October 11, 2012

The Best Gadgets and Apps for the Businessman on the Road

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One can hardly, turn a page in the newspaper or flip on the television these days without having some revolutionary new gadget or app flaunted in front of them. Naturally, not all apps and gadgets are equally useful, and you’ve probably found yourself shaking your head in disbelief at things like virtual bubble wrap apps, laser guided scissors or air-conditioned t-shirts.
But don’t lose your faith in humanity just yet! There are a handful of gadgets and apps that can actually make life easier for you, especially when you’re traveling for business rather than pleasure.
If you find yourself on the road more often than you’d like, check out some of these gadgets and apps to take some of the stress out of traveling.
TripIt app
Few things are more annoying while traveling, than having to shift through paper copies of itineraries every few minutes to reconfirm your flight number or check your reservation number. No need to worry about that with the TripIt Travel Organizer app, though.
TripIt can be linked straight to your email account and will scan and copy every reservation number, time change and flight schedule that arrives in your inbox. This doesn’t just cover flights either, it can be used for hotel and dinner reservations, and pretty much anything else you receive confirmation numbers for.
Especially useful is that while underway, you will automatically be updated of any changes to the time of your flight or any delays there may be, without ever having to check your email.
All in one travel adapter
Running out of battery power while on the go can be frustrating to say the least; especially when you discover that you forgot to bring the correct adapter for your laptop, cell phone or mp3 player and have to spend a few frantic hours searching for one in overpriced airport shops or under stocked local electronics stores.
With an all-in-one travel adapter, all you have to do is make sure you bring that one charger along, instead of checking and double checking your travel checklist before leaving the house. Swiss Travel Products stocks some excellent all-in-one adapters with USB ports that will serve you well in more than 150 countries.
Kayak app
If you are an Apple convert you are probably already familiar with the Kayak app. The app allows you to search for everything from hotels and flights to car rentals right and tourist attractions right from your phone. You can also make use of its handy Packing List to ensure that you don’t forget any of your nifty travel gadgets.
Other special features include flight tracking and currency conversion and of course, the best part of all is that it’s totally free.
Frequent traveler expandable carry on
The Tumi Frequent Traveler 22-inch Zippered Expandable Carry On is every business travelers dream carry-on luggage. This sleek black little suitcase is covered in what is known as “ballistic nylon” and can take nearly anything that your frequent jet setting lifestyle can throw at it.
The case fits a laptop in the front, magazines and books in a separate pouch and has a specially designed section where you can fit up to three suits without wrinkling them. Additionally, its size is carefully thought out so that you’ll never have trouble fitting it into the overhead racks or underneath your seat while traveling.
FlightTrack Pro app
This app allows you to check the status of your flight in real-time, so you won’t have to stand squinting up at hard-to-read information boards at the airport, or scramble to figure out which gate your flight will be departing from.
The app works for over 5,000 flights in 1,400 airports throughout the world, and if any changes have been made to your itinerary, FlightTrack Pro lets you search out other possible routes and connections to help you get to your final destination as efficiently as possible.
Noise cancelling headphones
As any frequent traveler knows, any moments of peace and quiet at airports, train stations or bus stops are few and far between. Most travelers try to sneak in a few extra moments of peace by putting in their headphones and cranking up the volume to drown out the noise,
Unfortunately, aside from the fact that ordinary headphones don’t drown out the noise, putting the volume too high can damage your hearing.
With a pair of noise cancelling headphones, tired travelers can retreat into their own world of music, audio books or just plain silence. The Bose QuietComfort headphones have a volume switch on the cord and are powered by batteries. 
Word lens app
If you have ever traveled through a foreign country and felt frustrated that you couldn’t understand the signs, then this app is for you. By simply holding your phone’s camera up to a sign or block of text that you can’t understand, you will be shown the English version of the same sign or text.
Although the Word Lens app is currently only available for Spanish speaking countries, Quest Visual’s app may soon be available for many other languages as well.
About the Author
Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Hospitality and Toursim Courses and TESOL courses. When not working, Aileen blogs about travel, lifestyle, and beauty tips. She is also often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find her on Google+.

Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Hospitality and Toursim Courses and TESOL courses. When not working, Aileen blogs about travel, lifestyle, and beauty tips. She is also often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.If you have a blog and would like free content. You can find her on Google+.

