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Review: Pioneer AVH-4100NEX Retrofits Old Vehicles with New Tech like Apple CarPlay

In Android, Apple, Audio, Auto, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, Review, Technology, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Review of the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX which is an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled dual-DIN deck to bring new technology to all vehicles.

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Homido Provides VR Headsets Better than Cardboard & Less Expensive than Others

In Android, Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Looking for a budget-conscious yet comfortable & functional VR Headset for watching Virtual Reality & 3D content? My review of the Homido & Homido mini!

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

In Android, Apple, Application, Cellular, Fix It, General, Google, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Social Media, Software by Michael Sheehan

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 (think Instagram, Vine, SnapChat and others) and while many kids are not gravitating toward Facebook, Facebook is typically a high-consumer of data. The Facebook mobile app has a very sneaky way of gobbling up data, especially because of the feature that auto-plays any videos in …

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

In Android, Apple, Application, Family, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users. I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a …

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Want to Dump your Smartphone Bill? Review of Scratch Wireless for Free Voice and Data Services

In Android, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Many people have smartphones and even more have cellular phones, but most of us are locked into lengthy contracts in order to get data and voice services. A relatively new company launched in October of 2013, Scratch Wireless aims to provide smartphone services to those who don’t want contracts, but who also want to minimize the amount they pay, ad hoc, for voice and data. In fact, you could potentially never have a mobile bill, even for text and voice. Scratch Wireless’s business proposition is simple, you buy a particular, pre-configured smartphone from them, sign up for an account, and start …

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Weighing in on the Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

In Android, Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Recent advances in personal technology are allowing individuals and families to get better analysis of their health progress or lack there of. From wearable devices that track your movement to applications that help you set exercise goals, our society now has consumer tools that remove some of the mystery surrounding personal health. Withings is a company that has been leading the way providing consumer products that previously were only found in the doctor’s office and in the process is empowering individuals to simply get healthier. The new Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50) is a fine example of one of these …

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Wirelessly Control & Shoot your Canon or Nikon DSLR Remotely – iUSBportCamera Review

In Android, Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

It seems like everyone is becoming a “professional” photographer, especially now that the technology-to-price ratio of DSLR cameras is getting truly amazing. While taking a photo really depends though on the mind’s eye, the technology of the camera as a tool to capture that moment in time has made those moments even better. And there are accessories now for your DSLR that extends the usage of those cameras. HyperDrive recently gave  me the Hyper iUSBportCamera which not only transforms your mobile device or tablet into a remote shutter trigger, but it also allows you to wirelessly view and stream your …

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The Remote to Rule All Remotes – Logitech Harmony Ultimate

In Android, Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m not sure how much further Logitech can go with their Harmony universal remote line. With the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate out (which is a great Father’s Day gift, by the way), I’m really curious what the next generation Harmony remote would bring. I’m thinking that it will have some sort of mind reading integration or something because the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate is pretty much as full featured as it can go. The Harmony Ultimate remote is truly that…the ultimate remote. It is not only the last remote you will probably need, but also has the ultimate in configuration …

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Instagram Users – How to Clear the Instagram Cache & Save Space on your Smartphone

In Android, Apple, Application, Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Google, How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan15 Comments

If you are a heavy Instagram user, you might not know this but the more you use Instagram, the photo-sharing service and mobile application, the more space the app will consume on your iOS or Android device over time. Originally, when you install Instagram, it only uses about 24 MB (on iOS), but it can grow to use up literally gigabytes of space. This article shows you how to clear the Instagram cache so that you can easily and quickly save space on your mobile device. While Instagram is a great service, for some reason the developers crafted their app …

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Giveaway! Your First Smartphone Could Be the HTC First!

In Android, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Mobile, Technology by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

It’s been a while since I hosted a giveaway, so I thought that I would start out the Memorial Day Holidays with a giveaway holiday! If you don’t have a smartphone yet, this giveaway is for you! Or, if your child is ready for their first smartphone, you better enter. Or if you simply want a back up phone, you may want to enter as well. Regardless, courtesy of AT&T, I’m doing an HTC First Giveaway! As I actually haven’t had any hands-on with the HTC First (because I’m giving it away), I’m just going to speak to HTC in general. …

Tired of Coordinating Arrival Times or Notifying If You’ll Be Early or Late? Use Twist! App Walkthrough & CEO Interview

In Android, Apple, Application, Cellular, General, Google, Interview, iOS, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As a parent in a busy family of 5 with 3 kid schedules to coordinate, activities galore and timing managed literally down to the minute, I have often felt a bit overwhelmed trying to let everyone know when I would arrive for a pickup or where I was en route to a variety of destinations. You can’t text while you drive and sometimes it isn’t convenient to get calls or bug people by calling them to let them know that you are running late. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an app that knows where you are going, when you …