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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Adding Words to the Android Dictionary

Android phones contain an extensive dictionary, but there will still be occasions when a word in a user’s lexicon won’t be recognized. These may be proper names (or improper names), trade terms, or words in languages other than the default language. There are several ways to add words to this dictionary; some more convenient than others. However, as it is with all things Android, the method for each device, model, and version may differ (at least slightly) from others.

In Android 4.0, one quick way is to type the word, and then tap the displayed word in the suggestions that appear above the keyboard, and tap it again to save it to the dictionary.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Android Back-up Tips

If you want to update the firmware of your Android phone, it’s important to back up your contacts and apps. Everything else is individual, like sms messages, calendar and notes. In fact, you have the option of syncing your contacts, calendar and notes to Google already, so you don’t have to worry about that. Still, things can go wrong if you rely too much on Google for syncing everything – and then again, what about backing up and restoring apps? 

Here are a few ways to go about backing up your Android phone before you press the panic button.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Jack Reacher Movie Review

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, "Jack Reacher" is adapted from Lee Child's novel "One Shot" (the ninth Reacher novel in a series of 17 so far) and is also the beginning of a possible new franchise for star and producer Tom Cruise.

The first thing this adaptation asks audiences to adapt to is Tom Cruise as ex-military investigator Jack Reacher. At six-foot-five and 250 pounds in the novel, that's more than a bit of a reach. Cruise, however, is still one of the biggest stars on the big screen, and not for nothing. He succeeds here in making himself larger than life with a one-two punch of swagger and coldness.

Close Background iPad Programs

Guess who loves their new iPad? Also, guess who started poking around and saw a significant decrease in performance in his new iPad mere hours after booting it up?

Yeah – that’s me. See, by default the iPad will keep apps open in the background – and while this is a boon to productivity ( or bane, depending on how you look at it ), eventually stuff starts getting a little… laggy.

So, here’s how you close some of those apps running in the background.

Simply click the home button twice to bring up the program bar.

Monday, December 24, 2012

This is 40 Movie Review

As supporting characters in writer-director Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up", married parents Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) acted as both mentors and foils for the film's main characters. Five years (or so) later, they take the lead in "This is 40", a look at the realities of long-term commitment and the fear of growing old.

iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

Enjoy being woken up by a text? Love the attention you receive when your phone goes off in a meeting? Neither do I! If you’re anything like me, however, and need to keep your line open for emergency calls, you’ll love the new Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 6.

To enable manually, simply go to your settings and toggle switch on or off. While your Do Not Disturb is enabled, it will not light up or make any sounds for incoming messages, calls or other notifications. Best of all, when you have time to check your phone, everything you’ve missed will appear in the notification center when you turn on your display.

Skip to Timestamp on YouTube

Hey, all you YouTube users out there. Have you ever wanted to skip ahead in a video, but you didn’t want to wait for the buffer bar to load all the way to your favorite part? Well, here’s a neat little trick to help you skip directly to a specific timestamp!

All you have to do is put the time in at the end of the URL in the address bar using this formula #t=XXmYYs (Where XX represents minutes and YY represents seconds).

So, if your favorite part of a video starts at 2 minutes and 15 seconds in, you’d input #t=02m15s at the end of the URL. Like this:

Then, all you have to do is press Enter and the video should start at the timestamp you specified!

How cool is that?

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Difference Between DVD rom and DVD RAM

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. It’s a type of data storage technology. There are two categories of recording formats in DVDs.

The first category is called Digital Versatile Disc Read Only Memory (DVD ROM). In this type of DVD, you can retrieve the content multiple times on any device that reads DVD ROMs. For example, when you purchase a movie, it is burned using the DVD ROM format. You can watch the movie, but you cannot record over it.

iPhone Notifications: How To Silence Alerts

Have you ever been completely embarrassed by a loud, annoying ring or chirp sounding off from your iPhone while in a quiet, public setting? If you answered yes, then I’m sure you have been eager to know how to prevent this from happening again! Thankfully, silencing iPhone alerts and notifications is easier than you may think. And, if you’re like me (attached to your iPhone by the hip), being able to carry your phone with you at all times is absolutely essential.

