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Great Apps Make Life a Little Cooler for Teachers, Students and Everyone


Great Apps Make Life a Little CoolerThe world of high technology and now mobile technology has been evolving for a long time, even when we weren’t aware of it. Take the app design world, Jacob Savage,  has been designing mobile apps since 1999, when he created a single app for one of his clients. Now when the world of  the cellular phone, smartphone, mobile device, accesory and battery for cellphone industries are too huge for the average consumer to keep up with, apps have skyrocketed – and figuring out what’s what can be utterly confusing. Even so, most businesses realize that the app world is the place to be.  The smartphone is here to stay, and it makes the perfect place to do business, for techies and non techies alike.

Mobile technology offers personal connection to customers

In 1999 when Jacob Savage founded Speak Creative, the mobile technology revolution was experiencing a skyrocketing trajectory, but smartphone adoption and app development would be years in the future.

Slightly more than a decade later Savage’s Memphis-based design and technology firm produced its first mobile app for a client and today that brand of digital development accounts for 30 percent of the company’s projects.

Where Do Apps Fit In? Apps work for everyone; entrepreneur, consumer, friends or family. And they are made by businesses, friends, consumers and techies.  An app that’s created by or offered by a business can do a world of good for society in general. Take the following app; EverySlide works for educators, students, businesses and anyone who has a mobile phone and cellular phone battery. It may have been created by a business but is useful in a number of industries.

EverySlide – Share Your Slides and Run Polls At the Same Time

EverySlide is a free (for educators and students) service that allows you to share your slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of your audience. As you move through your shared slides you can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from your audience. Bottom Line Don’t you think it’s about time you looked in your app store. You may find apps that are extremely useful, even if they weren’t made specifically for you (business applications). How often should you look for a fun app? Hmm that is a relatively hard question to ask. My kids are always looking, trying and changing apps. I barely have time to search once a month. So this is really something you should figure out for yourself. The important thing is that you look into apps – because they can make your life more interesting, efficient and fun.

 

The Point

The point to all this is: Whether we like it or not, mobile technology is changing the world, and instead of fighting it, we need to embrace it, include it in our daily lives, and even integrate it into teaching and learning methods in the classroom and in our everyday life.  We need to let kids use those cell phones, charge those cell phone batteries and use them at home, work and in school. However, our job as parents, and teachers is to offer guidance as to the type of apps and information they access.

 

Touchscreens: A Curse or a Blessing?

I just bought a new laptop. I managed to get an affordable touchscreen laptop, making Windows 8 usable. But the more I use it, the more I realize that the touchscreen really isn’t all that beneficial. I like being able to zoom in on a screen and to scroll down with a flick of my finger. Aside from that, I find it a bit awkward and uncomfortable to actually use. Essentially, I find touchscreen laptops cool, but not necessary better than ordinary laptops. So when I came across the following article, I was intrigued:

How the Touch Screen Became So Out of Touch

The touch screen — interface of the future or gimmicky marketing headache? When the first touch screen interfaces came out (at least in a big consumer kind of way) it was in smartphones. Sure there have been other instances of touch screen interfaces (ATM machines, TV remotes, etc.)…

As this article points out, they do seem to have their place. Tablets, for instance are a useful, portable creation that couldn’t exist without a touchscreen. However, an article in PC Magazine raises an interesting point. The basic argument is that the touchscreen removes just that, a sense of touch, and thus takes away any personal connection with the experience:

“When you press a button on an iPhone, you feel nothing. Every button feels the same: nothing. Every action feels the same: nothing. There’s a certain effortless liberty in that—since the heavy lifting is now all virtual, you feel like you can lift tons. But you’ve just given up at least one of your senses. You can’t dial with your eyes closed any more: the interface is all sight and sound. No touch. A touchless interface.”

Touchscreen

Is this a moral issue? Certainly not. But perhaps it is something to consider. The general push seems to be technology progression for the sake of technology progression. But I think we all know that that is not the best option in all situations. Is this one of them? What do you think?

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket Review

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket Review appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket Review Fast Facts:

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Pro’s:  High-quality, durable drop and shock protection at a reasonable price.
Con’s: Heavy, bulky, no screen protection.
Recommendation: If you don’t mind a little extra weight and bulk, then the iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket provides fantastic drop protection.

Manufacturer: Ballistic
Dimensions: 8 inch x 10 1/8 inch x 1 inch (with cover installed).
Price: $54.95 on DiscountCell.com.

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket Review

As with other Ballistic products, the iPad Tough Jacket provides a very high-level of protection along with a tough, industrial look.

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket

The iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket has a rugged, industrial look.

