Is WiFi Dangerous to Your Health? Live on America Now With Andy Dean at 8:35

I’ll be on America Now at 8:35 tonight talking about WiFi and other wireless safety. Looks like as many as 4% of the population may be sensitive to the radio waves emitted by our cell phones, WiFi, Smart Meters and even our cars.

‘I used to be sick all the time’: Dozens of Americans who claim to be allergic to electromagnetic signals settle in small West Virginia town where WiFi is banned

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Cut Back on iOS 7’s Thirst For Battery


If you’re upgrading your current device to iOS 7, you will see a noticeable decrease in battery life.

If you’re looking to avoid dead batteries, here are a few settings you can tweak to keep iOS 7 from sucking your iPhone’s life.

iOS 7 lets certain apps refresh even when you’re not using them, which is both super convenient and a big problem for users who want the most out of their batteries.

For some apps, like Maps, this makes a lot of sense, but if you’ve authorized other apps (Twitter, Facebook) to track your location without actually using the in-app features that go along with it, you should turn it off. If you don’t use the apps to begin with, turning off the GPS tracking won’t do much, but if you can disable tracking for a few of your most-used apps, you could see a decent boost in battery life.

iOS 7 introduces AirDrop to the iPhone for the first time, but even if you find yourself using the handy Dropbox-style feature from time to time, you should be turning it off when you don’t need it. From here, it’s just two taps to either enable or disable AirDrop, and while you’re here, you can also disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi to help save additional battery life when you’re not using them.


Apple Release New iMac With No Fanfare


New iMacs are available today via Apple’s online store.  These are the fastest iMacs ever, and use Intel’s latest 4th generate quad-core processors, the fastest WiFi ever as well as high-speed PCIe flash storage.  I want one :-)

  • Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz, optional quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz
  • Display: 21.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 1,920 x 1,080 resolution or 27-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro on base 21.5-inch model, NVIDIA GeForce GT 700 series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory
  • Memory: 8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, configurable up to 32 GB
  • Storage: 1TB (5,400-rpm) hard drive. Configurable to 3TB hard drive, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive; or 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of flash storage. Flash storage is PCIe.
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi wireless networking that is IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n backwards-compatible; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology


Home Security Via the Cloud

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Looking to protect your home or office? How about broadcasting real-time video? Today we spoke with Devin Chawda, the President of Y-cam about their Internet/Cloud-based Security Cameras

1. It is now possible to set up a video camera at your home or business which records instantly to the cloud rather than on some local recording device. This is a revolution in home/business security as it not only means the video is stored safely away from the property but it can be viewed from anywhere and motion alerts sent to any mobile device.
2. Anyone that wants to broadcast live steaming video to their local community, or even the world can now do so. Whether you’re a watersports shop owner on the beach wanting to show off the waves or a homeowner just wanting to share the amazing view outside her bedroom window, it’s now accessible to anyone.
3. Now you can use your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and your existing Wi-Fi network to monitor your baby in a way that wasn’t possible before

Bad Cell Coverage No More!

Who hasn’t had trouble with cell phone reception?  There’s a new cell phone being developed that will also use your WiFi, but did you know that you can get your own “Micro Site” from the major carriers that will get rid of those dead zones in your home or office?

If you’ve got Verizon, here’s the inside scoop on the hardware from Tom’s Guide.  This device specifically provides a signal for your Verizon Wireless cell phone when there’s no signal at all.

Sprint/Nextel has a similar device with a different payment plan (what else is new?).  If you’ve got one or more Sprint phones and little or no signal, you can buy the Sprint Home Booster (Airwave) and plug it into your Internet connection.  It does a pretty decent signal for your phones.

When there’s a big storm, such as what we’ve recently seen in Haiti and in Indonesia, and the cell phone networks go down most people are out of luck.  Same problem when you’re in a remote area of any country, but if there’s Wifi available there’s a new cell phone being designed that provides the connectivity you need: Scientists develop mobile phone that doesn’t need reception.

If you’ve got a signal from your wireless provider, but it just isn’t strong enough there’s a generic solution you can use at your home.  There are quite a few of them out there, and here’s one that we found on that seems pretty good.

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