Google has created a place for you, your friends, and family to all keep in touch through group or individual chats. Turn any conversation into a video call and share pictures with all your friends and family. Google Hangouts is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store. Connect with your contacts through Hangouts using your computer, phones, and tablets.
Google Hangouts allows for video calls with up to 10 friends at once. Also, send messages to your contacts at anytime while they are offline. Google Hangouts alerts you when you have a new Hangout request, but does not send repeated alerts for the same Hangout. If you do not want to be interrupted with Hangout requests, snooze your notifications. Hangouts also lets you see when people are together in Hangouts, when they are typing, or if they have seen your message. One of the best features of Hangouts is the syncing across your devices. You can start and continue any of your Hangouts from any device.
Keep up with your friends and family with one of the best messaging apps out there.
Just a subtle reminder to any electronics consumers out there (myself included): Deals on the horizon! School is back in session, as soon as this last blast of summer heat passes, it will cool into fall. However, that means new electronics for the Christmas shopping season! As a fellow bargain shopper (when it comes to techy items) keep an eye out for clearance and closeouts on this year’s models of equipment. Laptops, digital cameras, game systems, PCs, tablets, even some smartphones. 2014 should be an interesting year with all the new changes on the forefront with the big software developers – Microsoft, Android, Apple, etc. Be on the lookout for hot new portable technology that you may want to integrate into your daily life!
Google Keep is the latest electronic note taker and event reminder app available for Android users. An app for Apple users isn't yet available. Google Keep is available for free in the Google Play Store.
Google Keep lets you keep track of your thoughts through notes, lists, and photos. Create multiple notes and lists to help keep track of things you don’t want to forget or important events. Turn your notes into a checklist by customizing it and adding check boxes. Google Keep also lets you add reminders to notes or lists that have time sensitive activities. To help organize your notes and lists, Google Keep lets you add color coding to make them easier to sort through. Another great feature to Google Keep is the ability to take voice notes that can automatically be transcribed for you.
To fully understand how beneficial Google Keep can be to your daily life, you have to try it for yourself. In the mean time, we will keep an eye out for when this app becomes available to Apple users.
Support Your Local Nerd! Lately a lot of fraudulent companies are posing as “remote tech support” or other reputable companies and taking advantage of unknowing consumers and getting logged onto their machines and finding “errors” which typically don’t mean much of anything. However, they use those as scare tactics to lure us into paying for their service which fixes nothing, and can even make problems worse, or lock you out of your PC entirely. While we are big supporters of the convenience of remote support and often recommend it depending upon the situation, sometimes issues cannot be resolved remotely. When you support your local nerd, you can get remote support, or in-shop or on-site support. The two biggest advantages of this would be that you get prompt, friendly, knowledgeable individuals who can answer questions without reading from a script; also if you have compounding issues or other problems, the local nerds will be available! We’ve covered “getting what you pay for” , and some of this tech tip goes along well with that principle. You may see more upfront cost, however you will be much happier for a much longer time when supporting your local nerd.
Today Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call would like to congratulate Mike Gillespie on his 5 year anniversary with the company. Mike was hired in 2008 as a part time PC Technician, his skills and passion were quickly recognized and soon Mike became a full time PC Technician and Software Analyst. Mike is A+ Certified and has a great interest in Programming. Mike works on the Facet and Nerds on Call Ticket System, which is essential to the daily flow of our business, as well as building new computers, computer diagnostics, and cleaning up infected computers. Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call are proud of the successful 5 years Mike has been with the company and look forward to an even more successful future with him.
On Sunday Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call celebrated our 5 year anniversary with Dave Jacobs. Dave was hired in 2008 as a Lead Technician in Peoria. He is A+ Certified and has a Business Degree from Illinois State University. Dave has a variety of responsibilities from building new computers, computer diagnostics, and cleaning up infected computers to working with Macs, wireless, and networks. When Dave isn't putting his tech skills to use he enjoys playing bass guitar and has a great passion for cars. Facet Technologies and Nerds on Call are proud to have such a valuable individual on our staff and would like to thank Dave for all his hard work.
With school back in full swing we thought we would bring you an app that will help you stay on top of your school work. myHomework is an app designed to do that. myHomework is available for free through the iTunes and the Google Play Store.
myHomework’s main and most important function is keeping track and reminding you of your class schedule and upcoming dates that are important. myHomework lets you manually add all of your classes to the app and include important information such as class times, start & end dates, and locations. Once you have all your classes and class information added you can start adding your assignments. The “Homework” option allows you to add a short description of an upcoming task for your classes and label it with the appropriate title (test, homework, study, lab, quiz, read, etc.). Additional features to make sure you don’t forget any of those tasks include setting a priority for assignments and also reminders before they are due. myHomework also provides you with a calendar where you can see a complete overview of all tasks you need to complete on certain dates.
myHomework has received great reviews from its users and delivers on its promise to help keep your school work organized. Good luck to all of the students headed back to school!
Super Stickman Golf 2 is the latest addition users are adding to their list of addicting games. Super Stickman Golf 2 is available for free through the Google Play Store and is $2.99 through iTunes.
Super Stickman Golf 2 gives users online multiplayer options, so you can play a random opponent or search for your friends. During the game you are taken to 180 challenging holes with the added bonus of reaching 53 achievements. Some challenges you may face along the way are moving obstacles, portals, and magnets. You can also unlock new characters and earn more valuable hats that each have their own unique ability.
Give Super Stickman Golf 2 a try and see if you can conquer the most challenging feature, not becoming addicted!
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2&hl=en
Coupon-clippers beware! Coupon software for Windows will not save you any money unfortunately. The programs that offer this service are most-often full of spyware and allow other viruses into your machine. Once infected, costly repairs can stack up quickly! Rest assured, you can trust coupons or on-line sales from “trusted” websites such as the actual retailer themselves. For example, “coupon printer for windows” is a known offender of letting spyware and viruses into machines. But, if you go to your favorite store’s website, and they are offering 20% off with valid coupon, you can print it directly from their site without worry.
As the number of our online accounts grow, so do our numerous passwords we have to remember. Many secure apps are available for download that will help you store them so you can retrieve them at will, or even store them so they are remembered when you click onto your favorite website (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Even with these apps, recommended practice would be to keep a copy somewhere that won’t be lost if your computer or device crashes as well. If the computer or device has to be wiped out or reloaded, you take a great risk in losing those stored passwords. Remember to remember your passwords everyone!