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Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company? It’s time for another more...

Want to keep your home phone number, but get rid of the phone company?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you want to fire your phone company, but are worried about the quality of calls over the internet, you should check out Ooma.com.

Ooma, spelled O O M A, is a different kind of phone service. You pay for the Ooma interface one time, it’s $180 bucks, plug it into your internet router and you’re done. Calls are free, but you do have to pay taxes of a few bucks a month.

Now you plug in your existing home phone, regular or cordless, and start calling. You don’t need any other special equipment. And, Ooma’s basic free service gives you voicemail, caller-ID, call-waiting. You can keep the number you have or get a new one.

The voice quality on Ooma is exceptional. May actually sound richer and fuller than your current home phone service.

But what about 911 calls, how will they know where I am? All Ooma units come bundled with 911 services. Help will be able to find you. And if anyone ever dials 911 from your home, you'll get a text message alert on your cell phone as well.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://ooma.com/

You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys. But what ab more...

You know what it’s like to forget something like your wallet, phone or car keys.

But what about that important document, spreadsheet or presentation?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The keys and wallet, we can’t help you with... the computer files... YES WE CAN!

You need a solution that syncs all those important files across your computers, smartphone and tablet. You need a Dropbox.

Dropbox is a simple and free solution that allows you to have a virtual filing cabinet, where ever you go.

Once you set it up, you’ll never have to worry about sending yourself an email with the files attached, because no matter which device you use, it automatically syncs to your Dropbox, and then your devices.

You get your first 2.0 gigs free, and can build up to 18 gigs by referring friends and family. If you need more space, 100, 200 and 500 gig plans start at just $10 bucks a month. You can even do bigger plans for your business.

Now you don’t have to worry about which device you created it on. Dropbox gives you files at your fingertips.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.dropbox.com/

No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video gam more...

No one likes a surprise bill, especially when it comes from a free video game. A free video game? Yes, a free video game.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip to warn you about in app purchases.

What’s an in app purchase? It’s a hidden feature in lots of games that allows you purchase virtual coins, merchandise or even new levels in the game.

The problem is, your kids can easily purchase these and suddenly you’re staring at a bill that’s tens, hundreds or thousands of dollars.

So how do you turn these in app purchases off to avoid this pain?

For iPhone, iPod, iPad users it’s in the general area of your settings, you need to enable restrictions, and then turn off your in app purchases.

Since Androids come in different flavors, you may have to do a bit of hunting, but most of them work the same. Go to the play store on your device, then settings, make sure you set a pin number, and then select the “use pin for purchases” option.

If you need help, we’ve posted a how to video with the step by step instructions right on our Facebook page.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P4wFB6d7gM

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent bac more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Lynn asked... Is there anyway I can prevent backscatter? My inbox is full of mailer daemon returned emails that appear to be sent from me, but of course they weren't. I've set a filter to delete these type emails from the Cox server, but some of them continue to come through. I would prefer to NOT change my email address.

The problem is simple... a spammer has your e-mail address and is obviously using it as the fake sender on a current 'campaign'. More than likely, this will go away in the coming weeks as the spammer will use other addresses for his junk messages.

When your email address gets spoofed like this, it appears as if it’s email sent by you to whomever the sender has listed as the recipient. The real issue here, is the size of the list that spammer used.

We’ve seen some instances where a spammer has sent out tens of thousands of emails, and when the bad addresses start bouncing back, you’re bombarded with these returns.

If it continues en mass, you’ll probably have to change addresses to sidestep the junk returns.

It’s always good to keep two email addresses, one for subscriptions and online ordering, another for family and friends.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.


Ask us your technology questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.facebook.com/datadoctors/posts/10151508226325320

If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to liste more...

If your kids spend more time in front of the screen than you want them to, you’ll want to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Technology, hailed for its innovation and ability to organize our lives, has also been on the receiving end of some bad press when it comes to kids.

The Kaiser Foundation found that kids aged 8-18 spend an average of 7 and a half hours a day using a variety of media gadgets. Aside from time spent in school, that is nearly all of their waking hours. Who has time to exercise with all that screen time?

GeoPalz gives kids the motivation to get moving in a cute, kid-friendly fitness tracker. The more activity that kids log, the more points they’re able to accrue.

