COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • Replace Windows XP for Cheap
    Replace Windows XP for Cheap

    Microsoft’s support for Windows XP has officially ended.  Those systems still running XP are vulnerable to hackers accessing data or being turned into a bot-net to spread viruses and malware.  Maintaining an up-to-date anti-virus software isn’t enough to keep a system running XP secure.  It’s time to ditch XP once and for all.  Luckily, there […]

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  • Twitter Redesign Starts Rolling Out
    Twitter Redesign Starts Rolling Out

    The original and most-popular ‘microblogging’ site, Twitter, is getting its most significant redesign. While the site has remained much the same since its inception in 2006, this latest design is shifting towards a more ‘profile-friendly’ design. Online commenters have noted the similarity between its design and fellow social network Facebook’s. The most prominent change is […]

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  • “Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet
    “Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet

    Researchers today discovered a serious flaw in the security software that keeps two-thirds of the web private. The bug, called “heartbleed,” has been a part of the “OpenSSL” software for two years without being detected. A patch has been written and is being distributed, but web servers running the old version are still affected. Don’t […]

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  • Apps for Children with Special Needs
    Apps for Children with Special Needs

    For parents of children with special needs, it can be heartbreaking to feel that their child’s potential to communicate, learn, or participate in school activities is hindered by a disability. Touch-screen devices such as tablets can offer your children unique opportunities to learn and develop because they aren’t mired by such things as input devices […]

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  • Replace Phone Carriers with Apps
    Replace Phone Carriers with Apps

    When Facebook shelled out $16 billion for mobile messaging app WhatsApp in February, it had many Americans scratching their heads. “A texting app? Isn’t that what I use my cell plan for?” Web-based messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice, Skype and Facebook Messenger are used by a vast majority of texters worldwide, while those […]

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  • Get Kids to Love Science and Technology
    Get Kids to Love Science and Technology

    If your kids are anything like mine, they’re totally gadget crazy. From my cell phone when we’re out to dinner to the console game at home, I am lucky if I can pry the little devices out of their fingers. They also tend to be more technically savvy than me, relying upon their natural curiosities […]

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  • Share Secrets on New Social Network
    Share Secrets on New Social Network

    Secret is the latest social media site to garner buzz. It’s different from Facebook or Twitter because you post anonymously to a pool of people gathered from your contact list, or linked through a series of friends-of-friends. You may ponder, “How is it social to post anonymously?” The hot new app is a like a […]

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  • The Nerd World of March 17: US Gives Up Internet Control, Google Goes Out, OneNote Goes Free
    The Nerd World of March 17: US Gives Up Internet Control, Google Goes Out, OneNote Goes Free

    U.S. Relinquishes Internet Control The Internet has always been an American phenomenon. Since Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet for the US Military, the government has always had tight control over the structure of the web. However, they are starting to relinquish some of that control. The US Department of Commerce announced that it is giving […]

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  • Mid-March Tech News Roundup
    Mid-March Tech News Roundup

    If you ever feel as though you’d like a cliff-notes version of the latest tech news, I’m here to help.  It was a busy week in technology.  Here are the highlights. XP Users to Get Pop-Up Reminder Starting on March 8th, Windows XP users will begin seeing a pop-up notice on their screen, warning that […]

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  • Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP
    Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP

    It’s time to remove Windows XP, upgrade, and move on. We published an earlier article about XP’s end of life, and the deadline is here – On March 8, 2014, you may have been greeted with a message telling you that “Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2013” and a link to […]

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