The introduction of the Smartphone has greatly increased the quality of access to many of our lives and no where has this point rang truer than in the world of small business. With the introduction of the various card processing systems for Smartphones such as Square and ROAMpay. The average small business owner now has the opportunity to accept credit card transaction and potentially widely increase their sales growth.
What Does This Mean for the Average Entrepreneur?
Obtaining a merchant account has not always been a easy task and for those just starting out in the open market the ability to offer alternative forms of payment, beside just cash transactions, can make all the difference. Whether the business be retail, culinary, artistic or other. Having an attachment for one’ s Smartphone (or in some cases iPad) for credit card processing alleviates the hassle of bulky point of sale terminals and worst yet, the old fashion “knuckle buster” manual imprinters. All in all presenting their customers with a smooth and convenient shopping experience which often results in repeat business.
Caring For Your Business By Caring For Your Smartphone
Having a Smartphone as a small business owner is a “no brainer” whether it be for credit card processing or simple day-to-day activities. Therefore, the protection and maintenance of such a vital tool is paramount. At iFixYouri, you can rest assured that if your Smartphone happened to be involved in an accident, be it water damage, a cracked screen or simple battery replacement issues, you are certainly in good hands. Because, when it comes to nurturing your business there’s no sense in faulty equipment stunting its growth.
There is nothing like a brand new iPad launch to get people interested in older iPad products.
Co-founder of the search website uSell.com, Dan Brauser, said that the trade-in market is rocking. The website helps Internet users to locate the best possible price for the old electronic gadgets they want to sell. Right now, Brauser and other experts believe that many of the people who own third-generation iPads are planning to trade them in before Friday’s iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad launch.
Resellers such as NextWorth ask you to write a description of your iPad before they make an offer. The CEO of NextWorth, Jeff Trachsel, says that it is the best time of year for business.
So, You Want to Sell Your Old iPad Online
If you are a fan of Apple and are planning on purchasing one of the new products that are launched on Friday it is possible that you own an older tablet that you will no longer need. You definitely won’t need your old device if you are planning to purchase both of Apple’s latest iPads.
It should also be noted that the only older iPad devices that will receive top dollar, are those still in perfect working order. So, if you have an iPad in need of repair it may be best to seek the services of a professional, such as iFixYouri, before attempting to re-sell it.
You can choose to trade your old iPad into a third-party reseller but there are also other options available:
Apple’s Reuse and Recycle Program
You can return your device to your wireless carrier or Apple: Apple has an amazing Reuse and Recycle Program. Apple offered to pay up to $260 for a gently used 16GB Wi-Fi third-generation iPad. Apple pays in the form of a gift card rather than cash. If you are the type of person who wants to trade in your iPad for a new one you should forget about engraving so you can earn the maximum resale amount.
Verizon’s Trade-In Program
Verizon also offers a trade-in program. You can receive an online appraisal on your old iPad. Most people receive around $190 for a basic third-generation iPad. Payment is a Verizon gift card. You can also trade in you old iPad at AT&T but you will need to provide the serial number of your iPad in order to receive a quote from the company.
The Final Word
Before trading in your old iPad remember to erase the memory and settings so people do not have access to your personal information. Don’t forget to back up your data so you can switch everything over to your new Apple iPad. Most importantly always find a reputable reseller such as NextWorth or uSell.com who lives up to its promises.
A few decades ago, someone took a common turn of phrase and changed it to “You are what you drive,” implying that your car said more about you than perhaps the food you eat. Today, one could as easily say that about your mobile device. Sure enough, demographic study and personality profiles have been done across the tablet spectrum, which begs the question: what does owning an iPad say about you? It may not be what you think.
Let’s start with the numbers. Tablet purchases have skyrocketed over the past few years, going from 9% of the US population in 2010 to a projected 130 million people in 2014. So a general user today is going to be quite different than before. That said, there are more types of tablets today than previously, with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all getting in on the trend, and there still exists a buyer persona who prefers Apple to these newer products.
