Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Review

samsungs7_curveThe. Perfect. Phone.

I’ve read and listened to several reviews of the S7 in the last few days and that’s the general feeling I’ve gotten from them. And now that I finally have my hands on one, I totally agree!

I’ve moved to this phone from the Samsung Note 5, and those of you that know me know I am a huge fan of that platform. I don’t use the S-Pen as much as I should on the phone, but I love the large form factor and feel of the phone.

But the S7, and especially the S7 Edge which I have, is close in size when compared to the Note 5 and the battery is exactly the same size so there will be some adjustment to a smaller phone, but it hopefully will be minimal.

The S7 also has what’s been called the best mobile screen available with its 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen. My favorite feature is the return of the micro-SD card. I’m a DJ and love to have music on my phone as a backup in case my external HDD fails at an event. The S7 now supports micro-SD cards up to 200GB, so my 128GB card should not be a problem!

And the stock camera app is FAST. The camera is a step down in mega-pixels to 12 from 16 but should be adequate. Grabbing moving objects like pets was no issue, with little or no blur. And the low-light capture feature is amazing. I’m excited to test in low-light wedding venues in the coming months.

Throw in a 3000mAH battery on the S7, and a huge 3600mAH battery on the S7 Edge, and you have a pretty close to perfect phone. Oh, did I mention both phones are water resistant?

For a more complete list of specs, check out the full list at the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy S7 page at Verizon Wireless. The S7 Edge specs are here.

Then, follow me on Twitter @BeBizzy to let me know what you think or to see some of the awesome photos I will take with the Samsung Galaxy S7.  I can’t wait!

Samsung S7 and S7 Edge Review from The Verge

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, 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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Using Microsoft Office on your Mobile Device

Using Microsoft Office on your Mobile Device

Microsoft_Office_2013_logo.svgOne of the major obstacles to moving towards tablets and other mobile devices, especially for non-Millennials, is the dependence on software products, especially Microsoft Office.

Most of us have created a Word document, spreadsheet in Excel, or even a PowerPoint presentation in Microsoft Office. In fact, I was surprised to find that the popular one version of Microsoft Office (Office 365) had TRIPLED its market share in just one year (7.7% to 25.2%). And like it or not, Office is still the weapon of choice when it comes to business documents ahead of Google Docs or other choices.

When Microsoft updated their mobile version of Office in both Android and iOS tablets and phones recently it brought the old company into the 21st Century and made it realistic to use non-Microsoft mobile devices as a valid business tool.

So grab your tablet and log into Google Play to install these great apps. I will suggest using a Bluetooth keyboard (I use the Logitech k480 keyboard) and even a Bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Wireless Presenter Mouse 8000) to really make the experience as good possible.

Below is a quick description of each Office app with Google Play download links along with some tips where needed. I even included a few lesser-known Microsoft apps for your pleasure. Keep in mind most of these apps will be free in their full versions as long as you have an Office 365 account. Let me know your thoughts of using the apps, or if you have any questions that pop up! Send them to @BeBizzy on Twitter, or use the comment section below.

Word
Microsoft Word is the document type of choice for most businesses. It’s easy to track changes, easy to format, and very powerful in it’s publishing and security capabilities. Nearly every editable document you will receive from anyone will be in a Word format. Add to that easy conversion of completed documents to PDF and you have a very powerful business tool at your fingertips.

Excel
Everyone’s favorite spreadsheet application comes to mobile devices. The only limitation I have found is the ability to create and sometimes use pivot tables is lost or decreased in the mobile version. Otherwise, formulas, data entry and other functions all seem to perform just like the desktop version.

PowerPoint
Who hasn’t had to either present or sit through a PowerPoint in their business career? Now create, save and even present your great ideas by using this mobile version and send straight to a Chromecast or other enabled device to be viewed by the general masses in your meeting.

Outlook
I’ve only recently added this application to my devices after initially installing and not liking. Recent upgrades are close, but still not perfect. However, I’ve added four email accounts with some luck, and am so far impressed with the performance. Easy access to the calendar is a big deal, even using Google email accounts, and the look on a tablet is very close to the desktop version. The final big benefit is the ability to log into several cloud services to attach or save documents quickly. These services include OneDrive, Dropbox and Box.com, all of which I use on a daily basis.

One tip is that if you are setting up an email account that’s not Gmail, exchange or Microsoft 365, or Yahoo enabled you may have to include the port numbers in your inbound and outbound servers. For example, use imap.servername.com:993 if the SSL port for your service is 993.

