Author Archives: JC Heerdt

IVC Holiday Savings [Coupon]


Stocking Stuffers from IVC Wireless Solution Centers

Last minute shopper?

Take advantage of these great stocking stuffers available at the IVC Wireless Solution Center near you!

Need Bluetooth headphones for when they start their New Years Resolution workouts?


Try the Plantronics Backbeat 903’s!  Only $59.95

Throw in an armband to hold the phone during the workouts for $14.95

Can’t go wrong with a 5 pack of Universal screen protectors (WriteRight) only $14.95

After the recent storm and power outages, did you find yourself in your car charging your phone?  Don’t do that again!

Get a Powerbank for $44.95

Does your gift recipient drive for a living?

Can’t go wrong with a Motorola H730 Bluetooth headset for $59.95

Also — 3 in 1 combo usb chargers for $34.95





See Santa’s Souped-up Sleigh (from GE)


santa razr


Scientists.   These folks keep trying to make the world a better place…  even for the jolly old elf.

The team at General Electric have taken a scene right out of Arthur Christmas… You know, where Santa’s oldest son makes a space ship for the elf team to deliver presents… What?  You haven’t seen that movie?  Ok.  I won’t spoil it.

This new sleigh from GE is high tech (the picture below links to a 360 degree view of the sleigh.)   Illinois Valley Cellular has sent the folks at General Electric a Motorola RAZR MAXX (with car dock) to equip Santa with Google Maps, Nationwide Coverage, and Smart Actions (for amazing battery life during his trip.)  You can pick up a RAZR MAXX too for just $ 149.99 with Premium Choice Unlimited Rates.

New features of the sleigh include:

Kids Play Safe in Kid Mode [VIDEO REVIEW]

Your children can go easily down the “YouTube Rabbit Hole (article on this coming soon,)” gunk up your screen with junkware apps that send a million ad notifications… You need to lock down your phone or tablet, and encourage your children to use more educational applications.

Enter Zoodle’s Kid Mode.

All your child’s favorite Android apps in one place. With our Child Lock feature, kids stay safely in Kid Mode! No more accidental in-app purchases, deleted texts, or confusing ad clicks. – Kid Mode

Motorola Milestone™3

MOTOROLA Milestone™ 3 gives you a full QWERTY experience with no compromises. The dual-core 1GHz processor lets you navigate, surf and play with power, all on a generous 4” qHD display. Video chat with friends and family using the front-facing camera or capture those special moments in your life with 1080p video capture. Plus, you can send messages faster than ever on the full QWERTY with a dedicated number row that makes typing a breeze.



LG Optimus™ Select

The LG Optimus Select™, loaded with Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), lets you take your favorite features with you anywhere. It’s slim and stylish, with a big, bright 4.3” screen and a great 5 MP camera with additional front-facing camera for video chat. It has advanced features including DLNA® media sharing so you can display your photos and videos on a larger screen, wirelessly. It also includes QuickMemo™, which lets you create and share personalized memos by taking screen captures and adding handwritten drawings or messages.




Not Sure Where Your Polling Place Is? Try This. [APP]

For election day coverage, find your polling place,  who’s on your ballot and more… Check out Google’s Election Center.   Enter your address, and you’ll have all the details for voting at your fingertips.  It’s not an app, just a really good website… and it will work on your phone’s browser.


I scoured the play store looking for the best Android App for politics… and really… there is only one that truly stands out.

The apps that are available, highlight one candidate… or a particular point of view… Except, Politifact’s Settle It.

Do you ever find yourself at the dinner table beside someone who seems to have the facts wrong? Do you wonder about the truth of campaign ads you see on on TV?

Try Settle It! – PolitiFact’s Argument Ender, a free app that lets you to look up Truth-O-Meter fact-checks from, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website. – PolitiFact

If there is an election/politics app that you use and really like… Let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to this post.


Want to Be a Paranormal Investigator? Try These Apps.

Funny… Everyone seems to have a paranormal story… hearing a strange voice… furniture that moves. As for me, I’ve never had anything weird happen… I just like watching the paranormal shows on TV… and crack up at how overly dramatic the Ghost Adventurer’s on Travel Channel get…  So, yeah… I guess I’m just a ghost hunter/investigator fan.  I’m a former radio DJ, which is where the leader of a local ghost hunting group heard me chatting about haunted sites… and introduced me to Extreme Vision Paranormal.

Been traveling to local sites and national sites hunting the unexplained with EVP for the past two years…


Join me, and EVP, at Hunter’s Ridge in Princeton this Saturday (10/27) at 6pm (it’s a Princeton Chamber Fundraiser.) We’ll be presenting data from Black Moon Manor, Waverly Hills Sanitorium, and local investigations from Seneca and Princeton (including Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course.)  Also, there will be tarot card readers and the authors of “Ghosts of the Illinois River.”)  Get more details here.


OK — JC from RnD’s  Favorite Halloween ANDROID apps:

1. Ghost Radar Classic

Ghost Radar® analyzes nearby energies. Interpretations of the readings are displayed using numeric, textual, and graphical readouts. Results may vary, we offer no guarantees, use for entertainment.


2.Haunted Booth Free: 3D Ghost

3D Ghostifier!  Curious to see how you or your friends would look as a ghost?  HauntedBooth, brought to you by the creators of ZombieBooth is a fun way to transform your face into a terrifying 3D animated ghost!


3. Haunted Sights Free – Ghosts

Paranormal guide to real haunted and mysterious sites.
Real haunted,paranormal and mysterious sites for ghost hunters. Whether you are a ghost hunting professional, avid fan, novice or just curious, you will not be disappointed. Haunted Sights is the most complete paranormal guide to diverse ghostly and mysterious sites, including hotels, bars, restaurants, cemeteries, historical places, parks and many more. Our app displays everything from GPS routings and locations to haunted ratings, websites and evidence links. No GPS on your phone? No problem. Search with city or zip for the same results.


4. GhostCam: Spirit Photography

Make your own ghost photograph in one touch! Customize your ghost and scare your friend or even yourself. Create your ghost library and make your ghost photo unique! Haunt em, scare em, make em scream!


Transfer Photos and More with a BUMP! [APP]

Bump for Android

Share contacts, photos and apps with the “bump” of your phone…. BUMP two phones together… simple transfer!  Now, you can bump your computer to upload pictures.  Also, this app works cross multiple platforms.

Download from the Play store.  Click below.

Fall Colors Photo Contest

Win a $25 gift card from IV Cellular by sharing your best fall photo!!

Got a great eye?  Put it to the test and win prizes from Illinois Valley Cellular!   We’re looking for the best photo of fall this week to showcase on our facebook page.  Every week we will select the best photo to showcase as our facebook cover photo and award the winner a $25 IVC gift certificate!