Is Your Website Mobile Optimized? 3 Reasons Why It Matters

Is Your Website Mobile Optimized? 3 Reasons Why It Matters

Smaller firms often struggle just to keep up with maintaining a website. Worrying about a scaled down version for mobile users seems like just too much trouble. Today’s blog is all about why this matters to you and why should you bother with a mobile version. A bit of background: Mobile sites are versions of your website that can be easily read and used on a small mobile screen. What is readable on a laptop of desktop monitor can be too tiny to use on a small screen. Also, the buttons and fields on your forms become impossible to use. Why does this matter? Three reasons 1. Mobile Optimized for SEO Showing up in search rankings. If you want to be found in a search and appear high in the ranking, you need to have a “mobile optimized” site. Google has now included the failure to have a mobile optimized site as a specific reason to lower a website in its search rankings. If you don’t have a mobile optimized site, you slip lower in the ranking. Slip lower in the rankings and fewer people ever find you in a search. 2. Most Searches More search and web activity now occurs on mobile devices than standard PC and laptops. If you want attention, you need to be “mobile ready.” You can’t just write off those mobile users- ­­there are too many of them. 3. Hard to Read If your site is too difficult to use on a phone screen, the user is just going to jump to another vendor. There’s nothing else to say. So the summary is, if...
Tablet Size: 10 Inch Vs. 7 Inch. Which One To Buy?

Tablet Size: 10 Inch Vs. 7 Inch. Which One To Buy?

So you want to get a tablet to do your work on but you’re not sure which tablet size to get. That iPad looks really good with its 10” screen but sports a $500 price tag. On the other hand a 7” Google Nexus 7 is pretty enticing as well with its smaller, portable size and only $199 directly from Google’s site. Both have their merits, one sporting the latest in iOS and the other running the latest version of Android. So lets do a little comparing of the two based on the tablet size. This isn’t so much about iPad VS Nexus 7 but more so the offerings of a 10” tablet compared to a 7” tablet. Cost & Size Right off the bat I already said two things you should be looking at when you compare the two for what to get; cost and size. Cost effectively it’s a no-brainer to go with a 7” tablet. It’s less than half of the cost of a 10” tablet, so you’re saving $300 right there. As for tablet size this is where comparison becomes more of a “what do you need?” With a 10” tablet you could freely use the onscreen keyboard like it were a full sized keyboard. The 7” option is more used like a giant smartphone where you still need to tap or thumb the buttons because it’s just too small to type with both hands on. On the other hand due to the 7” tablet size being smaller this means you can carry it in just about anything. A purse, a backpack, a really large...
Apps Draining Battery: Does Free Matter?

Apps Draining Battery: Does Free Matter?

One problem that all smartphone users have is the length of battery life on the phone. One the recent questions has been if apps draining battery happens worse when it’s a free app. When you think about it, this is a pretty serious claim. The battery life on a phone is one of the selling points. The estimated battery life as measured by standards such as idle time, on call time, video or internet usage, etc. The specs for the iPhone 4S, for example, has a section just for the battery usage. There are even additional extra devices for just extending battery life. However, one aspect that affects battery usage not mentioned is apps draining battery. We did a blog post not long ago about free vs paid apps. But, taking it a bit farther, we wanted to look into how free apps affect your battery life. Are Free Apps Draining Battery More? Recent studies on power usage shows that free apps use more energy than paid ones. This is because paid apps make money as soon as they are bought and downloaded; free apps run advertisements to recoup their development costs and profits. The apps draining battery problem comes from these advertisements. The advertisements presented to you are downloaded from a server, rather than stored in the app’s memory; some apps may even track your location to present you nearby deals, thus draining your precious ergs! Due to restrictions on the Apple OS, the iPhone and iPad were not tested. While many ads run over a 3G connection, and so those devices could be similarly affected, the iPhone...
Free Vs Paid Apps: Free Wins The War

