Casual Tech User

By Ron Stephenson | Curation of news, tips, tutorials for casual tech consumers.

Having Trouble With Touch ID? This Quick Tip Could Help

Touch ID is one of the iPhone 5s's best features, but it's a killer when the handset misreads one's fingerprint enough times to send users over to …

Get a custom URL for your Google+ profile

You can use a custom URL to create a short, memorable web address for your Google+ profile.<p><b>Important</b>: You can change your custom URL up to 3 times a …

Editorial: tricks to speed up your older device if you upgraded to iOS 7 - appPicker

image courtesy of Dodo-Bird (flickr)<p>You either love iOS 7 or you hate it. If you own an iPhone 4 (or older iPad) and upgraded (and are now regretting …

Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

<i>[Editor's note: This article is part of our series of articles on installing and upgrading to Mavericks.]</i><p>Apple has released Mavericks (OS X 10.9), …

Mac App Store

AT&T vs. Verizon Wireless Shared Plans (comparison)

Both Verizon (the largest wireless provider in the U.S.) and AT&T (the second-largest wireless provider in the U.S.), offer “shared plans.” Meaning, …

Phones

How to boost iPhone's battery life on iOS 7

With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a ton of new and exciting features to your iPhone. However, in order to show off all of these new features, Apple has decided to turn them on: all of them. There's an opt-out method (of sorts) when it comes to their use, but depending on the age of the …

iOS

Smart phone mounts for your car for less than $20.00 - Consumer Reports

If you find yourself increasingly thinking of your smart phone as an indispensable traveling companion, you’re not alone. Many drivers now rely on …

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10 Common Tech Questions (and Their High Tech Explanations)

There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don’t know why. Why do I need to keep resetting my router? Do I have a virus? What happens …

iOS7 / iPhone 5S Resources

<b>iOS7 / iPhone 5S Resources</b><br>Here’s a roundup of useful resources for iPhone 5S and iOS7 to help you make the transition.<p>Apple recently shipped new iPhones (5S and 5C) and a new mobile operating system (iOS7). If you’re an “iphonographer” should you upgrade? If you’re using the iPhone 5, for most it’s probably not a big enough upgrade (lower noise, new lens, new flash) to justify the cost. If you’re using an earlier model it is a good time to upgrade; you’ll get substantially better capture …

5 iOS Settings to Limit Your Child's Mobile Usage

Apple's many mobile devices were designed to be toys for adults, but are now slowly making their ways into the hands of kids.<p>Small children who just …

iOS

Teach Siri to pronounce names

"Siri, that's not my name!"<p>Apple's personal assistant can create emails for you, set appointments, and find information on the web. Siri can look up …

iOS

Get to know iOS 7: AirDrop

In OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple added a new file-sharing feature called AirDrop that let you easily share files with other Mac users nearby—specifically, …

Wi-Fi

5 Cool Things to Do with Your Old iPhone

If you decide not to take advantage of Apple's trade in program for your old iPhone, there are plenty of fun tasks for this device. After all, …

iOS

Apple introduces Video sharing via Photo Stream in iOS 7 and Apple TV 6.0

Apple introduces video sharing via Photo Stream in iOS 7 and Apple TV 6.0.<p>When Apple first announced Photo Stream back in 2011, many were …

iOS

Taking, editing, and sharing photos in iOS7

Advertisement<p>79 Comments<p>Apple (s aapl) has been steadily improving the iPhone’s photo taking abilities with each new iPhone it offers. This is true …

iOS

iOS 7's Biggest Annoyances (And How To Fix Them)

The release of any new operating system brings a slew of slight problems and annoyances. iOS 7 is no different. With that in mind, here's how to fix …

iOS

Tips for making the most of Google Chromecast

For each of these tips to work you'll need to have Google Chrome and the Google Cast extension installed on your Mac or PC.<p>Stream your own local …

Google

Notable New Features & Changes in iOS 7 for iPad

iOS 7 made its public debut yesterday and judging by the slamming that Apple’s activation servers took, it looks like there’s plenty of excitement about the newest version of iOS. Hopefully lots of you have already been able to get iOS 7 installed on your iPads.<p>So this seems like a fine time to …

7 tips and tricks for navigating iOS 7

Along with Friday's launch of two new iPhones, Apple has released iOS 7, the latest update to its mobile operating system that runs the smartphone as well as the iPad and iPod Touch.<p>Whether you sat through an hours-long download on Wednesday or plan on upgrading your phone or tablet today, here are …

iOS

Getting Ready for iOS 7: How to backup your device and set up iOS 7

Apple has announced that iOS 7 will be available tomorrow, September 18th. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This how-to is going to walk you through backing up your iOS 6 device and transitioning it over to iOS 7:<p>First things first, let’s discuss …

It's Not " Just a Smartphone Camera" - It's a Camera

We're beyond having to make excuses for our Samsung, Nokia, and Apple mobile devices. Yes, I know, the best camera is the one that's with you. That's …

Photography

LG OLED TV Display Shootout: Absolutely Stunning

<i>Just how good is OLED TV technology? DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond Soneira put LG's latest OLED offering through its paces. You may never watch TV the</i> …

Is AppleCare worth it?

When you buy an Apple hardware product such as a Mac or an iPad, you get a one-year hardware warranty and 90 days of free phone-based tech support, …

Apple TV

App Turns Your iPad Into a Baby Monitor

If you have two iOS devices, then you've got a baby monitor.<p>Baby Monitor 3G connects any combination of iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to create a baby …

Baby Monitor

Seven tips to get you started with Windows Phone 8

Customize the lock screen and set a password<p>The first thing you'll want to do after setting up your service is secure your phone with a password. To …

iOS