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Verizon Updates Plans To Bring You The More Everything Plan

February 13, 2014 | by Scott Lewis

This morning Verizon Wireless announced some updates and a name change to their Share Everything plans. The newly branded MORE Everything plans are truly a step in the right direction for the second generation of data sharing plans from Verizon Wireless.

Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless feels that "MORE Everything changes the game by adding even more of what customers want from their wireless provider in a single, simple monthly plan" and that "Verizon Wireless led the way with the introduction of shared data plans, and MORE... read more

Dot, Circle, And Box: The Galaxy Note 3, S-Pen, and Smart Watch

February 12, 2014 | by Tracy Lewis

To make the most of your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, you need to master the gestures of dot, circle, and box. The good news is that they are as simple as they sound. The chart below will guide you through the basic motions while using images to help you understand.

Removing the S Pen will automatically activate the Air Command menu allowing you to take onscreen notes, draw pictures and charts, and so much more. The menu includes the options Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, and Action Memo. The Scrapbooker is one of my favorite options. Being able to use the S Pen to draw a box around something on the... read more

Wirefly Shows You The Savings Of Using Google Wallet For Valentine's Day

February 10, 2014 | by Scott Lewis

Who doesn't love to save money? Wirefly wants to help you save some money by using your Google Wallet to make your Valentine's Day purchases. You can save $15 on your order from 1-800 Flowers when you use your smartphone to access their mobile site and choose the "Buy with Google" option.

If you're not into giving flowers for Valentine's Day, you can select from the other great services that are offering you a discount for paying with your Google Wallet. Eat24 is offering a $5 discount when you pay with your Google... read more

Smartphones Deprive Us Of Sleep

February 10, 2014 | by Michele Farlow

Smartphones have become a part of everyday life for so many reasons. Whether we are checking an email, watching a TV show, or checking out the weather; most find it to be a great source of entertainment and helpful in our everyday life. We have come to rely on our smartphones for so many things that 20 years ago we would have to go to outside sources to find. As stated in Wirefly's blog Three Ways... read more

California Senator Proposes Bill To Make Kill Switches Mandatory In Smartphones

February 07, 2014 | by Tracy Lewis

Smartphone theft is an ongoing concern among users because the resale value of the devices are very high. In order to combat the problem, a Democratic Senator from California has proposed a bill to make the installation of kill switches in cell phones mandatory. The kill switch would enable a lost or stolen phone to be completely deactivated. The goal of the kill switch is not only the fact that the smartphone can be shut down remotely, it is also that just the option being installed would deter theft from even occurring because no one wants a smartphone that doesn't work.

The new bill proposed would require all smartphones sold after January 1, 2015 to include the kill switch technology. If not, the manufacturer would face stiff fines. Currently all of the major wireless... read more

Beware: One Ring Cell Phone Scam

February 06, 2014 | by Tracy Lewis

Last week the Better Business Bureau warned consumers of what they are calling the "One Ring Cell Phone Scam." What is happening is that someone calls your cell phone number lets it ring just once and hangs up. This leaves you with a missed call. Some people will just ignore the call from the unfamiliar number, but many others have called the number back. The number is usually a number based in a Caribbean country which automatically charges you for an international call. Canada and many Caribbean countries use the same country code as the United States (1) which makes it very easy for consumers to overlook the fact that it might be an international call. The charges don't stop at the international charges. The call is then connected to an "adult entertainment" phone operator creating... read more

Giving Your Smartphone A New Look – A 101 Class On Hacking Your Phone

January 24, 2014 | by Wirefly Buzz

Wirefly Friends - I recently got a new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear from Verizon and love the phone. The giant 5.7" Blu-ray resolution screen is a real benefit - you can do production email on this phone and last week I read an entire Kindle book on a flight from Las Vegas to Washington.

However - I was a little disappointed with the fact that I didn't get any more application icons on my new giant screen and also the standard Samsung weather/clock widget took up way too much of the screen. So I decided to give my phone a new look - take a look at the results below.

BEFORE - An AT&T Note 3 with the stock Samsung User Interface is on the left with 8 icons on the home screen.

AFTER - My Verizon Note 3 is on the right running, Nova Launcher, special Nox... read more

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