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The Ultimate Mobile Super Bowl XLVIII Guide

  
  
  
  

It looks like it's going to be a balmy 30 degrees in New York for the big game and we are not going to get the storm of the century that threatened to push Superbowl Sunday to Superbowl Monday. Who's idea was it to hold it in New Jersey anyway? Wherever you plan on tuning in, here are some ways to follow it and interact online with other fans.

super Bowl tablet
The NFL Super Bowl XLVIII (48) is happening on Sunday, February 2, 6:30 PM on FOX and is being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are bound to freeze their cups off!

 

Where to Watch the Game

TV: Fox

Computer Live Stream: Fox Sports Go  (Beware you need to sign in through your cable provider to take advantage of this.)

iPhone/iPad: Fox Sports Go iOS

Verizon Device: NFL Mobile (There is a $5.00/mo subscription for this service)

Radio: ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio

 

Where to Watch the Commercials

Besides watching the commercials as thet appear live on Fox, there are a few places you can watch before and after and interact by voting on and sharing your faves.

Hulu AdZone IV has all the commercials from last year and some teasers for this year. They will also have the ads as they air on gameday.

YouTube Ad Blitz in addition to watching your favorite commercials, you can vote on and share commercials from Super Bowl 2014.


How to Interact

Mobile Apps

NFL On Location Super Bowl (Android, iOS) - This app is handy for fans that make it to the big game. This mobile app allows you to:


• View event details for NFL On Location hospitality venues on Super Bowl Sunday.
• Receive push notifications for any changes specific to NFL On Location Super Bowl guests.
• Access interactive maps and event programming information.

Denver Broncos (Android, iOS, Blackberry)

Seattle Seahawks (Android, iOS, Blackberry)

NFL Mobile (Android iOS WindowsPhone Blackberry) If you can't sit in front of a big screen and you are a Verizon Wireless customer, you can at least get the game on your smartphone or tablet. The subscription is only $5 a month. Be advised, if you watch the game on your smartphone or tablet without using Wi-Fi, you will use a very large amount of data.

Homegating (Android, iOS) Throw the perfect Super Bowl party with this app. Schedule and countdown to your team’s upcoming game


• Essentials needed for throwing a great party
• View Recipes: Recipes updated regularly and tied to Season & Calendar Initiatives (Thanksgiving, Super Bowl, Draft, Kickoff)
• View Cooking & Party Tips: Tips on how to get your home ready plus cooking ideas
• Share Recipes and Products: Send your favorite recipes and products to friends and family using social media

 

How to Show Your Team Pride

Verizon is sponsoring one of the coolest social media interactive light shows using the Empire State Building as a canvas. The best way to understand the concept is to visit the website, answer the fan question of the day by tweeting for Broncos or Seahawks and the winning team of the day will have it's colors light up the Empire State Building. The website even has a live camera on the skyscraper so you can see the team colors in all their glory! The light show starts nightly at 6pm EST.

whosgonnawin empire state building

Facebook

Denver Broncos

Seattle Seahawks

Fox Sports

NFL

 

Twitter

Twitter.com/SuperBowl

Twitter.com/Broncos

Twitter.com/Seahawks

Twitter.com/NFLonFox

Twitter.com/NFL

Twitter.com/NYNJSuperbowl

 

 

Hashtags to Follow

#WhosGonnaWin (See info above)

Denver Broncos: #Broncos

Seattle Seahawks: #Seahawks

Official NFL: #SB48 #SBQuestions

Watch for Hashtags during the commercials so you can tweet out your faves.

 

Happy Big Game day!

Enjoy!

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Take Great Holiday Photos with Your Smartphone or Tablet

  
  
  
  

Many of the more current smartphones have some unique photo options that will help you get the best holiday shots. For example, new Samsung smartphones give you the option to take video and snap a photo at the same time.

Simultaneous Photo/Video
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If you have kids opening presents this is a great use for this feature. The way it works is while you are videotaping you simply tap on the shutter release. It won't disturb your video at all.

Photo Burst

photoburst

iPhone 5S and others have this feature. If your device has this, be sure to try it out so you know what to expect. When you hit the shutter button on the iPhone5S, it will fire off 10 photos per second for as long as you are holding down the shutter button or the volume up key. This is especially helpful when photographing kids or pets or anything that you have a hard time getting the right shot because of movement.

