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Taking Back The Internet With Cloud By Daplie

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Daplie, What Is It And Why You Need To Know About It

Aiming to take back the “I” in Internet, Daplie is the first home server that securely connects the owner to personal data and devices in-home. The owner has full control over their very own Cloud Server with no storage limits, no monthly fees, private, and secure. No longer will consumers have to give a company rights to their own content. You will be able to download and share files and sensitive information, as well as host your own website, email, and social network. Daplie created Cloud for people to have full control of their digital lives, and is the first to participate in equity crowdfunding and reward based crowdfunding simultaneously. I was able to talk to Daplie’s CEO, Bryson Hill, about the sophistication of Cloud and how its experience will change the lives of individuals around the world.

 

 

How did you come up with the idea for Daplie?

AJ, the technical co-founder of Daplie, is also a DJ. Not the bass drop kind, rather the MC a wedding type DJ. And he has LOTS of music. As an audiophile, he has always been on a lookout for a way for him to be able to stream his entire music library, even the family friendly edits, indie bands, and special editions. His favorite was Lala music, which was acquired by Apple and shutdown. And when Apple Music started deleting music off his computer, it was the last straw. So, what does music have to do with Daplie? The Internet is comprised of a bunch of servers, and AJ realized if he could build a simple server that even his non-technical family members could use, they (and in turn AJ) could create their own, more personal, internet experience. In the case of music, rather than renting a streaming service (like Spotify), he could own his own streaming service on his own server in his home.

How does Daplie work?

Daplie Cloud plugs into your home internet connection via ethernet and power. Then you create an account and choose a name for Cloud where you are going to access it, like “smithfamily.com.” And in less than 30 seconds, Cloud does all the hard technical stuff and creates your own Cloud System, complete with your own website, your own streaming services, and cloud storage. Then, you download the Daplie app on your different devices, and now you have access to all of your stuff on every device you own. Also, Cloud is smart and helps you to manage the storage on your devices. It automatically sends photos and videos safely and securely home to Cloud. That means no more running out of space on your phone, no more monthly storage fees, no more monthly streaming fees, and you own it. All of it. And, not even Daplie has access to your stuff.

How easy is it to set this up?

So easy that anyone can do it. Seems far fetched? Well, it isn’t. We have spent the last 5 years building new technologies that didn’t exist before to make it possible for our product to exist.

What are the benefits of using Daplie?

Privacy, Freedom, and Ownership. Rather than “who knows who” is always watching, lame restrictions, and renting your stuff back.

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Why should investors invest in Daplie?

We are building the platform for the future of privacy, freedom, and ownership for our entire digital lives. That includes data and devices. Especially as we transition into the future of the home where every device is connected to the Internet, we ensure that customers maintain their own autonomy from all the companies of the world.

Who is your ideal customer?

Our ideal customer is the general consumer. We have seen interest from all over the world and from almost every demographic.

What is your company culture?

Our company culture is one of transparency, openness, freedom, and empowerment.

How do you scale growth?

We scale by selling devices, selling content (movies, music, books, etc), our app store for 3rd party developers, and other revenues we can not yet discuss.

Where do you see Daplie in five years?

In 5 years, Daplie will be a household name and home servers will be commonplace.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

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Pixio PX347c Prime Review

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Today we’re reviewing Pixio’s latest Gaming Monitor the Pixio PX347c Prime. Pixio was generous enough to provide us with the monitor for this review. When we review products we try to pair the product with the correct demographic that would actually buy and use the product to ensure the review is accurate. Our Gaming Unit, which specifically write and review gaming products, were tasked to review the Pixio PX347c Prime and test it in real-life gamer-appropriate settings.

Our gaming unit built a custom PC for hardcore gaming and we decided to use Pixio PX347c Prime as our monitor of choice due to it’s 21:9 ultrawide screen format and the promised 100hz at a ridiculous price of $599. Our gaming unit review team comprised of hardcore competitive E-sports level gamers, your typical noobs, and technical savvy hardware geeks.

The Specs:

-34 inch WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) 3440 x 1440 pixels

-100Hz liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate

-Flicker Free, Low Blue Light

-Adaptive-Sync (80-100hz)

-178˚ Viewing Angle

-Anti-glare screen

-3000:1 Contrast Ratio, 50000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

-1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 1x DP connection

-21:9 or 4:3 Aspect Ratio

-PIP, PIPPOS, PBP

Price: $599 MSRP

If you’re looking at the list of features the Pixio PX347c Prime comes with and then look at the price, you’ll be hard press to not think it’s either a cheap Chinese knockoff or low-quality reproduction of an Acer Predator or BenQ monitor. Our doubts were put to rest upon opening the monitor. The monitor is definitely on the heavier side (never a bad thing) weighing in at easily 15-17 lbs.

Build quality & design

The Pixio PX347c Prime offers an elegant and simplistic design. Despite being a gamer-centic monitor targeting serious e-sports crowd, it doesn’t come with the angles, flares, and accents other gamer gear sports. Instead, it features an edge-to-edge curved monitor with a luxury matted black that’s fingerprint proof. It’s a heavy monitor, may require 2 people to assemble (to be safe), and it’s weight is reassuring of the build quality. The overall construction of the PX347c Prime is sturdy and feels reliable.

