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Do A Dirt Search Aired: 04/01/2013
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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re like most of us these days, your smart more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re like most of us these days, your smartphone is practically attached to you. If you’re there, it’s with you. And if you leave it at home... well, you NEVER leave it at home.

When you’re running around during your busy day, you have lots of errant thoughts, random notes you need to make, and your smartphone is the perfect way to keep them in one place.

Google wants to make it easier for you to keep track of those random thoughts, pictures, lists with a new App called Keep.

The app works on Android and your desktop computer, and it keeps all of those notes synced, so no matter where you are, you can access them.

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices.

With Google Keep you can even have voice notes transcribed automatically, use home screen widgets to capture thoughts quickly, color-code your notes to help find them later, and swipe to archive things you no longer need

You can even turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes. How handy is that when the message from your wife becomes a shopping list?

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

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Faster is better, but how do you know if you’re getting what you paid for? It’s time for ano more...

Faster is better, but how do you know if you’re getting what you paid for?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you have high speed internet, you’re paying your service provider  for download speed.

In the last few weeks Cox Communications announced a major speed upgrade, up to 50 megabytes a second.

Now hold on... that’s UP TO 50 not guaranteed 50.

Speeds vary based on time of day, density in your area, and even the equipment in your home. So to get the best speeds you may need an equipment upgrade.

You should have the latest DOCSIS 3.0 modem. While it’s not going to guarantee you the maximum speed, it makes the best use of what your cable company is offering.

Now, what's the best way to test your speed? We recommend Speedtest.net as one option. But running the test once, doesn’t really tell you your speed.

To do this, you want to run the test 3 different times during the day, over 3 different days. The average of those 9 tests will give you a real look at your internet speed.

We’ve posted a link that includes 3 testing sites for you to test your internet speed, it’s on our Facebook page.


We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.datadoctors.com/help/columns/21798-How-can-I-test-my-Internet-speed/

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Shopping is a chore, and lines generally stink... so Walmart is trying to change that. It’s more...

Shopping is a chore, and lines generally stink... so Walmart is trying to change that.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

When you think Walmart, you probably don’t think about technological innovation right?

Like them or not, Walmart is one of the biggest retailers in the U.S. and they’re rolling out something new to make shopping easier for you.

It’s called Scan & Go, and the idea is simple. Using your iPhone (for now - Android isn’t far behind) you scan the items with the Scan & Go App while you shop.

The app keeps tabs on what you put in the cart and gives you a running total.

Every item has a code, the app simply converts that into the checkout price you pay for it.

Now when you’re finished shopping, you will be able to go to a special checkout lane, the reader gets the checkout info from your phone, you swipe your card, and off you go.

Scan & Go is now rolling out to over 700 stores, and will soon be in your Walmart.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/walmart-iphone-scan-and-checkout_n_2915588.html?utm_hp_ref=technology

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Birthdays are a time to celebrate, and last week more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, and last week Twitter did just that when it turned 7.

That’s right it’s not even old enough to drink, but it’s changed the world in 7 years. Don’t believe us?

Twitter, (the microblogging site) has brought us breaking news from around the world, has watched governments topple, dictators get captured... yet so many people still thumb their noses at it. Why?

Even if you don’t tweet, Twitter is a great tool for your business. You can follow the conversations about your industry in real time.

If you are a small business owner, Twitter is the one place to be to start conversations with potential clients by monitoring the Tweets around you.

There’s a  great website for keeping tabs on tweets you care about, it’s called Monitter.com.

Monitter allows you to set up searches and watch the stream of discussions going on globally, or locally. You can go from 100 down to 10 miles or just type in your location.

Imagine connecting with a customer who’s looking for your service because they are tweeting about something they need. Now you have a way to connect with them directly.

So, now do you think Twitter is a big waste of time?

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://monitter.com/

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip These days more and more of us rely on the cloud more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

These days more and more of us rely on the cloud to store documents, and keep the things we’re working on, synchronized across multiple platforms.

But if you are a user of services like Google Docs, which we are, you may on occasion, have some pain.

When Google Docs takes a dive and the service is unavailable, how are you supposed to get your work done?

You need to know how to use Google Docs offline, setup is easy and it’ll keep you working when the cloud goes dark.

