Immersive Gaming?

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You’ve heard the hype surrounding virtual and augmented reality but now there’s another form of gaming to get to grips with. This is alternate reality gaming, otherwise known as ARG. It’s been around for a while but, as technology progresses, it is becoming way more advanced. By the sound of things, it could represent the future of immersive gaming. VR and AR have failed to make massive waves up to now but, with the help of ARGs, they could soon hit the big time.

Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go have had a huge impact on the gaming industry, and these titles seek to impose the virtual gaming world on reality. In the hugely popular offering from Niantic which has been downloaded over 650 million times, players were able to hunt for the strange monsters in real-world locations. Alternate reality gaming aims to go one step further than this, and actually denies that there’s a difference between the real world and the gaming world. You may be thinking that sounds crazy and dangerous, but the idea behind it could open up whole new ways of playing games in the future.
ARGs may have taken inspiration from The Matrix, the film in which Keanu Reeves has to be woken up from his false life in the virtual world to adventure out into the real world. In the classic 1999 sci-fi, Neo sees clues around him that his world may not be all that it seems, and decides to “go down the rabbit hole” to find out what is going on. With ARGs, there are similar themes, and most of the time games aren’t even announced. Instead, eagle-eyed gamers will spot things around them which give them information about a game. There are real-life puzzles where players have to find clues and work out where to go next. The games attract a lot of players whose shared knowledge can help all those involved solve puzzles.
With the emergence of alternate reality games, players have become even more curious than they were before in the search for new titles. They are now known to hunt through job listings and LinkedIn profiles to find clues. It has also led to game developers to get more creative as gaming communities have proven how capable they are at discovering evidence.
One well-known example of a recent game featuring ARG elements is Fortnite. In the lead up to the Epic Games title’s fifth season, the developers kicked off an ARG campaign which featured icons from the game showing up in real-world locations. For instance, the famous Durr Burger mascot was found on a beach in California. This idea of having a game’s narrative intertwined with reality helps create hype around a game and raise awareness of it. It also adds a whole new dimension to the experience.
Gaming doesn’t get much more immersive than when it uses real-world elements, and this is the exciting thing about ARGs. Because of the success of recent ARG campaigns, it seems likely that more developers will follow suit. The divide between the real and gaming world looks set to shrink further, and anything feels possible.

What Does eSports Need to Go Mainstream?

An eSport is a multiplayer video game that is played competitively. While traditional sports games may be played on green, green grass or with a bat and ball, eSports are typically played in front of screens. You’re far more likely to get eye strain or get a repetitive strain injury from clicking the mouse a little too hard than you are to pull a hamstring.
It is estimated that, by 2020, 70 million people will tune into an eSports final. eSport competitions such as the League of Legends World Championship, the Dota 2 Internationals and the FIFA eWorld Cup (the eSports version of the real football world cup) have massive prize pots so expect this to make an impact.
But despite this high, estimated viewership, many people still need to refer back that definition of eSports just to understand what it actually is. So, with that in mind, we ask, what does eSports need to go mainstream?

eSport Needs More Mainstream Games

A significant reason why eSports hasn’t hit the big time, so to speak, is that many of the games that are popular on an eSports level aren’t part of mainstream culture (in the West, at least). Games like Blizzard Entertainment’s RTS StarCraft are a common talking point in South Korea, with the country’s Air Force even having a professional StarCraft team. But, in the United States and Western Europe, it’s far less of a hot property. the Riot Games MOBA is an unknown quantity for most. The same goes for mobile MOBA Honor of Kings which is so popular in China that a scripted TV spin-off is being made but it took seven months for the game to make $3 million in revenue following its release in the United States (where it is called Arena of Valor). Overwatch, Call of Duty and FIFA are all games that are popular in the West and the East but they can’t do it alone. That’s why the popularity of Fortnite, which is played by more than 125 million people and has featured in mainstream news reports around the world because of its success, stands to change things. With more megahit multiplayer titles like this making waves across the world and appealing to gamers no matter their location, eSports will become more popular too.

