You need this portable flashlight…

I am sure you have heard of the Maglite brand of flashlights. Maglite makes a portable flashlight called the “Maglite Solitaire” that, in my opinion, is the best flashlight to carry around on your keyring. As a tech person, this light has come in handy multiple times when opening PC’s or working in tight (dark) areas; and, just plain comes in handy for just general purpose use. I like that it is light on my key ring, is not bulky at all, and is very bright for a LED flashlight that takes one AAA battery. In the end, the only thing I can say here is, “you need this portable flashlight” and will not regret it. Very inexpensive…

Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Source: Amazon – Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | by ZDNet

WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY?

Nov. 23, 2018: As always, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from using turkey day to get a head start on the festivities (though not without a backlash from some stores and shoppers).

WHEN IS CYBER MONDAY?

Nov. 26, 2018: While Cyber Monday was created as a way for e-tailers to grab a share of the action physical stores got on Black Friday, it’s lost some luster as those same companies not only started offering Black Friday deals on their websites, but also extended their cyber sales over several days, if not weeks.

Source: Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | ZDNet

Inexpensive Security Cam: Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom

If you been holding off on getting a security cam for your home or business, then look no further.  I came across this Wyze brand cam that is very inexpensive and has the features that you see with the more expensive brands.

Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision and 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa

Source : Amazon – Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision and 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa : Camera & Photo

Amazon.com:  Sparkr Mini Plasma Lighter 2.0 – USB Rechargeable Windproof Electric Lighter and Flashlight

Lightweight Dual Arc Cigarette Lighter for Everyday Carry…

VERSION 2 UPGRADES: Flashlight activation changed to 3 button click so it can no longer turn on accidently in your pocket or bag. Plasma spark changed to custom frequency so it no longer creates the high-pitch sound associated with plasma lighters. NO FUEL NEEDED: This small, flip-style lighter offers a classic look and feel but never needs refueling. Plug the included micro-USB cable into any USB port when the power gets low and you’re set for another 100 – 300 sparks. EVERYDAY CARRY: Constructed from lightweight yet durable impact-resistant polycarbonate making it convenient to carry in your pocket. It also has a 15 lumen LED flashlight in the bottom of the lighter for easy access to light. EASY TO USE: The Sparkr Mini’s windproof X patterned dual arcs make lighting up easy regardless how windy or cold it may be. It’s intentionally design to light just the tip of a cigarette by being perfectly spaced so the sparks suck into a cigarette just like a regular flame. ONE YEAR WARRANTY: The Power Practical team is committed to providing high-quality products and offers a one-year limited warranty on our electric lighters.

Source: Amazon – Sparkr Mini Plasma Lighter 2.0 

Best Sellers In Computers & Accessories

Here is a listing of the best sellers in Computers and Accessories (@Amazon).

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Computers and Accessories
Software
Electronics
Desktops
Laptops
Tablets
Servers
Routers
Data Storage
Networking Products
Printers
Scanners
Monitors
Computer Components
Laptop Accessories
Tablet Accessories
Computer Accessories
External Components
Cell Phones and Accessories
Contract Cell Phones
No-Contract Cell Phones
Unlocked Cell Phones
Appstore for Android

 

SENSO Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (waterproof and sweatproof)

Check out that these wireless headphones have been reviewed over 25,000 times at Amazon and is carrying a 4 star rating (and is recognized as an “Amazon Choice”). Very reasonably priced…

Senso Bluetooth Headphones
https://amzn.to/2uW0e44


Best Wireless Sports Earphones
w/Mic IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds
for Gym Running Workout 8 Hour Battery Noise Cancelling Headsets

Source: Amazon – Senso Bluetooth Headphones

Save On The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

Amazon has the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender with $10 off the regular price, plus apply the extra savings coupon, that is currently available, to get an additional $5 off… This extender is ideal for boosting or extending the range of your existing WiFi network.

SOURCE: https://amzn.to/2GslzDt

 

  • Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
  • Dual band WiFi up to 750 Mbps
  • Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices
  • External antennas for better performance, Access Point mode creates a WiFi hotspot using a wired Ethernet connection
  • Convenient wall-plug design
  • Works with any WiFi router
  • FastLane Technology – Use both Wi-Fi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming
  • NOTE: Check instruction video before use

 

 

This $100 Google Assistant-powered Insignia smart speaker is less than $40 | PCWorld

Noticed this at PCWorld… If you want to get in on having your own Google Assistant powered speaker, here is a good buy at Best Buy on the Insignia Voice Smart Bluetooth Speaker.

