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HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

The two big Android phones to pay attention to right now are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. Both are phenomenal devices, and you can’t go wrong with either, but how do they stack up against each other? For this article, I ran a few tests and did a few “real world” comparisons between the two.   Right out of the box there are some design differences. The Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a…
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SCAM ALERT

Cell Phone Scams: How to Avoid Them And What To Do If You Are a Victim

In the last few months I have seen a bump in the number of scams making the rounds regarding  phones, services, bills, etc. Since there have been a lot of legitimate changes, offers, and promotions from Verizon, it can be hard to tell the difference between the real deal and the scams.I have seen these come and go over the years, and they morph depending on whatever popular communications trend there is (text, Facebook, email, etc).…
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Clear Up Space and Speed up Your iPhone With One Simple Step

One of the few potential downfalls of the iPhone is that it does not have expandable storage (though many of the Android and Windows phones are following this trend). And, with the 4s only carrying 8 GB of on board storage, it is easy to run out of room.   If you have been carrying your iPhone for a while, and haven’t cleaned it out, especially if you are noticing it running slow or you can’t download new apps, it may…
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LG G2

The LG G2 Reviewed

Time for another gear review! This time I had the privilege of taking home the LG G2.  Size-wise this phone is a bit bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but not as big as the Note 3. The screen is also as big as you can get without stepping into the Note or other super phone category. One of the ways that LG achieved this was to move the volume controls from the side and top spines and put them…
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Jabra Chill Reviewed

I have been on a quest for a decent pair of earbuds. The ones that come packaged with the iPhone 4 and 4s are about the worst sounding pieces of audio equipment around. Other pre-packaged earbuds follow similar trends, the exceptions being the earbuds that come with the iPhone 5 and its variants (5s and 5c), and the Samsung Galaxy phones. I tried the Apple earpods, the headphones from the Galaxy, and a pair of Skullcandy earbuds, all…
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What to Do With Your Old Chargers

If you’re like me and you’ve stuck with basic, texting, or Android phones that use the micro USB charger, you have probably accumulated a collection of wall chargers and USB cables over the course of your upgrade cycles. Hopefully you haven’t thrown them away, as they are still useful. Here is what I use them for:   1. Office charger. Keep one at home and one at the office.   2. Garage/Spare room charger. I have an old boom box with an aux…
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What to Do With Your New Android Tablet

Verizon had some great deals on tablets during the holiday season and athe savings continue with waived activation fees until February 17th, with qualifying activation or upgrde. (See store for details.) Whether you received a new tablet for Christmas, found an impulse buy you couldn’t pass up, or are planning a purchase for your Valentine, you need to do these things to either get your tablet up and running or get the most out of it.   1. Set up Gmail. Most…
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How to Print Your Smartphone Photos

Once we crossed over the 5 megapixel mark with smartphone cameras, the question of which camera is the best became less of a concern. Sure, there are some great cameras out there, and some that aren’t great, but for the average point, shoot, and share person, the differences are minimal. The next big question is usually how to print pictures. Until recently I’ve been telling people to take out their SD cards and put them into an adapter of some sort…
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Verizon Ellipses

The Verizon Wireless Ellipsis Reviewed

    Verizon Wireless Ellipsis –  7 inch, 1280×800 screen, 3.2MP rear, .3MP front. Quad core 1.2GHz processor. 8 GB on board memory expandable to 32GB. 4,000mAh battery. 12.7 oz weight. Usually when a product has only the Verizon brand on it, it is manufactured by a lesser-known third party like Huawei, Pantech, or ZTE. That might not be a bad thing. In fact, by and large, the Ellipsis is equal to, or better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, for significantly…
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Verizon Wireless Sure Response

“Help, I have fallen and I cannot get up!” That phrase (I took out the contractions in the likely event that the actual phrase is trademarked) has become synonymous with a certain medical alert pendant. Verizon has its own version of emergency alert called Sure Response, and it has its own  perks:   *Most medical alert systems require a landline telephone connection to work. What if you no longer have a landline? What if you are in need of assistance and are away from…
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