Samsung Flow Connects Tablet, Computer — Even Your TV

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Samsung has unveiled Flow, a new device handoff feature that will eventually let you start an activity on one device and move it to another.

This means you could eventually get an email notification on your smartwatch then switch to your smartphone or tablet to read. Finally, you could switch to your laptop when you’re ready to type a response, all without leaving the application or even the document you’re currently working with.

If this whole concept sounds familiar, it is. Just recently, Apple introduced Continuity, another handoff feature available on devices running the company’s new OS X Yosemite operating system.

The caveat: for Samsung Flow to work, all your devices will have to be from Samsung.

The company gives a brief overview in this demonstration video of just how Samsung Flow will eventually work:

As you can see, Samsung claims the feature will eventually work over a full range of media products — including your TV.

This means, when Flow is implemented, you will be able to receive notifications of phone calls even while you’re watching television — if you wish to, that is.

There are three main features to Flow, according to a report from The Verge. Those features are called Defer, Transfer, and Notify.

Using the Transfer feature, apps and other activities will be able to be switched among enabled devices. You will be able to switch work activities — like reading and editing a document — for example from one device to  another. But the Transfer feature could also be utilized for things like moving a video call from your laptop to your smartphone.

The Defer feature will allow you to put off an activity until later. When you Defer an activity, Samsung claims, it will be stored at the exact place you left off until resumed. That means an email or article you’re reading would resume at the same line where you stopped reading, for example.

As discussed earlier, the Notify feature would allow for some some notifications across all devices.

Incoming calls and low-battery warnings could appear on any device that’s connected to Flow, for example, Slash Gear reports.

To enable the Flow feature on a Samsung device, the Flow icon — a triangle-like design — would be selected opening a menu of options. To transfer an activity to another device, for example, you would choose from a list of available devices where you want your work to go.

Samsung Flow was just recently introduced to Samsung developers so it may be some time until it’s actually available on any of the company’s devices, according to Engadget. But the overview does give a hint at the kind of workflow flexibility Samsung users may be able to look forward to.

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Microsoft HoloLens: A Fully Untethered Holographic Computer


Microsoft announced some big things at its Windows 10 preview.

New features offered by Microsoft’s latest operating system and flashy tech were highlights of the preview, but possibly the most eye catching announcement was HoloLens. Microsoft is calling this new product a fully “untethered” holographic computer.

This holographic computer looks nothing like the traditional computer with flat screen and keyboard leashed or connected to it. Instead HoloLens is in the form of goggles worn on the head. Microsoft is saying its new product will have no wires, no external cameras, no markers, and no connections to phones or PCs needed. This is what they mean by “untethered,”

The ‘screen’ is the space around you, seen through transparent glass lenses. Instead of a mouse, HoloLens is controlled by a combination of gestures and voice commands. It’s a new way of looking at computing.

HoloLens will not be displaying holograms in the classic sense. There will be no 3D images popping up in the middle of the room.

Instead, what is does is beam light straight into the user’s pupils. Only the wearer can see what’s being displayed. What makes HoloLens unique is that while the wearer can see what is being displayed, they can also see their natural surroundings.

Microsoft is claiming HoloLens takes technology and makes it more personal and interactive.

To make HoloLens work, Microsoft says it had to go beyond the GPU (graphical processing unit) and CPU (central processing unit). HoloLens has both of these, but it also requires a third processing unit called the HPU. That’s holographic processing unit.

Microsoft boasts that its new HPU processes terabytes of information gathered in real time from HoloLens’ many sensors. Capturing and tracking a user’s eye movement, gestures, and voice, there is no delay in response to commands it receives. It can reportedly spatially map your surroundings to display holograms on real world objects.

It’s debatable whether what HoloLens does can be considered actual holograms. A better way to reference it might be augmented reality. Whatever you choose to call it, HoloLens is a fascinating concept. There is no telling how well the finished product will work or how useful it will be.


Intel Compute Sticks Transform a TV into a Computer

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Last year, Intel introduced its first Compute Stick.  Initial reviews called the Intel Compute Stick a great idea but underwhelming.

Now it seems that Intel has improved its compute stick with new entrants that solve some of the initial shortcomings.

The Compute Stick is about the size of a pack of gum. According to Intel, it has everything you need to transform a TV into a computer, or a monitor into a complete computer.

At 4.5 inches tall, the Compute Sticks include the Windows 10 operating system, an Intel Atom or Core-M processor, wireless connectivity, the same graphics as a full-size computer, 32 to 64 GB of storage, and more. There’s even a tiny cooling fan, according to Intel.  The exact configuration of what you get depends on the model you choose.

