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Spy Kids: Apps to Track Your Children Without Them Knowing

A good way to know where your kids are is to have the sort of relationship with them in which they tell you the truth each and every time. But for parents who have a strained relationship with their children, well, here’s a few apps for you. Here are some apps that will aid you in protecting your cover as you track your kids’ online movements

mSpy

mSpy is the #1 used cell phone tracking app on earth. Its big selling point is that you can observe many things with it, including what they text, who they call, what apps they use, GPS location, the number of contacts, and much more. And from parents/guardians who have used it, they all say it works fabulously.

While the arena of spying apps isn’t inadequate, reliability and easy to use are issues to be measured. The average US teen typically is in contact with others on electronic devices for over 10 hours a day. For those that are 16, 1 in 3 have done or said something regrettably online.

The Spy Bubble

The Spy Bubble is another jack-of-all spying app, used for monitoring the phone of your suspected cheating significant other. Its site does provide some warning, if scary, worldly info you might find helpful. We’re still reeling from this one regarding online photos: Never let your kids put their pics online. Yes, everyone does it and over 10% of those kids are harassed because of photoshopping done on their pics. The worst bullying of this kind is done by girls since the reputation of a female is one of the most delicate things in the world.

The Phone Sheriff

One great feature of the Phone Sheriff is that it lets you set time limits on your kid’s device. You want “you can use your cell for an hour” to really mean one hour? This app will shut it down and lock the phone after 60 minutes.



Apps You Should Have on Your Phone

Most folks spend a lot of their time with just a few apps. I’m no different.

While I have more than 100 apps on my phone for little things, there are only around 15 apps that I frequently turn to. I think of these as my go-to apps that make my life more productive, enjoyable, and simpler. If you want to get the most out of your cell, may I suggest getting these important apps.

Spotify

For listening to as much music as you want, the way you want to.

Yelp

For restaurant suggestions and business reviews.

Slack

For getting work done, and work together with clients or co-workers.

Uber

For have a quick ride from point A to point B, regardless of where that could be.

Google Maps

For getting around the city, driving guidelines and discovering places of interest.

Reddit

For news, stories, and entertainment to share with others.

Your bank’s app

For following your finances, not to mention outgoing and incoming payments.

Email by Edison

For a superior, more efficient and organized email experience.

Dark Sky

For a highly exact view of the day’s weather.

Instagram

To stay in touch with friends and family, as well as sharing your own experiences too.

Solebon Solitaire

A quiet, free game for commuting or downtime.

YouTube

For watching any type of trailer, show, or video clip.

Google Trips

Travel is fabulous for the soul, but it can be a very muddled experience. You’ve got handbooks, tickets, car rental details, printed itineraries, hotel addresses scrawled on the back of envelopes, camera gear, backup batteries, and zillions of other things crammed in your cargo pants.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is an app that collects info on your sleep patterns and then comes up with the correct time to wake you up.

 



Why Verizon is #1

Verizon rules as the top overall carrier, according to studies that closely tracks carrier performance.

Verizon ruled in every performance category, the 1st time that’s been done since testing started on the US cell phone carriers.

Cell phone carriers were tested in network reliability, call performance, network speed, and overall performance. Verizon usually comes out on top in overall performance, but not in all categories.

While Verizon had an overall high score, AT&T wasn’t far behind, with Sprint coming next, and T-Mobile came in last.

Reports suggests that Verizon has some sort of edge over its competitors in terms of network performance. This has also been reported by businesses that research consumer services.

AT&T was 2nd to Verizon in five out of six categories at the national level. The only one that AT&T didn’t come in 2nd was in call performance in which Sprint came in 2nd. AT&T seems to be a real #2 performer in the areas of network reliability, data performance, network speed, and overall performance.

Other carriers aren’t just waiting in its dust. According to studies, the gap in network quality between the best four US cell phone carriers is tightening and will continue to do so as T-Mobile and Sprint invest more in their networks. The next big test for carrier performance will occur when more advanced wireless technology is introduced such as 5G.

All US cell phone carriers must step up to satisfy varying consumer expectations. Previously, consumers might have expected that data speeds would slow down in areas outside of major cities. However, that’s changed and isn’t acceptable now.

Then, obviously, there’s costs. It’s worth noticing that T-Mobile and Sprint have just introduced new unlimited plans that could make that carrier’s talk about being a solid value more attractive to prospective customers.

 



How Good is T-Mobile?

Positives: T-Mobile’s low prices are very good to your pockets.

Negatives: The company’s coverage in rural areas is terrible, the only negative with this great cell phone carrier.

Results:  As long as your area is covered, picking T-Mobile is a no-brainer. Its costs are amazing and you can have unlimited data on one of the swiftest networks in the US.

