Lynktec Blog | Tech News, Tips, & Amusing Tidbits!: July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

How to Make Your Old iPhone Run Like New

Maybe you have an iPhone 4, and you're very happy with it.  Just a little wear and tear, but no need to upgrade yet.

customer smiling and happy with iphone 4

Maybe you're waiting for the iPhone 6 to come out, but when???

Waiting for iphone 6 to come out at Apple store

You'll probably find this video - Make your old iPhone run like new - by Donald Bell very useful.  It has some tips and tricks to clean up your iPhone and make your life a little easier.  You know that game that was FREE and looked really fun in the App Store.... had to connect to a WiFi network to download it.... yeaaaaaah, you never play that, do you?  By deleting that huge, space-sucking game off your phone, you can make it run a little faster.

Also, if you're having trouble with your home button, here is another video - Four ways to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button - by Sharon Vaknin.  Sharon offers four.... progressively more intensive.... options for making your home button work nicely.  Check out people's comments at the bottom of the page; these tips worked well for them!

Hope these tips make your phone experiences a little better!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Google Sets Internet Record with 25 Percent of U.S. Traffic

According to the article Google sets Internet record with 25 percent of U.S. traffic on CNET, 25 percent of North America's consumer web traffic travels through Google's servers.  This is up from just 6 percent of Internet traffic in 2010, the last time the study was done by Internet monitoring firm Deepfield.  60 percent of all Internet end devices/users exchange traffic with Google servers during the course of an average day.  That makes Google bigger than Facebook, Netflix and Twitter combined!

Of course, you may just want to visit Google to see if there's a fun doodle for the day.  Yesterday, Google honored the would-be 93rd birthday of biophysicist Rosalind Franklin.  Her research in X-ray crystallography was essential to the discovery of the structure of human DNA, but unfortunately, she died before she could even be nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Rosalind Franklin birthday celebrated with Google doodle

I started reading about Google doodles on their website, and the history is interesting.... In 1998, the Google founders, Larry and Sergey, placed a stick person behind one of the logo's O's.  They did it as a funny "out of office" message for Google users, while they were attending the Burning Man festival.  Now there is a whole team of Google Doodlers, and they have created over 1,000 doodles around the world!  You can see them all here!

Google original doodle burning man logo

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Apple Patent Lets iPhone Users Share Photos, Music with On Hold Callers - from Apple Insider

"Can I put you on hold for a minute?"
"Sure, that's fine."
on hold waiting
.... look at fingernails
.... straighten papers on desk
.... build a paper clip tower

Paper clips piled up

.... doodle a picture of a lion.... on an African savannah.... it turns into "The Lion King".... animals start singing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"

The Lion King I Just Can't Wait to Be King

 singing I Just Can't Wait to Be King

"Thanks for holding!"
 "Oh! Hi."


Apple is looking at ways that you can entertain your callers while they're on hold.  No, not just cheesy elevator music. (No offense if it's your dream job to select elevator music....)  You could soon have personalized music, photos, and videos to entertain you while you're waiting on hold.  The article Apple patent lets iPhone users share photos, music with on hold callers by Mikey Campbell on Apple Insider discusses Apple's new patent.

Apple Insider music photos videos on hold

What would you like to share with your callers while they're on hold?  Inspirational quotes on a scenic background?  A video of your dog doing a new trick?  Your favorite hilarious Some Ecards?  A slideshow of TruGlide Styluses???
ocean background quote
 cute dog doing fun trick
 funny work some ecards
 Splash of LYNKtec TruGlide Styluses

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

35 Great iPad Apps for Work - Mac|Life

which apps are most useful for iPads at work

Whether you use a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or all of the above at work, these devices can help make our lives much more organized and efficient.  Which apps do you find most useful at work?

