July 6th, 2015

5 smartphone apps you need for your summer road trip

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: One of the 5 apps you need on the road this summer

Google Maps: One of the 5 apps you need on the road this summer

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.

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April 30th, 2014

How to use “Lost Mode” for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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:

http://appletoolbox.com/2014/04/ios-lost-mode/

Julian
@LDComputers



April 20th, 2013

How to setup parental controls on your computer and tablet

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:

Windows 7  – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/set-up-parental-controls

Windows 8 – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/set-up-kids-accounts#1TC=t1

Mac with OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.X) – http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11354
Android – Add this app to your device: Norton Parental Control
iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone – http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4213
Feel free to ask a question by reaching out to us on Facebook, Twitter or in-store.
Julian
@saskajules
in @LD_Saskatoon for @LDComputers


October 4th, 2012

Video Demo Microsoft Wedge Keyboard and Mouse

Works with Android, iPad and Mac but works best with Windows 8.

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September 29th, 2012

Tech Talk D-Link Cloud Connected Devices

Tech Talk – D-Link cloud devices.

Products shown include:

D-Link Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera – DCS-932L

D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion – DIR-505

D-Link Cloud Router 2000 – DIR826L



July 9th, 2012

iPhone lenses and apps – Tech Talk

Check out this Tech Talk to see what lens attachements can do for your iPhone:
 

I love photography. I have DSLRs and several lenses, a nice point and shoot and even some film equipment. But the most used camera in my house is the iPhone. My wife and I use them to take pictures of our kids because of convenience. We use our other cameras regularly but our iPhones are snapping pictures daily.

When I’m trying to take pictures of kids I always get frustrated when I can’t quickly take a bunch of shots in a burst. Kids move constantly, don’t usually stay still for long and you only have a fraction of a second to capture that perfect expression.  
Instead of using the built in Camera app from Apple I use Camera+ . It saves pictures to a ‘film strip’ within the app instead of immediately onto the camera roll. This allows me to take many pictures quickly and not wait for them to save. When composing you can choose one area to focus on and a different one to use as the exposure point. Once your done taking pictures you open the film strip, review and edit your selections then save them to the camera roll. 
I also enjoy sharing photos on Instagram but have always found that the official Instagram app is too basic for my liking. Before I post something to Instagram I always go through Snapseed to edit first. Snapseed offers very powerful editing features like sharpening and selective area adjustments. It also has filters and borders that are far more customizable then Instagrams own choices. 
These are just two of the camera apps I use. What’s on your iPhone? 
Julian Sanders
@LDComputers


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