Tech Bytes: Spookiest Halloween Apps, Family Tracker Keeps Parents and Kids in Touch

Halloween is right around the corner. Mark Moesner with Verizon Wireless offers some ideas on how you can get more value from your smartphone or tablet on the spookiest day of the year.
Halloween is right around the corner. Here are some ideas on how you can get more value from your smartphone or tablet on the spookiest day of the year:

· Parents magazine launched its own iPhone app called Carve-a-Pumpkin. Try it out on your iPhone or iPad before little fingers get sticky in the guts of the pumpkin. This is a lot less messy and fun to try on different jack-o-lantern faces before you try it out on the real thing. When you’re done, you can also share Mr. (or Mrs.) Pumpkin Face via email, Facebook and Twitter
· New Parent offers some great safety tips as well, especially about costumes on the store shelves if you’re not making your own this year. For someone who doesn’t have the skills, talent, sewing machine or interest in making Halloween costumes, articles like this are valuable, especially when out and about shopping for the perfect October 31 attire.
· Speaking of which, numerous retailers make it super easy to download mobile coupons right from your smartphone. Before heading out for a shopping spree for Halloween costumes, candy and decorations, check your smartphone’s app store to see if your favorite stores offer their own apps.
· Also, consider trying out your wireless service provider’s locator services If you’re worried about getting disconnected from family members during a Halloween party or event. Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls, for example, offers Family Locator, a service that allows you to use your mobile phone or Internet to view the location of your family members who have Family Locator-capable devices. For a small monthly fee, Family Locator lets you locate family members and creates scheduled location updates – like arrival and departure updates.
· And don’t forget there are plenty of flashlight apps for iOS and Android devices that will help light your way on a dark and stormy night – whether your Halloween fun is in the neighborhood, a haunted house, a fire station or mall.
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