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All good web hosts offer a variety of add-ons to their plans, but the types of features will differ between companies. When comparing the services offered by each host, ensure that the package you compare from each one contains the feature(s) you need. As an example, a host may only offer a price cut if you choose to go with their cheaper package that doesn't include what you need.
Your domain name should be registered with an outside company. If you register it with your web host and the company goes under, you could end up losing your name. Your host, rather than you, will control your domain name and registration if you use the same service for registration and hosting.
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Microsoft prices Windows 8.1
September 19, 2013 - 10:00 GMT
Last Tuesday, in a blog post on Microsoft's Windows.com website, Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc announced Microsoft's Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Review - Small improvements fix some annoyances
August 10, 2013 - 23:50 GMT
In this two page article I look at the preview of Windows 8.1 and look at what Microsoft decided to update or change in comparison to the current Windows 8.
Download and Install Windows 8.1 Preview
June 26, 2013 - 20:15 GMT
Today at the Build 2013 in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 Preview.
Disable Windows Automatic Maintenance
June 14, 2013 - 15:00 GMT
Windows 8 includes an automatic maintenance routine designed to run in the background with limited user interaction and minimal impact to performance and energy efficiency. If you want to disable the automatic maintenance (for example if you are running Windows 8 in a virtual environment) you'll have to change some file permissions to be able to do so successfully.
Check Your Mobile Device's Battery Health
May 29, 2013 - 11:45 GMT
Like Windows 7, Windows 8 includes a command that let you view details on your computers power usage including details on your computer's battery. The Windows 8 command will show you even more details if you are running on newer hardware.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Update Free for Existing Windows 8 Customers
May 13, 2013 - 15:25 GMT
Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Windows division CFO Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as 'Windows Blue' will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.
A First Look at Windows 8 "Blue"
April 10, 2013 - 15:30 GMT
In this two page article I take a look at the leaked 9364 Build of Windows 8 "Blue" and note some of the small improvements Microsoft seems to be making (mainly to the new 'Modern UI' interface).
Managing Windows 8 Networking
March 29, 2013 - 17:30 GMT
In this two page article I look at Windows 8 networking an sharing options including managing Wireless networks.
Optimize Windows 8 for use with a Solid State Drive (SSD)
January 30, 2013 - 14:00 GMT
Microsoft got most things right with Windows 8 and Solid State Drive's (SSD drives have been around for a few years now). So while you don't have to employ all kinds of 'tricks' to get the most out of your SSD drive, you may still benefit from some tips, especially when it comes to saving some disk space (which can come in handy on smaller size SSD drives).
Missing the Start Menu in Windows 8? Feb. 20, 2013
January 7, 2013 - 09:30 GMT
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Google announced that it will begin to roll out an update to Chrome that will make your browser speeds much faster. The update contains a new data compression algorithm called Brotli, which Google first unveiled in September. It squishes the size of a website down by 26% more than Chrome's previous compression tool, Zopfli. Like Zopfli, the new a..
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The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is offering 21 tips to keep families safe and warm when the power goes out and freezing temperatures arrive.
Foam, Dome & Drip - Affordable Ways to Protect Your Home
For as little as $1 per 6 of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing during winter and even when the power goes out.
1. Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts with insulating foam.For as little as $1 per 6 of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy.
2. Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor faucets and spigots to reduce the likelihood of the water in your pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.
3. Drip faucets to reduce the build-up of pressure in the pipes.Even if the pipes freeze, you have released the pressure from the water system reducing the likelihood of a rupture.If you are going out of town, and suspect that temperatures will drop or a power outage will occur, turn off the water to your home and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way you wont return to a frozen, soggy mess.
4.Check for air leaks around windows and doors using a lit incense stick. If the smoke is sucked out of an opening, seal the leak with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping.
Keep Your Family Safe & Warm
5.Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.
6. After the power goes out, make sure to turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.
7. Resist the temptation to call 911 for information during power outages. Instead use your battery-powered radio for information.
8. Keep your car fuel tank at least half full as gas stations rely on electricity to operate their pumps and may not have back-up power.
9. Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from ATMs or banks.
10.Be a volunteer snow angel. Volunteer to check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistanceduring the outage.
11. Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
12. If you are using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, be sure the area is properly ventilated.
13. Arrange ahead of time with family, friends, or neighbors for a place to go if you have an extended outage. If you have nowhere to go, head to a designated public shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345)
14. Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food on hand, and have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.
15. Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than four hours.
16. Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.
17. Follow manufacturers instructions such as only connect individual appliances to portable generators.
18. Dont plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your homes electrical system as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.
19. Consider purchasing and installing a permanent home generator with an automatic on switch.
When Power Returns
20. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary surges or spikes that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace. Be sure to install a system of surge protection that consists of point-of-use devices and whole house surge protection.
21. When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate potential problems caused from sharp increases in demand.
For more information, tips and resources for winter safety visitFlash.organdtheGreat Winter Weather Prep preparedness campaign.
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. The FLASH partnership includes more than 120 innovative and diverse organizations that share a vision of making America a more disasterresilient nation including: BASF, FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, Kohler Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, and USAA. In 2008, FLASH and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visitingwww.flash.org, calling toll-free (877) 221- SAFE (7233), following @federalalliance on Twitter,Facebook.com/federalalliance, and theFLASH blog Protect Your Home in a FLASH.
Heres a look at what you can do with Cortana and some tips for getting the most from the desktop assistant.
Enable Hey Cortana
The Hey Cortana feature lets you activate it by voice and engage by speaking to your PC. However, its not enabled by default. To turn it on, open Cortana and select Settings and then flip the switch on. You dont need to talk to your computer to use Cortana; you can also type your queries into the Cortana search box. For more, read our article on how to turn Hey Cortana on or off.
Train Cortana to Learn Your Voice
After you have the Hey Cortana feature turned on, youll want to train it to learn your voice better. You can do that by starting a wizard that has you speak six phrases. This helps it get more familiar with your pitch and vocal inflections.
Read: Train Cortana in Windows 10 to Learn Your Voice Better
Create Reminders Using Cortana
If youre a busy person whos always on the go and have a lot on your plate, you can let Cortana handle your reminders. The basic way to set one is type:
set reminder in the search box or say:Hey Cortana, set reminder.
Then create your reminder and when you want Cortana to remind you. For more in-depth information on this feature, including how to review the reminders you create, read our article on how to create time and location based reminders with Cortana in Windows 10.
Track Your Packages
You can use Cortana to automatically track your packages from UPS, USPS, FedEx, and other carriers as long as the tracking number appears in an email while youre logged into Windows 10 with your Microsoft Account.
To set it up, launch Cortana and open the Notebook. Scroll down and click Packages and make sure Package tracking cards is enabled. You can also add a package by entering in the tracking number for the item manually.
Cortana for Math and Conversions
Need to know how many ounces in a pound, the square root of Pi, energy or metric conversions? Cortana has you covered. You can just speak your query with Hey Cortana enabled or type in your question. It can do a lot i.e. converting Fahrenheit to Celsius or math equations. There are too many things to list, but you get the idea. If you have a math or conversion question, just ask. If Cortana doesnt have an instant answer, it will always open a search page to find out more.
Make Cortana Use Google Search
Cortana uses Bing by default, and if you havent used Bing much, its something you should consider. Ive been using it for three years now and havent missed Google a bitbut I digress. If you just cant break your Google addiction, you can make Cortana use it instead of Bing.
For it to work, you will need to be using Firefox or Google Chrome as your default browser and download an extension. You can even make Cortana search DuckDuckGo or Yahoo.
Read: How to Make Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10.
Show the Weather for Your Location and Multiple Cities
If you travel a lot or just want to know the weather conditions in different parts of the world, you can use Cortana for that. You just need to go into the Notebook and add cities to the Weather section.
For ourstep-by-step guide to walk you through the process, read: How to Make Cortana Show the Weather for Multiple Cities.
