Right Time To Move To A Phablet?

Right Time To Move To A Phablet?

Most of us have used cell phones, or more recently, smartphones in our daily life. In recent years, our phones have replaced our computers as our go-to internet device, our communication device, even our entertainment device.

Even more recently companies like Samsung, Google and even Apple have moved to larger devices. Some have included a stylus, some have included extra battery, but all have added screen real estate which makes video, games, and even apps better and easier to use.

So is it time to move to a phablet (phone/tablet)?

I have used cell phones since the day of bag phones (yeah, I’m old… I  know). Since the bag phone I’ve used large brick phones, small flip phones, a large Microsoft Pocket PC with a hidden keyboard, iPhones, Android phones, and yes, even phablets.  I’ve been the COO of an internet company, worked in inside and outside sales, a marketing agency, and now own two businesses.

Of all my experiences, needs and uses my favorite phone to this day is my Samsung Note.

To be fair, I use my phone for a TON of different things like taking notes during meetings, keeping my schedule up to date, websites, emails, social media, photos and much, much more. But really, what could you get from that extra screen real estate?

  • Larger videos for you and the family to watch Netflix or your own videos.
  • More readable font sizes without cramming things on to your narrow screen
  • Pen stylus for note taking, picture drawing, or stylus-specific apps.
  • Better screen for GPS apps
  • Better mobile internet viewing, especially for mobile-enabled pages, but even when viewing websites that have not been made for mobile viewing (call me if this is your page… I can help!)
  • An awesome social media experience when it comes to Facebook, Instagram and others.  Photos and videos just look better in a larger format.
  • And more…

What might be some of the negatives?

  • Larger footprint takes up more space in purse or can be tough to fit in a pocket.
  • For those with smaller hands (me!) it can be problematic to use one-handed (the Note software compensates for this if activated).
  • The larger screen does use battery at a faster rate
  • If you already use a tablet, some of the features could overlap, or possibly be replaced by a phablet (positive?).

So with the recent announcement of the Samsung Note 7, and the impending iPhone 7+ (rumored) announcement days away, now might be the time to consider a larger phone. Personally, I am out-of-contract, and am definitely considering the move to the Note 7 when it’s released in early September. After viewing the launch announcement and reviews (like this one from T3.com) it looks like very comparable specs to my Samsung Galaxy S7, with a larger screen and a few other great features like a bigger battery, more memory, the external memory is back, and of course, the S-Pen and assorted apps.

As the release date approaches and the iPhone announcement becomes official, I would encourage you to read reviews online, talk to your local Verizon store, and even watch the #VZWBUZZ hashtag on Twitter to get some awesome information on the Note 7 and the many benefits of the phablet devices. I can’t wait!

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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Simplify Your Life With Google Tasks

Simplify Your Life With Google Tasks

We’re getting to that time when summer is coming to a close, vacations are wrapping up, and school is on the horizon for many families. On top of that, soon it will be the holiday season, sports, school meetings and conferences, and oh yeah, work.

How will you manage all of those details to make sure everything gets done. Many use the standard central hand-written calendar on the refrigerator or family cork board. Or worse, there’s the sea of post-it notes decorating our desks, computer monitors and desks. But did you know the better solution is probably in your hand right now?

Google Tasks has been around for quite a while, but is one of the least utilized of the standard Google products but it’s also one of the easiest and most powerful to use.

Google Tasks

Some basic information about Google Tasks:

  • Integrates with Google Calendar. With so many of us using Gmail for our email system, this calendar is used daily by many of us.
  • Great Chrome extensions that puts your task list near your address bar with a simple click.
  • Tons of great widgets that allow display and interaction with your task list.
  • Ability to set due dates, reminders, and even colorize tasks for easy identification.
  • Make a repeatable reminder for tasks like bill payments, regular meetings, and more.
  • You can even share tasks with other family members or co-workers in the event that you need some help completing the task.

So no that we’ve seen the need and basic capabilities of Google Tasks, let’s take a look at some mobile apps available on both Android and iOS that bring out the utility of Tasks.

