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Gadgets and Gear for 2016’s Top Smartphones

The battle continues for the best smartphone of the year, but as time goes on we feel fairly confident about the top few players in the game. As usual a handful of tech giants have got their names up into everyone’s top ten lists, releasing their latest flagship models to critical acclaim; these include the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony.

However, even the best smartphones need great accessories to help users get the most out of their features. High-tech luxury smartphone cases packed with functions, gadgets to boost your battery life, practical add-ons to make your life more efficient… the list goes on.

Here are some of the best accessories you can buy for the top phones of 2016.

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N-JARL Wireless Charging Cover – This latest case series from Nillkin boasts of an advanced TI chipset for safer charging and imported, high-grade leather casing for premium protection.

Photo courtesy of Casestyle, Luxury Mobile Phone Cases.

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Do we need a smartwatch by will.i.am?

He may be known for his musical achievements, first with the Black Eyed Peas and more recently in his own right, but will.i.am has been trying for years to create a reputation as an inventor and pioneer of new technology. Unfortunately a lot of his ideas and bold claims about his inventions have come to nothing, and indeed he has been promising to release his own “smartwatch” for a number of years now. Amazingly, the i.am + dial has actually been released in the UK now (exclusively on contract with the Three network) after constant delays and reboots. But should we care?

On the surface it seems the dial could finally be the futuristic phone/watch combination we’ve been promised for years. It actually features its own SIM card so it’s capable of connecting to a mobile network to make calls as well as a 4G data connection. This is something that sets the dial apart from not only its previous, failed iterations (more on that later), but crucially the Apple Watch too. Apple’s offering has been criticised for relying on a connection to an iPhone for making calls, so will.i.am may have solved a key problem here.

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Timeless Technology We Take for Granted

When it comes to technology – especially personal gadgets including laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices – we often focus on the future. Whatever is being heralded as the next big thing in technology is naturally the most common talking point among industry insiders, whatever their sector. Even for those of us with an interest in how all technology works and affects us can often get caught up in all this exciting newness, but it’s important to look back at some of the underrated areas we benefit from every day but tend to forget about.

For example, the gear manufacturing industry is an essential element of everyday machinery. “Without gear technology, we wouldn’t have modern manufacturing, transport, robotics and so many more fields as we know them today,” shares Julian from Davall Gears, one of the leading gear designers in the UK. The concept of gears can be traced back around 2,500 years, and originally they were developed for use in Ancient Greek and Chinese civilisations in around the same time period. Following the Industrial Revolution not much has changed for gear manufacturers in the UK and beyond, but the concept is still very much a part of the wider engineering sector today.

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The best wireless charging cases for the IPHONE 6/6S

Tired of always having a low life battery? Or even cabled chargers?  We introduce to you the best iPhone wireless charger cases available in the market. There are many to choose from with different features and prices. Some cases support PMA and magnetic charging solution. If you do consider getting one for yourself, keep in mind that they are somewhat slow compared to cabled chargers.

Photo from Bezalel.

Bezalel Latitude [Qi + PMA]

Bezalel is known to be the first company to introduce PMA and a Qi wireless charger. Regarding the look, it is quite slim and seems to have an unnoticeable charger. It fits the iPhone perfectly and we recommended it to customers who prefer the simple and stylish look. It comes with a circle pad that allows you to charge or sync your iPhone the old way. The case is only available in two colours which are black and white.

Product photo from Bezalel.

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How to Change a Wireless Card in a Laptop

Using your laptop to wirelessly surf the internet is one of the greatest advances of the 21st century. But sometimes even the most advanced technologies fail. The wireless connection in your laptop is powered by a wireless card located on the motherboard. Rather than buying a new computer if your wireless card breaks, one of the most inexpensive ways to fix your connection problem is by changing the wireless card in your laptop.

Instructions

1.Order a replacement wireless card. Make sure that you get a wireless card that matches your current make. You can find this information for laptops running Windows by going to the “Device Manager.” This should also be in the specifications that came with your laptop manual or on the manufacturer’s website. The specifications on the manufacturer’s website should also give you an idea of where exactly your wireless card is located on the motherboard. This is helpful information to know when you are disassembling the laptop. On some models, for example, the wireless card is located beneath the keyboard.

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2. Power down your laptop. Unplug it from the wall.

3. Remove the bottom casing. Turn the laptop over so that the bottom is facing upwards. Rremove the screws. Make careful note of which screws go where. An easy way to do this is by trying to keep the screws in the same orientation when you remove them and set them aside.

4. Ground yourself by touching a large metal object. This will dissipate any built-up static electricity in your body, which can harm internal laptop components and circuitry.

5. Open the laptop by unscrewing the screws. Remove the keyboard. The keyboard is usually secured with screws located in the bottom of the case. Remove these screws and you should be able to gently pry the keyboard up and away from the motherboard. (The removal of the keyboard is only necessary in models where the card is located beneath the keyboard.)

6. Look for the wireless card. Where it sits on the motherboard depends on your particular laptop model. Generally it is located towards the back of the motherboard, towards the LCD screen. Some cards will still have the factory identification sticker on them that reads WLAN card. Another way to identify the wireless card is by the two antenna leads, which look like wires, that are attached to one end of the card. You may have to remove additional components, such as hard drives, in order to get to the card.

