Activating Hey Cortana! in Windows 10

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Cortana Windows 10

Cortana Windows 10

During an event held last January, Microsoft has demonstrated and announced a brand new list of features that are set to be included in their Windows 10 operating system. One of the main highlights was the addition of Cortana. For those who are not familiar, Cortana is Windows’ voice-activated personal assistant. Cortana is similar to Siri, except it’s only for Windows users. Cortana can be used to get weather updates, set reminders, look for files, send email, and search the web. It can even crack a joke or two.

The version of Cortana in Windows 10 isn’t final yet, and neither is Windows 10. This means that Microsoft is still perfecting it, and including new features. You will still be able to talk to Cortana and ask her some questions, like “Hey Cortana, what’s up?” and she will respond. But when it comes to productive activities, such as having it set alarms or modify computer settings, there’s still so much work to do. You can still get Cortana to do some cool things, like asking her what the weather is like in a certain countries.

Hey Cortana

Hey Cortana

Cortana will also look for files for you, which can be helpful if you’re trying to find a document. But she won’t open anything up at the moment. Cortana will also bring you sports scores, perform calculations, track down flights, and more basic tasks. So this version has some good potential, and everyone is hoping that it actually does become a feature that many Windows users will end up utilizing, simply because it’s great when your desktop computer ends up following your commands.

 

To open up ‘Hey Cortana’, click on the search box found inside the Taskbar. Once the Cortana window opens up, click on the top-left corner and choose Settings from the menu. The fourth option found in the list of Settings will allow Cortana to answer once you call it using your voice – Just slide the switch to ‘On’.

Cortana Windows10

Cortana Windows10

Now, you will be able to use your computer normally, and every time you want Cortana to start performing a task, start by saying ‘Hey Cortana’, then followed by the command that you want. You need to continue with your command right away after activating it, instead of having to wait for Cortana to finish loading, and indicate that it’s listening.

If you don’t want to use your voice and prefer typing with your keyboard instead, you can open Cortana in two ways: in + Q = Cortana’s main screen with news and interests, and Win + S = Which directs you straight into Cortana’s search engine.

Familiarizing Yourself with Galaxy S6’s Edge’s People Edge Feature

Galaxy S6 Edge

Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung unveiled two of its new smartphones in Barcelona last month – The Samsung Galaxy S6, and its twin, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy S6 had everything you could expect from a Samsung phone. It introduces new design on the hardware side, as well as top-of-the-line specs on the inside. Then, you have the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung has included some new features inside the S6 Edge, and one of the best ones is the People Edge. By using the People Edge, users will be able to see who’s calling them without having to turn over the phone, if the phone happens to be facing downwards on the table.

People Edge lets you choose up to five people into your contacts, and assign a certain color to each person. This will cause the phone to light up in a different color for each of these people. This makes it easier for you to check who’s calling you, and whether you want to accept this call, or not.

People Edge

People Edge

The People Edge lets you keep your contacts handy on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here’s how to use this cool feature:

When you receive your own Galaxy S6 Edge, the People Edge is obviously still empty. You will need to fill it up with contacts before you begin. Open the People Edge by swiping on the small transparent tab found on the top right of the screen edge. Click on any of the five empty color circles to place a new contact in that space. Repeat until all five slots have been filled.

 

Click on the gear icon located above the circles to open up Settings. This is where you can reassign the order of your contacts. You will be able to change your contact’s assign the color in the Contacts app. If you want to remove a contact, click and hold their circle and swipe to the delete button found on top of the screen. Once your contacts have been assigned, you will either see their picture (if you have one assigned to the contact), or a color circle that contains the first letter of their name. Click on the photos to send an email, a text message, or call them from the choices that appear. Swipe the screen in the opposite direction to close People Edge.

People Edge Color

People Edge Color

If you happen to miss a text message or a phone call from one of your five contacts, you will find a small color tab on the side of the screen that corresponds to the person. Just swipe the tab to check what you have missed.

