i88 TWS Full Review, Features, and Comparison with AirPods 2019

i88 TWS
i88 TWS

The article covers i88 TWS review, features, and comparison with the original ones. When we talk about earphones, we talk about AirPods, but if you get the same thing for $20, then you would say, “awesome! I want that.” Well, there are plenty of earphones out there, but I’m talking about the i88 TWS which is the same size as the original and sound quality is better than AirPods. Let’s review i88 TWS and see what features are available.

What is i88 TWS

Alright, to understand i88, we must know the previous models. i88 TWS is a new model to town. Other series including i7, i8, i9, i10, i12 are already there. Before i88, i10 which costs about $30 was dominating the market. i88 TWS has only been here a few months and has taken away the i10 dominance. i88 has a similar sound quality, and it is just $20, and hopefully, by the time it will get cheaper.
Check out: Google Play Music vs Spotify.

i88 TWS features

Let’s cover i88 features in i88 TWS review. i88 is available in a few colours including white, black, blue, red etc. The size is the same as the original ones, and when you put them in the ear, no one would be able to say that these are the duplicate ones. The case of colours ones feels different than the white i88 case. The white case material feels the same as the AirPods, while on colour ones it feels more greasy.

i88 TWS dimensions

i88 TWS does not differ from Apple AirPods regarding the size. i88’s case dimensions are 42 x 53 mm while AirPods’s case size is 44 x 53 mm. The bud of i88 TWS is 40 x 16 mm while the AirPods’s buds size is the same.

The case has fours green LED charging indicator lights. Each for 25% of charging. Unlike other model series i7, i9, and i11 they start working as soon as you open the case. They connect to each other automatically, but for some reason, if you can’t connect then tap on the touch sensor to connect them. The LED light on the buds itself flashes when the buds aren’t connected. Moving to battery life, they come with two hours of talk time and two hours of music time. The battery could be improved, but if you are not a big fan and want to show to the world, then these are perfect.

i88 TWS vs Apple AirPods comparison

Regarding the sound quality, there was something new. I have seen some people saying that i88 isn’t that good, but I felt something different. i88 TWS has bass which everyone would like, also the sound was louder on the maximum as compared to AirPods. The missing thing was naturality as i88 felt not the kind of buds which can provide the natural sound of a song. Let’s take a look at 11 seconds video showing i88 and original AirPods sound quality.

Personally, I think i88 are better than the AirPods regarding the sound and base. Moving on, AirPods come with touch sensor buttons in which you can pause or resume music, attend or decline calls, and talk to Siri/Google Assistant. Meanwhile, i88 TWS comes with the same touch sensor buttons with the capability of doing the same things as the AirPods expect it won’t pause when you remove the buds from your ear. Comparing with AirPods 2, i88 TWS does not come with wireless charging capability. The case supports MicroSD cable and comes with the able and a manual in the box.

Comparison with i10 TWS

In this i88 TWS review, I wanted to add some information about the comparison between i88 TWS and i10 TWS. Have a look at the below infographic. i10 TWS is better because of its sound quality. They are almost the same as AirPods. The price, of course, makes the difference and the battery capacity as well.

i88 TWS vs i10S TWS
i88 TWS vs i10S TWS

If you are a fan of wireless charging then you should go with i10. Otherwise, i88 TWS is the way to go. Both use 5.0 Bluetooth technology and i88 TWS comes with Video Synchronisation.
Check out: i10 review, features, and comparisons.

i88 TWS specifications

We must cover the technical specifications in this i88 TWS review.

  1. i88 buds the same size as i10s and original AirPods.
  2. They come with 2.5 hours of talk and music time.
  3. 400mAh of the battery capacity of the case.
  4. Speakers are made of copper.

Where to buy?

These days, there are duplicates of duplicate so, you got to make sure that you are purchasing the right item. You can buy from YouLad or AliExpress.

  1. Buy i88 TWS from AliExpress (credit card).

i88 TWS review video

Let’s take a look at the below video showing the full review of i88 TWS, its features, and comparison with the original AirPods.

In conclusion

Here is the end of i88 TWS Review and comparison with the top competitors in the market. I hope the article helped you choose the right earphones for your ears. Let me know what do you think of i88 in the comments below so we can discuss more. Did I miss any of the information? Please let me know so I can improve this article. Last modified by Madhsudhan on 16th of July 2019.

Google Play Music vs Spotify – Best Music Platform in 2019

Google Play Music vs Spotify
Google Play Music vs Spotify

Love listening to music? Many services provide free music. If you are looking for a luxurious ride, you would think about Google Play Music, Spotify, or Apple Music. Over 10 thousand people search for Google Play Music vs Spotify just on Google and people should be looking for the comparison because they are about to spend money.

Google Play Music and Spotify are old enough for a battle and looking that, in this article, I’ll be focusing on the comparison of Google Play Music and Spotify. We will see all the same and the unique features of both the platforms and compare both apps on an Android device.

Google Play Music vs Spotify

Table of contents

    1. Details
    2. Platforms.
    3. Number of Songs.
    4. Android & iOS.
    5. Free vs Premium.
    6. Pricing.
    7. Results.

Details

Google Play Music is an online audio streaming service by Google. The services started in November 2011. Currently, Google Play Music is home to over 40 million songs and is available in 63 countries in which the United Kingdom was among the first countries to get the service.

Spotify, on the other hand, is a Swedish audio streaming platform launched in October 2007 and has over 40 million songs and currently, it is available in 79 countries.

Google Play Music vs Spotify Search Trend
Google Play Music vs Spotify Search Trend

For the past five years, Spotify has consistently been a hot search term as compared to Google Play Music because of a number of the facts including Spotify is older than Google Play Music and available in more countries than Google Play Music.

Platforms

PlatformGoogle Play MusicSpotify
iOS✔️✔️
Android✔️✔️
Windows Phone✔️
Desktop✔️
Web✔️

With the rise of the mobile phone, other devices have not vanished. Platforms are one of the sections of Google Play Music vs Spotify. Google Play Music is available on iOS, Android as an app while on Windows and macOS accessible on the web browser. Spotify is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, and macOS.
Check out: Top 10 must-have Android Apps in 2019.

Number of Songs

Both platforms support over 40 million songs as of Feb 2019.

AppNumber of songs
SpotifyOver 40 million
Google Play MusicOver 40 million

Android & iOS app

Cutting to the chase, we are not going to cover every little detail in this Google Play Music vs Spotify because the mission for the both is the same. Let’s see some of the unique features both apps provide.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music Identify What's Playing
Google Play Music Identify What’s Playing

The app comes with a sleep timer available in the settings. You can activate the timer to turn off the app. You can detect what song is playing by tapping on the search button and taping on the first option. It identifies the song currently playing and shows you on the screen. The problem with this feature is it does not start when you tap. It shows you the message “Could not identify what’s playing. Try again”. You have to touch on that music icon to identify.

Another feature is the Top Chart which is available in the left menu. The window shows the top 100 songs around the globe. Google Play Music allows you to upload 100,000 songs and play them on any of the supported devices. Other than that, we have stations where we can select the music on mood and activity like driving and dancing etc. The search window is filled with details. It shows the artists, albums, radios, playlists, songs and YouTube video songs related to the searched song.

Spotify

Spotify Lyrics By GENIUS
Spotify Lyrics By GENIUS

This app also comes with some of the unique features. The first one is lyrics by Genius visible below the song as you play. The panel is not just for lyrics; it shows the facts and story behind the song. It’s not available for all the songs, but you can expect for most of the songs. You can add songs to the queue by tapping on add queue in the menu. The queue is a temporary playlist you can enjoy.

