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31 December 2012

Happy New Year






I would like to wish all my readers a very happy New Year.  

Thank you for following Techie Mum via my blog, Facebook page and Pinterest over the last year.  

I look forward to a very techie 2013!




28 December 2012

How to improve your computer's performance

Are you finding your computer is getting slower?  Are programs taking longer to load, error messages starting to appear and your frustration level is increasing?



If a new computer didn't appear in your Christmas stocking, don't stress, head over to Adventures and Misadventures of a Mummypreneur, where I am guest posting today about what you can do to improve the performance of your current computer and make it last a little longer.

While you're there have a good read of Amanda's wonderful posts.  If you are trying to manage work and family you will find Amanda advice invaluable, especially if you run your own business.  She always seems to post the right advice right when I need it.



24 December 2012

Merry Christmas





Thank you all for following Techie Mum this year. I'll be back with more techie tips and hints in 2013.  Please leave me a comment if there's a topic you'd like to know more about and I'll promise you a New Year post.

Merry Christmas
Margaret (Techie Mum)


20 December 2012

Wunderlist 2


I've mentioned a few times on this blog how I just love Wunderlist.  It is my Number 1 organising tool, where all my lists are created and managed, syncing automatically between my computer, Android phone and iPad so I have them with me at all times.

If you have never tried Wunderlist there’s an even better reason to do so now – Wunderlist 2 was released yesterday.  It is still as easy to use as ever, but it has some really cool features that I just love – you can now have sublists, and you can create recurring tasks, add reminders and notes, as well as share your lists with others.  There’s even a new Google Chrome extension that allows you to add the URL of a website you want to visit again as an item on your Wunderlist list of choice.




If you are already using Wunderlist your update should be coming sometime today.  If you aren't using it take a look at this video, and then give it a try.  




18 December 2012

Get back to work!


I saw a comment on Facebook during the week - One of the biggest productivity killers is to sit down at the computer without a plan.

That is so true, if I sit down in front of Pinterest, only for a few minutes of course, somehow an hour can disappear! 

But I've found a solution.  There’s a Google Chrome extension that limits how long you spend on particular sites – Productivity Owl.  After you've been on a site for a set amount of time Productivity Owl kicks you off and closes the tab.  It definitely makes you read faster and find what you want quickly.


You can customise Productivity Owl to suit your own bad habits – how long you spend on sites before the owl closes the tab, which ones to block completely, which sites have no time limit and even schedule free time during the week when you are allowed onto normally blocked or limited sites without any time limits.



















You need to really be motivated to be productive and stop procrastinating to use this add-on.  The annoying owl will fly across your page closing your tabs, and if you try to stop the owl closing a page he will screech at you.  However, you do have the ability to save a page to read later.



Are you brave enough to give it a go?  Here’s the link…  go on you can do it….  Productivity Owl

14 December 2012

An Android iPod?


My youngest son has asked for an iPod for Christmas.  I know quite a few of his friends have them and I don’t really have a problem with him having one, except for the price.  Close to $300 is a bit much when he won't be happy if that’s the only present he gets, and I don’t want Santa getting the credit for giving him his favourite present!

So, I came up with a solution which will make us both happy.  I bought a new Android smart phone with a prepaid account on the same network that I use.  I didn't activate the phone and I didn't need to use the SIM card that came with it.  I just inserted the SIM from my phone, which worked immediately, to set up the phone and link to my Google Play account.  Once that was set up I removed the SIM.  With the phone connected to our home Wi-Fi I downloaded the games my son wants (Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies etc) from Google Play. 


I had already downloaded the music my son wanted to my computer (I use Bandit.fm for music), so I connected the phone via USB to my computer and transferred the music to his new phone. 

Now my son will get what he wants for Christmas at a fraction of the cost of an iPod.  I paid $79 ($50 off the normal price) for a new Android 4.0 smart phone with a 3.5 inch screen, FM radio, MP3 player and as many games as he wants.  Without the SIM card it cannot be used as a phone and the only internet connection is at home when it can connect to our Wi-Fi (although I'm not going to let him know that).  Of course, when my son needs a phone in the next year or two I just need a new prepaid SIM card – he already has the phone.

