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Furthering productivity through iPhone apps.


If as though my iPhone 5s was not already one of my main productivity tools, now I stumble upon these new apps which has just raised the bar for me. The iPhone has quickly become a main tool for me in my productivity since I got my mophie rechargeable case and my new gold 64gb iPhone.

Here’s the new apps I stumbled upon that may prove helpful for you as well.

Socialradio. Here is an app that will read your tweets to you and even play background music for you. I have set this app to read certain groups/list to me while I drive. It also allows me to retweet once it reads a tweet that I want to retweet.

Songza. This app will help pick the music for the mood you are in. You can also just pick songs or genres that you want to listen to. I enjoy sung this app while writing blog post like this one or creating new curriculum, messages and more.

News360. This is one app I use to draw in from several places news feeds that the app allows me to choose from.

Theres a few apps that I have recently added to my iPhone. What others would you add that have proven themselves to be useful toward your productivity?

The New iPhone 5: Yes or No?

In my opinion this week there’s really only one thing worth talking about in the wonderful world of technology and that is the iPhone 5. The million dollar question of the day (or so it seems as I have been bombarded with emails asking if I am getting it and do I think it is worth it) is whether or not you’ll be getting one.

The answer I thought would be extremely simple for myself and my wife as we’ve been waiting for some time for this. This is not to mention how our kids have waited as well seeing that we were going to give our iPhone 4’s to them when we got the new iPhone 5. We both decided to have some discipline and skip the iPhone 4S and stick with our iPhone 4 through the most recent release.

To be honest, skipping a generation wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but we were definitely ready for the 5! But now after seeing the 5 and the changes or upgrades, outside of always feeling like I want the most recent and updated version of anything Apple and knowing I will now have a phone that is 2 generations behind, I am not sure the 5 was all that I expected. I know the changing of the cord was definitely not on my praise list of changes. I always enjoyed that Apple stayed with the same cord for everything and that was different from what everyone did with the need to buy a different cord for each device you may have.

There you have it, the decision on to get the 5 or not is not as easy as I thought it would be. For my wife she doesn’t think she will, for me I want to say that I would not but then I know myself too well and know that just not having the latest is working on this early adopter of technology.

So what about you? What are you the most excited about?

Seek N Spell app for children’s ministry

As with anyone who works with kids in any capacity, we are always on the look out for new gadgets, tools, and now we can add into that list – the world of ever-increasing apps. It is from this list of apps that I want to bring a new one to you called: Seek n Spell.

Seek ’n Spell uses your GPS to create a new type of game. The object is to gather virtual letters and create words. Seek ’n Spell is played gathering in a park or other large outdoor space, players then race one another around the field to capture up to 10 letter tiles at a time, which they use to create words. Coveted gold tiles will appear randomly on the field, earning players a doubled score when used in words. Points are earned based on the length of the words players spell, and the player with the most points when time runs out wins.

So what are you waiting for, gather some of your volunteers and go out for an afternoon of fun or gather volunteers and kids and make an afternoon of it. What a great way to develop team, fun, adventure and physical exercise to boot.

Happy Birthday iPhone. How you have changed the game.

The Apple iPhone turned 5 this week. In that short amount of time, the phone has made a huge impact on the world as we know it. In fact, the iPhone is probably the most influential consumer electronics product ever made. Here are some ways that I have uncovered from several sources that I believe will help me to show why I feel the iPhone has been such a game changer.

Game changer 1: When Apple shipped the iPhone in 2007, its radical design and incredible popularity caused not a ripple, but a tidal wave of change throughout the mobile phone industry. The iPhone prompted cellular makers to abandon physical keyboards in favor of all-screen input and make thinner phones with better screens capable of multi-touch input.

Game changer 2: Changed the world of software distribution. Before the iPhone, installing phone apps was relatively complicated and filled with problems. You had to find a good store online, download the app to a desktop computer and follow the unique and often complicated directions for installation to the phone, which happened through the sync process. Each app maker had to be paid using PayPal or credit card. Uninstalling apps was rarely straightforward.

