10 Apps that Help the World

07/28/2014
Jul 28, 2014
Little do most iOS users know is that you can download certain apps that will help make the world a better place. Yes, you can actually change the world for the better from the palm of your hand with just a few clicks. Apple has been pretty green and environmentally sound. This week, we'd like to bring a thoughful and green-filled review some of these apps and what they do to benefit others all around the globe.

1. Feedie

For every picture that is taken at participating restaurants, this app donates 25 cents to The Lunchbox Fund. The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization which provides meals to students in South Africa. Now you can make a difference when posting a picture of your delicious meal!

2. Charity miles

With this app, just pick a charity and start running! You can track your progress and Charity miles will donate 10 centers per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners. A great way to stay fit and make a difference.

3. Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo and Johnson & Johnson will give $1 for every photo you share through their free app. You can donate 1 photo a day and they will never be used for commercial purposes. This donation will go towards resuscitation devise to help newborn babies take their first breath.

4. HTC Power to Give

When you download this app, just plug in your phone and connect to Wi-Fi, and your phone's spare computing power is routed to a huge grid that provides power to a scientific project that you choose. Some of these include research centers for cancer or AIDS or research centers that look into climate change or space exploration.

5. Check In For Good

When you check in at participating restaurants, that business' will donate $1 to a charity of your choosing. You will also get coupons and incentives to go back again. Everyone wins with this app.

6. Volunteer Match

One of the best apps for finding volunteer opportunities in your area, this app has over 97,000 organizations to pick from. This app will determine your location and give you a list of volunteer jobs that you can pick from.

7. DonorReminder

Do you donate blood on a regular basis? If you do, then this app is perfect for you. This app lets regular blood donor's keep track of their schedule.

8. Budge Challenge

This app involves some friendly betting between friends. Whether its something serious or a silly challenge, the loser has to donate to a charity. This app gets competition involved and in the end, everyone wins!

9. One Today

This app shows you a new cause everyday where you can donate to. You can also match a friend's donation. This is an easy way to learn about different causes and how your contr4ibutions benefit them.

10. Acts of Kindness

This app suggests daily acts of kindness that you can do to make a positive difference. You can also donate to a worthwhile charity directly through their website. Inspiration has never been easier!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Tips: Top 5 most useful iOS gestures

07/17/2014
Jul 17, 2014
With new iOS 7 coming out, there are a ton of new upgrades that transform the mobile OS which can make using your iOS device easier. This week we review the best features of the new iOS 7 that can simplify your life. Gestures have really made it really easy for us to navigate through our phones. It's a feature that many of us do not know, but once you understand how it works; you will be amazed at your new found productivity! We hope these tips improve the iOS experience for every user.

1. Swipe left in messages to see time stamp

Now if you want to know when a message has come in you can know exactly what time it arrived. With iOS 7, one needs to swipe left to view the time the text messages arrived in each conversation. Fantastic!

2. Shake to undo in Mail

This isn't a new iOS 7 gesture, but it is now in the Mail app. Now, when you want to undo archiving, filing, or deletion, all you need to do is shake your phone in the Mail app.

3. Hold the "." Button for shortcut to .com key

In Safari, there isn't a designated .com key, however you can still find one. Just long press the "." Key on the menu until the five common internet suffixed appear. Long pressing to enter .com takes a little longer than if there was a dedicated key, but still a useful shortcut!

4. Tap, hold, and drag to reschedule calendar appointments

In the calendar app, you can tap to open an entry, then tap Edit, then click to change the start or end time, and then spin the dial change the time or date. If you have the day right and need to change the time or date you can go a different route. For a single day view, jus tap and hold on the appointment and it will turn darker to alert you that you can drag it to a new time.

5. Swipe up to force-close apps

In the new iOS 7, you don't need to make an app icon wiggle in the app drawer to close that app. Now if you double tap the home button, you can get cards about the app icons in the drawer that shows a screenshot of the app. To force-close an app, swipe up on the screenshot card.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Best DIY Home Security

07/17/2014
Jul 17, 2014
Amazon: Security Systems
With the number of DIY home security systems coming out, it's good to start thinking about your own home security. When it comes to ensuring the safety of your home, a simple home security system is an investment that you won't regret. This week, we review some of the best do it-yourself home security systems on the market. Here we are going to talk about the ones that you can link to your iOS devices!

1. Blacksumac Piper

This security system offers a great package for smaller homes and people who want to DIY for home security. There is a lot of useful home security and home automation features included in a small compact frame. The Blacksumac Piper is a Wi-Fi enabled security system that includes a camera, a siren, a motion detector, environmental sensors, and Z-Wave integration. Piper is the best value for money, especially for a small house or an apartment. The kit comes with a 180-degree glass lens and a 1080p video camera, a motion sensor with a 30-foot detection range, a microphone, two-way audio, and a 105-decibel siren. This system communicates with your phone via your Wi-Fi network and the free iOS app has a lot to offer users that lets you monitor in real time and control any Z-wave appliance. No other DIY security system provides you with all of these features for just $199.

2. Novi Security by Novi Security

The Novi by Novi Security is another amazing security system for only $199. This is a battery powered monitor that can sense smoke, motion, and send picture notifications when it detects something is wrong. This system comes with a base station, a ceiling-mounted monitor, and an app. If something such as smoke is detected, an alarm will sound followed by the monitor sending three images to the base station, which will then transmit to the Novi app. There are also no monthly or live monitoring fees, which can't be said of most home security systems. This system is great for apartment dwellers who want to DIY their home security for a low cost without monthly fees.

3. SimpliSafe Home Security

This home security system is a comprehensive and easy-to-use system that includes live monitoring that can be setup by any user. Their contract-free packages are customizable and have a sleek design. Unfortunately, like the other two security systems it doesn't come with a video camera or cannot connect to any Z-Wave networks. However, the sensors are easy to install and completely wireless. This means if for some reason the power goes out then the system will continue to run uninterrupted. You do need to pay $19.99 a month to receive SMS and e-mail alerts if you want to control the system from your smartphone, or just $14.99 for live monitoring and cell back. Although this does include monthly fees, it makes up for it with a thorough security system and amazing value.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumors: iPhone 6: indestructible and tactile?

07/17/2014
Jul 17, 2014
There have been a few rumors as well as videos that show the durable nature of the new sapphire screen. This leaves it open for some pretty incredible tests of strength. There have also been rumors about the iPhone 6 being able to give users physical feedback on the screen. This week we will review some of the things that the new iPhone 6 can allegedly withstand, as well as some possible rumors on being able to give tactile feedback.

Some rumors indicate that the new iPhone 6 will have a curved or flexible screen on top of being able to face some pretty rough feats. For example, a video has surfaced showing the iPhone 6 being subjected to keys, a hunting knife, and other several stabbing motions from various objects. It will be interesting to see how the iPhone 6 withstands these tests once released.

