Hidden Gem: Review of Amazon Smile

A couple of days ago, I noticed an advertisement for a service that I had never heard of before – Amazon Smile. I buy everything from toothpaste to cell phone accessories on Amazon because it’s inexpensive, and combined with Prime two-day shipping, sometimes more convenient than going to Walmart or the grocery store. The fact that I had never heard of this Amazon Smile service shocked me enough to try it out by buying a … Read more

Startup Play-i Robots Teaches Computer Science the Fun Way

In these modern times, computer-related careers can be found at almost every company in America (and possibly even the world). Toyota needs computer scientists to help develop new technologies for GPS systems, hybrid computer systems, and other car technologies. Apple needs computer scientists to develop tomorrow’s consumer technology. JC Penny needs computer scientists to build and maintain their eCommerce platform. It doesn’t matter what niche a company is in, they all require people with programming … Read more

Review of Kim Dotcom’s MEGA: This Has Enormous Potential

Today I just got to experience Kim Dotcom’s new file sharing service MEGA. I was a casual user of Megaupload before it was shut down, so I’m happy to see that Dotcom stayed on his feet and improved upon the service. MEGA is an improvement upon Megaupload in that its servers are not located in the United States, it’s on a New Zealand domain name, and it uses one of the most complex encryption methods … Read more

Amazon Now Offering Sunday Delivery for Prime Members

Amazon and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have announced that Amazon Prime members in Los Angeles and New York City will start receiving packages on Sundays. As of now, the service is only implemented in those two cities, but it is expected to expand to Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Phoenix, and other major U.S. cities in the future. The U.S. Postal Service was set to eliminate Saturday deliveries in August 2013, but they keep … Read more

Are Apple’s New iPads Enough to Keep Them On Top?

On October 22, Apple announced some changes to their iPad product line. The new changes include a new product called iPad Air, an updated model of the iPad Mini, and lowering the price of the iPad 2 to $399. Of course, none of this should be a surprise because we already knew what was coming, for the most part. After examining the situation, it doesn’t seem like Apple made a smart move with the new iPad … Read more

First 24 Hours with Windows 8.1 Microsoft’s First OTA Update

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17th as an over-the-air (OTA) update for current Windows 8 users. Besides the minor updates and security patches Microsoft sends out with the Windows Update feature in Control Panel, this was Microsoft’s first major OTA update facilitated by a centralized hub (Windows Store). This is something that Android, Mac OS X, and iOS have been doing for years. I went to the Windows Store last night around 9:00 PM … Read more

Why Are Apple’s Customers Loyal? The Psychology of an iSheep

It’s no secret that Apple’s iOS 7 wasn’t a complete success. Neither was the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Apple Maps, or Siri. Lately, Apple hasn’t been innovating and they have not been releasing products that “change the game” like the original iPhone or iPod and I think Apple’s stockholders would agree with me. Despite the lack of innovation, Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C sold over 9 million units in just the first weekend. Why these outrageous … Read more

How to Avoid Being Scammed by International Buyers on eBay

Last month, I sold a 3rd Generation Apple iPad on eBay to a seller in Malta. They bought it using my Buy It Now price of $339.99 and paid instantly. I packed it up, printed an international USPS First Class Mail shipping label on eBay, and took it to the local post office… Little did I know, I was about to be scammed out of an iPad and my money. A Little Background… I am … Read more

How To: Achieve Maximum Screen Resolution in Windows 8

Some computers that come preloaded with Windows 8 automatically make text, title bars, and other parts of the user interface larger than they need to be. Even if your screen resolution is set to the highest possible setting in Control Panel, your graphics card may be enlarging everything to 125% on its own. This tutorial will show you how to achieve the maximum screen resolution on your Windows 8 PC. In the screenshots above, the … Read more

Control-Alt-Delete is Part of Windows History, Not a Mistake

Yesterday at a Q&A at Harvard University, Bill Gates admitted that the keyboard command Ctrl-Alt-Del was a mistake. According to Gates, the reason Ctrl-Alt-Del even made it into Windows is because the designer of the original IBM keyboards felt that it was a security concern, so they created a combination of keys that no user could accidentally press. Stumbling around a bit, he finally said “And so we had … we programmed at a low … Read more

Why Microsoft’s Surface 2 Is Going to Fail

When Microsoft released their original Surface tablet last year, I was intrigued. A product that not only competes with tablets such as Apple’s iPad, but also can compete with full-sized Windows laptops. It showcased Microsoft’s new Metro UI in a way that didn’t invoke criticism (like it did on desktops and other PCs), the hardware was top-notch, it came with Microsoft Office installed, it allowed the use of flash drives, expandable storage, wireless printers, and … Read more

Review: Lighting Ever Flexible Color-Changing LED Strips

I was recently given the opportunity to complete a do-it-yourself project using Lighting Ever Flexible LED strips. I was originally going to use them as accent lighting for a bookshelf, but after seeing the design of the product I was working with, I had to change my mind. I ended up putting the LED lights underneath my glass computer desk to give it a nice, modern look. I used one $25 package of Lighting Ever … Read more

Why You Should Ditch Your Cell Phone Contract

After seeing that Virgin Mobile is now getting the iPhone 5, I decided to look into some contract-free carriers that rival AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. I was very surprised when I found that customers can get an iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 on Virgin Mobile, Straight Talk, Cricket, Net 10 Wireless, and Boost Mobile. It seems like it happened overnight that phones that were once exclusive to big carriers like Verizon and AT&T are … Read more

modern.IE: The Best Cross Browser Testing Tool For Web Developers

As a web designer, one of the most annoying parts of designing a website is cross-browser testing to make sure the site functions and/or looks proper on all browsers. The reason this causes so many headaches is that many designers like myself choose to use either a Mac or Linux computer, so we don’t have easy access to Internet Explorer – Microsoft’s web browser made specifically for Windows computers. Up until March 13, 2013, I … Read more

Spotify Review: The Most Inexpensive Way To Listen To Music

When downloadable music first came out, I adopted the concept right away. The fact that you can open iTunes and download an album in an hour (I had dial-up Internet at the time) was amazing! I’ve been a loyal customer of iTunes for years now with a collection of thousands of songs I have purchased or ripped from CDs. Each song on iTunes is about $1.29 which makes it easy if you only like a … Read more

Tips For Selling An Old Phone On eBay

If you’re like most people, you probably have a ton of old cell phones lying around that you never dealt with after you got a new one. I’ve gone through a number of phones over the years and I have found that if you sell phone on eBay, you can actually pay for a significant portion of the new phone by selling the old one. The problem I have seen that many people have is … Read more

The Truth About Apple’s Pricing Structure

I was shopping for a new computer the other day at Staples and as soon as I told the guy working there that I was primarily a Mac user looking to buy a Windows 8 laptop, he brought out all of the pro-Microsoft, Apple-bashing opinions that IT professionals have come up with everywhere Apple products are sold. And although I was a Mac user looking to switch to Windows, it doesn’t mean I’m turning anti-Apple. … Read more