July 8, 2016

Watch 100+ Free Public Domain Movies on YouTube Now

I was going to start this post talking about taking a trip down memory lane to watch some older movies. However, I’m willing to bet that for many of you (myself included), nothing we’re going to talk about here came out in your lifetime.


That’s because we’re looking at a YouTube channel that has over 100 public domain movies available to watch anytime for free.


The list of films on the aptly named Public Domain Full Movies channel is truly staggering, ranging from some in the 60s and 70s, and going all the back to the silent film era of the early 1900s.


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You’ll find movies such as the original Night of the Living Dead and classics from Charlie Chapman.
Personally, I’m not overly familiar with a lot of movies from this time period, and for people like me, the channel’s creator has set up playlists that make it easy to find types of movies. Here are some of the categories:
  • John Wayne full movies
  • Mickey Rooney full movies
  • Top 10 Christmas movies
  • Strong Female Characters in Movies

    Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/watch-100-free-public-domain-movies-on-youtube-now/

July 4, 2016

Free Streaming Music Online: The Top 15 Websites




Music is the universal language, and with the amazing convenience of the World Wide Web, more music is available to us than from ever before in human history. From classical rock to alternative to baroque instrumentals, it's possible to find free streaming music on the Web that will cater to virtually any musical taste. In this article, we'll look at the top fifteen sites for free streaming music, sports, news, talk shows, and much more. Wherever your taste may lie, you're sure to find something to meet your needs in one of these offerings, and all of these are available to listen to via your computer or mobile device.





1.  Google Play

Google Play gives listeners the chance to upload and store thousands of songs from their own collections for free, create playlists, and listen to hundreds of thousands of songs in a huge variety of genres. You can listen for free to the Google Play radio offerings; users have the ability to subscribe which makes the experience ad-free.  More »


 





hype machine

2.  Hype Machine

If you're looking for something to expand your musical tastes, Hype Machine is a great choice. This innovative site gives listeners the ability to find new music via people who are writing about the music that they love - all in one place, rather than skipping from site to site.   More »


 
Shoutcast

3.  Shoutcast

Shoutcast gives listeners the ability to listen to over 70,000 stations in a huge variety of genres, from Alternative to Talk to Holiday. However, that's not the only thing you can do with Shoutcast - if you want to start your own radio station here, you can, with free broadcasting tools made available by the Shoutcast service.  More »

 





Accuradio

4.  Accuradio

Accuradio makes listening to music online simply fun. They offer the standard genres of music, but they also offer enjoyable "channels" that change every so often and are a great way to discover new music.  More »

 
Slacker Radio

5.  Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio gives users the ability to search by artist or song and stations will be suggested, with the ability to craft that station into exactly how you'd like it to be. There are different payment levels available here, but most of the features are absolutely free and listeners can take advantage of hundreds of stations.   More »

 





iheartradio

6.  iHeart Radio

Think of the sort of music you like, and iHeart Radio will suggest stations for you based on your preferences. You can also use iHeart Radio to listen to local stations all over the United States and Mexico, create stations based on popular artists, or discover top podcasts on a wide variety of subjects.  More »


 
TuneIn

7.  TuneIn

TuneIn gives users the option to listen to radio stations, talk shows, podcasts, and much more. Over 100,000 radio stations, live shows, and lots of other content are available here for free, including sports, news radio, and talk shows.   More »


 
977music

8.  977Music

977music.com is 100% free for listeners, and you can listen to as much music for as long as you would like. There are hundreds of channels here programmed by listeners, and they are available wherever you might have Internet access - both home and work.  More »

 
radiotunes

9.  RadioTunes

RadioTunes is one of the most popular streaming music sites on the Web. You can filter your musical tastes by Style (Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, Top Hits, etc.), and Channels (80's, Mostly Classical, Oldies, etc). There are seemingly unlimited stations to listen to here, and listening is free (must sign up for a free account).  More »
radio.net

10.  Radio.net

Radio.net is a great service; you can access all sorts of global broadcasts here, from the BBC World Service to Radio Swiss Classic to CBS Dallas. More than 30,000 radio stations, online radios and podcasts are available here to listen to within the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and more.   More »




last.fm

11.  Last.fm

Last.fm offers listeners the ability to not only listen to and discover music, but also visualize the listening habits and musical trends that the Last.FM musical community is listening to. It's an interesting way to see what other people are listening to.   More »


