Data Doctors Tech Tips

Data Doctors Tech Tips
By Data Doctors
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Missed that link or information while listening to Data Doctors Tech Tips on the radio? Catch up with us now! Data Doctors Tech Tips are one minute daily tips broadcast on radio stations in several markets - you can get the list at datadoctors.com/radio. They are also available on demand or through a PodCast. The tips discusses various technical topics with NO GEEK SPEAK! Tech tips for non-tech people.
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Feb. 18, 2018
Have you ever found yourself in need of very basic graphic design task, but it's not something you can justify hiring someone for?.Most of us are "design challenged" or lack the expensive programs that would allow you to generate the artwork, so we need to find an alternative.My suggestion is that you checkout a web tool called https://Canva.com.The Canva system is really simple to use, because it's template driven which means you don't have to install anything to your computer.You can use it to create flyers, posters, business cards, web graphics, proper dimensioned social media images or just about any type of graphics without a huge learning curve.You just select a design style, then select an associated template to begin modifying text to finish your design.Canva allows you to upload your own pictures or buy on of their professional images for as little as one dollar.Canva is simple to learn, really easy to use, inexpensive or free and generates professional results...it's the perfect tool for the designed challenged.Anyone lacking in vision, money, design skills or the time to learn how to create great looking graphics should go directly to https://Canva.com!
Feb. 15, 2018
Our beloved smartphones have the ability to easily create high resolution pictures and amazing HD videos anytime we want.One downside to creating these amazing images and videos is that they generate huge files, especially if you're shooting HD video.Trying to send or upload high-resolution videos through a social media or email account requires that your beautiful creations need to be compressed, lowering the quality.Anytime you need to send a large original resolution video or lots of hi-res images without compressing them, check out an app called 'WeTransfer'.The WeTransfer app makes it easy and free to send those huge files right from your smartphone to anyone through a simple email link.The apps work on Android and iOS mobile devices as well as Mac computers and the Chrome web browser.Unlike a lot of other transfer apps, the people you send your files to won't have to download the app or even create an account. All they have to do is click the 'download' link that you send via email to start downloading your uncompressed videos and pictures.The download link for all platforms is: http://WeTransfer.com/mobile
Feb. 14, 2018
If you have ever had to call a tech person for help, you have likely been asked to restart your computer as the first step.It is the first step because so many problems can be resolved by robooting and the same holds true for issues when you're surfing the Net by also using a simple step most people forget to perform...clear the cache in your browser.The cache is a random storage of items that you have previously downloaded while visiting pages you were on.By reloading element already in the cache, your devices browser can load a page more quickly because it bypasses the extra steps of downloading those elements from the site.On occasion, these elements in your browser cache can actually cause page loading problems, especially those that require log ins.So, the next time you encounter issues when trying to load a website, start your diagnosis by clearing your cache.If you're not sure how to perform this important task, the instructions for most popular browsers is at: http://www.refreshyourcache.com
Feb. 13, 2018
Anyone that is a user of Google's productivity tools like Docs, Forms & Sheets will want to look into today's add-on suggestion.The add-on is called 'Save As Doc' which makes it easy to turn any spreadsheet into a doc file.This option is helpful when you need to combine spreadsheet info into a word processing document. It's really helpful when the text in a cell is too wide to display in a standard spreadsheet.The add-on allows you to convert an entire spreadsheet or specific cells as long as they are adjacent that you may want converted into a document that is completely editable.If you're working with a spreadsheet that's the result of a survey that you created in Google Forms, this add-on is especially helpful.No need to manually format the results when you copy and paste info into a document from a spreadsheet.It also allows you to create a page break after each row of data, making the results much easier to keep organized.The 'Save As Doc' add-on is free but will only work in Google Chrome.The download link is: http://goo.gl/H0ed2B
Feb. 12, 2018
Yesterday we discussed 360 degree cameras technology that is becoming the next big thing in video.But creating amazing videos in 360 isn't of much value if you can't share them for others to easily view them too.The guys and gals over at YouTube made the viewing of 360 videos on the network possible by creating support for the uploading of 360 videos.With the YouTube app installed on any phone or tablet allows you to move around in the video by moving your phone around, allowing you to see all the different direction that was captured.You can kind of do the same thing on your computer at YouTube.com using your mouse to change the point of view, but frankly, the mobile experience is so much better.Checkout examples of these 360 videos and learn more about watching them at:http://youtubecreator.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-new-way-to-see-and-share-your-world.html
Feb. 11, 2018
Another CES has gone by and once again, I was blown away by the various 360 camera technology on display.Not only do they take incredible panoramic 360 images, they can also capture 360 degree high definition videos as well.A quick Internet search for 360 cameras will bring up dozens of companies with an assortment of amazing capabilities.They're even available as your home security camera, some of which are combined with light bulbs.The cameras start at about $300 and offer video resolutions from basic standard up to the Ultra HD 4K standard.There are many that are waterproof, allowing you to capture underwater 360 scenes.Anyone seeking to capture outdoor experiences that's much better than the typical action-cams like a GoPro, should check out the various 360 cameras available.Tomorrow, I'll tell you all about Google's efforts to support 360 videos on YouTube.
