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Find Your Car, Charge You Phone

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As a motorist in today’s high-tech age, you are faced with two problems, one almost as old as the automobile itself, the other created by the mobile devices you love to have ready to connect you to the world when you are on the road. Problem number one: Where did I park my car? I […]

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New Features in Google Maps and Waze iPhone Apps

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Apps that use a smartphone’s GPS functions to help you find your way around are nothing new. But there are new features in two such apps that are worth checking out.

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“Grabbing” Music “On The Road”

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I recently wrote about how you can scan your CDs into a Spotify account in order to take those albums with you on a “road trip.” But suppose during your travels, you hear a song being played and you want to add that to either the Spotify or iTunes libraries on your iPhone? Here’s two […]

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Use an iPhone to Scan Music CDs into Spotify

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Don’t hum a few bars of a song and ask me its name and that of the artist that recorded it. I like listening to music, now and again, but I’m not really “into it” as many of my friends have been over the years. But like many Baby Boomers, I do have a pile […]

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Visual Storytelling Apps: “Slate” Joins The Crowd

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Last June in “How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos,” I reviewed these three options for visual storytelling: Google+ “Stories” Storehouse “Stories” created with an iPad/iPhone app “Posts” using Exposure.co I found too many flaws with Google+ “Stories” to recommend using them to “Show & Tell” people about your trip. On the other […]

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Getting the Most Out of Google Maps

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On Tuesday one of my “directionally challenged” hiking buddies was well off-course driving to the trailhead. He was about to give up and head home, but decided to phone me for help instead. While I verbally guided him on his way, it was the GPS function of his Android phone that made it easy for […]

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Ask Santa: There’s a Website and App for It!

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At this time of year, a young kid’s mind turns toward what to ask Santa to bring at Christmas. When I was a lad, there are two ways to put a bug in Santa’s ear about what you wanted to find under the tree on Christmas morning: Sit on his lap at a local department […]

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GoPix App Makes Your Photos into “Movies”

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One feature of the iPhoto program on my iMac desktop computer is the ability to produce “animated” slideshows with music, like this one entitled “Best of Europe 2009,” that are rendered as “movie” files which can be uploaded to YouTube. Unfortunately, the iPhone app on my iPhone and iPad weren’t capable of making similar slideshows, […]

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Jet Lag: There’s An App For That

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One unpleasant aspects of long distance air travel has nothing to do with airports or airplanes. It’s “jet lag” and its all about time zones. Despite the fact that we have learned to artificially light up our lives and dispel darkness with electricity, we  seem to be cued to wake us up when the sun […]

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We’ll Always Have Paris (Apps)

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When I spent five days in Paris back in 1999, I used paper maps and printed guidebooks to find my way around. But that was seems “So 20th Century” in today’s world when travelers circle the globe with smartphones in their hands and pockets, and tablets in their carry-on bags. Here are three apps that […]

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Apps To Show Off Your New iPhone 6 Model

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For the last two weeks, I’ve been covering the wonders and woes of Apple’s two new iPhone 6 models. This week I got a chance to take a quick peek at two of the smaller, iPhone 6s, one recently purchased by one of my hiking buddies, the other by a fellow TV producer at the […]

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