Fresh and interesting trends in Smart phones

Fresh and interesting trends in Smart phones

Smartphones have changed the way the world functions now. They have emerged as a single most favorite technology used on a day-to-day basis. And the phones are getting smarter by the day with higher resolution, faster performance, slimmer design and more features. The industry has come to a position where numbers don’t count anymore.

By the end of 2015, over half of all the mobile phone owners would have switched to a smartphone. And with technology being beefed up to higher standards the smartphone may become an utterly indispensable object. Here are a few advances in smartphone expected this year, which can make your love for the gadget move up several notches.

Wearable phone

Apple watch is one of the latest and best inventions in wearable tech field. While there will be more such wearable devices in the coming months, you can expect such devices to be free of your wrists this year. Many of the wearable techs from Google and Sony are in the form of eyewear, jewelry etc. In fact, wearable technology is being combined with fashion to appeal to the luxury market expectations.

Luxxotica, TAG Heuer, Ralph Lauren, Roxy, Victoria’s Secret, and several other designers are experimenting with wearable technology. Soon you see new fashion centric tech devices and even smarter clothing as soon as ways to integrate fitness trackers in the devices is perfected. What connects all these devices is that you would need a smartphone to make them work.

Be fit with your phone

Smart phoneSmart watches and smartphones now come with biometric scanners. Simband from Samsung is a wearable tech focused on health. It has a software platform that monitors and uses the data collected to help you keep track of your health. Google fit, Microsoft Health, Apple Health are a few of the fitness apps that quantify every aspect of our life from waking up to sleep. Apps also make our work both at home and office much easier. It is not only the apps but advanced devices such as the Pressure Washers, which makes even the most tedious household job easier reducing your work burden greatly.

Health apps have advanced a great deal, and have gone beyond mere monitoring of wellness signs to detecting serious health issues such as diabetes and heart diseases. In future, you can expect insurance and health care companies issuing such devices for better health tracking.

Pay with your smartphone

Paying via card will soon become outdated as more and more people start paying with their phones. Apple Pay is leading in this aspect, and is growing fast in the United States and is expected to enter the Europe and China market soon. Several apps have come up with payment services now such as Alipay from China and Line, the messaging app. With the mobile pay trend, you can expect payments with retina and fingerprint scanning for authentication.

While smartphones have already been synced to streaming media drives, audio systems and thermostats, more integration with household devices such as refrigerators, smart cookers, heating systems, security systems and vacuum cleaners would become a common thing in future. Even individual light bulbs or fans would operate with our phones in the near future.

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Common Cures for Bad Reception

Common Cures for Bad Reception

With more people relying on their phones than ever before to bring them up to the minute news, give them access to their finances and personal information and just all around be useful tools, bad reception is a bigger issue now than it ever has been. If your phone can’t find a signal, then it’s really just an expensive paperweight sitting in your pocket. Now, this isn’t a problem for people living in large cities and other metropolitan areas – it’s really more for those in rural or agrarian areas, or for folks who happen to be passing through “dead zones” with a low population density and minimal service.

Obviously, an easy cure for bad reception is to move to a location where you can get a stronger signal. This isn’t always an easy thing to do though, especially for those people from the latter category above who aren’t going to get good service regardless of whether they go outside to make their calls. For people in remote locations, using signal boosters to either increase the range of a phone or smart device or using satellites to pick up signals from far away are both options. Some phone providers even have booster and satellite kits for this specific purpose – ask with your provider if you fit into this group.

What if you live in an area with good reception, but your home doesn’t seem to pick up any signals with a decent quality? This could have a lot to do with anything that might be superimposed above your home – like the branches of especially tall trees, for instance. If trees are blocking satellite, wireless or Internet signals around your home, the common cure is to just remove the branches. Consider using a pole saw to chop those branches without climbing a ladder and putting yourself at risk. You can see what they look like at http://polesawreport.com/.

Getting a signal could be the least of your worries. Perhaps you live somewhere with great connectivity, but you still fail to get a connection when you really want one. This could have a lot to do with any other wireless signals you have moving through home. Radio signals, digital TV signals, microwave radiation, satellite signals and many other wireless signals can sometimes compete with each other. This is why you see warnings about using electronic devices in places like hospitals and planes. You could simply have too many signals competing for the space in your home.

