Is a 4K Television a Better Option for Gaming

Are you one of those gamers who appreciate top-notch graphic cards and displays that

4K screens
4K screens

deliver crisp and clear images? Well then, all the noise about 4K televisions must have caught your attention and made your ears twitch with expectation. The thought of playing video games with your friends on a Saturday night on a screen that quadruples the number of pixels in a full HD image probably makes your gaming hands tremble. Additionally, gaming on such a screen with your Oculus Rift glasses would be an amazing experience, especially when you are shooting your way through a jungle or an intense war zone in a first person game.
However, you probably lost all hope when you heard about the price of the 4K Ultra HD television; a debilitating $1000 to $3500 price tag. Despite this, are you really missing out on a good gaming experience here? The most accurate answer for this is the awkward yes and no. Yes because 4K television is the latest display technology and it truly adds more depth, detail and color resolution to an image (3840 by 2160 resolution). No matter how close you move to the screen you never get to see any pixels and the images remain sharp. This makes it suitable mostly for PC gamers who usually sit very close to their screens when they are playing games.
A 4K screen also completely gets rid of aliasing, which is an irritating effect that makes some parts of an image shine like strobes. In other words, these televisions provide richer and more realistic objects and environments. Additionally, if you also dabble in photography and filming, you will not have a hard time editing your content.
On the other hand, a no answer to 4K screens or televisions is also relevant. To begin with, all humans have a 20-20 vision and this means that image quality on any display will look the same to you depending on how far you are sitting from the screen. So, a 1080p screen would seem just as good as a 4K screen depending on how far away from the screen you sit. As a result, video gamers will still have the same gaming experience with either screen because they tend to sit farther away from their screens anyway.
Additionally, the PS4 and Xbox 360 can hardly run games smoothly in 4K screens. Top graphics card makers like AMD and Nvidia are still scrambling to make powerful video cards that can run games fluidly in 4K. Digital Versus carried out an experiment where they ran the most powerful video cards in the market in 4K screens you can see the results here

. They concluded that to run a fluid frame rate in 4K, you need two powerful and expensive cards or more working together.
All in all, a video game is not just rated as good because of the amount of horsepower it offers but also how much entertainment it delivers. If it’s a good game, your friends will surely appreciate it and have a good time whether you have 1080p screen or a breath-taking clear 4K television. You can get more information about 4K UHDTVs here.

Why You Should not Be Intimidated by Bowties

Why You Should not Be Intimidated by BowtiesA majority of men neither like wearing neckties nor bowties. They see these clothing items as unnecessary, restrictive and old fashioned. Bowties have particularly been misunderstood as intimidating and only suitable for fashion lovers, entertainers and nutty professors.
However, bowties are supposed to be a fun way to make a statement to bystanders that you are not afraid to experiment with your fashion sense. At the same time, since most people do not wear them anyway, it should help you stand out in a crowd and attract attention from the right people. Even James Bond wears a bowtie and he still gets to be a tough guy.
There are men who do not know when and where to wear these time defying clothing items. Fortunately, bowties can be worn for almost any event, whether it is formal or informal. You just have to be careful about the color of the bowtie and the shirt you wear with it. Let us look at three events and the bowties you can wear in them:
Formal events
These events are usually reserved so you should not be too fashionably experimental in them. A black bow tie and a dark suit will do. The black bowtie is a safe choice because it is really easy to match with almost any dark suit and it makes you give an impression that you are a respectable gentleman. So you can wear it at a gala, funeral, wedding and other formal events where you would wear a tie. In a white tie event, a white bowtie is the perfect choice. You never know, your future boss might be at the formal event, so keep your multicolored bowtie for another event.
First date
You need to make the best first impression at your first date. So try to pick a bowtie that will make you look suave and dashing. Choose a bowtie that will help you break the ice in your conversations with your date but not one that will draw all of your date’s attention away from you. So the best choice for a first date would be a bowtie with dark colored, wide square patterns matched with a button up shirt of any color. Just make sure the color of your shirt is not too bright- it should not be a baby “anything” or bright “anything” color.
I am talking about parties where there will be a lot of jumping, drinking, shouting and kissing. In such parties you should wear a bowtie that draws all the girls’ attention to you. Do not be afraid to experiment with bowtie colors for such parties. Here, you are free to choose bright colors if you want to but avoid bowties that will make you look eccentric. Make sure the bowtie you choose is stain proof or one that can be cleaned easily by wiping it with a damp towel.
These are just some of the events where you can wear bowties. Bowties can be worn by any man no matter how old they are. This timeless clothing accessory is easy to pull off and match with most of your clothes and it can be worn in almost any event.
Michael Rodgers

