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3 Tips to Keep Your iPhone or Android Smartphone Charged During the Day

Today’s smartphones have so many apps running in the background that sometimes it’s just a matter of hours before a user goes in search of a place to refresh the battery charge.
Here are three tips that will ensure your device is charged and still good to go at the end of the day.
1.) Carry a portable charger.
Instead of spending time searching for an outlet or putting your smartphone in a …

Dear Selfie Taker: Please Don’t Break the Artwork or Kill Yourself

The recent news that a woman in Los Angeles had knocked over 11 crowned pedestals, part of an art installation by Simon Birch, while taking a selfie came as little surprise to those who experience a type of Schadenfreude around selfies, selfie sticks, and the problems they occasion.
As Jonathan Spira noted in these pages two years ago, selfies, and by extension selfie sticks, can be dangerous to both the photographer …

Review and Test Report: Amazon Dash Wand with Alexa 2.0

If you’ve heard of Amazon’s Alexa and been curious to test-drive the voice-driven service, the company now offers an Alexa device that is essentially free for the taking.
The Amazon Dash Wand is a small (5.6” x 1.2” x 0.8” or 142 x 30.5 x 20.3 mm) handheld device that includes a speaker, microphone, and barcode scanner. Alexa, which is also the voice service in the Amazon Echo, powers it, albeit …

Happy Birthday! After 1 Billion Sold, The iPhone Turns 10

Ten years ago today, on June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale. The move followed the January 2007 introduction at Macworld where the late Steve Jobs told the world he was introducing three products.
“An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator. Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices,” Jobs said at the time. “This is one device.”
Despite the iPhone’s early limitations, the first-generation virtual …

The ATM Turns 50 Today

The ubiquitous automated teller machine, a device used by travelers in far-off lands to obtain local currency as well as to conduct banking transactions at home, turned 50 on Tuesday.
Sometimes referred to as an ATM, cashpoint, bankomat, or just a cash machine, the first such machine went into service on June 27, 1967 at a Barclays Bank branch in London, beating the competition – a Swedish machine known as a …

EU Roaming Fees: The End is Nigh

Travelers in the EU will soon be able to say “adieu” to roaming fees as the European Union moves towards a single digital market with their elimination.
Beginning June 15, travelers with service from an EU mobile operator will be able to use their mobile devices anywhere in the European Union and pay the same price they would at home, be it for voice or for data.
The European Commission first began …

4 Tips to Protect Your Privacy Online

Recent legislation allowing Internet service providers to sell customer data such as geolocation, browser history, and other personal information means that anyone using the Internet has to take matters into his own hands. It’s especially important for those who travel frequently to feel secure in their browsing habits, which is why we’ve outlined some important measure to ensure security and privacy online.
1.) Browse in private mode
If you simply want to …