To see if that’s the case, you should make a prioritized list and then turn off the least useful electronic devices in your home one by one, watching and measuring all along to see if your phone’s reception improves at any point in the process. Once you figure out what device is jamming up your phone reception, if any, you’ll know what you need to replace or just leave turned off when being able to access your phone is important. There are other resources available for improving signal quality in your home as well. If these tips don’t help, keep looking.

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More Great Apps for Bikers

More Great Apps for Bikers

Bicycling is now and always has been a great way to move between two points. It’s certainly faster than walking, much easier on the legs and knees, and those moments when you roll into a decline and gravity does all the work for you? Those are great. There’s no shortage of apps made specifically for bicyclists either – apps that show trails, or compile data from riders all over a city, county, country or continent, or keep track of distance traveled, top speeds, calories burned during a ride and much more. Though it’s a short list, here are a few great apps for bikers everywhere.

One of the most popular apps in the world for bikers all over the world is Strava. This app has been around since 2009, and it has since become indispensable to cyclists everywhere. It comes with lots of great features too. Not only does Strava track and record your rides for later review, it also gives you the metrics around that ride, like the distance traveled, top speed, average speed, the lot. All of this is relayed to you, the user, through a number of segments which show your times and compare them to those of others who are using the same app. It’s almost kind of competitive if you want it to be.

If you’re looking for something that rewards you for the time and miles you put into your riding, Strava is ok, but nothing like RiderState. This app will actually challenge you to cycle as many roads, streets, bike paths and backwoods trails as you can find in your given area. It turns biking into a kind of game where the objective is to overcome as many of the trails in your area as possible. You can do this alone or with friends, but the app won’t tell you where to find help if you get a flat. Air Compressor Judge is a good place to go if you’re looking for ways to refill your tires on the go.

Next up is Size My Bike app, which isn’t so much about riding as it is about finding the right bicycle in the first place. Having the right bike for your size and weight could be the difference between you having a long, comfortable ride or having your knees knocking against your handle bars while you struggle to maintain balance because the thing you’re sitting on isn’t optimized for you. This is perhaps the best bike fitting app around right now, so it’s very useful for bikers, both amateurs and veterans.

Last on this list is the Cyclemeter app, which is actually pretty high on a number of other lists. It’s only taking the bottom spot here because of its limited availability – Cyclemeter is only available for iOS phones and smart devices, which still isn’t a bad thing considering the app is free. Cyclemeter will give you lots of detailed charts and graphs related to your ride, and all of this takes advantage of the inherent GPS system in most Apple devices to give very accurate information back to the user. It’s just a nice app.

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Why Your Cell Phone Is Good For Emergencies

Why Your Cell Phone Is Good For Emergencies

Ok, for most folks it’s called a smart-phone these days, and these folks know how to make good use of their tools and all the apps on their devices. Then they still have more than enough storage space to download yet more apps. Walk into any store and ask the sales clerk to show you a nice new cellular telephone.

But do not be surprised if he gives you a peculiar look. Just recently I heard a baby boomer talk uneasily about how she fails to see the point in ‘phubbing’ incessantly on a smart-phone, not looking where you going and bumping rudely into innocent other shoppers at the mall.

Don’t overcompensate on your smart-phone

Now, this old lady did have a point because, admittedly, many millenials, bored with life, unproductively over-compensate on the use of their smart-phones, feeling about and sliding for gossip tidbits and useless information. She reminded me of the young man who fell onto the tracks because he was so preoccupied with his device. Luckily, a brave Samaritan quickly pulled him off the tracks as the oncoming train warningly hooted its arrival at the station.

But because this little old lady stubbornly chooses to remain old school and has too much pride to admit that she is too intimidated by modern technology and too ashamed at her failure to learn how to use smart devices which we all know is quite easy, she was blindsided by all the productive benefits that come with having a top of the range smart-phone. She even laughed out loud when she saw a girl in the park jogging with her device firmly clutched in one hand.

Smart safety innovations

Admittedly, this active girl could have easily slotted her device in a small pouch, allowing her to swing her arms freely while running. But with no smart-phone in her handbag, the old lady cannot call for help the next time she feels those heart palpitations coming on again or if she slips and falls and cracks her pelvis. Even if she got lost, she would not be able to send out a distress signal and allow someone to quickly locate her from their own device.

Most active (and smart) people, mountaineers, hikers, campers, cyclists, even long-boarders will have a device tucked away in case of emergencies, whether they are lost or take a nasty dive when there is no-one nearby to help them.

Where smart and savvy folks are concerned, even the most active, safety, rather than fear is always paramount. To get an impression of this, you can visit Long Board Mafia or any other sports equipment and tech websites. See what they have to say about safety and what you can do to secure yourself.

In the meantime, while she was still vacillating about those nice young men and women and their cellular telephones, the old lady was still struggling to set the timer on her microwave oven.

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Make Your Own Workstation

Make Your Own Workstation

It does not matter what type of job you are doing, most of you may already have a designated place in your home, large or small, all to yourself, where you’ll be doing your homework. Because space is always at a premium, most of you probably have an office workspace in your bedroom. Some guys have set aside room in their garage to do their deskwork but I wonder if this is really a good idea.

The ideal workstation

There may not be enough ventilation or light to allow you to work comfortably for a couple of hours. Particularly if it’s in a small house or apartment, your bedroom, as your private living space, could be perfect for placing your new workstation. This all depends what you’ll be doing. Most folks today are working simultaneously with laptops, tablets and smart-phones. Others are using the desk mainly for studying, so they’ll be needing space for books or a small set of shelves located within arm’s reach.

The workstation will look and feel superb if it fits neatly in the corner of the bedroom, ideally close to a window so that you can let in some sunlight and not feel secluded. The desktop should leave you with more than enough space to arrange your tech accoutrements neatly without clutter. Now, what if you made your own workstation, fully equipped with a sliding drawer to place your laptop on, shelves, and a compartment to safely store your ports and adapters when not being used?

The idea behind making things yourself

This idea is not as daunting as it may seem, even if you are new to working with your hands and with essential tools such as a small, multi-purpose wireless drill and a portable user-friendly wood lathe. The drill can even be used to gun adhesives into strategic corners of the appliance you are building while the wood lathe is great as a sander to give your desktop a stylish, smooth finish, contributing overall to a smart, professional look which makes you look forward to working at night.

The purpose behind making your own home appliances and furniture is to encourage you as a beginner to create a healthy distraction from the stresses of your day job. Applying your mind and body creatively to tasks not normally in the domain of what you are compelled to do can have a calming influence over you. Talk to friends who have attempted and succeeded in doing things for themselves around the house and hear what they have to say about how it made them feel. If you do decide to give it a try, leave all electrical maintenance work to the pros.

As for the rest, you can learn to make your own tables and chairs in next to no time, and with the right tools, accomplish tasks safely and successfully.

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The best applications for bodybuilders

The best applications for bodybuilders

Smartphones and their applications are able to follow your lifestyle and your interests completely. You just have to select those applications that are consistent with your lifestyle. Among the huge number of applications, there are also those that may be useful if you deal bodybuilding, recreationally or professionally. You have at hand all necessary advice – from set of exercises to advice on what kind of diet is required for certain results. These are some of the applications that I want to single out.

Fitness Buddy will be your best friend if you start with bodybuilding. The free version has over 300 exercises. Each exercise includes a description of its advantages and animated support. Once you have mastered these 300 exercises, you can move to a paid version that contains more than 1700 exercises and over 1000 HD videos.

VirtuaGym Fitness Home and Gym. This is an application that guides you, and that motivates you. For every job well done, you will get a badge. The application has 400 exercises and 3d animations that show how they are performing. Additionally, it allows you to make a workout plan. It is much easier to achieve results when you have a plan and a schedule that you must follow.

JEFIT is an application which is intended for professionals and amateurs. It offers a complete help when it comes to lifting weights. For beginners, there are a variety of information, graphs, and presentations of the muscle structure. For those who are well trained, there is a possibility to monitor progress, keep statistics and collect data, analyze the exercises and count the number of repetitions. If you want to deal with weightlifting, you do not need a personal trainer and going to the gym. You just need to rearrange your garage, get appropriate power racks and run your application.

