Apple Posts iOS 6.1 Release – Here’s What’s New & How to Update!

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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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

“Weird But True” iOS App Educates in a Fun Way

In Apple, Application, Family, General, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Who doesn’t like National Geographic? They have been enriching our lives for over a hundred years with photos and quality content from around the globe. And they have brought this content to children of all ages as well. My daughters got copies of National Geographic Kids at school and have saved them in piles on their desks and bookcases. And every article or TV show that they produce is filled with facts. I must admit, many of those facts I have lost simply because it’s hard not to go into fact-overload. But now, there is a new iPhone and iPad …

10 Things Steve Jobs Has Done for Parents

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Software, Tablet by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

With Steve Jobs announcing that he will be stepping down as CEO of Apple, I took some time to reflect on how Steve and Apple have impacted my life as a parent, specifically, a “High Tech Dad.” In my household, Apple products reign. Each of my children use Apple laptops or desktops, and each one has either an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano or a combination. My wife and I have iPhones and iPads, my primary laptop is a MacBook Pro. And much of our living room entertainment is driven by an AppleTV. But I wanted to think about how …