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Creating a Facebook Scrapbook for Your Kids

Facebook Scrapbook

Facebook Scrapbook

If you like sharing photos of your children on Facebook, then you might enjoy Facebook’s new Scrapbook feature that gathers the photos that you have of your children, and stores them in one place. Scrapbooks also make it easy for you to share your children’s photos with your partner’s Facebook friends.

Facebook’s Scrapbook feature also allows you to make a photo tag for your kids, even if they don’t have a Facebook account, and then make an album of your images in which your child is tagged. The smaller and younger a child is, the more likely is his or her parent prone to sharing their pictures on Facebook. This starts with the parent uploading a whole barrage of newborn baby photos, then followed eventually by the little milestones that the baby manages to achieve in the next few years. And because your child isn’t allowed to make his own Facebook account until he or she reaches the age of 13, Scrapbook allows you to tag your child’s pictures before he even thinks about having his own Facebook page.

Create Scrapbooks

Create Scrapbooks

If you’re not okay with giving Facebook your child’s full name, you can just use a nickname, their initials, or basically just anything. Afterwards, you need to select how you and the child are related. You have four choices: Son, Daughter, Child (gender-neutral), or Pet.

To build a scrapbook, you need to add your child as a family member in your Facebook profile. After doing so, go to your profile and click ‘About’ below the cover photo. Go to ‘Family and Relationship’. Add your child’s name to Scrapbook. Then, click on ‘Get Started’. You can choose if you want to add your partner, and then click on ‘Create Scrapbook’.

You can also delete a tag of your child from an image. If you delete the tag from a photo, then this photo will also be taken off the child’s scrapbook. People in this group will only see photos that you share with a group. If you tag your kids in a photo that has been shared in a group, this photo will not be included in the scrapbook.

Facebook Scrapbook Tag

Facebook Scrapbook Tag

You can also remove your child’s scrapbook, which will get rid of your child’s tag from any image. Deleting the scrapbook itself will not remove the photos that were included in the scrapbook. A photo needs to be removed by the person who shared it.

Scanning Old Photos Using a Smartphone

Shoebox

Shoebox

Shoeboxes containing old pictures may hold your family’s memories and personal history, but they’re hard to organize, share, preserve, and make backups of. Whether you want to lessen the amount of mess, let other people in your good memories over the Internet, here are the two ways to digitize your collection of print photos.

For the best quality possible, use a scanner. To convert your pictures, you will first need a scanner. Scanners have plenty of various shapes and sizes. But all of them work similarly – Like a copying machine.

Scan many photos in one go with the help of standard-sized scanner, allowing you to scan four 4×6 pictures all at once, and crop them later on. Choose a resolution of at least 300dpi, and if you want to order enlargements, at least 600dpi. Always take advantage of editing choices. A lot of scanning software lets you adjust the color or brightness, crop, and get rid of the red eye. When it comes to the scanned pictures, this is typically the same JPEG format utilized by a digicam. Afterwards, you are free to do whatever you want with your file: Send it in an email, print copies of it, and even turn it into your desktop background.

Scannerpic

Scannerpic

Using a free app, and a smartphone that has a megapixel camera (like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6), you can easily scan your old pictures, put them in an archive, and share the memories with your friends on the Web.

Step 1: Install Shoebox App

First, you need to install and download Shoebox from Ancestory.com. This is a free app for the Android and iPhone. Once you have made an account, you can start scanning your pictures. But before you get started, here are some tips for readying your assembly line:

Step 2: Clean Your Pictures

Remove dust from your pictures using a microfiber cloth, or use cleaning solutions that can help you with dealing dirty prints. Look for an area that has plenty of natural light and few surrounding details. Keep your phone’s camera spotless using a soft fabric or cotton swab.

Step 3: Open Shoebox and Start Scan through Your Phone

Shoebox Ancestory

Shoebox Ancestory

Now, you will be able to scan your pictures with your phone. Open up the Shoebox app and click on the green camera button. Then, with the photo lying down, place your phone in a way that it is parallel to the picture. Tap to focus, and then click on the shutter button.