Another rumors circulating about the new iPhone6 involves new "haptic" technology which will be added. This technology gives users tactile feedback or vibrations so that they feel something when they touch the screen. This would mean for example that a user would be able to feel a sensation when they move on object around or click a button. Stay tuned for further updates on if these rumors turn out to be true!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

10 apps to Change your life

07/17/2014
Jul 17, 2014
There are many apps geared towards fun and entertainment, but wouldn't it be nice to choose from apps that actually help simplify your life? When it comes to apps, it doesn't always have to be silly and fun! There are apps that you can use to be more productive in every aspect of your life. This week, we will review 10 apps that improve your life all around. From the must have password apps to the time saver GPS, Waze.

1. 1Password

It can be difficult to remember all your passwords; especially if you have to have a different one for different websites. If you need some help with this, 1Password will securely story all of your random and safe passwords in one convenient location.

2. AroundMe

Want to know where you should go to find the best local coffee or cafe? For whatever you are looking for near you, AroundMe will help you find it. Great for traveling or if you just want to find some hidden gems in your neighborhood.

3. Evernote

Evernote is a great cross-platform solution for remembering everything you need to gain access to. This app functions as a to-do list, a note taker, a reminder app, and much more. Perfect for all things memory and saving your life's duties.

4. Fast Customer


Every once and a while, we have to make the dreaded phone call that requires at least a 30 minutes wait time. This app calls the company you are trying to reach, navigate the system, puts you on hold, and calls you when the operator is on the line. No more frustrating phone calls!

5. Sleep Cycle

Everyone could use more sleep. This app actually tracks how "deep" you are sleeping based on your nighttime movements, and then wake you up given in a certain range you set. This app helps you feel more rested and alert when you wake up. Voila!

6. SongKick


Songkick is great for helping you find out if your favorite bands are in town. This app will scan through you iTunes or Spotify for the artists you are listening to and let you know when they are playing live shows near you! Never miss your favorite artists again!

7. TripIt


If you frequently travel, then TripIt is absolutely necessary. This app will keep all of your travel itineraries in one place so that you don't have remember or print out your flight info again. This app will automatically create a detailed daily itinerary for each trip that you take.

8. Venmo


Hate splitting the bill at the end of the meal between friends? Then VenMo is the perfect app for you! You can easily send money to your friends with the click of a button. Brunch made easy!

9. VSCO Cam


This app allows you to shoot, edit, and even share your photographs. This photo editor is simple to use and adds wonderful filters to your pictures that could rival Instagram.

10. Waze


Arguably the best app for avoiding traffic, Waze offers a community-sourced solution against traffic jams. This app includes live mapping, navigation tips, as well as alters your route depending on live reports from fellow app users.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Solar Chargers

07/10/2014
Jul 10, 2014
Amazon: Solar Powered Chargers
Summer is here and if you're headed to the beach or the water you're going to need a solar charger. We've all experienced it: your battery to your iPhone or iPad gets drained after just a few hours and you're left with no device for music, GPS, etc. Why not take free limitless power from the sun? This week we will review the best solar chargers that you can use to charge your iOS device this summer.

1. Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit has mono-crystalline panels which provide long-lasting solar charge to your device. This solar charger can fully charge your iOS device within an hour, making it useful if you are on the go and outside rather than just lying on the beach. Simply spread the panel packs in the direct sunlight and an LED light will illuminate to let you know that it's working. Although this charger is a little pricier than others at $129.99, it comes with a 12V DC cord and USB to Mini USB cord. Great for outdoor junkies who want to keep their devices charged!

2. Anker 14W Dual-Port Portable Foldable Outdoor Solar Charger

Since the panels are sewn into a polyester canvas, the device can be taken to the beach or any sunny day location. The Anker 14W can power up any USB-charged gadget at speeds four times faster than a computer USB port. The PowerID technology communicates with the device making it charge up to 2 Amps under the direct sunlight. The high-grade solar panels in the device and premium circuitry easily make it durable for long lasting reliability. It is also compact and can fold to a standard 8.5 X 11 paper size portfolio.

3. Solio Universal Solar Charger Kit

The Solio Universal solar charger kit has a great design and is easy to take on-the-go. This charger also delivers a great deal of charging time and the internal battery can be charged from both the wall and the sun. This high-functioning device is great to take to the beach if you need some extra charge outside. Just swivel the panel outward so it looks like a windmill; about 60 minutes of sunlight will give your phone enough power to talk for about 10 minutes and four days of stand-by time. Just make sure to place in direct sunlight and you will be good to go!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

How to keep up security on your iOS device

07/10/2014
Jul 10, 2014
In current times, your phone stores a lot of personal information that can unfortunately be taken from a number of sources. It is important for you to keep up your security so that you can protect from thieves. This week we will give some of the best and most helpful tips for the best practices to ensure that you have the most up-to-date features so taht your iOS device's security is protecting your iDevice.

1. Set a lock code

Setting a lock code usually entails creating a 4-digit PIN or password with numbers and letters to keep people out of your phone without your permission. If you ever leave your phone somewhere and forget about it this will ensure that there is no way for people to access your information.

2. Enable 'Do No Track' in your Web browser

The information you search and browse through is used to give you relevant advertising choices. The Do Not Track option asks websites to stop collecting your data on both the Android and iOS. However, it is important to note that this does not guarantee your data will not be gathered, some websites will respect your preference.

3. Avoid answering spam calls

A lot of different telemarketers have services that try to determine if the number will reach an actual person. if you do answer, your number will get sold to companies and get even more texts and calls. Simply ignore the calls and use caller ID to find out who is calling you. For iOS devices, install Truecaller and take a screenshot of an incoming call for the app to identify the caller.

4. Add owner contact information to your device


Another option for if your device gets lost is to hope that someone with a good heart will return it to you. If this does happen, having enough contact information in your phone with the number of a trusted friend or relative could really contribute to getting your phone returned to you. If you don't want to put all of your information, you could just put your first name and how to get ahold of you.

5. Use a recovery app to find lost or stolen device

Everyone knows the feeling when they think they've lost their phone (aka sheer and utter panic). There are many recovery apps for both the iOS and Android that will lock access to the device and can help you to find its location through GPS. Even if a recovery app doesn't help you find your phone, you can ensure that if someone has it they will not have access to your personal information.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumors: New leaks show iPhone 6 display with curved edge

07/10/2014
Jul 10, 2014
Rumor has it that Apple plans to have edges that taper off on the iPhone 6 coming out in Both the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round have bends in their display, making Apple's iPhone 6 different from its competition. This week we review the newly rumored display of the iPhone 6. The first thing we notice is the difference from what we originally had seen from the iPhone 5 which was term sharp and sleek. This curved model resemmbles something of the 3 series, a product in which users said they had a better time grasping versus the 5.

