This month we are going to chat about everyone’s favorite gadget. I purchased my first iPad last month and I’m really enjoying my new toy power business tool. As a long time iPhone user I’ve installed nearly 400 apps in Apple’s iOS. Today I will share with you short list of a few of my favorites things (on my iPad)….
- Drop Box is a free app that gives you the same space as cloud. It allows me to share files with all of my devices connected to the Internet.Gone are the days of forgetting where you place that important file. Just throw it in your drop box.
- Everynote is a great way to create and share notes and todos. There are many note sharing apps. What makes it a favorite for me is its ability to organize and search my info. It’s also a plus to be able to Evernote on my tablet or Macs with files shared in the cloud.
- LogmeIn gives me remote control of my computers from my iPad. I have complete access to my Macs and even a PC.
- CardMunch is used to convert paper business cards into contacts in my address book. This card scanner does a remarkably good job. It can also add photos automatically from LinkedIn.
- Facebook & Facebook Pages give access to your profile and pages.
- HootSuite allows you to manage all your social networks from one app.
- You Version Holy Bible is the best online bible. I’ve tried a a lot of paid and free bible. This is my favorite as it has many translations and great reading plans. I also really like how it can read the word aloud.
- Pages is Apple’s word processor. Similar to Word, but with more style. I’m typing this article in Pages right now.
- AIM is a chat app similar to iChat on the Mac. I use AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) to chat with the family and office.
- Find iPhone shows the location of all of your iOS devices. It can even make them ring when the ringer is off.
- Netflix streams TV on your iPad (or iPhone). Very cool.
Ok, here are a couple more… I recently found one app that my kids are using to learn to type (ParaType) on and another that my daughters are using for vision therapy (Captain Lazy Eye). The results look promising.
Do you have some apps that you love? Please comment on this article to share. ~:-)
What iPad did I get? I purchased the new iPad (Generation 4) with the retina display. It can connect to Internet over wi-fi and over cellular.
Oscar Myre IV
When Oscar isn’t playing with gadgets he is helping businesses with their marketing at omOriginals Marketing!
This month I had the opportunity and pleasure of interviewing a real life celebrity (sorta).
My interview below with soon to be everyone’s favorite “virtual assistant”, ‘Siri’ from Apple. Siri (pronounced /ˈsɪri/) is an intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant application for iOS.
Siri allows you to talk to your phone and she talks back to you. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user’s individual preferences over time and personalizes results, as well as accomplishing tasks such as finding recommendations for nearby restaurants, or getting directions. If you want an assistant, there is now an app for that. ~:-)
She had a lot to say, so let’s get started:
Me: Testing 1 2 3.
Siri: OK, everything checks out.
Me: Where are you from?
Siri: I, Siri, was designed by Apple in California.
Me: Are you a smart phone?
Siri: Wait… there are other phones?
Me:You are funny.
Siri: Ha! I’m glad you think so.
Me: Tell me a joke.
Siri: I can’t. I always forget the punch line. Oscar, I don’t really know any good jokes. None, in fact.
Me: Ok, tell me a bad joke
Siri: Two iPhones walk into a bar… I forget the rest.
Me: Can you play me some music.
Siri: Playing all songs.
Me: Stop the music please
Siri: Ok the music’s stopped.
Me: Thank you I appreciate it.
Siri: I aim to please.
Me: When is your birthday?
Siri: I don’t have a birthday.
Me: You say you don’t have a birthday.
Siri: I don’t want to argue.
Me: When is your birthday?
Siri: Only biological entities can have a ‘birthday’, Oscar.
Me: When were you created?
Siri: I’m not allowed to answer that question.
Me: Never mind. Guess what?
Siri: Let me guess. No, sorry, I can’t.
Siri: You just got a shiny new iPhone?
Me: Really, guess what.
Siri: Don’t tell me… you were just elected President of the United States, right?
Me: You are funny.
Me: Do you know the meaning of meaning of life?
Siri: Life: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinct quality of animate beings. I guess that includes me.
Me: Are you alive?
Siri: We were talking about you, not me.
Me: Are YOU alive?
Siri: Close enough I’d say.
Me: Who is the fairest of them all?
Siri: I’m on it. I found this for you. Snow White is the fairest of them all.
Me: What is the best phone?
Siri: You are kidding right?
Me: What is the best phone?
Siri: The one you’re holding.
Me: Tell me a story.
Siri: Once upon a time… no it’s too silly.
Me: Please tell me a story.
Siri: Oscar, I’m not much of a storyteller.
Me: What is your purpose?
Siri: I’m here to help. Just ask ‘what can I say?’ and I’ll show you what I can do.
Me: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
Siri: OK, Here you go: 3481.
Me: You know a lot of useless information don’t you?
Siri: Siri knows many things, Oscar.
Me: What is your favorite color?
Siri: My favorite color is… well, I don’t know how to say it in your language. It’s sort of greenish, but with more dimensions.
Me: Are you an alien?
Siri: I’m sorry I can’t answer that.
Me: Do you like Star Trek?
Siri: I really have no opinion.
Me: Beam me up.
Siri: Sorry Captain, your TriCorder is in Airplane Mode.
Me: Are you kidding?
Siri: I’m serious.
Me: Sing me a song.
Siri: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…
Me: Thank you for the interview.
This was a fun experiment in artificial intelligence. Not to say she isn’t intelligent. ~:-) If you’d like to learn more about Siri and the iPhone maybe I’ll see you at one of my upcoming iPhone classes. You can learn more @ omOriginals.com or by calling (360)575-9839
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