Ways to Keep Your Technology Cool This Summer

You’re not the only unprepared for the summer heat; your PC, laptop, tablet and phone are all feeling the intense pressure, too!

This means your applications may not run as fast due to sustained changes happening on the inside of your device.

Here are some ways to keep your devices cool and efficient this summer.

Avoid the sun
As much as you love the sun, direct sunlight can heat up the metal and plastic components very quickly, dispersing that heat further through your device. Keep in the shade as often as possible.

Avoid other heat sources
This might sound obvious but keep your devices away from the sun, campfires, barbeques, stoves or ovens. We like to eat all summer and we usually bring our devices wherever we go.

Take the case off
Imagine how hot you’d be if YOU wore your jacket year-round. Your device may have a cover on it that’s making it suffocate in the summer heat.

Close unused applications
Have you ever gone to shut down all your open apps on your phone and realized there are apps running from days, or even weeks, ago? Those are using up precious processing resources and the more you request your device to do, the hotter it gets!

Don’t put laptops on the bed
Most devices, especially laptops, have a cooling fan. When you keep your laptop on a flat surface like a table or a counter, the smooth edges allow for breathable space. When you cover the fan’s exhaust window with a blanket or pillow, you’ll hear your laptop spinning faster and faster to compensate for the built up heat.

Keep cool
Technology works best when it’s kept to cooler and moderate temperatures. Consider keeping your workplace a comfortable atmosphere, especially for yourself! If your home is too hot, try moving to a cooler room, or the basement.

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10 More Things You Can Do with Chrome

Chrome is the most-used web browser (by far) so it makes sense that being able to use it faster throughout your work day makes sense, right?

Here are 10 tips on how to personalize your experience!

Save Web Pages as PDF’s

  • Open any web page
  • Press CTRL+P (Cmd+P on Macs)
  • Choose “Save as PDF” from your print options

Make “Favicons” Your Bookmarks Tags

  • Right click on a bookmarked page
  • Delete the name/text, leaving only the Favicon (small image icon)

Shrink (or “Pin”) Tabs

  • Right click an open tab
  • Select “Pin Tab”
  • This will shrink the size of your tabs up top down to just the Favicon

Re-Open Recent Tabs

  • Right click on the title bar up top
  • Select “Reopen closed tab”

Go to Incognito Mode

  • Click on “Settings”
  • Select “New Incognito Window”
  • Your browsing history will not be saved in this mode

Navigate Between Tabs Quickly

  • Press CTRL+1 to open the first tab
  • Press CTRL+2 to open the second tab
  • Continue this…..you get the idea

Open Multiple Pages on Startup

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Select “Set Pages” under “On Startup”
  • Enter the URL’s you want to appear each time you open Chrome

Solve Math Problems

  • In the address bar, enter any math equation (without hitting enter) and get your answer

Play Media Files

  • Find media you want watch, or listen to
  • Drag & drop into the address bar on Chrome
  • Enjoy!

Bookmark All Open Tabs

  • Right click on any of your open tabs
  • Select “Bookmark All Tabs”
  • You now have a folder of tabs in your bookmark menu

Now that you’re a Chrome master, go show off! Nothing makes you look smarter than navigating your web browser faster than your neighbour!

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