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Category Archives: Technology

Find Good Cheap Cell Phone

The first step in finding a good cheap cell phone is to know your budget. Having an idea of how much you are willing to spend is one way of finding a good cheap cell phone. There are several budget smartphones that are offered by several big brands of mobile phones. You can find a good cheap cell phone from phone manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung and Alcatel. These mobile phone companies know that there is a huge demand for budget phones, and they are consistently releasing new lines of mid ranged smartphones that are affordable to the general consumer.

Know what features you will most likely use on a regular basis. High end smartphones offer a vast array of cutting edge features that can prove to be unnecessary for an average phone user. Budget smartphones that have Wi-Fi connectivity, decent processor speed and expandable memory are good enough features that can deem them worthy to be called as smartphones.

People who are looking for a good cheap cell phone that can be used for basic functions can consider sacrificing some of the modern features offered by expensive smartphones like processors with multiple cores, HD screen resolution, high megapixel camera and enhanced graphics display. However, even without these added features, a good cheap cell phone can provide you with decent graphics for games and movies as well as internet connectivity. Android based phones are cheaper than iPhones, but their features can have some similarities. Sometimes the brand of the phone can have an influence to its price. So when choosing a good cheap cell phone it would be best if you select based on its features and specifications rather than the brand.

It is important to remember that the cheapest phones may not always be the best options. There are several cloned smartphones that are being sold in the market today that lists all the features of a high end smartphone. But these are not the same quality and can get easily broken. It is always smart to buy a good cheap cell phone from a trusted mobile phone company.

PC Running Perfectly

Eliminate Old Files

When many of files is taking up the majority of files in a computer, it can cause the computer to run slower over all. It will take longer to start up basic word programs, load web pages, and so on. Many free email services give space to save documents and pictures, or these files can be stored on a flash drive to free up space on your computer. Many consumers notice an improved performance after cleaning out their computer.

Get Rid of Malware

Malware is similar to a virus, but it can cause an increase of damage to computers. For example, malware can infect a computer and then cause the cooling system to stop working, resulting in a computer that is overheated. After this, the computer’s hard drive will no longer work. The only solution is usually to buy a new computer.

Instead of dealing with this hassle, download a free program that is designed to specifically get rid of malware. Once the malware on a computer has been eliminated, many users notice an increase in speed and a brighter picture.

Keep it Clean

Cleaning a PC should be a part of every people weekly dusting routine. Computers can accumulate a bit of dust on the screen, keyboards and, for desk top computers, on the hard drive. Once this dust makes its way inside of a computer, it can have a disastrous impact. Dust is also one of the most common causes of computers overheating.

Fan Filters

Specialized products can help cut dust that has the potential to make it into the inner parts of a computer’s hardware. A variety of 120 mm fan filters are available for computer owners to purchase. The size does not have to be 120 mm, as the size may vary depending on the computer. It is vital to contact a specialist for help with their product if the computer owner is unsure of whether a 120 mm, 80 mm or other size would be best.

These help prevent dust from ever getting inside of computers in the first place, eliminating the risk of damage caused by dust, and are available in different sizes. If a computer does not have in internal fan, a filter of about 120 mm will usually fit inside the grille of the computer, and serves the same purpose.

Improve Technology Skills

1) Improve your typing speed

Time yourself initially and see how many words you can type per minute. By and by try to type more per minute. Practice a little every day and you will get better and better at it.

2) Teach yourself how to pick up good stuff from the internet

When you come across something that interests you over the web, use your rational logic and ask yourself, “Is this going to help or hurt me?” Make a choice and carry it out. In this way extract always the good stuff and filter out the bad from the web.

3) Don’t always rely on the tech guy

Things like formatting your computer can easily be done by you instead of always calling in the tech guy. Learn and relearn and you will find yourself to be an expert at it.

4) Learn new programming skills

What programming skills do you currently possess? What is new out there? Research and find out. Go through the modern languages which you do not know yet and improve your programming skills. The more you keep them in practice, the better you get at them. Try to code every day for one hour or so and maintain it. It will add to your expertise.

5) Get more acquainted with Microsoft Office and Adobe products

For instance, getting familiar with new features of Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat Reader/PDF Writer will allow you to soar high. The more you know about them, the more skilled you get, which might be beneficial for your digital tasks at home or office.

Comfortable Over Ear Headphones

AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio Headphones

Yet another strong contender for the most comfortable over-ear headphones. The AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio Headphones boasts some really great qualities that make it comfortable to wear on those long waits or walks. Its sound quality and durability also make it quite popular for people commuting to work or just taking a walk around town, they are also an excellent pair of DJ headphones.

Comfort: The AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio Headphones really shines in terms of its overall comfort. It deserves at least 5 stars in this department as you can wear it for hours without having to worry about your ears being irritated. Its headband is also adjustable to optimize the comfort that it can provide for anyone who wants to wear them.

Durability: Three stars in this department. Of course, as long as you won’t actively try to break them, it’ll probably last for a while.

