Curbi Overview: Parental Controls for iOS Devices

Curbi Overview: Parental Controls for iOS Devices

My thanks to Curbi for sponsoring the series of content we’re running on web safety. Curbi provides a great application/service to manage your kids iPhone, iPad, or iPod easily. Allowing parents to Curb, Block, and Monitor your kids activities. Use it to make sure that they’re safe & more importantly give yourself peace of mind knowing Curbi has you covered in the complex world that is the internet.

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I often get asked about tips on parental control on iOS. Parents/viewers asking how they can manage certain sites, filter material, or overall monitor their children’s usage. There’s some solutions built in but not to easy to find & most services out there just make it to complicated. That is until I found out about Curbi & now its easily the best parental control app for iOS that I can recommend.

Curbi is all about providing parents the ability to manage & control their kids iOS device usage & safety. It does this a seamless & easy way that anyone can set it up. The service focuses on 3 areas Curb, Block and Watch.

  • Curb: Your child’s use of social media & time wasting apps
  • Block: Adult & inappropriate content
  • Watch: Your child’s internet access with detailed reporting from Cubi

Setup:

Setup is super simple. That’s one of the best things about Curbi, parents can easily set this up without any complex installs to jump through. There’s a simple 2 step process to go through after setting up your account that involves installing 2 profiles on the iOS device you want to monitor. This takes literally a couple of minutes & then from there on out you can monitor the activity via the web or their Curbi app.

From there you hop into the dashboard & get detailed reports in multiple areas & can setup rules dependent on your kids and what you want blocked/curbed.

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There are 3 elements to Curbi worth breaking down. The rules, restrictions, and monitoring.

Rules:

Curbi allows parents to do define rules for their children. This means you can setup content filtering & time based restrictions for your kids. A good example would be if they had a bedtime you can define a rule blocking internet access at a given time on setup on schedule. So cuts out earlier on weekdays & later on the weekends. You can easily filter out specific content on that can be browsed on the device as well. Things like social media sites, sex related sites, and or gambling sites. Giving you complete control on how you want to define the rules for your children.

Restrictions:

Restriction wise you can easily define restrictions for your kids devices. This is very useful for young children in which you can deactivate In-App purchases off the app-store saving you any future issues or unwanted charges.

Monitoring: 

Another aspect is monitoring the device in general. Get detailed reports of your kids usage as far as where, when, and how long they’ve been accessing certain media. This provides a great breakdown of your kids activities on a day to day basis & you can see what they may be wasting time on.

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Pricing:

Curbi offers a free 14-day free trial for users to test out & see if its right for them. Beyond that it’s only $7.00 a month to provide full protection for your kids. Really at the end of the day what your paying for here is peace of mind which in itself is priceless.

With the subscription you get access to the following:

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At the end of the day Curbi answers the many questions & concerns parents have about the internet & their children’s activities on it. Looking at where they’re spending most of their time, how much time exactly are they on their iOS devices, productive usage vs non productive and so on. All while offering a service that is super simple to use & setup. No hassles or loop holes to jump through just straightforward technology that works. Allowing parents all the controls & access with the ability to access it on their mobile devices or on the web.

Check out Curbi today & start providing a better and safer environment for your kids today.

 

5 Free Apps to Help you Get Fit

5 Free Apps to Help you Get Fit

I’ve recently made a commitment to running again. I used to love running regularly & always challenged myself to improve. The only problem was I got caught up in excuses too tired, not the right shoes, no running case and so on. Until I just started running again & dropped all excuses. That said I thought I’d compile a list of apps that can help you get fit. Keyword is help as at the end of the day these apps are here to motivate, inspire, assist, and log your physical fitness activities. You still got to pick in the leg work.

All the apps mentioned are completely free to use in some cases may have a paid subscription or upgrade option. Additionally most apps on the list are available across Android & iOS If not some alternatives will be linked out to.