Complete Gym Exercise Guide. It is an application that is useful when you’re practicing alone at home. It can sometimes be tricky because without a coach you do not know what to include in your training. But the solution is in this application. The exercises are divided into 10 parts, for 10 sections of the body. There are 150 exercises with images that explain how they should be performed.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. Besides applications that show you how to do the exercises, count your reps, plan your workout, there are applications which support you by tracking the number of calories you consume, and the number of calories you burn with your exercises. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker is a great application with a large number of foods in the database that covers almost everything that you can enter during the day.

MotionTraxx Music is an application that will give your workout a little rhythm. You must admit that it is much easier and better to exercise with music, but with the sounds of groans and strain. This application has a great variety of music in which you will surely find something that suits you, whether you run, and you need something to give you the wind at your back, or you lift weights.

Healthy life and the need for exercise are increasingly highlighted as essential for the preservation of health. We all know that, but we often have excuses. Smartphones and applications like these do not leave room for them.

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Adding Electrical Outlets

Adding Electrical Outlets

With all of the phones, tablets, laptops, mp3 players and other electronic devices people have come to love today, many are realizing they just don’t have enough electrical outlets in their homes to cover all of their electronics. For some this isn’t a problem – unused devices can sit unplugged while the others are being used.

But other people are buying adapters to turn single outlets into multiple ones, or using surge protector bars to plug ten or more devices into a single electrical socket. These practices are unsafe. Adding an electrical outlet or two to a home would be an ideal alternative.

The only problem with this is finding a safe place in a wall to make a cut, finding wires nearby which can be run through the new hole in the wall to create outlets, getting the permits for all of this construction and, well, there are lots of problems to deal with in all honesty.

Unless you’re a trained and qualified electrician, these aren’t the kinds of changes you should just be making to your home. There are the usual dangers of electrocution and death which come with tampering with a home’s power supply, but there are other risks too, like bad feedback and fines from your local government.

To take all the worries out of adding electrical outlets to your home or garage, the best option is calling on professional people who have already done this kind of work in the past and have a proven record for doing it well.

Although even a child with a basic understanding of tools could cut a chunk of drywall using a convenient oscillating tool, there’s much more to adding new wiring to a home than just punching holes in walls. Finding the right contractor can take all the stress out of the situation.

Since we’re talking about installing all new outlets in your home, you can also designate exactly where you want those outlets to be. Only you know what corners or walls of your home would serve your needs better if they just had an electrical connection nearby.

To do away with running extension cords around your home, which is a big fire hazard by the way, you’ll want to make sure you add enough outlets to cover whatever devices you currently have, as well as one more outlet to cover future electronics which will also need connections of their own.

You can’t just go adding outlets everywhere and running tons more electricity through your home’s walls than the building is used to handling, however. Houses have literally burned down in the past because people put too much energy through them, leading to electrical fires in the walls themselves.

This is probably the most important reason you want someone with professional experience to make the additions for you. In most cases that sort of work will come insured, and the people doing it will have the proper motivation to make sure you’re getting quality work the first time you pay for it.

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Apps for Handy Men and Women

Apps for Handy Men and Women

We often like to talk about hardware here – that’s the electronic devices, gadgets and physical add-ons which help phones to do more, or do the same amount faster, or otherwise provide some degree of convenience. However, there are plenty of apps which can also be beneficial to any out there with a real knack for DIY projects and jobs at home or elsewhere. Some of these apps are so useful, you’d be a fool to take on your next big renovation or repair without taking them into account. With that said, let’s have a look at some of the best apps for handy men and women.

This first app is actually for getting a hold of a handy man or woman rather than figuring out how to finish a project by yourself. The Handyman Calculator will give you accurate sample rates for repairs, renovations and other work you put into the app’s calculations. Once the algorithm has been filled out the app will do everything else, and the numbers it spits back out are actually pretty good for checking if you’re getting an even deal or a real bargain, or if you’re probably being ripped off altogether. The best part about this app is that it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it.

Another powerful, free app meant more for the DIYer is MagicPlan. This is an absolutely essential app for anyone looking to do work on their home or garage. It’s essentially for drawing out spaces you want to work on once you take pictures of said spaces and have them saved in your phone. It’s almost like MS Paint, except much better and again, without a price a tag. Once you have your project laid out properly, you can worry about getting the tools you’ll need to make it a reality. Here’s a link that will help with that.

