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Tech News Digest for March 10, 2017

New drones were everywhere this week; flying in the sky, swimming in the sea, driving trucks and rolling down the sidewalk with pizza. Social media news from Facebook and Twitter slows bad stuff and brings new features. Yes, hackers are watching our devices. But there are things you can do …

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Crucial MX300 SSD Drives Up to 2TB

If you want a fast drive in your computer, SSD drives are great. Typically they’ve had two hurdles to clear. They cost more than mechanical drives and the capacity wasn’t big enough for all your data. Over time the costs have come down and the capacities have gone up. Crucial …

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Tech News Digest for March 3, 2017

Mobile World Congress was held this past week and that’s means there are a lot of new items about phones and other mobile devices. There is also a huge update (free for all current users) for Windows 10 coming in the near future and Microsoft will offer more update options. …

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Crazy March Madness Sale on Seamless Textures

Those who know me, know that one of my favorite times of year is “March Madness”. While I love watching as many games as possible, I especially want to see my Kansas Jayhawks do well. Right now they are ranked #1 in the major polls and will receive a high …

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USB 3.0 Hub and Ethernet Adapter in Single Device

A month ago I wrote about needing a USB hub and an Ethernet adapter for my laptop. I had ordered those products and they both worked great when I tested them. Unfortunately the Ethernet adapter would not work when it came time for my presentation. I tried hard to get …

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Tech News Digest for February 24, 2017

Those of you who run a small (or even large) business know there are constant challenges. You might even have a failure along the line. So did Steve Jobs and I’ve included an article about this subject. There is another article with social media advice to help your business. Could …

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Jagged Vector Edge

Here’s a video showing how to create a jagged vector element. As a vector shape, it’s highly scalable and can be easily re-colored.

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Building a WordPress Site

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a class where I built a live WordPress Web site as part of the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo. For those who want to see the site we built, click here. Note that this site will be deleted after a few months. …

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CorelDRAW Envelope

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Here’s an animation showing a comparison between the use of CorelDRAW’s Perspective Effect, or using a custom shape as a guide for the Envelope Feature instead. Notice the difference in the letters between the top two examples. The third example shows how a custom Envelope shape can do much more …

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Photo-Paint’s Imposition Feature

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There’s quite a bit of power and utility available in the print engine for both CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT. A user in the public forums had a question about how to compile a folder full of images into one single image. Watch this video to see how the Imposition Feature works …

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Tech News Digest for February 17, 2017

Last week Verizon came out with unlimited data and this week Sprint and AT&T have responded. Twitter can make big money, if they follow a plan. Want to stop scam calls? A programmer has the problem solved. What’s coming with the next iPhone and Samsung phones? I have several articles. …

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GoPro Karma Drone Flies Again

The original release of the GoPro Karma drone happened a few months ago. Almost immediately sales were halted due to an issue with crashing. That’s definitely a bad thing for a drone. An investigation found that the problem could be solved with a piece of tape. Now the fixes are …

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Working With Zip Files Is Basic Computer Skill

It happens too often. A user downloads a file from one of our Web sites. Soon afterwards we get a message telling us that they tried to open the file in an application and they were told it was corrupt. First, let me make it clear that there are corrupt …

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Tech News Digest for February 10, 2017

I was traveling this week so I don’t have as many articles as usual. Even though they are few in number, I think there are some really interesting ones. One explains the new trial versions from Affinity. I have purchased both Designer and Photo and find them to be very …

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Fast 64 GB Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive

I met with a client last week who had purchased a new laptop. The old laptop only had USB 2.0 ports while the new one had USB 3.0 ports. We were using USB 3.0 flash drives. This meant it took a lot longer to copy data only the flash drive …

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The Dreaded Double Spaces After Punctuation

There are some memories from my childhood that are very vivid. One of those is sitting in a typing class and learning how to work a typewriter. While it probably didn’t seem important at the time, that skill has helped me as a writer. There were a handful of things …

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Tech News Digest for February 3, 2017

Even the technology news was again filled with a lot of politics. I tried to sort through it to find news that wasn’t political and that wasn’t easy. You’ll also find a couple of great tutorials that should be especially interesting to designers. Do dogs have a music preference? Mine …

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