Red Ring of Death – Gamers Nightmare!

We all love our Xbox 360s and I'm sure that most gamers will agree with me that it's a great console but rather a serious problem which is unreliability. More often than not when a 360 decides to pack up, it's due to the infamous Xbox 360 Ring of Death which is caused by a general hardware failure in the system. The only way you can properly fix this is by either sending it back to Microsoft, finding a repair shop or by fixing it yourself.

The Ring of Death is an indication of a general hardware failure which is displayed as 3 red lights which will flash around the power button and unfortunately this can happen to many Xbox systems because of a common design flaw. First of all, the clamps that hold the heat sinks and lock in the 2 chips are not enough enough – this allowing movement between them, causing warping of the mainboard at excessive temperatures. By the overheating of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and CPU (Processor) the high temperatures can allow movement between the chips which then goes on to cause tiny cracks in the sold joints meaning that the electrical signals can not be sent properly anymore.

So what can you do to fix the Red Ring of Death? Well, If your warranty is still valid, it's allways going to be best to get it fixed by Microsoft and this can usually take a number of weeks to get it repaired. On the other hand if you're impatient or your warranty is no longer valid, you could find a repair shop but it will cost you money. The last option you could do is to fix it yourself and I'm not talking about wrapping up your Xbox 360 in a towel and letting it run until your system overheats. There are a lot of myths on the internet about this kind of repair and mostly will end up as an unhappy ending.

The problem with the Towel Trick is that it's one of the fastest ways to fry the components inside your Xbox 360 (as I have done it myself) which will make it more expensive to repair and could result in a new mainboard. After hearing about the xbox 360 towel trick and trying it, it cured the 3 Red Rings for about 5 days but after I was hit by it once again. After the Towel Trick a second time – it was game over for my Xbox 360. I'd left the towel wrapped around it for too long and it overheated because of the excess temperatures, the mainboard was fried and when I switched it on, all I could see were diagonal lines bouncing up and down my TV. The repair shop wanted a fortune for a repair so I decided I would get myself another one.

After buying a second-hand one from eBay – To my disbelief I was hit again by the Red Ring of Death some months later and was seriously thinking about buying a PS3. Before doing this though I decided to look around on the net for a fix.

After doing plenty of reading up about it and checking out out videos and online guides I figured that It's not really that hard and there are a number of guides out there that will show you how to do it properly. Since doing the repair myself, my machine is working the best it ever has for 7 months now so some of them do offer the best help. There are a lot of good YouTube videos and other sites out there that are useful but also there's also a lot of bad info on the internet that can cause more harm to your Xbox than good.

If you have been hit by the 3 Red Rings, your warranty has expired and you want to fix the Ring of Death by yourself then you will need to find a fix guide that is reliable and from a total novice perspective if you've never done anything like this before.

How to Fix Red Ring of Death is a website which was created to explain more about the Red Ring of Death or RRoD (as it's sometimes called) and goes into detail of why you really do not want to be doing things like wrapping your Xbox 360 in towels. It also looks at the best ways you can go about fixing it yourself and with less risk of causing any damage to it – with reviews of fix guides made by the experts.

If you plan on fixing the Red Ring of Death by yourself, it's not as hard as it may seem – Good Luck!

Comparing Cutting Edge VR Devices for 2017

With a torrent of virtual reality devices that have been launched lately, entertainment industry touched a new high. Though the idea about VR has been in technical space for a long time, lately, the IT giants have broken through the long-standing barriers to use it for a range of VR devices. Though some of them need dedicated tethering spots, others can be accessed with a mobile.

Virtual reality is a fascinating way of user-projection in a diverse range of environments through the power of technology. With the use of a headset and motion tracking sensors, you can explore the virtual space. Some of the recently launched VR devices include HTC Vive by HTC, Oculus CV1 by Facebook, and Gear VR by Samsung as well as Daydream by Google.

With the power to use VR using computers and mobile devices, it is an exciting time ahead for VR systems. Though the price ranges differ, the features are similar yet different, depending upon the VR platform the devices are meant for. Thus, let us take a look on the various aspects and key features of different yet latest VR devices.

Experience on Mobile or Tethered

Currently, trending VR devices can be categorized under tethered or mobile. The mobile headsets have space to fit in your smartphones and are basically just a frame with specialized lenses. These lenses ensure that the screen is divided into two images. This turns your smartphone into cutting-edge VR device. The mobile headsets include Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR. The downside is that the smartphones are not designed for Virtual Reality, so the picture quality isn’t really good even with the special lenses in the headset. Conversely, the VR devices on the tethered or dedicated platforms, such as Oculus CV1 by Facebook and HTC Vive allow you to walk around in the virtual space while it is physically connected to a computer. Though the attached cables make it restricted and little unwieldy, clarity and feel is higher.

However, you don’t need a strapped up device to your face as the video processing is done in the computer. The dedicated display is in the headset is enough and you don’t need the smartphone or motion sensors. The extra camera tracker improves the image quality and head tracking. However, the Oculus experience beats other VR headsets as it has inbuilt headphones.

