Good Deal on this Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including Amazon Alexa , Amazon Music, Audible and Amazon Shopping
  • Amazon exclusive version with Alexa built-in: Double press the power button to just ask, and Alexa will respond. Alexa can play music, provide news updates, check the weather wherever you are and more
  • 6.2″ HD+ Max Vision display (1570 x 720) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage with option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU
  • 12MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 8 MP front-facing camera with screen flash for low light selfies
  • 5,000 mAh non-removable battery with USB Type-C 15W TurboPower charger
  • Facial recognition and fingerprint sensor to instantly unlock your phone

Source: Amazon – Moto G7 Power with Alexa Push-to-Talk – Unlocked – 32 GB

Quick Tip: How To Power “OFF” Your Android Smartphone Or Tablet

One of the first questions I am often asked about Android OS Smartphones and Tablets is: How do you shutdown or power “off” the device (smartphone or tablet)?  

Many folks will often tap the power button thinking they are turning the device “off”, when in fact they are only putting the device in a standby mode only. To really power “off” the device you need to hold down the power button until you see an option to power the device down (varies slightly from device to device, but the process is very similar). Select the “power off” option and the device will shut completely down. To power the device back “on”, hold in on the power button until you see the screen light up (typically with the phone or tablet’s logo).

A good practice to follow is to turn the device completely “off” on occasions. I typically will power my smartphone (off) and back (on) at least once or twice a month. You will find this helps refresh the memory cache and the device will actually run a bit faster.

Parents just as addicted to their smartphones as their kids | New York Post

More than one-third of teenagers and over one-quarter of parents wake up and check their mobile device for something other than the time at least once a night, according to a new report by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that examines the impact of technology and media on families. The organization surveyed 1,000 parents and their children.

Family of four on couch all looking at smartphones.

Source: Parents just as addicted to their smartphones as their kids

Quick Tip: 3 Tips To Follow To Avoid Handheld Phone Use While Driving

Memorial Day weekend is here… Hooray! During this time many, many people will be on the road and many, many people will commit the ultimate driving sin; AND, that is using your handheld phone while driving.

It only takes that millisecond of distraction
that ultimately can change your life and the life of others; sometimes, forever…

Texting and phone use are the leading causes of distracted driving. The laws in many States prohibit the use of a handheld phone while driving. This includes the writing, sending or reading of a text or electronic message. Avoid a fine and park the phone before you drive.

Here are 3 tips to follow:

  • Pull over in a “safe” location if you need to call or text
  • Use your passenger as your designated texter and caller
  • Secure your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat while you drive

All distractions endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Most distractions involve cognitive and sensory distraction. When you make a call on a hand-held phone you are not only holding and looking at the phone, you are also dialing, listening and thinking about the conversation.

Driver distractions include:

Texting
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Grooming
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Remember distractions are:

Visual – looking at something other than the road
Auditory – hearing something not related to driving
Manual – manipulating something other than the wheel
Cognitive – thinking about something other than driving

How Google’s rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever | PCWorld

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

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The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

To read this article in full, please click here

 

Quick Tip: How To Find, Lock Or Erase A Stolen or Lost Android Device

There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome Chrome. If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
  2. Open your Google Account.
  3. In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
  4. Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
  5. Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.

ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.

Quick Tip: Disable/Uninstall Unneeded Android Apps

Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.

For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.

 

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

5G

Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

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These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

A Lightweight (Simple In Design) Music Player For Android

Here is an really nice, lightweight, and simple Android app (with advanced features), called Musicolet, that plays music files (mp3 etc) that you may already have in your personal collection. Musicolet does not support internet-based music streaming and as a result requires no internet related permissions or connections. It is 100% FREE with no ads. Musicolet has become my go to music player when it comes to playing my personal music files.

To install on your smartphone, simply go to the Google Play Store app and search for Musicolet…


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Musicolet Music Player [Free, No ads]

Best Sellers – Unlocked Cell Phones (at Amazon)

The advantage of an unlocked cell phone is that they are typically carrier-friendly and work with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad. I have always purchased unlocked phones in the event I need to change carriers and typically swapping out the SIMs card is all that is required. You can often save a lot of money this way if you can afford to pay for the phone up front. If interested in exploring what is available in unlocked phones, here is a listing of best sellers at Amazon.

 

BEST SELLERS – Unlocked Cell Phones

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In The Market For A Smartphone? Here is my recommendation that will save you a lot of money…

In the market for a smartphone? Difficult decision to make and can be worse than shopping for a car. As smartphones continue to evolve, I am learning more and more; however, I am finding it is really not much different than shopping for a laptop or desktop computer. In reality, these smartphones are our computers in our pockets and have become an extension of our physical presence.

Like computers, there are specific hardware (and software) components to look for; such as the processor; the RAM (random access memory); the operating system (Android, iOS, etc); the display (LCD or Oled); the camera (single lens, dual lens, megapixels, etc…); and, the big one, the battery life. Typically, I shoot for a good mid-range phone and an example of that is the Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G Plus. Now, there is another “G” model that is out there (that I am looking at) and it is the Motorola (Lenovo) moto g⁵ˢ plus (which is a model that just came out); HOWEVER, for the sake of this blog article, I am focusing on the Moto G Plus to point out a good deal at Amazon.

What Amazon has done is cut a deal with Motorola (Lenovo), for Amazon Prime members, where on the notification screen you will see an Amazon ad here and there; and, from what the reviews are saying, this is not anything to get concerned about and is not intrusive. As a result of this deal, you can get a really nice mid-range phone for less money than the original cost and a whole lot less money than the top-end phones that are out there. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member, you can still buy this phone, straight-out with no ads, and still get a great phone at a very good pricing point.

To cut right to the chase, here is the Motorola G Plus that is at Amazon that I highly recommend and so do nearly 3000 other people. I have done quite a bit of research on this phone, watched the YouTube reviews, and am convinced the Motorola phone is going to be my next Smartphone. Yes, you can go with the Samsung or the Apple; but, guess what? Their newer models are fast approaching the $1000 mark. I can buy 4 or 5 of these Motorola’s at that price that will do what they do… If you notice below, the model I spec’d out is the 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage (plus, can handle a 128GB microSD card). No midrange phone that I know of out there, for this price, can match this. Also, this is an unlocked smartphone and will work on all major carrier networks.

Moto G Plus (5th Generation)
64 GB Storage + 4 GB RAM

READ THE REVIEWS HERE

  • Fast 4G LTE speed, up to 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.2” full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
  • Enjoy the best of Google Android 7.0 Nougat, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
  • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
  • Take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
  • The all-day battery includes TurboPower (TM) charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
  • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
  • The fingerprint sensor instantly unlocks your phone
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, storage on Prime Photos, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps

SOURCE: Amazon – Prime Exclusive Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 64 GB – Unlocked – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads

ZEDGE – Tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more…

Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.

Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.


SOURCE: Zedge

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Naked Security: Advising Us To Stop Using The Android Unlock Pattern To Secure Phone (to easy to crack)

How many of you are using an unlock pattern to secure your device? In a nutshell: it is far easier for an attacker to shoulder surf a pattern than a PIN.

A new report (PDF) from security researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County has quantified just how absurdly easy it is to do an over-the-shoulder glance that accurately susses out an Android unlock pattern…. READ MORE


SOURCE: Naked Security

There are two groups of people: those who use their smartphones or tablets in the bathroom, and those lying about using smartphones and tablets in the bathroom….

Our smartphones (and tablets) are an extension of ourselves; and, as result, we take them to the bathroom. Here is a good read on “Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why…“.

Yes, your smartphone likely carries more germs than a toilet.

toilet

SOURCE: USA Today -Stop taking your gadgets into the bathroom. Here’s why 

New Tappable Shortcuts Coming To The Mobile (google.com) Search App

On your mobile phone you should soon start seeing when performing a Google search (google.com), shortcuts peppered on the home screen for quick access to in-depth experiences associated with sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather.