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October 10, 2012

Printing from your phone

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Many of us nowadays own smart phones. They are wonderful gadgets. Not only can we make phone calls and text with them we can receive emails, Skype, snap pictures, watch clips and play games. Now there is even the technology allowing us to print from them. Just as our phone calls are mobile, printing has gone mobile. So, how can people you print from your phone?



Mobile printing has arrived thanks to a multitude of apps for devices such as the iPhone. It is truly amazing to think that you can take a photo with your mobile phone and send it straight to your printer wirelessly. There are a number of ways to do it:

These apps are particularly useful for printing content accessed from the web via the smart phone. Just as with a PC or laptop, they link to the printer via a WiFi network. Some of these apps have been developed by the printer manufacturers and will only allow you to link to their particular makes. Other types of app are web-based and the printers are web-enabled. This removes the need for the printer software to have to be initially installed on a computer. They are ideal for printing out forms and extracts from online newspapers. There are even apps designed for use with social networking sites such as Twitter. As they become more popular, web-enabled printers are expected to allow even more scope for those wanting to print using their smart phones.

With the latest iOS devices, AirPrint is what you are probably familiar with. Airprint comes installed on all iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches that are 3rd generation or higher. It unfortunately does not work with all printers, but most modern WiFi printers are compatible. You can find out if your printer is compatible on the official Apple site here. Once you have a compatible printer and iOS device, they both need to be connected to the same WiFi network, if they are then it's a simple case of choosing what you want to print and selecting your device from the list.

If you don't have a compatible printer, or maybe you don't have a iOS device, there are still many options available for you. The apple app store has a number of other printing solutions for you including Air Photo, HP iPrint Photo and EuroSmartzPrint. If you have an Android, don't worry, it's still possible for you to print, just check out Cloud Print, which uses Googles Could Print service to print wirelessly.

There has also been a recent development of phone specific printers, just one example being the VuPoint Photo Cube. It looks a lot like many other smart phone docks, you simple place your phone connecting it to the printer and select what you want to print, whether it's your latest holiday pics or a picture of a cat. The printer doesn't even need ink, it uses a dye sublimation thermal transfer method, meaning that a special type of paper used to print on react to heat that the printer generates to print the document or photo. It's a great device and they even have a WiFi version in the works!

Author Bio The author of this post, Kyle, is employed by www.cartridgeexpress.net, an online cartridge shop. He specialises in writing on a variety of subjects including printer technology and design.
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September 9, 2012

iPhone Monitoring Programs: 5 Things We Also Did As Teens that Our Children Do:

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Our children are reflections of our pasts, perhaps a step forward. Today our children may sound illogical, hasty, and emotional bunch of teenagers to us but this is exactly how we were yesterday. Certain things with negative influences have grown in intensity like guns, drugs, media, internet, and dares.
iPhone Spy
However, technology has also advanced. Many parents have realized the mistakes they made as teenagers. They are handling teenage issues more wisely and taking technology’s help in raising their teenagers. iPhone monitoring programs are one of them.

The iPhone monitoring programs allow you to monitor your child’s activities remotely and covertly enabling you to change their lives without disturbing them too much. You won't come across as a control freak and yet you'll get the results. Here are 5 things that we also did as teenagers and that need controlling:
· We never liked rules. We took them as an attack on our freedom. “I am not a kid anymore”, was our slogan. Same goes with our teenagers. They disrespect rules. We should not take this personal as it is naturally associated with the age. With some compassion and clear communication, we can raise our teenagers more effectively.
· We always liked to discover the opposite sex and landed ourselves into trouble with wrong partners. Same goes to our teenagers. They also like to explore teenagers from the opposite sex. It is part of the hormonal change. We can train our children to be safe and set them certain limits in exploring the minefield that love can be.
· We always thought “smoking is cool” until we knew the health hazards of smoking. We thought it was “ok” to take marijuana occasionally. But modern drugs are much more dangerous. We have to educate our children properly, monitor them periodically, and take cool-headed actions over their violations.
· To quench our adrenaline rush, we used to take dares like racing cars, wrestling, and one-wheeling the bikes. Today’s dares are far more challenging and dangerous. Cinnamon, ice and salt, gallon, and subway chicken are making headlines today. We need to inform our teenagers about the dangers these dares carry and monitor our children.
· The first time health concerns crossed our minds was late thirties. We ate the junk food, paid no attention to physical fitness, slept late, woke up late, and watched TV for hours. we were “couch potatoes”. Now that we are aware of a healthy lifestyle, it is our duty’s call to make our children aware of components of a healthy lifestyle.
About the Author: Brian Coulter is an Author on Cell Phone Applications and Programs. He Likes to Write About New Cell Phone Software and Its Possible Applications. He has also developed an iPhone Spy Software.
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August 27, 2012