T-Mobile is a weird cell phone carrier. Led by its arrogant CEO, John Legere, it called itself “the uncarrier” and makes habitual attempts to buck carrier trends. At first, this meant dropping contracts, a move swiftly followed by the other big three in the industry. Currently, it’s means the launch of T-Mobile One, one of the top cell plans with unlimited data.

There’s no doubt T-Mobile is in a world all by itself, but its network isn’t as strong as AT&T or Verizon.

Coverage in rural areas has continuously been a sore spot for potential T-Mobile customers and is the reason why, for many of us, it isn’t even a worthwhile option.

However, if you live in a covered area, it’s hard to beat. T-Mobile’s LTE speeds have the tallest peaks in the nation, while the costs stay affordable. If it wasn’t weak beyond the suburbs, it would be #1. It’s one of the top cell phone carriers in America and it is almost ready to take over the #1 spot.

T-Mobile’s weakest link is network coverage. The business has put plenty of effort into offering a 4G LTE network across the US, but it isn’t completed, and the company’s rural coverage can be flawed.

You’re straight with T-Mobile if you live in a major city. But go too far from the city and you lose connectivity. Those looking for the top cell phone service in the US are better off with another carrier like AT&T or Verizon.

 



The 411 on Free Cell Phones

Federal LifeLine Assistance Program (www.fcc.gov)

Free cell phone plans usually sound too good to be true. But if you’re not a serious cell phone user, you may find you’re paying too much for your cell plan every month. Wasting money on minutes, megabytes and texting you never use.

While there are numerous affordable options for cell phone service, you should take advantage of matching cell phone plans from every provider. There are many cell phone providers now providing free phone plans to qualified customers. And free means free. You get a certain number of minutes, texts, and data every month…for free.

Of course, there are conditions. But if you’re not a real cell phone user and you don’t want to pay a cell phone bill every month, this might be what you’re looking for. You could also be eligible for the government phone subsidy program.

Here are some facts about free government cell phones and the folks who own them.

  • Over 11 million free government cell phones are in usage. The program started in ’99 with landline service. Since the 1st cell phone was provided in ’08, the program has swiftly increased.
  • In over 35 states, DC and Puerto Rico, companies provide government cell phone service. The program has quickly grown since it started in TN in the middle of ’08. Coverage is available in all states now.
  • You are eligible for a free government cell phone just by being on any type of government assistance, including food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, Section 8 housing, National School Lunch, etc. You don’t have to offer proof when you first get the phone. However, you have to prove your eligibility every year.
  • It’s referred to as a “Obama Phone.” Calling this the “Obama Phone” is not correct. Contrary to belief, the 1st government free phone was offered while President Bush was in office not President Obama.

 



Cell Phone Information for Seniors

Cell phone companies tend to market their goods for young people and young families. They are missing a huge market by not marketing more explicitly toward the elderly. Cell phones are a life saver for many seniors.

Those seniors who live independently, but alone, have the choice of putting a cell phone in their pocket if they are going outside or even clip it to their clothes when walking around the house during the day in case of a slip and fall. A cell phone in the hands of a senior after a fall can really save their life.

Saying a cell phone in the hands of seniors can’t be effectively used is nothing more than a false statement. False hope is more distressing that lying injured on the floor hoping to be found. In most instances, the numbers on a cell phone are too tiny to read. Even the preset button on the cell phone can be too little to read, especially if glasses are broken in the fall.

A cell phone in the hands of a senior after a car accident or when they get a little confused about their destination can be a big advantage.

There are some senior-friendly cell phones on the market, but they have some flaws. One of the biggest flaws of these cell phones is that seniors don’t know about them or see their benefits. There needs to be more direct marketing geared at seniors to tell them about how beneficial a cell phone may be.

Family members can sleep a bit easier with a cell phone in the hands of a senior family member. Calling a home phone that doesn’t get answered can make family members a bit nervous. If a senior can be reached on their cell while grocery shopping, the family can worry a little less.



Must Have Accessories for Your Cell Phone

The right accessories can enhance the functionality of your cell phone as well as making everyone you know jealous. These accessories are absolute musts for today’s cell phone.

1. Bluetooth. Bluetooth is just a radio wave signal frequency that is used to make any type of electronic wireless. No more dealing with those wired headphones that you have to plug into your cell phone. Bluetooth earpieces are small, sleek and have plenty of range for you to walk about your desk or step away from your parked car while chatting away.

2. Antenna Booster. You would believe cell phones would have clear reception and good coverage just about anywhere these days. You’d be incorrect. Having an antenna booster is the solution that’s cheap, easy to install and will broaden your coverage area quickly. There’s nothing more aggravating than a dropped call or talking on your phone and it’s cutting in or out.

