LIT Software Limited Time Sale on TrialPad and TranscriptPad Software

LIT Software has announced that their popular iPad apps, TrialPad and TranscriptPad, will be available at a reduced rate for the bundle of $139.99 from March 3, 2015 until March 6, 2015. These apps are usually sold for $89.99 each, so this represents a considerable discount on the combination of these apps. If you have been considering these apps and could use each of them, this is a great time to purchase the bundle. Unfortunately, if you have already purchased one, there is no discount to complete the bundle (disappointing that no discount is being offered for loyal users).

LIT Software Bundle

I have previously reviewed TrialPad on iPlugDelaware. The newest version is nice, but still has some limitations. I am hopeful that future versions will continue to be made available for free to current purchasers, and will add features that will also allow TrialPad to replace the need for separate PDF annotation software.

Download the bundle now from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app-bundle/ultimate-litigation-bundle/id944576845?mt=8

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Now Anyone Can Use iWork on the Web

Apple has taken the iWork suite of applications out of Beta status on iCloud, and now anyone can create an account and use Pages, Numbers, or Keynote for free. This is significant because now you can create, share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or spreadsheets even if the other person doesn’t have a Mac, iPhone or iPad. I have personally been very happy with the web versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers and have used each repeatedly in my web browser on my Windows machine.

iCloud.com login Accounts are created by using a valid email address that is not already associated with an Apple device (if you already have created an iCloud account on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you already have free access to these applications with your existing account). Just visit iCloud.com to create your account or login to an existing account. Once you login you will see icons for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers and you can instantly start creating and sharing. 

Along with the free access to the fully featured web versions of the iWork suite of applications, users are also given a free 1gb of disc space to use on iCloud. If you have friends that don’t currently use Apple products and you want to show the quality of the applications, share a link. Even though I’m a big fan of Office 365, I personally find the iCloud apps much easier to use than Google apps. Since it is free to create an account, go for it if you currently do not own an Apple device and have been curious of the allure of iWork. 

Apple Watch Details Coming During Spring Forward Event?

Apple sent out invitations to the technology press today announcing a “Spring Forward” event on March 9, 2015. The event will be held at 10 am Pacific Time (1 pm on the East Coast) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Tim Cook has already alluded to an April launch of the Apple Watch, but so far it is just known that there will be three models of Apple Watches with each being available in 2 different sizes with various color options, and that the least expensive model will start at $349.

Apple Spring Forward EventThe expectation is that Apple will have working models of the Apple Watch on stage, with details of exactly how the watch works, when it will go on sale, and demo’s of Applications expected to be available when the Apple Watch launches. Since the event is being held so early in March, the hope is that pre-sales will begin before the end of the month, and that the actual Apple Watch will ship very early in April (like the original iPad). It is likely that select members of the press will also be provided demo units.

As always, iPlugDelaware will report all information on the new product launch, and be first in line to purchase it when available. There is no information about whether the event will be live-streamed, but we will continue to update as more information is available. For now, see our prior coverage of the Apple Watch announcement.

Update: Apple has announced that a live-stream will be available for those watching from home. Add to your calendar, and remember to visit http://apple.com/live on March 9, 2015 at 10am Pacific Time.

Apps that I am Currently Using

Apple released a new feature with iOS 8 that lets you see the battery usage of apps installed on your device. The great thing about this feature is that it lets the user determine what apps are actually being used on a frequent basis. It is a great trouble-shooting tool when you notice your battery charge is not lasting as long as it used to, or a productivity tool to help you understand where you are wasting too much time.

Here is a screen shot of my current iPhone 6 Plus App battery usage for the last 7 days:

iPhone 6 Battery Usage 2-26-15

You can see that currently Newsify is using almost a quarter of my battery life over the last 7 days. This seems accurate to me as I frequently use my phone to check the latest technology, Social Security, local, and national news. Outlook and Chrome follow with about 10% battery usage each, and my lock screen also takes about the same amount of my battery (mainly because of notifications throughout the day). Although PocketCasts is probably my most used app, since I use it mainly in my car and at home to listen to podcasts, I usually have my phone plugged in while this app is being used. (Battery usage does not provide any stats on energy being used by apps while your device is plugged in).

For me the main surprise when I review my battery usage is how few apps I am actually using on my phone over the course of a week. It does not appear that any of my apps are using a disproportional amount of my battery, and it appears that I use my iPhone mainly to stay up-to-date on current news, read email, surf the web, and listen to podcasts.

Once you get past my top 8 apps, it looks like the remainder of the apps barely have any impact on my battery usage. Here is the second screen showing my remaining battery usage (notice that basically every app on this screen only uses 1% of my battery life):

iPhone 6 Battery Usage 2-26-15 Page 2The surprising part for me is how efficiently most apps installed on my device use my battery. I use Fitbit everyday and have it set to sync with my Fitbit One throughout the day. Despite always running, this app uses only 1% of my battery over the course of a week. Wink and Kevo are mainly used for home automation, and although I open up Wink 5-10 times per day, it has no noticeable impact on my battery life (OnSwitch, Acme, and Kohl’s, all of which I rarely open, seem to use the same amount of battery or more). Even Facebook and Twitter, that send me background notifications throughout the day, have little to no impact on my iPhone battery life.

Beyond troubleshooting bad battery life on your device, the battery usage screen is a great tool to understanding what is happening on your device on a daily basis. Just reviewing these stats again today has made me question why OnSwitch, Acme and Kohl’s are using any of my battery life at all (I don’t think I have opened Kohl’s since I installed it). It also helps you determine which apps can be deleted from your phone if you notice you are low on space. Despite having 384 applications installed on my iPhone, I only have used 25 user-installed apps in the past week.

To determine which of your apps are using your battery life, open up the “Settings” app, select “General”, then “Usage”, and finally “Battery Usage”. Battery Usage stats were introduced in iOS 8, so if you are using an earlier version of iOS, you will not have the option of reviewing your battery usage.

Steven Butler EsquireThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3

iOS 8.1.3 ReleasedApple released an update for iOS 8 today. iOS 8.1.3 was released that promises “bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements”. This latest release reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update (for those that still haven’t made the jump to iOS 8), fixes a Spotlight search issue that prevented app results in search, and fixes an issue that prevented use of multitasking gestures when using an iPad.

So far no widespread issues have been reported with installing this update, but still use caution and make sure your iPhone or iPad is backed-up prior to installing any iOS update. I have installed on my iPhone 6 Plus without issues. I am still crossing my fingers that this update will address issues with 3rd Party Keyboards repeatedly crashing.

To install the update, simply visit your “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad, and go into the “General” section and select “Software Update”. If you have an internet connection, you should see the option to install update. You can also manually install the update by plugging your device into a computer and using iTunes to update. Let us know if you have any issues!

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