OneNote
OneNote is my favorite note-taking application, even above Evernote. The ability to create multiple notebooks, multiple folders and documents containing text, handwriting (great on a Samsung Note 10.1 and Note 5), and images is a wonderful way to keep your notes. Sharing is very easy as well so you can send random thoughts, to-do lists and more to co-workers quickly through the app. OneNote automatically syncs and all of your notes appear magically on other devices that are logged into the same account, making backups less of a dramatic need, and keeping your notes are your fingertips regardless of which device you are using.

OneDrive
This is Microsoft’s cloud service. Most of the products automatically log into OneDrive to open or save documents automatically, and that allows easy transfer between your other devices, and also to share with other users. There are different levels of storage space available based on subscription type and price.

Office Lens
My favorite alternative Office mobile app! This is a great app that uses your camera to take photos of a screen, printed sheet, or whiteboard and allows you to easily edit that photo to be saved and/or included in other documents. It will even straighten the photo, or remove background noise if needed. Great business app!

I’ve tried other office services like Google Apps and others, but now having access to the familiar Microsoft Office for my business and personal use is nothing short of magical. Gone are the days of installing third-party apps that covert documents or create a different, limited version of the Office document types, only needing to be converted later to office formats. Gone are the days of having to handle a document to a third-party cloud service to ensure it’s available across devices. Microsoft Office has arrived… again, and you should take another look.

Got any other tips for using Office or other apps on tablets?   Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received mobile devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Best Android Business Apps for 2016

Best Android Business Apps for 2016

mobile-phone-998871_960_720Most of us do some work either away from our office or in our home. As a result more and more we are conducting business on our tablets and mobile phones over wi-fi or cellular networks.

In the past that meant trying to shoehorn common office tasks done by brand-name software into a process that edited or transformed them into something else so the mobile devices could read or edit them. But that’s no longer the case. Microsoft Office and other platforms are now universal and make working out of the office much easier. Couple that with some amazing apps specific to business uses and your phone or tablet is a powerful business tool.

Below are some of my favorite apps and their uses for Android phones. I have many, if not all, of these installed on my iPad as well. Check these out, and share your favorite business apps with me @BeBizzy on Twitter or below in the comments so 2016 can be the most productive year ever!

Notes and Meetings – Like it or not, meetings are the way of today’s business. Luckily online meetings are becoming a bigger part of the meeting landscape which allows multi-tasking, easier note taking and recording of the meetings. Check out a few of these apps to enhance your meeting experience.

OneNote – My favorite note taking app from Microsoft. Having a Microsoft account allows you to share the same notes across all platforms (PC, phone, tablet), keep multiple “notebooks” and chose from a number of formats.

WebEx & Join.me – Odds are that if you’re attending an online meeting you’re using one of these three tools. All three offer screen sharing and even communicating right through the device.

Office Lens – This is one of my favorite apps. It’s an easy way from Microsoft to photograph a document, visual slide or marker board, clean up and enhance the image, and save to be shared.

Chromecast – If you have a Chromecast device and want to share your screen through a wi-fi connection, Chromecast is the easier method. Share directly to a flat screen TV or projection with the touch of a button.

Google Drive – An easy way to share or collaborate on documents

Dropbox – My favorite way to save documents and share if needed. It’s very easy to limit who has access and even for how long. One of the few tools I subscribe to monthly.

Time/Cost Tracking and Tasks – Even if you don’t own a business you will most likely be responsible to track time, projects and productivity. The below apps will allow you to easily to do this and more.

Milebug – I’ve been tracking my mileage on Milebug for years. It allows multiple starting points, destinations, vehicles and reasons so you can track almost anything. It also provides an easy way to export the data for reporting needs.

Shoeboxed – Great way to save, upload, categorize and report on receipts. Generates great monthly or yearly looks at categories which can easily be made to match your company’s cost centers or the tax codes.

GTasks – This is a better way to access Google Tasks through widgets on multiple screens

Jiffy – Need a way to track time spent on individual tasks or projects? Jiffy does that and more.

Google Analytics – Want to see how your websites and campaigns are performing? Google Analytics provides a great view into this and more.

Office and Other Documents – Microsoft Office is the universal document system. That, along with mail and other events are an important part of the business process.

Microsoft Office – If you have a valid subscription Microsoft Office is available to install on your mobile devices to create, view and/or edit Office documents right on your phone or tablet. Tools available are Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

TypeMail – The best mail app available for Android and iPhones. Allows for multiple accounts, signatures and widgets to handle all mailing needs.