Best Buy has slashed the price of the Insignia Voice smart Bluetooth speaker with built-in Google Assistant to just $37 today.

Source: This $100 Google Assistant-powered Insignia smart speaker is less than $40 | PCWorld

See What’s New At Amazon’s “Hot New Releases”

I am a big Amazon user… Not so much to buy, but to research and make price comparisons. Listed below is an updated listing of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” that is a summary of these new releases storewide. If you review the list you will notice there is everything from electronics to who knows what. I have also posted this list under the tab, labeled Tech Deals, at the top of the blog.

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SOURCE: Amazon – Hot New Releases (Storewide)

CCleaner was hacked and used to deliver malware to unsuspecting computers and Android devices…

This morning I am catching up on the tech news and the one thing that is jumping out at me is the news that CCleaner was hacked and used to deliver malware to unsuspecting computers and Android devices. I drilled down on this more and based on information from Piriform (the developers of CCleaner), a suspicious activity was identified on September 12th, 2017, where Piriform saw an unknown IP address receiving data from software found in version 5.33.6162 of CCleaner, and CCleaner Cloud version 1.07.3191, on 32-bit Windows systems. Based on further analysis, they found that the 5.33.6162 version of CCleaner and the 1.07.3191 version of CCleaner Cloud was illegally modified before it was released to the public.

All CCleaner users are encouraged to update their CCleaner software to version 5.34 or higher. The latest version is available for download from here.

CCleaner has been around for years and years and is a “go to” utility that is used by millions to clean and optimize their PC’s in order to protect their privacy and make things faster. I personally have used it for many years.


SOURCE: Piriform Blog – Security Notification for CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 for 32-bit Windows users

Tech Deal: SanDisk Ultra 64GB Dual Drive m3.0 for Android Devices and Computers

Don’t know how long this will last, but Amazon has thevSanDisk Ultra 64GB Dual Drive m3.0 for Android Devices and Computers marked down to $15…

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 makes it easy to transfer content from your phone to your computer. With a micro-USB connector on one end and a USB 3.0 connector on the other, the drive lets you move content easily between your devices—from your Android smartphone or tablet to your laptop, PC or Mac computer (1). The USB 3.0 connector is high-performance and backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports. The SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android (available on Google Play) (2) helps you manage your device’s memory and your content.


 

SOURCE: SanDisk Ultra 64GB Dual Drive m3.0 for Android Devices and Computers

Apply Coupon Code To Get Discount Pricing On The UNITEK 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charging Station

At the time/date of this posting you could get the UNITEK 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charging station $8 off with coupon code P9I7T46I at final checkout = $30 …

Charging Station for Multiple Devices: Charges up to 6 USB powered devices simultaneously, especially support 5 iPads at once. Rapid charging with BC1.2 technology, provides up to 5V2.4A of power per port. Hold your iPad, iPhone, samsung, tablets and other devices all in one place and keep your device nice organized.  Removable Dividers…


SOURCE: Amazon – UNITEK 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charging station

A “Best Seller” and A “Best Deal” for The Memorial Day Weekend

Did you ever attempt to fix one of your electronic devices (computer or smartphone) or a pair of eyeglasses and find the screw is so small or it is a non-standard bit that you need special tools to get the screw out? This is where the  Oria 76-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set with Magnetic Driver Kit may be helpful.

This kit includes a 60 in 1 magnetic screwdriver set, update 2 set for iPhone7, utility knife, Anti-Static Wrist Strap, Anti Static tweezers, SIM card ejector pin and LCD Suction Cup, Triangle plectrum, plastic spudgers, metal spudger,  and stainless steel Ruler; all nicely packaged in a well organized nylon tool pouch. This kit at Amazon is a “Best Seller” and currently, in my opinion, a “Best Deal” (with exceptional customer review ratings).

Oria 76-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set with Magnetic Driver Kit

SOURCE: Amazon – Oria 76-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set with Magnetic Driver Kit


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Weekend Tech Deal Find: Anker Ultra Portable Pocket Size Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

At the time of this posting, the Anker Ultra Portable Pocket Size Wireless Bluetooth Speaker was greatly reduced in price (62% price reduction). Compact ring-sized box with full, high def sound. This speaker appears to be selling quickly…

SOURCE: Amazon – Anker Ultra Portable Pocket Size Wireless Bluetooth Speaker


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Weekend Tech Deal Find: 1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers

What is so cool about this tech deal is that this turntable has the capability to record your old vinyl records to MP3… Currently, at the time of this posting, the cost was +40% off the regular price.

