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Tips for Using a Band Saw

A band saw is an electric saw which allows cutting curves as well as straight lines. It is great for making decorative trim but can also be used for things such as piping. It is one of the most versatile tools you can own.

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10 Tips for Using a Band Saw:

Protect your eyes- Always wear goggles when operating a band saw.

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Which blade to use- Use a narrow blade for cutting curves and angles. For cutting in a straight line, use a wider blade. The narrow blade will give you more control when working on details.

Changing the blade- Turn the band saw off and unplug it before changing the blade. Do not just turn it off. It is far too easy to bump the switch to the on position which can cause serious injury.

Blade Adjustments- Use the adjustment knob to make sure the blade isn’t too tight or loose. Making it too tight causes damage to the saw. If too loose, the blade will be shaky and cause slips while working.

Saw Guide- Band saws have a guide that prevents the blade from getting jammed into the wood you are working with. The guide should be about 1/4 of an inch from the thickest part of the wood.

Patterns- Make a pencil outline on the area of the wood you would like to cut. This will ensure that you get the cut that you want and where you want it.

Room to work- Make sure the area is clear of obstructions before you begin to work. This is important when working with large pieces of wood or other materials so you don’t have to stop working in the middle.

Ready to cut- It’s time to turn the band saw on. Allow it to come up to full speed before beginning to cut. Note: Keep hands and fingers away from the blade at all times.

Do not stop- Keep a continuous motion going to the end. This is very important when making decorative pieces.

Maintenance- It is important to keep your saw in good maintenance. Check the manufacturers guide on proper maintenance of you specific band saw. Maintaining the saw will mean a longer life.

A band saw is a great investment for those who often need to cut wood, metal or other materials. These tips for using a band saw should help you get a great start.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Review: Wearable Smart Watch

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Review

The first Samsung Galaxy Gear watch was decent, but it didn’t reach the expectations of consumers. But Samsung is back at it with the new Galaxy Gear 2. The new Galaxy Gear has a sleek updated design and an updated operating system.

Samsung was lucky last year, as their wearable Gear product was one of very few on the market with such advanced capabilities. But in just a year things have changed. Samsung is now facing competition from some pretty big names, including Sony with its Sony Smartwatch 2, Apple with its upcoming iWatch and even the updated Pebble Steel. Not to mention, there are a tonne of new fitness wearable gadgets entering the market.

So has Samsung stepped it up this year? Or will their competitors do better?

Design, Size

The new Samsung Gear 2 is sleeker than the previous model. The Gear 2 features an all metal aesthetic, with an aluminium face. The plastic wrist band can now be changed, providing an opportunity for some truly stylised wrist bands. The new wrist band that comes with the Gear 2 is an improvement on the original Gear wrist band. It looks a little nicer and is more comfortable to wear.

One of the best changes is probably the camera once housed in the strap has been moved. So has the home button, which is now on the front of the Gear 2, more similar to the Samsung Galaxy smartphone range.

The new Gear 2 is also lighter than the previous Gear, and thinner too. At 5 grams lighter and 1mm thinner, these small changes make a big difference when it comes to overall appearance and usability. The dimensions for the Gear 2 are36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm and a weight of 68g.  The charging case for the Gear 2 is also now smaller.

But probably the biggest update? The Gear 2 is now waterproof. Really, this should have already been a feature but its good that Samsung has implemented it now.

Overall, the new Gear 2 looks nicer and feels nicer on the wrist than the previous model.

Samsung is now also offering two sizes in their wearable range, with the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo. The Gear 2 Neo is a lighter and smaller variance of the smart watch range. The two devices are also the first Tizen based wearable platforms.

The screen on the Gear 2 is stunning, sizing up at 1.63 inches. With a resolution of 320×320 and Super AMOLED technology, visuals are crisp, clean and colourful. There is also a powerful dual core processor running at 1.0GHz and a 2 megapixel auto focus camera, now inside the smart watch rather than on the strap.

Specs And Features

  • Heart rate sensor – More accurate than the Samsung S5
  • Pedometer
  • Works as a standalone fitness manager, so there is no need for a smartphone.
  • IP67 rated – splash and dust proof
  • Bluetooth Call
  • Camera
  • Notifications for SMS, Email and Apps
  • Media Controller
  • Schedule
  • Smart Relay
  • S Voice
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer
  • Weather Alerts
  • Customisable wrist straps
  • Infrared sensor – use the watch as a TV remote.
  • Standalone music player

Display

The new screen on the Gear 2 is now 1.63 inches in size with Super AMOLED technology and a resolution of 320 x 320. The screen looks nicer than the previous Gear, featuring much better and brighter colours. The backgrounds available as default on the Gear 2 really make the screen stand out. There is also an option to add your own background, either from the camera or matching with a bluetooth connected Samsung phone.

