Category Archives: Tech

Best five free games for smartphones of the month

By Merche Diaz

Millennial Man Magazine brings you our choice of the best five free games of the month for your smartphone, to play on the way to work, on a study break or when visiting the loo.

Just don’t let your legs fall asleep from sitting down for too long!

 

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Microsoft to stop producing Xbox 360

By Vicki Evans

On the ten year, I know ten years, of making the Xbox 360 Microsoft has announced that they will no longer be producing the console.

Last year it was announced that the Xbox One is going to be constable with Xbox 360; so the console being discounted  will still mean that the 4,000 360 games are still able to be played.

Xbox Live and all other online features will still continue to work on the old machines and the hardware will still be supported through the sport services.

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, said: “The console became a beloved gaming and entertainment hub with over 78 billion gaming hours played, nearly 486 billion Gamerscore on 27 billion achievements and over 25 billion hours spent in apps over its lifetime.”

An end of an era or the Microsoft trying to focus on one console at a time.  However is making everyone convert to Xbox One a really good idea or a way to up sales on the next gen consoles.

Might be a time to start calling next gen current gen?

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Photo and video editing: the apps you need

By Merche Diaz

Keeping our profiles neat and sharp, and uploading stuff that looks all professional and HD is something we all want to make sure we do right, so to impress and enhance our ordinary daily lives.

Photo and video editing apps are not a secret, yet they may feel incredibly complicated for first-time users (aka: cannot be arsed to).

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Fear not! Suffer no longer! Behold, here are the highlighted apps that our photographer and designer, use both daily and on assignments:

Photoshop Express (so far, only for iPeople): the great thing about it is that you can edit photos you have either on your phone, computer or tablet without the needing to transfer.

Layout (iTunes+Android+Google Play): best to create a collage that will fit and don’t get cut on Instagram or any other places.

EyeEm (iTunes+Android+Google Play): best filters to get a natural, not overdone final touch. Also, you are able to enter different, weekly contests as well as placing your photos in the ‘market’ to allow companies and organizations to buy them.

Fused (iTunes + Android + Google Play): app that allows you to create new images or videos, out of fusing two different photos/ videos together . Therefore, creates a nice effect of something original and very visual.

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Extra tips! For fast edits when you want/ got to post a photo asap go straight to these: saturation (keep to a medium towards minimum) and sharpening (increase this pass medium point, but keeping an eye not to make the photo look granulated).

For quick, snappy videos use either Instagram or Vine. But if you want to edit a video real quick use VivaVideo: which is so far, the easiest app to create, edit and share short films.

Fyuse: (iTunes + Android + Google Play): this one is a bit tricky yet for sure the future of photos. It allows you to take a 3D photo, so when you rotate your phone the picture moves with you (but this effect only works within the app itself). You can export it and still share it on your social media, but it will become a video instead of a 3D photograph.

Featured image was found in Google Images, through Creative Commons under the name ‘iPhone vintage’ and can be found here.

Other images within the post are screenshots taken from my own phone.

Do large development teams take advantage for the modding community?

By Adam Hopkin

As one of the more appealing motivations for trading away that gaming console in favour for the pc elitist cap and badge, community made modifications are deeply routed inside gamings history and yet development teams are repeatedly using these “mods” to exploit their own player base.

With development kits giving the player base access to the bare components of a game, they then hold ability to reconstruct and sometimes revolutionise its core aspects, giving way to new textures, game areas and in the case of the popular “Elder scrolls” and “Fallout” series, entirely new stroylines. These projects consume hundreds of hours of a modding teams time and yet it is often a labour of love, leaving them unpaid for their work that is now potentially keeping players active.

aalve software, owners of pc game retailer come “premier online gaming platform”, “Steam” and masterminds behind the hugely recognised ” Valve” game engine have somewhat pioneered what is possible by working with the players.

Describing itself as a “central hub” for player created content the “Steam workshop” is home to millions (yes millions) of modifications, ranging from a new hat for your character or slightly greener grass.

But if creating an entire gaming medium around your audience isn’t enough in 2011 Valve CEO and internet celebrity, Gabe Newell announced that developers could now not only input their creations into games but now charge for their service. This addition of an optional donation to the mods development team has raised a massive £399,900,37.77 between 2011 and january 2015.

Commenting on this leap for creators Newel stated “Our goal is to make modding better for the authors and gamers, if something doesn’t help with that, it will get dumped.” But this is more than just hot air from another company, these claims are supported by Valve’s long history of supporting creators, as some of its most popular titles to date, the”counter strike” and “team fortress”series started out as mods before becoming the face of the company.

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5 YouTube channels to make you smarter

By Vicki Evans

Most people think that YouTube is good for nothing but teenagers’ vlogging in their bedroom and cat videos but there are a growing number of educational channels that are taking over the YouTube world.

If you want to learn history, how global warming affects you day-to-day life or just something interesting to impress your boss with then we have the videos for you.

Game and Film Theories

Hosted by Mat Pat this is the two channels about the science of your favourite games, films and TV shows. It also includes discussion in to game theory and working out if fan theories are correct.

The style is a voice over from Mat with graphics and images over the top. There is the new Film Theories channel that has been around for a year and this covers TV and film related topics with Game Theories covering game and culture theory.

It covers topics in a very relevant way with a range of topics such as how to win at the Hunger Games to if you could survive an assassin’s creed leap of faith.

Minute Earth and Minute Physics

These two channels are the brain child of Henry Reich and this is the easiest way to have a daily does of science in to your life.

Most of the videos are a minute long and explain complex ideas and scientific theory in easy to manage chunks. This has simplistic art design which mainly involves stick figures and hand drawn art.

This is a must in your subscription box as videos are weekly and explore topical issues and problems. Also exploring some of your biggest questions in science with simplistic answers.

Crash Course

Hosted by Vlogbrothers John and Hank Green and guest stars Phil Plait. These are more lengthly series of videos that dive in to specific topics.

Each series is between 20-40 10 minute long videos and this is to give more scope and complexity to topics that you may not know about. This is more like a class than a bite size video however the hosts and animation keeps your interest over that time.

The channel is four years old and in that time has covered topics like world history, physiology, biology and literature.

CGP Grey

Unlike the other channels that we have talked about CGP Grey is a generalist and talks on a wide variety of subjects from politics, history, science and social theory.

His lengthy one off videos condense topics down and stay interesting though out. The slowed down voice over and animation gives it a relaxed feel whist explaining things in an easy way.

The style of video has changed very little thought the 5 years CGP Grey has been online and has a style that anyone could do themselves.

Vsauce

With over 10 million subscribers Vsaue is one of the most popular channels on this list and is in the top 50 of most subscribed to on YouTube.

Michael Stevens hosts and creates the show and unlike most educational shows on YouTube keeps the vlog style one-to-one approach with Michael on a background with a few images popping up.

The video titles are asked like questions and follow that format with the question you always wanted to know be it what if everyone jumped at once or is the 5-second rule real will be answered at the end of the video.