Glidecraft S600 is the closest you’ll get to a practical hoverboard

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, chances are that you’ve heard about the Lexus hoverboard that supposedly lets you glide around like Marty McFly from Back to the future 2. What you may not know, however, is the fact that it isn’t a real hoverboard. Yes, it hovers in mid air and it is a board, but in order to ride it you need a special kind of track filled with magnets and you need to refill it with liquid nitrogen every 10 minutes. A process which takes roughly 10-15 minutes to begin with.

On top of that it’s incredibly difficult to ride. So difficult, in fact, that it took a professional skater Ross Mcgouran, who has been skating for about two decades, six months to ride the hoverboard well enough to shoot for the commercial. It basically feels like you’re walking a tightrope or “an invisible air rail” as Ross describes it.

It’s just not practical

I hope I didn’t ruin your childhood dreams just now, but as far as we know, there isn’t a real and practical hoverboard out there just yet.

Sure, there are a few startups here and there who are either working with hovering technology powered by magnets or something along the lines of huge drones, but if you want to take a ride on something as rad as the gravity defying pink hoverboard featured in Back to The Future 2 right now, it’s just not going to happen. Sorry.

What about that awkward “mini Segway”?

For quite a while now various companies have been taking advantage of the hoverboard craze and misleading us by labeling a miniature version of the Segway with no handlebars as a “hoverboard” when in fact it doesn’t hover at all and you have to be rather messed up in the head for it to resemble anything remotely board-like.

They are also known for spontaneous combustion, exploding and they’re definitely not as safe in terms of balancing as the classic four wheeled skateboard is. Still, it’s more than possible to learn to ride one and once you do, chances are you’ll become very good. Some have even said it’s like riding a bike.

Glidecraft hoverboard S600

All this aside, you can now buy a hoverboard from Glidecraft, a New Jersey based startup, who seems to be on the right track with their latest model, the S600.

Glidecraft s600 hoverboard ynef

Unlike its predecessors, the S600 features just one wheel in the center of what appears to be a rather futuristic looking skateboard and when I first saw the video where people rode the thing, at certain angles it truly looked as if the skater was hovering in mid air because you couldn’t see the wheel. The cool LED light show that surrounds the board also helps to make the illusion complete, especially at night.

With a top speed at around 10 miles per hour, it can ride up a slope without problems thanks to its powerful electric motor and certified Lithium Ion batteries that last approximately 3 hours before needing to be recharged.

Because of its self balancing features and the fact that you can stand on it as you would stand on a normal skateboard, a position which by the way is a lot safer, the chances of falling on your ass are greatly diminished unlike with the “mini Segway” where you stand horizontally on top of a two wheeler with its center of gravity working against you.

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List of all Diep.io Tier 3 upgrades available at Level 45 (Ultimate)

As many of you already know, Diep.io is a crazy 2D multiplayer tank shooter game which resembles the classic Agar.io in many ways. The only big difference between the two games is the fact that in Diepio you, and a bunch of other players on the arena, control tanks instead of a cell on a petri dish and the goal is to shoot your way to the top by destroying all other enemy tanks.

In my previous articles I have already shown you how to get started in Diep.io if you’re a newbie and listed all the possible upgrades that will become available to you after reaching level 30. But that’s not all! There is a final tier ready and waiting to be unlocked which can only happen if you manage to survive long enough to get to level 45.

It’s a remarkable feat and not many of us can achieve that. If you find it difficult due to numerous high tier tanks constantly killing you, you might want to try your luck in a Diepio private server where there aren’t that many players around and gain more experience that way.

Diep IO Octotank Upgrade at Tier 3 Level 45

List of Tier 3 upgrades

Tier 3 is the final frontier in Diep.io and not many of us can say they’ve been there. Even if you somehow manage to achieve level 45 and upgrade your tank, you can quickly fall victim to the hundreds of envy rival tanks who are now targeting you because of your high rank. It’s glorious to be on top, but dangerous at the same time. Here’s a list of the ultimate upgrades from the final tier.

Octotank

The Octotank can be upgraded from either the Quad Tank or Twin Flank upon reaching level 45 and is the most widely used tank for farming points.

There’s not a lot you can do against a tank so powerful because it can fire in all eight directions and the mere sight of this monster is usually enough to send everyone running in fear.

The only reasonable way to try and attack this beast is by using level 45 Triplets, Destroyers and Overseers with their Penetration ability maxed out. It is also vulnerable against anything with a high Reload speed.

