Deal of the Day: Save 47% on the Anker USB 3.0 7-Port Powered Hub with a 1.2 Amp Charging Port

daily-dealToday only you can save a whopping 47% on the awesome Anker USB 3.0 7-Port Powered Hub with a 1.2 Amp Charging Port.

USB 3.0 ports offer the best combination of speed and convenience when connecting USB flash drives, digital cameras, mobile devices, external USB hard drives and more to a computer. But many modern laptops only come with 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports.

This awesome hub is a perfect solution when you need to connect several USB 3.0 devices to your computer. And today you can get it for 47% off!

Click here to read more about this fantastic deal at Amazon.

About the “Deal of the Day”: Every day Amazon offers large one-day-only discounts on select items. In this spot I’ll be featuring the deal that I like best every morning so you can check it out! Enjoy!

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links.

Q&A: Do I need to let the battery in a new laptop fully charge before using it?

hp-laptop-chargerQuestion from Brenda F.:  I just bought my 11 year old son his first laptop. It’s an HP Pavilion. The salesman told me I need to let the battery charge to 100% before I give it to him.

In the past I have always just unboxed my new laptops and plugged them in and started using them immediately, and as far as I know there was never any problem.

Do you think I really need to charge the battery before I give it to him? I’d prefer to let HIM open the box since it’s a gift.

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How to disable auto-playing videos on Facebook

facebook-logoBy now you have probably noticed that many of the videos in your news feed now start playing automatically as soon as they load. And like me, you might find that a bit distracting.

Luckily, it’s very easy to disable auto-play videos on Facebook. Just follow these steps: [Continue Reading]

Galaxy S5′s ‘Download Booster’ feature disabled by Sprint, Verizon and AT&T

galaxy-s5-download-boosterThe awesome Samsung Galaxy S5 smart phone comes with an equally awesome feature called “Download Booster”.

In a nutshell, Download Booster does just as its name implies by using a cellular signal and Wi-Fi connection simultaneously to speed up large file downloads to your phone.

Sounds great, right? Well, it is. But don’t count on using it if your cellular provider is either Sprint, Verizon or AT&T.

Those spoil-sports have apparently instructed Samsung to disable the Download Booster feature on Galaxy S5 phones that will be used on their networks and completely remove the option from the phones’ settings menus. [Continue Reading]

Do you remember when…?

rotary-phoneDo you remember when…?

  • Your entire house had just one telephone and the entire family took turns using it.
  • When the phone rang, the closest person to it answered it.
  • It was located on a “telephone stand” which was probably sitting against an outside wall.
  • It was hard-wired to the wall jack, which meant you couldn’t unplug it and take it with you. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: How can I get my picture to load in Photoshop Elements without causing an error?

photoshop-elements-10-logoQuestion from Lexie:  Rick, I have Photoshop Elements 10 and I love it, but I have this one image file that I can’t get to load.

I’ve tried opening the file by right-clicking on it in Windows Explorer and selecting “Open with > Photoshop Elements” and by using the “File > Open” dialog from within Elements. It simply refuses to load and I get an error message every time.

I only have this problem with one photo that I desperately need to edit and print. All other photos load correctly, and even the one that won’t load into Elements opens fine in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

Any idea why this might be happening? This is on a Dell Dimension desktop PC with Windows 7.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why won’t my Acer laptop boot into Windows?

acer-laptopQuestion from Daniel W.:  I have a 2 year old Acer laptop with Windows 7. I can’t get it to boot up anymore. When I turn it on it beeps and displays this message:

“No Bootable Device — Please Restart System”

What could be causing this? I hope it’s not a bad hard drive but I suspect that it is. This just started last night and it’s very aggravating.

Anyway, thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Find out instantly if the site you’re visiting is affected by the Heartbleed bug

chromebleed-logoBy now you probably know about the dangerous Heartbleed bug that’s affecting millions of secure websites. It’s a pretty nasty vulnerability that must be avoided at all costs.

A few days ago I wrote about a great tool developed by the folks at LastPass that lets you check to see if a particular website is affected by Heartbleed. Well, now there’s another tool that’s even faster and easier to use. [Continue Reading]