 





soma.fm

12.  Soma.fm

You can listen to Soma.fm's stations right within your Web browser, just like all the other streaming music websites on this list. There are only a limited amount of stations here, within highly specialized genres - jazz, chill, indie folks, etc - all featuring a very California-like vibe. Soma is especially popular with people looking for background music for tasks that require concentration.  More »


 
Public Radio Fan

13.  PublicRadioFan.com

PublicRadioFan is a massive collection of stations around the globe. You can search by schedules, time zones, station call letters, and more.  More »


 





pandora

14.  Pandora

Pandora lets you create your own radio station, from music that you choose, and then you can continue to improve upon the service's selections as it plays for you. Thumbs up for something you like, thumbs down for something you don't. More »


 
spotify

15.  Spotify

Spotify is somewhat similar to Pandora, at least in concept. Spotify functions more of a platform on which you can install and use different musical applications, such as Billboard's Top Picks, Rolling Stone Music, Share My Playlists, and Digster. You can listen to entire albums without paying for them (with only limited commercial interruption), create playlists, share your favorites with others, and more. Radio stations are also available on Spotify, but you create them yourself from songs you already like. More »

Source: http://websearch.about.com/od/musicsearc1/tp/Free-Streaming-Music-Online-The-Top-15-Websites.htm


Honorable Mention:

Internet-Radio.com








With thousands of radio stations around the world, there is something here for everyone.








Free Streaming Music Online: The Top 15 Websites



Music is the universal language, and with the amazing convenience of the World Wide Web, more music is available to us than from ever before in human history. From classical rock to alternative to baroque instrumentals, it's possible to find free streaming music on the Web that will cater to virtually any musical taste. In this article, we'll look at the top fifteen sites for free streaming music, sports, news, talk shows, and much more. Wherever your taste may lie, you're sure to find something to meet your needs in one of these offerings, and all of these are available to listen to via your computer or mobile device.



1.  Google Play

Google Play gives listeners the chance to upload and store thousands of songs from their own collections for free, create playlists, and listen to hundreds of thousands of songs in a huge variety of genres. You can listen for free to the Google Play radio offerings; users have the ability to subscribe which makes the experience ad-free.  More »


 




hype machine

2.  Hype Machine

If you're looking for something to expand your musical tastes, Hype Machine is a great choice. This innovative site gives listeners the ability to find new music via people who are writing about the music that they love - all in one place, rather than skipping from site to site.   More »


 
Shoutcast

3.  Shoutcast

Shoutcast gives listeners the ability to listen to over 70,000 stations in a huge variety of genres, from Alternative to Talk to Holiday. However, that's not the only thing you can do with Shoutcast - if you want to start your own radio station here, you can, with free broadcasting tools made available by the Shoutcast service.  More »

 




Accuradio

4.  Accuradio

Accuradio makes listening to music online simply fun. They offer the standard genres of music, but they also offer enjoyable "channels" that change every so often and are a great way to discover new music.  More »

 
Slacker Radio

5.  Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio gives users the ability to search by artist or song and stations will be suggested, with the ability to craft that station into exactly how you'd like it to be. There are different payment levels available here, but most of the features are absolutely free and listeners can take advantage of hundreds of stations.   More »

 




iheartradio

6.  iHeart Radio

Think of the sort of music you like, and iHeart Radio will suggest stations for you based on your preferences. You can also use iHeart Radio to listen to local stations all over the United States and Mexico, create stations based on popular artists, or discover top podcasts on a wide variety of subjects.  More »


 
TuneIn

7.  TuneIn

TuneIn gives users the option to listen to radio stations, talk shows, podcasts, and much more. Over 100,000 radio stations, live shows, and lots of other content are available here for free, including sports, news radio, and talk shows.   More »


 
977music

8.  977Music

977music.com is 100% free for listeners, and you can listen to as much music for as long as you would like. There are hundreds of channels here programmed by listeners, and they are available wherever you might have Internet access - both home and work.  More »

 
radiotunes

9.  RadioTunes

RadioTunes is one of the most popular streaming music sites on the Web. You can filter your musical tastes by Style (Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, Top Hits, etc.), and Channels (80's, Mostly Classical, Oldies, etc). There are seemingly unlimited stations to listen to here, and listening is free (must sign up for a free account).  More »
radio.net

