It’s the era of media streaming. The days of having to be a slave to cable TV with limited choices of packages with so many unexplainable charges and fees. Cord cutters, rejoice! Future joiners of the cord-cutting bandwagon, feel free to explore your choices! This is because a streaming device that allows you to watch shows and movies and listen to music has become a hot ticket. For those with older models of smart TVs, or anyone who would want a reliable method of streaming can get a streaming device that will provide them exactly that.
But then, you may ask, “Isn’t streaming already available on computers and mobile devices through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.?” What do you need a streaming device for?” The advantage of having a streaming device is that you have a gadget that is dedicated only to giving you content, nothing else. Let’s see which of these devices are the most user-friendly, doesn’t lag that much, can play video from the most services, and is easily updated when new services become available.
Amazon Fire TV
All the buzz behind 5G is quite deafening, really. Tech news sites will not be complete without at least one news item every day featuring a country authorizing a particular company to build 5G infrastructure in their area, telcos promoting the technology to be the next big thing to its excited customers, and customers eagerly anticipating what 5G’s benefits are to them.
As its name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology and is set to be faster than the current 4G networks consumers enjoy by at least twenty times. Now, isn’t that exciting? But then, this new technology will also require telco providers to modify their network infrastructure and in turn, may also require consumers who want to enjoy it to change their equipment. So, you might want to get ready to shell out for yet another new smartphone.
Let’s get to know 5G technology more and see what its effects are to us, casual technology consumers.
What is 5G, really?
As mentioned earlier, most of us only know 5G as the 5th generation of technology …
There is a pattern of consumer behavior when it comes to upgraded stuff – people will hype it in anticipation weeks and days leading to the release date, crucify the developers of inevitable bugs for the earliest adaptors, and then months later, when the release has a gazillion patches and fixes and becomes stable, public opinion will be kinder. Just like most upgrades (particularly Microsoft ones), the launch of Window 10 was quite anticipated in the months and weeks before the release date and a public outcry (or at least those who were earliest to install the 2020 update) happened when bugs were discovered left and right (no audio, no search results, to name a few). Honestly speaking, with the death of Windows 7 still fresh, it might take a while (maybe until the end of the year) before the whole Windows-using public will really cozy up with Windows 10.
To help you in that process, here are a number of features that may come in handy with the ubiquitous OS’s latest update. Who knows, it might get you …
We all dread that moment – when your x-year old laptop starts showing signs of wear and tear. It starts working a tad slower; it takes forever to load after you’ve booted it and you’re waiting for an eternity, praying for your desktop screen to appear ASAP. While all signs point to a much-needed upgrade and laying your trusty machine to rest in a recycling facility, you just can’t say goodbye. It can be for sentimental reasons – you’ve been through the best of times, the worst of times with your computer. It can also be because of financial reasons – you haven’t saved up yet for a new machine.
Whatever the cause of your deep attachment to your laptop is, you would need to make sure that your laptop can still function in some sort of serviceable level, especially if you still want to use it regularly for work. There are some things you can do to revive your reliable laptop, not as good as new, but in a way that will serve you well and affirm your decision …
The proliferation of streaming services has been on the upswing with the introduction of apps and devices that allow people to watch television programs, movies, and even live events in real-time, wherever they are, and even without a TV! But this surge in streaming’s popularity has adversely affected the cable TV industry. With subscribers suddenly presented with the option that markets itself as having more advantages over having your TV corded, droves have switched loyalties, spelling a slow death to cable TV providers. Or are we counting out cable too soon? Let’s look at some factors and determine who the ultimate victor is in the showdown between cable TV and streaming services.
Channel variety: Cable is still king
While it is true that streaming services boast of content from all over the world at your fingertips, viewers still care more about local channels. After all, there is still great demand to know the latest news, weather forecasts, event calendars – all of which can only be provided by local TV channels. Alas, there are cable TV channels that cannot transition …
New year, new updates! Microsoft is finally laying the much-maligned Windows 7 to rest, taking out the support rug under its feet, and introducing Windows 10. And as expected, early adopters to the update have a lot to say. Of course, it is also expected that the Windows 10 updates would still contain a lot of bugs. After all, no update is anticipated to be perfect from the moment of its release. But then, with the ubiquity of Windows, the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who have already jumped ship and eagerly downloaded the latest updates can’t help but nitpick on features that seem to have dampened their excitement for Windows 10.
