WorldOWeb http://www.worldoweb.co.uk Resources tutorials and inspiration on Mac, Linux, Web Design, WordPress, PHP, jQuery and Open Source. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:34:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 No Android Lollipop for Samsung Note 2 and S3http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/no-android-lollipop-for-samsung-note-2-and-s3 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/no-android-lollipop-for-samsung-note-2-and-s3#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:28:20 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8163 By Tracy Ridge

Samsung have confirmed that there will be no lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.  This is frustrating if  you look forward to having the latest updates and features or that you feel phone has never quite reached its potential. If you like experimenting then you might be interested in installing […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Samsung have confirmed that there will be no lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.  This is frustrating if  you look forward to having the latest updates and features or that you feel phone has never quite reached its potential. If you like experimenting then you might be interested in installing a custom rom which can actually increase your phones performance and removes all unnecessary bloat. Here are some alternative Roms to add a little Lollipop sweetness to your phone.

With so many custom roms I have hand-picked stable versions of lollipop only, hence why there are only a few and some more popular custom roms are not included as they are still in alpha, beta or testing stage.

Disclaimer:  As with any operating system please take extra care in making sure you have the correct rom for your model (There are several Note 2 etc) and read the instructions thoroughly before you start flashing your mobile phone, unless you want to use it as an ornament!

Alternatives – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)

Benghazi ROM – Advanced Edition

Benghazi is based on CyanogenMod and AOSP which features include LED Light customisation, HeadsUp Notification and Apps to SD support.

CyanogenModX

CyanogenModX is an unofficial port of CyanogenMod which has the same features but with tweaks and various bugfixes.

Alternative – Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300)

BlissPop

BlissPop is based on the work of CyanogenMod with a few additions from EuphoriaOS & ResurrectionRemix.  It’s well-known for being fast and very stable.

Resurrection Remix

Resurrection Remix ROM takes a mixture of features from many ROMs, including Paranoid Android, Omni, Slim and AOKP.  With support for both the S3 and Note 2 plus many more devices.

If you prefer to take the manual process out completely then you might want to  contemplate installing CyanogenMod using the CyanogenMod Installer (only available to Windows computers).  At the time of writing this article CyanogenMod don’t have stable lollipop builds for either the Note 2 or S3.

 

Conclusion

Like many others I am disappointed in the lack of support shown by Samsung. I switched to Samsung from my HTC 2 years ago as I thought they might offer a better update process.  After 2 years as a Note 2 owner and only 2 updates I finally switched to an iPhone, even after saying in 2011 that I would never buy one. How do you feel about the lack of support offered for lollipop?  Does it make you want to install a custom rom or have you already installed one? Please share your stories.

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Long Live RSS – 2 Years Since the Death of Google Readerhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/long-live-rss-2-years-since-death-google-reader http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/long-live-rss-2-years-since-death-google-reader#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:10:08 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7990 By Tracy Ridge

When Google announced that it was going to shut down its popular Google Reader in July 2013 some said that it would be the death of RSS.  However 2 years on RSS is still pretty popular and it still serves a purpose in the modern web. Why I Use RSS For me and many others […]

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When Google announced that it was going to shut down its popular Google Reader in July 2013 some said that it would be the death of RSS.  However 2 years on RSS is still pretty popular and it still serves a purpose in the modern web.

RSS Image

Image provided by Shutterstock

Why I Use RSS

For me and many others RSS is a fantastic way to catch up with all the latest news and posts from your favourite blogs or websites.  For several years I clicked on the subscribe via email banners and it got to a point where I was receiving more email than I could manage.  The weekly/fortnightly newsletters were fine but then some authors (not all) were using subscription emails to send stuff that I didn’t want to receive on top of automatic emails from online stores after the purchase of 1 item, this was getting too much.  I started hitting the unsubscribe button on the bottom of emails and have managed to get my emails down to a manageable limit.

This is where RSS comes in handy for me as I already subscribed to the news feeds, along with the newsletter subscriptions, so I was receiving the same content twice.  If I come across a blog that interests me then I will always prefer to subscribe via RSS.  If the blog didn’t have a RSS feed then I wouldn’t be tempted to click on the email newsletters.

Death of Google Reader – Enter Feedly

Google Reader may now be a thing of the past but soon after Google planned to drop it I heard about Feedly.  Feedly, previously called Feeddo, had been around since 2008 offered a migration process for all Google Reader users which made the transition smoother.  Feedly offered its cloud service for free that year but also has paid upgrades.  If you are not a fan of Feedly there are plenty of alternatives like Digg Reader, Bloglovin which are available online and through a range of devices or you like a good old-fashioned desktop reader then consider the open source RSSOwl or QuiteRSS.

Social Media & Website Integration

Twitter and Facebook have both dropped support for RSS which prevents you accessing your timeline in your favourite feed reader.  Whether or not this was down to monetary gain or simply moving with the times, favouring JSON format and mandatory authentication within its API.  For accessing your Twitter and Facebook posts to integrate in your website you can use the widgets provided by Twitter and Facebook. Accessing RSS feeds to display from one blog to another is still very much alive as one of my posts, from back in 2012, still is very popular. For normal, non WordPress websites you can use SimplePie.

Conclusion

RSS is not everybody’s cup of tea but I find RSS better to read my favourite blogs than email newsletters and whether you are new to it, a long time user, a reader of news or a website/blog owner it still serves a purpose in the modern web and will do for some time. Long live RSS!

Sources

Wikepedia – RSS
Wikepedia – Feedly

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Import/Export Brackets Themes and Extensionshttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/importexport-brackets-themes-and-extensions http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/importexport-brackets-themes-and-extensions#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 23:03:30 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8087 By Tracy Ridge

If you have, or want, brackets installed on multiple operating systems (OS) then it could be rather cumbersome having to manually install all your favourite extensions. Enter Brackets-ExtensionsBulkInstall a handy brackets extension which enables the bulk installation of extensions and themes on other platforms. In the following tutorial I will be exporting from a Mac […]

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If you have, or want, brackets installed on multiple operating systems (OS) then it could be rather cumbersome having to manually install all your favourite extensions. Enter Brackets-ExtensionsBulkInstall a handy brackets extension which enables the bulk installation of extensions and themes on other platforms. In the following tutorial I will be exporting from a Mac to a Linux machine

Brackets On linux

All my Brackets extensions installed on Linux Machine in minutes.

Let’s Get Started

First and foremost install the Bulk Install extension on all your brackets installations as this tutorial would be pretty useless without it!  Open up Extensions Bulk Install Shortcut – Ctrl(Cmd)+Alt+M on your version of Brackets, which you want to export.

Export File

Click on Export to File

Brackets Export Extensions

Save the file, which is in JSON format, into a folder of your choice, Downloads is usually good here or save it to Dropbox or other cloud storage. The File path will be displayed on the right hand side.

The JSON File

If you open the JSON file in brackets you can see it will be something like in the example below. If there is something that you don’t want to install simply change true to false and the extension will bypass installing it.

{
  "extensions": {
    "mikaeljorhult.brackets-autoprefixer": true,
    "brackets-beautify": true,
    "mirorauhala.bootstrap-skeleton": true,
    "mikailcolak.brackets-color-picker": true,
    "camden.bracketsdash": true,
    "jeffbooher.bookmarks": true,
    "drewkoch.icons": true,
    "lamo2k123.brackets-file-tree": true,
    "zaggino.brackets-git": true,
    "hirse.outline-list": true,
    "notasz-uitheming": true,
    "brackets-wp-functions-hint": true,
    "camden.caniuse": true,
    "technet.clipbox": true,
    "brackets-code-folding": true,
    "brackets-css-shapes-editor": true,
    "csscomb-brackets": true,
    "brackets-emmet": true,
    "milosh86.extensions-bulk-installer": false,
    "dnbard.extensions-rating": true,
    "adobe.brackets.extract": true,
    "favourite-files": true,
    "brackets-fonts": true,
    "funcdocr": true,
    "talmand.html-templates": true,
    "http": true,
    "brackets-indent-guides": true,
    "interactive-linter": true,
    "szdc.cdn-suggestions": true,
    "globals": true,
    "pflynn.jump-to-matching-brace": true,
    "brackets-legibility": true,
    "brackets-livereload": true,
    "gruehle.markdown-preview": true,
    "bracket-match-highlighter": true,
    "brackets-minifier": true,
    "brackets-minimap": true,
    "brackets-morecsscodehints": true,
    "brackets-html5codehints": true,
    "insya.newdocument": true,
    "ohnnyj.numbertabs": true,
    "mackenza.php-smarthints": true,
    "pretty_json": true,
    "dnbard.projects": true,
    "brackets-response": true,
    "open.recent.file": true,
    "dkehrig.show-whitespace": true,
    "brackets-special-html-chars": true,
    "brackets-stripper-redo": true,
    "brackets.swatcher": true,
    "custom-work-for-brackets": true,
    "mikaeljorhult.brackets-todo": true,
    "carreau.visibletabs": true,
    "camden.w3cvalidation": true,
    "ws-sanitizer": true,
    "gbratsos.zurb-foundation": true
  }
}

Switch Computers and Import

Head over to your other computer and click on the Import from File. A  File loaded and parsed message will appear on the right hand side, under Status Board and soon after it will start downloading and installing the extensions.

