Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SpaceCDN offers global content delivery

When I load a website in a browser window, I don’t know if the content is coming from a nearby city or from a server on the other side of the globe.

But when the site’s graphics or video take more time to display than they should, that’s a signal that the content is wending its way from some distant location.

Content Delivery Networks like SpaceCDN work to solve that problem by   storing static content on servers that are closer to the end users. The a user clicks on a site that might be based in

SpaceCDN is a CDN reseller that works with network providers like HighWinds CDN, which has datacenters in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and in a dozen North American cities.

Customers can tailor their service by selecting the regions where they want a server and the amount of amount of content that they plan to distribute.

There’s an easy price calculator widget on the Space CDN website along with a blog with articles on how to optimize content delivery, speed website loading, and prepare for traffic surges.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

iClever adapter spreads Bluetooth love

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It should come as no surprise to readers of this space that my life is loaded with Bluetooth devices. I love untethered audio, whether it’s music, a TV show or my favorite podcasts.

But all those Bluetooth connections swirling around me are one-way conversations. In most cases it’s my mobile phone talking to a wireless speaker or headphones.

When I heard about the Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver Adapter from iClever, two features prompted me to request a sample to review. First, as the name states, this device can talk in two directions as it functions as either a transmitter or receiver. And second, it can bring the joys of wireless sound to a non-Bluetooth device such as the ancient portable stereo that I like to use in the back yard or my beloved Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

The iClever gadget looks like an oversized guitar pick. That’s a good thing when you want to slip it into a pocket, but not so great when you need to figure out which of its several buttons and switches to press for a perform a particular task.

It’s powered by a rechargeable internal battery which can be refueled with an ordinary mini-USB cable and charger plug. And the large power button is easy to find on the front of the unit, just above the company logo.

Like any Bluetooth device, the adapter has to be paired with whatever Bluetooth sibling you want it to talk to. There’s a tiny switch to move if you want it be in transmit or receive mode. Set the switch, then power up the adapter, find and press the Pairing button, get a little LED light flashing in the proper color and it makes nice with whatever nearby device is in pairing mode. No computer, app or code-entering is required.

The adapter uses Bluetooth 4.1 technology, so that smoothes the way for connecting to a variety of wireless devices. It also supports aptX Low Latency, which should make it idea for use with a TV. I’ve tried cheap Bluetooth transmitters that don’t have that feature with my TV and the poorly-synced dialog drove me crazy.

I tested the iClever adapter with a pair of powered speakers from an old computer and got high-quality sound for music transmitted from my mobile phone. It also worked just fine when I flipped the Rx/Tx switch and connected the adapter to my computer to get audio delivered to a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Along the way, I encountered a couple of minor annoyances. The first is a pairing issue. Once I had paired my wireless headphones with the adapter, I had to go through the pairing steps again to reconnect the my phone to the headphones.

My other complaint is with the instructions that come with the adapter. Not so much then instructions themselves, but the fact that they are printed in teeny-tiny letters on pages no larger than a business card. I needed a magnifying glass to read the text. I don’t know if iClever is trying to save money or save the rain forest, but it made installation more difficult that it needed to be.

Those issues aside, the iClever adapter did exactly what it says it would do - spread Bluetooth love and bring new life to old electronics. And I’m a fan of that kind of recycling.

The iClever adapter, officially called the Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver 2-in-1 Hands-free Adapter - sells for about $30 on Amazon.

Candy Jam follows style of Candy Crush

Few mobile games have been as popular as Candy Crush and its successors. Like Tetris, one on my all-time favorites, the simple matching game is easy to learn and always available for a quick diversion.

Now there’s a new game called Candy Jam, which builds on the  foundation of Candy Crush and Cookie Jam, another fast-paced matching game.

With Candy Jam, players try to swap game pieces to create a row of three or more identical candies. Along the way, they can pick up special boosters that help them burst through various barriers. Scoring is based on how many candies they can crush.

Candy Jam includes more than 200 different levels, each with vivid graphics and special effects. Players collect different kinds of candies to fill orders and they are rewarded with a special candy if they match four or more on the same candy.

Candy Jam is available as a free download in the Google Play Store. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

MalwareBytes offers free threat scanning and removal

Few things can strike fear into the minds of a computer user as thoroughly as a malware attack. Malware is malicious software that can sneak into you computer and begin displaying unwanted advertising or do serious damage to software and data files.

Fortunately, there are a number of programs available that will detect malware and either block it from being installed or remove it after it’s been identified.

A program called MalwareBytes is  often listed by computer security experts as one of the best choices for malware protection.

MalwareBytes is suite of security programs that can safeguard computers and mobile devices adware, spyware, trojans and other infections.

Once the program is downloaded and installed, users can select how they want their system scanned for infections. The software will do an immediate scan that looks at “all the places where malware is known to hide” or scanning can be customized to target the computer’s memory or startup objects, for example.

The results of the scan are displayed along with suggestions for removing or otherwise dealing with known or threats or suspicious programs.

A free version of MalwareBytes if available from Erase Malware, an erase malware website. The free version will scan a computer and remove threatening programs. An upgraded version that costs about $30 includes real-time threat screening.

Friday, April 14, 2017

SEO firm wants to help local businesses

Any company that hopes to sell widgets to a global audience already knows the importance of a high ranking on search engine pages and they probably use search engine optimization (SEO) tools maintain that ranking.

But what about a business like a car dealer, painting contractor or security service that serves a much smaller geographic area? As more people make Google or Bing their first stop in a search for local vendors, SEO techniques have become more important for those providers as well.

Beyond Elevated SEO Services is an Internet marketing firm in Wellington, FL, that says it will adapt global SEO tools to work for local businesses. The company’s Wellington SEO program can include online advertising, email marketing, and other options to reach a targeted audience.

Here’s what Beyond Elevated says on its website:

Instead of casting a wide net and hoping to catch some fish, you can cast a smaller more precise net and be guaranteed to get a good number of clients.

The Beyond Elevated website contains advice about choosing an SEO company and more details about the Wellington SEO approach. Visitors can also request more specific information through the company’s contact page.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Apptuse app works with HostGator web stores

Texas-based HostGator is one of the county’s better-known web hosting services with features that include cloud, VPS and WordPress along with tools for creating an online store.

And for store operators who want to be always in touch with their shop, they can install a mobile app designed specifically to work with a HostGator store.

The Apptuse mobile app for HostGator is available for both Android and iOS devices.  It works with the user’s existing site and payment gateway on HostGator and includes tools to manager social platforms and track visitor and sales metrics.

More details are available on the Apptuse website and the Lodlois website has a coupon that lets users try HostGator for 1 penny.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review Station lists cheapest gaming laptops in India

The emergence of the Indian Gaming Show in New Delhi earlier this year is just one example of the rapidly expanding interest in gaming in one of the world’s second most populous countries.

The market for gaming devices is also booming with gamers on the hunt for  affordable gaming platforms.

A website called Review Station recently posted its list of the 10 best laptops priced at under 35,000 Rupees.

Why that price point? Here’s what Review Station says:

The best thing about laptops in this range is that they won’t be low on specs and high on pricing.

The list includes models from Asus, Dell. Lenovo, Acer and HP. The profiles includes the specs for each unit - memory, operating system and hard drive and screen sizes - along with links to order the units online.

For a closer look, check out Review Station, which also has lists of top laptops at in lower price ranges.

Gizmo Editor adds video reviews

The Gizmo Editor blog has expanded its coverage tools to include original video profiles and reviews.

We will write and record a two-minute video that features an app, website or tech product. The videos are posted here and on the Gizmo Editor YouTube Channel.

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