Why you should use ad blocking software. Ad blockers can do more than just block advertisements. It can block content from any website or any list of websites. Malware, being hosted on a finite number of sites around the web, is therefore blockable. One could also add sites to a blacklist of known corrupt websites. There are plenty of free ad blocker plugins for your favorite browsers. If you use Internet Explorer, stop. Download Chrome or Firefox and you’ll be much happier. Chrome and Firefox have a huge developer community that are always on top of bugs and plugin developments, such as ad blocking software.
uBlock is my current go to ad-blocker plugin for both Chrome and Firefox, it works well and it’s FREE. For those using Safari, there are plenty of extensions for you as well. AdBlocker Plus is a good alternative when using Safari. I’ve also noticed that uBlock runs more efficient and tends to block almost all ads. Using uBlock or Adblock will prevent annoying Youtube commercials as well. Sometimes we just want to watch a video without having to sit through a minute long video ad.
If you have recently purchased an iPhone 7 and don’t want to deal with having to choose between charging your phone or listening to music while driving your car, we have a fix for you. A bluetooth adapter will enable you to get bluetooth capabilities even if you are in a car without a bluetooth receiver. It’s a very simple process that will require you to have an existing auxiliary port in your car’s head unit. The bluetooth adapter will relay your phone’s music to your car’s headunit which will then play through your speakers. There are a few bluetooth adapters in the market under $20 that work great.
TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver
This bluetooth receiver is recommended for those that plan on also receiving or making calls and want hands free experience. This adapter comes with a built in microphone, no extra wires necessary. This is ideal to make your non-wireless headphones into wireless headphones. Only $12.49 on Amazon. Get it HERE.
HomeSpot NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver
The HomeSpot Bluetooth adapter is recommended if you are planning on using it for either car or home. The only draw back compared to the adapter listed above is it does not come with a built in microphone. Only $15.14 on Amazon. Get it HERE.
Generic Bluetooth Receiver USB to 3.5 aux
This one is recommended if you have an after market stereo with a built in USB in the head unit. It comes with a short auxiliary cord to connect from the adapter to the head unit. This is the cheaper of the bunch for only $9.99 on Amazon. Get it HERE.
Cheap android phones are on a surge. Consumers are buying budget phones and mid range phones instead of expensive flagship phones. A budget phone will run you anywhere between $80-$200, a mid range phone will run you $200-$400 and a flagship phone is anything above that. The way technology has taken off, companies have found a way to cut costs with manufacturers while provided similar specs of what an expensive flagship phone provides. While budget phones are not something new, they are making way into the US. If you wanted to buy a Chinese phone before you had purchase it from an overseas vendor like Aliexpress or DHGate. While the price point was great, nobody liked waiting weeks for their item to cross US Customs or deal with overseas customer service. Lately, there has been a surge of Amazon Prime ready devices, which normally takes 2 days to arrive + Amazon’s great customer service.
YouTube is a platform we all use for a wide variety of media. Way back in the day, before Google bought YouTube and before the internet wasn’t in the palms of everyone’s hands, there were no ads. Ads are essential for companies to make revenue, but having to sit through a minute long video about how a guy has a Lamborghini and how you can to is a drag. There are different ways to getting rid of these ads on Windows, OSX and Android, iPhone’s get updates nearly once every month so every time there’s an exploit there’s an update to patch it up.
How to prevent YouTube Ads
1. Youtube Red
If you want to be legitimate about preventing ads on YouTube, they do provide a subscription based service that will take care from those ads from showing up every other video. YouTube Red
2. Ublock Origin
Ublock Origin does it all. It prevents pop-ups, it prevents ads from YouTube and it does not hog memory like other pop up blockers. It’s free and open source, cross-platform browser extension for content-filtering, including ad-blocking. Its are available for several browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. uBlock Origin has received praise from technology websites, and is reported to be much less memory-intensive than other extensions with similar functionality.uBlock Origin’s stated purpose is to give users the means to enforce their own (content-filtering) choices. Chrome | Firefox | Safari
3. AdAway (Android only)
AdAway is an ad blocker that uses the hosts file. The hosts file contains a list of mappings between hostnames and IP addresses. When an app requests an ad, that request is directed to 127.0.0.1 which does nothing. There are options to run a web server to respond to blocked hostnames and to direct requests to the IP address of your choosing. You can download hosts files from the app but it is possible to use your own and to add certain sites to the white- and black-lists.
