Where To Watch For Daily FREE Android Apps

October 15, 2014

Daily I visit Amazon’s AppStore For Android to look for their Free App of the Day and have managed to acquire a nice collection of some very good apps.

Amazon AppsTo Get Started, you have to set up an Amazon account and download the Amazon Appstore app to take advantage of the free offerings.


AppGratisAnother daily giveaway for Android (and iPhone & iPad) apps that appears to be new is called AppGratis. where everyday for a 24 hr period) one paid app becomes FREE (or with up to 90% off). This one I will have to continue to monitor. You will need to download the AppGratis App from the Google Play Store in order to take advantage of their free offerings.

If you know of any other sites that offer FREE Android Apps, please let us know…


My Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without

October 14, 2014

I was at a dead end this morning in deciding what to write about when the answer was staring right back at me. I spend a great deal of time reviewing software, hardware, apps, browser extensions, etc…; many of which I end up using and can’t live without. One such category of things I can’t live with out is my Google Chrome Browser Extensions. I have exactly 10 extensions installed; therefore, these are “My Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without”.

I thought I would share these extensions with you to see what you think:


Calculator – This is, in my opinion, the best calculator out there that be readily accessed from the extension toolbar. This is a standard calculator with a great productivity feature:  You can put the result directly into the field you are currently on with a single click.  No cutting and pasting required!

Calculator


Cool Clock – An extension fully loaded with tons of useful time-related features… But the best part is, it is totally COOL.

Cool Clock


Forecastfox – Forecastfox delivers international weather from AccuWeather.com. Features include: severe weather alerts, radar, current conditions, 7-day forecast, details for each day, recent locations quick switch, and links to hourly forecasts and more details

Forcastfox


WOT (Web of Trust) – I install this on every PC I have to help protect the PC from visiting malicious web sites. WOT is a website reputation and review service that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or surfing online.

WOT - Web of Trust


Pocket – This is “must have” extension. When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection. Once you start using this you will not be able to put it down.

Pocket


Pushbullet – To fully appreciate Pushbullet you need to install it on all of your devices (computers, smartphones and tablets). This browser extension and app gives you the ability to push files, notes, messages to and from your devices. Pushbullet also will automatically show you all of your phone’s notifications right on your computer. This means you can see who’s calling or read and reply to text messages even if your phone is on silent or in another room.

Pushbullet


Hangouts – Google+ Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices.

Hangouts


OneNote Clipper – OneNote is developed by Microsoft and is available for different platforms. It is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click. It’s like your camera for the web.

OneNote


ScribeFire – An easy-to-use blog editor lets you post to all of your blogs. ScribeFire is the editor that I use to create and post my blog articles.Once you learn how to use ScribeFire you will find it is a real timesaver.

ScribeFire


Awesome Screenshot: Capture and Annotate – Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate screenshot, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.

Awesome Screenshot


Play Music All Day and All Night With The Anker A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

October 13, 2014

This little 3 inch bluetooth speaker packs a punch and has an uptime (between charges) of 15 to 20 hours. The unit also doubles as a speaker phone with a 2-foot range microphone so you can answer or make calls mid-song. Currently has a great customer rating (see here) and is currently at a reduced price point.

Anker® A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with 20 Hour Rechargeable Battery and Full, High-Def Sound (Black)

Anker® A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

  • Experience your tunes in high definition and surprising fullness realized through a 4W / 2in driver and bass port – outclassing other similar-sized portable speakers.
  • Unrivalled 15 to 20-hour playtime powered by a built-in rechargeable 2100mAh Li-ion battery.
  • Automatically connect to the last-connected device when turned on enables one-step music streaming. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices (2.1 and over). 3.5mm audio port for non-Bluetooth devices.
  • Outstanding connection range of up to 33 feet. Built-in microphone with a 2-feet pickup range allows the speaker to double as a speaker phone.
  • Package contents: Anker® Portable Bluetooth Speaker, micro USB cable, 3.5mm audio cable, travel pouch, instruction manual. 18-month warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Quick Note – The Brain Fart Class Of Note Keeping

October 13, 2014

In the heavyweight class of note keeping apps, we have Evernote and OneNote that are exceptional in that they can perform a higher level of note keeping that are best suited when researching something or we want to store something of importance (for future reference).