Weight of the VR device

If you use all of the above mentioned VR devices, you would notice that HTC is the heaviest at 555 gm, when it comes to net weight. Oculus CV1 weights 470 gm, Samsung Gear VR is 318 gm and Google Daydream is just 220 gm. However, comparing Oculus CV1 or Daydream with HTC, you would notice that even though Oculus is light but HTC has higher room scale and Steam VR is real good.

Exploration and future of VR

When it is about cutting-edge technology and future driven approach, HTC wins hands down over the competitor VR devices. Although it is front heavy, it has two motion controllers and double base Lighthouse stations to get a feel of the “whole room” virtual reality area. It beats the rest in tracking in terms of latency and lag. It is technically impressive as this device has the only VR system that tracks your movement within a ten feet cube instead of from your seat. The motion controllers are more sophisticated than those in the VR devices. Using Stream VR as the content mall, HTC Vive stays way ahead in seamless experience as compared to other competitor devices. It can even connect to iPhones and Android devices to get the messages and alerts while the player is in VR. Some of its features have been already implemented while Google and Oculus are still on it.

Ease of Use

When it is about comfort, Google Daydream comes up on the top. The soft knitted fabric covered headset ensures that it fits snugly and stays comfortable. Some of the reviewers felt that it was like a soft pillow. Powered by Android Nougat, Daydream firs on the Pixel phone snugly and comes with a highly sensitive remote that has the app, home buttons and the volume control. Compared to other VR devices, Google Daydream beats Gear VR in comfort.

Future of VR devices

Cutting edge VR devices using mobile phones are here to stay and that is precisely the reason that Samsung’s Gear VR is the one to bet on. In terms of resolution, it uses 2560 by 1440 Galaxy smartphones with state of art graphics and internal motion sensors that are accurate. The touchpad and the buttons on the side put the VR gadget a notch above the rest. Working through the Samsung’s Milk VR store or the Oculus app, from casual gaming to high end video consumption, there is enough to keep the users occupied.

Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES

Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES
Pulsar to Display Technology at 2018 CES

MANSFIELD, Texas -( Continuing an unwavering commitment to top-notch consumer thermal and night vision optics, Pulsar Night Vision is proud to announce participation in the 51st Consumer Electronics Show, being held January 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

The largest global gathering of innovation, CES is the perfect place to showcase Pulsar’s latest thermal and digital night vision technology to the rest of the world.

Be sure to stop by LVCC, South Hall 4 – 35235 to see Pulsar’s new Helion thermal monoculars. Featuring a 640×480 AMOLED display, high-resolution 640×480 sensor and 8-hr. rechargeable battery pack, the Helion is able to detect heat signatures up to a jaw-dropping 1,970 yards away.

And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, you can also take videos and still images using the Helion’s 8gb built-in video recorder and upload them straight to your smartphone using WiFi via the Stream Vision App.

Also on display will be the full line of Digiforce digital night vision monoculars. These units feature a 640×480 LCD display and an on-board LED infrared illuminator, allowing you to see objects with ease in complete darkness.

With more than 4,000 exhibiting companies and over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, the 2018 CES Show will host more than 180,000 industry professionals, including more than 58,000 international visitors, all convening in Las Vegas to drive the global tech industry forward. You do not want to miss this opportunity to see the highly-anticipated thermal and night vision consumer products from Pulsar.

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About Pulsar:

Every Pulsar device is designed, manufactured and tested to ensure demanding professionals receive the most reliable, most advanced thermal and digital night vision performance the industry has to offer. The result of Pulsar’s commitment to industry-leading excellence is consistent world-class quality, precision engineering, seamless device operation and cutting-edge proprietary software. Pulsar produces an array of advanced optical devices designed for law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications, including thermal imaging and digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and related accessories.

To learn more about Pulsar, visit their website.

About CES:

CES, formerly The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES), showcases more than 3,900 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 conference sessions and more than 170K attendees from 150 countries.

And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) — the technology trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry — it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

Find out more about the thought leaders who come to CES by checking out the CES 2017 Audit Summary.

Moving to the Cloud

Moving to the Cloud can mean making huge changes for any business. These changes have been recognized today by many organizations from Tech start-up's to urban and small town businesses.

In 2016, 77 percent of companies had planned to increase their cloud security expenditures for mobile and cloud-based services. By 2018, at least 30% of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the cloud which makes the current situation a right time to switch to cloud. By 2020, cloud computing will cross the $ 270 billion mark. "Going on the Cloud" is redefining how many businesses approach their Business. But what about the organizations are still confused whether they should move to the cloud or not. Here are some reasons why everyone should consider mid = gerating to the Cloud:

1. Clouds come at lower costs

One of the most principal reason to move to the cloud is that is can provide significant savings to the business. As cloud computing utilizes hardware which results in an increase in Virtualization that means that business can divulge in more in less cost. This also results in a decrease in rack space, power usage and IT requirements for these businesses which means that there is low installation costs, maintenance, and support costs. These savings are invaluable for any business whether large or small.

