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Tune Wiki Aired: 02/22/2013
There's a bathroom on the right. Spanky... what are you singing? Those aren't the words. It’ more...

There's a bathroom on the right.

Spanky... what are you singing? Those aren't the words. It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re like me, you like to sing along to your favorite songs... but, you don’t always know all the words. So, you make it up as you go along.

There’s an app for that, and if you’re a music lover, you’re going to love it. The app is Tune Wiki, and it turns your iPhone, Android, or tablet into a portable Karaoke machine. What? Really? YES!

Once you install the Tune Wiki app, it will look at all the music on your device or that you have stored in the cloud, then as the songs play, the lyrics come alive.

The Tune Wiki app, keeps the lyrics in sync while the song is playing. Now you can sing along and not botch the words.

There’s a bad moon on the rise? Really? All these years I thought it was a bathroom on the right.. who knew?

So next time you’re having a get together with friends, or you’re playing a music trivia game, bust out Tune Wiki and know what you’re singing.

So now I come to you... with broken arms.


http://www.tunewiki.com/apps

Alternative Software Aired: 02/21/2013
If you need a good photo editor, but you don’t want to pay $700 or you need an inexpensive alte more...

If you need a good photo editor, but you don’t want to pay $700 or you need an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Office, there are alternatives.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The world of software is much bigger than the big name commercial programs that we have all heard of and often time there are even free alternatives

Open source programs are collaborative ventures that allow programmers from around the world to help in the development and its open to anyone that want to use it.

A great website for discovering inexpensive alternatives to expensive commercial programs is Althernativeto.net.

Simply put the program that you want into the alternativeto search box at the top and whammo! You’ve got alternatives that you never knew existed!

Based on users recommendations they’ll list great alternatives to the applications you want to replace.

You can find alternative software for Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad, Android, Linux and Blackberry.

Now when you need an alternative to... (fill in the blank) go to alternativeto.net.


http://www.alternativeto.net

Tell a story with one tap of your iPhone. How do you do that? That’s today’s Data Doctors Tech more...

Tell a story with one tap of your iPhone. How do you do that? That’s today’s Data Doctors Tech Tip

We like apps that make things easier to do. Until now, putting pictures and video together was kind of a hassle.

Qwiki makes doing it easy. Qwiki automatically turns pictures and videos from events you’ve captured on your iPhone into brief, beautiful movies to share.

How’s that work? The app picks the best moments and pacing—then adds transitions and a soundtrack.

You can easily turn movies into memories... Qwiki users can rearrange, add, or remove pictures & videos, customize captions, select filters, and you can even replace the pre-selected soundtrack with a favorite song from your music library.

If you are a social user, you’ll love Qwiki. You can share your Qwikis on Facebook, Twitter, Email or text. You can even embed on your blog or web page.

If you want, you can join other Qwiki users within the app. Qwiki does the work, you and your friends get to enjoy the show.


http://www.qwiki.com/

XpenseTracker Aired: 02/19/2013
As you dig into this years tax prep, do you find yourself a little disorganized? Behind the 8 b more...

As you dig into this years tax prep, do you find yourself a little disorganized? Behind the 8 ball with your prep?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

These days many of us shudder at the thought of a paper receipt, after all that’s so last century. What if there was a single app that could do it all for you?

XpenseTracker is a comprehensive expense tracking and reporting app for anyone that needs to track their expenses & mileage.

It's ease of use and can email or export your expense files and photo receipts right to your computer. Then import the file into Excel. What a time saver.

XpenseTracker records all of your expenses and gives you a running total. It even allows you to customize categorize.

You’ll can sort expenses by "Date", "Category", "Payment Type" or even "Client."

Travel for business internationally? no sweat. XpenseTracker supports ALL major currencies worldwide, so each expense can be entered with the appropriate currency.

Of course, since you’re dealing with money, expenses and personal info... the app includes password protection.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xpensetracker-expense-tracker/id290874373?mt=8

Smartphone Scrapbooking Aired: 02/18/2013
If you like to take pictures with your smartphone, you’ll want to listen to this Data Doctors T more...

