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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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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