Smartphones

Must-Have Accessories

Must-Have Accessories
Must-Have Accessories

Did you get a new device this holiday season?  Perhaps it was something that you purchased for yourself - a tablet, a phone, a TV, laptop, etc.  But your question is: now what do I do with this?  How can I accessorize my new favorite device and utilize it for all its worth? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your holiday devices.

Cables

Most of your devices came with a cable, but let’s face it, you can never have enough of them. If it’s for your phone, you need one in your bedroom, the car, your purse, next to the computer, and an extra one because you know one of them might grow legs and simply walk away.

Getting extra lightning cables for your iPhone/iPad is a no brainer, but consider trying out the Moshi lightning cable for a little style and have the same one-year-warranty as the Apple brand.

You got the new Apple TV but it didn’t come with a HDMI cable and you need one to make it work. Did you know that when you AirPlay to the AppleTV it doubles your local traffic? Get yourself an ethernet cable to connect your AppleTV directly to your router for the fastest speed.

Battery Pack

Your new iOS device has a nice battery life, but it won’t always be like that. If you plan on going camping, traveling on a plane, or going beyond the range of an outlet, then you’re going to want to get some power on the go. The Moshi Ionbank 5K comes with an integrated Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, and a USB cable to charge itself. The extra USB port on IonBank 5K allows for a second device to charge, whether it be another iPhone or even an Android device.

Protection

Your new device looks pretty sweet and you should keep it that way.  With the i10 Pixel glass you can keep the glass scratch-free as it reaches to the top corners of your phone from the bottom corners. For full phone protection, look at the cases from Moshi.  They range in design from sleek to rugged, and even offer a wallet folio case. These cases keep your devices safe and in style.

Your computer should be protected from scratches as well. The Speck see-thru lets your Apple logo light glow through the case and gives it the protection needed from daily wear and tear, like sliding it into your full backpack.

What about a folio for the businessman/woman to look professional and have protection? The Tucano Palmo and Leggero are a great protective solution with a style that says, "Look out, I look good, I look important, I am successful." If you are looking for a folio that has a keyboard, look no further than the Moshi Versa Cover with keyboard; this bad boy turns heads.

Headphones

You’re probably going to lose these in a pocket, in the wash, in the car, leave them at a friend's house... you get the idea, you're going to lose them. And the headphones that came with you iPhone are average at best. The Moshi Mythro headphones are your answer to the average headphones; they're only $29.95 and according to CNet, they are the best headphones under $50.

Cleaning

No one likes fingerprints on screens, and the germs on your computer aren’t very attractive either. Apple Juice screen and device cleaner provides you with cleanliness, and it smells like apples.

Learning curve

You have the devices but don’t know all the ins and outs of how to utilize them most effectively. Understanding the benefits of iCloud seems beyond your grasp, and how to make a document look like you hired someone to make it is something weighing on your mind.  ME.Training can give you the advantages you’ve been looking for. Sign up for a private class with a trainer and get the undivided attention you deserve.

Protecting Your Investment with a Case

Did you know when you protect your device with a case, it maintains its value better than if left unprotected?  When our technicians value a computer or any device for trade in, we run a lot of tests on it, but we also look at the condition of the device. The better it looks, the more it's worth.  Let's be honest, no one wants to buy anything used that looks like it's been through the ringer. If you're going to spend your hard-earned dollars on a MacBook or an iPad 2 or keep track of your whole life on your iPhone, you really should protect it.

That's why we offer cases for your devices, from see thru Speck cases to the Moshi Overture wallet cases.

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Search within a webpage on your iPhone

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Searching for information is great! We have it right at our fingertips with a web search engine on our smartphones.  But have you ever wanted to look for something specific inside of a webpage itself on your iPhone?  Safari, the web browser on your iPhone can do just that. Let's say you want to find Sarah Connor mentions from within a Terminator: Genisys review. Just visit the page in Safari, tap the address/search box at the top of the screen, tap the little “x” button to clear out the URL, then type “Sarah.”

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At the bottom of the search results, you’ll see an “On This Page” heading. Tap “Find ‘Sarah’” to highlight every mention of the word on the page. From there you can tap the arrows at the bottom of the screen to cycle through each mention.

The Hidden Trackpad

There are a lot of cool features but I love this one.  I use this one all of the time. Turn your keyboard into a trackpad on your iPhone 6s and 6s plus with ease. Of course this only works with Apple’s keyboard and not third-party keyboards and you must be on iOS 9. But what did you expect, Apple has to keep the really cool features for themselves.

STEP 1: Open any app that uses a keyboard

STEP 2: Press and hold firmly on the keyboard to activate the trackpad

STEP 3: Slide your finger around to move the cursor

STEP 4: Press harder to select whole words

STEP 5: Release to return to keyboard

Here is a video of it in action.

Quick Access to Draft Emails on iOS

Have you ever been interrupted while composing and email on your iPhone or iPad. You hit cancel, and then propted with “Delete Draft or Save Draft” But getting to that draft can be overwhelming.  

Step 1: Hold down the compose button.  You will be prompted with "New Message" and PREVIOUS DRAFTS.

 

That's it.  Lesson over.

 

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iOS 8 Message App

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Messages, in iOS 8 will be getting a number updates that will make the most used app in iOS even more useful. Here the skinny of what users can look forward to.

One of the more ground breaking additions to Messages is the ability to seamlessly send voice messages without having to leave the app itself.  Apple calls this "Tap to Talk."

There's now a microphone icon located to the right of the message window. Users simply need to tap on the icon, record their message and send. Also worth noting is that users can listen to voice messages by simply raising their iPhone up to their ear. In addition to audio, Messages also allows users to quickly send short video messages.

Because voice and video messages are larger than standard messages,  they will self-destruct as to save storage space. Message recipients, though, can  keep selected audio and video messages of their choosing. Kind of like Snapchat meets iOS.

Another improvement to Messages in iOS 8 is that it finally gives users more control over group text conversations that they're a part of. You will finally have the ability to leave group texting threads (I hate it when my phone is blowing up in a conversation I don't care about), add or remove other participants, and elect not to be disturbed every time a group text flies in.

The new Messages app gives you the ability to see all the photos and videos ever sent in a particular conversation without having to hit "Load Earlier Messages". For anyone who has had to press that button 365,241 times to find a photo sent weeks if not months earlier, this feature is a godsend.

Speaking of photos, Messages in iOS 8 now supports the ability to send multiple photos and videos concurrently.

And lastly, a add-on to the upcoming Messages feature set is the ability to quickly share your location with friends.

Apple describes the feature as:

"Where are you?" Answer that question more clearly than ever with a map showing your location. You can also share your whereabouts with people you choose for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. And you can see people in the message thread on a map if they've shared their locations.

This will make connecting with friends easier than it's been with "Find My Friends."