If you like to take pictures with your smartphone, you’ll want to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Ever wonder why some people are able to make great collages of images? Is it their crazy editing skills, maybe... but if they’re like you and me, it’s most likely an app called Photo Grid.

Photo Grid offers an easy way to create collages with up to nine photos from your mobile device, either Android or iPhone. You’ll be able to make beautiful collages the moment you start using it.

Right when you open the app, Photo Grid asks you what kind of collage you want to make. Choices include Free form, Single photo, Grid, High (like a photo booth-style vertical strip), and Wide (a horizontal strip of portraits).

Photo Grid makes it easy to swap photos, zoom, crop, and switch up the orientation of your collages. You can add borders and backgrounds too.

When you're done making your collage, you can save it to your device and of course, share it.


http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roidapp.photogrid&hl=en

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photo-grid-collage-maker/id543577420?mt=8

RunPee Aired: 02/15/2013
Ken, I have THEE solution to an age old problem. You know Spanky, they have a pill for that. more...

Ken, I have THEE solution to an age old problem.

You know Spanky, they have a pill for that.

No! Not that! It’s when to go to the bathroom during a movie...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

You ate your giant popcorn, drank the bladder buster drink and you’re squirming in the chair doing the potty dance.

But you don’t want to get up and miss the best part of the movie right? So you wait... in pain.

Or, you do what I do and check with Run-Pee.

Run-Pee is an app, that tells you when it’s safe to go. Tell it what movie you are seeing and it’ll tell you the best times to go hit the restroom.

You can even tell the app when the movie starts, and it alerts you that your potty break is coming up.

Run-Pee is available for iPhone and Android, and you can use the mobile web version on Blackberry and feature phones.

The app is $ .99, the biggest bargain at the theatre.

http://www.runpee.com

Logging Trip Mileage Aired: 02/14/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you spend your life driving for work, the mo more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you spend your life driving for work, the most difficult part is remembering to log your mileage for your tax deductions.

Forget to log a trip and you lose out on reimbursement. Miss a couple a month, and at the end of the year, you’re out some serious dough.

There’s an app that puts all these problems to bed, it’s called TripLog.

Download TripLog for Android or iPhone for free. The app is easy to use. It logs and tracks vehicle mileage with incredible accuracy. It uses GPS data to track the actual mileage driven, no rough estimates here.

TripLog uses IRS mileage rates for tax deductions and mileage reimbursement. It even has support for commercial truck drivers, allowing for scale data, lumpers and your per diem allowance.

The app allows you to add data and photos of your receipts to a secure cloud for storage and viewing.

Since you’ll enter your gas purchases when you fill up, the app will calculate your fuel economy as well.

The TripLog app is free, and you can get quarterly and yearly reports for 99 cents.

Now when it’s tax time, you’ve got the info you need right in the palm of your hand.

http://www.bizlogapp.com/

Tracking Your Donations Aired: 02/13/2013
Have you ever dropped off a bag of clothes at a charity and wondered what that bag of clothes w more...

Have you ever dropped off a bag of clothes at a charity and wondered what that bag of clothes was really worth?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’ve ever had a garage sale and realized that it's an overwhelming amount of work and that donating the items to a charity would've been a lot easier, there’s an app for that.

When you prepare your tax return, many of us struggled to remember what we donated, who we donated it to, and when we donated it.

There’s an app for both iPhone and Android that will help you track those donations, every time you make them. It’s appropriately called... I Donated It.

iDonatedIt tracks the date you donated non-cash items to a charity, the charity you donated items to, and the fair market value of those items.

The app builds lists of the items you donate and allows you to keep a permanent record of the items you donated that meets the compliance requirements of the IRS.

You can attach a photo to your donation list to document your donation and you can e-mail the detailed donation report to yourself or to your accountant.

The “I Donated It” app, was created by a team of certified public accountants who know their stuff.


Android
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.idonatedit.ui&hl=en

iPhone
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idonatedit/id341013253?mt=8

Apps For Taxes Aired: 02/12/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you’re an on the go person, and your tax ret more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re an on the go person, and your tax return isn’t itemized, there’s an app that can help you get your return done in 10 minutes.

