Tech Spending Up 5%

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

If you haven’t noticed, the U.S and Europe are going through some pretty difficult times.  The European debt crisis and the U.S financial crisis have put a dent in the checking accounts of millions of Americans. But that hasn’t stopped people from spending money on technology. A new report by CNET shows that tech pending rose 5 percent, even in the midst of an economic downturn. In U.S dollars, tech spending went up 9 percent.

The rise in tech spending was due to increased demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Smartphone spending increased by 46 percent from 2010.  What is fueling this demand for technology? The name of the game is efficiency. Businesses and individuals want the ability to streamline their work and personal lives. The iPhone and iPad have reached amazing sales numbers because consumers are looking for ways to work, play, and communicate from almost anywhere.

Realtors who are privy to information technology are using mobile devices to improve their business. With the iPad for instance, you can complete a contract using a document annotation app. Once the document is complete, you can email the contract instantly giving you and your clients an edge in a transaction that requires the documents to be submitted within a required time frame.

Despite the economic problems that the U.S faces, technology continues to show progress as technology will be one of the few bright spots to shine out of the U.S economy in the next decade.

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Competition For The iPad 2

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Since its release the iPad has been on top of the tablet food chain. Now it seems that the iPad has some competition with Samsung’s new Galaxy Tablet.

The Galaxy is capable of 4G speeds providing quick downloading and web surfing capabilities. The Galaxy is slightly lighter than the iPad 2 with the Galaxy weighing 1.24 pounds. The iPad 2 comes in at 1.32 pounds while the heaviest tablet on the market, the Acer Iconia, weighs 1.66 pounds making the Galaxy the lightest tablet on the market.

The Galaxy has a 3- megapixel camera while boasting a 1,280×800 pixel screen resolution producing vibrant colors and images that make movie watching and game playing a treat.

The Galaxy runs on a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Processor providing ample speed and ease for everyday use. Despite the Galaxy’s impressive features the iPad will most likely remain on top, at least for now, due to the brand name Apple has built for itself. Plus the iPad is still a great piece of machinery .

The playing field is undoubtedly getting crowded as competition grows for Apple with competitiors producing tablets like the Galaxy that is just as good as the iPad. Let the tablet wars begin. If you would like a more in depth review of the Galaxy and other tablets click here and get the best tech reviews provided by CNET.

Apple Discontinues 13-Inch White MacBook

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

 Apple computers has quietly discontinued the white 13-inch MacBook. Apple has made no official announcement but if you visit Apple’s online store you’ll find it’s no longer available.

The 13-inch gave buyers the most bang for the buck compared to the MacBook pro models.  I have owned the 13-inch for over a year and I have to say I’m pleased with the MacBook’s performance.

With the exception of adding memory, the computer runs like the first day I purchased it. The White MacBook will be replaced by the MacBook Air which starts at $999, the same price point at the 13-inch MacBook.

Apple Preparing for iPhone 5 Launch

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple and AT&T are hiring more staff and part-time workers in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 5 in September. The site of long lines and consumers sleeping over-night in front of Apple retailers for days on end is becoming a common occurrence when an Apple product is launched.

Recently Apple shares rose 8.8% as Apple reported sales of up to $25 billion. iPhone, Macbook, and iPad sales make up a bulk of their sales.  Apple continues to defy expectations with every product launch and earnings report placing Apple as one of top companies in the world. It’s no wonder Steve Jobs wants to build a massive glass space ship as Apple’s new headquarters. With the exception of Google, no other tech company has been able to come close to topping Apple.  I’m not sure if I’m willing to shell out big bucks for the iPhone 5. I’m perfectly happy with my iPhone 3gs.  This does not mean the temptation isn’t there.

Sean Connery Tells Steve Jobs to F&%K Off… Not Really

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Recently a fake Sean Connery Letter addressed to Steve Jobs has been going viral 0n the internet. In the fake letter Mr .Connery ,referring to himself as mother fucking Jame Bond, refuses to take part in any Apple advertising labeling Mr. jobs as nothing more but a computer salesman.  The letter, dated back in 1996, went wild on the internet as British marketing executive John Wilshire twetted it creating an internet frenzy. I have not heard a response from the former James Bond actor however I am curious to see how he would react he really was offered a spot on an Apple commercial.  Whatever the case, I find the whole thing amusing.

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Steve Jobs Wants To Build a Spaceship!

June 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple has become one of the most profitable and powerful businesses in the world. So much so that in order to accommodate their growing number of employees, Steve Jobs wants to build a new corporate campus in Cupertino, California.  Jobs presented in front of the Cupertino City Council plans to develop a new Apple campus on land that originally was owned by Hewlett-Packard. Jobs plans to build a four-story circular building consisting of glass.  “There’s not a straight piece of glass in this building-it’s all curved.” Pretty impressive. The 98 acre lot will house not only the new Apple campus but underground parking garages which allows more trees to occupy the grounds surrounding the office.  Steve Jobs is a big ideas kind of guy. This building will no doubt set a precedent for future building designs.  If and when it is completed, it will certainly be visually stunning. However it will stand for more than just eye candy. It is a symbol of innovation that Apple seems to always be in the forefront. Other tech companies have had a hard time keeping up with Apple. Even if other companies develop a better product, there is something about Apple that consumers just love. It’s developed almost a cult amongst Apple enthusiast. Perhaps it’s because of the aura and mystery behind Steve Jobs. Maybe it’s the quality of their products. One thing is for sure, if the newly proposed office is built, Apple will truly be the company of the future.

Keep it Simple With Social Media

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Out of all the social media tools that exist, I have to say blogging is favorite. Perhaps because I am an avid writerswho enjoy to sit down and type the written word. It’s just something I enjoy. Blogging has become a huge phenmenom because it has allowed ordinary folks to tell the world their opinion on various topics from current events to Lebron James.  Most Realtors surprsingly are continuing to ignore or dismiss blogging or social media in general. Some Realtors are beginning to catch on, but it’s still a small percentage. I think the reason for this is because old school agents are intimidated by social media. It’s understandable. Social media can be complicated at first, especially when trying to use it to generate business. It doesn’t have to be this way. You just need to pick a social medai tool that fits your personality. If you love to write like me, then write blogs. If you enjoy creating vidoes of your family at home, then create Youtube videos of yourself talking about the current market. If you like interacting with people directly, use Twitter or Facebook.  You don’t have to use every social media outlet that exists. That’s too exhausting and frankly too much work. Just keep it simple, and you will be suprised how far that will take you.