By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015
When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.
But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.
I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:
By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It’s hard to beat the convenience of having a good camera in your pocket, which is why so many people are now snapping most photos with their iPhones.
But what happens next with those images? Do they languish in the Camera Roll until it’s time to free up space?
One option is to turn those digital bits into physical products. If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas, or want to assemble a visual remembrance of the year, everything you need may be right there on your phone.
You don’t even need a computer! Apps and services make it possible to order prints and create photo projects—even while you’re waiting in long lines or curled up by a fireplace.
By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.
But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.
By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, November 16, 2014
Yesterday’s parents reached for their wallets to show off photos of their kids and grandkids. But today’s parents pull out their mobile phones to proudly display their family moments—so if you’re considering holiday cards this year, think about offering your season’s greetings in the digital realm!
With very little effort, you can send a digital holiday card: a simple photo-based video project, which your loved ones can easily play on their phones, tablets, or desktop computers.
Best of all, you can create it quickly and easily using nothing more than the contents of your phone’s photo gallery and any basic editing software.
By Nick Brazzi | Friday, November 07, 2014
This week, Microsoft released an update to the Office for iPad apps and brand new Office for iPhone apps. The main attraction with these new apps is a pair of features that Microsoft has clearly targeted with laser focus.
For the first time, most features of the Office apps—both on iPad and iPhone—are completely free. And Dropbox support has been added, giving users more options for cloud-based storage.
By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 10, 2014
There’s an old saying: Nothing ruins a great video like lousy audio. And when using consumer cameras, you’re often stuck with a less-than-optimal microphone to begin with.
But if you have a reasonably modern smartphone, you have all you need to record great audio on location.
By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Stop motion animation was key to many of the first special effects in movies. Jason and the Argonauts wouldn’t be as memorable without Ray Harryhausen’s creatures, and who could forget the original King Kong or even fully animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas?
What most appeals to me about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood budget or expensive equipment to do it. You can make your own stop motion movie using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
And patience—you’ll need a lot of patience.
Bonus: It’s a great activity for kids on rainy afternoons or long airplane rides!
By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.
Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.
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