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Stay Woke: This New iPhone Feature Could Cost You Hundreds Of Dollars

September 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Stay Woke: This New iPhone Feature Will Likely Raise Your Bill


Apple’s latest iOS9 update came with several new helpful features, but there’s one add-on that the software company could have kept to themselves. The feature is called “Wi-Fi Assist,” and technically, it’s supposed to help you out. However, if not properly monitored, it can send your monthly cell phone bill skyrocketing.

How it works: According to Metro UK, the feature is programmed to switch from Wi-Fi to 4G whenever the software determines that your wireless internet connection is poor.

In other words, you could be laid out in your living room kiki-ing as you watch every silly video that pops up on your Instagram and Facebook feeds because you’re thinking your phone is hooked up to the Wi-Fi and out of nowhere, the iOS gods decide that your connection isn’t up to par and switches back to 4G. Hours pass—because we all know what a black hole Instagram and Facebook can be when you have free time—and just like that, you’ve used up half of your monthly data allowance in one sitting and U.O.E.N.O.

Thankfully, for those of us who don’t have much data to burn, there is a simple solution to this problem. Just turn off the feature.

Step 1: Open the Settings tab.

Step 2: Select the Cellular option.

Step 3: Scroll all the way down and when you reach Wi-Fi Assist, swipe left. The setting is located at the bottom of the page.

Step 4: Scroll back up and hit the Settings tab at the top of the page. If you simply exit out of the Cellular window, the change may not be saved.

And you’re all done!

Apple May Be Releasing A New iPhone In September

August 9th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There has been heavy speculation and reports that Apple will be releasing a new phone in September.

Apple is known for announcing new releases in September, so with their upcoming event on September 9 we’re pretty sure we’ll be hearing about the new iPhone 6s or 7.

The Verge, a technology news and media network, predicts that since Apple is on it’s “S” cycle, the new phone will be physically identical to the iPhone 6, but will come with some internal upgrades like hardware changes. Features such as the Apple Watch’s “force touch technology” may be included. Along with the possible iPhone reveal, Apple usually introduces a slew of other new tech products. We’re hoping for a new iPad and a new version of Apple TV.

Stay tuned for more updates on what Apple is creating for tech savvy consumers.

Tech Specs: Flipagram Fun For Families

July 22nd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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The Internet has given people the opportunity to do a myriad of things. Aside from being an endless source of information, people can communicate using a variety of apps and networks. Social Media is a key component to keeping people informed and connected. Moms are beginning to use social media networks a little more. They like sharing family pictures and happenings as they occur. Imagine being able to share stories, events, and announcements with family and friends with the click of a button. Flipagram allows users to create awesome photo visuals with great sound clips to match.

Flipagram is one of the top social media photo-sharing sites to date. People are creating their stories and accomplishments and setting the presentation to the tunes that best suit their visual. This is a great tool for families who are ready and willing to get their tech on. Flipagram posts can be shared across a variety of networks, saved as a file, and even emailed to others to be seen. This is a great way to keep everyone in the loop, especially family members who are many miles away.

Viewers can integrate video and voice recordings into one Flipagram post. The speed of the post can be adjusted so that people will have enough time to see everything. If viewers missed something or want to see a specific visual, the app allows them to go back and scroll through the presentation flick by flick. This app is easy to use so people of all ages can get involved.


Celebrities are taking to Flipagram to show off some of their best family moments as well. “Extra” host Mario Lopez showed off his family with this Father’s Day Flipagram  

We played with the app for quite some time and came up with a few cool ways for mom’s to use Flipagram. These are definitely fun and creative ways to do things different and outside the box.

Birth Announcements: Flipagram is perfect for putting together a collage of pictures to announce the birth of a new baby. While selecting one picture is always tough, you can use as many as you like with a Flipagram announcement. The presentation can be set to a lullaby or your favorite tune of choice.