If you’re upgrading your phone, your old phone can be a great boredom buster for your child – just download their favourite games and music - no SIM card required.  However, depending on the phone brand, if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi you’ll need to leave the SIM in the phone while you download the games so you can use Bluetooth to connect to Google Play.  Once the games are downloaded you can remove the SIM card. 

My only complaint is that my son now has a better phone than me!

12 December 2012

Low cost and free software alternatives


If you've just bought a new computer you'll soon find there's more to pay to get it up and running and useful. By the time you've bought your Internet Security software and a combined suite like Microsoft Office you're looking at over $300.

There’s even more you could pay if you need to use your computer for more specific tasks, like photo editing or desktop publishing.




However, there are cheap and even free alternatives to the most used, and more well known, software products.  While there's a wealth of great, free, web-based apps available that work perfectly on your Windows PC via your browser, when you’re connected to the internet, my list is of software that you download to your computer.  

There’s nothing wrong with using these lower cost and free alternatives to the better known products.  Some are from smaller companies that just don’t have the name or marketing budget of say, Microsoft or Adobe; they get there products known by offering them at a lower cost or free, hoping that you will upgrade to their more full-featured paid versions.  Others are Open Source, which means they are created by companies with the philosophy of free distribution and access, usually as a protest against the monopoly of the big software companies.  The one drawback with free software is that you often don’t have the product support, or instructions to help you figure out how to perform a particular task. 

Today’s list is for Windows users, next week I’ll post the MAC list.

Office suites

These products include individual tools for word processing, and creating spreadsheets and presentations.  The products below are all compatible with Microsoft Office, which means you can open, edit and save Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, although with the free versions you may find that some features are not completely compatible and sometimes the formatting may be affected.  This is only a concern when you are editing and saving Microsoft Office documents in one of the free versions, or you are editing and saving documents created using the free software in Microsoft Office.

Instead of Microsoft Office


Lower cost:

AshampooOffice 2012 $59.99

This product is receiving great reviews, in some instances rating higher than Microsoft Office.  It includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation products, and all are 100% compatible with Microsoft Office.  The interface is toolbar based, rather than the Ribbon of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010.  If you have an older computer this product is perfect, as it takes up a lot less space than Microsoft Office. 

Ashampoo Office Presentation


Free:

Libre Office

As well as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools, LibreOffice also includes desktop publishing and database software (alternatives to Microsoft Publisher and Access), and a math and equation program.  This product offers the best compatibility of any of the free Office alternatives.  The interface uses a toolbar, rather than Microsoft’s Ribbon, but it is very easy to use.  If you’re changing over from Microsoft Office 2003 it will all be familiar.

LibreOffice Writer









Kingsoft Office Suite 2012

Kingsoft is a Hong Kong-based company.  The big difference between this product and the other free office suites is that it has a Ribbon interface, similar to Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010.   This is a relatively new product but is getting great reviews.  It includes alternatives to Word, Excel and PowerPoint and is compatible with all three.

WordPad

You already have free word processing software on your Windows computer.  Take a look in the Accessories folder and you’ll find WordPad.  It is a basic version of Microsoft Word, but if all you need is something to write a few letters, why buy something else.



Desktop Publishing

Instead of Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher


Lower cost:

Serif PagePlus X6  $99.99

Rated No. 1 in a recent review of desktop publishing software.  It is very easy to use, allowing you to create a wide variety of printed material, as well as ebooks and files to be published online.  You can try the free Starter Edition before committing to buy the full version.

Serif PagePlus

Print Artist Platinum $50

With an amazing 27,000 templates and more than 375,000 graphics you can easily pick the design you want, add some graphics and text and you’re done.  The only drawback is in not having enough photo editing tools.

Free:

Serif PagePlus Starter Edition

The best free desktop publishing software is the Starter Edition of Serif PagePlus, as mentioned above. 

Scribus

Scribus is open source desktop publishing software.  Scribus includes all of the professional tools for working with images and text, and their website features lots of how-tos, and tutorials to help you.
  

Security 

Free:

AVG Anti-Virus Free2012

Used by millions around the world, and currently rated better than its own paid version by PC Magazine, it's great at both blocking and removing malware.


avast! Free version


Avira Free Antivirus2012



Photo editing

Instead of Photoshop


Lower cost:

Corel PaintShop Pro $84

(Ultimate version on special for $77 at the moment)
Great photo organising and editing tools, and easier to use than Photoshop.  More features than some of the more expensive software options, and with video and print tutorials to help you learn the program.