Reasons why you can’t use parts from different model iPhone
All iPhone’s look alike, most times the S model looks exactly alike from it’s predecessor. One question we get quite often is if it’s possible to fit an iPhone 5 screen to an iPhone 5s. Both iPhone’s look identical, same goes for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Usually the predecessor screens are cheaper and people tend to order the wrong screen for their phone because of this. Even though Apple likes to keep the exterior similar, they always use different parts.
Compare the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s screen above. Notice how the frame looks very similar to each other but the connectors are very different from one another. That’s because they both have different digitizer and LCD. Most times people order an iphone 5 screen to repair their iPhone 5s and once it comes down to putting it all together, they notice that the connectors are very different.
As much as we wish, we cannot use older model parts on newer model parts to cut costs. We recommend to always double check and research your phone and parts before making an order.
Every iPhone 5 series utilizes different motherboards and small components. Subtle differences but just enough to make it unable to be used by any other model.
The charging ports on the iPhone 5 series look extremely identical. Connectors are all facing the same way, antennas are placed the same, microphone and 8-pin connector align the same. Take a closer look at the gold pins and notice how they are placed differently along the flex, these are meant to make contact with the loud speaker. Another difference is that the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c need a contact point on the charging port flex in order for the home button to execute. The iPhone 5s comes with the touch ID connector.
We have come a long way in tech, but yet so many people don’t believe Android and Mac are compatible. Contrary to popular belief, Android and Mac fit well together. Sure, perhaps not as well as iPhone and Mac and one might wonder why would one even choose a Mac when they have an Android and vice versa. The reasons behind this is simple, everyone has different needs.
Why would you use Mac & Android together?
The Apple Ecosystem is finely intergraded with every Apple device. Why would anyone with an Android want to use a Mac!? The beauty of Macs, just like Android, is the versatility one can get out of it. Just how with Android, the options are endless. You can run any Operating System on your Mac (Mac OS, Windows and/or a Linux Distro). Yes, you can even triple boot if you wanted to. It’s not as easy to run Mac on a Windows machine as it is to run Windows on a Mac. Sure, Macs are now virtually impossible to mod or upgrade but it will support software. Macs are popular within the multimedia creative professions as the software needed is constantly being updated for Mac. Similar to what iPhone App Store and Google Play store, most of the time, apps will come out for Apple devices before on Play store. Apple has more software dev support.
Android File Transfer
How to use it
Download the app.
Drag Android File Transfer to Applications.
Use the USB cable that came with your Android device and connect it to your Mac.
Double click Android File Transfer.
Browse the files and folders on your Android device and copy files up to 4GB.
It’s a very simple and lightweight application but it’s necessary in order to exchange files between the two devices. Without this simple application, Mac will not be able to see the contents of your phone or SD card.
Windows launches several programs at startup, so that they’re instantly available when you need them. The problem is it can actually slow down your computer. You can stop some of these apps from launching just by navigating through a few folders in the settings.
Visit the Startup tab of the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) From there, you can disable anything you don’t want. If there’s a particular entry you’re not sure about, let it be.
2. Remove applications you don’t need or use
Unused applications don’t necessarily do your PC any direct harm, but they take up valuable hard disk space and room in the memory, and tend to mean Windows is working harder than it needs to. They can also cause unexpected bugs and incompatibility issues with other devices and apps.
Type “uninstall” in the taskbar search box then pick Change or remove a program to see all the applications currently stored on your machine. For any that have been gathering dust for a few months, click the relevant icon and select Uninstall, then follow the instructions on screen to complete the process.
3. Disable background apps from running
Microsoft is a big fan of its native universal apps, which might be why it allows them to run in the background even when you haven’t actually launched them. That means you can access their features more quickly, but it’s a waste of system resources if you don’t use these apps on a regular basis.
To modify software running in the background, go to Settings from the Start menu then click Privacy and Background apps. Turn off the toggle switches next to the apps you don’t want to have running all the time. Of course, you can still launch these programs manually if you need them.
4. Clean up your disks
Microsoft’s Disk Cleaner utility has survived through all of the recent Windows upheaval, and it’s still a great way to sweep out some of the temporary data and unnecessary files taking up room on your hard drive. Even better, now it’s mostly automatic and easy to navigate.
