Holiday Shopping 2014

November signals the start of the holiday shopping season with its annual big sales, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While there are great deals to be had, it is smart to research and compare prices to ensure you get the best deals possible. Other factors to consider include the number of units at the special cost and availability of the product. Most retailers will advertise a few “door-busting” deals to get you in their store, with the hope you’ll buy other products or services that aren’t marked down. Online shoppers should try to buy their gifts as early as possible to avoid delays including out of stock items, possible weather delays, or delays from the sheer number of shipments close to the holidays.

Considering these things before you make a purchase can save you time, money and the stress that can be associated with the holidays. With a little bit of research you can make your holiday shopping an enjoyable experience and get everything you want at great prices.

Tablets and the NFL

This season NFL teams began using Microsoft tablets on the sidelines during games to allow coaches and players faster access to the information they need. The tablets enable players and coaches to review and dissect previous plays immediately after they happen. Previously the players and coaches would be given binders with still photos to look through. Now they can get a much better idea of how a certain play unfolded and make adjustments based on what they see.

As with almost everything the more information you have at your disposal, the better. Getting that information as fast as possible can be critical, and can make the difference in an NFL game or in the business world. This is just one example of mobile technology improving current systems, with many more sure to come in the near future.

Price increases for Toner and Ink

Epson recently announced a price increase on select ink and toner cartridges effective December 1st, 2014. The increase percentage will vary for each unit. HP and Brother rolled out their price increases October 1st, while Xerox and Oki increased theirs in July. Manufacturers regularly review their product offerings and adjust costs based on the overall market. Check back regularly for the latest news and announcements.

Is a Convertible Tablet right for you?

MS_SurfaceTabConvertible tablets combine surprising power and functionality into a lightweight, compact package. They allow you to get the information you need no matter where you happen to be. Use it as a traditional tablet with touchscreen, or connect the keyboard and it becomes your notebook. The biggest advantage convertible tablets give you is flexibility.

Perfect for students – The large, crystal clear touchscreen displays offer plenty of workspace for assignments and projects. Fast processors, large hard drives, and the latest software provide everything a student could need to get through the school year. Convertible tablets also offer entertainment features like video chat, the latest apps, clear audio and HD video to keep you busy in between classes.

Perfect for business – Today more and more business is conducted outside of the office, making convertible tablets the perfect option for the traveling professional. Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet allows you to use the full Office Suite so you won’t miss a beat while out of the office. With powerful processor options you can quickly load even the biggest spreadsheets and charts, giving you the information you need to get the job done.

These are just some of the advantages of convertible tablets. Many top brands like Microsoft, Apple, ASUS and HP make quality tablets at great prices while also offering a wide range of performance options to suit your needs. With a wide array of accessories you can easily personalize your tablet. To find the tablet that is right for you, research multiple brands to find the best blend of performance, cost and features.

Windows 8 Tips

header_girl_bottomIf you are like many people that have a new computer and are in desperate need of help, do not worry, there are many folks in your situation. Your new Windows 8 Program can be very confusing if you have never had any experience with it before, but all you need is a few Windows 8 pointers. Once you get used to the system, you will be able to maneuver through it quickly and without any problems.

When you buy your computer you will have a default theme. If you do not like this, there is a simple way to change it. All you have to do is right-click the desktop and click personalization. You can also enter personalization in the search field and click the personalization result. You can choose from four different options. The My Themes option allows you to customize and make your own themes. Windows Default Themes allow you to choose from a set list of themes. Installed Themes could be from your device’s manufacturer or other non Microsoft provider. High Contrast Themes make the text standout and easier to read.

If you have been looking for the Windows messenger on your Windows 8 machine or device, it is not there. In 2013 it was replaced with Skype. You get free IMs and are able to transfer your contacts when you update to Skype and sign in with your Microsoft account.

If you are looking to increase available disc space on your computer it is very easy. All you have to do is go to start. You will see an instant search text box. Simply type “disc cleanup” in the box. Then you will need to click the disk cleanup option. Then select the drive that you would like to clean up and select OK. Then you will click the Disc Cleanup tab, and select the boxes for the file types you wish to delete. Then in the confirmation screen you will click Delete Files. It is just that simple. More disc space frees you to download more pictures and do other things on your computer. It will also help your computer to run a little quicker. Windows 8 is easier than you think. Keep working and every day it will be a little easier.

More tips to come!

Holiday Shopping on Cyber Monday

Tired of waiting in line for the sales of Black Friday? Well, now you can get great deals from the comfort of your own home on Cyber Monday. “What’s Cyber Monday?” You ask. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving when online shoppers congest the e-commerce world with traffic. It is the cyber world’s equivalent to local retailers Black Friday. Many online distributors offer customers holiday discounts and sales in attempts to lure patrons away from crowded malls and into the relaxing world of online shopping. With the abundant array of stores now located on the World Wide Web, the hassles of holiday shopping can be made easier with just a few clicks of the mouse from the comforts of your own home.

And to make online shopping more enticing to the holiday shopper, many online retailers, like, offer customers not only great holiday deals, but also ideas for gifts and convenient shipping discounts on Cyber Monday and through out the rest of the holiday shopping season. Have your holiday shopping lists prepared and ready to go? Many online retail sites offer their own easy to use search engines to make zipping through that holiday list near effortless. Just type in the brand or product name of the gift that you are looking for and let your computer takes care of the rest.

So why wait in line all night in the cold after your Thanksgiving meals? Take a few days, relax until Monday and shop with ease online. Best of all, you are sure to find everything to meet your holiday needs at the tip of you fingers without having to wait in any long holiday check out lines.

The Greenest Technologies

The independent global campaigning organization Green Peace is constantly working to encourage the preservation of the environment and peace. In their efforts to try to persuade people to change their attitudes and behaviors to be more environmentally conscious, Green Peace developed the “The Guide to Greener Electronics” in 2006. This “guide” informs the public about the top 18 electronic manufacturers’ policies regarding toxic chemicals and plant waste. By publishing this information and making it readily available to the public, Green Peace has motivated many manufacturers to take responsibility for their ecological footprint and change their policies to commit to improving their green efforts. This includes abolishing the use of any toxic chemicals, increasing plant and product energy efficiency, and taking responsibility for their electronic waste. Not only has Green Peace’s efforts motivated manufacturers to change their ways, they have also inspired many consumers to change their buying habits as well. As more green options become available to consumers, consumers can make the choice not to support brands or manufacturers who do not abide by these “green guidelines”.

In 2008 Green Peace began extended its “Guide to Greener Electronics” and published its first “Green Products Survey”. This survey invites top electronic manufacturers to submit one of their products that they consider to be the greenest. Among those to participate were Acer, Dell, HP, Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.