Sharing your printer remotely over the Internet is as easy as pie, if you know how to get the work done. Particularly, in an office-based environment, it becomes quite a necessity to share your printer with other systems and devices. Previously, sharing your files over the internet was considered to be a quite a tough job. But now, thanks to some very creative methods (including the cloud), the internet allows numerous options of remotely sharing your printer over the internet within minutes. Here are some quick and easy ways to share your printer remotely over the internet. You can go with whatever method suits you the best!
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essentially a secure network for a group of computers—or even one computer—to use without being directly exposed to outside digital threats and flaws.
In other words, rather than dealing with the public when passing valuable or secretive information from computer to computer, you can do so with a much lower interception risk. How would this help the average computer user? All of this seems so complicated, right? Wrong.
Since many people and companies have noticed that VPNs are a valuable commodity, they have developed programs and effective guides to help technically inclined users operate within a secure network. It has never been easier to set up a VPN.
Technology has improved many folds with laptops getting faster, smaller and more efficient. But how many times have your laptop battery died on you in a situation where you’ve needed your laptop the most? The answer to this question is the reason we are publishing this article on LostInTechnology.
It’s quite a dilemma in the sense that every day, Laptops are improving in performance and power, which ultimately means more battery power consumption. Buying a brand new laptop means you can usually get an uptime of around 3-4 hours maximum on your battery. Eventually, as time goes by, and as you continue to use your laptop’s battery, the life of your battery starts to decrease.
Although similar in many ways to conserving a smartphone battery, trying to get more out of your Laptop battery should not be disregarded. In this article we will look into some of the methods by which you could squeeze out that extra bit of time from your laptop’s battery.
Does your job require you to be on the road more often than you’re in the office? Are you worried about staying on top of work while you’re away on vacation? Recent advances have made working from outside of the office easier than ever, so make sure you’re taking advantage of the most up-to-date technology available to improve your efficiency when you are away from your desk. Check out these useful tools and watch your productivity level soar!
1. Get Access to Your Company’s VPN
If you travel a lot or know that you’ll be out of the office for a vacation, make sure you get your company’s network administrator to give you a log-in for the VPN or access to the secure network. This way, you can get to your files that you store on the shared drive wherever you have internet access. An alternative to the VPN is a service called LogMeIn which allows you to log into your office computer and work remotely from anywhere. Since you never know when you’ll have time to get work done when you’re on the road, you won’t have to rely on your colleagues to email you documents that you need!
2. Store Your Files on The Clouds
Let’s say your office doesn’t have a VPN. If you haven’t become familiar with them yet, it’s time to get on board with Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) and Dropbox. You can upload files to these online storage applications and work on your projects from home, a hotel, or anywhere with an internet connection. This cuts down on email interruptions that may disturb your workflow, and allows you to collaborate with your colleagues in real-time even when you’re out of the office.
3. Take Advantage of Your Company’s Cloud Communications Systems
You’re in luck if your company uses a cloud communications system in the office because this likely means that you’ll never have to be out of touch. Cloud communications providers like Broadview Networks offer systems that can be hooked up to your mobile phone so that you can be reached on the road. Your cellular phone will carry both your office line and your mobile line so that clients, vendors, and coworkers can get in touch with you wherever you may be.
4. Swap the Conference Call out for a Google Hangout
Sometimes email doesn’t cut it, and there is a need for face-to-face communication to effectively deliver a message. If you find that this is the case, look into free video conferencing options like Skype and Google Hangouts. Skype is great for one-on-one conversations, and Google’s hangout feature allows several users to connect for a conversation.
5. Gather the Team with GoToMeeting
Need to give a presentation from outside of the office? GoToMeeting is a tool that allows coworkers to dial into a central conference line and view related documents on their own computer screens. The meeting administrator controls what the rest of the attendees see on their screens, and can talk them through meeting agendas, slideshows, examples on the web, etc. This is a great tool that allows remote workers to be present for important meetings, even if they are hundreds of miles away.
Leslie Steinberg works for cloud communications providers, Broadview Networks, which has helped countless companies find the best business phone systems to improve efficiency in their offices. Leslie is a regular contributor to several business blogs, and enjoys writing about small business strategy. She has picked up many tricks of the trade from working with various clients over the years, and loves keeping up with all of the emerging technologies in the telecommunications and internet industries.
Lets start with two basic question:
- What is music streaming?
- From which websites can I stream music legally?
What is streaming music?
Streaming is when you play music or video directly over the internet – like YouTube or BBC iPlayer. There are many sites that allow you to download or stream music, but some of them are illegal because they don’t have the permission of the owners of the music. Reputable companies will feature in the press and other media – Google a name you’re not sure of to see how it’s reported. If it sounds dodgy, steer clear – the prices may be attractive, but streaming from a disreputable source could leave you open to attacks from viruses and malware, as well as the legal attentions of the copyright holders.
From which websites can I stream music legally?
