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Google Text Search Aired: 04/11/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you have a smartphone, the majority of your more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you have a smartphone, the majority of your bill goes to paying for a data plan, while voice and text are usually unlimited.

Google searches are one of the most common tasks we all do on our smartphones... So if you’re looking to reduce your data consumption, you can search Google... without your browser. Did you know that you can search Google by texting?

That’s right, lets say you are looking for a Chinese restaurant near you. Simply text your request to 46645 (GOOGL). If you text Chinese Food  to 46645 in about a minute, Google will text you back a list of a few places near you.

Another great use is when you want to check flight status. Text your Airline and flight number to 46645 and it’ll text you back an update.

But wait there’s more... it can do math calculations, unit conversions, movie listings, word definitions... All for the cost of a text. Which is nothing.

You can setup your Google Calendar, Gmail and Google Voice all the same way, not one of them needs to use an ounce of data, to get the data you need.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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http://www.google.com/mobile/sms/

You composed the perfect email and you sent it... but did they read it? It’s time for anothe more...

You composed the perfect email and you sent it... but did they read it?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Whatever happened to that email you sent? How long did it sit in someone’s inbox before it was opened? Or maybe they never got it? Was it even opened at all?

If you use didtheyreadit.com, you’ll know more than if it was read. You’ll know when it was opened, how long it remained opened and where, geographically, your email was viewed.

Using DidTheyReadIt, e-mails that you send are automatically and invisibly tracked. The instant the recipient opens your message, DidTheyReadIt automatically notifies you.

DidTheyReadIt is 100% compatible with Windows and Mac, and all different email programs. It works for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook.com, Mac mail... you get it.

Once you sign up for an account, you can start sending tracked messages.

You can sign up for a free trial at didtheyreadit.com.

The service not only works for emails, but attachments like PDF’s too. So if you send an attached PDF, you’ll know if they actually saw it.

The service is great for people selling stuff online to know if the buyer saw the message, job hunting to know if the employer saw your resume, the uses are only limited by your imagination.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://www.didtheyreadit.com/

Are LEDs For Me Aired: 04/09/2013
The lightbulb in your bathroom just burned out, and now it’s time to decide... CFL or LED, but more...

The lightbulb in your bathroom just burned out, and now it’s time to decide... CFL or LED, but are LED’s for me?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

LED’s or Light Emitting Diodes, are the newest bulbs out there, you see them in all the lighting aisles next to CFL’s Compact Fluorescent Light and old fashioned Incandescent lights.

You notice them mostly because of the price.. they’re far more expensive compared to the other bulbs, but they’re worth it.

LED’s have a 20 year life span, and even though they can cost 5 times that of a regular bulb, they can save you 30-50 times over their lifetime.

So how do you pick the right bulb? Don’t look at wattage. Instead look at lumens, that’s the real measurement of brightness from a bulb.

Select your color... people associate LED’s with harsh bright white, so bright many people say it’s blue. If you’re using them in your home, look for Warm White or Soft White. These are closer to the color of incandescent lighting.

Finally, don’t expect to see your electric bill go to ZERO! LED’s are a long term investment. Think of them like a Hybrid car, they're cheaper to run, but cost more upfront.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip It’s happened to most of us who shop online... more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

It’s happened to most of us who shop online... you find what you're looking for, but the price is so low, it looks suspicious. It happend

When you shop online there are a couple of tools you can use, to help you determine if the place is legit or not.

First, go to scamadviser.com and put in the web address you want to check up on. There, you’ll be able to quickly see if they are known scam sight.

Next, install the safe browsing tool from WOT, this tool quickly gives you a Green, Yellow or Red Indicator, to let you know if you should do more homework. It also tells you what they are being flagged for if they do get a low rating.

Finally, whenever you shop online DO NOT use your debit card. Using your debit card can tie up YOUR money if you get scammed. Some banks can take as many as 10 days to credit you back. If you use a credit card however, you never feel the pain while the bank works to resolve the issue.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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Web Of Trust http://www.mywot.com/

Scam Adviser http://www.scamadviser.com

Customizing Facebook Aired: 04/05/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Remember the MySpace days? No, not todays versio more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Remember the MySpace days? No, not todays version, the old one that you could customize to work the way you wanted it to.

