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Say no to vertical videos

Just like many other holidays, I hope this Fourth of July offers you and your family many occasions to shoot lots of photos and videos as you make memories. From children dressed in red, white and blue to backyard barbecues and fireworks, I know you or your spouse is bound to have your cell phone out. (It's rare these days to see folks these days with anything more than their cell phone to take photos or video.) Here's ...

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Our voice has more power than before

I have never been a fan of voice-powered apps or features on phones. My exact words when I’d see a commercial for Apple iPhone’s Siri would go something along the lines of “That’s just a total gimmick.” I mean it was funny that you could ask Siri a silly question and get an even sillier response in kind, but as far as usefulness on the road, I thought no way. The fact they gave a name to ...

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Hulu, Netflix apps

How to catch your favorite shows and flicks on the road.

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Making the most of Foursquare

How to use Foursquare with your smartphone or tablet Sign up using your email address or Facebook account. Activate your device’s GPS function. When you make a stop, open the Foursquare app to find the nearest locations. Using the honor system, only “check in” where you are visiting. Link the app to your Twitter account to have your check-ins tweeted. Be wary that these are sometimes viewed as uninteresting, and you may risk losing some of your followers. Find ...

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Reasons to use Foursquare

Here are just a few reasons the free app Foursquare could be worth trying out.

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BigRoad logging app

BigRoad (free for driver mobile app; $15 a month for fleets) doesn't need to be anything more than what it is. Using Google maps for navigation, in-app messaging, sending/receiving tools and little else, it makes logging and tracking a cinch. The main draw for both drivers and fleets is the logging function, which is compatible with United States and Canada hours of service compliance rules. On the top left of the home screen, the round duty ...

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BlueHighway headset

Hoffco Brands’ over-the-head BlueHighway Bluetooth headset has an adjustable head strap and offers a 320-degree, swivel arm boom mic, for both left and right ear use. It has noise canceling technology and can stream music wirelessly through a multimedia phone or device. Other features include multipoint pairing with up to two phones at the same time, and a headset-to-handset transfer function. The BlueHighway headset features up to 27 hours of talk time and up to 750 ...

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Magellan, AAA renew partnership

Magellan and AAA have renewed their multiyear partnership and are now bringing a roadside dispatch system to Magellan's RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS. AAA road service operators, using the company's D/2000 system, will use the RoadMate to navigate to where the assistance is needed. The American Automobile Association provides travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Rick Lorenz, the company's director of wireless program development and fleet communications, says, “Timely arrival to a breakdown location is a critical component ...

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Twitter: Protect privacy

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Hurricane tracking apps

Hurricane season continues through the end of November, so there's still a few months this year to make use of a free hurricane tracking application.

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