Hiya vs Should I Answer: Scam Call Blocker Comparison

I recently decided it was time to get more serious about blocking robocalls and scams.  I was getting several daily.  Free cruises to the Bahamas, credit card consolidation, selling a timeshare.  The final straw was when I got one of those fake Microsoft calls.  I mean who on earth calls for any of this?  This led me to compare a few scam call blockers including Hiya and Should I Answer. First an introduction to these two apps.  Should I Answer is a top rated app that only runs on Android.  Hiya is a more popular app that will run on … Read more

How to Avoid Scam Calls on Android and iOS

It’s out of control.  We all get a few scam calls daily.  How do these guys get away with it? No.  I don’t want a free cruise to the Bahamas.  No.  I don’t need to consolidate my credit cards.  No.  I don’t own a timeshare.  No.  My family member doesn’t need monetary assistance. I can’t imagine what it must be like to work in one of these call centers where these calls originate.  I’m picturing a dimly lit room with flies buzzing around a slow-moving ceiling fan.  These guys are hung up on, cursed at and degraded hundreds of times … Read more

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