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Monthly Archives: April 2013

4 Things You Can Do Immediately to Increase Social Shares

April 30, 2013 |

Social shares are an important part of content marketing because they introduce your content or brand to new readers. There are several things you can do to increase the amount of social shares your content receives. Here are four things you can implement immediately to increase your social shares.

Strategically Place Sharing Buttons

Social share buttons are those little icons that appear for each of the social networks alongside your content. They can be placed at the top, bottom, middle, or side of your content. Additionally, you can prompt readers to share your content with a popup. Social share buttons are important because they make it easier for readers to share your content. Marketers argue about the best placement, so you should experiment to see what works best for your brand. MediaWhiz can help you decide. In general, placing the sharing buttons in multiple locations increases your shares.

It’s really easy to add social … Read More

How to Use XPS Viewer

April 30, 2013 |

XPS files or XML Paper Specification files, are the alternative proposed by Microsoft to the Adobe PDF format. XPS Viewer is the application used to display XPS files, similar to Adobe Reader. While XPS formats are not as popular as PDFs, they are still used. This guide will be useful to those who want to learn how to use them,

What are XPS files and how do we create them?

The XPS document format is widely used, with a standard layout, designed to ensure the fidelity of documents. XPS has several advantages such as better compatibility with other technologies such as the digital rights management technology from Microsoft. Because this functionality is built into all Windows applications, it is very easy to create XPS documents from any file type that supports printing.

You can create an XPS document from any file that contains text by going to the Print menu of the application you … Read More

Ways to Uninstall Apps In Windows 8

April 30, 2013 |

From time to time you may run into applications that pose problems when you want to uninstall them. In this case there are a couple of solutions that you can try in order to ensure that an app has been properly uninstalled from your Windows 8 system. The following lines contain information about various methods you can use for this purpose.

 

1. Uninstall programs in Control Panel

This method is known to most Windows users. It works great for all desktop applications, but it can also be used for Windows 8 applications.

Go to “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features”, select the application you want to remove, and click or tap Remove and follow the steps in the uninstall wizard. The Programs and Features window is similar to the one in Windows 7 and should look like in the following screenshot:

 

2. Removing programs using their … Read More

Best Windows 8 Clock Apps

April 30, 2013 |

One thing some users do not like about the home screen of Windows 8 is that it does not show the time and date, as the desktop taskbar does. Fortunately, there are several applications that solve this problem. The best apps are available for a small fee, while others are completely free and are worth considering. In the next lines we will discuss some of these applications that can be used to set up a tile showing the time and date in Windows 8.

Tile Time Tile Time is a free tool that offers some premium options for which you must pay. It is one of the few applications that really provides a dynamic display of the date and time.

If you use the free version, you can customize the colors of the foreground and background, as well as the font size and you can also choose between a digital and analog clock. … Read More

When Old Technology Inspires New for Global Good

April 30, 2013 |

If you ever happen to be walking around New York’s Madison Square Park, you will encounter BuckyBall, a sculpture by artist Leo Villareal that was created in honor of Buckminster Fuller. Villareal paid homage to Fuller’s genius that lead to developing the geodesic dome. In addition to manifesting a structural design ahead of its time, the dome was a metaphor for forward thinking, social equality, and the drive to make innovated improvements around the world. Continue reading to learn how these improvements are being made today thanks to the work of Buckminster Fuller.

The dome and man that inspired it all

Fuller is most commonly known for the geodesic dome, a sustainable structure that defies the laws of physics regarding weight limits and engineered construction. The dome has been produced over 300,000 times and can be seen in children’s toys and sports stadiums. However, Fuller’s true impact on our modern world can be seen in … Read More

How to Add Devices In Windows 8

April 30, 2013 |

Did you know that Windows 8 offers a new way to add and remove devices from your computer? In addition to the tools that already exist in Windows 7 or other versions of the operating system, in Windows 8 there is a new section called Devices, which can be found under PC settings. This offers the possibility of adding new devices fast in an intuitive way. In addition, it is even possible to add tactile devices such as Windows 8 tablets. In this guide you will be shown how you can add and remove such devices using this new feature.

How to open the Devices section in Settings PC You must first start the PC settings. The fastest way to do this is using the Charm buttons by moving your mouse over the right side of the screen. When the Settings panel is displayed, all you need to do is access the Devices section … Read More

How to Hide or Unmount a Windows Partition

April 30, 2013 |

Want to hide or unmount a Windows partition so that it can no longer be seen or written to? If yes, then you should most definitely continue to read this article because you will learn how to do so. There are two main ways of doing this, using Computer Management or the Command Prompt. In addition, you will also learn how to restore such operations performed on a partition.

