My iPhone Can Do That?

My iPhone really is amazing. I thank Holy Thor every day for the ability to be mobile without lugging around a laptop wherever I go.

And every day I am learning more things I can do on it. Like this little nugget.

Siri can tell me what planes are flying over my head. Really. I know this might not sound too awesome to some of you, but my office is in the flight path of San Diego’s Lindbergh Field which is the busiest commercial airport in the United States with only one runway, and the second-busiest single-use runway in the world next to London’s Gatwick. So a lot of planes fly over. And I love it. I used to use just my hearing and memory to determine which one is a Boeing 737 or that old freaking DC10 that I think FedEx still uses.

But now Siri has made it even better and here is how you can find out.

Ask Siri, “Siri what planes are flying overhead?”

BOOM. All you need to know.

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App of the Day: Talking Angry Drunk Santa

To make your Christmas shopping a little more relaxing and stress-free, we bring you hours of excitement on your iPhone of iPad with Talking Angry Drunk Santa! It’s free and you will be able to amuse your friends at the bar, annoy your family or maybe show drunk and loud Uncle Bernie what he would like as Santa…

The holidays sometimes can be hard on people… yes, even on Santa.

Hours of safe, merry fun for everyone, Talking Angry Drunk Santa allows Santa to blow off a little harmless, hard-earned steam.

Speak into your microphone and Santa repeats your message aloud.

Or listen as Santa lets loose with silly, funny gripes about his demanding life as a magical, global, holiday icon!

Poke and tickle Santa to help him relax with some dancing and snacks.

Be nice to Santa – give him a couple of beers. Everybody needs to kick back and relax sometimes, even mythological heroes!

Send funny holiday card video clips to family and friends using Facebook, YouTube or email.

Top 5 Reasons I Love QuickBooks On My IPad

  1. I use an RDC App to my cloud server so I have access to not only my QuickBooks but all my files.
  2. My cloud server Right Networks is MUCH more reliable than Intuit’s QuickBooks online server.
  3. The screen is big enough to see a full document.  Much better than squinting at my phone.
  4. I can pull up info on the fly for customers without needing a laptop bag full of equipment.
  5. Intuit said it wasn’t possible and I figured it out anyway!
QuickBooks On an Ipad

QuickBooks On an Ipad

Wanted: San Diego Geek Girls

Do you love the ocean?

Long walks on the beach?

69 degree average temperature year round?

Fish tacos and Stone IPA?

Then you MUST be a San Diego Geek Girl! And we want you!

We just started a Meetup Group to find Geek Girls in the San Diego area who might be interested in being a part of future Geek Girl Boot Camps in the area, as well as the successful “Hire a Geek Girl” program.

If you are a programmer, designer, social media maven, Quickbooks queen, PC or Mac afficionado, foursquare junkie, code toad or IT rock star…then join our Meetup Page and suggest some topis to discuss, events to partake in and perhaps just an all-around networking meetup and get to know ya party.

And if you are interested in sponsoring any of our events, we would love to have you involved and come and speak to the group!

Join us today and get involved with helping others get empowered in tech!

P.S. Geek Guys are so invited.

iPhone Tips: How to Send a Link from Safari to Email or Text











Ever wondered how to send a link from Safari on your iPhone by SMS text or email? Here’s how. Wicked easy!

Choose your Safari web browser app.

Tap the web address bar on top of your iPhone Safari web browser.

Press and hold where the URL address is until the “Select/Select All” options come up.

Tap “Select All” and then “Copy.”

Close the web bowser and then choose which way you want to send the link, whether by text or email.

Then press the “Create New” icon and then tap on the blank space where you would usually type the message you were sending.











Press “Paste” and then type in a recipient for your message and press “Send.”

So easy!











For more TechBytes tips on iPhones, go here and see some past posts> iPhone Tips


Top 10 Reasons to go to Geek Girl Boot Camp…

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to go to Geek Girl Boot Camp on Saturday, March 19th from 8 am. to 6 p.m. at the Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable:

10.) Not a Geek? Not a problem. It’s meant for all types of computer users; newbies, the hesitant, the self-taught, hard-core geeks, and people just wanting to empower themselves with all things geeky. Knowledge is Good!

9.) Not a Girl? Not a problem. The demographics of Boot Camp range from our youngest at 10 to our oldest at 84. And guys are totally welcome!

8.) Open schedule. Go to any workshop you want (some may have max capacity, etc)

7.) Come with friend/fellow co-worker and divide and conquer on workshops and share. Make new friends. Then learn how to make friends online with Facebook and Twitter!

6.) Outstanding Value. 8 hours of computer instruction, demos, discussion and the famous Geek Girl Help Desk, for less than the cost of 1 hour with a computer tech. Bring a laptop and take advantage of the opportunity!

