Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-012)

March 21, 2016

Microsoft Edge Browser To Get Extensions Support – If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, then you are familiar with browser extensions that extend the functionality of the browser. Microsoft recently announced that they have shipped the first preview release of Microsoft Edge with extensions support to Windows Insiders. Microsoft Edge is the browser that we see in Windows 10. To us at home, we will not see this just yet. I am also reading in various places where Microsoft is working on a tool that will let developers port Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge… READ MORE

Microsoft Edge

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Crush Malware With Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – I have featured the FREE version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the past and thought this would be a good time to once again promote this “must have” security software. One thing to point out at the start is that the FREE version of Malwarebytes is only a scanning utility and does not provide real-time protection. You can get the real-time protection by purchasing the commercial version of their software. Don’t let this deter you from downloading the FREE version. I use the FREE version and make a habit to manually download the updates and perform routine scans of my computer.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytyes Anti-Malware

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Launch Your Windows Desktop Like An iPad – How would you like to double click on your Windows desktop and a program (or shortcut) launcher appears that allows you to customize and launch your favorite programs, apps, files, folders or web URLs? If so, you need to take a look at PaperPlane. I have always loved program launchers and this one is no exception. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program (shortcut manager) which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it’s a better Launchpad just for your Windows. It enables you to quickly access your most used apps, open a recent file, visit a website URL, play your favorite game, or open any shortcut etc, in one place.

PaperPlane

PaperPlane

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A Best Seller Portable Hard Drive – Looking for a way to safeguard your personal files? The WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (w/USB 3.0) may be the solution you are looking for. I currently use a similar Western Digital portable drive to backup my personal files that I then transport and store offsite (away from my home) — READ MORE

WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-22) FEATURING — Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 8, 2015

Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network – I know we all are into wireless connectivity, but did you know there is another option available, using the right technology, that is right under our nose. It is called power-line networking that uses the electrical wiring in our homes to create an ethernet (data) network. What you need to set this up are small adapters that plug into any wall outlet and connect via a cable to the ethernet port on your computer (or other network device). This setup is especially useful in scenarios where your wireless network is out of reach or you want to create a wired home theater (media center) setup for greater speeds and reliability. To get you started on this (and to learn more), I found The essential guide to powerline Ethernet adapters (including 12 hands-on reviewsat PCWorld which is part of a series of continually updated articles on the topic. If you are thinking about creating a power-line data network I encourage you to bookmark this information. One thing of importance that I extracted from my reading of these articles is that there is a variety products (and standards) and it is important to stay with the same product line (and standard) once you start creating your network. These type of networks require minimal setup and once you plug in a networked computer (or device), it should be connected within moments.

Powerline Networking

Power Tool For The Tech Toolbox – This tool, called Registry Finder (available as a portable app), is a tool that allows you to browse the local registry; create, delete, rename keys and values; modify values as its natural data type (string, multistring, DWORD) or as a binary data. It is allowed to open multiple Registry windows. Next time you start Registry Finder, those windows will be reopened on the same keys as before.

Registry Finder

Upgrade Your Old PC To SSD – I recently upgraded a 5 year old Toshiba notebook PC with a solid state drive. This was a good decision on my part (pat on the back) due that it made the computer noticeably more responsive by greatly improving load times and transfer speeds. Along with this upgrade you benefit from a reduction in noise and power consumption. If you are considering an upgrade, An SSD should be the first upgrade for your PC (read more on this at BetaNews).  If you are looking for solid state drive options (and pricing) — CLICK HERE

SSD Upgrade

Rules And Regulations On Drone Usage Is As Clear As Mud – I encourage you to — CLICK HERE — to see the infographic titled Robots In The Sky that pretty much sums up everything about drones right now (i.e. drones that made the headlines, proposed FAA laws, State drone laws, safety guidelines, etc…)

Robots In the Sky

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Revive An Old PC or Laptop With The Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III SSD370

May 3, 2015

Recently, I had an older Windows 7 based Toshiba Laptop given to me in exchange for removing the personal data off of the drive. The laptop was suffering some other issues, as well;  that I was able to fix. The laptop is approximately 5 years old and came at a time when I was giving my brother a another computer I had, to install in his man-cave (garage)… The Toshiba became my own man-cave (garage) computer, after upgrading the computer with a Solid State Drive.

