4 Steps to Keep your Computer Safe

July 27, 2012 – 12:18 pm
Modern day computers need to be constantly protected, so to speak, thanks to the existence of viruses, spam, pop-ups and so on and so forth. If left unchecked, these unwanted applications or files can hamper our system’s performance. So, here are a few steps by which you can keep your computer safe: #1: Anti-virus Protection Even though most systems these days come with antivirus protection, it’s important to understand that in order to enjoy maximum benefits, one should not forget to renew the service once the term if over. Ensuring that you have antivirus software at all will ensure that you are able to keep your computer clean from common issues related to viruses and spam. #2: Check to see if Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on The next thing that you have to do is to find whether Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on for real-time protection. First, you’ll have to find ...

3 Steps To Determine Whether an Apple Macintosh Or PC Is Right For You?

July 20, 2012 – 12:17 pm
If you are looking for a new personal computer, a bit of research will tell you that there are PCs available using platforms based on MacOS, Windows and Linux. What makes the decision of figuring out whether any of these PCs are right for you hard is because there is very little between them Yet a comparison between their weaknesses and strengths will help you determine which PC is right for you, and so here are a few steps to do just that: Step #1: List out what you want to do with your computer While basic functions such as web browsing, scheduling and management, multimedia playback and document manipulation are usually no different on these platforms, there are certain advanced features that are best on certain platforms. For example, if you’re a gaming enthusiast, then Windows would be your choice as opposed to the other two. Content creation, the other hand, is where ...

4 Steps to Buying the Right Assembled PC

July 9, 2012 – 12:08 pm
Almost anyone knows the difference between branded and assembled PCs, where the former is built to meet general computing needs while the latter is custom-built for purposes that cannot be met by their branded counterparts. Although, there are advantages to both types, what becomes apparent is that a lot of thought must go into buying an assembled PC. So here are steps that can help you buy the right assembled PC: #1: Decide whether you want a laptop or a desktop If you’re planning to work from one location, then a desktop would be a good idea. However, if you need to move around for your work, then a laptop would work well instead. What one must keep in mind is the fact that assembled desktops are common rather than laptops. #2: Make a list of what you might use the computer for As mentioned earlier, an assembled computer is usually built for specific needs. So, ...

Why Mobile Video Ads Will Prove Effective in 2015

April 9, 2015 – 5:38 pm
Ads compete with many distractions in order to get a user’s attention. Banner ads, for instance, compete with content. Radio ads compete with the ability to change stations, and television ads compete against the ability to fast forward. Only our smartphones manage to captivate our attention for any significant length of time, and that makes the mobile video ads an important part of the landscape in 2015 and beyond. Hard Stats It is common knowledge that smartphone adoption is up, but video consumption on these devices grew a staggering 400 percent during the latter part of 2014. That’s a significant chunk of all hours spent viewing videos online. It’s had such a significant impact that it’s triggered a debate over how to manage all of this traffic within the marketing community, and a debate over faster connection speeds at the government level. A large portion of the videos seen are ads. Most of ...

What You Need to Keep in Mind When Traveling with a Laptop

March 11, 2015 – 3:27 am
Almost ten years ago, traveling with a laptop across international lines was much easier than now. With a number hardware compatibility issues resolved, there are new challenges that has to be considered such as protecting your files and even just crossing international borders. Of course, this doesn't mean that custom officials will take you aside every time to check the contents of your SSD or hard drive. However, this could happen from time to time and for this reason, you should be prepared. Encrypting your files is not the way to go as this might arouse suspicion among officials. Instead, copy your sensitive files to media that you keep at home or even in its encrypted form into the cloud. After this, you can wipe them off your internal hard disk completely. Of course, apart from this, the files that you will need during your travel should be backed up in the cloud ...

What You Need to Know About Cameyo

March 10, 2015 – 3:26 am
A company known as Cameyo has created software where one can run programs not only from a USB stick but also in a browser as well. There are a number of open source programs that are offered but one can also upload EXE files to the Cameyo account so as to run these programs that you might need wherever you are. Of course, there are issues that come with using Cameyo because some programs tend to run slow while others will not work at all. So, what should you do at first? Sign for a Cameyo account and then link your DropBox account to it. After you do this, you can access the files that are located in the folder with the path: \Apps\Cameyo\Desktop. It must be said that any files that you create will also be saved at this location as well. Starting a program is really simple. You can click on any of ...

3 Podcast Apps for Android Phones

March 9, 2015 – 3:24 am
Podcasts continue to be a popular form of broadcasting even though the era of the iPod goes way back. Obtaining podcasts can be easy for iOS users yet this isn't necessarily the case for Android phone users up until now. So, here are 3 podcast apps for Android phones: #1: Pocket Casts Considered to be an app that is easy to use with its tile-formatted layout, its overall interface is an excellent example of Material Design with both a finger-friendly layout as well as a slide-out side menu. The main menu is probably one of the app's best design elements. You can use the featured or trending sections to find podcasts if you are new while search and the category filter if you're looking for a particular podcast. #2: Player FM Without a doubt, this podcast app is well-designed and bears similarity to Pocket Casts. The app itself offers a full set of features and which includes ...

