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Best Rode Wireless Go Mic Alternatives You Can Get On A Budget

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If you are a content creator who is making videos on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or any other platform, recording good audio is a crucial part of the process.

If you are the one talking straight into the camera, are you interview people on the street. Different scenarios require a different type of microphone.

Production companies with an unlimited budget can buy different microphones for different scenarios and that too from reputed brands who charge a premium because of their Monopoly in the market.

But the story is different for independent content creators. If you are one such content creator, you have to think smartly and go for that one particular product that can be used in maximum possibilities.

So one such microphone that can be used in different scenarios is the Rode Wireless Go microphone that was launched last year. It is something I highly recommend to everyone who is into content creation.

However, if you do not have a budget to shell $250 for a microphone then there are surely some alternatives available in the market that can get the job done. With the low price, it is not always you have to compromise on the quality of the output. Sometimes the price is low because the product does not offer every feature that makes a product expensive.

For example, the Rode Wireless Go microphone is the absolute best wireless microphone solution in a small footprint that offers as much as 100 meters range with no interference between other frequencies. It also offers more run time on a single charge.

Often times it won’t be what you would be requiring. Maybe your type of project only requires you to record someone you are interviewing, and you will be only 10 meters away from the camera. So a budget alternative to Rode Wireless Go microphone that offers half the range, but still offers pretty much the same quality in less than half the price, would be more suitable for you.

I keep getting questions about the best microphone the best camera so I am starting this series of articles under creator on a budget where I will be listing out gears budding content creators can buy.

And here are three of my best picks for wireless microphone solution on a budget.

SRK CLOUD MovingBox

These are also tiny microphones that are quite similar to the Rode Wireless Go, but available for a third of the price. On Amazon India currently, they are the most value to the money wireless microphone.

Obviously, the built quality is not as nice as Rode Wireless Go, but considering it is available so cheap, we shouldn’t really talking about the build quality. And it is not that bad either.

You can watch this video from YouTube that compares this microphone to the Rode Wireless Go. so if your use case is not going into the fields doing prank videos for any type of action videos where you will be far away from the camera, you can basically get the job done using the SRK Cloud Movingbox wireless microphone.

Buy from Amazon.in

Lewinner Wireless Lavalier Microphone

This wireless lavalier microphone is Bluetooth based, which is perfect for iPhones and Android smartphones and is available just under $100.

The good thing about the Bluetooth-based wireless lavalier microphone is, it gets connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth which makes it amazing for social media influencers, food bloggers, and vloggers, who majorly create content using their smartphones.

It just makes much more sense to go for a Bluetooth-based wireless microphone solution rather than going for a brand that is charging premium just for the brand name.

Buy from Amazon

Lensgo Lavalier Wireless Microphone

This Rode Wireless Go alternative is my favorite. The shape is quite cute and has got magnets fire off its own and it can also be worn around your neck without anyone noticing if it’s a microphone are just your output is necessary.

On amazon.com it is available for around $60 which makes it the best deal if you are looking for a wireless solution to use with your DSLR or your smartphones.

Buy from Amazon India

Buy from Amazon US

Bill of Materials and Knowledge Graphs

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In the manufacturing world, the two terms bill of materials and knowledge graph are closely related. They are used in the manufacturing world to get a better understanding and stay organized with data. Data is an asset that continues to be misused and not taken full advantage of. Data has all of the keys for a manufacturer to learn from and grow through adaptation.

For starters, a bill of materials is a centralized source of all of the information that a manufacturer has to produce a product. It is vital for a company to use this because it is the backbone of the organization and information for making that product.

Without a clear blueprint and list of materials, it could be problematic if the manufacturer has thousands of different things that they make. You really can’t fathom how organized some of these manufacturers have to be. Also, it contains all of the instructions to actually assemble the product to completion.

Now, let’s break down the knowledge graph aspect of this post. A knowledge graph for an organization is the centralized source of enterprise knowledge and inferences from the knowledge.

The reason why a knowledge graph is important is that there are too many “data silos” out there for companies to keep track of, and it is going to cause them to feel unorganized. With a knowledge graph, it is a centralized piece of data that is pretty simple to understand.

For a long time, businesses did not know how to combine their data into something that is universally effective in assessing knowledge. That is where the knowledge graph comes in because it is a centralized form of inferences and enterprise knowledge.

Having too many individual data silos and things to keep track of is how a company can feel overwhelmed and end up not succeeding at all. The thing that a bill of materials has in common with a knowledge graph is that it’s a centralized form of data that promotes organization.

In the business world today, there are too many other things to worry about in the manufacturing space. For instance, you have to deal with supply chain, new customers, and heavy competition. On the inside of the company, you have to deal with engineering and management systems that are becoming very complex.

The lucky thing is that the new ideas with a bill of materials and knowledge graphs are helping people out in a big way. There are platforms out there such as Openbom that are helping people in a big way.

When you are organized with your knowledge and materials, then that is one less thing to worry about constantly. It will open up your time to worry about other systems and processes that are important to you.

And there you have it for a general overview of knowledge graphs and the basics of a bill of materials. If you found this post interesting, then we would really appreciate it if you shared it with someone else!

My Chromebook Touchpad has some weird issue. How to fix it?

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I have been using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet for the last few weeks and it has been an excellent experience so far.

Like I mentioned in my review, which you can read here, I love the tablet form factor of Chromebook and the ability to use full movie Chrome browser, where I do most of my work.

But the Chromebook is not free from issues. There are a few of them, I am able to find the solution to some of them and I still have to look for some more solutions.

In this article, I am going to give the solution for the Touchpad of the detachable keyboard. I have this issue while using the touchpad.

Whenever I am moving my finger to move the cursor, sometimes it accidentally drags Windows. So if it is hovering over a Google Chrome tab, it will drag it out, which makes it pretty annoying.

So, here is what you can do to fix this issue

This is actually a feature which is is available in mostly all the chromebooks. When you go to the Touchpad settings, in device section, from the settings area of your Chromebook.

There is this option called ‘Enable tap dragging’ which basically means you can drag Windows or files by simply tapping on the touchpad. But I don’t know if the implementation done by Lenovo is bad, or the feature from Chrome OS itself is not perfected that it accidentally drags Windows even when I’m not intending to do it.

Good thing is that you can I disable it from the settings area, and hopefully this will solve the issue.

You will still be able to drag files

Since the Touchpad also has got left and right clicks by pressing on the either side. So, if you have to drag files or Windows, you can simply press the Touchpad with one finger, which acts as a click, and then use the second finger to drag the file.

I was facing this issue only on my Lenovo Chromebook Duet even though this is my third Chromebook. I have previously used HP Chromebook 14, and Samsung Chromebook Plus and I had disabled this feature in both the Cromebooks.

So this solution applies for pretty much every Chromebook if you are facing this issue

How to make your Chromebook run faster?

I have which you can read here talking about ways you can make your Chromebook run faster and it was written specifically for the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. But since the majority of the the tweaks I did was in the Chrome OS, it can be applicable on any other Chromebook as well.

So, if you have got a low power Chromebook which field slower maybe this article can help you make it run a little faster.

You can check out the Chromebook tag on our blog to read all the articles related to Chromebook. I am a great fan of Chromebooks and have been using them since 2015 and have written a lot of articles regarding that as well.

Four things I like about the Lenovo Chromebook Duet

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So I got myself Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a new year gift and I can’t put it down on the table ever since. I have always been a fan of Chromebooks because most of my work is inside the Google Chrome browser.

But the Lenovo Chromebook Duet brings that experience to a tablet form factor. I was earlier using Samsung Chromebook Plus, which is a 12.2inch and relatively smaller than my MacBook Pro. But the 10.1 inch Lenovo Chromebook Duet size makes it so much convenient to hold it that my brain has literally stopped making excuses to get something done.

Here are 5 things I love about the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and hopefully this will help you make a decision whether you should go for this Chromebook tablet or not.

  1. Desktop grade Google Chrome browser optimize for touch

Lenovo Chromebook Duet comes with a detachable keyboard but I find myself using it without the keyboard most of the time, thanks to the Google Chrome browser optimization for touch.