According to several studies, iPad users tend to be wealthier than average, despite the less expensive price tags for the iPad 2 and the iPad Mini. In fact, Forbes states they are twice as likely to fall in a higher income bracket. It goes on to state that: “They’re 16% more likely to be a registered Republican (and 50% more likely to be a political donor), 65% more likely to have a Graduate degree, 65% more likely to go to the movies regularly, and 24% more likely to drive an SUV.” It even goes on to say that the average iPad user is 30% more likely to be taller.
While iPad users may be wealthier, they have gotten older. In 2011, 27% of users were between 25-34; today, 27% are in the 35-44 demographic, while 25-34 owners dropped to about 20%. And while iPad owners are 7% more likely to be men (again according to Forbes), app sales favor women by a 4 to 3 ratio in the top 10 app sales, and a 3:1 ratio in the top 5.
So, what does an iPad say about your personality? Tablet owners as a whole clearly see themselves at the vanguard of technology, and even have a bit of an ego about it. They tend to be better educated, and for that reason, according to a study by Wakefield Research [http://www.nextissue.com/2013/06/27/tablet-owners-are-smarter-than-everyone-else/]
69% of tablet owners think they know more about current events than their friends, compared to 47% of non-tablet owners. And indeed, tablet owners are certainly reading a ton – ebook sales have continued to climb over the last 3 years, and now represent a quarter of all book sales.
Does that mean that being smarter makes iPad owners more likely to be, well, arrogant? According to one extremely unscientific study, the answer is yes. Actually, it’s even worse.
From the Guardian:
MyType, a Facebook application which enables users to answer quizzes to determine their personality type, surveyed 20,000 people to try to determine what kind of people owned an iPad.
The answer, it turns out, is pretty straightforward. Horrible people.
“iPad owners are an elite bunch,” said MyType on its website. “They’re wealthy, highly educated and sophisticated. They value power and achievement much more than others. They’re also selfish, scoring low on measures of kindness and altruism.”
Let’s focus on the lack of accuracy of that poll, rather than the implications; it was disregarded by John Grohol, founder of the Psych Central psychology website, who responded by writing a blog post stating that the surveyors did not “know the first thing about reporting statistics, or basic methodology in its own research”. Besides, you’re probably smarter, richer, and better looking than the people who did the study anyway.
Much like the Apple stock prices, the company has had a year of ups and downs. While Apple has made great strides in the creation of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, the spotlight shines on every stumble the company makes.
Apple’s Biggest Blunders
Now, it should be stated that a ground breaking company such as Apple that has introduced the world to so many devices we now wonder how we ever lived without, is allowed the occasional hurdle. The bottom line is that much of the criticism stems out of comparison to previous models and short of any unexpected accidents that may result in a device requiring professional repair, they are all quality products. That being said, here are some of the issues.
The Lost Maps of Apple
The disaster of Apple’s Maps app caused something that is rare from the company, a public apology by Tim Crook, CEO. Not only was this app bad, it was godawful, what with it giving users the wrong directions and the lack of public transportation information. Things just got worse when late night talk show hosts began to make the app the butt of their jokes.
This app is the biggest blunder for Apple this year for many reasons. Arguably the most vital app on iPhone as well as other devices, it is imperative that the app is right. Because Apple decided to make Google Maps unavailable it its app store, the company looks petty.
Apple has always been concerned about holding the experience of the user above all else. However, because Steve Jobs passed away a year before Maps came onto the scene does not fare well for those people who are newly in charge of the company.
The Not So New, New iPad
In the past, two things always held true with a new version of iPad: the marketing team at Apple built hype before the release date, and the product lived up to the hype.
With the creation of the original iPad came the creations of the touch-tablet. The second- generation brought forth a lighter and faster version. The third-generation improved on the graphics.
However, the marketing team dropped the ball with the announcement of the fourth-generation when it was introduced at the time the iPad Mini was being announced.
With the fourth-generation comes very little newness. While Apple touts that this iPad has retina display, the third-generation iPad was actually the first to have this feature. The only things new about this particular iPad is that it contains a faster chip and a Lightning connector.