Use Cortana with Microsoft Edge
One of the neatfeatures is the ability to look up items in web pages all without leaving the page in Microsoft Edge. For example, if you find a word or phrase youd like to know more about, highlight it, and selectAsk Cortana. For more, read our article on using Microsoft Edge with Cortana.
Manage Info Cards
Once you set Cortana up, it presents you with information cards based on your interests like news, sport, and weather from your current location. But you can get rid of cards of info that youre not interested in, change your interests, or turn them off completely.
Read: How to manage Cortana Info Cards in Windows 10
Remove Cortana from Taskbar
If you want to save room on the taskbar in Windows 10, you can clean it up by removing the Cortana search box. This doesnt take Cortana away, you can still use it, but it does make room on the taskbar.
Read: How to Remove Cortana Search Box from Windows 10 Taskbar
These are just a few of the things you can do with Cortana. Microsoft continues to update it on a regular basis so you can expect more features as Windows 10 continues to evolve.
What are some of the neat things that you do with Cortana on Windows 10? Leave a comment below and let us know.
"Plaintiff and other class members were faced with a difficult decision: use a buggy, slow device that disrupts everyday life or spend hundreds of dollars to buy another smartphone," reads the lawsuit spotted by Apple Insider.
When iOS 9 was released in September, the operating system was supposed to fix many of the faults of its predecessors. But the owners of more than 100 iPhone 4S handsets claim Apple knew the new OS would be virtually unusable on the older hardware but released it anyway to force people to upgrade.
To add insult to injury, Apple won't allow the aggrieved users to uninstall iOS 9 and go back to simpler times. So 4S owners are left stuck with sluggish screens, hanging apps, and lousy touch use, the lawsuit claims.
Apple's internal testing must have shown these effects while the operating system was being developed, but Cook & Co nevertheless advertised the new operating system's benefits without warning of obsolescent hardware, the plaintiff's lawyers argue.
Furthermore, the seductiveness of Apple's software ecosystem meant that the plaintiffs couldn't easily move to the competition, the lawsuit claims. Apple knew this and still pushed out the OS update to encourage upgrade, so lawyers want Cupertino to pay up a sliver of its massive earnings.
One suspects Apple's response will be "well what did you expect?" The iPhone 4S runs a 32-bit A5 processor and packs 512MB of DDR2 RAM, compared to the iPhone 6S's A9 64-bit core with the M9 coprocessor and 2GB of DDR4 memory. Expecting similar performance ignores certain technical realities.
The upgrade cycle has been part of the tech industry since the dawn of computing. Microsoft and Intel's entire business plans were built around releasing ever more complex operating systems that required hardware upgrades to run them.
That worked well until PC processors got powerful enough to adequately run more apps, at which point the raison d'etre of many resellers crashed but smartphone processors are further down the development cycle. It's going to be difficult to argue that users of generations' old kit should be compensated when things aren't so spiffy.
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Cutting down a SIM-card and turning it into a Nano-SIM is a good trick to know because it enables you to use your current SIM inside a new iPhone model without ordering a new SIM.
This tutorial shows you how to cut a SIM card down to size. Weve referenced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the article, but the process is the same with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus too.
How to cut a SIM card to nano-SIM: Get a multi-SIM
Before we go any further, its worth mentioning that there may be an easier way than cutting the SIM card to the desired size yourself. Recently, many major UK carriers have done away with traditional SIM cards with varying sizes, and have instead replaced them with a single SIM card that can be used in any device. The new multi-SIM provides users with a standard SIM, as well as a micro SIM and a nano SIM nestled inside much like traditional Russian dolls. See the below photo to get more of an understanding of what we mean:
After doing some research online, weve found the following UK carriers provide customers with multi-SIMs although theyre named slightly differently.
EE offers multi-SIMO2 offers multi-SIMThree offers trio-SIMVodafone offers triple-SIMVirgin offers Dual SIM cards
There are benefits to using a multi-SIM apart from having to cut your SIM yourself, too. If a situation ever arises where youre using a nano SIM and need to switch to a phone that requires a micro SIM, you need only pop the nano SIM into the micro SIM frame to use it. Simple, right? Although with this being said, you could always buy a SIM adaptor kit to combat the issue if it arises.
