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know your apple glossary - common apple terms

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Airplay
A protocol for streaming sounds and video from an Apple device to a set of compatible speakers, or a device such as an Apple TV. It’s wireless, and easy to use as well.

App
Short for ‘application’, another name for a computer software program. Apps can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

App Store
The App Store is where you can download free and paid programs to your device using your Apple ID.

Apple ID
This is the email and address and password that you have registered with Apple. It’s required to access many online applications on your Mac, including iTunes, App Store and iBooks.

Dock
The opaque strip at the bottom of the screen. Apps in the dock are easy to access and open, and you can customize it to best suit your requirements. Apps that are currently running are also shown in the dock.

FaceTime
You can make video and audio calls to other Apple devices using the FaceTime app. These are made over the Internet so are free unless using mobile data.

Finder
The Finder is the Mac’s user i…

brush up on your tech glossary

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Not that you need it, as you use these terms almost daily; but here are some frequently encountered technology terms, and what they mean.

1080p Of the common types of high-definition videos, this is the popular one: 1920x1080 pixels.

4K
Video with a resolution of at least 3840x2160pixels.
64-bit A technology that processes information in larger chunks. Most modern computers are 64 bit.
720p  A common resolution of high-definition video: 1280x720 pixels.

Add-on
A program that adds extra features to your browser.
Airplane Mode Phones and tablets in this mode disable all radio communication (GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) so they are safe to use on aircrafts.

Bandwidth
A measure of how much information can be transferred through a connection at one time.
Benchmarking
Comparing software and products with an accepted standard.

Beta
A version of software that's being tested. Beta versions are often released so problems can be ironed out.
BIOS Basic Input-Output System. Essential software built int…

fun letter from 1909 & other jokes

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And now some fun with the arrival of April Fools's Day:

First, here's a funny letter from 1909:
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"I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jackfruit.

I am therefore went to privy.

Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with 'lotah' in one hand and 'dhoti' in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on plateform.

I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him.

I am therefore pray hour honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers."
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Next up, is a generous letter from a neighbour:
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Dear Charlie,
We've been neighbors for six tumultuous years.
When you borrowed my snowblowe…

tips for keeping your computer secure

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Getting your computer infected by virus is a real headache. In this hyper-competitive world of apps and software, it is indeed difficult to maintain a clean computer system. So, here are some handy tips for keeping your computer secure.

Update all your software and apps regularly.Use a firewall.Install a good antivirus program. Despite all the varieties you find on the market, we suggest you do some research before coming to a decision.Clean up your browsing history, temporary files, and cookies from time to time.Check the settings of regularly used apps for privacy options. Also, you should review and/or revoke authorized apps that you have allowed to run in the past.Keep your passwords strong. A good strategy is to create a password that is at least 12-characters long containing a mix of numbers, characters, and mixed-case letters. Also, it is recommended to change your passwords at least three times a year.If you consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), make sure it has the h…

brush up on your drone glossary

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With drones now rapidly becoming mainstream, it's easy to get one. You can choose from an entire range and once you bring home a drone with all the excitement, it's time to get it up and flying. So, here are some common terms to bring you up to speed.

Almost-Ready-to-Fly (ARF)A partially built drone that needs extra assembly before it is ready to fly

Altitude HoldMaintaining height in flight mode

AutonomousA pre-programmed flight mode for a drone with no live input from pilot

BindConnecting a controller to the drone so it can pick up signals

BuildA completed, usually DIY, drone built from parts or a kit

CAACivil Aviation Authority

Camera DroneA drone with a camera attached

DroneA popularized term for all unmanned aerial vehicles

FAAFederal Aviation Administration

First Person View (FPV)Viewing the drone’s flight via a camera mount to goggles or a monitor, usually for racing

Flight ControllerControls the movement of the drone

GimbalMount that steadies the camera’s movement relative to the …

fun with googolopoly

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With jokes on April Fools's Day, we have our fair share of fun with Google now and then, but a less-frequented fun is a free downloaded PDF of the popular game Monopoly. The only catch here is that it's "Googolopoly" - that is exactly similar to Monopoly - so you could call it a pun on the name itself. Originally released in 2008, this fun board game has an undoubtable Google twist.

In Googolopoly, players can rule the Internet even if they don’t work in Mountain View. The winner uses Google shares to buy as many properties as possible without landing in the deadpool and losing shares.

PS. Dice sold separately.
The high-resolution version of Googolopoly is also available here.

brush up on your adobe glossary

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Mused by the jargon? Fret no more! Understanding these key words will help you work more efficiently with Adobe's Creative Cloud.

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Adjustment Layer.A layer containing an adjustment that helps to  improve colour and lighting. It includes gradient  mapping and Levels. It can be applied to only a  layer directly below, or to an entire image.

Filters.Filters can be applied directly to a layer or an  image, and have many uses, some of which include the ability to blur or sharpen pixels, and  even render artistic effects.

Gradient Map.Gradient Maps are used to convert an image to monochrome or to give it a new colour. Colour is applied across an image according to its lightest and darkest values, and offers a vast array of colour mixes, as well as custom options for creating effects.

Refine Edge.Photoshop's Refine Edge command is where you go for extra control over the selection's area. Edges can be enhanced to take into account finer details that weren't picked…