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Tech Talk November 2015

Welcome to Tech Talk! This is the articles I Posted in my school newspaper over the past school year. This is a series where I explain little known tips and tricks for iPads and rate some of the top apps on the App Store.

 

iPad Tips and Tricks

1. You can click the “Back To” button where the iPad logo is when the iPad switches apps to return to the one you were previously were on.
2. You can add widgets to the Notification Center by dragging down from the top, scrolling all the way down and clicking “edit.”
3. When you have an app open on another Apple device, you can “hand off” the app by clicking the bar below the apps at the app switcher.
4. You can now search the settings. Drag down to reach the search bar.
5. You can add website icons to your home screen by clicking the box with an arrow in Safari then the option “Add to Home Screen.”

App Reviews

Smashy Road – Free
In this fun and interesting app, you are a fugitive running from the cops. This app is basically a dumbed-down version of Grand Theft Auto and is a very interesting and good take on the game empire. And the best part is it’s free. This app deserves its 5 of 5 star rating because of the interesting and creative map to play on and the story development as you run away from the police.

Shooty Skies – Free
In this time-killing app, you are a cat in a plane shooting away at an expanse of enemies ranging from space-invader-like enemies to a floating boom box. This app is yet another block-like game and deserves its 5 of 5 star rating.

Musi – Free
In this app, you can create YouTube playlists in a way similar to that of apps like Spotify. This is a great app, but is distracting from the true purpose of the app by a newsfeed of popular videos. I would rate this app a 4 of 5 because it is a great concept.

FXGuru – Free
In this app, you can create motion-tracking special effects in any video. It is a great app, but I would rate it a 3 of 5 because of the excessive in app purchases needed to get the coolest effects.


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What is HDMI?

HDMI, or high definition multimedia interface, is a type of audio and video interface that is used for the transmission of uncompressed digital streams. Essentially, HDMI can be considered an alternative method to transmitting data streams, rather than making use of conventional methods such as coaxial cabling, VGA, or component video equipment.

What Type of Sources May Be Employed Using HDMI?

Quite a number of devices and sources on the market today will work with the use of HDMI. The Blu-Ray disc player, a relatively new innovation, was created with the use of HDMI specifically in mind. Most personal computers that are sold today are ready for use with HDMI, as are the majority of video game consoles in the stores currently. A set-top box also is usually compatible with HDMI, as are such entertainment options as digital television. Essentially, any type of computer interface today will function with the use of HDMI.

How Does HDMI Work?

HDMI will work with a single cable connection to such devices as televisions or personal computers. In general, HDMI will function fine with any television or PC that is standard, enhanced, or high definition in the video component. However, it is important to note that HDMI does work independently of many of the DTV standards, although use of HDMI will not impact the quality of the digital transmission. Generally, these standards apply to some configurations of MPEG movie clips and files. Since these are compressed, HDMI will simply decompress the data and make it possible to view the clip.

Are All HDMI Versions The Same For All Devices?

No. There is a range of specifications that are employed by HDMI, and a given device will be manufactured to comply with one of those specifications. The most simplistic specification is identified as 1.0. With each succeeding version, the capabilities of the previous version remain intact, but are joined by other capabilities that will allow the version to function with a given device. Because technology is always advancing, HDMI continues to advance as well. However, older versions remain active, as they are often used with devices that require less functionality, and they also continue to be helpful in situations where older systems are still running and are in operation.

Where Did HDMI Come From?

HDMI was created and has been enhanced by the efforts of several prominent names in the computer and electronics industry. Consumers will recognize the names of Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Silicon Image as just part of the roster of corporations involved in the ongoing enhancement of HDMI.


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What is a Multilayer PCB?

Circuit boards make up every electronic on the market. Inside of every electronic is something called a Printed Circuit Board or PCB.

A PCB is basically a piece of copper covered fiberglass that is submerged in acid until a pattern is etched out that connects multiple electronic components.

A Multilayer PCB consists of multiple layers of electronic components placed over each other.

Through-hole construction was the technology that was used to deal with planting the electrical components through the holes on the Printed Board Curcuit and then soldering them together. When this technology was found wanting in complex cases, Point-to-Point construction technology evolved. This proved to be better than its predecessor, but in no way is it comparable to a multilayer PCB. The development of multilayer PCB has allowed electronic companies to drastically cut down on the cost and size of their products.

The functionality of a multilayer Printed Board Circuit depends on the internal connections between the various components that make up the entire device. Until and unless these components work in tandem, the device is non-functional. In the case of most technology, the urge to improve product performance makes the products bulky, whereas the flexible design of the multilayer PCBs has entirely replaced the rigid single-layered PCB design. The high-class wiring and the flexible parts have improved the performance of many products, especially automated and complex devices such as computers and cellular phones. Technology today has come a long way, culminating in the manufacture of multilayer PCBs that can contain as many as twenty-four layers, depending on usage and the complexity of the product itself. Multilayered PCBs have also facilitated the ease of manufacturing, since most of them are pre-mounted and prefabricated. Although manufacturing these prefabricated multilayered PCBs is a complex process, the final stage has now become a matter of assembly rather than manufacturing.

