Google+ June 2013 ~ High Tech House Calls

Do Dogs Really Miss Us?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

How to Extract Audio Track from Movie


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How to Child Proof the Internet


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Dangerous MacBooks Recalled



Dangerous MacBooks Recalled by Kim Komando
 

Best Buy is recalling more than 5,100 repaired MacBook Pros because of a fire risk. Faulty batteries will say "MC-MBOOK13" in the model number.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Why Your SmartPhine Battery Hates Facebook and Twitter


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Office Cultures: A Global Guide by Christina Larson


Getting to Know Our Numerical Selves


This article changed my mind on the NSA Data Gathering Scandal
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Working Toward Weight Gain From Bloomburg Business Week


Monday, June 17, 2013

iOS 7 Features

iOS 7 Features by MacWorld Staff

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OS X Mavericks Features

OS X Mavericks Features by Caldwell and Moren

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

MS Office Mobile for iPhone App Review


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Secrets to Finding People on Facebook, Twitter and More


Secrets to finding people on Facebook, Twitter and more by Kim Komando


The key word in social network is social. It's not any fun to use Facebook, Twitter and the rest if you can't find any of your friends!

With different privacy settings and tools on each site, finding them can be tough. It's not always as easy as typing their name into the site's search.

I'll show you how to do it, no matter what social network you use. In no time, you'll be connected to all of your friends so you can start sharing with them!

Before I take you through each site, there are a few tools to use first.  You'd be surprised what a Google search can turn up! This can give you their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites. It may even give you their personal blog!

You can use special people search sites, too. Click here to see four great people search sites. 
Some sites won't let you find them, though. In that case, you'll have to use the tools that the site gives you. If you're comfortable doing so, you can import your contacts into some of the sites to help you search. 

Here's how to use search tools on some of the popular social networks.

Facebook
Start with this link.  It takes you to a page that lets you import your contacts from your email and other social networks, if you're comfortable doing so. The process varies with each service, but the tool walks you through every step. You'll find "People You May Know" on this page, as well.
These are people Facebook thinks you might know through mutual friends. If the person you're looking for isn't there, search for their name. If they have a common name, you can tinker with the search results to narrow it down. Add in their city, school or place of work if you know it.

Twitter
Click the "Discover" tab in Twitter and then click "Find Friends." You can search contacts from Gmail, Yahoo and other email services. You'll even find a "People you may know" list that's a lot like Facebook's.

If you still can't find the person, type their name into Twitter's search bar. If you know any online aliases they like to use, search for those as well. Right above "Find Friends," you'll see "Who to follow." This suggests people that share your interests.

LinkedIn
Click the icon that looks like a person with a plus sign in the top-right corner. Here, you can enter your email address so LinkedIn can search for your contacts. The "Network" tab has some other options to help you find people you're connected to.

If the person doesn't turn up, check LinkedIn's People You May Know tool. You can also search for their name in LinkedIn's built-in search. You can search for them in the pages for their job and school, too.

Tumblr
Click "Find blogs" from your dashboard. Choose the "People you know" tab to connect your Facebook or Gmail to Tumblr. The "Spotlight" tab lets you connect with blogs Tumblr thinks you might find interesting.

Your "Following" tab will let you search for your friends by email, Tumblr URL or username. It will say "Following X people," where X is the number of people you follow.

Instagram
Tap the three-dot icon on Androids or the gear icon on iPhones and iPads. Choose "Find & Invite Friends" if you're using an Apple gadget and "Find Friends" on Androids. You can import friends from Facebook or your phone's contact list, if you wish.

You can tap the Explore tab to search for friends by username or full name. It looks like a compass. You can search tags that match your interests to find like-minded users, as well. Or, you can search for somebody's Instagram page with Google. Just search for "Instagram" and their name.