So, what features of Windows 10 have caught the ire of Windows users? What expected features have we taken for granted in our daily interactions with Windows have suddenly become problematic in this update? Have there been fixes and solutions to go around these bumps? Let’s look at these common complaints:
Those who have updated their operating systems from Windows 8 …
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would know that the news item that’s been on headlines around the world is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. In China, thousands have been found out to have the virus, hundreds have died, and people who have tested positive for the virus have been discovered in 24 countries and counting. The number of victims is seen to continually increase until warmer climates arrive in some countries that would discourage the virus from spreading. Unfortunately, the arrival of warm weather will take weeks, if not months.
But then, it’s not only human health that’s been infected by the coronavirus. Apparently, cybercriminals have also capitalized on this unfortunate trend to spread malware and stage email scams. Reports in Japan have verified that this virus has been trying to dupe unsuspecting Japanese email recipients who are currently already a bit cautious because of China’s proximity to the country. Although it has not yet spread in other countries, this Coronavirus also has the potential of spreading worldwide and causes substantial damage to businesses and sadly, people’s lives.…
Despite the proliferation of mobile devices that can do almost anything except cook your food (we can’t say that for certain in the future, though), laptops have remained to be a dependable tool for anyone immersed in technology. Laptops have stood the test of time and the challenge to its popularity by handier and smaller devices because they combine the best qualities of desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. They are more mobile, flexible, and almost as, if not equally or more powerful than desktops. On the other hand, laptops edge tablets and smartphones when it comes to power, multi-tasking, and user preference with image sizes. After all, not too many people can appreciate videos or even pictures displayed on a five, seven, or even an eight-inch screen.
Getting the best laptop can be a challenge though, as the market is saturated with different models, different brands, all offering different features that will surely benefit you.
You will need to do some introspection on what best suits your needs, then consider your preferences, before finally picking the right one …
Aside from the Novel coronavirus, the only news that has been hogging the spotlight is the recent spate of cyber-attacks. We’ve only gone past the first month of the year, but entire companies, industries, and even local governments have already fallen victims to malicious attacks on their systems. These cyber-threats come in the form of ransomware, a malware that has been around for years but has been very active in the last weeks of December up until January. A good number of establishments and their systems have been under threat as user information is bound to be compromised if they do not succumb to the demands of these attackers.
The recent attacks in cyberspace have been brought about supposedly by what is called ransomware. And yes, it does appear threatening as it sounds, as not only do these programs wreak havoc on an entity’s systems, the name further suggests that there is a sort of criminal activity with a ransom demanded in exchange for the malware to not inflict further damage.
But before we get ahead of ourselves and launch …
Windows 10’s default browser is Microsoft Edge. Compared to other web browsers, Microsoft Edge’s is more on the clean and minimalistic side, more so physically than technically. Because when it comes to speed browsing, Edge is up there as well. Microsoft Edge also has some great features. For example, it has an eBook and PDF reading capability that blocks out interference to give you only the best reading experience. The cons though are that some websites don’t open in Microsoft Edge. If you work with a lot of extensions, there isn’t much in Microsoft Edge. You also won’t get a history search.
If you want to find out how to use Edge if you haven’t already, this will be your tour.
But first, you will want to block cookies, pop-ups, and trackers. To do this, click the three horizontal dots at the top right corner of the screen and click Settings.
Scroll down and click ‘View advanced settings’. Make sure the following three switches are all set to ‘On’: ‘Block pop-ups’, ‘Send Do Not Track requests’ and ‘Block
What’s yesterday’s spyware protection has now become an even better security and protection for your computer. We’re talking about Windows Defender. It first made its debut in 2006 and since then, Microsoft has made it even better, making Windows 10 even more secure not just from internet threats, but also from viruses and malware.
To keep your Windows 10 running free from all the bad things that can harm it, there are other precautions and actions you can do to further safety and security. This includes the free tools that you can download to prevent computer or data damage.
First up is the trusty Windows Defender. If you have turned on your Windows Defender, it automatically runs a security check in the background to make sure everything is safe and sound. But if you want to double-check, you can always run a scan.
Select ‘Quick’ and press ‘Scan now’ to sweep your files and folders. For a deeper scan select ‘Full’.
Scan a specific folder if you don’t want either Quick or Full scans.…
By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.
While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.
If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner …
Among all the Windows operating systems that Microsoft has released, Windows 10 is by far the most capable and competent. Debatably. But it truly is a notable and impressive operating system from Microsoft. Do note that it will take up much space and other things on your PC or laptop. But Microsoft always has succeeded in making operating systems efficient. More so with the Windows 10.
