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The Tech Brief
All the technology news you want to stay informed of new websites, software, gadgets and pretty much anything digital. We stay brief and on point.
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?Boo? or ?Rah?? BooRah ? The Place to Get Your Restaurant Reviews
2008-06-02 16:55:00
Not quite sure where to eat? Do you want to know what others think about a particular restaurant? Try BooRah! BooRah is a semantic and natural language processing aggregator of restaurant reviews. The service pulls in reviews from numerous review sites and a substantial list of restaurant review blogs, and then analyzes the emotional tone ...
More About: Reviews , Food , Restaurant , Service , Place
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Reviewed
2008-05-30 18:30:00
I got a chance to use a great piece of software. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery  is a complete solution that helps you to search, locate and recover your lost, missing, inaccessible or deleted data. It is pretty cool in the fact that what you thought you might have deleted is actually not deleted at all. ...
More About: Software , Backup
Gas-Saving Sites To Keep Us Calm
2008-05-27 16:39:00
As gas price increase, my bank account decreases. I currently own an SUV (not for long) and to fill up my car, I have to take out a loan…Well, maybe not that bad quite yet, but at over $100, I am just about willing to do anything to fill up for as cheap as possible. ...
More About: News , Service , Websites , Sites , Featured
Talk in Style, but For A Cost
2008-05-19 14:30:00
I am in Walmart browsing through the CDs when I hear the man beside me yelling about the front porch being painted sandy brown instead or burnt orange. I should mention that it was just me and the man in that section. I look up, thinking he was, for some unknown reason, talking to me. ...
More About: Style , Cost , Talk , In Style , Earbuds
Where are all the Landlines Going?
2008-05-16 18:09:00
I know I am young (24) so my generation definitely knows what a cell phone is and how much money it can save if we just have a cellphone and not a landline. So many people I talked to no longer have landlines these days; or either they do, but never use them. Why? I ...
More About: News , Statistics , Featured
WiFi: Free or Ad-Supported?
2008-05-12 14:07:00
The battle between free and paid wireless Internet access is starting to look fierce. However, I think there is going to be a draw, rather than a winner. Meet free WiFi with advertisements; everybody wins! Wherever I go, I am notified of WiFi signals from everywhere. Personal, Airports , Businesses, Hotels , Parks, etc. All these places are ...
More About: Free , Cost , Wifi
The New Nikon S52 and S52c
2008-05-05 17:45:00
I got a chance to get a lot of information on the new Nikon Coolpix S52 and S52c, which were announced in April. I never was a big fan of the Nikon point-and-shoot cameras, but after a very detailed explanation and review of the Nikon S51c compared to the S52, I am happy to say ...
More About: Review
I Digg Digsby - The Fun Messenger
2008-05-02 17:08:00
I have tried a large number of social networking tools, and have remained unimpressed. Twitter’s desktop tools fail to astonish me, and selections for other tools are even more sparse. I have also tried a number of combined IM clients, such as Trillian, Pidgin, and Miranda, and have remained unimpressed. Although, Trillian Astra may be ...
More About: Software , Service , Digg , Messenger , Featured
iPhone To Encroach on Blackberry
2008-04-29 20:50:00
What do you think about the iPhone? Is it what it is all cracked up to be? Would you prefer an iPhone or a Blackberry ? Those are a few questions I think about when I look at the current trend and the intentions of both Research in Motion and Apple’s iPhone. Apple is trying to bust in on Blackberry lovers, but do you think they will be successful? Maybe. I currently own an iPhone, and honestly because I love Apple products. They are well made, easy to use, and a joy to have. The iPhone is not the most functional phone when you think about it, but it does what I need it to do, and does it well. Beforehand, I owned a Blackberry. Quite functional if you ask me, but Blackberrys’ just don’t give me that wow-factor that the iPhone has and that is what I like in addition to functionality for my needs/wants. Make no mistake that the iPhone has shaken up the industry. In just the last three months of 2007, smartphone shipments shot up 60 percent from a year ago, according to...