The iPhone radically improved the processing for discovering, installing, paying for and uninstalling software. The process was so seamless and easy that it forced Apple-style App Stores on smart phone competitors and even desktop-software makers like Microsoft.

Game changer 3: Made the world safe for software keyboards.
Before the iPhone, the idea of using an on-screen keyboard on a phone or tablet seemed unimaginable. The biggest first complaint with the iPhone itself was about the screen-based keyboard. Rather than giving users what they were screaming for, which was an add-on, peripheral or third-party range of physical keyboards, Apple deliberately made sure they were unavailable.

Apple dragged the user community kicking and screaming into the future of keyboards. After a couple of years, everybody got used to the idea.

Game changer 4: Killed the stylus as a mainstream input device
It’s hard to imagine now, but before the iPhone, most smart phones had little pens for writing and pushing on-screen buttons. They were clunky, and easy to lose. They may still exist but they serve more as a sign of a dinosaur than as a tool for efficiency.

Game changer 5: Opened the door for PC-to-Mac Switchers.
The majority of iPhone users were Windows users. This device gradually introduce PC users to Apple’s way of doing things. They get people into Apple stores. The constant iTunes updates bring people to the Apple web site. Eventually, PC users make the switch, but not after being softened by one of Apple’s mobile devices.

Game changer 6: The iPhone changed everything. By introducing the idea of the app and an all-screen multi-touch interface, it changed the future of smartphones forever.

The introduction of the App Store in the second generation iPhone 3G changes things again, and created a platform for third-party developers to reach their target customers.

All it required was an iTunes account and credit card and all you needed to do to install a new app on your phone was to press Install. Simple.

Google quickly followed suit with the Android Market (now Google Play) and Microsoft has the Windows Marketplace.

Game changer 7: Apple created a device that was part iPod, part phone, part portable games console, part internet portal and combined it in a beautifully designed unit which was easy to use. And, despite five years of trying, no other manufacturer has quite managed to match this combination.

I will stop with these 7 ways that the iPhone has been a game changer. The Apple iPhone may be the most influential consumer gadget ever, changing the way phones work, changing the way people see the world and changing human culture. Not bad for just five years.

Happy birthday iPhone and thanks for how you have assisted and at times dragged some into a much better way of things.

Picle app captures photo and sound to go with it

Check out this new app I stumbled across called Picle.

The app allows you to take a photo. After the image is captured, ten seconds of audio is captured as well (now this is truly cool). I could see this being used for events, teaching, and a whole host of creative applications. Why limit your photos to only your baby smiling? But now you can capture the laugh as well.

Some top iPhone app’s for me as of 5/11

I am always interested in what everyone else is finding to be useful apps on their iPhones or iPads so I thought I would list my top 10 for each device and invite others to please add to this list of great jewels.

Lets begin. As these are added they will be in no particular order. These are just some really nice apps according to me.

1. 1Password. Here is a very handy syncing app that works on my laptop, iPhone and iPad that stores and tracks all my passwords so I no longer have to remember them. 1Password will also do much more like generate strong passwords for me if I so desire, fill in on line forms with the information I have already set up in 1Password and so much more.

2. Evernote. Here is an app that again is for both iPhone, iPad and my laptop which has become my most used app. Evernote files, catches, organizes and more. It has recognition built into it where I can search for a word typed, handwritten or even from a photo and will pull up every where that word appears and shows me until I find the exact match I was looking for. You can send tweets there, voice notes and now if you have a LiveScribe pen (this was a tool I recommended in the past on a different web site) your hand written notes from that pen can also go directly to Evernote as well. One more of the many uses for Evernote is it’s voice recording as well. Go into that meeting hit record and the meeting is now recorded for future use if needed.