  • GTasks – My favorite Google Task app. It easily lets users create categories, colorize them, and sort by due date, alphabetically, or more. The standard version is free, with a paid version for more capabilities. Works on both mobile platforms. It also includes some great widgets that allow you to show all tasks, or a specific category so multiple views can be created.
  • Tasks – Standard app for Google Task users. Again, free version does all the basic features but there is a paid version for more versatility.
  • Sync2 – Want to sync your Google tasks with Outlook? Sync2 does a great job of importing not only your tasks, but calendars and contacts. The program can be set up to sync in any direction, including bi-directional so any changes made to either the PC or mobile version are sync’d to the other. Sync2 is about $40, but if you have multiple devices, this is well worth it.

I use Google Tasks to run two businesses, keep up with personal items, and keep my daughter going in college. By setting up multiple widgets on multiple pages on my Samsung S7 Edge, I am able to keep multiple balls in the air and keep things moving. Entering new tasks is extremely easy using GTasks on my phone, or the Chrome extension on my PC, and the items are sync’s directly with all devices, including my Outlook program.

Get organized and productive using your favorite mobile device using Google Tasks as your primary task manager. Your kids, your work and your sanity will appreciate it.

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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Blog Break – 7/27/16 – Kickstarter, Tumblr & Tony Robbins

Blog Break – 7/27/16 – Kickstarter, Tumblr & Tony Robbins

Today’s tech and business to read over lunch are :

Website Launch – Rock Point

Website Launch – Rock Point

rpRock Point opened earlier this year on the Mandan side of the Missouri River and has featured outstanding live music acts like Parmalee and Pop Evil.

Now Rock Point has launched a BeBizzy Consulting developed website that is responsive to mobile devices, shows upcoming events in an easy-to-use calendar, features an outstanding food and drink special menu, and much more.

Check out the site at http://rockpointnd.com and their Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat pages.

What to join Rock Point in having YOUR business displayed to virtually any device? Contact BeBizzy Consulting and let’s get your web project started today!

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Google is the New Phone Book

Google is the New Phone Book

online business listingWhen was the last time you used a phone book for something other than a door stop, table leveler, or napkin weight? Last year? The 2000’s? If you’re a millennial… EVER?

As a business owner you simply have to accept that a majority of potential clients are using the internet to find places, hopefully YOURS, in which to spend their money. The days of customers paging through a large book that sat on top of their refrigerator has been replaced by a powerful computer constantly connected to the internet and sitting in our pockets, purses and desks at all times. Having a local business listing that is consistent and accurate has become more important that a large ad in the phone book.

Here are some stats:

  • 4 in 5 consumers search for local businesses online
  • When customers find incorrect information about a business online, 73% lose trust in that business
  • Up to 40% of location information online is incorrect!
  • Incorrect or incomplete information causes small businesses to lose potential customers at a cost of $10 Billion per year

Local Business Listings

Because of all the potential origins and changes in online business listings there is a huge chance your business is affected in some way. Incomplete or incorrect information can be caused by several things, including :

  • moving
  • purchased lists of businesses
  • web address variances (www or no-www)
  • phone number changes
  • logo revisions
  • map markers blocks away from your actual business
  • and much more

How Can I Update My Business Listing?

There are several inexpensive, inefficient solutions to correcting local listings. Many of these can take several hours to update, only communicate with six or seven online directories and can take several days, even weeks to update.

But what if I told you there was a way to update your local online listings to over 50 sites in just a few days? What if there was a way to issue consistent information like your address, phone number, website, images, logo, and even a clickable featured message for special offers to all of these sites?

BeBizzy Consulting has access to this tool! We have partnered with a company that has direct API programming into over 50 listing websites to ensure your information is consistent across the network, including these sites:

  • Google
  • Bing
  • Yahoo!
  • Facebook
  • SuperPages
  • Yelp
  • Foursquare
  • Here
  • And more!