3. Amplifier Antenna. For cell phones that are the life line of road warriors, an amplifier antenna installed on the car is imperative. These antennas are stronger than the antenna boosters put in the actual cell phones and are put on the rear windshield of the car. They provide you amazing coverage in places known as “dead zones” between cell towers or in valleys/ mountain areas.

4. Mobile phone charger. Yes, this sounds really old-fashioned, but we still think this is a vital  accessory for those who travels a lot and talk on their cell a lot.

Really, why run down your cell phone’s battery when you are driving when you can use your mobile phone charger and extend the battery life for when you get out of your car? Check out the latest ones that have slimmer cords, dashboard mount, and cell phone holders.



Choosing the Right Cell Phone

It seems that these days, almost everyone has a cell phone. There are so many brand names and so many new models, it’s difficult to keep up on the latest ones.

But picking cell phones is about more than picking the latest new model. It’s about comparing plans and accessories. It’s also about seeing the best deal, and manufacturers are offering amazing deals to make sure that you pick theirs.

When comparing cell phones, you’ll see that the manufacturers make their phones and other wireless products so that they can be utilized with several service plan providers. For example, if you choose T-Mobile and sign up with their camera phone plan, you’re free to choose your preference of phones made by Samsung and LG. Look around, because not every cell phone maker create phones that are compatible with all plans and deals.

Before picking a new phone that you like and meets your requests, make sure that it will work with a feasible plan. The best way to achieve this is to discover the service plan you want and then shop around for the cell phones and accessories that can work with that plan. When you find the plan and the phone you want, you can buy both. Many of the best wireless phone plans also provide bundled packages that include the service plan and the phone for one affordable price.

When the time comes for picking cell phones, make a list of the manufacturers that catch your eye and check out some of the online reviews. The ratings and comments are available online and reading them can truly help you to reduce your options. There is a wealth of information about cell phone companies online. Compare prices and products to find the cell phone that best fits your needs and you budget.



Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 8

When will we view the iPhone 8 — or whatever Apple decides to name it? Really, the rumors are all over the place. Around September is a rational guess, given that Apple has scheduled September introductions for every iPhone since the beginning.

This time, however, things may be different. For the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we should see Apple coming out swinging with some fabulous groundbreaking innovations. And, according to the most recent reports, some of these hot innovative technologies are going to make it tough for Apple to deliver the phone by September.

The truth is: the iPhones offered in March were nothing but a small taste. A much more lavish introduction is possible to come later this year. As we get closer to the launch, we’ll keep assembling the most imperative information below.

Things you could see on the iPhone 8

  • An assortment of probable sizes, such as 5.8-inch, 5.5-inch, 5-inch, and 4.7-inch
  • Curved, edge-to-edge display with true-tone technology
  • Home button or the touch ID situated on back or incorporated into display
  • New touch ID using face or eye scanning
  • Wire-free charging
  • Dual-lens camera, probably in a vertical configuration; maybe with AR abilities
  • Apple Pencil support
  • USB-C substituting Apple’s Lightning connector
  • Improved water resistance
  • Apple’s new-generation processor: probably the A10X or A11
  • Made of stainless steel & glass
  • Upgraded storage upgrade beginning at 64GB with 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • Priced starting at $850

As stated above, Apple has a huge iPhone redesign intended for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge display that includes an integrated touch ID fingerprint and front-facing camera. The new iPhone could be available right by along with other iPhones. Simply put, if you have the money and you are really into iPhones, save your money, because an amazing new iPhone is headed your way.



Getting the Right Cell Phone Plan

Do your research

These days, there are many cell phone companies that want your money. They give free cell phones, attractive plans, and low monthly rates. But not all are the same. Some companies charge extra for calls made outside the calling area, while others charge for using text messaging and photo uploading. When seeking a cell phone plan, you should determine what you need in terms of minutes, special features, and unlimited area usage. This will give you a good idea of which wireless phone plans are for you.

When comparing cell phone companies, you should also compare cell phones, as they are not all made equal. While you may get a free cell phone when you sign up for a wireless phone plan, the cell phone may not have all the features you require. These days, many folks require to buy cellular phones that are in sync with their computer and can connect to the internet. Many times it is better to buy a cell phone when deciding on a plan.

Cricket is a cell phone company that provides four different plans and an assortment of phones to buy when picking a plan. Since folks need cell phones when traveling, or when away from the office, more companies are now available that offer cellular service. You can select to buy a cell phone that is expensive or choose a cheap cell phone model. Price is not always the determining factor when purchasing a cellular phone. Cricket offers many discount cell phones when you are ready to buy a wireless phone.

A cellular phone is more than just a fashion accessory.   It is a way for you to stay connected with family, friends, the office, and someone in case of emergencies. Picking the right cell plan provider is critical because you may need help from customer service, you may want to upgrade/alter your phone plan, or you may want to buy another cell phone down the road.




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