PC Games, whilst being the most up-to-date, customizable and easiest-to-play, are often causing issues with speed and errors etc.
Fortnite – the super smash hit across all sorts of devices – is such a game. Many people have reported it running slowly on their PC, as opposed to the likes of XBox or the other consoles.
The core reason for this issue lies in the way in which PC’s are able to run with a multitude of hardware, when the many consoles out there have been tailored specifically to work in a certain way.
Due to the nature through which the likes of Windows has to be versatile enough to work with all hardware types, it’s vital that if you plan on running a game such as Fortnite, you are sure you have the right setup for the software.
This tutorial looks to allay any of the qualms you may have about this.
Fortnite Running on Windows
As with any Windows application, certain system requirements have to be met in order for the game to run:
- Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
- 2 GB VRAM
- 25GB+ HDD Space
- Intel Core i5 2.8 Ghz
- 8 GB RAM
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
By virtue of having different specifications on different systems, the above is obviously meant as a “recommended” / “base level” set of specifications for the system.
If you have the above, or preferably better, you’ll be in a position to actually run the game.
The speed of the game is then determined by how effective Windows is at optimizing for use with your various hardware components.
To this end, if you don’t have the required hardware (at least comparable to the above), that’s the first port of call.
If you have appropriate hardware, you should then look to optimize any of the software-level issues which may be preventing the system from running properly.
Software Issues Preventing Fortnite From Running Smoothly
The main issue with Windows / Mac is that each system is designed to work across a massive spectrum of hardware + software, making it quite difficult to optimize.
Microsoft has often been criticized for this setup, but in regards to the whole PC industry – was unavoidable.
The point is that if you have adequate hardware support, you’ll need to ensure a number of software requirements are met:
1. Remove Unwanted Programs Running In The Background
The first step is to stop any applications running in the background of the system.
This includes the likes of Antivirus and any applications you may have running, but don’t actually need open…
- If you have a third-party antivirus tool running, chances are that it has a “gaming mode”
- To enable it, you should click onto the “bottom right” portion of the Windows taskbar
- Select the antivirus application’s icon, right-click and select “Gaming Mode” or similar
- If you’re unable to identify how to enable it, you should Google “Gaming Mode + [[your antivirus]]”
- If you have *any* other software running on your system (apart from your game), you need to close it
- The best way to do this is to press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard and press “Task Manager” (if using Windows 10)
- From the list of applications that appears, select any that should not be running and click “End Task”
- After doing this for any of the applications you don’t want / need, you should then try running the game again
2. Remove Third Party Graphics Drivers
If you have any third-party graphics drivers (which will typically be running constantly on the system), you’ll be best removing them.
The important thing to note here is that this does not remove the driver itself, rather the “application” / “control panel” which accompanies most of them.
Some of the extended apps cannot be stopped / removed – but the premise persists, especially if using the likes of NVidia or ATI:
- In Windows 7, press “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Programs & Features”
- In Windows, right-click on “Start” > select “Apps and Features”
- From the list that appears, select any references to either NVidia or ATI/AMD Radeon and uninstall them
- This will bring up the branded applications for the various systems – but should not remove the drivers (which is the most important thing)
Once this is complete, restart your PC and see if Fortnite will run faster.
3. Clean Out Hard Disk
Next, we should remove any of the temporary files that often clutter hard drives.
This is simply done with the “Disk Clean-Up” tool in Windows:
- Press “Windows” + “S” keys on your keyboard
- Type “Disk Clean-Up”
- From the list that appears, select the one produced by Microsoft
- It will perform a small scan and then load a simple interface
- Look for the button which says “Clean up system files”
- Select it and let the scan proceed again
- From the list that appears, check every option available
- Click “OK”
- Restart your system after it completes
4. Edit Graphics Driver Settings
After doing the above, you need to consider any specific fixes you can perform.
One of these is to edit the “graphics driver” settings that you may have installed still.
I know it was recommended to remove the third party application managing the graphics driver (which is correct) – if it automatically installed itself again, or you just didn’t want to remove it, you’ll be able to use the steps below to enhance its performance (specifically for Fortnite):
- Scroll to the “right” of the Windows Taskbar (bottom of screen)
- From the “icon tray”, select the “NVidia” icon
- Right-click and select “NVidia Control Panel”
- Select “Manage 3D Settings” from the left menu
- Select the “Program Settings” tab
- From the “Select a program to customise”, pick “Fortnite” (if it’s not there, click “Add” and select the.exe for the game from your hard drive)
- Once the game is selected, change “Maximum pre-rendered frames” to 1
- Set the monitor technology to “G-SYNC” (if you have a G-SYNC compatible monitor)
- Next, select “Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration” and set it to “Single Display Performance”
- Disable “Vertical Sync”
- Enable “Threaded Optimization”
- Set “Preferred Refresh Rate” to “Maximum”
Having done the above, exit the control panel and restart the system again.