5.) It’s Local! Right in your own backyard! No need to travel to Boston or Silicon Valley to get the latest on technology. It’s so simple!

4.) You’ll have fun! End the day with a schwag bag full of goodies and a tshirt, mix and mingle with attendees and speakers at the cocktail party where oodles of giveaways will be handed out to winners. (And martinis.)

3.) The Essential Geek Girl Handbook. Containing Top Ten Lists for workshops, speaker bios, ads from sponsors, glossaries, resources and filled with your own notes, this full-color book will be your reference source long after Boot Camp is over.

2.) Demos. Check out computers, smart phones, tablets, video cameras, digital cameras and other consumer products before buying. Get information from the people who use the products every day.

And the #1 Reason to go to Geek Girl Camp….

1.) Just so you can shock your know-it-all teenagers, your impatient spouse or that know-it-all guy in your office and say, “No thanks, I don’t need you to fix my computer. I went to Geek Girl Camp and I can do it myself!” Priceless…

It’s not too late! Register NOW!

Just a Thought: Donate a Scholarship to a Student or Woman in Need! This is a wonderful way to “Pay it Forward” – You can stay anonymous or we can post your name on the website. Contact us for more information.

See you at Boot Camp!

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Who sings that? Now you can always know with SHAZAM!

So I’m at a restaurant (or an airport, elevator, car, waiting room…you get the point) and a song comes on in the background, one of many to the ‘soundtrack’ of my life. I love the beat..the lyrics are great, but I have no idea who it is? Have I heard this artist before, is this a new and upcoming artist? Well no more guessing for me!

I can now just ask Shazam, a great free music discovery engine app available for Android, BlackBerry, BREW, iPhone, J2ME, Symbian and Windows Phone.

I personally use it on my Iphone and it takes but 30 seconds for it to tag, analyze and verify a song. Once it does you will see the title of the song, artist, and album info. Depending on the album, you can get even more in depth information such as discography, reviews, tour info, and lyrics. On the IPhone version it gives me a button so I can connect straight to iTunes and purchase the song or album right then and there.

While Shazam is free, it is limited to five tags a month. However there is a paid version, Shazam Encore, without the ads and unlimited tagging for $2.99 a year or $4.99 for a lifetime subscription. Whether you get the free or paid, this app is sooo worth it and you will never leave yourself guessing again as well as discovering great music!

Leave Your Rewards Cards at Home: Use Your iPhone!

Okay, tell me this has never happened to you. You go to the store and someone asks, “Do you have ______ Rewards Card?”. Your answer probably is: A.) Nope, I left it at home; B.) Nope, I left it on my other set of keys; C.) Nope. It’s in my other car. D.) Nope. My husband has it. And who wants a set of keys with a bazillion rewards cards dangling like a dead weight? It’s a wonder your steering wheel hasn’t fallen off your dashboard with all that weight.

Well, we have an app for that! Why not put all your rewards card numbers on your iPhone?

With CardStar, you can! A overwhelming favorite of Geek Girls!

Simply download the CardStar app from the iTunes app store onto your iPhone. Using CardStar is easy! Just click the plus sign on the top right of the app. Select merchant, by eiher choosing a category, or hitting all merchants for the complete list. For instance, if you want to put your Southwest Rapid Rewards on your iPhone, select Southwest, add your rewards number exactly as it is on your card, and then hit save. Voila! Save any merchant loyalty card, discount card, rewards card or airlines miles cards, all within seconds.

Next time you need all your rewards card numbers in one place, look to your iPhone and keep your bulky purse and huge keychain at home.

Just don’t forget your iPhone…!

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and DropBox Users: Try out PlainText!

iPhone users, take a look at this new app, especially if you are a DropBox user as well. PlainText is so easy to use and being able to sync to DropBox is even better than your Notes default app!

For editing text on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. PlainText is a simple text editor with an uncomplicated, paper-like user interface. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with

It’s not for everyone, but if you are like me and write lots of notes you would like to organize and save so I can pick them up on DropBox later, this is a great way to share them!

App Junkies: How to Create App Folders on Your iPhone 4 and iOS 4

So, the new OS upgrade came to the iPhone 3GS this week and the new iPhone is being shipped now! Hooray! If you have already upgraded your OS to the new iOS 4, you might want to know some very cool things you can do with it, like create app folders to hold your apps for faster search and efficiency for all you app junkies like me.

Creating folders is easy-cheesy. Creating folders will store and organize the apps on your iPhone’s home screen. To create a folder, tap and hold any icon on the home screen until they all start wiggling. Then (this is the cool part) drag and drop any application on top of another to create a folder with those apps together. Ain’t it cool?

Now, it’s not something everyone will use, but if you have 9 pages of apps on your iPhone, sometimes making folders on the home page is a lot easier than swishing page to page.