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.

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

BBP: Episode 18 – Closing Datamarket, Get AMP’d & Corrected Facebook Data

BBP: Episode 18 – Closing Datamarket, Get AMP’d & Corrected Facebook Data

Happy Monday, everyone! Just a quick podcast today as I’m heading out of town for a client meeting.

Episode 18 – Closing the Datamarket, Get AMP’d & Facebook Reporting Errors

  • Google has announced last week that while it likes mobile sites to be build with AMP (accelerated mobile page) in mind, it will still show desktop site results above AMP sites, even in mobile searches.
    • Takeaway might be to put AMP design on the back burner and focus on responsive right now.
  • Microsoft Azure Datamarket is closing March 31, 2017.
    • Start looking for alternatives now to avoid the rush
  • Facebook acknowledged it found reporting issues in video views and more back in September and it has adjusted numbers accordingly.
    • The company has promised to bring in more 3rd party data reviews to ensure the accuracy of information.

That’s it for today!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!

BBP: Episode 15 – Scribblepost, IE Loses Bigtime, and President Trump?

BBP: Episode 15 – Scribblepost, IE Loses Bigtime, and President Trump?

Well, it’s the day after election day. Hopefully all of your candidates and measures passed, and if not, lick the wounds and get back to work, right?

BBP: Episode 15 – Scribblepost, IE Loses Bigtime, and President Trump?

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Today we are talking about Scribblepost, a wonderful task-management system that I’ve been using for a few months. Paul Berkovic joins in from Australia to talk about the app and how you can use it to manage your business and your day better.

We also spend some time on :

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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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BBP: Episode 14 – Laguna, Microsoft Teams & Lastpass

BBP: Episode 14 – Laguna, Microsoft Teams & Lastpass

Happy Day After World Series Day, everyone!

Congratulations to the fans of the Chicago Cubs on the team’s big Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians last night. It was the first baseball game I’ve watched in years and boy was I glad I did. Great game, and the horrible national nightmare of the 108 year winless streak is finally over.

Episode 14 Show Notes

  • Microsoft Teams – a Slack competitor
  • Microsoft Introduces a trade-in program from Macbook Pros to Surface devices.
    • Program ends November 11, 2016, so hurry up!
  • LastPass – making the mobile app free! You can use Lastpass to manage secure passwords across all of your logins and keep it safe with one secure password
    • Mobile traffic from StatCounter has finally passsed desktop. 51% of all web traffic is now mobile. – Have you updated your website yet?
  • Get ready for Snapchat Glasses – codename Laguna
    • Video camera sunglasses going on sale in the coming weeks
    • Synced to smartphone and snapchat accounts
    • Video files up to 10 seconds
  • Hype – Live Video Broadcasting app from the creators of Vine
      • Creators were not happy when Twitter announced Vine was being shut down.
      • iOS beta app
      • Competitors include Periscope, Snapchat, and Facebook Live and the rumored Instagram livestreaming app, GoInst

As always, make sure you send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio

BBP : Episode 13 – Goodbye Vine & the Apple Startup Sound, SEO Keyword Throttling, and New Computers

BBP : Episode 13 – Goodbye Vine & the Apple Startup Sound, SEO Keyword Throttling, and New Computers

Happy Halloween, everyone!

We’re celebrating by releasing Episode 13 (ooooooohhhh, spooky) of the BeBizzy Break Podcast where I talk about :
  • New Apple Macbook Pro and Microsoft Surface Studio computers launched last week at big prices.
  • Goodbye to Vine
  • Speaking of goodbye’s… the Apple startup sound won’t be included in new computers or operating system updates.
  • Google has announced throttling of Google Keyword Planner tools for those not spending an un-announced threshold with AdWords.
    • Alternates include using MOZ Keyword Explorer, SEMRush, Search Metrics, and KeywordTool,io. Or it might be time to hire a dedicated SEO person
  • Looking for your favorite task management software and/or app. Send them to @bebizzy on Twitter.

BBP : Episode 12 – LinkedIn Company Pages, Surface Studio & Toggl

BBP : Episode 12 – LinkedIn Company Pages, Surface Studio & Toggl

Sorry we missed Monday’s broadcast, but I was on SuperTalk 1270am to guest host the Tech Ranch radio show and most of the afternoon/evening at an open house for Harvest Events, a new wedding venue in Mandan, ND. 

Episode 12 Topics

  • The Smartwatch is dead, or not…
  • Mac Sierra 10.12.1 was released, upgrade today!
  • New beta LinkedIn Company Pages are being rolled out to some
  • The new Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one computer was announced today:
    • 32GB RAM, 2TB HD/SD storage, four USB 3.0 ports, MiniDisplay port
    • Surface Dial – haptic feedback device that can be placed on the touchscreen
    • Hinge allows the 28″ monitor to be laid perfectly flat for document markup, design work and more.
    • True Scale function features a 1″:1″ actual scale.
    • $2999, available for pre-order today
  • Toggl
    • Great time-tracking app I have used for a few months
    • Pushes time, projects and client info to virtually any device in almost real time.
    • Free for small/solo users, but cost ranges from $9-59 for a variety of features
    • http://www.toggl.com