The iPad Lawyer – Seminars and Apps – 3/27/2015

Good morning, everyone. It’s Friday and I’ll bet you’re getting ready for a killer weekend. Let me make that excitement just a little bit sweeter with two app deals I don’t think you’ll pass up.

I could do an entire seminar on the productivity wizard called iThoughts HD. It’s essentially a mindmapping app. But, I use it for project management, brainstorming, and as a personal information manager. The app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $8.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughts-mindmap/id866786833?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://toketaware.com/

For those of you who like to use your iPad for word-processing, you can’t do much better than an app called Textilus. Designed specifically for your iPad, it’s being called one of the best word-processing apps available. You get auto-syncing with your favorite cloud provider. And you can even sign documents with this version. For you authors in the bunch, you also get instant text statistics and counters: characters, words, reading time, sentences, and average word length. Normally, Textilus is normally $5.99. Today it is $.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textilus-word-document-processor/id537818639?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.textilusapp.com/

As to my appearances for Apple, here is the current schedule:

April 2 – Newport Beach (Fashion Island)
April 16 – Chicago (North Michigan Avenue)
June 17 – Pasadena
June 18 – Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade)
September 22 – San Francisco
September 23 – Palo Alto
September 24 – Palo Alto

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

NEW APPLE EVENT – FASHION ISLAND – APRIL 2 – 5:30p

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NEW APPLE EVENT – FASHION ISLAND – APRIL 2 – 5:30p

Here’s Apple’s promo of the event:

Maximizing your Business with iOS: Scott Grossberg
Join us for a special event that will focus on using iPhone and iPad in business. Scott Grossberg, bestselling author of “The Million Dollar iPad” and “The iPad Lawyer,” will demonstrate how to use Apple products to manage your business and respond to the fast-growing needs of a mobile lifestyle. He’ll also share best practices for going paperless and talk about apps designed to help you increase daily productivity.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Apple Store, Fashion Island
Briefing Room
1113 Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660

If you’re in the area and want to join us, you can reserve your seat here (it’s free):

fashionislandbusiness@apple.com

or call

949.629.9720

[The iPad Lawyer] The Apple Watch: I’m Late, I’m Late for a Very Important Date

The Apple Watch: I’m Late, I’m Late for a Very Important Date

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

I’m late!
I’m late!
For a very important date!
No time to say “Hello”, “Goodbye!”
I’m late!
I’m late!

- The White Rabbit (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland)

The concept of wearable technology isn’t new. We’ve fantasized and immortalized such devices for years. Just take a look at Dick Tracy and his 2-way wrist radio or any of the communicator devices from Star Trek. And I’m sure a fair number of you had or toyed with the calculator watches of the 1980’s. Now, we have the Apple Watch with its own variation of iOS. The question is: Do you really need this?

The answer, of course, depends on whether the Apple Watch will remarkably make you more effective, more efficient, or more bankable – or all three.

The use of an Apple Watch isn’t just about looking trendy, monitoring your health, letting you answer a phone, or responding to text and email messages. I suggest to you that it’s really about ensuring potent and impressive knowledge transfer (“the process through which one unit (e.g., group, department, or division) is affected by the experience of another” – L. Argote & P. Ingram). To put it another way, the Apple Watch — because of its synchronization with your other iOS devices, the playfulness of its abilities, and its sheer novelty — is going to motivate you like never before to share information, monitor and measure data in a mindful way, and to actually use the messages and details available to you.

I think we all know that knowledge is completely futile unless we actually use it. So let’s get to it . . . here are some ways I predict the Apple Watch will take you from the downright novelty of the device to massive breakthroughs in your current disconnected way of handling all the information that others want to send you, and your continuing need for automated content creation:

1. You can easily dictate content. I have been a fan of using voice dictation through the Siri interface since the last iOS version. In fact, I’m dictating emails, text messages, and documents more now than ever. You simply can’t type as fast as you can talk.

2. You can get important and potentially life-saving “it’s time to move” reminders. I’m a pretty active guy and even I didn’t realize how much I was actual sitting throughout the day until I started using a Nike Fuel band. The Apple Watch will remind you to get up and move when you’ve been sitting too long. By the way, one recent study from Toronto revealed that sitting for too long creates a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death even if you have a regular exercise program. And, of course, the Apple Watch will do its own fitness tracking.

