AppGallery: Huawei’s weapon in the absence of the Google Play Store

Huawei has been burying its head in the sand for a while since it was deprived of Google services since May 2019. It was during the presentation of ts flagship at the end of the year, the Mate 30 Pro,  the firm decided to react officially. It no longer used the Play Store, but rather on its alternative boutique: the AppGallery.

Before all this, few people knew about this alternative app store. Those who knew didn’t linger any longer and for a good reason. The vast majority of the apps on offer are useless, strange, or not even localized. All the big apps found in the Play Store are unavailable in this AppGallery. It’s all Huawei’s fault for not being able to capitalize on this project earlier, even though it was launched in 2011.

But that’s all about to change. The Chinese company is planning to make its AppGallery a major option compared to the Play Store or even Apple’s App Store. Huawei is giving itself the means, but above all, it is offering developers tools to facilitate the creation and availability of their applications.

Simplified user experience

One of the new features Huawei introduced on the AppGallery for 2020 is Quick Apps, allowing you to launch applications instantly, with just one click. To do this, these applications are simplified in their coding. The AppGallery only downloads what’s needed to run the app and doesn’t bother with the rest of the APK. Writing requires only one-fifth of the necessary code for an app running on the Play Store. Also, they take up much less space. Huawei says that 2,000 Quick Apps take up as much space as 20 “classic” apps. Quick Apps only contains 1,700 apps for the moment, but this number should grow significantly in the coming months.

Note that all these applications will be available on all the company’s media. This goes from the smartphone to the tablet, the PC, or the television. A unique ID will suffice. This reminds – once again – a lot of what Apple offers in terms of communication between its devices.

A long-term investment

It was at its Developer Conference in August 2019 that the firm announced, for the first time, its desire to bring developers to its app store. And they did it in the best way since it was a question of making available all the tools necessary to facilitate the development or porting of apps already present on its store to others. Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), introduced at that time, as well as Harmony, Huawei’s OS, and which could eventually equip its future smartphones.

And that’s not all. Huawei is making grumbling to the developers by organizing several conferences, opening up a mutual support platform, or, more simply, by investing massively. Over the year 2019, 1.5 billion euros have already been spent. Eventually, the company is talking about $23 billion to develop its AppGallery. Huawei is already a major player against the big fish Google and Apple. With this kind of money, the firm hopes to be able to offer the same services as the competition.

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How To Choose The Best Desktop Weed Vaporizer For You

Although the functioning principle is basically the same, there are different types of desktop weed vaporizers. If you want to choose the one that’s right for you, you need to understand these differences. This article takes a closer look at the main parameters that can influence your purchasing decision so that you can make the best choice right off the bat.

Your budget will probably dictate the type of desktop weed vaporizer you’re going to buy.

Nonetheless, you’ll also have to consider other factors such as the build quality, the warranty, and the vaping experience in itself. The best way to proceed is to gather information about the best vaporizers in each category, and then use a spreadsheet or a table to compare them side by side. Like this, you’ll have an excellent overview of all the pros and cons of each model, so you’ll be able to make an informed decision right away. Let’s see how you can do this research work most efficiently.

In terms of build quality and warranty, you’d be better off with a reputable brand. Well-known manufacturers are usually willing to go the extra mile to keep their users happy so that they would offer a better warranty and higher quality products than no-name vaporizers available on the market. You may have to pay more, but you’ll have the peace of mind that your unit will deliver you the ultimate vaping experience you’re after.

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Pick the right vape for your needs !

The Volcano, for instance, is the top pick of many vapers, thanks to its impressive vapor quality. Another feature that makes the Volcano so popular is that it belongs to the bag vaporizers category. This means that the vapor accumulates inside a bag, from where you are free to inhale it as you please. Made in Germany, the Volcano is a durable device, able to serve you for a very long time. The most significant drawback of this desktop weed vaporizer is its price, so if this falls out of your budget range, you may need to look for cheaper alternatives.

If you prefer bag vaporizers, but you don’t want to buy an expensive one, you can go for the budget option in this category, which is the Extreme-Q. This one offers you two options: to use a bag or a whip. It isn’t as convenient as the Volcano, because the bag is slower to fill and you need to keep your finger over the tube to prevent the vapor from leaking. Nonetheless, its price makes the Extreme-Q a very interesting option for those who want the best value for money.

If you don’t care about having the vapor accumulate inside a bag, you can choose a direct draw or a whip vaporizer. The VapeXhale Cloud EVO is perhaps the top of the direct draw vaporizers category, but it is also quite pricey. If you would instead choose a budget option, you may want to take a look at the E-Nano vaporizer.

Once you’ve compared all these advantages and drawbacks of the best desktop weed vaporizers on the market, you’ll surely be able to make the right choice for you.