When the Gear first come out, there were’t many apps available. With the release of the Gear 2, Samsung has promised to deliver over 100 new apps. These include great apps like eBay and Paypal, with more to come.

Battery Life

The Samsung Gear 2 features a 300mAh Li-Ion battery. The battery life is actually pretty decent, giving about 2 to 3 days of usage and about 6 days of low usage.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is a great upgrade from the original Gear, and a great entry device for those looking for a solid piece of wearable technology. Those who don’t have a Samsung phone might find that something is missing, even though the Gear 2 is meant to be a standalone device in many ways. Samsung has raised the bar for the Gear 2, but the question is whether or not it can compete with wearable devices from Apple, Sony and other competitors.

Want to know more? Check out this detailed video review of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and The Samsung Gear 2 Neo.

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Amazon Fire TV Review: TV, Games & More

When it comes to hardware for streaming digital content, the Amazon Fire TV seems to be in a league of its own. The Apple TV is a great device, but the Amazon Fire TV has taken its set top box to a whole new level. The Amazon Fire TV is not just a TV streaming device, but also works as a gaming console and a media centre for the home.

Amazon has stated that the Fire TV is not a gaming console, but what it presents suggests otherwise. While the Fire TV works great for streaming movies and television content, Amazon has also paired the device with a surprisingly well made gaming accessory and a variety of games. The Amazon Fire TV is a great Apple TV alternative, supporting services like Netflix, HBO and Amazons very own On demand services. It seems that Amazon has set out to create its very own ecosystem to take out the streaming media market.

With a price tag of only 99 dollars, the Fire TV makes for a great deal. Its focus is on performance, search and openness, but the bonus includes real gaming capabilities that other TV streaming hardware has blatantly ignored.

 

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Hardware

The Fire TV holds a very simple design, being a simple matte black box sporting the Amazon logo on top. There is just one single LED on the front of the device that lets you know if the device is on or off. There is one HDMI port, an ethernet port and optical audio jacks on the back of the device. There is also a single USB port.

In terms of size, the Fire TV is slightly larger than the Apple TV, but still rather small. One great part of the Fire TV is that the remote for the device connects via bluetooth instead of infrared. This means you can hide away the device and still maintain full remote functionality. One of the biggest annoyances of the Apple TV is having to get the right angle with the remote to control the device.

The Fire TV has a solid feel to it, made tom plastic, aluminum and silicon. Inside the device, there is a large heatsink that keeps everything nice and cool. This is needed, thanks to the high powered internal components of the Fire TV. Inside, there is a 1.7GHz quad core processor [Snapdragon] and an Adreno 320 GPU. This is way more powerful than the Apple TV and other competing brands. This makes for a faster user interface, and real gaming performance.

The remote is simple and works well. The buttons feel nice when pressed and you can see a couple of buttons on there that Android users might be familiar with. There is a directional pad for navigation, as well as six buttons in rows of three. The best part of this remote is that it has an actual search button. It is clear that Amazon wants this button to be the primary method of navigation when it comes to finding something to watch. There is also voice search, so you press and hold the microphone key, then speak into the mic. Within a second or two, results start popping up on the screen. This is one method of navigation that the Apple TV is definitely lacking.

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User Interface/Software

The Fire TV runs similar to the Fire OS, but tweaked. The UI is smooth, looks fantastic and works well. It is a truly intuitive user interface with a focus on content. The home screen of the Fire TV is full of movies, TV shows and apps that have been arranged in an way that is easily read and navigated. There are side scrolling carousels that let you browse through the content without leaving the page you are on. There are also sections for games, movies, TV shows and the search function. While the Apple TV holds a simpler design, the Fire TV user interface does seem to be more usable when it comes to navigating through content.

When you plug in and turn on the device, a demo video will show, giving you a decent idea of what the Fire TV can do and what features are available. This is great for those who aren’t exactly tech-savy and need a bit of direction. There are also more help videos available under the settings menu in case you get stuck. Amazon also offers excellent support, available via a single button press that will connect you to a support hotline from Amazon. These extra features make the Fire TV a great option for older users who need that extra bit of guidance.

The carousel layout is constant throughout the user interface. It is similar to the Netflix layout, making it easy to navigate visually through movies, TV shows and games. When looking through a huge library, it can take some time to move through these carousels, but I much prefer this method of navigation to what is offered by the Apple TV, which seems a bit too simple and not visual enough.

