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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.

iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Using Your iPhone's Camera


Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week I will cover some tips and shortcuts for using the camera on your iPhone.

Say Goodbye to Tangled Charging Cables Thanks to boltBOX


A charging cable is usually just a charging cable. They accomplish the same thing by giving life to our favorite iDevices.

However, the boltBOX lightning charger by Scosche ($24.99) intrigued me. I liked the nifty, compact design of the boltBOX and the wide range of colors to choose from. I received a red boltBOX to review.


Even though there are many other retractable cables out there, my previous solution to keeping my charging cable together when away from home was to wind it up and wrap a rubber band around it before putting it in my bag. I know, I know, I'm pretty high tech that way.

iOS 7 Tips & Tricks for Beginners


Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column, I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I will cover formatting text in emails, using emoji characters, personalizing Siri, and changing your wallpaper. 

Moshi's Stylish New Dulcia In-Ear Headphones


Dulcia in-ear headphones by Moshi ($64.95) are satisfying to the ears and designed for style-conscious music lovers.

They come in white, black, and a special Pink Edition with Swarovski Crystal if you want to add a little bling.

The Dulcia earbuds feature DR6 Neodymium drivers in anodized aluminum casing. This means that they deliver rich, full sound with some punchy bass. 

5 Apps To Help You Learn Spanish


For our family vacation next year, we've decided to take a trip to Costa Rica. I know it's still 10 months away, but I'm already dreaming of gorgeous beaches and zip lining through the jungles.

The problem is, most of our vacations have been to English-speaking destinations. So I've decided to learn Spanish.

Besides a one-year course in high school (which was a long time ago) and words I've picked up here and there by living in the Southwestern United States, I am not even close to communicating with someone whose only language is Spanish.

Air-Fi Matrix Bluetooth Wireless Headphones (review)


MEELECTRONICS Air-Fi Matrix AF62 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones ($149.99) are lightweight, comfortable, and provide great sound quality.

I'm usually an earbud kind of music listener, but these headphones have changed my mind. I loved not having any cords to get tangled in, and the ear pads are soft and cushy. They also provide wonderful sound isolation, which is a luxury in my noisy household.

The Matrix is a full feature set, providing wireless Bluetooth connection for smartphones and tablets that includes multipoint, voice prompts, and NFC connectivity.

Boundless Textbooks: iPhone App for On-the-Go Studying


Boundless Textbooks (free, $19.99 for in-app upgrade) is an app designed to help college students save money on textbooks and study on the go. Boundless covers more than 20 subjects, including biology, business, chemistry, physics, and sociology. Introductory textbooks are free, while full-course books are $19.99 each. Boundless is something I could have used in college when I spent hundreds of dollars on books every year.

The book I checked out was a psychology textbook, Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind. I always find it a little difficult to read things on my iPhone because of the small screen, but the words were easy to see and nicely formatted.

Get Ready to Ride with Strava App for iPhone


A friend of mine recently participated in a mountain bike race in Colorado. His 18-mile ride was completely tracked by the Strava Cycling - GPS Biking and Riding Route Tracker (free).

Your iPhone works as the GPS device. Go out for a ride and then view your activities on Strava.com.

As you can see on the image above, it took my friend less than 2 hours to complete the 18 mile race, climbing 1,500 feet in elevation (already starting at 6,900 feet!). 

5 Icon Pop Apps That Will Drive You Crazy (In a Good Way!)


Warning! These five Icon Pop games will drive you insane. Every day we are surrounded by logos, songs and images. Icon Pop games challenges you to remember what they are when a particular detail of those images is taken away.

The Essential Meditations Deck - Relaxation is in the Cards


During our busy, stressful lives, it's sometimes hard to find time to breathe and relax. Studies show that meditation creates feelings of calm, relaxation, and positive emotions.

The problem is finding time for contemplation and quiet in our day. The Essential Meditations Deck ($1.99) contains 50 exercises to focus the mind. Pick a "card," and it only takes a few minutes to set you on a different path. Each card has a colorful image on one side and a guided meditation on the other.

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