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Group Scheduling Utility Aired: 09/20/2013
Coordinating a conference call, web meeting or in person meeting with a group of people outside more...

Coordinating a conference call, web meeting or in person meeting with a group of people outside your organization can be challenging and time consuming if you do it the old way.

If you’re still manually e-mailing everyone to ask if they can meet on a certain day and end up spending way too much time trying to accommodate everyone’s schedule, stop the madness!!!

You can streamline the process if you go directly to ScheduleOnce.com and let their system do the work.

Not only can you schedule group meetings, you can use it to accept appointments, offer multiple meeting types or even multiple locations.

It works with your personal calendar and takes care of time zone issues even if you’re working with people from the other side of the globe.

The basic service is free and it takes next to no time to setup your personal Meet Me page that allows others to choose their preferred meeting days and times with a click of the mouse!

http://www.scheduleonce.com

Creating Infographics Aired: 09/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip A visual representation of complex data is more more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

A visual representation of complex data is more likely to be understood and absorbed which is why something known as the infographic is so popular these days

Let’s face it, when you’re trying to present complex information in a digestible and clear way, a spreadsheet just isn’t going to cut it.

You’ve seen infographics on news and research sites for years now, but you’ve probably assumed that it’s something only a graphic artist can produce easily.

But the Data Doctors have found a place where you can create your own infographics easily at a site called Easel.ly

You simply grab a template, drag and drop objects, add text, upload your own images and the next thing you know, that boring report will come to life.

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself and did we mention that it’s free?

Infographics, they’re not just for hipster graphic artists anymore!

http://www.easel.ly/

Home or Office Makeovers Aired: 09/18/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. If you’re about the tackle a home or office re more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

If you’re about the tackle a home or office renovation, you need to start with an idea of what you want it to look like first.

If you’re not an accomplished artist or an architect with a pile of expensive 3d rendering programs, we highly recommend an awesome and free online utility called HomeSTyler.com.

HomeStyler.com is brought to you by the folks at Autodesk who’re known for their professional design programs, so even though it’s free, it’s really powerful.

Draw out your floorplan, start placing furniture and fixtures in place and before you know it, you’ll have a 3D version of what’s been stuck in your head.

Want to knock walls down and make a space bigger? Let HomeStyler be your virtual playground so you can get a feel for your vision before you spend your first dollar.

You can even get their free mobile app to take pictures of your room and start playing around you’re your ideas right on your phone.

iOS 7 Aired: 09/17/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you own a relatively current iPhone, iPad or more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you own a relatively current iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you’ll be able to update to the latest operating system, iOS 7 starting tomorrow.

iOS 7 has some really intriguing improvements to things like Siri and notifications as well as new features like AirDrop for direct sharing of pictures, videos and contacts.

But before you jump into the iOS 7 pool, we remind you that ‘pioneers get arrows, settlers get land’

Anytime a major operating system update is released from any company, you can count on minor bugs to major uh-ohs.

If you’re the “I gotta have the latest before everyone else” type, go for it. If you’d rather avoid the potential irritations, hold off until a few million others have taken the plunge.

We inevitably hear about all the problems within a few weeks of the release and in some cases hear about an expected fix for newly discovered issues.

iOS7 is also a pretty radical redesign, so make sure you see it on someone else’s phone or tablet before you decide to update.

We’ve heard a lot of grumbling about the change in design from those that were testing pre-release version.

Rome 2 Rio Aired: 09/16/2013
The Internet is filled with travel sites that can help you find the best airfares, hotels, rent more...

The Internet is filled with travel sites that can help you find the best airfares, hotels, rental cars and everything else you need but what about the most important part of a trip to an unfamiliar location?

Getting to the airport in Rome is easy but how long will it take to get to the front door of your hotel and what options do you have?

Scrambling to figure out how to get to your hotel after you land, especially in a foreign country can be stressful and expensive.

That's where rome2rio.com comes in because they can actually show every leg of what it will take to get you from your front door to the front door of your location.

Air. train, buses, ferries, taxis and driving directions are all included so you can see what the actual travel time will be, door to door, without having to go to multiple travel sites to figure it all out.

