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  • How to Change Fonts on Android

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    When it comes to Android phones, the default font on your device is something that you usually don’t think of. Or, if you do, you don’t think that there’s an option to change it. If you’re an Android user that wants a different font, maybe something easier on the eyes or a font with more pizazz, you’ll be in luck as you can actually tinker around with your phone/tablet’s fonts in order to choose the one that you like the most.

     

    You see, the great part about owning an Android device is that they make your phone customizable for you and your preferences. In this case, it also allows you to change fonts - though, it may not be as easy as it sounds, but nevertheless, it is possible. You don’t need to be a phone expert in order to change the fonts on your Android, though, you will need to go through a couple steps in order to make it happen. We’re going to show you how to change fonts on Android. There are two methods: one that requires rooting and one that doesn’t.

     

    Apps That Require Rooting

     

    For rooted phones, there are many apps that’ll allow you to change your fonts. Our favorite is Font In2staller

     

    Font In2staller

     

    Is a great app which provides you with a built-in font preview feature, so you can see what the font will look like on your phone before you apply it.

     

    1. Copy the TTF font file to your device, preferably into the /sdcard

    2. Launch Font Installer.

    3. Tap on the “Local” tab to open the directory explorer. Locate your TTF file.

    4. Tap on the TTF file you wish to use. From the popup dialog, tap “Install” to set it as a default system font.

    5. If using Superuser or SuperSU, grant it permission.

    6. Font Installer will your device, tap on yes.

     

    To install a new font from Font Installer’s online collection, follow these instructions:

    1. Open the “Server” tab in Font Installer to see the catalogue of fonts.

    2. Tap on the name of the font you’d like.

    3. From the popup dialog, tap on “Preview” to see a sample text or tap on “Install” to download the font.

    4. If a backup notice appears, allow the app to backup your font files.

    5. Then, allow the app to reboot your device.

     

    No Rooting Required

     

    There are plenty of manufacturers that have developed Androids which allow you to change your font without having to go through a complex process in order to do so. The companies that have this built-in feature are Samsung, LG and HTC.

     

    The method of changing the fonts will vary from phone to phone, however, you’ll be able to access this option in settings, typically under the Display section. Once you’re in there, you’ll be able to access the font and font size.

     

    In order to change the font, it takes only a couple seconds. Go to Settings → Display → Font Style. Then, tap on the font you’d like and confirm it. Your font will be instantly replaced and you won’t need to reboot your phone. Your selected font will be displayed throughout your entire device, including menus, text messages and status bar.

     

    Launcher

     

    You can always use a launcher if your device doesn’t have the option of changing your font.  We recommend using Go Launcher as it provides an option for you to change fonts.

     

    1. Copy your TTF font files to the device.

    2. Open Go Launcher.

    3. Find the “Tools” app and open it.

    4. Tap on “Preferences”

    5. Scroll down and select “Personalization”.

    6. Tap on “Font”.

    7. Tap on “Select Font” and choose the font you’d like to use.

     

    iFont

    iFont is another app that can be used to change fonts on Android. This app supports Samsung, Huawei and Xiamoi Meizu devices. To change the font, follow these instructions:

     

    1. Enable installation of app from “Unknown Sources”. This is usually found in Settings → Security.
    2. Launch iFont.
    3. Go to the “Online” tab.
    4. Tap on a font name you want to install.
    5. Tap “Download”.
    6. Tap “Set.” Or go to Settings → Display → Font Style. Your new font should appear on the list.
    7. Tap on the new font. Your font should then be immediately applied.
  • This Magnetic Cable Brings MagSafe Back to Your MacBook

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    So many of us hate having to use our computers when they’re charging. Usually, having a power cord dangling around is a recipe for disaster. Very frequently people are tripping over their power cords, pets are chewing them and laptops go crashing to the ground. But this doesn’t mean that you have to completely ditch the idea of using a laptop or wait around until it’s fully charged. Instead, you just need to update yourself with the latest technology which is designed to make your life not only easily but accident-free. Because when your electrical devices are dropped or stepped on, well, these accidents can become pricey. So, what are you going to do about your power cord then? Get yourself a new one. But not just any power cord. Get yourself the MagSafe Breakaway cable for your MacBook.