Some time ahead, you will feel your computer slowing down. A lot of things can cause it to slow down. But the good thing is that along with it are the fixes and other things you can do to turn things back to how they were, and even make the speed faster.
Who knew restarting your computer can actually be a good thing? If your computers are constantly on and working, the actions that were started before will still continue. This can actually slow down the computer.
You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and
Updates are important for your computer to run smoothly and efficiently. Updates are designed to not only keep your device and its programs to their latest versions. In addition, they are developed to fix errors and address issues on your computer. But updates can sometimes take a long time to start and finish. And in case you haven’t noticed, Windows 10 has an update almost every week. Sometimes less almost every less than a week if that makes sense.
One simply can’t stop Windows 10 from updating. It’s just a fact. However, you can delay it. Here’s what you can do.
Pause the automatic updates. A few years ago, this option wasn’t available. To attempt to stop an update from installing on that day, all you can do is assign a time for it to make the changes. But now, we finally have that saving button.
Click the Start menu, then the Settings cog. Now go to ‘Update & Security’, click ‘Windows Update’ on the left-hand side, then click ‘Advanced options’. Under ‘Pause Updates’, toggle the switch to
Browsing the web can both be delight and a nightmare. It is a delight because you will always have answers for your questions. The internet is a gold mine of information, after all. You’ll always see what you are looking for and more. But sometimes, it is a total disaster. One thing, you’re just surfing the net and the next, a pop-up video shows up along with a series of notifications. You didn’t want to do away with them so you closed the website only to find out that you still are receiving pop-up notifications. Sounds familiar? Say hello (or not) to push notifications.
Push notifications are messages that a website sends you in order to engage you with them. Their goal is to inform you of all things new about them so maybe you’ll take interest. For example, subscribing to a newsletter from a blogging site. You can get them even if the website that sent it to you is not open in your browser. They won’t have access to any of your contact details. However, they are still …
Notifications are there for a reason and that is to let us know of meetings, upcoming events, new emails, installed applications, updates, and more. They help you get more organized and up-to-date. However, if you have been using Windows 10, you’ll know that the notifications can sometimes be overwhelming and distracting.
If you get a lot of emails every day and you have of apps, tendency is that you’ll get a lot of notifications as well. Even clicking an ad through a web page will prompt your anti-virus or web security to tell you not to proceed. Fortunately, notifications can be turned off or managed in the settings.
To turn off notifications, open the Windows Settings.
Open the Windows Settings menu by pressing the Windows Key and I or alternatively search for Settings in the Windows search bar and click the corresponding result.
Click on Notifications and Actions option.
Click Notifications & Actions in the left-hand menu. This will take you to a screen providing access to all of the settings related to notifications
When you get a new computer, be it a desktop computer or a laptop, everything runs at lightning speed. All smooth, all fast. After a few months of usage, you observe that its performance is starting to slow. What could have caused it?
Several factors can cause slow computer performance. What your computer is made of and the maintenance you do are major factors. But you have to remember that a computer is a machine. It is made of parts that can eventually wear out. Damage caused by infiltrating viruses and malware can also cause adverse changes in the system and in your files.
Hard Disks. These guys store all the files and data of your computer. ALL of them. It affects computer efficiency through its read/write speeds.
Your hard disks store all of the data on your computer, from program files to documents or photos. The space available on the hard drive doesn’t have a very large affect on the computer’s performance, but the read and write speed do. A hard disk that spins at 7200RPMs will
Taking down notes is vital because first, ideas are important. And if you are one of those who easily forget things, then a note is perfect for you. Second, it helps with organization. It also helps illustrate, describe, or narrate what we have seen, heard, or read. This is especially true in meetings, school lectures, and other discussions. If you have a lot to write down, wouldn’t it be just great if you can access your notes all in one place?
When it comes to taking notes, there are a lot of apps to choose from. Take for instance Google Drive. Yes, you read it right. But how?
First of all, all of your docs (or notes in this case) are saved in Google Drive, which has the best search capabilities around, hands-down. That makes it easy to find the note your looking for in a flash. Evernote’s search is good, but not as good as Google’s.
You also can use Drive’s excellent collaboration feature to write and share notes with others in real-time—an especially useful scenario if you’re
There’s a reason why electronic devices are being upgraded almost on the regular. It’s because they don’t last forever. This means your TV, air conditioner, smartphones, computers, and others. It’s one thing when you are neglecting them. It’s another when you are aiding them in getting damaged.