Protection

The iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket meets military specifications of drop protection by combining four protective layers.  First, a soft inner shock-absorbent silicon lining protects the iPad from scratches and drop damage.  Then, a hard polycarbonate casing adds structural support.  Third, another shock absorbing silicon layer protects the back of the case.  Lastly, a hard polycarbonate layer acts as both a screen protector when the case is a closed and as a viewing stand when the case is open.

iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket

The iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket features 4 layers of protection.

Together, the four layers reliably protect an iPad from fall damage up to several feet high.

The one down side is that the iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket does not protect against dust or water damage.

Functionality

Installation is also very easy.  The case can be quickly snapped over the back and sides of the iPad and will securely stay in place.

The iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket has a comfortable feel to it and is relatively easy to hold.  Furthermore, the case has cut-outs and offers full access to all of the various cameras, speakers, buttons, and ports of the iPad.

Conclusion

The iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket provides durable, military-grade protection.  However, that added protection comes at the price of an industrial look and increased weight and bulk.  However, if your don’t mind the rugged style, the iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket is hard to beat when it comes to protecting your tablet.

For more information, visit DiscountCell.com.

Smart Samsung Technology – 10 Things to Avoid & 10 Smart Things to Do

 You can go out and buy that new  smartphone and  great new power saving samsung galaxy s3 battery, but that won’t make you a technology expert. You still need to learn smart tech maintenance processes. Even so, if you are of the older generation, gettting used to technology can be daunting. Just what are you supposed to do with this small phone, with that laptop? How do you make surfing faster? These are problems that face us all. The following article outlines the top 10 tech mistakes people have made over the last 10 years. You want to avoid these at all costs.

The 10 tech commandments to avoid digital shame

With the help of our readers and GuardianWitness, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how to avoid everlasting shame in the modern world.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be scared of your new Samsung mobile phone. Aside from being careful not to drop it, the only real issue you may have to face in the future is finding another great Samsung replacement battery, as these tend to wear out after a year or two.

That new smartphone is a masterpiece of high technology. It’s capabilities are more than you could imagine. In fact, most people don’t even know what their new mobile phones can really do. To help you better understand its full capability, we’ve listed a few of the wonderful capabilities of your  wondeful high-tech Samsung smartphone.

 

Ten of the Smartest Things You Can Do with your Smartphone

There are plenty of things you can do with your smart phone. Here are 10 of the smartest!

 

Bottom Line

A new Samsung smartphone can be a great addition to any non techies way of  life. It has so many amazing capabilities. You just need to read up on a few tips on caring for your new Samsung smartphone. Remember adapting to the world of technology doesn’t always mean buying the latest and greatest every year. It just means learning to care for the device you do have. It’s just a matter of using common sense and when needed buying a new Samsung mobile phone battery for your device.

 

iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker Cover Review

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iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker Cover Fast Facts:

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Pro’s:  Genuine Leather, Professional look,very minimalistic design, secure fit, light weight.
Con’s:  No dust or dirt protection.
Recommendation:  The iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover provides professional-looking protection and portability for the iPad Air.  However, if you plan on taking your tablet outside or are prone to dropping it you may want to go with more rugged case.

Manufacturer: Belkin
Dimensions: 17.8 cm (7 inch) x 24.8 cm (9 3/4 inch) x 2 cm (3/4 inch).
Price: $57.95 on DiscountCell.com.

iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker Review

The iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker is an excellent accessory for use in the office.  Not only does the case’s all-leather,  slim-fitting design match your corporate style, but the 6 different viewing angles and built-in business card and stylus holders help you stay connected and productive throughout the day.

Protection

The iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker offers basic drop, scratch, and screen protection when closed.  The inside of the case is made out of a very soft velvety material that protects against scratches on the iPad’s screen and body.

iPad Air Belkin MultiTasker Case

Belkin MultiTakster Interior

However, one of the downsides of the iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover is the fact that the case does not offer any screen protection when open.  To address this issue, I recommend pairing the iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover with a good adhesive screen protector.

Also, the iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover does not protect against dust or water damage regardless if the case is open or closed.

Functionality

The iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover includes several features to enhance the functionality of the iPad Air.

First, the iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover has holes and access to all of the various ports, cameras, and buttons on the iPad Air.  To increase convenience even more, the case features two business card pockets.

In addition to working as a portfolio, the iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover doubles as a viewing stand.  Once opened the case can be positioned in six distinct viewing angles.  Two rubber stoppers on the bottom of the tablet cradle ensure that the iPad stays in place while positioned in each angle.

iPad Air Belkin Multitasker Case

One of the Belkin MultiTasker’s 6 viewing angles.

Installation is very easy.  Simply snap the iPad Air into the tablet cradle inside the case and you are ready to go.  To remove the iPad Air, just bend the corners of the case back and the iPad Air will pop out.

