Stocking Stuffer – MoKo Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand

December 7, 2016

If you are looking for an inexpensive, very usable, stocking stuffer, definitely take a look at the Moko Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand. This stand is available in several different colors and is adjustable…  

Moko Smartphone Stand

 

  • Extremely lightweight(1.09 oz) and pocket-sized(3.26*2.8*0.5 inches), folds up to a completely flat shape, easily thrown onto a rucksack/bag.
  • Six fully adjustable slots, easily adjusts stand angle, supporting both vertical and horizontal viewing, displaying portrait and landscape modes.
  • Strong and durable ABS and rubber ensures stablity, holds devices up to 8 inch.
  • Well placed rubber pads for surface protection protects tablet from scratches and sliding.
  • Compatible with all Smartphones, E-reader and Tablets(6-8 Inch), will not fit tablet with a case or sleeve.

Check Out Top 100 Tech Products Of 2016: The Full List | ComputerShopper.com

November 29, 2016

SPECIAL REPORT: Check out our directory of all 100 winners at the Computer Shopper (source link below)…

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Amazon Says It Sold A Record Number of Amazon-Branded Devices | ZDNet

November 29, 2016

You may be interested in knowing that Amazon sold a record number of Amazon-branded devices from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. ZDNet has posted an article (see source link below), based on a press release from Amazon, that “The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire Table and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were “not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but they were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon”…  To see a sampling of these devices, CLICK HERE

Source: Amazon device sales surged to record high over holiday weekend | ZDNet


Use This “Best Sellers Of Tech” To Research and Buy Tech Products

November 29, 2016

I am constantly keeping my finger on the pulse of what tech deals are out there. I currently use Amazon as my starting point when pricing out and researching tech products. Below you will find a techie list of best sellers that I often use as a launching point. I don’t necessarily buy from Amazon when I find something, but it is a good resource for customer reviews, price comparisons, etc… that may help you in making your decisions.

Computers and Accessories
Software
Electronics
Desktops
Laptops
Tablets
Servers
Routers
Data Storage
Networking Products
Printers
Scanners
Monitors
Computer Components
Laptop Accessories
Tablet Accessories
Computer Accessories
External Components
Cell Phones and Accessories
Contract Cell Phones​
No-Contract Cell Phones
Unlocked Cell Phones
Appstore for Android


Geek Squeaks (#2015-39) FEATURING — Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place — and MORE GREAT STUFF

December 7, 2015

Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place – Thought I would share with you an online service that I use called MultCloud (by AOMEI). This service provides a FREE option (as well as a PAID option) that can help you easily (and safely) manage multiple cloud storage services. For example, I currently manage online drives from Box, Copy, Google, Dropbox, Mediafire and OneDrive ALL from MultCloud. In that mix I also use MultCloud to manage two Google Drives. What MultCloud does is allow you to pull all of those services and manage those services from one location. MultCloud FREE features an online file manager, cross-cloud file transfers, and a countless number of cloud drives. The file transfer speeds for the FREE version are slower than the PAID version and there is a monthly data cap on the FREE version (which is quite high in my opinion). For normal everyday use, the FREE version has worked for me and in the end (after I give this a run for awhile), I may opt to go to the PAID version.

MultCloud 

MultCloud

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Use Your Android Phone (or Tablet) To Convert An Image To Text – Ever heard of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) where you scan a paper document and OCR software that is engineered to recognize the characters in the document then translate (or convert) it into an electronic text version (that you can then edit, insert into documents, etc…)? There is an OCR version for your Android Phone or Tablet called Text Fairy that has the ability to scan for and extract text from an image. From my testing, I found Text Fairy to be quite accurate and the best part is that it is FREE. Some words of advice is when you scan the document is to make sure the images are sharp (with good lighting) and the text is black on a white background.

Text Fairy

 Text Fairy (OCR Text Scanner)- screenshot

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Nothing Gets Old Faster Than The Technology News – Case in point, check out the boredpanda for 15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool.  The ad I have reflected below is my favorite one from the 15 selected. Which is your favorite?

15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool

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How To Disable Login Screen on Windows 10 after Sleep – I have been recently assisting quite a few folks with breaking through the Windows 8.1 barrier to Windows 10. One of the most asked questions that I am receiving is “How do I disable the login screen on Windows 10 after sleep?”. What this means is that Windows 10, by default, will go into a sleep mode when the computer is idle for a prescribed period of time. When the end user comes out the sleep mode, the computer will prompt you for your password. To change this setting, to prevent or disable the login prompt, is actually quite easy and the best way to show you is for you the watch the video below from Simple How To Guide

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This Software May Be Useful When You Sell or Get Rid Of Your Hard Drive (or PC) – Came a across this portable app, called My Disk Wiper, that may be a keeper for the tech toolbox. What this portable app does is securely wipe hard drives, flash drives, SD cards, etc… by overwriting the files with a standard pattern that the developer claims cannot be undeleted or restored. To ensure maximum privacy the file names are wiped before deletion.

