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50 Best Free iPhone Apps + More

For those of you iGadget types..

* 50 Best Free iPhone Apps

Plenty of iPhone apps are worth paying for, but there are plenty of great free ones, too. Here are 50 of the best.” Read more..

[ Note: most of those are available for Android devices as well. ]

Others may be more interested in..

* Analysts’ Favorites: 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers

Laptops and phones are smaller and thinner than ever, and so are their speakers. We tested dozens of wireless speakers and can recommend these 10 as the absolute best.Read more..

And of course there’s scary ‘news’..

* Windows 10 Upgrade Become More Creepy, No Option to Opt-Out

If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have no plans to switch to Windows 10, then Microsoft could force you to install Windows 10*, making it harder for you to cancel or opt-out of upgrading…” Read more..

* emphasis mine. It’s time to turn off Automatic Update, and switch to “Notify me”, and manually reading each Update to make sure this *crud* isn’t allowed to happen. Sad. Just sad. Shame on you Microsoft! (Other option, image your C: drive daily..) Because unless you’re a kid needing improved XBox streaming, I see no real advantage to Win X.

And, it’s the weekend, so..

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Click on image to see more by this artist.

“Little lion” by Giordano Vasconcelos, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Let’s all have a safe and marvelous weekend, okay?

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 17, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, iPhone, Microsoft, News, software, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday. A ‘check in’.

Since it’s been a while, I thought I would post a little something.. but as I sit here, I’m still not sure what that’s going to be.

* It has been my habit to post a ‘fun video’ on Fridays.
And I probably would have, had it not occurred to me that yesterday was the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
And a video of goofballs proving Darwin’s theory, or monkeys throwing poo, seems inappropriate today.

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These folks slept on the sidewalk to be one of the first to own…

* And we all know a new iPhone was announced this week.
And loyal readers should know by now what I think of iDevices, and that I couldn’t care less.
Of much more interest to me was the announcement the new Amazon phone was reduced to 99¢.
Like.. a month after it was announced (and priced at $200).

* Facebook.
I’ve nothing positive to say. Wean yourself from it, if you can.

* Firefox Beta 243 is out.
Seriously. Guys. Just fix the bugs, and call it a day. (And bug fixes don’t call for new version numbers..)

* I’m looking forward to the weekend. I hope you are too. Having something to look forward to is important for your mental ‘well-being’.

* And speaking of ‘well-being’, would the one person who answered my poll with “I feel none of those things” care to share how they do it? (You can leave a comment w/o a name.)

Be well

Today’s quote:No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

September 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, gadgets, iPhone, News, social networking, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

MS Office now available for iPads + More

Perhaps.. maybe.. iPads might be a little more useful now..

* Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity

It took four years, but Microsoft has finally released full-featured Office apps for the iPad. As expected, the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are free to install but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features. Here’s what you can expect.” Read more..

But, things ain’t all roses..

* Office for iPad is free, but it’ll cost you

More and more large software vendors (like Microsoft and Intuit) are making their iPad apps exclusive to subscribers of their SaaS offerings. I don’t like subscription software and it’s a troubling trend.Read more..

[it is a trend I won’t be buying into, and will not recommend. Remember the Adobe break in? But, yes, the handwriting is on the wall..]

More tech: 10 tech things we didn’t know a week ago

Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here’s what we learned this week — including the ‘easter eggs’ in early Microsoft code, and how the U.S. will treat Bitcoin.” See slideshow

[the comments are worth a look as well.]

Sunday Beauty a day early:

amazing sky photo

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Amazing Sky” by Kyrre Gjerstad, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ~ Napoleon Hill

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

March 29, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, Digital Images, iPhone, Microsoft, MS Office, News, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pre-Halloween Mishmash

Here’s a few Items of Interest for you.

World’s first bitcoin ATM opens in Vancouver

Bitcoiniacs’s kiosk dispenses digital currency from Waves Coffee HouseRead more..

Weaponized Antivirus: When Good Software Does Bad Things

The 8th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software is aimed at bringing forward the latest scholarly research in security, in an atmosphere that allows direct and candid interaction between all attendees. This year’s conference (Malware 2013 for short) launched with a keynote by Dennis Batchelder, director of Microsoft Malware Protection Center, pointing out the hard problems that face the antimalware industry.Read more..

[note: this one’s kinda important to know.. ]

* 6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten

Right around the time we learn to start questioning the ways of this wonderful world around us, our parents start packing us onto school buses every morning, because who the hell has time for all those obnoxious questions? Let the professionals address the budding curiosity of our children; we’ve got America’s Next Top Model to watch. Teachers are better equipped to deal with those questions anyway, right? Right!Read more..

* Here’s something scary .. Boo!

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* Also scary.. Adobe Confesses to Bigger Password Hack

Early this month, digital media solutions provider Adobe reported a security breach which compromised password information and credit card data for around 3 million customers…Read more..

BTW Blackberry’s BBM is now available for iGadgets and android devices.

And in case I don’t speak with you before then, please have a safe and a happy Halloween.

