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Windows 8 is causing a lot of people to ask, how do I go back to my old Windows! We understand, more...

Windows 8 is causing a lot of people to ask, how do I go back to my old Windows! We understand, but there’s a better way!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Most Windows 8 haters, hate the new interface, where’s this, where’s that, and where’s my start button?

If you or someone you know is complaining about Windows 8’s missing Start button, we’ve got a great solution.

there’s a free app for that. It’s called Shell, and you can get it at classicshell.net.

Shell lets you modify Windows 8 to look more like the classic Windows,  Windows 7 or even Windows XP.

Instead of going through the pain of downgrading your computer to an older version Windows, Shell bypasses the new tiled start page and gives you back your old familiar navigation.

This lets you learn the way Windows 8 functions, at your own pace which is a much smarter approach for the long haul.

If you want the app, you can get it at classicshell.net and it’s free.

Remember, embrace change, after all change is good, but now you can do it on your own terms.

http://www.classicshell.net/

Bands In Town Aired: 02/01/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. A few weeks ago Ken introduced me to an app tha more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

A few weeks ago Ken introduced me to an app that literally changed the way I look for concert tickets.

Before you would follow your favorite bands website or Facebook page to see when they were going to be playing in town. Not anymore!

Check out BandsInTown.com. A quick visit to the bands in town website lets you download the app, connect with Facebook and wait for your favorite bands to come to you.

No longer do you have to follow your favorite bands. When they book in your town, bands in town notifies you, lets you know similar artists, and you can not only RSVP for the show, you can buy your tickets.

With Bands In Town you’ll ever miss a show again. But how does it know who I like? That’s the magical part.

The app pulls your music preferences from iTunes, Pandora, Last.fm. It scans for your most listened to, preferred, and liked music, and delivers a concert going experience based on that information.

Now you don’t have to go looking for a concert, the concert will come looking for you.

http://bandsintown.com

Paying For Free Service Aired: 01/31/2013
Why would you pay for something that everyone else gets for free? It’s time for another Data more...

Why would you pay for something that everyone else gets for free?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

When the internet was born, people had to pay for online services like Prodigy, CompuServe and of course AOL.

While most of them have gone under. The survivor, AOL has been keeping a dirty little secret that many of you are paying for... literally.

AOL, is still charging lots of you for a service that’s now free. Why? Because they’re not going to tell you to stop paying.

The service generates most of its money from paid users, but most of them don’t need it. So why are YOU still paying them?

If you know anyone still on AOL, ask them if they still pay for the service? If they say yes, tell them the Data Doctors tell them to stop paying.

When you go to turn off the payments, you’ll get a ton of warnings and pleas to stay on because it’ll impact your experience. No it won’t! It’ll impact your wallet.

http://help.aol.com/help/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&externalId=219764

Wolfram Alpha Aired: 01/30/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. What percentage of your Facebook friends are ma more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

What percentage of your Facebook friends are married? Who lives closest to the North Pole? And who is that person who connects you to more people than anyone else on the social network?

Data drives everything these days, and information is key when it comes to buying, hiring, and understanding just about anything.

Have you ever wanted to dig into your own data? If so, grab a cup of coffee and run a report on yourself at Wolfram Alpha’s website. We’ll have the link online for you, so don’t worry about writing it down.

Wolfram Alpha, is the world's first and only computational knowledge engine. Huh?

It gathers data, generates reports, and will blow you away with information.

Running a simple report on your Facebook account will show you who you connect with the most, your most followed, liked and shared posts and the time of day people are seeing your posts.

It’ll show you who they are, where they are, who they’re connected to, how many connections they have, where you've been, and the most common words you use in updates.

We’re just scratching the surface of this powerful tool, so check it out for yourself.

Running this report will also help you decide how you use Facebook in the future. Perhaps everything in your personal life, shouldn't actually be shared.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/facebook/

Cardmunch For LinkedIn Aired: 01/29/2013
If you have an iPhone and you use Linkedin, you’ll want to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Da more...

If you have an iPhone and you use Linkedin, you’ll want to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors PRODUCTIVITY Tech Tip.

Most of you realize how important it is to connect on LinkedIn, with people you meet in the real world.

