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What to Do Before Downloading iOS 7

Apple has launched its iOS 7 software on Wednesday and before you download the new software – there are a few simple things to do ahead of time in case there are bugs. The last thing you’d want is to have your pictures, music and other files wiped along the way.

To download iOS 7 worry-free, the first step is to back up your data via iCloud. Apple actually backs up the most important data (if using iOS 5 or later) automatically, but the feature has to be enabled. To set this up, visit Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. This will back up your iPhone on a daily basis as long as the device’s screen is locked, on a Wi-Fi network and connected to power.

But before you download iOS, we suggest doing a manual back up. To do so, follow the same steps as above (Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage) and then click “Back Up Now.”

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It will take a bit of time to do a full backup, so just sit tight in the meantime. For those with a ton of data you might not be able to complete the backup — you’ll have to either transfer files (photos, etc.) via an Apple connector to a computer, delete a few apps you haven’t used in awhile, or make room elsewhere.

You’ll probably run into the same issue when trying to update iOS 7 if your device is near storage capacity, so you might want to clean house now.

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Another area worth backing up is your iTunes library. Connect your device to a computer to sync with iTunes, but note this might be disabled if you have iCloud backup turned on. RIght-click the device in iTunes under Devices and select Back Up. You can also back it up by clicking the file menu and select Devices > Back Up.

 

Three Backup Plans To Handle Internet Outages

When your power or internet goes out, it can be anything from a mild inconvenience to a productivity-destroying nightmare. Before the next outage happens, have these backup plans in place so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute.

As someone who works from home, I’ve had my fair share of internet outage disasters, and it’s never fun. After a few stress-filled days, though, I’ve set up a few different backup plans so I’m never caught in a bind again. Here’s what I do.

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Tether(Tethering refers to connecting one device to another) your phone or get a cheap mobile hotspot

When the internet all of a sudden disappears, you’d ideally like to continue your work without getting up and moving. So, I recommend tethering your phone or getting a mobile hotspot. You can pay for tethering directly from your carrier, but that’s expensive, especially if you don’t use it often. For a cheaper option, try one of these solutions for Android and iOS.

Unfortunately, tethering can have its own share of problems. Maybe you have very limited data, or maybe you have an unjailbroken iPhone and don’t want to pay exorbitant tethering fees. In that case, I highly recommend a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot like the Karma, or (if you don’t need a ton of data) a free hotspot like Freedompop. I have a Karma hotspot for emergencies, and it’s fantastic: I just flip it on, connect to its Wi-Fi, and continue working without a hiccup. Since it’s pay-as-you-go, I only ever pay for what I use in these “emergency” situations. Check out our guide to mobile hotspots to read more about these devices.

Set up a contingency plan with a relative or neighbour

If a mobile hotspot just won’t cut it, your next option is using a neighbor, relative, or nearby friend. If they trust you, they’ll usually let you have their Wi-Fi password-in fact, you may already have it-and you can use their Wi-Fi when yours goes out (provided theirs didn’t go out too). If you’re friends with your neighbors and their Wi-Fi reaches your house, that’s obviously ideal, but walking or driving to a nearby friend’s place is pretty easy too. Make sure you have their password before the internet goes out next time, so you don’t have to worry about it at zero hour.

Know the nearest businesses with good Wi-Fi

Your last option is to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Don’t just rush off to the nearest Starbucks, though: if my travels have taught me anything, it’s that not all coffee shop Wi-Fi is created equal. Before you have another outage, find out which nearby spots have reliable, fast, and free Wi-Fi, so you know exactly where to go. Use a tool like 4sqwifi to get passwords for local hotspots on a map, or create your own. You’re better off driving for an extra five minutes if the internet is fast and reliable. Remember, coffee shops aren’t the only hotspots either: lots of public libraries have free Wi-Fi, and other restaurants (like McDonalds) have free Wi-Fi that may be closer. Be sure to stay safe on those public Wi-Fi networks, and have a secondary browser ready and optimized for slow connections.

Internet and power outages are never fun, but if you prepare for the inevitable beforehand, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief when disaster strikes. With these three backup plans in place, you’ll be able to smoothly transition to a new network and continue working without scrambling around.

Source: Lifehacker.co.in

IT Shortcuts That Put Your Company’s Data at Risk

IT departments looking to save time and money shouldn’t be doing so at the expense of their data protection. A study from the University of Texas revealed that 43% of companies suffering from catastrophic data loss close and never reopen, and 51% close within two years.