The best way to find something to watch though, is using the search function. Whether you use the text search option and type in what you want, or the voice search function. The voice search only works for Amazon content, but if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber this is not an issue as that is most likely your main source of content. The search also offers quick links to videos on Hulu, but not for Netflix.

When it comes to services supported by the Fire TV, the main contenders are there. You can access content from Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, Showtime Anytime, ESPN, Crackle and more. There are also music streaming services like Pandora and iHeartRadio. This is all in combination with Amazon’s very own on demand services. There are a tonne of TV shows and movies available from Amazon Instant Video, but if you want to go elsewhere, there are a range of options available.

Games and Gaming

The biggest feature that the Fire TV has that holds over its competitors is its gaming functionality. The Apple TV and other alternatives offer pretty much nothing when it comes to gaming. The Fire TV on the other hand, offers games and even has its own gaming controller. The controller is sold separately, but is worth the purchase if you plan on taking advantage of these gaming functionalities.

Amazon has recently started its own game development department, so it is very likely we will see more and more games becoming available for the Fire TV and other Amazon devices. There are games currently available, including the hit titles Killer Instinct and Sev Zero.

The Fire TV also offers up a selection of great Android games, including MineCraft, Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt Airborne and more. Most of these games look great on a HDTV, and the gamepad from Amazon makes the gaming experience feel more like you are using a gaming console, rather than an Android device hooked up to a TV.

Amazon has made it clear that they will be improving the gaming experience, offering thousands of titles in the future to expand its gaming library. This is good news for those who are looking for a decent gaming console but are not a fan of the classic consoles like the Playstation or Xbox. The Amazon Fire has 8GB of storage, and considering that most of the games available are small in size, you won’t need much more storage than that. Not to mention, the content you watch is all streamed, minimising the need for real hard drive space.

Playing games on the Fire TV can be pretty fun thanks to the great gaming controller. There are heaps of free trials and demos available, so you can test out games before you make a purchase. The gamepad is similar to the Xbox 360 gamepad, offering analog sticks, two trigger buttons, two shoulder pads, a directional pad and four face buttons. It has a great battery life and comes at a cost of around 40 dollars. You can also purchase two controllers for multiplayer gaming.

Conclusion

The Fire TV is a fantastic device that is only expanding when it comes to library collections, games and apps. With a dedicated gaming controller, this device moves beyond streaming and becomes a true home media and entertainment system. It is priced extremely competitively and is likely to give the Apple TV and Roku a run for their money. With a great voice search function, a large library of content and an intuitive user interface, the Fire TV is a great option when it comes to a streaming set top box. The bonus? Its also a pretty neat gaming console.

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How To Install Windows 10 In A Virtual Machine

The Windows 10 preview is now available for installation on your very own computer. You can test out the brand new Windows 10 operating system, set to be completed by 2015. This is a developers preview, so it is likely that there are a number of bugs to smooth out, and maybe even some major changes. But, a lot of us are curious or would like to start testing out the Windows 10 operating system now. By installing Windows 10 on a virtual machine, you can keep your original operating system while still being able to test out Windows 10.

Virtual machines basically run an OS within an OS. You can do this on both Mac and Windows computers, with a tonne of software available for creating and running virtual machines. VMWare and Parallels are two great virtual machine apps for OS X.

Check out the video below that runs through installing Windows 10 in a virtual machine on your current operating system. This is truly the safest way to install Windows 10, as you are avoiding a direct install.

What You Need:

  • Windows 10 ISO – available from Microsoft
  • Virtual machine software. Recommended are VirtualBox for Windows, Parallels for OS X.

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Best Emulator PSP for Android

If you ever had a PSP, you will understand just how fun they were in their prime. But now that smartphones and tablets have kicked off, why carry around a PSP? Now, you can actually emulate PSP games onAndroid. The PSP was eventually discontinued and replaced with the Playstation Vita, but you can still play those great PSP games on your Android tablet.

One of the best emulators for PSP on Android would have to be PPSSPP. An early release of PPSSPP made its way to the google play store in early 2013. The best part about this emulators that you can boot game back ups and actually run games at full speed. This isn’t the norm for previous PSP emulators on Android.

PPSSPP has brought back the PSP, but to Android devices around the world. This means classic games like Rainbow Six Vegas and Final Fantasy II are now playable on the Android OS. Follow the quick guide below to downloading and installing the best emulator for PSP on Android.

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Downloading and Installing PPSSPP

PPSSPP is available from the google Play store for free. There is also a Gold version but only get that if you want to support the team for further development, otherwise they are the same.

