May 8, 2013
Guest Author

Apps That Are Changing the Legal Industry

It’s become a common occurrence these days to hear the statement, “There’s an app for that!” The popularity of smartphones and tablets in recent years has resulted in an explosion of applications to run on them. It seems we’ve all been inundated with an app to serve a specific need, as our home, business and even personal lives have had an app developed for it.

Many apps, like a built in GPS system, have proven to be indispensable to people either lost or looking for directions, and in my experience, a real estate app I installed helped immensely with a search for new house. A lot of apps available these days might seem silly and unnecessary, like one that mimics a zippo lighter or simulates playing a harmonica when holding it up to your mouth.

Legal Advice is Available for Download on iTunes.

Even the legal industry has gotten on the app bandwagon these days. Like most other elements in our lives, lawyers and their firms seem to want the attention an iPhone or Android app can bring. A quick search of iTunes and Google Play produces a few interesting results:

Nolo’s Plain English Law Dictionary – Available on iTunes This nifty app is actually a pretty good release offered by a leading player in the internet legal advice arena. Nolo has offered internet users the ability to create wills, living trusts and other legal documents for years via their software and website. The app provides a fairly detailed legal language dictionary with plain English descriptions.

Glykka’s Sign Easy, Sign and Fill Documents – Available on iTunes This handy app makes it possible to digitally sign documents from anywhere in PDF, Excel, Word and Email formats. I can see a lot of useful reasons to have this app on my iPhone and think the underlying technology could be a precursor to many other things a smartphone might be doing in the future; like performing person to person transactions in the field.

AB Mobile Apps Ask a Lawyer: Legal Help – Available on Google PlayM This app is one that’s brash enough to come right out and offer legal advice for free! The app is actually a front end for an actual law firm, so one can expect the legal advice given is on the level. It’s an interesting concept that strikes a resemblance to how the insurance industry gathers potential clients by offering some easy to use web technology.

The apps mentioned here seem to be originating from reliable sources and do a good job of providing a service to their target audiences. Nolo has been around for a long time and has passed the test for reliability. Glykka’s product serves a need that does have a lot of potential for growth as people try to conduct more business on the fly with their portable devices. AB Mobile’s Ask a Lawyer might be a useful tool for someone in the early stages of seeking out legal advice and simply wants to get in touch with a lawyer eventually.

A Person in Need of Legal Advice Should Go Old School – Look on the Internet

One should keep in mind that attorneys have been making their legal services available to the public via technology for years. Most reputable firms have maintained excellent websites that in some cases, provide the same things these apps are now offering. Their sites make it easy to get in touch with a lawyer directly, which is usually the best move from the start. Guides like these can help people seeking legal help wade through the sometimes muddy waters online.

The apps might be fun to explore and get some general information about legal matters, but the law is an intricate and detailed field that can be next to impossible to navigate for the average person. It might be in your best interest to get in touch with an actual lawyer first, then start installing the apps.

May 6, 2013
Anand Srinivasan

Why Increasing The Memory Of Macbook Pro Is Necessary

Have you recently installed a resource demanding application on your Macbook that caused frequent lags? Are you interested to improve the performance of your Macbook and simply can’t afford to purchase the newest and faster model? You don’t need to suffer the financial burdens of buying a new Macbook since boosting the memory of your old one should be good enough to solve this issue.

Despite its obvious benefits, others are still hesitant about adding more RAM on their Macbook. The fact that their unit was running smoothly when they first tried it discourages them to consider this investment. In addition, majority of Macbook users believe that RAM upgrade is very costly and hard to come by. What they fail to consider is that adding more memory on a Macbook is the most cost effective way to get rid of a sluggish unit and turn it into an incredible computing device that offers both speed and reliability. Here are four reasons to convince you even more.

Improves your work pace

Only core programs were installed on your Macbook when you first tried it. After using it for a couple of years, it’s inevitable that you saved countless files and installed a wide array of applications and games into it. With your Macbook’s hardware specifications unchanged, don’t be surprised that it performs worse now. There is no better way to bring back your work efficiency and speed other than installing a new RAM on your Macbook. You will instantly feel the difference after adding more memory on your unit allowing you to open more applications at once and browse through all of them without experiencing any glitch or delay.

Allows you to install and use the latest applications

New applications and games for Macbook nowadays are more demanding in terms of computing speed and RAM. Although an old Macbook might still have enough computing power to support majority of them, this is not the case if we regard to RAM since previous Macbook models have very low innate memory compared to new ones. By boosting your Macbook’s RAM, you’ll be given the chance to install the latest applications and games which opens more opportunities to be productive or be entertained with your unit.

