7 Things Google Knows About You

1. Google know what you search:

They keep track of everything you search. They used this in their Adwords program.

2. Google Knows What Videos You Watch:

They use this information to recommend you videos on YouTube.

3. Google knows every webpage you visit:

If you use Google Chrome internet browser, every page you view in that browser can be shared with Google. Google has confirmed that they do not use this information to display ads on your computer.

4. Google may know when you’re going to be sick:

If you search for illnesses using Google search, it is being recorded by Google. For example, if you search up keywords relating to how to cure a flu illness, Google keeps track of that. It is rumored they use that information to keep track of where illnesses start and where they are spreading to, and they can estimate when a virus will reach a certain area.  Continue reading 7 Things Google Knows About You

Upcoming Minecraft Beta 1.8

Many people who play Minecraft are waiting for the new update, deemed the “Adventure Update”. It is called the adventure update because there is going to be a new mode called adventure mode, where I’m guessing you can play preset adventures implemented by Mojang. There are also going to be NPC villages, which will be Non-Player-Characters who build buildings and collect resources just like a normal minecraft player would. I think this will make single player a lot more fun because it will allow users to have a multiplayer experience in single player. They will also be implementing creative mode, where players will be able to create various things, as the title implies. Critical hits and sprinting will make combat much better in Minecraft. When you hit a mob, you will get a chance to hit extra damage and sprinting will let you get around quicker. Lastly, there will be more things to farm and maybe a new mob! I hope everyone feels the same way I do about this update!

7 iPad Tricks You Might Not Have Known

1. You can take a screenshot of your iPad by pressing the homebutton and then quickly the lock button. The screenshot will automatically be saved to your photos.

2. You can undo your last paste (when you copy and paste things) by shaking the iPad and then press the “Undo Paste” button.

3. You can go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and set your iPad so pressing the home button three times quickly will make everything go to inverse colors.

4. You can hold a letter on a keyboard to see more options for it (for example, if you held down the “a” key, it would give you an option for “a” with all of the different accent variations)

5. In Safari or Mail, if you tap the top bar at the top of the page, it will automatically scroll up to the top.

6. While typing, if you tap the space bar twice quickly, it will put a period and then a space, which saves you some time if you are typing a lot of sentences.

7. When typing on the iPad 2, you can quickly type an apostrophe by clicking the comma key and flicking up.

How to turn on your Windows Firewall (Seven, Vista and XP)

If your computer is being supported by Windows, then your computer also has a built in firewall. If your having virus problems, you might want to check to see that this firewall is on if you don’t own a different firewall (such as Norton, Cisco, etc.). To check this, click the windows button in the bottom right corner, then in the search bar type Run. When the run window is open, type Firewall.cpl, and then click enter.

A screen should pop up like this one below.

If it says Windows Firewall is on, then your fine! For any reason, if its off and you want to turn it on click the Change Settings and change the setting from off to on.

So, why should my firewall be on?

A firewall checks information coming in from the internet and blocks it if it is unsafe. With your firewall off, this process is not happening. A firewall can help prevent hackers from gaining access to your computer, as well as helping to prevent viruses from spreading to your computer, or other computers.

How to make glass letters in Photoshop, nice glass effect

A Logo Tutorial With Photoshop

Do you want to learn how to make something like the image below in Adobe Photoshop? You can spice up any project or presentation with text like this and it could make your overall presentation better.

Step 1.

First off, you have to create a new document. Go to File>New… and create a new one. Once you get to the screen below, type in a name for you document and your width and height (in pixels). It doesn’t really matter what you choose but you might want something pretty large to work with.

Be sure to change background contents to transparent.

Step 2.

Select two colors for you gradient, showed by the red arrow, and then click the gradient tool showed by the green arrow. You can apply the gradient by dragging the tool across your screen, and in this case I started on the bottom and dragged it to the top for this effect.

Step 3.

Next, click on the text tool showed by the red arrow and click anywhere in your box, then type whatever you want to make glassy. In this case I chose the word “Glass” and used 200pt font “cooper std”.

Step 4.

For this step, double click the text layer on the bottom right hand of your screen (it has a capital “T”) and a window like this should pop up. Check Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, and Bevel and Emboss sections of the box. Then, change all the settings for each individual effect (blending options:custom, drop shadow, inner shadow, inner glow, and bevel and emboss) to the settings showed below.

Congratulations! Your done! Press OK on the box to confirm the settings, and see as your text looks as if it is glass! No matter where you move the text, it will always show the color of whatever the background is.

How To Make A Nice Logo In Photoshop

Have you ever been wondering how to make a nice picture of a logo or to just make cool letters on Adobe Photoshop? If you have, you’ve found the right place. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the tools in Photoshop to create a nice logo.

Step 1.

First of all, you’ll have to start off by making a new document.

Choose a name, the amount of pixels, and be sure to make the backround contents Transparent. After that we can move on to the next step.

Step 2.

Once you have your document open, you can choose a backround color. For this project, I chose to have  a gradient backround. You choose the gradient tool showed by the red arrow. If the paint bucket is in that place, hold the paint bucket button then select gradient tool.

