College Football Kickoff Weekend. Were Your Mobile Devices Ready?

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Story by Heidi Flato

 Streaming of sports action is becoming increasingly accessible, allowing fans to use their 4G LTE devices to catch the action on the go. Stepping away from the TV during game time isn’t a penalty-inducing move anymore. ESPN College Football lets fans stream live games with access to feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. READ MORE

Verizon’s Summer Travel App Picks

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Now that summer’s here, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine, fancy umbrella drinks and sand between our toes. Download these apps to help navigate the maze of trip planning and truly relax during your time off.

For streamlined trip planning, head to the TripAdvisor app. Sift through user-generated reviews of hotels, restaurants and things to do. Looking for some more information from travelers like you? Head to the forums and post a question or browse through the feeds to get the information you want. When you come across something you’d like to see or do, save it to the app so you can come back to it later. Change currencies for travel overseas and search and book flights straight through the app.

Hipmunk saves you time by compiling all of the top travel sites’ flight and hotel deals into a single list of results. The app’s unique display makes it easy to visually compare results to choose what’s best for you. Unlike other travel apps, Hipmunk doesn’t just show you the cheapest flight first—it sorts by “agony” instead, factoring in such things as flight duration, number of layovers and price.Hotel results are shown on a map, so you can see exactly where you’d be staying at your destination.

TripIt organizes all of your travel plans into a single, simple itinerary that you can view on the app. Share your travel plans with family and friends, so they’ll know exactly when to pick you up from the airport. An upgrade to the Pro version is amazingly valuable for frequent travelers. You can manage your travel rewards points, plus get alerts when your flight is delayed and if cheaper flights become available. Stuck in a middle seat? TripIt’s newest feature alerts you when a better seat becomes available.

For more of Verizon’s travel app recommendations, click here.

NJ School Hosts Educational App Night for Parents 

JP Case Middle School in Flemington, N.J., held its first ever App Night for parents and students last week. Part of the school’s open house for incoming seventh and eighth-grade students, App Night was run by the school’s Technology Council to give parents a sneak peek into the cutting-edge technology used in the classroom. Parents learned how mobile technology is integrated into the school day and how they can support their children within the mobile world. 

The school is a pioneer in how it embraces technology. Students can view course refreshers via YouTube videos posted by their teachers, follow their teachers on Twitter to get class assignments and collaborate via the school’s use of Google Docs. Additionally, Google Voice is used in world language classes to help students with pronunciation. Parents and students can also sync their calendars with their teachers so that class projects, assignments and field trips are automatically added to their personal calendars.

The school’s first ever App Night delved into the use of technology in the classroom to help with organization and productivity; world languages; social media; and basic skills and enrichment. Recommended apps for learning covered everything from global literacy apps to curriculum review tools and collaboration tools.

Turn Up the Heat with These Apps for Your BBQ
It’s that time of year again—time for parties, friends and grilling out. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining and the weekends are looking better than ever. It’s time to hang out with friends, swim, ride, play and grill out. But how do you keep it all organized? These apps and accessories will help you keep track of all that summer fun!
So you’re hosting a party or two this summer. Great! It’s best to look ahead and plan to the best of your ability. With Google Calendar, Google+ or Facebook, you can set up events and send out invites to just about anyone, keeping things as private or as open as you want.
To help with your food and drink selection, there’s a wide variety of apps available that will provide ingredients and recipes for just about anything you can think of. Recipe Search offers over 150,000 recipes, so coming up with tantalizing appetizers and meals is easy, while Mixology Drink Recipes helps you create dazzling concoctions sure to please.
Click through for a full list of apps and accessories to help you throw the Party of the Year every time you have one.

Turn Up the Heat with These Apps for Your BBQ

It’s that time of year again—time for parties, friends and grilling out. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining and the weekends are looking better than ever. It’s time to hang out with friends, swim, ride, play and grill out. But how do you keep it all organized? These apps and accessories will help you keep track of all that summer fun!

So you’re hosting a party or two this summer. Great! It’s best to look ahead and plan to the best of your ability. With Google Calendar, Google+ or Facebook, you can set up events and send out invites to just about anyone, keeping things as private or as open as you want.

To help with your food and drink selection, there’s a wide variety of apps available that will provide ingredients and recipes for just about anything you can think of. Recipe Search offers over 150,000 recipes, so coming up with tantalizing appetizers and meals is easy, while Mixology Drink Recipes helps you create dazzling concoctions sure to please.

Click through for a full list of apps and accessories to help you throw the Party of the Year every time you have one.