To turn on offline access, simply go to your google drive main page and click MORE on the left side of the page, then offline. Now you can enable offline access by clicking the blue button.

Just like a computer, things go wrong... so to make extra certain your documents are safe, use a backup to the cloud called backupify. This cloud based service can backup all your cloud based services.


We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

How to set up Google Drive offline access:
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1628469

Set up backupify
http://backupify.com

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If you’re an adventurous traveler, you’ll want to pack a bag for this Data Doctors Tech Tip. more...

If you’re an adventurous traveler, you’ll want to pack a bag for this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many travel sites offer low fares, fare watching and discounts on your destination, that’s nothing new, but what if you could save up to 40% by letting someone else choose your destination... remember we did say “adventurous traveler”.

The site is getgoing.com and they offer somehting totally unique. Give them 2 options for your destination, your travel dates and they’ll do the rest. They call it the Pick Two, Get One platform.

Airlines give bigger discounts to flexible leisure travelers, so allowing GetGoing.com to decide which trip to book proves to the airline that you're a leisure traveler. After all, business travelers need to go to a specific location.

The service helps the airline industry by putting butts in the seats and helps consumers by... we’ll it’s obvious right?

We tested GetGoing against Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. We mocked up a few different European and Asian trips. Without fail, GetGoing.com saved a coupe of hundred bucks per flight.

So next time you want to get going, pick two, and get one... then get going!

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors


http://www.getgoing.com/welcome

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How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids? It’s time for anoth more...

How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

An average US citizen spends 7 hours and 45 minutes on Facebook per month. Kids blow those numbers out of the water on a daily basis.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor your kids Facebook usage, without sitting over their shoulders with a stopwatch? You can. It’s a computer app called Time Rabbit.

Time Rabbit is a stand alone app that sits and waits for Facebook activity on a computer. Once Facebook is opened, it monitors daily hours, minute and seconds spent on the site. But it’s smart too, if you open another tab and veer off for a while it knows, and the clock stop until Facebook activity resumes.

Reporting gives you access to weekly, monthly and lifetime use. And the free app works with all the major web browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

For now that app only works in the Windows environment, and doesn't give you mobile reporting from smartphones, but it’s a great start for the price. In case you missed the price earlier... it’ FREE.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.


http://www.gigawatch.com/TimeRabbit/

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Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that s more...

Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?

It’s time for a marriage saving Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many of us have experienced this, your partner falls asleep and you’re wide awake, so you grab the remote to watch something mindless, only to discover the volume is at 100 when it turns on, waking them up, and sending you to the couch.

The latest device from Roku one of those internet connected streaming media boxes, can fix that problem for ever. The Roku 3's remote control features a headphone jack and volume buttons on the side, so as soon you plug in a pair of earbuds, the sound from the TV mutes and plays through the remote.

This works for any content you watch through your Roku: If you pop your headphones into the remote, you'll be able to hear your program in your ears without disturbing your sleeping spouse (or anyone else in your home, either).

Is the highly competitive and growing field of streaming media boxes, Roku's addition of a "private listening" mode could separate it from the rest of the pack.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/roku-3_n_2812189.html

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Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business pro more...

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business professionals, you’ll want to listen up!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Lot’s of people have LinkedIn accounts but don’t realize all the hidden gems that the service provides.

One of the most underutilized is the easy to setup but powerful Company Pages.

Company pages allow anyone with no technical experience to setup a complete site that showcases a companies products and services and allows anyone to follow the company itself.

It’s also a great way to showcase your companies job opportunities. And for you job seekers to follow and learn more about a company you may want to work for.

Its also a great way to get recommended by your best customers and engage with future prospects as a company.

It’s kind of like a Facebook business page only its on LinkedIn and its free and easy!

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you love your Android device, we’ve got good more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you love your Android device, we’ve got good news for you... YOU’RE #1 the most popular platform in the world.

Now for the bad news... You’re also the number 1 target for malware in 2013.

Because of the popularity and openness of the Android platform, security experts are predicting a dramatic increase in attempts to exploit your beloved smartphones and tablets.

The highest risk group, are people that have turned off Androids protection and general settings by rooting their phones.
Your phone or tablet has more information on it than you likely realize.

If your phone gets exploited, your email can be compromised, your contacts exposed. It’ll take a bad guy just a few seconds to figure out where you bank, request a password reset, which gets emailed to them and in no time at all, you're dealing with the fallout.