Tips For Integrating Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly popular option for many businesses because of its efficiency and the ability to maximize productivity. However, the transition process can be somewhat difficult. In order to streamline the process and make the transition as smooth as possible, it's important to follow several tips when integrating cloud computing.

 smallbiztechnology.com
One of the first things to do is figure out the approximate date in which a company wants a cloud network to be set up and what the budget is. A company will also need to understand what its specific needs and goals are. For example, maybe it has big goals and doesn't mind spending extra money to accomplish them. On the other hand, it may have smaller goals and doesn't require extensive service from a cloud vendor. By having a clear understanding, a company should be able to convey this information to potential cloud vendors and find a suitable fit that matches its budget.
The next step is to do some research on at least three different vendors to get a better idea of what they offer and how much their services cost. In general, a company shouldn't choose the first cloud vendor it comes across. Instead, it's smart to shop around and determine what the average cost for these services are and go from there. Due to the fact that a company is essentially locked in with a cloud vendor, it pays to contact a few different providers.
Along with this, a company should take any security concerns into consideration. Since there is often a large amount of sensitive data that will be moved around, a company will want to make sure that its provider can handle all of its security concerns and that its privacy won't become jeopardized. A cloud vendor's level of security can usually be determined by carefully going over the terms of service and asking any questions. Doing so should help a company rest easy that its data is secure once the cloud network is set up.
In addition, it's important to fully train all staff members on how to use a cloud network. While the majority of people who use computers will be able to pick it up relatively quickly, some individuals may have difficulty fully grasping the concept at first. This is why a company should offer some type of training program for the initial transition process. Doing so should help to increase productivity quicker and can help to minimize the amount of mistakes that are made.

Lauryn Winterson is a professional writer that specializes in business and customer satisfaction surveys. For more information, visit http://www.mshare.net/feedback-channels/

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June 20, 2012

Make the most out of college with these five, free apps

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Let’s face it: We live in a world that is immersed in new, evolving technology. When it comes to tasks like staying in touch with friends, scheduling weekly events and meetings, or even getting a college education, there is a lot that rides on the dependability of the Internet, social media, the cloud, and – especially – apps. Lucky for today’s consumers, apps continue to grow in their efficiency, ease of use, and creativity.

College Apps

Each and every day thousands of new, education-related apps are created for individuals to purchase and download on their smartphones, tablets, and computers. Yet when selecting the app best tailored to you and your educational experience, which apps are worth downloading and which are just a waste of memory space? In making the most out of your educational experience, here are five free apps that stand out amongst the other contenders for their creativity, understandability, and craftsmanship.

1. Flash cards

This app eliminates the hours of finger cramping pupils once had to painfully endure. No need to handwrite 1,000 flashcards for that Civil War exam anymore; this app does all the work for you, except the learning, of course. Flashcards are famous for their ability to help students quickly memorize and recall important facts, key figures, and difficult concepts, so this app is useful in preparing for most any college exam or quiz.

2. TED

Who doesn’t need an inspiration or two during those long study sessions? Will you get through that all-nighter you decided to pull? Probably, but it’s likely going to take some words of encouragement along the way. Behold: TED. TED is a popular website that compiles inspirational, informative speeches and talks from renowned writers, passionate professors, savvy entrepreneurs, famous celebrities – you name it. So, when a phone call to mom and dad just won’t do, let your fingers scroll over to TED.

3. iTalk Recorder

In the midst of vigorously scribbling down class notes, students often miss their professors wrapping up vital concepts and details that have been delayed to the last minute of class. iTalk takes the hassle out of transcribing those long lectures. iTalk records dialogue and allows individuals to name the recording, playback audio, and store it on devices. No more anxiety about remembering what muscle your biology professor told you would certainly be on the exam; with iTalk, lessons can be accessed with the tap of an app.

