By: Sierra Nendza
If you are about to buy a laptop, please think before doing it. You have to think about the options and possibilities. There are lots of laptops out there in the world, and it may be difficult to choose.
By: Sierra Nendza
If you are about to buy a laptop, please think before doing it. You have to think about the options and possibilities. There are lots of laptops out there in the world, and it may be difficult to choose.
Computers have come in all different shapes and sizes. What used to take up an entire room can now easily fit in someone's back pocket. Besides our phones and tablets, a home computer that has been an essential item in American homes over the past decade-plus. With all the advances in portable technology, what is the future of the home pc? Is it the end of desktop computers as we know it, or is there still a desirable fan base for the possibly nostalgic machines?
To answer that question, we have to remember the home computer's main goal which is connecting the user to the Internet. Of course, a home pc has many other qualities, but its top priority is that of connecting its consumers to everything else via the World Wide Web. As technology progressed, computers gained new tasks and purposes such as being used as a multimedia tool (making/playing movies, gaming, editing photos, etc.). This has made the home computer's main purpose sit on the back burner as other; more portable devices could connect consumers to the same exact internet.
By: Nicole Stevens
Absolutely everything is digitized nowadays, from family pictures to important documents; there is no limit to what a smart device can hold. But even electronics still fail from time to time, and this could mean a loss of information if you're not cautious. This is why it never hurts to have backups of anything digitally important. But are we backing up our information properly? As you continue, you will find the top ways to backup your data, just in case.
Nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of an important text or email on your phone, when you get a notification that it's time to update your device! Most of us just go ahead and update and get it over with, sometimes with frustrating and regretful results. The rest of us simply swipe away the notification and get back to texting. All this raises an important question, is it essential to update my devices every time?
It is typically not a requirement to update certain operating systems unless a specific type of software calls for it. This would be the case in a Windows OS, an example being that some people still use Windows XP, but there have been many updates since that type of software was introduced. Their computers still run fine and cause no issue when it comes to accessing the internet and doing basic tasks and then some.
By: Sierra Nenda, 12 years old.
Have you ever been on Instagram, or YouTube, or any social media platform and saw a video edit? Have you ever wondered how they are made? Or maybe what programs are used to make them? Or how in the world do teens make such good videos? Well, I’ve got an answer for you.
Just like in the real world, the virtual world has a seedy side - and it is far too easy for children to stray right into it. Pornography, predators, hate groups, and false information flourish in the world wide web. From Parenting Magazine - Here are some ways to preserve the best of what's available and resourceful online for your kids and avoid the garbage:
1. Step into their cyberworld
"Parents have to get involved. Just as they know every detail of the playground around the corner -- the jungle gym, the swings -- they need to know their kids' online playground as well," says Tim Lordan, staff director of the Internet Education Foundation, a nonprofit group that produces the online safety guide GetNetWise. It may be hard to keep your eyes open after visiting what seems like the 100th website devoted to Barbie, but playing copilot to your child is the best way to make sure she gets a smooth ride. By the time she's 7, you won't need to be glued to her side, but you should be somewhere in the room or checking in frequently.
Any iPhone user can know the struggle of having a weak battery life. But does that weak battery life have to impact you getting a new phone? It's nice getting a new phone with upgraded features, but after a few months, the battery life will be exactly like it was with your old phone.
It was recently revealed that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones. Apple confirmed that it was slowing some performances at peaks to prevent sudden battery shut down. Power management was apart of the iOS update last year and was only required for phones with aging lithium batteries. Replacing the battery with a new one should restore back to average speeds.
When going online, we all have certain expectations. We expect to be connected to any website we choose. We expect that our cable or phone company isn't messing with our data and is connecting us to all websites, apps, and content we want. We expect to be in control of our internet experience.
When we use the internet, we expect Net Neutrality.
Searching for something more than a run of the mill, off-the-shelf computer system for the serious gamer, video editor, graphic designer, music enthusiast, writer, or all around savvy user in your life?
A custom built PC or laptop is the perfect solution. Custom built systems give you unrivaled power and prices that even big box stores can't match.
Whether you want to keep it under $50, or you want to splurge, tech gifts are the hottest gifts this season. Here are our top five picks from bestproducts.com's list of 60 best tech gifts for 2017.
1. GoPro HERO 6 Black Action Camera - $499 -For the adventure lover in your life, this product is perfect. Compact, sleek, and easy to operate, it beats out all of its competition. This camera captures 4K video in amazing 60 frames per second speed and can go up to 33 feet underwater!
The biggest players in the race for the best home assistant - Google, Amazon, and Sonos - all held big events in the last couple of weeks to highlight each of their home assistant speakers and features. The already large playing field has just become a lot bigger. Each system comes equipped with either the Alexa, Siri or Google Voice Assistant and some even let you choose between more than one assistant.
