Show of hands: Who remembers when cell phones could only make phone calls? Yes, there was actually a time when we thought a portable telephone was all we needed in life. We could call anyone from anywhere (provided there was a signal, and we had taken the time to enter their contact info via T9). This changed how people kept in contact with each other, and practically put pay phones out of business. Yes, we all needed a mobile phone. What could be better than that? Well, how about a mobile phone that lets you send text messages or give you directions or takes photos or allows you to surf the web? Welcome to the age of Smartphones–where our cells have become our personal assistants.
There is no such thing as free television. Since its inception, we’ve been paying for all that great entertainment by sacrificing some of our lives to watch commercials. Back in the day before DVRs, you had to actually sit through the commercials. You were trapped. How did we ever live like that? Today, you can zap through if you’ve recorded a program, but there really is no escape other than that. You can still be driven crazy in 30 seconds. For our recent iPoll Quiz, we asked what commercials drove you nuts? All you had to do was upload a little video detailing the advertisement that made you think of fingernails on a chalkboard, and you stood to win some serious iPoll cash. In fact, the top five picks were each given $50. Not bad for just sharing your opinion. Here’s how it all went down:
Since it is the start of summer, we’ve been talking a lot of about vacations. Whether you want to go camping or fly off to Europe, iPoll has you covered. These days, any vacation planning begins with a trip to the Internet. Travel websites like Trivago, Priceline, and Expedia might pop up in your mind first, because of all their aggressive marketing. However, they aren’t the only game in town when it comes to helping you plan your dream vacation. Before booking, take a look at these other sites:
A battle is looming over the horizon, and it has to do with a cruise ship. See, I want to take a cruise, but the wife isn’t sold on the idea. She embraces all the cruise horror stories, while I embrace the all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, we’ve got our little one warming up in the wings, who I know will be on my side, if I throw in a little mouse action. I’d be happy to go on a Disney Cruise, if it’s my only shot at a chocolate fountain and make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae bar. Thankfully, by the time we’ve finally agreed to go cruising, we’ll be well armed with these fantastic tips on how to get the most out of a cruise ship vacation.
A trip to Europe is a very popular vacation bucket list item. There is so much to see, do, and eat that you might be overwhelmed by the options. Plus, all the airfare costs! Who can afford to fly to Europe with a family and still have money left over for a decent vacation? Have no fear, iPoll is here! There is a way to enjoy a European vacation on a budget–and we can show you that way!
We’re surrounded by default settings. True story: Last week, my television Wi-Fi was acting wonky. After many attempts at resetting the box, I had to break down and call customer support. I was told I needed to reset the modem. This sent everything back to the default settings. In other words, I had to reenter all the passwords on everything I use Wi-Fi for. This is what I get for trying to be connected. Your smartphone also has many default settings. There are many folks who blissfully turn on their new phones and start calling/texting without a care in the world. As for my recent upgrade, there was one major default setting I made sure to adjust right away: I had to make sure my location alerts were on for the iPoll app. This is the only way to get those roaming notices for Mobile Missions outside my comfort zone. Technically, “outside my comfort zone” would be ten feet from my front door, so it’s good I have iPoll to guide me.
Have you ever wanted to dig up your backyard, just for kicks? Sure, you might till the occasional pile of soil to grow some veggies, but what about going down deep? Most folks might only find more dirt. However, if you live in a dino-zone, you could come up with some very old bones. But instead of digging up your own yard, this summer you instead might want to take your camping vacation to the next level by going on a dinosaur dig. While it is true that the really big digs are controlled by paleontologists, they can’t dig up every old dino bone. There are plenty out there for the rest of us to discover. No doubt, you’ll be seeing a lot of news about dinosaurs as Jurassic World roars into the cinemas this weekend. Imagine if you could find your own dino DNA? First, you need to pick your perfect spot to dig for dinosaurs.
Now that you’ve embraced the idea of camping for your summer vacation and have a working knowledge of how to start a fire, it’s time to talk campsite cooking. You might discover that some of the best meals you’ll ever have on a vacation will be the ones you cook in the great outdoors. Part of the reason could be that you’re extremely hungry after a day of hiking, and anything will taste good. However, with a few simple campsite cooking tips, you’ll be able to create meals that are guaranteed to please no matter what your “hunger level” is!
On the reality show Survivor, it represents “life.” The Boy Scouts use it to earn a merit badge. The “it” we’re talking about here is the perfect campfire. You’ll find that sitting around a campfire is what is going to make your trip to the outdoors truly memorable. Not only will it provide you with warmth and a cooking space, but also it’s really the only place to tell ghost stories. Bottom line: If you’re going camping, you’re going to need to know how to build a perfect campfire. Just because you’re smart enough to pack waterproof matches doesn’t mean you can get a fire going. Follow these steps and you’re sure to have a very nice blaze every time.
Mark your calendars: June 28th is the date for this year’s National Camp Out Day. This is a day for families to gather together, pitch a tent, and sleep in the great outdoors. The bonus is that those “great outdoors” can be your own backyard. Nothing wrong with camping out there! Perhaps this mini outdoor excursion will inspire you to extend your camping vacation. After all, if you’ve already got the gear, why not put it to use? Last year around this time, we put out a list of great campsites. But there are plenty more to explore! Best of all, these sites are extremely affordable. That will guarantee that your summer vacation won’t bust the family budget.