How To Master the “Selfie”
 Selfie (self-ee). n. a picture taken of a person by that person and commonly shared via social media.Every day, celebrities,individuals and even pets (well, their owners) are using mobile devices to post Selfies across social networks.To create the perfect selfie, keep these tips and tricks in mind.
Watch out for photo bombers. Apps like Handy Photo and TouchRetouch make it easy to remove unwanted objects in a photo, whether it is a random stranger or unexpected wildlife. 
Create the best version of your photo. If after taking the photo you decide you don’t like the picture, there are plenty of apps that provide editing capabilities. With Facetune, users can easily remove stray hairs or blemishes to create a more flattering selfie and use Instagram to add a unique filter. 
Take your selfies in front of a landmark. Wherever you may be, give your selfie a cool background, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean or a pretty sunset. Phones that feature wide-angle lenses on their front-facing cameras, such as the Windows Phone 8X and the DROID DNA, allow you to capture the full scenery in the background. 
Reblog this post and show us your best selfie!

How To Master the “Selfie”

 Selfie (self-ee). n. a picture taken of a person by that person and commonly shared via social media.Every day, celebrities,individuals and even pets (well, their owners) are using mobile devices to post Selfies across social networks.To create the perfect selfie, keep these tips and tricks in mind.

Watch out for photo bombers. Apps like Handy Photo and TouchRetouch make it easy to remove unwanted objects in a photo, whether it is a random stranger or unexpected wildlife. 

Create the best version of your photo. If after taking the photo you decide you don’t like the picture, there are plenty of apps that provide editing capabilities. With Facetune, users can easily remove stray hairs or blemishes to create a more flattering selfie and use Instagram to add a unique filter. 

Take your selfies in front of a landmark. Wherever you may be, give your selfie a cool background, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean or a pretty sunset. Phones that feature wide-angle lenses on their front-facing cameras, such as the Windows Phone 8X and the DROID DNA, allow you to capture the full scenery in the background. 

Reblog this post and show us your best selfie!

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season
After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Preparing for the 2013 Hurricane Season

After a hurricane season in 2012 that impacted virtually the entire eastern US, experts have forecasted roughly 50 percent more storm activity this year compared to an average season. Hurricane season officially started on June 1st, so the time to prepare is now.

First, develop a family emergency plan that includes what to do, who to call, where to go and what supplies to take with you if your family must evacuate.

Keep phones, tablets, laptops, batteries, chargers and other equipment in dry, accessible locations like re-sealable plastic bags. And, have car chargers available to charge devices while on the road. 

Take photos/videos of personal possessions for insurance purposes and save them to an online file storage site such as Verizon Cloud in case of computer/wireless damage.

Apps, such as the Disaster Readiness Guide contain helpful in-case-of-emergency information that is available without the need for an Internet connection.

Find additional Verizon tips here that can help you prepare for and stay connected in the event of an emergency.

Infographic: How Smartphones and Social Keep Us Connected
 
Effective Student Marketing released a new infographic last week that details important information about how smartphone users are using their devices throughout the week, and specifically how they’re using the social and communication applications on their phones.

The key finding in the study was that smartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate, socialize, share, and connect. Smartphones, combined with the social and communication applications, allow us to stay connected with our friends, family, and community throughout the day. 

Infographic: How Smartphones and Social Keep Us Connected

 

Effective Student Marketing released a new infographic last week that details important information about how smartphone users are using their devices throughout the week, and specifically how they’re using the social and communication applications on their phones.

The key finding in the study was that smartphones have revolutionized the way we communicate, socialize, share, and connect. Smartphones, combined with the social and communication applications, allow us to stay connected with our friends, family, and community throughout the day. 

Infographic: Managing Today’s Wireless Family 


A recent study conducted by CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, found that children 11 years and younger most often use tablets to play games, promote learning, and for travel or restaurant entertainment. 22 percent of parents have given their kids a mobile device to keep them occupied. But before handing over your iPad, CTIA suggests that parents use tools provided by wireless service providers to filter content and manage how kids access games, apps, and the Internet. Check out the below infographic for more findings. Verizon customers can click here to learn more about parental control. From setting data usage limits to blocking calls and texts, you have the power to control it all with Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls.

Infographic: Managing Today’s Wireless Family 

A recent study conducted by CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, found that children 11 years and younger most often use tablets to play games, promote learning, and for travel or restaurant entertainment. 22 percent of parents have given their kids a mobile device to keep them occupied. But before handing over your iPad, CTIA suggests that parents use tools provided by wireless service providers to filter content and manage how kids access games, apps, and the Internet. Check out the below infographic for more findings. Verizon customers can click here to learn more about parental control. From setting data usage limits to blocking calls and texts, you have the power to control it all with Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls.