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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tech Tip: How to set up Google Now in Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Description: Google Now is a very exciting new feature to give you helpful information, just based on the searches you've done. Search sport scores? A card will appear after time with scores. Looking for restaurants nearby? A card is already waiting for you. Follow this guide to set up Google Now for use on a device running Jelly Bean.

  1. Swipe up from anywhere along the bottom of the screen. Google Now will open.

    Swipe up

  2. A welcome screen will appear. Tap Next.


  3. A few examples of what Google Now is capable of will appear. Follow through these and tap
    Next to continue.


  4. A confirmation screen will appear. Tap Yes, I'm In! to begin using Google Now.

    Yes, I’m In!

  5. The main Google Now screen will appear. Relevant information is presented in cards. Swipe a card left or right to remove it.



  6. This information is obtained from Google searches, and relevant information regarding the Google account used. To tweak the settings, tap the 3 dot icon in the bottom right.

    3 dot icon

  7. A menu screen will appear. Tap Settings in this list to bring up a list of settings.


  8. A menu for Google Now, Tablet Search and Voice will appear. Tap Google Now.

    Google Now

  9. From here, individual card settings can be changed such as priority, when a card appears, and more specific settings depending on the card itself. Tap a header to tweak these settings to the desired options. Hit the back key to go back and begin using Google Now!

    individual card settings
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tech News: Samsung Galaxy Note II slated to arrive on T-Mobile on Oct. 24th?

The Galaxy Note II is no doubt a highly anticipated device. Its little brother, the Galaxy S III is the most popular Android device of all time. The original Galaxy Note, a 5.3 inch phone/tablet hybrid, or “phablet” as many call it, was a great addition to the Samsung lineup. We’ve only been able to watch with baited breath as our friends overseas have been able to get their hands on the Note II, but the wait may soon be over. TmoNews got their hand on an internal document stating that the Galaxy Note II will release on T-Mobile in the US on October 24th. This ties in nicely, as Samsung scheduled an event for the very same day, with hints directing this towards being a Galaxy Note II event. This would be the first time a major Samsung device has been released the same day of its announcement.

The Galaxy Note II is the first device to sport a 1.6 quad-core Exynos processor in the US. Up until now, LTE and quad core chips didn’t get along, but Samsung has seemingly found the sweet spot.
The 5.5 inch behemoth is also expected to hit AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular, but if this leak is any indication, our waiting may soon be over.

Is the Galaxy Note II on your list? Or is a 5.5 inch screen too big? Let us know in the comments!

Source: TmoNews

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tech Tip of the Day: How to download, install, and run SUPERAntiSpyware

Description: Are you concerned about possible spyware, adware, malware, or similar problems on your computer? Does your computer seem to run very slow? SUPERAntiSpyware is a utility that may help you to diagnose and repair these types of problems.

These days there can be a new virus or infection created every three seconds, and computer users need to be ready for the next attack that could be made on their systems. Along with routine Windows maintenance addressing concerns such as cleaning up temporary files or repairing registry errors, running multiple scans from AntiVirus and AntiMalware programs can help to take care of these problems. There is a program called SUPERAntiSpyware that scans your computer for infections, temporary files, registry errors and things like that in just one scan, and then makes recommendations for corrections to the system that it can make.

  1. To download the program, you can go directly to the program's website http://www.superantispyware.com - be sure to understand any terms and conditions of the program.
  2. Go ahead and download the installer, saving it to a location on your computer where you will be able to find it easily, and then run the installer as shown in the picture.

    download the installer
  3. Once finished, open the program and the user will be greeted with a home screen as shown here.

    home screen

  4. Just click "Scan your Computer" to get a full scan under way and let the program work for you.

    Scan your Computer

  5. Once finished, the scans will provide a result pop up as shown below. Click the continue button to delete the threats.


  6. Once the deletion process has completed, click the Finished button.


  7. The program will then ask you to reboot or reboot later, it is best to save and close all programs then reboot your computer for the changes to go into effect.

    *In this and similar situations, it is important for the end user to understand that they are obtaining utility programs such as this one from known reputable sources. If you are unsure of the source being reputable, it can be possible for rogue programs to present themselves as solutions when, in fact, they are actually "problems in disguise" that will make things worse instead of better.
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