Instagram is one of the most popular social networks in the world. It’s a place where you can share photos you’ve taken, pictures from the lifestyle you (want people to think you) lead, and much more. While a lot of people are happy to share any old meme on Facebook and other social networks, they’re often far more careful with what posts make it to their Instagram account. With this in mind, let’s look at how to take great photos for Instagram. Use All the Tools Available to You Instagram started out as a filter app and then grew into a social network. When all smartphones were capable of taking was low resolution photos, putting a dramatic filter on top made everything look a lot more… interesting . The photos might not necessarily have looked good, but at least they didn’t look like a blurry mess taken with a bad digital camera. Now, though, things are different. Instagram is, first and foremost, a social network. Instagram still has a built-in camera, 40 filters, … [Read more...] about How to Take Better Instagram Photos
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Updates are a frequent topic when it comes to the Android operating system. There are actually different types of Android updates, one of which is a “Security Update.” What’s different about these updates, and why are they so important? In the Android world, there are basically three types of updates: big annual firmware updates that bump up the version number (11 to 12), smaller monthly security updates, and “ Google Play System Updates ,” which are another type of security update. RELATED: What Are Google Play System Updates on Android, and Are They Important? Table of Contents What Is an Android Security Update? Why Are Android Security Updates Important? How to Check for Android Security Updates Why Is My Android Phone behind on Security Updates? What Is an Android Security Update? An Android Security Update is an update that is primarily geared toward improving security and fixing bugs. These updates don’t typically include … [Read more...] about What Are Android Security Updates, and Why Are They Important?
Apple’s professionally shot 4K cinematic screen savers are one of the best things about the Apple TV. If you’d like to use them on your Mac, you can get them for free using an open-source app. Here’s how. The Secret? The Amazing Aerial App The free Aerial app allows your Mac to access Apple’s own cinematic screen savers, which include fly-over videos and slow-motion drone footage shot by community members. Aerial supports Intel and Apple Silicon Macs running macOS 10.2 and higher. To get started, head over to the Aerial website and download the application. After opening the DMG file, drag the Aerial Companion app to the Applications folder. Next, launch the Aerial Companion app from the Applications folder, Launchpad, or Spotlight Search. Since this is the first time you’re using the app, your Mac will ask you whether you’re sure that you want to open an application downloaded from a third-party website. Click “Open” to open the app. After running it, you’ll go … [Read more...] about How to Get Apple TV’s 4K Cinematic Screen Savers on Mac
The strangely named “here documents” let you use input/out redirection inside Bash scripts on Linux. They’re a great way to automate commands you need to run on a remote computer. Here Documents Many commands in Linux have two or three letter names. This is partly what gives rise to the notion that Linux is hard to learn and full of arcane commands. But one of the weirdest names in Linux isn’t one of the cryptically short ones. “Here documents” aren’t documents, and it isn’t really clear what the “here” refers to, either. They are a relatively obscure construct, but they are useful. Of course, this is Linux, so there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Some of the functionality provided by here documents can be reproduced in other ways. Those alternate methods are usually more complicated. In programming and scripting, “more complicated” also means “more prone to bugs,” and that your code is harder to maintain. Where here documents really excel is in the automation of … [Read more...] about How to Use “Here Documents” in Bash on Linux
Any creative work you do is covered by copyright. This means that if you write something, take a photo, record a song, paint a picture, or do anything that creates intellectual property, you get certain legal protections. The biggest protection is that other people aren’t able just to take your work and use it how they please. This is why services like Facebook have such complicated (and scary) Terms of Service . RELATED: Does Facebook Own My Photos? But what if you want other people to be able to use your work? Well, you can grant individual licenses to anyone you want but that would get time consuming very quickly. There are entire departments in publishing houses that just deal with licensing the stuff for which they control the copyright. If instead, you want anyone to be able to use your work subject to certain requirements, you can use a Creative Commons License. The Different Terms of Creative Commons Licenses There isn’t just one Creative Commons (CC) … [Read more...] about What Are Creative Commons Licenses?
Don’t forget your computer when you’re spring cleaning all your things . From the software to the hardware, there are some easy ways to get your Windows 10 laptop or desktop tidied up and running in tip-top shape. Uninstall Applications That You Don’t Use This tip may seem obvious, but it’s a good place to start. Many apps that you install add startup programs or background system services that make your PC take longer to boot and that use resources in the background. Some programs clutter File Explorer’s context menus with options. Others—especially PC games—can just use a lot of disk space. That’s fine if you use these applications and find them beneficial, but it’s easy to install a large number of applications and find yourself not using them at all. To clean things up, uninstall the applications that you don’t use. On Windows 10, you can head to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features to see a list of applications that you can uninstall. You can also access the … [Read more...] about 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Windows PC