Windows 10 is Ready to be Installed!

Earlier today, Microsoft released their new version of Windows and it is thought to become a success. Now, there are quite a few reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 and I am going to walk you through some of them.

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Firstly, most Windows users are still using Windows 7 to date. What Microsoft wants to do is to transfer their whole user base from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10. The reason for that could be the release of DirectX 12. They probably want to take over the multimedia API scene, and want all of their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to have support for DirectX 12.

So, if you are still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can go ahead and claim a free copy of Windows 10 until July 29, 2016. After this, they might still provide an upgrade for free, but nothing has been said yet. There’s some confusion that I would like to clear up about what this free one-year-upgrade means. If you decide to go through with the upgrade to Windows 10 within this time frame, you will receive free Windows updates forever. It’s not just until July 29, 2016. If you don’t upgrade and the offer expires, you will not receive a free copy of Windows 10 at all.

What’s great about DirectX 12 is that it does not depend on only one GPU vendor, unlike some other APIs. All computers that support Microsoft Windows can use DirectX 12 no matter what GPU you have.

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A lot of people were upset about the start menu in Windows 8, and Microsoft listened to their customers and decided to bring the old concept back. The start menu in Windows 10 works pretty much like the one in Windows 7, with some visual changes. You can still search for whatever you are looking for and customize it to your own liking.

Another new feature in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. The new Internet browser that replaces Internet Explorer. It is without a doubt better than the predecessor, but it is still too early to speak too much about it.

 

The last feature I’d like to mention is Cortana. This feature is much like the personal voice assistants that come with iOS (iPhone etc) and some Android phones, but for PC.

Some people worry about compatibility with drivers and such, but I have yet to experience any issues. If you are still worried, I would wait about a week for everything to settle, and then upgrade.

Now, that is all I had to say. I am very satisfied with this new OS and I think you will be too.

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How to Upgrade to Windows 10?

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Choosing the Right Computer Monitor

It isn’t always easy finding the right computer monitor for your own needs. Especially if you don’t know what the meaning is of response time, resolution, refresh rate, and so on. This is a very basic walkthrough and you will learn everything the average Joe might need to know.

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First off – choosing the right resolution. There is no reason to ever hold back on the resolution. For any type of use I would recommend 1920×1080. At least at this resolution, you will get Full HD quality (1080p), which – in my opinion – is mandatory.

If you want to choose a monitor for any graphic content usage, you could go higher than 1920×1080, but bare in mind that those monitors tend to cost a bit more.

Now, what is response time? Response time is probably the most important thing when playing games. The lower the response time, the better. The term itself is quite self explanatory. The time it takes from that the computer sends something to the screen and it actually appears so you can see it with your own eyes is the response time. For gaming, I would typically recommend 2 ms at most. More than so would actually not make too big of a difference but it could just save you in the gaming world if your monitor is faster than your opponents. For any other use, refresh rate is not as important as other things.

Refresh rate is almost explained by the term itself. The higher the refresh rate, the better. In short, if your monitor has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, it can display up to 60 pictures/second on your screen. Now, having 120 Hz is even better as the flow in the screen is better and the experience is a lot smoother. Refresh rate is also important if you choose to play fast-action games, as the overall experience is a lot better. Obviously, another field it is very important in is video editing or simply watching movies. For image editing, this really doesn’t matter.

There are a lot of other things that are important when choosing the right monitor. Such as contrast. Do not be fooled, though. It is normal to think that the higher the contrast ratio, the better. This is not correct, however. It all depends on where you are going to keep your computer. What the environment looks like. Is it dark? bright? For this, you would probably be better off searching the internet for people’s opinions. I have never paid any attention to this, and had none problems with a too bright screen or too dark.

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So, in conclusion:

For gaming, I would at least go with 1920×1080/2ms/60Hz. There are, however, monitors I would choose over that. For example the 2560×1440/6ms/144Hz ones. The refresh rate loss is not important to me in this case. The picture quality would be superb in any game instead. It is very important that you make sure that your computer hardware can run games at these settings, though.

For watching movies and editing clips, the resolution would be the most important part. For the optimal experience, make sure that the movie clip is the same quality as your monitor. At least 1920×1080 for Full HD 1080p clips and you would be fine at 60 Hz. If you want to watch 4K movies, you will need to upgrade to a 4096×2160 monitor.

For picture editing, the higher the resolution, the better. The rest is not as important.

