BIZ TECH: 2020

By C.J. McEleavy | Better business,with technology.

The early 10.5-inch iPad reviews are in, and the verdict is expensive but near perfect

It’s been a week since Apple announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the early reviews are now in. While reviewers do express a few reservations along the way, the overwhelming tone is positive.<p>Phrases like ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ and ‘the biggest step forward the …

Tablets

10.5-inch iPad Pro review roundup: Apple’s most impressive tablet yet

The first reviews for Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro are out, and they’re good! From its blazing fast speed to its new variable refresh rate ProMotion feature, the first reviews make it sound like Apple’s latest model could be its most perfect tablet yet.<p>We’ll be getting our own order delivered this …

Meet Apple Business Chat: The Most Important iOS Feature Since Siri.

🔊 Have this story read to you<p>How Apple Is Secretly Making Siri Indispensable.<p><i>“Apple Business Chat with Apple Pay Cash is the most important iOS</i> …

Chatbots

Why This Futuristic Tech Will Be The Future of Computing

In the 25 years or so since I've been working on voice recognition projects, the technology has evolved a great deal. Today, all the major tech …

Augmented Reality

Eight reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 7 Plus over the Galaxy S8 Plus for business

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 pushes the limits of smartphone technology, the Apple iPhone 7 remains extremely popular and is preferred by millions. …

Apple TV is about to get a lot easier to deploy in enterprise as Jamf prepares for tvOS 10.2 release

Anticipating the release of tvOS 10.2, Jamf today announced support for Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and expanded Mobile Device Management features for Apple TV, meaning organizations will soon be able to set up, configure and distribute apps for Apple TVs in bulk in the same way already …

6 Virtual Phone Number App For iOS And Android Smartphones

How to add a second number to your smartphone for business purpose and stop carrying two phones? Some smartphones comes with dual sim card, most …

Phones

Shopify Expanding Apple Pay Hardware and Software to United Kingdom

After launching its point-of-sale system app in the United States in 2013, Shopify today announced that both the company's POS app and physical hardware will finally be made available to business owners in the United Kingdom (via <i>TechCrunch</i>). The app and "Tap, Chip, and Swipe" card reader work in …

Complete guide to Apple Pay UK

Swiss banks are finally getting Apple Pay

Apple’s VP of Apple Pay recently said that Apple was “working rapidly” to bring its mobile payment system to new markets — and according to a fresh report that rapid progress may result in Apple Pay arriving in Switzerland, its seventh market, as early as next week.<p>Apple Pay is said to be arriving …

Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …

10 Great Apps for Managing Your Bar or Restaurant

Do you own or manage a bar?? Well if so here is a great list of Apps for you. Everything from inventory management, to clocking in and out on an …

Apple Unveils The Business-Friendly 9.7-Inch iPad Pro

The new tablet borrows some powerful features from the iPad Pro, but at a more manageable size.<p>At a press event Monday in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a smaller version of the business-friendly 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced last October.<p>The new device borrows some …

Tablets

Apple Pay: The ultimate guide

How do you pay in-store and in-app safely and securely with your credit card, debit card, or loyalty card? With Apple Pay!Apple Pay, which lives …

Banking

BusyContacts - The Best Contact Manager App for Mac

Tags are a flexible way to categorize and filter contacts in BusyContacts. You can assign multiple tags to each contact and a tag cloud allows you to …

Companies will sell employees Apple Watches for $25 to reach health goals

In an effort to motivate employees to maintain healthier lifestyles, a handful of companies are experimenting with providing Apple Watches for only $25.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Vitality Group, a health services firm, is launching the program this year at a handful of companies, …

Apple Watch

Here's why the iPhone is still better than the Galaxy S7

The reviews are unanimous: Samsung's new Galaxy S7 is an amazing phone.<p>In my own review, I had nothing but nice things to say about the S7. It looks great. It's waterproof. It has the best camera ever put in a smartphone. It makes the incredible world of VR accessible to more people than any other …

Samsung

Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

Nearly a quarter, 23 percent, of Americans worked from home in 2014, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. If you’re one of the …

Small Business

12 Apps You'll See at the Office More in 2016

Looking for the next best thing at work to improve your employees' productivity, project management, and communication? Look no further.<p>The apps and services available to businesses today feel almost endless. From collaboration and project management to recruiting and email management, there are …

Project Management

Apple wants to let you make payments through texts, phone calls, and emails

Evidence that Apple wants to combine payments and iMessage is piling up. And it looks like the tech giant doesn’t plan to stop there.<p>A patent filing published earlier this month (Dec. 2015) indicates that Apple is not only looking at allowing people to send money over its text messaging service, …

Apps

Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft…<p>Speaking to Windows Weekly in a round table with Leo Laporte, Thurrott.com’s Paul Thurrott and ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, …

Microsoft

Macs are overtaking PCs in the office, according to new report

Support for Apple's Mac hardware continues to climb. According to a recent report published by JAMF Software, a company that provides enterprise …

Apple and IBM made a brilliant new move to infiltrate large businesses

The app development world went gaga on Thursday morning that Apple was going to "open source" its super popular new programming language, Swift. And no one was happier than IBM.<p>Open source means that anyone can download the language, use it, see how it's put together, make changes or write tools …

Programming

The 10 Best Tools to Help You Save Money

We know that money doesn’t grow on trees, yet many of us don’t know how to save it. Luckily, there are apps out there that help you learn to save …

It’s taken iOS 9 three days to accomplish what Android Lollipop did in nine months

One enormous advantage of using iOS compared to Android is that you always have access to the latest software as soon as it’s ready. If you want to …

Listen up CIOs! IBM saves $270/ employee who switches from a Windows PC to a MacBook

IBM noted recently that it had seen dramatically lower usage of IT support by those employees who switched from Windows PCs to Macs. Apple has now quantified the cost savings this has generated, noting that the combination of reduced support and increased residual values of Macs meant that IBM …

Wind and solar power likely to match gas on cost by 2020, say UK climate advisers

Climate Change Committee say that onshore windfarms and large solar projects will soon be cost competitive with gas, given expected cost of carbon<p>Onshore wind and large solar farms are likely to be competitive on cost with gas-fired power generation by the end of this decade, according to the …

Climate

50 Free Apps To Make You An Incredibly Productive Person

Communicate with ease, tame your schedule, and get things done with these great tools.<p>You’re running a million miles an hour, trying to hold down a tight schedule full of tight deadlines on a tight ship. From messages to meetings to managing meddlesome minutiae, these 50 apps can help you work …

Apps

TV station shelves expensive gear to report the news with iPhones

The Apple advertising campaign “Shot on iPhone 6” can now be a line on the closing credits of a Swiss news station, which now does 100 percent of its broadcasts on the iPhone.<p>During the summer, <i>Léman Bleu</i> gave each of its reporters an iPhone 6 kit to shoot their stories and use for live shots. That …