Cheaper than other upgrades

A RAM upgrade is the most cost effective way to boost your Macbook’s performance. All you need to do is visit the nearest Apple store and purchase a new RAM. You can let them install the RAM for a charge or personally carry out the task. To save more, make your purchase during holidays and other special occasions where Apple products including Macbook RAMs are heavily discounted. You can also save more by purchasing a secondhand Macbook memory online but be sure to only make a deal with a reliable source.

Increases the life of your Macbook

A faulty Macbook RAM can affect the overall performance of your unit and threaten the efficiency of the entire system. Replacing your old RAM with a much powerful one will not only boost your Macbook’s speed but guarantee that it will be up and running especially at times when you need it the most. By purchasing and installing a Ram for Macbook pro, you don’t have to deal with the financial burdens associated with buying a new computer. This option obviously can help you save thousands of dollars. Your Macbook has served you for several years now and most likely is a great influence of your current success. Why not reward your Macbook’s loyalty and reliable service by improving its RAM and using it for a couple of years more?

Article written by Kerry Blake – I am a MS Office expert and lecturer who writes articles in his free time. I’m currently writing tips about RAM for Macbook pro and printers.

May 5, 2013
Anand Srinivasan

5 Great Card Readers For Your iDevice

Seriously, who carries cash any ­more? Today, 66% of in-store transactions are made with credit, debit, or pre-paid cards, and customers tend to spend more when they use credit cards over cash. If you conduct business on the go, you need to be able to accept credit cards. Luckily, there are several companies offering innovative solutions for accepting credit card payments through your mobile device—and their transaction rates are very reasonable. Here are some of the best.

Square Card Reader ($275 per month or 2.75% per swipe; squareup.com)

The Square Card Reader, which is free when you sign up for Square’s service, plugs into your iDevice’s headphone jack and securely encrypts every card swipe. Once you’ve received the card reader, you can download the Square Register app (free, app2.me/3735) and link it to your bank account. Funds from Square payments are deposited into your bank account within two business days.
With the Square Register app, you can create loyalty cards for repeat customers and send customized receipts by text or email. Your customers can buy or redeem Square gift cards to your business, leave a percentage tip with a simple tap, and, of course, sign their names with their fingertips.

PayPal Here (2.7% per swipe, paypal.com)

PayPal surprised everyone when they jumped on the mobile card reader bandwagon in 2012. Since they already handle a huge amount of transactions, it makes perfect sense. In addition to accepting credit cards, the PayPal Here card reader pairs with the PayPal Here app (free, app2.me/5974) to accept PayPal payments and checks (the latter via the camera function on your iDevice). Funds from swipes are available within minutes in your PayPal account, which you can access immediately if you have a PayPal debit card. Checks could take up to six days to clear. There’s only one fee—2.7% per swipe, which is similar to the transaction fee on PayPal payments. If you have several sales representatives  PayPal lets you connect multiple card readers to your account. Like with Square, PayPal will mail you a free card reader when you sign up for their service.

Intuit GoPayment ($12.95 per month + 1.75% per swipe, or 2.75% per swipe; gopayment.com)

The Intuit GoPayment card reader is also free, and works with the GoPayment app (free, app2.me/5975). You can add business logo and contact information to receipts, and the GoPayment app calculates sales tax based on your location. A distinct advantage of Intuit GoPay­ment is the ability to sync your transactions with QuickBooks. If you process a lot of mobile payments, the Intuit GoPay­ment card reader is a less expensive alternative in the long run than Square and Paypal Here.

ROAMpay X ($0.38-$1.58 per swipe, roamdata.com)

ROAMpay works in partnership with compatible merchant accounts—it does not sell a merchant accounts service like the other companies listed here. Through the company’s site, you can contact several merchant account providers that are compatible with ROAMpay, and they will set you up with a ROAMpay application. Like other card readers, the ROAMpay X plugs into the iDevice’s headphone jack. However, the additional plastic flaps might create an awkward fit, depending on the case you’re using.
While you have to jump through more hoops to use ROAMpay than any of the other services listed here, the potential benefit is significantly lower transaction rates. Once you’re signed up, you can use the ROAMpay X app (free, app2.me/5976) to capture transactions, signatures, and customer data. You can also use the app to email receipts, track transactions, and transfer funds to your bank account.

Flint (1.95-2.95% + $0.20 per charge, flint.com)

Flint offers a unique solution to accepting payments from your mobile device. There are no card readers or dongles, and you don’t have to worry about setting up a merchant account. Flint uses the Flint Mobile Pay app (free, flint.com) to accept payments, and it uses your iDevice’s camera to securely capture your customer’s credit card information. Some customers may feel unsafe letting you point your iPhone at their credit card as if you’re taking a picture, but they shouldn’t worry—no data or images are saved on the phone, and you have to enter card verification info with every transaction. Like with the other apps, you can also send customized email receipts with loyalty offers, and funds from mobile payments are deposited into your account within two business days. Flint also offers a secure online portal to void transactions, issue refunds, or look up customer information.

Accepting credit cards has never been easier, and these top-notch card reader choices will keep your business running smoothly and looking professional.

Karim is a professional writer and an expert in mobile technology. Many of the benefits of smartphones can be achieved with an always on data connection and with SIM free phones with iPhone SIM only plans, offering flexibility and savings with the contract.

May 3, 2013
Guest Author

Useful iPad Apps You Should Have

An iPad is of hardly any use without its valuable and entertaining applications and daily numerous new apps are created to ease our lifestyle. At the same time this huge app list can be quiet confusing and hectic to search to find a suitable app.  There are numerous articles available on the web consisting of various free or paid essential apps or the best entertainment apps etc. suited for the iPad but this article includes apps that provide common functions but in an unusual and extremely easy and useful manner.

All recipes

At one point or another we need a unique and different recipe to try and impress our family or friends, recipes can be Goggled and numerous other recipe apps are available but none is as best as the free All recipes app. All recipes is the biggest recipe database site with authentic ratings and useful reviews from people who have tried and tested the recipes. This app turns your iPad into a recipe file within seconds and is easier to keep in your kitchen when cooking then your bulky, cheap laptop.

A pro version of this app is available for a price allowing you to maintain a recipe box containing your favourite recipe choices, add shopping list and moreover gets rid of advertisements.

My Script Calculator

You may wonder why a calculator is on this list, they all perform the same tasks and numerous free calculators are available. The amazing thing about My Script Calculator is that it highly simplifies calculations and also typing in the calculations by allowing you to hand write sums. If you are not a math whiz and have no idea how to order the brackets, square roots, a division and addition sign in a sum then this app is perfect for you. Sums can easily be written using the hand in any form followed by an equal to sign and voila, you get your answer!

Fanhattan

TV show and movie streaming is the new and preferred medium of entertainment currently and we all have our favourite apps for watching various shows and movies. What’s great and different about this app is that it combines all streaming media in one app making it easy to find and watch desired programmes. With this app you do not need separate apps for separate types of videos anymore and video watching will be much enjoyable then on your cheap notebook.

Stumble Upon

This is one of the best entertainment apps. It allows you to add in your preferences and presents you with utmost interesting blogs which will interest you. Further it picks out weekly recommendations that you will definitely enjoy. Each time a page is displayed it will have an option for you to choose whether you like it or not or better filter your preferences. With this app, it is impossible to get bored.

Author Bio:

Serven works as app developer for cheap hybrid laptops and notebooks and iOS, also writes article on app development.

May 2, 2013
Guest Author

What To Expect From Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

There’s still no release date for Android 5.0, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from flying. The working title of the new operation system is Key Lime Pie, and chances are it’ll stick with that name once it’s released, as was the case with Gingerbread and Jelly Bean. What new features will Android 5.0 hold? Here are just a few of the rumors and speculation being tossed around online.

1. Google Now Improvements

Android’s answer to Siri was Google Now, a voice-activated virtual assistant who could search the Internet and answer questions for you if you spoke into the phone. It’s been a cool feature on previous phones but could certainly use some polishing. Nobody’s expecting a major overhaul of the feature, but cleaning up the voice command software would be a huge plus.

2. Better Lock Screen Widgets

This is one area where the Android has been lacking. The widgets you can put onto your phone with Android 4.0 Jelly Bean are few and far between. Other smartphones are jumping on this bandwagon, so you can expect to see Google taking the hint and improving their own lock screen widget options.

3. A New User Interface

Some rumors are claiming major interface changes, but this is pretty unlikely. Lately, Google has been working hard on app integration, and changing their UI is never going to make app developers happy. While there may be a few tweaks and fixes, don’t expect a whole new look.

4. Battery Management Apps

While there are plenty of apps to be downloaded to help you monitor and preserve your battery life, Google could certainly benefit from building those right into the phone itself. Battery life has been a complaint with previous Android phones, and this would be a good way for Google to start addressing some of those problems.

