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Cutting the Cord: Streaming Instead of Cable TV

I Haven't Paid for Cable in Years — Here's How I Keep Up With TV Without It by businessinsider.com

My cord-cutting strategy has evolved over the years. Here, I go through the hardware and software that does and doesn't work for me.


How to find the best TV antenna for free HD channels by Engadget 

The best option for you will depend on where you live and where those signals are coming from. You can stream a lot of TV…


Cutting the Cord: Streaming Instead of Cable TV Means Complicated Choices, and Some Trade-offs by Seattletimes

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times) Xfinity vs. CenturyLink, Roku v.s. Hulu vs. YouTube TV and others — cutting the cord requires planning, decisions and…

Tech Safety Tips for Seniors

Tech Safety Tips for Seniors by redfin.com

Use this guide if you or a loved one is a senior and needs tech safety tips about computers, smartphones, emails, protecting private information and more!

When it comes to technology, it’s good to be cautious, but it’s better to be educated. If you’re a senior looking to become more…

Reasons Cord Cutting Might Not Work For You

7 Reasons Cord Cutting Might Not Work For You by How-To-Geek

Cord cutting—ditching cable or satellite TV and watching stuff online instead—is great. It’s also not for everyone.

Cable TV is expensive, which is why millions of people are opting to stop paying for it every month and subscribe to various online streaming services instead. People often save money doing this, and for most tech savvy people, we highly recommend it.

 

 

How Tech Companies Use ‘Dark Patterns’ To Trick You

How Tech Companies Use ‘Dark Patterns’ To Trick You by Howtogeek

Websites like Amazon, Facebook, and Google don’t just appear: people make them. Everything about their design is intentional, is serving some kind of purpose—and sometimes those designs deliberately make things hard in order to change your behavior.

These sorts of designs are called “dark patterns,” and they’re everywhere. 

Tablo Dual Lite – DVR for Cordcutters

Tablo Dual Lite Is the Cheapest Way to Get Dvr for Cordcutters  by TechRadar

Life after cutting the cord can be a bit … well, tricky. You can still access all of the channels and services you had while you were lining cable companies’ wallets, but it can take a little more work. Take, for example, DVR.


Meet The Newest Tablo DVR The Tablo DUAL LITE Just $139.99 by Cord Cutters News

Today Nuvyyo the company behind the popular Tablo OTA DVRs announced a new cheaper Tablo DVR. The Tablo DUAL…


Tablo Slashes OTA DVR Pricing & Betas Cloud Storage by Zatznotfunny 

Nuvvyo, the company behind Tablo and a ZNF advertiser, has just updated their headless OTA DVR line up with the Tablo Dual Lite. However, there’s…


Nuvyyo Unveils More Affordable Tablo DUAL LITE OTA DVR by androidheadlines

This week Nuvyyo announced its latest over-the-air (OTA) digital video recorder (DVR) solution, the Tablo DUAL LITE. In spite of this being a newer, and in some respects, a more advanced OTA DVR, the company has confirmed one if its primary selling points is how it is more affordable than its previous options. As the Tablo DUAL LITE will be arriving to market on April 1, priced at $139.99.

Is It Safe to Log in with Facebook or Google?

Is It Safe to Log in with Facebook or Google? by AVG

What happens when you sign in with Facebook or Google?

Let’s say you want to sign up to Any-Sire.com In the regular way of doing things, Any-Sire.com would request that you create an account with them. That would usually require you to create username, and password and provide an email address to which they can send a confirmation message to.

By using Facebook or Google to sign in, both you and the site skip that dance. Instead, you rely on those services to vouch for you and manage your account. 

The important bit is this: the new service never gets your password.

Look Better On Conference Calls and Streaming Video

4 Ways to Look Better On Conference Calls and Streaming Video by reviewgeek.com

Whether you have to video conference call for work or you’re film YouTube videos for fun (and profit?) we increasingly find ourselves in front of the camera. Just because you’re in front of the camera though, doesn’t mean you have to look like a hot mess. We’ve got four tips to get you looking sharp.

