Data Recovery Services Provider Takes A Peek Under iOS 13’s Hood

Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Group (HDRG) recently published a blog post exploring iOS 13, the long-awaited refresh to Apple’s native phone software. Succeeding iOS 12, iOS 13 was made available to all iPhone users for free on September 19, 2019. As avid tech enthusiasts, HDRG has taken their time delving into the new OS, or Operating System, and all it has to offer. Their readers may catch up on any articles they missed by reading their previous release and more on the company’s blog.

According to the article, “Although Android has the upper hand when it comes to newer features like 5G, iPhones are being built better than they were. Apple continues to work on what they’re good at: cameras and apps. And the new iOS 13 will make it even better.” Android is an operating system that is used almost universally by other cell phone manufacturers, and is considered the main competitor to Apple’s iOS. Those deciding between one or the other should be aware that not all Android phones are created equal, and manufacturers often modify the base Android OS to their own preferences and specifications.

However, the article only explores iOS 13, so it continues by covering a list of features that Hard Drive Recovery Group found within, beginning with the ability to block unknown callers and prevent them from calling the number again in the future. With the feature turned on, an iPhone with iOS 13 will now allow only callers from the user’s contacts to get through (including those stored in Mail and Messages). All other callers will be instantly redirected to voicemail.

Next, long time iOS users may be aware that they had to navigate through their Settings menu to toggle their Wifi. With the new update, however, they can now switch Wifi networks with much less hassle. Conveniently, it can now be reached quickly through the phone’s Control Center, and users can lookup available networks right away. While some users may not see much difference, this feature gives people who frequently need to switch Wifi networks some much needed relief from constantly having to open their Settings, such as those who travel often. Find more information on HDRG’s MyBusiness site.

Adding to the theme of increased user functionality, Apple has also adopted a feature that has long been a standard on Android devices: Swipe to type. Dubbed ‘QuickPath Typing’ by Apple, a user may now run their finger along the entirety of the keyboard, between letters, and never lift their finger while typing. This allows better one-handed use, especially with Apple’s larger phones, because the user can now maintain their grip better while typing. However, some users’ mileage may vary, since the system also relies on predictive text to decide what the user is trying to type in. Notably, this feature should also get better with extended use as the user becomes more comfortable with the technology and the phone learns which words they tend to use more frequently.

Additionally, those who are in the habit of using their phones in bed, or who simply enjoy darker themes, will be pleased to see that iOS 13 includes a dedicated Dark Mode by default, an alternative to their Night Shift feature. Instead of lessening blue light output from the phone’s display, all light screens in the phone’s core apps are now replaced with dark versions. This applies to the calendar, music, photo apps, and so on.

Apple has also taken measures to upgrade their phone’s security suite. iPhone users will now be able to ‘Sign in with Apple,’ a feature that excludes the necessity for a user to input their email address when they sign in to accounts and apps. According to Apple, this means that users will be afforded extra protection since third party apps will now have a much harder time tracking them and their activities.

HDRG invites iPhone users to read the full blog post over on their website, where they often share articles on a variety of subjects in the tech world. Those interested may reach out to Maureen Davies of Hard Drive Recovery Group as well to follow up on any further inquiries. Additionally, more information can be found here.

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Are You Destroying Your Computer?

There’s a reason why electronic devices are being upgraded almost on the regular. It’s because they don’t last forever. This means your TV, air conditioner, smartphones, computers, and others. It’s one thing when you are neglecting them. It’s another when you are aiding them in getting damaged.

 

Computers can last a significant amount of time, provided that you take good care of them. This includes keeping them clean, safe, and well-maintained not just inside but outside as well. Remember that computers, especially laptops, are highly sensitive. There are parts inside that once damaged, can be hard to fix. Repairs to the shop can cost you a lot of money. If you want to save your money and more importantly your computer, better avoid the things that can cause harm to your computer and your files before it’s too late. Your computer is what’s helping you get your work done. Do it a favor and help it as well.