One thing I disliked about it earlier was the fact that the onscreen keyboard used to pop up and cover half the screen whenever the physical keyboard was not attached. But you can resize the keyboard and make it a floating one which you can keep on either the left or right side.

So it does not cover half of the tablet screen, it just appears on the side giving you enough room to make use of the big screen.

If you combine it with voice typing, available on the onscreen keyboard itself, you can literally write long articles like this without having to type on the keyboard. Voice typing is almost perfect and oftentimes you don’t even have to do the corrections.

I am writing this article using voice typing while walking on the lawn, I would later be correcting it using Grammarly. And most of the time I do it on my laptop, but it’s a relief that I already have got the first draft ready so that I don’t have to spend time sitting in front of my laptop and feeling guilty about not being outdoors.

2. Superb battery life to work on it throughout the day

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has a 7000mAh battery which is huge. When you have the keyboard attached to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, you get around 5 to 6 hours of usage time but when you detach the keyboard and use Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Tablet, you can get as much as 12 to 14 hours of battery life which is awesome.

Another big reason that I get a huge battery life on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is that I do not have any social media apps on the device. It’s just google chrome browser where I open Google Docs are my website’s dashboard where I spend the majority of my time.

I also have the Trello app installed on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet since it also supports Android apps. I also have the Microsoft to-do list app on the Chromebook. I previously used to do all my planning and scheduling on these apps on my mobile phone but it is so much better on a big screen.

And since there aren’t any distracting apps on the tablet, it really helps me get things done.

3. Instant tethering makes it super easy to connect to the internet

Chromebook is Wi-Fi enabled unlike other tablet PC is where you also have the option to get LTE variants as well, where you can insert a sim into the tablet PC and access the Internet without having to rely on Wi-Fi.

Although I have always found it is cheaper to go for the Wi-Fi model on the tablet since I always carry my mobile phone with me and use the hotspot feature on my mobile phone to use the internet on my tablet PC.

But the Lenovo Chromebook Duet makes it easy to use your mobile phone’s hotspot without even picking up your mobile phone.

If you have got an Android phone, and you are signed in on both the devices (Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Android mobile) using the same Google account, he will enable mobile data under networks in the settings area of your Chromebook.

4. You can use Lenovo Chromebook Duet to extend your laptop screen

If you have heard about Apple’s sidecar feature, which allows Macbook users to use their iPad to extend their laptop screen. You can achieve a similar thing using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, or any other Android tablet.

Although this is not a native feature, you will have to install, or should I say ‘Purchase’ an Android app called iDisplay, and download and install the supporting software on your Windows or Mac computer.

Currently, the support is only available to wirelessly connect to the external monitor. So, if your laptop and Lenovo Chromebook Duet are connected on the same Wi-Fi network you will be able to extend your laptop screen and use the Lenovo Chromebook Duet as an extended monitor.

So the connection is via Wi-Fi, you can’t really use it for the heavy tasks, such as video editing on the extended screen as there is a bit of lag, but you can definitely use it as some extra screen real estate where you can place a browser Window for reference purposes or open a document from where you have to to take notes.

I have even tried having folder windows opened while working in Final Cut Pro on the laptop and then drag and drop files from folders opened on the extended monitor on Lenovo Chromebook Duet.

Frankly, it is not a feature I use on a regular basis but I am happy that this works without any issues

Cities were some of the things that I like about my Lenovo Chromebook Duet. I will be adding more if I find them. I am currently using it as per my use case, but will definitely come up with a list of things you can do on it in different use cases.

How to Watch IPL 2021 Online on Mobile

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There is an amazing craze of IPL in our country and very soon we will be able to watch IPL 2021. But because of our busy schedule, we are unable to watch it at our home, so there is only one option to watch the IPL is online. 

We have seen that many peoples are searching for the best platform where they can watch the IPL. That’s why today in this article, we will tell the best platforms where you can watch the IPL without any issues. 

How to Watch IPL 2021 online?

Here are the best platforms where you will get the amazing experience of watching the IPL.

1.Thop Tv

Thop tv is one the best app to enjoy IPL 14th season which is going to be held in april-may 2021. Thoptv has all premium content unlocked and it is absolutely free.

Weathe rit is IPL or ISL you can get all things for free. Thopv also has premium package with Just rs 1 per day. So if you want more better and ad free experience you can go for premium version of Thoptv. But i still recommed you normal free version as you are using thoptv only to avoid hotstar rs 399 yearly vip package. 

2. Hotstar

Hotstar is one of the best platforms where a user can watch the IPL without any interruption. It comes with good quality videos and an amazing user interface. A user needs to go with a premium plan to watch the IPL on Hotstar. The main plan is Rs.399/year.

So a user has to pay just Rs.399 for the whole year and can watch the match anytime on Hotstar. Hotstar provides only Star based channels and there are many Star Sports channels, so it will be a good choice for the users.

3. Tata Sky

Tata Sky is also a good option to watch the IPL. A user needs to recharge their plan on a monthly basis to watch their favorite channel. As we know that IPL is telecast on Star Sports 1 and its HD channel.

A user needs to pay Rs.22 for making the channel live and if you want the HD channel then you have to pay more Rs.22 to make the HD channel live. So, Tata Sky is also a good option in which you have to pay on a channel basis.  I am here talking about Tata Sky app.

4. Yupp TV

Yupp TV app is for international residents, so if you are living outside India then you need to download this application and go with the best subscription plan.

The plan is starting from $9.99 for a month, $54.99 for half a year, and 99.99$ for the whole year. With this app, you can watch IPL 2021 from countries like America and Canada. 

5. GHD Sports

GHD Sports is a great application for watching your favorite channels. All the services provided by this application are free. The application has a user-friendly interface and it is quite easy to use.

The application relies on other broadcasters and that’s why they are providing you the Live TV channels. There is no need to do any type of registration to use this app. 

6. Pikashow

Pikashow is also a popular mobile application where a user can watch the IPL 2021, this app has a very basic interface, and it is quite easy to use. The app offers huge content and they are providing free of cost.

It requires small space to download, the only demerit is that the application has some ads, which will disturb in the live streaming. 

Do You Really Need Noise Cancelling Headphones to Be Productive WFH?

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Work from Home or WFH, as it is now known, has become quite common for the people who use computers for their work after the coronavirus.

While the WFH has other benefits apart from social distancing and isolating to protect yourself from coronavirus, such as saving the commute time, unnecessary chit-chat, and office politics, many people are struggling to stay productive as they are not used to working in a home environment.

It has led many people to look for or noise-canceling headphones to work peacefully in a noisy environment. And for a lot of people, they can come convenient. But do you need them? That’s what we I want to talk about in this article.

The short answer is, No, but if you want to know how, read the article.

I have been working from home since I started blogging in 2007. So it’s almost a decade and a half. And I have struggled a lot while working from home and have learned a lot of things along the way to keep myself productive, inspired, and motivated.

How do Noise-Canceling Headphones work?

If this is one of very few articles you have read on noise cancellation, it is mandatory to explain how noise-canceling headphones work.

So the noise-canceling headphones also have got microphones that capture sound around you. If we have to represent the sound on a graph, it will be mountains and valleys.

A line would mean silence. And to achieve a line, noise-canceling headphones produce a sound with graphical representation precisely the opposite of what it is collecting from the surroundings.

So, there is a valley for every mountain, and for every valley, there is a mountain, which results in a straight line, meaning silence.

But to achieve that silence, the noise-canceling headphones first need sample sound, so if anything is repetitive, it is most likely to be canceled out. But if the sound is sudden, the noise-canceling headphones will not have enough time to create opposite sound waves.

So, even the best performing noise-canceling headphones, like the Sony WH1000XM4, or Sony WH1000XM4, won’t be able to give you complete silence if you are trying to work in a noisy environment, at your home in this case.

Because baby crying or kids shouting, or noisy neighbors do not produce noises consistently, hence, can’t be canceled out. Here is a video that does a better job at explaining how the noise-canceling headphones work.