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Ignoring Hardware Failures

Hardware failures are the leading cause of data loss. Though most IT professionals don’t completely disregard hardware that is failing to back up company data and systems, many do often ignore the fact that certain backup mediums have high failure rates, such as tape or a SAN or NAS storage device that is used as both the source and target of a backup. To reduce the risk of hardware failures, move data from primary storage to a separate, secondary storage device. Disk-to-disk backup is the best approach, as it’s more reliable than tape and still ensures a physically separate secondary storage set that can survive hardware and system failures.

Trusting Co-workers to Follow Policies

The reality is that employees aren’t always great at following company policies, and even when they do, mistakes still happen. The best defenses against human error are automation and retention. Automation enables automatic execution and strict enforcement of created policies and procedures, and retention enables data recovery, regardless of whether the data loss is noticed right away or weeks later.

Underestimating Cybercriminals

By now, most companies have at least basic security solutions, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, in place to defend against malware. But cybercriminals are becoming very adept at breaking through traditional cyber defenses. IT professionals should evaluate their infrastructure, identify areas of vulnerability and implement advanced security solutions to overcome them. These solutions include web monitoring software for safe Internet usage, end-point protection for bring-your-own-device management and a sandbox to fight targeted attacks. From a backup perspective, the best approach is to operate backup and disaster-recovery solutions on a non-Windows operating system. Windows has long been one of cybercriminals’ favorite targets, and running protection software on an operating system that is relentlessly under attack just doesn’t make sense.

Playing the Odds

Despite data-loss horror stories, many companies still don’t have disaster-recovery plans in place to protect information from natural and man-made disasters. And many of the companies that do have set plans have just one general set of guidelines that apply to all disaster situations. A strong plan focuses on people, infrastructure and processes, and clearly outlines how each is affected in different disaster scenarios.

Failing to Test Disaster-Recovery Plans

Failure to test disaster-recovery plans, or testing them on an infrequent basis, can greatly increase the risk of data loss in the event of a disaster. Since IT infrastructure evolves daily, thorough testing must be done on a consistent schedule that allows it to be adopted as yet another standard business practice.

(Source – BusinessNewsDaily)

Laptop Buying Guide: Essential Tips

Planning to buy a laptop, not sure which one to buy? The wide variety of sizes, features and prices making your task difficult? Remember the type of laptop you should go for depends on your need. For example, if you are a student and want laptop for your college projects, you need to look for a device with a certain specification. The same will vary if you need your laptop to play games.

So, your search for laptop should be guide by the purpose it is meant for: home, office, multimedia, college or gaming. Here we list the specs and the price range you need to go for as per your need.

 

Processor

 

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Home buyer: Core i3

College projects: Core i3 or ULV (if portability is important)

Office work: Core i5 ULV, Core i7 ULV

Multimedia purpose: Core i5 or core i7, AMD A10 (if budget is tight)

For gaming: Core i5 or better, Core i3 incase of tight budget

 

RAM

 

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Home buyer: 4GB or more

College projects: 4GB

Office work: 4GB or more

Multimedia purpose: 6GB or more

For gaming: 4GB or more

 

 

HDD

 

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Home buyer: 500GB+

College projects: 500GB+

Office work: 128GB SSD and 500GB

Multimedia purpose: 1TB

For gaming: 1TB

 

 

Screen size and weight

 

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Home buyer: 15.6-inch, 2.5kg or less

College projects: 14-inch, 2kg or less

Office work: 13-inch, 1.7kg or less

Multimedia purpose: 15.6-inch or bigger with FullHD resolution, 2.7kg

for gaming: 15.6-inch or bigger with FullHD resolution, 2.7kg

 

Graphics card

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Home buyer: NA

College projects: NA

Office work: NA

Multimedia purpose: NA

For gaming: HD767OM or GT630M, cards like 879OM or GT750M are better

 

 

Price range

Home buyer: Rs 30,000 – Rs 50,000

College projects: Rs 30,000 – Rs 55,000

Office work: Rs 50,000 – Rs 1 lakh

Multimedia purpose: Rs 45,000 – Rs 1 lakh

For gaming: Rs 35,000 – Rs 1 lak

 

 

Gmail Tips That Make You Look More Professional

Email is the preferred method of communication for most people these days, not just for personal conversations, but often for business as well. As such, it’s incredibly important that you not only know proper email etiquette, but also understand how to use the tools available from your email provider that can help you be a more polite, professional message sender. Read on as we share 25 smart tips for making sure you send out polished, professional emails every time.