The problem is, you grab their card, but you never get around to actually connecting with them.

So here’s a great solution for that problem. It’s called Cardmunch. It’s a free iPhone app that will take a picture of the card, turn the image into an actual contact

AND the best part is that it connects you to that person on LinkedIn right from your phone.

Its actually transcribed by a team; manual transcription ensures higher accuracy for scanned cards.

Now you can connect with any business prospect on Linkedin, 5 minutes after you meet them.

http://www.Cardmunch.com

Hey Spanky, how many times has a friend asked you who’s the best cell phone company in the area more...

Hey Spanky, how many times has a friend asked you who’s the best cell phone company in the area?

It happens at least twice a month, and my answer is always the same... I don’t know!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

People whose contracts are almost up, start asking friends if they’re happy with their provider.

The problem is, you don’t live or work near your friend, so what works for you, might not work for them.

Next time someone asks, tell them about a website and app we use called Root Metrics.

Root Metrics shows you data compiled by actual users in your area. It tells you where the weak calling areas are, the best data areas and clearly shows you who is winning and losing in service.

A quick look at the coverage maps in your area helps you determine the best carrier for you, not your friend on the other side of the city or country.

For example, If you live in the Washington DC area, Verizon is your clear winner for calls, data and text. But if you’re in Phoenix, those are split over 3 different networks, this lets you dig in to results before you sign a new contract.

If you download the Android or iPhone app, you too can start to contribute to the data, providing higher and higher accuracy over time. The app is free and the information, invaluable.

http://www.rootmetrics.com/

Let Me Google That For You Aired: 01/25/2013
Let’s have a little fun in this Data Doctors Tech Tip. How many times has this happened to y more...

Let’s have a little fun in this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

How many times has this happened to you? A friend will ask you something they don’t know the answer to, but they figure you do. They think you’re their personal Google.

It’s frustrating when people are too lazy to Google something themselves. So now, instead of getting annoyed being their search engine, you can fight back, and give em a chuckle at the same time.

There’s a website L M G T F Y.com it’s the abbreviation of Let Me Google That For You.

Next time a friend asks you something lame, go to Let Me Google That For You and type in the question.

When you click the Google Search or I’m Feeling Lucky buttons, it generates a short code you can copy and paste into and email, a tweet or however you want to deliver it back to your friend.

Now when your friend gets the message and clicks the link, Let Me Google That For You Goes to work. It delivers the answer to the question and helps tech them how to Google things themselves.

Try it, have a laugh, and remember... if your friends are too dumb to Google. Let Me Google That For You!


http://lmgtfy.com/

Free Online Home Inventory Aired: 01/24/2013
After a destructive natural disaster people start to take inventory of their stuff, but what if more...

After a destructive natural disaster people start to take inventory of their stuff, but what if you already had the inventory at your fingertips?

It’s time for a Data Doctors Tech Tip.

The best defense is a good offense. So instead of waiting for the next hurricane, flood or fire and hoping you know everything you have, there’s a website that can help you know your stuff.

It’s knowyourstuff.org, and this free tool is supported by the Insurance Information Institute.

Once you create your free account, you can start making your home inventory.

You can add rooms and their contents, and it’s super easy. You can add photos of every item, cabinet, doll collection, sports memorabilia.... you get it.

You can also add videos of everything in the room. That way you can easily see your home's contents, and always keep it up to date.

With real time online updating, you’ll have what your insurance company needs in the event the unthinkable occurs.

Now, you’re thinking... “but wait, my computer was destroyed too”. Well, there’s an app for that.

Since the account is stored online at Know Your Stuff, the Know Your Stuff App, keeps everything in Sync.


https://www.knowyourstuff.org

Learn Languages With Social Aired: 01/23/2013
People in other countries speak multiple languages, so why don’t we? That’s because they’re har more...

People in other countries speak multiple languages, so why don’t we? That’s because they’re hard to learn, and generally boring to study, until now!

It’s time for a Data Doctors Tech Tip.

While you can translate on the fly with many apps and websites, you don’t really learn anything.

There’s a website that makes learning a new language a social experience, because you can learn with your friends and challenge one another while learning.

