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5 essential uses for iPads at your SMB

Technology continues to trend toward increased mobility, and business practices are headed along with it. Apple’s iPad has fairly universal appeal as a personal tablet, but what about its small- or medium-sized business potential? If you own an iPad, it’s likely you’re already using it for email and browsing to help manage your business, but there’s so much more it could be doing. Check out our five favorite applications for implementing a iPads at your SMB .

Point of sale apps

One of the most popular uses for iPads at your SMB is as a means of ringing up customer purchases. The checkout aisle has slowly been giving way to automation, and with apps like Vend and Revel you can save a great deal of money on expensive point of sale hardware and wasted employee time. From customer relationship management to loyalty programs and gift cards, these apps give your business a polished, professional front end.

Presentation apps on iPads at your SMB

Business presentations are a staple of the white-collar world, and being ill-prepared for one can sabotage your profitability. Although in the past users were generally averse to creating presentations on ‘restrictive’ touchscreens, Apple’s continued dedication to making it possible is evidenced by their Keynote app. Before writing it off, check out the extremely intuitive creation and delivery functions.

Social media management

For better or worse, the number of social media avenues to promote your business are growing every day. Updating and managing each of them individually is tedious, and ultimately a waste of valuable time. Social media managers like HootSuite allow you to manage multiple accounts, schedule posts, and reply to messages — all from one place. HootSuite even has analytics and campaign plans directed toward small businesses looking to engage new customers.

Remote Access

Mobility is one of the most sought-after traits of any modern business. If you find yourself constantly away from your desk, a remote access app may be your golden ticket to staying productive on the road. Apps like LogMeIn and GoToMyPc give you unfettered access to your designated desktops. This way you can keep working from the cab, home, or airplane, like you never left the office.

Invoicing/Payment tracking

A desktop computer might seem like the ideal place to track invoices, expenses and employee hours, but mobile accounting apps are freeing up business owners to take their company on the road. SMBs with multiple locations or remote workers will love the cloud access afforded to them by the likes of FreshBooksand Outright. CEOs can push data to these apps from their iPad while their accountants review it from the other side of the country.

When it comes to small- and medium-sized businesses and technology, we’re the experts. And whether it’s security or usability that has kept you from utilizing mobile devices in your business processes, we have a solution for you. Don’t risk exposing your business to unnecessary risks. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

Early adopters share iPad Pro feedback

People love websites like TripAdvisor, Yelp and Angie’s List for a reason: feedback from real customers is invaluable when making a purchase decision. When it comes to Apple’s iPad Pro, you may’ve had some difficulty tracking down what actual users think about the tablet as it’s still a new technology. Well, today, you’re in luck. CIO, a website that delivers the latest news and tips for IT professionals, has recently surveyed 11 early adopters of the iPad Pro to get their feedback. Here’s what they thought of it: the good and the bad.

The good

  • Great for short, focused bursts of work – The iPad Pro is lightweight, turns on quickly and features some exceptional iOS multitasking features. These qualities make it a perfect alternative to a laptop for short, focused bursts of work. One user surveyed noted that taking out his laptop for thirty minutes or less of work is tiresome and is also unfeasible at times. The iPad Pro solves this problem, allowing him to even get work done in taxis.
  • Speed – When compared to iPad Air 2, the iPad Pro has made huge improvements when it comes to speed. The iPad Air 2 is slow when opening a large file or program and when switching between apps. However, the iPad Pro performs these same tasks lightning fast thanks to Apple’s A9X 64-bit processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • Split View enhances productivity – Let’s face it, we all multi-task to some extent, and Split View has really made it easier than ever. If you’re in a meeting and need to toggle between your email and a note application or web page, Split View eliminates the now unnecessary step of hitting thehome button first and then opening the other app. All you have to do is slide your finger across the display to bring up different apps you may want to use.
  • Works wonders for note taking – With the iPad Pro, taking notes is now like the good ol’ days when you sat in class and scratched down on a pad what the teacher said. While back then that pad was made of paper, today’s pad is digital. How is this possible? It’s all because of the Pencil stylus, which acts like a real pencil. Essentially, this turns your iPad Pro into a virtual notepad with the ability to keep all your notes in digital format in one easy and convenient place. What’s more, your notes are automatically accessible from all your devices.

