WTAM 1100 – Smartphone Snow Apps

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – February 3rd, 2015:

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThis week has seen a lot of Winter storms hitting the midwest. While we’re still digging ourselves out from yet another snowstorm, here’s a list of apps that can be useful for dealing with Winter’s wrath:

  • Plowz and Mowz – Like Uber for snow plowing. It allows you to search for on-demand snow plowing (or mowing service during warmer weather) in your area, either through the website or the smartphone app available for Android and iOS.
  • First Aid – Protect yourself with step-by-step instructions first aid from the American Red Cross.
  • Waze – Get a head’s up as you head into work with traffic and road hazard alerts using this free GPS app that provides information from other drivers on your route.
  • Snow Day Calculator Looking to get your kid’s hopes up? Snow Day Calculator has both a web page and downloadable app that allows you to enter your zip code in and get a rough percentage chance that their school will be closed. The app was built a few years back by a middle school student who is now at MIT.

WTAM 1100 – Smartphone Emergency Alert Settings

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – October 21st, 2014

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioEmergency alerts on your smartphone often surprise people when they go off, but often they’re one of the quickest ways to get rapidly changing news out to a local public. Enabled by default, these settings can be checked or changed within the settings of your device.

Android: Open your Settings app, then look for the Wireless & Networks heading. Tap More… and scroll to the bottom. Finally, tap Cell Broadcasts.

iPhone: Tap your Settings app, then scroll to select Notifications. Look for Government Alerts at the bottom of the list.

Windows Phone: Open Settings, then Applications. Select Messaging, then Emergency Alerts.

These emergency alerts will help provide early warning about imminent danger, but what if you want more information about potentially hazardous weather in your area? The Red Cross Mobile Apps provide can help with everything from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires. They also include general safety apps for first aid for you and your pets.

WTAM 1100 – Two-Wheel Technology for Motorcyclists

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday June 24th, 2014

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThis morning’s Tech Tuesday segment on WTAM 1100 Newsradio in Cleveland was about making the most of your motorcycle trips with technology. As an avid motorcyclist and fan of technology, I was glad to bring these two topics together.

During the segment on the Wills & Snyder Show in the Morning, Bill Wills and I discussed Bluetooth wireless headsets like those from Sena. Great for music and calls on the go.

We also talked about specialized standalone GPS units for motorcycle from Garmin and TomTom vs smartphone apps like Google Maps or Waze

For those looking to add safety to their ride, the CrashLight feature of the EatSleepRIDE app can alert friends and family if there’s been a crash. The app also ties into the motorcyclist social network provided at EatSleepRIDE.com where riders can post photos, favorite routes and write reviews of motorcycle products. I’m a member as, of course, Agent3012.

It’s always fun when work and play come together!

WTAM 1100 – Apps For Summer Road Trips

 
WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThe arrival of Memorial Day means that many will be looking forward to warm-weather road trips. Long gone are the days of hard-to-fold paper maps or asking for directions at sketchy gas stations in small town America.

For this week’s Tech Tuesday segment on WTAM 1100’s Wills & Snyder in the Morning, we had a chance to talk about a number of smartphone and tablet apps for road trips that can not only help you get where you are going, but entertain you on the way and help find you a place to stay along the way.

WTAM 1100 – Tech Tips for Your Road Trip

WTAM 1100 – Geek Squad – July 16th, 2012

Summer time means hitting the open road with a destination in mind. I shared some tips with WTAM 1100 Newsradio in Cleveland this morning around apps for your smartphone and tablet to use while on the go.