Aug 22

Simple ways to save your phone’s battery

batteryHi there! It’s a problem that we all have to deal with.  It seems that when we need our phone the most is when we don’t have the juice to use it.

Most blog posts about how to save your cell phones battery are generally filled with great ideas, all drawn-out in a complicated manner. You’re not going to get that here. I bought a Mophie backup battery for my iPhone 5S and so far, I like it. It does, however, triple the weight of my phone. Ok, I don’t have EXACT measures but it does make it quite bulky. Nevertheless, there are some things you and I can do that will save some of the juice on your phone.

Do this:

  • Change your display brightness.
  • Turn off cellular service if you’re on wifi and don’t want to be bothered.
  • Don’t streaming videos or play games.
  • Turn off GPS and location services.
  • Turn off geotagging features.
  • Change your mail’s fetching service to refresh over Wi-Fi, or not at all.
  • Don’t do drugs.
  • Stay in school.

Ok, those last two are just good ideas no matter what. The biggest silent battery killer is what is happening in the background of your phone. Here’s how to change those settings on OS:

For iOS, go into Settings, select General, followed by Background App Refresh. Disable.

On Android, go to Settings, select Data usage, click on an app, scroll to the bottom, and check the box that reads “Restrict background data.”

On those kooky Windows Phone 8.1 phones, go to restrict background app data in the Data Sense app.

And for the BlackBerry 10 users, enter Settings, select Security and Privacy, followed by Application Permission, and change it.

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Aug 07

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself

passwordOne billion passwords and usernames. Yeah, it’s a big deal. Today on Good Morning San Diego, we had Daniel A. Libby on the show. He’s the Director and Chief Examiner for Digital Forensics. He’s also a former NSA guy.  Cool.

In the wake of the news of a Russian gang, calling themselves “CyberVor”, or cyber-thief in Russian, that stole 1.2 billion passwords, he stressed to get past laziness and change your password today… like NOW. Web browser Mozilla admits the developer password breach. Daniel suggested not even using a Mozilla browser until the problem has been fixed. The biggest problem with this issue will be email harvesting. That means you and millions of people will be getting spam sent to them, probably from your email address. That sucks!

This net breach is an opportunity to improve your password practices. Change your password. Don’t use the same password on the same websites. Don’t use obvious numbers for a password.

You know the deal.

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Aug 06

Apple sets Sept. 9 for new iPhone release

iphoneThey’re not going to tell us much, but they are telling us when they are going to tell us.

Apple has written down plans for a media event on September 9th. More than likely that’s when they will launch the iPhone 6. Our friends over at Recode are the ones doling out that info and they are pretty good at getting the right information out. There’s a new iPhone every year since 2007. They haven’t released one yet, so one would gather that they will use this event to make it happen.

Apple ain’t talking.

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Dec 02

I Have Your Gift List Ready

Sometimes the Holiday season brings with it the stress of “what to get” for those on your shopping list.  I’m doing my best this year to help out and I think I’ve found some great ideas for everyone on your shopping list.   Here’s what I’ve been talking about.

 

Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead + Bluetooth Speaker

First up, its something everyone of us have to do.  Shower!  How about making the whole showering experience just a little cooler? No, not temperature-wise, I’m talking music in the shower! Showering has never been so fun. Kohler’s Moxie lets you stream your favorite music, news or talk radio right in the shower with you. The Moxie showerhead holds a portable wireless speaker that pairs wirelessly with Bluetooth®-enabled devices to deliver high-quality audio to your shower. The speaker docks directly into the showerhead, so your music is closer than ever when showering. While it plays your favorite sounds, this revolutionary showerhead generates a full-coverage, revitalizing spray of water for a sensory experience like no other. Moxie is easy to install and use; the wireless speaker pops out for recharging, then securely pops back in for use while showering. You can even take it with you as a wireless speaker to use in any room of the house, or on the go. Head to www.kohler.com for more info.