     

    If you have an Apple computer, then you’re well aware of how annoying the charging cable can be. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to stick around and use the factory power cable that they provide you. If you haven’t heard, there’s a new power cable that came out and is technologically more advanced than the stock cable Apple provides you. Hopefully, you’re aware of MagSafe, but if not, don’t worry, we’re going to tell you all about it. The MagSafe breakaway cable is a huge game changer in the industry as it’s simple design changes the way you think about charging your device.

     

    The MagSafe is a magnetic breakaway power cable for Apple laptops which removed the bulky and hassle-prone power cable which people had a tendency to trip over or their pets chew. What was the result? Laptops which were already expensive becoming even more expensive through replacements such as the power cord. This is when Atech decided to come out with their USB-C Magnetic Breakaway Charging Cable which offers the same level of protection for USB-C powered devices.

     

    What does this cable do for the industry? Well, we’re going to tell you. The breakaway cable ensures that you’ll never have to worry about mishandling your power cord or making sure you packed it with you in your laptop bag. The Magnetic breakaway cable allows the users to gently disconnect the cable from the device as it breaks away from its hub whenever you step on it. Usually, if you step on your power cord, the entire computer comes crashing down with it, causing major damages depending on the severity of the fall. But with its gentle breakaway feature, you won’t have to worry about your laptop falling down or the power cord being damaged. Instead, if you accidentally step on the power cord, it’ll be fine and you’ll be able to continue on with your day.

     

    It’s important to know the main features of the MagSafe breakaway cable. As once you switch to it, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy. It’s compatible with any USB-C device and contains these features in the MagSafe cable:

    • Gently breaks away from its hub if stepped on

    • Charges your devices faster than standard cables

    • Cable is 6” and compatible with any USB-C charging device

    • Snaps into place quickly and easily

    • Protects devices from accidental drops

    • Replaces hazardous USB cables

    • Offers same level protections for USB-C powered devices

    • Ideal for office, home, or travel use.

     

    Now that you know about the MagSafe breakaway cable, what are you still doing? If you’re clumsy by nature, have pets or are generally worried about your power cable, then you need to switch to the MagSafe breakaway cable. The MagSafe breakaway cable is basically an insurance policy for your laptop. It’s usable on any USB-C powered devices and it’s currently on sale for just $24.99. So, don’t miss out on this deal, get your MagSafe power cord today!

  • How to Transfer Cellular & Facetime Audio Calls Between iPhone and Apple Watch

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    When Apple came released iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Apple users finally were able to transfer cellular phone calls between their apple products, including their iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you’re an Apple user, you probably didn’t know though that you could switch an in-progress call between your iPhone and Apple Watch. If you think this is just for regular cellular phone calls, it’s not. This also includes FaceTime audio ones as well.

     

    WatchOS from the beginning has supported the transfer from Apple Watch to iPhone, however, with the changes made in watchOS 4.2, it now supports sending calls in the other direction. We’re going to show you how to switch and transfer calls from your Apple Watch to iPhone and vice versa.

     

    How to Switch Calls Between iPhone & Apple Watch

     

    In order to switch calls between iPhone and Apple Watch, you’re going to need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11.2 or later as well as an Apple Watch with watchOS 4.2 or later. In addition, you’re also going to need to have your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on both device. In order to do this, follow these steps:

     

    • Go to SettingsGeneral Handoff (on your iPhone) → turn Handoff

    • Then, launch your watch app on your iPhone, tap on General and turn on Enable Handoff.

     

    Now that it’s set-up, you’ll be able to hand off calls from your iPhone to your Apple Watch. Here’s how to do it.

