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Add-ons: Computer Accessories that Improve Productivity

printerYour PC or laptop alone cannot give you everything. Whether you’re a writer, gamer,student or a professional, you need good computer performance for your everyday activities.You also need additional tools depending on the tasks you need to accomplish.

Although computers already have built in accessories, it is still best to buy enhancements that improve computer performance.

Speakers                                                                                                    

Speakers are useful, especially for gamers and telecommunication experts. Speakers let you enjoy music and games and allow you to have video callswith good audio.

With more people using speakers, manufacturers such as Altec Lansing even develop “everything proof” Bluetooth speakers. For the ultimate listening experience, make sure you have a good portable speaker when travelling.

Printers

Though there are different kinds of printers nowadays, choose those that will give you the best quality printing at lower ink prices.Printers let you have a hard copy of documents or photographs.

A printer will not work without consumables, of course. PrintCom says Brother consumables like ink cartridges let your Brother colour printer print up to 250 pages.

Scanners                                                                  

Just like printers, scanners make work easier, this time by creating soft copies out of hard copies.Though computers don’t have built-in scanners yet, some printers already have them.

HD Cameras

The problem with built-in cameras is they have low megapixel qualities, giving you low quality images. Separate HD cameras provide high definition images or videos that give you better picture or video quality. Paired with your speakers, you get the best video calls or participate in HD Hangouts if you have good internet speeds.

Your computer lets you do several tasks, but accessories let you print documents or listen to music. Make sure you have the right equipment to have no problems accomplishing your tasks.

June 10, 2015 at 3:55 pmiTech Services

Domo Arigato, Mr Roboto

Robotics is the field of electronics engineering that revolve around the design, constructions, operation and maintenance of robots. Robots are autonomous machines capable of locomotion that perform specific tasks and functions according to their programming.

In engineering school, some students can study this field. For starters, they will know that building their robots require three basic building blocks.

Programmed Computers
Robotics

Robots are machines that are autonomous (not intelligent, mind you), which means you can leave them to perform their functions without assuming direct control. The machines can do this because of programmed computers set in their machinery.

This is where the computer science factors in. To give your computer the brain with which to write their instructions, functions and parameters, you need microcontroller units (MCUs) – technically small computers that can accept input, dish out output, and process and store data.

Electronic Circuitry

With the microcontroller being the brain of your robot, its electronic circuitry represents their other ‘organs’. This is where electronics and electrical engineering comes in. These electronics are the instrument of the microcontroller for accepting input, dishing output, and executing commands. The electronics can be anything from sensors (input), motors (locomotion), relays and actuators (output).

Aside from these electronics, robots also incorporate the most basic of electrical accessories in their design such as fuses to protect the circuits, cable tie mounts to keep wiring sorted, and rubber insulators to prevent shorting.

Mechanical Parts and Salvage

Robots are not all computers and circuits. They also have moving parts. This is where mechanical engineering comes in. In the design of robots, students also use mechanical parts such as metal bars, gears, pulleys and the like.

For example, to design a robotic arm that lifts more than a few dozen pounds, but only have an electric motor with a torque of less than six, you must devise a mechanical solution to multiply the base torque of the motor (cue pulleys and the right gear ratio). On the other hand, for a robot with a swivelling turret, a simple motor would not do. You would have to utilise bearings and couplings in process – things that you would normally associate with mechanics.

Salvage materials also comes in, because not everyone has money to get made-to-order aluminium or whatnot. Salvage is more common in small-scale hobby projects.

This is what makes robotics an exciting and challenging field as it melds computer, electronics and mechanical engineering. So start up your design and invent something cool.

June 10, 2015 at 8:16 amiTech Services

Tweeting to the World Like Never Before

twitterEverything is linked to each other in some way in the world of SEO; digital content builds links, PPCs help generate direct traffic, and tools allow webmasters to monitor their success. Every element of SEO helps a website move toward the ultimate goal of succeeding as a business, but they mostly do so within their own departments. There are no direct links between any of SEO’s parts – until now.

Tweeting to More Than Followers

The Google-Twitter agreement, which both companies announced in January, is finally going live and tweets will start appearing prominently on Google search rankings for trending topics. The tweets will appear in a carousel format within a “Popular on Twitter” box. The feature is only available for mobile searches at the moment, with Google promising the same feature to appear on other devices soon.

This development is significant since it’s one of the most direct examples of one area of SEO (social media) directly appearing on the SERPs. This will undoubtedly cause every white label SEO company to refocus their social media resources to take advantage of such conspicuous placement whenever applicable.

What Exactly do People See?

Client websites shouldn’t expect any major changes coming along in the near future though. Everyone is still waiting to see what the Twitter placement can actually do, as well as the factors that affect it. Google has yet to answer any questions regarding why tweets might appear, where they appear, whether there are filters or censorship tools in use, so on and so forth.

The best way to see Twitter results on Google SERPs now is by using a hashtag, or searching for a newsworthy or trending topic. It’s good to point out that this isn’t the first time tweets have been visible as page rankings. But, the new deal does integrate the two systems better, and seems to be more effective in delivering the latest information to the users.

It’s difficult to predict how drastically this deal will change how users search for information online, but it’s reasonable to assume that it will increase online appetite for up to the minute information. Only time will tell if such an appetite is sustainable in the long run.

May 27, 2015 at 12:00 amiTech Services