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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Best Winter Traveling Smartphone Apps for 2013

    Cooler weather and shorter days remind people that winter is on the way. If you are like many people who prefer to drive to holiday gatherings, you need to be ready for any weather, traffic situation or emergency that might leave you stranded. Smartphone apps can give drivers potentially life-saving help and other essential information to ensure safety on the road.

    Winter Survival Kit - As one of the most important free apps on the market for winter, this survival kit is available for both Android (versions 2.2 and higher,) and iOS platforms. You can store your emergency telephone numbers in the app. Once your GPS on your phone is enabled the app can find you and contact roadside assistance or 911 in emergencies.

    Storm Shield NOAA Weather Radio App - If you don't already have a battery-powered solar emergency weather radio, this is an important app to have. Available from Google Play for Android, and the iTunes store for iPhone for $4.99, this app will give you voice-activated or push notification alerts of major life-threatening weather situations. It allows you to have a NOAA weather radio on your smartphone.

    The Waze Social GPS and Maps is a must have app for all travelers. A great feature of this app is when actual drivers give live, up-to-the-the-minute information about bad weather, traffic jams, accidents, and speed traps. It will also help in situations where navigation device don't have current information. It is available for both Android and iOS operating systems.

    GasBuddy - Anyone who drives will benefit from GasBuddy, an app that is available on Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows platforms. If you're on the road it will alert you to nearby gas stations and give prices. It also keeps track of the cheapest gas prices. It even calculates the cost of gas needed for a trip.

    The database keeps track of gas prices all across the United States and in Canada. The app relies on drivers to report gas and to keep the data up-to-date. Active participation earns you points toward entries into weekly contests for $250 free major brand gas cards.

  • November Apple Releases 2013: iPad Air and iPad Mini With Retina Display

    At the live media event in San Francisco on October 22, 2013, Apple announced the upcoming release of the iPad Air, the fifth generation of the popular tablet. Although the iPad Air is the iPad 5, the number refers only to its generation as it pertains to upgrades to the model. Apple also announced that it would replace the iPad 4, but the full-size version of the device, the iPad 2, will still be available.

    The newest tablet was released on Friday, November 1st, in time to generate enough buzz to drive sales up over the Christmas holiday season.

    What's New in the iPad Air?


    The new iPad Air features a 9.7-inch display, a sleek, thin design, an updated processor chip, and improved pixel quality on both the front and rear cameras. It is 20% thinner than the older iPad 4, and weighs only 1lb.

    The 64-bit processor will have an A7 chip, the same chip that Apple put in the iPhone 5. There will be Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular versions available, and the cellular versions will be multi-LTE band reception.

    Benefits from Previous iPad Versions

    Apple is boasting that by replacing the old processor with the new one, the tablet will be 8x faster than the first model. The graphics processor will be 72x faster than the original. The 32-watt rechargeable lithium battery should power the device for 10 hours. The new iPad Air is 7.5 mm thick, 240 mm high, and 169 mm wide, and the 1lb weight makes it the lightest tablet on the market.

    As with previous iPad models, several versions will be sold, with different hard drive capacities. The cheapest model is a 16 GB, followed by 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

    iPad Mini With Retina Display

    In another big announcement, Apple revealed that a new version of the iPad Mini with Retina Display would be available by the end of November. The new, updated version of the iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch device with screen resolution of 2,048 x 1536. It will contain the same 64-bit A7 processor used in the iPad Air, and a M7 motion coprocessor. Another difference is that the retina display results in a heavier device than the previous version. Like the iPad Air, the new mini will come in 16 GB to 120 GB versions with both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+ cell capability.

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  • What's new with the iPad Air

    Just in time for holiday shopping, tech conglomerate Apple announced the unveiling of its newest version of the iPad - the iPad Air. This new version of the popular tablet is lighter and thinner than ever before, thus making it more portable and easier to store. It also features several upgrades from the iPad 4, including a significant increase in processing speed and power. Continue reading

  • Apple Announces the release of the iPad Air

    On October 22, Apple announced the iPad Air. This latest version of the iPad tablet is the thinnest, lightest tablet Apple has produced to date. The design is similar to that of the iPad mini. The device weighs only one pound, making it 28% lighter than the previous version, the iPad 4. The screen on the iPad Air is approximately 9.7 inches wide. It comes complete with Retina Display and 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Although the screen is virtually the same size, the device comes with a smaller bezel to make it more compact. The iPad Air is also 20% thinner than its predecessor, with a thickness of only 7.5 mm. Continue reading

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