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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Adding Words to the Android Dictionary

Android phones contain an extensive dictionary, but there will still be occasions when a word in a user’s lexicon won’t be recognized. These may be proper names (or improper names), trade terms, or words in languages other than the default language. There are several ways to add words to this dictionary; some more convenient than others. However, as it is with all things Android, the method for each device, model, and version may differ (at least slightly) from others.

In Android 4.0, one quick way is to type the word, and then tap the displayed word in the suggestions that appear above the keyboard, and tap it again to save it to the dictionary.



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Android Back-up Tips

If you want to update the firmware of your Android phone, it’s important to back up your contacts and apps. Everything else is individual, like sms messages, calendar and notes. In fact, you have the option of syncing your contacts, calendar and notes to Google already, so you don’t have to worry about that. Still, things can go wrong if you rely too much on Google for syncing everything – and then again, what about backing up and restoring apps? 

Here are a few ways to go about backing up your Android phone before you press the panic button.

STEP ONE

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Jack Reacher Movie Review






Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, "Jack Reacher" is adapted from Lee Child's novel "One Shot" (the ninth Reacher novel in a series of 17 so far) and is also the beginning of a possible new franchise for star and producer Tom Cruise.


The first thing this adaptation asks audiences to adapt to is Tom Cruise as ex-military investigator Jack Reacher. At six-foot-five and 250 pounds in the novel, that's more than a bit of a reach. Cruise, however, is still one of the biggest stars on the big screen, and not for nothing. He succeeds here in making himself larger than life with a one-two punch of swagger and coldness.

Close Background iPad Programs

Guess who loves their new iPad? Also, guess who started poking around and saw a significant decrease in performance in his new iPad mere hours after booting it up?

Yeah – that’s me. See, by default the iPad will keep apps open in the background – and while this is a boon to productivity ( or bane, depending on how you look at it ), eventually stuff starts getting a little… laggy.

So, here’s how you close some of those apps running in the background.

Simply click the home button twice to bring up the program bar.


Monday, December 24, 2012

This is 40 Movie Review


As supporting characters in writer-director Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up", married parents Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) acted as both mentors and foils for the film's main characters. Five years (or so) later, they take the lead in "This is 40", a look at the realities of long-term commitment and the fear of growing old.

iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

Enjoy being woken up by a text? Love the attention you receive when your phone goes off in a meeting? Neither do I! If you’re anything like me, however, and need to keep your line open for emergency calls, you’ll love the new Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 6.

To enable manually, simply go to your settings and toggle switch on or off. While your Do Not Disturb is enabled, it will not light up or make any sounds for incoming messages, calls or other notifications. Best of all, when you have time to check your phone, everything you’ve missed will appear in the notification center when you turn on your display.


Skip to Timestamp on YouTube

Hey, all you YouTube users out there. Have you ever wanted to skip ahead in a video, but you didn’t want to wait for the buffer bar to load all the way to your favorite part? Well, here’s a neat little trick to help you skip directly to a specific timestamp!

All you have to do is put the time in at the end of the URL in the address bar using this formula #t=XXmYYs (Where XX represents minutes and YY represents seconds).

So, if your favorite part of a video starts at 2 minutes and 15 seconds in, you’d input #t=02m15s at the end of the URL. Like this:


Then, all you have to do is press Enter and the video should start at the timestamp you specified!

How cool is that?

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Difference Between DVD rom and DVD RAM

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. It’s a type of data storage technology. There are two categories of recording formats in DVDs.




The first category is called Digital Versatile Disc Read Only Memory (DVD ROM). In this type of DVD, you can retrieve the content multiple times on any device that reads DVD ROMs. For example, when you purchase a movie, it is burned using the DVD ROM format. You can watch the movie, but you cannot record over it.

iPhone Notifications: How To Silence Alerts

Have you ever been completely embarrassed by a loud, annoying ring or chirp sounding off from your iPhone while in a quiet, public setting? If you answered yes, then I’m sure you have been eager to know how to prevent this from happening again! Thankfully, silencing iPhone alerts and notifications is easier than you may think. And, if you’re like me (attached to your iPhone by the hip), being able to carry your phone with you at all times is absolutely essential.

