How to run your business in Evernote

How to run your business in Evernote

Evernote isn’t a revolution. Like most of the technology products we tend to use regularly in our daily lives, Evernote is an evolution, a collection of good ideas that rolls into a single program the functionality of a half-dozen apps you would otherwise use separately.

Evernote was designed for individuals, but businesses have been adopting it in increasing numbers, finding unique ways to put it to use. Evernote itself has taken notice of this, and later this year it will be launching Evernote for Business, which could elevate Evernote’s business utility even further.

Meanwhile, if you’re new to Evernote, or are just dipping your toes into it, here’s how to put the little app that could to its best use.

Evernote’s desktop app syncs with its mobile and browser counterparts.
Get started with Evernote
Evernote is a hybrid system of offline and cloud-based features. You’ll need to create an account when you first download Evernote; you can then install the software just about anywhere. In fact, the more places you install it, the more useful it becomes. Evernote is available for the Mac and Windows and all mobile platforms, so no matter how multi-platform you are when you work, there’s nothing keeping you from running Evernote on every device.

Evernote’s core functionality is in storing your notes and keeping them organized and synchronized, in real time, among all your devices. It pays to understand a bit about Evernote’s terminology, which isn’t always intuitive, before you start filling the app up with content.

In Evernote terms, every page you create is its own Note. Notes are most useful when organized into various Notebooks, essentially a folder full of notes. Setting up notebooks tends to be easier on a computer than in a mobile app, so it’s a good idea to configure your notebooks ahead of time on a PC, even if you leave them empty to start. A group of notebooks is a Stack. Just drag one notebook to another to automatically create a stack. (Right-click to rename it.)

For example, if you used Evernote to keep an archive of payroll, each paycheck would be a note, each employee would be a notebook, and various classes of employees (full-time, part-time, contractor) might be a stack.

Add tags by clicking the appropriate box above the note itself.
Add content
When you create a note, you can give it multiple Tags, by clicking the “Click to add tag” button in Windows or the Info button (an i in a circle) in the mobile app. Tags are especially useful when you’re embedding nontext content, since everything in Evernote is searchable. They’re most useful when you have common but more general terms that you might want to search across all of your notebooks: “2012 taxes,” “personal,” or “urgent,” for example. Adding content from within the mobile app may be less intuitive than it should be to new users. To create a note on the go, navigate to the notebook you want to work in, then click the oversized plus-sign (+) button at the bottom of the screen.

Speaking of adding content, one of Evernote’s major features is that you can add all types of content to the archive, not just text. The program supports PDFs, images, audio recordings, sketches (with the Skitch plug-in), webpages (with the Web Clipper browser plug-in), and more. Evernote has a rich plug-in ecosystem, which you can explore on the Evernote homepage if you want to delve even further into special types of content.

Share content
Finally, we come to Evernote’s marquee feature: Sharing. Everything you create in Evernote is automatically shared with your various installations of the software unless you specify otherwise when creating a notebook. (Note that you can’t change this behavior later.) By default Evernote synchronizes all installations of the software every 30 minutes; or, you can press F9 to initiate a manual sync.

You can also share content with other Evernote users. The easiest way to do this is to right-click a notebook and select Share Notebook. You’ll be prompted to enter email addresses or to create a public link to the notebook that is accessible via the Web. After accepting the invitation, the recipient will find the shared notebook under the Shared tab on the left-hand navigation pane in Evernote. Note: To share notebooks with full read/write access, the owner of the notebook must be a Premium user ($5 a month), which comes with additional features like extra content and the ability to make text within PDFs searchable. Otherwise, notebooks are shared as read-only.

Now that you’ve got a handle on the basics, it’s time to put your new Evernote skills to better use. Here are some ways that small business owners are elevating Evernote beyond the obvious.

Combine text and audio recordings into a single note.
Upgrade your note-taking
At its core Evernote is a juiced-up note-taking system, but you can get more out of it if you make use of the software’s multimedia capabilities. Joey Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR, says, “I record the audio of client meetings while jotting down notes in real time. We manage a lot of different clients, and sometimes taking notes in shorthand isn’t enough. Being able to replay the audio back once I’ve left helps me re-immerse in my thought process and generate new ideas to help our clients.”

