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Unique iPhone GPS App Aired: 10/11/2021
Nature lovers tend to seek out the path less traveled so they can commune with their surroundin more...

Nature lovers tend to seek out the path less traveled so they can commune with their surroundings in solitude, which means they’ll need a solid way to navigate the wilderness.

Google Maps and other navigation apps can be helpful, but most of them require you to think about things well before you hit the trail, such as downloading the information that won’t be available when there’s no signal.

If you’re an iPhone toting nature lover, check out an app called Anchor Pointer that’s a big help.

This app allows you to drop ‘anchors’ along the way, so it can easily bring you back later.

You can set the anchors well in advance or use it to mark where you parked your car.

You’ll get details info on the distance to each of the anchor points so you won’t have to guess how much longer it will take to get there.

It can also work with other iPhone users, so it’s awesome for groups as well.

Get the details at:
https://apple.co/2VKlB14

Have you noticed how many gadgets you won that can take a picture? Some are basic while othe more...

Have you noticed how many gadgets you won that can take a picture?

Some are basic while others are very sophisticated and include a flash option to shed light on your subjects.

Low-light situations are an obvious time to turn on your flash, but did you know that it can be helpful when you have plenty of light?

Having the right type of light in the right place is what determines whether a picture will be great or useless.

Larger cameras that have a larger flash can be especially useful when there is too much daylight coming from one direction.

Using the flash to fill in shadows caused by uneven lighting can be done with just about any camera.

When the sun is too bright and is causing your subjects to squint, try moving them to shade and using the flash to brighten up the image.

The best time to experiment with your flash is before you need it to be your savior, so take some time to shoot in different lighting situations so you’ll know what works best with your go-to cameras.

The advances in medical science has led to amazing medications for just about anything we’re de more...

The advances in medical science has led to amazing medications for just about anything we’re dealing with, but as you age, the number of medications is likely to increase.

This can create a complicated routine for when to take which pill on which day.

Well, there’s an app for this common problem and it’s called Mango Health.

Once installed, you select the medications that you are taking along with their frequency to have the app start to remind you, but this app does much more.

Ensuring that none of your medications have adverse reactions along with telling you which foods could create a problem based on what you’re taking is also included in this app.

Since we can often forget to take our medication, but rarely forget to have our smartphone with us, this app is very practical.

Download the iPhone version at:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mango-health/id560657279

Download the Android version at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mangohealth.mango&hl=en_US&gl=US

If you’ve ever watched any financial news channel, it’s likely that you were inundated with tec more...

If you’ve ever watched any financial news channel, it’s likely that you were inundated with technical terms that you had no idea existed.

Learning what those terms mean is just the beginning of becoming a more astute investor, which is where a website called Investopedia can be instrumental.  

In the early days, they were focused on teaching the world the meaning of all those investment terms, but it’s grown into something much more valuable.

It’s become an amazing resource for anyone that wants to continue learning about the world of investing in so many ways.

It’s even got a simulator that allows you to invest without actually risking any of your own capital, which allows for learning without the losses.

Unless you have a degree in finance or have been investing for a living, this is an excellent resource for anyone that wants to be more informed and educated on all thing financial!: https://www.investopedia.com

'Keep' For Notes & Tasks Aired: 10/05/2021
Most of us never go anywhere without our smartphones in our pockets or purses, which is why it’ more...

Most of us never go anywhere without our smartphones in our pockets or purses, which is why it’s become such a valuable tool.

Keeping track of our lives in virtually every aspect is possible because of our smartphones and the folks at Google have created an app that’s all about creating, sharing and collaborating.

The Keep platform is an app and synchronized website that allows you to create lists, capture random thoughts and compile information that is instantly available on all your devices.

It’s not limited to text as you can use images and even your voice to create a note in Keep.

Notes can become checklists so it’s easier to keep track of the tasks that you have accomplished and those that are yet to be done.

