Windows 10

$0 Now – $119 after July 29

The 1 year free upgrades to Windows 10 ends on July 29. While many of the major tech writers expected the free upgrades from Windows 7 & 8.1 to Windows 10 to continue after the 1 year period, Microsoft announced this week that the cost of upgrading will be $119 beginning July 30. There are more than 300 million devices now running Windows 10 and if yours isn’t one of them, time is running out for the free upgrade. Many of the people I know who have not upgraded, have…

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Scanner Apps

Scanning a document, a magazine article, or any printed page is easy with your iDevice. Simply take a photo of the page using the camera in your phone/tablet or using a photo from any camera. You can also take a photo of the document through these apps. Once you have the photo you can create a PDF or an image file to share, or by using OCR, convert the photo of the printed document to editable text to be used as you need. In the video, I am demonstrating some…

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Snapchat for Seniors

Snapchat launched in September 2011. There are now 100 million daily active users with 18% of all social media users using Snapchat. The average number of photos shared on the service is 9,000 snaps per second! There are 8 billion daily video views. Most of the Snapchat users are millennials (73%).

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Your User Group is a Shopping Mall

Your User Group is a Shopping Mall by Hewie Poplock Over the last year, I read some articles about shopping malls and their need for reinvention or closing their doors. I realized that the similarities between shopping malls and user groups were quite amazing. Gone are the shoppers looking for the traditional mall of the 1980s and 1990s with a collection of stores, a food court, and a movie theater. Times have changed. New and innovative shopping experiences have developed and are thriving. Many of the old indoor malls have…

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FaceBook Cloning is a real problem

In the past few weeks I have had 2 friends ask to be my friend on Facebook. This is not unusual, except I am already friends with both of them. What has happened is their FaceBook account has been cloned, or copied. The header is the same as their real account. One of the friend’s name was misspelled, but the other was correct. The article explains what they bad guys are trying to accomplish and it also offers a sample message that should be emailed to your friends, your contact…

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Make your emails count

Do you use email to contact your User Group, Fraternal Organization, or your non-profit? This is a webinar that you should watch to gain a better understanding on how best to create that eNews or email announcement. Whether you use Constant Contact, MailChimp, another service, or just compose your own, get some great ideas. Get your email read on a computer, a tablet, or a phone & get it noticed. Watch it at Your readers are making decisions on whether or not to open and interact with your email,…

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The Amazon Echo

The Echo responds to the Radio or TV

Does your Amazon Echo sometimes respond to your TV? This is not unusual. According to a report from NPR, their radio broadcast about Amazon’s device triggered actual devices in people’s homes. I have seen commercials for the Echo trigger our unit. However, I enjoy the fact that I can be in the another room and speak to my Echo to ask for my schedule for the day, the weather report, or just the date, and she responds. I have my Google Calendar with all of our activities connected to my…

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Some Interesting 2015 American Phone Ownership Figures

Last night I attended the Sarasota Technology User Group. The main meeting’s topic was “The Use of Technology in a Non-technology Business – Real Estate” presented by Barry Grooms. It was well presented. One of the slides contained some interesting figures about American adults. As of 2015, 64% own a smartphone, 90% own a cell phone, 32% own an e-reader, and 42% own a tablet computer. The Sarasota Technology User Group meets monthly. It also has classes for very beginners and are only open to members, but they are free. …

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Which is the Best Browser?

Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox? This is a good article that compares 4 of the most popular browsers. This comparison covers the following browser versions: Microsoft Edge (Build 25.10586.0.0) Chrome (Build 48.0.2564.103) Firefox (Build 44.0.20160123151951) Opera (Build 35.0.2066.35). It is an in depth comparison of each program. The one missing is Internet Explorer, which is still widely used and is available in Windows 10, although not apparent. Although Firefox is my default browser, I have icons for all 5 on my taskbar, ready to…

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Wake Up Phone Call

Have you ever slept through your alarm, but wake up immediately when your phone rings? Just like a hotel concierge, WakeupDialer will call you with a fun greeting voiced by Stephen Fry. Whether you just need a little help getting out of bed after a long night or a nap, or you just like the idea of a wake-up call in the morning, WakeupDialer will call you for free and play back one of 30 random messages recorded by Stephen Fry to coax you out of bed. Just type in…

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