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How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer

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How to Transfer Everything From Your iPhone to iTunes on a New Computer

If you’ve gotten a new computer or reinstalled iTunes, migrating your iTunes library is easy—unless you’ve somehow lost it. Luckily, you can get everything off your iPhone without too much of a hassle. Here’s how to do it.
Recently, I had an issue with iTunes and ended up deleting my entire library. I still had all my music and apps on my iPhone, but iTunes has no method for syncing back in the other direction. After a bit of searching, I found it was pretty easy to restore everything back to the way it was—I just needed to do a little extra work. Here’s what the process entails.

Transfer Your Music and Videos with Sharepod
It’s pretty easy to restore songs you’ve bought from iTunes, but anything you’ve ripped or downloaded yourself is stuck on your iPhone. So, you’ll need a little help to get those other music and videos back into your library. Windows users should check out SharePod, which will transfer music, videos, playlists, voice memos, and even ringtones back to iTunes. Mac users will need Senuti, which is $18.99 if you want to transfer more than 1,000 songs (though the old, free version may still work). For more information on how to use these programs check out our detailed guide to copying music from iOS to your computer.

Once all your music, videos, and playlists are back on your computer, you can re-sync everything to your iPhone like so:

Plug your iPhone into your computer. Click on it in the iTunes sidebar and go to the “Music” tab. Check the “Sync Music” box and it’ll re-sync all or your music and playlists.
Repeat this process with your videos, if you have any.
When you’re done, your iPhone will be linked to your new computer, but you’ll have all your music back in sync between both.

Transfer Your Apps with iTunes
Now that you’ve got your music back, the other main thing iTunes is missing is your apps. The problem is, if you try to sync it, iTunes tells you that “All existing apps and their data on the iPhone will be replaced with apps from this iTunes library.” Here’s how to sync your iPhone with the new computer, while making sure you keep all your apps and their data intact.

Plug your iPhone into your computer. Right-click on it in the left sidebar and choose “Transfer Purchases” from the dropdown menu. This will not only transfer purchased music, but any and all apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store as well.
Let the apps sync from your iPhone back to iTunes.
When it’s done, click on your iPhone in the sidebar, go to the “Apps” tab in the main pane, and check the “Sync Apps” box. It’ll warn you that it’s going to replace the apps on your iPhone, but don’t worry—it actually won’t change much. All your documents and data will stay intact.
The one downside is that, when it’s done syncing, all of your apps will have been rearranged on the home screen. But, after putting them back in the correct order and folders, your iPhone should be exactly the same as it was before, with all your apps and their data in the right place, and it should sync normally with your new copy of iTunes.

That’s it! The process can seem a little confusing at first, and it would be really nice if iTunes did this all for you, but sadly it’s still ignoring this very important feature. Hopefully, with these instructions, you should be able to get all your information back into iTunes without losing any data off your phone. Next time, make sure you have a good backup of your computer—that way, you can just restore your old iTunes library in its entirety so everything syncs back smoothly!

Sharing iOS Calendars

Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we’re here to help. This is iOS Advice.

In my opinion, the Calendar app is one of the most important stock apps on an iOS device. It helps me keep tasks organized and is available on all of my other iCloud enabled devices.

A great feature in iOS 6 is the ability to share calendars directly from a device. Prior to iOS 6, this was only available on iCloud.com. Shared calendars will allow you to coordinate schedules with friends or family members. It’s also a great way to share notes for specific days or events.

Note: This process works best when using iCloud calendars. First, make sure that you have “Calendars” enabled within iCloud through the Settings app on your device.

Step 1: Launch the Calendar app on your device.

Step 2: Tap on the “Calendars” button in the top left corner. Under the “iCloud” category, tap on the blue arrow button next to the calendar you’d like to share. In the video above, I selected the “Home” calendar.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on “Add Person…” right below the “Shared with” section. Enter an email address or tap on the plus sign button to select an email address associated with a contact. Invitations work best if you send them to an Apple ID or iCloud email address, but it’s not required.

Step 4: After you’re done with that, tap on “Add.” If you’ve sent the invitation to an iCloud email address or Apple ID, the other person should receive an alert to join the shared calendar. An invitation will also be sent via email. The email will display the invitation along with a “Join Calendar” button.

