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A Simple Search Can Get You Rewards…Bing Rewards

In General, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

How many times do you do an Internet search a day? Once? Ten times? Fifty? I probably am more in the higher end of this number count. With the luxury of Internet searches at our fingertips, we also have access to unlimited sources of information and entertainment. So while we essentially have a living encyclopedia at our beck and call, wouldn’t it be nice to also get (or give) stuff based on our numerous searches? Well, you actually can if you use Bing and Bing Rewards for your searches. Once you sign up for Bing Rewards, every time that you …

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iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It’s important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard. The iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case is designed to hold an iPad Mini or Mini 2 with Retina. You simply snap the iPad mini into the top case which holds it firmly in place. iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer …

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How To Use the eBay Simple Flow Interface to Easily Sell your Old Tablet

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iOS, iPad, Sponsored, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

One of the big problems about being addicted to gadgets and consumer electronic devices is that you always want the latest and greatest “bright & shiny” device. When that desire hits you, suddenly, you are faced with two issues: 1) how do you find funds to get a new device and 2) how do you easily sell your old device to help with issue number 1. Luckily, eBay has your back here with their new Simple Flow interface for tablets, designed to help you get your listing done in literally just a few minutes. As part some work I’m doing …

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Which Apple ID to use for iTunes App Store, iMessage, iCloud and Find My iPhone

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Apple’s iOS 7 introduced some confusion when it comes to Apple IDs. But the change was intentional because Apple’s desire was to make iOS much more secure. As part of the upgrade process, iPhone and iPad users are required to set up an iCloud account and associate it with Find my iPhone. This process will (hopefully) cause the number of thefts of iOS devices to decline because people will be required to enter their iCloud password in order to restore their device to factory settings. But this new requirement is causing issues and confusion for many iOS users, new and …

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Direct Download iOS 7 Final IPSW Links for Latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

The day has finally arrived! Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, is now available. Most people can simply connect their iOS device to the latest version of iTunes (be sure to download version 11.1 which is now available as well), update your apps, do a sync, make a backup and THEN install iOS 7. For those people who were on the iOS 7 beta (developer) track, you might need to download the final IPSW. This short article provides you with direct download iOS 7 Final IPSW links for the latest iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch devices (remember, older devices …

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12 Useful iOS 7 Tricks To Know

In Apple, Cellular, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

With Apple’s new iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad GM (Golden Master) now available to developers and the release to the general public just around the corner, I wanted to share 12 useful iOS 7 tricks that you probably want to know. I have been reading public information about iOS 7 as well as using the developer beta for a month or so and have learned quite a few things about the dramatically new design. So, while you will still need to become accustomed to the new interface, you might want to also know some other helpful things. #1 – …

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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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Apple WWDC 2013 – HighTechDad’s LiveStream

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Event, General, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

In anticipation of the Apple WWDC 2013 event, I thought that I would test out something new by trying to cover some of the event via a live stream. Note, this is completely an experiment. You probably can get faster live stream feeds from some of the other major sites or directly on the WWDC event page (provided you have Safari on a Mac, and iOS device or AppleTV). But for those who want to get my 2 cents on what Apple has to say on today’s event, you can watch my commentary. Apple WWDC 2013 – HighTechDad’s LiveStream was …

How To Fix a Broken iPhone Home Button – A Free & Easy Software Fix

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Yesterday I received a panicked call from one of my daughters – “Daddy, my iPhone’s home button is broken!” Tears and wailing ensued. But, as with any broken gadget, I was up for the challenge, knowing that I could either replace the iPhone home button myself or figure out some other way to breath a few extra days or weeks of life into her iPhone 4 so that she could still use it. As it turned out, the “temporary” fix (which could be permanent), it quite easy to do and actually a pretty neat function that not too many people …

Can You Have a Love Affair with a Gadget?

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, iPad, Opinion, Software, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

“I’m in love with the iPad Mini” I proclaimed proudly to my wife. I didn’t expect the response (well, I did in a way). “You cannot be in love with a gadget.” That was that. End of discussion. I had been hoping to start a conversation about why I like the iPad Mini so much or why it is better than other gadgets I have played with. I guess that my opening line might work with non-materialistic goods (e.g., “I’m in love with our dog”) – but even that might sound a bit odd. I probably should have said “I …

How To Change Your iOS Device’s Root & Mobile User Password After Jailbreak and OpenSSH Install

In Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As many of you may know, the latest untethered jailbreak tool for iOS called Envisi0n was released to the general public yesterday (2/4/13). As a consequence, the Cydia installer which manages all of the repositories for 3rd party app that you can install on your jailbroken iOS device was pretty much hammered. Things are coming back to normal now (but you may experience some errors). Regardless, Cydia and the apps in the various repositories allow you to have more access and management of your iPhone or iPad. You can even remotely access your iOS device using SSH. Therein lies a …

Apple Posts iOS 6.1 Release – Here’s What’s New & How to Update!

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

After releasing iOS 6.1 beta 5 to developers this past weekend, Apple released iOS 6.1 to the public today (Monday Jan 28, 2013). Updates can be obtained directly via your iOS update or via iTunes. You can also download the .ipsw directly from Apple. Details on these processes are below. So what is new in this iOS release? Honestly, there aren’t that many visible features but there are plenty of behind the scenes fixes and updates. Specifically: Apple Posts iOS 6.1 Release – Here’s What’s New & How to Update! was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by Michael Sheehan

iOS Apps & Backups are Hogging Up Your Hard Drive – How To Easily Free Up Disk Space

In Apple, Application, Fix It, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for ways to clear up my laptop’s precious free hard drive space. I have tools that clean caches, temporary files, language files, logs and files in my trash. But I never seem to get ahead of the game. I probably never will but a periodic cleaning is always an important thing to do. One place that I have neglected is one that may seem incredibly obvious to many. It wasn’t to me until I spent some time doing some hard drive cleaning. And this is an area where most cleaning …

A Plush, Propping Pillow for your iPad

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, iPad, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have seen many different types of cases for iPads out there and most of the ones that I have reviewed are for “out in the world” use cases, meaning they provide hard case protection (and some even include Bluetooth keyboards). But then I got to spend some time with the CushPad, which is a large, bulky, pillow-like “case” that is more for enabling easier reading, especially while lounging around the house and in bed. The CushPad holds your iPad 2 or 3 (the “new” iPad) snuggly between two bevels. You can use an iPad 1 (which is what we …

HighTechDad’s Father’s Day 2012 Reviewed Gift Buying Guide

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Rev up those Father’s Day gift engines, it’s that time of year again! Yeah, I’m a bit late in getting together my list of products that you might want to consider for your dad for Father’s Day, but you will still have a few days to get those gifts (or write up a nice IOU card). Anyway, this is a gift guide of products that I have reviewed since the last Father’s Day (you can always look back at my 2011 Father’s Day gift guide for ideas as well). I have tested these products out (and may actually be still …