Google Search is taking the next step forward: providing in-depth, tappable search experiences within the Google app, keeping you in the know about the things that matter to you.

Source: New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know

Want An Inexpensive Smartphone? Get the LG Stylo 2

I recently moved my cellphone service to Cricket Wireless; and, part of the deal I got was the LG Stylo 2 smartphone (unlocked) for a straight out $80 (with no contract). I was reluctant to make the change from my Nexus 5 to the Stylo 2, but let me tell you, the Stylo 2 rocks. I am in love with this phone… With the Cricket service (owned by AT&T); not only has my coverage improved (and expanded), the addition of the Stylo 2 was just the icing on the cake. The Stylo 2 is a phablet size, quad core, 16GB (storage), 2GB (ram), Android Marshmallow phone (with SD slot), and a removable 3000mAh battery. The Stylo 2 also comes with a removable stylus, which allows you to do some really neat things. I have thrown everything at this phone and it has handled it. If you go to Amazon (CLICK HERE) you can see that this phone, which is relatively new to the market, is accumulating excellent ratings. Why pay $500 to $800 when you can get a really nice phone for $80, if you look around (typically this phone is sold for around $179 to $199 unlocked).

Lg stylo 2 full review is it worth it?

 

Geek Squeaks (#2015-21) FEATURING — Windows 10 Enhancement Update Coming In November — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Windows 10 Enhancement Update Coming In November – Microsoft is referring to this update as an enhancement update and it will be called Threshold 2. Best read on this is at BGR where they are reporting “The most important Windows 10 update yet is coming in November – here’s what we know so far.“… Expected changes mentioned is support for Microsoft Edge browser extensions, a desktop messaging app that will apparently work across various lines of messaging services and more “under-the-hood” improvements that will benefit Universal apps.

Windows 10 Threshold 2 Update

Here Are Steps To Take To Keep Your Android Smartphone Locked Down – Have you ever misplaced your smartphone or had it stolen? I have and the feeling that I experienced was not a good feeling (even though I had the phone locked down and protected). Our phones are an extension of ourselves and we don’t realize that until it is gone. The information you carry on that phone is all about you; your online account information, your personal text and email messages, pictures, documents, etc…  Not good, if this information falls into the wrong hands. To take a step in the right direction to protect you and your phone, please read How to Keep Your Android as Secure as Possible at Drippler…

Secure Your Android

Microsoft Can Track Your Keystrokes (in Windows 10) – Microsoft can track your keystrokes, your speech, and more. Here are the settings to turn it all off — CLICK HERE … Microsoft openly put into the Windows 10 Technical Preview a keylogger. At that time, the company admitted that “we may collect voice information” and “typed characters.” Apparently they are still collecting information in the released version of Windows 10.

Keylogger In Windows 10

A Talking Alarm Clock or Talking Desktop Clock For Your Computer – If you would like to install an alarm clock that will remind you of important dates and events, then take a look at Talking Alarm Clock… An alarm can talk using either Microsoft® Agent or Microsoft® Speech (a.k.a. SAPI5). Information on installing the Talking Alarm Clock and the related speech engines can be found at the site. Also, on the same site as the Talking Alarm Clock you will find the Talking Desktop Clock that will announce the time on the hour, ½ hour, or ¼ hour, or at any interval you choose. There are optional clock styles and chimes to choose from.

Talking Clocks

Prices Slashed On Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone – The Nexus brand is the brand that is supported by Google. I noticed that the pricing on the 32 GB model and the 64 bit model (at Amazon) have been sliced dramatically. If you are looking for an unlocked Android smartphone, here is your chance to get hold of one…  I don’t know how long this will last, but this a great deal.

Nexus 6

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Rdio Announces FREE Access To Live Broadcast Radio – What this means is that you can search for your favorite stations (by name, call letters or frequency) and listen to them live. To visit Rdio — click here

Rdio is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85 countries.[4] It is available as a website and also has applications for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can stream music from its servers or download music for offline playback. — source: Wikipedia

Rdio

Did you know your smartphone is loaded with more fecal coliform than a toilet seat? – After you read this article at Forbes, “5 Gadgets With More Germs Than Your Toilet Seat” you may think twice about using someone elses’ phone (and even your own)… As a matter of fact there is more bacteria being harbored on our devices than a toilet seat.

 Bacterial growth from phone imprints.

SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive – Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers with the SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive. You can simultaneously can connect and access data on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi. Works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices (no internet connection, cables or router required.

SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive

Some Good Movies At Crackle This MonthCrackle is an online movie and tv site where you can watch movies and tv shows for FREE. It is actually pretty good and they change their venue on a regular basis.

21 (2008)

Barney’s Version (2010)

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (2011)

Detention (2011)

District 9 (2009)

Exorcism of Emily Rose, The (2005)

The Eye (2008)

Fisher King, The (1991)

Guess Who (2005)

Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

I Spy (2002)

Jawbreaker (1999)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun II (1994)

Leprechaun III (1995)

Leprechaun IV: In Space (1996)

Leprechaun V: In the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun VI: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Lockout (2012)

Mr. Baseball (1992)

The Net (1995)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)

The Rum Diary (2011)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Skulls, The (2000)

Skulls 2, The (2002)

Skulls 3, The (2004)

Steamboy (2004)

Toy Soldiers (1991)

Vantage Point (2008)

Year One (2009)

You Got Served (2004)

You Got Served: Beat the World (2011)

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Geek Squeaks #2015-6 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring – Did You Know Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer?)

Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer By Default – I found this article on PCWorld (How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC’s bandwidth to update strangers’ systems) that explains how Microsoft is a using a new peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery update mechanism (in Windows 10) that turns your Windows 10 PC (by default) into a server for distributing updates to other machines.

Hmmm…  I’m not liking the sound of this. Anyhow, the setting or toggle to turn this off is buried in the update and security settings.  CLICK HERE to learn how to turn this off.

win10 updates advanced options

Need advice for buying a Smartphone? – I am pretty seasoned when it comes to computers and smartphones, but when it comes to shopping for either (especially smartphones) I soon become discombobulated (in a state of confusion). To help you folks out there looking for a smartphone, be sure to read Best Android smartphones for work and play (Aug 2015 edition) at ZDNet….

Make Sure You Check Out This Screen Capture Program – I use screen capture utilities on a daily basis and would be lost without one. A new kid on the block recently to me is ShareX. This utility is being updated regularly and the most recent update allows you to either perform a full installation or the option to install the program as a portable app. Very nice screen capture program that does not disappoint. Best thing about ShareX is that it is FREE, Open Source and there are no embedded advertisements.

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10 – As a reminder, if you need to reinstall Windows 10 (for whatever reason), make sure you are prepared.  CLICK HERE to create your own Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner — Shop Smarter – Nice Android App that was rated as a top shopping app by US Today, The New York Times, CNN Money, PC Magazine and Smart Money magazine. RedLaser searches millions of products across thousands of online and local retailers to find the best prices…

Harness The Energy Of The Sun To Light Your Night – Check out this outdoor LED motion sensored solar light for less than 15 bucks….

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A Mid-Range Inexpensive Smartphone By ASUS

ASUS has become a well known product name for desktop computers; BUT, did you know that they make an Android Smartphone that is probably one of the best mid-range inexpensive phones out there. It is called the ASUS ZenFone

ASUS ZenFone 2

Based on the excellent customer reviews at Amazon, this phone is a hit. I am sure the price point on this phone is a main factor; especially, when you start comparing this phone with some of the other more expensive phones (such as the Samsung S6 or Apple’s iPhones). This phone comes unlocked and is compatible with the GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network such as: Straight Talk, Walmart Family Mobile, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Brightspot, Net10, h20 Wireless, and Cricket Wireless. I encourage you take a look at the reviews and I think you will agree this phone is a phone to consider. From what I have read the processing power is right up there, but the camera is not up to what maybe the Samsung S6 is…

The ASUS ZenPhone is definitely a phone to consider purchasing straight out to reduce your monthly cell bill where most people are paying for their phone a bit at a time each month.