  • Selectable Speeds – 33 / 45 / 78 RPM speed settings with included 45-RPM adaptor so you can play every vinyl in your collection.
  • Front-facing Stereo Speakers – Full-spectrum sound to properly listen to both your vinyl records and MP3s using a USB key.
  • RCA Output – Easily connect your turntable to your own home sound system.

Source: Amazon – 1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable 


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Tech Deal Find: Logitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse with 250 Hour Battery Life

I don’t know how long this deal will last. Amazon currently has the Logitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse at a 50% discount (see source link below). This mouse is very popular and currently is carrying a 4.5 star rating based on over 2200 reviews.

  • Up to 250 hours of battery life
  • Power-saving, high-accuracy Delta Zero sensor technology
  • Lag-free gaming-grade wireless, Performance and Endurance modes maximize battery life
  • Long-life buttons rated to 20 million clicks, 11 programmable buttons
  • For Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. For more details go through the “System Requirements” mentioned below.

Source: Amazon – Logitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse


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Weekend Tech Deal Find #2: EZOPower Desktop Charging Station

Found another tech deal for the weekend. I think you will like this one. It is the EZOPower Desktop Charging Station with 3 AC Outlets, 3 USB Charger Ports and Built-in Phone Slot Holder. This charging station has excellent reviews and at the time of this posting was listed at $18.99…

EZOPower Desktop Charging Station


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Weekend Tech Deal Find: AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)

At the time of this posting, 100 of the AA AmazonBasic Batteries was listed at $13.12 (that is 13 cents per battery). I personally use the AmazonBasic batteries to power many of my electronics and have no complaint. AmazonBasics batteries are currently carrying a 4.5 customer review rating based on nearly 13000 reviews.

AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)


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Stocking Stuffer – MoKo Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand

If you are looking for an inexpensive, very usable, stocking stuffer, definitely take a look at the Moko Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand. This stand is available in several different colors and is adjustable…  

Moko Smartphone Stand

 

  • Extremely lightweight(1.09 oz) and pocket-sized(3.26*2.8*0.5 inches), folds up to a completely flat shape, easily thrown onto a rucksack/bag.
  • Six fully adjustable slots, easily adjusts stand angle, supporting both vertical and horizontal viewing, displaying portrait and landscape modes.
  • Strong and durable ABS and rubber ensures stablity, holds devices up to 8 inch.
  • Well placed rubber pads for surface protection protects tablet from scratches and sliding.
  • Compatible with all Smartphones, E-reader and Tablets(6-8 Inch), will not fit tablet with a case or sleeve.

Amazon Says It Sold A Record Number of Amazon-Branded Devices | ZDNet

You may be interested in knowing that Amazon sold a record number of Amazon-branded devices from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. ZDNet has posted an article (see source link below), based on a press release from Amazon, that “The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire Table and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were “not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but they were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon”…  To see a sampling of these devices, CLICK HERE

Source: Amazon device sales surged to record high over holiday weekend | ZDNet

Use This “Best Sellers Of Tech” To Research and Buy Tech Products

I am constantly keeping my finger on the pulse of what tech deals are out there. I currently use Amazon as my starting point when pricing out and researching tech products. Below you will find a techie list of best sellers that I often use as a launching point. I don’t necessarily buy from Amazon when I find something, but it is a good resource for customer reviews, price comparisons, etc… that may help you in making your decisions.

Computers and Accessories
Software
Electronics
Desktops
Laptops
Tablets
Servers
Routers
Data Storage
Networking Products
Printers
Scanners
Monitors
Computer Components
Laptop Accessories
Tablet Accessories
Computer Accessories
External Components
Cell Phones and Accessories
Contract Cell Phones​
No-Contract Cell Phones
Unlocked Cell Phones
Appstore for Android

Geek Squeaks (#2015-39) FEATURING — Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place – Thought I would share with you an online service that I use called MultCloud (by AOMEI). This service provides a FREE option (as well as a PAID option) that can help you easily (and safely) manage multiple cloud storage services. For example, I currently manage online drives from Box, Copy, Google, Dropbox, Mediafire and OneDrive ALL from MultCloud. In that mix I also use MultCloud to manage two Google Drives. What MultCloud does is allow you to pull all of those services and manage those services from one location. MultCloud FREE features an online file manager, cross-cloud file transfers, and a countless number of cloud drives. The file transfer speeds for the FREE version are slower than the PAID version and there is a monthly data cap on the FREE version (which is quite high in my opinion). For normal everyday use, the FREE version has worked for me and in the end (after I give this a run for awhile), I may opt to go to the PAID version.

