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Snap2PDF, Snap Into Action!

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Ever start to feel like you are super unorganized?  The feeling can be overwhelming at times.  Whether you are a student still in school or a pre-occupied businessman, the Snap2PDF application may be the answer to your prayers!



iOS contact management (duplicate removal, import/export etc.) tips and tricks

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Today, I've helped a friend restore some contacts onto his iPhone. As the experience I gathered may be useful to you as well, I let you know.

First, on my Mac, while I had the contacts in the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook 2010 under Parallels Desktop, I had iTunes solely under my Mac OS X and didn't want to install it under Parallels to keep the Parallels image size down. (Which is of paramount importance when you use Time Machine to back up the contents of your computer, including the disk images of your Parallels virtual machines and want to save as much storage as possible.) After all, there are only two cases when it's indeed worth having iTunes in your virtual machine if you, otherwise, use the OS X version to synchronize your iOS devices:


What is the fastest way of putting HUGE files on your iDevice? (New file transfer benchmarks!)

UPDATE (07/23 night): I've re-run the iTunes File Sharing test with the just-released iOS5.0b4 (beta 4 of the forthcoming iOS 5) running on both iPad 1 and 2 (without jailbreaking, enabling iCloud or even installing more than one app on the devices).


Quick tip: This is why you should and how you can transfer a whole directory structure to your iDevice

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UPDATE (20:15 CET, the same day): a reader at MacRumors, Night Spring, has mentioned I've forgotten to point out the other and, in this case, Phone Disk-less and even Windows-friendly way of quickly transferring a complete directory structure to GoodReader running on the iDevice: zip all the files up into one big ZIP file and drop it into the File Sharing frame of GoodReader in iTunes. I've even prepared a video showing this:


App Review: Seembee allows you to finally stop worrying about document management

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There are a myriad of document management apps available in Apple's App Store; some of these apps rise above the rest, heads held high, and accomplish their set goal. Other apps of this type are as much a failure as that Super Mario Brothers film that we all like to pretend never happened. With Seembee, Appsli Business Development has created an app that they believe will simplify document management and storage once and for all, and I believe they've succeeded at accomplishing this lofty goal.



CES innovations and trends: Airplay

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It only took 5 minutes of exploring CES to realize that the iOS market is OVERSATURATED. For those of you who slept through economics 101 what I'm trying to say is, everyone and their mom is selling an iPhone/iPad  app or accessory. Finding the truly innovative products is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Fortunately for you, our dear reader, I have tirelessly searched the endless sea of products to find the innovations and trends that are going to change your life in 2011 and beyond. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Todays subject: Airplay

Airplay gives you the ability to share content between devices over wifi.



Get Contacts and Calendars on Your iPad the Easy Way

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With all of the wireless products coming out these days, doesn’t it seem pretty old-school to have to fumble around with cables and synching with a desktop or laptop to get your data on a mobile device? The Palm Pre may have been a marketing flop, however it showed us a glimpse of the near future where we no longer have to link up to a PC to keep our contacts, calendars and such up to date and at the ready.

The last few updates to iTunes and even the Apple mobile OS’s have allowed for some synchronization with information sources other than iCal and Address Book, however it seems that for the time being, Apple wants us tethered to our PC’s with our mobile devices.



CES: Award Winning myDitto Home Server at CES!

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Forget cloud-computing, configure your own. If you need secure access to your files (from anywhere in the world), you might want to check out the myDitto solution From Dane-Elec. There's an iPhone app for it as well, and I'll get to the details of that in a minute, but essentially it's a storage unit (above left) that provides secure access to your files, and all you need is an iPhone (with the myDitto app), or a USB key (from a computer).



The Danger of Living in the Cloud: Microsoft loses user's data

Over the weekend T-Mobile made it official: Sidekick mobile phone users have irretrievably lost their data stored on Microsoft servers. It seems that Hitachti was hired to do a SAN upgrade and, stunningly, Microsoft did not back up their servers.


Password protect your iPhone/iPod touch backup

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You can secure the backup iTunes makes when you connect to your computer. To do this, connect to your Mac or PC, go the device screen, and click on the box labeled “Encrypt iPod backup.” You will be prompted to enter and confirm a password. Do so, and make sure you remember it! You won’t be able to access and restore the backup without the password.

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