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The Best Benchmark Apps For Android Smartphones And Tablets

BenchmarkHere, at 7 Tutorials, we always want to test more and more devices each day. Recently, we asked ourselves… why wouldn't we also get into the Android business? So we did, but the first thing we had to do before being able to measure the performance of many Android devices, was to find which are the best and most reliable benchmark apps available for this platform. After some research and lots of testing, we've come up with a list that we think is pretty complete. Read on to find which are the best Android benchmark apps.

Introducing Windows 8.1: Group Shortcuts On The Start Screen & Name Them

StartOrganization is the key to productivity. Having important stuff you pinned on the Start screen scattered all over the place is not very efficient. Your favourite apps will be hard to find, especially if there's a large number of apps pinned on the Start screen. The best option for Windows 8.1 users is to group the items and label them properly. Besides the utility of this feature, you will notice that your Start screen will also look more attractive. In this article we will show how to easily group the items on the Start screen and how the name the groups you created.

How To Get Rid Of Black Bars In Movie Maker

Movie MakerEver notice those annoying black bars on the sides or along the top and bottom of a video? Oftentimes, the culprit is an incorrectly set aspect ratio. In Movie Maker, it's easy to mistakenly save a movie in the wrong aspect ratio, thus creating these black bars in your final product. This tutorial will explain why these black bars appear and how you can get rid of them in Movie Maker for Windows.

Simple Questions: What Is The Clearblack Technology And Why Is It Great?

ClearBlackRecently, some of our friends asked what ClearBlack is and why we always say it's so great. Unfortunately, we couldn't tell them anything else except that the ClearBlack screens available on our Lumias look really good. The "black is black" and you can see what's displayed on them even when you're outdoors, in bright light. As you can imagine, we felt frustrated about our not so helpful explanation. So we started digging on the Internet, in order to find more about Nokia's ClearBlack technology and why it is awesome. Here's what we've found:

What Are Internet Explorer Add-ons And What Do They Do?

Internet ExplorerIf there's one thing that is likely to confuse you about Internet Explorer, it is add-ons and the different types available. This is the only browser that currently has four types of add-ons, some even with sub-types. Therefore, we decided to help clear the mystery and explain each type and sub-type of add-ons in detail so that you can understand what they do and how you can use them.

How To Encrypt Files On A USB Flash Drive With BitLocker To Go

BitLockerMemory sticks, also known as flash drives, are extremely convenient when it comes to transporting data. Their tiny size allows you to carry them unnoticed in a pocket or on a key ring, but their storage capacity allows you to store anything including videos, documents, applications and even operating systems. Unfortunately, the small size that makes them so useful also makes them easy to lose, which can put any sensitive information you have stored on the device at risk. To protect your data, and yourself, you can utilize BitLocker To Go, a feature of Windows that encrypts your data to prevent unauthorized viewing. Without your password, smart card or recovery key, your data will be indecipherable to anyone who finds your drive. This tutorial will show how it works.

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force A Manual Sync, In Windows 7 & Windows 10

OneDriveEven though we like the OneDrive service and we use it a lot, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here's how these things are done in Windows 7 and in Windows 10:

Simple Questions: What is S.M.A.R.T & What Does It Do?

HDD driveA lot of us have experienced a hard disk failure; some of us have even tried to find out more about the reliability of hard disks and their deeply hidden prediction function that's part of a technology called S.M.A.R.T.. One might argue that S.M.A.R.T. is not as reliable as it does not predict failure in all cases. This fact is partly true, but the actual inner workings of this self-monitoring system are not so simple. So let us try to remedy this uncertain situation and examine how S.M.A.R.T really works. Let's get started:

How To Test The Health Of Your HDD Drive

HDD driveI had the misfortune to find out, not long ago, that a computer owner's worst nightmare is a failing hard disk drive. Not because of the need to buy a new one, but because you will face the risk of losing part or even all of your stored data. Moving on from the initial apocalyptic view, as the life expectancy of a hard drive is between 3 to 5 years, it is necessary to check its health on a regular basis. So I propose a short analysis which includes several programs that you can use to analyze your HDD. Let's get started.

How To Add Animations & Visual Effects To Your Movie Maker Videos

Movie MakerMovie Maker allows you to easily create photo slideshows and home movies without any technical knowledge. You can give them a more professional look and feel by adding transitions, pan and zoom and other visual effects. In this tutorial, we will explain the differences between each of these animations and effects and we’ll show you how to use them into your Movie Maker project.