The site is Duolingo, and it takes learning in a whole new direction. You can connect to Duolingo through your Facebook or Twitter accounts and it allows you to track connected friends language learning progress, while you build your skills.

With pictures, words, sentences and highly interactive learning system, you can finish lessons quickly, and move on to more advanced ones.

If you dedicate just a few minutes at a time, and work the lessons, you’ll soon be speaking, understanding and even writing in another language.

Eso sí que es una manera inteligente de aprender.

http://duolingo.com/

Downloading YouTube Videos Aired: 01/22/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Les asked us on Facebook... What’s the best app more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Les asked us on Facebook... What’s the best app out there to download or capture YouTube videos?

Well, the answer depends on what you want to do with it. Are you just playing it back on your computer or TV, do you want to put it on your tablet or smartphone to watch while you’re on the road?

Knowing this, helps determine the best apps to get the job done. There’s a free app called YouTube Video Downloader, it can do the trick in a pinch, but there’s a paid app that does everything you can think of.

The app is called Jaksta. J A K S T A, and it’s one of a handful of paid apps that we endorse.

Jaksta allows you to instantly grab any video or music from the web, and can convert it on the fly for nearly any device.

Unlike other captrue programs, It’s able to suck down the file in seconds, so you don’t have to listen to or watch the entire thing.

The moment Jaksta senses the file starting, it grabs it, and it’s in your library. Spanky built a 100 song playlist in 6 minutes, and he was ready to hit the road.

Jaksta is available for Windows or Mac, and is 100% legal to use. It’s for personal recording and playback, just like a DVR.

Our favorite www.Jaksta.com

Free one http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Video-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10810714.html

Facebook Search Aired: 01/21/2013
If you use Facebook, you already know that using their search is pretty useless. But like every more...

If you use Facebook, you already know that using their search is pretty useless. But like everything else with Facebook, change is in the air...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Facebook recently announced Graph Search, a whole new way to find things.

Typical searches (like using Google), rely on keywords to find things. Lets say you’re going to San Francisco and want Chinese restaurants, you get a laundry list of them, but are they any good?

Now with Graph Search, you can ask for Chinese restaurants in San Francisco my friends like. Now you get to see where they eat, by who they endorse. This is a revolutionary way of searching.

For businesses, this new Facebook Graph Search is invaluable. The word of mouth factor, makes having a business page on Facebook a critical business necessity in 2013.

If you aren't already using Facebook for your business, you need to start NOW!

https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

Fitness Tech - Fitbit Flex Aired: 01/18/2013
With the new year comes those new years resolutions... if halfway through the month, you’re not more...

With the new year comes those new years resolutions... if halfway through the month, you’re not on track... we’ve got something that can help you get back on it.

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

While dieting is great for shedding the pounds, we all know that we have to get ourselves moving.

But don’t you want to know how much exercise you’ve gotten?

The Fitbit Flex is a wristband that talks to your smartphone. It can track how many steps you've taken, how far you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned.

The wristband talks to your phone via Bluetooth, and the app gets real time data throughout the day.

You can set goals in the app, check your progress as the day goes one, and see how you’ve been progressing in your quest for fitness.

It also allows you to track your weight, so you can monitor your overall progress.

The nice thing about the Fitbit Flex, you won’t really notice you’re wearing it, while it’s doing it’s job. The bracelet is like those Livestrong or Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets, but it’s a whole lot smarter.

http://www.fitbit.com/flex

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We’ve all seen it happen; an expensive phone or more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We’ve all seen it happen; an expensive phone or tablet gets dropped into a pool or sink and get’s destroyed!

We all carry our smartphones and tablets with us everywhere these days and sometimes that can lead to an unintended encounter with liquids that can ruin your day

There are many companies that offer expensive cases that are waterproof, but let’s face it, they’re all ugly and they add bulk to our sleek electronics.

An amazing alternative called nano coating has popped onto the scene that’s almost impossible to believe.

It’s an invisible coating that is virtually undetectable that keeps moisture from destroying your electronics even if its completely submerged in water.

Companies like Liquipel can process your smartphone for a little as $59 so that you’ll never have to worry about moisture ever again.