As early as last year there were rumors that Apple planned to make the iPhone 6 curved, however only recently have these rumors resurfaced. Unlike the curved display of the LG Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round, the next iPhone will continue with the flat display, but have rounded edges that taper down to meet the metal rear.

It seems that Apple is trying to refine its design process, and seems unlikely they will change the flat display to a curved one. Both Samsung and LG have flat screens, indicating that there may not be a big interest in curved screens from consumers.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Best 4th of July Apps

07/02/2014
Jul 02, 2014
As much as we detest it, our phones don't always work the way we want them to. Sometimes our texts don't send, our screen freezes, and often when it's most inconvenient. No need to panic! There are simple solutions to all of these issues. This week, we review the most common problems with iOS and how to solve them. Love them? Share or retweet us! We'd sure love to get any input from our most faithful. We hope these have helped!

1. Grill-It! XL - Recipes for the Grill

A July 4th tradition involves some sort of grilled food. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, Grill-It XL gives you tons of recipes that you can make for friends and family. This app categorizes the recipes by main course, burgers, veggies, and protein. Great if you're an expert of just beginning to master the art of the grill.

2. Speakeasy Cocktails: Learn from the Modern Mixologists

Sure food is easy enough to make with standard hotdogs and hamburgers, but why not add some fun by making some festive 4th new and standard drinks from modern mixologists around the nation. This app also features a section on bar tools, techniques, and different accessories you'll need to make you seem like a professional mixologist.

3. July 4th Fun, Facts, & Trivia

Want to play a fun and patriotic game at your BBQ this year? Download July 4th and play a patriotic trivia game. You can learn about new July 4th together. knows the most, or surprise your friends with how much you know. Great for any type of 4th

4. Fireworks Arcade


Want to keep the firework magic alive after the shows over? Download the Fireworks Arcade app to record your own fireworks or play games that allow you to make your own. Touch the screen to record, and watch as many times as you want. You can also create electronic firework displays on your screen, or just paint with firework shapes. Either way, you will enjoy a brilliant firework show long after the 4th over.

5. Taxi Magic

Finally, this app is crucial if you plan on going outside your home to celebrate this holiday. If you've over estimated how much you indulged yourself, use this app to call a cab. Just simply book a taxi, track the arrival, and pay for it in one easy transaction.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Top three Sports Earphones

06/30/2014
Jun 30, 2014
Amazon Bargains: PowerBeats by Dr. Dre In-Eat Headphones
With all of the buzz about the World Cup, it's easy to start thinking about how to get started on your own sports equipment. When it comes to playing sports, nothing gets you pumped up like listening to music. When looking for the best headphones, you need to consider comfort, price, and sound. This week, we review which wireless headphones are the best for sports or any workout.

1. Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless

Considered one of the top wireless headphones, Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless offers good sound, comfortable fit, and sweat-resistant design. Priced at $200, these headphones are a lightweight Bluetooth headphone that will not disappoint when it comes to performance. They come in white, red, or black and have ear hooks that make sure that the ear buds are secure when you are moving around. They also double as a headset with a three-button inline remote and microphone that are built into the cord for making wireless calls. Unfortunately, these headphones don't shut off automatically when you are disconnected from your device so make sure to manually turn this off to conserve battery. Overall, these headphones are the best for working out since they are durable with a strong sound that comfortably fit most people.

2. Monster iSport Immersion

The iSport Immersion headphones rank among the best in-ear sports headphone models in terms of sound and fit. Priced at just $99, these headphones offer a secure fit, amazing sound, as well as a tangle-resistant cord. There is also an integrated iPhone-friendly ControlTalk inline remote with volume controls that come with a pouch. These headphones come with four different sizes of SportClips as well as silicone eartips, making it fairly easy to secure in place. All sports headphones are sweat-proof, but you can actually wash the iSport earbuds, allowing for swim or heavy workouts. Their quality and sound make it great for everyday use as well.

3. LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset

The LG Tone Ultra HBS-800 is a Bluetooth headset that is not just comfortable, but offer better clarity and bass than previous Tone models. This headset is also has a good battery life, and even more so when you turn off the noise-cancelling feature. Unfortunately, these headphones are little pricier than previous models, with a starting price at $129.99. However, the design of these headphones is secure and comfortable including a neckband that wrap around the neck loosely. When you aren't using the earbuds, they magnetically adhere to the neckband. The design and sound quality are better than previous versions, including the new noise-cancelling feature.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Best Apps for the 2014 World Cup

06/30/2014
Jun 30, 2014
If you're like one of the millions of soccer fans worldwide, chances are you are watching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Worldwide times come together and compete, creating a whirlwind of excitement that is hard to escape. You can keep up in a number of ways using you smartphone device, making sure you are never out of the loop with all the latest World Cup news.

1. Brazil Live 2014

The Brazil Live 2014 app by Sportsmate is the number one recommended for scores, updates, and news. This app has the easiest interface and includes important features such as tables, videos, and chat discussions in regards to the World Cup. It has everything you need to know about the World Cup in real time.

2. FIFA

If you have issues connecting to the Cell Network, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, turn on Airplane mode for 30 seconds , turn it off, and try to connect again. This toggling process will sometimes reset the connectivity. If you still have problems, try repairing or setting up you Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network again. Go to settings, tap on General, select Reset, then finally Reset Network Settings.

3. FIFA 14 By EA Sports

The FIFA sports game is the biggest soccer game app for iOS and comes with a plethora of features. This is especially geared towards those who play video consoles as well. This app is the most realistic gaming experience available on a mobile phone. You can also purchase in-app features for teams, rosters, and much more.

4. Cup Archive Plus: History & Stats


The World Cup is fun to watch, but wouldn't it be interesting to see the history and stats of past games? Cup Archive Plus is where you would find all of this information. This app has documents for all 19 tournaments, dating back to 1930. It also includes the top three teams, information on players, teams, and even red cards from over the past 80 years.

5. Player Guess - Futbol Quiz - Cup Brazil 2014

So you think you're a true World Cup fan? Do you think you know the most about the players? This app has pictures of a player, and asks you to fill in the name. it's a fun easy way to make yourself more knowledgeable about the players of the world's greatest soccer tournament.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumors: Apple Phablet Production to Start In July

06/19/2014
Jun 19, 2014
There have been new reports that state that Apple will begin production of 5.5 inch "phablet" iPhone 6 model. A phablet, phone and tablet, has been reportedly in the works for a way for Apple to compete with Samsung's larger screens. This will have a smaller 4.7 inch iPhone version that will also launch in September.

There have been rumors for some time now that Apple plans to make a small tablet-like device with a smaller screen to stave off Samsung's recent phone releases. Recently, Samsung unveiled smartphones with displays that are as large as 5.7 inches, which seem to catch the consumer's eye.

