Smartphones and tablets are good alarm clocks, but these apps make them great.
Smartphones and tablets are good alarm clocks, but these apps make them great.
I am a news junky and can tell you, I have tried every “news source” app out for my phone and tablet. What I settled on and have used for over a year, is an app called “SmartNews“… This app uses a specially engineered algorithm that automatically curates the must-read stories that matter now (from numerous news sources). With today’s political climate being as it is, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using more than one source to get your news. Not only will this app pull down news worldwide, you can add official channels from USA Today to TechCrunch, Vox, VICE, People, NBC and more–for free! This app has been downloaded over 20 million times and I can tell you from a personal standpoint, this is the only news app you will ever need. So, save space on your phone or tablet and give SmartNews a try. SmartNews is available as an Android and Apple app (see links below).
My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…
If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…
Features of Google Duo are:
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.
High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.
SOURCE: Google Duo
Apple has been around for years… As a matter of fact, one of the first computers I experienced was the Apple IIc, a computer that I had purchased for my daughter.
Since those days, Apple has been an unique innovator in many products; with some of those products being total flops. Many of those failures, in my opinion, were the result of Apple being ahead of their time and in some cases ahead of the technology curve in general.
To demonstrate what I am talking about, take a look at the infographic below (provided by Master’s In Finance Degree Guide ) that depicts Apple’s Biggest Failures and you will recognize that some of these failures are things that are commonplace today…
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);
Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);
Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C. Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,
Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);
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!
See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]
The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE
I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE
Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C… READ MORE
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The best description I can give for Microsoft Surface Pro is that it is a laptop in tablet form. It will run the same programs that you have been running with Windows 7; BUT, will this be enough to standup to the competition (the Android Tablets and iPad)?
I am a Windows user, always have been, but there is two things that is holding me back from the Surface Pro, and has me questioning Microsoft’s strategy:
For example, I have two elderly friends of mine, one owning an Android Tablet and the other owning an iPad. Both have expressed how easy it was for them to use these devices in comparison to their Windows based computers. As a matter of fact, they are spending less time at the keyboard.
I don’t want to sound too negative about Microsoft Surface, because I am a true Windows based user who has lived in the operating system for years; BUT, that has been my passion, my hobby, my life blood… Most people I know could care less about computers or Microsoft Windows. All they want is an easy computer (internet) experience and they want it at a reasonable cost; whether it is Android, iOS (iPad) or Microsoft. In other words, I am starting to realize that the writing may be on the wall and that myself, desktop computing and Microsoft is becoming old school pretty fast.
I would love to hear insight on this from the experts in the field and from the everyday computer user at home. (see a related article here, called Rethinking Tablets, at TTC Shelbyville – a Tennessee Tech School).
Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]
Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about Microsoft Surface Pro – [CLICK HERE]
i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB Ram Dual Channel Memory
Windows 8 Pro
10.6″ ClearType HD Display
Steve at Scoroncocolo sure catches my attention with some of the terminology he uses and his most recent article Reboot, Restore, Backup iPhone, is no exception. I especially liked the one section in his most recent article Restoring Your iPhone – The Nuclear Option. I don’t think I need to explain what he means by the term nuclear in this case.
The gist of his article is to provide us with instruction on differentiating between “a reboot and a restore (going nuclear)” and how to backup the iPhone.
Steve always contacts me and says, “hey take a look at this article”… His enthusiasm is what draws me in and I feel he shares the same passion for information technology that I do; AND, as a result of this enthusiasm he feels compelled to share that enthusiasm with us all. That is what a true blogger is! I truly enjoy promoting sites like this.
Take the time and drop by his site and if you are an iPhone owner, make sure to bookmark and read Reboot, Restore Backup iPhone.
Hot Hot Hot – Computer How To Guide Android App
I came across this application, that is FREE, called Sharepod, that may be of some usefulness to those who are iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone users. Sharepod helps solve one of the most common dilemmas that is out there; and that is an EASY method to transfer or backup your iTunes music library to your Windows based PC.
