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Make Your Own Custom Maps Aired: 07/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Google Maps are an awesome resource for getting more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Google Maps are an awesome resource for getting directions or finding nearby stores and restaurants, but when you want to share a map with others, it sometimes lacks some vital information.

The next time you need to create a map for your backyard BBQ or for a gathering in a remote location, why not scribble your personal notes on the map itself!

A great free tool at http://ScribbleMaps.com allows you to do just that! You can add text, place markers, custom images and overlays to any Google map.

If you’ve always wanted to create customized maps like you see news organizations showing off, checkout ScribbleMaps.com

Need to explain to your guests where to park for your party, no sweat!

Want to trace the exact path of your last hike and add the pictures you took along the way? Git er done!

ScribbleMaps.com simply loads these tools into any standard browser and start scribbling!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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Let Me Google That For You Aired: 07/18/2013
Are you tired of having friends and family ask you for help on something that they could have e more...

Are you tired of having friends and family ask you for help on something that they could have easily Google’d for themselves?

It’s time for really fun Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you seem to be the go-to answer person for everyone around you, congratulations!

But how often are you getting questions that you immediately ask yourself “why didn’t they just Google this question themselves”?

Well, you don’t want to make people feel bad, but wouldn’t it be great if you could drop a subtle hint to use Google to try to find the answer next time?

That’s where Let Me Google That For You.com comes in! It creates a link to an animation that literally shows them how they could have gone to Google and typed in the question to get the answer themselves!

It’s a fun way to still help them but show them how they can find the answers themselves in the future if they just think to Google it first!

http://LetMeGoogleThatForYou.com …bookmark it today!

Online OCR Tool Aired: 07/17/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and its software that can scan an image to extract the text from something that is generally uneditable.

OCR software comes with a lot of scanners but getting it setup and working can be a bit of a hassle and completely useless if you’re at the office and your scanner is at home.

The next time you get a scanned image, electronic fax or form that you’d normally have to manually retype, head over to http://OnlineOCR.net and give this free online converter a try.

It can extract text from PDF documents, JPG, BMP, TIFF and GIF images and convert them into easily editable text files, Word documents or Excel spreadsheets.

It supports 32 different languages and can even scan multi-page PDFs and Zip files that contain a large group of the supported file types.

Simply upload the image file, choose the language and output format and away it goes…nothing to setup or install!


Free Online Meetings Aired: 07/16/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Productivity Tech Tip We’ve all heard the expression ‘a p more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Productivity Tech Tip

We’ve all heard the expression ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and if you live your life on conference calls, you know just how true this is.

Too often, people waste time on conference calls trying to describe something that they should be showing others but setting up a web conference can be complicated and expensive.

The next time you find yourself thinking ‘Man this meeting could be so much more efficient if we were all looking at the same information’ head on over to our favorite tool Join.me

At Join.me there are no complicated procedures to setting up a meeting, you can do it on the fly by clicking on the Start meeting button!

Tell everyone on the call to go to Join.me and give them your meeting code and whamo, you’re sharing your spreadsheet or powerpoint presentation with the group!

Join.me is free for up to 10 participants and it even allows participants to view the session from their iphone, ipad or android device.

http://Join.me….give it a try next time and you’ll be saying “man, I love those data doctors!”

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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Print What You Like Aired: 07/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Printing web pages can be a big waste of paper a more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Printing web pages can be a big waste of paper and ink because you end up printing out advertisements and other junk that you could care less about.

Even if the site offers you a printable version of an article, its often accompanied by an ad or other useless ink wasters.

So wouldn’t it be great if you could just print what you like instead?

Well you can by using a nifty online print management tool at http://printwhatyoulike.com

Simply add the web address of what you want to print and you’ll be presented with simple tools that allow you to eliminate or isolate any part of what you see on the screen.

Just think, no more wasting ink on useless advertisements the next time you print out your airline boarding pass!

Printwhatyoulike.com is absolutely free and runs entirely in your browser so there’s nothing to download or install!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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OutGrow.me Aired: 07/12/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Crowdfunding is the new age method for launching more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Crowdfunding is the new age method for launching a startup company. Post your idea, ask for backers and if enough of them think you’re onto something, you get funding

Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are a great way to learn about potential new products and ideas, but if they don’t get funded, the idea becomes vaporware!

In 2012, Kickstarter had nearly $320 million dollars pledged and successfully funded over 18 thousand projects.

If you love learning about new products but don’t want to bother waiting to see if they will get funded, checkout OutGrow.me

Outgrow dot M E only posts the latest products that have been funded and are either available for purchase or pre-order so you don’t waste your time on startups that didn’t make the cut.

Their visual library of successfully crowdfunded ideas is a great way to see the latest in cutting edge technology and products that will make you say “why didn’t I think of that”!

