20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

Uh, this review is a bit overdue. Originally, I was going to write about DISH's "new" Hopper and Joey hardware  I actually started this review back in September  2012. But for one reason or another, I kept holding off. Part of me wanted to really use this new hardware for a while in order to fully understand it. Another part of me had a feeling that more was to come. I was actually smart in holding off. And actually, the changes kept coming from Dish. So I figured that I would draw a line in the… [more]

20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys 20 Things to "Jump" About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro

I started writing this review sitting on the sand at Stinson Beach, CA. I had the football game streaming on my WiFi-only iPad, my MacBook Air was connected to the Internet where I was uploading and downloading photos I had taken for this review, and I was synching my article with Evernote as the waves crashed in the background. My sandy office had its connectivity brought to me by a 4G LTE AT&T Unite Pro WiFi Hotspot.Finding a WiFi connection while out on-the-go can range from being difficult… [more]

Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro Connected Working (or Playing) on the Go with the AT&T Unite Pro

Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

When my kids were toddlers, the minivan was the vehicle of choice with it essentially being a house on wheels. We even removed one of the seats and put a fake polar bear rug on the ground to make diaper changes a bit more cozy. Fast forward almost a decade and our mini van is long gone, replaced with an economical 4-door and a crossover. But when I got behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum SUV  I started having some visions of road trips, camping, or heading to the snow.… [more]

Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander Taking the Family High Road in the 2014 Toyota Highlander

Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

Who doesn’t like when holiday gifts arrive early! And normally, you just stick those gifts under the tree or save them to open at the appropriate time, but in this case, I needed to open the package right away. The funny thing is, I knew what the gift contained and who it was from. But that didn’t matter, I couldn’t wait to play…er…let my kids play with these #GiftSmart items from Radio Shack.Underneath the appropriately red ribbon and nestled in the box were three items found at Radio… [more]

Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite

Recently, my  version of Office for Mac (Office 2011), started crashing on my MacBook Pro. Every time I launched Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the app would crash after a few seconds with an error asking if I wanted to recover my work, reopen the Office app and send the error to Microsoft. It didn’t matter if I opened a document directly or one of the Office applications, within a few seconds, the Office App would crash.I went searching for a solution on various forums but only seemed to find… [more]

How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite

Drowning out the Noise – iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones

October 10, 2014
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Someday, some creative inventor will design some noise canceling headphones that removes office conversations or screaming kids completely. Until then, we will have to survive with noise canceling headphone that simply remove droning background noise that happen in airplanes or on trains. I don’t travel much, so I wasn’t able to test this out on […]

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How to Fix iTunes Error 1723 When Syncing iPhone or iPad

September 30, 2014
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I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple’s iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while […]

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

September 27, 2014
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I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to […]

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The Best Way to Install iOS 8 & Not Delete Apps & Data

September 18, 2014
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Apple’s iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade […]

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Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

September 17, 2014
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Apple’s newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do […]

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

September 15, 2014
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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 […]

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

September 11, 2014
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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 […]

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

September 3, 2014
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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 […]

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