 

Heat is not a friend. It causes your computer and the components inside to wear out faster than they should if always in contact with heat.

For desktop computers, the solution is pretty simple: Just clean out the dust once in a while with some compressed air, and keep it out of any small cabinets. You want air to flow freely through your computer, not get trapped in a tight space. You can also prevent dust by keeping it off the ground and putting filters on your intake fans.

Laptops, on the other hand, require a bit more care. Their portability leads to a lot of bad habits, like putting it on a blanket or other plush surface. This blocks airflow under the laptop (where the rubber feet usually raise it up off a desk), and potentially through the laptop (if the blanket covers the fan vents). When possible, use your laptop on a flat surface, or at least make sure your lap is free of blankets and other things that can block airflow. Lap desks are a good way to ensure things stay cool.

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Because of its portability and rather light (for some) weight, laptops can be easily mishandled. Although you can, you shouldn’t open or close the laptop at only one side, nor should you leave it in your bag along with other things way too long. You shouldn’t bump your bag containing your laptop as much as possible.

Laptops are meant to be portable, and some can be pretty durable—but the more you abuse it, the more likely you are to damage something. At best, you’ll just have to deal with a worn-out laptop hinge or a crack in the casing. But if your laptop has a traditional spinning hard drive instead of an SSD, tossing or shaking the computer—especially if the drive is active at the time—can even cause its head to dislocate or touch the surface of the disk. It isn’t common, but if that happens, you’re going to have a bad day, especially if you haven’t backed up your data. Your laptop is an expensive piece of property: treat it as such.

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Computers can burn. And if you’re not using the correct power to supply it, then it can definitely burn. Or perhaps your charger.

Your PC draws a sizeable amount of power, and it’s susceptible to damage from power surges—small, temporary increases in voltage coming through the power line. These can happen after power outages, after turning on another high-power device in your home, or could just come from an unreliable power grid in your city. The power supply inside your PC includes some basic surge protection, but you’ll get longer-lasting protection from a dedicated surge protector.

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Treat your computer with care and kindness. If your hard drive gets damaged, immediately contact expert help. You can visit this website as well.

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Protect Your Family With Windows 10

Children today need more parental control especially now that digital content is more accessible to them than ever before. A lot of information is on the web. One click of your child can transfer him or her to an unwanted page or a page inappropriate for children. Good thing, Windows (8 and 10) is equipped with Microsoft Family Safety as a form of parental control over your child’s web use. Other than that, it also gives you control over whether or not your child can play games, download, or use chat. This is a very good feature to use and make the most of.

Before anything else, you as the admin need to put a password on the administrator account so only you can access and make changes within. The next thing to do is to add other users.

Before starting with the Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10, we need to make sure your computer is properly set up. If you’re sharing a single user account between your family, it’s time to change that and use one account each.

Click the Start button at the bottom of the screen and choose Settings. Select Accounts followed by ‘Family & other users’. You’ll see user accounts are split into two – as we’re adding younger family members, click the ‘Add a family member’ button to continue.

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Next, set up an account for your child.

Select ‘Add a child’. Your child will need their own Microsoft account to continue – if it’s already been set up, type the email address used to log into it and click ‘Next’ followed by ‘Confirm’.

Once the new account has been set up (your child will need to log in for the first time to do so), they should check their email and confirm the invitation in order to allow you to apply family settings to their new account on this device.

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Create another Microsoft account if there isn’t an existing one.

If your child doesn’t have a Microsoft account, click ‘The person who I want to add doesn’t have an email address’ to set up their account. When filling in their details, click ‘Get a new email address’ to give them an address with an @outlook.com domain (for example, childname@outlook.com).

When you assign them a password, this needs to be something they can remember, as they’ll be using it to log into their own user account going forward.

Once done, provide your own mobile or alternate email address as an additional form of security.

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Setup Family Safety settings.

