A Quick Update…

You have probably noticed that we haven’t written anything here on TechnoTeamBlog for about 2 months now and that we’ve been fairly inactive. This is because we’ve taken a break from blogging for a short while and have stopped writing here on TechnoTeamBlog for a little while.

We’re not currently sure if and when we’ll end our break from blogging (maybe after the Summer?). We just wanted to keep you updated on the latest TechnoTeamBlog news.

We are still making slow progress on our new site design. This is one of the reasons why we haven’t been posting here on TechnoTeamBlog recently. You can find our current TechnoTeamBlog BETA site here.

We apologize to our readers about the wait for more posts! Hopefully, we’ll be back soon once most of the new site design stuff is completed and out of the window!

In the meantime, enjoy blogging!

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Happy Birthday to the Apple Retail Store

Believe it or not, the first Apple Retail Store celebrated its 13 anniversary today.

The first ever official Apple Retail Store, which was at the Tysons Corner Center in Virginia, opened on the 19th May 2014 at 10am. That makes it 13 years and 19 hours since the store was publicly opened for the first time.

9to5 Mac has reported that there are currently 424 Apple Retail Stores around the world (with many of them being in the US alone). In addition, the Apple Stores are reportedly the most profitable retail space worldwide. In my opinion, this is an exceptional achievement for a store that only sells technology products and its accessories when there are many different department stores around the world selling a varied selection of products at varied prices earning less profits.

This proves many people wrong, as many different articles from many different websites claimed that Apple Retail Stores would fail and would be something that Apple would regret at around the time the first Apple Retail Store was opened. One article even described the Apple Retail Store idea as a “risky gamble”.

Retale has released an interactive diagram that shows the development of Apple Retail Stores over the last 13 years. You can view this interactive diagram here.

Discussion: What do you think of Apple Retail Stores? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Debate of the Week: What’s the best feature of Apple’s iOS?

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of the Debate of the Week! This week, we’re going to be asking you what you think is the best feature of iOS.

But before we start, let’s take a look at last week’s Debate of the Week, which was about what Apple will do with Beats, results.

25% of voters said that Apple will do nothing and just buy out their rivals, 63% said that they think Apple will use Beats to improve the hardware inside the iPhone and iPad and the remaining 13% of voters said that they think Apple will improve their headphones with Beats Audio. Thank you to everyone who voted!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: What do you think is the best feature of Apple’s iOS?

Apple’s iOS operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod is without-doubt one of the best mobile OS’ available at the moment. That’s why we’ve decided to ask you, our readers, what you think is the best feature of the operating system for mobile devices.

Below you’ll find some of what we think are the best features of iOS. All you have to do is decide what you think is the best feature of iOS on this week’s Debate of the Week poll. Simple!

Apple App Store

The Apple App Store, which is based on the older iTunes, is one of the best applications for downloading and installing apps for your iOS and Mac devices.

My most favourite feature of the App Store is its iCloud integration. When you purchase an app, your app can then be installed on all of your connected Apple devices, whether this is an iPad or a Mac.

iTunes

Something that’s similar but older than Apple’s App Store software is iTunes. The iTunes music and video downloading and streaming service was first introduced at around the same time as the first Apple iPod back in 2001. This makes it one of the older applications of its kind, being 13 years old.

iTunes is currently available on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod.

 

iTunes has become more and more popular ever since its release. In fact, nowadays, a-lot of music charts information even comes from iTunes as so many people use it to buy and listen-to their favourite and recent songs with the iTunes Storeand the recently-released iTunes Radio. You can also download films, music videos and TV shows from the iTunes Store.

AirDrop

A new feature to iOS that arrived with the iOS update last year is AirDrop. Apple’s smart AirDrop software allows you to send photos, videos and more with somebody else with AirDrop near to you. This prevents you from having to send unnecessary text messages or emails to share something to somebody when they’re close to you anyway and makes the sharing process much easier.

Siri

Siri, which is Apple’s personal voice assistant, can be very helpful in some circumstances. It can send text messages, set reminders and play music just by listening to your voice and could even be seen as a preview of the future!

Safari

And finally, we have Apple’s Safari web browser. The iOS version of Safari is fluid, fast and easy-to-use. In addition, it has some cool features that you’re likely to find helpful at some point or another.

These include a stylish and helpful new tab menu, suggestions in the search box and a full screen option for when all you want to see is the webpage you’re viewing.

Conclusion and Poll

So, we’ve had our say and it’s now time for you to have yours! What do you think is the best feature of iOS? Let us know by taking part in the poll below:

This week’s Debate of the Week results will be announced in next week’s edition.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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It looks like Windows Phone is popular!

It has recently been announced that Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry’s statistics when it comes to North American smartphone web traffic.