The bad

  • Subpar keyboard – According to one user, there is still much to be desired from Apple’s smart keyboard. It lacks buttons such as the home keyand keys to adjust brightness and volume. Also it doesn’t have backlit keys, which can make it difficult to type if you’re in a dark place.
  • Browser too often displays mobile website – The tablet tends to use mobile websites when browsing the web (which could be because the iPad Pro uses iOS 9 instead of a full blown desktop operating system). Obviously, this can be annoying as mobile websites are generally not as functional as the desktop version. With that said, iPad Pro can handle the desktop version perfectly fine, you just have to manually switch over to the desktop version on many occasions.
  • Limited storage – While the Microsoft Surface Pro allows users to add storage via micro SD memory cards, the iPad Pro has no option to increase storage. Of course, you can alternatively store overflow files and data on the cloud; however, keeping sensitive data there is not ideal for many business owners.
  • Fragile screen – The iPad Pro’s retina display is capable of producing beautiful images, but the screen is also incredibly fragile. One user noted that even if you drop it from less than a foot off the ground, you are still likely to break the screen, which is not an inexpensive fix.

We hope this feedback provided by early iPad Pro adapters can help you make an informed decision as to whether or not Apple’s latest tablet is suitable for your business.

How to best utilize mobile tech for staff

Love it or hate it, mobile technology in the workplace is here to stay. While more and more companies are utilizing it as a way to up their productivity, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it. Here are four tips to help you successfully integrate mobile devices into your organization to create a more efficient and productive business.

Use the right tool

Some work tasks just aren’t cut out for mobile use. While using a mobile phone or tablet to send emails is an effective way to work on the go, trying to write long form reports on these same devices is a bad idea. As a general guideline, small tasks such as email, viewing documents, using search engines and project management apps are good for mobile work. Anything that is too detailed is probably better suited for a computer or laptop. Lastly, only train your employees to use and learn the mobile devices and programs that make sense for their role. If you want them to be most efficient, you don’t want to overwhelm them with every mobile tool your business uses.

Communicate face-to-face

Email is undoubtedly a valuable communication tool. But it’s also become the bane of existence for many of today’s employees and business owners. Too many emails kills your employees productivity, overwhelming them. And unfortunately, many times email is simply unnecessary. Instead of sending that email about a question concerning an upcoming meeting, simply go and ask in-person. You’ll likely get a response much quicker and you avoid adding yet another message to the email overflow.

Consider adding a face-first policy in your office. This means that every time your employees consider writing an email, they should question if it’s easier to just go talk with that person directly. If that person is located a quick walk away, then the conversation should take place in-person. This especially makes sense if your employee needs an answer within a few hours, as sometimes emails go unanswered for much longer than this. By enforcing an email policy, your employees’ inboxes are less likely to be overflowing and your communication will take place in a more timely manner.

Set boundaries

There’s no question that mobile tech can help productivity, but it can also hinder it. The problem is that many employees who utilize it have difficulty “switching off”. The lines between work and personal life begin to blur as completing work tasks is always right at their fingertips. While on the surface more work output from your employees may sound like a good thing, in reality it’s far from it. Being “always on” can quickly lead to burnout. And even if it doesn’t, if your employees don’t take time to break and recharge, their productivity will suffer. To demonstrate just how many employees fall into this trap of overworking, the 2015 Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index surveyed 2,602 employees and found that a quarter of them regularly worked after standard business hours, and four out of ten worked on at least one weekend a month.

So how can you resolve this issue as an employer? Simply set boundaries. Create time frames for when work platforms and applications can be utilized and for when emails can be sent and responded to. Also, don’t encourage employees to work on off-hours by sending emails during the weekend. If your concern isn’t urgent, then by all means wait till Monday to send it out.

