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Smart home upgrades, streaming services and more: Tech Q&A

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Streaming Services

Q: If I have Netflix, do I need another streaming service?

A: Many people look to everything they want and find that the new material is not replenished fast enough. That is the reason why millions of people subscribe to multiple streaming services, so they can bounce between them and always find something new. So, how does Hulu compare with Vudu, and what is the best service for you? In addition, you will be able to see your favorite programs when you sign up? Tap or click here for the best streaming services compared.

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Free Microsoft Office Alternatives

Q: I don’t want to spend money on Microsoft Office. There are programs such as Word that are not so expensive?

A: Microsoft Office is so ubiquitous that we sometimes forget that the software is not free. Office is annoyingly pricey, especially if you already threw the money for a new device. Luckily for us, there are alternatives to Office programs such as Word and Excel, and they are not only free, they are compatible. As you can a document on a Linux-based program and can open and edit the Microsoft equivalent. It’s not ideal, but it is a great way to save some money. Tap or click here for free alternatives to the most popular computer programs.

Affordable Smart Home Upgrades

Q: I am planning to sell my home. I’ve heard that smart homes to get more money. There are smart home stuff that I can get that won’t break the bank?

A: Because smart tech is so desirable, you can quickly increase the asking price for your home with a few additions. Some of these are very relevant, such as enhanced security of systems and equipment. But others are very affordable – something as simple as a light bulb. One of the go-to systems is the Amazon Echo, which can connect to multiple other devices, and it costs very little to install. Now, there are so many smart devices it is difficult to choose which will help the value of your home. Are you not pleased that I have done the research for you. Tap or click here for smart home upgrades to help you sell your house.

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Q: I live in San Francisco, where can I hear your radio show?

A: I’m flattered you ask. I have the process simple, including a station finder on my website, all you need to do is enter a zip code, city or province, and this handy feature will do the rest. Tap or click my show and podcasts.

Speed Up Windows

Q: My Windows computer is so slow. Is there anything I can do to speed up?

A: The thing to remember is that computers slow down over time, like any machine (and people, for that matter). You can’t expect a hard drive to run forever, and most computers have an expected life span of less than a decade, and many experts assume each desktop needs to be replaced every five years. Sometimes that slow operations do not have to do with age, but with the use of your device. Too many programs, unwanted background tasks and malware infection can all eat up system resources. Tap or click here for the main reasons why your computer is slow.

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