Keurig Vue Brewing System V700

Got a coffee lover on your list? You’ve got to check out the Keurig Vue Brewing System is the perfect gift for the gadget-loving coffee connoisseur who enjoys a gourmet beverage custom brewed to their liking. Using the iPad-like touchscreen interface, the Keurig Vue system allows you to simply customize strength, size and temperature of your beverages for the ultimate brewing experience every time. In addition, this state-of-the-art brewer gives you the ability to brew two-step, café-style cappuccinos and lattes as well as hot or iced teas and coffees, hot cocoa and apple cider. For more information, visit www.keurig.com/VueSystem.  It runs for just under $150.

LG G Pad 8.3

Tablets are hot again this year…and I found the one everyone will love! It’s the LG G Pad 8.3.  Standing 8.3 inches in height and weighs less than a pound, this tablet is so super portable.  It’s got a Full HD display (great for watching movies, reading e-books, or surfing the web.)  It has this unique QPair feature to make it the perfect companion to any Android smartphone (no other device can do this), This Seamlessly connects and switches between devices. and it has the QSlide Function™ 2.0, which allows you to access multiple apps on one screen, saving time.  You can find it at Best Buy.

Dyson Hard

More and more homes these days have hardwood or tile floors.  That’s why the Dyson Hard™ cordless vacuum cleaner is engineered for hard floor cleaning. Using dual suction channels and a wet wipe, it removes both dust and grime in a single action. It has patented Root Cyclone™ technology and is powered by the Dyson digital motor V2. It’s the only vacuum cleaner to combine powerful constant suction and a wet wipe. Dyson is the leader in vacuums and you can find out more at www.dyson.com

Skylanders Swap Force

For the kid or the kid at heart, you can’t go wrong with video games. This year, Skylanders is “mixing it up” with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise.   Skylanders SWAP Force introduces a compelling play pattern — swapability — that lets gamers mix ‘n match 16 SWAP Force toys into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys.  Now, Portal Masters can experience an unprecedented level of choice never before seen in a SkylandersTM game.   Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants.  Get ready for some fun with this brand new game.  Check out more at www.skylanders.com

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

And finally, something for everyone…For the first time ever, the first three films in the legendary Indiana Jones saga will be available individually in sparkling high definition!  Now you can own Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, each with pristine picture and sound in high definition. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the cinematic classic that started it all, has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg. BEFORE DECEMBER 17th: all three films are now available for download in Digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray Disc on December 17th.  Head to www.paramount.com

I hope you take the opportunity to check out these great gifts.  Let me know what you think.  I’d also love to hear some of your gadget gift must-haves this year too.  Drop me a line!  It was great being in your city!!

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Nov 21

Movin on to America’s Finest City

If you follow me on Facebook , Twitter or any of the other social media networks (if you don’t, well then, you should!) You have probably heard the news that I have accepted the position of Executive Producer & Show Runner of Good Morning San Diego at KUSI-TV.  As you can imagine, I am ecstatic about this new opportunity and I’m really excited to learn more and take on the challenge.  Best of all, I am going to have the opportunity to work with my dear friend Brandi Williams again!!   I’m excited to use my 20+ years of Broadcasting experience to a show/station that fully embraces the community that surrounds it.

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I’m not quite done with the “Tech” aspect of my career yet. I’m happy to tell you I will be on some great TV Shows in the next couple of weeks in great cities like Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte and St. Louis.   Be looking for me. (I’ll post more on what I’ll be talking about soon.)

I encourage all of you to “LIKE” GMSD’s Facebook page by clicking here.

And finally, I want to thank all of you that have stuck with me as a fan and I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the camera making a difference.

ROCK FORTH and STAY CLASSY!

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Oct 31

GPS For Your Windshield

hudwayI came across a cool navigation app for your iPhone.  It’s called Hudway.  I currently use the free app Waze pretty much anywhere I drive these days.  I really like the fact that it tells me about hazards on the road and the fact it’ll let me know where there is a cop hiding to check my speed.  What I like about Hudway is its functionality.

Like most GPS systems in cars, the app will get you where you’re going.  This app, however, goes one further and will turn your iPhone (and soon Android device) into a heads-up display that can be viewed on your windshield at night.  The app works like any other GPS app on your iPhone; type in your destination and it’ll give you the route.  Once you put Hudway on your dashboard face up, it reflects to your windshield.  It’ll show you the route ahead and your speed.

