We at TechNorms like to think we’re bright people. We understand most things we come across. However, we were left slack-jawed and baffled by the launch of the original iPad in 2009. It made no sense. Why would anyone want a giant iPod Touch? Why was it so expensive? Why would they name it after a tampon? Four years later, the iPad is phenomenally successful. It launched a new genre of electronics. Steve Jobs & Company created a third device between computers and smartphones. That’s remarkable. Today we’re looking back at the device that started it all, the first-generation iPad.
Microsoft Office 365 is the latest in the productivity suite that has come to be used by millions worldwide. Office 365 incorporates the look and feel of Windows 8, along with making Office even more powerful when tied to the cloud through SkyDrive. Over the weeks, we’ve covered each of the major software titles in Office 365: Word Excel PowerPoint OneNote Outlook Access Publisher SkyDrive Overall, Microsoft Office 365 finally brings the Office productivity suite into the current atmosphere of the Internet age. It’s fun, fresh and connected. It’s the new Microsoft Office experience. What do we like about Microsoft
iPod to Folder is a very simple program to transfer music from your iPod back to your computer. Since iTunes does not offer this feature, finding the right software to move music back to your computer is key for iPod users. iPod to Folder is easy to use and comes in both a Mac and PC version. This tutorial will walk you through the steps of using iPod to Folder on a PC. How to use iPod to Folder Once you download iPod to Folder from its web site, you simply need to extract it from its ZIP folder. Once
One of the biggest gripes Facebook users have had about the mobile application for the social networking site is that it lacks chat functionality. For months now, Facebook has promised its users a way to chat on the go without having to login to the site on a computer to make it happen. Facebook finally heard he users feedback. Facebook has released its much anticipated Facebook chat application. It is called the Facebook Messenger, and it is available for the iPhone and Android. A version for Blackberries along with other mobile operating systems are in the works but not word
When it comes to building a web site from scratch, the very idea of having to code, structure and implement HTML, CSS and other factors into a page scares off most trying it for the first time. There are many programs out there that utilize an idea called What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) but even these programs can overwhelm those trying to build a simple web site. Adobe, a pioneer in making things easier both online and off, is working on a program called Muse. Muse is an all-in-one WYSIWYG web design program that allows you to
Typing speed is once again becoming something every computer user should find ways to improve. As more of our daily lives involve being on computers, learning how to type efficiently is a skill everyone can benefit from. While some of us may remember typing classes and computer skills courses in school, not all of us have had the pleasure of learning how to type quickly and effectively. Learning how to improve your typing speed is something anyone can do and with a few online tools, programs and practice – you can be typing furiously in no time. Are you ready
When you use iTunes, you create a library to store, organize and access your music. If something happens to that library, you can lose all the hard work you put into it. Using a program like TuneSwift makes backing up your iTunes music library much easier. While iTunes has a built-in backup system, it is not foolproof and can be more difficult to actually restore. CopyTrans’ TuneSwift allows you to backup and restore your iTunes library in minutes. It is part of a comprehensive suite of tools that allow you to do just about everything iTunes cannot when it comes
AVG has released an all-in-one social networking, multimedia sharing and connector tool called MultiMi. This allows you to link just about every account you have online into one program to keep up to date on everything going on around you. MultiMi also comes with the AVG LinkScanner which checks incoming links to make sure they are legitimate. AVG is most well-known for its anti-virus security suite which is why they have included LinkScanner with MultiMi. This isn’t yet another social network. This is a truly unique offering that makes it easy to surf, connect, share and collaborate with everyone, anywhere.
ShareMyPlaylists.com was created specifically for Spotify users to rely on one service to share playlists with family, friends and more. ShareMyPlaylists.com offers users a chance to register a new account then link their Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm accounts to it. From there, you can easily share playlists you created on Spotify or on the site itself with your friends and followers on both sites. You can even share the link to people not using those particular sites so they can see what you are listening to. We have previously written about how to create playlists in Spotify. How to Use ShareMyPlaylists.com
When it comes to finding the right anti-virus software for your computer, most consumers opt to continue with the free trial that came with it. Norton and McAfee are the most well-known anti-virus software titles that come bundled with a new PC. You get anywhere from 60 to 90 days to give these trials a shot before having to buy a full subscription to keep your computer safe. Most consumers do not realize that there are other options for virus protection. Avira AntiVir Personal is one such option and comes in a free version that provides all the basic protection