Here’s how to get the most out of iOS7

On November 28, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

You probably know by now that Apple has released its latest operating system for iPads and iPhones, iOS7. The industry technology press has fully covered the new mobile operating system. But you can still find plenty of tricks that you might now know. And these tricks, as a recent story highlighting them by Entrepreneur reveals, could make Apple’s operating system all the more fun to use.

Text info

Do you ever have to know when someone sent you that important text message? It’s simple to uncover with iOS7. Just swipe from right to left on your screen’s list of text messages. When you do, you can see the exact time that the text message came over.

Not just a compass

iOS7’s compass app is a pretty neat tool, particularly if you have no idea of whether you’re heading west or east. But did you know that you can transform the compass into a leveling tool? Entrepreneur does. Just open your compass app and swipe to the very next screen. This will bring up a leveling tool, so that you can use your iPhone or iPad to see if that shelf you’re hanging is actually level.


Apple’s Search feature has changed. For one thing, as Entrepreneur notes, the company now calls it “Spotlight.” Next, to open it you just need to swipe down in the middle of your home screen. This will bring up a search — or “spotlight” — box. You can search for everything from texts and e-mail messages to apps, songs and contacts.


Apple still the most innovative

On November 26, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

Are Apple’s days of innovation over? The critics believe they are, that Apple’s days as an innovator ended with the death of founder Steve Jobs. But a recent story by Entrepreneur suggests these critics are mistaken. Entrepreneur reported that Boston Consulting Group ranked Apple as the most innovative company in the world for 2013. And this isn’t unusual: Boston Consulting has put Apple in the top spot for nine straight years.

A big achievement

The Boston Consulting list, though, illustrates just how competitive the tech business is. Apple tops the list, however the company that is debatably its biggest competitor, Samsung, soared all the way to the second spot on the list. And this comes just a year after Boston Consulting ranked Samsung at a middle-of-the-road 26, Entrepreneur reports. Then there’s Google: The tech giant ranked a healthy third on Boston Consulting’s list.

Tech rules

Tech companies, needless to say, dominate the list. Along with Apple, Samsung and Google, other tech giants on the list include Microsoft, in fourth place; IBM, in sixth place; Amazon, in seventh; and Sony, in 11th.

The future?

What will Apple’s next breakthrough product be? Who knows? What’s clear, though, is that Apple, despite its recent issues and the attacks by critics, continues to be viewed as one of the most — if not the most — innovative companies . And the chances are high that Apple will top Boston Consulting’s list next year, as well.


Tips and tricks for iOS7

On November 21, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

Apple’s new operating system — iOS7 — launched in September for iPads and iPhones. The key features of this operating system have since been covered at length. Entrepreneur magazine recently showcased some of the smaller tips and tricks that can make using this system far more satisfying.

More texting info

Do you ever have to know when someone sent you that important text message? This is simple to uncover with iOS7. Simply swipe from right to left on your screen’s list of text messages. When you do, you can see the exact time that a text message came over.


iOS7’s compass app is a particularly handy tool if you’re not sure if you’re driving north or south. But Entrepreneur highlights another use of this app: You can also turn it into a leveling device. Once your compass app is open, swipe to the next page. A leveling app will appear. And, yes, you can use it to make sure that bathroom shelf you are hanging is actually level.

Better search

Wish to search for a particular app, text message or e-mail? You can. But in iOS7, this function is no longer called search. Now, it’s referred to as “spotlight.” But regardless, it’s still a powerful way to find almost anything. You can use “spotlight” to search for specific videos, files, apps, contacts, e-mails or texts.


These tech tips will boost your efficiency

On November 13, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

It’s not easy running a successful small business today. You face much larger competitors and a still-struggling economy that makes your customers think carefully before spending some of their hard-earned dollars. But you can gain an advantage on your competition by utilizing technology more efficiently. As the Web site says, if you use tech more effectively, you and your employees will be more productive. Additionally, the site provides three good tips for accomplishing this.

