Saturday, December 20, 2014

Obsolete the Copier With PDFpen Scan+ App

Technology comes and goes, whether it's the floppy drive, CD-ROM, DVD, Thumb Drives, Fax Machines, and now even the Copier!

With PDFpen Scan+ App from Smile Software, you will find the need to use a copier waning.  

From either your iPhone or iPad simply snap a picture of a document with this universal app and PDFpen Scan+ will recognize the document, crop and center the picture.  Then with a touch of a button the app will OCR the picture.  This turns it from being a static "picture" to where every word is recognized and searchable as a pdf document.  

OCR (optical character recognition) is an invaluable tool as now you can edit the pdf document and be able to perform advanced searches in the document for specific words and content.  Evernote users will simply love this feature.

The sharing features within this app are extensive.  Save the document to Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, email it, plus many more.

Welcome to the 21st century!  Good bye copier,  hardly knew ya!

Get it in the App store today!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Give Your Kids A New App When Driving To GrandMa's House - Toca Nature

We all know how the lyrics go: "over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house we go."    

Toca Boca, has the perfect companion app when driving to Grandma's house, Toca Nature.  Toca Nature builds upon the already awesome collection of kid's Apps.  Toca nature provides a new way to play by enabling your child to build forests by planting trees, lakes and mountains.  Your child will explore through different landscapes and encounter different animals.  Collect berries and nuts to feed your new found friends.

Purchase it in the App store before heading to Grandma's house!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone and iPad, Getting Things Done Just Got Easier

OmniFocus 2 builds upon it's original award wining app with a new design, new features and new found happiness.   This app excels at enabling you to quickly jot down your thoughts, ideas and to do's, a key feature when using the GTD methodology.  

Assigning your thoughts into projects or tasks for a later date is quick, easy and painless.  The app features a Forecast section, a Review section, a Flagged section, and now with custom perspectives  organizing and working with your projects is limitless.  You can even further slice your ideas, by projects, by contexts, or even by map location. 

The features don't stop there.  New sharing extensions captures content from any sharing capable app.  The new today extension enables you to quickly see your todo's in your notification center.  
OmniFocus 2 is a great To Do / Task Manager / GTD App and I encourage you to check it out in the App store today.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Looking For A Free Halloween App? - Sago Mini Monsters To The Rescue

It’s time to get your kids ready for Halloween by letting them dress up their little monsters.

Sago Sago is helping build anticipation for October 31 by giving its fans all the scary tricks and treats they need to get their Sago Mini Monsters ready for Halloween. 

The free update lets children add outfits and accessories to their mini monsters – a witches' hat, ghost, bat, skull, or a well-placed spider crawling in its web of changing colors.  As usual, kids will still be able to feed their monsters with an array of food and brighten up the monster world with a rainbow of color choices.   

The digital toy app is also stocked with a bevy of new treats and exciting surprises that kids and their mini monsters would love to have on hand for Halloween: candy corn, lollipops, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie, rockets, and hard candy. Of course, the treating can be followed by a tooth brush!

The Sago Mini Monsters update is only available until Halloween to give kids 2-4 the jolt of excitement they need to start thinking about what they’ll be for the 31st!  Kids can, however, preserve their Halloween fun by taking and saving a picture of their mini monsters all dressed up for Halloween.

Jump into the free fun with this link to the updated Sago Mini Monsters in the App Store

Monday, October 20, 2014

No Space on iPhone to install iOS8? Here's How To Do It And What You've Been Missing

Apple recently released their latest iPhone operating system, iOS8.  So far less then half of iPhone users have installed it.  Why?  The upgrade needs 5gb of free space.  Who has that much space freely available?  Certainly not me, so here's what I did.

Option A:  Delete all of your apps, upgrade to iOS8 and then reinstall your favorite applications.  This will work but it's messy, can lead to data loss and just not fun.

Option B:  Plug your iPhone into your computer and download the software in iTunes and install it through your computer.  Easy, breezy.  As a safety precaution, I would recommend upgrading your iTunes to the latest version first.  Secondly, I would recommend making a backup of your iPhone in iTunes (right mouse click on iPhone and select backup)

Here are some new features that you have been missing out on in iOS8.

