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    The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating an Online Gaming Site

    October 20th, 2017

    There’s no question about it, online gaming sites are big business these days. The industry’s advanced light years from its earliest days in the late 1990s and competition is fiercer than ever.

    Some of the big players have tried to counter this with a series of mega mergers but new entrants to the market have to rely on getting everything right from the start if they want to be in with a chance of success. So if you want to be the next big noise in online gaming here are some do’s and don’ts that it would be a good idea to follow.

    DO make sure that you have a strong and distinctive theme. With so many sites competing for a slice of the action you’re going to have to stand out to get noticed. Sure you can do this by making great introductory offers but to keep players loyal it’s going to have to offer more than just that.

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    The Fate of the Mac mini: Is There Now Hope

    October 20th, 2017

    Apple’s cheapest Mac arrived in 2015, only weeks after Apple claimed, during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts, that it would never produce a cheap Mac. Well, they actually labeled cheap PCs as “junk,” but the Mac mini was definitely not junk, even though it was, at $499, fairly cheap.

    It was no frills in another respect since it didn’t come with a keyboard, mouse or display. No doubt Apple wanted users to make do with the accessories from a PC, since it was a perfect way to switch to the Mac without paying for that stuff all over again. Someone with an older Mac might also find it an inexpensive upgrade path, and I know a few people who made that choice.

    The low-profile design, however, wasn’t user friendly when it came to upgrades. The tech media quickly realized you could pry it open with a putty knife or something similar, and, once you had it open, you didn’t have a huge problem upgrading RAM or replacing the hard drive.

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    iPhone X Production Problems — Not?

    October 19th, 2017

    Sometimes rumors just get so far away from the truth that the inevitable come down makes you wonder how they all got started in the first place. From the earliest days of stories about the iPhone X — when it was known as the iPhone 8 — there were reports that there would be serious production problems right at the starting gate.

    So the stories went that, since OLED displays have yet to hit what one might call volume production, Apple would have difficulty getting the quantities they needed. When it came to Face ID, well there you go! How could Apple possibly get all the complicated parts sorted out, such as its TrueDepth camera, to build an iPhone X. It will take long months for production to catch up with demand.

    Indeed, I had a guest recently who wondered whether, after ordering an iPhone X on November 3rd, he would have to wait until 2018 to actually receive one. So he planned to set up multiple devices to connect to Apple’s online store when it goes on sale in order to make sure that his order is recorded before it became backordered.

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