Haystack TV For Your Chromecast

December 17, 2016

On Black Friday I took advantage of the $25 Chromecast and installed it on my TV in my garage. My wife hasn’t seen me since. You can still take advantage of the $25 Chromecast at the official Google site (click here), until December 24th. After getting the Chromecast I was like a kid with a new toy and it wasn’t long before I was looking for Chromecast ready apps (that you install on your Android phone or tablet then cast or display on the TV).  

One of my favorites so far, is Haystack TV… In a nutshell it is like a high-def visual feed reader that specializes mostly in news; however, I found that you can customize (search for and save sources & topics) that can be quite entertaining (like late night TV segments).  Even if you do not have a Chromecast, Haystack TV is worth downloading on your smartphone or tablet.

   Haystack TV: Daily News- screenshot

 

Haystack TV is a free and Google Cast™ Ready app, a great alternative to cable news. Haystack has featured repeatedly for Chromecast and Android TV the latest politics, local, national and world news from top news organizations such as CNN, AP, MSNBC, NYTimes and the BBC.

 


Check Out The Web Version Of Google Play Newsstand

November 17, 2016

Google Play Newsstand, typically known as a mobile app (on Android and iOS platforms), is now available on the web (click here). Google Play Newsstand is a personalized news reader that provides a single destination for browsing the topics, news sources, and magazines you care about.

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Keep An Eye On Your Latest RSS News Feeds With Desktop Ticker

December 17, 2014

I am big into RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), by using the likes of Feedly (RSS Feed Reader) to keep track of what is going on in the world. I currently have a large collection of feeds that I follow. RSS gives you the ability to track multiple news sources quickly and efficiently by giving you (in most cases, depending on how you configure the feed) the headlines with bits and pieces of the story. Once you see something of interest you can go to it by clicking on the feed link. You can grasp a whole lot of information with RSS feeds. It has been an invaluable tool to me with locating resources for the blog.

Now that you have somewhat of a feel what a RSS feed is, you may want to take a look at Desktop Ticker which is a FREE scrolling desktop ticker that you can load feeds into that will scroll the latest feeds across your desktop (much like what you see on TV when they scroll the news across the screen).

Desktop Ticker is a free RSS and Atom web feed aggregator application that allows you to keep an eye on the latest news from your favourite websites whilst you work on your computer. Once feeds have been added, the article titles scroll horizontally across the screen. Article summaries are displayed when the mouse cursor is placed over an article title, and the full article can be opened in a web browser by clicking on the article title. The RSS feeds are automatically downloaded after the specified interval to show updated content.

Desktop Ticker

What I like about Desktop Ticker is that it is FREE; can be downloaded as a portable app; and, can be fully customized. For example, the graphic you see above is close to the default size. What I ended up doing was increasing the font (to size 18) which will change the ticker to a very readable size. If you notice below, you will see my browser window is open and the ticker is at the top of the screen. Keep in mind this is a cropped screenshot and that the ticker stretches across the length of the screen. You can float the ticker or tell it to pin to the top or bottom of the screen. Personally I like it at the top of the screen.

Desktop Ticker

There are many (very easy to use) configuration settings that you can manage to customize Desktop Ticker to your personal taste. Very nicely done software that has an easy learning curve and serves a good purpose (especially for a newshound like myself).

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A FREE Android News Aggregator That Will Talk To You

April 3, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Newshog – A Google News aggregator that has the ability to read the news to you while on the go. I use this on a regular basis when traveling. Newshog is the only news app you will ever need. Very popular…

Newshog

NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

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[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Rejoice! The Start menu is coming back to Windows – You heard right, devout desktop lovers: The Start menu is coming back to Windows, Microsoft operating system head Terry Myerson announced at Build on Wednesday… @PCWorld

[ACCESSORY] WorkForce DS-30 Portable Color Document Scanner – Scan, save and send important data wherever your business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 scans receipts, documents up to 8.5″ x 14″, plastic I.D. cards and more right into an e-mail, searchable PDF and more. Send your scanned files directly to the most popular cloud services with the included software… @Amazon

[SOFTWARE] Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space – Folder Size is worth the very minimal download time and disk space in that it provides useful information that is not easily extracted from File Explorer, which will let you can see the size of a folder, but not its relative contribution to total storage… @PCWorld

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] 8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update – It’s sometimes hard to remember that Windows 8 has only been available for a year and half, and in that short space has taken three significantly different forms—Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 8.1 Update. This revision is a result of the product team behind the operating system’s listening to the feedback from users: Sareen made a point of emphasizing that and that the primary motivation behind this Update is to address the feedback from mouse pushers and clickers, in particular.. @PCMag

[HOW TO] Speed Up Chrome for Android with this Settings TweakThis settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.In short, what you’re doing is giving Chrome access to more memory, and eliminating that stutter you get when scrolling up and down pages… @Lifehacker

[ANDROID NEWS] Google to roll out Android KitKat 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 – The update which is yet to be pushed to the regular customers and would take around a month or more , Google is pushing it in the hands of the developers for testing purposes. With this new update, Google is expected to fix a number of issues KitKat now has, the issues includes keyboard crash and a fix to the camera app… @The Westside Story

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Malware Tips – Definitely bookmark this site. One of the best out there when it comes to malware removal instruction… @Malware Tips

[ANDROID APP] CCleaner Beta in now available for Android – CCleaner which has been mostly used in Windows to boost performance by cleaning temporary and useless files residing on the system. The app has now also arrived for the Android devices under a beta release… @The Westside Story

[WALLPAPER] Free HD Wallpapers – @Backcountry Gallery

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GEEK SQUEAKS – The World’s Favorite PC Optimization Tool To Be Available In The Cloud

February 22, 2014

I am sure you have heard of CCleaner. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

I just happened across a site called Agomo, that is currently in early beta stages, that will give you the ability to run CCleaner from any computer you have connected to the internet. In other words, Agomo is making CCleaner a cloud based application.

agomo

As I mentioned, Agomo is in beta and is not currently available to the general public; however, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester.

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[NEWS] – Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut – Report cites 70% price reduction on Windows 8.1 to OEMs building sub-$250 tablets and notebooks; another signal that Microsoft faces unprecedented competition… @ComputerWorld

[SOFTWARE] – John’s Background Switcher 4.8 – John’s Background Switcher is a handy tool that will regularly change your desktop wallpaper to something more interesting… @DownloadCrew

[HOW TO] – How to Zoom the Entire Screen on Your Smartphone or Tablet – Smartphones and tablets are great but sometimes the contents of the screen are just too small for old eyes like mine. The display of browsers and some apps can be enlarged with a two-finger spread but this gesture doesn’t work on everything. However, many devices have a setting that will allow you to zoom the whole screen, no matter what the contents. Here is how it works… @gizmo’s

[HOW TO] – Reopen closed tabs in IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera browsers – If you’ve accidentally closed your browser tab or maybe changed your mind and want to reopen a tab which you had closed earlier, you can easily do so. Most browsers allow you to reopen the last closed tab or tabs via their user interface. This feature is available with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and many others to… @The Windows Club

[HOW TO] – How to Get The Most Out of Your Computer Mouse – You probably gave no more than a casual glance at the settings under the “Mouse Properties” applet in Control Panel on a Windows 7/8 computer. Possibly you opened it to adjust the mouse’s pointer speed or sensitivity of your laptop’s touchpad, which is typically the only adjustment a user makes for the mouse. But let us dig a little deeper and see what this tool has in store for the user… @Instant Fundas

[APP] – Issuu –  Experience millions of the world’s best magazines and catalogs, all for free, in Issuu’s beautifully crafted app for Android. Discover a world of meaningful content, created by over 1.5 million publishers around the globe. Turn millions of digital pages with the swipe of a finger… @Google Play

[HARDWARE]WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup – My Passport Ultra portable hard drive features WD SmartWare Pro backup software that lets you back up to the drive itself or use Dropbox to back up to the cloud. Move files quickly with the blazing speed of USB 3.0 connectivity. Keep your data private with password protection and hardware encryption… @Amazon

[WALLPAPER] – Resting Jaguar… @Desktop Nexus

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[YOUTUBE] – X-Men Origins: Wolverine Cat

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Site Changes At What’s On My PC…

August 27, 2013

The landscape of information technology is constantly changing and the changes occurring now are more than ever before. I have also noticed that the landscape of blogging about information technology has changed as well, with visitor’s wanting to read less; but,  see more…

As a result, I have decided to make some changes that hopefully will be pleasing to you:

1 – The first change is that I am now posting Geek Squeaks’ on a regular basis. I have been playing around with this for about a month and it seems to be taking off quite nicely. Geek Squeaks’ is a roundup and review of anything IT related that I think you need to know… It is also of great benefit to me, due it keeps me in touch with the IT world. Occasionally, you may see a single article or a guest post.