3. Drop box,, and iDisk.
I lumped all of these together as my online storage areas because that is just what they do. I can store things here and walk up to any computer and log into any of these accounts of mine and retrieve or add whatever I want regardless of the type of computer I am having to use at the time. Of course seeing that it is an app for my iPhone I have instant access to all of them through my phone.

4. Outpost and Insight (basecamp apps)
Basecamp is a wonderful on line collaboration tool I use when overseeing Kidologys projects. I also use this when consulting with several other businesses. These 2 apps allow me to log into basecamp and run it from where I am and it is simply done through these two apps.

5. Quick Office
Creates and Edits Microsoft office files. It also now has new advanced PowerPoint editor as well. This really will add a ton to your mobile device.

6. Social apps like foursquare, facebook, LinkedIn, TweetDeck, TwitVid, HooteSuite
All of these are great apps for me as well. On the social side there are tons you could choose from all depending on your personal preferences and what you want from them. Foursquare for me is all about the deals and mayor-ships for better discounts in the establishments that I already visit. Facebook is more for personal networking. LinkedIn is more for future business endeavors and a professional network of friends. With TweetDeck, I just enjoy the interface and use of it but really like HooteSuite’s statistic side and reports sent to me showing popular tweets of mine, when items are opened so I know when to tweet, when items are read the most, or re-tweeted the most. Many other interesting stats as well. Then TweetVid is an easy to use app for capturing video and sending to my different twitter accounts.

7. Photoshop Express.
Here is a new camera workflow for rapid in-app photo taking. The Adobe camera pack: reduces noise, has self timer and auto review plus full retina display support. Here is basically a little app that allows you to do not-so-little photos, and do them with excellence.

8. CamScanner+ or JotNot Pro or Genius Scan+
These are the three scanners that I go back and forth trying to figure out which one I enjoy the most. At this time I still have not decided so I will add them here together, but anyone out there that would like to add your opinion into this scanner topic to help me settle which one I like the most, please feel free to do so.

9. Image to Text
Here is an app that allows you to extract editable text from images and share the results by email or Evernote. Simply take a picture that you would like to extract text from, email it to yourself, co-workers, secretary, friends etc.

10. Evite.
Evite makes it easy to create and manage Evite invitations on the go. Use it on your iPhone to create invitations, manage guest list, RSVP to invitations and receive notifications for updates to invitations and more.

I will stop with these 10 iPhone apps knowing it is not a final list. I will add my iPad apps in the next one and then possibly do another post on notable mentions, since I can see a ton of apps that didn’t make it into my top 10, but would have made it in a top 100 type blog post.

11 favorite iPad apps going into 2011

I know how everyone is coming out with all their top 10 or 11 blog post, thoughts, jokes, goals etc as we gear up to head into another year. So I thought I would add at least one top 11 list as we head into 2011. Here is my top 11 iPad apps (I actually cheated a little here as with some I lumped them into categories instead of individual apps). Hope you enjoy, and make sure you add your own here as well.
1. 1 Password
2. WordPress
3. Print n Share
4. Insight (for use with basecamp)
5. Mover+
6. Evernote;; Dropbox; iDisk; Mobile Files; Files Lite
DocsToGo, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, gNotes, Google,
7. Goodreader, PDFReader Pro, Quickoffice
8. Audiotorium; SoundNote; Dragon Dictation;
9. Flipboard. Use to be for this type of app: Pulse News, Early   Edition, Reader
10. YouVersion and Logos
11. Hootsuite for scheduling ahead tweets for when I go on vacation and stuff. This allows me to not have to be on line Hootesuite takes care of them.

Now what about or anyone else? What are your favorite apps? For what device?


This list just to stay as close to the 11 as possible minus the cheating I already described meant that I had to leave out others that I still truly enjoy like:

Amazon Kindle app; my magazines like Wired etc,. Plus I am not sure which ones above are truly just specifically for the iPad or made for my iPhone and it works on the iPad.

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