Secrets to finding people on Facebook, Twitter and more

6/9/2013

The key word in social network is social. It's not any fun to use Facebook, Twitter and the rest if you can't find any of your friends!
With different privacy settings and tools on each site, finding them can be tough. It's not always as easy as typing their name into the site's search.
I'll show you how to do it, no matter what social network you use. In no time, you'll be connected to all of your friends so you can start sharing with them!
Before I take you through each site, there are a few tools to use first.  You'd be surprised what a Google search can turn up! This can give you their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites. It may even give you their personal blog!
You can use special people search sites, too. Click here to see four great people search sites.
Some sites won't let you find them, though. In that case, you'll have to use the tools that the site gives you. If you're comfortable doing so, you can import your contacts into some of the sites to help you search.
Here's how to use search tools on some of the popular social networks.
FacebookStart with this link.  It takes you to a page that lets you import your contacts from your email and other social networks, if you're comfortable doing so. The process varies with each service, but the tool walks you through every step. You'll find "People You May Know" on this page, as well.
These are people Facebook thinks you might know through mutual friends. If the person you're looking for isn't there, search for their name. If they have a common name, you can tinker with the search results to narrow it down. Add in their city, school or place of work if you know it.
TwitterClick the "Discover" tab in Twitter and then click "Find Friends." You can search contacts from Gmail, Yahoo and other email services. You'll even find a "People you may know" list that's a lot like Facebook's.
If you still can't find the person, type their name into Twitter's search bar. If you know any online aliases they like to use, search for those as well. Right above "Find Friends," you'll see "Who to follow." This suggests people that share your interests.
LinkedInClick the icon that looks like a person with a plus sign in the top-right corner. Here, you can enter your email address so LinkedIn can search for your contacts. The "Network" tab has some other options to help you find people you're connected to.
If the person doesn't turn up, check LinkedIn's People You May Know tool. You can also search for their name in LinkedIn's built-in search. You can search for them in the pages for their job and school, too.
TumblrClick "Find blogs" from your dashboard. Choose the "People you know" tab to connect your Facebook or Gmail to Tumblr. The "Spotlight" tab lets you connect with blogs Tumblr thinks you might find interesting.
Your "Following" tab will let you search for your friends by email, Tumblr URL or username. It will say "Following X people," where X is the number of people you follow.
InstagramTap the three-dot icon on Androids or the gear icon on iPhones and iPads. Choose "Find & Invite Friends" if you're using an Apple gadget and "Find Friends" on Androids. You can import friends from Facebook or your phone's contact list, if you wish.
You can tap the Explore tab to search for friends by username or full name. It looks like a compass. You can search tags that match your interests to find like-minded users, as well. Or, you can search for somebody's Instagram page with Google. Just search for "Instagram" and their name.
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5 Services to Publish Your Book


5 services to publish your book by Kim Komando

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not share your story with the world?


Thanks to the Internet, it's relatively easy to publish your masterpiece. You can get noticed and maybe even make a few bucks in the process.

With the e-book market booming, that's great news for would-be writers! Here are some tools to get you started.

ePub Bud - This non-profit organization helps you write, edit and publish your novel for free. You can even sell your work through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

CreateSpace/Amazon - Easily publish a Kindle e-book. You can also create a printed copy or an audio book.  Better yet, Amazon's reach means access to millions of readers around the world. Plus, you can earn royalties of up to 80 percent.

Blurb - Do you have an amazing collection of photographs that would make the perfect coffee table book? Blurb offers tools to create beautiful photo books and sell them online.  You can create photo books from your Instagram account or Facebook profile as well. 

If you are making a photo book, I recommend checking out my Essential Guides to Digital Photography. It can help you to take your photos to the next level.

Lulu - Access a wealth of resources to help you along your way. That includes hiring an expert through the site to give you a review. You can also get help with editing, promotional services, cover designs and illustrations. 

Papyrus - This site lets you create e-books as PDFs, .ePub and Kindle formats. Papyrus also offers a simple online editor and cover design tools. You can also import content from the Web, and share and sell your book with Papyrus' very own marketing page.



