Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back to School Tech-Style Giveaway

Back to School Tech-Style Giveaway

It's been a long time and I know you miss the giveaways here in the Bloggers Tech blog. So I decided to join another new giveaway that we all could enjoy and today we have the Back to School Tech-Style Giveaway hosted by of course, the awesome Mom of Mom Powered Media, Teri Hardy.

So guys, again I ask everyone to read the details below carefully so you'll know if you're qualified to win the awesome item and the gift card.

Ready? Go!

Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!

At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let's get BTS ready, tech-style!

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, The Jenny Evolution, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, My Daylights, Barbara's Beat, Saving You Dinero, Shaping Up To Be A Mom, Robyn's View, Coupons and Freebies Mom, A Hen's Nest, Budget Savvy Diva, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy, Your Sassy Self and Nest Full of New.

Open your sleek, next-generation HP Pavilion 14-Q020NR 14" Chromebook PC to get online, fast. You can access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps on the 14-inch diagonal HD display in seconds.

HP 14″ Chromebook PC features:
  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
  • 16GB solid state drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel HD GMA Graphics
  • Webcam
  • SD memory card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
  • 2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"
  • Genuine Google Chrome OS Software

Back to School Tech-Style Giveaway

One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.

Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Monday, July 14, 2014

DSLR Photography - What is Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO?

DSLR photography tutorials What is Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO

I grew up people wanting to take a photo of me or with me, even in my family. My Daddy also has his own SLR camera, yes not the digital one, the film one! And I still have it even though he’s gone.

When I was little, I really don’t like it when people drag me to take a photo with them (yes, I was that cute) but then of course when you’re a teenager you love taking every moment of your life - I guess that’s why selfie and Instagram is a total hit! With it, anyone can be a photographer in an instant and everyone can totally level up their photos with some (at least) photography tutorials that they could look up online, and there are a lot on YouTube.

Where I am going with this is that, I’ve been in love and with Photography but I was not born as a skilled photographer and must find my own ways to at least bring or make it out of me through taking seminars or at least watching YouTube photography tutorials videos. Especially that just last month I was hired to be one of the ambassadors of a travel website wherein I have to go to places here in Cebu Philippines (or the neighboring islands, or probably all over the Philippines) to take photos in behalf of the company.

Ah! Yes, I do (kinda) have a DSLR but I just take decent photos for my blog. Not that something that will blow your mind kind of photo. So I really want to harness my skills through learning what I should know about the camera to be able to at least impress my readers with my photos and of course, my new found job and bosses.

What are Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO?

So to those who are struggling with learning about their DSLR cameras, here I found a must know about your camera. Honestly, before watching this video my friends who are really good at photography have already taught me in person during an event but this explanation also gives me a clearer thought about how to do this.

Check out this video of Nico Mojica of CamCrunch.com explaining the aperture, shutter speed and ISO which is a must know if you want to make or level up your basic point and shoot photography – or your style of taking a picture even with DSLRs.

The video above is totally detailed photography tutorial and also newbie friendly, which I really like and most of the people who viewed it also loved it. And what's great on Nico's video is that he have samples, we can't imagine the effects so some samples it's totally great to have someone to give you an example.

There are a lot of tutorials that you can find online and especially some digital photography tips, but if you’re really serious with improving your photography skills then maybe a photography school or classes will be able to help you with it.

I’ll try to update you guys every now and then with some must share photography tutorials especially photography tutorials for beginners, newbie friendly tutorials that you won’t have any headache listening to their technical terms – because that’s what I am also looking for. Yes, there’re still terms that are too technical terms for me.

There are a lot more coming on photography tips and photography tutorials coming up here at the Bloggers Tech blog and more other topics to cover for you guys, but I’m having trouble in creating videos myself so let’s share others awesome videos for us to learn from.

Photo Credits: Sura Nualpradid

Friday, July 4, 2014

What is the Best AdSense Ads Size to Use?

What is the Best AdSense Ads Size to Use

I’ve recently checked my earnings on my Google AdSense account and it seems that few more months to go, I’ll be able to make a withdrawal again! So it looks like that I get to claim at least $100 a year, which is from AdSense alone.