PPSSPP does not come with games to play, so you will have to get your hands on some yourself. This is because if it came with games, the app developers would be breaking the law. There are games available across the internet, so go and get some if you want to play them. Incase you didn’t know, it is illegal to download these games if you don’t already own them. The games available on the internet are always in the format CSO or ISO. There is also software that lets you get these files from your PSP that you already own.

Playing PPSSPP

When you load your first PSP game in PPSSPP, you will need to put it into the root folder of your Android device. You can do this using a USB cable or file manager program.

Then, launch PPSSPP and choose ‘Load’ to get to your game. I wouldn’t change any settings, as everything seems to work pretty well as default.

From then, you will be playing that classic PSP game, all on your Android device! Most games should run at full speed. There is a compatibility list though, so check there before you put any effort into getting those games.

Some games that are known to work very well include Puzzle Quest, Dragon Ball Evolution, Legend of Heroes, Wipeout Pure, God of War, Castlevania Dracula X, GTA Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories, as well as Little Big Planet.

Removing the App

If you are looking to get rid of the application, you can just delete it like you would any other app on your device. To get rid of the games, just delete the files you originally put there. No extra files will be created and all will be removed if you do those two things.

So go on, have fun playing PSP on your Android device.

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Netflix Coming To Australia

If you watch TV and movies, you probably already know about Netflix. If you don’t, and you live in Australia, your chance is coming soon with the official Netflix Australia release.

Netflix has been lacking in Australia since its release, but Australians have found workarounds to access services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, which are normally geo blocked. By using a proxy or VPN, Aussie users could gain access to Netflix and Hulu. But now, the need to hide your IP address is no more. Australians will soon receive their very own official release of Netflix.

Australia already has its own version of Netflix, called Quickflix. Unfortunately, the content available on this platform is poor when compared to overseas competitors. Netflix coming to Australia isn’t great news for Quickflix, but consumers are happy. Netflix will bring full high definition and even 4K Ultra high definition content, ready to stream to our living room TVs, computers, mobiles and tablets.

Netflix is already available in many locations around the world, including the US, UK, France, Sweden, Germany and other European locations. Australia and New Zealand are next on the list.

The coming of Netflix to Australia will provide consumers with a more user friendly, and most importantly, cost effective method of streaming content. Could this lower piracy in Australia? It could, but piracy will probably still reign a popular method of accessing content from around the world. But Netflix is a move in the right direction, likely to at least lower piracy to some extent.

Netflix will bring a number of new shows to Australian living rooms, including its very own Orange is the New Black, Daredevil and many popular US shows like Arrested Development, Family Guy and more.
The success of Netflix in Australia is pretty much guaranteed, purely on the basis that there is very little competition in terms of TV and Movie streaming services in Australia. There are a lot of free offerings, like iView and TenPlay, but these offerings fail to deliver the international content that Australian consumers demand.

With the release of Netflix in Australia, we could see a big shift in the way Australians consume TV and movie content.

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Get Flappy Bird Back on Android Tablets and Smartphones

Flappy Bird is gone. Yep, its true. People are coming to terms with it, but many are struggling. The developer has taken off and you can no longer purchase Flappy Bird on either the Google Play or iTunes App Stores.

Fortunately, gamers have found a sneaky way to get the game back onto your Android smartphone or tablet.

Nobody knows why the game was removed in the first place, and speculation towards a sequel has halted.

Android users have found a way around this, with a few steps to get the Flappy Bird game back onto an Android device.

Here is a step by step guide to getting Flappy Bird back onto an Android smartphone or tablet:

One: Find the Flappy Bird APK on Google.

Two: If Google blocks that site, just look it up in a torrent site.

Three: On your device, allow installation of unknown apps via a checkbox in Settings, Security, Unknown Sources. Tap OK.

Four: Copy the file onto your device via SD or cable.

Five: Use File Explorer (available on Google Play) to open and install the game.

Flappy Bird should now be installed on your Android device.

The file size is less than a megabyte so there is no need to worry about storage space. This is a simple and easy way to get the game back onto your device. Whether or not it is legal is questionable, as it is assumed the available files are not legal copies of the game. While we don’t condone this, its up to you!

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PostLoop Review: Get Paid To Post in Forums, Boost Forum Exposure

PostLoop gives writers and bloggers  a quick way to earn from posting and commenting in forums and blogs. PostLoop also gives forum owners a way to boost forum exposure and gain more posts from quality contributors.

PostLoop works so well because it works for everybody. No matter your speed of writing. you can write for PostLoop. PostLoop does have one requirement, English fluency. So if you can write well in English, you can make money on PostLoop. Normally I would not advocate a ‘make money online’ kind of website, but for me, PostLoop has been different. I actually am making money online with PostLoop. It is suprisingly easy, and I am actually enjoying it too.