-  Install alternate keyboards, such as Swipe or SwiftKey.
-  Shoot timelapse videos.
-  Send voice messages within your iMessage app.
-  Use Shazam feature in Siri.
-  Family Sharing for app and music purchases.
-  Apple Pay
-  iCloud Drive
-  Answer phone calls on your iPad.

Cool, right?  So stop procrastinating and get downloading today.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Toca Boca Robot Lab Reboots App - And It's Free This Week Only

Toca Boca retooled its robots in it's Robot Lab App.  The new robot workshop is stocked with new creative, fun parts.  

Toca Robot Lab now has over 1.8 million possible combinations or robots.  That should keep your kids occupied for a while.

The App launched today and will be free through October 1.  it will be $2.99 afterwards.

Head over to the iTunes App Store and start making a million different robot combinations today!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Taking Instagram To The Next Level With Hyperlapse

Instagram recently launched a new App, Hyperlapse, taking Instagram to the next level in social video sharing.

Hyperlapse enables you to take time lapse videos and make them cool, hip and trendy.  It basically, takes boring time lapse video and "Instagram's" them!

Using in-house stabilization, you are able to take rock solid time lapse video, previously only accomplished by using a tripod.   

Now you can capture and entire sunset in a 10 second video!

Check out my first Hyperlapse below.


Hyperlapse, by Instagram is available for free in the App Store.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Bad iPhone Battery? Get it Replaced For Free!

Apple has quietly announced a battery replacement program for the iPhone 5.   If your battery life has been sucking, your not alone!  Simply go to this page and enter in your iPhone's serial number.

To locate your serial number, go to settings/general/about.

If your battery qualifies to be replaced (mine did)  simply schedule a time at the Apple store to have it replaced.  The whole process takes less than an hour!

Horray, you now have decent battery life; just in time to trade it in for an iPhone 6 next week ;-)   Coincidence, I think not!!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Comparison Shopping For Lazy People

There are plenty of comparison shopping Apps out there; RedLaser, Price Grabber, Amazon Price Check, but none come close to this new App saver.

Walmart. Yes, Walmart has come up with the easiest, most lucritive way to save money on your purchases. It's called SavingsCatcher and it is simply awesome! Here is how it works.

1. Scan the code at the bottom of your store receipt with the scanner found in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app.

2. Once you submit your receipt, Savings Catcher compares the prices of the products you bought at Walmart to the sale prices found in all competitor ads in your area.

3. If Savings Catcher finds an advertised lower price, you’ll get back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card!

How awesome is that! No more comparison shopping, as Walmart's App does all the work for you. It scans ALL competitor's Ad prices and applies the lower price.

We have earned $12 on our Walmart gift card within the first month. I'm not a big Walmart shopper, but I will start shopping there more now as your basically guaranteed to receive the lowest price possible.

Download the App and start saving real cash today!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Have The iPhone Battery Blues? Here Is The One Thing To Do

Do you have the iPhone battery blues?  Does your iPhone battery decline faster than your bank account in a casino?

Here is the one thing that you need to do right now!  Turn-off background app refresh for Facebook.

Settings / General / Background App Refresh - Turn off Facebook.

While you are in there, go ahead and turn off any other app that you don't thing you need background app refresh turned on for.

What is background app refresh?  

When Background App Refresh is on, apps can refresh themselves in the background. For example, an app can check if new content is available and download the updates, or retrieve the updated content in the background when it receives a push notification, so the new content is ready for viewing when you launch the app. 
With this simple change, you will see a noticeable increase in your battery life.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apple TV Adds More Channels Who Needs A Cable Subscription Anymore?

Apple TV recently added CNBC, Fox Now, ABC News,  and PBS Kids channels.  With all of these channels on Apple TV (see complete list here) who needs a cable subscription anymore?

Err...  well everyone :-(

Despite having all of these channels just one click away, you still need to have a cable/ satellite subscription to access them.

But, all is not lost.  If you forget to DVR your favorite show, you at least have a backup plan. It even potentially allows you to get rid of the extra DVRs in the other rooms that you are paying a rental rate on.

Does this allow you to cut the cable cord?  No!.... Unless, you know either your parents, friends, neighbors cable subscription login information. ;-)

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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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