iPhone® Device Photo Tips for The Holidays – From Greeting Cards to Family Photos

iPhone Photo TipsThe holidays are right around the corner! Are you getting ready to send out holiday greeting cards to your family and friends? Is your family putting the pressure on because you have not sent a holiday card yet? If you haven’t made holiday photo arrangements yet, don’t fret! Having a great holiday greeting card doesn’t require an expensive photo shoot, photo prints or even having to label and mail out cards.

Make the most of your phone this holiday season and use these iPhone device photo tips on holiday photo taking as well as some of the top apps for turning ordinary photos into holiday photos and greeting cards. These tips and apps are sure to help.

  1. Selfie-Stick

    First and foremost, if your family does not have a selfie stick, invest in one now. They are an inexpensive solution to fitting your entire family in one picture for a great holiday photo and you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy one sooner. Selfie sticks are common and finding a good but cheap option is relatively easy.
  2. Grid

    Making sure your photo is well balanced is key to making a family selfie look like a professional holiday photo. iPhone devices offer a grid option which is designed to help users maintain balance and make sure that the image is taken from a flattering angle. Go to the camera section of your iPhone device’s settings in order to enable the grid.

  3. HDR Auto

    The “High Dynamic Range” setting, also known as HDR Auto, is a feature that enables users to improve lighting for your pictures in dark settings without distorting the image. You can have this set on automatic, or turn it off and select times you want to turn it on. This makes taking a family holiday photo next to a Christmas tree, a menorah or holiday lights easy and aesthetic.

  4. Burst Mode

    Snapping a good family holiday photo means getting a picture where you, the kids and maybe even the pets are all standing still. Give yourself an opportunity to catch a photo with everyone in a good pose by using burst mode. This setting enables your phone to take many photos within a few seconds, catching any slight movement or stillness. You’re also likely to get a good laugh from some of the resulting images.

  5. YouCam

    Beautify and optimize your photos with this free app designed to make the most of your selfie. You can make edits or use filters to show off your family.

Holiday Greeting Card Apps

You’ll surely want to take a look at these apps for turning your holiday photo into a holiday greeting card.

  1. Ink Card: Holiday Greetings

    This app received high ratings on Apple®’s app store and is a great way of turning your iPhone device or iPad® tablet pictures into festive holiday cards for only $1.99 and they offer free shipping. They have a variety of illustrations, styles and layouts, and you can also add text to your card.

  2. Shutterfly: Photo Gifts and More

    Another highly rated app, Shutterfly, enables you to make holiday cards as well. This app provides unlimited 4×4 or 6×4 prints, making printing holiday cards an easy option no matter how tight of a budget you are on this holiday season. They also offer a large variety of inexpensive photo gifts such as calendars, mason jars, mugs and more so you can get some of your shopping done here as well.

  3. Red Stamp

    Another holiday card app that can be helpful this holiday season is Red Stamp. This app allows you to not only design cards in minutes, but allows you to have them directly shipped to loved ones for $3 including postage! You can also have them emailed, texted, Tweeted or even posted to Facebook and Instagram for loved ones to check out virtually.

If you are having trouble with the camera on your iPhone device or with any of the features, Experimac can help. Bring your phone to your local Experimac store and our highly trained techs will take a look at your camera and all of the settings to make sure you can get that great holiday photo taken.

Benefits of Buying Pre-Owned Apple® Devices from Experimac Pueblo, CO Versus New

Are you in the market for an iPhone® device, iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop or iMac® computer but having a hard time finding the device you need at the price you want? Have you considered buying a certified pre-owned Apple device? If you haven’t, consider the following facts:

  • Buying certified pre-owned Apple devices is as reliable as buying new devices, just 60% cheaper! When considering the purchase of an Apple device, laptop or computer, consider that certified pre-owned devices may slightly differ from brand new devices, but due to consistently updated operating systems, those differences don’t make much of a difference. This allows you to take advantage of the incredible savings that come with purchasing a slightly older or slightly used model from a reliable seller such as Experimac Pueblo, CO.

 

  • Certified pre-owned devices undergo an in-depth diagnostic evaluation to ensure they are in excellent condition. Here at Experimac Pueblo, our experts not only inspect, grade, clean and refurbish every single one of our pre-owned products, they also install all the latest operating systems available at the time of purchase. All components of the device, from their appearance to their physical operation, are all thoroughly examined, tested and retested by our highly trained technicians to ensure reliability and quality.