3. You’ll get fast and efficient and accessible content through “Glances,” “Actionable Notifications” and “Apps” screens and messages. From read-only items to iPhone and iPad app extensions, you now merely need to peek at your wrist. You will also have Passbook accessibility. This means no more fetching your phone for the information you previously stored on your phone like plane tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards, etc.

4. You’ll have a backdoor to a lot of powerful apps: Calendar, Maps, Apple TV, iTunes, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, Stocks, Weather, Photos, Siri, etc.

Now, by this point, you must be asking: “But I already have an iPhone or iPad and they do this same stuff. Why do I need a watch, too?

Well, let’s start with the fact that the watch will likely be with you (or “on you” as Apple likes to say) all the time unlike your other iOS devices. Because your watch is on you, you’ll receive notifications, messages, and information and be able to act on them right away, if needed. This, then, permits you to establish a new workflow with your office and colleagues as you give new meaning and thought to handling time-sensitive matters. Most importantly, the Apple Watch works with both Bluetooth and WiFi. That means, in a WiFi environment like your home or office, you can be nearly anywhere and still have access to your data. When time is truly of the essence, having such immediate and easy access to notices, warnings, and information may make all the difference.

On a practical level, what does this all do for you? Well, by incorporating wearable technology into your workflow, you’ll effectively be shifting your focus from taking time to find your phone, retrieve out of your purse, pocket, or briefcase, unlock it, and only then getting or creating content to actually saving time because the notifications on the watch come right to you so long as the watch is on your wrist and locked (that’s a security feature you should be happy about).

As business people, time is money. And if you insist on being late to the wearable technology game, you’ll be losing time. I guarantee your competition isn’t going to suffer the same foolishness. Need I say more?

If you’d like more information about the Apple Watch, here is the official website:

https://www.apple.com/watch/

Let’s take this discussion further . . . You can find me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn and at https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com or  http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com.

If you enjoyed this, I’d be grateful if you share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. And, if you’re interested in finding out how I can make a presentation to your law firm or association, please contact me at 909-483-1850 or email me at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

The iPad Lawyer Apps – 3/17/2015

Good morning, everyone. Just a couple of apps to bring to your attention this morning. But, boy are they worth it!

I continually tell people to get to the point of automated content creation with their iOS device. One of my primary tools for doing just that is Text Expander 3. Text Expander lets you create powerful snippets of text to automate your workflow. I can’t rave about this app enough. Normally, the app is $4.99. Today it is $.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textexpander-3-+-custom-keyboard/id917416298?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/touch/index.html

For those of you who organize and attend meetings, you’ll want to check out Meeting Mapper. This app is just a cool way to actualize visualize all of those who attend, where they are seated during the meeting, and then you can take notes. You can create meeting notes and reports, as well. Normally, this app is $2.99. Today it is FREE. You save nearly $3.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meeting-mapper/id496853872?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.pointntime.com/products/meeting-mapper-ipad/

That’s it for now. Now go out and make it a million dollar day!

Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer Apps – 3/3/2015

Good morning, everyone. There are some terrific apps available today so let’s jump right in . . .

Every now and then you need to send something from your PC or Mac to your iPad or iPhone. This is one of the more elegant and fun ways that I use to “print” from my desktop to an iDevice. It’s called ACTPrinter. Using your WiFi network, you can “print” documents, emails, and web pages from any program on your Mac or PC directly to your iPhone or iPad. And it’s also a PDF converter. (Note: you will also need to download the free companion software ACTPrinter Mac or ACTPrinter Win to your desktop.) Normally, the app is $2.99. Today it is $1.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/actprinter-virtual-printer/id296083171?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.houdah.com/ACTPrinter/

Textilus is one of those apps designed specifically for your iPad. It has been called one of the best word-processing apps available. You get auto-syncing with your favorite cloud provider. And you can even sign documents with this version. For you authors in the bunch, you also get instant text statistics and counters: characters, words, reading time, sentences, and average word length. Normally, Textilus is $6.99. Today it is $5.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textilus-word-document-processor/id537818639?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.textilusapp.com/