Chitika has recently released a graph that shows the BlackBerry mobile OS’ share of North American smartphone web traffic in comparison to Windows Phone’s. The graph shows that Windows Phone had around 1.0% in April 2014 whilst BlackBerry had around 0.8%. This might not sound like a massive difference but the graph makes it look like quite a difference.

These statistics put Windows Phone’s share behind Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, with Android having a share of around 44.5% and iOS having a share of around 53.1%. This is a massive difference from the mobile OS in 3rd place, which is of course Windows Phone. In fact, there’s a total difference of about 43.5% between Windows Phone and Android.

Other mobile OS’ got a total of around 0.6% of the web traffic share.

The latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile OS, which is currently Windows Phone 8, was first released back in October 2012. It has become more and more common on smartphones ever since and is now starting to get more popular with consumers.

At the Microsoft Build Conference 2014, Windows Phone 8.1 was officially announced. The update to the operating system includes Microsoft’s new voice assistant, Cortana, and other improvements. You can find out more about its features here.

Since its announcement, the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview has now been released to registered Windows Phone developers. It’s not currently clear when Microsoft will release the final version of the mobile OS to all Windows Phone users.

Discussion: What do you think of the North American smartphone web traffic stats? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Microsoft makes changes to XBOX

Microsoft has now announced that the XBOX One will soon be available without their Kinect motion sensor.

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The XBOX One By Hi-tech@Mail.Ru [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, it was announced on the XBOX Blog that on June 9th, the XBOX One will be available to buy without the Kinect motion sensor with it as a bundle. This reduces the price of the console by $100 (US Dollar), leaving it at $399 in the US and £350 in the UK. A standalone (outside of the XBOX One Kinect bundle) Kinect sensor for the XBOX One will apparently be available later this year.

Microsoft has also said this about their Kinect sensor for the XBOX 36o and XBOX One:

“To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.”

This makes the console’s price tag about the same as the Sony PlayStation 4, which is one of XBOX’s biggest rivals.

In addition, it was also announced that the following changes will be made to XBOX Live services from Microsoft:

  • Games for Gold members on the XBOX 360 will get these free games as a thank you from Microsoft:
    • Dark Souls
    • Charlie Murder
    • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
  • And Games for Gold for the XBOX One will launch with these games:
    • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
    • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Deals for Gold will also launch on the XBOX One.
  • Starting at some point in June, all XBOX 360 and XBOX One users without or with an XBOX Live subscription will get access to some entertainment apps, such as YouTube and Netflix.

Here’s a video from the XBOX team about the recent changes to XBOX:

Video Source: XBOX’s YouTube channel

Discussion: What do you think of the recent changes to the XBOX 360 and the newer XBOX One? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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Meet Nintendo’s new console that could be released as early as 2015

Some of the latest gaming news is that according to reports, Nintendo have announced their plans for a console that’s going to be aimed at emerging markets and could be released as early as 2015.

Below you’ll find out most of the information we know about this new console:

What happened when they announced it?

Nintendo were experiencing a record low in profits, and therefore, they had to act fast. Other tech companies have recently proven that selling cheaper products can be more successful than selling more expensive products and Nintendo must have taken this into consideration when planning . Nintendo have took this on board and announced that they are making a cheaper game console for emerging markets.

Where will it be sold?

It will only be sold in some countries at first. However, I think that Nintendo might release the console to other countries around the world if it’s successful after it becomes available in other counties.

Specs and Games

Mario Kart 8 was recently released on Nintendo platforms, and many expect many other games from the Mario series to arrive in the future (me included). Also expect the usual Zelda, Pokemon and fitness stuff for Nintendo.

And when it comes to specs, there isn’t really much I can tell you. However, I can tell you not to expect hi-tech features because Nintendo are trying to keep this console cheap but of a good quality. Therefore, I expect a few features new to Nintendo consoles but I wouldn’t expect something groundbreaking.

Discussion: Do you think that Nintendo’s new console will boost their profits and make them more popular once again? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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The Office for iPad download figures keep rising

Earlier today, it was announced that the Office for iPad group of apps have now been downloaded “about 27 million times”.

This was reportedly announced at the TechEd Conference by Microsoft and then shared publicly via. Twitter by Paul Thurrot. This then resulted in the impressive statistic being reported on by sites like BusinessInsider and 9to5 Mac.

Here’s that Tweet from Paul Thurrot:

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An iPad and a MacBook Air By Paul Hudson from United Kingdom (11″ MacBook Air compared to iPad) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps, which include Word, PowerPoint and Excel, were released onto the Apple App Store at the end of March (27nd March 2014 to be precise).

Within about 1 week of the Office for iPad apps being available for download on Apple’s iPad range, it reached the milestone of 12 million downloads. But it didn’t stop there. In fact, Office for iPad went on to get more and more downloads and get more and more popular, as you can tell with its 27 million downloads.

