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Erasing Data from Old Computers and Smartphones

April 29th, 2013
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Mashable recently shared an article on how to erase data from old computers and smartphones. Whether you’re recycling your device, selling it, or throwing it away, knowing how to properly clean it is essential. This practice is so important because it can help prevent identity theft.

Just think about all of the information that you enter onto your device. Your personal email, bank statements, social networking, and credit card numbers are just a few pieces of information that can be stored on your computer or smartphone. Luckily, Mashable covers everything you need to know from the basics to programs to use.

To learn more, be sure to read the full article below. Read the rest of this entry »

Find My Mac

April 25th, 2013
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Macworld recently posted an article on how to track a lost computer with Find My Mac. Similar to Find My iPhone, Find My Mac is a service that allows users to locate stolen or missing Apple computers. Now that Apple has also included Macs into the Find My Device series, apple fanatics can now track their Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Posted below is the full article from Macworld which details how to use this app to track a lost or stolen computer:

How to track a lost computer with Find My Mac

Apr 19, 2013 4:00 AM
If your computer is stolen or otherwise liberated from your possession, don’t despair: If you’ve remembered to enable Find My Mac, you can track it, remotely lock it, and even send messages to your Mac’s screen.

You may have already enabled the Find My Mac service if you’ve set up your Mac with a free iCloud account. You can check by opening the iCloudpreference pane in System Preferences. If you’re already logged in to iCloud, all you have to do is make sure you’ve selected the Find My Maccheckbox; if you’re not logged in (or if you don’t have an iCloud account), you can go ahead and do so from this screen. After you turn on Find My Mac, you’re set—you don’t need to do anything else unless your Mac falls into wayward hands.

If the worst happens, you can track your Mac via iCloud.com or the Find My iPhone app on your iPad or iPhone. (We should note that even though the app is called Find My iPhone, it allows you to find any iOS device or Mac.)

You can use the Find My iPhone iOS app or the iCloud website to find them. Launch the app on any iOS device, signing in with your Apple or iCloud ID and password; or log in at iCloud.com and click the Find My iPhone button.

The Devices list displays every device—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac—associated with your account that has Find My iPhone enabled. A green dot next to a device means Find My iPhone located it; a gray dot means the device is offline or could not be found. The status of each device—how long ago it was located, or that it wasn’t located—appears just below its name.

If Find My iPhone can locate your device, it will show it on the map, where you can zoom in and out, and switch between Map, Satellite, and Hybrid views. Unfortunately, you can’t track the location of your Mac over time: Unlike the Lost Mode available to iOS devices, Find My Mac shows only the most-recent location of your computer.

You can also have your Mac play a sound—handy if you’ve misplaced it somewhere in the house; plus you can lock it remotely with a numeric passcode or remotely erase it.

If you opt to remotely lock your Mac, the computer will actually shut down once it receives the lock command. The next time you attempt to start up the Mac, it will boot into recovery mode and ask you to enter the passcode; if you opted to display a message, that message will appear on the same screen. Once you’ve entered the correct passcode, the Mac will reboot normally.

The final option is Erase Mac. As you might expect, this feature lets you completely erase—securely—all data and settings from your Mac. It also sets a four-digit passcode that lets you regain access to your Mac if you ever recover it. You should use the Erase Mac option only as a last resort. (And it’s one of many good reasons to have a current backup of your Mac.)

You’ll receive an email sent to the address on file for your Apple ID when you perform any of these actions.

If the service can’t locate your Mac, you still have the option of playing a sound, remotely locking the computer, or remotely erasing it, but these actions won’t take effect until the Mac connects to the Internet. To receive an email notification when your Mac does come online again, select the Notify me when found checkbox.

As useful and convenient as Find My Mac is, it does come with a caveat: Should a malicious party compromise your iCloud account, they could remotely wipe your Mac, as happened to Wired’s Mat Honan. So if you do enable this feature, make sure that your iCloud account has a strong password and, for best results, enable Apple’s two-step authentication.

To view the full article be sure to visit Macworld.

Image Credit: Macworld

Recycle Your Old Smartphone

April 24th, 2013
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Recycled Smartphone

According to a survey taken in 2012 by Lookout, 62% of Americans have outdated cell phones around their home. This can happen for a number of reasons. Some people may be using them as a backup in case their active phone breaks. While others keep old cell phones because they are unsure what to do with them.

Have you ever thought about recycling your old smartphone? If so, this post should be really helpful for you. Listed below are a few options for you to explore:

Don’t just keep your old cell phone around. Find a way to recycle it so it serves a better purpose than collecting dust.

To learn more about recycling cellphones, be sure to visit Mashable.

Image Credit: Kootation

Twitter #music

April 18th, 2013
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Flickr Image: Jessicaml_

Today, Twitter announced its latest service Twitter #music. For a couple of weeks this project was just a rumor until they officially announced its released on Good Morning America. According to a blog post, Twitter #music,

uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists…The songs on Twitter #music currently come from three sources: iTunes, Spotify or Rdio.”