Many of us use Facebook all day long, and when they make changes you don’t like, you wish you could set it back to the way it was, or even improve it. You can with Social Fixer.

Social Fixer is a Chrome extension that makes your Facebook experience better and can make the site easier to use by adding a tons of features you don’t normally have.

Chrome extensions are little add-on programs that allow you to customize your web experience and social fixer is a good one!

You can actually have tabbed news feeds, similar to your web browsing experience. Advanced feed filters, tracking of new comments to old posts, hiding of posts you've already read.

This is one of those cool tools that’s really hard to put into words, you have to check it out yourself to see what it can do.

Social Fixer is free, so you don’t have to commit money to see if you like it. If you don’t you can uninstall it with a click of the mouse.

With the Social Fixer extension, you can enjoy a Facebook even more!


We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask. Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57575026-285/how-to-customize-your-facebook-page-for-free/

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Google Maps has been leading the way when it co more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Google Maps has been leading the way when it comes to getting from here to there.

If you’re morning commute involves roads, bridges, freeways and side streets, you’d be hard pressed to find a mapping program with more data and accuracy.

But what about you urban dwellers? What if your commute involves mass transit like buses and subways?

Google Maps to the rescue! Yes Google Maps!

Google Maps now has real-time subway data for seven lines in New York City. These include the 1 through 6, and the Times Square - Grand Central shuttle. The other lines need an expensive overhaul before they'll be able to provide real-time data.

Metrorail riders in Washington, D.C. will also now receive up-to-the-second alerts via Google Maps. And, public transit-goers in Salt Lake City, can now get bus and tram information in real time.

Look for Google Maps transit data where you live. Like everything google, it’s enroute to your city.

Just remember... most subway stations don’t have WiFi, so you want to check on transit, before you head underground.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

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Do A Dirt Search Aired: 04/01/2013
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It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re like most of us these days, your smart more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re like most of us these days, your smartphone is practically attached to you. If you’re there, it’s with you. And if you leave it at home... well, you NEVER leave it at home.

When you’re running around during your busy day, you have lots of errant thoughts, random notes you need to make, and your smartphone is the perfect way to keep them in one place.

Google wants to make it easier for you to keep track of those random thoughts, pictures, lists with a new App called Keep.

The app works on Android and your desktop computer, and it keeps all of those notes synced, so no matter where you are, you can access them.

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices.

With Google Keep you can even have voice notes transcribed automatically, use home screen widgets to capture thoughts quickly, color-code your notes to help find them later, and swipe to archive things you no longer need

You can even turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes. How handy is that when the message from your wife becomes a shopping list?

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

Go to facebook.com/datadoctors.

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

Faster is better, but how do you know if you’re getting what you paid for? It’s time for ano more...

Faster is better, but how do you know if you’re getting what you paid for?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you have high speed internet, you’re paying your service provider  for download speed.

In the last few weeks Cox Communications announced a major speed upgrade, up to 50 megabytes a second.

Now hold on... that’s UP TO 50 not guaranteed 50.

Speeds vary based on time of day, density in your area, and even the equipment in your home. So to get the best speeds you may need an equipment upgrade.

You should have the latest DOCSIS 3.0 modem. While it’s not going to guarantee you the maximum speed, it makes the best use of what your cable company is offering.

Now, what's the best way to test your speed? We recommend Speedtest.net as one option. But running the test once, doesn’t really tell you your speed.

To do this, you want to run the test 3 different times during the day, over 3 different days. The average of those 9 tests will give you a real look at your internet speed.

We’ve posted a link that includes 3 testing sites for you to test your internet speed, it’s on our Facebook page.


We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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http://www.datadoctors.com/help/columns/21798-How-can-I-test-my-Internet-speed/

Shopping is a chore, and lines generally stink... so Walmart is trying to change that. It’s more...

Shopping is a chore, and lines generally stink... so Walmart is trying to change that.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

When you think Walmart, you probably don’t think about technological innovation right?

Like them or not, Walmart is one of the biggest retailers in the U.S. and they’re rolling out something new to make shopping easier for you.

It’s called Scan & Go, and the idea is simple. Using your iPhone (for now - Android isn’t far behind) you scan the items with the Scan & Go App while you shop.

The app keeps tabs on what you put in the cart and gives you a running total.