By default, several e-mail and messaging apps send out noisy alerts.  Aside from creating a disturbance in a silent environment or being just plain annoying, these notifications also utilize some of the iPhone’s battery life every time your device is awakened out of sleep mode. Nevertheless, the easiest way to keep your iPhone quiet is to switch the mute toggle on (this can be found on the top left corner of your iPhone).

Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review


In the years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden has become a figure of mythic proportions. And it's hard to kill a myth. When, in May of last year, SEAL Team Six did just that, the subsequent account of the details behind their clandestine operation instantly screamed "Hollywood Blockbuster". The midnight raid, the downed chopper, the night-vision goggles. Consequently, there are now not one but two films made about that historic mission. "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden", directed by John Stockwell, went straight to the National Geographic channel just days before the presidential election, while Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" gets a December theatrical release in time for Oscar season.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Smartphone Buying Guide

Now more than ever, we see ourselves relying heavily on cell phones. Whether for urgent, emergency situations or casual, carefree conversations, many people depend on these handy devices to relay messages and facilitate communications. With today’s advanced technology of smartphones, people are able to use their phones for many more purposes, from browsing the Web to listening or watching their favorite songs or videos.

With the vast amount of smartphones out on the market, finding the perfect device for your specific needs can be a tricky task. Nevertheless, no matter what kind of phone you need to suit your needs, now is a great time to invest in one of these innovative gadgets. From the iPhone to the Android, here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a smartphone.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Google Maps on iOS: The New & Improved Comeback

If you have an iOS device, you may have been using the Apple Maps app for the last few months. While it has its redeeming qualities (free turn-by-turn directions being the major one), the general consensus has been that Google Maps had a better interface, and that the Android version’s turn-by-turn navigation was more reliable. On 12-12-12, Google released the new and improved Google Maps for iOS.

Google Maps is a free App for iOS that you can download by going to the App Store on your device. It is only 6.7MB, so it can be downloaded over a 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection. The app is a radical re-work of the original Maps app in iOS, and the interface has been updated to mimic the new Gmail interface on iOS. The basic interface includes a search box in the top center, a locator icon in the lower left, and a pull-out menu to access traffic, public transit, satellite view and Google Earth.


Camera Phones Vs. Point-and-Shoot Cameras


This holiday season, the sale of conventional point-and-shoot cameras is expected to be much longer then previous years. One major reason for this is the proliferation of cell phone cameras that many people consider good enough to replace the point-and-shoot. Is the cell phone camera good enough? Are all the cell phone cameras basically the same? What does a point-and-shoot offer that a cell phone doesn’t?

A point-and-shoot camera is generally defined as a camera where the lens cannot be removed, and its primary function is to take pictures. These types of cameras differ from dSLR cameras, which have removable lenses or video camcorders which might take photos, but its general purpose is to take video. A point-and-shoot will usually run you between $100 and $300 dollars, and in most cases, include a xenon bulb flash and an optical zoom lens, usually in the 3x to 10x range. Point-and-shoot cameras often come with many scene modes and sensitivity settings, and can have more advanced PSAM photographic control modes. Point-and-shoots range in megapixel (MP) rating, currently from 5 megapixels to 16 megapixels.

Windows 8: Multiple Monitors Made Easy

Windows 8 includes two fantastic features for people using multiple monitors. The first feature lets you choose which background image to have on which monitor, so you don’t have to have the same background on all monitors. The second feature is an easy keyboard combination which lets you move any Windows Store App to another monitor.

To change your desktop background images independently, go to the charms bar (lower right-hand corner of the screen) and click on Settings. Next, click Personalization. From the personalization menu, select Desktop Background, and you can right-click on any image and select set for all monitors, set for monitor 1, or set for monitor 2.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Les Misérables Movie Review


Based on the original 1980 stage musical of the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, the monumental "Les Misérables" fittingly finds itself on the big screen (again), directed by Tom Hooper.

The story, as is familiar to fans of the musical, revolves around convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who escapes and assumes a new identity, but is continuously hunted for years by his former jailer Javert (Russell Crowe). Along the way he raises Cosette (Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried, as the respective child and grown woman versions of Cosette), daughter of Fantine (Anne Hathaway).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Windows 8 Task Manager: Big Upgrade


Let’s be honest, the news about Windows 8 isn’t all sunshine and roses. Many people question the value of Windows 8 over Windows 7, especially if you’re using a traditional computer and not a touch screen tablet. Windows Task Manager got a big overhaul in Windows 8, and now gives a lot more useful information in a layout that’s far easier to understand.