Apple is hoping the Apple phablet and its smaller iPhone 6 version will boost sales again, which have recently fallen. Last year, Apple's smartphones generated $91 billion in revenue. This September hopes to be Apple's biggest release from the company yet.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Five Common Problems with iOS and How to fix it

06/30/2014
Jun 30, 2014
As much as we detest it, our phones don't always work the way we want them to. Sometimes our texts don't send, our screen freezes, and often when it's most inconvenient. No need to panic! There are simple solutions to all of these issues. This week, we review the most common problems with iOS and how to solve them. Love them? Share or retweet us! We'd sure love to get any input from our most faithful. We hope these have helped!

1. Frozen or Slow Interface

Sometimes devices can become slow as their internal storage fills up. If you have a lot of apps that you don't use or old photos, move them to the cloud or simply delete them. Another option would be to disable the parallax wallpaper. On the iPhone 4 and $s, click on General in the settings menu, then accessibility, and turn on the Reduce Motion option. iPhone 5 and 5S models running iOS 71 can go to the Wallpaper & Brightness settings, click the lock screen wallpaper, and toggle perspective Zoom to off. You should also do the same process to your iOS home screen wallpaper.

2. Connectivity issues

If you have issues connecting to the Cell Network, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth, turn on Airplane mode for 30 seconds , turn it off, and try to connect again. This toggling process will sometimes reset the connectivity. If you still have problems, try repairing or setting up you Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi network again. Go to settings, tap on General, select Reset, then finally Reset Network Settings.

3. Stalled Text Messages

If your texts are stalling, make sure that you are connected to the Internet through the Wi-Fi or Cell Network, click the red exclamation point next the message and press the "Try again" option. If you still can't send texts, restart your device by pressing both the Home and Power buttons.

4. App Crash


If there is an update available for your iPhone or iPad, make sure to install it. You should also keep your apps as up-to-date as possible to ensure they are always running correctly. If the problem persists, tap on the Home-button, swipe the specific app away, and reopen it.

6. Unresponsive Screen

The most frustrating thing is when your device becomes unresponsive, but there is no need to stress. You can often solve this by restarting your phone. If your phone has completely locked up, press and hold the power button and Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo pop-up. This will reboot your device.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Top Features in iOS 8

06/19/2014
Jun 19, 2014
According to Apple, the new iOS 8 will be a game changer, both for developers and for final users like us. We believe that this new-and-improved platform will refresh the app developer community while helping to capture an even bigger market share for Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads! With such exciting news, let's review some of the TOP features for iOS 8.

1. Better Keyboard

The old keyboard can be complex and difficult to use. Especially if you have large fingers like I do. Quick type is a new feature that is better than auto-correct because it gives you the option to select from a drop box. Apple now gives the option of utilizing third-party keyboards now. This will give you the opportunity to personalize your iPhone the way you see fit!

2. Siri

There's no doubt that when Siri came out, it was supposed to be the next big thing. Similar to the Maps application however, it fell short from customer expectations. Fortunately, for iOS 8, we are expecting to see a significant upgrade with more features that Siri should offer users. These will include activation by voice command, discovering music information, and visual feedback. Download iOS8, and give it a try; we're certain that you will see some great changes!

3. Development Kits both Home and for Health

Instead of carrying medical kits from place to place, you can use the iOS8 Home and Health Kit. This will include being able to check blood pressure, heart rate, as well as track your fitness. This platform will serve as a hub for all health and fitness needs. With the new health kit by Apple, you will now be able to perform multiple health and home tasks from one designated place.

4. Upgraded Notifications


Ever get annoyed of getting texts that you cannot reply to right away? Now, with a much more interactive iOS 8 and upgraded notifications, with iOS 8, you should be able to do this on spot. With interactive notifications in iOS 8 you will be able to reply to a message right from the banner, as well as interact with many other apps without having to close your current screen. With the new iOS 8, interruption is minimized and app switching is potentially eliminated altogether. This is a great tool for those who multi-task often and would like to complete a task right then and there without having to suffer from severe downtime or affecting your current services. This update alone makes the iOS worthwhile!

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

iPad Air vs iPad Mini 2

06/19/2014
Jun 19, 2014
A lot of iOS fans have asked what exactly is the difference between the iPad Mini and the iPad Air? Both of these products were released late last year and contain many similarities. iOS users will agree that both the iPad Air and Mini are some of the best products that Apple has produced. When it comes to choosing between the two, personal preferences are usually at play. However, we decided to review the differences between the two in order to give users some idea of how to pick. Below are some of the variances between the two products that will hopefully help you decide which product best fits your needs.

1. Display & Quality

The Mini 2 has Retina Display with the same screen resolution as the iPad Air, and sits at 7.9 inches wide. The iPad Air sits 9.7 inches and also has Retina Display, but has a denser pixel-per inch resolution. The displays on both screens are of an amazing quality and it is hard to discern from one screen to another. Overall, if you enjoy watching TV shows/movies, focus more on the iPad Air. However, if you are looking for something more compact, everyday use, consider using the iPad Mini.

2. Dimensions/Size

Obviously, the Mini is smaller than the Air is, allowing the Mini to be much more portable. The Air is 240x169.5x7.5, whereas the Mini is 200x134.7x7.5. The Mini weighs about 120gs less than the Air. This is not a significant difference in terms of portability, but the real difference again, comes down to personal preference. Need more space in your bag? Go for the Air. Do you prefer color accuracy and performance? Go for the Air.

3. Hardware Specs

They're exactly the same. Both use A7 chips along with a M7 motion coprocessor. This offers the best gaming and visual possible. Both have the same-resolution Retina Display. Both start with 16GB of storage. However, the processor on the iPad Air is faster than the Mini, as well as the display quality.

4. Which one is better?

Essentially, these products are cut from the same fabric (albeit different proportions of fabric). At the end of the day, it all comes down to size. Do you want a large screen or a smaller screen? If a bigger screen is what you prefer, choose the iPad Air. Is cost a factor for you? Pay $100 dollars less and get a smaller screen with the Mini. Really, you can't go wrong with either of these products, so go decide which product best fits your lifestyle and stick with it!

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

How to Clean up and Organize your iTunes Library

06/19/2014
Jun 19, 2014
Love listening to your music but hate how disorganized it can get? It happens to everyone, over the years you neglect your playlist and soon all of your data becomes a huge mess. The process of cleaning up and fixing your iTunes sounds tiring, but with just a little time and patience you can learn to re- discover your music collection. This week we'll be showing you some different and simple ways you can re-vamp your iTunes library.

Every iTunes track has data behind it that helps iTunes to catalog it. This includes track, artist, album, year, etc. To fix or edit this metadata, right click on the track and select Get Info. After you do this, you'll find a number of fields to edit. You can change the genre of a song through the pull-down menu on the metadata tab. This way you can make sure all of your genres stay in one place.