Choosing the best smart speaker from among the wide range available at various price points and capabilities is intimidating, so we're here to make it a bit easier for you. There are some benefits and drawbacks to each, here are some highlights:
Your email should always be a secure way to communicate and keep precise, confidential records of communications. Unfortunately, however, that isn't always the case - and not even the government is safe from the reach of hackers. Recently, an Email hacker posed as White House officials to gain responses from staff including the newly-fired Anthony Scaramucci.
The hacker claimed no threatening motives, but the situation could have been much worse. So, how can you know that you're receiving an email from the actual person who appears to be sending it? The best way is to look for a few key characteristics of spoof emails. An expert in Computer Science, Dave Taylor answers it this way:
Microsoft has revealed plans to speed up their Windows server twice each year - once in the spring and again in the fall, using the same rhythmic timing of the releases of both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. Analysts in the technology field say Microsoft must prove it can pull off sustained rapid release - "but if they don't, they don't."
Missing a Windows Server deadline would have the same kind of domino effect that balking at a Windows 10 release would produce. If Microsoft pushed back upgrade dates after a delayed release, the March-and-September scheme and synchronization with Windows 10 would collapse. But if Microsoft only resumed the tempo with the next slated release, the late upgrade would have to have its support curtailed if Microsoft intends to keep a consistent schedule.
A laptop is an essential tool in college. Providing you with unwavering freedom practically unheard of in the desktop space, your mouse, monitor and keyboard are tightly kept in the form of a single, versatile device. Moreover, the top laptops for college are as efficient at playing your favorite PC games as they are at drafting up documents. Tech Radar has compiled this list of the ten best laptops for new college students:
Discover the best laptops you can buy in every category
With hybrids, Ultrabooks, traditional clamshells and – more affordable than ever – gaming laptops in tow, we have not only found the best laptops for college, but we've tested each of them so that we can guarantee confidence, accuracy and comprehensiveness in our recommendations:
Have you ever gone out and enjoyed a new 3D movie and wish you could take the experience home with you? Augmented reality makes that, well, a reality! Unlike virtual reality, where you can fly in the sky with birds, augmented reality lets you take a backseat and enjoy the birds zipping around you, rather than give you the feeling of flight. It's basically like a more interactive pop-up book that doesn't involve opening any books. Tech companies have been playing with this form of technology for years, and now a major player in the tech game has their sights set on this type of entertainment.
Apple has always been on the cutting edge of technology. If it's new, chances are they already have a prototype made before the information reaches the masses. But could an augmented reality product from Apple eventually become the death of the iPhone? According to expert Apple analyst, Gene Munster, it is part of the late Steve Jobs' plan of action. In a recent letter to clients, Munster has let it be known that an augmented reality device is next in line for Apple and that is may very well be the beginning of the end for the iPhone. "We believe that Jobs instilled the idea of innovation in Apple without the dogma of holding on to old markets that move away from you whether you like it or not", says Munster, "While Apple has yet to launch a product that cannibalizes the iPhone franchise, we believe that the company realizes that the smartphone as we know it won't last forever. To this end, we believe Apple continues to explore mixed reality and virtual reality, which in our opinion will be the future of computing."
Even more exciting, though, is the fact that Safari now also blocks auto-playing videos and uses machine learning to recognize and identify trackers. Safari then segregates and blocks these information gathering cross-site trackers so that now advertisers can't easily track you across sites you visit.
With a quick search around the internet today, speculation is abundant regarding the future of home computing. One writer (four years ago) on Yahoo Answers addressed the question "what will computers be like in 70 years' time?" His response went so far as to suggest "[a level] of technology will allow so much storage space and computing power that I see computers integrated not just into daily life, but into our bodies directly. You won't carry a phone; you will have a phone/media center/gaming machine/social media tool made a part of you. They'll either be under the skin or laid on you like a nicotine patch. Assuming brain gate technologies increase in complexity as well, possibilities like user interfaces superimposed onto your vision, and audio set directly into your auditory centers of the brain will become very possible.
Other answers were less "Terminator-esque" and speculated on Moore's Law - which says that the processing speed on a computer chip doubles every 18 months. Computers will be faster than they are currently, but nota thousands of times faster. There will be more computer cores, and they will become much cheaper.
Have you ever heard of Minecraft? Minecraft is a video game which you can play on any device, for example, computers, televisions, phones, and even tablets. Everything in the game is blocks, and I mean everything!
If you are playing on a computer, which most people do, you press W to walk forward, S to walk backward, A to walk left, and D to walk right. With a computer mouse, to click the left button on the mouse to do anything. For example, chopping wood, mining stone, or even just walking forward.
