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September 15, 2014

My Word Setup

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

I write a lot of stuff, so Word is the first program I have open. Getting things looking just right in the Word window has become an obsession, but I think I found my nirvana.

September 14, 2014

Android Apes Apple Watch

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:18 am

Less than a week after Apple announces the Apple Watch, an Android developer has created an Android watch interface that’s pretty much the same as the one found on the Apple Watch. Jeez, that was quick! It took Microsoft a years to copy the Macintosh interface.


September 13, 2014

No More Next Big Things

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:59 am

The High Tech industry has always prided itself in coming up with new, exciting stuff time and time again. From the killer program to the killer app, both software and hardware innovations have inspired and motivated generations of geeks and gurus.

Until now.

If the annual TechCrunch blog competition is any gauge, then Silicon Valley is truly out of new ideas.

September 12, 2014

Apple Watch II

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:47 am

Golly! Just the other day I joked about waiting for the second release of the Apple Watch and — already — people are talking about it.

I tell you what: If you really want a workout, get on the Apple Treadmill. You’ll never stop running to catch up!


What the Facebook App Can Do

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facebook So many people use Facebook that I feel compelled to write about it. So I do! All my mobile technology books discuss using the Facebook app. Upon further scrutiny, it appears that installing that app may not be in your best interest.

September 11, 2014

Coming Friday: CME

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:32 am

Thank you, Mr. Sun!

A large solar flare is headed our way, making a potential impact on Friday (tomorrow). This CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection, could disrupt electronic communications around the globe.

While you can’t prevent such a natural occurrence, you can be on the alert. My advice: Backup!

Washington Post

September 10, 2014

Apple Knows What the Fanboys Want

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apple-logo1 Yesterday, September 9, Apple unvieled two products to no one’s surprise: A large-format iPhone 6 and the  Watch.

September 9, 2014

Big Day for Apple

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:38 am

Apple hasn’t introduced new hardware in over four years. That may not be a trend, but since the passing of Steve Jobs, the tech world — not to mention legions of Apple fans — have eagerly awaited the Next Big Thing. Supposedly that thing will be unveiled today at Apple’s special event.

The two items rumored to be introduced are the iWatch, or wearable mobile technology, and a large-format iPhone, something perhaps similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note or other phablet devices. (Although I don’t believe it will be that large.)

Yahoo News

September 8, 2014

Google Refunds Kids’ App Purchases

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:14 am

You’ve probably read about — or been concerned as a parent — how kids can use a smartphone or tablet and go on a buying spree. Especially when you have online credit or preset credit cards, little peanut can buy hundreds of dollars of apps. It’s an unpleasant surprise.

According to the article (link below), Google recently agreed to a $19 million settlement for parents whose wee li’l snowflakes have purchased way, way too many apps.

I’m kinda torn on the decision. While having more safeguards against accidental app purchases is nice, I believe this is more of a parenting issue than a reason to blame Google. Parental controls are available on many tablets, and I cover using them in my books. One app that definitely needs controlling is the Play Store.


The Hunt for Headsets

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After your first computer purchase, the next purchase involves less stuff. That’s because you can keep your monitor, keep the keyboard, keep the mouse, keep lots of stuff. The lifespan on those items is far greater than the computer console itself. The exception? Headsets.

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