Check out this miraculous product at Liquipel.com

http://www.liquipel.com/in-action

Hide Unused Apps Aired: 01/16/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. When you buy apps in the AppStore or download t more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

When you buy apps in the AppStore or download the free ones to your phone, your intent is usually the same. You think, wow, what a great app. I can use this thing every single day.

The reality is very different. Many of us find an app, use it once or twice and then it gets back burnered, never to be used again.

So why do you continue to waste your time updating these apps? That’s because by default, app makers assume you want the latest version of the app at all times.

Here’s a better solution, if you don’t use it, delete it. But if you might use it again, just not today... hide it. Here’s how.

Open up iTunes on your Mac or PC and sign in. From the top navigation bar in the iTunes Store, look for the Quick Links and click on Purchased.

Now, select the content you want to hide, in this case apps. Hover over the app, and click the X. This will hide the app.

You can always go back in anytime, and see any apps you’ve hidden so you can make them visible again.

http://youtu.be/rjGroOhnDl8

Report Text Spam Aired: 01/15/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip The overwhelming majority of e-mail messages cir more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The overwhelming majority of e-mail messages circulating the globe are junk messages trying to sell us special pills and better mortgage rates.

It’s made using e-mail more of a chore than it needs to be and now the spammers are aiming for your smartphone.

Text messaging spam is on the rise and no matter what rules are in place, spammers don’t bother to follow them.

But you can help the world by fighting back every time you get one of these annoying text messages.

That’s right, you can report spam text messages to your carrier by forwarding the message to 7726 which spelled out is SPAM.

Make sure you forward the exact message in its entirety without adding any comments.

IF we all do this every time we get junk text messages, we can collectively keep spammers from ruining text messaging.

http://www.datadoctors.com/help/columns/21890-Tips-for-Reporting-Text-Message-Spam

Eco Friendly Cases Aired: 01/14/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you have a smartphone or tablet, specificall more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, specifically iPhone or iPads, one of the nicest things about them is the slim, lightweight, and sleek designs.

Protecting these very pricey devices can be challenging... some cases seal the phone in a tomb of plastic, preventing the device from ever coming in contact with anything.

Others offer the appearance of protection, but all they really do is add bulk to the device.

We’ve finally found a case that offers both protection and style, while being eco friendly at the same time.

Grove cases are made from bamboo, light weight, durable and eco friendly wood.

Bamboo is a fast growing, easily replenished wood source. In the right conditions it can grow 2 inches per hour. Conservatively, a bamboo stalk can grow 24 inches per day. It takes some oak trees 120 years to hit maturity.

Now you know, why bamboo. So, why Grove cases? These are some of the first iPhone and iPad cases that offer protection without the bulk. Bamboo is a lightweight wood, and since it’s easily shaped and cut, it’s perfect for case design.

So if you’re looking for protection for your device, without the ugly, check out the Grove case at grovemade.com.

http://www.grovemade.com/

CES Ultra HDTV Aired: 01/11/2013
Today’s HDTV is starting to look like yesterday’s black & white... so  what’s the next big thin more...

Today’s HDTV is starting to look like yesterday’s black & white... so  what’s the next big thing in TV?

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

It’s called Ultra HDTV, and it’s going to make your current TV look like a dinosaur.

When HDTV came out, people SLOWLY started throwing away those old square TV’s for this new device. The image quality was outstanding, but the price for these new TV’s were outrageous. The same cycle is going to start again with Ultra HDTV.

So what exactly is Ultra HDTV? For starters, they have resolution rates 2-4 times what you have in your home today. Westinghouse Digital is releasing 4 new TV’s this year that boast 3840 x 2160 resolution.

While you may not think that’s a big deal, think again. When you look at today’s HDTV image side by side with an Ultra HDTV image it’s astonishing. It makes your current picture look fuzzy and not very appealing.

The starting price for this sleek new tech is upwards of $20,000... but like all new electronics, the prices will drop fast, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to afford them too

http://www.cepro.com/article/westinghouse_110-inch_ultra_hdtv_debuting_at_ces/

Smartphones are great, until you drop them, and if you’re wearing those skin tight jeans, good more...

Smartphones are great, until you drop them, and if you’re wearing those skin tight jeans, good luck sitting down with one in your back pocket.