Contact BeBizzy Consulting to update your local online business listing today and in short time you will lock your listings on over 50 sites and apps, create listings on some sites/apps where you currently don’t have a listing, make your map markers accurate, suppress duplicate and incorrect listings across the network, link a featured message to a Schedule An Appointment, Contact Us, or even a custom landing page within your website, and get reports on how often your are viewing your site.

We’ll gather a few pieces of information from you, and then you can leave the technical stuff to us!

Automate & Secure Your Home with Nest Devices

Automate & Secure Your Home with Nest Devices

nest_default_share_iconI’m a sucker for shiny new tech objects. There, I said it.

But I’ve resisted the need and the lure of most “internet of things” things like thermostats,cameras, doorbells  and more. Until now, that is.

A few weeks ago I received a bundle of Nest devices including the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Cam, and the Nest Smoke + CO Alarm from Verizon Wireless as I’m a part of the #VZWBUZZ team. I was immediately impressed with the devices and in just a few minutes I had all three of them configured and installed in their place in my home.

I will take a few moments to discuss all three devices and my experiences with them and how they might be right for your lifestyle.

Nest Thermostat

2016-05-08 08.30.38I’ve had a programmable thermostat in my home for several years now. Living in North Dakota the heater is running all winner as the temperatures plunge to below 0°, and the AC runs all summer as we climb to 90°+. So being able to control when each of these items should run and for how long can be a huge money saver. In fact, I saw a $30 decrease in both heating and cooling seasons by installing the programmable thermostat.

So when I opened the Nest Learning Thermostat box and read the documentation on how it can be either told when to run at certain temperatures, or LEARN when you’re home and adjust the internal climate as necessary, I was intrigued.

Installing the device into the wall was easy with included instructions, so don’t be turned off by that. It came with a large cover plate that covered any blemishes left on the wall by previous thermostats and the device itself simply snaps in place.

Connecting to the thermostat from the downloadable Android/iOS app is as simple as snapping a photo of a QR code with your camera and entering a few numbers. From here you connect to your wireless network, configure a few other items, and snap the thermostat in place to control your heater or AC unit.

It’s really that easy. And now the device starts learning when you go to sleep, when you wake up, when you leave and come home from work, and many other features that help keep your home, and you, as comfortable as possible.

For more information on the Nest Learning Thermostat, check out this page at Verizon.com.

Nest Cam

2016-05-08 13.27.57Since I work at home, the Nest Cam is probably the product I was least excited about. However, now that I installed it and have it sitting on my wi-fi network, I can honestly say it’s nice to have.

As with the Thermostat, programming and configuring was done on the app using the QR code and camera. It resides on a coffee table pointed at the main window, entrance door from outside, and other entrance area from the kitchen.

I was able to set up zones on the app that can either notify, or not notify me of sound or motion inside of those zones. This was a big deal since my dogs are constantly moving about the house.

The best part of the camera is that I can tell it to turn off when someone with the app installed is home. This keeps me from getting tons of notifications of motion when my wife is home, and her from getting them when I’m at home working.

When you’re away from home you are notified by either email or on the app, your choice, as to any sound or motion that triggers the camera. You are then able to watch on the app or browser to see AND hear what’s happening inside your home. And check this out, there’s even a speaker in the camera so if you see something correctable by your voice like a pet misbehaving you can say something that’s heard in your home and hear the response.

All in all, the setup and configuration of the Nest Cam took about ten minutes. Allow more time if you’re going to mount on the wall and have to get power to it.

Visit Verizon.com for more information on the Nest Cam.

Nest Fire + CO Alarm

Check out the Verizon.com page for more information on the Nest Cam
2016-05-08 15.26.27My smoke detectors in the house are hardwired with battery backup. However, they are close to 15 years old and were in desperate need of replacement.

So when I was able to test this device I was excited. Configuration and setup was again, five minutes with the app, the QR code and a bit of info like wi-fi password. Installing the base and hanging it took maybe ten minutes, so easily within 30 minutes if you read and follow instructions (I’ve never been good at that…). The alarm tested during setup and it is LOUD, so make sure you let everyone know you’re testing. The app displays your alarm(s) and provides a status.

