Friday, July 1, 2016

The Smartphone Navigation Showdown: Google Maps Vs Nokia Drive

One of the standout features of smartphones is their ability to be used as GPS units. In this article we will take a look at both Nokia Drive and Google Maps, two powerhouse GPS apps. I have road tested both, so buckle your seat belts as these two navigation apps go head to head. 

Google Maps is a powerful tool that is integrated well throughout the entire Android OS. It is feature packed and can offer a deep GPS experience. 
Google Maps also has the ability to show real-time information regarding businesses that are close by, traffic information, detours, weather, special offers and much more. The level of integration throughout the OS is superb. You could be searching for a business in the browser of the phone, then when the address pops up you can click it and your phone automatically switches to GPS. You can also use a feature like this to point your GPS to the contacts in your phone book (if you have their address information saved); you can also just type in any address and Google Maps will find directions for you. 

Google Maps is perhaps the most powerful navigation tool available in the smartphone world, but it is also the most complicated, which is no surprise because Android has never been known as user-friendly. The main Google Maps screen is cluttered with information, and there are dozens of menus to dig through. Getting Google Maps setup to your personal liking can take a while. 
Another negative is that there is no real option to use Google Maps offline. You can save 10 small chunks of map to your phone to use offline, but this is hardly adequate. What this means that every time you use Google Maps you are burning through data. Best not to use it if you have a small data plan. Google Maps is good, but there are other alternatives. 
When WindowsPhone was first launched it did not have a native navigation app, but now, Nokia Lumia devices have Nokia Drive, and when Windows Phone 8 is launched, all Windows Phone devices will have access to it. 
Nokia Drive is integrated throughout the entire OS just like Google Maps is on Android: see an address in an app, tap it and Nokia Drive launches so that you can get there. Need to reach a contact: tap the address in their profile and Nokia Drive does the rest, and of course, you can type in any address. As you can see it works just like a regular GPS

Nokia Drive is beautiful to look at. The main screen is not cluttered with information; everything is clean, crisp, and serves a purpose. When looking at the map you will see that businesses are displayed as a small icon, and a simple tap will bring up all information about that business. Traffic delays and detours are visible, and your daily commutes are remembered so that it can tell you if there are any delays on the roads you use the most. These are great features, but perhaps the biggest feature is that Nokia Drive can be used offline. 
During initial setup you will be asked to download maps to your phone. The maps are then stored on the phone, and you can use Nokia Drive without ever having to worry about data usage. You can download as many maps as you want and they are all free. 
The other big difference compared to Google's offering is ease of use. Nokia Drive is very easy to use. No complicated menus and a simple set of options that allow you to tweak the most important aspects of the app are what you will find here. Compared to Google Maps, Nokia Drive is as simple as plug and play. Nokia Drive is a joy to use, it is beautiful to look at, and you do not ever have to worry about using up your expensive data. 

Both Nokia Drive and Google Maps are excellent navigation aides. Both are packed full of features, and both will get you from A to B, but Nokia Drive has the slight edge. Nokia Drive is far easier to use, is easier on the eye, and it will not burn through all of your data. If you use your smartphone for GPS on a regular basis, you really owe it to yourself to check out Windows Phone and the amazing Nokia Drive. Thanks to Brett Day for this great article!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Relief for Laptop Users

With the usage of laptops increasing, doctors are beginning to see more pains, strains and injuries coming from hunching over to see the low screen.

 Kantek LCD Protect Deluxe Anti-Glare Filter for 19 to 20 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitors (LCD20W)

Kantek LCD Protect Deluxe Anti-Glare Filter for 19 to 20 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitors (LCD20W)

Laptops have become so convenient with the efficiency of the components, allowing you to get work done or movies watched without having to get out of your bed. However, using a laptop for too many hours can cause strain on your eyes and back. Fortunately, there are some accessories that you can purchase to reduce such pains!

1. Because you tend to blink less often when looking at screens, buying an anti-glare filter will aid in reducing eyestrain. You can get Protection Filters from Staples, with prices ranging from $35 to $55, all depending on how big the size of your monitor is. If you want a bit of privacy from people sitting next to you or around you, you can get the Privacy Filter, which is quite inexpensive, $40 to $60. The Privacy Filter make the screen on your laptop seem black to anyone, except for anyone sitting right in front of the monitor.

