On the road dictation: iPhone app Dictate

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One of the things startup entrepreneurs do is work to be productive with their Mac and iPhone as a team of tools, a team of tools in your entrepreneur toolbox. In a recent blog post, Business use of iPhone Voice Memo about taking notes using the iPhone’s Voice Memo, I outlined a simple way of recording things while you are on the road. Years ago bosses use to say to their secretary, or maybe to today’s administrative or virtual assistant, “Take a Memo!”

Not any more, it’s more likely the bosses taking their own memos.

You can still use the iPhone’s Voice Memo to record your thoughts as you have them, if you have an idea for another book or blog post. But what if you want to communicate with others.

Now there’s a new solution in town: Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications.

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Mac, iPhone, iPad: Our future network of devices and information

As an startup entrepreneur using a Mac, we’ve come a long way baby. But the real question is: Where are we going? Well, take a look at Cisco’s The Internet of Things [INFOGRAPHIC] of where we’re been and you can extrapolate where we’re headed.

Now watch how your Mac, iPhone, and iPad connects with this information and you’ll get a good idea of what will happen in the near future.

Question is, will you be the next Facebook, Twitter, or other tech company designing products for Apple products?

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Business use for iPhone Voice Memos

Any startup entrepreneur runs across periods of time where they can get some things done while waiting or they’re on the road. Texting can take a lot of time and sometimes the “fat finger” issue with typing makes matters worse. My wife is a realtor and she’s on the road a lot and “has time” and would like to answer her email on the road, but can’t text or type. Well, here’s a way around that: iPhone Voice Memo.

Wherever you are “on the road” in your car, at your local car mechanic getting your car worked on, or picking up your kids from school or the daycare center, you can use the Voice Memo app to record your thoughts for later retrieval and sharing with your customers, vendors, family members, or other contacts.

 

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Apple’s WWDC today, 11 AM MDT, or…

Here’s the times for your local time zone:

  • 07:00AM – Hawaii
  • 10:00AM – Pacific
  • 11:00AM – Mountain
  • 12:00PM – Central
  • 01:00PM – Eastern
  • 06:00PM – London
  • 07:00PM – Paris
  • 09:00PM – Moscow
  • 02:00AM – Tokyo (June 7th)

OK, if you’re an startup entrepreneur using a Mac you’ll want to watch, or at least visit, a number of sites that are blogging about what’s happening at Apple’s WWDC. I’ll post only the highlights and brief commentary about what I see from a business perspective, not a consumer.

As an initial comment, Apple tends to favor the consumer model of it’s hardware more so than the business. They are tackling the business market, but not at the level that I consider it worthwhile: Solopreneurs and Mompreneurs.

If you go to MacSurfer.com and visit the General Interest you’ll a number of bloggers and web sites that will write about what’s happening.

Commentary: Updates are happening:

1. Mac OS X Lion (Available in July): 250 Added Features (Apple’s Top 10, your mileage may vary, mine usually does):

  1. Multitouch Gestures
  2. Full Screen Applications
  3. Mission Control
  4. Mac App Store
  5. Launchpad
  6. Resume
  7. Auto Save (great for version control during collaboration) (9)
  8. Versions
  9. AirDrop
  10. Mail

Upgrade through Mac App Store: $29.99!! That’s a steal!!

2. iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPad (Ships this fall for users, the SDK seed is available now):

  • 1500 new APIs (coder talk for code that makes it easy for programmers to write their code)
  • 200 new user features
  • 10 Key Features: 1. Notification Center 2. Newstand 3. Twitter 4. Safari 5. Reminders 6. Camera Updates 7. Mail 8. PC Free (OTA – Over The Air) 9. Game Center (“In just 9 months we have 50 million Game Center users. To put that into perspective Xbox Live has been around for about eight years and they have around 30 million users.”) 10. iMessage

3. iCloud (Ships this fall with iOS 5):

  • Sync across all platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac. Cal, Contacts, books, purchased music, photos and videos, device settings, and App data as well.
  • Documents/apps/music/photos/etc. in the Cloud. Pages, automatically uploaded to the cloud. “Works across all iOS devices, and Macs and PCs too.” (My question: what if I don’t want to use Apple’s iCloud system as a business person?)
  • iTunes Match – syncs all of your music between your devices, but only for 30 days will it hold onto your data. Means you need to ensure you download them to your Mac and iPhone/etc. devices so you don’t lose them. Think of it as automatic deletions.

Since the Apple Store was not “We’ll be back soon” yellow sticky is is presumed that these will release this fall, after the school sales ending the first week or second in September. Also, since  I was personally waiting for the new iWork and the iCloud  is not until this fall, it looks like I’ll have to wait another 3-6 months for it to “sync” with the other devices.

I’ll be cleaning up the post throughout the day as I get clarity around these subjects. Watch for updates later in the day or tomorrow.

You can watch the whole event at Apple’s 2011 WWDC video.

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10 solutions finding a lost or stolen Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch

One of the worst feelings any startup entrepreneur has is having their life’s work and life lost or stolen from them which resides on their Mac. I personally have not had this happen, but having worked selling computers to businesses I have come across any number of people that have had their computer stolen and they are not only devastated, but worried about the identify theft that can occur. Imagine being a graphic art studio and walking into your business and finding all of your hardware gone. It leaves a sinking feeling in your stomach.

First: Back up ALL of your files! Losing the files can delay doing business, so backup your files ensures you can meet deadlines and can still make money. Then you can begin locating your lost stuff.

But there is hope, here are 10 ways of getting your Mac and your life back.

  1. MobileMe – finds your lost or stolen iPhone or iPod Touch. Check out MobileMe’s Back to my Mac feature, here’s a story about it and getting a Mac back.
  2. Dropbox - Use Dropbox to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Computer is another way.
  3. LoJack for laptops - http://absolute.com/en/lojackforlaptops/home.aspx
  4. VigiMac - http://www.vigimac.com/
  5. PreyProject - http://preyproject.com/
  6. GadgetTrack - http://www.gadgettrak.com/products/laptop/
  7. Undercover - http://www.orbicule.com/undercover/
  8. Hidden - http://hiddenapp.com/
  9. Mac Calls Home - http://www.mark-up.com/store/MacBook-Call-Home/
  10. Viwer - http://stumpy.vuse.vanderbilt.edu/VUWER.htm

Once you know the IP address (and you can look it up here http://www.ip-adress.com/ ) you can now find a police officer and nab the thief.

Now, take some action before something happens.

A suggestion: One of the ways of helping out in such a stressful situation is to email this link to these various solutions to a Gmail account and keep it always “on file” to be brought up when such an event hits you. Or, bookmark (hide it so the average thief won’t know it) it so that your browser bookmarks are shared among your various Apple devices and you can access.

The Gmail suggestion means you can access it from anywhere, such as a police station, if needed.

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FREE Apple Business Expos in 2011

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Did you know that there is a Loop Business Expo National Road Tour that is in a city near you? Per their web site:

The Only FREE Apple-Based Exposition for Business Users. This event is for all business end users that use Apple Mac’s, iPhones, & iPads for their day to day business. Admission for the expo is FREE. We will have over 50 manufacturers & developers from all over the world showcasing their business solutions for the Mac.

Check the web site for more and updated info.

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