To breathe new life into this laptop I installed the Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive. For the money, it was a no-brainer. The difference this upgrade made was very noticeable (faster boot time, faster program loads, and a faster internet experience).

A nice thing about the SSD370, is that it includes a 3.5-inch mounting kit, consisting of a bay adapter and 8 mounting screws (in the event you decide to install this drive in a desktop computer). Once attached to the chassis, you can use the 2.5-inch SSD370 in the standard 3.5-inch space.

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive TS256GSSD370

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

  • 256GB (MLC)
  • Max. Read 570MB/s, Max. Write 470MB/s
  • DDR3 DRAM cache
  • TRIM Command support
  • Power Shield to prevent data loss when sudden power off
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. function
  • Built-in ECC protection for long data retention
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling

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Having Problems Cloning A Windows 8 PC Hard Drive? Read These Articles, Download This FREE Software and Watch This Video

December 2, 2014

I recently purchased a new Windows 8 Box (see this article) and decided I wanted to make a bootable cloned drive. Being old school I went to work using the cloning software I had on hand and I immediately noticed something different in the drive partitions. The free software I was using was not getting the job done; and the drive, after the cloning process, did not boot. My tech instinct told me I was missing out on something and went to work researching terms I was seeing, such as GPT and UEFI.

I had been out of the field for nearly 7 years, have kept up with things (more as a hobby), but was not real familiar with the new GPT and UEFI terms that I was seeing. I had heard of the terms, but really did not pay any attention to them. Besides I always was a more of a software guy than a hardware guy (so it really did not hit high on my priority list, until now).

I soon discovered that all Windows 8 machines nowadays support the new GPT and UEFI ; AND, that it is real important to know what GPT and UEFI are when you get into the hardware side of a Windows 8 based computer.

In real simple terms GPT is the new replacement for MBR – Master Boot Record and UEFI is the new replacement for the BIOS – Basic Input/Output System.

To define GPT and UEFI in more complex terms (and to get a full understanding), I went to Wikipedia for a definition and found two really good articles that will bring this all together.

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS)…  source: wikipedia:GUID Partition Table 

If you read this article “What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?” you will see that MBR is old school and GPT is new school… source: How-To Geek

If you read this article “UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?” you will see where the author adamantly is telling us UEFI and BIOS are two completely different beasts. This article in my opinion really nails down all of this stuff to the point where I found a lot of what I had been reading was off base due to people using the terminology incorrectly.

You do not have a ‘UEFI BIOS’. No-one has a ‘UEFI BIOS’. Please don’t ever say ‘UEFI BIOS’. BIOS is not a generic term for all PC firmware, it is a particular type of PC firmware. Your computer has a firmware. If it’s an IBM PC compatible computer, it’s almost certainly either a BIOS or a UEFI firmware… source: AdamW on Linux and more

Getting back to my original problem of cloning my Windows 8 hard drive, I now knew I needed to find cloning software that supported GPT and UEFI. This is where I found Macrium Reflect (FREE Edition), which supported the cloning process for GPT and UEFI based systems. Macrium Reflect is a free disaster recovery solution for your home computer that primarily specializes in making drive images.

Also, during my research, I came across this instructional video “How to Clone Windows 8” , where the person in the video will clearly walk you through the cloning process using the FREE Edition of Macrium Reflect…

When it comes to cloning Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to use the right software for the job, whats even better you don’t have to pay. Here is a free option that lets you clone Windows 8 or 8.1 with ease. The program is called Macruim Reflect, it supports the new GPT and UEFI BIOS that all windows 8 machines come with now days.