For everyday use, I would just purchase any 1920×1080 monitor.

The Difference Between LCD-TV and LED-TV

Looking for a new TV to purchase? What’s hard is to choose the right one for you. Now, there are things you must know before you go ahead and make up your mind. The difference between LCD and LED. In short, you can say that “LED-TV” is basically a LED lit LCD-TV.

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The difference is that LED-TVs use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to light up the screen. LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. An LCD-TV has millions of liquid crystals that choose whether to let light through to the screen or not. Furthermore, the LCD-TV has fluorescent lamps as the lighting source. The LED-TV requires neither liquid crystals nor fluorescent lamps, but instead use only LEDs to light the screen up.

So in terms of properties, what is the difference? The lighting from LEDs is better, which leads to an overall better picture quality. Fluorescent lamps must be made thicker than LEDs, which leads to that an LED-TV is normally thinner than an LCD-TV. LED-TVs are also more environmentally beneficial because of the fact that they require less to be powered, and they don’t have the harmful substances that the fluorescent lamps do. LED-TVs are also more durable and tend to hold longer.

Obviously, LED-TVs have a higher price tag, but with that comes all the benefits.

Chromecast – an Impressive Piece of Technology for a Small Price

Have you ever needed a cheap, flawless way of watching movies on your TV? The Google Chromecast is a HDMI port based mini computer that plugs right into your TV. To control your Chromecast, all you need is a WiFi connection and a smart phone/tablet (Android, iPhone) or computer (PC, Mac).

What you need to know about the Chromecast, however, is that not all apps can be used with the Chromecast. All of your favourite apps should work, though. For example, you are able to stream movies and clips from YouTube, Netflix and HBO GO or maybe you prefer sports and want to use Watch ESPN with your Chromecast. If that’s not enough, and you want more freedom, you could stream your Chrome tab right to your TV. The list of supported apps is long, and it keeps growing continuously. A complete list of which apps that function with a Chromecast device can be found here.

The quality overall is really great, and it can even stream in HD without any problems. There are two things that could improve. The loading speeds of certain apps and better support for local files. A way to view self-made video clips is to get a local Plex server running on your PC or Mac, and share it over your local internet. This way, you get really good quality and smoothness because it all happens within your local internet. However, it is quite impractical and troublesome for the average Joe. Another, simpler, way to do it is to drag a local video clip into your Chrome tab on your PC or Mac, and then cast that tab to your Chromecast. You would typically experience quality loss if your streaming item requires higher bandwidth such as 720p and 1080p clips. The reason for this is that the Chromecast is not adapted for this. It all really depends on what kind of connection you have.

It is without any hesitation a good buy. Although it already is in a really good stage, it will receive a lot of improvements over time.

The Ultimate Car for The Tech Fanatic

For a very long time, all cars have been pretty much the same in driving conditions: Gas, Clutch, Shift, Brake. The Tesla Model S is here to change that. The company Tesla Motors has for a long time been rather unknown to a lot of people, but since the Model S breakthrough, I have felt that they are getting a lot more recognition.

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As a tech devotee, I can say that this is my dream car. The car is equipped with a 17 inch touchscreen that controls just about everything in the car. Fans, Media, Navigation and Web Browsing are all operated through the touchscreen. Other than that, you can also view the consumption and range of the car’s electric motor and a lot of other functions. The Tesla Model S gets firmware upgrades regularly that affect and improve the car and the changes can all be viewed online.

Another thing that may appeal to you, is that the car has an autopilot. The car can actually drive itself and switch lanes. All you have to do is tap the turn signal. How is this possible you ask? Well, the Tesla Model S has a camera, radar and a 360 degree sensor that can read the traffic and adjust to it.

If you also like speed, you must know that the “Performance” version of the car (P85D) can do 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, despite it’s heavy weight at 2,239 kg (4,936 lb)

Now, there are things that I don’t like with the car. A fully charged Tesla S can cover around 430 km (265 miles) of land before it has to stop and recharge. That is actually a lot for an electric car. The problems are the charging times. It all depends on which battery you have for your car, but unless you are charging at a Tesla Supercharger station, you can count on that you will probably have to leave your car to charge overnight if you used it the same day. It all varies on how long based on what kind of outlet you are using. Using a 240v/24A outlet, a full charge could take up to 15 hours. There are, however, faster options to consider.

There are so many more features to discover about the Tesla Model S and the bottom line is that this is a really nice car. Not only because of all of the functions it delivers, but because of it’s looks too.

iPhone Release Patterns – New iPhone Incoming?

