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The GizmoPal and The GizmoGadget

When should you get your children phones and what sort of phone should you get them? These days parents have several options available to them. Old phones that they no longer use, low-priced smartphones like the Galaxy Core Prime, and basic flip and texting phones are still an option as too. But what if you’re not quite ready for your child to have a fully capable cell phone of their own? LG and Verizon have come up with a…
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Piggy Bank

Download These Apps That Will Pay YOU Money

Most apps are free to download, or you have to pay for the app or game. But a few apps have emerged that give you money back. They are part of the “gig economy,” things like Uber and Lyft, where you do tasks for a small payment amount. However, unlike something like Uber, these apps don’t lock you into any long-term employment. I’ve tried a few of these, and here are our impressions.…
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What’s Using All My Data?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a few customers who were experiencing unexpected data charges that were above and beyond their normal usage. What is tricky in these situations is that is difficult to track down exactly what you were using that data for. When we billed by the minute, for instance, it was relatively easy for us to say “you called this number and talked for this many minutes.” Privacy laws and policies prohibit us from…
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Which Phone is Right For Me? The Galaxy? S6, Edge+ or Note 5?

  Samsung has a knack for releasing a wide array of phones at the same time. While some phones are obvious choices for certain people (the Core Prime, for instance, is certainly an entry-level smartphone, designed for either children or those who would give the phone minimal use), some phones are so similar that choosing between them is a bit daunting. The good news is that the S6, Note 5, and S6 Edge+ are all…
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Get the Best Sound From Your Earbuds by Putting Them in Right

Headphone manufacturers are always bragging about the high quality of the sound they put out. And for over-the-ear cups, that makes a difference since the headphone cups isolate most outside noise and direct the sound to your ear.   But earbuds are a different story altogether. An inadequate or improper fit will pull the earbud away from your ear. Allowing other ambient sounds in and, more importantly, moves the small bud away from your ear causing a dramatic…
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Six Tips to Trick out Your S6

Now that the S6 is out, there are plenty of Easter Eggs in it. Some of them are baked into the new build of Android Lollipop and some are part of Samsung’s UI that they like to skin over it. Likewise, some are easy to discover and some take a little tweaking to uncover and get just right. In the spirit of the S6, here are my favorite 6 tips.   1. Master the Shade. I always called this the drop-down…
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Transferring Data with the OTG Cable

Your Verizon/Cellular Plus rep will be happy to handle the transfer of your data to your new Samsung phone. But, in case you’re more comfortable DIY, here’s what you need to know. Samsung has a way of transferring data to the S6 (and presumably other new Galaxy devices) called an OTG cable. Instructions are included, but I had the chance to play around with a live transfer, and here is a walkthrough with my impressions.   Before you begin, the Samsung…
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Galaxy S6 Review

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Beyond WiFi: Ways to Reduce Mobile Data

10GB sounded like a lot of data, until you got all your kids smartphones and picked up those new tablets for Christmas. Now you’re barely halfway through the month and you’re getting the dreaded text messages saying you’ve used 75% of your data. Of course, you could always up the data allowance and pay more every month, but here are some simple ways to reduce your data usage, other than “just connect to wifi”:     1. Video Uploads: Even…
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Galaxy S5 Tips and Tricks

The Galaxy line has always come with a bevy of customizable options, almost to a fault. You’ll never reach the bottom of what you can do with it, and without some special instructions, you may not ever know what your phone can actually do. So here are a few little things you can do to get the most out of the phone, without getting so lost in customization menus that you forget how to make…
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