Be flexible

While it may sound a bit contradictory to the last point, being flexible in your work policy can be a smart decision to boost productivity. By being flexible, we mean the ability for your employees to work at hours and locations of their choosing. Most people work better and quicker at certain hours as they are more focused at specific times of the day. And some people will work better remotely than they do at an office space as there can be less distractions. The Staples survey supported this fact as 59% of the employees surveyed said that flexible schedules had a positive effect on productivity.

Cloud tools like Office 365 and Google Apps can help encourage a flexible workplace. But regardless of how flexible your office becomes, be conscious that parameters on work, mentioned in the last section, should still be in place to prevent employee burnout.

Mobile devices in the workplace can go a long way towards making your business more efficient and employees happy. If you’d like to learn more about utilizing mobile devices in the workplace or how you can leverage technology to make your business more productive, call us today.

Chrome for iPhone just got better 📱

With over a billion people using Chrome across the globe, it is safe to say that Google’s flagship browser is the most popular one in the world. And that is why it’s easy to understand why so many Chrome users are frustrated by its constant crashes and unreliability for the iPhone. But there’s good news. A recent update has improved Chrome for iPhone exponentially. But before we reveal just what improvements have been made, why was Chrome always crashing in the first place?

The source of Chrome crashes

Since the word Google is synonymous with the Internet, it’s a bit head scratching as to why the browser ever had crashing issues to start with. The Internet is their specialty of course. But the truth is Google is not completely to blame. And for all the Apple fanatics out there, the real source of the problem may be a bit hard to swallow. Because really, Apple is mostly responsible for Chrome’s previous crashing problems. The reason is that Google is forced to rely on Apple’s renderer – which is technology that arranges the photos, text, buttons and other components that appear on your screen. Furthermore, Google cannot correct a bug and support new web technology on their own. Instead, they have to wait for Apple to do it. So what it all really comes down to is that Apple limits the choices of Google, and other outside parties, from having complete control over their browsers, hence the crashing problems.

So why is Chrome getting better on iPhone? And why now? It’s simple really. Apple has recently enhanced its browser software, which enables Google to make improvements.

How has Chrome for iPhone improved?

With the release of Chrome 48, Chrome has reduced crashes by 70 percent. Yes, you read that correctly…70 percent! Google tested the updated browser alongside Safari to ensure that it functioned at the same level. But that’s not all the improvements Google has made. In addition to this, Chrome now runs much faster and handles JavaScript just as well as Safari does. Beware, however, if you are still running iOS 8 or earlier editions of the iPhone’s operating system, these improvements do not apply. With that said, these updates to Chrome couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent Safari crashing issues that have been affecting iPhone users across the globe, there is no better time to switch mobile browsers, especially if you’re a Chrome fan.

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What to buy: iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4?

Considering a iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4?

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new tablet, you will have two powerful options in the next few months. On October 26, Microsoft will release their Surface Pro 4, and Apple is rumored to be launching their iPad Pro in November. So how do these two options match up? And what’s right for you? Let’s break down the features of these two new tablets and compare them side by side.

Measurements and weight
When it comes to physical measurements, there is little difference between the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4. The Surface weighs in at anywhere from 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs depending on which version you get, while the iPad Pro weighs slightly less, coming in at 1.57 to 1.59 lbs.

The iPad Pro is also slightly thinner, at 0.27 inches compared to the Surface’s 0.33 inches. So at first glance, you may think that iPad has a slight edge in the measurements department, but the Surface makes up for its slightly bulkier size with a wide array of ports that include a microSD card reader, 3.5mm headset jack, mini DisplayPort, Type Cover port, and a USB 3.0 port. As for the iPad Pro, it lacks all of these and instead comes with only a Lightning port.

Display
As with the measurements (minus the ports), there is no extreme difference in display between the two tablets. The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels, versus the iPad Pro’s 12.9 inch touchscreen of 2732 x 2048 pixels.

Keyboard
Both the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro come with an attachable full-size keyboard. And the one key difference here is that Microsoft’s version comes with a trackpad, while the iPad Pro’s does not. For the iPad Pro you will instead have to use your finger as a cursor to navigate the touchscreen – which system is best will depend on your preferences.

