Google Goes Indoors with Google Maps 6.0 for Android
Friday, December 2, 2011 by cyberacoustics
There are a lot of options out there on your smartphone to lead you from point A to point B. But what if you are in a mall trying to find a certain store, or even in an airport looking for something to eat? GPS has made it easy to navigate the outdoors, but once you go inside, you can’t always depend on it. Or can you?
Internet Forums: A Great Resource for First-Time Tablet Buyers
Friday, November 18, 2011 by cyberacoustics
I just read an article yesterday that 3 out of 4 consumers will be looking at buying a tablet instead of a notebook or laptop this holiday season. Talk about a dramatic shift in a short period of time! For all you first-time tablet buyers, a word of warning: when you open the box, all you’re going to see is the tablet and a plug. No instructions, usually no manual, and if you’re super lucky, maybe a coupon for you next purchase! Thanks a lot.
You and I aren’t dummies, but come on, is it too much to ask to get a little help here with our tablets? Simply telling me how to turn it on and where to plug it in just doesn’t cut it. It bothers me a lot that manufacturers leave us to stumble through the learning process on our own. This is where Internet forums come into play.
Kindle Fire vs. The Nook…or Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by cyberacoustics
Next week, two giants go head-to-head with their new tablets: the Nook Tablet on November 17th and the Kindle Fire on November 15th. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble will put their next-generation tablets on the market, setting up a new battle for the hearts and wallets of holiday shoppers who are looking for gadgets that are good for reading books, watching videos, and browsing the Internet.
The good news is, no matter which one you choose, you won’t be breaking the bank. The Nook Tablet at $249 and the Kindle Fire at $199 is far below what you would pay for an iPad. But is there a spoiler out there that you haven’t heard of?
Holiday Shopping? It’s No Problem with a Smartphone!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by beau
My wife and I were driving back from Seattle last weekend, (thanks to Waze again for making it fun!) and we were talking about our Holiday budget. Currently, we’re three weeks away from the notorious “Black Friday” You know—the day where you don’t sleep for 24 hours and run on caffeine and fast food?
It’s a hugely stressful time. What to buy? Where to buy it? How to get the best price? But there IS good news—this year, your smartphone works better than ever to help alleviate some of that stress. It turns out that you have the best shopping tool right in your hand! Having the right smartphone apps will make your shopping easier, and you’ll be able to be confident that you’ll be getting the best price out there. Here’s a quick list of some of the best shopping apps out there.
A New “Waze” to Travel
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by cyberacoustics
Do you know of anybody today who doesn’t own an iPhone, Android, or a Blackberry device? Ok, maybe your grandparents aren't on the smartphone bandwagon yet, but have you heard of a new social navigation application that gets smarter with each driver added? We’ve all seen traffic maps with shades for green, yellow and red alerting us to traffic speed, but what if you had an app that could give you even more information? Say hello to Waze 3.0.
StrayBoots—Not Your Average Mystery Tour
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by cyberacoustics
I can’t tell you how many times I have traveled to a major US city and end up spending the weekend there in limbo. You wake up on Saturday morning and wonder “What should I do today? What does this city have to offer, besides a Starbucks?” But now there’s a new way to explore cities.
Apple Cards – When You Don’t Care Enough
Monday, October 10, 2011 by cyberacoustics
We’ve been hearing a lot about the Post Office these days: cutting jobs, delivery on Saturdays is up in the air, and various horror stories about “what happened to my package.” Personally? I love the Post Office. I ship out hundreds of letters and packages a week, in the United States and abroad, with virtually no problems at all. But I’m not writing this to save the Post Office. Instead, I’d like to point out another thing that is bothering me.
Amazon's Kindle Fire: What's It All About?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by cyberacoustics
You’ve probably heard by now about Amazon is jumping into the tablet market. Where other tablet makers have failed, Amazon hopes that they can take a bite out of Apple’s market share. With the possibility of a pre-holiday launch, lets see if the Kindle Fire has what you are looking for.
College Textbook Rentals: An Interesting Way to Save Money
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by cyberacoustics
I know that it seem that I have been on a college kick lately, but this can really save you some bucks. We all know that college textbooks can be really expensive: up to $150 each for new hardcover versions—or even more! When you factor in having several classes, it’s not surprising that the used textbook market is booming. But did you know that the textbook rental market is also on the rise? That’s right, rented e-textbooks.
The Case of the Missing Laptop
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by cyberacoustics
So you’ve gotten the dreaded call from your child at college—hopefully it is a call and not a text message—with the bad news: dad, I’ve lost my laptop. Of course, you start asking a million questions on how this could have happened, but the fact remains: the laptop is gone. But it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily gone forever. Luckily, there’s a lot of technology options available to you to try and get the laptop back.