New evidence suggests that Apple may be throttling iPhone 7 speeds on Verizon. According to tests, this has been found to be the case. Read more here for the scoop!
There are many opinions and articles on what you should and shouldn't do when charging your mobile phone and devices. I have found these to be very accurate throughout the years, both the hard way and otherwise. Although this article may speak to the iPhone, the same rules apply to any mobile device that uses Lithium-Ion batteries, the most common used today ... Android, iPad, Laptop, etc. Read this article for great advice on what NOT to do when charging your mobile devices.
Many people are not aware that the 5Ghz band is now available for Wi-Fi. 2.4Ghz has been around forever, so almost all wireless devices use it. As a result, the frequency is very crowded as it is also shared with cordless telephones, garage door openers, baby monitors, microwave ovens and more. Even if you don’t have some of these, chances are your neighbors do, so you’ll still suffer from interference and dropped signals due to conflicts.
Both the 2.4 and 5-Ghz bands have pro’s and con’s. 2.4 can go longer distances and through walls / objects much easier but is much more crowded so prone to congestion (ie. slow transmission) and dropped signals. 5-Ghz can handle transmission of larger amounts of data due to less congestion but is less able to penetrate walls and objects.
For both 2.4 and 5-Ghz, what channels within those bands you use and share with your neighbors and other devices also affects the quality of your transmission. You’ll need a professional to help determine channel conflicts and to make the proper adjustments.
For more information on 2.4 and 5-Ghz wireless bands, see this article or contact TheGoToTechGuru for more information and to setup or improve your Wi-Fi reception.
Did you know you could hook up your old stereo system to your home or office Wi-Fi network and play those old records to speakers throughout your home/office? Yes, with the advent of the Internet, it's now possible to listen to your stereo throughout your home or office at minimal cost! For more information, contact The GoTo Tech Guru!
If you’re still considering a media box like Roku and others, but aren’t clear on the differences in features, here is a great article to help you decide between the Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Chromecast. For more help or to install your media box, contact TheGoToTechGuru!
With each new release of Apple's iOS for iPhone's and iPad's, there are new features, some far more obscure than others. Here are 10 of the best iOS 10 iPhone Features!
If you're looking for the latest gadgets, the latest line of mini-portable inkless printers are out. Yes, that's right ... NO INK! The printer to be almost the size of your mobile phone itself! Check out this link with reviews on Amazon!
Standard spinning computer hard drives (HDD) are quickly being replaced by the newer Solid State drives (SSD). While the HDD has high spinning platters like an LP record, the SSD has no moving parts, similar to a USB stick ... so there's far less heat, the worse enemy of electronics (aside from water) and no moving parts to breakdown. SSD's offer much faster performance and durability than standard HDD's and SSD prices are dropping fast! The slowest thing on your computer is the HDD. Other advantages of SSD's over HDD's are: lower failure rate, lower power use, significantly faster bootup time (10-30 secs vs. 30-40 secs), less noise, less vibration, faster file read/write speed (550 MB/s vs. 50 MB/s).
So rather than buy a new PC, replacing the HDD with a SSD will likely improve its speed drastically. For more information on SSD's and their advantages over HDD's, read here!
A Chromebook is a laptop, but it runs Google's Chrome OS, not Windows or Mac OS X. As such, you cannot install Windows software on it like Microsoft Word, Excel or the like, although you can use Microsoft Office Online, the cloud version of Office. Google also has look-a-like software apps. The Chromebook is not designed to be a performance laptop, but rather for the person that uses mostly the internet with most applications and data residing in the cloud since there is limited storage on the laptop itself. Since the Chromebook is designed for use on the internet, many apps just won't work if you're not connected via WiFi. However, there are more than 200 offline Chrome apps that can work without internet connectivity, including Gmail, Pocket and Google Drive, and tons of the Android apps coming soon will also work offline. Chromebook benefits include low prices and long battery life. You can find lots of information on the Chromebook here and Chromebook buying advice/information here.
If you are in the market for an iPad/tablet vs. a laptop, this article is for you! There are advantages of both, but currently, there are significant differences. Generally, a laptop is more versatile and powerful than an iPad/tablet. Laptops (2-4TB) also have more storage capacity than an iPad/tablet (256GB). You can do things like email, websurfing, Facebook, Twitter, word processing and the like on both. But that is where most similarities end. Everything from photo editing software to backups can be different in procedure, functionality and quality of results (good or bad either way). Connecting compatible devices like cameras and scanners is very limited on an iPad/tablet. But many tablet apps can more easily do things than the software on laptops. Apps on an iPad/tablet (Free-to-$5) are typically much less expensive than software for a laptop ($40-$200). To find out more on what to look for on iPads/tablets vs. Laptops, read here or contact TheGoToTechGuru!
Did you know you could send and receive faxes through your computer, smartphone and tablet via the Internet without using that old fax machine?? No need to have that dedicated fax phone line anymore! No more hardcopy paper filing! No more long distance phone charges! Check out the several ways you can fax online now!
A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is the equivalent of the old video recorder (VCR), only instead of a tape cassette, the DVR records TV shows onto a high capacity internal hard drive. DVRs connect to your TV in very much the same way your old VCR did and records off the same cable input. One advantage of a DVR is that the hard drive has tons of space to record multiple programs without you having to constantly swap out tape cassettes that only recorded a few hours each.
Many DVRs can record up to 450 HD hours if not more! Some DVRs even allow you to record more than one simultaneous show! The DVR will also follow the show time, so if it is delayed or cancelled, it will adjust the program recording accordingly. When watching a recorded show, most DVRs will remember where you left off, even if someone watches a different show before your return to finish it. Best of all, when watching “live” TV, you can do instant replays on-demand because most remember the last 10-20 mins of the live programming!
Now, instead of having to adjust your schedule to sit in front of your TV, you can watch shows at your convenience, when you want! The best DVR (and defacto standard) to get is TIVO due to wide TV compatibility and upfront purchase. You can also download your recorded shows to your PC with TIVO. Don't get the ones from your cable company otherwise you'll be paying monthly rent and if you change cable companies, you'll have to return that DVR and lose all your recorded shows! With TIVO, you use the same DVR so changing your cable company doesn't matter. To learn more about DVRs, read here! For more information or installation of your DVR, contact TheGoToTechGuru!
Ever wonder how the Internet works? It has a long history that dates back to the cold war. Read here for the scoop!
Did you know your home or office Wi-Fi could be suffering from interference from your neighbors? The end-result is that this interference will slow down your Internet access. Unless you are way out in the country, chances are that there are a number of other Wi-Fi networks overlapping your location. The good news is, there is a way to minimize the interference. Although it will likely take a technician to make the proper changes, here is a brief overview of what occurs to cause the Wi-Fi interference.
Ever wonder how Tesla's self-driving cars see the road? Technology has come a long way and this is one of its marvels. Check out this video to see their amazing self-driving car in action!
A Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allows you to connect to the internet via a server run by a VPN provider. All data traveling between your computer, phone or tablet, and this "VPN server" is securely encrypted. Although there are many benefits of a VPN, the most well known is that it protects you against hackers when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot! There are both free and paid VPN services available, each offering different bandwidths and other benefits. Find out more about VPNs here! For more information on how a VPN can benefit you or your business and acquiring the right VPN services, contact TheGoToTechGuru.
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!