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instagram

11.01.2010

My new favorite photo sharing app for my iPhone is Instagram. My friend Dane Sanders turned me onto it and it's just a really cool, fun way to share your mobile uploads. Technically you can upload any photo that's on your phone, but I am primarily using it for my mobile uploads. With one app, it can update my Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr pages...

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awesome apps

awesome apps

08.09.2010

It's been just over 4 months since I first got my iPad and the more I use it, the more I love it. I've been using my laptop less and less and using my iPad more and more. I read books, watch TV shows & movies. I show off my work... my portfolio looks great on the iPad and I even have done slideshows during wedding receptions on it. It's also great...

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Say hello to my new little friend

Say hello to my new little friend

06.26.2010

As you probably could have guessed, I picked up my iPhone 4 on Thursday when they went on sale to the public. Since I am a rabid Apple fan and I love toys & technology, I've gotten all 4 phones that Apple has produced on the day they have been released. In fact, me and a few of my friends camped out for the first phone back in 2007. This year,...

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support cusd school teachers

04.23.2010

Hey friends, It's not often that I like to put political topics on my blog, but this one hits close to home so I want to support my sister & brother-in-law who are both teacher getting screwed over by our local school board. You may have to turn the volume down (for when I am talking at least): You can find out more about the teacher's...

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how the iPad is going to change magazines

04.14.2010

Sorry I haven't been blogging a lot lately, I have been super busy with a plethora of projects and I haven't had a lot of time to write & share. The real reason, is because I've been obsessed with my iPad. I can't quite seem to put it down. Just about every other tweet from me is about my new toy. I did a 1 hour initial review during Study Hall...

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I have my own iPhone Apps

01.07.2010

Hey now... I have my own very own iPhone apps live in the iTunes App Store and they are FREE! You can now keep up with my blog and Twitter feed as well as the [ b ] School blog & Twitter feed right from your iPhone. Just click the screen caps below to open itunes and download the app.

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the ultimate last minute gift

12.21.2009

Each and every year, I actually enjoy putting off all of my Christmas shopping until about a week before Christmas. I like going to the mall when it's super packed and it takes forever to find a parking spot and there's an electricity in the air. I go into it knowing it's going to be a crazy day and I just plan on everything taking forever. I went...

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Rants & Raves, Episode #1

07.12.2009

You can get the Apple headphones here, and you can pick up the Beats from Dr. Dre in my aStore.

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