5. Google Babble

Rumor has it that Google Babble is set to debut with Key Lime Pie. Babble – or possibly Babel, as some claim it will be spelled – is a cross-platform app that seeks to combine all of Google’s different chat services into one easy app. This would include services like Messenger, Voice, Hangout, Talk, Google+ Chat and Google Drive Chat. If this is indeed on the way, that is great news! For those of us who heavily use all these different Google programs, combining them conveniently on a phone would be wonderful.

6. Google Games

There has been some speculation of a service something like Apple’s Games Center appearing on Android 5.0, with in-game chat functions, multiplayer games, and game lobbies to connect with other players. To be honest, it is a little surprising something like this hasn’t already happened. With so many people using their smartphones to play games in the first place, you would think Google would have gotten in on the action a little earlier.

Android’s next developer conference happens May 15-17, 2013, and we can only hope they will reveal some juicy tidbits about their actual plans for their new OS. Until then, we can continue speculating and hoping that these are some of the features they will incorporate.

Freelance writer Jason Fields is a content contributor for bestincellphones.com, an authorized wireless retailer that offers free Sprint phone upgrade with a service contract extension.

May 2, 2013
Guest Author

How Important Is Insurance For My Mobile Phone?

Technology advances have made some of the latest smartphones as competent and pricey as a variety of laptops. This is certainly one reason to insure them! You wouldn’t think twice about insuring your home computer, your tablet or your flat screen television, so why not your mobile phone?

A mobile phone will usually be at hand in almost any situation. You may use it as a music tool whilst running, in the gym, in the office in order to make a conference call, sending important emails whilst travelling, catching up with friends and family in the evenings and arranging dinner dates whilst doing the weekly shop. A phone therefore has more chance of getting lost, stolen or damaged than a tablet, PC or laptop.

There are a number of ways you can protect your smartphone. One includes investing in a strong, durable cover, which should protect it from low water damage, drops, scratches and everyday wear and tear.

Applying a clear plastic, scratch resistant screen to the device is certainly another way to protect it from wear and tear. However, phone covers and cases won’t stop your phone from becoming water damaged if you drop it in a sink whilst doing the dishes, accidentally run it over or leave it on a train. This is where insurance comes into play, and those that don’t have it will quickly realize that the costs of buying a new phone will be entirely on them.

Although many consumers hate the thought of a little extra money leaving their account every month (in the shape of mobile phone insurance), especially as the majority of individuals may never claim, it is an important measure to take, not to mention one you will be thankful for if anything was to happen to your shiny, new device.

Making a claim is a simple process. The company you hold the insurance with will assess the damage and will then either send the device off for repair, or otherwise (in the case of loss) send you a completely new handset. Some policies require you to pay a small excess fee in order to go ahead with the claim.

Protecting your current handset will ensure that you can sell this device when you come to upgrading. If in exceptional condition, you may even get a similar price for it, which will certainly help you when it comes to paying for insurance costs. Use recycling sites to sell blackberry torch 9810 and other electronic devices for a cash fee.

A big fan of the latest technology releases, Sonja Deacon is always writing about the latest gadgets, phone releases and software updates. This often includes tips on how to sell blackberry torch 9810 and other electronic devices, allowing followers to learn of how to create a little extra income.

Apr 24, 2013
Guest Author

Three Gardening Apps On Android

No matter whether you are a professional or just an amateur who has a fair bit of green patch in her backyard, gardening always gives you the kind of relaxation that no yoga or meditation ever can. Like everything else, there are Android apps to help you in your gardening as well. Listed below are three very useful Android apps that should help everyone – right from the gardning hobbyist to a pro.

Master Gardener Pocket Guide:

This is the app that is best suited for horticulture students or more generally to someone who is trying to learn the basics of gardening. The app contains a list of more than 675 gardening and horticulture related terms and concepts that you can learn through quizzes, flashcards and a dictionary. The app also includes hundreds of images that should provide a visual reference to the terms that makes learning much more simple. The ‘Master Gardener Pocket Guide’ is available for download at a price of $1.49. You can download the app by using the QR code below.

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Garden Snob

If you are obsessed about gardening, as you should be if reading this post, this app is something you could consider. The app costs $1.5 and tells you everything right from the tips to keep your garden green to other landscaping tips like the right garden furniture to buy. You can purchase this app by using the code below.

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Making A Rock Garden

Rock gardens are becoming increasingly popular across campuses and commercial establishments around the world as a form of landscaping. In the United Kingdom, there are a number of popular rock gardens such as the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburg and f Kew. Now if you are looking to build your own rock garden, the ‘Making a Rock Garden’ Android app should come handy. It has separate chapters that will teach you everything about picking a construction site, working on the construction, planting the garden, the plants you should choose for a rock garden and setting it up. The app is priced at $1.37 and can be downloaded by using the QR code below.

