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The wacky, cool cell phones of Hollywood

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We’ll never forget these cool cell phones from TV and the movies

Believe it or not, some of us grew up in the time where cell phones were still a novelty both in real life, on TV and in the movies.

Whether Hollywood was trying to play on our gadget envy or make us laugh, these cool cell phones made a statement, in ways that came off as wacky at best.

Keep your eyes peeled for all your favorites and even one that’s making a comeback.

 

Hiya protects you from spam callers and phishing scams

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Save yourself the spam call headache with Hiya

Everybody hates spam calls. Beyond those annoying “you won a cruise” messages that interrupt your day and clog your voicemail, scammers can use your phone number in phishing schemes and even trick you into giving up precious personal information. Luckily, when it comes to blocking spam and flagging unwanted numbers, you’ve got options.

We like the app Hiya | Android | iOS | because it serves numbers with a side of context. Hiya gives bit more information about numbers outside of your contact list, flagging them as likely spam, a colleague from work or an important call from the doctor’s office. Hiya also lets you control and update a personalized block list and report nuisance callers.

Hiya aggregates spam lists from their carrier partners to offer comprehensive protection against annoying and phishy calls and texts. It’s ad-free and easy to use. Grab the app and start protecting yourself today.

This DIY boombox can save your next party

DIY boombbox

Create a DIY boombox in minutes flat

So you’re stuck at a party without an AUX cord or a wireless speaker for your smartphone. What to do?

Pump that playlist you’ve been waiting to show off with a DIY boombox that will take just minutes (seriously) to throw together. Consider this a level up from that old “toss your smartphone in a chip bowl” hack. Which also works, by the way, if you’re short any of the materials below.

Replace your Android homescreen with the Wiser app

The Wiser app

Know a family member or friend who would benefit from a simpler smartphone experience? Check out today’s App of the Week, Wiser!

The Wiser app replaces your Android homescreen with an easy to use, straightforward launcher. While you’re still able to complete regular smartphone tasks like texting friends, checking your email or browsing Facebook, it makes the navigation experience so much easier! With large, colorful buttons and simplified screens, it’s an excellent app for anyone who has difficulty with Android’s original environment.

Find out more in our video below!

Download Wiser

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wiser app

App of the Week: Alarm Clock Plus

Why we love Alarm Clock Plus:

Alarm Clock Plus is an app that will help you spring out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Either that or it’s the type of app that’ll make you throw your phone at the wall after the fourth time you fail to answer the math question that’s required to turn off the alarm.

Either way, you’re awake and ready to face the day. Whether it’s an expensive morning or not? Well, that’s determined by your arithmetical abilities… and perhaps your personal rage quotient (PRQ).

Alarm Clock Plus

Free
Download from Google Play
Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Turn on nightstand mode to dim the display. At the appointed time, your alarm will sound. No biggie, right? Well, there’s more to it.

Alarm Clock Plus lets you completely customize your alarms and take control of myriad options to create the perfect wakeup call. Most notable: Require a correct answer to a mathematical question (difficulty determined by you) before the alarm will turn off. Or, if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, before the alarm will even let you snooze.

Earn money by answering surveys with Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards is an easy way to pick up free Google Play credit for Android and cash direct to your PayPal for iOS users.

Here’s how it works. Download the app for free to your Android or iPhone.

The app sends occasional surveys to your phone and ask you to respond to simple multiple choice questions like, “which color do you prefer?” or “where have you shopped recently?”

If you have a few seconds here and there and don’t mind answering a quick question, Google Opinion Rewards is definitely worth an install.

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