President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. The following is from an editorial released by NPR about what the new regulations mean for you:
Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October, the rules never went into effect. If they had, it would have given consumers more control over how ISPs use the data they collect. Most notably, the rules would have required explicit consent from consumers if sensitive data — like financial or health information, or browsing history — were to be shared or sold.
These rules wouldn't have applied to the likes of Google or Facebook — massive data collectors and digital advertisers — and that has been a major point of contention for ISPs. But consumer groups argue that's no reason to roll back restrictions on Internet providers. Plus, they point out, you could abandon those companies for other websites if you disagree with their policies; switching Internet providers is not so easy.
For the average consumer, just about every site they visit online is sharing data with other ad networks, with other third parties, for the purpose of either measuring or targeting ads. ... Even most privacy organizations end up using Google Analytics or some other basic tools.
Now, what choices people have maybe has gotten a little bit more complicated. ... ISPs have historically played a very small role in (the ad targeting) market for a range of reasons. The most interesting and valuable data is search, social media data — and that is typically only available to the big portals that have that data. The ISPs don't have it if it's encrypted.
For better or worse, online data has been democratized, and there are third-party ad exchanges where anybody can show up and have access to a big swath of your Web surfing.
If you're looking to disengage from the commercial world, it's hard to take advantage of much of the Web without being somewhat technically savvy. If the new regulations allow ISPs broader latitude with how they can use your data, primarily for advertising and marketing uses, most there are tools available that a professional can help you access to turn off those functions.
That's right. Spring is here - which means it's time for Spring Cleaning! Not to worry though, set aside those brushes and mops. Grab a glass of tea and get a comfortable chair. Put on your problem-solving cap, and get started. The goal: a faster, more efficient, and more reliable computer for all the work you'll be doing.
Here are a few tips from TechHub to get you started:
Digital transformation is sweeping the globe and having a profound impact on how businesses operate, interact with their workforce and partners, as well as how they deliver a rich experience to customers anytime, anyplace, and on any device. We now live in a hyper-connected world.
How organizations apply and use digital technologies, though, would not be possible without the advent of the on-demand model of cloud computing, in which computing, storage and network resources, software and services are made available to the user on-demand.
When you're about to purchase a big-ticket item such as a plasma TV, or even a fragile small item like a PDA, you're usually offered the chance to extend the manufacturer's warranty — for a fee. But is this insurance necessary — or can it pay for itself? Do you have to sign up while you're signing on the dotted line? The Early Show's financial guru, Ray Martin, weighs the pros and cons of extended warranties.
A few years ago extended warranties were only offered on costly appliances and big-ticket items. But today, these "protection plans" are offered on just about any appliance or consumer electronics products you can buy.
Nuance Communications is a tech firm that understands how tired you are of keeping up with conventional passwords. The firm is promoting human voice recognition as a way to secure user accounts.
Traditional password authentication systems are often vulnerable and easy to hack. So, Nuance studied over 100 different characteristics of the human voice to determine whether or not it's you. Nuance's technology analyzes these differences to accurately determine the user. The voice biometric technology is refined to the point it can weed out voice impersonators, digital recordings and synthetic voices that try to dupe its system.
A computer backup is a process of creating a second copy of important documents and files from your hard drive and saving the copy on a remote server. Duplicate copies of your important information saved in a remote location keep the information safe in case anything goes wrong with your computer.
While we would like to believe our hard drives are immune to incidents that cause data loss, in actuality, there are many ways to lose important files and information:
In today's world of booming and fast growing technology, we sometimes forget the humble beginnings of the modern computer age. You may have heard the saying that today's smartphone is a thousand times stronger than the computers that put the first man on the moon. That is mind-boggling in and of itself.
So it turns out exploring space is exceedingly challenging and many unseen problems are constantly arising. Scientists at NASA are always on their toes figuring out creative new ways to solve the ultra weird problems that come along with putting a man or vehicle into space. Sure things go well on Earth with normal gravity and an excellent protective atmosphere from radiation, but when you blast them off into the solar system things turn strange in a hurry. Many technological advances today were made by NASA just trying to troubleshoot problems that could cost billions of dollars or even a human life.
We just wanted to send out a quick heads up about the importance of backing up your computers on a regular basis.
Lately here at Computer Corner, we have noticed a significant amount of computers being brought in with bad hard drives. We can save most of this data, as long as the hard drive is still functioning, however, there have been a few catastrophic cases where the hard drive was corrupt beyond repair, and the customer lost everything.
No matter who you’re shopping for this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a tech gadget. New technology is on the market that provides enjoyment for everyone. From the fitness guru in your life to the booze lover, photographer, genius, fashionista, kids or pets, there are some new and exciting gadgets they’ll love to find under the tree this year.
Check these out!