5. Optimize the Fortnite Executable
The next step is to ensure the Fortnite Executable is working as properly as possible.
To do this, you can follow the steps outlined here:
- Browse to the Fortnite executable file
- This is typically located here: C:/Program Files/Epic Games/Fortnite/FortniteGame/Binaries/Win64
- The actual executable file is called “FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe”
- Once you’ve located it, right-click it and select “Properties”
- Select the “Compatibility” tab
- Check the “Override high DPI scaling behavior” box
- Click OK and try loading the game
6. Optimize Game Settings
Finally, there are a number of settings which can be optimized to ensure maximum performance of the game:
- Click on Fortnite to load it
- Select “Battle Royale” from the game menu
- Open the “Settings” menu by selecting the 3 lines from the top-right corner of the screen, and then the “gear” icon
Once in this menu, you should use the following options:
- Set the “Window” mode to “Full Screen”
- Change “Frame Rate Limit” to “Unlimited”
- Set “3D Resolution” to 100.0%
- Set “Vsync” to “Off”
- Set “Effects” to “Low”
- Set “Motion Blur” to “Off”
- Set “Shadows” to “Off”
- Set “Anti-Aliasing” to “Off”
- Set “View Distance” to “Medium”
- Set “Post Processing” to “Low”
- Set “Show Grass” to “Off”
Once this is complete, exit Fortnite and restart your PC.
After the restart, you’ll be in a better position to tell whether your system has sped up or not.
Obviously, there could be other issues preventing the game from running optimally.
The gist of the article is that you basically have to ensure that the game has enough system resource to keep it running at an adequate level, which is further extended with the way in which you can curb some of the more graphically-intense elements of the game.
If you’re still experiencing issues, after doing the above, you may benefit from talking to a specialist with direct knowledge of your system and/or the game.
Source by Richard Peck
Are you an antique lover? I love nostalgia and enjoy restoring old radios. But when it comes to Laptops, a laptop is too old when you have to crank it up, or when the laptop is as big as your desktop. Yes you can buy too old of a used laptop folks. Even if buying a used laptop, is not exactly going green, it is saving the environment from using more resources to make newer ones.
Remember, the laptop industry and the software industry sleep together. The sole purpose for both entities is to make money, and what easier way to make money than make that software or hardware obsolete within a few years of distribution. One of the great things about buying an Apple computer is that the new OS and software can still be used on older computers. But not all of the motives of the laptop and software industry is a conspiracy. Sometimes technology is just moving that fast, and they want use to have the conveniences of it! Right! 😉
To be sure that you don't get caught between the middle of some of the obsolete software and hardware, you only need to know a few things. If you try and stick with the top of the line models you will probably be ahead of the games. The top models tend to have all the bells and whistles and the latest software and hardware. When I'm shopping for my used computers or a used laptop for sale. I try and stay only one operating system behind the latest out there.
Right now the latest operating system out is Windows Vista, so you are safe purchasing Windows XP. If you later decide that you want to upgrade to XP, you will have no problems doing so. This concept works the same way with software. If the computer you purchase has Office 2003, you're fine because you only need to download the patches from Microsoft to make it compatible with Office 2007. If you're a student you're in luck. Students get to purchase Office 2007 for a fraction of the true cost.
If you look at technology in terms of how fast your laptop is changing, if you blink your eye you will miss something. So do not spend your hard earned money trying to keep up with Bill Gates, because you will only be making him richer and yourself poorer. Instead save yourself some money and find a good used laptop for sale.
Source by Kevin R Moore Sr
It is early July, well before this article goes online, yet the landscape is pretty clear from where I stand. The U.S. and China both raised tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods Friday, July 6. This did not deter the S&P 500 from continuing its charge up to the January 26 all-time high. To boot, unemployment is historically low and the Fed is set to raise rates twice before the year ends – all this amidst a stealth discretionary spending recession.
So, how about that trade war? Let’s recap. Most folks would agree that the free trade of goods would be best for all concerned. Goods would be less expensive and those that could not compete on price would do so on quality, leading to a beneficial improvement of goods. All is well and good until protectionism and nationalism rear their ugly heads. Some nations have goods that find it difficult to compete on the basis of price and/or quality. Globally, world leaders of such nations are unapologetic in pursuing their nation’s interests at the expense of others. In trying to avoid the image of the ugly American, we have often placed ourselves at a disadvantage. Nowhere is this more evident than in trade were our trading partners often have a clear advantage.