10.  Radio.net

Radio.net is a great service; you can access all sorts of global broadcasts here, from the BBC World Service to Radio Swiss Classic to CBS Dallas. More than 30,000 radio stations, online radios and podcasts are available here to listen to within the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and more.   More »




last.fm

11.  Last.fm

Last.fm offers listeners the ability to not only listen to and discover music, but also visualize the listening habits and musical trends that the Last.FM musical community is listening to. It's an interesting way to see what other people are listening to.   More »


 




soma.fm

12.  Soma.fm

You can listen to Soma.fm's stations right within your Web browser, just like all the other streaming music websites on this list. There are only a limited amount of stations here, within highly specialized genres - jazz, chill, indie folks, etc - all featuring a very California-like vibe. Soma is especially popular with people looking for background music for tasks that require concentration.  More »


 
Public Radio Fan

13.  PublicRadioFan.com

PublicRadioFan is a massive collection of stations around the globe. You can search by schedules, time zones, station call letters, and more.  More »


 




pandora

14.  Pandora

Pandora lets you create your own radio station, from music that you choose, and then you can continue to improve upon the service's selections as it plays for you. Thumbs up for something you like, thumbs down for something you don't. More »


 
spotify

15.  Spotify

Spotify is somewhat similar to Pandora, at least in concept. Spotify functions more of a platform on which you can install and use different musical applications, such as Billboard's Top Picks, Rolling Stone Music, Share My Playlists, and Digster. You can listen to entire albums without paying for them (with only limited commercial interruption), create playlists, share your favorites with others, and more. Radio stations are also available on Spotify, but you create them yourself from songs you already like. More »

Source: http://websearch.about.com/od/musicsearc1/tp/Free-Streaming-Music-Online-The-Top-15-Websites.htm


July 2, 2016

5 Easy Tools To Listen To Online Radio Stations On Windows

Listening to music makes everything more fun. Instead of wasting your time with managing playlists or putting up with poor local stations, consider listening to the radio online. You can choose from countless fantastic Internet radio stations, many of them dedicated to specific genres, and you might even discover a few that are free of commercials.
First, you need a player to access the stations. In the realm of desktop tools, you can choose from two avenues; either outfit your existing media player with radio streams or find a dedicated app that meets all your radio needs.

Dedicated Internet Radio Apps

 


TapinRadio

TapinRadio is a desktop tool for Windows 7 and 8. It comes pre-loaded with hundreds of stations. New stations can be added via the File menu; links saved to the clipboard will conveniently load into the URL field and SHOUTcast URLs are supported natively. Apart from being an Internet radio player, TapinRadio can also record streaming audio.


TapinRadio

The simple and intuitive interface includes a station search. To filter stations by region, genre, or network, make your selection via the little arrowhead next to the search field (items also available via the Stations menu item) or click ALT + B to launch the station browser.
TapinRadio is a great little tool with many smart options. Some advanced features, like lyrics or adding podcasts, are restricted to the pro version.


iHeartRadio

 

Those of you living in the US and looking for a mobile or modern Windows 8 app, iHeartRadio is the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, I can only judge it from afar as it’s not available in my geographical location.
Apart from giving you access to hundreds of US radio stations, iHeartRadio also has a music discovery engine like Pandora and can play music based on your mood or current activity. The app is available for a wide range of mobile devices, provided you reside within the US.


iHeartRadio

 

TuneIn Radio

 

Wherever you live, you can tune into thousands of stations worldwide on your mobile devices and in Windows 8 using TuneIn Radio. Browse stations by music genre, location, and discover talk or sports stations.

What’s missing is a way to search stations within the Windows 8 app. I also thought the Windows 8 app was a little buggy; it lagged and crashed and generally felt a little too basic.


TuneIn Radio

 

Stream Radio On Your Media Player


VLC Media Player

This is one of the best media players for Windows and it’s cross-platform. It comes pre-loaded with the Icecast Radio Directory and Jamendo Selections. To access these collections, open the View menu and click Playlist or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + L to switch to the view shown below or back. When you expand Internet on the left-hand side, you will find the respective playlists, some of which might not be available to you, depending on your geographical location. Double-click a channel to start streaming in VLC.


