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DVR Comparison: DISH Hopper vs DIRECTV Genie

When choosing a TV provider, the DVR a company offers can play a big part in your decision. For satellite TV customers, this means comparing the DISH Hopper 3 with the DIRECTV Genie. Both are whole home systems that allow you to record live TV, watch On Demand programming and access apps across multiple TVs. When you become a DISH or DIRECTV customer, you can upgrade your basic receiver to a whole home DVR for little to no cost, depending on the provider’s current promotion.

The most important feature of your DVR is the hard drive, which saves the TV and movies you want to record. The DIRECTV Genie includes a 1 TB hard drive, as compared to the Hopper 3’s 2 TB hard drive. This means that the DISH Hopper can hold roughly twice the recorded programming, about 500 hours of HD video.

Your DVR will also record multiple channels at the same time, which is great for busy families who all have different interests. DISH’s Hopper records as many as 16 channels at once, while the DIRECTV Genie lets you record 5.

DISH also includes Primetime Anytime, automatically recording ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX every night during primetime. This only takes 1 tuner, leaving 15 others available for recording other shows. The recordings aren’t stored on your Hopper’s hard drive either (unless you opt to save them for an extended period of time). If you’d rather take advantage of all 16 tuners during primetime, simply turn off Primetime Anytime!

For a complete comparison of these 2 DVRs, take a look at the Hopper vs Genie infographic below.

Image via PlanetDISH.com.

IT Trends 2016: What to Expect

To make predictions in the world of IT is hard. Asking companies what they are going to do with their IT department in the upcoming year is easier. So, Spiceworks report shows us the answers. Answers allow us to make predictions for the IT 2016 year. Glorium Technologies decided to illustrate all of it in the infographic below.

4 main trends are expected this year: IT budget remains the same, CIO’s are to make more with less. Security remains underinvested. End of life of a product is going to be the prior issue to invest money on.

Modern Technology in the Construction Industry

At a time when we are all becoming increasingly dependent on technology, few people realize the benefits modern technology are providing within the construction industry. Internet access and working ‘in the cloud’ have cemented themselves as everyday use both personally and professionally, however concepts which were perhaps considered too far-fetched  are now becoming a reality. This infographic from IronmongeryDirect looks at this in more detail.

Wearable Tech

Traditionally a construction worker involved with lots of manual labor would have been limited by their own strength and endurance. Wearable tech such as the Fortis Exoskeleton developed Lockheed Martin, and the Dual Arm Power Amplification Robot developed by ActiveLink, both blend humans with machines. These pieces of equipment effectively now allow anyone to lift heavier loads – the Dual Arm Power Amplification Robot promises loads of up to 100kg to be lifted easily. Does this now open the door to people who were previously considered unsuitable for the job to now work?

Automation

Machines that help improve a workers’ efficiency are now becoming increasingly common. The Semi-Automated Masonry system is a world first for on-site masonry and it claims be 20% faster with up to 2,500 more bricks laid per day than if it had not been used, in addition, it promises savings in cost of up to 30%.

Welding is another task that has seen the use of robots to assist a worker with their job. Construction sites across Japan are using robotic welding systems to save welding time.

3D Printing

Unlikely to be associated to the construction industry, 3D printing is now being used by approximately 66% of manufacturers and its use is growing as the technology and its capabilities grow too.

 IronmongeryDirect - Technology in Construction

Making the Most of Spectacle – Microsoft’s Marketing

Have you noticed how masterful Microsoft is at creating a marketing spectacle? Some would even argue that the software giant is better at marketing its software than plugging its numerous security holes. Whatever your opinion is on that, there is no doubt that Microsoft knows how to throw a party to celebrate its new product offerings. The infographic below, brought to you by WhoIsHostingThis, lays out how well these marketing strategies have paid off and what went into the campaigns.

From venue to entertainment, Microsoft laid out a grand bash for everyone lucky enough to get invited.

Party Like It’€™s 1995

For the launch of Windows 95, Microsoft hosted a carnival at the Microsoft Campus, complete with a circus tent and late night host Jay Leno as the emcee. Outside the tent, Microsoft had a Ferris wheel, food booths, and a rock band performing. Inside the tent, Bill Gates and Jay Leno celebrated, and helped encourage the media and corporate customers to do the same. The theme song for the Windows 95 launch, the Rolling Stones’€™ ‘€œStart Me Up’, was on everyone’€™s minds as the party wound up and Windows 95 was finally released.

Windows XP Bash

When Windows XP launched, Microsoft stepped up their game by taking the party to New York’€™s Bryant Park. Rock musician Sting put on a performance to celebrate the launch of Windows XP, and Madonna’€™s 1998 hit ‘€œRay of Light’€ was featured as the theme song. The celebration had its special guests, of course, with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, television personality Regis Philbin, and Starbucks Chairman Howard Schults all taking part in the launch.

Windows 8’€™s Party

Fast-forward to Microsoft’s biggest marketing campaign yet, checking in at a total campaign spend of $1.8 billion. With this money, Microsoft opened a pop-up store in the center of Times Square in New York, where users could try out the new Surface tablets. The software giant also recreated the New York skyline, and hosted a five-hour event at New York’s Pier 57 featuring a performance by Far East Movement. These parties helped celebrate the launches of Microsoft’€™s most important product, the Windows operating system. While the marketing campaigns have certainly been impressive, we have to wonder how easily Microsoft can keep one-upping itself with these launch events.

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