Every item has a code, the app simply converts that into the checkout price you pay for it.

Now when you’re finished shopping, you will be able to go to a special checkout lane, the reader gets the checkout info from your phone, you swipe your card, and off you go.

Scan & Go is now rolling out to over 700 stores, and will soon be in your Walmart.

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/walmart-iphone-scan-and-checkout_n_2915588.html?utm_hp_ref=technology

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Birthdays are a time to celebrate, and last week more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Birthdays are a time to celebrate, and last week Twitter did just that when it turned 7.

That’s right it’s not even old enough to drink, but it’s changed the world in 7 years. Don’t believe us?

Twitter, (the microblogging site) has brought us breaking news from around the world, has watched governments topple, dictators get captured... yet so many people still thumb their noses at it. Why?

Even if you don’t tweet, Twitter is a great tool for your business. You can follow the conversations about your industry in real time.

If you are a small business owner, Twitter is the one place to be to start conversations with potential clients by monitoring the Tweets around you.

There’s a  great website for keeping tabs on tweets you care about, it’s called Monitter.com.

Monitter allows you to set up searches and watch the stream of discussions going on globally, or locally. You can go from 100 down to 10 miles or just type in your location.

Imagine connecting with a customer who’s looking for your service because they are tweeting about something they need. Now you have a way to connect with them directly.

So, now do you think Twitter is a big waste of time?

We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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http://monitter.com/

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip These days more and more of us rely on the cloud more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

These days more and more of us rely on the cloud to store documents, and keep the things we’re working on, synchronized across multiple platforms.

But if you are a user of services like Google Docs, which we are, you may on occasion, have some pain.

When Google Docs takes a dive and the service is unavailable, how are you supposed to get your work done?

You need to know how to use Google Docs offline, setup is easy and it’ll keep you working when the cloud goes dark.

To turn on offline access, simply go to your google drive main page and click MORE on the left side of the page, then offline. Now you can enable offline access by clicking the blue button.

Just like a computer, things go wrong... so to make extra certain your documents are safe, use a backup to the cloud called backupify. This cloud based service can backup all your cloud based services.


We’ve got the answers to your technology questions.

All you have to do is ask.

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How to set up Google Drive offline access:
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1628469

Set up backupify
http://backupify.com

If you’re an adventurous traveler, you’ll want to pack a bag for this Data Doctors Tech Tip. more...

If you’re an adventurous traveler, you’ll want to pack a bag for this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many travel sites offer low fares, fare watching and discounts on your destination, that’s nothing new, but what if you could save up to 40% by letting someone else choose your destination... remember we did say “adventurous traveler”.

The site is getgoing.com and they offer somehting totally unique. Give them 2 options for your destination, your travel dates and they’ll do the rest. They call it the Pick Two, Get One platform.

Airlines give bigger discounts to flexible leisure travelers, so allowing GetGoing.com to decide which trip to book proves to the airline that you're a leisure traveler. After all, business travelers need to go to a specific location.

The service helps the airline industry by putting butts in the seats and helps consumers by... we’ll it’s obvious right?

We tested GetGoing against Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. We mocked up a few different European and Asian trips. Without fail, GetGoing.com saved a coupe of hundred bucks per flight.

So next time you want to get going, pick two, and get one... then get going!

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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http://www.getgoing.com/welcome

How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids? It’s time for anoth more...

How much time do you spend on Facebook every week? What about your kids?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

An average US citizen spends 7 hours and 45 minutes on Facebook per month. Kids blow those numbers out of the water on a daily basis.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor your kids Facebook usage, without sitting over their shoulders with a stopwatch? You can. It’s a computer app called Time Rabbit.

Time Rabbit is a stand alone app that sits and waits for Facebook activity on a computer. Once Facebook is opened, it monitors daily hours, minute and seconds spent on the site. But it’s smart too, if you open another tab and veer off for a while it knows, and the clock stop until Facebook activity resumes.

Reporting gives you access to weekly, monthly and lifetime use. And the free app works with all the major web browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

For now that app only works in the Windows environment, and doesn't give you mobile reporting from smartphones, but it’s a great start for the price. In case you missed the price earlier... it’ FREE.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

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http://www.gigawatch.com/TimeRabbit/

Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that s more...