My Disk Wiper

My Disk Wiper

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The easiest and fastest outdoor Christmas light solution – no more hanging string lights – My neighbor has one of these and it is awesome (and beautiful). If you are looking for an alternative option to hanging lights for Christmas, take a look at the Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights… Plant this thing in the ground, plug it in and you will have up to 600 square feet of green and red lights displayed. The one I have reflected below is the number one best seller at Amazon with a near 5 star rating…

Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights

Star Shower

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-36) FEATURING — Control What People See About You On Google Services — and MORE GREAT STUFF

November 16, 2015

Control What People See About You On Google Services – If you are a subscriber to any of Google’s services, it is important to know that you can control what people see about you at aboutme.google.com. While you are there, click on the privacy checkup where you can review and adjust what data Google uses to personalize your experience, and update what information you share with friends or make public.

Google About Me

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Safely AND Quickly Hide Files and Folders – If you are looking for a way to hide a file or folder, then take a look at WinMend. I can tell you that I have used WinMend for the past several years and I have never lost a file.  The WinMend site states it, like this; “While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices. 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”. I have added WinMend to the downloads page, located under the FREE SOFTWARE swarm…

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Using The Disk Cleanup Tool In Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 – Cnet has a nice tutorial (click here), on how to clean up the junk in Windows using the built-in cleanup tool. The tutorial covers each aspect of what the tool removes and cleans from your system such as the browser thumbnail cache, system files, system restore files, the hibernation cache, and the recycle bin.

Cleaning up system files

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A Tool To Reset And Repair Windows Update Related Components – The Windows Club posted this article, Reset Windows Update to default in Windows 10, that features using the Windows Update Component Tool (aka Reset Windows Update Agent) to reset and repair the components to the Windows Update service. The tool itself is available from Technet – click here

Reset Windows Update 1

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MORE Quick Links To Amazon Holiday Deals – As you probably have noticed I have an obsession with Amazon and the challenge of locating their best deals. As Christmas gift giving (and receiving) nears, I really go on the hunt to bookmark links to their holiday deals.  Below is my latest collection to share with you.

Quick Links

Today’s Deals

Cyber Monday

12 Days of Deals

Last-Minute Deals

Year-End Deals

Black Friday

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-35) FEATURING — GEGeek NOW On Facebook — and MORE GREAT STUFF

November 9, 2015

GEGeek NOW On Facebook – The motherload of all tech sites, GEGeek, is now featuring their GEGeek Tech Toolkit on Facebook. The toolkit, available through donation at the main GEGeek web site, is a complete collection of over 400 tech related FREE programs and suites (all available from a menu launch utility). If you are an information technology professional the GEGeek website and the GEGeek Toolkit should automatically become part of your mindset. Mike and Jason at GEGeek have gone to great lengths to review, collect, and maintain the information (and toolkit) that is available. Jason recently joined Mike to assist in maintaining the motherload. I personally thank both of them (and I encourage you to do the same). After you donate to acquire the toolkit, you are then entitled to the upgrades (which occur on a regular basis).

GEGeek

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Online Games To Pass The Time Away – I regularly visit the USAToday web site to get my initial daily dose of news. Did you know that on the USAToday web site there is a link that will take to you a wide array of online games that they sponsor and maintain. Initially when you load the USAToday site, you will find a link a the top of the site for Crosswords. Click on that link and you will be taken to the Crossword puzzle page and on the page (at the top of the crosswords) you will find additional links for puzzle, arcade, strategy, brain, casino, and quiz type game challenges. Prior to playing any of the challenges or games, you will be required to set though a short in length advertisement…

USAToday Puzzles

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WordWeb Upgraded To Support Windows 10WordWeb has been a mainstay on my computer for years. It is a very useful and comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, and has helpful spelling and sounds-like links. I especially like the one click lookup where you hold the CTRL key and right mouse click on a word to get the definition. WordWeb can also be installed as a portable app. You will be prompted for that option after you run the install file. Also, if you like WordWeb and use Google Chrome, be sure to download their WordCaptureX browser extension…  NOTE: WordWeb has been added to the What’s On My PC download page under the FREE Software swarm.

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Fix Specific Windows 10 Problems and Issues With This Utility – The Windows Club has a developed a utility called FixWin 10 for Windows 10, that is a portable freeware application that allows you to fix and repair Windows 10 problems, issues and annoyances. This new release of FixWin has an updated UI for Windows 10 and includes a new section to fix Windows 10 common problems and issues specifically.