Since 2012, Apple has released five different iPhones. All of which were released around 20 September each year. Does this mean that this year’s iPhone will arrive 20 September 2015?

The answer is no. No one knows for sure when the new iPhone will be released. Nothing has been confirmed yet about “the new iPhone”. All we know for sure is that there will be a successor to the current iOS 8, the brand new iOS 9. Developers can actually already access iOS 9, but the public beta will first be available in July 2015.

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I do not want to bore you with rumors, but let us speculate and think about what has happened in the past.

The iPhone 4S was an upgrade to the predecessor iPhone 4. It was released with SLIGHT change of looks, a better processor which made the phone significantly faster, a better camera and the phone assistant Siri. The S in 4S actually stands for Siri.

The most important visual change to the iPhone 5S in comparison to the former iPhone 5 was the home button. Apart from that, it also got a new processor, a camera upgrade and the fingerprint sensor Touch ID.

So what can we expect from the new 2015 iPhone? Will it be the iPhone 6S? Or the iPhone 7? Recent Apple products have been getting the Force Touch feature, and maybe the new iPhone will too. The Force Touch feature can sense whether you are pressing hardly or softly on your touchpad or touchscreen.

What we can expect are hardware upgrades such as camera and processor. Let us just hope that they will bring us a new feature with the announcement of the iPhone 2015, such as Siri or Touch ID.

The Beginner’s Guide to DSLRs

You probably have not thought about this, but have you ever seen someone who owns a DSLR and is photographing with a flash in broad daylight? Think about it. Is the flash really assisting the photographer a warm sunny day in July? Does it contribute to a better photo? In this case, the photographer is most likely using the Auto mode.

So would you like to become a better photographer without having to learn EVERYTHING about the DSLR and all the technical terms? Here is how in a very simple guide.

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There are three elements we must cover. ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The Auto mode sets these three automatically depending on where you are shooting and what.

A very basic description of ISO is that it has to do with the amount of light that you have in your environment. Change the ISO to 100 or 200 if you are shooting outside on a bright day. If you are indoors, set the ISO to 800 or 1000 tops. More than so can make the picture grainy.

Have you ever seen a picture where the people in it are in focus, but the background is blurry? The setting that can make this happen is aperture, also known as f stop. If you buy a medium-end DSLR and an objective is included, you will probably not be able to set the f stop all too low. The lower the f stop, the more blurry the background will be.

For example, if you want to take a picture of two people, you would set the aperture or f stop to about 2.0 – 3.0. Since most stock objectives only go down to f3.5, you will have to stay there. If this is the case with your objective, I would stay at that aperture at all times. Only exception is if you are shooting landscape pictures. In this case, use the maximum aperture you got!

Shutter speed is the amount of seconds your camera is “taking in” from the thing you are shooting. If you set it to 1/20, the shutter will stay open for 1/20th of a second, and collect all light from where you are aiming for that period.

The basics of shutter speed is that if your object is moving, you will need a faster shutter speed, for example 1/1250. If the object is standing still you could typically use a slower shutter speed, but I would never go slower than 1/100. If your shutter speed is very slow, for example 1/20, the slightest movement while the shutter is open can make the picture blurry. This is why you want faster speeds unless you have a steady hand.

Now, when you know a little more about the three most important functions of your DSLR, it is time to use them to take a great photo!

First of all, use the wheel on the top of your camera and switch it over to the “M” which stands for Manual.

I always begin setting the ISO. If you’re in a darker setting, set the ISO a bit higher, and if the setting is brighter, set it lower. Knowing exactly how to set the ISO is not always easy, but you should really try playing around with it and see what fits your liking the most.

If I am at a party or wedding, I normally set the aperture to f3.0 and use it at all times. If you feel that the picture is too blurry at the edges, or someone’s face is getting blurry outside of the center of where you are aiming, you could increase the aperture.

Say you are at your children’s prom and you want to photograph your children with his/her prom date and you need that cool effect where the background is blurry, you will need an objective that can go as low as f2.0.

Now, about the shutter speed. I never shoot in Live View. I use my DSLR’s screen for all the info I really need. Try setting the ISO at 600 and the aperture as low as it goes, and aim somewhere. You will see a meter on the screen that looks something like -1…2…0…1…2+ 

If you cannot see the light meter on the screen, try looking through the viewfinder. Furthermore, sometimes the negative and positive sides of the meter are opposite depending on the camera.

