Five keys for Raiders against Texans and Deshaun Watson

first_imgHunter Renfrow knows what the Raiders are up against.The last time Renfrow caught a pass from Deshaun Watson, it was a 2-yard touchdown with one second to play that delivered a 35-31 national championship win for Clemson against Alabama at the close of the 2016 season.Watson entered the draft and is one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks for the Houston Texans, who host the Raiders Sunday at NRG Stadium (1:25 p.m. PST). Renfrow played two more seasons for the Tigers before joining the …last_img

Blog-To-Newsletter: Cheap Community and Advocacy Tools

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In the past, ReadWriteWeb covered a number of tools for book publishing; however, these are also great for easy newsletter building. Blurb and Lulu allow users to upload files and create saddle-stitched magazine-style booklets. Volunteer-run organizations often spend thousands of dollars on quarterly newsletters and direct mail solicitations. While the groups have the best of intentions, they often lack the in-house graphic designers and high-quality printers to actually produce these goods. Nevertheless, they almost always have blogs, websites and social media profiles for outreach purposes. In the past few months ReadWriteWeb has seen an influx of blog-to-newsletter media solutions. While many technologists have criticized print as a dead medium, blog-to-newsletter tools may be fantastic for advocates and service orgs. Below are a few companies to help get you started:MagCloud for Wikia: MagCloud has always given users a way to create custom magazines. In 2008, we covered MagCloud as an easy solution for self-publishing. The company’s recent Wikia partnership lets you take your favorite Wikia site and create print pages directly from the admin panel. MagCloud also offers PDF uploads for those with other types of sites. Fast Pencil: Earlier this month we featured FastPencil, as a company with great publishing and formatting tools for novelists and writers. One of the features of this site is that you can import your blog and it will auto-populate pages of your book. This service would offer a quick integration of your org’s blog and it also offers basic formatting including clean font choices. Tabbloid: HP Labs’ Tabbloid offers users a chance to select their favorite feeds, aggregate them as PDFs and schedule an email of the PDF. Organizations can add both their feeds as well as the feeds of related news sources. From here they can send their files to donors on a daily or weekly basis. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Another Chromecast Gotcha—It Hates The 5GHz Wireless-N Band

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#chromecast#connected TV#media#streaming adriana lee 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The cheap, compact Chromecast streaming device can do a lot of tricks—from smartening up dumb TVs to turning our mobiles and laptops into handy controllers. It can even do a few unintended things, like letting us play the media stored on our laptops.But what it can’t do is function without Wi-Fi. Since the device has no ethernet port, all that streaming action comes courtesy of your wireless network, the beating heart of which is your trusty router. But merely having one doesn’t ensure decent streaming. In the Chromecast’s case, the experience relies wholly on a few specific factors. A Word About RoutersChromecast supports the faster 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, along with the older b/g standards. This is great news for people with dual-band routers, the most common type of consumer-grade wireless-N router. Unfortunately, it only works on the 2.4GHz band.  The 2.4GHz band is the one most devices use, and for good reason. It offers more wireless coverage over a greater distance, and can even work better through walls than the 5GHz band. But because of its popularity, more devices and appliances can interfere with this signal—including certain landline cordless phones, microwaves and baby monitors, among others. This is partly why 5GHz has a reputation for faster performance, and as a result, some people deliberately move gaming and streaming activities onto 5GHz whenever they can. If nothing else, there’s simply less interference.Too bad the Chromecast doesn’t work with this frequency. In fact, it can’t even recognize it. I tested this at home on my trusty Linksys WRT610N dual-band wireless-N router. The network name for my 2.4GHz frequency showed up, but Chromecast couldn’t detect the 5GHz band at all. Even though my mobile devices and the Chromecast were on different frequencies, they were still on the same network, so they were able to communicate. I could remote control the YouTube and Netflix Web streams from my mobiles, and also tab cast from my laptop. Location, Location, LocationSee also Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe NotEven the stronger 2.4GHz wireless signal only shows up at one or two bars in my home. That’s because I live in an old building with thick walls, and the originating router sits two rooms away. I got much better performance when I tested the unit at the office, where the access point is closer to the Chromecast and TV.Too bad I can’t relocate my Linksys unit—it’s hardwired into a gaming PC at the other end of my home. But I may add another router to my network to extend the signal. By all accounts, this should help boost performance. After all that, if the stream sputters or the lip sync falls out of whack, I may have to conclude that the issue is not inside my home. Sites, such as Ookla Speedtest, can help clue me in to whether I’m actually getting the speeds I’m paying for from my broadband provider.One final note: If you haven’t yet picked up a dual-band N router and you’re interested in one, make sure it supports both bands simultaneously. Most do, but some models (called “selectable“) can only transmit one or the other. And if you want it bring in streams of Chromecast joy to your television, you know which one that will have to be—and it’s not the faster one. Image of Linksys WRT610N router courtesy of Linksyslast_img read more