In the end, once I educated myself about GPT and UEFI, had the right software, and watched how to do it; I walked away with a successfully cloned (and bootable) hard drive. Due to my real life experience working through this, I decided to help others out in the event they start pulling their hair out, like I did…

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Good Deal On A Samsung 4TB External Hard Drive (limited days and limited supply)

November 1, 2014

A good friend pointed me into the direction of NewEgg on eBay for the SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Bl. Appears the sale on this ends in 4 days and there is a limited supply.

I also did a price comparison below:

Newegg on Ebay – $99.99

What’s On My PC @ Amazon – $137.95 (good place to check for specs and reviews)

Samsung External Hard Drive - 4TB

Features:

  • Provides 4TB of desktop storage for all of your music, videos and photos.
  • AutoBackup personal backup solution
  • Secure Drive for data security
  • SuperSpeed USB 3 Cable
  • 3 years limited warranty

TECH DEAL – Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III SSD

September 9, 2014

Noticed an Amazon price drop on the Samsung 840 EVO 2.5 inch SATA SSD Drive. This is one of the best sellers at Amazon with awesome customer reviews. SATA drives have no moving parts, which means a very noticeable increase in performance; AND, is one of the best upgrades you can make to a computer. If you are looking for a SSD drive, you may want to check this one out [CLICK HERE]

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW

840 EVO Series 250 GB SSD


TECH DEAL – SanDisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD)

September 1, 2014

I don’t know if this is a Labor Day special or not, but Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive at 38% off the regular price.

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SATA 6.0GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD)

SanDisk Ultra II

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD is an easy and affordable way to upgrade and boost your PC’s performance by up to 28 times (1). With this performance boost, you can enjoy no-wait boot up, shorter application load times, and quicker data transfer to make multi-tasking easy when it comes to work, entertainment, or both. In addition to cooler, quieter computing, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD adds up to 15% battery life to laptops and notebooks (2). From a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD can extend the life of your computer.


Geek Squeak – “How To Geek” Tells You Why SSD Is The Single Biggest Upgrade You Can Give Your Computer

August 26, 2014

SSD (Solid State Drive) – Have no moving (mechanical) components. This distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads.Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and less latency.

Now that we have the definition SSD out of the way, make sure you read the article at “How To Geek” on “It’s Time Why You Need to Upgrade to an SSD Right Now“.

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It’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically… READ MORE @ How To Geek


ORICO Super Speed USB 3.0 HDD Hard Drive And SSD Docking Station

August 13, 2014

I have one of these drives on order and thought I would share this with my readers.

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If you have any SATA drives laying around, the ORICO external docking station is an economical (and easy) way to put those drives to work. I plan to use the spare drives I have to perform backups.

  • Tool-Free installation for 2.5 – inch & 3.5-inch SATA , SATA II, SATA III HDDs and SSDs
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 data provides transfer rates up to 5Gbps , backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 connections
  • No installation of drivers required for Windows XP,Vista ,windows 7 ,windows 8 , 8.1 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above
  • Build in Power Control Switch , Ready for Hot Swap , Plug & Play under Windows or MAC or Linux PC
  • Premium 12V 2.5A Power AC Adapter & Double Foil Shielded and Twisted Paired 3.3ft USB 3.0 Cable Included

The ORICO Docking Station has great customer reviews and can be found HERE.


Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive

July 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive –  If you have an older PC and you are looking for a performance boost, that gives you faster speed with capacity, you may want to take a look one of Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drives.

Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drive

The good about the hybrid drive is that it is less expensive (see sample pricing) than solid state drives, yet gives you the kick and speed of the solid state drive (see customer reviews).

The hybrid drives by Seagate set aside approximately 6GB’s of ultra-fast NAND flash (same as used for SSD technology) to store the most frequently used data.  What this means is that, as you use the computer, the hybrid drive learns what data you use frequently and stores it on the SSD side of the drive. As this happens over time you will notice that the load times of those frequently used application are greatly reduced.  System boot times and system responsiveness are also noticeably improved using the hybrid form factor.

