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How to connect Bluetooth devices with your Android smartphone or tablet

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops really fast. Just a couple of years ago, being a technology fan meant “being wired”, but nowadays everything is going wireless. Bluetooth is one of the most versatile radio communications means. You can use it to wirelessly connect keyboards, mice, headsets and you can even use it to transfer files. In this tutorial, we will show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry, you only need to take a couple of easy steps!

NOTE: For this tutorial we used a OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenOS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1. This ROM is very similar to the stock Android experience, so you should have no problem finding the settings mentioned here. If your device’s interface is heavily modified, please refer to the device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s support website for additional information

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How to use Airplane mode on a Windows tablet or laptop

If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 both have a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here’s what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in both operating systems.

NOTE: If you are interested in instructions for Windows 8.1, read page 2 of this guide.

What is the Airplane mode in Windows?

Airplane mode turns off all the wireless communications on your Windows device. That means that it disables any radio chips that might interfere with the airplane’s communication and navigation systems or chips that might not work while you are flying. As the name implies, this feature should be used when flying on an airplane. In Windows, when Airplane mode is turned on, the wireless network card, the Bluetooth chip and the mobile data connection (3G or 4G) are turned off. You should turn it on when boarding planes. After take-off, you can enable the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth, if you need to use them. However, they should be turned off again when the plane prepares for landing.

This feature also helps you save power when flying. Because some of your device’s components are turned off, they are not used and they don’t consume any power. Therefore, you’ll get slightly better battery life. This benefit alone makes this feature useful also when you don’t board planes but you want to save as much power as possible.

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How To Pin HERE Drive+ Locations To Your Windows Phone’s Start Screen

If you drive pretty often to a certain destination, it might prove be quite convenient if you could pin your favourite places to your Start screen. That way, you wouldn’t have to first search for the location in Here Drive +, so everything will be faster. Fortunately, Here Drive + for Windows Phone lets you do that and, in this article, we will show you how. Let’s get started:

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How To Use Cortana On A Windows 10 PC, Notebook Or Tablet

Cortana is one of the best new features brought by Windows 10. She’s your personal virtual assistant and she can help you be more productive in lots of ways: she can make searches for you, she can set reminders, launch apps, take notes and even tell you jokes or sing songs. Last time we talked about her, we showed you the first steps in configuring her. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what she can do for you and how you can work with her.

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Screenshots: Declutter your phone with one of these handy apps

Like PCs, smartphones can accumulate a lot of clutter in the form of duplicate pictures, temporary files, and unused applications. All this clutter can rob your phone of performance and decrease available storage space. Fortunately, a number of utilities can help you to cut through some of the mess.

Note: This article is also available as an image gallery and a video hosted by TechRepublic columnist Tom Merritt.

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Windows 10 on an old PC: When it comes to specs, how low can you go?

The days of Windows being a system hog are gone.

So modest are the requirements for Windows 10, you may be able to run it on machines that shipped with Windows Vista eight years ago.

But just how low can Windows 10 go when it comes to PC specs? Since Microsoft released the OS for testing last year people have been loading Windows 10 onto hardware dating back to 2003 – eons ago on the PC refresh timescale.

Here are the low-end and long-in-the-tooth machines that proved capable of running Windows 10.

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How To Use Your Android Smartphone As A Mobile WiFi Hotspot

One might think that WiFi is such a widespread technology that no matter where you go, you will have access to a free hotspot and the Internet. While WiFi is indeed very popular it is far from being available everywhere. You might encounter many situations when you need Internet access but there is no WiFi network nearby. When that happens, you can use your smartphone and its 3G or 4G connection and you don’t even need a cable. This tutorial will cover all steps necessary to share your Android smartphone’s mobile network connection with other devices and turn it into a mobile wireless hotspot:

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Simple Questions: What Is WiFi Direct? How Does It Work?

WiFi? You know that, and use it everyday. Bluetooth? You know that too, and also use it quite often. What if you could combine all the best features of the two? Well, it turns out you can and that’s WiFi Direct. In this tutorial we will talk about this technology and how it works. Let’s get started:

Before Describing WiFi Direct, Let’s Talk WiFi

So, there is this thing called WiFi (or Wi-Fi, whichever you like, there is really no rule on which one to use). You have probably heard about it and you probably use it quite a lot, maybe even now. This is a wireless communication technology that has lots of uses, but it is most widely used for accessing the Internet.

An everyday user’s most common way of meeting WiFi is by connecting to a wireless router and accessing the Internet through this device. The router is a physical device that creates anaccess point (AP), which you can see on your smartphone or computer when you’re looking for a network to connect to. You select the one you want, enter a password if required and tada, you’re all set to access the web.

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How To Share Files Between Smartphones & Windows PCs With Feem

Has it ever happened that you wanted to share some files between your smartphone and your computer, but you had no USB cable with you? If there was no Internet connection either, you probably had to use the slow and problematic Bluetooth. Thankfully, both your smartphone and your Windows PC have a WiFi adapter and you can connect the two devices directly. Today we will demo the Android version of a multiplatform application called Feem that lets you do exactly this: send files from your smartphone to your PC and vice versa. Here’s how.

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Note taking applications and annotating pdf files

Xournal for Linux: http://xournal.sourceforge.net/ 

Jarnal – cross platform, runs on Java: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jarnal/ 

Journal – Windows proprietary

–you can read about them in wikipedia.

These are note-taking applications, which can also be used to edit or annotate pdf files. You can insert a cursor to type in text, or use a mouse or graphic pen to utilize handwriting. Of course, the pen is easier…mouse is a bit awkward. There are a few colors + eraser and some other things I haven’t figured out yet.

The main use I’ve made so far of the first two is to add notes to pdf files for my own use. I haven’t used journal.

Wish I’d known about them when I was wanting to fill out postal forms for bulk mailing for OMUG! Would have been so much easier than my workaround way.

Sr. Dorothy

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