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How much would you love me if I could tell you what 1 in 3 people want for Christmas? TNS conducted a survey in September 2013 among 2,500 adults representative of the U.S. household population over 18 years of age.
Here are the results: OVER 4 in 10 people would like to receive a smartphone and or tablet1 in 3 have a mobile accessory on their wish lists.
That's it, that's what 1 out of 3 people are asking for! Almost all of these items can be found at a Wireless Zone store. Check with your local store for availablitlty. If they aren't in stock, they can get them in a matter of days. Some are even on sale! For a look at Wireless Zone 's holiday specials click here.I hope that helps! If you have someone on your list and you still can't figure out what to get them, hit me up here. Let me know what phone they have what they like to do and I'll give you some suggestions!
What’s on your holiday mobile technology wish list?
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Before you buy ANYTHING online, be sure to check RetailMeNot first. This site generates coupon codes for many major retail sites. I have saved up to 30% that I wouldn't have even known about if I hadn't meandered onto this site.
Slick Deals has both a website and an app that will aggregate user info as to where the best deals are. It is updated daily.
My favorite site for deals but there is only one major deal a day is Woot. They now have Wine Woot and Kids Woot spin offs for more deals. Sign up but shut off your email notifications because they send the new product announcement out in the O'dark hundred hours! There are many apps for Apple and Android like Woot Check that will alert you to the Woot of the day. CNET Cheapskate is written by a guy named Rick Broida and he is as cheap as they come BUT he enlightens us to some great deals! There isn't a mobile app specifically for the Cheapskate segment but CNET does have an app full of awesome information.
If you are out in the store and you see an item you want to pick up, try scanning it with RedLaser and make sure you are getting the best deal.
Coupons.com is another web and mobile service. Fimnd deals locally and use the coupons online or in the store.
I hope I helped you save some green. If so and you want to buy me a little something, I am in the market for a Microsoft Surface!
The beauty of tablets is that they are very portable, don't require time to boot up and easily stay charged for a day of use. There are many apps students can use a tablet for, aside from the obvious text book reading, note taking and organizing. A few more uses are magnifying glass, calculator, translator, unit converter, and audio recorder. There are also a number of apps that can be put to use pertaining to studying. Many students are using an app called Flashcards Deluxe to study for a test on their iPads, while Android tablet users have found solutions like the StudyBlue Flashcards app to help. Occasionally students get an assignment that require them to work in a group. There are several apps like Trello, that assist in maintaining the goal and assigning different individuals with tasks relating to the end result. SyncSpace Shared Whiteboard is an app that provide users the ability to collaborate over the internet.
When the kids aren't in school the tablet can provide hours of entertainment with games, books, movies, TV Shows and much more. Imagine the next time you are on a long roadtrip, instead of constantly hearing, "Are we there yet?" they are engaged in an app called Roadside America. This awesome app has them looking for the largest sundial or the smallest police department (a phone booth). Learningwhile passing the time will make the trip much less painful!
I have been telling the world (or at least everyone who reads this blog!) for the past few years about passwords, and why its so important to use something that isn't easy too guess, not to use them for all sites and to change them. (Click here for that blog article). Of course it is a pain in the ^$$ but that is what hackers are counting on! Well, the day has come where I have been hacked. I actually didn't have too bad of a fall out but here's what happened...
Adobe recently announced that it had been hacked, and that the hackers gained access to approximately 152+ million users’ login details, including usernames and encrypted passwords. Those email address and passwords were then published online.
Here are other sites that were hacked. Yahoo, Hotmail and eHarmony are among them.
Find out if you were compromised, and what you should doWhy didn't I have too big of a fallout? Naturally, I have an account with Adobe as I am a Photoshop fanatic, but I don't use the same password for everything. Think about it, if I was a hacker and I jacked info from a site and got your user name and password, if I was any good, I would then go into a site that was secure and less hackable by using the same email and password hoping you are too lazy to switch up your passwords. I would hack into Amazon or Facebook and get access to more sensitive material. I used the seach and I was hacked on November 4th (as you can see above)....on Adobe. You can look up your own email and in some cases cross reference to see what sites were hacked that day.Here is a link to the 10-Step guide what to do if you've been hacked.Please read my blog article on password Do's and Don'ts.Peace out...and be safe out there on the World Wide Web!-CC
I don't know about you but I just hate turning off my electronic devices for the time it takes to taxi or wait to taxi down the runway, then wait the next 10 or so minutes it takes to reach 10,000'. I know it's not long but I don't carry paperback books or magazines anymore, they are all stored on my Portable Electronic Device(s) just waiting to be read in that instance.Something I have been waiting on for years finally happened on October 31st, when an announcement was made from the Federal Aviation Administration. "I am pleased to announce, that airlines can safely expand passenger use of potable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight." says Michael Huerta of the FAA. "The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices. It's safe to read downloaded materials like e-books and calendars and also to play games.