Because of the location status, I am going to be purchasing two more alarms for the other floors of my home and replacing them as well. Knowing via the app where smoke or CO gas has been detected is great information for putting that fire out or determining an exit of the building.

And some of you may be interested in a feature that allows a user to stop a fire alarm for up to 15 minutes in the event that the home fills with smoke from a burned cooking experience, electronic project, or other reason.

Visit Verizon.com for more information on the Nest Smoke + CO Alarm.

2016-05-06 15.33.39These Nest devices are a wonderful way to start the home security and automation process. They leverage the power of Google and tap into our reliance on mobile technology, which makes the process easier to manage and more powerful.

If you would like to cut your home’s heating and cooling costs, see your home when you’re gone, or know if your home is experiencing an emergency regardless of where you are, the Nest products are an easy way to get started. And I can’t wait to see what they think of next!

And, if you want to see how these devices work together, check out this wonderful post on the Nest website!

AND, if you’re really creative and want to get more out of your Nest Bundle devices, connect them to other “internet of things” devices and other mobile apps using hundreds of IFTTT (If Then Then That) recipes. Find out more about these by clicking on the links below.

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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Learn Your Smartphone Features This Spring

Learn Your Smartphone Features This Spring

Untitled designBy now the odds are good that you either own a smartphone or are considering one. Or maybe it could be that your husband or kids have joined the smartphone ranks recently. And while these devices are amazingly powerful computers in our pockets and purses, most users don’t understand how to use all of the features of smartphones.

Well, getting outside and doing some fun activities are a perfect opportunity to use these awesome smartphone features and to learn some new ones.

NOTE : Using some of these functions will utilize your data plan, so be care and keep track of your data use if that is a concern.

Camera

One of the best features of today’s smartphones is the fact we have a wonderful digital camera that shoots both photos and video at the ready at all times. My new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has one of the best mobile cameras available! As you’re out biking, hiking, or just playing in the sun, many photo ops will present themselves. Take a few moments to document beautiful, fun, or out of the ordinary things that mean something to you, or could be shared with others via email, text messages, or social media. There are more advanced apps available for taking and editing photos like Snapseed, so play around with them and start taking some fun photos.

Don’t forget to back these items up by using cloud services like Dropbox, Google Photos or others.

GPS, Location and Weather Services

Need to track an outdoor adventure or find new places to explore? Your smartphone has amazing location services at your fingertips. Google Maps is a default, but don’t forget to look for specific apps for your activity. I like to use Maverick for hunting/fishing, but there are city-specific apps that show trails and parks, apps for hikers that track altitude and others that will document trail progress.

And don’t forget the weather apps. Having weather data widgets Morecast and apps like Radarscrope can provide up-to-date radar, temp, wind and other weather data that can make starting, or stopping, your adventure on time a little easier.

Music and Other Media

Remember the days of having to cart a large boombox and a case full of cassette tapes to the beach or tennis court in order to have some entertainment while having fun outdoors? Not anymore! Now all you need is a smartphone and some headphones to have access to almost any song ever recorded. Throw in a bluetooth speaker and you can share this entertainment to the group. If your device supports it, you can store music on external memory, or use a streaming service like Spotify, Pandora or even Sirius XM if you’re a subscriber.

On the video side, keep yourself entertained with apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO. There’s no excuse for being bored with access to your smartphone!

Social Media

In the last five years social media has captured over half of the adults in the US. We love to share photos, videos, news articles and random thoughts with anyone who may want to listen. So why not share where you are, what you’re doing, and who you are with in real time using your smartphone? Get out that camera, share locations, and let your friends feel jealous about you taking that kayak out today. Some of the more popular social media sharing sites are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

And don’t forget about sharing video in these sites using Facebook Live, Vine, Periscope and others.

The list of apps that allow you to share experiences with friends and family is endless. There are apps that help you with construction and remodel projects, travel, outdoor activities, and much, much more. Really, I think you would be surprised how many apps can help you have fun or document your adventures.

