Apple's iPhone is among the best-selling smart phones, but this isn't just because of clever marketing and ubiquity. The iPhone is loaded with powerful features and tools, though some users may not be taking full advantage of all the options available. From getting around town, to taking better pictures, the iPhone is full of resources that make it unique and helpful. Here are some of the built-in iPhone features every user should be utilizing:
With the end of the year comes no shortage of postcard-worthy photo opportunities, especially on days when the entire family is together under the same roof. For most folks short of professional photographers, the chore of lugging around a digital camera has been made obsolete by the popularity of the smartphone. Each year, smartphone cameras become more powerful and sophisticated, meaning it's easier than ever to snap great shots from your mobile.
If you’re like most of us, the holidays are a whirlwind time focused on friends and family. That’s the good part. The bad part is trying to decide what sort of gifts to get your loved ones that will stand out and make them feel special. Our best suggestion? Don’t focus so much on what you’re going to buy, but who you’re buying it for. Most people fit into broad categories you can use that make shopping for them much easier.
First, let me tell you that WAZE is probably the most relevant traffic app available. Why? Because it is a unique hybrid of advanced mapping technology and social media. The nuts and bolts aspect of WAZE, getting from Point A to Point B in the most direct way is pretty much spot on. Simply type in (or speak) a specific address, or even something like “pizza in Danbury, CT” to start your journey. WAZE will provide the most direct route, alert you of problems along the way, and give you a surprisingly accurate ETA for reaching your destination. Plus, as a bonus, you can share your route via SMS or email. The recipient can even watch your progress via this link to see if you encounter traffic along the way. Simply incredible!
App of the month: Battery Doctor
I come from a photography background and I don't mind telling you, the cameras on smartphones have gotten pretty dam impressive. There are so many good features and apps that will help you take pictures like a pro. I am going to give you some tips and apps that will improve your photos and enable you to do some pretty cool effects.
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.
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There were 20,000 products announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in the beginning of January. Since there is no way to begin to scratch the surface, I will tell you about a few of the things that stood out.
Power On The Go
Even though todays wireless devices are pretty advanced in their use of thinner cell batteries, they'll still never manage to give you all the power you need in a day especially if you aren't sitting next to an outlet all day. There is a very simple solution to this. The are called a variety of terms, "battery banks" or "power on the go". The bottom line is, you charge them when you are near an outlet and they store the power until you need it. Then you plug your wireless device into it. It's really quite genius and so many people have no idea they exist! They are definitely a best kept secret (that I really want EVERYONE to know about) in the wireless industry. These are a great gift idea for that person you know that has everything...Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation, Birthday, and naturally Christmas/Hannakah!
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Here's a few apps and devices that will add some fun and sanity to your holiday!
Tech the TV
With all the technology available to stream to your TV there's no reason you can't watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (Netflix), Frosty the Snowman or Miracle on 34th Street (Hulu+) whenever you please. If you are a member of Redbox Instant, Hulu+ or Netflix, choose from hundreds of great Christmas classic movies as well as tons of Christmas specials or the Christmas episode of your favorite TV show. If you don't have a Playstation, XBOX or Wii you can pick up a device like the Google Chromecast ($35) that will stream videos like below to your TV. (Sorry about the ads-they only take 30 seconds.)