You’ll see a list of all the children you’ve added to your device from the ‘Family & other users’ section – any marked as pending haven’t yet accepted your invitation, so aren’t protected by Family Safety settings. If you’re having a hard time persuading them to accept the invitation, click ‘Block’ to temporarily prevent them from logging into this PC without family settings in place.

To set up, or adjust, your children’s family settings, click the ‘Manage family settings online’ link to access the settings website from your browser.

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You will definitely want to restrict web use.

To restrict web access, choose an account name, then click ‘Settings’ next to Web browsing. Flick the ‘Block inappropriate websites’ to ‘On’ to ensure adult content and InPrivate browsing sessions are blocked, while Bing SafeSearch is on.

Scroll down and you’ll find options for allowing specific websites, or alternatively blocking unwanted sites. Just type the relevant URLs into each box and click ‘Allow’ or ‘Block’ to add them to your child’s white or blacklists.

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Limit your child’s use.

Select ‘Screen time’ to limit the time your child has access to this PC. Flick the ‘Set limits for when my child can use devices’ switch to ‘On’, then set the earliest and latest times they’re allowed to use the computer for each day of the week.

You can also set a daily limit within those times to restrict their access further.

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Prevent the use of inappropriate apps for them.

Select ‘Apps & games’ and flick the ‘Block inappropriate apps and games’ switch to On. Scroll down and set a maximum age for your child, which allows them to only download and install apps and games in the Windows Store that have specifically been rated as suitable for their age.

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View recent activities.

Perhaps one of the most useful parts of the Family Safety centre is on the child’s main screen. Two switches – enabled by default – let you view your child’s activity through this screen and receive weekly email reports of their usage, app installs and browsing habits.

(Via:https://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/how-to-use-family-safety-in-windows-10-1314670)

Family safety and security in Windows can make a big difference. So is data security. If you have issues with data storage or data loss, data recovery can be a great help. You may also visit this page.

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Steps On How To Manually Free Some Space In Your Windows 10

If you come to think about it, your Windows 10 computer is like the streets and roads in your city and your files are the vehicles on the road. In order for the vehicle you need for the day to reach you, it needs to go through traffic. If traffic is heavy, then it can be delayed on its way. But if the road is clear, then it can get to you as fast as it can. There’s no use for a fast car if the road is in heavy traffic.

In the same manner, your computer needs some good free space for it to go on about its tasks, so you can too. To do this, you need to know what is taking a lot of space in your storage.

First of all, put on your detective’s hat (if you have one – if not, an imaginary one will do). Find out exactly what’s taking up all the room on your hard drive by launching the Settings app from the Start menu then clicking ‘System’ and then ‘Storage’.

Select your hard drive and Windows very helpfully lists everything on your system, including Windows files, applications, games, pictures, music, videos and so on.

If you need to take a closer look, click on any of the entries. For example, click on ‘Apps & games’ and then choose ‘Sort by size’ to see if any of your installed programs are taking up huge amounts of space.

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The first things you want to address are your apps and games and delete the ones you rarely use. The one taking up the most space is usually at the top of the list. This is a case-to-case basis though. If these games or apps are really important, then it’s up for you to choose between them and your storage.

You can’t delete a lot of these files straight from the Storage window, though you can quickly find them on disk. In the case of apps and games there is the option to uninstall any large programs you’re not using.

From the Apps & games screen, with the list sorted by size, you’ll see the worst offenders at the top. Click on any entry in the list then choose ‘Uninstall’ to remove it.

It’s up to you which apps and games you get rid of – it really depends how desperate you are to free up some space and how many unused applications you’ve got lying around on your hard drive. Remember you can always install these programs again if you need to.

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While the above step is for applications, this next step is for files and other data. To free up space, you can delete files you no longer need, especially those that are old.

Manually deleting files in File Explorer is a time-consuming but very precise way of freeing up room on your hard drive in Windows. You can use any of the links in the Storage window we looked at previously to jump to particular folders, or you can just browse as normal by launching File Explorer from the Start menu.

