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61 Sec
CES Android Cameras Aired: 01/07/2013
It’s part Android phone, part digital camera... not the other way around. It’s time to Liste more...

It’s part Android phone, part digital camera... not the other way around.

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

As the new year is underway, you are going to see some pretty cool electronic devices.

These days, everyone takes pictures with their smart phones, but what about taking a picture with your camera that also happens to be a smart phone?

These cameras start at $300 bucks and go up to about $550. Because they are cameras first and a phone second, they have actual camera sensors, a true flash and zoom lenses that are optical and not only digital.

They have the memory cards and batteries of a digital camera, which makes offloading images and recharging a breeze.

But, because they are also an Android phone, you can run all of your favorite app and games on them. You can even upload images directly from the camera.

A camera that's a phone? Novel idea right? But there's a big problem with android cameras. The image quality sucks, as does the battery life.

Our advice to you… let these devices cook a bit longer. Perhaps Android Camera 2.0 will be better.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57558834-251/android-driven-samsung-galaxy-camera-fad-or-future

121 Sec
If you use an iPhone, you are a know how bad the mapping system is. When Apple released thei more...

If you use an iPhone, you are a know how bad the mapping system is.

When Apple released their new operating system, people were outraged at the loss of Google maps.

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

In fact, this tech tip is so quick and easy, you can do it as soon as we are done talking.

While Apple and Google were having a cat-fight in the corner, consumers were suffering.

Bad directions, missed landmarks, and distorted images of city streets were common among Apple maps.

Then, without much fanfare, Google maps returned just before the holidays.

But you might notice, when you ask Siri for directions, she still opens Apple maps.

So here's how you can force her to use the map program you want, Google maps.

Next time you ask your phone for directions finish the sentence with "via transit". This simple step will force your phone to look for routing apps that use public transit and walking directions.

Since Apple maps doesn't cover public transit it brings up Google. Now all you have to do is press the word route.

http://youtu.be/3tf5MbIjBSI

58 Sec
Google Translate For Mobile Aired: 01/03/2013
In a previous Tech Tip, we told you how to read foreign signs. But what about having a conversa more...

In a previous Tech Tip, we told you how to read foreign signs. But what about having a conversation with someone?

There’s an app for that, and it’s free. It’s called Google Translate for Mobile. The app is available for Android and iOS phones.

Google Translate will translate text to speech. You can type in words, sentences or go totally nuts and do paragraphs.

Better still you can speak words and phrases to get translations. In conversation mode, Android users get speech-to-speech translation, making it easy to have a natural conversation with someone in a foreign language.

Google Translate for Mobile has dictionaries with translations in over 30 languages. You can also create favorites with starring and keep track of translations you need for later on.

Google Translate for Mobile app is supported on iPhone and And, some Blackberry, Windows Phones and all Android phones. After all, it is a Google product.

Links:

http://www.google.com/mobile/translate/

55 Sec
DLNA Aired: 01/02/2013
DLNA... it’s a term you’re going to start seeing a lot in the future... but we’re going to tell more...

DLNA... it’s a term you’re going to start seeing a lot in the future... but we’re going to tell you about it NOW!

DLNA... or the Digital Living Network Alliance has a goal, to make it easy for all your digital devices to access all your digital media, you know... movies, photos, music.

It’s one thing for your digital devices to be compatible with each other, but how about making it so you don’t have to be a geek or a nerd to make all this stuff work the way you want it to.

DLNA’s goal...  whether you have two or ten devices. Is to allow you to take any media you own and regardless of brand – you’ll experience a digital world of more convenience, choices and enjoyment when it comes to your movies, music and photos.

All your stuff... simply works! That’s the way your digital life could be, if DLNA takes hold.

http://www.dlna.org/

47 Sec
Click & Connect Aired: 01/01/2013
If you have an iPhone and you use Linkedin, you’ll want to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Da more...