2. Do you use your laptop on your desk? Does your neck and back throb afterwards? Experts say that the problem with laptops is that the keyboard and screen are too close together, causing you to squeeze your arms together so that you can type and it also leads to hunching over just to see the screen. Good news though! You can now purchase the APC Notebook Stand at Best Buy for $80. What the stand does is it elevates the screen and allows you to connect a full size keyboard and mouse. And with a 360° swivel, it allows you to move into your most comfortable position. Not only that, but it comes with a circulatory air cooling design, which provides additional cooling for your notebook computer! What a way to get your money's worth.

3. Laptops heat up really fast and therefore, buying a cooling pad would be a smart move. It has been proven that placing notebooks on laps for prolonged periods can cause cause fertility problems in men. However, by using a notebook cooler, $40 from Staples, it will conduct heat away the aluminum surface. The cooler will prevent you from getting burnt and extend your notebook's life by preventing it from overheating.

4. And last, but certainly not least, the most important thing to remember is to TAKE A BREAK! Step away from your beloved laptop, and stretch for 5 to 10 minutes. Not only do your eyes need a break from staring at the screen for so long, but your body needs a good stretch. Stretching will do wonders to your aches and pains. Thanks to karen for these infos!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Men's Accessories: Watches - Are You Using Analog or Digital Watch? Who was Patek Philippe?.

In olden days, pocket watches were the only means of checking time on the move. However, these watches had only a hour hand and the watch mechanism was highly inaccurate. But after a few hundred years, Patek Philippe invented the first ever wristwatch. Initially, it was considered to a woman's accessory. But as time passed on men, too, began to use them.
There are two main ways in which watch displays: analog and digital. Analog display is one of the most primitive display methods. Watches with analog display have a numbered dial upon which are mounted a short rotating hour hand, a longer rotating minute hand and a third hand that shows the current second of the current minute.
             Jewelry, designer and dressy watches almost always have analog display of the time. These watches come in a wide range of styles of hands, numbers, and other aspects of the analog dial. On the other hand a digital display simply shows the time as a number, e.g., 10:10 a.m. instead of a pair of hands pointing towards the numbers 10 and 2 on a dial.

Watches have to be powered to keep them running day in and day out. Some of the most common methods of doing so are springs or batteries. Some of them operate on the self winding mechanism while others can operate on light energy, kinetic energy or thermal power. The spring operated watches have a wound spring which has to be rewound by the user periodically while the battery operated ones use electricity derived from a replaceable battery.
The watches which operate on kinetic energy are powered by the movement of the wearer. Some electronic watches are also powered by light by using a photovoltaic cell. A thermal power based watches use the temperature difference between the wearer's arm and the surrounding environment to power up.

Modern watches can be chronographs and chronometers. These two terms sound similar and are often confused, although they are altogether different things. A chronograph is a watch in which the watch movement can function as a stopwatch whereas a chronometer is an all-mechanical watch or clock whose movement has been tested and certified to operate within a certain standard of accuracy by the COSC (Contr�le Officiel Suisse des Chronom�tres). See the Patek Philippe history.

Digital watches haven't replaced analog watches. In fact digital watches have fallen somewhat out of fashion, and these days most of the watches display time in analog form, although the internal parts of the watch are electronic. Jewelry or dressy watches rarely have digital displays. Digital display is particularly popular with "geek watches" that have a large number of features besides simply showing the date and time.
So the choice of digital or analog displays completely depends upon the user, his personality and, of course, the occasion as well.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dress for Emotional Success, Your Clothing Choices Can Affect Your Mood!

       Our clothing style definately impacts the way that others see us. People that we meet for the first time make judgements and assumptions about our personality and lifestyle based on what we chose to wear that day. The "dress for success" principle is often emphasized during job training sessions.

It is important to dress meticulously when you are going to job interviews or to make presentations. Yes, our clothing style impacts the way others perceive us, but it also affects the way that we feel about ourselves. Here are a few tips on dressing for emotional success.
Dress for Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Polished and Professional at Work 
Molly Gotham  
       First of all, dress in clothing that is suitable to your profession. If you work in a business office, professional attire such as dress slacks and blouses would be appropriate choices. Dressing in jeans or t-shirts gives your customer a less than optimal opinion of you and of the entire business.

This isn't fair or respectful of your employer. Dressing in professional clothing implies that you pay attention to small details, that you are successful, and that you are confident. Again, if you dress with confidence, you will begin to feel confident.