Another way you can spruce up your library is by finding all of the missing album art for your songs. iTunes is pretty good at finding lost album art and there are several options for achieving this. The first thing you can do is right-click on an album and select Get Album Artwork. Usually iTunes is successful in finding artwork for mainstream albums. This option is fast and only takes a couple of seconds. The second option is to add your own artwork. You can do this by looking up images on Google. In the metadata tab there will be a blank box for artwork where you can drag and drop. You can also save to your desktop and double click the artwork box to pick a file.

You can also organize your music compilations without having to change the artist metadata for each track. Right-click on an album and select Get Info. On the options table, select Yes for "Part of a compilation" Sometimes iTunes will treat each track of a music compilation as its own album, which will make it hard to listen to each track throughout the Album in order. If this happens, go to the Songs view and order the list by album and highlight all songs at once to make them a part of a compilation. Compilations go to the top of the artists list for easy access to any compilation album.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Microsoft Office for iPads

06/19/2014
Jun 19, 2014
Finally, there is working Office for iOS! The new Office for iPad apps gives you a plethora of tools for managing and creating quality documents. You can also share and work with others on documents. The tools are extremely easy to use on the touch screen, offering a great middle ground between a desktop and smartphone office version. For those who use Office frequently, these apps are a must-have.

First and probably most popular is Microsoft Word. When you create a new document you can choose between 15 common templates. These range from business to personal letters. Also as usual, you have the option to start with blank document. Just like the desktop version, you can choose fonts, text styles alignment, and other typical Word features. The insert tab will let you add images, shapes, footnotes, etc. to your document. You also have the ability to set margins, adjust page sizes, and format your document. You can also use the review tab to make track changes and view comments from other editors. You can save this document onto your iPad or to OneDrive for online use.

Also, look out for more control over specific camera elements like focus and shutter speed. Both iPhones and iPads are looking to have lens and focus improvements. In addition, both iPhones and iPads will work effortlessly with more things than before. At WWDC, we learned that HomeKit and HealthKit will put together smart home and health/fitness hardware to work with new iOS. Sensors will be improved so technology will work better in public places.

PowerPoint presentation is great for work and making meetings more engaging. With PowerPoint for iPad there are 19 different templates to choose from, or start with a blank one. You can double-tap your screen to add texts, titles, change fonts, styles, and make bullets. There are many options for customization where you can insert images and tables from the Home tab. There are also a multitude of transitions, over 50 to be exact, so you can make each presentation unique. Finally, when you're finished you can stream presentations from your iPad and use handy tools like an on-screen pointer.

The Excel app on iPad is a huge step up from the iPhone version. There are a ton of tools you can use to display your data, as well as a number of different formulas you can use. If you want to visually represent your data, you select the data and Excel will give you several recommendations for best applicable charts and graphs. If you don't like those options, there are countless other options such as pie charts, line charts, and columns charts. Don't forget all of the logical functions, reference functions, and many more financial functions for your spreadsheet.

Another bonus to Office for iPad is that you can share your work by pressing a button shaped like a person in the upper right corner. This lets you add people to collaborate with and give you the option to send a link via email. You can also copy the link to OneDrive so you can send to someone any way you want. Having the ability to do work on a tablet allows you to get a lot of work done on the go, a huge improvement from doing work on an iPhone. Office for iPad is a perfect medium between editing documents on your phone and working on full-on desktop. Hopefully in the future Microsoft will continue to add features to the iPad, but this is an excellent start.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

New iOS 8: What it means for iPhone and iPads

06/11/2014
Jun 11, 2014
Since WWDC, we have learned a lot about the software Apple will be releasing, but almost nothing about hardware. However, looking at iOS 8 we can hope to learn about the next iPhone and iPads. According to Apple, iOS 8 will be released in late fall, but that leaves a lot of time for speculation. This week, we are going to review some potential new features to the iPhone 6. This is such an exciting time!

Since WWDC, we have learned a lot about the software Apple will be releasing, but almost nothing about hardware. However, looking at iOS 8 we can hope to learn about the next iPhone and iPads. According to Apple, iOS 8 will be released in late fall, but that leaves a lot of time for speculation. This week, we are going to review some potential new features to the iPhone 6.

Also, look out for more control over specific camera elements like focus and shutter speed. Both iPhones and iPads are looking to have lens and focus improvements. In addition, both iPhones and iPads will work effortlessly with more things than before. At WWDC, we learned that HomeKit and HealthKit will put together smart home and health/fitness hardware to work with new iOS. Sensors will be improved so technology will work better in public places.

Finally, expect that iPads will be more similar to each other than before. iPads will be able to screen phone calls and even answer them. Emails will be able to get started on one device and finished on another. It also looks like apps will start to feel and experience the same on both the iPad and iPhone. It doesn't seem that iOS 8on iPad and iPhones are much different from each other. If the iPhone is built with a flatter design, similar to the iPad, than maybe both the iPad and iPhone will come hand in hand.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Best Apps for Streaming Content

06/11/2014
Jun 11, 2014
Want to use your iOS device as a TV? One of the best experiences of having an iOS device is being able to watch shows and movies on the go without having to mess with a remote. Here we discuss some good apps that will allow you to watch all of your favorite shows or movies without actually having to turn on the TV. One of the greatest innovations of our time. Watch on the plane, at your hotel room, anywhere with internet connection!

1. HBO Go

If you subscribe to HBO, this app is worth your while. This app is free and can stream a number of Hollywood films with a ton of original HBO content such as Game of Thrones, Curb your Enthusiasm, Entourage, and many more. This also includes documentaries, behind the scenes, and extras. You can stream this to your iPad, iPhone, or iPad touch.

2. NBC

With the Amazon Instant Video, you can stream over 40,000 movies and TV episodes right from your iOS device. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can find Amazon originals that you wouldn't be able to find elsewhere. You also have the option to rent or purchase over 140,000 videos through this app as well. This app will also keep your place on the movie you are watching if you switch devices. Great for movies on the go or if you want a wide selection.

4. Netflix

If you have a subscription to Netflix, you can download this app that will deliver stale streaming service for TV shows and movies. The controls and performance are steady and reliable, but the library is much smaller than the DVD library. If you don't mind the limited selection of the library, you can watch a ton of shows, and iOS 7 users can watch in HD.

5. Crackle


Crackle is an app that is between Netflix and Hulu. The service is free, but you are often interrupted by sponsor/commercial breaks every now and then. There is a good selection of major films that are often rotated out. There is also a nice selection of old network show such as Seinfeld or Married with Children.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product review: Controlling Home Appliances with your iOS Device

06/11/2014
Jun 11, 2014
With the announcement of Apple's HomeKit for iOS 8, it looks like the newest craze will be controlling home gadget from one platform. This will include lighting, locking doors, baby monitors, and much more. For now, you can still control many home appliances via iPhone with a touch of your screen. Some of these things include thermostats control, lights automation, and many more. This week, well give you some tips on how to use your iOS device as a remote for home convenience.

