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Follow up Infographic- How to Develop an App: the Legal Issues

17 Jul

This Follow up InfographicHow to Develop an App: the Legal Issues is a great primer to compliment our recent infographic in apps.

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How to Kill Android Apps Running in the Background | Digital Trends

16 Jun
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Blackberry and Instagram Finally One

3 Nov

BlackGram finally brings the native Instagram experience to BlackBerry 10 (Updated)

http://crackberry.com/blackgram-blackberry-instagram

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Must-Have Free (or Almost Free) Apps for Growing Businesses (Via LinkedIn)

24 Aug

Must-Have Free (or Almost Free) Apps for Growing Businesses

Small businesses can have big problems — but not always the big budgets needed to solve them.

In the early days of my company, we were always on the lookout for affordable technology that would make our jobs easier. Unfortunately, poor user interfaces and inadequate support meant most business apps were often more trouble than they were worth.

Over the years, however, I’ve found a few that I truly can’t live without. These five are easy to use, cloud-based, and scalable, so that they’ll grow along with your company. Best of all, each app has a free or nearly free version for businesses just getting off the ground.

1. Zendesk

Zendesk simplifies and streamlines customer service. The app consolidates all customer communications — email, social media, websites, and even phone — into individual “tickets” that your entire team can access and respond to. You can automate standard responses, store customer histories, and create product forums where customers can interact and answer each other’s questions.

Zendesk offers a special “Starter Plan” for up to three users for $20 per year. Regular monthly plans start at $24 per user.

2. Google Drive

File-sharing is a critical part of a growing business, and Google Drive makes it nearly foolproof. Multiple users

can collaborate in real time, creating, editing, and commenting on documents in the cloud. Revisions save automatically, and, most importantly, you can access your documents from any device. All of this represents a huge productivity leap over the old-fashioned approach: attaching documents to emails and sending endless iterations back and forth.

Individual users get 15 GB of free storage. Monthly business plans start at $5 per user and include 30 GB of storage.

3. Evernote

Say goodbye to sticky notes. Evernote is an indispensable vacuum cleaner-style app that sucks up all of the random data you encounter on the Internet and in your real life. Whether it’s excerpts from websites, photos, voice memos, documents, or handwritten scribbles, it all gets stored and organized in the cloud as individual “notes.” These notes can then be sorted, tagged, edited, and even shared with colleagues. All of this information is in turn accessible across all of your devices and automatically synced.

Individual users can upload up to 60 MB of content per month for free. Evernote Business ($10 per user per month) offers 1 GB per month.

4. MailChimp

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While social media has proliferated, old-fashioned email marketing remains a critical way to reach clients and build connections. MailChimp is a no-nonsense, intuitive tool for creating email lists and keeping track of which customers are opening messages and clicking on links. You can easily import contacts and even segment your lists so subscribers receive only relevant emails. MailChimp also includes basic A/B testing features, for comparing which subject lines and send times work best.

Free users can send up to 12,000 emails per month to up to 2,000 subscribers. Unlimited plans start at $10 per month.

5. HootSuite

Disclaimer: HootSuite is my company, so I’m not impartial. But I’m also not the only one who thinks it’s a valuable tool. Seven million people and thousands of small businesses use HootSuite to manage their social media communications. A web-based dashboard lets you access dozens of social networks in one place. You can set up streams to monitor keywords and specific followers, as well as access detailed analytics reports showing who’s reading and responding to your posts.

HootSuite’s free plan allows tracking for up to 5 social profiles. The $8.99 per month pro plan offers tracking for up to 50 profiles and advanced analytics.

All of these business apps have stood the test of time and have healthy, growing userbases, which means they’ll be around for the long haul, with regular updates to keep things fresh. Apart from being mobile-ready, they also integrate seamlessly with desktop browsers. Google Chrome users, for instance, can add extensions that boost the functionality of all of these apps, enabling you to save web content directly into Evernote as you browse, for instance, or instantly share URLs on social media with HootSuite’s Hootlet. (Google has compiled a very handy list of the best small business apps for Chrome here.)

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Free Blackberry Gym APP

9 Feb

bb10Free Blackberry Gym APP

OK folks here is a hot one!

For those who don’t know I am a blackberry fanatic, and as such I blog mostly from my blackberry smartphone.  I also love the gym hence the creation of this blog.

And now I found the app to merge both.

Gym Technik
This app guides you through your workouts. Set up your workout exactly the way you are used to. Its like having a personal trainer everywhere you go.
Download

Free Blackberry Gym APP.

53 FREE Apps For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

9 Feb

A lot of games but a WordPress app and a few others for productivity.

These Apps are only available for a limited time. Be sure the total is $0.00 as these prices do change frequently and without notice.

