In The Market For A Smartphone? Here is my recommendation that will save you a lot of money…

October 29, 2017

In the market for a smartphone? Difficult decision to make and can be worse than shopping for a car. As smartphones continue to evolve, I am learning more and more; however, I am finding it is really not much different than shopping for a laptop or desktop computer. In reality, these smartphones are our computers in our pockets and have become an extension of our physical presence.

Like computers, there are specific hardware (and software) components to look for; such as the processor; the RAM (random access memory); the operating system (Android, iOS, etc); the display (LCD or Oled); the camera (single lens, dual lens, megapixels, etc…); and, the big one, the battery life. Typically, I shoot for a good mid-range phone and an example of that is the Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G Plus. Now, there is another “G” model that is out there (that I am looking at) and it is the Motorola (Lenovo) moto g⁵ˢ plus (which is a model that just came out); HOWEVER, for the sake of this blog article, I am focusing on the Moto G Plus to point out a good deal at Amazon.

What Amazon has done is cut a deal with Motorola (Lenovo), for Amazon Prime members, where on the notification screen you will see an Amazon ad here and there; and, from what the reviews are saying, this is not anything to get concerned about and is not intrusive. As a result of this deal, you can get a really nice mid-range phone for less money than the original cost and a whole lot less money than the top-end phones that are out there. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member, you can still buy this phone, straight-out with no ads, and still get a great phone at a very good pricing point.

To cut right to the chase, here is the Motorola G Plus that is at Amazon that I highly recommend and so do nearly 3000 other people. I have done quite a bit of research on this phone, watched the YouTube reviews, and am convinced the Motorola phone is going to be my next Smartphone. Yes, you can go with the Samsung or the Apple; but, guess what? Their newer models are fast approaching the $1000 mark. I can buy 4 or 5 of these Motorola’s at that price that will do what they do… If you notice below, the model I spec’d out is the 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage (plus, can handle a 128GB microSD card). No midrange phone that I know of out there, for this price, can match this. Also, this is an unlocked smartphone and will work on all major carrier networks.

Moto G Plus (5th Generation)
64 GB Storage + 4 GB RAM

READ THE REVIEWS HERE

  • Fast 4G LTE speed, up to 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.2” full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
  • Enjoy the best of Google Android 7.0 Nougat, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
  • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
  • Take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
  • The all-day battery includes TurboPower (TM) charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
  • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
  • The fingerprint sensor instantly unlocks your phone
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, storage on Prime Photos, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps

SOURCE: Amazon – Prime Exclusive Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 64 GB – Unlocked – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads


Get 82 Battery Storage In One Tiny Place…

September 27, 2017

How many of you have batteries just thrown in a drawer somewhere? My guess, they are all probably in multiple locations and some of them may even be discharged due that you forgot about them. Disorganization when storing batteries will end up costing you money and potentially can cause an unsafe condition.

To help you resolve this dilemma,  I want to share with you an inexpensive product, called the Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen, that will take battery organization to the ultimate level, save you money, and provide a means to check your batteries to determine if they are carrying a charge or not. I personally have owned this particular brand/model case for approximately a year and can tell you this battery organizer will change the way you store those batteries. The Battery Organizer Case by Range Kleen holds up to 82 different size batteries (25 AAA, 39 AA, 4 9v, 8 C, and 6 D batteries); AND, even has a drawer to hold small hearing aid and watch size batteries. The case can be placed in a drawer or can be mounted on the wall. An added bonus is the detachable battery tester that does not require a battery (it is powered by the battery it is testing).  I can’t count the number of times I have used that tester.

Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen
(Holds 82 Batteries of Various Sizes – Includes a Removable Battery Tester )


SOURCE: Amazon – Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen

 


This Media Player Is Awesome (and Inexpensive)

November 22, 2016

Download media (videos, music, picture,etc) from the internet, save it to your USB drive/memory card/HDD then play it through your HD TV easily with the YKS HDMI Digital Media Player. There are several other brands of these players out there, but this one is the least expensive of the bunch. I purchased one of these and have been very happy with the quality and performance. This player is a 1080P Full-HD Ultra Portable Multi-function Media Player that is capable of playing numerous video and image formats.

YKS HDMI Digital Media Player

YKS HDMI Digital Media Player

 

 


This Worked For Me – Get One Year Ad Free Subscription to Weather Undergound With This Code

December 16, 2014

Weather Underground is claimed to be the internet’s first online weather service.  It is a proprietary weather service that is based on actual cumulative community based weather data points.

I recently came across a code that I was able to use to get a one year ad free subscription to their service. I am also seeing where people were able to use the code to renew their subscription, as well. It is my thinking they have this code floating out there as a promotional gimmick. If you get this to work on your computer and you are also an Android user, you can download/install the Weather Underground App (from the Google Play Store), log in with your credentials, and you will also have an ad free experience on your Android device, as well.

You initially have to sign up for an account, for which you will be sent an email confirmation that will allow you to login to the account. It was after I logged into my account and went to the membership services that I was able to enter the code.  Hope this works for you as well; as, Weather Underground is a great weather service.

Weather Underground

Here is exactly (via cut and paste) what I came across that worked for me:
Weather Underground – wunderground.com – Ad Free Membership for 1 Yr or Extend your current subscription
Since we are having a storm in California, and I needed to renew my subscription:Surprisingly it still works.New Account
www.wunderground.com/members/signup.asp#
Check the upgrade box, confirm your email then enter the code.
Code QWV35To renew your sub:
payment.wunderground.com/NoAdsPayment.php
Enter Code QWV35 and click redeem

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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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[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

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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

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[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

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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

May 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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