Thought my readers would be interested in this… Appears Walmart is going all out in competing with Amazon and the like. FREE 2-Day Shipping when you spend $35 or more. NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!
Fortunately, I was brought up by a generation where you were taught to trust your fellow man. Today, that trust is being compromised and taken advantage of on a daily basis. One example of this is the landline phone and the scammers that call on a daily basis. It has gotten so bad, that I am constantly telling my parents, who are from the generation of trusting others, to look at the caller ID and if you know the caller, answer it; if not familiar with the number calling, do not answer it. The caller will leave a message if the call is that important. In my own home, I do not answer my landline phone (and my friends and neighbors know it). I tell them to leave a message… It is too bad that using the old technology of landline phones has become a haven for crime.
There are methods and phone services to blacklist (or block) suspicious calls, but most people either do not take advantage of these services and/or the scammers are learning to get around those defenses. Cell phones are just as susceptible; however, I have found the focus is more on the landline phones (and the elderly).
Today, I want to share you how crazy these scams are becoming. USAToday had this article published (see source link below) whereby simply answering the phone and saying the word “YES” can get you in a real mess.
Just say ‘no’ to these scammers, but hang up the phone first.
I wonder WHY???
Washington Post released a Chrome plug-in on Friday designed to fact-check posts from a single Twitter account.
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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
I can attest to the Cricket Wireless service (which is affiliated with AT&T) as being a great alternative (low cost) service. This past week Cricket Wireless sweetened the pot even more by announcing that their $50 rate plan now includes 8 GB of High Speed Data. If you are an existing customer of the $50 rate plan, as I am, you can take advantage of the new feature by visiting your nearest Cricket Wireless branded store or cricketwireless.com, through your MyCricket app, or by calling Cricket Customer Care… READ MORE. I was able to bump up to 8 GB from 5 GB by visiting their website and simply changing my existing 5 GB plan to the new 8 GB plan.
Also, I encourage you to read article I posted about Cricket Wireless and the LG Stylo 2 Smartphone… CLICK HERE. Cricket Wireless is able to keep the costs down by throttling down data speeds; which, from my findings has no noticeable impact on web browing, watching videos, etc… The service uses AT&T towers which means you have service just about everywhere. I have been very impressed with the service…
Looking for a FREE movie source? Walmart, in conjunction with their subscription-free video streaming service, Vudu, has introducted Movies On us….
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – OCT. 18, 2016 – Vudu, Walmart’s subscription-free, premium video streaming service, today introduced Vudu Movies on Us, a new program offering customers thousands of movie and TV titles to watch for free, and on-demand, with limited commercials. Customers who log on to Vudu from their browsers, mobile or living room devices can now watch blockbuster and classic titles like “Mad Max”, “True Grit,” “Abduction,” “School of Rock” all on the house – no fees, no subscriptions, and limited commercials – in premium 1080p high definition.
I love Evernote; however, after I read this at the Android Authority, I may be going back to OneNote (or some other option)…
Early this morning, the lead devs of Evernote rose from their slumber. They stretched, yawned, looked around and then said to themselves, “You know what? We’ve almost never pissed anybody off. Let’s go ahead and get that squared away, shall we?” And so it came to pass that Evernote decided to increase the prices of both their Plus and Premium plans while at the same time heavily handicapping Basic users to encourage them to subscribe… READ MORE @ Android Authority
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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…
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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).
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…
WordWeb Upgraded To Support Windows 10 – WordWeb 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.
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.
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)….
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…
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Seven years ago this month I started the “What’s On My PC” blog at WordPress. I have met numerous individuals and have seen numerous blogs come and go. To me, it has become a hobby and a way for me to keep up with my passion for information technology. Blogging has taught me discipline; has improved my writing skills; and, pushes me to keep up with the latest in information technology.
My start with blogging can be attributed to the support and guidance from Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone. These guys are true bloggers and still maintain their blogs. Their level of expertise and knowledge of information technology is a level that is very admirable. I can’t say “Thank You” enough to these guys…
To celebrate my 7 years, you will notice that at the top of the blog you will see a tab labelled “Tech News”. Effective today, if you click on that tab you will be redirected to Bill Mullins’ site (Tech Thoughts) where one of his specialties is aggregating technology news (tagged as Tech Thoughts – Net News). What I have found is that we are saturated on a daily basis with information technology news, to the point you can lose a sense of it all and you miss out on the important stuff. With Bill’s insight and sixth sense for technology, he does the legwork for us and provides a good read on current tech news, trends, security, software; AND, even some off topic news.
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Here is a conglomeration of articles that I put together from December 23, 2014 to December 30, 2014. If interested, you can click here to see all the articles ever posted at What’s On My PC (over 1950 articles).
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This SD card has a capacity that is more that the hard drive in my computer…
Get a load of this! Sandisk recently announced the world’s first SD card with a capacity of 512 gigabytes—half a terabyteof storage. That’s right, you’ll soon be able to buy an SD card with more capacity than many PC hard drives, as long as you don’t mind paying an insane premium for the privilege.
And you thought it was cool carting around a 16GB SD card with a basic Ubuntu install on it… READ MORE @ PCWorld
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A TTS (Text To Speech) Program With Functionality Of ASR (Automatic Speed Recognition Integrated) – One of my hobbies in life is this blog. To assist me with getting a good read on what I publish, I use a TTS (Text To Speech) program that allows me to hear my written words. Typically when we write it is all visual; however, when something is read back to you it changes the whole perspective of things.
The program that I use for this purpose is a FREE (portable app) standalone program called DSpeech.
DSpeech gives you the ability to copy and paste text into the DSpeech reader and have it read back to you using different voices. You can also save the audio output to a variety of different audio file formats (such as WAV, .MP3, AAC, WMA or OGG).
DSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced based upon the vocal answers of the user. It is specifically designed to quickly and directly provide the functions and improved practical usefulness that are requested by this kind of program. In the meantime, the invasiveness and resource consumption is minimal.
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[ANDROID] Poppy Gives You Email Notifications That You Can Reply To From Anywhere – Email Popup: Poppy is an Android app that gives you richer email alerts on any screen. Like the alerts in the notification area, you can interact with the alert but it takes the interaction further. You can reply to the email directly from the email without having to switch to the email app… READ MORE @ Addictive Tips
[HOW TO] How To Access All OneDrive Files Offline In Windows 8.1 -Here is a short tutorial that explains how to to access OneDrive files offline in Windows 8.1… READ MORE @ I Love Free Software
[TECH NEWS] Moving On: Microsoft Confirms No More Major Updates for Windows 8 – Microsoft tried to address consumer complaints in Windows 8 with Windows 8.1, and then again with its first major update for Windows 8.1. However, Windows 8/8.1 isn’t grabbing market share the way Microsoft hoped it would, even with Windows XP taken behind the shed.
That reality must have finally hit Microsoft like a ton of bricks, and now the firm is changing gears — rather than release another major update to Windows 8.1, it’s going to add any upcoming changes to its monthly update schedule, better known as Patch Tuesday… READ MORE @ MaximumPC
[HARDWARE] Anti-Static / Anti-Drop / Anti-Shake / Water Resistant / Dust Resistant Hard Disk Drive Protect Case – ORICO PH Series Hard disk drive Protection Box is a Ultimate Bodyguard for your Hard Drive. High Strength Engineering ABS plastic hard shell style and indestructible, EVA Cushion surround every corner of your HDD inside. Easy lock and open mechanism make it user-friendly… READ MORE @ Amazon