Free Vs Paid Apps: Free Wins The War

Ever wondered if that free app is really worth paying for? Free vs paid apps is a common question. One of the things that I have trouble with is going through the Android Market (now called Google Play on your Android device) or the App Store on iOS and looking for programs I might want. Some of these programs may have a “free” version and a “premium” version. But what motivation do I have to get a premium version of an app? What makes it better than the free version? Well lets go through some ways we can decide if its worth paying for the non-free version. Just Try It In the battle of free vs paid apps, the best way to decide is to just try it. The reason it’s free in the first place is so that you can try the product out at no risk of feeling like you wasted money. This will give you a feel for what you will expect with the product. The free version may do some things though to incentivise you buy the full version. Maybe it is advertisement supported, or perhaps there are certain features locked that you feel you must have. But that’s what makes it free. You’re trying it out to see if you like it Read Consumer Reviews The apps you are looking at in the store also have consumer reviews based on a star rating as well as descriptive reasons why a customer liked or didn’t like an app. Take the reviews into consideration when you are trying to debate free vs paid apps. This is...
Windows 8 vs iPad: Go Cloud!

Windows 8 vs iPad: Go Cloud!

With the release of the new iPad today, the question that everybody has been asking is: Windows 8 vs iPad, which should I get? More details about Windows 8 have been leaking, with the new Windows 8 customer preview having been released. And today, the new iPad (or iPad3) was released. One thing to point out about Windows 8 for ARM devices (tablets) is it is not going to support group policies and managed controls. This means that devices added to your environment will not receive the same remote-management benefits that you would have enjoyed in the past. Image Credit – www.windows8apps.com It’s All About The Apps The iOS’s ubiquitous App Store is a fierce contender, but in the battle of Windows 8 vs iPad, Windows 8 has the advantage of being able to run fully-fledged Windows programs. Users from either end of the spectrum have excellent options for an operating system as open as they are used to. The Money Involved Windows tablets come in at a whole range of prices. Shopping around online can easily net you some thrifty bargains. On the other hand, the iPads often come with simpler support. Just swing by your nearest Genius Bar at the Apple Store (the one with the glass front, the white walls, and the wooden tables full of white devices). Windows 8 vs iPad: Which Is Better For Business It’s down to infrastructure. As both Windows 8 and iOS can’t be managed centrally, there’s no serious category where one or the other is a better business device. Budget and comfort are the main areas you should be looking...
Web-Based Point Of Sale: The Pro’s & Con’s

Web-Based Point Of Sale: The Pro’s & Con’s

Today, we are proud to feature a guest post from ZingCheckout regarding web-based point of sale systems. To POS or not to POS, that is the question… Many small business owners are intimidated by the thought of engineers, servers, software, and all the associated headaches that could go into a Point of Sale system. Lucky technology is moving faster than many small business owners are aware of, and recently a new trend of web-based Point of Sale systems like ZingCheckout have started to emerge and have success. In this article, you’ll learn the most important Pro’s & Con’s that you need to know about when debating the purchase of a Point of Sale system. Pro: Web-Based Point Of Sale Works On Any Device A lot of business owners want to use the latest technology for the impression and brand the customers feel when walking into the store, others want it just for the improved reliable functionality and convenience of having technology that just works. The innovative aspect of web-based Point of Sale is that they work on any device because they actually run inside of a internet browser. iPads, Macs, PC’s can all run a web-based Point of Sale, and with the iPad’s built in Wi-Fi and 3G you can have Internet access away from the office. This feature is great for temporary locations, such as conventions, trade shows, or construction sites. Con: Time to Learn the System Of course, just like switching to anything new, there will be a change in the way you and your employees do business. Habits will have to change with the hope of...
Netbook Vs Tablet? Fight!

Netbook Vs Tablet? Fight!

One of the current trents of the moment is netbook vs tablet. In fact, while riding the train I see a couple of people pull out these tiny laptop devices. Netbooks’ popularity has waned since the introduction of tablet computers. Though they’ve been displaced from the limelight by tablets, they operate at the same performance tier, and offer a couple of benefits that a tablet doesn’t. If you’re like me, you need a keyboard to feel at home with your device. That’s why in the battle of netbook vs tablet, I side with the netbooks. Here are the reasons why. Got Apps For That? For the first round of netbook vs tablet, we have to look at the programs available. Most tablets have locked-in operating systems. There’s lots of apps, but you’ve got to select them from ‘app stores,’ which are walled gardens. Most netbooks have stripped-down versions of the Windows operating system, allowing them to run common Windows programs — albeit slightly less speedily than a full-fledged laptop or desktop workstation. Just The Internet Please Netbook vs tablet second round! Like the name implies, netbooks were primarily made for users that want to browse the Internet. A lot of netbooks have gone the route of cramming more memory and processor speed into their small, streamlined package (for apps!). Still, there are a few good offerings for Internet-only netbooks. Consider the Chrome-books. These netbooks are designed such that there is no operating system– just a browser! As an added bonus, they’re practically un-hackable. No more worries about getting a virus while you’re browsing in Private mode… An advantage so...
Using The iPad For Business? No Thanks

