SmartNews- The Only News App You Will Ever Need

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).


SOURCE: SmartNews (for Android) and SmartNews (for Apple)

An Impressive and Simple Video Calling App

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…

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Features of Google Duo are:

Simple interface
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

Knock Knock
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.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.

Audio Calls
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.

SOURCE: Google Duo

Infographic: Apple’s Biggest Flops Of All Time

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…

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

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

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

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

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

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Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product

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


Computer Repair Technician Checklist

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


Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

@ NBC News

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


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

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Is The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Computer Going To Hold Up To The Competition?

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)?

Microsoft Surface Pro

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:

  1. The price of $899+ is too salty for my pocketbook. For 899+ I can get a pretty decent Ultrabook with a touch screen. Granted the Surface Pro is comparable to the full Windows desktop and notebook computer experience that I have always been used to; however, after personally using and experiencing the simplicity of the Android Tablet (at a much lesser price), and the iPad, I cannot see existing home based computer users or the new generation of users (our kids and grandkids) going for Microsoft’s flavor of the tablet (Pro or RT Models).

    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.

  2. The Surface Pro (best model) ships with a 128 GB of space and from what I am reading this space can drop dramatically to around 89 GBs with Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the built in Windows apps installed (click here). Also, I have noticed that many of the Windows Store apps can be quite large in file or install size compared to the typical apps installed on the Android OS and iOS (iPad) platforms.

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 ]

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Product Features

i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB Ram Dual Channel Memory
Windows 8 Pro
128 GB
10.6″ ClearType HD Display

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When You Have To Go Nuclear and Restore The Settings On Your iPhone

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.

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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.

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Geek Squeaks’ (#68) – Download MP3 Songs, Wearable Technology, Zynga Poker, Epson Ink, and 2012

music2pc – Find and Download MP3 Songs – FREE

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A Free application to Transfer Music and Video Files From An iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone to a PC

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.

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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:

  • Add & remove music and videos from your iPod
  • Add, remove and edit playlists
  • Add & remove album art
  • View and backup photos
  • Copy music, videos and playlists from your iPod to PC
  • Import music/videos into your iTunes library, including playlists and ratings
  • Tag editing
  • Drag n’ drop to and from Explorer
  • Simple, clean interface
  • Quick to load and use with no unnessary complicated features
  • Support for iPhone and iTouch

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Use Your iPhone, iPad or iPod as an External Disk with iPhone Explorer

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.

iPhone Explorer

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
iPad 2
iPad
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G
iPhone 2G
iPod Touch
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It All Began With An iPhone

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.

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March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday, and I got him an

iPhone

He just loved it. Who wouldn’t?

iPhone

I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an

iPad

iPad

My daughter’s birthday was in August so I got her an

iPodTouch

iPod Touch

September came by so for her birthday i got my wife an

iRon

iRon

It was around then that the fight started . .. .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#72)

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.

Geek Squeaks'

Bookmarks4Techs
Site Update #21

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Adds Try Before You Buy App Section

thePC Security
SherWeb SharePoint Server Review – Value for Money

Right On Technology
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Torch Announced,
BlackBerry 6 OS Packed in

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Luxand Blink – Free Facial Recognition Login Application
Now In 64 Bit Version

Plato On-Line
Craiglist Accused Again: Online Sex Trafficking

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove Wireshark Antivirus

Carol’s Vault
WolframAlpha – the best answers engine

AKS-Feel The Change
Airytec Switch Off-Shutdown or
Restart Your PC remotely from any Computer and Mobile Phone

RGdot
neoSearch: A New Way To Search A PC

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Mini 5103 netbook unveiled

Paul’s Home Computing
Blog ATM Skimmer Crime: Moving From Bank ATMs To Gas Pumps

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Freeview HD PVR. The race is on!

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Increase Your Laptop’s Battery Life with
TuneUp Utilities 2010’s Turbo Mode

Lifehacker
Radbox Saves Videos for Watching Later

Rarst.net
WriteMonkey – portable darkroom text editor

Tech-for Everyone
How To Clear Your Cache 2

AskBillFirst
The curse of popularity: Hackers love Apple’s iPad, iPhone, too

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites August 10

Mister Reiner
Do you actually understand computer security
or just the analogies?