MultCloud 

MultCloud

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Use Your Android Phone (or Tablet) To Convert An Image To Text – Ever heard of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) where you scan a paper document and OCR software that is engineered to recognize the characters in the document then translate (or convert) it into an electronic text version (that you can then edit, insert into documents, etc…)? There is an OCR version for your Android Phone or Tablet called Text Fairy that has the ability to scan for and extract text from an image. From my testing, I found Text Fairy to be quite accurate and the best part is that it is FREE. Some words of advice is when you scan the document is to make sure the images are sharp (with good lighting) and the text is black on a white background.

Text Fairy

 Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)- screenshot

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Nothing Gets Old Faster Than The Technology News – Case in point, check out the boredpanda for 15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool.  The ad I have reflected below is my favorite one from the 15 selected. Which is your favorite?

15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool

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How To Disable Login Screen on Windows 10 after Sleep – I have been recently assisting quite a few folks with breaking through the Windows 8.1 barrier to Windows 10. One of the most asked questions that I am receiving is “How do I disable the login screen on Windows 10 after sleep?”. What this means is that Windows 10, by default, will go into a sleep mode when the computer is idle for a prescribed period of time. When the end user comes out the sleep mode, the computer will prompt you for your password. To change this setting, to prevent or disable the login prompt, is actually quite easy and the best way to show you is for you the watch the video below from Simple How To Guide

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This Software May Be Useful When You Sell or Get Rid Of Your Hard Drive (or PC) – Came a across this portable app, called My Disk Wiper, that may be a keeper for the tech toolbox. What this portable app does is securely wipe hard drives, flash drives, SD cards, etc… by overwriting the files with a standard pattern that the developer claims cannot be undeleted or restored. To ensure maximum privacy the file names are wiped before deletion.

My Disk Wiper

My Disk Wiper

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The easiest and fastest outdoor Christmas light solution – no more hanging string lights – My neighbor has one of these and it is awesome (and beautiful). If you are looking for an alternative option to hanging lights for Christmas, take a look at the Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights… Plant this thing in the ground, plug it in and you will have up to 600 square feet of green and red lights displayed. The one I have reflected below is the number one best seller at Amazon with a near 5 star rating…

Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights

Star Shower

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-36) FEATURING — Control What People See About You On Google Services — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Control What People See About You On Google Services – If you are a subscriber to any of Google’s services, it is important to know that you can control what people see about you at aboutme.google.com. While you are there, click on the privacy checkup where you can review and adjust what data Google uses to personalize your experience, and update what information you share with friends or make public.

Google About Me

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Safely AND Quickly Hide Files and Folders – If you are looking for a way to hide a file or folder, then take a look at WinMend. I can tell you that I have used WinMend for the past several years and I have never lost a file.  The WinMend site states it, like this; “While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices. The hidden files/folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer”. I have added WinMend to the downloads page, located under the FREE SOFTWARE swarm…

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Using The Disk Cleanup Tool In Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 – Cnet has a nice tutorial (click here), on how to clean up the junk in Windows using the built-in cleanup tool. The tutorial covers each aspect of what the tool removes and cleans from your system such as the browser thumbnail cache, system files, system restore files, the hibernation cache, and the recycle bin.

Cleaning up system files

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A Tool To Reset And Repair Windows Update Related Components – The Windows Club posted this article, Reset Windows Update to default in Windows 10, that features using the Windows Update Component Tool (aka Reset Windows Update Agent) to reset and repair the components to the Windows Update service. The tool itself is available from Technet – click here

Reset Windows Update 1

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MORE Quick Links To Amazon Holiday Deals – As you probably have noticed I have an obsession with Amazon and the challenge of locating their best deals. As Christmas gift giving (and receiving) nears, I really go on the hunt to bookmark links to their holiday deals.  Below is my latest collection to share with you.

Quick Links

Today’s Deals

Cyber Monday

12 Days of Deals

Last-Minute Deals

Year-End Deals

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-35) FEATURING — GEGeek NOW On Facebook — and MORE GREAT STUFF

GEGeek NOW On Facebook – The motherload of all tech sites, GEGeek, is now featuring their GEGeek Tech Toolkit on Facebook. The toolkit, available through donation at the main GEGeek web site, is a complete collection of over 400 tech related FREE programs and suites (all available from a menu launch utility). If you are an information technology professional the GEGeek website and the GEGeek Toolkit should automatically become part of your mindset. Mike and Jason at GEGeek have gone to great lengths to review, collect, and maintain the information (and toolkit) that is available. Jason recently joined Mike to assist in maintaining the motherload. I personally thank both of them (and I encourage you to do the same). After you donate to acquire the toolkit, you are then entitled to the upgrades (which occur on a regular basis).

