Month: March 2013

Battery “Life Support” for the iPhone 5

Battery “Life Support” for the iPhone 5

Two years ago my iPhone 3GS was often “DBA” (“Dead Before Arrival”) if I left it turned on and unplugged from AC power for just a few hours. The phone’s battery life was in a word, “Dismal.”

iPhone batteryAs I wrote in “Juicing Up” Your iPhone’s Battery” back in April of 2011, I effectively halved my iPhone’s power drain by slipping it into a Mophie Juice Pack Air, a supplemental battery cum hard plastic case.

Last October, I replaced my aging 3GS  with Apple’s latest incarnation of its smartphone, the iPhone 5. But because the new phone was larger than the old one, I couldn’t use the Juice Pack Air with it.

While impatiently waiting for Mophie to manufacture an iPhone 5 battery case, I was again forced to keep a wary eye on my phone’s level of battery charge, turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and shutting down apps running in background, to prevent the phone from quickly conking out.

But about a month ago, my prayers were answered by Mophie, and now I’m all “juiced up” when I’m on the road with my iPhone.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Iconic Towers

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Iconic Towers

Camera Held VerticallyI’ve learned the hard way that video should always be shot holding your camera in a horizontal or “landscape” orientation to avoid “Vertical Video Syndrome.”

When taking still photos, there’s no such hard-and-fast rule, and many scenes can be shot either horizontally or vertically.

But sometimes, you  have to turn your camera on-end to get the best image. Here are three examples.

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