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: Continue reading “The December Roadmap: Heading for the Holidays”

Gmail App Gets 3 Upgrades for Apple Devices

iDevice users got a nice surprise this week on their Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. Google has tuned up their email app, adding new functionality, search, and calendar enhancements.

Gmail and Google Apps users can now take advantage of the new sync service, which allows users to search through ALL of the messages in their mailbox… not just the ones stored locally on the device. Also, Google Sync for iOS now supports the “Send Mail As” feature, giving the ability to send email from multiple accounts. Google added this feature to Android phones earlier this year.

Calendar sync  now allows users to edit, accept, or decline events directly from the Calendar app. This highly requested feature greatly improves mobile scheduling functionality.

Keep in mind that you must set your email account up as an “Exchange” account in the email app to gain sync functionality. If you need some help, TOAST.net provides a guide to do this: How to Configure Your Google Apps Account on the iPhone/iPad

Source: Google Mobile Blog

It’s Tablet Time! 4 Tablets You Should Be Looking At

Shrinking electronics and the popularity of smartphones has brought us to the beginning of the tablet age. Tablets are incredibly handy devices for their portability and quick web access. They’re not “laptop replacements” per se, but more of a supplement. I would liken a tablet to a microwave — it will never replace your oven, but you end up using it more often than your oven because it gets things done faster and more conveniently. This new found convenience is turning the Internet and interface design in general to a new direction and opening up technology to a whole new group of people.

Bringing Tablets to the Table

I was at a local big-box electronics retailer the other day and noticed there is still a big deal being made about the iPad.  Adults were swiping their fingers across the screen saying “Well, this could be very handy around the house.”  Senior citizens were flipping it around saying “Geeze Louise!  Look at this hotsy-totsy thing-a-mabob!”  Teens were texting friends that were standing right next to them saying “OMG DAT IPAD’S BANGIN IT 2M2H! IWO!”

The first thing that came to mind:  apparently I am only capable of understanding people who fall within my own age group.

The second thing that came to mind:  The iPad has been available for over a year now, and yet there is not a single successful competitor to the product.  It’s not due to lack of attempts.  Motorola released the Xoom tablet  a few months ago, the Dell Streak is available, Samsung’s Galaxy series is in stores…and nobody is buying them.  Tablets will be the primary way we’ll be using the Internet within the next few years, but it seems that Apple is holding all the cards at this point and it’s holding up progress.  It’s not that Apple is doing this on purpose…it just so happens that they have a number of factors that are working in their favor at the moment. Continue reading “Bringing Tablets to the Table”