Follow this simple list to stay safe. First, don’t root your phone or let anyone root it for you. ??Next, buy your apps from Google Play, Androids official app store.

And finally, make sure your phone is password protected.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions, just as us.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

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Public WiFi Dangers Aired: 03/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip By now, you should be aware of the dangers of us more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

By now, you should be aware of the dangers of using public wifi connections; you will always be a potential target.

That’s right, free wifi allows anyone to connect to the network including those with malicious intent. Hackers can use something called a packet sniffer to capture everything your computer is transmitting on the open network

If all you do on public wifi is check sports scores, watch YouTube videos or other non-sensitive activities, you have nothing to worry about.

But the minute you have to use a username and password to get to something that you care about, or put your credit card number into a form, it’s time to stop and think!

Do you really need to do this right now or can it wait until you get to a more secure connection.

If you have to do it from a public connection, make sure the address starts with https or don’t do it. The “S” means secure or scrambled.

The best way to be safe when you travel is to use your smartphone on your cellular providers data network or set it up as a hotspot for your laptop.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

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Are You Sending SPAM Aired: 03/14/2013
Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you more...

Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you sent it?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We all hate SPAM and since the majority of messages circling the internet, are SPAM, lots of filters are in place to keep it from hitting our inbox.

These automated filters look at different parts of your message to determine if it’s legit or junk.

If you’re making some common mistakes, like using certain trigger words or phishing phrases, you’ll be marked as SPAM. So what are some of them?

100% Satisfied, #1, Act Now!, Apply Online, Best Price, Affordable... you get the idea.

Try to avoid images in your signature. The KISS system works best with email... keep it simple sender. Use the plain text format for the best results.

Want to check your emails and see how SPAMMY they are? You can. Just send your test message to [email protected] that’s check, C H E C K @ I S N O T S P A M .com.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.


http://www.benchmarkemail.com/blogs/detail/the-100-worst-spam-words-and-phrases

http://isnotspam.com

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Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company? It’s time for another more...

Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you want to fire your phone company, but are worried about the quality of calls over the internet, you should check out Ooma.com.

Ooma, spelled O O M A, is a different kind of phone service. You pay for the Ooma interface one time, it’s $180 bucks, plug it into your internet router and you’re done. Calls are free, but you do have to pay taxes of a few bucks a month.

Now you plug in your existing home phone, regular or cordless, and start calling. You don’t need any other special equipment. And, Ooma’s basic free service gives you voicemail, caller-ID, call-waiting. You can keep the number you have or get a new one.

The voice quality on Ooma is exceptional. May actually sound richer and fuller than your current home phone service.

But what about 911 calls, how will they know where I am? All Ooma units come bundled with 911 services. Help will be able to find you. And if anyone ever dials 911 from your home, you'll get a text message alert on your cell phone as well.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://ooma.com/

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You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys. But what ab more...

You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys.

But what about that important document, spreadsheet or presentation?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The keys and wallet, we can’t help you with... the computer files... YES WE CAN!

You need a solution that syncs all those important files across your computers, smartphone and tablet. You need a Dropbox.

Dropbox is a simple and free solution that allows you to have a virtual filing cabinet, where ever you go.

Once you set it up, you’ll never have to worry about sending yourself an email with the files attached, because no matter which device you use, it automatically syncs to your Dropbox, and then your devices.

You get your first 2.0 gigs free, and can build up to 18 gigs by referring friends and family. If you need more space, 100, 200 and 500 gig plans start at just $10 bucks a month. You can even do bigger plans for your business.

Now you don’t have to worry about which device you created it on. Dropbox gives you files at your fingertips.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.dropbox.com/

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No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video gam more...

No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video game? Yes, a free video game.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip to warn you about in app purchases.

What’s an in app purchase? It’s a hidden feature in lots of games that allows you purchase virtual coins, merchandise or even new levels in the game.

The problem is, your kids can easily purchase these and suddenly you’re staring at a bill that’s tens, hundreds or thousands of dollars.

So how do you turn these in app purchases off to avoid this pain?

For iPhone, iPod, iPad users it’s in the general area of your settings, you need to enable restrictions, and then turn off your in app purchases.

Since Androids come in different flavors, you may have to do a bit of hunting, but most of them work the same. Go to the play store on your device, then settings, make sure you set a pin number, and then select the “use pin for purchases” option.

