3 Ways for how to improve battery life on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

3 Ways for how to improve battery life on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

One of the biggest complaints of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 5 is the battery life – it runs out too fast. Although the iPhone 5 made a slight improvement in overall battery life over its predecessors, it often won’t last you through the day with heavy usage. My hope is that Apple will significantly improve the battery life in future generations of the iPhone – iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. But until that happens, here are a few ways for how to improve the battery life on your current iOS device. 1. Turn down the screen Continue Reading →

4 Hardware Improvement wishes for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6

Wish list for future iPhone 5S and iPhone 6

Having been an iPhone user since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, I have thought a lot about specific hardware improvements that would make the overall user experience better. It is never clear what Apple will introduce but here’s to hoping that 1 or all of these items on my wish list will appear in the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. 1. Elongated home button that is touch sensitive and allows for multitasking app switching Over the past couple of years, there have been some rumors about the potential of an elongated or oval home button. The idea behind Continue Reading →

How to trace through paper onto iPad (Mini), iPhone, iPod Touch

How to trace onto iPad (Mini), iPhone, iPod Touch

This article will show you how to trace onto your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch. Trace a printed image or a graph or illustration from your class notes. Convert a photo to a hand drawn work of art. The other day I was messing around on my iPad and I got to wondering if it would be possible to trace through paper on my iDevice. So, I tried it. And, it worked! It is actually quite easy to do with a couple of necessary items. Here is how to trace onto the iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch: What Continue Reading →

iOS 7 + 8 Tip: How to select and set up a wireless printer to directly print from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch (AirPrint)

This article will show you how to select and set up a wireless printer in iOS 7 and iOS 8, so that you can print wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch with AirPrint. With an AirPrint enabled printer, anytime you need to print when you are on the same wireless network as the printer, you can just simply select print from any iOS app that supports printing. Here is a scenario to demonstrate how helpful this can be. My workplace has an Epson printer that supports AirPrint from iDevices. I had created a Pages document on my Continue Reading →

3 Essential Photography Accessories for your iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5

iPhone 4S photo with Olloclip Macro Lens

It is amazing how the smartphone camera is quickly replacing point-and-shoot cameras. There are times that I even leave my Nikon DSLR at home because I know I have my iPhone 4S with me that will take incredible photos. In addition, the improved optics on the iPhone 5 make your pictures look even better and allow you to take clearer photos in low light situations. Who knows, with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 7, wedding photographers might get rid of their fancy cameras and start using their iPhone… (ok, that’s taking it a bit far, but you get my point). Continue Reading →

Take your iPhone Camera to the next level – Add Fisheye, Wide Angle, and Macro with Olloclip for iPhone

I love taking photos with with the iPhone. As the saying goes, “The best camera is the one you have with you!” And, it is an added bonus that the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 have excellent optics for taking fantastic pictures. Olloclip is a company that created a unique lens adapter kit for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch (with adapter). If you want to take your photography to the next level, then this accessory is for you. I recently received this as a gift and so far I love it. The lens system has 3 lenses: Continue Reading →

Two iPad Cases I Recommend

I discovered a company on Amazon called New Trent that makes iOS accessories. They have two cases for the iPad that I own and especially like. The first is a bluetooth keyboard case. It completely protects the iPad screen and back. It easily clips in and out of the keyboard attachment to be used on its own for reading or playing a game. The iPad can swivel from landscape to portrait and can adjust to multiple viewing angles. There are special function iPad keys at the top of the keyboard that include a home button, brightness controls, a search button, Continue Reading →

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S case with built in Bluetooth Headset

One of the iPhone accessories that I use every single day of the year is a case that I got for my 4S that has a built in bluetooth headset nestled in the back. It is called the Mogo Talk. The case protects my phone while providing me access to a handsfree headset any time. I love it. In fact, I like this case so much that it is one of the main reasons I have not yet upgraded to the iPhone 5 (they don’t make the case for the iPhone 5). I charge the headset overnight and then turn Continue Reading →

Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

Baby Monitoring Setup for under $100

This article will give you everything you need to know about how to use iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch as an audio video baby monitor with Foscam Camera and a Foscam Camera App – all for under $75! When my 2 year old was born, one of the things I wanted was a video monitor that I could use to make sure my baby was safe and sleeping well. As I looked around at the options, I was disappointed by the low quality of the devices and the high cost. So, at first, I gave up. Then, I had Continue Reading →

Logitech Bluetooth Speaker: The perfect portable wireless speaker for your iPhone or iPad

I just recently purchased this Logitech Mini Boombox (new version is the Logitech UE Mobile Boom Box) for my iPhone and iPad. It is amazing! It is about the footprint of your iPhone and about 3 inches tall. It comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. The speaker can also be used as a handsfree calling device to receive calls. The controls are all touch sensitive controls on the top of the speaker. You can play/pause, skip forward/backwards, and receive a call. The sound is great and packs more bass than you would expect from such Continue Reading →