Tech tips

This is a column being posted to the Beat to explain some aspects of technology. It is in exchange for services rendered by Logical Position. 

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Need to get places but want to go easier on the environment and natural resources? Here are a few things to consider when buying a greener car.

Buying a car is a big deal, and so is protecting the environment from the effects of automobile emissions. You can combine the two by shopping smart and shopping green. Many models and makes are now available that reduce emissions without sacrificing speed, style, and efficiency. Before you start shopping for a new set of eco-friendly wheels, here are a few things to consider when buying a greener car and things you can do to make your standard car run cleaner.

Electric Cars
It finally feels like we're living in the future now that electric cars are available. Quiet, smooth-running, and incapable of producing carbon monoxide and other toxic gases produced by internal combustion, electric cars are mostly green. They also tend to be manufactured from materials that have been recycled and can be recycled again once their working lifespan is over. That takes a very long time, though, since the batteries that run electric cars are far more efficient and longer-lasting than typical car batteries (and they can be recycled as well). While not perfectly clean—the batteries produce some gases that aren't great for the environment, and they do require electricity, which means resources are being used up at the power station—they're a vast improvement over gas burners and save on resources. You do need access to a charger, and it takes a while to charge up, but it'll cut down on your weekly trips to the gas station and save you money.

Hybrid Cars
Hybrids combine electric and gas engines. Hybrid prices run lower than those of electric cars. They're just about as eco-friendly since the cooperation between the gas and electric engine means you're burning less fuel and making fewer trips to fill'er up. They share the quality of being quieter with electric cars, and by most reports, require less upkeep because the gas engine isn't overtaxed. Once again, the benefits of a hybrid are revealed in the price, and you may need to find a mechanic who knows their way around your new car's engine, but in the long run, you're doing a good thing for the planet's future.

Driving Smarter
But say you can't pick up a fancy new electric or hybrid car. That's all right because there are plenty of modern makes and models that are fuel-efficient and produce low emissions. Volkswagen, Honda, Chevrolet, and BMW, among others, all produce vehicles that get maximum miles per gallon both in the city and on the highway. But whatever car you drive, here are a few other things to consider when buying a greener car or a standard one. Drive less and take public transportation more often. Finally, bring in your car for regular maintenance, keeping the tires at their proper pressure and all the fluids clean and topped off. Doing so will help your vehicle run more efficiently and cleaner than if you don't.

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How does 3D printing affect our world and the products or services we use? Discover more about the crucial and fascinating industries that use 3D printing.

The world of 3D printing continues to evolve. Many industries and companies are evolving with it, discovering easier, faster, and more sustainable ways to accomplish their goals. From rapid prototyping to cost-effective low-volume production, 3D printing has become an invaluable part of many different professions and operations. Which industries have come to rely on 3D printing? Where is this service doing the most good? Discover more with this guide on the industries that use 3D printing the most.

Aerospace

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Understanding and investing in must-have equipment for video game streaming will help you bring the right level of professionalism to your audience.

Almost anyone can get into video game streaming as long as they bring the right level of passion, personality, and professionalism to the table. One of the many ways to bring these qualities to your streams is by using the right equipment. Continue reading to learn four pieces of must-have equipment for video game streaming.

Microphone
One of the essential pieces of streaming equipment is a high-quality microphone. Most computers nowadays come with built-in microphones—do not rely on these during streams. If you want the stream to be worth your audience's time and attention, you need a way of communicating with them.
The commentary you provide during video game streams is just as essential as the visuals. There may be 30 other streamers playing that game while you're live, so give viewers a reason to choose your channel for their entertainment. One of the ways of doing this is investing in a high-quality, professional-grade external microphone.

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Anyone can film a video, but can just anyone film a video well? You can film with professionalism if you avoid these mistakes while filming video.

You've probably had to film a video at some point in your life, whether it was for your company, a school assignment, or your YouTube channel. Did it turn out well or horribly? The truth is that anyone can film good videos if they know how—just don't make any of these mistakes while filming a video.

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Is it time for your business to migrate to the cloud? Make sure you find a reliable system with this list of what to know before choosing a cloud service.

In our digital age, more and more companies are starting to rely on cloud computing services to manage data, improve cybersecurity, and increase efficiency and consistency across their business. With cloud systems becoming more common—and in some cases, necessary—you might be searching for the best cloud solution for your business. With the endless options and services available, it’s difficult to know which system would best suit your business. Make sure your cloud computing solution meets all your needs with this guide on what to know before choosing a cloud service.

What Infrastructure Do You Need?

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The world of remote-controlled drones may be wider than you initially expect. Discover several of the different types of drones by reading on.

You could have fun learning to direct the movements of a remote-controlled drone and modifying it to adapt to your purposes. There are plenty of small drones you can purchase with cool and unique features. These are some of the different types of drones you should know before settling on what you want to get.

Rotor Drones
Many people are familiar with rotor drones. They're popular among video makers because they can capture stable footage from extreme vantage points. Some rotor drones look like helicopters, with one primary rotor on top and a smaller one on the tail. Others have four rotors on top. Besides capturing videos and photos, you can also use rotor drones to race or aid your fishing.

Fixed-Wing Drones

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Don't take the things in your life for granted. Here is a short list of the most underappreciated inventions of all time in our everyday lives.

Think about how many items we use in our regular everyday lives that we take for granted and never think twice about. There really are so many! Here is a list of the most underappreciated inventions of all time that maybe you should take a second to be thankful for. Your life might be harder without them!

The Lock and Key
The concept of the lock and key is utilized throughout all our lives in numerous aspects. The lock and key are a huge security element that we use to keep our homes and belongings safe. We use our keys to lock our door up behind us without ever even thinking about it. This is a perfect example of how underappreciated this invention is, even though it plays a huge role in our lives.

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Wires and cables are fundamental to the function of just about every electronic device. Handle them with care and stay safe using these tips.

Pretty much every electronic device must use a wire or cable to connect with other technologies or receive power. Even wireless devices often charge via corded docking stations. As common as they are, though, you may handle electronic cords in an incorrect way that increases their hazardousness. Remember these wire and cable safety tips you should know to make your home or workplace secure.

Unplug Unused Cords

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