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Cleaning Out the Clutter Apple is taking firmer stand against the “junk” that has grown increasingly prevalent in the app store, including everything from subscription scams, to pirated content, to cheap clones of viral apps. Late last year Apple publicly announced that it would begin to evaluate and clean out “problematic and abandoned apps,” removing over 45,000. Continuing to create a better user experience.   Beyond cleaning out apps that have been found to be problematic or abandoned, Apple has ramped up its efforts to crack down on cloned and templated apps as well.These apps include:Apps that haven’t been updated to support 64bit. Older Apps that are no longer supported or updated. Apps that abided by previous rules, but may not abide by new rules as Apple has updated them.By removing the thousands of clone and spam applications that have clogged

Introducing Drone Video & Photography Unless you have been living under a rock or have had your head stuck in the sand the last few years, you’re probably familiar with commercial and residential uses for drone footage and how drones (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - UAVs) have opened the door for the unique video content that was previously unavailable or too expensive to attain.Over the past couple years, we’ve seen how commercial drone services have revolutionized major industries, and for this very reason, we are bringing you key insights in this field through a series of blogs.  Unique Perspective With drones, you can capture excellent process footage that would otherwise be impossible - or even dangerous - to record.  Capturing shots that are in a way not possible for someone to see in the course of “normal life” is the ultimate goal.  Aerial

Marketing is increasingly responsible for more and more.  More productivity, more effectiveness, more leads, more sales, etc.Marketing teams are feeling strapped with limited resources, smaller budgets and sometimes there isn’t adequate training available.  If you keep your entire marketing team efforts in-house, you could wind up spending your entire budget on payroll and still not have all the skill sets needed.  The factors that play a part in search engine optimization (SEO) are constantly evolving and changing, requiring a multi-faceted strategy that involves multiple disciplines and talents.Your company can realize the following benefits by hiring a performance-based online marketing company:Cost/Risk:  At much less than the cost of one full-time executive, you get an entire team of experts, and can expect cheaper overall costs, among others.  Minimize the impact of marketing staff reductions later. Access:  With the right company, you

Hiring temporary freelance designers or general media marketing companies might seem like tempting route to take, it will almost certainly cost you more in the long run.  Some things require a good investment in a trusted, dedicated company, and here’s why your web presence is one of those things: Dedicated web development enhances your brand. There's really no way to work on a web presence without working on your company's brand.  Your brand has an impact on everything from the look and feel of your website, to the content written for you, to the way your products and services are presented.  Usually, in order to maintain consistency, your other marketing endeavors will end up retaining the same look and feel.  Likewise, the design of your web presence will affect your brand, and can either enhance it or draw away from it, depending

Online marketing uses different forms of internet marketing such as pay-per-click, SEO, social medial and email campaigns.  Many small businesses advertise the traditional way, but are looking to expand and explore online engagement.  Online marketing is different from traditional forms because you have the potential to reach people globally.  Lower CostsYou can advertise more cheaply than you can with more traditional methods of advertising, such as television, full page ads in the newspaper and directories.  For example, you can get a free listing in many online business directories.  You can contact your customers more than you normally would and contact is more affordable than methods, like sending mail, printing brochures, and paying for postal costs.  For example, an email message is more cost effective than sending thousands of direct mail pieces with savings in postage, paper and printing.Result TrackingAnother advantage of

Companies of all sorts have started deploying Beacons that (at a minimum) tell a smartphone precisely where it is so that an app can act on the specific location.  Its uses far surpass the one that has grabbed most of the media attention:  tracking shoppers to provide tailored sales pitches and coupons at specific locations of stores.Numerous implementations have been advertised in the last year, with the US leading the way in beacon integration.  Marketing and loyalty drive the most common purposes at the moment, with some examples:Macy’s is rolling out beacons across their stores in the US, for in-store marketing and loyalty. Major League Baseball are using beacons in their ballparks to offer fans the ability to check in, know where venders are and get additional content on their phones. San Francisco airport is using beacons to help

Have you heard about beacons? Beacon technology is based on the action of sending data between a transmitter and a smartphone or tablet with an installed app that enables receiving signals.Beacons can be compared to lighthouses, but instead of sending light they send radio waves to all applicable receivers nearby.  They are small computers charged by a coin battery, equipped with an accelerometer and a temperature sensor.  When users walk next to a beacon device, their smartphones get notifications personalized by the beacon’s owner.  This system allows sending only small data pieces and has some limits (eg. you can’t transfer music or video material).  Because beacons can recognize their proximity to nearby devices, they can adjust messages to the location of signal receiver.What opportunities do beacons give you?Beacons can be comprehensively used.  But the most popular way that people use beacons

A Beacon is a small gadget that consistently sends out radio signals to any nearby tablets and/or smartphones, containing a small amount of data using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).  The signal strength and time between each signal can be  set up to give a desired coverage.  Mobile apps can listen for the signals being broadcast and, wen they hear a relevant signal, can trigger an action on your phone.  Note that Beacons only work or communicate in one direction (they broadcast data but cannot read things from off your phone).For the majority of current Beacons, the data that they broadcast is hard coded and doesn’t change frequently (which means when configuring the Beacon it’s set only once).  Beacons rely on the device which is listening to do something intelligent with the data – this is likely to start changing in

We've had several inquiries this week with clients receiving an invoice from a company called "DNS Services" out of Vancouver.  If you subscribe to our hosting services you do NOT need to pay this bill.  DNS, or domain name service, is it a vital function for any web site on the internet, however we manage all of our own DNS internally.  If you received a bill from DNS services, you can simply ignore it, we believe this is a scam.  If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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