This upcoming Black Friday will have many of the large retailers opening at Midnight instead of the early morning. If you would like to get a head start or possibly avoid leaving the family earlier then you need visit http://www.blackfriday.fm/
Blackfriday.fm is a great resource to plan ahead and save yourself time as well as money.
The site has a plethora of information on Black Friday Deals in particular has BlackFriday ads before they have been revealed to the public.
This Black Friday utilize technology to save yourself money and time.
I have multiple Gmail accounts, one for personal, one for work, and one just to play around with, and there have been times were I want to see all my accounts at the same time. How do I solve this issue? Well, I have been doing this for a long time and taking it for granted until I told my friend about it. I was surprised he didn't know . In order to have multiple Gmail accounts open or any other account open at the same time you can either do two things.
- Now all three of the most popular browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome have a privacy mode. You can have one account in normal mode and the other account in privacy mode. That way you will have two windows of each with a different account and you can see both at the same time.
- The Second way is to have different browsers. You may pick from the following three Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Open one account in one browser and the other in account in another browser.
You can either chose either if these steps and it will solve your problem. Happy browsing!!
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Presently, many Mac users have a false sense of security due to the common notion that Macs can not get virus or malware. The main reason being that ten or even as recent as five years go Mac were rarely used by your average consumer. Now as they are increasing become more popular, largely due to IPhone and IPod,
Unfortunately, today's post is a Malware Alert for Mac users. The exploit it appears to be via Adobe Flash Player as reported in a article for Sophos, Mac malware evolves - time for Apple owners to wake up. The article also provides a link to how to check if this current Mac exploit has effected your Mac, if you wish to go straight to how to check follow the following link, Mac Flash/Trojan.
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Sophos, a IT security company, also has an article The short history of Mac malware: 1982 - 2011, I recommend Mac users read this brief history to be better informed in regards to security threats towards Mac computers.
Long story short, any technology is vulnerable in some form. The question for most virus/malware creators is which tech out there will make one famous.
- URLs of website you have visited
- search terms
- app and device usage
- consumer information about the use of the product
- demographics in age, gender, pet owner, and other similar demographics
They will be using this data for marketing purposes and targeting content.
If you do not agree with these changes you can op out by Calling them at 1-866-211-0874 or visiting www.vzw.com/myprivacy
This tip is not about what habits to change with your phone/device but the maintenance for your device on how and when to charge your battery. This only applies to batteries of type of Lithium Ion. Now with older batteries it was always recommended that you always discharge your battery to reset the "memory" like in nickel metal hydride and NiCads but it is the opposites with Lithium Ion. Like Steve Gibson says
"What lithium-ion batteries want is to stay charged. This allows you to get the most battery life."
Now what kind of devices have a Lithium Ion batteries? The three of the top of my head are iPad, iPhone and the Kindle. I bet there are many more but that ill leave that to you. Another thing to add is that all three devices I mentioned do not have a removable battery which doesn't allow you to buy an extra one. In the end. this leaves you with just one solution. To extend that battery life of your Lithium Ion battery is a good idea to always keep it plugged in when you can.
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The past few months we have been on a bit of hiatus due to school and some technical difficulties with our host. Now, we are back and better than ever. We are slowly evolving our webpage and always looking for improvement. Monday October 17, we shall see the official relaunch of OneTechTip (OTT) with daily posts and some new featured posts, still following our one post, one tip a day format. For example, we will be having an Andriod/iOS App of the week each week on Tuesdays. Subsequently, we shall be increasing our activity via social networks the next couple of weeks so be sure to follows on @OneTechTip and on Facebook. In addition we have an Android App which can be downloaded via the market, here.
Here is 7 of my favorite featured tips on OTT in no specific order.
- Remote Access to Your PC From Anywhere - Teamviewer enables the user to take control of another computer, File Transfers, and access presentations. Great way to help a friend with a computer issue or see what they see.
- Look at the Alternatives - This posted highlights a site that features a list of Open Source Alternatives, free to use, to Premium Software.
- IM from your Browser - Increasingly social media networks are becoming an integral part of our lives, and many feature chats. In this post we show you a site that enables you to chat via multiple IM clients from one webpage.
- Apple Refresh - Apple has come a long way in a little over 10 years. Presently, Apple product redesigns and refreshes are quite common, in this post we feature a site that let's you know whether to hold of on purchasing the current iPhone or to go for it.
