Technology

Paying with Isis Mobile Wallet

Thumbnail image for Paying with Isis Mobile Wallet by Barbara Feldman December 18, 2013

Verizon Wireless asked me to take a look at their Isis mobile payment and loyalty card app on my Verizon Galaxy S4. They gave me a small stipend to go shopping, so I could properly check it out. But all opinions are my own, not theirs. My coffee break starting by looking up where in the neighborhood I could grab a cup of joe using my Isis mobile app. That was easy with both the mobile app (since it could identify my current location) and […]

Isis Mobile Wallet: A First Look

Thumbnail image for Isis Mobile Wallet:  A First Look by Barbara Feldman November 15, 2013

Verizon Wireless asked me to take a look at their Isis mobile payment and loyalty card app on my Verizon Galaxy S4.  They gave me a small stipend to go shopping, so I could properly check it out.  Woo hoo!  But all opinions are my own, not theirs. Task one was to download the app, and link it to a couple of credit cards. First off,  I noticed really terrible ratings in the Google Play app store. Ouch!  But the version I am downloading is […]

What is a CDN?

Thumbnail image for What is a CDN? by Barbara Feldman July 8, 2013

A Content Distribution Network (CDN) is an easy way for busy websites to make their site both faster to load and cheaper to run. And with MaxCDN and the free WordPress plugin W3 Total Cache it also VERY EASY to implement. I’ve been using MaxCDN since April, 2010 … and it was probably just a few months after that I discovered the W3 Total Cache plugin for my WordPress sites. How a CDN Works A CDN makes your website faster by taking static files (such […]

FreeTime Unlimited

Thumbnail image for FreeTime Unlimited by Barbara Feldman December 7, 2012

I am over-the-moon excited by Amazon’s new Kindle Fire content subscription service for kids 3 to 8. FreeTime Unlimited offers a nearly unlimited supply of apps, videos and ebooks for a low monthly fee of just $2.99 for Prime members. (You already are a Prime member, right?) The service includes Parental Control over content and the amount of time spent on the device, and can accommodate multiple kids with separate profiles (this requires a family subscription for $6.99 a month.) Content providers include all the […]

Reading Kindle Books Without a Kindle

by Barbara Feldman May 8, 2012

Whenever I show people the Kindle reading app on my Android phone, the usual response is “I could never read a book on my phone!” On the other hand, I have a dozen friends who own Kindles that are sitting collecting dust on a bookshelf. Is it because they have abandoned the whole Kindle ebook concept? No! These friends are avid Kindle book readers. They’ve simply discovered that reading on a mobile device such as a phone has so many advantages! For example: 1) Your […]

How Many Tweets Is Too Many?

by Barbara Feldman January 23, 2012

Do you follow me on Twitter? A few years ago I stopped tweeting about Surfnetkids resources for calendar events, but I am going to start again. Yay! The Surfnetkids Calendar includes both the obvious (Martin Luther King Day: Jan 16, 2012 http://bjf.me/xKchG1) and the obscure (Nellie Bly Returns From Her 72-day Trip Around the World: Jan 25, 1890 http://bjf.me/ABiIBJ). But I have a question. Should I tweet all the events in the Surfnetkids Calendar? That might be 2 or 3 a day. Or should I […]

The New Kindles

Thumbnail image for The New Kindles by Barbara Feldman December 12, 2011

I have two Kindles: a Kindle Fire and an e-ink Kindle Keyboard 3G. If you have not yet fallen under their spell, this holiday season is the perfect time. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of bestselling (and back list) books that are available for purchase at Amazon.com, there are frequently excellent books on sale for 99 cents, and an even bigger list of Kindle books that can be downloaded for free. Now add on top of that, the Kindle book lending, ebook lending […]