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You might have the most interesting or entertaining blog posts on your website. However, one simple error can be the difference between a returning visitor and someone who will simply click off your website and find another blog post to read. It is sad to say how judgmental web users are online. However, it is ...

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You might have the most interesting or entertaining blog posts on your website. However, one simple Image result for proofreaderror can be the difference between a returning visitor and someone who will simply click off your website and find another blog post to read. It is sad to say how judgmental web users are online. However, it is due to the fact that the next best alternative, with regards to blog posts and websites, is always one click away. This makes it adamantly clear that having blog posts that are error-free and have been proof read correctly is key to making sure you don’t lose any traffic ‘cheaply’. For this reason, here are 4 proofreading tips you can implement when it comes to checking your blog posts before scheduling or publishing.

 

 

#1 Re-read First, Preferably a Day Later

The first thing you should always do when you proof read and edit a blog post before publication is re-read the whole thing. You can do this as soon as you create the post. However, you might not pick up on some errors if you ‘scan’ the blog post. Instead, come back to it in a day and you are likely to find more typos and errors than if you read the post straight after creating it.

 

 

#2 Check Headings/Lists etc.

It is quite easy to use the wrong heading or list, if you are using the likes of WordPress for creating blog posts. Using the wrong heading (such as Heading 3 instead of Heading 1) will have an impact on the SEO of that blog post, since heading 1s carry with it more weight to the SEO of the article than, say, heading 3s. Therefore, by clicking onto each heading/list and making sure the correct heading/list is used will help the post’s SEO efforts.

 

 

#3 Spell Check

WordPress has a spell checker tool which will highlight any occurrences where the software feels there is a typo, or the wrong use of grammar. Although this does not pick up on all vocabulary and grammatical errors, it can be useful to double check against your proof-reading. It takes an extra 20-30 seconds and can potentially highlight several mistakes within your post. For example, a common one for me is ‘color’ and ‘colour’. The UK spells color as ‘colour’. But, since I am appealing to a predominantly US audience, it is useful to know when I spell it incorrectly in the eyes of the US way, for which the Spell Checker picks up on.

 

 

#4 Always Preview

Before finally publishing a post, it is an absolute must that you preview the post. Previewing the post allows you to view the article as if it was published live on your website. Therefore, it gives you a general sense as to how your blog post will look on your website. From this, you can address any structural problems, such as different fonts used, double spacing and more to make sure it is visually consistent with the structure of the rest of your blog posts on your website.

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Must Have Features of Windows Laptop 2017 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/must-have-features-of-windows-laptop-2017/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/must-have-features-of-windows-laptop-2017/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:04:13 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2594 Tweaks for Geeks
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It is truly terrifying just how fast technology has come along in the last ten years. It was ten years ago the first iPhone was released. Now, Apple has released the iPhone X with a bezeless screen and specs inside to power such a screen. The same can be said for laptops as well, where ...

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It is truly terrifying just how fast technology has come along in the last ten years. It was ten years ago the first Image result for dell xps 13iPhone was released. Now, Apple has released the iPhone X with a bezeless screen and specs inside to power such a screen.

The same can be said for laptops as well, where the functionality of laptops has greatly improved year on year. With this, here are some must have features you should look for in a laptop for 2017.

  • USB Type C Ports – There is a general progression from USB 3.0 ports to USB Type C. USB Type C ports are smaller and can do a whole lot more than the standard USB port, such as transferring files, charging, gaining internet connectivity and more.
  • PCIe SSD – When SSD was released to replace HDD, it revolutionized the speed of laptops and computers. The newest upgrade to SSD is PCIe, which can produce speeds up to four times quicker than SSD.
  • 1080p or 2k resolution – Depending on what you want from your laptop depends on what screen resolution you want. For example, a gamer or someone that performs a lot of video editing might want a 2k screen whereas a standard web browser user would only need a 1080p screen. With a 2k screen, though, comes an decreased battery life, of course.
  • 2-1 – There are a whole range of laptops that offer 2-1 capabilities, where the lid can fully flex to convert the whole laptop into tablet mode. Although many of these laptops are rarely used in full tablet model, it is useful being able to change the screen rotation to put the laptop into new positions to work with.
  • Infrared camera – Windows 10 offers facial recognition. However, to get this feature, your laptop will need an infrared camera.
  • Multi-touch touch pad – Windows 10 has some extremely useful features with their software, such four finger scroll to go between the different desktops that one might have open on their laptop.
  • 8GB or more of RAM – It is an absolute necessity to have 8GB of ram if you purchase a laptop this year. If you want to future proof the laptop, then 16GB is your best bet.
  • Intel Kaby Lake processor – Intel’s latest processors are more powerful than ever, providing unparalleled performance compared to the likes of AMD. With this, getting a laptop with, at least, an i5 or i7 processor is a necessity to fluid performance.
  • OLED display – Although most laptops still use LCD and LED displays, some laptops are starting to adopt OLED screens as the price of the technology reduces. OLED stands for organic light emitting diode and produces extremely vibrant colours with the ability to turn individual pixels off, to produce blackest of blacks.

