Should I Buy An Xbox One S?

Should I Buy An Xbox One S?

To buy or not to buy?
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Microsoft has been on the rebound and they are desperately trying to bounce back. The PS4 has killed the Xbox One in sales. Close to 40 million estimated PlayStation four systems have been sold since it's 2013 launch. Whereas, the Xbox One has sold approximately about 20 million units. It is not difficult to see why the PS4 has sold more consoles than the Xbox One. When the PlayStation four came out it was a more powerful system and a faster one. The other benefit that it would boost better graphics was another bonus. Games on the PS4 run at 1080p, however, to the Xbox One at only 720p and 900p. It is also a lighter system which is another bonus. It is a more travel-friendly system and especially since it does not have an enormous power brick to carry around. One of the downsides of the PlayStation four was that it would not have backwards compatibility like the Xbox One. Realistically, when the PlayStation four debuted it dominated the Xbox One in the amount of games and better exclusives. Another claim why the system is better is because of the PlayStation four controller. The controller is much more sleek and comfortable than the Xbox One. Right now you can buy a Xbox One for about $280. While a PlayStation four is still highly expensive and for good reason being $350 to $400. On the other hand, the Xbox One does have backwards compatibility. That is the one claim that makes the Xbox One better. Granted, Microsoft has some cards in their sleeves to get back into the race.

Due to this, Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S will release on August 31st of this summer. There are some huge differences with this new console. Things might change soon when the Xbox one S releases and the battle rages on which is the better company, Microsoft or Sony.

The Xbox One S seems to be very promising and different than anything that they have ever attempted before. There are some key differences in comparison to the Xbox One and the Xbox One S. First off is that it is going to be slimmer and more travel-friendly. The console is going to be 40 percent slimmer and it sports a sleek robot white color and design. Overall, the console looks great. The design is supposed to have a type of texture so the system does not get scratches on it which can be annoying when it happens. Microsoft has listened to its customers and loyal fans and has gotten rid of the huge power brick that came with a Xbox. This large power brick was a hassle. The power supply will be inside the system instead and there will be a button to turn the system in the front of the console. Another new Ability is the Xbox One S being able to play 4K Blu-ray discs. This is excellent for people who love Blu-ray discs. Microsoft will be making the Xbox One S 2TB of storage. This has never been attempted either by Microsoft or Sony till now. This is a huge amount of space to download plenty of games and applications. One of the problems with the Xbox One and the PS4 was the availability of space. The storage of both systems can run out quick and you will have to delete games or applications to make space to launch other games. Not taken into account was the huge space of certain games like NBA 2K and others taking up close to 50GB. Now Xbox has fixed that main issue with its immense increase in storage. The console will also come with a vertical stand. Moreover, the Xbox One S will also be able to play Xbox 360 games. Microsoft promises that Xbox 360 games will be free on the Xbox One S for no additional cost. Hundreds of games will be added to the store in the months following.

The Xbox One S will also be able to play games better and have a slightly better resolution than the Xbox One. Additionally, the new console will have an updated and newer controller. Several main differences of the controller will be that it will have better grip and have Bluetooth. This updated controller is going to have a further wireless range and you can plug in a headset. The Xbox store will also be updated and have the best most advanced multiplayer. Coupled with the price for another Xbox One S 500GB will be releasing at a later time and it will only be a reasonable $299.

The bottom line is that the Xbox One S is a good buy for customers who did not purchase a Xbox One. For customers who own a plethora of Xbox 360 games, the Xbox One S would be a good system for to buy. This is a good way to plunge into a new generation console and one that is more powerful and advanced. For people who have a Xbox One already, it could not be worth it to buy this new console because of the awaited Xbox Project Scorpio that will be coming out in late 2017. Project Scorpio is supposed to be the most powerful console ever made. If you have money to burn so be it. PlayStation four is rumored to be making a new console called the PlayStation Neo, although no details have been said and the console has not even been observed yet. Taking into account, PlayStation owners who are not saving up money for the Neo, this is as well a good purchase. It is a good way to experience something different and give the Xbox a chance. If you already own a PlayStation four, there is no necessity to buy a Xbox One S. Consumers can just wait for the new system to come out. PlayStation four has been a great console and has been beating and dominating the Xbox One, but the situation could soon change with the Xbox One S and its many benefits. The matter of the fact is that it looks like the Xbox One S will shine and have great success. The tides can soon change as the console battle continues on.

