Short videos are quite popular these days thanks to Instagram and Vine. Both platforms have made this form an important resource and great engagement tool in the hands of bloggers and marketers - with a maximum length of six seconds on Vine and fifteen seconds on Instagram.
Just to state the (obvious) potentials, Twitter's Vine has 40 million users and Instagram now has 200 million users. Still, if videos are your thing, stats say more people will see them on Vine, since Instagram's primary use was, and still is, photo-sharing (check apps for editing).
Using both apps to shoot short videos and share them with your blog readers and people who follow you on these social sites is fairly easy. But creating original, interesting, fun and engaging content in this relatively new form and with such strict limitations, at first may be a bit overwhelming. Here are few tips to make it easier:
#1 Get creative. Everything starts with good ideas.
When it comes to Vine and Instagram videos it's not that much about their production quality as it is about having great fun and interesting ideas that you want to share with others. In reality, creative vines are much more intriguing to users than the "good-looking" videos.
Since you only have 6 to 15 seconds, resist the urge to go too deep into your story, but make every second count. You can make several different short videos to promote a post, or create a "how-to" video to showcase your products on Instagram. Vine is perfect to highlight a special offer, new service or product giveaway. Whatever you choose to promote make sure to focus on inspirational and fun content that brings positive emotions in people.
#2 Stabilize with a tripod.
Handycam videos are sometimes good, but in most cases, and particularly if you are not completely certain, it's best to use a tripod when shooting videos with the Instagram and Vine apps to achieve steady and well-balanced shots. There's no app to shine the videos afterwards, so mount your smartphone to the tripod and make sure it's steady. Let the action you want to present happen in front of the camera, instead of you trying to follow it with the phone.
#3 Consider lighting and audio quality.
As with shooting images, you must think of the lighting conditions before you start recording a video. There are no balance commands on both apps, so it's much better if you take care of this ahead. Even opened blinds inside a house or a simple lamp can dramatically alter your shots.
People can watch your vines without the sound, but if used properly good quality audio is one very important component of the message you are sending, your story, and the mood you want to create. Since the mics on phones usually are not of the highest quality it is safer to avoid crowded places and background noises when shooting.
#4 Know the time and frame limits.
You have only six seconds on Vine, and fifteen on Instagram, to tell your bite-size story. This means you must carefully plan each shot of your videos so you won't run out of time, and viewers can also understand your message correctly. Both apps only have square frames, so when shooting your videos consider your standpoint and where the object is located within the grid.
#5 What about looping videos?
On Vine there's no choice - all videos loop by default. They are best made with a tripod, in a clear setting, shooting one image at the end of another to tell your story, before you get ready to move on with some more complex techniques. Looping videos can also be used on Instagram, even though that's not your only option on the site.
#6 Don't forget to add a smart and witty caption.
Including smart and funny captions and comments with your short videos will intrigue Vine and Instagram followers to check out your profiles and visit your blog. Be careful not to reveal too much so they won't need to come to your site for more. Also, think how the video will look in other social sites streams if you are planning to share it.
So how about you… Do you like these short-form videos? Can you see them as part of your blog's promotional efforts on social media? Tell us your tips if you are already shooting vines and Instagram videos.
- Win+E = Start Windows Explorer (My Computer)
- Alt+Arrow Up = Go up one folder
- Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right = Go to previous folder / go to next folder
- Tab/Shift+Tab = Switch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)
- Alt+D or f4 = Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired
- Ctrl+E or ctrl+f = Jump to Search Box in Explorer
- Ctrl+N = Open new instance of Windows Explorer
- F11 = Maximize window
2. Navigate File List and Navigation Pane
- Arrow Keys = Navigate between files and folders
- Enter = Open folder or start application
- Home/End = Jump to first / jump to last item
- F2 = Change the file name of active item
- F2, then arrow left/Arrow Right = Move one character to the left / to the right in item name
- F2, then ctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow Right = Jump one word to the left / to the right of item name
- F2, then home /End = Jump to beginning / jump to end of item name
- F2, then ctrl+a = Select complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)
- Arrow Left/Arrow Right = Expand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)
3. File List
- Alt+P = Display or hide Preview Pane
- Alt+V then D = View details. Check View menu for more options
- Alt+V then X = View extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options
- Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel = Change size of icons
4. Select Items in File List and Navigation Panel
- Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down = Select multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)
- ctrl with arrow keys and space = Select multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and pressspace to add/remove from selection
- Ctrl+A = Select all
- A ...Z and 1..9 = Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter
5. Manipulate Items in Explorer
- Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V = ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for cut and Ctrl+V for paste
- Ctrl+Z = Undo an action
- Ctrl+Y = Redo an action
- Delete = Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin
- Shift+Delete = Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin
- Shift+F10 = Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection
- Ctrl+Shift+N = Create new folder
- Alt+Enter = Open Properties dialog box
1. Move and Resize Active Window
- Win+Arrow Down = Set window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored)
- Win+Arrow Up = Maximize window (if Restored)
- Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow Up = Maximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous state
- Win+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow Left = Move Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors
- Win+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow Left = Move window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors
- Alt+Space = Opens the title bar menu
- Alt+Space+Enter = Restore Window
- Alt+Space+X = Maximize Window
- Alt+Space+N = Minimize Window
- F11 = Turn full page view on or off
2. Switch between Applications
- Alt+Tab / Alt+Shift+Tab = Cycles through open programs in taskbar. Hold alt and continuously press tab to move forward between applications. Release keys to switch to application selected. Add shift to reverse direction.
