Which Phone Should You Buy?

The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2018, and the newest Samsung and Google devices have been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.

I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?

You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.

I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.

While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.

I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.

That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone XS Max 256GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone XS Max, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!

Top 3 smartphones

  • iPhone
  • Samsung
  • Google Pixel

With the millions of apps available, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily.

Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
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Don’t Fall For This Scam

There are a number of variations of this scam around the internet, but the symptoms are very common, and here is just one example. This example happened in Google Chrome, on a PC, I have not tested on the MAC yet, but have had similar situations on my MAC.

You type into your browser to go to YouTube but you accidental type the address incorrectly, say “YouTuber”, in this example.

Next thing you know, a Pop Up or “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program”) comes on the screen and says your computer has been infected. See the following message and screenshot.

typical-scam

Your computer with the IP address (an IP address will show here) has been infected by the Virus RDN/Yahlover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC-Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Technical Support number below to protect your files and identity from further damage.

It even locks you onto the page, with seemingly no way to get out of the browser, and for a lot of users, this only reinforces, that the message must indeed be legitimate.

I have heard they will ask you to pay an amount, say somewhere between $30 – $150, to fix your computer, usually by someone pretty rude!

I was going to actually call the number listed, in this case 1-888-373-0151, and record the actual phone call, but trust me, this is a scam and there are many variations of it!

I recommend if this happens to you, launch task manager and “End Task” on your browser to force it closed, or if on a MAC OS “Force Quit” your browser.

I personally clear my browser cache, and immediately run something like Malwarebytes scanner, just to be sure.

One other thing worth mentioning, I always recommend to people, to use a password manager, to store your usernames, passwords, etc. This is just one more reason to use one. Don’t store your password or login information in your browser, that’s one potential place they are probably trying to steal it from.

Amazing things you can do with your smartphone

I have many classes, dedicated to smartphones, and all the amazing things you can do with them.  I have it broken down into areas of interest, such as.

and many more.

You may need to do your own search for some apps such as the Google Play store for androids. I will be putting this together in video format as soon as possible.

You can find the class information here. The list of uses for your camera, is growing constantly, and now is approaching almost 100! Photography is without doubt, one of the most popular uses of our smartphones, and the hardware and apps that take advantage of these amazing devices is growing daily. I have included some samples on this website.

Here is a list of some of the apps and hardware, I have found very useful.

Apps I think everyone should have or at least try.

Photography
Hydra – still photography
Filmic Pro – video photography

Utilities
A Password Manager
Red Laser
Scanner Pro

Maps and navigation
Google Maps and Navigation Apps like Geocaching, HearPlanet, Waze or a find my car App or device like “ZUS”.

Video
iMovie
Touchcast
Action Movie
Periscope
Intro Mate
Netflix

News and Reference
Star Walk
Wolfram Alpha
Yelp
WebMD
Drippler

Shopping
Amazon
CamFind
Amazon Flow
Craigslist
Apps for shopping at your favorite stores. Mine includes Walmart, Costco and Amazon.
Letgo

Audio
Pandora
Spotify
Speakit
Google search
Google Translate

Safety and Emergency
Witness
Tapsheild

Productivity
All of the Made by Apple Apps like iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Garageband etc.
Any finance Apps to give you access to your bank or credit cards. Mine is BofA.
Your favorite social networks like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, or others.
AppsGoneFree or AppAdvice or anything similar for getting tips and ideas on Apps.

Rocketbook

I always try to support anyone who has a great idea, on places like Indigogo or Kickstarter, and this cloud based notebook looked like one of those. I ordered one of these back in May, and finally got it a couple of weeks ago. I have to say this one was very disappointing. Here is why.

  1. It took 7 months to get my order from these guys!!!
  2. When I got it, it did not work and I have had no success getting support.
  3. The short time that I have tried using it, proved that the only thing this thing provides, that I could not already do, with a good scanning app, is give a real “Notebook” experience. Some people will probably still like the “Idea” of something like this, but this company is obviously overwhelmed and not able to provide adequate support.
  4. In real use, I did not like the way you could still see what was written before on the page on the note before “Erasing” it in the Microwave. We also did our own test of using the heat sensitive pens, which are available all over, and were able to write our own notes on regular paper and “Erase” those pretty easily.
  5. One of the worst things that happened, is the ink which was previously “erased” has started to re-appear on the pages.

Rocketbook is a Cloud-Integrated Notebook that erases in the Microwave!

I signed up for one of these in May of 2015 and it estimated a delivery date of June 2015 and I have seen no product as of yet. I have tried to contact the company, and will keep you posted.

Rocketbook allows people to enjoy the pleasure of writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, while digitizing all notes and sending them to the cloud, using your smartphone.

Which Phone Should You Buy?

The newest iPhone’s have just been released as of September 2015, and the newest Samsung device has been announced. I originally wrote this article in 2014, but I think the same philosophy applies today, and have re-published this to help people decide which phone is best for them.

I don’t know how or why everyone started acting like kindergarten children when it comes to the technology we use, and bragging about how their device, is so much better than your device, but no doubt, you have gotten into one of these discussions yourself, and may even be confused about which phone you should buy?

You also need to be careful about taking someone’s advice or “opinion” on what you should get because lets face it, opinions are like, You-Know-What… and everybody has one. The problem I have seen, is that their needs, or situation, might be different from yours, and these devices have become so “personal”, that you really need to take your own needs into account when deciding.

I normally would not even bother giving my opinion, because mine is not necessarily any better than anyone Else’s, but I get asked so many times, almost daily, about which one is better, So here goes.

While my preference is usually with the Apple devices, because I have other IOS and Mac products, I have asked a lot of people about their devices, and rarely have I had anyone say it was a bad experience, and the reality is, you will probably love any of the current offerings out there. The most common feedback from people who buy other devices, like Samsung are, that they can do things you cannot do with an IOS device. This can be technically true, but I have interviewed hundreds of users and rarely have I seen a useful example, for the average user, of when this is true. Most people I have interviewed, that like the ability to customize or “tweak” their devices , are usually more technically inclined too, and average users are usually more concerned with the whole user experience, and again, everyone I have interviewed, has provided feedback that they love their device, no matter which one they had.

I do a lot of support work about not only mobile devices, but also desktops, laptops and many other technologies, and one important thing not always discussed is the “entire” user experience. What I mean by this is, if you have other Apple products, an iPhone might be the best choice for you, where as, if you are entrenched in the Windows world, maybe a Windows phone would be a better choice? Without going into too much detail about this one, let me just say that feedback from users has been more positive from the Apple world, than with some of the others. Does that make any of the others bad, absolutely not! It really depends on your own needs. Very rarely do I talk to anyone who does not use either an iPhone or a Samsung, these are without question, the 2 most popular.

That being said, here is what I own. The iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB. I usually always find a reason I want the newest, which is the iPhone 6S, as of this posting. iPhone, iPad, iMac, IBROKE!

The new Samsung S7 has just been announced for Feb 21 in Barcelona.

The top things I like about my iPhone 6 Plus (Currently IOS 9.2.1).

  • I am interested in trying a bigger screen.
  • I love the fingerprint sensor in these.
  • I am curious about the acceptance of Apple Pay.
  • I enjoy the user experience across the board with Apple products.
  • I will benefit from the “Optical Image Stabilization” on the 6 Plus.
  • With the current choice of 1.3 Million apps, I have found I can carry out anything I could ever want to do, and creative ways of using these devices, are being discovered daily. At last count there were 1.7 Million android apps!

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Interested in learning more about how to use your current IOS device? Or maybe not sure if you need one? For those of you that live near Minden or Gardnerville area, I will be giving a class at the community center. More classes and subjects will be offered in the future as well.
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Amazing app for green screen videos

I created this tutorial to help folks trying to create green screen videos. This is not designed to teach you everything about doing green screen, because I found an app that makes this whole process unbelievably simple and fun! There are many, and I will check them out, but I can’t imagine anything being better than this one. I briefly cover the process using Sony Vegas and then the VeeScope Live app. If you have ever created green screen videos, you already understand how much time and effort these can take. This app literally lets you create these on the fly in creative and exotic locations. You definitely have to try this one! I will probably do another walk-thru video of just the VeeScope Live app, if people express the need.

Virtual Assistant For Website

I have been testing and using these “Virtual Assistants” on my websites for years, and frankly, I don’t know why people are not going crazy for them! Imagine being able to greet someone who visits your website, and you can explain anything you want, just like you were their.

Some of the original and current technologies for creating these can be expensive and difficult to create. Not anymore!

Videostir is a “Virtual Assistant” or “Web Presenter” production service that has made it super easy, and extremely affordable for anyone to create these quickly, and easily using your smartphone! They even have free version you can try on your website right now!

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Typical Scams

How can I tell if someone is scamming me on Craigslist?


 

Craigslist is the number one thing I get asked about but there are many other scams to watch for, more on that at the end!

I sell a lot of stuff on Craigslist and have received many attempts at defrauding money from me, and it is so common, and I get asked about it so much, I thought I would give you a short example of the most common one I see when selling items online, especially on Craigslist.

The first response is usually a text or an email, responding to the ad, saying they are interested in the item, but are out of the country, so they need to get your PayPal email address to send payment.

If you fall for their scam, you might then receive an email that looks like this:Typical-Scam Looks pretty legit right? You will find that if you login to your PayPal account, there will be no deposit. The problem is some people have fallen victim by believing this email and shipping the item to the scammer without ever getting payment!

I have found that for some reason this scam is very often from Nigeria of all places but could come from anywhere.

Craigslist keeps a pretty good eye on this type of fraud, problem is some people don’t take proper precautions. If you would like to know more about protecting yourself, they have a lot of suggestions here http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

This is a great video a fellow YouTube user did in 2014 that is still pretty relevant, and its to the point.