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Apr 16, 2013
Guest Author

Comparing online gaming between tablets and mobile phones

Online gaming has become one of the major applications of mobile phones and tablets. As PC sales decline sharply, those of tablets and smartphones skyrocket and today most owners of mobile devices favor using their tablets rather than their desktops for playing games.

The fundamental difference between the latest generations of tablets and mobile phones is that while tablets have larger displays phones are easier to carry around. Or at least that is the general consensus, though there are signs that it is changing.
If you think back to the times before we used to carry mobile computing devices on which we organizer our business and social lives, you might recall the Filofax. The Filofax was the first and possibly most prestigious of personal organizers  Generally leather bound, it was a six ring loose leaf binder in which people kept their diary, event organizers  contact lists, personal information, maps, and many other things that today are typically kept on a mobile phone. During the 1980s, when everyone was or alluded to being a yuppie, carrying around a Filofax was a sign that you had arrived; that you were one of the in-crowd. It has the same social status as owning an iPhone had when few people owned one.

The point is, the Filofax was typically the size of today’s tablet. And everyone carried one around. So, once we get accustomed to the size of tablets we will all start carrying those around too, and we will think nothing of doing so. Once this happens, and it almost certainly will, the tablet will replace the mobile phone as the primary online gaming device. We will use it for playing online casino games at a mobile casino like Lucky Nugget, for playing online games with our friends, and for playing huge online multiplayer games that are today mostly associated with gaming consoles

Apr 5, 2013
Guest Author

How Windows 8 Failed and Prevails

Microsoft’s Windows operating system has had its ups and downs over the years. Vista was, well, interesting. XP had a stable shelf life for a while there. Each new release seems to improve on earlier versions, but also tends to alter something people had become used to. Now, it’s time to look at Windows 8.

Cost

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of Windows 8, when compared to previous upgrades, is the cost. At $40 it is the least expensive operating system Microsoft has ever offered. You might be happy with your current version of Windows 7, but with a price that low, it’s tempting to buy a copy of 8 and consider trying it out when you get the chance.

Touch-centric

If you’re a traditional desktop or laptop user, you might not find the upgrades to Windows 8 all that exciting. It incorporates what is called “Metro,” which is primarily a touch-centric interface. This has been useful on mobile devices, but if you’re a business user, you may not find this improvement particularly useful, or even desirable.

Sync to the Cloud

Windows 8’s ability to sync storage with online sources is vastly improved. It fully incorporates Microsoft’s Sky Drive into its file system, including all Office programs. This is a great convenience, particularly if you move from computer to computer. What’s more the settings can be made on one computer and all the others will automatically copy the personal touches you’ve put in place.

Changes to the Interface

Over the last 25 years, Microsoft has maintained a consistency with its older versions to ensure that users feel like they are using an upgrade with familiar continuity. This time, the change is radical and jarring. There is no Start menu, for example. Though the Start Screen serves the same function, it takes time to adjust to.

The New vs. the Old

The greatest concern with Windows 8 is the schizophrenic way things have to be run. It is much like Windows 3.1 where you had to open older programs in DOS and then switch between the two. There is a similar problem with this upgrade since the old Desktop apps don’t work in the new Windows 8 interface, and modern apps don’t work in the old desktop system.

A Single Paradigm for all Devices

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the Windows 8 is the similarity it brings to all your Microsoft devices. There is finally a consistency between your PC, your tablet, even your phone. They all now work basically in the same way. They can even share the same settings. Transitioning from one device to the next will no longer be different. That even includes the Xbox, which has a Windows 8 sort of interface as well.

Like all new operating systems, Windows 8 has things you’ll appreciate and possibly things you’ll hate until you get used to them. Will it become as popular as Windows 7? That will depend, but it is definitely an attempt to move forward in the ever advancing world of computers.

Mar 13, 2013
Guest Author

Could Implanted Smartphones Be A Reality In Future

Came across this interesting infographic highlighting the history of smartphones along with a brief on what the future could probably hold for the smartphones. It seems pretty reasonable to assume the smartphone sales to exceed that of personal computers in the near future. But what is the next level of technological innovation that could happen with the smartphones? Could we be wearing them one day as a fashion accessory? Better, could we be implanting them to offer more seamless augmented reality? You never know. Check out the infographic below and tell in the comments what you think of the possibilities.

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