“From Douchebags to Dish Washing” – Cast of Dads Podcast #20

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Well, we are no longer teenagers. That is to say, this Cast of Dads episode has pushed us out of the terrible teens and we now are almost at drinking age. And, I think that drinking was on our minds when we recording Episode #20 of Cast of Dads. I personally had just woken up from a nap, Daddy Brad was at the pool with his kids, and the rest of the COD gang were raring to head off to dinner, drinks and family. In this episode, we had a listener-submitted comment and question, specifically from a teacher who had …

My 10 Essential iPad Applications Thus Far

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Ok, this is another one of “those lists.” And for many people, this list of my top iPad applications is very subjective in nature. What I feel to be a hot application, others may find to be a yawner. And I only have a couple of weeks of experience and a limited budget to form my opinion. But here goes nothing… All logos are the property & copyright of the associated owners. My 10 Essential iPad Applications Thus Far was last modified: May 24th, 2010 by Michael Sheehan

Is “Touching” Ok? Hey, I’m Talking about Writing! Cast of Dads Podcast #19

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Hope that title grabbed you! The latest episode of the Cast of Dads podcast #19 is now live and is titled “Why Write It When You Can Touch It?” The Cast of Dads discuss the future of the written letter, keyboards and the types of devices our kids and grand kids will have. We all agree that we are at a revolutionary (or evolutionary?) point where the physical keyboard may be going the direction of the Dodo. Media input devices are changing and our kids are getting used to voice commands, touchscreens and everything interactive. In Episode #19 we “touch” …

iPhone App “Am I Done?” Answers THAT Exact Question When Your Kids Ask You It

In Apple, Application, Family, General, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Parenting, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Part of a parent’s role is to ensure that your kids brush their teeth well, take a shower or bath, clean their rooms, or just simply wash their hands. Most of the time, when you ask your kids to do these tasks, they wave a toothbrush within a few inches of their teeth, splash some water on their bodies or faces calling themselves clean or worst yet, pass their hands briefly under the faucet and say they are washed. And don’t let me even begin with the “have you cleaned your room” question…I truly love what they consider as “clean.” …

New GelaSkins Give your iPad Protection as well as Personality

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, General, Hardware, iPad, Mobile, Review by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Putting a skin on your electronic device is nothing new. Just go to a mall or an electronics store and you can find a bunch of different products that wrap around your device. But there are several drawbacks to those run of the mill skins. They have boring designs, the don’t fit your device quite right, they look and feel cheap and if you get tired of them, when you peel them off, you are often left with a stick residue. Enter GelaSkins who have been covering various electronic devices like cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, net books and other …

13+ Ways to Extend your iPad’s Battery Life

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, Mobile by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have now been the lucky owner of an iPad for a little over an week now, and each day I’m becoming yet more attached to it. But this article is not about my “love affair.” It’s more about keeping the love running as long as possible, namely getting the most out of the iPad’s battery, which isn’t too shabby on its own. Before I got my hands on the iPad, I was hearing all sorts of great things about how long the battery lasted. When I got mine all loaded up with much of the same apps and configurations …

No AT&T iPhone Tethering Because of the Apple iPad 3G?

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

Is tethering ever going to arrive for AT&T and the iPhone? Rumor has it, it will be coming soon. We are a year later after there was an announcement that tethering would be coming to the iPhone. But then various parties started dragging their feet. Could AT&T handle the extra strain on their network? Was the feature just not ready yet? Or was it something else… I’m starting to think that we have all be led down an alternate path…on purpose, and I blame Apple’s latest product announcement…the iPad 3G. No AT&T iPhone Tethering Because of the Apple iPad 3G? …

How to Become a Kid Again – Get a New Gadget!

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People have been searching for the Fountain of Youth for ever, the magic elixir that will keep them perpetually young. I hate to disappoint them, there really is no such thing. Youth comes from within, from your soul, your heart and your mind. If you want to be young, you will be. Conversely, you want to be old, your body and brain will act as such. Some people are born as old souls, like my middle daughter. Even as a baby, she would stare at you with a look that said, I already know everything about you. Me, I’m a …

Renaming Cast of Dads Podcast #15 to the “iPadcast of Dads” – “iPad, Kindles & VCRs OH MY!”

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The Cast of Dads recorded podcast #15 (“iPad, Kindles & VCRs – Oh My!“) the day the iPad was available to purchase. Only one of us (CC) actually had one to play with, but the rest of the Cast of Dads definitely had a lot to say about this new, potentially disruptive (in many ways) device and how it will transform how not only we as adults consume media but also how it will be changing they way our children interact with traditional and modern devices. The iPad and many other devices that have recently been introduced are truly changing …

HyperMac Dazzles with Vibrant Colored Battery Assortment to Charge iPods, iPhones, iPads & other Devices

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Review by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

A few months ago, I did a review of a HyperMac battery for charging and powering MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. I found it to be an extremely useful device to give you an extra hour or so of “away from the plug” time. So, I figured that I would drop by the HyperMac booth at the MacWorld Expo to see what new items they had. Well, they had a great booth spot, right at the entrance of the exhibit hall and their display was lit up with colors and crowded with people! New HyperMac Lines The colors come …

Has Apple Peaked? Their Ego Sure Hasn’t!

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

As I prep for covering MacWorld Expo 2010, I decided to take a step back and truly think about Apple a bit more. It wasn’t that many years ago that people were saying their doom was inevitable. Back then, their products were less than stellar and splintered and people figured that they were on their last legs. However, through that careful working of Steve Jobs and an effective management team, Apple has come to be known as a leading, innovative technology company. When they breath, others stop breathing, when they move, others jump out of the way and when they …

The Apple iPad – Why It Might NOT be a Winner … Yet!

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

So earlier today, I fully drank from Apple’s vat of Kool-Aid. I wrote about Apple’s new iPad and how I think that it will be a game-changer. I still think that it has definitely drawn the line in the sand for the competition to go after, but when you report on any ground-breaking technology, you need to look at it from many different angles. So, did it really move the needle? I still think it did. Read my initial “happy thoughts” here, and below, you can see the “reality-check” come into play. Now I have had a few more hours …

Apple’s New iPad Announced and My Thoughts – Is It A Winner?

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Tech News by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

The weeks of waiting and speculation are now over. Today, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, unveiled a new device for Apple called the “iPad.” Building upon the success of the iPhone/iPod Touch OS and the elegance of the MacBook Pro lines but with the portability of the MacBook Air, Apple reaffirmed its innovative stance within the technology arena. I followed the coverage of the announcement fairly closely, but as usual, getting information from these types of Apple Events is difficult (hint: hey Apple, next time invite me to these types of things!). As I flipped between various live-blogs as well as …