Brackets Install From File

Brackets Install on Linux

You can check the progress of the installations and it will output if an extension is already installed or you may get server errors or not compatible with your version. A good fix would be to update your version of Brackets to the latest version on all platforms.

Alternative File Paths for Manual Install

The extensions folder is located in:

Mac –
/Users/YOUR USER NAME/Library/Application Support/Brackets/extensions/user
Windows –
C:Users/YOUR USER NAME/AppData/Roaming/Brackets/extensions/user
Linux –
/home/YOUR USER NAME/.config/Brackets/extensions/user

Using your file manager; Windows Explorer, Finder, Nemo etc. Navigate to the file path, specified above and simply copy the user folder and replace the existing one in your new/old installation.

Conclusion

For a simple no fuss way of installing extensions from one machine to another you can’t really go wrong. The alternative would be to back up the extensions folder and manually transfer them across which would probably be more time-consuming in the long run as the extensions are small so they wouldn’t take long to download and install. It’s early days for the extension so it does what it says on the tin and saves hassle in the process.

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Top 20 Brackets Extensions You Should Usehttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/top-20-brackets-extensions http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/top-20-brackets-extensions#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 20:48:47 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7948 By Tracy Ridge

As a big fan of open source software I was quite excited when Brackets, a code editor, founded by Adobe, was initially released in November 2014. Released for Mac, Windows and Linux and is guided by a community of fans, that are willing to improve and build upon it. Since it’s release I have tested […]

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By Tracy Ridge

As a big fan of open source software I was quite excited when Brackets, a code editor, founded by Adobe, was initially released in November 2014. Released for Mac, Windows and Linux and is guided by a community of fans, that are willing to improve and build upon it. Since it’s release I have tested many extensions but here are some of my favourites, for a bonus I’ll throw in the ones that will make Brackets more visually appealing. Star

Brackets Editor Screenshot

Emmet

Improve your HTML and CSS workflow with emmet. Emmet is similar to a snippet manager that you can find in popular code editors except you don’t have to manually add the snippets, especially when working with HTML or CSS. Emmet automatically takes the abbreviations and parses them dynamically. It can also be used with other programming languages.

Example of use html:5 would output the following:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <title>Document</title>
</head>
<body>
    
</body>
</html>

Learn More

JavaScript & CSS CDN Suggestions

Content Delivery Networks (CDN) are pretty popular among everyone that builds or runs a site as it saves your web server using precious bandwidth loading files like jQuery. This handy extension provides JavaScript & CSS library suggestions for libraries hosted on the CDNs by Google, jsDelivr and CDNJS. No need to Google them anymore!

More Info

Brackets Git

Git is a open source distributed version control system where you can store, contribute and collaborate on projects, scripts etc. from around the world. If you are working with Git then this valuable extension will integrate Git into your brackets environment.

More Info

Color Picker

If you are working with CSS files then having a built-in color picker comes in very handy. Not only can you pick colors if you simply hover over any hex, RGB or equivalent value in your CSS file the color will appear where the cursor is.

More Info

Beautify

Making your files more readable can be time-consuming although following a good practice of organised code is recommended the best practice. Their may be a time when you need a little help and beautify does the job perfectly. Not only does it give you a handy shortcut key to beautify those files Cmd-Shift-L(Mac) / Ctrl-Shift-L(Win) it saves you from having to use an external beautifier on the web.

More Info

Autoprefixer

Brackets extension that parses CSS documents and add vendor prefixes automatically using the Autoprefixer tool which uses the data from Can I Use. This means that you can write your CSS without having to worry about which vendor prefixes you have to include.

More Info

Brackets File Icons Star

Brackets File icons adds small icons (images) to the file tree in your editor which increases visual awareness of the type of file that you are opening.

More Info

Minifier

As with the beautifier this handy extension will save you time having to use an external resource will minify relevant JavaScript and CSS automatically so you can continue to work on the production version and have the file minified automatically ready for your live website.

More Info

Tabs – Custom Working Star

Adds toolbar which include buttons to show/hide with tabs of active documents on the top of the editor, toggle the toolbar and sidebar, add a menu for all open documents and supports multiple panels.

More Info

Todo

If you are working with multiple files at the same time and need to reference one from another then you might insert TODO or NOTE in your code.  Todo will by default recognize C-style comments (but not multi-line comments) using the TODO, NOTE, FIXME, CHANGES or FUTURE.

More Info

CSScomb Brackets

CSS Comb takes your CSS properties and organises it in a way that makes it more functional, beautiful and easier to understand, maintain and read.

More Info

Swatcher

Generate color palettes by importing LESS/SASS files, images or Adobe Swatch files (*.aco, *.ase). Swatcher also comes with a built-in colorpicker.

More Info

Interactive Linter

Interactive Linter runs linters, such as JSHint, JSLint, ESLint, JSCS, CoffeeLint and more while you work on your code and gives instant feedback right on your document. You can get access to the details of the lint report by clicking on the light bulbs on the line gutters to the right of the document, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-E on that line.

More Info

Brackets Bookmarks Extension

Another productive extension which adds the feature to bookmark lines of code so you can quickly jump back and forth between sections of code.

More Info

Brackets Outline List

Brackets Extension to display a list of the functions or definitions in the currently opened document. Settings for parameters and anonymous functions. Works with JavaScript, CoffeeScript, CSS, SCSS, LESS, XML, HTML, SVG, Markdown and PHP.

More Info

ClipBox (Clipboard History)

Another simple extension which remembers last few copied texts and allow you to get access to them and paste back when needed. This will capture Ctrl+C keystrokes and store selected text in its own internal array. Then you can invoke the hot-key Ctrl+Alt+V to launch QuickOpen window, select and paste back.

More Info

Extensions Rating

With popularity more extensions are being created, making it very difficult and time-consuming to choose ones that may be beneficial. Extensions rating displays extension statistics based on downloads and GitHub stats.

More Info

LiveReload

LiveReload monitors changes in the file system. As soon as you save a file, it is preprocessed as needed, and the browser is refreshed. Even cooler, when you change a CSS file or an image, the browser is updated instantly without reloading the page.

More Info

Legibility Star

Increase the legibility (font-sizes, line-heights, heights, etc) of UI elements such as the sidebar, dropdown menus, status  bar, vertical toolbar, modal bar, bottom panel and extension modal.

More Info

Minimap Star

Minimap displays a sublime style map of your code within the editor.  Minimap works well 3rd party themes and features such as syntax highlighting, auto hide functionality, quick preview, smooth scrolling and zooming.

More Info

Improve the UI Star

Although brackets is improving all the time if you want to improve the UI even more consider the following extensions/theme.

Conclusion

Do you like brackets or use any extensions that are worth a mention? Please feel free to add your ‘pennies worth’ in the comments section.

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I’m Joining Team Alfie for the Kiltwalk – Please Sponsorhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/im-joining-team-alfie-for-the-kiltwalk-please-sponsor http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/im-joining-team-alfie-for-the-kiltwalk-please-sponsor#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 22:19:47 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=8030 By Tracy Ridge

On Saturday 7th June  I along with my daughter and many others will be participating in the Kiltwalk to raise money for Alfie’s Trust, which was set up to fund research into a rare incurable disease called Lymphangiomatosis.  The disease causes benign tumours to grow anywhere in the body which cannot be removed or shrunk […]

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By Tracy Ridge

On Saturday 7th June  I along with my daughter and many others will be participating in the Kiltwalk to raise money for Alfie’s Trust, which was set up to fund research into a rare incurable disease called Lymphangiomatosis.  The disease causes benign tumours to grow anywhere in the body which cannot be removed or shrunk using chemotherapy.