- Alt+Ctrl+Tab, then use arrow keys to select application = Cycles through open programs in taskbar without needing to hold alt continuously. Press alt+ctrl+tab once, then continue with arrow keys and press enter on application.
- Alt+Esc/Alt+Shift+Esc = Cycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessed
- Win+Tab = Cycle through programs using Aero Flip 3D
- Ctrl+Win+Tab = Cycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3D
- Win+G = Cycle through Gadget Window
3. Manage Multiple Windows
- Win+D = Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state
- Win+M = Minimize all windows on current Monitor
- Win+Shift+M = Restore previously minimized windows on current Monitor
- Win+Home = Set all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active
- Win+Space = Preview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)
Accessing Windows Features
- Win+E = Start Windows Explorer (in My Computer)
- Win+R = Open the Run window
- Win+F = Open Windows Search. f3 on empty desktop works, too.
- Win+L = Lock the keyboard/ computer
- Win+F1 = Display Windows Help
- Alt+Shift = Change keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active*
- Shift when inserting CD or DVD = Prevent CD or DVD from automatically playing
- Win+P = Choose Presentation Display Mode
- Win+X = Open Mobility Center
Note: When working with multiple Keyboards Layouts (e.g. Spanish/English/German). Add unlimited Layouts under Regional settings and activate language bar in Taskbar to see current language. Switch with shortcut any time.
Windows 7 Taskbar
- Win or Ctrl+Esc = Activate Start Button. Then use arrow keys, space and enter to navigate within Start Menu
- Win+T = Go to first item in taskbar, continue with arrow keys
- Win+B = Go to first item in system tray
- Shift+click on a taskbar item = Start new instance of taskbar item
- Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar item = Start new instance of taskbar item as administrator
- Shift+right-click on a taskbar item = Show the window menu for the program
- Win+1...9 = Switch to application in position N on taskbar (or launch pinned application)
- Shift+Win+1...9 = Start new instance of taskbar item in position N on taskbar
- Arrow Keys = Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)
- Home/End = Select first / select last object on desktop
- Enter = Launch active icon
- Shift+F10 = Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu usearrow keys, a-z and enter to select item
- tab, shift+tab on empty desktop = Navigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keysand enter or space to activate specific icons
- A, B, C, ... = Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter
- Arrow Left/Arrow Right = Go to next / go to previous photo
- Ctrl+ . = Rotate photo clockwise
- Ctrl+ , = Rotate photo counter-clockwise
- [+]/- = Zoom in / zoom out (or mouse wheel)
- Ctrl+0 (zero) = Fit to Window
- Delete = Delete current photo
- Shift+Delete = Permanently delete current photo
- Alt+Enter = Show properties of current photo
- Alt+E or Ctrl+S = Email current photo
- Ctrl+C = Copy current photo file to clipboard
- Alt+O =Open current photo in other application (e.g. Paint of Office)
- Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab = Move forward / move backwards through tabs
- Tab/Shift+Tab = Move forward / move backwards through options
- Alt+underlined letter = Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
- Enter = Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
- Space = Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
- Arrow Keys = Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
- F4 = Display the items in the active list
- Backspace = Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
1. Admin Tasks
- Ctrl+Win+F = Search for Computers (with Active Directory activated)
- Win+Pause/Break = Display System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so on
- Ctrl+Shift+Esc = Opens Windows Task Manager
2. Remote Desktop
- Alt+Page Up/Alt+Page Down = Move between programs from left to right / from right to left
- Alt+Insert = Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in
- Alt+Home = Display the Start menu
- Ctrl+Alt+pause/break = Switch between a window and full screen
- Ctrl+Alt+End = Display the Windows Security dialog box
- Alt+Delete = Display the system menu
- Tab = Move between links
- Alt+C = Display the Table of Contents
- Alt+N = Display the Connection Settings menu
- F10 = Display the Options menu
- Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right = Move back / move forward to the previously/ next viewed topic
- Alt+A = Display the customer support page
- Alt+Home = Display the Help and Support home page
- Home/End = Move to the beginning / to the end of a topic
- Ctrl+F = Search the current topic. Press tab to leave
- Ctrl+P = Print a topic
- F3 = Move the cursor to the search box. Press tab to leave
Ease of Access and Magnifier
1. Ease of Access
- Win+U = Open Ease of Access Center
- Press Shift five times. = Turn Sticky Keys on or off
- Press Num Lock for five seconds = Turn Toggle Keys on or off
- Right Shift for eight seconds = Turn Filter Keys on or off
- left Alt + left Shift +Num Lock = Turn Mouse Keys on or off
- left Alt + left Shift + prtScn = Turn High Contrast on or off (Careful, will change theme!)
