BBP : EP0031 – Case of the Googles

BBP : EP0031 – Case of the Googles

Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting

We’re talking about Google Keep, Google Docs, and Google Chromebooks today on the BeBizzy Break.

But first, we’re proud to annouce the launch of our newest website, Path To Pono. Contact Sandy Thompson with questions about recruiting great employees, developing leadership in your organization, and helping your family with substance abuse.

Now, on the Googles.

  • Google has finally brought Google Keep into the GSuite environement in the web version (desktop and browser)
    • Easily import Keep notes into Google Docs
    • Google Keep is the notetaking app available on all devices (Android, iOS and in your browser) that takes audio, handwriting, images and itemized lists. You can also color code, and tag notes for ease in search and identification.
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro – my next tech purchase (when it gets released)
    • Chromebooks allow you to live in the Google environement for documents, the Chrome browser, photos and more. And now there’s a reasonably priced great device called “Kevin” that even allows users to run Android apps on their Chromebook.
    • The device is convertable to a tablet, and even has a Samsung S-Pen for taking notes and other visual needs.
    • The Chromebook Plus is available for $449, with the Chromebook Pro being released in “Spring 2017” for around $500.

Have a great week, everyone. Spring is slowly on the way!

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BBP : EP0029 – Why Should You Join Your Local Chamber?

BBP : EP0029 – Why Should You Join Your Local Chamber?

Are you a member of a local chamber of commerce or other business organization? What are some of the benefits, and challenges, you face by being a member, or NOT being a member?

Episode 29 – Why Should You Join Your Local Chamber?

Today we talk about those challenges and opportunities with Chelse Simon, Amanda Schwieters, and David Leingang of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. They touched on some of the networking, leadership, volunteering and other opportunities that Chamber members and non-members can take advantage of within the Chamber.

We also talked about why or why not your chamber could be active within the political arena and how chamber members can either get educated or share their experince with other business professionals.

Take advantage of your local chamber by contacting their leadership either through the web, on the phone or just go there in person, and see how joining can benefit your small or solo business.

We did talk about some tech issues before the interview, mostly concerning Verizon’ Unlimted plan. While it’s not a good fit for me, I would encourage you to call their sales professionals and review your current account settings and whether or not the unlimited plan, or one of their other plans is a good account for you.

We also talked about Google Home and Amazon Echo possibly making phone calls by the end of the year, finally overcoming some regulatory and technical issues. I’m excited for this and will be keeping a close eye on this one.

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

BBP : EP 0027 – Is It Time To Dump Microsoft Office?

BBP : EP 0027 – Is It Time To Dump Microsoft Office?

New year, new tools!

Since I host my own email and use Office significantly less than I used to, it’s time to finally get rid of paying $10/month for Microsoft Office and find a more cost-effective solution. So the question to you is :

WPS OfficeIs It Time To Dump Microsoft Office?

Short answer? Yes!

I’ve decided it’s time to dump paying monthly for Microsoft Office and pay a one-time fee for WPS Office of $79. This provides a great office solution completely compatible with MS Office files for up to three years for 25% of the price!

So, if you don’t use Office very often and are looking for a great way to still conduct business with people who do use it, WPS Office has a great FREE version, or a paid version (pay monthly, quarterly, or annually).

I’ve been using it for a few months and recommend making the switch today.

By the way, if you’re using Microsoft Outlook for your Gmail or G Suite emails, Mailbird is a great product I’ve been using for that as well.

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

My 2017 Smartphone Wishlist

My 2017 Smartphone Wishlist

You have a smartphone. Heck, you might even be reading this on a smartphone.

And we take these wonderful gadgets for granted. We shop on them, entertain ourselves on them, run our business communications on them, and some times we just waste time on them. But it’s rare that we’re ever happy with what we have because the next big thing is always six months away, right?

So with the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone almost upon us I thought it was a good time to compile a list of things I want in my next smartphone. All of the flagship phones  from Samsung, Motorola, Google, and even Apple are close, but they always seem to have one or more things missing. I know, I know, there’s only so much space in these ever shrinking product profiles, but a guy can dream, right?

