Author: Robyn

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I am an experienced marketing professional and published novelist. I'm also an avid movie fan and Apple enthusiast. To read my novel, follow this link. Shattered [Kindle Edition]

App Review: Photos [to] Art

Here’s a creative idea for gifts this holiday season: Photos [to] Art. This app turns photos you take into pieces of art. Imagine you have a cute picture taken on the fly of your family. With the help of this app, you can upload the photo directly from your camera roll, Instagram or even a picture taken from the app itself to art.com, choose a finishing type and then place the order. I like the simplicity of this app. It’s clean and very easy to use. For the hard to shop for relative, this type of app gives you instant…

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About a month ago, we reported that Apple had fired Senior Vice President and developer, Scott Forstall largely due to his refusal to apologize for the shortcomings of Apple Maps. Today, the news broke that Apple has now fired Richard Williamson, a longtime Apple employee and head of the Apple Maps team. So, what is to become of Apple Maps? Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is reportedly working closely with TomTom NV to develop and improve Apple Maps. This would be a natural move considering TomTom NV is responsible for most of the GPS functions of the current Apple Maps.…

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If you are anything like me, you check in with your life by reading through your Facebook feed a few times a day or hour, just depending on what is going on in your life. There are a lot of times when Facebook releases an update that privacy terms are changed. Yesterday, I was inundated with post that bared the following message: In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the…

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App Review: Retail Me Not

‘Tis the holiday shopping season and it’s time to shop ’til you drop. And, we could all use a little help with our pocketbooks these days. I’ve spent time searching for coupons online before going shopping only to come up shorthanded. There are several apps available that assist with coupon searching, but I’ve not found one quite as easy to use as Retail Me Not. RetailMeNot.com is a one-stop location for online coupon offers. It allows users to open retail sites directly from RetailMeNot.com. You click on an offer, it pops up in a new window for easy reference and…

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Cyber Monday in 3…2…1

As I’ve written about before, I’m a Black Friday shopper. And I can definitively say after surviving yet another Black Friday two days ago that it is still a very popular event. That being said, retailers are looking forward to Cyber Monday which begins at 12:00 a.m. online at many retailers. Amazon.com is quite possibly the most popular Cyber Monday retailer as the leading online store, but there are many others following suit. With the world turning increasingly more mobile, it is expected that shoppers will spend nearly $1.5 billion in online sales making Cyber Monday the largest online shopping…

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For the first time in my professional life, I have a ‘work’ iPhone. For many years, I have simply relied on my personal cell phone to assist my professional life, but I am finally in a position where my employer has provided a work phone for my use. As a rule, I strive to keep my work life and professional life separate. I feel this is important especially in the position I am in now where it’s possible for work colleagues to need to contact me on my off hours. The main reason I decided to share this with the…

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Yeah, there’s an app for that.

With the big event (Macy’s 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade…and Thanksgiving) a mere two days away, I began searching for the television schedule to plan the beginning of the holiday season. I visited Macy’s official website for the parade and discovered that there was an app for iPhone to make the experience more interactive. Right from opening this app, you can tell the app is designed with children in mind. Its main menu is four brightly colored balloons and one of the main features is an ‘Elf-o-Matic,’ which takes your face and puts it on a balloon. From there, you…

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App Review: Webr

Are you looking to create a quick, no hassle website? Try out Webr for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Webr is a mobile app that allows users create, publish and edit websites from the palm of your hand. By developer, Lazy Appz, Webr provides this inexpensive, easy-to-use option for anyone looking to build an easily maintainable website. When you first open the app, Webr walks you through the initial set-up of a simple website. The app breaks the design up into four easy steps: Title your website, Add images, text or blog pages, Choose a theme and Publish. Webr also…

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App Review: Angry Birds Star Wars

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m an Angry Birds fan. After I conquered the original game, I wanted another game to take its place and was sorely disappointed in the games I found. Until Angry Birds Seasons came out. It was a wonderful addition to my apps collection as it updates every few months with a new board. One of my favorites is the Christmas Season update because it’s an advent calendar and only one stage is available per day. It was the first time I had played a game with that level of creative design built-in to the…

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App Review: Evernote 5.0 for Mac

Evernote has been one of my long-standing favorite note-taking apps. It allows users to create notes, include pictures, video and audio as well as store files and share the notebooks with other people. Evernote released version 5.0 this week with some amazing new and revamped features. Atlas allows users to browse notes graphically by geographic region. A series of maps will appear with location tags indicating where the note was created. Smarter Search works very similarly to the search function on an Apple computer. The search notes in the upper right-hand corner, allows users to search personal and joined notebooks and…