     

    How to Transfers Calls From Apple Watch to iPhone

     

    If you’re wanting to transfer your call from your watch to your iPhone, you’ll need to follow these instructions. These instructions will show you how to easily transfer an incoming call or FaceTime audio call that’s picked up from your watch to your iPhone.

     

    1. Answer your incoming cellular call or FaceTime Audio call on your Apple Watch.

    2. On your iPhone, you’re going to look at your screen and hit the green bar that’ll show on the upper left-hand side of your iPhone. If your iPhone is older than an iPhone X, your green bar will run along the top of the display.

    3. Tap on the green bar. This will automatically turn on the phone app on the handset and transfer your in-progress call from your watch to your hand in one swift and seamless move. The person you’re talking to won’t even notice.

     

    How to Transfer Calls From iPhone to Apple Watch

     

    Now, you’ll want to follow these instructions if you’re answering an incoming cellular call of FaceTime Audio on your iOS device and you’d like to transfer the call to your Apple Watch.

     

    1. Answer your incoming cellular call or FaceTime audio on your iPhone.

    2. Then, on your Apple Watch, open the Phone

    3. On your Apple Watch, tap the green bar. It’ll have an in-progress call indicator on the top, above the favorite button.

    4. Then, swipe up or turn on the Digital Crown which will show a hidden button.

    5. Tap the button which is labelled Apple Watch.

     

    It’s not as quick as when you’re transferring from your Apple Watch to iPhone, so expect a couple seconds delay. If you want to switch your call from your watch back to your iPhone, simply hit the green status bar on your iPhone.

     

    If you’d like to mute the cellular call or FaceTime audio that’s happening on your wrist, there’s no toggle on your watch for that. Instead, you’ll need to access your iPhone to perform this task.

     

    Now that you know how to transfer cellular calls and FaceTime audios from Apple watch to your iPhone and vice versa, you’ll be able to make smooth transfers back and forth while you’re in mid-conversation.

  • Turn Any Headphone Wireless with This Bluetooth Receiver

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    Now that wireless headphone came out, we all know that they’re here to stay. For some of us, we love the new technology and are adjusting well, but for others, we like our old headphones with the wired cord. What can we say? There’s no right or wrong way, it’s just personal preference. Well, now, you can still stay up-to-date with technology but stick with your wired pair of earphones. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is a small, but important receiver which turns any pair of wired headphone into a wireless pair. Meaning, you can still keep your favorite pair of headphones without having to buy new, wireless ones.

     

    This is the world’s smallest, yes, smallest Bluetooth receiver. If you’re a minimalist and enjoy having the least amount of wires and gadgets, then this is perfect for you. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver connects directly to your headphones and receives a wireless signal from any nearby Bluetooth device. What does this mean? It means you’ll be able to keep your phone in your pocket while you enjoy wireless HD audio from any source. Plus, you’ll be able to control the volume and track changes right from the receiver.

     

    So many times, we get become annoyed by taking our phone in and out of our pockets, also subjecting them to being dropped and damaged. In addition, the more time you spend looking at your phone, the less amount of time you have to look around you. So, by keeping your phone in your pocket, you’re keeping yourself safe as well. But it’s hard as you want to be able to listen to your music at the same time. This is why the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is an essential for your phone, especially if you’re frequently listening to music from it.

     

    In addition, wireless headphones can become quite pricey and if you don’t have the budget for them, you shouldn’t have to miss out on the opportunity of trying this new technology out. The Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver is a cost-effective and budget-friendly add-on that’ll work with any pair of headphones. Our phones are already so expensive, this doesn’t mean that the accessories have to cost just as much. And as technology is changing on a daily basis, who knows how long wireless headphones are going to be here for until they create the next best thing.

