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5 of the best note taking apps for iOS

Nowadays, our phones have become more and more essential to our lives. Not only to connect with the people we care about, but they’ve also become secondary brains where we can store and keep lots of information. One of the most popular has to be nots. There are lots of ways to take notes. The simplest way is perhaps carrying a notebook and a pen, or...

How to use family sharing to share calendars

Last time we covered steps for sharing calendars with your family, friends, co-workers, and others using iCloud. But what if you were looking for something simpler and a little more focused? Something that was specific only to your family? Family Sharing, a part of Apple’s iCloud services, has you covered. What is Family Sharing? Apple introduced...

Episode 22: Magical AirPods, iPhone and iOS rumors, 2017 and more

This week on the App Factor Podcast, Justin and Brian talk about AirPods, the Nike Watch, iPhone and iOS rumors, what we’re looking forward to in 2017, and so much more. This is a good one! Our hosts: Justin Seeley – Staff author at pluralsight.com – @justinseeley Brian Sutich – Editor in Chief of The App Factor, musician, and audio engineer...

How to get started adding fields in AirTable

AirTable is my go-to app for creating databases. If you’re new to the concept of a database, think of it as a structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in various ways. Well, that’s what Google says anyway. If you’d like to hear about what makes AirTable a great app and service, tune in to our podcast. Here’s a link...

Instagram tips: How to add music to your Instagram Stories

One of the most read articles on the App Factor has been this one, which shows how to add music to your Snaps for your Snapchat story. Snapchat isn’t the only game in town if you want to share your day socially. Instagram implemented a similar feature called Stories, and has been adding more and more new features ever since. Lots of folks have asked...

How to share calendars with iCloud

Your house probably has a refrigerator, right? It has the usual things inside—food, an assortment of beverages, maybe ice water to the door. On the outside it might also have a calendar, probably attached with magnets. Or maybe you have a small whiteboard somewhere in your house with a calendar month pre-drawn on it. And you meticulously fill in...

3 iCloud features everyone should use

Apple has taken several stabs at online services. Do you remember .mac? How about MobileMe? iTools? eWorld, anyone? eWorld, CyberDog, PowerTalk…good times!And now, of course, iCloud. To some degree, all of these defunct products played a role in getting us to where we are today—either with the features that have come along for the ride, or for the...

5 useful IFTTT Applets that will save you time

You’ve probably heard of IFTTT. IFTTT is short for If This Then That — a web service that allows you to connect web services or connected devices to automate them. IFTTT is really useful and a huge time saver. You can use it to automate mundane daily tasks so you can focus on more important things! Applets (which used to be called Recipes) are a set...

5 simple ways to to clean up your contacts

Most folks store a mish-mash of information in the Contacts app, and sometimes the information is not consistent or accurate. It’s not at all uncommon for a first name to appear in the field for last name, for phone numbers to lack an area code, for information about multiple people to appear on one contact card, or for information about one person...

Learn how to easily make grocery lists in Notes

There are many fantastic task management apps on the App Store right now. I currently use Todoist, and while I manage a ton of different projects and tasks in Todoist, one thing I don’t want clogging up that app is my grocery list. Apple’s stock Notes app has gotten a lot of love over the past few iOS iterations, and one of the best features of the...

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