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In The News for 4-12-2013

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

In The News for 4-12-2013 – Broadcasters worry about “Zero TV” homes, the new Xbox expected to be unveiled soon and no GPS while driving in California. Continue reading

Can I Stream.it? Find Movies & TV Shows

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Want to stream your favorite movie or TV show, but not sure where to find it online? With so many competing services these days, your show might be on NetFlix, it might be on Amazon Prime or it might be on Hulu. Can I Stream .it? searches across multiple video services and lets you know where to find your favorite show. Continue reading

Question: Why is Facebook trying to charge me a dollar to send a message? Answer: If you’ve tried to message someone who isn’t your Facebook friend, you may have seen the window below pop up. For one $1, you can be sure your message won’t go into the recipient’s “other” folder. Continue reading

Ransomware Virus Attacks On The Rise

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Law enforcement agencies are warning computer users to be on the lookout for ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that works by hijacking your computer. Lockscreen ransomware locks your screen and displays a message that says you’ve violated federal law by accessing sites associated with terrorism, child pornography or other criminal activities. Continue reading

One thing that has bothered users of Windows 8 is the seeming disappearance of the Snipping Tool, the handy little program that lets you grab screenshots. This was particularly bothersome to me, since I recently purchased a Surface Pro and the tiny little keyboard doesn’t have a PrtScn key. The good news is that the Snipping Tool is still there, it just seems like Microsoft is trying to hide it from you. It’s now buried within the Windows System32 file, but there’s a really simple way to find it. Continue reading

Your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram account could be the perfect tool for thieves looking to steal your identity. Here’s how they do it… Continue reading

Two years ago, tech giant Google announced it was doing some spring cleaning. The company said it was shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products. They were serious about cleaning house. Since then, they’ve closed 70 features and services. Continue reading

A web service called FireMe! aims to protect you from your own social media mistakes. The service scans Tweets and looks for those with content that could cost the Tweeter his or her job. Continue reading

In The News – 4-5-2013

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Your weekly update in the world of technology. – Facebook finally announced a Facebook phone….sorta. The company unveiled the new Facebook Home Android app. Continue reading

Facebook users are accustomed to seeing ads off to the right hand side of their news feeds. Now they can expect to see more target advertising in their News Feeds. Continue reading

Ebay has teamed up with Goodwill with a program called Sell It Forward. It allows people to make a donation to Goodwill and also earn a little money for themselves in the process. Continue reading

Pulse bills itself as “Your news. Anywhere.” That’s a pretty good description of this nifty free app (and website, for those without a tablet or smartphone) that lets you set up a customized news feed of the information that interests you. Continue reading

Help! Google Is Broken

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Question: I somehow managed to break Google. There’s no place to type anything into at all in Firefox. Google works okay when I use Internet Explorer, but I like Firefox best. I did let my little niece play some games on my laptop, could she have done something to mess things up? Answer: Children and laptops do not always mix. I think I know what the problem might be. Continue reading

How Do I Turn Off Microsoft Narrator?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Question: Help! My boyfriend did something to my laptop and it won’t stop talking to me. It says everything I type and every move I make. He keeps laughing about it and won’t fix it, so I have to use it with the sound muted. How do I fix it in Windows 7? Continue reading

MyFitnessPal, a great little tool for counting calories and monitoring your activity just got a little bit better. You’ll now be able to sync it with fitness equipment at the gym to better monitor your exercise. Continue reading

Question: What’s the difference between a browser and a home page on your computer? My computer always opens up to Road Runner and that’s how I look around and find web pages and go to Facebook to play games. I was trying to explain a problem to my granddaughter and when she asked what my browser was, I said Road Runner. That’s where I get my e-mail. She says that’s my home page. I’m not sure I understand the difference. Continue reading

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 RTM (the original version released to manufacturers without a service pack update) on April 9, 2013. The service pack for Windows 7 was released nearly two years ago and many, if not most, users will have already updated. To ensure as many people as possible get the service pack update before support ends, Microsoft has added Service Pack 1 to Windows Auto Update. Continue reading

How Do I Change Fonts In Windows 7?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Valerie from Baronett, WI writes: Please tell me how to permanently change the font and font size on my PC. I am using Windows 7. Continue reading

Philips showed its new DesignLine TV, calling it “an unconventional style to truly fit modern living spaces.” Available in 46″ and 55″ models, the front of the television is made of one seamless sheet of gradient black glass. The TV doesn’t have a visible frame or a stand. It looks like a pane of glass leaning against a wall when not in use. Continue reading

Making Windows 7 Easier To Read

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

If you’re finding it difficult to read things on your computer because they look too darn small on your screen, there’s a quick way to make things easier to see in Windows 7. Continue reading

If you’re a Sci-Fi fan looking for something to watch online, there’s some good news from Hulu. The video streaming site is offering every episode of Star Trek for free until March 31. Continue reading

Flash Won’t Work In Firefox

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

George from Illinois writes: You answered a question today regarding a problem with Flash Player on your browser. Unfortunately, your reply only dealt with IE. I have had this problem with Firefox for over a year. I’ve Googled the problem and found that I am not alone. Please reintroduce this problem, only this time with the solution using Firefox. Continue reading

Update Your Plug-Ins In Firefox

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately about plug-ins like Flash and Java not working in Firefox. That means many videos won’t play and some games won’t work. Some browsers, including Firefox, disable plug-ins when there are security concerns. Both Java and Firefox had serious security problems earlier in the year. Here’s a quick tip on making sure all of your plug-ins are up-to-date with the latest bug fixes and security patches. Continue reading

Microsoft is putting a priority on providing up-to-date security patches for applications purchased from the Windows App Store. Continue reading

Tech giant Google has settled a lawsuit accusing the company of violating privacy rights during its Street View Mapping Project. The cars used in the project were outfitted with equipment and software that collected information from unsecured wireless networks. Continue reading

Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If you’re a Windows user, there’s a special day every month you should know about. The second Tuesday of every month is known as “Patch Tuesday,” the day that Microsoft releases the critical security updates for the month. Continue reading

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