Step 4: Crop Pictures and Provide Description

Next, crop the picture by dragging the crop lines. Include some additional info, such as the identity of the people in the picture, the year it was taken, and a short description. Lastly, upload the picture to your account. All of the scanned pictures will appear in your camera roll, and will be available online through your Ancestory.com media gallery.

Using Office Lens for Your iOS Device

Office Lens Windows

Office Lens Windows

A week ago, Microsoft revealed the latest version of Office Lens, a free app that scans your mobile, which was previously only limited to Windows Phones. Now, it’s available for iOS and a preview has also been made for Android users who want to beta-test it.

Office Lens can recognize printed text, so this means that you will be able to search using keywords in OneNote or OneDrive. It can also automatically change paper document directly to Office documents, such as presentations from PowerPoint and Word files. It also accepts images. Your phone will now also be able to add data and scan business cards.

The concept behind Office Lens would be to transform your tablet or smartphone into an efficient and quick scanner that can deposit business cards, documents, sticky notes, receipts, whiteboards, and other kinds of real-world objects inside your OneNote account (or other types of destinations). This is how the iOS version works:

Office Lens Image Types

Office Lens Image Types

The first step is to install Office Lens into your phone or tablet. Run the app, then allow it to access your camera. The default view in the app is a camera viewfinder. Pick one of the available image types: Document, Photo, and Whiteboard. Point the camera at whichever you want to take a picture of.

If you chose Whiteboard or Document, you will notice that the app will try to automatically frame the image as you move it around. After the frame has covered the area that you want, click on the shutter button. Once the image is done being processed, Office Lens will show you a preview. If you want to crop the image, click on the Crop icon located on the upper-right corner. If you’re finished cropping, and are ready to save the picture, click on ‘Done’.

 

Onenote

Onenote

The last step is to select the destination for your new picture. If you’re placing it in OneNote, you still need to sign into your account (this is a one-time step). Then you can now provide the image with a title, and select the notebook in which to place the image. Office Lens can also be exported to your OneDrive account, PowerPoint, or Word (it doesn’t matter if you have these apps on your device). Other export options include email, PDF, and your photo library.

To go back to the built-in iOS camera, go to Settings > OneNote > Camera Setting, and switch off Use Office Lens.

Adding More Space into Your iOS Devices

iPad Storage

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Three Methods to Activate Tethering

Tethering

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All About Microsoft Spartan Browser

MS Spartan

Windows 10 just released the Build 10049 of their Pro Technical Preview. And alongside it comes a brand new, faster browser from Microsoft – The Project Spartan. Microsoft has also released a preview of Project Spartan, the company’s new browser, that will be replacing Internet Explorer when Windows 10 arrives this year.   Project Spartan […]

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Disabling Protected View in Microsoft Office

Trust Center

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How to Activate Guided Access for Your iPhones & iPads

iPad Guided Access

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Inserting a Navigation Button in Your HTC One M9

HTC One M9

HTC’s new One M9 isn’t really that different as compared to past versions, but it does contain some new software upgrades. One of these upgrades is the ability to modify the order, or even subtract and add from the phone’s navigation buttons. These navigation buttons are the Recent, Home, and Back buttons found in the […]

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Backing up Files in Mac’s Time Machine

Time Machine

It is always essential to back up the files in your computer. For example, Windows contains some integrated backup tools, Ubuntu has its Deja Dup, and Mac OS X uses Time Machine. Time Machine has the ability to back up every file on your Mac, from personal files, to system files. Time Machine is a built-in […]

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How to Connect Your Bluetooth Device to Amazon’s Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV

A week ago, Amazon has unveiled some of its newest updates for their Fire TV Stick and Fire TV streaming devices. This will include a hotel-friendly sign-in for the former, and a Bluetooth device for the latter. Having a Bluetooth means that you will now be able to enjoy some personal listening moments together with […]

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