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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.

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.



Looking for a Home?

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With back to school just around the corner, real estate sales will be experiencing an uptick. Maybe it's because vacations have come to an end, but historically sales pick up in the fall. Realtor.com is the most used site for searching and researching homes for sale, and has just updated their iPhone app.



Today, Today, Today....

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Sometimes all I want to do is quickly check what I have for today on my calendar. This app does just that.
It shows what's up for today.

Here is a brief description of what it does....

❑ Red badge on icon shows you at a glance how many appointments you still have.
❑ Shows all information you need about appointment time, location, and notes for the appointment without needing extra taps.
❑ Integrates with Maps so you can tap on location to open the route to your next appointment.
❑ Pick which calendars to show in appointments for today.



Osfoora - Twitter Client of Choice

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I have searched and searched for an app that allows me to easily manage my Twitter feeds on my iPad. I have tried many and have settled in on Osfoora. Things I like, are the ability to follow multiple feeds, built in URL shortening, ease of customization, not to mention a comfortable layout. I find that I tap less with Osfoora than with other Twitter apps, and saving time is a big deal. It does cost $3.99... and for me, it's well worth it. http://www.osfoora.com/



Protection: The First Line of Defense

It was about 3 years ago when I went to sell my trusted Palm device because I was making the switch to a 2nd gen iPod Touch. I had found this amazing plastic shield protection that I wrapped it with a few years before to save it from scratching too badly. Now since it was time to let it go, I peeled off the plastic to find that there was not even one scratch on it. My Palm device looked brand new, like it just came out of the box. I was totally impressed!....and got an extra $50 because it was in such good condition. Understand here, that there were no scratches on the plastice either....that's how well it held up. The product is Invisible Shield and the company is Zagg. (which is short for zealous about great gadgets)



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