Make Windows faster

Make Windows faster with onboard tools.

Is the Microsoft OS overrated? Cleaning it up usually, gets it going! Additional programs are not necessary if you want to make Windows faster – it works with Windows-specific tools.

A freshly installed Windows is fast – especially on a new PC and enriched with current drivers. The speed frenzy disappears with time: data garbage blocks the system, fragmented files force long reading of required contents (at least with hard drives), active autostarts and services consume resources in the background. Such side effects occur in everyday use.

Why reinstall Windows every 14 days? No! Today we reveal how to make Windows faster with only a few tweaks – without additional programs! Is the pc on the move? Try the suggestions anyway.

Update Windows 10: Good for speed

With an update to the latest Windows 10, an important step has already been taken: current Windows 10 versions bring new functions that influence performance. For example, Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) introduced a digital garbage collection function in the Settings app that works similar to CCleaner.

Since the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) you clean up the autostart with the Settings app; the comparable functionality in the Task Manager remains the same. Another article explains the changed automatic background mechanisms that Microsoft has introduced for better memory management. Interesting for Windows 10 1803 and 1809 (April 2018 and October 2018 update): Both OS load the Edge Browser into RAM when booting, so that it is available faster; with the 1809 Windows the loading of the add-ons is omitted, so that the former (with 1803) high memory consumption decreases.

Addressing recurring problems

improve microsoft's os speedWindows don’t just slacken like that, especially installed autostart programs slow it down – usually, more than other factors, because in RAM bottlenecks the system has to swap out data to the hard disk (to the swap file called pagefil.sys). Even if you use an SSD as your system drive, you will notice a loss of speed, because SSDs are much slower than RAM, just like hard disks.

Services can be compared to autostarts, but when deactivating such mini-programs you need to be more careful compared to autostarts – and the speed gain is usually much lower. Data garbage on a file basis, which makes the overview in the Explorer/file system more difficult, rarely hits the brakes. The same applies to extra registry entries that remain during program de-installations. You should defragment after deleting data garbage: Thanks to the orderly file components, read and write operations on hard disks are again carried out without delay.

Ultimate performance unlocked and more.

In addition to standard tips, the article also deals with more critical speed-gain measures, which in themselves have comparatively little effect, but in combination with the others ignite the turbo. In addition to the obligatory deletion of temporary files, the task is to configure the program preloader Superfetch, for example, to use a USB stick as a working memory extension, to reset the energy saving in favor of the tempo, or to display the taskbar preview without delay.

New for Windows 10: “High Performance” has got a successor – by cryptic command line command you activate the energy saving mode “Ultimate Performance”! This drives up the power consumption, but gets everything out of the device.

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Linux notebook comes with Nvidia Turing and 16-inch panel.

System 76 will soon be upgrading its Linux notebook Oryx Pro with RTX graphics units. The display of the smaller model gets a little bigger, and Linux is pre-installed. The American manufacturer also delivers to EU countries.

From the end of February, the American notebook provider System76 will offer its Linux laptop Oryx Pro in a new version, reports the IT magazine Softpedia. The basic structure remains the same: It is a device that comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS. New are the built-in Nvidia-Turing graphics cards. Possible is a Geforce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 or RTX 2080.

The chassis is offered with a 17.3-inch panel and an unusual 16.1-inch display. Both screens are anti-glare and display content in full HD. An optional frame rate of 144 Hz emphasizes the focus on Linux gaming. The built-in Intel Core i7-8750 processor with six cores is undoubtedly also interesting for software developers, video editors, and graphic designers. Up to 32 GByte DDR4 RAM and up to 8 TByte storage capacity fit into the case thanks to a combination of up to two NVMe SSDs and a 2.5-inch SATA drive.

Many ports available but no management engine

The notebooks also have a wide range of ports, including two mini-display port 1.3 jacks, an SD card reader and HDMI. The 16-inch model uses two USB type C ports and three USB A ports at 3.1 Gen 2 speeds. The 17.3-inch model has a single Thunderbolt 3 port and four USB A jacks. An RJ-45 port for Gigabit Ethernet and WLAN to Wi-Fi 5 is also provided. The Intel Management Engine is disabled by default for security reasons.

System76 also delivers to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The company has not mentioned a starting price for the new versions of the Oryx Pro. The predecessor starts at around 1,600 US dollars before taxes and import duties. Interested parties can find out when the product is available on the product page.

The beginner’s guide to hosting a site with WordPress

When you begin to do your research, you realize that there is a profusion of hosting providers and especially a multitude of offers. In short, it is not easy to find your way around when you are just starting out.

The worst part is that we find dozens of different feedbacks on any given hosting provider…

It is a bit like for Internet service providers and telephone operators. We still have this uncle’s friend who had problems with someone while that someone’s sister never had a problem.

