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Fooducate app Aired: 10/07/2013
These days, counting calories is a vital component of any fitness program and lots of restauran more...

These days, counting calories is a vital component of any fitness program and lots of restaurants are helping us out by publishing the calories right on their menus.

But when you go grocery shopping, you have to really dig into the product labeling to determine the nutritional values, which can get a bit tedious.

Unless you are a nutritionist or have one shopping with you, we have a great suggestion for getting the info you need before you buy anything from now on!

It’s a food app that educates; it’s called Fooducate and all you have to do is snap a picture of the barcode to get a quick health grade and calorie count and a wealth of health info if you really want to dig in.

You’ll now know if a product has controversial ingredients, too much sugar or sodium, if it highly processed and best of all, Fooducate will give you a list of alternatives that are healthier to consider buying instead.

If you’re counting calories, do it with ease with Fooducate, which is available for both iPhone and Android users and it’s free

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re in business, you should be using Linke more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re in business, you should be using LinkedIn and if you are on Linkedin AND you have an iPhone, you should definitely be using the CardMunch app to make connections easily.

Cardmunch takes a picture of a business card and then automatically finds that person on Linkedin so all you have to do is click on the Connect button to make the connection.

Unfortunately, they still haven’t created a version for Android users, but if you want a solid business card scanner for android phones that makes it easy to get connected on LinkedIn, we’d highly recommend CamCard Free.

Of all of the business card scanners we’ve tested so far, CamCard’s higher accuracy rate and ease of use stand out from the rest and you can manually search for them on LinkedIn just by tapping on the icon.

CamCard is also available for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and Blackberry users and can add the scanned contact information to just about any address book.

Quick Office Aired: 10/03/2013
Most of us live in the Microsoft Office universe and from time to time, find ourselves having t more...

Most of us live in the Microsoft Office universe and from time to time, find ourselves having to work with a document on our mobile devices.

Most mobile productivity apps will allow you to open Microsoft Word documents, but not many of them give you the ability to edit the documents without going through a conversion process.

Google recently acquired one of the oldest mobile productivity companies; we’re talking Palm Pilot & Pocket PC old… called QuickOffice that offers a pretty powerful app for iOS and Android users that doesn’t require converting the documents.

AND, the first they did was made the app free and will give you an additional 10 Gb of storage on Google Drive when you setup the app.

QuickOffice allows you to edit Word documents in their native format right on your your iPad, iPhone or Android tablet or phone.

That means when someone e-mails you a document, you can open it, edit it and send it back from your mobile device… it may even allow you to leave your heavy laptop at home on your next trip.

ZocDoc Aired: 10/02/2013
Few things are as personal and important as finding a doctor that you feel comfortable with and more...

Few things are as personal and important as finding a doctor that you feel comfortable with and asking your friends for recommendations is generally how we attempt to find the best docs in town.

But what if you need a specialist, or you just moved to a new town or none of your friends suggestions worked for you?

That’s where a couple of web resources may be just what the doctor ordered (yeah I said it!)

ZocDoc and BetterDoctor make it real simple to find doctors in your area by answering three simple questions: your desired specialty, your location and your health insurance company.

You’ll get a list of doctors that are covered by your insurance plan, reviews and ratings, contact info and in some cases the available times so you can book an appointment online.

And it’s not limited to primary physicians either… you can find dentists, therapist, chiropractors or just about any specialists that your aching body may need.

http://www.zocdoc.com
https://betterdoctor.com

Kikin Aired: 10/01/2013
The Internet is so useful today because of a simple, but powerful tool known as the hyperlink. more...

The Internet is so useful today because of a simple, but powerful tool known as the hyperlink.

Hyperlinks are words or images that when clicked lead to more information about that item; we click on those ubiquitous blue links every day.

But what happens when a word or phrase doesn’t have a hyperlink but you want more information?

You typically have to copy the word, open a new browser tab, past the word into search and weed through the results…but not any more!

If you use Google’s Chrome browser or have an Android phone or tablet, you can add an extension called Kikin ( that’s K I K I N) that gives you the ability to get more information on ANY word you see on ANY page you visit.

You just click and hold any word you want more information on until Kikin’s bubble appears and when you let go a column on the right side will pop up with lots of useful info.

Websites, pictures, videos, news and maps that have anything to do with THAT word will be neatly organized without ever leaving the page you were on.

You parents that help your kids with homework online will love the efficiency that Kikin provides and its free!

http://www.kikin.com/products_chrome

Today’s tip is a reminder to all you old-school Internet users about a site you probably forgot more...

