For those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves – Abraham Lincoln

As we celebrate our hard-won independence, this holiday weekend, please remember to pay tribute to all our brave American heroes not only today but for forever. Let’s give our heartfelt thanks to all the great soldiers who make our land free. Freedom is something that money cannot buy, and most honorable of all are the ones who defend it. So on this Fourth of July – Give a grand salute to those who stand in service to our beloved country.

There has been a lot of industrial and technological change since we declared our independence 240 years ago. We have radios, televisions, and computers. Now unbelievably even 207 million of us now have smartphones in our pockets and purses. As you celebrate this holiday with family and friends, I have put together some apps and products that you might find useful. From grilling, road trips, star-gazing, and picture taking, let the best of technology help you enjoy your holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time to enjoy a great barbecue with family and friends. Check out these apps to create the best barbecue to have an excellent meal together.

iPhone Weber Grills

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iPhone Grill It

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Are you hitting the road this holiday weekend away from an ultra-fast 4G LTE connection? You might find that knowing how to access Google Maps offline is beneficial.

iPhone Google Maps

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  • Launch the Google Maps app
  • Search for the area you want to save.
  • Tap on the menu button and choose Offline areas.
  • Tap on the plus button in the lower right corner.
  • Pinch and zoom the area to fine tune what you’d like to save. (conserve storage space)
  • Tap on Download.
  • In the popup menu, give your area a unique name
  • Tap Save.

 

The best navigation tool I have used is WAZE. WAZE is a social-based navigation app that will help you conserve gas and get places on time. You will know where the bottlenecks are before you get there so that you can avoid them.

Waze

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If you’re watching fireworks on Monday evening, chances are you may want to take a few photos with your phone. Remember to Turn off your flash, avoid limit movement, (shakiness) and don’t zoom in, you can try to adjust some of your camera’s exposure settings, and try burst mode. If you aren’t satisfied with the features of your built-in camera and want an excellent picture, then check out the Lytro Illum Camera. The Lytro Illum is a new type of camera that employs a light field, which means that old photography rules don’t apply. I have found that if I shoot deep, framing from below, I get some great dramatic pictures. Also, you only have to focus roughly because as long as what you want is visible in the frame, you can adjust it later in post editing. Honestly, this is one of the best cameras I have ever owned.

Also, if you prefer just to take video, check out Magisto Video Editor and Movie Maker

Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker

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For those of you who are avid soccer fans, EURO 2016 is underway in France, and you can follow the progress their official apps. Everything might need to know about UEFA EURO 2016. Underway in France it is the biggest EUROs ever. You can follow all the excitement from the opening game at Stade de France on 10 June to the final on 10 July 2016.

UEFA Euro 2016

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