Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2016’

Child Off to College This Fall? What You Should Know

As a parent, do you have the basic computer skills to maintain contact with your college student? Does your technology support your efforts, and do you have the most cost efficient systems in place?

The following are some points that you should be thinking about before the move-in date:

– Will you need to upgrade either your equipment or services?

– How do you determine your child’s equipment needs while in college?

– Does the cell phone provider that you use at home (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.) have a strong network at your child’s school?

– What can you do to keep your communication costs down?

– What are the most cost efficient ways to stay in communication with your child in college?

– How do you keep in contact with your child who is studying abroad without incurring large telephone charges?

– Has your child’s school granted you online access to key school resources?

– Does your child know how to reach you 24/7?

The chances are that your child may be more up-to-date on the latest technology than you. It is important that you discuss a strategy to communicate in a cost efficient manner.  If your child is studying thousands of miles away, or perhaps in any country, you do not want to incur telephone charges that approach the cost of tuition!

Most universities no longer provide phones in their dorms.  The use of cell phones and other mobile technology tools has significantly enhanced our ability to maintain our relationships with our children in college.  Are you prepared?

How to increase the life of your smartphone’s battery

iphone batteryIs your smartphone’s battery lasting half a day? Is your phone dying in the middle of an important call, playing a game, or while you are streaming a video or music?

Here are several tips on how to improve the life of your smartphone’s battery.

– Avoid keeping your screen’s brightness all the way up. Do not use the brightness of the screen as a flashlight. Your phone probably comes with a flashlight app.

– Reduce the amount of time you are playing Candy Crush, Pokemon Go and other games

– Keep an eye on how much you are checking your Social Media apps.  Social media is great for keeping up with your friends but constantly checking your Facebook page will kill your battery by midday.

– Disable Bluetooth when not using it. Unless you are using apps that need it or using your auto’s Navigation System, turn it off.

– Streaming music sites such as Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, and more  are the biggest battery killers. Listening all day will require numerous battery charges.

– Watching videos from services such as Netflix, Hulu and others drains your battery

– Check to see how many of your apps are using location services. This service is necessary when using GPS or location-based services. However, is it really necessary for your news and search apps to know where you are?

– Be careful how often you use Facebook Messenger emojis. Sending them constantly in the course of the day will kill your battery.

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