PS 4 Pro vs. Xbox One S

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The list of similarities between PS 4 Pro and Xbox One S is not long at all. They both got a vibrantly colored makeover and they can stream content in 4K. The One doesn’t support gaming at that high resolution. PS Pro delivers both and also have the option for virtual reality. We will compare nine specifications of these two consoles to see which system would come out on top. 

 

Hardware 

 

The Xbox One S measures 6.4 pounds and 11.6 x 2.5 inches. You can choose between black matte and shiny design. There is also all-white matte frame but it is not so popular. This design is great in comparison to the first model of Xbox One that looked like a VHS device. 

The PlayStation 4 Pro is taller than PS 4 – 7 pounds, 15.6 x 11.6 x 2.6 inches. Sony has also got rid of shiny, black plastic and now it uses textured, all – matte design. It has structured, modern look but in my opinion, Xbox One S looks better because of the more compact design. 

 

Graphics and performances 

 

The PS 4 Pro’s CPU is overclocked to 2.1-GHz compared to the Slim and PS 4’s 1.6-GHz.The Pro has also ramped up its 8 GB of GDDR5 of RAM bandwidth for more efficient performance. It has 8 cores but there are many features from AMD’s new Polaris architecture, raising the TFLOP’s from 1.84 to 4.2, which doubles the Pro’s power. The combination of these specs enables this console to play games and stream Hulu and Netflix content in 4K. It lacks the ability to play UHD Blu – Rays. You can play in High Range (HDR) mode and the Pro is compatible with the new PD VR so you can taste a virtual reality if you want.  

The Xbox One S has the same 1.75-6Hz AMD processor as the Xbox One. The TFLOP is raised from 1.31 to 1.4. You can play some games in HDR but titles can’t be run in 4K. Fortunately, you can play Blu – Ray DVD’s in 4K and stream UHD content from Netflix and Hulu. 

Ports 

 

The One S has a lot of ports and buttons. There is a single USB 3.0 port along the front left side with HDMI-in, HDML-out, IR Out, S/PDIF, Ethernet, a Kensington lock slot and power jack. The One S lacks proprietary port but you can use special adapter. Microsoft will send it to you via Kinect website for free.  

The PS4 Pro has a pair of USB 3.0 ports along the front and another along the rear. Console also holds a HDMI-out port, optical out, Ethernet, Auxiliary and power port. 

 

VR 

 

PlayStation VR is compatible with the PS4, PS Slim and PS4 Pro. You can play games like Batman: Arkham VR, Carnival Games and the upcoming Resident Evil 7 in an 360-degree environment with binaural audio. PS VR delivers a fun experience and it also has one of the most comfortable headsets on the market. 

Microsoft hinted that the Project Scorpio console, which will release by the end of the year, will allow gamers to use a Rift or a Vive with the console. We still don’t know a lot, but it is announced that several partners will be launching Windows 10 VR headset. 

 

Interface and special features 

 

Both consoles have great interfaces. Xbox offers the big, colorful tiles and the PlayStation has a bit smaller presentation. Both of them allow player to broadcast games to Twitch, but only PS can stream to YouTube and share on Facebook. It has the DualShock 4 Share button while the Xbox gamers have the Home button. Both of them have remote play options. 

 

Entertainment 

 

The One S gives you the ability to connect the system to a cable or satellite box to watch TV or you can even snap TV show to the smaller window to watch it while gaming. You can also stream from DLNA-enabled device to the One S. 

The PlayStation console can be connected to TV for $40 monthly using PlayStation Vue subscription service. Vue can offer you many major channels like MTV and Nickelodeon, limitless DVR and local affiliate channels. 

Both consoles offer Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, WWE Network and NBA Game Time. Xbox offers even more – HBO Now, HBO Go, Fox Now, CW and Comedy Central. The One is currently the only console with the ability to play UHD Blu-Ray DVD’s and Spotify. 
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Game library 

 

Both consoles offer a wide range of titles from famous publishers such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Bethesda. On the Xbox you can play Gears of War 4, Quantum Break and Halo 5 while on PS you can enjoy playing Uncharted 4, Bloodborne and Until Down. Currently, there are over 100 available titles and the list is expanding every month. Also, games like ReCore and Gears of War 4 can be played on PC thanks to Microsoft’s cross-platform Xbox Anywhere program. If you have a compatible TV, the Xbox One S can display games in HDR. 

Sony offers PlayStation Now subscription service. Using this service you can play some PS3 games for $20 a month or you can play PS2 games for $15 a month. 

 

Online Experience 

 

If you pay $9.99 a month, online services grant access to online multiplayer – this refers to both consoles. There are also some free games you can download. PS Plus has 10 GB of extra cloud storage for saving your games. Despite this, Xbox has better online stability, better cloud storage and gives player more to play. 

