Modern life can be overwhelming. Keeping track of multiple to-do lists, appointments, meetings and other obligations can push our memory and attention spans to the limit, leaving little room for much else. To overcome these challenges, savvy smartphone owners are turning to some surprisingly simple yet effective tricks to capture information, supplement their memory and avoid becoming overwhelmed by mundane details.

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With an ever-increasing variety of beverages available for U.S. beer and wine lovers, discovering and keeping track of the best brews, bars and vintages can be challenging for even the savviest connoisseur. Never fear, however, because a variety of apps for today's mobile devices are helping people keep track of their favorite drinks, discover new ones and share them with like-minded individuals.

If you're a beer or wine enthusiast, there are some great apps available using mobile devices like the 4G LTE iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy s 6. With U.S. Cellular's national coverage, smartphone users can conveniently discover, locate and share their favorite beers and wines wherever they are.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:50

Back to school with teenage drivers

We all remember what it's like to feel the newfound freedom and joy of being able to drive ourselves to school, activities and maybe even our first job. But, as a parent, we likely have a different viewpoint. Even with the most responsible teens, it's a major milestone. Fortunately, there are ways to make this transition a little more manageable for both parents and children.

U. S. Cellular has several resources that can help families with young drivers. One is U.S. Cellular's Vehicle Monitoring System. After putting the easy-to-install module in the car, parents can use the app on their 4G LTE iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 or any tablet, to check a vehicle's location on a map, as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of mechanical issues. You'll know where your teenager is at any time of day, and whether the car needs an oil change.

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The image of a red battery bar indicating a smartphone is rapidly dying induces a universal feeling of helplessness in every user. Smartphones, like the 4G LTE iPhone 6, are mini miracle devices, and while people appreciate that, battery life, or a lack thereof, still causes widespread frustration among many users. Luckily, a few tips, accessories and a busted myth can help drastically in the fight against smartphone batteries struggling to keep up with their users.

With access to a 4G LTE network and U.S. Cellular's national coverage, people are using their smartphones for everything from keeping in touch to online banking to downloading movies, so it's easy to see the challenges smartphone batteries face. However, a few simple tips and accessories can prolong your smartphone's battery to help simplify and enhance your life.

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Summer vacation is a time to relax and enjoy the sunshine outdoors, but unfortunately it is also a prime time for home burglaries. According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, crime rates increase more than 10 percent in the summer months. June, July and August are prime months as thieves watch for signs that home owners are away on vacation. Everyone needs a vacation, so how do you maintain your home and keep it safe even when you aren't there?

Thanks to technology, more security options are available than ever before. Consumers no longer have to rely on home security companies that charge expensive monthly fees to monitor and protect their homes. Smart thermostats, for example, allow users to remotely manage home temperature to save money and stay comfortable in changeable weather conditions. Wi-Fi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarms alert you to emergencies even if you're not home to hear the alarm.

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When it comes to the health of yourself or a loved one, it's important to know that mobile devices can assist in monitoring health issues. Today's mobile devices, along with health and wellness apps, can help simplify and enhance our lives. As February is American Heart Month, it is a great time to familiarize yourself with what your mobile device can do for you and your health.

With the appropriate smartphone, users with a Samsung Galaxy S5, an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can access critical medical data, monitor their heart rate, calories consumed and burned, as well as their steps taken throughout a day - all on one device. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 34 percent of smartphone users have used a phone to help lose weight or improve their health. Of those, 66 percent have used an app to keep track of exercise or other fitness activities.

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:46

Simplify life ditch your wallet

Smartphone users may want to explore using their device as a payment option, eliminating a physical wallet, carrying just their smartphone. In fact, 7.5 million mobile users reached for their smartphone when it came time to pay, instead of pulling out their wallet according to a 2013 report by Berg Insight Study.

The use of a mobile wallet may be the perfect solution for those who are trying to simplify their lives, and U.S. Cellular recommends several free apps to get through your day without ever needing a wallet:

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Director of sales for U.S. Cellular

It's not just working professionals and people on the go who use their mobile devices to stay connected. Everyone from children to retirees is using smartphones and tablets to simplify and enhance their lives.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:41

Water doesn't have to soak summer plans

The sun is beating down. A gentle breeze is blowing. The clear pool water is warm. You are enjoying a perfect summer day with family and friends. Then all of a sudden - plop! Your cellphone drops in the water. Don't feel bad, you can take action.

Replacing a wet smartphone can be costly, so there are recovery steps you can take if your device accidentally ends up in the sink, gets splashed by waves at the lake or encounters a stray thunderstorm. U.S. Cellular recommends following these five steps to help ensure the photos, contacts and messages you have on your mobile device are not lost:

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Springtime is the perfect time of year to get a garden or landscape project started, whether you've already developed a green thumb or are new to the gardening scene. Now, with the help of a smartphone, such as the Apple iPhone 5s, and some creative apps, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and planting the seeds for savings. 

According to the National Gardening Association, an average well-maintained garden can yield up to $500 worth of produce, which can help families save money at the grocery store. Whether the desire to see your garden blossom is driven by saving money, simply to add curb appeal to your home or create a backyard oasis, there are a host of great apps that can ensure you're choosing the right seeds and plants for your climate and conditions, and protecting your investment in your garden. Mobile devices can definitely simplify and enhance your gardening or help families navigate a new hobby together.

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