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Relying on a smartphone as a GPS when traveling in Europe

My wife and I recently took a trip for our 15th anniversary to Sicily. We were renting a car to travel around the island, and we knew we would need a GPS to successfully navigate both the dense city streets and … Continue reading

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Starbucks WiFi must be slow on purpose

Walk into a Starbucks or just about any other coffee shop in this country, and you will see the same thing: dozens of people sipping coffee while hunched over laptops as they work or study. In the corners, you may spot … Continue reading

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An easy workaround for getting Gmail Push Notifications while using iPhone’s Mail app

I finally received my iPhone 5S after a three week wait. While I am excited to have my new phone, it has meant giving up on using ActiveSync to get email pushed directly to my phone from my gmail account. … Continue reading

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Apple’s own podcast app beats Instacast and Downcast at their own game

After nearly two years of being a loyal Instacast user for managing my podcasts, I just deleted the app. Instacast has “upgraded” itself again and in the process eliminated its most useful features.  And Apple’s once inferior Podcasts app has finally … Continue reading

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Finally, my kids’ iPod has wireless connectivity

I just upgraded my kids’ iPod again so that it could obtain a feature I never thought I would consider critical: wireless connectivity. My kids are only five and three, and even I must admit that this does seem a … Continue reading

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App makes dialing into conference numbers from your cell phone easy

Have you ever tried to call into a conference number from you mobile phone?  It’s a royal pain. The challenge stems from the fact that once you dial the number, you have to enter a 9 or 10 digit conference … Continue reading

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TripIt Pro is absolutely worth the money, even if you travel infrequently

I’ve been using the free version of TripIt for years as a way to keep track of the reservation details of flights, hotels, and car rentals.  It’s brilliantly simple – you take the confirmation emails that you receive when you … Continue reading

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