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 …

Seagate Storage Review Roundup: Thunderbolt Adapters for the GoFlex Line & the Satellite Wifi Portable Storage Solution

In Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I have been evaluating 3 different storage solutions from Seagate for the past few months, two of these involve the new super high-speed Thunderbolt connection and one is designed to provide a huge amount of portable hard drive space for mobile devices via a Wifi connection. As we, as consumers, are creating more and more large sets of digital data in the form of multimedia files like high-resolution photos or high-definition videos, having places to store these types of files is critical. And if you are like me, you don’t simply need to store these files, you want to create …

Take a Piano With You Wherever You Go With The Line6 Mobile Keys For PC, Mac & iOS

In Apple, Audio, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

When I was young, I played the piano. I was ok at it, did plenty of recitals and learned enough over 5 years to be able to still do some sight-reading even now. My middle daughter, who is 10 now, is quickly surpassing my skills, although for a while, I was able to sight-read some of her pieces so that I could help her. But she is much better than I am now. My daughter is sort of a fly-by piano player. Our upright piano is right in the most highly trafficked area of our house. When she walks by …

Want to make your Draw Something Game even Better? Get a Stylish Stylus from Targus

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I few weeks ago, I was introduced to the amazingly addictive drawing and word game called Draw Something. This game quickly rocketed to the #1 paid application position in the Apple App Store and has been holding steady ever since. It’s a great app. You pair up with someone to play with and then you take turns trying to guess the word that the other person tries to draw. Words vary based on difficulty (easy words get 1 coin while harder words get 3 coins). You can redeem coins for more color pens to help with your drawing. It’s a …

Walking Through IBM’s New iPad Cloud Application

In Apple, Application, Cloud, General, iPad, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

It’s no surprise that I’m writing about clouds and iPads and applications. If you do a search on my site, you will see that I write about all 3 of these topics, just never at the same time. When I found out that IBM had produced a Cloud application, my interests were sparked for many reasons: 1) I helped produce a cloud management app for the company I work for 2) anything that helps to spread a well thought out explanation of cloud computing is good for the cloud industry as a whole and 3) full disclosure, this article is …

A Theater in a Box – BenQ JoyBee GP2 Portable Projector for iPhones, iPods & other Devices

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Video by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I would hazard to say that most of us have big screen TVs in our home. Mine is pretty darn old actually, a 60″ DLP HDTV, that, while it has withstood lengthy hours of entertainment, could start to have issues any day. I have been considering when that day comes and what I will do. Part of me thinks I will race out and get the latest and greatest LED/LCD/Plasma/OLED/whatever, but another part of me is thinking that I will just get a big projection screen and then an HD projector and rework my living room complete. Until that day …

How To Configure Location-Based Reminders on the iPhone with iOS5

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

I kept hearing about how with iOS 5, you could set up Reminders that would trigger when you arrived or left a particular location. It’s a pretty neat concept. You can program in an address, like your work, and set up a series of to-dos that magically remind you when you are geographically near that location. Or perhaps, you are at a vacation home and need to have a checklist pop up as you leave the location (e.g., did you check to be sure the hot tub was set to low). It’s a smart use of GPS technology to let …

Count ‘Em – 22 Pockets in a Lightweight Vest – Scott E Vest

In Clothing, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

I’m writing much of this review on an airplane right now. And I’m wearing a Scott E Vest (SEV) Classic Men’s Travel Vest. Just a few minutes ago, I lost my free drink ticket in one of the 22 pockets in the SEV lightweight vest. I did manage to find it a few minutes later, buried deep in one of the outside side pockets. But let me tell you, having one of these multi-pocket vests on a trip and going through the airport is essential. Traversing through security was a breeze actually. Instead of putting things into the plastic tray, …

How To Fix Applications Crashing After Upgrading to Apple iOS5 on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan34 Comments

The upgrade to Apple’s iOS 5 is a few weeks behind us now and most people are up and running on it. And, now the iPhone 4S is out in the market and more people are migrating over from older iPhones to the new iPhone 4S. I haven’t heard of too many issues as part of the upgrade process, though my upgrade on my iPhone 4 was a bit chaotic. I had to go through a restore from backup a few times (I can’t remember all of the exact particulars but it was quite involved, including a few hours of …

iOS 5 Tips: Cell Data for Purchases, Custom Vibrations and Hourly Weather

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

Last week I talked about a few new tidbits and tricks in Apple’s new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 5 (enable Emoji keyboard, get the camera button to appear in the lock screen and how to launch the new built-in dictionary). I have 3 more pretty cool little tips and tricks this time around, namely: cellular data for purchases, custom vibrations and hourly & localized weather. Use Cellular Data for Store Purchases Now you don’t have to be restricted to just using a WiFi connection when downloading large apps. If you go into the Settings > Store there …

iOS 5 Tip: How to Enable the “Smiley” Emoticon or Emoji Keyboard in iOS 5

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, How To, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Here is another great (and fun) feature that is buried deep within iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPad. And, when I showed this to my daughters, they were SO excited about it! We all love emoticons or “smileys” as many people call them. Well, now you can actually activate an “international” keyboard that contains literally a hundred different graphical icons. iOS 5 Tip: How to Enable the “Smiley” Emoticon or Emoji Keyboard in iOS 5 was last modified: October 14th, 2011 by Michael Sheehan

iOS 5 Tip: How to Launch the New Built-in Dictionary on the iPhone or iPad

In Apple, Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software by Michael Sheehan13 Comments

I keep uncovering lots of little surprises in Apple’s new iOS 5 software released this week for the iPhone & iPad. Yesterday, it was the activation of the camera button on the iPhone’s lock screen. This one is just as useful and is extremely helpful. Included in the OS is now a full-fledged dictionary (that even looks like the dictionary you would find on a Mac). The dictionary seems to be enabled throughout the system which means that it is at your beck and call, whether you are reading an article in Safari or editing an email or document. While …

iOS 5 Tip: How To Activate the Camera Button on the Lock Screen on your iPhone

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

With iOS 5 for the iPhone launching yesterday, there are a flurry of new features that are coming to light. There has been plenty of coverage of these but I thought that I would pick a couple that are particularly cool or helpful and briefly discuss them. One of these is the camera button on the lock screen. Of all of the features, this is one of the most useful ones out there. Previously, I had to rely on a 3rd party app only available for jailbroken devices called “FlashCam”. FlashCam was nice because you could choose which camera app you …

R.I.P. Steve Jobs – Your Inspiration Lives On

In Apple, General, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

When Steve Jobs spoke, people listened. When he innovated, markets changed. When he had an idea, it was perfect. And now when he quietly leaves this world, we remember his incredible accomplishments as a leader, visionary and individual. R.I.P. Steve Jobs – Your Inspiration Lives On was last modified: October 5th, 2011 by Michael Sheehan