Feb. 8, 2018
Maintaining physical fitness requires us all to search for the workouts that you'll be able to understand, accomplish and afford.An option for anyone trying to find a starting place for getting fit could be as simple as a no-equipment workout.A famouse fitness author created an awesome collection of visual workouts that can offer a workout for any fitness level.The workouts are visually outlined with simple instructions that include how many sets you should do per workout.The programs & challenges on the site range from seven to ninety days to complete along with suggested meals which can be downloaded and printed or used with your smartphone.There are lot of other resources to help with general fitness, running and motivation to go along with help with nutrition, meal plans and recipes.Whether you're trying to get motivated to start somewhere or bored with your existing workout, the collection of free visual workouts at https://darebee.com may be just what you're looking for!
Feb. 7, 2018
Smartphones are great but they are only as smart as the human using it.It's not very likely that you have figured out how to use all of the built-in options or hidden tricks that this amazing device has to offer.Anyone that wants to get smarter about all the features that you don't know about in your smartphone needs to know that there's an app for that!The app is called 'Drippler' which is available for both iPhone & Android users for free.It presents users with tips, features & updates along with 'how-to' info to help you with everything from getting more battery life to learning about things you had no idea your phone could do.It's an app that answers the global question of "how do I keep up with everything on my smartphone?"Both apps are platform focused, so you will get the tips and tricks that are specific to your device.Helpful tips & tricks are just a tap away no matter which type of smartphone you have.Just search for 'DRIPPLER' in your app store!
Feb. 6, 2018
When most of us have to work with any form of official documents, there is a strong chance that you'll need to get those documents signed in from of a notary.This means taking on the hassle of finding a notary that's within reasonable range and arranging to meet with them in person.For the next time you need to get something notarized, make not of an app called 'Notarize'.The Notarize system is an online virtual notary service that is completely electronic and completely legal in all 50 states.Getting your document notarized is pretty simple, by uploading it to their system and providing offical ID, then completing the necessary items in the document and finally connecting with a licensed notary through a video call.The licensed notary will watch you sign the document which then allows them to electronically notarize, right through the smartphone app or your computer.Once the process is completed, Notarize allows you to print, save or share the newly notarized document and it's all done electronically.Having 24/7 notary service available is very convenient, but it will cost you more for that convenience with a $25 processing fee per notarization.At the moment, the Notarize app is only available for iPhone or iPad users, but keep it in mind for the next time you need a notary http://www.notarize.com
Feb. 5, 2018
A lot of buzz this year at CES was generated by auto manufacturers that are trying to make cars much 'smarter' and more connected in their latest models.But did know that anyone that has a car that's 1996 or newer already has some 'smart car' capabilties?Under the dash of your car under the steering wheel should be a connector called the 'OBD' port (On Board Diagnostics).To take advantage of this port, you'll need an OBD transmitter connected to an app on your phone which allows you to take advantage of your cars onboard diagnostics functions, like from a company called Dash.You can you access much more than just diagnostic information after the engine light goes on, because the system helps you improve your gas mileage and can even help you find the lowest priced gas near you.The special Bluetooth device that plugs into the OBD port from Dash costs between $10 to $60 for most cars.The associated app is free and the complete rundown on the OBD transmitters is available at https://Dash.by