The SnapTax app from TurboTax is available for iPhone and Android. The app is free, but it’ll cost you $25 bucks to e-file.

H&R Block has a similar app, and it’s also free, and there’s no filing fee until after April 17th.

So, how do you know if you can use these apps? Here’s what qualifies you... If you don’t own a home, you only have W2, interest or unemployment income, and if you earned less than 100k in 2012 120K if you’re married.

How does it work? after you download the free app, you snap a photo of your W2, answer some simple questions, and you can file from within the app.

Is it safe to use? Yes. Your information is encrypted and secure, plus they guarantee 100% accuracy.

If you have a question, live tax advice service is free and available year round by phone or live chat for SnapTax users, H&R Block users can walk into a physical location if you need a human.

Now, if only they can make a voting app that works like that.


http://turbotax.intuit.com/snaptax/mobile/

http://www.hrblock.com/mobile/free-1040ez-mobile.html

Tax Time Safety Check Aired: 02/11/2013
It’s the official start of tax season, so before you fire up the computer to start doing your t more...

It’s the official start of tax season, so before you fire up the computer to start doing your tax preparation, you need to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Before you start entering your personal information, your date of birth, social security number... all that stuff. Do a quick check of your computer to make sure it’s safe to do your taxes.

Check to see how many background processes are running. If you’re seeing less than 45 processes, everythings probably ok. If you see 60, 70, 80 or more processes running, STOP EVERYTHING!

You need to get your computer checked out for potential malware, when your computer has extra processes running, that’s typically a sign of an infection, and doing your taxes on an infected PC can put your personal information at risk.

Some other signs of infection... if startup and shutdown take forever, or you’re experiencing lots of freezes and crashes, don’t use that computer.

Would you drive around in a car that wouldn't startup or shutdown, would it be ok if it started to freeze or crash on it’s own? Silly sounding right? But it’s ok with our computers.

So, before you start your return, get your computer checked out by someone you trust.

Moves App Aired: 02/08/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. After we came back from CES, we told you about more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

After we came back from CES, we told you about some health and fitness trackers that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

These devices make it easy to track your progress as you work your way towards a healthier you, but they come at a price.

If you don’t have the dough to spend on one of these devices, there’s an app for that... and it’s FREE. It’s the moves app.

Moves is effortless. Moves automatically records any walking, cycling and running you do. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag.

Moves is an automatic diary of your life. Your daily storyline and maps show where, when and how much you move.

Moves is a free iPhone pedometer that helps you get fit by walking more. See how many steps you take and aim for a healthy exercise goal of 10,000 steps a day.

The only drawback... it runs in the background and uses battery power, so monitor your battery usage if you have a gazillion things running. Your mileage WILL vary.

http://moves-app.com/

Stick N Find Aired: 02/07/2013
Have you seen the remote control? If you’ve ever heard that question, you’re going to love t more...

Have you seen the remote control?

If you’ve ever heard that question, you’re going to love this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

With DVR,s DVD,s Smart TV’s, Apple TV’s, our lives have been overrun with remotes. But lose just one of them, and the world comes to a grinding halt.

Same holds true for your car keys, your morning coffee cup, and the occasional kid at the park.

The people at Stick N Find have a solution that puts it all to an end. They’ve developed the stick n find Bluetooth sticker system. This quarter sized low power Bluetooth sticker attaches to anything you need to keep track of.

The smartphone app lets you turn on tracking if you lose it, you can even set boundaries, so if you have one on your kids backpack and they wander off, you'll be alerted.

The app works like radar, letting you know as you close in on the target. It can even be set to alert you if something you’ve lost, comes back in range. Imagine that, you lost your keys at your friends house, and the next time you go there, the app wakes up and alerts you that you’re in range.

Stick N Find claims a years worth of battery life from each sticker before you need to replace the battery.

http://www.sticknfind.com/product/sticknfind

Online Reputation Aired: 02/06/2013
Are people talking about your business behind your back? What people say about your business ma more...

