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

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Video by 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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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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It Can Wait – Texting Ends Lives – #ItCanWait Campaign (Sponsored)

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Ford, Gadgets, General, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Sponsored, Video by 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, Technology by 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, Review by 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, 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) …

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

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Technology by 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, 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 …

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, Software by 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 …

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 …

Honeywell’s WiFi-Enabled Thermostat is Hot, Cool, Controlled Remotely & Easy to Install

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, Mobile, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Here is the scenario. It’s the early morning in the winter. You are snuggled warm in your bed but outside of the comfort of your blankets, your house is cold. The last thing you want to do it to have to get out of bed and turn on the thermostat to heat the house. So you just hope for someone else in the house to turn on the heat. Or how about this one. It’s 90 degrees during the summer and you have been out in the baking sun at the beach all day and you know that at home …

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 …

Get Your Game On with the PlayMG, an Android-based Gaming Device (#Giveaway Too!)

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Google, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I would be surprised to find a kid that doesn’t play games on some sort of an hand-held device. They are either borrowing their parents smartphones or tablets and playing game apps there, have their own smartphone or hand-held gaming device devoted purely to gaming, or using some sort of other gaming outlet like a gaming console or a computer. This day and age, it is hard to get away from those interactive pixels and sore thumbs. We have entered the next generation of gaming – portable, app-based game gadgets. Yes, there have been other devices that kids (and parents) …