And that’s the latest news on the Office for iPad apps from Microsoft and its downloads. I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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How-to: Setup your PC

Welcome to our guide on how to set up your new computer for the very first time.

This will be covering the main parts of the computer (the parts needed to get you up and running). We hope you find this guide useful, and please ask any questions about this in the comments section of this post.

Quick Disclaimer

Before I start, I have to say that neither me or TechnoTeamBlog takes any responsibility for damage to your computer or loss of files caused by what is mentioned in this post. If you do occur any problems with taking our advice, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll be happy to help you to the best of our ability. If you’re running Windows 8.1, 8 or 7 you should be able to follow the steps shown in this article.

Setting up a monitor (for Desktop PCs only)

Since desktop PCs don’t feature a built-in screen, you’ll need to add screens manually.

You will need:

  • One desktop PC
  • One monitor (make sure that the monitor is supported by your computer before getting a monitor if one isn’t included in your PCs box)
  • One HDMI cable or VGA cable. Before choosing the right cable, check the screen resolution of your monitor (how good it looks, in other words). If your monitor is capable of showing images higher than 1080X720 you should use a HDMI cable since VGA cables don’t support this resolution, which is HD. If it’s below that mark you can use either, as long as your computer and monitor support it.

All of these should be able to be found in your local electronics store.

Steps for connecting your monitor to your PC

  1. Turn your computer around so its back is facing you and find either a VGA or HDMI port (depending on what cable you have)
  2. If you’re using a HDMI cable simply push the cable in until it can go in no more (be careful not to damage the connector when doing this). If you’re using a VGA cable then lightly push the connector in and then screw the little screws on the connector until its connected fully and is stable. Don’t screw it too hard, but just about as much so you can lightly pull on the connector and it won’t come out.
  3. Leave your actual computer and turn the monitor around so that the connectors are facing you (remember that some can be under the monitor). Then repeat step 2 with the other end of the cable that’s now plugged-in to the computer.

Powering up!

It’s now time to power your PC up!

Laptops

Most laptops come without charge or in “shipping mode”. To be able to boot-up your laptop you’ll need to plug-in the charger (normally in two parts, the adapter and the cables) into the laptop and electricity socket and turn on the power. You should then press your laptop’s power button and it should then boot. If it doesn’t it maybe DOA (dead on arrival). If this is the case, follow the PC manufacturer’s troubleshooting tips and advice on this issue. If this doesn’t solve the problem, take the laptop back to the place you bought it from and ask them for assistance.

Desktop PCs

If you’re using a desktop, firstly, connect your mouse and keyboard cables into to the USB ports. Then plug in the power cable (there is no power brick for desktops since it’s normally inside the PC) and plug one end into a mains output and the other into the computer. You can now press the power button and the PC should boot-up.

OS Setup

Windows 7

When you boot Windows 7 for the first time you will be greeted with a screen telling you to input some data (name, time, date, etc). Input this information correctly and follow the on-screen instructions. If it asks your for a network name (the name your computer will be tagged with on your home network) just input your computer’s model name.

Using the information on the back of your router, which is what provides your home or business with a WiFi connection, try to find the SSID (something like “PlusNet65854″ or “virginmedia23242″) and your WiFi password (very random, normally something like “dWSjfhs8989797.”) and write it down. Then, when it asks you if you want to connect to the Internet, find your SSID and your password and enter them. If you skip this step you can do this at a later stage if you want to.

Now you should continue to follow the on-screen instructions (if there are any) and wait until your PC is ready and your desktop appears.

Windows 8/8.1

The setup process for Windows 8/8.1 is very similar to the one for Windows 7. All you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions, enter your product key (if required) and edit your customization options.

After you’ve entered the information required to setup Windows 8/8.1, it takes a short while for your apps to be installed etc. Once this is complete, a short tutorial will be shown and you’ll find yourself in the new Start screen.

I’m in Windows, what now?

Congratulations! You’ve completed the initial setup of your brand new PC! However, before you start browsing the web and things like that, there are a few more thing to do that will save you a lot of time, effort and maybe even money in the long-term.

Setup a backup routine

This is one of the most important things to do once you’re on your PC. If you’re computer ever gets into any trouble, you might need to restore your system. So, in order to prevent you from losing that 10,000 words document that you wrote the other day and any other important files, you’ll need a backup of your files. I will be covering two types of system backup; a restore point and a system image.

A restore will work if a change is made with your PC and you want to fix it or if you install a virus by mistake. However, it will not work for hard drive failure, and that’s why we need to create a system image to be even more safe.