Click here to read 35 Great iPad Apps for Work from Mac|Life.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Technology Helps Scientists Study 17-Year Cicadas

these cicadas emerge only once every 17 years on the East coast of the United States
Cicadas.... These interesting insects sleep and feed underground and then only emerge once every 17 years!  When they do come above ground, they're nearly impossible to miss in parts of the United States.  You'll hear their buzzing mating call filling the air, or they may shed their exoskeletons all over your yard.  They are so ubiquitous during their few weeks above ground, that they trend on Twitter with the hashtag #swarmageddon.

New technology helps scientists study cicadas

After studying cicadas with pens and paper maps for decades, this time, scientists can use smart phones and GPS.  Advances in technology have been greatly benefiting University of Connecticut entomologist John Cooley's 17-year cicada studies.  The article Cicada Spawn Tracked by Scientists Armed with Technology on Bloomberg mentions his study of Brood II cicadas (Magicicada septendecim), which are an East coast group whose last emergence was in 1996.  In the article, John Cooley talks about his research experience in 2013 vs. 1996.  Can you believe that in 1996, they mailed out postcards to neighborhoods to find out cicada distribution information?!  So high-tech.

New technology like GPS and iPads track cicada distribution

Now in 2013, people can visit the RadioLab Cicada Tracker site to help with the study!  Click "See Cicadas?" to fill out a Cicada Sighting Form!  Click "Map", and you can see where the 17-year cicadas are emerging!  Also, if you're hungry.... Jenna Jadin and the University of Maryland Cicadamaniacs have made a cookbook filled with delectable recipes like cicada-rhubarb pie and chocolate covered cicadas.  Bon appetit!
Cupcakes with bugsweird strange food

For those who don't find insects quite so appetizing, you can still celebrate cicada season with these cute cupcakes from Whole Foods.

Just imagine what awesome new technology we will have in the next 17 years!

Monday, July 15, 2013

ASI Show Chicago - July 16-18

LYNKtec attending ASI Show Chicago
LYNKtec will be attending the ASI Show in Chicago this week!  ASI - Advertising Specialty Institute, has been providing award-winning products and services to the advertising specialty and promotional products industry for over 50 years.  It is the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry.  With ASI, you can discover a wide variety of products, which can then be custom-branded with your logo or message.

The ASI Chicago Show is July 16-18, 2013 at McCormick Place.  Come visit our LYNKtec booth to find out about custom-branding, chat with us, and even enter to win a prize!

If you're not around Chicago this week, but you are interested in putting your logo on an amazing TruGlide Stylus or Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.... Contact us at!

Custom Brand your TruGlide Stylus with your logo or messageCustom-brand an ARTcloth Smartie Microfiber Cleaning Cloth with your company logo or message

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mac|Life Craves the TruGlide Pro!

TruGlide Pro Stylus featured

The TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus is featured in the Crave section of Mac|Life!  Pick up the July 2013 issue to read what Chris S. has to say about our amazing new stylus.  You can also sign up for a Digital or Print Subscription to Mac|Life on their website.

Of course, we are extremely proud of all our reviews, but Mac|Life is one of the rulers of the world when it comes to tech magazines.  Known as the ultimate destination for all things Mac, Mac|Life offers up-to-date news, reviews, and information on the latest Apple products.  So, we are especially proud to be featured in there!
Crave section Mac Life features TruGlide Pro Stylus

The TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus is LYNKtec's newest stylus.  At just 5mm, the ultra-precise microfiber tip is the smallest of its kind on the market.  The high-quality TruGlide Pro is weighted and has an ergonomic design for optimal comfort.  This premium stylus is perfect for drawing, note-taking, navigating, playing games, and whatever else you'd like to do with your touch screen.  We will soon be offering interchangeable tips, starting with the conductive silk artist paintbrush tip. Coming soon....

Visit the LYNKtec website to get your own TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus for $29.95 + FREE Shipping.  If you already have a TruGlide Pro, thank you, and we hope you love it!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Traveling this summer? Check out the "5 Best Travel Tech Accessories"

While experiencing a 4-hour flight delay yesterday.... I was very glad to have a variety of entertainment options on my tech devices.  With the hours I was spending using my electronics, I was even more excited that the New York LaGuardia Airport provided power outlets under most of the seats at the gate!  Genius.

