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Quick Tip

What Exactly Is Cord Cutting?

I’ve heard from a few readers who aren’t too clear on what the term “cord cutting” means.  Since we toss it around a lot in various articles on the subject let me see if I can explain it simply.


Cord cutting usually refers to getting rid of cable or satellite TV services.  Most cord-cutters then turn to streaming services to view programming on their TV, phone, or tablet.  (The cord isn’t completely cut with this option because you’ll still need an Internet connection.)

If you live somewhere it’s possible to pick up an over-the-air TV signal, you could choose just to view broadcast signals available by antenna. Since many stations now offer multiple channels on their frequency these days, you might have quite a few channels available for viewing.

~ Cynthia

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Steve here, and I have a warning for you.

Hard drives crash every single day - it’s a fact of life.

I did a little research and...

Roughly 170,000 hard drives die each and every day.

Oh, and those drives are ALL under 4 years old!

After 4 years, hard drive failure rates REALLY get bad.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be a big deal when it does happen - as long as you have a backup.

I can tell you that I’ve personally experienced more than my share of HD failures, but it’s never really much more than a nuisance - BECAUSE I ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD BACKUP!!

It a sad story about lost, irreplaceable family photos. A story about lost documents that represent days and weeks of labor. A story of lost spreadsheets, resumes, books, music, websites, passwords, videos - need I go on?

If your hard drive crashes, you won’t be able to get those files back. If you’re OK with that, then stop reading now. Otherwise...

The Super Talent 16GB Instant Backup Flash Drive!

NO software. NO set up. NO time consuming steps. All you do is plug it in and click "backup"!

Could it BE any easier?

The first time you pop it in, it just asks you what directories you want to backup. After that, every new backup is just a click away.

What's great is that it keeps ALL of your directories and folders right in the order you have them on your PC. So you'll know EXACTLY where to find them on the flash drive or after you back them up to another PC!


Think about everything you have on your computer: TONS of photos. ALL of your favorite music. Family videos and contact information.

How about work documents, important files, sensitive documents. Even your passwords, e-mails, favorite web pages... EVERYTHING!

After a crash, you can't get those photos back. The videos are now distant memories. And your passwords? Good luck remembering the ones you haven't had to type in for years.



And with backing up this easy, you won't even have to think about it!

This DEFINES User Friendly!

We tested it out, just check out the video:

Ultra Sleek, Ultra Secure, ULTRA FAST!

It looks, feels, and acts just like your standard flash drive (of course, standard flash drives can't hold a candle to this one) so you know it's gonna be easy and lightweight to move or store.

Plus, when you aren't using it, you can flip the drive around to protect the connector! YES!

That's right - Just drag and drop files to it and use it like any other flashdrive! Talk about the best of both worlds!!

Take it anywhere! Back up any data from your PC or laptop! Use it for ANYTHING!

And if you're looking for fast, this thing is gonna BLOW YOU AWAY!

This is a Super Talent high-speed USB 2.0 drive.

We're talkin' up to 480Mbps of PURE SPEED!

Last but not least: IT'S SECURE!

When you back up anything on this drive, you can choose to encrypt it and guard it with a password of your choice! Nobody but you or those you trust get access to YOUR files.

So all your tax, financial, and confidential documents? You can back them up too without worrying! FINALLY!

It's not just passwords, either. It's full-power encryption!

All those passwords on your PC don't mean a thing if you don't have SECURE backups.

But with the included backup software, it's not a problem.

A Backup Drive For UNDER $8! WOW!

If you go anywhere to try and get a backup drive, you'll be looking $40 for the BARE MINIMUM! And those are bulky, heavy external hard drives that you really can't move or store.

Personal note - I needed another backup drive for all my photography, and these were just PERFECT for the job! They're sooooooo handy!

You will NOT find a faster, more convenient backup solution out there for just $7.97!

These are simply one of the coolest devices I've ever seen. PLEASE don't miss out on this deal.

We only have so many and once they're gone... that's it.

LIMITED QUANTITY - Seriously! If these run out, they're gone! We don't always get to offer items like this! And after Tuesday this sale will end, with the price going back up to $12.97! HURRY TO THE STORE!


Computers 101 -- Back To The Start

A reader wants some help with an email cleanup – “Once again I am in the process of cleaning out my inbox, how does an email hugger get back to their very first email?”