Alfie’s Trust was set up in September 2011 by Alfie’s parents to raise awareness of this rare disease and raise funds for research. In May 2012 Alfie’s Trust became a registered charity. We will continue to raise money to help fund research being carried out through the Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease Alliance in America (LGDA). There is currently no support network or research based in the UK. Research is vital in order to give sufferers a future.

Watch the Video

This short video, featuring Alfie, details the effects of Lymphangiomatosis and what Alfie’s Trust has done since it was set up.

Sponsor – Aberdeen Kiltwalk

If you want to see me in a kilt (Scary Thought and it’s bound to rain!) then please consider sponsoring Team Alfie at Virgin Money Giving. However small your donation is always appreciated.

Sponsor me on Virgin Money Giving

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Review – Sleep Cycle iPhone Apphttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/review-sleep-cycle-iphone-app http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/review-sleep-cycle-iphone-app#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 15:11:50 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7994 By Tracy Ridge

Over the years smartphones are more sophisticated and so too are the apps that you can purchase for them. Having had a pretty tough time lately, sleep was one of the things that was affected in a big way. Having barely slept in January and struggling to get back into a pattern of having several hours sleep […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Over the years smartphones are more sophisticated and so too are the apps that you can purchase for them. Having had a pretty tough time lately, sleep was one of the things that was affected in a big way. Having barely slept in January and struggling to get back into a pattern of having several hours sleep in one go, waking up groggy and disinterested in life as a result. In the beginning of March I decided to buy an iPhone app to monitor my sleep (or lack of), something that I would say I was quite pessimistic about to start with but would the app have any effect?

I Love Sleep Image

Image provided by Shutterstock

Having searched the Mac App Store I came across Sleep Cycle Alarm (also available on Android) from Northcube and decided to give it a whirl so I took the plunge and downloaded the Sleep Cycle Bundle which also came with Heart Rate and Power Nap for £2.49.

Now like I say I was slightly skeptical at first. My pattern of sleep before my life changing moment was pretty good despite the odd bout insomnia and frequent anaemia. I often went to bed at the same time each night and rudely awoken by my alarm at the same time each morning. I would often wake up groggy after hitting snooze several times and would usually take me a couple of hours to wake up fully.

Quick Rundown of Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle monitors movement during sleep using the accelerometer in your iPhone when positioned on your mattress in a way that it is not blocked by pillows etc.

On setting the alarm Sleep Cycle find the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window. So if you set your alarm to get up at 7.30 at the latest, it monitors at which is your lightest phase of sleep and gently awakens you.

Main Features

  • Detailed sleep statistics and sleep graphs for every night.
  • 15 carefully selected, high quality, alarm melodies.
  • Use iPod music as wake up sound.
  • Snooze by shaking or tapping the phone lightly.
  • Customizable wake up window. From instant (regular alarm clock) up to 90 minutes.
  • Background mode – set your alarm and exit Sleep Cycle – sleep analysis will continue in the background
  • Sleep aid – helps you fall asleep. The intelligent mode detects when you fall asleep and automatically fades the sleep aid sound.
  • Support for the M7 and M8 co-processor – measure your daily physical activity and calculate how it affects your Sleep quality
  • Health app – fully integrated with the Health app introduced in iOS8. Submits sleep analysis and heart rate. Downloads other data such as fitness information to be considered in your nightly Sleep Quality
  • Adaptive design – ready for all screen sizes
  • Heart rate monitor – measure you’re resting heart rate (RHR) every morning using the camera and flash in your device
  • Philips HUE light bulb support – simulate a natural sunrise to give you an even softer wake-up
  • Sleep notes – see how events such as drinking coffee, eating too much or having a stressful day affect your sleep quality
  • Long term graphs – track sleep quality over time, see which days of the week you sleep best and much more
  • Export sleep data to Excel for detailed analysis

So far I have found the sleep cycle app to be really helpful in waking me up in the morning without the groggy feeling.  Over the past few weeks I’ve had anaemia, which have hindered my progress but prior to this I have often woke up even before my alarm was due to go off and when I’ve checked my statistics and the higher the sleep quality the better I feel.

Rating: 9/10

Pros

  • Good value
  • Plenty of statistics and graphs, if you like that sort of thing
  • Can help you establish a good pattern of sleep
  • Works in conjunction with the iOS 8 built-in health app to accurately work out how activity can affect your sleep pattern
  • Weekend mode, so no need to set your alarm to monitor your sleep

Cons/Suggestions

  • Requires the charger – although you are more than likely going to have the phone on charge in any case
  • Would be good to enhance weekend mode to days you specify for people who may not need to get up during the week.

Summary

This is not a cure for sleep disorders but if you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept, even though you have or you are like me and have previously been woken at a time where you are in a deep sleep, resulting in constant snooze bashing, then this app may be of some use. Having some prior use of the Phillips Wake-Up light alarm clock, that my beloved bought me, sleep cycle beats it hands down and at a fraction of the price.

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iPhone Messages – Block Nuisance Numbershttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/iphone-messages-block-nuisance-numbers http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/iphone-messages-block-nuisance-numbers#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:25:59 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7955 By Tracy Ridge

If you are like me and you are fed up of receiving those annoying nuisance text messages to claim for the accident you have never had, PPI, bank refunds then instead of ignoring them, block them easily with this easy to follow picture tutorial and banish the bad boys for good. Let’s Begin Tap on […]

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By Tracy Ridge

If you are like me and you are fed up of receiving those annoying nuisance text messages to claim for the accident you have never had, PPI, bank refunds then instead of ignoring them, block them easily with this easy to follow picture tutorial and banish the bad boys for good.

Picture of iPhone with nuisance caller phoning

Image provided by Shutterstock

Let’s Begin

iPhone - Home Screen

Tap on Messages


 

iPhone - Messages Screen

Tap anywhere on the message where you want to block the sender


iPhone - Nuiscance Message

Tap Details

Even though this message gives you an option to opt-out I would always be hesitant in clicking it as this may increase the number of calls or messages you get from them or other companies as they may sell your number on.  Be aware that these companies will do anything to get you to show an interest and will not stop!


iPhone - Information Screen

Tap on information (i)


iPhone - Click Block

Tap Block this Caller


iPhone - Block Confirmation

Tap Block Contact


iPhone - Contact Now Blocked

The sender is now blocked and you won’t be pestered again.  Repeat this for every other nuisance number until hopefully you will stop receiving them.


 Receiving Nuisance Phone Calls?

If you receive a phone call the process is the same just go to Phone ->Recents and tap on the (i) to bring up the info screen.

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100th Post in a 1000 Words-A Story of Love, Life and Griefhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/100th-post-1000-words-story-love-life-grief http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2015/100th-post-1000-words-story-love-life-grief#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:11:52 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7912 By Tracy Ridge

I had plans that my 100th post would be special so I am dedicating it to the life of my fiance Shaun, of 16 years, who was suddenly taken away from me on the 1st January at the age of 35.  Here is our story of love, life and grief. Early Days We first met […]

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By Tracy Ridge

I had plans that my 100th post would be special so I am dedicating it to the life of my fiance Shaun, of 16 years, who was suddenly taken away from me on the 1st January at the age of 35.  Here is our story of love, life and grief.

Early Days

We first met in 1998 whilst Shaun was celebrating his 19th birthday on Friday 29th May and I was out celebrating my 18th Birthday, which was the day before. Our relationship was steady at first but the more I got to know him the more I liked. He was warm, kind, funny, generous and loving.  In 2000, after 2 years we moved into my family home together for 6 months when he was offered promotion with his job, in Aberdeen, Scotland. He felt like he had to take up the chance and when he first went he loved it and then 3 months later I followed him.

Robert Burns Poem

Very fitting poem by Robbie Burns used in Shaun’s ‘Celebration of life’ service

It was a difficult move to make, leaving our families behind but we knew that if it didn’t work out we could go back.  In October 2001 I was dealt a cruel blow being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I faced 6 months of intensive chemotherapy. Within 3 months of finishing chemo I found out that I was pregnant with our daughter Caitlin who, after a difficult pregnancy, was born in March 2003.  Being able to have children was a dream come true for both of us.

