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Bestselling Free and Paid Apps

Thumbnail image for Bestselling Free and Paid Apps by Barbara J. Feldman February 4, 2014

Everyone loves learning about new apps, and bloggers frequently share lists of their personal favorites. But which apps are actually the most popular? For this, you can go directly to the app stores themselves, and peruse their lists. The Apple iTunes store publishes two charts: one for free apps, and the other for paid apps. […]

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How to Brick a Stolen Phone

Thumbnail image for How to Brick a Stolen Phone by Barbara J. Feldman October 29, 2013

brick — verb 1. to block or enclose with a wall of bricks 2. to render an electronic device useless For most smartphones, there are two possible ways to brick your phone. The first is with an app, which requires a bit of planning as the app has to installed and configured before you need […]

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How to Stop Broadcasting Your Kid’s Location

Thumbnail image for How to Stop Broadcasting Your Kid’s Location by Barbara J. Feldman August 13, 2013

Did you know that unless you specifically turn it off, your phone includes exact location details with each photo you take? This means that your home address, your kids’ school, their favorite park (and so on) is being transmitted via social networks each time you post a picture of them (or anything) online. The location […]

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Apple Adds Kill Switch to Deter Theft

Thumbnail image for Apple Adds Kill Switch to Deter Theft by Barbara J. Feldman June 11, 2013

The crime is so common that it’s even been given a name: Apple picking. So what exactly is Apple picking? It is the theft of an Apple iPhone. And it is such a huge problem that big-city prosecutors (including those from New York and San Francisco) have been asking Apple for kill switch that would […]

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8 Apps to Stop Your Teen from Texting while Driving

Thumbnail image for 8 Apps to Stop Your Teen from Texting while Driving by Barbara J. Feldman May 16, 2013

We know it’s dangerous. They probably even know it’s dangerous. But hearing the little ding-ding-ding of a text message or Facebook status update is an irresistible attraction to a teen, even one’s that driving. According to a recent article in Mashable, the “National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) added distracted driving to its 2013 ‘most-wanted list’ […]

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What is Qi Wireless Charging?

Thumbnail image for What is Qi Wireless Charging? by Barbara J. Feldman March 13, 2013

Qi (pronounced “chee”) wireless (or inductive) charging is a new standard in charging mobile devices without plugging them in (hence, it’s wireless.) Instead, the phone or tablet device is laid on a mat, and is charged via induction. Not being an electrical engineer, I’m not sure exactly what induction is, but it does have something […]

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