- Let's Make a Deal - Many of our non-tech savvy friends are unaware that often they save a significant amount of money by buying online.
- PCPartPicker - Ever wanted to build your own PC but did not know what components go with what?
Feel Free to Contact Us about a tip or a tech related problem you face, whether you are tech savy or not.
Control technology, do not allow it to control you. :)
Are you still even on Firefox? I moved a long time ago to Chrome as my main browser but I still use Mozilla Firefox because if its unique add-ons that are not for Chrome. Well, if your still on Firefox you can disable some add-ons to make your browser as fast as when you first downloaded it. Mozilla has released a list of the add-ons that have an impact on their browser. Below is the top 6.
Just today, I was in my Chrome browser when I decided to see some videos on YouTube. I started to type in the URL when I accidentally misspelled Youtube and typed in yoytube.com. This was clearly not my intention. This it what showed up:
At first, I thought it was the real Youtube.com, but when I saw I had an opportunity to win a Macbook, Iphone or, Ipad. I suddenly stepped back and thought to myself, "Apple and Google together? That;s not right". Then I saw the URL and saw it was not Youtube.com. I had been redirected to another site. Well, you may ask, how can I prevent it? That is a very good question. First thing is, you are the person who needs to be responsible to see if you have been directed to the correct destination. Always glance at the URL bar in your browser. Second, do not use your browser to search or go to websites. Type them into Google or bookmark them within your browser. If you have any tips let us know. Thank you!
Thanks to Michael for part of the tip.
In the last year, there are many debates on the question: "Do cell phones cause cancer?" This unanswered question is scary to think about because we all use cell phones day in and day out. Even our cell phones become alarm clocks. We can just hope that cell phones don't give us cancer. If you are one of those people who are alert to this discussion, you can take some very simple steps of precaution.
1) Don't use a cell phone (Okay maybe not totally possible ).
2) Use headphones when talking to somebody.
3) Use the speaker phone.
4) Get a phone that has a low radiation level. Below is a link to a CNET article on Radiations levels from cell phones. Great source!
Cell phone radiation levels
Did you know that every week in Unites States airports more than 12,000 laptops are lost. That is an outstanding number. Could you be the next person to lose your laptop or even get it stolen? Why not prevent it now . There is a free open source software program that can be installed to track the thief or location. This software is called Prey. It's very simple. First, install the software on your PC, Mac or even Linux machine. Then, go ahead and log into your online account at www.preyproject.com to make sure that you have successfully added your device. Below are links two links:
1.)An introductory video on how to install and what features are available to recover your device.
Prey Project introduction Video
2.) Prey's frequently asked questions.
We all know much about what is ocurring in Japan today and how the Red Cross there supporting their needs. Now Apple has stepped up, too, by letting you donate to the Red Cross through iTunes. Below is a direct link:
iTunes Donate link to Red Cross
Apple will give 100% of the money to the Japan Relief Fund and will not take 30%, like all iTunes purchases. This is a great idea because you do not need to worry about scams and pulling out your credit card. Everything is set through your iTunes account.
If you like the dock feature Mac OS X has, you might be interested in StarDock ObjectDock. They offer a "plus" version, but I think the free version is good enough. I used it for a while, it gets the job done nicely. On the other hand, I use Windows 7, and I found it to be overkill specially since Windows 7 allows you to pin icons, essentially, a static dock. I recommend it to anyone who does NOT have Windows 7 in their machine or does not like the pinned icons. Compared to the Mac OS X dock, it does NOT have stacks within the dock. A small set back, but not really essential to its overall functionality.
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Installation is simple. Simply download and install. It has relatively non-technical options to configure . The only option that is maybe a little tricky is the "optimize for performance or memory." Windows 7 and Vista need about 1GB RAM to start off, so if you have less than 2GB, I would recommend optimize for performance. Windows XP is less demanding, but if you have 512MB or less, definitely optimize for performance! Of course, you can always experiment with the setting!
But if you need another reason to switch to Linux, there is a project called Cairo-Dock which, in my opinion runs circles around the Mac OS X. Above is a screenshot, but if someone wants more information on Cairo-Dock, please let me know!