Once in awhile a product comes along, that makes you think... why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?

It’s time for a marriage saving Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Many of us have experienced this, your partner falls asleep and you’re wide awake, so you grab the remote to watch something mindless, only to discover the volume is at 100 when it turns on, waking them up, and sending you to the couch.

The latest device from Roku one of those internet connected streaming media boxes, can fix that problem for ever. The Roku 3's remote control features a headphone jack and volume buttons on the side, so as soon you plug in a pair of earbuds, the sound from the TV mutes and plays through the remote.

This works for any content you watch through your Roku: If you pop your headphones into the remote, you'll be able to hear your program in your ears without disturbing your sleeping spouse (or anyone else in your home, either).

Is the highly competitive and growing field of streaming media boxes, Roku's addition of a "private listening" mode could separate it from the rest of the pack.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/roku-3_n_2812189.html

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business pro more...

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or an old veteran of the world’s largest network of business professionals, you’ll want to listen up!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Lot’s of people have LinkedIn accounts but don’t realize all the hidden gems that the service provides.

One of the most underutilized is the easy to setup but powerful Company Pages.

Company pages allow anyone with no technical experience to setup a complete site that showcases a companies products and services and allows anyone to follow the company itself.

It’s also a great way to showcase your companies job opportunities. And for you job seekers to follow and learn more about a company you may want to work for.

Its also a great way to get recommended by your best customers and engage with future prospects as a company.

It’s kind of like a Facebook business page only its on LinkedIn and its free and easy!

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you love your Android device, we’ve got good more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you love your Android device, we’ve got good news for you... YOU’RE #1 the most popular platform in the world.

Now for the bad news... You’re also the number 1 target for malware in 2013.

Because of the popularity and openness of the Android platform, security experts are predicting a dramatic increase in attempts to exploit your beloved smartphones and tablets.

The highest risk group, are people that have turned off Androids protection and general settings by rooting their phones.
Your phone or tablet has more information on it than you likely realize.

If your phone gets exploited, your email can be compromised, your contacts exposed. It’ll take a bad guy just a few seconds to figure out where you bank, request a password reset, which gets emailed to them and in no time at all, you're dealing with the fallout.

Follow this simple list to stay safe. First, don’t root your phone or let anyone root it for you. ??Next, buy your apps from Google Play, Androids official app store.

And finally, make sure your phone is password protected.


We’ve got answers to your technology questions, just as us.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

Public WiFi Dangers Aired: 03/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip By now, you should be aware of the dangers of us more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

By now, you should be aware of the dangers of using public wifi connections; you will always be a potential target.

That’s right, free wifi allows anyone to connect to the network including those with malicious intent. Hackers can use something called a packet sniffer to capture everything your computer is transmitting on the open network

If all you do on public wifi is check sports scores, watch YouTube videos or other non-sensitive activities, you have nothing to worry about.

But the minute you have to use a username and password to get to something that you care about, or put your credit card number into a form, it’s time to stop and think!

Do you really need to do this right now or can it wait until you get to a more secure connection.

If you have to do it from a public connection, make sure the address starts with https or don’t do it. The “S” means secure or scrambled.

The best way to be safe when you travel is to use your smartphone on your cellular providers data network or set it up as a hotspot for your laptop.

We’ve got answers to your technology questions.

Go to http://facebook.com/datadoctors.

Are You Sending SPAM Aired: 03/14/2013
Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you more...

Ever have someone tell you the email you sent them never arrived, no matter how many times you sent it?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

We all hate SPAM and since the majority of messages circling the internet, are SPAM, lots of filters are in place to keep it from hitting our inbox.

These automated filters look at different parts of your message to determine if it’s legit or junk.

If you’re making some common mistakes, like using certain trigger words or phishing phrases, you’ll be marked as SPAM. So what are some of them?

100% Satisfied, #1, Act Now!, Apply Online, Best Price, Affordable... you get the idea.

Try to avoid images in your signature. The KISS system works best with email... keep it simple sender. Use the plain text format for the best results.

Want to check your emails and see how SPAMMY they are? You can. Just send your test message to [email protected] that’s check, C H E C K @ I S N O T S P A M .com.


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http://www.benchmarkemail.com/blogs/detail/the-100-worst-spam-words-and-phrases

http://isnotspam.com

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