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Joshua Lowcock publishes a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over several years.

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The Last Week in Digital Media Podcast has been retired. It was beta-tested in 2018 using a text-to-speech service.

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Lifehack: DOSH Offer Code 2021 – Jan/Feb ($5 Bonus Works!)

DOSH is a US-based cashback service that works by linking your credit card to the app. Jumping straight to the offer code, use JOSHUAL270 to get a $5 sign up DOSH bonus. That's right, the DOSH referral code JOSHUAL270 will get you a $5 bonus. This works! You will need to link a card and verify your email address to get the DOSH bonus. From time to time DOSH also will increase the bonus to $20 in total if you also make a transaction. DOSH provides cashback at stores such as: Disney+ Walmart Costco Dunkin Macy's Expedia DoorDash DOSH is ...
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Works! How to Download your entire Google Photos Library

Important I am not affiliated with Google or any of the companies mention and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon (it's not about technology!). It helps keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! On November 11, 2020, Google announced plans to end free unlimited photo storage on Google Photos. The new Google Photos limit will be 15GB which Google claims is equivalent to 15GB. The Google Photos storage limit will come into effect on June 2021. After which, if you go over 15GB you will ...
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List of Verizon G3100/Verizon E3200 Compatible Smart Home Devices

This is a list of smart home devices compatible with the Verizon G3100 and Verizon E3200 router. This list is crowdsourced from people who have submitted the device name to me (Thanks!). Important. I do not own these devices and cannot provide support for setup or use. Unless otherwise noted, a smart home device listed below is compatible. If it's not listed, it's because I don't know. For what it's worth, I've had no issues with anything connected via ethernet. Most modern Smart TVs and Smart Phones should have no issue connecting to the Verizon G3100. If you're a device ...
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Tip: G3100/E3200 Replacement Power Supply/Power Brick

The short answer is there is no aftermarket power supply or power brick you can buy for the G3100/E3200. I have tried several options on Amazon without luck. Your best hope is to try Verizon FiOS support to see if they can replace or send one to you. Although, I personally found more luck going to a Verizon equipment drop-off site (the place Verizon lets you return unwanted equipment) to get a replacement. FYI Verizon does not stock G3100 or E3200 power supply bricks in their standard retail stores. If this changes, I'll update the post. Other things you may ...
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Tip: The Best Replacement USB C Laptop Charger (Dell, Lenovo, HP)

If you're like me, you're probably frustrated with the large power brick that ships with your laptop. It takes up too much room in your bag, it's impossible to keep the cables tidy, etc. If you're after a smaller and easy to keep tidy laptop charging setup, then I can help. This is my personal laptop charging setup. I use a Lenovo Laptop which according to the power brick is a 45W charger. Most laptops require at least 45W. You can check what you need on the brick of your original charger but a word of advice, you're unlikely to ...
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Works! How to sign out of the AppStore on iOS 14

Important I am not affiliated with Apple and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Apple. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon (it has nothing to do with technology). It helps keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! With Apple iOS 14 releasing on Sept 16th in the US, they have made further changes to the way the Apple ID is both used, accessed, and controlled. If you have different user accounts for iCloud and a different one for the AppStore such as you need ...
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Works! How to Factory Reset the J5 Create ScreenCast / Connection Troubleshooting

Important I am not affiliated with J5 and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by J5. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! j5 Create ScreenCast The j5 Create ScreenCast (technically the JVAW56) is a dongle like device that lets you wirelessly connect to your TV or monitor. I picked up mine from Best Buy where it retails for about US$50. But it's also available on their website. I use Windows but also iOS (iPhone and iPad) so I needed something that was agnostic ...
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Fixed! Microsoft Edge Chromium not showing Bing Image of the Day (IOTD)

In my personal life, I use a Windows ARM Laptop running Chromium Edge. I'm a big fan of Chromium Edge, it's a fast browser and since it syncs with my work laptops (x64) which makes life easier. If you re-install Edge or setup a fresh installation of Windows, you may discover that Edge doesn't show the Bing Daily Image also known as the Image of the Day (IOTD) when you start a new tab. I've worked out why this happens, the good news is you don't need to do anything but wait - so here's the fix. For what it's ...
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