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Refresh iOS App and Web App Updated With Fresh New Look

Refresh (, the mobile app that makes it easy to discover common ground and build stronger relationships, announced today the launch of its new web app, along with a significant update for its existing iOS app. Both the web and iPhone app now feature email notifications, recent news and new data sources for insights.  The iOS update also features a new swipeable interface that makes it easy to quickly find the right insights.

Simply Contacts App Brings Easier Contact Management to iPhone

Think Code Release today has announced the release and immediate availability of their brand-new Simply Contacts app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Simply Contacts app is a whole new experience for everyone who needs to get the most out of their contacts. Its simple and clean user interface makes it the fastest, user-friendly contacts manager.

In just one screen you are able to search and sort your contacts, as well as phone, chat, FaceTime, email, message, share, and so much more.

Key App Features:

Simply Contacts for iPhone

Simply Contacts for iPhone

* Powerful and smart contacts manager
* Quick access to all supported actions
* Easily recognize contacts by their photos
* Advanced search and sorting capabilities
* View, edit and add new contacts
* Favorite contacts for easy access
* Customizable double tap action
* Shake to switch between styles
* Short name and nicknames support
* Sharing using vCard or AirDrop
* Simple and clean user interface
* Optimized for iOS 7

There was a point no so long ago that the native Contacts app was all anyone needed.  Now, with every more ways that your contacts want to be reached, apps like Simply Contacts makes managing them easier and faster than the native iOS app can do.

The Simply Contacts app is $1.99 and is available now in the App Store.  It does require that you be running iOS 7 or later.

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iCloud Website Gets iOS 7 Makeover

With the release of iOS 7 happening later today, Apple has already updated the iCloud website to reflect a more iOS 7 like look-and-feel.  The redesign of the site gives it all of the icons and designs of the various apps like Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders and Notes.  All of these apps have a more iOS 7 look to them now and function similar to those on

iCloud Home Page

iCloud Home Page

your devices.

Interestingly the icons for the iWork apps – Pages, Numbers and Keynote – all still have Beta banner across them.  It is expect that Apple will launch new versions of these apps for iOS 7 as early as today.  The reason for this expectation is the release of the iPhone 5c and new iPhone users get these apps for free.  Apple undoubtedly will want to make them completely iOS 7 ready from the start – thus we should see them today.  It will be interesting to see if the beta remains until upgraded versions of the app for Mac are available and that may not happen until Mavericks is released in October.

If you are waiting (im)patiently for iOS 7, check out the site and you can essentially test drive the new app designs that will be coming later today to your iPhone & iPad.

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How To Dial Contact Extension Numbers on Your iPhone

The Phone app in iOS 6 is pretty darn smart.  Sure it can dial numbers and it makes taking or placing a phone call quick and easy.  But it also handles your contacts who have extension numbers equally as easily.  If you use your iPhone in your business, chances are you have a contact or two that has an extension off of the company’s main number.  In this How To I will show you how to setup the contact so that the Phone app dials the contact and the extension number.

First, go to the contact on your iPhone that you need to add an extension to for calling them.  For their work number, tap

Enter a Pause or a Wait for Dialing a Contact

Enter a Pause or a Wait for Dialing a Contact

it to modify it so you can enter the number.  After the main number is entered for them, tap the +*# button in the lower left of the dial pad.  This brings you a sub-menu where you can add a pause, wait, add an star (asterisk) or pound (hash).  Press the Pause button then enter the extension of your contact.  You can also press Wait and enter the extension.

Dialing a Contact with Wait Feature

Dialing a Contact with Wait Feature

What’s the difference?  A pause is represented by a , (comma) in the phone number string while a wait is represented by a ; (semicolon) in the number string.  A pause waits two seconds after the call is connected and then starts automatically dialing the extension.  A wait literally waits for you to press the Dial button once the call is connected.  Which one you need will really depend on the person you are calling and the PBX you are calling into.  Most contemporary solutions allow for both a pause and wait when dailing into them.

Using the Pause or Wait function is handing for contacts with extensions but it is also great for calling into standing conferences you may have each week.  For example, you could create a contact with the conference information of your weekly calls then use the pause or wait feature to dial the conference bridge number after the main number has been called.  What it won’t do in this scenario is enter a PIN or other security feature.  It will get you to the proper conference, just not necessarily in it straight away.

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Bump update brings file sharing via Dropbox

Bump, the popular contact sharing app for iPhone has been updated over the weekend with a small but nice feature.  Now you can share files within Bump from Dropbox.  The addition of Dropbox support brings Bump not only to the top of the contact sharing list of apps but also those of data sharing amongst those contacts.

The addition of Dropbox support in version 3.5.3 is the only noted change to the app in the release notes.  Once you have Bump installed and have identified your contact information, you can setup Dropbox integration from the Choose Files

Dropbox Support in Bump

Dropbox Support in Bump

menu in the app.  You will need to authorise Bump to access your Dropbox account and once you do, you will be able to see all of your Dropbox files within the app.  Simply tap a file name and it will be added to your list to share.

Like sharing contact information, to share a file within the app simply tap your iPhone with or at another iPhone (or Android) user who is using Bump and the file will be transferred automatically.

Bump continues to be a free application and fully supports iOS 6 and iPhone 5.  The app will work on an iPad although it does not have a native User Interface.  Regardless of if on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, an active Internet connection is required – either cellular or WiFi.

I have been using Bump for many years now and it is perfect for sharing contact information – and now files – with those around you in a snap.  I particularly find the app helpful during trade shows and conventions where I’m meeting a lot of people.  I find I had out far fewer business cards by simply getting them to download Bump if they haven’t already to share my contact information.