Right-click on any folder and choose Properties to see how much room it and all of its subfolders are taking up – a quick tap on the Delete key will erase any file or folder. Hold down Ctrl while clicking to select multiple folders at once.

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Storage space is important for your computer to work as it should. The same goes for data recovery. If you need help with this, https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html can be your guide. You might also find this link helpful.

 

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Southern California Data Recovery Services Provider Discusses Storage Devices In New Posts

In two of its recent blog posts, Irvine, CA’s Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses storage devices, cloud storage and disk tool for Windows. The posts continue Hard Drive Recovery Group’s dedication to customer education, and points out the value of having a Cloud backup for virtually all computer systems.

In the post, “Several Types Of Storage Devices”, the difference between primary and secondary storage systems are discussed, as well as the fact that most people consider data storage only through the lens of secondary storage systems. According to spokesperson Maureen Davies, primary storage is critical for computer use, but doesn’t typically get mentioned because its main purpose tends to be short term storage which aids in running the system, as opposed to space on a drive that can be filled.

“Primary storage tends to be the kind of storage that is used regularly in a computer system, often just to run the operating system and apps, such as RAM or on chip Cache systems,” said Davies. “These systems tend to be very robust in construction, and rarely fail, but are almost never used to store actual files for more than a few seconds.”

Secondary media storage typically tends to include what most computer users consider to be “data storage devices.” This includes what generally tends to be called “non-volatile” media, and typically includes SSDs and USB flash drives as well as internal and external hard drives. Tertiary storage, meanwhile, tends to be one of the more rare forms of data storage, at least when it comes to consumer level tech, as it tends to consist of Cloud storage or remote archives.

“It is quite interesting that storage tends to be classified into three separate categories, whereas the two safest data storage categories tend to be the most robust and at the same time the least considered,” said Davies. “As cloud storage becomes more popular, however, people are understanding the seamlessness of backing up their drives, which can save them a lot of trouble when a hard disk crashes.”

A second blog post, entitled “Different Types Of Secondary Storage Devices”, talks about using built-in Windows disk tools such as Disk Cleaner to ensure that hard drives are well maintained and storage space is maximized so that data recovery isn’t necessary. Given today’s large video and photographic files, it is typically only a matter of time for most users until their hard drives are full.

“These days, despite the fact that hard drives are heading into double digit terabyte in size, there is always more data that gets stored,” said Davies. “Ensuring you have a list of backup options when your hard drive runs low is essential for every user.”

Also mentioned are live Cloud services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneDrive. Each cloud storage option offers a somewhat reasonably large remote storage and backup alternative for either a very low cost, or in some cases, free.

“Taking advantage of free online cloud storage services is a smart move for anyone who uses a computer or smartphone, simply because they can save a lot of trouble when hard disks fail,” said Davies. “Simply copying the most important files to cloud backups, such as documents and photos, means that a catastrophic drive failure becomes no problem at all.”

Naturally, Cloud services like that of Google and Microsoft do come with a price – namely user data that most people usually do not expect. But, in a world where Facebook, Apple and Google maintain giant warehouses of highly targeted customer data, for many this is not such a big deal.

“Terms and Conditions for Cloud services tend to outline the overall costs in terms of information sharing,” said Davies. “Reading these documents can be difficult, but they do provide critical information to the user.”

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How To Set Up A Microsoft Account

Don’t you hate or maybe dislike it when you have to create an account for each and every tool, app, or program you want to use? It’s one of those days when you feel torn between using a familiar if not the same password for all accounts but advised not to, or, creating a newer, stronger, and longer password. And if you chose the latter for each and every one of your accounts, you ended up forgetting all of them. If this sounds like you, then there is good news for you. Windows 10 offers one account for all. Now that’s one less problem out of your head.

