Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 6, 2013

October 6, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Real-Time Weather Station In Your Browser): If you use Google Chrome as your browser, I highly recommend that you install the Weather Watcher browser extension. It will be all you need, at the click of a button, to get your local weather stats and more (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Build HTML5 Web Content With Google Web Designer):  For those who are into web design, the NEW Google Web designer (currently in beta) may be something that you can use to design the more advanced web content. When in design view, you can create content using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects, and you can animate objects on a timeline… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (The Best AMD Gaming Motherboards): Elite Gaming Computers (on my blogroll) posted an article that gives you insight on the best of the best when it comes to the AMD Gaming Motherboards. Like anything else, you get what you pay for and if you are into gaming, you only want the best (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (A 360 Degree Wireless Speaker ): When it comes to speakers, the wireless technology continues to fascinate me. Today I found a bluetooth wireless speaker that can be wirelessly controlled up to 50 feet away, can take your phone calls, and is water (and stain) resistant (SEE BELOW)…

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Chrome Browser Extension – Weather Watcher Live

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Weather Watcher is a full featured weather station. Access weather data from NWS Weather stations, real-time WeatherBug weather stations… GET IT HERE


Google Web Designer

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Google Web Designer is an advanced web application that’s built with HTML5 which lets you design and build HTML5 advertisements and other web content using an integrated visual and code interface. Using Google Web Designer’s design view you can create content using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects, and you can animate objects on a timeline. Once you’re done creating your content, Google Web Designer outputs clean human-readable HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript… GET IT HERE


The Best AMD Gaming Motherboards for 2013

@ Elite Gaming Computers

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The motherboard is the central communication center for your computer. It’s where all of your components plug into and are able to communicate with each other.

The motherboard you choose for your gaming computer will have a huge impact on the quality of your build… READ MORE


UE BOOM – 360-Degree Speaker
That Drops Immersive Sound In Every Direction

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The 360-degree speaker design drops bold, immersive sound into any space. And the water and stain resistant acoustic skin and 15-hour rechargeable battery mean you’re ready for wherever the night takes you… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Keep your files and folders from prying eyes with WinMend Folder Hidden (see below);

Squeak #2: Read about the new YouTube App for Android at DroidExtra (see below);

Squeak #3: You would be surprised of how many folks do not know about all of the templates for Microsoft Officer, that are FREE (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Ever hear of NFC (near field communications)? See how it works with the Creative Airwave Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (see below)…

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Quickly Hide Files and Folders On Local Partitions and/or On Removal Devices

WinMend Folder Hidden

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The hidden files/folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer. You can set a password for this application. Hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only when the user enters the valid password… GET IT HERE


YouTube for Android app updated to v5.0 – Brings new UI & Improvements

@ DroidExtra

 

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Google is rolling out a massive update to the YouTube for Android which brings a whole new UI to the app along with other many other awesome features… READ MORE


Find Microsoft Office Templates

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A template for anything imaginable from Microsoft… GET THEM HERE


Creative Airwave Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
with NFC

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Experience the simplicity of one-touch pairing with the latest Near Field Communications (NFC) technology – simply tap your NFC-enabled smart device on the speaker, and they’re paired… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Windows 8.1 is coming; Windows 8.1 is coming; hear ye, Windows 8.1 is coming…

Squeak #2: There are many image editors and viewers out there, but StylePix from Hornil is one that you need to try;

Squeak #3: TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone is hitting on all cylinders this week with a second article in a row to make Geek Squeaks…  Knowing what computer to buy and accessories for your kids in school can be quite stressful.  This article (and excellent advice) will help you out; AND,

Squeak #4: I love cool tech products and this portable blue tooth speaker is no exception.