     

    So, this is where the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver comes in as it’s the best way to keep your wired headphones and save yourself an extra couple of dollars. As we said earlier, the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver works to create any pair of wired headphones wireless through its Bluetooth receiver. But that’s not all, it’s also comes with these features as well:

    • Control the volume and music playback on the receiver

    • Secure the receiver on the go with the built-in shirt clip

    • Have high-definition wireless audio from your existing pair of headphones

    • Charge through a 3.5mm port to keep a slim profile

    • Convert your wired earphone and headphone into wireless ones via Bluetooth connections

     

    If you’re in love with your headphones and can’t seem to give them up, don’t worry, you can still use them. Instead, get yourself the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver and you’ll be able to use any headphone just as if it was wireless. So many times we sacrifice our favorite things for convenience, but you don’t have to do that. Technology should work for us, not the other way around. So, get the best of both worlds with the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver. It’s currently on sale for 60% off at just $19.99. Don’t wait for the sale to end, try them out today!

  • How to Block a Phone Number on Your Android Phone

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    Though phones allow us the ability to keep in contact with friends, family and work, not all the people who contact you are ones you want to be in contact with. Instances of spammers, telemarketers and other unwanted callers, answering their calls in a nuisance and extremely annoying. So, is there a way to prevent these numbers from phoning you? Yes! We’re going to show you how to block a phone number on your Android phone so you won’t have to deal with unwanted calls ever again.

     

    Most Android phones have a different way to block a number depending on the manufacturer. When Androids were being developed, there wasn’t a generalized way to block a number, thus, they created their own ways on their Androids. On all Androids it is possible to block a number, however, the method to do this varies from phone to phone. Here are some of the ways to block a phone number on the most popular Android devices.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on Stock Android Devices

     

    If you’re looking how to block a phone number on Androids such as Google Pixel and Nexus 6P, there are two ways to do so.

     

    1. The first way to block a phone number is to open your phone app and go to the areas containing your recent calls. Then, long press down on the number you’d like to block. A menu will pop up and you’ll want to select “Block number”.

    2. The second method is where you’re going to access your Phone app and tap on the 3-dot menu icon which will be displayed in the top-right hand corner of the screen. Select “settings” and then tap “Call blocking”. This will add the number to the list of blocked numbers.

     

    Block Phone Number Through Carriers

     

    Some carriers offer services that’ll allow you to block the number on a service level. In the United States, the carriers that offer these services are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. You’ll have to contact your carrier and ask them if they provide this service.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on Samsung Devices

     

    Many Android users have Samsung phone as they’re the largest Android manufacturer in the world. So, if you’re trying to block a number on Samsung, this is how you do it.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Choose the number that you’d like to block and then tap “More” (this is located on the top-right hand corner).

    3. Select “Add to Auto-Reject List”.

    4. To either remove a number or edit the list, go to Settings → Call Settings → All Call → Auto-Reject.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on LG Devices

     

    If you’re an LG owner, then you’ll want to follow these instructions in order to successfully block a phone number. Though it’s similar to the methods we’ve shown you on other phones, there are some differences.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Tap on the 3-dot icon which is located on the top-right hand corner.

    3. Select “Call Settings”.

    4. Select “Reject Calls”.

    5. Tap the ‘+’ button and then add the number you’d like blocked.

     

    Blocking Phone Numbers on HTC Devices

     

    For HTC users, follow these instructions in order to block a phone number.

     

    1. Open the Phone app.

    2. Press down and hold the phone number you’d like to block.

    3. Select “Block Contact”.

    4. Select “OK”.

     

    Third-Party Apps

     

    If your Android doesn’t have a built-in calling blocking feature then you can also use third-party apps that’ll do the job for you.

     

    • Number: this is a free Android app which allows you to block unwanted calls and texts on your phone. Mr. Number also has a Remote Lookup feature which allows you to find out information about the caller (feature offered in the U.S. only).

    • The Blocklist: the Blocklist is a simple app which has three options on it: Hang Up Voicemail and Exceptions. When a number is added to the Hang Up option, when the number calls your phone, it’ll automatically hang up on them. If callers are placed on the Voicemail option, their call will go directly to voicemail.

    • Call Blocker: this is another free app which allows you to block incoming calls and texts to your phone. It also includes a Private Space feature which stores private SMS messages and call logs.

  • The Biggest Early Visual Changes in Android P

    Android P changes

     

    With the first developer preview of the Android P finally released, everyone is now having their first sneak peek at what Google has been working on over the past months and what it’s bringing to the table. Though you should know that this is an early version of the software, so it’s likely to have multiple changes occur to it prior to its final release. But even with the first preview, we’re able to see that Google is making some outstanding changes to the Android P.

     

    The next developer preview of Android P is expected to be released around May, so, we’ll be able to see more finalized decisions and changes made to the Android P software, however, until then, let's take a look at what the first developer preview is offering users.

     

    Notch-Friendly Notifications

    The clock on the Android P has moved from the far right-hand side of the screen now to the far left-hand side of the screen of the top status bar. The new OS is designed to aid with notches that may cut into the top display area, putting notifications right next to the time. The display screen will show you up to four different app icon notifications and after four, it’ll have the rest of the notifications accessible to you when you slide down the notification tray.

     

    Straightforward Quick-Settings Pulldown

    This is a much-needed change that Google has been focusing on making better. The corners of the icons have been rounded for settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Now, the icons are circles with colorful accents and turn gray when switched off. The horizontal bar underneath the icons is also closer. When the settings bar is pulled fully down, it’s given a much cleaner design and appearance.

     

    A Colorful Settings Menu

    Google loves to change to the settings screen whenever there’s a major Android update. Well, with the new Android P update, Google is at it again and making new icons to the right of sections such as Display, Battery and Network. Though the layout hasn’t changed, the grayscale icons are now colorful circles.

     

    The Dock Looks Like a Dock

    Android P’s dock which shows your favorite apps and Google search bar now has a cloudy background which helps the apps stand out from everything else on your home screen. It also aids in helping in swiping up to reach the app switcher. In addition, there’s also a microphone icon on the right side of the search bar which allows you fast access one-tap to voice search and Google Assistant.

     

    Screenshot with the Power Menu

    The Power Off/Restart pop-up on the Pixel has an additional feature which is added underneath of those two options: screenshot. So, if users don’t want to use the normal button combo, rather, you can hold down the power button and tap the screenshot button and it’ll capture whatever you want to screenshot. This way, you don’t have to hit power/restart at the same time.

     

    Shrinking Volume Slider

    Google is relocating the software volume slider, making it a little more straightforward and easier to use. The volume slider offers you four options: tapping the calls/ring button switches in between ring, vibrate and silent ringer. Though, this feature will still need more work in order to make it even more straightforward when using it.

     

    Product sans Font More Visible

    The font that’s been used for Google’s Pixel’s branding is now showing up in more areas throughout the system. You’ll be able to see the font in places, for example, the camera permission pop-up which allows you to ‘deny’ or ‘allow’ camera access. The font being used is called Product Sans.

     

    Now that you know the some of the new features with the Android P, you have a been idea of what’s going to be coming out for users. Google’s been working hard to make the new Android P easier to use, more vibrant and of course, minimalistic in design and features.

  • Set up Your New Android Smartphone in a Snap

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    You‘ve finally seen the light and decided to get yourself a new Android device – welcome to the family! Maybe you bought yourself a Samsung, Motorola or the new Google Pixel – whichever one you chose, we know that you want to get it customized and set-up as quickly as possible. Setting up your Android phone/tablet can be a little bit of a hassle, in the beginning, however, there are a couple ways to set-up your device with Android Lollipop or Marshmellow which helps you to avoid having to manually download your favourite apps one by one.

     

    All your Android device needs to have a built-in NFC which won‘t be a problem since it was implemented in Android devices in 2010. But if your devices don‘t have NFC, not to worry, you can still transfer data from one device to another, the process will just take a little longer. In addition, if you‘re a Google Pixel owner, then you also have another alternative which is called a quick switch adaptor. With this, you simply connect both devices and choose what you want to transfer – and that‘s it. So, setting up your Android has a lot to do with the type of Android you have, this will ultimately show you the options you have when it comes to transferring data. So, let‘s not waste any more time. Here are a couple ways to set up your new Android in a jiffy.