What can’t an iPad do? As a mobile device, you can check email, communicate with friends, play games, and catch up on work. But what about using it to turn your living room into a multimedia home theater? Turning your iPad into a home theater may sound like a tricky, over-technical chore that would be better left to hiring a professional to do, but it’s actually a very simple process, and can be done relatively cheaply.
There are products such as Belkin’s Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater.
The system is designed to enhance games, movies, and music for the iPad. This allows for great sound, but any videos are still seen on the iPad screen, and it costs about $200.
The sleeker and more economical way to integrate the iPad into a real home theater is more work-intensive, but well worth the effort.
1) Purchase a dock – A dock will allow you to have a stable location for your iPad while allowing for the connections to be made more easily. There is the simple Apple’s iPad Dock, which goes for around $30, and will allow you to charge the iPad while docked. there are also more expensive docks, such as Cambridge Audio’s iD100 iPad Dock ($236), which adds audio and video connectivity, or Just Mobile’s Xtand Encore ($59.95) or Twelve South’s BookArc ($29.99).
Wire Connections – Depending on the dock you buy, you may need to connect your iPad to your home system directly, particularly if it has a USB port and supports the dock interface. However, these docks are sometimes limited to audio only. If you want video connected as well, get a digital AV adapter. For this option, your iPad will need to be tethered to your system. Alternately, if you have Apple TV, this can control your content without the need to keep your iPad connected while using your system.
iPad as Remote Control – If you can connect your iPad with your system remotely, why not have the option to use your iPad as a giant remote control, giving you access and control over all of the other aspects of your home theater system? A lot of manufacturers have remote apps that allow for control over the other devices — TV, DVD plaver, etc. If you have AT&T’s U-verse, for example, you can remotely control your cable box over Wi-Fi. But for more control, look into products such as Gear4′s Unity, Logitech’s Harmony Link or Griffin’s Beacon. All three will enable your iPad to remotely control most if not all of the home theater components you have on hand.
iTunes – Aside from controlling your TV and DVDs, what about watching and listening your video and audio content that you have stored on iTunes? For this, you need to enable Home Sharing. This is available on iTunes 9 or higher. Movies, music videos, and TV shows are all now playable on any machine in your network you authorize via Home Sharing. Authorization is simple, but requires you to have an iTunes account, and to have authorized the computer in question to play media associated with that account. Once that’s done, your Home Share libraries should appear in your source list. And if you have an Apple TV, you can use Apple’s own Remote App to access your iTunes music library.
Home Projector – What about turning your living room into a personal movie theater? If you want to create a theatrical ambiance, there is always the ability to purchase a projector. On the high-end, there is the sleek Epson Megaplex MG-850HD Easy Home Theater. At $699, this comes with a device dock, 2 10-watt speakers, and ultra bright, HD quality. It’s also portable, so it can be used for business, parties, or whatever you may need it for.
It would be ideal if your iPad had a Bluetooth keyboard that wasn’t clunky and bulky. If it can protect your iPad, and is slim and light, it is even better. Well, ZAGG has just the thing you need: the ZAGGkeys PRO keyboard case for iPad. The company has built upon their success of ZAGGmate. The latest models have a seamlessly matching design for the form of Apple’s tablet.
ZAGGkeys PRO has a nice thin profile with a depth of 0.24 inches and is built for both the third generation iPad and iPad 2. It has an aluminum construction and the case attaches magnetically to the iPad when not being used, which protects the screen from any damage during transit. The ZAGGkeys case weighs under a pound, matches iPad’s style, and the display can be held in landscape or portrait mode.
This patented ZAGG keyboard is ultrathin, and Bluetooth 3.0 enables you to connect it to your iPad directly. Even though ZAGGkeys is quite compact, the rechargeable batteries that are built-in can last for many months on a single charge. The PROplus model of ZAGGkeys has the additional feature of a backlit keyboard, which is excellent to type in low light, and it evokes the look of the MacBook Pro. When you close or open the case, ZAGGkeys can automatically sleep or wake your iPad with its magnet, just like the Apple Smart Cover.
