Monday, April 14, 2014

Share Your Calendar With Family and Friends, It's Easy!

Have a family?  Got a friend?  Collaborate with Co-Workers?  Use a Calendar?  Then why are you not sharing your calendar?

It's easy, it's convenient, it's useful, it even eliminates excuses.  Here's how:

From your iPhone, go into your calendar app, click on the Calendar link at the bottom of the app, click on the (i) for the calendar you want to share, click on "add person", type in the persons email address, select if they can view, or view and edit your calendar.  In turn, they receive an notification that you would like to share their calendar with them.  It's like sending them a Hallmark card, feel the love.

So get sharing those calendars.

Peace, Love, Calendar Sharing

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Drafts App Belongs In Your iPhone Dock - Yeah It's That Good

Drafts by Agile Tortoise is a simple app.  The App's simplicity is what makes it great, so great that it deserves a spot in your iPhone Dock. (the dock is the 4 apps that reside on the bottom row on your iPhone)

Think about it.  What is the purpose of your iPhone Dock?  To me, the dock represents those Apps that you use frequently as well as needing quick access to those apps.  For me those Apps in the dock are: 1) Camera, 2) Phone,  3) Messages, and 4) Drafts.  Need to take a picture, you want quick access to that.  Need to place a call?  yep, need quick access to that.  Need to send a text?  Yep, worthy of the doc.  Ever need to write something down quickly?  Boom, Drafts, gotcha covered!

Think about it, ever need to quickly write down a phone number, someone's address or email.  Perhaps jot down a reference or confirmation number, or even a reminder.  Have a thought pop into your head?  Jot it down quickly in drafts.

Do you get the picture now?  Drafts is that app that lets you quickly jot down a note.  This way you don't need to pause and think about what app you need to open.  Should it go into notes?  Reminders?  Ominifocus?  Twitter, Facebook?? Need to email it to someone? or add a calendar event?  Perhaps you should store it into Dropbox, or even print it out.   Drafts enables you to share your note in all of these apps and more.

It's simple:

1)  Jot down your Thought
2)  Share it 

Drafts has a beautiful, simple interface that eliminates additional menu's and allows you to quickly start typing.

That's why it's worthy of a precious spot in your dock.  Get it in the App store for just $2.99 today.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pixelmator Mac App - Positively Perfect Photoshop Alternative

Pixelmator is an image editing app that rivals Adobe's Photoshop on just about every level.  The best part of it all is it's just $30 in the Mac App Store. (especially considering that Photoshop has moved to a subscription based model.)

Don't believe me?  Check it out:  editing, compositing, enhancing, drawing, painting, color adjustments, sharpening, blurring, layers, liquidfy, retouching, healing?  Check, check, check, check, check, check, check!

Want more?  How about move features, multi-monitor support, effects, and on and on.

Pixelmator has several wonderful video tutorials, for each main feature.  The best part is that each video is only 1 minute in length.  Quickly watch how to perform a certain task and get on with your project.  See for yourself,  look what I was able to create within the first 5 minutes of using the App! (with no prior image editing experience!)

With it's beautiful Apple inspired design, I am positive that Pixelmator is worthy of a spot on your Dock.  Get it in the App store today!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

iOS 7.1 is Out. Here is Why You Need To Upgrade

Apple released iOS 7.1 this week fixing the random reboot bug, known officially as springboard crashes.  Other improvements include bringing back the list view in the Calendar app, auto HDR feature in the Camera App, and numerous design tweaks.

Check out this site which visually displays the design tweaks side-by-side with iOS 7.0

Note:  You need 2gb of free space to download the update, even though the update is only 200mb.  (very weird, indeed).  I simply deleted a bunch of apps (be careful not to delete the data as well) to make room for the update, and then re-installed them afterwards.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Operate a Mac Like One of the Cool Kids with CheatSheet

Ever wonder how those cool, nerdy Mac users can accomplish so much by just a few keyboard strokes?  Now, you too can be one in the know.

CheatSheet is a free app that provides you with all of the available keyboard shortcuts for the app your currently working in.

Sure, you already know the basics, [command + c] to copy, [command + v] to paste, [command + p] to print.  But what about, opening new tabs, new windows, creating sticky notes, quitting apps, emailing, hiding, zooming, searching, tagging, etc. and etc.

Simply install CheatSheet and hold down the [command] key to access the keyboard shortcuts for whatever App your currently working in.  It's that easy.

Soon you'll be wonder what to do with all of your extra free time, now that your a keyboard wiz.

Download it today!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Threes! A Game That Gets Three Stars (out of three!)

Threes! is a new App that is making waves across social media.  This game has all the makings of a great App:  simple rules, but difficult to master.  Thus, making it an addictive game that keeps you coming back for more.