For any list making or note taking needs, Google Keep is worth checking out https://keep.google.com

Keywords Are The Key Aired: 10/04/2021
If you’re in business, you’re likely using one or many of Google’s services, many of which are more...

If you’re in business, you’re likely using one or many of Google’s services, many of which are free.

Of those tools, there’s one incredibly valuable free tool known as Google Trends that every business should learn to use.

It’s a direct path into all of the insights that Google extracts from billions of searches through their search engines and it’s at your fingertips.

Every bit of marketing that is done online starts with what are known as keywords, which are based on the most popular search terms that you can access via this tool.

The data that you can access through the website goes all the way back to 2004, so annual trends and other historical info can be derived.

For anyone that’s yet to see the awesomeness of this free resource, get started today at:  https://trends.google.com

When is one of the best times of day to help your child learn math skills? Would you believe t more...

When is one of the best times of day to help your child learn math skills? Would you believe that bed time is an awesome time to learn math?

A group of university researchers studied this and came up with the conclusions with the help of an app called ‘Bed Time Math’.

The app combines fun, engaging stories along with math questions at the end to help your child connect with the lessons more deeply.

Another great tidbit from the study was that it didn’t require this to be a nightly activity as just once a week once found to be effective.

For parents that may feel uncomfortable themselves with math, this is a much easier way to engage with your child in a way that takes away the stress.

The app is available for both platforms in English and Spanish and is specifically designed to teach children ages 3 to 9: https://bit.ly/2ZGcvsZ

Film Maker Starter Kit Aired: 09/30/2021
The incredible technology for taking videos in our smartphones allows us to make amazing videos more...

The incredible technology for taking videos in our smartphones allows us to make amazing videos, including a very creative effect known as stop motion.

An interesting approach to this unique form of movie-making is available from Stikbot as both an app and some props to really step up your stop motion game.

Stop motion video is a frame-by-frame capture of images that are moved slightly in each frame to create a sense of motion.

The Stikbot props are small figurines that bend in various ways to help you tell your story in stop motion style.

Some of the figurines include suction cups on the limbs to allow them to hang off of ledges or move more precisely.

If you have a child that seems to like taking videos and telling stories, this combo could be the beginning of a historic movie-making career!

Learn more at  https://stikbot.toys

What's Taking Up Space? Aired: 09/29/2021
The hard drive storage in your computer suffers the same fate as your refrigerator; no matter h more...

The hard drive storage in your computer suffers the same fate as your refrigerator; no matter how big it is, you’ll end up running out of space if you don’t clear it out on a regular basis.

But unlike your refrigerator, when you run out of storage on your hard drive, it impacts the performance of your computer.

The reason this happens is because your computer needs empty drive space in order to create temporary files on the fly.

Knowing what is taking up the space and what is safe to delete to free up that space.

If you want some help where your space hogs reside, check out the Treesize utility for Windows https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free or if you have a Mac, there’s a built-in utility for the same thing: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206996

Once you’ve found the folders that are taking up the most space, the next step is determining what is safe to delete.

The best rule of thumb is that if you don’t know what it is, don’t delete it!

Automatic Lyrics Aired: 09/27/2021
It’s probably a good bet that you’ve sung songs you love without any idea if the lyrics you’re more...

It’s probably a good bet that you’ve sung songs you love without any idea if the lyrics you’re singing are correct or not.

Looking up the lyrics online for every song you listen to isn’t very efficient unless you use an app that essentially does it for you.

‘Musixmatch’ does exactly that in conjunction with many popular streaming and song-playing apps.

There’s a massive database of song lyrics that is accessible via the app as long as you have a connection to the web.

In addition to pulling up the lyrics as you’re listening to a song, it can identify songs that are playing anywhere near you and also bring up those lyrics.

The app is free and works with both smartphone operating systems or on your desktop:  http://bit.ly/2UWHe1R

When you are using your computer, smartphone or tablet in a crowded public place, being aware o more...

When you are using your computer, smartphone or tablet in a crowded public place, being aware of those around you is a good idea.