By default, several e-mail and messaging apps send out noisy alerts.  Aside from creating a disturbance in a silent environment or being just plain annoying, these notifications also utilize some of the iPhone’s battery life every time your device is awakened out of sleep mode. Nevertheless, the easiest way to keep your iPhone quiet is to switch the mute toggle on (this can be found on the top left corner of your iPhone).

Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review

In the years since 9/11, Osama bin Laden has become a figure of mythic proportions. And it's hard to kill a myth. When, in May of last year, SEAL Team Six did just that, the subsequent account of the details behind their clandestine operation instantly screamed "Hollywood Blockbuster". The midnight raid, the downed chopper, the night-vision goggles. Consequently, there are now not one but two films made about that historic mission. "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden", directed by John Stockwell, went straight to the National Geographic channel just days before the presidential election, while Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" gets a December theatrical release in time for Oscar season.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Smartphone Buying Guide

Now more than ever, we see ourselves relying heavily on cell phones. Whether for urgent, emergency situations or casual, carefree conversations, many people depend on these handy devices to relay messages and facilitate communications. With today’s advanced technology of smartphones, people are able to use their phones for many more purposes, from browsing the Web to listening or watching their favorite songs or videos.

With the vast amount of smartphones out on the market, finding the perfect device for your specific needs can be a tricky task. Nevertheless, no matter what kind of phone you need to suit your needs, now is a great time to invest in one of these innovative gadgets. From the iPhone to the Android, here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a smartphone.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Google Maps on iOS: The New & Improved Comeback

If you have an iOS device, you may have been using the Apple Maps app for the last few months. While it has its redeeming qualities (free turn-by-turn directions being the major one), the general consensus has been that Google Maps had a better interface, and that the Android version’s turn-by-turn navigation was more reliable. On 12-12-12, Google released the new and improved Google Maps for iOS.

Google Maps is a free App for iOS that you can download by going to the App Store on your device. It is only 6.7MB, so it can be downloaded over a 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection. The app is a radical re-work of the original Maps app in iOS, and the interface has been updated to mimic the new Gmail interface on iOS. The basic interface includes a search box in the top center, a locator icon in the lower left, and a pull-out menu to access traffic, public transit, satellite view and Google Earth.

Camera Phones Vs. Point-and-Shoot Cameras

This holiday season, the sale of conventional point-and-shoot cameras is expected to be much longer then previous years. One major reason for this is the proliferation of cell phone cameras that many people consider good enough to replace the point-and-shoot. Is the cell phone camera good enough? Are all the cell phone cameras basically the same? What does a point-and-shoot offer that a cell phone doesn’t?

A point-and-shoot camera is generally defined as a camera where the lens cannot be removed, and its primary function is to take pictures. These types of cameras differ from dSLR cameras, which have removable lenses or video camcorders which might take photos, but its general purpose is to take video. A point-and-shoot will usually run you between $100 and $300 dollars, and in most cases, include a xenon bulb flash and an optical zoom lens, usually in the 3x to 10x range. Point-and-shoot cameras often come with many scene modes and sensitivity settings, and can have more advanced PSAM photographic control modes. Point-and-shoots range in megapixel (MP) rating, currently from 5 megapixels to 16 megapixels.

Windows 8: Multiple Monitors Made Easy

Windows 8 includes two fantastic features for people using multiple monitors. The first feature lets you choose which background image to have on which monitor, so you don’t have to have the same background on all monitors. The second feature is an easy keyboard combination which lets you move any Windows Store App to another monitor.

To change your desktop background images independently, go to the charms bar (lower right-hand corner of the screen) and click on Settings. Next, click Personalization. From the personalization menu, select Desktop Background, and you can right-click on any image and select set for all monitors, set for monitor 1, or set for monitor 2.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Les Misérables Movie Review

Based on the original 1980 stage musical of the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, the monumental "Les Misérables" fittingly finds itself on the big screen (again), directed by Tom Hooper.

