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Why I Switched From Google Docs to Apple iWork

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I have been a fan of Google Drive for a while now. I mean, how can you go wrong with 100 GB of storage for $2 a month? I don't think you can.

And if you don't know, part of Google Drive is their software suite that includes  Docs (documents like MS Word) and Sheets (spreadsheets like MS Excel) to name two.  At first glance, I loved this set up.  Everything was in the cloud for me, accessible wherever I had an Internet connection.

Houston, we have a problem

But then I purchased a Wi-Fi iPad Air. That's when I discovered that there is a huge flaw in Google Drive: no Internet, no access!



How to Use Feedly, Pocket, and Evernote to Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs

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Recently, I unsubscribed from all but a few of the email newsletters I receive. Now, when I write “newsletters”, I am referring to those emails that are blog posts. I didn’t unsubscribe from them because the emails were no longer relevant or important to me (they still were) but I did so for two reasons:

1. I was getting a lot of emails. Some sites I subscribe to post several times a day.

2. It was not easy to share the content with my followers on social media via email.



UPDATE: Can You Hear Me Now? (An Open Letter to Apple)

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled, Can You Hear Me Now? (An Open Letter to Apple), where I wrote about my frustration at the volume levels put out by iTunes Radio and iTunes Match.  I received many comments to that post and instead of writing my findings as a comment, I wanted to write what I learned and what I did in a separate post.

I won't rehash what I wrote in the other post, if you didn't read it you can do so here.



Can You Hear Me Now? (An Open Letter to Apple)

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Dear Apple,

I don't know whether you read this blog or not, but I'm going to assume (pretend?) that you do.

First Things First

I came over from the dark side in November 2012. That was when I purchased my first Apple product: the iPhone 4S. I'd always heard how great Apple products were and so I was not surprised that the 4S lived up to all the hype from my friends and colleagues regarding your products.

With the 4S, I immediately became an Apple fan. I began to follow what others wrote about you and your products. In the spring of 2013, I got excited about the iOS 7 rumors and was thrilled after the announcement when most of the rumors came true. I love almost everything about iOS 7.  

Then you went ahead and released the iPhone 5s and 5c. I was so stoked.

The day before Christmas 2013, I upgraded my 4S to the 5s (and gave my 4S to my wife, converting her to Apple too!)

But, Apple, We Have a Problem



3 Ways to Protect Your iDevice

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It seems that almost every day we read a story about a company getting hacked. There's no doubt that hackers have been very busy lately. But there is no need to live in fear. There are things you can do to protect your privacy at home and on your iDevice.

While this list is far from being exhaustive, I give you three ways that you can protect yourself from hackers, those who steal your phone, and yourself (as in when you lose it).



How to Keep Your Gmail Contacts Synced with Your iPhone

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As a Google Apps for Business client (a paid, cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device using ad-free Gmail), I was seeing that my Gmail contacts were rarely identical to my iPhone contacts. The number of contacts I had in my Gmail contacts was nowhere close to the number of my iPhone contacts. This problem happens because when I receive an email from someone in Gmail and add them to my contacts, it didn't always sync with my iPhone contacts. You'd think it would; but it doesn't. And the same thing happens when I add a contact on my iPhone. 



16GB, 32GB, 64GB… Why Storage Capacity No Longer Matters

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The newest iPhones (5s and 5c) are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.  

But the question is:

How much storage do you REALLY need?



What's in Your iPhone's Dock?

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With the release of iOS 7, the iPhone became even more customizable. But did you know that you've always been able to customize your dock? You can place your favorite apps in the dock for easy access anytime.

In my previous post, I wrote about how you can have an uncluttered iPhone.  In this post, I am going to tell you how I have my iPhone dock set up and why. I invite you to share what apps you have in your dock. Just know that there are no right or wrong answers here.



The Uncluttered iPhone (How to See Your Wallpaper)

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Like many iPhone fans, I downloaded iOS 7 the day it was released. And I know I am not alone in having fallen in love with it. And with iOS 7 came a whole plethora of great features and upgrades. Now, users can finally have an uncluttered iPhone.



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