Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are You A Busy Person? Then You Need Busy Cal!

Frankly, we are all busy people with work, soccer practice, grocery shopping, piano lessons, it goes on and on.  How do you manage all of these schedules?  Busy Cal is the answer!


Busy Cal is a Mac calendar app to replace the standard Apple Calendar App.  Busy Cal makes it easy to share calendars, provides exchange support for work, integrates weather forecasts, tasks, notes, and GPS Map data.  

Busy Cal also provides advanced features such as List view, Google Calendar integration, iCloud synching with your iPhone and iPad, Notification Center alarms, menu bar access, and smart filters.

Sure the features are all awesome, but the beautiful user interface, especially the weather integration, is what really makes me fall in love with this Mac App.  However, the current version lacks one key feature in not having travel time calculations.  Hopefully, this is something that they will work into a future release.


Busy Cal may not be a perfect 10, but it's a solid 9.5.  Check it out in the Mac App Store today!


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back to School Sale Already? Apple Says Yes

You may not be thinking of back to school season just yet, however, Apple is all geared up for it.

This week Apple announced their back to school promotion.


"Buy a Mac for college and get a $100 Apple store gift card — and also save with education pricing. Or buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 gift card."



So if your in the market for a new laptop, nows the time to get shopping.  To save even more money check out our post last year on all the ways to rack up discounts when making an Apple purchase.


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Wholesome App, A Wealth Of Food Information At Your Fingertips

Wholesome App's tag line is "Healthy Eating Made Easy".  That statement is oh so true!  Your fruits, vegetables and meats are sorted by color.  Not only is it visually appealing, but it is a really useful layout.


Each food item you select provides you with what nutrient sources it is "excellent" in and "good" in.  It also provides you with serving size, calories, etc.

Don't take my word for it.  Check out their You Tube video and see for yourself.

Just one more way to help you eat and feel healthy.  Check it out, it's available for free in the App Store.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Looking for an App? Here's an 100 of them!

PC Mag recently published it's best 100 iPhone apps for 2014.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391533,00.asp

Certainly worth a look!



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Monday, June 9, 2014

PDFpen - Giving Your PDFs a Powerful Punch

PDF is as American as apple pie and baseball.  They are a staple of any computer file.  But, have you ever considered giving your PDFs an added powerful punch!  Enter PDFpen from Smile.  Available for your Mac, iPhone and iPad, PDFpen is a cost effective solution for all things PDF.


Want to save time and be more efficient?  Check out the Library Collection feature.  This feature allows you to store images, scribbles, signatures and text that you tend to use repeately.

Want to really geek out with your PDF?  Check out the OCR feature.  This feature enables you to easily convert your PDF from being an image to a fully searchable text document.

Receive a PDF document that needs to be filled out.  If you live in 1990, you would first have to print the form out and complete it manually.  But now with PDFpen, you can complete interactive forms from right in the software.

Do you work in the legal profession?  Redaction, yep it does that too!

iCloud integration, Dropbox, Markup tools, convert to a Word Doc.?  yep, yep, yep and yep.  With PDFpen from Smile Software, you no longer need to spend over $100 to buy that expensive competitors pdf software.  PDFpen is only $59 for the Mac and $15 for the iPad and $5 for the iPhone.  Get them in the App stores today!


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Friday, June 6, 2014

WWDC: Here Is What Your iPhones and Macs Will Look Like Come Fall, 2014.

This is dedicated to the non-techie geeks out there; the 95% of the general public that owns an iPhone, iPad or a Mac.  Here is what your devices will look like come this fall.

 Apple holds an event every year in June for their App developers.  They show off the latest software versions releasing in the fall for both the Mac (osX Yosemite) and for the iPhone (iOS8).  The event is two hours long and can be viewed on Apple's website.

But remember, this is dedicated to the non-techie geeks out there, who are not going to spend 2 hours of their lives watching an Apple Keynote.   So I offer you this, a abridge version of the keynote that The Verge put together highlighting all the new wonderful things coming this fall crammed into a few minutes.  I encourage you to watch this video instead.

The video highlights all the wonderful new features such as:  iCloud Drive, Handoff, Family Sharing, Quick type, Health, Continuity, Spotlight, Mail drop, Mark up, and Soundbite to name a few. 

Even if your not part of the 9% techie geek population.  I bet your still excited for the Fall now!


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Get That New iPhone Feeling With This $2 App

Ah, that new iPhone feeling, such a fun, exciting time.  What if you can bring that excitement back to your existing iPhone.  What if that wonderful feeling can be bought for just $2, instead of plunking down $200 for a new iPhone.  Sound too good to be true?  Well it isn't, with the new Lockscreen Wallpaper Designer App.

This app provides a fresh, new look to your iPhone's lock screen.  Simply take your favorite picture and apply one of the template effects in the app to arrive at a fresh, new, exciting look to your iPhone.  the app even blurs the edges of your screen to match the color in the photo.  No longer is your favorite picture hidden behind the clock, or the slide to unlock bar.

Am I exaggerating on the impact this app has on your dirty, old, scratched iPhone?  Perhaps, a little.  But, will it also bring a smile to your face.  I think so!

Check it out in the App Store today.  I bet you will enjoy spending your $2 on this app, than a burger at a fast food chain.



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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Need To Add On Your Mac? Uh, Hello There Is A Calculator Right There! Where?

Ever need to quickly add a couple of numbers together, or perhaps figure out what 40% off that item your looking to purchase online is?  Launching the calculator app is like such a pain!   

So, why not use the calculator that's right there staring in your face?  Where, you ask?  Spotlight Search can do it!  Yes, the search icon in the top right of your menu bar can do math!


Simply, click on the magnifying glass icon and type in your math function.  Spotlight will provide the answer in real time.  You don't even have to hit enter!  What?  Crazy I know!


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Fitness Band! Get Moves App instead

Why spend $100+ on one of those fancy fitness bands, when you can download a free app instead?  Introducing Moves app.

With the iPhone 5s M7 Co-processor, the Moves app is able to detect your movements, thus being able to accurately count your steps (pedometer), your cycling and running.


Moves app also provides you with a daily storyline, summarizing your whereabouts, distance traveled, compute your daily calorie burn based on your movements, provide a map overlay of where you've been as well as a beautiful weekly summary of your movements.

With an offering of other connected apps, the possibilities are nearly endless.

So why not check it out.  The app is free in the App store.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

A Buzz Worthy Change For Your Text Messages

Does your iPhone buzz all the time?  A text from mom, your neighbor, your friend, your sibling, a buzz from your Reminder App; the list goes on and on.  All that buzzing could really get annoying!  Plus there is no way to distinguish one vibrating buzz from the other.  Or is there!

Imagine a world where you didn't have to check your iPhone every time it vibrated and buzzed.  What if you could create a unique vibration pattern just for your kids, or spouse, or your boss?  Now you know which important texts or alerts need immediate attention and which ones can wait.  Isn't that a world you would want to live in?


You can, here's how:

- Contacts App, select contact person, tap Edit, Ringtone & Text Tone Settings, choose Vibration option.

Here you can "Create New Vibration" and tap out your own custom pattern.

Ooh, look I just received a custom vibration text from my boss.  Meh, I'll respond later.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Facebook App's Newsfeed Messed Up Again? Here's The Fix

Your newsfeed may be displaying differently after performing the latest app update for your iPhone / iPad.  Here's how to get back the "most recent" view, which is my preferred method for viewing my newsfeed.

-  Tap on the "more" button in Facebook
-  Scroll down to the "feeds" section and tap on it
-  Select "most recent" as your feed option.

Presto, everything is right in the world once again.


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