Getting back to the apps though, there’s one which actually replaces a number of tools for the user. Multi Measures HD is especially useful because it gives you accurate measurements and readings using the sophisticated hardware found in iPhone and iPad devices. Unfortunately this app isn’t viable with every mobile platform available right now, but if you happen to be a loyal Apple customer, this is something you should definitely check out. You can’t go wrong for $0.99 after all. Don’t forget to stop over at http://beltsanderworld.com/makita-9903-belt-sander-review/ if you’ll be cutting wood or metal.

Last but probably not the least among the bunch is the I.D. Wood app, also for Apple devices. It comes with a much bigger price tag too at a cost of $4.99. However, it’s probably the best app to date for identifying different types of wood and relaying important information about each, like density, like source locations, properties of furniture using such wood and more. It’s really the perfect app for carpenters of all skill levels, but even someone who just wants to fix up a creaky floorboard could get a lot of utility out of it.

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Use The Smartphone For The Safety Of Your Home

Use The Smartphone For The Safety Of Your Home

The camera on smartphone has become a more important function than an exchange of messages and conversations. It is there to capture important and the less important moments in your life and allow you to share them via social networks with your friends. In addition, the camera on your phone may protect your house from burglars. Actually, it may not prevent an intrusion of unwanted visitors, but it certainly can shoot the one who fell into your house. To use your smartphone as a security camera, you do not need to be at home. All you need to do is the following:

  • Use an old smartphone. If you’re a fan of the latest technology like me, then you probably had a few smartphones by now. Did you know that old smartphone should not be useless? Actually, that’s all you need to get a security camera at home.
  • Choose the right place. An old smartphone should be set at the position where it will not be destroyed by the meteorological conditions. If you are planning to secure your yard in this way, you should keep in mind that your smartphone will not last long exposed to the sun or rain. Of course, make sure that the camera covers doors or windows through which it is possible to enter the house.
  • Secure your valuables in the house. Hold them on some protected place or in a safe. It is also very important that, for your own safety and safety of the whole family, put your weapons under special supervision. The best idea is to choose a gun safe. Not just because the weapons are expensive, but because they can reach in the wrong hands. This may lead to serious accidents and abuses. Topgunsafe.com is the best place to find protection for your guns.
  • Activate the application on your phone to notify you about the movement in your house when you are not there. It is not enough to turn on the smartphone and set it in a good place. It is necessary to connect your phone to the Internet and find the application that will be activated when it detects movement. There are several of applications which you can find online. You will choose the one which suits your type of phone, whether it is android or iPhone, and that matches your operating system. Some of these applications make a video, some just snap pictures and emit a strong alarm, and some just allow you to hear what is going on in your home. They usually send a notification to the user in the form of messages or email.

old smartphoneAnother way to observe some place is to use Skype for observation. In this case, it is necessary to make two accounts for Skype. One will be located in your home and should have only one contact, and that’s you. It is necessary to enable an automatic video response on that account.

Another account should be on the smartphone or computer that is next to you, and from which you will call and observe what is happening in the area that you observe.

This is only one example how you can use the old smartphone. Any other use is better than putting it in a dusty drawer for forgotten things.

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How Hard Water Can Damage Your Home Devices

How Hard Water Can Damage Your Home Devices

Perhaps you did not realize, but hard water can bring many inconveniences in your life and insidiously and imperceptibly took out money out of your pocket. Of course, I do not mean the water in the solid form, but water containing too much dissolved calcium and magnesium salts. You can easily conclude that the water in your household is hard. You will have persistent scale deposits in the toilet bowl, on the tiles in the bathroom, and glasses will never be clean. Hard water is not only an aesthetic problem. It can adversely affect the work of your home devices.

Dishwashing machine is useful, but only if you do not have hard water. If there are lime scale accumulations in installations and heater, dishwasher becomes only one of many factors that pull money out of pocket. The machine that is full of lime scale does not work properly, spends more detergent and more power, and the end result is not exactly shining. In other words, it makes more detriment than a benefit.

