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Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parentingby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them. At home, we have …

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10 Tips for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPhone, Software, Technologyby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

When Apple releases new hardware and software, often times some of the newer features go un-noticed. People are generally used to doing things their own way…which is usually the “old” way. With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus recently, new chips and screen sizes have enabled new features for those lucky owners of the new iOS large screen devices. I have compiled a list of 10 Tips for iPhone 6/6 Plus Users that may help you get an even better experience out of your large-screen device. 10 Tips for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Users 10 Tips …

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

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

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 …

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

In Apple, Cellular, General, How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Softwareby Michael Sheehan3 Comments

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 (that is the file extension for the iOS …

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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, Softwareby 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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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, Technologyby 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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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, Softwareby 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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Will You Pledge to Not Text and Drive? Do It Now! #ItCanWait

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

For the past couple of months, I have been writing and talking about the national campaign where you pledge to not text and drive. It’s called It Can Wait (the hashtag is #ItCanWait). There is a website that you can go to  to take this pledge of not texting and driving – just head over to www.ItCanWait.com and you can pledge right there. Today, September 19, 2013, is “Drive 4 Pledges Day” which means that I’m asking you to take just a few minutes out of your day to pledge that you will do your best to not text 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, Softwareby 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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ODOYO Power+Shell EX iPhone 5 Battery Case is Almost Perfect

In Apple, Case, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Reviewby Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I published a head-to-head review of four iPhone 5 battery cases (by Mophie, Belkin, MyCharge & XPAL Power). Each of these case+battery solutions had their own advantages (and disadvantages). Unfortunately, I didn’t get my hands on the ODOYO Power+Shell EX iPhone 5 battery case in time for that review, otherwise, it would have been the leader of that pack. The picture above should convey one feature that is entirely unique to this group – a kickstand. That’s right, with this iPhone 5 case/battery solution, there is no need for you to prop your iPhone up manually …

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12 Useful iOS 7 Tricks To Know

In Apple, Cellular, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Softwareby 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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Still Texting and Driving? This #ItCanWait Documentary Will Change Your Mind

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive, but yet even I feel sometimes compelled to glance at my phone. I don’t respond to texts unless I’m fully stopped, but even that is against the law in many places. That second that you remove your eyes from the road, you become distracted, and the vehicle you are driving is transformed into a deadly weapon. Often, however, people think and believe “oh this can’t happen to me” and choose to continue to drive and text. If you are still of that mentality, please take 30 minutes to watch this documentary …

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Head-to-Head: 4 iPhone 5 Battery Cases Reviewed – Mophie, Belkin, MyCharge & XPAL Power

In Apple, Case, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Videoby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Smartphones these days are big battery consumers. The larger the screen and the more active you are, the more you rely on having a big, hefty battery. There are many smartphones that allow you to simply swap out a used battery with a fully-charged one. The Apple iPhone, unfortunately, is not one where you can easily change a battery on the fly (although you can replace the battery). Luckily, there are now iPhone battery cases that provide protection and some extra juice to get you through the day. This review talks about 4 iPhone 5 battery cases by MyCharge, XPAL …

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Texting and Driving Simulator – A Scary Game to Try! #ItCanWait

In Application, Auto, Cellular, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safetyby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know or have been told that texting and driving is dangerous. But yet, for some reason, many of us still do it. For those of you learning to drive or who are not yet of driving age, now is the time to learn why you shouldn’t text and drive. And if you are a passenger, be sure to let the driver concentrate on their driving – if they start to respond to a text, tell them “It Can Wait!” Just how distracting is texting and driving? Well, I don’t want you to go out on the road and …