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“It Can Wait” – A Public Service Announcement Video from HighTechDad & Daughter

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

Last month, I announced my participation in the “It Can Wait” campaign designed to promote awareness at how dangerous it is to text and drive. I honestly don’t understand why people feel the need to become even more distracted as they drive. So, to highlight the dangers of texting (and driving), I decided to enlist the help of my youngest daughter to dramatize how truly distracting texting and driving is. Think of the video below as my Public Service Announcement (PSA) against texting and driving. Texting in general is distracting…even if you are JUST doing that. You lose touch with …

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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, Softwareby 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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It Can Wait – Texting Ends Lives – #ItCanWait Campaign (Sponsored)

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Sponsored, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Technology is a great tool when used properly. But as it becomes ever prevalent in our day-to-day lives, it can move from being simply useful to life-ending. With all of our connected gadgets, we are in constant communication via social networking, phone calls and texting. And now this is moving into our vehicles. As we enter into the 100 most dangerous teen driving days of the year, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we need to pay careful attention about when we use technology and how we use it. If used at the wrong time, it turns into …

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Giveaway! Your First Smartphone Could Be the HTC First!

In Android, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Mobile, Technologyby 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. …

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Using the Sun to Power your Gadgets & Light the Way – WAKAWAKA POWER

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Reviewby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

If you look up into the sky, assuming it’s sunny and daytime, you will see a vast energy source that is incredibly untapped – the sun. Solar power technologies have been evolving a break-neck speeds and the size and costs have been reduced dramatically to the point where you can throw a solar panel, charger and battery into your backpack and never worry about plugging your smartphone or tablet into the wall again. The WakaWaka Power, is no exception. This small device, in my opinion, is critical to have for camping trips or in your emergency kit or just quietly …

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How To Easily Remove, Install & Replace an Apple iPhone 4S Battery (Video)

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Mobile, Videoby Michael Sheehan16 Comments

I’m such a heavy user of my Apple iPhones that it really seems like about a year after I get one, I’m doing a how-to article on replacing the iPhone’s battery. I now have an iPhone 4S and this past weekend, I replaced the battery. Other smartphone users may scoff at the fact that Apple has made their hardware quite proprietary (e.g., a closed design). Actually, it seems to me that Apple has actually now made it much easier to replace the iPhone 4S battery, especially in comparison to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS process. This article (and video) …

The Jabra Speak 510 Bluetooth & USB Connected Speakerphone Truly Speaks Great for Itself

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Technologyby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As workforces become more distributed to satellite offices, home offices, client locations and even roaming within an organization, technology needs to be adaptable to any scenario. Mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets have untethered our dependence on corded locations, meaning that the worker (or parent) on the go often is not always at the same location. And despite our increased interactions on email and social networking, voice and video conferencing is gaining in popularity, regardless of whether it is for business or family events. Jabra understands this, as is evident with their new Jabra Speak 510 corded and Bluetooth-enabled …

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, Mobileby 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 …

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, Softwareby 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 …

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, Tabletby 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

How Apple Should Market the iPhone 10 – with Help from Disney

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Humor, iPhoneby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

So there is now a meme going around after the launch of the iPhone 5 with its longer body (now with 5 rows of icons). The meme shows new pictures of the iPhone “10” which shows a huge number of rows of icons. And there are other ones popping up as well… How Apple Should Market the iPhone 10 – with Help from Disney was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by Michael Sheehan

7 Unique Ways my Kids Use the iPhone

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Opinion, Parenting, Softwareby Michael Sheehan2 Comments

The Apple iPhone is a necessity in our household, at least my kids tell me it is. It seems that the iPhone is practically grafted to the hands of my children as they walk around the house. I almost think that they are going to grow another appendage for them to simply carry it and use their other two hands to do everything else. It’s often a battle to pry it out of their grasp when they go to bed or need to do their homework. And now, with the announcement of the Apple iPhone 5 out in the general …

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, Tabletby 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 …

10 Tips & Some Security & Privacy Tools for Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone

In Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Software, Trend Microby Michael Sheehan1 Comment

As part of The Digital Joneses study that I’m working on with other bloggers and with Trend Micro, one of our challenges is “Staying Connected on the Go.” The study itself is one of online protection, privacy and security, using a variety of tools and software as well as tips and best practices provided by Trend Micro. This is the 4th challenge that we are undertaking and you can see some of my other articles from the challenges here. This current challenge outlined some tasks that we needed to do during a 24-hour period but the over-arching theme was to essentially …

Mother’s Day Motorola RAZR Madness with the Cast of Dads – Brady Bunch Style!

In Cast of Dads, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, Opinion, PodCast, Videoby Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As part of the forces driving the Cast of Dads to greatness, we are always looking for corporate sponsors who are looking to have engaging, innovative and even funny promotion of their products or services. For Mother’s Day this year, Motorola sponsored our most recent episode of the Cast of Dads (we even hosted a giveaway). As part of our sponsorship, all of the Dads were loaned DROID RAZR and we were told that the sky was the limit for what we could do with these snazzy Android smartphones. The only requirement was that we create some sort of a …