Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Tech Toys for Today’s Modern Tot… with a Traditional Twist

New technology is constantly changing and evolving the way we live. This new technology is perhaps most profoundly affecting younger generations born into this new tech world. Dolls now come with USB ports and toddlers can operate iPads better, faster, and more effectively than their adult counterparts.

Here we’re taking a special look at toys for today’s tech-driven tots with a traditional twist. These toys aim to familiarize children with the thought process behind technology without bombarding kids with the technology itself.

Traditional toy blocks in iPhone form

Photo courtesy of technabob.com

 

  1. Laurie Ipsum” is a children’s book written by Carlos Bueno, a Facebook engineer. It does not attempt to teach children any specific technical skills, but rather, how to think like a computer programmer. The main character, Laurie Ipsum, is lost in Userland and she must use logic and reason to overcome challenges and find her way home. Naturally, Laurie Ipsum is available in digital form for Nook, Kindle, and iBook, as well as in paperback.
  2. The wooden iPhone is the modern mother’s answer to the pacifier. It’s the perfect size to chewed on but not ingested—and best of all, it’s not actually the expensive technological device. The techy baby can slobber all over his/her stylish smartphone without worry that Mom might be upset.
  3. Russian dolls take a turn for the techy with this set that teaches children the sequencing from a terabyte down to a bit. The exact same form and function of a traditional set, the 6-piece tech Russian Doll set will help lay a foundation for children to think in technological scale.

What tech-inspired toy would you have liked as a child?      

Friday, May 11th, 2012

5 Apps for the Hearing Impaired in Honor of “Better Hearing & Speech Month”

Impaired hearing affects 14.9% of children, according to the Center for Hearing and Speech, and can dramatically impair language development. Only so much can be done medically for those who suffer, but there are ways to treat and cope. And now, there are smartphone apps to help.

In honor of May’s designation as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” we’ve compiled a list of great mobile apps, primarily for iPhone and iPad, to help diagnose and treat the hearing and speech impaired.

 

A list of five great apps for the hearing and speech-impaired.

Photo courtesy of freedomscope.com

 

  • Siemens Hearing Test—Do you suspect you may be hearing impaired? This free app tests your ability to recognize words from background noise and compares your accuracy to the average score of normal listeners. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to treating it. This test can tell you whether or not you should seek further medical attention.
  • Hearing Loss Simulator—Living with someone who is hearing impaired can be a trying experience at times. This app costs $1.99 and can help family and friends better understand that loved one. The app even adjusts the simulation to the degree of their hearing impairment.
  • Speech Trainer 3D—This $7.99 app animates how the tongue, lips and mouth properly move during speech. The 3D demonstration helps the speech impaired practice certain sounds, consonants, and vowels in the English language. A recent update allows you to use iPad and iPhone cameras to film yourself speaking and do a side-by-side comparison to the animation.
  • Eye Contact – Toybox—Previously featured on “60 Minutes” This $2.99 app rewards children for focusing on the human faces displayed on the screen. Maintaining eye contact can be a difficult skill for children to learn and is especially important for hearing impaired individuals.
  • EarTrumpet—Best when used with a headset, the EarTrumpet offers hearing enhancement tools. The $3.99 app was developed by a medical student and applies scientific inquiry and analysis to help the hearing-impaired better understand the world around them. 

These apps demonstrate how modern technology is addressing real human problems. Likewise, the ZOMM Wireless Leash and the myZOMM app could be a great service to a hearing and speech-impaired individual in a moment of panic. The center button can be programmed to call either 911 or a number of the ZOMM owner’s choice when it’s held for a period of time.

How are you observing “Better Hearing & Speech Month”? 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

5 Productivity-Inducing iPhone Apps

Life is hectic. Sometimes, in all the chaos, it’s hard to actually get anything done. However, like all things in the world, there’s even an app (or several) for the productivity-challenged. Today we rounded up five iPhone apps that are sure to get you back on the productivity train.

A list of our top 5 iPhone apps for increasing productivity.
Photo Cred: BusinessInsider.com
1. Clear
Keep yourself organized (and therefore more productive) with this list-keeping app. The simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to put things on a list…and check them off when you’re finished.

2. eWallet
These days, life involves a lot of passwords. Nothing slows you down (and frustrates you) more than not being able to login to your accounts because you can’t remember the password. eWallet uses 256-bit AES encryption to securely store your passwords, account information and card numbers.

3. Bump Pay
After a dinner with friends, who wants to take the time to count out (or actually has) the cash to split the bill? With Bump Pay you can easily transfer money from your PayPal account to a friend’s—with a fist pound.

4. Quick Office
Ever wish you could edit documents during the train ride to work? Maybe you need to have access to Word or Excel documents while away from your desk. That’s what Quick Office allows—create, view and edit Microsoft Office files from your iPhone.