Beneath the light meter there should be a marker or an arrow. You will typically want to keep the marker in the middle, around the 0. Going more to the or the  will make the picture brighter or darker and staying at the 0, your photo will have a proper balance in lighting. To adjust the marker, use the scroll wheel on the top right of the back of the camera. Using the wheel will actually adjust the shutter speed.

You can really imagine the ISO, aperture and shutter speed forming a triangle, where you have to find the middle. By setting these three neatly, the meter will find it’s middle, and you will have a good balance in the triangle.

I hope that you learned a bit more about photography today. May all of your future pictures be amazing!

Cloud Computing and You – The Revolution at Your Door

Cloud computing is something that’s been around for a while, but more and more people are becoming aware of it at a level that makes sense for their lives. Consider Amazon’s S3 data storage system, or even the Cloud Kindle Reader. Everything is about the cloud, a central location for all of your files to go. Cloud computing doesn’t have to be a trend you miss out on, however.

It’s all about thinking about your needs. For example, if you don’t have a way to back up your files normally, you definitely want to look at going with cloud-based data backup. This eliminates the need for expensive backup software that still relies on everything to be set up properly on your need. That just wouldn’t make sense in the grand scheme of things. You are much better off thinking about as cloud based solution that allows you to pull down your files from just about anywhere.

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Another point that you want to think about is the security that’s used on the other end of the service. Proper encryption is going to be a must. There are always going to be some files that you might not be comfortable with putting in the cloud. Anything that has your personal financial information on it shouldn’t be in the cloud. There have been cases of data breaches, but thankfully they are becoming rarer and rarer over time.

The future of cloud computing is pretty bright. Think over what you need to accomplish, and then find a cloud based service that can make that happen. Good luck!

Shifting to Mobile Marketing Is Easy – Here’s How to Make it Work!

Are you trying to accomplish mobile marketing without all of the errors, mistakes, and delays that usually plague such problems? No problem! In fact, you’re actually in good company. Many businesses are trying to do everything they can in order to leverage mobile technology. At first glance, many companies felt that the medium, was really too new to do anything with.

However, upon further analysis you’ll actually find that mobile users are much more receptive to advertising and marketing than you might imagine. This is because they really do want to have services and even products that match their interests. The troubles in advertising usually start when companies think that targeting isn’t important. In the mobile arena, it’s very important to make sure that you’re really using the right targeting that’s going to get your goals accomplished.

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Shifting to mobile marketing is easy — you just need to know how to make everything fit together. The first part of the equation is always the right foundation. Without this, you really don’t have anything to build your mobile marketing “house’ upon. So in order to fix this problem, you need to get the right mobile marketing solution right at your fingertips.

 

As the market becomes more and more uncertain, it’s easy to assume that people are going to stop spending money. However, this is a short sighted assumption at best — when given the right mix of products and services, people will find a reason to indulge at least once in a while. So your mission is going to be reaching out to your potential customers in a way that speaks to them.

In the age of smartphones, mobile technology has become more interactive than ever before. This will allow you to make your audience feel included and welcome in just about any campaign that you can think of. So don’t be afraid to let your creativity run wild and free — mobile marketing is the perfect place to test out new campaigns and see what your audience thinks. Without trying, you just never know what will happen, so check it out for yourself today!

Thermal Imaging Cameras – How do they work and what are they used for

Thermal imaging cameras can be used in a number of different circumstances to visualise temperature that cannot be seen by the naked eye, there is technology within the cameras that is quite fascinating, as is the numerous applications that they can be used for.

The only drawback of the piece of equipment is that they are very expensive to purchase, but it possible to hire them out which is probably the best option. If you hire test equipment, it means you can use them only when they are needed. This means you can save money and not have a piece of equipment lying around not getting used for most of the year.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

A thermal imaging camera is an infrared or thermo graphic type of camera which forms an image of radiation which to the naked eye is invisible; it does this in a very similar way as a regular camera would take a photograph of visible light.

The camera also takes different wavelengths compared to a normal camera.  A thermal imaging camera captures wavelengths as long as 14,000 nanometres compared to the visible-light cameras which work in a range between 450 – 750 nanometres.
Infrared cameras are not very different compared to digital cameras today. The lens is used to bring in the information, but instead of visible light, it detects radiation. The detected radiation is then converted into electrical symbols which are then combined to form the image. (more…)