What then is the next thing to do if you have a Windows 10 or after getting a Windows 10 update on your computer? Create an account, of course. This Microsoft account can give you access to a lot of things including your Windows 10, the Microsoft store, your email, OneDrive, Office 365, Skype, and more. Now you can get a lot of things done and done fast with just one account.

To create an account, you will need to fill a registration form.

To set up your Windows account you need to fill in an online registration form. Access the form in your web browser, or by tapping ‘Create a new account’ when prompted during your first boot of Windows 10.

However you begin the process, the steps you need to complete are the same. Enter your first name, second name, date of birth and a few more details of that nature.

(Via:https://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/create-a-microsoft-account-1306767)

Use your existing email address. If you don’t have any, it’s perfectly fine.

Your Username is your email address. If you have a Google, Yahoo or any other type of address, enter it here. If you don’t have an email address, don’t worry.

Just click ‘Or get a new email address’. In the box under Username enter the address you’d like (it needs to be unique) and select either @hotmail or @outlook. If the name you select isn’t unique, don’t worry – the system will give you some hints.

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And like everything else is today when it comes to sensitive information, you need to verify your email.

When you’re done, you’ll receive an email asking you to verify the request to set up a Microsoft account. This is a very important step, as it prevents hackers creating an account in your name.

So, when you receive the email make sure you tap the blue Verify bar. This lets Microsoft know everything is as it should be and it will finalise the last, automatic steps in the creation process.

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Now that you’ve already created your Microsoft account, you can now use it with any of your devices including your smartphone. And if you want anything changed, configuration now comes easy.

You’ve now created your very own Microsoft account and you can use it log into Window 10. It will also work on any of your Windows devices.

If in the future you want to make changes – such as updating your password, redeeming a gift card, or changing your profile picture – just return to account.live.com, enter your account details and you’ll be taken to a menu of configuration options.

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With your Microsoft account, you may now use it to send emails, save documents online in OneDrive, write documents in Office 365, communicate using Skype, or buy games, music, and more online. Do it all with one account.

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Data Recovery Services Specialist Shares Tips On Freeing Up Space In Windows 10

Irvine, California based Hard Drive Recovery Group recently published a new blog post that teaches readers how to free up storage space in their Windows 10 computer. Through this post, the company seeks to address one of the most common issues their clients face: having most of their available storage capacity occupied by unnecessary programs and files that they no longer use or need.

As the local data recovery specialist notes, newer systems have significantly larger storage options than they did in past years, and these options seem to encourage users to make use of the entirety of available space. However, this can be counterproductive. The company explains that having too high a percentage of a hard drive occupied by non-important folders and unnecessary programs can negatively impact the computer’s performance. Given enough time, it could make the simplest tasks take a long time to complete, and finding specific folders and information could be near-impossible due to the system’s latency.

While common sense dictates that the only way to solve this issue is to free up space by deleting or uninstalling unnecessary programs, the Hard Drive Recovery Group states that this is not the only option, and several other actions can be taken to breathe new life into underperforming systems. These alternatives are outlined and explained thoroughly in the company’s latest blog entry, which is titled “Other Ways You Can Free Up Disk Space In Windows 10.” It describes four different solutions for this issue.

The first solution described in the article is for users to make use of Windows’ Disk Cleaner function. This utility tool scans the entirety of a computer’s hard drive, targeting temporary files and unneeded junk data that builds up with the regular use of the OS. This program is very straightforward and convenient to use, though the amount of time that it will take to scan the disk will depend on its capacity and how much of it is occupied. Once the scan is finished, the user will be presented with a list of unnecessary files that the program has identified. They can choose to keep or delete as many of these as they want, freeing up a significant amount of space from their computer.

The next similar solution provided by the Hard Drive Recovery Group is the use of a third-party cleaning tool, which should ensure that all unnecessary data is correctly disposed of and removed from the disk. These solutions offer a more complete and thorough inspection of the system, targeting all of the aforementioned files, alongside the user’s cached thumbnails, their browsing history, their Windows log files, and other similar, unnecessary files and data. In a similar fashion to the Windows solution, these third-party tools will first scan the system before presenting the user with a list of potentially unwanted programs, which they can then choose to delete or keep.