7. Remove the antennae from the card. Gently pull on the antenna at the end, where it is connected to the wireless card. Do this for both of the antenna leads.

8. Loosen any screws that are holding the wireless card to the motherboard. Set these aside.

9. Insert the new wireless card into the slot on the motherboard.

10. Replace the screws holding the wireless card.

11. Reattach the wireless card’s antennae.

12. Replace any internal components that you removed.

13. Replace the laptop case cover. Tighten the screws.

14. Plug your laptop in and boot into the operating system.

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15. Open up the network settings. Go to your wireless adapters. Make sure that the laptop can see and recognizes the new wireless card. If you are replacing the wireless card with a newer model, you might need to upgrade the drivers. Check your wireless card’s manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and software.

16. Test the card out by trying to log onto the internet through the nearest wireless network. Make sure that you have the network ID and key in order to be able to connect.

What Is the Definition of Sound Devices?

Sound device commonly refers to a computer’s sound card, a piece of hardware installed in the computer to process and send information to the speakers. In a computer application such as a multimedia player, when you click on any media to play, the sound card first analyzes the data in the specific file format and feeds processed information to the speakers, which play the sound. A sound device needs a driver to work.

Hardware

The sound card is an internal hardware component in a computer. When inserted as an expansion card, the device is a flat bar-shaped chip that is attached to the motherboard through a predefined slot. Built-in sound devices are integrated into the circuitry of the motherboard. A computer needs both the sound card and the speakers to be able to play audio and will not work without either one of the devices.

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Application

The sound card is controlled by various computer programs to facilitate the input and output of audio signals. The device provides the audio component for applications that require some form of audio output, such as multimedia playback, editing audio and video content, games and presentations. Streaming audio and video content, and media from CDs and DVDs will not play any sounds if a sound device is not properly installed.

Access

The sound device can be accessed from the operating system, under “Components” in “System Information.” The tab shows information about all sound devices present in your system and includes information pertaining to name, type, manufacturer, status and driver details of the sound devices. When troubleshooting the device, you should first check that the hardware components are firmly attached inside the casing, the speakers are plugged into the correct port and that the configurations and controls are set properly.

Driver

The driver is a piece of software that tells the operating system (OS) how to handle the sound card. Drivers are available from manufacturers, and unless the sound device is integrated with the motherboard, the hardware will not be recognized by the OS if a compatible driver is not installed. If you are having problems with your device and are not sure about your sound device driver, you can download it from the manufacturer’s website.

Device Manager

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You can troubleshoot sound problems from “Device Manager.” Start by checking whether a sound card is installed in your system. Navigate by clicking “Start,” “Control Panel,” “System Maintenance,” and then “Device Manager.” You will see a list of available hardware; expand the “Sound, Video and Game Controllers” item by clicking on the plus sign. You should now be able to see an entry for the sound card; if it is not displayed, or the device is not listed, it means the OS has not recognized the driver for the installed sound device. Sometimes a sound device will not work if there is another component’s driver installed, even though the hardware is not physically present inside the casing. This might happen if you recently upgraded to a new sound device. To resolve the problem, you can disable the driver for the device you don’t want to use anymore. Expand the item for sound under “Device Manager” and right click on the sound device you want to remove, and then click “Disable.”

How to Add a Printer to My Computer

Hooking up a printer is a very simple operation. It can be done quickly and easily from your own home. Whether you have a wireless printer or a printer connected by a cable, it’s easy to learn, and you’ll be glad you did. The article below will tell you in a few simple steps how to hook up a printer that’s wireless or a wired printer.

Instructions

STEP 1

Determine which type of printer you have. If it’s wireless, you’ll need a device known as an LAN card. If it’s not, the cable to connect the printer to the computer should come with the printer.

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STEP 2

Install the LAN card into the computer, if the printer is wireless, by taking off the side panel of the tower, slipping the card into any one of the card slots in the back of the tower, screwing it in and reassembling the computer.

STEP 3

Find the jack the cable goes into, if the printer is not wireless, in the back of the printer. It should be easy to find. Coordinate the shape of the jack to the shape of the end of the cable cord. Plug it in and do the same with your computer’s jack. It is marked with a printer symbol.

STEP 4

Boot your computer up again if the printer is wireless by tapping the power button on your computer, or restart your computer if the printer is not wireless by clicking on the “Start” button on the bottom left of your screen and clicking on “Restart.” If a new printer icon appears on your computer, the printer is successfully installed onto your computer. If you’ve installed the LAN card, the computer should prompt you for what to do.

STEP 5

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Test out your printer. The LAN card should automatically detect wireless printer signals. If it’s not wireless, the connection should be good. Try printing, scanning or copying pages just to test.

Now you know how to add a printer to your computer. To enable wireless network capabilities, a wireless router is also needed. The computer should have wi-fi capability built in, or a wi-fi card should be installed. Many laptop computers have available card slots for wi-fi cards. Using LAN card or wireless printers- it is your choice.

Hope you found this article interesting and useful. If you have more questions – feel free to contact us.