TripletTriplet can be upgraded from Triple Shot and with its massive frontal cannon sided with two smaller guns, it will arguably provide the highest Damage Per Second in the entire game.

You can use the massive firepower to help you escape enemies because as you shoot, you get propelled backwards. The same feature can be a pain in the ass in case you are chasing an enemy and shooting at it at the same time because your cannons will noticeably reduce your speed.

This tank has no further upgrades.

PentashotPentashot is an upgrade from Triple Shot and has a total of five cannons stacked closely against one another.

With its high penetration ability, nothing can reach you and it is considered one of the most powerful tank classes available.

However because it doesn’t have cannons in the back, a smaller tank with higher maneuverability can easily strike you from behind.

OverlordOverlord is an upgrade to the Overseer and just like its predecessor, it can spawn the same amount of minions, only faster.

The minions produced are relative to your Reload ability and if you do not command them, they’ll passively surround you as a form of a shield.

The main weakness of the Overlord are most rapid fire tanks such as the Octo and Triangle tanks.

NecromancerNecromancer can be upgraded from the Overseer as well and like the name suggests, it can summon the dead, in this case, yellow squares, as its minions to aid in battle.

When you touch or kill a yellow square it will become your minion and you can have an army of up to 30 of these which makes the Necromancer one of the most powerful foes in the field.

As a Necromancer, your best bet is to target the Snipers and Destroyers.

ManagerThe Manager is the third upgrade available at level 45 from the Overseer. Just like the Overseer, it controls its minions to inflict damage.

Simply hold down the left click to have your minions follow the mouse and hold the right click to have them repel it.

The Manager has a slightly slower minion spawn rate due to its single cannon. Stand still for 3-4 seconds and you’ll become invisible!

Triple TwinTriple Twin is a Twin Flank upgrade that has three double barrels on all sides.

It is mainly used for crowd control just like the more powerful Octotank. With Triple Twin you can simply sit around the pentagon spawn area and spam for more points.

Nobody will want to get in your way because you can shoot at almost all the angles. Each of the three double barrels are as powerful as one Twin Shot.

StalkerStalker is a rather awkward looking tank, upgradable from the Assassin, with a long and narrowing cannon pointing in only one direction.

If you stand still, you’ll become invisible just like the Manager, but you will forfeit the invisibility cloak as soon as you either move or shoot.

Like the name suggests, this tank is great for sneaking up to your enemy and performing a surprise attack or recovering hit points by staying idle.

RangerRanger is another upgrade possible from the Assassin class and it will increase your vision as well as field of view further.

You will be able to see more of the map and nearby enemies. It has even more range than the Stalker, but unfortunately the extraordinary ability to see the farthest is the only thing the Ranger is really good at.

The best strategy with the Ranger is to keep your distance and shoot long range so your enemy never knew who hit them.

FighterThe Fighter is an upgrade from Tri-Angle and was fully released into the game just a few days ago on June 4’th, 2016.

It has a total of five barrels and kind of resembles an Octotank although it isn’t that powerful.

Not a lot of information about this other than the fact that it has a fan-made name.

BoosterBooster is another upgrade possible from advancing the Tri-Angle class and as of today, it’s the fastest tank in the game.

The Booster, just like the Fighter, has a fan-made name and was released on the 4th of June.

Not a lot is known about this tank other than its Boosting ability in which you no longer need to use the WASD keys in order to move because the force from firing all those cannons at the back is enough to push you forward at a high speed.

HybridHybrid can be upgraded from the Destroyer and adds an additional cannon at the back of your tank.

The Hybrid has the ability to summon up to two minions, but unlike the Overseer and Overlord, you can’t control your minions directly. They will simply destroy anything that’s nearby.

The bullets are very powerful, but you’ll find it difficult to aim so the best strategy is try and retake enemy turrets as the target is stationary and big.

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Glidecraft hoverboard is the ultimate toy for gamers

What Disney turned into a video game some time ago, you can own in real life. The all new one wheel skateboard is probably the closest thing you will get to levitating in air. Since the wheel is in the center, when you are riding this new one wheel hoverboard to everyone, it looks like you are suspended in air. Since most video gamers are not the biggest workout enthusiast, they made moving on this new hover skateboard easier than any classic 4 wheel skateboard around.

One wheel hoverboard Glidecraft

When you turn it on, it assists you on your balance which from what I know its the only one of its kind. Every other skateboard takes weeks, maybe months to learn not to hurt yourself, but this new Glidecraft model it takes literally minutes and then it rides like you were born to be on one.