Navigation & Menu

Buttons to navigate the menu are hidden underneath the display panel and they’re embossed to give your fingers tactile clues to their function. Menu is fairly easy to navigate and Pixio added FPS gaming mode for their first person shooter gamers to enhance titles such as Call of Duty, Battlefront, Wolfenstein etc.  And there’s also RTS gaming mode for their real time strategy fans playing titles such as Starcraft II.

There’s also your basic functions to change various settings such as brightness, contrast, and other essentials. The menu was intuitive and easy enough to navigate without referring to the manual. It’s also responsive with very little delay time between inputs. Due to the size of the monitor, Pixio included PIP (picture in picture) feature in case you want to utilize the screen’s real estate to it’s fullest potential.

There’s also an added feature call Low Blue Light to protect your eyes from straining during long hours of work or using the monitor. These are well thought out features and their enhancement is highly noticeable, especially RTS mode.

Connectivity

Pixio went with the bare essentials and provided Dual link DVI, HDMI, and Display Port options. HDMI works, however Display Port is recommended to achieve consistent 100hz performance. Pixio included a beefy Display Port connector with the monitor.

The back panel where the ports are located has an annoying cover that’s difficult to take on and off.  Removal of the cover requires unnecessary and strenuous effort. Our gaming unit left the cover off after several attempts to put it back on.

“Removal of the cover requires unnecessary and strenuous effort.”

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The Stand

The stand is an obtuse angled V-shaped base made from a solid piece of metal. It’s a no-frills stand with limited tilt adjustability and easily screws onto the back of the monitor via a few small allen screws.It’s not pretty but it feels strong enough to securely hold up the monitor.

No Vesa Mount?

This was a bit of a surprise, given how well the build quality is and also the fact that Pixio sells their own custom Vesa mount. However, it’s a large enough monitor that you’d want to keep it at a distance rather than up close as you would with a 16:9 ratio monitor. For us, the monitor’s exceptional viewing angles and tilt adjustability was more than sufficient and didn’t seem to bother our gaming unit.

Screen Quality

We appreciated Pixio for not cheapening out on the screen. They could’ve used a cheaper alternative to meet this price point, but they opted to use a Samsung SVA screen panel with Adaptive-Sync support to produce the beautiful 34″ display at 3440×1440 resolution. This resulted in higher image quality, incredible blacks, great consistent whites, and vibrant range of colors. The viewing angle was good and didn’t suffer from any color shifting.

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“The screen delivers incredible blacks,  great uniformity on whites, and vibrant colors.”

Pixio PX347c Prime’s Refresh Rate

100hz at 3440 x 1440 resolution typically are found between the $700 – $1200 range of monitors. The Acer Predator X34 offers 60/100hz ultrawide at $999, AOC AG352UCG runs similar specs at $952, and Samsung C34H890 will cost you $1139. So you can see why the $599 price tag is literally one of the best selling proposition Pixio has to offer. But does the refresh rate truly hold up or is this just a diluted promise that’s only applicable under specific settings/configurations?

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In order to get the best performance and crank out consistent tear-free 100hz gaming, you’ll need to use Display Port. This monitor supports Adaptive-Sync and will boost performance if you’re using an AMD setup that supports it. If you’re using an Nvidia graphics card, you can disable Adaptive-Sync and still get rock solid performance if you’re running a higher powered graphics card (1070+).

From our test, the monitor was able to deliver great performance at 60 – 80hz in 60hz mode.  Built-in Adaptive-Sync range goes up to 100hz and provides tear-free rendering of games. However the benefits of the 100hz is only good if you’re running over 60+ FPS. Anything lower than 60FPS, you’ll notice significant performance drop and tearing.

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The Pixio PX347c Prime delivered exceptional tear-free silky smooth gaming experience when we played Doom on ultra setting using an Asus Strix 1080Ti outputting over 100FPS. There were no screen tears, monitor delays, or even a single skipped frame when running at 100hz. Pixio lived up to their “liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate” promised under our tests.

On the other hand, when using a lower-end graphics card that couldn’t muster even 60FPS, we were better off turning Adaptive Sync off. Once we turned Adaptive Sync off, performance was fine.

“Pixio lived up to their “liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate” promised”

Gaming Experience

The spacious digital real estate of the Pixio PX347c Prime’s gorgeous 34″ WQHD 3440 x 1440 pixels screen provided a whole new experience for many of our testers. The sheer amount of visibly you gain can provide a competitive edge in shooting and rts games because you can see at least 35% more of the map.

We tested titles such as Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Witcher 3, and Doom. The overall gaming experience on the 347c is mesmerizing and once you’ve experienced it, you can’t go back to a regular 16:9 aspect ratio monitor without feeling the loss.

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Response time 

The Pixio 347c Prime’s response time was around 8ms, which isn’t terrible, but higher than we’d preferred.

