Right Clique Weekly 2016-12-27T13:06:33+00:00

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Crowd Funding Sense of Humor?

Crowd Funding Sense of Humor?

Many of you have already heard of crowd funding - a way for start-up ventures to raise money without going through venture capital firms. There are several crowd funding sites on the internet where you can explain your business venture, how much money you need, and what the investors will get out of it.  Then sit back and wait as people[...]
Take Pictures by Thinking About it!

Take Pictures by Thinking About it!

A London-based startup has created an app that lets users take pictures simply by concentrating. Created by design studio This Place, MindRDR uses both Google Glass and a brain activity-monitoring device to take photos and then post them to social media without ever touching a screen. The brain activity device - known as the Neurosky EEG biosensor - tracks the kind of[...]
Windows 7 End-of-Life Announced!

Windows 7 End-of-Life Announced!

This past week Microsoft formally announced that mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 - just 5 months away.  Since Windows 7 is running on half of the PC's in the world, this has major implications. Don't panic though - this is very different from the end of 'Extended Support' which is what happened to Windows XP[...]
Get Ready for Bitcoin!

Get Ready for Bitcoin!

The last time I mentioned bitcoin in Right Clique was to tell you about CryptoLocker - an extortion type of malware that would encrypt your computer information and then require you to pay them a ransom to get it back. The ransom had to be paid in bitcoin. If you missed that article, click here to read it now. What is[...]
Easily Do More with PDF Files!

Easily Do More with PDF Files!

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are widely used because they are an easy way to send documents through email as attachments that don't require the recipient to have special software installed to read them. Because of that popularity, there are lots of programs that add functionality to PDF files. Here's a gem that you'll want to add to your Right Clique[...]
Organize Your Cords and Cables for Free!

Organize Your Cords and Cables for Free!

We've all become used to and sometimes frustrated by the complexity of today's technology. It's refreshing to see something so simple and free. Thanks to Barbara Root for this suggestion. And without any explanation, here is a photo that says it all! [...]
Use Outlook?  Save Time!

Use Outlook? Save Time!

Millions of people use Microsoft Outlook to read and write email messages. If you're one of them, here are some easy tips & tricks to save time and do more with it. For example, you can create a new email from your clipboard... Copy any text to your clipboard, then in Outlook press Ctrl-V. Outlook creates a new message with the text[...]
Be Safer and Protect Your Loved Ones

Be Safer and Protect Your Loved Ones

Kitestring is a safecall service. Start a trip on Kitestring (either on the website or via SMS), and it texts you later to make sure you're okay. Reply to the message (or check in on the website) within 5 minutes and all is well. If you don't check in, the service alerts a list of emergency contacts that you set up[...]
Send Truly Confidential Messages From Your Phone!

Send Truly Confidential Messages From Your Phone!

This is a free, super-private texting app that's available for both Apple and Android phones. It's really simple. Receive messages from your friends and colleagues, "wand" over the words with your finger to read them, and watch them disappear without a trace when you're done. They're gone for good - no forwarding and no archiving. Also, your texts are screenshot-proof because only[...]
Manage All of Your Browser Plugins!

Manage All of Your Browser Plugins!

Plugins are programs that you can add to your internet browsers (or that sometimes get automatically added for you) - to give your browsers extra functionality such as: Viewing PDF files directly in your browser View movies in your browser Integration with Evernote Integration with Microsoft Office There are thousands of free plugins available.  Many are quite useful. The downside is that they can slow down[...]
Directly Edit PDF Files for Free!

Directly Edit PDF Files for Free!

I get several calls a month from clients who want to make a quick change to a PDF file they have and then send it to someone.  They don't have the original document (Word, Excel, etc) that it was created in.  They just want to erase a few words, or delete some of the pages, or even add an image. I[...]
Smart Air Conditioners!

Smart Air Conditioners!

The window air conditioner unit has remained pretty much unchanged since the 1970s.  So it's about time for a technology update.Aros is a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers, and has lots of very interesting features: Learns from your patterns to cool when you need it, not when you don't Smart scheduling learns your habits and adjusts to cool the[...]
Can You Get Viruses From Texting?

Can You Get Viruses From Texting?

I often get asked whether it's possible to get a virus on your phone or tablet. The answer is an absolute YES. It seems odd that we hear about computers getting viruses or malware all the time, but it isn't too often that you hear of a mobile phone getting a virus. And yet it happens. Phones are not immune to[...]
Speed Up Your Computer!

Speed Up Your Computer!

Decrapifier is a program that scans your computer for programs that are commonly installed on new computers, otherwise known as crapware, and allows you to easily remove them. In order to generate additional revenue, many manufacturers pre-install 3rd party programs on new computers. These programs use up hard drive space and consume memory and CPU resources. This causes your computer to[...]
Quickly Calculate Complex Tips and Splits

Quickly Calculate Complex Tips and Splits

The next time you get the bill at the end of a meal, just Google it. A new tip calculator can instantly tell you how much you should leave behind, and even lets you split the bill between friends. Best of all there's no app to download, install, or find on your screen. Just open up your internet browser and go[...]
Turn your iPhone into a wireless HD document camera!

Turn your iPhone into a wireless HD document camera!

Easily present hard copy materials from books, magazines, or physical objects as part of your lectures or meetings. This free app for iPhones is something I never knew I needed until I tried it! Air Scanner wirelessly projects HD images from you device's camera to a web browser running on the same WiFi network. Just fire up Air Scanner and type in[...]
Save time and money on complex driving routes

Save time and money on complex driving routes

Do you have several errands to run and wonder what the optimal route is to save gas and/or time? Are you a service person trying to determine when to schedule your appointments for the day? Do you ever wish Mapquest and Google Maps could show multiple destinations on the same map? If you answered yes to any of one of these questions, then[...]
Most of Your Bank, Credit Card and Sensitive Information is at Risk Now!

Most of Your Bank, Credit Card and Sensitive Information is at Risk Now!

Some of you know me personally, and can attest that I'm not prone to exaggeration or marketing hype. This is a major, immediate risk to almost all businesses and you need to do something about it ASAP. Let's start with a plain English explanation of the Heartbleed Bug. Your bank usually tells you to look out for the green padlock on[...]
Best Calendar App!

Best Calendar App!

I've spent more on calendar apps for my smart phone and tablet over the years, than on all my other apps put together. That's because I rely very heavily on my calendar. As my wife will attest, if something isn't in my calendar, odds are it won't happen. Trouble with all of them is they look good in the description, but[...]
Make Your Computer Faster and More Secure on Your Own!

Make Your Computer Faster and More Secure on Your Own!

I'm seeing more and more commercials on TV about software you can buy to speed up your computer. Of course you can do a Google search and find dozens of similar products that cost nothing - many of which automatically install unwanted programs and even malware (get what you pay for?). The best of these programs is available for free with[...]