How to get the most out of your iPhone in business.
How to get the most out of your iPhone in business.
The result is that the “buy” buttons that linked to their web stores have been removed. This has been an ongoing controversy ever since Apple changed their policy about in-app purchases.
It turns out that all e-booksellers would rather delete the in-app purchase button rather than pay Apple 30% for each purchase.
There’s an easy and pain-free way to set up your own bookstore app button that’s at least as good as, if not better than, the button in each app.
You can read your books in the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google app as before. And when you want to buy a book, click on the new icon bookmark you created and you will instantly get to the same place the original in-app button sent you.
Update 8/10/11: Today Kindle released a “Cloud Reader”. It is an html5 version of their Kindle reader. You can go to Safari on your iPad and visit www.amazon.com/cloudreader. It works just like the Kindle app with the addition of a link to the Kindle eBookstore. Plus you can create an icon for your home screen. I assume an iPhone version will be coming soon. Also Nook is working on a similar “web app”.
I bought an app called “Comics” quite a while ago. It was a universal app for the iPhone and iPad, and although a bit clunky, it had most of the comics I wanted. Not all of them updated regularly. And you had to go back and forth between screens to advance to the next comic strip.
But “Comics” was rarely updated and soon disappeared from the app store. I still have it and it still sort of works. Unfortunately, one by one the comic strip links are breaking down.
Then came “The Funnies” by AFK Studios. This app was also universal and cost $4.99. I read the website info as well as the reviews and it seemed like a good app. It too was a bit clunky. The interface seemed odd and the background ugly. But it worked, was updated regularly and new strips added every once in a while.
But, alas, this app too disappeared from the app store as did their website. And now the app is pretty much non-functioning.
My question is, why is this happening? Is there an issue with copyright infringement? It’s frustrating paying $5 for an app that soon disappears and ceases to work. Just saying.
Guess it’s just like anything else you buy. Stores go out of business and so do app developers. Even apps with great reviews can disappear. It takes a lot of time and money to design and develop applications. Then there’s promotion and updates. Sometimes the return may not be worth the effort.
So what do you do? Unfortunately you can’t take it back to the store to get your money back.
But you can delete the app and be more careful when buying a new one.
For online comics, check out the following sites:
comics.com Quite a big selection of comics here.
gocomics.com A large selection of comics, including 2 Cows and a Chicken!
ArcaMax Comics Daily comics from your newspaper.
If you’re using an iOS device you can bookmark these links and add it to your screen for easy access. Just click the curved arrow in Safari and “Add to Home Screen”.
Or you can buy a printed newspaper made out of paper with ink and stuff. They’re still available daily. And they deliver.
I was excited to learn that Apple TV includes MobileMe. I clicked on the menu and was asked to “Add a MobileMe Account”. The way to enter text using the Apple TV remote is tedious, at best. You use a click wheel and scan through the letters onscreen. It’s the same way with Verizon Fios TV, which is also a pain.
I attempted to enter my MobileMe account but was given a message saying it did not exist. After some research I learned that maybe if I changed my MobileMe password, Apple TV would recognize my account. I did this and received the same results.
Out of frustration I called MobileMe support and learned that I had to have photos in the MobileMe gallery in order for it to work. I uploaded some photos and indeed it did work. Over the years I have found Apple tech support to be very helpful.
Apparently MobileMe on Apple TV is only for photos. You do not get access to your calendar, e-mails or any other content. This was disappointing. I wish I knew that from the beginning. It would have saved me a lot of trouble setting it up.
Overall I have been very pleased with Apple TV and especially Air Play. I can easily play audio from my iMac, MacBook as well as my iPhone and iPad through my Panasonic TV and speakers. Unfortunately it does not work with Sirius radio yet. I look forward to more functionality in the future.
Having just written about Appigo Sync version 1.2.0 I feel I must also talk a bit about today’s update to version 1.2.1.
This new update occurred just a day or so after the previous update. This time I had no problems with duplicate content or the inability to sync. Everything worked fine.