See What Mail You Have Coming Before It Arrives

How to See What Packages and Mail You Have Coming Before It Arrives by howtogeek.com 

The United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx all offer online dashboards where you can see exactly what packages (and letters, in the case of the US Postal Service) are scheduled to arrive at your address. They’ll even email and send you text message notifications so you can stay on top of things.


Informed Delivery® by USPS®

Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.* 

* Images are only provided for letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through USPS' automated equipment


UPS My Choice®

No need to take time off work, change plans or stay home for a package anymore. UPS My Choice® lets you decide how, where and when home deliveries occur to fit your schedule. Get estimated arrival and progress alerts. Sign for a package in advance. Set vacation holds, change a delivery address or hold at a UPS location. Whether online or by mobile, UPS My Choice makes it easy to put your plans ahead of the package.


FedEx Delivery Manager®. Customize deliveries

Receive alerts whenever a FedEx®package is sent to you. Sign up and see FedEx packages coming your way, including things you buy online. View arrival dates and take more control of delivery options. Don't miss another delivery!

Request to hold packages for pickup at a FedEx location, Walgreens and more. Use our Hold at Location option to pick up or redirect to a convenient location.

Sign for a package. Authorize your delivery online and avoid having to schedule a redelivery.

 

Metered connections in Windows 10

Metered connections in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10


A metered connection is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren't by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won't be installed automatically.

To set a Wi-Fi network connection as metered:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi  > Manage known networks.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network > Properties > turn on Set as metered connection.

How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10 by www.howtogeek.com

Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.

How Much Data Does Netflix Use?

How Much Data Does Netflix Use? by How-To Geek 

We live in an age of prolific media streaming, with services like Netflix leading the charge. At the same time, we also live in an age where capped data packages for home internet is something that many people have to deal with. If you’re one of the millions of people with a capped data package, knowing how much data Netflix actually uses is crucial.

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More

Teamviewer 13: Ios Screen Sharing and More by ghacks.com

 

TeamViewer 13, the latest version of the secure remote desktop access and support application, comes with iOS screen sharing functionality and usability improvements.

TeamViewer GMBH launched a public beta of TeamViewer 13 on October 30, 2017. That version has now been promoted to final, and users from around the world can download the new version of the remote desktop software.

Use a Streaming Stick or Set-Top Box

Don’t Bother with Smart TV Software, Use a Streaming Stick or Set-Top Box Instead by reviewgeek.com

It is all but impossible to buy a TV without getting some kind of bundled software that’s supposed to make your life easier (but mostly just frustrates everyone). If you’d rather enjoy using your TV (and get a longer life out of it), here are our picks for streaming sticks and set-top boxes.

Your Smart TV Just Isn’t Very Smart

If you have a smart TV, you’re probably well aware how lackluster the software is. TV manufacturers just aren’t very good at making software. 

Find and Store Account Recovery Passcodes​

Here’s How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes​ by lifehacker.com

Losing (or breaking) your phone is never fun. Yes, there are the complications that come from it being covered in fragile glass, but the issue that’ll ultimately cause your more grief is this: your phone is the key to your online identity. If you’re using two-factor authentication on your devices, you may rely on the authentication app or SMS texts providing randomly generated access codes used to verify your identity when you log into a different device, or make a purchase. For added security, you should keep a physical copy

High school kids get video of the eclipse

High school kids get video of the eclipse… from 32,000 meters above the Earth! by www.syfy.com

Look, I know: After the total solar eclipse in August, you probably reached saturation with images of videos of it. I know I did, having seen the event from every angle and manner possible.

Or so I thought. In fact, there was one I hadn’t considered, and jaded as I was I still gasped with delight when I saw it: a video of the Moon’s shadow on the ground taken from a weather balloon from a height of 32 kilometers (105,000 feet)!