Going to multiple destinations? Rome2rio does that too! Add it to YOUR "go to" travel websites.

http://www.rome2rio.com

Searching Classified Ads Aired: 09/13/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Online shopping sites such as Craigslist, eBay a more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Online shopping sites such as Craigslist, eBay and Amazon are a great place to get great deals, especially when you are searching for something unique or previously owned.

And before you make a buying decision, you usually end up going to each site to search for any deals for that special something that you have in mind…what a pain, not to mention a big time waster.

And if you live close to two metropolitan areas, you have to do two separate searches on Craigslist to make sure you don’t miss that special deal.

Not anymore…the next time you want to quickly search all three sites and extend your search radius beyond a metro area, checkout SearchTempest.com

You can search by radius, state or even the entire country, only get results that have pictures and filter the results by minimum and maximum price.

And they even include results from Oodle.com which widens your instant search to even more places that might have that GI Joe with the kung fu grip you’ve been searching for!

SearchTempest.com…give it a try!

Clean Up Your Inbox Aired: 09/12/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re like most of us, your inbox is jammed more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re like most of us, your inbox is jammed everyday with unwanted commercial email messages, most likely because you bought something online or unknowingly opted into a list.

But some of the commercial emails you actually do want to get, so you don’t miss out on special deals from your favorite merchants.

This all-too common situation is why the folks at Swizzle think they have a tool that can help you out if you use Gmail, Yahoo mail AOL or one of the Apple mail systems.

TheSwizzle.com will scan your mailbox for newsletters, deals, offers and other obvious commercial messages and present you with a list so you can decide what you want to do.

You can unsubscribe from the ones you no longer want to get, create a daily digest of the ones you do want to see or just leave them alone.

If you really like getting deals and offers, but don’t want to keep subscribing to new mailing lists, you can add brands to your daily digest to keep from jamming up your inbox again!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Just about every type of mobile technology in us more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Just about every type of mobile technology in use has the ability to take high-quality videos, but editing those videos after we take them can get complicated.

For most of us, investing in an expensive and complicated video editing program just doesn’t make sense, so we have a really cool free solution for anyone that’s an aspiring film maker.

WeVideo.com https://www.wevideo.com is a pretty sophisticated, but easy to use online video editing system that allows you to start with a novice mode and advance to an intermediate and expert mode that makes full use of timelines.

Even if you’ve never edited a video before, you can easily trim unwanted sections, add titles, background music and special effects in a matter of minutes.

There’s even an app for most popular mobile devices, so you can become a mobile video studio.

The basic tools are free so you can test out your skills and patience with no risk of an expensive mistake!

Get Your Guide Aired: 09/10/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Hi-Tech Tech Tip One of the joys of travelling is discove more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Hi-Tech Tech Tip

One of the joys of travelling is discovering new things and experiencing the history of the area that you are visiting through activities.

But how often have you gone on a trip to an exotic location and said “I wish I had known about that before I got here”?

You can spend a lot of time manually searching Google for information on what to do before you go or you can take a shortcut by checking out GetYourGuide.com http://www.getyourguide.com

Whether you are looking for guided tours, sightseeing buses, cooking classes or sunset cruises, all you have to do is put in the location and the dates you’ll be there and GetYourGuide.com does the heavy lifting.

You’ll get a list of available activities, what they cost, reviews and ratings all on a single screen, which will quickly educate you if you want to do more extensive research on Google.

You can even sort by price and language if you’re traveling abroad, so start your next adventure at GetYourGuide.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We had a question posted on our Facebook page as more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We had a question posted on our Facebook page asking if there was a way to put a visible timestamp on photos taken by an iPhone.

At first, we thought it was silly, but there are actually some reasons for going old school with the visible time stamp, like organization or verification for a third party.

All smartphone photos contain the date and time embedded in what’s called the metadata, so if you get an app that can read the hidden info, you can easily add the timestamp to your pictures.

For iPhone users, checkout a free app called TimeStamp-It Lite and for Android users there’s ADP timestamp which is also free.

Both of these apps allow you add tasteful time stamps and place them in any of the four corners so you don’t look like you’re stuck in another century.