Our family was complete in April 2006 when our son Cameron was born but in September of that year we were dealt another bitter blow.  Shaun had a freak near-fatal motorcycle accident.  He spent 9 weeks in hospital averaging 2 operations a week on his shattered leg.  He spent 4 more years of agonising operations and intensive physiotherapy going from a wheelchair to crutches and eventually a walking stick. Despite the excruciating pain he never moaned or felt sorry for himself.

In 2012 he decided that he was going to start his own Handyman business.  The walking stick went, he built up his confidence and his business, which relied on very little advertising, grew stronger and stronger.  Despite the pain and his diagnosis of arthritis and curvature of the spine in January 2014, life was good, business was good.  We finally planned to get married and consider moving home in 2015, it would be our time.

We had a fantastic Christmas and we celebrated the New Year coming in with our friends as we did every year.  New Years Day celebrations got off to a good start after having our annual family dinner with our friends we settled down to watch a movie when Shaun suddenly collapsed.  Myself and a friend desperately tried to resuscitate him with the paramedics taking over when they arrived.  Within an hour they announced that they were unable to resuscitate him and he was gone.

Although I was calm, my heart was pounding with shock, I said my goodbyes and had to face the agonising task of telling our children (Aged 11 & 8), who had been taken away by friends when he collapsed, and our families back in England.

Week 1

The first week went by with many questions unanswered Why? How? Have I done something wrong? I had little sleep, little food yet I had 2 children to look after who are also grieving.  Friends came round in droves to offer condolences, support, wash the dishes, clean and encourage.  This support got me through the day, prevented me from going into hibernation.

Weeks 2 & 3

Weeks 2 & 3 were spent planning his funeral even though at this stage I hadn’t found out the cause. The questions were still unanswered, I felt like I was the one that was being blamed until the dreaded phone call came.  Shaun had died from an undiagnosed genetic heart condition called Cardiomyopathy and there is a 50% chance that your children may also have it!

It felt like I had been repeatedly punched in the face.  Grieving for Shaun and now face the prospect of my children having the same condition.  I was still angry at life at this stage.  Shaun battled the stress of all those operations and nothing ever flagged up!  Trying to think of positives; Did Shaun spare his life to save our children?

Week 4

Week 4 came, the funeral was 4 weeks to the day.  A constant flow of family and friends arrived from across the UK to attend.  I was reunited with Shaun for the first time since and all I remember is walking in/out, comforting the kids and thanking people at the end.  The flow of visitors slowly dispersed to continue with normality although I was thankful that they travelled half way up the country to say their goodbyes.  The funeral is meant to bring closure, does it?

Week 5

Spent the week  phoning banks, insurance companies, changing names, cancelling stuff I don’t need and by this time I hadn’t had an income for 5 weeks, living off savings with a funeral to pay for and 2 children to support.  I  just wanted to grieve but knew I had to this.  I sit here, alone at night whilst the kids are asleep, still expecting him to walk through the door,  I can’t accept that he’s gone quite yet.  If someone was to tell me on the morning of New Years Day that in 5 weeks Shaun would be in a plastic container, in the form of ashes, in my cupboard I would have probably laughed.

Future

I take each day as it comes,  some days are better than others. I’m in a vicious circle of feeling guilty for having a laugh, frustrated when I spend hours on the phone trying to speak to a human being and not a computer (for once), utterly heartbroken that he’s gone and won’t see his kids grow up and yet thankful for the memories we shared.  The last 16 years we had a fair share of problems but in the last 2 years we had plenty of family time and those times were precious!

 

Shaun’s choice of funeral song

 

 

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It is with the deepest sadness my Fiance and soulmate for the past 16 years was suddenly taken away from me on New Years Day at the tender age of 35.  Shaun was a dedicated father and hard working man with a heart of gold.  We spent the last 2 weeks together as a family, having […]

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By Tracy Ridge

It is with the deepest sadness my Fiance and soulmate for the past 16 years was suddenly taken away from me on New Years Day at the tender age of 35.  Shaun was a dedicated father and hard working man with a heart of gold.  We spent the last 2 weeks together as a family, having fun and doing what families should do.  Time is precious!

 

Me and Shaun

RIP Shaun 01-01-2015

 

 

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Preparing for an Upgrade – My Yosemite Experiencehttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/preparing-upgrade-yosemite-experience http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/preparing-upgrade-yosemite-experience#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:52:03 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7739 By Tracy Ridge

When a new operating system is released  you question yourself.  Do I really need an upgrade?  How easy is it?  Do I dive in or wait for the mass participation to die down?  Do I research blogs to find the good, bad and ugly, will it put me off? I guess the answer is all […]

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By Tracy Ridge

When a new operating system is released  you question yourself.  Do I really need an upgrade?  How easy is it?  Do I dive in or wait for the mass participation to die down?  Do I research blogs to find the good, bad and ugly, will it put me off? I guess the answer is all of them.  Here is my experience with my recent Yosemite upgrade on my 2-year-old Mac.

Computer Display

Image provided by SGM / Shutterstock.com

Preparing is key

I’m don’t necessarily suffer from OCD but having gone through the process of losing data many years ago.  I have always been an advocate of backing things up especially after my friend once had to pay over £600 to resurrect her personal photos after her hard drive failed. These days there are so many inexpensive and easy ways to backup your data there is no excuse for not doing it.  When I lost my data all those years ago I didn’t have any external drive or network drive (was too expensive),  services like Dropbox didn’t exist and your options were limited to backing up to CD’s, DVD’s or if you were fortunate enough to have a secondary hard drive.  Luckily the data I lost was minimal as I did frequent backups.

Key preparation is identifying what is important to you. It could be software you use daily, important files, collection of graphics or ebooks that you can’t live without.  My key items were Ampps (Web Development Server Software), Mail and being able to connect to my MyBookLive (NAS).  These important key items are always backed up manually by exporting all of my emails from Apple Mail in .mbox format and copying the entire Ampps Folder in Applications then pasting them into my personal folder on my NAS.  If I couldn’t access my Time Machine Backup after upgrade I know I have these files available to work with.  After backing up manually I did a full Time Machine backup.

Research

I kept an eye on Yosemite development since it was made public,  I opted out for testing as my Mac is my primary computer, although my PC with Linux Mint is a very close 2nd, I certainly didn’t want unnecessary risk of vital apps not working.   I was happy to read plenty of articles, both positive and negative on the new features or any reported problems.  The positives outweighed the negatives for me.  I enjoy looking at screenshots but I never judged the book by its cover.  For me it’s the stuff that it’s built on and not the aesthetics.  The real test is when it’s installed!

After my last upgrade (Mountain Lion -> Mavericks) I decided to start afresh and install Yosemite on a clean wiped hard drive.  This is more time-consuming than a normal upgrade but for me after 2 years it was much-needed.

I had looked at several tutorials on the web and came across the mashable one which I decided to follow.  I first downloaded Yosemite and installed DiskMaker X to create my bootable USB.  On reboot I wiped my drive and started the installation which ran rather smoothly and I didn’t encounter any problems.

Installation and Restoring Data/Accounts

On reboot I really liked the look of Yosemite and it’s new polished flatter design, like I said before it’s not all about the looks it how the OS performs.  The first port of call was to add all my accounts. Windows Live, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all worked flawlessly.  Gmail on the other hand kept prompting me for an application specific password, despite creating one.

Google Account Password Screenshot

The 2nd attempt I tried to get access to my account through Safari, which prompted me to add the account.  This was great but unfortunately the apps box appeared directly over the authentication box which required an input (Code from my mobile phone) to go ahead with no option to minimise it.  I had to force quit safari.

Google Safari Bug Screenshot

The 3rd attempt was to try to add the account to Mail app which worked thankfully although I had continuous problems with the outgoing SMTP server which wouldn’t accept my created password, thankfully this was resolved in the 10.10.1 update shortly after.

My computer recognised that I had a NAS on my network so it was time to use the Migration Assistant to migrate some apps and data from my Time Machine Backup.  Migration Assistant recognised that I had a storage device but failed to display any backups.  I had to mount my Time Machine backup manually in finder to restore my apps and data.

New Features

Some of the key features that prompted me to upgrade was the closer interaction with other iOS devices (iPad/iPhone).  The handoff feature which requires being on the same network and bluetooth enabled, lets you start something, like composing an email, on one device and finish it off in Yosemite and vice versa.  Obviously you need handoff compatible apps but as things progress I am sure we will see more of these.

Spotlight which I rarely used in Mavericks has been beefed up, now in the center of the screen displaying far more information, previewing of files, interacting with Wikipedia and displaying map info.  Apple have certainly got spotlight spot on.  Will it convert people from Alfred or Quicksilver, who knows!

The best feature for Mail is now being able to send bigger attachments via iCloud automatically, similar to Dropbox and providing that you have the right amount of space available you will not have any issues with email attachments again.

Conclusion

Despite the few problems initially I am very happy with the performance I get from my Mac and after using Yosemite for a month now I am glad I waited a few weeks before taking the big step.  After reading all the problems with WiFi that people were reporting I haven’t had any such issue.

There are risks associated with any Operating System Upgrade, researching, preparing and always having the mindset to backup and have different methods of doing the same thing can be the difference between getting things done or throwing your computer out of the window.  Patience is definitely a virtue!

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WOW Playground – PHP Checkboxes Revisitedhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/wow-playground-php-checkboxes-revisited http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/wow-playground-php-checkboxes-revisited#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:22:29 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7802 By Tracy Ridge

Having checked back at some of my popular PHP and jQuery posts I decided to create WOW playground which unites all of my previous checkboxes and radio button form tutorials into one handy script.  I have updated to newer, modern technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and PDO, to handle the database.  jQuery and jQuery UI have […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Having checked back at some of my popular PHP and jQuery posts I decided to create WOW playground which unites all of my previous checkboxes and radio button form tutorials into one handy script.  I have updated to newer, modern technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and PDO, to handle the database.  jQuery and jQuery UI have been updated to the latest versions with a few new features and the odd tweak here and there.

Image of Web Form

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The playground features all the code from these posts in one handy page.

PHP and jQuery checkbox array with a hint of Jquery UI

Getting to grips with PHP Checkboxes

Getting to grips with PHP Radio Buttons

jQuery Disable and Enable Form Elements Using a Checkbox

Prerequisites

PHP MySQL server with PDO extension.  I’ve tested it in PHP 5.3+

Download

Version 1.0 released 29th November 2014

Download WOW Playground

Installation

Simply upload to your server or testing server.  Add your database connection details into class-databasehelpers.php.   Navigate to wow_playground/php/setup.php with your web browser and hit Setup to install the MySQL tables.  You will automatically redirected to the index page.  Please note that setup.php will be renamed automatically.

Features

The PHP code has now been cleaned up from the main page and is in the PHP folder.  fetch.php interacts with the database by fetching the information and process.php, you guessed it, processes the information from the forms and saves it to the database. jQuery and jQuery UI has been updated and as a result some deprecated functions have been removed.  For the design I have integrated CSS from the Kube Web Framework.  As for the new features I have added a button which will add a new checkbox to PHP and jQuery checkbox array demo.  I have also added a save button which will save them to the database. I have added comments throughout the code for clearer understanding.

If you encounter any problems or would like to suggest something to add then please get in touch.

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The Knitting Pattern That Caused Me Grief!http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/knitting-pattern-caused-grief http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/knitting-pattern-caused-grief#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:31:53 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7745 By Tracy Ridge

As bizarre as this title sounds I haven’t taken up knitting as a hobby. Recently I was called by my friend whose Windows Vista computer had shut down on her and refused to restart. Being slightly curious I paid her a visit to be greeted with a computer that had gone into hyper hibernation mode. […]

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By Tracy Ridge

As bizarre as this title sounds I haven’t taken up knitting as a hobby. Recently I was called by my friend whose Windows Vista computer had shut down on her and refused to restart. Being slightly curious I paid her a visit to be greeted with a computer that had gone into hyper hibernation mode. A simple long press of the power button turned it off and boy what was I greeted with when I restarted it.

Malware Detected Image

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When it first loaded Windows, it appeared OK then I saw a couple of command prompt windows which started and soon went off. Having seen this before on my computer it could have been harmless but I thought I would check it out.

My first port of call was to check the Program Files folder in the main hard drive, usually C: I noticed that there were some programs that had been installed a few days before. I asked my friend if she had installed anything and she replied that she had downloaded some knitting patterns.

I checked out her downloads folder to find the culprit crazyforcrafts.exe. Unfortunately she had installed it thinking it was a knitting pattern generator of some sort.  When it was installed on her computer it disabled her firewall and security center so she didn’t know she had no firewall as there was no warnings as a result. The program ran as a system service so every time she started her computer it ran, probably installing other bad stuff along the way.

Safe Mode to the Rescue

Without any hesitation I booted it into safe mode by pressing and holding F8 on reboot. Did a full system scan with Malwarebytes which found 2000+ items of trojans, malware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP) on her system. Also ran a scan with Spybot and Microsoft Security essentials, which despite being a Microsoft App, had actually caught some of it.

Conclusion

I guess the moral of the story is never trust what you are downloading, unless it’s from an official website or a reputable company. Not everything is what it says it is!

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Adding Google Charts to WordPress Blog Part 2http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/adding-google-charts-wordpress-blog-part-2 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/adding-google-charts-wordpress-blog-part-2#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:49:04 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7689 By Tracy Ridge

In this mini-series of Google Visualization tutorials we will be adding a Google chart to a WordPress theme without having to install any plugins but ensuring that we use the correct WordPress functions and recommended safe way of implementing JavaScript. The data we will be pulling will be in JSON format and will be stored […]

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By Tracy Ridge

In this mini-series of Google Visualization tutorials we will be adding a Google chart to a WordPress theme without having to install any plugins but ensuring that we use the correct WordPress functions and recommended safe way of implementing JavaScript. The data we will be pulling will be in JSON format and will be stored on the same server inside the theme directory.  In this tutorial we will be adding  a stacked column chart.  Want to add a table?  Checkout part 1

Image of Stacked Column Chart

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Prerequisites

Access to your WordPress theme folder.
A little knowledge of PHP and WordPress functions is useful but not required.

Download

Download

Let’s get started

In the Download above there is an example  of a correctly formatted JSON file (Purely fictional of course) which we will use to populate our data to create our chart. Upload the js and data folder to your WordPress theme folder.  If using a Child Theme upload to that folder rather than the parent.

Ajax in the head

Before we start to enable our ajax event to fire when non-admin users look at the page.  Open up header.php and check to see if ajaxurl is defined.  If not add the following  just above the wp_head() function.

<?php if (!is_admin()){?>
   		<script type="text/javascript">
    		var ajaxurl = "<?php echo admin_url('admin-ajax.php'); ?>";
		</script>
	<?php }?>

Add the Chart container to the Blog Post/Page

Naturally you can’t have a chart without a container!  In your blog post or page add the following

<div id="chart_div" class="chart"></div>

Enqueue Our scripts

To add the JavaScript to our WordPress blog we need to officially enqueue our scripts so that they are present for the chart to load.  Open up functions.php and add the following and save (Don’t close yet).   Please note the comments at the top.

/*
*Enqueue Scripts for our chart
* 
*Optional:  
****1. Limit our table to display on a single page  - http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/is_page
****2. If you are WORKING with a child theme replace all instances of get_template_directory_uri()
****	with get_stylesheet_directory_uri()
***/

function fundraising_chart(){

	
//if (is_page('page_name')){
	wp_enqueue_script('chart', 'https://www.google.com/jsapi');
	wp_enqueue_script('chart_main', get_template_directory_uri() . ' /js/fundraising.min.js', array('jquery'));
//}
	
}

/*Add Javascript Action and our ajax actions that will be used in the fundraising chart script  */
	add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'fundraising_chart' );

The Google Visualization library is quite heavy and unnecessary to load on each individual page or post.  Simply uncomment Lines 13 & 16 to only load the JavaScript on a specific page, replacing page_name with the Page ID, Page Title or Page Slug.  If you are displaying  your chart in a blog post replace is_page() with  is_single()   See is_page() and is_single() on the WP Codex for further details.

Build Table Action

With the JavaScript files added we now need to add the following to functions.php which is the ajax action that is called from the JavaScript file.  The build_graph function works a little differently to the build_table function in Part 1.  After we have retrieved the JSON file we decode it and add all the values together for each category ie; school and our events.  We then re-encode it to be parsed by JavaScript.  This can also be done with JavaScript if required.

add_action( 'wp_ajax_build_graph', 'build_graph' );//admin
	add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_build_graph', 'build_graph');//frontend

function build_graph() {
	
	$url = get_template_directory_uri() .'/data/donations.json';

	$request =   wp_remote_post($url);
	// Get the body of the response
	$response = wp_remote_retrieve_body( $request );
		
		/*function get_sum will add all the amounts together and return the sum*/
		function get_sum($json){
			$keys = array();// Creates a new variable as an array
				foreach( $json as $key){//loops through the sections
  					$sum[] = $key['amount'];//finds all amount values  and adds them to an array
				}
			return array_sum($sum);//adds the all the values together
		
		}
	
		$myJson= json_decode($response, true);//decode file as an array
	
		$company = get_sum($myJson['Company']);
		$ct = get_sum($myJson['Collection Tins']);
		$ourevents = get_sum($myJson['Our Events']);
		$individual = get_sum($myJson['Individual']);
		$misc = get_sum($myJson['Miscellaneous']);
		$school = get_sum($myJson['School']);
		
/*echo json encoded array*/
echo json_encode(
	array(	'company'=>$company,
			'ct'=>$ct,
		  	'ourevents'=>$ourevents,
		  	'individual'=>$individual,
		  	'misc'=>$misc,
		  	'school'=>$school));

die();//required for ajax
	
}?>

Fundraising.js

When your page or post loads the action build_graph is fired in functions.php. If successful it will load the contents of the JSON file and add them to the row (line 37)

var $j = jQuery;

// Load the Visualization API and the chart package.
google.load("visualization", "1", {packages:["corechart"]});

// Set a callback to run when the Google Visualization API is loaded.
google.setOnLoadCallback(drawChart);


/*Create our Chart through an Ajax request by passing the build_graph action which will be parsed with the build_gaph function in functions.php*/

function drawChart() {
	$j.ajax({
		url: ajaxurl,
		data: {
			"action": "build_graph" //run build_graph function in functions.php
		},
		dataType: "json",
		success: function (data) {
			/*data[''] represents the json data */
			var company = data.company;
			var ct = data.ct;
			var ourevents = data.ourevents;
			var individual = data.individual;
			var misc = data.misc;
			var school = data.school;

			// Create the data table.
			var data = new google.visualization.DataTable();
			data.addColumn('string', 'Name');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Our Events');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Individual');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Company');
			data.addColumn('number', 'School');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Miscellaneous');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Collection Tins');
			data.addRow([null, ourevents, individual, company, school, misc, ct]);
			// Set chart options
			var options = {
				//'width':600, //unhighlited width to allow for responsive graph - see CSS file in source
				'height': 600,
				'allowHtml': true,
				'is3D': true,
				hAxis: {
					title: 'Types of Donations'
				},
				vAxis: {
					format: 'u00A3'
				},
				'isStacked': true
			};
			var formatter = new google.visualization.NumberFormat({
				prefix: "u00A3"
			});
			formatter.format(data, 1);
			formatter.format(data, 2);
			formatter.format(data, 3);
			formatter.format(data, 4);
			formatter.format(data, 5);
			formatter.format(data, 6);

			// Instantiate and draw our chart, passing in some options.
			var chart = new google.visualization.ColumnChart(document.getElementById('chart_div'));
			chart.draw(data, options);

		}
	});
}

/*The following will resize the chart in the browser*/
$j(window).resize(function () {
	drawChart();
});

Add a little CSS Spice

Open up your theme’s stylesheet and add the following to make your chart responsive.

.chart {
	width: 100%;
}

 Conclusion

If you have followed all steps correctly you should now have a fully functioning Google Chart.  If you have any problems with the code or don’t quite understand something please feel free to use the comment section below.

Example of Google Charts

 

 Further Reading

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Adding Google Charts to WordPress Blog Part 1http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/adding-google-charts-wordpress-blog-part-1 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/adding-google-charts-wordpress-blog-part-1#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:39:32 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7610 By Tracy Ridge

In this mini-series of Google Visualization tutorials we will be adding a Google chart to a WordPress theme without having to install any plugins but ensuring that we use the correct WordPress functions and recommended safe way of implementing JavaScript. The data we will be pulling will be in JSON format and will be stored […]

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By Tracy Ridge

In this mini-series of Google Visualization tutorials we will be adding a Google chart to a WordPress theme without having to install any plugins but ensuring that we use the correct WordPress functions and recommended safe way of implementing JavaScript. The data we will be pulling will be in JSON format and will be stored on the same server inside the theme directory.  In this tutorial we will be adding a table. Want to add a chart?  Checkout part 2

JSON - Creating a Google Chart

Image provided by Shutterstock

Prerequisites

Access to your WordPress theme folder.
A little knowledge of PHP and WordPress functions is useful but not required.

Download

Download

Let’s get started

In the Download above there is an example  of a correctly formatted JSON file (Purely fictional of course) which we will use to populate our data to create our table. Upload the js and data folder to your WordPress theme folder.  If using a Child Theme upload to that folder rather than the parent.

Ajax in the head

Before we start to enable our ajax event to fire when non-admin users look at the page.  Open up header.php and check to see if ajaxurl is defined.  If not add the following  just above the wp_head() function.

<?php if (!is_admin()){?>
   		<script type="text/javascript">
    		var ajaxurl = "<?php echo admin_url('admin-ajax.php'); ?>";
		</script>
	<?php }?>

Add the Chart container to the Blog Post/Page

Naturally you can’t have a chart without a container!  In your blog post or page add the following

<div id="table_div" class="chart"></div>

Enqueue Our scripts

To add the JavaScript to our WordPress blog we need to officially enqueue our scripts so that they are present for the table to load.  Open up functions.php and add the following and save (Don’t close yet).   Please note the comments at the top.

/*
*Enqueue Scripts for our chart
* 
*Optional:  
****1. Limit our table to display on a single page  - http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/is_page
****2. If you are WORKING with a child theme replace all instances of get_template_directory_uri()
****	with get_stylesheet_directory_uri()
***/

function fundraising_chart(){

	
//if (is_page('page_name')){
	wp_enqueue_script('chart', 'https://www.google.com/jsapi');
	wp_enqueue_script('chart_main', get_template_directory_uri() . ' /js/fundraising.min.js', array('jquery'));
//}
	
}

/*Add Javascript Action and our ajax actions that will be used in the fundraising chart script  */
	add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'fundraising_chart' );

The Google Visualization library is quite heavy and unnecessary to load on each individual page or post.  Simply uncomment Lines 13 & 16 to only load the JavaScript on a specific page, replacing page_name with the Page ID, Page Title or Page Slug.  If you are displaying  your chart in a blog post replace is_page() with  is_single()   See is_page() and is_single() on the WP Codex for further details.

Build Table Action

With the JavaScript files added we now need to add the following to functions.php which is the ajax action that is called from the JavaScript file.

add_action( 'wp_ajax_build_table', 'build_table' );//admin
	add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_build_table', 'build_table');//frontend




function build_table() {
	
	//Our json file in data folder
	$url = get_template_directory_uri() .'/data/donations.json';
	
	//Retrieve json file
	$request =   wp_remote_post($url);
	
	// Get the body of the response
	$response = wp_remote_retrieve_body( $request );
	
	echo $response;
	die();
}
?>

Fundraising.js

When your page or post loads the action build_table is fired in functions.php. If successful it will load the contents of the JSON file and add them to the row (line 28)

var $j = jQuery;

// Load the Visualization API and the piechart package.

google.load("visualization", "1", {packages:["table"]});

// Set a callback to run when the Google Visualization API is loaded.
google.setOnLoadCallback(drawTable);


function drawTable() {
	$j.ajax({
		url: ajaxurl,
		data: {
			"action": "build_table" //this is the function called in functions.php
		},
		dataType: "json",
		success: function (json) {

			var data = new google.visualization.DataTable();
			data.addColumn('string', 'Name');
			data.addColumn('string', 'Type');
			data.addColumn('number', 'Amount');

			/*loop through json and add rows of content */
			for (var x in json) {
				for (var i = 0; i < json[x].length; i++) {
					data.addRow([json[x][i].name, x, json[x][i].amount, ]);
				}
			}

			var options = {
				'sortColumn': 2,
				'sortAscending': false,
				'allowHtml': true,
				'pageSize': 10,
				'page': 'enable'
			};
			var formatter = new google.visualization.NumberFormat({
				prefix: "u00A3"
			});
			formatter.format(data, 2);
			var table = new google.visualization.Table(document.getElementById('table_div'));
			table.draw(data, options);

		}
	});


}
/*The following will resize the table in the browser*/
$j(window).resize(function () {
	drawTable();
});

Add a little CSS spice

Open up your theme’s stylesheet and add the following to make your table responsive.