LastPass – All of these applications and softwares require passwords, and LastPass allows all of these passwords to be more secure and easier to create and retrieve.

News and Media – Many of us like to stay informed about our areas of expertise and the internet has made this much easier that waiting for industry specific publications to be mailed monthly. Use the apps below to follow your favorite people and/or business verticals.

Pocket Casts – Great podcast app. Find your favorite audio or video podcast and subscribe. Keeps everything organized across multiple devices.

Pocket – Need to save a website to read for later? Pocket will do this, sync across devices and platforms, and categorize them for easy sorting.

LinkedIn – Great social media app providing contacts, news, groups and other information unique to your circle.

Hootsuite – Most of us are on multiple social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Hootsuite allows you to see of this in one place, post to them collectively (or a single platform), and organize according to lists or other criteria.

There you have it. A few of my favorite apps to make my device more useful to conduct business. Let me know below or @BeBizzy on Twitter if you have any to add to this list!

In addition to these, I use screens unique to personal and business functions by utilizing the widgets, contacts and other links to applications. Keep everything organized on your devices and you will become more productive in 2016 as well!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received a mobile phone and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Best Android Apps for the Upcoming Election

Best Android Apps for the Upcoming Election

vote-661888_640Like it or not, Republican, Democrat or none of the above, we’re inside of one year until another major election in the United States, and probably in your local area. Next November local results, state offices and national responsibilities will all be decided by civic-minded adults who wander to local polling locations and cast their ballot for any or all of the candidates that mean something to them.

But with all of the noise on the internet, television and other media formats, how do you get the information you need instead of what the candidates and PAC’s WANT you to hear?

Being a fairly open-minded, maybe even skeptical, voter (I’ve voted both parties in the last few elections), I’ve tried to assemble a list of apps that make a case for positions across the board. And if I have one message in this post it’s this… listen to all sides WITHOUT your bias. No one is completely right, or completely wrong and if you go into the argument already closed off to one side or the other, then why even listen to or read what’s being said?

US 270          
US 270 Free (270 is the number of electoral votes needed to win the US Presidential election) is an app to track electoral votes and news as it relates to the upcoming presidential election. Stay up to date on predicted outcomes, create your own maps and theories to share, and see strategies emerge as the 2016 election unfolds.

Poll Up          
Poll Up is connected directly to the Huffington Posts polling system, which should shoot polling results directly to the app. As with all polls, use this with an “eyes wide open” thought process knowing that numbers can be made to tell just about any story.

Ad Hawk          
Great app that listens to political TV ads and then pinpoints who is directly responsible to the ad. This is useful when you just want to know who is paying the money to run that crazy, or inspired advertisement that strikes a chord with you.

All Politics          
All Politics is an app to get political news all in one place. The news is a gathering of aggregated and original news from Politico, Fox, MSNBC and other sources so it should provide many sides to any argument.

Pocket Casts          
Pocket Casts is only one of several podcasting apps that can be used to listen to a wide variety of shows that run across the political spectrum. Nothing get the base fired up like an un-filtered, un-regulated broadcast where a host can say or do anything he/she wishes. Listen at your own risk. You can also use many other apps, such as:

And don’t forget, your local newspaper, radio channel or favorite television news probably has an app that can be arranged to display political news as a default. Make sure you are checking that out. There’s also the national news organizations listed below. Keep in mind that all of them have political leanings one way or another, but again, it is good to sometimes hear the other side and to have the open mind to possibly be persuaded.

Elections have a way of dominating our thoughts, discussions and media for many months as they get closer. Social media has magnified this by allowing users to voice their political leanings by easily sharing online media or just a passing thought on events like the Presidential debates or the recent Paris terrorist attacks. Create lists on Twitter (I have a list of local Bismarck, North Dakota and National news organizations), follow on Facebook, or even stay connected by watching Periscope or Meerkat videos.

But being uneducated at the polls is not an excuse anymore. You have all of the resources available on the web or your favorite mobile device. Use them to gather or, if so desired, distribute knowledge on topics that are near and dear to your heart. But remember, there are those who stand to gain if they can somehow motivate you to think one way or another. There has never been a time more lending towards knowing all sides of an argument and cutting through the media leanings. Take some time to learn about the issues that matter most to you, and vote accordingly.

Do you have an app that you use all of the time to track or stay informed about an issue? Add them to the comment section below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received a mobile phone and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

 

Best Android Apps for Your Ghost Hunting Adventure

Best Android Apps for Your Ghost Hunting Adventure

halloweenIf there’s something strange in your neighborhood. What’cha gonna install?