The right passwords

We all know by now to not use words like “password” or number strings like “1234” for passwords. But TechnologySchools offers more tips for business owners that need to create the right passwords for their computers. First, you have to pick a pass that’s hard for hackers to guess but easy for you to remember. Make sure to include both lower and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers to create a challenging crack for even the savviest hacker. And make sure your password that is at least eight characters long.

Keep your passwords out of harm’s way

Of course, having the right passwords is just one step. TechnologySchools recommends, too, that you keep your passwords safe. Don’t, for example, write your passwords on the same slip of paper that you keep in your wallet. What if you lose that paper? What happens if someone nabs it? Your best choice is to use a password-storage service such as LastPass or Dashlane to manage your log-ins and passwords.

Keep your computer fast

You can’t be nearly as productive with a slower computer. Fortunately, TechnologySchools provides plenty of advice for speeding up older machines. On a monthly basis you should delete programs you don’t use, drop old files, defragment the hard drive and perform a registry scan to identify damaged or corrupted files that you can then delete.


Dropbox’s big photo-sharing plans

On November 7, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

Cloud-based file-sharing service Dropbox has rapidly developed into a favorite of computer users due to its simpleness and power. But now Dropbox has got a new mission, as outlined by TechCrunch writer Matthew Panzarino. According to him, the company now would like to become the cloud’s default photo-sharing service. And, thanks to a new Mac app that automatically detects, uploads and creates shared links for the screenshots you generate on your computer, Dropbox is one step closer to fulfilling this goal.


Panzarino says that this new Dropbox feature is only going to benefit a niche group of users, those such as journalists, app developers and heavy Twitter users taking a lot of screenshots. But that’s not important. What’s important is the fact that Dropbox is taking another step towards being the top photo-sharing service on the Web.

What it means to you

If this happens, it can certainly mean great convenience to users. If Dropbox gets its way, every photo you shoot is going to be uploaded automatically from your smartphone, digital camera, tablets and other devices. That naturally makes it easier to share photos among friends and family members.


It’s difficult to predict the future, but it does look sunny for Dropbox. The cloud is huge among consumers today. And few products have taken advantage of that quite like Dropbox.


Will Facebook’s more advanced Graph Search — which is getting tested on chosen users currently — unearth some embarrassing comments about your sister-in-law that you would rather the whole world not read again? Or what about that photo from your friend’s bachelor party which you now wish you’d never taken? As TechCrunch writer Josh Constine says, it just may.

A more powerful search tool

The new Graph Search allows users to search your Facebook comments and updates by comments, notes, updates, check-ins and photo captions. This means that your family members, friends and co-workers might have no problem digging up all those embarrassing snapshots you posted during your college days.


You may want to keep these posts buried. But Graph Search renders that a difficult job. And that’s something to be aware of whenever you post anything on Facebook: Would you like others seeing that photo or reading that comment 10 years from now?

Obscurity is gone?

Constine writes in his story about privacy by obscurity. Before this newer version of Graph Search, Facebook users could feel comfortable knowing that most fellow users wouldn’t search through years of their old posts in search of one embarrassing photo or inappropriate joke. With Graph Search, though, this is no longer the case. Privacy by obscurity, as Constine calls it, will more or less disappear.


Google offering Quickoffice at no charge

On November 3, 2013, in Business Technology, by Staff Contributor

Google is taking direct aim at Microsoft by offering its mobile app Quickoffice available for free to all users, as outlined by writer CJ Arlotta with MSPmentor. Quickoffice is, of course, the incredibly useful app that enables users to work with Microsoft Office documents on their mobile devices.

A way into Microsoft Office?

The Quickoffice app was formerly available only to Google Apps for Business users. That’s now changed, with everyone able to download the app for free. The app will allow users to view and edit Office documents on anything from their iPads to their Android-fueled smartphones.


Arlotta’s story quotes a Google vice president who says that Google made the move because consumers like free stuff. That’s true. But it’s difficult to believe that this is Google’s only reason for making Quickoffice free. Some wonder if the move is Google’s step toward trying to break into the lucrative Microsoft Office business.


No matter Google’s motives, the move does provide you with an chance to acquire a powerful app for free. Simply stop by either the App Store or Google Play to get Quickoffice. Note, though, that you will have sign into a Google account to begin using the app.