If you are an owner of any of these devices, I would make this software a must-have on your computer. As a computer guru, I am often asked, “Is there a way to transfer or backup my music on my iPod?”.
SharePodis easy to use and works! Heres some of the main features:
I have had folks in the past ask me about methods to use to backup (or transfer) their files on their Apple products (such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod). I am no expert on any of those products, by any means, but I do know that backing up or transferring (say music files) is pretty much a proprietary process (using apps such as iTunes, etc…). Judging from the questions I am posed by owners of these products, those proprietary processes can be quite intimidating and apparently are confusing to the everyday user.
A FREE software application that I happened across, called iPhone Explorer, may be a helpful solution to the Apple folks out there, that will allow you to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your Windows based computer via an USB connection. The benefit to this is that with this software installed, these devices in essence become an external disk where you will be able to browse the file structure of the device. There are other features to this software such as creating ringtones; however, the importance I am seeing here is the ability to access these Apple products via a non-proprietary method.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone out there that has used this software to provide input on the usefulness of iPhone Explorer. I really like the concept here with this software.
With the iPhone Explorer can you look into the file system of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and down- and upload files by USB connection, regardless of whether file format. Within this function can use your iPhone/iPad/iPod as “external disk”. The program supports also a direct access to the photos, emails, SMS, videos directories of the iPhone. Herewith can you photos, emails, SMS, videos and all other files easily and simple copy to the computer. The same function is also available for videos, music (from iPod-App) and ringtones. One of the highlights of the iPhone Explorer is the creating of custom ringtones for the iPhone. With the comfortable ringtone editor can you use MP3, WAV, AIFF and M4A audio file formats. The ringtone editor can milliseconds accurately cut. However the song length is not limited to 32 seconds as iTunes.
According to the website, the following Apple products are currently supported:
Apple iOS 3.1.x, 4.x and 5 firmware devices
To interject some humor in today’s post and give you an opportunity to learn about some of Apple’s product line; a friend recently sent me this dissertation about some of Apple’s products, that he had purchased, and how these products (in the end) got him into trouble.
In all seriousness, if you want to learn about the iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch, and the last product (which is a surprise), I encourage you click on the links below.
March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday, and I got him an
He just loved it. Who wouldn’t?
I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an
My daughter’s birthday was in August so I got her an
September came by so for her birthday i got my wife an
It was around then that the fight started . .. .
Welcome everyone to this round of Geek Squeaks’. If you do not know what Geek Squeaks’ are, then you do not know what you are missing. Each week, What’s On My PC selects recent articles from the blogs (and web sites) that are currently on the What’s On My PC blogroll. This is my way of saying “Thank You” to a great bunch of bloggers that I am associated with.
As always, another great round of Geek Squeaks’. Reflected below you will find links to very recent articles that have been posted by the authors that are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you have that passion for computers and information technology, then you need to bookmark and follow these sites.
If you have an obsession for information technology and computers, then I encourage you to become a regular subscriber of the sites listed below. To whet your appetite, What’s On My PC randomly selects each week recent articles that have been composed by the authors who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.
Each week, What’s On My PC, features recent (within the past 7 days) links to articles that are authored by the blog owners who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community (at the sidebar of the blog). If you are someone who has that special obsession for computers and information technology, I highly encourage you to bookmark these blogs and make Geek Squeaks’ part of your weekly routine.
You have to read this article by TechPaul at “Tech-for Everyone”. He looks, not inside the PC this time, but looks inside the person when it comes to “CHANGE”; how we become intimate with our choices of operating systems and why….
clipped from techpaul.wordpress.com
I have been using Windows 7 as my main desktop OS for a while now, and have written several installments of “A Tech’s Impressions” series, (see, A Tech’s First Impression of Windows — Part 1 of a series) with more on the way. This article is not one of them – it’s more a (my) look at psychology than technology.