2014 My favorite iPhone apps

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1. Audible

I need things to keep my brain active and off the subject of my life.

2. Pushover

This goes mostly with IFTTT. I can set up alerts such as the Full Moon. When I get an email that is “Important” according to Gmail (be sure to teach Gmail what isn’t important).

3. iOS apps Mail/Messages/Calendar/Reminders/Safari

I nearly live in these basic iOS apps.

Mail I have set up to sync with Gmail.

Calendar syncs with Google Calendar and the calendar on my Laptop.

Same with Reminders though I do have IFTTT set up to sync it with Remember the Milk.

4. Twitter

This is my communication method lots of time. I keep up with more friends here than I do Facebook.

5. Foursquare

If I ever go missing the cops can easily find where the last place I was.


I hate repetitive tasks, but I LOVE to keep archives. This does that and automates a few things for me.

7. Starbucks

I had been using this app quite a bit. I was addicted to my Carmel Apple Spice even though it doesn’t agree with my stomach. Apples have given me problems for years.

8. Mobile Banking app

This is how I usally check my bank account. I actually interact with my bank more this way than any other way.

9. Google+

I’m using this more than any other social site for promoting my iBooks.

11. Timehop

I like this app for seeing what was going on in my life on this day for previous years.

12. Waze

I travel a lot and don’t know where I’m going. So I find out what’s nearby by using the search embeded in Waze. Plus they know traffic because of the real time traffic updates from other users in the area.

13. Kindle

I love to read. However, moving with a large library every 3 to 6 months is prohibitive. So I have a Kindle, a Kindle app on my phone and a Kindle app on my iPad. I have my whole library down to about 3 lbs. A lot easier to pack up and move.

Daily Journal: 2450th post & Join me for an OpenRaid I’m hosting.

I haven’t done a journal in a while. I’m awaiting the servers to come back up for World of Warcraft. I’m still working on my World of Warcraft Free Guide. I’m building a Google+ community to cover it as well as make announcements, etc. Google+. I only wish WordPress.com will update to allow the new embedding of Google+ posts because that could be cool.

Also with 5.4 and cross realm Flex Raiding, I’m running an OpenRaid event for this new Flex mode. So come join me! Looking for a couple tanks & heals.

From Feedly: Feedspot Offers A Solid Google Reader Replacement With Built-In Search And Social Sharing

feedspot-logoFeedspot, the online RSS reader which jumped into action last summer following the removal of social features from Google Reader, is again stepping up to the plate in the wake of the Google Reader demise. The startup, now with another year of development work under its belt, not only offers a solid Google Reader replacement for the desktop, it’s also one of the few to include the ability to search within your RSS feeds.

via TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/08/feedspot-offers-a-solid-google-reader-replacement-with-built-in-search-and-social-sharing/

May have to check this out at some point. Not totally happy with feedly, but it’s the best I’ve tried to date for me.


How to get rid of Annoying Facebook applications

Every once in a while spammers seem to take over abandoned Facebook apps that people forgot they authorized to share that cute photo. Here’s how to get rid of any annoying Facebook apps or just clean up those you don’t use anymore.

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Log in and find the gear icon and click on it.


Select the “Account Settings” from the gear drop down.



On the left column is a menu.Find the “Apps” and click on it. This will give you a list of applications that you have authorized at some point or another.


Click the X by the applications you no longer want.


All done!

Google purchased Waze

To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day.

via Official Blog: Google Maps and Waze, outsmarting traffic together.

I’ve been using Waze quite a while now… I’ve been a bit of an editor on the rare occasion as well. I added the bypass in my hometown shortly after it was constructed. I’ve been with them through growing pains. Now I just hope Google lets them continue to grow & doesn’t end them like they have Google Reader (yes, I’m still kinda bitter about that shuttering next month).

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OMG No!!!!!

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

via Official Blog.

I use Google Reader & have for years! Now I’m going to have to find another service to use. Granted I’ve used Reeder programs recently, but I’ve sync-d between computers & iOS devices with Google Reader. Now I need to find something else. Which is fun considering I use about 4 different devices and 3 different operating systems. So anyone have any suggestions on new RSS readers to try?

OMG No!!!!!… Google is abandoning Reader

Google Scribe

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Google Scribe.

Write faster. I’m always trying to do that. Now with Google Scribe that may be possible. It starts trying to guess the rest of the word you are typing or even the next word you will put in your sentence.  It can be weird seeing the next word you were looking for pop up in front of you. But it is based on statistical analysis of the English language. It’s currently in the Google Labs, but I figured it was worth a mention. I just type what I want into Scribe then copy and paste where I want the text to be. It is also making me a little more verbose because it keeps suggesting more of a phrase than I was originally going to use, but then I see it works better that way and I keep it.

Official Google Blog: Update on Google Wave

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But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.

via Official Google Blog: Update on Google Wave.

Sad to see it go, but it would need to replace email totally & it didn’t have that kind of integration yet. I expect to see some of the robotics like spell check & translation, drag-n-drop features in other Google products here soon.