Airplane Model

Airplane Model: Best Jet Models

Airplane ModelAn airplane model can be an aesthetic delight in a living room and if it has an engine it could help you pass time as you fly it outdoors. Some model collectors buy them because of their historical significance. Other people collect these models because they are simply airplane enthusiasts. Among the most popular ones are those of jet airplanes. Though some people consider the word “jet” as a synonym for airplane, the term actually refers to airplanes that run on jet engines. Let’s look at the some of the best jet models and the history behind them:

P-59 Airacomet (1942)

Though it was not the most powerful jet of the time, it was among the airplanes that changed American military aviation. It was the first jet powered fighter made in America and was manufactured by American engineers at General Electric.
The aircraft was an American version of Britain’s E.28/39 jet airplanes. Its first flights were compounded with engine problems and it had to be upgraded several times and was even sent to war before it was perfected. This was because the arms race in the Second World War was too intense and Germany and Britain had already developed their own fighter jets. An airplane model of P-59 Airacomet is a favorite for many collectors interested in military history.

Boeing B-47 Starojet (1951)

The design of this airplane inspired the traditional layout visible in many of the jets today. It was first proposed in 1945 but took its first flight in 1947. The airplane could carry three crew members made up of a bombardier and two pilots. To get the huge airplane of the ground, engineers fitted it with eighteen boosters propelled by rockets. However, its bombing duties were reduced when the Soviets developed surface-to-air missile systems.

F/A-18 Hornet (1983)

The airplane is still in service today and is considered as one of the most lethal military jet fighters. It is a twin engine carrier that has been used successfully in a number of wars with only a few that were shot down by enemy fire. It has the ability of taking a lot of damage because the designers wanted to increase the chances for the pilot’s survivability. The airplane takes a short time to maintain and repair. An F/A-18 Hornet airplane model would be great to show off to friends.

B-2 Spirit (1997)

It was also called the “stealth bomber” and was the first tailless airplane. Its small heat signature and profile made it very effective in infiltrating enemy airspace unnoticed and hitting targets quickly before leaving the area unnoticed. The B-2 was developed in the 70’s and unveiled years later in 1988. It was first used in the war over Kosovo 1999 and also in Afghanistan 2001. The very shape of this airplane gives it that futuristic feel even before you consider its capabilities.
These are just some of the most popular jets. Their airplane models are also easy to find in most stores and can also be purchased online.

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How to Pick the Right Antivirus Software for Your PC

How to Pick the Right Antivirus Software for Your PC

How to Pick the Right Antivirus Software for Your PCThere are a number of vendors that produce antivirus software and they all claim that their products offer the best security for your computer from every imaginable form of online threat. So you may find it confusing choosing when you set out to get the right antivirus software for your system. Just buying any software that is available or that your friends are using is very risky because you may be using different PC’s or different operating systems and so on. Let us look at some of the things you should think about for you to pick the best antivirus software for your system:

Decide whether you are looking only for antivirus software or complete security suite

An antivirus program is very basic and because of this it only has the ability of identifying viruses and eliminating them from your PC. However, a complete security suite acts as a firewall, anti spyware and spam filter. Vendors usually promote complete security suite software as the best options between the two. Despite this, PC experts say that you do not need the extra features in complete security suite programs. For instance, if you are using Windows 8, you already have built-in security features. For other Windows versions you can also easily download Microsoft Security Essentials. All in all, the antivirus software is the better of the two because it protects your PC from malware.

Check credibility of antivirus vendors

You should research on different antivirus vendors if you want choose the most appropriate software for your PC. This is very easy to do because the internet is full of reviews of each antivirus program offered by vendors. Look at the pros and cons of each program and compare it with other programs. Also find out if vendors offer warranties for their products; when you will have to replace the software; and how to pay for it (monthly or fixed). If you find this a little too demanding to do, you can go to websites where antivirus programs are rated.

PC speed and scan speed

When you are choosing antivirus software make sure you check for the recommended system requirements for it. Some programs only work effectively on powerful and fast systems and may slow down your PC if it is slow. Thus, you may not be able to run other programs when the antivirus software is running or in extreme cases your computer could just hang. So check for the system memory (RAM), PC speed and operating system requirements before you install the antivirus software. Additionally, choose an antivirus program that is fast and stable when it is scanning files in your hard-drive.

Software features

Each antivirus has its own distinct features that differentiate it from the others. Some of them have numerous pop-ups that you may find annoying. Others have audio support that notify you whenever an update is available or when the software has finished updating. To compare features of different software you can download their free trial versions and decide on the one that suits you.
These are just a few of the things to look for when you are choosing an antivirus program. To get more information about this, visit