Now that the iPhone update is optimized for iOS4, it remains open unless you close it in the multi-task bar. Because of this, it does not automatically sync after initially opening unless you manually press the sync button.
For $19.99 per year, Appigo is offering Todo Online “Over-the-Air-Cloud-Sync”. What this does is sync your todos, projects, checklists, alerts, etc. with an online cloud service. This means you do not have to sync your Todo app with your computer and Appigo Sync. So you can sync your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iCal with the online service, no matter where you are, and even view your todos on any computer. And it’s always up to date.
Of course, if you have daily access to your “base” computer with your iThings, and you’re the only one using your iStuff, I’m not sure what the benefit is over the free Appigo Sync software, other than having a (hopefully) reliable backup.
What is not clear yet, is if this new Todo Online service will sync up with the new iCal MobileMe when it comes out of beta. This is where iCal content is only stored online and not on your computer. We shall see.
After that neither my iPhone nor my iPad connected to Appigo Sync. I got “Synchronization Error: Check Settings”.
Previously ToDo stopped syncing with iCal when I tried the MobileMe beta update. This was because the iCal beta on MobileMe takes all your calendar events and todos off your computer and stores it on “the cloud”.
iCal todos do not sync with either their iPad or iPhone. And the todos on iCal desktop do not match the todos on the iCal MobileMe account.
Another frustration is, if you just want to use the todos in iCal you will find it very tedious to update. Instead of clicking on your todo item date and seeing a pop up calender to move the item to a new date, you have to manually enter the day, date and year as separate items. Go figure. If only Apple created an easy way to update their todo items and sync them with MobileMe and all iProducts we wouldn’t need a Todo App.
Make sure you back up your iCal. You do not want to lose all your data by accident.
Go to the Appigo Sync Preferences. Click on the section that says “Devices”. This is where you’ll find your iPad and iPhone listed.
Click on either iPhone or iPad, depending on what you have connected. Then click remove. I removed my iPad. Then went into “Settings”, then “Synchronization, then “Services”. I hit “Validate”. On my iMac the Appigo Sync Preferences panel listed the iPad as “Pending”. I was able to get a new sync code. I entered it and was then able to sync.
The iPhone was more complicated. The above procedure did not work. I ended up having to delete the Todo App from the iPhone. I then connected the iPhone to iTunes on my iMac. I checked the ToDo app on iTunes and resynced the phone. Then I opened the Todo App. After re-registering, I connected the device as stated above and now it works.
Unfortunately I still had to carefully delete all the duplicated items. I do not look forward to future updates, especially when the new MobileMe calender comes out of beta.
For more details check “How do I sync Todo with iCal”.
Today I finally decided to update my iCal to the new MobileMe Calendar. The reason I did this was because there was a detailed description from Appigo on how to do it. Unfortunately, what happened was that I lost all the detailed descriptions on all my Todos in iCal. They just appear as empty. Plus any changes on iCal’s todo list no longer sync with Appigo’s Todo on the iPad and iPhone. They also do not sync with Todo Online ($19.99 per year). I am waiting to hear back from Appigo on how to fix this issue. Hopefully I will have an answer soon.
Still no word from Appigo. So I called MobileMe and asked how I may be able to get my data back. They basically told me I was out of luck. Also iCal and MobileMe do not sync Todo items. They are working on this for a future update. I think this should have been a no-brainer from the start, but that’s just me.
I remembered I had saved a copy of my iCal calendars when I first had problems with the MobileMe beta calendar. I reloaded this into my MobileMe iCal account. Happily I got all my todo items and notes back. Plus, unfortunately, everything else on my iCal. Lots of duplicated items. So I diligently went through my entire calendar and deleted duplicate items.
Then I decided to try syncing up my revised iCal with my AppigoSync Todo Online account. Somehow this caused all my todo items to completely disappear from iCal on my computer. So, frustrated, I reapplied my summer backup calendars to my iCal and again synced with Appigo. Once again all my todos disappeared from iCal, plus all my appointments were duplicated again.
