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Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Reviews, Top Posts | 6 comments

App Reviewamendation: Safe In Cloud

This was originally going to be a review, but it ended up sounding like a recommendation. So. There’s that. Like the title? No? Damn. …anyways, back in June of this year I wrote about password security, and how one might protect oneself from account compromises. Today, I’ve edited that post to include another great app for Android that helps further that cause, and it goes by the name Safe In Cloud. Do note however, that this app can be used for storing much more than passwords. You can store information about your car like what size tires it uses, insurance information, WiFi logins, or anything else you need to remember. It’s great for keeping all of your “need to knows” in one neat little place. To get a sense of where I’m coming from, allow me to share some back story. I used just about every password app on the Android market, and most of them are flawed in one way or another (ugly and dysfunctional user experiences were the heart of...

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Everything Else | 3 comments

Amazon is Awesome

OK. Amazon? You rock. You rock hard. Let me start off by saying that before today, Amazon was already pretty awesome. Before I continue, I just want to mention the announcement that Jeff Bezos posted on Amazon’s homepage last month, where he stated that Amazon has the highest customer satisfaction rate ever attained by a retailer: “Amazon has been rated #1 in the National Retail Federation Customers’ Choice Awards, has been awarded the top spot in the MSN Money Customer Service Hall of Fame three years in a row, and is a JD Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion.” “In addition, Amazon recently scored 86 – top score – on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), and 89 on the ForeSee customer satisfaction survey – the highest ever attained by a retailer.” And you know what? I couldn’t imagine anyone else beating them in that regard. If I’ve ever had a problem with ANY purchase, they’ve always sent me a replacement and given me time to mail-back the original...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Everything Else | 1 comment

Google Wallet Now Supports Any Credit or Debit Card

Finally, Google Wallet has mastered the art of walking. Let me start by saying that I first started using Google Wallet on my Galaxy Nexus as soon as it was available, and that the first free $10 you get for using the app for the first time is the only reason I even tried it out. But when I used it for the first time, man, I could see the future taking form–a world where we don’t need to carry around cards all the time just to make payments. Obviously, that won’t be tomorrow. But it’s getting closer. Unfortunately, there’s a problem–I don’t use MasterCard. I use Visa, which wasn’t supported by Google Wallet at its launch (more on that in a second). At the time, there were two drawbacks to Google Wallet; the first you already know–it only worked with MasterCard. Fortunately you could always load up a prepaid card in the app using any card you have, but topping up a card in advance just to make...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in How Tos, Top Posts | 1 comment

Password Security: Protect Yourself from Account Compromises

Using strong, unique passwords across each of your online accounts is important. Really important. But you should already know that; I mean, you wouldn’t use the same key that you use to unlock your car that you would to open the front-door to your home or office, would you? Can we agree that, that would be pretty stupid? Yeah? So then why would you use your e-mail password for your online bank account? Each and every day, hackers are constantly trying to find security vulnerabilities in websites that they can exploit in order to gain access to your account, and even sites like LinkedIn can fall victim to these attacks. So, my question to you is this: if your Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail password was leaked today, would your other accounts still be safe? How about your bank account? Or PayPal? Rest assured that every single password that gets leaked will be among the first ones used when someone tries to brute-force their way into your account. At this...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Google Music

After yesterday’s post I almost feel obliged to discuss Google Music. It’s one of the few areas where Google has tried to get involved and actually “got it right.” I mean, how many different products does Google try to get involved in, and end up poorly supporting or dropping altogether? Maybe they’re just fans of crowd-sourcing? Whatever the case may be, it seems that Google has narrowed it’s focus a little in order to try to deliver products that are a little more polished than they usually end up being. This time they got it right, yet not many people seem to be aware of what Google Music is truly capable of. Let’s explore that a little, shall we? Features: Upload 20,000 songs to Google Music for FREE. Don’t worry about DRM on the music that you upload. You can upload any music you’ve… acquired. Stream music to your phone or desktop. Make songs available offline for when you’re not near a WiFi or Data connection. Everyone reading this has used...

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