There's nothing more aggravating than a slow PC - especially when you know it's in good condition. Rather than a complete replacement of your laptop or PC, here are a few quick tricks to make sure your computer is running at its optimum performance:
Uninstall unused programs - New systems often come with unnecessary software. It's also common to download software that's useful for the moment and then leave it and forget it's taking up space on your hard drive. These programs can run in the background when you start up your computer, even if you don't use them. To remove the unneeded software, open your Control Panel's Programs and Features page. Then scroll through your list of installed software. Uninstall the programs you do not need while being careful to leave those your computer's hardware needs.
Your business needs productivity tools that treat your customers' information with the highest level of professionalism. Your customers should be confident that you are sharing their information securely. Your solutions should include a streamlined process for emailing, editing documents, analyzing data, marketing, and organizing. When discussing cloud productivity solutions that work best for small business, there are two primary solutions to keep in mind: Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Work.
Here, we'll cover some information to help you decide which solution fits your business's everyday needs.
As if traditional viruses, malware, and spyware weren't enough - now we have a new threat called Ransomware. By definition, ransomware is a type of malware that severely or completely restricts access to a user's computer, device or file until the user pays a "ransom." It is a fraudulent, criminal money-making scheme that can be installed by the user clicking on a deceptive link in an email message, instant message or website. It can completely lock up your computer's screen or encrypt personal, files requiring you to obtain a password to regain access.
Types of Ransomware
The simplest and most common type of ransomware is called Scareware. It usually appears as antivirus software and shows fake alerts that your computer is infected with various issues. It then requires an online payment to fix them. Sometimes, scareware bombards users with constant alerts and pop-up messages and other times it prevents the computer from working at all.
One way to answer this question is to take this online quiz but, for now, here’s a quick breakdown.
There is a whole lot of speculation circulating the internet about the launch of iPhone 7. Here, we hope to round up the rumors and give you our verdict on the whole thing:
1) Official Launch Dates: Apple plans to launch two new iPhones this September. The most reliable predictions so far have been that it will be unveiled on September 7 and go on sale on Friday, September 16. The iPhone 7 is expected to be a 4.7-inch phone and the iPhone 7 Plus is planned to be a 5.5-inch model.
Few things can ruin your day quite like a cracked smartphone screen. And for a ruined week or months, try going without the right repair options!
Replacing an Android or iPhone in the middle of your contract or payment plan is expensive. Plus, with trade-in offers there’s a higher chance of being without a backup spare phone. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can manage the issue and get back to life as usual.
macOS Sierra will be available to the public in its beta version later this summer. We have some thoughts about the direction Apple is going with Mac.
At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, this past June, Apple revealed that OS X was being renamed macOS. Craig Federighi intimated onstage that it just didn’t make sense to have iOS, tvOS and watchOS alongside an operating system named OS X. [source] In essence, while the name is new, the Core Operating System remains the same system we’ve come to know and love.
ALERT: Microsoft is ending the free upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 on Friday, July 29, 2016. Normally we charge $65 for this service, however, we are discounting it to $45 until the deadline.
To be guaranteed a license, the computer should be dropped of on or before Thursday, July 28 to ensure there is enough time to complete the upgrade.
It seems that more and more, I’m getting a notification from some company I have an account with or shop from that my password has been compromised and I need to change it immediately. Chances are, this has happened to you, too. If hackers can target high profile corporations, the ones who can afford the best internet security available such as Target, Netflix, Amazon, eBay, PayPal and banks, then your information is not safe.
One website could give someone access to all your accounts. They only need your email address, username and password and they can reset everything.
Most of us try to use same passwords all the time and reuse them on different websites. Often they are weak or simple. With so many sites requiring passwords, how is it possible to remember so many? How are we supposed to use unique passwords on all the websites we use? The solution is a password manager.
How It Works
It’s easier than you’d think, since you’d only have to remember ONE master password. The password manager does the rest of the work for you. It safely stores your information for all the websites you use and logs you in automatically. The manager encrypts your password database and you only need that one password to memorize in order to access everything, thus not only making your life safer, but simpler.
DVI, HDMI and VGA are three types of connectors that can be used for various electronic appliances. Each type of connection comes with its own pros and cons, and in some cases the best cable to use for your device is something other than what came with it when it was purchased. Here, we explain each of these three and their uses.
For your television, the HDMI connector is the most common. All newer TVs and most computer monitors have HDMI ports and connectors. The cables are affordable, easy to use and include audio. If you’re considering connecting your TV to a computer, your first choice should be the HDMI connector.
Understanding various types of computer viruses can be difficult and leave you with a lot of questions. Which type do I have? How much damage has been done to my computer? Can it be fixed? Thankfully, there are professionals in the field that can address these questions for you, find the solution to your specific problem and prevent your computer from being affected in the future by many different forms of electronic infection. The most common types of electronic infection are:
While all of these malicious viruses may sound scary to think about, Computer Corner has solutions for every one of them! Contact us today!
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