The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location

June 18, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.

The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).

Turning Off GPS

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[HOW TO] How to Delete Your Google+ Account – If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google’s tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps to removing the social network functions from your Google account. The process is quick and simple… @lifehacker

[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMARTPHONE] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Easily manage all of your files from your smartphone or tablet. Search, copy, delete, playback and sort your files with ease. The File Manager application is free to download from Google Play… @AMAZON

Sony 16GB Microvault USB Flash Drive for Smartphone

Sony 16GB Microvault

[TECH NEWS] Amazon Unveils New 3-D ‘Fire’ Smartphone – The long-rumored Amazon smartphone was officially unveiled Wednesday and, yes, it has a 3-D screen. Well, technically Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called it “dynamic perspective,” but it gives the new Fire Phone the illusion of depth with no glasses required thanks to four face-tracking cameras built into the front of the phone… @NBCNews

[LABEL PRINTER] Share Brother’s Wireless Label Printer Among Multiple PCs – Brother has introduced the PT-P750W, its first PC-connectable P-touch label maker that can be used with most computers and mobile devices to create labels over a wireless network. This makes the PT-P750W an ideal group label printer for small offices and business environments… @PCMag

[FREE SOFTWARE] Locate files and folders by name instantly – Everything Search Engine (Small installation file, Clean and simple user interface, Quick file indexing, Quick searching, Minimal resource usage, Share files with others easily AND Real-time updating)… @voidtools

[HOW TO] Proper Ways to Dispose of An Old Computer – When the time comes to dispose of an old computer, you need to take the proper steps to ensure it is discarded properly. The two main concerns when getting rid of an old computer include the fact that they contain heavy metals like many electronics, and the fact that they contain a variety of important and personal information that you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands where it could make you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. Here are some helpful tips for disposing of the old computer safely… @Computer How To Guide

[ANDROID APPS] 5 Flute Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 flute apps for Android which you can use to play the flute on your Android devices. By simulating music instruments on Android you can’t expect to have the same music experience like you do with real instruments. Despite that, instrument simulators are a great way how to have fun on your smartphone or tablet… @I Love Free Software

[WALLPAPER] Rain Wet Blue… @URHDWALLPAPERS

Rain Wet Blue


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Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

June 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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[REMOTE DESKTOP] A New Perspective on Remote Desktop – AnyDesk is the fastest remote desktop software on the market. It allows for new usage scenarios and applications that have not been possible with current remote desktop software… @AnyDesk

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] OneNote Clipper – the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click – One-click to save any webpage with the extension toolbar OneNote button… @Chrome Web Store

[ANDROID] SwiftKey goes free on Android – One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store… @Slash Gear

[SECURITY] Steganos LockNote will change the way you work with confidential notes - Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology… @steganos

[WINDOWS APP] Windows 8 Magazine App To Read Millions Of Free Magazines – Issuu is a free magazine app for Windows 8 which lets you read free magazines. This app has millions of free magazines in its collection. You can read any magazine either by searching for it using the built-in search box or by going through each magazine… @I Love Free Software

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Remove backgrounds from images – Free online tool automatically removes the background from images. Make your image backgrounds white or transparent. Even removes white backgrounds from images or photos… @Background Burner

[NOTEBOOK COMPUTER] 2-in-1 Ultraportable Notebook With A 10″ Detachable Tablet – The all-new Transformer Book T100 transforms your mobile lifestyle with a 2-in-1 ultraportable design and an amazing 11 hours battery life that will never tie you down. On one hand, it is a performance notebook with an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core processor and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled for great productivity. On the other hand, it is a 10.1″ HD touchscreen display that works as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet for all your entertainment needs… @Amazon

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1″ Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB

ASUS Transformer Book


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The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office)

June 5, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office) – Many home-based computer users get in their minds, especially after a new computer install, that they have to install (and buy) Microsoft Office.

Well, I am here to tell you that you don’t. If you are a home based user, and even if you are still in the workforce using Microsoft Office products, I encourage you to take a look at WPS Office (formerly called Kingsoft Office). The difference between the two is this – COST.  Microsoft Office will cost you a considerable amount of money; whereas, WPS is FREE.

WPS Office

WPS Office

I currently have WPS Office installed on all of my Windows based computers, Android tablets, and Android Phone. If you are an Apple user or Linux user, you are in luck, as well.

WPS Office Highlights

  • Fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Supports DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT and more
  • Easily switch between open documents using our Priority Tabs feature
  • Quickly share documents with built in emailing function
  • Keep your work safe with auto-save
  • Keep your work protected with document encryption
  • One small file includes Presentation, Writer and Spreadsheet
  • Optional spell check language packs available

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[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMART PHONES] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Smartphone USB transfers files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using its dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections. It is compatible with most Android devices1 for easy content transfer, no cords or network required… @Amazon

[WALLPAPERS] Check out Bing’s Homepage Gallery  – This gallery showcases images on the U.S. Bing Homepage during the past five years… @bing Homepage Gallery

Bing’s Homepage Gallery

[TECH NEWS] Touch version of Office expected to arrive for Android before Windows - Since Nadella has taken over as Microsoft’s CEO, he hasn’t been afraid to make it known that the company wants it software on every platform and will not wait to make sure that Windows gets an early advantage. This has already played out, as Office is currently available on the iPad and according to a new report, it will also arrive on Android tablets before it hits the Surface line and other Windows tablets… @Neowin

[SPRINGPAD ALTERNATIVES] SpringPad Is Shutting Down (so sad) – If you are a Springpad user, I am sure you heard the bad news that Springpad is shutting down. If you need an alternative, then check out this Google Docs Spreadsheet… @Google Docs

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Map With All The Newspapers In The World – Providing a search interface, direct links, and one-click translating… @Newspaper Map

Newspaper Map

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Web Based RSS Reader – Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in… @Newsblur


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An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure

June 2, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?

A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).

CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast

Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.

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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system -  Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew

[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com

[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker

Mountainous Wallpapers

[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips

[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips

[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known.  Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s

[NEW CHROMEBOOK] ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop Coming To Amazon on June 26, 2014 -

ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop

Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon


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Make Google Your Personal Dictionary

May 26, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Make Google Your Personal Dictionary – One of my favorite Google Search tips is how to use the dictionary feature that is available in Google. It is quite simple, faster than grabbing a dictionary off of the shelf, and is one of the most overlooked tips out there.

Simply visit Google’s Search Page and type in the word define followed by a colon and the word you wish to get a definition. For example, if you typed define:computer you would get a result similar to what you see below.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Don’t fall for tech support scammers offering costly PC cleanup ‘solutions’ – We’re all familiar with how telemarketers occasionally interrupt our lives, often at the most inopportune times. However, even more upsetting is receiving an unexpected phone call claiming that your PC has been infected with viruses and can be cleaned only for a hefty fee. What’s worse is that the caller is almost certainly a fake — a bad guy who pretends to work for Microsoft or one of our partners… @The Official Microsoft Blog

[ANDROID – HOW TO] How to set up Daydream: Android’s overlooked, customizable docking screen – Let’s say I want to use that screen while my phone is charging or docked. Let’s say I want to use it as a digital clock or photo frame. I’m in luck (and so are you), because Android 4.2 and up actually has a little-known, built-in feature that allows me to do just that! It’s called Daydream, and it’s a quick, easy way to customize your Android device’s charging/docking screen to display practically anything you want… @greenbot

[SOFTWARE] Sandboxie – This innovative program makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @Download Crew

[ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 19.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop@Amazon

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

[TECH NEWS] U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker eventWashington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday… @Yahoo News

[WALLPAPER] Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar@Wallpapers Room

Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar


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The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

May 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] SOLUTION: “This is Microsoft Support” telephone scam – Computer ransom lockout – A trend of the past couple of years has been for scammers to contact computer owners directly via telephone in the United States in an effort to convince them that there is a problem with their PC and they’ll need to pay to have it fixed.  In general, these people cannot fix anything, and instead they merely charge exorbitant fees for absolutely nothing. In other words, they scam you… @Triple-S Computers

[HARDWARE] A Programmable Computer Mouse – Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… @Amazon

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

[ANDROID] magicApp by magicJack – Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. For international callers, make FREE unlimited magicApp-to-magicApp calls worldwide… @Google play

[FILE ENCRYPTION] Quick Crypt – A portable solution for encrypting and decrypting files.  Many features… @Valkova

[TECH NEWS] Lenovo Slides Past Apple to Claim #3 PC Sales Spot in U.S., Posts Record Earnings – Lenovo also made significant inroads in the U.S. market, where HP and Dell are still in first and second place. Lenovo’s strengthened PC lineup allowed it to vault past Apple to claim the third place spot for its fiscal fourth quarter (January through March 2014)… @DailyTech

[HOW TO] Averting Disaster – A Guide To Computer Backups (2014) - Backups are simply duplicates of data which are archived, and which can be restored to a previous point in time. The key is the data must be duplicated, and you have to be able to go back to an earlier time. Anything that doesn’t meet both of those requirements is not a backup… @AnandTech

[WALLPAPER] Cracked Windows Computer Screen@The Paper Wall

Cracked Windows Computer Screen


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

May 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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