How to Play an iPhone Through a Car Radio

A recent inquiry from a friend prompted some investigation worthy of sharing.  A new Apple iPhone 7 coupled with an old Subaru lacking current connectivity ports posed quite a dilemma for his 17 year old daughter.  She wants to play her iPhone through a car radio.  Not so simple in an older car. Wanting to make it right for his daughter, my friend was about to replace the head unit in his Subaru for hundreds of dollars.  The new head unit would provide her with a traditional interface to play audio from the iPhone and perhaps a little more in … Read more…

Should you Switch from an Apple to Samsung Smartphone?

The much-anticipated Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was released in September, 2016.  All hail Apple.  Again.  I guess.  Well, maybe not.  Is it time to switch from an Apple to Samsung smartphone? The key changes announced by Apple were: An upgraded camera on both models.  The Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets a second camera for focus enhancements.  Better cameras are always good. An IP67 waterproof case which is said to protect the iPhone 7 up to one meter.  Nice in case I drop my phone in a puddle. A new home button.  It’s no longer mechanical but seems to … Read more…

A Guide to Selecting the Proper Apple Lightning Cable

Not every lightning cable is made the same.  This article will provide some clarity and guidance for selecting a cable for your tablet or iPhone. For many years, Apple used a 30-pin connection for their iPods and even the iPhone through the 4s models.  When Apple introduced the iPhone 5 and iPad 4, a new cable came into play called the lightning cable.  This is an 8-pin cable that is much smaller than the 30-pin and easier to connect and disconnect from the device. Apple soon realized that a lot of third parties were making the Lightning Cable and some were so poorly … Read more…

How to Prevent GPS Theft

So we’re eating dinner at a local restaurant on Route 46 in Northern New Jersey.  We leave after a 90 minutes meal to find a bunch of glass all over the parking lot.  I look at my car to find the passenger window smashed, my GPS stolen and the glove box all over the floor of the car.  I remember walking into the restaurant and several people from the kitchen staff were outside smoking and checking us out.  This is New Jersey and that’s the way the state rolls so I didn’t think anything about it at the time.  When … Read more…

Mounts and Accessories for the Big Giant Samsung Galaxy S4, Note, Mega

As everyone knows, the size of mobile phones have been growing at a rapid pace.  The largest phones are now pretty much the same size as a small tablet.  I recently used a friend’s Samsung Galaxy Mega.  With a 6.3 inch diagonal screen size, it is almost the size of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 which has a 7 inch diagonal screen size.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t far behind in size. To be truthful, it felt pretty awkward to use.  However, they are selling and the market is accepting these larger phones as the way to go as evidenced … Read more…

Vehicle Mounts for your New Apple iPad 3

New iPad.  iPad 3.  We’re not sure what to call it.  In what seems to be an annual progression of slight improvements, the iPad 3 has hit the market.  The dimensions are very similar to prior iterations of the iPad so it is highly likely that if you have purchased mounts with a custom iPad cradle they will fit fine.  The iPad 3 is a little thinner than the first generation and .03 inches thicker than the 2nd generation.  If you have an older 1st generation iPad mount with custom cradle, just add some thick tape strips to the back … Read more…