I know, I know. It’s not much for a year, but it’s a passive and effortless income. All I have to do is put up the ads on my blogs, create or write a post that targets niche and topics with bigger amount of pay per click, update the blog (at least once a month, to one of my blogs I update it every week since I have a lot to say on that niche). Yes, it’s just all that.

The good thing about having a blog and in a niche that you can have something real to speak and share about is that, it becomes effortless to write. Though I know sometimes and some of you can relate that it’s tiring, but if you really want to speak out, then write. You don’t speak to one person, you speak to a lot of people not just near in your area, but also to people from all over the world. Share your thoughts, speak to them like you would talk to your close friend – but please don’t talk about things that are too personal. That’s what I usually do when I write, regardless if it is in a wrong grammar, just like how you read this post right now.

One of the questions that most of my readers and followers (even on Instagram) ask me, how do I do that? How do I decide what to write about, what words to use, what topic and of course what ads size?

The Ideal AdSense Ads Size

I won’t say that this is just for Google AdSense, but I think it can work if it’s for direct advertisers for your blog. You see, there’s an ideal ads size for you to use on your site. Why? Because these advertisers have that as a standard size, and not all advertisers make an effort or want to use the small ads size. So the following sizes are now starting to be the standard ads size.

300 x 250

It’s what they call the medium rectangle, and most of the advertisers have this size which means that there will be more advertisers to display if you use it and enable the text and image ad display. And it seems that it also performs very well if you put it up inside an article or below the article, which what I am dong.

I think a lot of advertisers do have this size for their ads because most of our sidebar size is around 300 pixels. So the ad can totally fit in our sidebar!

336 x 280

It has similar performance to 300x250 but it’s a bit bigger, plus there are also advertisers that use and have this size for their ads.

728 x 90

The leaderboard! That’s what they call this size. I really wanted to use this but because it’s too huge for the site, I can’t use it. We’ll, it can work but if there’s an image displayed, there’s a part that it’s cut out.

160 x 600

The wide skyscraper is wider than the skyscraper ad (size 120x600), this one is just 40 pixels wider. I think most of the blogs and sites with three (3) or more sidebar or columns use this ad size. I don’t like using it on my blogs, but they do say that it works well.

It’s best to just stick with the ad sizes above, since they’re actually the top performing ads size. So that means more money for you! But if you want to know your other options, you may check out the Guide to Ad Sizes by Google AdSense.

As for a better and deeper explanation why you should use the ad sizes above, here’s a video from Google AdSense themselves sharing the tip!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What About Solar Energy?

What About Solar Energy

Solar energy involves the use of the energy produced by the sun to make electricity. While the sun's rays have been used on a very small scale for thousands of years, it is only in the last few decades that this energy has been harnessed on a larger scale. In recent years, the efficiency of solar panels has increased dramatically, and the cost of solar power has dropped to the point where it has become competitive with fossil fuels.

Essentially, a solar panel is made up of a large array of solar cells. These cells can directly produce electricity by absorbing sunlight and making use of the photo voltaic effect to turn this energy into an electrical current. By wiring a large number of solar cells into a single panel, a significant amount of electricity can be generated without needing any power source other than the sun.

The first solar cells were not very efficient, but improvements in the design and the manufacturing process have significantly improved their efficiency. One great advantage of solar energy is that power can be generated whenever there is sufficient sunlight. In sunny areas near the equator, a solar panel can produce electricity for much of the day. Even in cloudy or more northern areas, solar panels can still produce enough energy to power a home throughout much of the year.

Many people are interested in installing solar panels on their own homes. These panels are generally mounted on the roof of a house and connected to the wiring system. Depending upon how many panels are installed, the energy produced may just supplement that which is bought from the utility company, or it may be enough to power the whole home. In some cases, homeowners can even produce enough energy that they can then sell the excess to the utility company.