One of the biggest music streaming sites is YouTube, according to a recent survey, but you’ll need to search and play tracks individually. However, there are also specialist music streaming sites like Spotify, Sony Music Unlimited and WE7 which allow you to stream music directly from their huge databases for a monthly subscription fee. You can play single tracks or whole albums, select the entire output from a particular artist or organise your own playlists. Many streaming services have a basic free model, though you’ll be limited to a certain number of tracks and some have bigger databases than others – it’s a good idea to search for the kind of music you’re after before you sign up.
- Internet radio. You can also listen to internet radio from the BBC and many other stations around the world using your PC or laptop. Simply find the site you want and click on their play button. The line between radio and music libraries is blurring, and services like Last.fm allow you to choose an artist you’d like to play, and play a selection of tunes by them, along with similar artists. You might be asked to download an additional program to be able to stream the music, such as Flash or RealPlayer. You’ll be directed to an official download site, but so long as you’re planning to stream from a reputable site, this shouldn’t cause you or your computer any problems.
- Hi-res audio. There are also high resolution streaming and download sites available, like Linn Records or HD Tracks, which offer better quality audio than most sites. These often focus on classical and jazz, and for some you may pay on a track-by-track basis rather than a subscription.
What are the dangers of copying music?
Downloading music online isn’t just illegal, it can also expose your computer to malware and viruses which could damage your computer, or cause it to run slowly. If you download music online, it’s always safest to pay for it from a reputable site. Just because a site charges, doesn’t mean it’s reputable – some sites may charge a subscription or download fee, but aren’t licensed by the copyright holders.
What’s legal? It’s legal to copy music from a CD for your own personal use. You can upload it to a secure server, such as an account with a cloud provider, to which only you have access. You can also stream it around your home using your home wireless network, without fear of prosecution.
And what’s not? It’s not legal to share music recordings or files with others, by copying them and posting them online. Uploading music to a site which is intended for file sharing could get you in trouble with the law. Strictly speaking, it’s not necessarily legal to upload songs or videos to YouTube, Facebook or other public access sites. Lots of people do it of course, but if the copyright holder objects, the site may remove it and you could potentially be contacted by the authorities.
How To Share Music in Home Network
1. What you’ll need. Wi-Fi is the wireless technology which makes it easy to stream music to different players around your home. You’ll need a Wi-Fi router which you hook up to the internet via your phone line or cable connection. Routers will usually have the option of connecting several devices via Ethernet cable as well as Wi-Fi. A wired connection is more stable, since Wi-Fi can occasionally falter or suffer from interference from other wireless devices. If your computer doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, you can buy a dongle which you plug into a USB socket. You can use an audio player like Windows Media Player, which probably came preinstalled on your computer, to organise your music and the devices you want to play it on.
2. Wi-Fi devices. There are lots of different types of Wi-Fi-enabled digital radios and iPod docks which can connect to your network and stream music directly from your computer’s hard drive. Each device will have its own system for searching your music. Some can be quite clunky and awkward with small screen displays, though you may be able to control them directly from your computer or by using a mobile app. There are also systems which connect to your existing hi-fi, allowing you to combine the storage power of your computer with high quality audio playback.
3. Wireless systems. Wi-Fi provides the wireless connection, but each device will have its own playback system. Some are easier to use and more versatile than others. AirPlay, for instance, uses Apple’s popular iTunes software to organise you music and play it wherever you like, though you’ll need a speaker that already incorporates the software. AirPlay devices, and many others, offer the chance to download an app for your iPhone or Android smartphone which allow you to use it as a remote control – this can be a much easier way of navigating the menus and searching through your music collection.
4. Streaming around your home. Online streaming services like Spotify will allow you to stream your music to other devices, but you’ll usually have to pay the premium subscription rate to enable this.
5. Wi-Fi alternatives. Wi-Fi isn’t the only wireless game in town, and some wireless audio systems, like Sonos, create their own wireless network. It won’t suffer from interference from Wi-Fi devices, but the players can be more expensive.
The remaining battery percentage is one of the most important information that should be known about any power hungry smartphones, be it Android or iPhone. I always prefer battery percentage over traditional battery usage icon. The former tells us the exact reading when compared to the latter which only tells us the round off reading.
As far as I know, Android users cannot enable battery percentage on their phone unless it’s rooted, but that’s not the case for iPhone and iPod users. iOS provides the feature by default, but it’s disabled by factory settings. So let’s see how we can turn on the feature and know the remaining battery percentage of iPhone and iPod touch.
Enabling Remaining Battery Percentage on iPhone
Enabling battery percentage on the iPhone is a straightforward task and can be done in a jiffy. Follow these steps on your iPhone to enable it.
1. Tap on the settings icon on the Springboard to open the iPhone settings and navigate to General settings. Here you can configure most common settings related to your iOS device.
2. Tap on the Usage section here. The usage page on your iPhone will open up where you can see the detailed battery stat of your phone including other usage stats like data, call time etc. Here look for the option Battery Percentage and toggle it from off to on.
