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Black Friday 2017 Tech Deals! YAY :)

Yes! Yay! It’s that time of year again when the tech deals are piling  up to get you into the stores just before the full-fledged holiday shopping! Already the listings are coming in.
According to Tom’s Guide the term Black Friday dates back to the 1800s .
For years, it was common for retailers to open their doors as early as 5 or 6 a.m. to kick off a lengthy day of extreme sales. Between 2005 and 2010, the opening time shifted earlier each year, until stores such as Target and Best Buy were opening their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving night. Source: What Is Black Friday? – History, Statistics and Deals – Tom’s Guide
There were so many great deal offers that it was hard for me to pick out the best, so here is what I came up with.

Business Insider says there are deals you can purchase right now before Black Friday from Best Buy.  Computers, Tablets, Headphones.  Click this link for details: http://www.businessinsider.com

FYI:  Best Buy will open its doors at 5:00 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving.
For Smartphones, Tablets, Amazon Echo, Google Home Mini, you can view the best deals at the Fortune website.
Click this link  http://fortune.com

PC World has a slide show of 11 great deals. If you’re interested in an Acer Chromebook 14, SurfacePro 4, Amazon Echo Dot click this link: https://www.pcworld.com
PCWorld also advises that people check back at their website the week beginning November 19 for the best bargins after Black Friday.

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Malware Safety Requirements!

How to avoid Malware is one of the most common hazards to your computer when you’re online, but it’s easy to avoid. Developing safe and smart browsing habits can protect you from malware and other threats, like viruses. Securing your computer and learning how to identify and avoid suspicious links are the fundamentals of safe browsing habits. Source: Internet Safety: How to Avoid Malware – Full Page

If you think you cannot be fooled by online ‘ransom perpetrators‘, I assure you that it can happen before you know it.

  • Below is a screen shot of what happened to me on my home computer, and I must admit I was not paying attention at the time.
  • Before I knew it, I had clicked a link and I became a PC user being held hostage. A password was put on my computer, and I could not access it.
  • There ensued a very stressful and costly sequence of experiences.

I knew that I would be asked for money to get my PC returned to me, but I was also concerned whether I would continue to be plagued by this issue once I gave them the money.  When I called, the people sounded very professional, and sure enough they had total control of my PC, and in addition my home Network! Continue reading “Malware Safety Requirements!”

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Loving the iPhone

I must admit; I’m an iPhone ‘fan’ hands down.  The reason I’ve stayed with them for so long is that Steve Jobs figured it out for me:  I did not want a complicated phone – however,  I wanted it to be a sophisticated device.  I wanted help when I needed it, and I wanted it to fit into my purse without it being a major undertaking.  ‘Easy does it’ has been my reason for staying with iPhone throughout my mobile phone experience.  And, I’m still satisfied. The iPhone just keeps giving me what I want – and what I need.

In a recent article, New York Times, Brian Chen reminds us it’s been 10 Years! Yes!  He also tells us what has kept the iPhone customer returning for more of  what Apple has to offer. However, in its 10th year, there is a bit of competition to contend with.  So how will Apple pull off staying on top of the market? Bigger screen, facial recognition to unlock the device, and magnetic induction. Here is a summary of what Chen says keeps customers coming back to Apple.
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School Days & Best Tech Deals

Yes, it seems that this time of year comes faster than we are prepared to believe.  However, it’s still not too late to catch some very nice buys.

I searched the www for technology that could be useful as you, those of you who have college kids, and other youngsters who might need resources.  Below are links which describe where you can find free, low prices, and other useful technology tools – apps,  best laptop deals and much more.

Use this link to find apps that will help you with organizing, research and more.

Back to school APPS

  • As you and your kids prepare to head back to the classroom this fall, you’ll want to make sure you are ready for the busy days ahead. Between writing papers, studying for tests, and conducting research, you’ll be looking for tools to make student life easier. Source: The Best Laptops and Tablets for Back to School

 

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Back to School Tech Buys

It’s that time of year again when we are trying to figure out how to find the best deal for our return to school technology needs.  It would seem that July is a little early right? But,  I searched the www to find out. Below are some guidelines.

 Nothing causes buyer’s remorse quite like seeing the laptop you bought last month for $1,000 go on sale for $750. It’s equally unpleasant to buy a pricey new Dell XPS 13 in August and then watch as Dell unveils a much faster and more technically advanced model in September. The price on most laptops drops eventually, and newer models are always coming around the corner. So when is the best time to buy a laptop? The answer depends a great deal on your circumstances. Source: The Best Time to Buy a Laptop 

Black Friday 2017 at Best Buy Bargains are Back with Black Friday in July!You don’t have to wait until after Thanksgiving to take advantage of big discount savings on electronics thanks to our Black Friday in July Sale, going on July 21, 2017. There’s no better time to save on some of the latest and greatest technology, from the biggest names in the business. Source: Black Friday in July 2017 Sale – Best Buy

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Are Apps Free, or Data Collectors?

When I was a child, my mom used to repeat over and over and over again that ‘nothing is free in this world’.  Boy was she right!  I started out ‘trying’ to understand how to review and explain steps we can use to ‘protect’ our data from the ‘free’ apps we are all using. In an article which appeared in the New York times about Uber and Unroll me, it appears that data was being collected unbeknownst to its users.

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About Ransomeware & Tools

It seems to me that every time a Ransomware attack occurs, it usually appears that we are once again incredulous that it happened, and we believe the AV (Anti-virus) companies should have figured this out by now. Right?  In reality, these cyberattacks appear to be something we will have to learn to live with.

I often go to PCWorld for advice when I want guidelines for dealing with a computer related problem.  Over the years I have found PCWorld to be succinct in their description of problems, and how to solve them. In addition PCWorld provides suggestions for computer software, PC equipment etc.

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