White Noise vs Complete Silence

If you are not already aware of white noise, it’s the fan’s noise or the murmur of chatting passengers or winds blowing train rumbling. It’s all the noises that Noise Cancellation Headphones promise you to get rid of.

But since we were talking about being productive at work, I want to point you to this article that talks about how the white noises can help you be more productive.

Here is important information I want to quote from the article if you are not in a mood to feed yourself more info.

“A 2014 study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience found playing white noise helps memory and improves learning in distracting environments, which is why it may be effective in heightening productivity.”

Complete silence, on the other hand, is when you do not listen to anything at all. Although noise-canceling headphones do not promise you complete silence because they cannot cancel out every sound.

Listening to White Noise on Regular Headphones vs. Using Noise Cancelling Headphones

Now that we have talked about the White noise and the noise-canceling headphones, the picture is pretty clear.

If you already have got a good pair of headphones or earphones, you can use them to listen to white noise while working. You may have to increase or decrease the volume depending on your surroundings.

Web apps like Noisli or apps like Calm offer some great white noises to use. This works for me. Although I have a dedicated home studio where I am left alone to pour all my heart and soul into what I have to do, I also find myself in situations that are not in my control. And Noisli helps me a lot.

Before investing a hefty amount on a pair of Noise Cancelling headphones just because you read an article about how it is making someone more productive, try White Noises and see if it serves your purpose or not.

It’s the complete silence that works for a lot of people, and for a lot of others, it’s the opposite, so find out what type you are.

For many people, it could be the murmuring of the people in Cafes that helps in productivity, and I am one of them. It helps me feel I am not sitting alone and looking at a computer screen while everyone else is enjoying their life by hanging out in a cafe or something.

The noise-canceling technology in headphones is pretty impressive. The purpose is to get a quiet environment to be productive in work and give music listeners an immersive experience by removing all the external noises that can degrade the listening experience.

And they are also great when you don’t need those unnecessary sounds and want to relax. But I would still recommend going for the best ones out there.

How To Sign PDF?

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A document has been sent to you via email, and you’ll have to sign it and send it back. ‘You might print the memo out, sign it, and then copy to send it back in. It’ll take plenty of time, isn’t it? Here’s an easier, safer approach. 

We’re going to teach you how to add your signature to every PDF document easily, saving it as a regular PDF file that can be viewed anywhere. On Ios, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Chrome OS, Linux, whatever device you want, you can use it.

You can opt for Electronic signatures rather than physically signing the documents.

Electronic signatures make it simpler for representatives of record administration, workers of human resources, and executives in several sectors.

The technology encourages such employees with limited effort to obtain signatures from clients and staff and maintain key records and documents of hard copies of papers being typed, mailed, or scanned.

CocoSign: The Safest way to Esign your PDF

You’ll find several web signing services that work for you on the internet. Cocosign is best of all because it provides both a decent web interface and a Google Drive-integrated Browser app. It helps you to sign free while you are using the Free-trial. 

By drawing your signature or uploading an image, CocoSign’s simple web interface allows you to quickly upload and sign PDF documents. Y

ou will then directly contact someone with the signed contract or import the document or do whatever you want about it. 

CocoSign also fits well with Chromebook including an interface that integrates with Google Drive for signing and a chrome plugin that helps you to sign papers from Gmail.

For its excellent services, it has been used in 190+ countries across the world by more than 1 Billion users. 

How to E-sign a PDF using CocoSign?

CocoSign is the best esignature app for its user-friendly interface. All you need is to follow some simple steps to embed your signatures. These include;

1. Create an account

Go to the official site & signup for a free account. Use a valid Email I’d & a strong password. 

2. Create your signatures

The very step in signing any PDF is to create your signatures. But how can you create an e-signature?

It’s pretty simple to get started with a handy and sustainable app like CocoSign. There are many e-signature app solutions available that are user-friendly. 

For starters, the software packages administered by CocoSign and other organizations typically provide two basic methods: 

3. Drawing out your sign

You can use your cursor to draw your signature directly into the paper. 

4. Typing your signature:

You should type in your name, and use different formats to create a variety of signatures instantly.

Note that these signatures can be saved permanently for later use. 

5. Fill in the Textbox

When it comes to signing, CocoSign allows online signing of documents convenient. Fill in the full form with a textbox, checkmarks, and much more after logging into your account and downloading a PDF. 

6. Put Your Signatures

To put your online signature, click the “Sign” icon to upload a picture of your signature, then click Add Signature.

In the Signatures Panel, click Icon, and then click Choose Image to navigate to your signature image. You may use initials or type the signature or sketch it. 

7. Submit and Download

To put your signature in the signature area or anywhere else in the PDF, click on Submit. Then download your signed paper or share it. 

What is the Significance of E-signing the PDF?

E-signature technologies, though, have not become commonplace everywhere but the simple infrastructure is in place to accelerate creativity in even some of the most restrictive industry sectors. Keep on reading to discover what benefits do they bring;

Power savings

For the signature, you no longer have to wait for the boss to return from a vacation or meeting. Digital signatures mean that with paperwork and contracts signed off with a press of a button, organizations save on expense and time. 

In particular, where the person needed to sign is in a geographically distant region, there are considerable savings in cost and time. Almost immediately, from everywhere, papers can be signed off. 

Digital or electronic signatures will seamlessly guarantee this otherwise boring job is wrapped up in minutes, whether it be a smartphone, phone, or device. 

Savings on Prices

Many enterprises now see substantial cost savings, with little to no spending on ink, paper, printing, scanning, shipping/delivery, or travel costs. Such indirect expenses, such as filing, re-keying, archiving, or monitoring, are also saved.

Help in Accurate Legal Validity

Judicial inquiries depended heavily on handwriting recognition and the statements of the witness before digital signatures. The time, date, Source IP, and special authorized access key used at the time of signing are documented through digital signatures. 

Storage and Testing

Being filled with loose papers and manila folders is not unusual for a filing cabinet. You will keep all of your records organized and protected against explosions, flooding, and security risks in one place with electronic signature applications, a groundbreaking improvement for the HR world. 

Protect Essential Papers

The digital signature that stamps the document still holds a list of any modifications that have been made since sealing the document. In doing so, electronic signatures will avoid tampering with records and maintain a list of who last made modifications.

Workflow Efficiency

Electronic signatures ensure greater process performance and fewer delays. With less work and time involved, the handling and monitoring of records are made simpler. Most of those E-signature functions tend to speed up the job process. For eg, email alerts help inform the user to sign, help to understand at what point the paper is at when status monitoring.

Wrapping up

Compared to the advantages and ease of use, the costs involved with incorporating electronic signatures into operating systems are comparatively limited. Electronic signatures are suitable for both small and large companies with shorter contract processing times, decreased job flow time, and ease of use.

So next time when you receive a PDF (soft copy), you do not need to get it print to sign it physically. Simply go to CocoSign’s site & put your signatures on it by following the steps stated up. 

Chromebook slow? Here’s how to improve its performance

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I have been using Google Chrome books since 2015, and I recently got my third Google Chromebook, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It is a fantastic Chromebook in a Tablet form factor. You can read my full in depth review here.

Why is your Chromebook working slow?

Perhaps you got your Chromebook after reading and watching a lot of content about how fast it is, but you got your Chromebook, and it is not what you expected.

Generally speaking, I do not find my Lenovo Chromebook slow in fact, I compared it with my Samsung Chromebook Plus, and they are pretty much at par. Since the Samsung Chromebook Plus is three years older than Lenovo Chromebook Duet, I expected a little bump in the speed. It turns out there isn’t any significant difference between them.

Although a bit of tweak here and there will certainly make the difference and make your Chromebook feel run faster, below are some of my tips for improving your Chromebook experience.

Stick to default resolution.

Let me explain it with an example the native resolution on my Lenovo Chromebook Duet is 1980×1200, but the default resolution is 1080×675.

And if I keep the resolution of my Lenovo Chromebook at 1980X1200, it makes the size of everything just 58% compared to the hundred percent on the default resolution. 