U.S. Census Data shows that we have a trade deficit with every trading region except for South and Central America and Australia/Oceania. At only $33.14 and $14.38 billion, respectively, the last four years and a combined trade of $310.44 billion this pales in comparison with the deficit for the rest of the world, -$844.66 billion, whose combined trade is $3.578 trillion. Below are 2014-2017 averages for most of the world in billions:
European Union: -$149.61
China is a case in point. Aware of the huge financial benefit that comes with their 1.38 billion consumers, they extract huge concessions from their trading partners, including the U.S. When they have not barred certain U.S. business sectors, they restrict or regulate business, place tariffs on goods, or coerce intellectual property release. Note this goes one way; there is no intellectual property sharing.
These noncompetitive business practices are not fair, but until now, U.S. companies have accepted them without much push back as the cost of doing business there. That is until Trump. What Chinese leaders need to realize is that they are not in a good bargaining position and the longer they hold out the more harm will come to their economy.
Here is why. Leaders of the government-run economy are well aware of their history and realize the huge Chinese population is not going to put up with poor conditions forever. To keep discontent at bay, they have a policy of inflated economic growth. According to Trading Economics, they have averaged 11.7% GDP growth for the past 10 years but chinks in their armor are showing. From the 2010-2011 heyday, where GDP grew 19% and 24%, growth has dropped steadily and sometimes precipitously. It was 5.56% and 1.14% in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Little wonder that worried central government figures have made a big push since then for increasing their global exports, including those to the U.S., resulting in a resumption of GDP growth to 9.35% in 2017. The prospect of increased tariffs, which would make their goods less competitive, runs afoul of those plans. China’s economy is struggling and their stock market is testament to that. The smaller Shenzhen composite moved into bear market territory in February and the Shanghai composite closed in bear territory on Tuesday, June 27. The indexes went as low as -26.5% and -25.0 on July 5 but have recently recovered to -22.5 and -21.2%, respectively, as global markets have climbed in tandem with U.S. markets. That is still in bear market territory, which will curtail much need foreign investment. Meanwhile, U.S. GDP is growing steadily, the economy seems to be healthy, and the stock market is nearing new heights. Trump can ratchet up the tariff game longer knowing he has more economic wiggle room. Moreover, he can inflict more pain to the Chinese economy than they can to ours.
To see why, let’s look at the trade numbers. The trade deficit with China has averaged -$358.68 billion the last four years in a rising trend. While U.S. exports have vacillated between $110-129 billion since 2012, Chinese imports have steadily increased from $315 to 375 billion. Last year the deficit was -$375.58 billion, of which $129.89 billion were U.S. exports to China and $505.47 billion were U.S. Chinese imports. Not only is trade unbalanced, so are tariffs. Prior to this year, U.S. tariffs on Chinese agricultural and non-agricultural goods were 2.5% and 2.9%, respectively, while Chinese tariffs on U.S. goods were 9.7% and 5% for the same. True, these had been going down from a 14.1% average prior to 2001 when China joined the World Trade Organization but that was part of the price and tariffs are much higher for some industries.
Below are the top 10 U.S. exports to China in 2017 according to the International Trade Centre Trade Map http://www.intracen.org/marketanalysis:
Aircraft, spacecraft – $16.3 billion
Vehicles – $13.2 billion
Oil Seed – $13 billion
Machinery – $12.9 billion
Electronic equipment – $12.1 billion
Medical, technical equipment – $8.8 billion
Mineral fuels including oil – $8.6 billion
Plastics – $5.7 billion
Woodpulp – $3.4 billion
Wood – $3.2 billion
Total – $97.7 billion
Together they account for 74.8% of all exports that year. Note that except for oil seed, mostly soybeans, the rest are non-agricultural products. But their tariffs are not the same and depend on how strategic the product is. For example, Chinese cars cannot compete with American ones so the latter have duties ranging between 21% and 30%. Compare that to a maximum of 2.5% for Chinese car imports to the U.S.
Therein lies the rub. The Chinese can only raise imports so much more on these goods, some of which have few suppliers outside the U.S. As a result, some of the announced tariff hikes are empty rhetoric with few teeth. Just as an example, China announced 25% tariffs on aircraft, but not all aircraft – just those with an “empty weight” of 15,000 to 45,000 kilograms. While it may seem like China is taking aim at Boeing, it turns out the stipulations only target older 737’s being phased out of production, while not touching the larger models comprising the bulk of Boeing’s trade. China desperately needs to grow their airline industry. It is estimated 7000 new planes will be needed in the next 20 years. With Airbus working at near full capacity, there is no alternative but to turn to Boeing for the remainder.
The same goes for soybeans, the bulk of Chinese agricultural imports. China is the world’s top pork market and they need soybeans for feed. It turns out Brazil and the U.S. are the top two global soybean suppliers. Brazil has been cranking up production for years and now constitutes 57% of Chinese soybean imports. This came mostly at the expense of the U.S., but Brazil does not have the capacity to make up for the remaining 31% in U.S. soybean exports to China. As a result, the planned 25% increase in tariffs will hurt Chinese pork farmers directly.
