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August 17, 2015

2015-08-17 Show Notes

Had several callers and lots of talk.  I hope you didn’t miss it.  WSVA has changed ownership and the new podcast format is not ready for prime time, so it is not currently available.  Hopefully next month. 

Enjoy the notes from today.

Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(This app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)
Aldiko Reader

This is, in my opinion, currently the best eBook reader for Android. Sorry only available for Android devices at this time.

It has many features that the biggies do not, go to the main website, aldiko.zendesk.com for the FAQ.

The one that I like most is that you can save and access the books you are reading via Dropbox. This allows you to start and stop on the same place in the book no matter which device you are reading from.

Also, it has many, many settings you can adjust to your liking.

One of the only Apps I say are worth paying the $3-$4 to have a premium license for extra features. That being said the freebie is excellent.


BookBub.com
How it works

Book Bub alerts you to limited-time free & discounted eBooks matching your interests. It’s free to join, you can read on any device, and the books are yours to own.

I got my email today and there were 9 books listed.  Two free and the rest from $2.99 to $0.99.  From Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, etc.


A caller asked today if it is possible to change the default search engine from Bing.com to Google.com.  It depends on several things but first is which browser you are using. 

If you are using the new W10 browser, “Edge”, go here, http://rd.dblclx.com/1UOyAbK.

If you are using another browser, say Chrome or Firefox, search for something similar to:

[change default search engine in “Windows 10” for Chrome browser] – do not include the square brackets.

You can also change your search engine for Cortana if you like speaking to your computer. Note: you must use the Chrome browser as your default browser for this to work. http://rd.dblclx.com/1IYEnnI


School Shopping is here and you always need something.  Use, “Retail Me Not” and save some big $$$, http://www.retailmenot.com/.

Basically, you can find discounts and coupons from all the major retailers around the country.  For instance, Kohl’s, Sears, JC Penney, GoDaddy, Wine.com, Disney are on there right now.


Invisible Hand is a browser add in that  discreetly notifies you if the product or flights you’re shopping for is available more cheaply from another retailer or travel site.

The notification provides a convenient button which links you straight through to the relevant page on the competing website. It also provides a drop-down menu, so that you can see the prices at the other sites which sell that product or flight.

http://www.getinvisiblehand.com/


Binder – The New Break Up App
telegraph.co.uk
Too scared to dump your significant other? Now there’s an app for that.

Tinder has helped many a lonely soul find love via their smartphone.

Now there’s an app that does the complete opposite.

"Binder" allows relationship-weary men and women to enter a partner’s gender, name and number and then, like the app that inspired it, swipe right to "bin" them.

The heartbreaker chooses a reason for binning their significant other, such as "It’s like I’m living in some sort of unwakeable nightmare", and they’re away. Within seconds, the unlucky soon-to-be ex then receives a rather indelicate text message and short pre-recorded phone call with one of a number of "hilarious" reasons for breaking up.


That is all from today’s show.  Please take a look at the suggestions above and see what you can find useful.

Join us next month on WSVA Radio (WSVAonline.com) for more.

Thanks,

Ron

August 20, 2012

2012-08-20 WSVA Show Notes

Hey folks welcome back to the August edition of the Talk show/Podcast from WSVA (550 AM).

And as always here are the links and products we talked about today.  Have a great month and see you next time on Monday, September 17, 2012.

Tech News
Restaurant offers a 5% discount to eat without your phone (CNNMoney)
Cell phones often claim a spot on the table in restaurants, sitting right next to utensils, plates and glasses. One restaurant is trying to change that.

Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles offers diners a 5% discount for leaving their phones with the receptionist for the entirety of the meal. The new policy went into effect a bit more than a month ago, according to chef Mark Gold, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Alejandra.

He came up with the idea after a conversation about how annoying he found it that people were constantly communicating on their devices.


EBay bans sale of spells and hexes (CNN)
Sorry, love spell vendors: eBay is cracking down on the sale of magical wares.

Beginning in September, the site is banning the sale of "advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, [and] healing sessions," according to a policy update.

The company is also eliminating its category listings for psychic readings and tarot card sessions. The update is a part of a "multi-year effort…to build trust in the marketplace and support sellers," eBay wrote in its company blog.


Jackets made from water-resistant down keep you warm, rain or shine
California-based mountaineering company Brooks Range is introducing what it calls DownTec, a down that’s treated with a nano polymer that makes it impenetrable by water. The down is also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Brooks Range will introduce the DownTec technology in the Mojave jacket, an 800-fill down jacket that will launch next fall. The retail price is set at US$299.

"…two American apparel-makers are introducing similar technologies, an indication that water-repellant or hydrophobic down may indeed be the wave of the future."


Paper road maps no longer in fold
Here’s another icon to add to the endangered species list: the American paper road map.

With the advent of GPS, Google maps and Garmin navigators, the foldable and affordable paper road map is starting to go the way of the eight-track player, Betamax tapes and phone booth.

"Last year from January through June, we had an estimated 117,000 members come to our branches to request printed AAA maps, TourBooks and AAA TripTiks," said Nancy Cain, spokeswoman for AAA of Michigan.

"For the same period this year we dropped to about 110,000 requests for the same information. But at the same time, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of members going online to our website for this information and for our AAA mobile apps."

Paper road maps made their first American appearance around 1913 but really began to take off in the 1920s when they were offered free by oil companies through their gas stations.

Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(this app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)
GrooVe IP

Voice without Minutes!

GrooVe IP Lite is an android app that connects to Google Voice using Voice over IP (VoIP). What this means for you is you can make free unlimited calls to any phone in the US or Canada without using your voice minutes. GrooVe IP Lite works on any android device, phone or tablet, and allows you to make calls using a WiFi data connection. If you have a smartphone with Wi-Fi connectivity but no mobile plan, you can use this app to convert it to a free, full-featured working phone.

I personally use this on my Android Tablet so that I can make calls from my tablet. No cost but calls as clear as you can get anywhere else. Drawback is that they cannot call you back.

Gimp www.gimp.org
GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.


I hope to see you back next month and also every Tuesday for the latest article!

Ron

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