Monthly Archives: July 2012

Installing a graphics card in four easy steps

Graphics Card

Specialist companies relish the opportunity to earn a bit of easy money from performing 10-minute fixes. Such is the demand for graphic cards and memory that businesses can make a killing off consumers unwilling to carrying out the installation themselves. The truth is, you can find out most what you need to know through a simple online search and step-by-step guides like the one below.

So, if you’re a PC gamer and need a hand introducing your new graphics card to the system, observe the following points.

Un-install drivers

First off you’ll want to disable your old graphics card before inserting the new one. Failing to do this will see your computer trying to trace the previous chip when the new one has been inserted into the motherboard. So, after right-clicking on ‘My Computer’, click on the ‘properties’ button before finding ‘Device Manager’ located within the ‘hardware’ tab. Your current … Read the rest

How Does 3DTV Work?


Have you ever wondered how 3DTV works? How does the 3D image get produced? The basic principle behind 3DTV is quite simple, but the technology has definitely changed over the years.

What is 3DTV?

Before we delve into what 3DTV is, let’s first understand how our normal vision works. Our vision is binocular – we have two eyes that are about three inches apart and face forwards. This causes each eye to see a slightly different image to the other one. The brain puts these two images together and creates our perception of perspective and depth. So essentially, it is our brain that creates the 3-dimensional world that we see, when given slightly different visual information from each eye.

Old Style 3D

To create a 3D image, each of our eyes needs to receive a slightly different version of the image from the screen. Many years ago this was achieved … Read the rest

A Brief History of Wearable Computers

Google Glass

Gone are the days when a ‘compact computer’ filled an entire room or when a laptop required a chunky external battery to be considered as a ‘portable’ option – these days, most of us are walking around with smart-phones which have many hundreds of times the processing power of the Apollo lunar landing computers, but how far away are we from truly ‘wearable’ computing technology?

Roulette à la ‘James Bond’

The earliest example of a wearable electronic computer was devised by a mathematician in the 1960s, who developed a small counting machine, which was designed to predict the results of roulette spins; this required some cooperation between a group of users in order to be effective, with one data-gathering lookout transmitting the wheel spin speed data via electronic switches hidden inside their shoes; the data in question was a coded signal, consisting of musical notation was then sent to a … Read the rest

Useful iPhone Apps To Help With New Borns


With the availability of technology in today’s world, it’s a lot easier to become parents. There are a lot of gadgets, appliances and even phone apps to help you raise your newborn. Here are some of them.

Baby Shusher

It’s true that your little bundle of joy elicits a lot of smiles from you and your family but when your baby starts crying nonstop, your nerves just get the best of you. Most of the time, the family gets exhausted from taking turns to take care of the baby and from lack of sleep. The Baby Shusher app was developed by parents who know exactly what you’re going through.

The Baby Shusher uses an ancient technique that is both doctor-tested and approved to help soothe your baby. This app has been researched and tested with real moms and babies for two years. How does it work? It gives out a … Read the rest

Order of the Geeks

“Geek!” used to be an insult, an invitation to ceremoniously smash a nerd’s face into a porcelain basin of swirling water (e.g. “Swirlie“). Now it refers to anyone incredibly passionate about a certain subject. Do you think you’re a geek? Chances are, you might be on this list!

Are you a classic computer geek, or are you a Star Wars Geek sworn to destroy Trekkies? Maybe you’re a sports geek, who “knows what beer best pairs with each professional sports league”, or even a chic geek (that means you, “all of my jewelry has owls or bumble bees”). In this clever infographic, many “geeks” are depicted and associated with their telling points. Everything from the sports geek to the gamer geek is set on equal footing, showing that even though everybody is geeky, it’s actually a good thing. In fact, geekdom is not really worthy of a swirlie at all, … Read the rest

Mac Security Hype


The change in Apple’s security marketing message on Mac website has been the issue of debate in tech circles all around the world. The previously set “A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers…” message under “Why you’ll love a Mac” on the Mac Webpage has been changed now to “built-in defenses in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software on your MAC.” This change clearly signifies that the company’s trend in terms of security has been changing especially since the Flashback fiasco. There are several other indications from Apple that Mac security will continue to ripen, which is also the need of the time.

Flashback to the future

This change in terminology from Apple has sprung from the aftermath of the Flashback Trojan attack, which infected some 600000 machines. While the question, as to why is this a recent phenomenon, has been … Read the rest

4 Easy Tips on Creating a Good Password


You may wonder why there are always so many articles and blog posts dedicated to something as simple as creating a password. It’s simple and no big deal right? Wrong. If it were really that easy then mind you my friend no one would be talking about it. And if everyone could just get it right then surely no one would ever need to search it up more than once on Google.

Password security is essential in the world we live in today, simply because all our important day’s work revolves around a computer and/or a cell phone. We use the internet to pay bills, shop, share opinions and views, watch television and music, share photos and videos, buy airline tickets, manage our bank accounts and the list goes on and on. It’s an exhaustive list if we get down to talking about all the things we get onto our … Read the rest

Online Data Forensics Now Available, All is Not Lost


All this talk about data security, privacy, malware, encryption, online threats, and whatnot must have a person wondering where it all ends. As of late, it ended once your privacy was violated and once your data was gone. This potentially meant there were no real methods of recovery, but what you could do was start figuring out ways to block the security hole that all your precious data/information is siphoning out of and erect walls to protect yourself from future threats.

Don’t Fret, Figure out What’s Happened

And in the meanwhile, you would be crying over spoiled milk. Or stolen and pilfered milk to be more accurate. But the latest data retrieval solutions are hoping to mop up the mess in your cyber kitchen. The new concept is being touted as a “virtual lost and found”, something that security experts like Dan Clements feel will be something many companies who … Read the rest

History of HP


Although Hewlett Packard (HP) is a global computer manufacturing computer, not many people are aware of the fact that the company is fairly old - especially in US terms, having been in existence for nearly six decades. Despite its humble beginnings HP has developed into a global empire, having an influence on several industries during the course of its existence. Many other successful computer companies have actually produced innovative computer technology based on patents that were pioneered by HP decades ago.

The beginning

HP Founders Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett

Co-founded in 1935 by two Stanford University graduates holding advanced degrees in electrical engineering, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett (pictured on the right), like many technology companies HP started in a garage, outside of Palo Alto, California. It was founded during a fellowship with University professor Frederick Therman, who invested $538 in the company. The name of the company was … Read the rest

Top 5 Photography Apps For Your Phone

iPhone and Android

Nowadays you don’t need an expensive DSLR to have fun with a camera – here’s a few apps you can download to get you feeling more snap-happy using your mobile phone.

1. Instagram

It comes as little of a surprise that Instagram has found a place on the list. Developers Burbn Inc claim that their app is enjoyed by 50 million people, and once you play with it a bit yourself you can’t help but believe them.

Instagram is available on iPhones, iPads, iPods and the more recent Android devices, and allows you to apply a multitude of filtered effects to your photos before sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.

Best of all is that the app is completely free, so you can inject some life into your snaps as often as you like.

2. 360 Panorama

As the name may suggest, 360 Panorama is an … Read the rest