Monday, 14 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
As the use of iPhone smartphone is rapidly growing, so is the development of the mobile applications for it. Apple’s App Store has mobile applications that are applications capable of helping business people to get the most out of their iPhone handsets.
Here, I am going to discuss those iPhone applications which will be useful for the small business. We are all aware that there many types of small businesses (i.e. medical and legal practices, accountants, pharmacies, booksellers, restaurants, decorators, retail stores, etc.), all the people related to any type of small business are having their own unique mobile requirements. Take a look at the following different iPhone applications available from iTunes.apple.com:
- AccessMyLan: Permits registered users of the AccessMyLan VPN to remotely log into their office network. (Free)
- Access RPN Calculator: A four-function animated calculator that provides you intermediate results on its way to the final answer. (Free)
- Around Me: With the help of iPhone’s GPS function, this iPhone app lets you to locate the nearest bank, gas station, hospital, hotel, restaurant, supermarket, etc. in your vicinity. (Free)
- Dragon Dictation: Speak e-mails, text messages, notes and more; latest update adds voice input to Facebook and Twitter’s mobile application. (Free)
- Box.net: View, access, share and read up to 5GB of files and documents in the cloud for free; premium accounts deliver up to 500GB of storage and beyond. (Free)
- Balance: Track and manage all your various account balances while on the move. (Free)
- BalanceDo: Mobile companion to the Internet-based invoicing software that send and track receivables from your iPhone or iPod touch. (Free)
- Currency: Currency converter supports the exchange rates of over a hundred currencies and countries. (Free)
- Currency Converter: This app, converts over 180 currencies and four precious metals (that latter useful if you’re a jeweler); even includes the rates for some obsolete currencies. (Free)
- Bump: Wirelessly share contact information and much more, such as photos or even stream music, with other Bump users; instantly connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. (Free)
- MobileMe iDisk: Add-on to Apple’s MobileMe multi-computer/device synchronization service enables you to share and view your iDisk files and documents from your mobile device. (Free)
- Evernote: Text, picture and audio note-taking mobile application and organizer; synchronizes with Mac or PC desktops. Evernote mobile app is also available for Android mobile devices. (Free)
- Dropbox: Enables Dropbox account holders to access, sync and share documents and files from their iPhone. (Free)
- Mobile Personal Assistant: Stay informed regarding flight reservations, ground transportation and more for your Rearden Commerce account; includes maps, weather and customer support features. (Free)
- Fuze Meeting: This iPhone application will help you in scheduling and hosting web conferences and meetings from your iPhone. (Free)
- Facebook: Keep hold of your personal and business Facebook accounts. (Free)
- LinkedIn app: Mobilizes access to the 80-million strong social network for professionals. (Free)
- Google Voice: Provides personal phone number you can link to as many phones (landline and cellular) as you like; also transcribes voice mail, displays Google Voice number when making calls from within app; and allows you to send free SMS messages and make cheap international calls. (Free)
- iFax: Send and receive documents and images with your iPhone. (Free)
- Fring: VoIP and instant messaging client connects you with friends and colleagues through Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and SIP for free; supports live chat as well as video and voice calling across multiple platforms. (Free)
- EasyTasks Todo: Task manager and note taker that makes it easy to add, view and delete tasks from a single screen. ($0.99)
- Analytics App: This iPhone app analyses Google Analytics traffic data for your company’s Web site into 55 reports. ($6.99)
- Air Sharing: This iPhone app will let you access and share your desktop files. ($2.99)
- FileMagnet: With this iPhone app you can Copy and view files in various formats–including PDF, Microsoft Office, RTF, and iWork ’09-between your desktop and iPhone. ($4.99)
- 1Password: This iPhone app us good for saving and encrypting data, such as credit card and account numbers, and automatically logs you into Web sites that require usernames and passwords when you visit from the mobile edition of Safari. ($9.99)
- BizEpense: Easily track and report your business expenses. ($1.99)
- Calengoo: Access, modify and perform all your Google Calendar functions (i.e. invitations) from a mobile app that looks very similar to Google’s web-based calendaring solution. ($6.99)
- Credit Card Terminal: Turns iPhone into credit card terminal to accept payments for those with an Authorize.Net account; enter numbers manually or through a swiper. ($0.99)
- FlightTrackPro: This iPhone app is very useful for the frequent travelers. It is somewhat of a toolkit that delivers real-time flights updates through push alerts and notifications covering more than 1400 airlines and 4000 airports worldwide. ($9.99)
- Delivery Status Touch: This iPhone app is very popular and is used for tracking the status of shipments as well as online orders from websites including Amazon, Apple, Adobe, Nintendo and Google Checkout etc. ($4.99)
- Documents To Go Premium – Office Suite: This useful iPhone app let you edit, view and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents; sync files with desktop and with cloud-based storage services such as Google Docs, ($16.99)
- Dropbox, Box.net, iDisk and SugarSync: As compared to the above mentioned iPhone app, thse are offering a low-priced Documents To Go Office Suite, but does not support remote storage access. ($9.99)
- eWallet – Secure Password Manager: This useful iPhone application protect and carry around personal information in a single file on your iPhone; password-protect PIN numbers, bank account information, credit card numbers etc. ($9.99)
- GoodReader: Read and annotate very large PDF and TXT files, freehand drawings and more before sharing these manuals, schematics, meeting notes, etc. with friends and co-workers. ($2.99)
- Invoice2go: Total a bill and then invoice for work done to a client right from your iPhone. ($9.99)
- iTranslate: Translates words, phrases and sentences into 52 languages; capable of speaking translations for 16 of those languages. ($1.99)
- JotNot Scanner: Converts iPhone into a mobile document scanner and fax machine; processes images on iPhone (converting them into PDF, PNG or JPG files), can handle multipage documents, and lets you upload them to a variety of cloud-based storage services. ($0.99)
- Minibooks for FreshBooks: ($14.99) A mobile app that Syncs with web-based FreshBooks invoicing software; manage clients, send invoices, run timer and record payments from your iPhone. However, its Lite version (Free) limits iPhone access to viewing the data of only three clients.