So today, I thought I'd share this article, 5 Best Travel Tech Accessories, with you.  These would definitely be some useful products for your travels this summer - whether you're spending a few nights in the coolest hotel you've ever visited, riding the biggest roller coasters in America, enjoying your favorite musicals, museums, and skyscrapers in Chicago, touring movie sets in California, or hanging out in the airport for an extra 4 hours.

5 Best Travel Tech Accessories

by Geoffrey Morrison - Forbes

With iPads, Kindles, smartphones and more, traveling with tech has become a bundle of wires, boxes, and screens. There are ways to minimize the clutter, and at the same time add additional gear that makes everything a lot easier.

Here is that gear. The 5 Best Travel Tech Accessories.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

10 Tips to Save Your Phone's Battery

Over the weekend, I was in a remote location in the middle of nowhere.  While there was WiFi, there was no 4G or phone service of any kind for miles.  My battery dove from 100% down to the red sliver of 1% faster than normal.  I have an iPhone, so of course if you let it die completely, it displays the plug to lightning screen and refuses to turn on for several minutes after beginning its recharge.


10 Tips to Improve Your Cellphone Battery Life is a helpful article I found on to share with the amazing LYNKtec blog readers.  So, if you have a rapidly receding slice of red, and you still have a lengthy, boring wait at the post office ahead of you before you get home to recharge, these tips can help.

I’ll admit…. I do have a software update awaiting my attention.  So that will probably help lengthen my battery life.  I just wanted to back up my phone first…. Just in case…. Especially since my phone decided it would be fun to suddenly delete all of my contacts one day last week.

Best of luck with your new battery tips!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

4th of July Specials!

We're proud to be American!  In honor of America's 237th birthday, we have some amazing specials.  Check out the LYNKtec website for coupon codes, free ARTcloths, and great deals!  I also made this beautiful TruGlide Stylus American flag.... Enjoy!

TruGlide Stylus American flag

What Technology Will Apple Create in the Future? Apple Seeking Trademark for the Name "iWatch" in Japan

Dear iCustomers,

Do you have an iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod?  This video and article by Bloomberg show that Apple may be planning to add an iWatch to your iCollection.  Apple filed for a trademark of the name "iWatch" in Japan earlier this month.  Check out this video to see "What Apple Will Bring to Your Wrist":

Video - iWatch: What Apple Will Bring to Your Wrist - Source: Bloomberg

The ideas and predictions about what the watch can do remind me of the movie "The Island" (2005).  The futuristic characters scan their technologically-enhanced wrists at the cafeteria, their bodies' nutritional needs are analyzed, and their meal is prepared accordingly.

One of the things I enjoy about my inexpensive, digital watch is that it is waterproof to 15 meters.  So, a concern for me would be getting the iWatch wet and ruining it.  Also, I tend to be kind of clumsy, run into things, scratch my watch, etc.  I don't really mind parting with my $15 once every year or two to replace my scratched-up Target watch.  However, if I had a watch that cost hundreds of dollars, replacing it would be less than practical.  That being said, a watch does seem like a logical next step in technological advancements and smart devices.  Imagine we do become more like the characters in "The Island", and our watch tells us the right combination of how many Snickers bars we need to eat + how many Lady Gaga songs we need on our playlist to survive a winter expedition in Antarctica.  If the iWatch really is capable of these outrageous things, it sounds like it could be the next step in our apparent quest toward becoming a robotic species.  Hopefully it will be durable enough for everyday use, even by those who are a little less than graceful!

Read the article about Apple's new trademark desires here:

Article - Apple Seeks to Trademark ‘IWatch’ in Japan for Devices
By Naoko Fujimura and Takashi Amano - Source: Bloomberg

What do you think about the potential iWatch?  What SmartFeatures would be beneficial to have on your wrist, and what features would seem a little ridiculous?  Do you want an iWatch?  Let us know!

An intrigued iPerson