Making like a Griswald and taking your vacation on the road this summer? Forgo the cumbersome maps and kitschy sing-along songs you associate with the dark ages and instead load up your phone with five apps that will have you cruising smoothly down the highway.
Google Maps – iOS, Android
It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Of course you should have Google Maps on your phone. Doesn’t everybody? It’s totally obvious until you take the wrong exit and end up at a dead end in the middle of nowhere. Don’t take it for granted that your phone will automatically have a map app, and even if it does, ensure that you’ve enabled the Google Location Services so that you can use your device as a GPS. It doesn’t help if you have the app but you won’t allow it to show you where you are.
Apple has a system inside of all their mobile devices you can use to track a lost or stolen iOS device. A tiny amount of preparation can help avoid a major panic if you misplace your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone.
BEFORE you misplace your device you need to turn on Find my iPhone (it has the same name on all iOS devices)
Here’s a step by step guide on how to use ‘Lost Mode’ that will track your device when it tries to connect to the internet:
If you’re like me, your household is divided when it comes to computer usage. I use my computer for page layout, photo editing and light video production, which is what I do for a living. I use a MacBook Pro, and I love it like it was my third cat.
When my gaming daughter was shopping for a computer, she stopped me at “You should buy a Ma…” Apparently, my wonderful MacBook is not ideal (or in some cases, not capable) of running the games she plays. I can’t scoff at this, because kids these days are wining prizes in the neighbourhood of $10,000 at gaming tournaments, while I’m still working by the hour.
Taylor did her homework and bought an ASUS (pronounced “ay-soos”) laptop. How do I know it was a right choice for her? One, I never hear her exaggerated sighs about lag time or delays; two, she lovingly tattooed her personality all over it with stickers.
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For years computers have been in classrooms and now tablets are becoming more popular. You have a computer and probably a tablet. You can let your children use a computer and tablet without giving them free access to the entire internet.
There’s parental controls available for all of todays connected devices. You can customize their access and even monitor them to suit your child’s unique level. You can use these same links if your phone is an Android or iPhone.
Here’s some useful links to help you understand and set up parental control:
Works with Android, iPad and Mac but works best with Windows 8.
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