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Waze Mapping Service App for iOS and Android Post by: Lynne Hade June 30, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Waze Report Screen

Not that long ago, I received an email from Manta, about an app of the month called “Waze”.  Waze is a social traffic app purchased by Google, reportedly, for around $1 billion in June of 2013. What caught my eye at first was that it gives you up to date and constant traffic alerts, which, from where I commute, comes in very handy. 

Why Waze?

Like a lot of other mapping apps, Waze offers voice-guided GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions. But what's really cool is its community of users who share real-time traffic and road information. This means it gives you a heads-up about reported obstacles on your route such as road closures, traffic, accidents, and speed traps.  

When first using Waze, I didn’t really focus on the social aspect of it or how it received this information, I just wanted to know if there were traffic jams or accidents for my commute to and from work.  So, I installed it and first started using it during my am commute. As I’m driving, I hear “...

Choosing a Microsoft Office 365 Business Plan Post by: Lynne Hade June 10, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Office 365

Office 365 offers a variety of business plans and they come with a lot of valuable features to fit every business size and need. But, which plan should you choose? Below are some comparisons to help guide you to make the right decision.

Choosing the right subscription should start by identifying your business size. Whether you are running a small enterprise or a business empire, Office 365 has a plan to fit every business need. Microsoft defines business size as follows: a business with 1-10 employees is considered small-sized. A medium-sized business has between 25-300 employees. Anything beyond is deemed to be a large-scale enterprise.

Office 365 for small businesses

If you anticipate having more than 25 employees in the near future, you may want to skip to the medium-scale subscription. If you are certain about your business size and you don’t have plans to expand, you can choose from two small business subscription plans. The Office 365 Small Business has all the standard features as...

Find Important Emails with Ease using Microsoft Outlook Search Post by: Lynne Hade June 3, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Microsoft Outlook is an application included in the Microsoft Office Suite. While it’s most commonly used to access different email accounts e.g., personal and business, it also has other features, including calendar, contacts, and tasks. It also comes with a search folder that lets you instantly find messages that fall under certain criteria.

Outlook is one of the most popular email platforms allowing you to read emails from almost any account. The inbox is where the majority of your interaction with Outlook is, but the problem is that many users receive so many emails that it can be overwhelmed quickly. This makes it more difficult to find important emails, or separate the spam/less important emails.

One way to deal with this is by creating a customized search folder for important emails. This makes searching for vital messages easier as they are saved in a separate folder.

Default and predefined search folders in Outlook

There are three default search folders in Outlook and you can see them under “search folders” in the mail navigation pane on the left side of the window. These default search folders are categorized mail, large mail...