How To Add a Canadian US Dollar Bank Account To PayPal US Dollar

If your a Canadian with a PayPal account with US Dollars in it, you likely will want to transfer it to your Canadian bank and keep the money in USD.  The problem is PayPal defaults all Canadian bank accounts to Canadian Dollars and tells you that this cannot be changed.  That means you have to pay PayPal’s “exchange rate” (which they make money on) + a 2.5% fee, which means you will likely loose 3%…

SOLVED: What Happened To Google Earth Desktop & Is Google Earth Web Merging With Google Maps?

Google Earth for the desktop is a NEAR end of life product, but it is still available.  They are replacing the GoogleEarth desktop app with a GoogleEarth Web App.  Google said: While rebuilding the new Google Earth from scratch we decided to start with features that are essential for exploring and learning about the planet: Voyager, Knowledge Cards and I’m Feeling Lucky. Some of the features you may be missing from classic desktop Earth are…

Mixed Reality to Change the Online Casino Landscape

“MIC – Imagin@rium VIRTUAL REALITY” (CC BY 2.0) by pallina60 Loon Following an initial surge of interest in late 2016 and early 2017, the virtual reality market has reduced to a gentle simmer of late. As developers and manufacturers start to evolve and perfect their products, consumers are starting to accept that the future of gaming is here. Indeed, what was once seen as a niche, potentially novel sector of the industry, is now becoming “the industry”. Therefore,…

Bitcoin’s Offspring Is the New Kid on the iGaming Block

“poker_gamble_chips_gaming_roulette_casin” (CC BY 2.0) by Casinolobby.dk For longstanding critics, bitcoin as a currency has had its day. Following its dramatic rise in 2017 to a value of $20,000 per coin, the market has been spooked in 2018. Following ad bans by Twitter and regulatory moves and security concerns, the price of a single bitcoin was as low as $8,000 by the close of March 2018. However, while the coin itself may have had its issues of late, one…

Don’t Take A Shot in the Dark: Using Excel to Calculate Probabilities

  “Screenshot-Microsoft Excel – Book1” (CC BY 2.0) by Collin Anderson In today’s world, everyone is focused on the latest technological innovation and how it will change our lives. However, when it comes to the value of technology, not everything has to be as complex or immersive as blockchain or virtual reality. For Windows users, a simple Excel spreadsheet can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Even though it won’t change the world or make the headlines,…

SOLVED: What is Google Adsense Auto Ads & Do Old Ad Placements Need To Be Removed?

Google Adsense ‘Auto Ads’ are a new way to place adverts on your website or blog that uses artificial intelligence to figure out where to place ads on your site.  For example, it might ad links to words on your site and graphic adverts half way down a page. WHAT IS ADSENSE AUTO ADS? Google claims that Adsense Auto Ads will more effectively monetize your site by placing ads and links where your visitors will…

SOLVED: How to Protect Yourself from Scams when Buying Bitcoins

The Bitcoin market isn’t going anywhere. The undisputed current champion of cryptocurrency has been the biggest name in this burgeoning form of finance for a while now and appears poised to carry this legacy into the future. As with any market, especially one based on finance, there is a not-inconsiderable amount of danger when it comes to the protecting both yourself and your investment from thieves, however. This is an especially big threat when it…

Key Facts about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica Scandal:

Below are the two key facts in the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica Scandal involving the misuse of about 50 Million Facebook subscribers data. The original app data was volunteered, legally collected and did even breach Facebooks terms of use The data was used to figure out HOW to target people, using data that would be collected during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign most likely legally and voluntarily As much as we question Trump’s competence,…

SOLVED: What is Computational Photography

In simple terms, Computational Photography is using computer processing to produce a single image usually from multiple source images. We have been using a simple form of Computational Photography since the advent of even modest digital cameras that have algorithms to brighten, darken, straighten,… images.  The first time I knew I was using Computational Photography was when a camera “stitched” together several photos into a single panoramic photo. What has changed, is that today in…

SOLVED: What is CRYPTO-JACKING?

Crytojacking may sound like a method of extorting money by encrypting files against someones will and then charging them for the decryption key.  However it is not. Cryptojacking is using unsuspecting peoples devices to cyrptomine (compute solutions to make new cryptocurrency), like Bitcoin. Can Cells and Tablets be CryptoJacked? When we say devices, we mean all devices with a processor, including low power devices like tablets and cell phones.  If you know anything about cryptomining…

How to Keep your Online Accounts Secure

  [Source: Pixabay] The internet has revolutionised almost every aspect of our lives, but there’s no doubting that when it comes to our security, it’s given all of us pause for thought from time to time. As we increasingly move our financial lives to the internet, we’re putting more and more faith in online security protocols to protect us from nefarious souls and bad intentions online. It’s a problem that grows only more serious when…

SOLVED: What are the Different Types of USB Connectors & Their Speeds

As we explained in our short piece on USB Type C / Thunderbolt speeds, the type of USB connector does NOT define the speed in use.  USB (Universal Serial Bus) is very versatile and can operate at speeds from 480 Mb/s all the way to 40Gb/s.  The purpose of this page is to simple identify the connectors and show the speeds that are possible. Below we show USB Type A, B and C with all…

SOLVED: What Are The Different Types of Thunderbolt USB-C Connectors & Speeds?

If you are buying new PC or laptop it will have a USB type C connector however, USB type C is simply the oval shaped connector with connection block in the center and it does NOT relate to the speed. Your are likely looking at something similar to the laptop image to the right. Most people think that Type C devices all run faster that the older rectangular Type A connected devices, but that is…

How to Best get Browser Games Running on Your Device

Back in the day, you used to only be able to play digital games in special environment or setups. Arcade games in the arcade, home games on consoles, handhelds or dedicated PC setups. In today’s environment of enormously powerful technology and sophisticated computer systems, we are no longer bound by these limitations. In this age, we can access an enormous amount of games from the very browsers we use to access the internet. These come with…