It’s a really great place to find unique items for those times when you want to give a gift to that hard to shop for friend and family member.

If you love the crowdfunding movement, but don’t want to waste time on ideas that the crowd didn’t like, visit http://OutGrow.me

Lighting Automation Aired: 07/11/2013
Smart lighting can be fun and save you money! It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip more...

Smart lighting can be fun and save you money!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

It’s 2013 and did you know that your smartphone can talk to your light bulbs!

That’s right, smart light bulbs are now a reality.

The folks at Philips have a very interesting wireless lighting system that they call HUE http://www.meethue.com and it’s pretty intriguing

It starts with LED light bulbs that are rated at 15000 hours which is 125 times the life of a traditional light bulb.

Built into the base of the bulb is intelligence and a wireless communicator.

This allows you to control each bulb or any combination of bulbs right from your smartphone.

Want the lighting to help you relax? Tap the relax button! Want lighting that will energize you or help you concentrate? Just tap the buttons.

Want to recreate that golden lighting from your favorite sunset picture? Just drag your finger over the picture to replicate the colors.

Want to learn more? Check it out at MeetHUE.com that’s M E E T HUE.com

I’m Ken.

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The Thermostat That Learns Aired: 07/10/2013
It’s time for another easy home automation Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. Smart thermostats have be more...

It’s time for another easy home automation Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

Smart thermostats have been around for a little while but the one we like the best is from a company called Nest http://nest.com

Most of today’s sophisticated electronic thermostats require a computer science degree to program and make changes as the seasons change.

The reason we love the “Nest” Thermostat so much is that it looks and acts like the traditional round thermostats that we all grew up with but with one huge difference.

It adapts to YOU based on when you turn the dial up or down. You can start with a guess by programing things from your smartphone if you’d like but as you make adjustments, it learns what you really want.

It even has a motion sensor so it can figure out your home and away patterns to know when it can conserve energy.

And of course, you can manage the thermostat from work, on vacation or wherever you happen to be right from your smartphone.

Over time, the Nest thermostat will help you conserve energy and lower your power bill just by simply letting it do its thing

Checkout this amazing and beautiful device at N E S T .com

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SmartThings Aired: 07/09/2013
If you are a tinkerer and a gadget freak, you’re going to want to look into today’s Data Doctor more...

If you are a tinkerer and a gadget freak, you’re going to want to look into today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Inexpensive home automation is sweeping the tech industry and even if you aren’t the nerdiest person around, you can setup and use lots of these great systems.

One of our favorite platforms is from a company that raised over 1.2 million dollars on Kickstarter because they wanted to provide the general public with an easy way to control things from your smartphone.

Smartthings http://smartthings.com has been shipping their starter kits for early backers and we’ve had a blast discovering all the ways that their control systems can be used.

Want to see if the garage is open or closed? Want to be alerted when there’s moisture in your basement? Want to turn lights on from work to make it look like someone is home?

That’s just the beginning of what can be done with the SmartThings platform; the more creative you can think the more interesting your home automation can be.

Lot’s of app developers and fellow Smartthings users are creating new ways to use the system every day.

So if you’ve been wanting to dip your toe in the home automation pool, but were afraid it would be too complicated, checkout SmartThings.com to see if you are ready to take the plunge!

Got a home automation question?

All you have to do is ask at facebook.com/datadoctors

Simple Home Automation Aired: 07/08/2013
Home automation used to mean spending big bucks, but not anymore! It’s time for another Dat more...

Home automation used to mean spending big bucks, but not anymore!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

One of the big themes that came out of the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year was inexpensive home automation gadgets that you can control with your smartphone.

Instead of having to buy an entire automation system all at once, you can slowly add devices one at a time.

One of the more useful gadgets we saw is called the Lockitron https://lockitron.com, which is a wireless and keyless entry system for your front door. This Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled lock system mounts over your existing deadbolt on the inside of just about any door.

Once installed, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere in the world right from your smartphone.

Need to let your plumber in while you’re at work? No Sweat! Did your houseguests get to your house while you’re stuck in traffic? Let em in!

The Lockitron is currently in the final development stages, so you can’t buy one just yet, but you can reserve yours at Lockitron.com.

Tomorrow, we’ll introduce you to some really smart things!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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It’s the 5th day of the month and the perfect day for a $5 Data Doctors Tech Tip The term cr more...

It’s the 5th day of the month and the perfect day for a $5 Data Doctors Tech Tip

The term crowdsourcing refers to the ability to use the Internet to find a large crowd of people that can provide services you need.

Lots of crowdsourcing sites allow you to have the crowd bid on a task you might have, but what if you could find a whole crowd of people that were willing to do lots things for 5 bucks!

Well, this community exists and is thriving at a site called http://Fiverr.com that’s F I V E R R.com

Want to send someone a unique birthday greeting? (cha ching sound file) it’s only 5 bucks.