FixWin 10 for Windows 10

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Digital Trends’ (brought to you by Drippler) Best Android Apps For Any Occasion This list of Android Apps is a pretty good list in my opinion and is a good starting point if you are looking for good reputable android apps (for any occasion). The list was originally posted on Digital Trends and it made Drippler (the Android app that features new tips, apps, features, updates, accessories and more)….

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Where To Look For Deals On Amazon – As the holiday shopping season approaches and we Countdown To Black Friday, many of us will be doing our shopping online. One of my favorite shopping sites is Amazon. For example, to look for bargains I will visit their Today’s Deals, their Outlet, or their Warehouse …  I have found items, using these three options, to get really good deals. If you want to visit the Earth’s Biggest Selection to get a full directory listing at Amazon, CLICK HERE

Countdown Black Friday

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Geek Squeaks #2015-14 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer — and MORE STUFF)

August 18, 2015

An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer – With the release of Windows 10 a new photo viewer comes with it. If you don’t like it, you may want to download and install FastStone Image Viewer. This viewer has been in development for quite some time, was recently upgraded and is the only viewer that I have personally used for years. It can be downloaded as a full install or as a portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

Simplify Copy Paste On Android With Easy Copy – Copy and Pasting is a function that everyone should learn to do and I am constantly running across folks who still do not know how to perform the copy and paste function. If you are an Android (smartphone or table) user, you can simply the copy paste function with the app called Easy Copy. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu is displayed and allows to auto paste into other apps to: locate in Google Maps, call a number, translate text in Google translate, create a calendar event, send a text or just to simply share what has been copied…

 Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste- screenshot

 Next Version of Android Is Called Marshmallow – Google’s update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow — READ MORE

If you were wondering about the
Android Version Names

Alpha

Beta

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

Marshmallow

Off-To-College Essentials – It is that time of year that our kids are off-to-college and they need “stuff” to manage and get through their daily “away from home” lives. To help plan and get “stuff”, Amazon is a good place to start to find college essentials needed to decorate, study, sleep, clean, cook, freshen up, relax, and organize…  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

Back To College

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Geek Squeaks #2015-7 @ What’s On My PC (How To Regain Disk Space After Your Windows 10 Installation and MORE)

August 5, 2015

Regain Disk Space After Your Windows 10 Installation – As typical in past installations of Windows upgrades; Windows will store the old windows file in a folder called Window.old. The type of files in this folder depends on your computer and can amount to gigabytes in the double figures. After you’ve used Windows 10 for a while—for example, one or two weeks—and you’re confident that your files and settings are back to where you want them to be, you can safely reclaim disk space by using Disk Cleanup to delete the Windows.old folder. To actually perform the steps to do this, I found good instruction at betanews (Clean up after a Windows 10 upgrade and regain loads of disk space)…

Disk Clean Up

God Mode In Windows 10 – To activate God Mode in Windows 10, right mouse click the desktop, select New > Folder. Rename the new folder as reflected below. After you have successfully renamed the folder, open the folder to find a wide array of system settings…

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Windows 10 Upgrade Reveals Husband’s Porn Stash – It is said your bad will eventually be revealed. Read this article about how a husband’s secret porn stash was openly revealed after his FREE upgrade to Windows 8…

Do you have a quick charge compatible phone?  If so, get the iClever® Quick Charge 2.0 18W USB Turbo Wall Charger (that will charge your device 75% faster) — providing you have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4/Edge; Google Nexus 6; Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Tablet, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2 Tablet (Japan Version); Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto X 2014; HTC One M9, HTC One (M8), One Remix (Verizon Mini 2), Desire EYE, HTC Butterfly 2; LG G Flex2, LG G4 …

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Nice Deal On Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

July 13, 2015

Another deal I came across at Amazon features the Urge Basics Cuatro Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Bass+ Technology – (Includes Carrying Case and Charging Cable; Compatible with Smartphones, Tablets and Mp3 Players with Bluetooth Capability, Black)…

I don’t know how long this deal (at $20) will last, but is worth a look see…

Urge Basics Bluetooth Speaker

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Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones (Clearance Deal)

July 11, 2015

If you are really into listening to music, you may want to take a look at these Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones. When I post tech deals I see at Amazon I always look at the customer reviews as a gauge to get a feel on the whether a product is good or not. These Photive BTH3 headphones have been reviewed over 2,200 times and is carrying a strong 4 star rating. Appears that the stock is being cleared out; nonetheless, good opportunity to get your hands on an excellent headphone set.

