technology: 10 Best Ad Blockers and Privacy Extensions - 05/10/16 01:45 AM

Online advertising can be a divisive thing. On the one hand, ads support the free content model of the internet, with advertising subsidizing many of our favorite websites. On the other hand, badly designed or intrusive adds can be disruptive to say the least, and cookies and similar advertising trackers raise privacy concerns. This is where ad blockers and anti-tracking software come in, allowing users to block irritating ads, save bandwidth and opt out of intrusive marketing systems. Check out our favorite ad blocking extensions and apps to take control of your browsing experience.
NOTE: While ad and script blockers remove annoying and … (2 comments)

technology: How to Manage Startup Programs in Windows 10 - 04/26/16 12:21 AM

When you start your computer, Windows isn't the only program that loads. For instance, you may have noticed icons in the notification area (also known as the system tray) in the far-right portion of the taskbar. These icons often represent programs that start when the system starts. You also may have seen certain programs, such as software for syncing your phone or MP3 player, launching themselves along with Windows. Additionally, some applications begin running silently in the background every time you boot the PC.
All of these automatically opening programs consume system memory, and can drag down performance. Fortunately, managing startup programs … (2 comments)

technology: Restart Your Computer Right Now - 04/11/16 01:37 AM

Have you restarted your computer lately?Closing the lid on your laptop without hitting the off button could be causing you a host of issues.
Although it's faster and easier to simply send your PC to sleep, not turning it off can lead to infuriatingly slow performance and problems with your Wi-Fi. This is because over time, your operating system, apps and programs begin to accumulate some leftover digital mess. These include temporary files, disk caches, page files, open file descriptors, zombie processes, and more.
In addition, applications you thought you'd quit weeks ago can end up hogging valuable space in your memory. This can then cause rival … (5 comments)

technology: How to Perform a Back Up with an External Hard Drive - 03/26/16 02:44 AM

You never think losing your files will happen to you until it actually does, and you're caught without a backup. Backups are extremely easy to keep, so there's no reason not to have one. Here's how to set one up.
Whether you accidentally delete a file or lose a bunch of your data to a hard drive crash, regularly backing up your machine is always a good idea. Both Windows and Mac OS X have great built-in backup utilities, so it only takes a few steps to get started. Here's what you need to do.
On Windows Get a backup drive. This can be just … (0 comments)

technology: Keep Your Smartphone Running Like New - 03/21/16 05:13 AM
When you buy a new smartphone, it often runs quickly for a few months, and then seems to slow down. But it turns out that it’s pretty easy for you to keep your smartphone — either an iPhone or an Android phone — running like new. Read on for 7 easy ways to speed up your phone and keep everything run smoothly.
1. Keep your software updated
This is unarguably the most important step and should always be considered first. The latest version of your phone’s operating system, whether iOS or Android, often contains updates and bug fixes to make your phone run … (5 comments)

technology: One Cable to Rule Them All - 03/07/16 04:08 AM
We've all been there—you're away from home, your phone's battery is quickly nearing zero, and you forgot to bring your charger. "Hey, does anybody have an Android charger?" you ask. "Sorry, we all have iPhones."
But it might not be this way for much longer. An Australian startup is trying to put a stop to smartphone charging inequality with its new LMcable. The charging cable combines Micro-USB and Lightning cables into a single cord that can be used on both Android and iOS devices. As usual, a standard USB connector is on the other end.
You don't need to attach adapters to the cable or anything—LMcable has … (0 comments)

technology: Forgotten iPhone Landscape Features - 02/22/16 04:02 AM

Remember landscape mode?
Back when it launched, Apple made a big deal out of the fact you could turn your iPhone sideways and get a different view of an app. These days, many of us keep rotation lock on and don’t switch to landscape mode unless we’re watching videos. If that sounds like you, you’re missing out on some useful features.
In most cases, when you flip your phone into landscape mode, you get the same view you see in portrait mode, just sideways. But every once in a while, something great happens and you’ll get a whole new interface, packed with useful … (0 comments)

technology: Top 10 Android Launchers - 02/07/16 11:15 PM

Which Android launchers are worth your time?
'Launcher' is the name given to the part of the Android user interface that lets users customize the home screen (e.g. the phone’s desktop), launch mobile apps, make phone calls, and perform other tasks on Android devices.
Developed by some external developer, the launcher can change the look of smartphone without changing or harming the system files. The launchers also allow users to customize their smartphone entirely by changing dock style, icons, icon size, animations, desktop grid, transitions and much more. With these numerous customization options, the users can give a unique and different look to … (0 comments)

technology: Airmail for iOS - 02/01/16 05:23 AM

The most popular email apps usher in some sort of innovation: Sparrow had incredible simplicity, Mailbox had snoozes, and Inbox has its intelligent cards and bundles. Their popularity came from changing the way we work with email — so it's easy to overlook yesterday's launch of Airmail for iOS, which has no one standout feature, as just another app. But even though Airmail doesn't have any one standout innovation, it does something that few other mobile apps dare to do: let you do anything you want.
Airmail for iOS has an overwhelming number of options. It'll let you do anything you can imagine wanting to do with email … (1 comments)

technology: Apple's Next Big Thing is Small - 01/25/16 06:42 AM
Is it just me, or are is the size of today's smartphones getting obnoxiously large?  It could simply have to do with my small hands, but phones like the iPhone 6 Plus are just too big to use conveniently.  
If you think that over-sized phones are just too much to handle, then Apple's next big reveal in March may give you solace.  The company is planning to introduce the iPhone 5SE (SE standing for Special Edition), which will be a whopping 4 inches tall.  The new phone will be an improvement of the iPhone 5S, which will be decommissioned after the release of … (2 comments)