With GeoPalz, kids can earn points and redeem them for fun prizes that promote even more activity, like Frisbees, jump ropes, balls and more. Those who aim high can save their points for bigger rewards like a bike or skateboard.

While kids are using their GeoPalz, parents can use the company’s more mature fitness tracker for teens and adults called the iBitz. These “smart” pedometers sync to both Android and iOS apps via Bluetooth and monitor movement, and even additional health measures like weight, calories, steps taken and more, so the whole family can meet their fitness goals together.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Ask us your tech questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/02/25/technology-kids-off-couch/

Know Where To Park Aired: 03/06/2013
Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time. It’s time for another more...

Metered street parking is rough, especially when you run out of time.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Between alternate side parking, tow zones, loading zones and metered spaces, there are any number of ways a driver might misread -- or even ignore -- the rules delegated by a parking sign and end up with a ticket.

An app called Park.it is trying to eliminate hat risk by showing users where legal spaces are in the area they’re driving and sending alerts to their smartphones if a space is no longer safe to park in.

Park.it takes into account all kinds of potential violations, from street cleaning times and restrictions for residential zones to incline parking rules and meters.

The app launched where all the cool tech starts, in San Francisco... but it’s now rolling out in New York and Washington, D.C. before it hits the rest of the country.

In case you were wondering how big the parking ticket industry is... In 2011, Washington D.C. set a city record by collecting $92.6 million in parking ticket revenue.

In New York City... they write 27,000 tickets a day.

Soon you'll be able to say stick it, to the ticket!


We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Ask us your questions at http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/parkit-app-alerts-drivers-to-avoid-parking-tickets_n_2768256.html

UChek Urine Testing App Aired: 03/04/2013
Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for e more...

Those precious bodily fluids of yours can reveal a lot about your health. Urine analysis, for example, can give you early warnings about liver or kidney problems. It can also tell you if your diet is on the wrong track, or if you're at risk for diabetes.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Now, you can get a heads-up without peeing in a cup. That’s right, you can do a self check for these medical problems in the privacy of your own bathroom, with a smartphone in hand.

Enter Uchek, for iPhone and Android,  was introduced at the TED Conference. Uchek will reveal potential health issues in your urine, using nothing but commercially available test strips and a couple of smartphone snapshots.

Ucheck says... Everybody pees, and everybody carries a cellphone, so they figured they had to be able to do something with this.

Ucheck takes away the difficulty of self checking, you don’t have to guess what the colors mean.

This also brings down medical costs, because doctors will no longer need to buy expensive urine analysis machines and proprietary strips.

The app asks you to take a couple of shots of the strips at intervals of a few minutes. It then delivers the chemical composition of your pee, what that means, and how it is changing over time.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://mashable.com/2013/02/26/uchek-urine-analysis-app/

There’s been lots of news lately about corporate accounts getting hacked, in fact many of you h more...

There’s been lots of news lately about corporate accounts getting hacked, in fact many of you have experienced the pain of a Facebook or Google account breach, but did you know it’s easy to prevent?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you haven't already heard the term 2 Step Verification, you need to embrace it TODAY!

2 Step Verification is available for most of the big online services like Facebook, Google, and most banks these days.

So what is it, and why should you be doing the 2 step?

2 Step Verification It uses something you know, your password, and something you have with you, your phone.

It drastically reduces the chances of having your personal information in an account stolen by someone else. Why? Because bad guys would have to not only get your username and password, they'd have to get a hold of your phone.

Once you have it turned on, when you or someone pretending to be you, signs in from an unrecognized device, you have to enter your username and password as usual. But, you’ll also need to enter a code from your phone.

During sign in, you can tell it not to ask for a code again on that particular computer. But when anyone else tries to sign in to your account from other computers, you’ll get an alert asking for that special code.


http://youtu.be/zMabEyrtPRg

Hotmail Is Going Away Aired: 02/28/2013
Soon you’re going to have a new outlook on your email... like it or not! It’s time for anoth more...

Soon you’re going to have a new outlook on your email... like it or not!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Last week, Microsoft announced that it is closing Hotmail and moving the "hundreds of millions" still using it to Outlook.com by this summer. So should you fear the new Outlook.com email... Not at all!

