How to Add Map Shortcuts to Phone

Syndicated Maps Icon App Shortcuts

Here is an alternative to downloading our map apps in the iPhone and Android App Stores.  85% of mobile app users spend their time on only 5 mobile apps.  RIP app store!   Trying to compete with these apps unless you have unlimited development money and resources is virtually impossible.  Apps are very expensive and require hundreds of millions of dollars to develop at scale to maintain with all the updates.  Apps also don't always provide the bang for the buck on a return on the investment.  

All of our maps are free mobile friendly pages that can be easily bookmarked on your phone using a Safari browser on he iphone and Chrome browser on an Android phone.  These maps will never require a download and the home screen icon does nothing in the background unless you are using the app.  Its like a shortcut to a browser but on your phone and the icon is easy to find and quick to use with no sign-in required. These maps are all advertising supported.      

When you open the map it will automatically find your location and display data relevant to your area.  Each map has its own unique icon depending on which carrier you are interested in.  The default is all carriers but you can choose AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or Tracfone below.  

Syndicated Maps has a network of 10 other public safety maps which you can easily find and add to your phone at the link above or by clicking on the phone apps screen shot above.  

Step 1 - Choose your map home screen page below. 

Report AT&T Coverage Problems Mobile App
Report AT&T Dead Zones Mobile App

Report Verizon Coverage Problems Mobile App
Report Verizon Dead Zones Mobile App

Report Sprint Coverage Problems
Report Sprint Dead Zones Mobile App

Report T-Mobile Coverage Problems
Report T-Mobile Dead Zones Mobile App

Report Tracfone Dead Zones Mobile App

Report Tracfone Dead Zones Mobile App

Step 2 - Swipe down to get this navigation bar on bottom of phone

Step 3 - Choose Map to Add to Home Screen 
(Each Carrier Has A Different Home Screen Icon)

Add Dead Zones Mobile App to Home Screen

Amazing Things You Can Do With A Smartphone

iphone in hand

In today’s modern society, pretty much everyone owns a smartphone or some sort of smart device. There are tons of things you can do with a smartphone, besides just texting or making calls. However, with millions of apps available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, it can become confusing knowing exactly what your smart device can do. To help you get the most out of your smartphone, here are some amazing things you can do with it today.

Track your health

Your smartphone is a powerful tool for collecting information based on your health. The app Instant Heart Rate takes readings of your pulse by using your camera to detect color changes in your index finger. This data is then converted into a simple graph so you can monitor and track your heart rate over a period of time. This app is particularly useful if you have a medical condition like diabetes or heart disease that requires you to monitor your heart rate closely. You can also easily track your diet and exercise on apps like MyFitnessPal. This allows you to record your food intake and also provides useful tools like nutrition barcode scanning, motion sensors, and connections with activity-tracking devices.

Provide entertainment

There are hundreds of apps on your smartphone that can provide entertainment. You can use social media apps to connect with your friends and family and learn about current affairs. Watching free videos on YouTube is another popular source of entertainment on smartphones. The Youtube app is free to download and can provide endless hours of entertainment. There is also a massive selection of fun games available to download on your smartphone, and many of these are free! You also have the opportunity to play exciting online betting games on your smartphone and have the chance to win huge jackpots instantly. Many online betting sites offer amazing promotions and deals when you sign up - check out this great promo info at Unibet.

Diagnose your car issues

Gone are the days where you would have to go to an expensive car mechanic every time your car experienced any kind of problem. Now, with the help of car apps, you can easily diagnose car issues yourself from home. This saves you spending hundreds of dollars going to a car mechanic just for them to tell you there’s nothing wrong. You simply plug your smartphone into your car's diagnostic port, and the app will then be able to diagnose any issues, and some can even give you an estimate on the repair costs. These apps can also be used to give you advice and guides on important car maintenance like how to change the oil, remind you where you parked, and alert your loved one if you are in an accident. 

Owners of smartphones benefit from hundreds of apps that can improve their daily lives. Make sure you research what new apps are available so that you can get the most out of your smart device.

5 Ways To Kill Boredom With Your Smartphone

It is hard to be bored when you have your mobile phone to hand. Mobile phones have completely changed many aspects of daily life, and one of the main ways that they have done this is that there is always something that you can do to keep yourself entertained and to stop you from twiddling your thumbs. It is amazing what a modern day smartphone can do, and there are many ways that you can use them to stay entertained at all times. The best activity will depend on your mood and personality, but here are a few suggestions for the next time you are sat around with little to do.

1. Take Photos

Taking photos can be a fun way to pass the time and a rewarding hobby. Many people like the idea of getting into photography yet take very few photos even though they have a perfectly good camera on their phone. Start experimenting with different types of photos and then share these to social media to share them with your friends and get feedback.

2. Social Media

Social media is a great way to kill time if you have nothing to do. This allows you to see what your friends have been up to, share your own content, catch up on the latest news, connect with your friends, grow your network, and much more. Social media often gets a lot of criticism in today’s day and age, but it can remain a fun and valuable activity provided that you do not use it too much.

3. Games & Betting

You can also pass the time by playing endless games or online betting. This is ideal if you are looking for something fun to do, but you do not feel like going outside or moving, and there are many great options to consider. If you are into sports, places like Unibet can make it quick and easy to place bets on football and all other kinds of sport which can add more excitement to fixtures.

4. Life Admin

Much of modern day life can now be managed through your smartphone so if you are sat around with nothing to do then catching up on this is a great idea because it will help you to feel like you have been productive. There are many types of life admin that you could do on your smartphone, including catching up on emails, managing your calendar, reconnecting with friends, making appointments, and online banking.

5. Dating/Meeting New People

Smartphones have also become handy tools for meeting new people, whether this is for a romantic relationship or something platonic. There are endless dating and meet up apps where you can connect with like-minded people and then arrange to meet up if you feel like it. This can be a great way to meet new people, but you must remember to be cautious and safe at all times.

These are just a few different ways that you can use your smartphone to stave off boredom. Smartphones have completely changed how people live their lives, and it is now hard to get bored provided you have your phone to hand.

How to Transfer Photos From Your Dead PC to Your New One

We’ve all experienced this terrible, panic inducing moment: you press your computer’s power button and absolutely nothing happens. Your computer is completely dead.

Replacing your computer can be costly, especially if your warranty has expired. It’s massively inconvenient, especially since most work these days is completed on a personal computer. But what really makes this moment terrible is that suddenly, all the files you took for granted are inaccessible. Your important documents, your downloaded music, and most importantly, your photos are gone forever.

Or are they? Though it may seem daunting, it is possible to retrieve files from your dead computer. It’s even possible to do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

On a PC

The first step in retrieving your data is to determine whether the problem is with the software or the hardware. Make sure that your computer is plugged into its charger (if it’s a laptop) or that the monitor is connected (if it’s a desktop). Then, hold down the power button until the computer shuts down. Push the power button as if you were turning the computer on again.

If for even the briefest moment, the computer turns on, then you might have a software problem.  If your computer doesn’t respond when you press the power button, there’s likely something wrong with the hardware. If you have little experience with where the problem lies, you should consider hiring a professional to attempt a computer repair.

Unfortunately, your files may not be recoverable. If the hard drive has died, you may not be able to recover the data unless you’ve kept regular backups. However, if the hard drive is salvageable, you can insert it into your new computer or use an external drive bay to extract your photos and files.

You can purchase a SATA-to-USB adapter to help you through this process. When you power on your new PC, you can copy the files from your old computer’s hard drive to your new computer’s main drive. Plug the SATA end of your SATA to USB adapter into the hard drive. Then, connect the USB end into the USB port of the new laptop.

When you boot up your new computer, open the “Computer” tab. Open up your old hard drive by clicking on its icon. Then, find the folder where your photos are stored. Copy that folder over to your new computers’ internal hard drive, and you should be good to go.

On a Mac

If you own a Mac rather than a PC, extracting your files will be a different process. You can recover your lost photos by creating a bootable USB drive of macOS and using it to reboot your dead Mac. Then, using data recovery software, you can retrieve your photos.  

Preserve your photos for the future

Losing all of your photos, even temporarily, should serve as a wakeup call. It’s time to back up your files, in one format or another.

Online storage: Consider saving your files in an online database. DropBox offers free accounts that can store up to two gigabytes worth of files, while DropBox’s “Plus” plan offers two terabytes of storage space (2,000 GB). That’s plenty of room even for the most prolific photographer.

