Mar 25, 2015

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Why I Still Love iPhone Apps

In 2014, the number of mobile apps accepted into the iOS App Store reached 1.2 million. That figure put Apple on par with Google, whose Play Store hosts roughly the same number of Android applications. These may be impressive and very welcome statistics for smartphone companies, but, at the same time, they increase the effort young developers must make to promote their own app inside the vast sea of applications that are all competing for users’ attention.

This fast proliferation of mobile apps might also be a little daunting for consumers.  According to recent studies, the majority of smartphone users download zero new apps in most months. This is true despite the fact that applications are dominating mobile usage and that people are spending a rapidly increasing amount of time on their smartphones. Most users seem content with just the applications they already have on their handset.

It takes a lot of savvy marketing work to convince people that they need to download one more messaging or photo sharing app, but the chances for young startups who develop well designed  and useful mobile applications that have some sort of added value for the user, might be slightly better. If, for example, you find yourself in need of a smart new guide to help you navigate the neighborhoods in Paris, chances are you will turn to one of the app stores and download the application that seems most useful, most aptly designed and with the best functionality. In all probability, this will be an iPhone app.

There has been a lot of debate over the years about which mobile platform is best, iOS or Android. While the consumers’ choice for a smartphone depends mostly on the price, the choice for developers of mobile applications is made on very different grounds.  Building on the iOS platform is easier and cheaper that building for Android, mainly because of the fragmentation of the Android smartphone market. Most young developers don’t have the time or the financial resources to build apps that work well with a wide range of devices from different manufacturers; even though all Android phones use Google’ operating system, each one might be running different variants of the software as well as having different technical specifications.

Because young companies need to focus their attention on what will provide the best value for them, they usually build applications for iPhones first. Many successful companies like Snapchat didn’t even venture into the Android world until after they had achieved tremendous initial success with their iOS application. The fact that in-app purchases and advertising are significantly more profitable on Apple’s platform than on Android,  makes the choice that much easier for nascent startups.

So if you are not too tired of all the new app releases and still remain eager to discover a new, beautifully designed and well thought through application that will improve some aspect of your life, even to a small degree, keep searching the iTunes App Store. You are more likely to find what you are looking for amongst the sea of iPhone apps than amongst the sea of Android applications.

 

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Feb 23, 2015

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Broadband Speeds In London Are Too Slow!

I have to admit, in full disclosure, that these are the guys I use for IT support in my own business, but I’ve just been referred to a new infographic created by my pals at Prosyn about the incredibly sorry state of affairs when it comes to the ability of London businesses to connect to the Web. This is actually something I have struggled with with my own business in the past, and in the end I decided to pay for a very expensive leased line service in order to rectify it. I’m hoping that if enough people raise the alarm about what’s happening, that BT (but also the government) will finally take more action than they have so far in order to fix things. Anyway, enjoy the infographic, and please do share it if you, or a business you know, are affected by the appalling lack of connectivity in the capital.

The Invisible Threat To London’s Economy – An infographic by the team at Prosyn IT Support

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Feb 22, 2015

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Choosing The Right Tech For Your Small Biz

In today’s highly competitive environment, which technology to adopt can be a make or break decision for small business owners. Many choose to stick with what they know, losing out on valuable advantages to be gained by technological advances. As their competitors soar ahead, their technology becomes older, more outdated, and eventually obsolete, along with their business. Others choose to jump on the bandwagon too quickly, switching their systems over to unreliable technology that has not been fully tested. They lose time and business as they try to make the flawed systems work for them and all the while see their competitors adopt a similar technology with all the kinks ironed out! It can be maddening trying to make any choice, but there are a few tried-and-true techs that have emerged recently with the potential to give any small business a real boost.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

Perhaps the hottest trend of the last year is moving file systems to the cloud. This electronic filing cabinet allows for easy searching from any device. Documents are available anytime, anywhere without having to rifle through endless paperwork. They can also be made keyword-searchable, so staff can find all relevant documents in minutes rather than hours. This saves business owners time, hassle, and even offers protection against office fires and other damages to important records. It also permits greater flexibility for working at home or on the road, since files are equally accessible from everywhere. There are many other useful applications of the cloud as well, such as scheduling, quote production, customer management, and so much more.

Save on Backend Productivity Tools

            Many businesses turn to expensive HR and accounting software for no other reason than its familiarity. Unfortunately, this software often provides more cost than use and is rapidly becoming outdated. There are many more inexpensive, user-friendly options out there that constantly keep up to date. Put more money toward what matters in your small business by adopting tools like FreshBooks or Intercom to take care of your backend needs for less. Both of these programs, and many more, have been developed by startups for the specific needs of small business owners, and more are being created every day. Do some research to find the best fit for your business.

