Tech

Insuring Your Electronics

It’s really easy to skip the extended warranty or optional insurance for your new cell phone of laptop computer, but when you crack the screen 8 months later or spill a cup of coffee on the keyboard the following week, you’ll regret that decision. In this episode of The 4501 Podcast, Tony and Marc weigh the pros and cons of insurance for your electronic devices and discuss if an extended warranty is worth it.

What you may not realize is that often times, your cell phone may have built in purchase protection or even specific cell phone insurance. In Tony’s case, he has the REI Mastercard which gives him and his family free cell phone accident protection for accidents and theft. Learn more on Tony’s blog here https://tonyflorida.com/free-cell-phone-insurance/

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Should You Buy a NAS in 2019?

We hear about THE CLOUD and for some of us, it’s unclear what actually that is. There’s Apple’s iCloud, Google Photos, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. all of which are cloud storage options for your multimedia including photos and videos. However, this is not the only option for backing up your data.

Another option is to buy yourself a NAS, an acronym that stands for Network Attached Storage — essentially one or more hard drives in a server attached to the internet. While this option has a larger upfront cost, you will ultimately save on recurring monthly costs of online backup storage via the cloud.

In addition to discussing the pros and cons of cloud backups and NAS servers, we talk about free options for photo storage, how to backup large 4k video files, and why you should backup your data to begin with.

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How to Choose a Camera for YouTube

Want to start to VLOG on Youtube? Feel lost and don’t know where to start? Well in this episode, Marc and Tony discuss which cameras you can use to start a YouTube Channel. The two talk about some aspects to think about before buying a camera and also what resolution you should shoot at during filming. Lastly, the two discuss which device is best to shoot on for Youtube: cell phone cameras, DSLRs, or Mirrorless cameras. Also, a spoiler for next week’s exciting episode pops in during this episode so have a listen and find out what’s on the agenda for next week!

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How to Port Your Phone Number to Google Voice

Have you ever wondered how to port your number over to Google Voice? Well look no futher because in this episode Tony tells you how to do it. He talks about what Google Voice is, the benefits of doing this, and walks you through the steps on how to do it.

Check to see if your phone number can be ported here.

Read the official Google Voice porting help document here.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Computer Monitors

What to purchase a computer monitor and don’t know where to start? Well, Not all monitors are created equal! In this episode Marc tells you some of the things to things to look for when you purchase a computer monitor. He tells you about size, resolution, frame rate, color space, and panel type which all are things to consider.

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Intro/Outro Music: Voyage by Ikson

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Cord Cutting in 2019

In this episode Marc and Tony discuss Cord Cutting in 2019. What is cord cutting? This is eliminating your normal TV cable service to instead use a streaming platform like Netflix or DirectTV Now. They talk about the available options, what are some of the requirements to cut the cord, and also where they each see the future of this platform.

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Building A Smart Home in 2019

In this episode, Tony and Marc discuss the steps of building a smart home in 2019. A smarthome is a home that will automate the simplest tasks and allow you to live your life much easier. Marc discusses how he started to build his smart home, and also some products that can be purchased to make your home smarter. Tony gives his take on some of Marc’s favorite smart home tech and also what he thinks is the future of the smart home.

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Confessions of a Daily Vlogger on YouTube

Find out what it takes to have a daily vlog on YouTube directly from a daily vlogger himself. Tony Florida has a wealth of information to share with you about his experience daily vlogging. Topics discussed include the importance of YouTube thumbnails and titles, video editing software, and balancing experiencing with documenting.

Subscribe to Tony’s YouTube channel here!

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23 and Me Health and Ancestry Review

Learn how to trace your ancestral roots with the 23 and Me health and ancestry DNA test. While Marc explains the process and science behind these home DNA tests, topics including the cost, accuracy, and even
dog DNA tests are discussed on this episode.

Marc also explains that you should buy your 23 and Me kit during the annual Black Friday sale in order to get the best deal. In addition, use Marc’s personal referral link to get a 10% discount on your 23 and Me ancestry DNA kit.

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Blablacar Long Distance Carpool and Rideshare App

While you have rentable electric scooters and Uber to get around a city, what if you need to travel to another city? Introducing BlaBlaCar — yet another addition to the sharing economy.

This long distance carpooling app allows passengers to buy a seat in a driver’s personal vehicle for a longer distance trip between cities. While the cost of a driver’s trip is offset by payment from the rider(s), an otherwise empty car is filled with passengers who need to get to the same destination as the driver.

Learn about this awesome app, why it’s called BlaBlaCar, and hear about Tony’s personal experience using the app in Spain.

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