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E-vault

30 May

I’m always looking for my papers: monthly pay slip, car insurance, electricity bill, … You never find it when you need it!

I still continue to sort them and store them in my blue file but it’s a pain to look for a specific document … maybe i’m a bit lazy.

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my blue file

I found the trick, I scan the docs … not with my printer (too far) but with a super cool app on my iPhone! Then, I store it on my dropbox. So I always everything reachable in a split second, love it.

Here’s how to

1/ download the app Scanner For Me on the iTunes store, launch the app

2/ put the document on a different background colour than the document you want to scan

3/ hold the device still until a blue square captures the document

Then save it to the camera roll, send it by mail (if you scan more than one doc, it will build a pdf file instead of 3 pictures) or store it in the iCloud.

4/ little tip: smart-rename your files, or it will be a mess … Like in the blue folder in my closet …

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My music? iMusic?

8 Jul

I have an iPhone, only 32Gb meaning that with all my pictures and apps, I can only have a playlist of 20 songs … Always the same songs … boring …
I would like to listen to the radio but you need the signal in the metro and definitively a great plan to allow you unlimited data (I’m limited to 2Gb a month).

With iMusic, I think I see the end of my misery …
iMusic is the new streaming music platform launched by Apple some days ago.

The big idea is to allow us access to any music for a monthly flat fee (individual fee $9,99, family pack for up to 6 members $14,99 a month).

The service is basically a giant library of all the music available at a tap of your finger.
How does it work?

  • First, upgrade your iOS to iOS8.4
  • Then head to iTunes and tap free test iMusic (the test will last 3 months and be automatically paid by month if you don’t untick the option “automatic renewal”)
  • I unticked and will decide on October 2nd if I continue to use the service (I think I will, because it’s way cool)
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Ok, the 3 months free trial is on, so what can I do?

First you can customize your music preferences by tapping the artists you like. This will enable iMusic to suggest you new music to discover that will fit your preferences (nice).
Now, let’s check it out.

Let’s launch the iMusic app.

On the customized homepage, I have access to

  • playlists,
  • albums,
  • radios,
  • I can also search iMusic for the latest albums releases
  • all the above are supposed to match my music preferences (and they do)

I like to listen to the radios while wifi-connected at the office or home, but the killer-use for me is the off-line listening of playlists and albums I download before taking the metro. I do that 2 times a day and I really enjoy the variety of the programmation and I even discover groups and albums I didn’t want to buy because I didn’t know if I would like it.

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Testing the service for the past few days, I must admit I dig iMusic big time!

  • The morning, I “make available offline” a playlist or an album and off I go take my metro.
  • At the office, I listen to playlists and radios (streaming).

I dig the service because

  • I don’t need to own CD or records
  • I don’t have the room to store CDs home
  • I don’t want to digitalize my CDs and store them in my iPhone (not enough storage room)

PS: This service is plain, simple and offer you all the music of the world at your fingertips … but I’m a little bit concerned about the music industry (already quite weak since the rise of internet).
I’m sure Taylor Swift, Pharrel Williams, … are on the safe side but all the other tniy little artists who are worth discovering … will they have access to iMusic, will the remenuration be high enough to keep them creating or send them back to 9 to 5 desk jobs ?

Chase It, the show … Episode1

8 Jun

ChaseIt_BC_rectoThis morning when I woke up, I decided “to go BIG” and launch my very own TV show … ok, web TV show … still TV show in the sentence.

It will be a “spin off” of my blog and I will continue to introduce you to products and services you never heard about and that, you will see, are for you!

After stealing hubby’s HD video camera, filming with friends and cutting/editing and pasting … here’s the first episode simply called “Chase It, the Show Episode1” where you will discover the bubble tea with Chatime Paris,

For more infos, check out

Thank you to

  • Aldon, Marc and the team from Chatime Paris
  • @mamadousakho, my cameraman
  • JB @espconsulting13, for his healthy comments and info
  • Philippe Swan for the great music

Did you ever fight for the remote?

23 Mar

of course, the battle takes places at home everyday but … Also when you stay in hotels …

Playing with the remote at the Conrad, Miami, I incidentally hit a page saying “Do you want to connect and use your phone as a remote control?” Yes, I do!

I downloaded the free app “stayConnect” and add the code you see on the screen … Less than 30 secs later I was the master of the TV from my phone. love it!

  

No more Safari on my iPhone!

23 Jan

imageI love my iPhone.
I can do so much stuff with it: working, playing, writing my blog, … I help my friends and contacts with its use, choosing the right apps that will answer their needs but sometimes all goes very wrong.

And it did for my friend who didn’t have Safari installed on her brand new out-of-the-box iPhone 5S and this was weird, very weird!
Because Safari, Music, FaceTime, iTunes Store, in-app purchase, Siri, AirDrop are all built-in whatever-you-do apps that are always installed on your iPhones, iPad.

We went to the Mothership, also called AppleStore, and discussed this with genius Daniel who introduced us to the Restriction menu.

The Restriction menu is an option you can active and disable by a code to select the built-in apps you want to use or not.

Let’s say you are offering an iPhone to your child and don’t want him/her to buy in-app purchases. You can turn it off and no more pop ins during games asking if you want to buy an extra pack …
All you have to do is create a 4 digits code (that you have to remember) to trigger the option or not.

Now, like us, you know how to solve this and Safari is back on the phone!

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