You will need:

  • A Windows PC
  • One external or internal (I don’t recommend internal) form of storage that preferably has over 10GB of space on it
  • Time to spare (this could take from 5 minutes to about 2 hours)

How-to create a system restore point:

  1. Go to the Start Menu (or Start Screen for Windows 8/8.1) and search “System Restore”. Select the System Restore option.
  2. Click “Create a restore point” once you’re on the System Restore page
  3. Beside the text starting with “Create a restore point right now”, click “Create…”
  4. Make a name for the restore point (something like “[Windows version and date]“) and press enter

How-to create a system image:

  1. Plug your form of storage into your computer
  2. In Windows 8/8.1, go to the Start screen and search “File History”. Click on the option which has a folder with a little green stopwatch beside it. In Windows 7, open the Start Menu, click on “Getting Started” and then “Backup your files”
  3. Click on “System image backup” (this is normally under “See also” in Windows 8/8.1)
  4. In the little window that appears select the form of storage you are using (this could be a hard drive for example) and click “Next”
  5. Now select the drives you want backed-up (normally the C: Drive (your main system drive) and the recovery drive for laptops)
  6. Wait for a while until the process is complete

Unclutter your PC

So your new PC is installed with loads of bloatware (software which is installed by other programs for money). It’s now time to get rid of this unwanted bloatware!

Download and install Decrapifier and follow the steps shown with this software to delete the unwanted files. The first set of items is what the program identifies as bloatware – just click next. The next set of items are items which aren’t really bloatware but are mostly useless, non-the-less. Look though the list shown and delete the programs that you don’t want.

Conclusion

And that’s TechnoTeamBlog’s how-to on setting up your PC! We hope you enjoyed reading this guide and hope you found it helpful!

Remember, if you have any questions about anything related to setting-up your PC or just technology in general, just simply let us know in the comments of this post and we’ll be happy to help you to the best of our ability.

Thanks for reading,

Will

 

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Debate of the Week: What will Apple do with Beats Audio?

Hello and welcome to yet another edition of TechnoTeamBlog’s Debate of the Week! This week, we’re going to be asking you what you think Apple will do with Beats Audio.

But before we start, let’s take a look at last week’s Debate of the Week results.

50% of voters said the iPhone whilst the other 50% of voters said the iPad. Thank you to everyone who voted!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: What do you think Apple will do with Beats Audio?

You may or may not have heard that Apple have gone and acquired Beats Audio! That’s why I’m going to be asking you what you think Apple will do with Beats Audio in this week’s edition of our Debate of the Week.

Below you’ll find a few reasons why I think Apple might do with Beats Audio. After these reasons, all you have to do is tell us what you think Apple’s going to do. Simple!

So, let’s begin this week’s Debate of the Week!

Reason 1: To buy out one of their rivals

It may seem stupid to consider Beats as a rival of Apple. However, it is true. Earlier this year, Beats released a music app that’s similar to iTunes. The chances are that this app will never become as popular as Apple’s iTunes but Apple has to be sure sometimes!

 

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Reason 2: To include Beats Audio hardware in the iPhone

Another reason might be because Apple wants to use Beats Audio hardware and include their audio system in the iPhone and iPad maybe. HTC introduced Beats hardware into some of their smartphones and when you’re using a Beats Audio device to listen to music, you can tell the difference to other smartphone speakers when it comes to sound quality. This makes me believe that Apple will install Beats Audio hardware into their next iPhone, which is expected to be announced and released later this year.

Reason 3: To improve Apple earphones

Apple are famous for their cheap but good-quality earphones. Their well-designed Earpods are world famous, however, they can be improved. Therefore, I think that Apple will use Beats Audio technology to make improvements to the Earpods.

What do you think?

So, what do you think Apple will do with Beats Audio? Let us know by taking part in the poll below:

This week’s Debate of the Week results will be announced in next week’s edition.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Is the iPhone 6 coming in August?

One of the latest iPhone 6 release date rumours has claimed that Apple’s new smartphone will be announced in August.

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The iPhone 5S By Kelvinsong (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D via Wikimedia Commons

A report from Economic Daily News that was published earlier today claims that the new iPhone from Apple will be unveiled in August. The report’s information has apparently come from unidentified supply-chain sources.

This report is going against previous reports that have said that the new iPhone handset will be publicly announced in September.

In addition, the report claimed that a total of around 80 million iPhone 6 units will be produced in 2014 alone.

If the report’s sources are correct, a version of the phone with a 4.7-inch display will be available in August while other versions with larger screens (5.5-inch or 5.6-inch to be precise) will become available in September, which was previously the time when the iPhone 6 was expected to be announced by Apple.

My thoughts are that if Economic Daily News and its sources are correct, Apple are making their deadline shorter because of the recently-announced HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 from one of Apple’s biggest rivals, Samsung.

Apple announced and released a total of 2 new iPhone versions last year. They were the cheaper iPhone 5C for people with smaller budgets and the iPhone 5S, which was basically just an upgrade on the older iPhone 5.

Discussion: What do you think of the latest iPhone 6 rumours? Are you looking forward to the anticipated new iPhone or not? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy Blogging,

Tom (Head Editor)

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