Installing Sirius XM Radio on a Boat

Entertainment on a boat is an absolute necessity.  Some like the serene quietness on the water but not me.  Turn up the music.  Hence, our article on installing Sirius XM Radio on a boat. Installing Sirius XM Radio on a boat has unique challenges versus an everyday car installation.  The mount also needs to remain stable and remain unaffected by extreme vibrations and bumps.  It’s easy to install the antenna on a car.  Just pop it on your roof and let the wire in through your side window.  That’s not going to work well on a boat.  Same concern with power. … Read more…

How to Use Bluetooth for Everything Except Waze

Let’s say you want to use Bluetooth for every application and phone call.  Except Waze.  This article will show you how to use Bluetooth for everything except Waze. But first, what’s the issue?  My new Nissan Murano has a lot of nice technology embedded in it.  It’s far more advanced than the Acura MDX I traded in.  The audio system allows the driver to select FM, AM, CD, Sirius and Bluetooth.  I like to listen to Sirius or FM.  My phone is set to always have Bluetooth on when I’m in the car in case I get any calls. The … Read more…

Mounts to Turn a Smartphone into a Home Security Camera

Like anyone who has been alive over the past ten years, I own several smartphones.  I recently upgraded my phone to an Apple iPhone 6s Plus.  I checked the going rates for the Apple iPhone 5s at was disappointed at the prices being offered so didn’t bother to sell it.  While investigating cloud services, I stumbled upon a few ways to turn a smartphone into a home security camera. There are two things to work on if turning your smartphone into a home security camera. First, there’s the software part.  There are several good apps and services that will turn your … Read more…

How does Qi Wireless Charging Work and Why Do You Need It?

Qi wireless charging is just plain great.  What a terrific invention.  I hate having to plug my phone in every night.  You have to match up the plug with the little hole on the phone and plug it in.  It’s even worse with a thick case because the plug is somewhat recessed and you need to pull a flap out of the way. This is where Qi wireless charging comes into play.  What’s Qi wireless charging in a few sentences?  It’s a powered pad or disk.  You just lay your phone down on the Qi charging pad and that’s it. … Read more…

NFC: What is it and what can you do with it?

Let’s discuss NFC technology and how this fairly new technology can make your everyday life a little easier.  NFC has become quite popular with certain Android based smartphones and tablets manufactured over the past few years.  Not so much with Apple, although you might be surprised to know it’s used for Apple Pay. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. This technology allows devices to communicate with other devices.  Your device looks for what’s called an NFC tag.  A tag looks like a round or square adhesive disk with a small circuit board embedded into it.  You might be using this technology without even knowing … Read more…

Using Google Photos to Free Memory on an Apple iPhone

An Apple iPhone 6s Plus sure is expensive, isn’t it?  I paid $750 for mine from AT&T.  That’s for the base model with 16GB of storage.  I just couldn’t bring myself to spend more than $750 which would have gotten me more storage.  After all, it’s a phone.  Well, I ran out of memory.  Thankfully I discovered the Google Photos app. Google’s Photo Service is all over the place.  You can access your photos from your phone, tablet, desktop.  Anywhere that has internet connectivity and a device.  The app has many features which the native photo storage iOS app on an … Read more…