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How To Completely Uninstall Apps From Your Mac

I’m a little anal-retentive so I keep my MacBook Pro as clean as possible, inside and out. One of the things I do regularly to maintain a healthy Mac is uninstall apps I no longer use.

I would suggest anybody who wants to keep their Mac running as fast and as long as possible to routinely get rid of “old and busted” apps. I’m not really sure everybody knows how to completely uninstall apps from their Mac, so I put together a quick how-to video.

Yes, I know what you Macsplainers (I just made that up) are thinking: “Well actually, some apps leave hidden files and folders on your Mac even after you uninstall apps the regular way”.

If you want to dive deeper into cleaning up your Mac, check out services like Clean My Mac that will defintely dig into all the hidden and layered crud and crust on your Mac.

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Money On My Wrist: Square Cash Adds Apple Watch Support

All the time Every once in a while, my family and friends reach out and ask to borrow money. Now I don’t mind sending them the loot, my only requirement is that it has to be as simple as possible for me to send it. You know what that means – Tech to the rescue!

Nowadays, sending money electronically is pretty simple. The simplest way I’ve sent money is via Square Cash. The same folks who make it easy for small businesses to accept credit card transactions via their smartphone or tablet, are the same people making it easy to send money to friends and family via their mobile device.

The reason why I like Square cash over similar services is because all you have to do is download the app, link your debit card and the money goes right from your bank account and into the recipient’s bank account (provided they are using the app and linked their debit card) within seconds…Yeah, you read that right.

I have written about Cash before, but with the latest update, they have added Apple Watch functionality, making it even easier to money (and receive money, even though I don’t sweat people for my money…or sucker punch them).

Opening the Square Cash on my Apple Watch shows my recent transactions or I can search my contacts for other Square Cash users to quickly send money to their bank account. Once you find the recipient, You’re presented with dollar denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $100. So If I wanted to send $47 dollars (my family and friends are weird like that), I just tap the $20×2, $5 & $2.

If I don’t even want to do all that, I can tell them to use the Square Cash app to request money from me. The notification will hit my Apple Watch and I can quickly view and approve money request right from my wrist…And I didn’t leave my couch, or dig in between my seat cushions looking for my phone.

Don’t believe me? Use my invite code and get $5 free bucks to try it out and let me know what you think.

While you’re at it, Lemme hold $5 until Friday?

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App Pick: Disk Doctor For Mac

I’m anal retentive a neat-freak when it comes to organizing my files on my Mac. I regularly scour my pictures, movies, documents and downloads folders for no longer needed files. Real Talk – I should’ve spent the extra money for more internal storage space on my Retina MacBook Pro.

All that to say, I’m not a file hoarder. But I know some of you out there are. Afraid to get rid of anything, that is until that ever-so-annoying little spinning “beach ball” constantly keeps your Mac from being great.

The first thing you should do to keep your Mac running smoothly and to ensure you get your money’s worth is get rid of unused, unwanted, and unknown files. One of the apps I use and recommend that will help you find and quickly delete those files is Disk Doctor.

Simply put, open Disk Doctor, start a scan and it will search the “Un-ususal Suspects” (Application caches & logs, Browser data, downloads, and a few other spots) to sniff out files and data you didn’t know existed (and really don’t need).

Disk Doctor Free-able Space

From there, you can go heavy-handed like the Jets training camp and sucker-punch all the listed files like they owed you money and had the nerve to get mad when you asked about it, and delete them all. Or if you’re more scary, you can view the details of each suggested category and hand-pick what you want to delete.

Once you have decided what you want to keep and delete, you can click “clean” and Disk Doctor will jettison your unwanted files in a matter of minutes (or seconds if you’re like me and only have a total of 2.5GB that could be cleaned…Told y’all I keep my Sh*t clean. Actually, that line is an oxymoron, but I digress.)

Disk Doctor Cleaning Results

To cool thing about Disk Doctor is that it lets you know what’s going on every step of the way and lets you preview (with explanation) files, so you don’t accidentally delete something you probably needed to keep.

An added bonus includes giving you a snapshot of your storage space (Free Space, Used Space, percentage of space used, and Total Capacity) when you first open Disk Doctor – Comes in handy when you need to quickly see your storage at-a-glance before calling a Mac Head like me to complain that your computer “sooo slow”.

Disk Doctor Space at a glance

After you’ve gotten rid of all those meme images you stole from the Drake vs. Meek Mill beef, I recommend you check out Disk Doctor for Mac to finish the clean up job.