Ultimately, the sheer size of the trade imbalance will play in Trump’s favor. With $500 billion dollars of goods at risk for China vs. only $130 billion for the U.S., China’s fate is sealed. That is, provided Trump is persistent in raising the bar while keeping disgruntled American businessmen at bay. Historians may recall a similar unrelenting raising of the bar eventually caused Russia to capitulate during Reagan’s tenure. It does not help China that it is already running up against its tariff limit.
We are already seeing that endgame play out. Just four days after both countries raised taxes equilaterally, Trump announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. There was no equilateral retaliation China could muster after the late Tuesday, July 10 announcement. Instead, China announced it would hit back in other ways – probably by selling U.S. Treasuries, which would flood the medium- and long-term bond market causing bond prices to fall and yields to rise.
Regarding the latter, Trump’s victory will come at a cost. Bolstered by his success with China, Trump will continue to pursue his trade normalization agenda with other trade partners. Although trade is fairly balanced with the U.K., the European Union had a $173.58 billion trade advantage last year on a $839 billion trade. Not only that, but the E.U. has made it a habit to go after American tech giants it cannot compete with. Think Qualcomm in 2018, Google in 2017, Facebook in 2017, Apple in 2016, and Microsoft in 2013. Japan is on the same boat. Our deficit with Japan averaged -$68.59 billion from 2014-2017 and stood last year at -$68.88 billion on a $204 billion trade. Although government regulations have eased under Prime Minister Abe, Japan has a culture of impeding foreign investment, particularly in the financial sector. Moreover, they have high tariffs on dairy (up to 40%) and meat (38.5% on beef) products, which account for $6.1 billion of U.S. exports to the country. Trump has made it clear they are also in play and they have fired salvos in return.
Given the posturing by all parties involved, tariffs will be higher going forward than they were before. This will raise the price of U.S. goods abroad, making them less competitive. This will, in turn, impact earnings for our larger, international firms. Our stock market may be flirting with highs right now, but I believe this will be the catalyst to the market downturn as Investors, looking ahead, bid down these stocks. Moreover, tariffs on imports will inevitably lead to inflation. We are already at the Fed’s 2% comfort level so any visibility on higher inflation will incite the Fed to head it off by hiking fed funds rates beyond their current path. Their incentive to do so will be bolstered if China retaliates with a Treasury selling program, as higher 10-year Treasury rates relieve the Fed of yield curve inversion worries.
A stock market downturn will reverse the wealth effect we have been seeing recently on our economy and combined with export losses, this undoubtedly will lead to job losses and higher unemployment. On top of all that, the stealth discretionary recession we have been experiencing, will make itself clearly evident as U.S. peak spender populations continue to decline all the way until 2023. This is not an incident unique to the U.S. World population growth increased from 1946 to 1968, peaking at 2.09% per year that year, coinciding with the bulk of our Baby Boomer bulge. Since then it has been steadily decreasing until it reached 1.09% at the beginning of this year. Peak spenders are those 46-50 years old and if we take 1968 as the mid-point of their population zenith, they topped out in 2016. That is a main reason populous nations, like China, have been concerned with slowing consumerism the past couple of years. The upshot is we will see a global drop in discretionary spending for at least the next five years. This will result in an accelerated global economic downturn for the next five years and plummeting global stock markets for the next few years.
Source by Karl De Jesus
Google Chrome is considered one of the finest web browsers not only for Windows Operating System but also for the Mac. It is also considered the fastest browser as compared to others. However, due to some reasons problems occur with it. Most common issue faced by internet users is that Chrome starts to run slower than normal. In many cases it crashes and makes it very difficult to surf the internet. Here are outlined few tips which are helpful to speed up your browser.
The following tips will help you to deal with slow Chrome:
1-Clear cache. Whenever you end a browsing session make it your habit to clear cache so that all cookies are removed.
2-Clear history. Also clear web browsing history from time to time and do not allow URLs to accumulate in your Chrome history files.
3-Get rid of excessive toolbars. Often times there are some heavy plugins and toolbars running with your browser that cause Google Chrome to run really slow. Trace out the toolbars which are never or seldom used and then remove some of these to experience faster browsing.
4-Clean Windows Registry. Fix and clean Windows registry, which is an information storing component of Windows, to fix Google Chrome slow speed. You can clean Windows Registry using some System Utilities software.
5-Enable 'GPU Compositing on All Pages'. There is an option in Google Chrome (I am to referring the latest version, Chrome 20.0.1132.57 m ) which is called the "Enable GPU Compositing on All Pages. By enabling this option you can notice significant increase in browser speed. by typing about: flags in the URL address bar. A list of 'experiments' will appear. Find the above option and enable it. Remember do not play with other experiments if you are not sure how these experiments might affect the functionality of your browser .
Follow all the tips that are described above.
It is highly recommended that you repair Windows registry because it not only lets Google Chrome run faster but it also prevents browser from crashing.
