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How to Brick a Stolen Phone

Thumbnail image for How to Brick a Stolen Phone by Barbara J. Feldman October 29, 2013

brick — verb 1. to block or enclose with a wall of bricks 2. to render an electronic device useless For most smartphones, there are two possible ways to brick your phone. The first is with an app, which requires a bit of planning as the app has to installed and configured before you need […]

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Little Mermaid iPad App Syncs with Movie

Thumbnail image for Little Mermaid iPad App Syncs with Movie by Barbara J. Feldman October 22, 2013

“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore,” sings Ariel in her starring role in Disney’s Little Mermaid. And now, she’s not the only one. This month Disney released an iPad app that is designed to sync with the movie in a MOVIE THEATER! Yup, kids are encouraged to bring their […]

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Apps for Back to High School

Thumbnail image for Apps for Back to High School by Barbara J. Feldman September 23, 2013

There are thousands of apps that can help students get through the year, and I haven’t tested most of them, so I not going to list any specific apps in this tip. But here a few categories of apps that you may not know about. Just search your app store (be it Apple or Google) […]

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Which is the Real Download Button?

Thumbnail image for Which is the Real Download Button? by Barbara J. Feldman September 16, 2013

Have you ever been to a download site and fallen prey to an advertising banner that said “Start Download”? Argh! I have. Click on the misleading advert instead of the bonafide download button and you’ll end up with who-knows-what, but it won’t be what you expected. Here are a few tips on how to be […]

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Why Zipping Images Doesn’t Make them Smaller

by Barbara J. Feldman September 9, 2013

ZIP is a popular file format that is supported by many software programs on both Mac and Windows. We ZIP files for two reasons: to make them smaller, and to combine multiple files into a single file. Have you ever noticed, however, that sometimes zipping a file actually makes it bigger? The reason is that […]

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Secure Your PayPal Account with Free App

Thumbnail image for Secure Your PayPal Account with Free App by Barbara J. Feldman September 2, 2013

Frequent readers already know I am a big fan of two-factor authentication. I use it on my Google account, my WordPress accounts, Facebook, and now PayPal. To turn on free two-factor authentication at PayPal, first download the VIP Access phone app from Symantec. To find it, simply visit m.verisign.com on your mobile phone. Install the […]

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