Want to have a flyer designed for an upcoming event? (cha ching sound file) it’s only 5 bucks.

Gifts, graphic design, video, animation, online marketing, voice overs, music or just about any simple task all start at, you guessed it (cha ching sound file) 5 bucks.

If your task is more involved, it may cost you more, but this crowd is all about being cost effective, so give it a try!

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Brightness Kills Batteries Aired: 07/04/2013
The sun is shining, we’re celebrating our nation’s birthday and you’re hoping the battery in yo more...

The sun is shining, we’re celebrating our nation’s birthday and you’re hoping the battery in your smartphone will make it to the fireworks displays
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip
Today’s smartphones are amazing devices with lots of great features include big, beautiful displays but one thing we all struggle with is battery life.
And the single biggest draw on the battery can be your display if your brightness controls are set to the defaults.
Adjusting your brightness to the lowest possible setting that you can tolerate can make a dramatic difference in extending the life of your battery.
The further left of center you can go, the better (and we’re not talking politics here!)

Another adjustment that can squeeze a little extra battery life out of your smartphone is to turn OFF the Auto Brightness.

Auto Brightness will automatically pump up the brightness when the phone senses lots of ambient light, even if you aren’t actually using it at that moment
And for good measure, shorten the screen timeout to the shortest interval you can stand for the best battery life!
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Accidentally Closed Tab Tip Aired: 07/03/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip One of the best features of today’s browsers is more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

One of the best features of today’s browsers is the ability to use tabs to open multiple websites.

It’s not hard to get carried away and open lots of tabs that can slow your surfing to a crawl, so it’s important to close tabs that you don’t need any more.

But what happens when you accidentally close the wrong tab?; you have to open your history file and wander through countless entries to find the one you didn’t mean to close!

Not anymore! Today’s tip is a keyboard shortcut you’ll use for the rest of your Internet life.

The next time you accidentally close a tab in any browser, simply hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys then tap on the letter T.

Whatever you last closed will suddenly appear without the hassle of wading through your browser’s history

If you want to restore more tabs, just keep tapping and each one will appear in the order you closed them!

Viola!

I’m Ken

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The summer travel season is in full swing and ha more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The summer travel season is in full swing and hauling a gaggle of electronic gadgets around is pretty much standard operating procedure these days.

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, video cameras, gaming device and the list goes on!

But something every traveler will encounter when staying at just about any hotel is they have 5 gadgets to recharge and only one open outlet!

Instead of trying to remember to cycle through all your devices to get them charged, do yourself a favor; get a travel outlet that can turn a single outlet into a recharge station for 5 devices!

One of our favorites is the Belkin 3 outlet mini surge protector that also includes two USB charging ports http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-BZ103050-TVL

At less than $30, not only do you get the extra outlets that you need, you get power protection with the ability to swivel to fit into just about any tight spaces.

It’s the single best purchase any high tech traveler can make!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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Disposable E-mail Addresses Aired: 07/01/2013
It’s time for a spam fighting Data Doctors Tech Tip According to security experts, spam leve more...

It’s time for a spam fighting Data Doctors Tech Tip

According to security experts, spam levels around the world are on a sharp increase and many speculate that the improved economy in the US is making us all prime targets.

Our online behavior has a lot to do with how much spam we get and one of the ways to cut down on future spam is to use disposable e-mail addresses.

Whenever you need an e-mail address for an unimportant interaction like to get a special offer or gain access to a website that you’ll probably never visit again, instead of giving them your real e-mail address, use a disposable address from a site called Mailinator! http://mailinator.com

Make up any address you want on the fly using the Mailinator system and you’ll get what you need without exposing your private e-mail address.

There’s no sign up, no cost and no waiting but you should never use Mailinator for any sensitive information because all the inboxes are public and can be seen by anyone.

The next time you are being asked for an e-mail address from a site you know you’ll never visit again, give Mailinator a try!

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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Photographing Fireworks Aired: 06/28/2013
The fireworks are just around the corner and with this week’s Data Doctors Tech Tip, this year, more...

The fireworks are just around the corner and with this week’s Data Doctors Tech Tip, this year, you’ll get the shot!


4th of July means lots of fireworks and every year you try to capture the beauty with your point and shoot camera and end up with a blurr!

The biggest mistake most people make is they don’t use a tripod; without one, it’s really tough to get a clean shot.


You’ll also get the best shot if the fireworks are in front of you, not directly overhead, so choose your location wisely. And make sure no street lights or other light sources aren’t shining into your lens.


If you can, include a landmark like a building, a body of water or a mountain in the frame to really add interest to the shot AND make sure you turn off the flash.


