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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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Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

Thumbnail image for Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? by Barbara J. Feldman July 28, 2014

Last week Amazon announced a Kindle book membership program that includes unlimited books from their Kindle Unlimited library of 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. Is it worth it? First of all, it’s certainly worth taking advantage of their Kindle Unlimited 30-day free trial. The free trial will give you access to to all the […]

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10 Reasons Why Uber is Better than a Taxi

Thumbnail image for 10 Reasons Why Uber is Better than a Taxi by Barbara J. Feldman June 30, 2014

Those of you’ve who’ve never used Uber might be wondering why I am reviewing a taxi service on my Tech Tips blog. But once you try Uber , you’ll understand. Uber is a phone app that summons a driver. When the car arrives, tell him where you want to go. When you arrive, simply thank […]

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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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Which Word Best Describes …

by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2014

This Tech Tip post is not a tip I am offering you, but rather a favor I am asking from you. For years I have called the section of Surfnetkids.com that contains my weekly website reviews “Topics.” But I’ve never been happy with this, because I didn’t feel it was descriptive enough. I am making […]

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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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