In this present epoch we have become so much obsessed and dependent on our mobile phones that we detest anything that prevents us from being in tact with our mobile phone.
We are all aware that mobile phone’s battery have not improved as much as the mobile phone and these latest gadgets have improved. Juice draining is a common problem that many of us are suffering from. Now a days many people are buying more than one battery for their mobile phones and getting car chargers too, to keep their mobile phone powered on 24/7. Many even try to make sure that they carry their charger with them along wherever they go.
Keeping Battery Power Stay for Longer: Scientists are working on air-fueled battery that would have the capacity to store up to ten times the energy storage. Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. But we can not wait for this technology to reach our hands, so about trying to save the battery from draining so quickly!
Use Genuine Charger: Always use a genuine mobile charger, instead of going for the low=priced Chinese made non-genuine mobile phone chargers in order to get maximum out of your mobile battery.
Take Care of your Mobile’s Battery: Keep your mobile battery terminals clean – you can do this by cleaning it once in a month time with alcohol. keeping it away from moisture, water and high temperature.
Lower your Mobile’s Display Brightness: Set the brightness of your mobile phone on a low level – this will also be good for your eyes. Also, shorten the display duration too, this will help you in great deal!
Don’t Let them Run in Background: Smart-phones that have features like 3G, Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPRS, Camera, Flash, Bluetooth, FM radio, video player, mobile applications, JAVA, mobile games etc. drain battery very quickly. So only use these features when necessary instead of letting them run on background.
Get up when it sounds: Get up as soon as you hear the wake-up alarm instead of letting it consume your battery.
Do not Let it Ring for long: When you get a call answer it as soon as possible so that it rings for lesser time. When busy keep it on silent to prevent it from ringing that long. Try not to keep long duration ringtones and sms tunes. Keep them on a beep or similar.
Keep the Talk short: Try not to talk too long, leave some of the unnecessary gossips (aur sunao stuff). Keep the conversation brief and relevant and of course avoid taking unnecessary calls. You can always excuse that you are busy!
Turn Off Vibration: Vibration feature in the mobile phone consumes quite a lot of battery power, therefore, we should try keeping the vibration off unless the mobile phone is on ‘silent’. Vibrating mobile phones also create disturbance during an important meeting. So keep it off unless it is very necessary.
Switch it Off: Switch off your mobile phone if you have some signal problem or during times when you are not using it – while sleeping, taking a nap, studying, during meals etc.
Let it Discharge: If you want to get the maximum out of your mobile phone’s battery then always let the mobile battery get fully discharge and then turn off the mobile before you charge it. Full charging gives the battery long life time.
Monday, 7 February 2011
When buying a latest mobile phone keep it in mind that which ever mobile brand you choose it will portray your personality.
According to a recent research mobile phones can suggest about its user’s personality. David Chalke, a social analyst, says that a person’s mobile phone can give us an insight into mobile users’ attitudes towards their “work, rest and play.” Most personality attributes differed between owners of mobile phone brands.
- iPhone Users: “The iPhone users thinks computers give them control over their lives. They love entertaining at home, but wouldn’t be caught dead in the garden. ‘iPhone is the Alfa Romeo”. They are mostly living in the world of their own. They love plaving virtual games instead of outoor sports. They try to have an app for everything. You name it and they have a mobile application for it in their iPhone. Be it a newspaper or a game or social networking site. These are mostly rich people but not as business minded or professionals as BlackBerry users are.
- Sony Ericsson mobile users like a full social life and are fond of fast food. They like music and enjoy it to the fullest. They are mostly found 3 in 8 people. Its Walkman series are alot common here.
- LG mobile users are predominantly women aged 14 to 24 are unlikely to be pay TV subscribers and admit they are not very mechanically minded.
- BlackBerry Users: Blackberry mobile users are high-earners aged 35 to 49, they are email-loving and are more likely than other mobile phone users to have entertained friends and relatives in the past three months, are regular movie goers, video gamers and newspaper readers. These are mostly professionals and want to have things organized.
- Nokia mobile users are unlikely to be aged 14 to 24 and less likely to have played arcade video games in the past three months, “Nokia is the security blanket,” says David Chalke. Majority of Pakistanis have Nokia mobile phones. Nokia mobile phones are owned by rich and low-income earners – the only differnce is the model of their mobile phone. The rich would be holding a Nokia N8, a teenager from a middle class would be having a Nokia Xpress Music while the poor would have Nokia 3010 or similar. People who do not afford costly mobile phones would buy Nokia C1 or C2.
- Samsung mobile users mostly have interest in arts and creativity. Samsung mobile users tend to be conservative dressers over 50. “Samsung is the Daihatsu.” Samsung devotees tend to be conservative dressers, aged over 50, who avoid air travel and don’t like taking risks. They are not that rich to buy an iPhone but ant to be a part of ‘fun club’. Samsung mobilee offers its users almost every feature that they want in a llow price as compared to iPhone and BlackBerry. Samsung mobile has everything that a teenager is fond of and that too at an affordable price. Mostly girls and ladies of the middle income household are seen with Samsung mobile phone while boys prefer Sony Ericsson or Nokia mobile.