Saturday, November 28, 2015

Windows 10 Review - A New and Modern Look for PCs

Monday, September 21, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Beginners Review!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Avoid the Small Business Headache, Use a Social Media Tool

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"Social Media" image by Sean MacEntee licensed under CC BY 2.0
The social media landscape keeps growing and changing like never before. A small business may want to have a presence on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and maybe even Periscope. Managing all of these social media profiles can definitely become cumbersome and even a burden. As a small business owner, it is hard to make time to post and keep up with all of these profiles. Also, deciding which social media websites to focus on is an important decision for your business.

A tool that I LOVE, which makes posting on social media simpler and less time consuming is Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a social media management platform designed specifically for small business. You can link up your social media profiles, write one post, and it will blast it out to all of your profiles. Now, I don't have to log in and write the same message on multiple pages/profiles. This saves me lots of time on a daily basis! With Hootsuite, you can post directly on your computer or use their app. Hootsuite offers three different plans depending on your small business needs. They offer a free version where you can post using up to three different social media profiles. They also offer a business version ($9.99/mo) that allows you to post on up to 100 profiles. Wow! Finally, there is an unlimited plan option, which looks to cater to the larger companies.

Overall, Hootsuite is pretty user friendly and there are resources on the website to help you learn how to use the platform. Besides social media posting, you can also track the performance of your posts and analyze different data. This social media tool can make your small business much more efficient and organized. Comment below if you use Hootsuite or what other Social Media Tools you recommend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Code Scanner Apps Will Save You Money

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Presently, most consumers frequently shop on the internet. Websites like eBay, Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart help us find the best deals with just a click or a swipe. This ecommerce shopping is an excellent experience offering fast shipping, low prices, and diverse selections.

With that being said, we can still find ourselves shopping in physical stores from time to time. Sometimes we may need to get a product immediately or we want to physically touch it before we buy. Can you still get competitive internet pricing in a physical store? The answer is yes!

When shopping in retail stores, code scanner apps should be your weapon of choice. These apps can help you compare prices with multiple stores. When you find an item that you want to purchase, scan the bar code with the app on your smartphone. The code scanner app will give you prices for that same item on all of the different websites throughout the internet. If you find a cheaper price, ask a store representative if they price match. Many retail stores are willing to price match with a major competitor (eBay and Amazon are normally excluded). If they do price match, show them the cheaper price at the register and they will apply your discount. My girlfriend and I recently did this with some printer ink and saved about $8 bucks at the register.

There are many free code scanner apps available for you to download. I use the AT&T code scanner app and it works very well. So my advice to you is scan, be happy, and go home with a few more dollars in your pocket.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Reduce Your Smartphone Bill and Fatten Your Wallet

In this day and age, owning a smartphone is almost as common as owning a toothbrush. It is amazing that some of the best technology fits into the palm of our hand. Current smartphones allow people to do so much more than just call. They are essentially mini computers with touch screens that can make anyone feel high tech. With that being said, whether you are low income, wealthy, or somewhere in between, we can all use a little help reducing our smartphone bills. 

In this article, I will give you five important tips for shrinking your bill and fattening your wallet.

Tip #1: DO join your brother, mother, sister, aunt, or cousins smartphone plan. A phone plan with just one person on it is normally significantly more expensive than sharing a plan.
Tip #2: DO take a look at prepaid (aka No Contract) plan options. These are particularly cost effective for someone who rarely uses their phone or has to be on a plan by themselves. I am currently on a prepaid AT&T smartphone plan that costs $63/month including tax. This plan gives me unlimited talk and text, plus 3gb of 4g data. 
Tip #3: DO look over your most recent phone bill with a fine tooth comb. This will ensure that there are no unnecessary charges. Also, if you don’t understand a charge, call your carrier about it. Cutting off small extra monthly charges can save you big money in the long run.
Tip #4: DO factor in additional monthly charges. Taxes, fees, and service charges can cost you up to 20% extra on top of your monthly rate plan. Always consider this before making your final decision on which rate plan to choose.
Tip #5: DO ask your wireless carrier if the company you work for receives a monthly service discount. Even if it is your own personal smartphone bill, working for a certain company (normally larger corporations), may entitle you to monthly discounts. To receive these discounts, you normally need to sign up with a company email address or show proof of employment with a recent paycheck stub. 

