5 Things - Week Ending 7/6/12

This is the 15th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.

PhoneSoap Let's You Clean Your Phone While You Charge

Some research indicates that the average cellphone has 18 times more harmful bacteria on it than a handle on a public male toilet, and that 1 in every 6 cellphones actually has fecal matter on it.

Disgusting. Might have to pick up a PhoneSoap when they become available. To know that every night the bacteria on my iPhone is being blasted away is well worth the $40 cost. You can add your name to a list to be notified when the product is available on their website.


Hone for iPhone 4S: Never Lose Your Keys Again

My partner and I lose our keys almost every day, so we decided to do something about it. Hone for iPhone 4S and the new iPad 3 is Bluetooth low energy device for your keychain that lights up and audibly vibrates when triggered so you can find your keys. It runs for six months on an included battery and has a 150+ foot range.

When I show someone Find My iPhone, they typically say, "Now if they could just make that for my keys.". Now you can locate your keys when you misplace them!

This is a KickStarter project and you have until July 17th to back the project. The Hone will ship this October.


Nearly 70% of American Android users can’t figure out how to connect to a WiFi network

We can’t stress this enough, setup your WiFi! Chances are you use your device most often while you’re at work, at home, or at your friend’s place. The only time you should be relying on your 3G or 4G connection is when you’re either commuting or when you need to look something up immediately.

If you aren't using WiFi while surfing the web on your smartphone you should be! By using WiFi you will likely experience faster speeds and you will also help relieve the congestion on the cell networks making things faster for everyone else.


Tech Companies Leave Phone Calls Behind

Amy O’Leary:

On the other end of the line, however, some people may not know how to Google, or do not want to use Twitter. These users may be older, or less technically adept, and they are finding the method of communication they have relied on for a lifetime shifting under their feet. It does not make sense, they say, that a company with products used by millions every day cannot pick up the phone.

I am neither older or less technically adept, but I find it frustrating when you unable to pick up the phone and talk to a real human being when you are having an issue with something. It's unfortunate that many technology companies are taking the approach of only communicating with their customers via the internet.


Over: text+photos

This is a really cool app available on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It allows you to put georgeous text on top of a photo. There are numerous fonts to choose from. Once your photo is complete you can save it to your Camera Roll or share it to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Email.

Check out a few photos from the Peterson Family Reunion that I took the past few days and edited with Over.