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5 Quick Tips To Make Content Online More Readable http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/5-quick-tips-to-make-content-online-more-readable/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/5-quick-tips-to-make-content-online-more-readable/#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:38 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2591 Tweaks for Geeks
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Making sure web users engage with content is paramount to the success of the traffic an article receives. If the content is not engaging because, for example, it is not readable, then you are likely to see visitors exit your website and look for an alternative. Web users are extremely judgmental of a website and ...

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Making sure web users engage with content is paramount to the success of the traffic an article receives. If Image result for Readablethe content is not engaging because, for example, it is not readable, then you are likely to see visitors exit your website and look for an alternative. Web users are extremely judgmental of a website and its content as soon as they land onto it.

Making sure your content is readable will serve to improve the engagement web users have with it.

They are more likely to read more of the content and, therefore, interact more with the website. For this reason, here are some quick fire tips to help make your content more readable online.

 

 

#1 Use Short Paragraphs

Long paragraphs, from a visual perspective, tend to come across as hard work. For the web user, they will be put off reading large amounts of content – by shortening your paragraph length, not only do you make the content appear not as large, you break up the content for web users so they can take it in manageable chunks. As for how short a paragraph should be, anywhere between 100-200 works would work well.

 

 

#2 Use Headings

Now that you have your content structured into paragraphs, the next step is to make sure you put headings to the main sections of your content. From doing this will help the web user gain an overview of what each section of the content is about, so they can decide whether they want to read it or not.

For example, from putting headings in this article, you might be already applying a few of these points to your current articles – if this is the case, you don’t need to read the content as much as the points that you have not implemented.

 

 

#3 Use Bold Text

It is true to say that not every bit of your content contains the same weighting. Some sentences will be more critical to your article than others. To highlight this, it is a good idea to make such sentences bold, so they are visually more noticeable to the reader and more likely to be made read. It also illustrates to the web user that you are putting extra emphasis on the point you are making in bold.

 

 

#4 Use Bullet Points Appropriately

Bullet points are a brilliant way to list content in an easy-to-read manner without taking up too much space. However, when to use lists is the question that needs to be answers. You should generally use lists where:

  • You are making 3+ points about something
  • You have short sentences about a point that would not work well combining them into a paragraph
  • For visual purposes – it is easy to spot a list and read through the points.
  • Summarize areas of your content. For example, you could list what you are going to talk about at the start of an article.

 

 

#5 Large Font is Easier to Read

The quickest tip of all you can implement is by increasing the size of your font on your website. The larger font is, the easier it is for the web user to read it. This works to reduce both the exit and bounce rate which, in turn, will improve your traffic figures. Therefore, look to increase the font for a week and see how this impacts your website through Google Analytics.

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5 Tech Gift Ideas this Christmas http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/5-tech-gift-ideas-this-christmas/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/5-tech-gift-ideas-this-christmas/#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:34 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2586 Tweaks for Geeks
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Christmas is under a month a way which means never has it been a better time to start looking to buy tech gifts for your friends and families. There is a lot of exciting tech out there, with most being discounted some way or another after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With this, here are ...

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Christmas is under a month a way which means never has it been a better time to start looking to buy tech giftsImage result for tech gifts for your friends and families. There is a lot of exciting tech out there, with most being discounted some way or another after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With this, here are some brilliant gift ideas this Christmas if you want to buy your friends and family the latest and greatest tech.

 

 

Smart Home Speaker

Although the Amazon Echo and Google Home was released last year, the prices of each have dropped significantly since there launch. On top of this, both Amazon and Google have released cheaper alternatives (Amazon Echo Dot and Google Mini) which lack big speakers but still hold the artificial intelligence software, for which you are buying into with the products from Google and Amazon.

Smart Homes are generally something that people do not know they want or need until they try it out and use it on a daily basis. With this, it can be considered a safe bet to buy it for a friend or family member this Christmas.