How cool is that? And it gets better: That balloon was launched by high school students. They were participating in a group called Earth to Sky Calculus, started by some of the students who were “tired of being lectured to and wanted to explore Nature in a different, more hands-on way.” So Dr. Tony Phillips — the person who created the fantastic…

Backup Your Hard Drive Using Google’s Backup

How To Backup Your Hard Drive Using Google's Backup And Sync Tool? by fossbytes.com

Backup & Sync is a tool developed by Google. It automatically uploads the data from your hard drive and connected USB devices to your Google Drive.

Backing up their data is an important task for regular users, be it the computer or smartphone. But an important question in this regard is how you backup your data? Locally or on a cloud drive. And how often you do it? 

In the past, I have told you about backing up your hard drive using…

Computer Keyboard Key Explanation

Computer Keyboard Key Explanation by Computer Hope

When dealing with technical commands that use the keyboard (for example, web pages or the command line), you may hear such things as forward slash, backslash, and caret.

Many times, this can be confusing for anyone unfamiliar with each of the symbols on a keyboard. The table below identifies non-alphanumerickeys with a description or link for additional information.

Cellular Signal Strength

No Bars? Here’s Everything That Can Affect Your Cellular Signal Strength by How-To Geek

Cell signal is weird. One moment you could have five bars, but walk a few feet and it drops to two. In my house, the signal downstairs is awful, but it’s perfect upstairs. There’s a lot going on with cell reception, so let’s look at some of the main factors that affect it.


How Weather Affects Your Cell Signal by OutsideOnline

Using a phone outdoors? This is what you need to know to stay in touch.

Whether it’s dialing 911 in an emergency, streaming music in camp, or checking in on weather radar, phones are playing an increasingly important role in the outdoors. But, out in the woods, cell signal is…


Line-of-sight propagation by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Line of sight propagation to an antenna. Line-of-sight propagation is a characteristic of electromagnetic radiation or…


Cellular frequencies in the US by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United States Carrier Frequency

The usage of frequencies within the United States is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). When distributing initial spectrum…


 

Google’s New ‘Backup and Sync’ App

Google's New 'Backup and Sync' App Beams Your Photos to the Cloud by petapixel.com

Google this week launched a new desktop app that consolidates file backups for both Google Photos and Google Drive. It’s called Backup and Sync, and is an easy way to protect your precious photos from being lost.

Backup and Sync replaces Drive for files and the Google Photos desktop uploader for photos.

Chromebook Improved Printing Options

Your Chromebook is about to get some improved printing options by TechRadar

Printing from Chrome OS has always been a somewhat convoluted affair, with printers needing to get hooked up to Google Cloud Print in the cloud before becoming available on a Chromebook or wherever else you've got Chrome installed.


Google Help – Set up your printer

You can print from your Chromebook using most Wi-Fi printers.

Note: If your printer doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi, you can’t set it up with your Chromebook.

Step 1: Connect to Wi-Fi

  1. Turn on your printer.
  2. Connect your printer to a Wi-Fi network. If you need help, follow your printer manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. If you haven’t yet, turn on your Chromebook and sign in.
  4. Connect your Chromebook to the same Wi-Fi network as your printer. Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Add your printer to your Chromebook

Important: You’ll need to know your printer’s IP address, protocol, and queue. To find them, check your printer’s display panel, manual, device specs, or help website.

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. In the "Printing" section, click Printers.
  5. Click Add Printer.
  6. Enter your printer information:
    • Name: Type any name.
    • Address: Type your printer’s IP address.
    • Protocol: For most printers, the supported connection protocol is IPP.
    • Queue: For most printers, the queue is ipp/print.
  7. Click Add.
  8. In the box that appears, choose your printer manufacturer and model.
    • To find this info, look at the label on your printer.
    • If you don’t see your printer in the list, check your printer info for its "printer language" or "emulation." Then choose the "Generic" option that looks similar.
    • If you have your printer driver, click Browse to upload it. The file must be 250 kb or smaller.
  9. Click Add.

