Apr
4
2015
Mail Connection Doctor
Posted by Lana

Mail Connection Doctor

 

 

 

If your Mail app can’t send or receive email on your Mac, the easiest way to learn what causes the problem, is using Mail Connection Doctor, which checks the status of each of your email accounts and Internet connection. To use Mail Connection Doctor, you should open the Mail app, and then choose Window > Connection Doctor.

You’ll see the statue of your Internet connection on the top of the Mail Connection Doctor window: thus, if a red dot appears, Mail can’t connect to the Internet. In this case, the computer can’t use any of your email accounts to send or receive email. To learn more about the issue, click the Network Diagnostics button to start a test of your Internet connection. The Diagnostics will try and find solutions for connecting your Mac to the Internet.

You may be connected to the Internet, however Mail Connection Doctor shows a red dot next to one or more of your accounts. In this case, you should check the Details column for messages, which will inform you the status (something like that – “Trying to log in … account failed.”). The fact is that your email service may be experiencing a service outage. To verify if this causes the problem, contact your email service or use their status webpage to make sure that their mail service is online.

If the password for your account is no longer valid or missing, you can get this message: “Could not connect to this . . . server.” This message means that the settings for your email account are wrong. You should check Mail preferences to make sure that your settings are up to date. You can use the Mail Settings Lookup tool to check the settings for many email providers, or get them from your email provider. Note that you may see the same message if a network firewall is blocking the connection to your email service. That can happen if you installed third-party firewall software, or you’re on a different network that doesn’t allow the necessary email connections. To get to your email service, if you are in an Internet Café or in a coffee shop, check with their staff. Using a corporate network, contact the corporate IT department for help.

Mail Connection Doctor can show even more detail about the connection – click the Show Detail button and you’ll see basic communication between the Mail app and your email service. If the drawer is empty, click Check Again to start another check. Messages that contain “ALERT” come directly from your email provider. Select the Log Connection Activity checkbox to cause Mail to generate detailed logs of its communication with your email service. To view the logs, just click Show Logs. To stop logging, deselect Log Connection Activity.

 

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Mar
30
2015

Ten apps that drain more your battery

 

 

 

What effect on your smartphone battery do the apps you install or those that had been installed before you had bought your phone (and we know that many users complain of pre-installed software)? A well-known security enterprise AVG has compiled an interesting list of the worst apps which drain your battery, and are thus responsible for shortening battery life. This research is based on anonymized data from millions of users worldwide.

According to the research, for apps that launch on startup and keep running in the background, Samsung’s Beaming service and Knox (Security Policy Updates) are the two biggest battery drainers, followed by Facebook and Waze.

Here come the top ten battery guzzlers (according to AVG):

1.Beaming Service for Samsung, Mobeam Inc.

2.Security Policy Updates, Samsung Software Update

3.Facebook

4.Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

5.Vault-Hide SMS Pics & Videos NQ mobile Security (NYSE, NQ)

6.Path (Path Inc – Pinterest)

7.Candy Camera – Selfie Selfies, JP Borthers Inc.

8.MagicApp Free Calls, magiclack VocalTec Ltd

9.Al-Moazin Lite (Prayer Times, Parfield)

10.WhatsApp Messenger (Whatsapp Inc).

Games continue to dominate the situation, and the top three battery draining gaming apps are King’s Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Saga, Pet Rescue Saga. Supercell’s Clash of Clans is forth. The fifth is King’s Farm Heroes Saga.

So AVG’s recommendations for users are go to App Settings and disable notifications for apps that don’t require these notifications. For other apps, like Facebook, there’s also the option to turn off Facebook chat and use Messenger app as well as lengthening the refresh interval for automatic downloads. Another option is switching off GPS location services.

 

 

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Mar
24
2015
Pebble Smartwatch
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Pebble Smartwatch

 

 

 

The smart watch Pebble was released in 2013. It features a programmable CPU, memory, storage, a vibrating motor, Bluetooth, a magnetometer, an ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer. All these feature extend its use beyond just displaying the time and allow interacting with smartphone notifications, activity tracking, map display, gaming, and more.

The Pebble Watch is compatible with Android and iOS devices. When connected via Bluetooth, it will vibrate and display incoming calls, text messages, e-mails, notifications from social media accounts when they are received on iOS or Android. The Pebble can also act as a remote control for the phone, or for cameras such as the GoPro.  Among other features, we can mention that a Pebble Watch attached to a bike can display bicycling speed and distance, as well as time spent on bicycle.

The Pebble app store had over 1,000 applications developed using Pebble’s free software development kit, which include remote controls for smartphones, cameras, home appliances, notifications for stock prices, turn-by-turn directions, hundreds of custom watch faces and much more.