4. Wikipedia Mobile

Though professors vigorously preach against it, students use Wikipedia. And why shouldn’t they? More often than not, the database is full of detailed, informative, and, yes, factual information. No, you shouldn’t rely on this app as a sole means of studying, but Wiki is useful in wrapping up concepts and theories present in numerous classes, such as history, English, and math that usually help in tying up loose ends.

5. NYtimes

A lot of making it through college entails understanding what’s going on in the day-to-day world. In fact, knowing and understanding current events helps students make the most out of their educational experience. There are a handful of news apps out there, but The New York Times is one of the most respected, informative papers out there, and the newspaper doesn’t skimp on content, especially with its innovative app

The long-cherished college experience has only been improved by the addition of educational apps. Whether it's keeping track of homework assignments or taking a snapshot of the student fast asleep in front of you, there are a number of apps students can select from. These big five will help you make the most out of your continued education.

About Author: A freelance writer and blogger, Mariana Ashley hopes to help prospective students and parents in making online college comparisons so they can find the schools that work best for them. She welcomes your emails at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.

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April 7, 2012

5 Apps to Learn English

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English is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. It has so many contradictory rules, pronunciations and terms that it is nearly impossible to learn without much, much practice. If you are not a natural English speaker, than the task can seem daunting. However, there is hope. Here are five apps that can help you learn English, even on the go.

5 English learning apps 

  1. EF Mobile English Basic Edition – The world’s largest online English school, EF Englishtown, has now gone mobile. EF Mobile English app gives you access to a wide array of interactive learning tools, including: 5,000 flashcards, audio tools, listening tests, pronunciation practice tools and much more – all on your mobile device.
  1. Busuu.com Mobile Apps – This app has a very wide vocabulary: over 3,000 words and key phrases. It has lessons from beginner to advanced intermediate levels (A1 - B2). It also allows you to practice your skills using over 150 different subjects about everyday situations. The app also comes with complete audio-visual learning material with photos and recordings by native speakers. Units include vocabulary, dialogues and interactive tests. The app works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android; with no stable internet connection required. The free version has 20 complete learning elements. The app also links to your profile on busuu.com, the online community for learning languages with over 3,000,000 users.
  1. LearnEnglish Elementary – The LearnEnglish Elementary app is really a series of English learning podcasts for you to directly download and learn from on your mobile device. Each podcast, with the dynamic twosome of Tess and Ravi, is 20 minutes long and has questions intended for elementary learners of English.
  1. Hello-Hello’s Basic English Conversational Course–This app is a complete language course with 30 conversational trainings and hundreds of flashcards to practice vocabulary words. The course was established in cooperation with The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is the leading association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels, helping more than 12,000 educationalists.
  1. Mango Mobile - Mango Mobile Library Edition is a respected language learning platform that delivers fast, easy and practical language learning wherever your journeys take you. This free app contacts the Mango Languages courses accessible through your local library, and operates just like Mango online. Just tap the screen to uncover answers and hear pronunciations by native speakers. You’ll engage with vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture in each model. For the app to work, you must have an account with Mango prepared through your local library’s website, and an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Once the app and programs have been downloaded, you can study at your leisure, with or without an internet connection.


Learning English can be quite a challenge, but these apps should give you some help. Try one out today and see what new vocabulary you can add to your repertoire.

About Author:
Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to
internet service providers in my area for presenting the consumers, the information they need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907[at]gmail.com.

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March 18, 2012

Fix GPS Issue iPhone 3GS with Baseband 6.15.00

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Problem : No GPS signal, they are almost dead. You won’t find even a single tower connectivity in Navigation applications like Sygic.
Here is a working solution to fix it to great extent.

Solution: You need to install Pushfix 3.1.3 using “Cydia”.
Go to Cydia -> Sources -> Edit –> Add http://fishbone.ge 
Search Pushfix and install it. (P.S. After installing PushFix all wireless network passwords, email passwords are deleted, you just have to update them again.)