 

1- RunKeeper (iOS/Android)

IMG_5743   RunKeeper takes the first spot as its been the app I’ve always used to track all my running related workouts since I discovered it in 2009. RunKeeper is cross platform & offers a great way to track your workouts & set goals to help motivate you. Additionally it has a great feature that lets you track your friends & use them as sense of motivation. Never underestimate the art of competition. You can log all sorts of activities with RunKeeper. Use it as a log tracker or let it actually record your events, with GPS tracking the app creates great workout summaries with maps, diagnostics, and other information all included.

 

 

2-Momentum (iOS)

momentum-habit-tracker1   Now this app is a simple yet effective one & while it doesn’t limit itself to fitness its still very useful. Cause at the end of the day fitness really comes down to forming habits. Momentum allows you simply set a habit & tap every day/interval when you’ve accomplished said habit. The idea here is to not break the chain. So whether its a small workout, run, or what have you. You get visual feedback of habits your forming & the idea being this will help you keep the momentum going forward. However feel free to use it for all sorts of things. Days since you’ve quit smoking, Read for an hour every day, etc. Alternative for you Android users is “HabitBull

 

 

 3-CalorieCounter (iOS/Android)

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 3.16.55 PM   For those of you who are watching your diet & want to count your calories easily this is the app to get. CalorieCounter is tied with the MyFitnessPal network & is one of the fastest and easiest counters. Literally taking a lot of the manual work out with the ability to scan your foods barcodes to automatically import nutritional info with 5 million+ food already in their database. Another great addition to the app is its support for HealthKit on iOS so it interacts well with other apps as well.

 

 

 

4-Fitness Buddy (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)

IMG_5745   Fitness Buddy offers a ton of different exercises & routines for novices to advanced users. There is a free version with over 400+ workouts while it also features a subscription service for $4.99 a month or $30.00 for the whole year you get access to premium programs, playpen freeplay workouts, and HD video material. With over 1,700+ exercises in its library you’re bound to find something that fits your needs and skill level. Aside from the exercises themselves the app is packed with many other features like the Sonicast system which allows you to easily share workout/routines with friends and other app users.

 

 

 5- 7 Minute Workout (iOS)

IMG_5746The Wahoo Fitness acquired app 7 minute workout is great for those who may just be getting started or just feel they don’t have much time to workout. Everyone has 7 minutes in their day to spare & this app gives you a intense workout all of which can be done at home in an open space in 7 minutes. A super simple user interface & fully guided workout built with information on proper form to carry out the workout. Take a little time out of your day to ultimately contribute a lot of health benefits & stay in shape with this short but effective workout.
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That wraps up the five free fitness apps that you can use alone or in conjunction with one another to contribute to a healthier & overall better lifestyle. However at the end of the day you can have all the apps in the world what it comes down to is the drive & first step to getting fit. Be it a walk or run, small workout here & there, or starting with those small habits & improving over time. Shoot for progress not perfection.

Overview: Hearthstone for iPhone

Overview: Hearthstone for iPhone

Blizzard’s popular digital collectible card game Hearthstone has made its way to mobile phones. You can now play Hearthstone on both Android & iOS phones. Previously it was available for tablet devices with a bigger screen size.

Nowadays with smartphones growing in screen size this makes playing the card game much more convenient on the go.

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You can download the smartphone versions here

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The mobile hearthstone game works ideally on bigger devices however still is very intuitive on the touch screen devices. Players can log in with their standard battle.net address or create an all new login for new players. Your cards, decks, and ranks will all be available in the mobile app. You have the ability to play all game modes be it standard, arena, or deck customizations.  Overall the game runs fluidly & feels all to familiar for traditional players. Surely updates will improve the performance & bugs as time goes on.

Grab Hearthstone today & enjoy it on the go and on your smartphone!

Technology is FUCKING amazing.

Technology is FUCKING amazing.

How’s that for a headline?

So let me set the premise. I spent the better half of last night listening to the new “Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader” audiobook that was released. I closed up shop in my office around late afternoon, snapped a picture of the dull lit sky cutting through my windows & proceeded to my bedroom across the tiny hall. Literally about 5 steps from my office door.