Conclusion

The iPad Air Belkin MutliTasker Cover offers a professional look and increased functionality that are great for use in the office. However, if you are looking for more thorough protection to use your tablet outside, I recommend investing in either an OtterBox or LifeProof case.

For more information, visit DiscountCell.com.

A lot has been happening in the smartphone world this week. First off, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is out on the market and looks pretty great so far:

Five reasons why the Galaxy S5 is worth an upgrade over the Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is out in the market, and while it’s not the revolutionary upgrade that many were hoping for, the combination of familiar design elements and new highlight functionalities is a formula that has worked for Samsung flagship devices for several years now. …

The new HTC One is also looking pretty fabulous, despite having a terrible camera:

HTC’s new One is a beautiful beast, a speed demon — but its camera stinks (review)

HTC fans have an underdog complex. Before Samsung’s Galaxy series became so prominent, HTC was the top Android manufacturer in the world. Last year’s One phone was a reminder of those heady days. …

The Ubuntu smartphone is back in the works:

The Ubuntu smartphone actually looks pretty great

It has been a long time since Canonical announced the Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign on Indiegogo. It raised an incredible $12 million dollars, but — equally incredible — it still fell around $20 million short of its lofty goals. However, that didn’t derail Canonical’s agenda of bringing its desktop Linux OS, Ubuntu, to mobile devices. …

Amazon PhoneAnd finally, it looks like Amazon’s rumored phone will officially be announced in June:

Amazon’s smartphone may be announced in June

When Amazon got into hardware production, they started it with a unique business model: offer products for bottom-dollar prices, even if it costs the company money initially, and then turn a profit from the content that you sell. …

So if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from!

LG Flex OtterBox Commuter Case Review

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LG Flex OtterBox Commuter Fast Facts

Manufacturer: OtterBox
Dimensions: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 inch) x 9 cm (3 1/2 inch) x 1.5 cm (5/8 inch)
Price: $39.95 at DiscountCell.com

Pro’s

The LG Flex OtterBox Commuter case offers durable protection to the LG Flex without taking away from any of the phone’s features.  The LG Flex OtterBox Commuter features 2 layers of protection.

LG Flex OtterBox Commuter

The OtterBox LG Flex Commuter Case features two layers of protection.

First, the LG Flex is protected on all sides by a soft, shock-absorbent silicone layer.  Then, a durable yet flexible hard-plastic case adds additional structural support to the entire phone.

The most striking feature of the Commuter Case is the fact that it can still bend and flex with the LG Flex despite having two protective layers.

LG Flex OtterBox Commuter

The OtterBox LG Flex Commuter Case can “flex” along with the phone.

Also, while the LG Flex OtterBox Commuter offers access to all of the various ports, cameras, and buttons of the LG Flex, the case includes special doors and flaps to protect any ports or openings from dust and debris.

LG Flex OtterBox Commuter

The OtterBox Commuter offers full access to all of the LG Flex’s speakers, cameras, buttons, and ports.

Con’s

While the LG Flex OtterBox Commuter does come with an adhesive screen protector, the case is not waterproof.  However, if water manages to get between the case and the phone, the phone can be easily removed before the water causes damage.

Also, the LG Flex OtterBox Commuter case does not come with a belt clip.  However, given the large size of the LG Flex, a belt clip would not be very practical as the phone is too big to carry comfortably on a belt.

Conclusion

The LG Flex OtterBox Commuter case provides quality light-weight, dual layer protection that can “flex” along with the phone.

The only downsides to the case are the fact that it is not waterproof and that it does not come with an included belt clip.

For more information, visit DiscountCell.com.

LG Optimus Zone Accessories Review

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The LG Optimus Zone is an Android-powered prepaid smartphone available from Walmart for $40.  While the phone does not come with the latest hardware or software, you do get a 3.2″ screen, Android 3.2.6, a decent camera, and 4 GB of storage.

At such a low price, it doesn’t make sense to invest in an expensive case.  Really anything more than $20 is too much, because at that point you’ve already paid for 50% of the cost of the phone. If you spend more than $20 on a case, It would almost be cheaper to just purchase a new phone if something were to happen.

The key to maximizing the value of your LG Optimus Zone is to purchase low cost accessories to complement your phone.  The following reviews several low cost LG Optimus Zone accessories to power up and protect your phone without breaking the bank.

Cases

The Lg Optimus Zone is compact yet relatively light weight.  The phone measures 4.04″ tall x 2.42″  wide x 0.47″ thick and only weighs about 3 ounces.

LG Optimus Zone Accessories

3 Low-Cost LG Optimus Zone Pouches

Because of the phone’s low cost and generic dimensions, an inexpensive pouch is a better option than a pricey custom fit case.