Not all of you want to format graphics and photos from your iDevice. But, for those of you who want to have some real fun placing your photos into a comic book format (I’ve use this app for creating graphic blog articles, by the way), take a look at ComicBook! Normally, this app is $2.99. Today it is FREE. You save $2.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comicbook!/id436114747?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://3dtopo.com/apps/comicbook/

For those of you who like to edit and make comments with PDFs, how would you like to be able to place two PDF documents side-by-side for comparison and use? If that’s something that fits your workflow, take a look at Easy Annotate -Dual PDF Editor. It’s FREE (there’s an in-app upgrade available if you like the free version).

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-annotate-dual-pdf-editor/id727622263?mt=8  

Publisher Link – http://www.easy-annotate.com/

Finally, there’s a new drawing/design/art app available from Adonit (the ones who make the stylus I’ve written about before) for your iPad. It’s called Forge. The app is elegant, responsive, and I’m very impressed with the organization of the stored drawings, sketches, and diagrams. The app is FREE!

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/forge-by-adonit/id959009300?ls=1&mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.adonit.net/forge/

That’s it for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success!

[The iPad Lawyer] You Are Not Alone — Dropbox and Your Office Apps

You Are Not Alone — Dropbox and Your Office Apps

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

Based on the old pain/pleasure principle, I think you’ll agree that most people will fight to the death to keep what they have (what they think works) rather than implement a new workflow or new option or new opportunity. And this is true even if they logically understand the “new thing” and rationalize that they “want it.” Actually using your iOS devices in powerful, new ways is no different. Most of you will do more to keep things the way they are than adventure out into the exciting world of new apps.

So, today, I’ve got good news for those of you who don’t want to learn new stuff.

And I’ve got even better news for those of you who do want new stuff.

For the “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” crowd, I’m going to talk about apps you’re already likely using — Dropbox and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

For my “cutting edge” crowd, I’m going to be discussing a new workflow that will make you even more productive and let you breathe easier.

See . . . something for everybody!

Microsoft Office remains the primary way business people perform their day-to-day work on a computer. Dropbox remains the primary way we store and access online files due to the fact that app developers make Dropbox integration part of nearly every successful app that is released. Still, it came as a surprise for most when, in November, Dropbox and Microsoft announced an unheralded partnership.

For the first time, the major online storage provider (Dropbox) was essentially unified with Microsoft’s Office suite of apps. This now means that the apps from the two companies collaborate in real time with each other. In other words, you can now edit Office documents on-the-go and directly from your Dropbox mobile account. You can also see if anyone else is viewing or working on a shared Office file (and you’ll even get an online visual notification if someone else opens up a document you’ve been working on). And, if two or more people happen to be working on the same document at the same time, you’ll be notified with an exclamation point and can save your version independently so that your work is not lost. You can also check to see if there’s a more current version of a Dropbox Office file and update accordingly.

To make this system work for you, you have to have the latest version of the Office apps. You can obtain Word, Excel, and PowerPoint here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-word/id586447913?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-excel/id586683407?mt=8

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8

Naturally, you will also need a Dropbox account. If you need to sign up (you can get a free account), go here:

https://www.dropbox.com/

Then, download the app to your iDevice from here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

Now, when you go into your Dropbox app, find an Office file you want to work on and tap on it.  You will be given the option of opening the file with Word, Excel, or PowerPoint from within Dropbox, itself (there’s a little paper/pen icon down at the bottom of your screen). Yes, you still have the old option of “Open With . . . “ from within Dropbox. But this newer option automatically launches Word, for example, opens your Dropbox-stored document, asks if you want to convert it for editing if it’s an older version, converts it for you, permits full editing and annotation, and then stores it right back to Dropbox. It’s quite an automatic, effective, and efficient workflow.

By the way, if you work from within Dropbox in the manner just described and you then open your Word app independently (let’s say to create a new Word document), you are first greeted with a “Today” screen that shows your combined and earlier use of Dropbox and Word and you can open your previously viewed and edited Word documents from that screen, as well. After you create your new Word document, naturally you can then save immediately to the Dropbox folder of your choice.