Are people talking about your business behind your back? What people say about your business matters, but how are you supposed to know? It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Online reputation management is an important part of having a business in today’s tech driven world and one of the basics you need to understand.

Let’s start with the one you should all be using, Google Alerts. If you don’t have a Google account yet, you need to set one up, and then set up alerts.

Google allows you to set alerts so that anytime you are mentioned online, you’ll know about it. You simply put the name of your business in quotes in the alert you’re creating. So we set up an alert for “Data Doctors”.

Now, don’t fear bad reviews or negative comments. Knowing about an issue is half the battle, your online response and letting the community know you’re aware of the issue, goes a long way to resolving things.

The worst thing you can do is nothing. Not responding gives the appearance of not caring when in all reality, you had no idea people were talking about you.

What are the best things you and your company can do online?  Be real, be honest and be aware.

Google alerts is just the start, there are plenty of places and apps to help you monitor your online reputation. Want to learn more, ask us Facebook?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025964/how-to-clean-up-your-businesss-online-reputation.html

Red Stamp Aired: 02/05/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Used to be you’d go to the store, pick out a ca more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Used to be you’d go to the store, pick out a card, sign it, stamp it, and send it. It was a pretty straightforward process.

But, sending a card that way, is so last century. There’s a better way to do it these days, and it’s called Red Stamp. Red Stamp is a modern day social secretary.

From sharing fun photos and social invites to birthday wishes and get well soons... Red Stamp helps elevate each and every correspondence, every day.

These days, there is no “one” way to let someone know you are thinking about them. From snail mail, to email, to text messages, to social shares, Red Stamp does it all.

You can set up a free account at redstamp.com or get the free app. Once you set up the account, you have your own personal card store at your fingertips.

Send birthday greetings in a card that posts to your friends walls, email invites, or pay for professionally printed and mailed cards.

With Red Stamp, you’re just a few clicks away from get well, congratulations, happy bar mitzvah, thank you, come to the party, announcing a baby, photo cards, graduation.

http://www.redstamp.com

Windows 8 is causing a lot of people to ask, how do I go back to my old Windows! We understand, more...

Windows 8 is causing a lot of people to ask, how do I go back to my old Windows! We understand, but there’s a better way!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Most Windows 8 haters, hate the new interface, where’s this, where’s that, and where’s my start button?

If you or someone you know is complaining about Windows 8’s missing Start button, we’ve got a great solution.

there’s a free app for that. It’s called Shell, and you can get it at classicshell.net.

Shell lets you modify Windows 8 to look more like the classic Windows,  Windows 7 or even Windows XP.

Instead of going through the pain of downgrading your computer to an older version Windows, Shell bypasses the new tiled start page and gives you back your old familiar navigation.

This lets you learn the way Windows 8 functions, at your own pace which is a much smarter approach for the long haul.

If you want the app, you can get it at classicshell.net and it’s free.

Remember, embrace change, after all change is good, but now you can do it on your own terms.

http://www.classicshell.net/

Bands In Town Aired: 02/01/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. A few weeks ago Ken introduced me to an app tha more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

A few weeks ago Ken introduced me to an app that literally changed the way I look for concert tickets.

Before you would follow your favorite bands website or Facebook page to see when they were going to be playing in town. Not anymore!

Check out BandsInTown.com. A quick visit to the bands in town website lets you download the app, connect with Facebook and wait for your favorite bands to come to you.

No longer do you have to follow your favorite bands. When they book in your town, bands in town notifies you, lets you know similar artists, and you can not only RSVP for the show, you can buy your tickets.

With Bands In Town you’ll ever miss a show again. But how does it know who I like? That’s the magical part.

The app pulls your music preferences from iTunes, Pandora, Last.fm. It scans for your most listened to, preferred, and liked music, and delivers a concert going experience based on that information.

Now you don’t have to go looking for a concert, the concert will come looking for you.

http://bandsintown.com

Paying For Free Service Aired: 01/31/2013
Why would you pay for something that everyone else gets for free? It’s time for another Data more...