And so I have also found that if you keep the resolution to maximum, the tablet PC use slower, and if you keep it default or close to default, for example, I keep it at 90%, which give me a little more screen real estate but it still feels faster to browse.

So it is a compromise you have to make between screen real estate and performance.

Use web versions of Android apps.

The latest generation from books are now capable of running Android apps. Why it sounds cool to have best the best of both worlds isn’t a great experience.

Chromebooks run Android in a container, which makes the whole system a little sluggish, and the experience is not what you will get using an Android OS based device.

But the good thing is that the web version of many Android apps is more feature-rich and smoother to use. And since it has a Desktop class Google Chrome browser, you can open the web version of these apps in Google Chrome and run much smoother.

Also, most of the time, you will find that the app you want to use is not optimized for the big screen, so it’s better to use the web version, which takes advantage of your big screen.

Instagram works better in Google chrome browser then the Instagram app on tablet PC. And I also find the YouTube website in Google Chrome more responsive than the YouTube app.

If you can, try disabling the Google Play Store feature from the settings area of Chromebook, It helped me speed up my Chromebook a tad bit.

Use your Chromebook in laptop mode.

It is another thing I discovered when you use Chromebook in laptop mode. It is faster than it is in tablet mode. If you have got a convertible Chromebook that converts into a tablet PC, try observing the difference.

So I usually use the tablet mode just for content consumption, such as watching a video or reading something, and the rest of the other things I do in laptop mode.

Enable these hidden features using ‘Flags’

Even as a non Chromebook user, you can unlock many features by going to the ‘Flags’ area of the Chrome browser. There are many features Google keeps experimenting with and brings them in future versions of Google Chrome, but you have the option to enable it to test it out.

And there are a lot of Chrome-OS-specific ‘Flags’ as well. I have found one which improves the Chromebook performance on slow Chromebooks.

Copy paste the following flag in the Google Chrome browser and then enable it.

chrome://flags/#scheduler-configuration


Here is a screenshot of all the flags I have enabled. And I have seen improvements in the performance of my Lenovo Chromebook Duet. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this useful guide. I’ll keep coming back and add more information as a Discover.

So you can also come back to see if there is anything you can apply to your Chromebook to make it run faster. You can also read other articles on the blog to make your Tech life easy.

How To Sign Documents Online?

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These days, corporations tend to simplify all of their corporate operations for reliable and productive mapping.

Organizations will become technologically innovative at the same time. Some companies prefer to adhere to the old standard signing form, which is wet ink signatures and paper when it applies to streamlining the signing process. 

The signing of the document continues to reduce the speed of the signing process as it relies solely on the involvement of the signatory and other procedures such as copying, scanning, emailing would accelerate the timetable. 

What’s an electronic signature?

An electronic signature is an encrypted version of a signature that signifies that an electronic document or documentation has been accepted. And the program that helps individuals to sign a contract electronically can be considered software for electronic signatures. 

Using a device, notebook, or mobile, you will upload a document and then email it to multiple users using the program. This way, without needing to go through the conventional protocol, they will sign it digitally. You can obtain and save signatures easily with eSignature software as well.

Are electronic signatures legal?

Yes. By every means, electronic signatures are Legitimately binding. 

The US implemented the ESIGN Act in the year 2000, making eSignatures valid for any simulated usage. Likewise, other areas around the world, such as the elDAS in Europe, have followed suit. Today, to conduct contracts on paper, businesses and entrepreneurs do not have to stay constrained.

What is the Best E-Signature Solution to use?

By using CocoSign, speed the work from contracts, bid letters, and account openings, to receipts. Submit contracts and get them signed with encryption electronically, no matter what computer you or the other party is using. 

With CocoSign, You can,

  1. Eradicate repeated physical operations and save excessively expended dollars; use their smooth products and outstanding characteristics instead. For Linux, Windows, and iOS, it offers software for three devices so that you can run from anywhere. 
  2. Get to know the state of your arrangement as to how far it has come in the process and automatically set reminders at each phase to receive updates. You may add common fields, such as date and signature, in your agreement, or build unique fields and save them.
  3. Sign documents online with CocoSign check it. Using CocoSign will optimize the whole procedure, and also save time by preserving documents that you often are using and reusing the receiver routing, custom fields, etc. used for these papers. 
  4. You can also link and integrate CocoSign with the platforms and applications you use since it supports various Salesforce, Google Apps, SAP, etc. CocoSign’s robust technology helps you to provide 99.99 percent accessibility, highly required for your work. 
  5. Also, you don’t have to worry about confidentiality, as CocoSign follows strict universal security requirements, including those of the EU and the US and it also utilizes efficient and sophisticated data encryption technology. 

CocoSign is compliant with regulatory authorities such as the UETA, the US ESIGN Act, and the EU elDAS. With the records, they also store and create detailed audit trails.

How to sign documents online with CocoSign?

Signing online for most online signature solutions is not only easy but also easy and automatic. You can do it in fast, simple measures. For example, by using the CocoSign signing platform, you can sign hundreds of documents in three stages. 

Let’s go through the process of applying signatures using CocoSign to your documents easily. 

Select a file

Go to the Sign Documents Web website for CocoSign. Here you get the option of downloading documents from Google Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive, and Box or selecting it from your local computer.

Adding Signatories

If you leave the box unchecked and signal that the declaration has several signatories, you will be led to another window where you’ll be asked to enter the email account and other signatories’ names. 

Signing

You would need to have a signature area in which the signature is supposed to be added before signing a contract. Instead of a drawn signature to the letter, you can also add text, names, dates, and email addresses. 

Download Signed Records

Downloading or exchanging the records with interested parties is the final step. The paper is sent to the email accounts given earlier with an introductory message for contracts with several singers. This text is optional, though.

What are the Benefits of Using E-Signatures?

Security

Certain things need to be addressed when a company chooses to move from paper to digital, as records contain sensitive information and need to be safely stored. Therefore, as you want to sign contracts electronically, authentication becomes an important feature. 

You get Cryptographic protection on the documents with CocoSign. With 100 percent encryption on the records, CocoSign promises you that they can not be interfered with by any possibility. 

Fast and Easy

One of the main features of online signed documents is that the process will be swift and that users will be able to sign easily at any time without any software limitations. The signature process will take a minimum of steps and should not take long.

Ease of usage

The solution’s user Interface is usually easy for everyone to simply use and sign papers. Even if CocoSign is new to a person, he or she will be able to use this on any computer. It takes only 60 seconds to sign any document & save or share it.   

Cost-effective

CocoSign is very cost-effective. This not only minimizes paper signing activities, but also minimizes the expense of writing, editing, and preserving records.

Don’t spend your money on commuting costs or purchasing more paper and ink. Plus, certain workers engaged in copying, printing, and distributing the papers will also be released to focus on other essential tasks.

Environment Friendly

In producing paper per year, tonnes of paper are used, which deteriorates the climate. To conserve trees and the climate, go paperless so that the next generation has a greener world than we do.

The Conclusion

It is still a safe thing for organizations to be paperless. Online signing of papers can enable companies to become more innovative and take control of the environment as well.

It also aids organizations in lowering expenses. However, compliance organizations should choose architecture technologies like CocoSign that provide the documents with the highest protection.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet Review | The Desktop Chrome Version Makes it Worth It

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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of a kind that’s really hard to find. (that actually rhymes). 

Chromebooks were introduced as a cheap option to get a computer device which could actually be used for doing work rather than just reading or watching videos.

After their popularity in countries like the US, they started to come in different price ranges and sizes. And on the other hand, Tablet PCs started to take on this segment by offering detachable keyboards and a PC like interface, like the iPad OS from Apple and Samsung DEX from, well, Samsung. 

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is actually trying to find a market which has previously been explored by Google with their Pixel Slate. Google already removed their focus from that and brought Pixelbook Go, which is more of a Laptop. ewx

But I know there is a market for a Tablet that is powered by Chrome OS, because I am hugely interested in it, and probably it is the reason the Lenovo Chromebook Duet was selling like Hotcakes in the US. It was out of stock almost everywhere in the mid 2020 because of its unprecedented sales. 

