Pixlr Final Week

During our final week working on our Pixlr projects, my partner and I were completing our powerpoint and Screencastify videos. The purpose of our powerpoint was to show all the different skills we’ve learned from Pixlr. The powerpoint will show a combined total of 5 projects that show our understanding of Pixlr. For any reader who doesn’t know, Pixlr is an image editing software that is similar to Photoshop but is free and we have been learning how to use it for the past few weeks in our IP 10 class.

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Our Final Project is a powerpoint that will display each of the 5 projects, and descriptions on what we have learned while creating those projects. We will also have 2 Screencastify videos that my partner made that go into detail step by step tutorials on Pixlr. The 4 functions that we focused most of our time with were the Magic Wand Tool, Text Function, Merge, and Color Replacement Tool. We had already completed those 5 projects and spent the last week entirely on what we are presenting to the teacher and our fellow students. My partner and I have put a lot of effort into our final project and we are sure that our whole class will learn something from our presentation. My partner and I are planning to learn more functions on Pixlr in the upcoming Week. We have enjoyed learning and using Pixlr and feel that we have an important skill that will help us in the future.

Introduction

Tutorial

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Pixlr Project Update

In our Ip 10 class, for the past week, we were working on our final exam projects. This blog is an update to my Pixlr project. For anyone who doesn’t know Pixlr is an image editing software similar to Photoshop but is free. I thought it would be fairly helpful to learn basic editing because we are moving into a more technology-based society. This past week, there has not been much work done on my project due to an infection in my throat and a fever which made me stay home for most of the week. What I have accomplished was using the shading tool to change the skin color of a human I found on the internet.

This is the original image I used before I started testing some of Pixlr features on it. I originally wanted to change the man’s skin color and replace his nose and ears, but due to my illness, I was unable to complete the second part of my goals.

I used the shading tool but I was having problems so I decided to use the color replace tool which worked perfectly.

Here is the final result of my editing. As you can see I have changed the skin color but was unable to change his nose and ears. Hopefully, by the next few classes, I will be successfully able to change the ears and nose.

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Pixlr Project 1

For the past week, I have been working on an application called pixlr with my partner Zain.  So far I have completed one project and am currently working on another one which will be ready by next week. The project I have completed is editing a bunch of photos on top of a famous basketball player “Lebron James”.

I started by finding an image that was sport related but showed a miraculous feat. I came across this image of a two-time gold medalist Lebron James ducking when playing against the cars in game 2. I wanted to put emojis under the Celtics players faces because in that game they lost by 50 points and a fire emoji on Lebron’s hand to show how Lebron was unstoppable in that game.

Problems

Most of you guys would think that this would be fairly easy but for some reason when I layer these emoji in they were in a white box. In this screenshot, I used the magic wand tool to remove the white outline from the fire and dragged it using the click feature on pixlr.

Progress and Obstacles

This screenshot shows how difficult the magic tool was. for some reason it was malfunctioning and the tool was on cropping certain parts of the layer.

Finally, I got the tool to work properly and placed the image over the distressed players. It took many tries and almost an hour playing around with the tool and it worked.

Future

In the future, I expect to be finishing my next project which is changing the skin color and facial features of a human This is far more complex than my first project and is expected to take more time as well.

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Tackling PhotoShop

As our society is moving towards a more technology-based future, my partner and I believe that learning how to use some software like Photoshop and iMovie may be very useful assets in the future. Photoshop is an application where the user is able to edit and change a photo for any means. Usually, photoshop is used for online advertising and graphics design, both technology based jobs. It can also be used for altering something minor without retaking the photo. An example of this is if you took a photo of yourself and the only problem was you closed your eyes. You could take a photo of your eyes and crop it over your face, then you can shade it in place. I plan on presenting a slide show to my class with multiple before and after photos showing how we used photoshop to alter or change a photo.

image from photoshop website

The first challenge we faced was the price tag. Adobe has hidden the price tag on their website behind tons of different applications and software bundles. This made it extremely hard to find a price for the software. Eventually, after looking for some time we found it under the product subtitle. It cost $19.99 a month or $9.99 for the basic version. For us students that seemed a bit too expensive so we looked into our university having some type of class that uses photoshop because my partner’s dad is a professor. At the moment we are still looking for a free version but if all else fails we will probably fork out the $19.99.

image from Pixlr website

Our group’s goals for the upcoming week is to have the software install and have a basic understanding of how to use photoshop. We should have started our first project and be close to finishing it. A backup plan if all else fails is an app called Pixlr which is free and a bit easier to use. It has gotten relatively positive reviews on popular forums like Reddit and is free to use.

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Steve Wozniak and his impacts on technology

Background

Steve Wozniak was born in August 11, 1950 in San Jose, California. He dropped out of the University of California Berkeley to pursue his dreams of developing hardware for computers. There he met Steve Jobs and founded the company Apple which has grossed about 53 billion dollars last year. Apple is a mobile and computer giant which most of you guys would be familiar with, but just like other companies, Apple started as a hobby. In fact it was started in Steve Jobs bedroom and then in the garage.