 

 

FREE iPad Apps

 

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BLACKBERRY TIP (WELL OK, 2 TIPS)

5 Feb

Set your blackberry email to check spelling before sending.

Professionalism is key. You are basically disgusting if you don’t accept preprogrammed, available help from RIM, now known as Blackberry.
Every email you send even in a casual setting should be proper. Spelling and grammar always count. A small mistake may be overlooked, but continuous errors insure you will pay a price.
However if you go into options in your message folder you will see a spell check option- set it to check emails before sending and then hit save. This will definitely help. Email is a viable resource so use it to your advantage.

Merge your blackberry’s inbox’s of all types.
Why have your different message types in more than one inbox? Put them all to go into one location.
Again go to options, then inbox management. Then check each box and click save. Now you have any and every message you might need in one convenient location.
Save time, and locate needed emails asap.

Bonus Tip: enable keyboard shortcuts in web by going to web browser options and enabling and saving said option.

Super Bonus Tip: The S key will take you to your saved messages once you are in your messages inbox. I save many messages at least for 90 days and I bet many of you do too.

And now the Super Duper Bonus Tip:
Alter your message delete timetable.
Go to your inbox and then to options.
From there go to Message Display and Actions. From there go to the bottom and click- Days to keep messages: Forever.
Now you choose what you keep or delete.
Pretty cool right?

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MAXIMIZE YOUR SMARTPHONES POTENTIAL aka SECRET APPS AND TRICKS YOU NEED

8 Jan

In this day and age we count on our mobile phones to stay connected with friends and family. But their cost in both time and money can be high.

I’ve got a secret stash of info and shortcuts to optimize your usage and save you time and money.

Send texts via e-mail

Does your phone not support multimedia messaging? Maybe you nearing your monthly text-messaging limit? Simply send your photo or text message via e-mail.

Just open a new e-mail message. In the To: field, enter the 10-digit telephone number (without dashes). Then enter the appropriate domain name for the recipient’s carrier.

AT&T: @txt.att.net

Sprint: @messaging.sprintpcs.com

T-Mobile: @tmomail.net

Verizon: @vtext.com

Standard charges apply for the recipient. If you’re e-mailing from a cellphone, you’ll pay for data usage.

Block messages

Perhaps you don’t like text messaging. So why pay to receive unwanted texts? You can either block texts or set up filters.

AT&T users must register for Message Preferences at mymessages.wireless.att.com. Sign in and you’re given options to block specific types of messages. You can also allow and block messages from specific numbers.

Sprint lets you block messages from specific numbers. Log in to your account online. Click My Sprint, then My Online Tools. Under Communication Tools, select Block Text Messages.

Some plans may not provide this option. Or, you may want to block all billable messages. In that case, call *2 for customer service.

T-Mobile lets you block messages based on type. Log in to your account online and click My Account, then Change services. Select the blocking features you would like. Click Change Services.

For Verizon, log in to your online account. Select Preferences and choose Text Blocking. Block specific addresses or types of messages.

Skip the formalities

Hate listening to your friend’s obnoxious voice mail greeting? Then skip it. When the greeting starts, enter the appropriate code for the recipient’s carrier.

AT&T: #

Sprint: 1

T-Mobile: #

Verizon: *

Check your account

Don’t know if you used your monthly minutes? Unsure how many text messages you have left? A quick call will tell you. Just use these shortcuts.

AT&T

*MIN# (*646#) for minutes used

*DATA# (*3282#) for text usage

*BAL# (*225#) for account balance

*PAY (*729) to make a payment

Sprint

*4 for billing information

*3 to make a payment

T-Mobile

#MIN# (#646#) for minutes used

#MSG# (#674#) for text usage

#BAL# (#225#) for account balance

Verizon

#MIN (#646) for minutes used

#DATA (#3282) for text usage

#BAL (#225) for account balance

#PMT (#768) to make a payment

Navigate your voice mail

Checking your voice mail can be a chore. My shortcuts will help you out when you’re listening to a message. Speed it up, slow it down, save it and more.

AT&T

1: Rewind

2: Pause

3: Fast forward

4: Slower

5: Message date and time

6: Faster

7: Delete

9: Save

0: Help

(#): Skip

(*): Exit

Sprint

1: Message date and time

2: Reply

3: Fast forward

4: Replay

5: Rewind

6: Forward message

7: Delete

8: Call back

9: Save

0: Help

(#): Skip

(*): Cancel

Verizon

1: Rewind

11: Replay

2: Pause

3: Fast Forward

33: End of message

4: Slow

5: Message date and time

6: Speed

7: Delete

9: Save

0: Help

(*): Exit

(#): Skip

T-Mobile

1: Rewind

11: Replay

2: Pause

3: Fast forward

33: End

44: Slower

66: Faster

7: Delete

9: Save

(#): Skip

Text a landline

Both Sprint and Verizon provide text-to-landline services. Your text message is converted to a voice message and delivered. Simply enter the landline number as you would a mobile number.

