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iPhone 5 in 12 hours

Chris Brown - Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome to the Apple-headed side of BizSiteSolutions, here is our place to discuss things in and around the Cupertino universe, let us begin.

After a long waiting period of just over a month, I have finally received the new iPhone 5, as most commonly know it is incredibly lighter then the iPhone 4 that I have been lugging around for the last 2 1/2 years. Apple has touted many new features that have stacked more consumers towards this new device to the point that many economist believe apples new product could boost the economy in its own way. Throughout the year rumors have turned into fact and with new products new reviews and discussions start churning the internet for all the hungry eyes to feast and read, this review is no different and simply giving you a small insight into what some of you will go through in the first 12 hours of receiving your new "toy" (as my grandmother so easily put it).

THE BEGINING: 1-4 hours

Here is the part when you open the package like its Christmas and begin the setup of getting your old account switched into the phone, I was happy to discover that there is no need to go to any store for switching over your sim card. After several steps of activation setup, your old sim card will simply shut itself off as the new card takes over, be sure to back-up the phone to restore your data onto the new phone (from this point you can simply throw the old card away, leave it with the old phone incase whoever you sell it to does not have a one). If your selling your previous model like I have then erasing your old data from the previous phone is simple, go to settings>general>reset>reset all settings. Start playing with new phone!

1. Speed- fast is how will you will describe this to everyone. with the new more powerful processor this thing can load desktop pages faster then some laptops in safari (on wifi), iMessages flow even faster speeding up everything your doing. The only thing that felt slow was myself in trying to keep up with all the bells and whistles.

2. Screen- most everyone will discuss the new size but its such a subtle change that instead of saying "wow" you'll just say "oh that's nice", my favorite thing is how bright the screen has become. At only half the screen brightness compared to the same setting in the iPhone 4 it makes me question and check a few times if its really still at half or somehow jumped to full. In the morning once you wake up it can be a little to strong and make you blink a lot until your eyes can handle such power.

3. Lighting- the connector which was ported over from the iPod has finally been changed and creates a small desire to wish for the broad base of the 30 pin connector to comeback, but no matter what it things change so get used to it, sigh. It will offer no new speed in charging only difference is its size and simplicity with the ability to plug in without looking for where the front is.

4. Siri- she has received her 1st major update since public release as a beta, and she's finally getting stuff done. Sending text, launching apps, and answering what the meaning of life is, this not so young lady still gives a few issues in understanding a bass voice like mine but works great for most everything I ask her to do.

THE MIDDLE: 4-8 hours

by now you have gone through a lot of test and trials to see what all the hype is about in each crevice of the phone, but you also realize that a protective case is needed. Not a problem just give a nearby iPhone 5 reseller a call such as Radioshack, AT&T, Verizon etc. and pick something to your taste, after spending an extra 20-30 minutes letting everyone in the store play with the new device its time to head back home and get comfortable with your new phone.

1. Signing back in- now you have to remember all those passwords that you have created for the previous apps like mail, facebook, dropbox and so on. if you have saved content in iCloud then this may help some but I like to keep passwords in my head so regretfully I turned this option off awhile ago.

2. Ringtones & Music- for some odd reason I had to resort to manually reloading music back on and found out that my favorite text tone had disappeared so it was obviously time for a new one. For someone who has more then 12 gigs of music and counting this was not a quick process, think I stopped after 5 gigs of my most recent albums.

3. Selling the old phone- once the iPhone 5 was feeling comfortable and familiar I was ready to sell, called my friend made the exchange and gave him a short list of the features he was getting with his brand new used iPhone 4. once the feeling of nostalgia was over he had gone and it was just iPhone and me left to talk.

THE END: 8-12 hours

Its time to get ready for the next day so its time to put the phone down and sleep, but who can sleep with this new extension by your side, so let's take a few more minutes to go over what we may have missed.

