Tag Archives: Smartphones

iPhone 5 testers wanted?

For weeks I’ve been getting Facebook messages inviting me to an iPhone 5 testing event. In the message, you’re made host of the event. However, there’s only been speculation and no official announcement from Apple about the iPhone 5. Facebook is deleting the post from your page which is a sure sign it’s spam.

Plus, Apple doesn’t typically ask for testers of products. It’s announcement of the product is a big event and always produces speculation of what’s to come so having testers is simply not how the company works.

You know the saying — if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Naked Security says there’s also a text alert going around that reads “Apple needs iPhone5 testers! The first 1000 users who visit [LINK] and enter code 4444 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.”

Also, a scam. Naked Security says it’s likely a way to get your personal information.

Apps that help you organize receipts

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When the New Year rolls out, people roll out resolutions. They often only last a few weeks. I’ve noticed the crowds have thinned at the gym, as people ditch their lofty exercise goals.

Organization is another big resolution. If your life already feels like it’s spiraling out of control, here’s a handy tip that can help you reign in the chaos. It’s only February, so it’s still possible.

Perhaps you’ve realized your lack of organization and record-keeping is making taxes a little more difficult this year. There is an app that will help keep you organized. Try it out, now, so you can avoid the same aggravation next year.

CapturenGo lets you store receipts in an online account as you shop.  This is especially  handy considering you’re supposed to save all your HSA receipts. I noticed some of mine from 2009 were already fading. The ink doesn’t stay forever on a receipt.  The data can be downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet to make it easy to keep track of your expenses.

You can also scan business cards, so you have contacts at your fingertips.

The big downside – it’s only available for BlackBerry and iPhone users. So, I couldn’t try it out because I have 2 Droids. Give it a try and let me know what you think.  It’s free for up to 50 receipt scans every 30 days. If you need more than that, you can upgrade to the unlimited plan for $99 a year.

While handy, if you get one of these receipt trackers make sure you install a privacy setting on your phone. Whether your phone asks for a password, or for you to draw a design on the screen, make sure you create a barrier to gaining access to all the data you have on your phone if it’s stolen or lost.