The Seagate® Desktop SSHD is designed to work in any standard desktop system. Unlike other hybrid solutions, there are no special drivers or software to install and configure. It installs and works just like a hard drive – only faster!

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[HOW TO] How to Upgrade a Desktop Hard Drive With Solid State Hybrid Drive Technology – The process of upgrading your desktop drive to a Seagate® Desktop SSHD is simpler than you might expect. There are three essential steps involved with the upgrade process… @Seagate

[FREE EBOOKS] 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever – Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[GMAIL] 5 Free Gmail Tracking Services To Get Read Receipt for Gmail – Here’s a listing of five free Gmail tracking services. These email tracking services keep tabs on your sent emails (sent via Gmail) and notify you (via different methods) when the recipient(s) open/read those emails… @I Love Free Software

[HOT TECH NEWS] The Popular WinPatrol System Monitoring Software Changes Hands – I couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the founder of Ruiware, LLC and Scotty’s new best friend,  Bret Lowry. He’s younger with more energy but still has almost 30 years experience developing software… @Bits From Bill

[WEB BROWSER NEWS] Chrome rockets past Firefox in browser arena – Google’s Chrome continues to shoot past Firefox among the desktop browser crowd, according to the latest stats from Web tracker Net Applications… @c|net

[WINDOWS APP] Pushbullet Windows App Gets Right-Click File Push Capability – You know all about Pushbullet by now – it’s that file/text/notification/everything else pushing app that’s so outrageously useful that you have to wonder why it’s free. Today there’s a treat rolling out to Pushbullet users on Windows in particular, and it makes sending files to your devices mega-easy. Just right-click and send.. @Android Police

[SECURITY] Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – This article contains a comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. The few non-free programs on this list are included because they are of high merit (in our opinion) and lack a comparable free alternative. This list also includes links to webpages that contain security-related information… @gizmo’s

[FREE SOFTWARE] MagicArchiver – Free Solutions for Archive Processing – A free archive processing utility. It provides a free and complete solution for manipulating archives. It is completely free for commercial and personal use… @MagicArchiver

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Here is the online application for cutting music – It allows you to effortlessly cut out a desired musical fragment from an MP3 file or a file in other formats, in order, for example to set it up as a customized ringtone for your mobile phone… @Online Audio Cutter

[CHROME EXTENSION] A powerful local, offline and background music player built entirely of HTML5 and JavaScript – A powerful local music player which runs as a packaged app (100% offline)… @Chrome Web Store

[UTILITIES] A software toolbox for your solid state drive hardware – Many of the top manufacturers of solid state drives have a software “toolbox” to go along with the hardware to configure the best performance. Sometimes a manufacturer only provides firmware updates, which are warned to be done at your own risk… @404 Tech Support

[HOW TO] 3 Ways To Directly Boot To Desktop In Windows 8 – Here are 3 ways to boot directly to Windows 8 desktop, when you login to Windows 8 PC… @I Love Free Software

[SECURITY] Microsoft Account protection: Login and security tips – Here are a few things you can do to help protect your Microsoft Account… @The Windows Club

[HOT TECH NEWS] Microsoft Announces Major Changes to Office 365 for Small and Midsized Businesses – In October, Microsoft will replace its Office 365subscriptions for small and midsized businesses with versions that are more affordable, more flexible, and provide more value. Existing customers will be able to take advantage of the new offerings—and the new pricing—starting October 1 or when they upgrade in the months ahead… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows


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Win A Chance At A Samsung 840 EVO-Series Solid State Drive

February 4, 2014

How would you like to get your hands on a solid state drive?

Dom over at Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog contacted me to let me know that he is working in partnership with Elite Gaming Computers in giving away a Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive.

Samsung 840 EVO-Series Solid State Drive

This giveaway will also feature two $25 Amazon gift cards as runner up prizes.

The rules to sign up for a chance at this are very easy and makes it worth the few minutes to visit. Simply visit Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog and follow the instructions.