The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion offers you the ability to control your home electronics from anywhere. If it has a plug, you can plug it into the WEMO and turn this device on and off from your phone. It is simple to use and doesn't require a great amount of tools. After you purchase the device, download the WeMO app for your iOS Device and the app will do most of the work. Just connect your phone to the WeMO, just as how you would to a WiFi network, then type in your password to your home network. This device lets you create rules for when to switch off the power, or what specifically should happen when a motion is detected. For example, you can program the lights to turn off when it detects someone walking in to the room. You can also make sure lights get shut off at a certain time. Setup is easy to use and simple for any iOS user.

This easy to install Thermostat learns your temperature preferences over time so you don't have to continually re-program it. It also comes with Wi-Fi networking and an app that lets you control your thermostat when you're not at home. The best feature about this thermostat is that it requires no programming because it programs itself. It can differentiate between weekday and weekend patterns as well as night day temperature preferences. The Nest will flicker when you walk by and learn every time you raise and lower the temperature. It also has a sleek and elegant design Great for energy saving, and eventually money saving for every iOS user.
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

How to get the most of your iPad

06/11/2014
Jun 11, 2014
Having an iPad is great, but what?s even better is making your iPad optimal for you and your needs. However, this may take a little more know-how than you average user. You can tailor your settings so that they are up to speed with your social and professional needs. From improving the functionality to making your iPad more personal, these tips will help you get the most out of your iPad use.

1. Advance your System: Find my iPad

Although the iPad is generally pretty simple to use, there are a ton of things you can do to make your device work better for you. One way to do this is to activate the Find my iPad feature. This feature works with the iCloud to determine the location of your device if it gets lost or stolen. Sign in with your Apple ID and make sure the Find my iPad slider is on. Login into www.icloud.com on a computer and click find my iPhone (even if it?s for your iPad), and then check the location on a map. From here you can make your iPad make a sound so you can find it easier. Also you can make it Lost Mode to remotely lock the screen. Worst case scenario, you can also erase all of your content if you don?t? think you?re getting your device back.

2. Improve your Lifestyle: Setup Shared Photo Streams

AYour iPad is a great way for you to make your life easier, making it an essential lifestyle tool. One of the ways to improve your iPad to work with everyday demands is to setup photo sharing. There are two different ways to setup Photo Sharing; through iCloud settings or tap Photos section in setting sand activate it there. Go to iCloud, select photos, and move photo sharing slide to on. The other way is to go to photos section in settings and turn the Sharing setting to on. To make a new Share stream, open the Photos app, click on the Shared tab at the bottom and the tap on New Shared Stream option. You can name your Stream and invite whomever you?d like to share with. These people can also add their own images as well as view notifications.

3. Camera Connection Kit

This adapter will let you connect your devices with a lightning connecter to many 30-pin accessories. You can use this adapter to charge, sync your library, and transfer data like a SD card camera importing. In you have an older iPad you Apple sells both a tiny plug and another longer cable.

4.Enhance your Productivity: Spotlight

You can make your iPad a fully functioning device that will help you perform you everyday functions. We recommend that you learn to master Spotlight that will help you find anything in your iPad. You can start Spotlight search by swiping down on your iPad?s screen. Scroll from halfway down the keyboard screen as this will bring up a keyboard to search for specific keywords. To see what items are included in Spotlight search, go to General settings and tap on Spotlight Search option and click and unlick certain options. When you start a search the options will be prioritized, so you can move certain items such as contacts to the top of the list. You can cancel at any time by pressing the top right corner screen that says ?cancel?.

5. Expand your Entertainment: Popular apps Near you


Your iPad can be a major source of entertainment and relaxation. You can listen to music, read, watch TV, and many other entertaining things off your iPad device. With the ?near me? tab in App Store, you can find a ton of apps that will be useful to your surroundings. This feature helps you find useful apps for you by determining your location and seeing what would be good for you based on where you are. For example, if your hiking and you want to download a guidebook app, near me will find a useful sight-seeing app that will be specific to the place you are in. Neat huh? You can enable/disable this app by going to settings, click on privacy section, then going to location services, system services, and turn on/off ?Popular Near Me?.

6. Build your Customization: Customize Siri

There are many options for making your iPad your own unique device. Using Siri is the best way to do this. Siri has grown in intelligence and in functionality with each update, and now it is genuinely useful part of your iPad device. You can customize Siri by going to your settings page, click on the Siri option and began. From here you can choose the language, voice feedback options, and as well tell Siri more about yourself. Click on My Info and you?ll be able to assign your contact card so Siri has all of your personal information for future reference. The more Siri knows, the more she can help you!

7. Smart Cover


Having a good case for the iPad is a great way to add a personal touch onto both iPad and iPad Mini. Covers are also great for protection and making sure your iPad stays safe. Smart Cover keeps the iPad's screen shielded and come with fun choices. Or for iPad Mini, you can get a quirky folio case like Pad & Quill's.

8. LiveScribe 3


Imagine having a notebook that stores all of your drawings and keep whatever you wrote in an app. LiveScribe 3 does this via Bluetooth and special notebooks that work with the ben. This is great for hard-core handwritten note-takers who want to sync all their information to an iPad. You can also record audio "pencasts" via the app that time-sync with notes you're taking.

9. Good Earphones

The iPad does not have great built-in speakers unlike the iPhone or iTouch. Purchasing ear buds is great for travel or everyday use. Good headphone like Etymotic hf2 has an excellent range and a built in microphone that you'll want for FaceTime or Skype. You can also get Kilpsch Image S4i II which has great sound quality as well as microphone.

10. Reliable Bag

Last but not least, a good iPad user will invest in a reliable bag that will help you protect your iPad on the go. A backpack is always good, but you could always go with a smaller bag such as Tom Bihn Ristretto. This bag is made out of durable nylon that comes with many compartments and pockets for the rest of you iPad accessories.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Apple's WWDC Streaming Live!

06/02/2014
June 2, 2014
Today stands a day that most apple enthusiast are glued to their computer screens waiting for live streaming updates. Can't attend the World Wide Developers Conference? Don't worry! Apple plans to live stream the Keynote address for everyone to watch. The WWDC is an annual conference hosted by Apple meant to give a sneak peak at upcoming software and tech advances. This year's conference already promises to be bigger than last with updates about future iOS and OS X.