Next thing I did was to set AppigoSync on my iMac to manual so that it would no longer sync with Todo online. And what about Todo Online? Well, I had three or more copies of all my Todos. Some were in their proper lists, but without the notes and info. I had several copies of each item in the “Inbox” category. One copy of each Todo item had the deleted notes. The others did not.
So my original list of 500 plus todos were now over 1500. Some with notes, some without. Some in the right category. Some not.
Now I am cleaning up all my Todo items and syncing them on my iPhone, iPad, and Todo Online account. I am definitely not syncing them up with my iCal account and MobileMe. Not unless I discover a way to back up all my Todos on my iPhone etc.
So that’s the story so far. I also signed up with 1Password Pro to keep all my important passwords and login info secure on my iPhone, iPad and 1Password Online account. More on that in a future post.
I finally heard back from Appigo. They do try to be helpful. They sent links on how to “fix” this syncing problem, explaining that, for now, Appigo only syncs the items “On My Mac” and not on MobileMe. I decided to give it a try.
I uninstalled Appigo Sync on my Mac. I backed up my entire iTunes, something I should have done anyway. I then backed up all my calendars and todos.
I then deleted all my calendars On My Mac. I reinstalled Appigo Sync and ran a manual sync. I did get back the calendars but somehow I managed to get five copies of many items. Again, some had notes, some did not. Some were labeled as “Inbox”, others were not. Only one of each was correct.
So again I went through all my Todo items in Todo Online and deleted the extras. I then re-synced them with my iPad and iPhone Todos. Those three are now correct. The iCal version is not. For that matter, neither are the MobileMe Todos. And that’s the way it’s going to stay for now.
I like having the Todo App on my iPhone and iPad. I also like having it backed up to the ToDo Online beta account. I just wish there was a way to have MobileMe and iCal part of that.
If anyone has figured this out, please let me know.
Having used a Mac since desktop publishing took over the graphic design industry I am a big fan of all things Apple. I consider my iPhone more as a mini-computer than a phone because it’s so versatile.
These are just some of my favorite business related apps. If you’re on the go a lot, an iPhone is a great way to keep productive. It’s also great while sitting on the sofa in front of the TV.
There are many more useful business related iPhone and iPad apps, but these are my favorite, so far. What are yours?
One of the many great things about your iPhone and iPad is that you can easily load up a pdf file for later reading. Then, whenever you have a spare moment, either while waiting on line at a supermarket or bank, waiting in an airport or doctor’s office, or just waiting for a TV commercial to end (assuming you did not DVR it to speed past commercials), you can click on your iThing and read your latest pdf file or e-book.
1. Open iTunes.
2. On the top menu click “File”. On the drop down menu click “Add to Library…”
3. Navigate to your e-book or pdf file and choose it.
4. In iTunes click on your iPhone or iPad in the side menu.
5. Choose the Books tab and you will see the file. Make sure it’s checked.
6. Sync your iPhone or iPad and your pdf file will appear in iBooks under the pdf tab.
See, it’s simple. There are other ways to get files onto your iPhone or iPad, including Dropbox, Air Sharing, Stanza and GoodReader apps but I’ll leave that for another post.
When I found out about the MobileMe Calendar beta update I eagerly signed up and did not think of the consequences. I was approved to try out the beta and pressed the little update button.
The result was that my entire iCal on my iMac was “wiped out” and replaced with the new MobileMe Calendar beta.
From what I understand, the MobileMe Calendar beta moves the local iCal information from your local Mac and stores it on the MobileMe “cloud” or server. So everything you enter on your iCal is stored online and no where else. All updates are sent to your other iOS devices. And when you update info on your iPad or iPhone this is sent to the “cloud” and then down to all other iOS devices. In this way everything is kept up to date and in sync.