technology: Sign PDFs on Your iPhone - 01/18/16 05:48 AM

There are times when you need to sign documents that are sent to you via email.  Traditionally, you would print out the document, sign it with a pen, scan the signed document and email it.  Talk about inefficient; that really isn't any more convenient than faxing!
However, if you're using the Mail app on your iPhone, you can sign the document directly within the app and send it off!  Yup, it's that simple.  Here's how to do it:
First, open the email containing the document to be signed and tap on the PDF to open it.  In the bottom right corner of the screen, you'll see a … (17 comments)

technology: Password Managers Simplify the Login Process - 01/11/16 01:26 AM
It's no secret that using the same usernames and passwords for all of your email, social media, business, and personal online accounts is a big mistake.  All it takes is one data breach, and suddenly your entire online presence is jeopardized.  This is prevented by creating unique login information for each of your accounts, but it simultaneously burdens you with the responsibility of remembering up to a dozen login combinations.
Keeping a list of usernames and passwords on a sheet of paper or in a document on your computer is the most cost-efficient option, although it's not the most secure one.  Fortunately, the login process … (1 comments)

technology: Top Scanning Apps for iOS and Android - 01/03/16 11:08 PM
Every office building is equipped with at least one scanner for you to use at work.  But what if you don't have time to wait in line?  What if you aren't even at the office?  For the longest time, we've solely relied on office scanners to scan our documents.  Thankfully, today's smartphone cameras are so high quality that a simple snapshot of a document can give you results reminiscent of using a scanner.  All you really need is a "scanner" application that will suit your personal or business needs.  Here are the top picks for iOS and Android devices.
iOS: Scannable
Scannable is a foolproof app that … (4 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - Apple Beats Android at Parental Controls - 12/28/15 05:17 AM
Children who were on the nice list this year may have unwrapped smartphones as holiday gifts. But parents may be wary of the naughty things that children can do with the devices — and with good reason.  Kids are becoming more and more tech savvy, which, in some cases, can get them into trouble.  The increasing popularity of vault apps is a prime example.  Vault apps are apps that masquerade as inconspicuous utility apps but are actually used for secret messaging or data storage.  Another culprit is "freemium" apps; these are usually games which are free to download but but come with their own mini stores to … (2 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - 3 Simple Steps to Faster Wi-Fi - 12/20/15 09:46 AM

Did you know that over 20% of poor Wi-Fi performance is caused by other electronics in your home?  It all depends on the distance between your router and these potential Wi-Fi killers.  Follow these three simple steps to ensure that your internet speed is as fast as it can possibly be.
Restart your router.  When having problems with connectivity, a simple reboot can make all the difference. Restarting your router allows it to search for a new channel that isn't being used by other devices. Move your router away from electronic devices.  Halogen lamps, dimmer switches, speakers, baby monitors, you name it!  Even all those Christmas lights you've … (3 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - Spark - 12/15/15 01:37 AM

Change the way you use mobile email forever with the incredible new app Spark by Readdle.  Spark's smart features are convenient and easy to use, giving you a stress-free, personal email experience.  Here are just a few of several perks that Spark has to offer.
 
Spark lets you choose how you view your inbox.  In addition to the traditional main inbox, which organizes your emails in chronological order, Spark's new smart inbox feature automatically groups emails into categories.  Using the smart inbox view will keep your newsletters, app notifications, and personal emails sorted out, making it easier to find what you're looking for. … (5 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - The Best Email App for iPhone - 12/07/15 10:47 AM

If we all have one thing in common, it’s that we hate dealing with email. Whether it’s personal or professional, it’s something we just can’t escape. The best way to deal with email is still at the desktop, but mobile apps are catching up fast. So which ones can help you get the closest to inbox zero nirvana?
More than anything, a good email app should be fast. Refreshing your inbox, loading messages — none of these things should take more than a second or two. It should also give you plenty of different ways to deal with the daily … (1 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - Automate Your Life with NFC Tags - 11/23/15 08:42 AM

There are certain things you do on your phone every day--check the weather with your morning cup of coffee, open up navigation when you get in your car, and set your alarm when you go to bed.  What if there was a way to automate these processes without having to go through your phone each time?
Actually, there is a way, thanks to near field communication (NFC) tags.  Near field communication is exactly what it sounds like: you have to be in close range in order for it to work.  It's essentially like wi-fi, with a much smaller range.  NFC tags are tiny stickers, … (2 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - What Does Google Know about You? - 11/15/15 10:12 AM
Google knows an awful lot about you.  Do you know how and with whom your information is being shared through Google?  With so many connected sites and services, it can be hard to keep track of exactly where Google is using your information.  Luckily, the company has introduced a new feature allowing you to see and control what information is being shared.
This feature, called the "About Me" page, shows who can see things such as your contact information, work history, education, and data points you've shared.  From this page, you can edit and remove data and control who can see it. The … (9 comments)

technology: Tech Tuesday - Malicious Android Malware - 11/09/15 07:22 AM
Android has recently observed and reported over 20,000 strains of malware infecting its customers' products.  This particular malware mimics popular apps, such as Candy Crush or Snapchat.  Some of these "apps" look and function very similarly to the apps they mimic; however, once they're downloaded onto a device, they are able to install themselves as system applications, meaning they gain access to other files on the device.
The potential privacy and security risk is obvious.  What's even worse is that the malware is extremely difficult to remove because of its ability to gain root access to files.
How are you to know if … (11 comments)

 
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