According to his blog, the winner will be chosen randomly on 2/21/2014 and will be notified via email.

To see the specs for the Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series drive as reflected above, CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Also, I checked at Amazon and the customer reviews and feedback on this drive are quite good – SEE HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013


AN ADVANCED WINDOWS VOLUME CONTROL
that can be used to replace the standard Windows volume control…

IMPROVE YOUR COMPUTER’S PERFORMANCE with these four options from Tech4Idiots…

$7.5 MILLION DOLLAR HARD DRIVE has went missing in the dump…

AN ALL-IN-ONE ANDROID DESKTOP that possibly could make our life in the world of computing much easier…

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An Advanced Windows Volume Control

Volume ²

Volume ² is very nice Windows volume control that gives you the ability to control your computer’s volume using the mouse wheel, hotkeys or on a schedule.

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Volume ² – alternate volume control that can completely replace the standard Windows volume control. Volume ² provides a simple set of hot keys and mouse events to control the volume.Also, it is a simple task scheduler that allows you to run an application or control the volume.Volume ² has a multilingual interface: Russian, Ukrainian, English, Chinese, Armenian, German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, etc.

Note: When you visit the site it is in Russian and will need to translate the page.  In my case, I am using Google Chrome with a built in translator.

GET IT HERE (PORTABLE AND INSTALLER)


How to improve your computer’s performance

@ Tech4Idiots

In the event you have an aging computer, you may want to revive some life back into it with these four options as suggested by Tech4Idiots…

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A while ago we published an article on how to improve your computer’s performance at no cost, this time around we’ll be discussing a few basic tips on improving your PC’s performance when you have some money to spend… READ MORE


Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in Newport landfill site

@ theguardian

You may have been reading about the electronic money currency called Bitcoins. Bitcoins recently have gained in value to the point where they are turning the heads, on not only people, but entire countries.  If you didn’t know, per Wikipedia, Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic and money payment network introducted in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto.

Recently a computer dude threw away his hard drive, only to realize later (as bitcoins gained in value), that he had thrown away an equivalent of $7.5 million in bitcoins.  Somewhere in the dump there is a very valuable hard drive…

Damian blog : Seaton Meadows Landfill site in Hartlepool

Buried somewhere under four feet of mud and rubbish, in the Docksway landfill site near Newport, Wales, in a space about the size of a football pitch is a computer hard drive worth more than £4m.

It belonged to James Howells, who threw it out when he was clearing up his desk in mid-summer and discovered the part, rescued from a defunct Dell laptop. He found it in a drawer and put it in a bin… READ MORE


HP Slate 21-k100 21.5-Inch All-in-One
Android Touchscreen Desktop

I would really love to see these Android desktops take off. Definitely would make computing a lot easier for those folks who have struggled with learning Windows; not forgetting to mention, Android eliminates a lot of the bulk.

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The HP Slate 21-k100 All-in-One is the only Android all-in-one that gives you fast access to the most popular apps. Every time you log in, your favorite Android apps, documents, and widgets appear instantly. Everyone has the best seat in the house for watching videos, sharing slideshows, playing games and more with a 21.5″ diagonal Full HD display and wide viewing angles… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: The future of textbooks is here. Leave the backpack behind and go digital with your textbooks (see below);

Squeak #2: Managing the file structure on an Android device can be a challenge. Eliminate the challenge with ES File Explorer.  One of the best out there for Android file management. I especially like that you can access your local area network; your online storage at  Dropbox, Box.net, Sugarsync, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Amazon S3, Yandex and more, directly from ES File Explorer (get it below);

Squeak #3: Ah yes, Google Glass… How I would love to get my hands on these. TechCrunch has a nice post on how Google Glass can be potentially used by police, firefighters and first responders (read more below); AND,

Squeak #4: There is no reason in the world for not backing up your personal files. Today’s featured computer gadget is a Seagate portable hard drive that will get the job done for you!

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Leave Your Backpack Behind and Rent Digital Textbooks

@ Google Play

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Access your textbooks anywhere–from phone, tablet, or web, on Android or iOS–and trade your notebooks for a new Nexus 7: you can search, annotate, and highlight directly inside your books with our free reading app. To find specific titles, visit the Textbooks Store and search for books by ISBN… LEARN MORE HERE


ES File Explorer Is A Free Full-Featured File
and Application Manager For Android

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Android File Manager – Manage your files like you do on your desktop or laptop using Multiple Select, Cut/Copy/Paste, Move, Create, Delete, Rename, Search, Share, Send, Hide, Create Shortcut, and Bookmark; operations can be performed on local files (on your Android device) or remotely (on your computer)… GET IT HERE


Google Glass Gets An App To Power The Cyber Cops And Futuristic Firefighters Of Tomorrow

@ TechCrunch

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Mutualink is demoing one such app today at APCO, a conference for public safety communications, with its Glass App for police, firefighters and first responders. The app would allow public safety officers and officials to communicate in real-time via streaming video from the scene… READ MORE


A Pencil Thin Portable Hard Drive

Seagate Slim 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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The Seagate Slim portable drive is lightweight and about as thin as a pencil, plus the anodized black or silver metal design will slide easily into a pocket or backpack for your on-the-go lifestyle… SEE MORE HERE


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A Hard Drive That Has Its’ Own Wi-Fi Network

April 10, 2013

You have to love technology… Seagate has an external hard drive available that is called Wireless Plus. This drive has its own Wi-Fi network built-in, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your wi-fi devices such, as your tablet or smartphone. The cool thing about the Wireless Plus drive is that it acts as a router. You do not need to be connected to the internet to access this drive.

 You need no wires with this drive, at all.  It has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to 10 hours life.  Imagine jumping in the car, powering the Wireless Plus up to stream movies to the kids’ tablets.

Wireless Plus has its own Wi-Fi network, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your tablet or smartphone on-the-go and off-the-grid

The free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android makes it easy to navigate and enjoy content wherever you go

1TB of built-in storage, which means you can load up to 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents

Allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to access and store content at the same time

Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, so there is no need for an Internet connection and you don’t have to use your data plan

Download movies and other media to your device, so you can enjoy your content later, when not connected to Wireless Plus

Game consoles, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players and other DLNA devices can access the content on Wireless Plus whenever you have it connected to your home network via Wi-Fi

Up to 10-hour battery life

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

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Create A Desktop Shortcut To Your Windows 8 Apps and Software

April 9, 2013

What many of you do not know is that I often use the blog to document tips, that I come across, for my own future reference. Today’s post is a good example of this. Recently I discovered that I can create a Windows 8 desktop shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI (graphical user interface) menu for all of the apps and software that I have installed on my computer.

As you well know, if you are a Windows 8 user, there is no Start Menu. This shortcut, in essence, will go to serve the same purpose of the Start Menu; however, in appearance it does not look like the Start Menu you have been accustomed to. The good about this is, that once you click the shortcut and you get to the apps screen, you can simply start typing to search for the app or software program you are looking for. For example, let’s say I want to launch the calculator that is built into windows. I simply click on the shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI menu or apps screen, then start typing calculator and very quickly the tile to launch the calculator will appear.

To create this desktop shortcut, here is what you have to do:

Right click on desktop and click New -> Shortcut

A dialog box will appear prompting for a location of the item.  Copy and Paste the following into the dialog box, then click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

App Menu Shortcut

After you click on Next, another dialog box will launch prompting you to give the shortcut a name. In this case, I named the shortcut Windows 8 Apps.  After you enter the name for the shortcut, click on Finish.

App Menu Shortcut

Click on your newly created shortcut, to launch the Windows 8 Apps Screen (menu)…

App Menu Shortcut

What I am finding, by using this shortcut technique, I am using the Windows 8 GUI menu (or apps screen) on a regular basis.

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