The entire process is very self-explanatory and easy to implement. If you still want more information on the workflow, here’s Dropbox’s Help Center link entitled, “How do I edit Microsoft Office files stored in my Dropbox from my mobile device?

https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/6999

One bonus tip for you: With either your iPhone or iPad, you can create great content by also implementing Siri dictation into your work style. Siri has gotten much more accurate in her voice recognition and I dictate now more than ever before. I have noticed, by the way, that by speaking faster, the speech recognition is better. I also hasten to remind those of you with concerns about confidentiality that any dictation you create with Siri is sent away from your device to Apple’s servers and then back again.

We’d all like to be more successful using the tools with which we’re already comfortable. This elegant pairing of Dropbox and Microsoft Office apps allows you to do just that. It meets a basic human need — giving you what you really desire (not having to get bogged down in technical things) while solving a problem (helping you to be more streamlined).

Your time is precious. Go ahead. Take the time to discover how powerful this new partnership will be for you and how easy it makes your document creation, editing, and collaboration workflow.

Let’s take this discussion further . . . You can find me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn and at https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com or  https://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com.

If you enjoyed this, I’d be grateful if you share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. And, if you’re interested in finding out how I can make a presentation to your law firm or association, please contact me at 909-483-1850 or email me at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars Tonight and Tomorrow – 2/18/2015

Good morning, everyone. I’m excited about these next two nights because I have two new Apple events for you to attend — one in Pasadena and one in Santa Monica.

Here’s what Apple is calling this:

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Transform How You Work with iOS: Scott Grossberg

Join us for a special event that will focus on using iPhone and iPad in business. Scott Grossberg, bestselling author of “The Million Dollar iPad” and “The iPad Lawyer,” will demonstrate how to use Apple products to manage your business and respond to the fast-growing needs of a mobile lifestyle. He’ll also share best practices for going paperless and talk about apps designed to help you increase daily productivity.
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Here are the details —

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Apple Briefing Room – Pasadena
5:30-7:00P
54 West Colorado Blvd.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE >>> http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

Apple-Pasadena-2-18-2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Apple Briefing Room – Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
6:00-7:30P
1415 Third Street Promenade
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE >>> http://www.apple.com/retail/thirdstreetpromenade/

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We’re not going to concentrate on theory or accessories. We’re going to get right down to it and dig into my actual workflow mindset and techniques.

Do you want to save time and be more productive? Do you want to automate your content creation? Then these are the seminars for you.

And . . . I’ll be bringing these same events to Chicago, San Francisco, and Palo Alto in the near future (more on that later).

These events are always a LOT OF FUN! And I can’t wait to meet new friends and reconnect with those of you who’ve attended my other presentations.

Apple is offering these events FREE for you. And SPACE IS LIMITED. So you can imagine how important it is to reserve your seat ahead of time.

See you soon. – Scott

 

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars – 2/4/2015

Good evening, all. I trust this finds you well and using your iOS devices to their max!

I have two new Apple events to announce and . . .

YOUR TIME IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO MISS THESE  —

Just for 2015, a BRAND-NEW Apple presentation has been created for all of you who want to take your use of iOS devices to the next level! Here’s what Apple is calling this:

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Transform How You Work with iOS: Scott Grossberg

Join us for a special event that will focus on using iPhone and iPad in business. Scott Grossberg, bestselling author of “The Million Dollar iPad” and “The iPad Lawyer,” will demonstrate how to use Apple products to manage your business and respond to the fast-growing needs of a mobile lifestyle. He’ll also share best practices for going paperless and talk about apps designed to help you increase daily productivity.
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And these events are being offered at two locations, back-to-back.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Apple Briefing Room – Pasadena
5:30-7:00P
54 West Colorado Blvd.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE >>> http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

Apple-Pasadena-2-18-2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Apple Briefing Room – Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
6:00-7:30P
1415 Third Street Promenade
RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE >>> http://www.apple.com/retail/thirdstreetpromenade/

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You’ll be learning the latest apps that I use to save time and be more productive. There are really some incredible new AUTOMATED WORKFLOW options you’ll want to implement right away!

You’ll be getting my own keyboard, typing, and CONTENT CREATION SHORTCUTS. These, alone, will blow you away.