HDR (High Definition Range)

Many phones have an amazing built-in feature called HDR that enhances stabilization and exposure as you take the picture. You simply need to put it in that mode and the device does the rest, The phones that have it are: Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, LG G2, the AT&T version of the Nokia 1020 and iPhone 4, and 5's.

Camera Apps

If your camera is lacking any of these features you can always download an app to enhance some of its capabilities. That's the beauty of smartphones, right?

Camera Zoom FX is one of the best camera apps for adding features like time lapse, burst mode, voice activated shots, as well as many filters and effects. (Android $2.99, iTunes $3.99)

ProCapture adds advanced features like Timer, Burst, Reduced Noise, Wide Shot and Panorama to your Android device. (Android $3.99)

Aviary have a lot of great editing tools for the "after photo". You can crop, get rid of red eyes, add text or drawings or filters for the instagram effect and oh so much more! This is my go to editing app.

If you happen to be sportin' a Windows phone, Windows Marketplace has every kind of lens and filter you can think of.

Here is a great link for 11 smartphone camera tips and tricks that Samsung put together

Happy (photo) shooting and Happy Holidays!

-CC

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Update or Upgrade? Apple Has a New Look for You

  
  
  
  

iOS7
Today is one of those days where iPhone users have a lot to look forward to. No, it's not the release of a new phone, that happens on Friday of this week (September 20th). It's the release of the newest Operating System iOS7. It's like getting a new phone all over again! Here is what you can look forward to when you download and update your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

iOS7 control center 

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used controls and apps. Swipe up from any screen to toggle things like Wi-FI and Bluetooth, adjust screen brightness, play a song, or access your calculator, clock, camera, and flashlight.

 iOS7 Notification Center

Notification Center is now available from the Lock screen and has a new Today view that gives you an overview of your day—including weather, traffic, calendar, and stocks. Notifications dismissed on one device are dismissed on all your devices.

 iOS7 Multitasking

The new Multitasking UI allows users to switch between apps in a more visual and intuitive way. iOS 7 pays attention to which apps you use most, and it automatically updates your content before you launch them.

 iOS camera

Camera in iOS 7 lets you simply swipe to choose your shooting format: still, video,panorama, and now square. You can add photo effects to still or square photos with real-time photo filters.

 iOS photos

iOS 7 automatically organizes your photos based on time and location into Moments, Collections, and Years. iCloud Photo Sharing now supports video and multiple contributors.

 iOS airdrop

With AirDrop, you can quickly and easily share photos, videos, and contacts with people nearby. No setup required, and transfers are encrypted.

 iOS safari

Safari’s redesigned user interface lets you see more of your content—starting with full-screen browsing. It also includes new tab and bookmark views, a unified smart search field, Shared Links,and enhanced Parental Controls.

 iTunes radio iOS7

iTunes Radio is a free Internet radio service with over 250 stations curated by Apple, including Featured Stations and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. Or you can start your own station from an artist or a song.

 iOS7 Siri

Siri has a redesigned interface and new voices. Siri answers more questions with Wikipedia integration, Twitter search, and Bing web search. And it helps you get more done—change settings, return calls, play voicemail, and more.

As if its even possible, you'll notice a cleaner, more refined look to iOS7. You'll need Wi-Fi so watch for your update notification, connect to some Wi-Fi, then let it rip!
Please let us know how you like it!

-CC



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No More iPhone5? Apple Makes Room for 2 New Models in 19 Flavors

  
  
  
  

True to form, Apple has made their end of summer announcement and they have given us a few new products and a new OS to look forward to. Or not? If we take the Stock market as an indication, perhaps people are not that excited. 

Apple stock

In this case, there are new products, which from my perspective is always exciting and a timeframe on the OS update.  Honestly Apple should be credited with a few really great features in the upcoming 5S; Touch ID fingerprint scanner and 64-bit, but I'll talk more about that shortly.

Here are the fine points. The iPhone 5 as we currently know it will cease to exist. The iPhone5C and iPhone5S will take it's place in the lineup. 

iPhone5C 
16GB $99, 32GB $199
Preorders Sept 12, 2013. Available Sept 20.
Comes in 5 colors

iPhone5C colors


iPhone5S
16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399
Available Sept 20
Comes in 3 colors 
iPhone5S colors 

Here is what I hope you'll find to be a handy chart outlining the differences between the two devices. 