Dress For Success: Get Great Ideas On How to Dress for Success, Professional Dress and More 
Steven Neese
Second, dress in clothing that fits well. If you wear clothing that is too large, you tend to be pulling, tugging, or re-arranging portions of fabric most of the day. Not only is it annoying, but it also is distracting. Clothing that doesn't fit well looks sloppy and disorderly. That messy look can take the bounce right out of our step. Dressing in clothing that fits well makes us feel better and smile more!

When choosing clothing, make sure that it is appropriate for your age. When older women wear clothing that is styled and fitted for the younger crowd, it does nothing more than embarrass the wearer and most everyone that she meets. If you're older, you don't need to look dowdy and drab, but just don't head for the low rise jeans at The Gap. A more mature look will accentuate your body without making you look like you are trying to find the fountain of youth.
Colour Me Beautiful Image Matters for Men: How to dress for success! 
Veronique Henderson
Once you've chosen a wardrobe that makes you feel wonderful, go the extra mile and shop for some great accessories. Nothing says "old lady" faster than a pair of tan or navy SAS loafers. Comfort is important, but do Some extra shopping and find some shoes that are comfortable, but a little more trendy.

Find and carry a bag that is not ten years old. Accessorize your look with great necklaces and bracelets. These all can be found for affordable prices at places like Target.

Something that isn't clothing related, but still you related to the way that you feel about yourself is your hairstyle. Unkept and frizzy hair sends the message that you don't pay attention to details and that you are unkept. While this may not be true, it is still what people may think. A fun and trendy hairstyle implys that you are approachable, up to date, and fun. The style doesn't have to be anything outlandish, just neat and flattering to your face. 

Lastly, it is true that real friends and family will love you no matter how you dress. This article is not about your friends or family. It is about you and how you feel. Putting a little more style or fun into your wardrobe can be an ice breaker for those who are unfamiliar with you. Make the way that you dress a reflection of your personality. You aren't really all that boring, are you, Cookie White?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Getting a Tattoo

While tattoos may be taboo and off limits to some, they can be a sense of art and self expression for others. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are a few things to remember before getting one, especially if you've never had one before.

The first thing to remember is making sure a tattoo is what you want. After all, this is something permanent that you're doing to your skin, and while there are certain ways of removing one, such as surgery, it may not be removed completely. Why go through all of that in first place? So if you want a tattoo, be sure about it first, as well as the kind of tattoo you want to represent you.

There are plenty of classic tattoo mistakes, so avoid them at all cost. Don't get a tattoo that you were motivated to get in the heat of the moment that you might regret later, and don't get a boyfriend or girlfriend's name. While getting a significant other's name can be a special and romantic thing, you don't know what the future holds when it comes to whether or not you'll still be with that person. In case you break up, it's best to not get anything that relates to them. It's okay to get a tattoo of your children's name or the name of someone in your family that may have passed away, however.
While some people want to get a tattoo that looks pretty, others may want to get one that has a deeper meaning. When it comes to how you want to represent yourself with a tattoo, be sure about it and make sure people understand why you chose it by getting one that clearly states "this is me" instead of something that may look ridiculous or confusing to someone else.
If you're getting a tattoo that's in a different language, such as Chinese or Japanese characters, make sure you know what the meaning is before getting it. There are a lot of people who have gotten Asian characters as their tattoo, but its true meaning wasn't what they originally thought. If it helps, ask an Asian person who understands that particular character, or you can do your own research.

Tattoo Artist:
Believe it or not, there are a lot of tattoo artists that shouldn't be giving tattoos at all. When you select the person you want to give you a tattoo, make sure you're aware of their credentials first. Ask to see some of their work, and make sure they are licensed to give you a tattoo.
Take your surroundings into consideration. Hygiene is very important so if you see signs of bad hygiene, it's best not to get a tattoo in that place. If it helps, do some research on that particular place, keeping an eye out for good and bad reviews. Learning all you can about a tattoo parlor, and tattoo artist is very important so never skip this step before getting a tattoo. Toya Bass.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Charge

