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4 Awesome Internet Tricks That No One Told You Before

4 Awesome Internet Tricks That No One Told You BeforeThe internet is one of the most interesting inventions mankind has ever created. It has brought the world to your fingertips and made your life a lot easier. From getting the latest updates about your favourite celebrity to finding the shortest route to your destination, the internet is your best friend when it comes to getting information about anything. But, no matter how much time you spend online, there will still be several tricks and tips left to be learned. After all, the world of technology is full of tech hacks.

In today’s blog post, we have come up with four cool internet tricks that you were not aware of before. Applications of these tricks while surfing the internet will help you become an internet pro.

1) Finding Downloadable Links for MP3 Songs

If you don’t use Spotify or any other online streaming app to listen to your favourite songs, then identifying the correct links for downloading MP3 songs is challenging. The internet is loaded with fake links that act as click bait. To find downloadable links for MP3 songs, use the code ‘intitle:index.of?mp3 song title’. For example, if you want to download the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’, copy and paste the code ‘intitle:index.of?mp3 thinking out loud’ and hit ‘Enter’. You will find verified web pages with correct links to download MP3 files.

2) Knowing If a Website Is Safe to Browse

The virtual world is filled with websites that break into your profile and try to steal your personal and financial information with phishing emails and spam tricks. To protect yourself from these cyber threats, copy and paste this link in your address bar. Write the website’s domain name that you want to browse instead of ‘example’ to learn that website’s safety standards. Once it is verified that the website is safe to browse, only then visit it.

3) Playing YouTube Videos in Slow Motion

Internet TricksDid you know that you can play videos in slow motion? If not, this awesome trick will be of great help to you. All you need to do is hold the space bar on your keyboard for a few seconds and the video will start playing at a slower speed. It may be quite interesting and funny to watch some videos in slow motion. Also, you can easily click a screenshot of a particular moment. Thank me later!

4) Searching Incomplete Phrases on Google

It is hard to remember every phrase, proverb, quote or lyric. Sometimes you remember half of the sentence and forget the rest. So, what should you do if you want to search it on the internet? Apply a simple trick of putting an asterisk in a quoted sentence to replace the missing word. For example, if you want to identify the song ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ by Brett Young with the lyric ‘Even though I don’t tell you all the time’. But, you don’t remember the word ‘though’ or ‘time’. Search for “Even * I don’t tell you all the *” (with quotation marks). This trick will help you find the most accurate results instead of results which just happen to have the said words.

If you want to become a tech-master, start applying the above-mentioned tips whenever you surf the internet. They will not only help you complete a lot of tasks quickly but also impress your friends with your knowledge. To learn more about the latest gadgets and buy certified electronic accessories, visit our electronics store in Mississauga.

What You Need to Do When Switching from Android to iPhone

What You Need to Do When Switching from Android to iPhone 3Android and iOS are the two most popular operating systems in the world of mobile phone technology. Both competitors offer great features and have a loyal customer base. But sometimes, customers switch from Android to iPhone either to experience using a different operating system or because of the higher security features offered by iOS. This switch can be challenging as after using Android for a long time you must have accumulated a decent amount of data and have the habit of using a different user interface.

Fear not! The RTC Electronics team has come up with a guide to smoothen this transition for you. Read through this blog post to understand what you need to do when switching from Android to iPhone. We have divided the post into three parts for your convenience.

Part-I

Create a Backup

Before you attempt to switch, make sure that you create a back up of all your existing smartphone’s information. This will help you if you’re unable to transfer all your data from Android to iOS. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry. You can sync your content to your computer or use a microSD card, cloud service or a hard disk to keep your photographs, videos, contacts, music files, calendar and other important content safe.

