Monday, July 31, 2017

How to Send Web Pages From Your Phone to Your PC

It isn’t hard to go from reading an article on your phone to reading it on your laptop. All you need to do is remember where you found it, right? But searching for something you already have in front of you is redundant, especially since companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have ways to take what’s on your phone and bring it to your desktop in an instant. Chances are, with a few settings tweaks, you can enable the feature right now.
Microsoft’s “Continue on PC” is Device Agnostic
The company’s new “Continue on PC” feature is a site sharing tool for both Android and iOS devices. It exists as an app that lives in your device’s “share sheet,” the icon that lets you perform actions like sharing images, sites, or messages to social media services or other apps. Hit your share icon, select “Continue on PC” and watch the page you’re looking at appear on the corresponding screen.
You can download Continue on PC in the App Store. You’ll need to sign in with the same account you use on your PC. You can link your phone to your PC by visiting Settings > Phone. After you link the two devices and install the app, you can choose to continue “now” which opens up your PC browser, or “later” which places the link of your choice in your Windows 10 Action Center, the operating system’s notification tray.
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With iOS you can send whatever site you’re looking at on your iOS device to your Mac using Handoff, one of Apple’s “Continuity” features that syncs compatible apps between Mac and iOS devices. If you’re on an iOS device and looking at some webpage or are using a supported app like Messages, Safari, or Bear, you’ll see the corresponding icon appear in your dock, letting you leave your phone alone and access it from your Mac. Even when using Safari on my iPhone, Handoff uses whatever default app I designate, making Chrome my go-to browser on the desktop.
You’ll have to jump through a few hoops like turning Bluetooth on and signing in with iCloud to get Handoff working, but once it’s up and running you’ll be able to see every supported iOS app in your Mac’s dock, ready to help you continue doing what you’re doing.
You can enable Handoff in your iOS device by going to Settings > General > Handoff. You can do the same on your Mac by opening System Preferences > General, and checking the Allow Handoff option.
Google Chrome Supports Tab Syncing
If you’d rather keep your content’s cross-pollination strictly to the web, Google’s got your back. Signing into Chrome with your Google account enables a variety of syncing features, keeping your browser history, extensions, and login information accessible in nearly every iteration of Google Chrome (though extensions don’t work on Android or iOS devices).
If you’re looking at a piece of news or checking the menu of some restaurant on your phone, you can plop down in front of your PC or Mac, open the History tab (with ⌘-Y or CTRL-Y), and see the tabs and history of your other synced devices. You can do the same on mobile devices, which will list your synced devices and the last visited sites so you can resume your browsing.

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Provo web series directors compete in national contest

If you are a filmmaker, but not working in Hollywood, the profession can be a lot less lucrative sometimes.
Provo husband-and-wife filmmakers Davey Morrison Dillard and Bianca Morrison Dillard have found this to be very true in their experience. They both are writers, directors and producers, and involved in various film projects around Utah, but they also hold down other jobs in order to pay the bills — Bianca at the Orem Public Library, and Davey as a voiceover actor.
“It’s a really interesting time in the market right now. It’s really weird — there is no middle market for independent films. You either get to make Avengers, or you make a $5,000 movie that you pay for yourself,” Bianca said.
Davey explained that in the movie industry, $1 million to make a film is considered inexpensive. That’s why it’s very hard for independent filmmakers to find investors.
“The options for pitching movies for smaller budgets are really hard now,” Bianca added.
Thus, the couple took on the task of self-funding their own web series, “Adam and Eve.” They both write and direct the series, which stars Davey and Becca Ingram Morales, and had a first season run of four episodes on Amazon Prime. One would think being on Amazon would be lucrative, but Davey said they only earn about a nickel every time someone views an episode.
Though each episode of “Adam and Eve” is only five to 10 minutes long, and the entire series only runs for a total of about 30 minutes, it takes the Dillards at least five months to complete them. They said this is because they have to use their own savings and funds to do the series, and they have to plan around the small crew they rely on.
“It’s a labor of love for everyone involved. We’re not paying them what they’re worth, frankly, so we have to plan around everyone’s work schedules, and their better-paying jobs,” Bianca said.
This is why the Dillards are constantly raising money through Patreon and other sources, just to keep going. They finished shooting their final episode for season two last weekend, and now must do all the post-production work.
This month, they’ve been in the running for a $2,000 prize through stareable.com, competing against the other web series on that curated site. Bianca said it may not sound like much, but it could pay for one entire episode for the series.
They’ve led the rankings, even crashing their page recently because of an abundance of clicks on their link but this past week, they’ve been neck-and-neck with another series.
“It’s really nerve-wracking. But people have been reaching out and telling us they are watching it online,” Davey said.
“Knowing people are enjoying what they are seeing is very heartening,” Bianca added.
The contest runs through midnight Monday, and local residents can check out the series at https://www.stareable.com/view/series/adam-and-eve.
Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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