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, ...

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 ...

4 Annoying Skype Issues That You Can Fix

February 9, 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 Power Tools for Bookmarking

February 8, 2015 – 3:23 am
The web is changing gradually, where a number of sites are being converted into apps. Still, there is one thing that isn’t changing - bookmarks, in particular. That said, if you want to organize all your stuff into folders, then the standard bookmarks manager located in your browser should do. But if you want something more, here are 3 power tools for bookmarking: #1: Evernote The popular note-taking service Evernote might not be the best tool to use when it comes to storing bookmarks. However, there’s an option where you can use Evernote for research-based bookmarks and where you will have to install the web clipper add-on. This service will help save an entire webpage or parts of it to Evernote. Once you do this, you can also use other features such as voice memos, tagging, search, annotations and even sharing. #2: Dewey Bookmarks This Chrome extension will help you browse your bookmarks far more ...

Explaining Real-Time Bidding

January 20, 2015 – 5:50 pm
Buy-side platforms offer marketers wider reach, and a space to buy inventory programmatically. The costs for that inventory differ greatly, even as you target, because the network is driven by real-time bidding. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some best practices for real-time bidding before you launch your first campaign. Bidding Basics When we look at bidding in real time, the effects are somewhat hard to grasp because so much happens so quickly. To break things down, let’s say two people bid for an ad placement. There is also a visitor factored into this equation, and let’s say she will visit five pages before ending her session. Whichever advertiser holds the highest bid will serve his ad to that visitor for all five views, assuming he has not capped the frequency of his ads. If he has capped his ad frequency at three, for example, the visitor viewing five pages would see ...

Newly-restored version of “The Wizard of Oz” hits theaters, shelves

January 12, 2015 – 6:24 pm
For most people, a slide and negative scanner can be used to preserve family memories. But in Hollywood, they are using tools more advanced than the average 35mm slide scanners to save memories of a different kind: film classics. In late September, a newly-restored version of “The Wizard of Oz” debuted on DVD on Blu-Ray. In addition, movie theaters around the country screened the new version of the 1939 family classic to packed houses. The new version was done to commemorate the film’s 70th anniversary. According to the Los Angeles Times, restoration work involved a pin-registered digital film scanner scanning three separate film negatives at 8k, a much higher resolution than was previously possible. “In finding the 1939 nitrate Technicolor print, we got a different look for the film than we previously had,” says Ned Price, vice president of mastering at Warner Bros. Technicolor Operations. “The information allowed us to get not only ...

Improving Medical Device Coatings

January 8, 2015 – 12:35 pm
One of the greatest benefits that advanced manufacturing techniques have brought to the field of medicine is in the form of medical device coatings. Patients that must wear devices are susceptible to a variety of problems, the least of which is discomfort. Infection is a huge issue for these patients, so coatings are an important part in stopping the spread of disease. Here are some medical device coatings, and some thoughts on how they have changed the world of medicine. Lubricants A sputter deposition system can be used to apply a lubricant to medical devices to slip into a patient’s body with ease. A catheter is the most obvious example for the type of device that might benefit from this kind of coating. The lubricant is designed to reduce the kinetic friction that comes from wearing a device for long periods, which means the patient barely feels anything. Antimicrobial Coatings When devices come into ...