Another feature is called share activity available in the settings. If you are an artist, then you can share the music you listen with your followers to increase fan following. Also, an option for a private session is available when you want to listen in private. If you use Waze then you can connect Spotify to play music instantly while navigating. My Library screen shows all your playlists, artists and downloaded songs. You can also find podcasts in the podcasts menu.

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Free vs Premium

Moving on to the next chapter in Google Play Music vs Spotify, we have free vs premium features. Both services in some way allow free content. Google Play Music lets you upload your songs and listen to them on other devices. The limit is 100,000 songs per account.

Meanwhile, Spotify lets you only shuffle play the songs. You can search for a song and shuffle play, and it’s the luck when it’s time for your song. You will also experience audio ads on Spotify.

Pricing

Google Play Music vs Spotify Pricing
Google Play Music vs Spotify Pricing

The pricing for both is the same. For US$9.99/month you can enjoy the music for free on any of the supported devices. The family plan price is also the same at US$14.99/month. Up to six users can enjoy free music. Spotify has a couple more pricing plans. If you are a student, then you can get the same individual plan for $4.99/month. The discount is available in limited states at the moment. Meanwhile, there is another one called Spotify for Business which we will not be covered in this article. Google Play Music also comes with a student plan available in limited countries.

Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps.

Results

It’s never easy to pick one when all the companies provide the same thing at the same cost. The unique features switch the table. This is the end of the article Google Play Music vs Spotify. I hope the article helped you find the perfect music platform. Let me know what do you think of both in the comments below so we can discuss more.

(Tested) 7 Best Video Converter Apps for Android in 2019

Best-Video-Converter-Apps-for-Android
Best-Video-Converter-Apps-for-Android

Which is the best video converter for Android? With rising technology, we want everything on our phone. No one has the time to open their PC and wait until it responses and then find a software then delete that software and find a free one. After wasting a few hours, congratulations you get a low-quality video or audio which reminds you of the 1990s. I can understand the feeling because I have been there. After testing many apps on my phone, I have concluded the top 7 best video converter apps for Android available to install for free in 2019.

The article focuses on features including speed, types, quality, freedom, and much more. Don’t worry, because this is your final place in finding the best video converter app in 2019.

Video Converter

Video-Converter
Video-Converter

The app is excellent, and I have already recommended this app on my article how to fix unsupported audio-video codec issues. It has a simple interface, and it asks for a few details, including video quality and the format. The app works in the background, which means you don’t need to sit and watch it converting. After installing, you will need to allow the app to see your files. Once that’s done, let’s see what the app has to offer.

    1. You can convert AVI, MP4, FLV, MPEG-1,2, MOV, WMV, MKV, VOB, 3GP, SWF, MP3, AAC and few more to any of the mentioned formats.
    2. You can convert the video to high-quality audio.
    3. Merge and join videos. Add multiple video files and make them one video.
    4. Cut and trim a video.
    5. Cut and trim audio.
    6. Compress video (freemium). The app compressed a 26 MB video into 8 MB. Check out the quality comparison here.
    7. Add slow-motion effect to videos (freemium).
    8. Create ringtones.
    9. Reverse a video (freemium).

See what Video Converter can do for you. Check out the app here.

How does Video Converter work?

After opening, tap on an option and select a video. The second screen shows you the video with details. The next screen asks for the type of conversion you want. You can convert into formats supported by Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry. Other extensions include MP4, 3GP, MKV etc. After selecting one, you have an opportunity to confirm the video and the audio details. It will take some time depending on your video, and your converted file is ready.

What else can you do with Video Converter?

You can change the theme, video file directory and audio files directory in the settings menu. The left panel contains more options, including Rate Us, PRO, feedback etc. Before we move on, a premium version of the app is also available, which lets you convert more efficiently and allows you to select videos with of any length. With a vast number of features come for free, Video converter is one of the best video converter apps for Android in 2019.

Pros

  1. The app can work in the background
  2. The app supports many formats.
  3. It supports many tools.
  4. The comparison works very well.

Cons

  1. It asks for location permission, which is odd for a video converter.

Check out: 5 Ultimate YouTube Video Downloaders for Android in 2019.

Full Video Converter

Full-Video-Converter-Icon
Full-Video-Converter-Icon

A new app Full Video Converter has the potential to take over the market and call itself one of the best video converter apps for Android. The app can do a lot of things for free (which is the best part). The app does not limit any feature. You can convert, compress, and edit as much as you want. The app only comes with ad-free in-app purchase. Here is what the app can do. The good thing about the app is it can convert the audio with the video as well.

  1. Convert a video. Full video converter supports a wide range to video formats to run and convert.
  2. Compress a video. A 30 MB video was converted into 8 MB video.
  3. Convert video to audio / MP3.
  4. Slow down a video to x0.25.
  5. Add audio to a video. You can override the existing audio and add a new to the video.
  6. Faster a video to x1.75.
  7. Rotate a video to 90 and 180 degrees.
  8. Trim a video.

The app is easy to navigate as it only has one main screen with buttons. There is help and troubleshoot options in the left-hand menu. Install the app by clicking here.

Hoe does Full Video Converter work?

When you open the app, you see a bunch of options. Select the one you are looking for. On each screen, you’ll find related options with a back button. Selecting a video will start playing that video in mute condition. The app can run in the background so you can do your work while the app renders. As you start a service the app displays a circle with the progress. Once the progress has finished, if the app is open the converted video will begin playing. You can find the videos in Full Converter folder.

Pros

  1. Completely free.
  2. Supports many features.
  3. Easy to navigate.

Cons

  1. The built-in video player can’t support some of the video formats to play after the process has finished.

Media Converter

Media-Converter
Media-Converter

A simple, lightweight and easy to use converter from antvplayer. It currently has over 5 million downloads and 64 thousand ratings. The default interface reminds you of Windows 98, but everything is clear to understand. The settings menu comes with options including theme, output folders, extensions and a few more. There is a button on the top to open the output folder.

You can convert videos to MP4 and MP3 with one tap. It comes with a feature called Expert. The expert mode lets you customise the video. You can:

  1. You can crop the video.
  2. Change audio quality, bitrate and sample rate.
  3. Change video quality, bitrate, save location, sample rate.
  4. Tapping on that button shows a wide range of customisation options for you to try.

The app supports formats including MP4, OGG, 3GP, AVI, MPEG, FLV, M4A, 3GA, OGA, WAV and GIF. You can also change the output folder before converting. Media Converter can also convert from MKV to MP4 quickly. Check out and install the app by clicking here.

How does Media Converter work?

After opening you’ll see all the folders available. Locate the video, and the next screen showing three buttons will come up. Tap on Expert if you want to play with the app. In the expert mode, you have options to select the extensions, trim the video, crop the screen ratio, change the audio-video quality and change the video resolution. Once you have finished, tap on Convert button and see one of the best video converter apps doing its magic.

Pros

  1. Simple to use. Convert the video with one tab.

Cons

  1. Old interface.

Check out: Top 10 Must-Have Android Apps in 2019.

Video to MP3 Converter, Video Compressor-VidCompact

VidCompact
VidCompact

Developed by VideoShow EnjoyMobi Video Editor & Video Maker Inc. VidCompact is a different level converter. The app lets you convert videos to MP4 and MP3. You can also trim and compress a video or multiple videos if you want. Using the app is straightforward, and it converts the videos faster than other converters. Another good feature of VidCompact is it lets you enjoy the premium for free. You will have to install an app suggested by VidCompact, and you can enjoy the app with functionalities including no ads, 4K video compression and support extra many other formats to convert videos to MP4. Converting the video to MP3 is also available below the MP4 option. The app can also be called one of the best video to mp3 converter for Android. Check out the app here.

