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#technologytrends iPhone:Storage Space hacks



I depend on my iPhone for a lot and one thing that is challenging is making the most out of the space available on it. One question I have been asked a lot is how do you manage to store apps, photos, music and more on limited space and keep from filling the phone up to capacity?

In this blog I want to share what I have learned from my research when my kids had 8GB 5c’s.

Tip #1: Delete any app that you do not use on a monthly basis. It is very easy to redownload an app that you seldom use.

Tip #2 Delete old documents and data that you no longer need. Go to settings>general> storage & iCloud usage> manage storage and click on the arrow beside each app listed. Here you will see how much data each app utilizes as well as any documents or data that are attached. You may not even realize that certain apps are monopolizing your space and worse yet you may not even need it anymore. The more you delete the more space you can use for things you want.

Tip # 3 If you do not need your photos to download to your other apple devices than turn off photo stream. This quick step can free up a lot of space quickly. Simply go to Settings> Photos & Camera and deselect my photo stream.

Tip #4 Stop downloading music on your phone. Instead, sign up for Itunes Match which provides all of your music on the iCloud. Now delete all your music. It’s saved on your iCloud don’t hyperventilate. This tip alone probably just freed up a ton of GB’s.

Tip #5 Delete all of the photos you have edited in the various photo editing apps that you use. Once you have created that awesome collage or filter image and saved it as a picture delete it out of the app.

Tip #6 Are you a list maker or note taker? Delete all of your old lists and notes that are not useful to you in the various apps that you use.

Tip #7 Delete your old iMessages. This one is a hard one for me as I like to reference conversations and keep photos etc. This practice can free up as much as 512 MB of space.

Tip #8 Using Photo stream isn’t the only way in which you can back up the photos you can take on your iPhone. You can use the camera upload feature in apps like Shutterfly to store your images.

Try these tricks and tips to maximize your space so that you can keep your iPhone optimized and ready for those never ending updates that add the features we grow to love.

Did I miss a trick or tip that you swear by? Share with the group below.

In my next blog I will be writing about boosting your iPhone battery. Stay tuned.





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#technologytrends: Apple Update



You may have noticed that Apple released yet another software update. This one is iOS 9.2.1 and is 38.1 MB. This update is for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. This update is focused on bug fixes, security fixes, and performance improvements.

It will not fix the battery meter bug, but this intermediate update allows Apple to address it in the next update along with the ability to add live photos in messages and passcode for notes.

Other updates to watch for are “Night Shift”, “Car Play” improvements, and yes even addressing why your battery meter gets stuck when you change your time zone.

To view this update on your iPhone or Ipad, go to the settings app, click on general, and click on Software Update page.

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New Tech gadgets to consider


When it comes to new technology I am always reading about the next cool new thing.  In the last few weeks, I have read quite a few articles relating to new items to consider for 2016 and I thought I would share the ones that have caught my eye in no particular order because in my opinion they are all great.

  1. Smart Crock Pot

A slow cooker that is integrated with webmo technology that allows you to turn on or off the cooker or adjust cooking temperature while you are away from your house from your smartphone and free accompanying app. The crock pot is made by Crock-Pot and is available on Amazon for $117. This crock pot gets 4 stars out of 5 by amazon reviewers and are for the most part all positive.

2. Ulo

Ulo is an adorable surveillance camera that looks like an owl and has eyes that project video surveillance to your smartphone app. The cost is $169 and is a fully funded Kickstarter project.  If you have not seen the video on facebook this small camera will alert you to any movement in the area it is placed and will send you an alert notice to your phone. The device looks like a kids toy and will go undetected by the normal individual.

3.      Airwheel Airboard 

It’s the hoverboard we dreamt about ever since watching back to the future. This board responds to your foot’s pressure for turning and just lean in the direction you wish to go. There are in malls across the country for more money they I am willing to spend, but a cool invention that I am sure will become more affordable in the near future.

4. Laser Projection Keyboard

There have been several times when a keyboard would have been helpful in taking notes on my mobile device, but who wants to carry around an actual Bluetooth keyboard in their portfolio or bag.Now you do not have to. With laser technology paired with Bluetooth wireless technology a virtual keyboard projects on a flat surface that track your fingers. The laser projection keyboard connects with your smartphone, laptop or tablet. Compact, keychain design makes our virtual keyboard super portable. The charge lasts for up to two hours of continuous typing.

And the last one is just because the sheer cool factor. I have searched Amazon for a cool Jedi Lightsaber, but nothing compares to the fun you can have by showing off to your friends and kids with your “real” saber.

5. Ultra Sabers

Ultrasabers is at high-end Lightsabers with a price tag of $399 and above. This is that cool toy you can display as the StarWars FX Lightsaber is an “elegant weapon, for a civilized age.” I love the ability to customize and construct your blade with different soundboards and LED colors. If the  StarWars nut in your life has everything, this might be something to purchase rather than a drone or other high price toys like the Yoda, R2D2, or BB8.

These are my picks for best new gadgets on the market. Send me links to your favorite.


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Why Apple TV is on my Christmas list

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I am an early adopter of most of the latest and greatest technology. I love connecting with friends, finding people who have the same interests, making my life efficient, and being more effective. I also like devices that end up saving me money. This is the lens that I review all technology through, including the 4th generation Apple TV. I have done a bit of homework and in this blog I would like to share my perspective on how Apple TV will save me money.

