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Evernote - Your life, noted

I have been an avid user of Evernote for several years in both business and my personal life. Evernote is often referred to as a "note taking" app, but it is so much more than that. At its core, yes, Evernote is a desktop app, web app and smartphone app that allows you to take notes and have those notes synced across all devices. That's where the power of Evernote starts. Within those notes you can add images, pdf files, Office docs and other file formats. It's a digital shoebox for you to collect your thoughts, files included. Notes can also include checkboxes, bullet points or numerals. This allows you to use Evernote for lists, todo's and reference material. I use it to keep recipes, receipts, articles, lists as well as a filing cabinet for any paper documents I receive and scan.

The other area where Evernote shines is as a web clipper. Evernote provides plugins for Safari, Chrome and Firefox which allows you to clip websites for later viewing. The clipper gives you the option of filing the clipped website into specific notebooks and with specific tags. 

The mobile version of Evernote offers several handy features like quick pic uploading, voice notes and scanning of documents and business card. For business use, it's a true swiss army knife of functionality. For personal use, it's a valuable organizational tool that will give you the resource to keep the information in your life organized and at your fingertips.

The iPhone 6s - What to expect

It has been announced that Apple will be holding a special event on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. The timing and speculation all indicate that this will be the event where Apple will announce the iPhone 6s line. There will undoubtedly be other announcements including the possibility of a new Apple TV, and maybe even an iPad Pro. We'll leave those goodies alone for now and just focus on the iPhone 6s.

As always, there is rampant speculation about what the new iPhone will have or not have in its feature set. While some rumors are downright comical, there is some hard evidence to establish at least a basic understanding of what the new iPhone 6s will be.

Let's take a look at what details are available at the moment from most likely to least likely.

ALMOST CERTAIN:

New Processor - Apple will supposedly be announcing the new A9 chip built into the iPhone 6s. The chip is apparently a significant upgrade to the A8 currently in use and will allow for much faster image processing with the camera as well as allow for smooth multitasking, available in iOS9.

Force Touch - The new technology that has been incorporated into the Apple Watch and the most recent Macbook will almost certainly make its way onto the iPhone 6s. While stories have speculated that the technology will be renamed something other than "force touch", the functionality will be there allowing users to add a pressure sensitive, secondary "click" to access additional options. The force touch feature will most likely be customizable, allowing for users to assign specific functions to it.

Better Camera - Considering how critical the camera is to the success of the iPhone, Apple has increased camera capabilities in almost every iPhone incarnation from the beginning. The iPhone 6s should be no exception. We are expecting a 12MP camera which along with the better processor should allow for crisper, clearer images. The most significant speculation around the new camera is the possibility of 4K video capability. This would make the iPhone one of the first phones to provide 4K video capture. Rumors have also indicated that the front-facing camera will have higher resolution and may also include a flash.

New Colors - Manufacturing images have also indicated that a new Rose Gold color may be added to the iPhone lineup. 

UNLIKELY:

New Glass -  Early rumors indicated that the iPhone 6s would now utilize a sapphire glass which would be nearly scratch proof. While this is a possibility for the iPhone 7, all indications are that it will not be utilized in the iPhone 6s.

Smaller Model - Some early rumors also indicated a smaller form factor would be available as an option for the iPhone 6s. The smaller version would have been closer in size to the iPhone 5 and would have been a less expensive model similar to the 5c line. Indications are that there is no smaller model in production at this time.

USB-C - While Apple seems to be moving towards USB-C as a standard for connectivity, there has been no indication that the iPhone 6s will use USB-C for charging. All expectations are that the 6s will utilize the same Lightning connector for charging.

HIGHLY UNLIKELY:

Curved Glass - There had been speculation that the iPhone 6s would incorporate a curved glass edge design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Edge series. There is no evidence, nor has there ever been any evidence of a curved glass design.

Conductive Charging - Another early rumor is that the iPhone 6s would have conductive charging capabilities similar to that of the Apple Watch. While a possibility for the iPhone 7, there has not been any evidence that the iPhone 6s will incorporate anything other than traditional, cable-based charging.

How Apple can steal back the Music business

 

Since Apple introduced the revolutionary iTunes Music store, a lot has changed in the world of digital music. Services like Pandora, Spotify, Sirius and now Tidal have changed the landscape and offered alternative services and features that Apple has not entirely caught up with yet.

How can Apple steal back the Music business? Here are a few suggestions.

1.)  Give us an all you can eat subscription service like Spotify that integrates our iTunes Music library. There are many times where I have to choose between listening to new music in Spotify as opposed to my own ripped music because it is not within Spotify's streaming catalog. It's a disruptive and messy situation. iTunes match has my entire music library in the cloud. Combine that with an on-demand streaming service like Spotify, so I can listen to things I don't already own and you've got a complete music solution. 

UPDATE - Done! Apple Music service has landed. We're glad that Apple reads our posts ;)

2.) Include a pair of quality, Beats branded earphones with every Apple device sold. Apple owns Beats now and it's time to start taking advantage of the brand and the tech. Include a pair of reasonably engineered (doesn't have to be top of the line) Beats headphones with every Apple device. This includes laptops and desktop computers. Let us hear the difference that your superior earphones will provide. Leverage the Beats brand and improve our listening experience right out of the box.

3.) Integrate iTunes Library into iCloud. There are many times where I want to listen to music, but its not practical to listen on my phone or home computer. Let us integrate our iTunes Match Library into iCloud. The same way all our photos are now available in iCloud and we can view them from any browser, give us the same control over our music library. For many reasons I may not want to setup my icloud account and sync an iTunes library on every computer I sit at. Let us have direct, simple access to our iTunes library via iCloud so we can listen to our music on any computer and any platform.

4.)  Bring back a portable device that is large enough to hold my entire music collection. While the streaming service would be a tremendous addition, having a portable version of my entire music collection that does not require wifi is something that is still very desirable. There is certainly an advantage to having your music cloud-based, but that assumes wifi or at the very least eating data from your cellular plan. A small device that could hold all my music, movies and photos and that could have streaming as well as analog connections would give us complete control over our media collections and consume them in a variety of ways. See LaCie Fuel. 

Templeton Client Referral Program

The Templeton Group is proud to announce the renewal of our Client Referral Program.

There is no better recommendation than word of mouth referrals.

Over the last 17 years, we have been fortunate enough to have received many such referrals from our existing clients.

In order to show our appreciation and help keep the good karma going, Templeton will now be offering a Client Referral Program.

The Referral Program works very simply - for every referral sent our way, the referring individual will recieve a new Apple Watch once that referral accumulates 10 hours of service with Templeton.

 

 

Simple.

So if you know of any companies in the NYC area that could use Macintosh support services, please let them know about us.

We'd appreciate the referral, and we'll provide them with the best Macintosh support service available in NYC today.

Just email us at referrals@templetongroup.com for more details or to submit a referral.