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GeekLift: Digitize your signature, edit PDFs, and speed up your cell phone practices

Welcome to Thursday! You’ve almost made it to the weekend. In today’s installment of the GeekLift, I’m going to try to wean you off that old fax machine. Yes, they still come in handy from time to time, but they’re really not necessary. I’ll teach you a two-fer: digitize your signature and use it with PDFs so you can dump that fax. I also have some quick nuances to...

Make Google Maps default in iPhone

I had a buddy text me the other night wondering if there was a way to make Google Maps default in iPhone. If you’ve used Apple Maps for any stretch of time, you’ve probably been misguided at some point. It’s happened to me several times. Apple Maps tried to send through a brick wall….literally. Yes, Apple Maps is pretty. But I need it to work and get me where I need to go...

Vine: Save your iPhone cords!

Lately I’ve noticed I have far too many iPhone charger plugs than I do cords. Most cords fall victim to strangulation – overuse and twisting that eventually damages the cord fibers near the plug of the cord. Alas, a solution. Check out my latest fine for a very simple fix to prevent ‘neck-breaking’ your iPhone cords. Granted, a pen loses its life, but...

2013 WWDC Summary

No more kitties. One of the big surprises from  the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco was the name of the new operating system release. For what seems to be forever, Apple has always named their software after cats, Tiger, Lion, Snow Leopard, the list goes on. But this year is different. They’ve switched their naming conventions to California landmarks. This...

Sunday project: Nest Thermostat installation

I’ve begun transforming our apartment into a ‘smart’ apartment. My goal is to start adding some high-tech features to help streamline our lives with more efficiency, less headache and just a solid dose of ‘cool’. I have been testing out the Rec10 Wireless Internet Booster by Amped Wireless. So far, so good. I’m able to fill my apartment with a solid internet...

Why you should back up cloud data

When ‘cloud’ servers started popping up, I have to admit, I didn’t know what was going on. I understood the premise, but I couldn’t quite understand how these servers would handle the massive amount of data people consumed and saved. But now ‘the cloud’ is a popular option for hosting your information. But should I be worried Google loses all my Gmail...

The new mid-life crisis: the Internet

If you were asked to step away from the Internet, could you? No, stop and think hard. Could you actually stop using your cell phone apps, maps, Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds, Skype, Facetime, Google….? Paul Miller is a man who took the challenge. I won’t tell you how it ends. But this video is quite a project by Paul and the group at The Verge. I didn’t know anything about Paul...

Pronounce GIF: Format creator honored, confirms how you say it

They’ve surrounded us forever. They’re the little, animated images that you find on horribly designed home-made websites from yesteryear, to the massively-visited sports and social websites of today. The animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has proven it is much more popular than the tired old  .bmp, .rips, .figs and many other file formats we’ve seen over the years. The...

3D inspection nothing new for South Florida company

The Great 3D Revolution Recently the social interwebs came alive with with video of a 25-year-old, Ray Ban-clad, hat bill-flipped Texan popping off rounds from a handgun at a local gun range. It wasn’t exciting. What was, is the fact that the gun he was using was made of all plastic and it was made with a 3D printer. Cody Wilson shot once and killed twice that day. He killed the notion that...

What is a fingerprint scanner? Passwords could be a thing of the past

When was the last time you went to a website you haven’t been to in months or years and attempted to log in? You were forced to think back to last year and your most popular password you used for all your accounts. We’re told to change our passwords often, so if you try to log in with a newer variation of your old password, congratulations, you’re listening. But that still...

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