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What happens if you play along with a Microsoft ‘tech support’ scam? (Wired UK)

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Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched – CNET

The USB Hub- an under rated tool

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Microsoft Is About To Leave One-Third Of All Computers Vulnerable To Hacking

Buying a tablet? Consider this…

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Buying a tablet? Consider this…

 When purchasing a computer tablet for mobile computer, you should weigh the pros and cons of functionality versus cost. I’ve made this list of some things to consider when buying a tablet;

First question to ask: What will you use it for? Is the tablet for business, to show spreadsheets, presentations, or graphics? Is this for personal work or school? What do you imagine you’ll be using the tablet with programs?

Cost Prices will vary on dependability, name brand, and available functions, but consider how much you’re willing to pay for what you need the tablet to do, and what comes with the tablet. Some cost as low as $200, like Acer Iconia A3, while the

Pre-installed Software and Compatibility. Tablets vary with the type of operating system they run, as well as apps. Operating systems include Android, Fire, Windows 8, and IOS 7. Not all apps and programs work well with the other, so ask when purchasing. Also consider what program you’ll need, and what you need the program for. An example would be having spreadsheets you can email or include the ability to sign documents.

Size and weight. Size varies with the tablets. They can come in 7 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch and 11 inch sizes. Some are thin, lightweight, and offer the personal workspace, while choosing a wider, heavier tablet provides compatibility to show off your work to groups. Don’t be shy in picking the tablets up to check weight and see how they feel in your hands. If you’ll be using it in your hands rather than set on a desk, you can find weight will be important to consider. Screen size also matter to some consumer depending on their purpose.

Screen Display. This is important if you hope to use as a presenting tablet, but remember if you have the available port, you can often plug in a projector, if need be. Depending on what you’ll be using the tablet for, ask yourself if you need the screen size and quality for your needs. You often need a HDMI port for VGA monitors

USB ports. I’m still not sure why some tablets offer no USB port whatsoever being they are incredibly useful in transferring data, adding cameras, keyboards, mouse, or even printer. Some depend on wireless capability. If you do end up purchasing a tablet with no USB, sign up with cloud drive. This is how you can share files between computers. You will need wireless. Many printers are also now include wireless function.

Keyboard. Many tablets include a touchscreen keyboard while others expand to a removable keyboard. Even keyboards will vary from a touch pad style to the clickable keys similar to laptop keyboards. I often plug in a full keyboard and mouse via a USB hub when I need to do a lot of typing on the tablet. I can then pull out the hub and plug into the laptop.

Camera. Many tablets include a camera either forward facing (for video conferencing) or rear cameras to take pictures as you travel. Some models include both. Many also include photo but also video capability. Is this something you need? Will you talk on Skype or Google+ Hangout? Ask about quality of the picture/video, and can you edit on the tablet?

Microphone and speakers. Many tablets include a built in microphone so you can chat online, and speakers to hear sound. This also allows to record meetings, or record your voice for presentations, or listen to music. I prefer the ability to use a headset, however. Not all come with a headset port, so ask if this is something you want.

Don’t be shy about asking about the specifications, and telling the sales person what you want to do with the tablet. Its important to also ask about return policies, warrantees, and upgrades. Also ask about repairs. Some places like Best Buy and other computer shops might be able to repair them at their location, otherwise, you’ll need to ship the tablet back to the manufacturer for repairs.

I hope this article helps you. If you enjoyed it, please share, comment, and link. Winking smile

Print from iPhone (or any phone)

 My husband wanted to know how to print with his iPhone 3gs. He doesn’t have a data plan, so it works more as an iPod than a phone. I’ve tethered it to the Network at home, but he couldn’t find a printer.

The reason is that the iPhone looks for an ‘airprint’ printer,which we don’t have. Instead, we have an HP all-in-one on the wireless network. The trick is to get the phone to use it as a network not an airprint.

Airprint basics by Apple.

Airprint printer list

I found HP has an app called eprint that lets you print on a network.

HP Eprint on Google Play

HP Eprint on iTunes

Also check out Google eprint printing. They list make/models of printers that have this capability.

Naturally, check with the type of phone/tablet you have, then look up the printer make/model online to see if they include apps or services to print.

Windows 8 Surface RT

I finally purchased a Windows 8 tablet, specifically a Windows Surface RT with keyboard (mine is purple). I wish I got the Windows Surface Pro, being a hundred dollar more but it’s a full function Windows 8 operating system. The RT seems to be a dumbed down version. In other words, you can’t run anything you want. The Surface Pro can.

I looked over iPads, Galaxy, and other tablets, and the Windows 8 won out because of two major things; 1) it includes Microsoft 2013 which I need to master so I can help my clients, and 2) it has Windows 8.0 (free upgrade to 8.1), which I also needed to learn.

I’m not a huge fan of the Windows 8, but since its here, I need to learn how it works. I can give a few tips for the desktop/laptop users (who use a mouse)

– There’s no start menu, but if you put the mouse in the lower left hand corner and right-click the mouse, you will get a menu pop up that includes things like Control Panel, Run, and Search, among others.

– Move the mouse cursor the other corner, and it brings up a panel that includes the Shut down/Restart, Search, Devices, and Start ‘charms’ menu, as well as the calendar and date.

– Using the Windows button the keyboard, or clicking the Windows button on the side panel, will get you the ‘charms’ which is the screen with the tiles. One tile is the Desktop, and you can switch between the two. If you use the Windows key + ‘D, this will also open the Desktop

If you want to learn more, shoot me an email, and I can give more tips.