One wheel scooter Glidecraft hoverboard

The reason the S600 is the ultimate must have for any gamer is because it gets you to go outside! These boards are so much fun that going out just became way more attractive. Because many people will think that hoverboards don’t give you much of a workout, we have included this hoverboard workout video from youtube. Even though you are not walking, you still get quite the workout just from standing and balancing on one, especially if you take it outside on pavement.

Glidecraft one wheel hoverboard

The most important part is that you are having loads of fun while riding. These new skateboards gave me more satisfaction than most of the games I’ve played so far!

This new Hover skateboard looks way better than the original hoverboards for sale and they go just as fast, 10-12 miles per hour. They are lighter in weight, there is a handle to hold it. They feel way more durable.

If you put your feet close together you can actually jump up a curb with one, which I felt the regular two wheel hoverboards were missing. At first the $550.00 retail looked a little scary, but when looking at the price of most electric longboards and other electric scooters and comparing it to the workmanship of this unit, its well worth it.

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Run 4 is a forward running game featuring a cute little alien creature in space

Run 4 is a game similar to Temple Run and the likes where your character will automatically run forward and you have to either jump or move using the arrow keys to avoid obstacles. I first heard about Run 4 upon visiting the Run 4 Unblocked website which is set up to help players who are unable to access the game directly due to network restrictions or other types of censorship. Good work guys!

In Run 4 you control a gray alien creature who has two cute antennas on its head and the goal is to get him safely at the end of the level without falling off the platforms.

One of the interesting things about this game is that there doesn’t seem to be a “game over” and you can fail hundreds of times without it negatively affecting your gameplay whatsoever.

Run 4 Game review by ynef.net

First impression

I immediately noticed the rather upbeat and positive background music, which kind of resembles a strange mixture of my own experimental music and electronic music from the 90’s, but with a more happier dream/techno kind of touch.

On top of that I was fairly quickly engulfed into the fast paced gameplay and since the first few levels were incredibly easy, I found myself on level 40 in just under 15 minutes which is where things get a little more complex.

Gameplay

As I previously mentioned, your character is a little gray alien creature that you control with your arrow keys (for movement) and the space key (for jumping).

The alien will start running forward immediately once the game starts, but because the first couple of levels are very simple and straightforward, you shouldn’t find it difficult to get your bearings and an overall feel for the game’s physics.

I was a little surprised at how far the creature can actually jump and thought that the game was way too easy at first, but this all changed after I reached around level 40 where things get more… interesting.

Further into the game

Not only do you have to avoid falling into the void by jumping over huge gaps in the platforms at high speed, you must also take note of the walls and the ceiling because these too can be used to run forward.

If you jump towards any wall, the room will rotate and the wall becomes the floor under your feet. Because of this multi-dimensional approach, the game can get quite challenging as the levels increase because you have to consider all the angles and at the same time keep yourself from falling off into nothingness.

Watch out for the falling floor

Just when you think it couldn’t get any more difficult, a new type of floor appears that can only be jumped on once and then it will slowly fall away. It’s nothing serious at first, but at higher levels the falling floor tiles are interconnected which means that half of the floor can simply vanish from under your feet just by touching one tile.

The only advice I can give you is that you should try to avoid jumping on those falling tiles until there’s nowhere left to jump and hope that the level ends before all of the floor is gone!

Conclusion

Overall Run 4 is a great game to play at work when you’re on a break because it will help your brain to relax while still keeping you awake thanks to the fast paced gameplay and upbeat music. It doesn’t require long periods of thinking, but fast reaction towards the changes in the environment.

Oh and by the way, if you’re an oldschool gamer, you might find it very similar to an old DOS game called Skyroads which I enjoyed playing on my first personal computer way back in the day.

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Diep.io higher tiers and upgrades explained (advanced)

In my previous post about the latest free to play multiplayer tank game, Diep.io, I mainly talked about how the game works and what to do if you’re just starting out. I also briefly mentioned the first tier that can be unlocked when reaching level 15, but in case you didn’t know, there’s plenty of more upgrades and tiers to gain so in this article I will explain what you can achieve in the game once you reach the pro gamer levels.

Also note that If you are unable to access Diep.io directly due to your host’s restrictions which is very common in workplaces and educational institutions, you might want to check out one of the diepio unblocked websites or simply use a free web proxy like ProxySite, although the connection there can be very slow.

diep io invincible tank

Tier 2 and beyond

There are a total of 4 main tiers in the game starting with tier 0 (the starter tier) and each new tier can be unlocked by gaining an additional 15 levels. For example you will unlock tier #1 when you reach level 15, tier 2 at level 30 and tier 3 at level 45 which is currently the final tier that can be reached.