Once the shared calendar is set up, anyone who has access will be able to add or modify events. If the shared calendar is not the default calendar on your device, you’ll have to select it manually when creating a new event.

iPad mini Review

iPad mini review

By posted Oct 30th 2012 9:00PM

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The iPad mini has been rumored for nearly as long as the original iPad has existed, but it wasn’t clear early on how many of those rumors were based on fact and how many were based on hope. Hope, that was, for a smaller, more portable tablet that would bring access to all the Apple ecosystem had to offer, in a package you could easily hold in one hand. Specifically, a package more affordable than the 10-incher.

That’s this, the 7.9-inch, $329 iPad mini that sports a screen with the same resolution as the iPad 2 — only smaller. As we put this one through its paces it quickly became clear that this is far more than a cheaper, smaller iPad. This is a thinner, lighter device that deserves independent consideration. In many ways, it’s actually better than the 10-inch slate from which it was born. But is it better for you? Join us after the break as we find out.

 

Hardware

The iPad mini looks a lot more like a blown-up iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad.

Apple wanted to be very clear at its product-packed iPad mini launch event that this isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. And, indeed, that starts with a very different case design. While the second, third and fourth generations of iPads have all been more or less indistinguishable, the iPad mini’s anodized aluminum back looks entirely different. In fact, the whole thing looks a lot more like a blown-up fifth-generation iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad.

The profile itself is more rounded than the full-size iPad, lacking the sharp taper at the edges. This, we presume, gives a little more room for the battery inside, but it also makes this a more comfortable slate to carry around. The edges on the 10-inch iPad can cut into your hand if you’re the sort who carries yours wherever you go. Not so with the mini.

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Of course, that’s helped greatly by the decrease in weight here. The WiFi-only iPad mini weighs just 0.68 pounds (308 grams), which is less than half the weight of the fourth-generation iPad. It’s far thinner, too, at 7.2mm (vs. 9.4) and measures 7.87 x 5.3 inches (200 x 135mm) on the other dimensions. Inside that plane is a 7.9-inch, 1,024 x 768 IPS LCD which has significantly smaller bezels than those found in other iPads. It’s thanks to those bezels that a display this size can be housed in a slate this size, but still that 5.3-inch horizontal span may be a bit of a problem for some.

The joy of a 7-inch tablet is walking across the office or the airport, holding the slate in one hand while tapping away at it with the other.

To us, the joy of a 7-inch tablet is walking across the office or the airport, holding the slate in one hand while tapping away at it with the other. The Nexus 7, with its 16:9 aspect ratio, is relatively narrow and easy to carry securely one-handed — even by those whose mittens are size S. With the iPad mini, holding the slate in the same way can be a bit of a reach. This editor, who wears XL gloves, had no problem palming the littler iPad, but when we handed it to other, dainty-fingered people they sometimes struggled to hold it securely.

The scrawny bezels on either side actually exacerbate this issue to some degree, as those who must loop a thumb around the front of the device when holding it are forced to put that thumb right on the display. Thankfully, every app we tried handled this situation without issue, Kindle and iBooks turning pages and acting normally even with that stray opposable member making square contact on the digitizer.

 

Overall, the tablet is very comfortable to hold; its thinness and lightness are both attributes that must be perceived first-hand. That 7.2mm depth is exactly the same as the fourth-generation iPod touch, which even today is an impressively svelte device. We reviewed the black model, which features a dark bezel and anodized back to match. It’s cool and matte to the touch, which we find very appealing, but time will tell just how durable this black version will prove. Those who are scratch-averse may want to think about the white and silver variety, which will likely hide those markings a bit better.

The layout of the buttons is familiar, but different. The volume rocker and orientation lock switches are on the upper portion of the right side, but here up and down are distinct buttons, not like the integrated rocker on the full-size iPad. It’s also not like the three-way rocker found on the latest iPod nano, which features an integrated play/pause button. That’s a bit unfortunate, as we’d like to see that find its way across the product line, but perhaps it will in future revisions. (Yes, we’re expecting more.)

