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I had experimented with several photo transfer apps from the App Store. Gadgets such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad do not enable transferring photos between those devices using the Bluetooth feature alone.

 

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Last year I discovered PhotoBeamer to be the most convenient I’ve used when forwarding a photo from my Camera Roll to my friend’s iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad device. It’s free to download from the App Store. Sometimes when you don’t want to sync or e-mail or share a Photo Stream for just one single photo, all you need to do is make sure your friend also has PhotoBeamer downloaded.

 

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Now that the device you wish to quickly transfer your photos to already has PhotoBeamer installed, you both need to tap “Connect” within the app and make sure Bluetooth is activated so the connection between wireless Apple devices can be enabled. You’ll be asked to select a photo from Camera Roll and just tap “Beam” to beam a photo to another device.

It’s ideal to use for single photo beaming only.

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Yesterday I got a text message in Viber from an unregistered number in my contacts list. I was used to getting Viber notifications from friends who have recently installed the said chat messaging mobile app on their smartphones. It was my first time to receive a Viber text notification involving an anonymous number.

I don’t mind getting text messages from someone whom I may already know but just recently changed numbers as long as they are direct with me. However I have a pet peeve with so-called friends who keep themselves anonymous after I’ve asked them to identify themselves. If you wanted to get to someone through text, it’s your job to make yourself known to the person you just sent a message to. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.

What the hell is up with keeping your friend or someone in suspense about your identity? This kind of vapid behavior is giving me very bad vibes about the sender’s character and integrity. I don’t care if it’s a prank or a joke – it’s downright annoying and time-wasting. Prank or not, it tells me a lot about how you deal with other people and how slow and insipid you are.

In the middle of concentrating on Temple Run 2 and manipulating my player to circumvent dilapidated roads and get more gold coins, my mind was also internalizing a realization about the practice of investing in general and the means to get around it. Yes, you read it right, Temple Run 2 brought me several insights on the subject of saving and accumulating patterns.

In Temple Run 2 you can unlock 3 more players with the following coin denominations: 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000. Yesterday morning I was able to unlock Barry Jones for 15,000 and I was even more motivated to unlock the last player, Karma Lee, for 25,000.

While ruminating on how I was going to accomplish that goal, I realized there were two ways to go about it. First, I could use the booster or power-ups. I wondered if it was a good strategy to purchase the booster or power-ups which would guarantee me more coins but in order to use them I would have to spend more coins. Was I assured of getting back the coins I purchased the boosters for? Most of the time when the game is over I ended up with lesser coins.

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Second, I could go the safest route, which was to avoid purchasing any power-ups so I could see my coins accumulate. I observed this was less frustrating every time the game is over yet it does take a bit of patience to see the numbers go up. Would I mind the time taken to reach it? I stopped having doubts when I finally reached 25,199 coins within 2 hours.

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All this made me reflect on my current strategy when it comes to the several small online investments I made. I know of an online acquaintance on Facebook who is so good at maximizing his online earnings. He doesn’t have a job and all he does is update his blog, do withdrawals and compound some of his investments in online passive income sites.

Probably the major setback is my recalcitrant mentality when it comes to online passive income. Just like the second point I made above when it came to unlocking the last Temple Run 2 player, I am a bit behind when it comes to actively promoting my passive income sites. That same strategy probably worked best in the game but applying it on online passive income sites left me a tad discontented with my accomplishments so far. It was like being in a jungle surrounded by fierce animals – a turtle will almost always feel out of place being outrun by lions and cheetahs.

I am not going to make this discussion even longer by making an excuse about how slow and steady wins the race. At this point I strongly feel it doesn’t apply.

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Six days ago I wrote about the buggy Google Chrome and Dropbox apps despite the new updates. Today I saw newly-released updates for Dropbox and Google Chrome on the App Store and examined them right away.

I tried opening Bubblews again on both Safari and Chrome. Unfortunately Chrome still lags a bit on loading the page compared to Safari. Because of this I would still prefer to open my Bubblews notifications in Safari.