Nosey people within view of your screens can acquire sensitive information if you aren’t careful - it’s known as ‘visual hacking’.

A security step you can take to thwart this type of snooping is available via the various screen protectors that are designed to impede side angle viewing.

3M has a number of privacy screens that can also serve to protect your delicate displays while reducing the viewing angle.

Unless you are looking at the screen directly in the middle, you’ll only see a dark grey or black display when you add them.

What’s really great about these products is the they aren’t permanent, so if you do want other to be able to see your screen form the sides, just remove it.

If you use your tech in view of strangers on a regular basis, this is worth checking out:  https://bit.ly/2CNJOiZ

Virtually every business on the planet is heavily dependent on their technology and data, which more...

Virtually every business on the planet is heavily dependent on their technology and data, which needs to be protected.

But no matter how much energy you spend trying to protect your business, there are those unforeseen situations that will test your preparedness.

Anyone that relies on their computers both at home and at the office should take the time to think through what needs to happen in the event of a disaster.

Whether it’s equipment failure, a fire, a flood, the threat of ransomware or even having someone break in and steal critical devices, they should all be thought out.

Protective measures for one of the disasters may not be adequate for another, which is why going through this exercise before you find yourself in any of these situations is critical.

The absolute worse time to think about how to recover from a disaster is while you are in the middle of it, so make it a point to create your disaster recovery plan and keep it updated as things change in your technology infrastructure.

We’re obsessed with all things digital when it comes to photography, so finding the tools that more...

We’re obsessed with all things digital when it comes to photography, so finding the tools that enhance the images is an ongoing pursuit.

The optics in our phones have become so amazing that the point-and-shoot camera has been relegated to a storage drawer, but it’s still not perfect.

Making subtle changes to the image to really make it pop can be done with simple tools such as FOTOR.

You can use the web interface to edit your images or download their software to your Mac or Windows computer.

There are a plethora of tools in the program that can really improve the way others see the images that you shoot.

Everything from retouching tools for portrait photos to HDR capabilities are just a mouse click away with FOTOR.

Give it a try for yourself by uploading an image to their toolset at https://www.fotor.com 

Same-Day Service Platform Aired: 09/21/2021
The pandemic has exponentially increased the value of our smartphones as more of what we need i more...

The pandemic has exponentially increased the value of our smartphones as more of what we need in life can be managed from them.

This includes the important tasks that we may not be to do ourselves with the now popular TaskRabbit website.

This online resource has become a single place where those that have tasks can connect with those that are willing and capable of completing those tasks.

If you have a task, you simply post the description of the work to be done along with the date of completion.

What’s really awesome about this network is that tasks that don’t require anyone to physically be in the same area as you can be completed by anyone in the world.

As the one posting the tasks, you can choose to make it a bid-based or flat rate based.

As with most online services, the task rabbits are vetted and those that use them have reviews of how they did.

This isn’t focused on residential users only as business users can hire for temporary tasks: https://www.taskrabbit.com

For those that enjoy collecting things, there’s an awesome online resource that you may want to more...

For those that enjoy collecting things, there’s an awesome online resource that you may want to look into.

If your collection is valuable, it’s pretty likely that you have some method of tracking your items to make it easy to buy and sell.

The folks at Colnect have assembled an online marketplace that will allow you to interact with hundreds of thousands of other collectors.

One of the best features makes it easy for you to document your collection and share it with others that may be interested in trading with you.

You can make it clear which items you own that you’re willing to discuss for a trade or sale and make items you’re interested in acquiring known to the rest of the community.

With collectors in over 200 countries using the site, no matter how obscure of a collection you may have, you’re bound to find others with the same interest.

Get your collection on line today at https://colnect.com

If you haven’t already figured it out, our behavior online is tracked by virtually everybody be more...

If you haven’t already figured it out, our behavior online is tracked by virtually everybody because it’s become a huge business online.



One of the biggest trackers of your activities is Google because their search engine is so popular.