Download ‘Move to iOS’ App

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To ensure a hassle-free transfer of data from your Android smartphone to iPhone, Apple has made a special tool named ‘Move to iOS’. This app is available to any device running Android 4.0 or later and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Install the app on your Android smartphone, accept permission requests and open the app. In the meantime, simply boot up your new iPhone while setting it up, reach the screen titled ‘Apps & Data’ and tap ‘Move Data from Android’ option. Now, tap ‘Continue’ on both devices followed by ‘Agree’ and ‘Next’. Your Android device will ask to enter a 12-digit code displayed on your new iPhone. Enter the code to connect both devices over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network. Lastly, your iPhone will ask to finish setting up the device and you’ll get your email account, Chrome bookmarks, photos, videos, calendar and other information in the new device.

Part-II

 

Understand What Content You Can Transfer and What You Can’t

Even if you have created a backup and transferred all data from your previous device to the new one, it is important for you to know that you can’t transfer everything as not all software works in an iOS device. Here’s an overview of the data you can and can’t move to your iPhone.

  • Photos and videos– No one wants to lose their precious memories just because they are changing their phones. If you saved your photos and videos on your Google account, then merely installing Google Photos on your iPhone is required to download all of those photos and videos to your new device.

  • Music– If you listen to music online, then you don’t need to worry as you can simply stream your favourite songs through a streaming service like Spotify and enjoy them on your new device. If you had a good collection of downloaded songs for offline listening, then you can add DRM-free files to iTunes. However, music files with DRM need to be authorized first (with an app) to use it on your iPhone. Some DRM files aren’t supported on the iOS at all. So, make sure you check all the files before switching. Also, Windows Media files can’t be played on iPhone, so convert them to AAC or MP3 and then add them to iTunes.

  • Contacts– The address book and other contact details can be easily and seamlessly transferred to your new phone with the ‘Moe to iOS’ app. The contacts that you have saved on the cloud will be available on your iPhone once you download it.

  • Apps- This is the biggest point of difference between Android iOS as there are several Android apps that don’t work on iPhones and vice versa. You can’t bring all your apps with you when you switch platforms. The good news is there are many apps that have their iPhone versions available on the Apple Store. But, if you have paid apps, then you have to purchase them again for your new device. Also, the iPhone versions of the apps you need won’t come with your data.

  • Text Messages– If you have stored text messages on your Android phone, then they might not get transferred to your phone. However, if they are in stored in the cloud or in a third-party app, then you can access them by downloading the iPhone version of that app.

Part-III

What to Expect

The decision of switching from Android to iPhone is not easy. Getting used to a new operating system will take time and feel a little odd. So, be aware of what to expect from this transition. Let’s have a look at some benefits and drawbacks of moving to iOS to keep things realistic for you.

Benefits

  • iPhone is easier to use compared to Android because the user interface is intuitive and simpler to master. If understanding technology is not your cup of tea, then you have taken the right decision to switch to an iOS. Also, the interface is consistent on all versions of iPhone.

  • Unlike Android devices that are vulnerable to receiving malware, iPhones are more secure. The App Store contains legitimate apps only, thus safeguarding you from downloading malicious software or apps that secretly access data off your device.

  • The hardware and software of the iPhone are optimized and controlled by Apple, thus maintaining a pre-defined standard. On the other hand, Google sells Android software to various smartphone manufacturing companies so the quality of hardware depends on the manufacturer. Therefore, when you switch to an iOS device, you’re sure of the quality of hardware and software you get.

  • Even if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can access and recover your data. The ‘Find My Phone’ setting allows you to locate your phone, extract the data using iPhone Backup Extractor, block your lost phone and delete the data so that no one else can access it.

Drawbacks

  • iPhone has fewer customization options as you can’t change the home screen, add widgets of your choice, install apps from places other than the App Store and share files from other devices. Also, an iPhone doesn’t support all electronic accessories. For example, the latest iPhones don’t have headphone jacks so you have to buy Apple ear.

  • You can not add an SD memory card to your iPhone as the device doesn’t support external storage.

  • iPhone doesn’t offer to multitask, unlike Android devices that allow you to divide your screen and use two apps at the same time. Of course, you can listen to music and search something on the web simultaneously. But, you won’t be able to multitask.

  • You won’t find as many apps on the Apple Store as there were on Google Play Store. Additionally, most apps on the Apple Store need to be bought and can’t be shared either.