Why would you pay for something that everyone else gets for free?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

When the internet was born, people had to pay for online services like Prodigy, CompuServe and of course AOL.

While most of them have gone under. The survivor, AOL has been keeping a dirty little secret that many of you are paying for... literally.

AOL, is still charging lots of you for a service that’s now free. Why? Because they’re not going to tell you to stop paying.

The service generates most of its money from paid users, but most of them don’t need it. So why are YOU still paying them?

If you know anyone still on AOL, ask them if they still pay for the service? If they say yes, tell them the Data Doctors tell them to stop paying.

When you go to turn off the payments, you’ll get a ton of warnings and pleas to stay on because it’ll impact your experience. No it won’t! It’ll impact your wallet.

http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&externalId=219764

Wolfram Alpha Aired: 01/30/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. What percentage of your Facebook friends are ma more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

What percentage of your Facebook friends are married? Who lives closest to the North Pole? And who is that person who connects you to more people than anyone else on the social network?

Data drives everything these days, and information is key when it comes to buying, hiring, and understanding just about anything.

Have you ever wanted to dig into your own data? If so, grab a cup of coffee and run a report on yourself at Wolfram Alpha’s website. We’ll have the link online for you, so don’t worry about writing it down.

Wolfram Alpha, is the world's first and only computational knowledge engine. Huh?

It gathers data, generates reports, and will blow you away with information.

Running a simple report on your Facebook account will show you who you connect with the most, your most followed, liked and shared posts and the time of day people are seeing your posts.

It’ll show you who they are, where they are, who they’re connected to, how many connections they have, where you've been, and the most common words you use in updates.

We’re just scratching the surface of this powerful tool, so check it out for yourself.

Running this report will also help you decide how you use Facebook in the future. Perhaps everything in your personal life, shouldn't actually be shared.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/facebook/

Cardmunch For LinkedIn Aired: 01/29/2013
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.

http://www.Cardmunch.com

Hey Spanky, how many times has a friend asked you who’s the best cell phone company in the area more...

Hey Spanky, how many times has a friend asked you who’s the best cell phone company in the area?

It happens at least twice a month, and my answer is always the same... I don’t know!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

People whose contracts are almost up, start asking friends if they’re happy with their provider.

The problem is, you don’t live or work near your friend, so what works for you, might not work for them.

Next time someone asks, tell them about a website and app we use called Root Metrics.

Root Metrics shows you data compiled by actual users in your area. It tells you where the weak calling areas are, the best data areas and clearly shows you who is winning and losing in service.

A quick look at the coverage maps in your area helps you determine the best carrier for you, not your friend on the other side of the city or country.

For example, If you live in the Washington DC area, Verizon is your clear winner for calls, data and text. But if you’re in Phoenix, those are split over 3 different networks, this lets you dig in to results before you sign a new contract.

If you download the Android or iPhone app, you too can start to contribute to the data, providing higher and higher accuracy over time. The app is free and the information, invaluable.

http://www.rootmetrics.com/

Let Me Google That For You Aired: 01/25/2013
Let’s have a little fun in this Data Doctors Tech Tip. How many times has this happened to y more...

Let’s have a little fun in this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

How many times has this happened to you? A friend will ask you something they don’t know the answer to, but they figure you do. They think you’re their personal Google.

It’s frustrating when people are too lazy to Google something themselves. So now, instead of getting annoyed being their search engine, you can fight back, and give em a chuckle at the same time.

There’s a website L M G T F Y.com it’s the abbreviation of Let Me Google That For You.

Next time a friend asks you something lame, go to Let Me Google That For You and type in the question.

When you click the Google Search or I’m Feeling Lucky buttons, it generates a short code you can copy and paste into and email, a tweet or however you want to deliver it back to your friend.

Now when your friend gets the message and clicks the link, Let Me Google That For You Goes to work. It delivers the answer to the question and helps tech them how to Google things themselves.

Try it, have a laugh, and remember... if your friends are too dumb to Google. Let Me Google That For You!


http://lmgtfy.com/

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