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How to create a subdomain for use with Blogger

 Not all sites are meant solely for blogging. Some websites only include a blog for marketing purposes only. This is because blogs can drive traffic to your site. Each site visitor is a potential customer who can end up buying products or services on the website. I am going to show you how you can create a subdomain that can then be used as a custom domain on Blogger. Creating a subdomain in CPanel Most web hosting companies in Zimbabwe provide packages that come with CPanel and therefore I shall use it as an example. It is easy to create a subdomain in CPanel. A subdomain has two main purposes. It can act be used to host a different website or to organize the main domain so as to improve the user experience. If your main domain is 'example.com', then a subdomain can be 'blog.example.com'. To create 'blog.example.com', simply lo into CPanel and head on to the section written 'subdomains'. Go on to create your subdomain by just entering the word 'blog

Why 360 capture is not supported on some devices

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I once got frustrated when I downloaded Google Street View app and found out that the device did not suppport capture of 360 photos. I tried the app on two more devices with the same result. I then sought to investigate why that was happening and finally got an answer. Street View requires certain sensors particularly the gyroscope in order to capture 360 photos. The gyroscope is different from the accelerometer in that it measures angular velocity while the later measures linear acceleration. In case you are now wondering which phones have gyroscopes, I shall compile a list of a few budget phones with gyroscopes. From the quick research I conducted I found that most if not all Samsung J3 phones have the gyroscope sensor.

How to pass the provisional driver's license test

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Most people struggle to pass the test required to obtain a provisional driver's license. With the advent of mobile apps, that is going to be a thing of the past. Quite a number of people buy a highway code, a publication from the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety containing road rules and regulations of Zimbabwe as well as booklets from the street with practice questions and answers. After completing the highway code, they then start practicing typical exam questions. The exam has questions which should be completed in 8 minutes. To pass one has to score at least 22 marks. Diagrams on road intersection pose the most challenge to most people and practice  and thorough knowledge of the road rules and regulations is vital before taking the exam. Despite having the much needed resources in the form of booklets found on the street, a great number of people still fail the exam. They end up seeking tutors and incurring more costs towards their endeavor to get a provisional driver's license. A s

A new way of developing 3D images on mobile phones

As a Google Local Guide I am always on the lookout of new technologies to enhance my contribution on Google Maps. Recently I discovered a new way of creating 3D images on mobile phones. Google's Street View app is one of the best way of creating 3D images. Panorama 360 is also a good alternative and now there is Display.Land. I am yet to try the Display.land app as it was not compatible with my phone just like the Street View app therefore I am still stuck with Panorama 360. As soon as I install the new app I shall post a review but at the moment I am so excited about the new development based on the quality of images the app can produce as shown on their website. Displayland currently supports the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10 Pixel 4, 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, SE As to why some devices do not yet support Displayland, Ubiquity6- the creator of the app- mentions on their website that the ap

A review of the Qwant Search Engine

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After  France's recent announcement which appeared on some technology websites that it has resolved to use Qwant as the default search engine for their government's departments, I decided to try it. I visited Qwant's website and performed some searches to find how much results it could return. I tried searching for my name and I was astonished to find several results including those about my personal website . I then asked myself if Qwant was a meta search engine or it had its own spiders which could crawl the internet to collect information which would then be stored in a database or index as it is refered to in the world of search engines. I researched further about Qwant and I established that the company had its own website crawlers or spiders but it had also reached an agreement with Microsoft to display results from Bing. That arrangement between Qwant and Bing makes Qwant a metasearch engine which simply means it is more like Yahoo which provides results from other s

I still miss some features that were on phones running Symbian OS

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It is almost a decade after the inception of Android OS but I still miss some features that were present on some phones running the now discontinued Symbian OS.  Symbian OS was first released in 1997 and the last release was in 2012. It was written in C++ although developers could create apps for the platform using Java ME, Python, Ruby and C/C++ among other programming languages. Nokia phones were among the top of the range phones which used the Symbian OS. Back in the day one had to open the Ovi Store to install third party apps. The Opera browser was as popular on smartphones as it is today. The features I enjoyed using the most were video call, call conference and cell location display. Android OS still lacks native apps for video calls and cell location display although it now has native apps for one of my favourite features on smartphones, call conference. As an Android developer I once attempted to bring back cell location display but in vain. I found that I had to come up with

Where to get free stock images

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Most writers on Medium get free images to use in their posts from two major sites. Posts with images tend to perform better than those without images. To get more people reading their articles, writers need a source of high resolution images. The good thing is that there are websites which provide quality stock images for free. Images from Pexels and Unsplash are the most commonly used on Medium and blogs. The reason is that talented and professional photographers submit their work on Pexels and Unsplash. There is no need to give credit to the photographer or the website although most people consider acknowledging the owner as the most appropriate thing to do. What benefits does the photographer have? It might seem like a waste of time to give away your photographs for free but there are some advantages too. The images are free but donations can be sent to the photographers  and there is an opportunity of advertising one's work through the stock photo sites. I have profiles with bo

Hide your phone recordings from music players

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Have you ever played music loudly from your phone and out of the blues you start to hear a call recording you made sometime ago. The conversation was supposed to be private and suddenly a lot of people heard it loud and clearly from your bluetooth speakers. It is embarrassing, isn't it? Instead of deleting your recordings to avoid embarrassment you can simply tell the music players not to show or even play your recordings. I am a song writer and whenever I get inspired I compose a song usually by singing out a few words loudly which then form a basis for my composition. I can not do without a sound recorder on my phone. But since the songs would be unpolished, I need to keep them from the public to avoid unnecessary criticism on something I might eventually choose to discard later. ES file explorer makes the process of hiding your private files easy. Simply open the file manager and head to the recordings folder and click the menu button and select the create file o

Why you should install a mobile tracker

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A mobile tracker can increase your chances of recovering your phone if you lose it. Most phones now come with a mobile tracking feature. I shall show you how to turn the feature on as well as explain the logic behind the mobile tracker. To turn on mobile tracking, go to call settings from the phone app and select mobile tracker. Enter device password and set the your phone number. When you lose your phone you can send SMS commands to your number. The command can be to lock the phone or to wipe data completely. If someone steals your phone you will receive an SMS on your number with details about your phone's location and the phone number of the new SIM card. This can help you locate and recover your phone.