It’s pretty easy. Just open your mailbox and look to the far right.

The click on the arrow next to Filter.


Chose Sort by and then select Date.


If you see the most recent first, click Date again to see the oldest.

You’ll now have the oldest email first.


Don’t forget about the Sweep feature.  Access that by choosing a message selecting Sweep at the top of the inbox.


You can set up rules to automatically clear out messages as they come in and to clean up messages from one sender with a click.

Time to begin that cleanup.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Is FrogTV Legit?

A reader has a question about a device that promises premium streaming services for free. “Have you heard of this device called TV Frog? I’m sending a description of it and would like to know what you think of it and if it’s legit.”

Here’s the pitch the reader directed me to:

Never Pay For Cable Or Subscriptions Again? This Device Allows You To Watch Anything For Free With over 1.5 million units sold worldwide.  Thankfully, there is a solution to legally watch anything for free! A Netherland-based startup company has come up with a new innovative and inexpensive gadget that is changing the way people consume media. What is it? It’s called TVFrog. It is a state-of-the-art Home Theater box that can be easily connected to any TV. It comes with everything already installed and is up and running within minutes. No technical know-how needed. It is an all-in-one entertainment center that allows you to get rid of all your other hardware and remotes. All the apps we know are already pre-installed like you might know it from products like AppleTV, Amazon Firestick etc. But there is a main difference – it allows you to watch anything for free. With no subscriptions and completely legal. What sounds to be to good to be true is reality, no strings attached. That’s one reason why TVFrog is selling globally like crazy at the moment. Of course you need to have internet and that is a few bucks a month. TVFrog is on sale at the moment for under $70! One time payment – no subscription, no monthly costs. Where can I buy one? You can buy it directly from the company’s website by clicking here. NOTE: As it might get banned soon, people started to buy multiple devices at once as they want to resell them at a higher price later. So demand is crazy right now.

The whole pitch is much longer, but it strongly implies that you’ll be able to get Netflix and other paid services for free once the box is installed.


Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is. First and foremost any device that offers to give you Premium services like Netflix or HBO is up to no good. It is always illegal to use these services without paying for them. Even if they are somehow routed through a country that doesn’t have laws about pirating videos, when you consume it on your end, you are breaking the law. So that just means they won’t get in trouble, but you will.  Legality aside – it’s stealing. It’s just like you walked into the Walmart, stuck a DVD in your pocket and walked out. Whether or not the security system went off has no bearing on the fact that you are a thief.


TVFrog is not exactly a scam. It’s just a regular old...

Click here for more on what you can actually watch on TV Frog


From The Archives

The Complete Guide To Apple Notes

Given the kind of information overload we are bombarded with on a daily basis, it is no surprise that a lot of people like to use some type of note-taking app. They are handy for everything from saving useful links, to making to-do lists to jotting down ideas.


Apple Notes has been the hidden gem of iOS devices and Macs. It’s the little cousin that gets ignored for the shinier features that Apple regularly rolls out with each update. What many of us do not realize is that Notes is in itself a very powerful application.  If you own an iPhone or iPad  or an Apple computer, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not using the app.

You can save links, videos, text, and pictures, make bullet lists, and even doodle in Notes. Most importantly it lets you sync the notes across various devices and even password-protect notes if you so desire. Want to know more? Then read along. We will focus on iOS devices, as most people are likely to use Notes on the go.

Basic Usage

Creating a new note is super easy. Just tap the pen and paper icon at the bottom right corner.


You will be greeted with a brand new screen where you can...

Click here for more on Apple Notes.


Today's Feature

How Teleconferencing Is Changing Your Job

Teleconferencing technology is at a turning point in today’s workplace. While 68 percent of companies are using videoconferencing, it is underutilized.

If your company is looking to expand its videoconferencing capability, it’s important to be informed about the latest technology available to today’s business, since advances in this area have made traditional teleconferencing solutions outdated. Here’s a look at some of the key trends and tools characterizing today’s teleconferencing technology.