Today’s quote:There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.” ~ Stephen Hawking

(Now that’s scary..!)

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Android, antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, iPhone, News, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Beauty #135

Here’s another interesting image for your Sunday.

image: boy on swing

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Boy on Cable-Car; Junge auf Seilbahn” by Thragor, courtesy of Flickr Commons

* Here’s an idea for you: why don’t you do something like this today, if you’re able? So what if you “look a little foolish”.

* I was speaking with someone this morning who was really, really excited that October is here tomorrow. Because they are big, big, wwaaaaay “into” Halloween. I mean.. a Real Fan.  Loves everything about it. Me? Not so much. (I lived for a while in SF, where every day is Halloween. Seeing a costume is nbd.) So.. a quick-e-poll, if you don’t mind.

In the spirit of today’s image.. how ’bout some more fun? It has been long-debated whether Stairway to Heaven or Freebird is the greatest Rock’n Roll song of all time. But my vote has always gone to another Led Zepplin song (and Robert Plant’s fave) Kashmir. Here is a “cover” performed this summer by some rather famous artists in their own right..

( I should say.. some days my vote goes to Stranglehold. And some days it’s anything by AC/DC.. )

A little tech: 19 Tips You’ll Need to Master iOS 7 (slideshow)

From privacy settings to getting notifications, here’s what you need to know about Apple’s newest operating system.Read more…

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Today’s quote:If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” ~ Lucy Larcom

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 29, 2013 Posted by | Apple, Digital Images, iPhone | , , | Leave a comment

This week’s items of interest.

Howdy folks. Here are a few items I found interesting this past week.

What’s right (and wrong) with the new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has unveiled a new lineup of tablets to take it into the holiday season. These tablets being superb hardware at a price that will make you do a double-take, but as with all things, not everything is perfect.Read more..

Apple Gets Failing Grades on New iPhone Security

In the fanfare of publicity for the iPhones 5s and 5c, and for iOS 7, a persistent and unusual motif was heard: security, security.Read more..

Norton, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender Rule New Antivirus Test

Researchers at German lab AV-Test keep twenty-odd antivirus products under observation constantly, collating and reporting their results every couple months. They cycle between testing under Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8, sometimes using 64-bit editions. The latest results relate to testing under 64-bit Windows 7. Some products scored much better than when tested under the 32-bit operating system; others lost points galore.Read more..

Tech companies have highest turnover rate

According to PayScale’s most recent survey, employee turnover rate among Fortune 500 companies is greatest in the IT industry.Read more..

[ Doesn’t surprise me.. ]

What if Verizon succeeds in killing the Internet?

Verizon is making a big push to begin actively blocking content and competition from its network. This is a bald-faced attack on the Internet in general. It’s abhorrent. But what happens if Verizon wins?” Read more..

Design lab finalists reveal gadgets of the future

From breathing walls to holograms and intelligent kitchen appliances, Electrolux Design Lab’s eight finalists reveal how we might be cooking, cleaning and improving our home environment in the future.Read/see more..

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.. if you only read one.. read the Verizon one ..

Today’s quote:Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 25, 2013 Posted by | advice, Android, antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, Internet, iPhone, mobile, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

A Few Items (for your Friday)

TGIF

Folks, here a few items for your consideration:

The transparent citizen – How can I actively prevent others from misusing my data?

The Internet has become the primary means of communications in many people’s lives. This, however, comes at a price: it is impossible to completely remove anything once it has been uploaded.

  • How much information should I disclose about myself?
  • What does the Internet know about me?
  • How can I actively prevent others from misusing my data?

These are important questions that we would like to address.” Read more..

[.. it would be nice if the answer wasn’t “you can’t”.. and nicer still if people had realized that fact a little sooner.. ]

Four privacy settings you should enable in iOS 7 immediately

If you downloaded and installed iOS 7, there are a few privacy settings that are turned off by default that you should enable right away.” Read more..

Five things missing from the iPhone 5s you can get in Android smartphones

The new Apple iPhone 5s will sell millions and require long lines this Friday, but as we read through the reviews we see Apple held back quite a bit with the latest high end offering.Read more..

[If you are thinking of buying a new iPhone.. uh, well, read the article. I really don’t care that it comes in gold.. it’s last years tech at next month’s prices. And, yes, I’m sure it will sell quite well… ]

And let’s not forget Microsoft.. Microsoft Rushes Emergency Fix To Address Internet Explorer Attacksie icon

Microsoft said targeted attacks are attempting to exploit a remote code execution vulnerability impacting all supported versions of the browser.Read more..

[ if you have Internet Explorer installed – and 99.9999% of Windows PC users do – read that article and implement the “Fixit”. ]

From the It Was Fun While It Lasted Department:
* BlackBerry Reports Nearly $1 Billion In Losses, Begins Layoffs

BlackBerry reports up to $995 million in losses for its fiscal second quarter and says it will layoff 4,500 employees.Read more..

Fiday Fun (Video):

Today’s quotable quote:Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 20, 2013 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, Internet, iPhone, Microsoft, mobile, News, privacy, tech | Leave a comment