     

    Restore From an Old Android Device

     

    Not everyone has a new Android phone/tablet, so if your phone doesn‘t have NFC, then you‘re going to have to set it up in a different way. While you‘re setting up your phone if you skip the Tap & Go, you have the option of choosing to restore your phone which will allow you to choose which device you want to restore from and what you want to restore. That way, you can carry over specific information to your new phone. You can restore any Android device that‘s connected to your Google account.

     

    Android Tap & Go

     

    When you start your device, you‘ll be given an option to use Tap & Go. In order to do this, make sure that both devices have NFC. Then, you simply tap their back together and the data, including the apps and Google account information, will be transferred from your old phone to the new one. If you‘re using Google Now, this transfer will also restore your home screen.

     

    Start from Scratch

     

    You may not want to actually transfer your data from one phone to another or you may want to manually download and upload data to your new device yourself. This means you‘re going to have to start from scratch.You can completely start from scratch and choose to „set up as a new device“. This means, you will not have any of your information carried over to your new device and you‘ll have to sync your contact and download your apps manually.

     

    After you‘ve installed your apps, then you should check for updates on built-in apps, like Google. Then, once you‘ve updated those apps, you‘ll want to set-up your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Last but not least, you‘ll then want to customize your notifications.

     

    Root Your Android Device?

     

    Now, you have to think about whether or not you want to root your phone. Rooting means that you‘ll access advanced settings on your phone which are usually blocked by the manufacturer. When you root your phone, it removes bloatware which is unwanted and preinstalled apps. Though, if you have the OnePlus One device, you won‘t have to root your device. Though, if you‘re choosing to root your device, double check if the phone company still covers your warranty after it‘s rooted. Rooting does provide you with more freedom and control over your phone but it‘s not a necessity, so before jumping into it, do your research and see if it‘s right for you.

     

    Now that you know the different options you have, figure out which one works best for you when you‘re setting up your new Android.

  • How to Shoot Better Slow Motion Video at 120fps, 240fps, and 960fps With Android Devices

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    It wasn’t too long ago that you had to buy expensive camera equipment and software in order to create a high-quality slow-motion video. This meant, that video creation was mainly left to the professionals rather than allowing anyone to take a try at it. But now, it’s completely different. Today, you’re able to take a slow-motion capture at up to 960 frames per second with your smartphone. This means that the video you take it around 32 times slower than real life. Now that’s pretty slow. Isn’t this great? You no longer need the expensive equipment to make slow motion videos, rather technology has advanced to the point where you’re able to make slow motion videos via your smartphone. Though, you may want to know a little bit more about how it works so that you can make better slow motion videos.

     

    Currently, the Galaxy S9+ can shoot slow-motion videos at 240 fps and 960 fps in either 1080p or 720p. Sony’s Xperia XZ2 can also shoot 960 fps videos in 1080p as well. This is just the beginning as more and more companies are manufacturing smartphone with slow motion features.

     

    Resolution

     

    You may not be thinking about it, but the resolution is extremely important as you’ll see the results of it directly on the screen. With slo-mo footage, you’ll have to test out the resolution on your phone. Take a shot and upload it to YouTube, switching it to 720 fps while watching it. You’ll be able to see how it looks on high resolution. From there, you’ll have to decide if 6 seconds of 720p in the middle of FHD is going to do justice to your film. The only way to figure this out is through trial and error.

