Monthly Archives: January 2014

Google Glasses?

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Have you read much about the frames for Google Glasses? Click on the link I provide at the end of this post to find out more. Google knows that Google Glass will go no where if people will not accept what it looks like. After I read the article I still think Google does not fully understand the basics on why people wear glasses, contacts, and most important, price. In today’s worldwide economy many people do not have job, cannot find a job, or have a job and struggle to make ends meet. Before frames, Google Glass is $1500. That’s expensive. Unless you think glasses are cool (I think mine are necessary), why would you want to wear glass where the glass is clear just so the Google Glass receptacle  is not noticeable? In my opinion, while Google Glass is amazing technology. It is simply that. Most of us can understand the future impact of wireless technology and Internet on household appliances and equipment. We already know about smartphones, tablets, game systems, Blu-ray receivers. However, I don’t think Google Glass will be able to sustain itself due to it’s high cost. It’s similar to solar panels which are still costly and very unsightly. What do you think?

http://www.gizmag.com/google-glass-collection-frames/30627/

What is a Phablet?

You know, if I wasn’t into computers and technology in general, I would be so confused when I first heard the term “phablet”. I’m betting that not many people have ever heard of this term. Well, don’t feel like a schmuck. It seems like an advertising gimmick to me. Basically, a “phablet” is a term for a large smartphone like the Samsung Note and various Windows smartphones. These have very large screens but still are not as large as tablets. A new term created to sell more devices? However, if you are the owner of one of these smartphones, you get to say”I have a call on my phablet.”  That sounds strange to me. What do you think? If you are interested in learning about “phablets” in the marketplace, then check this out http://venturebeat.com/2014/01/21/phone-tablet-hybrids-will-be-a-multi-billion-dollar-market-by-2018/. However, if not, which is what I wished I felt before learning about the term, then, don’t. You’re not missing much. I know plenty of people that have these kinds of phones and I can assure you when they bought the phone they thought they were buying a phone, not a “phablet”.

 

Need Help Learning How To Use Windows 8?

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Do you need help understanding and using Windows 8.1? Well, you need not look any further for FREE online resources than here:

  1. Go to the Store on the Start Menu and there are plenty of free apps on learning and using Windows 8.1.
  2. Click on this link: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/five-useful-places-learn-how-use-windows-81-better.htm.
  3. If you have an Android phone or tablet, there are plenty free apps in the Google Play Store on this topic.
  4. YouTube (http://www.youtube.com): just type in the search Windows 8.

I’m sure there’s more, but there’s plenty to choose from the above.

The Danger In Using Retail Store Apps

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The explosion of smartphones on the market has obviously created thousands of more apps. I wrote about passwords several days ago. Then, today I found this article about Starbucks app and passwords. Check out the article: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Passwords-Flow-Freely-at-Starbucks-79806.html. Now, if you just think this is a Starbucks problem, you are mistaken. It leads me to question would any one buy something on a smartphone other then their apps? Protect yourself and be careful what you use your phone for.

Are You Ready For The Future?

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Several weeks ago I posted a topic about the future of electronic devices. You may have seen or even read topics about Google Glass. Or, you may not be aware of any of these things at all. Which is understandable , too. A lot of people go about their lives and don’t pay attention to this kind of stuff. However, 2014 should provide a lot of surprises for the use of technology in more ways than any one person can imagine. Please check out this article http://www.techrepublic.com/article/wearable-computing-10-things-you-should-know/. I think it may become too obvious that significant changes are imminent and many people will soon start to notice. What’s interesting to me is not what we know now, but what could be in our future five, even ten years from now. For instance, there could be available computer implants in our head where we think of a question and the computer gives us relevant answers to any device we choose at a particular moment whether it’s a Google Glass type device, a TV screen, a monitor,  a communication device, etc. This would be quite controversial when you take into consideration the negative side of this.

I conclude today’s post with a question. What one item or thing in the year 2020 do you think technology will revolutionize?

Passwords, Passwords, Passwords

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How many passwords must one remember? Too many… Just in case you are not aware, there are many free password generators and password storage programs/apps available. However, it never ceases to amaze me that people don’t take this more seriously. Now, I don’t think it’s fair to paint everyone with a broad brush. There are a lot of us out here that do.

Hence, this interesting article I found on passwords: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8602346/Average-person-uses-10-online-passwords-a-day.html.

We are asked so many times while we are online to enter some kind of password/PIN. There are many ways to generate passwords, but please don’t use the same password for everything you do. With what is known about identity theft/fraud, it should be a major concern for everyone. Similarly, if your password is hacked, you can be open to all sorts of malware (malicious software) infections, the breaching of your firewall, and the co-opting of your computer to be used nefariously without your knowledge. Please refer to a post I made on bots.

Isn’t it amazing how a small article can generate so many things to consider?

So, keep track of your passwords and by any means possible, don’t use the same one repeatedly.

Beware of Tech Support Scams

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Have you ever had some kind of remote tech support done on your computer? I know I have. Check this out: http://videos.komando.com/watch/4871/viral-videos-tech-support-scammer-installs-virus-right-in-front-of-your-eyes?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=tvkim&utm_content=2014-01-15-article-title-e. It’ll take about 5 minutes total to read the article and view the video. It made me pause and think how vulnerable one can be. Since computers are in some way, intimidating to a lot of people, the probability of knowing someone who experienced this is very high. If you’re like me, you don’t want it to happen to you.

Make sure before you give permission to someone to take over your computer to “fix” something, that you step back and make sure you trust the source. I have a friend who experienced this. She visited a website from a link someone sent her and all of the sudden a message pops up telling her that her computer is infected. It instructed her to let them call her so they could fix the errors. Now, a savvy computer user will see the red flag immediately, but to the average user, this can look legitimate.

Having malicious software on your computer can lead to so many serious computer issues. Be careful!!!

The Future of Current Electronic Devices

Hello and Happy New Year!

In my quest to find either useful or interesting content on technology that the average person will appreciate, just not the tech geeks like me, I came across this article http://www.technewsdaily.com/18618-blender-without-power-cord.html. The article is fascinating. While it focuses on a wireless blender, it opens up to the imagination what the future holds for all of our traditional plug-in electronic devices.