What that means is that when you plug the Compute Stick into an HDMI TV, it turns the television into a fully-functioning computer.  Or you can choose to plug it into a monitor, and turn the monitor into a computer.

Of course, you have to supply a wireless keyboard and mouse.  Or you can use the Intel Remote Keyboard app to control the device with your tablet or phone. But assuming you do that, it turns that display into a full-functioning computer.

When the first Intel compute stick was introduced back in 2015, the general consensus was that it was slow and lacked necessary features, such as sufficient USB ports. Intel seems to have taken that criticism to heart. The latest Compute Sticks offer a faster processor, better networking and more USB ports, according to Engadget.

Priced at under $200, they offer capability in a small package at a modest price.

The two new entrants, along with the original Bay Trail model, bring the Intel Compute Sticks to a total of three offerings.

The new models have been dubbed Cherry Trail and Skylake. These new models each include up to three USB ports, 802.11 WiFi capability for Internet connectivity, built-in Bluetooth 4.2 to connect peripherals wirelessly, 64 GB of storage, and a micro SD card slot. Depending on which model you choose, you can get the Intel Core M5v Pro processor or Intel Core M3 processor.  See the Intel site for exact model configurations.

With Intel getting the formula right, a Compute Stick may be an option for entrepreneurs and small businesses to consider.

Here are four ways small businesses can use a Compute Stick:

  • Be mobile –  Carry a computer wherever you are — from hotel room to vacation rental, from co-working cubicle to conference room.
  • Create and update a digital sign — You can transform a television on the wall of your shop into a digital sign. Connect to the cloud for access to a presentation that loops over and over. It becomes an automated sign without needing to purchase a turnkey digital signage solution.
  • Display graphics work or give a presentation on a large screen — Sometimes a small laptop or tablet screen just won’t do, such as when creating digital artwork. When you need to see something large, just plug in the compute stick to an extra large monitor or that 65″ television.
  • Save money — Instead of maintaining two computers (one at work and one at the office), simply have a monitor or TV in each place. Then carry the HDMI stick with you. You can work anywhere on a full-size or very large screen.

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Do You Know How to Prepare for a Computer Crash?

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The computer has changed the way we do business and work. So when a computer crashes, it becomes nearly impossible to work.

This is what happened when I woke up last Friday morning and my computer wouldn’t boot. After a couple of blue screens, I determined I’d need to take it in for repair. The problem for me is that as a freelance writer, blogger and online entrepreneur, nearly all my work is done online. Without a computer, I wouldn’t be able to work and make a living.

Even if your business or job isn’t 100% virtual, a crashed computer can severely impact your ability to work. Here are some tips to preparing for and surviving a computer crash.

Preparing for Computer Doom

The best way to survive a disaster is by being prepared. Here’s how to be prepared for when your computer crashes:

1) Back-up your computer on a regular basis. Backing up your computer means you have all your documents safely stored in case they can’t be retrieved off the crashed computer. Ideally, back-up to an external drive or online storage service, which makes your information easier to retrieve and restore to your computer (as opposed to backing up on your computer).

2) Have a back-up computer ready to use. A week ago I went out of town, so I pulled out my laptop, updated everything and added resources I’d need to work while I was away from my desktop. Thank goodness I did because now I have a slow, but useable computer to work with while my PC is being repaired. From now own, I’ll be sure to keep everything up-to-date on the laptop so I can easily resume working, if necessary, in the future.

3) Keep your serial numbers with your software in case you need to install programs on a back-up computer. The audio editing software I use for my podcast isn’t on my laptop, but I have the software disk and the all serial numbers filed together. If you download software, make a backup copy of the install file and the email with any passwords or serial numbers needed to install and activate the software. If your computer can’t be restored and instead is reset, you’ll need these to re-install all your software.

4) Use Web-based services that aren’t dependent on a specific computer. I’m working on a book. For the most part, I write on my desktop (the one that crashed). But on occasion, I like to work at the local java joint, so instead of saving the document on my PC, I save it to Drop Box. Now I can easily access the document on my other computer. My blogs and websites are built on WordPress. I use Gmail and Google Calendar. All of these resources are Web-based, allowing me to work anywhere I can get online.

Surviving a Computer Crash

A computer crash can seem like the end of the world, especially if much of your income is dependent on your ability to get online. Here are tips to making the best of a bad situation:

1) Don’t panic (unless you’re not prepared). If you’ve done the steps above, a computer crash is just a hassle, not a disaster. As annoying as it is, you don’t need to waste time freaking out. If you’re not prepared, it will be difficult not to panic, but you still want to stay calm. It’s difficult to problem solve if you’re thinking doom and gloom. Staying calm will help you think clearly on the next step.

2) Try to undo the last thing you did. Depending on what you’re computer is doing, sometimes undoing the last thing you did will get the computer running again. Or, use your PC’s restore feature to reset the computer back to a time before the problem occurred. If you have a blue screen or can’t get to any programs that would let you make changes, don’t try anything unless you’re a tech expert.

3) Get help. Most people I know who have had to take their computers in for repair were without their computers for at least a week. My estimated repair time is two weeks. If I didn’t have a back-up laptop, I’d be scrambling right now (see above on being prepared). The point is, the sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll be back up and running. Before your computer goes bad is the best time to research computer tech companies. Once something goes wrong, get in touch with your expert right away to get the computer running again.

4) Make a plan to get your work done. Your boss or clients will sympathize with your problem, but they also expect you to get your work done. A computer crash isn’t an acceptable excuse for a professional. For example, I do a podcast interview each week. Fortunately, the names, dates and times, and email of each week’s guest are on my Web-based calendar. Unfortunately, their bio and other items I need to do the interview were downloaded to my crashed PC-based email. The answer is that I’ll ask for the bio and material again when I email to confirm the interview. Find a way to get the materials and resources you need to get your work done. If you don’t have a back-up computer, go to the library or see if a friend has a spare one (you’d be surprised how many people have old computers sitting around).

Like death and taxes, a crashed computer is inevitable at some point. But you can minimize the impact by being prepared and taking action when your computer goes on the fritz.

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Tile Will Find Your Car Keys, Protect Your Computer

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We’ve all experienced it. Misplacing the most important items of daily life can be a real problem making you late for meetings or put important information stored on a mobile device at risk. Keys, a wallet, a smartphone … they all seemingly sprout legs and walk away when we’re not looking.

Or you could truly lose these important items, accidentally or through theft. A phone could easily slip out of pocket. Or a mobile device could disappear in a coffee shop the moment your back is turned.

A new device called Tile has been created to help you recover these important items whether misplaced in a desk drawer or taken from you without your knowledge while out and about. Here’s a closer look at how it works:

Tile can be attached to an essential device like a phone, remote or even a laptop. At just 37-millimeters square and 5 millimeters thick, it can also be stowed inside a wallet or pocketbook. The little device also features a hole in one corner that allows you to attach it to a key ring or other loop or clasp.

Of course, other software, like Lookout Mobile, has been developed to protect specific devices like your phone from theft. But Tile is unique in that it can help locate any item it is attached to.

Tile works by sending out a signal within a 100-foot radius. When you place a Tile on a device or object, a smartphone app helps identify where the object is. So, for instance, if you’ve placed a Tile on a lost set of keys, you can use your phone to help locate the keys using the Tile app.

As you get closer to that lost item, the Tile and the phone communicate with each other. You can even activate an audible alert to make the object easier to find.

But that’s not all. Soon, Tile owners will be able to share their identification information with friends and colleagues via a network that will allow others to help recover lost or stolen items, too.

Development of the new device and supporting software is getting plenty of backing. TechCrunch reportsthat Tile has raised more than $13 million so far. That includes a $9.5 million venture capital investment in Series A round funding led by GGV Capital. During its seed round of funding, Tile received $3.5 million, including a large investment from Tencent.

Tile also raised more than $2.6 million in a Selfstarter crowdfunding campaign. But the company came under some fire for failing to ship products it promised to backers, citing production delays. It’s a common problem that has happened more than once with crowdfunded startups.

Outside of recovering lost or stolen items, it’s speculated the technology could have other applications, including some in the world of retail marketing. For instance, a retailer could use the little devices to mark particular items around a store then give access to customers who have the app and offer special promotions on merchandise that has been marked.

Of course, the little devices still have some limitations. Right now, the app is only available for iOS 7 and iOs 8. So it works with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and both of the new iPhone 6s. The app also works with a third-generation iPad, a fifth-generation iPod Touch, and the iPad mini, the company says. The app can support up to eight Tile devices.

Tile also announced recently that an Anrdoid version is on the  way.

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Mi Notebook Air May Remind You of Another Computer — But Cheaper

Mi Notebook Air, the New Xiaomi Laptop, May Remind You of Another Computer -- But Cheaper

The founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, doesn’t like to be compared to Steve Jobs, but the latest product from the company, the Mi Notebook Air will do very little to convince people otherwise. You don’t have to have a degree from Stanford in computer science to see the similarities with Apple’s Macbook Air, right down to a portion of the name. That said, the Mi Notebooks are a worthy challenger for the computers coming out of Cupertino.