Party Invites: Flipagram is a fun and creative way to make invitations for any kind of gathering. Weddings, birthday parties, BBQ’s, and even family reunion invites can be created with the Flipagram app.

Event Recaps: Parents are always taking pictures of their kids. Dance recitals, athletic games, family vacations, and graduations are just a few of the events that seem to get a lot of camera action. Flipagram makes it easy for families to share their child’s special moment. Instead of randomly uploading pics, create the story of the event on Flipagram and share!

Recipes: Sharing recipes on Flipagram is a great way to show other moms some of the cooking tricks that work for them in the kitchen. Whether it’s how to trick kids into eating veggies or food prep methods the week, Flipagram is a great way to share ideas.

Milestones: Most moms go crazy with the milestone pictures. Take those month to month pics and Flip them to tell the story of the whole year! Folks won’t have to click picture to picture. They simply press play and see the entire montage of pics.
Inspirational: Inspire someone with your journey through motherhood via Flipagram. Being a mom is not an easy job. Sharing your story and experiences with other Flipagram users can help motivate someone else who may be having a difficult time.

Take a few minutes and visit to download the version that works best for you.

Customers Voice Frustrations Over Verizon Wireless Trade-In Deal

October 21st, 2014 - By Rhonesha Byng
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When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones were announced, phone carriers scrambled to offer the best deals, plans and discounts to lure new customers and incentivize current customers to upgrade. However, Verizon Wireless seems to be giving several customers the run around when it comes to cashing in on their trade-in promotion.

The company’s promotional trade-in program is supposed to allow customers who purchase the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus to trade-in their old iPhone and receive up to $350 in-store credit (depending on the phone’s condition, make and model). Models that are eligible for the promotion include the 4S, 5, 5C and the 5S.

Full disclosure, I am also a Verizon Wireless customer who attempted this deal. For my 4S which was in good working condition I was quoted $200.

All went well initially. I was able to complete some information online and got my packaging information within seven days. I cleared off all my data, reset my phone and deactivated Find My iPhone–also known as the Activation Lock.

There were a lot of steps to complete to ensure that the full value of the promotion would be honored so I went into my local Verizon Wireless store just to make sure I had done everything correctly. I got the all clear and sent my phone in the mail on September 22nd. Then, I heard nothing for weeks, until I got an email that said they had not yet received my device, and in the meantime they’d give me a $36 gift card.

However, Verizon has a website where you can check the status of your device. Upon checking that site, I realized they had received my device but changed my value to $36 because they claimed my Activation Lock was not turned off. Knowing this was not true, I attempted to get in touch with them to correct the issue. (There’s also another website where you can enter your device’s serial number and check the status of the Activation Lock, upon checking this I learned that my device’s Activation Lock was definitely off). However, due to high call volume, you cannot reach anyone at the trade-in program customer service desk. It’s simply a recording that offers a few prompts and then hangs up.

A quick look through Twitter shows several customers have taken to social media to air their frustrations after being unable to get in touch with the customer service representatives for the trade-in program, and being denied their promo deals:

One user points out that they were told the trade-in program is being handled by a third party. Verizon Wireless has not yet confirmed or denied this claim with us. However, not everyone is complaining.

But further inquiry revealed that she hadn’t completed her promo deal yet. She just received a quote and sent her phone in the mail.  

For those customers who were able to go into the store to redeem the deal, the process seemed to go smoothly.

Other customers like Larry Artzner, who emailed us, are experiencing frustration because they intended to complete the deal, and have not received the mailing materials to send the old iPhone in.

“Long story short: I am completely in limbo with the trade in. I have been left to hope that the mail-in materials arrive, and Verizon honors the trade-in despite the fact I received my phones more than 7 days ago,” he explained in a lengthy email to us detailing his experience. “This was absolutely the most horrendous display of customer service from start to finish (whenever it’s finally finished).”

T-Mobile and Sprint have previously stated they would match any trade-in offer. Sprint also offers another deal called the “iPhone for Life” plan. According to Sprint, the plan allows customers to lease the newest iPhone for $20 a month and after two years you can trade up to the newest iPhone while still paying $20 a month.

