Don’t Have A Green Thumb? Get One Using These Gardening Apps!

Apps To Help You Plan and Manage Summer Gardening

It’s garden planting time! But planting the wrong greenery or garden in the wrong place and at the wrong time can ruin anyone’s chances at making the best of the warm, summer growing season. Fortunately, a number of apps are available to help plan ahead of time, potentially save users lots of time, money, and […]

How does your Garden Grow?

PCM20: When Tech Turns! Why I Cancelled My Apple Watch, How Facebook Hurts

Tech has made our world better in so many ways, but – as Apple Watch and Facebook sometimes shows us – that doesn’t mean it occasionally can’t turn on us. Take PC Mike’s experience with Apple Watch. After waking in the middle of the night to order it not too long ago, he finally got […]


Don’t Fear the Farmer’s Market! Apps to Demystify Buying Fresh Fruit and Veggies

Know how and where to buy your produce!

With warm weather comes fresh produce and Farmer’s Markets. And, yes, there IS an app for that! In fact, a number of great apps help demystify the produce-buying experience, be it at your favorite farmer’s market or regular grocery store. The Specialty Produce app draws on a database of more than 1,400 produce items and […]

Don’t Fear the Farmer’s Market! Apps to Demystify Buying Fresh Fruit and Veggies

PCM Techcast 19: The World of Drones, Wearables, and $10,000 Business Cards

Reviewing the Week's Biggest Tech News in No Geek-Speak Terms!

With so much noise coming from the world of tech these days – it can be hard to tell to what you should pay attention. That’s why this week we talk about what you actually need to know in no-geek-speak terms about things like wearables (Apple Watch, Google Glass), drones, live video streaming and apps […]


Get Your Galileo On! Take Astronomy to the Next Level with These Stargazing Apps

Turn Your Smartphone into a Planetarium

Summer is right around the corner and with it plenty of stargazing opportunities. A growing number of apps make it so you don’t need a fancy, expensive telescope to get your best Galileo on. SkyView is an easy to use smartphone or tablet app that provides an impressive look at space. Aim your camera at […]

Stargazing apps

PCM Techcast 18: Fish Tanks, Old Tech, Microwaves and Other Things Slowing Your Internet Speed

Speed up your connection with these simple tips

When it comes to connecting to the Internet, speed is king! That’s why we wanted an expert on our show this week to talk about how you can eke every little bit of extra speed out of your connection as possible. Michelle Gilbert, vice president public relations, Comcast Cable Heartland Region, gives us a ton […]


Add Function and Flash to Your Boring Password Screen with These Apps

It’s always important to look good, right? Having a smartphone or tablet screen where you enter a pass code to use it may successfully keep others from using your mobile tech without permission, but  a growing number of lock screen apps add functionality and flash to the utility function of a device. Folder Lock takes […]

App Lock Screens for your Smartphone or Tablet

PCM Techcast 17: Social Media Rules to Use and Stay Trouble-Free

Our posts to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram may not necessarily be written in stone, but you might as well think they are before committing anything for the online world to see. That’s the main theme of episode 17 of the PC Mike Techcast and exactly why we wanted Diane Gottsman, national etiquette […]


Quick Guide: Keep Track of The Shows You Watch with These Apps

Industry experts predict nearly 400 original shows will be produced and marketed in the U.S. in 2015 – a huge difference from the days when it was easy to keep track of the shows on just a few networks. That means keeping track of what you’ve watched and want to watch can be a big […]

TV Schedule and Guide Apps

Apps That Let You Text and Make Voice Calls with No Carrier Charges

As more and more people these days do away with landlines, minutes can add up fast and lead to big, unwelcome bills. A growing number of apps can help keep voice and text data usage – and bills – in check. Here’s three of them: One of the hottest is Pinger Textfree, a free app […]

Apps that let you text and make voice calls with no carrier charges

PCM16 Techcast – Confessions of an Apple Fanboy at 3:01 a.m.

Sometimes, we have so many topics to cover we can’t decide what is the most important. So it is in this episode, as we first we talk about how the new Apple Watch became available for pre-order this week, for all of about 10 minutes. That’s all it took for existing supplies to be sold […]


Best Mobile Traffic Apps for 2015

One sure-fire way to put a damper on any day is being slowed down – or stopped altogether – by a traffic jam that could have been avoided. I have three great apps that can help you stay abreast of current traffic conditions and avoid being stuck in traffic.   Try the traffic app Waze, […]

Best Mobile Traffic Apps for 2015

PCM15: Why to Dump Your Internet Browser Now!

Chances are you use one of the “big five” browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Opera, but know this: you don’t have to! That’s because a growing number other browsers are available that steer the Internet toward its original intent – a tool for you to use and not use you. One of the fastest […]

It's Time to Dump YourWeb Browser ASAP!

Quick Guide: Scanner Apps for Your Smartphone or Tablet

In many ways smartphones like the Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have come to replace cameras, TVs, and handheld video recorders and you can add one more to that list – the scanner. That’s because a growing number of robust apps can replace your bulky scanner and increase productivity and this week, […]

Scanner Apps for your Smartphone or Tablet

PCM14: Privacy Rules: How to Use the Internet and Social Media in 2015

It’s time to put a halt to being tracked, monitored, spied on or preyed upon online! But it’s up to us to take control of our privacy and stop businesses, hackers, spammers, the government, or anyone else from spying on our online activities. And the ways to go about it might not always be obvious […]

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