Any discussion of this technology would be incomplete without mentioning the tools and materials that are required for using a multilayer PCB. These are:

*Powerful drill

*Copper etcher

*Laminating press

*Copper plating cell

*And most importantly – a well-ventilated area

The reasons behind the development of the multilayer PCB are numerous, although some may think the technology was unnecessary while standard PCBs were doing fine. As discussed earlier, a multilayer PCB has a more flexible structure and can considerably reduce the size of the device. This is not the only reason. The cost of production using conventional PCBs was very high and costs only increased with new developments. By contrast, a multilayer PCB, in addition to providing revolutionary on-board components, more often than not needs only reprogramming. Moreover, mass production has become easier due to prefabricated multilayered PCBs. Instant installation or assembly of multilayer PCBs means electronic companies have definitely experienced a rise in their production rates.

In case you are wondering about the longevity or quality of these circuit boards, they are very well packaged and can be left as they are for future use. Once each board is completed, it is thoroughly tested to make sure that it functions properly. In cases of failure, the repair process is easy and can be achieved by replacing the board itself instead of resorting to component-level troubleshooting.


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Cleaning and Organizing your Computer

It is a good idea to think of your PC as an office. It stores files, programs, pictures. This can be compared to an actual office’s files, machines and decorations. The operating system is the boss. With this image in mind, think of an office you’ve visited that was slow and inefficient. There were probably many different reasons for the inefficiency. This is the same with a computer. There can be many items that slow down your computer. Perhaps the one most commonly overlooked is disorganization and clutter.

Disk Cleanup

An office can accumulate a lot of unnecessary files, machines, and decorations. This is the same with your computer. One of the best ways to keep this clutter under control is to perform a cleaning utility periodically. In Windows this cleaning utility will be called a “disk cleanup.” It removes a variety of unnecessary files depending on the options you have selected.

To perform a disk cleanup on Windows XP you can simply click on “my computer” under the start menu. Than right click on your “c drive” or “hard disk” and choose properties. Than click “disk cleanup” and follow the prompts. When selecting files to clean up, or delete, Windows will give you information to help you decide. When looking over the list of file types, you would simple click on the name of the file type and read the description placed below in the description area. This will let you know if the files can be safely deleted. To select the file group just check the box next to the group name. When finished selecting press “OK” to finish.

Now, performing a disk cleanup is not very time consuming, just a couple minutes, and it may save more time in the end by making your computer run faster. However, a disk cleanup should be run periodically rather than just once in a great while. One way to make this run periodically is to make it a scheduled task. This will allow your computer to run it automatically with intervals and time of day determined by you. Yet, you can always run it yourself periodically without creating a scheduled task.

Add or Remove Programs

The information given above can help you get rid of some unnecessary files, but you may also need to clean out some unnecessary programs as well. This can be done using the “add or remove programs” utility in Windows. This is located in the control panel and lists all of your currently installed programs along with an option to uninstall them. It is a good idea to browse through the add or remove programs utility every once in a while just to make sure that all programs are of usefulness.

If there are programs listed that are no longer used, you can simply highlight the program and click the uninstall button. Windows will than begin the process to uninstall the program. In most cases, to finish uninstalling a program, it is wise to restart your computer. This will dump and files that are held temporarily.

The add or remove programs utility is very useful, but not all of the programs are listed up front. Programs that come pre-installed on your computer and the Windows operating system can also be uninstalled. For instance, Outlook Express is a default e-mail program that comes with the Windows XP operating system. If you do not use this e-mail program you can uninstall it. Click “add or remove windows components” found in the add or remove programs utility and simply follow the instructions.

Defragment

Many offices contain a large number of files and programs that are valuable and cannot be thrown away. In fact, they may contain files that are not even used, but still have to be retained for some reason. Although these files must remain in the office, they need to be organized. This is why we create file folders that hold groups of files that are related. Than we store them in cabinets that are arranged in alphabetic order.

In a computer, the files that are saved are placed on the hard drive. However, they are placed according to the time that they were saved. So, if you open a word document and save the file as “file A” and than open another document and save it as “file B”, you have a “file A” placed next to “file B.” This is fine, but if you open “file A” later on and save it again, than the added information is saved next to “file B.”

When files are broken up this way it is referred to as a fragmented file. This means that the computer must find the first part of the file and then find the second part of the file to open that one word document. This can make your computer run slower. However, Windows has created a utility that is meant to rearrange files so that they are no longer fragmented but sit right next to each other.

You can run the disk defragmenter by selecting “all programs” under the start button. Next, select “accessories” and “system tools” and you will see “disk defragmenter.” In fact, this is also an alternative way to select the disk cleanup mentioned earlier. Before starting the defragmenter you can analyze your hard drive to see if Windows recommends performing the defragmenter. It will either say that you should or should not defragment at this time.

If you need to defragment your computer, simply hit the defragment button. It may take your computer a while to finish this task depending on the speed of your computer and the amount of defragmented files. It could take from about 15-30 minutes or more. However, you can still use the computer while the disk defragmenter is working.


