About autocreate740

I am a senior citizen retired after working for 50 years in various professions. I find social media intriguing, blogging uplifting, and technology in general a welcomed challenge. My newest interests are Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. I have recently acquired an Aromatherapist Certification from the New York Institute of Aromatics. I write about all of these interests as topics on my various blogs. I am hopeful that the posts I create bring information that is useful and moves my readers to explore more.

Phone Charger Recommendations

Recently, I have been challenged with the phone chargers I use.  They are either not working, or they need charging before I can charge my phone! Yikes! So I looked for some suggestions about which chargers are the best.  I found this article on Lifewire.com, a website I use for tech product information.  I thought I would share it with you as well.  Click on the link below.  Enjoy your summer!

https://www.lifewire.com/best-wireless-phone-chargers-4138571

 

Road Trip – APPS Fun for the Kids

It’s that time of year again when many families pile into the car with the kids for their yearly road trip.  It may be that some of the kids, coming from a ‘computer savvy’ generation, are not interested in remembering the license plate numbers/states while they are traveling.  So what are the parents/grandparents to do?  We are in luck.  There are a few APPs that may be of interest to the entire family.  Check out the Insect App available for free on iTunes.  Learn about how the game works at the link below.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/23/for-summer-road-trips-a-new-app-turns-insect-splat/

Then load the APP onto your iPhone at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/that-gunk-on-your-car/id1352752191

Here are some more ideas for APPS that may entertain your kids while they are in the car at the link below.

https://www.geekswithjuniors.com/best-apps-for-traveling-with-kids

 

 

Safe travels!

Budgetwise Smart Phone – Pixel 3A

Those of you who are looking for a new phone will want to read Brian X. Chen’s article about Google’s Pixel 3A, which apparently is the latest and greatest ‘reasonably priced’ smartphone.  Yes!  According to Brian X. Chen, Tech Fix, New York Times article, this is a phone worth looking at. Cost $400.00 – half the price of Google’s other phones. It is being introduced for those of us not wanting to pay $1,000 – $2,000 for a phone.  Here are some of the features Chen is impressed with.

♦ Camera features from the Pixel phone are also available in the Pixel 3A.  For example, Night Sight – where photos taken in low light look normal without the use of a flash.

♦ Pixel 3A shoots images with portrait mode – This puts the main subject in sharp focus while blurring the background.

♦ Includes a headphone jack.

There are trade-offs:  missing support for wireless charging, lack of waterproofing.  Slightly slower, less accurate colors.

Brian Chen’s article is much more thorough.  You can read the full review by clicking the link below.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/technology/personaltech/pixel-3a.html

 

 

New Android Apps

I’m eager for Android users to read about these helpful apps, reviewed by the  Guiding Tech website.

  YouCamVideo –   If you want to explore making videos click the link below, and then use the YouTube link for a tutorial.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.perfectcorp.ycv&hl=en_US

View the tutorial about YouCamVideo at this link – https://youtu.be/14kNIqcj4hI

  Aroundsound Audio Recorder– Would you like to keep notes for your brilliant ideas without having to write them down? This is the app for you.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aroundsound.audiorecorder

  Easy Pedometer – Use this app to keep track of all that exercise you have been doing.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=step.tracker.pedometer.stepcounter&hl=en_US

There’s so much to explore.  Read more about other apps at the source link below.

https://www.guidingtech.com/best-new-android-apps-march-2019/

SmartPhone Help

iPhone users will love this trick that I found on Tom’s Guide.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-get-better-4g-signal,review-5680.html

 

 

When you are done with that, help yourself with these FREE Mindfulness Apps at the link below.

https://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-apps-worthy-of-your-attention/

Transitioning Tech4Boomers

Greetings to all of my Tech4Boomers followers.  For the past nine years, I have worked toward bringing you technology information that provides you with a better understanding of the equipment, information, and your continuing participation let’s me know that we have had at least some success with technology challenges we face and require skills to use.

This month  tech4boomers will transition the type of information that is posted on the blog.  More and more, the onslaught of information overload forces us to consider using technology to help us with our personal challenges.  In the future, I’ll look for ways to use technology that can give us the opportunity to explore ways, such as, to relieve stress, play games, get fit, and be mindful of the time we are spending on our gadgets.  Often, the recommendations will lead you to a link of apps that may help with various issues. I am continuing to work so that it will be useful for you.

 

Click the Link Below for the Best Anxiety Apps of 2018

https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/top-iphone-android-apps

 

Cryptocurrency and Cryptomining Info

Happy New Year to all my followers and those who just stopped by to find out what’s happening with tech4boomers. I begin the year reminding myself and you about making sure to have virus software.  As I was preparing to do this blog post, I came across some information that I thought might be useful going forward.
As many of you may be aware, “Cryptocurrency” is digital money. Another name you may be familiar with is Bitcoin.  Even if you’re not an investor in this digital payment system, there is something you should be aware of, and that is “Cryptojacking”, sometimes called “malicious cryptomining”.