Sprint provides this service at no charge; the message counts the same as any other. Verizon however charges 25 cents per message. There is no charge to message recipients.

11 Really Cool iPhone Keypad Codes

7 Jan

11 Really Cool iPhone Keypad Codes

Your iPhone can browse the net, play myriad games, play YouTube videos and more but there are also some nifty tricks you can use to find out some great information about your phone and run it more smoothly.

In essence, there are a bunch of iPhone keypad codes that you can type in and get back specific information about/from your mobile carrier, phone and billing details.

When you want to use any one of these codes, open your iPhone’s “phone app” and make sure that the keypad button is selected in the bottom menu. Next, type in any code from the list below and press call.

iPhone Codes: Network & Phone Information

*3001#12345#*– Opens up the “Field Test” settings on your iPhone, which allows you to see many, many advanced network settings on your phone including cell site information and more.

*#06# – Displays your iPhone’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number (this code also works on many other phones).

*#21# – Displays any call forwarding settings enabled on your iPhone.

*#43# – Shows you if call waiting for various parts of your phone are either enabled or disabled.

*#30# – Shows you if you have the call presentation (to see who is calling you) setting enabled or disabled.

*#33# – Displays call barring settings for your iPhone, and weather they are enabled or disabled.

iPhone Codes: Carrier & Billing Information

*646# -View available minutes on your AT&T plan (*min#).

*777#- View available minutes on your AT&T pre-paid plan (if you get the “Account Not Found” error, you do not have a pre-paid account and you should try the code just above this one for postpaid accounts).

*3282# – View wireless data usage statistics (also *data#).

*225# – Check the bill balance on your AT&T account (also *bll#).

*729 – Makes a call to AT&T to pay your wireless bill.

Do you have any other iPhone keypad codes / shortcuts to share? Let me know in the comments section or feel free to email me or hit me up on twitter.

 

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5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups

13 Nov

5 Little-Known iPhone and iPad Apps for Startups

Being a small business owner can be trying.  Times are tight, the economy is dreary, and you have to make every dollar stretch.  To add to the general mayhem you have all the day to day tasks of accounting, management, sales tracking and administrative needs on your shoulders.  Find this daunting?  Well I’ve got 5 iOS apps to make you more efficient.

Invoice2Go: This app lets you create invoices and estimates on your iPad and even your iPhone. You can make one complete list of all billable items and store them cohesively. Perhaps you might prefer the Receipts2go plugin to bill for items that are specific only to certain jobs or accounts. To top it all off your completed invoices can be printed right from the app or emailed if you are so inclined.

You can get three free invoices and after that its about 25.00 bucks a year for a 100 invoices.  By the way, you can even see your financials at a glance with this app.

 

Docusign Ink: No more printing and scanning with this app. Sign all sorts of documents electronically and save time you can use your phone or devices camera to take a picture of relevant documents or upload from a cloud drive- cool right?  Docusign Ink even converts documents easily so you drag and drop your signature. Simply save and send to complete the process.

Client forgot to sign? No problem, simply have them sign vial email. The catch is simple: unlimited documents can be signed for free.  However there is a limit of five additional signatories. After that they will ask you to purchase a plan starting at 15.00 bucks a month.

FYI- Doucsign Ink is also available on Android.

 Bento 4 for iPad: A recently redesigned personal database app that helps you present and organize data. What makes Bento 4 stand out from the crowd is that it allows you to combine tables and text fields with images by simply drag and dropping utilizing one of the 40 free templates.  Highly useful in multistep projects or sales meetings, Bento is quite versatile. With a price tag of 9.99 your wallet doesn’t get beat up either.

Concur: An organizational tool/app for frequent travelers. Manage your itinerary, book hotel rooms, check airline reservations. Concur is also great for tracking your expenses on the go.  Input information by hand, or use e-receipts. You can also scan receipts. Trips over? Concur will combine all the info into one cohesive expense report.  While the app is free on iPad and iPhone you will need to link it to a desktop Concur account.  This however is 8.00 bucks per person, per month.  A little more than some want to spend but a great report, and it’s a tax deduction I’d bet (See your CPA for that info though).  Concur is also available on Android for my so inclined cohorts.

Delivery Status Touch: Move a lot of merchandise? Delivery Status Touch can help keep track of them. 4.99, gets you an app that works directly with all of the major delivery companies/services and automatically gets information from Amazon, Apple and Google Checkout. As soon as a package is added it will appear on the the home screen. After that point you can track the progress of each and every package you have; coming or going.

 

 

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