Today’s tip is a reminder to all you old-school Internet users about a site you probably forgot about.

One of the first deal sites that WE loved in the early days of the e-commerce boom was a site called Woot (http://woot.com) because it had a simple premise: One item for one day.

The deal of the day would usually sell out pretty quickly so you had to be on your toes or you would miss out.

Today Woot offers a plethora of deals in everything from watches to tech to home and garden items, sporting goods, kids stuff and my personal favorite WINE!

One of the great features of Woot is that you can discuss any item with your fellow wooters to get feedback on items before you buy them.

Woot W O O T.com; It’s kind of like a virtual home shopping channel without the annoying, overexcited pitch person but be careful…it can be addictive!

Venmo Aired: 09/27/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re part of a large group of friends that more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re part of a large group of friends that regularly goes out together, you can end up splitting checks, sharing cabs or reimbursing someone that prepaid for your theater ticket.

You can use cash if you happen to have the right change or keep a mental ledger, but it can get to be a bit complicated with a large group.

That’s where an app called Venmo could come in handy, because it allows you to securely transfer money to your friends without any fees.

Venmo will allow you to give your friend exactly $8.27 instead of the awkward moment when you realize that someone has to make change.

The transactions are protected by the FDIC and once you’ve setup your account, it only takes a few clicks to send a friend some money.

And because there are no transaction fees, you can send really small amounts of money to cover that soda your coworker bought for you, so they know you don’t take them for granted.

If you have roommates, splitting utility bills, rent and groceries is a constant juggling act that can be simplified with Venmo as well.

Not everyone has a need, but when you do, it can take a lot of the drama out of this commonly awkward social situation.


http://venmo.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Today’s tip isn’t something that you’ll need on more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Today’s tip isn’t something that you’ll need on a regular basis, but the next time you need to find a hotel room in a hurry, you’ll be glad you learned about it.

HotelTonight is an app that specializes in last minute hotel bookings, so instead of having to pay big bucks because you didn’t get to plan ahead, find a room near you that’s a real deal.

Hotels want to fill every room, every night and offering last minute deals is one way they attempt to do just that.

Whether you end up unexpectedly spending the night in a strange town or you just love to be spontaneous when you travel, having the HotelTonight app on your smartphone can save you big bucks.

In our random tests against some of the popular booking sites, Hoteltonight was consistently lower on last minute bookings and they even offer a price guarantee.

Hoteltonight is available for both iPhone and Android users and can be used in the US, Canada, Mexico and 9 major European countries.

Just pick a city and the number of nights you want to stay to get the best deals you can find on last minute deals. Get the app at hoteltonight.com

http://www.hoteltonight.com

The Left Out Photographer Aired: 09/25/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. How often is someone left out of a group pictu more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

How often is someone left out of a group picture because they’re the one taking the picture? UH, just about every time, right?

And even if you can find a stranger to take the picture of the entire group, they generally aren’t familiar with the camera which results in blurry or poorly composed shots.

For those lucky enough to own a Samsung Galaxy S4, the ability to capture an image from the front and back camera at the same time is built-in to this awesome phone, so the picture taker isn’t left out of the memory.

If you’re an iPhone user, you don’t have to be envious of this cool feature anymore if you download the free Frontback app from the itunes store.

The Frontback app allows you to combine the images from the back and front cameras into a single image so you get a unique perspective of when the picture was taken.

It’s not as slick as having the feature built right into the phone, but it does allow you to include the photographer in the picture from now on!

http://frontback.me

TeamStream Aired: 09/24/2013
Hey sports fans, your favorite team is getting dissed online right now! It’s time for anothe more...

Hey sports fans, your favorite team is getting dissed online right now!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

The term fan is short for fanatic and when it comes to sports, we’re about as fanatical as they come.

You have team blogs, national sports websites, twitter and a dozen other resources that are constantly mentioning your favorite teams.

Keeping up with all the latest scores, news and breaking stories can get a little overwhelming and time consuming, so why not let an app do it for you?

Team Stream allows you to curate all of the stories and up-to-the-minute scores for your teams, setup alerts so you’ll always be the first to know when something big happens and see what your arch rivals fans are saying about your beloved heroes.

Team Stream is available for iphone, ipad, android and even blackberry users and its free.

Now you’ll have more time to concentrate on painting your face and sharpening up your big foam fingers because your sports news will follow you around wherever you go.

http://bleacherreport.com/mobile

https://www.slice.com It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re an avid onlin more...

https://www.slice.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re an avid online shopper, you can easily lose track of what you’ve spent and where throughout the year, unless you’re really organized.

