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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

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner



Having trouble deciding what to make for dinner tonight? Maybe you want to try a new recipe? Well, Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner offers a great solution to that problem. Dinner Spinner is available for free through iTunes and for $2.99 in the Google Play Store.

Dinner Spinner has a cool twist to their set up. Choose what type of dish you are looking for, such as: main dish, side dish, soup, appetizer, desert, etc. Then, chose what ingredient you would like the dish to consist of, for example, beef, cheese, vegetables, fruit, pasta, etc. Finally, the best step of all, choosing a dish based on the cooking time. Whether you want it done in less than 20 minutes or you are looking for a slow cooker recipe, Dinner Spinner is bound to have it.

Dinner Spinner is a great tool to use when you don't have time to sift through your cookbook and look for a new recipe to try. Dinner Spinner is easy to use and is guaranteed to have something you are looking for.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allrecipes.com-dinner-spinner/id299515267  

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.allrecipes.spinner.free&hl=en





I’m sure most of you have seen those cartoon comics that your friends or family members have been posting on Facebook. If you are like us, you had no idea what those were about at first. After a little investigation, we decided to make it our App of the Week. Bitstrips is a free app available through iTunes and the Google Play Store for free and it is accessed through your Facebook accounts.

Bitstrips is a creative app that lets your design comics about you, your friends, and your family members. You can edit the Bitstrips to look like you or who you are creating the comic about as well as edit the scene and provide a caption. Once you are finished with your comic you can share it on Facebook.

Jump on the Bitstrips bandwagon and let your creativity out!

Extended warranty v. Accidental Damage

Extended warranty coverage vs. accidental damage protection. Which should you choose? The question is asked quite a bit, especially with mobile devices growing in popularity. First, let’s distinguish the difference. Warranty coverage typically only covers failure of the item from “natural” causes, such as not functioning as it’s intended or won’t power on. Most warranties will not cover liquid spill damage, physical neglect or abuse (a device getting dropped, stepped on, parachute didn’t open, etc). However, that’s where accidental damage protection saves the day. So, it all depends on what suits you and your aforementioned item the best. Do you find yourself being very active with the item or a bit accident prone? The accidental damage protection plans may be the way for you. If the item is going to be in one or two places and well protected, the standard or extended warranty may be the proper choice. Always remember to ask questions and make sure you read the fine print!

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