     

    Keep the Phone Still

     

    Slow motion videos can be a bit blurry, regardless if you’re using a smartphone or expensive camera equipment, slow motion is prone to blurriness. This is because it’s extremely difficult to capture sharp images which you can fine tune into focus. Though, if you want a sharp image you’re going to have to focus on keeping the camera very still. If you’re going to be using the automatic capture feature with the Galaxy 9+, it’ll detect the motion and take the super slo-mo footage when it sees something moving on the screen. Thus, you’ll want to keep your camera perfectly still. To do this, invest in a tripod or gimbal while capturing slo-mo footage. With the right support equipment, you’ll be able to capture amazing footage just with your smartphone.  Of course, some of the support equipment isn’t cheap, however, in comparison to purchasing professional equipment, you save yourself a lot of money.

     

    Lighting Matters

     

    Lighting is extremely important when shooting any footage, regardless if it’s slo-mo or not. You need the right amount of light to properly expose what is in front of your lens. When things are slowed down, we’re able to see more things on the screen, for example, such as blinking lights.

     

    If you’re shooting at high speeds with the idea to use slo-mo then you need to factor in pulse modulation. Pulse modulation is essentially how fluorescent lights and LEDs function. Fluorescent lights and LED lights, though are different, do have one thing in common: they aren’t steady light sources. Now, this may not matter to the audience, however, when you slow down your video, you’ll notice the poor results. Thus, you’ll want to either shoot outside or use old-fashioned filament lighting. If you’re not able to do so and you have to use fluorescent and LED lights, shoot at 240 fps to prevent flickering.

     

    At the end of the day, you have the technical support to provide you with amazing slo-mo footage. Now that you have that out of the way, what you need to focus on is practising and testing out the different types of lighting and resolution, as this is the only way you’ll learn. With time, your slo-mo footage will get better and better.

  • How to Automatically Dial Extensions on Android

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    If you spend a lot of time calling business contacts and clients during your working day, then you know very well about the frustration that‘s caused when trying to have to remember extension numbers. For some people, they keep a book of them on their desk, just in case they forget. Others leave post-it notes scattered all over their desk with hundred of extensions number scribbled on them. This can become irritating and annoying, especially if you‘re working with dozens of different people. However, there is an Android feature which can help you deal with extension numbers. It‘s called the Pause Method and the Wait Method.

     

    We‘re going to show you how to add extension numbers to your contacts information and also have it automatically dial the extension when you‘re making a call. There are two different methods and we‘re going to show you how to use both.

     

    Method 1: The Pause Method

     

    This method is used where the extension number can normally be entered as soon as the call has been answered.

     

    1. Go to your contacts in your phone and select the contact you want to add an extension to.

    2. Go to edit a contact by either touching or holding down on their name until a menu pops up. Then, select edit contact.

    3. Where their phone number is, touch it and wait for the keyboard to appear.

    4. On the keyboard, use a single comma at the end of the phone number, example, 555-5555,.

    5. After the comma, without a space, type the extension number for that contact. If the extension is 123, it‘ll look like this 555-5555,123.

    6. Now, save the contact. The next time you call this contact, it‘ll automatically dial the extension number the minute the call is answered.

     

    Troubleshooting with the Pause Method

     

    If you‘re having problems with the pause method, you may find that the automated phone system isn‘t detecting the extension number. If this is the case, try to add more than one comma between the phone number and extension. With each comma added, it‘ll add a two-second pause before the extension number is dialed. For example, 555-5555,,,123. The three commas will give three seconds before dialing the extension.

     

    Method 2: The Wait Method

     

    This method of adding an extension to a contact is used when the extension number cannot be normally entered until you‘ve listened to the entire automated voice message.

     

    1. Just like the Pause Method, you need to open your contacts app on your Android device and find the contact which you‘d like to add an extension to. You can also open your contact list by the phone dialer instead.

    2. Go to edit a contact by either touching or holding down on their name until a menu pops up. Then, select edit contact.

    3. Touch the screen on the phone number field and make sure the cursor is at the end of the phone number, meaning, the right-hand end of the number. Wait for the keyboard to appear.

    4. With the keyboard, insert a single semicolon at the end of the phone number.

    5. After the semicolon, without a space, type the extension number for the contact. For example, if the number is 555-5555 with an extension 123, it‘ll look like 555-5555;123.

