Geek Squeaks (#2016-02) FEATURING — Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs – If you are contemplating a career as an IT Professional or you are an IT Professional, you may want to consider purchasing the 22nd Edition of Scott Mueller’s Upgrading and Repairing PCs. Get “practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving PC performance via overclocking and other techniques.”.  Also, be sure to check out Scott Mueller’s online Upgrading and Repairing Forum.

Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart – Since I started out today’s post with a book on upgrading and repairing PCs, I thought I would throw in this Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart that you may find of interest. There is also a book on this as well — CLICK HERE .

 Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart

Boot Failure Flowchart

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Use Disk Space Organizing Software To Keep Your Computer Clutter Free – Using disk space organizing software can help you keep your computer from turning into a junkyard by visually showing you what files and folders (and where) are consuming hard drive space.  To help me in this situation I use the portable app called GetFolderSize. There is also a full install version if you are not into the portable apps. GetFolderSize works as a disk analyzer that lets you see a folder tree where you can easily locate files and folders that you have “lost” and cannot even search for because you have forgotten what you named them! I have added GetFolderSize to the Downloads Page, listed under the portable apps swarm.

GetFolderSize

GetFolderSize

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Fast Free File Shredder – Another portable app that landed in my lap is OW Shredder. This portable app is an advanced security tool which allows you to completely erase secret data with all drive traces from your hard drives by overwriting it. Individual files, free disk space and entire volumes can by erased. I have also added this portable app to the Downloads Page

OW Shredder

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Turn An Android Device Into A Home Video Monitoring System – If you have a tablet or an old Android phone lying around, you can put it to good use and turn it into a video surveillance camera by using the Android app called AtHomeCamera. This app is worth a try before you go out an buy and expensive setup. All platforms are supported, including Windows PC、Mac、iPhone、iPad、iPod, Android phone, Android tablet and Smart TV. Used together with AtHome Video Streamer, you are able to keep an eye on your home when you are outside, and receive alerts right away in case of any incident!

AtHomeCamera

 AtHome Camera - Home Security- screenshot

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-24) FEATURING — Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? BetaNews has a good read on this. My gut is telling me that they may be right on predicting that the future of laptop computers will give away to the detachable keyboard format (with the digitized pen-enabled screen) of the Microsoft Surface device. The future may be now, due that every major hardware vendor is now embracing this technology. Initially, the Microsoft Surface device was largely ignored; but, after three tries (or versions) of Microsoft Surface the vendors (after their own awkward experimentation of multi-purpose notebooks) is now looking at the Microsoft Surface hardware model as a model template to accept and follow. An example of what the detachable 2-in-1 touchscreen laptops look like — CLICK HERE… I would wait awhile before jumping into one of these until the “Surface Like” models appear.

What do you think, will the traditional clamshell laptop give way to the 2-in-1 detachable keyboard format?

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Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Buys A Top Android App Company – You may want to keep an eye on the Android App called Echo (by Double Labs). At the Google Play Store Echo is described as “…the fastest and coolest lockscreen for your notifications. Featured by Google as a top app, Echo Lockscreen is loved by users in 50+ countries”… What this means, if you are an Android phone or tablet user, you can personalize what appears on your phone or tablet when it’s in lock mode, with this app. I just discovered (according to Business Insider), that Microsoft has acquired Double Labs.  Read more about this to learn why Microsoft made this acquistion…

 Echo Notification Lockscreen

List Of Freeware AND Other Releases From The Windows Club – Just added The Windows Club Freeware List to the Downloads Page. This listing is unique in that it consists of many Windows utilities that will help make using Windows easier and/or fix a problem you may be experiencing. This lists consists of all the Freeware, eBook, Themes, Screensavers, Wallpaper and other releases from The Windows Club.