With every new tier that you unlock, you get to choose an upgrade for your tank. Needless to say, those upgrades make you better, faster, stronger and harder to kill.

Since I already explained the first tier in my other article, I will start with Tier 2, but you should know that you are stuck with whichever upgrade you decided choose at level 15 so it’s advised to think it through carefully in the beginning!

You can only choose an upgrade in tier 2 and beyond based on the upgrade you chose at tier 1 (level 15).

Diep.io Tier 2 explained

This tier will become available to you after reaching level 30 and with it come new upgrades to your base tank model taking you this much closer to becoming an invincible killing machine.

Twin shot upgrades

Reach level 30 with the Twin Shot upgrade from tier 1 and you get to choose between either the Triple Shot, which gives you a triple barreled gun, or the Twin Flank, which acts exactly as the flank guard from tier 1, except you now have two barrels.

Machine gun upgrades

If you chose the Machine Gun from tier 1, you now have the option to further advance it by choosing between the Destroyer, which fires slowly, but packs some serious weapons damage, and The Gunner, which is an advanced form of the Triplet and has two long barrels instead of one.

Sniper upgrades

When you reach level 30 with the Sniper upgrade, you can turn it into either an Assassin, Overseer or the Hunter.

The Assassin will improve your weapons range, damage and bullet speed just like the Sniper, but it’s way more powerful than its 1st tier counterpart.

The Overseer is an interesting choice and one of the most dangerous enemies to be around when you’re a newbie because it can summon up to 8 red triangle minions that the player can control with their mouse and kill almost everyone easily. It can also be used as a type of shield by circling the triangles around yourself.

The Hunter shoots projectiles the same way a regular shotgun does by firing out a bunch of small pellets from a single barrel that spread around the area in front of you. Anyone caught in between the blast will find it very difficult to maneuver between the bullets.

The only downside with the Hunter upgrade is the fact that it can’t be further improved when reaching tier 3 at level 45.

Flank guard upgrades

With the flank guard upgrades, you get to choose between 3 ways to advance your tank:

  • Twin Flank – Has two barrels at both sides of the tank.
  • Tri-Angle – Gives you two smaller barrels at the back and one main barrel in the front. With this upgrade your tank will become faster due to the two extra guns that boost you forward which makes it easier to chase down your enemies.
  • Quad Tank – This one has guns on all four sides of your tank and is one of the most impossible monsters to escape, especially if you’re a small beginner tank. With this upgrade you are guaranteed to crush many foes.

This covers all the upgrades available at level 30 with the 2nd tier. If you are interested in reading about Tier 3, you can subscribe to my newsletter and I will let you know once the article is out, or you can simply read the detailed Diep.io wiki page about Tiers for yourself.

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Customer service quotes and tips to improve your company’s help desk

I absolutely love it how Gregory Ciotti from HelpScout believes that customer service can and should be considered your #1 marketing channel mainly because by taking care of your existing customers first, you immediately attract more interested prospects your way thanks to one of the most cost effective marketing techniques available to you- the word of mouth exposure from loyal and happy clients.

In this article I will share some of the things I learned about how to provide better customer service from managing a Get Paid To website for more than 6 years and to spice things up, I’ll leave you pondering upon a few smart customer service quotes from famous people.

First class service

Facts to help put things in perspective

Did you know that out of all dissatisfied customers, only about 4% actually voice out their concerns and the rest give up after just one negative experience?

Or that a whopping 78% of new clients bail out on their intended purchase only because they feel like there’s nobody there to help them in the event they run into problems?

Source: “Understanding Customers” by Ruby Newell-Legner

Make customer satisfaction your top priority

It is estimated that one loyal customer is worth up to 10 times as much as their initial purchase so the time and money spent on acquiring new clients, while your loyal customers are quitting, makes absolutely no sense if a decent ROI means anything at all to you and your company.

I remember the first few years as a GPT owner where I was desperately seeking out new advertisers for my Paid to Click section and purchased a ton of ads on various other sites without getting a considerable return. I kept doing this for a while until I realized that it was not about seeking out new customers, it was about making sure the old ones came back to spend more money on my services.

This realization served as a breaking point for me because I ended up saving thousands of dollars that I would have otherwise spent on useless ad campaigns simply by taking care of my lost and confused customers first thing in the morning.