If you have an iPhone and you use Linkedin, you’ll want to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors PRODUCTIVITY Tech Tip.

Most of you realize how important it is to connect on LinkedIn, with people you meet in the real world.

The problem is, you grab their card, but you never get around to actually connecting with them.

So here’s a great solution for that problem. It’s called Cardmunch. It’s a free iPhone app that will take a picture of the card, turn the image into an actual contact

AND the best part is that it connects you to that person on LinkedIn right from your phone.

Its actually transcribed by a team; manual transcription ensures higher accuracy for scanned cards.

Now you can connect with any business prospect on Linkedin, 5 minutes after you meet them.

www.Cardmunch.com

44 Sec
Easy Way To Compare Online Aired: 12/31/2012
Searching the internet makes comparing things easy, you just hop back and forth between browser more...

Searching the internet makes comparing things easy, you just hop back and forth between browser windows and take notes.

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could compare the iPhone versus the Galaxy S3 or the Kindle versus the Nook in one place? You can!

VersusIO.com gives you all the facts about any two things you’re trying to compare in a simple side by side format.

At versuio.com you can search for cameras, tablets, e-readers, smartphones and now you can compare cities. Like living in Washington DC versus Phoenix.

If you’re a shopper looking for comparisons on popular tech, this site has them. Just one search can net you the list of reasons to get each item, and pulls in comments from users Facebook feeds.

Now you have a single site to simply compare this versus that.

www.versusio.com

42 Sec
Updates, updates, everywhere there are updates for your computer, so you should be updating eve more...

Updates, updates, everywhere there are updates for your computer, so you should be updating everything all the time right? Well... not necessarily.

Kevin asked us on Facebook... about a website, that offered to update all his drivers. Drivers are small software programs that control your hardware and updating them all at once is a bad idea.

Driver conflicts are one of the most frustrating problems your computer can have.

Kevin, here’s our advice to you and anyone else who comes across one of these offers. Be careful! These types of programs can cause a problem where one didn’t exist before.

Unless you are trying to solve a known problem, we'd suggest you take a pass!

In general updates are good... but in this case, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

40 Sec
When you setup your wireless network, try to avoid these common mistakes. Lets start with th more...

When you setup your wireless network, try to avoid these common mistakes.

Lets start with the basics... Tip number 1. When you plug in your router, you have to give it a name. Don’t use your last name. You don’t need to tell anyone with malicious intent that this is your network.

2. Turn off the broadcast. Go into your settings and turn off your SSID Broadcast... that’s your network name. It’s not necessary for your network to scream HERE I AM!!!

3. Make absolutely sure you turn on encryption to secure your network. WPA allows you to use easy to remember passwords.

Don’t understand what we’re talking about, get some help. This one’s too important to get wrong.

http://youtu.be/LfxmBqKUNm4

60 Sec
Lots of you got new smartphones yesterday, and we know how exciting a new device can be. But more...

Lots of you got new smartphones yesterday, and we know how exciting a new device can be.

But we also know how disappointing it is, when the thing dies after just a short amount of time.

Now that you have your shiny new smartphone in your hand, lets make some basic adjustments to make the battery life last longer.

First, adjust your brightness. Many people keep their screens so bright, an airplane can use it as a beacon. If it’s so bright it lights up a dark room, turn it down. Set it to read it comfortably then let it auto adjust.

Now for your WiFi... connect to the few networks you need, but don’t have it search for networks continuously. Turn it off.  Also, turn off your bluetooth when you’re not using it. Uneeded wireless features running in the background drain your battery.

Finally, you know those annoying, random and never ending dings you hear on other people's phones? That’s because they are letting their phones push emails and Facebook updates to them. This constant push drains the battery unnecessarily. Instead, set it so your phone gets your email and other updates when you open the app.

Links:

http://youtu.be/YrhSIpEvwCY

58 Sec
Making Netflix Better Aired: 12/24/2012
If you use Netflix, and more than 30 million of us do,  did you know there are some simple thin more...