Operating systems on the iPad Pro or Surface Pro 4
This is where the big difference between these two lies. While the iPad Pro operates on iOS 9, the Surface Pro runs Windows 10. Because of this, Surface Pro has a lot more versatility and power than iPad Pro. It has the ability to run full blown desktop applications like Photoshop or Lightroom, while iPad Pro isn’t capable of this. However, for iOS lovers, iOS 9 provides new features such as improved multi-tasking and split screen.

Price
Here’s the breakdown of the price difference between the two tablets.

iPad Pro

$799 – 32GB
$949 – 128GB
$1079 – 128GB + LTE cellular radio
Surface Pro 4

$899 – 128GB (most affordable version)
$2,699 – 1TB + Intel Core i7 + 16GB of RAM (highest-priced version)
Prices range anywhere in-between, depending on storage, RAM, and processor options
Conclusion
It really depends on what you’re looking for. The Surface Pro 4 is more of a PC that looks like a tablet, while the iPad Pro is essentially a tablet. The operating system is the key difference that separates the two. If you want a tablet that runs like a full-blown computer, go with the Surface Pro 4. However, if you’re an Apple fan, the iPad Pro now provides you a larger screen than its predecessors, as well as more versatility and the option of a keyboard.

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Don’t jailbreak your iPad – 5 reasons not to

For millions of happy users all over the world, the iPad is fantastic just as it is. It’s easy to use, and there are literally over a million apps to choose from and enjoy on the App Store. But there are also people who want to escape Apple’s restrictions. They resort to jailbreaking, a process of altering Apple’s software to remove the limitations placed upon it. Jailbreaking can open up new tweaks that allow for more flexibility in how you use your iPad, but it can also present a myriad of problems, including security concerns. Here’s what you need to know about jailbreaking, and why you should never attempt it on your iPad.

What is jailbreaking?

In a nutshell, jailbreaking is the act of removing hardware and software restrictions on Apple’s iOS, or otherwise making modifications to the device without Apple’s authorization. When you jailbreak your iPad you can install third-party software from external sources, and also manually download files from the Internet. You can change your iPad’s default look, too, and feel, as well as make a number of system tweaks that render your device more useful.

Why you should NOT jailbreak

We advise against jailbreaking. But this is not just our opinion – even Apple says the same in its technical support base articles addressing the issue. Here are some of the reasons jailbreaking is a bad idea.

1. Third-party apps are dangerous – Apple closely monitors its App Store for good reason: because malicious apps can wreak havoc on your device. Downloading and installing applications that haven’t been approved by Apple is risky in many ways. Unofficial apps may contain malware that could slow your device down, steal your sensitive information, eavesdrop on private communications – the list goes on.

2. Say goodbye to warranty cover – Although it’s perfectly legal to jailbreak your iPad, Apple has made it clear that jailbroken devices will no longer be protected under their warranty service coverage. If you mess up the process and can’t restore the device yourself, you’re basically on your own.

3. No more iOS updates – When you jailbreak your iOS device, you’re unable to update to the latest iOS versions. Technically you can, but you’ll lose your jailbreak, meaning you have to re-jailbreak your device and then re-install all your jailbroken apps and extensions. What’s more, if you decide to update your iOS you may have to sit out and wait for an updated jailbreak version to become available, which could take days, weeks, or even months.

4. Device instability – This is one of the biggest reasons why you should stay away from jailbreaking; it can lead to random reboots, and devices not working properly. You may find that your iPad crashes more often, that certain key features and apps no longer work as they normally would, and that your battery life becomes much shorter.

5. The need for jailbreaking is diminishing – The main benefit of jailbreaking, in most cases, is to modify the system in ways which Apple wouldn’t normally allow. But as Apple adds more features to iOS, the same need for jailbroken apps which provide those features is no longer there. For instance, some jailbreak tweaks allow for inter-app data sharing and split-screen multitasking, both of which are being introduced in the latest iOS version.

The detrimental effects of jailbreaking far outweigh the benefits, so why jailbreak your iPad for some minor tweaks when you can wait for Apple to release a more stable update? If you want more iPad tips, get in touch with us today.