GadgetsHolic
iMeshi Food Cases For iPhone 4

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Web-Accessibility for People with Disabilities (via iCons in Medicine)

Online Storage Reviews
44 Blogs Discussing the Best Online Storage Services

Laptop Reviews
Toshiba M645

I Love Free Software
How to Schedule Shutdown, Hibernate, Restart, and Standby on PC

Netbook Freeware
CheckDrive: Best Free App To Scan and
Fix Netbook Hard Drive Errors

Worthy Tips
Fix Windows 7 User Account Security Issues with Accounts Tuner

404 Tech Support
Google and Verizon Push Policy For Open Internet

I Want Ice Water
Strange and Beautiful Roads

Technolar
Block all Facebook Applications at a time

TTC Shelbyville
Tennessee Ranked Number 22 in Internet Speed

Snakebytez
Find Out Whether your Mobile phone is Original or Not

My Technology Guide
Install Google Chrome For All Users Using Google Chrome Standalone Enterprise Edition

Awesome Wallpapers
Misc. Wallpaper Set 22

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A Grab Bag Selection of GREAT Online Computer Games

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#62)

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.

Geek Squeaks'

Snakebytez
DiskPulse : Disk or Folder Activity Monitor

TTC Shelbyville
Computer Hardware and Memory Charts

404 Tech Support
Quit Facebook Day!

I Love Free Software
Rainbow Folders – Freeware to Change Color of Folder Icons

Netbook Freeware
Comodo Time Machine: Best Netbook System Restore Utility

Worthy Tips
PenyuLocker – A free folder locking software

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Good Security Habits

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
There’s an API for that!

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Be Involved. Share Your Favorite Windows-Related Videos

Laptop Reviews Central
Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G, a large notebook

Canadian Tech Blogger
Smokescreen A Flash Alternative

Free PC Security
Spycheck AntiSpyware Removal

Tech-for Everyone
Holiday Software License Giveaway: Handy Backup

Sugarloaf Tech
Windows Installer Service cannot be accessed and may not be installed correctly – solution

Rarst.net
Animoto.com – generate videos from photos and music

Lifehacker
Lifehacker Pack 2010: Our List of Essential Windows Downloads

thePC Security
TabNabbing – New Phishing Trick Exploits Tabbed Browsers

AKS-Feel The Change
Track Down Your Stolen Laptop With PREY

Carol’s Vault
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Master AV

Evilfantasy’s Blog
gSeek.com – google Seek search engine

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Dead PC with These Outstanding Recovery Tools

Right On Technology
Apple Working on Next Apple TV Built With iPhone OS?

Mister Reiner
The Hacker’s People Don’t Write About

What’s On My PC
Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#58)

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.

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Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Sure to Visit this SUPER TECH BLOG and Congratulate Bill
for surpassing the 2 Million mark in visits

Internet Security Blog
Malware Infection Economy – Top Selling Products
and Services in Malware Business

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Sells Over 1 Million iPads

Mrintech
Best Free Portable Apps Suite with 280+ Apps

TuneUp Blog about Windows
PC Optimization: The Green Way

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com 3

Worthy Tips
Will you pay to watch Youtube video? You should soon

Netbook Freeware
PeaZip: Best Free Compression Tool for Netbook

I Love Free Software
3 Chrome Extensions for Downloading Files from Rapidshare

404 Tech Support
SparkChess – Quality, Free Chess Online

TTC Shelbyville
1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs

Snakebytez
PDF OCR – OCR PDF Document to Editable Text

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 4

Tech-for Everyone
Click, click, fixed!

Rarst.net
Best and worst computing advice you know?

Lifehacker
Disable Google Chrome’s Location-Aware Browsing

Crazy World
of G HTC Incredible

thePC Security
Top 10 Spamming Country – No, China is Not There

Right On Technology
HP Buys Palm, Hints at WebOS Slate

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AKM Anitivirus 2010 Pro

Carol’s Vault
Chillout Saturday : DJ River’s “Blue Room” album

Plato Press
Comodo Backup

What’s On My PC
Secure USB Flash Drive

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

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.

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Tech-for Everyone
How To Get Free Tax-prep Programs & e-Filing

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 30

AskBillFirst
LifeLock Settles FTC Charges For $12 Million

Rarst.net
Are we going to shed most of software?

Lifehacker
Don’t Forget to Sign That Tax Return and 9 Other Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Carol’s Vault
ZeuAPP: 82 free and open source applications with one click

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Control Components

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free LiberKey – Installs 180+ Portable Applications

Right On Technology
Apple iPhone HD on AT&T and Verizon this summer?

Snakebytez
Disable Startup – Free Startup Manager and Monitoring Software

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Websites Reloaded

TTC Shelbyville
Cable Messes and Awesome Data Centers

I Love Free Software
ContactOffice – Free Virtual Office To Manage Your Business

Worthy Tips
Some Best Free Video Editing Software

Canadian Tech News
Have you heard of Duck Duck Go (search engine)?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, stats and nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Can a “Secret” CPU Setting Really Improve Boot-up Time?

Plato Press
10 Things You Should Know About Digicam Memory Cards

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Windows XP, Vista, and 7 – The Psychology of it ALL…

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….

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Not every Windows user is going to like Windows 7


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.


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