eSport Needs Better Narratives

The meta of these games is also complex and can be difficult to understand but something that most seem to ‘get’ is human emotion. eSport is filled with huge potential when it comes to drama: from underdog teams to players who succeed even though they practice with massive lag or have parents who don’t support their eSports dreams. Or the fan-favorite teams who have star players that everybody loves. Traditional sports have tapped into this with betting and the rise of eSports betting shows us how the sector is becoming more mainstream. The League of Legends World Championships are currently taking place, for instance, and eSports odds only give fans more of an idea of who to look out for. The odds that G2 Esports will beat the Afreeca Freecs are 27/100 but, vice versa, the odds are 13/5. The odds between the two teams are slim then, meaning that there will be much debate on not just who will win the match but whether they deserve to. Once people begin rooting for a particular eSports team – so much so that they are willing to place a bet and put actual money on it, that’s how it will engage even the biggest of naysayers and finally go mainstream.
For eSports fans who would like to see the industry go mainstream, there are already brands working on this. For example, the recent announcement that the Premier League is launching a new FIFA eSports competition with EA is a major step forward in making eSports mainstream. It will take a lot more than that, but it’s a big deal nonetheless.

How to Parent Proof a Computer

Many of us take for granted just how lucky we are to have grown up in the age of the developing internet, and the dominance of computers. What many of us don’t take for granted, however, is how often we roped into the role of family tech-support. As obligated as we are, as necessary as we know it is, trying to repair or set up a computer for a less-than-technologically-adept parent or grandparent can be an exercise in frustration, so in this article, we aim to help.

Installing First

The first step to preparing a computer for the unprepared is to expect the worst. Dangerous things will be clicked, dangerous programs will get downloaded, and basic computer maintenance will not be applied, not without reminders. A good start is to find the sort of antivirus system which is the right fit for the host device. It is important to note that what works for you might be a bit too complicated for someone else, so check some of the more trusted review sites in order to find one which even the most amateur of users won’t confuse. You’ll also want to note down what happens when a program needs access, and what is and is not openly suspicious.

Ad blockers can also be a good start, though we do encourage the whitelisting of the more trusted websites in the interest of keeping guys like us going.

Use a Real Notepad

While it can be a big help to keep all of what you want to teach in a text file on the host computer itself, it should be noted that this text file will be lost or deleted. Instead, use an actual physical note-book which can be placed by the computer, or in a desk drawer. These are far less likely to get lost and help the slightly technophobic in finding their way. A simple solution, but one which, in our experience, has major payoffs in the long-term. This is especially the case if you want to teach something which requires multiple steps, like downloading torrents, and finding where these downloads actually go.

Assume Nothing

There are lots of little things which we experienced users tend to overlook when it comes to computer operations than the new or unfamiliar user will not. The level of harm here depends on the general behavior of the user themselves, but we can take steps to ensure safety by acting in the presumption that even the most basic of tricks will be fallen for.

The most common two examples of this we constantly see is first the installation of third-party programs which often come alongside ostensibly free or trial software. Things like browser add-ons or search bars are the most common, so be sure to teach the user that these sort of things will try to sneak in, and they will try to sneak in a lot. Likewise, effort needs to be made in explaining the difference between real error messages and fake messages through ads. While ad blockers will minimize this risk, they cannot eliminate them entirely. Far too many times we’ve had to explain that clicking an image which looks like the close window button is not the same as clicking the close window button, so be prepared.

Diligence is Key

We cannot fully predict the ways in which new users can mess up their systems, but by staying alert, we can at least mitigate the risks. Each time a new mistake is made be sure to not just repair the issue, but explain how the issue was created in the first place, and note down in the physical notebook how to avoid this problem in the future. The road is still going to be long and frustrating, but with these tips, at least we should be able to prevent our family from driving in a valley and exploding.

Top Tech Solutions to the Big Two Annoyances on the Internet

Since computers and the internet in general have long since moved beyond the realm of geeky affectation to necessary personal and business tools, there have been some problems which have become an increasing annoyance in our daily lives. Whether through an attempt to take advantage of end users, or to protect the host’s businesses, these annoyances can be a constant hindrance to both our enjoyment and professional work. In this article we’ll go over the two most common issues which crop up for the majority of people at one time or another, and how the end-user might work to alleviate these difficulties.

Cloying and Interruptive Advertisements

While the landscape of online pop-up ads may not be as open a drain on your computer bandwidth and processing power as it was back in the days of the 56k, there are still a wide variety of websites which either do not know they harbour intrusive advertisements, or do not care. As these advertisements can be inappropriate and can actually insert vulnerabilities into your system and work to take advantage of the technologically naïve (how many ads has your Grandma clicked today?), it’s only natural to want an opportunity to block these out completely. Fortunately, with the quality of today’s adblockers, this is easier than ever.