Cool.

Cons: #1- you have to use the device at night to get the reflection feature, though its still a good GPS system.  (I’d use Waze during the day.)  #2- keeping your device still on your dashboard isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.  You probably have to buy a device that will stabilize the phone on your dashboard.  #3- Yes, its free, but then they want you to “go pro” with in app purchases.  You also have to deal with ads at the bottom of the screen. Check out the video below as it will lay it all out for you.

Will I use it? Probably, but don’t expect it on familiar trips…during the daytime.

 

 

PS- If you’re on Waze too, look me up!

 

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Oct 22

Microsoft Gets Glasses

googleglassThey say imitation is the highest form of flattery and in the tech world, that just might be.   Our friends over at Microsoft apparently see something in the future with Google’s monitor Google Glass.

It looks like Microsoft now has some prototypes put together for Internet-connected glasses, you know, just like Google’s high-tech specs.  According to the Wall Street Journal,  the prototype project is part of Microsoft’s strategy to compete with Google, Samsung, and Apple in the device market.  And that’s good for them.

If you’re into wearing the computer glasses, you’ll be happy to know that the market price is expected to really drop big time from the $1,500 Explorer edition (which is really for developers.)  You’re probably not going to be happy about waiting time now.  They wanted them out to consumers Q4 2013 but I haven’t seen them.  More than likely, look for a Q1 or Q2 2014 release.

Microsoft doesn’t want to be last to the party when it comes to wearable computers.  If you remember they were just that with smartphones.  I’m surprised they haven’t made the leap into the smartwatch ring, but let’s give them time.

Would you purchase the Google Glass?  What if it was affordable?

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Aug 24

LET’S GET BUNKED!!

bunkedIt’s time to GET BUNKED!!! My new app BUNKED! is up and running now and its catching on pretty fast. You can download the app on your iPhone FOR FREE for a limited time. Just go to www.getbunked.com. You can go there on your iPhone and it will allow you to download it from there.

 

Thanks, enjoy and please tell your friends about this FREE App!

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Aug 16

Think You Have Privacy? Google It.

Gmail_logoThere has been much talk about the pending lawsuit against Google and privacy of those who use their service “Gmail”. I can make this post really short and to the point: Sending email to Gmail users means you expect Google’s servers will process it. Google actually scans your email anyway, but more than likely, you don’t mind.  Why? Because they’re scanning it to find out if it is spam.  The argument from consumer groups in their class action lawsuit is the fact that Google also scans what you send through their servers for keywords.  Those keywords look for possible ad revenue and more relevant ads you’ll see pop up in your every day web searches and on the gmail.com page itself.

But, is this really a surprise to anyone? First, you’re getting the email address for free and as the old adage goes “nothing in life is free.”  Google justifies the searches based on a 1979 Supreme Court ruling about third-party involvement.  The Third-Party Doctrine basically says you lose legally enforceable privacy rights when you use their service.  Here’s what they said in court papers:

Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, “a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”

Google’s “oh, we thought you knew that” has actually come out as an admission that they do the scans.  They feel that you shouldn’t expect something you are doing online to be private.  It goes along the lines of using your common, everyday telephone.  You’re voluntarily conveying numerical information to the phone company.  Look, companies email get hacked all the time.  There’s no reasonable expectation of privacy when you use your work email, right?

Not so fast, say the watchdog groups.  They are comparing the email scans as nothing short of illegal wiretapping, hence the class action lawsuit. What about the rights of people that send an email TO a gmail address? What are their rights?  Here’s what Google Says about that:

Non-Gmail users who send emails to Gmail recipients must expect that their emails will be subjected to Google’s normal processes as the [email] provider for their intended recipients.

Oh.  That means I can’t plead ignorance.  Neither can you now, according to Google, because you just read the above sentence.  We’ll see how this all plays out when this case goes before a judge September 5th.

Ed Snowden, NSA, the IRS – all are in the psyche of today’s consciousness and we have to remember that NOTHING is private anymore.  So – think twice if you have a problem with sending something over the internet… its just going to get worse.

Here’s my segment from WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando

FOX 35 News Orlando

 

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