Quality: The AKG K 240 MK II Stereo Studio Headphones have an overall good sound, earning it at least 4 stars in terms of good sound delivery.

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Over Ear Headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Over Ear Headphones is a good set of headphones that you can use for a wide variety of activities from just listening to good ol’ music, listening to an audio book or audio drama, or maybe even a language tutorial. Having something like the Bowers & Wilkins P7 Over Ear Headphones is certainly a blessing in this noisy world of ours.

Comfort: It’s pads mold to the contours of the wearer’s ears and head, earning up to at least 4 stars in terms of comfort.

Durability: While not as tough as most other headphones, they are still very well built. It earns at least 3 stars in this regard as it will last its users quite a while unless they make an active effort of trying to break it.

Quality: Great quality build, earning it a good 4 stars in terms of its sound delivery.

Polk Audio AM5118-A Buckle Over-Ear Headphones

The Polk Audio AM5118-A Buckle Over-Ear Headphones is a headset you’ll want to have while you travel around. Feel its comfort as you either walk or drive through the countryside while you listen to any music of your choosing.

Comfort: The Polk Audio AM5118-A Buckle Over-Ear Headphones is one of the more comfortable headphones in this selection and easily has up to five stars in terms of being the most comfortable of over-ear headphone.

Durability: Lightweight and durable, the Polk Audio AM5118-A Buckle Over-Ear Headphones is the ideal companion for long journeys, earning it a good 4 stars in terms of durability.

Quality: Great audio and control that’s also handy for phone calls.

Look for in Android Phone

1. Design: You want your phone to look good. It should be worth showing around in a party. But along with that, you don’t want it to be too fragile to handle. Obviously, not every phone can be like the sturdy Nokia 1100. That mobile set is a legend. The trend today is having a sleek, 5-inch display smart phone.

2. Battery life: The main problem with phones today is the poor battery life. It takes a full night to get charged and hardly 4 hours to be dead. You can always think of buying an external battery charger. However, the expense of possessing one adds up to your bill. Therefore, while purchasing an Android smart phone, keep in mind the battery life and the battery capacity of the phone.

3. Camera: For most of the people, more megapixels mean a better smart phone. Who doesn’t want a good picture? After all, not everyone knows or wants a DSLR. ABe it posting to social networking sites like Facebook or uploading the pictures in Instagram, taking photos through your smart phone makes things easier. However, do not only look for the number of mega pixels on offer but the lens quality as well as it is not only the number of mega pixels that determine picture quality.

4. Expandable Storage: Some phones do not allow you to expand the storage capacity. So if you have an internal capacity of 16 GB, you cannot add in more storage even if you need it. Most of us use 16 GB for music alone. You need at least 32 GB of storage to store your music and games. Game files can alone can take up storage space of 1 GB or more.

5. OS Version: Android OS names are complex. Did you hear about gingerbread, jelly-bean ice cream and kit-kat? Well, they are some of the names of the Android operating systems we have today. Even though they sound yummy, for a layman they are very complex to understand. Try to go in for the latest Android OS to ensure compatibility with all apps.

Remove Music Album From IDevice

Now that you have a brand new copy of U2’s album in iTunes on your iPod Touch, your Mac your iPhone or your iPad and you want to remove it. Some users might be in shock with the automatic download of the album without any extra effort. However, it is possible to remove it if you follow the steps involved.

Working on iTunes with Desktop

The album has just got automatically downloaded to your iTunes when you accessed it. You can easily get rid of it by Albums-> Songs of Innocence-> Delete, there it is gone. Another thing is about purchases from an automatic download that needs to be stopped too. To do it, navigate to launch iTunes->Preferences-> Store tab and now deselect the option of Downloads box.

The album is available in the purchases of iTunes, if you want to hide it from there too then:

Launch iTunes->Quick Links-> Purchased, when you hover on the album an X mark will appear, click this to hide it.

Working with iDevice

When you open a song file, and you see a cloud icon then it indicates that the song is not currently on your device. This means that no extra space is acquired by the song file on your device as it is on the cloud. You can download it on your device.

If the cloud icon is not present then it means that the song is already in your device, you might have already downloaded it. This means that you can delete it, go to Music app->Album, from within the album you can select each song and swipe them to be deleted.

If the song or album is on the cloud then you can only hide it. To hide it, navigate to Settings-> Music-> Show All Music, and then turn off this option. Now the only music displayed will be the music that is downloaded at your device.