And you’re going to have A LOT OF FUN. Anyone who’s been to one of my Apple events over the last three years can tell you, above all else, these events are game-changers — not just because you learn cool stuff — but because of the people you get to meet and the networking that takes place.

Apple is offering these events FREE for you. And SPACE IS LIMITED. So you can imagine how important it is to reserve your seat ahead of time.

See you soon. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer Apps – 1/28/2015

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe. Ready to hear about some fantastic app offerings? I thought so.

A few days ago, I mentioned a new app that will turn your iPad or iPhone into a second monitor for your Mac. It’s called Duet Display. The app is free to download on your Mac. The iOS version is normally $14.99.Today, however, it’s only $7.99. You save $7.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duet-display/id935754064?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.duetdisplay.com/ 

If you’re looking for a calendar replacement for your native iOS calendar app, you might enjoy Calendars 5 from Readdle. It doesn’t quite have all the bells and whistles that Pocket Informant Pro offer, but it’s still a great app. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today, it is only $2.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendars-5-smart-calendar/id697927927?mt=8

Publisher Link — https://readdle.com

You know I’ve written about automated document assembly before. Well, there’s another little secret that I use . . . automated email/text message assembly. And one of the ways I implement that is with a wonderful new app called Workflow. Among other things, Workflow lets you create shortcuts so you can (for example): Make animated GIFs, add a home screen icon that calls a loved one, make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet, get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap, tweet the song you’re listening to, get all of the images on a web page, and send a message including the last screenshot you took. How do I use it? I’ve created a workflow that sends my location and an ETA text message. It really is a great tool to use. Normally, this app is $2.99. Today, it is $1.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?mt=8

Publisher Link — https://my.workflow.is/

I get asked all the time for the PDF annotation tool that I prefer. Each and every time I tell people it’s iAnnotate. With this app you can read, mark up, and share PDF, DOC, PPT and image files. Normally, the app is $9.99. Today it it only $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iannotate-pdf/id363998953?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

Do you want to take handwritten notes on your iPad? If so, one of your better options is Notes Plus. You can take beautiful handwritten notes (I prefer to use a stylus), create diagrams, draw, etc. And . . . in February . . . there will be handwriting recognition offered FREE to existing users. Notes Plus is for your iPad only — there is no iPhone version, yet. The app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-plus/id374211477?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://notesplusapp.com/

As an alternative to some of the other diagramming and mindmapping apps out there, I continue to be intrigued by MagicalPad. With this app, you can outline, do task management, create mindmaps, and manage all types of visual diagrams. The app is normally $9.99. Today, it is only $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magicalpad-notes-mind-maps/id463731782?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.magicalpad.com/

Whew! Those should keep you busy for awhile.

Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars and Apps – 1/23/2015

Good morning, all. I trust this finds all of you well and using your iOS devices to their max!

Let’s jump right into some terrific app deals that will push you and your business even farther . . .

One of my favorite apps of all time is iThoughts HD. It’s a mindmapping app. And it can be used for so much more than simple tracking of your thoughts. I’ve mentioned it before, but I use it for an amazing PIM.  The app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $8.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughts-mindmap/id866786833?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://toketaware.com/

For those of you who want to turn your iPad or iPhone into a second monitor for your Mac, you can’t do better than to look at Duet Display. The app is free to download on your Mac. The iOS version is $14.99. Here’s the important part of all this . . . ex-Apple engineers created this and so far there is no lag between displays. Rather than using Bluetooth (like other apps do), this utilizes your lightning connector.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duet-display/id935754064?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.duetdisplay.com/ 

For those of you who like to or have to keep meeting minutes, here’s a new app designed just for you. It’s called Minutes. The app is FREE!

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minutes-app/id547097299?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://fiveandaquarter.net/minutes

One more thing . . . for those of you who are using Microsoft Word, Excel, and OneNote — there are some updates available that provide bug fixes and stability improvements. You can get these updates FREE through the App Store on your devices.

As to my appearances for Apple, we’re still finalizing some last-minute things. More details will follow. In the meantime, I will be at the following locations in Southern California in February.

Pasadena — February 18

Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica) — February 19

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott