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Manage Storage Partitions on Windows

How to Manage Storage Partitions on Windows

(The screenshots in this article were taken using Windows 10 but this guide should help with other operating systems such as Windows 8.1, 7, Vista etc.) You can use the built-in Disk Management utility to resize, create, delete and format partitions and change their drive letters. The quickest way to launch the Disk Management utility is by typing “Disk Management” into the search box in the Control Panel or Start menu, then open the “Create and format hard disk partitions”…

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A guide to memory cards from 7dayshop.com for 2017

How to choose the right card SD memory cards are now pretty much standard for a range of devices such as mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras and camcorders. Getting the right card is essential. They can increase the storage capacity and performance of your device. Memory card formats: SD, microSD and CompactFlash SD, microSD and CompactFlash are the main card sizes on the market today. Within each card size, there are different classes of storage capacity and speed. SD memory cards are…

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Take better portraits – tips from professional photographer

Sometimes you have to get your feet wet to make the photo… and 7 other helpful tips to get better photos of people. Professional photographer Adam Bronkhorst writes for the 7dayshop blog I’m a professional photographer who specialises in shooting people and teaching other photographers. I love the interaction and the unexpected nature of a portrait shoot. I always see portraits as a two way process between me and my subject. I’ve been shooting portraits for magazines for a number of years and…

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The selfie stick: 5 ‘facts’ that may surprise you

1. 1925 – the first ‘selfie stick’? The selfie stick is an extendable rod or monopod with a mount or clamp to hold your smartphone or camera at one end and handle at the other end. The idea is that you can take better pictures of yourself (known as a selfie) or group shots. Some even have remote or Bluetooth controls. But the selfie stick may be a much older phenomenon. In December 2014, the BBC reported about a photo of a couple taken in…

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‘World could run out of hard drive space by 2020’

Stratospheric demand for storage risks capacity gap, says leading provider of hard drives. Mark Whitby, senior vice president of branded products at Seagate, says a storage capacity gap could emerge by 2020 when the world will be producing something like 44 zettabytes of data annually. The zettabyte era – how much data is that? To get just one zettabyte of data you would have to fill the storage capacity of 34,359,738,368 smartphones with 32GB (gigabytes) of memory each. So, 44 zettabytes requires…

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The battery that charges in minutes and has a 20-year lifespan

  The new battery can be charged up to 70 per cent within 2 minutes and has a lifespan of more than 20 years – more than 10 times longer compared to existing lithium ion batteries. Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore have developed the batteries and say they could have a revolutionary impact from mobile phones to tablets and especially electric cars. Electric car owners could save huge amounts on battery replacement costs and recharge their vehicles within minutes, according…

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Northern Lights: stunning photos and Aurora Borealis explained

The Northern Lights are nature’s very own incredible light show. With eerie luminous streaks running across the sky, they have long been a source of fascination and wonderment. The Northern Lights are also known as the aurora borealis – named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. Scientists have discovered that the Northern Lights are created when particles thrown out by the sun during solar explosions interact with the atmosphere in…

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HDR Photography: How To Take High Dynamic Range pictures

HDR Photography: How To Take High Dynamic Range pictures

“High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is about making the most of the shadows, mid tones and the highlights. By using multiple exposure we can merge these together to make one stunning image. “So that’s at least three, one normal exposure, one a few steps down and another equal steps up. The HDR effect can be completed using only a single image, a process called tone mapping, but this doesn’t really cut it,” says photographer Andy Scott. See his stunning photos…

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Photographing submarines, Margaret Thatcher to Scottish landscapes and crystal balls… one photographer’s story

It might seem an obvious thing to say, but people really do live the most extraordinary lives. Iain Ferguson was at the UK’s photographic “frontline” of the Cold War after developing a passion for photography and video from an early age. That passion for photography has also continued through his life – with stunning results.  A passion for photography As a youngster, Iain started off his photography and video interest by using the family video camera. As a teenager he started…

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Living the REAL good life: swapping the city for the country

For those who live in cities with the commotion, noise and hassle that it brings, the thought of swapping it for a life in the country growing your own food and enjoying a different sort of life can be a halcyon dream. And that desire for a different lifestyle can only get stronger with the arrival of children – for them to have space and clear air in which to grow up in. Making the move: financially poorer, but emotionally…

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