More About: Iphone
Green is the New Black
2008-04-21 18:54:00
As companies rush to “go green,” determining the right approach to creating effective Web-based communications that capture the spirit of environmental conservation is crucial. This year, astounding amounts of consumers have switched to energy-efficient light bulbs and have traded in their SUVs for Priuses, only to make yourself sit and wonder. Is going Green the ...
More About: Products , Future , Tech , Black
A Chance to Win a MacBook Air & SugarSync
2008-04-16 00:03:00
We are partnering with SugarSync to give away a MacBook Air.  This is the sexiest laptop on the planet, so check out the contest details and enter to win over here.  Good luck.
More About: Chance , Macbook , Macbook Air
Pandora VS Last.FM
2008-04-14 20:00:00
I love music, so it comes as no surprise that I enjoy a good music discovery service. I am constantly on the prowl for music, and with my eclectic taste, the search is endless. Two popular services that I use quite often are Last.FM and Pandora . These two services are responsible for my lack of ...
More About: Software , Services , Service
HP Enters With Unlimited Backup
2008-04-11 15:42:00
As the battle continues against the ultimate online backup solutions, HP has stepped forth with its service called HP Upline. It is a decent backup product at a good price point, but it has a few frustrating limitations. The software is simple to get started with and the paid plans provide unlimited storage for your documents, ...
More About: Software , Backup , Service , Storage , Online
Still Looking to Get Rid of Those ?Tronics??
2008-04-07 19:54:00
Remember when I first introduced BuyMyTronics? BuyMyTronics pays you for your new, used, or damaged electronics when you send them in by mail. To receive some money for your “tronic,” you will need to use the provided pull-down menus to describe the condition of your item. BuyMyTronics will then generate an approximate value of your tronic, ...
More About: News , Service , Paid , Sell
Buxfer + iPhone: The Easy Way to Manage Your Money
2008-04-02 20:15:00
Buxfer is an online application that allows you to maintain and manage your financial stability, along with monitoring any debts that you owe or are owed. The layout is appealing and Buxfer?s competition could soon be struggling. Following a recent alliance with the Apple iPhone , you can take advantage of what Buxfer has to ...
More About: Money , Iphone , Service , Easy
Print Media VS Online Media. Who Will Win?
2008-03-31 19:13:00
Let’s face it. Journalism in the future will be different. The changes may be disorienting to those who are used to the old ways of doing things, but change is definitely coming. A morning routine for my father on Sunday’s was to wake up, fix himself some coffee, go outside and grab the newspaper, and ...
More About: News , Media , Technology , Print , Online
TradeVibes - The Best New Tool for Bloggers, Website Owners and Investors
2008-03-26 14:00:00
TradeVibes is a wiki-type platform that allows individuals to promote and discuss information regarding private companies on the Web.  TradeVibes calls itself an information gathering engine and is, in my opinion, the most valuable new tool for bloggers and Website owners.  Recently out of private beta, TradeVibes has raised millions in sponsors and is growing ...
More About: News , Tool , Trade
3 Minutes to Decide With SpeedDate
2008-03-24 18:00:00
Last year, I wrote about the popular WooMe and people seemed to really enjoy the site. If you just can’t get enough, feast your eyes upon SpeedDate.com. Launched last October, Co-founder Dan Abelon helped to start what now seems to be the biggest trend. SpeedDate.com is exactly what the name implies - fast dating. Similar ...
More About: Dating , Service , Online , Minutes
Here Goes Gizmoz!
2008-03-19 14:00:00
CEO of Gizmoz, Eyal Gever, has done quite well with impressing the online community with this 3D avatar site.  In the current social networking craze, Gizmoz offers an interesting way to spice up your current Myspace or other SN site and it seems numerous online surfers are searching for more to make their page unique.  ...
