December 10, 2014

3 Things You Never Thought a Smart Watch Could Do!

In anticipation of the soon to be world wide smart watch hype, I decided to get a Pebble Watch just to get an idea what it was like to have my phone notify me of things on my wrist. Instead I learned much more than that! No the Pebble watch is not anything like the new Android Wear watches or the anticipated Apple Watch coming out next year but these tips should easily apply to any other smart watch.

Here are 3 things I never thought a smart watch could do

1. Save You Battery Life on Your Phone



While using Pebble Watch I found that I saved a lot more battery life on my Galaxy S4 than a normal. After noticing this I concluded the reason was that I turned on my screen much less than I used to. Before I owned a Pebble watch I would have a habit of turning my screen on just to see if I had any new notifications. I guess you can say I have a case of notification anxiety! hehehe 












2. Keep You Focused


As I mentioned above, my case of notification anxiety had a residual effect on my ability to remember tasks and stay on track with even the simplest things. Many times turning on my phone lead to me viewing gossip blogs and social networks when my intention was simply to send an email or check my calendar. Our phones have become more of a distraction rather than tools to help us in our daily lives. 



3. Keep You Informed

The Pebble Watch has the ability to alert you of various notifications that come to your phone such as phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. The watch gives a quick glance at telling you what's going on around you briefly so you know to follow up on it now or later. For me it comes in handy when I'm at work and I receive an email from a user in distress that needs help urgently. I can quickly get an idea of if I need to attend to this issue right now or if it's priority can be rerouted depending on what's on my schedule.

Do you have a smart watch? What other tips do you think should be on this list?

-Shansheezy

December 9, 2014

5 Ways to Maximize Productivity Using 1 Key

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Many times when I show users shortcut keys using their keyboard they are very excited to have learned it so I thought I would pass it on. On a daily basis I use a number of keys on the keyboard to navigate different functions quickly without touching the mouse. This could cut down your time amore than 50% if you use these keyboard shortcuts vs  using the mouse to do the same function.

Here Are 5 Ways to Maximize Productivity Using CTRL

CTRL + N         Mac: Command + N

Opens a new window for the program you're in.
Ex. You want to move a file to another location. While you have the folder open do this shortcut to open another window and drag and drop

CTRL + P          Mac: Command + P

Print the current page
Ex. When you're ready to print a document, instead of going to File > Print > Choose Printer, you can press CTRL + P and get the print prompt right then and there!

CTRL + Z         Mac: Command + Z

Undo the recent key(s) typed
Ex.  While in a text editor box online you accidentally delete everything you just typed. Since you're not in your normal word editor, the undo option is no easily found. Perform this shortcut and it will do the same thing as the undo shortcut would in a word editor.

CTRL + Y         Mac: Command + Y

Redo the recent undo shortcut
Ex. You've been using the undo shortcut above one too many times. Run this command to bring back what was removed!

CTRL + A        Mac: Command + A

Select all
Ex. You're working on a word document and you need to copy the text to an email. Do this shortcut and it will select everything in the window.

The shortcuts listed above can be used in several different programs. Give them a try! Feel free to comment if you have any questions about them!

-Shansheezy

November 20, 2014

Let me tell you why I decided to buy a refurbished iPad

I found this awesome post while searching the inter-webs and thought my readers should know about this! Check it out!

Yes, I said refurbished.   Let me tell you why I decided to buy a refurbished Ipad.
-via Mrs. Rios Teaches


-Shansheezy

November 15, 2014

Why is my computer so slow? Here’s the remedy.

Everyone has experienced the time they get a new computer and everything is quick and snappy. You’re both productive and entertained by this new toy of yours but over time it gets slower and slower. The computer freezes right before the killer gets the girl on your streaming movie and errors pop up while typing a document. Just like a car, your computer needs to be cleaned just like your care for your car. Though several methods can be used to resolve computer problems cleaning your computer cache usually can resolve these errors. 

What is cache? 



Cache (pronounced cash) 
According to Merriam-Webster cache is - “a part of a computer's memory where information is kept so that the computer can find it very quickly”
Technically this is a great idea but if for some reason that particular program or website produces an error, the computer could save that error. When you open that same application it could continue to produce the saved error. While this is inconvenient, the computer is programmed to do this but many times it’s helpful in making the computer more efficient in the background.

CCleaner is a staple for me at work as it is quick and easy and it also has several other useful utilities built into it but for now we will focus on cache cleaning.



Download CCleaner. 
Walk through the setup to get it installed.
Once installed you will see a screen like the screenshot below.
If you’re curious, click on analyze first to see how much it can clean up for you. Otherwise just click on clean. 
Restart and you’re done!







Have you used CCleaner before? Did it help the computer speed? Lets discuss it below!

-Shansheezy

October 8, 2014

Pebble Watch: First Week & Impressions

I ran into a slamming deal/auction on eBay for a Kickstarter Pebble Watch and once it came in it was and wasn't what I thought it was.

Here are my first impressions as well as some pros and cons for the 1st week of use.

September 29, 2014

There's NEVER Too Many Phone Cases!

I was browsing the inter-webs and found this post on CoolMomTech. For a second I thought about how much it sucked that iPhones always had the better accessories but then again I figured this would be helpful to anyone who's got one or getting one. Here are the top 30 iPhone 6 cases around.