Does your new Smartphone battery drain too quickly? For the most part, the standard batteries that come with the new Smartphones aren't up to the tasks demanded by the many apps and widgets running on the phone. In addition, the 4G network drains batteries even more. To top off all of that, your cell phone provider may be adding to your battery woes. No wonder your standard battery is giving up the ghost!
Everyone agrees that the 4G network drains your battery faster than the 3G network. Forums are reporting 4G drains the battery 20% faster than the 3G. The only thing you can do to combat this is to turn off the 4G unless you are streaming video or data. You can buy an extended battery, but that means your case won't fit as the extended battery is thicker than the standard battery. There is a good solution to this dilemma.
Buy a spare battery and a Sync and Charge Cradle. For example, the HTC EVO 4G Sync and Charge Cradle not only allows you to sync your EVO 4G, but will charge it will you're streaming video. It has a spare battery charger built into it so you can be charging the spare battery as well. No need to get the bulkier extended battery that your case won't fit. Sure you have to carry around the spare battery, but that's a small inconvenience.
Another cool gadget that may save you bacon from the fire is called an Emergency Portable Charger. It is external and just plugs into your Smartphone or iPhone and recharges your battery. It is great for those times when the power is out (like during the upcoming winter storms) or when you are out and about without access to electricity.
There are some simple, easy to do steps that will help your battery life. These include conditioning your new battery, configuring your Smartphone services, and being selective about which apps you use on your cell phone. These tips are the pretty much same whether you have an iPhone or an Android Smartphone. The only big difference is that you can't get an extended battery for your iPhone or change it out easily. For those iPhone owners there are some cool gadgets that help, like the Rechargeable Battery Case for theiPhone 4, 5s, 5c and more.
Battery conditioning and battery care is critical to get the most out of your mAh (milliampere-hour). The mAh determines the length of talk time and stand by time your battery will give you. When you get any new Smartphone or cell phone, you should always condition the battery so that it utilizes the most charge it can. Conditioning the battery means that when you get the new battery you should take it out of the phone and then replace it. Keeping the device off, plug it into the AC charger and then let it charge for 6-8 hours without being on or using it (overnight is usually best.) This will bring the battery's charge up to its highest capacity initially, an important step in conditioning the battery. 
The next step is to use the phone and discharge the battery until it is almost dead. Then repeat the charging process overnight. Do this for the first 2-3 times you charge the battery. Repeat this process about once a month as we tend to do a shallow discharge and recharge the battery frequently. (We all do it. We have a fear of having a dead cell phone.)
Reduce your screen brightness. Your screen is without a doubt the worst offender for taking down the battery charge life. Turn the screen brightness down to 30%. Unless you are out in really bright sunlight, you will still be able to read your screen just fine. This adjustment alone could enable you to have another few hours of battery life per charge.
Change your email settings. Unless you are totally addicted to getting your email immediately, change the frequency of checking email to every couple of hours. While it may not be as exciting as getting your email instantaneously, your battery charge will last much longer.
Turn off the GPS locator, the Wi-Fi, and the Bluetooth. If you are going to go on a trip and need the Google Maps feature, you can turn it back on. Other services that use the GPS are Weatherbug, Latitude, etc., but again, if you don't absolutely need them, turn off the GPS locator. Just having the GPS off will save your battery. If your phone is constantly searching for a Wi-Fi connection you will drain the battery quickly. Turn it off and only use it when you get to a location you know has a Wi-Fi connection. As for the Bluetooth, turn it off at night or when you aren't using it. It will save you lots of battery charge.
Be selective with running apps. Your new Smartphone has a bunch of application running, and you may have downloaded even more. There are so many cool apps available for the various Smartphones. But having all these cool apps running takes down the battery in a big way. I have downloaded an app called Advanced Task Killer for my Droid X, which allows you to manually stop apps you choose. You can always access the apps from your home screen any time you wish. I automatically kill running apps every time I access my phone. This saves the life of your battery. For iPhone owners there is the AppManager.
By being smarter than you Smartphone, you can extend your device's battery charge life. As with anything else in life, management is key. So again, condition your battery and be choosy about what's running on your phone. You will get a whole lot more life out of each battery charge! Info provided by Mobile Maiden.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turn Your Smartphone into a Travel Guide with the Right Apps

Best Smartphone Apps for Your Trip to Europe

Taking your dream trip to Europe and don't want to carry a backpack full of guidebooks and maps everywhere? Your smartphone can store all the information you need to find your way around and have a wonderful time. Here are some tips to help you get started.


The simplest way to get tourist information on your smartphone is to buy your favorite guides in e-book form. Download them to your smartphone for reading with your book app of choice. While your smartphone may not be the best format for general reading, it is perfect for keeping reference material easily to hand. Have a day out in Paris and find yourself with some extra time? Look up nearby tourist attractions in your downloaded guide book, and find your way using your map function.

