Category Archive: Smartphone

Feb 17

Tech Addicts Anonymous (or is it Unanimous)

I was watching the local news the other day and a headline came on and said “Are we addicted to technology”.  My first inclination was no, we weren’t. Tech is a tool — a tool that we use daily. But then I spent a few minutes thinking about it.  In the last several days I’ve …

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Feb 04

Don’t ya just love Caller ID?

Ah… I remember the days fondly.  The phone would ring and we’d pick it up.  You never knew who was on the other end.  It could be the neighbor next door.  It could be a family member.  It could even be a wrong number.  But no matter what, you answered the phone. Fast forward to …

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Jan 30

Are those pesky electronics affecting your sleep?

I read a lot of blogs and articles on quite a large number of subjects. I recently read one about the effect of smartphones (and being tethered to them) and sleep. Let me give you the top-line in an article I read the other day written by Dan Cook for the site www.benefitspro.com.  According to …

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Jan 27

If my phone is getting smarter am I getting dumber?

When I was growing up, our phone looked like these… Then, as the years went by we saw a progression like this…. Next, we were all amazed when we could walk around the house without tangling up any cords… Then, suddenly the era of being able to talk anywhere arrived… And talk we did! You …

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Jan 10

Where do we go from here?

I was reading something the other day and it got me thinking.  The article was about what the future held for electronics and tech devices.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that my friend, Stuart, wrote an editorial about the Millenials that I shared with everyone. If you haven’t read it you can …

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Jan 02

Looking for some feedback

So, the other night my wife was catching up on the blog.  And as she was reading it, she said something that kinda surprised me.  She looked at me and said that she got to a part in the post about the universal remote and got “lost” and didn’t understand what I was talking about. …

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Dec 18

How good are those App ratings and reviews…?

Let’s face it… technology today is driven by apps.  It used to be software, and for some users, software is still important.  But when you’re dealing with tablets, and phones, and even software to some extent, many of us are getting our apps through some sort of App store. It might be called the App …

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Dec 16

I really want to get it but…

I know that I’ve talked about getting the latest and greatest devices over the year or so I’ve been blogging.  But this time of year the thought of “strapping” yourself with old technology (which is really current technology that will soon be updated) can cause a lot of concern.  What should you do?  Buy it …

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Nov 23

Updating Apps

I’ve always been one of those who wanted the latest and greatest… friends were always betting on how soon I’d have the newest iPhone or other gadget.  I’ve slowed down a lot over the last few years, and just am not as impulsive and obsessive over the newest toy any more. But one thing I’ve …

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Nov 19

What do I do with all these pictures on my phone??

Before smartphones and digital cameras, parents and grandparents used to carry what I called a “brag book”.   They’d pull out a 3×5 or 4×6 book of the latest pictures and everyone would ooh and aah over the latest pics of the kids. But today, you can carry thousands of pictures on your phone, and if …

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Nov 08

Why do I keep getting messages from people I don’t know?

It happens all the time.  I get a  message from a friend… sometimes it’s a text message, and sometimes it’s an email.  Regardless of whether it came in as text or mail suddenly I find my inbox being flooded with replies from people I don’t know. It’s more prevalent with text messages, since many phones …

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Oct 10

What happened to all my files???

What would happen if you turned on your computer or your phone or your tablet and nothing happened.  It won’t turn on.  You can’t get to your info. Over the last several weeks, a couple of people called me and told me that something happened and that they lost a bunch of emails and other …

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Sep 27

There’s an App for that

A pretty common phrase… one that we’ve heard a lot – “there’s an app for that!”. And when you look at the sheer number of apps, you realize that there must really be an app for that. Now, it makes no difference if you’re on an iOS or Android device.  In fact, let’s include Blackberry, …

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Sep 22

iOS 7 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (or maybe not so pretty)

Unlike a lot of bloggers, I didn’t have the opportunity to use iOS 7 until the day it was released.  And because of that, I decided to wait a couple of days before I wrote anything about it.  Had I sat down an hour after I put it on my phone, this perspective most likely …

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Sep 18

Talkin’ ’bout my Generation!

Every time you turn around there’s something new happening in the electronics industry.  And while new devices are really cool, the one thing that makes you wonder if you’re gadget is too old is when new software or firmware is released. iOS 7 is being released today, and at dinner the other night one of …

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Sep 12

Why didn’t Apple go “cheap” or go “big”

In my last post I talked about the new iPhones and the new operating system.  Evidently, Apple’s introduction has created a flurry of activity on the net.  I have a good friend who posted this on his blog … MARK THE DATE: Here’s where Apple’s design leadership ends You can read the whole posting here. …

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Sep 11

They’re coming soon — and you knew I had to comment

Apple just announced two new phones and a brand new operating system. For the first time, Apple introduced two phones at the same time. The first is the iPhone 5s – an update and upgrade to the iPhone 5. The 5s comes in three colors – Silver, Gold and Grey.  Compared to the iPhone 5 …

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Sep 09

Sometimes I just want to be left alone

We all need our down time, but you know that smart phone you have just keeps going off. Sometimes it’s a phone call.  Sometimes its a text or email.  Don’t you wish that you could just tell it to leave you alone for a while?  Maybe you’re at a movie or in a meeting — …

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Aug 12

I think I can, I think I can – I almost could

My wife and I recently were on a Baltic Cruise. In preparation for being out of the country I tried to see if I could stay connected without having to give AT&T Wireless tons of money for ounces of international service. I loaded my phone with Viber (http://is.gd/BoShkH) – a really cool voice and text …

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Jul 19

I need to get a new (insert device here) . What should I get??

It’s a question that I get all the time.  I need to get a new phone/TV/DVD/computer/digital camera etc. etc. etc.  And the answer is really hard.  How can I, someone who’s pretty into gadgets, tell someone what to get based on the way I use my equipment. Most of the people who ask that question …

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