Who is Xiaomi?

Just in case you haven’t heard of Xiaomi, the Chinese company was founded in 2010 by Jun, and its rise to the smartphone leader board has been remarkable.  In just five short years, the company has become the fifth largest smartphone maker, selling close to 71 million units in 2015.

In addition to the phones, the company has a range of other products, including tablets, personal transports, drones, healthcare monitors, cloud services and more.

First Xiaomi Laptop: The Mi Notebook Air

The first ever laptop line by Xiaomi was a big surprise when it was announced at a recent press event in Beijing. And the company didn’t disappoint when it introduced two notebooks, a 13.3″ and a 12.5″ version. So here is a basic comparison between the Xiaomi and Apple Air notebooks.

The 13.3″ Mi Notebook Air

The 13.3″ Mi notebook is 14.8mm (0.58 inches) thick and weighs in at 1.28kg or 2.82 pounds, which makes it slightly thinner and lighter than the Apple version. The real differentiator is the discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics card and 256GB SSD storage that come standard on the Xiaomi. Not having to share the memory to process games and graphic intensive applications means the Mi notebook is going to work well for gamers and designers.

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The processor is an Intel 2.3GHz Core i5-6200U (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 9.5 hour battery life, according to the company. These are all great features for a flagship PC, but what is more impressive is the price, which comes in at less than the 11″ Macbook Air at $750.

The 13″ inch MacBook Air has many different configurations, but the one that currently has the $999.00 price tag on the company’s site has the following specs. It comes in a little bigger than the Mi Note at 17mm (0.66 inches) thick and weighing in at 1.35kg (2.9 pounds). The processor is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage.

The 12.5″ Mi Notebook Air

The 12.5″ Mi notebook is slimmer and weighs less, coming in at 12.9mm (0.5 inches) and 1.07kg (2.3 pounds). The specs also come down considerably, which is not surprising since it is more than $200 cheaper.

The processor is an Intel Core M3 CPU and it includes 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, one USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. The battery life is much better on this version, which lets you enjoy two additional hours compared to the 13″ model. You get all this for $520, not bad when you compare it to the 11″ Macbook air.

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The 11″ Macbook air is thicker at 17mm or 0.66 inches and weighs almost the same at 1.08kg. However, the Mac has a better processor with the Intel Core i5 and more options as to how you can configure your device. The standard version includes 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and 9 hours of battery life. The latest available price for these specs from Apple is $899, which is $379 more expensive than the Xiaomi.

The Price Difference for Small Businesses

Small businesses are always on the lookout for affordable technology, and Xiaomi makes a great case to merit a second or even a third look at what it is offering. Price differences of $249 and $379 are considerable and may be enough to sway many owners to make the change. But it is important to remember Apple has carved out a niche market for creative types who will almost always go for the Macbook, and there is nothing Xiaomi or anyone else can do about that.

Both the Mi Notebook and Macbook have great specs, but Apple gives you more configuration options. Since this is the first offering from Xiaomi, it is limited, but if the company takes the same route for its notebooks as it did its smartphones, it won’t be long before it makes more options available for its customers.

Though there’s no knowing when Xiami will offer this notebook for sale outside China, those determined enough can doubtless find a way to get it. The question is, would this device be an asset to your business?

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Microsoft Targets Apple Customers With New Computer (Watch)

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going after Apple’s customers with its new desktop computer. The Surface Studio is the first desktop computer from Microsoft. And it has a lot of new and interesting features.

For one, the computer screen actually folds down into something like a drafting table. You can also use touchscreen features, a stylus that comes with the device, and a new tool called the Surface Dial to draw and design directly on the desktop.

As it does with other Surface products, Microsoft is targeting artists, designers and other creatives with its features and marketing. And that’s a section of the market where Apple already has a lot of popularity.

If Microsoft can chip away at that market share with its new innovative features, then it will be good news for the company. But getting people to actually make the switch could be difficult, given the big investment and the totally different operating systems that new customers would have to get used to.

2 Ways to Enter a Competitive Market

When businesses like Microsoft have to face off in a new market against entrenched competitors like Apple, there are a couple of ways to enter a competitive market. You could find your own niche and try to appeal to totally different customers. Or you could go up against the competition head on. That’s the route that Microsoft is apparently taking. And time will tell whether it’s a strategy that pays off for them.