We reached out to Verizon Wireless for comment. Here’s what they had to say:

While we do not disclose numbers I can say that we have been experiencing higher call volumes due to the positive reaction to our latest trade-in promotion. The teams are working to ensure customers have a positive experience and I can certainly pass along the feedback to the teams here.

We reached out with further questions specifically addressing where a customer can turn if there’s a dispute regarding the condition of the phone. We also asked whether Verizon is handling this program internally, or if they’ve brought on a third party. We have not yet heard back regarding those specifics.

Have you successfully completed the trade-in program for Verizon Wireless? Let us know if you have a success story or a frustrating failed experience with the promo deal in the comments below.

Apple Unveils Two New iPads, Two New Desktops, New Software

October 17th, 2014 - By Rhonesha Byng
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On October 16th, Apple had another one of it’s much talked about and hyped about announcements. This time wasn’t as awe-inducing as the iPhone announcement but there are quite a few interesting updates, new devices, and an official roll out of some features we’ve been expecting. Here’s a rundown of the highlights from Apple’s latest announcement.

Protecting Our Children: 5 Mobile Safety Apps for Parents and Kids

August 14th, 2014 - By Rich
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Parents want to protect their child from any danger or pain throughout various stages of their life. But, when it comes to safety, unfortunately, parents can’t protect children from everything or be everywhere. Maurice James, director of marketing for Aio Wireless, provides some useful tips about the best apps and devices to help parents be present even when they can’t actually be there.

As kids prepare to head back to school, this is a great time for parents and teens to talk about mobile safety issues like bullying, texting while driving and sexting. Parents should also make sure their kids’ phones are programmed with one-touch dialing to important numbers in case of emergency. See Maurice’s favorite apps for staying in touch, keeping in contact and staying safe.

Circle Sept. 9! Apple Rumored To Announce iPhone 6 Next Month

August 6th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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iPhone lovers mark your calendars. Tech blog Re/Code reports Apple will officially debut its latest smartphone, the iPhone 6, on next month September 9th. If Apple does make the announcement on that day, the phones will hit the market 10 days later, on September 19.

The phone is expected to be larger than any iPhone before it, featuring a 4.7-inch screen. “Apple has also been said to be working on a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, but recent reports have said Apple may not announce that version until later this year or possibly in early 2015,” reports The Los Angeles Times. Japan’s Famitsu newspaper reported the iPhone 6 screen would be “significantly” higher in resolution. The resolution for the iPhone 5S is 1136 x 640.

The larger-screen iPhone is expected to help Apple compete with smartphones by Samsung and HTC that have screens larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s. However, it might be tough to match the sales of the iPhone 5. During its first weekend, the sales figures for the iPhone 5s and 5c totaled nine million, making it Apple’s biggest launch, reports 9 To 5 Mac.

Additionally, the iPhone 6 is rumored to be thinner and will feature an all-new metallic design.

“One of the most persistent rumors has been that iPhone 6 will be covered in near-indestructible sapphire glass. Several online videos purported to show users bending, stabbing, scratching and hitting these displays to prove their worth. However while sapphire will still be used for the camera lens and home button, analysts recently said there had not been enough sapphire glass in the manufacturing supply chain to indicate the phone will be covered in it,” reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Of course, Apple is staying mum on the details for now.

New iPhone Case, The CaseCam, Helps You Get Your Arm Out Of Selfies

July 30th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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One of the worse things about selfies–other than they tap into everyone’s narcissism–is the photos almost always have your camera-holding arm pictured as well. Well, someone has come up with a way to get rid of the “I-am-taking-my-own-picture” look. It is an unofficial new iPhone case called CaseCam. It actually works as a mini tripod so you don’t have to hold the phone while taking photos.

It has a little mirror that holds your phone up that serves as the tripod. The camera is then basically taking a photo of the mirror, which is pointed at you, reports The Huffington Post.

