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Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Internet Connection with Neighbors

Considering the strength of your Wifi signal, all you have to do if you want to share your connection with your neighbor, is to give them your Wifi password. If your houses are as tightly knit as they are, in case of apartments, then it should easy. However, when it comes to stand-alone homes, the situation is a little different and might require you to use a couple of methods to boost the signal for your neighbor’s benefit. That said, it still isn’t a good idea to share your connection with anyone else as performance might take a hit. Of course, you can always pay more for a faster internet but that would effectively eliminate any savings that you might make from sharing one with a neighbor. And then there are other complications which involve losing a connection when you need it most only to find that rebooting the modem and router isn’t a possibility especially if your neighbor is on vacation and hasn’t left you a key – for obvious reasons. Which raises another question: how well do you know your neighbors in order to share an internet connection with them? Are they trustworthy enough, comes to mind? You never know how they might be using the internet connection whether against you or for questionable activities – for which, the latter might cause law enforcement agencies to question...

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4 Steps to Compressing (and Uploading) Your iPhone Photos

Whether you’ve taken too many photos or are upgrading to the latest version of iPhone, at some point of time or the other, you’ll need to save your photos somewhere. With Flickr being the best option online, you’ll still need to compress them, thanks to limited space (about 1 Terabyte), before uploading these pictures. So, here are 4 steps to compressing iPhone photos: Step #1: Import Photos to iPhoto The first step involves connecting your iPhone to your Mac so as to open iPhoto. Create a new folder and add your iPhone photos to this folder. Now, select all these photos. Step #2: Export Photographs and Progress Once you’ve selected these photos, then click File and Export. Under Size, select ‘Custom’ which will open up a drop-down box. The reason for this step is to decide the reduced file size for each photo that you would like to upload online. Now select Export and save these compressed images to another folder created on your Desktop. A progress bar will appear indicating progress. Step #3: Upload to Flickr Once you’ve completed exporting all the photos to that file, now log in to Flickr, and look for the ‘Upload’ button on the top task bar. Before you upload your pictures, determine whether you want to these photos to be kept private or public. Step #4: Photo Upload Action and Progress When...

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3 Ways To Use An Old Hard Drive

Putting an old hard drive to good use is easier than you think even if you don’t see how that’s possible.  Of course, if you think that all it can be used for is as a paperweight or you have no other options but to get rid of it, that’s not true. With that said, here are 3 ways by which you can use an old hard drive: #1: You can donate it Just because you might find little or no use for an old hard drive, that doesn’t mean there are others who might have no need for it either. In fact, the simplest way you can extend the use of an old hard drive is to find out whether you can donate it to a school, local non-profit organization or even family and friends who can find some use for it. Of course, remember to format your hard drive before you do so. #2: Use it with your desktop The next option would be to use it on your desktop so as to get extra space. Again, the ability to use the hard drive is more likely to work with a desktop rather than a laptop. Another factor that might work in your favor is if the drive connects via the SATA interface, but more importantly if your computer has an extra drive bay. #3: Turn it...

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Cell Phone Charger Alternatives and Tips when Traveling

Going short of juice in your smartphone is not a major bother when you’re at home. When traveling, running short of power may leave you stuck at a gate with no boarding pass, get lost in a backcountry, or dining at a cheap restaurant instead of a starred bistro whose details had been texted to you by a friend. Here are some tips from Dev Randhawa to make sure you’re never stuck in this terrible situation. Therefore, when packing your bags for a few days travel, carrying a portable charger will be useful in ensuring that the above mishaps...

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3 Tips to Increase Your Chromebook’s Battery Life

Given that Chromebooks employ a less resource-intensive operating system, the battery life is so much compared to Macbooks or even PCs with Windows. However, there are other tweaks that can be made so as to ensure the battery last even longer. Having said that, here are 4 tips to increase your Chromebook’s battery life: #1: Reduce the number of Chrome tabs The more number of Chrome tabs you have open, the more it reduces battery life. Keeping fewer tabs open will ensure that it lasts longer, of course. In order to do this, right-click your mouse on a browser tab and ‘Close other tabs’ or two finger-press the trackpad for the same thing. #2: Turn off Wi-Fi Even if it’s a Chromebook which depends heavily on the internet, turning off the Wi-Fi can help save battery life especially you’ve got very little to go on. Apart from this, you can also perform a number of tasks offline such as Gmail, Google Docs among a host of other apps that are available. Of course, you turn on Wi-Fi again, these services will sync with Google’s servers. #3: Turn off Bluetooth It makes no sense keeping this service on if you aren’t using it. For this, navigate to Settings>Advanced Settings in the Chrome options menu. After this, scroll down to the Bluetooth section and then uncheck the box. Of course, you...

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