This was Apple original logo, via Free Domain

Steve Wozniak technological impact

Many may be wondering why I picked Steve Wozniak over Steve Jobs, and that is because Stave Wozniak was the brain behind all these Apple products while Steve Jobs was the figure that sold the idea to many people around the world. Steve Wozniak developed the first Apple computer in 1976 which lead to what Apple is today. If Steve Wozniak was not in Apple, it would be a fraction of what it is today. Apple at the moment is the leading developer of phones and has a huge sum of the laptop and computer market. This means that Apple is one of the most influential companies of all time and the biggest information technology company.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in their garage via Flickr

The world without Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak has made one of the largest companies in the world that has brought great innovations like touch screen smart phones, extremely thin laptops and an ecosystem that simultaneously connects all Apple devices together. If Steve Wozniak was not here most of these technological innovations may never been know and all of us would still be using keyboards attached to our phones. Many companies like Microsoft, Samsung and Google where inspired by Apples innovations and put them in there own products, meaning that many other brands would be far behind if Apple was not created.

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Is the Nintendo Switch Worth it.

The Nintendo Switch is the newest console by Nintendo and has taken the market by storm by selling 1.5 million units since launch of march 13, 2017. Personally for me, I had a lot of trouble getting my hands on a console due to the popularity of it, but I finally got one on March 23, 2017 and here is my review of the Console.

Design

The Nintendo Switch’s core functionality is changing from console mode in a dock to portable mode with a screen. Nintendo has made this functionality seamless by pulling the console out of the dock whenever you want and having the same game playing on a much smaller screen. It has an aluminum build and hard plastic joy cons that can be pulled out of the portable device when playing in console mode. The joy cons are in the smaller side of controllers but they are still comfortable to hold. The screen is 720p but will upscale to 1080p when put in the dock. Its has a solid build quality and feels durable when holding it.

Photo Via Nintendo of America

Games

There are about 81 games being scheduled to release later on in the year including Mario Kart, Skyrim, NBA 2K 18 and Splatoon 2. There are only 21 games out now at the moment but more than half of them are remakes of older games. One of the launch titles Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild has been on of the most successful games of all time scoring 10/10 in IGN game reviews.

My Opinion

The Nintendo Switch is a promising piece of hardware that can be very successful if Nintendo release more games for it. The price tag of $399 is at the pricier sides but is totally worth it because you will be getting a console and portable experience in one. The game library is a bit on the weaker sides at the moment but is promised to increase with up to 81 games coming up within this year and more in the upcoming years. Overall I give this console an 9/10 because it is a unique console with amazing features and a unique gaming experience.

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Unplugging from the Online World

Technology has made life easier for many people including me, but too much technology can be harmful to everyone. Sometimes taking a break from the online world and conversing with other people will help with your social skills. Garry Turk, a Youtuber had made a video that has gone viral with over 53 million views. His video was about how disconnecting from online may lead to a far better life and a relationship. This article will discuss how taking a break from technology will make your life far better than never taking a break. Even one day may drastically how your future may go.

Bloodshed Around The World

One benefit from taking a break is not being exposed to the real world. The reason I say this is a benefit is because nowadays there is a lot of bloodshed and pain around the world and being exposed to this can put you in a bad mood and give you depression. Taking a break from all this heartbreak around the world will get you in a better mood. This doesn’t mean you should not care about what is going on, but taking a break from the outside world for a day will put you in an overall better mood.

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Socialize and Go Outside

Another benefit of disconnecting from online is that you focus more energy on the outdoors and socialize with other people. Having new friends will let you feel like you belong and that you matter. This is especially important due to such a large suicide rate in Canada. Approximately 12 people commit suicide for every 100,000 people. Lack of socializing is one of the biggest issues regarding suicide rate. Also as the obesity rate rises fewer people are going outside and instead are focussing their energy on the internet. Taking breaks from the online world and going outside will significantly help with your health and wellbeing.

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Focus on more important Tasks

Finally, the internet will distract people from their job or studies. People may get distracted from doing something far more important if they focus so much time on their phone. This is especially important for teens and young adults because they are in school and it is vital for them to put a lot of effort in their studies because that will determine their future and how successful they will be.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I think that it is a good idea to take a break or lower the amount of technology usage for many reasons including not being exposed to bloodshed all the time, socializing and going outside and finally focussing on more important tasks. This doesn’t mean we should stop using technology altogether but taking a break once in awhile will positively affect us.

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Best Screen Recording Site for Free

Backstory

In our IP class, we were assigned a task in which we had to record tutorials on Microsoft Word. Our teacher gave us two websites that we can use that will record our voices and the screen. These sites were Screen Castify and Screen-Cast-O-Matic. This was the first time I was introduced to these websites and the interface was very pleasing. I have minor complaints about both but overall I would recommend these two screen casting programs to beginners and people who want to do basic screen recording.

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      Screen Castify 

When I typed the link my teacher provided in my chrome browser I was greeted to the chrome web store. When I downloaded the application, the icon appeared on the top right-hand corner of my chrome browser. The software was very easy to use and I like the idea in which we can choose an application that we can screen cast. A couple issues I had with the software was that I was forced to log in to google. This wasn’t much of a problem to me but for someone who has an email on some other website might need to create two accounts just to access it. Another minor complaint was that there were no options to crop parts of the screen off and there is no stop button. The interface was very simple and basic and I had no problem running this on windows and mac.

