How to Use a Smartphone as a Dash Cam

Those purchasing a dedicated dash cam for their car should consider using their smartphone instead.  The hardware quality and app capability combined with the raw computing power of most smartphones make it a good choice.  So, let’s look at how (and why) to use your smartphone as a dash cam in the car. Why Use Your Smartphone as a Dash Cam? The camera quality on your smartphone is many times better than that found on a dedicated dash cam.  Looking at the recently introduced top of the line Garmin Dash Cam 65W, it sports a 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p … 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

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

The Best Car Mounts for Waze Users

Running this site since the early days of Waze, I have tried a lot of car mounts when using this excellent app.  So I figured it would be a worthwhile activity to write an article on what I found to be the best car mounts for Waze users. The requirements for a good mount to use with Waze are a little different from those used for a GPS.  A GPS typically has a custom connection on the back or as part of a cradle and the only requirement is that you have a good view of the display.  A GPS … Read more

Waze Gets a Face Lift with Version 4

So Google upgraded Waze to Version 4 a few days ago.  The theme of the upgrade is a redesign of the interface so that it’s more streamlined.  There are some other improvements too which we will discuss within this article.  The functionality of Waze remains the same which is a social GPS experience.  I have written about Waze many times before starting with my initial accolades which you can read here. The first thing you will notice when cranking up Waze Version 4 is that the fonts are different and larger.  The map is uncluttered.  There isn’t a typing area … Read more