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.apd.timestamp&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timestamp-it!-**lite**-make/id327756085?mt=8

GChat Aired: 09/06/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip You’ve heard us proclaim our love of Google’s Gm more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

You’ve heard us proclaim our love of Google’s Gmail as the premier webmail system in the past, but there’s a feature that not too many Gmail users seem to know about.

It’s the instant communication feature called Gchat that will let you instantly message or even call your friends and co-workers right from the Gmail interface.

Google’s aim is to allow you to communicate on various platforms from a single screen and to make this tool even more useful, it now works with your contacts that are using Outlook.com which is Microsoft’s online mail system.

If you use Gmail, take a look at the bottom left corner of your screen for a black conversation bubble and click it to get started.

You’ll need to invite the people you want to chat with to connect with you, which also allows you to control how many people are in your chat circles.

https://support.google.com/chat/answer/161934?hl=en

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2013/05/14/outlook-com-now-lets-you-chat-with-google-friends.aspx

Star Gazing Apps Aired: 09/05/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you haven’t downloaded a star gazing app to y more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you haven’t downloaded a star gazing app to your smartphone yet, we’ve got a couple of free suggestions for you.

These apps are great for identifying constellations and planets and in some cases, they use augmented reality to help you see why the constellation is named what it is.

For iPhone users, we like Star Chart which has the augmented reality feature and is free for the basic app. If you really get into it, you can buy various upgrades to extend your learning.

For Android users, checkout Google’s Sky Map which is completely free and works on the same principle of holding your phone up in the sky to identify or find just about anything you see in the night sky.

These apps are fun and a great way to get youngsters interested in the brilliant show that goes on just about every night that so many of us take for granted…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-chart/id345542655?mt=8

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

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. Social networks are fast becoming the place wh more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

Social networks are fast becoming the place where the most time is spent online these days and it can easily lead to an overwhelming feeling trying to keep up with it all.

If you’re suffering from Social Media overload, you may want to think about changing the way you consume all that information

One of our all-time favorite tools for managing our social streams is Flipboard because it turns all those posts into something that feels more like a magazine.

Flipboard is an app that is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook users and it is spectacular.

Flipboard allows you to combine your social network feeds with popular news sources on just about any subject to create your own customized personal magazine.

The pages even flip like a magazine, so if you haven’t experienced the elegance of this amazing free app, join the millions that have and download it today.

https://flipboard.com

Investopedia Aired: 09/03/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip! If you don’t know the difference between a trip more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip!

If you don’t know the difference between a triple tax-free municipal bond and a derivative, don’t feel bad; you’re not alone.

The terminology of investing, much less the actual investments themselves can be overwhelming for us average folk, so finding help is essential.

A source rich with information on investing, understanding the markets, active trading and just about everything you could ever want to learn about is at investopedia.com

This site is packed with tutorials, video explanations of confusing investment terminology a dictionary that includes related terms.

It even has a simulator if you want to test out what you learn with virtual money.

So the next time you hear Gap Risk or Reciprocal Currency Arrangement on a financial news report, you know where you can go to figure out what they heck they’re talking about.

http://www.investopedia.com

Learnist Aired: 09/02/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The Internet is a truly amazing place to learn t more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The Internet is a truly amazing place to learn things if you can get past the kittens on a treadmill and the plethora of epic fail videos.

One interesting approach to online learning is from a site called Learnist.

Think of it as Pinterest meets learning because it allows users to create boards of learning that others can follow.

You can get insight and learning from others on everything from Art and Design to technology and business.

If you want to teach others about something you know, you can start your own learning board and easily add to or update the info whenever you want.

We’ve all heard that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else and Learnist gives you an easy way to learn or teach

www.learni.st

Unusual Gift Ideas Aired: 08/30/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We’ve all got those quirky friends that are so h more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We’ve all got those quirky friends that are so hard to buy gifts for or those friends that already seem to have everything.

Or how about finding that perfect white elephant gift for your next company party?

The next time you need to find an unusual gift for those situations, checkout http://www.perpetualkid.com and http://www.vat19.com

Giant gummy bears and three pound gummy worms, a hole-punch that will turn anything into a guitar pick and chalkboard coffee mugs are just the beginning.

