Posted on September 5th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
When our friend from Wisconsin (No, his name is not Yon Yonson) is in our neck-of-the-woods, he wants to watch the Green Bay Packer games on his phone. Can he do it? One way is to use “Watch ESPN,” a free app for Android, iPhone and iPad. We tried out the ESPN app on our phone to watch football in a doctor’s waiting room and it worked fine. But the catch is, you must verify that you have a subscription to cable TV. Our friend Lee does not have a cable TV subscription. Instead, he has a lifetime subscription to the TiVo service. TiVo users can stream programs to their TV at home or to their phone or tablet. But […]
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Posted on August 22nd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Joy just ordered her first pair of glasses online. She couldn’t resist after reading “Seven Reasons to Order Glasses Online,” an article we found — where else? — online. We’re not going to go into all the reasons, but here are the ones that impressed us. Number one is price. Number two is free return. The third is parking. These also turn out to be the reasons for almost any online purchase. It is no secret and no longer a surprise that buying online is the winner in the retail Olympics. Amazon.com is the leader but not the only name in online shopping. Its sales are increasing 20 percent a year, while traditional large retailers’ sales have been moribund for […]
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Posted on April 18th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Less than five percent of Android phone owners have the new “Marshmallow” operating system. A third have the previous version, Lollipop. the rest are so far back the operating systems were written on stone tablets.
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Posted on April 3rd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“The Car Hacker’s Handbook,” by Craig Smith is for the techie in the family. It’s an in-depth look at the computer-based systems in modern cars that make them vulnerable to attack. The book is $50 from No Starch Press.
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Posted on December 27th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“The Official Scratch Jr. Book” by Bers and Resnick, is $20 from NoStarch Press and is designed to teach you, the adult, how to teach children ages five to seven, how to create programs using the computer language “ScratchJr.”
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Posted on November 28th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
BBC radio has free audio books on occasion. The website was too long, so we shortened it to Tinyurl.com/fredinspring. There you’ll find “Uncle Fred in Springtime,” by P.G. Wodehouse, read by a whole group of actors. Part one is available until Dec. 6, at which point they’ll put up part two.
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Posted on November 27th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Read.WorldReader.org offers free digital books through its free app for Android or iPhone. It has almost six million readers in 69 countries and offers 28,500 free books. We’re reading a book about Winston Churchill.
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Posted on November 9th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
If your college textbook is available online, it’s probably a lot cheaper than the printed version. In fact, scanning books to put them online for sale sounds like a good business. Unfortunately, an advanced scanner costs $20,000, and of course there are copyright problems.
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Posted on August 17th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Joy’s friend Frieda is going to France but leaving her Kindle behind for safe keeping. Joy said to her: “Why not use your phone as a Kindle?” Here’s how to do that:
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Posted on August 2nd, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Spotlight Text” is $10 for iPhone and claims to make it possible for those with macular degeneration to read books on their tablets. We hope the creator, Dr. Howard J. Kaplan, will do the same thing for games like solitaire.
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