31 days with the iPhone 6

I’ve been an Android user for the last five years. While my first attempt with a My Touch 3G in the fall of 2009 only lasted two weeks, I haven’t looked back since getting a Nexus One at the beginning of 2010. I’ve had numerous Android devices since then and have been happier with each new device I’ve owned.

However, for testing purposes, we needed to purchase an iPhone 6 for the office. I decided this would be a good time to try out the iPhone and see what all the fuss was about. For years now, loyal Apple users told me I was missing out no matter how much I protested. I was told the iPhone experience was amazing and that it just worked better than an Android phone. If I used one, I’d never go back to Android, or so I was told. I spent October finding out for myself.

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App review: Location sharing and safety apps

While we may not like to discuss it, the fact of the matter is that there are risks involved in being a real estate agent. Agents are often called upon to show vacant homes to strangers, conduct listing presentations at a stranger’s house, or host open houses alone. Recent events involving Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter who was kidnapped and killed showing a vacant, bank-owned home to a stranger and a California real estate agent who was assaulted while securing the lockbox on a new listing have put safety at the top of everyone’s mind.

In this article, I’d like to show you a couple of tools available on your phone that you can incorporate into your safety strategy.

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Introducing the Riskin Associates mobile application

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.

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iPhone 6: First impressions

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.

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A collection of iOS 8 tips and reviews

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.

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Introducing the Surterre Properties native mobile application

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.

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A summary of the iPhone 6 launch

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.

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App review: Starbucks

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.

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