• Nerd Chick Adventures: Back to School Tech
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Back to School Tech
    As a new school year rapidly approaches, parents everywhere are pondering, “What tech tools do my kids really need to succeed?” Here’s a rundown of the most helpful computer and gadget choices for every age of student. College Co-Ed: When it comes to outfitting your college-bound kiddo, it’s all about reliable mobility. The most useful tool for any college student is a lightweight laptop. While a smaller screen usually corresponds with a lighter device, you want to be sure that the keyboard and screen are large enough to accommodate the strain of spending long, sleepless nights typing out a thesis paper. Look for a good fit in the 13-15” range, weighing under 5 lbs to accommodate schlepping it back and forth to class and study group. One of the most common questions I get from parents of college students is whether or not to invest in a tablet like an iPad or Google Nexus. The answer is, “maybe.” If your student takes a lot of notes in class, a tablet armed with Evernote (free), the Penultimate add-on (also free) and a compatible stylus like the Jot Script Evernote Edition ($74.95) will let your co-ed take handwritten notes on the tablet’s screen. Notes are stored in Evernote to be sorted and organized or shared, and... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: How to Get Better Tech Support
    Nerd Chick Adventures: How to Get Better Tech Support

    Despite my “Nerd Chick” credentials, I’ve had to call technical support many times in my life, and I can’t say that it’s always been a pleasant experience. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few things that can make the experience less painful. The next time you need to make that call, here are some ways to assure it’ll go more smoothly. Computers, routers, printers and, frankly, most electronic devices, can get buggy after long periods of use without a break. It never hurts to do a full system shut down and restart to see if that fixes the problem before […]

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  • Introducing Amazon’s Fire Phone
    Introducing Amazon’s Fire Phone

    Amazon has joined the smartphone circus.  Their Fire smartphone is set to be released on July 25th, and they’re betting that it can offer enough intriguing perks to carve out a piece of the already-crowded smartphone market including top contenders from Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.  Is this untested newbie worth giving a chance? Starting with the basics, it’s only offered through AT&T (a sizeable limitation) and will be available July 25th for $200 (for the 32GB model) and $300 (64GB) with an AT&T cell provider contract, or $650 and $750, respectively, off-contract.  Phone purchase comes with a year free […]

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  • Tech for Toddlers: How to Help, not Harm
    Tech for Toddlers: How to Help, not Harm

    In their book, “Toddlers on Technology,” Patti Wollman Summers (early childhood educator and Head of the Parenting Program at the Mandell School), neuropsychologist Ann DeSollar-Hale, PhD, and Heather Ibrahim-Leathers explore the way today’s toddlers are interacting with technology. Is time spent with digital media helpful, harmful, or both? According to a study released in October 2013 by Common Sense Media, “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013”: “Among families with children age 8 and under, there has been a five-fold increase in ownership of tablet devices such as iPads, from 8% of all families in 2011 to 40% […]

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  • Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide
    Save Electronics From Water: Summer Survival Guide

    Summer can be a real beast when it comes to your electronics.  Whether you and your Smartphone get pushed into the pool, you drop your tablet in the sand, or your iPod overheats in the car, here are some tips to cure your gadget’s summertime blues. Summer and water go together, but electronics and water?  That’s a no-win combination.  Assuming that you haven’t yet dropped your phone in the lake, prevention is unquestionably more effective than repair.  Consider investing in a waterproof case that can keep your mobile device safe from splashes and spills.  There are a bunch of great […]

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  • The Lowdown on Net Neutrality
    The Lowdown on Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality is not just a fight between the big tech companies like Google, Netflix and AT&T. Whether or not Net Neutrality is upheld will affect the future of how every American accesses the Internet. Here’s the low down of what it means, why you should care, and what you can do to have your voice heard in the debate. The current state of the Internet in America is one of “Net Neutrality.” It means that all traffic is treated the same regardless of what data is being sent – emails, web searches, VOIP calls, streaming videos, etc.. – all […]

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  • Tech Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day
    Tech Gifts for Dad on Father’s Day

    He’s always there to help you out of a jam, be it a flat tire or first date advice. There’s one day a year dedicated to showing Dad how much you appreciate him. Before you grab a tie and a box of golf balls for dad this year, consider some tech-inspired alternatives to take your Father’s Day gift up a notch. The Commuter: When dad sets off for work or on a car trip, ensure that his coffee or tea is hot to the last sip with the Retro Smart Mug, made by Princess International and sold through Amazon for […]

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  • All About Apple’s New Features from WWDC
    All About Apple’s New Features from WWDC

    Every year Apple holds a conference for programmers called the WWDC. The biggest nerds in the world get together and Apple tells them about its new software before it’s released. In the months til launch, us Nerds can write programs for the new software. This year Apple announced major updates to its two flagship softwares: OSX and iOS. On iOS the biggest two changes came in new directions for Apple. The first was the addition of HealthKit, a fitness “hub.” Apple has tracked some fitness aspects for years with its Nike + iPod program, but nothing of this scale. The […]

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  • Avoid Scams While Job Hunting Online
    Avoid Scams While Job Hunting Online

    While the job market appears to be improving, there are still plenty of people out there either unemployed or underemployed looking for work.  An urgent need to find work can lead some to the point where they’ll “take anything.”  Here’s where the scammer strikes: preying on individuals who need to be solicitous, polite and willing to jump through hoops to prove themselves accommodating to potential employers.  Don’t be swindled!  Here are some ways to identify potential scams and prevent yourself from becoming a victim. The first step of a job-hunting scam typically employs posting a fake job listing.  Scammers advertise […]

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  • Kid-Proof your Tablet for Summer
    Kid-Proof your Tablet for Summer

    Even if you aren’t ready to accept that summer vacation has arrived, it’s here.  Before your kid has way too many free hours to surf the net and spend her college savings fund on in-app purchases, get your mobile devices ready by activating some quick and easy parental controls. It’s all too common for parents to diligently restrict access to the Internet and adult content on the family PC, but forget the handheld mobile devices like iPods, Kindle Fires or other tablets.  While these kinds of gadgets seem like toys, they can get online and give access to games, media […]

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