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Steam Summer Sale – 2017

Don’t Worry About Buying a Game Immediately because the sale will last all week.

There’s no more flash sales or daily deals. If a game goes on sale, that will be its price for the entire week.

Put Games You Want to buy on Your Wishlist

Steam automatically emails you about games that are on your wishlist that gets put on sale.

The sale is between June 22 and July 5. The leaks were found on reddit.

Can Driving Games Improve Your Real-World Driving Skills?

When you’re leaping through a hail of bullets, diving through an explosion, and landing hand grenades onto the back of space ships in Halo, it can be hard not to feel at least a little bit impressed with your own abilities. Sure, it’s only a computer game and it’s obviously not real, but there is always the thought at the back of your mind that just maybe you could do it in real life too – after all, you’ve displayed all the reactions and the tactical genius necessary… how much harder can it be to do it all for real?

Of course you might even have considered that the simple act of playing Halo, could have even made you better in a gunfight should the need ever arise. And in that case, couldn’t playing a snooker game make you better at playing snooker in real life? And could playing a driving game make you better at driving?

That last point is actually quite an interesting one, seeing as driving is something that we all need to do on an almost daily basis, and that can be quite dangerous. If playing computer games could really improve your ability to drive well, then that would actually be very useful and it might even be worth going out of your way to play more driving games. Let’s take a look then at whether or not that could really be the case…

The Difference Between Driving and Pretending to Drive

The first thing to bear in mind is that there are indeed a lot of differences between driving in real life and driving on the Xbox. The first is the feedback that you get from driving – when you drive in real life you can feel the engine growl underneath you, you can feel the tug of the steering wheel as it tries to return to the neutral position, and you can feel the weight of the pedal as you push it down. Simply pulling the right trigger on a game controller just doesn’t have that same feel to it, and unfortunately it’s not really a very effective simulation. Sure you can make it a little more realistic – by using a steering wheel controller for instance – but that’s still only going to go so far.

At the same time, driving for real means dealing with a lot more information and a much wider field of vision. Most driving games are about F1, or about grand theft auto – they don’t require you to keep an eye out for people crossing the road, or to follow the highway code, thus they could potentially even lull you into a false sense of security when driving. Worst of all, these games often have entirely different objectives to real world driving – sometimes actually encouraging you to crash or at least have ‘near misses’. Not exactly great practice for real-world driving…

On the Other Hand…

But games aren’t out of the race just yet – you see playing computer games can actually have a very positive impact on your brain. Many studies have shown how computer games can improve your reaction times for example, as well as your concentration and even your ability to split your attention between tasks. These are all skills that you would have to use when driving, and so it’s easy to imagine how that might be beneficial when you’re really on the road. But the surprising part of this, is that it’s not necessarily the driving games that will improve your driving most. It may well be that you’re better off playing something that simply demands a lot of attention and good reflexes – such as Space Invaders or Tetris.

At the same time, it’s also worth considering that some ‘games’ are designed specifically to help your driving in other ways. There are plenty of software packages out there aimed at learner drivers for instance, and these can help to challenge your perception by getting you to press keys whenever you spot hazards or just to become more familiar with the highway code by testing your knowledge.

So no, ‘Need for Speed’ isn’t going to help you to get to work any safer or more efficiently each morning. That said though, it’s still an awful lot of fun and it may just improve your reactions that little bit – which can sometimes make all the difference.

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Todd Jacobson, the writer of this post, is a driving instructor at a race driving school in Florida. He is a blogging enthusiast and loves to share his knowledge on sports cars and driving techniques through guest posting.

Is The Surface Pro A Good Buy For SEOs And Webmasters?

The Surface Pro from Microsoft has been out for a while now, and yet it is still hot news. Having only just launched in Europe, and with a design that is still incredibly divisive, people can’t help but talk about the machine whether or not they count themselves as fans.

The concept behind the device is certainly an interesting one. It’s one of the first mainstream tablets to offer the full power of a PC with Windows x86 operating system, meaning that users should in theory be able to take their work with them easily and no longer be tethered to a desk or a laptop.

For SEOs and webmasters this is an intriguing prospect. Many of us who started working online did so in order to become more free – so that we could work where we wanted, when we wanted and how we wanted. Even with a netbook this freedom can sometimes be compromised as we are forced to boot up, sit down and type. What if you could stand up with a Surface Pro in one hand and doodle your design ideas straight onto the screen while talking with friends?

That’s the promise that Surface offers, but with mixed reviews, can it really deliver? If you work online for a living, is this a step forward or a step back? And is it a worthy investment bearing in mind the high price tag. Read on to find out…

Trade Offs

When you first load up a Microsoft Surface Pro, you can’t help but be impressed. The thing is slick and this is true of everything from the hardware to the software integration. It moved fast, it uses an attractive UI, and it’s generally a hot piece of kit.

Pretty soon after the initial wow factor has worn off though and you try to get down to some serious work, you’ll find that there are a number of annoying compromises and that some things that should be easy are frustratingly difficult and fiddly.

Take that impressive kickstand for instance. It’s satisfying to use, but it only offers one viewing angle for users which means that you can’t tilt the screen up or down. This isn’t a problem too often fortunately, as the angle that has been chosen is pleasing on the eye and easy to use. When it does become an issue though, is when you’re sitting in front of a bright window and battling with glare. This is a shiny screen at the best of times and with no way to change the angle you’ll possibly find some situations rather headache inducing.

If you‘re a power user getting used to Windows 8 and the new Word, you’ll be frustrated at things like the lack of start button, the oddly placed FN key on the touch cover and the awkward saving process. Fortunately, Microsoft has anticipated your concerns and provided shortcuts and workarounds in each case (FN12 for instance still allows you to save the way you’re used to), but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s annoying. Even as a tablet, the weight makes the device cumbersome and the touchscreen keyboard is temperamental (though the UI is nice).

But then use it a little longer and you’ll find that these trade-offs also come with bonuses. Correcting spelling mistakes in Word for instance is superfast if you have a touch screen. Being able to take YouTube with you to the kitchen when you’re making tea makes life a little bit better. And having that pen is fantastic for web designers.

So the point is, that the Surface Pro is different. It’s not perfect unfortunately, but nothing is. If you want to add to your repertoire though, and find how this device can fit into your working day (and if you have the extra cash), then it’s certainly worth checking out.

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The author of this post, Vadim Kirichenko, is a part time blogger and an internet marketing expert. Having worked with some of the top search engine optimization companies, he can be considered as one of the top marketing consultants. His interest in using the best and latest technology available for web optimization is what makes him different from others.

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