 

 

Virtual Reality Headset

The VR market has, like the Smart Home, been around for a year or so. However, this year, the prices of the headsets has dropped enough to make it feasible to purchase as gifts. The Playstation VR now starts at £250 ($350) with two VR games. Depending on what games console your friend or family member has depends on what VR headset you should get them. However, considering VR has the potential to completely change the way we interact and experience video games, it is another safe bet for a gift idea.

 

 

Bluetooth Headphones

When Apple released the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, the world went crazy. How could they even do this! However, 2017 has come around and other leading tech companies, such as Google, are following the footsteps of Apple. Although people are reluctant to see the headphone jack go, it will eventually go. Therefore, never has it been a better time to invest in headphones that connect wireless using bluetooth.

 

 

Smartwatch

The smartwatch industry has been a slow burner. However, this year has been a really exciting year since it can be considered the first year that the majority of smartwatches out there generally look like watches. Therefore, even the fashion-conscious should want to wear a smartwatch. With Android 2.0 has just being released with Android Pay over NFC, never has it been a better time to buy a smartwatch.

 

 

Netflix Subscription

The majority of household TVs are now smart. Therefore, if you have a friend or family member that has such a TV without a subscription to the likes of Amazon Video, Now TV or Netflix, it is a great idea to provide them a 12 month membership to give it a go – it will be hard for them to not enjoy and use the subscription!

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Should You Buy the OnePlus 5T? http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/should-you-buy-the-oneplus-5t/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/should-you-buy-the-oneplus-5t/#comments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:11 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2584 Tweaks for Geeks
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Although the OnePlus 5 was only released back in June, OnePlus have already updated their flagship smartphone, in preparation for the holiday season. The OnePlus 5T was launched last week and has seemingly hit the ground running, with many people impressed with the smartphone, especially for the price it is compared to flagships from the ...

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Although the OnePlus 5 was only released back in June, OnePlus have already updated their flagship Image result for oneplus 5tsmartphone, in preparation for the holiday season. The OnePlus 5T was launched last week and has seemingly hit the ground running, with many people impressed with the smartphone, especially for the price it is compared to flagships from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google. However, should you buy it? Is it worth the money and what is so different about it? Here are the questions you are asking answered.

 

 

What’s Different with the OnePlus 5T?

The OnePlus 5T has some incremental changes made to it over the OnePlus. For example, secondary camera has been updated from a telephoto lens to f1.7 aperture camera, to improve the low-light performance of pictures. This does mean that the ‘portrait’ setting is not done thought the secondary camera but through software optimization to work out what part of the picture to blur. As well as this, the front facing camera can now do facial recognition, with early tests suggesting it is quicker than even Samsung’s S8 and Apple’s iPhone X.

But, the biggest change, by far, comes with the screen, which has been updated to a 18:9 ratio 1080p AMO-LED 6″ screen. This makes the phone in keeping with the ‘2017’ design for smartphones, which feature next to nothing bezels at the top and bottom and bezel-less around the sides. The fact the screen is still 1080p will please many people, since this will not cause battery performance to dwindle as is the case when the resolution of screens increase. This does mean the fingerprint sensor has moved to the back of the smartphone, in an ideal location for it to be used, unlike the Samsung S8.

 

 

Is it Worth the Money?

With one simple word, yes. This is the smartphone OnePlus wished they could have released in June but didn’t have the capability to do so. However, compare it to the iPhone X, S8, G6 and other flagships, and it has killer specs (possibly the best specs on the market) and undercuts most smartphones by hundreds of dollars.

 

 

Should you Buy it?

This question is still open for debate.

If you have a 2017 smartphone already, then it is not worth the upgrade, even if you own a OnePlus 5. The internals of the OnePlus 5 are exactly the same, which means you will not gain any performance boost from owning the OnePlus 5T.

If you have not upgraded to a smartphone of this year, then this is the smartphone to go for. This is the smartphone with flagship specs at a much cheaper price than others. For this reaosn, it is extremely hard to argue why Samsung and Apple smartphones are worth hundreds of dollars more, when the OnePlus 5T has the design, specs screen and performance to compete directly with them.

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Tesla Unveils an Electric Truck and Roadster http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/tesla-unveils-an-electric-truck-and-roadster/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/tesla-unveils-an-electric-truck-and-roadster/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:50 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2580 Tweaks for Geeks
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With Tesla starting to produce Model 3 vehicles, admittedly at a much slower rate than what was planned, the next line-up of vehicles with the Tesla brand have been released this week, named as the Tesla Semi and the Tesla Roadster. Here is also the information you need to know about the big announcement from Tesla. ...