So here it is…

My 2017 Smartphone Wishlist

  • Screen size – I’ve always been a “bigger is better” fan, but the 5″ screen is really a sweet spot. However, knowing I need more space for battery and other stuff, I think we’ll need a 5.5″ screen. Besides, watching videos, reading emails and doing just about anything else is just better on a bigger, more colorful screen.
  • Battery Size : Speaking of battery, we need to find a way to get to 4000mAh batteries without causing heat or cramping of other stuff. We put a more powerful computer that I owned five years ago on my DESK, in my pocket, so the wizards at the battery company can find a way to do this. Also, why every phone doesn’t have wireless charging as an option is beyond my comprehension.
  • Camera : A really, really, really good rear facing camera. Like the one on the Pixel, good, camera. 15-20mp, image stabilization, low light correction, like the Google Pixel. If you want/need to cut corners on something do it on the front facing camera. I rarely use it for selfies, video or anything else, but we need a good main camera, like on the Google Pixel (did I hit that one home?).
  • Case : Drop proof, spill proof, not overly thin and not overly light. I like to feel like I have something made well, but not a brick.
  • Memory : Expandable memory!!! I am a mobile DJ and also run a web design and consulting business. I LOVE to have backups of my data, so if I can have all or most of my websites on my phone, and critical music to play at a wedding all saved on a memory card, life is good. Others could save critical documents, photos, notes, just about anything on their phones. As far as onboard memory, I think any phone needs to be at last 32GB going forward. We all have too many apps and other information to use an 16GB phone anymore, of course 64 is better, right?
  • Speakers : Stereo speakers are a must-have. The end.
  • Accessories : I am a big fan of the Moto Mods. The ability to easily snap on a JBL speaker to workout of sit around a fire outside, easily add extra battery without working with difficult cases, or adding a crazy-good camera to an already good camera is wonderful. Other manufacturers should take a look at this method as an option. I’m agnostic about the headphone port. Although the old ports worked well, the USB-C adapters or wireless headphones get the job done.

Well there you have it. Build this phone, keep it under $800 and make sure it safely goes about its job, and anything else you add to it is just fluff. I hear things like a possibly curved screen on coming iPhones, flip phone smartphones that hinge the screen in the middle, and even have seen phone attachments that project a touchable phone image on your arm. We’re at that point where, like cars, things are being added to the smartphone that are nice-to-haves, not needs. For those of us who rely on mobile computing to run businesses and other parts of our life, we just want the needs covered more reliably and for an acceptable cost.

What do YOU want on your next smartphone? Better selfie-cameras? A standard headphone jack? Let me know in the comments below or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencing users, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon (#ad). No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own. By the way, we meet every Friday @ 2pm CT on Twitter to discuss mobile phones and how you can use them in your daily lives. Join us! 

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BBP : Episode 20 – Change Your Google Password (again) & Sara Hawkins

BBP : Episode 20 – Change Your Google Password (again) & Sara Hawkins

Well, we’re digging out from our first big blizzard of the 2016-2017 winter here in North Dakota, but that hasn’t stopped us work-from-home guys from getting stuff done.

And just to warm up a bit, I took the opportunity to talk to Sara Hawkins about some basic legal issues this week

Change Your Google Password (again) & Sara Hawkins

  • Googlian – a malware attack was found on over 1million Google accounts that came from compromised phones. For sure, change your password, and you may want to take other precautions if you feel your phone and account has been compromised.
  • Sara F. Hawkins joins the podcast today in the first of a series of interviews centering around why and when you would want to engage an attorney as a small or solo business owner.

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

BBP: Episode 19 – Twitter Suspensions, 9.4 Billion in Mobile Profit, and Milebug

BBP: Episode 19 – Twitter Suspensions, 9.4 Billion in Mobile Profit, and Milebug

Happy Week After Thanksgiving, everyone.

Hope you had a wonderful long weekend, or OK short weekend if you were working.

Episode 19 – Twitter Suspensions, 9.4 Billion in Mobile Profit, and Milebug

  • Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, got his Twitter account suspended by accident last week. I’ve had this as well. What can you do once this happens?
  • Smartphone PROFIT for the 3rd quarter was $9.4 BILLION globally. Out of that, Apple gobbled up 91% of that profit.
  • Microsoft continues to attempt to make it OK for the LinkedIn purchase with the EU. Now opening Outlook to 3rd party app developers in regards to LinkedIn info
  • Real News – What is real news? Can you actually build something to filter out “semi-real” news? How does this affect advertising?
  • Milebug – Awesome Android and iOS app to track mileage and other expenses. I’ve been using it for years and highly recommend it.

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

BBP:Eposide 17 – Holiday Marketing with Mandy Edwards and Google Photoscan

BBP:Eposide 17 – Holiday Marketing with Mandy Edwards and Google Photoscan

Oh the weather outside is frightful… or at least it will be in a few days. Big storm a’comin’ to the midwest and heading east.

BBP: Episode 17 – Google Photoscan and Holiday Marketing

But inside here on the BeBizzy Break Podcast we’re just talking about the holidays and your marketing.