I finally got this device and wrote down everything good, bad and ugly about the device. So, make yourself some coffee because this is a long one. 

My Love for Chromebooks started in 2015

I have been using chromebooks since 2015. My first Chromebook was HP Chromebook 14. I remember many reviews had written it off and it was quite a flop in markets like India. 

Chromebooks work perfect for my workflow. I used to spend the majority of my time in Google Chrome Browser and had an old Windows powered machine which took a minute and a half just to boot up and then I would launch Google Chrome Browser and start using it.

After the HP Chromebook 14, I got my second Chromebook, the Samsung Chromebook Plus, in 2018,  although I already upgraded to MacBook Air by the end of 2015.

Samsung Chromebook Plus is an amazing Chromebook which also doubles up as a Tablet PC as you can fold the keyboard 360 degree, and since it is only 12.2 inch in size I was able to take it  to places where it wasn’t possible to take a 13 inch MacBook Air.

Watch the video review of Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Price and Availability

There are two variants of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet available.  one is 4GB ram 64GB internal storage and other is 4GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.

The price of Lenovo Chromebook Duet $290 in the US for the 128GB variant..  when it is on offer you can grab it for $230. The deal price for the base variant with 64GB of internal storage. You can find the rest of the specifications in the next section.

I live in India so I got it from amazon.in for Rs 28000, although $290 Is roughly converted into Rs 22300. It is a little more expensive than in the US, but that’s the case with all other electronic devices as well

If you live in the US or other countries, online stores like Amazon.com, Amazon.uk or Amazon.in. I put the link to the best deals for the Lenovo Chromebook Duet at the bottom of this article. 

What’s in the Box

You get the 10.1 inch Lenovo Chromebook Duet right on top when you open the box.  and in the other box you get the keyboard with trackpad along with the back cover for the tablet. 

The back cover also has got a small flap which helps you put the Chromebook on a table,  you can adjust it to get any angle you like.  and I like how it is independent of the keyboard so you can still use it to put it on a table even when the keyboard is not attached. 

The strong magnets in the back cover makes it easy to attach it to the tablet and  it is pretty strongly attached.  same with the keyboard as well.  the magnets make it pretty easy to snap on the keyboard to the Chromebook.

Along with that you get USB type C cable and charging adaptor.  and since the Chromebook tour does not have 3.5 mm audio jack Lenovo provides the USB type C to 3.5 mm audio jack adaptor in the box. 

And then there  is a booklet which you are probably never going to read.

What you will not find in the box is a Stylus, although Duet supports USI stylus. The S-pen in Samsung tablets or chromebooks is not USI Stylus.  in fact the only one I was able to find on Amazon is from HP and cost $70.

So if your workflow requires you to  use a pen,  you can go for  Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has S-pen in the box,  and also works better than the Lenovo Chromebook Duet when it comes to Tablet mode. Find more about the performance of Lenovo Chromebook Duet review.

Specs & Build quality of the Chromebook the back cover and the keyboard

10.1 inch Chromebook looks pretty sleek with only 7.3 mm thickness. It has got two colour accents at the back. The large part is grayish which has Chrome branding and the bluish part has got Lenovo written on it.

The back camera on the Chromebook Duet is 8 megapixel and the front  is 2 megapixel.  The cameras are just there for the sake of specifications otherwise they are not really useful. The front camera being useful on zoom calls for other types of video conferencing.

The volume rocker and the power / standby button is on the top right hand side of the Chromebook tablet and the bottom right area gets the USB type C slot.

The right hand side is empty with two speaker grills on the top along with the two microphones.  The bottom part has got the 5 point Pogo connectors to attach the keyboard.

I like the fact that it has  got a trackpad,  it’s a little small, has a width of five fingers and height of three fingers,  but appreciate that it attaches to at 10.1 inch Tablet that converts into a laptop. The  trackpad supports all the Chrome gestures,  like the two finger scroll, the three finger window preview.

The quality of the keyboard is nice and the magnets are strong so that you don’t have to make a lot of effort to attach it to the tab. It feels nice to press the keys and they have got a good amount of travel, more than what my I MacBook Pro 2019 keyboard has to offer.

The back cover of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet  is made up of a smooth fabric which is really nice to touch and looks pretty premium when it is attached to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. 

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is powered by MediaTek Helio P60T. Chipset was introduced in 2018 and has been used by many mid range smartphone makers.

It’s not a very high performing chipset but the good thing about Chromebooks is it doesn’t need a lot of power.  We will be talking about the performance of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet  in detail in the performance section of this article.

The Display 

The 10.1 inch screen is the highlight of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It is an IPS panel with 400-Nits of brightness, in the real world, I am comfortable able to look at the screen outdoors, in the afternoon, when I am enjoying the sun, and the low brightness could have been a deal breaker for me.

It is still not as bright as my Samsung Chromebook Plus, but considering the form factor, I have no complaints. Its competition, which are mainly Android tablets from other manufacturers, do not offer screen as bright as this.

The aspect ratio of the screen is 16:10, and the native resolution is 1920x 1200. The default resolution is set to 1080×675,  but I am comfortable keeping it at 1350×844, which displays everything at 80% but I also get a little extra screen real estate. 

I was initially sceptical about working for long hours on such a small screen but it isn’t really too small. You can also keep it closer to your eyes because of its small form factor.

Looking at the bezels, which are around 10 mm in thickness I think,  the future generations of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet has a potential to get  an even smaller footprint or perhaps they can also choose to increase the screen size a bit more. 

The Detachable Keyboard Performance

I am writing this article using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet’s keyboard. The Chromebook is on my lap as I am typing this. 

The keyboard keys definitely feel to have been placed tightly, so typing on it at full speed is a little challenge. But I like the feel of how the key presses, doesn’t feel cheap at all and it pretty much feels like typing on my Samsung Chromebook. 

A keyboard in a 10.1-inch form factor definitely feels smaller on paper, but when using it, I think it’s pretty comfortable to reply to emails or write quick documents. 

Having said that, it’s not a writer’s Chromebook, it’s a Duet ( a two in one Computer) and considering that, it serves the purpose well. 

The touchpad is fully functional, double tap on a text highlights it, two finger taps work as right click, and scrolling with fingers and pinch zoom also works as intended. 

You can still use it as a Tablet while the keyboard is connected. The tablet PC mode gets activated when you fold the keyboard outwards. The keyboard gets deactivated to prevent accidental pressing of keys.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Tablet PC

Anyone who is mainly looking for a tablet PC to run Android apps,  will be disappointed with the Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Tablet PC.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet isn’t a good tablet to use Android apps. The reason is because the Play Store is offered as an additional feature to the Chrome OS,  and uses some kind of container to run the apps which makes it run slower compared to the tablet PC that runs Android apps natively.

My tablet experience on Lenovo Chromebook Duet is not great and videos comparing this with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 lite, which falls in the similar price, have also notified that running Android apps is better on the tablet PC that is powered by Android.

Anybody who is looking for a Chromebook with a smaller form factor than the other laptop chromebooks available, then this is pretty much the only option available right now.

Chromebook has its own benefits and the number one reason for anyone to get a Chromebook is that it  runs the desktop version of Google Chrome which also supports extensions. 

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet in a tablet PC form factor service is the purpose of a Chromebook. Having said that, I don’t want to completely write it off as a Tablet. Because there are several use cases of a tablet which qualifies the Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Tablet

While Android apps may not run as smoothly as they do on tablet PCs powered by Android,  you can still use the Google Chrome browser to access the web version of those apps, which are usually more feature rich and make sense to be using inside a Chrome Browser on a screen as big as 10 inch

Majority of the Android apps are not optimised for bigger screens, and because of that, it’s pretty much a smartphone like experience of apps. 

One of many examples is watching videos on Netflix. The app limits its content to only SD on a lot of Tablets, including the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. But, when you open it in the Google Chrome browser, there is no such limitation and you can watch Ultra HD content if you are subscribed to the plan.