Threes! is a puzzle game based on numbers.  Specifically, a puzzle game based on the number 3.  The game is based on a 4x4 grid, with a random set of numbers spread across the board.  Your task is to slide the columns and rows around to merge the numbers using a multiple of 3:
1+2 = 3
3+3 = 6
6+6 = 12
and so on...

Available in the iTunes App store for just $1.99.  Time to get your 3's on!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Get a Free Digital Copy of The Incredibles When You Download Disney Movies App

Disney released a new app this week,  Disney Movies Anywhere.  To celebrate the launching of the App, they are giving a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles when you download and sign-up for the free service.

Disney Movies Anywhere allows you to sync your Disney movie library with all of your iOS devices and you can stream your movies or download them for watching offline.

Integrated with iTunes your collection of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies are all available in one handy little App.

Here is how to sign-up for the free App and service today.

1)  Create a free Disney Movies Anywhere account
2)  Download the App and log into your account
3)  Authorize a connection to your iTunes account
4)  The Incredibles movie will now be available to you for download or streaming.

Now everything is awesome!...... sorry wrong movie reference.


Be a Good Little Boy and Install Your Updates - Mavericks 10.9.2, iOS 7.06

Apple released updates this week for iOS (iPhones and iPads) and for osX (Macs)  that plug a security hole that allowed your data to be viewed when transmitting on the inter webs. (official, technical term)

Some speculate that this security hole was related to the NSA's back door that was revealed with PRISM.

So just like every good boy should eat all of his dinner, follow his example and install your updates.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Filemaker - A Database Program For The Rest of Us

Filemaker '13 is a cross-platform relationship database program.  In plain English, it's a database program for when you have data that is too cumbersome to manage in Excel.  However, setting up a database in Filemaker sometimes makes more sense than having even a simple Excel spreadsheet.

The beauty in Filemaker is that you can access your database anywhere; a Mac, a Windows PC, from a web browser, or even from your iPad!

Filemaker '13 offers 16 templates to get you started.
  -  Contacts
  -  Invoices
  -  Assets
  -  Inventory
  -  Tasks
  -  Projects
  -  Estimates
  -  Meetings
  -  Resource Management
  -  Expense Reports
  -  Product Catalog
  -  Time/ Billing
  -  and more!

As you can see from these starter templates.  Filemaker '13 is a great resource for any small business owner.  See for yourself, Filemaker explains it beautifully in this brief video.

I spent that past few weeks with Filemaker Pro '13 and wanted to share with you my thoughts and findings.

First off, let me say unless you have prior database software experience (MS Access, etc), Filemaker Pro '13 is not a program that you are going to launch and immediately begin working with efficiently.  There is a learning curve involved.  It is not a steep, treacherous slope, like that of climbing K-2, however, it does take some time commitment and a willingness to learn.  I recommend starting off with the tutorials on filemaker's website to familiarize yourself with the software.

The Filemaker tutorial page has informative, short videos with topics such as:  Starting with your Excel data and Starter Template Solutions.  From here, I highly recommend downloading their User Guide.  I recommend reading quickly through it before even opening the software program.  You won't understand all of the details, or remember how to perform a particular task.  However, you will start to get a good understanding of the key concepts and begin to familiarize yourself with the software.

Now it's time to play in the software!  I recommend playing in one of the 16 starter templates.  This will help you get started working with tables and layouts.

Next, go ahead and import in an excel worksheet.  For me, I imported in an excel spreadsheet that contained CRM information (prospective customer information, meeting dates, follow up times, referral names, etc)

File/Manage is the section of the software where you need to get comfortable.  From here, is where all the "work" occurs.  I started off in File/Manage/Database.  This is where you set up your data tables.  I created a "Leads" table (for my prospective client information) and a "Referrals" table (for my referral network of professionals)  From here, you setup the Fields you want in each table (text, dates, number, summary fields).  Lastly, in the Relationship tab, you can set the relationships between your tables (for me in the leads table, I linked the person who referred the prospective client from my referral table)

Now that I have my database tables established, head on over to File/Manage again but this time select Layouts.  This is the area where your going to create the GUI for each table and arrange your fields to your desirable location.  Filemaker Pro '13 provides numerous themes to select including touch enabled themes for your iPad. (more on this later)

Congratulations on mastering the Database (table) and Layout sections.  This is the meat and potatoes of the software.  From here, creating reports and writing scripts are the next steps in the journey.  I recommend checking out some youtube videos and Filemaker's support pages for the some of the particulars that you will be trying to achieve.  

Filemaker also has a support line (1-800-325-2747) to assist you when you get stuck, which I had to call upon once to help with a script that I was writing.  The support team was very polite and patient with me.  Although they won't remote access your system, or let you email them your file.  You simply explain what you are trying to achieve, and they will duplicate it in a new file and share it with you.