2. Effective collaboration

Cloud makes collaboration a lot easier. The ability to save and access files makes the output the work much faster and easier. This leads to great workspace collaboration. Not only this, it has also helped to track and mange a day to day business operation which extremely leads to higher efficiency.

3. It gives a boost to flexibility

One of the most attractive benefits of going on the cloud is that it helps to access work related files wherever possible. In today's Mobile generations it is a huge advantage. Gone are those days when the files were stuck on a single server and could be accessed for work only. This has led to a great amount of flexibility to working arrangements and has made it easier for employees to work outside of the office.

Also, an increase in the mobility and flexibility in the cloud can lead to additional cost savings for the organization and employees are more comfortable on working on those devices that they are comfortable with being it a mobile, tablet or a laptop.

4. It results in Greater integration

Deciding to move your business on cloud can result in a creation of multiple opportunities for integration. You have the decision making power to work with multiple cloud based providers. Since this integration means all the departments of your business correlating together and an increase in your business efficiency which therefore results to having more time to focus on critical areas of business.

The big question is how to you manage your entire business structure on the basis of the new systems when you have switched to the cloud and how you can optimize the organization performance to your optimum benefits? "

The solution to this big question is: Managed Cloud Services .

The managed-services market is expected to see a growth of $ 193 billion by the year 2020. But the big question lies what is it about this particular business model that is so wildly successful? It seems a large percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses are very much in favor of these services, and there are a number of good reasons why?

Why the Demand for Managed Services?

We have already established that business owners are drawn to get managed-services for their business model, but why is it so? What is it that owners are expecting to get such services for their business? Research shows that Business owners are looking for a wide range of benefits when they opt for a managed services model, and what they aim from them is:

· To drastically improve the capability and consistency of their IT operations.

· Enhance their server security and compliance.

· Be Proactive towards their server maintenance.

· Main goal is that should be cost effective and a good return on investment.

· Less load on IT staff so that they can focus on other strategic projects.

· Have prompt access to new technologies.

· Overcome in-house IT lacks for certain functions.

Learn How To Upgrade Your PSP From 1.5 To 3.02 For PS1 Games

The potential of PSP is truly limitless; its gaming strength is not only powered by the great titles released for the console but it can also play games designed for other consoles like SEGA or GB by using emulators. Now, another gaming experience is added to the list. With a little reconfiguration, you can play PS1 games on your PSP. How to do it? Well, here's a short guide to unleash your PSPs gaming power:


* Sony PSP with battery charged at least 75% (Recommended: Full charge)

* Memory Stick Duo (Recommended: 1GB and above)

The first step to running your custom made PlayStation games on your PSP involves getting the 3.02 OE-B (stands for Open Edition).

Starting with firmware 1.50

The first step is to have a PSP that is running on the 1.5 version of the PSP firmware. You can check for this by going into the System "System Settings" on your PSP, then System Information.

Important note: There is a version of the PSP's motherboard known as TA-082, which, will not work under this situation. Do not attempt to continue with the installation if you have this motherboard. For more information, see The PSP-TA082 guide.

If you do not have a 1.5 firmware, you can downgrade your PSP. If you do not know how, just refer to the internet, there are many guides out there on how to downgrade any version.

Installing the 3.02 OE-A firmware:

1. First, download the official Sony PSP 1.50 Firmware and 3.02 Firmware, available here:

PSP 1.50 Firmware

PSP 3.02 Firmware.

2. Rename the 1.50 Firmware to 150.PBP, and the 3.02 firmware to 302.PBP.

3. Download the 3.02 Open Edition A from the here. Extract the files to the directory of your choice.

4. Copy the files 150.PBP and 302.PBP to the directory called oeupdmaker.

5. Copy the directories 302oeflasher, 302oeflasher%, oeupdmaker, oeupdmaker% to your PSP under the / PSP / GAME / directory.

6. Go into your Game on PSP menu, select Memory Card, and run 3.02 OE-A Update Maker. This will extract files from the 1.50 and 3.02 firmware to create the new custom firmware.

7. Reconnect your PSP to your computer. In the owupdmaker on your PSP is a new file titled DATA.DXAR. Copy this file to the 302oeflaster directory.

8. Run the program on your PSP called 3.02 OE-A Firmware Install. Do not turn off your PSP at this moment.

9. Wait – when it's done, your PSP will reboot, and you'll have your 3.02 OE-A firmware.

Upgrade to 3.02 OE-B:

1. Download the 3.02 OE-B installer from here.

2. Extract the directory.

3. Make new folder in you PSP's directory name it GAME150.

4. Copy the folder OEB_UPDATE to your / PSP / GAME150 directory on your PSP.

5. On your PSP, run the program titled 3.02 OE-B Update.

6. That's it – it will update, then exit. You can now backup your PS1 games and play them on your PSP.