Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Technology

largeThis weekend, we’ll be spending time with family and friends celebrating our freedom and enjoying the warm weather. This is a time when many put away their devices and spend their time face-to-face rather than screen-to-screen. As with all occasions, though, technology does play a minor role in this holiday, and we’re here to help you get the most out of it.

When anyone thinks of the Fourth of July, they probably think of fireworks. Many times, you’ll want to take pictures on your phone, and many times, these pictures are sub-par. Make sure you don’t have your flash on, and don’t zoom in on your picture. Burst mode can also help capture better pictures, because your phone takes pictures simultaneously, giving you a higher likeliness of snapping the perfect shot. If you’re still not satisfied, Vhoto, available on the App Store, takes your videos and finds the best photos within them.

Some prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle to see a fireworks display, and in rural areas, it can be hard to get a fast connection. You can access Google Maps in offline mode, and knowing how to do that can be super helpful. First, make sure you have the latest update of your smartphone, then hit the profile icon in the top right of the search bar in the Google Maps app. Click “Offline Maps Widget” and drag to the area you want saved and click “save.” If you have a specific address, you can bring up the address in the app, then click “Save map to use offline” from the bottom information widget.