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Create a Phone Case that Expresses You

In today’s technological world, nearly everyone has a smartphone. Smartphones make our lives easier, giving us a miniature computer at our fingertips. Our various devices are such a part of us that we even want them to

The PopSockets Blog Gets A Makeover

2015 will be a big year for PopSockets.  We’re excited, we know you’re excited, and now we’re ready to make some big things happen.  We must start small, however, and one of our first initiatives will be revamping our blog

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Is Your Phone Really all that Smart?

In today's fast-paced, high-tech world almost everyone has a smartphone.  The name itself implies that your phone is smart, but is it really all that smart?  We have come a long way in a short period of time with mobile technology, but it is nowhere near perfect.  Smartphones have changed our lives in ways that we never would have imagined a decade ago, but there are still ways that this technology can be improved to be even smarter and more functional. 

Better Security

In an age where people are using their mobile devices way more than traditional computers we still do not have the same level of security for mobile.  We keep just as much, if not more, personal data on our smartphones and tablets but there is no protection against hacking or viruses.  Some companies have begun to develop better security software for mobile devices but it has not caught on in the mainstream yet; just ask the throngs of celebrities who are constantly having their privacy violated. 

Longer Battery Life

Developers spend a lot of time increasing speed and improving the camera, but those improvements come at a cost.  Battery life is a daily struggle for phone lovers with some of the heaviest users needing to charge their phone two or even three times a day.  If smartphones are so smart they should be able to stay alive and well no matter how many hours in a row we have been playing Candy Crush. 

More Functional Design

Some smartphone features are mind-blowing, but they are not as easy to use as they should be because the design is not functional.  One of the newest additions to the iPhone camera for example, time-lapsed videos, are really cool but not really feasible when you have to spend the time trying to balance your phone instead of getting in front of the camera.  There is also that pesky issue of headphones; our phones are powerful enough to hold all the music we own in the cloud, but they can't even hold our headphones and anyone who has ever put their headphones in their pocket knows how much of a nightmare that can be.  PopSockets provide ways to overcome some of these design flaws and make your smartphone smarter.  For more information on how to improve your mobile device quickly and easily check out PopSockets.com, or feel free to contact us.

Fun and Easy Craft Ideas For Your Thankgiving

Once we grow out of grade school, Thanksgiving becomes more about delicious food and the fact that Christmas is just around the corner. However, if you have little ones and want to do more with them than just shoo them from the kitchen, try out these simple but cute ideas which differ from the usual traced-hand turkey.

Tabletop Turkey

With some paint, a pom-pom ball, some googly eyes, and a paper cup you can make a whole flock of adorable little table turkeys. Not only will your kids love making them, they would look cute scattered around the house and on the dinner table for the big meal. Go here for how to make them and an example picture.

Native Necklace

Teach your kids about Native American history while helping them make this simple and cute dreamcatcher necklace. All you need is a paper cup, cording, beads, a feather, and a bit of paint. Check here for detailed instructions. 

Cup-on-the-Cob

Not only are these craft paper ears of corn cute, they double as little treat bags. Use them as decoration then send your guests home with a little something to snack on later that night. Check here for instructions.

Feather Placemats

By tracing your dinner plates onto some paper, then gluing feathers around the edge you can create these cute feathery placemats. Add a fun twist by giving an item with a different type of feather to each guest when they arrive, telling them their spot at the table will correspond to the feathers on their item. For detailed instructions, click here.

Mini Maracas

Kids love things they can use to make noise, which is why your kids will love these miniature pumpkin maracas. With some paint, glue, dry beans, a popsicle stick, and an egg carton you can make batches of these and give them out to your guests or just let your kids enjoy them exclusively! Go here for further detail and instruction. 

Easy and Elegant Nature Note Cards

These note cards are easy enough for your kids to help out with and elegant enough to be used as place cards, thank you notes, and invitations for the fall holidays. Use metallic paint and really light or dark paper to make the intricate leaf patterns really stand out! Go here for instructions. 

 

Thanksgiving should be a time for the whole family. Try to set aside some time for you and your kids, do some crafts or ask them what they are thankful for in their lives. And while you're crafting, you can use Popsockets to keep your device propped up for hands-free viewing of these craft instructions, or some festive music videos on YouTube.  For more holiday tips tricks and advice, as well as excellent holiday gift ideas, keep checking back to our holiday blogs or feel free to contact us.   

Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Get A Grip On The Holidays

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. That means non-stop marathons on TV and in the kitchen; the smells of cookies and other treats making their way around the house; and family and friends all gathering together while the kids are running around with astounding energy. There are often many moving parts, and not enough time or space to make it all happen seamlessly.  

Having a delicious meal to share with family and friends is one of the joys of the holiday season, and we know it's also one of the stresses. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep the jolly in your holiday while still being able to roast that turkey just right.

  •  Have A Plan Of Action

Master chefs do it, so why not you? Take your counter space, refrigerator space, and stove top into consideration when making plans for the holiday meal. Hot foods should stay hot, cold foods should stay cold, and there should be plenty of space for both in their proper places before the meal is served. Considering timing everything just right, so it's all warm and ready at about the same time. Who wants piping hot rolls with stone cold turkey?

  • Proper Temperatures; Don't Just Guess

In the kitchen, there are a lot of things you can just eyeball and guess at. Temperature is not one of them. You want to make sure all meats are cooked to proper internal temperatures, so its best to get an accurate reading by using a meat thermometer.

  • Thorough Hand Washing

Wash hands thoroughly and often, avoiding contaminating the spring salad with that pork roast you just put in the oven.

  • Defrost Everything Properly

It is recommended 24 hours per five pounds of weight to defrost a turkey in the refrigerator. You wouldn't think this is a big deal but it could mean the difference between your turkey being cooked in time, and also not burning your house down if you attempt to toss a frozen bird into hot oil.

  • One Man Show

It is recommended that guests (and kids) stay out of the kitchen. Too much clutter and too many distractions can lead to burnt dressing (and fingers!) To keep guests occupied,have some appetizers in the other room that guests can nibble on while you have the kitchen to yourself. It'll also keep the kids off your phone or device you're reading the recipes from, propped up on your counter via your PopSocket.  By keeping your device nicely propped up in the kitchen, you'll have easy access to tips and instructions on every dish you are creating for your lucky guests.  Or maybe your device is tuned to your favorite holiday station to set the mood as each dish comes out perfectly.  

Following a few tips can make the holidays go by smoothly and with little stress. For more ways PopSockets can fit into your holiday plans, keep checking back to our blog for weekly updates throughout the holidays.  

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