- Win+[+] = Start Magnifier and zoom in
- Win+- = Zoom out with Magnifier active
- Ctrl+Alt+I = Invert colors in Magnifier display
- Win+Esc = Exit Magnifier
- Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys = Move the Magnifier windows
Flappy Bird has been become one of the most popular mobile games, both on Android and iOS. This game has been a lot of attention of many people, in addition to playing Flappy Bird frustrated but also has been addicting for those who play it.
But unfortunately, starting today, Monday February 10, 2014, we were not can find the game on the Play Store, because Dong Nguyen, a developer of game Flappy Bird, issued notices have closed the game Flappy Bird of distribution
However, do not be disappointed, especially for Android users, we can still install Flappy Bird with APK files, and you can get the APK file here.
How to play:
- Tap to flap its wings to fly.
- Avoid pipe.
- Earn 4 medals: Bronze, Silver, Gold (Hard), Platinum (Very Difficult)
How to beat Flappy Bird (Don't ever do...)
Everyone has heard about Google Glass, the wearable computer that can be slipped on like a pair of glasses, though it is much more than mere glasses. Undoubtedly the first of its kind, it comes with builtin navigation software that helps you with directions while driving, biking or even walking. It appears that the software giant Microsoft has been mulling over giving a fitting reply for Google Glass and has been working silently behind the scenes. However, since Google will start shipping only towards the end of 2013, Microsoft seems to have enough time to come up with an answer that makes great sense. The eye-level piece of hardware from Microsoft is expected to rival Google Glass.
It is logical to think that Microsoft will come with a product that will be compatible with Windows Phone system, given that Google Glass has already announced that their product will accommodate Android devices as well as Apple’s iPhones. Additionally, Microsoft’s proposed product is expected to have several innovative features that only the software giant can think of. The common features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS should figure in both Google Glass and Microsoft’s yet to be named product.
However, what additional features both will be able to add is what will make all the difference.
One would imagine that other features like browsing the Internet and other small tasks that can be accomplished through voice commands should also be present in both the products. Additionally, calling features, being able to send text messages are basic features that should be pretty easy to include. Not to mention the ubiquitous camera, that figures in most basic models of mobile phones today, should also figure in Google Glass and Microsoft’s eye opener. However, there is enough time to think about all that and more as Google should easily take another 6 months or so to perfect the concept that they are still working on.
Microsoft will certainly focus on eyewear that needs to be compatible with other Microsoft systems, as that is their base. One cannot rule out a lot of experimentation and innovation by the team of researchers dedicated to the task of bringing out a product that Microsoft believes will have all eyes open and gaping. Whoever takes the lead with additional features will win the race; of course the price too will be a major consideration. Both the parties have not reached a stage where they have given a thought about pricing, and no one has the vaguest clue about this aspect.
Additionally, the tiny HD cameras within, provide for shooting videos and snapping pictures, while zooming in can be done discreetly without the subject having an inkling about what is happening. Not that the others around you will be totally unaware of what you are up to. Discretion is required by the users of both the eye-wear products that are to be launched by end 2013.
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Samsung adds Galaxy series Android smartphones, not long after introducing the Samsung Galaxy Grand. Samsung launched Samsung Galaxy Core, dual SIM Android phone for the middle-class market.
Samsung Galaxy Core has a 4.3 inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Core is equipped with 5 MP resolution camera. Samsung Galaxy Core brings some features that are usually only available in Samsung Galaxy S series.
Such as Smart Stay which allows the screen stays on as long as the user's eyes still looked at. And Smart Alert to warn if there is a missed call or messages, when the phone is picked up.
Addition the dual SIM version, there is also a single SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy Core. Plans to enter several markets starting this month.
Samsung Galaxy Core Specification:
- Connectivity 5.76 HSUPA 900/2100, EDGE / GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
- Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core CPU, 1GB of RAM
- 4.3 inch WVGA display (480 x 800) TFT LCD
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 5 MP camera with LED flash, VGA front camera
- Optional Dual SIM capability
- 8GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot
- 1800 mAh battery
If previously there was the issue of Nokia developed the Nokia Transparent Phone Concept, this time Polytron Technologies developed the same thing which is claimed as the future of a communication device.
Polytron phone prototype, as reported by Mobile Geek, did yet show the performance of handheld communication devices like who has be on the market include phone function.
However, the phone is slimmer briefly of the iPhone 5 has been equipped with micro SD storage card slot, battery, camera components, microphone, and speakerphone.
"We will get samples of products that can already be used (as smartphone) at the end of this year. So this is a very early stage," said Mobile Geek, in their video record.
This Transparent Mobile Phone is developed on background of Smart Glass Technology that contain liquid crystal molecules. Crystal molecules were able to change the appearance of the original glass grayish such as cloud becomes transparent when the power is turned on cell phone