Scanner Pro Review

by Gregory on January 6, 2014

I started using the Scanner Pro app on my Hawaiian vacation to document all my receipts that were charged to one of my credit cards or my debit card. Scanner Pro is a fantastic application for this purpose.

I use Quicken software on my home computer to document all my checking and credit card transactions, yet being away from home for a week or two had been problematic for me keeping track of receipts. I was always losing them.

I set up Scanner Pro to sync with iCloud and Dropbox. You can also set up Scanner Pro to upload to Evernote or Google Drive. I haven’t synced to either yet as Dropbox is working fine for me.

The first thing I do when I make a purchase and receive a receipt is to open the Scanner Pro app on my iPhone and scan the receipt. The Scanner Pro app has edge detection that works well in getting only the receipt. You have selection buttons to choose if the scan is to be color, black and white, or grayscale.

The scan is turned into a PDF file that is date and time stamped. Perfect for me – I like to enter receipts chronologically. Or you can easily change the file name to whatever you desire.

Now when I get the bill at a restaurant, add the tip, and sign, my first action is to scan this original into Scanner Pro and leave. I’m not even taking the customer copy.

This is a great app if you want to scan documents, receipts, or their like with your iPhone or iPad. Check it out in the App Store.

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Charging my iPhone with a Magicstick

by Gregory on December 1, 2013

The Powerocks Super Magicstick is a portable power charger that I use to charge my iPhone when away from power sources, like spending the day at the beach or on a long airplane flight. It’s small and fits easily into a pocket in my backpack.


The first time I charged my iPhone 5s with the Magicstick it took 1.5 hours. After two days I used the remaining Magicstick charge to boost my iPhone 5s battery 40% in one hour, which is when I ran out of juice.

The Magicstick will charge a number of different electronic things: phones, cameras, games, GPS devices, and MP3 players. Note: The Magicstick is not made for charging an iPad, yet if that’s what you are looking for Powerocks has something else that will suit.

The Magicstick is a small cylindrical charger – a 2800 mAh rechargeable battery – that comes with a USB to micro USB charging cord and a small carrying pouch.

It takes about four hours to charge the Magicstick with the charging cord. To charge your device (phone, camera, etc.) you need to have its USB charging cord, which shouldn’t be a problem as you would need to have it with you anyway.

Pressing the end of the Magicstick will give you a blue, green, or red light to indicate the level of charge: Blue 100% – 70%, Green 70% – 30%, Red 30% – 0%. This is handy to know if you’ve forgotten what kind of charge is on it.

The Magicstick box indicates you get up to 2 full charges, however the Powerocks website has a chart on how many times you can charge your device. The chart shows the iPhone 5 being charged 1.5 times by the Magicstick. My iPhone 5s has a higher capacity battery so I get slightly less.

Device Charging Times

The manufacturers suggested retail price for the magic stick is $49.95, but I checked and you can get one in the range of $30-$35, including shipping. For that price, the Powerocks Super Magicstick is worth it to have backup power when there is no power around. After all, we live in a digital world.

Full disclosure: I agreed to receive a free Magicstick to write a review, but not not what kind of review. Since the product performed as expected, I can say that the Powerocks MagicStick is a nice little battery that I use to charge my iPhone when away from power sources for long intervals, like at the beach, and recommend without reservation.


Today Summary Error in Notification Center iOS 7

15 November 2013

Ever since the new iOS 7 software came out I’ve noticed a consistent error in Notification Center, or so it appears to me. On the Today Summary tab of Notification Center I am consistently reminded that I have an alarm set. The screenshot collage below illustrates what I am talking about. At the bottom of […]

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Offline Dictation in Mavericks

3 November 2013

I was using my iMac today and tried the dictation feature when a pop-up box appeared. The message was asking me if I wanted to download an enhanced dictation file for off-line use. I downloaded the file, and it was a pretty good size 785 MB. Good thing I have a lot of disk space.

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WP-Admin Problems Fixed with Plugin Deactivation

9 March 2013

I’ve been having a problem with my website. I had switched the type of my hosting service with Go Daddy, and after that switch the problem started. While the site was fast enough, my admin login was slow to the point of not even loading the page. I got on the telephone with Go Daddy […]

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Notetaking with Notability

3 June 2012

I can generate a note with the notetaking app Notability just by clicking the text icon and pressing the dictation button on my iPad third-generation keyboard and then dictating with my voice. Oh how I love the voice dictation. The other really great feature that I found with Notability is that you can record sound […]

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Why I Bought the New iPad (Third-Generation)

28 April 2012

I didn’t automatically purchase the new iPad upon launch, which demonstrates a remarkable degree of restraint on my part. However there were three features that kept popping into my mind, unbidden. Of course these three features were only compelling to me because of my unique situation. That being: I write articles for my two blogs […]

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How to Quickly Find Videos in the Photos App

4 April 2012

I take a fair amount of photos on my iPhone 4S, but I also shoot 1080 P video as well, which takes up a lot of space. And while photos don’t count towards your iCloud storage, the videos do. So to keep from going over my 5 GB “free” storage allotment in iCloud, there are […]

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Installing Lion Without the Roar

25 February 2012

I was slightly paranoid about installing OS X Lion on my MacBook Pro, which was a little over a year old and running Snow Leopard. So here’s what I did to prepare for the big upgrade. I went old school and wrote down every app on my Mac that didn’t come with OS X. Then […]

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Compose an Email in the Notes App with Siri [Timesaver]

14 February 2012

Using Siri in the Notes App on your iPhone 4S is an easy way to compose, then send a long email. The advantage of this technique is twofold. The first is that Siri will enter your spoken words as text, which is about five times faster than typing. The drawback is learning how to speak […]

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