Some errors in the registry such as the file association errors become the cause of files not opening properly.
Repairing registry can prevent these errors as well as eliminate spyware effect from the Windows registry database.
Normally Registry Cleaning feature is available in System Utility softwares. Find a good tool that can clean Chrome files, optimize internet and also clean junk data from your entire system.
Source by A. Honey
Chances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable.
Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:
- Oil Changes / Lube Service
- Tune Ups
- Radiator – Coolant / Antifreeze Change / Flush
- Air Filter Replacement A/C – Air Conditioning
- Wheel / Tire Alignment
- Timing Belt Replacement / Inspection
- Brake Inspection / Check / Repair /
- Service Exhaust & Muffler Repair & Service
- Honda Inspection Service
- Transmission Service & Repair
- Suspension and Shock Absorber repair service
The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another.
Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.
#1: Vibration When Braking This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement. Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.
#2: Transmission Failure Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.
#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more. In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.
#4: Power Door Lock Failure Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction. Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.
#5: Dashboard Display Dark For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.
Overall the Honda Accord has proven to a reliable and dependable vehicle and consistently garners high customer satisfaction reviews. So what new for the 2016 Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord receives a variety of updates for 2016. Revisions include updated exterior styling (including new LED taillights for all models), revised suspension tuning, new interior trim and, on EX models and above, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. All sedans except the base LX model now get a 60/40-split rear seat, while the new Honda Sensing package of driver assistance features is available on all trim levels.
Source by Robert Emanuel
Childhood memories help build the character of a person and also serves as the foundation for the imagination of one’s mind. The toys that children have to play with are a motivator in the personality that is developing as they grow up. Many children have imagination to make toys out of almost nothing. Making houses out of boxes that may have a window and a door or a tent out of a blanket over a couple of chairs is a childhood memory second to none. Wooden forts outside is also a memory for many. A child can make a guitar out of a board by pounding a few small nails at the top and the bottom and then putting rubber bands on these nails for strings. Adults still having the heart of the child within still love to dwell on these memories as they have their own children and grandchildren.
One of my favorite childhood memories was when my dad brought left over lumber scraps home from the construction site he worked at and my mom used these to make furniture for my doll house that she had made out of 2 apple boxes attached side by side. The furniture was so much like the real furniture we had in the house we lived in. This is where she understands her passion for all things miniature. She made a stove and a fridge or from the scrap wood, precision-made items for my doll house, furniture, cloth blankets and pillows for the beds and the crib; and accessories for the doll house. She bought dolls the right size to fit in the doll house to help me with my imagination as I played with them. She helped me have a great memory.
Whether you’re a dedicated collector or a beginner to the craft, one can find everything that is needed to create your own charming doll house. Vintage or contemporary, every wooden style and historical period houses are available. Together with hand-crafted doll furniture, doll house kits, and plans, these kits cater for all needs, tastes and budgets.
There are many places on the web you’ll find beautiful items in both 1:12 and 1:24 scale, from beautiful dolls to resin figures. There are elegantly displayed room and dramatic doll houses that have lighting in them. Whether one wants to browse for inspiration or wants to be specific, the internet makes it easy for one to get all the supplies you need. You’ll also find them out on the web made of wood, wood and plastic, and just plastic that is easy to put together. Children like to play with these doll houses with their friends. There are many brands out on the web to tickle your fancy.
The doll house lover, hobbyist and collectors alike are amazed with what they find out there. The children are delighted to play with their own or one that their friends have or one in the classroom. Be filled with imagination of these miniature dolls and the furniture that is in each room that you may wish that you were that small to live there!
Source by Nila J Spitzack Hetteen
Skype is a software which is famous worldwide for enabling online calls or video calls or even live conferences. Different people use Skype for different purposes. Today's discussion is about how one can record video calls on Skype.
You need some requirements before you move on:
· Firstly, you need to have an active Skype account
· You need to have a recording tool
There are lots of recording tools available in online. Some of them are paid and some of them are free. Most people use the free version with basic features. But there are paid versions available also with exclusive features. Today, we will be talking about 3 solutions including options for Macs.
Solution 1- Screen Grabber Pro
The first tool is Screen Grabber Pro. This a tool packed with lots of cool features. You can use the paid version or you can use it for free with basic features.
User Guidance and Facilities
First, you need to download the software. After downloading you will get easy directions on how to use the tool. Here is a list of features you will get with the tool.
· You can start recording your screen with just one click and when done just save it.
· You can take screenshots while recording on screen.
· There is also a handy editor if you need to edit something.
· There is a task scheduler available. You can record a task in the future by setting up the task scheduler.
· You can do on screen video editing and adjustments.
· You can record via webcam, audio.
· Well, this software is really good. So, there are no major cons that are worth mentioning here.
