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Tips & Tricks

How to Speed Up a Computer to 10x Faster

Here are my top 3 tips on how to speed up your computer (up to 10x faster)

Run Cleanup & Security Software

These are my top 5 favorite Windows apps for boosting your PC speed:

Add RAM

Basically, the more RAM you have the faster your computer will be. Simple as that. Check out Crucial’s RAM tool for your computer or laptop to see what RAM is compatible with your system.

Install a Solid State Drive (SSD)

Bottom line: You need an SSD. They are so much faster than hard disk drives. Here are the benefits solid state drives offer compared to traditional hard disk drives: faster, quieter, power efficient, durable, and less likely to fragment.

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac

Transcript:

What’s up guys? In this video I’m going to show you how to record your screen on your Mac for free. So to record your screen on your Mac it’s really easy. All you have to do is use QuickTime. QuickTime is already built into Mac OS X so open up QuickTime Player on your Mac and then go up to the QuickTime Player menu bar and do “File”, “New Screen Recording”. Okay and you’ll see this little box here and click this little down arrow. It’ll show you the microphone options so you can choose to record a microphone as well or just leave it on None if you don’t want to record any microphone. And then you have this option here. It says “Show mouse clicks in recording”. If you leave that checked it will do little halo effects when you click on your mouse during that recording so I’ll leave that checked so you guys can see how that looks. So once you’re done with those settings just hit the Record button, and it’ll say “Click to record the full screen” so all you have to do is just click once if you want to record your whole screen or if you want to just record a particular part of your screen click and drag and choose your part of the screen that you want to record. So we’re just going to click and record the whole screen for now. Okay so once you click it will start recording, and you can go in here and do your thing. Record what you need to record and then up here at the top right of your Mac click the Stop button. Okay and then it’ll bring up the video here and show you what you just recorded. And you can play it. So here’s the video and you can see during the mouse clicks it will give you that little halo effect showing you when you clicked the mouse, when you right-clicked or left-clicked. And if you want to save your Mac screen recording just go to “File”, “Save” and then we’ll just save this to the Downloads. Actually we’ll save this to the Desktop, and there you go. You now have your screen recording saved on your Desktop so you can do whatever you want with it. There it is right there. So that’s how to record your screen on your Mac for free using QuickTime Player. Hope this helped you out. If you liked this video make sure you give it a thumbs up and check out more of my Mac videos if you’re a Mac user. I’m assuming you’re a Mac user if you’re watching this video and subscribe if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there, and I will talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

How to Record Your iPhone Screen


In this video I will show you how to record your iPhone screen on a Mac or PC. I’ll start off with the Mac method first because they built this function right into Mac OS X Yosemite. With Yosemite you can do this for free so first thing you need to do is plug your iPhone up to your Mac using the USB cable. Wait for it to show up in iTunes and then leave it connected and while it’s still connected open up QuickTime Player. Then in QuickTime go up to File “New Movie Recording” and then just click the arrow next to the record button and choose iPhone on that drop down list. Choose your iPhone and then you may need to unlock your iPhone.

Once you unlock your iPhone you will see your iPhone screen is now on your Mac desktop and it’s mirroring. It’s showing you everything that you’re doing on your iPhone. So to make a recording of the iPhone you just click on the record button in QuickTime and then do whatever you need to do on your iPhone. Record what you need to do and it’s going to capture it and then once you’re done just hit the record button again to stop the recording. Then save it. You can either go to “File”, “Save” and choose to save that recorded video on your Mac computer somewhere. So here’s an example. This is my video that I just did. It’s me just browsing around I just want to show you that it does capture everything you do on your iPhone so it will capture everything you do in that recording in that recorded video. So that’s a cool feature that they built into Mac OS X Yosemite.

If you’re on a Windows PC you’ll need an app called Reflector. This is the best one that there is. It’s the one I used before Mac OS X Yosemite came out, and it’s like $13. It’s very affordable and plus it does it over WiFi connection so you don’t even need to plug it up to your computer. It does it though AirPlay wirelessly. You can record your iPhone screen that way and that’s the one I recommend for Windows users. So there you go. Simple as that. That’s how you record your iPhone screen.

By Andy Slye

How to Install Multiple Mac Apps Automatically

GetMacApps.com

Transcript:

What’s up? It’s Andy with MyTechMethods. In this video I’ll be showing you how to install multiple Mac apps at once automatically using a free web app. So if you’re a Mac user and you want to install multiple apps at once, and you want to save a lot of time, a lot of effort, this website will help you out. It’s called GetMacApps.com and it lists a bunch of the most popular free Mac Apps on here, and you can go down here and just select any app that you want to install. You can select all of them if you want to and then once you select all the apps that you want to install on your Mac you just click this button called Install These. And the instructions for this website are right here on the left if you want to just follow those but for this video I’ll just show you how to do it really quickly. So if you go through here select all the ones that you want, I’m just going to select an app that I don’t have on my system currently which is, I don’t have Audacity so I’ll just select that. But you like I said you can select all the apps that you want and then click this little button here and it’ll give you this code here. What you want to do is just copy this code then open up terminal on your Mac. Okay now once you’re in terminal you’re just gonna paste that code into your terminal that you just copied and then hit enter. It’s going to install all the apps you selected in the background automatically, and you can go get your coffee, get your caffeine in for the day, come back and it’ll be done. The time it takes will depend on how many apps you selected to install. This one went pretty quickly because it was only one app so there you go it’s done. And then once I close Terminal out I can go and search for my apps and there it is. Audacity has been installed and there it is. So that is an awesome website for Mac users. Bookmark that. It’s called GetMacApps.com. It’ll definitely come in handy if you get a new Mac or you had to reinstall for some reason. You can just reinstall all those apps all at once automatically. I hope this was helpful to you. If you’re a Windows user as well you can use a similar site called Ninite.com which is really awesome. It does the same thing for Windows. It’s probably is a little easier actually so check that out. I did a video on that. You can click that little annotation. It’ll take you to that video if you’re a Windows user. Make sure you give this video a thumbs-up and subscribe to my channel. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there and I will talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

Podcastomatic: Convert Text Blogs to Audio Podcasts

Podcastomatic

A Free Web App that Converts Your Favorite Text Blogs into Subscribable Audio Podcasts

Podcastomatic is one of my favorite free web apps that converts (most) text blogs into audio podcasts. If you’re a podcast junkie like me and you also have your favorite text blogs that you visit daily but don’t have time to read them all, then this website is for you!

It converts your favorite blogs into a podcast feed using text-to-speech technology. Each blog post is automatically converted into a podcast episode. This is really cool if you want to stay up to date with your favorite text blogs, but you don’t have time to read them. You can turn them into an audio podcast and listen to them while you’re on the go with Podcastomatic.

Here’s how it works. Go to Podcastomatic and enter the URL address of whatever blog that you want to convert to audio then click “Go”. It will take a few moments to convert the blog posts into audio files and into a whole entire podcast that you can subscribe to on iTunes. Each blog post is turned into its own podcast episode.

Since this uses text-to-speech technology the voice is kind of robotic, but you will get used to it after you listen to a few episodes. Podcastomatic is a great way to keep up-to-date on your favorite text blogs if you don’t have time to read them every day. Go ahead and try this out with your favorite text blog. It won’t work with every single blog, but it works with most blogs.

By Andy Slye

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