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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 ?

iTunes TV shows with iOS7

11 Oct

Since I switched from iOS6 to iOS7, I had the disagreement to see on my iPad all the TV shows I downloaded since … forever …
I simply wanted to see the new tv shows episodes ready to be watched.
It was bugging me big time, but guess what? I just found the solution!
Go to Settings then iTunes&App Store then toggle OFF the videos and only the TV shows on your device will appear on your screen.

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Check the difference on those 2 screens.

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You can do the same for the audio too.

Ready to show off on a giant screen ?

3 Mar

I am !!!
Let’s say you have an iPad, an iPod Touch or an iPhone and one thing you are dying to do is: to show your content on a TV screen or project it through a projector, no, no ? YES!

I did some trials and now I am ready to share with you the trips and tricks to have your content displayed on a big screen.
Let’s review the material you need or not.

  1. What iPad do you have ? iPadOne, iPad2 ?
  2. What iPhone you own ? iPhone4, iPhone4S ?
  3. What kind of projector do you want to use ? HD TV, TV, projector ?
  4. What content do you want to broadcast ? web page, iTunes videos, YouTube videos, other apps videos, your games, keynote presentations, Pages documents, …

When you answer those 4 easy questions, you’ll be able to pick the right cables to display your content.

The material available to you or what kind of cables you need ?

  1. Apple VGA Adapter, 29$
  2. Apple Composite AV cable, 39$
  3. Apple Digital AV Adapter, 39$
  4. AppleTV2, 99$ (need an HDMI cable, 1.8m, 19$, and a wifi network)

So now, which one to suit you needs ?

First, let’s have a look on the different situations depending if you are in front of 20-years old fat TV from granny, or a brand new HDTV.

1/ You are facing a regular TV (no HDMI or VGA ports),

Then plug it with the Apple Composite AV cable and you’ll be able to broadcast

  • Powerpoint presentations (imported in Keynotes)
  • iTunes movies and TV shows
  • iTunes music

2/ Got an upgrade, and now the TV is an HDTV (with HDMI and VGAports)

You can now plug your iPad with the Apple Digital AV Adapter and Apple VGA Adapter.

With the Apple VGA Adapter, you won’t be able to listen to the sounds on your TV so not good to broadcast movies, videoclip, TV ads … but great to broadcast your

  • last Powerpoint/Keynote presentation
  • iTunes movies and TV shows
  • iTunes music
  • Mirroring of your all interface if you have an iPad2 or an iPhone4S

3/ With the Apple Digital AV Adapter, music will be on !! Don’t forget to bring the HDMI cable or you’ll look stupid …

4/ And now upgrade of the upgrade, you kept the HD TV and have a wifi network ready for you to be used and abused !


Then, don’t hesitate and get the AppleTV2, the best 99$ I ever spent !

  • Hook up the AppleTV2 to your HD TV (your boss forgot and now it’s yours, I won’t tell) thanks to your HDMI cable
  • Switch the HD TV on and go to AUX screen to follow the instructions to link the AppleTV2 to the WIFI network (super easy, will take less than 5 minutes)
  • When you AppleTV2 is connected to your WIFI network
  • Double click the home button of your iPad or iPhone (or use the 4-fingers gesture -WAOUW effect garanteed if you got an audience) and slide right to reveal the AirPlay option next to the brightness controle slider
  • Click on the AirPlay icone and toggle on Mirroring … And tadaaaa ! You’re on and able to display
    • your last Powerpoint/Keynote presentation,
    • your iTunes movies and TV shows iTunes music,
    • all your interface of your iPad2 (not iPad one) or iPhone4s (not iPhone4) will be mirrored on your TV !!!
  • You will also have access to iTunes stores to download music, movies, tv shows and browse videos on YouTube or Netflix …

Wise usage of the iCloud

21 Feb

Some months ago, I walked you through the mystery of the iCloud.
To sum it up in few words, the iCloud will sync

  • your pictures (taken with your iDevice,
  • your music
  • your videos bought on iTunes
  • your docs created with Page, Keynote and Numbers)

I wanted to come back on this notion, after using it a lot these days.

When you buy and download content on iTunes, it’s up there in the iCloud ready to be synchronised accross our i-devices (up to 5 devices).

You are not obliged to sync all the content (disable the option in the “Settings“), it is not mandatory for all your i-devices to contain all the content you own.

I automatically sync the pictures across my iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and Apple TV. Same for the docs.

When it comes to media content bought on iTunes, I prefer to synch manually. Why ?
Because I own

  • a 16gb iPhone4,
  • a 64gb iPad2

and that they are fully booked so I have to be cautious about the storage….
I only download the TV shows on the device I need to play it from then delete it after viewing so to allow space for the next episode. I don’t loose it because it’s on the cloud !

So when I want to listen to an CD I bought on iTunes,

  • I just browse the iTunes store
  • and choose “Purchased

This time I wanted to download the Cee Lo Green‘s album I bought on my iPad to my iPhone,

  • so I picked “Music“,
  • and “not on this iPhone” and scroll down to Cee Lo Green,
  • clicked on “the iCloud”
  • and then VOILA! it downloaded (free of charge, because I already paid for it) on my iPhone

Do the same for the TV shows but select “Video” instead of “Music“.

And remember up to 5 i-devices can host your content bought on iTunes.

Want more infos on the iCloud ? Check out our ChaseIt Or Bchased review.

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