If you ARE that organized, bravo to you! For the rest of us, there’s a free app called Slice that takes all the work out of tracking your online purchases.

Slice is an app that makes it easy to store your e-receipts for easier returns, track your online spending and even track packages automatically.

But unlike other organizational apps that require you to be diligent in manually entering information, Slice scans your inbox to compile your online purchasing history automagically!

Slice shows you what you’ve ordered, when it will ship and what you’ve taken delivery of all from a single screen.

You’ll never have to go digging into your inbox to find an old receipt ever again, because Slice has already done it for you!

Think about how much easier that expense report will be next month!

Group Scheduling Utility Aired: 09/20/2013
Coordinating a conference call, web meeting or in person meeting with a group of people outside more...

Coordinating a conference call, web meeting or in person meeting with a group of people outside your organization can be challenging and time consuming if you do it the old way.

If you’re still manually e-mailing everyone to ask if they can meet on a certain day and end up spending way too much time trying to accommodate everyone’s schedule, stop the madness!!!

You can streamline the process if you go directly to ScheduleOnce.com and let their system do the work.

Not only can you schedule group meetings, you can use it to accept appointments, offer multiple meeting types or even multiple locations.

It works with your personal calendar and takes care of time zone issues even if you’re working with people from the other side of the globe.

The basic service is free and it takes next to no time to setup your personal Meet Me page that allows others to choose their preferred meeting days and times with a click of the mouse!

http://www.scheduleonce.com

Creating Infographics Aired: 09/19/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip A visual representation of complex data is more more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

A visual representation of complex data is more likely to be understood and absorbed which is why something known as the infographic is so popular these days

Let’s face it, when you’re trying to present complex information in a digestible and clear way, a spreadsheet just isn’t going to cut it.

You’ve seen infographics on news and research sites for years now, but you’ve probably assumed that it’s something only a graphic artist can produce easily.

But the Data Doctors have found a place where you can create your own infographics easily at a site called Easel.ly

You simply grab a template, drag and drop objects, add text, upload your own images and the next thing you know, that boring report will come to life.

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself and did we mention that it’s free?

Infographics, they’re not just for hipster graphic artists anymore!

http://www.easel.ly/

Home or Office Makeovers Aired: 09/18/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip. If you’re about the tackle a home or office re more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors’ Tech Tip.

If you’re about the tackle a home or office renovation, you need to start with an idea of what you want it to look like first.

If you’re not an accomplished artist or an architect with a pile of expensive 3d rendering programs, we highly recommend an awesome and free online utility called HomeSTyler.com.

HomeStyler.com is brought to you by the folks at Autodesk who’re known for their professional design programs, so even though it’s free, it’s really powerful.

Draw out your floorplan, start placing furniture and fixtures in place and before you know it, you’ll have a 3D version of what’s been stuck in your head.

Want to knock walls down and make a space bigger? Let HomeStyler be your virtual playground so you can get a feel for your vision before you spend your first dollar.

You can even get their free mobile app to take pictures of your room and start playing around you’re your ideas right on your phone.

iOS 7 Aired: 09/17/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you own a relatively current iPhone, iPad or more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you own a relatively current iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you’ll be able to update to the latest operating system, iOS 7 starting tomorrow.

iOS 7 has some really intriguing improvements to things like Siri and notifications as well as new features like AirDrop for direct sharing of pictures, videos and contacts.

But before you jump into the iOS 7 pool, we remind you that ‘pioneers get arrows, settlers get land’

Anytime a major operating system update is released from any company, you can count on minor bugs to major uh-ohs.

If you’re the “I gotta have the latest before everyone else” type, go for it. If you’d rather avoid the potential irritations, hold off until a few million others have taken the plunge.

We inevitably hear about all the problems within a few weeks of the release and in some cases hear about an expected fix for newly discovered issues.

iOS7 is also a pretty radical redesign, so make sure you see it on someone else’s phone or tablet before you decide to update.

We’ve heard a lot of grumbling about the change in design from those that were testing pre-release version.

Rome 2 Rio Aired: 09/16/2013
The Internet is filled with travel sites that can help you find the best airfares, hotels, rent more...

The Internet is filled with travel sites that can help you find the best airfares, hotels, rental cars and everything else you need but what about the most important part of a trip to an unfamiliar location?

Getting to the airport in Rome is easy but how long will it take to get to the front door of your hotel and what options do you have?

Scrambling to figure out how to get to your hotel after you land, especially in a foreign country can be stressful and expensive.