To open Task Manager in Windows 8, you right-click the task bar and click Task Manager, or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, and you’ll be presented with the new process tab by default. This tab now includes the proper name of the program, along with information on the CPU usage, memory usage, disk access usage and network usage. You can right-click on any of these applications or background processes and select go to details to view the selection in the details tab, with the traditional process view of Windows 7 task manager. This new process view gives you a much better picture of what the programs are, as well as what may be slowing down/hogging system resources.



Mobile Printing: How It Works


In the new age of technology, we exchange and receive more and more important documents using mobile devices. As a result, we frequently find that it is essential to have printing capabilities enabled via our smartphones, laptops, and even tablets. Take the following scenarios into consideration: You’re traveling on business, and you receive an important PowerPoint presentation that you need to print right away. Or, you’re away from the office and suddenly receive a detailed spreadsheet recapping the day’s events, but you are struggling to make sense of the miniscule type on your phone.

Thanks to mobile printing, these kinds of concerns are no longer an issue. Nowadays, printers equipped with wireless capabilities or web connectivity feature extended reaches, expanding beyond specified workgroups or limited users. Furthermore, major tech companies such as Google, HP and Apple are making strides in offering solutions for users who need to locate a place to print when on-the-go. They are even implementing strategies for extending mobile printing compatibility to older printer models.

Adding Options to the Right Click Menu


One of the serious drawbacks regarding Windows file management tools is that there is no option to copy a file or folder directly from the right click context menu. Neither is there an option to move a file or folder from the right click context menu.

You have to copy / cut a file or folder, open the target directory and then paste it. This can be very time consuming, when you are working with dozens of documents, images, files and want a quick and easy option to move files across different directories.

What if you can get the following two options in your Windows Context menu?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quick Access To Task Manager


Windows Task Manager allows you to close unresponsive programs, view performance and memory usage, and determine what’s truly running in the background.

Want a quick way to open Task Manager?

Here are two really fast methods:

#1 Right click on an empty area of the task bar and click Start Task Manager

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Review



Behind every great man is a great woman, it's said. But in Franklin Roosevelt's case, he had more than just Eleanor in his corner. A veritable harem of womenfolk supported the President, in nearly every aspect of his life. "Hyde Park on Hudson" gives a peek into FDR's complicated world, through the eyes of his distant cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Google Reverse Image Search


So, say you have an image you grabbed off the Internet and you want to find a larger size, but you can’t quite remember where you got the image in the first place? What do you do? Where do you go?

There’s gotta be an easy way, right?

Yep, there is, and you can find it at Google. It’s called Reverse Image Search. Just head over to Google.com and click the Images button in the upper left-hand corner. The page should reload and you should see a little camera icon in the search box. 

WhatsApp? Connecting To Friends Worldwide With Android


Want a fun way to chat with your friends?  Want to be able to “text” your friend who lives halfway across the world at no fee for the messages you send each other back and forth? Well, this may be the answer for you.  WhatsApp Messenger is an application you can download on your Android device–FREE of charge–to message and keep in touch with your friends, no matter where they might live.  If you and your friend both have downloaded the application, you are set to go!  

First thing’s first.  Download the application onto your Android device if you haven’t already – this will be through your “Play Store.”  Search for “WhatsApp,” then download.  The icon for this application is a green speech bubble with a telephone icon inside.  When you first launch the application, it will ask you to enter in your cell phone number to confirm.  The next screen will have you enter your name the way you want it to appear on your friends’ lists.  You have the option of loading a profile picture at this time too (although this can be done at any time).  Once you are signed in, you will see a blank page that says “Chats” at the top, with a pencil sketch in the middle.  This is essentially your homepage. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Killing Them Softly Movie Review



For my money, nothing beats a good gangster flick. And when I saw the cast of "Killing Them Softly" I really thought that all the dominoes were correctly positioned for a possible mega-gangster fest. Instead, Andrew Dominik's entry in the genre is a mechanical, stiff, and thoroughly artificial mess.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Internet Explorer: Remove Manage Add-Ons Notification

A common complaint about IE9 is the message below, which appears at the bottom of the screen, even if add-ons have been previously set. For information on managing IE add-ons, click here.