 

iPhone5S

iPhone5C

 

Available in silver, gold, and space gray, iPhone 5s features an A7 chip, a Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, ultrafast LTE wireless, an iSight camera with a larger 8MP sensor, and iOS 7.

Available in green, blue, yellow, pink, and white, iPhone 5c features an A6 chip, ultrafast LTE wireless, an 8MP iSight camera, and iOS 7. 

Dimensions 

  • Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)

  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)

  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)

  • Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)

  • Height: 4.90 inches (124.4 mm)

  • Width: 2.33 inches (59.2 mm)

  • Depth: 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)

  • Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)

Processor

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
M7 motion coprocessor

A6 chip

Network

  • GSM model: GSM/EDGE

  • UMTS/HSPA+

  • DC-HSDPA

  • CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B

  • LTE3

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

  • Bluetooth 4.0

  • GPS and GLONASS

  • GSM model: GSM/EDGE

  • UMTS/HSPA+

  • DC-HSDPA

  • CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B

  • LTE3

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

  • Bluetooth 4.0

  • GPS and GLONASS

Touch ID

Fingerprint identity sensor

 -

Display

  • 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display

  • 1136-by-640 resolution

  • 326 ppi

  • 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display

  • 1136-by-640 resolution

  • 326 ppi

 Camera

  • 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels

  • ƒ/2.2 aperture

  • Sapphire crystal lens cover

  • True Tone flash

  • Backside illumination sensor

  • Five-element lens

  • Hybrid IR filter

  • Autofocus

  • Tap to focus

  • Face detection

  • Panorama

  • Burst mode

  • Photo geotagging

  • 8 megapixels

  • ƒ/2.4 aperture

  • Sapphire crystal lens cover

  • LED flash

  • Backside illumination sensor

  • Five-element lens

  • Hybrid IR filter

  • Autofocus

  • Tap to focus

  • Face detection

  • Panorama

  • -

  • Photo geotagging

 Video

  • 1080p HD video recording

  • 30 fps

  • True Tone flash

  • Slo-mo video

  • Improved video stabilization

  • Take still photo while recording video

  • Face detection

  • 3x zoom

  • Video geotagging

  • Tap to focus

  • 1080p HD video recording

  • 30 fps

  • LED flash

  • -

  • Video stabilization

  • Take still photo while recording video

  • Face detection

  • 3x zoom

  • Video geotagging

  • Tap to focus

Front Facing Camera

  • 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960)

  • 720p HD video recording

  • New backside illumination sensor

  • 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960)

  • 720p HD video recording

  • New backside illumination sensor

Battery

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G

  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours

  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours

  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G

  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours

  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours

  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

 Sensors

  • Three-axis gyro

  • Accelerometer

  • Proximity sensor

  • Ambient light sensor

  • Fingerprint identity sensor

  • Three-axis gyro

  • Accelerometer

  • Proximity sensor

  • Ambient light sensor

 SIM

 Nano-SIM

 Nano-SIM

As promised, I wanted to call attention to the features that should blow your sock partially off! Touch ID is what I think is a great way to get into your device, unless of course you are into conspiracy theories and think everyone and everything is out to steal your information. Just think, you don't have to remember another password, your kids and/or spouse/significant other can't get into your phone, unless you want them to and it just plain makes sense!

64-bit may not be as exciting but eventually it will be. Apple is pretty diligent about paving the way for new features and this will be exciting once it hits iPads and laptops. Simply put,  "bits" (as in 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit) refer to how much data the device can keep track of at once. It also determines how much memory (RAM, not storage space) it can handle. A 32-bit device can support 4GB of RAM. We have yet to see a 4GB RAM smartphone, tablet or iPad, but they're coming! A 64 bit system can handle 16 Exabytes of RAM. That basically means there's no ceiling on what it can handle! What does that mean for you? Video games at 60 frames per second and oh so much more. Infinity and beyond people!!

 
If you still aren't excited about either device, you should get excited about iOS7, which hits an iPhone near you September 18th. Don't forget to backup!

Peace out

-CC

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