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Online Games To Pass The Time Away – I regularly visit the USAToday web site to get my initial daily dose of news. Did you know that on the USAToday web site there is a link that will take to you a wide array of online games that they sponsor and maintain. Initially when you load the USAToday site, you will find a link a the top of the site for Crosswords. Click on that link and you will be taken to the Crossword puzzle page and on the page (at the top of the crosswords) you will find additional links for puzzle, arcade, strategy, brain, casino, and quiz type game challenges. Prior to playing any of the challenges or games, you will be required to set though a short in length advertisement…

USAToday Puzzles

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WordWeb Upgraded To Support Windows 10WordWeb has been a mainstay on my computer for years. It is a very useful and comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, and has helpful spelling and sounds-like links. I especially like the one click lookup where you hold the CTRL key and right mouse click on a word to get the definition. WordWeb can also be installed as a portable app. You will be prompted for that option after you run the install file. Also, if you like WordWeb and use Google Chrome, be sure to download their WordCaptureX browser extension…  NOTE: WordWeb has been added to the What’s On My PC download page under the FREE Software swarm.

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Fix Specific Windows 10 Problems and Issues With This Utility – The Windows Club has a developed a utility called FixWin 10 for Windows 10, that is a portable freeware application that allows you to fix and repair Windows 10 problems, issues and annoyances. This new release of FixWin has an updated UI for Windows 10 and includes a new section to fix Windows 10 common problems and issues specifically.

FixWin 10 for Windows 10

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Digital Trends’ (brought to you by Drippler) Best Android Apps For Any Occasion This list of Android Apps is a pretty good list in my opinion and is a good starting point if you are looking for good reputable android apps (for any occasion). The list was originally posted on Digital Trends and it made Drippler (the Android app that features new tips, apps, features, updates, accessories and more)….

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Where To Look For Deals On Amazon – As the holiday shopping season approaches and we Countdown To Black Friday, many of us will be doing our shopping online. One of my favorite shopping sites is Amazon. For example, to look for bargains I will visit their Today’s Deals, their Outlet, or their Warehouse …  I have found items, using these three options, to get really good deals. If you want to visit the Earth’s Biggest Selection to get a full directory listing at Amazon, CLICK HERE

Countdown Black Friday

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An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer – With the release of Windows 10 a new photo viewer comes with it. If you don’t like it, you may want to download and install FastStone Image Viewer. This viewer has been in development for quite some time, was recently upgraded and is the only viewer that I have personally used for years. It can be downloaded as a full install or as a portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

Simplify Copy Paste On Android With Easy Copy – Copy and Pasting is a function that everyone should learn to do and I am constantly running across folks who still do not know how to perform the copy and paste function. If you are an Android (smartphone or table) user, you can simply the copy paste function with the app called Easy Copy. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu is displayed and allows to auto paste into other apps to: locate in Google Maps, call a number, translate text in Google translate, create a calendar event, send a text or just to simply share what has been copied…

 Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste- screenshot

 Next Version of Android Is Called Marshmallow – Google’s update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow — READ MORE

If you were wondering about the
Android Version Names

Alpha

Beta

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

Marshmallow

Off-To-College Essentials – It is that time of year that our kids are off-to-college and they need “stuff” to manage and get through their daily “away from home” lives. To help plan and get “stuff”, Amazon is a good place to start to find college essentials needed to decorate, study, sleep, clean, cook, freshen up, relax, and organize…  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

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Regain Disk Space After Your Windows 10 Installation – As typical in past installations of Windows upgrades; Windows will store the old windows file in a folder called Window.old. The type of files in this folder depends on your computer and can amount to gigabytes in the double figures. After you’ve used Windows 10 for a while—for example, one or two weeks—and you’re confident that your files and settings are back to where you want them to be, you can safely reclaim disk space by using Disk Cleanup to delete the Windows.old folder. To actually perform the steps to do this, I found good instruction at betanews (Clean up after a Windows 10 upgrade and regain loads of disk space)…

Disk Clean Up

God Mode In Windows 10 – To activate God Mode in Windows 10, right mouse click the desktop, select New > Folder. Rename the new folder as reflected below. After you have successfully renamed the folder, open the folder to find a wide array of system settings…

