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Working in a Cloud-Based World

You know, I’ve been struggling to put my finger on it, but I think I’m there now. There’s something that fascinates and infuriates me about the way people work. No, I don’t just mean the way people go into work every day, clock in, do their usual stuff and clock out. I mean from a technological standpoint, there’s something interesting and novel about working through cloud-based systems. Yet, here we are, in 2019, with an ever more connected world – and I don’t think we’re fully there yet.

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Video Editing with Filmora

In the past, many of you will have seen me put out videos for us. I used to run a series of Stonekeep videos, which I absolutely have to pick back up and finish. I also used to edit interviews and more, often to relatively quick timescales. Having made so many videos now, it’s unsurprising that occasionally my day job gets me to do editing for their corporate videos as well. This isn’t a problem to me, I quite enjoy doing the work… To the point where I figured today would be a good time to chat about video editing, Wondershare Filmora and alternatives for those on even tighter budgets.

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Robots: Providing Services and Your Amazon Parcels

Article title is as good as I can get for this, as it’ll be covered in this article. Amazon are pushing the boat for delivery technologies once again, but they’re not the only company in the world who looks to make delivering your goods and services in a convenient way. However, Amazon recently have been working on some little robots called ‘Scout’, which are currently undergoing an experimental delivery service in the Washington State area. Are robots the future for delivery, or is this doomed to fail? Let’s check out Amazon’s newest venture, but also existing delivery ventures via technology.

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Top 10 – Artificial Intelligences

GeekOut Top 10s

We all love the fact that the future is bringing us to a much more autonomous way of living. Some of the things that humanity have had to work hard for in the past is slowly becoming a robotic-filled niche, but that doesn’t mean that all Artificial Intelligence is good. When AI goes bad, it can go maverick – But we’re not here to talk about the bad or the good today. Instead, we’re going to check out our Top 10 Artificial Intelligence in all of media.

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WordPress: Gallery Limitations and Ways Around Them

WordPress.com is an awesome platform, filled with great features that help people start up their own blog. Bloggers aren’t the only people using the WordPress platform, but for the most part, they’re the main audience. Blogging is a hobby, or a career, which is filled with media. Writing is only half of the battle, trust me – I know that I will spend just as long looking for relevant media, making sure that the media fits the content of the article. However, after some time, you’ll begin to fill your gallery up, slowly but surely – And when you do, you’ll be left with a headache – One wondering how you get around it. Do you delete the files? Do you make a new website? Here’s a few ways you can get around these limitations.

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The Future of Gaming: How Much Further Will It Go?

Think back to the first PC game you ever played. Or, dredge up memories of your first gaming console. Now, consider the equipment and gear that you play on today. You don’t need to be told that gaming technology has come a long way from where it started.

So with all these advancements in devices and technology, you might wonder what the future holds for this particular sector. To get a better understanding of how gaming may proceed over the next few years, let’s take a look at some of the corresponding factors. Here are the elements that will be most responsible for these future changes.

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Happy New Year 2019 from GeekOut South-West

January 1st! Happy New Year everyone! It’s a new day, it’s a new beginning and y’know, I feel like this is going to be a fantastic year for us all. I think our group’s going to go from strength to strength and I think that we’re going to have a great year for the website. But that’s not all – I feel like this is just going to be an all round good year. So strap yourselves in, we’re going to go for a time-travelling journey for what we’re hoping to do in 2019 – And hopefully you’ll be joining us for the whole ride.

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Gifting in a Digital Age

At this time of gifting for a substantial proportion of the planet, we find ourselves in an increasingly odd situation. Common retail is dying, shops are closing, and town centres are lined with shutters that are slowly rusting in place. We order online more and more, and that shift is changing the nature of media too. As DVD surplanted VHS, we thought Bluray would do the same to DVD in turn, but it appears ever more evident that digital distribution will prove the dominant format. One cannot cover Netflix in colourful paper… one could, but there may be conflicts with Netflix employees.

Is it at all possible that the days of presents gathered at the foot of a fir tree (or plastic facsimile thereof) are slowly dying? Can we no longer open a card in hope of a voucher or cash, but instead watch our inboxes with baited breath? Will Santa one day arrive in a red jacket bearing the names of every delivery company, and if so can we expect a note down the chimney telling us Christmas can be collected from the depot?

The times, they are a-changing, and Christmas too must change, as it changes its name, and once again grows to swallow all other cultures, the holiday undying, as old as the changing of seasons and the rebirth of the sun.

But if you still yearn for the look on someone’s face as they pull your meticulously crafted wrapping aside (or haphazardly taped up bundle) to reveal the thoughtful tokens within, all may not be lost. Long term readers may recall that we proffered a few suggestions last year for things to obtain for your geekier loved ones, but there are other things you can make, do, and buy.

It has been remarked that we crave experiences more than physical items, so taking someone – for example – to see a live stage show, or to theme parks or other pay-to-enter attractions is a fantastic gift that lacks a physical component, all being managed via online booking and emails. However, there is no reason why a ticket cannot be printed and folded into a card, perhaps something hand-made or thematic.

For digital media, there are a few ways you can make a gift out of something ephemeral. The obvious solution is to load – say – a new film onto a datastick that can be wrapped as an individual item, or placed in a comically oversized box. Or perhaps you want to load a family member’s phone with new music? Consider demanding it from them at Nerfpoint, loading it with an album or two, wrapping it up and putting it back in their hands. How often do people despair that we spend too much time on our devices and not with our families? Could be a great way to make phones a part of the family.

And until the days when 3D printing allows us to send Pop Vinyls straight into the homes of friends so they can watch their presents revealed piece by piece before their eyes – next logical step, just saying – there’s still an abundance of geeky objects in this world to give as gifts, but as times are changing it may be worth considering shopping earlier and earlier to account for delivery times. And you too could become a warehouse of Christmas presents, holding onto lots of objects for months on end that you intend to give to someone else! Just like me.


What Is NORAD Tracks Santa?

Anyone who has any form of interest in Christmas and how it’s applied in the digitial age, then you may not need to look much further. NORAD Tracks Santa is a programme that has been around since 1955; run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD offers a way to show people where Santa Claus is in the world. This turned out to be one of the harder questions in this month’s GeekOut Bristol Meet, as it turns out that whilst most people knew of some form of Santa tracker, people weren’t sure on the name… Or why it even exists. As such, I thought it’d be fun to look at what NORAD Tracks Santa is, how it came to be and what it does today.

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GeekOut Discord Server Changes in 2019

Discord has undergone some drastic changes this year, from being purely about a chat environment, to selling games. Meanwhile, we here at GeekOut Media haven’t really done a lot to ensure that our Discord channel evolves with us. In all honesty, it’s something I’ve been meaning to fix up for quite some time… So, in the new year, we’ll introduce a few new changes to our server. Join us as we look at what we’re going to do in 2019.

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