1. Maps- the best way to describe this app is work in major progress, now that Google has been removed Apple has taken over and with a lot of kinks they have provided a new pill to swallow when going with Cupertino. while the new system isn't the worst in the world its a far cry from what was previously so accessible for the last 5 years. Apple is slowly fixing areas here and there and getting pins closer to the actual place but ask the public to help identify where they went wrong, eventually this will be on par with Google maps but until then just keep sending reports in.

2. Battery- still not fully tested simply because I have become to nervous to let it go down below 30% now that lighting has rendered my previous 3rd party cables useless. Once I have a few new cords and car charger then I will feel safer to let it drop into the red zone.

this all-in-one powerhouse has given this geek new places to explore and things to tinker with over the next couple days, so stay tuned for new updates in some of these mentioned categories and also some new ones as we travel this road together.

smartphone traffic to Ecommerce sites up 103 percent since 2011

Chris Brown - Tuesday, September 04, 2012

How important is mobile optimization to your ecommerce website? If going mobile isn't already one of your priorities this year, you might want to clear some space in your strategy for it. The following infographic, brought to us by the folks over at digital marketing technology company Monetate, highlights the impressive growth in traffic (103%!) from smartphones to leading ecommerce websites over the past year.

The infographic also calls attention to the battle for smartphone supremacy between Android and iPhone devices, both of which represent the most growth in smartphone-driven traffic to ecommerce sites. Furthermore, the graphic analyzes the various shopping activities of smartphone users as well as the mobile marketing tactics currently being used by marketers, with website mobile optimization topping the list at 46%, followed closely by mobile apps (45%), and trailed by mobile email optimization at 35%. Check it out!

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Why It’s Important To Have A Mobile Website

Chris Brown - Monday, July 23, 2012

These days everybody is obsessed with having the latest technology, which is why it’s more important than ever for small business owners to recognize the importance of having a company website so that new and existing customers can find out information about you whenever they want… Because if your business isn’t visible online, then it won’t been seen as up-to-date and relevant, so chances are people will look elsewhere for a company that is.
After all, they’re not going to spend a lot of time and effort looking through directories and newspapers etc. just to find you, when it would be much quicker and easier just to choose a company that is online.

But now, just having a website is no longer good enough, thanks to the surge in popularity of mobile devices, such as smart phones and IPads; which allow people to ‘surf the web’ whilst on the go.

This means your potential customers are no longer restricted to laptops or the humble PC when it comes to looking up businesses on the Internet…Now, they can be sitting on a bus, in a restaurant, or even shopping.

In fact, in 2011, 7.1% of all worldwide browsing activity was through mobile devices.
So if they’re Internet access isn’t restricted anymore then you need to make sure that their access to you isn’t either!…And this is where mobile websites come in. You might think a normal website is good enough because it can still be found using a mobile phone, but you’d be wrong.

The shocking fact is that 90% of small business websites don’t actually work on mobiles. They are difficult to navigate, the writing is too small, and the page is far too big for the screen…All extremely frustrating for any potential customers trying to quickly find information to get in touch with you…Perhaps so frustrating that they give up on your site and visit a rival’s whose site works perfectly on their phone.

This might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that most of us only visit websites for phone numbers, addresses and opening hours, and that 41% of us browse these sites on our phones – A figure that by 2014 is predicted to rise to 80%…That’s a ridiculous amount of, not only potential customers, but also money, to miss out on for a problem that can be easily solved just by making sure you have a mobile website!

Because the whole point of mobile websites is that they are simple and easy to use with only the information a mobile user will be looking for.

That means prominent opening hours, map of where to find you, and a click to call phone number…After all, the easier it is to find this info, the quicker they can make that all important call to you!

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What Are the Advantages of Mobile Optimized Websites?

Carlfred Giles - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

With a rapidly growing number of mobile web users and competitors from all over the world establishing their presence on the Web, how does your website standout and deliver value? Is your website optimized for the new mobile experience, and what revenue does it generate to your business?

Mobile is viewed by many as the “new Web” due to the growing popularity and availability of the Smartphone. Mobile users are looking for content at their fingertips that they can use easily, access immediately and from virtually anywhere. So you will have to confront the challenge of delivering an improved user experience. This can only benefit your business for three main reasons: accessibility, exposure, and mobility. How does one achieve that?