According to Apple's website, they will be live streaming on Macs running Safari 4 or later, Windows machines running QuickTime 7, iOS devices running iOS 4.2 or later, and apps on Apple TV. The event will start Monday June 2nd name for the OS X 10.10 appears to be circling the rumor mill. at 10am Pacific/ 1pm Eastern time. Banners are coming up, and a Yosemite

Plan to hear a lot about health and home automation, as well as updates on new mobile and desktop software. This will include iOS 8, Health book, and a newly designed OS X 10.10. Also, with the newly acquired Beats music, there will definitely be some mention of this addition to Apple's executive team. Apple promises exciting and bigger events, so were lucky that those not fortunate enough to attend can still get a glimpse of the excitement.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Product Review: Best Smartwatches

06/02/2014
June 02, 2014
Amazon:Samsung Gear Fit
Are you trying to find a gift for a recent graduate? Or maybe you are a recent graduate who wants to treat yourself for all your hard work. Or maybe for a that loved one who enjoys connecting or pairing that watch and cell phone together. For either of these situations, smart-watches are the way to go. A digital upgrade is the perfect gift which will be appreciated by all. This week, we review the best wearable tech that serve as more than just a time-telling advice.

Pebble Steel

Considered the best smartwatch, the Pebble Steel smartwatch looks great on top of being multi- functional. This waterproof watch works with both iPhones and Android. It can run a lot of apps with a sharp design. Retro and sharp, this smartwatch is a must.

Jawbone Up24

Jawbone up24 is more of fitness tracking device than watch, but it is still an ideal gift for anyone wanting to treat their grad or themselves to an amazing gift. This comfortable device communicates wirelessly with smartphones and uses an app to track and report sleep and physical activity. Perfect for those into tracking their lifestyle.

Misfit Shine

This fitness tracker/smartwatch can be put into any wristband or clipped onto the outside of running gear. The LED clock-face seems very futuristic without being hard to read. The Misfit also tracks sleep performance. Great for a minimalist who doesn't want obvious wrist-wear.

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit pedometer is amazing for tracking productivity. The flex can track steps and sleep for amazing performance review. This device is also water resistant and can sync with both iOS and Android. One of the best fitness trackers you can buy.

Samsung Gear Fit

With eye-popping color and a curved OLEAD display, this watch is a flashy way to congratulate your graduate. There is a built in heart rate monitor, ability to get notifications, and many more amazing features. However, this smartwatch needs a compatible Samsung smartphone, so be weary of what type of device your graduate has.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

How to Shoot a Time Lapse Video on your iPhone

05/29/2014
May 29, 2014
When creating time lapse video, you can capture the intricate movements of any scene, speed up the otherwise slow passing of sunsets, or look at a large scale activity like an onlooker outside of time. Normally this would take a lot of time and money; however, you can do this and get the same results using your smartphone. The app called Lapse It Pro is available for both iOS and Android.

When you pick something to time lapse, make sure you are capturing something that is moving or in action, even if it is not by much. This will make the results look quick and easy. Make sure you shoot a video somewhere where you can leave your phone such as a hotel window or a patio. Also, double check that your phone is stable and isn't moving around. This may require buying some type of a mount for your smartphone, or even a binder clip to prop up against. You can adjust the capture settings by tapping the menu on the home screen. You can also automate the capture start and stop times, resolution, and video format. The Lapse app will take a picture every 2 seconds by default, but you can raise this to take a picture up to every 30-60 seconds for longer stretches.

There is a separate settings menu on the capture screen which gives you the option for focusing, white balance, and exposure. When you are ready to start hit record and wait for the magic to unfold. You can also edit the results by turning your phone to portrait orientation. Then you can adjust video effects, music, and exporting. You can also trim parts of the video from the beginning and end as well as rotate, or put a time stamp on it. When you're ready to export the video, tap the Render tab and click the box that says copy to camera roll, name it, and hit the Render button again. After that you can add the video to YouTube or share wherever. Voila! Presto Time-Lapse video!

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Acquisition by Apple: Beats Audio!

05/29/2014
May 29, 2014
Apple has announced that they are in the works to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion dollars. Beats Electronics is best known for their quality headphones, but lately the company has started launching a subscription to a music streaming service. There were rumors that the acquisition may have gotten cancelled as a result of Dr. Dre's early celebration! We all know how Apple likes to be discreet. But luckily, this did not affect this major acquisition! This week, we will cover what this purchase may mean for both companies.

Although Beats is still a newbie in the music world, it still has some unique features. Beats is interesting and competes with other music platforms such as Spotify and Rdio. The experience is more visual with an emphasis on music recommendations. When you first sign up, you input your music preference and Beats will give you music to listen to based on your mood, activity, and tastes. The news started a few weeks ago when several publications reported that both Apple and Beats were in buyout discussions. Neither company has confirmed these talks; however, there has been a video floating around online showing Beats cofounder Dr. Dre celebrating this acquisition with actor Tyrese Gibson. However, this evidence cannot truly confirm anything.

After showing confusion, analysts believe that an Apple-Beats collaboration would be a smart move for Apple. Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine is a powerful figure in the music industry and is on the record label for Interscope Geffen A&M. Both Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young) and Iovine would potentially take on senior positions at Apple if the deal is sealed permanently. There has also been speculation that Beats Music is Apple's main target and that Beats' high-margin audio hardware business would be a secondary focus. It has recently been confirmed that Iovine and Young will speak at this Year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Stay tuned to find out more information!
// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Top 10 Must-Have iPad Accessories

05/29/2014
May 29, 2014
Having an iPad is great, but in order to enjoy quality listening and accessibility you're going to need a few accessories to enhance your usage. From uploading pictures to listening to high-quality sound, these accessories truly improve any iPad in a variety of ways. This week we review the top ten must have iPad accessories that you definitely won't regret getting.

1. Camera Connection Kit

A camera connection kit is great for importing photos and movies to the iPad for viewing and editing as well as syncing them to your computer later. You can purchase either a two-part Camera Connection Kit that works well if iPad, iPad2, or third generation iPads. If you have a newer iPad you can purchase a Lightning to SD card or a Lightning to 30 pin adapter.

2. Digital AV adapter

Apple's HDMI connector comes in both 30-pin and Lightning depending on which iPad you own. The adapter can serve as a direct hookup for sharing videos or mirroring the iPad's display on a larger TV. Great for both portability and flexibility.

3. Camera Connection Kit

This adapter will let you connect your devices with a lightning connecter to many 30-pin accessories. You can use this adapter to charge, sync your library, and transfer data like a SD card camera importing. In you have an older iPad you Apple sells both a tiny plug and another longer cable.

4. Bluetooth Speaker

For high quality music listening via your iPad, you're going to need a good Bluetooth speaker. If you want a powerful yet small Bluetooth speaker, you can get the Jawbone Mini Jambox or the Bose SoundLink Mini with both costs under $200. Both of these also work well over AirPlay, making it easy to turn into a stereo system.

5. Keyboard Case


For typing on the go, a keyboard case is a must. Having a reliable keyboard case will make it easier to work and type anywhere you want. This can be both a useful and fun way to improve your iPad usage. The Belkin Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case is great for iPad Air with four different angles that snap into place with magnets. It also auto-connects and disconnects when it isn't being used.

