The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices

It’s predicted that this year tablets will outsell PCs for the first time, a clear sign that Internet usage is moving towards a more portable and accessible format. Smartphones are showing a similar upswing, with a recent Pew Research Center study showing that 56% of Americans are currently using a smartphone. Both tablets and smartphones are small devices with a big job: display all of the information on the Internet in a usable manner on a small screen: you could be viewing content on a screen anywhere from 3.5″ to 10″. Compared to a laptop’s 15″ screen or a PC’s 23″ monitor, that’s not a lot of room. All of that information needs to be converted into a format that works well with a small display, and there are specialized tools to do that. Read more of this post

Is your iPhone or iPad having trouble with Wi-Fi connections? iOS 7 may be to blame.

ios7Apple released a major update on September 18th for its popular iPhone and iPad products. The iOS 7 update brings a new look to go along with a number of features and improvements. As with any major overhaul, those improvements don’t come without bugs, and there are a few popping up in this new release. The most annoying of which appears to be broken Wi-Fi connections.

It seems the original release of iOS 7 has difficulty locking on to wireless connections that use the “auto”channel settings. WiFi connections can use up to 11 different channels in the US, and your router may be set to automatically select which channel is the best for broadcasting. This channel may change several times during the day, but your Apple devices may not be able to follow those changes, and this results in a lost connection.

The official fix for this problem is to upgrade to iOS 7.0.2, which is available right now. However, if you’re only able to connect to Wi-Fi on your device, upgrading can be a bit of a problem. Here are some workarounds to get your iPhone or iPad running so you can get the upgrade: Read more of this post

New Gmail App for iPhone/iPad for Google Apps users

A year or so ago, an app for Gmail was finally released for the iPhone and the iPad.

It was terrible.

In response, an embarrassed Google rushed out several updates to try to make things right…and it didn’t help much.

Today, the slate is being wiped clean as Google announces GMail 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad…and it’s not terrible! In fact, it’s downright snazzy. Read more of this post

Study: Business Pros Recommend Android 50%, iPhone 32%

“What phone should I get?” is quickly replacing “What computer should i get?” as the #1 question I hear these days, and that’s expected as more and more people are using their phones as their primary work tool. Easy access to email, scheduling, and documents in a device that fits in your pocket is a powerful asset, and everyone wants to make sure they get the most for their money.

TechRepublic recently released its poll of phone recommendations in the workplace. While the iPhone has the most marketing muscle behind it, it turns out that Android based phones are enjoying a healthy lead in the workplace. 50% of IT professionals are recommending Android phones to their workers, and with good reason. Read more of this post

Go Mobile or Stay Behind

In 2005, I received my first phone with Internet access: the Nokia 3650. I was at my son’s baseball game, and during a lull I decided to check out my work website. It took 2 minutes to appear and looked like one of those magazine clipping ransom notes you used to see in old TV shows. I tried using the Internet access a few other times with similar results: slow and completely unusable. I hoped for a day when I could use the Internet from a lawn chair just as easily as from my desk.

Of course, that day has since arrived. In fact, many of us can’t imagine a world where we aren’t able to check Facebook or read the news from our mobile devices. Sales of smartphones even surpassed PC’s last year, making them one of the most popular methods of connecting to the Internet. Mobile Internet is trending so quickly that many businesses are in danger of falling behind if they don’t start re-thinking their mobile strategies. Read more of this post

7 Tips to Keep Your Smartphone Safe

Smartphones are great! Apparently I’m not the only one that thinks so…more people are using smartphones to connect to the Internet than PC’s in key markets. Consumers have discovered the convenience of having mobile “mini-computers” and are using them to take full advantage of apps and access to instant information. Unfortunately the scent of success has attracted the attention of Internet predators, so a focus on mobile security is becoming increasingly important. The easy access to information we enjoy on our phones can be a prime target for hackers taking advantage of this new frontier. Keep these 7 tips in mind to keep yourself protected when you’re on the go: Read more of this post

The December Roadmap: Heading for the Holidays

Is it December already? TOAST.net has some interesting things in the oven along with the Christmas cookies this month, so let’s get everyone up to date: Read more of this post

It’s Phone Season! – Best of the Best Smartphones

It happens once, maybe twice a year. One company releases a hot new phone, then we get a month of one-upmanship from the other manufacturers. The result: We get oodles of new toys to play with! There is so much going on in the smartphone arena right now I can hardly keep up. With more people focusing on being mobile, it has become a priority to have a phone that can sync email accounts, calendars, contact lists, and documents. If you’re in the market and looking to add mobility to your life, here’s the current “Best of the Best” list on each carrier:

 

 

 

 

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Steve Jobs: The Henry Ford of Our Generation

Steve Jobs 1955-2011By now, I’m sure everyone is aware of the unfortunate passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. However, few are aware of his contributions to the way we live our lives today. “Contributions” may be too soft of a word… he actually shaped much of the modern world we’re now familiar with.

Steve was not only a visionary, but a rare type of visionary that actually acted on his ideas and beliefs. Instead of going with the flow, he would start at the beginning of an established concept and carve his own path. Apple’s company slogan: “Think”, is very profound. Progress isn’t made by following existing ideas. Progress comes from thinking of new ways, and Steve demanded everyone around him to follow this mantra. This philosophy not only produced amazing products, it shaped an entire generation: Read more of this post

Top 5 Trends for Small and Medium Businesses

Where to go in 2012I was reading some forecast reports by IBM about Small and Medium Business (SMB) trends for 2012, and it’s reassuring to finally see an agreeable roadmap. In fact, here at TOAST.net we’ve been saying a lot of the same things as IBM for a few years now. SMB’s have under-invested in technology over the last 3-4 years, and in doing so have lost a lot of the edge needed to compete. Technology generates efficiency, which in turn lowers costs. Things that were preventing SMBs from expanding their technology base have been expense and the economy — understandable factors. However, 4 years ago nobody could have predicted the huge drop in tech costs due to cloud technology. It’s an exciting time for SMB owners because new advancements are allowing them to outmaneuver larger corporations and bring a competitive edge back to the marketplace. Here’s the top 5 areas SMBs should be focusing on for 2012 to stay ahead of the game: Read more of this post

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