5. myZOMM for iPhone
It’s hard to be productive if you can’t find your keys or don’t remember where you parked your car. Pair your iPhone with a ZOMM Wireless Leash Plus and the myZOMM app to get instant alerts if you walk away from your keys. Tag items, such as a parking spot or business, and get instant directions to that location when you’re ready to return.

 The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.

Feeling more productive yet?

What’s your favorite productivity app?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A Countdown of Our Five Favorite iPhone 5 Rumors

It seems that as soon as Apple releases a new iPhone, the whole world almost immediately begins speculating on the next generation iPhone. What will it look like? What will it do? How soon can we have it? And exactly how much will it cost?

With only five (speculated) months separating us from the iPhone 5, let’s take a look at the top five rumors circulating about the next-gen iPhone, countdown style.

Our next generation iPhone 5 rumor coundown

(Image courtesy of iphone5latest.com)

5. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cell phone technology, but apparently it is with the iPhone 5. Rumor has it the iPhone 5 may feature up to a 4.6-inch screen, compared to its predecessors’ 3.5-inch screens.

4. Of course, better is always better. The new iPhone 5 will supposedly operate on the better, faster 4G LTE network.

3. Bigger, better, and totally different. Some speculate that Apple is testing its iPhone 5 prototypes in the iPhone 4 and 4s case to avoid leaks. They believe the actual iPhone5 will take on a completely redesigned and positively mysterious form.

2. While the screen may be bigger, the docking port may be smaller. According to some speculators, this “miniaturized dock connector” will free up space in the iPhone for “other components.”

Drumroll, please.

1. Our #1 rumor about the iPhone 5 is that it will be made of Liquidmetal! Sounds very space age, right? Liquidmetal or “amorphous metal alloy” is described as a “metallic glass” and should be thinner, lighter, and tougher. Sounds good to us!

Planning on investing in the next iPhone? Don’t forget to protect your investment with a Wireless Leash (and accompanying iPhone app)—because nothing’s worse than a really cool phone…lost.

What’s your favorite rumor circulating about the iPhone 5?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Smartphones and Restaurants: Taking Your Phone to Dinner [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine this: You have a dinner date with friends on a Friday night. You need to decide where you’re going, what time to get there and what to order. How do you decide? Chances are that you’ll use your smartphone to help you make one (or more) of those decisions.

According to research done by Lab42, 20 percent of you will user your smartphone to communicate dinner plans, 19 percent will use your smartphone to find a restaurant and another 20 percent will view a menu on your smartphone.

The infographic below shows these (and many more) facts about how Americans are using their smartphones before, during and after eating dinner out at a restaurant. If you’re planning a dinner date soon, consider trying our Personal Concierge service—they’ll take care of all the details while you play with your smartphone.

Smartphone infographic

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

How Much Does it Cost to Lose a Smartphone?

60 million. That’s the number of phones lost, stolen or damaged each year. If you’re lucky, you’ve never had to deal with the headaches, costs and general frustrations that come with losing a phone. To most people, losing a phone is worse than losing their keys, wallet or car. And when you break down what all replacing a lost phone entails, it makes a lot of sense.

lost smartphone
While the total costs to replace your phone will depend upon the type and the carrier you utilize, it’s not just the money that you have to worry about. Often times our smartphones hold business contacts, bank passwords and even photo galleries. So on top of the nearly $900 dollars it would take to replace an iPhone, you’ve lost valuable contacts, information and memories.

Jeanette Pavini, contributor at Market Watch, shared a story about one of her readers:

“Her iPhone was stolen while she was on public transit. She didn’t have phone insurance, her renter’s insurance didn’t cover the loss, and she was told if she canceled her phone contract, she would be liable for a hefty early termination fee. In the end, she paid a small fortune and learned a big lesson.”

 The lesson learned? Don’t lose your phone! Stories like these are exactly why Laurie and our team created the Wireless Leash—so no one would ever have to deal with the pain and struggle of replacing a lost phone. With our Wireless Leash you can make a one-time investment that will protect your phone time after time.

Have you ever lost your phone? What things did you have to deal with to replace it? Share your story by leaving a comment!

 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

4 Common Gadgets Being Replaced by Smartphones

Smartphones are completely ingenious; there’s no question about it. As they continue to gain popularity, though, some other gadgets aren’t faring so well. When you have a handheld device that can do some many things, it’s only natural that other devices will fade to black.

smartphones
Take these four common gadgets for example:

Digital Cameras

Nearly all smartphone owners use their phone to take photos. The 8-megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S is just as good as, and in some cases better, than digital cameras.