On February 24, 2015, Pebble launched Pebble Time, which is third generation of Pebble Watch. Pebble Time comes with color e-paper LCD display with 64 colors available, a thinner casing and a microphone. It also includes a new interface designed around a timeline, similar to what is found in Google Now on Android Wear. This watch has up to seven day of battery life from one charge, and is water resistant.

Well, if you’re looking to purchase a smart watch right now, it may be the best option would be the Pebble Watch, which looks good, works with both iPhones and Android and is reasonably priced for a smart watch on most anyone`s wrist. Its LCD display makes it easy to the time whenever you want, and a gentle flick of your wrist turns the backlight on, so you can read it in the dark

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Mar
16
2015
LoopPay
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LoopPay

 

 

One of the most popular mobile payment solutions and mobile wallets in the world, LoopPay allows users to pay by smart device virtually everywhere. Its patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST™) technology allows smartphones to work with existing debit and credit card readers in store without any special symbols or equipment. LoopPay is easy, secure and fast.

Users just hold their Loopy enabled smartphone or device against where they swipe a credit card and press a button on the Loop Pay device to pay instantly. It is perfectly possible to open the LoopPay app and select a different card to make a payment. It may carry and pay with all bank cards and thousands of mag stripe credit, debit, loyalty, private label and gift cards, including Macy’s, Starbucks, Target or Walmart. You can load practically and card and even IDs like driver`s license, medical ID cards, and backup Loop Pay card.

Loop Pay technology is the only technology that works virtually everywhere with millions merchants using it throughout the world. It encrypts the card data, and locks them with user`s own PIN and password. The encrypted data and each LoopPay device are bound to user`s account and accessible by this user. Even if the LoopPay device is stolen, the security algorithm and the chip used to store the cards will prevent unauthorized access.

LoopPay works on all iPhones starting from iPhone 4, as well as on Android mobile phones.

To Use LoopPay, users must download the free LoopPay app and setup their account; order a LoopPay device from www.LoopPay.com or from within the app; once user receives your LoopPay device, he or she must setups the account so only the authorized person can swipe in the cards with the LoopPay reader. Briefly, Loop Pay, this innovative futuristic technology, is the best and safest way to pay with a credit card on the market.

Snapping onto the smartphone like any other cover, Card Case also sports a storage compartment for an ID and backup Loop Pay card.

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Mar
13
2015
Internet TV
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Internet Tv

 

 

Usually, TV over the Internet isn`t easy and can be watched if you master a variety of different techniques.  However, we have some interesting options that offer either free or subscription access to many TV shows and movies (we don`t talk about iTunes and Apple TV, because they are Video-on-Demand service and are locked to a specific Apple hardware devices for watching on a TV.

Netflix:  It has a large selection of both TV shows and movies for a small subscription fee for a month. All Netflix TV shows and movies are very popular, and Netflix was the first of the big Internet TV providers to seriously offer its own shows. For instance, Netflix exclusive show as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have proven very popular with both critics and viewers. Netflix is today the number one Internet TV broadcaster.

Hulu Plus: This is a free Internet TV service that offers popular broadcast and cable TV shows along with some movies for PC watchers It offers about one thousand Criterion Collection movies from around the world. If you want to watch some of these shows on a TV, smartphone or tablet you need to pay a monthly fee. Either way you’ll end up watching some ads. Hulu is owned by NBC, Fox, and Disney-ABC.

Amazon Prime Video:  For a fee, you get free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases and access to a very wide TV and movie selection. Amazon offers also access to many older HBO series. Amazon offers paid video-on-service for some newer movies.

Crackle: This service offers a decent, selection of free movies and TV shows. The movies and TV shows tend to be action-adventure or comedy films. Crackle has one original show, Sports Jeopardy, which is exactly what it sounds like. If you like sports and trivia, you’ll like it.

BBC iPlayer:  This chain offers a few British TV shows and series, such as Downton Abbey or Wolf Hall, many of these shows may never show up in America.

Acorn TV: This Internet TV services offers many old British TV series. It also offers many shows from Australia and other countries, but it costs about five dollars a month

YouTube: Besides music videos, short comedy bits, and cat videos, YouTube includes many TV shows and movies. This service is free.

 

Mar
12
2015

Top keyboards for the iPad Air

 

 

Mixing an Apple iPad Air with a good keyboard case turns the device into a powerful solution for work. There are dozens of keyboards to choose from in the market, but you shouldn’t pick up a keyboard because it looks good. It must prove its ability to get the job done and to play.

First at all, any good keyboard must handle rapid touch typing, they must have good rechargeable batteries with a very long battery life (up to two years) and pair with the iPad Air over Bluetooth.