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Countdown to Black Friday

Last year, I wrote an article about my adventure on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year. In the past, I’ve planned out my Black Friday shopping with blackfriday.info, but have since tried my luck with Black Friday iPhone apps. With the big day being only 2 weeks away from today, I thought I would highlight a few iPhone apps that are available. First of all, I want to give a warning to anyone who decides to search for Black Friday in the App Store. You will come across apps that feature Rebecca Black’s…

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App Review: Summly

The news moves faster than the speed of light these days. With the world at our fingertips, sometimes the news outlets have a hard time keeping up with the rest of the world. I try my best to stay in touch with the pulse of the moment, but find it difficult at times due to the length of articles and the lack of time I have to read them. I just discovered a wonderful app that gives me summaries of the news which makes it much easier for me to keep up. Summly allows users to view the news in…

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App Review: Droplr

With cloud storage being such a popular trend it’s no surprise that there is yet another storage option available. Droplr bills itself as, “…the easiest and best way to share files, large and small, over the internet. Period.” In my time using it, I must say it is incredibly easy. Droplr installs a utility in the menu bar that stores your files in the cloud. Users can drag files directly from your computer to the droplet icon in the menu to store it in your Droplr account. Users can access their accounts one of three ways – desktop, web interface…

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App Review: Letterpress

I’m a huge fan of word games. For a long time, I played the free version of Words with Friends and waded through the ads just so I could play. Eventually I broke down and purchased it, but I much prefer the free games available on the App Store. I was pretty excited to be introduced to Letterpress. Letterpress is a free word game available on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad. It was released on October 25th and has quickly become one of the most popular games available. The game is turn based and links players through…

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Review: PandaBar – Pandora Radio Player

Released on September 11, 2012, PandaBar is changing the way we listen to Pandora in our house. Pandora is a great music streaming service, but it seems unnecessary to keep Safari or any other Internet browser open just to listen to music. That’s why we were glad to find PandaBar. PandaBar’s utility in the menu bar makes it easier than ever to access your Pandora music. PandaBar also utilizes Apple AirPlay (Mountain Lion, only) and Notification Center. Right from the menu bar utility, users can skip songs, change stations and create new ones. To use it, you simply purchase the app…

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Missing Motion Title in Final Cut Pro X

Imagine you are working on a video in Final Cut Pro X. And, on your timeline you have a title built in Motion. Now, you are working along and you decide to make an edit on the Motion title and you save it in Motion. When you return to your timeline in Final Cut Pro, your Motion title has done a disappearing act leaving behind its spot on the timeline and a red screen complete with a missing element graphic (the yellow triangle with exclamation point) and a dotted lined capital “T”. If you have been able to imagine yourself…

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The news broke today that Senior Vice President of iOS software at Apple Inc., Scott Forstall, was fired after refusing to sign a letter of apology that Apple issued concerning the shortcomings of certain aspects of iOS such as Apple Maps. Wall Street Journal reported that part of the reason for Forstall’s departure was his continuing attitude problems and uncooperative nature. Forstall had a long, close relationship with the late Steve Jobs and is regarded as one of the original archetects of Mac OS X. Forstall will reportedly serve as advisor to Apple, Inc. CEO, Tim Cook, until his official…

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Schnucks Store Logo

When I was visiting our local grocery store this week, I discovered that they now have an app for iPhone. As geeked out I get about apps AND the fact that they advertised it in-store with a QR code, I couldn’t resist downloading it. Schnuck’s is a regional grocery chain headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. They have good produce that features local produce at certain times of the year and a fresh meat and seafood counter. The bakery is top-notch as well. One of my favorite things to get from them is a mini-loaf of sweet bread to dip in…

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October is a special time for MacAddicts. It is the month where we met the iPod for the first time…15-inch unibody MacBook Pro…iPhone 4S…all for the first time. And now, we meet the iPad Mini. It’s a lovely new addition to the Apple product line. So, why shrink the iPad? Well, Apple execs will be the first to tell you that they didn’t simply shrink the iPad. The iPad Mini is a whole new device…built from the ground up. That’s something I really appreciate when it comes to this new little darlin’ in the Apple family. It’s a got a…

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Create a Mobile Site with M.dot

Do you have a website you would like to optimize for mobile devices? Now you can do it for free from your iPhone. M.dot makes it easy to create a mobile website within 5 minutes. M.dot lets you start with a test account so that you can see how the app works. I recommend using the test account to begin. You then select “Create a New Mobile Site.” M.dot gives you six sample templates to work with in the app. All are nice, clean layouts that look nice on the iPhone. Once you select a template, which can be changed…

