It seems to happen more and more often. We see an e-mail from a somewhat familiar address, with an attachment. We think “Hey! It’s an e-mail from my friend/family/coworker and they must have something to show me”. However, this is not always the case, and more often we see HORRIBLE virus infections and corrupted machines due to opening attachments when we aren't certain of the content. Malicious intruders also disguise themselves as law enforcement or another governing entity in order to deceive us thinking the attachment is trustworthy or something we need to address. Be vigilant in going through your e-mails and if you aren't 100% certain of the contents or that the source is trustworthy, you’re better off not opening the attachment. Along with the ever-increasing usage of mobile devices, it will soon be common to see corruption with these as well. In this case, practice makes perfect applies! Practice keeping an eye on e-mails and attachments as they come through, to become more familiar with educating yourself and friends/family about what to be on the lookout for!
Zillow is the greatest real estate tool available on your mobile devices. You can download Zillow for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Zillow allows you to find homes for rent or sale in your area or any other location across the United States. Zillow has some features that really set it apart from any other mobile real estate app. Zillow shows you a map of all the homes in the area you are searching with a price pinpoint. Slide through pictures of homes that interest you and see the location on a map. Save any of the searches that catch your eye. Search specifically for foreclosures and even pre-foreclosures. Check home values, mortgage calculator, affordability calculator, and refinance calculator. Zillow will also send you notifications when a new listing hits the market, drop in price, show an open house date, or when a house is sold.
Zillow is the ultimate real estate app whether you are looking to buy or rent, the information made available will help make your search easier.
With the release of a new wave of next generation processors from Intel, we thought we’d take the opportunity to briefly touch on how much improvement has happened over the course of a few short years. Typically, recommended life cycles for PCs are 3 years (at least in our recommendations). A couple reasons would be that the warranty is typically up by this time, as well as the technology relationship between hardware, software (operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X, etc) and peripherals (printers, scanners, etc) have greatly changed as well. For example, this year’s Intel I3 processors are performing just as well as late 2008 / early 2009’s Intel i7 processor. To explain, this means that your mid-level “one size fits all” processor performs as well as or out performs the “high-end” or “gamer” processor of a couple years past. However, the new processors also consume much less power, and are “greener” (if you will). Another reason would be that with the improvements between generations in hardware, the user experience is enhanced. Whether it’s faster speed, less heat producing, a smaller case/chassis, or possibly a touch screen, added benefits are never hard to find. Just a helpful hint when you’re shopping for that new item in your technological arsenal!
Just in case you are running out of ways to waste time and distract yourself, Facet’s App of the Week is another addictive distraction. The game is called Dots and it is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.
The objective of Dots is easy; connect as many of the same colored dots as you can in 60 seconds. If you want to add a competitive edge to the game, include your friends through Facebook and Twitter to compare high scores. Dots now offers an untimed game to help you practice your strategic moves when playing competitively or timed. Each dot you earn can be used to gain a “Power Up” that if used correctly, can have a big impact on your score.
Whether or not you are looking for a new way to pass time or are getting bored with your other apps, give Dots a chance and you will be addicted in no time.
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nerdyoctopus.gamedots&hl=en
Great weather for a drive in the car with the windows down and sun shining. Especially with Bluetooth streaming audio equipped in so many automobiles, it makes finding the perfect tunes or entertainment for those road trips just that much more convenient. So many apps to choose from like Pandora, iHeart Radio, Google Music, and now iTunes Radio, everyone is sure to find something they want to hear. Our tech tip this week is not to get a speeding ticket while you’re jamming out to your tunes from your portable device and cruising down the roads! Easier said than done for some of us, but if you use that same device to plan out a route using your Google Maps or Maps App, and enjoy the trip, everyone should arrive at the destination safely without breaking any laws.
Flipboard is the best news app that incorporates your various social media accounts out there. Flipboard is available through iTunes and the Google Play Store for free.
Start building your own personal magazine with news that interests you and include your closest social media friends. Flipboard lets you pick out topics that interest you such as: sports, food, news, travel, and more. Find an article you like and add it to your “magazine” to read later. Keep up to date with your social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr through Flipboad. Anything performed in Flipboard for your social media, such as comments, favorites, etc., is instantly updated on the social media site to make contact and communication that much easier.
Flipboard is full of tons of interesting articles and great information. Half of the fun in Flipboard is discovering all of the options you have. Start exploring what Flipboard has to offer.
Fall is fast approaching, and it's a great time to be outside and use that technology to capture some great memories. Portable devices have made leaps and bounds in the quality of the cameras and video recording. Most are now capable of recording High-Definition video and take great still pictures at high resolutions for later editing if needed. Also, we can now use our portable devices in those home improvement projects before winter arrives! Many home improvement stores have apps that are available to track your projects and purchases so you can always be sure to get the right equipment for the right job. Remember when you're grabbing the hoodie and marshmallows for the bonfire, or headed out for supplies on a sunny Saturday morning, take your portable device along. We never know when we might need to snap a picture or grab a video to be shared later with friends and family.
NFL Mobile is the newest app available for the 2013 NFL Football Season and is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store. NFL Mobile enables users to check up to the minute scores from NFL teams around the league. Get customized team alerts and follow your favorite teams. Team alerts include injury updates, highlights, game start times, entry in the red zone, and scoring plays. Also, check out team standings, stats, rosters, and schedules. NFL Mobile also created a way for you to follow your NFL.com fantasy teams through the app. NFL Mobile still has a few bugs to work out and hasn’t received the greatest of reviews (Android users are rating higher than Apple users), but generally the bugs get fixed fairly quickly. This app has the potential to be one of the best football apps this season.
Tired of ads popping up while you’re surfing your favorite sites? Not sure if a site is considered safe and virus-free? Give “Ad-Block Plus” and “Web of Trust” (WOT) a try. Ad-Block Plus is a browser add-on or plug-in that will block pop-up advertisements that are often annoying and sometimes dangerous. Lately we've seen a lot of the “Flash Player Needs Updated” and they are malicious ads. Web of Trust (WOT) is an add-on / plug-in for your browser that will show the “risk” of certain websites in your search engine before you click on the link. The utility helps your decision when researching if you are going to a credible, non-threatening site with a good (or not so good) reputation. Be safe and happy surfing!
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.