The Dark Side Of Apple

The Dark Side Of Apple

The arrogance of Apple has led to iMazing 3rd party software to better manage your Apple devices.
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Recently a good friend of mine, who is a tech head like myself, was up for a new phone and began contemplating making the switch over from an Android to an iPhone. I begged and pleaded with him. "Don't go to the dark side. You are a true technologist and you can't cave to a company that still, to this day, disables very basic features of its phones and tablets in order to force you to spend more money with them," I said.

Don't get me wrong. In my house, there are many Apple devices, namely for my wife and kids: iPads, iPods, and iPhones. For them, they work. FaceTime, shared messaging (so my wife can keep tabs on my 10-year-old daughter), iCloud calendaring, and, most importantly, "find my iPhone" are key features for these devices which you cannot get on Android phones in an easy, unified way.

To be honest, these aren't the only perks Apple offers. For example, the hardware (design/specs) is always way above the competition and the user experience is also great. However, with all this marvel, the arrogance of Apple in not allowing people to do a few basic things with their products is unforgivable.

For example: file management.

What happens when you reach your storage limit on an Android device? If it's photos and videos (like it often is for my family), you connect the device to a computer, back everything up, and delete what you don't really need or just swap in a larger Micro SD card. At least this is the case with most phones. Manufacturers are beginning to remove this function, as they have somewhat succumbed to the dark side of Apple.

Apple could have easily created these functions within iTunes, but I believe the dark side wants you to buy into iCloud storage, convincing you that you need to spend more money on the next Apple device.

A second example: music.

How do you take a song on your Android phone and make it your ringtone? You simply select the song and choose "make this my phone ringtone." I can switch songs any time and can even have different songs for different people.


Apple, in contrast, forces you to buy the song or go through a process on iTunes to convert each and every song to a ringtone, then push these files back onto your iPhone. This is a waste of everyone's time and I believe is done solely to encourage you to take the easy route and spend even more money.

You would think that the world's leading technology company would allow you to do these simple tasks, right? Wrong. They want you to spend incremental money on devices and storage. Bottom line: it's all about the Benjamins here.

But have no fear: help is here!


After many failed attempts of trying 3rd party software to help me pull stuff from my Apple devices, I came across some amazing software that makes this process painless. The software is called iMazing, and you can download it at www.imazing.com for either MAC or PC. iMazing allows you access all data on your Apple device, export it, and delete it easily. A "1 user license" is only $34 and well worth it!

What's more, iMazing also allows you to go inside applications (ie: Video Star, Voice Recorder, Instagram, etc.) and pull out embedded data files. All things you can't do on iTunes. For example, projects on video star that typically take up a lot of space, are easily exported then deleted to free up space. You can even put the projects back any time using iMazing.

I recently spoke with Gregoio Zanon, Co-Owner of DigiDNA the company that produces the iMazing software. One of the more popular features of the program is extracting text message threads from the phone, for both legal and romantic reasons.

Zanon shared: "It's very popular for couples that get engaged to export their texts and make a book of them to look back on their courtship."

A new feature just released with iMazing is the ability to back up the "state of an application." Let me translate: You can backup a game you've spent weeks playing to free up space and copy it back onto the device and restore it to exactly where you were.

Lucky for us, Zanon offered all our readers a 20% coupon when purchasing an activation code. Just use ODYSSEY after your 15-day trial when purchasing an activation code at www.imazing.com.


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So, to my good friends and all of you who have succumbed to the dark side of Apple, the force is strong with iMazing. Be true to your techie heart and never, ever rely on the Dark Side to meet all your needs. Give iMazing a shot. You won't be sorry.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Big Slick KC: The Importance Behind Celebrities Coming Together in Kansas City

This annual event is one of my favorite things to attend, and it's the 10th year, so it deserves recognition.

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Every year since 2010, Big Slick KC has been a huge event held in Kansas City, Missouri, where celebrities from our favorite shows and movies come together for one weekend to raise money for Children's Mercy Hospital.

The hosts of Big Slick are none other than Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and David Koechner. Every year, they invite around 40 celebrities to participate in the weekend's events.

This year had some big names like Selena Gomez, Olivia Wilde, Zachary Levi, Haley Joel Osment, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, and many more. Each year they try to bring in new people, while also having some Big Slick veterans return.

The busy and wonderful weekend starts out with the celebrities all coming in and visiting the children at Children's Mercy Hospital, spending time with them and taking pictures. I think it's amazing how they take the time to actually get to know some of the kids that they are raising the money for.

After that, the celebrities head to Kauffman Stadium, break up into two teams, and face-off in a not-so-serious softball game before the Royals game. Each celebrity gets their own signature Royals jersey and they play a few innings. They also come out again and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the seventh-inning stretch.

The next morning, the celebrities all make their way to the Pinstripes bowling alley in Overland Park, where they are greeted by hundreds of awaiting fans.

After the children of Children's Mercy are introduced and walk along the red carpet with their parents, the celebrities follow, taking pictures and signing autographs along the way. They head inside and bowl with the children from the hospital.

That night, the celebrities all come together one last time to host a huge party, this year it was at the Sprint Center, where they all just perform and have a good time. They also host an auction where some pretty cool items and opportunities are auctioned off.

Besides just being a fun event to attend and a good way to see some of your favorite celebrities up close, Big Slick is just so important because of its cause.

This year, Big Slick KC raised around $2.5 million for Children's Mercy Hospital. That brings the total to over $10 million that Big Slick has raised since 2010.

This amazing weekend is always so much fun, not just because some big stars come to a fly over state, but because of the children that they are raising the money for. The hosts and the celebrities that attend all care so much about the cause, and they make a great weekend out of it for anyone who attends.

I'm already looking forward to next year's exciting weekend.

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