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Are USB Chargers All the Same?

Thumbnail image for Are USB Chargers All the Same? by Barbara J. Feldman August 18, 2014

It took me many years to discover that not all USB chargers are the same.  So exactly what is it that differentiates USB chargers? Charge rates. The chargers themselves have charge rates that vary from 1A to 2.1A, and even more powerful ones that might charge multiple devices at once, such as 3.1A. Smartphones such […]

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How to Delete Comments on Instagram

Thumbnail image for How to Delete Comments on Instagram by Barbara J. Feldman July 21, 2014

Yes, you can delete your own Instagram comments, whether posted on your photo or someone else’s. And (best of all!) you can delete any comment on one your Instagram posts. I recently received a hate storm of vicious comments on a post, and was quite happy to learn how to do this. On an iPhone […]

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4 Free Online Coding Classes

Thumbnail image for 4 Free Online Coding Classes by Barbara J. Feldman May 13, 2014

I’ve written before about sites that introduce school kids to programming, but these four sites offer college-level programming for free. All of these resources are Massive Open Online Courses (called MOOCs) that serve thousands of students at a time, and certainly shaking up our old definitions of higher education! 1) MIT Open Courseware These classes […]

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How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library

Thumbnail image for How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library by Barbara J. Feldman April 24, 2014

I love libraries, but over the years, as I transitioned to nearly 99% Kindle reading, I used the library less and less, switching instead to 99% Amazon. And while it’s true that I still get a nice fix of free books from Amazon (see Is Amazon Prime Worth It?, More Free Books for Kindle Readers, […]

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Kid-Safe Browsing on iPad or iPhone

Thumbnail image for Kid-Safe Browsing on iPad or iPhone by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2014

In addition to the built-in IOS parental controls, you can fine tune iPad and iPhone safety by choosing the right browser. But in order for these kid-friendly browsers to be effective, you MUST disable the native iOS browser Safari and disable the installation of new apps. To modify these two settings, go to Settings > […]

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What is a Hashtag?

Thumbnail image for What is a Hashtag? by Barbara J. Feldman March 3, 2014

A hashtag is a keyword or keyword phrase that starts with a “#” pound sign and does not include any spaces or punctuation. They are used to group tweets and status updates together that cover the same subject, for example a television show, a business conference or a trend. They can be used for discovery, […]

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