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January 13, 2015

2014 in Review, Part 2

This week I will continue with the second half of the links we talked about last year at DoubleClicks.info.

Remember, if the site addresses are too long to type I have shortened them with bit.ly.  Here they are in their order of appearance with short descriptions of each.

  • CNet and Download (both part of CBS Interactive), great reviews, “how tos”, etc. of most everything tech at the first site and good downloads on the other.  
  • Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo, three popular free email and information providers.
  • Thunderbird – a very good email application for computer that can incorporate all of the above emails on your desktop.
  • Firefox.com – One of the most popular internet browsers.
  • Coffitivity and Rainy Mood  – fun sites which make soothing noises while you work.  
  • Barnes & Noble Nook – the B&N ereader, Nook.
  • 10,000+ Free eBooks – a place to get free ebooks including the most recent of many for Android only.
  • CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy – four great computer utilities from Piriform.
  • iTunes – media player and controller for all Apple products.
  • Mighty Text – enables you to send and receive text messages from your phone in your browser.  You may also dial your phone from this add-on.  
  • SnagIt  and Screenshot Captor – the first is a paid screen shot application with many features. The captor is a free app that is similar but does not have as many abilities.
  • Livescribe – the home of the Livescribe pen that records your meeting’s audio and syncs the audio to your written text. Not free.
  • Cogi – a phone application which allows you to capture, review & share the highlights of meetings and lectures.
  • Burger King, Chipotle, Domino’s, Five Guys, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbuck’s, Wendy’s are just a few of the many fast-food shops having apps so you can order on your phone. 
  • Calorie King – a site for your computer or phone to get dietary information on all the stuff you order from the aforementioned sites.
  • Realtor.com and Zillow.com – two excellent sites to use if you are buying or selling your home. 
  • Fitbit and Ringly and Water Dancing Droplet Speakers, Spreengs and Shoulderpod are several interesting gadgets you can buy for presents for yourself or others.
  • Ninite – a site that lets you get many applications to quickly install them all at one time without stopping all along the way to ask you questions.
  • AVG or Avast! – two of the better free antivirus applications. 
  • Malwarebytes – the best free app which checks your computer for nasty malware.
  • SpeedTest – you may check the speed you are receiving from your service provider at any time. 
  • Typing Web – if you need typing lessons or a refresher course here is the place to get help.
  • Steam Powered – a few free and many for a cost game site. 
  • PayPal – a very secure site for making online purchases.  

Stay tuned for 2015 and have a very Happy New Year!

November 18, 2014

Call in Your Order, Not Any More

A friend of mine, Tyler, told me a couple of weeks ago he had the new Taco Bell app for his phone.  I thought, "Well isn’t that nice?  But he could use his actual phone to call it in."  Of course, that was an old school thought.  So I checked out the app for my Samsung S5. 

I tried it out and ordered a Burrito from the list of categories.  Then it got interesting.  Since it was my first time it asked me to pick a location.  The app gave me a local map; I moved it with my finger about 30 miles to where I would be for dinner and refreshed the map.  It listed the two stores I knew about and I clicked the one I wanted to get my order from.

Next I added items to the order.  I choose extra beef, sour cream (I could have chosen low fat but hey, this was an experiment) and nacho cheese sauce.  The only bad part is that it gave me the calorie count for each item I added.

When I clicked complete it gave me the sub-total (without tax) I owed and offered to let me get a drink.  Then it allowed me to enter my credit/debit card info, use a Taco Bell card (a new one or existing) or use Facebook to log in.  I have no idea what the Facebook part did and stayed away from that one.  I entered the card I wanted to pay with, got the entire total and hit the submit button. 

It gave me a screen telling me that when I arrive at the store I can pick from the app if I want to walk in and get it or go through the drive-thru.  Remember: Do not text and drive.  The order will be "cooked" when you hit the button, so maybe you should do that part while at a light near the store or get your passenger to do it.  I used the drive-thru and all was well. 

You could even hit a link for a map with live directions on how to get to the store.

Pretty slick, so then I started to look around for more fast-food joint apps.  Here are just a few familiar ones.  They are in alphabetical order and I have not tested them all.  Burger King, Chipotle, Domino’s, Five Guys, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Starbuck’s, and Wendy’s.

Some of them have recently rolled out to the public so they may not be perfect; however, if you are hungry and interested give them a spin.

There are also many coupon apps out there too. I have had, "Fast Food Coupons Pizza & More" recommended to me although I have not tried it out…yet. Type it in the Google Play store and see what else they have to offer.

Of course you will now need a calorie counter app.  There are many, although I use "Calorie King" myself.  There is no app for it but the site is CalorieKing.com.  Trust me, after eating at all of these places you will need it.

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