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Apple to Unveil Next Generation iPhone on September 10

Apple will unveil its next iPhone on September 10, reports AllThingsD, citing sources with knowledge of the event. Though the date of the announcement has been revealed, it is unclear whether the event will focus singularly on the upcoming iPhone 5S or if it will include Apple's rumored low-cost iPhone, possibly dubbed the iPhone "5C". 

The iPhone 5C, which is aimed at emerging markets, shares quite a few similarities with the iPhone 5. Prototype photos and leaked parts have depicted a similar shape and size, though the iPhone 5C has rounded edges, a slightly thicker form factor, and a polycarbonate shell that is offered in a range of colors. 
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How to free up space on your iPad and/or iPhone

3 tips to free up space on your iPad and/or iPhone

1.  Remove any apps you no longer use.  Be ruthless when it comes to doing this.  Remember, you can alway re-download any app you purchased through the App Store at no additional cost.  Tap and press one icon, and when they all start wiggling and jiggling, hit that X in the upper right hand corner on those apps you wish to remove.  

2.  Empty your email accounts sent, junk and trash folders.  You would be amazed at how much storage space 3rd party email accounts can take up on your iPad and iPhone if you don't get in the habit of emptying the trash in those.  As to your iCloud email account/s, they do not take up space on your iPad, however they count against your account storage space so if you are in need of space there, empty the sent, junk and trash there as well.  I have gotten into the habit of emptying the junk and trash folders on all my email accounts at least once a month.  To empty those folders click on the Mail icon then go to your Accounts section.  

3.  Click on the Newsstand icon, and start archiving older issues of any magazines you subscribe to such as Readers Digest, National Geographic, etc.  Those kinds of magazines can take up a lot of storage space very quickly, so if space is an issue, keep all older copies archived.  You can always re-download them at no additional cost if you ever want to. 




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How I organize, save and share all my photos now

I was recently inspired by a Lifehacker article to use Trovebox to gather all my current photos from Facebook and Flicker into one place. If you are an Instagram user, Trovebox will also grab photos from there as well. Once I had my current Facebook and Flickr photos gathered and stored in one place, I started using Flickr as my main web album.  I chose Flickr as my main web album partly because I belong to several photography groups there.  The other reasons are because Flickr offers all its users a terabyte of storage space, and the ability to share your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Live Journal, Pinterest, and Wordpress.  I only upload my photos once now, then do all my sharing directly from Flickr.  The Flickr IOS app makes uploading and sharing photos to Facebook super easy. This saves me not only time, but bandwidth as well.

Being a RapidWeaver user, my RapidBlog plugin is how I update my main website blogs on the fly.  I am sharing more of my photos on my website now because of how easy Flickr makes doing that via Blogger.  To share to my blog I simply open the Flickr photo in Safari, and choose Blogger from the share options. Since I have two blogs, I set both up in the Blogger share preferences. This option works on the mobile Safari browser as well, which makes sharing my photos to my web blogs on the iPad and iPhone quick and easy.  My RapidBlog plugin insures that all my Blogger entries instantly appear in my main website blogs.  

Because I have the iPad camera connection kit, I download some of my Nikon photos onto it now.  I use Photo Album Organizer on it to edit and organize those and other photos. Once photos are added to an album in it, I can upload them to Flickr, and save a backup copy to Dropbox directly from the app.  As much as I love using the iPad for saving and sharing my photos with, I know sooner or later space for saved photos will become an issue. However, I have thought this out and now have an iCloud photo stream entitled New Photos that I share to via my main iCloud photo stream.  I can easily save the new photos in it to my iPhoto app when I am on the laptop. Since I have over 400 gigabytes of space left on it, space is not going to become an issue on it anytime soon.  When it does become an issue on the iPad, I can remove older photos on it to make room for new ones. In this way I will always have at least 3 copies of my photos at any given time.

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They have better things to waste their money on

Technology has really changed our world. I am of the generation who's fingers first started typing on a manual typewriter. Boy didn't those things build finger muscles using them? We sure had no problem flipping someone the bird, or waving the peace sign. Oh and those return levers! We could bitch slap with the best of them after a day of slapping those things around. Then electric typewriters came along and man we thought we were really styling! Now, we have touch screen iPads, iPods, iPhones, and ultra thin laptops that you can do nearly anything on.

We also live in a world where Big Brother, his sister, mother, father, and maybe even cousin Bubba are watching you. Especially if you like to Facebook and Tweet. Or walk down a street with a Google Cam. Or into any store or area where surveillance cameras are keeping a watchful eye perpetually open. Every time you surf the net cookies and other programs are tracking your every move. Is it any wonder as a nation, perhaps even as a world, we have become a trifle paranoid?

I know when I really think about it, it scares the hell out of me. Fortunately I'm blonde enough to not do that too often. If I did really think about it too often, I am afraid I would be out there building underground bunkers and joining the survivalists. I prefer to not worry about it, even thumb my nose at it all, go shopping on Amazon.com on a mac, with my cookie filters set as high as I can and still shop, then let them figure out what they think I'm going to want to buy next with whatever information they could glean from that shopping spree. They have NO idea what a precocious shopper I am.