The story, as is familiar to fans of the musical, revolves around convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who escapes and assumes a new identity, but is continuously hunted for years by his former jailer Javert (Russell Crowe). Along the way he raises Cosette (Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried, as the respective child and grown woman versions of Cosette), daughter of Fantine (Anne Hathaway).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Windows 8 Task Manager: Big Upgrade

Let’s be honest, the news about Windows 8 isn’t all sunshine and roses. Many people question the value of Windows 8 over Windows 7, especially if you’re using a traditional computer and not a touch screen tablet. Windows Task Manager got a big overhaul in Windows 8, and now gives a lot more useful information in a layout that’s far easier to understand.

To open Task Manager in Windows 8, you right-click the task bar and click Task Manager, or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, and you’ll be presented with the new process tab by default. This tab now includes the proper name of the program, along with information on the CPU usage, memory usage, disk access usage and network usage. You can right-click on any of these applications or background processes and select go to details to view the selection in the details tab, with the traditional process view of Windows 7 task manager. This new process view gives you a much better picture of what the programs are, as well as what may be slowing down/hogging system resources.

Mobile Printing: How It Works

In the new age of technology, we exchange and receive more and more important documents using mobile devices. As a result, we frequently find that it is essential to have printing capabilities enabled via our smartphones, laptops, and even tablets. Take the following scenarios into consideration: You’re traveling on business, and you receive an important PowerPoint presentation that you need to print right away. Or, you’re away from the office and suddenly receive a detailed spreadsheet recapping the day’s events, but you are struggling to make sense of the miniscule type on your phone.

Thanks to mobile printing, these kinds of concerns are no longer an issue. Nowadays, printers equipped with wireless capabilities or web connectivity feature extended reaches, expanding beyond specified workgroups or limited users. Furthermore, major tech companies such as Google, HP and Apple are making strides in offering solutions for users who need to locate a place to print when on-the-go. They are even implementing strategies for extending mobile printing compatibility to older printer models.

Adding Options to the Right Click Menu

One of the serious drawbacks regarding Windows file management tools is that there is no option to copy a file or folder directly from the right click context menu. Neither is there an option to move a file or folder from the right click context menu.

You have to copy / cut a file or folder, open the target directory and then paste it. This can be very time consuming, when you are working with dozens of documents, images, files and want a quick and easy option to move files across different directories.

What if you can get the following two options in your Windows Context menu?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quick Access To Task Manager

Windows Task Manager allows you to close unresponsive programs, view performance and memory usage, and determine what’s truly running in the background.

Want a quick way to open Task Manager?

Here are two really fast methods:

#1 Right click on an empty area of the task bar and click Start Task Manager

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Review

Behind every great man is a great woman, it's said. But in Franklin Roosevelt's case, he had more than just Eleanor in his corner. A veritable harem of womenfolk supported the President, in nearly every aspect of his life. "Hyde Park on Hudson" gives a peek into FDR's complicated world, through the eyes of his distant cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Google Reverse Image Search

So, say you have an image you grabbed off the Internet and you want to find a larger size, but you can’t quite remember where you got the image in the first place? What do you do? Where do you go?

There’s gotta be an easy way, right?

Yep, there is, and you can find it at Google. It’s called Reverse Image Search. Just head over to and click the Images button in the upper left-hand corner. The page should reload and you should see a little camera icon in the search box. 

WhatsApp? Connecting To Friends Worldwide With Android

Want a fun way to chat with your friends?  Want to be able to “text” your friend who lives halfway across the world at no fee for the messages you send each other back and forth? Well, this may be the answer for you.  WhatsApp Messenger is an application you can download on your Android device–FREE of charge–to message and keep in touch with your friends, no matter where they might live.  If you and your friend both have downloaded the application, you are set to go!  

First thing’s first.  Download the application onto your Android device if you haven’t already – this will be through your “Play Store.”  Search for “WhatsApp,” then download.  The icon for this application is a green speech bubble with a telephone icon inside.  When you first launch the application, it will ask you to enter in your cell phone number to confirm.  The next screen will have you enter your name the way you want it to appear on your friends’ lists.  You have the option of loading a profile picture at this time too (although this can be done at any time).  Once you are signed in, you will see a blank page that says “Chats” at the top, with a pencil sketch in the middle.  This is essentially your homepage. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Killing Them Softly Movie Review

For my money, nothing beats a good gangster flick. And when I saw the cast of "Killing Them Softly" I really thought that all the dominoes were correctly positioned for a possible mega-gangster fest. Instead, Andrew Dominik's entry in the genre is a mechanical, stiff, and thoroughly artificial mess.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Internet Explorer: Remove Manage Add-Ons Notification

A common complaint about IE9 is the message below, which appears at the bottom of the screen, even if add-ons have been previously set. For information on managing IE add-ons, click here.