How does VidCompact work?

After opening the app, you can see all the available options. Tap on the conversion type, and the next screen is for selecting the video you want to convert. A list with the video will come up. If you can’t find the video, then you can tap on the top right corner button to open all the files. The next screen will show you the details of the video where you can trim the video and change the resolution if you want. Tap on the button on the top to convert the video. Video to MP# Converter is an excellent video converter for Android because it is easy to use, and you can get the premium version for $5.

Pros

  1. Its own interface makes it different from others.

Cons

  1. The app supports limited features.

Check out: HERE WeGo vs Waze.

Video Converter

Video-Converter-by-Vidsoftech
Video-Converter-by-Vidsoftech

The last one on the list is Video Converter by Vidsoftech. It has almost the same features as the first one. It allows you to convert, join, merge, add slow motion, reverse video, cut/trim the video, extract audio and create ringtones. All the free and premium features are the same. The app has over 50K downloads and over 550 ratings. It has a better interface and while converting it shows the percentage of the machines which can support the selected extension. What the app can do:

  1. Video Converter supports extensions including FLV, MP4, MPEG1,2, MKV, MOV, MWV, AVI, 3GP, VOB, AAC, MP3, WAV and a few more.
  2. You can compress videos.
  3. Add slow-motion effect to the video. The free one only supports 10 seconds. You can add a video and select the part you want in slow motion.
  4. Join and merge the videos.
  5. Reverse a video (10-sec rule).
  6. Cut and trim videos.
  7. Extract audio from the video.
  8. Make ringtones.

With great feature for free, Video Converter is one of the best Video Converter for Android in 2019. Install it here for free.

How does Video Converter work?

The app is one of the best video converter apps available to download in 2019 because it comes with a wide range of options and easy to understand interface. After opening, you have the options to select. To convert a video, touch on the Convert button. All the saved videos will come up. You can tap on Browse to see the storage files. Once you have selected a video, the next screen will show you the details. Tap on Next and the extensions screen will display. Find the format you want and tap on Next. Finally, select the video and audio and quality and start converting. Once converted, you can find the video in the output folder or My Studio in the left panel.

Pros

  1. Video Converter supports many formats.
  2. The app can convert in the background.

Cons

  1. None

Video Converter MP4, 3GP, MKV Cutter Trimmer

Video-Converter-MP4,-3GP,-MKV-Cutter-Trimmer
Video-Converter-MP4,-3GP,-MKV-Cutter-Trimmer

A new converter in the town. Video Converter MP4, 3GP, MKV Cutter Trimmer is an easy to navigate converter. The app has the potential to do many things:

  1. Video conversion (compress).
  2. Audio conversion
  3. Audio merging.
  4. Video cutting.
  5. Audio cutting.
  6. Video to audio conversion.

All the above features are available for free. Meanwhile, the premium is also available, which comes with some extra features including cut and trim, fast conversion, select more than two videos to convert, extended format support, and ads free. It supports MP4, 3GP, MOV, FLV, M4V, MKV, AVI, MPG, MTS, MPEG, and VOB formats. Download the app on Google Play here.

How to use the app

When you open the app, there were several options to select. Select the option you want. After selecting the video, the process is easy. A strange thing happened while testing the app. The compressed video size was higher than the normally compressed video. The normal converted video was 25 MB while the converted compressed video was 27 MB.

Pros

  1. Easy to navigate the app.
  2. It supports many formats for free.
  3. It does not take that much time to convert.
  4. The app converts the audio with the video as well.

Cons

  1. Minimising the app can stop the conversion process.
  2. The compressed video size took more storage then normally converted video.
  3. The lifetime licence is expensive.
  4. After selecting a task, the app goes to the files instead of showing all the available videos.

Video Converter Android

Video-Converter-Android
Video-Converter-Android

A simple free converter is available to install right now. The app is developed by aKingi org. The app does not ask too many questions. You can select the video you want and convert into formats including MP4, MP3, AC3, FLV, AVI, M4A, MP2, MPG, MOV, VOB, WAV, WEBM, WMA and WMV for free. Meanwhile, you can also convert the video into FLAC, MKV and OGG after purchasing the premium key. You can also configure video and audio separately before converting. Other options include adding meta information and a premium feature cutting the video. The premium key is about $5, and it is available as a separate app on Google Play. Check out the app here.

How does the converter work?

After opening the app, you can select the video you want to convert. You can customise the video and audio settings if you wish and change the output folder. Once all done, tap on Execute button on the bottom. It will take some time, depending on the video. Once all done, you can tap on Open Folder to see the converted or follow the output directory to find all the converted videos. It supports a vast number of extensions to convert for free, which is the reason the app is one of the best video converter apps for Android.

Pros

  1. Simple and easy to use.
  2. Supports so many extensions.

Cons

  1. None.

In conclusion

It can be frustrating when you want the video in the format you wish, and the apps keep asking you to pay or they place the watermark. With hundreds of video converter apps, it’s hard to pick the right one. Anyway, I hope the article helped you find the perfect video converter. Let me know your experience with any video converters you have used. Leave a comment so we can discuss.

Image information: The images used are the official icon for the apps. An icon is the property of the owner/developer. None of the photos belongs to me. None of the apps is promoted for my benefit. Last edited: 6/Sept/2019.

SoloLearn Android App Review and Tutorial – Tech is Tech Reviews

SoloLearn Review - Twitter
SoloLearn Android App Review – Twitter

The era we live in is fast-forwarding, and we don’t need a college or a university to learn. SoloLearn is changing the future of over 29 million around the globe. The numbers are shocking, but it is correct. In this article, we are exploring SoloLearn Android app review and tutorial. We are going to cover from the core features to app features and watch a YouTube video covering a full review and tutorial of SoloLearn on my Nokia 8.

What is SoloLearn?

SoloLearn is an online free code learning platform. New coders sign up to learn to code. The company has aimed to share knowledge in the world. According to them currently, over 29 million users from SoloLearn. It is available on Desktop, Google Play and App Store.

YouTube video covering SoloLearn Android app Review

Here is the YouTube video covering SoloLearn Android app review on my Nokia 8.

History

Yeva Hyusyan and Davit Kocharyan created SoloLearn in 2014, and within a few years, the platform attracted thousands of people keen to learn to code.

Courses

You can find the courses on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS and Bootstrap 3 in the Web Development section.
Meanwhile, all the programming languages including C++, Java, C#, Python, Kotlin, JavaScript, C, PHP, Ruby and Swift 4 Fundamentals are available in Programming Languages section.

Other courses including Machine Learning, SQL and Python 3 are found in the Data Science section. That’s not it; you can find other courses created by the community and the team. Enrolling in any of the courses is easy. Each course is divided into sections. As you complete a section, there is a quiz. After you complete the questionnaire, you can move to the next section.

App Features

SoloLearn All Menus
SoloLearn All Menus

The app is not just courses and quizzes. Let’s see some of the great features the app provides. The app comes with five menus, and each menu is for a different purpose. We will cover all these menus in SoloLearn review and tutorial.

Learn

The first menu is the Learn menu where you can find all the courses and latest additions. The latest addition option comes with the most recent articles on the website. You can see and comment on the report. You can also search for an article by tapping on the search button.

Challenge

The second is the Challenge menu where you can confront with your friends or select a random person to challenge. To do that, you will have to choose your language as a weapon and find your friend or tap on Random to play with a random person. Once you are matched with someone, a series of questions will be asked from both of you. The winner earns XP.