Grab your phone, and even your tablet, and get outside. Start taking photos, sharing adventures, and learning how to use all these great features on your tech. There’s plenty of demos and tutorials on YouTube and other resources. Then, when it comes to taking a photo of a wedding, sharing that video of your child singing at a school play, or finding a secret hiking spot on your next vacation, you’ll be a seasoned pro!

Have a tip you’d like to share with others about learning your phone’s features? Send it to me on Twitter @BeBizzy or leave them in the comment section below!

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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Customizing Your Android Smartphone Screens

Customizing Your Android Smartphone Screens

settingsAndroid smartphones are wonderful devices. The ways you can communicate with friends, family, co-workers and clients are almost limitless. Text messaging, instant message, social media, news sites, and yes, even phone calls are all just a finger press away. Add some calendar apps, weather widgets, productivity tools, media programs, a camera and news readers and you have a full-blown computer in your pocket or purse.

So why are you still using that default home screen background and ringtone? Your device has so many ways to customize the experience based on personal or business criteria, making the smartphone a much more powerful way to manage your life.

Below are some tips to make your phone, well, yours. Make it easier to get at apps, data, contacts and more with just a few minutes of customizing. Enjoy!

Launcher

The launcher is the look, feel and function of the whole operating system. It controls how many icons you can add to a page, how large the widgets can be, what shortcuts you have on the dock at the bottom of the screen and more. The default launcher installed by your mobile company is pretty good, but did you know that by adding free or really cheap launchers you can extend the capabilities and function of the launcher? My favorite launcher app is Nova Launcher. I use the $4.99 version to get a few extra features, but the free one works pretty well. This little program will allow changes to :

  • Number of vertical and horizonal apps allowed in the grid. Great for tablets that have WAY more real estate.
  • Icon and folder size and the label layout.
  • Whether or not the Google Search Bar is present and how it looks.
  • How the App Drawer (where all of your installed apps are located) looks including scrolling direction and type, color, , animation and much more
  • Custom gestures and other inputs.
  • The ability to back up your desktop layout and import it into a differernt phone/tablet. This is HUGE is you’re transferring to a new device.

Try out the Nova Launcher or one of the many other launcher programs at the Google Play Store.

Folders

One of the limitations of the iOS platform used on iPhones and iPads is the inability of having an icon located in more than one place. That is NOT an issue with Android, so if you want an application link in a “Tools” folder, and also in a “Financial” folder, you have this option. Creating folders on your home screen, or just about anywhere else, is very simple.

  1. Drag an applcation shortcut on top of another icon. The system will hesitate for a moment and then drop the icon into a newly created folder along with the original appllication.
  2. Repeat this process for all of your applications until the folder is filled with your desired apps.
  3. Click on the folder once to open, then click on “Unnamed Folder” at the bottom and give your folder a name that identifies the types of apps contained like “Contacts,”  “Tools,” or “Social.”

I create multiple folders on multiple pages so I can get at business or personal specific information quickly.

Widgets

Widgets are an awesome way to bring some additional functionality to the Android environment. They are essentially ways to display app data on a particular screen in a way that makes it available at a glance or directly get to the app data. Some examples of widgets are weather data, email accounts, news and tasks.

  1. Widgets can be added anywhere there’s room and is done simply by clicking and holding anywhere on an open area of screen, opening the widget option.
  2. Click “Widgets” and select the information you’d like to add to the page like your weather app, or email.
  3. Drag the widget to the location of the page and release. If it fits, you will usually see some options to configure the layout, color, update times, etc for the data.

And below are a few of my favorites:

  • MoreCast – Great weather app that has several widgets to display current weather data and forecasts.
  • TypeMail – I have four email accounts on my phone so having unread counts or easily viewable widgets makes it easy to get to each account without opening several apps.
  • GTasks – I use Google Tasks to manage my several businesses and personal tasks. GTasks keeps them separate, but combines if I need.
  • Month – Have multiple Google Calendars on your device? Month combilnes them into one easy-to-view calendar widget.