Solution 2- Cam Studio
User Guidance and Facilities
The Cam Studio is another great video recording tool. This is free. You can also give to the paid version try.
· It's free. You can do an online recording with creative features. But they are limited.
· You can create tutorials for creative purposes.
· With cam studio, you can only save it in AVI and SWF formats which are not the standard.
· The free trial is limited for 30 days.
Solution 3- For Mac Users
There are several applications available to record Skype calls on Mac. Some of them are free and others are paid. But here the discussion will be about the free methods.
Quick Time for Skype
It's a recording tool for recording video or audio calls on Skype for Mac. First, you need to download the software. It has some pros and cons.
· It's completely free.
· You can record video or audio calls as much as you want.
· You have to save the files manually.
· It creates large files.
Source by Jim Ho
Almost everyone has heard that you’re supposed to lead from the front or by example. Recently we’ve heard the term leading from behind. What do these concepts actually mean and how do they relate to leadership? As an observer of leadership tendencies you see all kinds of methods or styles being embraced. I believe that this is not an either or decision but rather a transitional act from one form to the next as followers become ready.
Leading from the Front
Leading from the front or by example simply means we are demonstrating our leadership by going first. In many cases this is accomplished by the leader doing the tough things first to show that they can be done. Its one thing to tell people what to do. It is entirely different when the leader actually shows or demonstrates what needs to be accomplished. How often do we see leaders, not real leaders, tell followers to do things they themselves would not do?
Many real leaders do not believe in asking their team to do anything they themselves would not do. An attitude such as this can often mean a great deal to team members. However, it can also at times be unrealistic. A serious failing that happens to some managers is the inability to delegate. I have heard this before, “It’s easier for me to just go ahead and do it myself than show them how to do it.” This begs the question, every time something new or unusual needs to be done, is the leader expected to do it first? This is very unrealistic for larger organizations and can cause a bottleneck on productivity.
There needs to be a transitional phase where leaders move out of the way let others move forward. This of course can be scary since rise or fall the leader sits on the side. As my youngest daughter is fond of telling me, “Dad I need the freedom to make some mistakes too you know.” It does not mean the leader isn’t there for support. Many leaders need to learn how to lead from behind as well as leading from the front.
Leading from Behind
Leading from behind sounds a bit confusing and seems a little nebulous. If you ask any number of individuals what leading from behind means, you will likely get a number of different answers. It can mean, “I’m not going to do it, you do it.” That probably would end up being a little counterproductive or at the very least create attitude issues with the team members. Leading from behind can have real important meaning if utilized properly.
When leaders move out of the way and let their team take over real growth can take place. Great leaders build teams of individuals that can operate on their own in almost any environment. It is often hard to let go for leaders and let someone else sink or swim based upon their actions alone or lack thereof. If the goal is to build a team of individuals that can be autonomous solving problems or adapting as necessary to fluid situations on their own, then the eagles must be made to leave the nest.
There is a story that when parent eagles feel it’s time for the young to leave the nest the parents will begin removing all of the soft feathers and other soft materials they have built their nest with. As the baby eagles get bigger and bigger the comfortable part of the nest becomes smaller and smaller until it is far too small for the young eagles to sit in comfort. Eventually they leave and start their own lives. As leaders we may have to make our people uncomfortable in order for them to begin to fly on their own and realize that they too can soar like eagles.
This is leading from behind. It is the ability to stand back and let others take the lead. By letting others move to the forefront and experience leadership on their own they begin to become far more creative and productive. Things can and do go wrong. However, the end result for these trusted individuals is the ability start leading the way and is also how leaders multiply themselves.
Charismatic & Entrepreneurial Leadership
Here is another great leadership mantra, get a charismatic entrepreneurial leader to get things going and keep them running smooth. The first danger here to me is that such attempts more often than not fail in real-life business. Just because someone is a charismatic entrepreneurial type of leader, or even that they had success elsewhere, does not guaranty success in the here and now. How often at the medium to large cap level do we see such leaders take on new challenges with new organizations only to make things worse than previously.
The other side of the coin is where the leader is irreplaceable. Look at Apple. When Steve Jobs left earlier in the life cycle of Apple the company stumbled seriously. When he came back they rose again. However, now that he has passed away what will happen? Personally I believe without his visionary leadership, or someone else’s, Apple will eventually slip somewhat into obscurity over time unless the company seriously diversifies. What Apple failed to do before Jobs left the first time was to build a stable platform of individuals who were experienced in leadership roles who could keep things running well without Jobs. Does Apple have that now, I do not know only time will tell.
This is the answer whether you lead from the front or lead from behind you need to be a fearless leader. In the beginning you will most likely have to lead from the front demonstrating commitment and a willingness to do what it takes to successfully accomplish the tasks at hand. At some point you will need to begin to shift to leading from behind for some individuals. There must come a time when a leader can and should step out of the way and let the followers take over. Leaders cannot have such a large ego that they never relinquish control. Very few organizations can grow substantially with such strangled and centralized control. The more de-centralized creativity is the more likely productivity is to increase.