Serif PhotoPlus X6 $90

The easiest photo editing software to use, with on-screen tips accompanying every function and video tutorials to guide you.  This program has an amazing range of tools for working with your photos.


Serif PhotoPlus


Photoshop Elements $150

This basic version of Photoshop still includes many of the features of the full version, but with fewer options.  One of the best features is Guided Edits – work your way through editing your photo step-by-step with on-screen directions.  

Free:

GIMP

The best of the free options, GIMP is free open-source software with all the image editing tools you could need. It has more features than the other free software options, so if you’re just beginning in photo editing you may want to try one of the more basic alternatives.

Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition

The free version of PhotoPlus detailed above.  It doesn’t have all the features of the full version, but this is still a great basic photo editing program, and you can upgrade to the full version later.

Windows Live Essentials: Photo Gallery

Windows Live's photo organiser and editor makes slideshows, stitches together panoramas, fuses similar photos to get rid of the bad parts, and has a number of editing tools for fixing pictures.  

Zoner Photo Studio

Photo Studio has the most common editing tools (red-eye reduction, blurring, etc), as well as photo organising tools.  It also has some fun features, such as creating panoramas and 3D versions of your pictures, or postcards, calendars and greeting cards.


Zoner


Graphic Design

Instead of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign $2170


Lower cost:

Corel Draw Graphics Suite $629

Includes a vast number of tools for vector illustration, page layouts, drawing, photo editing, and website design.  It may look scary at first, if you are new to graphic design, but there is plenty of support and a massive user manual to help you.

Serif DrawPlus $100

DrawPlus gives you a graphics studio for digital art, illustration, and painting. Draw vector art, sketch ideas, design professional quality logos & graphics, paint naturally, turn photos into artwork, and create Flash animations.  Considerably easier to use than Adobe or Corel Draw.


Serif DrawPlus

Free:

Serif DrawPlus StarterEdition

The free version of DrawPlus mentioned above.  This is the ultimate free drawing and graphics software, with vector drawing, brush, pen, and pencil tools; blend modes for advance artistic effects - perfect for designing web graphics and creative print projects.



06 December 2012

Geotagging - a security issue


Geotagging is marking a video, photo or other media with a location. When combined with applications like Google Maps it can help people find images and information based on a location.  This can be great if you’re looking for images of a particular geographical location.  But it can also be dangerous if you post photos on social networks.

Geotagging is available on any smartphone with a built in cameras and GPS, and any digital cameras with built-in GPS.  When you take a photo, the time and exact location of where the photo was taken are saved with the photograph. This hidden data is called EXIF or meta-data.

When you post a photo on a social network with geotagging you are advertising your location.  If that photo is of your home – you are advertising your address.  What if the photo is of your child at a school function – you have allowed anyone to identify your child and the school they attend.   If it’s a photo of you on holiday, you are also advertising that you are not at home – a great opportunity for someone to break into your home.  

Every geotagged picture contains the longitude and latitude, making tracking easy for Google Maps and Google Earth.  Your pictures could even appear in search results, as Google uses these geo-tags to identify the region images belong to and displays them when a location is searched.  Just taking a photo of someone or something outside your home is enough for your exact home address to be identified.

How do you stop geotagging?

On most smartphones it’s as easy as switching off the GPS, but you’ll also need to check your settings to make sure your phone doesn't also have the option of tracking your location using wireless networks. 

On a digital camera you’ll need to find and disable the geotagging function.   You’ll probably need to check the user manual, and possibly even contact the manufacturer.  If you’re shopping for a new camera, you can save yourself some money by not getting one with built-in GPS.

Once that’s done all your future photos are safe, but it doesn't change any existing photos you've taken that have already been geotagged.

What can you do about photos that have already been geotagged?

You can use geotag removing software to go through all your existing photo files and remove the geo tags.