 

Value 

 

The regular price of the Xbox One is $299. It includes a 500 GB hard drive and a controller. You can get a copy of Minecraft, Halo 5, Battlefield and Gear of War 4. 

The PlayStation 4 Pro costs $399 and for that money you get 1 TB hard drive. This console doesn’t support external hard drives. 

Bottom line 

 

After comparing these nine specs, our opinion is that PS4 Pro is better option. Although the Xbox one is not bad at all, there are still some things that have to be improved by Microsoft. If you want to watch Netflix or Hulu in 4K Xbox One S is for you, but if you want to play actual games in 4K, buy PS 4 Pro. 

 

Best Productivity Apps

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The market is full of productivity apps. It is difficult to recognize which apps will be helpful and transform your life. You can easily download application which will do nothing but waste your time. Good productivity app will help you to get organized, motivate you at work and save your time. These apps are the best for increasing productivity: 

 

Any.do 

 

This app is powerful daily organizer – it combines calendar, notepad, collaborative task management and daily scheduler. You can easily add more tasks using your voice or text input. If you tap on them they will be marked as completed. It is very simple and you will learn how to use it very quickly. Any.do has a “moment” feature. It shows your daily tasks in the morning, so you won’t be surprised during the day by a meeting or a deadline. You also have option to share some events or lists with your coworkers or anyone you want to. 

 

Freedom 

 

freedom-cover-imageFreedom is very interesting and innovative app. It has all basic features you need, but the creator adds one more thing – it will jolt you out of your time – wasting habits. The app will allow the way you are using your smartphone and will block certain apps or websites for some time or permanently. The block list can be created by yourself or you can let the app do that. The blocks can be scheduled in advance. You can also block Mac and Windows if you thing that blocking your smartphone is not enough. 

 

Cheerleader 

 

Cheerleader is special because it gives you extra motivation to help you to get through the day. The app sends different inspiring messages of your choice all day. You can choose the time when you want these messages to be sent. This is the best app for working motivation. 

 

Asana 

 

Asana is made for group projects. It makes them easier because it creates a single space for project creation, deadlines, proposals, idea sharing and all other features which are important for a project. This app also has a solution for the problem of long, hard-to-follow email threads. You can use inn-app messaging feature to communicate with individuals or whole teams. If you want perfect project management and coordination you must download this application. 

 

 

Pomodoro Flow 

 

Pomodoro Flow app uses the famous Pomodoro technique. It was developed in Italy in the 1980s. The idea is to break work into 25-minute intervals with 5-minute breaks. Many apps are using this technique, but Pomodoro Flow is probably the best. It has nicr design and easy-to-use interface. 

 

Word, Excel and PowerPoint 

 

excel-word-pp-cover-imageMicrosoft’s Office suite is famous for desktop productivity and now you have the mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Each of these apps allows users to view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Services like OneDrive, Drive and Dropbox make the sharing easier. If you want to know more about Excel this article is the one for you: Advantages of Microsoft Excel.  

 

 Just Press Record 

 

This is recording app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch made for easy note taking. You can record by long pressing on the app icon. It can transcribe speech with support for many languages. Recordings are sorted by date and time and you can share them if you want to. The app works best on smartwatches. If you are considering buying one read these short reviews: Best smartwatches. 

Best Smartwatches

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There are different models of smartwatches on the market. If you want to buy one, you should choose it wisely. These watches have fitness and many other apps and they can deliver smartphone notifications, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket. After testing plenty of them, we will represent the best ones. 

 

Apple Watch Series 2 

 

This watch has built-in GPS, fast performance and long battery life. Display is bright enough even in the sunlight. It is also waterproof so it is good for swimming. There are also some bad things – the lack of LTE support and workout data. The watch is fitness-focused so it’s great choice for those who want to stay in shape. 

You can find it in the space-gray aluminum 1.65-inch version. It is 0.45-inch thick and weights 28.2 grams. At 1,000 nits, the OLED display is the brightest Apple has ever made. You can also order the new Apple Watch Edition model in ceramic, which is four times harder than stainless steel. If you pair it with the Cloud Sport Band, the display looks like it’s floating above your wrist. 

The strange thing about this watch is that it doesn’t tell you when it has acquired a signal. There is no icon that tells you if the GPS is working or not. Apple says that Series 2 use a combo of GPS, Wi-Fi and locally stored data to identify your position. 

 

Apple Watch Series 1 

 

apple-series-2-cover-image These watches have similar specs like Series 2, but they are cheaper. They have highly customizes and easy-to-change bands. The display is amazing and it provides seamless Apple Pay integration and good use of haptic for notifications. You can also make voice calls. Interface is complicated a bit so it can take some time to get used to it. Time isn’t always displayed and the biggest problem is that there is no GPS. 