The Windows Club

Microsoft Office 2016 Will Be Broadly Available On September 22nd – One of the most innovative features to be included in this version of Office is the ability to co-author a document in real-time when both parties are online. You can read more about this at Maximum PC

Office 2016

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-23) FEATURING — Your FREE Online Tech Tool Bag — and MORE GREAT STUFF

A FREE Online Tech Tool Bag – No, this is not a tool bag that you physically carry around. This tool bag is one that is readily available in the virtual sense and has been specifically made for those who have a passion for information technology, PC troubleshooting and repair, and the desire to learn more. What I am referring to is the GEGeek web site. This site is awesome in the sense that the developer of the site, who is a seasoned IT Professional, has successfully created a centralized index of sorts that will direct you to anything and everything that has to do with fixing and learning more about Microsoft Windows and computers. To show how important I think this site is, I have permanently included a link to the site on What’s On My PC (see tab at top of the page).

GEGeek

On top of all of this, make sure you check out the GEGeek Tech Toolkit which is a “Complete Collection of over 600 Tech Related Free Programs⁄Suites, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility” that you can carry around on your flash drive. This toolkit, I highly recommend if you are an IT Professional or training to become one, is available via donationware. Donate an amount that is “Reasonable” and he will send you a download link via email for the toolkit (with includes free future updates). The link to the toolkit is at the top of the GE Geek Web Site (can’t miss it and don’t miss it)…

A Porn App That Snaps Your Photo and Demands A Ransom – “If you’ve used Adult Player, sorry to hear it: It’s an Android porn app that takes a photo of you with the phone’s front-facing camera, immobilizes the device, and demands a $500 payment via a locked ransom screen to fix the phone and delete the photo”… READ MORE

See How Fast Technology Education Is Changing In The Schools – I cannot imagine being a Teacher, Student or Parent these days and attempting to stay on top of all of the information technology changes. Ask A Tech Teacher has posted an article, 13 Changes in Tech-in-Ed in Just Three Years that provides real-world insight on how quickly things have changed, just in a three year period.

13 Changes In Tech Ed

I Highly Recommend This Android App If You Use Google’s Two-Factor Authentication – I just added this app to the downloads page and it is called Authy. Authy brings the future of strong authentication to the convenience of your Android device. The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an additional layer of security. Two-Factor Authentication prevents your Google Gmail account from being hacked.

 Authy 2-Factor Authentication

Preserve The Integrity Of An Image With A Curved Screened Monitor – The first time I experienced one of the curved computer monitors and went back to a flat panel, I immediately sensed the difference. To get an idea of what I am referring to take a look at the S27D590CS monitor by Samsung. Definitely takes entertainment to a whole new level. I just need to figure out how to get this monitor to fit into my work area.

Samsung Curved Monitor

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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 Must Have Android App

Probably one of the most underused functions on computers, by the everyday computer user, is the copy and paste function. I am sure this is probably true when it comes to using our smartphones. As a matter of fact, I randomly asked some of the my friends if they knew how to copy and paste text on their Android phones??? As usual when I ask these geeky type of questions they sort of look at me with that deer in the headlight look and wonder what planet I am from. Every single person I asked this question did not know that was even possible on their phones.

Copying and pasting text from one app to another on our phones is a function you need to learn and if you want to get a good start on this I suggest that you take a look at Easy Copy.

Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste - screenshot

Easy Copy is an Android app that is better than the standard built-in copy paste function in that it has the following features that makes using the copy paste function a more powerful function. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu will be displayed and allows to:

  • locate in Google Maps
  • call the number
  • translate with Google Translate
  • create an event
  • modify the text you copied (very useful in Hangouts when you only want to copy part of a message!)
  • send by text
  • share (when not already developed in the given application)

I found that when the menu appears to perform these function, you can drag the order of the menu around to fit your personal needs. For example, on top of my menu list is the “share” function, due I use that function the most.

This app appears to be relatively new app in the Google Play store, so expect some bugaboos; however, my geek senses is telling me that this app will improve and become very, very popular…

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Receive The Most Interesting News Headlines Three Times A Day Via Push Notifications With SmartNews

I depend on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone) to provide me with the latest news headlines from around the world. I have tried numerous news apps and the one that I have settled down to and really look forward to reading is SmartNews.

SmartNews - screenshot

SmartNews uses a proprietary algorithm to analyze over 10 million articles a day to give you the top trending stories from a variety of news sources. The interface is optimized for readability with zero loading time (read offline). If you are a newshound, I really think you will like this app.

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Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.

One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365.  If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).

Microsoft Office 365

There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).

Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.

What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.