If you use Netflix, and more than 30 million of us do,  did you know there are some simple things you can do to make it work better?

If you get frustrated when Netflix suggest a movie you have no interest in, you can fix that with just a couple of clicks.

When the movie is finished, give it a rating. It’s not a rating for the world to see, it’s for you. 1-5 stars helps build a suggested list based on what you like. The more you rate, the better the user experience.

Plus, you can always click on the "Not Interested" button on any film's homepage and it will disappear from your recommendations page and its smartening up your future recommendations.

There’s a website called instantwatcher that quickly lists all the movies on Netflix. It also tells you which movies are going away soon. They even have a Twitter feed for you hardcore movie buffs.

Finally, Netflix is month to month. So if you decide to cancel you can. But they’ll retain your queue and ratings for 2 years.

Links:

http://instantwatcher.com/

55 Sec
DLNA... it’s a term you’re going to start seeing a lot in the future... but we’re going to tell more...

DLNA... it’s a term you’re going to start seeing a lot in the future... but we’re going to tell you about it NOW!

DLNA... or the Digital Living Network Alliance has a goal, to make it easy for all your digital devices to access all your digital media, you know... movies, photos, music.

It’s one thing for your digital devices to be compatible with each other, but how about making it so you don’t have to be a geek or a nerd to make all this stuff work the way you want it to.

DLNA’s goal...  whether you have two or ten devices. Is to allow you to take any media you own and regardless of brand – you’ll experience a digital world of more convenience, choices and enjoyment when it comes to your movies, music and photos.

All your stuff... simply works! That’s the way your digital life could be, if DLNA takes hold.

http://www.dlna.org/

129 Sec
Food Pair Aired: 12/21/2012
There’s a ton of foodie websites out there. From TV channels sites, to snobby recipe sites a more...

There’s a ton of foodie websites out there.

From TV channels sites, to snobby recipe sites and specialty sites, but there’s one that does it better.

FoodPair.com is the easiest way to find recipes online. Search nearly a million recipes from the best sites across the Web.

Now you don’t have to hop from site to site to get good recipies. When you find a recipe you like you can save it to your recipe box.

But what if you don’t want to whip up a special meal, you just need to figure out what to make?

FoodPair lets you also search by ingredient. That makes it easy to find recipes you can make with the ingredients you have.

Their powerful search filters make it easy to see only the recipes that matter to you. You can filter by site, diet, course and complexity. The only thing it doesn't do is make it for you.

And since everyone loves to see what they’re going to make, foodpair.com looks very much like Pinterest. It’s very visual and easily shareable.

Links:

http://www.foodpair.com/

58 Sec
It's not always easy to keep up with new music from your favorite artists. It's exciting wh more...

It's not always easy to keep up with new music from your favorite artists.

It's exciting when your favorite musicians release new material. In the past, you may have found out about new releases on the radio or from an ad in a magazine or website.

With iTunes (Mac and Windows), however, keeping up with the latest music by your favorite artists is as easy as check marking two boxes. Here's how to do it.

First, in iTunes, go to the Store Menu, then select View My Apple ID.

Next... after you log in to your iTunes account, scroll to the Settings section at the bottom of the page.

Now... under Alert Me, click on the Manage link.

Finally, check the boxes next to "Send me e-mail alerts about artists I've previously downloaded" and "Show alerts based on your library content."

Did you get all of that? Don’t worry, we’ve posted a link.

Links:

http://youtu.be/dKmpRDqKubI

59 Sec
Have you ever hopped on a friends computer to check something online? Then you wind up loggi more...

Have you ever hopped on a friends computer to check something online?

Then you wind up logging on to Facebook, and an hour later you decide to jump out for dinner.

The scenario we set up actually happened to a good friend of mine, what happened next wasn’t so good.

The two friends got into an argument at dinner and both left the restaurant not speaking to each other.

