App Pick/Tech tip
Posted: Sept. 18th 2o11
My app pick of the week is Video stream a very interesting app. So what the app does is stream any video on your computer without having to installing it on the iPhone or iPad. It even works over 3g but it will use up about 8 mb every 10 min which isn’t too bad but if your very limited just use it over wifi. The app is nearly instant and is very easy to set up. First install the app on your iOS device next install the server app for mac or windows. Then open the app and the server and put in the passcode once that’s put in there set up. Now put in the folder with all your videos and bam your done. Just go to the app and the videos will instantly appear on your device, you can now enjoy your videos everywhere you go without using any memory on your phone. The app costs $.99 for iPhone and iPad version included and is definitely worth it.
My next app pick is photon browser called the best flash browser for iOS. Based off reviews and my own experience this app is great you can view anything online that requires flash in an instant. All you have to do is download the app and when you encounter a screen with the requires flash screen just click the thunderbolt and it will work. Its simple and fast and is fully featured just like any other browser. The app costs $4.99 for iPad and $3.99 for iphone I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in using flash.
Tech Tip of the Week- Typing Tips
Posted: Feb. 19 2011
My tech tip this week is if
you need to write a document or email faster here’s a few tips. When writing a
sentence on your iOS device you would usually have to go from typing letters to
the second page to type a period. Well a faster way is to press the spacebar
twice and it automatically adds a period. Another great tip is when typing on
an device and you need to undo what you typed just shake your device and it
will ask if you want to undo what you typed.
Tech Tip of the Week- Helpful Apps Find My iPhone and Barcode Scanner
Posted: November 28th
My app pick this week is called find my iPhone. This app let's you find your iPhone on your computer instantly and has recently been made available for free to all ios users. To set it up you just sign up for a free mobile me account and you can use that account on all devices. After you sign up it will let you see where your iPhone is whether it's stolen or you lost it. Another great thing about this is it will allow you to shut down your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch remotely and wipe out all the data on the phone. There are many stories in the press where this app has been used to catch people who have stolen iphones. I think this was a great move by Apple to make the app free without requiring a $99 Mobile Me subscription.
So since black Friday was 3 days ago and Cyber Monday is tomorrow…. I have an app for shoppers or people who want to know the cheapest price of an item and where to buy it. The name of the app is barcode scanner. This 0.99 cent app will allow you to scan the bar code on just about any product. Just start up the app and it uses your iPhone's camera to recognize the barcode. Once recognized it will automatically tell you the cheapest price and where to buy the item at that price. This app will help you many times and has already saved our family money.
Tech Tip of the Week- iOS 4.2
Posted: November 7th
My tech tip this week is about the new operating system upgrade for iphone and ipad called iOS 4.2. In iOS 4.2 there will be many great features but the two major upgrades are printing and airplay. Printing will be built in directly to the operating system with wireless or networked printers. All you have to do is just click the print icon and choose your printer and the number of copies you want.
The other major upgrade in iOS 4.2 is airplay. Airplay allows you to instantly stream content such as videos, photos, and music directly from your iphone or ipad to an airplay compaitable device like the new Apple TV. Other devices such as stereo receivers will be coming out with Airplay built in. I have tried it out and it works really well. I think it will be great to be able to show your photos on the big screen to your friends and family without importing them in to your photo library. iOS 4.2 will have many other upgrades for the iPad that the iPhone has currently like gamecenter, multitasking, iAds, and more. It should be coming out in the next couple weeks and it will be free.
Tech Tip of the Week- iOS Problem
Posted: October 31st
Finally, My tech tip this week is about an interesting security flaw that was discovered on iphone. This flaw would allow someone to access the phone dialer on a locked phone by using a certain sequence of keys when using the emergency call button. This flaw would also give them access to email and the contact list on the phone. Fortunately, someone would actually need to have physical access to your phone so if you don’t lose your phone it should not be a problem for you. A similar issue has been found on the Motorola Droid 2 phone. In this case you can execute Google voice commands even when then handset is locked. For its part, Apple has stated that the iphone flaw will be fixed in the new ios 4.2 update that is coming out in November so don’t forget to update your phones.
Tech Tip of the Week- iOS Problem
Posted: October 24th
This week’s tech tip is on how to get caps lock on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The default settings come only with shift but with this tech tip you can use caps lock. Just go to settings, general, keyboard and there will be an on and off key for caps lock then just turn it on and there you go. When using the keyboard just double tap the shift key and now it will turn blue and if you want to turn it off just tap it once. Now if you need to type a word in all caps you have an easy way to do it.
Tech Tip of the Week- Calendar/ Apple T.v.