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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play

Countdown


[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet

Slimjet


[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider

Websites Then And Now


[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority

14 best antivirus Android apps


[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority

Windows 7 will be patched until 2020


[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software

FREE JPG to Word Converter


[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips

Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode


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GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring the FREE Version of Microsoft OneNote

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Microsoft OneNote – Many of you may be familiar with Microsoft OneNote, which Microsoft describes as an “extension of your brain”.

Microsoft OneNote

The HOT NEWS this week is that OneNote is now FREE everywhere. This means that you can download, sync and use OneNote on all of your computing platforms. OneNote is now available on: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync with each other.

OneNote, in comparison to many other note keeping applications, is very featured enriched. Personally, I am testing OneNote out on all of my devices to see where it will stand in my life of hoarding information… @What’s On My PC

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[ANDROID] Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown ProLockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads!… @Addictive Tips

[GOLD BOX DEALS] New deals. Every day. Shop Deal of the Day and more daily deals and limited-time sales. I hit this everyday looking for that tech bargain (or any other bargain in general)… @Amazon

[HOW TO] How To Transfer Evernote Notebooks To OneNote – Evernote2Onenote tool is a handy tool to automatically import all required Evernote Notebooks to your OneNote account. It doesn’t matter whether notebooks are synchronized or local, any notebook with all notes could be imported from Evernote to OneNote using this simple tool… @I Love Free Software

[WINDOWS] – Geek Uninstaller – Standard removal program leaves tons of leftovers on your PC. GeekUninstaller performs deep and fast scanning afterwards and removes all leftovers. Keep your PC clean! Use Force Removal for stubborn and broken programs… @Geek Uninstaller

[ALL IN ONE DESKTOP] HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop – Less than $500… @Amazon

HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Android Awesomeness (featured at Bookmarks4Techs) – Android Awesomeness is all about Android and it’s apps. We strive to review at least one new, awesome app a day. What’s an awesome app you ask? An awesome app is a well designed, functional app, that follows the Android Design Guidelines. And also, it’s just a matter of taste… @Android Awesomeness

[HOW TO] Make the Most of Your Multiple Monitors in Windows – If you already have a computer that can handle multiple monitors, just plug in the power cord for your monitor and hook it up to the extra VGA or DVI port. Then it’s time to really get started… @lifehacker

[NEWS] Windows XP Migrations Should Take the Path of Least Resistance – I realize there are some companies that are actually migrating to Windows 8, but with the limited amount of time left, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with migrating to Windows 7, and Microsoft should state that… @WindowsITPro

[HOW TO] How to speed up your Android phone in 2 easy steps – Before we begin, this method will only work for phones running Android 4.0 and above. If you have an older device such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace and are running Android 2.3, then this guide unfortunately won’t apply. There are still ways of speeding up these older phones however, and we’ll have a guide for that real soon… @gadget helpline

[NEWS] This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs – In an attempt to lure people off its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system, Microsoft will pay $100 to XP users who upgrade to a new Windows 8 PC. The promotion, run via the Microsoft Store website, is open to users who ditch their Windows XP systems and buy new machines. The money-off offer applies to PCs costing $699 or more that are bought from Redmond’s online shop… @The Register

[WALLPAPER] – F-16 Fighting Falcon… @Good-Wallpapers

F-16 Fighting Falcon


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Keep Track Of Important Dates On Your Android

I recently added a new site to Bookmarks4Techs, named Android Awesomeness; and, in doing so I noticed that they had an Android App posted, called Days that will be of great assistance to me (and you).

As I continue to age and ferment like wine, I have a tendency to forget things. I don’t know if it is the fermenting process or it is just me learning to mellow out more; however, my forgetfulness needed tended to. This is where Days will help me out.

Days

Days— is a beautiful countdown app using the popular card-based UI introduced by Google. It is designed to be an efficient as well as elegant tool for your Android device.

Days— provides all essential functionalities needed to remind you of your important dates, and gives you choices over colors if you want to keep things organized. Since this app is built based on open-source libraries, it is definitely free with no ads.

