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Do you know how much of your online information is actually private? By keeping track of the information that you share with others you can limit your risk of privacy invasion. Check out the article below and find out where your information goes.

Defend Your Privacy

Winter holidays are finally here!

It’s time to get back in touch with family and friends. Spent all your money on books and nothing left for long distance? No problem. We know just the way to save your wallet. Make FREE calls this holiday season using Google Talk, Skype and Whistle.

Google Talk

Google Talk is a free tool you can use to communicate with your friends and family using Gmail. You can chat, talk, or even video call to anyone else for who’s online! Did we mention it’s FREE?

Go to: Google Talk

Skype

Skype is a free service that allows you to communicate using voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Calls to other Skype users are free and you can also call to any traditional phone for a small fee.

Go to: Skype

Whistle Phone

Whistle Phone is an easy-to-use service for iOS devices, Mac and Windows PC. Make FREE phone calls to anyone in the US, plus save on your international phone calls with low calling rates.

Go to: Whistle App Page

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program provides $9.95 a month Internet and a low-cost ($150 plus tax) computer for qualifying families.

How to qualify

To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria:

  • Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  • Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

http://www.internetessentials.com

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Summer vacations are already starting, a little reminder about tipping around the world will save you from embarrassment

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If your computer doesn’t have Microsoft Office Suite software, you can use an alternative software: Open Office which is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

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When you want a service that will organize your uploaded photos, tag them with the date and location, and then share them out to friends, you have plenty of web services to choose from. Many offer editing tools, and others have huge communities. Here’s a look at five of the most popular web sites for robust image hosting.

SmugMug
Five Best Web Sites for Image Hosting and Photo Sharing A number of you noted that SmugMug was the ideal photo hosting service for pros – people who really care about their shots. It might have something to do with the unlimited storage for paid users, live customer support, and the elegant and attractive themes and galleries that SmugMug offers. Additionally, SmugMug allows you to quickly share your photos with friends on Facebook and Twitter, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and support for direct uploads from multiple image editing apps.

Picasa
Five Best Web Sites for Image Hosting and Photo Sharing Google’s Picasa started off as a small service, but with age and features it grew into a photo hosting and image sharing powerhouse that’s free for everyone to use, gives you editing features and gallery management tools, and both a desktop app to keep track of your photos locally and a web app to help you build galleries to share with the web. Picasa integrates with your Google account for sharing, and while it doesn’t have mobile apps, you will see your Picasa Web Albums photos on your Android phone.

Photobucket
Five Best Web Sites for Image Hosting and Photo Sharing Photobucket does an amazing job of walking the line between social network and photo hosting service. Photobucket’s pride is in its users and the way they can connect to one another, share photos with each other or with the world via Twitter, Facebook, or even on their own sites by embedding their photos directly. Photobucket also has mobile apps for iOS and Android, and now the previously mentioned Snapbucket mobile app that makes snapping photos on your phone a bit more fun.

Facebook
Five Best Web Sites for Image Hosting and Photo Sharing Close to 700 million users couldn’t be wrong, could they? Uploading your photos directly to Facebook is easy, and since its photo hosting and gallery management tools are easy to use, they’re a great way to get your images in front of the people you want to see them. Plus, you can tag your friends and let them know you uploaded a photo of them, for good or ill. Facebook has mobile apps for virtually every platform, and all of them allow you to post photos. There are no image editing tools, but what it lacks in pro features it makes up for as a social network.

Flickr
Five Best Web Sites for Image Hosting and Photo Sharing Mention image sharing on the web and Flickr will probably be the first site to jump to mind. With a pro account, you can upload as many photos you want and organize them into as many galleries and collections as you choose. It’s cheap and almost every photo sharing app supports Flickr uploads. Flickr’s competition may have it beat on themes and customizations or mobile apps (Flickr only has official mobile apps for iPhone and Windows Phone 7,) but what it loses it makes up for with an open API and huge community of developers, professional photographers, and photo enthusiasts of all experience levels.


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