Posted: October 17th
For those of who have iphones or ipod touch and who want to share a calendar across everyone in your family, I have a solution for you and it's free using google calendar. To setup the shared calendar go to google and search for google calendar. setup and account if you don't already have one. You can use the web interface to add events. Now on your iPhone, iPad , or iPod touch go to settings, and then to mail, contacts, and calendars. Then click on add account, choose the type other, and then choose add caldav account. It will ask you for a name for your calendar and you can call it whatever you like, i chose family calendar. Then It will ask you for a server address which is simply www.google.com. Finally put in your account information. Now the last step if you want to make sure that you always add events to that calendar by default is to go back to settings, then mail contact, calendars and then choose calendars. Click default calendar and choose family calendar. Now you are all set. You can add events on the web using google calendar or on your device. The events will automatically sync. My family uses it across five ios devices seamlessly and it helps to keep track of our crazy schedules. Remember it even works with iPod touch. Now on to Apples latest release the new apple tv. The new Apple tv costs $99 which Is less than half its predecessor and is about the size of two iPhones. It has an hdmi output To connect to a HDTV. I would recommend it to folks who have a lot of content on iTunes. With the device you can rent and stream shows from iTunes, stream movies from netflix and YouTube and access MobileMe and flickr accounts. But the real power of this device is that it can stream all of the content you have on your pc including songs, photos, movies, and podcasts to your tv wirelessly. And apple is adding a new feature next month through a software update that you will be able to use called airplay. With airplay you can stream any content from your iPhone or iPad simply by flicking it up to the screen. Imagine you have taken photos and want to show them to your family. You simply turn on your apple tv and use airplay to show the photos on your tv. This will also work with video and anything else that is on your phone. The other really neat feature is any ios device can be a remote control for apple tv. Picture quality is great and the streaming is very fast. Again it's probably only worth it for people who use iTunes or already have an iPhone or iPad.
Tech Tip of the Week- Toodledo for iPhone
Posted: October 10th
Tech Tip of the Week
Posted: October 3rd
For those of you who are frustrated that you cant use Microsoft Word to create documents on your ios device, I have two solutions this week that are completely free and I think you will really enjoy.
First, to create and share text documents between your PC or MAC and iphone you can use two applications together one called PlainText and the other call Drop Box.
Here is how it works,
First – Download the applications Plaintext and Dropbox on your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch.
Next – On your PC or Mac google the word dropbox and go to their website. Once there download the program and create an account, you will be able to have 2 gigabytes of storage for free.
Now – Use Plaintext on your phone and click the gear icon in the Plaintext app and enter your username and password you created for your dropbox account.
Now that everything is setup create a document using Plaintext you will be prompted to title it. Once you are done the document will magically appear on your PC.
You can do the exact same thing in reverse by making a text document on your PC or Mac and saving it to your drop box. Then the document will appear on your phone.
Finally, another great way of creating text documents on iphone or ipad does not even involve typing at all. Dragon Dictation is a free speech to text app. It's easy to use and is surprisingly accurate. In Dragon dictation all you have to do is press record and then talk and it automatically creates an e-mail, text message, or you can send your message directly to facebook or twitter. You can also save the text to your dropbox simply by clicking copy in Dragon and pasting the document into Plaintext. In fact, I composed part of the script for the radio show today using this App and it worked really well.
Tech Tip of the Week
Posted: October 3rd
Now for a more serious matter,….For those of you who are technologically savy and jailbreak your iphones, please be careful! A website was posted on the Internet recently claiming to be the greenpoison jailbreak for the new ios 4.1 from the Chronic Dev Team. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a fake and it also had a virus that would infect your desktop computer. This virus allowed passwords, pin numbers, bank account numbers and other personal information to be stolen from your desktop computer. Currently there is no functioning jailbreak tool that I am aware of for ios 4.1 so don’t be fooled.
While jailbreaking your device allows you to access certain features apple will not allow such as creating a wifi hotspot for your ipad or other devices, it can also open your phone or computer to viruses and other malicious attacks. Therefore, jailbreaking should only be attempted by expert users and most of you will not want to attempt an iphone jailbreak at all.
Tech Tip of the Week
Posted: September 12th
First this week I have a tech tip for those of you who have an iphone and want to save an image from the web. You can save almost every image from a web page to your camera roll. All you have to do is just tap and hold on the image to bring up a menu that will give you the option to save the image. Its that simple. Once you sync with your computer it will be in your iphoto or itunes library.
Tech Tip of the Week
Posted: August 29nd
First this week I have a tech tip for those of you have an iphone and want to use one of the new lower cost data plans. If you want to control your data usage there is now a setting in ios4 that lets you turn off your cellular data, while still using 3g for voice calls. To disable cellular data go to settings on your phone, choose general, then choose network, and then simply use the on or off switch. So if your getting close to your limit you can make sure you don’t go over.
My app pick this week is Netflix which was just released on the iphone last week. It’s a free app which allows you to stream movies instantly to your phone even using 3g if you have a netfilx account. This app uses quite a bit of data and battery life so it’s probably best for those that have an unlimited or higher end data plan. However, the quality of the videos are excellent and it works really well. Its also available for iPad.
Tech Tip of the Week
Posted: August 22nd
Today I have 2 tech tips for you on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch the first one is that you can create web clip icons for faster access to your favorite websites on your homescreen. To do this simply tap the plus sign at the bottom of a webpage then tap add to homescreen and this will automatically create a icon for you.
My second tech tip is for when you are using safari and your typing a website name and the domain name has a .net in it for example (instead of .com) You can hold the .com key and it will give you a list of domain endings like .net .org .edu, etc. so you wont have to type it out.