Tag: Apple

Road Safety Apps

Posted on October 12th, by Cathy Olsen in Mobile Security, Technology. 2 comments

We have heard so much about the dangers of texting while driving.

 Please don't text while driving! 

There are plenty of apps out there that can help you create safe driving habits for you and your family.

Road Safety: Auto Respond Apps

There are many apps available that are able to provide an auto response to a text received while your phone is in 'driving' mode. Sometimes people are tempted to respond while driving because it may seem like an urgent message.  These apps will prevent the temptation to quickly reach for your phone.

Road Safety: Android Auto Respond Apps

Auto SMS – You can set your phone to auto respond.  You don't have to pull out your phone at a stop light.  Anyone that sent you a txt knows that, “Hey, I'm driving and I can't respond to your text.”  You can change the response. … Read More »

Smartphone Photography Tips

Posted on October 8th, by Cathy Olsen in Technology, Tutorial. 1 Comment


We all have cameras on our smart phones. They CAN take pretty decent pictures. It's sad that my Canon Rebel doesn't see the light of day now that I can snap a quick picture on an outing with the kids. Now you will obviously NOT get the same quality as a SLR (Single Lens Reflux) camera, but if you follow the tips below, you will be surprised at how GOOD the pictures can look.

First know the limitations for a Smartphone camera.


Smartphone Photography Tip #1: Know your limitations!
Smartphone Cameras do not like:
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Low light
Fast Motion
Sunlight into the lens

Smartphone Photography Tip #2: Learn to work with Limitations!


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Add external light  - Open a curtain or turn on a light in the room if possible in a low light situation.  Do NOT use the flash.  I haven't see many phones with an attractive … Read More »

iPhone 5: Pros and Cons

Posted on September 21st, by Cathy Olsen in Mobile Security, Technology, Technology Explained. No Comments

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I just got my reminder e-mail that the iPhone is not available at the Apple store today. Yay!!  You can expect the Apple stock to go up as Apple received 2 million orders in the first 24 hours of announcing its release date!  Well, there are some key changes to the phone and I thought I would pass on my thoughts.

iPhone 5 Pros:
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4G LTE – Where 4G is available, speeds will compare if not be better than your home wireless!  The 3g network averages speeds of 3.5Mbps, where the 4G LTE service can run as fast as 20 Mbps.  The speed of 4G LTE may depend on the support in your area.  You can stream video, have Facetime chats, etc.
Lighter – weighing almost an ounce lighter than the iPhone 4s it feels nice in the hand
Longer wider screen – … Read More »

iTouch/iPhone Security for kids and Teens

Posted on February 9th, by Cathy Olsen in Mobile Security, Popular, Web Surfing. 7 comments

The top requested present this year for kids ages 10-15 was an iTouch. Those ages 15+, it was an iPhone, or iPad. I LOVE the iTouch. I got it for one of my anniversary gifts two years ago and I posted on my blog how I like gadgets better than jewelry. Fast forward two years and I have an iPad and iPhone as well. Ok, we get it. Everyone loves apple products, so what are the implications of these AMAZING devices.

An iTouch, iPhone, iPad are very similar to a COMPUTER. Let me repeat.  THEY ARE JUST LIKE A COMPUTER!!! The blogs about Internet Safety have been telling us for years to keep our computers in a 'public' location. The kitchen, family room, somewhere where you are likely to be seen. Also, the sites you are browsing can be seen. Any … Read More »

How to Optimize your MAC

Posted on January 28th, by Cathy Olsen in Tutorial. No Comments

So, I've had this on my 'to do' list for over 6 months.  I have been avoiding using our MAC home computer.  It is now 4 years old.   I have done much to 'maintain' my MAC.  Just install the software and security updates.  I found a good website that had some pretty good ideas.  Here is another article that I found that had similar information.

I don't know if you need all of the tools that the article mentioned.  It seems like there are 2 things you need to do.

1) MAKE ROOM on your hard drive

The article mentions that you should have 10% free space on your hard drive.  My computer has 232 GB of space and I only had 6 GB of space.

Think of your computer like it's your kitchen.  Think of the CPU as the cook.  What does the … Read More »

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