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By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 14, 2014

Find Your Missing iPhone Songs — and Get Them Back!

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Songs tend to vanish from iPhones. It’s a complaint I hear quite a lot from my friends and have even noticed myself. A song is there for months—and then one day you’ll sync with iTunes and for some reason, it’s just not there anymore.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a quick way to get that song back on your phone—without having to go back to iTunes on a desktop or re-sync your phone—so you can be rocking out again in no time.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 25, 2014

Using Mobile Apps for Site Surveys

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Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 21, 2014

Siri, Your iPhone Assistant

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In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll be covering in detail one of my favorite features of my iPhone: Siri, Apple’s automated voice control. Touted as your personal digital assistant, Siri really is just that—and a whole lot more!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Clean up a smartphone photo: Deke's Techniques

Clean up a smartphone image

Do you ever notice how a photo that looks great on your phone looks terrible on a larger screen? Images shot on iPhone and Android devices (even the newest models) tend to be low resolution and grainy. This can be disappointing when you have an image you want to share somewhere other than, well, your phone. Enter Adobe Camera Raw and the one and only Deke McClelland. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to clean up a noisy iPhone image using Camera Raw’s powerful toolset, including options like Clarity, Luminance, and Color and the Spot Removal tool. With a little extra help from Photoshop’s Smart Sharpen filter, Deke shows how to create a serviceable image that doesn’t scream “camera phone.”

By Richard Harrington | Friday, February 28, 2014

Shooting video with an iPhone 5S: DSLR Video Tips

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Often the best camera is the one you already have with you—like your iPhone. Shooting video with an iPhone today is comparable to using an actual video camera. The iPhone 5S includes many features such as 1080 HD video, 30 FPS, slow-motion video capability, and video stabilization, and in this episode Robbie and I walk you through the video features of the iPhone 5S and show how easy it is to take and make great videos.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, November 18, 2013

Location based reminders on the iPhone: Monday Productivity Pointers

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One of my favorite Siri features is the ability to have a reminder pop up when you arrive at or leave a specific location. You can simply tell Siri, “Remind me when I get to my mom’s house to ask her about the party invitation.” The next time you drive up to your parents’ house, a reminder will pop up on your screen as soon as you pull into the driveway.

Using this as a starting point, you can easily extend its use to local businesses that you frequent. You can have a reminder with your grocery list pop up when you arrive at your favorite market. You can be reminded to grab that gift certificate from the glove box when pulling up to a restaurant, or sync up your Evernote account before stepping into a client’s office. The possibilities are endless.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 30, 2013

Exploring the iOS 7 update: Monday Productivity Pointers

Exploring the iOS 7 Update

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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll take a look at the iOS 7 update, and some of the handy new features it brings to Apple devices. iOS 7 represents a big step forward for iPhones and iPads, complete with a fresh new “flat design” user interface, and over 200 new features across almost every functional area of your device. If you’re still undecided about updating your Apple mobile devices, this week’s Pointer is right up your alley. I’ll focus on the most helpful new features and key workflow changes in iOS 7 so you can be productive right away.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 01, 2013

Monday Productivity Pointers: Setting up Find My iPhone

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It’s a scenario no one wants to think about—but it happens all the time: You lose your iPhone or it gets stolen. What do you do? Fortunately, a native iOS app called Find My iPhone can help you track its location as soon as you realize it’s missing.

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