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With Tesla starting to produce Model 3 vehicles, admittedly at a much slower rate than what was planned, the next line-up of vehicles with the Tesla brand have been released this week, named as the Tesla Semi and the Tesla Roadster. Here is also the information you need to know about the big announcement from Tesla.

 

Tesla Semi – An All Electric Truck

The Tesla Semi is Tesla’s attempt of electrifying trucks. It comes with the following Image result for tesla semi roadsterspecs:

  • The Tesla Semi is planning to go into production in 2019 (sooner than expected).
  • The Tesla Semi will have the ability to pull 80,000lbs, the maximum allowed for trucks to pull on US roads, from 0-60mph in 2o seconds.
  • Without a load, the Tesla Semi will able to go from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds.
  • The range of the Tesla Semi will be 643km (400 miles)
  • The Tesla Semi can recharge in 30 minutes at one of Tesla’s new mega-chargers.

 

Tesla Roadster – A Crazy Performer

  • The Tesla Roaster (2.0) is the second iterative roadster from Tesla. However, instead of taking parts from a Lotus Elise, it has been designed by Tesla, all iImage result for tesla semi roadstern-house.
  • The Roaster has an acclaimed range of 1,000km (620 miles) on one charge.
  • The performance statistics of the Roadster are beyond hyper car. 0-60mph will take 1.9 seconds whilst 0-100mph will take a mere 4.2mph.
  • The Roadster will be available in 2020 at a starting price of around $200,000.

 

 

Analysis – ‘Smackdown’ for Petrol and Diesel?

Elon Musk has described this announcement, especially with reference to the Tesla Roadster, as a ‘hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars’. To some extent, he is certainly correct. If the Tesla Roaster is released in 2020 and comes with the stats it does, then it blows away every car on the market not by 0.1 second for 0-60mph but by nearly half a second. The range is incredible too for such a car.

The Tesla Semi is definitely something that Tesla might struggle to actually make happen, considering the amount of battery capacity a truck will need for it to compete with diesels out there at the moment – the sheer capacity of battery needed will also prove to expensive, questioning whether it is feasible for the truck to be purchased by companies.

Ultimately, Tesla have unveiled two products which are continuing the direction they want the whole market to head. For some, this news comes at a time for which PR relating to Tesla was relatively low, due to the poor performance of the Tesla Model 3 cars when it comes to the production of them. Therefore, was this a way of covering up the poor manufacturing efficiency of the Model 3? Possibly. But, either way, if Tesla can promise what they have stated in this news conference, then 2019 and 2020 will be very interest years for the automotive sector on the whole. However, from previous experience of the Model S, X, and 3, it is unlikely Tesla will stick to their dates rigorously.

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How to Prepare Your Website for Christmas http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/how-to-prepare-your-website-for-christmas/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/how-to-prepare-your-website-for-christmas/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:35 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2575 Tweaks for Geeks
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With the holiday season approaching, it is that time of year when lots of holiday adverts are being produced/released and the rush for the holiday season is about to start. When this happens, most websites tend to not do anything for the holiday season and keep their website exactly the same throughout the whole period. ...

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With the holiday season approaching, it is that time of year when lots of holiday adverts are being Image result for christmas happyproduced/released and the rush for the holiday season is about to start. When this happens, most websites tend to not do anything for the holiday season and keep their website exactly the same throughout the whole period. As much as this is okay to do, it is worth preparing and changing your website to account for the different habits and frame of mind web users tend to have around the holiday season. After all, happy web users are much more beneficial to websites than unhappy web users! With this, here are some ways you can prepare and change your website in preparation for the holiday/Christmas season.

 

 

#1 Give Your Theme the Christmas Spirit

The first step to preparing your website for the holiday season is by adapting the theme slightly to incorporate a sense of Christmas into it. No matter if your website is hosted in Blogger or through WordPress, there are plugins and codes you can easily implement to add a Christmas spirit to your theme. Such examples include:

  • Snow around your logo
  • Snow animation coming down from the top of the screen
  • Changing the colours of your theme to that of Christmas (red, white and green).
  • Adding images of Christmas items throughout your theme.
  • Adding a Merry Christmas sign in the sidebar, as a widget.