The cost of installing solar panels may seem prohibitive, but there are often grants and loans that are available to help offset some or all of this expense. Tax incentives and credits are also offered by the federal government, as well as some state and local governments, to people who install solar panels on their roofs. By taking advantage of these programs, the cost of getting started with solar energy can be reduced to a minimum.

The importance of solar energy will continue to grow as the economy shifts towards greater use of renewable sources of energy.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

I’ve been working online for years and one of my expenses is the computer mouse, because it gets easily damage with me. I used to buy the wireless mouse, and as you might know if the wire gets damage you can’t use the mouse anymore and need to buy a new one again.

A wired mouse usually last two (2) to five (5) months, I surely do torture a mouse that it may not last long enough. Even if I get the best mouse, the quality mouse like the Logitech and it still doesn’t last long enough for me. I say I’m a torturer to items, so if you want to check the quality of your product send it to me.

Anyway, I’ve actually tried a wireless mouse before and it was a Logitech wireless mouse. The problem I have with it is that it consumes a lot of battery, I think it was every 2 weeks it runs out of battery and batteries these days are quiet expensive. So I gave it to my brother who complains about the same problem.

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse

I was actually thinking twice on buying this wireless computer mouse from Tmart.co.uk and it looks great and affordable for me, so i think I really have to buy it for me. Check it out!

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

The wheels of the car won't move by the way, it would be way cooler if it could also move while your going up and down.

  It took me awhile to find the place where to put the batteries, or if it needed one. So I really did turn it around and over to check where to place the batteries that I've already bought.
7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review
Took me awhile and I realize that it should be at the body of the car and tadah! You should remove the roof of the car to get there. I was afraid at first if I broke something.

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

Just pull down the room from the top to down. You'll need a triple A (AAA) battery for this, NOT a douible A. Another problem I have is that since it was wireless, I couldn't find the bluetooth receiver (at first) and took me awhile also to find it.

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

At first it will just look like a black part of the design, but it's actually the bluetooth receiver for the mouse which is of course included. So surely, you won't lose the receiver since if you have to bring the mouse for a travel somewhere, you'll just put it back there.

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

I've bought it on Tmart.com and if you want to check out the mouse, just look for a 7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse on their site.

7300 Car Shaped 2.4G Wireless Optical Red Mouse Review

So far, I think I only replace the batteries every after more than a month. So I think its energy saver so far since when you’re not using the mouse it automatically turns off the connection – so I guess it helps to conserve the battery.

The Usability

The mouse is good, fast and easy to use. It’s comfortable too for my hand size. So I really like using it. The thing is, sometimes I have a Skype chat with my sister and I have to be a couple of meters away from the computer and still be able to browse my computer and having no worries about the length of the mouse.

The Quality and Durability

As for the durability it is pretty good so far, it already falls from my desk a couple of times and it’s still 100% functioning and still 100% complete. It has been with me for about 3 months already and it’s doing good so far, haven’t buy a new one and still using it.

There are also different colors available for the same mouse and you might want to check it out on their website. If you want to know more about Tmart.com then go ahead and check out their website, I’ll post some details on how their process goes soon here in Bloggers Tech blog.

Friday, April 25, 2014

What's with the Heartbleed Bug?

the Heartbleed Bug

By now, most of you may have heard about the HEARTBLEED bug. Should you be aware? Yes, especially if you have online accounts like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc. It's all about the security of your account and we use our email like Gmail in getting in touch with our clients, accounts online and of course in our bank accounts like PayPal.

So to further explain to you why you should read the whole post and be aware of the heartbleed bug, I tried to find the best infographics I can post here in Bloggers Tech blog.

The Heartbleed Bug

First off, let us talk about what is heartbleed, what it is all about, why it is called heartbleed, how this happened, etc. this infographic below by Hugraphic is (actually) the only infographic I found that explain about the bug. So better check it out.

The Heartbleed Checklist

Don't rattle. Here's a more complete accurate list of websites or accounts (if you have one) that you should change your PASSWORD immediately and other than that IVPN suggested some other things you could do to ensure your security.

I've changed the accounts immediately after knowing all these, especially those accounts that may have my financial records especially the important accounts that I may have (even including Facebook).