When he got home, the buddy opened his computer only to discover his former friend was still logged on to Facebook. He was now in control of his former friend’s account.

Now, there is a way to stop this from happening. Did you know you can remotely log out of Facebook? From a computer or smartphone, go into your account setting and click on the security section.

Now look at the bottom of the page for the word Active Sessions and click EDIT on a computer, or REMOVE on a smartphone.

Computer users will see a drop down list of all your open Facebook sessions. Simply choose the session or sessions you want to end, and you’re back in the drivers seat.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/forget-to-log-out-help-is-on-the-way/425136200765

59 Sec
Wordlens Aired: 12/18/2012
Traveling can be a lot of fun, seeing the world, eating the different foods, and the culture? T more...

Traveling can be a lot of fun, seeing the world, eating the different foods, and the culture? There are all the museums.

There is a downside however... If you travel to a foreign country it can be a daunting task to read the signs.

Wouldn't it be great if you didn’t need a translator or tour guide to explain what you're looking at? There’s an app for that, and it’s called Wordlens.

Wordlens is an app that allows you to hover over any text in Spanish, French, Italian and of course English... and it magically translates on the fly.

Never again will you have to worry about ordering goats brains in France.

The real practical applications for this app are numerous. It can translate in either direction, making it good for you and for your foreign friends.

You can even write down what you want to say, and Wordlens will translate it into their language instantly.

For $5 bucks, It’s the best bang for the buck in translation apps.

Links:

Video: http://youtu.be/h2OfQdYrHRs

App: http://questvisual.com/us/

60 Sec
Facebook Gifts Aired: 12/17/2012
Holiday shopping... you either love it or hate it. Some of us would rather stay home and wat more...

Holiday shopping... you either love it or hate it.

Some of us would rather stay home and watch the game than be out in a crowded mall fighting people, crowds and parking.

So imagine holiday shopping without all the stuff you hate! That’s right, Facebook is bringing the mall to you.

Facebook Gifts rolls out just in time for the holidays. Here’s how it works. First, click the “Give a Gift” button on Facebook.

Then, buy your friend a gift! Pick out the perfect gift, add your message and it's ready to ship – no address needed.

You can choose from literally thousands of gifts ranging from Whoopie pies and popcorn tins, to gift cards, clothes and wines. It even suggests gift ideas... now that’s a smarter way to shop.

Your friend is notified instantly. Friends enter their own shipping info and can swap for a different size, flavor or style before the gift ships. How handy is that?

What happens next? . The gift arrives! Your beautifully packaged gift gets delivered right to your friend's door.

Can holiday shopping get any easier? No.... and you’re welcome.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/about/gifts

131 Sec
Snap Chat Aired: 12/14/2012
Who said everything on the internet is written in Sharpie? We did, until now! Have you ev more...

Who said everything on the internet is written in Sharpie?

We did, until now!

Have you ever published a photo, or been tagged in an embarrassing picture? There’s nothing worse than having an unflattering picture of you on the internet.

Now, you are in control of who sees your photos, and for how long with a mobile app called SnapChat.

Available for both iPhone and Android, SnapChat is a new way to share photos with friends and family.

SnapChat is a fast new way to share a photos up to 10x faster than MMS. You control how long you want your friends to view them. It’ll even alert you if they try to take a screenshot!

You can use SnapChat on your carrier's data plan or on WiFi, so you can take your pictures and send them just like before, but now you control the viewing audience.

Just like texting, you can send it to groups of people, you can even throw a caption on the picture, but no one gets to keep the image.

http://www.snapchat.com/

129 Sec
There’s a new trend in the biz tech world... BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. Companies are l more...

There’s a new trend in the biz tech world... BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.

Companies are letting employees bring their personal laptops, tablets and smartphones to do their work.

BYOD is good... Employees are more flexible and therefore more productive, they can work anywhere, anytime. BYOD lowers your overhead since they are buying the technology, and typically, employees have better tech with newer apps.

