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Why a Chromebook May Just Make Perfect Sense

Has Chromebook logoGoogle’s Chrome OS-based Chromebooks caught your eye and now you’re considering one?

We’ll walk you through what you need to know – what’s great, the limitations and how it compares to a traditional Windows, Mac or Linux laptop.

Of course, in the end your own requirements should drive your decision, but there’s a good chance you may have room in your home for a Chromebook. …

5 Ways to Reduce Roaming Costs

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Mobile usage costs are something many of us don’t think too much about when we’re home, but when we go on holiday, we often discover that it’s something we should have considered. Usually we can connect just fine, but hostel and hotel Wi-Fi is usually horrible, or ridiculously overpriced. Likewise, roaming fees can crush an otherwise normal phone balance, leaving even the most careful of us wondering how we managed to pull up such an outrageous bill.

Educational Web-based Games for Kids

kids-playing-tablet-gamesVideo games have long evolved from being only about fun and entertainment, and today there is a wealth of educational games, many of which are online (web-based). In this post, we take a quick look at 6 of these, which are either free or free at their core.

GameUp from BrainPOP

This collection of free games is targeted to students in grades 4 to 12. The website covers a wide range of subjects including math, science, health, and social studies. There are no ads, and kids don’t need to register to play. The site is a curated selection of the best online educational games. The BrainPOP team has evaluated hundreds of games from different companies, and chosen those they felt were the highest quality for this site. Teachers can even view a lesson plan, which explains how they could integrate some of these games into their classes. …

Passwords Are Not Broken, but How We Choose Them Sure Is

By Bruce Schneier, author of recent book, Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security

I’ve been reading a lot about how passwords are no longer good security. The reality is more complicated. Passwords are still secure enough for many applications, but you have to choose a good one. And that’s hard. The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to describe how they’re broken. The most serious attack is called offline password guessing. There are commercial programs that do this, sold primarily to police departments. There are also hacker tools that do the same thing.

As computers have become faster, the guessers have got better, sometimes being able to test hundreds of thousands of passwords per second. These guessers might run for months on many machines simultaneously.

Opening the Door on Some Cool Garage Apps

a-houseThe garage door goes up. The garage door goes down. To the casual neighbor passing by it might not look like anything special. But it’s what’s behind that door, and maybe more importantly, the technology behind it all that is quite special.

New technology centering around that sometimes forgotten “room” in your house is blowing the proverbial garage doors off of the idea that the garage is just a place to keep your vehicle out of the elements or a place to store holiday ornaments for 11 months out of the year.

What’s even better is the “key” to unlocking the doors to a cool garage is now right in the palm of your hand. Smartphones have made many aspects of our lives easier and there’s quite a few apps out there centering around the good old-fashioned garage, making it every bit as plugged in as the rest of your house.

Every room in the home has become more high-tech over the years — from smart TVs and wireless cinema surround sound in the living room to heated floors in the bathroom to new homes built with USB ports in every wall so you can plug in your tablet, phone, or laptop in any room at any time. So why wouldn’t the garage also see some innovation thanks to the wonderful world of technology?

In this article, I will highlight some of the most useful and inventive apps available revolving around the old-fashioned garage — from how to pick the right door for your home to organizational tools for your garage to cool garage door openers that allow you to control your garage from just about anywhere. …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Ultra Z Phablet Specs Showdown

If you’re in the market for a phablet (phone tablet, i.e. a smartphone that approaches the size of a tablet), then the 2 hottest models today are really the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. To help you decide, we’ve put together this specs comparison table.

Top 5 Back-to-School Apps for Android Tablets

Summer is going to be over before you know it and that means scholars from middle school to grad school will once again be hit with heavy homework assignments and reading materials that don’t exactly qualify as beach-worthy thrillers. Filing back into the classroom can be a shock to your system after a few months of lazy days or working – suddenly everyone expects you to keep it together, show initiative and know your stuff. Luckily there’s an app for that. Here are five apps for Android tablets that will help keep you organized in and out of the classroom.

1. My Class Schedule

my-classroomThis is the app that is going to save your life because it will be running your life for the next 10 months or so. No need to waste valuable brain space remembering where you need to be or what you ought to be doing when you’re using this app for Android tablets. You probably guessed that it knows your class schedule. It also knows when exams are coming. And it knows what homework is due when. My Class Schedule can even remind you to hit the books when you have unfinished assignments or a test next Tuesday so you never have to convince a prof that your dog ate your essay. (Free)

6 Awesome Android Apps for Gadget Geeks

swiss-army-knife-androidThe app world for Android (and iPhones/iPads) is ever-changing, so don’t be too annoyed that this is still yet another list of apps. This list is on the practical side of life, so you should find at least one in here that’ll be of some use to you. Personally, I use ColorNote myself at least daily.

1. ColorNote Notepad Notes

Here is a free app that will help you become more organized. You can color code your notes (or lists) to keep track of them more easily. There are widgets to display them in your launcher and reminders can be configured to remind you either once or on a recurring basis.

The High Tech Home: A Look at the Present and Future


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Everyone has their own personal style when it comes to decorating and organizing their home. Some like the eclectic look, while others prefer a more traditional look and feel. However, some people really care about more the high tech gadgetry inside and integrated into the house. Here are 3 cutting edge gadgets that you can get today as well as some future-looking designs that may make its way one day into your own home.

The Changing Age of Entertainment: Bringing the Cinema Home

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With fuel costs seemingly constantly on the rise, the cost of movie tickets and snacks, it’s understandable why some people are looking to get their movie entertainment without leaving home. So what are the options today for kicking it on your own couch?

Streaming and Rental Services

Options like Netflix and Redbox make it simple to watch recently released movies in your living room. Netflix also offers a substantial collection of new and older TV shows. Many of today’s entertainment systems – streaming boxes, DVD players, computers, tablets, etc.  – can work directly with Netflix’s streaming services, allowing you to enjoy their digital media on a variety of devices.

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