That's where rome2rio.com comes in because they can actually show every leg of what it will take to get you from your front door to the front door of your location.

Air. train, buses, ferries, taxis and driving directions are all included so you can see what the actual travel time will be, door to door, without having to go to multiple travel sites to figure it all out.

Going to multiple destinations? Rome2rio does that too! Add it to YOUR "go to" travel websites.

http://www.rome2rio.com

Searching Classified Ads Aired: 09/13/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Online shopping sites such as Craigslist, eBay a more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Online shopping sites such as Craigslist, eBay and Amazon are a great place to get great deals, especially when you are searching for something unique or previously owned.

And before you make a buying decision, you usually end up going to each site to search for any deals for that special something that you have in mind…what a pain, not to mention a big time waster.

And if you live close to two metropolitan areas, you have to do two separate searches on Craigslist to make sure you don’t miss that special deal.

Not anymore…the next time you want to quickly search all three sites and extend your search radius beyond a metro area, checkout SearchTempest.com

You can search by radius, state or even the entire country, only get results that have pictures and filter the results by minimum and maximum price.

And they even include results from Oodle.com which widens your instant search to even more places that might have that GI Joe with the kung fu grip you’ve been searching for!

SearchTempest.com…give it a try!

Clean Up Your Inbox Aired: 09/12/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip If you’re like most of us, your inbox is jammed more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

If you’re like most of us, your inbox is jammed everyday with unwanted commercial email messages, most likely because you bought something online or unknowingly opted into a list.

But some of the commercial emails you actually do want to get, so you don’t miss out on special deals from your favorite merchants.

This all-too common situation is why the folks at Swizzle think they have a tool that can help you out if you use Gmail, Yahoo mail AOL or one of the Apple mail systems.

TheSwizzle.com will scan your mailbox for newsletters, deals, offers and other obvious commercial messages and present you with a list so you can decide what you want to do.

You can unsubscribe from the ones you no longer want to get, create a daily digest of the ones you do want to see or just leave them alone.

If you really like getting deals and offers, but don’t want to keep subscribing to new mailing lists, you can add brands to your daily digest to keep from jamming up your inbox again!

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip Just about every type of mobile technology in us more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

Just about every type of mobile technology in use has the ability to take high-quality videos, but editing those videos after we take them can get complicated.

For most of us, investing in an expensive and complicated video editing program just doesn’t make sense, so we have a really cool free solution for anyone that’s an aspiring film maker.

WeVideo.com https://www.wevideo.com is a pretty sophisticated, but easy to use online video editing system that allows you to start with a novice mode and advance to an intermediate and expert mode that makes full use of timelines.

Even if you’ve never edited a video before, you can easily trim unwanted sections, add titles, background music and special effects in a matter of minutes.

There’s even an app for most popular mobile devices, so you can become a mobile video studio.

The basic tools are free so you can test out your skills and patience with no risk of an expensive mistake!

Get Your Guide Aired: 09/10/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Hi-Tech Tech Tip One of the joys of travelling is discove more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Hi-Tech Tech Tip

One of the joys of travelling is discovering new things and experiencing the history of the area that you are visiting through activities.

But how often have you gone on a trip to an exotic location and said “I wish I had known about that before I got here”?

You can spend a lot of time manually searching Google for information on what to do before you go or you can take a shortcut by checking out GetYourGuide.com http://www.getyourguide.com

Whether you are looking for guided tours, sightseeing buses, cooking classes or sunset cruises, all you have to do is put in the location and the dates you’ll be there and GetYourGuide.com does the heavy lifting.

You’ll get a list of available activities, what they cost, reviews and ratings all on a single screen, which will quickly educate you if you want to do more extensive research on Google.

You can even sort by price and language if you’re traveling abroad, so start your next adventure at GetYourGuide.com

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip We had a question posted on our Facebook page as more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip

We had a question posted on our Facebook page asking if there was a way to put a visible timestamp on photos taken by an iPhone.

At first, we thought it was silly, but there are actually some reasons for going old school with the visible time stamp, like organization or verification for a third party.

All smartphone photos contain the date and time embedded in what’s called the metadata, so if you get an app that can read the hidden info, you can easily add the timestamp to your pictures.

For iPhone users, checkout a free app called TimeStamp-It Lite and for Android users there’s ADP timestamp which is also free.

Both of these apps allow you add tasteful time stamps and place them in any of the four corners so you don’t look like you’re stuck in another century.

I’m Ken

And I’m Brandon

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.apd.timestamp&hl=en
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