In addition to these solutions, the company reiterates a suggestion offered in many of their older articles, where they advise clients to move all important data to cloud storage solutions. Some solutions, like OneDrive, provide the user with several gigabytes of free storage space that they can use to offload some of their files, freeing up space from their machine (and speeding up their performance). The company states that one major positive aspect of OneDrive is that the user does not need to download any extra programs, as it is often already included in Windows based systems.

If more storage is needed, similar solutions can be used in conjunction with OneDrive, such as Google Drive and Dropbox. These share similar functions and utilities, featuring comprehensive user interfaces that facilitate the use and storage of important files for their users.

Despite all of these solutions, the company states that there are no easy solutions or workarounds to breathe new life into a hard drive if it begins to fail, aside from visiting a specialist. The Hard Drive Recovery Group specializes in repairing hard drives and recovering sensitive data stored within them, ensuring that their clients’ information is safeguarded and protected, even in adverse situations. Interested parties may learn more by looking up the previous release published on their blog.

Those who wish to speak with a representative of the company are also encouraged to reach out to Maureen Davies of Hard Drive Recovery Group. More information can also be found on their website.

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Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive

A lot has changed since the standard USB 2.0 flash drive that everyone owned since its release in the early 2000. It now has a newer version, the USB 3.0. They’re still great and all. But the problem with them is that connecting devices together is not possible. You have to connect to a computer in order to gain access to the USB drive and what’s inside. Now, things have definitely changed. What’s impossible before is no longer the case today. The USB OTG (On-The-Go) is the answer to this dilemma.

A USB OTG supports interconnection between devices. Two devices can now connect even without a computer. In fact, you can connect several.

It’s not just about inter connectivity of the two devices. USB OTG also allows you to take control of everything using a single device, which may be anything. By enabling your smart phone (for the sake of an example) as the host, you can now use a dozen of peripheral devices including keyboards, mouse, musical instruments and even a game pad! There’s no limit to the numbers of hardware you can connect to a device using USB On-The-Go. This gives more power to your gadgets, you smart phone being the case here.

(Via:https://www.digifloor.com/benefits-use-usb-otg-28)

There are quite a few reasons why you should own a USB OTG flash drive. The most obvious is for added storage.

USB OTG Flash Drive is a boon for all those smartphone users, which don’t have a memory card slot. The micro-USB connector this USB OTG carries can connect these devices to most of the smartphones. Users can hence use this additional storage on their mobile phones. Like already mentioned, the best part of this feature is that you no longer have to depend on the cloud services to back up the data on your mobile phones or computers.

(Via:http://www.onlinecmag.com/actually-usb-otg-flash-drive-works/)

Another one is because of its differing roles. A USB OTG has more than just one function.

USB OTG Flash Drive can help you set communications between two USB peripherals. With the USB OTG each of the USB peripherals including your smartphones can interchangeably used as the host or slave. For instance, when you connect this USB OTG device to a mobile phone it can act as the host and read data present in this flash drive, while when connected to a computer it offers itself as a USB Mass Storage Device.

So is the case with a printer which prints based on the instructions from the computer acting as a slave and when the USB storage device is connected directly in absence of computer, it becomes the host and takes control over reading what’s present in the USB device and printing as per requirement. Hence direct connection between OTG Flash devices can also be established.

(Via:http://www.onlinecmag.com/actually-usb-otg-flash-drive-works/)

What if you’re told that your device’s battery can be preserved? Wouldn’t that just be great?

It is very common fact that devices can get charged up using their USB ports. The extra benefit that a USB OTG Flash Drive is that it hold charge and thus can be specifically used as a charger while you are on the go. Still the application of the USB OTG Flash Drive is under development and you can be sure to have this update any time soon.