But, BYOD is bad too. Information security can be tricky, a bad malware infection or misusing a computer could expose your information. Also, it’s happened to many of us... we leave a phone at a restaurant or the laptop in the car. Lost, stolen and damaged devices can result in stolen data, lost projects, or a complete breach of your network.

Ultimately, having personal devices in the workplace is unavoidable. What’s most important are the systems you have in place to protect your business, data, server and more.

Create your BYOD policy today, so your employees don’t accidentally expose your critical business data tomorrow.


Sources:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/digitalgov/bring-your-own-device

http://mashable.com/2012/10/23/bring-your-own-malware/

http://mashable.com/2012/06/16/telecommuters-not-productive/

http://www.fastcompany.com/3000560/tips-making-sure-bring-your-own-device-doesnt-blow-your-face

http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/17/byod-data-wipe/

126 Sec
Jolly Jingle App Aired: 12/12/2012
The holiday season is great, family get togethers, food and of course the holiday music. No more...

The holiday season is great, family get togethers, food and of course the holiday music.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, you all know the songs you grew up with, but do your kids know them?

If you're big into Christmas, there’s an app that helps you teach your kids the classic songs.

The app is called Jolly Jingle, and it’s more than just an electronic songbook.

Jolly Jingle is a free app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app shows the words while the song plays and features colorful and interactive illustrations to keep the kids attention. All the songs are sung by kids and the app is lots of fun for little ones. My daughter couldn't put it down.

It comes with Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, but you can purchase additional songs or games in the app, for $.99 cents each. The app gives you a confirmation screen if you decide to purchase additional content, so there are no billing surprises later.

So if you know someone who’s big into Christmas, tell them to download Jolly Jingle.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/jolly-jingle/id563300739?mt=8

129 Sec
Burn Note Aired: 12/11/2012
Have you ever wished you could send a note without a paper trail? Remember in Mission Imposs more...

Have you ever wished you could send a note without a paper trail?

Remember in Mission Impossible... the tape would self destruct and the evidence was gone!

There’s a website that does just that, it’s called Burn Note. At burnnote.com, you can write your private note, and that note... stays private.

Burn Note allows you to send a private message to anyone you want, and once the recipient gets the note, the clock is ticking.

When that person reads the note, they not only have a finite amount of time, but your message can’t be printed, making it difficult to leave a paper trail.

Better still, no one can forward your message, they can only read them. This makes sharing your private note almost impossible.

Here’s where it gets even better for your complete privacy. Deleted Burn Notes are completely erased from their servers, so it’s impossible for anyone to retrieve them.

Next time you need to keep the surprise party a surprise, or don’t want to leave an electronic trail, Burn Note can cover your tracks.

https://burnnote.com/

130 Sec
Facebook PhotoSync Aired: 12/10/2012
Facebook is a great way to share your life with friends and family. From holiday dinners, to we more...

Facebook is a great way to share your life with friends and family. From holiday dinners, to weddings, births, and condolences, we are more connected than ever before.

Now Facebook takes photo sharing to a new level. It’s Facebook's new Photo Sync.

There are some things you need to know about PhotoSync before you click next, next, next agree. First, its off by default, so don’t sweat it yet.

Once users opt-in to the feature, Photo Sync will automatically upload every picture taken on the mobile device, with no work on the users part.

Remember, automatic uploading every photo you take means every photo, Including the ones you took for that guy you're flirting with, or the one you snapped of that part of your body you can't quite see in the mirror.

Now, DON’T PANIC... yet! Even though its uploaded to Facebook automatically, it does stay private. You select which pictures to make public.

But a word of caution here – a data breach, or your Facebook account getting hacked could potentially expose your private photos down the road.

If you accidentally said yes and realize now that you don’t want it... you can easily turn it off. We’ve created a simple step-by-step video, so you’ll know how to turn off PhotoSync.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFKiExYUczE

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