Hopefully, the above-mentioned guide will help you make the transition from Android to iPhone easily and smoothly. Start with creating a backup and downloading the ‘Move to iOS’ app. Understand the type of files you can transfer before switching and be ready for the benefits and challenges that come with this move. To learn more about smartphones and other electronic accessories, give us a call or visit our electronics store in Mississauga.

5 Important Features of the Latest Android 9.0

5 Important Features of the Latest Android 9.0 2After Nougat and Oreo, Google’s new OS Android 9.0 Pie is here! As the newest version of a select group of smartphones, the latest Android is packed with amazing features. Similar to other Android versions, this delicious ‘Pie’ is stirring a lot of buzz. Every gadget-lover wants to know what Google will be offering now.

This post from RTC Electronics will answer several questions about the new Android 9.0 version. Take a look at the five important features!

1) New Gesture Navigation

Unlike the three navigation buttons, home, back and overview at the bottom of the screen, the new version offers gesture navigation system. The traditional buttons are replaced with a pill-shaped icon that moves. Instead of three separate buttons, you can use this single control for the functions you need. Tap it to go home, pull it up to open the app drawer, flick it up to view recently used apps and hold it down to active your Google Assistant. The back button appears whenever you open an app, however, the overview button disappears.

2) Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is a collection of Google’s anti-smartphone addiction tools that enables your phone to work for you and not the other way around. It’s one of the major highlights of this latest version, as it helps limit the amount of time you spend on your smartphone. But, it’s in beta testing for a few users. For example, with the dashboard feature, you can see how much time you’re spending on your phone and in the apps. With the App Timer, you can set limits for specific apps and with the Do Not Disturb (DND) function, you can silence both audio and visual alerts.

3) Adaptive Battery and Brightness

Another feature of Android Pie that can make your smartphone more personalized is adaptive battery and brightness. This system learns your usage patterns, predicts which apps you will use in the next few hours, and directs the power to only those apps. Similarly, the artificial intelligence in your OS will automatically adjust the screen brightness by learning from your manual adjustments in different lighting environments. This is a customized touch that will help increase the battery life of your device.

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4) Slices

Slices, as the name suggests, displays information about the app directly when you search it on Google. For example, if you type Uber in the Google search app, a small ‘slice’ of the Uber app will appear below the search suggestions. A preview of the time and price for the trip to your destination will also appear. This is a great improvement for Android, as it allows you to find results from the internet and from your device at the same time. You can now search for ‘data’ and expect relevant web results, while having quick access to your device’s mobile data settings. It is truly an interesting ‘slice’ of Pie.

5) Privacy

With each version of Android, Google is improving its security features to make your smartphone more secure and to prevent the risk of data breach. In Android 9, Google has revamped the way the OS handles background apps that have permission to access your device’s location, camera, microphone and network status. Now, these apps won’t be able to access this information when idling in the background, making it harder for other devices to steal your information or spy on you without your knowledge.

The latest version of Android is packed with several ‘tasty’ upgrades. Apart from the above-mentioned features, there are improvements that focus on enhancing the overall performance of your phone. Try the Android 9.0 today and let us know which part of the ‘Pie’ you liked the most. To learn more about the latest gadgets or find the best certified electronic accessories, contact RTC Electronics.

A Guide to Different Types of Microphones

A Guide to Different Types of MicrophonesWhether you’re performing live on stage or recording in a studio, a suitable microphone is a key element to your rendition. It produces superior-quality sound and enhances your performance by converting the sound waves into audio signals and controlling the frequencies according to your needs. However, the tricky part is that not all microphones are the same.

There are various types of microphones that covert sound differently into electrical signals. They also contrast on the basis of directionality, diaphragm size and transducer or capsule. That’s why it’s important to choose the right type according to your purpose.

But the question is, how do you determine which one will be suitable for your performance? Fear not, RTC Electronics, a well-known electronics store in Mississauga, has compiled a guide that explains the different types of microphones to help you buy the right one.