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

While these compact computing devices have made life more convenient, the price of convenience can sometimes be overwhelming.

Manufacturers cover things under warranty like defects, but if you're smartphone takes a dive a couple of days after you buy it, it's screen replacement time and that can get pricey.

Now Samsung thinks they have the solution, and you could start seeing it on your next smartphone.

Samsung has developed a flexible smartphone screen. No, we're not talking about something that has a little give and bounce back when it hits the floor.

We're talking a fully arched, twisted, distorted and totally bendable screen, that springs back to flat from any position.

Because they are bendable, less breakable, lighter, thinner, and more energy-efficient, they will unleash a wave a new designs in mobile devices -- lots of things that haven't even been imagined yet, as well as designs that weren't possible until the right technologies and materials were available.

Keep your eyes open for them in the very near future.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20526577

CES 3D Printers Aired: 01/09/2013
Remember when flat screens or tens of thousands of dollars, or when the average consumer couldn more...

Remember when flat screens or tens of thousands of dollars, or when the average consumer couldn't afford a laser printer at home?

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

Over the last couple of years, you may have been hearing about these new devices called 3-D printers.

The technology is used in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, the list is endless.

As the platform has become more popular, prices of these amazing devices as dropped to now under $1,000. So what would you, Joe consumer want with a 3-D printer? Let's get practical for a moment shall we?

Let’s say one of the knobs on your stove were to break... What if you could go to your computer, click on picture of the parts and in a few minutes have your replacement part spit out of your 3-D printer? That's just how it works.

Pretty soon, kids will be designing their own toys, replacement parts and tomorrows games.

By the end of this year we can expect to see these printers costing only a few hundred dollars, and finding their way into your home.

http://www.inc.com/erik-sherman/makerbot-debuts-3d-printer-for-consumers-ces.html

CES Bluetooth Speakers Aired: 01/08/2013
We all have laptops, tablets, smart phones… The list is endless. Everyone of these devices c more...

We all have laptops, tablets, smart phones… The list is endless.

Everyone of these devices comes loaded with our music, movies and everything we need to entertain us.

Small screens with high-resolution graphics are great, but the sound… Not so much.

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

2013 looks to be the year of the Bluetooth speaker, and we think it's about time.

The biggest drawback to watching digital content on your mobile device is the sound. You have these beautiful high-resolution movies and games but the sound is that of a tin can.

If you're ready to ditch the 1800's sound for something that matches what you're seeing, check out Bluetooth speakers.

These rechargeable, often tiny speakers, pack a lot of punch for the dollar. Many decent sounding speakers start under $40 bucks, and can go up to several hundred dollars.

So why Bluetooth? You don't have to connect them with a physical wire, making it a breeze to take your sound wherever you go.

The batteries last anywhere from 8 to 20 hours depending on the model, see you don't have to worry about recharging almost all day long.

But the biggest reason you should have one, they are lightweight, compact, and if you use them for business presentations, can add a whole new dimension to what you're trying to pitch.

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-bluetooth-speakers/

CES Android Cameras Aired: 01/07/2013
It’s part Android phone, part digital camera... not the other way around. It’s time to Liste more...

It’s part Android phone, part digital camera... not the other way around.

It’s time to Listen, Laugh and Learn with this Data Doctors Consumer Electronics Show Tech Tip.

As the new year is underway, you are going to see some pretty cool electronic devices.

These days, everyone takes pictures with their smart phones, but what about taking a picture with your camera that also happens to be a smart phone?

These cameras start at $300 bucks and go up to about $550. Because they are cameras first and a phone second, they have actual camera sensors, a true flash and zoom lenses that are optical and not only digital.

They have the memory cards and batteries of a digital camera, which makes offloading images and recharging a breeze.

But, because they are also an Android phone, you can run all of your favorite app and games on them. You can even upload images directly from the camera.

A camera that's a phone? Novel idea right? But there's a big problem with android cameras. The image quality sucks, as does the battery life.

Our advice to you… let these devices cook a bit longer. Perhaps Android Camera 2.0 will be better.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57558834-251/android-driven-samsung-galaxy-camera-fad-or-future

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