Same goes with YouTube where you get the 4K option to play videos inside the Google Chrome browser and the quality is restricted to full HD in the app.

In short, if you are looking for a device to consume content, or do casual browsing, then Tablets powered by Android would be suitable for you. But, if you mainly work inside Google Chrome, and want to have a small device to carry around and still enjoy consuming content and casual browsing from time to time then Lenovo Chromebook Duet is your best pick.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a Laptop

When detached with the keyboard the Lenovo Chromebook Duet goes into the tablet mode, the recent updates from Google has made chromebooks touch friendly with some changes in the UI.

And when you attach the keyboard, which is pretty effortless, thanks to the strong magnets, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet goes into the laptop mode by taking the windows out of full screen mode.

The fact that the keyboard and the trackpad on this detachable keyboard are so good, it doesn’t really feel like it is detachable.  Thanks to the flap on the back cover, you can put it on the table and adjust it to get your desired angle. 

Interestingly, I was able to use it on a lap as well,  although it is not as comfortable as a real laptop,  but you get used to it.  The best position to use the Lenovo Chromebook Duet as a laptop would be on the table where you will be able to type on the keyboard faster.

I also felt the Lenovo Chromebook Duet feels and runs faster when it is attached to the keyboard. The Problem has to do something with the tablet mode UI of Chrome,  I am assuming it will be improved overtime with updates, which you will get plenty of. The about page shows that the Lenovo Chromebook Duet will be getting updates till 2028,  which is  almost 8 years since at the time of writing this article.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet works great as a laptop especially because of the form factor, I can carry it in my smallest bag and the keyboard also doubles up as a cover that protects the screen, and doesn’t really add too much of thickness to it.

Here is a tip, if you want to write long  on the Lenovo Chromebook Duet.  instead of using the keyboard all the time you can use voice typing.

There are multiple ways to do voice typing on the Chromebook.  You can enable dictation from the ‘Accessibility settings,  and then use it for dictation. It’s pretty helpful for typing website addresses or filling up forms.

The second option is the voice typing option in the onscreen keyboard.  It was pretty nice to convert your voice into text. But, my most favourite way of voice typing is inside the Google docs

You can activate it by going to ‘Tools’ and then click on ‘Voice Typing’ or simply hit Control + Shift + S to activate it,  choose the language, and you are good to go. You can find more productivity tips by following the Productivity tag on our blog .

Battery Life 

When I took it out of the box and set it up, it was 80% charged. I worked on it the entire day, and drained the battery to 1% after 4+ hours of work on it before putting it on charge. 

4 hours usage is impressive considering I was using it with the Keyboard most of the time, which borrows power from the tablet PC since it doesn’t have its own batteries (which is a good thing since you won’t have to worry about keeping it charged to use it) 

Right now, Chromebook plugged into my smartphone’s 18 watt charger and it’s showing that it’s going to take around 4 and half hours to charge fully.

The battery life on Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a pretty amazing, especially the standby mode, after getting it fully charged in around 4.5 hours using the 18 watt charger of my smartphone, I kept it on standby mode the whole night when it was 91 % came back to it after almost 12 hours and the battery was 90%, which is pretty awesome.

Casual usage shows the battery would last 14 hours which is quite impressive. I used it for watching some YouTube videos, casual browsing, and more stuff for reviewing it, for 5 to 6 hours and called it night with 30% of battery left in it. 

Started another day at 29% battery and drained it to zero by again watching a few videos and writing a 1500 word article on it. 

If you just use it as a Tablet PC it is going to last longer like it showed it could last 14 hours when I was using it in tablet mode. If you use it along with the keyboard, the estimated time left shows between  5 to 6 hours. So a mix of both the scenarios I will give you between 8 to 9 hours.

It’s now plugged into a 30-Watt Type C Charger, and approx time to charge it up fully is 2 hours 10 minutes. Which means, if you have one of these chargers for travel, you are good to go. 

Google Perks

Google throws in a lot of Perks to make Google Chromebook more tempting. It has partnered with some third-party developers and under ‘Perks’ they offer new Chromebook users a lot of freebies or extended trial packs for subscription based services.

For example, you can get 3 months of YouTube Premium subscription for free.  There are several cloud-based video editing services, which are perfect for a machine like Chromebook, that offer extended trials of their paid services.

Android apps like the amazing video editor Kinemaster offers 3 months of their premium subscription to Google Chromebook users for free,  although I was not able to claim it since the offer is not available in my country.

Then there are other perks, such as storage from Google One, which Google has been promoting heavily and perhaps the reason why it stopped offering unlimited storage to Google Photos users.

Every eligible Google Chrome user gets 100GB of Google One storage for the next 365 days for no charge. 

My Final Thoughts

I have been using the Lenovo Chromebook Duet for the last few days and I was initially not impressed with the way the Android apps work on the tablet but since Android Tablets do not serve my purpose as I mainly want to use Google Chrome browser with extensions, and for creating something.

Like I said the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is the Chromebook in a small form factor and probably has no competition right now, even the expensive premium flagship tablet PC is powered by Android can’t do the things you will be able to do on a Chrome OS powered tablet. 

So, as a Chromebook, it is amazing to be able to use our full desktop Google Chrome browser on a small screen and the ability to carry it everywhere

If you have a similar workflow, you can go for the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and I am really looking forward to the next generation Lenovo Chromebook Duet it would also be interesting to see other manufacturers bringing Chrome OS based tablets which will only benefit the consumers here are the links to the best deals to buy the Lenovo Chromebook Duet on different websites.

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Getting started with YouTube Videos? This is for you

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Video marketing is an integral part of every brand’s content marketing strategy, which explains why there is a term called ‘video for sales.’ Consider using an alternative to Vidyard by Hippo to help you with your video marketing.

You can and should use video content to market just about everything. For example, if you are a web designer, consider making videos to explain specific concepts and ideas. Besides this, you can put out videos to answer questions and create an extensive video course with tutorials.

Today’s content creator does precisely this. They identify and stick to a niche and create useful content for their target audience. As they solidify their online presence, they increase their leads and conversions. If you want to put out content and build your brand, this article is for you.

What kinds of videos can you post?

If you are looking to put out videos full-time, you may want to get on YouTube since that is the hub for videos. However, you might wonder what to post. Consider using the following ideas to get started:

  • Tutorials
  • Unboxing videos
  • Event videos
  • News
  • Demo videos
  • Interviews
  • Live streams
  • Entertainment videos

What steps should you follow?

Now that you get the general idea about the kind of videos you can post, here are a few critical steps you must follow:

  • Figure out your niche and target audience before you create videos. You cannot create the content of value without having these two things in check. This step is vital because you need to know for whom you have to create videos. In other words, is there a demand for what you are offering? If not, you may not get very far.
  • Sign up on YouTube and watch the most popular videos and figure out what they have going for them. Then, try to emulate successful content creators and use their practices. Doing this will give you a good idea about what audiences what and what sends them away, making your content creation a lot more effective.
  • At this point, you should have your niche and target audience figured out. You may have a couple of ideas you want to pursue. Now research these topics. Putting out videos without any research can damage your credibility. The more research you put in, the richer your videos will be. After all, you need to put out videos that help people.
  • Invest in filming equipment. Unlike back in the day, you do not have to spend a fortune to create videos. Thanks to modern technology, you can create videos on the fly. Many content creators create full-fledged music and animated videos with their iPhones. Get an excellent phone or a DSLR camera. Also, get yourself a high-quality recording mic.
  • You need to have a script and storyboard in place. Want things to go according to plan? Then, you need to plan. You must plan just about every aspect of your shoot if you want to save time and money. Be sure to create a script and a storyboard that shows everybody their respective roles. This will ensure everyone is on time and minimize confusion. Besides this, you may want to book the shooting location well in advance to prevent logistical issues.
  • Shooting your videos in an abundance of natural light is essential to get the best footage. If you are shooting outdoors, be sure to go out during the day and pick the right time. However, if you are filming indoors, be sure to shoot by the window to get ample amounts of light. You may supplement it with a lighting kit if needed. You may buy or assemble a lighting kit.
  • Be sure to shoot multiple scenes to ensure you have a selection of scenes to choose from when you edit. You can use a free video editing software by Hippo Video or something a little more powerful like Adobe Premiere Pro to edit your footage. Be sure to organize your footage, trim it where necessary and name all your takes. Besides this, open separate tracks for the audio. You may align the audio with the video when you edit.
  • As far as effects go, sometimes less is more. It may be tempting to use a lot of fancy effects and transitions. However, you should use only those effects that suit the footage and stick to those.
  • After you finish editing, export the video in the highest possible quality and upload it to YouTube. Before that, set up your account with your brand name and a high-quality image with your brand logo.
  • In addition to that, you will have to include a short bio about your brand, telling visitors what you are about. Also, include your social media and website links in the bio. When you upload videos, be sure to optimize them for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Use keywords in the title and description. You should also include a Call-to-Action (CTA) and your social media links in the description.