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How To control which apps have access to your Contacts in iOS

As iOS has matured the integration between your personal information and applications that want access to that personal information has also matured.  Apple has done a good job of making sure you know when an app requests access to your calendar, contacts, Twitter and Facebook accounts but also a good idea to just check up on things now and again to make sure the apps you don’t want to have access to your personal information doesn’t have it.  In this How To I’m going to show you how to see which apps have access to your Contacts and how you can disable that access should you want to do so quick and easy.

First, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to find the Privacy section and tap it.  This will bring you into all of the privacy settings on your device.  Now tap on the Contact section and it will bring you to the list of applications

Apps with Access to Contacts

Apps with Access to Contacts

that have access to your Contacts.  Hopefully, if you have been careful, you should not see any surprises in this list.  All of the apps here you would have had to approve to give access to your Contacts.  But, if you gave access by accident or want to revoke the access, here is where you could disable access.

Each app that has access has an On/Off slider.  Just slide it to Off for the apps you want to revoke access to your Contacts.  When you are done just tap the Home button and all of your changes take place with immediate effect.

Now if you tap on the Privacy button at the top of the page to go back to the Privacy settings on your iPhone, you will see other apps such as Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Twitter and Facebook.  If you remember back in August of last year I posted a How To on controlling which apps have access to your Twitter account.  This is the same place, just a different app.

One of the many things I appreciate about iOS is how simple Apple does make it in giving you control over your information.  For a company that is often accused of not having their customer’s best interests in mind, this clearly flies in the face of that notion.

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Contacts Duster For iOS Is Now Incorporating iCloud

MyClickApps LLC today is pleased to announce Contacts Duster 2.8, an update to their user-friendly, universal, convenient contacts management tool for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app thoroughly analyzes user’s contacts and presents a full report in both list form and graph form. At a quick glance, users will see exactly how many contacts they have and how many duplicates and zombies are contained within the list.

With the simple touch of a button, users can merge and purge duplicate contacts in your address book. Contacts Duster is the first application to present address book contents within an easy-to-understand graph form.

The app is free to try. If users wish to upgrade to the full version for the ultimate simplicity of experience for address book management, they can do so for $1.99. Users need only purchase Contacts Duster once to enjoy it on each of their iOS devices.

If iOS users are frustrated with their cluttered address book content becoming cluttered, fragmented bits of incomplete information, Contacts Duster is the ideal way to sort through and organize contact information quickly, easily and efficiently.

The following are some occasions which Contacts Duster will be a great help to iOS owners: Switching cell carriers; upgrading to a new iPhone; after adding contacts from Google, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and other email services; after importing contacts from social networks; business men and women can sort through hundreds or even thousands of contacts when they don’t have the time to manually organize their address book and check for duplicates; for users who own multiple iOS devices; after iCloud syncing produces duplicates; the possibilities are endless!

The following are some wonderfully useful features Contacts Duster offers: Detect and merge duplicates, even detect duplicate numbers within the same contact entry; edit contact information directly from within the app; batch delete contacts (up to 10 at a time within the free version); batch share contacts (up to 10 via the free version); offers a quick, easy way to delete all duplicates; detect, view and clean address book groups; eliminate zombies (imported email addresses not associated with contacts); any changes to the address book made within Contacts Duster are saved in the actual address book for user convenience; visualize address book contents using the easy-to-understand circle graph; free contacts analysis and manual merge of duplicates within the free version.

The latest version of Contacts Duster also provides some bug fixes to a small number of issues some customers reported. Don’t forget to send us your feedback. We appreciate nice reviews in the app store. It will keep us running. Also check out our other apps: FriendsWire, 1-Click Flashlight, VoteitNow!, 1-Click Mirror and more.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* Universal Application
* 4.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Contacts Duster 2.8 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Users can quickly and easily upgrade to the full version for full access to this handy app for just $1.99.

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iCaller Contact Searching App Updated for iPhone

InLogic has announced the release of iCaller 1.1.2, an update to their popular calling application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today more than 10,000 users enjoy it worldwide. If you spend a lot of time driving or making a dozen of calls a day, iCaller from InLogic is a new utility you really need. Besides, the application will suit everyone, who appreciates comfort, functionality and ease of use of a phone and misses all these things in his or her favorite iPhone.

The utility is an advanced search engine that allows users to easily find the necessary person from their contact list and dial his or her number right away. This program is especially useful for people driving a car and waiting for the passengers to cross the street. Moreover, while searching for contacts, you can use T9, one of the most beloved systems of mobile phone users worldwide.

With T9 you type a word with the buttons featuring 4-5 letters. Now you have just to enter two or three digits or letters and iCaller will show you the list of contact coincidences, so you need to choose and dial the contact you are looking for. Well, the new utility iCaller is fully integrated into the phone book where you can add or change the contacts’ info, as well as create the list of Favorites for quick dialing, adding a photo of your close friends or colleagues to the contact’s name.

With the last update you’ll get a new option for sending SMS from the list of outgoing and incoming calls, as well as from the quick dialing – Favorites, search by organizations, email and even more. Finally we’ve developed search from the call log you’ve been looking for. All of us often face a problem of saving contacts with similar or even identical names. For example, in my contact list there are 15 people called John who have different surnames or occupations. Now iCaller offers search by two words. For further contact filtering you should press “1”.

The developers of the application tried to take into account the wishes of most users. And we should do justice to them as iCaller is almost ideal. There is only one thing we should do – get assistance from Apple in order not to be thrown away to the boring “calling options” from iPhone and incoming calls we are used to. You shouldn’t accept the inconveniences of the base application, but use a new level of the iCaller features from InLogic.

Supported Languages:
* US English, Russian, Finnish, French and German

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
iCaller 1.1.2 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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