The power button is up top, looking and feeling very much like those on older iPads. There’s a small slit for a microphone up there as well, and on the other side, the 3.5mm headphone jack, which bucks the trend of bottom-placement found on nearly every other Apple mobile device. On the left side of the device nothing, and on the bottom is where the Lightning connector lives. Like the iPhone 5, that connector is flanked by two sets of two rows of holes, drilled to let the device’s sound out. It’s reasonably loud and, since it’s on the bottom not the back, the sound is closer to traveling in the right direction to meet your ears, but it’s still a less than ideal listening experience. You’ll want a set of headphones — which, as with other iPads, are not included.

 

The only other button is on the front, a smaller version of the same Home button found on the iPad. Curiously, it’s even smaller than the button on the iPhone, making it very petite indeed. Around back, there’s just one detail to concern yourself with: the lens assembly for the 5-megapixel iSight camera stuffed in the upper-left. That’s paired with a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD center-cut in the bezel atop the LCD.

Display

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Mini owners may have to make do with some resolution envy, but they at least won’t be lacking in any other regard.

No, this isn’t Retina, but maintaining the same resolution as a 10-inch display shrunken down to 7.9 means a necessary boost in pixel density: 163ppi. That’s a nice increase over the iPad 2’s 132ppi, but it still falls short of the 264ppi of the fourth-generation iPad — not to mention, the iPhone 5’s 326dpi. Naturally, this means that text isn’t anywhere near as sharp as on the newer iPads, but this is still a very nice-looking display.

In fact we found the brightness and color reproduction to be improved over the iPad 2, comparable to the latest Retina displays. Colors are very pleasing to the eye and viewing angles, as ever with an Apple display, do not disappoint. You can line up as many friends as you like and sit them shoulder-to-shoulder, they’ll all have a bright, clear picture. Yes, mini owners may have to make do with some resolution envy, but they at least won’t be lacking in any other regard.

Performance and battery life

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The iPad mini is running a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM, same as in the iPad 2 and as such it throws down the same benchmark scores and overall performance figures. Geekbench averages out at 751 and GLBench shows 24fps on the 2.5 Egypt HD benchmark. The SunSpider JavaScript benchmark completes in 1,426ms.

Geekbench Results (higher is better)
Apple iPad mini 751
Apple iPad (late 2012) 1,763
Apple iPad (2012) 720
Apple iPad 2 721
Apple iPad 442
Apple iPhone 5 1,628
Apple iPhone 4S 623

These numbers pale in comparison to the new, fourth-gen iPad but we think that in day-to-day usage the relative lack of performance won’t be as noticeable. Apps do load more slowly but most are still up and running within a second or two and when it comes to general web surfing tasks the iPad mini easily kept up with our taps and swipes. So, perhaps not the greatest performance in the Apple lineup, but there is one place where it bests the rest: battery life.

Tablet Battery Life
Apple iPad mini 12:43 (WiFi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 12:01
Apple iPad (late 2012) 11:08 (WiFi)
Apple iPad 2 10:26
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 10:17
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 9:55
Apple iPad (2012) 9:52 (HSPA) /
9:37 (LTE)
Google Nexus 7 9:49
Apple iPad 9:33
Pantech Element 9:00
Motorola Xoom 2 8:57
HP TouchPad 8:33
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 8:20
Motorola Xoom 8:20
T-Mobile G-Slate 8:18
Acer Iconia Tab A200 8:16
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 8:09
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8:00
Archos 101 7:20
Archos 80 G9 7:06
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 7:01
Acer Iconia Tab A500 6:55
T-Mobile Springboard (Huawei MediaPad) 6:34
Toshiba Thrive 6:25
Samsung Galaxy Tab 6:09
Motorola Xyboard 8.2 5:25

In our standard battery run-down test, which entails looping a video with WiFi enabled and a fixed display brightness, the iPad mini managed an astounding 12 hours and 43 minutes. This gives it the longest battery life of any tablet we’ve ever tested, besting even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 by 42 minutes. Indeed during the course of our testing the battery on the iPad mini exceeded our expectations, expectations that were already high thanks to the consistently great battery life offered by the iPad family.