Photive BTH3 Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones
with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery. Includes Hard Travel Case. 2014 New Release

Photoive Headphones

Listen to your favorite tunes with the Photive PH-BT3 wireless headphones designed with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology. This multifunctional pair of headphones will deliver amazing sound quality and lasting comfort. Featuring a lithium ion battery that will give you up to 12 hours of uninterrupted playtime, and charges completely in only 3 hours. The lightweight, slim design of the PH-BTH3 headphones also makes it an excellent travel companion. The headphones come with their own hard travel case.

• Bluetooth 4.0- Advanced CSR Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Stream your music wirelessly up to 33ft.

• Premium sound- Uncompromising sound quality. 40 mm drivers for excellent bass, precise treble and clear mid tones. You’ll hear every satisfying note of your music at its best.

• 12 Hour Lithium-ion rechargeable battery- Enjoy hours of uninterrupted music, podcasts, phone calls and movies before the next charge.

• On Board Controls- Control your music quickly and easily with controls located on the headphone.

• Easy Pairing- Pairs easily, no code required

• 3.5mm Aux input- Includes and a 3.5mm stereo cord for quick and easy connections to devices without Bluetooth.

Included Accessories

USB charging cable

Hard Travel Case

3.5mm Audio Cable

User’s guide

Warranty

1 Year Parts and Labor

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TODAY ONLY – Save Over 60% on Norton Security (For 5 Devices)

June 25, 2015

Amazon’s Deal of the Day, for Thursday, June 25, 2015 has Norton Security (for 5 Devices) at 63% off the regular price. The deal remains in effect until 11:59 pm (PT) on Thursday. You can install this on up to 5 devices (PC’s, Macs’, Smartphones and Tablets). After you make the purchase you are provided a key code that will allow you to redeem the product online.

Norton Security

The new Norton Security simply gives you the best of Norton for the many ways you connect with your PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Get comprehensive protection that’s specialized to secure your favorite devices. Stay safe wherever you go with proactive web protection, mobile device location, advanced privacy technology and more. It’s one solution for the different ways you connect.

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TODAY ONLY = Up to 40% Off Select Transcend Memory Cards, USB Drives, and Solid-State Drives

June 11, 2015

A quick post this morning (Thursday – June 11, 2015)… Noticed that Amazon has up to 40% off on select Transcend products (such as memory cards, USB Drives, and Solid State Drives). I recently upgraded my 5 year old laptop with a Transcend SSD (Solid State Drive) and what a noticeable performance increase. If interested in checking this deal out, click the link below…

Today only, enjoy special savings on Transcend memory products.
This one-day offer is valid on June 11, 2015,
or while supplies last.

Transcend

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TECH DEAL – Don’t Know How Long This Will Last On This BenQ 3D Projector

January 10, 2015

Saw this on Amazon being listed as a lightning deal: 

BenQ MX522 XGA 3000L HDMI Smarteco 3D Projector with 10,000 Hour Lamp Life Projector

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BenQ 3D Projector

Featuring a XGA resolution, a brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 13,000:1, and an unbelievable lamp life of up to 10,000 hours, the MX522 is the perfect projector choice for your everyday life. Whether it’s in business, education, or at home, the MX522 delivers stunning images and lower total cost of ownership.

Specifications:

  • Projection System: DLP
  • Native Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)
  • Brightness: 3000AL
  • Contrast Ratio: 13,000:1
  • Display Color: 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Lens: F=2.5-2.7, f=22.08-24.28mm
  • Aspect Ratio: Native 4:3 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
  • Throw Ratio: 1.97-2.17 (50″@2m)
  • Image Size (Diagonal): 34″-300″
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.1:1
  • Lamp Type: 190W
  • Keystone Adjustment: 1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
  • Projection Offset: 130% ±5%
  • Resolution Support: VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA(1600 x 1200)
  • Horizontal Frequency: 15-102KHz
  • Vertical Scan Rate: 23-120Hz

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An Awesome Geek Multi-Function Tool

January 1, 2015

I am into the multi-tools such as Leatherman… If you never owned one of these you do not know what you are missing. It is like carrying a lightweight toolbox on your belt or in your pocket. To add to my collection I recently added the Leatherman 831189 Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool with Pliers.

Leatherman Squirt PS4

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool features a 420HC clip-point knife blade, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, spring-action scissors, wood/metal file, bottle opener, and flat/phillips screwdrivers. The tool is stainless steel with hard-anodized aluminum handle scales with the tools being outside accessible. Simply attach to your key ring and you are good to go (dimensions: 1.5 inches x 2 inches x 3 inches)

When I was growing up, it was custom to carry a pocket knife. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 takes this custom to another level. Very impressive and sturdy tool by Leatherman. (Available colors: Red, Blue, Black)

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