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5 Tech Tips to Show Your Parents Over the Holidays

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5 Tech Tips to Show Your Parents Over the Holidays

Ben Roodman December 18, 2014

Visiting your folks this Christmas? Here are MobileFOMO’s top five tips of what to show your parents while you’re home for the holidays.

How to Hack their Keurig 2.0 Coffee Machine

Your parents may have mistakenly bought organic coffee pods or maybe they care about purchasing compostable k-cups. Either way, the new Keurig 2.0 coffee brewing system’s DRM (Digital Rights Management) only allows for usage of certified Keurig landfill pods. All that is required to hack your parents Keurig machine is a piece of a scotch tape and 1 starter legitimate pod top. Tape the barcode numbers to the reader on the machine and you have easy quick fix to guilt free coffee.

Keurig 2.0 DRM Tape Hack Instructional Video:


Teach Your Parents About Smarter News Sources with SmartNews

Install the SmartNews App, the informative way to read mobile news articles, on your parent’s iPad and smartphones. SmartNews is simple to use news reader that even works offline and offers a daily news digest feature that’s automatically downloaded twice a day. Your parents can go deeper into the news topics they care about beyond their normal routine of Fox News talking points. Install SmartNews and you’ll be immensely thankful when politics come up at next holiday gathering.

Introduce Your Parents to Mobile Payments

Start simple with mobile payments by getting with Starbucks Loyalty Card App, training them on how to use only their phone for payments. If you’re parents have the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Pay at Whole Foods is any easy demonstration. Add their credit card, scan a finger print, and hold it up at the register. Convince them about how mobile payments are more secure because they use an unique payment token for each transaction rather than handing over your credit card number over to retailers to sit exposed in the next data breach.

Show Them What a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick Is

Streaming on demand television is here big time and now made easy with Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire TV Stick . These inexpensive HDMI plugin devices are great excuse for getting your parent’s HBO GO password or sharing a funny video with them on the big screen with Google Chromecast. Using this handy devices you can take over the TV anytime you want watching Hulu without ever putting down your cellphone at Christmas.

For The Tech Advanced Parent: Enable Two Factor Authentication

The horrendous celebrity and model photo leaks earlier this year brought up the importance of two factor authentication as a must to secure online accounts. You couldn’t drive your parents car at 16 without them first handing over the keys. Similarly, two factor authentication requires double verification using your cellphone even if your online password is compromised. Start by download Google Authenticator app and then going into the advanced security settings of services such as Gmail or Dropbox. iCloud unfortunately takes 2 days to verify before being able to turn on two factor authentication to start the process early with Apple when you arrive.


Good luck and may the new year bring you less FaceTime required parent tech support.

Ben Roodman

Benjamin Roodman
Senior Contributing Editor
Benjamin Roodman is an advocate for getting to the truth of what converts in mobile. Well versed in mobile advertising platforms with a notable aptitude and passion for analytics, he's currently putting deals together as head of partnerships at a mobile data startup. Benjamin has previously held Business Development positions at AOL Advertising and helped establish several funded location-based consumer startups.
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