In conclusion, to reduce your smartphone bill you need to be diligent when picking your plan and actively watch your bill. Once, you get your bill to a price you are comfortable with, check with your carrier twice a year to see what new plans and savings may be available. The wireless industry changes frequently so be sure to watch your smartphone bill and don't let it turn into a car payment!! Comment below with more bill saving tips.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What is the difference between Facebook and Twitter?

Facebook and Twitter are social media giants and they play a big role in many of our lives. Both of these platforms are similar, but they offer just enough differences, to entice many people to use both. This article will highlight some of the differences that I have noticed between the two.

First off, with Facebook you can type as much as you want into a single status update. We have all read the heartfelt stories, theoretical insights, rants, and interesting drama in our news feeds. Some posts can fill an entire page if you click the little blue “See More” icon. Proceed with caution when clicking that icon, you may not know what

you're getting into! On the other hand, with Twitter you only have 140 characters (including spaces) to express your thoughts in a Tweet. This gives people a quick update and insight about whats going on with that person or business.

The next area of divide involves the amount of information that can be displayed in your profile. On Facebook, there are fields for name, education, work experiences, contact info, birthday, relationship status, favorite quotes, favorite movies, and more. Granted you can leave many of these fields blank, but most people include a large amount of personal information on their Facebook profile page. On Twitter, the only information in your profile is your name, Twitter handle, brief bio, and a website if you have one.

Another big difference is the type of user engagement on each website. Many celebrities and large corporations look like they are more active on Twitter than Facebook. On Twitter, they reply to fans tweets quickly, give fans shout outs, and more. I also believe that many celebrities prefer Twitter because they don't have to accept friend requests. Lots of fans can start following them on Twitter and there is no action to take on the celebrities behalf. In contrast, Facebook's user engagement seems to be more centered around friends, families, and local business. Facebook has lots of local business pages and many users go to them for reviews and more. Finally, on Facebook, most people will only accept a friend request from people they personally know. With Twitter, there is more interaction between users who have never met before.

To sum everything up, Twitter revolves around brevity, while also giving you more opportunities to interact with celebrities, personalities, and big corporations. With Facebook, you can be more detailed by typing long posts and adding lots of information to your online profile. Facebook also seems to revolve more around interaction with close friends and family. What are your thoughts on the difference between Facebook and Twitter? Comment below:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Can I get free Antivirus?

Antivirus software is a very confusing subject for most consumers. There are lots of different software programs to choose from including Mcafee, AVG, Avast, Norton, etc. Many people have expired antivirus products and don't even know it. While other people may be paying for antivirus already included for free with their internet service providers. This article will discuss a few different quality antivirus options available.

First, a lot of consumers are unaware that their internet service provider may already offer them a FREE antivirus product. Comcast/Xfinity offers their customers free Norton Security Suite and it is valid for up to seven computers. You will need your Comcast email address and password to download the software. If you don't know your Comcast email address and password, call
their customer service team to retrieve it. Here are the download links for Comcast's Norton Security Suite:
PC/Windows - Constant Guard

Now, if you use AT&T as your internet service provider, you may be eligible for their FREE security suite through Mcafee. In order to get Mcafee for free, you need to have Uverse internet or DSL at 3mbps or higher. With AT&T you can download the free Mcafee antivirus on up to 4 computers. Here is the download link for AT&T and you will also need your AT&T user name and password:

With that being said, here are two of the top rated PAID subscription antivirus programs currently available. PCMag rated Bitdefender and Kaspersky as the top two antivirus products of 2015. Bitdefender is touted because of its high independent lab tests in blocking malware, unsafe websites, and phishing websites. It also has a simple and unobtrusive interface making it very user friendly. Price wise Bitdefender's home antivirus software runs between $60-$90 a year and covers up to three computers.

Kaspersky received its high ranking for simplicity, virus protection, and strong malware blocking. Kaspersky's price is between about $60-$80/year and covers up to three computers as well. Both of these antivirus options offer premium protection and many additional security features. Make sure to utilize all of your licenses if you have multiple computers in your household.