Using The iPad For Business? No Thanks

Earlier in the week, on of our technicians, Jeff, wrote a blog article about why using the iPad for business is a good idea. But, I don’t agree. With the rise of the iProduct, many companies may be considering the idea of using tablet computers in their workplace. Indeed, a number of hip stores in the Bay Area use iPads and other tablet devices as their point of sales. The small form-factor allowing them to move about the store and assist customers, while having the ability to retrieve product information, check their stocks of items, and complete sales. While Jeff made a valid argument, here are 3 good reasons that now is not the time to start using iPads in your workplace. Theft That’s right, I went there. Theft can be a huge hinder when using the iPad for business. Even if you can find a way to combat employee theft, or render it a non-issue, there’s still a great deal of potential for theft. Customers and other people simply walking in off the street, grabbing one of these devices and leaving with it under their coat. The small form-factor only contributes to this, as you can fit such devices in a large coat pocket. If you insist on using the iPad for business then you have to counteract this problem. Consider training your employees to never leave their devices unattended. Also, make use of the security lock present on the sides of most laptops and tablet devices to hook it onto a belt or other garment. Battery Life While the battery life for the newer iPad 2 can...
Using The iPad For Business? Absolutely

Using The iPad For Business? Absolutely

With the growing popularity, many small businesses have started using the iPad for business. In fact, many offices are beginning their own BYOD (bring your own device) policy due to the increase in tablets, especially iPads. While it is not without its problems, there are many reasons to consider using an iPad in your work environment. Today’s post will discuss 3 reasons why using iPad for business is a smart move. Portability Of The iPad The iPad’s built in Wi-Fi and 3G means you can have Internet access away from the office. This feature is great for temporary locations, such as conventions, trade shows, or construction sites. Equipped with a virtual desktop, you can easily show presentations or products using the iPad for business. Even in a more permanent location, its small size and 10 hour battery makes it very portable. Compared to a laptop, using the iPad for business is cost effective. Laptops often cost more and have a shorter battery life. You can easily carry an iPad from room to room or meeting to meeting without powering down. The iPad’s Power While using the iPad for business cannot replace larger laptops or desktops, it is more powerful than most laptops around the same price. The iPad 2 begins at around $500 and can run most programs. While, it is not able to run advanced graphic based programs, it can handle most business related applications. In fact, it can even run a movie editing program such as Final Cut Pro. The main advantage regarding the iPad’s power is with its size it packs a punch. Just remember it...
5 Best IT Management Changes You Can Make

5 Best IT Management Changes You Can Make

There’s always room for improvement when it comes to IT management. Technology changes every day. Each company is different, but in general we all face the same problem of how to make IT more efficient. Here are 5 best IT management changes you can make. Right now, making at least one change could make to improve the performance and efficiency of your IT department. 1. Policies How you handle the policy of allowing employees to use their own hardware (laptops, smart-phones) to access your company’s data is an important decision. If you enforce strict lock-downs, and require that employees only access company resources through company hardware, you’ll have safer controls. On the other hand, restricting how your employees can access information will make it more difficult for them to work for you. The more open your access policies, the more easily they’ll be able to integrate their work emails and messages into their own lives, spending more time working on your projects, and less time being disconnected from it all. Consider allowing employees to access their work computer through a virtual desktop either on a laptop, tablet, or home PC. Strike a good balance between security and allowing your people to use hardware they’re comfortable with. 2. User Training Training is an up-front expense. It’s hard to pitch it to the CFO or anyone else watching the bottom line, but it can pay off in the long-term. If your employees are stumped by what “Incorrect Password” means, or turn the computer monitor off and on again to ‘restart’ their computer, you may be spending a lot more resources on...