Conclusion

With YouTube and other platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, so forth, you need to be consistent and patient. You also need to optimize your profile and content for SEO, as mentioned. You need to have a solid SEO strategy in place to drive a lot of traffic, increase your brand awareness, leads, and sales. Another subset of SEO is a healthy website that is easy to navigate.

YouTube app not working on Lenovo Chromebook Duet? Here is what you should do

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I have been using Samsung Chromebook Plus for the last 2 years and I recently switched to an even smaller Chromebook, which is in tablet form factor. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is actually a pretty nice tablet-sized Chromebook that also has support for Android apps.

To be honest, the experience of using Android apps on a Lenovo Chromebook Duet isn’t great so far but I am particularly having issues with the YouTube app. For some reason, it tells me that it is not connected to the internet despite all other apps working perfectly fine.

The solutions floating all over the internet are pretty basic ones and I’ve actually followed some of them which did not work at all.

So here is a workaround I am using

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet might be in a tablet PC form factor but the reason why a lot of people are going to pick this device is for the fact that it supports full desktop-class Google Chrome browser. So if you open YouTube or any other content streaming website it will not redirect you to their apps.

This means you can use YouTube in the Google Chrome Browser on your Lenovo Chromebook Duet or any other Chromebook if you are having similar issues with the Android app because just came to know that Android Apps do not run natively on Chrome OS they are in some kind of container and it will always behave weirdly E and experience won’t be like the one you can get on a tablet PC that is powered by Android OS.

I know that watching videos on YouTube in a browser is not as intuitive as it is on the app, but you will be surprised to know that the web version of YouTube offers actually more features than the app version of YouTube at least on Google Chromebooks.

The YouTube app only allows you to watch content in only full HD, even if the creator has uploaded the video in 4K. But if you open the same video on YouTube in Google Chrome Browser on your Chromebook, it will give you the option of 4K.

And you can actually make Chrome behave like an app on your Chromebook, when the YouTube website is open, click or tap on the three dots on the top right-hand side which will open a bunch of options in the Google Chrome browser, you need to tap or click on ‘More’ which will give you a bunch of options and one of them would be ‘Create Shortcut’

This will save the YouTube website along with its icon. And you also have the option to open it in a separate window, which won’t show you the address bar or other elements from the Google Chrome browser.

Consider it something like a mini-app that actually works, and gives you somewhat similar features that you get in the YouTube app. It comfortably sits between the YouTube app and the web version of YouTube so you get the best of both worlds.

In a similar manner if any app gives you any issue and if that app has a web version, you can apply this same technique to save it as a web app on your Chromebook.

You can click on the Chromebook tag to read more articles related to Chromebook or click on Lenovo Chromebook Duets tag to read the articles related to only this particular tablet.

7 Straightforward Ways to Check Your Kid’s Instagram

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Once your kid learns how to take a photo using their phone, the rest is all about exploring. After a few months, you discover that they are on Instagram posting all the things teens wish for.

How to control the postings is a nightmare if you can’t reach their account or phone. Since we are in the technology age, there are ways to get your kid’s Instagram activities remotely.

You will get the results elsewhere as your child gets busier without any alerts in our seven ways. They are also easy to use since the developers know it’s not fair to bore users with complicated procedures.

Part 1: Spyier – Instagram Checking Tool

One of the methods your child will never discover is Spyier on their phone. It’s an app with many features; all meant to fetch a phone’s data remotely. That also tells you that it will be a secret affair that only you and Spyier knows.

Millions of parents have already used it to tap their child’s phone and tablet activities. In the many features, that is where you get Instagram as one of the specifications.

There will be photos, videos, contact details, messages, and timestamps to give you a glimpse of the results. To get all that, you first need to fulfill a few requirements that take only a few minutes.

Spyier is an app that works on both Android and iOS devices. You can use it on Android 4.0 and above and iOS 7.0 or later without any rooting or jailbreaking. So, it’s a matter of following the issued steps to see the results in less than five minutes.

If your kid has an Android, Spyier needs you to install it once on the targeted phone. For iOS, there is no installation since the main website will be using the iCloud credentials. On both phone platforms, your child will never notice the app’s presence.

It uses the stealth mode to ensure the icon does not appear on the phone’s app’s display. With no phone alteration and no icon, your kid will think that their phone is the same. Furthermore, in Android, it occupies less than 2MB.

How to Check the Kid’s Instagram Using Spyier Solution

Step 1: Visit the Spyier website, choose your kid’s phone platform, and pay for a subscription plan. In the process, you will provide your email. Once the transaction is complete, you will see a confirmation page with your login details.

Click on Start Monitoring to proceed.

Step 2: In Android, use the setup wizard to install Spyier on your child’s phone. There will be a download link for the installation part. Ensure that you activate the stealth mode in the process and then finish the installation. Click On the ‘Start’ button to proceed.

Step 3: For iOS, choose the iOS icon and then proceed to provide the iCloud ID of the kid’s iPhone. After that, click on the Start button to proceed with the syncing and dashboard view.

Step 4: Now, when you re-access your account remotely, the dashboard will have all the Instagram details, among other things.

To access Instagram on Android, use the social apps link, and locate the dropdown’s Instagram link.

In iOS, use the installed apps feature to get the Insta icon. Click to retrieve all the information.

Part 2: Minspy – Instagram Checking Tool

You can also depend on Minspy to tell you precisely what your kid is doing on Instagram. It will use the online account you create during registration to dispose of all the information. The details will include messages, pictures, contacts, and timestamps.

It applies to both Android and iOS devices without any rooting or jailbreaking. It also has the stealth mode to hide and work in the background.

Part 3: Spyine – Instagram Checking Tool

Spyine also has the stealth mode for hiding purposes. In Android, you have to activate it during installation, and it occupies less than 2MB. For iOS, everything will happen online thanks to the iCloud ID usage.

Later, everything you need will have to be via the online account. If you want to spy on the account directly, you can use the keylogger feature to get the authentication details. It records all the keystrokes made on the phone.

Part 4: Check Kid’s Instagram Details with Spyic

Spyic is a renowned application that has also helped millions of parents worldwide. You don’t need any rooting or jailbreaking since it’s armed with cutting-edge technologies. In Instagram, it will show you all the details in real-time and remotely.

The setup process happens once on both Android and iOS devices. You will never touch the kid’s phone for the results if you need to check them out.

Part 5: Check Kid’s Instagram Details with Neatspy

Is your kid hiding the phone from you every time? Try using Neatspy on it and leave your kid to proceed with the hiding tricks. It will report everything happening on Instagram and other apps, too to your online account.

If your kid has an Android, all you need is a one-time installation on the targeted phone. For iOS, get the iCloud credentials and use them on the main website. Since it has a stealth mode, your child will never know what is going on.

Part 6: TeenSafe

Lastly, we have the TeenSafe application that is solely dedicated to kids monitoring expeditions. Therefore, it will not fail you if you need it to arrest all the Instagram media files and messages. You also get the results remotely here without alerting the kid.

Part 7: Check Kid’s Instagram Details with Cocospy

As a parent, you need a tried and tested the application to give you the ultimate results. Cocospy does precisely that, and it’s one of the earliest applications to help parents keep tabs on their kids. Everything you need to view is done remotely.