No Need for Pricey POS

            Every transaction a small business may need to process can now be handled by any tablet or smartphone with just a few clever apps. In this post-cash era, there are an ever increasing number of free and premium apps that make it easy to collect money from clients, customers, and even friends. Square is one such app that lets anyone from your local coffee shop to the lemonade stand down the street accept credit card payments with their free portable credit card reader that plugs into any smartphone or tablet. For retailers who operate both online and in person, apps like Shopify simplify record keeping by syncing both types of sales. There are even apps that allow you to offer financing to customers for big ticket purchases!

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Feb 14, 2015

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IT Support Packages – The Importance of Automating Business Processes

image002In this digital age, every business has to exploit all opportunities to be efficient and productive. It is safe to assume that you are using computers because everyone does in this generation. If your business has a complex IT infrastructure, managing things yourself can be difficult and sometimes tedious. In my own business, I recently enlisted the help of a company who offer IT support packages to help you shoulder the burden, dealing with everything from network configuration to cloud computing issues, VOIP phone systems and everything in between.

Automating business processes through information technology

Every business wants to be productive and this can only be achieved if your staff is efficient. By developing automated processes, you will lift a lot of the burden from your staff because the computers will do most of the work. Your staff becomes free to attend to more important responsibilities since the computers can run the reports, track finances, monitor sales and progress and create queries. Your computers will do more than answer queries; they can actually perform various actions on the data that exists in your database, with various cloud computing solutions allowing you to access your company’s network even if you are not physically present at the office. Accessibility will increase productivity because you can get most of the work done while you are at home.

Enhancing communication through information technology

Communication is very critical in an organization because it allows work to get done. If there is no communication, it is very likely that you will miss appointments and meetings which can result into lost opportunities. However that there are tools for effective and efficient communication. Setting up an intranet site is one of the ways to build a network that can communicate new information. Instead of waiting for input from your staff, you can easily set up a “What’s new” section so that information can be shared in real time. This will ensure that projects will run smoothly and efficiently even if there is no face-to-face interaction.

Instant messaging as a valuable tool for a business

Everybody is using emails today for fast and reliable communication. Your organization is certainly using emails to communicate with clients and suppliers but a better idea would be instant messaging. Instant messaging within an organization will provide faster and more immediate answers than emails. Do you know that instant messaging can be integrated into your system so that you will know if your employees are their desks doing work or if they are in a business meeting? Knowing who is available at the moment will save you valuable time. Prosyn can provide you with the solution to enhance your inter-office communication system.

IT support package has revolutionized the way that accounting, communication and marketing used to be done. Modern software packages can simplify most of the standard operations of your business. Information technology has all but leveled the playing field between SME’s and established corporations because they can take advantage of the tools provided by the system. Prosyn provides businesses with tools like customer relationship management, management information systems, inventory control and data protection whose advantages used to be limited to the multi-national corporations.

If you’d like to know more about all this, check out this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_support

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Feb 14, 2015

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What’s up with the new Nintendo 3DS?

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Have you guys heard the news? There is a new Nintendo console out there! From the creators of the world’s most famous portable console – Game Boy, comes the Nintendo 3DS! Oh, you know? No, you guys, this is the New 3DS! Seriously, they call it like that – New 3DS. So, be careful what you buy, there is a big difference between new and New. And, if we forget about that name issue, it looks like the 3DS’s successor is going to be really good.

Besides sharing a very similar name to the previous 3DS, the new one has a lot of mutual physical features, too. While you might not notice it’s V2.0 at the first glance, there are subtle changes in design. It’s touched up a little, some changes have been made and most of them are actually really good. Kinda what you would expect from a reboot, but you are not used to getting it, so you have to emphasize it.

Controls
new_nintendo_3ds_console_buttons-730x405The biggest change is the most obvious one – additional analog stick. It’s more a nub, really, and it performs great. Folks asked for it – and they got it. And if you never missed it – well, now you have an additional control option that you are free to ignore, but I have to admit, it’s a game changer in some of the games. Really comes in nice.
There are also two more side buttons, positioned quite well for you to reach, but there isn’t much use for them right now, tho we are sure they will be useful in future, as game creators catch up on the New 3DS.

3D
A big part of 3DS was – you guessed it – the 3D! If you got used to the old system and thought: well, it’s all right, at least I don’t have to use glasses – boy, are you in for a treat! New 3DS uses improved front camera technology that creates a better, more stable 3D effect. Camera will track your eye movement, and you won’t be forced to sit perfectly still while playing. System is so much better, in fact, that after playing old 3DS games, you will forget about the old console. New 3DS has superior 3D experience that actually makes old games better and won’t give you headaches and double vision!

Processor
Oh yeah! With the New 3DS console, comes new power! Faster processor will, naturally, make your wait time shorter, cut on loading time and all in all – make for a better game experience. But, think about it: new processing power means that future games for the New 3DS will be better, more complex and graphically engaging. Also, this will produce more New 3DS exclusive games, which only goes to fan’s benefit.

NFC
New 3DS also supports NFC figures, called Amiibo. It’s simple – put a figurine on the screen, it interacts with your console and something in the game changes. Applications are versatile, and not everybody is really doing the happy happy dance because of it, but it’s there and it’s an option, so there you go, guys.

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