SOME ANDROID APPS!

It’s that time of year, kids. All the spooks and goblins will the roaming the streets and decorating our homes and places of business. And “adults” will be able to attend ghost crawls where local celebrities guide you around the most haunted places in town. So what better time to pull out your cell phones and use some apps to get a jump on those spirits before they jump out at you!

I’ve compiled a list of Android paranormal apps on which you can use your skeletal little hands to find other spooky creatures that go bump in the night. Use them well… IF YOU DARE!

Find Local Haunted Houses

Not sure where to go to find those spirits or other haunts? Check out this list of maps and information that will take you to locations that have been reported to be home to your spooky neighbors. What are you going to do if YOUR house is listed?

>>Download the Find Local Haunted Houses app from the Play Store

Paranormal Field Guide

Before you head out, or even while you’re wandering the halls of the abandoned insane asylum, this online guide will tell you what your sight, touch and other senses are detecting and why.

>>Download the Paranormal Field Guide from the Play Store

Ghost Radar : Classic

It doesn’t get more “classic” than this. Turn on the app and watch the screen for blips that indicate “abnormal” readings. It will even tell you why the reading is abnormal.

>>Download Ghost Radar : Class from the Play Store

Ultimate EMF Detector

If you’ve ever watched a ghost hunting show you will know one of the most basic tools used by the “professional” is an EMF detector. Carry one with you on your phone with this cool app and help find that ghost that’s hidden in the shadows.

>>Download the Ultimate EMF Detector from the Play Store

EVP Recorder with Detector

Nothing is creepier than when you hear that detached voice whispering something that was undetected by anyone in the room. Turn on your EVP recorder while out and about and listen to it later… in a dark room… alone.

>>Download the EVP Recorder with Detector from the Play Store

Well, good luck, ghost hunter. Gather up your cross, wooden stake, garlic cloves and your smartphone loaded with these great apps and have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

Surely I’ve missed some of your favorite apps in this list. Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter and I’ll add them to the post!

And just because I love the 80’s, we’re going to end with Michael Jackson’s, “Thriller” video, because it’s the internet, and we can.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received a mobile phone and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Using Your Smartphone After a Stroke

Using Your Smartphone After a Stroke

downloadSome of you may already know this, but on June 8, 2015 at about 1:30pm, I had a stroke.

Oh, I’ve made all the arguments. I’m too young. I just lost 40 pounds. I eat right. I’m healthy.

Guess what, it didn’t matter. I had two things running against me, heredity and diabetes, which went undiagnosed and untreated for some time before it appeared… in the emergency room.

Luckily I caught it soon, was able to contact my wife, and made it to the hospital where the “reversal drug,” or TPA, was administered quickly. I walked out of the hospital two days later, was back working part time a week later, and back DJ’ing weddings less than two weeks after the stroke. All miracles made possible by hospital technology and the wonderful staff at Sanford Medical in Bismarck.

But now what? As I move along the rehab and other processes related to strokes and other similar issues I hear about a wide range of results ranging from my experience of a short hospital stay, to permanent nursing home stays. There’s also a huge range of technology experience, ranging from a tech guy like me, to someone who dabbles, like my dad, to totally inexperienced.

So, knowing that those who have suffered strokes and who may be assisting these folks might be needing some assistance in finding mobile resources, I’ve assembled some mobile and online resources to help cope with strokes, diabetes and other health issues. Many of the apps below are available for both Android and iOS devices, but the links go to the Google Play store.