With this article, I will try to clear the ground to help you choose the web hosting corresponding to your needs.

Before we get into all this, I want to give you a little reminder.

Which hosting offer to choose for your site?

Reading the previous section, you learned that the services offered by hosting providers offer two things:

– Storage space to place files from your site
– A database to save your content as well as your site options
– Generally, hosting offers are coupled with a domain name offer. The domain name corresponds to the address of your website.

This article is not intended to give you advice on how to choose a domain name but take one that is readable, memorable and powerful.

Another essential point before going on: do not choose a TLD or domain name with funky accents or extensions. Stick to .com,.net, etc.

What are your WordPress hosting needs?

As a content management system, WordPress needs its hosting to have specific features to function correctly.

To be more precise, hosting providers use the software on their servers and databases. WordPress needs these programs to be at some version to work. This software is:

– PHP: the language in which WordPress is written. The server must be able to read it to display your site.
– PHP recommended version: 5.4 (or higher)
– MySQL: the WordPress database language.
– Recommended version for MySQL: 5.5 (or higher)
If you notice that a web host offers these versions, it means that it is possible to install WordPress at home.

Classification of web hosting offers

Although each hosting provider has its specificities, the offers they offer can be grouped into several categories.

I do not recommend a particular offer at this time because everything depends on your project. Finally, a small associative site does not have the same needs as a blog visited by 35000 people per day.

So let’s review the different hosting offers that you can find on the internet.

Free hosting

Yes, it is possible to host your site for free, but I do not recommend you to choose such an offer.

First of all, if it is free, there is a good chance that the host will display unwanted ads on your site. Whatever the purpose of your site, displaying ads to your visitors is not very friendly and will damage your reputation more than anything else.

Even if advertisements are not displayed, free offers are generally restricted compared to paid offers. So you’ll have to invest at some point.

It is also possible that the host may communicate your data to third parties, so be careful.

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Solid State Drives and Why you Should Upgrade your Old Hard Drive

The SSD or Solid State Drive is a data storage device that uses NAND flash memory. This is a non-volatile, rewritable memory that can retain data even when power is turned off.

Hard disks and SSDs: what are the differences?

new generation of hard drivesUnlike hard disks, SSDs have no moving mechanical parts, making them not only more shock-resistant but also perfectly silent. Also, this technology shortens data access time (approximately 0.1 ms) for a read/write speed of up to 600 MB/s or 4 GB/s depending on the connection interface used (SATA III or PCI Express).

The power consumption is also lower than that of a hard disk: from 0.1 W to 0.9 W in standby and up to 0.9 W in operation against 0.5 W to 1.3 W in standby and from 2 W to 4 W in operation for a hard disk. SSDs are typically installed on very thin notebooks, ultrabooks or high-end models. It is also found on hybrid computers. In the latter case, the operating system is often loaded on the SSD while the data storage passes through a conventional hard disk (for example, Fusion Drive at Apple). This configuration increases start-up performance and responsiveness.

Variable life expectancy for SSDs.

SSDs for consumer use a NAND flash memory called “MLC” or Multi-Level Cell whose cells (transistors) can store two bits. This solution offers a low production cost but the increase in storage density results in shorter cell life and degradation of write performance. Now marginal and mainly used by some professionals, SSDs use NAND “SLC” or Single Level Cell, in which the cell stores only one bit. Its production cost is higher than the NAND MLC, but it guarantees better transfer speeds and longer life.

Since 2014, so-called 3D NAND memories have appeared. This process initiated by Toshiba consists in stacking up to 32 layers of cells to increase the storage density without having to reduce the size of the engravings. Three significant manufacturers develop this type of chip: Samsung, Intel-Micron, and Toshiba. The latter even goes as far as stacking 48 layers of cells.

Besides its still high price per Gigabyte compared to a mechanical hard disk, the main objection that can be made to the SSD is that the write-erase cycle of the data on the same cell is limited. It is estimated that it is about 100,000 cycles for NAND SLC and 10,000 cycles for NAND MLC. There is also a NAND “TLC” or Triple Level Cell that can store up to three bits per cell, but its life is even shorter (about 1,000 cycles per cell). However, progress is substantial, and the number of cycles continues to increase for MLC and TLC memories. Moreover, these figures do not mean much in concrete terms since an SSD disk will not decline rapidly even if some of the cells fail. The disk will lose capacity very slowly without losing data because it will be readjusted on functional cells.

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CannaKorp, a futuristic cannabis vaporizer

Since the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in several American states, many people have been rubbing their hands. The latest company to date, CannaKorp, which intends to launch a product really like no other.

You all see how a coffee machine with Nespresso capsules works? Well, CannaKorp wants to do the same thing with its CannaCloud vaporizer, but with cannabis.