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[ANDROID] ISSUU – Experience Millions Of The World’s Best Magazines And Catalogs – all for free, in Issuu’s beautifully crafted app for Android. Discover a world of meaningful content, created by over 1.5 million publishers around the globe. Turn millions of digital pages with the swipe of a finger… @Google Play

[NEWS] RSAC: Buying, Selling Stolen Credit Cards Online – What is striking about the carder sites where criminals sell and buy stolen credit and debit cards is the fact the entire process is so customer-friendly and easy… @PCMag

[NEWS] Windows XP draws its final breaths whilst Windows 8 gets an update – Microsoft announced a long time ago that it would be turning off  support for its most successful operating system (if by successful you mean actually worked), Windows XP.  The OS will no longer be supported as of April 8th… @gadget helpline

[WINDOWS] System Explorer Portable 4.6.0 – If you’ve ever wondered where all of your system resources have disappeared to, System Explorer can reveal all. Working like a more advanced version of Windows’ built in Task Manager, the program can reveal a tremendous amount of information about the programs and processes that are running on your computer at any given time. In addition to this you can keep an eye on the programs which are configured to start automatically with Windows, view a list of browser add-ons, and monitor drivers and services… @Download Crew

[WALLPAPER] – A great sunset evening at Cape Arago on the Oregon Coast, USA… @Interfacelift

Great Sunset

[HARDWARE] Samsung Monitors – Discover Top Savings – Having owned several Samsung Monitors, I highly recommend their products. If you are looking for a monitor, here is the place to look at their selection… @Amazon

[TECH BARGAIN] Get 40% or More Off of Select MicroSD Cards – Featuring various brand names… @Amazon


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GEEK SQUEAK: An Android Side Launcher That Is Always There When You Play, Read Or Listen

To start off with this squeak, I must say, “I love the Android OS”…

Recently I was given one of the Barnes & Noble Nook HD Tablets and I must say it is an excellent tablet; especially that it is now open to downloading apps from the Google Play Store. What I have been doing is some customizing with the “Look of the Nook”.

An Android app that I came across, to change the “Look of the Nook”, that I want to share with you is a launcher that will change the way you use your Android tablet (or smartphone). It is called Swapps!, which is a side drawer launcher that gives you the ability to fast scroll through your apps.

Swapps!

When you need to call up an app you simply swipe the drawer from the side of the tablet (or smartphone). Swapps! will also give you a list of the most recently used apps (which was the main reason I installed it on the Nook)…

If interested, check out Swapps! HERE…

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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)

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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 21, 2013


FCC SPEED TEST (ANDROID APP) accurately measures your mobile broadband performance…

FIVE WINDOWS 8 SHORTCUT KEYS that are essential to know…

A FREE ALL-IN-ONE SCREEN CAPTURE PROGRAM that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard…

A REALLY COOL SOUND AND SLEEP MACHINE for a better nights sleep…

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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Monitor Your Mobile Network’s Performance With The Official FCC Speed Test Android App

@ Addictive Tips

If you have any question or doubt in regards to performance of your mobile broadband connection; install FCC Speed Test. FCC Speed Test is an Android app that accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).

Addictive Tips gets full credit for bringing this useful Android app to our attention.

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In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission revealed their plans to provide mobile users with a way to more accurately find information about mobile broadband speeds offered by their carriers and crowd-sourcing the data across the US. The aim is to help the agency crowdsource data about wireless performance for their own record keeping. To expand the program, FCC has now released a new Android app simply dubbed FCC Speed Test… READ MORE


Important Windows 8 Shortcut Keys To Know About

Windows key+D = Takes you to the desktop

Windows key+R = Opens the Run box

Windows key+I = Opens Settings

Windows key+Q = Opens a Search screen

Windows key+X = Opens the Quick Access menu


PicPick – All-In-One Screen Capture Program

I have tried many screen capture programs and PicPick always comes out on top. If you are into graphic editing, blogging, desktop publishing, etc… PicPick is a must have installation.