The right type of pouch depends on where you will be using your phone.  If you plan on using the LG Enact primarily indoors in an office setting, then we recommend using a leather case that provides a high level of protection while maintaining a professional appearance.

However, if your organization does a lot of field work and you are looking for more thorough protection, we recommend a more durable case like the Naztech Gladiator or the Nite Ize Cargo Clip Case.  Both of these cases are made out of thick, durable nylon canvas and are well suited for outdoor use.

The Naztech Gladiator is especially popular with law enforcement because it is available in 4 different colors and includes a heavy-duty belt clip that is perfect for police patrol belts.

Chargers

Lg Optimus Zone Accessories

Two different charging options with micro-USB cables.

Perhaps the most important LG Optimus Zone accessories that you can buy for your organization are quality chargers.  The LG Optimus Zone is powered by a relatively weak 1540 mAh battery and needs to be recharged frequently.

DiscountCell.com has over 50 different charging options available for the LG Optimus Zone starting at just $3.95.  Low cost per unit is especially important for purchasing officers who frequently have to replace chargers left behind by employees in hotel rooms and rental vehicles.

Conclusion

The LG Optimus Zone accessories reviewed in this article are perfect for use in government agencies and in large organizations because they provide high-quality function at low cost.

For more information, visit DiscountCell.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories Review appeared first on DiscountCell Reviews.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the release of the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5.  With a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and built-in dust and water protection, there is a lot to look forward to.

However, while  the Samsung Galaxy S5 will guard against dust and water, it will not have any additional drop protection.  In order to keep your phone protected and working great for years (or at least until the Galaxy s6 is released), you need some quality Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories.

What Type of Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories Should I Get?

DiscountCell.com has over 65 quality cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5.  However, which case you choose all depends on what you plan on doing with your Samsung Galaxy S5.

For example, if you just plan on using your Samsung Galaxy S5 indoors and want to protect against scratches and the occasional drop, then the Incipio NGP case is a good option.  The Incipio NGP (Next Generation Polymer) Case is a thin, flexible, silicon-polymer membrane that stretches over the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories

Incipio NGP Case

However, if you plan on using your Samsung Galaxy S5 outside, then you may want a little bit more rugged protection.  The Ballistic Tough Jacket Max and the OtterBox Defender both feature dual-layer shock protection and built-in screen protectors.

The first layer of protection is made out of shock absorbing silicon while the second outer layer is made out of a durable, rigid polycarbonate shell.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Accessories

The Ballistic Tough Jacket Max (left) and the OtterBox Defender(right)

Charging Options

Also, when shopping for Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories, don’t forget to invest in a quality charger.  Note I said quality and not expensive.  A good charger should be reliable yet inexpensive, as chargers often get left behind in hotel rooms and rental vehicles.

Discountcell.com has over 50 different charging options available for the Samsung Galaxy s5, with the least expensive model priced at only $3.95.

For more information on these and other great Samsung Galaxy s5 Accessories, visit DiscountCell.com.

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c Case Review

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Pro’s: Transparent, slim design, light-weight, included screen protector, durable drop protection, one solid piece.

Con’s: Industrial Look, no belt clip or holster.

Recommendation:  The Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c case lets you protect your phone and keep your style.

Price: $29.95 from DiscountCell.com

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c Case Review

The iPhone 5c is the first and only iPhone available in 5 different colors.  Now for the first time, you can customize the color of your iPhone to fit your unique personality.

Unfortunately, displaying the color of your new iPhone 5c also means leaving your phone unprotected without a case.  This is a major problem because iPhones are notorious for breaking or cracking when dropped from even small heights.

Luckily, Urban Armor Gear created a solution with their new transparent case for iPhone 5c.

The Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c case offers all of the quality drop protection found in previous  case designs while still allowing full visibility and display of the iPhone 5c’s unique color scheme.

The inner part of the case features a hexagonal pattern that creates little air pockets to protect the iPhone 5c from shock, impact, and other force damage.

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c Case

On the outside of the case, each of the four corners has additional silicon that act as bumpers.  Also, the clear polycarbonate case features a shock-absorbing design that adds to the case’s overall protection.

In addition to showing color, the Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c case allows access to all of the iPhone’s speakers, cameras, ports, and buttons.  The touch screen is also fully accessible and uninhibited by side bumpers that often make it difficult to swipe on the screen from the sides and corners.

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c Case

Installation is also very easy.  Because the whole case is one solid piece, simply slide in the phone and it’s ready to go.

Conclusion

The Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5c case is a great option if you are looking for a solid, one-piece case that provides a high level of drop protection without covering up your phone’s unique color.

For more information, visit DiscountCell.com.