 

#2 Focus on Social Media

Around the holiday season, the usage of social media tends to spike, as generally people communicate more around times when they think about friends and families. With this, it is a good idea to focus more on getting your website traffic to share posts on social media, since this will help for your traffic to spike from potentially going viral. This can be done by including social media buttons on your articles/content as well as having a call to action at the start/end of your content to share your content on social media.

 

 

#3 Give Something Back

Christmas and the holiday season is not just about friends and families, but providing a little joy in people’s lives to show a little love. For many, this could mean giving to charity. For website’s, having something such as ‘every visitor that visits the website from now to Christmas, 0.01p will be donated to ___ charity’ will work to provide a brilliant message to your audience, as well as make you feel a little better during the run-up to Christmas. Another thing could be by providing some sort of competition where you can win a prize of some sort. Either way, giving something back to your audience will work wonders in generating good brand awareness for your website, increasing the likelihood of returning visitors.

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Pros and Cons to the iPhone X (10) http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/pros-and-cons-to-the-iphone-x-10/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/pros-and-cons-to-the-iphone-x-10/#comments Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:18 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2573 Tweaks for Geeks
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It has been ten years since the first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs that revolutionized the smartphone market (and, to some extent, created it too). To celebrate ten years of iPhones, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple released the iPhone X, which can be considered one of the biggest updates to the ...

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It has been ten years since the first iPhone was released by Steve Jobs that revolutionized the Image result for iphone xsmartphone market (and, to some extent, created it too). To celebrate ten years of iPhones, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple released the iPhone X, which can be considered one of the biggest updates to the iPhone to date. There are a lot of good points to this new smartphone from Apple as well as bad points. Taking this into consideration, here are the main pros and cons to the iPhone X (10).

 

iPhone X Pros

  • The iPhone X has a bezel-less screen (excluding the ‘notch’ at the top of the screen).
  • To unlock the device, Apple uses an all new Face ID technology which is quicker and safer to unlock than Touch ID.
  • All glass body feels good in the hand and allows for inductive wireless charging.
  • Comes pre-installed with the latest iOS: iOS 11.
  • The screen, not only bezel-less, is an OLED screen for brighter whites, deeper blacks and a wider range of colours available.
  • A new 10 nanometre chip is used (A10X or A11) for slick performance.
  • Waterproof (up to 30 minutes in 5 feet of water).
  • Dual camera set up with the best overall camera to date on any smartphone.
  • Face ID technology allows the support of animojis, which is turning out to be a social media hit.
  • The iPhone X allows portrait lightning, to produce brilliant selfies.

 

iPhone X Cons

  • The ‘notch’. Many people hate the notch as it ruins the bezel-less experience. Many have called for Apple to blacken the top bar for all apps to account for this.
  • There is no Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
  • There is no Iris scanner, unlike what is found on the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus. For those that cover their facial features, this could prove to be a problem.
  • There is a lack of a headphone jack.
  • The iPhone X is both heavier and thicker than the iPhone 7.
  • It is extremely pricey, starting at $900 and ranging to $1,100.
  • iOS 11 does not allow multi-tasking yet, which has been around on Android smartphones for quite some time now.
  • There is no better battery life, even with the more economical OLED screen (as opposed to the LCD screen that was previously used).
  • Limited colours available.
  • Lack of a physical home button.

 

Ultimately, the iPhone X is a truly great smartphone. However, it is not perfect by any means. A lot of feedback from the online community wants the notch to be ‘filled’ by making the whole top section black always. As well as this, some others don’t like the way to get home, which they have found to be difficult to use if an app crashes – some have even called for using the pressure sensitive side to the screen to act as a home button.

Whatever way you look at it, you will probably not be disappointed by the iPhone X. However, is it worth the price? For some yes. For others, they will probably wait for the second iteration of the iPhone X.

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6 Tips to Using Instagram Effectively http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/6-tips-to-using-instagram-effectively/ http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/6-tips-to-using-instagram-effectively/#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:00:13 +0000 http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/?p=2570 Tweaks for Geeks
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Whether you are using Instagram for personal reasons or to represent your business, it should be clear by now the potential the social media platform has for increasing your exposure online. Having a platform solely made to share images on with filters is something many people like, especially when images can express a thousand words ...

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Whether you are using Instagram for personal reasons or to represent your business, it should be clearImage result for instagram by now the potential the social media platform has for increasing your exposure online. Having a platform solely made to share images on with filters is something many people like, especially when images can express a thousand words at time.

