The Accidental Family Help Tech…

canstockphoto15142264In your family tree are you the Help Tech?  That is to say, you have “some” experience with fixing relatively easy computer problems, but you seem to be the most knowledgeable one in the family for random computer issues. Isn’t it often the case that you don’t know the answer right off the top of your head, chances are you know where to go to find the best answer(s) to ‘fix’ the problem.

I am often searching the www for computer solutions to issues that come up with mobile phones, computers, word processing, or new Apps.  The list is very long.  However, now and then I find a piece of information that is one of the best solutions I’ve come across to explain how to do something step-by-step. Continue reading

SmartPhone Leasing…What’s the deal?

canstockphoto16723097Just when you thought you understood how to get a new smartphone after your contract period is up, the wireless carriers introduce the “early upgrade plan”.  Do you have any idea what that is, or if will it work for you?  I checked out an article that discusses the pros and cons of this new “deal“.  Apparently,  it’s still cheaper to own your smartphone, but it depends on what type of smartphone user you are.  One thing is for sure, if you’re the kind of smartphone user who gets excited about any new feature, then this may be the plan for you.  Below are some of the highlights reviewed in the NYTimes article.  Make sure to check out the link at the end of this post for exact details. Continue reading

Getting Politically Savvy with APPS

social vote_oct 15The APP phenomenon allows us to be connected socially using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, to name a few. More recently,  we can also be connected using politically social apps.

The 2016 presidential race will not only be televised, now you can participate in the social conversation via your smartphone.  In addition, you can cast your vote on issues like gun control, healthcare and the environment. There are apps that have a transcript of the US Constitution.  Did you know the Library of Congress has a Constitution app, which is free?  You can also use an app that takes top political stories and makes them available all in one place. Many of these apps are available free of charge.

Take a moment to check out the links below, then review the article for detailed information.

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  1. Library of Congress APPs:
  2. Brigade: iTunes app
  3. Polito-MixAndroid
  4. Polito-Mix: iTunes app

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Working with Back to School Apps

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Starting back to school, organizing our study habits and getting the work done collectively is often quite challenging.  The tools we use to help us get the work done can really make a difference.  That’s why I am eager to tell you about these great APPS I read about in the New York Times. When I looked them up and read the customer reviews what I found is “5 STARS. Check out the list below and then do yourself a favor and click the link for demonstrations and details about these APPS.

GFLASH –  Free for iOS and Android is a Flashcard study tool. There is also a pro version without ads, which cost $4.00. Create your own flashcards with the facts that are most important to you. Then add photos, video and audio files. They can also be shared via email. Continue reading

Ready, Set…Back to School … Equipment

Back to school_2015Once again we are fortunate enough to have tech experts to help us with deciding  what type of technical equipment is worth our consideration when purchasing laptops, smartphones and all the other gadgets that we use in today’s tech world.

Back-to-school days are just around the corner – –  and for some families it’s already here. Most of us can use information to aid our students in locating the best devices to buy and use to get their school work done.  Below are some ideas worth looking at.  As always click the link provided for the full article. Continue reading

Smartphone Security Apps

mobile securityMore and more these days smartphones have become our way to conduct personal business. Passwords are keyed into these devices to purchase items, conduct bank business, and order lunch.  Credit card information is stored. It’s a convenient way to get things done not just quickly, but also expeditiously.

We also rely on these devices to be a safe way for conducting all manner of other business.  So, the question is what have you done lately to make sure that your mobile device is protected from hackers? Continue reading

What’s Happening with Windows 10?

green windows10 postOn July 29th those of us who have Windows Operating Systems will probably run toward the new operating system Windows 10.  In the meanwhile, in case you are not sure what to expect, here are a few articles that should help you understand what to expect, and what you are entitled to.  As usual, just click the link at the end of the summary to get full details.

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