Control Flash Content in Internet Explorer

Flash enhances websites by offering video and interactive capabilities, but it can also slow browsing by increasing webpage load times, so knowing how to control it can boost browsing speed (and help avoid Flash dependent advertising).

To control Flash in IE9, open Tools by clicking the gear icon in the upper right (or by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+X) and select Manage add-ons.

Gmail New Feature: Reply With Selected Text

When creating an e-mail, the default action when you click reply is to include all of the e-mail you’re replying to below your message. This results in incredibly long reply chains and tons of non-relevant information being forwarded along. What if you don’t want to include all of the text, but instead, just the relevant, important parts? Just an important line? A picture? Gmail has improved their web interface to do just that.

This fantastic feature is easy to use. Simply highlight the text you want to be in the reply e-mail, and then click the reply button on Gmail’s interface. You’ll get a reply with just the highlighted information selected. 

Enhancing Device Battery Life While Traveling

Let’s face it. There’s more than enough to worry about when traveling during the holiday season. From delayed flights to major traffic jams, we can encounter plenty of obstacles before arriving at our destination. So, why risk the chance of your favorite, most important tech gadgets dying along the way? From smartphones to tablets, there are a number of ways to enhance the battery life of your devices while traveling.

Battery Cases

Aside from boosting battery life, battery cases are ideal for protecting your phone from hazardous drops, slips or bumps. The majority of these handy cases feature connector plugs, designed to match up with the phone’s charging port. This is how extra power is delivered straight to your device. Although highly beneficial, there is one downfall to battery cases: any form of dock-cradle accessories cannot be utilized without taking your device out of this case. Nevertheless, these cases can really come in handy when you’re on the go, and they are also available for an iPad and various other tablet devices.

PowerSkin's battery case for Galaxy S III

Deleting Corrupted Files from a Flash Drive

Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with no immediate success. However, with the exception of flash drives which have undergone extreme, usually physical, damage to its internal components, a corrupt file which seemingly cannot be deleted, can typically be removed via a variety of methods; it’s just a matter of finding the right one. So how do you find a method that successfully deletes your corrupt file(s)? Start by following these simple steps:

1. Think of your flash drive like your C: drive, only smaller

Silent Night Movie Review

Maybe you're not a fan of the holiday season, but chances are that the irritations and discomforts awaiting you over the next few weeks are nothing compared to what the citizens of Cryer, Wisconsin are going through in "Silent Night".  You see, they've got a vengeful serial killer on their hands, it's Christmas eve, and the murderer is stalking the streets dressed like Santa Claus.  "Silent Night", an updated take on the 1984 slasher flick, "Silent Night, Deadly Night", follows every twist and turn of this deadly Santa's path of destruction through the small, downtrodden milll town.  As it turns out, Santa's got some extreme ideas about who's been naughty and who's been nice (hint: the nice list is pretty short).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Windows 8 Updates: Apps Not Included

If you’ve been using Windows for a while, you know that Windows Update is the place to go to update your windows software. Previously, I covered the importance of checking Windows Update for windows 8 users frequently the first few months. Thanks to one of our users, Ron, who commented on that story, I was prompted to investigate the statement he made: that pre-installed Microsoft Apps will not be updated in Windows Update, but rather, only in the Store interface.

Low and behold, Ron was spot on: Apps pre-installed as part of Windows 8 will not show up in Windows Update. Now, this may sound like an obvious statement, as many third party programs are not in Windows Update for previous versions of windows. The odd part is, Microsoft applications installed in Windows 8, such as Mail, Camera, Photos and other built-in features of Windows 8, were considered parts of the operating system before and not stand-alone applications that needed separate downloads.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In The Windows 8 News

And The Survey Says…

The numbers are in and it looks like Microsoft’s Windows 8, the newest version of the operating system family, is off to a solid start.  Windows 8 was released on October 26 and has sold 40 million licenses in the past month.  In fact, that pace matches the early sales numbers of Windows 7 when it was released.   The quick start may not come as a big surprise, considering that the release date of October 26 came just before the holiday shopping season.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Got Windows 8? Check Windows Updates Frequently!

