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PC or Apple- which one are you?

December 27, 2011 Leave a comment

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DIY

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Written By: Pete Patten

With everybody feeling the economic crunch in one way or another, the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trend has gained momentum. This trend makes sense as people try to creatively save money anyway they can. Most of the time, technology is the driving force for DIYers. Smartphones, tablets, and electronic deviceshave unleashed a tidal wave of opportunities for people to track, analyze, control, and learn how to do something on their own.

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Health related DIY information, activities, and devices are becoming more available and popular to the public. Apple has over 9,000 health apps available through their App store. There are blood pressure monitoring devices, pedometers, work-out plans, dietary plans, and just about anything else you can think of.

With the recent boom in home improvement, there are shows that you can DVR that can help you step-by-step through a project of any size. Websites offer advice, blueprints, diagrams, and instructions, all geared toward lending a helping hand for people trying to save a few dollars.

Put aside the saving money part of doing-it-yourself for just a second. There is also the aspect of accomplishment and success that needs to be calculated into the DIY trend. Talk about conversation pieces – and having pride in the work that you can do on your own.

The bottom line is people need to take a step back for a moment and realize that you really can do it yourself. With so many resources available, it’s time to use the technology and knowledge that is out there at your fingertips. There’s no need to freak out when you gain a pound or two. There’s no reason to think you can’t update or replace the trim and doors in your house. Stop what you are doing for a minute and do a little research on how to improve the situation – on your own. It might take you a time or two to figure out exactly how to do something but it’s ok – you can save money while finding a sense of accomplishment at the same time.

Mobile Apps Offer Solutions

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Technology has touched our lives profoundly. It has changed the way we work on a daily basis. Cell phones are no longer simply a wireless device to make phone calls, individuals can now operate a businesses entirely with their smartphones. Our world has certainly transformed, at breakneck speed, into the technology revolution. No other time in our history has there been so much rapid change.

IPhone Application Pic With the invention of the smartphone, our society has most certainly “gone mobile”. Every task imaginable can now be performed on a handheld device. Although the following list is exhaustive, I’m sure there are some smartphone features that have been overlooked.
What can smartphones do? Information sharing, business computing, social networking, calendaring, phone calling, texting, emailing, photo taking/sharing, video recording/sharing, video calling, GPS & mapping, musical entertainment, games, movie downloads, reading electronic books, watching television, shopping, and mobile banking. Smartphones are portable, fast, affordable and are empowering millions of people with real-time connectivity and solutions for consumer needs. For interesting mobile facts, check out this video on YouTube: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and Figures that will shock you!

Since the surge of applications, or apps, the conveniences and access to tools for consumers have risen exponentially. Apple’s tagline is “theres an app for that” pretty much sums it up. If you can dream up a task, there is an app. An app is a compact internet software program that runs on smartphones which performs a specific task for the user. Tasks, or apps, are so plentiful that they are offered for download from “app stores” and are grouped into categories. Some apps are free and others are available for a nominal price.Currently, Apple has over 500,000 apps for work, games, education, music, travel and social networking to mention a few. The Android market has over 200,000 apps available, many dedicated to business efficiencies.

What does this mean for Madison businesses? According to an article titled “Going Mobile is More than a Trend”

In this day and age, very few consumer’s carry cash. Most items are purchased with a credit card or debit card. For business owners who travel, are selling goods and services at tradeshows, your business is home-based/customer-location based , or for street vendors, there is a new app-based solution to accept payments called Square. By downloading an app and adding a small piece of hardware to your phone, a business owner can complete a sale anywhere.

Check out this how to video for details: Credit Card Processing Without a Merchant Account is Possible with Square

Going mobile and incorporating apps in business allows opportunities to connect with customers in new ways and allows for more efficient business operations.

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