All you need to do is call your carrier (if youre on contract) and ask them to send you out a replacement multi-SIM (or whatever its called on your network). Youll probably be without a SIM card for a day or two while one is sent, and some carriers may charge you a small amount, but we think its worth it in the long run.
Warning! Cut your SIM card down at your own riskWe have performed this trick a few times, and cut down a SIM card on a few occasions now, and it has worked in all but two instances. Thats not actually great odds. And one instance was a bit of a headache because the SIM card could no longer be used at all (not even in the original phone). Please remember that there are always risks involved with home modifications and dont cut up your SIM card unless youre happy for it not to work (in this case youll need to get a replacement from your phone manufacturers, or order a new SIM card). Proceed at your own risk.
To create a Nano-SIM you needTo cut your SIM Card down to Nano-SIM size you need the following equipment:
Standard or Micro SIM cardNano SIM card (for measurement)PencilSIM Ejector Tool (or Paperclip)Small pair of straight scissorsNail fileOnce you have all these to hand its time to get started.
Removing the Nano-SIM
Use the SIM card ejector tool (or a straightened paper clip) to open the SIM-Card slot on your iPhone 6s/6s Plus. Inside you might find a stock Nano-SIM. Youll need this. If you do not have a Nano-SIM inside your iPhone, you should borrow one from a friends iPhone to help you size up your regular SIM.
Read next: How to find the SIM number (ICCID) on your iPhone
Regular SIM vs nano-SIMHere we can see a regular SIM card (right) compared to a nano-SIM (left):
It appears much smaller, and the whole of the Nano-SIM can fit inside of the metal on the regular SIM card. Because of this you might think the SIM cards use different technology. But they arent, the Nano-SIM is the same type of SIM card as the regular SIM, its just had all the excess trimmed off. Most of that excess is card but some of it is also the silicon.
Spotting SIM card guidelinesYou may see some reports online that suggest you measure the SIM card with a ruler. This used to work with the old-style Micro-SIM cards, but it doesnt work when creating a new Nano-SIM. For this you need to place a Nano-SIM over the metal of the old SIM and line it up by eye.
Some SIM cards, handily, have guide marks on the metal of the sim. These help you line up the Nano SIM on the regular SIM card and provide you with an area to cut out.
How to measure up your SIM cardPlace the Nano-SIM on top of the regular SIM with the cut-corner on both SIM cards in the top-right (as shown in the picture). Use the guide lines to line up the metal of the SIM card in the same central position on your SIM card. Make sure you line up the central metal part of the SIM card and not the surrounding plastic. Different SIM cards have different metal vs card dimensions, so be sure to measure aging just the metal area. You should be looking to line up the central part of the metal on your full sized SIM card.
With the Nano-SIM lined up against the regular SIM draw around the Nano-SIM (and on to the regular SIM) with a sharp pencil. This create a guideline for you to cut around. Do not worry about marking the corner, pay attention to marking the sides of the Nano-SIM accurately.
Cutting your SIMSoftly, softly catchy monkey is the phrase you want to use here. It is better to trim back your SIM card a little bit at a time and not too much. Then use a file to filed down the edges. We usually start with the top piece of card and the sides before carefully clipping the bottom (you can also just file down the bottom).
We are using a pair of small nail scissors to cut through the SIM card. It is typically as easy to cut through the metal of the SIM card as it is the plastic card surrounding it. You can also use regular scissors but the smaller pair offer more accuracy. If you are using nail scissors be sure to use a pair that is straight and not with a slight curve. Its better to trim it slightly large and squeezed it in, rather than cut off too much and it be wiggling around inside the SIM card slot. Trim off the corner manually.
Measure into the Nano-SIM tray
Now place the cut up SIM card on top of the Nail-SIM tray from the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. It should be too large to fit into the Nano-SIM tray. This is a good thing. Now you need to trim the SIM card down bit by bit until it fits snugly into the tray. Now slide the Nano-SIM card into the iPhone.
That should be it. Turn the iPhone on and iOS should say Searching in the top-left, followed by the name of your service provider.
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