Why would you want to hide a partition?

The reasons why you may want to do this vary depending on the context:

  • If you have installed multiple operating systems on your computer you may want some partitions to be accessible only to certain operating systems.
  • If you work as a system administrator, you may want to hide a partition that contains recovery utilities on each of the computers on the network.

Whenever you unmount a partition in Windows (any version of it), the setting … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About Desktop Licensing For Your Company

April 30, 2013 |

So your company is growing and you are investing much into the new laptops and desktops for your employees. These laptops and desktops are not going to work unless they have the proper operating system installed with the basics that any company needs such as a word processor, a spread sheet, and a presentation-abled program. In this case, after procuring all these items, the service provider you buy this all from slaps you with an unheard of expense: desktop licensing. Now you understand what keeps these computer moguls rich and just how ingenious they are at staying rich. There are some things you need to understand about desktop licensing. There are several formats to it and there are more than a dozen companies who specialize in providing a service that will provide you with the license you are seeking. These companies can offer hardware as well as software and licensing options. And for a few … Read More

Laptop vs. Desktop: Which is the One for You?

April 29, 2013 |

Buying a computer can feel like a daunting task even if you are very knowledgeable about technical matters. Luckily there is any easy way to simplify your search for the perfect computer for your needs. When you begin your search, the most important question to ask yourself is: “Do I need a laptop or a desktop computer?” Once you answer this question your search is simplified. Here are some basic pros and cons for each type of computer to help you make your decision.

Desktop Computer Defined

The desktop computer is designed to be stationary and gets its name because it is intended to sit on a desk. It typically comes with several larger separate parts, including a monitor (screen), external keyboard and mouse, CPU (central processing unit) and sometimes other peripherals such as external speakers. Both the size and weight of a desktop computer, as well as the difficulty of disassembling the parts … Read More

Why Smartphones Just got Smarter

April 29, 2013 |

Today’s Smartphone is a lot like a Swiss Army Knife: it has a variety of tools and purposes imbedded within its library of apps. With the tap of a button one can have access to an LED flashlight, GPS abilities, a level for hanging pictures on the wall, or a language translator. But a new science developed only a few years ago is starting to take off in popularity, and it has evolved into a stunning feature that we only thought existed in Star Trek. The science of mobile augmented reality allows users to blend virtual worlds into our physical realm thus opening up a new way to perceive our environment. Continue reading to learn more about this new world available from the palm of your hand.

How it works

Augmented reality is made possible through careful program development and how it is accessed through the module.  The module included in the core of the … Read More

Command Prompt – Useful Commands for Your Hard Drive

April 29, 2013 |

The command prompt is a very powerful tool and there are various tweaks you can use for it. In this article you will learn how to use this tool for running commands that can partition, format or check your hard drive for errors. Before you start, note that in order to be able to run the commands provided below you have to have be logged into Windows with an Administrator account. A guest account cannot make any changes to the hardware configuration of the system.

Another word of caution is that if you use the wrong commands you risk losing data. It is therefore important to be careful and ideally also make a backup.

Creating a partition from the command line

First, you must type diskpart to access a program called Diskpart. You will then see a message showing the version of Diskpart and the name of your computer.

Once you have launched diskpart, you … Read More

Managing User Accounts In Windows 8

April 29, 2013 |

When you first install or use Windows 8 as an operating system you will start the procedure of creating a main user account. This is the account which will be used most frequently, but it is possible that you need other accounts as well, especially if we are talking about a family computer. In this tutorial you will be explained the procedure of creating a new account for a person holding a Microsoft account or for someone who does not already have such an account.

First steps – How to Access the User Settings Whether you want to use a Microsoft or a local account, you have to get to the computer settings before starting. Go with the cursor in the bottom right corner of the screen to activate the special Charm buttons and click on “Settings”. Click or touch “Change PC settings” at the bottom of the menu. The following window will appear:

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Windows 8: Local Accounts versus Microsoft Accounts

April 29, 2013 |

Windows 8 requires its users to make a choice that they did not have to do with other versions of the operating system. Right from the beginning, before you log in and see the new interface, you must choose whether you want to connect using a local account or a Microsoft account. Users who do not wish to use the new Windows 8 applications and not benefit from all features of this operating system can choose to stick to a local account, which will give them the same functionality as Windows 7, for example.

But are there any good reasons for switching to a Microsoft account? In this article we will discuss the differences between these two types of accounts, and in what cases it is preferable to use a type of account or another.

What is a local account? A local account is an account just like any other account that you have … Read More