.chart {
	width: 100%;
}

 Conclusion

If you have followed all steps correctly you should now have a fully functioning Google Chart table.  If you have any problems with the code or don’t quite understand something please feel free to use the comment section below.

Example of Google Chart Table

 Further Reading

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MultCloud – Access all of Your Cloud Driveshttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/multcloud-access-cloud-drives http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/multcloud-access-cloud-drives#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:39:47 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7540 By Tracy Ridge

Multcloud is a convenient way of accessing multiple online cloud drives through the web, with no software installations neccessary, MultCloud can be convenient when travelling from office to home or have several computers in which you work from. With support for services like Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, Google Drive, OneDrive, SugarSync, Copy, Bitcasa, CloudMe, Cubby, […]

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By Tracy Ridge

Multcloud is a convenient way of accessing multiple online cloud drives through the web, with no software installations neccessary, MultCloud can be convenient when travelling from office to home or have several computers in which you work from. With support for services like Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, Google Drive, OneDrive, SugarSync, Copy, Bitcasa, CloudMe, Cubby, MyDrive, WEB.de, Yandex, HiDrive, Baidu as well as support for FTP and WebDav you can copy, move, preview, download files from one drive to another with ease.

The Cloud

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What Multcloud Has To Offer

MultCloud and is 100% free with no traffic restrictions. With multiple accounts supported there is no limit on how many drives from the same provider you can add so you are able to add multiple Google Drives etc.  If you are conscious about security all connections and transfers are encrypted for SSL using 256-bit AES and Multcloud does not cache your data or files on their servers. Cloud drives are accessed using OAuth authorisation and does not save your passwords.

On Test

MultCloud has a very simple registration process. Simply go to https://www.multcloud.com/ and fill out your email, username and password, complete the verification box and click create account. After you hit create account you should receive an email to verify your account. Once verified you can sign in and start adding your accounts immediately.  Simply click Add Cloud Drives then this will bring up a list of services available.

MultCloud Add Drive

After selecting the service of your choice hit Next which will bring you to a screen where you enter your email, password etc for that service (All services differ). After entering the required data, accept the permissions and you will see your newly added drive in the file manager on the left. Follow this process for the rest of your accounts. Within 5 minutes I had signed up and added 5 accounts so this process is really quick.

The interface, similar to any other file browser is very clean and simple with a handy right-click menu. I previewed some of my images in OneDrive, which decided to work unlike transferring files, and the image loaded pretty quickly on my 5MB internet connection.

MultCloud Preview

Files can be transferred quite easily by either dragging and dropping or by right clicking on the file/folder then selecting Copy To which enables you to select your target destination/folder.

Now for the real test. I transferred a small video, just over 132MB, from Google Drive to Dropbox which took less than 2 minutes, that is considerably quicker than if I uploaded it from my computer or copied it from Google’s own software.  I attempted to transfer the video to OneDrive too but came up with an error and failed to transfer, whether this is a problem with OneDrive itself, or just relative to the day of test, it certainly wouldn’t deter me from using the service.

Rating: 9/10

Pros

  • Fast
  • Easy to use
  • Drag & Drop
  • Useful context-menu
  • Extremely accessible through any web browser and an internet connection of course
  • Good Layout

Cons

  • Transfers to OneDrive, worked occasionally but not large files

Summary

If you want a 100% free service to get access to multiple cloud drives then MultCloud will do the trick. With the added protection of 256-bit AES encryption you are free to move your files around without having to install multiple file synchronisation software. People will no doubt be saying “What’s the Catch?”

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Mazwai – HD Video Resources for Web Designershttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/mazwai-hd-video-resources-web-designers http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/mazwai-hd-video-resources-web-designers#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:43:05 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7526 By Tracy Ridge

Mazwai is a new stock video website which only selects the very best of free HD videos online. The purpose of Mazwai is to help every web designer, blogger, creative and artist to find great video resources for their professional and personal projects. All the video clips, footage, and mini-film are available in HD under […]

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Mazwai is a new stock video website which only selects the very best of free HD videos online. The purpose of Mazwai is to help every web designer, blogger, creative and artist to find great video resources for their professional and personal projects.


Mazwai

All the video clips, footage, and mini-film are available in HD under the public domain or the Attribution license (CC 3.0) which means that you can do everything with the video (transform, adapt, cut, share) as long as you do not forget to credit the original author in some way. There is no subscription and no download limitation.

How to use Mazwai

  • Simply click on the preview you like
  • Watch the video on the embed player
  • Simply download the video. You will receive a .zip including a .mp4 and .webm version.

If the video isn’t what you’re looking for, just simply close the player and browse the many other previews on offer. New videos added regularly to expand the choice.

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Top 20 WordPress Development Blogs to Followhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/top-20-wordpress-development-blogs-follow http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/top-20-wordpress-development-blogs-follow#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:44:10 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7363 By Tracy Ridge

I haven’t posted anything about WordPress for a while so I thought I would start off with my Top 20 WordPress Development blogs. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the ever-expanding WP Codex or you simply just don’t understand it then you will find loads of hints, tips and resources in […]

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I haven’t posted anything about WordPress for a while so I thought I would start off with my Top 20 WordPress Development blogs. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the ever-expanding WP Codex or you simply just don’t understand it then you will find loads of hints, tips and resources in the following sites to cover all aspects of your WordPress life. If I have not mentioned your favourite then feel free to add it to the comments section or fire me a tweet @ridgey28.

WordPress

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Manage WP

Manage WP has been around a few years. They have a premium WordPress plugin that manage multiple WordPress sites.  They also have a blog which have loads of resources and tutorials from developing plugins and themes to their hot picks of the month.
Manage WP Blog

WP Engineer

WP Engineer is a dedicated WordPress Blog which was created by 3 WP Super Fans. The dedicated WordPress blog is loaded with tips, tutorials and resources.
WP Engineer

WP Shout

Started in 2009 bu Fred and David,  WP Shout have lots of  WordPress tutorials and resources.
WP Shout

WP Tavern

WordPress Tavern, established in 2009, is a warm and inviting community site that is focused on all things WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress
WP Tavern

Digging into WordPress

Digging into WordPress was created by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr, the authors of Digging into WordPress book, who eat and breathe WordPress.
Digging Into WordPress

WP Explorer

WP Explorer is a haven of all things WordPress. Featuring Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins and a blog with news, tutorials, tips, snippets, SEO and security.
WP Explorer

WP Hacks

WP Hacks covers a variety of WordPress topics including themes, plugins, SEO and yes you guessed it hacks.
WordPress Hacks

WP Lover

WP Lover hasn’t posted anything for a while but you can still access tips and tutorials that cover a vast array of topics.
WP Lover

WP Arena

WordPress Arena is a place for WordPress Developers and Designers, providing Tips, tricks, tools and resources to build a website or blog on WordPress. They also feature a WordPress Showcase for all kind of WordPress Powered Websites.
WP Arena

WP Hub

WPHub review high quality premium plugins and themes. They also strive to create high quality and innovative WordPress tutorials.
WordPress Hub

WP Mayor

WP Mayor was founded in 2010 by Jean Galea, a WordPress developer. WP Mayor offers premium review services and has a community of content contributors posting tutorials covering many different WP topics.
WP Mayor

Pippins Plugins

Pippin covers only WordPress plugin development. His tutorials are very clear and precise and is an excellent alternative to the official codex.
Pippins Plugins

Winning WP

Winning WP covers every category you can possibly think of. It’s loaded with helpful resources from blogging, tutorials, marketing, design, security and much more.
Winning WP

WPLift

WPLift was founded in September 2010 by Oliver Dale, the founder of Kooc Media, to help people with WordPress by providing tutorials, theme roundups, plugin guides and general WordPress news.
WP Lift

WP Business Tips

WP Business Tips, sister to WP Shout, is designed to deliver quick, non-technical tutorials on the parts of WordPress you can really use for your business.
WP Business Tips

WP Beginner

WPBeginner is a WordPress resource site which was founded by Syed Balkhi in July 2009. The main goal of this site is to provide quality tips, tricks, hacks, and other resources for the WordPress community but in a helpful and clear format for beginners to understand.
WP Beginner

WPMU Dev

The WPMU DEV Blog provides news, tips, tutorials, and reviews on WordPress, BuddyPress and Multisite.
WPMU DEV

Paulund

Paul Underwood from Bristol, UK, created Paulund to collect all the resources and snippets to use in the future. He developed these into tutorials, describing how they work to help people learn. He mainly focuses on theme and plugin development but his resources are definitely worth checking out.
Paulund

Theme Lab

ThemeLab is a company that specializes in building easy to use premium WordPress themes to help you create a website as unique as you are without any code knowledge.
Theme Lab

Tom McFarlin

Tom is a WordPress developer who has published WordPress plugins. His personal blog is where he shares articles, notes, tips, and resources related to WordPress development.
Tom McFarlin

Bonus Websites – The Best of the Rest

Obviously there are more blogs out there than the above so here are the best of the rest

Other Resources worth checking out

Some of these blogs are dedicated to the world of Web Development in general but feature WordPress tutorials so they are definitely worth checking out.