Conclusion

There you have the seven ways to check on that hidden Instagram at home. Proceed to try Spyier or any other on your child’s phone and then review the results. Later, you will have superb recommendations for your friends who have stubborn kids too.

How to Get a Google Fax Number

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The modes and ways of communication have evolved over time. Despite the enhancement of communication modes, there is a mode that has retained its importance despite technological advancement. Fax documents continue to be the safest, secure, and professional way to communicate. 

Now, what if the fax documents and Google combine to formulate one most dynamic and perfect mode to send out faxes? Just by getting a googlefax number, you can enable yourself the possibility of sending and receiving faxes in a totally remote manner. 

Merely by using Google to Fax, you can empower your personalized version of the most popular search engine to send and receive faxes for you. The ease of using Google Fax Number would totally negate the usage of old, dated fax machines.

What is Google Fax Number?

It would be wrong to associate Google with just being a search engine. Google is capable of and helpful in an array of objectives. From being a storage database of multiple document types to voice message sender, there’s nothing Google cannot do.

Now, with the rightful impetus provided by CocoFax, Google can also be an effective substitute for a fax machine. While fax machines have become totally redundant because of their maintenance cost, fax documents still continue to retain their popularity.

This is where a Google Fax Number could be an answer to your faxing dilemmas. You can fax in a totally remote manner without fretting over the high maintenance cost of the fax machines or parading around for papers, toners and ink.

Google Fax Numbers are being used by corporates and individuals who use faxes in a regular manner. While laptops, desktops, and even smartphones work on the digital platform, faxes work on an analog telephonic mode. CocoFax acts as a connecting point and transmitter of one message type into another.

How to Get a Google Fax Number?

Getting a Google Fax Number is one of the easiest things you are going to do. There would hardly be anyone who does not have a Gmail account, mail from Google. Anyone who communicates effectively will have a Gmail account by default.

If you have a Gmail account and an internet connection, all you need is a CocoFax subscription to get started with sending and receiving faxes. The best part is that you get a fax number totally free of cost.

You can totally mitigate the hassle of attaining a fax number as you get a Google Fax Number as a part and parcel of your CocoFax subscription. Your signing up makes you eligible to receive the same.

30 Day Free Trial

CocoFax offers not one, not two but a 30-day free trial. 30 days is a decent time to get used to the application and see how it functions. You can gauge your compatibility with the application and see the level of your convenience with it.  

If you do not feel like the application is well suited for you, you can cancel the subscription within this 30-day timeline. The application is getting recognized globally because of its great services. 

Fax For Free with Google Fax Number

Another added advantage of CocoFax is the number of free faxes offered in the most basic subscription. As compared to other alternatives, CocoFax just offers so much more. As opposed to other apps that exclude international faxes from free faxes they offer, CocoFax makes no exception.

Cost-Effectiveness

CocoFax is the most cost-effective method for national and international business communication. Even if you go by the charges levied by CocoFax for international faxes, the charges are comparatively lower than other online faxing services. 

Enables Remote Working

CocoFax enables remote working. This is because the platform is essentially virtual. You do not need to install or set up any physical fax machine. All your sending and receiving of faxes can be done in a totally remote set up.

This specifically assists businesses when they are sending and receiving faxes in a remote set up. In case of emergencies or employees working from home, the business should not suffer because of the lack of office infrastructural support. 

Sending Fax through Google Fax Number

To send faxes through Gmail, you just need to add @CocoFax.net to the end of a fax number you need to send a fax to. This will send the fax directly to the inserted fax number with the suffix. CocoFax will then act as a transmitting mode converting a digital message into an analog message. 

CocoFax also eases things out for you by letting you know that the fax has been delivered. There are also instances of non-delivery that occur on account of the fax machine being turned off or sheer manual error. Nevertheless, you would know even if the fax is not delivered.

Receiving Fax through Google Fax Number

It is also immensely easy to receive faxes through the Google Fax Number. Your Gmail account actually becomes your very little fax machine. Any fax you receive in the number will appear in your inbox as a notification.

Multiple Platforms

Google can be used on multiple platforms, and so is CocoFax. The versatility of CocoFax makes it even further more popular. The application has attained a clientele of its own because of its flexibility. 

The application has extreme flexibility of usage. There are so many platforms from which you can use Google Fax Number. Be it desktop, laptop, smartphones, or any other internet compatible device, the faxes can be sent out from anywhere. 

Conclusion

It is so easy getting a Google Fax Number, it might seem the most simplistic thing that you will ever do. The service offered by CocoFax is the best in the business. The application has set quality benchmarks for other online faxing applications to follow.

The application has the most amazing set up that offers extreme ease and convenience. You can fax from anywhere in the world without having any dependency upon any office fax machine. 

The process becomes as remote as you can imagine. So, stop the old and dated methods of faxing as online faxing service has brought an industry revolution and CocoFax is very much the leader!

 

How Much Does Final Cut Pro Cost? How to Use Final Cut Pro for Free?

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If you own a Mac OS-based computer, be it the MacBook Air, Pro, or the iMac desktop, Final Cut Pro X is hands down the best video editing software.

Part of the reason is because it is created by Apple itself and the way they have optimised the software is incredible. And I can see that from experience.

Why Final Cut Pro is the best Video Editor for Mac Users?

Before editing videos on my Early 2015 MacBook Air, I was editing videos on my Windows PC, and I was using Sony Vegas Pro 13, which made me hate the process of making videos.

But someone suggested me to use Final Cut Pro X. Since it was only available for Apple computers, I ended up downloading the trial version on my MacBook Air, which I bought only for writing articles and web browsing.

It was initially a little overwhelming, but I was amazed at how fast it would Export videos. And with time, I got better at editing videos in Final Cut Pro.

And the only reason Final Cut Pro was able to run on the Macbook Air is that Apple creates the Software and Hardware, and they have optimized it to the T, so I upgraded to MacBook Pro to speed up my workflow.

And, I thought maybe I’ll also try using Adobe Premiere Pro since I read a lot of good things about the software, and I have also briefly used it on my Windows computer.

But the difference between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro on my MacBook Pro 13 is Night and Day. And only reason Final Cut Pro is running so smoothly is again that Apple itself creates it.

Final Cut Pro X is optimized so well that my MacBook Pro 13 can play 5.3K videos from my Insta 360 One X so well, which is a Nightmare to work within any other software. (Although you have to export the videos in ProRes format using the Insta 360 Studio)

How Much Does Final Cut Pro X Cost?

Moving on to question how much does the Final Cut Pro X cost, it is not cheap. At a price tag of $299.99, it belongs to the premium category. Still, it comes from Apple, and if you already have got a machine that costs $1200+, and you take video editing seriously then, $300 and is the best investment to make on a video editing software.

Student Discount

Has been providing student discounts to all their hardware as well as software. And thankfully, The Final Cut Pro is a covered India student discount program.

In fact The Final Cut Pro X is bundled with a bunch of other paid apps (such as Logic Pro, Motion etc) that students can get for $199.99. Which is street $100 discount. You can Follow this URL for more details.

Pool Purchase

If you are not a student or the $199.99 price tag is still a little heavier for you, then here is a workaround feature from Apple.

Final Cut Pro comes under Apple’s family sharing feature, where up to 6 family members can use the app.

This depends on how much you trust other people to include them to share the app, but this can bring the price down even further. Although, Apple does not appreciate it to use it as a loophole.

How to use Final Cut Pro for free?

The exciting thing is, Apple provides a free trial for their paid apps. The same goes with Final Cut Pro x as well. They usually have a 30-day trial, but because we live in a world of coronavirus pandemic, where most people are struggling to keep up, Apple did their part and extended the trial period from 30 days to 90 days.

So 90 days is three months. You can use Final Cut Pro x for free for the next three months, which is more than enough to learn the software and create amazing videos.

The free trial period is also enough time to save money or earn money by doing client projects (if Final Cut Pro is part of your work).

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