Leadership is more closely identified by both methods over a transitory period of time. You may begin with leading from the front and then over time transition to leading from behind. This is how a healthy leadership system should work. It may be further subdivided into stages that teams, groups, or individuals move through in order to grow to become more creative and productive. As a leader one could find themselves in one stage with one group or individual while simultaneously in another different stage with another group or individual. While one may define leadership accurately on paper, in the real world it needs to be much more fluid and adapted to the particular environment.
How does the fast pace of change impact these concepts?
Management vs Leadership
Management is about achieving organizational goals. It’s about accomplishing this efficiently and productively utilizing control mechanism such as planning, staffing, staffing, and directing resources. You can look throughout any organization and see management and managers at every level. While organizations need management, it cannot replace leadership. Management is about focusing on detailed plans, schedules, and use of resources. Management is focused on what is happening right now, tomorrow, and the next day. Management is always concerned with the bottom-line. Management is looking on how to stay on track.
While management tends to surround themselves with like-minded individuals, leaders tend to surround themselves with a diversity of thinking. You can often envision as the 50ft look at what the organization should accomplish. Although both management and leadership both focus on providing direction, Leadership also provides a creative vision for the organization to frame their activities in. Leadership inspires individuals to see beyond their current work-at-hand. Leadership is looking at the horizon and where they want the organization to go, the destination.
Leadership versus being a boss and Best-In-Class
When one considers leadership, the mistake most often made is to think of leadership as the individual or individuals actually leading a company at the top. While this level of leadership is extremely important to a successful company, it is not enough to become Best-In-Class. Leadership is needed at all levels of a company if the company desires to be Best-In-Class. The difficulty here is that for most companies, individuals are not promoted because of good leadership skills but rather some other skill more closely associated with job performance or personal familiarity with upper managers. What is the norm than is that a company has bosses at low, middle, and often upper management levels rather than leaders?
What is a boss, and how does it differ from a leader? A boss is usually someone who knows a given task or tasks well enough to pass that knowledge on to an individual or group of individuals. A boss is usually also someone who can accomplish the logistics of the position in an efficient and successful manner. These individuals are often promoted not so much because of what they can do but rather based upon who they know. This type of promotion can be considered a consequence of Leader-Member Exchange theory.
Within Leader-Member Exchange Theory the leader, in this case upper managers, creates an in-group and by default, an out-group. Most likely the in-group is the ones often being promoted because of familiarity and not necessarily because of leadership potential. This often provides adequate performance within a position, enough to keep a system like this propagating within a company or industry. But to achieve Best-In-Class more is needed.
With the advent and popularity of teams within companies as a form of improving productivity, many companies are now seeing the need for team leaders. Participative management such as utilizing teams is in most cases a method of moving low or non-productive employees into a much more motivated attitude which in turn increases overall productivity. Giving employees more authority and autonomy can increase job ownership. Increased job ownership will increase a desire for better personal and team productivity and improved quality.
Even teams need leadership. Whether leadership is at the local level, within the team, or from someone above the team providing support for the team, leadership is mandatory for team success. You might say, “Wait we only have a facilitator in our team and we’re successful.” Leadership can take on many different looks and facilitator is one of them. Leadership can be both innate in individuals and it can also be taught. One only has to look at the proliferation of leadership schools available to business to see that many companies see leadership training as one of the most important needs for the successful future of their companies.
How important is true leadership? Once again, without being political you only have to look as far as governments around the world to see firsthand what a leadership vacuum can do on a global economic front. Here in the U.S. are political processes are mired in red tape and inactivity primarily in my opinion as I stated in the beginning of this book, because there is no real leadership anywhere within the U.S. government right now.
If any business desires to be Best-In-Class, then acquiring, building, or promoting real leaders is paramount. Leaders are individuals that people will want to follow. Leaders will inspire or create a motivational environment that generates highly successful subordinates as a natural outgrowth. Motivation is often confused with hype. Bosses can create hype. Leaders generate motivation through inspiration. If you desire to be the best, then find, build, or create leaders. Look for individuals that are already highly self-motivated. These may be individuals who are leaders in the making. Companies must start promoting individuals because of their potential for leadership as one of the primary attributes necessary to move up in a company.
Almost anyone can be administratively and logistically successful. These types of individuals will only create a mundane working environment that breads mediocrity. Only leaders have the ability to garner subordinate behavior and citizenship above and beyond mediocrity and into Best-In-Class.
Source by Timothy J Cummuta
It’s more than half year passed of 2016 and the tweets, suppositions, researches (even Gartner not spared) about the buzzing topic of mobile app development trends had its rumblings and near-to-perfect speculations ON. Saying, what trends will come forth and what not! How many judgments landed right?