The washing machine also does not give the best results when it  washed with hard water. Remains of calcium salts will be accumulated between the fibers of clothes and it will be gray and very hard. At the same time, your washing machine will consume much more energy.

The water heater is one of the largest consumers of electricity. If your water is hard, the chances are that, in terms of power consumption, it starts to lead. My water heater was once in poor condition. You cannot believe how much lime scale I have thrown out of it! That made me wonder whether is there some way to solve this problem permanently. You can use special powders and tablets for the dishwasher, but it’s hard to put something like that in the water heater. I’ve found solution for my problem on this website.

The steam iron will last shorter than the warranty period if you are using hard water. Lime deposits will close outputs for steam, and you may find the remains of corrosion and scaling on your laundry.

You can easily ruin your car if you wash it with hard water. Not only that it will have stains – if water enters the interior of the car, it is very likely that it can damage the installations and computer components.

Finally, do not neglect your health. Our body is not able to dissolve these salts, and they are deposited in the kidneys and gallbladder and affect their work. Hard water adversely affects the skeletal system, joints, and spine.

When we summarize all this, it is clear that hard water can bring a lot of damages. Maybe we are aware that it is harmful, but probably not how much. Water softening can extend the life of your home devices and make a significant saving of energy. Investment in the water softener is not an expense. It will be worth it in the short term.

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Gathering Knowledge from Smartphones

Gathering Knowledge from Smartphones

Some people would say a smartphone is only actually as smart as the person handling it. But that’s not exactly true. Many of these phones are capable of performing complex operations in the span of seconds thanks to an ever-burgeoning number of apps designed to do things people want done. And it’s no secret that those phones, though they may not actually contain the information themselves, are capable of tracking down just about any information on any subject the user would ever want to know more about. It’s this feature which allows people to gather all kinds of knowledge from smartphones.

It doesn’t really matter what sort of knowledge you go searching for – if it’s been written down, recorded or otherwise saved and people have access to it, you can find it over the Internet with a smartphone. Want to learn more about lumberjacks? That should only take a few minutes. If after reading you decide you want to know more about them, like how they use Champion Power Equipment gas log splitters in places where it would be too expensive or too unwieldy to build a traditional mill, that’s just another few minutes away. Information has never been so easy to find and take in before.

Lumberjacks were just one example. You can literally look up almost anything you want to know about and learn it at your own pace with the way phones have transformed today. Mathematics, the sciences, literature, history, mechanics, cooking, music, crafting; all of these things can be looked up, reviewed and learned with a few button pushes and a search or two. It sounds really good, and it is, but it’s not all good. With how easy it is for information to spread these days, it’s equally easy for disinformation, or misinformation, to get around too. You can’t just assume the first thing you read on the Internet is true.

smartphone invistigationVerifying the accuracy of information is more important in this day and age than ever before. No longer do people need to source materials, look up quotes and attribute their findings to other books, articles or essays. Well they do in a work or school environment, but anyone can write something down and publish it these days, and that’s the point. This isn’t like back in grade school when you could trust the book you pulled from a library shelf was going to give you some good information. Coincidentally, those same books still make great resources today, though some of them are quite dated.

Have you ever heard that a little information can be a dangerous thing? It’s very true. With how easy it is to get little bits of information in the span of seconds today, many people are making stupid decisions and claims which are totally false, based on “that thing they read on some website somewhere”. Don’t be that guy. While it’s easy to find information, it’s also easy to verify whether the things you read in one place are true or false by looking for the same information elsewhere. That goes just as quickly too, after all.

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What You Need To Know About Your Smartphone

What You Need To Know About Your Smartphone

Technology has made amazing strides over the years and as a result the development of devices such as cell phones has come in leaps and bounds. From what was simply a means of mobile communication, the cell phone has become an essential part of many people’s lives and it is unthinkable for some people to leave the house without their phone in the morning.

Though this newfound reliability can be classified as good or bad according to one’s own personal views, the fact still remains that the popularity of these phones have led to their increased use thus enhancing the need for further awareness amongst the public over issues concerning the new smartphones that have been introduced into the market.

