Like any tool, you’ll get the most out of your new laptop after you learn how to use all its nifty built-in features. Here are three of the most underused abilities on today’s notebooks:
Chances are your camera automatically turns on when you start up your video-conferencing software. But, that’s just one of the many ways to use your laptop’s camera. There’s a whole lot more functionality available with the help of apps. For instance, you can download an app that turns your computer into a surveillance system that’ll automatically start recording when someone enters the room. You can even set it up so you can turn on your camera from a remote location and view a live feed.
You can also download a face recognition app, which uses the camera to scan your face during startup to ensure that it’s really you who is logging on to your machine. But, while this is more fun than punching in a password, it’s a little less secure – a thief or prankster could just hold a photograph of you in front of the computer.
There are apps that can turn your laptop into an easy-to-use photo booth. Look for one that lets you accessorize portraits with digital costumes, add thought-bubbles, and even alter the color to make the photos look old-fashioned.
Remember, video and photo booth programs often don’t come pre-installed on a PC – so until you download them, your camera will be little more than a shiny ornament on the top of your laptop.