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The LG G2 Reviewed

April 7, 2014
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

April 7, 2014
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

February 24, 2014
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

February 4, 2014
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

February 4, 2014
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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Tablets Under $200 and the Verizon Wireless Ellipsis Reviewed

December 4, 2013
rom CD players to DVD and Bluray, even smartphones, $200 has been the price point before mass adoption. After that price barrier is broken, people latch on to the product and over time the cost goes down. Tablets, however, have remained in the $400-600 range, even approaching a grand. I have been waiting for tablets to break that magic $199.99 line, and now we have it. Keep in mind that at this price, you are not getting the thinnest, lightest, or…
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Verizon Wireless Sure Response

November 19, 2013
“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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Phones With Marathon Battery Life

October 28, 2013
After switching from phone to phone and landing back on my Galaxy S4, I notice that I am giving this phone a lot of frequent charges. Since I use it for everything I can use a phone for and my kids constantly watch PBS Kids shows on the YouTube app (which they won’t watch on my big screen TV. Go figure), that’s about to be expected. In fact, having to recharge my battery is as good of an excuse…
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But, I LIKE Having a Landline…

October 3, 2013
One of the big concerns people have about bringing their landline phone number to Verizon is that the phonebook doesn’t list cell phone numbers. That has been the case for some time, but it is about to change. The latest phonebook that was dropped off at our store has a notice advising readers that they can have their cell phone numbers listed for free*.   The asterisk was intentional, as it was part of the ad. Residential listings are free. Business…
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I Did Not Know That!

September 24, 2013
File this under “how did I not know this before” but, you can use your volume control on the iPhone headset to snap a photo.   I shouldn’t assume that this isn’t common knowledge, but if you don’t want to touch the shutter icon on the iPhone screen, you can use the Volume + button to take a picture. As it turns out, you can also use the same Volume + button on your iPhone’s earbud or earpod headset controls…
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