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Android OS and its Many Uses – Some a Bit Odd

May 19, 2014

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Google’s Android is one of the world’s most popular operating systems. It’s open-source platform allows programmers and other developers the creativity to make and sell all kinds of applications. For most of the world, their cell phones run off of Android OS.

Due to its open-source nature, companies can tailor it to fit their products. Android isn’t just for smartphones anymore. There are many products, some common, others quite unique that now utilize the Android OS. Below are some of the products using this technology.

Refrigerators

Samsung’s T9000 refrigerator would be an interesting asset to any kitchen. The touch-screen interface allows users to browse android osrecipes, plan menus, and manage product expiration dates. Widgets can display weather, news, and offers Google Calendar integration. Since every member of the family walks past and opens the refrigerator daily, it’s an alternative way to remind everyone of tasks and events. Like any other tablet, apps can be downloaded to the fit the users interests.

Washer-Dryers

Still in the works, Touch Revolution is working on a washer dryer with a built-in touch screen tablet. Those impatient for Android to washer integration can download Samsung’s Smart Washer app. It can be used with Samsung’s washer-dryers that are Wifi enabled. Users can use their phones to control their laundry cycles. LG also makes a similar app to be used with their products.

Car Entertainment Systems

VisualLogic makes a headrest system for cars. These 7 inch tablets can be placed on the headrest and are available with a DVD system. They also come with wireless headphones and remote controls. Keeping kids busy in the car has never been easier.

Microwaves

Touch Revolution makes a microwave with what functions like a built-in tablet. The microwave’s computer should be able to replace a home’s landline with its VOIP (voice over IP) abilities. Another company, SectorQube, out of India has introduced MAID (Microwave Integrated Android Device) for consumers. The product is especially marketed toward bachelors. The plan is to release an oven that knows how to cook every known dish. They have a catalog of recipes available at their website.

These products make surprising use of the Android OS. What’s more exciting are the products that it will help power in the future. Most of them will come in the form of the products we are accustomed to carrying and seeing: phones, tablets, and computers. These innovations, however, will fuel interest in developers taking this open-sourced OS to it limits by integrating it into something unexpected.

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5 Applications That Are Slowing Down Your PCs Boot Speed

May 19, 2014

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Computers these days should boot quickly and shut down even faster. If your Window’s PC has been experiencing some lag in the boot up sequence, there may be some things happening in the background that you can’t see. With all of these new applications we add to our computers for convenience sake, among other things, we may forget that many of them add themselves to the computer’s startup process. This means that they turn on when your computer does, but this can be a lot for your computer to do on the outset.

It is, therefore, a good idea to take control of these tasks in order to decrease the time it takes your computer to start up. This start up, clean up is especially important for people who use their work computer for some of these entertainment applications. When you need to log on quickly for a work emergency or to catch a video conference, it’s utterly important to have your computer in the best shape possible.

What’s Slowing My PC Down?

Here are 5 applications that tend to tack themselves onto the boot process on your PC. You can manage them by changing thatslow boot problems default so that the application opens when you want to use it.

1. iTunes

So many people use Windows as their PCs OS but still have an Apple device (often already connected to their computer upon startup). This is unnecessary. You can launch iTunes when you want to use it. It’s a program that takes up a lot of processing power and can easily slow a computer to a crawl.

2. Skype

Everyone loves Skype, and it’s the main way many employees communicate with each other. It is not a necessary application that needs to be open right away. Take the time to disable Skype startup when your computer does.

3. Quicktime

This product allows users to view some video content, but it’s not necessary to have it start up when your computer turns on. The player can launch when you come in contact with something that requires it.

4. Adobe Reader

This is the most popular, free PDF reader on the market today, but it’s not required all of the time. You can remove this program from the start up tasks. When you click a link to view a PDF, it will automatically launch.

5. Microsoft Office

Talk about a big program. You do not need to launch this when you start your computer. It’s a cumbersome program that WILL slow down your boot time. You can open documents normally without it opening right away.

What You Should Not Mess With

There are some programs that are better left untouched since they help your computer more than burden it. Generally, these include any programs you want to run automatically without asking your permission. Here are a few others:

  • Antivirus software
  • Applications and services for your devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.)
  • Cloud sync programs (Dropbox, GoogleDrive)
  • Microsoft services
  • Anything for Intel or AMD

This is just one easy way to improve your computer’s boot speed, but there are other more involved ways. If removing these applications from start up don’t make much of a change, you may have a more complex issue.

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7 PC Software Troubleshooting Tips

February 4, 2014

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Computer crashes, slow programs, and other computer issues likely stem from software problems. Before calling tech support, there are things you can do to narrow down the issue. As always, document everything you do in case another problem arises or you need to pass the repair on to another person. They will want to know what steps you took. Even most computer novices can tackle some of these troubleshooting tips.

1. Close all other programs.

Free up RAM space by closing out of all your programs. If you are using Windows, open your Task Manager (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete) to see what programs are eating up the most RAM. It will also tell you what program isslow-pc frozen. You can kill programs with this tool so that you can focus on the program that’s running slowly.

2. Shutdown Your Computer.

Sometimes, all your computer needs is to restart. Once rebooted, you can restart the program you were using – amazing, but it just works!

3. Use the Internet.

The internet is the best resource for troubleshooting software issues. Just use a search engine to find your problem. Forums, tech sites, and blogs have touched on most problems in one way or another. It’s just up to you to sift through the information to find what you need. In some cases, you may even be able to pose a question on a forum for people to help you.

4. Re-install Software.

If you have pinpointed which program is giving you a problem, uninstall the software. Once it is completely clean from your computer, you can reinstall it. Check with the manufacturer of the program to see if any new editions exist. It is possible there are fixes for bugs in the software. Patches may be available at their website for download for free. They will fix any known problems.

5. Boot Up in Safe Mode.

When starting your computer, enter Safe Mode. You can do this by pressing F8 while your computer is restarting. Safe Mode disables non-critical programs, making it safe to replicate the problem. Safe Mode is a great way to isolate issues so you can figure out what is happening and find a solution.

6. Use Anti-virus Software to Scan Your Computer.

Viruses can slow down your computer, so it’s a good idea to make sure a virus isn’t an issue before reinstalling your programs. If you do not already have an anti-virus program, be sure to download one. Then use it regularly to scan your computer for viruses. AVG Free antivirus is worth a look.

7. Check for Firewalls.

If you have any personal firewalls up, it may be blocking your program from installing properly. The firewall prompts users whether or not they want a program blocked. It’s possible you could have told it to block the program even though you did not mean to. Check for this if you know you have a personal firewall enabled.

Just a few to get you started and remember the web is your friend!

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