  • Weight and Health Management : One of the biggest things for me was the fact that I had lost nearly 50 pounds before I had my stroke. I was already eating decent, was already watching my weight, and was already participating in a healthy lifestyle prior to my event. After my stroke and diabetic diagnosis, tracking meals, weight and other data points became extremely important. Some of the Android-based tools I’ve used are :
    • My Fitness Pal – A great mobile app to track your food, keep a list of your exercise, and even challenge your friends. The app will connect to other info like Fitbit and Jawbone Up, which is valuable if you don’t like keeping track of exercise seperately.
    • Google Fit – If you are a Google user and like to keep your stuff inside the Google universe, this app will do it all. This app can help you track your weight, your daily activity and specifically the daily heart healthy activity. Best of all, if you have a Google watch it can sync up using the same app on the watch.
    • Diabetes Tracker – Need a way to keep track of your insulin intake and your sugar levels. This app does that and more.
    • Google Drive – Like to track some of this info on your own by building a spreadsheet… like me? Build it inside Google Drive so you can access it on multiple devices and even share with our significant other and doctors. I also have a document that contains all of my test results gathered from individual emails, just to make it easy to find in one place.
  • Communication Apps : Since I now work from home, there was some thought of signing up for a system like Life Alert, but the cost and the length of time commitment was a barrier to entry. I looked for some alternatives, and thankfully there are a few out there.
    • Help Me! – This app promises to send a text message with your GPS info as well, which could come in very handy in certain situations.
    • Contact Widget – Add a widget that will contact anyone to your home screen. This will call and/or text anyone you add to this individual widget.
  • Miscellaneous Apps : There are a few other things I’ve used to track and maintain my healthy lifestyle for the last few months. I don’t know if they will prevent you from a life-altering event like a stroke or diabetic diagnosis, but it can’t hurt!
    • Healthcare App – Many of the larger healthcare systems have apps, or at least an online presence that you can access. Sanford Medical has their My Sanford Chart app which shows communication with healthcare professionals, your upcoming appointments, your bill, and more. Look for your particular healthcare system to see if they have something you can put on your phone or tablet.
    • MediSafe Meds and Pill Reminder – Right away, I was placed on a TON of medication to fight both a repeat stroke, and to get my diabetes under control. Remembering to take everything, especially with a brain injury, can be tough, so anything that can remind you a particular times to take particular medications is useful.
    • Lumosity – One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m a bit slower at a few things since my stroke. I’m getting significantly better at these items, and feel that I primarily owe my progress to Lumosity brain training. The daily brain exercises challenge you to get better each time you play, and it takes only about 15 minutes. The experience is best on a PC, but are available on phones and tablets.

There you have it. Some of the best things you can do if you or someone you love has been unfortunate enough to have suffered a life-altering event like stroke, diabetes or others. I’m fortunate that this was a “minor” event, which I hate to even say, but compared to many who have been through this I am very lucky.

Do you have an app or story to share about technology you use to fight strokes, diabetes or another health issue. Leave them in the comments below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the HTC One M9 and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Best Android Fishing Apps

Best Android Fishing Apps

fishing-454367_640The ice has finally melted off the lakes and rivers of the north, and while a good many of you are waiting for fishing season to open, we’re already heading out on the water up here in North Dakota!

Since I’m part of the Verizon #VZWBUZZ Lifestyle team and being addicted to mobile technology it only seemed logical to grab my trusty Motorola Droid Turbo, jump online and find some apps to enhance the fishing experience.  So below are the eight best Android apps I could find to help you catch fish, enjoy the day, and be as safe as possible on the water.

  • Knots Lite – Many a fish tale has been spun over that trophy that got off right at the boat due to a poorly tied knot. Well “knot” anymore (see what I did there? I crack myself up sometimes)! Knots Lite shows you how to tie dozens of great knots to ensure that lure stays on the light when hooked up in that big walleye or bass. Knots Lite is FREE on Google Play.
  • My Fishing Advisor – Knowledge is power, and knowing when the fish are going to be biting can mean the difference between that fishing trip being a lot of fun catching fish and a lot of fun drinking beer. Somehow those two scenarios don’t seem so bad, do they? Anyways, My Fishing Advisor uses the SoLunar tables to determine when the best feeding and activity times for fish are based on your location, the moon phases, weather conditions and more. The solunar tables used to be the first thing I would read in Field & Stream. My Fishing Advisor does cost $4.99, but well worth it if you want to see what time you should be heading out on the water.  And don’t forget the beer.
  • Fishing Mobile – want to track what you caught, when, how and with what? Fishing Mobile will do that and more. Now you can instantly record the conditions, gear, speed and everything else in one place so the next time you’re wondering what to use that info is at your fingertips. Another free app available at the app store.
  • Rain Alarm – Who doesn’t like to be on a boat when it’s sunny, 75-80°, no wind? But throw some clouds and rain into that and most of us are heading for the dock. Know it’s coming before the other guys with the Rain Alarm. It will alert you when rain is in the area, how severe and what percentage of the area will be hit. Great for picnics, baseball games, motorcycling and tons of other outdoor activities.
  • American Red Cross First Aid – Sharp hooks, knives, sharp sticks, boat seats, open water… fishing has a lot of easy ways to get hurt. Be prepared (I was a Boy Scout once) with the American Red Cross First Aid app and fix those little boo boos so you can get back to staring at your fishing rod all day.
  • Fish Recipes – You caught it, now it’s time to enjoy the rewards with a new recipe. Fish Recipes contains hundreds of new ways to cook and enjoy your catch.
  • Google Maps – You can’t fish if you can’t find the fishing hole. Use Google Maps to look up, pinpoint and navigate to your favorite or new fishing site.