These issues deal with everything from finances to the security of an individual’s information and could be useful in a number of situations. Some of the things that an individual needs to know about their phone include:

  1. Game Charges

Whereas in the past the kind of games that were available on the phone were not ones that an individual had to worry about mistakenly spending money on, the continued increase of available connectivity between different devices and the internet have made it easier for game companies to promote their products straight to your phone with the aim of making a profit. One may think they are simply swimming up river in a really cool kayak, like this one, but could be in the middle of a purchase without even knowing it.

One should always check whether the game they are playing on their phone comes with any additional charges before accepting the terms and conditions offered to them. Some games also require an individual to go online in order to play them which could be expensive for individuals living in regions where they pay high data rates.

  1. Security

The advances that have been made on spyware have made it easier for hackers to gain access to your phone through a number of means. This leaves any information that was present in an individual’s phone vulnerable to anyone who is able to purchase the spyware available. The best and simplest means of preventing possible hackers from accessing your phones is through the use of passwords and activation codes for various sections of the phone such as the inbox messages and other sensitive files.

There are also various security applications that can be purchased to enhance the security that is available in an individual’s phone. It is also advisable to always turn one’s Bluetooth off when they are not using it.

  1. Data Storage

One is now able to store their data on a cloud and have this connected directly to their phone. This means that one is able to store information in a virtual site and access when needed via their phone. This development has greatly increased the amount of data that one is able to save on their phone with storage no longer depending on physical locations.

So the next time you are considering playing that kayak game and dreaming about actually going kayaking, think twice and check your security settings instead.

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Top 7 Hunting Apps

Top 7 Hunting Apps

The bow and arrow use dates back to around 9000 BCE. The bow initially was made of wood with the limbs lined by bowstring and fused with riser. Bow and arrow has since changed a lot over the years and in this age of smartphones, you now get special hunting apps to guide you. Smartphones are used almost everywhere now from meetings, theaters, classrooms and even in bathrooms, which is not surprising, as they have such a wealth of features in them.

But what surprised me was the various smartphone bow hunter apps that are being used by archers. I love archery and generally get all the information I need about bows from here. The hunter apps actually are very useful for the hunters as they include weather forecasts, Calendars with moon phase, text messaging and flashlight apps. Here are some top picks of the apps that hunters are sure to find useful.

Trimble GPS Hunt Pro

This app allows hunters to track the blood spots, identify the location and further navigate with the help of digital compass. You can also view the street maps, topographic maps and get access to moon phase and sun phase data.  Hunters can also set their favorite spots in the phone to navigate easily. The videos and photos can be geo tagged easily on the map, enabling hunters to do interactive journal additions.

iHunt

This is an all in one app for hunting with features including GPS, current weather, catalog pictures and memory of scenes, kills and sights of the hunting. The email exportability and CSV of the app make it easy to track wildlife and plan your hunts.  All you need is a nice samik sage bow to make your hunting the best trip ever.

ActIn Nature

This interactive app keeps all your hunting friends in the loop. You can beep messages and arrange sharing of hunting zones via the GPS feature. Weather reports and interesting hunting spots can also be found with this app. The camera feature lets you measure distances and find out the direction.

Scout look

With this app, you need not be afraid of choosing the wrong location. The app helps to catalog several stands on the map of the hunting location and you can check on each of the spots for the weather and wind condition.

iSolunar

This is an app for finding out the feeding and activity times of the animals and fish, so you can plan your hunting or fishing trip accordingly. The app features GPS tech to give you weather reports and moon and sun phase data.

iHunt Fall Call

This app is a lifesaver app literally. If for instance you fall down from a stand, the app that links between the safety harness and the tether to the tree will pull free and activate the micro USB in it. This sends a message via Bluetooth to your mobile and the app dials automatically to the emergency contact you have listed.

Primos Hunting calls

This app includes more than 20 bleat calls including turkey, predator, deer, elk and other specialty calls. You need to keep the app open and you are ready to go.

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Texting and Riding

Texting and driving has been the cause of numerous accidents, injuries and even deaths which could have been easily prevented. People spend too much time paying attention to their phones instead of the road full of cars in front of them and bam, there’s a collision, or something else happens. It’s a story which has become all too common as more and more people are getting their hands on mobile phones. It’s tragic, but there’s something to learn, even from this waste of property and life. While people driving cars, trucks, vans and SUVs are texting, motorcyclists are not.