BizSite Solutions offers fast and quality website optimization for smartphones. Here are some tips to give you an insight about this service, and also to guide you when you are building a mobile website:

Start by optimizing your website. When you create a separate website for your mobile users, you enable them to experience easy navigation and an improved user experience. Smartphone users are generally tech savvy and will recognize the value your website brings to them in the matter of usability.

Optimize mobile website content and design. Mobile web is about achieving more with less – you have to consider the design and content limitations of mobile web browsing in order to deliver improved user experience. Make your mobile content easy to access, interactive, and relevant. Also, the design should be minimal for a faster mobile web experience. Easy surfing will result in easy purchasing and will strengthen your brand identity!
Optimize for mobile browsers. You know that browsers should be your website’s best friend. It is of vital importance to build your mobile website accordingly, and to monitor which browser brings you the highest volume of traffic – then optimize it again.

There are certainly numerous advantages to having a mobile website. In addition to the reasons above, a mobile website provides improved SEO performance. Your rankings will rise on mobile-friendly search engines such as Google and Yahoo, and your website will be placed in relevant mobile and local directories, which will increase your business’ visibility.

Having pointed out the directions and advantages of mobile web, we can only suggest that advertisers and agencies take advantage of this new and ever popular web opportunity!

 http://blog.codemyimage.com/what-are-the-advantages-of-mobile-optimized-websites

Five Reasons Why You Need a .mobi Domain

Carlfred Giles - Friday, June 17, 2011

According to analysts group Quantcast, the mobile Web grew 148 percent worldwide in 2009. Obviously the mobile Web is exploding in popularity. If you’re looking to join the mobile revolution, you should get a .mobi domain. Here are five reasons why …

1. .mobi is emerging as the de facto standard for mobile internet domains
With the growth of the mobile Web comes the need for standardization to allow consumers to easily find mobile content. Numerous times in the past, competing technology standards have delayed widespread adoption. In the ‘70s, it was VCR versus Betamax. In the 1990s it was Digital Audio Tape versus MiniDisc versus CD. In both of these examples, it was the format that got in the lead first, and enjoyed the widest industry support, that eventually triumphed. Today the .mobi domain enjoys this same position as the most prevalent mobile domain in use and was founded by a veritable who’s who of the mobile Internet.

2. .mobi domains are white-listed by network level transcoders
Designing great mobile sites takes time and effort to get the most out of the limited screen resolution and navigation mechanisms of mobiles. Having created your mobile presence, the last thing you want is a third-party transcoder modifying your site … but this is exactly what happens when you use a non-standard domain name. By industry convention, .mobi sites are automatically white-listed by all network level transcoders so you can be 100% sure that your site will render as you intended on every mobile device.

3. .mobi domains offer better search engine performance
Search engine performance is crucial to the success of any business. Because every .mobi domain registered gets its own entry in the Internet Zone Files, which are the files that search engines use to start their crawls, your site will automatically perform better than if you use any other naming convention. Additionally, search engines detect when searches are being made from mobile devices and prioritize their results accordingly. Because .mobi sites are high-quality, made-for-mobile sites, they are automatically brought to the top of the mobile search results.

4. .mobi names are designed for mobile use
Despite having close to one million names, the reality is that a lot of great names are still available. And having short names is essential for mobile where entering long URLs can be cumbersome. This is great news for companies who did not get their first-preference .com address. With the mobile Web experiencing triple digit growth year-on-year, and forecast to continue doing so, creating a memorable mobile presence now represents a huge opportunity for future growth.

5. .mobi is actively promoted and industry supported
The goal of dotMobi – the company behind the .mobi  domain – is the widespread proliferation and usage of the mobile Web. For consumers, mobile content needs to be easily found and navigated. It’s this need for standards that prompted ICANN to make .mobi the only authorized top-level domain for finding mobile content. And by having the support of industry heavyweights such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Nokia and Google, dotMobi is able to promote a single, globally recognized, domain naming convention for the mobile Web: .mobi.

Source - DomainNews.com


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