This smartwatch definitely has the best design and it is very useful. WatchOS 2 Software offers a lot – Time Travel, native apps, email replies… Force Touch allows you to change watch faces and the Digital Crown lets you to scroll through the available options. You can also use it to zoom in the apps you want to open. All the icons can be rearranged. 

The Apple Watch answers the calls for discreet notifications with its Taptic Engine. It alerts you to incoming emails, messages, social updates and other notifications. If you get too much emails a day and if it annoys you, there’s a VIP mailbox on your iPhone so only important messages can get through. 

 

Samsung Gear Frontier 

 

This amazing smartwatch has slick design, GPS and optional LTE. You can use Samsung Pay and control the device by your voice. The drawbacks are very limited app selection and its weight. Its face measures 1.8 x 1.9 inches and it is made of stainless steel.  

The S3 has two buttons – the one that works as a universal black button and the other that returns you to the home screen or the app menu. The face is protected by Gorilla Glass. The watch can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for more than 30 minutes. 

The S3’s 1.3-inch AMOLED screen is very bright and a resolution of 360×360 pixels. Very useful thing is that it turns on/off almost instantly when you raise your wrist.  

These smartphones have great features and modern design. They are not cheap but you certainly won’t regret buying any of them. If you are on a budget but still need a smartwatch the Aipker DZ 09 is the one for you. 

 

Monster Legends – Modern take on the legendary Pokémon games!

If you enjoyed playing Pokémon back in the days or if you just recently discovered them and realized how cool and addictive they are, we have some really good news for you! 

There is a social media game that’s been going around for quite some time but we have only only discovered it just lately. How so, you might be asking yourself? Aren’t you the people who are informed about video games? Isn’t that what you do? 

 

To be honest with you, this was a social media game and you have never liked those. Those are your typical pastime games for busy housewives and little children who don’t really like or even can play a real game. Furthermore, we all know that there are people who are playing these games religiously. There are even people using all kinds of different tools to give them all kinds of unfair advantages like those online cheats for free Monster Legends gems and gold and whatnot. If you’re aiming for the top of the leaderboard’s, it’s probably not going to happen but, don’t let us bum you out, you can try it for yourself and see what happens. 

 

Still, this one is really sweet because it takes you back in the day when you were chasing Pokémon on your Game Boy but it doesn’t limit you to do it alone. 

This is the 21st century and the Internet has become everyday part of our lives. Video Games have also gotten incredibly popular during the past half a decade or so, as well as social media presence in our everyday lives. 

If you consider all of these factors you will realize that video games have changed and that most of them are being made with the goal to socialize people and let you play with other gamers all around the world. It is exactly the case with Monster Legends! 

 

If you enjoyed playing Pokémon, definitely try Monster Legends! 

 

This modern take on Pokémon games has become incredibly popular throughout the social media. The game has millions of players playing it all over the world collecting and breeding all kinds of different digital monsters to battle one another and become the most successful monster trainer in the world. 

Is a very familiar concept in those of you who enjoyed playing Pokémon games are immediately going to recognize where this is coming from. 

The game takes everything that was good about Nintendo’s beloved franchise and puts it online. What better way to experience this huge game that by playing with some friends or against enemies for that matter! There are so many people playing this game that it is impossible to approach it without some competitive intent. And that is a great thing in our opinion. 

You are encouraged to always try to get better simply because there is always going to be somebody who is better than you. This way you get to experience more of the game continue playing it even when you would drop it if it was a single player experience. It is a 21st century and multiplayer is the way to go! 

 

Take your monsters with you! Play it on your smartphone! 

 

The game is also available on mobile devices! This means that the player pool isn’t limited to just social media audience! Everyone has a mobile device today! There are literally multiple smart phones, tablets and who knows what other kinds of portable devices that can be used to play video games. The great thing about Monster Legends is that it can be played on your Android smart phone as well as your iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. Those of you who own handheld consoles like PS Vita similar can also play it online if you so choose to. 

This way you don’t have to take a break or neglect your digital pets. You can take them with you wherever you go! You can try and be the best that ever was if that is something that interest you. This game most definitely allows for it. 

You know about you but this really made a difference at least for us. You can play your “real games” at home and consider this a very interesting pastime when you’re outside or have to go somewhere. It is the perfect occupation for when you’re riding a city bus or  driving in a car with your parents to visit some people you don’t really care about. 

 

All in all, this is a great game. We most definitely encourage you to download and try it for yourself especially if Pokémon were a part of your childhood or you discovered them recently and liked what you’ve found. It’s free after all… 

 

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