Features At A Glance:

  • Unlocked, No Carrier Contract required. 4G/LTE Ready
  • Android 5.0 – Lollipop
  • 5.5″, FullHD 1920×1080 IPS
  • Available in 2GB or 4GB RAM
  • Dual SIM slots, Dual Active phone lines
  • Intel Atom Quad Core (1.8 or 2.3GHz) with OpenGL 3.0 support
  • 16GB or 64GB onboard storage
  • 5GB lifetime ASUS WebStorage
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Lastest WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

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How To Activate The FM Radio Chip In Your Smartphone

I bet you did not know that your smartphone has a FM radio chip built into the phone that has the ability to receive FM radio signal broadcasts, just like any FM radio. Since this technology works off of the radio waves, no internet data connection is required.

So, how do you activate the chip in order to receive FM radio broadcasts? This “how to” article is a little bit more involved than what the title may lead you to believe; but, to activate the chip requires each of us to TAKE ACTION and contact our wireless carriers to request that the FM radio chip technology be activated. From what I have read, carriers in other countries activate the chips (by default).

Free Radio On My Phone

To learn more about the FM Radio chip, please visit Free Radio On My Phone

Contact your wireless carrier today to let them know — as a matter of public safety and consumer fairness for data plans — you want your phone’s FM chip activated for constant access to free FM radio!

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#1 Best Seller – Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

Ran across this Windows based phone this morning at Amazon — Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone — No Contract Phone — At the time of this posting was less than 30 bucks!

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

  • No annual contract – 4G coverage with data plans starting at $40/month.
  • Meet Cortana, your personal assistant, with the improved Windows Phone 8.1 experience. (This device ships with Windows Phone 8.0, and is eligible for a free “Over the Air” update to 8.1.
  • Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses and 5MP camera.
  • View video and share images on the 4inch WVGA LCD display.
  • Get all the best apps: Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, OneDrive, Facebook and Uber.

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The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.

The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).

Turning Off GPS

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[HOW TO] How to Delete Your Google+ Account – If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google’s tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps to removing the social network functions from your Google account. The process is quick and simple… @lifehacker

[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMARTPHONE] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Easily manage all of your files from your smartphone or tablet. Search, copy, delete, playback and sort your files with ease. The File Manager application is free to download from Google Play… @AMAZON

Sony 16GB Microvault USB Flash Drive for Smartphone

Sony 16GB Microvault

[TECH NEWS] Amazon Unveils New 3-D ‘Fire’ Smartphone – The long-rumored Amazon smartphone was officially unveiled Wednesday and, yes, it has a 3-D screen. Well, technically Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called it “dynamic perspective,” but it gives the new Fire Phone the illusion of depth with no glasses required thanks to four face-tracking cameras built into the front of the phone… @NBCNews

[LABEL PRINTER] Share Brother’s Wireless Label Printer Among Multiple PCs – Brother has introduced the PT-P750W, its first PC-connectable P-touch label maker that can be used with most computers and mobile devices to create labels over a wireless network. This makes the PT-P750W an ideal group label printer for small offices and business environments… @PCMag

[FREE SOFTWARE] Locate files and folders by name instantly – Everything Search Engine (Small installation file, Clean and simple user interface, Quick file indexing, Quick searching, Minimal resource usage, Share files with others easily AND Real-time updating)… @voidtools

[HOW TO] Proper Ways to Dispose of An Old Computer – When the time comes to dispose of an old computer, you need to take the proper steps to ensure it is discarded properly. The two main concerns when getting rid of an old computer include the fact that they contain heavy metals like many electronics, and the fact that they contain a variety of important and personal information that you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands where it could make you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. Here are some helpful tips for disposing of the old computer safely… @Computer How To Guide

[ANDROID APPS] 5 Flute Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 flute apps for Android which you can use to play the flute on your Android devices. By simulating music instruments on Android you can’t expect to have the same music experience like you do with real instruments. Despite that, instrument simulators are a great way how to have fun on your smartphone or tablet… @I Love Free Software

[WALLPAPER] Rain Wet Blue… @URHDWALLPAPERS

Rain Wet Blue


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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

[MORE INFO]

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner – Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC – Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

Digital Art Freedom


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Windows 8.1 Update Error Codes 80070020, 80073712, 0x80071a91, and 0x800f081f

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] If you are experiencing an error code (as indicated in the title) that is preventing the installation of the Windows 8.1 Update, then you needs to read this article (@WinBeta) to help get you on track. Sometimes the update reaches 99% and ends up reverting and requiring a restart… @WinBeta

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MORE GEEK SQUEAKS

[ANDROID CAMERA APP] Whistle Camera Listens For An Audio Cue & Snaps A Picture – Launch the app and let out the faintest whistle you can manage. A pea whistle appears on your phone to show that the app heard you and a picture is snapped… @Addictive Tips

[EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE] My Passport Ultra – Ultra-compact, local and cloud backup to go – @Amazon

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

WD My Passport

Features at a Glance

Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
Blazing-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
Automatic backup software for local backups
Cloud backup through Dropbox
Password protection and hardware encryption

[NEWS] Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion – Smartphone and tablet apps are great. But now we’re facing a kind of app glut. Our smartphones are quickly becoming bloated with far more apps than anyone can manage… @Computer World

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE UTILITY] System Explorer (recently updated to V5.0) – This small software includes many usefull tools which help youKeep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @System Explorer

System Explorer

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of the methods, tips, technology news, latest trends and reviews at your leisure so that you spend more time doing things you really love. Whenever he gets time he writes about his professional experience in general PC Applications, Windows, Hardware & Networking (Wired & Wirelss) related issues and fixation… @geekOmad

[ANDROID CAMERA APPS] 4 Android Fast Camera Apps To Take Photos Instantly – In this list, we shall talk about 4 free fast camera apps for Android that let you instantly click photos on your Android device. Most of these apps are incredibly simple to use, and some of them don’t even require you to press the camera shutter button…
@I Love Free Software

[HOW TO] Take Awesome Astronomy Photos with a Smartphone and a Telescope – If you’re eager to start photographing the night sky, but you want to do so on a budget, it can be done—even with just a smartphone and a telescope… @lifehacker

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 Tip: Manage Disk Space – Among the many small improvements in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a set of new settings in PC Settings that help you manage your PC. And key among these is the new Disk Space settings, which lets you check and manage how your PC’s or device’s storage is being used… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[ANDROID PDF READERS] Top 3 Android PDF Readers That Won’t Make Your Eyes Tired – While there are choices of great Android ebook readers out there, not all of them can read a PDF file, which is a shame considering that PDF is a common format of your textbook or technical guidance book. If you’ve been looking for the best Android PDF reader, you’d better check one of these apps… @Android Stars

[ANDROID NEWBIE ADVICE] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks for the Week

THE ROUND-UP FOR THIS WEEK:

An Android Photo App that gives you UP TO 85 FREE INDIVIUDAL 4X6 PRINTERS PER MONTH.  Judging from the reviews, this is a great deal and a great way to preserve your photos directly from your phone or tablet…

SEARCH FOR ONLINE MUSIC AND VIDEOS from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more, USING THE ONLINE SERVICE CALLED SOLAYO

WANT TO SEND A LARGE FILE VIA EMAIL? Well, GEGeek found an online file transfer service called Filemail; where you simply select a file, type in someone’s e-mail and click ‘send’. The recipient gets a link and downloads the file…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a tech site that is maintained and owned by an IT professional in Melbourne, Australia. If you are a smartphone owner, you will especially like the article that is featured and written by the owner of this site.  If you crave tech, then definitely bookmark this site…

THIS WEEK’S TECH PRODUCT PICK is the Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB… This device connects to your smartphone (check for compatibility) and allows you to transfer files from the phone to the device.  When done, you can then move the files to your computer by plugging it into one of your USB ports. You can get a full review of this device at this week’s tech site pick…

EXPERTS HAVE CONCERNS that electronics (such as tablets) can lead kids to be anti-social.  Like my mother always said, “too much of anything can be harmful”…

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PhotoAffections – FREE PRINTS

(Android)

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FEATURES:

• 1,000 free 4×6 prints a year!
• Professional-quality photo prints in multiple sizes
• High-quality prints in deluxe glossy or premium matte finishes
• Up to 85 free individual 4×6 prints per month
• Easy log-in and access to Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa
• NEW! Quick and easy checkout with Google Wallet
• Standard shipping & handling starts at just $1.99 and never exceeds $9.99
• Expedited shipping available for just $1.00 more!
• Your photos printed and shipped to your door in just a few days!

