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8 Apps You Need To Make iPhone And Mac Perfectly Work Together

8 Apps You Need To Make iPhone And Mac Perfectly Work Together

With the upcoming release of iOS7.1 and OSX Yosemite there will be a lot more that people can do between their iPhones, iPads, and their Macs. That said, some people may not want to upgrade their devices yet and some may have devices too old to be upgraded. If either of those sound like your case then you can still get a good amount of work done between your iOS and Mac with these eight applications.

1. Notifyr

iPhone and Mac

    Notifyr is an application that allows you to get notifications on your Mac from your iPhone. That means things like text messages, emails, Whatsapp notifications, and pretty much any other notifications will pop up on your Mac so you know that they’re there. Unfortunately you cannot use Notifyr or its Mac companion app to respond to these notifications. It just lets you know that it’s there. A few issues here and there have also been reported but generally it seems to be working rather well.

    2. Knock

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    iPhone and Mac

      Knock is an interesting application that allows you to unlock your Mac using your iPhone. The premise is fairly simple. You install the application on your Mac and your iPhone and then link them. Once linked you can then hit a button on your iPhone to unlock your Mac. This can be great for people who don’t want to enter a password over and over again but still want a secured Mac. It’s simple to install and easy to use.

      3. Command-C

      iPhone and Mac

        Command-C is a simple application that allows you to copy and paste text from your Mac to your iPhone and vice versa using your local WiFi network. It’s simple to use and it doesn’t require having the application open. The only potential worry is that you must be connected to the same Wifi network as your Mac so that the app can do its job. You won’t be copying text on your iPhone at work and having someone paste it at home on your Mac or vice versa. Otherwise it works really well.

        4. Type2Phone

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        iPhone and Mac

          Type2Phone is an application that lets you type on your iPhone using the keyboard on your Mac. This can be incredibly useful if you do a lot of work at your Mac and you don’t want to undock or pick up your iPhone to answer every message. Simply click in the text box, type out your message, and then go back to work on your Mac with no worries.

          5. Dialogue

          Dialogue is an application that lets you answer phone calls on your Mac from your iPhone. When iOS7.1 and Yosemite get released, this feature will actually be a stock feature on both so this app won’t be needed much anymore. Until that time comes, this is the best alternative. Some people have had some issues and some features aren’t supported such as making calls from your Mac. It’s a little buggy but it gets the job done for the most part.

          6. iProcrastinate

          iPhone and Mac

            If you’re in the market for a task management application that works on both iOS and Mac then iProcrastinate is a great app to try. You can add tasks between platforms so if you remember something you need to do and you’re not near your Mac, you can easily add it to the app in iOS and it’ll sync over. This is great for the businessman on the go who doesn’t want to make the same edits across both platforms.

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            7. PhotoSync

            iPhone and Mac

              PhotoSync is the answer if you want to transfer photos to your Mac without using a cable or iTunes. It’s a very simple app to use. Just download it on both platforms and you can transfer your images at will. It has decent ratings and there haven’t been a lot of bugs reported. If you want better control of your image sync on both Mac and iOS then this is the way to do it.

              8. Evernote

              iPhone and Mac

                Evernote is an amazing application on any platform but it does have the capabilities to work well between Mac and iOS. When you install both apps and login in, you can sync all information between your device and Evernote. Since you can do a heap of things with Evernote, this can help you perform a lot of tasks and save a lot of things between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can even create an Evernote contact in your phone with your personal Evernote email and have Siri send emails to it if you want to do it that way. Millions of people use Evernote and there’s a reason. It’s pretty fantastic.

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                A lot of these apps will be rendered useless by iOS7.1 and Yosemite. Specifically ones that deal with phone calls and notifications. If you do upgrade to those, be sure to switch over to the built-in stuff because it will likely be more stable and contain more features. Until then, use these apps and enjoy a more involved experienced using your Mac and iOS together!

                Featured photo credit: Janet Tokerud via janet.tokerud.com

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                Published on September 20, 2018

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                Minimizing Tabs

                Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                Incognito Mode

                Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                Save Webpages as PDF Files

                Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                Open Recently-closed Tabs

                Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                Solve Mathematical Problems

                Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                Play Media Files

                Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                Stay Focus(e)d

                Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                Grammarly for Editing

                Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                Loom

                There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                Chrome Calendar Extension

                No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                Final Thoughts

                Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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