Google Drive also offers free storage for up to 15 GB of files. For the occasional picture taker, this may be a very good option. In the event that your computer fails again, continuously uploading your pictures into an online database will ensure that you don’t lose anything of value.  

As artwork: While backing up your photos may be an obvious way to save your files for the future, you may want to consider investing in canvas photo prints. Using your own photos as art pieces for your home will help preserve your pictures in the future. Plus, you’ll have a beautiful home gallery that celebrates your memories!

Losing the use of your computer doesn’t have to mean losing your photos and important files forever. Just follow these simple steps and your cherished memories will be safe.

Best Careers for Gadget Lovers

best job for app developers

A range of different gadgets have been around for a couple of decades now. Since their emergence, they have completely transformed the way that people communicate and entertain themselves. While devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops have become a necessity nowadays, they’re also something that can enhance people’s lives in many ways. There is both a technology and art behind such devices that people use on a daily basis that your average person wouldn’t know. On that note, here are some of the best careers for gadget lovers.

1) App Developer

These days, most cell phones, laptops, and tablets consist of a range of different apps. These applications perform several functions, depending on the purpose of the app. With this in mind, you could decide to go into making apps and come up with one of your own.

In order to become an app developer, you’ll need to start by getting the right training and developing specific skills. Some of them include knowing the principles of secure and stable software design, understanding the software development process, and having knowledge of two or more programming languages.

2) Engineer

One of the things that makes a phone amongst other electronics work is the circuit board. By becoming an engineer, you’d have the chance to design such alongside your own electronic circuits.

In order to become an engineer, you’d need to learn about the basics of engineering by getting a degree or self-teaching. If you decide to become a freelancer, getting a license and knowing how to use software like the CircuitStudio available from Altium could help you build your client list and credibility. The more knowledgeable you are, the better it should be for you.

3) Digital Marketing

Another job you could enjoy as a gadget lover is digital marketing. This is because most gadget users have access to the internet, and because of this, they’re a target for businesses. As a digital marketer, you’d be able to learn about as well as engage with tech lovers and users on a daily basis.

4) Game Developer

Another appealing career path for gadget lovers is to go into game design. This would be most appealing to those who enjoy playing games as well as the science behind making them. Becoming a game developer requires that you are great at math, get the right degree, and build a portfolio.

In terms of how difficult it is to become a game developer,  it depends on how much experience you have as well as what niche area you’re pursuing. The only downside to it is that there are often more people applying than there are jobs, so it can be quite competitive. However, once you get your fit into the door, you could be earning anywhere from $70K per year upwards.

As a gadget lover, there are tons of jobs out there that may appeal to you. It’s about finding your niche and being able to identify what makes you tick. In doing so, it’s possible that you’ll be able to find a career that satisfies your love for gadgets and pays the bills as well.

Does Your School Have Cell Phone Service Problems?

Do Schools Block Cell Phone Signals? 

We were interviewed today by CBS TV in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who is doing a news story on cell phone coverage in schools.  They were asking  questions about whether schools block cell phone signals in schools or whether cell coverage is just a factor of the cell phone tower being located too far from the school.  

The cell phone coverage in each school depends on a lot of factors.  

1)  Does the school block signals using a cell phone signal jammer?

2)  How far is the school from the nearest cell phone tower? 

3)  What material is the building made out of concrete, steel, wood?

4)  Are hills or trees blocking cell phone signals?

5)  Does the school allow students to make phone calls and send text messages over WiFi when a cellular signal is not present?

6)  Has the school install cell phone DAS antennas / repeaters?  

7)  Does the school have adequate WiFi coverage in every classroom and location throughout the school campus.  

Here is another community in California concerned about a cell phone towers causing cancer on school campuses.  Sprint actually removed a cell phone tower on campus because it was thought it could have caused 4 cases of cancer. 

Please add your comments to this story below about cell phone coverage and policies in your school.   What are you thoughts about having cell phone coverage in the school.  

Southwest Airlines Request A Call Back Has Major Problems

Southwest Automatic Request A Call Back Has Major Issues

For several years Southwest has had a problem with their automatic call back feature.  Instead of waiting on hold for 5, 10 or 20 minutes call customer service at their phone number 800-435-9792 it gives you the option of calling you back.  When the system does call you back and you follow the instructions to of hitting any key when " " is on the line.   It just hangs up.