Remote App Installation

Android Users

If you are an Android phone user then you can easily install apps remotely without actually manually getting into the settings of your phone. Here is what you need to do precisely:

• Go to the Google Play store from your Desktop system
• Login the Google account that is registered with your phone
• Go to the app that you would like to install on your phone
• Go to the information page of the app and select the device on which you want to install it
• Hit Installation button, now a dialog box will appear seeking permissions that you need to grant along with drop down list of devices that are tagged with the Google account
• Look through the list carefully and select the device for installing the app.

iOS Users

If you are using the latest iOS 7 even then you can use the feature of remotely installing an app on your device. Apply the following steps to perform the installation remotely:

• Your iOS device comes with a feature that enables remote installation but it should be enabled
• Go to Settings and scroll-> iTunes & App Store
• Go to the section that says Automatic Downloads
• Toggle to Apps slider to enable it, if it turns green then it is enabled
• You can even turn on the automatic updates, toggle to enable the Updates
Now you can choose and download the app on your iPhone, remember as soon as you are done the icon of the app will appear on your Home Screen. This will be after purchasing it from your desktop system.
• Launch iTunes on your desktop system
• Login using your Apple ID and go to the iTunes Store and find the app that you want to install
• As soon as you press the “Install” button the app will be downloaded on your iPhone and your desktop

Don’t Worries With iPad

Not minding the battery percentage

Some people want to be updated all the time and this includes how much battery is left on their iPad. However, this can lead you to be distracted especially when it is running low and you still have a lot of things that you need to do that needs your iPad. This is why having your multiple port iPad charging station with you will make you lessen your worries. If you want to turn the battery percentage, you can go to Settings, General, Usage then swipe the slider of Battery Percentage to Off.

Volume Mute

You may find yourself suddenly scrambling to turn off the sound of your iPad in the middle of a lecture, no need to worry now because the newer models have a lock button at the side which you can switch off anytime. You may also use this to lock the orientation of your screen. Alternatively, you can press down the lower volume button at the side for a few seconds until the sound turns off.

Getting rid of pop-ups like invitations to join WiFi networks

Don’t you hate it when you are in a middle of doing something like watching a movie or playing a game when a window suddenly pops up? This can also drain the iPad’s battery life so in order to extend it, it is best to turn it off. You can go to Settings, WiFi, Ask to Join Networks then swipe the slider to off.

Keep Pictures Pretty With Tablet

Camera+

This is an all in one app as it can also take pictures aside from editing them. It has a built-in stabilizer, which is beneficial for those who have unsteady hands. You can also zoom in to your subjects without going near because it has a 6x zoom function. You can edit a picture that you just took or from your camera roll and apply the many filters available. Pictures can also have built-in borders and can be shared instantaneously with the members of your social network.

Pixlr-O-Matic

This app will let you customize your pictures with over 100 effects, 280 overlays and almost 200 borders. It can also take new pictures if you do not want to edit your existing ones from your Camera roll. The edited pictures can be saved as high-resolution photos that can be printed out later. Your pictures can look like they were taken 50 years ago, oversaturated with colors, or muted in pastels.

Filterstorm

You can enjoy almost the same features that you are used to in your favorite desktop photo editor with this app. It can support up to 5 layers and allows adjustment of the image, which includes gradient, color range, and selecting opacity. You can also work around the brightness, contrast, temperature, exposure and saturation. This app is certainly for those who want to have stylized pictures, as the wide range of filters available with this app will overwhelm you

Photoshop Express

Who says Apple has no love for anything Adobe? This is the mobile version of everyone’s favorite desktop photo editor. It can do most of the basic commands like crop, straighten, and apply filters and borders. Of course, the best thing about it is it is free! You would have to purchase some of the more advanced filters and borders though.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

VR (Virtual Reality), on the other hand, is quite different from AR. In fact, the two only share one thing in common – computer based simulation. As mentioned above, the simulation provided by VR needs to be of such good quality that it is indistinguishable from reality. Theoretically, this is impossible. Therefore, for practical purposes, VR only means a degree of approximation, sufficient for a user to get a ‘live’ experience of the simulated environment. Moreover, VR is interactive and responds sensorially, in ‘real-time’, and just as in real-life e.g. in a VR application, imagine you are in a forest, getting ready to burn a pile of cut-down bushes and dry leaves. You douse the pile with gasoline. A fox is keenly watching you from a nearby place. Then you throw a lighted match-stick on to the pile… the system will respond immediately showing a strong, quickly spreading fire burning on the pile, its shape occasionally altered by the blowing wind… and as in real-life… the fox (scared by the fire), must run away? – and it does! The system may allow you to change the direction, speed and alteration in the speed of the blowing wind, angle of throw of the match-stick etc. and the system will respond with the new results immediately! Thus, VR enables one to experiment with real-life scenarios and get sufficiently accurate results just as though he/she were in the desired environment/ place, in person, but saving time, travel & resource costs etc.

AR (Augmented Reality) & Virtual Reality (VR) applications (apps) are both based on computer simulation of real-life scenarios and environments. The simulation will bear a high degree of resemblance with whatever is being depicted from real-life, either graphically or sensorially. The term ‘sensorially’ is broader than ‘graphically’ because it means all things perceptible to our senses I.e. graphics, touch, sound, voice, smell and so on. Usually, the degree of resemblance with the original has to be many times higher and more accurate in the case of VR than in AR apps.