Road Trip – APPS Fun for the Kids

It’s that time of year again when many families pile into the car with the kids for their yearly road trip.  It may be that some of the kids, coming from a ‘computer savvy’ generation, are not interested in remembering the license plate numbers/states while they are traveling.  So what are the parents/grandparents to do?  We are in luck.  There are a few APPs that may be of interest to the entire family.  Check out the Insect App available for free on iTunes.  Learn about how the game works at the link below.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/23/for-summer-road-trips-a-new-app-turns-insect-splat/

Then load the APP onto your iPhone at this link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/that-gunk-on-your-car/id1352752191

Here are some more ideas for APPS that may entertain your kids while they are in the car at the link below.

https://www.geekswithjuniors.com/best-apps-for-traveling-with-kids

 

 

Safe travels!

SmartPhone Help

iPhone users will love this trick that I found on Tom’s Guide.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-get-better-4g-signal,review-5680.html

 

 

When you are done with that, help yourself with these FREE Mindfulness Apps at the link below.

https://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-apps-worthy-of-your-attention/

Loving the iPhone

I must admit; I’m an iPhone ‘fan’ hands down.  The reason I’ve stayed with them for so long is that Steve Jobs figured it out for me:  I did not want a complicated phone – however,  I wanted it to be a sophisticated device.  I wanted help when I needed it, and I wanted it to fit into my purse without it being a major undertaking.  ‘Easy does it’ has been my reason for staying with iPhone throughout my mobile phone experience.  And, I’m still satisfied. The iPhone just keeps giving me what I want – and what I need.

In a recent article, New York Times, Brian Chen reminds us it’s been 10 Years! Yes!  He also tells us what has kept the iPhone customer returning for more of  what Apple has to offer. However, in its 10th year, there is a bit of competition to contend with.  So how will Apple pull off staying on top of the market? Bigger screen, facial recognition to unlock the device, and magnetic induction. Here is a summary of what Chen says keeps customers coming back to Apple.
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How to donate your used/old cell phones

smartphone-703385_1920Some of you may have cell phones that you are no longer using, and that you may be interested in donating, but are hesitant because you are not quite sure how to get that done safely and efficiently.  After all, most of our phones contain information that is personal, and private to our friends/acquaintances.  Of course, you don’t want to pass on your contact information when you donate your phone. In addition, you don’t want to manually delete your passwords and email and all of your personal information.

Well, it turns out there is a fairly quick way to get that information cleared off your phone. However, before you delete any information, I suggest you contact your phone company carrier to help you with transferring your information to your new phone.

Afterwards, you can check the Settings icon on your phone to see if there is a Reset option. In addition, Consumer Information suggests that you remove the SIM and SD Cards.  Source: Disposing of Your Mobile Device | Consumer Information

iPhone users may want to  check WikiHow suggestions for factory resetting your phone by clicking this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Hard-Reset-an-iPhone

Android users can click this link: http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-Your-Android-Phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENIOR Tutorials for iPads & iPhones

canstockphoto15622148Oftentimes,  we buy, or receive as gifts, new devices like iPads and iPhones. Then we assume that we should/ can learn how to use them by ‘tinkering’ around with the buttons and Icons.  However, if we just invest a little time by taking a tutorial (or two), we will enjoy and get better experiences from our new device.

Yes, I know that it may ‘seem’ cumbersome or unnecessary  – but I assure you that it’s well worth your time.

Check out these  videos and magazines for training:

Issue: VOL-13 BDM’S SENIORS SERIES is completely unique in this marketplace offering content aimed directly at senior iPad owners. The content offers a blend of jargon free user guides and targeted application reviews for use on the apple iPad.With high quality up-to-date expert editorial and focused design, this publication will be an unmissable purchase for all iPad owners aged over 60. Published Quarterly Source: BDM’S SENIORS SERIES | Discount Subscriptions | Allscript Magazines

♦ HOW TO USE THE IPAD FOR BEGINNERS Introducing a complete instructions manual for the iPad for beginners. This video guide teaches all the basics of using your iPad, from browsing its interface to downloading apps and browsing the web. The iPad is a revolutionary tablet with the power to do many functions. Your iPad can: check the weather, send e-mails, surf the internet, play music, watch movies, and so much more. Learning to do all this takes a basic understanding of how to use and navigate the iPad. This video guide teaches the basics, and allows you to become an expert at using your iPad in 30 minutes. Source: How to Use the iPad for Beginners – Apple Video Guides

Extra! Get Your News Apps

news w apps It’s a challenge just keeping up with all the new things happening with technology.  Therefore, my mission is to bring those technews items that could be useful not only for BabyBoomers, but interesting for those who have a Smartphone, tablet, or curiosity  in ‘what’s happening with tech’ :). Continue reading

Where’s your car? Find it with APPs

Ok BabyBoomers, this question is for you🙂 :

What did you do the last time you parked your car, and when you went to pick it up you could not remember where to look for the car?   Did the BabyBoomer friends you were having all that fun with recall where you parked the car? Continue reading

Brrrr It’s Cold…Protect Your Cell Phone !