Activity Feed

Activity Feed menu is like a social menu. Here you can find thoughts, photos and links shared by other users. You can like, dislike, and comment on the posts. After verifying your email, you can also join the community and share thoughts and pictures.

Code Playground

SoloLearn Code Playground Menu
SoloLearn Code Playground Menu

Code Playground is one of the advanced sections on SoloLearn Android app. You can see other users programs. You can create your programs or contribute to others’. After taping a project, you can see the languages and scripts used to make the program and tap on Output on the top or Run on the bottom to see the output of that program. You can also edit the code to make it better or like, dislike and comment on the project. You can see the others’ comments by tapping on the comments icon.

Check out: Best Android Apps for your health.

Q&A Discussions

The last section is Q&A Discussions also called SoloLearn forums is a great place for your doubts. You can ask questions related to coding, answer the questions and search for the question if you already have any.

SoloLearn PRO

SoloLearn PRO
SoloLearn PRO

There is a PRO version of the SoloLearn which cost about $5/month on a monthly plan and $4/month on a yearly plan. The PRO version gives you access to the daily learning goal, personalised activity insights, see who’s viewed your profile, who’s learning nearby and no ads. You can try it for free before purchasing the plan.

Should you buy SoloLearn PRO

Well, if you are keen to learn to code and thinking about a future then go for it. It doesn’t cost that much, and you get many features like who’s viewed your profile. People from requiring agencies look for programmers to hire and spending $4 a month gets you closer then why not?

Do I need anything else than SoloLearn PRO to get a job?

Yes, you will have to be an active learner and community helper. Find the questions and answer them, check out Code Playground and see if you can help improve any of the projects. Create your projects and ask people to contribute. The more you contribute the XP’s you get and requiring people can see your XP while checking out your profile.

Profile menu

You can see your profile, level, friends, codes, posts, activity, skills and badges in the profile menu. Other options and data include your goals, weekly visits, nearby learners and leaderboard. The leaderboard section uses Google Play Games to record your rank locally and globally.

Settings menu

The three little dots on the top contains some of the options. The menu comes with buttons SoloLearn PRO, leaderboard, invite friends through your phone number and Facebook, share SoloLearn PRO, edit profile and settings. Let’s discover the settings menu in SoloLearn Android app review. You can find settings to edit profile, change the password, see connected accounts, see blocked accounts, manage weapons (languages), SoloLearn PRO settings, activity feed, push notifications settings, change default section (activity feed), enable or disable night mode, change the theme, change sound options, enable and disable location services, change the language, see terms of use and sign out. That’s a lot of settings to explore and customise.

In conclusion

SoloLearn would be the easiest way to learn to code. With so many web development, programming and data science languages you can learn any language whenever you want. Here is the end of SoloLearn Android app review and tutorial. I hope the article helped you understand SoloLearn and the Android app. What service do you use to learn to programme? Share us your thought about SoloLearn or the service you use so we can discuss. Last updated on 12/08/2019.

Sygic vs Google Maps – A Detailed Comparison of Sygic and Google Maps

Sygic vs Google Maps
Sygic vs Google Maps

Reviewing apps and comparing with others is fun. It lets you decide which one to go for the rest of your life. I found my buddy while comparing Sygic and Google Maps. The article is all about those two. We are going to compare Sygic vs Google Maps on an ultimate level. From app features to navigation, everything is here. Before we begin, let me clear that Sygic is a paid service and Google Maps is free and still if you want a comparison then here we are.

Details

Sygic: Founded in 2004, Sygic is a Slovak company. Sygic uses 2D and 3D navigation from TomTom. It was the first mobile app on the iPhone to provide GPS based navigation.

Google Maps: Where 2 Technologies started the project in 2004. In 2005 Google Maps was launched after Google purchased the company. Google Maps is the most popular app, with over 50% of global smartphone owners using it at least once. The credit goes to Android because Google Maps is a pre-installed app.

Sygic and Google Maps in a video

Before we get to the article, let’s watch a video of Sygic vs Google Maps. The video shows both maps on the road. A journey of 30 minutes will show you most of the features of and comparison between both.

Interface

Interface
Google Maps and Sygic – Interface

When we put an address, we can see the distance, time, and arrival time on Sygic, and time and the distance on Google Maps. Both come with a bottom menu where we can see the details or change the route. Finding information is also easy. When you zoom out, you can see blocked roads in Sygic. Both show the recommended route with alternative ways. While in navigation, Sygic displays the 3D building in 3D on the map while Google Maps focuses on navigation. Let’s begin the navigation and move to the second part of this Sygic vs Google Maps.

Navigation

Navigation Comparison
Navigation Comparison

Google Maps has a wide range of options, including car, public transport, walk, cycle, etc. Sygic only has the option for the car, but there are other apps available for other types of vehicles. The trip details are everywhere on the screen in Sygic. We have petrol stations, parking, next turn, speed trap, traffic delay etc. on the left of the screen.

Meanwhile, car’s speed and the speed zone is right the bottom. You can see the name of the street on the top while route’s information is down the bottom. The blue bar below the route info is the progress bar which shows the remaining journey with traffic delay.

Google Maps, on the other hand, comes with a voice search. You can tap on the little microphone or say OK Google if it is activated. You can search, turn on/off the app sound, and report crashes, mobile camera, congestion etc. The street name is on the top and trip’s information is down the bottom. A new feature available for some users in some countries is the speedometer in Google Maps. The speedometer only shows your car’s current speed.

The three little dots in Sygic and the up arrow in Google Maps opens a menu. In Sygic, the menu is for some of the paid features and route info. You can preview the route and cancel the navigation. The menu in Google Maps is for sharing the trip, searching for anything close by, see the directions, on/off traffic information, and change the settings.

Voice navigation

Sygic comes with a few languages including English UK, US, Deutsch, Italiano and a couple more. Google Maps comes with a wide range of voice options, including English (multiple), Deutsch, Eesti, Filipino, Italiano, Magyar, Norsk, Suomi, and much more. Regarding voice command, Google Maps is better. Google Maps voice navigation only guides at the needed times, while Sygic voice navigation guides even there is no turning required.

Check out: Waze vs Google Maps.

Offline navigation

Both apps are available in so many countries. The information on how many countries Sygic supports is missing, but Google Maps is available in over 200 countries. Sygic is a paid service, and you will have to purchase a plan. You can buy your area with or without traffic information, or you can buy the whole world’s access. After the purchase, you can download the maps. Google Maps has a feature to download a particular area. In the settings, you can find the option to download maps on your phone.

Other Sygic vs Google Maps features

Let’s talk about some of the unique features both maps apps provide. Sygic and Google Maps have a few things in common and a few uncommon. We will be covering all those in Sygic vs Google Maps article.

SygicGoogle Maps
  1. A small window which is visible on the right side of the screen shows how many lanes are in total and which lane the driver should be driving on. The feature makes driving easier when there are many lanes, and your intersection is near.
  2. Sygic updates if there is a fast route available even you are halfway there.
  3. It shows your car’s speed and the speed zone. It beeps when you exceed the limit.
  4. Sygic finds speed traps and continuously beeps until you don’t cross it or change the way.
  5. When we get to close to our destination, Sygic shows a notification with the nearest parking.
  6. Sygic has a store for some fantastic add-ons.
  7. Sygic remembers where you have parked your car.
  8. Another feature is called SOS. SOS shows your location, nearest police station, hospital, petrol station, and pharmacy. You can also call emergency number by tapping on the button.
  1. Google Maps shows lanes on the top at an intersection. It shows how many lanes in total and which lane the driver should choose.
  2. Traffic update is better in Google Maps.
  3. More travelling options including public transit, cycle, walk etc.
  4. Find the information for millions of businesses including their business hours, reviews, ratings, photos etc.
  5. Street-view feature to experience true navigation.
Sygic and Google Maps common features
  1. Real-time traffic updates.
  2. Both show nearby places on the map while we are driving.
  3. An option to travel with Uber. Both show the nearest Uber driver and how much it would cost.

