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September 19, 2016

2016-09-19 Show Notes with WSVA

Welcome back to the Show Notes from today’s show with Jim Britt and me. Take a look here and also you can listen to the podcast if you missed the broadcast. Find out about the Note 7 issues and how could it affect Samsung in general.

Tech News

iPhone 7iPhone 7 What’s New?

  • Looks almost identical to iPhone 6 and 6S (came out September, 2014).
  • Better battery life.
  • Better camera lens system for better pictures.
  • No 3.5 mm headphone jack which almost all cameras, etc. have had for a long time. Now you can get a special iPhone only earbud that plugs into the power jack. (or Bluetooth Ron’s favorite by far.)
  • Now Waterproof and Dustproof to an extent.
  • Not many other new user features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7
PR Info at rollout:

  1. This now-launching Android phablet is eagerly anticipated around the world – the S Pen upgrade is long overdue.
  2. …the Galaxy S7… will steal the thunder of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  3. It’s certainly among the best phones available right now, big or small.

But then there was reality:

  • Release date August 19, 2016.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7A couple of reports of the batteries catching fire while plugged into 3rd party chargers. Outside of U.S.
  • More fires/exploding batteries all over the world.
  • Going off on someone’s kitchen table.
  • Going off in parked cars.
  • September 2, Samsung stops selling the Note 7.
  • September 8, most airlines have requested passengers not to board with them.
  • A Florida man has sued Samsung after his Galaxy Note 7 allegedly exploded in his pocket, causing second-degree burns. Reuters reports that Jonathan Strobel was in a Costco store in Palm Beach Gardens on September 9 when the handset caught fire.
    He said the phone burned directly through his pants, resulting in severe burns on his right leg. Strobel said he was also severely burned on his left thumb, after he reached over to try to remove the phone from his pants.
  • September 15, 2016, Samsung has announced a voluntary recall and exchange program on certain Galaxy Note7 devices in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The affected devices were sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016. Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, if you own a Galaxy Note7, it is extremely important to stop using your device, power it down and immediately exchange it using our U.S. Note7 Exchange Program.
  • In U.S you should return to the store where purchased started September 21, 2016 or 34 days on the market.Unsubstantiated Rumors:
  • The problem may lie in that Samsung discovered the iPhone 7 had a better battery life than Note 7. So they made the battery slightly larger than called for and there was a design flaw.
  • Shipments are delayed going back to Samsung as UPS and FedEx have both said they will not carry devices that “may” explode. They may now be in negotiations with a private carrier.

 

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.)
Sound Meter – Decibel

Check out this app to know how loud things are around you. Is it damaging your hearing, is the music in your car too loud. Check it out with, “Sound Meter – Decibel”.


Upvoted
A site that takes all the confusion out of Reddit and puts it in an easy to use format. Some fun, some serious.

  • The Resurgence of Coleslaw? Fans of the Oft-Ignored Side Dish Emerge From the Shadows Thanks to ‘Coleslaw Review’
  • What It’s Like to Be 24 and Living With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Hostage Negotiator Shares Tips on Getting What You Want
  • Man discovers Diary His Grandfather Kept During WWII—And He’s Sharing An Entry Every Day

Project Alexandria
The name sort of describes it but basically, do you know a book you enjoyed? If so enter it in the search, press enter and find several others that are recommended as similar for you to read.


Come back and visit next month on Monday, October 17th for more Technology news, information and fun!

Ron

December 8, 2015

Another Christmas Gift

When work, vacation time and life all work together my wife and I like to go camping.  Many times we are camping in areas without electricity.  Now do not misunderstand, since I am writing about camping in December.  We DO NOT camp, other than in a warm hotel, during the winter.  However, it did get me thinking about something that could be a good gift for you to give this year.

We are not totally wilderness campers meaning that if we have cell service we like to have our phones available.  You know – kids, grandkids, aging relatives…use your imagination. So cell phones are good to have with us.  When out camping without electricity sometimes the phones’ batteries give it up.