If you have a fireworks scene setting on your camera, use it, otherwise look for night, mountain or landscape icons to help set the exposure properly. If you aren’t sure, experiment when the fireworks first start, so you can get the finale in all its glory!


The key to getting these unusual shots is getting to know your camera, so go experiment before the big night!


I’m Ken


And I’m Brandon

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We all get piles of junk e-mail every week and more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


We all get piles of junk e-mail every week and no matter what we do, it just seems to always get through our junk filters. We setup rules, blacklists and whitelists in hopes of creating a more harmonious inbox, but sometime we may be creating another problem: false positives.


It’s virtually impossible to not have legitimate mail end up in a spam or junk folder, whether it was because the sender used certain words or forgoet to include a subject line or their company’s domain has been blacklisted.


So today’s actually a simple reminder...check your spam filters regularly! If you’re like most of us, you’ll find important messages or old friends that are trying to contact you.


Now you don’t have to scroll through every single message, but do a couple of keyword searches based on your important contacts names or a current project that you might be working on.


When you find a message that is actually legit, use your mail system’s process for tagging the message as safe or not spam...it’s different for every mail system, but they all have the option.


Spam is here to stay and legit messages will continue geting snagged in the traps, so set a weekly reminder to check that spam filter to rescue those lost messages!


I’m Ken


And I’m Brandon


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Online Remodeling Help Aired: 06/26/2013
When you need inspiration for home decorating and remodeling, lots of you turn to Pinterest, bu more...

When you need inspiration for home decorating and remodeling, lots of you turn to Pinterest, but why not look where the pros do?


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


Whether you’re looking to remodel a room or build a brand new custom home, finding inspirtation from other projects is always a good first step.


If you want inspiration for your home, look no further than Houzz.com. It has over a million and a half phogot from top designers that you can browse and dream about.


You can browse by rooms, create your own Ideabooks and find local pros that can turn your vision into reality.


Got a question about your design ideas? why not ask the Houzz community for their input?


If you’re a design or remodeling professional, you can use houzz to showcase your work and find new customers.


If you’re looking for visual inspiriation for that next home project, visit H O U Z Z.com, thats Houzz.com and look for their iphone and android mobile apps to take your ideas to the home improvement store!


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http://www.houzz.com/

What do Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey have in common? It’s tim more...

What do Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey have in common?


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


What they had in common is that before they became famous, they were interns!


Internships have always been a pillar of American business because it provides opportunities for our youth to gain valuable experience and contacts and it helps businesses find future employees that have a proven track record.


But interns looking for those great opportunities and companies looking for those great interns have always struggled to find each other...until now!


enter Internmatch.com - a site dedicated to connecting interns and opportunities. They also provide help to businesses understand how to best utilize an internship program so that it’s beneficial for both parties.


If you know a college kid searching for meaningful internships or a business looking to start an internship program, have then checkout internmatch.com


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http://www.internmatch.com/

The Race in the Cloud continues and your cloud mays just have grown. It’s time for another more...

The Race in the Cloud continues and your cloud mays just have grown.


It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip


Google+, Drive, and Gmail users... get ready to have your storage space tripled! Google announced that your storage capacity will jump from 5GB to 15GB! That’s HUGE!


And if you’re a business paying for Google Apps, you’ll see your space increased to 30GB!


In case you don’t understand just how big this is... let’s look at other free online-storage groups. Ever heard of Dropbox? Dropbox lets you start storing files, photos, etc for free at 2GB... you’re paying moo-la after that.


The Apple iCloud allows for 5GB of storage for free, and the highest - before Google - was Microsoft SkyDrive at 7GB of storage space. Google is more than doubling that at 15GB. Your documents, your files, pictures, e-mails and video will live comfortably in your Google account.


If you’ve been running up against the storage limits of other free online storage accounts and are tired of deleting files in order to store new files, you may want to make the switch to the big fat Google cloud today!


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http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2013/05/bringing-it-all-together-15-gb-now.html

If you need something better for your daily note taking, there’s an app for that, and it’s toda more...

If you need something better for your daily note taking, there’s an app for that, and it’s today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re old school and still use lots of post-its, you likely have different colors for different activities. You write all your notes of the day on each individual post-it for each individual category, for each individual day of the month. (exhausted breath)

Sounds like a lotta work... but it’s pretty dang organized, isn’t? Well that’s what the powerful note-taking app ThingList does for you. You take notes, it organizes and categorizes it for you!

The categories are everyday activities. Movies you wanna watch. Books you wanna read. Food or Restaurants you wanna try. Ideas you may have had that day. People you met, places you wanna go, products you might wanna try... anything you need to remember, ThingList remembers it and categorizes it.

If you have an iPhone, a bunch of things floating in your head and two bucks to spend on an app, ThingList will instantly make capturing those random thoughts a snap!

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http://getthinglist.com

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