How To Set Up A Wifi Hotspot on Your iPhone or iPad in 3 Minutes

Volume Buttons on the iPhone 5S Gold

This update is current as of March 2014. This article was originally published on December 3rd 2011. OS: iOS 7 Devices: iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Do you need WiFi for your laptop in the middle of nowhere? Would you rather pay $20 a month for Wifi, rather than $30 an hour? If the answer is yes, read on. Activating the WiFi hotspot feature on an iPhone or iPad is actually quite easy once it's set up. Note that it doesn't work on phones before the iPhone 4, or the original iPad. Step 1: The right data plan To set up your hotspot, you're first going to need the right data plan. This … [Read more...]

Will Apple Kill The Television this April? I certainly hope so

Apple iTV concept sketch

This April, Apple will reportedly release a killer new set-top box to replace the current Apple TV. Early reports suggest it may run "on top" of your current cable TV box, giving your TV a more functional interface, and offering access to services like Netflix directly on your TV. The fact is, Apple's new device may do much more than those initial reports suggest. I've spent the last several years covering technology trends on this blog and across the web, and my Apple predictions have been reasonably accurate, but take the following predictions with a grain of salt, because they're … [Read more...]

Dining Zen: 8 Awesome Restaurant Apps

This is Groupon Reserve, one of the best apps for finding good food near you

Going out to dinner is great. The food is good, the ambiance is good, and there’s no cleanup. The painful part of eating out is finding restaurants with good food at a fair price. Luckily, technology has revolutionized how we eat, and has made bad meals a rarity. Here are 8 apps that make finding good restaurants, and deals a breeze. Groupon Reserve (formerly Savored): Living in the city is both a dining blessing, and a dining curse. The food tends to be better, but it also tends to be pricier. Groupon’s new high-end deal service, Groupon Reserve, takes care of that. With Reserve, … [Read more...]

How To Fix An iPhone 5S Freeze Or Crash

Did your shiny new iPhone 5S Freeze or crash? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Due to the completely redesigned iOS 7, there are still some software bugs that may leave your phone frozen for extended periods. Here are the short-term and long-term un-freezing solutions.  In particular, I found that iOS 7’s mail app seemed to have a memory management issue that caused it to freeze. The Quick Un-freezing Fix What we’re going to do to fix your broken phone is called a “hard” reset. It doesn’t actually reset your phone’s software, or affect data. It just quickly quits out of any active … [Read more...]