Microsoft launched Windows 8 on October 26th, and as of the middle of November they have already released 12 important updates – as well as many more recommended updates. Security holes have been fixed, Internet Explorer has been patched, core operating system files have been updated and you may be dangerously out of date with your barely one month old operating system if you haven’t run Windows Update recently.

Before I go too far into the DOOOOOM!!! speech, let me say that this is a very normal thing for new operating systems. Even though Microsoft makes every effort to test and verify the software before shipping, there are hundreds of thousands of possible hardware and software combinations. There are even more possible uses for each of those combinations, and as security holes, bugs and feature flaws are found it’s typical for a rash of patching to take place the first few months of an operating systems launch. The term “early adopter” is used with people who buy operating systems at or near product launch due to the chance of running into these bugs and frequent patches.

Changing Network Adapter Security Settings in Windows 7

While connecting a laptop to a wireless network at a coffee shop or a friend’s house is a fairly simple process, you may run into problems if the network is using different security settings than your computer’s operating system. Not all routers provide the same security setting options, and some network card and operating system combinations aren’t capable of using the latest and most secure security features.  For instance, some Atheros network cards installed on Windows Vista laptops cannot use the “WPA2” security type, and the router of a local network may be configured to use a lower security setting compatible with all laptops.

If you need to connect your Windows 7 enabled computer to a network using different security settings, you will need to manually change your existing settings through the operating system before accessing any websites or checking your email. Your computer’s wireless network security settings are accessed by navigating to the “Control Panel” button in the “Start” menu.

Adjusting Android Stock Camera Photo Quality

While it may not include all the bells and whistles available in some camera apps, the flexibility of the photo quality adjustments found in the stock Android camera should be enough to satisfy most casual photographers. In fact, with the exception of certain missing features (particularly the timer and optical zoom), the Android stock camera is as good–or better–than my compact digital camera. I decided to take a look at the photo adjustment settings in mine (Android 4.0), and discovered some that had been unused, ignored, or missed completely.

An earlier Android stock camera is displayed below.

iDevice Equalizer

I’m a bit of a sound nut, and as such all my auditory enjoyment must be equalized to exacting specifications. I just got a new CD from my favorite band, but the speakers in my car just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to playing back stuff on my iPod/iPad.

Thankfully Apple has a built-in way around this, and thanks to the wonders of touch-screen technology, it’s easier than ever to EQ your tunes!

So, go into your music player and fire up a song – any song will do, but keep in mind that each EQ setting in the next step is built specifically for different kinds of music.

Scroll Here in Windows 7

If you’re like me you’ve got a lot of folders, all chock-full of various file types. Also, (if you’re like me, that is), you have a pretty good understanding of where everything’s at, too. So you open Windows Explorer, grab the slider and scroll down to where the file you need is at and you’re all set, right?

Well, did you know you can also right-click your destination on the Windows Explorer scroll bar and choose Scroll Here to zap around, too? There are also options for Page up, Page Down, Top and Bottom, too!

It’s kind of fun, plus it gives you an alternative to the boring ol’ grab and scroll!

Try it out today, Windows 7 Users!

Disable the Zoom Slider in MS Office

So, here’s the scenario… you’re happily working in one of the newest versions of an MS Office program and things are progressing nicely.

Then suddenly it happens – the program window goes “wacky” and you find yourself looking at the file after a zoom in or zoom out.

What happened there?

To be quite honest it could be several things but the cause I’d like to discuss today is the Zoom Slider addition found the on the status bar of the newest Office programs.

Windows Live Mail for Outlook Express Users

Outlook Express has been an email client offered free and bundled with Windows since 1997. With the introduction of Windows Vista and 7, Microsoft repackaged and released it under the name Windows Live Mail.

This article will introduce you to Windows Live Mail; a second article will describe how to get your old email imported into Windows Live Mail. Despite the change, any long time user of Outlook Express will have no problems with the transition.