Control Flash Content in Internet Explorer


Flash enhances websites by offering video and interactive capabilities, but it can also slow browsing by increasing webpage load times, so knowing how to control it can boost browsing speed (and help avoid Flash dependent advertising).

To control Flash in IE9, open Tools by clicking the gear icon in the upper right (or by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+X) and select Manage add-ons.

Gmail New Feature: Reply With Selected Text


When creating an e-mail, the default action when you click reply is to include all of the e-mail you’re replying to below your message. This results in incredibly long reply chains and tons of non-relevant information being forwarded along. What if you don’t want to include all of the text, but instead, just the relevant, important parts? Just an important line? A picture? Gmail has improved their web interface to do just that.

This fantastic feature is easy to use. Simply highlight the text you want to be in the reply e-mail, and then click the reply button on Gmail’s interface. You’ll get a reply with just the highlighted information selected. 



Enhancing Device Battery Life While Traveling


Let’s face it. There’s more than enough to worry about when traveling during the holiday season. From delayed flights to major traffic jams, we can encounter plenty of obstacles before arriving at our destination. So, why risk the chance of your favorite, most important tech gadgets dying along the way? From smartphones to tablets, there are a number of ways to enhance the battery life of your devices while traveling.

Battery Cases

Aside from boosting battery life, battery cases are ideal for protecting your phone from hazardous drops, slips or bumps. The majority of these handy cases feature connector plugs, designed to match up with the phone’s charging port. This is how extra power is delivered straight to your device. Although highly beneficial, there is one downfall to battery cases: any form of dock-cradle accessories cannot be utilized without taking your device out of this case. Nevertheless, these cases can really come in handy when you’re on the go, and they are also available for an iPad and various other tablet devices.

PowerSkin's battery case for Galaxy S III

Deleting Corrupted Files from a Flash Drive


Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with no immediate success. However, with the exception of flash drives which have undergone extreme, usually physical, damage to its internal components, a corrupt file which seemingly cannot be deleted, can typically be removed via a variety of methods; it’s just a matter of finding the right one. So how do you find a method that successfully deletes your corrupt file(s)? Start by following these simple steps:

1. Think of your flash drive like your C: drive, only smaller

Silent Night Movie Review


Maybe you're not a fan of the holiday season, but chances are that the irritations and discomforts awaiting you over the next few weeks are nothing compared to what the citizens of Cryer, Wisconsin are going through in "Silent Night".  You see, they've got a vengeful serial killer on their hands, it's Christmas eve, and the murderer is stalking the streets dressed like Santa Claus.  "Silent Night", an updated take on the 1984 slasher flick, "Silent Night, Deadly Night", follows every twist and turn of this deadly Santa's path of destruction through the small, downtrodden milll town.  As it turns out, Santa's got some extreme ideas about who's been naughty and who's been nice (hint: the nice list is pretty short).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Windows 8 Updates: Apps Not Included


If you’ve been using Windows for a while, you know that Windows Update is the place to go to update your windows software. Previously, I covered the importance of checking Windows Update for windows 8 users frequently the first few months. Thanks to one of our users, Ron, who commented on that story, I was prompted to investigate the statement he made: that pre-installed Microsoft Apps will not be updated in Windows Update, but rather, only in the Store interface.

Low and behold, Ron was spot on: Apps pre-installed as part of Windows 8 will not show up in Windows Update. Now, this may sound like an obvious statement, as many third party programs are not in Windows Update for previous versions of windows. The odd part is, Microsoft applications installed in Windows 8, such as Mail, Camera, Photos and other built-in features of Windows 8, were considered parts of the operating system before and not stand-alone applications that needed separate downloads.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In The Windows 8 News



And The Survey Says…

The numbers are in and it looks like Microsoft’s Windows 8, the newest version of the operating system family, is off to a solid start.  Windows 8 was released on October 26 and has sold 40 million licenses in the past month.  In fact, that pace matches the early sales numbers of Windows 7 when it was released.   The quick start may not come as a big surprise, considering that the release date of October 26 came just before the holiday shopping season.
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