Since we all the know that the big news over the last month was the iPhone 6 release, this month’s buying guide will have plenty of information about choosing a new iPhone device. There are also recommendations for choosing a new Android device, and a few interesting off-contract Android devices to keep an eye on.
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Riskin Associates mobile application. Based in Montecito, CA, Riskin Associates has been the top selling Santa Barbara real estate team for the past decade. The award-winning team lists some of the most coveted estates on the south Santa Barbara coast. We were engaged by them to create a mobile application that would add to the services they provide their buying and selling clients that have made them a market leader. Here’s a look at the approach, goals and results of our design efforts to produce an application that raises the bar and places them a cut above others in their market.
It may not have been the best decision I’ve ever made, but I chose to pre-order an iPhone 6 on September 12th. It was my first time participating in the iPhone purchase process. As those who know me well, I’m not a big fan of the Apple ecosystem and have been using an Android device since the release of the original Nexus device in 2010. I figured it was time to truly understand how the other half lived.
The device arrived last Friday, and I’ve been using it extensively over the weekend. Here are my thoughts and first impressions, which are going to decidedly biased since they are coming from an Android users point of view.
While last year’s iOS 7 update was the biggest visual design overhaul in the operating system’s history, iOS 8 is most likely the biggest functional design update. iOS 8 adds features such as third party keyboards, continuity between Apple devices, extensions, widgets, manual camera controls, family sharing, enhanced notifications, and more. It catches iOS up to Android in some areas, and in others, it pulls it ahead. Quite frankly, the number of new feature can be overwhelming.
So, instead of trying to cover all of the features here, I’ve created a collection of useful articles that you can reference to get more out of your iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or upgraded iPhone 5/5c/5s that is running iOS 8.
We are pleased to announce that the Surterre Properties mobile application is available for download in the App Store and Google Play. Based in Newport Beach, CA, Surterre Properties is Orange County’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. Surterre strives to provide their clients the best of both worlds. On the one hand, they employ experienced, successful, locally based agents who are dedicated to delivering personalized client service and results. On the other hand, Surterre possesses the strategic vision, marketing acumen and global reach one would expect to find at a much larger company. We worked with their in-house marketing and design team to package and add native mobile features to the mobile web presence that we developed for them earlier this year.
With the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone users finally have a choice to make when purchasing their next device. Should you choose the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, or the 4-inch iPhone 5s. Here’s a guide to help you make the choice.
Apple made good on all the rumors and released two versions of the new iPhone this week – the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. As those who know me well, I’m not the biggest fan of Apple, primarily because of their all or nothing business practices, but I have to admit that they have done a good job with the lastest iPhone. I know that some will argue that it’s catch-up, but it’s been done in the Apple way. In other words, the new iPhone 6 is well thought out, it’s polished, and, I suspect, it works.
Here are the big feature announcements in the new hardware that you should care about.
Ever been to a Starbucks and wonder why people are showing their phones to the baristas? If they’re like me, they’re using the Starbucks app to pay for their food and drinks. For this month’s app review, I take a closer look at one of the most frequently used apps on my phones and share a few tips I’ve learned to make it more than just a simple payment app.
There’s a lot of talk in the technology space these days about wearable technology, or “wearables” as they’re most often called. Google initiated the discussion with the Glass product they launched last year, and a multitude of vendors have signed onto the Android Wear initiative for developing watches, our as Google puts it, connecting “your phone to your wrist.” Even Apple’s latest quarterly report had analysts abuzz when CEO Tim Cook hinted at a busy fall lineup, which many took as an indication that an Apple iWatch is on the horizon.
It begs the question: as a real estate professional, should I be investing in wearables?
I normally don’t review or recommend paid apps, but this month I’m going to make an exception by taking a look at FloodMap Mobile by Atkins North America. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and it can be downloaded for one-time fee of $1.99, which is very reasonable given the functionality. In fact, I’d consider it an essential app for any agent or real estate professional.