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50 Small Business Ideas for Computer Experts

50 Small Business Ideas for Computer Experts

If you have experience with computers and related technology, you’re well on your way to becoming a successful startup founder. There are so many potential small business opportunities out there for computer experts. So if you have the relevant experience, here are 50 potential small business ideas for tech entrepreneurs.

Startup Business Ideas for Computer Experts

Web Designer

Businesses of all shapes and sizes need websites. So if you’re experienced with design and the tech aspects of building a website, you can offer your services as a web designer and work with all different types of clients.

IT Consultant

You can also offer your services to different businesses by working as an IT consultant that they can go to for a variety of different tech related issues.

Tech Blogger

If you want to share your expertise with a wider audience, you can start your own blog and write about computers and other aspects of the tech industry.

App Developer

Mobile apps are becoming hugely popular. And many of the same aspects of web and software development can also be applied to the mobile world, though some of the tools vary. So you can build a business creating your own mobile apps or even working on them for outside clients.

Computer Repair Service Provider

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Computers experience technical issues fairly regularly. So you can offer services as a computer repair business, either one that goes to your clients or one with a physical location where they can come to you.

Tech Support Call Center Operator

For simpler IT issues, you may even be able to offer your technical expertise over the phone. Start your own call center where people can phone in with their questions or issues and you can talk them through the solutions.

Software Developer

There are many opportunities for you to create and develop your own software programs to later sell and build a business around.

Software Programmer

If you want a smaller focus but still want to help create software programs, you can offer your services as a programmer to software firms and other companies that want to sell software programs.

Software Engineer

Engineers can also be an important part of the software building process. You can offer your services to look over programs, test any bugs and help companies come up with solutions to any issues that may arise.

Technical Writer

If you have some writing skills, you can build a business as a technical writer to help others understand certain tech products or services.

System Analyst

Systems analysts work with hardware and software programs to solve any potential problems with the technology. You can offer your services on a freelance basis to a variety of different firms.

Web Developer

Web developers are programmers who specialize in websites and web based applications. If you enjoy working on the back end of such programs, you can offer your services in this area.

Database Manager

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Databases are important parts of many software programs and web applications. You can offer your services as a database manager to ensure that data is collected and handled properly.

Quality Assurance Professional

In many different areas of tech, quality is absolutely essential. So you can start a business offering quality assurance services to make sure that different programs and applications are up to company and industry standards.

UX Service Provider

You can also offer a specialty type of service where you test, or facilitate user testing, for websites, mobile apps or other tech programs to make sure the user experience is what the company actually expects.

Community Manager

For those websites and other tech programs that include community oriented features, you can offer your services as a community manager to update the service and keep the community engaged.

Game Developer

Online, mobile and social games are growing in popularity. So you can build a successful business by developing those games.

Social Network Founder

Social networks are also incredibly popular. While it may be difficult to break into that industry, there are plenty of niches where you can start social media sites or apps to get started.

SEO Consultant

Search engine optimization is an important part of marketing for any online business. If you have computer experience, you likely understand a bit about how search engines work, and can offer consulting or related services to businesses that need help with SEO.

Computer Cleaning Service Owner

Computers do need to be cleaned from time to time. So you can start a business offering those cleaning services to people in your area.

Computer Setup Service Provider

You might also want to help people who have recently bought new devices and want help getting them set up. In that case, stating a computer setup service could be the way to go.

Computer Refurbisher

You can also start a business from taking old computers and parts and refurbishing them to make like-new devices that you can then sell.

Computer Training Service Provider

For those computer experts who enjoy teaching, you can start your own training program where you provide the essential knowledge to individuals or even other professionals who are interested in learning more about computers.

Tech Tutor

Or you could work in more of a one-on-one setting and offer your services to specific clients who need some computer help.

Computer Store Operator

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Of course, you can also open a local store that simply sells computers and other tech devices.

Computer Backup Service Provider

Customers like to have some security when it comes to saving their data and important files. In those cases, you can offer a service that specifically helps them back up their data.

Data Recovery Service Provider

Or for those customers who didn’t back up their data and then need help recovering it, you can offer data recovery services.

Domain Reseller

Anyone who wants to start a website needs a domain. And they need to purchase those domains from somewhere. If you purchase domains from providers, you can then sell them to interested parties later as part of a domain resale business.

Website Host

You can also provide hosting services to those website owners who need that type of function.

Web Content Provider

If you want to help people fill the actual content of their websites, blogs or other online spaces, you can offer services as a freelance content provider.

Online Marketing Consultant

You can also specialize in digital marketing and work with various online businesses to shore up their online marketing strategies.

Social Media Manager

Social media is a big part of digital marketing. If you’re familiar with the format, you can work with businesses as a professional who can manage and carry out their social media plans.

Desktop Publisher

There are also plenty of opportunities for you to use your skills in a variety of different computer programs to help companies create things like magazines, newsletters and reports.

Smartphone Repair Service Provider

If you’re skilled with repairs, you can start a specialty business where you offer repair services to people who have broken or malfunctioning smartphones.

Computer Manufacturer

You can also build your own computers to sell if you have extensive skills and the right equipment.

Computer Accessories Seller

There are also plenty of different computer accessories that you could make and sell separately.

Smartphone Accessory Manufacturer

Likewise, you can develop and sell your own line of accessories made for smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

WiFi Café Operator

If you want to start a local business where you may not work with computers directly, you can open a café that offers WiFi to customers who come in.

eBook Author

If you’re a skilled writer, you can put together a whole ebook about computer and other tech topics. You can even self-publish your work online.

Online Course Creator

If you think your expertise would fit better into a course, you can build an online course and sell it to customers on your website or other online platforms.

Tech Magazine Publisher

You can also set up your own magazine about technology and computers.

eNewsletter Publisher

Or you can focus more on sharing your message with an online audience through an email newsletter about computers and technology.


Podcasting is also becoming a really popular format within the tech community. You can start your own where you share your expertise.

YouTube Personality

In some cases, video may also be a beneficial format. You can share computer tutorials or even have a recurring show about technology.

Social Media Influencer

You also have the ability to influence people online via social media. If you build a significant following, you can work with brands to share their messaging to your followers.

Affiliate Marketer

If you have a blog, website, social accounts or any other online presence, you can build a business as an affiliate marketer where you partner with brands and earn a percentage of the sales that you send their way.

Ecommerce Seller

You can also use your tech knowledge to set up and run an ecommerce store. You can even sell computer related products if you so choose.

Tech Fair Founder

Fairs and events can be a great way for members of the tech community to get together to share ideas and products. So you can build a business around starting your own tech event.

Tech Rentals Provider

If you have computers and other devices at your disposal, you can potentially also build a business by renting out those devices to consumers who only need them for a short time.

3D Printer

3D printing is a growing sector of the tech industry where you can use computer files to generate and manufacture products from scratch. If you can work with those devices, you can potentially build a business selling 3D printing files or even the finished products.

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12 Tips for Increasing Computer Speed

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Nothing slows business down more than a sluggish computer. Of course, Apple fans will be pleased to note that there are not many tools for them here because. . .well, their machines are often invincible.

I use many of these ideas to keep my machines running lean and mean in the fast lane. If your PC is wasting what little precious time you have, these tips and websites will help you to make it faster.

How to Increase Computer Speed

1) Use Microsoft Fix It

Microsoft Fix It is a free tool from Microsoft that will help users of Windows 7 or earlier to clean up and perform many simple maintenance problems.

2) Reduce Items that Run on Startup

If your computer takes a long time to start up, the first thing you want to do is see everything it starts when you hit the power button.

To do this, click on the Windows button, click “run,” and then type “msconfig” into the box. Click on the “Startup” tab. Some things you want to leave alone. For example, your Antivirus. Others, such as Adobe Acrobat or Google Toolbar Notifier, you don’t need to startup with your computer.

3) Remove Programs No Longer In Use

Along with preventing every app on your computer from starting with Windows, you should also review which programs you no longer need and remove them.

Access the uninstaller tool from your control panel and use that to uninstall programs you don’t use. I regularly do this, of course, as a software reviewer.

4) Clean Your Drive

Clean up your drives by typing “cleanmgr.exe” into the run menu to access Disk Cleanup. This is that “search programs and files” box that shows when you hit the Windows Start icon, usually in the lower left of most screens (although you can move it to any part of the screen).

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5) Consider Switching From Internet Explorer to Chrome

If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) as your Web browser, it is time to upgrade. Make the Google Chromedownload the last thing you do on it.

Chrome is faster and has fewer bugs than IE 11. (Sorry, IE users.)

6) Clean Your Browser

Regardless of your browser, you should clean it out regularly. To clean Chrome, click the three bars icon in the upper right corner, then click “Tools,” then “Clean Browsing Data,” and then check the history boxes, cookies and cached items.

Or, download CCleaner which does a great job on the five top browsers, registries and Windows, overall.

7) Scan For And Remove Malware

Anything that starts with “mal” must be stopped. You should regularly scan your system to get rid of any malware that may be slowing your computer down.

Comodo Cleaning Essentials is a top rated free tool that does this. Avast also has free tools, as does Norton.

8) Scan For And Remove Viruses and Spyware

In addition to performing regular scans on your computer for malware, you should also regularly scan for viruses and spyware.

Access your antivirus and manually perform a scan. You can schedule these weekly. Just make sure you do so when you won’t be using the computer. Also, having more than one antivirus on your computer will slow it down, so unless you are wanting to be incredibly thorough, and perhaps a bit redundant, it is better to run only one.

9) Make Adjustments For Better Performance

If you want better performance and don’t mind losing visual effects such as mouse shadows, click on “computer,” and then “system properties,” and then “advanced system settings.” You will find a performance settings button that allows you to select “adjust for best performance.”

You can also reduce your screen resolution, which can speed things slightly and improve battery life when running on it.

how to increase computer speed

10) Defrag Your Drive

You should defragment your drive or schedule it to perform this action automatically. In general, you can do this monthly. However, if you excessively download, move, uninstall, or install programs, you may need to do it more frequently.

If your computer is running slow, you can manually analyze the disk to see if it is more than 10% fragmented. I still do this occasionally, but Windows seems to be doing a better job of keeping things optimized.

11) Add More RAM Memory

There are a few physical things you can do to increase your performance, as well. You can and should add more RAM memory until the computer is at capacity. I’ve found that as a machine ages, you can extend its utility with a RAM upgrade. I’m literally ordering RAM for one of my laptops as I write this.

In most cases, this is simply a matter of snapping in or out memory sticks. Laptops are usually slightly more tricky and you have to remove screws, but still fairly easy. You can also have a retail store service desk do it.

12) Upgrade To An SSD Drive

Finally, you can upgrade to an SSD drive. This will make your computer run faster, but they are more expensive and have overall less storage capacity. I wish there were easy ways to convert standard laptop drives to SSD, but I haven’t found any that are affordable.

Do not let a slow machine stop your productivity. Use these tips on how to increase computer speed to keep your desktop and laptop machines running smoothly.

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Gboard, WhatsApp for Computer, Pebble in India, and Greater News This Week

Gboard, WhatsApp for Desktop, Pebble in India, and More News This Week

Google released ‘Gboard’ that can be the quality iOS keyboard yet.
WhatsApp has released a Laptop app that you could not need.
Pebble has officially launched in India – and an entire lot More.
If you‘ve neglected out at the big Information of the week, you’ve got come to the proper area, as we attempt to get you caught up on everything you need to understand in a single brief study. And there has been loads of interesting stuff happening this week. Here are some of the highlights, and also take a look at out the contemporary episode of our Orbital podcast.

For starters, we had some essential launches, which include the Lyf Flame 2, and Wind 4, Twin-SIM 4G smartphones with VoLTE, for Reliance’s upcoming Jio network. There may be additionally the Lava A67 with five-inch show, launched at Rs. four,549, and the Micromax Canvas 6 release (overview) alsooccurred this week. The Intex iRist Junior and iRist Seasoned smartwatches were also launched, with the Junior priced at simply Rs. 3,999. Centered at kids, the Junior comes with GPS connectivity so parents canmusic their youngsters, and it works with each iOS and Android devices. Talking of smartwatches, theunique smartwatch, Pebble, is eventually officially in India. Prices start at Rs. 5,999, and move up to Rs. 15,999 for the Pebble Time Steel.

Other than those launches, we additionally were given new Windows 10 laptops from iBall, and a numberLED TVs from Panasonic. We additionally noticed the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A ten.1 (2016), and the Meizu m3 note is also in India now. Different cellphone launches this week encompass the respect V8 launch as well as the QiKU N4 with 4GB of RAM and a deca-center SoC. Other huge launchesincluded the Xiaomi Mi Max with a 6.44-inch display and the Lenovo Zuk Z1.

(also see: Pinnacle five Capabilities of Xiaomi’s Largest Cellphone)

Airtel introduced self-law on call excellent, while Videocon stated efforts are on to solve the trouble, a day after the Best Court docket nixed Trai’s regulation for telcos to compensate us for name drops. It’s a little ironic that the agencies at the moment are taking sturdy stands on call drops – now that the issue ofreimbursement is off the desk.