Web-Based Videoconferencing Tools

One major trend in videoconferencing has been a migration from traditional room-based hardware to web-based videoconferencing tools, Ingram Micro Advisor says. Traditional room-based conferencing solutions typically cost tens of thousands of dollars or more.They also have other limitations, such as the need for a dedicated room to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Today’s web-based videoconferencing solutions, such as virtual meeting software, slash the cost of teleconferencing dramatically, making videoconferencing a feasible option for even small and medium-sized businesses. Web-based tools also allow more flexibility in location selection than room-based solutions, while overcoming some of the barriers that have previously favored room-based solutions. For instance, 8×8 Virtual Office is easy to set up, and support is provided both by staff and by an extensive online knowledge base that facilitates self-service. The software is also designed to adjust to bandwidth constraints, providing a reliable connection even over Wi-Fi and the public Internet.

Unified Video & Audio Communication

Unified communication is also characteristic of today’s tools, Gartner says. Traditionally, most teleconferencing solutions have been audio or video oriented. Today’s cloud-based tools can handle audio and video equally. Moreover, they come integrated with cloud-based office suite programs and features, supporting sophisticated communication and allowing users to work together on projects.

For example, you can use...

Click here for more on how tech is changing your workplace.


Amanda's Coolsite

Built With

This is a really neat web tool that allows you to figure out what platform a website is built with!

When you arrive at the site you could watch the video that explains what the site is used for, but I don’t think it’s necessary. All you need to do is take the url of a website and copy it then paste it into the field on the page. For example, you could take the url for, paste into the site and learn what it is being run on. You’ll want to scroll down to Content Management System, where you’ll discover that WorldStart uses WordPress!

This is really helpful if you a see a site whose design you really like and would like to use as a template. That’s how I settled on using SquareSpace for my personal website. I saw a website I really liked the look of and investigated what platform it was built on. Then went and checked out the platform to see if I could something similar.

This is a cool way to figure out what content management systems are behind your favorite websites! Go check it out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal

The GPS That's Packed With Features - For LIFE!

So there you were, happily driving through your nephew's city on your first visit to his new house. You've got your GPS going and everything's great until this happens:

"Take right in 100 feet."

But there is no right.

In fact, there's a hospital right there. And it's been there for 3 years?!

Your GPS just tried to send you through an emergency room and you almost listened!

You NEED updated maps.

And this one's got 'em for a LIFETIME!

Easy And Accurate - If you can press a button, you can use this GPS! Setting it up takes just minutes!

Just turn it on and press the "Navigation" button. From there you can set your destination and THAT'S IT! Just follow the directions and enjoy knowing EXACTLY where you're going!

Regular GPS devices have one set of maps that they came with and that's it. They're ALREADY outdated by the time you pick them up off the shelf.


Drive assured knowing that if your Magellan is pointing you down a road, that road is ACTUALLY going to exist and be open for traffic!

This is simply the best way to travel!

Even if you don't intend to go far, a GPS is GREAT for locating houses or businesses in unfamiliar neighborhoods.

This part is IMPORTANT! If you're driving alone, especially on long trips, the LAST thing you wanna do is pull over every half hour to double-check your map. Well, the second to last thing... because the only worse idea is reading the map while you're driving.

That's an accident WAITING to happen!

This GPS actually VOICES the directions. So while you're driving, you'll hear things like "At next light, turn right!"

It's simple, it's easy, and it's SAFE! The GPS is just like having your own navigator (you know, like a wife or a husband... without the nagging!)

So instead of glancing up and down until you ram headfirst into the car in front of you... you can keep your eyes on the road!

So, if you're on your way to your destination, you can call your friends to let them know! No more fumbling around for your phone, no more having to stop your navigation to get the phone. Not to mention talking on the phone while driving is PRETTY DANGEROUS and can cost you plenty of money in fines!!!! Talk about keeping you SUPER-SAFE!

Mount it anyway you want or not at all! The mount comes right off so you can store it easily! It took us about 5 seconds to mount it

Crystal Clear 4.3" Touchscreen - No squinting or head bobbing to try and look at this screen! It's super clear and super big!

What else could make this the best deal you'll see all week?


Here's what you'd be paying if you went somewhere else to grab one of these. Amazon has these new for $189.00.

Now, while they ARE worth that much (since it's the last GPS you'll EVER need) there's no reason to pay that much!

We've got the EXACT same model for... wait for it...

ONLY $49.97!


You're saving more than $100 by getting this at WorldStart! WOW!

It doesn't get much better than that.

(Now you can use that money you saved to fund a trip using your amazing GPS from WorldStart!)

When you get a sale like this, you KNOW they won't stay around forever. If any are left by Tuesday, the sale ends and they go back up to $119.97!!


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