Unfortunately iCal is no longer automatically backed up on your hard drive or Time Machine. You have to manually back up your individual calendars in order to have any sort of backup that’s not on the MobileMe server.
So when I updated to MobileMe beta and synced my Todo iPad and iPhone apps, there was no longer any iCal info on my computer and all the info was wiped clean from my Todo apps.
Of course this was very upsetting since I no longer had any of my Todo’s on my iPhone and iPad. Also at this time iCal does not sync it’s todo list feature with any other iOS device (which is still very annoying).
The good news was that I was able to “downgrade” my MobileMe calendar server back to the pre-beta mode which restored my calendar as it was before I updated to the beta. Any changes made after I updated to the beta was lost.
And when I re-synced my Todo apps on the iPhone and iPad I got all my info back! So everything is back to the way it was before I got myself into this mess.
The good folks at Appigo and “Todo” are going to look into this and hopefully come up with a workable fix. If not, I’m worried that when this new MobileMe calendar beta becomes the only option, my Todo apps may become useless.
Appigo and Todo have been working on the MobileMe update problem. They have also added Todo Online (for $19.99 per year) to sync your todos in the “cloud”. If you have an iPad, iPhone and iCal this seems like a good option to sign up for. I have done so and it works quite well. Whether my computer is on or off, near or far, all my todo items are in sync.
Update: 4/25/11 The deadline to update your MobileMe calendar to the new CalDAV system is May 5th. Check out this helpful article, “How to Upgrade Your MobileMe Calendar Safely” from GigaOm, before updating your calendar, if you haven’t done so yet.
If you have an iPhone, iMac, iPad or any other iThingy, Dropbox is an incredibly easy way to sync a file from your computer to other computers or devices. It’s only a matter of opening an account with Dropbox online, adding an app to any of your iDevices and dropping a file or two or even more into the “box”. In an instant that file is available for viewing on all linked devices.
Dropbox allows you to view documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos and presentations. A neat feature is that you can snap a photo with your iPhone and save it to your Dropbox direct. You don’t even need a MobileMe account.
And the great thing is a Dropbox account is free and comes with 2 GB of storage space. For most people that’s quite a lot of space. If you have a lot of heavy duty files you can purchase a Pro plan up to 100GB. I am not an affiliate of Dropbox but I do find it worth looking into if you haven’t already installed it on your iStuff. Dropbox is also available for non-Apple-ites, who use Windows or Linux.
Does your screen suddenly stay locked in the portrait position? Does your “iSteps” pedometer app suddenly stop working? If you’re lucky enough to have the new iPhone 4 running iOS4 you may have noticed this new issue after starting and stopping iSteps.
Although I love my new iPhone I was disappointed that, for the moment, pedometer apps do not run in the background. At best you can play music in the background while using the pedometer app. My biggest issue, aside from the left-handed antenna glitch, was that after starting and then stopping my pedometer my phone was stuck in the portrait position and wouldn’t change to landscape unless I restarted. And the pedometer stopped working.
After several calls to Apple, trying to figure out why my phone would lock up in the portrait position, without manually turning this feature on, I was instructed to reinstall the operating system and load everything from scratch. And if this didn’t work I was going to have to bring the phone in to Apple for repair or replacement.
By this time I was fairly convinced that the iSteps pedometer app was causing the problem since it was not updated to iOS4. I backed up my iPhone, did the reinstall and lost all my folders, data and passwords.
Before I started the long process of reconfiguring everything and entering all my data, I ran the iSteps app and what do you know, my iPhone was stuck in the portrait position and the app no longer worked after I quit it and restarted it.
So I deleted the app, restarted the iPhone and no problem. So I restored my backup giving me everything I had before I wiped it clean. I found a new “All-In” Pedometer, and haven’t had a problem since.
The lesson here is, back up your iPhone regularly and if you have an iOS operating issue and suspect it’s related to an app, delete the app and check again for the problem.
Update: iSteps has recently updated their app to be iOS4 compatible.