Shop safely online without using your credit card number

EDMONTON, Alta., April 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – You can shop anywhere for just about anything online or with your smartphone – even for groceries.

It’s a convenient part of the daily routine for many.

However, some people are hesitant, even fearful, about making themselves vulnerable by using their credit card online. When retail giants like Home Depot, Target and Marshalls are hacked and credit card numbers are compromised, it’s easy to understand the fear.

But those fears may lessen as online shopping changes are made. Many processors and service providers are offering more payment alternatives online or via smartphone. They offer a third-party user ID and password each time you check out. You still use your favourite credit card and collecting those valuable reward points, but you never have to enter or reveal your number, expiry date or security code.

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The Origin of April Fool’s Day

Are you on red alert for pranks and fake news April 1st? It’s just an extension of centuries-old tradition to entertain and trick – or is it?

EDMONTON, Alta. Mar. 31, 2017 /Troy Media/ – On April Fool’s Day, we’re on red alert for pranks, hoaxes and fake news – and it’s been going on for centuries, from an era when court jesters were common.

With no TV, movies or Internet, jesters, jokers or fools were the entertainers of Medieval and Renaissance times. They often started out as travelling performers who, with minstrels, entertained at fairs and markets.

The fools who gained greatest prominence were those who entertained monarchs and noblemen, as part of the household staff.

Being a court jester was the career pinnacle for the quick-witted and talented few. They could rise above the simple nomadic existence, entertaining peasants living in filth, disease and poverty. Their new life was to entertain a captive audience, and enjoy stability, shelter and more to eat in one meal than others had in a week.

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Archive: Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

troyxmas18thBy Greg Gazin
 Writer 
Troy Media Corporation

EDMONTON, December 19, 2008 /Troy Media/ — Turn the clock back to the late 18th century to the mid 19th century Alberta and chances are you’d be eating fish, beaver tail and stewed moose, rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, for Christmas dinner.

Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of a fiddle and perhaps a drum.

That was the height of the festive season celebrations during the period of the Fur Trade.

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Last minute unique Christmas gift ideas

EDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Don’t panic. Yes, you’ve waited until the last minute to get that special something for that special someone in your life but I have a few cool gift ideas that will not only show you’re thoughtful, but also innovative.

Wireless High Definition 4K 360°

If you’re looking for a gift for the kind of person who really wants to catch 360° immersive 4K and HD video but realizes their smartphone just won’t cut it, then consider getting them the 360fly 4K 360 Camera.

Its 61 mm spherical shape makes it look like an eyeball and socket from a Star Wars robot but, in fact, it’s currently designed as the world’s smallest 360° 4K single lens camera. It’s also wireless, supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.  Read Full Post at Troy Media.

 

FixMeStick virus detection software runs from USB stick

fixmestickEDMONTON, Alta. Dec. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s imperative that you use software to protect your computer against viruses, spyware, malware, trojans and other threats. Unlike the human body, where vaccines or treatments can take effect while you’re asleep or awake, some computer nasties can’t be detected or eradicated if an infection is active, or while the computer is running. It could be compared to trying to diagnose an issue with your car, and then attempting to fix it while driving.

Equipped with its own operating system, a gadget like FixMeStick can be a lifesaver. It’s a self-propelled, self-contained, hardware-based 
virus removal system that runs directly from a USB stick. Plus, it’s a Canadian company of the same name that is based in Montreal.  Read full story at Troy Media or Active-Life.Ca.

iPhone 6s powers down but won’t blow up

Faulty battery leads to iPhone 6s recall

iphone6s-silver-selectEDMONTON, Alta. Nov. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Apple has announced a recall of some of its iPhone 6s due to a faulty battery.

There is no need to worry, however, as, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which are now banned on all airlines, the iPhone 6 batteries won’t explode or catch fire.

In fact, Apple says there is no safety concern; the defect may simply cause your phone to shut down unexpectedly.

The recall doesn’t cover all iPhone 6s phones, only some of those that were manufactured in September and October 2015 and certain handsets that fall within a certain serial number range.  Read full post at Troy Media.

 

Treat dad to gadgets this Father’s Day

Microsoft-Sculpt-Ergonomic-EDMONTON, Alta. June 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Looking for the right gadget for Dad on Father’s Day? If so, here are a few ideas that will certainly put a smile on his face.

If Dad spends a lot of time in front of his keyboard and likes to stay comfortable, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Wireless Desktop may be something he’ll enjoy. It consists of an all-wireless ergonomic keyboard with a cushioned palm rest, a multifunction ergo-mouse and a separate numeric keypad.

Unlike a typical keyboard, this one offers a domed design and arc style split key set which allows Dad to keep his wrists and forearms in a very natural and relaxing position.

The mouse has a nice ergo shape to keep Dad’s wrists from getting tired. It also has a four-way scroll wheel, so Dad can navigate left and right, up and down. It has a Back button and Windows button to quickly get to the start screen without moving the cursor. Read full article at Troy Media.

Last minute family friendly holiday gadget gift ideas

Sonos PLAY5EDMONTON, AB, Dec. 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Gadgets make great gifts and many seem to fit in the personal technology category. It’s nice to know that you can find some this holiday season that expand the personal to the entire family.

Family Printing

First up is the Epson Expression Premium XP-830. It’s a small versatile compact family five-cartridge inkjet all-in-one printer that also copies, scans, faxes, and more but won’t break the bank.

What’s cool is that it’s wireless, so no cables are required to print and you don’t even need to be hooked up to a computer. You can also print from a USB drive or SD-Card and, through Epson’s Connect software, you can print directly from your iPhone, iPad, and most other smartphones and tablets.  Read full post at Troy Media.

Original elfLight takes hassle out of hanging Christmas lights

elfLightShinesEDMONTON, Alta. Nov 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Originally, the Elf Light was either a beam of light from the sky reflecting off shiny ornaments or the glow of Rudolph’s red nose. But today, the Original elfLight – a gadget designed to make your annual holiday light hanging agony virtually non-existent – provides whole new meaning.

Rather than a string lights outside your house this Christmas, the Original elfLight laser-light projection system simulates a sea of coloured bulbs onto your home, patio or garage. Better yet, the system means the ladder never has to leave your garage this Christmas.

The Original elfLight’s sealed, sturdy metal alloy housing is designed to be both weatherproof and, to an extent, shockproof. You just have to prop it up by attaching it to the adjustable spike stand and sticking it into the ground or mounting it to a wall using the adjustable flat base stand (new for 2015) that comes with mounting screws. The elfLight is also suitable for use indoors.

It runs on standard AC power and comes with a corded transformer that connects to a long extension cord, giving you a good eight metres (25 ft.) of cable to work with.  READ FULL POST at TROY MEDIA.

Remembrance Day: The Homefront in Alberta (archive)

The Second World War was hard on the men fighting on the front lines as well as those they left behind.

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EDMONTON, AB, Nov. 4, 2008/ Troy Media/ – While the Second World War was hard on the men and women fighting on the front lines, it was also hard on those they left behind.

This is important to remember this Remembrance Day.

It’s two sides of the same coin, said Dr. Adriana Davies, Executive Director and of the Heritage Community Foundation. “The front (line) was only one side of the coin. The home front was the other side,” she said.

World War II: The Homefront in Alberta, one of the newest sites within the Alberta Online Encyclopedia – albertasource.ca, contains powerful and compelling stories of the realities faced by the people who were thousands of kilometers away from the actual war front. The project is a result of a partnership with the Canadian Militaria Preservation Society and the Royal Alberta Museum.  READ FULL POST at Troy Media.