I am a news junky and can tell you, I have tried every “news source” app out for my phone and tablet. What I settled on and have used for over a year, is an app called “SmartNews“… This app uses a specially engineered algorithm that automatically curates the must-read stories that matter now (from numerous news sources). With today’s political climate being as it is, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using more than one source to get your news. Not only will this app pull down news worldwide, you can add official channels from USA Today to TechCrunch, Vox, VICE, People, NBC and more–for free! This app has been downloaded over 20 million times and I can tell you from a personal standpoint, this is the only news app you will ever need. So, save space on your phone or tablet and give SmartNews a try. SmartNews is available as an Android and Apple app (see links below).
My daughter wanted me to try Facebook Messenger so that we could video chat with the Grand kids… I told her I do not like Facebook and I would have to find an alternative. Within minutes (actually), I found Google Duo in the Google Play Store (see source link below) and we were up and running in no time. (Note: Google Duo is also available at the Apple Store)…
If you want a low overhead video calling app, Google Duo is it. I was majorly impressed… After installing the app and giving the app permission to access my contacts, I simply called my daughter’s cell phone number. She had already installed it and as a result the connection was seamless. You can actually preview who is calling before answering. If you do call someone that does not have the app installed simply tap on “invite” or prearrange that they install the app. Google Duo is as simple as it gets and the video quality is great…
Features of Google Duo are:
Pick a loved one and jump right in, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.
See the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.
High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.
Video call all your friends across Android and iOS with just one simple app.
Make audio-only calls to your friends when you can’t have a video call.
SOURCE: Google Duo
Apple has been around for years… As a matter of fact, one of the first computers I experienced was the Apple IIc, a computer that I had purchased for my daughter.
Since those days, Apple has been an unique innovator in many products; with some of those products being total flops. Many of those failures, in my opinion, were the result of Apple being ahead of their time and in some cases ahead of the technology curve in general.
To demonstrate what I am talking about, take a look at the infographic below (provided by Master’s In Finance Degree Guide ) that depicts Apple’s Biggest Failures and you will recognize that some of these failures are things that are commonplace today…
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);
Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);
Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C. Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,
Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);
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!
See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]
Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product
The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE
Computer Repair Technician Checklist
I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE
Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S
Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C… READ MORE
Nexus 4 Best Selling Shock Absorption Bumper + Anti Scratch Clear Back Premium Hybrid Case
The Best Case Seller with Top Rated Feedback and Reviews… CHECK IT OUT HERE
The best description I can give for Microsoft Surface Pro is that it is a laptop in tablet form. It will run the same programs that you have been running with Windows 7; BUT, will this be enough to standup to the competition (the Android Tablets and iPad)?
I am a Windows user, always have been, but there is two things that is holding me back from the Surface Pro, and has me questioning Microsoft’s strategy:
- The price of $899+ is too salty for my pocketbook. For 899+ I can get a pretty decent Ultrabook with a touch screen. Granted the Surface Pro is comparable to the full Windows desktop and notebook computer experience that I have always been used to; however, after personally using and experiencing the simplicity of the Android Tablet (at a much lesser price), and the iPad, I cannot see existing home based computer users or the new generation of users (our kids and grandkids) going for Microsoft’s flavor of the tablet (Pro or RT Models).
For example, I have two elderly friends of mine, one owning an Android Tablet and the other owning an iPad. Both have expressed how easy it was for them to use these devices in comparison to their Windows based computers. As a matter of fact, they are spending less time at the keyboard.
- The Surface Pro (best model) ships with a 128 GB of space and from what I am reading this space can drop dramatically to around 89 GBs with Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the built in Windows apps installed (click here). Also, I have noticed that many of the Windows Store apps can be quite large in file or install size compared to the typical apps installed on the Android OS and iOS (iPad) platforms.
I don’t want to sound too negative about Microsoft Surface, because I am a true Windows based user who has lived in the operating system for years; BUT, that has been my passion, my hobby, my life blood… Most people I know could care less about computers or Microsoft Windows. All they want is an easy computer (internet) experience and they want it at a reasonable cost; whether it is Android, iOS (iPad) or Microsoft. In other words, I am starting to realize that the writing may be on the wall and that myself, desktop computing and Microsoft is becoming old school pretty fast.
I would love to hear insight on this from the experts in the field and from the everyday computer user at home. (see a related article here, called Rethinking Tablets, at TTC Shelbyville – a Tennessee Tech School).
Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]
Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about Microsoft Surface Pro – [CLICK HERE]
i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB Ram Dual Channel Memory
Windows 8 Pro
10.6″ ClearType HD Display
Steve at Scoroncocolo sure catches my attention with some of the terminology he uses and his most recent article Reboot, Restore, Backup iPhone, is no exception. I especially liked the one section in his most recent article Restoring Your iPhone – The Nuclear Option. I don’t think I need to explain what he means by the term nuclear in this case.
The gist of his article is to provide us with instruction on differentiating between “a reboot and a restore (going nuclear)” and how to backup the iPhone.
Steve always contacts me and says, “hey take a look at this article”… His enthusiasm is what draws me in and I feel he shares the same passion for information technology that I do; AND, as a result of this enthusiasm he feels compelled to share that enthusiasm with us all. That is what a true blogger is! I truly enjoy promoting sites like this.
Take the time and drop by his site and if you are an iPhone owner, make sure to bookmark and read Reboot, Restore Backup iPhone.
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