 

1.  UNDO SENDING
Even if you’ve proofread your email, chances are that once you’ve hit send, you might realize you left out some important information or made an ugly typo. Don’t worry, you can still take it back! Just use Gmail’s Undo Send feature, and you can stop the delivery of a message you’ve just sent out.
2.  ATTACHMENT ALERTER
Forgetting an attachment happens to the best of us, but this goof just makes you look unprofessional when you send the, “oops, here’s the attachment!” email. Use Gmail’s Attach Alerter, and if the tool finds the word “attach” in your message text, it will pop up and alert you before letting you send off the email.
3.  DON’T HAVE A SILLY EMAIL ADDRESS
Surely you’ve heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. Emails from credibilitykiller123@gmail.com look completely unprofessional. Use your own name, and leave out the numbers and special characters.
4.  DEFAULT TO A PROFESSIONAL TEXT STYLE
Gmail allows you to change your default text styling if you’d like. Using this feature, you can reformat your Gmail’s default text to use a good-looking, professional font.
5.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RICH TEXT
While you’re working on improving the look of your text, don’t forget to take advantage of Gmail’s Rich Text Editor. You can create numbered or bulleted lists, underline, indent, quote, and more.
6.  SET A GMAIL THEME
Regular Gmail is somewhat plain and professional, but upgrading to Desk, Basic White, or even Shiny can kick things up a notch. You can even create a custom background with your company name and logo if you’d like. Using these themes can make you look more professional if anyone happens to walk by your desk and see you working in Gmail.
7.  KEEP UP WITH “WAITING FOR” EMAILS
Never lose track of emails that you’re waiting on other people to respond to. Set up a Waiting label in Gmail, and you can remember to get back to them if they haven’t responded in a week or so.
If you’re going to be away from your inbox for a few days, be sure to let people know so they don’t think you’re ignoring their messages. Using Gmail’s automatic vacation response, you can send a polite reply that lets them know you’ll be back soon and will be responding to their email shortly.
9.  ENABLE MAIL GOGGLES
Do you have a problem with drunk emailing? With the Mail Goggles feature, you can have Google check to see if you’re impaired before you fire off that nasty email to your boss.
10.     INSERT IMAGES
Sure, you can attach images, but often, it’s much more natural and professional looking to have an image right where you’re talking about it: in the message. Use Inserting Images to add images into the text of your email.

11.  SET UP INVOICE REMINDERS WITH FRESHBOOKS
Let deadbeats know they won’t be getting away with walking away from the invoices they owe. Using the FreshBooks app for Gmail, you can send automatic late payment reminders, and offer professional looking branded invoices right in your email.

12.  USE IMAP AND POP ACCESS
Access Gmail on your phone, through Outlook, and more by taking advantage of IMAP and POP access through Gmail.
13.  SET UP YOUR “FROM” NAME
Take some time to think about how your email looks to recipients in their inbox before they even open it. If your name is N/A or just your email address, it’s not friendly or professional. Take a moment to make sure you’ve set up your Gmail to show your real name when you send a message.
14.  SEND IT LATER
Some people do their best work late at night, but sending out emails at 2 a.m. just doesn’t look that professional. Instead, you can use Boomerang, a third-party add on, that allows you to schedule your emails, sending them out at 8 a.m. or other regular business hours, making you look like you made it to the office early.
15.  SET UP MAIL MERGE
Think that Mail Merge is just for Outlook? You can use it in Gmail, too. Take advantage of this tool for professional, personalized mass emails, right from your Gmail inbox.
16.  BRAND YOUR GMAIL
Using Google Apps, you can add Gmail and other Google Services to your own domain. So instead of widgets@gmail.com, you can send emails from info@widgets.com and still get to use all of Gmail’s awesome features. You can also do this for free with mail forwarding through your domain.
17.  SHARE SKYPE CONVERSATIONS
Have a colleague who couldn’t make it in on the call? The G-Recorder app automatically records Skype calls, which can be replayed, searched, and forwarded to anyone who needs them.
18.  CREATE A GMAIL SIGNATURE
Gmail supports fancy email signatures, including images. So be sure to set up your name, title, and company, and consider adding a logo as well.
19.  SET UP CANNED RESPONSES
This one makes you look professional, and helps you save time, too. If you send out a lot of emails that basically say the same thing, save them as a Canned Response. You can stay consistent in your message, and improve your response time.
20.     SHARE FILES
No, we’re not talking about attachments, we’re talking about larger files, as well as files with tasks attached to them. Using apps like Box, you can share all types of content, while at the same time assigning tasks, getting feedback, approval, and more.

21.  KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR GMAIL CONTACTS
Using the third-party app Rapportive, you can get the lowdown on the people you’re emailing, right inside of Gmail. This tool offers contact profiles including their location, company, latest tweets, LinkedIn, and more.