Here come a few good keyboards:

ZAGG Slim Book keyboard: From the backlit keys, to the detachable tablet, this keyboard with detachable iPad case is very comfortable and versatile, and can be used in four configurations, such as tablet mode, laptop mode, viewing mode and book mode. Its battery life is two years on a charge.

ClamCase Pro: This device turns the iPad Air into a close approximation of a real laptop, and allows adjusting the screen to the perfect viewing angle. User can use the iPad as a tablet with the keyboard under the screen.

Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro: A backlit keyboard, very thin and light. It allows detaching the iPad Air from the keyboard for use as a tablet. It can be thus rotated to portrait orientation. Most keyboard cases don’t support using with the iPad Air in portrait.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3: This keyboard is very thin and light while offering good protection for the iPad Air. It can be used to plug and charge smartphones into the keyboard using the keyboard’s battery, being very interesting for business travelers.

Logitech Type +: Designed slightly wider than the iPad Air, this item provides good protection for the device. Rapid touch typing is possible given the key spacing. User can lower the iPad Air down over the keyboard for using it as a tablet while in the case.

ZAGGkeys Folio: Adjustable, can be used like a laptop. The keys are bigger than those on most keyboards, very useful for fast typing. The keys are backlit, with seven colors you can toggle through, each one coming with three brightness levels.

Logitech Keys-To-Go: Weighing only a few ounces. This keyboard is barely thicker than the cover of a paperback book. It is covered with water and dust resistant fabric. The keys are sealed in this material, and they are mechanical. They give good tactile feedback when pressed.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover:  It attaches to the iPad Air via magnets for transport. It protects the screen but not the back of the tablet. This keyboard is well laid-out and is comfortable for long typing sessions.

Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover: This keyboard is made of pure plastic and is very cheap. Functionally similar to the Logitech Ultrathin, it has a small kickstand to provide stability when typing.

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Mar
10
2015

Windows 8 features that didn't make it to Windows 10

 

 

Windows 8 was filled with new ideas which are gone in Windows 10. Here are some of these curious features:

The Start screen: The Windows 8 Start screen was the full-screen, colored replacement for the familiar Start menu (although it was possible to customize it). Windows 8.1 brought the Start button back, but in Windows 10, the Start screen is gone, replaced by a Start menu that is the default view in the new Tablet mode and that can be expanded to full screen in classic devices.

The Charms menu: The Charms menu is another signature feature of Windows 8. Actually, when Windows 8 debuted, the Charms menu was the first feature to be shown off, but it was difficult to master, and it is gone, as there is no trace of the Charms menu in Windows 10. Instead, the new Action Center is packed with notifications and small task-specific buttons

The two-headed Internet Explorer: Internet Explorer 10 included two personalities that shared a single rendering engine which could be qualified a usability nightmare. Windows 10 introduces instead a brand new browser, code-named Spartan.

Corner-based navigation:  The four corners offered bizarre behaviors when users pointed to them. Those actions sometimes triggered when they weren’t expected, driving many Windows 8 users mad. Even when Windows 8.1 offered more control over corners, in Windows 10, the corners are no longer active parts of the interface.

The People hub: This was part of the unified Windows 8 communication suite that also included Mail and Calendar capabilities. Windows 10, with a new Mail and Calendar app looks much better than its predecessor.

Windows RT: Windows RT didn’t survive into the Windows 10 era. However, the concept of Windows RT is alive and well in Windows 10. It will be sold on ARM-based phones and small tablets that will run Windows universal apps.

Metro apps: In Windows 8, Metro apps ran full screen or snapped to one edge, and they had menus along the top and bottom that were hidden by default. In Windows 10, modern apps can run in their own windows, on the desktop, alongside desktop apps, and they have hamburger menus.

From SkyDrive to OneDrive: In Windows 8, it was called SkyDrive, in Windows 8.1 it was OneDrive. Users could browse their entire cloud storage in File Explorer even if it wasn’t synced locally. In Windows 10, that feature has been yanked out.

 

 

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Mar
9
2015

Microsoft’s Holographic Reality

 

 

The software giant’s push into holographic reality computing tied into Microsoft Windows 10 spurs the imagination. Indeed, Windows 10 will have all the pieces needed for Microsoft’s HoloLens, a great holographic ambition. In Microsoft’s view everything from Minecraft to Skype could be holographic friendly, and a lot of areas are clearly business focused, as many of the features apply to the enterprise and business can use HoloLens widely.

In theory, the use of HoloLens shouldn’t require any extra skills, just a vision of how users will assimilate that “gaze, gesture, and voice” capabilities that the new hardware brings to Windows Universal apps.

So what can we do with this holographic happy Microsoft? For starters, since HoloLens are hooked into Windows 10, we can easily take advantage of the holographic efforts:

Collaboration in the work place: Virtual reality simulations, effects, possibilities to mark up drawings and reference designs could be powerful. Everything could be revamped.