When you subscribe to a cable or satellite subscription you are likely paying at least $99 per month and more likely if you have a DVR you are paying another $50+. Add in your subscription to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc., because I have found many of my family and friends are also paying for these services to get better programming than what is on TV. So I ask, why do we still subscribe to cable? I have found that many families like to watch live sports, news, and the latest Disney programming. When you weigh out what we really consume from cable we estimate that we are paying a lot to watch the mouse.  I find that our mobile devices in the house are the ones using Hulu or late night TV watching when the kids are finally in bed. When you add in the cost of Apple TV at 32GB version costing $149 and a 64GB model going for $199, I wonder how different is it from our smart tv capability or WII U or blue ray options to connect to online services. What do you really get for your money and will it save you anything or add another way to access the same content you can now?

I am happy to say YES, it can save you a lot of money and with that extra cash you could even upgrade your TV and throw a party. Sound to good to be true? Check this out:  For the cost of the DVD or Blu-ray of your favorite season, you can order a Season Pass to a currently airing program. (It’s not just the old seasons and is available the night it is airing.)

Here is what I found on Apple’s Website regarding available programming:

“You get full HD episodes of your favorite shows without commercials the day after they air on cable. Even better, you own the episodes so you can watch them any time from any Apple device.

Many networks like ABC, PBS, ESPN, and Smithsonian have Apple TV apps. They offer many of their programs for streaming through these apps which allow you to watch full episodes and clips from your favorite programs without a cable or satellite subscription.

Apple TV makes it simple to subscribe to and watch free content on the Internet through hundreds of thousands of Podcasts. These free, On Demand program’s offer content the cable networks can’t afford to offer.

Finally, the Apple TV is capable of receiving AirPlay streaming content from other Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, MacBook). If you can find it on the web and play it with those devices, you can stream it to your big screen TV and watch it using Apple TV.

Apple continues to negotiate with other networks so expect to see even more content available in the future”(Jack R. Apple Website).

To put a fine point on this, I wanted to be sure I could watch everything from Detroit Tigers to March Madness to Superbowl. In my research, I found that if you just launch the NCAA March Madness Live app then launch AirPlay from Control Center and whatever’s on your iPhone or iPad will be mirrored to your TV.


The cheapest option is to get an antenna. Sunday Night Football is carried by NBC and Thursday Night Football is on CBS. Therefore, a TV antenna will provide you with a means to watch the game regardless of which teams are playing for free. But what if you want to watch Monday Night Football Online on ESPN and your local team isn’t playing you can subscribe to for $20 per month. also includes LIVE!! Disney channel, HGTV, ESPN, and 23 others. The cost is $20 versus the $100+ you are currently paying for a cable or satellite subscription.


“ABC News on Apple TV offers immediate access to live, multi-streaming video and on-demand content, entertainment news, live hourly updates, original programming and video highlights from “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” (ENBERG, N., 2014). Read more about content on ABC here.
24/7 access to live and on-demand video with four separate live video streams to choose from.

Video news updates on the hour and four to five live reports per day to cover breaking news.

Not only will you have access and could consider canceling your cable or satellite service, but your remote becomes a friend and channel surfing has a smart assistant called SIRI.

Siri can also do follow-up questions,” Walt Mossberg wrote in his review for The Verge. “I asked for movie mysteries, and it showed me a ton. Then I said ‘only the good ones,’ and it edited the list down based on critics’ ratings.”

Siri has a few other tricks: She can search seasons of a TV series by episode, pause or fast-forward playback, and replay a part of the episode if you missed some dialogue if you ask her, “What did they say?”. Siri can not search the App Store, but she will  work with Apple Music early next year, like your she does with your iPhone today.

I know another question is what games can I play or what apps will I be able to utilize from my TV? In my experience, just like with the early months after the apple watch release, it will be a hot second and you will have more apps available than you can vet through. “Because Apple TV is a platform that’s new to developers, the current selection of apps is limited and some first efforts seem…not as well-conceived as they might have been,” Paczkowski writes. “But’s that going to change—and quickly. As developers get their hands on this thing and spend some real time coming to understand it, I suspect we’re going to see some great stuff coming down the pipeline.”

So why wait any longer?  You can order up your viewing content when you want, save money, and you have Siri by your side. The options are only going to get better with each new software update.

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I learned a new word today, Otaku. It is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests. (Wikipedia). I heard about it today in a Ted Talk  I watch hosted by Seth Godwin. It inspired me to think about the market and where within the sales bell curve our content focuses.

Many marketers and social sellers of the world know that word of mouth sales is monumental to your success. To increase your chances, you should focus on Otaku. Those people who are early adopters and individuals who are more caught up with being the first to own something over what the ROI is or the personal cost.

When I consider my personal buying habits I quickly realize that I am an early adopter and that I am otaku about coffee, technology, and coffee. I really get bent out of shape when my social network adopts something before I own it. This is why I have a pantry of coffee, a closet of trendy coffee pots, and a few technology drawers in my desk. Understanding what drives my personal buying habits is really not a complex one and it is more about interest and research than it ever is about marketing. The way I see it, if there is a commercial about it then it is probably past the stage where I am Otaku about it.

So what it is that makes you wait in long lines and research at crazy hours of the night?