22.  BACK IT UP
Even if you don’t use Gmail as your usual email client, it’s a powerful tool for saving important emails you just can’t lose. Set your business email account to always forward sent and received mail to a Gmail account, and you can use this account as a backup in case something goes wrong and you need to retrieve an old, lost email.
23.  GET ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES
Accept electronic signatures in Gmail using the DocuSign app. This makes it easy to get signature documents taken care of fast and professionally.
24.  BACK IT UP AGAIN
Gmail automatically backs up your emails on redundant data servers, but you can never be too sure. Save your important emails to your hard drive, and you can rest assured that your data is safe and sound for you to access when you need it.
25.  STAY ON TOP OF YOUR INBOX
Using Gmail Notifier, you can watch out for important emails as they come in. This makes it easy for you to stay on top of your communications and improve your response time for people who really want to hear from you.

 

“Stuck” on Gmail Because of Google Chat? Outlook.com Now Supports Chatting with Google Contacts!

Microsoft said they are enabling Outlook.com users to chat with their Google contacts just like they do today with Messenger and Facebook contacts. This, they say, would make it easier for GMail users to switch over to Outlook.com.

As you may know, Outlook.com is in fact a suite of consumer web apps in the form of Outlook.com email, Outlook.com calendar (which was recently updated to be more Metro-styled), SkyDrive personal cloud storage, and People, which is the “universal address book”. The reason I say People is a universal address book is that it allows you to connect various services like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and link identities across these services and your actual address book to create a unified contact. That way, you can see everything about a contact all in one place — Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn updates. In addition, it also allows you to seamlessly chat with your contacts via the messaging pane in Outlook.com email, and when collaborating with someone in SkyDrive via Office Web Apps.

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This is a great move by Microsoft. Not only can they claim “openness” which Google seems to tout all the time, they are actually reducing the friction of switching over from GMail to Outlook.com. In the new form of being a “Devices and Services” company,

How To Install Windows Lower Version Drivers Using Higher Version Drivers

How To Install Windows Lower Version Drivers Using Higher Version Drivers

After downloading the drivers, run the installation setup and follow the prompts as if you would any other time. If you are presented with any errors due to compatibility, cancel the installation, right click on the install package’s .exe and choose “Troubleshoot Compatibility”.

 

Step1: This will present you with a “Program Compatibility” wizard of sorts, which is a bit more friendly than on previous version of Windows.

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Step2: Click on Next.

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Step3: Select “The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now” and click next.

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Obviously we want to choose Windows Vista as the last known OS to support the drivers.

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Step4: Upon completion you ought to be met with a window displaying the new settings enabled for your software and the option to test your new configuration by clicking next.

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the Driver will be installed with Lower version of Windows.

Decide What Happens To Your Google Account When You Die

What happens to your online accounts when you die? Some may not care at all, after all, they are dead by then and there is not really anything that can be done about that. Others may want to control what is happening to their accounts. Maybe they want them closed right away, kept open only with a different and permanent status message, or maintained by a family member or loved one.

Google launched the Inactive Account Manager today to give Google account owners the chance to decide what is going to happen with their Google account when the account is not used for a certain period of time.

The feature can be configured on the account settings page (note that you need to sign in to your Google account before you can access the page even if you are already logged in).

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A click on setup on the page starts the process. Here you can modify the following parameters:

  • Timeout period – This defines the time period before an account is considered to be inactive. If you set it to one month, the Google account will be set to inactive if no sign in to the account is noticed in a one month period.
  • Alert me – You can configure email or text message notifications to alert you before the timeout period ends so that you can prevent the account from being flagged as inactive.
  • Notify contacts and share data – Here you can add trusted contacts, a family member for instance, that you want made aware of the fact that the account has been flagged as inactive. You can also share data with them if you want using this option.
  • Optionally delete account – You can ask Google to terminate the account permanently.

You can configure the parameters individually on a single page. The timeout period can be set to one, three, six or twelve months. If you want someone else to be notified, you need to add their email address here as well and can select the data that you want to share with them.

The delete account option is a permanent option that you can enable by setting the slider from no to yes. All settings are not enabled until you click on the enable button in the menu to activate the Inactive Account Manager feature.

A couple of things are missing here in my opinion that would really make the feature more usable. I’d like to see an option to delete only select data and not all of it. Maybe you want your emails to be deleted or your photos, but not your Blogger blog or your public YouTube videos. This cannot be done using the Inactive Account Manager.

I’d also like to see an option for the account to be deleted after a certain time has passed after it has been flagged inactive. Say, you select to delete it six months after it has been flagged as inactive.

How would you like your online accounts to be handled after your death? I for one would like to see Ghacks remain online, and maybe even handed over to someone who will continue the site as the new main writer and administrator. As far as my other accounts go, I would not mind having them deleted automatically or at least set to read only.

By Martin Brinkmann|Google.com on April 11, 2013