I will be straight forward with the answer to the following question. How do I fix an iphone/ipod?. The answer is plainly don't! I have heard many and I mean many cases of the Apple's Genius Bar replacing iPhone/ipod for free. Here is the key: Be NICE and explain to them, how you broke. Even with Apples new policy, it states "If a customer disputes whether an iPod with an activities LCI has been damaged by liquid contact and there are no external signs of damage from corrosion, then the iPod may still be eligible for warranty service." We have heard that Apple employees can and have been using this loosely and have been replacing iPhone/ipod for free. If there is no luck with this tip try iFixit.com
OneTech Tip has addressed alternatives to Windows and Mac OSX but what about the software. There are hundreds if not thousands of software that is free to use without a cost to the user. In some cases the open sourced software is sometime better, more efficient or meets your specific needs in comparison to larger, bloated commercial software.
Open Source Alternative is a great place to start if your looking for some free and open sourced software ranging from office software to games as well. Now, the site I noticed does not have an exhaustive list but it does provide some good suggestions for alternative software. For example, you may search for an alternative to Photoshop and it will yield Gimp.
If you are looking into becoming a more part of the open sourced movement consider this site to help you meet all your needs. Here's a challenge, try only using open source software for a week or a month.
Open Source as Alternative: http://www.osalt.com/
Ever needed toaccess your computer to do some work from afar? LogMeIn enables the
user to access their computer from another computer with the remote
access software LogMeIn. Why would you want to do this? Perhaps
your on vacation and you need to access your computer for a business related emergency or you do not want to be
carrying your notebook computer everywhere you go.
LogMeIn Free includes:
- Access from any Internet-connected web
- Access to a Windows PC or
- Remote control and desktop
- Copy and paste between
- Wake on LAN
- Reboot/reconnect (including safe mode)
- Basic reports (remote access sessions and user
- AES 256-bit
- SSL/TLS intrusion
- IP address lockout
- No need for firewall, router or proxy
- No requirement for remote PC
Subsequently, there is a premium
version that enables you to do more while accessing
I ran into a nifty little tool called Xbench which measures the performance of your Mac OS X computer. Notice I did not say Macbook, iMac or Mac Pro and that is because such statement would exclude Hackintosh computers! In the benchmark charts you might notice the Hackintosh computers have better scores; it is know fact a user will get less performance per dollar when they buy an Apple computer. Then again, not everyone is confident in investing in a Hackintosh.
Moving on, if you feel like your Macbook Pro is running slow, check it out to compare your computer to other Macbook Pro's, etc. It might help you decipher hardware problems too. For example, if your hard drive is underperforming, there is a chance it might fail soon. I find it powerful, you might too!
If you been following my posts on subjects related to Apple, you would probably pick up the fact I like Mac OS X and its features but I loathe how expensive the hardware has been these last few years if not always! Well introduce Hackintosh! A Hackintosh computer is basically a "PC" running the Mac OS X operating system, that's it. The difficult part is getting the "PC" hardware to work with the Mac OS X software. Over the years, it has become easier to achieve such goal, as Apple has made decisions to use Intel processors, both NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards if not mistaken and is even rumored to soon switch to AMD processors. Then again, building a Hakintosh is NOT completely legal, but there are plenty of guides out there to different ways to carry out the experiment. Because it is an experiment, there is no guarantee it will be 100% functional, but I think the benefits out-weight the negatives. Why would anyone build such a monstrosity?
Well, it is cheaper. A build costing about $800 will outperform the best iMac and it's the same for the Mac Pro. Also, the build will perhaps have better quality parts than what Apple uses as the user gets to choose all the hardware. Finally, it will teach a person about computers! Do at your own risk and happy building!
Roaming through Best Buy (again), I came across some teenagers asking their mom for a Macbook. I could not resist; I approached them and informed them NOT to buy a Macbook, not because they are overpriced but because a new model is on the horizon. How do I know, am I secretly Steve Jobs? No, but even though I am not an Apple fanatic, I am aware of how often Apple releases products! Why would someone want to buy a product if its about to be replaced with a newer, usually better model? If you are in the market for a new Apple product, make sure you check this site out.
Today's world can have ups and downs. One day you might be on top of the world then next not wanting to talk to anybody. Sometimes we need to cheer up. I believe I have heard that a laugh a day keeps the doctor away? Not sure. Correct me. lol. I will present to you a funny site that might be interesting. Have you heard about auto DamYouAutoCorrect.com? Yes it's that site that reminds you of those times when you curse at your cell for auto correcting what you wrote. Here is an example: