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Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Save a Wet Cell Phone

Despite your best efforts, mishaps happen, cell phones get wet. Whether you’ve dropped it in a sink full of water, spilled your tall glass of lemonade all over it, or have been pushed in a pool (very funny, guys), your first instinct may be to panic. Resist that urge and immediately follow these tips instead, they could potentially save your phone from no return. By knowing what to do, you may be able to avoid the worst kinds of cell phone water damage and salvage your phone completely.

Act Quickly

No matter what you try to do to save your cell phone, do it quickly. The longer it stays wet, the likelier it is to be damaged beyond repair. This is precisely why it pays to know what to do before you encounter this problem. If you have to research tips when it’s already wet, you won’t be able to act very quickly, so pay attention!

Remove Battery

Immediately begin drying the phone with a cloth or paper towel. Take additional cloths or paper towels and lay the phone on them. Don’t move the cell phone around too much because doing so could make the water get in even more deeply. In an effort to avoid cell phone water damage, you may be tempted to take apart your device. This is a good way to destroy it completely. Remove the cover and any peripherals, and make sure to remove the battery as many circuits inside the phone can survive water damage as long as they are not attached to a power source. Be sure to also remove the SIM card if your phone has one. This card is where most of your valuable data, such as contacts and pictures, are stored, in which case may be more worthy of saving than the phone. Beyond that, though, don’t try to open up the phone or otherwise take it apart.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner

Removing moisture from the exterior of a cell phone is simple enough. What you really need to worry about is the moisture that’s trapped inside it. A great way to remove a lot of it is by using a vacuum cleaner. You should try to vacuum your phone for about 20 minutes. A wet/dry vacuum cleaner or shop vac is preferable, but a standard one will do in a pinch. It is vital that you do not use a hair dryer to try and dry out your phone, a mistake made all too frequently. Because blow dryers blow out air, instead of sucking it in like a vacuum cleaner, it could potentially force moisture further into your phone. The heat from the hot air of the blow dryer could also pose damaging effects to your phones electrical components

Try Desiccants

A desiccant is a material that absorbs water readily. The easiest one to come by at the drop of a hat is rice. Fill a bowl or bag with rice and bury your cell phone into it. The silica gel packets that often come in shoe boxes and other items may be used too. Craft stores sell desiccants for drying out flowers that can be used to absorb the moisture from your phone. As a common rule of thumb, you should leave your phone submerged in these items for at least overnight.

Don’t Assume You can Use the Warranty

Many people don’t realize that water damage is not covered in their warranty and won’t actively try and recover their phone after it has become wet. Unless you are positive you have purchased extra warranty to cover this situation, be prepared to take all steps necessary to save your phone after getting wet.
As a preemptive measure, you might consider keeping a wet cell phone emergency kit handy. There are also waterproof cases for those of you prone to accidents. In any event, cell phone water damage doesn’t have to mean the death of your device, so next time your phone takes that frightful plunge into the water, keep these tips in mind.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

5 Must-Have Speakers

Speakers can have a huge impact in the enjoyment of listening to music or watching TV. Purchasing the right speaker system is a task that is often overlooked and not properly considered. With careful thought and research, buying the perfect speaker can be a great investment as it will allow you to enjoy the audio aspects of your entertainment to its full extent. Here are a five speakers we recommend for different uses:

Shower Waterproof Stereo Bluetooth Speaker (View of Color Options)H2O Vibe™ 
The H2O Vibe™  Shower Waterproof Stereo Bluetooth speaker will change the way you bathe or shower forever! You can now listen to crystal clear audio streaming from any Bluetooth enabled device to this wireless speaker. In addition to enjoying your music and streaming audio, phone calls can also be answered from your speaker. The speaker will ring upon receiving an incoming phone call, if the call is answered the audio will fade out and when the call has ended the audio will resume playing where it left off. You can also stream media from your Android via any audio APP like Pandora, Google Music and Music Hub. You can also charge most USB-enabled devices. H2O Vibe™ also features a full control panel that lets you remotely Play / Pause, press Next / Back, and receive phone calls.
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Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker - Black (Main View)Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox
The Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker is in a class of its own – producing quality bass and style in legendary Beats by Dr. Dre. With professional-grade technologies like Apt-X, ACC, and SBC the Beats Beatbox Portable Wireless Speaker blasts amazing HD sound without wires and knots (6 “D” batteries required, not included). This one-of-a-kind Bluetooth speaker features a dock so you can easily place your iPhone or iPod on the top. Pair it with your smartphone, MP3 player, tablet, laptop and any other Bluetooth compatible devices as well. Get ready to be blown away with the Beats Wireless by Dr. Dre Stereo Bluetooth Speaker!
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iHome iHM61 Rechargeable GlowTunes Color Changing Speaker (Main View)

iHome iHM61

With high quality audio and a sleek compact design, the iHome iHM61 Rechargeable GlowTunes Color Changing Speaker is perfect for wherever you go. Just plug any device with a 3.5mm audio jack into the speakers and you will be amazed by the great sound coming from these small speakers. The iHome iHM61 Portable Speaker features a built-in rechargeable battery and a cable to charge it with. A carrying case is included for your convenience. Best of all, this cool speaker features a color changing LCD with 4 different colors. 
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Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (View of Color Options 1)Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX

The Aliph Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a portable speaker that produces high-quality sound, yet light enough to hold in a single hand. Pair it with all your Bluetooth-enabled audio devices (i.e. smartphone, MP3 Player, laptop, etc.) for wireless connection, and never worry about tangled cables - ever. The JAWBOX is comprised of stainless steel, making it strong and durable; it'll withstand unintentional bumps and drops. 
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Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ LED Flashlight (Main View)Bike Flashlight Speaker
The Portable Bluetooth Speaker with LED Flashlight is an innovative device - and very necessary accessory - for your bicycle or car. This all-purpose device is a Bluetooth speaker, flashlight, speakerphone and cell phone charger (compatible with most USB-enabled phones) all in one. Plug in your iPhone or iPod to the speaker using the included USB cable, then clip it onto your car's sun-shield and crank up your favorite tunes from Pandora and iHeartRadio. Or simply mount it onto your bicycle's handle when heading out on your daily ride, and use the handy flashlight to help keep your path nice and clear. It's also easy to pair with most smartphones, so staying in touch with family and friends is only a click away!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Facebook's 10th Birthday: The Evolution

Today is Facebook's tenth birthday. Within the decade, the social network has gone through many face lifts. Below are photos of the evolution:

Initially called ‘thefacebook’ the site was very simple. There weren’t many features, apps or tabs on the pages. 

Facebook launched personal feed on the profile page. This change attracted many visitors to the social networking site.

User-friendly tabs were added to make it easy for users to access widgets that were part of Facebook’s new apps. Facebook also became a lot more personal.

Photo tagging and sharing was introduced. These new features got a very good user response.

The new profile now features a timeline that compiles Facebook participation history like a scrapbook. As well as a large cool looking Timeline cover photos on the top of the page.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Top 15 Android Apps of 2013

Ever worry that the NSA is reading your texts or that your phone will get lost or stolen and your private texts will be read? In comes TextSecure, a safe SMS/MMS communication system that encrypts the messages you send over the air, protecting your communication in transit, as well as, messages on your phone.

RedPhone: Secure Calls
RedPhone uses your regular phone number to make and receive calls, so you don't need yet another identifier. Using wifi or data, not your plan's voice minutes, this cool app lets you make encrypted calls over a secure VoIP network to other TextSecure users. The app also alerts you when other RedPhone users on the line. 

Zombies, Run!
If you are one of those who lack motivation to exercise, try being chased by a horde of Zombies. Zombies, Run! uses either pedometer step tracking or a GPS (which is less accurate) to play a storyline over your headphones. The acting and writing is so real, and each episode can integrate your personal music playlist into the story's plot as you run. You also earn points and find items to upgrade your base, and maybe, even be able to save Humanity from the Zombie Apocalypse. 

Free (and cost of ride)
Uber is your private driver in more than 50 cities and 20 countries. Request a ride using the app and get picked up within minutes. On-demand service means no reservations required and no waiting in taxi lines. Compare rates for different vehicles and get fare quotes in the app. Pay with Google Wallet or PayPal, or add a credit card to your secure account so you never need cash on hand. Easily set your pickup location on the map, even if you don't know the exact address. Get connected to your personal driver and check the progress of your car at any time.An entirely new and modern way to travel is at your fingertips.

Google Translate
 Make travelling and meeting new people of different nationalities a breeze. Translate between more than 70 languages. Speak, type, write, or even take a picture to translate. The App works offline while traveling, and no internet connection is required. (Camera input and offline translation are available for Android 2.3 and above).

Swype keyboard
Free ($3.99 Premium Version)
Swype was the first to introduce dragging your finger between letters to input text. Get ready for a better, faster keyboard experience that gets smarter the more you use it. Swype pays attention to the way you input text and creates a personal language model that follows you from device to device. Swype – the world’s most powerful keyboard.

An English Dictionary and Thesaurus—over two million synonyms & antonyms. The app comes with voice search and an optional rhyming dictionary to unleash your inner poet. is really handy for class and anytime you don't have an internet connection. Probably one of the most useful apps I have installed so far. 

Waze is a Social GPS and Traffic App. The app has over 70 million users. You can see other Wazers on the map and communicate with them. Waze also indicates when there is traffic up ahead so that you can choose an alternate route. The coolest part yet is that Wazers can notify each other when there are cops or speed cameras spotted ahead.

Mint is a fantastic app to keep track of all your finances. Once you've entered all your information, you can easily see where your money is going. I really like Mint's budgets, which help me make spending decisions on the fly. Mint can be a bit overwhelming at first, but well worth the effort to learn.

OfficeSuite Pro
OfficeSuite Pro allows you to view, create, edit, print and share Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go. You can also open attachments and see PDF files. It also integrates with cloud services, putting all your documents at your fingertips. 

Pixlr Express
Pixlr Express is a fun and powerful photo edit that lets you quickly crop, resize, and fine-tune any picture. Choose from over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize your image. Pixlr Express makes you look like a pro, even if you’ve never edited a photo before.

Get your daily dose of inspiration from this informative and open minded source of information. TED features talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends, in the form of audio and video. Newest update includes subtitles and many new languages.

Trusper is a female oriented app that allows you to share and discover tips from daily life with friends, family and fans. Whether it be beauty, cosmetics, wellness or DIY, Trusper has tips, tutorials and how-to guides for you. Trusper enables you to quickly publish tips and tutorials with pictures, video and captions providing viewers with beautiful and informative knowledge.

Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
Avast Mobile Security keeps your device safe from viruses, malware, and spyware. It allows you to remotely lock and/or memory wipe your device in its advanced Anti-Theft component and keep your data safe. Handy tools like network meter, app manager, and even firewall (on rooted phones) give you complete control of your mobile phone. Best part is that it's free!

Free, $1 Month
Fast, easy and simple; securely syncs your passwords across all your browsers and devices. A Built-in browser automatically fills in your login information for each of your saved LastPass sites. Staying safe has never been easier!
LastPass Password Mgr Premium* - screenshot

Monday, January 20, 2014

How to Prevent Headphone Tangling

A common problem that most of us can relate to is our headphones getting tangled. It's as if they have a mind of their own. They go into the pocket all nice and separated and come out a frustrating knotty mess. Until this day how this happens is a mystery. The perfect solution would be to get a pair of Tangle-Free Headphones, however, if you still insist on using the regular kind we came up with five brilliant ways to prevent this problem. Hope you find these useful!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

More on the A4C Transition

Here at All4Cellular, we’re proud of our reputation. Our customers come back again and again because they know what to expect: amazing prices, seamless and dedicated service, and an unbeatable selection of the full spectrum of cellular accessories and electronics. But as we've grown, so has our inventory. All4Cellular isn't just the home of cases, batteries, chargers, and parts for handsets of all makes and models. 

Our massive selection spans the whole, wide world of electronics. In our newly re-designed store you’ll find everything from cutting-edge tablets and e-readers to hi-fi speakers and headphones to professional quality camera equipment—all at the lowest prices on the web. 

That’s why we've decided to introduce a small update to our trusted brand. All4Cellular has become, simply: A4C. A4C reflects all that you've come to expect from All4Cellular, while paving the way for a future of limitless possibility. Sometimes it’s best to expect the unexpected.