DAISY CHAINING 100 DISPLAYS

We use a splitter to share one cable connection between two TVs. A new Gefen device lets you connect as many as 100 displays to one Ethernet cable. Who could possibly need a hundred displays? Think airport terminal. How about public school?

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NETWORKING APP

“CanWeNetwork” is a free app aimed at uncovering new business contacts from people nearby. When we tried it, it matched us with several engineers and consultants less than three miles away. Had we wished, we could have sent them a message. Since the app tells you how close your new contacts are, if we were sitting side by side in the same coffee shop, we could say hello.

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SAFER COMPUTING

We’re pretty sure we were the target of an attempted identity theft recently. Joy was asked to “verify” information on the phone regarding a recent credit card application. Bob was very suspicious, so Joy said, skip it, she didn’t want the card anyway. Even after she said that, she was asked to verify her birth date and other personal information in order to cancel. Whoop, whoop, whoop: Enemy attack! Battle stations! She hung up.

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WI WHAT?

Just as everyone is feeling comfortable with WiFi, WiGig is coming in 2013. If you go to YouTube and type “Panasonic WiGig” in the search box, you can see Panasonic’s demonstration.

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NETWORK YOUR MAC AND WINDOWS COMPUTERS

Network Your Computers and Devices,“ $18 at Amazon.com, is the latest in Microsoft’s excellent “Step by Step” series. The book covers networking computers with different operating systems, including linking Windows and Macs, and has good instruction for both business and home users.

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YOUR OWN WI-FI HOTSPOT

A new personal WiFi hotspot, no contract needed.

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CONNECTIFY.ME AND OTHER SITES

Three good sites: Mark-up PDFs online, get alerts before you go over your cell phone minutes, and turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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YOUR VERY OWN CLOUD

The Netgear Stora is a really big hard drive that has its own address on the Internet.

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SHARE FILES, EXTEND WIRELESS

Share files and peripherals without creating a network first.

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TWO NEW IPHONE APPS

Tungle.com and Wolfram Alpha for the iPhone.

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