GPS Devices

Mounting your smartphone in your car while you drive is the same as using a portable GPS system—and you don’t have to pay $200 extra for it.

iPods/mp3 players

Very few people want to actually carry around an iPod and a phone. When you can load your entire music library on to your phone, why bother with both?

Standard wristwatches

No, we don’t think watches will go away completely. However, between using a smartphone to check the time and the development of Android-based watches and wristbands for iPod Nano, the watch as we know it may be history.

As these devices make their way out, we’re especially interested to see what new innovations come about. The evolution of technology never ceases to amaze us.

Have you phased out any of these gadgets in your life? Are there others your smartphone has replaced?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Top iPhone Apps of 2011

iPhone apps give us something to do while waiting in line, help us prepare the perfect meal, keep us connected during an emergency and, in general, make our lives a little easier. iPhone users have an average of 48 apps on their phone—but it begs the question: Which ones are the best?

Time compiled a list of what they believe to be the top 50 iPhone apps of 2011. You can see the full list from Time – which includes many of the same top apps from 2010. Here are our favorites in each category:

top apps 2011
Games

The games category features some of the most addicting games we’ve ever seen. Some of them almost seem to do more harm than good by distracting you from… well, life. However, our favorite on Time’s list has to be Fruit Ninja. The easy-to-play game is perfect for a long commute or slow line and chopping fruit is actually pretty fun.

On The Go

The whole point of apps is to have easy access to information while on-the-go, and these apps do just that. Choosing a favorite wasn’t easy, but OpenTable gets our nod. Simply open the app to find restaurants near you, and then make a reservation. Easy as pie!

Lifestyle

This broad category features apps that assist you with day-to-day things like list-making and cooking. Our favorite in this category, however, is Mint—a budgeting app that keeps you on your toes about spending. The app will even send you alerts if you go over your budget. It’s like mom in your pocket.

Music and Photography

The iPhone 4S has revolutionized the way we take pictures with our mobile phones. The quality is so good that many people are ditching digital cameras altogether and using only their smartphone. The winner, for us, in this one is easily Instagram. The ingenious smartphone-only social network for your photos offers multiple filters to make even the newest newbie a photo pro.

Entertainment

Movies, magazine and news – what entertains you? The Netflix app is our favorite—allowing streaming of your favorite movies and TV shows right to your phone. An episode of Modern Family makes running 30 minutes on the treadmill much, much more enjoyable.

Social

Like most of you, we love our social networks. Choosing a favorite is no easy task. However, based solely on the iPhone app version, we’re going with Twitter. The new integrations with iOS 5 make photo sharing super simple and notifications keep us up-to-date with everyone’s latest ramblings.

Of course, we do have an honorable mention we’d like to add to the list—the myZOMM iPhone app. When used in conjunction with our brand new Wireless Leash Plus, you’ll never lose your phone, keys or parked car again.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

How to: Protect Your Phone from the Winter Weather

Even though the first day of winter isn’t officially until December 21, the temperatures are dropping in many regions of the US (doesn’t it seem like just yesterday we wrote about protecting your phone from the heat?!). Well, while you’re bracing yourself and your home for the cold, don’t forget about your phone!

According to Apple’s website, the operating temperature for an iPhone is between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. That means it’s important to keep your phone nice and warm this winter, just like you do your fingers and toes.

protect phone from cold
Here are a few tips to help:

  • Be careful of drastic temperature changes. Taking your phone from a very cold area to a warm one can cause it to form condensation. Not only will this make your device appear foggy, but it can cause hard drives and circuit boards to short circuit.
  • Don’t let it freeze. Leaving your phone in your car overnight could allow it to freeze. Prevent yourself from absent-mindedly leaving it behind by turning on your Wireless Leash.
  • Avoid makeshift warmers. Don’t attempt to keep your phone warm by placing it near pocket or glove warmers.
  • Get some protection. If you must have your phone out in the weather, invest in an all-weather or cold-resistant protective case.

Have you ever lost a phone to cold temperatures? What advice do you have for avoiding it?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Introducing the Wireless Leash Plus and myZOMM iPhone App!

Earlier this summer we brought you the first ZOMM smartphone app: myZOMM App for Android. We received awesome feedback from you about it! However, we also heard you when you said you wanted an app for iPhone…

So starting today our new Wireless Leash Plus (designed to work best with Apple products) is available in the Apple Store. You can also get the myZOMM app for iPhone in the App Store!

Learn more about both of these releases (and how they work together) in our latest video:

The Wireless Leash Plus is also available in your local Apple store! Here’s what to look for on the shelf:

ZOMM Apple Store
Have you seen the Wireless Leash Plus at your local Apple Store? Send us a photo — upload it to Facebook or post it to Twitter!

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