If you want to avoid having your searches tracked, there’s an alternative called Duck Duck Go that you may want to check out.



They are purpose-built to provide search services with none of the traditional tracking and storing of your history that the big boys use.



Keep in mind that some of the behavioral tracking that Google automatically performs customizes your results, so things will likely look different.



The good news is that it’s easy to see what the difference will be if you use DDG by searching for the same thing side by side.



If those ads that follow you around are something you want to reduce, try using DDG for anything that you are researching to buy!
https://DuckDuckGo.com

Useful Mapping Tools Aired: 09/16/2021
As good as Google Maps has become, there are still situations where you need more information a more...

As good as Google Maps has become, there are still situations where you need more information added to your maps than they can provide.

For both business and personal needs, there are often times when you need to annotate maps for a variety of reasons.

Whenever you can think of the need to add something to a map of any kind check out the tools at Scribble Maps.

You can add icons, directional arrows, your own images and pictures along with dozens of other little annotations to totally customize your maps.

One common use is when you have to provide specific directions for a large gathering or creating an archive for a trip that you’ve taken.

This resource is both free to use and requires no special software to be set up because it works in your browser.

Check out the video that explains how it works along with a quick way to start creating your own maps at: https://www.scribblemaps.com

Compromising online accounts is a lucrative business for the underworld, which is why I’m const more...

Compromising online accounts is a lucrative business for the underworld, which is why I’m constantly preaching the value of activating two-factor security wherever it’s available.

It’s a basic security step that will incorporate a special code that gets sent to your smartphone whenever the site sees your credentials being used on a new device or location.

It’s akin to requiring a PIN when using your debit card, which is something you have - the card - and something you know - the PIN.

While this is far from perfect protection, it does make it much more difficult to gain access to your accounts even when they have swiped your username and password because they’ll also have to swipe your smartphone in order to get in.

As an added bonus, it turns into a warning system should you ever get a code out of the blue, which means someone is trying to get into your account.

The steps for setting this up differs by account type, but you can get specific instructions for lots of popular sites at: https://2fa.directory

Newbies Wine App Aired: 09/14/2021
The world of wine is both fascinating and intimidating for the uninitiated, but an adventure we more...

The world of wine is both fascinating and intimidating for the uninitiated, but an adventure well worth exploring.

While it may seem overwhelming when you’re just getting into it, an app called ‘HelloVino’ can help you start to gain confidence in your selections.

One of my favorite things about wine is when it is properly paired with food, which can also reduce the intimidation factor with the thousands of grape varietals that make wine.

When paired properly, the experience can be almost magical and a sublime discovery of tastes that is addicting.

Keep in mind that virtually every dish you love has a solid wine pairing, so it’s not just for high prices cuisine in fancy restaurants.


One of the great uses for the app is when you have a group looking to share a bottle at a restaurant.

Reviewing the potential meals to be ordered and entering them into the pairing section of the app will make that confusing wine list more helpful.

Whether you’re going to order wine by the glass or bottle, using the app to find the best possible pairings makes the dining experience a lot more enjoyable: https://www.hellovino.com

Fun Trivial Info Database Aired: 09/13/2021
If you’re a true foodie, you may know that carrots were originally purple or for those history more...

If you’re a true foodie, you may know that carrots were originally purple or for those history buffs, that Lincoln created the secret service on the day he was shot.



If you love factoids, there’s no better place than the world wide web to learn things that aren’t important but very interesting.



With the popularity of inane posts on social media, you’re bound to run across these factoids in your weekly reviews, but if you want a more direct path to great tidbits, today’s tip is for you.


A website called Now I Know  https://nowiknow.com is a treasure trove of useless factoids that also provides a daily newsletter for those that want to be spoon-fed info.



If you’re a trivia buff or like to play trivia games, consider this resource a training ground.

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The database has been building up for more than a decade, so there’s plenty of things to randomly discover by clicking on the Archives link.

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