September 24, 2014

The Apple of Our Eye

In recent years Apple has set the standard in mobile technology. Some may disagree with that statement but the majority of consumers would agree and because of that the article below proves why.

Apple has just unveiled its very first smartwatch, the Apple Watch. Here's why this is the best thing that could happen for Android smartwatches


September 9, 2014

Things Are Getting A Little Heated Between Carriers


T-Mobile just began offering a phone trade in program and now Sprint is doing the same with their own trade in program.

Apple Watch Looks Similar to the Samsung Gear Live

Is it me or does the Apple Watch look a whole lot like the Galaxy Gear Live?



The Apple Watch: One Size Does Not Fit All

 The Apple Watch: One Size Does Not Fit All





The Apple Watch is Official

The Apple Watch is Official




...one more thing

The iPhone 6 Takes Your Hands Into Consideration

The iPhone 6 Takes Your Hands Into Consideration


When I look at so many phones today I scream in my head, BUT MY HANDS!!!!! 




August 30, 2014

I DONT LIKE MY PHONE: Reasons to Keep Your Old Technology Part 1

I don’t like my phone. 




This is what I wrote in my phone while thinking of what next smart phone I would like to purchase. There’s nothing out now that I am dying to have but there’s this feeling inside that resides in me about 4-6 months after owning the phone. It tells me that I need to refresh with something new. I have to stop myself and ask why because if I let this feeling take over me I will spend more on a used phone than I would on a brand new tablet.   

Let’s just get it out there: most of us want to fit in with the crowd to remain relevant. Every year new technology is created to replace the old version of it that came out the year before. Many of us will begin to feel that we need to keep up with the Jones’ and do what we need to in order to upgrade. Phone carriers have caught up to this trend by providing phone plans that allow you to upgrade once a year to get the new thing. I have a growing love for cell phones in general so I know that smart phones are notorious for releasing a new phone every year. Each time it is announced it is presented as if it is nothing like the previous version. With better this and better that and this new feature or that we can begin to always feel behind. The Best Buy commercials express this best.

I am here to help you! Let’s call it new technology anxiety. Relieving this problem is all about learning again why you wanted this fine machine in the first place.

  • Features
When you begin to feel technology anxiety take a look at what you already have. Many times we have something more than what we know. Many times we rely on marketing and promotion to explain the highlighted features as to why we deserve to have this item. We thrive on these things until we learn that we are out of date! I find t’s best to read the manual and explore the features of your equipment. Many times there are things it can do that you never knew it could do. 
I owned my car since 2010 and during that time there were 2 cool features I learned about it that no one hardly mentions in any of the reviews I have read. I learned one feature by reading the manual and the other from reading about it online.
  • Reviews

When we buy technology many times it is an investment because the best things don’t come cheap. I always look to CNET to provide a good detailed review first then I begin to look around online to get other perspectives. These reviews help me make my decision and learn if those features advertised will have any benefits for my lifestyle. Many times when I go back to look at those reviews I reminisce on how I felt about getting this technology at the time.
Have you ever listened to an old song and thought about how you felt at the time when you listened to it?  Maybe you’d even think about what you were doing…Try to make new memories with the technology you already have to keep the love fresh.

  • Compare
Compare what you have to what you want to replace it! After those comparisons then apply it to whether those features are benefits to you. Many times the new technology’s value to you is only a minor increment of an upgrade. They may advertise new features it has that you will soon forget it has and use it just like you did your old device. 
There’s a site (and app) called Versus (<< link site) that will do just that for you. Some of the pros and cons listed are biased but it’s something to consider to help you make the right decision for you.


-Shansheezy

August 19, 2014

Back in Black





I must admit I have been a little MIA on this site for a while. Every now and then I would post something but I believe it's time for something more. I have a lot of content to provide but I want to make sure I go about it the right way. Here's a little bit as to why I've been gone. 

July 31, 2014

Essential Time Saving Tech Tips



This is an awesome quick guide of tips and tricks you can use in your daily life with technology. Shortcuts gets up to the destination without taking the long way around. With these tips you will be more empowered with your device.

June 30, 2014

What I Hate About Android L



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::steps on soap box::

June 13, 2014

Tip #2: 3 reasons NOT to save your password on your computer


Hello everyone! So I thought I should start a new series of quick computer tips everyone should consider. These tips will be helpful as you do daily tasks on the computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Let’s get started with our first tip!


April 30, 2014

GO BIG OR go home


So I like many people own a phone with a 5 inch screen, the Galaxy S4. Though the phone isn't as big because of the slim bezel surrounding the screen, it's still a little difficult to maneuver with one hand or with one hand without having the cramp my style. I have been pondering the thought of getting a smaller phone for some months now.

Cool iPhone Keyboard Tip

I don't own and iPhone and one thing I have become accustomed to is having the choice to use any customizable keyboard of my choosing in Android. Well I stumbled across this article this morning and I found it to be more than helpful. Take a look...It's swaying me and it may sway you into an iPhone...




January 9, 2014

One of the reasons that will get me to move to iPhone

iPhone 6

"I'm an Android user. I like the iPhone but its screen is too small. It was ok when it was launched but it's petite by today's standards. I know Apple fanboys and fangals will hate me for saying this, but I'm also sure they'll change their minds the second Apple unveils a new iPhone with bigger display. Suddenly they'll realize “bigger is better” to some extent. Cause I'm also not a big fan of phablets. Simply put, they are too big for me. Some folks love them, though." read more