Or, you can wait to delete unnecessary files after your Mac starts running super slow or worse, won’t start at all because the “startup disk is full” and you have to schlep your way to your local Apple store with an external drive, weave through all the fanboys and folks with way to much disposable income, just to beg an Apple Genius to help you get files off your computer just so it will boot up…True story

…Not mine, though. I don’t roll like that.

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11 Apple Watch Apps That Should Be On Your Download List

I just got word from the Mothership that my Apple Watch will be in my hands on April 24th. That means I have accessories to buy, and apps to download. Apps are what make a mobile device useful. The Apple Watch is no exception and developers have been in the kitchen cooking up apps (They got BAKING SODA!) that will let users accomplish a ton of informative, healthy and productive tasks without looking at their iPhone.

Check out some dope Apple Watch apps that will be ready for you to download…that is when your watch decides to show up.

Evernote

evernote apple watch app

Evernote is my go-to productivity app that helps me organize my whole entire life. Evernote for Apple Watch will give you the ability to dictate notes, search notes, set reminders and cross items off your to-do lists. It will also be a seamless experience reading notes on your watch and moving to your phone to finish up on a larger screen. If you’re an OneNote fan, it will be on Apple Watch as well.

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Keynote

If you’re a presentation guru, both PowerPoint and Keynote will both have Apple Watch compatibility that will let you control slides right from your wrist. With PowerPoint, you will need a Office 365 account, but for Keynote, as long as you have the latest version on your iPhone, iPad or Mac and have activated the Keynote Remote functionality, you’re good to go.

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Knock

Knock was one of those clever “why didn’t I think of that” apps that let users unlock their Mac with their iPhone. So it would make sense to carry that simplistic functionality over to Apple Watch. Upgrading to the latest version of Knock, will let you simply tap on your wrist and Knock will automagically enter your Mac password and unlock.

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Nike+ Running

nike running apple watch app

I’m trying to loose this tire around my gut (and other places) by running regularly. Slowly but surely, I’m picking up speed according my Nike+ Running App. Since Apple Watch uses the iPhone’s GPS and has 2GB of storage compatibility, with a decent pair of wireless headphones, you can leave your phone in your pocket (or on your arm) and glance on your wrist to monitor and track current run activity, look at stats and the leader board, and cheer other Nike+ Running users.
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Uber

If you use Uber regularly, you already have your car type and billing preferences saved (or use Apple Pay) to quickly catch a ride. With Apple Watch compatibility, you can easily view approximate pickup times, set your pickup location, see who your drive is and his/her rating, right from Apple Watch, and get a tap on your wrist when your car has arrived.

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ESPN

It’s NBA basketball playoff time, and personally, I’ll be looking forward to the Hawks going deep into the playoffs and maybe even the Finals? The ESPN app has Apple Watch compatibility so you can get real-time scores, plays, and news and articles updates on your wrist.

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Delta Airlines

I’m traveling to Austin Texas in June to do a presentation on making sure your website is secure from hackers. I have yet to book my flight, but It will be nice to know that I can use the Fly Delta app to get flight notifications, confirm terminal and gate locations, and use Apple Watch as my boarding pass to get through security and board the plane. All that technology and I STILL have to take off my shoes while going through security, smh.

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Shazam

shazam apple watch app

There have been songs I’ve heard where I’ve wanted to know more about, but I could never get my phone out fast enough, or I was too lazy to dig in my pocket #ImJustBeingHonest. Maybe now that Shazam is compatible with Apple Watch, find out more info about about song or TV commercial will be as simple as activating Shazam from my wrist?

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Fandango

Several good flicks I want to see are coming out this spring/summer, including Avengers Age of Ultron, Mad Max Fury Road, Jurassic World, and Terminator Genisys, to name a few. The Fandango app will let me view a countdown-to-showtime timer, check local movie times, get directions, and use my Apple Watch as my movie pass. Side note: Stark Industries is one of my favorite fictional companies.

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Chipotle

If God was here on earth and he had a favorite fast food joint, I’m sure it would be Chipotle. How else do you describe its latest decision to offer delivery service? To sweeten the pot, I can now submit favorite orders, change order location, and get notified when my order is ready all from Apple Watch? That’s the true definition of a win/win

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LastPass (Honorable Mention)

I’m a fan of LastPass password manager. It helps me keep all my passwords safe and makes it super easy to use passwords when I need them. I’ve been rockin’ with them for years. Now I know the more popular 1Password service has already announced their own Apple Watch-compatible app. But I tend to be a loyalist, so I’m going to wait and see if LastPass follows suit and lets me quickly view passwords, and secure notes on my wrist. From the looks of this response in the LastPass forums, I’m sure there’s one on the way.

