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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Workout Apps to Get You in Summer Shape
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Workout Apps to Get You in Summer Shape
    As temperatures rise, it gets harder to head outdoors to exercise. Running, hiking, and biking are no fun when you’re baking in the sun, and spending hours on the treadmill gets tedious. Just in time for summer, here are some of our favorite workout apps and websites that offer variety and on-the-go portability so you can get – or stay – in top form this summer. All of the apps and programs I tested offer a free trial or free “basic version,” which I’d recommend you start with. Get a feel for the interface, how well you sync with the instructors or trainers, and pick the one you’ll stick with before you commit to the premium (paid) membership. As a veteran at-home exerciser (two young kids make it hard to get to the gym), I’ve amassed a collection of workout videos. Yet over time, doing the same ten, or twelve, workouts over and over gets tiresome. Daily Burn (http://dailyburn.com) was created just for people like me: those looking to fit in a fast workout at home without sacrificing variety. Install the app on your Smartphone, tablet or eReader, or access Daily Burn online, through various gaming consoles, or through various streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast (to name but a few). Setup an account with your age, weight, and fitness goals, and you’ll get access to a huge catalog of workout videos that you can do anytime, anywhere. The program uses the fitness goals you li... Read More
  • Digitize Your Wedding, for Free

    Weddings should be a joyous experience, filled with family, friends and love. But the planning process can be a real headache. Coordinating the details – from flowers, to cake, to honeymoon, guest accommodations and the surrounding parties can make you seriously consider eloping. Whether you are just starting on the path of planning your big day, or if you’ll be getting hitched in the next few weeks, there are some great free apps and tools that allow you to “digitize your nuptials” and make sure everything runs smoothly. Don’t just post your party details on Facebook and hope your guest […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Etiquette Tips in the Digital Age
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Etiquette Tips in the Digital Age

    Cell phones, social media, texting and email have fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Technology has made it easier and faster to keep in touch, but it has also created a variety of new ways to unintentionally irritate or insult. Before you click send on that text or update your Facebook, consider these etiquette tips for the digital age. The Golden Rule. When surfing Facebook, you’re probably chatting and sharing stories directly with your friends and family. You’re unlikely to meet anyone you don’t know, and you’re probably pretty polite in your communications, minding your P’s and Q’s so you […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Essential Aps for Vacationers
    Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Essential Aps for Vacationers

    Whether it’s a bucket-list trip to Europe or a road trip to Yosemite, travel is easier in the digital age. Websites compile reviews of hotels, restaurants and attractions so you don’t have to suffer through terrible food or an uncomfortable room while away from home. GPS help you find your way around, and instant translators help you navigate through town – or through dinner – with relative ease. If you’re heading out of town this summer, here are the five apps you shouldn’t leave home without. If you’ve planned a trip recently, you’ve likely discovered the mountain of paperwork that […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Should We Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?

    Some of the greatest minds in technology – Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, among others – have recently issued public warnings about advancements in artificial intelligence. A future where computers can think for themselves, to the detriment of their human creators, seems far off. Yet scientists and technology leaders say it could happen in the next century. I recently read a fascinating and comprehensive article about artificial intelligence and it fundamentally changed the way I think about the technology surrounding us in our ever-faster, ever-bigger tech world. Previously, when I thought about AI, I quickly compartmentalized it into […]

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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, […]

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  • 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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