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First tweet 10-year anniversary

First tweet 10-year anniversary

Ten years ago (2006), Twitter was initially named stat.us and the working prototype was changed to Twttr. The very first tweet was on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, indicating “just setting up my twttr“. He was definitely sticking to the 140 characters or less restriction. Twitter was officially launched on July 15, 2006.

Twitter can be compared to public SMS text messaging. Everyone can see it if they follow someone who sent out the tweet or re-tweeted it. Unfortunately there is a lot of noise out there. I would compare Twitter to The Soapbox and Breaking News. If you want to find out about the very latest news, Twitter is the place to go. Last year (2015) Google started adding tweets to the search engine results which had added major value to tweets. Posting something in 140 characters or less, which includes any hyperlinks added to tweet, is definitely some creative writing.

I have established myself as a source on Twitter for technology and social media links. If you are serious about Twitter, there are many ways to manage and automate your posts using free tools available. I find Twitter quite enjoyable because of the 140 character limit, how easy it is to scan headlines, and click for more information on only topics of interest.

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Samsung 16 TeraByte Solid State Drive

Samsung 16 TeraByte Solid State Drive

Unbelievable advances are once again being made in the world of data storage. Now available is a 16 TB SSD storage drive which is currently the world’s largest. This is 16,000 GigaBytes of space. How much storage is that exactly? It is around 7 billion pages of text or 4,000 DVDs. Even better, this is a solid state drive (SSD) which means it has no moving mechanical parts and is much faster than a traditional computer hard drive which are spinning disc platters. It has a read/write speed of 1.2 GigaBytes per second so you can fill this new drive up in just over 3 hours.

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Using your iPhone/iPad for PowerPoint presentations on the go

Using your iPhone/iPad for PowerPoint presentations on the go

I am on the go frequently and am asked to make short (and long) presentations. I have become very comfortable with Microsoft PowerPoint and built up a repertoire of reusable content that I update. I know those who have all their devices in the Apple world like to use Keynote which has its own set of benefits.

STEP 1

If you want to display your presentation on an external device (such as a monitor, TV, or projector), you need to purchase a Lightning Digital AV Adapter (AV = Audio Visual). This adapter plugs into your modern iPhone or iPad device through the lightning port and provides 2 connections: an HDMI connection which is used to connect to an external display and a lightning port which can be used to charge your device while in use during the presentation.

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How to watch and make 360 degree YouTube videos

How to watch and make 360 degree YouTube videos

Google Cardboard lets you experience virtual reality (VR) in a very inexpensive manner. If you use the YouTube Android app along with Cardboard, you can even watch 360 degree videos which are really taking off and providing quite the immersive experience. For those of you on iPhones, YouTube will be supporting it “soon” however there is a third party app called in360Tube which provides that functionality right now.

 

WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS (NO HEADSET REQUIRED)

You don’t need Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch 360 degree videos. Try opening up https://www.youtube.com/360 in your Google Chrome web browser. Select one of the 360 degree videos. When you press play, you will notice arrows appear in the top left corner or you can click and drag the video screen using your mouse. It is fascinating to be in control of where you are watching during a video. I highly recommend you all try it out.


WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS USING CARDBOARD

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