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Tech’s Effect On Impulse Shopping, And Transferring Pictures From An Android Phone To A Macbook

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No more impulse shopping! The digital age is making it much easier for you to research tech accessories before you buy. Lexie de los Santos with the Consumer Electronics Association explains – in this week’s “CEA Update.”

New research from CEA predicts the market for tech accessories will reach almost $10 billion this year! With the continued growth and success of mobile devices, it’s no surprise that consumers want to stand out by customizing and personalizing their smartphones and tablets.

According to CEA’s Second Annual Accessories at Retail study consumers say store displays, recommendations by friends or family, or a helpful salesperson are most likely to influence their unplanned accessory purchases.  But, they’d rather ask questions and get demonstrations during the purchasing process.

Top reasons for shopping online – whether via mobile device or desktop computer – are price, convenience, and ease of browsing or comparisons.

To learn more, visit CE.org/research.

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Leonard in Nashville, TN listens on WTN 99.7 asked: I need to get the pictures from my Droid phone onto my Macbook Pro. Is there an easy way to do it, or do I need some sort of weird app?

No app required! The fastest way would probably be either to remove the SD card and copy the files straight fromt here, but you will need a microSD to SD adapter, so that may not work for you. You almost certainly have a MicroUSB cable, if you use it to plug your phone into the computer, you will most likely see the phone pop up on the desktop and Finder the way any flash drive would.

From there you can navigate to your pictures folder on your phone, as if it was any other external drive, and drag and drop the files to any folder on your computer. If you’re too cool for cables, you can always just pair your Droid to your Macbook Pro via bluetooth and just beam the files over.

Now if you want to use an app, and kill two birds with one stone, you can upload the photos from your Android phone to a cloud storage system. Google Photos, which is part of your Google account, which you have one if you have an Android phone, is free and will share space with your Google Drive files up to the 15GB limit on free accounts.

You can also look into Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive. Both of these apps will automatically backup the photos from your Android phone to their cloud storage services and let you access them easily from the MacBook.

Using a cloud storage system makes it simple to move the pictures, no connecting anything is required, and it serves to backup your precious photos at the same time.

Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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