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The Latest Trend: Foldable Phones

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Picture this. A solar-powered phone that turns into a tablet, a watch, and a media player. How cool is that? This flexible phone shows all the possibilities of nanotechnologies. Unfortunately, this particular phone is pretty much just a concept called Morph.

The Morph concept came about after the Nokia Research Center and the Nanoscience Centre of University of Cambridge conducted a joint study on the future trends of smartphones. From that particular study, the Nokia Morph was conceptualized. The year was 2008.

Believe it or not, it was in 2008. The animation featured a ridiculously thin slab of glass that, after you were done sending messages and taking calls, could tri-fold down into a small surface and then fold around your wrist — like a slap bracelet — and essentially transform into a smartwatch.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

At that time when the Nokia Morph was presented, it seemed pretty impossible that it would move on from being a mere concept to reality. After all, the year was 2008 when smartphones were just booming in the mobile market. Smartphone technology was definitely not as advanced as the futuristic Nokia Morph concept phone.

Nokia’s research team produced the most imaginative response to the iPhone with the Nokia “Morph.” Of course, the technologies to bring the Morph to life were not nearly advanced enough in 2008.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

A lot has changed since the Nokia Morph concept phone was launched more than a decade ago. With the latest advancements in nanotechnologies, the Nokia Morph concept phone is slowly seeing the light of day.

The Morph was mostly science fiction, but the tech industry knows the power of science fiction to inspire real-life products. The foldable OLED displays on phones that we’re about to see in the coming weeks and months are an important step forward on that journey.

Foldables have already slipped into pole position as the next big thing in mobile, despite the fact that most of you probably aren’t sure why you’d want one at the moment.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/news/if-this-is-the-future-of-foldable-phones-count-me-in/ )

Apparently, 2019 is the year of the foldables. But don’t get too excited about it. At least, not just yet. Although the major smartphone brands are competing to tease the market with their latest design, the foldable technology still has a long way to go.

The reality is that the foldable phones you’re going to see in 2019 are mostly teasers. You won’t have much trouble thinking of reasons why you wouldn’t want the foldable devices that are about to dominate the headlines. They’re going to be twice as thick as today’s phones when folded, and too big to fit in most pockets when unfolded. With all that extra screen to power, they’re going to be battery hogs. There will also be very few apps and software experiences optimized to take advantage of their possibilities.

The most interesting thing about

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Five Steps to Address Cloud Security Challenges

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IT and security teams must work together to ensure a company’s entire infrastructure is protected, regardless if workloads are run on-premises or in the cloud.

from Network Computing https://www.networkcomputing.com/network-security/five-steps-address-cloud-security-challenges…

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Siri Shortcuts To Level Up Your iPhone And iPad

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Here’s a trivia for you. Do you know the name of the actor who provided the voice for Siri? Well, her name is Susan Bennet. Yes, she’s actually a real person. According to her, she recorded Siri voices in 2005. At that time, she had no idea where those recordings were going to end up.

Fast forward today, you now have the famous Siri in your iPhone and iPad. Surely, you use Siri a lot. That’s good. Now, are you aware of the Siri Shortcuts?

The Siri Shortcuts app was introduced in June, but a lot of people don’t even know what it is.

That’s too bad, because Siri Shortcuts is the best way to use Siri to control apps. You might ask Siri to open CNBC and begin playing live TV, for example.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Thanks to Siri shortcuts, it’s now easier for you to take on the variety of tasks on your iPhone and iPad. Siri is now more than just a voice that provides information. With the shortcuts, Siri can actually perform the tasks for you. Interestingly enough, there’s no need to even talk to Siri. With just a simple tap, Siri Shortcuts can get the task done for you.

If you have an iPhone, you probably know the basics of what Siri can do. But Siri Shortcuts super charges it by letting you control third-party apps with just your voice. You don’t even have to touch your iPhone in most instances.

You might ask Siri to start navigating to work with Waze instead of Apple Maps or ask your HomePod to play a Pandora station (yes, you can do that!). You can even ask Siri to snap a selfie, which is useful if you’re trying to fit a bunch of people together in a photo and your iPhone is across the room.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? With Siri Shortcuts, you really have an assistant who does everything for you. In a way, you don’t have to spend so time navigating your phone since Siri Shortcuts automates it to do certain tasks. However, Siri Shortcuts only recommends the apps that you normally use.

A word of warning: Siri is always learning, so the shortcuts it recommends can largely be based on whether you’ve used an app already or not.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/siri-tips-and-tricks-for-iphone.html)

So if you want Siri Shortcuts to launch and automate a particular app, you would have to play around with that app  first. In case you want to listen to some music on Pandora, you would have to open Pandora first before Siri Shortcuts can launch it.

