Mobile Applications

Goodreader PDF Editor & Viewer App for the iPhone & iPad (Version 5.1.6)

Goodreader PDF Editor & Viewer AppOn Goodreader's 10th anniversary, Mashable described Goodreader, first released in 2009 for the iPhone, as "a Swiss army knife of awesome". I would have to agree. Goodreader is a must have killer app which allows you to read, annotate, edit and sign robust PDF files, view pictures and maps, Microsoft Office files, Apple' iWork (Pages, Numbers & Keynote) files, HTML and Safari web archives, listen to audio, view video and open ZIP and RAR archives. In addition, any documents which have been edited or annotated in Goodreader can be viewed in any other application using PDF format.

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Twitter Apps for iOS, the Apple Watch and MacOS

Apple Watch users noticed in September 2017, that Twitter had disappeared from the Apple iTunes App Store, no longer referencing it as compatible with the Apple Watch. In fact, the Twitter Watch App was removed in iOS version 7.8. In my opinion, the Twitter app for the Apple Watch was by far the best Twitter app for the Apple watch. Although some apps may not be ideal for the Apple Watch, I feel that Twitter’s Apple Watch app was spot on, and for anyone using Twitter, would have been one of their core apps.

What are the alternatives?

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How To Enable Messages In iCloud

If you haven't enabled your Messages in iCloud, which will sync your messages to all of your devices, here is how you do it.  First, I am assuming you have at least iOS 11.4 and Mac OS 10.13.5 or later  Better yet, upgrade to the latest iOS 12.0 on your iPhone and iPad and upgrade your Mac to Mojave on September 24th.  Previously,  Messages were stored on your device and not synced to the Cloud meaning that every device might have different  messages or they might be out of order.  Having your messages in iCloud rather than on your individual devices will fix this issue and free up space on your devices.  Finally.

Here is how you do it:

  • Make sure you have at least iOS 11.4 or better yet, update your device to iOS 12.0
  • Enable Messages in iCloud.  Open "Settings", select your "Apple ID" and tap on "iCloud"
  • Scroll down to "Messages" and switch it to the on position
  • If not enabled, you may be prompted to set up two-factor authentication (recommended)  If you have previously set up Apple Pay, this feature has probably been set up.

Once you have enabled Messages to sync to iCloud in iOS, you will most likely be prompted to turn Messages on when you log in on your Mac.  If not, open "Preferences" in Messages.  Click on the "Accounts" tab and checkmark  "Enable Messages in iCloud".  Make sure that your iCloud account ("Enable this account") is checkmarked as well).  


Spark - A Smart Email App

There are a handful of apps I really love for their productivity and ease of use.  Spark, a free download, by Readdle, Inc. is one of them. I understand that Apple's Mail App works for the general population at large, but if you need a mail app with more options to assist with your workflow and productivity, Spark is the answer.

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iOS Content Blockers

Mobile device browser content blockers are becoming popular as more websites offer up more advertising in the way of ads and tracking, images, scripts, social media buttons and comments making the browsing experience less than enjoyable. Content blocking has become more popular among consumers and are a way of telling publishers and companies who advertise on websites that they want a less intrusive web experience. There are many ad blocker apps available with some differences in terms of options, and many allowing what is called “whitelisting” for those consumers who want to support sites they visit frequently by allowing advertising impressions.

Some ad blockers are free to download and try out, but to get a full list of features which enable the software more effective, you will need to pay via an in-app purchase.

How does an ad blocker work?

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Countable - Contact Congress and Vote on Bills

Today's political world is rift with conflicting views about some of the most controversial issues including the affects of climate change on our environment, energy policies, the governmentís role in funding science initiatives, food safety, drug abuse, healthcare and education. Countable allows you to view upcoming bills, vote on them with one tap voting, and then see how your representatives vote on those issues. One reviewer said the following about Countable:

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People are accidentally setting off Apple's Emergency SOS alert

It's awkward.

If you sleep on your Apple Watch the wrong way, you might get a wake-up call from the police. That’s what happened to Jason Rowley, who tweeted about the incident earlier this week. Using his watch as a sleep tracker, he ended up holding down the crown button to trigger an emergency call to the police, who showed up in his bedroom at 1AM. Rowley told us the police were friendly and helpful, and accustomed to WatchOS misdials like this one.

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