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Review: Tweetbot for Mac

Tweetbot was released for Mac today. We have been waiting patiently for its arrival and it is not disappointing. Our favorite functions of this app includes muting conversations and disabling retweets. Muting conversations allows users to silence, or ignore, the conversation rather than deleting the user from those you are following. The function allows conversation to be silenced for pre-determined periods of time. I find this very useful for those who over-post the same topics time and time again. I want to remain friends with them and continue following them, but don’t want to see the same post 20 times…

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QuickByte: Using Siri to Find Friends

Did you know that you can use Siri to find your friends? I actually just discovered this neat little feature within Siri. What Siri does is use the Find Friends app on the iPhone or iPad to locate your friends that are visible to you. Here’s how to use it. Press and hold the home button to pull up Siri. When prompted say, “Where is John?” Siri will respond saying she is looking for your friend and a visual of the Find Friends map will appear while the phone is locating your friend. It’s a nifty little feature that keeps…

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Apparently Apple did have just one more thing to show us. Apple confirmed that they will in fact have an event/announcement next Tuesday, October 23rd. What it will be about is anyone’s guess. The most popular rumor is an iPad mini that would be small enough to fit in a user’s hand while typing, but still larger than an iPhone screen. Personally, I would welcome an iPad mini because it only increases Apple’s product line and it might make tablets more accessible or practical for some people who didn’t want the size of a full iPad. October Apple events have seen…

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Passbook Part 1

Good evening, readers. Consider this the first entry in a series of entries that will describe my adventures using Passbook. Passbook is one of Apple’s newest features to accompany iOS 6. The concept is that you as a user are able to store all your rewards cards and even some forms of payment within one app. When I first heard about this, I was ecstatic! The Apple demonstration showed it to be a clean, pretty, functional app that would help keep your endless pile of rewards cards organized. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of having key chains…

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QuickByte: Add to Lists with Siri’s Help

Apple iOS’s personal assistant, Siri, has the ability to add items to your Reminder app by using the command, “Set a reminder.” This is a fairly well-known command and used frequently when Siri is demonstrated. One very useful function that is a little less well-known is Siri’s ability to add items to custom lists within the Reminder app. Here is a step-by-step how to guide on how to use this function. 1) Open the Reminder app and set up a custom list by selecting the ‘list’ icon in the upper left-hand corner. This will open a menu of custom lists.…

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QuickByte: Limit Advertising

Advertisers want to know who is viewing their information and what devices are being used. Web cookies are utilized to track what you are viewing and what websites you’re visiting so they can advertise better. The problem? You aren’t getting paid for the information advertisers are getting from you. Apple iOS 6 has an option to ‘limit ad tracking’ in the General Settings. Here’s how you set it up. 1) Go to General Settings. 2) Select About. 3) Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Advertising. 4) Select Advertising. 5) Turn on Limit Ad Tracking. This will…

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Snapguide

I want to start this review by saying, I’m a fan of Pinterest. It’s a great social sharing concept and it’s expansion to mobile apps only makes it stronger as an idea. As much as I enjoy the concept of social sharing of ideas, recipes and designs, you can imagine the thrill I had when I discovered Snapguide. Snapguide is an iOS and web service that encourages users to share how-to guides for everything under the sun. I found this recipe for twice baked mashed potatoes which I will use as an example. When you open the app, you are…

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Self-Publishing with Amazon

I wrote a novel in 2010 entitled, Shattered and I am happy to report that I have finally published it. After a lot of research, I decided to publish it using Amazon. The reason? Because my novel would have the greatest exposure. When you publish with iBooks through Apple, you have to remain exclusive with Apple. And, while the iBooks audience is ever-expanding, iBooks are only available on Apple products. Amazon’s Kindle has a free app available for Apple products as well as distributing through its own brand of devices. So, I opted to publish through Amazon because of a greater…

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App Review: Ridejoy

Upon first discovering this app, I was taken aback. An app that helps you find people who are willing to pay for rides to work, school or even across the country? Sounds like a serial killer’s paradise to me. That point aside, let’s take a look at the app. Ridejoy started life as a social website devoted to helping people find carpools. Here’s how it works. You sign up for a free account through their website, ridejoy.com. Then, you list your travel plans. Ridejoy will match you with a user who has similar travel plans and voila! You have your…

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“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.” – Steve Jobs The first computer I bought on my own was a Bondi Blue, Revision-B, iMac. The commercials released in 1998 featured the voice of Jeff Goldblum and the phrase, “there is no step 3,” referring to the fact that the iMac only had a power cable and an ethernet cable, but no others. This was the first product to feature the ‘i’ as a prefix for its name. I was…

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