Private Internet Access: What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network – or VPN – allows you to send and receive data via the internet using a public network as if you were connected to a private network. In other words, it is a system that allow you to connect to a public network (a hotspot, for example) but acts as if you were connected to your company’s host computer. This makes it difficult to be located and greatly improves the security of your connection. But let’s not get too technical. Below you’ll find the principal uses of a VPN:

  • Access to services that are only available in some countries, principally audiovisual content (such as television shows, series or podcasts). For example, if you want to watch your favorite programs on Netflix or Hulu, but you are not in the United States, you can’t. Unless you use a VPN to access those website from a US server!
  • To send sensitive data (such as banking information) via an encrypted connection. Many people use these systems to protect their banking and personal information from being robbed by third parties when connected to public networks, and/or to maintain anonymity.
  • To create your own VPN and allow your employees to access your company’s private network, including if they are not physically connected to it.

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Emoji Keyboard on Windows and Mac


It is currently very common to use an emoji keyboard in conversations or emails using Android and iOS mobile devices (like the iPad and the iPhone), but in the case of laptops it is not common to use them, and more so, many people don’t know that these emoticons are even available.

Mac Emoji Keyboard

Accessing the Emoji keyboard from a Mac is really simple and its appearance to iOS is very similar as you can see in the picture above, with the difference being that it is shown on a small screen and not the keyboard itself as in the aforementioned devices. To access it, we have to use the following keystroke shortcut:

Control + Command + Space Bar

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Xiaomi, the most popular Chinese technology brand

What is Xiaomi?

Xiaomi is a company that was founded in June 2010 by 7 very powerful partners that have strong connections with the governments of China and Singapore. Between them are Qiming Venture Partners, IDG Capital and particularly Temasek, an investment group owned by the government of Singapore.

Three years after the creation of Xiaomi, they were already selling more phones within China than Apple, with a market share of 2.5% and a value of 10 billion dollars. That same year, Xiaomi appeared in the global news for having contracted Hugo Barra, one of the principle figures responsible in the development of Android within Google.

A year later, in the fourth quarter of 2014, Xiaomi was already leading their market above popular brands like Apple, Samsung, or Huawei with a market share of 12.5%, becoming the most valuable emergent business in the world only four years after being founded, reaching a total value of 45,000 million dollars, surpassing the 40,000 million dollar value of the Uber taxi app.

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LaptopHQ New Owenership

Hi there,

LaptopHQ changes ownership. After 3 years of inactivity, the website will start again to publish regularly. Beside laptos, we’ll also talk about software, mobile phones and other technological gadgetes.


The Management of LaptopHQ

The New 13 and 15 inch Retina Display MacBook Pros

MacBook Pro with a retina displayThe Macbook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line product. First introduced in 2006 and now in its third-generation, unibody aluminium guise, the Macbook is one of Apple’s most sought-after and hyped products. Now the Macbook is available with Apple’s new innovation: the retina screen. Essentially, a retina screen contains the maximum amount of pixels visible to the human eye, meaning that anything viewed on a retina screen should be indistinguishable from viewing an object in the real world with the naked eye.

Apple’s newest 13 and 15 inch offering come with 2,560×1,600 and 2,880×1,800 pixels respectively. Both laptops have dropped the optical drive, which makes them comparatively lightweight when considered against the older models.

As is to be expected with Apple products, you are absolutely forbidden from upgrading these laptops. The RAM chips are soldered in place and fixed at 8GB. The 13 inch version of the new Macbook retina series comes with an SSD card that you can’t remove either. Read more

Can I Trust Craigslist for Used Laptops?

Buying a used laptop on CragslistIf you are someone who is looking for a good laptop but you don’t want to spend the money on getting one from online or from a local electronics store, you’ll find that your thoughts inevitably go to Craigslist. There are some great deals out there, but you’ll find that there are some awful ones as well. Throw in the people who expect to get as much as they initially paid for the machine when it was new, and you have to do some serious sifting. The truth is that while you can get a good computer off of Craigslist, there are a few things to keep in mind.

What Do You Need the Computer to Do?

Craigslist laptop sales are good for some things and not others. For example, are you looking for a desktop replacement high-end gaming machine? These laptops tend to be the top of the line when it comes to graphics rendering, and it is unlikely that you will find a great one just on Craigslist. Deals do happen, but it is far more likely that you will find a machine that allows you to surf the Internet, to word process and to email your friends and family.

