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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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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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What’s in your e-mailbox that you don’t need?

canstockphoto26782238 (1)What are you doing to keep your e-mailbox organized, up-to-date, and under control so that there are not too many unanswered, unread, or e-clutter mail items? Sometimes, I move mail to a trash bin when I cannot get it under control.  But with Mailstrom, the task of organization becomes much easier.  I suggest you try it right away!

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Are you aware that you can get your e-mailbox clutter under control fairly easily using Mailstrom, which  works with Gmail AOL, Outlook, and any other email service that supports IMAP.  And you can try it for free just to get the hang of it.

  •  Mailstrom is a web-based email client that allows you to take bulk actions on your inboxes. Connect Mailstrom to your email (Gmail, Outlook, AOL, iCloud, etc) and then Delete, Archive and Move messages by the hundreds or thousands. Keep your inbox clean with features like Unsubscribe, Block Sender/Subject, automatic rules, and daily or weekly email reports.
  •  How does the free trial work? All users get a free trial of Mailstrom. When you sign up, Mailstrom takes a snapshot of the messages in your inbox (if you have more than 5,000 messages, it will load the latest 5,000).
  • You can use Mailstrom to delete, archive or move 25% of your messages. To act on more messages, you will need to subscribe to one of the plans. Your Mailstrom free trial does not require a credit card and entails no obligation on your part. Look at it as a chance to take some free whacks at your inbox with our awesome power tools. Source: Mailstrom: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Click the image below to access Mailstrom.

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Check for more details at: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2044597/review-mailstrom-puts-you-in-control-of-your-email.html

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Black History Resources

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Nowadays there are many resources available to us via the Internet and APPS, which give Black History information.  Below are some that I like.

♦ ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. Source: Black History Month – Black History – HISTORY.com

For those of you who like to explore information using APPS these links will lead you to some interesting sources.

  • Get fresh and razor-sharp insights on black news and perspectives from The Root. Download The Root Android app to get: *Highlights of the hottest news stories from around the web *Our hand-picked selection of commentary by the top African-American writers *Original features tackling race, politics, society, culture and the day’s most-talked about topics.Source: The Root – Android Apps on Google Play
  • Description The Then and Now Series offers an informative look into the lives of 100 people in history. The initial product covers 100 people in Black History.Source: Then and Now Series: Black History on the App Store

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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 “The Accidental Family Help Tech…”

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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 “SmartPhone Leasing…What’s the deal?”