The first thing we need to do with Windows Live Mail is find it. Click the “Start” menu, then hold the mouse cursor over the “All Programs” menu. When the programs list pops up, scroll to the bottom and click on “Windows Live.” Under that, you will see “Windows Live Mail.”

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hitchcock Movie Review

Alfred Hitchcock is the type of public figure for whom the term "the man, the myth" was created. With his unique voice, iconic silhouette and love of the macabre, the zaftig cinematic genius is one of the most recognized directors in the history of the medium, and his prodigious and varied filmography is nearly unparalleled. At the same time, he was also notoriously reclusive. There are the popular conceptions of Hitchcock as a perfectionist with the fetishistic obsession with his blonde leading ladies. The slight biopic "Hitchcock" aims to shine a light on the man (the myth) at a pivotal time in his career.

In 1959, Hitchcock was at the top of his game. He had a string of successes, including a popular TV series, and he just released the classic "North by Northwest". But Hitch was uneasy. "Style", he thought, "is self-plagiarism". And so, he sets out to find his next project - something to shake things up.

His curiosity is piqued by the novel "Psycho", Robert Bloch's thriller about Norman Bates and a certain Motel, which was loosely inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein. Against the wishes of pretty much everyone, Hitchcock begins the process of making what will become one of his most famous films, and one that is considered to be the genre-defining forefather of modern slasher films.

Life of Pi Movie Review

"Life of Pi", Ang Lee's latest after a hiatus of three years, is hardly a movie that can be said to have been "made". Instead, it draws to mind phrases like "painstakingly crafted" and "stunningly staged". The care that went into this two-hour parable is clear from the onset. Set in the context of a conversation between a young writer (Rafe Spall) and an adult Pi (Irrfan Khan, most recently seen stateside in 2012's Spiderman reboot), who retells his incredible journey from India.

The story starts in an idyllic sepia postcard town in French India, where Pi spends the first part of his life, helping out with the family zoo. Deeply spiritual, young Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma) has embraced pretty much every religion he's come across (sometimes to his parents' chagrin) - from Hiduism to Islam to Christianity. Times are changing, though, so Pi's family packs up the zoo and heads to America on a Japanese freight ship.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Xbox 720? It’s about time!

Rumors are starting to swirl about Microsoft’s next console, the Xbox 720, and where phrases like “it seems like only yesterday” and “do we really need a next generation console already?” were being doled out like playing cards last time a video console announcement hit the Internet, I think the timing is just right this time around. After all, the Xbox 360 released all the way back in 2005! We’re huggin’ the end of 2012, people! That’s a heck of a cycle!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

FolderSync – High Res Cloud Photo Storage

You want to store your all-important camera photos, but don’t have the time to transfer it to your desktop or external device. Or better still, you would rather want it as it is – without any compression – in the cloud. Google Drive does it, but compresses your data.

But you don’t need to fret when there is FolderSync. This Android app will allow you to store full resolution photos in any of the many cloud storage services like SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Ubuntu One,, LiveDrive, HiDrive, NetDocuments, Amazon S3, FTP, to name a few.

MS Outlook: 1 Contact With 2 or 3 E-mail Addresses

Many of us have multiple e-mail addresses… one for home (friends and all the “good stuff”), one for work and yet another for when you’re forced to give one to sign up for something but don’t want all the clutter in with the rest.

It then follows that there are times when you add a contact to Outlook and you want to enter several addresses for the same person.

Sounds simple enough…

We’re off to the Contact section of Outlook, New Contact button and we’re faced with this:

Missing Volume Control Icon?

Hey, Windows 7 users. Have you ever lost your volume icon? You go to change your volume by using the little icon that sits in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop (right next to your clock) and it’s nowhere to be found?

So aggravating!

Well, If you’re using Windows 7, the fix is easy! First, click the Start orb, and in the search box (which appears directly above), type System icons. This should populate a list. Click the one that says “Customize icons on the taskbar.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nintendo Says Game On With Wii U

Nintendo wants to once again own the holiday season. While the Nintendo GameCube had to share the holidays with Microsoft's original Xbox in 2001, and the Wii battled for holiday video game dominance with Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2006, this year is all about Nintendo.

