Windows 10 upgrade and why you should care

Microsoft is finally kicking the famous Windows 7 to the curb by ending its updates that keep it strong and secure. Right now is a crucial time for anyone who has not already moved onto the newer, fresher, Windows 10. If you’re currently using a machine that is running on Windows 7 or earlier, you’re at risk starting January 14, 2020.

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t be using a no longer supported operating system. A big reason is the risk of attacks from third-party software’s and Ransomware attacks.

Ransomware attacks consist of something of yours being held from you (such as personal data, or access to your computer) and are being held for a ransom of some sort. Older operating systems are outdated and lack newer security features that prevent things like these from happening.

Along with lacks in security, these outdated machines can also have issues doing other things. For extreme cases, older machines can even get the point where you can’t even access certain websites due to your browsers capabilities. Any users who are still using outdated operating need to really contemplate the risks involved and consider upgrading before it’s too late.

By:Taylor Wolfe

Improvements In SmartPhone Camera’s During 2019

One of the most frequently-used technologies of today is the smartphone camera. Over the years, people have been placing an emphasis on capturing pictures with their cellphones a lot more, which has further spurred demand with the significant popularity of social media in the past decade. With an increasing number of users who are demanding cameras with superior imaging capabilities in cellphones, companies have also taken it upon themselves to up the game. Every new phone coming out is now working on innovating the space of mobile camera sensors, focusing on techniques and optical stabilization mechanisms, along with using wider lenses and laser-assisted autofocus.

With the launch of the latest models of the iPhone, the Google Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy S10, the camera phone market has been shaken up once again. The newest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have made choices even harder than ever! To help you out in choosing your next camera phone, we’ve compiled this list of camera specialties with the latest and most innovative technologies.

Telephoto and Zoom

For everyone interested in capturing more than just selfies and family photographs, there will come a time when they consider using a telephoto lens. The telephoto lens magnifies the image and technically has a focal length of at least 60mm. The ultimate advantage of having a dedicated telephoto camera module is that it takes better pictures at long focal lengths.

Most cellphones now come with a telephoto lens in addition to the regular wide lens. These include Apple, OnePlus, HTC, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Nokia models. The comparatively old phones had a traditional camera module that was paired with a 2x telephoto module, although the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro make use of a 3x telephoto. You can also fix an extra lens over the top of your inbuilt lens to get additional telephoto “power.”

The next step in zoom: Time-Folded Optics

This is a way to overcome the focal length limit that the phone’s thickness imposes. Traditional camera lenses were typically made up of many different lens elements that work together to provide a sharp, high-quality image. However, in folded-optics technology, the parts are folded on top of one another to reduce the thickness of the optic.

The larger the number of folds in the imager, the more powerful it is. Huawei has recently launched 5X zoom on P30 smartphone using folded optics. In this phone, different elements are combined to make a 90-degree right turn after the lens cover, and the CMOS sensor is arranged horizontally, kind of like a periscope. The result is a picture that delivers excellent detail for objects that are even several hundred feet away, with almost no loss in detail. That sort of quality and innovation is astounding, and as technology grows, it’s only going to get better with time.

Zooming out: Wide-angle capability

Let’s now talk about something you are probably a little more familiar with – wide-angle photography. If you have recently read the reviews about the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the iPhone XS Max, you know what we are talking about. Some of the more recent flagship phones feature a wide or ultra-wide lens, and it’s a great addition for people who want more in their shot.

Wide-angle photography helps people capture more in their shot by increasing the range to match what the human eye can see. This helps in taking pictures with a lot more subjects in them, and is especially useful when photographing scenic vistas. Lots of people now prefer wide-angle cameras for their social media posts simply because it adds so much more. If you’re interested in getting a phone for yourself, you may want to consider this option if most of your time is spent outdoors.

If you run a cellphone repair store or an electronics retail store, get your repair technicians trained on the latest cellphones coming out in the market, because the cellphone retail industry goes hand-in-hand with the cellphone repair industry. And to get the stress off your shoulders, try a great cellphone repair shop software to automate your everyday tasks effortlessly!

Multi-shot Night Modes

Most smartphones come equipped with a night mode now built into the native camera app. Night mode works by taking multiple exposures and then combining the information from each of the shots to help produce what the computer deems a well-lit photo without much noise. iPhone 11 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and Huawei P30 Pro do a fantastic job of making night photos look like we are using professional lighting to capture the image.

This process relies more on the computational power of your phone, but having a powerful camera array is also essential to getting the best-looking photos around. Google has long been relying on achieving this with only one camera, but with the rising trend of multiple cameras on phones, more companies are able to harness this technology and deliver outstanding night-time pictures with some great detail. Check out this handy scale to see which phones score the best.

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Online Scams, How To Avoid Them

Identifying fake pop-up messages & errors. Most people that use the internet have, at some point or another, had something pop up on their screen informing them that there is some sort of issue with their computer. Most commonly these messages will attempt to convince the user that there is something wrong with their computer. These types of scams are VERY common and seeing these messages will often scare the user enough into following the prompted instructions and inevitably cause problems.

Methods for avoiding being a victim of this scam:

Consider which website the pop up manifested from. If the website that caused this error is one that you’re not familiar with or have newly visited, you may want to consider avoiding that site.

It is important to remember that most commonly used browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, etc.) come with very basic online protection services and are, a great majority of the time, unable to detect if there is any type of issue related to viruses, malware, etc. Therefore, if a message appears stating that there is an issue with your computer, it is a safe bet that it is most likely fraudulent.

Although most internet browsers are not able to detect actual computer issues, they are able to identify a website that could potentially be a security risk. If upon entering a website you are prompted with a message that is warning you about the potential harm the website could cause, it is usually in your best interest to the avoid that website.

The most important way to avoid being a victim of these pop-up error scams, is too NEVER call the number attached to the prompted message. Calling that number is the start of a potentially wild ride with an online scammer. It’s also important to keep in mind that Microsoft (or pretty much any other company for that matter) will never directly send you message directing to call them. There are situations in which you may be contacted by a company such as Microsoft, but it will almost always be via email.

So, if you’re ever in the situation where you’re suddenly startled by a loud beeping message box demanding you call them for technical support, keep these tips in mind and save yourself from being their next cyber-scam victim.

By: Taylor Wolfe

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