Similar to iTunes, users on Twitter #music can listen to a brief sample of each song. However, if they are subscribers to Rdio or Spotify they can simply log into their account to enjoy the full song. In addition to a popular page, Twitter #music also has a search feature. There, you can listen to a song from your favorite and similar artists. A few other features Twitter #music has includes:

  • Popular – playing the most popular music on the service.
  • Emerging- new artists that you should check out.
  • Suggested – suggested tracks based off previous music you’ve listened to.
  • #Nowplaying – this feature plays music that some of your friends are currently are listening to.
  • Me- this station features music of the artists you follow on twitter.

To learn more, read the announcement from the Twitter blog.

Image Credit: Twitter captured by Jessicaml_

10 Breaking News Twitter Accounts to Follow

April 17th, 2013
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Are you on Twitter? If so, then this recent post by Mashable should be really helpful for you. Below are ten twitter accounts that tweet about breaking news stories. Additionally, they continue to update you as the story develops. Be in the know, and the first to know about breaking news, business, economics, politics, US news, world news, and atmospheric conditions around the world.

Breaking News - @BreakingNews
BBC Breaking News- @BBCBreaking
CNN Breaking News- @cnnbrk
WSJ Breaking News- @WSJbreakingnews
Reuters Live- @ReutersLive
CBS Top News- @CBSTopNews
Al Jazeera English Live- @AJELive
Sky News Newsdesk- @SkyNewsBreak
ABC News Live- @ABCNewsLive
The Weather Channel Breaking- @TWCBreaking

Do you have any breaking news twitter accounts that you think should be added to the list? Tweet us @wvuoit

How Fast Is Your Wi-Fi?

April 16th, 2013
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PC Mag recently shared this infographic, which explains exactly how fast wi-fi is. In it, they detail differences between wi-fi and cellular data, location, along with apps and the data they use. The results from the infographic are pretty interesting.

To learn more, be sure to check out the infographic below and visit PC Mag for more information.

 

To learn more, be sure to view the full article at PC Mag.

Uninstalling Apps in Windows 8

April 15th, 2013
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Uninstall Windows 8 Apps

PC World recently posted an article on how to uninstall apps in Windows 8. This post is primarily targeted toward people who use the Metro User Interface. For those who may be unaware, Window’s users with Metro do not have the traditional Start button that was seen in previous Windows systems.

Below are a few steps highlighted by PC World on how to uninstall apps from Windows 8:

“If you’re operating Windows 8 with a mouse, it’s a snap to uninstall an app: Just mouse over its tile, right-click, and then choose Uninstall from the options toolbar that appears at the bottom of the screen.”

“If you’re using a touchscreen, there’s no right-click option… Tap and hold a tile, drag it down just slightly, then release it. You’ll see a checkmark in the corner of the tile and the toolbar down below. Now you can tap Uninstall to remove the app.”

To read the full article, be sure to visit PC World.

Image Credit: PC Advisor

Find Your Stolen Laptop With Dropbox

April 11th, 2013
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Hack College recently released this video which details a simple hack to find a stolen laptop. They do this by using the popular cloud storage service Dropbox. Check out the video above to learn what you can do in case your laptop is ever stolen.

Have you ever been a similar situation? What are some methods you have used? Tweet us @wvuoit

Video: Hackcollege

Spring Cleaning for Your Tech Devices

April 9th, 2013
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Spring is officially here and the term “spring cleaning” now takes on a new meaning. Instead of cleaning your house, why not clean up your devices? Our smartphones, laptops, and computers usually get dirty, cluttered, and accumulate unnecessary apps, files, and data.

Thanks to LifeHacker, tips on speeding up, cleaning up, and reviving your tech devices is easy. Included in their recent post, they offer easy to follow tips for people who use Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, and Android. Mentioned below are four posts specific for each device type. For detailed information on each device be sure to visit the page directed toward your device.

Spring Cleaning: Mac

For those of you who use Macs, this post will be very helpful for you. LifeHacker gives users advice on how to: clean the gunk off your keyboard, unclutter wires, updating software, uninstalling apps, reclaiming hard drive space, system maintenance, and backing up your Mac.

Spring Cleaning: Windows PC

Similar to Mac users, PCs users are also given advice on cleaning their hardware,  uncluttering wires, updating software, uninstalling apps, reclaiming hard drive space, system maintenance, and backing up their refreshed PC.

Spring Cleaning: iPhone

This post by LifeHacker gives iPhone users advice on reclaiming hard drive space, overhauling settings,  uninstalling unnecessary apps, and disinfecting both the iPhone and its case.

Spring Cleaning: Android

Finally, LifeHacker suggests Android users to reclaim drive and SD card space, boost their battery, tweak their settings, and cleaning both their smartphone and case.

 

Any suggestions, comments, or concerns? Be sure to tweet us @wvuoit

10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter

April 4th, 2013
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Mashable recently put together a list of 10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter. Each channel hosts 100′s of videos from a number of topics from almost every field. Science, math, history, and law are among some of the popular topics that are discussed. However each channel does a great job at making these sometimes “boring” topics very interesting. Mashable describes these 10 YouTube Channels as,

“A sea of videos that will leave you eager to learn more.”

Below is a list of the YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter:

I encourage you to check out each of these accounts and to stop by Mashable to read the full article.

 
 
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