Preparing for iOS 8

Brace yourselves, iOS 8 is coming soon.

But seriously. Before upgrading to iOS 8, make sure you have a complete backup of your device if something goes wrong.

KB on backing up your device with iTunes or iCloud: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

iOS 8 will work on the following devices: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod touch (5th gen), iPad 2, iPad with retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with retina display.

As always with a major upgrade like this, the servers will more than likely be hammered when iOS 8 first appears. Be patient and keep trying throughout the day, or wait until the weekend when you have more time to dedicate to backing your device(s) up before upgrading.

A lot of apps will also be updated either today or in the next few days to take advantage of the new features of iOS 8.

Low-Cost Microsoft Office Alternatives Save money with these apps

At one time, Microsoft Office used to be the must-have suite of productivity apps for both business and home use. Until recently, it was also the most expensive. However, with the release of Microsoft Office 365, the cost has dropped dramatically. From just $7/month for the Personal edition, this allows home users to install and activate one license on their computer, giving access to the full suite of apps.

A lot of people aren’t happy with subscription software, and not everyone can justify spending $10/month or less. For those people, there’s good news out there, as there are plenty of Microsoft Office-compatible alternatives that are either low-cost, or even free to use.
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Storyist 2 for Mac Powerful story development tool for Novelists and Screenwriters

Name: Storyist 2 (version 2.4.5 reviewed)
Price: $59 download, $79 boxed (CD + printed user guide); 30-day trial available
Developer: Storyist Software
Website: http://storyist.com
Rating: 4.5/5

Introduction

Over the last several years, the market for writing software has seen an increase of apps for aspiring and seasoned writers alike. No longer are they constrained to using Microsoft Word or other bulky word processing apps to write their story; instead, they have the ability to try out low-cost programs designed specifically to fit their needs.

A lot of times, an app arrives on the market because the developer wasn’t happy with what was available, and in turn, decided to create their own in hopes of solving problems they faced from existing apps. That’s exactly what happened in 2003, which led to the creation of Mac-only Storyist.

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