In comes the gift, a portable “gadget” charger.  There are maybe a million of them out there.  No, I have not counted but there are a plethora at least.  I have tested a couple and then last year about this time I saw one that was highly rated in an ad and on a great sale.

It is called a “Kmashi 15000mAh External Battery Power Bank” and it works quite well.  I bought it last Christmas for us to use, you guessed it, when camping.

Front view of Kmashi 15000mAh Charger

The Kmashi regularly sells for $59.95 but last year Amazon had a special for the holidays making it $19.99.  At that price and with the excellent reviews I bought one.  There are a couple of less expensive and more expensive versions of the Kmashi that respectively supply less or more power.  A rating higher than 15000mAh power means that instead of charging a device three or four times like mine, it will charge them more times.  A smaller number means the opposite.  This is true for all of these charger types.

I tested mine when I bought it and it took several hours to charge the unit itself but once charged we got about four phones or tablets charged before it needed a recharge.  It has four lights that show you the power remaining on the charger as it works.  That lets you know when it is running out of power.  It also has three ports and an on/off button.  Two of the ports are for inserting your charging cable and then connecting to your phone.  They are regular USB ports and yes, you can charge two devices at one time.  The final port is where you charge the Kmashi itself.


Graphic below is (from left to right) charging port, on/off button
(barely visible), 4 power lights, over under ports to phones/tables, etc.

Controls view of Kmashi 15000mAh Charger

If you think this is something you or a friend may like, Amazon is offering another deal right now.  Here is a link to the device: rd.dblclx.com/1PG9nRf.  Before you check out of your shopping cart use DNWS3612 as your coupon code.  This code will reduce the price even further to $12.50.  If you are a prime member you will not even need to pay shipping.

Of course, buyer beware, this code worked for us, yes we bought another one for a gift, as of this writing.  But if the code does not work for you, Google for another one.

June 16, 2015

Decrapify Your Computer

Last week I mentioned a friend whose computer was struggling through a major malware and viral infection.  I had several readers write to ask, what was done to resolve it and even more importantly how to stop a reoccurrence of the same problems. 

To resolve it I installed Avast! for antivirus protection and Malwarebytes to remove the malware.  I had to run each several times to get rid of all but a couple of nasty ones. 
For those last two or three I had to search the net to find solutions since I had never heard of them.  I found the solutions, ran them and those problems were gone, too.  This was not a quick process.  The first run of Avast! took several hours and Malwarebytes took a couple of overnight runs.  But finally all was well.

I will also say that a huge majority of their problems came from trial antivirus expiring and nothing replacing it, plus many coupon saving apps which were putting on all the malware to get usernames and passwords along with surfing habits.  Fortunately they did not do any banking online or they would have been broke, too.

Next, on a new computer the first thing you should do is to install the two applications mentioned above or pay for the free/trial antivirus provided by the manufacturer and add  Malwarebytes. 

Next, you need to remove the PUPs from your new computer.  (Potentially Unwanted Programs, and yes that is an actual term.)  These are the "junk" programs on new computers that you do not use and will likely never have a need for. 

For the past many years I have built my own computers so I only install what I need; however, in the olden days I used an application called, "PCDecrapifier."  I reinstalled it today to test it out and it still works well. It will remove the majority of your PUPs and bloatware / crapware; however, you may still have some left. For those remaining you should uninstall them upon discovery as you would any application. 

PC Decrapifier logo

PCDecrapifier is a standalone app, which means no installation other than running the downloaded executable.  When you are done all you do is remove the Decrapifier file you downloaded and ran earlier.  It will request if you would like to create a restore point.  I doubt you will need to worry about it but I suggest that you do this.  I recommend you create a restore point anytime you install any new application.