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Windows 10 Upgrade Reveals Husband’s Porn Stash – It is said your bad will eventually be revealed. Read this article about how a husband’s secret porn stash was openly revealed after his FREE upgrade to Windows 8…

Do you have a quick charge compatible phone?  If so, get the iClever® Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB Turbo Wall Charger (that will charge your device 75% faster) — providing you have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4/Edge; Google Nexus 6; Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2 Tablet (Japan Version); Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto X 2014; HTC One M9, HTC One (M8), One Remix (Verizon Mini 2), Desire EYE, HTC Butterfly 2; LG G Flex2, LG G4 …

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Nice Deal On Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Another deal I came across at Amazon features the Urge Basics Cuatro Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Bass+ Technology – (Includes Carrying Case and Charging Cable; Compatible with Smartphones, Tablets and Mp3 Players with Bluetooth Capability, Black)…

I don’t know how long this deal (at $20) will last, but is worth a look see…

Urge Basics Bluetooth Speaker

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Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones (Clearance Deal)

If you are really into listening to music, you may want to take a look at these Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones. When I post tech deals I see at Amazon I always look at the customer reviews as a gauge to get a feel on the whether a product is good or not. These Photive BTH3 headphones have been reviewed over 2,200 times and is carrying a strong 4 star rating. Appears that the stock is being cleared out; nonetheless, good opportunity to get your hands on an excellent headphone set.

Photive BTH3 Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones
with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery. Includes Hard Travel Case. 2014 New Release

Photoive Headphones

Listen to your favorite tunes with the Photive PH-BT3 wireless headphones designed with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology. This multifunctional pair of headphones will deliver amazing sound quality and lasting comfort. Featuring a lithium ion battery that will give you up to 12 hours of uninterrupted playtime, and charges completely in only 3 hours. The lightweight, slim design of the PH-BTH3 headphones also makes it an excellent travel companion. The headphones come with their own hard travel case.

• Bluetooth 4.0- Advanced CSR Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Stream your music wirelessly up to 33ft.

• Premium sound- Uncompromising sound quality. 40 mm drivers for excellent bass, precise treble and clear mid tones. You’ll hear every satisfying note of your music at its best.

• 12 Hour Lithium-ion rechargeable battery- Enjoy hours of uninterrupted music, podcasts, phone calls and movies before the next charge.

• On Board Controls- Control your music quickly and easily with controls located on the headphone.

• Easy Pairing- Pairs easily, no code required

• 3.5mm Aux input- Includes and a 3.5mm stereo cord for quick and easy connections to devices without Bluetooth.

Included Accessories

USB charging cable

Hard Travel Case

3.5mm Audio Cable

User’s guide

Warranty

1 Year Parts and Labor

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TODAY ONLY – Save Over 60% on Norton Security (For 5 Devices)

Amazon’s Deal of the Day, for Thursday, June 25, 2015 has Norton Security (for 5 Devices) at 63% off the regular price. The deal remains in effect until 11:59 pm (PT) on Thursday. You can install this on up to 5 devices (PC’s, Macs’, Smartphones and Tablets). After you make the purchase you are provided a key code that will allow you to redeem the product online.

Norton Security

The new Norton Security simply gives you the best of Norton for the many ways you connect with your PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Get comprehensive protection that’s specialized to secure your favorite devices. Stay safe wherever you go with proactive web protection, mobile device location, advanced privacy technology and more. It’s one solution for the different ways you connect.

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TODAY ONLY = Up to 40% Off Select Transcend Memory Cards, USB Drives, and Solid-State Drives

A quick post this morning (Thursday – June 11, 2015)… Noticed that Amazon has up to 40% off on select Transcend products (such as memory cards, USB Drives, and Solid State Drives). I recently upgraded my 5 year old laptop with a Transcend SSD (Solid State Drive) and what a noticeable performance increase. If interested in checking this deal out, click the link below…

Today only, enjoy special savings on Transcend memory products.
This one-day offer is valid on June 11, 2015,
or while supplies last.

Transcend

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TECH DEAL – Don’t Know How Long This Will Last On This BenQ 3D Projector

Saw this on Amazon being listed as a lightning deal: 

BenQ MX522 XGA 3000L HDMI Smarteco 3D Projector with 10,000 Hour Lamp Life Projector

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BenQ 3D Projector

Featuring a XGA resolution, a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 13,000:1, and an unbelievable lamp life of up to 10,000 hours, the MX522 is the perfect projector choice for your everyday life. Whether it’s in business, education, or at home, the MX522 delivers stunning images and lower total cost of ownership.