Via Screen Castify Website

Screen-Cast-O-Matic

This screen casting software was far more complex than the previous one. It had a stop and start button, easy cropping and an option to publish it straight to YouTube without downloading it. I had a couple issues running this on my Macbook and it took way longer that Screen Castify. Once I got it starting it was very easy to use and I had already started recording within the first 5 minutes. Overall I like Screen-Cast-O-Matic because of how professional it seemed yet how easy and intuitive it really was.

My Take

I would recommend both Screen Castify and Screen-Cast-O-Matic because they both produced decent quality screen recording for free. They both are also quite easy to use and would only take a couple of minutes to set up. In my opinion, it was easier for me to use Screen Castify because you just have to log in to a google account and record while the other program has multiple settings and configurations.If you like to see the videos I created using these programs click the link here and here.

 

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Next Generation Console Comparison

Next generation Consoles

The past 3 years have been an amazing time for game console enthusiasts because Microsoft and Sony released their next generation game consoles. The new devices have been in the market for some time and the Sony PlayStation has sold 53 million consoles compared to the Microsoft Xbox 1 which only sold about 23 million units worldwide.

Microsoft’s lack of sales can be explained due to their terrible E3 gaming convention release where they did not focus their energy on games yet tried to entice users with additional features that were unwanted. The Playstation however, talked strictly about games and that was what captivated most of the gaming audience.

Playstation Specs

Main processor Single-chip custom processor

CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores

GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine

Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size* 500GB, 1TB
External dimensions Approx. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length)
(excludes largest projection)
Mass Approx. 2.1 kg
BD/ DVD drive
(read only)
BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2
AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet(10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth®v4.0

Power AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption Max. 165W
Operating Temperature 5 ºC – 35ºC
AV output HDMI™ out port (HDR output supported)

This chart was created by Sony.

Xbox 1 specs

Optical Drive Blu-Ray/DVD [1]
Game DVR Yes, Upload Studio[2]
HDCP Encryption No for games
RAM 8GB DDR3
Clock: 2133MHz Bandwidth: 68.26 GB/s
+ 32MB eSRAM
Bandwidth: 204 GB/s(102 In/102 Out) [3]
Flash Memory 8GB Flash Memory [4]
CPU 8 Core AMD custom CPU
Frequency: 1.75 GHz [5]
GPU Clock Speed: 853 MHz(originally 800 MHz)
Shader Cores: 768
Peak Throughput: 1.31 TFLOPS [6]
Storage 500 GB (5400 rpm) Hard Drive non-replaceable, External Hard Drive support available
Second Screen SmartGlass App on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8 [7]
Cloud Storage Yes [8]
Mandatory Game Installs Yes [9]
Required Internet Connection After Day One patch, No [10]
Used Game Fee No [11]
Backwards Compatibility Backwards compatibility now available for certain games!
Cross Game Chat Skype, Party Chat [n]
Motion Control Kinect 2
Voice Commands Yes, Kinect 2 is needed. [13]
Subscription Service Xbox Live [14]
Required for Online Play
USB USB 3.0 x3 [15]
Live Streaming Yes, With Twitch.TV
Reputation Preservation Achievements will be ported From Xbox 360. [16]
Networking Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz) includes WiFi Direct support [17]
A/V Hookups HDMI input and output (4K support)
API DirectX 11.2
Mouse and Keyboard Support Yes

 

 

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These charts show that Ps4 has a faster processor than the Xbox 1 and that may be the reason why most gamers prefer it. Overall both consoles are very powerful and are capable of playing games in 1080p. The PlayStation original price was $399 compared to Xbox’s $499.

Image of Ps4 Controller

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Image of Xbox controller

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Doppelme Review and New Avatar

Recently students in my IP 10 class were in the need of an avatar for their blogs profile picture. We needed a profile picture so we can attract readers and shows that our blogs are active. The website my teacher told us to use was doppelme, a website solely made for creating avatars.

avatar

Once we arrived on the website we noticed it looked very outdated compared to other avatar websites I’ve seen in the past like bitmoji and Edmodo avatars.

bitmoji-foot-locker

Once the site fully loaded it took several seconds for the website to register clicks from my touchpad. This made it extremely slow and painful to make an avatar. When the options of customizing the avatar finally appeared there was a lack of options for design. This forced me to create an account for extra features. It was a long and tedious procedure to create an account, ironically it was easier for me to create a PayPal account which proves how terrible the website truly is. I had to fill in a lot of information and got an email 5 minutes after I registered. To my disbelief I had to put in a code which was around 11 letters, included in that email, they created a password that was odd and confusing even though when I registered before it told me to create my own. I would warn anyone from this website due to how bad the experience was for me and will try to refrain from that website whenever I can.

avatar-1

My avatar represents me in many ways. First of all, I tried to make him look like me, but the options were very limited. My camo shirt represents my style and clothes I like to wear. I tried to make the skin colour like mine but there was an issue on the website where all of the colours looked off.

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