(also see: Telcos React to call Drop Penalty Ruling, Say They WantActualProblems Constant)

Facebook had an interesting week as well. At the start of the week, it changed into alleged that theemployer has been doctoring the trending topics despite the fact that Fb refuted the claims. Now, Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to research any bias in trending subjects, while he reiterated that noevidence of alleged manipulation were found. Fb also launched worker tips amid the accusations.

(additionally see: Why Bias Complaints Approximately Facebook‘s Trending Is a huge Deal)

One massive piece of Information If you use WhatsApp to your pc at paintings due to the fact your boss will yell at you if he sees you tapping away on your telephone all day – WhatsApp Web now helps documentsharing and not simply media sharing. WhatsApp also launched apps for Mac and Windows, althoughthese essentially work similar to WhatsApp Net, so It’s not clear why you would Want to install the app? Fellow Fb firm Instagram meanwhile overhauled its emblem and apps, though maximum of the Net turned into not thrilled. Most of the people made amusing of the new emblem, across a ramification of social networks.

in the meantime, don’t forget how Microsoft introduced It is Word Flow keyboard to iOS in April? well, Google doesn’t Need to be left at the back of, and It is launched Gboard, which brings Google Search to the iPhone keyboard. This allows customers to look for emojis or gifs while typing, or to insert Seek effectsright into a textual content immediately from the keyboard. Surely no employer wants to omit out on theextraordinarily rewarding iPhone keyboard marketexpect Facebook to release one at this fee!

(additionally see: Google’s Gboard Might be the quality iPhone Keyboard but)

Truecaller also added stay caller Identity for iPhones, form of. It only works if every other Truecallerconsumer is calling you, and is at the cutting-edge version of the app, and if they’re calling you from an iPhone, then they want to vicinity the call via the Truecaller app as well. It isno longer very effective for now – it wasn’t working for plenty of customers, and did not work whilst we attempted it either.

There’s also a robust risk that Google will launch the predicted standalone Android VR headset at Google I/O subsequent week. This headset might not need to be connected to a Pc, or have a Cellphone inserted into it to work. anticipate it to fall somewhere between current mobile VR gadgets and excessivegive upComputer VR gadgets consisting of the Oculus Rift, in phrases of pricing and abilties. A standalonedevice ought to assist with adoption from lovers, which in turn will assist create an target market for earlycontent creators, however ultimately, if this era goes to look mass adoption, Cardboard remains the mostthrilling bet inside the blend.

(also see: ‘I Sense Sick, Give Me the Bucket’: What 25 Hours in Digital Truth Appears like)

More Google NewsIn case you had been expecting Android N to convey 3-d touch, prepare to bedisenchanted as it was showed that this may not be the case at the least at launch. The company is likewise reportedly running on a product called Chirp, to take at the Amazon Echo clever-assistant/ speaker. And additionally, Google Translate now works in any app on Android, which sounds extraordinarilybeneficial, and it additionally gets an offline mode for iOS.

(also see: Android doesn’t Really want 3D touch)

Oh additionally, you may have stumble upon headlines saying that Apple has now invested in Ola. It iskind of correct, but also very incorrect. Apple invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi), Uber’s rival in China. Didi is in flip a strategic investor in Ola – It is invested in businesses competing with Uber around the arena.

now not a whole lot of exact News for game enthusiasts this week – Mass Efffect: Andromeda has beenbehind schedule, and Disney is shutting down the Infinity recreation unit, costing 300 human beings their jobs and putting an quit to a totally cool franchise. We do have a few cool gaming critiques you couldcheck out from this week even though – we cherished Doom, and had a lot to say Approximately the remaster of Valkyria Chronicles. another huge sport this week became Battleborn, which has a terriblecampaign but brilliant action, while Uncharted 4 was a becoming farewell to Nathan Drake.

There has been additionally some very cool technology News this week – automaker Hyundai unveiled a wearable robotic. It’s now not a giant robotic, which could be very disappointing, however rather a powered exoskeleton that could be used in lots of areas, inclusive of the navy, and on manufacturingstrains. Yes, the armour suits from technology fiction books and films are sooner or later taking place.Similarly cool, astronomers have brought 1,284 planets to the listing of worlds past the sun device, takingthe overall list to over 3,264. Of the 1,284 new planets, apparently 550 May be rocky like Earth, with 9 in all likelihood in orbits suitable for floor water that could bolster the potentialities of supporting life.

(additionally see: stay Braille Targets to assist the Visually Challenged Pass ApproximatelyIndependently)

Incidentally, a brand new examine shows that Cellphone use can also reason interest deficiency but In case you‘re reading this on a telephone and feature made it this a long way, you then‘re possibly doingbest.

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