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Entries Tagged as 'Software'

Use Your Tablet as a Second Monitor

January 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Hardware, News, Software

I can’t live without dual monitors–it enhances productivity and generally makes computing life much easier.  When I travel though, I really miss my second monitor.  This article explains which apps you can download to use your tablet as a second monitor (yes, there is a charge for these apps).  Thanks to Matt Petronzio of Mashable.com [...]

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Stream the Super Bowl on Your Laptop or iPad for Free

January 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Events, Software, Websites

Sunday, February 2, is Super Bowl Sunday.  If you don’t have access to the game on a big screen, you may want to read this article on how to stream it on your laptop or iPad.  You will have to go to FoxSportsGo.com on your laptop or download the FoxSportsGo app on your iPad.  Thanks [...]

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Lower Your Phone Bill With Instant Messaging

January 19th, 2014 · Comments Off · News, Software

According to this story on NPR, traditional texting is down in the U.K. and with it cell phone bills.  Users are beginning to gravitate toward apps that use the Internet for instant messaging (Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp).  These apps have more features than traditional texting that you may find useful.  Thanks to Karen Z for forwarding [...]

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Start Button Returns in Windows 8.1

January 13th, 2014 · Comments Off · Hardware, Software

This week’s Personal Tech column in The New York Times by J.D. Biersdorfer talks about the return of the much missed Start button in Windows 8.1 and also about using AirDrop between Macs and Apple mobile devices (you can’t yet).  The Windows section also has links to an overview of the Windows 8.1 update.  Check [...]

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Free App For Limited Time: 7 Minute Workout

January 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Software

So many of us have resolved to become more fit in this new year. I’ve heard so much about the 7 Minute Workout and saw a Tweet for an article on Mashable by Aldrin Calimlim entitled: Avoid the Crowded Gym With the ‘7 Minute Workout’ App. The app usually costs $1.99 but [...]

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Flight Aware

January 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Software, Websites

I saw this app mentioned on The Today Show this morning and thought it would be helpful for those who travel a great deal or pick up people from airports a great deal.  Flight Aware makes it easy to see if a flight is on time or delayed and my favorite feature is seeing the [...]

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Protect Your Mobile Devices

January 8th, 2014 · Comments Off · Hardware, News, Software

It’s important to take care of yourself during extreme cold weather (see yesterday’s post) but do you know that your cell phone or mobile device needs special care too?  This December 21, 2013, article from Dustin Jones of Harvest Cellular tells how to protect your phone and at what temperatures it can fail.  Stay warm!
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Are You the Proud New Owner of a Smartphone or Tablet?

January 4th, 2014 · Comments Off · News, Software, Websites

Are you the proud new owner of a new smartphone or tablet?  Are you wondering how to find great apps?  I find new apps by reading magazines and newspapers, chatting with friends, and watching television.  You may find this recent article from The New York Times a good starting point.  Congratulations on your new device!
~mary [...]

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Use iPhone or iPad as a Scanner

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · News, Software, Websites

I just discovered Scanner Pro by Readdle in the iTunes App Store.  It easily turns your iPhone or iPad into a portable document scanner.  It was named App of the Week so I was able to download it for free instead of paying $7.00 (move quickly; I don’t know how long the free offer will [...]

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Are You Backing Up?

January 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Hardware, Software

Many of us are using smartphones, tablets, computers, etc., to store important and vital information.  Do you know what you would do if that device breaks or otherwise stops working?  Without a backup, your information might be gone forever.  Hard work, priceless photos and the like can be gone in the blink of an eye. [...]

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