Thursday, January 15, 2015

What is Apple Pay And Is Apple Pay Safe?

By now you've probably seen all of the commercials touting Apple Pay.   Did you ever notice that these commercials are not by Apple, but rather by the banks.  

Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Master Card and more are the ones trying to spread the word to use Apple Pay.  Why you may ask?  The answer is for the banks to save billions!  Each year the banks pay out billions of dollars in fraudulent charges and claims as traditional credit cards are not secure.  By switching to Apple Pay the banks stand to save a ton of money.


So why is Apple Pay so secure and safe?  In lemans terms, it's because your credit card number is never given out.  It never goes to the retailer, it never goes across the web, your transaction is anonymous and is not saved for marketing purposes.  Each time you transact via Apple Pay, Apple generates a one time use secured token that is shared with the retailer and the bank.  That's why if you ever return something to the retailer you'll notice that they can't put the credit back on your card and have to give you cash instead.  That's because the retailer doesn't have your card information.  How sweet is that.

So go ahead and take the plunge and start using Apple Pay.  The vast majority of banks now support it and more and more retailers are coming online with it every day including:  Walgreens, McDonalds, Staples, Subway, and Whole Foods.  Starbucks and Albertson's have announced a future support for Apple Pay as well.  

So how do you use it?  

1)  Go into Settings/Passbook and Add your credit card by snapping a picture of it.

2)  Be sure you have setup Touch ID on your iPhone as well.

3)  When checking out, simply hold your iPhone next to the checkout terminal.  It doesn't even need to be turned on as the iPhone will wake when it detects the terminal. 

4)  Use Touch ID to authorize the transaction.  That's it!

To find out more visit the Apple Pay informational website.  There you can find a list of banks and retailers supporting it.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yes, A Perfect iPhone Car Mount Does Exist, Meet The Airframe

I don't know about you but my iPhone has replaced my in car navigation system.  Maps on the iPhone are crisper, cleaner and easier to navigate.  I can also perform several eyes free commands safely by using Siri.  

The problem however, where do you place your iPhone in your car?  Your pocket?  Your cupholder?  A clunky window mount device that constantly falls off of the window?  Enter Airframe and Airframe+ to the rescue.

Airframe (iPhone 5/6) and Airframe+ (iPhone 6 plus) are the perfect companion car mounts for your iPhone.  The design is ridiculously simple and sleek.  This is not your typical bulky, awkward car mount.  It has a tiny footprint that blends right into your car dash.

The Airframe car mount universally fits all modern cars.  It securely attaches to your car vent.  It's spring loaded design will ensure that it holds your precious iPhone snuggly.


I am not kidding when I say that this is a MUST OWN iPhone accessory.  Airframe is available at major retailers including:  Brook stone, Apple Store, Target and of course Amazon.  Don't take my word for it, check out the 1,200+ positive reviews on Amazon.  Do not delay and get yours today!


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Looking For A New App? Apple Announces Top Apps For 2014

Apple recently released it's top apps for 2014.  The categories are broken down into Top Paid and Top Free Apps for iPhone and also for the iPad.  So Get Downloading.


Top Free iPhone Apps:
  1. Facebook Messenger
  2. Snapchat
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook
  5. Instagram
  6. Pandora Radio
  7. Google Maps
  8. Flipagram
  9. Spotify Music
  10. 2048
Top Free iPad Apps:
Top Paid iPhone Apps:

Little Chefs Rejoice - Toca Kitchen 2

Toca Boca, the maker of great imaginative apps for children, has recently added to it's awesome app library with Toca Kitchen 2.

More foods, more cooks, new kitchen tools, and more imaginative fun.  There is even an vegetarian setting now!

Plus, Toca Boca is parent friendly with no in-app purchases, no third party advertising and no difficult setup or distracting instructions.

So go ahead parents, encourage your kids to play with their food!


Get it in the App store today!

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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.

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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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