Is the government watching me? Well, I was known as a radical troublemaker in the 70's. Yeah I know, hard to believe I was ever a radical troublemaker. Over the years I have continued my quiet peaceful ways by proving sometimes, the truth really does hurt, by stepping on several political toes, while simply writing the truth. Some of those toes were Presidential ones. And I have a son in the Air Force. So, what do you think? Would they really waste their time, and our tax dollars on somebody as harmless as me? It's not like I'm the kind to spark a revolution.

Personally, I think they have a lot better things to waste their time, and our tax dollars on. Things like paying researchers to play video games, study the effects of cocaine on Japanese quail, teach Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibility, or pay a professor to study how Americans find love on the internet. No, I'm not making this stuff up. I Googled stupid things the government spends money on, and found this stuff. It was on the internet after all, so it must be true.



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Disturbing Facts Concerning the IOS 6 Do Not Disturb

Just a little note to my fellow iPhone users. If you use the Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone and/or iPad, please be aware that as of January 1st it went rogue and ceased to obey orders. Which is why you may have found yourself missing calls, and having trouble with timers, and other sound alert programs. 

I know I started suddenly missing calls, and then having trouble with my timer sound alert. After trying several things I suddenly noticed my Do Not Disturb program had not turned itself off in the morning like it usually did. Naturally I Googled the problem and discovered there is a bug in the system.

Apple has issued the following statement concerning this little bug in the system.

“Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013,” an official Apple spokesperson announced via the company’s support pages. Rather unhelpfully, the company added: “Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.

“To turn off the scheduling feature, tap Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and switch Scheduled to Off.”



Needless to say I am hoping this bug does work itself out on the 7th because when it was working right, I really enjoyed that feature!


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A state of perfect synchronization

This groovin' granny is once more making sure she doesn't get left completely in the technological dust of this brave new world we are all now living in. I am proud to say I am FINALLY an iPhone owner. Yeah, yeah I know, it's about damn time this hardcore mac lover got with the iPhone program. The Verizon salesman tried to talk me into a Droid, but I wasn't going for it. I could tell from the face he made every time he said the word iPhone, he wasn't an Apple lover. But as I told him, I have been a hardcore Apple fan for a long time now, knew the pros and cons of both phones, and still wanted the iPhone.

I'm really glad I didn't let him talk me into a Droid because I am loving the new iPhone 4. It does everything a regular cell phone does, and yes, a whole lot more. Gone are the days when the only thing I did on a cell phone was talk and send the occasional text message. Texting on the new iPhone 4 is much easier than trying to text on that ridiculous Razzle phone. Plus, I can easily surf the web, listen to music, and do just about anything else I would normally do on the laptop or iPad.

The muse has always loved coming up with really great ideas when I didn't have any way to jot those ideas down. But now Morris is going to have to get use to me always having a little notepad handy now thanks to the iPhone. True, because I'm not use to the little keyboard yet, the notes are currently rather terse. But, I've noticed the more I use the little keyboard, the better I'm getting on it. Even now I can at least jot a few words down that will hopefully jog my memory enough to allow me to remember what it was I was thinking at the time. As I did when the idea for this paragraph came me to while I was sitting beneath my favorite tree sipping my morning tea.

I love the Apple ear buds with the built in microphone. Those really rock! People I have talked to while wearing the ear buds with the built in microphone say I am coming in good and clear. I know I can sure hear whoever is calling a lot better than I ever did with the regular blue tooth accessory. It is nice to have the ear buds to listen to music with in stereo, yet also be able to talk on the phone with the same ear buds. Now I can crank the music all the way up, and not have to worry about being able to hear the phone if it rings. Should I want the music off, all I have to do is reach up and give the center of the little built in remote/mic a gentle squeeze. I can also adjust the volume with a gentle squeeze on one end of the remote/mic, or the other.

If worse comes to worse, and Larry can't get my attention by banging his empty beer can on the table, or any other way, and really needs something, he can always call me on his no nonsense, not so smart flip phone that lives in his shirt pocket. He refuses to catch up with technology when it comes to his cell phone. That's cool with me though. His phone does what he wants it to, and my iPhone does what I want it to.

Now that I have caught up with smart phone technology, I have been taking advantage of that groovy bar code scanner feature in my Grocery IQ app. That is a really cool feature that makes adding items to the grocer list a snap. No, I have not scanned every household and grocery item in the RV. Yes, I have scanned a few things I buy frequently, and put them into the favorites list. Since I always have my phone with me when we go into town, I never forget the grocery list now. I can add items from the iPad or even laptop if I want, and the Grocery IQ app automatically syncs and updates the app on my other devices. Syncing is what it's all about when it comes to making sure transferring information from one device to another is a breeze. After updating a couple of apps on the laptop, I have achieved a state of perfect synchronization.

Because it can do so much, I'm afraid I am guilty of being one of those people who are pretty much glued to their iPhone now. It's my phone, MP3 player, radio, grocery list, camera, photo album, and so much more. Muffy sends me pics now of their family via text messages. I save the pic in the camera roll, then upload it to my mobile gallery. Yes, I have become one of those obnoxious iPhone owners who can show off the latest picture of my disgustingly cute grandson with one tap of my finger. I also freely admit to joining the ranks of those have CRS, (Can't Remember Shit) because there's an app for that.



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