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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.

WiFi, WiFi Wherever You Go It's Free

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In my life as a real estate agent, I am out on the road alot. I am always looking for a nice place to stop, work, drink coffee, and get a free wifi hookup. In the past couple of years, they have become more and more available, and now I can have a database of the most current ones right on my iPod Touch thanks to jWire.



Keep Your Life In Order

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ToDo (by Appigo, $4.99) has become one of my most used apps for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, , I have a tendency to forget things. Second, my todo's are synced to my iPad, iPod Touch and desktop. ToDo uses a web based task organizer called ToodleDo to complete this magic.



This Contact Manager is a Keeper

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This contacts manager is an app that will stay for ever on your iPhone once you try it. After you open it up you will see that the developer was thinking about the you and what you'd want to do.

Within each contact you can e-mail or text with one tap....and it will keep a history of them within that contact. So if you want to know, or document, when you sent a text, e-mail or phone call to a particular person, all you have to do is pull them up and look under the History tab.



Print Vs. Digital

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I love Mac magazines! It feels like Christmas every time one arrives in the mail. I have been a subscriber to iPhone Life since the beginning, and MacWorld and MacLife for well over 10 years. I still have MacAddict cd's dating back to 2003. Remember when all the magazines included cd's with each issue?



Sharpen Your Business Skills With Your iPad

A day or so ago I wrote a post about AppShopper and how you can scoop up some great apps for discounts. Well I came across this one today and felt it was such a good deal I had to let people know about it. It has been selling for $39.99 in the iTunes store and is free for a limited time.

This is an educational app that is a professional level business app for managers to learn financial concepts and  "provides a complete overview of the key financial topics every manager needs to effectively manage their organization’s assets".

It includes a course book, flash cards, and comprehensive tests to help you learn and retain the information.



Keep Up With What's New In The App World

If you're like me you are constantly checking to see what's new in the iPhone/iPad app world. I love it when new apps come out that help me enjoy my devices more.....and do things more efficiently. There are two apps that make my searching much easier. One is Appshopper which keeps an updated list of new apps. You can search by iPhone or iPad, review price history, look for only free apps and a whole lot more. You can add apps to a wish list so at any point you can see if they have dropped in price. But if you are really looking for a way to catch a deal as soon as it happens Appsniper is for you. This is not a universal app but still works on the iPad.



iPad to the Rescue

Just the other night my wife was on the phone with a client who had e-mailed her a file to review. He knew we were on macs and he was on a mac so, no problem reading the file, right? Not so much.

He had created a table in Pages, but my wife doesn't have Pages on her iMac. No problem. I fired up my iMac which has Pages installed, only to get an error message indicating  that I don't have the most current version and can't open the file. Ugh!



XMarks bookmarks - get your bookmarks from anywhere

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One thing I want wherever I am, is my bookmarks. I must have a couple of hundred bookmarks categorized and sorted on my desktop. Xmarks - www.xmarks.com is my savior. With it, I can access all my bookmarks from my PC computer at work and my iMac at home ...... And now on my iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Download it for free on any computer, and you can sync bookmarks across all platforms. All you need to do is click on your bookmarks tab and, bingo...there all are.

Download the XMarks app to your iOS devices, click on it and you have them on all there too.



Staying or Getting in Shape Is Easier With The Right Help...or should I say APP.

Getting back in shape, after more years than I'd like to admit, has been a bit daunting and slower than I imagined. But since I always have my iPod Touch with me, I can now track my progress on the fly....track calorie intake and output all with a few taps of my finger. The beauty of having apps available on my device is that I don't have to rely on my memory at the end of the day. I can tally them at the time I am eating or exercising. What's even more helpful is that I can look up food in a restaurant to make smart choices. (did you know that a whole Bloomin' Onion at The Outback is 1,500 calories and 84g of fat?)



The Magical Way To Move Files From Desktop to iDevices

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So there I was, in my real estate office gleefully gazing at a new 21 inch iMac. Just below my desk was a 6 year old IBM box that had served it's purpose......problem was all my pictures were on that machine and I wanted them on my new best friend. Since I already knew that the IBM box wouldn't play nice with my iMac, I could have moved them via CD or external hard drive or flash drive......or by dropping them into a folder......and that's just what I did. I dropped them into Dropbox on the PC and then opened Dropbox on my iMac and voila! No cables, no problems.



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