And it comes with a free app that has a built-in timer so the camera takes the picture itself. And, if a friend also has the app, it allows you to connect your two phones via WiFi and view yourself on the second phone. “That way you can control the camera remotely and make sure you’re looking fabulous,” reports HuffPo.

The one drawback: you have to find a surface of the right height to use the case properly. But still a cool idea and now the makers of  CaseCam have launched a Kickstarter page. They want to raise $25,000 before August 21 to make the CaseCam for iPhone 5 and 5S. The proposed price: $40 for a CaseCam.

The CaseCam might turn into something big. Who doesn’t take a selfie these days? Even President Obama has been caught doing so. “Millions are shared each and every day across all the major social media platforms. Indeed, according to data from Samsung, selfies make up almost one-third of all photos taken by people aged 18-24, with Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat bearing the brunt of that load,” reports AllTwitter.

10 Ways To Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life When You’re In The Red Zone

July 25th, 2014 - By Rhonesha Byng
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Team iPhone won’t hesitate to rattle off a long list of features that make their device superior to other phones. Still there are some things about the iPhone life that drive us mad!

Perhaps the most infuriating alert to pop up (aside from the message telling you you’ve run out of space and can no longer take photos) is the “Low Battery” message. When we’re out enjoying the day, or having a night out on the town, it’s inevitable that before the night is over you’ll be racing and running around to find an outlet.

Well, if you’re reading this post you’re in luck, because we dug up a few tips and tricks to help you stretch that battery life when you’re in the dreaded red zone.

My Little iPad Addict: iNeed Help From Steve Jobs!

July 18th, 2014 - By Rich
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My admiration for Steve Jobs is well documented. In fact, in the earliest years of my company’s formation, I drew extreme inspiration from the man that founded Apple computers in the 1980’s. All of this information is floating out in cyberspace. The point is, I truly do respect the man. Bless his creative, ingenious soul and may he forever rest in pod.

I wish I had the same level of solace in the land of the living. Steve Jobs was a genius of of the unfathomable variety and his inventiveness permeates just about every facet of our lives one way or another. He did it with computers, mobile communication, music, lifestyle and technology. My career has been predicated on being ahead of the curve as far as computers, mobile and technology is concerned. I’ve never used any other computing device other than Apple. The time has come to rebel!

My daughter is an iPad addict; no, she’s addicted to every iProduct imaginable. There are iPads, iPhones, iPods and even the good ol’ MacBook. One time, we were supposed to be having a daddy / daughter movie night. In the family room, we watched The Life of Pi together, but she was acting oddly as she nestled herself on the couch. Eventually, she got “sleepy” and I knew something was awry when she got under the covers! She was trying to use her iPad in secrecy all the while pretending to be too fatigued to watch Pi.

This summer I have managed to put my foot down – with Timberland boots on! There is a limit to the time she can use all of Apple’s creations. Instead, she will be reading Henry Louis Gates’ Africana almanac, swimming, running, playing, helping around the house and generally enjoying youth. These kids just don’t get out like the days of old! We would play outside until it was time to come in the house, it seemed. Granted, there was the allure of MTV and video games, but they were nothing like this. Today’s child wants to vegetate in front of an iPad and stare – even when they are with friends. There are times when I need to force mine to talk to her home girls when they are together.

There is a flip side to this.

My daughter hates my iPhone too. And my MacBook. It takes time away from her, in her mind.

I let her know that my affinity (not “addiction”) is because I am working. And I am working, but we all know a lot is intermingled in that hard work. She even went so far as to buy me a device called “Cell Lock-Up,” a toy jail for smart phones. The “Cell Lock-Up” has been collecting dust until recently. I’m doing my best to carve out time to attend to her.

I guess, I’ll need to take the proverbial Timberland boot out of my own mouth from time to time.

Steve Jobs. Dude is a part of my life and times. I just have to remember to take his products out of my life from time to time.