That’s all the Apple Watch apps on my list. As I speak, app developers are announcing apps that will let you do even more things on your wrist. Sure the cult-followers loyalists like myself would have bought the Apple Watch with just Apple’s native apps available for launch. Time will tell if app developers will show your average consumer what place smartwatches have in our future. If they keep pumping out useful apps, the future will be pretty bright for wearables.

What Apple Watch apps are on your list?

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Microsoft Outlook Released for iOS

It’s no surprise that the native Mail app for iOS has a ways to go before people start ditching their 3rd-Party email clients. Until then, Microsoft has decided to throw Outlook into the game as a contender for iOS users looking to get more email productivity from their mobile device.

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LastPass Password Manager Released for Mac

LastPass has stepped up its game and launched a native app that lets users quickly access and manage their passwords and other security information on their Mac.

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How To Find Stores Who Accept Apple Pay Right Now

If you’re like me, you were itching to upgrade to iOS 8.1 so you could load all your credit/debit cards on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus just to try out Apple’s new NFC-enabled mobile wallet system called Apple Pay.

So you went through the process of upgrading the iOS, adding and verifying your credit cards, and making sure all the contact information was correct. What’s next? Hitting the streets to find a participating merchant. Sure you knew that a gang of banks, merchants, and retailers were on board with Apple Pay at launch. But that didn’t mean you knew exactly where these stores are

Enter the MasterCard Nearby app

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Get Detailed Info On Any Mac with Mactracker

Mactracker is a handy app that quickly provides detailed information on your Mac…as well as any Mac ever made.Mactracker app icon via BrothaTech.com

For those who don’t know, I repair/upgrade computers as well…preferrably Macs, but I don’t discriminate. When a potential client needs me to upgrade their RAM, Hard Drive, or do various diagnostics, I need to find out some additional information about their computer first.

The beauty of Macs (and I’m being sarcastic) is that you don’t just have a “13-inch MacBook”, Macs have Model Numbers, Model Identifiers, Orders Numbers, and other information that will tell me more  about your specific computer, before I go on a scavenger hunt for parts.

There are sites, support pages, and blog posts written on how to find this information that I regularly refer my clients to. While doing some researching on another potential client, I stumbled across Mactracker, a Mac App that can quickly and easily display pertinent information about your Mac. In addition to basic computer specs, Mactracker can display all sorts of information including (but not limited to):

  • When it was introduced
  • When it was discontinued
  • Inital price
  • Support status
  • Bundled software
  • Maximum OS compatibility
  • Model history breakdown (mini-Wiki)
  • Model promo/marketing tagline

Get Detailed Info On Any Mac with Mactracker via BrothaTech.com

Mactracker even offers a comments field for you to jot notes about your computer. I used this space to briefly document all the updates I performed on my own MacBook Pro. The sweet thing about Mactracker is it just doesn’t provide this information about your computer, it can display information on any computer product that Apple has ever made, from desktop speakers, to printers, to mice, keyboards, and trackpads, to all the mobile devices as well.

As a techie, this app will definitely come in handy for more in-depth repair work and education on new and “Vintage” Apple gear, but I’m sure Mactracker would be useful to any Apple fan, or just somebody who wants to know more about their computer…but can’t find the box.

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TravelNerd For iPhone – Robust Airport Guide App

Just when you think you’ve got it all together to get in and out of the airport in record time, something or someone at the airport slows you down. The TravelNerd app for iPhone does a good job of giving you the most relevant information about a particular airport so you can react to “Murphy’s Law” when it comes to “flying the friendly skies” without wasting any additional precious airport time…Read more on AppScout.com

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FreshBooks Brings Cloud Accounting To iPad

FreshBooks for iPad Paid Invoice

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I’m a FreshBooks user and it’s nice to know that now I have a choice of devices to manage my “one man show” now that there’s a new FreshBooks app for iPad.

The FreshBooks invoicing service has been the go-to service for many “one man show” businesses out there who need a quick, but professional way to get paid. in 2012, FreshBooks has expanded to a full-service cloud accounting service, and has also expanded account access via the iOS platform with the release of an iPhone app back in August.

FreshBooks hasn’t taken their foot off the gas and released an iPad version of the app today. Similar to the iPhone app, FreshBooks for iPad focuses on small business owners who want quick access and management of expenses, invoicing, and payment management no matter where they are or what device they are using.

Read the entire story over on AppScout