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Tracking Your Donations Aired: 02/13/2013
Have you ever dropped off a bag of clothes at a charity and wondered what that bag of clothes w more...

Have you ever dropped off a bag of clothes at a charity and wondered what that bag of clothes was really worth?

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’ve ever had a garage sale and realized that it's an overwhelming amount of work and that donating the items to a charity would've been a lot easier, there’s an app for that.

When you prepare your tax return, many of us struggled to remember what we donated, who we donated it to, and when we donated it.

There’s an app for both iPhone and Android that will help you track those donations, every time you make them. It’s appropriately called... I Donated It.

iDonatedIt tracks the date you donated non-cash items to a charity, the charity you donated items to, and the fair market value of those items.

The app builds lists of the items you donate and allows you to keep a permanent record of the items you donated that meets the compliance requirements of the IRS.

You can attach a photo to your donation list to document your donation and you can e-mail the detailed donation report to yourself or to your accountant.

The “I Donated It” app, was created by a team of certified public accountants who know their stuff.


Android
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.idonatedit.ui&hl=en

iPhone
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idonatedit/id341013253?mt=8

Apps For Taxes Aired: 02/12/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. If you’re an on the go person, and your tax ret more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

If you’re an on the go person, and your tax return isn’t itemized, there’s an app that can help you get your return done in 10 minutes.

The SnapTax app from TurboTax is available for iPhone and Android. The app is free, but it’ll cost you $25 bucks to e-file.

H&R Block has a similar app, and it’s also free, and there’s no filing fee until after April 17th.

So, how do you know if you can use these apps? Here’s what qualifies you... If you don’t own a home, you only have W2, interest or unemployment income, and if you earned less than 100k in 2012 120K if you’re married.

How does it work? after you download the free app, you snap a photo of your W2, answer some simple questions, and you can file from within the app.

Is it safe to use? Yes. Your information is encrypted and secure, plus they guarantee 100% accuracy.

If you have a question, live tax advice service is free and available year round by phone or live chat for SnapTax users, H&R Block users can walk into a physical location if you need a human.

Now, if only they can make a voting app that works like that.


http://turbotax.intuit.com/snaptax/mobile/

http://www.hrblock.com/mobile/free-1040ez-mobile.html

Tax Time Safety Check Aired: 02/11/2013
It’s the official start of tax season, so before you fire up the computer to start doing your t more...

It’s the official start of tax season, so before you fire up the computer to start doing your tax preparation, you need to listen to this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Before you start entering your personal information, your date of birth, social security number... all that stuff. Do a quick check of your computer to make sure it’s safe to do your taxes.

Check to see how many background processes are running. If you’re seeing less than 45 processes, everythings probably ok. If you see 60, 70, 80 or more processes running, STOP EVERYTHING!

You need to get your computer checked out for potential malware, when your computer has extra processes running, that’s typically a sign of an infection, and doing your taxes on an infected PC can put your personal information at risk.

Some other signs of infection... if startup and shutdown take forever, or you’re experiencing lots of freezes and crashes, don’t use that computer.

Would you drive around in a car that wouldn't startup or shutdown, would it be ok if it started to freeze or crash on it’s own? Silly sounding right? But it’s ok with our computers.

So, before you start your return, get your computer checked out by someone you trust.

Moves App Aired: 02/08/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. After we came back from CES, we told you about more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

After we came back from CES, we told you about some health and fitness trackers that connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

These devices make it easy to track your progress as you work your way towards a healthier you, but they come at a price.

If you don’t have the dough to spend on one of these devices, there’s an app for that... and it’s FREE. It’s the moves app.

Moves is effortless. Moves automatically records any walking, cycling and running you do. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag.

Moves is an automatic diary of your life. Your daily storyline and maps show where, when and how much you move.

Moves is a free iPhone pedometer that helps you get fit by walking more. See how many steps you take and aim for a healthy exercise goal of 10,000 steps a day.

The only drawback... it runs in the background and uses battery power, so monitor your battery usage if you have a gazillion things running. Your mileage WILL vary.

http://moves-app.com/

Stick N Find Aired: 02/07/2013
Have you seen the remote control? If you’ve ever heard that question, you’re going to love t more...

Have you seen the remote control?

If you’ve ever heard that question, you’re going to love this Data Doctors Tech Tip.

With DVR,s DVD,s Smart TV’s, Apple TV’s, our lives have been overrun with remotes. But lose just one of them, and the world comes to a grinding halt.

Same holds true for your car keys, your morning coffee cup, and the occasional kid at the park.

The people at Stick N Find have a solution that puts it all to an end. They’ve developed the stick n find Bluetooth sticker system. This quarter sized low power Bluetooth sticker attaches to anything you need to keep track of.

The smartphone app lets you turn on tracking if you lose it, you can even set boundaries, so if you have one on your kids backpack and they wander off, you'll be alerted.

The app works like radar, letting you know as you close in on the target. It can even be set to alert you if something you’ve lost, comes back in range. Imagine that, you lost your keys at your friends house, and the next time you go there, the app wakes up and alerts you that you’re in range.

Stick N Find claims a years worth of battery life from each sticker before you need to replace the battery.

http://www.sticknfind.com/product/sticknfind

Online Reputation Aired: 02/06/2013
Are people talking about your business behind your back? What people say about your business ma more...

Are people talking about your business behind your back? What people say about your business matters, but how are you supposed to know? It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Online reputation management is an important part of having a business in today’s tech driven world and one of the basics you need to understand.

Let’s start with the one you should all be using, Google Alerts. If you don’t have a Google account yet, you need to set one up, and then set up alerts.

Google allows you to set alerts so that anytime you are mentioned online, you’ll know about it. You simply put the name of your business in quotes in the alert you’re creating. So we set up an alert for “Data Doctors”.

Now, don’t fear bad reviews or negative comments. Knowing about an issue is half the battle, your online response and letting the community know you’re aware of the issue, goes a long way to resolving things.

The worst thing you can do is nothing. Not responding gives the appearance of not caring when in all reality, you had no idea people were talking about you.

What are the best things you and your company can do online?  Be real, be honest and be aware.

Google alerts is just the start, there are plenty of places and apps to help you monitor your online reputation. Want to learn more, ask us Facebook?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025964/how-to-clean-up-your-businesss-online-reputation.html

Red Stamp Aired: 02/05/2013
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip. Used to be you’d go to the store, pick out a ca more...

It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.

Used to be you’d go to the store, pick out a card, sign it, stamp it, and send it. It was a pretty straightforward process.

But, sending a card that way, is so last century. There’s a better way to do it these days, and it’s called Red Stamp. Red Stamp is a modern day social secretary.

From sharing fun photos and social invites to birthday wishes and get well soons... Red Stamp helps elevate each and every correspondence, every day.

These days, there is no “one” way to let someone know you are thinking about them. From snail mail, to email, to text messages, to social shares, Red Stamp does it all.

You can set up a free account at redstamp.com or get the free app. Once you set up the account, you have your own personal card store at your fingertips.

Send birthday greetings in a card that posts to your friends walls, email invites, or pay for professionally printed and mailed cards.

With Red Stamp, you’re just a few clicks away from get well, congratulations, happy bar mitzvah, thank you, come to the party, announcing a baby, photo cards, graduation.

http://www.redstamp.com

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

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