Store

Sygic Store
Sygic Store

Sygic has a store where users can purchase add-ons like real-time navigation, dashcam, head-up display, cockpit, travel book, maps etc. You can enjoy free navigation for a week, and after that, you will have to buy access to the map. Some of the ado-ons are mentioned here. The first add-on is Real View Navigation, which comes with a real view driving experience. The second one is the Cockpit, which checks your vehicle’s performance by continuously calculating your driving style. The third one is the Head-up Display, which rotates the map and brightens the screen. You can place your phone near the windshield, and the maps will be visible on the windshield. The fourth one is Dashcam, which uses your phone’s camera to record while navigating. You can find other cool add-ons in the store.

Check out: HERE WeGo vs Waze.

Which one is better where?

  1. Free stuff? Google Maps.
  2. Public transport. Google Maps.
  3. Want to be ahead of traffic and find a different route. Sygic.
  4. Traffic camera and speed reporting. Sygic.
  5. Driving? Sygic is better.

In conclusion

Both are great and can be used on different occasions. The final question comes to money. If you want to spend some money, then Sygic is the way to go. With many features, including real-time traffic, constant alternative routes searching, speedometer, security cameras, etc. Sygic will get you there quickly. Anyway, I hope the article Sygic vs Google Maps helped. Which app do you use for getting one place to another? Share your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more.

ExpressVPN Test – LTE, Location, and Download Tests (2019)

ExpressVPN Review, Download, Upload and Torrent Speed Test

There are a few VPN clients which have the potential to provide security and performance at the same time. The article is about ExpressVPN. We are going to review and take a few tests on ExpressVPN. We will connect VPN to different regions and then check if it changes our location and then we will test the download and upload speed and finally torrent test. The article is the ultimate review for Express VPN.

ExpressVPN review and features

ExpressVPN Review
ExpressVPN Review

It supports a vast number of servers — a unique feature available is Smart Location which connects to the nearest server. Meanwhile, if you want to choose a server, then tap on the Servers options. You can see the recommended servers by ExpressVPN or tap on All Locations to see all the available servers. It comes with two VPN protocols. The first one is UDP which is the best combination of speed and security, and the second one is TCP. You can also tap on Automatic if you want fate to decide. You can find these options in the settings menu.

Why should you try ExpressVPN?

256-bit encryption

ExpressVPN uses 256-bit encryption. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) comes in different key strengths: 126, 192, and 256. 256-bit encryption is a highly powerful AES, and it is widely used on major websites. ExpressVPN uses 256-bit encryption which is very hard for a typical hacker to hack. The protocol changes unsecure VPN connection to a highly secured one.

Unlimited bandwidth

ExpreeVPN comes with unlimited bandwidth which means you can stream and download full HD videos. Looking at the fact that ExpressVPN is only paid everyone would expect it to provide unlimited bandwidth.

Left panel menu

On each platform, ExpressVPN comes with the same and different options. We are testing ExpressVPN on Android, so I’ll mention the settings available on Android. In the left panel, we can change the settings including protocol, language, set up other devices and log out while the alternative settings include start ExpressVPN on startup, get 30 days free, improve ExpressVPN and a couple more.

ExpressVPN review, download, upload and torrent speed video

The video shows what you need to know about ExpressVPN. Continue to the rest of the article.

Availability

ExpressVPN is available for Windows, iPhone & iPad, BlackBerry, Apple TV, PlayStation, Linux, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Xbox, Chromebook, Nook, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV as an extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

It also supports Router which means after setting up you can secure all the devices connected to that router. By default, you can connect up to three devices, but you can connect as many as you want using the ExpressVPN for the router.

Check out: UFO VPN Review (Android).

Location test

Let’s see if ExpressVPN changes our location. After connecting to a server in the United States here are the results.

UFO VPN Location Test
UFO VPN Location Test

ExpressVPN does an excellent job of hiding you. Test results: Passed.

ExpressVPN download and upload speed test

The speed test is essential and ExpressVPN review comes with this test. Before we finish, we still have two tests to take. Let’s move to the second test which is the speed test. Both tests were conducted at the same time at the same location. The left one is the LTE while the right one is LTE + ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN Download and Upload test
ExpressVPN Download and Upload test

We can surely say there is a difference in speed. We lost about 57Mbps download, and 9 Mbps upload speed. Although ExpressVPN’s speed on LTE is excellent, there might be more different in Wi-Fi. Test results: Passed.

ExpressVPN torrent test

Let’s move to the final test in ExpressVPN review which is the torrent speed test. Many people are concerned whether it can download torrent at high speed. I’ll go with Smart Location so it can get the maximum speed. I’ll test ExpressVPN on Popcorn Time because it quickly starts downloading if the video is popular. In the test, I found positive results. On my LTE connection, the downloading began in a few seconds. Test results: Passed.

Pricing

ExpressVPN comes in three different plans.

  1. For $12 you can enjoy ExpressVPN for a month.
  2.  For six months you pay $60.
  3. The most popular is the annual plan for $100. You will get three months extra (15 months in total) on this plan.

Get ExpressVPN annual plan here.

In conclusion

There is no doubt that ExpressVPN is a fantastic VPN client, but as my brain works, I think ExpressVPN is the best. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this Express VPN review and download speed article. Do you use any VPN clients? Tell us about your experience in the comments so everyone can decide quickly.

UFO VPN Location and Download Test 2019 (Android)

UFO VPN Review - Note 9
UFO VPN Review – Note 9

Released in October 2018, UFO VPN is one of the new VPN apps. It currently has over 500K downloads and has the potential to reach millions of users. After testing and reviewing I’m fully prepared to write an article and make a video. The post is the ultimate place for UFO VPN review and download speed. So let’s begin.

UFO VPN Review – YouTube video

A tutorial looks good when a video is included. To save you some time I have made this video which explains everything you need about UFO VPN.

UFO VPN Review

Unique features

A unique feature which you might love is Smart Location. When you tap on Smart Location, it will connect to the nearest server. The close the server is the speed you get. Smart Location is beneficial if you only want to hide your location because if the closest server is in your country, then it will connect to that one which means you will be in the same region.

UFO VPN like others has the option to select the prefered server. The free version comes with countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canda, Australia and a few more.

To connect you can tap on Choose Location and the list with countries names will come up. To see all the servers, tap on the country name, and you will find all the servers in the chosen country. Tap the server which is best for you.

Another cool feature of UFO VPN is if you’re not sure which country to select then tap on the button on the top right corner in the servers menu. The option does only one thing which is finding the closest server to you.

Free and paid

The free version comes with limited servers. If you want more servers than you can buy the premium one. The premium plan comes in three different plans.

  1. $3 of one week.
  2. $8 for one month.
  3. $30 for six months.
  4. $36 for one year.

An Important message to add to UFO VPN review is in the coming weeks UFO VPN will be completely free which means no premium at all. The message also means the company will increase the frequency of the ads.

Meanwhile, the Premium UFO VPN has the benefits including unlimited bandwidth & usage, can connect on up to five devices, worldwide servers, no ads and ultra-fast speed.

Check out: The best free Popcorn Time VPN for PC and Android.

Tutorial

Using UFO VPN is a straightforward job. You open the app and tap on either Smart Location or Choose Location. The left panel comes with options including sign/out, premium, language (English & Farsi), help centre (FAQs and contact us), feedback, Invite friends, rate UFO VPN, about, and follow us.

Connection test – Does it really work?

UFO VPN Location Test
UFO VPN Location Test

In the above image, we can see if UFO VPN works. I chose my location to the US and then I selected Atlanta. Bravo! It worked like a charm. UFO VPN does an excellent job of hiding your location and connecting you to the chosen location.

One issue I encounter sometimes is the message “Can’t make the connection”. The chances of getting this message are low meagre and it comes when you try to connect to different servers again and again. If you find this message continuously, then restart the app, and it will work fine (fingers crossed).

UFO VPN torrent speed test

One of the main reasons to test VPN clients is whether it can support torrenting. Popcorn Time is a torrent client and if you try downloading a trending video, then Popcorn Time starts downloading within a few seconds. To maximise the chances of high speed, I will go with Smart Location. After testing UFO VPN on three different servers, only once Popcorn Time could start the downloading. You will have to play with the app to find the optimal server.

Check out: Popcorn Time full review.

In conclusion

UFO VPN has made thousands of customers and among the thousands of happy customers. Without a doubt, I will recommend UFO VPN to everyone. I hope the video UFO VPN review and download speed helped. Do you use any VPN client? Which one is it? Tell us your experience with UFO VPN and overall with VPN clients, so everyone reading this can get benefits.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for PC and Android in 2019

Popcorn Time on PC
Popcorn Time on PC

The article is all about the best Popcorn Time VPN on each platform. When you have a free software equivalent to Netflix, then no can’t say no. Popcorn Time is a great tool, but the downloading technology it uses is torrenting. Developers consider torrenting as not safe. When you torrent, you seed which means you are letting everyone know that I’m sitting right here downloading content from the internet. The article will explain the best Popcorn Time VPN on PC and Android.

Popcorn Time while downloading consumes the maximum speed possible and some of the VPN clients can’t support high speed downloading or if they do then only the paid versions. The article explains the top free VPN client for Popcorn Time which allows high speed downloading. First, we will enclose the best Popcorn Time VPN on PC and then on Android. Before we begin, let’s find out what VPN and torrenting is? In simple English.

What is torrenting

Torrent Example
Torrent Example

A file-sharing system based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. The technology allows people to share files. There is no limit on how many people can join. The more people join the speed they get. In simple words, a torrent cuts a big file into small pieces and rather than only you downloading everyone is sharing that file. Things go wrong when you torrent. The torrent file you download always keeps track of who is downloading which part of that file and what is the download location, which hackers use to steal your data. The software like BitTorrent and uTorrent are famous for downloading torrents from the internet.

What is VPN

What is VPN Example
What is VPN Example

The virtual private network is an encrypted protocol. VPN adds an extra layer of security on your network. In simple English, VPN encrypts all the data you send from your computer. While torrenting you download and upload which means you send the data. A user should not be worried about other users, but hackers are looking for these kinds of people all the time. The first thing a VPN client does is changing your location and IP Address to the country you select. The second thing it does is encrypt your data so the other users can’t read. When VPN is enabled, even your service provider can’t track you down.

Check out: Safe Watch – Secure Video Player Review, Features, and Tests.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for PC

UltraSurf

UltraSurf 19.02
UltraSurf 19.02

An old friend who has supported me a lot. UltraSurf is a free ad-free VPN client for PC and Android. It comes with some amazing tools. You don’t need to install the software on the PC, and it is only 3.4 MB. When you open the software, it connects to the best server by default. Once connected it shows the IP Address with a message “Successfully connected to server!”. You can also change the server by clicking on one of the other servers. The options menu comes with options including HotKeys, history, port, proxy settings etc. When started it opens a web page called “UltraSurf Top Stories” for advertising purposes. Another great feature is when you exit it asks to close the browsers before closing software. UltraSurf is one of the top Popcorn Time VPNs. Check out the software in-action.

The down point of UltraSurf is, it does not support specific country servers. It shows only three different servers while it automatically connects with the high speed one. Download UltraSurf now and enjoy ad-free for Popcorn Time VPN. UltraSurf is also available on Android, but unfortunately, it could not support Popcorn Time’s download speed requirements.

Check out: Popcorn Time Review.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for Android

Tested many VPN client apps on Android and hardly found one. A VPN with unlimited bandwidth and high speed is hard to find. Let’s see the best Android VPN client for Popcorn Time.

Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot!

Free VPN Unlimited - Best Fastest VPN Hotspot
Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot

The only VPN client available for free for Android is Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot!. The app comes with many servers to select. A great thing about the app is a message on the start-up which is the information on how to connect for torrenting purposes. The interface is straightforward to follow. On the top right, we have an option to re-download the server list and refresh the app. The left panel comes with options including premium promotion, share, rate us, FAQ and settings.

What is Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot! premium and what features it provides?

The premium version of Unlimited VPN costs $3.92 per month if you select 12 months plan. The premium version gives access to worldwide servers, more faster connection, quick customer support and no ads.

Other than the premium promotion you can change the settings in the Settings menu. It allows automatic switching of servers if a server is not responding, connect on start-up and favourite country server. You will have to play with the app a bit to find the optimal server as it depends on your location as well as internet connection speed.

In conclusion

Saving money is essential, and when you have access to hundreds of movies and TV shows for free, then it’s entertainment unlimited. I hope the article helped you find the perfect VPN client for Popcorn Time. Do you use any other Popcorn Time software? Please share with us so we can update the article.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners – Step By Step Tutorial

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners
Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners

The article is about a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial for beginners. Photoshop is a powerful tool but confusing at the same time. You may want to start using Adobe Photoshop but not sure where to start or think you might do something wrong. If you don’t have Photoshop yet, then get onto the 30-day free trial that is downloadable from their website. The trial version will give you some time to have a play and explore all the fun and amazing things it can do. If you find it’s not your thing, or you find it too difficult then as it was only a trial, there are no strings attached. This article will give you the basics to get you started using Adobe Photoshop and a step-by-step Adobe Photoshop tutorial.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Video

iVideo is one of the easiest ways to learn Photoshop. The video covers the basics of Photoshop. The video covers most of the tools mentioned here, but for up to date information, I’ll recommend watching the video, and reading the article too.

The Photoshop Tools

Adobe Photoshop has a group of tools, just like anyone with a hobby will have. The toolbar in the photoshop is long and narrow and found on the left side. These tools are what you will need to paint, erase, draw and plenty of other cool things.

The first thing is the basics of what you would find in the toolbar. You can break the tool down into sections or categories if you like. Breaking into categories is suitable for beginners to help you find the tool you need. Once you have familiarized yourself with the tools, you can create shortcuts for them which will help in speeding up the process when you are working in photoshop.

Toolbar - Photoshop Tutorial
Toolbar – Photoshop Tutorial

How to use the tools

If you want to select a tool, click on the tool icon in the toolbox. If you hover your mouse over a tool icon in the toolbar, you will see a tooltip that will appear and then shows you the name of that tool and what the keyboard shortcut is. Once you understand the tools and what they do, it is best to learn the shortcuts to speed up your work. Some shortcuts are simple like Z for zoom and E for the eraser. A shortcut merely means you press the shortcut letter on your keyboard. Tool keyboard shortcuts enable you to change your tools without taking your hands from the keyboard.

