How Do You Get Those Awe-Inspiring Pictures of Fireworks? With These Tips From Verizon!


This year, make those Fourth of July pictures truly spectacular. And you don’t need fancy photo apps or filters to get the effect you want. Just follow a few tricks from the pros, tweak your smartphone’s camera settings, do a little pre-show prep, and then grab some epic pictures of fireworks. 
 




Low-light conditions can be challenging to your phone’s camera. Experiment with how your phone handles less-than-ideal lighting conditions, do test shots on some moving lights in the distance, and tweak your phone’s camera settings accordingly. Settings vary by device, of course, but if you have the ability on your smartphone, try these settings:


Flash: Off
High Definition: Off
Focus Mode: Auto
Exposure: Auto
Scene mode: Firework


Formore control over the shot, direct your smartphone camera’s autofocus: When you point the camera at your subject, tap the screen where you want the camera to focus, such as the upper right of the screen.
Practice panning fast-moving objects. Are the kids running around looking adorable? Move the phone at the same speed as your subject and click the shutter. If you move the phone at the speed of your subject, you’re bound to catch a clearer pic.


 


Hold her steady. Keep the phone as steady as possible, especially when trying to capture pictures of fireworks. Set the camera on a picnic table, or on your knee, and tilt the camera up to shoot. Or hold the camera with both hands. Bend your elbows, and squeeze your arms in tight.



For more tips on how to capture special memories this 4th of July and all summer long, click here.

How Do You Get Those Awe-Inspiring Pictures of Fireworks? With These Tips From Verizon!

This year, make those Fourth of July pictures truly spectacular. And you don’t need fancy photo apps or filters to get the effect you want. Just follow a few tricks from the pros, tweak your smartphone’s camera settings, do a little pre-show prep, and then grab some epic pictures of fireworks.

 

Low-light conditions can be challenging to your phone’s camera. Experiment with how your phone handles less-than-ideal lighting conditions, do test shots on some moving lights in the distance, and tweak your phone’s camera settings accordingly. Settings vary by device, of course, but if you have the ability on your smartphone, try these settings:

  • Flash: Off
  • High Definition: Off
  • Focus Mode: Auto
  • Exposure: Auto
  • Scene mode: Firework

Formore control over the shot, direct your smartphone camera’s autofocus: When you point the camera at your subject, tap the screen where you want the camera to focus, such as the upper right of the screen.


Practice panning fast-moving objects. Are the kids running around looking adorable? Move the phone at the same speed as your subject and click the shutter. If you move the phone at the speed of your subject, you’re bound to catch a clearer pic.

 

Hold her steady. Keep the phone as steady as possible, especially when trying to capture pictures of fireworks. Set the camera on a picnic table, or on your knee, and tilt the camera up to shoot. Or hold the camera with both hands. Bend your elbows, and squeeze your arms in tight.

For more tips on how to capture special memories this 4th of July and all summer long, click here.

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!

Jennifer Lopez launches Viva Móvil at CTIA 2013

Last week, Verizon Wireless introduced the newest premium retailer to give consumers the ability to purchase the latest smartphones and tablets on its 4G LTE network – Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez launched Viva Móvil in collaboration with Brightstar, a global distribution and services company, and Moorehead Communications, Verizon Wireless’ largest premium retailer. Viva Móvil will offer consumers a full service shopping experience online, in customized stores and on mobile devices.

Viva Móvil will revolutionize the wireless shopping experience for Latino consumers with a unique social shopping experience through its Facebook page. While on the page, consumers can get personalized recommendations, shop with their friends, comment on devices and share what device or accessory they purchased – all while staying connected on Facebook. Consumers can interact with Viva Móvil on getviva.com and the Viva Móvil Facebook page now.


In the next few weeks, the Viva Móvil by Jennifer will announce store opening in major markets including New York.

 

Text-To-Donate and Other Relief Efforts to Support Central Oklahoma
 To support relief efforts in Central Oklahoma, customers can now text-to-donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Verizon Wireless customers can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or to the Salvation Army by texting STORM to 80888. Those who would like to give more can donate up to $50 via text. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the Red Cross and/or Salvation Army.
Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. To learn more click through.

Text-To-Donate and Other Relief Efforts to Support Central Oklahoma

 To support relief efforts in Central Oklahoma, customers can now text-to-donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Verizon Wireless customers can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or to the Salvation Army by texting STORM to 80888. Those who would like to give more can donate up to $50 via text. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the Red Cross and/or Salvation Army.

Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. To learn more click through.






Using Mobile Tech to Manage Your Family







There is no single best way to use your smartphone or tablet to manage your family. All of us work in a different way and have different needs. As you look for ways to get a handle on it all, do not give up if one app or method doesn’t work for you. There are countless ways to gain more control over your daily schedule. You will also need to give yourself time to re-learn the way you handle everything, and develop new mobile habits.

