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Apple iOS 8 – 6 Features for the Business User Post by: Lynne Hade July 7, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Apple iOS 8

Each year, Apple holds their World Wide Developers Conference. During this conference, the company typically announces new products and platforms including an update to their mobile platform iOS. This year, the company announced iOS 8.  

Last year, Apple had announced iOS 7 which turned out to be a big success with users.  With iOS 8, Apple added a number of new features and updates to improve on the platform geared toward making mobile devices even easier to incorporate into your daily routine.

During Apple’s announcement on June 2, there were a number of great new features and updates introduced, all of which will be available when iOS 8 is released. Here are six features business users will enjoy:

Enterprise Features - The iPhone and iPad are devices commonly used by businesses and it can be difficult for IT departments to manage these devices or for users to easily share files using corporate clouds. Apple noted that iOS 8 will come with enhanced management tools to make it easier for IT...

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...