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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Wearables and Real Estate

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?

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App review: FloodMap Mobile

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.

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Mobile Phone Buying Guide: July 2014

If you’re in the market for a smartphone, there are effectively two types of devices you should consider – an iPhone or an Android device. I’ve reorganized the buying guide a bit this month to provide recommendations depending on which device type you are looking for.

Th guide has plenty of suggestions for those looking at Android devices, while the recommendation for the iPhone is simple – DON’T. The iPhone 6 is expected to be out by the end of September, which is close enough that you are better off waiting rather than buying the current generation.

Check out the guide for all the latest iPhone rumors and to see our Android device recommendations.

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Get ready for Android L

After Apple’s WWDC at the beginning of June, it was Google’s turn to announce all of their new roadmap features at the Google I/O conference at the end of the month. Unlike Apple’s event, where there was a heavy focus on iOS 8, Google focused more broadly on the ecosystem being developed around Android. Here’s an overview of what they presented.

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Introducing the Surterre Properties mobile application

We are proud to announce the release of the Surterre Properties mobile application. Based in Newport Beach, CA, Surterre Properties is Orange County’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. We were engaged by their in-house marketing and design team to transform their mobile presence into an engaging, interactive and visually attractive experience that would represent their brand’s commitment to the highest levels of quality and service that their clients have come to expect from them.

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App review: GasBuddy

Have you ever found yourself in an unfamiliar neighborhood with your gas gauge on empty? I have, and when I do, I like to know where the closest, cheapest gas is. That’s where GasBuddy comes in. It helps you find the cheapest gas prices. You can search for gas prices (and stations) by your location, city or zip code.

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Thoughts on Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon announced the latest addition to their product line yesterday, a smartphone named the Fire. It didn’t come as much of a surprise. I’ve been expecting them to release a phone for sometime now. In fact, I thought they were going to release one during 2013 (see my prediction here). Now that the Fire is official, here are my thoughts after seeing the announcement and reading reactions from across the web.

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