Step 3: Print a page

After you’ve set up your printer, you can use that printer to print from your Chromebook:

  1. On the page you’d like to print, press Ctrl + p.
  2. Next to "Destination," click Change.
  3. Under "Local Destinations," select your printer.
  4. Click Print.

You Shouldn’t Use SMS for Two-Factor Authentication

Why You Shouldn’t Use SMS for Two-Factor Authentication (and What to Use Instead) by How-To Geek

Security experts recommend using two-factor authentication to secure your online accounts wherever possible. Many services default to SMS verification, sending codes via text message to your phone when you try to sign in. But SMS messages have a lot of security problems, and are the least secure option for two-factor authentication. Click Here to Continue Reading

 

Set Up Authy for Two-Factor Authentication

How to Set Up Authy for Two-Factor Authentication (and Sync Your Codes Between Devices) by How-To-Geek

Strong passwords are not enough anymore: we recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible. Ideally, that means using an app that generates authentication codes on your phone or a physical hardware token. We prefer Authy when it comes to authentication apps—it’s compatible with all sites that use Google Authenticator, but is more powerful and convenient.

Switch to VoIP and Ditch Your Home Phone Bill

How to Switch to VoIP and Ditch Your Home Phone Bill Forever by How-To Geek 

You can enjoy the convenience of a whole-house phone line without shelling out your hard earned money to your local telecommunications provider. Read on as we show you how to ditch the phone bill, keep the land line, and enjoy free local and long distance calling in the process. Click Here to Continue Reading

 

Verizon’s Move to AOL Mail

Transitioning From Verizon Email Servers to AOL or Gmail Service

Clarification of who's involved with the termination of Verizon's Email Service.

How do I start the process of moving my verizon.net email address to AOL Mail?

When it is time for you to move your verizon.net mail to AOL Mail, you will be notified by an email from Verizon and messaging on webmail.verizon.com. Select Option 1 in the email or on webmail to begin the AOL Mail registration process. Once you register with AOL, you will have access to your verizon.net email, folders and contacts on mail.aol.com. This video shows just how simple the process is!

It's easy to see how this issue can be confusing. Here's our attempt to clarify who may have to take some action:

First: If you are a Comcast customer, you are not involved.

Second: If you are a Gmail user and all your contacts are in your Gmail account, you can forget about the changeover. Your Gmail will not be affected.

  • Likewise if have been using AOL, MSN, Outlook, Yahoo, Apple or any other account you are also not affected.

Third: If you want to keep your Verizon Email address and use AOL Mail service choose Option 1 when responding to Verizon's notification to you and just follow the instructions for the next steps. Verizon and AOL will handle the transfer to the AOL email server.

Verizon option 1: Keep your current email address with AOL Mail.
Choosing this option you will:

  • Keep your verizon.net email address
  • Migrate to AOL Mail, this video shows just how
  • Retain email, contacts and calendar(s) automatically

Fourth: If you are on Gmail, having previously arranged to have emails sent to your old Verizon.net address either imported or forwarded to your Gmail account, you will have to indicate to Verizon/AOL that you wish to keep your Verizon.net email address (use Verizon option 1 above). 

  • To continue the importing feature in Gmail, you need to update your Gmail Settings> Accounts and Imports> Check mail from other accounts to show the AOL server, rather than the Verizon server after the switch to the AOL server has been made.
  • Alternately (the best option) after completing the migration to AOL add forwarding of all future email from the AOL to your Gmail account, follow these four steps. 
    1. Log into your new AOL account (remember to use your complete email address with @verizon.net at the end) using the password you created in "Migrate to AOL Mail" step above.
    2. On your AolMail inbox page at upper right under you email address choose: Options> Mail Settings> General> Forward To
    3. Type in you Gmail email address, be sure to click "Save Settings" button at the bottom of this screen.
    4. At this point any email sent to you Verizon address will immediately be forwarder to the Gmail inbox.