3 Things to Remember Before Switching Browsers

March 8, 2015 – 3:22 am
Switching between browsers used to be easy – not anymore. However, with a number of actions which involve customizing these programs with extensions, run apps or even sync open tabs to mobile devices. Having said that, here are 3 things to keep in mind before switching between browsers: #1: Syncing browsing data between all devices Moving quickly and easily between open tabs in a browser is a feature that Chrome offers. However, this is available with other browsers too with Firefox having Sync and Opera having Link  for Android users, in particular. While Firefox is available on Android, Opera has mobile browsers for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. As for Safari on Windows PC and on an iPhone, you have lesser options when it comes to syncing but iCloud can help you with that. #2: Bookmarks While it's difficult to go anywhere without your bookmarks, this issue was probably solved a long long time ago. ...

Boost Your Mobile Advertising

February 27, 2015 – 5:30 pm
Mobile saturation has finally reached a point where more companies are devoting significant resources to marketing on mobile devices. These ads still offer the same rich experience for the user, but they are tailored to fit smaller screens and devices without being obtrusive. Even though mobile marketing is a new field, these tips will help give your first campaigns a small boost. About Mobile Users Mobile users are usually on the go, and are often taking to the Web to find something they need. This might be the location of a store, a price check or a query about whether the item they want is even in stock. Mobile ads tend to do best when they satisfy a need for the user immediately. Calls to Action Once you understand more about why the user is surfing in the first place, you can tailor a call that moves them toward some action. Phrases like “Order ...

4 Annoying Skype Issues That You Can Fix

February 27, 2015 – 3:28 am
Without a doubt, Skype is an important business tool for communication yet there are certain glitches that make it really annoying. However, it’s good that there are a number of solutions available. Having said that, here are 4 Skype fixes that can help you: #1: Webcam, Speakers or Microphone cannot be found In some cases, Skype cannot find the webcam, speakers or the microphone and for this, navigate through Tool>Options>Audio Settings>Show advanced options. You’ll find all the audio devices that you’ve used appear here. This also applies to Video devices that you can find under Video Settings too. #2: Terrible Call Quality There are a number of reasons why this can happen without it being Skype’s fault. Maybe you are too far from your router, Wi-Fi is too slow or even that your bandwidth is being used by other people too. It’s a good idea to work through each of these possibilities before blaming it ...

3 Free Image Editing Tools for Chromebook

February 11, 2015 – 3:31 am
A big reason why Chromebooks have become so popular is because almost every modern-day application is now available via your web browser. However, when it comes to image editing, this still hasn’t changed yet. Tools such as Paint.NET and GIMP still continue to dominate Windows PCs. Of course, Google Docs can help with spreadsheets and documents but this isn’t possible to do with images. Also, while the Chrome OS editor is available for its user, it still is pretty barebones with the usual features such as cropping, rotating, adjusting the brightness and color of the image and so on and so forth. It’s recommended that for more complex tasks, you will need third-party apps and that are free of costs. Keeping this in mind, here are 3 free image editing tools that you can avail of: #1: Pixlr Editor For some reason, this has been the popular choice for those people who have to work with images. ...

4 Steps to Take Notes Using Google Drive

February 10, 2015 – 3:30 am
While Evernote and OneDrive are excellent options for you to take notes, Google Drive is also a powerful option that must not be ignored. The reason for this is because there are a number of advantages that come with this option unlike the others mentioned above. One huge advantage that comes with note-taking with Google is that you can use a number of their productivity tools that come as one package. That said, here are a few steps that can help you with note-taking using Google: #1: Create a Folder In order to make use of the advantage mentioned above, it is a good idea to create a folder to keep all your notes. You can sub-divide them into more folders as Google Drive gives you that ability to get your stuff organized. #2: Collaborate with others as you take notes in real-time Google Drive is probably the best tool that one can use so as to ...

Improving Productivity In The Workplace Through Software

February 9, 2015 – 1:07 pm
Written by Allied Time Technology when used at work, contributes to boosting the efficiency of organizations and allow their employees to remain focused on value adding activities. Several productivity software target businesses particularly and provide these organizations with the adequate tool to perform their day-to-day tasks effectively. Through the automation of certain processes, communication is also enhanced. Virtual Team Connections Teams now perform well even at a distance. This is because they are connected via web portals, apps and software. These allow teams to share feedbacks and projects across different functions and branches. The quick sharing and access of information facilitates problem-solving and team working. People are able to show collaboration and partake their experiences and knowledge while being comfortably seated at their desks, and sometimes without even having to speak through the phone. All this is achieved through remote desktop sharing and email software. Open and Communicative Environment Software that are specifically designed to ...