Pixelgarde is a free app for PC, Mac, iPhone and Android phones that allows you to view, change or remove geotags from your photos. http://pixelgarde.com/

Geotag Security is free program that removes geotags from your photos – you can download it here  http://www.geotagsecurity.com/

If you use Picasa to edit your photos, you can also use it to remove geotags:
  1. Select the geotagged photos.
  2. Click the Places button in the lower right corner of Picasa.
  3. Click the red geotag icon on the map.
  4. Click 'Erase location info.'
  5. Export/Save your photo (because Picasa doesn't change your original photo - it just remembers the edits you make so that they appear whenever you display your photos in Picasa)

Go and change your settings now  - before you take any more photos and put your family at risk.


04 December 2012

Missing in action



I’m back!  Not that I’ve been away anywhere, I’m just back from an enforced break from my blog.  This gives me the opportunity to tell you all about another part of my techie life – my business.  Early last year I decided to do something I had been thinking about for about a year – starting my own business.  I had been working part-time teaching computer classes at a local college, which I loved – and still do; but I wanted to do more. 


I was constantly being asked by friends, parents from my boys’ school, and friends of my parents, for help with their computers.  So, early last year Peninsula Computer Training was born, offering one-on-one and small group computer tuition in peoples’ homes and offices.  I still work in the local college as well, and my business has been slowly building up.  Until about six weeks ago, when I was offered an opportunity to grow my business much faster than I had planned, by running my own group classes.  After a lot of umming and ahhing, I decided to go for it. 


I was already busy enough with my business, but this took it to an entirely different level.  Which is why there have been no blog posts for the last three weeks – I just haven’t had a second to spare!  I’m still getting used to the increased workload and how it’s impacting on my family.  I’m starting to see more structure in my working days and a bit more balance is still needed, but I can now return to being Techie Mum as well.


I’ll be posting at least twice a week, and you’ll find even more Techie tips on the Techie Mum Facebook Page.  If you’ve been following my blog by email, pop over to the Facebook Page and Like it as well – add it to your interest lists or notifications so you don’t miss any useful Techie tips. 


As I promised a few of my readers – the blog post later this week will be on cheap and free software. 


It’s good to be back!

13 November 2012

Techie Mum is also on Facebook


Just in case you didn’t know, you can also follow Techie Mum on Facebook.  While I post here two or three times a week, over on Facebook I post whenever there’s something I think you’ll be interested in.  So, pop on over and catch up on some techie news. 
 
 

07 November 2012

Instagram Web Profiles


On Monday Instagram launched a web-based version of its photo-sharing and filtering app with each user having their own web profile.  It's being gradually rolled out to Instagram users and you can see if your profile is live by typing Instagram.com/username

Once it’s up you’ll notice that it’s similar to your Timeline on Facebook.  You’ll see a rotating collage of Instagram photos taking up the top of the screen (like your Timeline cover photo); you can add a small profile shot and personal details and your followers are shown too.  If you click one of your Instagram photos it will appear in full size alongside any likes or comments.








You’ll be able to share your profile with anyone you want to see your Instagram photos; and the web profile will make it easier to follow other users, and comment and like photos.  

If your photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your Instagram web profile if they know your user name.  Non Instagram users can also view public profiles.  However, if your photos are set to private, your photos will only be visible to logged-in Instagram users that you have allowed to follow you.

If your web profile isn’t up yet you can still log in and update your profile now so it’s all ready for when your web profile goes live over the next week.


If you don't like the idea of your photos being visible to anyone, this article shows you how to change them to private.




06 November 2012

Liebster Award


Last week Mums Take Five nominated me for a Liebster Award - thank you so much.


So what is a Liebster Award? The award is given to support and recognise up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers (on their blog) or likers (on their Facebook page). The word “Liebster” apparently has German origins and is reported to mean sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. By following some basic rules (answer 11 questions set by your nominee, write 11 questions of your own and pass the award onto 11 other bloggers to answer) it enables readers to get to know new bloggers and connect with a wider audience.

The questions I've been given are:

What do you have for Breaky?
Uncle Toby’s Plus Fibre with light milk.  Unless I've actually managed to get up at the time I want to get up, which means I have time to make scrambled eggs.

Do you still send snail mail Christmas cards?
Yes, although I've noticed a lot of friends have stopped, so maybe they won’t get one this year!

What is one Blog you always have a read of?
Adventures and Misadventures of a Mummypreneur – I love all the great advice Amanda has for managing family and a business.