Right-click on any drive in File Explorer, then choose Properties and Disk Cleanup (under the General tab) to find the program. It targets files including system memory dump files, temporary internet files and more, and you can review its findings before clicking on the OK button to confirm.
There’s an application by the name of PushBullet that can bridge the gap between all of your devices. PushBullet is cross platform and can be used almost any device.
Send links between devices: From your desktop, using the Chrome or Firefox extension, you can send a link to your phone or tablet with the click of a button. If you’re on the page you need to send, Pushbullet will automatically fill in the title and link, so you just have to pick the device and hit push.
Copy files to other devices: Pushbullet can copy files from one device to another, including pictures, videos, music files, PDFs, APKs, and just about anything else that you can copy. While Dropbox is a pretty good solution for some file movement, being able to push a file directly from one device to another without a middleman can be useful.
Open an address in your maps app: One of the sucky things about Chrome to Phone getting abandoned is that moving a Maps location from your desktop to your phone is a little harder. If you’re in Maps on the desktop, you can send a link from where you’re at. You can also send an address without opening up Maps at all with the address function. Both options open directly in the Maps app on Android. iOS requires you to open the address in the Pushbullet app first, but then it will jump to your maps application.
Push a link to someone else’s phone: While you’ll have to add them as a contact in Pushbullet first, you can send pushes to a friend’s phone by simply changing the target device. If you’ve ever had to open a messaging or email app just to share a link with someone, you can immediately see how much nicer this is.
One of the neatest features of Pushbullet on Android is that it can mirror your notifications on your desktop. You can do this en masse or on a per app basis. The app accomplishes this by using the notification listening service (which is why it doesn’t work on iOS, unfortunately). Enable notification mirroring on your Android phone or tablet and then install the Pushbullet extension on Chrome or Firefox. From then on, any notification you get will show up on your desktop. You can even dismiss them from your phone, which makes it particularly handy for managing all the notifications that build up during the day.
For quite some time, people have been working on a way to bridge an Android platform OS that’s fully compatible with any PC system. There have been a few workarounds in the past but all with a few critical bugs such as Wifi not working, bluetooth not working or apps closing out randomly. Remix OS and run it free of charge on whatever PC you might have around the house. Remix OS is an Android fork that brings over a Windows-like Android experience. Jide, the company founded by former Googlers, has decided to make the operating system available free of charge for anyone looking to run Android on their computer.
One key thing about this software is the ability to take your entire preferences and settings with you, everywhere you go. Remix OS can run from your USB so you can use virtually any computer to access your system. It’s worth noting that not only will this work with x86 PC’s but will also work with some Macs as well.
After an upgrade, older phones tend to spend the rest of their lives inside a drawer or stowed away forgotten for years to come. Upgrade after upgrade, year after year, people tend to keep their old phones simply because they just don’t know what to do with them anymore.
1. Presence for Android and IOS.
Presence is a free App that utilizes your old phone’s camera and proximity sensor to record anything that triggers the motion sensor. The best part is being able to access the camera with either your iPad, iPhone or any android device. It doesn’t limit you to having it link to only one device. You can view everything in real time and can even communicate back and forth with the other end.
2. Install different software (Android Only)
Sometimes the main reason people want to upgrade is due to a poor running phone, this is usually the case with android phones and that’s due to software. Companies love to install pointless applications that are hard coded to your phone called bloatware. Bloatware tends to be applications that no one really uses such as your phone providers navigation, we all know everyone uses Google Maps. The only way to remove these applications is to root your device and while you’re at it, attempt to change to different roms.
3. Keep it as a backup
The last thing you want to do is lose your precious phone but if you do, it’s good to know you’ll have a backup at home instead of having to pay for a brand new phone or another used phone.
4. Sell it before it depreciates
If you don’t intend on keeping your phone as a backup, the last thing you want to do is keep it long enough for the phone to depreciate more than what it has. It’s important to keep your phone protected with a case, no one is going to pay top dollar for a phone that has scratches and dents all over.
5. Give it away
Older model phones make a great gift to the young people in your family. Typically, older phones are less expensive to repair. If something were to happen, you wouldn’t be breaking bank and it takes them away from using your new phone.
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