PostLoop offers PayPal payouts internationally, so withdrawing is easy and painless. I recently withdrew some points for cash and it was approved within a day.

Why Use PostLoop?

PostLoop is a great way for content writers to make money writing, and for forum and blog owners to gain exposure to their online communities.

Writing Content

Most revenue sharing blogs take time to actually earn money and generally require quite a lot of work. This is a great way to earn, but why not earn some quick cash with PostLoop while you are waiting for your other income avenues to take off. PostLoop is an easy way to create a steady income. It may not be a huge one, but I can guarantee if you make regular contributions you could easily find yourself withdrawing about 100 to 200 dollars a month.

Starting On PostLoop

When you sign up to PostLoop, you will need to make ten contributions to the PostLoop forum. This might sound like a lot, but I managed to do it in ten minutes. I was approved after 24 hours, and received a rating of 4.5 out of 5. The higher a rating you receive, the more bonus points you will get for every comment or forum post you make. So it is probably a good idea to make decent contributions. I find a paragraph per post works well.

You will be accepted or rejected based on the following: spelling and grammar, post length, and post relevance. It sounds like a lot but when you find interesting forums it is hard not to get into it.

Below you can see the application process:

When You Are Accepted

Once you have been accepted to PostLoop, you can subscribe to forums and blogs listed on the site. These have been set up by the forum and blog owners and moderators. PostLoop offers a great interface that lets you keep track of how many posts you have made on each site, and how many points you have received for those posts. All you have to do is make some good posts on a number of sites like you normally would, but reap the benefits with PostLoop!

Earning Points

The sites and forums listed on PostLoop each have a number of allocated points. You can earn these points by posting for those sites. You will earn more points per post by posting quality posts, receiving bonus points and receiving good ratings. The higher your rating, the higher your points per post. Moderators can also give you bonus points, so make sure you write something good!

Withdrawing Points for Cash

In order to cash out there are two simple requirememts. The first is that you must have atleast 100 points.This will get you 5 dollars. So not bad for an hour of writing comments. That is on average how long it takes me to earn 100 points, if not less. The second requirement is a user rating higher than the average user rating. This rating generally sits at around 3.5 to 3.7, hence the importance of making quality posts.

You can see your points earned and rating on your dashboard, as well as the average user rating and the withdrawal process on the Withdrawal page. You can withdraw via PayPal.

Blog and Forum Owners

When you make a new forum or website, it is hard to gain new subscribers and contributors. This is where PostLoop actually does an amazing job. Since signing up, I have received a bunch of new subscribers and commenters, all offering quality comments. PostLoop is probably one of the best ways of increasing user engagement I have ever come across.

PostLoop is a very active site, so getting new contributors and subscribers is a generally quick process if you are offering some good content. You can really give you blog or forum the initial bost it needs by using PostLoop. You can also purchase points to speed up the process.

The same sign up process applies for forum and blog owners. You will still need to submit ten quality posts. Once you are approved, you can add your forum or blog, assign a minimum user rating for contributors, and earn points or purchase points. These points will be traded for comments and contributions on your forum or blog.

To add your site, you need to upload a small file to your sites root directory. You can do this using an FTP client like FileZilla or Coda. Once you have done so, you can verify your site and start earning points or receiving comments and contributions.

You can also set a long description that new subscribers from PostLoop will see. You can specify your requirements for posting and any bonuses you might be willing to give to increase user engagement. You can also limit how many posts each user can post each day to avoid spamming.

Rating Users

If you are receiving comments or contributions, after 5 posts from one user, you can rate them from 1 to 5. As previously mentioned, a higher rating will give them more bonus points. You can do so anonymously or openly. When you give a rating, you will also get 3 bonus points.

How PostLoop Helps Me

Not only do I earn money from PostLoop, but my site has been receiving a lot more attention. PostLoop has turned out to be one of my primary advertising and user engagement methods. It increases traffic and engagement, and gets my site out there. I am receiving new subscribers and new comments on a daily basis. I am also earning money, cashing out my points and having a great time posting on forums and other blogs. I can’t wait to see the long term impact PostLoop has on my site. It can only be positive.

Referral Program

By referring members to PostLoop, you can earn 20 percent of whatever they do. This is  great way to make some extra cash or earn some extra points.

Final Say

Honestly, PostLoop is a life saver. I was worried about how I could increase user engagement, and PostLoop answered my calls. I now have more active contributors, increasing on a daily basis. I am also earnign a nice sum of money from the site. I suggest you try PostLoop out for yourself and see how it can help you too. There is no harm in doing so!