If you need help, we’ve posted a how to video with the step by step instructions right on our Facebook page.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P4wFB6d7gM

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent bac more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent backscatter? My inbox is full of mailer daemon returned emails that appear to be sent from me, but of course they weren't. I've set a filter to delete these type emails from the Cox server, but some of them continue to come through. I would prefer to NOT change my email address.

The problem is simple... a spammer has your e-mail address and is obviously using it as the fake sender on a current 'campaign'. More than likely, this will go away in the coming weeks as the spammer will use other addresses for his junk messages.

When your email address gets spoofed like this, it appears as if it’s email sent by you to whomever the sender has listed as the recipient. The real issue here, is the size of the list that spammer used.

We’ve seen some instances where a spammer has sent out tens of thousands of emails, and when the bad addresses start bouncing back, you’re bombarded with these returns.

If it continues en mass, you’ll probably have to change addresses to sidestep the junk returns.

It’s always good to keep two email addresses, one for subscriptions and online ordering, another for family and friends.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.


Ask us your technology questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.facebook.com/datadoctors/posts/10151508226325320

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If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to liste more...

If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Technology, hailed for its innovation and ability to organize our lives, has also been on the receiving end of some bad press when it comes to kids.

The Kaiser Foundation found that kids aged 8-18 spend an average of 7 and a half hours a day using a variety of media gadgets. Aside from time spent in school, that is nearly all of their waking hours. Who has time to exercise with all that screen time?

GeoPalz gives kids the motivation to get moving in a cute, kid-friendly fitness tracker. The more activity that kids log, the more points they’re able to accrue.

With GeoPalz, kids can earn points and redeem them for fun prizes that promote even more activity, like Frisbees, jump ropes, balls and more. Those who aim high can save their points for bigger rewards like a bike or skateboard.

While kids are using their GeoPalz, parents can use the company’s more mature fitness tracker for teens and adults called the iBitz. These “smart” pedometers sync to both Android and iOS apps via Bluetooth and monitor movement, and even additional health measures like weight, calories, steps taken and more, so the whole family can meet their fitness goals together.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Ask us your tech questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/02/25/technology-kids-off-couch/

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Know Where To Park Aired: 03/06/2013
Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time. It’s time for another more...

Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Between alternate side parking, tow zones, loading zones and metered spaces, there are any number of ways a driver might misread -- or even ignore -- the rules delegated by a parking sign and end up with a ticket.

An app called Park.it is trying to eliminate hat risk by showing users where legal spaces are in the area they’re driving and sending alerts to their smartphones if a space is no longer safe to park in.

Park.it takes into account all kinds of potential violations, from street cleaning times and restrictions for residential zones to incline parking rules and meters.

The app launched where all the cool tech starts, in San Francisco... but it’s now rolling out in New York and Washington, D.C. before it hits the rest of the country.

In case you were wondering how big the parking ticket industry is... In 2011, Washington D.C. set a city record by collecting $92.6 million in parking ticket revenue.

In New York City... they write 27,000 tickets a day.

Soon you'll be able to say stick it, to the ticket!


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Ask us your questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/parkit-app-alerts-drivers-to-avoid-parking-tickets_n_2768256.html

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UChek Urine Testing App Aired: 03/04/2013
Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for e more...

Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for example, can give you early warnings about liver or kidney problems. It can also tell you if your diet is on the wrong track, or if you're at risk for diabetes.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Now, you can get a heads-up without peeing in a cup. That’s right, you can do a self check for these medical problems in the privacy of your own bathroom, with a smartphone in hand.

Enter Uchek, for iPhone and Android,  was introduced at the TED Conference. Uchek will reveal potential health issues in your urine, using nothing but commercially available test strips and a couple of smartphone snapshots.

Ucheck says... Everybody pees, and everybody carries a cellphone, so they figured they had to be able to do something with this.

Ucheck takes away the difficulty of self checking, you don’t have to guess what the colors mean.

This also brings down medical costs, because doctors will no longer need to buy expensive urine analysis machines and proprietary strips.

The app asks you to take a couple of shots of the strips at intervals of a few minutes. It then delivers the chemical composition of your pee, what that means, and how it is changing over time.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/02/26/uchek-urine-analysis-app/

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