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[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

onedrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) by Microsoft gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices (similar to Google Drive)

OneDrive provides 7GB free of space, but you can earn more free space by referring friends who do not already have OneDrive or purchase addtional space.  It will also give you another free 3GB when you upload photos to OneDrive.

One of OneDrive’s strength, if you are a Microsoft Office user, is the integration of free Microsoft Office online.  It works closely with Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint.  OneDrive users can collaborate on documents in real time like on Google Drive.  You’ll be able to see the changes they make as they make them.

For more details on how to use OneDrive, a video is shown below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

 

Design, Technology, Websites »

[26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

pixabay1Ever find yourself looking for quality copyright-free images to use in a presentation, project, or blog? Do you get tired of looking at low-quality free images or pricey subscription stock photo sites?

Pixabay can help! Pixabay is a community of photographers and illustrators who publish their work in the public domain. Anyone can use these images, with no attribution required.

The image standards for Pixabay are high; images must meet minimum resolution requirements, and meet various technical requirements (proper exposure, focus, etc.) in addition to being well-composed. You can read more about Pixabay’s standards here.

The images on Pixabay are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0, which states that:

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Pixabay, you can see if Flickr’s Public Domain Pool or Wikimedia Commons have what you need.

Digital Media Lab, Mobile, SkyDrive, Technology, Windows »

[21 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

Copying files to SkyDrive on Windows 8.1 would then be accessible on any of your windows devices. To start,

Open the start screen

Open the SkyDrive

Click on SkyDrive, then browse/select the files you want to add. From there you want to right click and then left click on “Add File.” After you’ve clicked on “Add File,” you then need to copy the files into SkyDrive.

Copy files

Once all your files have been copied to SkyDrive, they are now accessible to any windows device using SkyDrive.

 

Digital Media Lab, Equipment, Technology »

[12 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

We have some new technology items that can be checked out from the 2nd floor Technology Help Desk. We have 4 new 500GB Lacie Rugged Hard Drives and 3 new Nikon Cooolpix S6600 cameras. These items and much more can be checked out for 7 days.
nikons6600 lacie500gb

Digital Media Lab, Featured, OS X Mavericks, Research, Technology »

[24 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

With the new OS X Mavericks for Mac out already, they added some very cool new apps and programs. One of their revamped programs is called Time Machine.

 

 

 

Time Machine is where you can back up all the files on your Mac computer or Macbook.

First you want to open the program.

 

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Then you will see the program open up.

 

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From here you want to turn on Time Machine.

 

Then you want to click on “Use as Backup Disk”

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You will be taken to this screen, from here you want to click on Restore (bottom right of the page)

Now, you will sit back and watch Time Machine do all the work!

Digital Media Lab, Kids Tech, Technology »

[7 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

scratch catScratch 2.0

Scratch 2.0 is now available in the DML. Scratch was developed by MIT as a free application to learn to code and program. You can use it to create animations, games,  or interactive stories. Along the way you will also learn valuable skills that translate to more advanced programming languages like JavaScript, PHP, or Python. Scratch uses blocks that snap together to give users a visual representation of what would traditionally be written code. This makes the seemingly daunting task of learning programming much more approachable and fun. Download the Getting Started Guide here and watch the Introductory Video Tutorials here to start creating and learning to code.

Digital Media Lab, Technology »

[6 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

Windows just released it’s first major update to Windows 8. In the post I will go over some of the new features of Windows 8.1!

Updating to Windows 8.1 | Before updating be sure to back up your files. Even though the files will be transferred automatically, it’s a good idea to make sure they are backed up. Just in case. Once you’re ready to update go to the Start screen and click the ‘Store’ tile. In the Store click Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT update. Click download.

 

The New Features….

Better Organization and Customization | The Start screen has a few improvements. There are new sizes for the tiles so users are able to configure the start screen more similar to the Windows Phone 8. You’re also able to select and group specific tiles. Also, now you are able to view the apps by category, most used and by date installed as opposed to only alphabetically as before.

The Start Button | The Start button is back. However, it wont’t show you the Start menu as it did in previous versions but it will bring up the Start screen. Not a huge change but a convenient one for those who miss clicking the button in the bottom left corner.

SkyDrive Integration | Good news for SkyDrive users. Now you can save your files to SkyDrive by default and keep them in sync. It is also integrated with File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer). You’ll see a SkyDrive option in the left sidebar. This doesn’t automatically store all your SkyDrive files locally—instead, you can open any SkyDrive-stored file right from this section when you’re online, or right-click to save an offline version.