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Please Note the wireless(Wi-Fi) needs to be always active, it does not matter whether it is Connected or not. It will not point your accurate position there may be an error up to 10 meters. Also it will not show full signal bars in Navigation Applications. The pointer will move as you go but may not display your speed.
Well this is like heaven instead of having a dead GPS. :)

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February 25, 2012

iPhone 6.15.00 BaseBand Downgrade is Possible

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UPDATE:

Follow this to fix your GPS issue by applying a small trick.


It is possible to downgrade upgraded iPad’s baseband on iPhones. The upgrade is provided to make it possible to unlock iPhone on any carrier. You mistakenly might have upgraded your iPhone to official firmware without knowing that it will also upgrade your baseband that is not supported by ultrasn0w to unlock. Then you don’t have any choice left but of upgrading your iPhone’s baseband to 6.15.00 or using it as iPod till any solution released. But upgrading to iPad’s baseband can stuck your GPS efficiency.
iNews, iTricks and iTips related to Jailbreaking the iDevice, installing Hackintosh on PC

But soon it is going to be possible to downgrade your upgraded baseband 6.15 to lower and unlockable. On September 17, 2011, MuscleNerd from iphone DEV TEAM had confirmed in response to a Twitter user’s question that soon they will release something  to downgrade the upgraded iPad baseband 6.15 to 5.XX that can be unlockable using ultrasn0w.
6.15 Baseband GPS Issue
Many people have upgraded their iPhone baseband to 6.15 to unlock the device to work with any carrier, but this upgrade have caused the GPS issue. Everyone who have upgraded their device baseband to 6.15 are experiencing the GPS issue and expecting a fix to downgrade this. It’s been almost 4 months and the fix is about to release very soon.
Till then keep fingers crossed!

UPDATE:
You can fix your GPS issue by following a small trick.

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February 24, 2012

[FIXED] iPhone 3GS stucked in DFU after 4.3.3 upgrade

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Ok, so you might have restored your iphone 3gs using 4.3.3 ofw(official firmware) or cfw(custom firmware) using sn0wbreeze and also it might went into DFU mode loop. NOT recovery. All there could be a black screen.

I had also faced the problem problem with my 3GS. And I fixed it using redsnow beta 0.9.10b3.
Here is the stepwise description of the fix:

  1. Download Redsnow 0.9.10 beta3
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  2. Download offical 3GS firmware 4.3.3 for 3GS
  3. Run redsnow beta 0.9.10b3 and click on “Extras” command button
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  4. Put your device on Pwned DFU by clicking on  “Pwned DFU” command button
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  5. Create custom firmware preventing baseband update
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    This will create a custom firmware file that will prevent baseband upgrade in the same folder with “NO_BB” prefix in the file name.
  6. Start TSS server using Tiny Umbrella and restore the newly created custom firmware using iTunes.

That's all! Now Jailbreak the device using the same version of Red Snow.
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Follow the printed instructions. And here you go with your device jailbreaked. :) Now unlock it using ultrasn0w using this guide http://iguidespot.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-unlock-iphone-3gs-firmware-433.html.

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Overclocking iPod Touch - iPhone 2G/3G/3GS CPU?

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The iDevice in your hand (iPhone 2G, 3G, iPod Touch) is factory fitted with ARM Cortex processor having more Hz speed than you think. But that has been underclocked to provide effective Battery life.

Overclocking iPod Touch - iPhone 2G/3G/3GS  CPU?

That is clear that the processors fitted in the device are not fully harnessed, but it is possible with overclocking process. But your device should be Jailbroken tp process that method. The actual processing capabilities of iDevices are :

iPhone 2G/3G = 600 MHz (underclocked to 412 MHz)
iPhone 3GS = 833 MHz (underclocked to 600 MHz)

Steps to Overclock the CPU (iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch)

  1. Using a SSH tool like Filezilla or iPhone Folders navigate to
    System/Library/System/System Configuration/PowerManagement.bundle
  2. Rename file “com.apple.SystemPowerProfileDefault.plist” to  “SystemPowerProfileDefaultbak.plist” or whatever different.
  3. Reboot, and your iPhone/iPod Touch would Run on native Processor clocks.

Note: Increasing the clock speed would degrade the CPU’s lifespan by several minutes. However, since the device is not designed to handle the heat generated at higher clocks, we recommend you to terminate apps if device appears to overheat.

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