(Via:http://www.onlinecmag.com/actually-usb-otg-flash-drive-works/)

It is compatible with many devices.

The employed USB 3.0 can be used on the USB 2.0 ports because of its backward compatibility. But with just the USB 2.0 transfer speeds. When it comes to smartphones, it is compatible to a wider range of devices including all the latest models.

(Via:http://www.onlinecmag.com/actually-usb-otg-flash-drive-works/)

Compared to wireless transfer, transfer using a physical drive is just much better.

There is no doubt in saying this technology is indeed much better than the wireless data transfer. The wireless technology tends to get a little too slow and creepy with increasing amounts of data to be transferred. But with an USB OTG Flash Drive you wouldn’t even have to be a tad concerned about it.

(Via:http://www.onlinecmag.com/actually-usb-otg-flash-drive-works/)

Whether you agree with owning an OTG drive is helpful or not, you will agree that backup storage is necessary. Getting your files backed up is a must. However, if your files in your devices and hard drives need recovering, https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery.html can be done to recover them. You can also visit this site right here.

The blog article Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive is republished from The Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog

From https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/why-own-a-usb-otg-flash-drive/

Things You Need To Know About The New iOs 13

Apple has come a long way with its operating system for iPhones and iPads. Just this recently, the new iOS 13 has arrived. While built mainly for iPhones, the newest operating system can be downloaded and used by iPads (iPad now has a separate operating system called iPadOS 13). So, what does the new iOS 13 have in store?

Although Android has the upper hand when it comes to newer features like 5G, iPhones are being built better than they were. Apple continues to work on what they’re good at: cameras and apps. And the new iOS 13 will make it even better.

This may not be significant for some users but it can be crucial for others. iOS 13 can now prevent unknown callers from contacting you and you can stop them from calling you for good.

With a single button, you can effectively stop unknown callers from making your iPhone ring ever again. With the feature enabled, iOS 13 will only allow calls through from your contacts and numbers found in Mail or Messages. Everyone else will go straight to voicemail.

(Via:https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

Did you ever wish to connect to WiFi or other connections easily without opening Settings? Well, now you finally can.

For years we’ve thought it would make sense for there to be some way to connect to Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices from Control Center, instead of having to open the Settings app and tap several times.

With iOS 13, Apple has finally made it possible to view and connect to available networks or devices without ever opening Settings. Hallelujah. For us, this fixes one of the iPhone’s most annoying quirks.

(Via:https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

Apple also now has adopted the swipe keyboard. Typing is now made easier and you can now consider typing with one hand.

Apple calls it QuickPath Typing. In theory, it’s faster than pecking away at the virtual keyboard, and just as accurate — and you still get spelling suggestions as you go along.

(Via:https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

Not a fan of blue light or the Night Shift feature to lessen blue light from your phone? Try the dark mode.

Dark mode, which replaces the usual light screen with a dark screen, is available across core apps in iOS 13, including the calendar, music and photo apps.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

The number of photo editing apps on the App Store can be overwhelming for some. There are a plethora of apps to choose from. But now that iOS 13 has made it easier for you, you can opt-out of downloading apps to edit your photos. And there’s more.

The Photos app received a pretty significant overhaul. Organizing and surfacing photos are both now easier, and the edit tools have a new look. But most impressive is the ability to use all of the picture editing tools you’re familiar with on videos in the Photos app.

(Via:https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

How about a smooth viewing of a video? Now you can with the volume indicator on the screen removed.

Know how iOS has always had an annoying volume indicator that took over the screen, disrupting whatever it was you were watching? Well, on iOS 13, that’s gone. The volume indicator is minimal and gets out of the way — there’s even a cool new trick for adjusting the volume.

(Via:https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

How about finding a lost friend, phone, or both?

Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone into a single app now called Find My. And on top of combining the apps, Apple added the capability to help find lost devices for people you don’t even know.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

A new layer of security has also been added whenever you sign in.