According to this website Les Meilleurs Vaporisateurs Cannabis – Comparatifs, Avis – Canna Vapos, the company claims in its official speech that this product is intended “for medical purposes.” But with the new recreational cannabis market in the United States, there is no doubt that CannaKorp plans to offer this product in states where recreational cannabis is now allowed. Regarding the marketing of CannaCloud, it would be planned for early 2017.

Cannabis is good for your health.

CannaKorp vape

CannaKorp vape

Cannabis is good for your health! Scientific studies prove this in many ways. But, let us remain humble, we do not yet know everything about the beneficial effects of cannabis.
The most popular way of using cannabis is by inhaling smoke from a joint usually made of tobacco and grass. Smoking gaskets cause the absorption of carbon dioxide due to the combustion of the material. This gas is harmful to lung health – although one study concluded that tobacco smokers should also smoke cannabis to avoid the worst. Joint smoke contains carcinogenic elements with adverse effects on the bronchi and lungs. It can clog or irritate the airways. And persisting in this mode of administration will not help the situation.

The vaporizer, the best way to smoke cannabis

A vaporizer does not produce smoke and therefore does not emit carbon dioxide. The grass placed in the vapor is free of all its moisture. The dehydration of the product creates vapor. It is this vapor that is inhaled. Vaporizing makes it possible to consume all the cannabinoids present in cannabis. But that’s not all: the chemicals are eliminated. It is not only and necessarily about those who are present in the grass – if it is not grown organically.

The air, especially in homes, is loaded with exotic particles. The smoke from a wood fire is also loaded with dioxide.

Cannabinoid combustion at an ideal temperature

herb is the healing of a nationBy smoking a joint, the psychoactive and medicinal elements of cannabis are burned at 400°C. This temperature is far too high to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of cannabis. Therapeutic needs vary depending on the patient. Also, to benefit from all the medicinal advantages of marijuana, a vaporizer is an ideal tool to choose the cannabinoid(s) necessary to the needs of the patient.

THC, CBD, and CBN do not all evaporate at the same temperature. The vaporizer is used to adjust the vaporization temperature. Thus, the cannabinoids to be used are correctly targeted.
If the ideal temperature had to be averaged, it would be between 180 and 200°C. We are very far from 400°C of the joint.

Watch this video related to the Pax 3 vape, an amazing vaporizer:


How to choose the best mini-drones

Mini drones are to be compact and to provide exceptional flight times.

While choosing a good drone might seem a like a simple task, it requires one to make good decisions. In particular, the mini-drone is simply a compact drone that can fit in the palm of your hands. These types of drones are ideal for weaving into small spaces and for enjoying drone flying experiences.

Consider the following features before choosing a mini-drone for your needs

Flight capabilities

The drone should have excellent flight features. It might include the one key return feature for convenience. In particular, this comprises of an in-building positioning system that helps the drone to locate its controller automatically. It should allow you to press one key return button, and the drone flies back to its original location. Besides that, the inclusion of 360-degree rollover is also essential.

The innovative 3D rolling special effects should be ideal for your unique flight experiences. Another unique flight feature includes the compass mode, which lets the drone change direction in relation to the direction of the controller.

Durability and operating range

fiasbforbofborbcebcrbrPerhaps one of the main features of a good mini-drone is that it should be durable. The drone should be able to withstand any high impact forces such as bumping into walls. Since the mini-drones are particularly small, they should provide long-lasting performance benefits. In particular, most top drones should comprise of durable plastic material. This is because plastic is both durable and compact, which suits the flight of the drone. More so, a good mini-drone also provides a good operating range level. In most cases, the operating range often averages at 100ft or 30meters.

Flight time and battery capabilities

Besides that, the flight time and battery capabilities of the mini-drone are also very important. For instance, the flight time of a good drone should average in between 7 to 20 minutes. More so, the battery should also be powerful to last for several applications and it should provide a relatively small amount of charging time. Most high-end drones are equipped with lithium-ion batteries that are also simple to replace. The controller should also be ergonomic to make it comfortable on your hands. It should also be equipped with functionalities that are simple to identify.

Other important features

Colorful LEDs- a good drone might also come with colorful LEDs that make it simple to identify and to also improve the flight appeal
Brand- similar to choosing any type of product, there are various top mini-drone brands. They include RC Town, Holy Stone, DROCON and more
Customer ratings- one can also check the overall customer ratings and reviews that the min drone has received.
6 axis gyro- this feature makes it simple to flip the flight of the drone with just the simple touch of a button

Wrapping it up

In summary, choosing the best mini-drones requires some level of informed decision making. Similar to the conventional drones, the mini-drones have some key features that one should consider. In this way, you can choose a drone with practical features for an exciting flight experience each time.