Rick Steves:

Travel author and TV host, Rick Steves, has his own audio-app for playing travel podcasts. The app and podcasts are free of charge, and available for iOS and Android. From inside the app, you can choose and download the podcasts that interest you. Once downloaded to your phone, there is no need for Wi-Fi or a data connection in order to play them. Podcasts are available for destinations all over Europe - from "Backroads Scotland," to "Caves of Slovenia."
Steve's many podcasts for Paris include a hilarious and informative interview with David Sedaris. We enjoyed his audio walking tours around historic Paris, as well as the audio-guide to Versailles Palace, which is designed to complement the official audio-tour. I quickly learned that Steve's advice is never wrong - especially whenever I thought I knew better.

iTunes U:

If you have an iPhone, search iTunes U for offerings about the history, art, or archaeology of the region you're visiting. For example, I found a great series of short videos from The Open University on the archeology of Rome and Ostia Antica. I watched all of them before our trip, and viewed them again while we were on site - a huge help in understanding the details of complex Roman archeological sites.

Restaurant guides:

If you go to your smartphone's app store and search for your destination city, you'll find numerous guides offering reviews and other information about restaurants and more. Go ahead and read the descriptions and download any that appeal. They're great for getting an idea of the range of restaurants, bars, and food shops. Depending on where you're staying, you might find recommendations for the perfect nearby café, bistro, or cheese shop.
To be honest, I did not find food guide apps particularly helpful in finding local restaurants in Rome or Paris. We had better luck strolling around and reading posted menus. I did, however, find the wonderful "Caruso" gelato shop in Rome thanks to the "Eat Rome" app. In my book, that one tasty treat was totally worth the download!

Site-specific apps:

Some sites of interest have their own guide apps available, which are advertised by signs at the location and/or linked to their website. For example, signs at the Eiffel Tower and the gardens at Versailles Palace advertised their own apps, as well as free Wi-Fi for downloading. The bad news is that we were unable to connect to the Wi-Fi at either site, so had to make do without their guidance.
I recommend checking the websites of attractions you're interested in to see if they offer downloadable app guides or podcasts - before you leave for your trip. Using your own home Wi-Fi is both more reliable and more secure than downloading to your phone from a public site.
I downloaded the Versailles Gardens app after we got home from Paris. It is both beautiful and informative, with photos and embedded audio and video commentary about specific points of interest. I believe if you are on site, location markers will trigger the app to show you information about what you are looking at. I wish we'd had it when we were there! 

With these few tips in mind to help, your smartphone can be your guide to a wonderful vacation. Credits for this article goes to to Grace M. Drake!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What to do First When You Get a New Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T - $39.99)

Getting a fresh, new phone always creates a different exhilaration. From the moment you open and take it out of the box to customizing its ringtone and wallpaper, we all had that moment at least once in our tech-driven lives. But how do you really make a new phone your own and get to know it? Here are some general things that you may want to consider when customizing, as well as protecting, your new prized possession.

Run Through Its Settings

This is where you can perfectly customize your phone according to your needs and preferences. From ringtones, call volume, and display options, the settings menu is where every new phone owner should start. Not only you will discover the other cool features that your phone can offer, you can change how your phone will behave and notify you in the most convenient way. In settings, you can set different modes that you can apply to your phone when you are outdoors, in a meeting, or if you just want it to be quiet as possible while you are asleep.

If you want to have a less-cluttered experience, some Android phones have an option for simple startup mode. For some, there is a setup wizard that may guide you through this option if it has the simple startup mode functionality.

Apply Some Security Measures

Admit it, we spend more time choosing the coolest wallpaper or theme for our new phone than setting up the sufficient security it needs. Before you get distracted with loading it up with tons of apps, games, photos, and other stuff, take time to set up a password or PIN on your phone. Some have more security features that you can also enable to make it more secure. Since you've already gone through its settings, you should already have an idea on how to turn on its security features.
There are also great apps that you can use to beef up your phone's security. When the unfortunate event happens that your phone accidentally gets lost or stolen (which every phone owner hopes would never happen), you can be sure that your phone has enough protection against the perpetrator from easily gaining access to your personal files and info.