  • Google Photoscan – need to digitize your old photos and upload them to social media or a secure cloud location? Photoscan will do just that. Available for the iOS & Android devices you can easily scan any old photo or document and keep it digitally.
  • Mandy Edwards from ME Marketing Services  joins the Break to discuss getting your small business ready for the holiday season with some tips on making your digital locations as well as your traditional marketing efforts a bit more seasonal.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

Digitize Old Photos With Google Photoscan

Digitize Old Photos With Google Photoscan

Your smartphone is a wonderful device to capture memories either with comments on social media, saved voicemails, but especially photos and video taken with your onboard camera.

Earlier this month I bragged about the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod for my Moto Z Force phone, but today Google I saw the next big step in saving memories, Google Photoscan.

Digitize Old Photos With Google Photoscan

This isn’t new. For as long as phones have had cameras we’ve been snapping photos of old pictures on the wall or in albums and sending them to friends and family either to embarrass them or just to remember. But it’s always been noticeable with the flash, crooked framing or a table in the background. Google Photoscan does away with most of that!

While scanning a photo isn’t just “BOOP-BOOP-BOOP-BOOP,” it does get easier with a little practice and the results are MUCH better than just firing your camera at the wall. Check out this image I scanned just a few minutes ago from a photo mounted on my wall.

Google Photoscan Kauai

Now compare this to the original photo taken in Kauai a few years ago.

Kauai - Original

Sure, theres a little difference in color, a slight blemish at the top because of the light, but overall, pretty good! Now check out a photo in the same lighting conditions as the first photo just using my smartphone camera.

camera phone

Photoscan logoGoogle Photoscan is a wonderful app for both iOS and Android, so with those long, wintery weekends and evenings coming up, put your phone and Google Photos to work and save some of those old photos lying around the house with your smartphone!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencing users, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon (#ad). No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own. By the way, we meet every Friday @ 2pm CT on Twitter to discuss mobile phones and how you can use them in your daily lives. Join us! 

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BBP: Episode 16 – Yahoo! Mail, SSLs & Wearable Security

BBP: Episode 16 – Yahoo! Mail, SSLs & Wearable Security

It’s November 14, 2016… and it’s 56° in North Dakota. Something’s not right.

Episode 16 – Yahoo! Mail, SSLs and Wearable Security

But on today’s BeBizzy Break Podcast I talk a little bit about:

  • Yahoo! Mail, and why you should get rid of that thing moving to Outlook.com or Gmail
  • Why you should start planning on getting an SSL installed on your website to use HTTPS, even if you don’t collect secure information and just want it to maintain your current search position.
  • And wearable device security.

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And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod for the Moto Z

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod for the Moto Z

moto-mods-hasselblad-pdp-specsexpanded-d-vzwI’m normally fairly neutral on smartphone accessories. Yeah, bluetooth speakers, cases, and charging stations can make life just a little bit quicker, brighter or better sound-wise, but they don’t change the operation of the phone a whole bunch.

But the Moto Z has changed that dramatically with their speaker, battery and projector mods. And last week I was asked to try out THE accessory that changes the game… the Hasselblad True Zoom Camera mod.

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera

The Hasselblad looks like a small-form attached lens camera, but when you snap it on to the Mozo Z magnetic connectors it changes the Moto Z into an awesome 10x-zoom enabled camera.

The camera comes with a on-off switch which calls up the camera app and opens the lens on the Hasselblad, and also a wide/tight zoom toggle switch. Tapping the camera snap button once focuses the shot on auto and holding it down longer snaps the photo or starts the video.

I tried the camera in a variety of lighting situations and the focus and pixels were phenomenal, even with the camera “only” being 12MP.

Other specs include :

  • 12MP photo camera/1080p Full HD video at 30fps
  • 2 Mics
  • Aperature f3.5-6.5
  • Zoom : 10x optical/4x digital
  • Pro Mode Options : Focus, white balance, f-stop, ISO, exposure
  • White Balance Options : Auto, incandescent, florescent, sunny, shade
  • File formats : JPG, DNG (RAW) – Video : MPEG4
  • Battery Life : Phone Dependant

There are a few things I’m not 100% pleased with, mainly the camera is powered solely off the camera power. The projector and speaker mods both have their own on-board power and I think the camera would benefit if a large number of photos are going to be taken. And a manual focus ring instead of using the software would be nice. But both of these concerns don’t hurt the performance much and are not deal-breakers.

I am really excited to test this camera out in the next couple of weekends as I attend and DJ weddings, but if it performs like it does in the other situations I’ve already tested it in I will only get more impressed.

The Moto Z phone the mods are a wonderful leap forward for smartphone accessories and if you’re looking for that new smartphone, consider the Moto Z Force as you test flagship phones.

Demo Photos and Video

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Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencing users, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon (#ad). No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own. By the way, we meet every Friday @ 2pm CT on Twitter to discuss mobile phones and how you can use them in your daily lives. Join us! 

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