A reminder for replacing your Windows XP computer: don’t skimp on the details! As a “nerd-in-the-know” I definitely recommend an Intel processor (Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7), and a good amount of ram (4gb is a good start). Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are all viable options for operating systems, unless you’re going to Apple, in which case OS X 10.9 “Mavericks” is the latest and greatest. Storage space is relatively inexpensive these days, so the cost difference between a 500gb and 1TB (terabyte) isn’t too far apart. Remember that if you want the machine to last you as long or longer than your previous machine did, sometimes the golden rule is “you get what you pay for”. Meaning, a bit of a higher price tag means much more ease of use, and a much longer life and warranty. However, I’m not sure anyone will see this, since it’s so nice outside today! Enjoy the day and enjoy the new technology!
We’ve mentioned before how important it is to update supporting software along with Windows updates, such as Adobe Flash Player, Java, Adobe Reader, etc. We would like to focus this week on fraudulent attempts by malicious websites to update “lookalike” programs which are actually virus or spyware in disguise. We’ve seen where an “update media player” pop-up will redirect to another unknown website asking to download to view the video or game you may be trying to find. Unless you can verify where the file is coming from or know the website is trusted, be careful when updating your support programs. Once installed, the programs can seem to act legitimate, however they may be doing quite a bit of damage behind the scenes, and you may not know until it’s too late. Be careful surfing out there this spring!
With the temperatures rising, it appears we’re seeing another wave of fraudulent virus removal services from people claim to be from Microsoft or other reputable technology companies. Please be aware, as these callers can be very convincing and will even ask you to connect to them so that they may fix or repair the viruses or issues you’re having, when in fact they will do the opposite and only cause more damage up to possibly crashing the machine entirely. It is highly recommended to find someone you trust that you’ve worked with before if you have PC issues. It’s always better to ask a company you trust than to have to lose any data or money to a fraud.
Hopefully over the holiday weekend, we were all able to give thanks to someone in the armed forces, as well as enjoy some downtime with family and friends. What we’d like to mention this week is how the right tunes and music can really get the spirit going for your outdoor and indoor summer activities! With such great options in the “wireless home audio” arena, everyone can find something that will suit their listening environment and budget. Highly recommended solutions like SONOS and BOSE are best matched to the task, however there are others as well. Nothing goes together better with summer and fun than good music to pull it all together! Let’s get those anthems playing and enjoy the summer fun!
Summer is the time of year where most social gatherings and celebrations take place. Whether you are at a wedding, birthday, or just a social gathering, people are always taking photos. This week we are bringing you an app to help everyone share the photos from any gathering, with multiple individuals, without having to email them to multiple recipients. Eversnap is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Eversnap allows you to privately share photos and videos among a group of individuals. Getting started is easy. Just create an album, invite your friends through a text message or email, photos taken through the app will instantly be saved inside of the privately shared album, that you can access anywhere, for you and your friends to enjoy! Albums have unlimited storage for all your photos and videos for free as well as unlimited video length.
Eversnap is a great way to collaborate and share photos and videos with those you are celebrating or socializing with. Download Eversnap to ensure you don’t miss out on any great photos or videos this summer!
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Eversnap
If anyone ever tells you Macs don’t get infected with a virus or spyware, it is incorrect The reason that this becomes so widely accepted is that the majority or computers used to be Windows-based. However, more and more people and business are buying Apple, so that means a bigger number of targets for virus and malware producers. Lately we’ve seen the “FBI Virus” on quite a few Apple machines – laptops and desktops alike. The “FBI Virus” is the ransom-ware that attempts to hold your machine hostage until you pay a ransom, otherwise the FBI or other agencies will arrest you or fine you. These have been around quite some time, however they are increasingly more common in Mac OS devices. Always remember to keep a good antivirus solution installed, even on your Mac!
Looking for an app to help keep up with all the big box office movies coming out? Want to find out what viewers think about a movie, or get a critics opinion? Well, Flixster is the app you have been looking for. Flixster is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Flixster is a great app for avid movie goers. Save theaters to your favorites and keep up with show times. Flixster also lets you watch trailers and buy tickets to movies. Going to the movies can get pretty expensive, so if you want the reviews of other viewers or critics before hand, Flixster can help with that as well. Flixster is linked with Rotten Tomatoes to bring you the best and worst ratings of any movie. Create a “Want to See” list to keep track of movies you want to see. A benefit of having Flixster is you can add your own ratings and reviews to movies to help other users. Flixster is more than just an app for tracking movies in the theaters; you can also stream and download full length movies.
Flixster is a great app with features for all movie lovers, check it out and see what movies you have been missing out on!
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.flixster.android
How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgotten your shopping list? Or maybe have a to-do list of things needing to be done, but you misplaced the list? Well, get rid of the pen and paper and utilize the electronic to do list we are offering. This week’s App of the Week will help you keep track of your daily tasks. Remember the Milk is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.
Remember the Milk is an electronic organizer that lets you take your to-do lists anywhere, while also adding and completing tasks on the go. Organize tasks the way you want by setting priorities, due dates, time estimates, repeating tasks, and notes. Get an overview of tasks that need to be done to help better plan out a quick way to execute them. Also, Remember the Milk will send you reminders via email, SMS, and instant messenger.
Help simplify and organize your life with Remember the Milk, and never forget a list again.
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rememberthemilk.MobileRTM
Most of the time the apps on your phone are used out of necessity, entertainment, or just to waste time. Occasionally, we come across an app that serves an educational purpose, which brings us to this week’s App of the Week.
Endless Alphabet is available for $6.99 through iTunes or for a free trial version through the Google Play Store. Endless Alphabet is an app that uses word games to teach children letters and animations to teach the definitions of words in a fun and engaging way. Each word has an interactive puzzle with talking letters and a short animation to illustrate the definition. The app available in the Google Play Store has a free trial version that offers 7 word puzzles and animations as a test run to see if you would like to follow through with the purchase of the paid version which offers more words and animations.
Endless Alphabet has been given great reviews by parents. The top feature parents appreciate about the app is that there are no high scores or failures, so kids enjoy playing the app instead of feeling like they are competing. Try out Endless Alphabet and see what your child will learn while having fun.
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.originatorkids.EndlessAlphabet
Have a fingerprinted, smudged, generally unappealing screen on your mobile device? Some of us are scared to use certain things to get them clean, brand new looking-clean. Typically, you can use a soft paper towel, or a microfiber cloth and a light spritz of Windex or glass cleaner. Lightly mist the Windex onto the cloth and let it absorb for a few seconds, then wipe away the smudges and prints and excess dirt and oils. Generally, most all of the hype behind special “monitor wipes” are just that…hype. They are typically just diluted or not colored so they appear clear. However, be VERY careful to not get moisture soaking into the device, or get any droplets onto the device, as these are electronics, and very sensitive to water or moisture.