What was the last tv show you watched that you really enjoyed? 
Downton Abbey – and I'm really missing it.  Hopefully someone (hint, hint - family) will give me the DVD sets for Christmas.

Do you read Magazines? If so which ones?
Home Beautiful – my sister gives me a subscription for my birthday

Does your family know you Blog?
My sister does, my sisters-in-law do, but my parents don’t

What was the last item of clothing you bought for yourself? Tell us about it.
A pair of black straight leg pants, mostly for work.  They actually make my legs look slimmer which means I’ll probably wear them to death.

If you are having a shocker of a day what do you do to try and make it better?
A glass of wine!  It depends on what has made it a shocker.  If it’s work, I’ll tidy my desk which usually helps me clear my mind.  If home that’s causing the problem, I’ll try to tidy the house.  Then I’ll still have the glass of wine!

Through your Blogging have you met anyone you would now consider a friend (cyber ones included)?
I’ve met some wonderful people who I would love to have more to do with, hopefully with some of them developing into more than just commenters on my blog.

Do you use a Mop at home? What kind is it and does it work?  
I have a steam mop which I love.  It’s the same as the ones they advertise on TV for a ridiculous amount.  I bought it from a company in South Australia on ebay – it is exactly the same as the ones on TV – even down to the stickers – for about $70.

If you could do anything today. Anything at all no restrictions what would it be? 
Be the only one at home for a whole day – peace and quiet – with the house spotless – no work to do – no phone calls – and watch movies that I love and haven’t seen in years.


Now it’s my turn to pass on the Liebster Award to another 11 wonderful bloggers:

I have nominated:



These lucky 11 get the following questions – and, of course, I had to do a ‘techie’ theme:

  1. What is your favourite techie gadget?
  2. Laptop or desktop computer?
  3. Does your family complain about how much time you spend on the computer?
  4. If money were no object, what techie gadget would you buy?
  5. How do you manage your to-do lists – paper, phone, app?
  6. What about your calendar – do you use a diary/organiser, or your phone/computer?
  7. Which operating system do you use – Apple or Windows?
  8. Have you ever taken a break away from technology and for how long?
  9. What do you use to take photos – a camera or your phone?
  10. Do you read real books or do you have an ereader?
  11. Complete this sentence:  The most trouble technology ever got me into was …..

Pop over and visit these 11 lovely blogs and check out their responses.




30 October 2012

Facebook Interest Lists


Have you noticed your Facebook News Feed has been looking a bit emptier than usual?  Are updates from some of your friends and Facebook Pages that you have ‘liked’ not appearing anymore? 

Did you know that you have never received every status update that your friends have posted?  Facebook has made some changes recently that have drastically reduced what we see on our news feed.  But I can help you take back control so that you do see the posts you want.

Facebook's EdgeRank Algorithm

First I’ll explain how Facebook decides what appears on your newsfeed.  Each time one of your friends, or a Facebook Page you have ‘liked’, posts a status update, tags a photo, comments or ‘likes’ another update, it creates what Facebook calls an ‘Edge’ which could appear on your newsfeed.  Because your newsfeed would be swamped if every update, like, or comment from your friends was shown, Facebook created a way (an algorithm) to decide which edges would appear on your newsfeed.  Facebook predicts how interesting each edge would be to you, by looking back at what interaction you have had with that ‘friend’ in the past - how many mutual friends you have, how many times you comment, ‘like’, or share their updates.  Each action has a different value; for instance, commenting is worth more than ‘liking’.  Just reading an update in your newsfeed doesn’t count – you need to actually do something for Facebook to register that you want to interact with that person or page.  How often and how long ago you interacted with them is also taken into account.  Based on these factors (and more), Facebook ranks each edge and that score determines whether it appears on your newsfeed.  Each time you log on to Facebook your newsfeed will display only the highest ranked edges at that time.  If the EdgeRank Algorithm decides that an update is not of any interest to you and so doesn’t score well, you won’t see it.

Why do you need to know about the EdgeRank Algorithm?  By knowing how it works you know that the more you interact with updates from your Facebook friends and Pages, the more likely you are to see their posts in your newsfeed.  That means - Like, Comment, and Share!

Facebook has recently made changes to this EdgeRank Algorithm, which has resulted in a drastic drop off in the number of posts you see on your newsfeed from Facebook Pages you have liked.  You may have blogs that you follow, organisations you belong to, or shopping offers you like to receive each day; and you don’t want these updates disappearing.

