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How To Cancel Your Cable/Satellite Subscription and Stream More For Less!

How To Cancel Your Cable/Satellite Subscription and Stream More For Less!

For some people this article may be old news, but for the nearly 50 million cable and satellite TV subscribers in the US this article might help change how they spend 5 hours (on average) each and every day. For those 50 million people who pay on average $60-$110 per month on a TV subscription I have one thing to say: WAKE UP!! You are wasting money, like, a lot of money. Did you know that you could easily cancel your TV subscription and still have access to most every show you watch now on demand? Not only that, but without commercials (or at most a couple before or after the show)? With the rise of media streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon you can now stream your favorite TV shows on demand any time you like. Not only that, but you can even watch older episodes of the same show. Lets talk about how simple it is to “cut the cord” and save hundreds of dollars a year by canceling your TV subscription and streaming your TV. How Much Could I Save, Really? Like I mentioned above, the average American pays around $60-$110 per month to access cable or satellite television. This bill consists of a block of “extended channels”. The pricing packages the providers give you are really a sham. They know what channels you really want and make sure to spread them out across the different price points to see if you are willing to spend an extra $25 per month for a “better” package just to get the Bravo network or National Geographic. Worthless channels are...
We Now Deal Getac Rugged Products!

We Now Deal Getac Rugged Products!

Anyone who works outside of their office knows the feeling of dropping or spilling a liquid on your computer. With most all consumer laptops and tablets this spells disaster and most likely data-loss! Instead of putting all of your most important data in the hands of a computer that was built just as much for a broke college student, choose a computer or tablet that was built to withstand anything! Advanced Tech Systems believes you should NEVER be worried about loosing your data. So starting today Advanced Tech Systems now deals and supports Getac notebooks and tablet computers. Built with the most stringent standards, each and every one of their products can withstand dust, shocks, drops, and spills! Learn More Get a Quote From Getac: Since 1989, Getac has been manufacturing rugged computers for some of the most demanding users in some of the most demanding environments. As one of the leading rugged computer manufacturers, Getac offers the most extensive rugged computing product lines including notebook, tablets and handheld computers. Our products are found across the globe in a wide range of sectors from military and defense, law enforcement and public safety, utility, field service, oil and gas, telecommunications, transportation to manufacturing. Getac has made several technological breakthroughs that improve the performance and safety of using computers in dangerous environments including: QuadraClear™ sunlight readable display screens. Night vision without goggles. Advanced power saving technology. Industry’s first resistive multi-touch display for use with gloves....
Parental Controls In Unexpected Places

Parental Controls In Unexpected Places

Parental controls are not a new feature to the ways we consume our media. Parents have been able to control what their children see on TV thanks to the “v-chip” that was introduced in 1999. This chip was required by law to be installed on every new TV in the united states by the year 2000. The feature allowed parents to control if a show was approved based on it’s TV rating (you know, the little icon in the upper-right corner of the screen at the beginning of each show). As technology evolved and changed, so too has the way our parents have tried to control what we view on the screen(s). You would be surprised now how many different types of devices allow parents to control what is seen, heard, downloaded and purchased. Essentially everything that has a screen has controls to help parents keep an eye on what their kids on doing. Of course the best advice is to doing the controlling yourself and physically manage the time a screen spends in front of your children’s eyes. Better yet being able to see how they use it and have a clear view on the screen is the only way to keep your children out of trouble. These of course are just my own opinions, and in my most honest opinion any  electronic device should not be used as a babysitter. If you find yourself relying on parental controls too much, then maybe you should re-evaluate if your child using the device is necessary. Better yet, tell them to go and play outside! Enough ranting, let’s talk about some places that...
Making Your Media Accessible

Making Your Media Accessible

Our media needs hasn’t changed much. We still take photos (a lot of them), listen to music, and of course watch movies. The only thing that has changed is how we create and consume them. Thanks to smartphones we not only take a lot more photos (about 10 per day), we also have many ways to view and share them. Tablets, smartphones, set-top tv boxes (Roku, Apple TV, and crappy “smart tv” apps) all have the ability to share and use all types of media. Let’s break down a couple of options you have to not only make sure you can view and share your content, but also keep it safe. The Apple Ecosystem How would you like your home computer, work laptop, smartphone, and even your tablet to keep all of your media (and even files) synced in near real-time? If you are willing to limit yourself to Apple only products and have a larger budget, then iCloud is the answer for you. With iCloud you can sync all of your data with little configuration on your part. By creating an Apple ID and logging into each device wit the same ID your music, movies, photos, and CloudDrive files will be automatically synced for you. Sharing is a cinch, as long as it is just photos or files (no music, audiobook, or movie sharing). The “catch” with purchasing your media through the iTunes Store is you don’t actually own that media. You are essentially “renting” it indefinitely to be streamed on an iDevice. The music and videos are protected to keep you from sharing them due to copyright laws....