New Facebook IOS App

I normally don’t talk much about applications. I think I need to move a little that way and give you my views on the apps that keep us up to date and up to the times.

Facebook has long been a battery drainer on your IPhones or IPod touches. But they rolled up their sleeves and got their programmers working overtime. What did the come up with?

A beautiful clean and easy to use new IOS app called “PAPER”. I will be the first to tell you I am not a Facebook fan boy. I use it mostly because everyone I know is there and I can locate and chat to my friends. But with this new “PAPER” I am finding myself opening it more and more.

It is also easy to create great looking posts and makes it easier to find news and what you are looking for. There is however a little fight going on between Facebook and another company FiftyThree who has had this name for years “PAPER”. Their app is really like folded paper on your IOS device.

Question of the day: Should larger companies be allowed to take the name of someone else’s applications? You know if this was reversed Facebook would be suing the crap out of this little guy. Check out my new web site: facebook1.com? What would happen?

Download the new app to your IOS device. It also looks great on the IPad.

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Is Paper Print Dying Off?

This is a question we get everyday on the job. With all of the digital content floating around and with all of the access to cloud based storage drives, there is a decrease in paper being used. If you want to lower the paper use in your business you need to follow a few simple steps.

  1. Provide all of your office workers with a sharing solution. This will allow them to share, read and edit documents without printing them.
  2. Remove any desktop printers that you have. If you ask your office workers to walk to the printer, you will see a drop in the printing.
  3. Create a central monitored printing area. This could be one office worker that see all of the print jobs.

I really didn’t want this to turn into a lesson on creating a printing plan. I wanted to point out that print on paper is dying off. I have noticed over the years in education there is a lot less printing happening.

The last thought is that we consume the written word in a different way. I know I read my Kindle and IPad more then I ever have a paper, book or even magazines. It is sad I have been reading book for the better part of 47 years, I enjoy them but I don’t get hung up on the smell or the feel of the book. If we hold back we should go back? Remember the wringer washing machine, no one said a word when those went away?

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Creating Content with your Tablet

Most people if not all will tell you that they use their tablet for reading or watching videos. If you watch the commercials you will notice that everyone is using the tablet to consume information and content.

Apple’s new commercial is showing the IPad and way’s that you can use to create content. I have been carrying my IPad to meetings and conferences for years. I have always use it for keeping notes. I have also used it for writing books, creating short videos, and recording audio. You can also use it to broadcast your audio online with a simple app. So yes you can create content.

The tablets have been out selling laptops and the laptops have been out selling desktops. Why? Because people want to be mobile, or at least not attached to a desk. Make you wonder why computing in schools are still taught at desks? Or why for that matter office workers are still made to sit at a desk and look at a monitor. Maybe allow your office staff to roam around the office space and create on their tablets?

A few applications or apps I use on the IPad are. DocsToGo: for creating slide shows, documents, and spread sheets, Numbers: Another Spread Sheet Program, Keynote: Another slide show creator, Pages: Another app to create documents. I use Garage Band to create audio files or for podcasts. And one of my favorite programs of all is EverNote, it allows me to sync my note over all of my devices.

So yes you can create content on your tablet. We have one staff member using her IPad on a daily bases to create all of her content. Talking to her yesterday was proof that this can be done. Now put that laptop down and get to work on your tablet!

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Portable Computing The Easy Way

At one point I wanted to create a Christmas list of items that everyone would love to find under the tree. I still will reserve the right to create that list to help you to make some choices that are sure to make your loved ones smile.

This post covers the item that about a million or more people are asking for this year. The portable tablet computer. I have been in this field for so many years that I remember when the mini tower case was the portable computer. Computing devices are changing all the time. Bill Gates once said that he wanted a computer running Windows in every household. I also remember the same Bill Gates standing on a stage with a portable tablet in his hands saying “This will be the future of computing”! He was of course right, but like my self to many years early with his invention.

Today we see tablets all over the place. The number one of course is the IPad followed by about a thousand Android devices and then a few hundred Windows devices. To give the Windows devices their fair shake, I have tried them and they are really nice and easy to use.

Can a table replace your computer? In the way that many people use their computers more as a consumption device then I would say yes. You can also create on a tablet why do you think they make key boards for them?

My final thought on tablets and what you might be buying. If you family member ask for a IPad then buy them the IPad. If they ask you for a Kindle HD then buy them the Kindle HD. I know there are cheap knock offs out there and remember they are CHEAP for a reason. Happy Shopping!

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IPad Mini with Retina Display

Every year around this time I get asked by many people about what to buy a loved one or even harder their children. My first question is always how much do you want to spend? Well if you have the budget and you want a device that is going to stand the test of time and keep ticking year after year. Check out the new IPad Mini Retina.

The specs or speeds of this device are the same as they are for the new IPad Air. The real difference is the screen size. All of the mini’s have been dubbed as the choice for many women because they can fit these in their purse. For men, well I don’t know where we will carry our IPad mini’s but there is some part of me that wants one.

We have many Retina IPad’s and the screens are beautiful. The detail is very crisp and clear. Pricing is set at: 16 Gig – $399.00 / 32 Gig – $499.99 / 64 Gig – $599.00. / 128 Gig – $699.00.

So the bottom line to this post and my thoughts. If you have the money and you are looking for something that will last, is light and can even promote reading for children. You can’t go wrong with buying the new IPad Mini Retina.

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