You can’t force these posts to always appear in your newsfeed, but there is a way around these changes, so that you still see the posts you want. 

By creating Interest lists, you can group the Pages (and friends too if you like) you follow into different categories.  Some of the most popular posts from those lists will still appear in your newsfeed, but by clicking on the actual list you’ll see all the recent posts from those you’ve included in that list. 

How do you create Interest Lists?



  •     Click on INTERESTS (on the left of your newsfeed)
  •     On the Interests page, click on + Add Interests.
  •     Click Create List.
  •     A selection of Pages you have liked, other people or Pages you have interacted with and other suggestions will appear.  You don't have to 'like' a Page or subscribe to a person to add them to a list.  Click on any of these suggestions to add them to your Interest List, or search for others you might like using the search box at the top of the screen, or by using the categories on the left. 




















        

  • After you've selected all those you want to include in your list, click Next.
  • Type a name for your list.
  • Select a privacy setting for your list.
  • Click Done.


Once you have created one list you can click on Add Interests at the bottom of your Interests lists to create another list.  You can see that I've got lists for Technology News, Business and blogging advice, Social Media, Organising and Bloggers.  I love that I can just go to the list I want and read posts only about a particular topic.



You can also add people or Pages to your existing interest lists from their Facebook Page.  Go to their Facebook Page, select settings (the gear icon), then click on Add to Interest Lists.  This same menu appears when you hover your mouse over their Like button.  Select the appropriate list from those shown and you’re done.  You can even create a new list at this point by selecting the last option + New List…






From now on, when you log on to Facebook, apart from checking your newsfeed, click on each of your Interest Lists to see all the posts in each category.  Just because all the posts are now visible don't forget to still interact with your friends and Pages you follow - Like, Comment and Share!

When I first created my lists I kept forgetting to check them.  Luckily you will occasionally see a summary post from Facebook notifying you of the number of new posts in your Interest lists.



Have you noticed the drop off in posts from your favourite Facebook people and Pages?  Have you set up Interest Lists yet?  If you have, are you remembering to check them? 



24 October 2012

Can a tablet replace your computer?

The recently released MumsNow 'Mums in 2012' survey found that while 80% of mums use a laptop as their primary techie device, 50% of those surveyed had an iPad at the top their wish list.  Could that be because they're wanting to replace their laptop?  

Can a tablet PC replace your computer altogether? It's a question I'm often asked, especially with so many iPad and tablet devotees raving about what they can do.  If that's something you're considering I may be able to help with your decision.

Today I'm posting over at Adventures and Misadventures of a Mummypreneur, one of my favourite blogs, where Amanda provides brilliant advice on managing work and children.

Pop over there now and we'll take a look at what a tablet is good for and what it can and cannot do. 


22 October 2012

App of the week - Flipboard


My new favourite app!  Flipboard collects all the posts by your friends and Pages you like on Facebook, Twitte, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr, Google Reader and Google+; new videos on YouTube; as well as RSS feeds from your favourite blogs and sites; and brings them all together for you in a gorgeous looking magazine-like display.  You can also choose to have news from around the world added to your Flipboard magazine too – you just select the topics you’re interested in.




Flipboard is available for iPad, iPhone (from iTunes) and Android (from Google Play), and it’s free.

Once you’ve downloaded Flipboard you set up your accounts:  tap the content guide ribbon, and select from the services available under 'Your Accounts' the select 'Add an Account.'  On Android you select More on your Flipboard Account page, then Accounts, and select the accounts you want to add.

Once you’ve added an account you’ll see a box to tap on your Flipboard Account screen which will take you to all the feeds on that site.  To flip to the next page in your magazine just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You can share, comment, and like just as you can if you were at that site.  Flipboard can also save articles to Instapaper, Pocket or Readability so you can read them later.

If you have multiple devices and you’d like to access Flipboard on all of them, just download the app to each device, create an account, and it will be synced across all your devices.

I used to use Google Reader to help me keep track of the blogs I follow.  I’ve now switched to Flipboard – I find it so much easier to read as each blog post has its own page. I’ve just added it to my Android phone, but it will be going on all my devices – I love it!

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