3 Android Apps for Streaming to Chromecast

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At any given time, we love using our mobile devices for numerous purposes. Not only it is convenient but also it is a quick way of doing any stuff on your fingertips. Now same goes for looking at pictures or watching a movie clip too. Even though, you enjoy watching it on your phone but then there is another option of looking at these streams on a bigger screen. There are many options that will help you in doing so, for example using Google Chromecast you can stream small screen content to the big screen that will help connect your device to the TV set. Given here are three such Android apps for video streaming to Chromecast and make things easier for you.

Native App

Chromecast app is available for free that will help you stream to Chromecast. Previously, this app was employed to setup Wi-Fi connectivity and giving a name to your device. The latest update on this app helps in streaming media to a big screen. The app is used as a mirror for device screen that will go on to the TV set. This way you need not install any other third-party app.

Third -Party App

It is available free of cost. However, the premium version will cost you $4.99. This app comes handy at a time when your Chromecast app is not compatible for videos. It serves as an alternative app that will help you overcome any such trouble. AllCast is the oldest of Chromecast apps that has made it to Google Play. This app gets updated timely to help users get the latest version without hassle. You can share local content and even connect it to your drives on cloud including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Google + accounts. A free trial version too is available for you so that you can check if it is compatible on your device.

CloudCaster

CloudCaster is yet another app that is available for free but if you want to remove ads then this will cost you $3.72. It is sadly not available in the UK. This app enables you in gaining access to more of cloud services than any other apps. You will be able to gain access and connect to apps like Dump Truck, Sycarsync, Cubby, CloudMe, Bitcasa, OneDrive, Box, Copy and many more. You even have the option of rotating your video if it is not in the correct orientation.

Few Pointers:

Here are a few things that you need to keep in mind:

Chromecast device has limited support for file formats

There is no option to transcode any of the files that are not compatible

Ensure that the connectivity gets established via Wi-Fi

Whenever, you plan to use the video streaming service on your Android device,
consider the three apps mentioned above. These not only help you in streaming your video on a big screen but also customize the video as per your requirement. You get better control features using the apps that increase the pleasure of watching videos manifold.

 

Tips for Making Your Websites Load Faster

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The Internet has bought many changes to our society. The Internet, with all of its advantages and speed has made us much more impatient. We want information and we want it fast. Slow page loads are harmful to our online success since people will leave a slow page. There are several causes for slow page loads. Here are some tips for making your websites load faster.

Pay Attention To Image Weight

Heavy images is a main source of slow page loads. Those who take digital photos for printing want images with high resolution. Resolution refers to the amount of detail that an image has. The higher resolution of the image the more detail. To get good prints a photographer opts for high-resolution because it is necessary. High resolution is not needed for good screen images. While 600 Dots Per Inch or higher is the standard for print resolution; screen resolution of 72 DPI works fine. When we get digital images from a camera or from a stock image site we must pay attention to the resolution. Using heavy images will slow the loading of your page. The ideal weight of a web page at this point in time is 100 kb or less. If you are going to use several images on a page you must keep this in mind. Images used as the page background are not as crucial since they will be kept in the browser’s cache (not freshly loaded with each page). They should still be kept as small as possible. Many new designers are not aware of these things and end uploading a page with heavy images.

Make Proper Use Of CSS

In the recent past web pages were given their style by a lot of inline tags. Every paragraph and every table used tags to style font, font color, font size and so forth. This was the nature of web design before HTML 4. Pages designed this way had a lot of weight and were confusing to read. It is possible to create more efficient, lighter web pages since HTML 4 and Cascading Style Sheets came on the scene. Now all the style descriptors are kept in a “style sheet” which links to the HTML page. The styles containing elements (paragraphs, divisions and headers) link to their styles by the use of short descriptions called classes and ids. This cleans up an HTML page tremendously. Every paragraph does not need 20 to 70 characters to mark it for its style. The repetition and clutter diminish with use of the style sheet. It is also easier to change the styles of sections of your page since the change happens once on the style sheet and shows up throughout the website. Most WYSIWYG software has eliminated the use of HTML 3 and its huge markup. Make sure that you have switched over to the use of Cascading Style Sheets as this will decrease load times greatly.