Now you’ve probably got an image in your head, something so silly it may have even made you giggle. How could someone hope to keep control of a motorcycle rolling at 60 mph without both hands on the handlebars? Unless they’re some professional stunt rider or something like that, they couldn’t. The first time the front wheel dipped hard to one side or the other, they’d go flying and so would the bike. That’s literally how dangerous it is to text while driving a car, truck or van, except that one isn’t going to make anyone laugh when they imagine it.

The thing is, riding a motorcycle just isn’t the same as driving a car. Riding requires the full attention of the rider or there is a high chance someone will get injured or killed. The same could be said for drivers of any vehicles at all, except for the fact those vehicles stop impacts much better than nothing at all. No matter how many times you use this argument though, if the other person really loves to ride, you probably won’t be able to convince them to change their choice of ride. Motorcycles aren’t all danger and bad news though, and that deserves an explanation.

With fuel costs higher than ever in practically 80% of the world, people are paying more to move the same distance. One way to answer the rising cost of travel is to simply travel lighter, which a motorcycle accomplishes nicely. Take one, two or even three thousand pounds away from the weight of your vehicle and suddenly you’re getting the kind of mileage people only dream about. Bikes are certainly more mobile too, able to squeeze into spaces even compact cars could never occupy. This can make navigating traffic easier for a skilled rider.

But, well, that’s not really the point. The point is texting while operating any motor vehicle is a terrible idea. All it takes is a few seconds of driving without paying attention to permanently change someone’s life, or end it – even your own. So, the next time you’re in the driver’s seat, maybe turn your phone off until you make it to your destination. If you must use it, most phones can go hands-free these days, which means you can maintain focus on the road in front of you rather than the little gadget buzzing nearby. It may come naturally to riders, but drivers should focus on driving too.

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Interesting Ringtones

Interesting Ringtones

Some ringtones can be pretty annoying – so much that you wonder why the owner put it on his or her phone in the first place. We’ve all heard them before, too; full songs blasting at an obscene volume, or strange noises that nobody besides the phone’s owner would ever guess could be a ringtone. While custom ringtones are nice because they allow the user to personalize their calling experience, not every sound out there should be made into a ringtone. These are some interesting tones you probably haven’t heard before, tones that would definitely stand out in a crowd, for better or for worse.

If you know who Hideo Kojima is by name, then you can probably guess what the first tone here is going to be. Metal Gear Solid is an iconic game franchise from Konami and it features a deep story, interesting characters and more than a few memorable moments, including sounds. The CODEC, a device used for communication throughout the series, has a distinctive sound which plays when a call is incoming. Even gamers in general will probably understand the reference when they hear this tone coming out of your phone and on top of all this it’s not at all annoying. It’s a solid tone for those who want to stand out.

ipad-ringtonesRingtones shift in and out of popularity regularly. New songs are always coming out and people get hooked on those, then like to hear them throughout the day. It’s a perfect little setup. For this selection, rather than advocate a single tone, it seems better to focus on how to get hot tones fast. Websites like Zedge are pretty much servers loaded with ringtones, with classic tones sitting right alongside fresh, new ones. If you’re looking to make any kind of song into a ringtone, you’ll want to check with services like this to see if they have what you want. Trumpets, pianos, singing; whatever you want will work.

Getting specific again, and a little humorous this time, there’s another interesting ringtone which comes to mind. You may have heard it before if you’re a trickster and for good reason. In a quiet environment where phone ringers ought to be turned off, wouldn’t it be hilarious if one phone had a tone which actually sounded like a phone on vibrate? It starts ringing and everyone in the room starts checking their pockets to see what the fuss is about. There are actually many ringtones like this and while they probably won’t make you any friends, they’re pretty much guaranteed to give you a laugh.

If you’re looking for a way to customize your mobile phone and really make it your own, you have many options. There are phone cases, protectors, coloring kits, chains and other accessories, all of which cost more than your average ringtone, which can do far more to make your phone identifiable. To stand out, you could use an interesting ringtone like one of these. It’s a noticeable change which is cheap, fast and efficient, which may be why ringtones are still so popular today.

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