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?
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In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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This Phone Kidnapping Scam Could Cost You Thousands And My Situation Should Be A Warning

This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.

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A few weeks ago, my family was caught in the middle of a kidnapping phone scandal that costs us a couple hundred dollars. Many times you hear these stories on the news and think it couldn't happen to you or your loved ones. Then, when it happens, you haven't taken any cautionary measures. This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.

This scam took place between my sister and father at first. All the scammers needed was the two phone numbers and some computer software to trick us. They began by calling both my sister and father at the same time. The call to my sister's phone looked like it was coming from my father because they use software that made the call come from my father's phone number. Caller ID showed my father's name and made it seem like they had his phone. The same concept happened to my father with my sister's number.

After they get you to pick up, they told both my father and sister they had kidnapped the other. They told my father they kidnapped her off the streets. They told my sister that my father had a debt to pay and they're holding him hostage until they get the amount. At this point, both my sister and dad think the other is being held hostage (when neither was). They tell you not to hang up the phone or they will hurt the loved one.

They then ask for money in the form of VISA gift cards or such. They will tell you to buy/max out multiple cards to the highest it will allow (usually $500) and then tell you to read the numbers of the card to them. This makes them untraceable. The number varies between each scammer so that might now always indicate a scam.

The reason you don't immediately hang up is that they are smarter than just telling you they have someone you love. For example, they used personal information they made my sister tell them against my father (and vise-versa). They make you say your location (ex. my sister's college) and what is around you to make it believable.

Also, people tend to begin these times and they will use all of the info you share against the other person they called to make it seem real. On top of the info, they record parts of the conversation when someone is talking and play it back for the other. In our case, they told my sister to say, "Don't worry dad, I'll take care of us. We'll be okay". Then, they played this clip back for my father to make it seem like they actually had her there.

Now, most people just think it's so easy to just hang up and call bullshit but they make it very clear not to mess with their rules. They told my father not to tell anyone about this, stay on the line at all times, and do what they say. If he was to not listen, they threatened to rape and/or kill my sister. This obviously is a brutal image to even imagine, so it's not worth risking it. So, he stayed on the line.

My mother then came up to my father and figured out what was happening and the real game began. She took the phone and used her skills at lying to delay buying the cards. My sister didn't have anyone with her at college so she ended up giving them a few gift cards. She then was stranded at a Kroger just waiting. They kept her on the line to keep recording her voice for my mom. Now that my father wasn't on the phone, he called the police and began investigating. He called her roommate and asked if he had seen my sister.

The roommate hadn't seen her; however, he had her location turned on. He tracked her to Kroger and ran there (he lives in the city). The roommate and my father worked with the police and SWAT team to get my sister. Meanwhile, my mom is just acting like an idiot and asking many questions because she wanted them to think she was confused. Any lie she could think of, she was using.

When the SWAT team saw my sister, they didn't grab her immediately. They made sure nobody was with her. After confirming she was alone, they radioed that they had the victim. This caused my sister confusion because she didn't think she was the victim. She still thought they had our mom and dad. So she's yelling at SWAT to find my parents. They then bring her to the station and explain what was actually happening. After my parents got confirmation my sister was safe, they called the scammers out and they hung up immediately. All were safe and the police were now trying to track the scammers.

Overall, it took hours to get the full story from all 4 people (and what you just read was the abridged version). They then took my sister's phone and made my parents come to pick her and her phone up.

HOW TO PREVENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

- Turn on your location with at least 3 trusted people and tell your family who has it

-Make a code word in case this situation happens so you know it's real

-Never actually buy the cards they ask for

-Always have a pad and paper so you can write notes to people if they are around

-DO NOT tell them how much money you have

-Never trust the scammer, even if they tell you some true information

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