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

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

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 sand and write about …

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How to Fix Mac Office 2011 Crashing in Yosemite [UPDATED X3]

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan147 Comments

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 other people encountering the same issue. Supposedly these crashes have …

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

In Application, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

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 a particular …

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

In Android, Apple, Application, Cellular, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Social Media, Software by Michael Sheehan

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 …

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

In Android, Apple, Application, Family, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users. I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a …

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Fantastic Fitbit Force is a Healthy Upgrade to the Flex

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

There is quite a rage going on now around wearable computers and devices, and Fitbit has been leading the charge of producing gadgets you wear that track your activity. A year ago, I was introduced to the Fitbit Flex, which is a rechargeable wristband that measured movements and activity as well as a whole lot more. I wore it almost every day for a year, and even slept and showered with it (yes it is water-proof). And then, I got my hands on the Fitbit Force, the Flex’s big brother. Actually, that is probably the wrong equivalency to use because …

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Weighing in on the Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

In Android, Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Recent advances in personal technology are allowing individuals and families to get better analysis of their health progress or lack there of. From wearable devices that track your movement to applications that help you set exercise goals, our society now has consumer tools that remove some of the mystery surrounding personal health. Withings is a company that has been leading the way providing consumer products that previously were only found in the doctor’s office and in the process is empowering individuals to simply get healthier. The new Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50) is a fine example of one of these …

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Site Performance Optimization: MaxCDN, Nginx, CloudFlare and WordPress Caching

In Application, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Linux, Open Source by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

My blog has a problem. Or rather it had a problem but I’m making some big improvements to it to make it perform better. For many years, my site has suffered from slow performance. Much of that is my fault though. I tend to overload WordPress with lots of plugins. Plugins are bad, but they are in many ways, quite addictive. There are so many innovative features and functions that you can add to your blog using them that people often suffer from plugin-bloat. And having too many plugins will slow the responsiveness of your site way down. As I …

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Direct Download iOS 7 Final IPSW Links for Latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

The day has finally arrived! Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, is now available. Most people can simply connect their iOS device to the latest version of iTunes (be sure to download version 11.1 which is now available as well), update your apps, do a sync, make a backup and THEN install iOS 7. For those people who were on the iOS 7 beta (developer) track, you might need to download the final IPSW. This short article provides you with direct download iOS 7 Final IPSW links for the latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch devices (remember, older devices …

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CrashPlan Online Backups Keep Your Digital Life #WorryFree!

In Application, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Are you backing up your computer? How often do you do it? Do you do it manually or automatically? Have you ever thought about the possibility of hitting the power button on your computer and suddenly it not starting up? What would you do if that happened? What if you couldn’t access all of your home movies or photos, or your family documents or your kid’s paper they have been working on for weeks? I must admit, I had been sort of living my digital life a bit dangerously until recently. I’m hoping that I can tell you to WAKE …

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Texting and Driving Simulator – A Scary Game to Try! #ItCanWait

In Application, Auto, Cellular, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know or have been told that texting and driving is dangerous. But yet, for some reason, many of us still do it. For those of you learning to drive or who are not yet of driving age, now is the time to learn why you shouldn’t text and drive. And if you are a passenger, be sure to let the driver concentrate on their driving – if they start to respond to a text, tell them “It Can Wait!” Just how distracting is texting and driving? Well, I don’t want you to go out on the road and …

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Wirelessly Control & Shoot your Canon or Nikon DSLR Remotely – iUSBportCamera Review

In Android, Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

It seems like everyone is becoming a “professional” photographer, especially now that the technology-to-price ratio of DSLR cameras is getting truly amazing. While taking a photo really depends though on the mind’s eye, the technology of the camera as a tool to capture that moment in time has made those moments even better. And there are accessories now for your DSLR that extends the usage of those cameras. HyperDrive recently gave  me the Hyper iUSBportCamera which not only transforms your mobile device or tablet into a remote shutter trigger, but it also allows you to wirelessly view and stream your …

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The Remote to Rule All Remotes – Logitech Harmony Ultimate

In Android, Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m not sure how much further Logitech can go with their Harmony universal remote line. With the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate out (which is a great Father’s Day gift, by the way), I’m really curious what the next generation Harmony remote would bring. I’m thinking that it will have some sort of mind reading integration or something because the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate is pretty much as full featured as it can go. The Harmony Ultimate remote is truly that…the ultimate remote. It is not only the last remote you will probably need, but also has the ultimate in configuration …