The committee found, that in some instances of low visability (about 1% of all flights) some landing systems may not be proven to tolerate the interference. In those cases, passengers may be asked to turn off devices. Huerta also stated that the committee recommends that heavier devices should be stowed in overhead bins or under seats for take-off and landing.
JetBlue and Delta were the first to get their ok from the FAA. Airlines have to demonstrate that devices won't interfere with the planes in their fleet before they can seek certification. These two carriers have 760 jets collectively. The rest of the carriers are expected to follow suit and be able to allow this PED usage policy by the end of 2013.
Guidelines Going Forward:
So do you think its a good idea? As with everything else there are pros and cons. If you are on a flight with low-visability you would certainly not want to impede the planes guidance to continue reading your e-book but will everyone else comply? Please let me know what your thoughts are whether you are a frequent traveler or someone who takes a flight every few years that hates to be disconnected.
Halloween is a fun and mysterious time. However you want to protect your family from things that go bump in the night. Halloween is the perfect time to have Verizon's Family Locator installed on your smartphone so you know where your little ghosts and goblins are while they are out trick-or-treating. You may have kids that are on the age cusp where they are starting to become independent and want to go out on their own. Family Locator is a great way to keep some peace of mind when you send them out into the night.
Zombie Booth is sooo creepy, you have to download and try it just to get a sense for how possessed you can look...however I must warn you. You only get a few trials, then in order to keep using it you have to download other software etc. to get access to "virus" yourself further, otherwise you can only get one virus a day (strangely - I never envisioned myself saying those words). All you do is take a selfie, then it does the rest. The creepy part is that instead of just creating a still, it somehow makes a wicked creepy movie. Also available for iOS devices. Here's mine:
You are sure to find something spooky to get you in the Halloween mood, if not you can always go to Verizon's (or your carrier's) website and buy the perfect Ringtones and Ringback Tones, much like the Michael Myer's one I have disturbing people when they call me!
Ultra Voice Changer is an app where you record your voice (up to 90 minutes worth) then change it up with something sinister or ominous. There are several free effects or you can unlock the treasure trove for $.99. You can then share them or turn them into ringtones. iOS version
In the totally likely event you are sitting around with friends wondering what kind of Monsters you really are, luckily there's an app for that. Just scan your thumbprint and find out. It's completely useless otherwise. We'll probably find out down the road someone masterminded this app to steal peoples thumbprints! Either that or it was the mastery of an out-of-work Thumbprint Scanner Programmer for Apple! If you go to settings you can pre-enter an answer if you can think of ways that might be funmy. For example, you tell your friend (who is pregnant) to scan her finger and the Monster result comes up "Mother"! Again, totally useless otherwise. Since Halloween is a time for pranks, I thought you might enjoy that one.
Beware, there is a new app that can grab those "Snapchat" pictures you think you are sending and they are getting erased. I think the best rule of thumb is to never take or send a photograph that you don't care if it's out there for the world to see. There are too many ways for someome to intercept those images for their own use and you have no control over what happens to them. The app is called Snaphack. It is in no way affiliated with Snapchat, the cost is $.99 and you will have no way of knowing the photo was opened, screenshot or hacked. Normally snapchat will let the sender know if the recipient tries to screenshot the picture. In this case because it is a 3rd party app, snapchat has no way of knowing it was opened or grabbed. So just don't send risque photos and you won't have to worry about it.
The Android app Orbot lets you browse the web anonymously on your phone all the while blocking advertisers and networks from gathering information about you based on your mobile web browsing history. For you iPhone users there is Onion Browser.
Google shared endorsements are headed this way. If you have ever +1'd a page or reviewed a Google app, you may wind up on a Google product or service advertisement. Sound familiar? Facebook tried to do this and it made quite a stir. Currently the Facebook version of this is still in limbo. Google however will be doing this starting November 11th. If you don't want to be part of their advertising you can change a privacy setting ahead of time.
Hope this helps keep your info private!
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Texting and Driving; we've all done it, we've all seen people doing it, probably on your way to work this morning, but it has to stop. Every year there are more than 100,000 texting-related car crashes and that number is growing exponentially.
When Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint agree on something, it must be powerful! Back in May of 2013, the 4 carriers launched a campaign to irradicate texting and driving by simply asking users to Take the Pledge to NEVER TEXT and DRIVE. They launched a great website titled It Can Wait complete with videos of celebs taking the pledge along with some PSAs and ways to get involved.
For example, they suggest you post a selfie, like the one below to your social media sites, like Instagram, Facebook, tumblr etc. Here is a file you can download to use as a cover photo to let your friends know you are behind the #itcanwait campaign.
Help me spread the word, print these and post them in your workplace. Thanks for reading my blog TODAY! Peace out
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