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

07/31/2014
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Square pioneered mobile credit card payments with their credit card reader.

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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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In-app screenshots from Spaceteam!

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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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Eight Websites to Help Plan Your Summer Vacation

06/29/2014
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It’s officially summer – the kids are out of school, the weather is fine, and for many of us it’s time to travel. We here at Deemable Tech are planning vacations of our own, and we’ve got some really useful tools to help make things easier.

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Karen asks, “How do I start a podcast?”

06/29/2014
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What Is A Podcast?

Q: I’m a writer and working on a new blog, where I’ll post a new article every week. A friend suggested that I do a weekly podcast, too. How do I do that? What kind of equipment do I need, and how do I market my podcast? I’m not very good…

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Linda writes, “Help! My computer says someone is using my IP address!”

06/29/2014
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Q: When ever I go on my computer I get a message that someone else is using my IP address. I am terrified. Is someone else pretending to be me? Please help!!!!!!

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Charles asks, “Does my smartphone have a virus?”

06/29/2014
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Q: My smart phone (Casio G’zOne) displayed a warning yesterday while I was searching for a weather radar. The warning said the phone had a virus. I didn’t do anything as I’ve been told the warning is the actual virus. This is a company phone, and I’m not a very…

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Nest Thermostat Review

06/29/2014
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Nest Thermostat Review

The Nest Thermostat is a learning, programmable thermostat. If you’re like most people your eyes just glazed over. I mean, those are two of the most boring words in the English language: thermostat and programmable. Thermostats are something that people use because they have to, not because they want to.…

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Amanda asks, “How can I restrict in-app purchases on my iPad?”

06/12/2014
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Q: Our family recently got our first iPad. We want the kids to be allowed to use it, but I am worried that they will get into trouble with it. Many of the games on the iPad ask you to buy things. I don’t want my kids running up a…

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