Specifications:

  • Projection System: DLP
  • Native Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)
  • Brightness: 3000AL
  • Contrast Ratio: 13,000:1
  • Display Color: 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Lens: F=2.5-2.7, f=22.08-24.28mm
  • Aspect Ratio: Native 4:3 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
  • Throw Ratio: 1.97-2.17 (50″@2m)
  • Image Size (Diagonal): 34″-300″
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.1:1
  • Lamp Type: 190W
  • Keystone Adjustment: 1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
  • Projection Offset: 130% ±5%
  • Resolution Support: VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA(1600 x 1200)
  • Horizontal Frequency: 15-102KHz
  • Vertical Scan Rate: 23-120Hz

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An Awesome Geek Multi-Function Tool

I am into the multi-tools such as Leatherman… If you never owned one of these you do not know what you are missing. It is like carrying a lightweight toolbox on your belt or in your pocket. To add to my collection I recently added the Leatherman 831189 Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool with Pliers.

Leatherman Squirt PS4

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool features a 420HC clip-point knife blade, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, spring-action scissors, wood/metal file, bottle opener, and flat/phillips screwdrivers. The tool is stainless steel with hard-anodized aluminum handle scales with the tools being outside accessible. Simply attach to your key ring and you are good to go (dimensions: 1.5 inches x 2 inches x 3 inches)

When I was growing up, it was custom to carry a pocket knife. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 takes this custom to another level. Very impressive and sturdy tool by Leatherman. (Available colors: Red, Blue, Black)

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#1 Best Seller – Basic Brand Name All-In-One Computer At A Good Price Point

Lenovo, in my opinion, makes one of the best computers out there right now. If you are looking for a computer, at the basic level of computing (check email, internet surfing,YouTube, Facebook, office suite, etc.), then you will not go wrong with the Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop. This computer is currently a #1 Best Seller at Amazon and is currently carrying good customer reviews.

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop
Features:
  • 19.5” HD+ display (1600 x 900)
  • Space-saving all-in-one design
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Integrated DVD RW
  • USB AccuType keyboard
  • 720p HD webcam
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Lenovo Rescue System – a simple and quick way to backup and restore your data
  • Lenovo Assistant
Space-saving Design

The 19.5″ display takes surprisingly little space on your desk, counter, or entertainment center. The unit itself is less than 2” deep, with clutter-free cable management. Everything tucks away neatly when nobody’s using the C260, even though those times will probably be rare.

Full Multimedia Experience

Integrated graphics support, an integrated DVD reader/writer, stereo speakers, and HDMI output offer crisp visuals and immersive sound for a fuller, more satisfying home entertainment experience.

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop
AccuType Wireless Keyboard

Featuring a modern look and feel, the acclaimed AccuType keyboard has island-style, ergonomic keys that allow a more fluid, spacious, comfortable, and accurate typing experience than standard keyboard designs.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Up to 10 times faster than previous USB technologies, the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed enables you to move data quickly between your PC and other devices.

Ample Storage and Memory

With 500GB of HDD storage, you won’t have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music, or photos.

 

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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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A High-Speed Memory Card That Is Ideal For Smartphones and Tablets

We all know that Samsung makes great products. I was in the market for a microSD memory card for my smartphone (and tablet) and found the Samsung’s EVO 64 GB microSD Memory Card (64GB) at a reasonable price. The selling points for me was the customer ratings, which does not surprise me for Samsung products (see ratings below, at the time of this posting); and, the rated transfer speeds. If you are in need of a card for your smartphone or tablet, this is the one I would go with.

Samsung microSD Customer Reviews

Samsung 64GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC up to 48MB/s with Adapter

Samsung 64GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC

  • Up to 48MB/s transfer speed
  • Great for Cell phones, Smartphones, Android Tablets, Tablet PCs.
  • Great speed and performance for full HD video recording, high resolution pictures, mobile gaming, music and more.
  • Water proof, Temperature Proof, X-Ray proof, Magnetic proof
  • Compatible with devices with SDxC slots.

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I Wish Someone Would Buy Me This Android Tablet

I love the Android devices and as Christmas nears I keep salivating over the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet. I have had the opportunity to handle one of these at the local box store and that is all it took. What is mesmerizing about this tablet is the display (Super AMOLED 2560×1600 WQXGA Resolution) that sets it apart from anything else out there. I like the idea of the microSD slot (upgradeable to 128GB), the 3 GB of ram, and that the engine under this lightweight thin tablet is a 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa Processor (1.9 GHz Quad Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core). The Amazon customer reviews are confirming what I am thinking on this.