Tutorials | One of the biggest issues with Windows 8 was the completely redesigned interface with no explanation. Not anymore! When you log in for the first time, huge pop ups will explain the basic importatant features of Windows 8.1. Microsoft has also added a Helps & Tips app that teaches the user about the new features in a straight forward way.

@ Your Library, advice, Apps, awesome, Equipment, Featured, Fun Stuff, Gaming, Hardware, Movies, Music, and Games, Technology, xbox »

[27 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

In the gaming world, there are new consoles and technology coming out every year. The main power houses in the gaming world today are primarily the Playstation4 and the Xbox One. These two systems offer so many great features that many users, like myself, often don’t know which one to buy. These systems are called the “Next-Gen,” or next generation consoles, that offer amazing graphics and features. Sony and Microsoft are fierce competitors that try to out duel one another, leading to amazing innovation and technology. This leads me to my question for all of you, which system reigns supreme? With help from spec’s from both Sony and Microsoft, hopefully I can help you decide on your next gaming console. Lets start off with the playstation4.

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The Playstation4 is a great console with many great features with it. PS4 has lots of features but we’re going to stick to the main ones. Sony really went all out on the “sharing” aspect of gaming. You can play a game and let all of your friends know any achievements/trophies that you have earned. This year’s version of the dualshock4 controller is the mainstream to all that PS4 has to offer. The controller itself has been revamped from prior versions to make a complete “Next-Gen” controller. Some of the updates on the controller include; an all new touch pad on the center of the controller, a sensitive six-axis sensor that senses movement and also an all new “Share” button which allows you to share things you’ve done. Also, the PS4 has many great featured games including, “killzone,”"Destiny” and “Call of Duty:Ghosts.” The PS4 was designed to be a 1-on-1 gaming console for all gamers. Next up is the Xbox One.

Source: http://us.playstation.com/ps4/entertainment/

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The Xbox One also many great features to offer, as does its competitor. Now you might say that, However, Microsoft has taken gaming on the Xbox further with many all new features that are not seen on the PS4. The Xbox One is equipped with an upgraded “Kinnect.” The Kinnect is a camera that detects you and your heartbeat. It has voice and facial recognition. It is more responsive and smarter than its predecessor. The all new Xbox One controller is also revamped by Microsoft adding impulse triggers that provide precise feedback to the user. On top of all the upgrades to the controller, the Kinnect will automatically pair your controller to the Xbox for effortless syncing. Xbox one offers a vast variety of entertainment to choose from, all with the sound of your voice. TV, Skype, NFL and much more. One primary example of the TV feature is how you can watch live TV and snap an internet explorer page off to the side. You can watch TV and search the web side by side, which is really cool. For all sports fanatics out there, you can watch live NFL games and have your fantasy team stats updated in live time! Microsoft’s “Next-Gen” Xbox One system is primarily focused on being a gaming system however, it also has the ability to be your all in one home entertainment system. Which one to get? It comes down to what suites you best as a gamer. If you like more 1-on-1 gaming, meaning you only want to play games and share any content you’ve earned, then you have to go PS4. If you’re like me and you like to have everything all on one system, then Xbox One is the way to go. Whether you like PS4 or Xbox One, each system has its own perks and features. Game on!

Source: Xbox.com

Design, Digital Media Lab, dvd burning, imovie, Technology, Video, video editing »

[27 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

Since Apple discontinued iDVD, a separate program is needed to burn your completed iMovie project to disc. These are the steps for burning a DVD in Toast 11 Titanium (which we have on DML computers 1, 3, and 4).

Have your exported iMovie video file ready.  Open Toast Titanium and click the Video tab.

Select DVD-Video (unless you are burning a Blu-ray disc, then select that specific option).

Drag and drop your video file into the open area.

Step 1

Most of the default settings can be left alone.  You can fill in a title in the field at the top (Fantastic Elk Movie).  If you want to add chapter markers to your movie, click on the Edit button next to your movie.

Step 2

Then click the Chapters tab, select Automatic and click on the drop down menu to select how often chapter markers will be placed, then click ok.

Step 3

You can also adjust some of the settings such as Quality, Auto-play etc. if you want. When you are done, click the red Burn button. You’ll be prompted to insert a DVD.

 

Digital Media Lab, Equipment, Movies, Music, and Games, Music, Technology »

[5 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

Bliptronic 5000

The Bliptronic 5000 is coming soon!

We have two of these super addicting LED 8-bit musical synthesizers. With one or two of these anybody can create music.  They are perfect for get-togethers, children, musicians, classes, etc.

It will soon be available at the Tech. Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library for 7 day checkouts.  Please share your electronic blip masterpieces with us!

Click here to view the embedded video.