2 – At the top of the blog you will notice that I have changed the tabs. Two of the tabs are links that are internal to the blog (i.e. Home and About) . The new editions are four tabs that are links that are external to the blog (Bookmarks4Techs, GE Geek, Downloads and Tech News). What I am trying to do here, is give you good quality resources to current tech sites, software & apps, and tech news.

3 – I will also will be updating the sidebar and the blogroll.  Sites that are on the blogroll and have not posted during the past year will be removed.

I truly hope you enjoy the changes and feel the need to visit (and comment) on a regular basis.  What’s On My PC is closing in on the 2 million mark and I feel I may have another million left in me to keep going. Just felt the need to mix it up a little…

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Your Passwords Must Have Length and Complexity

May 30, 2013

What you know about password security is probably wrong, is the title of an article I came across at FierceCIO:TechWatch. It really caught my eye and I think it is important that I pass the most important part of this article on to you:

Passwords that are longer than eight characters are a must, and they should also involve a good mix of upper case characters, numbers and symbols. In addition, a level of randomness is required too, which automatically precludes any word or combination of words found in the dictionary – FierceCIO:TechWatch.

There are so many people that I know who use very simple passwords and do not ever change them. It is a hard sell to get them to change there way of thinking and to change their passwords. If anything, please use the advice given above for those accounts that are super important to you! If you don’t, you are postured for potential compromise of the account.

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Discover Breaking News As Soon As It Breaks

April 15, 2013

Another sad day in the United States. Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. – Source (AP)

I started thinking is there a service out there that can provide us with breaking news as it happens and push it out there to our computers, smartphones and tablets? Sadly, in today’s world, getting the news as fast as you can is important toward maintaining one’s safety.

The service I came across that pushes the biggest breaking stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, is called just that, Breaking News.

Breaking News App

Breaking News is part of the of the NBC News Digital Network; however, the service is a fully independent, agnostic news organization that brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from more than a 160 news and eyewitness sources across the globe. Breaking News also is available as an app that will work off of the Android, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Samsung Smart TV platforms.

Going back to this tragic event, my heart goes out to anyone that was a victim of this senseless act and I pray that the people of this country, who feel there is division, show the world that we are truly one nation under God that can come together in time of need.

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Two NEW Enhancements at Bookmarks4Techs.com

December 27, 2012

If you have not visited Bookmarks4Techs.com recently, I encourage you to do so. Don’t let the name of the site lead you to believe that the site is only for techs. Bookmarks4Techs is one of the largest collection of links to computer information technology sites and news on the internet. If you have a passion for computer information technology, to include software, apps, cloud computing, desktop computing, tablet computing, smartphones, etc…, then this site is for you. I can guarantee that you will keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest by visiting the links I have posted on the site.

Bookmarks4Techs.com

Not only will you find one of the largest collection of links to computer and information technology sites on the internet, you will now find two NEW enhancements to the site.

  1. Tech News – As you scroll down the listing of links, on the homepage, you will notice RSS news feeds for some of the most popular tech sites and blogs on the internet. These feeds automatically update so that when you come back to visit, there is always something new.  I actually use this to get my daily dose of tech news and to see what is new on some of my favorite blogs.
  2. Archived Blog Posts – The archive is a brainstorm idea that I came up with that list links to every single blog article ever posted at What’s On My PC. As I continue to post here at What’s On My PC, the archive at Bookmarks4Techs will continue to grow. As of today’s post, I currently have archived links to 1,457 posts.

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Geek Squeaks’ (#75) – XLaunchpad, a Cool Mother’s Day Gift, Something NEW at Bookmarks4Techs, a Cool Social Media Desktop App, Security Fixes for iOS 5, AND an Awesome Collection of Wallpapers

May 8, 2012

XLaunchpad

XLaunchpad

XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts.Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder. you can name the folder whatever you like when you open the folder.

Nikon COOLPIX S4300 16 MP Digital Camera with 6x Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens and 3-inch Touchscreen LCD

Nikon COOLPIX S4300

Just in time for Mother’s Day. I found this deal at Amazon that would make a great tech gift for Mom (Nikon Coolpix S4300). Will have to “see price in cart” to get the deal.

