Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

I've been test driving cars for a several years now. It's definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven't had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major "problem" with that car.Before I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I'm pleased to share that this review is sponsored… [more]

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How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone's data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling… [more]

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How To Change the Default Browser on Mac with Chrome Canary and Chrome

Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls "the bleeding edge of the web" type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my "regular" version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be "faster."… [more]

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HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general.The… [more]

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow - one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and… [more]

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I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had any type of issues. That is, until I test drove the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i. I had a major “problem” with that car.

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autonation_logo-on-blackBefore I go into the details of the 2014 BMW X5, I’m pleased to share that this review is sponsored by AutoNation BMW of Fremont and AutoNation, America’s Largest Auto Retailer. Buying a new car? There are over 20,000 AutoNation Associates at 250 new vehicle franchises across 15 states. Looking for a used auto? Get CARFAX history report, 135-point safety inspection, 3-day/150 mile money-back guarantee and more.

 

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If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in your news feed. Luckily it’s easy to prevent this from happening in Facebook auto-play settings.

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I took a quick look at my cellular data consumption of my Facebook app, and it showed it was one of the biggest consumers of data (read on and I’ll tell you how to check those amounts on the iPhone). So, I wanted to find out how to turn it off in certain situations.

How To Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play for Videos

The process is pretty straight forward, once you know where to look.

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Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls “the bleeding edge of the web” type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had been using the beta channel (and dev channels) for my “regular” version of Chrome on my Mac, but I wanted to test out the 64-bit version of the browser as it was supposed to be “faster.” However, I ran into an issue. Since I already had Chrome (not Chrome Canary) installed and it was the default browser, every time  clicked a link (e.g., in email), the “older” version of Chrome (not the Canary version) would open. Here’s how to correct it.

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Normally, when you launch a new install of a browser on a Mac, it asks you if you want to set it as the Default Browser. However, since I already had Chrome installed (and it was set as the default), I wasn’t prompted.

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So, I went to the settings of Chrome Canary to set the default there, but was presented with an interesting error:

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The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general.

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The Cold Water Challenge has actually been around for a long time and recently made the jump to promote awareness of ALS. The idea is simple, viral and shows exponential growth. A person is challenged by someone else and within 24 hours of being nominated, they must either post a video doing the challenge and nominating other people or donate to the ALS Association. In some cases, people who have been doused by ice water should donate $10 to ALS and those who elect not to get drenched, should donate $100. In other cases, some people say that just by filming and posting the chilly drenching, they don’t have to donate and the mere posting of the video acts to spread the word.

To date, the ALS Association has received over $94 million in 30 days because of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Our family elected to donate as well as post videos.

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

July 21, 2014
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I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of […]

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Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

June 30, 2014
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My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I […]

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15 Things Families Can Like about the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

June 24, 2014
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I decided to take a slightly different approach to this automotive review. For a week (which included a road trip down to LA to Disneyland), my family and I experienced the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. We compiled our thoughts and came up with a list of about 15 features of the Yukon that we particularly […]

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A Quick Neighborhood Adventure Video – “Helping Echo” #EarthToEcho

June 23, 2014
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I remember when I was a kid, we used to go outside and have adventures. Sometimes these adventures were simple, but many times they had complex plots and ran well into the night. We were not tethered to our homes in any way other than how far our parents’ voices could carry. Often, we simply […]

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