Check and Run Updates

Updates whether on software version, apps, or operating system comes at a fast-paced rate. So there's likely a possibility that by the time you unwrapped your new phone, there's a couple or more updates waiting for it. Running updates on your phone is essential as it contains fixes and enhancements that will give you better mobile experience. Normally, you can check for updates via the Settings menu. The duration of the update process may vary depending on how many programs that needs to be updated.

Go All the Way

Now that you've performed all the basics in updating and securing your new phone, go ahead and get crazy in making it your own. Download wallpapers, themes, and app launchers -- anything that will make it all funky and awesome. You can also group apps into folders for ease of reference.

This is the most exciting part of having a new phone, to pimp it out until you give out a sigh and exclaim, "This is so me!" Talking about going all the way, you can even root (for Android) or jailbreak (for iOS) your phone, but be reminded that doing this will also void your phone's warranty. So, if you're really planning on doing this, better do it at a later time when the warranty period expires.

Customizing your phone's look and feel can be an enjoyable, but can also be risky at the same time. Having too much apps and games installed on your phone can affect its speed and response, so be wise in choosing the apps that you'll be installing. Verify if a certain app will definitely be useful to you first before you go ahead and click that Download or Install button.

Sync Your Phone via Cloud Storage

You should also pay attention when your phone notifies you that you can turn on cloud storage or its syncing feature for your phone's contacts, calendar, photos, music, and other apps. Syncing your phone with your other devices such as your computer and tablet will allow you to share your files and keep it updated whenever you need to access your documents from any of your devices. However, be cautious when turning on your phone's sync option. There are times when you unconsciously turn it on, and then your phone will start uploading all your documents in the cloud, turn on your social networking, and generally shares your info that you'd rather selectively perform yourself.

Be Prepared for Your Phone's Future

Sooner or later, you will come into terms where you want to replace your phone and resell it. Make it a point to keep and take care of your phone's documentation, accessories, even its box to make it more attractive to future buyers. Because two to three years from now, you'll be considering of getting another phone with newer technology and features. Don't worry about your old phone, there's someone out there that will still be interested with your old unit, especially if it's well taken care of. Make use of soft and protective cases to minimize any scratches your phone may get from its everyday use. Or if you're planning to make it as a hand-me-down gadget to your younger sibling, it will still be considered as a prized possession because you really took care of it. 
So there you have it, it's not really that hard to follow these guidelines. Every new phone owner does all these things, however in their own perspective order. However you want to do these things, keep in mind that your phone is somehow like an investment that is very useful to you, so it's very important to take good care of it and protect it as much as you can. Thanks to Andrew Dal for these awesome ideeas.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Best Christmas Gifts for Attorneys: Shop Smart

Wondering what would make a great Christmas gift for an Attorney? Many people often wonder what to get a professional such as an Attorney as a Christmas gift, there are many items that would be more than suitable! While the lifestyle of an Attorney is strictly business, you have the option of getting fun gifts. Below I have suggested the best gifts to get for Attorneys.


     This should automatically go without saying! A briefcase is basically the "life" of a attorney since they carry all of their personal applications and files in it. Try looking for one in relation to the season. No, this doesn't mean get a briefcase that has Santa or reindeers on it, it means since the winter is coming up, try getting a winter material such as leather. There are plenty of inexpensive briefcases at high quality places such as Baggage/Luggage stores as well as high fashion clothing stores. If you're not really worried about sticking to a budget, go all out and spend lots of money on the one of your choice, make sure to stick to the typical color scheme of either brown or black.

Business Card Holders

     All Attorneys carry around business cards so why not purchase them a business card holder? These are sure to come in handy for Attorneys who rubber band their cards together or have them scattered around all over the place. Not only will this card holder benefit them in a way of being organized, it's almost weightless. Stick to getting card holders with a "shiny" finish in either gold or silver, they are sure to love you for it!

Gift Cards

     If you run out of Christmas ideas for an Attorney, go with gift cards! Purchase gift cards from stores such as OfficeMax, Macy's, Nordstrom's or places where they serve food. Make sure these cards aren't from ordinary places such as McDonalds and Burger King if you're going the food route, make it somewhere classy!


     Every Attorney needs a laptop! Most lawyers need to have some sort of computer in order to do their work. Whether it be filing cases or inputting info, having a laptop is a must have. If you're on a budget for Christmas, go for the next best thing, purchase an organizer or palm pilot. These are sure to be important gadgets based on the lifestyle of an Attorney.