Cryptojackers are hackers who use your computer, smartphones etc., without your knowledge.  It’s another form of malware, which can be loaded on your computer when you click on a malicious link in an email.  This form of hacking has become one of the latest online threats to computer users. This malware steals your computer’s resources, and can slow down your device substantially.

  • Norton Security considers it the new ransomware and recommends a strong internet security software suite to help block Cryptojacking threats.
  • Mcafee advises using comprehensive security software, using a password manger to create complicated, unique passwords. Avoid risky apps, and always keep all your software up-to-date.

You can find out more using these source websites:

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Tech Gift List for Christmas & Kwanzaa

We can all use a little help with last-minute shopping.  It turns out that there are still many deals out there, and if you order from Amazon, they may guarantee delivery before Christmas.  And, if you celebrate Kwanzaa, you just might be early !

Here are some of my favorites – just click the link.

Sources:
https://www.businessinsider.com

https://mashable.com

 

Getting Ready for Holiday Tech Gifts

It is that time of year again when we are able to acquire computer tech deals before the holiday is upon us.  And, we can get our shopping done on-line.  I looked around for some ideas at a few websites I count on go give me suggestions.  Take a look at the some of the deals and see whether you find something that will work for your shopping list.

  1. The Roku Streaming Stick. ( $49.00). The tiny Roku Streaming Stick brings us still further into the future of streaming entertainment onto our big-screens. It is a small device, not much larger than the typical thumb drive, that plugs directly into a port on your TV and allows you to stream television shows, movies, music, games and other content from the Internet, in some cases without extra cables or remote controls. Source: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/other-gadgets/roku-streaming-stick.htm
  2. Kindle Paperwhite. If you’re tired of lugging around those heavy hardcover books, you should consider buying a Kindle. After testing all the Kindle models for 2017—including the new Kindle Oasis—our recommendation for most people is the Kindle Paperwhite. (available at Amazon) Not only does a Kindle give you thousands of books at your disposal, the convenience factor is just plain hard to beat. Source: https://www.reviewed.com/laptops/best-right-now/the-best-kindles
  3. Google Home Mini Smart Speaker  ($49.00) – Looks like a real winner to me and less expensive than some gadgets. Source: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/339156/24-must-have-tech-gifts-under-50/6
  4. Amazon Smart Plug  ($24.00) We will not have to turn on our coffee makers and lights.  This little gadget will do it for us.  And, it may fit into your budget. Source:  https://www.pcmag.com/feature/339156/24-must-have-tech-gifts-under-50/10
  5. iHome Motion Sensor iSBO1 – ($29.27) A WiFi Motion sensor. This gadget will let you know about movement in your home.  Nicely priced too. Source: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/339156/24-must-have-tech-gifts-under-50/12
  6. Tile Pro and Tile Mate ($25.00)  – A real winner for help finding your keys and other items you have misplaced.
    Source: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/339156/24-must-have-tech-gifts-under-50/12

Once you get started, with these deals, you will be so happy you did.

Click below for more deals 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Cords Smartphone Charging?

I have friends who recently purchased wireless charging gadgets and they are very pleased with them.  I’m still holding onto my cords and plugs, and I am wondering if I am causing myself unnecessary work in the process.  I often go to read what Brian X. Chen in the New York Times Tech Fix column has to say about technology.  Below is a summary of what I learned about these gadgets.
♦ Newest smartphones are composed of glass. This fact allows the phone to charge wirelessly.  However, according to the article I read, wireless charging isn’t truly wireless!  That’s because the accessories that allow you wireless charging (mats; stands;), that is to say, you put your phones on to charge, have to be plugged in to a power outlet.

♦ Wireless charging is not as efficient. Therefore, it is slower in refilling the battery. As much as 15 percent slower. Even with that fact, there are smartphone users who say that wireless is more convenient.

♦ After reading the pros and cons, I think for me personally, it’s not worth the costs involved.  I have so many plugs already.  What would I do with them??

♦ One gadget did seem to be worth investigating:  Mophie’s rectangular battery packs with built-in inductive charging. This gadget does not have to be plugged into a power source (cost listed at $99.00).

♦ Another suggestion I liked was having a wireless charging pad for your guests when they come to visit your home, which is aesthetic and hospitable.  No need for them to be under your table looking for an outlet ;).

  • Take a look at the pros and cons for yourself by reading the source document by Mr. Chen.  Just click the picture below.