    6. If you‘re using the Wait Method, a message will appear on the screen after the automated message is finished. It‘ll ask you if you want to dial the extension number, you‘ll either proceed or cancel the call.

     

    All this time you‘ve been sitting on the phone, waiting for the message to finish or looking through your phonebook to find the extension number of this contact. When, at the end of the day, you just needed to know this little trick. Now that you know it, your life has just become that much easier and efficient. Use either the Pause or Wait method and save yourself the hassle of dealing with extension numbers.

  • How to Opt out of Facebook Data Sharing

    Facebook

     

    If you thought Facebook didn’t know a lot about you than you’re sorely mistaken. The reality is that Facebook knows almost everything there is to know about you. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the ads on your news feed is shockingly similar to the sites you’ve visited in the past. Well, this is because Facebook has the data. But how does this work? Well, it’s a simple answer: data brokers.

     

    But what is a data broker? A data brokers collects your information from various sources whether it’s online, offline, or both. For example, if you make an online purchase, the data from your purchase is collected by a company. What happens from there is that Facebook then buys this information, allowing advertisers to use this information in order to target ads to a specific audience. Yes, the information they collect is anonymous, however, the details collected are able to be matched with your Facebook profile and have a complete profile of who you are. Though this may be creeping you out, what’s important to know is that you’re able to opt-out of data collection from many data brokers, including ones who are partnered with Facebook.

     

    Who Are the Data Brokers?

    Well, through Facebook, there are seven main companies which are “Audience Data Providers” under the Facebook marketing partners program. These are the seven companies which supply data information to Facebook:

     

    • Acxiom

    • CCC Marketing

    • Quantium

    • Epsilon

    • KBM Group

    • Oracle Data Cloud

    • Experian

     

    Sadly, these aren’t Facebook’s permanent partners as the network rotates its data providers. So, you’ll have to check and opt-out of any additional companies which are added to the list.

     

    How to Remove Your Data from or Completely Stop Tracking by Facebook's Data Providers

    Every one of these companies has a different way to opt yourself out of the data collection.

     

    Acxiom

    You can fill out an online form which prevents your data from being collected.

    1. Go to https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx in your web browser

    2. Click the checkboxes for what you want to be removed from

    3. Choose who the subject of the data removal is for

    4. Click the green + sign on the box that says Full Names

    5. Add your name

    6. Click add

    7. Click submit

    8. Enter the email address to which you’d like Acxiom to send a confirmation to

    9. Click submit

    10. Go to your email and click the link that they sent you

    11. Click submit on the confirmation page

     

    Quantium

    Go to Quantium’s Opt Out Website and click confirm under Facebook Targeted ADvertising.

     

    Epsilon

    You’ll have to contact them directly by email at optout@epsilon.com. Provide your full name and address.

     

    KBM Group

    KBM offers a cookie-based opt-out solution for your web browser. To activate it, you’ll have to head to KBM Group Interactive Opt-Out website. Once there, click the button which says “to complete the opt-out process”, then, follow the step-by-step procedure to complete the process.

     

    Oracle Data Cloud

    Go to Oracle’s Opt-Out Tool website and click the big, orange Opt-out button. You can also check out Oracle’s offline opt-out websites and fill out the form, finalizing it by clicking submit.

     

    Experian

    It’s a little harder than the other companies which offer opt-out services but once you complete it, you’re good to go. They offer seven different products which will hold your information. Depending on the product though, it will require different methods of data removal. Send them containing all the relevant information that you want suppressed to optout@experian.com. You can also opt out by going on their website and going on their “Targeted Advertising” “Partner Programs” and “OmniActiviation Strategic Services” pages.

     

    If you thought that Facebook having all your personal data is something that’s mandatory, it’s not. You do have some control over your personal information. Though it will take some time and effort, once completed, it means that you won’t have to worry about Facebook having all your personal data being sold to third parties.

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