The Wii U, which looks to build on the success of the Wii, will be the only major new console introduced in 2012.  It was launched today and will available this holiday season as a Basic Set for $299.99. This includes a white Wii U console with 8GB of internal storage, a single white touch-screen GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, sensor bar and an HDMI calble.

The Wii U Deluxe set will also arrive for the holidays for $349.99 with its components in black. It will include all the elements of the Basic Set but also add in the Nintendo Land game, 32GB of internal storage, console stand, GamePad stand and GamePad charging cradle. Those consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set will also be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which will allow owners to earn points that can be used to purchase downloadable content including games.

The Wii U features the tablet-like GamePad controller, and also supports first generation Wii games.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Control Your iPad Notifications

My wife, bless her heart, is always downloading new apps for our iPad to try out. However, one app in particular likes to play a sound every time there a “reminder” for something – even when the tablet’s just sitting on my desk.

It scares the pants off me, so here’s how to put some control on the situation:

Tap Settings>Notifications. In the resulting screen you’ll see which apps are currently in the Notification Center. These are apps that have permission to make beeps and the like, so tap on whichever one you’d like to silence.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Google Cloud Connect Add-in for Microsoft Office

There are tons of desktop apps available for managing Google Docs documents, but recently Google has released an official add-in which integrates Google Docs with Microsoft Office. Named Google Cloud Connect, the Office add-in lets you create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 and lets you automatically sync these documents to your online Google Docs account.

Let’s quickly learn how to use Google Cloud Connect with Microsoft office.

Setting Up Google Cloud Connect With Microsoft Office

Go to the Google Cloud connect page and click Download Google Cloud Connect to launch the web installer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Google Chrome for iPad

You know me, I’m a big Google Chrome fan. It took awhile for it to catch on, but once I experienced the speed and simplicity, all of my browsing standards were soon switched over.

Take my iPad, for example. Google just released Chrome for mobile devices, but alas, my smartphone isn’t quite up to snuff to be able to run it.

But my trusty, new iDevice is!

So, if you’re interested, head into the app store and do a search for Google Chrome. Download and install and I’m pretty sure you’ll never even look at Safari again. Heck, I took my icon right off the home screen!

Friday, November 9, 2012

How can I reset my Windows 8 Administrator Password without using a 3rd party utility?

If you have forgotten your administrator password or any local account password on your machine, follow these quick steps to regain access to your machine. This process also works for Vista and Windows 7.

The only thing required is a CD/DVD/USB of your Windows Vista/7/8 ISO.

Start your computer with the above USB/DVD attached and ensure you press a key when prompted “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” :

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Emergency Fire Response Video Game

It's easy to see why many kids fantasize about being firefighters when they grow up, since firefighters must bravely battle danger and rescue civilians. Emergency Fire Response is a fairly simple fire-fighting simulation that manages to capture much of the thrill, energy, and suspense often associated with the profession.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Driver Review Video Game

Driver's core game design is so strikingly original and fun that it can be enjoyed without embellishment.

Like many console-to-PC ports, Driver suffers from being translated verbatim and taking little advantage of the more powerful PC platform. However, Driver's core game design is so strikingly original and fun that it can be enjoyed without embellishment.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Darksiders II Video Game

Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Merge Duplicate Gmail Contacts

Duplicate contacts are generated several different ways, including–according to some reports–entire contact lists replicating themselves. Often (at least in my case) contacts are duplicated when–rather than updating an existing contact–a new one is added to update phone number, email, or address changes. However it happens, the information below should help.

With Gmail open, click the little arrow to the right of the word Gmail and select Contacts.

Removing Unwanted Apps from the iPad

With more than half a million applications available on the iTunes App Store, it’s tempting — and easy — to fill up your iPad with apps you use once or twice and quickly lose interest in. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to delete unwanted apps and free up space for the killer apps you can’t live without.

Make sure the iPad is turned on and unlocked. On the home screen, or the screen containing the app you want to delete, touch and hold your finger on an app until all the apps onscreen start shaking. You’ll see an “X” in the upper left corner of each app. It will look like this:

Friday, November 2, 2012

This Apple Fell Far From The Tree

With over 100 million iPad’s sold and Microsoft releasing their own tablet, Surface, this holiday season, Apple has been rumored to be developing a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet…

…and on October 23rd they announced it to the world.

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