One suggestion to get started  is to use a shared calendar. You can use the calendar in Outlook.com, Google, Yahoo or one of the many other online scheduling services. You can create a single calendar for your entire family or you can have multiple calendars and combine them all on one color-coded master schedule.  
 
If you prefer using an organizing and scheduling app that can do more than just keep a calendar-like hold family photos, important files , and other information-then AboutOne and Cozi are two of the more popular choices.
 
For more organization suggestions from Verizon Wireless click though!

Using Mobile Tech to Manage Your Family

There is no single best way to use your smartphone or tablet to manage your family. All of us work in a different way and have different needs. As you look for ways to get a handle on it all, do not give up if one app or method doesn’t work for you. There are countless ways to gain more control over your daily schedule. You will also need to give yourself time to re-learn the way you handle everything, and develop new mobile habits.

One suggestion to get started  is to use a shared calendar. You can use the calendar in Outlook.com, Google, Yahoo or one of the many other online scheduling services. You can create a single calendar for your entire family or you can have multiple calendars and combine them all on one color-coded master schedule.  

 

If you prefer using an organizing and scheduling app that can do more than just keep a calendar-like hold family photos, important files , and other information-then AboutOne and Cozi are two of the more popular choices.

 

For more organization suggestions from Verizon Wireless click though!

Virtual Tour of the Verizon Innovation Center

 

Verizon established its Innovation Program to encourage the growth and development of the 4G LTE ecosystem and to uncover ways to wirelessly connect just about anything. 

Verizon’s Innovation Program now has more than 200 participants and, to date, more than 30 products on the market, ranging from digital jukeboxes and telepresence robots to routers and gateways embedded with 4G LTE connectivity. The recently-introduced Verizon 4G LTE Router is one of the first solutions from the Innovation Program to be sold in Verizon Wireless stores. Much of the work is concentrated at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. In addition to providing opportunities to demonstrate and showcase solutions, the Center is also home to working labs, where engineers from Verizon and participant companies work side-by-side to develop, test and refine solutions. 

Nearing the two-year anniversary of its official opening in July 2011, Verizon’s Innovation Center in Massachusetts has hosted hundreds of customers, prospective collaborators, and companies both large and small, who have seen the kinds of solutions that are possible. The Center in Waltham has also won prestigious awards, including being named a World Class Center by the Association of Briefing Program Managers and receiving LEED Gold certification.

 

 

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. 

Verizon Aiming to Make Your Smartphone Greener

 
If you’re a Verizon subscriber, all that Facebooking, texting, and tweeting you do on your smartphone is about to get a bit greener. Verizon will be installing fuel cell and solar products at a variety of Verizon buildings, including corporate offices, call centers, data centers and central office.The Green Energy Project is part of a plan to halve the carbon emissions per terabyte of data streaming through Verizon’s network by 2020.Verizon currently operates one of the largest fuel cell sites of its kind that helps power an environmentally friendly call-switching center and office building in Garden City, N.Y. Verizon also uses 26 solar-assisted cell sites in remote areas in the western United States to help power the portion of the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network serving those areas. Click through to learn more.

Verizon Aiming to Make Your Smartphone Greener

 

If you’re a Verizon subscriber, all that Facebooking, texting, and tweeting you do on your smartphone is about to get a bit greener. Verizon will be installing fuel cell and solar products at a variety of Verizon buildings, including corporate offices, call centers, data centers and central office.

The Green Energy Project is part of a plan to halve the carbon emissions per terabyte of data streaming through Verizon’s network by 2020.

Verizon currently operates one of the largest fuel cell sites of its kind that helps power an environmentally friendly call-switching center and office building in Garden City, N.Y. Verizon also uses 26 solar-assisted cell sites in remote areas in the western United States to help power the portion of the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network serving those areas. Click through to learn more.

Infographic: How Well Do You Protect the Information On Your Mobile Phone?

Consumer Reports recently spoke with privacy experts, wireless carriers, phone makers, government agencies, and white-hat hackers —the good guys who test the security of phones and apps—to find out just how private and secure our smart phones are and what we can do to protect ourselves. They also asked 1,656 smart-phone users about their experiences as part of a nationally representative survey of 3,036 adult online users, who also talked about their use of home computers. The study found that a smartphone can be quite secure if you take a few basic precautions. Check out the below infographic to see what their study revealed. Do you think your smartphone is secure?
 

Infographic: How Well Do You Protect the Information On Your Mobile Phone?

Consumer Reports recently spoke with privacy experts, wireless carriers, phone makers, government agencies, and white-hat hackers —the good guys who test the security of phones and apps—to find out just how private and secure our smart phones are and what we can do to protect ourselves. They also asked 1,656 smart-phone users about their experiences as part of a nationally representative survey of 3,036 adult online users, who also talked about their use of home computers.

The study found that a smartphone can be quite secure if you take a few basic precautions. Check out the below infographic to see what their study revealed. Do you think your smartphone is secure?