Before we recommend a solution, we also feel we should point out the importance of white-listing – removing these blockers from working on websites you trust. You might hate ads, but remember that a wide range of your favourite websites use advertisements to stay online, so it’s important to support those who still treat their users with respect.

As for which blocker is right for you, you can’t go wrong with the simplicity which is Adblock Plus.

Blocked Websites

Mobile devices and free Wi-Fi are one of the most useful combinations of technology in our modern lives, yet so often they come with the problem of limited access. Websites or services on which we tend to rely are often cut off, either in the interest of saving bandwidth over a shared system or through an overzealous blocking net, but either way, the result can be frustrating. Not being able to access important emails or messages on the go because of these blockages can be a painful issue, though not an insurmountable one.

Simple Virtual Private Network (VPN) services can work as a way around these blockages, giving their users the same level of access they would expect from a home connection. There are dozens of services out there, like the one listed in this review, which can help us escape from the digital bonds of free Wi-Fi, and the tech is only getting better. Just remember to use these responsibly, as using a VPN only to take as much bandwidth as is possible from other active users is very much a modern social faux pa.

Solving Issues Yourself

While there are dozens or hundreds of commonly shared problems which arise through the use of modern technologies, we have to point out the importance of only utilizing trusted sources. We at Techverse put a lot of effort into researching the safest products for our users, but there are many out there without such scruples. If you find a solution to a digital problem, then be sure to check out the reviews first, as running the wrong program, app, or add-on can cause an even greater problem than those users wish to solve in the first place.

 

How HD Brings a New Level of Clarity to Your Android Device

There is nothing like settling down on the sofa to watch our favorite films, sports and shows in front of the TV but, for many of us, our busy lives now mean it’s simply not possible to always watch the action unfold in the comfort of our own home.

Fortunately, the technology in Android-enabled smartphones and tablets has developed to the point where we can thankfully watch our unmissable shows or matches at the touch of a button – whether we’re sneakily keeping tabs on what’s happening while at work or keeping entertained on the train home.

According to research by eMarketer, while watching content on traditional TVs remains common, there has undoubtedly been growth in people watching digital video on other devices. The organization predicted that, in 2018, adults in the US would be spending an average of more than 60 minutes a day watching digital video, compared to just under four hours of TV viewing a day.

A fundamental part

One of the core developments that has helped to make digital video so popular has been the emergence of HD, a concept which has ensured that, regardless of what we’re up to, we always get a quality picture on our phones.

It has become fundamental to our time looking at content from the web in a number of ways. For example, the grand majority of content offered by video sites from YouTube to Netflix now generally comes in HD. In addition, if you are a fan of games of chance, sites like Betway now offer players the opportunity to participate in roulette games which operate in streamed HD. Furthermore, we all expect to be able to have a crystal clear display which allows us to see every detail of pictures and other content stored on our devices.

But, while we all take HD for granted, what does it actually mean and how can you tell if your smartphone is offering the performance you think it is?

What is HD?

To answer these questions, it is worth starting at the very beginning that HD stands for high definition and ultimately refers to the picture quality that a display offers. In order for a screen to meet the standard of HD, it generally has to offer a resolution of at least 720p – although the more common HD resolution you can expect these days is probably 1080p.

But just what do these numbers mean? Well, switching from phones and tablets to TV for a moment, Recombu outlines how televisions used to operate to a standard definition resolution of just 576. The emergence of HD now means that a much crisper and clearer image can be achieved with 720p offering more pixels of detail and 1080p going even further than that. Steps have even already been taken to boost definitions further, but we’ll examine that in greater detail later.

What about HD Ready?

Now you know what HD means, you probably think that enjoying the best image quality is now simply a case of looking out for the words ‘HD Ready’ when shopping for a device. Well, not necessarily.

For a long time now, devices from phones to TVs have carried the term ‘HD Ready’ and it is important to understand what this means in the wider context. HD Ready means a device is capable of handling a high definition signal, but not able to automatically produce content itself at that level. Confused?

Panasonic provides a useful explanation of this, although, again we will have to venture back into the TV world. According to the manufacturer, a HD Ready set can produce pictures generally up to 780p but does not have an inbuilt tuner to produce those images itself. Instead, it needs to operate alongside an external source.

The same rules may apply to some phones. While it may be able to display 720p images it may not be able to produce that content. Put simply, ‘HD Ready’ offers no guarantees that you’re accessing a top level of image quality.

Keeping it real

The key words you should look for when shopping for a device which guarantees all of the perks of HD are generally ‘Full HD’ or ‘Real HD’, which, for the most part, mean you can be assured that a device offers at least a 1080p resolution.

Saying that, it is worth bearing in mind that it is not uncommon to now see models go beyond that, with the likes of the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 offering a resolution of 1440p.

The chances are though that, if you are buying a quality current model of smartphone or tablet from a leading manufacturer, you are almost certainly set to benefit from crisp HD.

A 4K future

Of course, technology continues to evolve and, with all of this talk of HD, it is important to note that a new term has grown in prominence in the last couple of years – UHD. Ultra high definition is on the rise and setting a new standard for image quality on a range of devices. In many cases, you may also see it referred to as 4K, as, on some phones or tablets, it can quadruple the 1080p full HD resolution to offer a new, incredible level of clarity.

A few smartphones have already taken the leap into the 4K world but, for many of us, that is an issue for another day. For now, HD is undoubtedly a core standard you should expect from your phone and hopefully this guide has set you on the way to better understanding what your device is capable of.

3 Industries Already Utilizing HTML5 Technology to its Full Potential

According to Incore, XHTML 1.0 Transitional was still one of the most popular web development technologies, even though it was released at the turn of the Millennium. Its website suggested that almost a third (32%) of all Fortune 500 companies still worked with XHTML 1.0 Transitional in 2013, with only 30% adopting state-of-the-art HTML5 technology to provide futureproof functionality that meets the needs of an increasingly mobile consumer base.

It has taken some considerable time for HTML5 to gain widespread adoption in all types of industries. Nevertheless, the fact that the majority of web traffic in the US alone is now derived from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has ramped up the need for online brands to deliver consistent and intuitive brand experiences to customers and prospects. If you’re a digital entrepreneur looking to design and deliver flexible and exciting environments for customers online, take a leaf out of the following three industries that are already pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with HTML5 technology.

eLearning: Hugely accessible and no limits on course functionality

Until recent years, Adobe Flash had been the industry standard development software for those designing eLearning courses for students online. Historically, the animation and interactivity of Flash has been a major boon for eLearning course providers. However, Flash has been cast aside by the leading smartphone and tablet manufacturers in favour of HTML5, providing the same user experience on any mobile device as a desktop or laptop. HTML5-powered online courses are therefore more accessible to learners, such as those who prefer to sit and learn reading from their tablet on the sofa. Unlike Adobe Flash, HTML does not require any plug-ins to be downloaded and installed, ensuring a slick, intuitive learning experience on any leading web browser. HTML5 is considered safer too, as Flash has security vulnerabilities that do get patched but the frequency with which they are found is a concern to many.

iGaming: State-of-the-art cross-platform gaming experiences

In the UK alone, the number of people placing bets or playing casino games with iGaming brands via smartphone or tablet devices rose to 51% in 2017 according to the Gambling Commission. Today’s demanding and highly competitive landscape means that software developers and operators have had to change tack and focus firmly on mobile-friendly experiences to their casino players and sports bettors. Mobile devices are simply becoming second nature even outside of entertainment. The average smartphone owner picks up their devices 1,500 times a week. The rising accessibility of public Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity means mobile gaming experiences have become just as important as desktop ones. This site demonstrates the most trusted iGaming brands, including Spin Palace and Betway, now offer HTML5-powered video slots and table games to players worldwide.

Industrial manufacturing: Keeping up with vendors

Human-machine interface (HMI) platforms are now benefitting from the power and fluidity of HTML5 technology. One of the biggest problems industrial manufacturers have with technology is that they are being left behind by vendors that are moving towards HTML5 rather than ActiveX or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Unfortunately, these software packages are now deemed too resource-intensive. On the contrary, HTML5 transcends desktops and mobile devices to provide a universal standard for visuals and interaction.

With the ability to support richer media elements such as audio and video without compromising on resources, maintain a consistent design approach to user experiences and operate programs far quicker than ever before, HTML5 technology is set to remain at the backbone of web development into the next decade.