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PCM 29: Now You Have to Worry About Ransomware!

PCM 29: Now You Have to Worry About Ransomware!

Digital thieves can lock you out from your own computer and demand a ransom to get it and your files back. It’s called ransomware and it’s one of the most insidious schemes on the Internet. And authorities seem absolutely helpless to do anything about it. If it happens to you – and it is to a lot […]

PCM28: Your Internet Use May Be a Form of Mental Illness

PCM28: Your Internet Use May Be a Form of Mental Illness

More and more of us just can’t put our Internet devices down. It’s time to get a grip on the growing and very real problem of Internet addiction. Many mental health experts, in fact, now think compulsive Internet use is a form of mental illness. In this week’s episode of the PC Mike podcast, we […]

PCM27: Five Things to Know About Windows 10 Now

PCM27: Five Things to Know About Windows 10 Now

PC users have been abuzz over the release of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10 – either they’ve downloaded it already, are in queue to, or are still waiting to see how it performs before making the tech leap. Regardless of where you fit in that scenario, chances are you have some questions – you […]

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Apps to Turn Your Smartphone Photos and Videos into Storybooks

Apps to Turn Your Smartphone Photos and Videos into Storybooks

Pictures and videos are great for sharing your travels and activities but they only capture snippets of time and don’t really tell the whole story. An increasing number of storytelling apps, however, can help thoroughly document, preserve, and share just about any event. Here are three of the best: Steller lets you upload photos and […]

Apps to Improve Smartphone Battery Life

Apps to Improve Smartphone Battery Life

Loading our smartphones with apps we constantly seem to be using means increased demand on their batteries and, unfortunately, chances of running out of juice. We have some special apps to suggest to us this week that can really help get a handle on battery power management. Many consider Battery Doctor among the top smartphone battery managers. […]

Apps to Track Smartphone Addiction

Apps to Track Smartphone Addiction

Smartphones connect us to the world like never before, but there are plenty of studies that say it’s reaching the point of addiction for many, across all age groups. To get a fix on phone use and a handle on potential overuse for you or your kids, here are three apps that will help a […]

Gadgets and Gear

App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

App Guide: Get (Remote) Control of Your Home Devices with These Apps

You know all of these remote controls? Yeah. They can get completely out of hand/lost in couch or elsewhere. Consider this: I have one for the TV, one for Blu-Ray/DVD player, one for Roku, one for the soundbar – even one for the HD receiver to get local TV transmisions so I can watch Under […]

Review: Windshield Witness Dash Cam

Review: Windshield Witness Dash Cam

A lot of weird things happen out there on the road and there also is some great scenery. So I’m now making a record of it all with a dashboard camera (dash cam). Use of a dash cam revolves on a simple concept: Documentation of your drive, be it across North America or to the […]

Top Seven Traveling Tech Tips for Spring Break 2015

Top Seven Traveling Tech Tips for Spring Break 2015

Spring break is upon many and depending on your phase of life, that can mean anything from a short road trip to flying across the country or to a foreign land. There’s no better time than now to consider these seven simple (and very important) traveling tech tips (spring break edition). Load up on the […]

Tips & Tricks

Quick Tip: How to Cut In Line to Get Your Windows 10 Upgrade Now

Quick Tip: How to Cut In Line to Get Your Windows 10 Upgrade Now

If you’ve yet to receive notification from Microsoft that you can now download Windows 10, there’s a simple way to jump the line and download it now. Using the Windows Media Creation Tool, you can begin your upgrade to Windows 10 now. For the record, I was able to upgrade my version of Windows 8.1 […]

What It Looks Like When You Begin Upgrading to Windows 10

What It Looks Like When You Begin Upgrading to Windows 10

Ok, so after all of the “reservation” business and continually checking over the last few weeks to “just see” if anything was happening with my new, free Windows 10 upgrade due from Micrsoft, approximately zero happened at the stroke of midnight. On my laptop running Windows 8.1, I ran Windows Update at about 12:28 a.m. […]

Nine Ways to Prepare for Your Very Own ‘Computer Glitch’

Nine Ways to Prepare for Your Very Own ‘Computer Glitch’

Here’s something you probably won’t read from many other tech writers: All this “computer glitch” talk has me freaked out. Maybe it’s because I’m SO dependent on tech – after all, it pays for the roof over my head, the food on the plates of my children, and so on. Maybe it’s because I spent […]

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How to Clean the Clutter and Optimize Your Smartphone

How to Clean the Clutter and Optimize Your Smartphone

Our smartphones and tablets give us access to information and entertainment faster than ever so it can be pretty frustrating when those devices suddenly start slowing down or run low on space. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective iOS-, Android-, and Windows Phone-based apps to declutter our devices. Memory & Disk Scanner Pro is […]

PCM26 Screen Time for Kids: How Much is Too Much?

PCM26 Screen Time for Kids: How Much is Too Much?

The effects of too much screen time on kids can be serious: lost sleep, poor grades, social maladjustment, behavior problems, obesity. This list goes on and on. Then again, what are we supposed to do? Cut kids off completely? The answer, of course, is no. Rather, finding a healthy balance is more appropriate says Dr.Dimitri A. Christakis of […]

How To Fix ‘Your Timeline’ So Google Doesn’t Track Your Every Move

How To Fix ‘Your Timeline’ So Google Doesn’t Track Your Every Move

If you’re sick of feeling like Google is always up in your business, find a seat and take a deep breath before you read the following about one of its newest offerings – you may need it. Ready? Ok, it’s a new feature called “Your Timeline” and part of Google Maps. If you’re an Android […]