6. Bluetooth Keyboard

What better way to explore the outdoors then to go star gazing at night? No matter where you are, looking at the stars can be a peaceful and serene activity that anyone can enjoy. If you want to know the specific constellations or where the planets are, you can use The Night Sky app for guidance. Using GPS, this app will overlay constellations wherever the camera is pointed. It doesn't require a data connection and you can even use on your iPad.

7. Smart Cover


Having a good case for the iPad is a great way to add a personal touch onto both iPad and iPad Mini. Covers are also great for protection and making sure your iPad stays safe. Smart Cover keeps the iPad's screen shielded and come with fun choices. Or for iPad Mini, you can get a quirky folio case like Pad & Quill's.

8. LiveScribe 3


Imagine having a notebook that stores all of your drawings and keep whatever you wrote in an app. LiveScribe 3 does this via Bluetooth and special notebooks that work with the ben. This is great for hard-core handwritten note-takers who want to sync all their information to an iPad. You can also record audio "pencasts" via the app that time-sync with notes you're taking.

9. Good Earphones

The iPad does not have great built-in speakers unlike the iPhone or iTouch. Purchasing ear buds is great for travel or everyday use. Good headphone like Etymotic hf2 has an excellent range and a built in microphone that you'll want for FaceTime or Skype. You can also get Kilpsch Image S4i II which has great sound quality as well as microphone.

10. Reliable Bag

Last but not least, a good iPad user will invest in a reliable bag that will help you protect your iPad on the go. A backpack is always good, but you could always go with a smaller bag such as Tom Bihn Ristretto. This bag is made out of durable nylon that comes with many compartments and pockets for the rest of you iPad accessories.

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

App Category of the Week: Outdoors !

05/29/2014
May 29, 2014
In light of warmer weather and ample opportunities to explore the great outdoors, we will be reviewing the best apps for exploring nature and being outside. From surfing to picnicking, this app list will point you in the right direction. Get ready to explore wildlife with these must-have apps! Needless to say... summer is coming as well! Get prepared & have fun!

ParksNReviews

Not quite sure where to start looking for outdoor activity? ParksNReview is a great app for finding nearby parks and places to explore nature. All you need to do is enter the distance and filter what type of Park you are looking for and this app will tell you exactly where to go. This app is a wonderful resource for quick get-away and beginner outdoorsmen!

Parkopolo

Plan on visiting a National Park soon? Use Parkopolo! This Free app searches National Parks by activity, location, or topic. Parkopolo can filter through results for whatever activity is best suited for it. If you want to learn about history, you can scroll through topic selections of historic places. From Revolutionary Wars to Civil Rights, this app will show you listening of all Park Info along with hours and directions. A must have for the outdoor junkies!

SurfReport


For some people, there is nothing better than riding a wave into the sunset. If you use Surf Report, you will know the perfect surfing conditions at all of your favorite surf spots. This app provides the swell of the waves, ride reports, and direction of the surf. This also includes surfing news and weather reports. Great for hanging loose and being prepared to chill!

The Night Sky

What better way to explore the outdoors then to go star gazing at night? No matter where you are, looking at the stars can be a peaceful and serene activity that anyone can enjoy. If you want to know the specific constellations or where the planets are, you can use The Night Sky app for guidance. Using GPS, this app will overlay constellations wherever the camera is pointed. It doesn't require a data connection and you can even use on your iPad.

Camp & RV - Tenting to RV Parks


If you are planning a camping trip, you can find the perfect spot using AllStays Camp & RV - Tenting to RV Parks. This app is extremely thorough in allowing searching for sites by specific criteria. It is a comprehensive app that has listings for thousands of available places to camp. This includes National Parks, military land, county land, etc. Each list has a variety of information as well as links to website; very helpful!

// [Author: Ingrid Tall]

Rumor of the Week: iPhone 6 - Physical Mockup

05/09/2014
May 09, 2014
There seems to be some interesting news regarding the design of the new iPhone 6! There have been a number of websites that show and speculate the design of the new iPhone 6. Most of these designs have been speculation, however recently the website MacRumors obtained iPhone 6 cases and printed a rough physical mockup based on data and drawings collected. This is going to be one of the best looks at the iPhone 6 before the official announcement!

The mockup case seems to be larger than the normal iPhone, making one handed operation harder. However, a lot of users are used to using two hands to access their phone, making the transition relatively easy. Apple seems to be shifting the sleep/wake button to the right side of the phone, making the location feel more natural with the grip. The index finger can fit right on this button from a left- handed grip.

The mock-up that was produced included a home screen that had a 4.7 inch screen at the same 326 pixels per inch as the iPhone 5s would yield a 1334x750 display more rows of icons. Could this be an accurate mock-up of what the new iPhone 6 will look like? This could be potentially foreshadowing the new iPhone 6 to come. Stay tuned as we get more information on iPhone 6 designs and shape!
// [Author: Scott Howard]

Product Review: Best Home Entertainment

05/09/2014
May 09, 2014
Buy It Now @ Amazon: Roku 3

Mother's Day is coming up, which means that it's time to start thinking of a gift. What mom wouldn't appreciate high-tech living room gear that would make her entertainment easier to enjoy? This week, we review the best home entertainment tech that makes relaxing and watching TV a little more enjoyable.

Roku 3

The Roku 3 is a video streaming box that makes a wonderful gift for mom. Roku has over 1200 apps, more apps than any other streaming video box including, HBO Go, Pandora, and Spotify. This user interface is easy to use that is extremely responsive. It also comes with a remote with a headphone jack in case Mom wants to listen to something by herself.

Sonos Play:1

If your Mom's a music love, Sonos Play:1 is the perfect gift for her. It's a wireless speaker that works with every streaming music service such as Pandora and Spotify. You can also add more speakers for an entire home audio system. Sonos is also a reliable wireless audio platform, not to mention super easy to setup. Mom will love the sounds she hears from this audio speaker.

Logitech Harmony Smart Control

Does your mom ever get frustrated with how many remotes there are to control the TV? If so, the Logitech Harmony Smart Control would be a unique and helpful gift for her. This universal remote system makes it possible to control up to eight devices using the remote, or even her iPhone if she's tech savvy. The remote is basic and easy to use once setup; a perfect complement for any living room.

Bose Solo

Sometimes Flat-panel TV's have a poor sound system; making sound bars a great addition to your entertainment center. The whole system including the remote is easy to use and blends in perfectly with any current TV setup. Mom will enjoy the sound quality and the sleek new sound bar in her living room.

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

This speaker is a wonderful way for mom to listen to her favorite music, online stations, or any streaming service from her iPhone or iPad. The built in rechargeable battery makes it easy to move around the house, take on a road trip, or even outside.


// [Author: Scott Howard]

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