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Quick Tip

Quick Tip For Converting Currency

Every now and again we hear from a customer in Australia, Canada, or the UK who wants to know what the price of a product would be in their currency. If you ever need to check out currency conversions, you can usually do it a snap. Choose any search engine (for this example, I’ve picked Google) and just ask the question. A currency calculator should pop right up.

If you’re using Windows 10, you can just type the question in the search box or simply ask Cortana the question. If you have a smartphone, you can ask either your Google Voice Search or Siri to look it up for you.

~ Cynthia

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Every once in a while, I'll come across a deal that I can't even believe. When I got a sample of these Thump Bluetooth Wireless speakers and tried it out, I checked the price twice to make sure the decimal point wasn't in the wrong place.

It sounded as good or better than those fancy speakers my brother-in-law spent a house payment to buy.

When I shut my eyes, I thought for a minute that the Rolling Stones were actually in my office. I opened my eyes and there was no Mick Jagger, just this tiny little audio powerhouse.

You can bet I called my supplier ASAP and said, "I'll take all that you've got!"

I read an online review of this amazing speaker that asked "Why does no one know just how great it is?"  I don't know, but I'm sure glad they don't know yet, because then I wouldn't be able to give you this amazing deal!

Oh, and that tremendous value comment came from someone who paid $39.99 and not our amazing price of only $9.97!

How much do I love this little speaker? Let me count the ways!

Use a wireless Bluetooth connection or plug it in! That's right! It works with almost every device!  Use Bluetooth to instantly pair it with your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Or plug it into any device with a 3.5 mm jack! The high-quality Bluetooth connection will give you crystal-clear audio.

Use It With - Phones, Tablets, Music Players, Computers.  iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android phones & tablets, PCs, Macs - it works with everything!

Bluetooth or wired, it doesn't matter! 

The technology on this tiny dynamo is astounding! The drivers are magnetically shielded to give you a dynamically tuned, full-range sound for less than $10 !

I know some of these little speakers just sound like you're using a tin can on a string. Not this one. You have to check out the deep, tight bass! I've never heard anything like it at this price.

Just recharge the built-in lithium-ion battery via USB. But don't worry, you won't have to do it often. You'll get up to 6 hours from one charge!

This compact, sleek beauty fits right in on your desk without taking up room or right into your pocket, purse or backpack to go anywhere.

You have to hear it to believe it! These amazing little speakers are the best-kept secret in audio. So SHHHH... don't tell anyone. At least until after you've ordered a few for yourself at only $9.97!

Hurry! People are opening their newsletters and adding these to their carts right now!  Click the store link below to get yours now, before they're all gone!

Once the word gets out, I can't imagine that these will last until the sale ends on Tuesday! Get yours now!


Computers 101

Find An Ad Blocker For Chrome

A reader wanted to know the best place to find an ad-blocker:  “I would like to add an Ad Blocker to my computer, I have a Dell All in One, running Windows 10, and my browser is Google Chrome.  Can you recommend a good free Ad Blocker??  And will I have to be a computer Geek to install it??  I am SO sick of all the ads slowing down my viewing web pages.”

What you want is an extension for Chrome. An extension is a program that only runs inside the chrome browser.  The quickest way to find one is to type this in your Chrome address bar and hit enter:  chrome://extensions/

A window displaying your installed extensions will open. You’ll want to click on Get more extensions at the bottom.

The Chrome web store will open.

Type “ad block” or “ad blocker” in the search box at the upper left of the page. Press enter.


You’ll see a list of available programs.

To the right, you can see the average rating of the product and how many users have downloaded it. Click on the star ratings to read the reviews.


Click More extension results to see even more ad block options.

Just click Add To Chrome to install.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Build Your Own Android App

Nowadays, you can find an Android app for almost anything: Calling a taxi cab, reminding you to take your medicine, counting your pulse, counting the number of steps you walk every day, managing your bank account, and even putting together a plan for a balanced diet.

Have you ever thought about how all these apps are created? Or even considered creating one yourself?  Let’s look at how it’s done.


Android is an operating system, much like Windows or Apple’s iOS.  So far there have been 10 versions of the Android operating system. You can find out the OS on your Android device by going to Settings>About Phone> (Tap continuously) Android Version.

The programs that run on the Android operating system are called apps. Some apps have helped develop entire industries. Let’s take a look at Uber. Business for the popular taxi service is conducted entirely via an app. Users place orders for taxis, pay for the ride with credit or debit cards, and are alerted that their ride has arrived, all by an app on their phone.


Android apps only run on the Android operating system. Android apps are available in the Google Play store. In fact, millions of apps are available there. So how are all these apps created?

Well, it is not that difficult. One could create an android app using any of the following applications...

Click here for more on creating your own Android app.


From The Archives

Internet Connection Drops In Sleep Mode

Do you lost your Internet connection when your laptop is in sleep mode? We've got a soluton.

Since your laptop is designed to frequently run on a battery as a portable device, rather than a docked station constantly connected to an electrical outlet, it needs a way to conserve power. The “sleep” mode is one such option, which puts the computer into a suspended state in order to save battery life. If your laptop’s network adapter is currently active, such as when you are connected to a wireless Internet source, then the battery will be drained at a faster rate.

The Windows operating system automatically turns off your network adapter when sleep mode is activated, and then turns it back on when you tap a key or press the touchpad. If you don’t want to have to wait for the Internet connection to be re-established when exiting sleep mode, there is an option to prevent your connection from dropping. Keep in mind however that this will drain the battery faster, so it isn’t recommended if you aren’t leaving your laptop plugged in while it sleeps.

