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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, Review by 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, 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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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, Video by 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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The Remote to Rule All Remotes – Logitech Harmony Ultimate

In Android, Apple, Application, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I’m not sure how much further Logitech can go with their Harmony universal remote line. With the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate out (which is a great Father’s Day gift, by the way), I’m really curious what the next generation Harmony remote would bring. I’m thinking that it will have some sort of mind reading integration or something because the new Logitech Harmony Ultimate is pretty much as full featured as it can go. The Harmony Ultimate remote is truly that…the ultimate remote. It is not only the last remote you will probably need, but also has the ultimate in configuration …

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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 …

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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, Video by 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) …

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 …

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 …

Hmmm, What Wine to Choose? The Kendall Jackson App Can Help You Decide

In Application, General, Google, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I love drinking wine…but I’m not in any way an expert. (Well, I am an expert at drinking, just not choosing!) My wife is actually the one who is part of numerous wine clubs and is often the one who gets our wine. Or, I get some recommendations and bottles from my dad who actually has a wine refrigerator and who pre-buys lots and catalogs all of his wines. So I was intrigued when the Kendall Jackson winery approached me to look at their new iPhone and Android app called “K-J Recommends.” If you are a big KJ fan or …

Add a 10X Physical Zoom to your iPhone or Smartphone

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

Camera phone technology has gotten pretty good over the past few years with some of the cameras on smartphones rivaling digital cameras. In fact, on the photo-sharing site Flickr, the iPhone was the number one camera source. It’s much more convenient to carry one device around (a smartphone) than two (smartphone and digital camera). But sometimes, you really wish that you had a digital camera with a zoom lens. Digital zooms do give you what I call a virtual zoom, can make your image larger, but sometimes the quality isn’t that good. The pixels are interpolated, meaning that the chip …

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

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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, Software by 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 …