Different column toolbar

The toolbar is one long column by default. You can make it shorter, into a double column by merely going to the double arrows at the top and clicking. If you wish to change back to a single column, you only have to click it, again.

Two Column Toolbar - Adobe Photoshop
Two Column Toolbar – Adobe Photoshop

Accessing the hidden tools

There are so many tools in photoshop than what we can see at first.  When you see a little arrow on the bottom of an icon, it means there are hidden tools there. These tools are accessed by clicking on the tool icon and holding it. As you are holding it, you will get a set of tools to appear that show all the hidden tools for the one item.

Hidden Tools - Adobe Photoshop
Hidden Tools – Adobe Photoshop

The menu bar

File Toolbar - Adobe Photoshop
Menu Bar – Adobe Photoshop

Along the top of the photoshop screen, you will see a menu bar. The Menu Bar is where you will find options and commands all arranged into groups.

File

Starting we have the File toolbar”. In this Photoshop tutorial, we will cover all the most common tools. The File Menu is used similarly to how you would in other programs. You go here to make new files, save files, print a project or open an existing file.

Check out: Adobe Photoshop Express Full Tutorial.

Edit

The edit menu is for editing. You can edit objects on the page, from the menu or shortcuts. You can undo or redo actions and even cut and paste from the same place. The shortcuts for the keyboard are found here it is good to get familiar with these for later on. In the edit part, you can search for specific text and even replace the text with something different using the find and replace button.

Image

In the image, the section is where you can change the mode of your project to grayscale, multichannel, duotone and plenty more. In the adjustment, the section is where you can get access to the tools used for changing the brightness, exposure, contrast, saturation and the colour balance. There are a few automatic tools here where you can improve the way the image looks without needing to go into specific tools. You have the options of auto tone, auto colour and auto contrast.

Layer

In the layer menu, you can see where all the manipulation tools are hiding. You can create new layers, delete, rename the layer and duplicate existing ones.

Filter

The filters are where you can get into tools such as the brush stroke, sketch, texture, distort and other special filters. Located directly in the filter menu is where you will find the blur filter, render, pixelate, and sharpen tools.

The right side panels

Photoshop comes with right side panels and covering those in Photoshop tutorial for beginners is essential. On the right side of the interface is where you can find what are called panels. The panels give you access to commands and options. You will see there are different panels for all the various tasks. The main board you need to be familiar with is the layer panel. The layer panel where you can delete, add and work within the layers of the document.

Right Side Panels - Adobe Photoshop
Right Side Panels – Adobe Photoshop

How to panel groups

If you want to save some space on your screen, then you can put panels together that are similar. Each panel has a tab which displays the names of the sections. The panel that is currently open will appear brighter than the rest. There are also tabs on the right with the layers tab one is paths, and the other is Channels. These are other panels that are among the layer panel but within the same group.

Check out: Grammarly Editor Review.

More Panels in Photoshop

You will see only a small number of panels are displayed. There are more there to discover which you can find under the window menu that is located in the menu bar.

The Search Bar

The search bar gives you access to finding tools and commands in photoshop, which is an excellent tool for beginners. It also offers tutorials. To use this feature, you click the magnifying glass that you will find in the upper right corner side. You need to search for your term by typing it in. The search bar will then expand, showing you the results of the search. Below the search term, you will see a menu that will allow you to limit the type of results that you are seeing. As a default setting all is selected, but you can change this by restricting the results to Photoshop tools, commands or panels.

How to crop in photoshop

You must know of this tool to get started with Photoshop. When you crop, you are changing the number of pixels that are in the image by cropping away the surrounding area. In the photo editor, you can crop an image using the Crop tool or command.

Crop Tool - Adobe Photoshop
Crop Tool – Adobe Photoshop

To crop an image, follow these steps:

  • Choose the crop tool from the panel, or you can press the keyboard shortcut C.
  • Take the cursor to the point of the image where the corner of the image will be and then click the left side of your mouse.
  • Then move your mouse diagonally while keeping the mouse button pushed down.

There is another feature that isn’t used as commonly, which is the crop tool used for adding more canvas space all around your image, which can be used space for a decorative border.

To do this, follow these instructions:
First, open the image you want to add space too. Set the background colour to default by pressing the keyboard shortcut D. Then go on and press control and minus to zoom out then press the shortcut F. This will allow you to see the grey area that surrounds your picture.
Press the letter c to switch over to the crop tool then you can drag a cropping border out to any size. Now grab a side of the corner point and start to drag outside of the image area heading into the grey area. The cropped area that the border extends out to is the area that will become the extra canvas space. Press the enter key to complete the crop where you will find the canvas area has now turned white.

Zooming in and out of an image

You can find the zoom level in two spots. The first one is up in the document tab above your image. The second you can find is in the bottom left side corner of your document window. As you can see the zoom in the picture below is sitting at 25%.

Zooming In and Out - Adobe Photoshop
Zooming In and Out – Adobe Photoshop

How to change the Zoom Level

You may wonder why your zoom information is seen in two different places. The zoom level that you can see in the document tab is for information purposes. You can’t change the zoom level from there. You can change the zoom level by the bottom left corner. If you want to zoom into an image at 50% then to change this level, you need to highlight the current level then enter in the new percentage. You don’t need to include the per cent symbol as photoshop will include this itself.

Keeping the Zoom Level box in sight

Complex things can happen any time, and it is vital that you know what is going on. That’s why I have covered if you face any troubles while using Photoshop in this step-by-step Photoshop for beginners tutorial. Sometimes you can run into a problem when you press enter to complete your new value you may notice your input box has lost focus. A special trick to avoid this is simply holding down the shift key and press enter to accept the amount you entered. You will notice the zoom level has remained highlighted. This is good for when you want to try out a new size without completely changing it and not liking it.

Continuous Zoom

There is another way to use the zoom tool, and that is the continuous zoom. You must choose the zoom tool from the keyboard shortcut or the toolbar. You then click on the spot where you want to zoom in while keeping your mouse button down. Photoshop will continuously zoom inwards until you stop holding the mouse button down. Vice versa you hold your alt key down, so you can zoom out continuously until you let go of the button.

The Scroll Bars

This is how you can scroll your image left, right up or down. It works much the same way as the scroll bar on a normal word document. The scroll bars are found along the right side of the window and the bottom.

Using the Scroll Wheel

You can also scroll your image by using the scroll wheel found on your mouse. To move the image up scroll the mouse wheel up and the same for going downward, you simply scroll down. By using the keyboard, you can scroll by pressing down and holding the ctrl button scrolling down to go to the right and move it up to move to the left.

Magic Wand Tool

Magic Wand Tool - Adobe Photoshop
Magic Wand Tool – Adobe Photoshop

This tool is ideal for the times when you are working with a background that is a solid colour or something like a clear blue sky. This tool is used to change backgrounds. Once you have selected the tool from the toolbar, you then click on the area of the image you want to select. You need to toggle the add to selection part from the icon of the two squares in the top bar. This will let you move forward with changing the colours and tones of the image you have selected.

Final words

Photoshop can seem daunting when you first start, but once you have mastered what each tool is for and get to know the keyboard shortcuts, you will find it is not that hard to navigate around and complete projects. There is so much you can do in photoshop, and it will all come to you once you start playing around it with. You can delete blemishes on faces, change looks or hair colours, you can even place your photo somewhere else around the world.

Adobe Photoshop is around 28 years old, and it still impresses people with everything that one program can do when it comes to image manipulation. I hope the article step-by-step Photoshop tutorial for beginners helped. Have you started using Photoshop? Or already, master? Please share us some tips so everyone can get benefits. The article was last updated by Madhsudhan on 31/Aug/2019.

