As more and more people use their smartphones and tablets in place of more traditional laptops and desktops the need to be able to print directly from the handheld devices continues to grow. Just this weekend my father-in-law asked me if I could set him up with a way for him to print directly from his iPad. And this fromRead more
One of the leading task management apps for the iPhone and iPad is Todo from Appigo. Todo is as gorgeous as it is functional and, thanks to Appigo’s commitment to their products and their customers, the app has steadily improved since its initial release in 2008. Today Appigo announced a new version of Todo that adds Dropbox synchronization as anRead more
I collect thumb drives. At least it seems that way, as I have a whole bag of them. One of these days I’d like to replace all of the smaller ones with one larger one or a few larger ones. This 8 GB SanDisk Ultra flash drive is my second 8 GB flash drive and one of my favorites. Let’s
One of the features that will arrive with OS X Lion later this week is AirDrop. AirDrop makes it possible to quickly and simply share files with someone on your local network. Personally I didn’t see much of the point… until just now.
Judie and I are both working on our Macbook Airs here in NJ. My 13″ has anRead more
Until this week I wouldn’t have even thought twice – legendary vibes player Gary Burton just released a new album yesterday, so I headed to Amazon.com to grab the MP3 album. But then I stopped and thought – if I buy this on iTunes I know it will be saved and available for any of my devices, will be stored
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Despite Steve Jobs adamantly calling iCloud ‘not just a big hard drive in the sky’, that description pretty well suits just about every other cloud-based storage solution. Of course, iCloud is far from the first ‘cloud storage’ solution, as things like X-Drive and others existed well before the term ‘cloud’ came into vogue. In fact, X-Drive
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Cloud computing. It is here. It is powerful. It is growing. It is a good thing? Had you asked me a week ago my answer would have been a resounding “Yes!” A week later, I’m not sure sure.
Read on if you care to join me in my wireless nightmare …
For many years,Read more
Now this is pretty neat. Not long ago Seagate rolled out the slimmest portable hard drive on the market, the GoFlex Slim. We reviewed it here and I’ve been using it daily since! Now they are offering a 564GB iPad 2! Okay, that’s not quite accurate but they DO make it possible for you to have up to 564GB ofRead more
There are specific iPad applications that are key to my productivity day in and day out, and the “qualities” they need to have if I am to use them has evolved over time. Looking back over the ways in which they have changed in the last year or so, I realized that there is a specific pattern to those applicationsRead more
DropBox is a great tool – essentially it is simply an online storage provider, but the excellent Mac, PC, iOS and Android app interfaces make using that space and sharing items an absolute breeze! Yesterday my iPad pinged me that there was an update … and it has a few great new options!
First, you can now bulk upload photos
When Apple announced AirPrint for iOS devices, I could almost see Steve Jobs’ point about the “post-PC era”. Being able to print from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (newer devices with iOS 4.2 or later) wirelessly sounded great. Indeed, Google’s Cloud Print functionality for their Chrome browsers works in a similar fashion. But then I found out how
Like many folks, I make great use of DropBox for non-sensitive storage options for files I need to access from a variety of platforms. The free storage level tends to work fine for me, but I know many folks who take advantage of the reasonably priced upgrades in storage.
Now AVG, a company best known for making great malware and
I thought of a number of different titles for this post.
One was: “No Use Crying Over Spilled Lemonaide”.
Another was “MacBook Airs and Crystal Light Do Not Mix”.
Another was “Apple, I’m Sorry for all the Nasty Things I Have Said and Thought”
Then there was “I’m an Idiot”
Eventually I settled on simply using “Adventures in Customer Service-
Amazon has had its own music store offering, Amazon MP3, for several years. It has been well-received, in part due to its cheaper pricing compared to the Apple iTunes Music Store. But Amazon has wanted to broaden its reach, and it released the Amazon MP3 application for Android. This allowed you to purchase music and download directly to your Android
It seems like everything in life has a login,or needs a credit card or an account number. There’s tons of information to track, and you certainly don’t want to leave it open in a memo on your computer or saved casually on your phone. That’s where an app like SafeWallet comes in to help.Read more
I’m always searching for new ways to use my iPhone to create voice notes and turn them into text. I have found a number of good solutions — primary among them Dragon Dictation. But I’ve always wanted to be able to record a long voice note on the iPhone (Dragon is limited to just 60 seconds at a time) andRead more
The first night Elana and I were here in Cabo we had dinner at one of the sit down restaurants here at the resort. A nice young guy came by and asked if we wanted a picture taken. We politely declined. On the way out we saw him uploading some of the photos using his MacBook Pro and his iPad.Read more
Well established mobile software companies are slowly rolling out apps for Windows Phone 7. Ilium Software, a long-standing mobile software company, has just released its first WP7 app, eWallet GO! (the ! is theirs – not [necessarily] an indication of my excitement).
eWallet is a secure information manager (password protector, etc.) that has been around for quite a few
The past year has seen interesting developments in the gear we all use: the term iOS replaced iPhone OS as the OS that started on iPhone was also on the new iPad when it took the world and Gear Diary writers by storm, Android phones blossomed and became real competitors to the iPhone, and the iPad got its first real
As 2010 comes to an end we ask… Was it a good year in tech? And we answer… Nope
Nope??? Nope! It was a great year in tech. That’s right. 2010 finally saw some of the key things we have been hoping for come to fruition.
First and foremost 2010 gave us the iPad. The iPad wasn’t significant
If you have been following along here at Gear Diary you probably have seen Carly’s review of the NOOKColor. The NOOKColor was noted as Barnes and Noble number one seller for the holiday season and it’s pretty easy to understand why. I am not really an eBook user and don’t often find myself reading too many books, but what I
This year saw a number of key changes with regard to how I work on a computer and accomplish the many tasks that face me each day. Of course the iPad was central to the changes in my work style since, most days, I carry it instead of a laptop but I don’t think I would call the iPad “MyRead more
For the second time in two days I was giving a technical talk: one at night in a public setting, the other to a project team at work. In both cases I needed to note some questions, discussions, take contact info and jot down some ‘to do’ tasks and follow ups. It was only when someone said something in each
I’m using DropBox more and more these days, thanks to a recommendation from Thomas a number of months ago. One of the key apps on my iPad that makes Dropbox even more powerful is Elements. The universal app lets you use Dropbox as a note-taking application on any iOS device; it is a great way to take notes onRead more