13 Tips to Optimize Your Mac After Yosemite Installation

As most of us know, Apple's latest operating system Yosemite (10.10), a free upgrade from Apple, is now available. And with it come a lot of nice new features, visuals and enhancements. But, as with any upgrade, there is always the possibility of having issues. While I had been running the Developer Preview on my MacBook Air and had not encountered any issues, when I upgraded my 2010 MacBook Pro, I started noticing that it was slow, laggy and simply not performing the way it had under Mavericks (the… [more]

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Drowning out the Noise – iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones

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 a plane, but I do sit in an open office environment where there is lots of noise, so when I got a pair of iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones, I was pretty… [more]

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How to Fix iTunes Error 1723 When Syncing iPhone or iPad

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 searching for "how to fix iTunes Error 1723" or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac.The error states "The iPhone… [more]

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

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 Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don't want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not… [more]

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

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 there prevents you from doing so if you don't have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don't have… [more]

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

August 28, 2014
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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 […]

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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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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Vacuum – Review & Dog Does Unboxing Video

June 8, 2014
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I was going to be very cliché and have the title of this review of the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuum be…”this vacuum sucks” or “yet another sucky vacuum from Dyson” but I figured that has probably been overplayed and over used. And anyway, we all know that Dyson vacuums are known for […]

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Evolving & Revolving the iPad’s Usefulness – iGear iPad Flip Turn Case Review

June 5, 2014
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We all know how useful Apple’s iPad Air is. It’s great at work, in the home and on the go. So is it possible to extend the iPad’s utilitarian and multi-use functionality? Of course. One way is to get a case that builds in additional functions. Last year, I talked about iGear’s Flip Turn Case […]

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