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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Cool Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Kindle
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Cool Stuff You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Kindle
    I've had a Kindle Fire for over a year now, and I love having all my books at my fingertips. I can read while waiting for an appointment without lugging a big tome, and when I pick up the latest sequel to a series, I can easily refer back to the previous novel without having to dig through my bookshelf. But a Kindle reader can do so much more than just store digital books. Here are some cool things you didn't know your Kindle could do. Read for free. Project Gutenberg (www.m.gutenberg.org) has a lending library of over 45,000 e-books, all of which are free to download straight to your Kindle. Head to the Project Gutenberg site from your Kindle and locate a title that you’d like to borrow. Click on Download Kindle (with images or without), and the book should appear in your Docs. Open Library (https://openlibrary.org/borrow/) offers a lending library of over 250,000 eBooks, available to download directly to your device, or read online for free. Create an account and you can borrow up to 5 titles for two weeks at a time. The Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000739811) offers Amazon Prime Members the chance to borrow any of over 800,000 eBook titles, including the Harry Potter series, J.R.R. Tolkien classics, and current and former bestsellers. Eligible title... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Tech Mistakes to Stop Making Today
    Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Tech Mistakes to Stop Making Today

    by Andrea Eldridge Logging on to your computer can be a dangerous venture: Hackers! Malware! Never-ending spam! Some common habits make you vulnerable to the worst elements of the Internet. Stop making these five tech mistakes today, and you’ll be instantly safer online. Neglecting to install Operating System updates on your computers AND mobile devices. Hackers and writers of malicious code spend their days ferreting out weaknesses in commonly used software – vulnerabilities in the code that can be exploited to spread malware, siphon data, or hijack your machine. When developers at Microsoft, Apple, Google and the like discover an […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Tech to De-Stress Your Family
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Tech to De-Stress Your Family

    [andriabyline] Who couldn’t use a little more serenity and a lot less stress in their life? Juggling work commitments, keeping your house in order and cajoling the kids into doing their chores can tax your sanity. Good news! Technology can help you restore some peace to your household. Here are some of my favorite tech tools for helping you and your family to stress less and enjoy life more. I consider myself a relatively patient parent, but after the sixth time of asking (or, more accurately, begging and wheedling) my six year old to brush his teeth, I can lose […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Data Protection Gadgets Worth Investing In
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Data Protection Gadgets Worth Investing In

    Your credit cards and personal data are worth big money to criminals, and that’s created a market for products that are touted to help keep your digital data safe from stealthy thieves. Here’s our run-down of some of the data protection gadgets on the market , so that you can decide which devices are worth your dollars. Ever see the Exxon Mobile commercial where the guy taps his keychain and conveniently pays for his gas without swiping his card? Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology chips allow for this transaction by wirelessly transmitting information from an RFID-enabled keychain or card to a […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Re-home, Re-purpose and Recycle Old Tech
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Re-home, Re-purpose and Recycle Old Tech

    My home is where electronics go to die. I have a couple shelves in my garage dedicated to the tech relics and gizmos that were at some point “necessary,” but are now gathering dust. Some old devices still have value on the resale market, if only to those looking to break them down for parts. Other things can live a second life, as a toy or limited function gadget. Even if you can’t get any more use out from your old tech gear, don’t toss it in the trash. As electronics degrade, they release toxic waste into our landfills and […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?

    Mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets are made infinitely better – or worse – by the apps you install on them. With well over a million apps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher safe apps from the sketchy ones. Here’s how to recognize the duds before you download them. “App” is short for “application,” and on a mobile device these little software programs come in the form of mini games, tools for things like active navigation, calendar and appointment tracking or a synced to-do list, access to Netflix, Facebook, or video chat… the options are seemingly endless. […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!

    When you pay by the megabyte for data through your cell service provider, the free WiFi offered at your local Starbucks or McDonalds provides a real value. Yet, there are inherent dangers in connecting to a public WiFi network, particularly if you intend on taking care of personal banking, connecting to social media, or shopping online. Here’s what you need to know before you join a free, public WiFi network. I recently read an article written by a hacker who was able to plop himself down inside a cafe and within minutes, he had accessed the personal data of every […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens

    Studies have shown that seniors who stay connected with friends and loved ones are happier and healthier than their solo counterparts. While computers and smartphones can give Grandma the ability to access email, Facebook and countless photos and updates about the grandkids, navigating gadgets can be daunting for anyone who hasn’t grown up clicking away on a keyboard and mouse, or familiar with how a touchscreen works. Luckily, there are cell phones, tablets and computers designed specifically with seniors in mind. Samsung designed the Jitterbug5, $99, cellular phone especially for seniors. Flip it open and you’re greeted with large, raised, […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life

    My hubby’s iPhone 5 was always dying on him. He’s constantly on the phone at work, and he was charging it two or three times a day. I’m not a power user, but even I had to recharge every night or I wouldn’t have a battery to speak of in the morning. When we upgraded to iPhone 6’s, we were determined to thwart those blasted battery problems however we could. Here are some tips for conserving the life of your iPhone and other iOS devices. While these tips apply to all mobile devices, the instructions for changing settings are iOS […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: You’ve Been Hacked!
    Nerd Chick Adventures: You’ve Been Hacked!

    At our computer repair company, Nerds on Call, we frequently get calls from customers concerned that they’ve been “hacked.” It’s a term all over the news, from data breaches at companies like Target, Google and Home Depot, to networks of hackers that make their living stealing identities and data from victims all over the world. What does it mean to be hacked? Here are some of the signs that your personal data may be compromised, and what to do to limit the damage. Having your data hacked means that an unauthorized person or entity has gained access to your personal […]

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