VLC Media Player for Android Review – Tech is Tech Reviews

VLC Media Player by Nizar
VLC Media Player – by Nizar

Lying in my bed watching a video in VLC on my Note 9 brought me to my website and start writing about VLC Media Player. There is no doubt that VLC is one of the great video players for Android but what exactly VLC Media Player can offer and when you should choose VLC? The article is the ultimate review of VLC for Android.

Facts about VLC

Let’s see some facts about VLC in general.

  1. It’s been over fifteen years the name of VideoLAN exists.
  2. Over 700 contributions have recorded.
  3. Over three billion downloads have been recorded.

Interface & Menu

VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player

All the videos are there when you open VLC. On the top left, we have the menu button which includes options like audio, directories, history, about etc. You can search for video and audio songs by tapping on the search button. VLC has a feature of restoring the last playing video by tapping on the button next to the search bar. The second left button will help you sort out the videos by name and length. The last one is to refresh the player and change equaliser settings. The button on the bottom right is to play the first video.

VLC Media Player for Android

Tutorial

Video Tutorial - VLC Media Player
Video Tutorial – VLC Media Player – Flickr

VLC is a simple but advanced media player. That’s why I could not stop myself writing a review of VLC for Android. The buttons show us what we can do while watching a video. The first three are invisible, and the rest can be accessed by touching anywhere on the screen.

Check out: 5 YouTube Video Downloaders

Buttons

  1. You can seek by swiping left and right anywhere on the screen.
  2. You can change the brightness by swiping up and down on the left side of the screen. On Android, it requires you to give permission to change the brightness.
  3. You can change the volume by swiping left and right on the right side on the screen.
  4. The first button on the menu is lock/unlock. You can lock the screen with one touch. Of course, you will have to unlock by touching on the same button again.
  5. The second left button is for audio and subtitles. You can select the audio track, subtitles, choose a different subtitle file and download subtitles which goes online and then finds the subtitles.
  6. The third option is for pausing and resuming the video.
  7. The fourth one is packed with a wide range of options.

    Video Options - VLC
    Video Options – VLC
  8. The second option is the playback speed.
  9. You can set up the timer to help you stop at the right time.
  10. The third option helps you go anywhere in the video. Also called seek faster option. You can set the time and video will start playing from that time.
  11. The fourth button is the equaliser settings.
  12. The fifth one is called background video. It converts your video into audio so you can close VLC and do other things.
  13. The sixth button is for subtitles delay, which I find helpful when there is a difference in audio and subtitle time.
  14. The seventh one is the audio delay button.
  15. You can enable the pop-up view. With that view, there will be a small video pop up on the screen.
  16. The ninth option is for repeating. If you have selected only one video, then it would only go from zero to one.
  17. The tenth one enables digital audio output. I don’t know what the option does, but it is something to try.
  18. The last button on the screen is the screen ratio. You can change the video size with this button.

Audio

VLC Media Player Tutorials for Audio
VLC Media Player Tutorials for Audio

VLC also supports audio files. You can play any extensions. It supports the most common and the rear ones. It quickly syncs the audio files in your device and then shows you tips about the audio player and playlist. The notification for VLC is like YouTube where you have to tap on the cross “x” button to remove the notification. The audio player has improved a lot, and it is my favourite player on Android so far.

In conclusion

I hope the review for VLC Media Player helped you choose which app to download for your videos. Which app do you use for watching videos and audio songs? Please let me know in the comments below so everyone reading this article can easily choose a video player. You can also check out the app on the Google Play Store from here.

Image information: The logo image is created by Nizar (the link for his twitter is in the image caption). One of the pictures is from a user on Flickr. All other images are the screenshots of VLC Media Player on Android. Please let me if you have any concerns about the images used.

4 Ways to Fix Hotspot Shield “Something Went Wrong” Error on PC

Hotspot Shield Error
Hotspot Shield Error

4 ways to fix “something went wrong!” problem in Hotspot Shield. Hotspot Shield is one of the popular VPN software available to download for free. The software is available for desktops and mobile phones. The free version shows ads while you browse but the full version does not, and you can select any region from over twenty regions available. With every software, there are issues, and Hotspot Shield has one. The message which pops up when you start Hotspot Shield “Something went wrong!”. The bottom line might be different depending on the version and the error, but for most of these errors there are four solutions, and I’ll explain both solutions in this article with images and a video. If you are interested in video, then scroll down the end to find the video otherwise, follow the article.

Method 01 – Ending cms_srv.exe task

The first and easiest way is to end the task in Task Manager. Follow the steps below to fix the issue.

Step 01

Right Click on Task Bar and open the Task Manager. You can also open the task manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time. Go to Details and search for “cmw_srv.exe”. You can press C to find the tasks starting with C. Anyway if you find the task then continue otherwise, go to method 2. Once found right-click on the task and you’ll see the menu something like below.

cmw_srv.exe Menu - Task Manager
cmw_srv.exe Menu – Task Manager

Step 02

Click on End Task and a pop up will come on the screen. Click on “End Process” and close Task Manager. Try opening Hotspot Shield and hopefully the error will not come again.

cmw_srv.exe End Task
cmw_srv.exe End Task

Method 02 – Stopping and starting the service hshld

hshld is a service by Hotspot Shield. You can see “Hotspot Shield Service” in the description menu. For any reason, if you could not find cme_srv.exe or the above method did not work, then this would work. I always fix the issue with this method.

Step 01

Open Task Manager by right-clicking on Task Bar. This time we will go to the Services tab. In the Services tab to make life easier click on Name column to sort the services alphabetically. Press H key to finding hshld service. It would look something like the below image.

Hotspot Shield hshld
Hotspot Shield hshld

Step 02

To fix “something went wrong error we have to stop the service (if running) and then start it again. To do that, we must right click on the service and click on “Stop” if already on start and click on “Start” if already on stop. You must start the service again after stopping it.

Hotspot Shield hshld Stop Start Service
Hotspot Shield hshld Stop-Start Service

Method 03 – Restarting PC

The third one is a straightforward method. Try restarting the PC. In most of the cases, one of the above fixes the issue, but if not then there might be some issue with your PC. Try restarting the PC. Close Hotspot Shield and try rebooting. If it worked then excellent otherwise, a tip might get it to work is clicking on “start on startup” in the Hotspot Shield settings menu and try restarting your PC.
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Method 04 – Reinstalling Hotspot Shield

If restarting the PC did not work then try uninstalling Hotspot Shield. Reinstalling is our last hope, and it will not take enough time to do that. Follow the steps to successfully reinstall Hotspot Shield.

Step 01 – Checklist

  1. Before doing anything make sure you have your account details saved or remembered if you are using the Elite version.
  2. Go to the website to download Hotspot Shield. Make sure to download the original software from the download page.
  3. Open Control Panel. You can search the Control Panel in the search bar on Windows 10. Select “Category” on the top right corner and then click on “Uninstall a program”.

You will see something like below image. Find Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield - Control Panel
Hotspot Shield – Control Panel

Step 02 – Uninstalling

Right or double click on Hotspot Shield to uninstall and follow the steps to uninstall the software.

Step 03 – Installing

Once done, open the downloaded Hotspot Shield and try opening. Hopefully reinstalling would fix the issue.

If none of the above methods worked then, the version might not be the best for your PC, or there might be a different issue. You can contact their team with all the details, and hopefully, they would be able to fix that for you.

Hotspot Shield “Something went wrong!” YouTube video

If you still can’t fix the issue, then here is a video.

Final words

I hope the article helped. Please put the comments below if any of the methods worked so everyone can get benefits.