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Tech Tip of the Week

Need some techy fun for your New Year’s Eve? Try out one of the many apps for your device geared toward New Year’s Eve fun! Both Apple and Android have their share of New Year’s Eve apps, such as countdowns, alcohol-free toasting apps, and taxi finders. Remember your technology can help keep you safe as well as help you be the life of the party this New Year’s Eve! Also, be on the lookout for New Year’s Resolution apps for your devices as well. So much new technology, and only 365 days of 2014 to enjoy it!!

Sonic Dash

sonic dash

Just in case you received a new gadget over the holidays, we are providing an addicting new game to add to it. Go on an endless run with Sonic the world’s fastest hedgehog in Sonic Dash, available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Sonic takes you on an endless run where you dash, jump, and spin across the varying terrains of the game. This fast paced game throws more challenges your way by having to dodge different obstacles while taking the endless run. Sonic Dash offers multiple characters including Tails, Shadow, and Knuckles. Challenge and invite your friends to play with you and compare high scores. Once you have mastered the game, it’s hard to quit. Enjoy.  


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic-dash/id582654048?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sega.sonicdash&hl=en

Google Santa Tracker


Santa Tracker is an app that was launched by Google to supply people with Christmas spirit and to monitor Santa’s route on Christmas Eve. Santa Tracker is filled with games and activities for kids (and adults). Among the activities you can send a customized message to any recipient from Santa Claus. Check out the countdown to Christmas that is down to the exact second and see new daily activities that will be released in the days to come leading up to Christmas. Then, on Christmas Eve, check out the Santa tracker which will monitor the route Santa is taking and teach everyone a little about the locations he will be at along the way. Follow the link below to get started!  



Google Play Music

Google Play Music

There are plenty of music apps out there, and more are being created all the time. With each new music app, the features become more improved, which is why we are introducing a new music app that has done just that. Google Play Music is available in both the Google Play Store and iTunes. The Standard version is free and All Access is $9.99 per month.

In the Standard version of Google Play Music, you can add up to 20,000 of your favorite songs, buy new music, and listen on the web or on your phone for free. A great feature of both versions is that you no longer have to sync the music to your phone, which eliminates storage issues. If you want to listen to Google Music while you are not connected to Wi-Fi or while offline on your computer, just simply save the songs to your favorites. Finally, there is probably the best feature of all, ad free listening.

All Access offers those same features from the Standard version and more. In All Access you can listen to unlimited songs, create your own radio stations without skip limits, receive song recommendations based on past listening selections, and get hand selected playlists for their music experts. You will also receive access to all of Google’s music, which when we tried, we found almost everything we looked up. You can even download the music to your device and use it while you are offline.

If you are having trouble deciding whether or not All Access is worth the money, they offer a free 30 day trial to help convince you. Whether you pick All Access or Standard, you are guaranteed to love Google Play Music.      


Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/music?hl=en

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-play-music/id691797987

Beware Spyware!

Beware Spyware! With all of the holiday shopping specials and smoking hot deals, it seems that certain spyware is infecting more and more this season. Be extra careful when using “coupon” sites or software and make sure they come from reputable companies. It’s a good time of year for spyware since so many of us do online shopping, so they can capture credit card info or account info to where you shop online. It never hurts to error on the side of caution, especially if someone asks for your account login information. The reputable companies mostly have control over this and will never have to ask for your password to obtain your information.

Tech Tip of the Week

Tis the Season! The season for fraudulent phone calls, and text messages with individuals posing as Microsoft or other companies attempting to gain access to your PC. They attempt to infect your machine or tell you that you already are infected, only to sell false protection and in most cases, cause more damage! Please be aware of these suspicious acts this holiday season, as we’ve seen a rise in reports over the past week or so. Typically, Microsoft and other large companies will NOT reach out to the general public to offer these services. The best counteraction to these are to get their information, disconnect the call, and contact someone or a company you trust, and verify the authenticity. If you happen to be a victim, the sooner your machine is inspected by a professional and deemed clean, the better. The longer a machine remains vulnerable or infected, the worse it becomes, very quickly most often cases.

Protect Your Devices

We have all had that horrifying moment when we drop our precious, beloved portable device and we turn it over to see if we’ve broken it or not. For the cost of some basic protection, it can go a long way as far as the scratches, bumps, bruises, or possible cracks the device may undergo. A good case that will cover most of the phone as well as the screen can be inexpensive or you can get custom made pieces and spent quite a bit. Companies such as OtterBox and Incipio have multiple cases for many devices, whereas some companies only offer one flavor of case. Whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, tablet, etc. it’s always a good idea to get a case for the device as well as some kind of screen protection!

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner



No one likes to spend extra money when they don’t have to. A little help with shopping smarter could really add up to big savings. ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner helps with just that. ShopSavvy is available for free in the Google Play Store and iTunes.

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner does exactly what it sounds like. Scan the barcode of the product you are wanting to purchase, and the app gives you price comparisons for that product in stores surrounding your location. ShopSavvy also lets you conduct general searches for the lowest prices without using the barcode scanner. Along with price comparisons, ShopSavvy offers price alerts, and a popular product page to view trending items and product reviews from other customers.

If you are a smart shopper and are looking for a little extra help, or you want to start shopping smarter, let ShopSavvy help you save.  


Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.biggu.shopsavvy&hl=en

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopsavvy-barcode-scanner/id338828953




Smartphones give users the ability to do almost anything, including take great photos. However, sometimes people like to get a little more creative than the functions your smartphone itself can perform. PicFrame offers a creative outlet to those users who wish to do more with the photos taken on their smartphones or tablets. PicFrame is available for $0.99 in the Google Play Store and iTunes.

PicFrame is an app that lets you customize collages of your photos and videos, as well as edit, add frames, photo effects, text labels, and much more. With PicFrame you can share what you have created with family and friends through email and most social media sites.

If you want to add a creative personalized spin on the photos you take on your smartphones and tablets, tryout PicFrame.  


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picframe/id433398108

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.activedevelopment.picframe_android&hl=en  

Heads Up!



Whether you use your devices to read, watch movies, or play games, your devices serve many functions. That being said, we are presenting you with another way your device can entertain you. Heads Up! is a multiplayer game where your smartphone or tablet is the game piece. Heads Up! is available for $0.99 in the Google Play Store and iTunes.

Heads Up! is a game you can play with your friends where you choose from a category such as: celebrities, movies, animals, and more. Once you have selected a category, one of the players then holds the device against their forehead and a word is given to the other players. The objective is to give clues to the player who cannot see the word, to help them correctly guess what you are trying to convey. See how many answers each player gets right in the allotted amount of time.

Whether you want to add a new activity to game night or just want to put your skills to the test, Heads Up! is sure to bring the fun.  


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heads-up!/id623592465?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wb.headsup&hl=en

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