Yearly Archive for: ‘2013’

Having Trouble Finding A Good Doctor?

vitals-logoChoosing a doctor is one of the most important personal decisions we make. For many of us finding a doctor in our neighborhood and checking their credentials can be very frustrating and confusing.  Vitals takes the guesswork out of the question “Which doctor is best for me?” Vitals has comprehensive information on doctors to help you make sense of your choices quickly and with confidence.

Recent statistics confirm that 4 out of 5 Americans use the Web to look for health information online. Half of those look up their providers through search engines, and about 40% use physician review websites.

Why are so many people using the web for information about physicians? Read Xavier E. Martinez’s interview with executives from Vitals at

Click Here to take a tour of Vitals.  Check on some of your existing doctors or search for some of the best doctors in your area.

Vitals is also available as an app for your smartphone, a handy tool when you are on the road.

Are You Confused By All The New Tablets In The Market?

As reported earlier, tablets are expected to outsell desktop and laptop computers in the 4th quarter of this year.

Sascha Segan in her review in PCMagazine of the tablet market writes that “The new Apple iPad mini With Retina display ($399 to $829) is just a shrunken iPad Air. It’s so similar to Apple’s flagship tablet that your decision will pretty much be completely based on size and price. Like the Air, this is one of the slimmest and best-built tablets you’ll find anywhere. It’s an absolute pleasure to use. But unlike the large-screen Air, the iPad mini has many viable small-tablet competitors that are much less expensive, making it less of a must-buy and more of a luxury purchase.”

Click below to read the full article.

PC Magazine’s comparison of tablets


C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

The New York Times reports that “The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.”

How do you feel about this?

Do you believe that this is the only company where your personal information is being supplied to the government?

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How Good Is Your Wireless Network?

Are you finding that the wireless service in your home or office is not giving you the range or service that you need?  Confused about which wireless router you should buy?  It’s great having a speedy wireless network, but if you only get great speed when you are right next to the router and get no signal if you leave the room, then speed doesn’t mean so much. You need to boost the signal’s range. offers 10 suggestions on how to increase the range and speed of your wireless network

Click here to read the full article

Do you what to look for when buying a router?  Home and small business users can feel frustrated about purchasing, setting up, and maintaining a wireless router and their own wireless networks. Although I recommend hiring someone to set up your wireless network, offers some tips for picking out the perfect Wi-Fi router for your home or small business.

Click here to read the full article



How to Buy A Printer

Picking the right printer can be tough, with so many variations in features, and individual printers with almost any possible combination of those variations available.

Before you run out to the store (or compare prices online), sit down and determine your needs. At that point, you will be in a better position to figure out what type of printer and what features match your needs.

Click below to read a roundup of the type of printers in the market. Good reading before making a purchase.

How to Buy A Printer – How to Buy a Printer | Roundup |

Smart Watches – Not Ready for Prime Time

According to a recent article in MIT’s Technology Review site,, in theory, smart watches offer a smoother, more natural way of checking information than pulling out a smartphone. The act of glancing at your watch is a commonly accepted social custom, and it’s intriguing that an old form factor could come back to prominence. It’s just that now we want to see more at a glance than simply the time.

Click below to read the complete review.


What Your Kids Can Teach You About Tech

“The millennial generation has consumer technology figured out. They keep costs to a bare minimum while their parents pay hundreds of dollars a month for cellphone, cable or satellite TV, Internet services and other technology.” So states  Karen Blumenthal in an article in the Wall Street Journal.

In her article, she suggests you consider whether you need a landline and why many people are just relying on their cell phone at home.  For those of you that have a smartphone, make sure your data plan matches your usage.

Savings can also be realized by making sure you are using wireless technology, whether at home or on the road to access the Internet.

And finally, do you really need a TV?

To read her article click below:

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Tech –

Should You Be Upgrading To The Latest iPhone?

A great deal has been written about the new iPhones (5S and 5C).  Should you consider upgrading or sticking with your current phone.  If you have the iPhone 4 or 4S, the new phones offer a significant upgrade. If you have the iPhone 5, you might not be interested unless you are interested in some of the new features described in the articles below.

Here’s what Shelly Palmer has to say about the new phones.

iPhone 5s, 5c Release Reveals Apples True Direction.

For another analysis, click below to read what Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal reports.

Walt Mossberg on the iPhone 5S

David Pogue in the New York Times outlines 3 lessons to be learned from the introduction of the new iPhones.

David Pogue in the NY Times






Tablets Are Expected to Outsell PCs in 4th Qtr 2013

Have you bought your first tablet yet?  Hard to believe that the forecast is that more tablets will be sold during the holiday season than desktop and laptop computers.

Whether you are a Windows or Apple person, change is in the air.

To read the full article in the Digits Section of the Wall Street Journal, click below.

In First, Tablets Are Expected to Outsell PCs – Digits – WSJ.

Starting a New Business? Do You Have a Mobile Strategy?

Global sales of smartphones and tablets have surpassed those of conventional computers. According to a recent study by Deloitte, “global mobile traffic as a percentage of total Internet traffic is expected to reach nearly 20 percent by the end of this year—compared with less than 5 percent at the end of 2010.”

The same report indicates “The prospect of outsized returns from investments in mobile has attracted startups and venture capitalists. Some of these firms are placing big bets on mobile-only initiatives and investments. In fact, a quarter of the firms and projects in a survey of venture capitalist and startup incubators have built their strategies on mobile technology.

If you are starting a new venture, regardless of the size of your company, your ability to be competitive will depend on the strength of your mobile program.

To read the entire article, click here or below.

Is Your Mobile Strategy Keeping Pace? – Deloitte CIO – WSJ.

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