Day: January 24, 2018

Tips & Tricks: Android Camera Flash

I have always kept my Android phone’s flash to “Always on” mode thinking more light leads to better pictures, boy was I wrong. The story is actually opposite. The flash is there to help you take pictures in areas where there is no or less light, it is not a replacement for natural light or even room light.

Taking pictures with the flash leads to awkward light patches in the picture and shadow disbalance. You should only use flash where there is less light and you are sure turning on flash will help get a better photo. Simply put, treat flash as the last resort; not an enhancer.

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Tech Terms: Chromebook

Chromebook is a category of notebook computers and mobile devices that runs Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS operating system. While they lack the processing power and higher-end features of standard laptops, Chromebooks are built primarily for Web surfing and are optimized for this purpose with the Google Chrome web browser as well as near instant-on and instant-resume capabilities.

These are fast computing devices that rely on the Google Chrome browser, with most applications and data that users will access, residing in the cloud, like Google Docs and Google Drive, rather than storage and applications that reside on the physical machine.

Updates and Protection
The two main selling points of a Chromebook are built in security and automatic updates. Chromebooks come with the tools to defend against viruses, malware and other known security issues.

A Chromebook is also designed to automatically update when connected to the Internet, removing the need to manually download and install patches, new versions, security updates and so on.

Chromebooks and Android Apps
Today, Chromebooks have improved processing power that supports Intel Core processors and HD 1080p displays. Newer Chromebooks, like the Google Pixelbook or Asus Chromebook Flip offer touchscreens, USB ports and can run Android apps natively in addition to having an improved Chrome OS experience. Some Chromebook manufacturers also offer incentives including speakers and 100-GB Google Drive space for free.

The First Chromebook
The first retail Chromebooks (2011) were produced by Samsung and Acer and feature both Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities, Intel Atom processors, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSDs for storage, and either 11.6-inch (Acer) or 12.1-inch 1280×800 (Samsung) screen.
Note that users looking for a Windows 10 and Microsoft app experience, such as OneDrive and Office 365 can choose a product called a CloudBook.

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