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My new favorite phone: The Droid Turbo

There is a segment of people like myself that fall into a specific category: Android users that are on Verizon. If you’re one of those,…

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The state of WordPress in 2014

This past weekend at WordCamp San Francisco, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual “State of the Word” speech and had some interesting things to…

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OS X Yosemite Walk Through

Apple just rolled out an update to its desktop operating system, OS X – Yosemite. While MAC users running Mavericks or Mountain Lion will still feel comfortable navigating the new IOS, it’s a major update and comes with several impressive features and improvements.

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Speed up your browsing with “Custom Search Engines” in Google Chrome

We’re always looking for ways to get things done more efficiently. Very simply, if we can save time throughout the day we can get more…

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The obvious choice isn’t always so obvious

Imagine you’re at a baseball game, waiting for it to start. At the conclusion of the singing of the National Anthem, everyone cheers and applauds….

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Trying out the Google Chromebox

Nearly four years ago I first tried out a Google Chromebook, a laptop that essentially only runs the Google Chrome browser. You can’t load any…

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Will smart watches lead to larger phones?

I have a pretty large phone. With a 5″ screen, the Droid Maxx can’t be called “small”. Offhand, I don’t think I’d want anything bigger…

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Tools of Our Trade: The Apple Side of Things

Desktop I cross the great hardware branding divide by using both a PC and a Mac. I have a Lenovo laptop, with Windows 7, almost exclusively for running FileZilla….

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The tools of our trade

Being the only Windows user in a mostly Mac environment, my toolset is a bit different than the rest of the team at GreenMellen. Beyond…

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Our favorite extensions for Google Chrome

We love Google Chrome. While we keep a wide variety of browsers installed on our computers for testing purposes, we all use Google Chrome virtually…

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How voice search is changing the keywords we use

Google has been around for 15 years, and while they are continually updating their algorithm we’ve been continually updating the way we search. A popular…

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WordPress 4.0 Available for Beta

WordPress is preparing to launch version 4.0 on August 13, 2014. The first beta versions are already available for testing. Despite the major version number, this…

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Exploring the new “Android Wear” devices

Yesterday I picked up an LG G Watch, one of the first devices featuring the new “Android Wear” software. It’s a rather plain-looking device, but…

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GreenMellen’s First 10 years with WordPress

WordPress will be turning 11 soon, but tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of when I first tried it out. My original blog post is no…

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Google+ Introduces Stories and Movies

Google+ released two promising new updates this week: Stories and Movies. Stories: Users’ photos and videos automatically combine to create a slick timeline of your…

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