Finally the option we recommend: You switch from the Verizon/AOL email service to Gmail you should:

  • Choose Verizon Option 2. Use any other email provider (Note: This step must be done before using Verizon Option 1) or some contact data formatting will be lost.
    • In the Option 2 screen select Export Contacts to a vCard file (.vcf). This will export all contact data from the old Verizon account formatted properly for importing into your new Gmail account.
    • After Export Contacts to a vCard file your contact data will be downloaded and saved with the file name "Contacts.vcf" to you computer's download folder.
    • Now go back to the page with the two options.
    • This time select Option 1. Keep your current email address with AOL Mail. ​By choosing this option you will:
  • Keep your verizon.net email address
  • Migrate to AOL Mail, this video shows just how
  • Retain email, contacts and calendar(s) automatically (we don't care about these contacts since exporting property formatted version above).
  1. At this point all new email addressed to your @verizon.net address will go to the new AOL account.
    • Log into your new AOL account (remember to use your complete email address with @verizon.net at the end) using the password you created in "Migrate to AOL Mail" step above.
    • After login into AOL add forwarding of all future email from the AOL to your Gmail account. On your AolMail inbox page at upper right under you email address choose: Options> Mail Settings> General> Forward To
    • Type in you Gmail email address, be sure to click "Save Settings" button at the bottom of this screen.
    • Now any email sent to you Verizon address will immediately be forwarder to the Gmail inbox.
  2. One last step, import the contacts previously exported in step 1 above into your Gmail account.
    • Sign in to Gmail.
    • Click Gmail at the top-left corner of your Gmail page, then choose Contacts.
    • Click the More button above the contacts list and select Import….
    • Click the Choose File button.
    • Select the file you'd like to upload (It's the one exported in step 1 above named "Contacts.vcf") and click the Import button.
         Note: This "Contacts.vcf" file should be in the downloads folder unless you have designated a different folder for saving downloaded files.
    • When it's done, Gmail will display the number of contacts imported.

Enjoy your new email experience!

Font With Slashed Zero

Font With Slashed Zero

Which fonts in Google Docs has a zero with a line through it like this / ?

For some printouts it may be beneficial to use a zero with a slash through it rather than the standard zero without a slash. This is called a "slashed zero", and while not every font has one, several of the fonts installed in Google Docs do.

A solution is to simply change to a different font that uses a slashed zero in place of the regular zero. There are any number of such fonts already be installed in Google Docs. They are Consolas, Inconsolata, Roboto Mono and Share Tech Mono fonts. You'll need to experiment with whatever font you select to see what looks best for your document.

How to Add Fonts to Google Docs

  1. Go to the fonts drop-down menu.
  2. Select "More fonts" at the bottom.
  3. Make sure "Show all fonts" is selected at the top.
  4. Look for the font you want in the fonts list.
  5. Click on the font you want to add it to the "My Fonts" list at the right.
  6. Click the blue OK button to close out the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here are a few more fronts suggested by Mike B, these fonts are not in Google docs but can be installed in Windows.

 

 

 

Google Assistant – Google Search Guide

Your guide to using Google Assistant and the Google search app on Android & iPhone by Danny Sullivan, Founding Editor of Search Engine Land

Google Assistant is coming widely to Android phones. Here's how to use it and other ways to Google on your smartphone — even for iPhone users.

Google Assistant has now come to Android phones beyond Google’s own Pixel. It’s a significant change to how Google’s previously offered search on mobile devices. It’s also the latest in a wide variety of ways people can search with Google on Android.

Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome

Why You Shouldn’t Use (Most) Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome by How-To Geek 

Google Chrome is based on Chromium, an open-source browser project. Anyone can take the Chromium source code and use it to build their own browser, renaming it and changing whatever they like. That’s why there are so many alternative browsers based on Google Chrome—but you don’t necessarily want to use most of them.

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