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Archive for December 2011

2011: The Best Of…. and the Worst of…

The end of 2011 is almost here.  We’ve made through the most stressful of the holidays and there’s nothing left but to party like its… 2012.  A lot happened this year so I put together a list of some of the top best and worst of 2011!

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Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays!

Tips: Shopping Tip List

Here’s a list of tips you should consult when shopping online. Print this page and keep it in a handy place so it will be easy to review before you order.

  1. Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn’t.
  2. Be knowledgeable about web-based auctions. Take special care to familiarize yourself not only with the rules and policies of the auction site itself but with the legal terms (warranties, refund policy, etc.) of the seller’s items that you wish to bid on.
  3. Double check pricing. Be suspicious of prices that are too good to be true. Also consider carefully whether you may be paying too much for an item, particularly if you’re bidding through an auction site. You may want to comparison shop, online or offline, before you buy. Make sure there are not extra shipping or handling costs.  Read the rest of this entry »

Carrier IQ: Should You Be Worried?

What is Carrier IQ?

Carrier IQ is software that comes pre-installed on certain handheld devices. It collects usage data that mobile operators and device manufactures analyze so they can make hardware, network and service improvements, according to Carrier IQ. It runs all the time and cannot be turned off, although it can be removed by unlocking the phone and gaining administrator access, which typically voids the warranty.

A 25-year-old systems administrator in Connecticut set off a media firestorm after discovering mysterious software on his Android that appeared to be recording his activities. Software maker Carrier IQ says the software is designed to give carriers usage and other stats so they can improve the network and service. But the researcher argues that the software represents a serious privacy threat because sensitive data is being logged without user permission.

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Making Google Chrome Work for You!

We know a lot of our readers use Google Chrome as their daily browser.  Since it is also our favorite, we thought it would be relevant to post some ways to make Chrome work better for you!  We scoured the web and came up with these cool keyboard shortcuts!

Page Navigation Shortcuts

  • Space Bar – Page down one full screen at a time
  • Page Down — Page down one full screen at a time
  • Down Arrow – Scroll Down
  • Shift  + Space Bar – Page up one full screen at a time
  • Page Up — Page up one full screen at a time
  • Up Arrow – Scroll Up
  • Home – Go to the top of the webpage
  • End – Go to the bottom of the webpage

Browser Window Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + N – Open a new window
  • Ctrl + Shift + N – Open a new window in incognito mode (Pages viewed in incognito mode won’t show in browser history or search history. They also won’t leave cookies or other traces)
  • Alt + F4 – Close the current window
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