GET IT HERE


Solayo

(WebApp)

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Search for online music & videos from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more.

SEARCH

PLAY

COLLECT

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Filemail

(WebApp)

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Users have discovered that Filemail:

  • Is faster and hassle-free compared to sharing via cloud drives
  • Is simpler than uploading to file hosting services
  • Offers much higher file size limit than e-mail accounts
  • Doesn’t force people who receive your files to register anywhere or install anything
  • Integrates seamlessly with popular e-mail software
  • Offers better transfer speeds than other free services

CHECK IT OUT HERE


This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Craving Tech

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Add unlimited storage space to your Android phone or tablet, thanks to Imation – Imation’s 2-in-1 micro USB Flash Drive for Android gives a seamless access between your precious files and your Android smartphone/tablet. Simply plug the USB drive on the phone to access the files in it and plug to your computer to transfer files to it. Buy this in bulk and you can practically have an unlimited storage space on your Android phone or tablet… READ MORE


Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB

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  • The rugged swivel and slide cap less design lets you carry additional photos, videos and files in your pocket without worrying about damage or lost caps
  • Compatible with many Android devices, the drive allows you to transfer or view content without the need for a computer
  • Preserve your device’s storage space by accessing content directly from the USB drive
  • Plug n Play technology requires no batteries, Wi-Fi or internet
  • Use with ES File Explorer App to optimize performance on select devices
  • DEVICE REQUIREMENTS: visit www.imation.com/compatibility for compatibility details
  • For Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices Innovative swivel design with USB OTG support
  • OS REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Mac OS X and higher

GET IT HERE


Tablets a hit with kids, but experts have concerns

@ NBC News

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Some experts note there’s no evidence that screen time — whether from a TV or tablet — provides any educational or developmental benefits for babies and toddlers. Yet it takes away from activities that do promote brain development, such as non-electronic toys and adult interaction.

They also say that too much screen time has been linked to behavior problems and delayed social development in older children… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 12, 2013

ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS IN THE NATION FOR IT PRO’s is TCAT Shelbyville (placement rate of over 90% and a retention rate of 96%)…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a blog that has been in my hip pocket since the first day I started blogging…

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “50 BEST ANDROID APPS” is a popular source of free ringtones, wallpapers, and games…

A CELL PHONE UNLOCKING DEAL has been made between the FCC and the five major US wireless carriers…

NO OBLIGATION. NO SECRET FEES OR HIDDEN CATCHES. Just simple, reliable, free protection from the antivirus experts at Avira…

A WALL MOUNT COMPACT SURGE PROTECTOR that provides direct, plug-in surge protection for your entry-level desktop computers…

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What makes TCAT Shelbyville’s IT program different?

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The Information Technology program at TCAT Shelbyville offers one of the best programs in the nation for IT professionals.  The amount of resources and curriculum that cover all major operating systems (Linux, Apple and Windows) is delivered by certified and industry leading experts… READ MORE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

12 Scams of Christmas (and Yahoo, too)Folks, as we approach the Holidays, please be aware, and remind your friends and family, that we are now in the peak scam, ripoff, fraud, and – of course! – phishing season. The vermin are happily and busily creating phony online stores, and filling our Inboxes, Faceboook, and Twitter with bait and lures of all types… READ MORE


ZEDGE™

(Android)

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For years ZEDGE™ has been the most trusted and popular source of free ringtones, wallpapers, and games in the world. Over 80 million people get more than 300 million free downloads from Zedge every month. ZEDGE’s brand is synonymous with high quality, diversity, uniqueness and great fun.

“Zedge is a safe choice with no shady advertising tactics. It has plenty of ringtones and wallpapers to choose from, and getting them onto your phone can be done with the press of a button.”

GET IT HERE FOR FREE


FCC, wireless carriers reach cell phone unlocking deal

@ c|net

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The Federal Communications Commission has reached an agreement with the five major US wireless carriers that requires the carriers to disclose how and when cell phones on their networks can be unlocked, according to Reuters.

Under the terms of the deal, carriers agreed that customers’ phones could be unlocked at the end of their contract, which makes the mobile business a more even playing field… READ MORE


Avira Free Antivirus

Security and simplicity redefined

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Built upon the same award-winning technology found in their premium products, Avira Free Antivirus helps keep your PC malware-free while protecting your privacy.

Lightweight and powerful, Avira Free Antivirus offers Real-Time malware detection, a pop-up blocker, privacy tools and safety ratings for your search results.

(remember – uninstall any exisiting antivirus software
prior to installing new antivirus software)

GET IT HERE


Belkin SurgeMaster 6 Outlet Wall-Mount Surge Protector

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The Home Series from Belkin offers wall mount-direct, plug-in surge protection for your entry-level desktop computers, peripherals, phone/fax/modem, kitchen appliances, standard household electronics, and more. This model boasts 1045 Joules, 45,000 Maximum Spike Amperage, six outlets, and a lifetime 50,000 dollar connected equipment warranty. It also includes a built-in phone line splitter and filters EMI/RFI noise up to 43 dB reduction. Additionally, this surge protector plugs directly into the wall to avoid cord problems… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 19, 2013

A FREE COMMAND-LINE TOOL to recover the product/serial Keys of Windows and other popular software…

THE $200 CHROMEBOOK C720 BY ACER may be the way to go to meet your computer and internet needs…

DECIDING BETWEEN A LAPTOP OR TABLET requires some real forethought. Let Dom’s Computer Tech Blog get you on the right track with, “Should You Choose A Laptop or Tablet?”…

ANDROID SCREEN OFF AND LOCK is an android app designed to quickly shut off your android devices…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Windows License Key Dump

If you lost a software license key for a software product you purchased, you may want to give this command line utility a try, called Windows License Key Dump, to recover the key. Thanks to Bill Mullin’s over at Tech Thoughts for this one…

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It automatically detects and decrypts the license/serial keys of over 200+ popular softwares including Office, SQL Server, Adobe, Nero and many more. The complete list is given below.

Windows License Key Dump’ works on both 32-bit & 64-bit platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8GET IT HERE


Acer C720 Chromebook
(11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB)

For $200 bucks, this Chromebook (by Acer) is something to really take a look at, especially if you only need something to get on the internet. Let’s face it, most of our computer time is on the internet.

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Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft’s Office web apps… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Should you Choose a Laptop or a Tablet?

@ Dom’s Computer Tech Blog

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Choosing between a laptop and a tablet can be quite a tricky situation. As such, you can’t just pick one based on the mere fact that one is better than the other. There are some reasons and factors that come into play when talking about the two… READ MORE


Screen Off and Lock

I was recently looking for a software (or app) option to turning off my Android phone by tapping on an app shortcut on the screen (instead of using the hardware button). What I found was a very nice app called Screen Off and Lock that works very nicely and has several options such as screen off animations (that are very cool).

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Screen Off and Lock allows you to switch off your devices from:
1. Launcher shortcut
2. Launcher widget 1×1 – 4×4, resizable in Android 4.0+ (Also available in lock screen for Android 4.2+) (Donate version)
3. Notification
4. Floating button over all apps! (Double tap to use it) (Donate version)
5. Search button (if your device has it)

Other features:
1. Screen off animation (including the most famous Old TV style)
2. Screen lock/unlock sound effect
3. Screen off vibration

GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 13, 2013


WOT – WEB OF TRUST hits the 100 million download mark!!!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW – Did you know that taking a picture with your digital camera, tablet, or smartphone may be revealing the precise location where the picture was taken? Read the article below from TCAT Shelbyville to see why this can come back to haunt you…

NEW FEATURE IN GMAIL now gives you the ability to view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail

CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO YOUR TV with this slimport HDMI adapter. The phone has to be slimport or MyDP compatible to work. Your phone, in essence, turns your TV into a media center.

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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WOT is celebrating 100.000.000 downloads!

WOT – Web of Trust is a browser add-on (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari) that serves as an aid in helping you determine what sites are safe and what sites potentially are not. I have used WOT since day one, through the thick and thin, and have come to rely on its’ purpose. Congratulation to the WOT team for reaching the 100 million milestone and for the FREE service that is provided to help protect us on the internet.

Watch Video To  See WOT In Action

  • Traffic light style icons guide you find trustworthy links on search engine results, social media, online email, and many popular sites
  • You can leave your own ratings to help other web users stay safe
  • Third-party trusted sources provide technical security
  • It’s fast, free, and easy-to-use
  • Interested to know how the WOT system works? Learn more here

GET IT HERE


Remove EXIF information from your pictures

@ TCAT Shelbyville

Did you know that today’s digital cameras and smartphone cameras will implant into the EXIF data of the picture the lattitude and longitude of where the picture was taken? IMPORTANT – You need to read this article to learn about the consequences of this and what you can do to stop it.

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Most people still don’t know that their tablet, camera or smartphone might be tagging their latitude and longitude.   Why is this dangerous?  It can show the location of where you or your family is at.  It can give away corporate data or information that can harm your corporation… READ MORE


Attachments in Gmail,
now with the power of Google Drive

@ Google | Official Blog

Gmail continues to improve and these recently announced improvements are BIG!

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You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder. With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you’re on—computer, phone or tablet… READ MORE


Connect SlimPort (or MyDP) Enabled Smartphones And Tablets To TVs, Monitors, Notebooks And Projectors

SlimPort HDMI Adapter

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This HDMI adapter connects SlimPort® or MyDP-enabled smartphones and tablets to TVs, monitors, notebooks and projectors with an HDMI connection. Capable of Full HD resolutions, this adapter displays the content of your mobile device on the big screen for all to share. Enjoy multi- screen productivity with the connection of a simple cable. Unlock the full power of your device for endless productivity and high definition entertainment… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 12, 2013

Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

#1 Best Seller (at Amazon) Wireless Color Photo Printer With Scanner, Copier and Fax…

Access the shared files and folders on your desktop PC to move files to and from your Android Devices (such as smartphones and tablets)…

A Must See Infographic: How the mobile phone has evolved from bricks to brains…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

When I am in the need to purchase tech items, such as a printer, I head over to Amazon to see if the item is available (which it most likely is), then I pull up the customer reviews (from real people). I know some of the reviews may be planted, but the majority are for real and it can give you a good handle on what to expect. In this case I was browsing around for an economical printer and I happened across the Canon PIXMA MX922 that has favorable reviews and is just the size I need for the space on my desk.

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FEATURES:

Built-in automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning saves time and cuts paper usage by up to 50%

Print features include AirPrint, Auto Duplex Printing, Auto Sheet Feeder, Borderless Printing, CD/DVD Printing, Dual Function Panel, Google Cloud Print, Document Printing, Full HD Movie Print, Photo Printing and Web Template Print

Copy features include Auto Duplex ADF, AE (Auto Exposure / Intensity) Copy, Auto Duplex Copy, Borderless, Fit-to-Page, Gutter Shadow Correction Copy, Image Repeat, Intensity, Multiple Copy (1-99 pages), Preset Copy Ratios, Reserve Copy, Sort (ADF) and Zoom

Scan features include Auto Document Fix, Auto Duplex Scan, Auto Scan Mode, Network Scan, Push Scan and Scan to Memory (USB)

Fax features include Answering Machine Connectivity, Caller Rejection, Check RX Fax Info., Fax Reception Reject, Fax Number Re-Entry, F/T Changing (manual), Group Dialing, Memory Transmission, Redial and Remote Reception

CHECK IT OUT HERE


ES File Explorer File Manager

I cannot rave enough about the Android app called ES File Explorer Manager. If you need an app to manage the files on your Android device, this is the one to get. What has sold me on ES File Explorer is the networking capabilites that is built into the app (such as LAN, Cloud, FTP and Bluetooth). For example, instead of installing separate apps for your online file storage accounts, you can access those accounts through ES File Explorer (accounts such as the popular GDrive, Box, Drop Box, & SkyDrive). What I especially like is that I can access the shared files and folders on my desktop PC to move files to and from my Android Devices (and the computer).

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ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager. It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.

It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.

GET IT HERE


A Must See Info Graphic
On The Evolution Of The Cell Phone

@ Computer Science Degree Hub

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 10, 2013


Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– A better sound control utility for Windows
– Know what files to backup prior to reinstalling Windows
– How to increase battery life on the Nexus 5 (KitKat)
– Eliminate smartphone and tablet cord clutter

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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SimpleSndVol

SimpleSndVol is a simple application that sits in your system tray near the clock and provides some useful and fast ways to control your sound volume and balance.

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This is my go to sound volume control on my PC. More features than the standard Windows sound volume control

  • Easy access to sound balance with one click.
  • Global hotkeys to change or mute volume.
  • Change sound volume with mouse wheel/scroll. Hover tray icon and scroll up or down. Very useful.
  • Middle click on tray icon will mute the sound.
  • Several nice icon sets for tray.

GET IT HERE


Files to Backup before Reinstalling Windows

@ Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog

If you are thinking about reinstalling windows or you are in a position where you have to reinstall Windows, take a step back and think about what personal data (the important stuff) that needs to be backed up. To help you along, Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog has compiled a listing of files you need to backup prior to reinstalling Windows.

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Many situations may require the re-installation of Windows on your PC. This may lead to loss of vital personal files unless you backup your files or if these files happen to be saved on some other remote drive.

Because of this, it is important to know exactly what files to to backup just before you reinstall Windows on your desktop or laptop computer… READ MORE


Five settings that increase battery life
on Android 4.4 KitKat

@ c|net

As the smartphone and tablet continues to become more enriched in features; it is these features that can cause a drain on your battery. c|net has a nice article up to help you identify what and where these battery draining culprits are and how to disable them (featuring the Nexus 5 and KitKat). The tips provided here in this article will definitely give you some more battery life.

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If you’re looking to get more juice out of your phone’s battery, or are one of the many people with a Nexus 5 plagued by a possible battery issue, change these settings… READ MORE


Bamboo Multi Device Charging Station

There’s room to store a laptop, tablet and up to three other mobile devices like smartphones, cell phones or portable gaming devices.

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The bottom of the charging station has a magnetic base that flips open to reveal a hidden storage area for organizing the wires that would otherwise clutter your desk space. The built in elastic straps keep everything tidy and in its right place… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 8, 2013


Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– A small utility that will auto hide your desktop icons
– First impressions of the Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
– One inbox for all your email accounts (Android App)
– Nice selection of cases for the Nexus 5

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Auto Hide Desktop Icons

If your Windows desktop is a sea of icons, then you need this little utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons that will automatically hide the icons on your desktop after 5 seconds (or more depending on what you configure it to do). To make the icons visible, simply left mouse click on the desktop. You can also configure the mouse click settings, as well.

Very nice, small and portable app that gives you the ability to actually see and appreciate your desktop wallpaper. To really appreciate this little utility, make sure you place a check in the box next to “Start With Windows”.

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GET IT HERE (FOR FREE)


Google Nexus 5: First Impressions and Photos

@ Paul Thurrott’s Super Site For Windows

I am a proud owner of one of the Nexus 5 smartphone’s by Google. So far, I am loving it. I can see why the younger generation is walking away from desktop computers. Mix Google, Android and the Nexus 5 together and you have your computer in your pocket.

To give an idea of my first impressions, I found an article by Paul Thurrott that parallels my thoughts exactly…

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First, and perhaps most important, this is a pretty special device. At just $350 for the 16 GB version and $400 for the 32 GB version, the Google Nexus 5 is an affordable and attractive device. It’s not a “hero” phone like the Galaxy S4, HTC One X, iPhone 5S or Lumia 1020. But it’s also not a bargain basement burner. This is a solid and well-made smart phone handset… READ MORE


An Android Email App With Fast Magical Search

I currently have a Gmail, an Outlook (Hotmail) and a couple of Yahoo email accounts that serve me well for various purposes. To pull down the mail from these accounts, into one inbox, on my Android devices, I use an app called Cloud Magic – Mail App. The strength in Cloud Magic lies in its’ ability to rapidly perform searches, but the part I really like is that it is very user friendly and it looks really nice.

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Feature List
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* Lightning fast, powerful email search – Search across all your mailboxes in one go, all the way back to your first email. Use the smart search suggestions to quickly get to the email you need.

* Works for all types of email  – Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Mail.com, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

* Unified Inbox – One inbox for all your email accounts.

GET IT HERE AT THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE


Cases For Your Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, one of the first things I did was go on the hunt for a case to protect my investment. It is still early in the game, since the Nexus 5 was just released, but there are some manufacturer’s who are ahead in the game with some really nice cases.

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CHECK OUT THE SELECTION HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 7, 2013

Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– Search NTFS volumes at insane speeds, given the right privileges.
– Some Nexus 5 Support Tips
– A Free Android Memory Booster App (and system cleaner)
– A Wireless Pan/Tilt/Zoom Surveillance Camera For Home

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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A Lightweight Program Whose Purpose Is To Help You Quickly Find Files

I recently posted a squeak on Five Efficient Alternatives To Windows Search and a reader wrote in to tell me about another alternative called SwiftSearch.

I took SwiftSearch for a spin and liked the idea that it is a down and dirTy open source application that reads the NTFS file table to locate files. End result is an search application that can find files at insane speeds. To use this application you must have Admin rights and a NTFS formatted drive.

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Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users. As a bonus, this program also supports path-based search (for example, you can search for “*Program*\ Windows*”), regular expressions (just start the search name with ‘>’ character), and full directory sizes. Its goal is to be simple, swift, and intuitive to use.

GET IT HERE


Some Nexus 5 Support Tips

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Start using your Nexus 5

Insert a SIM card in your Nexus 5
Charge your Nexus 5
Set up your Nexus 5

Use your phone

Make a phone call
Use caller ID by Google
Answer or divert calls
Use the call log
Options during a call
Listen to your voicemail
Place an Internet call
Call settings

Messaging

Read & manage messages
Send or respond to a message
Change Messaging settings


A FREE Android Memory Booster App

If you are looking for an Android App that is similar to the PC version of CCleaner, then take a look at Clean Master… I currently run this on all of my Android devices to clear out the cache and junk files; AND, free up RAM and storage space…

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[Junk Files] – Clean Cache and Residual Files
On Android devices, cache and residual files can build up and occupy gigabytes of your phone’s space. Cleaning junk files can help free up memory on your device and SD card.

[Privacy] – Delete History
Privacy is important and many of your apps silently record your personal data, such as your web browser data, Google search history, and more. Clean Master can erase this information and keep your personal data secure.

[Memory Boost] – Advanced Task Manager
Tasks running in the background not only occupy system RAM, but also waste your battery life. Task Killer can stop other apps that are running in the background and free up more RAM to speed up your Android device. This includes a shortcut called “1 Tap Boost”, easily accessible from your home screen.

[App Manager] – Uninstaller, Backup, Move to SD
An uninstaller that is an improvement over the default Android version, which is also able to create backup .apk files. Some rooted users will also be able to move apps to their SD card as well as uninstall pre-installed and system apps.

[Widget] – Memory Booster Widget
A handy shortcut that allows you to instantly boost your pone’s memory from a phone widget. To enable the widget, just touch the homescreen with a long hold until a window appears, then scroll down and select the Clean Master Widget.

GET IT HERE


D-Link Wireless HD Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera

Who says you cannot inexpensively install your own home and/or business surveillance system?

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Protect more of what you value with the clarity and mobile control of D-Link’s Cloud Camera 5000 surveillance solution (model DCS-5222L). Download the exclusive mydlink app and monitor your home or business–anywhere, anytime–on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Pan, tilt, and digital zoom on-demand to capture the perfect angle and see more of your home or business with smooth, responsive control. Experience the clarity of 720p HD quality and never miss a detail. And with integrated motion-sensing, automated email alerts, and night-vision technology, the Cloud Camera 5000 remains vigilant 24 hours a day, whether you’re there or not.

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 5, 2013

Summary: Update Microsoft Windows and Office without an Internet connection; A computer-generated digital decoy named “Sweetie” snares sex predators; An all-in-one toolbox for your Android smartphone or tablet; and, A 650 lumen tactical flashlight…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Update Any Computer Running Microsoft Windows Without An Internet Connection

WSUS Offline Update @ FreewareFiles.com

Believe it or not, there are still many people with dial-up connections, due to limited broadband availability. Performing Windows updates on a dial-up connection can be a very frustrating experience that ends up bogging down the computer. This is an example where WSUS Offline Update can help…

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GET IT HERE


Virtual Girl Dubbed ‘Sweetie’ Snares Thousands
Of Would-be Sex Predators

@ NBCNews

A charity created a virtual 10 year old girl named Sweetie to snare sex predators…

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In little more than two months, more than 1,000 people were identified by children’s rights group Terre des Hommes after they offered money to the fake profile for a variety of sex acts. They included 254 Americans… READ MORE


All-In-One Toolbox For Android

We have seen all-in-one utility suites for the desktop computer; but, this is the first (comprehensive) all-in-one package I have seen for our Android OS based devices (such as smartphones and tablets).

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All-In-One Toolbox provides comprehensive system optimizing techniques, including real-time memory info, one click memory quick boosting, task killer, cache cleaner, history cleaner, and SD file manager etc. It embraces all factors that matter to device performance, and helps to optimize your device to run at optimum speed… GET IT HERE


TerraLUX TT-5 Dual Button Tail Switch Tactical Flashlight

If you are into police or security work, I highly recommend one of these tactical flashlights. I use one, not only to light things up, but as a form of protection. The technology with these things continue to get better and better.

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3 lighting modes (high, medium, low) and strobe mode

CREE XM-L (U2) LED with max 650 lumens

Max run time 295hrs

Requires (2) CR123A or (2) CR123 or (1)18650 batteries

Detachable stainless steel strike bezel

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 4, 2013

Summary: FREE antivirus and anti-theft protection for your Android Phone and Tablet; A Dell laptop that reportedly smells like cat urine; Basic safety and protection tips for laptop owners; and, Amazon offering their Kindles’ 15 percent off the regular price (today only)…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Protect Your Android™ Phone And Tablet With
avast! Mobile Security

I am very familiar with Avast on desktop computers and can tell you that it very good antivirus software. With the Android version, not only do you have the antivirus protection; you also have theft protection. I installed this on one of my tablets and have found that it does not bog down the tablet, as you would think…

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avast! Mobile Security keeps your device safe from viruses, malware, and spyware.

It helps you locate your lost phone through our web-based phone locate feature.

Remote device lock and/or memory wipe in its advanced Anti-Theft component keep your data safe.

Handy tools like network meter, app manager, and even firewall (on rooted phones) give you complete control of your mobile phone.

GET IT HERE


New 6430u Smells Awful

I often will check out forums at the various computer makers. While on the Dell forums came across a topic where people are reporting an awful ammonia smell (similar to cat urine) being generated from the Dell 6430u laptop… I have to wonder how many cats were evicted from their homes over this?

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The forum topic start off like this:

So a few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work.

The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcats litter box.  It is truly awful!

It  seems to be coming from the keyboard.

Anybody got any advice on removing the smell??? READ MORE


Basic Tips to Keep Your Laptop Safe and Protected

@ Computer How To Guide

Peter Lee over at Computer How To Guide has a nice write-up on keeping our laptops safe (and protected) that serves as a good reminder…

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…with the benefit of portability comes a range of risks that can all threaten the safety, security and performance of your computer. This simple guide will help you keep your laptop in tip-top condition… READ MORE


Today Only – 15% Off Any Kindle

Folks, if you are looking for a tablet, this is a great opportunity to grab one of the Kindles…

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CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 31, 2013

Featuring: The Google Nexus 5 has been released just in time for halloween; My experience with the Barnes & Noble Nook HD 7 inch tablet; A FREE interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview; and, not cheap headphones by Bose…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Google Nexus 5 Release

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I have been following the reports and rumors of the Nexus 5 for the past month and Google finally released it today! The Nexus 5 is an unlocked 5” smartphone, powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, that has an intelligently simple design; plus, it comes in black and white…

Superior camera capabilities to capture every moment
HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible image, and the advanced new lens captures more light for brighter night and clearer action shots.

A 5″ HD screen with vibrant, lifelike colors
View everything you love in greater detail, from photography to gaming and more.

A truly customizable experience with Android 4.4, KitKat
This latest version is fast, powerful and easy to use. Plus, your Nexus 5 will get all Android updates first.

Ultra-fast Wi-Fi and a Snapdragon 800� processor
Navigate the web, switch between apps and race through games at blazing speeds.

Instant access to Google Play
Choose from more than 1 million apps and games for your entertainment, plus all the music you love. You can even create custom radio stations with Google Music All Access for Nexus 5.

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Nook HD 7” Tablet

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I was recently given a Nook HD 7” tablet. Being familiar with the tablets I was thinking this would be a low end tablet. Folks, let me tell you, after thoroughly exploring this tablet I was very impressed…  If you don’t mind not having a front or rear camera, this little tablet rocks (and is inexpensive to boot).

The best in reading – now with the best Android apps, games, movies, music & more

  • New! Over 700,000 Android apps & games on GooglePlay™
  • New! YouTube™, Google Maps™ & Gmail™
  • New! Use Chrome™ for super-fast web browsing
  • Millions of books & magazines to choose from
  • Thousands of popular movies & TV shows
  • Stunning high resolution 7″ display

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Sweet Home 3D – A FREE Interior Design Application

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Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview.

This program is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or they just want to redesign their existing home. Numerous visual guides help you draw the plan of your home and layout furniture. You may draw the walls of your rooms upon the image of an existing plan, and then, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories. Each change in the 2D plan is simultaneously updated in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout… GET IT HERE


Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

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  • Optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod models
  • Advanced noise reduction rivaling any full-sized headphone
  • Aware mode for hearing what’s around you while enjoying your music
  • Impressive audio performance from exclusive Bose technologies
  • Long-lasting comfort plus stability from proprietary StayHear®+ tips

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 28, 2013

Featuring: Glary Utilities, a FREE, Powerful, All-In-One computer maintenance and system optimization utility was recently updated; Some telltale signs that your laptop is overheating; See the latest gadget at ITRush that is exclusively designed to convert photos to digital images; and, The NEW Galaxy Note 3…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Free, Powerful, All-In-One Utility
For Cleaning and Optimizing Your Windows PC

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities is one of my favorites when it comes to all-in-one system maintenance and optimization utilities. I especially like that they have a portable version available that can be carried on a flash drive.

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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your Windows PC.

Boosts PC speed and fixes frustrating errors, crashes and freezes

Protects your privacy and wipe sensitive internet and chat history

Over 20 tools to maximize your Computer’s performance

GET IT HERE


Your laptop overheats and turns itself off how do you overcome this problem?

@ Wiki Answers

During a training session I was attending the instructor’s notebook, after approximately 2 hours of use, started to suddenly shut itself down and when the instructor resumed Windows the mouse became jumpy and the computer’s performance noticeably dropped. Long story short; the notebook was positioned in such a way that it could not cool itself down and was becoming overheated. This led me to find this article at Wiki Answers…

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Most laptops will auto-shutdown if they get too hot, to prevent damage to the CPU chip. So if it’s still shutting down, it hasn’t lost it’s mind — yet… READ MORE


The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter – Now you can transform photos into digital format quickly and easily

@ ITRush

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The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter is very easy to use and works faster than any scanners out there, simply place the picture into the converter, close the tray and hit the button to start the process of converting your old photographs into a more secure digital format plus you can even watch the conversion process because it already comes with a nice LCD screen… READ MORE


The Next Big Thing Is Here – Galaxy Note 3

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The Galaxy Note 3 features a wider 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, yet it’s slimmer and lighter than its predecessor (8.3mm and 5.93 ounces, respectively) and has a more powerful and longer lasting 3200 mAh battery. It’s also equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and an improved LED flash to help you capture every visual story in your life — even in low light and active situations… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 27, 2013

Featuring: Cometdocs, the online document management system, now has a desktop app available; Is the October 31st release of the Nexus 5, a trick or a treat?; What to do if you are infected by Cryptolocker and how to prevent the infection; and, The Xbox One Console, a product that will be in high demand…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Convert Files Quickly and Easily By Using Cometdocs
From Your Desktop

Cometdocs is an online document management system where you can convert your PDF files to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. You can also convert various formats to PDF. Cometdocs allows you to store and share your documents, online, for FREE. Recently Cometdocs released this desktop application where you can complete various file conversions, from your desktop, without having to go to the Cometdocs site.

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With one right click on a document, you are presented with the file conversion options for that document type. Once you have chosen your conversion, the file will be automatically converted and download to your computer in a matter of moments… GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 expected to debut October 31 in the US – TechSpot

TRICK OR TREAT?: have been following the announcements leading to the development and release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone. According to TechSpot, we can expect the release on October 31st…

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The anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 Kitkat software update have reached a feverish pace, especially when you consider the phone briefly appeared on the Google Play store last week. And if the latest rumors prove to be true, consumers won’t have to wait much longer for the device as the latest suggests it will launch on October 31 in the US… READ MORE


Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected
and what to do if you are

@ ComputerWorld

I know I posted information yesterday about Cryptolocker, but this is extremely important. If you become victim of Cryptolocker, you are at high odds of losing your personal files. I have never seen anything like this and I feel, the more I let people know, the better. If you see the below graphic show up on your PC displaying that your personal files are encrypted, you have been nailed!

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Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering a PDF of a scanned image, from a major delivery service like UPS orFedEx offering tracking information or from a bank letter confirming a wire or money transfer… READ MORE


This Product Is Not Guaranteed At Release Date of November 22, 2013 Due To High Demand

Xbox One Console – Standard Edition

I love it when I see a new product that is in such demand, you most likely don’t have a shot at it, until months after its’ release.

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Introducing Xbox One. Where the best games, multiplayer, and your favorite movies, music, sports and live TV come togeather in one place. Xbox One games look and feel incredibly real, with cinematic gameplay that rivals Hollywood. Watch TV or chat with friends on Skype while you play, and keep on playing while smarter matchmaking happens behind the scenes. With Xbox One, you can snap two things side-by-side on your TV, and switch from one to another instantly. Cloud-powered and built for the digital age, Xbox One is designed to keep getting better over time… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 18, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(Add Multi-Tab Functionality To Windows Explorer): I am big on using the built in file manager in Windows; however, it is lacking when compared to some of the third party file managers that are available. Today, I found a really cool application (or extension) called Clover that adds multi-tab functionality to Windows Explorer (for Windows 7 and XP) and File Explorer (for Windows 8). The really cool part about Clover is that it looks like the Chrome browser (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (More News On The Nexus 5): Either Google made a boo boo and posted the Nexus 5 (at $349) on the Nexus site by mistake or they are using a marketing tactic to promote the Nexus 5; either way, it showed up on the site one minute, then disappeared the next (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (An App For To Check Your Heart Rate): Carol over at Carol’s Vault has a really neat app posted that literally could be a lifesaver (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (A Small Speaker That Puts Out A Surprising Amount of Sound): The iHome iHM60GY 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker is one awesome speaker for its’ size. If you don’t believe me check out the customer reviews and (SEE MORE BELOW)…

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Clover 3

Wings for your Windows Explorer!

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Clover is an extension of the Windows Explorer, to add multi-tab functionality similar to Google Chrome browser. After install Clover, you will be able to open multiple folders within the same window, and you can also add folder bookmarks… GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 16GB Appears on Google Play Store Priced at $349

@ gadget helpline

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Following the leaked official snapshots of the Nexus 5, Google has announced a starting price for the flagship smartphone via its Play Store just weeks before the anticipated, but still only rumoured, October 31st launch date… READ MORE


Instant Heart Rate – Mobile Apps

@ Carol’s Vault

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Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app for any smartphone and it does not need any external hardware… READ MORE


iHome iHM60GY 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker

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Speaker works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, perfect for laptops, phones, portable game devices, MP3 players, etc

Size defying sound – Vacuum bass design provides surprising volume and bass response in a small space-saving speaker that fits in your hand

Built-in rechargeable battery – Long-lasting rechargeable internal lithium ion battery

Collapsible speaker can be used singly or get two for simulated stereo – Twist speaker to expand

Use two for simulated stereo or a single speaker for mono

Audio plugs for connecting to audio source so you can charge speaker while listening

Speaker works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, perfect for laptops, cell phones, portable game devices, MP3 players, etc

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Easily Create Beautiful Photo Collages): FREE software to create beautiful photo collages using up to 10 photos (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Compare Up To Five Smartphones – Side-By-Side):  Buying a smartphone reminds me of the day when I had to buy a computer. I came across a site that will help educate you about smartphones and gives you the ability to compare various models of these phones, side-by-side (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Good Video Card Review – Especially If You Are A Gamer): Brent over at Elite Gaming Computers has a nice write-up on the best video cards for gaming for 2013 (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Create Your Own Personal Cloud): Check out the Buffalo LinkStation to create your own FREE personal cloud (SEE BELOW)…

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TweakNow PerfectFrame

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If one photo is not enough to tell your whole story, than why not combine multiple photos and make a beautiful photo collage. With TweakNow PerfectFrame you can combine up to ten (10) photos and choose from more than one hundred (100) different layout to create a unique and beautiful photo collage… READ MORE


geekaphone

Compare Up To Five Phones Side By Side

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CHECK IT OUT HERE


The Best Video Cards for Gaming in 2013

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The video card is the star component in your gaming computer. Today we’ll look at the best video cards for gaming at various different price points so that you can get a good idea of the GPU that you’ll use to power your legendary gaming computer… READ MORE


Buffalo LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server

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Ultra fast shared storage and backup for all PC and Mac computers on your home network. Simply connect it to your wireless router for access anywhere in your home. The easy to use WebAccess service allows you to create a free personal cloud for easy remote access anytime, anywhere over the Internet, and even on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices. With LinkStation 410, you can back up multiple computers simultaneously and enjoy uninterrupted access to terabytes of storage anytime, anywhere… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 9, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Portable Safe For Your Files and Passwords): I have been on the hunt lately for FREE software to protect the data on my flash drives and came across a winner, called Protectorian ToGo… Not only does Protectorian encrypt and protect your sensitive files, it also has a built in vault to store your passwords (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Nexus 4 Specs vs. Nexus 5 Specs): I am in the market for an unlocked, reasonably priced smartphone… I am patiently waiting for the release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone or whatever the naming convention will be for this coming release. Google recently exhausted their inventory of the Nexus 4. To get a comparison of specs, DroidLife came across a leaked service manual for the Nexus 5 (SEE BELOW)…

Squeak #3 – (GEGeek On Speed Dial): Notice the tab at the top of the page labelled “GEGeek”… It is there for a reason (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Create and Manage Your Own Cloud Storage ): My birthday is around the corner and I think I found my gift. It is the Western Digital 3 TB My Cloud that would allow me to access my data from anywhere in the world (SEE BELOW)…

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Protectorion ToGo – the portable safe for your files, folders and passwords!

No chance for hackers and data spies. Unencrypted data on stolen or lost devices are accessible to anyone who finds them. Protect your data and passwords on USB flash drives and external hard drives against misuse and data theft. It security made in Austria – fast, easy-to-use and free!

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Encryption with AES 256 bit (including name encryption)
Unbreakable encryption using a randomly chosen 40-digit key
For USB flash drives and external hard drives
Integrated password protection and password security index
Access encrypted data and passwords from any Windows PC

GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 [Specs]

@ DROIDLIFE

Thanks to a leaked service manual for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 that arrived over the weekend, there really is very little we don’t know about the phone outside of a release date and price. Well, the name “Nexus 5″ is still not yet 100% confirmed, meaning Google could end up going “Nexus 4” again like they did with the 2013 Nexus 7. We continue to see references to both names here and there. But either way, we feel as if we have a pretty good grasp on all things new Nexus phone… READ MORE

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GEGeek – PC Tech Reference

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If you notice at the top of the site, I have a tab labelled “GEGeek”… In other words, I have GEGeek on speed dial and here is why:

If you are a person who wants to learn about information technology and computers OR you are the already working in the field, this site you must bookmark. It is the most elaborate and concise collection of the tech related info and tools out there.  Heck, while you are at it, download the Tech Toolkit while you are there which features over 250 tech related programs… GET THE TOOLKIT HERE


#1 Best Seller in Computer Network Attached Storage

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With My Cloud, WD’s personal cloud storage, you can save everything in one place and access it from anywhere with blazing-fast performance. Get abundant storage without paying monthly fees. And with direct file uploads from your mobile devices, all your important data is safely stored at home on your personal cloud… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are looking for a level of protection when browsing the internet, then you may want to use (install) “the new” Web of Trust (WOT). WOT warns users about websites with potential issues. I have used WOT for years; BUT, one problem with WOT was that some sites, honest in nature, were being improperly rated. “The NEW WOT” is to change that. If you don’t know what WOT is, check it out (see below);

Squeak #2: Now this is something to really think about. The same cable that we often use to connect to a computer to charge the phone could be compromising your data; especially, if it is not your computer you are using. Please read the article below from TechNewsWorld (see below);

Squeak #3: If you are into assisting others on their computers, then you need to check out TeamViewer. I use the FREE version of TeamViewer to provide remote support and actually have it setup on my home network to access the desktops on all my PC’s (see below); AND,

Squeak #4:  Today’s featured tech product is something that is very cool and is an example of the future.  It is a smartphone enabled deadbolt, called KEVO (see below)…

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Web of Trust – Rating Feature Is Completely Revamped

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Web of Trust (WOT), a crowdsourced website reputation service with over 90 million global downloads, has announced a new version today. The renewed WOT significantly enhances the user experience with improved visibility to reasons behind website reputations.

The new WOT prompts users to provide specific reasons for their website ratings. Users rating a site are requested to select at least one reason – labeled as a ‘category’ – to explain their rating… READ MORE

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LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge

@TechNewsWorld

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LockedUSB is a small firewall adapter that plugs into a USB charging port. The smartphone cable plugs into the device, securing data lines and preventing automatic data syncs from taking place… READ MORE


TeamViewer – All-In-One Software For Remote Support

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TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy… GET IT HERE


With Kevo Your Smartphone Literally Becomes a Key

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With Kevo, your Smartphone is now your key. No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No Smartphone? No Problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the fob… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);

Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);

Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C.  Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product

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The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE


Computer Repair Technician Checklist

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I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE


Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

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Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C… READ MORE


Nexus 4 Best Selling Shock Absorption Bumper + Anti Scratch Clear Back Premium Hybrid Case

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The Best Case Seller with Top Rated Feedback and Reviews… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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