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Key Features

Full featured screen capture
Intuitive image editor
Color Picker
Color Palette
Pixel Ruler
Screen Magnifier
Screen Protractor
Whiteboard

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Ecotones SOUND+SLEEP Machine

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For roughly the same amount you’d spend for a month’s supply of sleeping medication, SOUND+SLEEP provides high-quality, natural sound compositions to help you relax and treat your body to a night of deep, restorative sleep. Featuring upward-facing speakers for full-room, high-definition sound, SOUND+SLEEP delivers a rich audio experience and automatically adjusts to minimize the effect of background noises and other distractions… 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 – October 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(WinPatrol 29 Now Available): WinPatrol provides real-time infiltration detection, as a first layer of defense on your PC. Scotty the dog lets you know when a change is about to take place to your computer, whether it is good or bad. Highly recommended and FREE (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Learn How To Create A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive): There is nothing more frustrating than when your computer won’t boot properly and you suspect major problems. This is where a recovery may be the solution (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (TeamViewer for Android): I am a big fan of TeamViewer and can attest to how well TeamViewer works from my tablet to control my desktop PC. I was even able to stream live TV from my desktop PC to the tablet; sound and all (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (The Kindle Fire HDX Is Now Shipping): The 7” version of the Kindle Fire HDX can now be had. Great deal on a very nice tablet computer (SEE BELOW);

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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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WinPatrol

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WinPatrol was the first program to use a behavioral approach to detect new changes due to infiltrations and Zero-Day attacks. WinPatrol continues to add unique features and remains the smallest, fastest system monitor of its kind. Install WinPatrol anytime you rebuild or purchase a new computer. A snapshot of critical system locations and resources is recorded so if anything changes you’ll know what changed and when… GET IT HERE


Windows 8.1 – Create A USB Recovery Drive

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If you run into problems with your PC, a USB recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems, even if your PC won’t start… LEARN MORE HERE


TeamViewer Remote Control – Android App

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Mobile and flexible: remotely access computers from your android device! Easily support friends and family when they have computer problems – no matter where you are. You can also benefit from gaining access to your private home computer to edit documents or use particular software while you are on the road… GET IT HERE


Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet – NOW SHIPPING

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Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 17, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: You know that the Google Chromecast is backordered just about everywhere.  There is an alternative solution called Cheapcast that uses the technology of your smartphone to emulate the Chromecast technology;

Squeak #2: If your are like me, I am sure you have several cloud drive accounts (i.e. Skydrive, Box, Google Drive, Box, etc…). The problem is you have to login and out of each account to get to your files.  Read below for a centralized management solution for these accounts;

Squeak #3: StartMe.com has fast become my favorite cloud app which allows me to customize my very own startpage; AND,

Squeak #4: Need a computer monitor. Below you will find one of the most popular out there and it is not that expensive.

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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!


Emulate The ChromeCast Dongle With Cheapcast

@ GooglePlay

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CheapCast is an app that aims to emulate the ChromeCast Dongle. It allows your Android Device to act as target (1st Screen) for ChromeCast-enabled Applications (like YouTube, Google Music)… GET THIS ANDROID APP HERE

Please note: This is a early Beta version. Some (if not all) things might not work correctly. Additionally casting Chrome Tabs, Netflix and Play Movies are not yet supported. Because of DRM, Play Movies and Netflix might actually never work.


Manage Several Cloud Drives From One Location

@ MultiCloud

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MultiCloud will help you do the centralized management with all your Cloud Drives. Luckily, we will provide all users with this product for free. It is safe and reliable… GET IT HERE


Create Your Own Personal Browser Startpage With Your Favorite Bookmarks and RSS Feeds With StartMe

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Features

  • Categorize bookmarks/RSS feeds in pages and lists
  • Simple drag and drop interface
  • Import/Export your bookmarks/RSS-feeds (OMPL-support)
  • Search engines support (add your own custom search)
  • Offline support (HTML5 Local caching)
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your pages public (and share them)

GET IT HERE FREE


Make What You See, Amazing

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The Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor is one of the most popular 23-24 inch monitors at Amazon…  Very reasonably priced.  It is amazing how the pricing of monitors have dropped over the years… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Wallpaper of the Week (#111) – Water Footprints

I found this to be a very cool wallpaper called Water Footprints where the footprints have been made with droplets of water…

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Water Footprints

Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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Quickly Find the Space Hogs On Your Computer With WizTree

I have featured other programs here at What’s On My PC that will scan your drive(s) and identify which files and folders are using the most disk space. They all are good, but the scanning process often can take some time to complete. Also, I have found that one of the most difficult concepts to grasp, when it comes to managing space on a computer (or tablet, or smartphone), is understanding how the disk space is gauged in terms of kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes, etc…

Recently I came across another disk space analyzer, called WizTree, that I found to be very impressive and fast.

