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This week Apple announced new products, updates to products, new accessories and a new app. If you’re looking to buy an Apple product, your choices may have just changed. New iPad Apple introduced a new 9.7″ iPad that is not only less expensive than the previous iPad, it’s less expensive than the iPad Mini.
Netflix is bringing changes to make it easier for you to rate shows and find ones that are a good match for you. You also may be able to save time while binge-watching your favorite shows! Netflix User Rating Update No longer will you be able to rate what you watch on Netflix with stars *****. After the update, Netflix will only let users vote Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down on vide ...
Q. I heard that I can use my iPhone to find my parked car. Can you tell me how that works? I don’t like to admit this, but sometimes I forget where I parked my car. If I’m shopping in a big mall, forgetting where my car is parked can be a big problem. My friends and family make fun of me because I just don’t pay attention to where I park my car.
Twitter can be a helpful source of breaking news, social insights and inspirational quotes, it does have its flaws. Twitter can also be annoying, with troll accounts ready to pounce on tweets using vile replies. Twitter can also be the source of spoilers, if you log on before you’ve had a chance to watch your favorite show or sporting event.
This week, WikiLeaks released a statement saying that it had possession of Vault 7, a collection of CIA software files that could use tech devices to spy on others. Targeted devices at risk include iPhones, Android phones, Samsung TVs and Internet-connected cars. According to WikiLeaks, Vault 7 is “the largest intelligence publication in history.
Getting the truth is challenging enough without seeing fake news stories in your Facebook News Feed. If your friend posts a fake news story, it may be an innocent mistake. But if you share that story with others, you may be spreading information that just isn’t true. Facebook has started rolling out a program that shows an alert when the truth of a news story has been dispute ...
Tech is at its best when it solves an annoying problem. Waiting for a table at a popular restaurant isn’t the worst problem in the world…unless you have a fussy toddler, have other things to do, or are very hungry. Or your Significant Other refuses to go to your favorite restaurant because of the long wait for a table. Then waiting for a restaurant table can seem like a very annoying problem.
If you’re an Android fan, you’ll be glad to know about two new updates to Android that Google just announced. If you’re not an Android fan, these updates may sway you to become one. The competition between Android and iPhone seems to be heating up and we the consumers are the winners. Both Google and Apple are trying to make the most of their operating systems for phones by o ...
Whether you’re squinting trying to read a menu in a dark restaurant, the warning label on your medication, or the fine print on a contract you probably shouldn’t be signing, a magnifying glass can come in very handy. One with a light would be even better. Good news! That phone in your pocket is filled with handy tools, including a magnifying glass.
Q. I just read your post on how you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. I’m interested in trying out ebooks to have some books handy to read when I’m stuck in line somewhere, waiting for an appointment or traveling. I’d like to download some free books to my tablet and phone and am very interested in learning where I can find free ebooks.
In case you missed it, Monday’s article was the 1000th post published at The Wonder of Tech. You probably haven’t read all 1000 of them, but I hope you’ve read at least 999 of them… This site covers a wide range of personal technology including websites, apps, social media, phones, ereaders, gadgets and other tech that is useful or fun for your daily life.
If your Facebook New Feed has become a smoldering cauldron of political posts, unwanted videos and angry rants, you may be longing for the days when you saw actual updates from friends you care about the most. If you get frustrated scrolling through your Facebook feed, you’re not alone. The good news is that you can fix your Facebook News Feed to show more of the posts that i ...
Q. I was having lunch with a friend and I told her I didn’t like the idea of Kindle books because I like to highlight passages when I read. She told me that you can highlight in Kindle books. In fact, she told me that not only could I highlight passages in Kindle books, I could also see which passages other Kindle readers have highlighted. This idea intrigues me.
One of the more frustrating aspects of the Internet is when a website shuts down. You might follow a favorite blog, bookmark helpful articles, and share interesting posts on social media. But then one day you go to the site to discover that it’s gone. The site has been closed and doesn’t exist anymore. All of those articles you enjoyed are now gone like dust in the wind.
If you have an iPhone you should discover an app you already have, one that is filled with incredibly useful tools for you. The Compass app is from Apple, is free, and comes pre-loaded onto your iPhone. Because you didn’t download the Compass app, or choose to have it on your phone, you may never have opened it, or been aware of its many handy features.
Twitter once again is changing the way you find tweets. The Moments tab has been replaced by the Explore tab, designed to make it easier for you to find information on Twitter. The Explore tab is filled with features, making it important for you to explore it. In fact, if you don’t explore Explore, you may wonder where Search, Trends and other sections are in Twitter.
While it may seem as if Wi-Fi is available everywhere, sooner or later you may find that you need Wi-Fi but can’t find a connection. When you want to access the Internet on your computer or tablet, you may be stuck if you can’t find a Wi-Fi network to use. But you may have a secret tool in your pocket you didn’t even realize you had: your cell phone.
Today The Wonder of Tech turns six years old. Thanks to you, dear readers, this blog continues to grow and thrive. Tech continues to change and I delight in learning about what’s the latest and greatest tech for your life. I truly appreciate you letting me share my passion with you. I truly believe fun and useful tech can make our lives better.
“Selfie”, taking a picture of yourself to post on social media, became an official word in the Oxford dictionary in 2013. The idea seems simple, just pose and snap a photo of yourself with your cell phone camera. How difficult could that be? But in 2014, reports came of people dying while taking selfies.
As if Android and Apple fans didn’t have enough to argue about, now they can begin to compare the relative accuracy and usefulness of their digital assistants. Using your voice to command a computer used to seem like something from a sci-fi movie. Now we take our digital assistants for granted, getting frustrated when the answers are slow or wrong.