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Dear Visitor,

Welcome to our December 2016 Newsletter.

LG Nexus 5X Refunds

Full refunds are being issued by LG for a malfunction that causes the Nexus 5X to enter a boot loop (the handset never boots up fully and enters a loop of restarting over and over again).

While the normal process is to send them to LG (if under warranty) to get fixed, refurbished, or request a new unit, the part that is needed to fix the malfunction is no longer available.

Therefore LG is offering a refund of the device at full retail price as long as you have a receipt of purchase and the patience to undergo the lengthy verification process involved. Google and LG are no longer selling the LG Nexus 5X after launching the Pixel and Pixel XL phones.


Smartwatches for the Holidays

Many smartwatches, including Apple and Samsung’s Gear series of watches, offer appealing designs for users along with fitness monitoring. These watches have been so popular that even Google is rumored to compete in 2017 with some designs of their own. Last month’s release of Samsung’s S3 (Classic and Frontier models) debuted a more powerful watch with a 380 mAh battery, which Samsung says will last up to four days. It has an onboard GPS, a speaker/microphone for making and receiving phone calls, gorilla glass for added scratch resistance, as well as many other features. It also has a new app that shows elevation and barometric pressure, not found on other smartwatches. It is waterproof, but not swim proof.

The latest Apple watch (Series 2), which does require an iPhone to work, is fast and waterproof up to 50 meters in salt or fresh water. It has a bright display with a built-in GPS (a negative on battery life), and is useful for outdoor sports such as swimming and running. Visit the following site to see and learn more about the top smartwatches currently being offered -


Microsoft Windows 10 Hidden Features

Windows 10 contains some hidden features that many users may not be aware of.  For example, this holiday season, consumer shoppers looking to save a buck should take a look at Cortana’s shopping features.  If you choose to shop with Edge, Cortana will automatically try to search for coupons usable on the site.  The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 has also updated the barebones minimum calendar accessible through the task bar.  Windows has integrated the calendar with their main calendar app so that when you press on the task bar calendar, your daily schedule appears below it.

If you are a fan of Cortana and want to “increase her powers” you can now set Cortana to respond to “Hey Cortana” through your PC microphone.  Just click the Cortana icon next to your search field on the task bar and click the Notebook icon.  Once there, you’ll be able to enable Cortana’s features.  After you enable Cortana’s voice recognition features, don’t worry about watching your language—she has been programed to understand “natural language conversation.”   However, if you choose not to use Cortana’s features, you can disable her under the same Cortana settings tab.

Here are some shortcut keys:

Windows Key-Tab (Task View)
Windows Key-Right-Up (Moves app to top right quadrant)
Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (virtual desktop)
Windows Key-Ctrl-D (new virtual desktop)
Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana listening)
Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)
Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (closes virtual desktop)
Windows Key-Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)


Microsoft Surface Phone

Microsoft has revealed their intentions to make a “Microsoft Surface Phone.”  They are looking to expand on the range of Windows 10 devices available to consumers.

With a Surface Phone, Windows consumers will be able to link their desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone into one similar OS.

Rumors say the build will include a 64 bit version of Windows 10, 6GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 835 processor with the main focus being productivity solutions and enterprise applications.

The phone is not expected to be released until late 2017.


Whirlpool Zera Food Recycler

This innovative technology by Whirlpool can turn food waste into fertilizer in just 24 hours.  The Zera Food Recycler was designed to tackle the following issue—25% of food in American households is thrown away every year.  The resulting product is an easy to use recycler that accepts a variety of foods in the machine to create a fertilizer that will provide better soil for your plants.

The system works as an addition to your trash can and recycling.  Dump your leftover food waste in the Zera until full, then click the transforming cycle button.  The machine will use its interior blades to chop the contents and heat them into fertilizer.

The smell is well contained within the unit with the use of a carbon and HEPA air filter system.  Not only does this product reduce waste, but it takes it from your kitchen to your backyard in one efficient move.


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