WARNING: Mac Malware Variant “MAC Defender” Even More Crafty – No Password Install Required

In Apple, Application, General, HTD Tech Tip, Safety, Security, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

And you thought that Macs and Apple products were immune to virus and malware threats? Think again! At the beginning of May, Intego, a developer for internet security and privacy software for Macs, identified a pretty scary piece of malware, dubbed the “MAC Defender” (also now has names like “MacSecurity” and “MacProtector” and “MacDefender”). What is malware? It’s essentially a malicious piece of software that can do all types of damage to your computer and trick you into doing things you don’t want it to do. What really concerns me here is that Macs are prevalent in schools and homes …

Time For Some Fun – My New Site Celebrating Technology Failure – Tech-Fail.com

In General, Humor, Opinion, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Last week I decided that I needed a bit more fun in my life, or if you look at it another way, to add some more workload to my already busy day. Since I cover technology all of the time in the form of reviews, how-to’s, fix-it’s and other musings, often with a family spin, I needed a way to “vent” or at least, have a way to express the other side of technology – the side of failure. I wanted to create a site that people would go to for laughs, so that they would know that they are …

How to Pre-Populate Twitter Status Updates the NEW Way via Links & Web Intents

In Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan31 Comments

About a year and a half ago, I posted a “How To” article to teach people on how to tweet out messages from your website via a URL or web link. Unfortunately, that method no longer works as of a few days ago. Twitter has updated the process for doing this. However, I now have the NEW way to do this which seems to be working just fine. Twitter recently moved over to its Web Intents platform and what that means is that buttons (yes all of those older “Tweet” buttons are broken) and link that use the old query …

Traditional Fans are NOT Safe, Fans Have Evolved, And Now I’m a Fan of the Dyson “Air Multiplier” Fan

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Safety, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

When you think of Dyson, you think of those techie-looking vacuums that don’t have a bag and look like they are an exercise of a engineering design firm coupled with a SciFi set designer. But, did you know that they also made fans? Enter the Dyson Air Multiplier. These aren’t ordinary fans though, and I would expect nothing less from an innovative company such as Dyson. I mean, if you think about it carefully, it makes a lot of sense. Dyson produces vacuums which suck air from one area, the ground, and then blows it out somewhere else, to the …

How to Write & Blog Efficiently with Free Tools like Evernote, DropBox, Picasa & Live Writer

In Application, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Mobile, Social Media, Software by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

A while ago, I wrote a blog post about how I do blogging. That was over a year ago. Times have changed, tools have evolved and processes have gotten better, at least for me. I still believe that how your blog or write is extremely personal in nature and what may work for me, might not for others. I would, however, like to offer some “best practices” that I use that I have found provide efficiencies for me. To quickly outline how I write an article or blog post, here is a high-level process and the free tools I use. …

Sony, Ford and NYC Auto Show Videos from the Cast of Dads Roadtrip

In Audio, Auto, Cast of Dads, Consumer Electronics, Event, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Sony, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

A few weeks ago, Ford and Sony invited the Cast of Dads on a really cool experience – a road trip from Boston driving a 2011 Ford Explorer down to New York International Auto Show. Unfortunately both Max and I were not able to attend, but Jeff, CC and Brad produced a ton of content from the excursion. I posted an article & video that they recorded “on the road” from the Ford Explorer…and the content continues to roll in. This article recaps some of the other video content captured by the Dads on the trip. For starters, Jeff, Brad …

Ooma VoIP Adds Innovative Feature to Assist in 911 Notifications

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Press Release, Safety, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Today, I learned that Ooma, a VoIP company who I recently reviewed, has added a pretty interesting feature to their telephony service. In the past, there has always been a bit of a question around the reliability of 911 calls using a phone service that uses an Internet connection for it “digital dialtone”. Advances have been made and now most VoIP services include Enhanced 911 service; the “Enhanced” part means not only is the caller ID sent to emergency services, but also the full address associated with the caller’s phone number, and the call is routed to the nearest Public …

LocalMind Makes Social Check-ins Engaging, Interactive and Helpful

In Cellular, General, iPhone, Opinion, Review, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter, Video by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

We all know about social check-in services like Gowalla, FourSquare and even FaceBook Places. These services allow you to announce that you are at a particular venue, event, company or location, quickly and easily all via your mobile device. With some, the more places you go, the more credibility and achievements you get (e.g., badges). Some people might question why anyone might want to do this. Well, now with LocalMind, a new service that was recently announced, you can actually get some value from these check-ins. Personally, I don’t use check-in services very frequently but I know many other people …