Today’s Technology News, Software,
Wallpapers, and MORE… 5/8/12

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Today’s Technology News, Software, Wallpapers and MORE is something new I am trying at Bookmarks4Techs.

MultiMi Social Media Desktop App from AVG
@ Carol’s Vault

MultiMi Social Media Desktop App from AVG

iOS 5.1.1 out; contains security fixes
@ Canadian Tech Blogger

iOS 5.1.1 out; contains security fixes

Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 56
@ Awesome Wallpapers

Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 56

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Geek Squeaks’ (#68) – Download MP3 Songs, Wearable Technology, Zynga Poker, Epson Ink, and 2012

December 30, 2011

music2pc – Find and Download MP3 Songs – FREE

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Apple Developing Wearable Technology
@ TechnicaMix

Wearable Technology

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Is Zynga Poker on Facebook going start letting
players play for real money?
@ Tech4idiots

Zynga Poker

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Super quality Espon Ink
@ Tech-Plazaa

Epson Ink

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Looking Back & Looking Ahead
@ Tech-for Everyone

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

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LARGEST COLLECTION –  Bookmarked Tech Sites

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#67) – Kindle Bookstore Browser, Free Clocks, Free Security Software, Newshunt and Laptop Buying

December 21, 2011

Bookmarks4Tech’s Amazon Kindle Bookstore Browser

Looking for that Kindle book?  Be sure to check out my most recent creation at Bookmarks4Techs that gives you the ability to browse the Amazon Kindle Book library.  Pretty cool stuff…

Kindle Bookstore Browser

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Free Vector Clocks

Fully scalable desktop alarm clocks that can be placed anywhere on your screen, rotated with total freedom, resized to any scale and set in 3D perspective view without losing any quality. Plus, it doesn’t require installation and it’s FREE.

Free Vector Clocks

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software
@ the PC Security

Free List of Security Software

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Read newspapers on your mobile phone with newshunt
@ Techpiper

Newshunt

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4 Important Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop
@ Technize

Buying a Laptop

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#66) – Soundsticks, Uninstaller, Amazon Pays You, Wipe Files Securely, and an Auto Safety App

December 9, 2011

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

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Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller

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Amazon Pays You To Price Check in Stores December 10, Retailers Irked @ 404 Tech Support

Amazon Pays You

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Three Steps to Securely Wipe Files
@ TuneUp Blog About Windows

Three Steps to Securely Wipe Files

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iOnRoad helps keep you safe in your car
@ TTC Shelbyville

iOnRoad helps keep you safe in your car

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Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day.

Computers & Accessories Index

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#62) – Cool Camera, A Hot Trending Clipboard Manager, Future of SSD, Zombies and IT Nerds, and Defend Yourself On The Net

November 10, 2011
Camera With A Versatile Lens System

Panasonic Lumix Camera

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Free Clipboard Manager 2.00
Free Clipboard Manager that saves every text and image
that is copied in the clipboard!

Clipboard Manager

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Data Recovery Blog
Is SSD The Future Of Storage?

SSD

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Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Zombies, IT nerds, bacon, oh my!

Zombies and Nerds

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Computer Tips
How To Defend Yourself On The Internet

Defend Yourself

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A Free Clipboard Manager That Saves Every Text and Image You Copy to the Clipboard

October 27, 2011

Typically when you cut or copy text (or an image), it is saved transparently to the Windows clipboard. The problem with this operation is that if you perform a cut or copy operation multiple times, the previous instance of what you cut or copied is wiped from the clipboard.

Free Clipboard ManagerA solution to this problem is to use a clipboard manager that allows you to save multiple instances of a cut/copy operation. Today I want to lead you to really neat clipboard manager, that is relatively new, that is portable and will allow you to copy and store multiple instances of text and images.  It is called Free Clipboard Manager

Free Clipboard Manager

Free Clipboard Manager

Free Clipboard Manager

Free Clipboard Manager saves every text and image that is copied in the clipboard! This is useful if you have to take a lot of screenshots or if you need to access to multiple notes of part of code without the need to paste them in a text editor. Simply hit CTRL-C or PRINT SCREEN to save automatically the clipboard content to hdd! To copy them back to clipboard, select the item, right click with the mouse and select “copy item to clipboard”. The saved content can also be accessed with explorer. Everything is saved in the directory “clipboard”. The software also has an option to prevent user/password to be saved to hdd. Selecting the option “don’t save text with less than 20 chars”, user and password with less than 20 chars, are only copied to clipboard.

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