Another important thing to keep in mind is to consolidate style sheets. It is not uncommon for a web page to have two or more style sheets. If you consolidate style sheets you can save load time. You can copy and paste all styles into one style sheet for a static web page. This will save some load time. Content Management Systems like Drupal have many style sheets. Drupal has a setting in the performance module which will combine the style sheets. This is not hard to do and will save load time in CMS site by consolidating style sheets.

Use Caching With Your Content Management System

A Content Management System is a Database Driven Website which creates pages in real-time rather than storing them. The database holds the page content and several templates form the structure of these pages. These sites are powerful since they can construct new pages based on user input and show pages based on user preferences. When a user clicks a link the page forms as the database spits out the content into the sections of the page that will display them. This makes for a slower page load time than with a static site. The database must work each time there is a page request and this slows down depending on the number of users who are browsing the same page. Caching is a tool that helps with this problem. Many CMS systems including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress allow for page caching. The Caching system stores a copy of the web pages recently accessed. For a certain amount of time new page calls will receive these saved copies. This speeds up the page load time a great deal. The down side is that a webmaster updating the site must clear the cache or he will see the older saved version. When members make posts they may not show up immediately due to caching. When the caching system starts over again the new features will show up.

Drupal 7 has its caching features listed at “admin/config/development/performance”. There are caching features available to work at various levels as suits your needs. WordPress requires a caching plugin such as WP Super Cache. These plugins are very advanced and work very well. It will pay to look into and configure these caching features. For sites which contribute something very popular it will be crucial. Caching is crucial should your site wind up on the front page of Digg or Slashdot. This fame will generate so many hits that your site will go down without effective caching; the database will not keep up with the demand.

These tips will help you speed up the loading time of your website. Keep your eyes on the horizon because there are newer methods coming out all the time.

By Greg Nicholl – Certified Web Designer

Web design is a complex process involving many important steps. Online and desktop wizards help you make a nice looking site without taking care of the important hidden factors. The hidden features add all the power to your site. The hidden factors, which are unknown to most beginners, help you get more traffic to your site and more customers. Imagine the frustration of learning how to make a website and finding that it wasn’t reaching its goal of getting customers. Since your site is such an important part of your business you should have a professional help you make a good start.

 

8 Helpful Tips for Setting Up Your New Computer

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Buying a new computer is one of life’s pleasures but the excitement can quickly change to frustration when you try to transfer everything from one PC to another. Here are some tips on getting set up, that can help you avoid pulling out your hair.

1. Transfer your important data to a flash drive or get an external hard drive. Do this as soon as you know you are going to replace your old PC. This will give you a backup source for all the info you need.

2. Use special cables for PC to PC data transfer to make things easier for you. However, you can get by with an external storage device. You also can turn the old hard drive into an external hard drive for your new computer. Check online or at local computer stores for an external hard drive enclosure that lets you use an internal hard drive as an external drive.

3. If your old hard drive is fried, do not throw it away yet. Contact a local computer shop and see if they can retrieve important data that you need.

4. If you use a fax machine or telephone software you probably need to buy an external USB modem. Many new computers do not have phone modems because high-speed broadband rules nowadays. These modems are not expensive but make sure that your software will work with the modem you buy.

5. Most new PCs only come with trial versions of office programs and you will have to buy new or reinstall your old programs. Gather up all your software product key info that you plan to transfer to the new PC. Place all this info into a text document and put it on the desktop of your new computer for easy access.

6. Transfer your browser bookmarks or favorites. Check the help section of your new browser and search for “import bookmarks”. It will show you exactly what you need to do.

7. Before you go online, check to see that your antivirus software is working. If you have a paid version (from the old PC) you may want to transfer it right away, as your PC probably only has trial version antivirus software. This will save you the trouble of making the changeover in 30 days.

8. If your old speaker system (desktop models) will not work, you can buy an inexpensive set of USB speakers just about everywhere these days. This is usually easier than wasting a lot of time, trying to get the old system to work.

Follow all the instructions that come with your computer and it should not take long to have your new computer running. Remember to protect the data on your new unit by backing it up on a regular basis. The new operating system may take some time to get used to, but it is not as difficult as many online reviewers claim. In time, you may adjust to all the quirks. In fact, you might find that it has some handy features that you like.