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I laid down in the bed. Reached for my Galaxy S5 & turned on my Sharp TV using the IR blaster built into the phone. I then took out my iPhone 5S with the Audible app on it & used Airplay (Apples wireless streaming protocol) to sling the audio from the phone to my Apple TV. All of this in the matter of seconds.

Laying there as the audio narrated about Steve Jobs rise in his younger years to the CEO of Apple. Starting from the garage of his house making circuit boards & so on. Then it occured to me what I had just done. I used my phone to turn on my TV, connected to my Apple TV set top box, slinged the media from my iPhone onto the screen & streamed the audio over the TV speakers.

I’ve done this before hell I’ve done things much more complex than this.

  • Building custom computers
  • Deconstructing & rebuiding an iPhone
  • Fix an iPod speaker with only an ID card & piece of cardboard

the list goes on. However it never seemed so seemless than that moment. Only to be reminded while listening to the book & figures like Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and or Bill Gates that this is technology in its simplest form.  A line from the book (I’m paraphrasing) talked about the idea of Jobs having a realization that electronics & technology was this thing that if you put something in something would come out. It wasn’t magic or anything mystical. Theres a science to it.

I’ve covered technology for going on 8 years now. Starting at the age of eleven when I was full of ambition on a curiosity that seemed to stretch for miles. Somewhere along the way I got lost in everything and became content with the state of technology as one does when covering something for quite awhile. I had to be reminded of a very hard truth that I believe in expectations kill everything.

We expect so much out of a lot of things & thats the reason things whatever they may be don’t excite us. We hold things to such a high standard that when something different comes along we brush it off cause its not what we’re used to. Think of your favorite artists music album that you could relate with so much & how you thought that it was perfect. Well in the artists mind it may have been or may have just been a start for something new. They release something else & to their dismay everyone else is upset with it cause its different.

That’s the way I had felt with technology for awhile. Things to me were evolutionary not revolutionary in the sense that things were surely evolving just not at something that was exciting to me.

Technology in itself however is fucking amazing. I’ve always believed in this but had to be reminded along the way.

We complain about our electronics & gadgets but if we simply took a step back to see what we have & what its capable of then maybe we wouldn’t complain so much. In 2015 anyone with a smartphone carries the worlds knowledge in their pockets. The ease of access for information that only 100 years ago required research & hours of scouring in physical books for information now is reduced to a couple of seconds. Yet its too slow, doesn’t have this or that, batery isn’t long enough, so on & so forth.

Think about what we have & how far we’ve come with technology. I write this right now from my office in Okinawa, Japan will hit the publish button & eyes around the world will have access to it. The ability to post a simple status on a network that reaches millions, capture a breathtaking moment with tap of a finger, or as simple as turn on a TV with a phone. Maybe it seems like nothing to the millenials of my generation but it’s amazing to me & will always be.

Technology transcends what we deem possible & creates tools and methods for us to make life easier.

Technology is fucking amazing.

Pin & download Apple Apps with Pinterest

Pin & download Apple Apps with Pinterest

The popular social networking site Pinterest thats popular for its visual pin boards now adds a new feature “App Pins”. This feature allows for users to add apps to their pins which adds an install button that does allows the app to be downloaded without being taken out of the Pinterest experience.

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Apple in conjunction with this feature release has taken advantage by making an official AppStore board with their own pins of featured apps.

This all of course only displays within the iOS app itself. Taking you directly to the app page within Pinterest to download said app. The new feature can prove to be a big push for pinners to showcase apps they enjoy & use. On top of that with a very cluttered AppStore a platform like Pinterest which is highly known for its various categories of boards can take advantage of this feature to cut through the noise. As for Pinterest they could use this model in combination with the promoted pins & ad-market to make some revenue from the new feature. Their users get a feature that makes app discovery & installation seamless which seems to be the trend nowadays. The less friction from point A to B makes it all the much better for the user. With Pinterest growing future already on track to surpass Twitter, new features that enable users to find more of the content they want with ease only strengthens their network.

Any thoughts on the new feature? More over I’m sure we’ll see creative ways users will integrate this features into their pin boards.


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