Vat19.com even has hundreds of videos to showcase their quirky items so you can see exactly how the human slingshot works, for example.

Know someone that will love Tabasco flavored jelly beans or bacon flavored popcorn?

Your marshmallow bazooka and gourmet scented pencils await you at these crazy cool gift sites.

http://www.vat19.com
http://www.perpetualkid.com

UnlistMy.Info Aired: 08/29/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We all know that lots of online companies store more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We all know that lots of online companies store data about us, but did you know that in many cases, you can opt-out of these databases?

Remember when we could tell the phone company to keep our number unlisted? You can do the same thing online if you know where to find the instructions.

A non-profit website called UnlistMy.info has compiled a directory of over 50 sites that includes the instruction for each site if you want to be removed from their database.

UnlistMy.info is the actual web address and each of the sites on the list comes with links to online request forms to be removed or in some cases, by mailing a removal request and where to send it.

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to opt-out of all of them at once because they are all different databases, so it will take a little effort to accomplish.

Pop on over to UnlistMY.Info to get started.

http://unlistmy.info

CodeAcademy Aired: 08/28/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Every amazing web programmer that’s ever lived s more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Every amazing web programmer that’s ever lived started at the exact same place….the beginning when they knew nothing.

If you’ve ever thought about learning just a little bit about how programs are written so you’d be a little smarter about how websites are created, we’ve got a great place to learn.

Codeacademy.com is a simple do-it-yourself, learn at your own pace resource that can teach anyone the basics of writing code.

The site takes you through simple, step-by-step instructions to start to build simple code that anyone can follow.

If you know someone that has the curiosity but doesn’t know where to start, send them to CodeAcademy.com.

Want to see if your 9 year old is the next Mark Zuckerberg? Send them to CodeAcademy.com and you may just spark the inner geek in your child!

http://www.codecademy.com

Billguard Aired: 08/27/2013
Are you wasting money every month on grey charges? It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech T more...

Are you wasting money every month on grey charges?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Grey charges are those extra fees and hidden charges that can sneak into your credit card statement without you knowing if you aren’t paying attention.

It’s estimated that over $14 billion in grey charges were generated last year, so it’s big business.

One way to catch those grey charges is to watch your accounts like a hawk and a free iPhone app called BillGuard makes it easy to do just that.

Need help recognizing a company that appears on your bill? BillGuard can help. Need to report or cancel a suspicious transaction? BillGuard can help with that too!

It can even alert you of a charge on your account that others have flagged as suspicious, so it’s like a people-powered antivirus system for your wallet!

https://www.billguard.com

Workflowy Aired: 08/26/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you are a writer, team leader, teacher, train more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you are a writer, team leader, teacher, trainer or anyone that has to create outlines, we have a super simple, but powerful tool for you to explore.

It’s called Workflowy and it’s one of the coolest sites that we’ve ever found for those of us that need help staying organized.

This simple web app gets it’s power from easy to create ‘nested lists’, so you can start with a basic outline and end up with a fully fleshed lesson plan, user’s manual or training guide.

Teachers can use it to create a syllabus that can be shared as the lesson plan for all their students.

You can search, tag and filter lists, easily move or duplicate them, export and print your outline.

Want to give it a try? Just head on over to Workflowy.com and get organized!

https://workflowy.com

What's that mean? Aired: 08/23/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Rap music has often been characterized as urban more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Rap music has often been characterized as urban poetry and just like with poetry, if you understand the meaning, you’ve got a better chance of connecting with the artist.

A website that started as a way for people to understand rap lyrics, has morphed into something much bigger whether you care to understand rap lyrics or not.

RapGenius.com will certainly help you understand what JayZ and Justin Timberlake are saying about fame in their song Holy Grail, but you can also get down deep into Edgar Allan Poe’s meaning in The Raven.

RapGenius.com also offers Poetry Genius, Rock Genius and they even allow analysis of news via News Genius. This project allows anyone to add annotations to any string of text to help explain the meaning of the author.

The poetry genius section covers just about any kind of literature, so it’s a great place to dig deeper into everything from bible passages to Shakespeare to the preamble of the Constitution.

http://RapGenius.com - get your thinking cap on!

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