Do you have a tech bag for all of your tech gear, computers, and electronics? I do! (Hubby does too!) See our top picks when it comes to padded bags for electronics — including a tech backpack and a rolling duffel bag.
Electronics & Gadgets
This is where you'll find recent articles from our Gadgets, Tech, and Photography sites at The Fun Times Guide. Real people are sharing their favorite tips & tricks for all things tech -- from everyday gadgets like cameras and cell phones (both Apple iOS and Google Android) to fancy electronics like business equipment and printers. Plus, helpful advice for anyone who is using the Internet, email, social media, smartphones, laptops, tablets, or cameras for the first time!
The HP Photosmart 6520 printer/scanner/copier is a wireless all-in-one printer that does everything we need — and more — for our home office. See why it’s a great choice for a small business WiFi printer and it’s our choice as the best multifunction printer around.
Online tracking is easier than ever these days. Yep, there’s an app for that! Not only can you track your package ship dates, but you can also track your baby’s routine, when your favorite items go on sale, your pizza delivery, your flights, your diet, and even your kids with these FREE online tracking systems!
It’s easy to get lost in all types of USB ports — there’s micro USB and mini USB, as well as Type A, B, and C USB! But the latest and greatest is Type C USB. Here’s everything you need to know about USB C and why you should search for gadgets that have this type of USB port.
What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a Happy New Year ringtone? We know a lot about ringtones, safe sites to download from, great resources for popular New Years ringtones, plus our best tips when it comes to personalizing ringtones.
I bet you didn’t realize how cool it is to make your own ringtone using your name (and the names of any of your contacts). There are some awesome apps that allow you to make a new ringtone and even personalize your vibration pattern — in case you’re like me and set your phone to vibrate most of the time. I’ll show you the best sites to get creative with your ringtones and vibrations.
Fidget spinners and other fidget toys have become popular with kids AND adults. They’re a great way to help pass the time, relieve boredom, and combat stress & anxiety. In fact, many with ADHD, autism, and anxiety enjoy fidget toys for their therapeutic benefits. I interviewed an expert fidget toy collector to get his expert fidget spinner tips for buying and collecting spinners.
It’s been around for ages but maybe you haven’t HEARD it (see what I did there?). The mosquito ringtone teenagers can hear but most adults cannot. The mosquito sound is a high frequency tone that might just be enabling your teen to use their phone even when they aren’t supposed to and you don’t even know it.
I spend most of my work life online (and a huge part of my personal life too) — so I’m VERY familiar with the 3 most popular browsers: Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, and Chrome. I made the switch from IE to Firefox back in 2005. Then, I switched to the Chrome browser when it came out in 2008. See why Firefox and Chrome are better than Internet Explorer — and why you should make the switch too.
You can use a custom QR code to store an unlimited amount of data, photos, and videos in one place and share it with a unique audience. See my favorite ways to use QR codes for your pet’s ID tag, as well as your own luggage tags, custom business cards, your resume & cover letter, and house-for-sale flyers.
What happens to your Facebook account after you die? Will someone set up a Facebook memorial page for you? It might not be at the top of your list of concerns right now, but you should know what happens to your Facebook after death. Here’s everything you need to know about online memorials for loved ones and how to plan for your own before you die.
I get so frustrated when my PC is sluggish — how about you? I didn’t even realize the free WIndows Disk Cleanup tool came with my laptop! I get really concerned when I run a disk cleaner because I don’t want to lose files. This Windows system cleaner is really good, and doesn’t touch your personal files and photos. Here’s what you can expect if you use a disk cleaner for your PC, and what to do if you have a Mac.
Have you ever lost your smartphone? I have. It’s a terrible feeling! I left my phone in a women’s bathroom — never to be seen again (by me anyway). Smartphone security should be as high on your list as laptop security. Follow these 7 tips for increased cellphone security and download the suggested phone security apps to keep your phone safe at all times.
Because I travel a bit for work, I am constantly thinking about laptop security at various Wifi hotspots I use. You should also be very concerned about laptop computer protection especially if you use it to make online purchases. I’ve got some great tips for keeping your laptop and the data it holds safe. From choosing the right bag to carry your laptop in — to encrypting your own files, I know your data will be safer after reading this.
I don’t play games on my cell phone very often. However, I do enjoy board games, word games and Tetris-type games. I thought maybe others who simply wanted to add a few fun time-wasters onto their iPhones might appreciate these.
Did you know that you could put your own personal photos on U.S. postage stamps?… It’s true, you can create your own personalized photo stamps and use them for sending packages and letters to your friends and relatives. These also make great novelty items for wedding invitations & thank-you’s, birth announcements, and more!
Have you seen all of the wearable technology devices out there lately? There are headbands, watches, patches, and more — all vying to be one of the best wearable tech trends. I’ll explain which wearables are worth buying, those that you shouldn’t waste your time on, and what the future of IoT looks like.
Want to donate or recycle your old cell phone? Cell phone recycling is a win-win for everyone — including our planet! Here’s how to recycle cell phones to help the environment and raise money for charitable organizations by donating old phones. Plus, info about the data eraser apps so you can delete all of the personal information from your phone before you donate it.
Have you ever placed a Skype call? If not, here are the ins and outs of using Skype to make Internet phone calls from your computer, rather than from a traditional phone. Everything you need to know about Skype Internet phone services and othe rfree alternatives. Plus, a few other great ways to use Skype daily!
Wondering what to do with old computers? Don’t throw them out! An old computer or old laptop can be repurposed. I’ve found lots of clever ways to make good use of an old, beat up, used computer — better than selling it, and will save you money as well!
What is this Internet of Things, you ask? Basically it’s a fancy way of describing anything with an on/off switch that can also interact with the Internet. IoT devices can talk to each other, often without you even realizing it. Security is one of many IoT challenges – here’s how to stay safe.
Ergonomics & computer use from bed go hand in hand these days. There are many ergonomic workstation ideas for your bedroom. Here’s what I’ve learned about working from bed — particularly, working on the computer from bed. If you’re doing it, you’re not alone. See which famous writers also worked from bed!