     If you're deciding to purchase a piece of clothing or pieces of clothing for an attorney, stick to business wear. This means look for ties, suits, socks, and dress shoes when it comes to men. Women will be more into professional dresses, skirts, dress pants and heels. Make sure you know the size of the person you're buying for before you go to the store. It would really spoil the Christmas surprise if you had to call and ask them while you're in the store. Doug Mitchell 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why an Iphone Overheats

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (White) - Verizon

Ways to Avoid Frequent Overheating Error Messages

When the IPhoneoverheats, it displays a written warning that reads: "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it." Many iPhone owners get a little worried when they see this message and its accompanying yellow exclamation point graphic, but usually the problem is usually an easy fix.
My own IPhonerecently started displaying the overheating error during a long car ride while simultaneously playing music from an online service and tethering a 4G connection to my laptop. This is consistent with a problem that many users had after upgrading to iOS 4.3.1, which had issues with constant streaming data access accordingto blog Tuaw.
4G access creates a much more significant draw on the phone's resources than other forms of Internet access, and in most cases, recurring overheating issues occur when you ask your iPhone to access 4G or 3G data for an extended period of time. Here are a few steps to take that will help you avoid the problem.

1. Only access the Internet through a single program at a time. If you read the Internet on your phone while listening to music and downloading email attachments, you'll run the risk of seeing heat errors.

2. Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever possible. This will take some of the strain off of the iPhone's mobile Internet chip without limiting your access to the Internet. You can turn Wi-Fi on or off in the iPhone's Settings menu.

3. Close apps when you aren't using them. If you've never closed iPhone programs before, it's a pretty easy process. Go to the home screen. Now, double-tap on the Home button to bring up a bar with running processes. You can hold your finger on any of the icons for a few seconds to cause it to wiggle, then click the little red minus sign to close it. Alternately, you can restart your iPhone to close everything at once.

4. Use unapproved apps sparingly. My overheating error occurred when I used Tether, an app that allows the iPhone to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. It's not an Apple-approved app, and it occasionally causes problems with the iPhone if used for hours on end in conjunction with other Internet-based software.
If you use these programs or if you've jailbroken your iPhone 4S, remember to give your iPhone a chance to rest every few hours, particularly when tethering.

5. Don't plug your iPhone in while using it. If you're using the 3G/4G chip constantly with your iPhone plugged into a power source, you'll run a serious risk of overheating.
Most importantly, pay attention to your iPhone. If you ever feel it start to warm up, give it a chance to rest. The device can sustain serious damage if it passes its temperature threshold regularly, so play it safe by touching it occasionally to make sure that it's at room temperature.
Have any tips or questions about overheating iPhones? Post below. Phil Dotree 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Keeping Black Clothes Black

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You go into your closet and pick out an outfit consisting of a black pair of pants and a black shirt. You get dressed, and upon looking into the mirror, realize that your shirt and pants do not match because while they are both black, they are two different colors. It turns out that your shirt had faded to a more grayish color. So how do you keep this from happening and keep your black clothes black?
When purchasing black garments, there are a few things to look for that will keep your clothes from fading so much. Check to see what the item is made from because certain fabrics hold color better than others. If you are purchasing a black t shirt, make sure that it is made with lycra as opposed to just cotton. Fine cotton and silk yarn don't fade as fast either.
When washing your clothes, it is best to use soap that is specifically made for black clothes. This soap will remove any chlorine that may be in the water. There are products available that are also specifically designed to be added to dark laundry to keep the colors from fading in the wash. Chlorine in the water will cause your black clothes to fade into a gray color. Also, wash your clothes in cold water. This helps to hold the color in. When washing a black garment for the first time, wash it with a cup of vinegar. This helps to lock in the color.
When you dry your clothes, be sure to use a low heat dry cycle. This will help keep your clothes from fading and also keep them from shrinking. If you choose to hang your clothes out to dry, do not hang your black clothes in the sun. The sun will cause your clothes to fade.
An even better way to keep your black clothes from fading is to take them to the dry cleaner. The employees there specialize in clothing and will know how to keep the colors from fading as they are being cleaned.
If you do have a black piece that has faded, you only have a couple of options. You can dye the fabric back to its original black color. If that isn't something that you want to do, then it is best to retire the piece. Wearing faded black clothing just isn't the same as wearing clothes that were originally gray.

There are a few ways that you can keep your black clothes black. Hopefully some of these ideas will keep your blacks looking great. Ideeas by Lisa Pinkerton