Computers can last a significant amount of time, provided that you take good care of them. This includes keeping them clean, safe, and well-maintained not just inside but outside as well. Remember that computers, especially laptops, are highly sensitive. There are parts inside that once damaged, can be hard to fix. Repairs to the shop can cost you a lot of money. If you want to save your money and more importantly your computer, better avoid the things that can cause harm to your computer and your files before it’s too late. Your computer is what’s helping you get your work done. Do it a favor and help it as well.
Heat is not a friend. It causes your computer and the components inside to wear out faster than they should if …
Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.
Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.
Before starting with the Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10, we need to make sure your computer is properly set up. If you’re sharing a single user account between your family, it’s time to change that and use one account
If you come to think about it, your Windows 10 computer is like the streets and roads in your city and your files are the vehicles on the road. In order for the vehicle you need for the day to reach you, it needs to go through traffic. If traffic is heavy, then it can be delayed on its way. But if the road is clear, then it can get to you as fast as it can. There’s no use for a fast car if the road is in heavy traffic.
In the same manner, your computer needs some good free space for it to go on about its tasks, so you can too. To do this, you need to know what is taking a lot of space in your storage.
First of all, put on your detective’s hat (if you have one – if not, an imaginary one will do). Find out exactly what’s taking up all the room on your hard drive by launching the Settings app from the Start menu then clicking ‘System’ and then ‘Storage’.
Don’t you hate or maybe dislike it when you have to create an account for each and every tool, app, or program you want to use? It’s one of those days when you feel torn between using a familiar if not the same password for all accounts but advised not to, or, creating a newer, stronger, and longer password. And if you chose the latter for each and every one of your accounts, you ended up forgetting all of them. If this sounds like you, then there is good news for you. Windows 10 offers one account for all. Now that’s one less problem out of your head.
What then is the next thing to do if you have a Windows 10 or after getting a Windows 10 update on your computer? Create an account, of course. This Microsoft account can give you access to a lot of things including your Windows 10, the Microsoft store, your email, OneDrive, Office 365, Skype, and more. Now you can get a lot of things done and done fast with just one account.…
A lot has changed since the standard USB 2.0 flash drive that everyone owned since its release in the early 2000. It now has a newer version, the USB 3.0. They’re still great and all. But the problem with them is that connecting devices together is not possible. You have to connect to a computer in order to gain access to the USB drive and what’s inside. Now, things have definitely changed. What’s impossible before is no longer the case today. The USB OTG (On-The-Go) is the answer to this dilemma.
A USB OTG supports interconnection between devices. Two devices can now connect even without a computer. In fact, you can connect several.
It’s not just about inter connectivity of the two devices. USB OTG also allows you to take control of everything using a single device, which may be anything. By enabling your smart phone (for the sake of an example) as the host, you can now use a dozen of peripheral devices including keyboards, mouse, musical instruments and even a game pad! There’s no limit to the numbers
Apple has come a long way with its operating system for iPhones and iPads. Just this recently, the new iOS 13 has arrived. While built mainly for iPhones, the newest operating system can be downloaded and used by iPads (iPad now has a separate operating system called iPadOS 13). So, what does the new iOS 13 have in store?
Although Android has the upper hand when it comes to newer features like 5G, iPhones are being built better than they were. Apple continues to work on what they’re good at: cameras and apps. And the new iOS 13 will make it even better.
This may not be significant for some users but it can be crucial for others. iOS 13 can now prevent unknown callers from contacting you and you can stop them from calling you for good.
With a single button, you can effectively stop unknown callers from making your iPhone ring ever again. With the feature enabled, iOS 13 will only allow calls through from your contacts and numbers found in Mail or Messages. Everyone else will go
Computers function pretty much the same way that we do. Like us, they too need a place to store information. The same goes for your smartphones. There are three types of storage: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Among these, only the first two are widely and commonly used.
If compared to us, the primary storage is much like our short term memory (STM). It’s the memory that a home cook uses to remember what she needs in the storage room and forgets about it when she’s back in the kitchen after fetching what she needed. In other words, it’s a temporary memory. The secondary storage, on the other hand, is what is known to be the lasting memory. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Primary storage is basically the internal storage of your computer or smartphone. You will recognize them as the RAM or random access memory in your device’s setting.
Primary storage, which is also referred to as internal memory, is accessed by a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). It is usually the fastest and most expensive