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Weekend of April 17th, 2015 – Hour 1

Tech News & Commentary

Jon in Rocklin, California listens to the podcast and is calling via the App told us: “My wife and I share photos sometimes on our phones for gifts that we want to buy for our kids. I was wondering, since the kids like to play with the phones, is there any way, on an Android phone, that I can hide photos? Is there a secret folder I can put those in? or a way to disassociate the photo app from seeing those photos?”

Jon, Depending on how involved you want to get, there are a couple of solutions you can look at. You can technically use a file manager to create a hidden folder, just start the folder name with “.”

intotomorrow_logoFor example, “.private” will be a hidden folder. You can also put a “.nomedia” file inside that folder that would tell gallery apps “don’t bother looking in here.” However, you can just go the easy way and use one of the many private picture hiding apps, almost all of which will also let you set a pin.

KeepSafe Vault will both hide and encrypt your pictures and it is free to download, but it does offer in-app purchases. You can also try “Hide Pictures Photo Safe”, it’s free, no in app purchases, and it will hide those photos.

You could also just not store those pictures on your phone, obviously… Just view & share them and then …. delete them.

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

The “Into Tomorrow” team discussed the latest apps that they have been playing with recently.

• Sam recommends: Restaurant Inspections, FREE

 

“Eating out in Florida? Get the latest Restaurant Inspections on every restaurant in Florida! Add your favorite restaurant to easily track future inspections as they are released, every week! Search restaurants closest to you, or search by name or city.”

What are your favorite Apps? Let us know at 800-899-INTO and we’ll feature them in this segment!

Tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast for more details

 

 Guest Segment:

John Miley, Reporter – Kiplinger
personal finance news and business forecasting

Cal in Bowling Green, Kentucky listens to the Podcasts and calling in via the App asked: “I’m interested in switching to over the air digital TV, but want to be able to record with digital quality. I was hoping for a good recommendation for a DVR that would work with my over the air antenna.”

Cord cutters, such as yourself, have been raving about the latest over the air HD DVR that has been released by one of the oldest players in the game — TiVo. The TiVo “Roamio” over the air DVR has a 500 GB storage capacity (not as much as the 2TB on my DISH HD DVR) and can hold up to 75 hours of your favorite HD programming.

The best part?… it will cost you only $49.99!  With it, you can also access Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services. Access to TiVo’s channels and features will cost you extra, but $14.99 a month is quite feasible in comparison to much more expensive cable and satellite subscriptions.

If you don’t mind shelling out bigger bucks for your DVR, the Tablo over-the-air DVR is also popular with consumers and boasts a pretty nice, easy-to-use interface. Capabilities are pretty similar for both products, but the nice thing about the Tablo is that it offers users a 2-tuner option at $199 and a 4-tuner option for $270.

You can also have a look at the Channel Master DVR+, it’s not cheap, it costs $399 with a 1TB hard drive and $299 if you’re ok with using your own external hard drive, but it does not require a monthly service fee and it does include some streaming services such as Vudu and Pandora.

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

Andrew in Pembroke, Kentucky listens on WTN 99.7 FM and is calling via the App asked: “I’d like to know about the business, iCracked. Would it be worth me investing into them as a franchisee, or not? What do you know about the business?”

Andrew, As far as we could find out, this is the deal:

You give them $1500 and become a certified “iTech” that can fix Apple and Samsung devices. You’re “certified” by them, by the way, not by any authority anyone else would recognize… sort of like how McDonald’s could certify you as a 5 star chef, but that doesn’t mean anyone who isn’t McDonald’s would care…

After that, you get a kit with your first batch of supplies for repairs, tools and a polo… (we guess the polo shirt makes you official). They’ll also set you up with a Smart car wrapped with iCracked logos, but the lease is your responsibility, and the certification process to become an “iTech” involves online videos and online quizzes.

You obviously don’t get a storefront for $1500, it’s more of a “drive up to your customer” – work out of your trunk type of situation. They’ll provide you with “leads” which basically means that they refer people trying to fix their devices to you, you fix the devices and they offer a lifetime warranty in parts, but their warranty comes at a price, as their parts are more expensive to buy than other options you could find in the market. You will get notified of leads by their “dispatch system” (an app on your phone), when someone has requested service around you.

They may get you some customers, but whether that’s worth the extra money is up to you, a lot of people just do the same thing on their own, with cheaper parts, and seem to do well enough. There is no monthly franchise fee though, the rest of their income comes from the parts you buy, they may complain if you stop buying more expensive parts from them but keep taking jobs from their dispatch system, obviously.

For more information tune in to Hour 1 of our podcast.

 This Week’s Prizes for Our Listeners

Education.Com: Several “Brainzy” 12-month codes for online early-learning programs for math and reading. If you’ve got Kids … you WANT one of these!

PhoneSoap: Several Antibacterial – All Natural Touch Screen Polish (Ad lib: sorta like Cap Stick for your Phones & Tablets)

NanoTech: Several UltraFlix Gift Cards for 4K Content, like movies and a ton of other cool stuff. Let us know if you have a 4K Ultra HD TV!

iLuv: A pair of ReFashionOlogy Canvas Exterior, Collapsible Headphones with a Titanium Diaphragm

Westinghouse: Unplug Wireless Bluetooth Sound System

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Written by 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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