Augmented reality: HoloLens looks like a virtual reality headset, but it can input data and function like a computer. In fact HoloLens tops the performance of the augmented reality glasses.

Productivity improvements: HoloLens provides new ways to approach collaboration, training and presence.

Customer experiences: HoloLens is an engagement tool. Enterprises can use Microsoft’s technology to inform and engage in various activities by plugging marketing data into the enterprise environment.

Specific use cases: Holographic computing affects various industries and many efforts are going in that direction. For instance, travel industry can use HoloLens as an entertainement device, retail could use holographic computing as a virtual dressing room, home improvement chains could help renovation projects, and so on.

Briefly, Microsoft’s holographic efforts could be a boon to every almost enterprise which would be eager to adopt itself to the new next-generation holographic reality which allows you to move confidently in the virtual world, to work and play comfortably.

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Mar
3
2015
iOS 8.1 tips and tricks
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iOS 8.1 tips and tricks

 

 

 iOS 8.1 operating system has some new features which are hidden from view, so you can’t get the most from your it. Here come some interesting tips and tricks which can help you to uncover cool stuff that you have overlooked:

Mail: You can swipe left to right on a mail item to uncover a Mark As Unread button. You can swipe right to left. This action will allow you to flag a message or send it to the trash. A “More” option also exists for replies, forwarding, moving to the junk box, and so on.

To change the swipe options you should go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options and then set your “Swipe Left” and “Swipe Right” commands.

To nuke your entire inbox, tap “Edit” at the upper right, then tap “Mark All” at the lower left followed by “Mark As Read” from the pop-up menu. To see all your unread emails, go to Mail > Mailboxes > Edit and select “Unread” .

As the battery in the iPhone doesn’t last long enough, with iOS 8.1 you have a way to find out what apps are having the biggest impact on it. For this, go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. Now you can easily find out which apps have used the most battery over the last 24 hours or last seven days.

You can also hide Favourites and contacts from displaying in App Switcher. The utility of this command depends on your personal preferences. It may be a handy feature for you or may be not.  Well, you can unable or disable this feature by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar and scrolling down to “Show in App Switcher.”

The new Apple QuickType keyboard now throws up some auto-suggestions as you type. You can hide them if you don’t use this option. To hide auto-suggestions press and hold at the top of the auto-suggest bar and drag it down towards the top row of keys to hide it. If you change your mind you can bring it back by dragging up from the top of the keyboard if you change your mind.

As to Safari tips, Safari now throws recommended search results at you. If you are not comfortable with this new feature, go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine Suggestions. Then turn the item off.

You can swipe left and right on the browser screen to go forwards and backwards through your browser history.

To set privacy-friendly DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine to make this option the default.

Safari now preloads the top search result in an attempt to make your browsing feel faster. If you want to turn it off go to Settings > Safari > Preload Top Hit and flick the switch to the off position to avoid this feature to burn through your allowance if you are using cellular data.

You can now locate your lost iPhone or iPad even if the battery is dead, as the device can transmit its last location before the battery dies. To switch this feature on go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle “Send Last Location” on.

 

 

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Mar
1
2015
Microsoft HoloLens
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HOLOLENS

Holograms are the next evolution in computing.

With its ability to design and shape holograms, Microsoft HoloLens, a new canvas for creators and developers, puts you at the center of a world that blends holograms with reality. Using this platform, people have a more efficient way to learn and teach, a new medium to express their creativity, a very effective way to visualize their work and share ideas.

With Hololens the digital content is more relevant, and creations are more relevant when they come to life in the world around you. Indeed, as holograms, the digital content is as real as physical objects which are close to you. For the first time, holograms become practical tools of daily life. This tool enables you to make decisions more confidently and bring your ideas to life right before your eyes. This technology is more than a simple heads-up display, it goes beyond augmented reality and virtual reality by enabling people to interact with three-dimensional holograms blended with the real world.

High definition holograms integrated with the real world will unlock all-new ways to communicate, create, communicate, work and play, because Microsoft HoloLens maps the room you’re in, blending holograms with the environment around you, as you can interact with holograms and everyday objects together, and pin holograms to physical locations you choose so that your room becomes the canvas for the holographic projects.

Microsoft HoloLoens understands movements, voice, vision, enabling the user to interact with content and information in the most natural way possible. Using this technology doesn’t require a mouse to click or a screen to touch. User handles HoloLens with gestures to create, size and shape holograms, the eyes to explore and navigate and the voice to communicate with his or her apps.

For example, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory plan to explore Mars surface using holograms of Mars Rover images, working as if they walk on the surface of Mars, an experience previously impossible.

The era of holographic computing has come!

Photo : Microsoft HoloLens, as shown on HoloLens official Website.

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