Hotmail users, once they move (or get moved) will get Outlook.com's clean new interface for their mail and calendars.

You may have already seen the first of many emails encouraging you to make the switch on your own. This is the best way to do it, as you can choose when, and get comfortable with the interface on your own.

Once you make the change, there’s no going back. But this applies whether you switch it or they do, so be proactive.

The good news is, everything moves over, you won’t lose anything. If you click the upgrade button it takes maybe a few seconds, but it’ll all be there.

Finally, if you have a Microsoft ID or Windows Live ID tied to Hotmail, you won’t have to change accounts or get a new one. If you use an @hotmail.com, @msn.com or @live.com e-mail address as your Microsoft account, you can keep it, even after Hotmail is gone. It’s just like changing your mobile phone carrier. You’re simply moving to a better service, but your 'number' (in this case your Microsoft account and email address) stays the same.


http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/outlook/auto-upgrade-outlook-FAQ

Spear Phishing is on the rise, and many of you don’t even realize it’s happening to you. It’ more...

Spear Phishing is on the rise, and many of you don’t even realize it’s happening to you.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

It used to be you’d get a random email from a bank you don’t do business with, claiming an account security issue. It’s pretty easy to figure out, that ones a scam.

But what if you get an email from your company's HR department with a policy change notification, or vacation policy update. You click on it because it’s your company, or is it?

These days, the bad guys are spear phishing right inside your office. Why? Because they know you won’t even think about opening a company email, and they’re right.

So, how do you sniff out a spear phishing scam? While it’s nearly impossible to give you absolutes, you should know enough to never click on any of the links that are posted in the message.

If the warning, information or request is legit, it will appear on your screen when you manually log into your account, so always open a web browser and type the address yourself.

Look for poor spelling and bad grammar, those are usually signs of a scam.

Finally, check the links. You can sniff out mismatched links by hovering your mouse over the link (DO NOT CLICK ON IT) and checking the status bar at the bottom left corner of the message or web browser to see if it matches. If it doesn’t, you know it’s a scam.


https://www.datadoctors.com/help/columns/21820-Tips-for-Sniffing-out-Phishing-Scams/

File Conversion On The Fly Aired: 02/26/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. We’ve all had this happen to us. We get an emai more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We’ve all had this happen to us. We get an email with a file attachment, but we don’t have the right application to open the file.

That used to mean one of two things... you email the person back requesting a different file type, or you find a program that converts the file for you.

Aside from the inconvenience, there’s the cost involved too. Do you really want to buy an app for one time use?

Next time you need to convert a file from one type to another, just remember Zamzar.com. That’s Z A M Z A R .com.

Zamzar is a free website that can convert any file, to any file.

Zamzar can convert your ebook files to pdfs, wavs to mp3, Quicktime to MP4... the list is almost endless.

To convert a file, simply drag and drop it on the Zamzar conversion tool. Choose the format you need the file converted to, give them your email address, then click convert.

When the file is done, Zamzar sends you a link to download the newly converted file, and you’re off and running.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions. Ask us anytime!

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://zamzar.com

Phone calls are so last century, and sometimes text messaging just won’t do. Wouldn’t it be gre more...

Phone calls are so last century, and sometimes text messaging just won’t do. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the two?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

There’s an app that’ll turn your phone into a walkie talkie, that’s right a 2 way radio. The app is Voxer.

Voxer is more than a walkie talkie, Voxer is a multimedia push-to-talk application. With Voxer you can instantly send voice, text and photos to individuals or groups in real time.

Now, when you’re out running errands, you can use Voxer instead of calling to get a quick voice message delivered instantly. It works so fast, you can have a real 2 way radio conversation.

Just press the Hold & Talk button and your voice is sent in real time! You can listen live or listen to recorded messages later. Need to show the person a picture in the middle of the 2 way conversation? Simply attach it and it’s there nearly instantly.

When your teens are out at the park, you can easily stay in touch with them so they know when its time for dinner.

Use it when you take your summer road trip and you have multiple cars in your caravan. That brings us to one of the best and most practical uses of Voxer... you don't ever have to text and drive. Simply have a 2 way on the freeway.

The Voxer App is available for iPhone and Android, and best of all it’s FREE.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions. Ask us anytime!

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://voxer.com

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

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