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

@ Blogging Windows

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I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store… READ MORE


Convenient And Easy To Use, Lightweight and Powerful Image Editor

StylePix

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StylePix is an image editor that has all the features of raster graphics editor and adhered to lightweight design and effective UI. In addition, it has a built-in image viewer and batch processor… GET IT HERE (FREE)


Choosing the right computer for your student

@ Tech-for Everyone

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This is the time of year when I am asked for advice on what computer “tech” to buy for students… READ MORE


Sweet Sound In A Sleek Portable Design

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Connects Wirelessly to Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

Connect wirelessly from up to 30 feet away–JAM Plus works with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod… GET IT HERE


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Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

March 27, 2013

It is amazing the sound quality that can be had from our smartphones and tablet computers; especially, when you can drive that sound to a your speakers or home theater system. One way to accomplish this, without the mess of wires and actually connecting the device to the speakers, is to use a wireless speaker adapter for bluetooth enabled audio devices (such as your iphone, android phone, ipad and android tablet).

I went on the hunt for such an adapter and came up with the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices that is not only made by a reputable manufacturer, but is cost effective and carries a good review rating.

Wireless audio streaming

  • Instantly stream music, movie soundtracks, Pandora and game audio from your tablet or smartphone to your home speakers
  • Great for iPhone, iPad, Android phones or any Bluetooth-enabled audio device
  • Far better sound quality than you get from your mobile device’s tiny built-in speakers

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 Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

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Auto Adjust The Brightness Of Your Monitor For The Time Of Day

January 4, 2013

I bet that many of my fellow tech bloggers spend a great deal of time at their PCs’, often working into the late hours researching and writing their next article… I know myself, I fly with the owls and hang with the opossums. A lot of this has to do with the mind of the geek not shutting down; BUT, have you ever thought that your computer monitor may be playing a part in this and is actually keeping you up?

Think about it, most everyone owns the big LCD and LED monitors that are very bright and that brightness stays at the same level both day and night. At night, the level of brightness becomes even more radiant and glowing and can actually impact and stress your eyesight and cause headaches; resulting, in sleeplessness or the delay in falling asleep.

Some studies indicate blue light is beneficial during the day, but late at night it can negatively affect your sleep pattern.

There is a software solution, that I have used for the past three year, called F.lux that I will not live without.

Flux

F.lux is a FREE software application that you install on your PC that makes the color temperature of your computer’s display automatically adjust and adapt to the time of day at your location. There is a feature built into the software that allows you to pinpoint your exact location down to the longitude and latitude. Once the location is entered, F.lux does the rest.

f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

In a sense, as stated on the F.lux web sitewarm at night and like sunlight during the day”. The nice thing about this app is that you can manually adjust the color temperature to tweak it to the level you desire. You can even temporarily disable F.lux or exit F.lux and your color temperature will return to its’ normal settings. The night setting is the setting where you will initially notice that the display gives off a fleshy tone and you may not like it at first; BUT, with continued use it may make a difference in both your vision and health. I can honestly attest, after 3 years of using this app, it is a big help!

Flux

Flux

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The Easy Way To Close A Windows 8 App

November 20, 2012

As I mentioned in an earlier article, I never had any “hands-on” experience with Windows 8 until it was officially released by Microsoft back in October. I intentionally did this so that I would have that first time user experience (and challenge); like most of you will have.

As I continue to “find my way” there was one thing I started to wonder about. Was there a way to easily close a Windows 8 app once I opened it? In reality, in the scheme and design of things when it comes to Windows 8, you will find that it really does not matter; however, I wanted to know. I eventually found the answer that works for me on my desktop computer and find myself doing this all of the time now.

When you are working from the “Start Screen” (see screenshot of my Start Screen below) and click on an app, the app will open maximized on your screen and you will immediately notice that there is no close button or minimize button.

Start Screen

What you have to do, is this:  When the app is open move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen. When the cursor reaches the top of the screen a “hand” will appear (see cropped screenshot below). When the “hand” is visible on the screen, hold down the left button on your mouse, drag to the bottom of the screen, and the app will disappear (and close). As you are performing the dragging action, visually you will see the app shrink down from full screen to a much smaller screen (or window). Once you teach yourself to do this, I will guarantee it will become second nature to you when you want to close an app.

Close App

Note:  The cropped screenshot you see above is a Windows 8 app called SmartCalc.

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