You can ask Siri to play music from Pandora, even on a HomePod. That means you don’t have to worry about AirPlay or subscribing to Apple Music just to listen to tunes on Apple’s smart speaker. You do this using Siri Shortcuts in

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Disk to VHD – Convert Physical Disk to VHD

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How to convert a physical disk to virtual VHD without losing data? Do you know how to convert VHD to physical disk? You can find detailed method to do the conversion between physical disk and VHD.

Disk to VHD

You must have heard much
about virtualization. Virtual machines gain great popularity these days, which
should owe to their ability to make managing computer instances so easy and
convenient. With features like inherent portability and snapshot, users prefer
virtual machines when it comes to testing and speed of scale.

If you’ve tried virtual
machines, you might have learned virtual machine or virtual disk is not in one
unified format. The most commonly used virtual disk types are VHD/VHDX, VMDK,
VDI, etc. Have you ever wanted to convert disk formats such as convert VHD to
physical, convert physical disk to virtual, convert disk between VHD and VMDK,
etc. In fact, it is easy to do disk converting among physical disk, VHD, VMDK
and VDI, for example, convert physical VHD or VHD to physical. If you are look
for a how-to guide to convert disk, then continue reading this article.

Physical to virtual converter

In this section you can find
two physical to virtual converters which can help you convert physical hard
drive to virtual disk. The converting process will be discussed in next section.

Disk2vhd, provided by Microsoft,
is able to create VHD versions of physical disk for use in Microsoft Virtual OC
or Microsoft Hyper-V. It makes use of Windows volume Snapshot feature and created
consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes to be converted.

DiskGenius is an all-featured
tool for data recovery, disk partition, data backup and disk utilities. It provides
excellent support for VHD, VMDK and VDI virtual disk. With this tool, you can
create or load virtual disk, recover data from virtual disk, manage space on
virtual disk, convert virtual disk format, convert virtual disk to physical or convert physical to
virtual disk
.

How to convert physical disk to VHD?

In this part, we are going to
use DiskGenius to convert a physical disk to VHD. DiskGenius can do a
sector-level copy of disk during converting if necessary for example converting
encrypted volume, so that the converted virtual disk can be identical to
original drive

Step
1
: Install
and launch DiskGenius from your computer. Then create a VHD disk with this
software: click Disk Menu and choose
Create New Virtual Disk File and Create Virtual PC Virtual Disk File. Then
you can name the VHD file and set a location to store it on your computer.

Step 2: Once the VHD is created, you can view it in DiskGenius. This newly created disk does not have any partition, and you need to partition it: select the VHD disk and click Quick Partition button from toolbar.

Step
3
: Clone
physical disk to VHD.

In DiskGenius, click …

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Why Digital Decluttering Can Do Wonders For Your Devices

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Digital decluttering is important. It’s as important as decluttering your physical space. Holding on to all those unused apps, nonsense emails, redundant photos, useless files will just slow down your devices. At some point, digital decluttering is what you have to do to save your devices like smartphone, computer, and tablet.

The first thing you want to do, is delete anything you don’t need on your phone. Like the 10 pictures you got of the same image, delete the extras. Or the applications you never use, get rid of those. It is the same with your computer, but with this, there may be programs you are unaware of that take up space like a temporary start-up program. On a Windows computer, you can run a disk clean-up to get rid of files that are no longer of any use. It’s always good to have some sort of an external hard drive or pay for a subscription to a cloud storage service.

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

You probably have a thousand and one photos in the gallery of your smartphone and those are just the ones you took with your camera. You haven’t even counted the Viber images and videos. Add to that the many downloads and screenshots you never bother to trash. Now, that’s a lot of stuff in your smartphone.

The same thing with your computer. You probably have a million files in it. That’s why it’s time for some serious digital decluttering.

“There are like I-cloud, for example with iPhones, Google Drive has a bunch of popular services that allow you to save that stuff directly onto the internet essentially, which is good because it’s cheaper to go about having it stored online most of the time it’s like a monthly subscription rather than the part itself.”

(Via: https://whotv.com/2019/02/25/digital-decluttering-to-speed-up-your-devices/)

Online backup is not bad at all. It’s actually very convenient. The best thing about it is that it’s very easy to access files. Since all your files are backed up online, you can access your files from any computer or smartphone. All you need is a secure internet to access all your files.

You can choose a backup service that automatically transfers all your files online. You won’t even have to think about it because once your computer or smartphone is connected to the internet, your files are automatically transmitted. The thing you need to remember about some online backup services is that it does not really declutter your computer or smartphone. Basically, it just backs up everything on your computer or smartphone. It doesn’t really clean it up. You would have to keep all your files on your computer for them to be backed up online.

That’s the advantage of using external hard drives. Once you’ve backed up your files to an external hard drive, you can start decluttering your computer and smartphone. You can delete as …

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