Last today I have several steps for installing new software from day one on.  Start by reviewing the program you are looking to install on your favorite search engine.  See if anyone mentions any "security" issues about it.  Throw out the top 10% of lovers and haters of the application and you will have realistic opinions.  Next, when you install it, if there is a "Custom" install choose that over the default which asks you no questions.  The reason is even some reputable programs have "add on" programs that go with them.  For instance some install Google Chrome along with the real app you mean to install.  In my opinion that is not bad since I am a big supporter of Chrome; however, some apps install PUPs.  A custom install will allow you to choose exactly what is installed so you can "uncheck" any PUPs you see. 

June 10, 2014

February 18, 2014

Printing from the Cloud, Part 1

Several weeks ago after a column about Google Chromebooks, I received a great question from a reader and friend of mine, Joe. Joe asked about how he could set up Google Cloud Printer on his Chromebook.  After I researched and set it up I started receiving many other emails concerning the same question, so here we go.

If you have heard about it before, Google’s "Cloud Print" feature sounds great.  It will allow you to print documents to any printer having cloud print set up from anywhere in the world.

Image from Google.comThis is really convenient.  There are several things you must have to do this.  First, you must have a Google/Gmail account.  Next, a computer that is online and physically connected to the destination printer; obviously, they must work together at that location.  Also, for this to work both the destination computer and printer must be on, or you cannot print to them.  The reason for this is that you will actually be sending the file you want to print from your computer to the computer in another location which is connected to the printer, so they must be on and working.  All of this is accomplished through Google Chrome browser on both devices. 

The Google Chrome browser, "Chrome" has to be installed on both computers (the one you are printing from and the one connected to the printer). 

You must start the setup process from the computer which is physically connected to the printer, your destination device.  The first step is to open your Chrome browser, click the small wrench in the upper right-hand corner, (it could also be a small box with horizontal lines) click on Settings and then again on Settings located in the left navigation area of Chrome.

Scroll down to the bottom and click "Show advanced settings…"  Move down that screen until you see "Google Cloud Print."  You could click on "Learn more" for help from Google or read on.  Click the "Manage" button and then "Add printers."  You may need to sign into your Google account, if you have not already been in your Gmail, etc.  You will see a list of printers connected to that computer, click the checkbox for the printer and click "Add Printer."   You will now have a Manage Printer button, click it to see that your printer has been added.  Now that printer will be available on any computer on which you are running the Chrome browser and have logged in with your Google account.

You are now in the Caribbean with your notebook computer or Android tablet.  You want to print your memoirs to your home computer.  Click the Print button in your writing program, Word or Libre Office, or even a webpage.  You must be logged onto your Google account and have Chrome installed.  Next, you will change to the Google Printer previously setup by you at home and hit the print button.  When you get back home your documents will be waiting for you.

But wait, that is not the entire story…tune in next week for a better idea.

January 7, 2014

2013 Sites in Review, Part 1

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year since we last talked.  I wanted to say, "Thanks!" to all of you readers who support the "Double Click" column by reading and writing over the past 12 years.  It is very much appreciated.  Please keep it up.  I always enjoy hearing from you.

It is the time of year when I review all of the sites mentioned during the previous year.  As always, have fun remembering, discovering, or rediscovering all the info! 

If the site addresses are too long to type I have shortened them using "bit.ly" for print, so the links may not look quite right.  Without further ado…here they are in their order of appearance with short descriptions of each.

  • Online music streaming sites;  "Slacker Radio" (slacker.com), "Spotify" (spotify.com), "Maestro" (maestro.fm), Last.fm and the one I like best…Pandora (pandora.com).   These are accounts for listening to most any type of music imaginable. 
  • Google Musicmusic.google.com.   Google’s music site is similar to above; however, you can also upload up to 20,000 of your own songs and listen to them online from any device.
  • Daily News-RecordDNROnline.com.  My flagship newspaper, read it often! 
  • Double Clicksdoubleclicks.info.  This column’s site, read it often, too!
  • Portable Appsportableapps.com.  A site where you can get apps that are… well, that’s obvious.  
  • Microsoft Officebit.ly/1kJ3oK4.  You know this one, "The" most popular office suite of programs.
  • Libre Officelibreoffice.org.  One of the two most popular free office suites.
  • Solutosoluto.com.  One of many ways to speed up your computer and keep all of your applications up to date, not just the Microsoft ones. 
  • Lynda.com. A paid online training site for many different applications used today.
  • Microsoft Office Trainingbit.ly/1cBOoM9.  Good free office training.
  • YouTube.com – among millions of other videos you can find excellent Office training videos created by people like you and me.
  • Google.com – the most popular search engine.
  • Gmailgmail.com.  Google’s branded email.
  • A Toy Train in Spacebit.ly/1bHdbc3.  A dad uses a Raspberry Pi computer to take his son’s toy train into space and return with some great video of the ride.
  • Newsblur.com, Feedly.com, TheOldReader.com, Pulse.me and Flipboard.com.  Several of the many popular RSS feed readers to replace the dead and gone Google Reader.  They vary for mobile platforms and web viewing.

Well that takes us through the middle of 2013.  Check out part two of the year in review next week.

February 12, 2013

Browser Tricks, Part 2

Last time we looked at a couple of browser tricks. The column was well received so today we’ll look at a few more.

For quite a long while now you have not needed to type www. or .com in most web addresses/URLs.  If you type only the main domain name, dnronline in your browser’s address bar, and press the Ctrl/Enter keys your browser will automatically fill in the www. and .com.

Here are many more Ctrl key combos and how they work in most browsers.  Try them in your browser to check them out.

These are the same as above; Shift/Enter gives you the .net address.  Then there is Ctrl/Shift/Enter which yields the .org addresses.  Add the Alt key to any of the three above and the pages will be opened in a new tab in your browser.

Do you ever have a hard time seeing the text or even a graphic on a web page?  If so try Ctrl/+ key combo.  It will make the page larger.  Try it several times and oops, too large?  Just use the Ctrl/- keys to make the page smaller. Finally when you want to return to the normal or default size, use Ctrl/0. (That is the zero character not a capital O letter.)

Here are some more shortened definitions; Ctrl/T – new tab, Ctrl/N – new window, Ctrl/Tab – view the next tab, Ctrl/Shift/Tab- view the previous tab, Ctrl/Left Click or middle click on a link – opens the linked page in new tab, Ctrl/F – search for text on the page, Ctrl/R or the F5 key – refresh web page you are on, Ctrl/I – open your favorites, Ctrl/D – save a web page to your Favorites and for the last Control key combo today (yes, there are more) Ctrl/H to see the pages your browser has visited in the past (History).

Even though I capitalized all the letters above you only need to use lower case characters. I used capitals because they are sometimes easier to distinguish here.

Here are a few more easy ones for you to check out.  To move to the top of the page you are viewing, press your Home key. You can then press the End key to get to the very bottom of a page. 

Try the backspace key if you have been browsing multiple pages in a tab, it will go back one page.  Then you can use the Shift/Backspace keys to move forward a page.  Yes, these are the same as your back and forward buttons on your browser, just a different way to maneuver about.

If you are reading a large article and want more reading room and less buttons, try the F11 key.  That is the actual key and not a combo.  To bring the buttons and toolbars back press F11 again.

Type "?" in your URL/address bar and press enter. It will quickly take you to your default search engine.

This trick is not a browser trick but a Google trick which is a single site search.  If you want to search only one site on the internet for text, use this trick.  You enter the search term(s) with double quote marks around it, then a space and finally the word, "site:" along with the site address.  In this example you are looking for this column on the DoubleClick.info site.  Go to Google.com as usual and enter, "browser tricks" site:doubleclicks.info.  For this trick and only this one you must include the double-quotes around the text you are searching for or your results may not be accurate.  

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