Keep an eye out on repeating questions

Over time you may notice a pattern regarding the most common issues and questions about your services. In most cases this will help you figure out the flaws in your main sales pitch as well as the Frequently Asked Questions section that any business should have.

Even if you personally believe that you’ve explained everything perfectly, are you sure a complete stranger can understand what you’re trying to say? Sometimes it helps to have a friend or coworker read through your content and provide helpful insight by pointing out things that may be confusing to others.

Additionally you may want to conduct a customer satisfaction survey from time to time to really understand what your clients are expecting from you.

Make a client feel important

Everyone loves to feel important, especially that angry and overly emotional customer with a negative experience. So before you let them project their feelings to you, take a step back and try to calm them down by assuring them that their issue has your undivided attention.

Trust me, having a mad client flame you and your company because you couldn’t handle a little criticism is one of the worst things that can happen to you and your reputation, but if you actually put effort into fixing the situation, they are more than likely to recommend you to all of their friends in the future.

Top five customer service quotes

Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who will work hard enough to bring them about. – Ashleigh Brilliant

Discover what is unique about each person and capitalize on it. – Marcus Buckingham

If you love your company and love what you do, you will serve your customers better—period! – Tom Peters

We treated our customers like our best friends. You don’t route your best friend’s call to an automated system! – Derek Sivers

Consumers are statistics. Customers are people. – Stanley Marcus

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Intro to Diep.io with basic explanation of different tiers and classes

At first glance Diep.io might look like just another boring Agar.io clone, but once you’ve played the game for a few minutes, it becomes clear that there’s way more depth to the game than you’d expect from a simple browser based multi player pixel game.

In Diep io you control a tank with a massive cannon and unlike in Agar.io, where you are nothing but a cell on a petri dish, you can purchase upgrades to your tank and its cannon for points that you gain by destroying your enemies.

With a total of 4 different tiers, 20 classes and 8 stat upgrades that you can max out by collecting points either by killing other players or randomly spawning static enemies, Diep io is guaranteed to provide hours worth of exciting, competitive and addictive gameplay.

Diep.io user ynef Level 17 Twin cannon barrels

How to move and shoot

Unlike in other similar games where all the movement is controlled by the mouse, there are two ways you can move your tank around the area: either by using the arrow keys on your keyboard or the WASD letters familar to some people from First Person Shooters.

To shoot bullets you need to aim the far end of your cannon towards an enemy using the mouse and then perform either a single shot by clicking the left mouse button once, or shooting continuously by holding it down.

How to gain points

One of the easiest ways to collect points early on is not by shooting other players, but by killing various static enemy shapes that don’t return fire. You will gain a different amount of points for killing the enemies based on their shape and color:

The yellow square is the easiest to destroy taking only two direct shots even with the most basic cannon to kill. You are rewarded with 10 points per kill.

Next comes the red triangle which is slightly harder to break, but rewards the user with 15 points. I recommend upgrading your bullet damage at least a couple of times before going after the red ones.

Finally there is the blue pentagon which is a pretty tough nut to crack for a newbie so it’s advised to stay away at least in the beginning. You can gain a whopping 130 points by killing it though so make sure to try shooting them after you’ve upgraded your weapons!

Diep.io tank tiers and classes explained

There are a total of four different tank tiers in the game, all of which have many classes under them that massively boost your firepower capabilities. Needless to say, you start at Tier 0 which is the Starter Tier. You are stuck with it until reaching level 15 where the first class upgrade becomes available.

Tier 1 (Level 15)

This is a tier that’s relatively easy to reach and, depending on the competition, won’t normally take longer than a few minutes. Once you reach level 15 by destroying your enemies, you get to choose from 4 main classes:

  • Twin – You will receive an additional cannon barrel and effectively double the amount of bullets you shoot.
  • Flank guard – A tier 1 class upgrade that adds a half barrel at the back of your tank so you can shoot in both directions. This can be useful in crowded areas as well as escaping.
  • Machine gun – Another tier 1 class upgrade which gives you a wider barrel for faster shooting, but reduces your overall accuracy.
  • Sniper – By choosing this upgrade your bullets gain speed and do more damage. Good for long range shooting as the bullets don’t slow down.

Other tiers

The next milestone is Tier 2 at level 30 where you can choose from an additional 8 different classes and finally there is Tier 3 that can be unlocked by reaching level 45 with the most powerful class upgrades available in the game. It will take a long time to get here, but it’s definitely worth it as your name will be among the top players for the world to see!

Check out this detailed wiki page to learn more about different tiers and classes.

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