 

 

Photo  Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

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Jarobin Guerra Gilbert

Prevent phone freeze

 To keep phones from getting too chilly, don’t leave them alone in the elements, like in a parked car. Stashing your phone inside pockets closest to your person, where they can absorb some of your body heat, is best.  If you do need to leave it behind, turn the phone off instead of just putting it to sleep. Continue reading

Keeping up with tech news…

iPhone/iPad

 ♦ Periodically tech4boomers highlights articles that have tips, tricks and useful information.  This week we want to call your attention to an article by Katherine Boehret, of the Wall Street Journal, which covers iPhone and iPad things you should get to know. Don’t forget to click the link provided for the details.  A sample of what she covers is: how to directly access apps, how to Tap to scroll up, keyboard shortcuts, how to take screenshots, how to swipe search.  In all she covers ten things you will want to know.  Click this link for the article: via Ten Tips and Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know – WSJ.com.

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Choosing Computer Monitors

The next article we think you will want to read is by Kate Murphy at the New York Times, Personal Tech section.  This article covers what you should consider when buying a computer monitor.  Since we spend sooo much time these days looking at computer screens, it’s important to know why you choose one monitor versus another, and how important  the specs are. Ms. Murphy explains resolution, and how the picture elements (pixels) are supposed to give a sharper picture quality.  However, that may be true only up to a point.  Murphy checks with a retinal neuroscientist for his opinion.  In addition, contrast ratio is explained. But, after all of this discussion it turns out “Response time is the first thing to look at”. Ergonomics play an important role when choosing a monitor. How monitor ergonomics affects eye, back, and neck strain is also reviewed. All said, this is an important article.  Read more by clicking this link: via Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor – NYTimes.com.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Tech News Overload….

It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the great and useful things to know that are happening on the technology front.  That’s why in upcoming Posts the format for tech4boomers will change to short burst of information with links to the web pages, or apps, or guidelines  etc., which will give you quick access to the things that interest you most. You will also want to visit DIGITWIRL, which has great suggestions and tips for organizing your technology world. A link to the website (Great Technology Tips) is available under BLOGS I LIKE.

The topics covered in this Post are : Health Apps, Healthful Computing, and How to Buy a Router.

HEALTH APPS

appear to be everywhere, and there seems to be one for everything.  I don’t know why I was surprised to read about these weight loss apps in a Nutrition Newsletter that I received in the ‘snail mail‘, but there they were prominently placed on a page all by themselves as the latest way to keep track of what you are eating by using an app on your smartphone, or computer.  Below are some of the APPS that were suggested, along with the links to them. I’ve read that free apps are just as good as any of the ones which charge a fee in this category.  Why don’t you check them out for yourself using the links below which goes with your device.

Name of APPMyFitnessPal – FREE

  • ANDROID USERS – Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter for Android. With the largest food database of any Android calorie counter (over 1,700,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off! There is no better diet app – period.via Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal – Android Apps on Google Play.

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Name of APPLose It! FREE

  • iPhone Users: Succeed at weight loss with Lose It! Set goals and establish a daily calorie budget that enables you to meet them. Stay on track each day by recording your food and exercise and staying within your budget. The average active Lose It! user has lost more than 12lbs and more than 85% of our active users have lost weight. Lose It! is completely free via App Store – Lose It!.
  • ANDROID USERS – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnow.loseit

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HEALTHFUL COMPUTING!

tech4boomers  has often written about the importance of being careful to protect your eyes when you are at the computer. Check out the tips at this site:
http://office-ergo.com/eyestrain-neck-pain/

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DO YOU NEED AN EQUIPMENT UPDATE?

When was the last time you updated your computer equipment?  I know many of us are trying to save those dollars, but it could be possible that by not evaluating whether your current computer equipment is serving your best interests both economically and aesthetically, and you could be paying more than you need to.  Take a look at the article, which appeared in PC World Magazine recently about Routers.  It will help you to check what steps you should take in deciding what is best for your technology purposes.

How to Buy a Router, By Armando Rodriguez, PCWorld May 3, 2012

Buying a router may not be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, but a new model can mean the difference between enjoying Netflix in HD and seeing a grainy mess of substandard video.

  •  Are you still using the router that your Internet service provider gave you? If so, you might not be getting the best results possible. Routers that ISPs provide tend to be older models running custom firmware, and the download and upload speeds from these routers may not match the speeds you pay for.via How to Buy a Router | PCWorld.

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See you at the next Post.  I hope this is helpful 🙂