More About: News , Animation , Service , Avatar
E-Waste: Start Thinking About The Future
2008-03-17 19:00:00
We never really think about this: Where do all our electronics go when we throw them away? This is called E-waste, and it may be a bigger problem than we think. E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common ...
More About: Electronics , Gadgets , Future , Donate , The Future
Pow! Thwack! Klonk! How you can be a comic hero.
2008-03-12 16:00:00
Have you ever secretly wanted to be a comic hero?  Many of us grew up on reading the famous comics such as Peanuts, Dilbert & Calvin and Hobbes.  You can see these plus many more on comics.com if you are up for a flashback to your child or maybe young adulthood.  You can also subscribe ...
More About: Comic , Service , Hero , Featured
A Look at a Few Wi-Fi Devices
2008-03-11 19:58:00
Wi-Fi is nothing new to us. When wireless internet first arrived to us, I thought how nice it would be for a massive Wi-Fi signal to allow anyone and everyone to access the internet for free. Although  such ubiquitous Wi-Fi is still so far away, we have managed to come quite close. I use a ...
More About: Wireless , Gadgets , Devices , Wi-Fi , Text
Which is better for Facebook?Digg or Mixx?
2008-03-05 15:00:00
I received an email the other day from Mixx , announcing that they have collaborated with Facebook to allow you to Mixx while never leaving your beloved Facebook site.  Then I remembered that Facebook is already enabled with Digg , so naturally I?ve set out to figure out which social networking and news submission site collaboration is ...
More About: News
Twine Does The Work For You
2008-03-03 19:09:00
How often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds, and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item? Although I am pretty organized, sometimes even my organization skills need a little help. A company in San Francisco, Radar Networks, is testing a free, ...
More About: Work , Websites , Twine , Assistant
To Be or Not To Be an Online Shopper
2008-02-27 18:05:00
As the generations? age and identity theft remains, Internet users continue to debate on whether or not online shopping is a good idea.  The Pew Internet Project found that while theft, age and income all play factors in the individuals? choice in online shopping, the demand and usage of online buying has risen over the ...
More About: News , Online , Shopper
Internet Usage is Growing, But is it Going?
2008-02-25 20:30:00
Internet use keeps climbing, with video being the big driver in recent years. Google’s YouTube, which started up in 2005, already accounts for about 10 percent of Internet traffic. What does that mean for internet service providers? Internet service providers have been serving us an “all-you-can-eat” internet service for years. That has worked great, because they ...
More About: Videos , Internet , Growing , Usage
The Secret of Success Revealed
2008-02-20 14:30:00
  It?s February, how many of you have already given up on your New Year?s resolution?  Or, if you are like me, you didn?t bother making a resolution because you knew you wouldn?t stick to it.  ExpertClick.com reports that ?somewhere in the vicinity of 97% of New Year?s resolutions won?t be kept.’  That is a pretty ...
More About: News , Service , Success , The Secret , Secret
The Next Big Thing of 08?
2008-02-18 16:25:00
With each passing year, personal technology such as phones, gadgets, media electronics, and more get better, smaller, and cheaper. With the introduction of the Apple iPhone and other milestones, 2007 was an incredible year. That means 2008 can only get better and looking at last year’s trends, we are going to take a look at ...
More About: Trends , Tech , Featured , Thing
Traffic Generating Tips For Your New Site/Blog
2008-02-13 19:16:00
Do you have a website? Do you have a blog. Do you own both? A good majority of people have either a blog or a website. If you don’t, now is the time to learn about them and start your own. It is super simple and there are companies out there that practically do all ...
More About: Website , Increase Traffic , Traffic , Tips , Tricks
Serene Martens
2008-02-12 23:36:00
Dear Readers, Today I have a wish to reach out to you. Recently one of our writers “The Grizz” has learned that his daughter’s life threatening tumor is once again growing. Three years ago, his daughter was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor. He and his family traveled out to Boston where his ...
More About: News , Featured , Serene
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