VLC Media Player


You can save your favorite stations to the current playlist and via the Media tab Save Playlist to File (CTRL + Y) for future use. You can also open stations manually, provided you have the streaming link. Go to Media and select Open Network Stream… (CTRL + N). Alternatively, you can right-click the playlist, choose Advanced Open… and switch to the Network tab. Enter the network URL for the Internet radio station and click play. The station will auotmatically be added to your playlist.


VLC Open Media

Unfortunately, the SHOUTcast directory was pulled several years ago, but you can add individual stations after copying the streaming ULR (see screenshot above) from the SHOUTcast website.

 

Windows Media Player

Hard to believe, but Microsoft made listening to Internet radio rather straight forward. In WMP 12, click the Media Guide link in the bottom left, which will open the respective website in the player. Here you can browse stations by genre and open them directly.


Windows Media Player

Click the Play tab in the top right to see the station that is currently playing. From here, you can drag it into one of your Playlists in the menu on the left. Easy!
To manually add radio stations by URL, go to File and Open URL… (CTRL + U). You’ll notice that WMP 12 doesn’t support PLS files, the SHOUTcast format. You can either copy the streaming URL from the PLS file by opening it in notepad, or install a tool aptly named Open PLS in WMP. Note that you’ll need to open files with OpenPlsInWMP, which will then launch the stream in WMP 12.

 

Internet Radio Is Alive & Kicking

The widespread use of modern mobile apps indicates that Internet radio is still going strong. In case you cannot find what you’re looking for in the preset stations, you can manually add stations from other online resources.
What is your favorite (online) radio station? Please share a streaming link with the rest of us if you have one!

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-easy-tools-listen-online-radio-stations-windows/

May 14, 2016

Intel Core i3 vs. i5 vs. i7: Which One Do You Really Need?