 

Verdict – A Definite Buy

It’s clear that Pixio knew who their customers were, what their customers wanted, and engineered a monitor to fit exactly that. The Pixio PX347c Prime is an absolute beast when it comes to gaming performance. It packs silk smooth performance at 100hz, Adaptive-Sync, stunningly beautiful monitor that displays beautiful colors & rich black, and comes in at 34″ with 3440 x 1440 pixels…for $599. Like every monitor on the market the Pixio PX347c Prime certainly has a few cons, however we’d hardly call it “cons” since they weren’t building a monitor for everybody. They built a gaming monitor for gamers, and the gamers that tested the monitor only cared about one thing – performance. And the one thing that gamers cared about was the one thing that Pixio delivered with flying colors.

Interested in buying the Pixio PX347c Prime? Get it for $599 on Amazon. 

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Dreampad: Sleep Technology That Calms Anxiety

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Some people can fall asleep anywhere in any situation. Unfortunately for others, that is not the case. Randall Redfield, Co-Founder of Dreampad is trying to solve this problem. He appeared on Shark Tank to pitch Dreampad. Not only did he create a pillow, Randall Redfield is on a mission to create products that uses neurotechnology to improve brain function. Dreampad is a pillow that converts music into vibrations that travels internally to your inner ear at prices starting at $149. It can be set to play your favorite soothing music or even sounds of waves as it guides your mind into relaxation. You can control the volume, music, and timer through an app. They even allow you to test out the music for Dreampad so you’ll know exactly which one is right for you.

What’s fascinating is the technology and science behind the pillow. You’ve heard of devices like the Fitbit measuring your sleep, but Dreampad has a goal to put you to sleep. As stated on their Kickstarter, “The Dreampad plays music through Intrasound Technology™, which converts sound into gentle vibrations that travel directly to your inner ear. This process signals the nervous system to relax, calming your body and mind. It’s safe, comfortable for all ages, supported by research, and it works.” Not only that, but they also make the music in-house for the Dreampad, like their rhythmic breathing breathing program that mimics the sound of a wave.

There may be nights where you’re stressed about your startup, thinking about how to get your next 100 customers or how you will make your employees lives easier. The best thing to do in this situation is usually to relax so you can tackle those business details with an open mind. Startup leaders suffer from multiple levels of anxiety. The technology that Dreampad introduced is trying to cure your sleepless nights. The Dreampad pillow is scientifically proven to reduce stress and engage the nervous system’s relaxation response. So instead of sitting at your desk at home basking in the glow of your computer, take a moment to free your mind.

 

We gave the pillow a try to see if it lives up to the hype. And, IT DOES! The music is very much contained to the pillow itself, and anyone laying next to you will not be able to hear it. It works in any sleeping position, so you don’t have to alter how you sleep. We received the medium Dreampad and it was delightfully fully and comfortable. It was like sinking into a cloud while listening to beach waves. The bluetooth option is fantastic if you don’t want your phone directly next to you. The only concern was having a pillowcase to fit the pillow. Not only is there a fear of getting it dirty, but it always makes your hair staticky. However, the material feels very high-end and soft to the touch. Overall, Dreampad really helped with falling asleep and decreasing anxieties.

It may take a few tries before getting use to the Dreampad pillow, as with any pillow. Knowing your favorite type of pillow is key when choosing one that fits your comfort. Dreampad comes in slim, medium, firm, and memory foam. Because of the technology that’s inside the pillow, it cannot be machine washed, so having a pillow case for it is something to keep in mind. As the hard-working entrepreneur that you are, it’s definitely worth a try. There are many things that you need to think about during the day. Figuring out how to fall asleep should not be one of them.

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Top 6 best GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card of 2017

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Here at Owner’s Mag, we seek out the top 5 best GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card for entrepreneurs and startup founders of all type. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to receive and test several mid-range to high-end GPU and write a review on the top 5 GPU picks of 2017. The GeForce GTX 1080 graphic card is the latest GPU from NVIDIA. 3rd Party manufacturers produce their own 1080 versions often with better specs and cooling than the original. All the 3rd party cards utilize the GTX 1080 and provide similar performance, but some have better cooling solution or better clock speed. This review breaks down the top 10 3rd party 1080 GTX you can buy in 2017.

6. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G OC

We first received the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 TI Gaming X 11G OC and was impressed with the packaging MSI provided and the massive fans mounted on top. And as typical of MSI, the instructions were abyssmal at best, however manageable. This GPU has everything it takes to be considered amongst the top 1080TI GPU, except it’s strange lighting. Fundamentally there are two LEDs and one of them is constantly red, but you can only change the other’s color. Which is strange…because why would you want this mismatched color scheme on your GPU?  Besides the lighting, the massive fans do a solid job keeping the GPU cool at all times even under stressful gaming situations.  And the software MSI packaged with the GPU is actually useful and can be displayed as an overlay while you’re in game, a useful feature we wish more GPU provides. MSI’s very own Afterburner overclocking software is best in the industry. Although there are more pros and cons, the $779 price tag leaves much to be desired.

Buy MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G OC for $759

 

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