Accessories – Formerly Nerd4Rent https://www.nerd4rent.com Local, Trusted, Reliable Technology Support for Your Home, Small Business, Home Office. Computer Setup, Networking, Virus Removal, Backup, Windows and Macs. Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:54:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Father’s Day Tech Gift Ideas https://www.nerd4rent.com/fathers-day-tech-gift-ideas/ Sun, 07 Jun 2015 04:27:10 +0000 https://www.nerd4rent.com/?p=1137 Give Dad a gift he’ll love this Father’s Day. Here are a few tech gifts to consider GPS $99 and up (for the man who doesn’t use maps-almost all of us!) Prices for GPS devices are extremely affordable. For example, Continue reading Father’s Day Tech Gift Ideas

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Give Dad a gift he’ll love this Father’s Day. Here are a few tech gifts to consider

GPS $99 and up (for the man who doesn’t use maps-almost all of us!)
Prices for GPS devices are extremely affordable. For example, the Garmin nüvi 65LM is only $109.00, and comes with a large 5″ screen. Lifetime map updates are included. Check it out here

Audible Audiobooks $10 and up (for a more enjoyable commute)
Audible is a terrific service that lets you listen to books while commuting, traveling, etc. You can buy individual books, or subscribe to an annual plan starting at $14.95 per month for 1 book per month. Check it out here

4K TV $579 and up (for the most enjoyable TV experience)
With around four times the number of picture elements (pixels), of a standard High-Definition TV, 4K TV’s have the sharpest, most lifelike picture available.  On a recent visit to Costco, I was amazed at how low 4K TV prices have fallen. You can purchase a 43″ 4K TV for $579.99, a 50″ model $779.99, a 60″ model for $1449.99 (currently on sale for $1249.99), a 70″ model for $2,149.99, and an 80″ model for $3,899.99 Check out 4K TV’s here

Noise-Canceling Headphones $40 and up (for quieter, less stressful travel)
Noise-canceling headphones and earplugs significantly reduce noise on airplanes, while exercising, and for those times you just want quiet. I have owned and loved the Bose headphones ($299 Check out here). For a more budget-friendly option, check out the Sony headphones at $38.25 Check out here

New Phone $0 and up  (for the latest phone features)
I love my iPhone 6+, with it’s super-large, easy to read, and easy to type-on screen. If your current phone is more than two years old, you may be able to trade up for $0 to very little money. Your wireless carrier will have many phones and plans to choose from. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Activity Tracker $49 and up (for increased health and fitness)
Activity trackers can help keep track of your physical activity, sleep patterns, heartbeat, and calories burned. The Fitbit Charge HR $149.95 has a silent wake-up alarm, caller ID and a watch. It syncs with your smartphone and computer to track your fitness. Check it out here

Fitbit also makes a bathroom scale (Fitbit Aria), that connects to your wireless network and allows you to keep track of your weight and body fat (Yikes!). Check it out here

I have owned a Fitbit tracker and scale, and found that I was motivated to walk more due having my daily activity scores displayed prominently on my wrist.

Apple or Android Watch $150 and up (for all-in-one time, appointment reminders, health tracking and more)
I’ve covered watches in a recent post

New Computer Monitor $150 + (for better productivity and less eye strain)
If you have an older monitor, or you find yourself wishing for larger text, a new monitor may be just what the doctor ordered. If you can spare the space, get a 24″ or 27″ monitor, in order to view 2 windows side-by-side (if you have good eyesight), or just to see without straining for the rest of us! Check out monitors here


Update: Windows 10 Upgrade Icon Now Showing in the System Tray. We recommend you do not register at this time.
You may have noticed this icon showing up recently Windows 10 Upgarade Icon in the lower right side of your screen. It is an invitation to register for a free (for most if us), upgrade to Windows 10-the newest Windows operating system due out July 29th.
We recommend waiting a while before upgrading to Windows 10. There are always bugs and glitches whenever new software is released. Since there are so many possible combinations of hardware and software, there’s no way to find all the bugs before the software is released. We like to wait a month or two and then research other users’ experiences, before upgrading operating systems.
We will keep you informed as to our recommendations and experience with Windows 10. You will have until July 2016 to upgrade for free, so there’s no hurry.

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Is an Apple Watch right for you? https://www.nerd4rent.com/is-an-apple-watch-right-for-you/ https://www.nerd4rent.com/is-an-apple-watch-right-for-you/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 23:07:54 +0000 https://www.nerd4rent.com/?p=1124 Apple has recently started selling watches. These are not ordinary timepieces-they are tiny computers with some interesting applications. Is an Apple Watch right for you? Read on for a quick overview. Note that many of the Apple Watch features and Continue reading Is an Apple Watch right for you?

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Apple has recently started selling watches. These are not ordinary timepieces-they are tiny computers with some interesting applications. Is an Apple Watch right for you? Read on for a quick overview.

Note that many of the Apple Watch features and apps require an iPhone, so we don’t recommend buying an Apple Watch if you don’t have a recent model iPhone.

Apple Watch
Apple Watch
Apple Watch Apps
Apple Watch Apps
Apple Watch Edition
Apple Watch Edition
Apple Watch Sport
Apple Watch Sport

Pricing
Apple Watch comes in three models:
Sport, with an aluminum case $349-$399
Watch, with a stainless steel case $549-$1,099
Edition, (18 carat gold) $10,000-$17,000.

Primary Functions
The Apple Watch is designed to work with your iPhone to allow you tell time, monitor your physical activity, remind you of upcoming events, view and respond to texts, phone calls, email, and a host of other things. The watch face has several options, including time, date, notifications, and more.

One of the unique features of the Watch is that it uses gentle taps to provide you with reminders, such as an upcoming appointment, upcoming turn from the map app, etc.

Apps Make the Watch Special
In addition to the apps mentioned below, here are few things that you can do on your Apple Watch, depending upon your merchant.
1. Check in to your flight using a mobile boarding pass.
2. Open your hotel room door without a key card.
3. Control your Apple TV.
4. Control your home automation system.
5. Order a ride from Uber.
6. Pay for parking at a parking meter.
7. Get breaking news and financial information
There are many other apps available now-this is just a sampling. Over time, many more apps will be developed that will add capabilities to the Watch.

Messages. Text messages can display on your watch, and you can send short canned replies (you can create additional replies on your iPhone), or you can dictate a reply right on the phone that will be sent as text, or attached a voice file.

Phone Calls
You can receive or make phone calls using the Watch. The Watch has Siri, so you can just say “call John” and the phone will dial your contact.

Activity
One of the areas I find most useful in a device like the Apple watch is that it will track the steps I take, calories burned, and a remind me to stand up for at least a minute every hour. During workouts the Watch will measure your heart rate.

Apple Pay
Apple Pay is a way to pay for products and services. Merchants that accept Apple Pay will have a special reader that you point your Watch at to pay. No need to pull out a credit card, nor is there anything to sign.

Maps
Apple Watch can guide you to your destination whether you are walking or driving with turn-by-turn directions.

FAQs
Will the Apple Watch work with my Android?
No. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone.

I don’t have an iPhone, what are my options?
There are a number of watches and other gadgets (Android Wear) designed to work with your Droid phone.

Resources
Apple  Apple Watch Website
Tomsguide Apple Watch FAQ

Need help deciding on an Apple Watch, or configuring it?  Give us a call, we can help 925-283-5666

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