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Smartphones – How To Find The Right OS For Youhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/smartphones-find-right-os http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/smartphones-find-right-os#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:14:28 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7168 By Tracy Ridge

A few years ago I published why I would never buy an iPhone. Since then I have owned a HTC and Samsung Smartphone both using the Android OS. Do you think my opinion has changed? What has changed? The problems with Android  is that the majority of phones in the UK, no doubt same in other […]

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A few years ago I published why I would never buy an iPhone. Since then I have owned a HTC and Samsung Smartphone both using the Android OS. Do you think my opinion has changed?

Smartphone - Android OS

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What has changed?

The problems with Android  is that the majority of phones in the UK, no doubt same in other countries too, come with a 2 year contract. In that 2 years you would expect to get security updates, possible even major upgrades from JellyBean (4.3) to KitKat (4.4) especially if it’s announced that your phone will receive an update.

My Experience

My first smartphone was a HTC Desire HD which came with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and was eventually upgraded to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). As HTC didn’t plan on upgrading the phone to 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) I did just that and installed a custom rom. My daughter now uses the phone and the battery life has improved dramatically after removing all the crap that both HTC and Vodafone had bundled in with it. I have owned a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the past 18 months, running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) after the initial update from 4.2. The phone was reported to be updated to 4.4 (Kit Kat) last October and so far I am still stuck on 4.3. On that note (pardon the pun) the so-called Smartphone still doesn’t work correctly. I am unable to answer calls 90% of the time, the screen comes on by itself which makes it extremely hot and drains the battery. The touch screen is unresponsive at times, leaving me to switch it off and back on again to get it to work.

What Frustrates Me

In a cut-throat society manufacturers are quick to add new models to their line, which is understandable. The only downsides to this is that your phone becomes discontinued when you have only had it for 2 months, you are forgotten about. The software is no better, how many phones are running software that is no longer being developed? Software that can be targeted by malware, viruses and hacking! Think of your Android software being similar to Windows XP now that Microsoft no longer supports it.

Smartphone - iPhone

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Now I know that Apple are far from being perfect but at least their update process is more pleasing, they will support the phone long after it has been discontinued. When they release iOS 8, this year, they will support the iPhone 4S which was released back in 2011.

As Always There Are Alternatives

Install a custom rom – As Android is Open Source developers are free to use the source code to build and develop there own custom versions. There are lots of custom roms available, depending on which phone you now have, although Cyanogen and MIUI are quite popular.

There are downsides to installing Custom roms. It invalidates your warranty is probably the biggest problem to deal with however if you install one correctly you can achieve a better user experience, remove bloatware, improve battery life and much more. I do recommend that if you wish to choose this pathway then please don’t ignore any steps in the instructions or otherwise your phone may become as useful as a house brick!

Firefox OS Firefox, one of the oldest and most popular browsers have released an OS which is available on several phones. Firefox OS is an adaptive phone, it has all the basic functionality of any other smartphone, for instance a camera, music player, messaging etc but it also comes with a adaptive search feature which makes it easy to access what you want. Although I haven’t tested one out yet I reckon Firefox would be good with the older generation (like my mum, don’t tell her that) that find Android far too confusing.

Windows Phones – Currently you will find them mainly on Nokia Lumia smartphones (no surprises as Microsoft own Nokia) although there are HTC, Samsung and Huawei models. If you are familiar with the tiled appearance in a Microsoft Windows 8 OS then this may be the smartphone for you. Fingers crossed that security has improved over the years.

Ubuntu Phones – With Ubuntu becoming ever more popular, especially after the demise of Windows XP, they have decided to branch out in the smartphone and tablet department. At the time of writing this canonical are working with several mobile phone carriers so no doubt we can look forward to a new arrival soon.

Blackberry
BlackBerries were more commonly used in the business sector until a few years ago when the BlackBery Curve, with its distinct keyboard, became popular among your average Joe. Unfortunately things started to go a little pear shaped as Android and Apple dominated. Thankfully Blackberry fought back and gave users what they always wanted, a smartphone. They only have a small percentage in the market share but if you are looking for a secure phone then look no further.

Conclusion

No doubt Android and Apple control the market share of all smartphones out there. If you need lots of choices in the games and applications department then they will be suitable. However if you want to use the same phone for 2 years + and have all the updates then Apple iPhone may be more suitable. If you are a ‘Just want a bloody phone person’ without all the hassle of thousands of applications then one of the alternatives may be more useful. In my opinion after having an Android phone for nearly 4 years I’m leaning towards an iPhone at this current time as I would rather have a break than a KitKat!

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Infographic – Top 100 Design Blogs to Followhttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/infographic-top-100-design-blogs-follow http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/infographic-top-100-design-blogs-follow#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:13:22 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7164 By Tracy Ridge

This infographic by Artfulclub features the top 100 design blogs to follow, organised by Alexa ranking and Facebook Page Follows. Is your blog featured? What are your favourite design blogs? An infographic by the team at Artfulclub

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This infographic by Artfulclub features the top 100 design blogs to follow, organised by Alexa ranking and Facebook Page Follows. Is your blog featured? What are your favourite design blogs?

Top 100 Design blogs To Follow

An infographic by the team at Artfulclub

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Review of the Week – X-Mirage for Windowshttp://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/review-week-x-mirage-windows http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/2014/review-week-x-mirage-windows#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:23:03 +0000 http://www.worldoweb.co.uk/?p=7138 By Tracy Ridge

In this weeks review I am testing out X-Mirage which has recently been released for the PC. X-Mirage is an AirPlay receiver which allows you to mirror your iOS device(s) to your PC or Mac Screen. Currently X-Mirage costs $16 USD for both the Mac and PC Version and supports iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad […]

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By Tracy Ridge

In this weeks review I am testing out X-Mirage which has recently been released for the PC. X-Mirage is an AirPlay receiver which allows you to mirror your iOS device(s) to your PC or Mac Screen. Currently X-Mirage costs $16 USD for both the Mac and PC Version and supports iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and iPod touch (5th generation).

X-Mirage – On Test

Upon starting X-Mirage on my PC there is a handy guide to quickly connecting your iOS device(s) to the software. X-Mirage Welcome Screen Following this guide instantly connects your iPad etc to the software and displays your screen on your PC. Scrolling through my iPad was extremely responsive so I decided to play Real Racing 3 which gives you full control ie swivel and tilt. There was a little lag at times but again this is minimal and the game was playable and could simply be down to your wireless network. Graphically, the software was adequate in comparison with the mac version but again this is down to the quality of your graphics card.

Recording – I used the inbuilt one-touch recording feature to record my Real Racing 3 race. The video playback and sound quality was excellent, exporting the file to a popular MP4 format which is playable on the majority of devices. Within the video converter screen you can adjust the settings to export the video to a different resolution.

X-Mirage iPad Mirror

Mac to PC – If you own a Mac and a PC you can mirror your Mac desktop on to your PC or even extend your Mac’s desktop which is useful if you need the use of multiple screens. Unfortunately as yet you cannot mirror or extend your PC desktop on your Mac.

X-Mirage -Extend Desktop

Another noteworthy option is being able to password protect X-Mirage to prevent unauthorised access.

Rating: 4/5

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Configurable
  • Excellent Video Exporting Features
  • Easy One-Touch Recording
  • Lifetime Technical Support and Free Updates
  • One-off cost

Cons

  • Interface not as polished as Mac Version

Summary

X-Mirage having been on the Mac for a while are indeed capturing the market with the PC version. There are many uses for it. You can record game tutorials to upload to YouTube or your blog, record from your iOS device to use in a presentation or just play games on a bigger screen the options are endless and for some this is a true time-saving tool.

If you have something which you would like a review please send them to ku.oc1437754383.bewo1437754383dlrow1437754383@swei1437754383ver1437754383

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