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How Much Bandwidth do you need?

What is bandwidth? Its that cord thing that I plug into the computer, right? Well, not really. Bandwidth measures the volume of data transmitted over an internet connection. You have to know how much bandwidth you need while choosing hosting plans.

Be careful when someone claims they provide unlimited bandwidth or monthly transfer. Anyone claiming “Unlimited Bandwidth” is simply lying. There’s no such thing as “Unlimited Bandwidth”.

I’ve never seen any internet service provider offering an internet connection as “Unlimited Megabytes per Second.” So, how could a web hosting company, which normally doesn’t even own its own access lines, claim to customers that it will give them “Unlimited Bandwidth”?

Most of the time, high bandwidth sites on these “Unlimited” plans will be suspended, and no refund given. Normally, the web hosting company will say that the site violated its Acceptable Use Policy or Terms of Service.

Whenever you visit a site promoting “Unlimited Bandwidth” as one of the account features, be sure to visit the Acceptable Use Policy or the Terms of Service. Read the fine text about the so-called “Unlimited” disclaimer and see what the situation really is before you commit.

When you first look for web hosting services (those who state clearly bandwidth offered), you have to make your best estimation of what your site will use and watch your usage carefully in the first few months. Take these factors into consideration while estimating.

  • How many users will access your web site?
  • How many pages will be accessed?
  • How big are the graphic and HTML files?

Large audio/video files, computer programs, and file downloads require more bandwidth. Flash web sites use tons of bandwidth. Virtual Reality (VR) and full-length three-dimensional audio/visual presentations require the most bandwidth of all. In my opinion, 10 GB a month and above is fine for any small-to medium sized blog or company site. Though my estimation is not very specific, it still gives you something to work with until your site has been online for a while and actual traffic statistics have been generated. From then on, you can determine for yourself how much bandwidth you really need.

Don’t fall for the unlimited bandwidth trap that some companies throw at you. Thewball.com has plans with different amounts of guaranteed bandwidth, meaning you will not have to worry about getting shoved off when your website matters and everybody else uses all of the bandwidth. To find out more about our hosting offers, click here.


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Print from your iPad anywhere!

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Hi there!Today I will be showing you how to use Google Cloud Print to print from anything to any printer anywhere. This project is one that I have worked with for years and is still in beta stage, nut is stable for normal use. I have tested it for over a year. It allows a non-network-enabled printer to work with your iPad from anywhere in the world with an internet connection
 
Enough backstory… Lets get to it!
 
What you need:
A Computer

A Printer connected to the computer that you want to print to

an iPad

Google Chrome web Browser

an internet connection

a Google account

 
Here is how to get it done:
Download and install Google Chrome. Since this is a cross-platform compatible browser, most operating systems are supported. This allows for you to use any windows, linux, or Mac machine with Google chrome.

Once that is installed, click the three-barred tab in the upper right hand corner and then select settings from the drop down menu. 

Once you are in the settings menu, click the box that says ‘Sign In to Google Chrome’ and then fill in the boxes with your Google account information. This is vital to the working of this system

After that, scroll down the screen in the settings page and then click the link that says ‘Show Advanced Settings’

Look for the option that says ‘Google Cloud Print’ and then click on the ‘Manage’ button

Make sure that the printer that you want to print from is properly connected and installed correctly. 

Click the ‘Add Printers’ button

You will be rediriected to a new page where you can now choose what printers that you want to add to Google Cloud Print-you can add more than one printer.

There will be a confirmatiion message on the screen. Click Manage your printers and then you will see your printers in a row. You can share printers to other Google users if you want from there. 

On your iPad, download and istall the Google Drive app.

Sign in to the Google Drive app with the same account that you used to set up the printer.

Click the ‘i’ icon next to a document that you want to print.

Click the print icon in the menu in the right side that comes up. 

Select ‘Google Cloud Print’ from the popup

Select the printer that you want to print to.

Select the options that you want for the document and then click the ‘print’ button

Viola! Your document will print in a few seconds after clicking the submit button. 

You can now print any document that is uploaded to Google Drive

To upload to Notability from Google Drive:

Click the export icon

Then click Google Drive. You will be prompted to sign in if you have not already. Make sure that it is the the same account that you used to set up the printer. 

Choose a format (PDF if you want to print it)

Choose a location to save the file.

Open the Google Drive app and then do the same process as listed above

 
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!
 
Stay tuned for more tutorials!
 


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Thewball.com Sites

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Thewball.com is bigger than you think!
Here are some of the different parts of the site that you can use.
Thewball.com Web Hosting – A Free Hosting service to hostyour very own website! 

ThewballQR – a free qr code maker that allows you to make qr codes that can be read by any phone for free! 

Thewball Word Search – A fun tool that allows you to waste your time solving a word search.

My Daily Reflection – An religous site that allows you to reflect on your day and look back on your past.

Thewball.com Social – Social networking that combines the best of the best features from all social networks,