I have even experimented with turning WiFi calling off on the phone and the problem still persists.  I also added Southwest 800 number to my phone book so it wouldn't be blocked.  The reason I am writing about the problem is that apparently customer service is aware of it based on this discussion Serious Problems.  Yet nothing has been done to fix the issue in the last two years.

I assume Southwest is problem outsourcing their call back feature to a third party telecom company.  I would like to know what telecom company is providing this service and would love to call them out also in this blog post.  Southwest always has had great customer service and this happens to be something that does not seem to be getting resolved.   I would bet AT&T and/or Verizon are providing this 8000 call back service and scamming Southwest by dropping calls and then charging them for each call.  Wouldn't put it past them to do this.  

This hangup problem has occurred with me several hundred times and its annoying and wastes my time.  The problem seems to happen most when the wait is longer than 10 minutes.  Please chime in below under discussion and let us know if you have had similar issues with customer service.

I am also a huge fan of Southwest Airlines and think they are light years above every other airline by far.  I think their customer service is amazing when you can reach them and love their credit card point system.  Hopefully, enough people will read this post so they can do something to fix the problem.  Comments appreciated.  

How Famous Youtubers are Earning Money

It is possible for a young person today to earn millions of dollars annually, thanks to YouTube’s partnership program. Back in 2018, Ryan Toys Reviews - a five-year-old YouTuber who makes videos that review different toys – became the top earner, profiting $22 million from his videos. It started to gain the interest of a lot of people as to how it is possible for young content creators to earn that much, considering that all they need to do is to make videos and upload it on the website. Back when YouTube was acquired by Google, vloggers who have made a following on the website were informed that they will be entitled to monetize their content. Monetization allows videos to generate money per advertisement created, and it is possible with the integration of Google Adsense with YouTube.

With a reliable internet service provider like Suddenlink, many vloggers in the United States started creating their videos and editing it to gain more attention. Channels began to grow as more people became interested in subscribing to their favorite YouTubers, and more videos were made in a shorter span of time. In the end, those who had the most number of subscribers had the most advantage in dominating the YouTube Partner Program. However, YouTube manages to change the rules every few years, and those who are earning money through the monetization of their videos would sometimes receive various amounts. The total earnings that each YouTubers make depend on a lot of factors, and they do not earn a constant amount.

There are rules to be followed if someone wanted to become a YouTuber who makes videos for a living. The first requirement would be creating a YouTube account or a Google account, and once your account has been verified by either YouTube or Google, you should go straight into your channel and review the settings. Make sure that you check the box which will automatically monetize your videos. The next thing that you have to do is to visit the Google Adsense website and review the settings. This is where you will be putting information like how you wanted to get paid and the bank of your choice. Once you managed to set it up, you can start shooting your videos and uploading them into your channel to start earning money.

The first thing that you need to do is to increase the number of subscribers who are tuning into your channel. The secret to increasing your subscribers would be adding a "Subscribe" plea on your videos to remind the viewers to subscribe. You can also ask your friends and family members to subscribe on your YouTube channel to get your subscribers tally a kickstart. Once you managed to earn your first few subscribers, work hard to gain additional people who would be viewing your videos. Once you are able to create a huge following, like 10,000 subscribers, try to make daily uploads so that the subscribers will be enticed to watch more of your videos. The next thing that you need to work on is increasing the views on your videos. This part requires a lot of luck, and you should think about the strategies on how to make a video go viral, like having a fast internet service to monitor directly how the views are unfolding. Watch tutorials available on YouTube and read blogs online to see how others made it possible for their videos to go viral.

Once your video goes viral, and it managed to produce millions of views, expect your earnings to skyrocket. You can check your channel dashboard quickly if the internet signals are strong and see how your video is performing. If you allowed the video to be monetized, there should be a green dollar sign right next to your video thumbnail, showing that your original content is earning money. If your earnings reached up to $100 a month, you will be receiving a paycheck from YouTube, and it could be in the form of electronic money transfer to your bank. The cycle would continue for months, and it should encourage you to create more videos and uploading them online. However, remember that there are rules that you need to follow when monetizing your videos, and one of the most dreaded rules imposed by YouTube would be preventing other people to steal content and copyrighted materials, so make sure that all of the materials used in your video is 100% original.

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