WizTree

Where WizTree excels is in its’ scanning speed; and, what makes it so fast is that WizTree does not scan the physical drive, but scans the hard drive’s Master File Table (MFT) directly from the disk.

Please Note:  When using programs such as this to identify the space hogs on your computer (or device) make sure you do not delete a spacehog (file or folder) that is needed for the operation of the computer (or other programs).  Typically, I use programs, such as WizTree, to determine what personal files I have saved (such as documents, pictures, movies, etc…) are consuming the most space. Programs such as this are also great for troubleshooting problems, as well.

The MFT is a special hidden file used by the NTFS file system to keep track of all files and folders on a hard drive. Scanning for files this way completely bypasses the operating system (Windows) and provides a huge performance boost.

Features:

  • Finds the files and folders using the most space on your hard drive
  • Work VERY Fast! We think it’s the fastest application of this type in the world!
  • Finds the top 1000 largest files on your hard drive
  • Sort the contents of your entire hard drive by folder size and optionally delete files and folders

WizTree, is a portable app that works on 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 with drives that are formatted in the NTFS format (which most modern drives are formatted).

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A FREE Open-Source and Cross-Platform Network Scanner

Today I want to share with you a portable network tool, called Angry IP Scanner, that I used on a daily basis, for legitimate purposes, to scan (and ping) a range of IP addresses and ports to tell me what devices and computers (hosts) on my network were up and running. If the host was alive, the result indicator would be blue and if the host was dead the result indicator would be red. This utility saved me a lot of time in troubleshooting network issues. Today, I no longer manage a network; however, this little tool is still with me to scan the network in my home.

Angry IP Scanner

Angry IP Scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner that can provide a wealth of information regarding the pinged hosts.

It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere.

Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of gathered data about each host can be extended with plugins.

It also has additional features, like NetBIOS information (computer name, workgroup name, and currently logged in Windows user), favorite IP address ranges, web server detection, customizable openers, etc.

Scanning results can be saved to CSV, TXT, XML or IP-Port list files. With help of plugins, Angry IP Scanner can gather any information about scanned IPs. Anybody who can write Java code is able to write plugins and extend functionality of Angry IP Scanner.

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Turn Your Blog Into A Mobile App

Using your blog’s RSS feed address you can turn your blog into an Android App that can be shared on Twitter, Facebook or your website. To accomplish this, simply visit Free Blog Apps and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and customize and build your app (with icon and background). There is nothing to install and once you complete the process the app will be available for download to your PC, smartphone or tablet in the matter of minutes.

Free Blog Apps

For example, if interested you can download the What’s On My PC android app that will keep you up-to-date on what has been posted.  You may have to go into your phone settings to the tell the phone it is ok to download unknown third party android apps for this to happen.

If not interested, that is OK too.  I just thought it interesting that there was a site out there that would automatically build an app for bloggers that could be useful in driving traffic to their blogs.

Download The What's On My PC Free Android App

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Get A Great Paid Android App For FREE Every Day

After getting my tablet PC, the Toshiba Thrive, I was excited and motivated to learn more about the Android Operating System and the apps that are available.  If you know me and follow my blog, you know that the blog predominantly features FREE software. When I started using my tablet PC I soon discovered that there were numerous FREE apps available through the Android Market.  I plan to feature some of those apps here on the blog.  Another thing I noticed is that many of the Android Apps, that are paid apps, are reasonably priced; however, I still like FREE.

Recently, while surfing through Amazon.com (one of my favorite places), I noticed that Amazon has an Appstore for Android, as well.  The Appstore also features FREE apps in addition to the paid apps.  What caught my attention was that Amazon features a paid Android App for FREE every day.

Get A Great Paid Android App For FREE
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Amazon Appstore

To get the FREE app of the day, you will be prompted to enter your mobile phone number or e-mail address.  In my case, for my tablet, I use one of my secondary email addresses.

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