 

  • 90-day warranty. Though certified retailers only sell devices that make the cut in terms of quality, some extend coverage should devices have any issues. Experimac covers products for 90 days from purchase so you can feel confident when making a purchase from Experimac Pueblo.

 

  • Buy certified. Sometimes, buyers consider buying cheap, pre-owned devices from less reputable sources such as Craigslist or directly from a private individual. Devices could be worn, have weakened batteries, or even more serious, unknown problems. When it comes to buying a pre-owned device from an individual or from an online listing, there is no assurance or diagnostic testing. Certified pre-owned products from Experimac Pueblo are safe, risk-free investments, meaning you don’t have to inspect the camera, keyboard, speakers, etc. on your own. We don’t cut corners. Here at Experimac, we share the history of the devices you are purchasing with you and explain the services we have rendered as part of our certification process.

In “The Home of Heroes,” at Experimac Pueblo, you not only save money on the device you want, we also work with you to make it yours. We now offer financing to make purchasing the certified pre-owned Apple device you want easier and more affordable than you ever dreamed. Call us at (719) 225-8656 to find out how we can help you today!

Is the iOS 11® Operating System Update Draining Your Battery? Tips You Need to Know.

Drained iPhone BatteryPerhaps the best feature of Apple® devices is how often the operating system is updated. However, the new iOS 11 operating system update has created an issue for some people – faster battery drain. Research conducted by Wandera found that after applying early updates of the iOS 11 operating system, it took an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes to drain iPhone® device batteries completely. In contrast, after the iOS 10® operating system update, it took an average of 4 hours to drain an iPhone device battery.

Are you frustrated by your iPhone device’s fast-draining battery? Extend your battery life with these easy to follow tips:

  1. Screen

A great way of reducing battery drain on your phone is by lowering the brightness of your screen. Dim your background and reduce the amount of power wasted while not using your phone by changing the auto-lock settings to 30 seconds here:

  • Settings > Display & Brightness
  1. Apps

Look at your apps and check to see which ones consume the most battery power. Some apps are programmed to run continuously, draining your battery life. Reconsider which apps you need and don’t need, and see if the app gives you battery-saving options. One such option includes location services; apps may request to track your location, save battery power by turning location services off, or at the very least, monitoring which apps are using it:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services
  1. Email updates

Your email account may be draining your battery life, as the update automatically has your email consistently retrieving new data. Fortunately, you can change this in Settings:

  • Go into Settings > Accounts & Passwords> Fetch New Data
  • Change it to 15-30 minutes
  1. Siri® Feature

While the Siri® feature is fantastic and very popular amongst iPhone device users, you don’t need to have her listening at all times. Turn off listening for “Hey Siri” here:

  • Settings > Siri & Search

By simply changing some default settings on your newly updated iPhone device, you can prevent your post iOS 11 operating system phone from losing battery quickly. If you have any other questions about the update or your phone, our highly-trained techs at Experimac are able to help. Stop by your local Experimac store today to see what we can do for your device!

Experimac is Slaying the Competition Daily with Savings on certified pre-owned Apple® products!

Save Money on certified pre-owned Apple® productsPurchasing an Apple device, whether it’s an iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop or iMac® computer, is an investment. Although these products are not on the low end of the price range, when you purchase one of these devices you are also getting the reliability that comes with such a trusted brand.

We understand that most people are on a budget and need to watch every penny. It’s scary how much you can save on certified pre-owned products at Experimac. Slaying the competition daily with savings of up to 60% on certified pre-owned Apple® devices, Experimac is the place to shop!

Here are 3 key reasons for buying certified pre-owned Apple® devices from Experimac:

  1. Save money

    Owning a quality smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer does not have to break the bank. Because of well-made hardware and regular software updates, Apple devices make fantastic pre-owned products. Here at Experimac, we take it a step further and only sell devices that are certified pre-owned. What does that mean? It means we test all devices for sale in our stores – they have been refurbished, cleaned and thoroughly inspected. And because we only sell devices that make the cut in terms of quality, we guarantee our products. Buying a certified pre-owned apple device from Experimac means getting the device you want while saving money!

    1. 90-day warranty

      All services performed at any Experimac location are backed with a 90-day warranty. Whether you need to fix a cracked screen or a dead hard drive, we stand behind our services and will treat our repairs with the upmost care. We start by performing a thorough diagnostic assessment on the device to discover anything that could be causing an issue. Then, our highly-trained technicians carefully perform repairs, usually within a day.