Written by Mihir Patkar. The processor is the brain of a computer — but understanding the difference between processors requires a lot of brainpower of your own!
Intel hasn’t made it any easier for customers with their strange naming schemes, and the question we get asked most often is: What’s the difference between an i3, i5, or i7 processor? Which one should I buy?
It’s time to demystify that. In this article, we won’t be touching on Intel’s other processors like the Pentium series or the new laptop-centric Core M series. They’re good in their own right, but the Core series is the most popular and confusing, so let’s just focus on that.
Understanding the Model Numbers
Purely speaking, it’s very simple. An Intel Core i7 is better than a Core i5, which in turn is better than a Core i3. The trouble is knowing what to expect within each tier. Things go a little deeper.
First, i7 does not mean a seven-core processor! These are just names to indicate relative performance.
Typically, the Core i3 series has only dual-core processors, while the Core i5 and Core i7 series have both dual-core and quad-core processors. Quad-cores are usually better than dual-cores, but don’t worry about that just yet.
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Intel releases “families” of chipsets, like the new 6th generation Skylake family or the older 5th generation Haswell family. Each family, in turn, has its own line of Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 series of processors.
You can spot which generation a processor belongs to by the first digit in its four-digit model name. For example, the Intel Core i3-5200 belongs to the 5thgeneration. Remember, Intel’s new generations won’t support Windows 7, but since Windows 10 is a free upgrade anyway, go for the latest generation possible.
Pro Tip: Here’s a useful rule of thumb. The other three digits are Intel’s assessment of how the processor compares to others in its own line. For example, an Intel Core i3-5350 is superior to the Core i3-5200 because 350 is higher than 200.
End Letters: U vs. Q. vs. H vs. K
Things have changed since we last looked at Intel’s processor list. The model number will typically be followed by one or a combination of the following letters: U, Y, T, Q, H, and K. Here’s what they mean:
  • U: Ultra Low Power. The U rating is only for laptop processors. These draw less power and are better for the battery.
  • Y: Low Power. Typically found on older generation laptop and mobile processors.
  • T: Power Optimized for desktop processors.
  • Q: Quad-Core. The Q rating is only for processors with four physical cores.
  • H: High-Performance Graphics. The chipset has one of Intel’s better graphics units in it.
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Understanding these letters and the numbering system above will help you know what a processor offers just by looking at the model number, without needing to read the actual specifications. Of course, before making a buying decision, it’s advisable to check the details at ark.intel.com.
You can find the meaning of other suffixes at Intel’s guidelines on processor numbers.
Hyper-Threading: i7 > i3 > i5
As you can see above, Intel specifically writes U and Q for the number of physical cores. Well, what other kinds of cores are there, you ask? The answer is virtual cores, activated through a technology called Hyper-Threading.
In layman’s terms, hyper-threading allows a single physical core to act as two virtual cores, thus performing multiple tasks simultaneously without activating the second physical core (which would require more power from the system).
If both processors are active and using hyper-threading, those four virtual cores will compute faster. However, do note that physical cores are faster than virtual cores. A quad-core CPU will perform much better than a dual-core CPU with hyper-threading!
The Intel Core i3 series has hyper-threading. The Intel Core i7 series supports hyper-threading, too. The Intel Core i5 series does not support it.
Turbo Boost: i7 > i5 > i3
On the other hand, the Intel Core i3 series does not support Turbo Boost. The Core i5 series uses Turbo Boost to speed up your tasks, as does the Core i7 series.
Turbo Boost is Intel’s proprietary technology to intelligently increase a processor’s clock speed if the application demands it. For example, if you are playing a game and your system requires some extra horsepower, Turbo Boost will kick in to compensate.
Turbo Boost is useful for those who run resource-intensive software like video editors or video games, but it doesn’t have much of an effect if you’re just going to be browsing the web and using Microsoft Office.
Cache Size: i7 > i5 > i3
Apart from Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost, the one other major difference in the Core line-up is Cache Size. Cache is the processor’s own memory and acts like its private RAM — and it’s one of the little-known specs that slows down your PC.
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Just like with RAM, more cache size is better. So if the processor is performing one task over and over, it will keep that task in its cache. If a processor can store more tasks in its private memory, it can do them faster if they come up again.
The Core i3 series typically has up to 3 MB of cache. The Core i5 series has between 3 MB and 6 MB of cache. The Core i7 series has between 4 MB and 8 MB of cache.
Graphics: HD, Iris, Iris Pro
Ever since graphics were integrated on the processor chip, it’s become an important decision point in buying CPUs. But like with everything else, Intel has made the system a little confusing.
There are now typically three levels of graphics units: Intel HDIntel Iris, andIntel Iris Pro. You’ll see a model name like Intel HD 520 or Intel Iris Pro 580… and that’s where the confusion begins.
Here’s a brief example of how mind-boggling it can be. Intel HD 520 is a basic graphics chipset. Intel Iris 550 is better than Intel HD 520, but also basic. But Intel HD 530 is a high-performance graphics unit and is better than Intel Iris 550. However, Intel Iris Pro 580 is also a high-performance graphics unit and better than Intel HD 530.
The best advice for how to interpret these? Just don’t. Instead, rely on Intel’s naming system. If the processor’s model ends with an H, you know it’s a high-performance unit.
Comparing Cores i3, i5, i7
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Generally speaking, here’s who each processor type is best for:
  • Core i3: Basic users. Economic choice. Good for browsing the web, using Microsoft office, making video calls, and social networking. Not for gamers or professionals.
  • Core i5: Intermediate users. Those who want balance between performance and price. Good for gaming if you buy an HQ processor or a Q processor with a dedicated graphics processor.
  • Core i7: Professionals. This is the best Intel can do right now.
How Did You Choose?
This article provides a basic guide for anyone looking to buy a new Intel processor but is confused between Core i3, i5, and i7. But even after understanding all this, when it’s time to make a decision, you might need to choose between two processors from different generations because they’re priced the same.
When you’re comparing, my best tip is to head to CPU Boss where you cancompare both processors and get a detailed analysis, as well as ratings. If you don’t understand the jargon, just go with the rating and the basic advice. If you understand jargon, CPU Boss has all the details you’ll need.
What other advice do you have for someone who is similarly stuck while buying a PCU and needs to make a choice?

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/intel-core-i3-vs-i5-vs-i7-one-really-need/