To get started, navigate to the Start menu and locate the “Computer” button. Right-click the button and select “Manage.”

Managing Your Computer

Click “Continue” if a prompt appears asking for your permission to open the window. Click the “Device Manager” entry located at the left side of the screen underneath the “System Tools” heading.

Opening The Device Manager

Find the “Network Adapters” option located in the list of entries at the middle of the window. Expand the...

Click here for more of fixing a dropped Internet connection.


Today's Feature

3 Ways Tech Can Increase Your Motivation This Spring

At the start of each year, people write out their New Year’s Resolutions and strive to make big changes to their lifestyle and routine. However, as the months move on, more and more people lose motivation. In fact, only 9% of people successfully achieve their resolutions.


Three common goals people set out to accomplish each year are:

  1. Break a bad habit
  2. Get healthy and fit
  3. Save money

If you feel as though your resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside here are three ways that tech can help you stay motivated and increase your productivity. From reading self-improvement articles and tracking progress on productivity apps, to listening to positive-thinking podcasts, technology is making it easier to keep your resolutions, renew energy and stay on track all year long.

 Tech can catch your bad habits

Everyone has a bad habit they can’t seem to quit, and each year, people vow to rid themselves of it. The problem with a habit is you often aren’t aware of it: it’s ingrained in your behavior and patterns subconsciously. This year, hold yourself accountable—or recruit a partner or friend to help you stay accountable. Consider installing an indoor security camera in your home or office to track yourself and catch your bad habits.

USED - D-Link DCS-932L Wireless-N Day/Night Network Cloud Camera w/mydlink Cloud Service & iOS/Android App Support

At the end of the day, review the feed—alone or with the partner you recruited for help—and see how many times you browsed social media, bit your nails, or smoked a cigarette. Indoor security cameras are small and discreet tech that can help you track your habits and successfully stop them.

Apps can help you achieve mental wellness and physical fitness

As spring approaches with hints of warm weather and blue skies,  it’s time to focus on health and wellness. There are plenty of mental health and fitness apps that promote relaxation, help reduce stress, quell anxiety and track exercise. Here are eight health apps that are worth the download...

Click here for more on jumpstarting your motivation.



Amanda's Coolsite

Unhistorical  An Amazing History Site

I love history, which is why I ended up double-majoring in English and History. So it makes me very excited to discover a site like this that takes a look into the history and culture of the world. 

Navigation is fairly straightforward. Just scroll down the page to read the most recent articles. Unlike other blog style sites, you’ll find navigation to older posts is found beneath the left side menu. The menu contains the sections Archive, Ask, Tags, FAQ, Recommend, and About. Just below that you’ll see a listing of numbers. Click on the number or arrow to navigate back through the archives. 

You’ll find all sorts of fascinating articles on history and culture here like gerrymandering, the founding of the Dutch East India Company, and Operation Meetinghouse, just to name a few. The posts can be text, images, or text and images – but they’ll always have something to do with history or culture. 

I think this is a great site and hope you will too! Enjoy exploring!


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One More Big Deal

At one time or another we've all wanted to quickly create a greeting card or flier. But most programs are so complicated, there's nothing quick or easy about the process. It's complicated and overwhelming. Or maybe you want a nice brochure, calendar, or a poster for an event. But the product turned out by your word processor some online program is underwhelming and unprofessional. What you want is something with high-quality images and an intuitive, user-friendly interface. 

And there was a great option out there... Print Shop.  It has always been my favorite go-to software for these kind of projects. So why didn't I offer it to you sooner? It was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. I couldn't get a deal on it to save my life...believe me, I've tried for years!

So you have to imagine how excited I was when I found a deal Print Shop 21 Essentials - A DIRT CHEAP DEAL!

YEAH! You read that right.

If you've never used a Print Shop program, you'll swoon when you see how simple the interface is!

As soon as you open this program you are greeted with a list of things you can create!

Wanna make a banner? EASY! How about a greeting card for a birthday? BOOM DONE! A sign for your craft show? COVERED! And that is just 3 things off the long, long list! Or just start from scratch and do whatever you want, however you like it.

Each and every one of those templates is completely customizable!

Yeah! We are talking access to over 100,000 super-high-end stock photos and sleek graphics that will be sure to give that presentation or report cover professional pizzaz it needs to stand out from the crowd!

Most Greeting card programs have just a few pre-loaded cards. You might be able to change a name or the greeting, but you can't change the font, color, or even the images! Believe me, I've been stuck in that nightmare with Microsoft Office's measly offerings.

With this program, you make a customized keepsake and not the same card everyone else in the world picked up at Walmart. And have you priced greeting cards lately? Nice ones are outrageous!

And don't think Print Shop is just a pretty face!

Doing a mail merge in Microsoft Office with Excel is probably one of the most annoying and cumbersome thing to ever have to do... It's not fun and trust me I know! With Print Shop 21 Essentials you can just add new people to your list and with one click of a button print off the whole list without blinking an eye or changing to another program!

If you're familiar with Print Shop, I know you've already added it to your cart. If you haven't checked out this amazing program yetI am telling you, it seriously has everything you need!  I am not sure if you caught this... but... THIS IS LESS THAN $5 !!! Yeah that's right! You can grab this software up for just $4.97 !!!!

Stop messing around with over-complicated and over-priced programs and click the link below to grab yours today!


Monthly Wallpaper

March Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for March is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands NP

Grey Tree Frog In A Flower (thnink spring!)

Corkscrew Falls (great for phones and tablets!)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


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