5 services to publish your book

6/11/2013

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not share your story with the world?
Thanks to the Internet, it's relatively easy to publish your masterpiece. You can get noticed and maybe even make a few bucks in the process.
With the e-book market booming, that's great news for would-be writers! Here are some tools to get you started.
ePub Bud - This non-profit organization helps you write, edit and publish your novel for free. You can even sell your work through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
CreateSpace/Amazon - Easily publish a Kindle e-book. You can also create a printed copy or an audio book.  Better yet, Amazon's reach means access to millions of readers around the world. Plus, you can earn royalties of up to 80 percent.
Blurb - Do you have an amazing collection of photographs that would make the perfect coffee table book? Blurb offers tools to create beautiful photo books and sell them online.  You can create photo books from your Instagram account or Facebook profile as well.
If you are making a photo book, I recommend checking out my Essential Guides to Digital Photography. It can help you to take your photos to the next level.
Lulu - Access a wealth of resources to help you along your way. That includes hiring an expert through the site to give you a review. You can also get help with editing, promotional services, cover designs and illustrations.
Papyrus - This site lets you create e-books as PDFs, .ePub and Kindle formats. Papyrus also offers a simple online editor and cover design tools. You can also import content from the Web, and share and sell your book with Papyrus' very own marketing page.
- See more at: http://www.komando.com/toolbox.aspx?mode=print&id=14667#sthash.OmNfiInW.dpuf

5 Tools for Cheap and Easy Printing


5 tools for cheap and easy printing by Kim Komando

What is it about printing that causes so much frustration? Pages don't print the way they look on the screen. There's too much clutter. The colors are off. Paper jams and ink smudges just make it worse.

Don't forget the cost of paper and ink. Every hiccup is like sending money through a paper shredder.

Fortunately, there's free software that can help. Use these five tools to make printing easier and save your hard-earned money.

HP Smart Print - Printing information from the Internet is often annoying. You only want the text, but you end up printing ads, links, images and banners.
HP Smart Print helps you print only the information you want. That saves you paper, ink and time. You don't need an HP printer or computer to use it.

Clean Print - Want even more control over what you print? This is the program for you.
You can automatically get rid of ads and navigation bars. Remove blocks of text you don't want and change the font size. Turn all the images to grayscale the save colored ink.

Print Conductor - Need to print several documents at a time? Don't waste time opening them, hitting print and then closing them again.

Print Conductor lets you print groups of documents easily. Click and drag documents into the program box. They'll print in order and you won't have to open any of them. The program can handle most common file types.

Print Queue Cleaner - Uh oh! For some reason, your document isn't printing! But you're a pro. You check the print queue and see that you have a job stuck cancelling or deleting.

But no matter what you do, you can't flush it out. Save time and effort with Print Queue Cleaner. It gets rid of stuck documents fast.

PrintEco - Did you know that, on average, 17 percent of all printed pages are thrown away? That's a lot of wasted paper and ink. Save that paper and ink with PrintEco.

It automatically optimizes and formats pages for maximum efficiency. You can even customize your pages to reduce wasteful printing. It works with major Web browsers and Microsoft Office.

Does Cell Phone Use Cause Cancer?



Do cellphones really cause cancer? by Kim Komando


Q. I saw a video online recently about a young girl who thinks her cellphone gave her breast cancer.
Do you think this is possible? If it is, are there any ways to limit the amount of radiation we get from a cellphone? Thanks for everything you do, Kim!


A. Thanks for bringing up this question, Eve. I've seen the video you mentioned. For those who haven't seen it, click here to watch the video on my site. 

It follows a girl in her early 20s battling breast cancer. For years, she had tucked her phone into her bra for easy access. Doctors later found a tumor in the exact spot she carried the phone. Scary!
So, could the cellphone actually be the culprit?

The debate over that question has been going on for years. I don't see it ending anytime soon.
Keep in mind that I'm not a scientist or a doctor. Before you make any decision, you should talk to your doctor.

So, why are cellphones being linked to cancer? It's because cellphones produce radiation.
Radiation is a word that immediately worries people. It brings to mind atomic bombs, Chernobyl and X-rays.

So before we go any further, I should explain what radiation is.
Radiation is simply electromagnetic waves, such as light, radio waves, microwaves, X-rays and gamma rays.

Now, there are two different kinds of radiation - ionizing and non-ionizing.

Ionizing radiation is high-energy radiation, such as X-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet rays. It's what you'll find in a nuclear power plant, medical scanner or outside on a summer day.

Ionizing radiation damages your cells very quickly, which is why sunscreen is important. It's also why you wear a lead vest when taking X-rays. The doctors are limiting your body's exposure.

Non-ionizing radiation includes visible light, microwaves and radio waves. These don't naturally have enough energy to hurt your cells.