There are so many more, but I hope this list wets your appetite and gets you navigated towards fishing success. And don’t forget to share those photos and stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and everywhere else! I’m sure I missed some of your favorites, so leave them in the comments below, or better yet, shout at me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Stay safe on the water, get licensed up, and take a kid fishing!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard

2015-03-18 10.56.10Yesterday I was on the fence on whether I should buy a Chromebook or not. For those of you not familiar with Chromebooks, they are cheap, laptop-like devices running Google’s Chrome OS. They have very little onboard memory, HD screens, similar ports to commercial laptops, and depend greatly on internet cloud services for hosting files and work. Some even come with LTE connectivity.

I have a laptop and also a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, but the laptop, while powerful and work-friendly, is large and battery life is “ok.” The Note 10.1 is an awesome tool for email, following social media and viewing the web, digital books, entertainment and file viewing.

The Chromebook was to fill the void between the two because of these features:

  • Smaller than the laptop but larger than the tablet.
  • Full keyboard to make typing easier.
  • Wonderful battery life.
  • Great connectivity to cloud-based file storage like Google Drive, Dropbox and others.

So as I’m researching the Chromebooks from Asus, HP, Toshiba and Samsung, I stumbled upon another solution. What if I found a keyboard that was easy to use, full-featured, and could work on multiple devices when I inevitably upgrade from the Note 10.1?

About an hour later after a trip to Best Buy I had my solution in-hand, the Logitech k480 Bluetooth Keyboard.

The k480 has a ton of features that make this perfect.

  • Order your Logitech k480 today!Full featured keyboard including a selector to choose between a PC/Android layout and iOS.
  • Can connect to up to three difference devices using the numbered dial.
  • Rubberized cradle to securely holding your tablet or phone (or both in portrait mode!)

Now, I can use my tablet as my laptop/Chromebook clone. Android now has a full Microsoft Office version to create and edit documents and presentations. The 10″ screen is more than enough to work on WordPress in my browser, making blogging easy. I was worried about the charging port being on the bottom, but with a screen rotator app I can flip it 180 degrees and plug in on the “top” of the tablet. The channel even allows headphones to be plugged in with the device upside down.

Want to hear the best part? This keyboard is only around $50! Order one up on Amazon right now and turn that Android, Windows or iOS tablet into an even more powerful work device.

What are your thoughts on Chromebooks or the Logitech k480 keyboard? Let me know in the comments below, or just give a shout out on Twitter @BeBizzy!

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Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Pocket Casts – Mobile Podcast Player

Pocket Casts – Mobile Podcast Player

2phones-logoThose who follow this blog know I love to listen to podcasts while I work. It’s great subliminal noise while I am punching through Excel sheets or building another WordPress site.

And to listen to and manage all of these podcasts I’ve tried several apps on computers, tablets and phone. Most recently I was using Doggcatcher on my Samsung Note 10.1 (2014 edition). But yesterday I was introduced to a wonderful new option, Pocket Casts.

Pocket Casts is available for Android and iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and is availble for a small charge ($3.99 from the Google Play Store, and $4.99 from iTunes), but the small cost is well worth it. Here’s some of the features:

  • Syncing between devices. This will be a lifesaver! The account makes it easy to subscribe to podcasts on one device and have it sync with an unlimited number of other devices regardless of operating system. I even have it sync’d with my PC by running an android emulator on my computer.
  • Speed control. Only have 45 minutes to listen to a 60-minute podcast? Speed up the playback and get all the info just a bit faster (I top out on 1.3x speed. Anything else is just too distractingly fast).
  • Automatic sync – Set up any or all podcasts in your library to automatically update or download to a particular device. This is handy in case your tablet has more memory than your phone, or you have a primary device. There’s also settings on how often the app should check for new releases of podcast.
  • Filters. Want to see which video podcasts are available? Want a list of unplayed podcasts by date?

Another feature I noticed right away was better access to podcasts that I previously I couldn’t find in iTunes or Doggcatcher.

So if you like to listen to podcasts while you work, drive or workout, take a look at Pocket Casts on your android or iOS device. Let me know what you think in the comments below or @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Below is a quick video of Pocket Casts. Enjoy!