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  • This screen cover could make the iPad Pro one step closer to a real notebook

    The iPad Pro duo are what Apple wants the world to use for handwriting and sketching using the Pencil - but while that stylus is responsive there’s no escaping the slightly unnatural feeling of writing on glass.

    But soon there might be, as a new screen protector called PaperLike promises to make the experience feel like writing on paper, so the writing and sketching experience is more natural and gives more control.

    On top of that it also claims to do what any good screen protector should: keep the screen safe from scratches, and reduce glare and not pick up fingerprints.

    Paper backers

    Some of those are bold claims, and it remains to be seen how well PaperLike will actually live up to them, but if you want to be one of the first to find out you can back it on Kickstarter, where it’s already exceeded its modest funding goal.

    There’s a delivery estimate of June 2017 for backers, so unlike projects that stretch on for years you shouldn’t even have long to wait, and it costs just 17 euros (around $18/£15/AU$24) to get a PaperLike for the iPad Pro 9.7, and 19 euros (roughly $20/£16/AU$27) to get one for the iPad Pro 12.9.

    If it’s everything the makers claim it could be a transformative product for digital artists and note takers, or would-be ones who’ve been put off by the unnatural feel of writing on a screen.

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  • How to Convert YouTube Videos to GIFs for FREE – Top 3 Methods for GIF Maker from YouTube

    Hello friends, Today I will tell you a method to convert YouTube videos to GIFs. You can convert unlimited YouTube videos to GIF for free. Users can even customize their GIF by editing color, the time duration of GIF and many more features. These Video to GIF converter are best to make GIF online.

     

    Officially, YouTube do not offer its users to make GIF from YouTube. Yes! YouTube does not allow the same. But, don’t worry I am going to present a very interesting and easy trick by which you can make or create a GIF from YouTube for Free. We will share 3 best methods for you to convert YouTube videos to Gif.s for free. You don’t need to download any software. Convert your Youtube videos by following the listed method below.

    This procedure is very easy because in this trick you don’t have to download any kind of apps or software. Go through the post to know more. We will use a website which is “GIFs.com”. This site will allow us to create or make a GIF from any YouTube video. Let’s see how it works.

      1. Head up to GIFs in your browser.
    •  Now, on the home page enter the URL of your wished YouTube video.
    • Let it do some work for you.
    • Now, pick start and end time.
    • Click on “Create GIF” button
    • Now, GIF information will be open.
    • Click on “Skip” button
    • That is it. Now, your GIF has been created successfully. You will find “Direct Link” to download your GIF
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  • How to Boost your Internet Speed with Open DNS

    Internet is the most used modern technology. It is used by billions of people everyday. Yes! billions of people use internet. In today’s world everything is going online from study to shopping. Internet is becoming are daily basic need. But, having internet and having faster internet are two different things. Almost majority of the internet users are struggling with there internet speed. These days people also can’t even wait for a second to download a file. But, some files are too big in GB that it take lots of time in downloading. You must have recently updated your windows to windows 10. So, you tell yourself how much time it took to download Windows 10 update. In this article i will tell you two methods to boost your internet speed with Google DNS and Open DNS.

     

    How many of you used YouTube?. You must have observed that Advertisement load faster than Videos on YouTube. In this article we will use there DNS server to increase the speed. Yes! we will use google DNS server to boost our Internet speed and i will also provide you address of Open DNS server.

     

    There are several advantages of using Google, Open DNS because they provide internet at much faster speed. They also provide us internet when we are struggling with our internet. Yes! these server will work even when your internet is not working.

     

    I will tell you a hack which will help you to increase your internet speed with Open DNS. Just follow each and every step below.

    • Open Control Panel and Select the Network and Internet.

    • Now, Select Network and Sharing center

    Boost your Internet Speed with Google/open DNS get faster internet speed

     

    • Now, click on your WiFi as marked in red.

    Boost your Internet Speed with Google/open DNS get faster internet speed

     

     

    Note : It will show your WiFi name.So, don’t be confused.

    • Now, It will show your WiFi status. You just click on properties as highlighted with red circle.

    Boost your Internet Speed with Google/open DNS get faster internet speed

    • Now, you will see WiFi properties. Just Select the option Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

    Boost your Internet Speed with Google/open DNS get faster internet speed

    This is the important step.

    • Click on ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’  to speedup your internet speed.

    Preferred DNS server : 208.67.222.222

    Change preferred and alternate dns server to increase the speed of your internet

     

    Alternate DNS server : 208.67.220.220

    • Now, you are using Open DNS server and your internet has become faster

      Change Internet Protocol version IPv6

      • Now, just take the reference from above Step – 5. Now, you will see (TCP/IPv6).
      • Now, configure it by changing Preferred and Alternative DNS server.
        Preferred DNS server : 2620:0:ccc::2

        change internet protocol version 6 with open dns to increase the speed of your internet


           Alternate DNS server : 2620:0:ccd::2

        Boost your Internet Speed with Google DNS

        Boosting your internet speed with google DNS is similar to above described Open DNS server. There is only one change all you need to write different numbers in Preferred and Alternative DNS server.

        • Take reference from above Step 6 and Step 7 and write different numbers.
        • In step 6 write,
          Preferred DNS server : 8.8.8.8
          Alternate DNS server : 8.8.4.4

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        • In step 7 write,
          Preferred DNS server : 2001:4860:4860::8888
          Alternate DNS server : 200
        • 1:4860:4860::8844

        So, these are the two methods to increase your internet speed with hack. All you need to do is change the Preferred and Alternative DNS server. I have provided you Google DNS server codes and Open DNS server code. You can choose which is convenient to you and one more thing don’t forget to share this article.

     

     

     

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  • In Lab Simulating Harsh Mars Climate, a Nascent Potato Grows

    In a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a simulator mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars now contains a hint of life: a nascent potato plant.

    After experimenting in the Andean nation's dry, desert soil, scientists have successfully grown a potato in frigid, high carbon-dioxide surroundings.

    Though still in early stages, investigators at the International Potato Center believe the initial results are a promising indicator that potatoes might one day be harvested under conditions as hostile as those on Mars.

    The findings could benefit not only future Mars exploration, but also arid regions already feeling the impact of climate change.

    "It's not only about bringing potatoes to Mars, but also finding a potato that can resist non-cultivable areas on Earth," said Julio Valdivia, an astrobiologist with Peru's University of Engineering and Technology who is working with NASA on the project.

    The experiment began in 2016 -- a year after the Hollywood film "The Martian" showed a stranded astronaut surviving by figuring out how to grow potatoes on the red planet.

    Peruvian scientists built a simulator akin to a Mars-in-a-box: Frosty below-zero temperatures, high carbon monoxide concentrations, the air pressure found at 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) altitude and a system of lights imitating the Martian day and night.

    Though thousands of miles away from colleagues at NASA's Ames Research Center in California providing designs and advice, Peru was in many ways an apt location to experiment with growing potatoes on Mars.

    The birthplace of the domesticated potato lies high in the Andes near Lake Titicaca, where it was first grown about 7,000 years ago. More than 4,000 varieties are grown in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, where potatoes have sprouted even in cold, barren lands.

    The Peruvian scientists didn't have to go far to find high-salinity soil similar to that found on Mars, though with some of the organic material Mars lacks: Pampas de la Joya along the country's southern coast receives less than a millimeter of rain a year, making its terrain somewhat comparable to the Red Planet's parched ground.

    International Potato Center researchers transported 700 kilos (1,540 pounds) of the soil to Lima, planted 65 varieties and waited. In the end, just four sprouted from the soil.

    In a second stage, scientists planted one of the most robust varieties in the even more extreme conditions of the simulator, with the soil -- Mars has no organic soil -- replaced by crushed rock and a nutrient solution.

    Live-streaming cameras caught every tiny movement as a bud sprouted and grew several leaves while sensors provided around-the-clock monitoring of simulator conditions.

    The winning potato: A variety called "Unique."

    "It's a 'super potato' that resists very high carbon dioxide conditions and temperatures that get to freezing," Valdivia said.

    NASA itself also has been doing experiments on extraterrestrial agriculture, both for use on spacecraft and perhaps on Mars.

    Ray Wheeler, the lead for advanced life support research activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, said plant survival in the open on Mars would be impossible given the planet's low-pressure, cold temperature and lack of oxygen, but showing plants could survive in a greenhouse-type environment with reduced pressure and high carbon-dioxide levels could potentially reduce operating costs. Most research on growing plants in space has focused on optimizing environments to get high outputs of oxygen and food.

    "But understanding the lower limits of survival is also important, especially if you consider pre-deploying some sort of plant growth systems before humans arrive," he said.

    In the next stage of the experiment, scientists will build three more simulators to grow potato plants under extreme conditions with the hope of gaining a broader range of results. They will also need to increase the carbon dioxide concentrations to more closely imitate the Martian atmosphere.

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  • Customize Windpows 7 start menu

    Windows users have been customizing their desktops in a variety of ways for years. Whether by downloading themes and backgrounds, or using third party applications to change more obscure settings like the default logon screen, many people seem intent on personalizing every aspect of their operating system to something that fits their individual taste. And what better to alter than an icon that's always visible?

    While we don't mind the Windows 7 Start Menu icon, and actually feel it's somewhat of a leap forward from the rectangular buttons of old, swapping out the orb for a new icon is quick and painless with the help of Kishan-Bagaria's Windows 7 Start Orb Changer. Begin by downloading the utility here. Extract the main folder (W7SBC) anyplace you like and take a look at Must Read.txt for detailed instructions -- or read on for the general overview.

     

    Leave all of the files in the W7SBC folder and run Windows 7 Start Button Changer.exe. Click Select & Change Start Button to browse for a new set of icons -- a few are included with the utility. Once selected, the program will backup explorer.exe and swap the icons.

    If you dislike the change, choose Restore Original Explorer Backup before repeating the steps above. Once your original explorer.exe is in place, continue swapping icons until you find something you like.

     

    Windows x64 users: if you receive an "unhandled exception" error, the utility's creator suggests that you try to run it as an admin, so it's probably best to just do that from the get-go (right click on the program > Run as administrator). For what it's worth, I've used this tool trouble free on Windows 7 Home Premium x64 without running it as an admin.

    You might find the base selection of icons limited, and unfortunately, I haven't found the perfect repository of orbs, but there are quite a few scattered around the Web -- especially on DeviantArt. Someone on SevenForums has also put together a useful collection of 213 orbs, so there's bound to be something you like there too.

    If you find any other cool orbs or have another favorite Windows 7 customization, feel free to share them in the comments.

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