Both PRO and PROplus models of ZAGGkeys have full compatibility with iPad 3 and iPad 2. The keyboard might add a few millimeters to the size of your iPad, but the design of the keys will give you a natural experience of typing. Many function keys specific to the iPad are also included, so that it is easier to use iOS with touch screen and keyboard. This excellent portable product is made even better by ZAGG by introducing the magnetic enclosure of the Smart Cover and Bluetooth 3.0.
The PRO model of ZAGGkeys is available for $99.99 and PROplus is for $129.99 with free shipping from the website of ZAGG. If you’re thinking of getting a keyboard but don’t want a traditional clunky one, this might be just what you need.
Investing in the keyboard is one thing, but the added protection of a case is essential if you want to continue enjoying your delicate iPad uninterrupted. In the event that you damage your iPad before you can get a case, send it in to be repaired – iFixYouri specializes in professional iPad repair.
The new Apple iPad may be a bite-sized offering but it is set to revolutionize adaptable computing. Apple is projected to score yet again as pre-sales for the new Apple tablet are calculated. And yet again, the popular company OtterBox created a case to fit the iPad Mini.
Otterbox is a company that endeavours to offer smartphone and tablet customers reliable protection for their devices. In addition to stellar protection, the durable Otterbox cases are sleek and stylish.
This case, from the Otterbox Defender Series, fits the mini iPad and covers the tablet with a number of layers of thick polycarbonate that protect the screen.
Features of the Otterbox iPad Mini Case
The Otterbox case is made to protect the iPad in various ways including:
Safeguarding the screen: The case has an inbuilt polycarbonate skin that shields the screen from scratches.
The shell of the interior: An inner layer of solid polycarbonate cushions the pad if it is dropped.
The outer layer is wear-proof: The case is coated with a thick layer of durable silicone that shields the pad from accident damage.
Protecting the ports: Dust, dirt and lint are prevented from entering the jacks and ports because the case has silicone plug covers.
Secondary screen protection: An extra internal shield offers added protection during transportation.
A shield stand that is versatile: The case has an inbuilt stand that offers a good slope for easy typing and helps the user to see landscape views with ease.
Access to the camera: The strong polycarbonate case has an opening so that the camera can be accessed.This ensures that image and picture quality are as they should be.
Remember, the Otterbox case will stop most iPad damage, but it’s not water proof! If your iPad Mini gets damaged in any way, don’t wait until the next model comes out to buy a new one. You can still enjoy your device if it is repaired by professionals, like iFixYouri.
For those frustrated with the new Maps app included with iOS 6, here’s news about the old Google Maps app you were used to using. Google has an upcoming upgrade on the horizon for its mapping service for its mobile devices.
The upgrade includes the listing of options for public transportation in approximately 500 cities across the globe. This takes in departure times and suggested routes for in excess of 1 million international stations, which is roughly a 50 percent increase over a year ago. Google will even supply indoor directions as a means of assisting some riders in navigating the system.
To get a competitive edge, only devices that use Google’s Android operating software will have access to this initial offer. Devices from the following models will be able to access this upgrade:
- The Motorola Mobility Division of Google
- Sony Corp.
- HTC Corp.
- Samsung Electronics Co.
Apple’s Role in the Changes
These changes surface at the same time as Apple Inc. commits to replacing Google Maps’ position as the foremost navigation service on the iPad and the iPhone. Apple created its very own mapping service for its mobile devices, although it has arrived to a chorus of disappointment due to bugs and a lack of features.
The Effect on Google
This snub from Apple signifies a major blow to Google, which is set to lose revenue from mobile advertising as well as valuable insights about the whereabouts of individuals if iPhone and iPad users embrace this mapping service from Apple.
Response from Google Inc.
Google is of the belief that it can remain one step ahead of Apple as it relates to mobile mapping on Google maps by including features like the expanded directions for public transportation.
This may encourage iPhone users to make the switch to Android devices, or perhaps switch back. If you have an Android device that is no longer working properly, now might be the time to get it fixed (by the iFixYouri team) to take advantage of Google’s new app features.