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Have You Recently Left Corporate Life?

What You Need to Know

  • Have you recently left corporate life either by choice or the result of downsizing?
  • Do you have the right tools for your job search?
  • Do you have the most cost effective system for your home office?
  • Are you an effective “Road Warrior?” Does your technology support your mobile needs?
  • Since you no longer have a support desk, do you have someone to help you with maintenance issues?
  • What about security issues, backup, and a disaster plan?

Setting up a Home Office

  • Equipment selection
  • Software
  • Services
  • Maintenance and security

On the Road – Mobile Needs

  • Laptops
  • Internet access
  • Smartphones and tablets
  • Minimizing communication costs
  • Online services (cloud computing)
  • Maintenance and security

Need help making the right decisions regarding your tech requirements for home and on the road? Contact me either by phone 917 921-4518 or by e-mail at jblue@bluetutor.com for a free consultation.

 

 

Thought You Could Only Have One Phone Number on Your Smartphone?

sineline logo revisedNow you can have a FREE second phone number on your smartphone.

No need to carry two mobile phones with you, one for business and the other for personal use.

Sideline is the FREE phone solution for anyone who needs a second phone line. The idea is that your smartphone is your personal phone, and you don’t necessarily want to use that as your business phone. That’s why you still see people carrying around two phones, which is a hassle to say the least.

Your second number works just like your first. Separate caller IDs, notifications, and ringtones make it clear who’s contacting you. For outbound communication, just open Sideline. With your free phone number, you get unlimited texting, and Sideline calling uses the carrier plan you already have.

Sideline is available on both iPhones and Android smartphones.

CLICK HERE to read more about Sideline and instructions on how to install the app on your phone.

Should You Be Purchasing the New Apple Watch?

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims, it might not be the best time to run out and buy the new Apple watch.

That’s not a knock against Apple Inc., or any of the other makers of smartwatches, whose devices are encumbered by the same design and technological limitations. It does mean, however, that anyone who isn’t a self-described early adopter might want to avoid the entire category of wearables, at least for a few more years.

To read the complete article, click here

 

 

 

How Smart is Your Smartphone?

Remember when your phone was only a phone and it had to be connected to a wall jack? Outside, you needed to find a pay phone and have coins to place a call.  Wow, how times have changed!

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Chances are that if anyone told you at that time that your phone someday would be a device that exchanged e-mails and messages, listen to music, catch up on the news, check the weather, stocks, and watch a movie, you would probably want them committed. It is estimated that over two-thirds of the US population owns a smartphone. A smartphone is loosely defined as a hand-held computer, typically offering Internet access, data storage, email capability, etc.

If you already own a smartphone (iPhone, Galaxy, Blackberry, etc.), it probably came with basic apps (applications) that will permit you to surf the web, take pictures, and communicate with friends and family via e-mail or text messages.

Sales of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) now exceed computers. More people are accessing the web through mobile devices than computers. In addition to the functions listed above, there are now mobile apps that permit you perform many functions on the fly. Below are some examples:

Travel

– Book and track a flight

– Search and book a hotel

– Make restaurant reservations

– Reserve a car service

Finance

– Track your portfolio and execute trades

– Check your bank balance, transfer funds, and pay bills

– Make mobile payments

Entertainment

– Look up movie showtimes, view trailers, and read reviews

– Stream for favorite movies and TV shows

– Purchase, listen to, and read books

– Play games such as Scrabble, Solitaire, and Bridge

Photography

– Take and edit pictures

– Share them with family and friends

– Create albums by event or date

Medical

– Set up emergency contacts

– Research symptoms and ailments

– Keep a record of medications

– Refill prescriptions

– Check out doctors and hospitals

Social Media

– Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

These are just a few of the many services that are offered online. If you would like to discuss your personal preferences and how to set them up on your smartphone and/or tablet, give me a call at 917 921-4518 or e-mail me at jblue@bluetutor.com.

Thought Your Mobile Calls Were Safe?

 

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls

 

As reported in today’s Washington Post, German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.

The article reports the problem, but offers no solutions. Anyone have any ideas?

To read the full article, click on the link below.

http://wapo.st/1AkQ7zt

 

 

All Cell Phone Carriers Are Not Created Equal

Confused by all the offers from the major cell phone providers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.)?

There’s a price war going on between the major carriers. Although price is a consideration in selecting a carrier, saving a few dollars should not be the major factor when signing a contract. Having an unlimited or discounted data or phone plan is useless if your service is poor.

First, you must determine which provider offers the best service in your area.  Are you frequently getting disconnected in the middle of a call?  How is the voice quality of the calls?

Second, you should check the signal strength in all parts of your home or office.  If you are a frequent traveler, how is the service on the road?  How about your second home? If you are moving to a new location, check with your neighbors. Find out what works for them and which provider (s) have poor reception. I have a client who recently moved a few blocks away and found the provider she was using in her old apartment did not work in her new building. Another client found that her provider only worked in a few rooms in her new building.

There are a number of discounted service providers offering deep discounted rates. However, the majority of them are using one of the major providers listed above. If you elect to go that route, check out who they are using before signing up.

Don’t be tempted to sign up with a provider because of a great deal or a pretty new phone offer. The name of the game is quality of service.

 

 

IBM and Apple Make a Deal

Did you ever believe that IBM would be selling iPhones and iPads?

Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President, and CEO, in a press release stated that “Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

As part of the exclusive IBM MobileFirst for iOS deal, IBM will sell iPhones and iPads loaded with software for its business clients.

 Click Here to read the full article

 

 

 

Do You Want Internet Access in the Subway?

AT&T pledges wireless in every NYC subway station

AT&T has agreed to provide wireless service to every underground subway station, making it the second carrier to make the commitment.

Currently, there is wireless service from every major carrier except Sprint in the initial 36 stations of the MTA’s plan to wire all 278 underground stations by 2017.

The second phase, which will be completed by the end of the summer, will increase the number of stations with wireless by 40, covering midtown Manhattan and Queens locations.

“The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it,” MTA chief Thomas Prendergast said in a statement.

To read the complete article Click Here

What do you think?

 

Are You Confused By All The New Tablets In The Market?

As reported earlier, tablets are expected to outsell desktop and laptop computers in the 4th quarter of this year.

Sascha Segan in her review in PCMagazine of the tablet market writes that “The new Apple iPad mini With Retina display ($399 to $829) is just a shrunken iPad Air. It’s so similar to Apple’s flagship tablet that your decision will pretty much be completely based on size and price. Like the Air, this is one of the slimmest and best-built tablets you’ll find anywhere. It’s an absolute pleasure to use. But unlike the large-screen Air, the iPad mini has many viable small-tablet competitors that are much less expensive, making it less of a must-buy and more of a luxury purchase.”

Click below to read the full article.

PC Magazine’s comparison of tablets

 

C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

The New York Times reports that “The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.”

How do you feel about this?

Do you believe that this is the only company where your personal information is being supplied to the government?

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