Well, novice’s laser points we’re not speaking here but according to developers and expert views we have trimmed down the most interesting and unexpected trends that are increasingly rolling on unpredictable lines. Let’s take a sneak peek:
Mobile App Development Trends Developers Should Watch Out:
• Mobile Apps For On-Demand Delivery:
The Uber business model has spurred an on-demand wave and has started gaining a stronger foothold in the mobile application landscape. Whether it is food industry, travel and commute, healthcare, beauty or service booking the on-demand delivery apps has taken a center-stage.
• Smart Wearables To Rule Over:
Though the market for the smart watch and fitness wearables were low past months but the adoption rate of wearable devices in the market is way more than what experts predicted a few years ago and we believe they’re a novelty and will definitely capture the people who know what to use them for. The biggest advantage in this segment developers have is wearable devices have a lot of room for improvisation and this trend is definitely not going to fade away.
• Shift towards Mobile App Security:
Data is the golden buck which when missed can lead to vulnerabilities. Developers should adopt the latest security practices and take the stringent measures to secure their app infrastructure as well as the data. Looking back, iOS has always been a platform that has been recognized as providing top security on its apps without letting confidential information of customers leak out and probably that is the reason why it is counted as one of the most premium smartphones and gadgets companies that charge a tad big price on its phones.
• IOT(Internet of Things) world domination continues:
We haven’t been far away hearing the concept of the smart car, less or more, devices like Apple Watch and Google Glass have shown that internet of things will include greater opportunities to add advanced features in mobile apps. With a rapid market penetration of IOT apps and wearable devices, IOT will be taking the mobility to next level in the coming months.
• Stay hooked to Material design:
Last but not least, material design aka UI/UX design trends was, is and will be the evergreen trend maintaining its eccentricity in the app market. The inception or the roots of material design are in the concept of flat design, which has now become the standard in UI/UX design. Material Designs real form can be felt in Google drive, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps as well as in the upcoming and existing android versions.
These were the hot mobile app development trends that developers are predominantly getting hooked with and are definitely not going to sink in the following year. So, go beyond conventional boundaries and explore what’s yet to come.
Source by Anuradha Badone
The Apple magic is ubiquitous and its loyalists are individuals with deep pockets. Somebody who has once perceived the iPhone experience would never give it up for any other brand unless, of course, if one lacks the ability. This has very simple and straightforward implication for the iPhone application development sphere-offer exemplary experience to the users. iPhone app developers are, therefore, in the constant quest for conceiving and incorporating more innovation to their app development repertoire that enhances the consumer engagement across personal and professional disciplines.
The only constant in the technology world is change. Trends emerge, impact and depart in no time. Those who align themselves with this ephemeral tide lead on to fortune, those who do not are bound to lose their ventures. Certain emerging technologies such as Machine Learning and AI, Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Big Data have been great disruption in the technology sphere. Due to their magnanimity or simplicity, or both, they can have a positive impact in making outstanding apps and boost the customer outreach for iPhone app developing enterprises. Let us take a closer look at these disrupting technologies, the harbingers of innovation.
1. If Artificial Intelligence isn’t there, neither is your app
The phrase ‘technology of the future’ is synonymous with Artificial Intelligence. Such has been the impact of AI since it can make machines learn and do work with minimum human intervention. AI allows your iPhone app streamline internal workflows and external systems for your business. This will not only be facilitated with high-speed and precision, but also with the potential for further scalability.
2. IoT is a thing that matters
The Internet of the things technology can be incorporated into apps for all the types of industry verticals. It helps to integrate data and monitor control on several kinds of devices on its basis. This gives the businesses capability to monitor and control its operations and customer-reach from the mobile devices.
3. Enterprise apps for linking business processes and Big Data
Enterprises must offer the users a seamless experience across the organization. Gone are the days of individual level apps, companies have now realized the importance of application development focused on creating Mobile apps that increases productivity and provides a streamlined and cohesive view of data and processes.
4. Cloud has an extensive reach, so must your app
Apps that are cloud enabled and integrated allow lightweight systems with powerful capabilities. Powered by Cloud, iOS apps can have smaller size with larger storage capacity. When data can be accessed from anywhere in the world while being managed centrally in the cloud servers, apps can have a global consistency.
5. Augmented Reality has become more real than reality
If we talk about delivering engagement to the end users, augmented reality has immense potential. The success of Pokemon Go in 2016 is a proof of this fact iOS when incorporates AR can do wonders for businesses.
Although conclusive, this list is not exhaustive. The digital world is so dynamic that trends keep coming up. iPhone has a formidable name in the market and is usually the choice of upscale consumers. Naturally, iPhone apps must be appealing and engaging to their loyal users. In a transitioning market, enterprise mobility therefore must always align itself with the latest trends in the market.
Source by Varun Singh