With this, here are some tips for users of Instagram to take note and advantage of, to help them make the most out of the social media platform.

  1. Always use a filter. When you take a picture to use on Instagram, the app will automatically allow you to add a filter to the image, with a selection of many different filters to choose from. Although some of the filters are quite extreme, in general, pictures will always look better with some sort of filter. Therefore, always get in the swing of things by using a filter whenever you post on Instagram.
  2. Include 1-2 hashtags per post. Just like Twitter, the hashtags on Instagram allow you to search for other content on the platform that used the same hashtag. With this it is a good idea to include 1-2 hashtags on your picture so that it is listed under that hashtag when people search for it.
  3. Try and post consistently. There is nothing worse than following someone that posts once in a blue moon, and then several times in one day and then once in a blue moon again. The key to pleasing your followers and gaining exposure is to post consistently – people will also search for you more if they know you are likely to have new posts too. If you have a ton of pictures to post on Instagram, reserve them and post them incrementally over time, possibly including them as ‘throwbacks’ if they were taken quite a long time ago.
  4. Comment and like a lot. Social media works best when both you and your followers interact with each other. For this reason, comment on posts you like and like other people’s posts. They will get notifications of this which will make them more inclined to view your profile as well as comment/like your posts.
  5. Invest in a dual camera smartphone. This is a bit of a weird tip. However, what dual smartphones can offer (with the inclusion of the Google Pixel 2 smartphones) is the ability to blur out the background of images in ‘Portrait’ mode, making the central attraction of what is being photographed appear more important. For this reason, it is a great way to make pictures look much better, even before applying a filter through Instagram.
  6. Make sure there are colours in your pictures. Colours are key to Instagram and the filters they have on offer. There is nothing worse than going onto someone’s profile and seeing, at a glance, the lack of colour they have on their profile posts. For this reason, whenever there is a chance to add more colour to your pictures when taking them, always try to incorporate it in.

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Apple released three new smartphones this year in preparation for the holiday period, being the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Forgetting about the price difference, it is clear that the flagship smartphone from Apple is the iPhone X, with a very radical new look to the iPhone. However, this does not mean ...

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Apple released three new smartphones this year in preparation for the holiday period, being the iPhone Image result for iphone 88, 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Forgetting about the price difference, it is clear that the flagship smartphone from Apple is the iPhone X, with a very radical new look to the iPhone. However, this does not mean the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus are bad phones at all. In fact, Apple will probably sell more ‘8’s than ‘X’s in all honestly. But, is it worth an upgrade and how good is the iPhone 8? Here are the main talking points to the iPhone 8.

 

Wireless Charging

The iPhone 8 is the first iPhone ever to come equipped with the ability for wireless charging. For this to take place, the rear end of the smartphone has changed from aluminum to glass to allow such inductive charging.

Although wireless charging has been around for quite a while, it is a welcome addition to see it finally come to the iPhone. What we can expect is for it to done very well by Apple, with the AirPower working well to charge it wirelessly.

 

 

Lag Free Experience

Apple has been known for years of a lag free experience. However, over time, some minor ‘laggy’ moments do occur, especially with upgrades to the operating system. Be this as this may, the iPhone 8 has had huge improvements to the internals of it and the experience is truly amazing – I would not be surprised if this phone does not ever lag.

 

 

64GB Starting Internal Storage

When the iPhone 7 was first released, it came with 32GB of storage at the lower bracket. For many people, this simply was not enough, especially with the smartphone capable of capturing slow motion video as well as 4K. There was no way people could get away from having apps, music and pictures on their phone with 32GB.

With this, Apple have doubled the lowest storage to 64GB, which is a welcome addition, in line with what other companies have as starting storage for their smartphones.

 

 

Poor Design

As much as this phone is similar to predecessors and many will like the design, it is not in-keeping with 2017 and the likes of the Samsung S8, LG G6 and Google Pixel 2 XL. In fact, it is an extremely boring design that should really be in its last ever year.

 

 

No Headphone Jack

Although Apple are trying to push technological trends, the removal of the headphone jack, for many consumers, is still just a bit too soon for their liking. There are million of people that use the headphone jack daily and not having that is a huge negative towards buying a phone. Yes, there is the connector that will allow you to plug headphones into the iPhone. However, do you really want to have to carry this around where ever you go?

 

 

Overall, the iPhone 8 is a great phone, but not ground breaking by any means. For loyal Apple fans, they will welcome such an incremental upgrade.

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