Drowning out the Noise – iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones

Someday, some creative inventor will design some noise canceling headphones that removes office conversations or screaming kids completely. Until then, we will have to survive with noise canceling headphone that simply remove droning background noise that happen in airplanes or on trains. I don't travel much, so I wasn't able to test this out on a plane, but I do sit in an open office environment where there is lots of noise, so when I got a pair of iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones, I was pretty… [more]

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How to Fix iTunes Error 1723 When Syncing iPhone or iPad

I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple's iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while searching for "how to fix iTunes Error 1723" or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac.The error states "The iPhone… [more]

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids - essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don't want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not… [more]

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The Best Way to Install iOS 8 & Not Delete Apps & Data

Apple's iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade there prevents you from doing so if you don't have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don't have… [more]

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Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

Apple's newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do the upgrade that way, you can use the OTA (over the air) update, or you can download the upgrade file manually and then update via iTunes on your computer. I have found that sometimes downloading the .ipsw… [more]

Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED] Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]
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Someday, some creative inventor will design some noise canceling headphones that removes office conversations or screaming kids completely. Until then, we will have to survive with noise canceling headphone that simply remove droning background noise that happen in airplanes or on trains. I don’t travel much, so I wasn’t able to test this out on a plane, but I do sit in an open office environment where there is lots of noise, so when I got a pair of iHome iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones, I was pretty excited to test them out.

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The premise behind headphones that cancel out ambient noise is pretty straight forward. Using a built-in microphone, the headphones “listen” for low-level noise to capture a sound wave of that noise. Then, within its circuitry, the inverse of the noise is generated and pumped through the headphones, effectively canceling out that noise.

Out of the box, the iB50 Noise Canceling Headphones are literally a snap to put together. First you need to install the two included AAA batteries into the right headphone. You must have power (e.g., via the batteries) in order to enable the noise cancellation feature. Then simply attach the detachable cord to the left headphone, making sure that the mic/pause controller is close to the headset. With that, you are ready to go.

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I stumbled across an error when I was syncing my Apple iPhone 5S running on Apple’s iOS 8 with iTunes on my Mac. It was an iTunes Error 1723. Apple errors are always a bit cryptic and sometimes require you to do some searching to find a solution. So, hopefully you found this article while searching for “how to fix iTunes Error 1723″ or someone linked to this fix-it article. Anyway, the problem is quite easy to fix if you are encountering iTunes error 1723 on a Mac.

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The error states “The iPhone [insert iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch name] cannot be synced. An unknown error occurred (1723).” Cryptic, right? However, I had encountered something like this before and the fix was identical. I’m not sure if something may have been introduced within iOS 8 that could be causing this issue. They made some changes to how iPhoto (on an iOS device) works – essentially, they killed the need to have iPhoto and put robust editing capabilities right into the Camera and Photos apps.

How to Fix iTunes Error 1723

Luckily, in just a few minutes, you can fix this iTunes Error 1723. Here’s what you do (and NOTE, this is for users who sync their iOS devices on a Mac, not sure about PC or if this error exists on a PC): [click to continue…]

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I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular social media service or site is dangerous to children. Believe it or not, a lot really depends on the child…and the type of parent (or guardian) you are.

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I have selected several social media sites and services that are common and popular now. There are literally hundreds with more popping up all of the time. It’s impossible to cover them all. In fact, services like Facebook and Twitter are actually not as popular with kids than some of the other services on this list. Facebook is for “old people” my kids have told me. But again, it depends on your child and what their peers use.

Warning: This article is long. There is a lot to say and learn about this topic. Hang in there!

For the purpose of this “advice column,” I have limited my (non-expert) analysis to ones that I know something about and have heard are used more frequently than others. IF I have missed any, please LEAVE A COMMENT and I will check them out. I’m waaaay older than my kids and they are a lot more savvy about what they do or don’t use, like or don’t like. I have consulted them but getting things from them is like getting blood from a stone.

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Apple’s iOS 8 has been released and people are complaining that they have to delete applications and/or data and media in order to install the new mobile operating system. This is true if you do an OTA (Over The Air) update. Sometimes, even connecting to iTunes on your computer and trying to do the upgrade there prevents you from doing so if you don’t have enough free space on your iOS device. But there is a better way to install the update and NOT have to delete any data, even if you don’t have much free space on your iOS device.

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First some non-technical information on why Apple needs so much space to install the new iOS. If you choose the OTA upgrade process, first, your device needs to store the upgrade file. If you download the OS on its own (on a computer, for example), the size of the file is probably a couple of GBs. Most likely, Apple compresses the upgrade file for OTA updates. That means that it then needs to uncompress the file prior to upgrading your OS. It needs space to do that. Then it needs to swap out the old OS data files with the new ones. So at one point, during an OTA update, you have old and new files together which requires a lot of space. Eventually, the OTA file and the old OS files are deleted. While this process is potentially convenient (you don’t need to connect to a computer), it is not that efficient.

Similarly, you could try to do an upgrade by connecting your mobile device to iTunes on a computer. But this, as well, may require you to free up space in order to do the upgrade.

YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT THIS WAY!

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Direct Download Links for Apple iOS 8 & Prep and Install Tips [UPDATED]

September 17, 2014
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Apple’s newest version of their operating system (Apple iOS 8) for iPhones and iPads is now available. There are a few ways that you can update. You can plug your compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th gen or iPad 2 or newer) into your computer and connect with iTunes and do […]

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Running Flat But In Style – Likes & Dislikes of the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

September 15, 2014
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I’ve been test driving cars for a several years now. It’s definitely a lot of fun to try out the latest and greatest designs by a car manufacturer. Other than having to sometimes pry the keys from my hands with some cars when I have to return them, for the most part, I haven’t had […]

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How to Turn Off Facebook’s Auto-Play Videos & Save Data

September 11, 2014
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If you are anything like me, you watch your cell phone’s data consumption very closely. And given that I have 4 other people on my family shared plan (3 of them being teens & almost a teen), there are some apps that simply gulp down data. Tweens and teens absolutely LOVE image and video apps […]

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How To Change the Default Browser on Mac with Chrome Canary and Chrome

September 3, 2014
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Google recently released a 64-bit version of its browser, Chrome Canary. If you want what Google calls “the bleeding edge of the web” type of browser, you can download and install Google Chrome Canary for Mac (or Windows).  It has the latest features and is targeted towards early adopters, developers and the like. I had […]

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