      1. Financing available

        At Experimac, you not only save money on the device you want, we also work with you to make it yours! Our goal is to make life as easy as possible for you. From the iPhone® device to the iPad® tablet or even an iMac® computer, we make purchasing the device you want easier than you ever dreamed. You can even apply for financing online and get pre-approved before visiting our store.

       

      Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase any of our fantastic certified pre-owned Apple® products or take advantage of any of our specialized services. Contact your local Experimac today to get started!

Migrating Your Data to a New Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.

 How to Migrate Your Data

Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Glen Allen have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.

Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:

  1. Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
  2. Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
  3. Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
  4. Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
  6. Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.

 Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac of Glen Allen to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.

 

Migrating Your Data to a New Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.

 How to Migrate Your Data

Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Glen Allen have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.

Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:

  1. Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
  2. Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
  3. Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
  4. Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
  6. Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.

 Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac of Glen Allen to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.

 

Meal Prep is a Breeze with These Thanksgiving Apps

Thanksgiving Apps
Does Thanksgiving meal prep stress you out? Or are you one of those people who looks forward to a day of homemade delicious food all year long? Are you in charge of setting the table and looking for ways to impress your family and friends?

Figuring out what to make and how much to make can be a challenge for some people. However, thanks to technology, Thanksgiving meal prep is a breeze. From the turkey to cocktails, table decoration ideas and more, this list has been designed to help you from start to finish with décor and recipe apps for Thanksgiving.

  • Todoist

Cooking an entire feast for several people in one day can be overwhelming. Organize yourself with the free app Todoist. Create and share to-do lists and reminders with yourself, and even delegate to-do items to family and friends. Todoist has a “Smart Schedule” feature, making scheduling tasks a breeze, from food shopping to invitations.

  • The Coupons App

Finding deals on food, decorations and even Black Friday specials has never been easier. Download this free app and save on thousands of items at retail stores in your area. This app also includes restaurant coupons, saving you money while eating out once the Thanksgiving festivities are over and the chaotic holiday season begins.

  • Hobnob Invitations & Text RSVP

Take the stress out of inviting guests to dinner this year with this free app. This app allows you to make a group, create and send invites out and receive RSVPs all in a matter of minutes from your iPhone® device. Send photos and keep the group you’ve made, making future event invites easier. You can also go back and check all events and photos you have shared with the group.

  • Food Network in the Kitchen

Mix things up this year and incorporate new flavors to your Thanksgiving spread. Instantly access Food Network’s most popular recipes from famous chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay or Guy Fieri . . . all for free on your iPhone device or iPad® tablet. This is not your average recipe app.

  • MixCocktails

This free app is home to hundreds of cocktail recipes, conveniently categorized by type of drink. Discover some fun holiday recipes such as their Boozy White Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails, or even their Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini. Thanksgiving apps never tasted so good!

  • Yummly

Do you or your guests have specific dietary needs? Yummly is a free app that lets you easily search through thousands of recipes with filters to meet your specific needs. If you are cooking for 20 people, some of which require gluten free food, for example, you can search with that criteria. Yummly offers meal recommendations, nutritional tracking and instructional videos. This is a whole new spin on a recipe app.

  • Pandora

Don’t just whistle while you work, cook to the rhythm of your favorite artists for free with Pandora. Pandora plays music for hours on end based on artists or genres of music you choose, meaning you won’t have to stop and play DJ during the busy hours of the day.

  • Craftsy

Find fun craft, cooking and décor ideas, lessons and instructional videos on this free app! Whether you’d like to learn how to crochet, decorate cakes, woodwork or create simple crafts for decorating your dinner table this holiday season, look at the thousands of ideas available on this app to get ready for your Thanksgiving celebration.

  • SharetheMeal

Lastly, while you celebrate what you are thankful for, consider giving to those less fortunate with this app. SharetheMeal allows you to see where your donations go, and makes it easy to donate. Giving thanks takes on a whole new meaning when you are able to share with others.

We encourage you to plan ahead and download these apps to simplify your life as you prepare for Thanksgiving this year. Whether you are looking for recipe apps because you are eager to try something new or you need some tunes to keep you going in the kitchen while everyone else is gathered around the TV watching football, this list has it all.

Need someone to fix your iPhone device or iPad tablet screen before you start downloading these Thanksgiving apps? Don’t give it a second thought. Bring your phone or tablet to your local Experimac for a screen repair, no appointment is necessary.