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I found it weird that the Dropbox version 2.1.2 fix says the app was updated on February 22nd. I installed the Dropbox update on March 1st but as I described in my previous article, Dropbox only showed me a black blank page when I tried to open the zip file generated by iZip Pro.

I made a sample zip file from iZip Pro and opened it on Dropbox to test the new update.

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With the Dropbox fix, the status of the newly loaded zip file can now be seen within the app. I’m glad the new update fixed the appearance of the black blank page.

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I like using Google Chrome on a laptop and I hope its app version will be more improved soon.

I updated Google Chrome and Dropbox apps on my iPhone from the App Store yesterday. But I didn’t even feel the newer versions helped simplify my user experience at all because I’ve noticed a few problems right away after the upgrade.

I prefer to use Google Chrome than other browsers and my sister has configured it as a default web browser on her laptop. But when I use my iPhone for submitting posts or editing images to be attached, I use Safari but once in a while I check if the Google Chrome app is up to par.

Lately viewing Bubblews notifications on Safari makes me antsy. What I usually do is click on each notification and open them in a new tab and stop until I reach 8 as that is the limit of the open tabs allowed in Safari. I then scroll down on the notifications tab to only show those notifications I haven’t clicked but every time I leave it to read the other tab, the page auto-refreshes and I’m left feeling a bit lost and don’t know which among those hundreds of notifications should I pick up where I left off. On these confusing occasions I would give Google Chrome a shot to see if the page I left auto-refreshes once I get back to it.

The buggy Google Chrome iPhone update doesn’t even let me find out if my theory is right. Bubblews hardly opens in Chrome for a longer period before I see that “This webpage is not available”. I can’t exactly pinpoint – yet – why a Google Chrome app would be weaker. But maybe it’s just my WiFi or the website acting up because of maintenance. Though, seriously, does every occasion I test it has to coincide with the WiFi or website not working well? Too much of a coincidence I would say.

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The Dropbox app hasn’t been cooperating well with another app, iZip Pro. I have written about transferring files from the iPhone (without syncing it to iTunes) to the laptop using iZip Pro and Dropbox as an alternative for RedGage photo upload. You can read it here in full: http://www.bubblews.com/news/168654-alternative-solution-to-redgage-photo-upload-problem-using-iphone. Basically I select the files on iZip Pro and zip them. After zipping them I would open them in Dropbox and click on Save.

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But when I click on Save, it directs me to a black blank page. It doesn’t let me know if the zip file has completely loaded onto Dropbox.

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With errors leaving me in the dark I would try to repeat the upload of the zip file, only to be prompted whether or not to overwrite the existing file.

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Of course I hit Cancel and later find out when opening the downloaded zip file from Dropbox on a laptop that “the archive is either in unknown format or damaged”.

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I hope new Google Chrome and Dropbox updates on the App Store should be up soon.

An hour ago I got a prompt on my iPhone for a new iPhone over-the-air software update, iOS 6.1.2. Two days ago, on February 19th, I got a prompt for an iOS 6.1.1 update. Two updates within 2 days. What is up, Apple?

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Looking at the image above, it says the iOS 6.1.1 update will “fix an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S”. No further information was provided to explain the aforementioned “issue” but I reckon it has something to do with the 3G connection problem with the iPhone 4S units.

I have not even noticed any 3G-related problem at all. Maybe it’s just something that I don’t really pay attention to as battery drain is not something new with the iPhones. My first iPhone was a 3GS model and it got so battered by numerous jailbreak (my fault as my tinkering curiosity killed my that I had to recharge my phone three to four times a day. When I got the 4S I swore I would never do any jailbreak to it to optimize its battery life.

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The iOS 6.1.2 over-the-air update which I got today supposedly “fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life”. This directly addresses the bugs the iOS 6 has on Microsoft Exchange meeting invitations. As I have no experience with Exchange calendar, I cannot comment further.

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