Mac’s beta of their new OS, El Capitan, is here

Later this fall, Apple will be releasing their new operating system, El Capitan. For all those Mac lovers who are anxiously chomping at the bit to test out this new OS, you’re in luck. A beta version has been released, and users can sign up to try it out through the Apple Beta Software Program. Though if you’d rather learn about the features first, here are four exciting ones people are talking about.

Find your cursor more easily
While not the most difficult of problems computer users face, many of us have all probably ran into the situation where we lose the cursor and have to carefully scan the screen and wiggle the mouse to find it. El Capitan resolves this minor annoyance in a fun way. Now if you lose your cursor, you can wiggle your finger on the trackpad and the cursor will blow up to a larger size which makes it easier to spot instantly.

Better Spotlight feature
El Capitan’s new version of Spotlight now allows you to search news and information from the Internet. For example, you can use it to find the weather forecast, sports scores, stock market information and even videos from Vimeo and YouTube.

Another useful feature of the updated Spotlight is the ability to use natural language to find files on your Mac. That means you can search for locally stored files with phrases such as “video I edited last week”, which will then bring up results for any videos you edited in that time period.

Run apps side by side in a split screen
Deciding how to best handle multiple windows on your display can be a daily annoyance. If you have too many open, your screen can become a disorganized mess that leaves you less productive and perhaps even with a headache. Split view aims to bring order to your display by allowing you to go full screen with a pair of apps running side by side. Similar to the Windows 8 split-screen app, you can also resize each window to your liking.

More functional Notes app
With El Capitan, the Notes application has also gotten a makeover and now allows you to add a variety of types of content. For instance, you can drop in videos, pictures, PDFs and other file types directly into the application. Even better, you can sync Safari with Notes. This means that with a simple click of your trackpad, you can send content from a web page directly to the app.

Last but not least, Notes now gives users the ability to create checklists easily. With a single click, you can turn a bulleted list into an interactive checklist. So whether you’re looking to create a to-do list, grocery list or wish list, Notes has you covered.

While it’s worth noting that none of these new features are revolutionary, these small improvements will come as a welcome upgrade of Yosemite for many Mac users.

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The iPhone finally gets Google Calendar for iPhone

Google Calendar for iPhone

iPhone_Mar27_CGoogle has finally invented the missing piece in the jigsaw for iPhone users – the tech firm has completed its suite of apps by adding iPhone functionality to the popular Calendar App. Now you can schedule yourself to within an inch of your life, all without leaving your iPhone and without bothering with integration between Google Calendar and your phone’s own built-in diary management tools.

Like its Android sibling, Google Calendar for iPhone takes a colorful approach to displaying your engagements in a daily or three-day view; much like the web version, events from different calendars are categorized by color for quick and easy identification. As well as your existing Google calendars, the app imports and works with any different calendars you already have setup using your phone’s own tools. You can also take a step back and look at the whole month at a glance – though you don’t see individual appointments in this view, it allows you to select a specific date from the calendar and zoom back in to check what you have going on.

Continuing the aesthetic theme, the app takes your diary entries and prettifies them – think a background image of palm trees if you enter the details of your upcoming holiday to the Bahamas. You’ll also get useful supporting data for your day-to-day events, like maps to get you to your next meeting or an idea of the weather when you jet into a new city for the night. And if you’re a Gmail user, you can have the app automatically create events from your email – perfect for having details of meetings and travel bookings plugged into your schedule for easy reference. Features like this bring you the benefits of travel planning apps like Tripit without the hassle of having to forward each email confirmation across first.

Adding diary engagements manually is a breeze, too – this functions in much the same way as the web-based Google Calendar, except that you can tap into your iPhone’s contact list to select those you want to invite to your events. The app can also go some way to predicting where you’ll host each event, and so autofill the location for you.

While many of the features of the app are not dissimilar to things you can already accomplish using Google Calendar on the web, the app’s release means all of those tools are finally bundled up and easily accessible to those of us who just can’t stray too far from our iPhone. A switch to the new Google Calendar for iPhone app means a big step up in performance and productivity if you’re currently using the far more basic features of your phone’s in-built calendar app.

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