I was thinking if I posted this on the blog, someone out there (like my wife), would send a poor blogger like me this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Inch Tablet… Oh, I almost forgot, shipping on these at Amazon are FREE…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Tablet 

Samsung Galaxy S Tablet 8.4 Inch

At a Glance:

  • Super AMOLED 8.4-inch display for bright and vivid graphics
  • Use two apps at the same time with Multi Window
  • Rear and front cameras for photos and video chat
  • Lightweight, ultra-thin design for portability
  • Add up to 128 GB memory with microSD slot
  • Fingerprint scanner for security
  • Share tablet with Multi-User and Kids Modes
  • Up to ten hours of battery life, and even more with Ultra Power Saving mode

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TECH DEAL – I Believe I Got A Good Deal On This ASUS Desktop Computer

After nearly 8 years I decided it was time to changeout my HP computer… After a great deal of research and shopping around I ended up settling for the ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) at Amazon. Pricing on this computer at the time and date of this posting was listed as $519.00 with a $60 ASUS rebate = $459.00…

ASUS makes a really nice computer and this box is no exception. I am very pleased with not only the build; but also with the performance. What sold me on this PC is the AMD -FX8300 processor which is rated equivalent to an Intel i7 processor; that the memory can be upgraded up to 32GBs; and, there is 10 USB Ports (6-USB 2.0 and 4-USB 3.0). There is room for expansion in this PC; however, when I broke open the case to insert my Hauppauge WinTV card I found that insertion of the card to be tight due to the installed video card consuming a lot of the space. I did manage to get it installed and due to the power of this computer, watching TV on this computer is a much better experience than my older PC with better clarity and video performance.

There was one issue I ran into with the purchase with this computer. Amazon had it posted to indicate that there are two $30 rebates (from ASUS).  After processing the rebates I discovered that ASUS would only honor one rebate and apparently the two posted on Amazon are the same rebate. In the end, all was good…  I contacted Amazon, reported the issue, and they immediately credited me for the additional $30. I checked today when I posted this article and they are still showing the $60 rebate. So, if you want to chance it and buy this computer; you too may be able to take advantage of the $60 return on the purchase.

If interested in this PC, which is a relatively new posting at Amazon, with myself making the first customer review, reflected below is the specs, in much more detail than what is posted at Amazon:

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1)

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop

Product Type: Desktop Computer

Cache: 8 MB

Processor Core: Octa-core (8 Core)

Green Compliant: Yes

Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS

Memory Card Reader: Yes

64-bit Processing: Yes

Processor Manufacturer: AMD

Number of External 5.25″ Bays: 2

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD

Chipset Model: 970

Graphics Controller Manufacturer: AMD

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Number of Total Memory Slots: 4

Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer

Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW

Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 1 GB

Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600

Hard Drive RPM: 7200

Keyboard Type: Physical Keyboard

Number of PCI Express x1: Slots2

Number of Processors Supported: 1

Number of Processors Installed: 1

Total Hard Drive Capacity: 1 TB

Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet

Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4

Number of 3.5″ Bays: 2

Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4

Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1

Number of PCI Express x16 Slots:1

Network (RJ-45):Yes

Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 300 W

Audio Line In: Yes

Audio Line Out: Yes

Total Number of USB Ports:10

Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6

Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 4

Memory Form Factor: DIMM

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF)

Memory Card Supported: Microdrive

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Duo

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Card Supported: MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Micro

Memory Card Supported: miniSD

Memory Card Supported: microSD

Processor Model: FX-8300

Memory Standard: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

Height: 16.1″

Width: 6.8″

Depth: 16.5″

Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Operating System: Windows 8.1

Product Series: M51BC

Brand Name: Asus

Form Factor: Tower

Keyboard: Yes

Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International

Product Model: M51BC-US018S

Product Name: M51BC-US018S Desktop Computer

Pointing Device: TypeMouse

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Maximum Memory: 32 GB

Software Included

Anti-Virus Trial

Adobe Acrobat Reader

MaxxAudio

Microsoft Pack

Office trial

Utility:

ASUS AI-SUITE II

ASUS AI Manager

ASUS My Logo2

ASUS Easy Update

ASUS Q-fan

ASUS Vibe

ASUS AI Charger

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Music Maker

Standard Memory: 8 GB

Weight (Approximate): 19.80 lb

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Weight (Approximate)19.80 lb

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