Month: January 2015

Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

Get Landline Messages on Your Smartphone

While it’s not uncommon for people to only have a cellphone rather than a “landline” telephone today, there’s still many (like me) who find that those “old-school” telephone devices can be more reliable (especially during a power outage) and have better call quality than even the smartest of smartphones.

( Aaron Williamson Flickr Photo)
( Aaron Williamson Flickr Photo)

But there’s one problem everyone who has both a smartphone and a landline phone must deal with: When away from my home or office, especially for an extended period of time while traveling, how can one best learn whether calls have been made to the landline and, more importantly, if any of the callers left a voicemail message?

The answer, of course, is “There’s an app for that!”

Actually, there are at least two apps to help you track your landline calls and voicemail messages.

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Visiting National Parks of The West in Summer

Visiting National Parks of The West in Summer

If you’re in the New York-New England area today you definitely aren’t experiencing summer.

But once you’ve dug yourself and your car out the drifting snow, the power is back on, and you’ve got an Internet connection once again, there’s something you should be planning right now: Your summer trip to any one or more of the U.S. national parks in the West.

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Here’s why.

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Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

Using An iPad as an iPhone “Extension Telephone”

If you’ve got multiple landline phones in your home, office, or hotel room, one is likely to be close at hand whenever a call comes in.

But if you are out of earshot when your iPhone rings, you’ll miss the call. And as far as I can tell, there is no way to set up the iPhone so it continually gives you a sound or visual alert for a missed call.

However, if you have one of the following models of iPhone (or iPod) and iPad, the iPad can serve as an “extension phone” which will let you make and answer calls when your iPhone isn’t handy:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPhone 4s (sharing iPhone calls only)
  • iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini 3

The mobile devices must both be running Apple’s iOS 8 (or later).

Here’s how it works.

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