Directionality or Polar Pattern

The polar pattern of a microphone is the direction in which the device will pick up the sound. Devices that are more sensitive to sound arriving from a particular direction, block the sound from other angles or positions. Understanding the polar pattern of a mic is crucial to catch the required sound and eliminate the unwanted noise. Some of the popular versions are listed below:

1) Omnidirectional Mics

Microphones with an omnidirectional polar pattern can pick up sound within a 360° radius. They can be represented with a perfect circle or sphere. Their design enables them to efficiently capture nuances and produce a more natural sound. This type of mic is ideal for recording acoustic instruments or when recording sound in an open space such as a choir or orchestra. The only problem with these microphones is that they lack noise rejection, which makes them unsuitable for loud and noisy venues.

2) Cardioid Mics

Cardioid microphones are commonly used by professionals. They have a heart-shaped polar pattern and are more sensitive in the front part. These front-focused mics allow you to record the sound from a single sound source while isolating it from the unnecessary ambient sounds. They are suitable for both live performances and studio recordings as they are good at noise reduction. However, these mics become less sensitive and pick up less sound when the object or source moves around.

3) Hyper-Cardioid and Super-Cardioid Mics

Mics with super-cardioid polar pattern and hyper-cardioid polar pattern are variations of a cardioid shape. However, they are more directional than the cardioid mics. Apart from picking sound from the front, they are also sensitive to sound from the rear and sides. The only difference between super-cardioid and hyper-cardioid is that the rear directionality or pick-up area of the former is narrower than the latter. The directionality of these mics helps them provide higher-resistance to feedback and enhanced noise rejection. They are the go-to choice for noisy stage performances and untreated recording rooms.

4) Figure-8 Mics

Figure-8 mics get the name from the graphical representation of their polar pattern which looks like the number 8. They are equally sensitive to sound from the front and the rear, but have a high rejection to sound coming from the two sides. With these mics, you can record two voices at the same time by placing sources at opposite ends of the device. They are also ideal for stereo recording.

Diaphragm Size

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The diaphragm is an important component of a microphone. It is a thin and flexible material that vibrates when sound waves strike it. The design, material, thickness and diameter of the diaphragm plays a vital role in determining the sensitivity, internal noise level, pressure level handling and dynamic range of the device. Therefore, mics are also classified based on their diaphragm’s size.

1) Small Diaphragm Mics

These microphones have stiffer diaphragms that enable them to handle higher pressure levels and have wider frequency range. They also have low sensitivity and increased internal noise. Their compact design (pencil-shaped) makes them easier to carry and position, and are recommended for acoustic instruments such as guitar, cymbals and hi-hats.

2) Large Diaphragm Mics

Microphones with large diaphragms are more sensitive to sound because of an increased surface area. These mics have large and flexible diaphragms that are capable of detecting even faint differences in sound. However, they have a limited frequency response because the diaphragm is larger and the sound waves need to move more mass. They are most commonly used as modern USB microphones as they produce more transparent and natural sound.

3) Medium Diaphragm Mics

These microphones combine the features of their small and large counterparts. They catch high-frequency sound like a small diaphragm and produce fuller and warmer sound like a large diaphragm. They are not as popular as other microphones but do a decent job in both live performances and studio recordings.

Transducer Type (Capsule)

A transducer, also known as a capsule, is a device or sensor in a mic that detects an audio signal and converts it into an electrical signal. A microphone can have different types of transducers, which can be classified into the following:

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1) Dynamic Mics

Dynamic microphones are one of the most commonly used varieties because of their versatility, durability, inexpensiveness and less sensitivity to ambient sound. They have a simple, sturdy structure and don’t need a power supply. These mics have a moving coil magnetic diaphragm that catches high sound pressure levels. They’re an ideal choice for recording sound from loud instruments such as electronic guitar and drum kits. Dynamic mics are great for both live performances and studio recordings as they eliminate unwanted distortion while recording loud sounds.

