Ticket for Improper Use of a Cell Phone While Driving

This is another one of those articles that’s a little off topic but a bit related.  A family member of mine recently received a ticket improper use of a cell phone while driving so I began to check into it (Keep in mind as you read this that I’m not an attorney and this article isn’t legal advice, simply a discussion of her dilemma).  This took place in New Jersey where the penalties for doing this have recently increased substantially.  First time offenders will receive a fine of at least $200 but not more than $400. The fine for a second offense is … Read more

Smartphone Apps for Golfers

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, technology is changing when it comes to all sports.  Today we’re talking about a sport that is one of the easiest to apply technology to, which is golf. I used to think that having a device such as my SkyCaddie GPS to tell me the yardage from where I was standing to the pin was about as good as it got.  I would stand on the course, whip out the GPS, and check the yardage.  I would then adjust my club to what the book said would make it to the green based upon the yardage … 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

Waze Beyond the Basics

Readers of our site know that I am a big fan of Waze.  I professed my fondness for this terrific application in a prior article which you can read here.  If you have not downloaded Waze yet, do it.  It is a free application, now owned by Google that provides one of the most powerful GPS experiences available including live traffic routing. I called this article Waze Beyond the Basics because it sounded better than Waze Part Two.  After using Waze for over six months, I have become aware of features that were not intuitive upon initial use.  Some of … 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

Waze Newly Introduced Features

Faithful readers of this site are familiar with my affection for Waze.  This is the third article I have written on the application.  You can read the other two here and here.  I am still a huge fan and the recent new release makes me an even bigger one.  The features of Waze coupled with a high resolution large screen smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Apple iPhone 6 makes this the best GPS available.  I’m including the latest GPS models from the large manufacturers in this statement.  The inclusion of live traffic updates and road hazards is something … Read more