After that, go down to the two colors showed by the green arrow, and click on them. You can then change to the colors you want, and in this case I just chose white and teal. To use the gradient tool, you drag the line across your screen and it will create a gradient based on where you drag it. You can experiment with it if you want.

Step 3.

For Step 3, we are going to insert text. Select the text tool on the left tool bar, and then click the screen and type your text in. You can mess with the font and size in the text toolbar at the top of the screen. I used the font Franklyn Gothic Heavy.

Step 4.

Step 4 is where it starts to get complicated. You have to double click the text layer showed by the green arrow, and it will come up with the screen showed below.

You should click on the drop shadown, inner glow, gradient overlay, and stroke boxes.

Step 5.

Next you have to apply the gradient overlay. Select the two colors you want to use, and in this case i chose black and teal. Click on the gradient drop down menu, where there is the black and teal color in the picture below, and choose the first option. You should then get a gradient of the colors you chose. You can then use the circular angle wheel to change the direction of the gradient.

Step 6.

Next, go to the stroke option and change the color in the color box to what ever you want the outline to be of. In this case, I chose white. You can then alter how big the outline is on the size bar at the top of the options, and you can fit it to your liking.

Step 7.

Good Job! The project is finished. Press ok on the box and you can see the text, and below is my finished project.

Have fun using Photoshop!

How To Connect To The Internet On A Mac

As we all know, switching to a different operating system can be a tough experience. If you just got your new Mac, and don’t know how to connect to the internet on it, this article will be very helpful to you.

 

 

Start out at your desktop:

Look at the top, then look for the icon that looks like a wireless bar signal

 

Click it, and choose the network you want to connect to. If none are listed, make sure AirPort is on

 

 

If the network has a wifi block, enter in the password required to connect. If you are trying to connect to your home network, and you have internet access on another computer, go to your default gateway (router address) and you can view your security password there. If you have a security block, and you don’t have internet access on any other machine, you can do a hard reset on your router to remove the security block.

 

Virus Terms

Has your antivirus told you that you have a certain type of virus on your computer, but you didn’t know what it means?

Here is a list of most virus terms, and types of viruses.
Malware:
Any type of malicious coding, scripting, programs etc.  Designed to cause harm to you in one way or another.(Virus)

Trojan:
A trojan is a program that appears to be legitimate, but actually has a virus attached to it.

Adware:

Adware is a type of virus designed to display ads to you, usually so a third-party can make money. If you are getting a lot of pop ups, or being redirected to sites that are trying to advertise to you, you probably have adware on your computer.

Drive-By Downloads:
Every internet browser has flaws. That’s why they’re being constantly updated. What a drive-by download does, is it takes advantage of those flaws or errors in the web browser, and uses that flaw to download malicious (virus) programs to your computer and runs them.

Keyloggers:
Keyloggers are malicious programs which are run on your computer, which send all your keystrokes, (basically everything you type) to a server, or email, usually to the person that gave you the keylogger. This is commonly used to steal people’s passwords.

RAT:
A RAT, (or, Remote Administration Tool) is a virus which gives the person that gave it to you total control over your pc. These are very hard to get rid of, because they can reinstall themselves after you remove them. However, if you believe you have a RAT on your computer post here and we can help you. Some ways to tell you have a RAT on your computer is if you are being sent to random sites, your webcam light comes on, you see your mouse or keyboard taken control of, your computer shuts down randomly, or if you get constant popups.

Scareware: Viruses that try to scare you into giving them your credit card number. Fake antivirus programs, which will tell you that you have a lot of viruses (you really don’t, the only actual virus is the program itself) in attempt to scare you into “buying” their fake antivirus software, which will usually end up with your credit card being stolen. Never fall for these scams.

Spyware: A type of virus that spies on your computer, and sends personal/confidential information to a third-party.

Worms: A worm is a type of virus that is designed to send itself out to other computers, most commonly through email.

Trackware: A type of virus that tracks you, such as what websites you go to, how long you spend online on certain sites, etc.

Phishing: Phishing is where you are tricked into entering your password, where it is sent to the phisher to be stolen. When you enter in a password, always make sure the link at the top of the page is the legitimate one, to avoid being phished.

Now that you know of all of these, how about protecting yourself from them with Norton 360?

How to take a screenshot on your Windows computer and upload it to the internet

Why would you want to take a screenshot, you may ask? A screenshot can be helpful in many different situations. Screenshots are a quick and easy way to show someone else exactly what you’re seeing on your screen. Screenshots are also helpful if you see something on the computer and you don’t want to forget it. Or if you are playing a game and want to take a picture of it. Or if you need proof of something. The list can go on and on.

Because I’ve been asked quite a few times how to take a screenshot, I figured it’d be a useful thing to post for those who don’t know how to take one.
First, look at the top right corner of your keyboard (typically) and find a button called Print Screen or PrtSc

Press that key (sometimes you will have to press an Alt or fn key as well, which is most commonly found at the bottom left side of your keyboard) and it will take a screenshot of your entire computer screen.

Now open up a program like Paint, and paste the picture (press Ctrl + V) and then crop it (if you wish) and save it to your computer.

If you want to upload your screenshot to the internet, go to a website like flickr.com or imageshack.us and upload it.

Feel free to test it out by replying to this blog with a picture of your screenshot!