Pages

Still trying to cram all of your information or data on to one screen? Android will let you keep as many pages as you wish, move them around so you can access them on the left or right swipe of your thumb, and set your “home” page.

As stated before, I have four businesses on my phone that I keep track of. Each business has a “page” full of contacts, tasks, email and other widgets and shortcuts. This allows me to keep everything separate and if I need a client phone number I go to the business page, pull up the “Contact” folder and click on the contact to make the call, email or text. I also keep links to specific apps here, shortcuts to web pages, and even a quick way to get to my OneNote or Drive accounts so I can access files or take notes on a specific client.

Pages are also a great way to separate your media like music or podcasts, books, and games from work related or personal information, or just to create a news and social media page loaded with constantly changing info that doesn’t interfere with your main page functionality.

Ringtones

Early on the Android system provided a way to assign new ringtones, and eventually a way to assign ringtones to specific contacts.

This is incredibly handy if you want to keep business and personal contacts straight, or even to know when your daughter calls. Now, changing the default ringtone is pretty simple, but editing a contact with a specific ringtone can be a bit more difficult for inexperienced users, but essentially:

  1. Pull the contact up in “Contacts” and “Edit” the contact.
  2. Select “More” at the bottom of the contact and scroll down until you see “Ringtone”
  3. Select one of the pre-programmed ringtones, or “Add ringtone” at the bottom, which will allow you to search for songs or other ringtones and assign it to the contact.

As I said before, the Android operating system has a TON of ways to customize the experience exactly to your liking. Charge up that phone, create some pages, start adding shortcuts and widgets, and turn that computer in your hand into the device your friends and family will envy!

I have included some images below of my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge pages. Use them as inspiration if you need, or tell me how YOU customized your phone or tablet @BeBizzy on Twitter or in the comments below!

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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Should I Buy A Laptop or Tablet?

Should I Buy A Laptop or Tablet?

macbook-924015_960_720A few years ago it was professed that the tablet was going to rapidly replace laptop and desktop computers as the device of choice for both businesses and consumers.

Late last year and earlier this year tablets were proclaimed dead by dozens of tech writers.

So who’s right?

Ummm… both?

Here’s the deal. Computers are content creation devices. Tablets are content consumption devices. Make sense?

Why Buy a Laptop?

Laptop_and_computersMost of us own or have used laptops are work or at home. They are wonderful devices that allow you to take work virtually anywhere, especially if you can get online through Wi-Fi connections or using a mobile hotspot (my Verizon hotspot has saved me MANY times). The main benefit of the laptop is that you can do almost anything on them, including basic business tasks like spreadsheets, word documents, web surfing and the like, as well as photo, video and audio editing, coding, database work and more.

And, if you’re willing to pay slightly higher than the price of decent tablets, you can load a laptop with tons of RAM, processor power and HDD space. Laptops are also fairly easy to connect multiple devices like external monitors, HDD’s and other memory, keyboards, speakers, wired networks and more. Weight and thickness has also come way down for most laptops, even those with larger screens.

If there’s one thing against laptops, it’s battery power. Some laptops run at a lower power to save battery, but you lose some of the processor power when that happens. Batteries can drain quickly during travel or when working remotely. More expensive laptops pack in a bit more power but that can add weight, and even heat, which takes away some of the portability features demanded by certain users.

Why Buy a Tablet?

ipadTablets are becoming very common for both business people and home users, but they do lack a bit of the power possessed by their laptop cousins.

First, let’s look at the consumer-level usefulness. Tablets are perfect for sitting down and listening to music, watching TV shows or movies on Netflix, listening to pocasts, reading magazines or playing games, surfing the web, reading emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… all the ways we consume content. If you are looking for something to do this, it’s hard to find a better technology than the iPad or Android tablets like the Samsung Note 10.1.

Now let’s look at the business side. I’ve know plenty of people who have tried, and failed, at using their tablet to conduct their business. Most of the time it’s due to needing and/or wanting to do too much for the device to handle. Here’s what you’re NOT going to be easily able to do on your tablet. Code, create/edit spreadsheets, edit graphics, sound or movies, and connect easily to most business display systems such as projectors or televisions.

