Steve Overton has been working with and providing tech support for realtors for more than 20 years. He was a Dale Carnegie Instructor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for 10 years. During that time, he bought his first handheld device — an Apple Newton — and hasn't looked back since.
Currently a realtor in Vermont at Keller Williams Green Mountain Properties, Steve owns four Macintosh computers, as well as an iPhone, and iPad. He is happily married and lives on 25 acres with his wife of 16 years.
As much as I love my iPad and iPhone, I missed being able to simply write on my iDevice and have it magically turned into typed text. With the rollout of Siri, we will can now just talk to our iPhone and have it type text....something I might add was temporarily available back in 1997 on my Newton. Yes that's right, Dragon Software, the brains behind Siri, made voice recognition software for Newton, but was quickly squashed by Apple, for some reason. But I digress....
I just discovered a free GPS app for my iPhone called Waze. Free is usually an indicator of a light version of a full app. Not here. I have played around with and paid for some full featured navigation apps and have not been terribly impressed. I actually just drove from NYC with my brother, to Greensboro NC. We had two iPad, two iPhones and a built in GPS in my brothers vehicle. It was a Mo, Larry, Curly moment. We stopped multiple times by the side of the road to determine why all the devices were giving us different info, and actually got lost once. I am just glad my wife wasn't in the car or I would still be hearing about it. Anyway, I digress.
Camera+ is by far the best photography app I have found. If you want your iPhone to act like a professional camera, this is the app for you... AND it is currently on sale for $.99 it has sold for as much as $2.99 since it's release.
Awesome Note by Bridworks ($4.99) has been around for a while filling the need for a place to store and categorize notes. Visually it is amazing and functionally it is inspiring. It uses a filing system that makes sense and is easy to understand from the start. There are a real variety of templates so notes don't look boring, but don't worry you can still keep it bland and boring if you like.
I can't tell you how many times I have been at work and wanted to get a photo I had saved on my iMac at home. How I have handled it until now is through LogMein. I love the app and how it lets me access my desktop from away, but here is a free option that will let you scoop photos from your desktop/laptop iPhoto library and put them right onto your iPad. The app is called Cinq. The app is free and all you need to do is register with them, download a free app to your desktop/laptop and be on wifi. What happens then is almost magical. Simply open the Cinq app on your iPad, log into your account and before you can say holy toledo, you will be looking at your iPhoto library.
I have downloaded and used multiple news readers in my journey for a perfect match. Many of them are very pleasing on the eye, and do consolidate news well, but they just didn't seem to complete me, if you know what I mean. Zite (free) is a new app that is very close in appearance to Flipboard, but the similarity stops there. Zite will let you customize your news AND learn what you like as you read, so that it delivers more stories that you are interested in, the longer you use it.