2) Condenser Mics

Condenser mics have a thin conductive diaphragm placed near a metal backplate. In this arrangement, the condenser is charged with electrical currents to create sensitivity. Instead of moving coils, these mics use capacitance to create audio signals, which improves the sound quality. As they are very sensitive to breathing and popping, they pick up a lot more details compared to dynamic mics. That’s why they are perfect for precision recording and capturing subtle sounds such as acoustic guitars and pianos. Due to their high sensitivity, they are an inappropriate choice for high-level sound. If you’re using a condenser mic for recording vocals, a popper stopper or pop shield is required to stop the excess air pressure from vibrating the microphone.

3) Ribbon Mics

Ribbon microphones are not as popular as the above-mentioned types, but they’re the most fragile. They have a delicate design that features a very thin ribbon element in a magnetic field within the capsule. This ribbon vibrates and converts sound waves into electrical signals by magnetic induction. These expensive mics are great to pick up the nuances of intricate sound sources. The extreme sensitivity of these microphones make them ideal for vocals, piano, choirs and string instruments.

The world of microphones is unique and diverse. There are several varieties of microphones that are divided on the basis of polar pattern, diaphragm size and the type of transducer. Hopefully, the above-mentioned guide will help you understand the different types of microphones and choose a suitable one according to your needs.

If you have already decided on your favourite type, browse through our collection of high-grade wireless microphones and hand wired microphones to select the one that suits you.

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Subwoofer

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Subwoofer 2A subwoofer is a loudspeaker dedicated to reproducing bass or low-frequency sound. It is designed to improve the low-frequency range of loudspeakers producing high-pitched frequencies and enhance your general listening experience. This impressive device is available in a variety of sizes with various configurations. With so many options to buy from, selecting a suitable one can be a little tricky.

At RTC Electronics, a leading electronics store in Mississauga, we have an understanding of what to look for in an electronic device. That’s why we have compiled a list of key factors that you should consider when buying a subwoofer to make the most of your purchase.

Size

The size of a subwoofer is an important factor as the larger the surface area, the deeper the sound will be. The larger the box, the more air is moved by the subwoofer and louder bass is produced. If you want your device to produce a tighter, richer sounding bass, then go for a small-sized subwoofer. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a deeper and louder sound, then a larger device is best. Subwoofers are generally available in four sizes, 8 inches, 10 inches, 12 inches and 15 inches. When choosing the size, make sure that you have ample power and space for the subwoofer. For example, if you have chosen 15 inches’ device, but you’re unable to provide the power required to produce the sound, then it is a waste.

Enclosure

Subwoofers are generally placed in a wooden enclosure that comes in two kinds of builds, sealed and vented. A subwoofer with sealed enclosure is built to produce tight, accurate bass as there is no place for air to move in or out. On the contrary, vented or ported enclosures are built to produce the maximum output from the subwoofer. They are suitable for producing sound with deeper bass. In this enclosure, vents are used to reinforce low bass frequencies, but in order to do so, their accuracy takes a hit.

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a SubwooferSealed enclosures are not as efficient as vented enclosures because they require more power to produce the same amount of bass. In short, if you want more thumping sound, then a subwoofer with ported enclosure is the right choice whereas if you’re looking for clarity over power, then go for a sealed enclosure.

Power

Considering the power handling capacity of a speaker is essential as not all subwoofers can receive the same amount of power. Make sure that the subwoofer you want to purchase matches with the amplifier you’re using to get the maximum output. That said, if you want plenty of bass, then go for a powered subwoofer with built-in amps and driver so that there’s no need to get additional power from your home theatre receiver.

Design

There are two types of subwoofer designs, down-firing and side-firing. As the name suggests, a down-firing subwoofer is pointed downwards whereas a side-firing subwoofer is pointed in the front or on the sides. Interestingly, bass is less directional than treble or higher-frequencies. But, if you want the bass to directly come towards you, choose a front-firing sub whereas if you want the bass to spread evenly inside the room, then a side-firing is the best choice.

When buying a subwoofer, make sure that you consider its size, power handling capacity, design and enclosure type. It will help you choose an appropriate device for your home theatre and boost the quality of sound produced. To learn more about finding the right subwoofers, contact RTC Electronics, a leading e-commerce retailer of electronic accessories in Mississauga.

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