As far as where the tablets are awesome on the business side there are these aspects of business. Meeting notes, online presentations, multiple email accounts, tasks, project management, file viewing and sharing, and specific monitoring tools like Google Analytics.

So, it comes down to this. My wife surfs the web, reads her Nook, does social media like Facebook and Twitter, plays some games and looks at some coupons in her email. A tablet is perfect for her.

I create pivot tabled Excel sheets, monitor numerous email accounts, create graphics and manage websites, and share my screen during online meetings. When I leave the comfort of my office a laptop is often the weapon of choice. However, if I’m running out to meet with a bride or prospective client, view an online meeting, communicate via Skype or Hangouts, or even travel, I take my tablet.

What About the 2-In-Ones?

maxresdefaultThere’s a new class of device that’s beginning to grab some market share, especially on the Windows side of the arena, called 2-In-Ones. These devices offer a slightly stripped down version of the powerful laptop, throws in some extended battery and a smaller keyboard, a touch screen, and a few ports to extend the capabilities. I own an Asus that serves as one of these devices, and while the screen folds 360° to become a tablet (the keyboard shuts off and Windows changes to a tablet mode), I find the size and weight to be a bit of a challenge, However, there are new devices like the Surface Pro 4, the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S (the first device I have gotten really excited about in a while), and even the iPad Pro 12.9″ and 9.7″ that are pushing this category towards being more useful.

So, Which One Should I Buy?

The bottom line is that you might want both, especially if you’re a business professional that goes out of the office for meetings or an executive that mostly needs to consume data instead of create it.

If you’re ever going to need to work with graphics, audio, video or even large, complete spreadsheets, it’s hard to bet against the Windows or Mac laptop. Sometimes you just need the extra power.

But if you’re mostly going to be consuming information from websites, Webex meetings, documents or other media, I would recommend the tablet.

Final Things to Consider

One more thing to consider on both of these devices is your connection. The tablet is there to consume media and web traffic. Getting it attached to your cellular plan as an LTE device is a great thing if you’re going to be working in areas void of available Wi-Fi. These can include the great outdoors, some restaurants, and even on the road. But the reality is that most people, both business and general consumers, will have access to Wi-Fi much of the time.

Our homes, at airports and hotels, places of business, and even many bars and restaurants have connections available to users. Just make sure you are using protective measures such as not sending financial or other critical business data over these connections unencrypted or otherwise protected.

If you have questions or comments on tablets and laptops, please leave them in the comment section below or shoot them at me on Twitter @BeBizzy.

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Mobile Friendly Sites SEO Rank Increased

Mobile Friendly Sites SEO Rank Increased

SEO_DiceGoogle recently announced that in May 2016 mobile friendly sites will get a bit of a boost in SEO rankings. This could turn into a long-winded explanation on how to increase your site’s SEO or make the site mobile friendly, but really it comes down to this.

Mobile use of search and the rest of the web is on the increase. ComSCORE has stated that internet users on desktop was equaled and then passed by mobile users in 2014. So it makes sense that search giant Google would start to take mobile-ready sites into account on search engine results, especially to mobile users.

Checking your basic mobile readiness is simple. Go to this website (http://ow.ly/ZFyRr ) and enter your URL. If you’re ready, you should see a message telling you the good news. You will even see a screenshot of how the site is viewed on mobile. If not, you should get some tips on what needs to be changed.

Some of these fixes are pretty easy like text sizes and spacing and images. But, if you use Flash, a layout that does not conform to mobile viewing, non-breakable tables, or custom programming that is not viewable on phones or tablets the change becomes more difficult, and frankly, costly.

Do your potential or current customers need to view your website on mobile? Now is the time to plan on making the migration to a responsive design to ensure your website works on all devices. Protect your earned search engine ranking, or possibly move up by getting your site mobile ready! Contact BeBizzy Consulting today to see how you can make sure you’re ready for the mobile web.

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