Filemaker also goes beyond the desktop and enables you to take your database files mobile with FileMaker Go App for the iPad and iPhone.  The App just celebrated it's one millionth download.  A million people can't be wrong, so you know it's a good App.  I also concur with the other 999,999 people.

Go ahead and take advantage of their free 30 day trial today.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Facebook Paper App - Your Social Newspaper

Facebook released a new app called "Paper."  Is paper the future of newspapers?  Facebook thinks so.

Paper provides a paneled approach for viewing your newsfeed, which you can quickly flick your way through.  It is a very enjoyable way to navigate through your feed.

Below your personal newsfeed are cards that you can flick left or right to retrieve news from popular sites broken into headlines, news, sports, entertainment, food, ideas, and many more.

Facebook is clearly wanting you to not only share your personal stories, but also to share news stories and pop culture stories as well.  

 Facebook paper is free in the iTunes App Store.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How to save your Facebook Lookback Video

Here is a quick tip on how to save your Facebook loopback video

1)  Open Google Chrome Web Browser  (download here if you don't have it)
2)  Open your website
3)  In Chrome click on the settings button, then tools, then javascript console
4)  Copy and Paste the code below into the Chrome Console:
5)  Hit [enter] and a dialog box will appear with a link to your video.  Click [okay]
6)  A new tab will open up for your video.  Right mouse click and click Save (or ctrl + S) and save the mp4 to your desktop.

Thats it!  It looks scarier than it actually is.

Simple JS Script to get Video URL from Facebook's Look Back
Version: 1.1.0
Copy paste this whole code into Chrome Console and press enter.
You can execure this script on any page on Facebook.
It will give you the video URL, open it, view it, download it, do whatever you want to. :P
The video URL will popup in front of you, press Ctrl + C to copy it.
To do so, open Chrome Console, Ctrl + Shift + J, "Console" tab.
Copy paste the whole thing there.
To share it, just open the link and download it by pressing Ctrl + S.
Upload it to YouTube or wherever you want to. Share, enjoy! :)
Keep Sharing this with everyone! :)
var xmlhttp;
if (window.XMLHttpRequest) {
xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
} else {
xmlhttp = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
if (xmlhttp.readyState == 4 && xmlhttp.status == 200) {
ss = xmlhttp.responseText.split('[["params","')[1].split('"],["width","960"]')[0];
var x = ss;
var r = /\\u([\d\w]{4})/gi;
x = x.replace(r, function (match, grp) {return String.fromCharCode(parseInt(grp, 16)); });
x = unescape(x);
prompt("Here's your video URL (HD)! Press Ctrl + C to copy it!", JSON.parse(x).video_data[0].hd_src)
}"GET", "/lookback", true);

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ward off Alzheimers With The Fun Addictive Game - Next Numbers

Next Numbers is one of those brain teaser games that you love to hate.  It is fun, addictive and stressful (but in a good way) all at the same time.  This is a made for all ages game, from my preschooler on up to your grandmother.  Each age will find enjoyment in it.

The game has two modes (Blitz and Zen) that will improve your mathematical and visual skills.  

Blitz mode:  This game mode is a beat the clock approach, with the object being to tap on each number in sequence, starting at 1.

Zen mode:  This game mode allows as much time as you need to tap on each number sequence from 1 to 35.  Your score is based on the amount of time it took to complete the number puzzle.

The numbers are scattered around your screen in various shapes and sizes.  Easy mode is great for the younger kids and helps re-enforce their number counting skills.  Medium mode is ore challenging for the adults.  As of right now, the Hard mode is only available on the iPad version.

Pluck down the $1.99 and get the game in the App Store today.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Yahoo! News Digest App - Finally A News App For People Who Don't Have The Time For The News

Yahoo! News Digest App was launched this past week with a new approach to digesting your daily news.  Yahoo delivers a morning and evening edition with just nine relevant news stories in each edition.  Now you can keep up and be in the know around the water cooler with topics ranging from World News, US News, Entertainment, Sports and news pulls from Wikipedia and Twitter.

Quickly get in and get out by simply swipe through the nine stories.  Simple, quick, beautifully designed and visually appealing.

Get it for free in the App Store Today!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tydlig Calculator Makes Accountants Rejoice

Everyone needs a calculator on their iPhone or iPad.  Everyone hates the stock calculator that comes with your "i" device.  Think about it, why hasn't the calculator's interface changed since the 1970's?  Does anyone even know the difference between MR, MC, M+ or M-?  I certainly don't.

Tydlig Calculator App has modernized the calculator.  With features such as linked numbers, powerful graphing, freeform canvas, and a powerful calculator engine, you'll be sending your existing calculators to the Smithsonian.

Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself with their cute demo video.

Sure, the app is a little pricy at $4.99, but how much was that Texas Instruments graphing calculator you purchased for high school algebra class?  Yeah, $5 is a bargain.

Note:  I received the product(s) mentioned above to prepare this post and no monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are my own