That’s all, from now on you can always see the remaining battery percentage of your iPhone on the status bar along with the battery icon. If you have installed any battery monitoring application on your iPhone, you might see some deviation in the readings, but that’s only because the app rounds it off while the system shows the exact battery percentage.
So that was how you can know the battery percentage on your iPhone. However, knowing the battery percentage on iPod touch is not as straightforward task as it is for the iPhone. The iPod tough does have the usage page in settings, but there’s no option to turn on the battery percentage meter in the status bar.
However, there’s a workaround using which you can know the battery percentage on iPod touch and that’s using the voice accessibility.
Enabling Remaining Battery Percentage on the iPod Touch
1. Open the General settings of your iPod touch and navigate to Accessibility settings.
2. Here look for the option Triple-click home and set it to VoiceOver. Actually voice over is a feature of iOS that make it easier to use for those with impaired vision but we will be using it to make iPod speak out the remaining battery percentage.
3. Now whenever you want to know the battery percentage remaining on your iPod press the home button quickly three times to switch on the VoiceOver feature and then tap on the battery icon on the status bar. The phone will speak out the battery percentage meter. I know it’s a bit unorthodox to know the battery percentage using the process, but that’s the only way it can be done on the app new iPod touch.
When you are done, don’t forget to turn off the voice over by tapping the home button thrice again.
So that was how you can know the remaining battery percentage (%) of your iPhone and iPod touch and always keeps track of accurate battery usage and remaining juice. I hope you find the tip helpful.
When Apple introduced the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 back in September, no one could have ever imagined the impending firestorm of disappointment and shock that followed reviews of Apple Maps. Littered with tons of bugs and inaccuracies, Apple Maps resulted in an official apology issued by Apple CEO Tim Cook, and the firing of Scott Forstall, Apple’s former Mobile Software Chief.
With Google Maps completely out of the iOS game, we are all left wondering, what really works? What are my options? It’s no secret that one of the most useful features of the smartphone as always been its mapping capabilities. Read on to find out which map apps measure up in our top 3 alternatives to Apple Maps. If you have any other suggestions, please share them with us in the comments section below.
Waze is a free mapping app that works by collecting crowd-sourced data on traffic reports and road hazards from its own users during their commute.
This particular app received a huge boost in popularity after it was mentioned in Tim Cook’s official apology as a viable alternative to Apple Maps. Its biggest advantage in a way is its biggest flaw. The idea of having regular users contribute to the official efficiency and validity of its routing is a pretty big risk for Waze, but so far it’s proved to have paid off big time.
The information is responsive and it’s very quick to the alert you of sudden traffic slowdowns cause by something like car accidents, police, or other road hazards. It won’t always send you down the fastest route, but the data itself is pretty accurate and up-to-date.
Many of you probably remember the days when you printed out MapQuest directions on your computer to get where you needed to go. Well the company has come a long way since then, and now has a pretty darn good redesigned iOS app with turn-by-turn navigation and GPS searching.
MapQuest also builds in layers to its navigation maps, so that you can take a quick glance at restaurants, hotels, gas stations and more that show up along your route. You also get real-time traffic conditions, multi-stop routes, gas prices, business reviews and access to live traffic cameras.
The app isn’t perfect. More often than not, you have to input full addresses only to find out the app doesn’t recognize it. But it’s totally free to users and a huge improvement from its earlier versions.
MotionX GPS Drive
It seems like a bit of a waste to spend any money on a GPS navigation app for the iPhone considering all the free alternatives available. But MotionX GPS Drive has two features that really push it into a league of its own.
The first is its destination search capabilities. These options are beautifully presented in a drivers wheel interface with buttons for searching Bing, Wikipedia, the iPhone’s contact book, and a variety of online points-of-interest categories. It can also integrate your app with your Facebook account, saving all of your recent check-in locations for future navigation.
MotionX GPS Drive is a data connected mapping app. This means it must rely on your phone’s data connection in order to work. To get around this handicap, it has a preloaded map feature. After you arrive at any location you have the option of preloading maps for the route, so in the future it’ll grab this information directly onto your phone instead of its data connection.
MotionX GPS Drive delivers fully accurate directions alongside some of the clearest spoken voice prompts, and a smooth, creative interface. On the downside, the app does tend to lag sometimes, giving you last second directions when you’re about to reach a turn. Overall though the best premium navigation alternative to Apple Maps currently on the market.
A Guest Post by Vincen H Clarke
I’m a little behind in announcing this, and some of you may have already noticed, but I just launched a major redesign of the site. I worked very closely Dustin Williams to get the logo, design, plugins, code and everything else just right. If you are looking for any of those services, you should definitely check out his work. You won’t be disappointed.
Going back to the design, I really wanted to focus on creating a cleaner and more simple site to make it easier to navigate around and have less distraction from the content. The theme comes from my favorite theme company, WooThemes (affiliate link). I’ve also updated the logo and favicon for the site to match that simple style.
Let me know what you think of the new design in the comments.
Also, since I updated the logo, I wanted to gauge interest in buying a t-shirt or stickers with the new logo on it. If you are interested in any merchandise, let me know by taking the below survey.