Cameras

The iPad 2 never saw HDR nor the Panorama mode that wowed us so on the iPhone 5, and neither does the iPad mini. It does, however, have a better camera than the iPad 2, a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 lens, and a 1.2-megapixel Facetime HD camera up front. The one ’round back appears to be the same camera module used on the iPhone 4 and as such, it takes good quality images. No, they don’t quite pop like the 8-megapixel shooter on the iPhone 5, nor does this tablet manage low-light shooting as well as Apple’s latest round of CPUs, but in our opinion tablets should only be used to take pictures in a pinch, and as such the iPad mini does just fine.

It also takes reasonably good video, shooting at 1080p like all the latest Apple devices. But again, the combination of a lower-res sensor and the lack of a newer image processing chip means image stabilization isn’t nearly as good here as on the iPhone 5. So, you’ll want to hold steady while shooting, but remember to do so in a place with enough ambient light; do that and you’ll get yourself some quality footage.

 

The competition

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You can’t tally up any iPad’s chances in the market without comparing it against all the other iPads in the market, and so we’ll start by comparing the mini to its siblings, of which there are two at present. First is the iPad 2, available only in 16GB sizes either WiFi-only or a 3G model, each priced $70 more than the same-sized mini. For that $70 more you get a bigger screen and lower-resolution cameras front and back. For us, this is a no-brainer. Get the mini. Unless you suffer from ailing eyesight and need a larger portal into the iOS world, the smaller device is far and away the better one.

The choice between this and the new fourth-generation iPad is a bit more challenging. It’s a considerably more expensive device, starting at $499, and of course a bigger and heavier one, too. Still, battery life on that guy is impressively good (over 11 hours) and the performance is stellar — living up to and exceeding Apple’s “2x faster” claims. Still, speed isn’t everything and while we love that big, Retina display we’re not entirely sure that we prefer it to the tiny, lightweight form factor of the mini. In fact, we found ourselves enjoying the portability of the mini so much that we’d probably give that one the nod, but this decision will almost certainly come down to personal preference. So, if you can, head to an Apple Store and try out both.

Moving outside of the ecosystem, most people are comparing the iPad mini to the Nexus 7. To some degree that’s a natural comparison, as this is Apple’s cheapest tablet compared to Google’s low-cost device. In practice, these are very different devices, starting with the cost: $199 for a 16GB Nexus 7 vs. $329 for the iPad. The designs are strikingly different, too, with the Nexus having a high-quality but somewhat discount feel versus the overwhelmingly high-end iPad mini. In no way does Apple’s latest feel like a tablet that was made to a budget. It simply feels like an Apple device.

 

And, of course, it gives access to Apple’s ecosystem of hundreds of thousands of tablet-friendly apps — plus all the media iTunes has to offer. We can’t help you decide which ecosystem, Apple or Google’s, is better-suited to your interests, but we do imagine that will be the deciding factor for most. When it comes down to hardware, it’s almost no contest between the two, with the iPad mini clearly winning out — except in one area. That’s the display. The Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution panel that’s also 16:9, making it better for movie watching. It’s also narrower, and thus easier to hold in your hand.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t at least mention the $199 Kindle Fire HD. Amazon’s latest also offers a higher-resolution, IPS LCD and has the extra selling point of stereo speakers. It also has a strong suite of content, courtesy of Amazon’s many partnerships, but overall we have a hard time comparing these two. Amazon’s device is clearly a cut-rate slate designed to push as much digital buying power into the hands of consumers as possible, while Apple’s is simply a legitimately nice tablet. It’s a legitimately nice tablet that Apple certainly would love for you to fill with premium content downloaded through iTunes, but it never feels like a shopping portal. The Kindle does.

Accessories

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Surely, the most popular accessory for the iPad mini will be the new Smart Cover that, despite being both smaller and of considerably simpler construction, still costs the same $39 as the bigger, 10-inch version. That’s a little unfortunate, especially because we don’t think this version works as well. There is one positive change: the smaller Smart Cover moves away from the aluminum hinge on the bigger version, a good thing because we’ve seen plenty of scratches caused by that metal-on-metal contact.

It’s still attached magnetically, but where the 10-inch model will immediately snap into the perfect placement every time, we found the mini cover just as eager to attach either too high or too low. It requires a little more precision. Hardly a deal-breaker (how often are you removing your Smart Cover?) but a bit of an annoyance.