A new privacy feature called Sign in with Apple logs you into accounts and apps without your having to add your email address, which Apple says will protect users from third-party apps that want to track them.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

With the new iOS 13, you can now  add your Memoji to your messages.

Apple’s Messages apps will now get support for Memoji profiles, which puts a thumbnail of your Memoji (an emoji of your face) in the Messages app. New controls let you go in-depth with customization, makeup — even adding braces to your teeth. You also get a sticker pack across your iOS 13 devices.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ios-13-and-ipados-every-important-feature-you-need-to-know-right-now/)

Make the most of your iPhone in the new iOS 13. But in case of issues with your Mac, or PC’s storage, experts can perform https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/. You can also check this site for more info.

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Data Recovery Services Specialist Publishes Blog Post Exploring The Windows 10 Taskbar

Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Group (HDRG) recently published a new blog post that teaches readers how to customize their Windows 10 taskbar. While many take the innocuous taskbar for granted and may be content with its default features, HDRG asserts that a properly customized taskbar can offer far more in terms of increased productivity.

According to the post, Windows 10 launched with a host of personalization features, and many of those have only improved over the years since its release. The reasons behind this increased adaptability go beyond simple preference; time spent in menus or more hidden folders can be shaved down, letting the user quickly access the folders and programs they use the most. If users do not wish to make use of the more accessible options at their fingertips, Windows 10 includes a search bar by default that is now built right into the taskbar.

Powered by Cortana, Microsoft’s take on the digital assistant (it shares many functions and capabilities with other digital assistants like Siri, Bixby, and Google Assistant), the search bar allows users to quickly type in the name of a file or program they are looking for and be immediately shown a list of options that are relevant to their search. However, there are further options that allow users to skip this step as well, giving them the ability to access their favourite files with a single click. Windows 10 users are encouraged to explore their system further to discover the special services it is capable of.

As the post states, “We all have a preferred command or better accessibility and usage according to our needs. Windows 10 gives this option to users for improved use and more efficient work.” To that end, HDRG’s post shows users how they may compress the search bar to a less visually intrusive search icon that takes up less space on the taskbar, thereby freeing up more space. They may also turn both the lengthy search bar and the smaller search icon off entirely, serving to reduce visual clutter on the screen. This can prove less distracting during the user’s average workflow. HDRG recommends that this option be taken if the search bar does not see frequent use—especially since a search can be launched directly from the system’s Start menu. Furthermore, many people often find a minimalist appearance more visually appealing.

With regard to appearance, Windows 10 further allows several degrees of customization that change that taskbar’s colour and adds a few other touches that may help it blend in better with the other elements on the screen. The taskbar is black by default in most cases, but this can be changed to virtually any colour the user prefers. The post explains how specific settings within Windows 10’s personalization options can be toggled to add color to the taskbar, and then give the system the ability to change the colour based on the desktop wallpaper (it is meant to accentuate the overall tone of the desktop background). This means the taskbar will also automatically adjust itself if the desktop wallpaper is changed, so a user may never have to manually adjust their taskbar colors to match again. Notably, if only a single colour is preferred, this option can be turned off. A specific colour can then be selected that will remain constant until manually changed once more.

One of the most important features that the taskbar allows is the ability to ‘Pin’ certain files and programs. For instance, if the user often uses a web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and so on), they can pin this program to the taskbar so that it is always only a single click away. As simple as this process is, it can greatly reduce the time a user spends navigating their program menus and folders looking for a specific program on a regular basis.

Hard Drive Recovery Group has provided professional data recovery services for over 15 years. They specialize in RAID, Mac, laptop, and hard drive data recovery services for consumers and businesses. Interested parties may learn more about the company online at their website, or reach out to Maureen Davies of Hard Drive Recovery Group to follow up on any further inquiries. The company regularly published blog posts that aim to help users navigate their computers, and links to their previous release can be easily accessed through their social media channels.

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