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:
Does this sound like you or someone you know?
Meet my parents.
They are not nerdy in the least. They have two smartphones, a game console, two laptops and a tablet. That’s 6 total. Mom uses her tablet while watching Netflix through a game console, while Dad is in the office doing research and chatting on Skype. That’s two video streams at the same time as two web browsing sessions. Truth is they are the new normal.
Sometimes my Mom would complain that her Netflix wouldn’t work if my Dad opened a Skype window while uploading files to Skydrive.
Does this sound familiar? Has it happened to you? How many devices do you own that access the internet wirelessly? If you’re an average household the answer is probably 5 or 6. Where do most of your devices connect to the internet at home? Through a wireless router.
Most people I deal with are similar to my parents. They aren’t tech savvy yet they can easily consume an above average amount of bandwidth.
I did some quick checks on my parents’ system and realized that the problem wasn’t with any of the devices like my parents thought. It was with the router.
Turns out a three year old router just wouldn’t cut it anymore.
My parents had an older wireless N router. It was one of the first ones that came out. It was better than what their internet service provider offered which was only wireless G. For a while it was fine and didn’t hiccup. Then they got new laptops, a tablet and eventually smartphones. The router was ok if only one of them was doing stuff but once they both started doing things the connection slowed to a crawl.
After some frustrating nights of staring at blank screen waiting for connections my Dad called me up and asked what was going on. He was asking me about the different speeds from his provider and which one he should use. I knew what he needed to do but it didn’t involve a higher monthly bill. My answer: Buy a new router.
After getting the new one setup they were back in action and no matter who was doing what, no one slowed down. They didn’t need to upgrade their speed from their provider at all.
Why doesn’t a 3 year old router cut it anymore?
Well most of the technology inside of older routers is the same as it was a few years ago. The difference is that now there’s more bandwidth available at more affordable prices. There are also different steps in wireless N that allow for everyone to buy a router for their needs without spending more than necessary.
I tested a new D-Link router at my house to see what it could do for people like my parents. Being a lot more nerdy than my parents, I have 17 things that could connect to it over WIFI.
On most days my family needs 6 connections at once just like my parents. My house is about 1600 sq/ft on three floors if you include the basement. It’s a townhouse with lots of interference from neighbours’ wireless routers and we hang out in the back-yard lots. My basement is where the router lives which is solid thick concrete.
Here is my solution to the router jam.
What it’s got that’s important:
– Wireless N 900 — maximum 900 Mpbs vs maximum 150 or 300 from the old router
– Dual band antennas — 2.4ghz is cluttered but needed on some older devices 5ghz is much clearer
– Smart beam technology – higher power antennas push the signal out further even outside
What I found:
– Gave my 4 year old a tablet with streaming an HD movie from Skydrive
– My wife grabbed her laptop and went on Facebook chat while doing some emailing and uploading high resolution files to our photo lab to print on canvas
– I fired up a game console and downloaded a couple full games from the store
– While that was going I went on my laptop and opened up Skype and chatted with someone in Vancouver
Nothing slowed down at all. The games downloaded perfectly while my Skype video and the tablet didn’t skip a single frame. I walked into the back yard and kept chatting without any interruptions.
My wife didn’t miss a single blip on Facebook and the photos uploaded without interruption.
To top it off, it was amazingly easy to setup. You don’t even need a disk or a nerd for a son and you can set one up in 5 minutes. Great range and speed. Overall an amazing router. This little D-Link is now my silent champion keeping us connected all day without slowdowns.
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Readers rejoice! The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is available now. I often get the question if an e-ink display is better then a Kindle. Jeremy and I break it down for you:
More details are available in store or here.
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Jeremy and I talk about what all the buzz is about two of the hottest new smartphones.
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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:
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
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It’s been a buzz term so long I bet you’ve tuned it out already. I want to share with you three things I do with (insert booming voice here) THE CLOUD.
I’ve used web based cloud storage services since they first started. I love how easy it is to share files with others and get access to my stuff on whatever device I want. First I should explain what cloud storage is. READ MORE