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July 14, 2016 • Gaming

How to View a Map of Pokemon Go Pokestops

Have you tried Pokemon Go yet? Players of this augmented reality game have almost taken over my town and judging by the numbers of people I see walking after dark the popularity isn’t subsiding. One of the questions I’ve heard players ask is if there is a way to get a map of the various …

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July 7, 2016 • News

New Verizon Plans Now Live: Should You Switch or Wait?

The long-awaited Verizon plan changes are now live. My account shows I can gain an added 4 GB of monthly data which will include carryover and safety mode at no cost by swapping plans. But is there any advantage to me doing so right away? I think the answer to this hinges on three variables.

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June 24, 2016 • Deals

NY Times Digital Subscription Drops from $34.99 to $9.99

The latest update to the NY Times app on my Nexus 6 is now displaying a new subscription price. Previously the cost was $34.99 for the NY Times digital edition. Now the price is $9.99 though the application notes that it is for a “limited time”.

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June 14, 2016 • News

WWDC Outlines the Four Pillars of Apple’s Product Strategy

Apple held their Worldwide Developer Conference today. The public portion of the event was the keynote which clocked in at almost 2 hours and featured a top-down review of the highlights expect in what Apple identified as their four foundational  platforms – watchOS, tvOS, OS X (later rebranded as macOS) and iOS.

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May 31, 2016 • News

Mophie Introduces Juice Pack Wireless for iPhone 6 and 6s

Today Mophie has introduced a wireless Juice Pack for iPhone 6/6s , iPhone 6 Plus, and 6s Plus. Starting at $99 and $129, the cases — which include the charging base — allow iPhone users to wirelessly charge their devices without removing them from the case.

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May 28, 2016 • Deals

Verizon Memorial Day Online Sale: Take $100 off iPhone 6, HTC 10, More

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! If you’re homebound – and phoneless – Verizon has re-activated some of their deals that which might save you money on a brand new iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S6,  Samsung Note 5, LG V10, or Samsung Galaxy S5.

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May 23, 2016 • Music Diary, News

Spotify Updates Family Plans – Matches Apple Music: Now $14.99 for up to 6 Members

Spotify today announced a change to their family plans which expands the number of family members (up to 6) included for one monthly price of $14.99. This pricing change shouldn’t have been a surprise as Google Play and Apple Music have identical family offers.

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May 10, 2016 • Deals

T-Mobile Offers $200 off Samsung Galaxy Note 5, $150 off Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy S6 edge

Purchase a new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 with post-paid service between May 4, 2016 and June 14, 2016 from a participating T-Mobile retailer and receive a $150 rebate!

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April 14, 2016 • Deals

Amazon Flash Deal on This 5LB Hershey Bar: $23.45!

Amazon has this 5 LB Hershey Milk Chocolate bar as their deal of the day. Priced at only $23.45 it’s guaranteed to keep your kids going without sleep for roughly 12 days. Prime members can score free shipping and that’s on top of the sugar coma inducing 12,000 calories and 700 grams of fat consuming one of …

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April 14, 2016 • Deals

R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp

This lamp doesn’t do the sound effects but just the sight of a mini R2-D2 on your desk is sure to pull in admiring stares from officemates!

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April 7, 2016 • News

Facebook Messenger Offering Links and Codes to Make It Simpler to Communicate

If you use Snapchat, you’re probably familiar with the scannable yellow code that lets you quickly connect with another user. According to a Facebook post, a similar code is making its way to Facebook Messenger.

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March 31, 2016 • Deals

Amazon Deal: Philips Wake-Up Light $65

I bought the Philips Wake-Up Light about a month ago for $90. My 16-year-old daughter loves it, and since she has been using the Philips wake up alarm I’ve not once had to reminder her that it’s time to get up for school.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Nest Now Sends a Photo with Your Nest Cam Email Alert

I have a Nest Cam setup in my living room which notifies me every time something moves or makes a sound. I love it and even though at $199 it’s not the least expensive camera you’ll find, I do like that it displays an image within my Nest app alongside my thermostats and Nest Protect.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Google Keep Trick: OK Google, Add Milk To My Shopping List

I’m not sure how new this is however Android users who say “Ok Google” and then “Add xxx to my Shopping List” will find that Google Keep is able to maintain a shopping list for them. 

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March 16, 2016 • Deals

Deal: Anker Qi Charging Pad: $14.39 Shipped

Here’s a nice deal for anyone with a smartphone which supports wireless Qi charging. Amazon Deal Of The Day has this Anker Qi charging pad for $14.39 shipped. No cables or USB interface required. Input: 5V/2A; Output: 5V/1A. LED Indicator Lights: Red means it’s ready to charge, blue is charging, and both together let you …

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March 14, 2016 • News

Google Hangouts for iOS Adds Video Attachment Capability

Version 8 of Google Hangouts for iOS is now available and it adds a long missing video attachment feature. Users on iOS finally have the capability to attach up to a 1 minute video clip.

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March 12, 2016 • Deals

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Cases On Sale: Amazon Deal Of The Day!

Did your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge just arrive? Even if it hasn’t – think about planning ahead and grabbing a case from Amazon. Currently, two brands (Supcase, i-Blason) are available via Amazon Deal Of The Day. I can’t say for sure these will be the lowest prices you’ll find. But they seem cheaper …

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March 2, 2016 • News

Digg Begins Issuing User Names

What’s Digg? Digg is an online news aggregator with a curated front page featuring unique posts selected for their high-tech audience. In its heyday, Digg attracted some 200+ million monthly viewers. The service became popular because its users could vote up (digg) stories or vote them down (bury them).

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February 13, 2016 • News

Facebook Messenger Groups Introduce Valentine Picture Presents

Everyone loves a present, right?  So how about a nice photo wrapped in a bow and red heart paper? You can send your Facebook friends just a present if you are in a Facebook Messenger Group with them. To send the wrapped image, simply click the heart/arrow icon in the lower right corner of your …

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February 13, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Is Spam Going Through a Bold Renaissance?

Is spam going through a rebirth, led primarily by information you submit to business directories? My inbox for the past year would answer yes based upon the number of email newsletters; semi-official looking emails received to my company’s “honeypot” email address.

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February 13, 2016 • News

Facebook Showing Realtime NHL Scoreboard for Check-ins

I don’t think this is new. But I do think it’s pretty cool. Facebook last night showed a realtime updated score for the Kings/Rangers game that my sister was watching at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  At first I thought it was just a static score – which would have been interesting by itself. Then …

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