Loot Crate Review

09/21/2014
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If you spend a lot of time on social media, you may have noticed a fair number of ads for subscription boxes on your feed. The trend of companies offering monthly packs of curated products has steadily grown over the past several years, and you can now find sites offering boxes of everything from specialty dog treats to designer makeup shipped directly to your door. I’ve always wondered how well these services work and if they’re worth the price, so I decided to try some of them out.

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Anna asks, “Are my iCloud photos safe?”

09/11/2014
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Q: I’ve heard in the news that hackers were able to download private pictures from the iCloud accounts of celebrities. I use an iPhone, and I think it has iCloud. Are my photos safe?

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#65 Shootin’ from the Hip

08/28/2014
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On this edition of the Deemable Tech podcast, Ray and Tom have off-the-cuff answers for your questions about Windows 7 service packs, spam and our very own Deemable Tech app. The guys also share their thoughts on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge currently making waves on social media, and discuss other…

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Mara asks, “How can I block calls on my smartphone?”

08/21/2014
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Q: Help me Deemable Tech, you’re my only hope! I keep getting calls on my smartphone from a strange number. When I pick up, no one is there. Is there any way I can block this annoyance?

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Eileen asks, “How can I find out where a website is hosted and who the owner is?”

08/07/2014
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Q: I got my cell phone number about seven years ago. The problem is that the previous owner’s name and my phone number figure prominently on a charitable organization’s website, and I have been getting calls for that organization for years. I just called all of the numbers on the…

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Norman asks, “How can I accept credit card payments using my smartphone?”

07/31/2014
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Q: I’m looking at opening a food truck. I’ve seen other food trucks and hot dogs stands taking credit cards on their phones. How can I do that? What kind of phone do I have to have, and does it cost a lot of money?

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Angie asks, “What is Twitter, and why should I use it?”

07/17/2014
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Angie asks, “What is Twitter, and why should I use it?”

Q: Can you explain Twitter for me? I understand that you can only “tweet” short messages, but I don’t know what the point of it is or if its worth signing up for an account.

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#63 Spaceteam!

07/16/2014
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On this episode of the Deemable Tech podcast, Tom and Ray answer your questions about downloading pictures off of iPhones, donating old computers and setting up RAID systems with your hard drives. Then the guys are joined by producer Sean Birch to attempt the impossible: playing a mobile game on…

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Trent asks, “How do I wipe my smartphone?”

07/10/2014
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Q: I am giving my old phone to a friend. How do I make sure I’ve gotten all my private data off it first?

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Hector asks, “Do I have to eject USB drives?”

07/03/2014
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Q: Whenever I unplug my USB thumb drive, a warning pops up telling me that I didn’t eject the drive, and it could cause damage if I don’t eject it. I usually ignore this message and it hasn’t caused me any issues yet. Is this really a problem?

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Meghan asks, “Why won’t my Kindle battery charge?”

06/29/2014
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Q: We have a Kindle Fire that is approximately 2 years old. It has completely lost its ability to charge. I tried multiple chargers with no avail. I used to be able to tilt the charger upward and get it to charge, but that is no longer working. Is there anything…

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Deemable Tech June 2014 Radio Special

06/29/2014
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Beat the summer heat with Deemable Tech! In this sizzling hour-long radio special, Ray and Tom hear from listeners looking to back up a Mac and a PC to the same external hard drive, searching for ways to open more free space on their iPhone, wondering if their IP address…

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Deemable Tech Tips: Hacker-Proof Your Phone

06/29/2014
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Every once in a while we like to cover something everyone should know, and this time we wanted to talk about securing your personal information – on your smartphone.

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