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Oh, What a Tangled Data Web We Weave

Oh, What a Tangled Data Web We Weave

There you are, excited because you just nailed your listing presentation. You successfully demonstrated your unique value proposition and confidence in representing the seller to the best of your ability and getting them the most for the sale of their home.

At this point, have you ever wondered what happens when you click “save” while adding your listing in the MLS? How does your listing go out to your website and the hundreds of other websites that display homes for sale? In today’s connected world of Internet, smart phones and iPads, this surely can’t be too difficult or complicated, right?

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iOS Mail Killer? Hello Microsoft Outlook

iOS Mail Killer? Hello Microsoft Outlook

I think it’s remarkable to see how technology impacts peoples’ lives and behaviors. According to a recent comprehensive study by Litmus, mobile email made up just 8% of email opens in 2011. But here we are in 2015, a mere 4 years later and now 53% of emails opened are on mobile devices. A 500% increase in 4 years is incredible!

Chances are, you and I are among those opening their email first on your mobile device. Not always, but enough that it’s imperative the tools for reading, quick response, searching and integration with your calendar is tightly coupled. I once had the iOS Mail, iOS Calendar and the Gmail app configured and would use just about all of them, depending on what I needed to do. But that was then and this is now.

In December 2014, Microsoft acquired Acompli and less than 2 months later, Microsoft released Outlook for iOS. I have to admit, when I first heard of Microsoft creating a Mail killer app, I was skeptical… but I had to try and I when I did, I was pleasantly surprised!

  • No email app today would be usable without the ability to have a unified inbox for multiple email accounts. Check.
  • Most people I know use their inbox similar to a check list. But while mobile, those emails just get in the way. Enter “Quick Filter” for unread only emails. Check.
  • Ever wish you could easily archive emails that are from retail stores that you don’t look at often but don’t want to unsubscribe in the case something good is sent to you? Swipe your finger on an email to the left archive. Check.
  • Easily send attachments from recently received emails? Check.
  • How about files from Google Drive or Dropbox? Check and check.
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if someone who shares a calendar with you is easily visible and color coded with your calendar. Also check.

Hello Outlook for iOS.

Tech Corner: Chromebook Setup Survival

Tech Corner: Chromebook Setup Survival

In our previous article “Is a Chromebook for You?” we reviewed what a Chromebook is and debated whether a Chromebook is a tool or a toy. I presume most of you may still believe Chromebooks are toys. But some of you I know have made a decision and decided to take the plunge. You have now joined the estimated 5M+ people who have purchased a Chromebook! Congratulations!

But how do you survive the transition from a Windows operating world?

Chromebook setup is a breeze. It’s best to begin your setup while you are within a WiFi accessible area. Turn on your Chromebook and follow the onscreen instructions. Connect to your WiFi network and login using your Google Account username and password.

Once signed into your Google account, which works best if you have a Google Apps or Gmail email account, you have immediate access to Mail, Calendar, Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides, Chrome browser favorites, Hangout conversations and YouTube channel subscriptions. That’s quite a lot of things setup right off the bat.

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Tech Corner: Is a Chromebook for you?

Tech Corner: Is a Chromebook for you?

Tech Corner – Is a Chromebook for You?

Chromebooks had a rough and slow start when it was released in mid-2011 and were primarily met with doubt and mockery. But that was then and this is now. 2014 has come to a close and currently, Chromebooks represent 3 out of the top 10, and 7 out of the top 20 best selling laptops on amazon.com today.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves in answering the question if a Chromebook is for you, we should first cover our bases as to what a Chromebook is. Chromebooks run on Chrome OS which is based on Linux. The OS is browser-based and leverages cloud-based applications and apps. Chromebooks are predominantly a lightweight and reliable mobile device.

Ok…but is it a tool or is it a toy?

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