The other accessories, and there are plenty of them, all make use of the device’s Lightning connector, many existing only to add a little more life to your various iPod docks and chargers. The stubby 30-pin to Lightning adapter is $29, the same cost as the two camera adapters: one USB and one SD. (This is a change from the 30-pin Camera Connection Kit, which included both for $29.) The Lightning to 30-pin adapter (which includes a 0.2 meter cable in the middle) costs $39 and, finally, both the VGA and digital AV adapters are $49. Like the previous Digital AV adapter (which was $39), this one includes HDMI output and has an input so that you can still charge the tablet while it’s in use. Handy for those digital signage applications — or getting in one final, epic Lord of the Rings marathon before December.

Wrap-up

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This isn’t just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn’t match Apple’s latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting. At $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple’s more expensive tablets.

Those comparing this to the Kindle Fire HD will have a hard time, as that’s a tablet manufactured to a fixed cost and designed to sell you content. This is very much more. Similarly, the hardware here — the materials, the lightness, the build quality, the overall package as it sits in your hand — is much nicer than the Nexus 7 and it offers access to the comprehensively more tablet-friendly App Store, but whether that’s worth the extra cost depends entirely on the size of your budget — and your proclivity toward Android.

Regardless, the iPad mini is well worth considering for anybody currently in the market for a tablet. Its cost is compelling, its design superb and it of course gives access to the best selection of tablet-optimized apps on the market. To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.

Update: This review originally stated (as does Apple’s spec page) that the iPad mini has a mono speaker. It is, in fact, a stereo device.

 

 

 

Essential iPad and iPhone Apps

Today I am going to list some apps that I think any new or veteran iOS user should be including on their iPad or iPhone.

  1. Netflix -free    Movie and TV Streaming
  2. Crackle-free   Movie and TV Streaming
  3. Flipboard-free   News and Feeds customized for your liking
  4. Flixster-free    Movie News and Times
  5. IMDB-free  Movie Information
  6. Pandora-free  Radio Streaming
  7. Remote-free  Controlling Apple TV and Mac Products through Wi-Fi
  8. Evernote-free  Cloud Service Notes and Writing
  9. Find iPhone-free  Enables you to find and lock your iOS Devices remotely
  10. Ultimate Password Manager-$4  A password locker to store securely all your passwords
  11. Google Earth-free   3D rendering of the Earth
  12. Amazon-free  Shopping
  13. Ebay-free  Shopping
  14. Apps Gone Free-free  Lets you know when paid apps are free for a limited time only
  15. Appsfire Deals-free    Lets you know when paid apps are free for a limited time only
  16. Pinterest-free  Accumulation of awesome ideas on the web
  17. Cards-free  Lets you send customized cards to people anywhere for $3
  18. Yelp-free  Travel and food information
  19. The Weather Channel-free  Weather
  20. Reeder-$5  RSS Feeds Reader
  21. Appadvice-$2  Gives you tips and news on new apps
  22. ESPN Sportcenter-free   Sporting News
  23. Pocket-free  Custom News Feed
  24. My Fitness Pal-free  Health and Food tracker
  25. Dropbox-free  Links to a Cloud account for access to files from anywhere

The Importance of iCloud

I feel that it is important to encourage anyone with an iOS device, with iCloud, to use this service as your primary backup.  The reasons are many but the main ones are as follows:

1.  If you ever lose your device or buy a new one  this backup will make the new purchase seamless.

2.  Well, I guess there is only one!

I have helped several people switch their backup from their computer to the cloud and it has made a big difference in their mobile world. 

When the new update iOS 6 came out, if you had the backup set to the cloud it was easy to download and install the new update.  If not, you had to back up to your computer, then you could install the update.  A friend had backed up her iPhone to an old computer that she didn’t even have anymore.  This was a problem to keep her information on her phone when she unknowingly installed the update and it wiped out her phone.  Luckily Apple has the ability to re-download previous apps and the Photostream service.  Unfortunately for those that didn’t initiate the Photostream in the beginning, all those photos are lost.

Please ensure your main backup is iCloud and not a computer.