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iGo Laptop Travel Adapter & Your New Travel Buddy

If you must travel light, and you’re already thinking about how big and bulky your laptop charger is going to be, why don’t you switch instead to the iGo Green Laptop Adapter?

There’s been a lot of buzz with this product, mostly because of the versatility of its function. It’s becoming more and more difficult to travel without your trusty laptop, but sometimes, in the course of all the coming and going, plugging and unplugging, the battery is the one that pays for it. While you don’t have to bring a spare every single time, at the very least, you should be able to get a good charge for it.

The iGo laptop travel adapter is definitely flexible enough to be able to work with most, if not all, the major laptop brands. Because of this characteristic, you know that you can safely charge whatever laptop may be entrusted to you for your work travel. A great feature of this is its automatic shut-off and recovery, as well as automatic charging. Of course you can’t just leave your laptop to overcharge, as this carries a lot of safety and maintenance issues. Fortunately, this also has a surge-current and voltage protection to make sure that the power being charged to your laptop is in the right amount. Just make sure that it is properly inserted, wait till the middle light is green, and this should mean that the laptop already is charging. Read more

Brydge Aluminum Keyboard For Your iPad

If you are one of the millions of people who are fond of carrying their electronic devices, aside from their mobile phones, anywhere they go then chances are you are the proud owner of an iPad tablet. The reason being it keeps you handily “connected” without the having to carry around the bulk of the conventional laptop. However, though the iPad has a touchscreen keyboard feature, you are among the many people wishing for the feel of the traditional keyboard made specifically for your gadget. Worry no more as your wish has been granted with the introduction of Brydge aluminum keyboard in the electronics market. Here are some of the features of this keyboard that makes it a perfect match for your iPad device.

Aluminum iPad keyboard

Sturdy but beautiful design

Manufactured out of aerospace-grade aluminum, the Brydge aluminum keyboard was designed to be lightweight but built tough enough to withstand the usual wear and tear of daily use. It’s easy to convert iPad into laptop by a simple attachment of magnetic patent hinges that would stay connected to your tablet no matter as to what angle you hold it at. The aluminum keyboard was also machined and anodized to ensure that it perfectly matches your iPad device to look as if they came together from the same manufacturer’s box. Read more

Review of the Best Laptop for 2012

The Sony Vaio S Series Laptops

The Sony Vaio S Series is ideal for most on the go users. The laptop is less than an inch thick and comes with a 13.3 inch of 15.5 inch screen depending on your needs (the big version even has a numeric keypad). The 13.3 inch models can last up to seven hours on one battery charge and you can easily add a second to give you half a day of battery life before you have to plug in and recharge. Bring the Vaio S Series laptop on a long plane flight and you’ll be entertained the entire way. You can watch Blu-Rays, browse the internet if they have Wi-Fi, or play games to your heart’s content.

The laptop is wonderfully designed. It looks fresh and sleek and the battery snaps right in and out of the way so you’ll never even notice it. You can even convert your 3G wireless mobile broadband signal into a wireless hotspot if you want to serve everyone around you. There’s an HD web camera for chatting with friends and the portability of this slim model can’t be emphasized enough. It’s exceptionally easy to bring around and that’s a huge bonus. You can customize the processor and memory to suit your needs along with the hard drive, etc. You can make it the computer you desire and go home with an amazing piece of technology. Read more

How To View Your Laptop In The Summer Weather

How to use your laptop outdoorsThere is nothing more frustrating than relaxing out in the warm weather but being unable to work on your laptop or listen to your favorite music due to the bright sunlight. This problem is highly common and one that frustrates many. Unless you own a laptop with a transflective screen that allows for working under bright illumination, you’re probably wondering how you can overcome this problem and be frustration free?

Have A Seating Strategy

Think about you’re seating position and how this can either benefit or obstruct your view of the laptop LCD screen. Sit facing the sun as this will reduce the glare and give you a far better chance of being able to see your work.

Although it will drain your battery, it also helps to turn the screen brightness up to full. Having an extension cord and a mains power source at the ready is essential.

Wear Suitable Attire

Sunglasses and a baseball hat are a great investment as they reflect the sun’s rays. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, black clothing absorbs sunlight creating an anti-glare effect. Read more