In the lightweight class of note keeping we have Google Keep, that is exceptional in that you can keep notes in a manner for which we keep sticky notes (for grocery lists, to do lists, reminders, etc…), that are at a lower level of importance, but we feel necessary in order for us to exist.

Each of these heavy weight and light weight apps can be quickly accessed from all of our computing platforms (such as the Windows and the Android platforms); but, did you know that there is another class of note keeping called the “brain fart” class of notekeeping?

The brain fart a class of notekeeping is where you need to make notes quickly (on the fly), as they come to mind and are only around for the short term. This is the class of note keeping where another note keeping app called Quick Note comes into the picture.  Quick Note is like having a piece of paper and pencil with you at all times; and, in appearance, Quick Note looks just like the canary yellow ruled line notepads that we all have used at one time or another.

Quick Note

Quick Note is installed as a Google Chrome App that you can make a shortcut to so that your Quick Note notepad is easily and quickly accessible at all times. To use Quick Note you need to sign up for a diigo.com account so that you never lose your notes, as they are then synchronized (and stored) to your diigo.com account.

Quick Note is especially designed for lightweight note-taking. You can use it as a simple notepad,  scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. 

★ Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu

★ Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes

★ Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes

★ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere


Windows 10 Technical Preview: Install As A Dual Boot Configuration OR Install In A Virtual Box

October 12, 2014

If you are looking for a method to “test and try” the Windows 10 Technical Preview and you do not have a test PC available; I found detailed instructions, from two very reputable sources, for two common install options. Even though these options are commonly used, it always the general-rule-of-thumb to have backups of your personal files and your hard drive readily available in the event trouble arises.

OPTION #1 (provided by the How To Geek):  How to Dual-Boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or 8 – You probably shouldn’t install Windows 10 on your primary PC. But, if you are going to, you should at least install it in a dual-boot configuration. You can then reboot to switch between your installed versions of Windows. Be sure you have backups of your important files before doing this. You shouldn’t lose your files if you follow this process, but a mistake or bug could cause you to lose them. Better safe than sorry! … READ MORE

How to Dual-Boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or 8

 

OPTION #2 (provided by TechRepublic): Pro tip: How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox – Do you want to take a closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but you don’t want to disrupt your current computing environment with what is essentially an incomplete and potentially unstable operating system? If, so you’re in luck, because you can do so quite easily and without any fear by installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview in an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machine. In this article, I’ll show you how… READ MORE

VirtualBox with Windows 10


Nimbus Screenshot – Probably The Best Browser Screen Capture Extension In The Google Chrome Store

October 12, 2014

As a blog writer it is necessary to have a good screen capture application available. Probably the best screen capture extension in the Google Chrome Store right now is Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate.

Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate

Nimbus Screenshot fits in well with ScribeFire, that is also a Chrome browser extension, that I use to draft my blog articles. With both of these extensions in place, all articles that I compose are performed directly in my browser (Google Chrome and/or Chromium) making my writing experience much more pleasant, efficient, and faster.

Nimbus Screenshot gives you the ability to capture a whole Web page (snipping tool), a part of it or the whole browser window. Built in is an optional editor, with a very user-friendly interface, where you can edit your captures, crop your images; AND, add text (or comments), lines, arrows, circles, rectangles, etc… When done you can save your screenshots to your Google Drive or Nimbus account. The free Nimbus account allows you to save up to 100 mbs of data a month.

As a side note, which I need to explore further; Nimbus also offers, in a addition to the Google Chrome browser extension, a screen capture app for the Windows, Android, and Firefox platforms.


An “All In One” 120 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and 1 TB HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

October 11, 2014

Many folks, when installing a SSD (Solid State Drive), will install the operating system on the SSD drive and then will keep their second HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to store their data and program files. Western Digital, having recognizing this, has developed the world’s first dual drive that consists of 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD in one 2.5 inch package (or kit).

WD Black Dual Drive (120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD)

WD Black2 Dual Drive 2.5" 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD Kit (WD1001X06XDTL)

Features At A Glance:

  • Revolutionary dual drive with 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD
  • Fully accessible SSD for the operating system, generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files
  • Lower cost-per-gigabyte advantage over the solid-state competition
  • World’s first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution
  • Easily create a backup of your SSD on the hard drive while on the go or use for massive storage
  • Dual drives extend the life of MLC NAND and maintain optimum SSD performance
  • You control where your data resides with no need for large cloud storage or expensive third party storage plans

 


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