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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve all seen the ads for free credit reports, check your credit score, and get a free credit check.
While they can all get you the info, they often require a subscription so they’re not really free.
Of course there’s only one place to get a truly free report, that’s annualcreditreport.com
But what about credit monitoring? Is there a way to do that for free? The answer is yes and it’s called Credit Karma.
CreditKarma.com is a service that not only monitors your credit, but can show you everything going on with your credit in a dashboard snapshot.
You’ll see your credit utilization, what you owe, any notifications, and of course your credit report card.
It’ll even look at your current loans and credit cards, and make smart recommendations on lower interest rate options you can take advantage of.
It’s on the web, and available in app form so you can keep tabs on your credit 24-7-365.
So next time you hear a singing jingle about free credit reports, ignore it.
If you have offices in more than one city, or clients all over the country, setting up a web conference is pretty straightforward these days.
But try hosting a 200 person meeting online. It can be challenging and expensive, but it can also be easy and FREE!
The next time you need to hold a web conference, check out a website we love, AnyMeeting.com
AnyMeeting.com can host a 2 to 200 person online event for free.
Your audience will be able to see anything you choose to show them - so it doesn't get any easier. You can share video, powerpoint presentations, spreadsheets... anything you bring up on your screen.
Now you can host your own webinars without the hassle of... well... hosting your own webinar.
This ad based hosting site is paid for by the advertisers trying to get in front of you. But it’s not intrusive or disruptive advertising.
AnyMeeting also has some ad free options you can buy, if you hold regular monthly meetings and don’t want the ads.
How many times have you needed something, but didn't need to own it?
You know... any physical item that can be used more than once by more than one person.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could borrow books, DVDs, tools, bikes, headphones, golf clubs, steam carpet cleaners, bocce ball sets, iPADS, iPODS, speakers?
You can, thanks to a website called neigh borrow. Like borrowing from your neighbor.
Neighborrow.com’s concept is simple and unique. It’s a site where you post your borrowing request and neighbors can fill it.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell. The site allows people to list things they have or things they need, along with details like location and price per day.
Then their system matches people that need something with the people nearby that have what you want to borrow.
Think of it as eBAY for things you don't keep, but borrow for a small fee.
Tracking your finances and staying on top of your money is more important than ever!
With technology today, you can keep tabs on every penny you spend, and not spend a penny doing it.
To stay in touch with your money, try Mint. Mint has risen to the top as a major player among web and app based financial management tools by putting an extreme emphasis on user-friendliness and automation.
Mint connects to your bank account activity and helps you categorize, budget and track your spending.
It also alerts you when you go over those budgets, and give you suggestions for where you can save, offers from partners to earn points and most important, keeps you intimately connected to your cashflow.
Mint is available on the web for desktop users, and is an app for Android and iOS users. Best of all, Mint is free.
People love to try to warn their friends on Facebook, you see it all the time. Unfortunately about 90% of the time... it’s a HOAX! We call this... Copy Paste Zombie syndrome.
What happens next is something that’s become an epidemic worldwide. Intelligent people become Copy Paste Zombies just because their friend posted the information first.
Once you become a Copy Paste Zombie, then your friends on Facebook become Copy Paste Zombies. It’s a vicious cycle!
Pretty soon the world is inundated with Copy Paste Zombies. Stop the madness!
Just like this radio station does, you always have to check your sources before you post any information. Posting on Facebook is like publishing a newspaper, you have to vet your sources.
You can always ask us, the Data Doctors on our Facebook page. The truth is out there, and we know the truth.
Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/vR-UuGz0U2E