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4 ways VoIP can Boost Call Center Capabilities

Phone systems are essential to the success of a call center. Most call centers can no doubt benefit from VoIP phone systems. There are an increasing number of virtual call centers on the rise today and many more being created. Virtual call centers are call centers that hire workers to work from a remote location or mostly from their home to answer calls.

The importance of having a reliable and functional virtual phone system or VoIP is crucial to the success of any virtual call center. Virtual call centers provide much more flexibility for call centers to operate and it saves a great deal of money. VoIP phone systems are popular among call center phone systems.

Here are 4 ways VoIP Systems Benefit Call Center Facilities

Customer Service

Customer service is imperative for any call center, in particularly, a virtual one. Consequently, improving customer service should always be one of the most important issues with any call center. VoIP services improve customer service by reducing the number of missed calls. Thus, customer satisfaction is greatly improved. Customer service is the basis or foundation of a call center whether it is virtual or onsite.

Productivity

Call centers can eliminate the use of buying and using extra phones when using a VoIP service. The way VoIP works is that calls are transmitted through the internet from the VoIP service, which allows more calls to be distributed among the remote workers. Calls are answered in a shorter time, so calls are being handled efficiently.

The time it takes to answer a call or be on a call is reduced also due to the functionality of the VoIP system. This prevents customers from being on hold longer than they want to. This creates greater productivity among your workers. Calls can also be recorded which is a huge advantage for VoIP phone systems for call centers.

Cost

The money saved is huge when call centers use VoIP services. It’s much cheaper to use VoIP service than to hire a ton of workers to at an onsite location. The business not only saves money with equipment and other expenses related to hiring onsite workers, but the business saves money using a VoIP service instead of landline phones.

A landline requires massive installation, wires, and many landline phones for each worker to use. The VoIP system eliminates the need for all of this equipment because everything is done over the internet when calls are routed. The call center can also save money on international calls.  VoIP services provide cheap international rates than most landline phone services.

Additional advantages

The software provided by VoIP for call centers integrate the phone service and data. The use of VoIP makes this integration much easier since the traditional landline system makes this integration of phone services and data very complex and complicated. Another popular feature for VoIP call center software is what is called an open system. Traditional systems do not have access to this open system. This open system allows services such as video and multimedia connections.

Call centers, especially those that are virtual in nature, definitely can benefit from the use of VoIP services. VoIP can help improve customer service and customer satisfaction, productivity, and cost for the call center facility.

Author Bio : Stella Wilson contributes about business communication systems that act as a skeleton in modern enterprise communications.

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How To Transition Your Business To Cloud Based Solution

This is a guest post by Stella Wilson. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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One of the best things you can do for your growing company is to change your current business phone systems to a Cloud system. This will save you money, give you more features and options for your communications and allow for easier remote working. Changing to the new system is not that hard and should not cost you a lot of money.

Determine Your Needs

With Cloud based phone systems, the important part is having enough bandwidth and computer power to handle your needs. If you are going to use a hosted service, you will not have to worry too much about the server for your system. You will need to pay a monthly free for a company to keep track of all your communications, but you will not have to buy and maintain the system. How much you need will depend on how many employees you have and how much they all use the phone at the same time. If you are going to be using the storage facilities and allowing your people to get into archived projects or call records, you will need to make sure all this is noted on your service agreement.

Choose Between Owning the System and Having it Hosted

If you have a large business, you may benefit from having your own server and system. You may already have the personnel to run and maintain the server. You current network may be enough to take care of the system without the need for new computers.  A smaller business will be better off by using a host company.  Buying all the equipment and maintaining it can be expensive. Both large and small companies would benefit with a host if something goes wrong with the system. A host company will have back-ups of any and all data that you put in your Cloud and they will have a back-up system to keep your communications up and running without having down time.

Decide on Phone Equipment

When you have the Cloud and the Internet for your communication system, you have a variety of options for your phone equipment. If you like, you can keep the old corded phones. Each phone will need to be plugged into either a computer or a modem. You can also purchase corded phones for use with a computer – it has a USB plug instead of an Ethernet type end. Of course, you may also choose to go wireless. The phones can be wireless, the headsets can be wireless or both. You may even opt to use a wireless headset similar to a mobile phone. Wireless will give your employees more mobility around the office without missing a phone call.

Changing to the Cloud for all your communication needs is a good move. The features and options available will only increase your productivity. It will also save you from having to worry about unusually high phone bills. You choose the package you need and your bill will be the same every month, regardless of how much you use the system or where you are calling. The cloud offers more than just communication capabilities. You and your employees can work on the system, keeping every document up-to-date at all times.  Different teams can work on a single document all at the same time no matter where they are accessing it from. Employees can work from home on days they have something keeping them from making it into the office. You can use it for meetings or conferences with customers as well. The more business you do, the more you will realize you need to be in the Cloud. The more you use the Cloud, the more business you will have.

Author Bio : Stella Wilson contributes about business communication systems that act as a skeleton in modern enterprise communications.

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Steps in Cleaning Your PC of Junk

This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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Unfortunately, junk happens. Specifically, it happens to build up on computers over time. This is bad. Junk can slow down your computer and make it generally unpleasant to use and ineffective at doing computer type things. Junk comes in many different forms,, and so there are many different approaches to removing it.

Empty Your Recycling Bin of Junk

One thing that people forget to do enough, is empty their recycling bin on their computer. This is important, because if you just choose a file and click “delete,” it often won’t actually free up any space on your hard drive, because it will go to the bin instead. And simply sending files to the bin doesn’t actually solve anything. If you don’t remove junk files that you don’t need regularly enough, it will fill up your hard drive and it could have the following negative effects.

  • Slow down your computer
  • Make your computer run less efficiently
  • Make it harder to find files you do need.

Use Junk Removal Programs

An example of programs that remove junk, are the ones that are called PC optimizers. An example is Ccleaner. This program has various different functions. For example, you can have it automatically clean the cache and cookies in every single browser on your computer all at the same time, with just a click. This junk data has a tendency to clutter up browsers and cause them ro tun slower. PC optimization programs can also clean your registry as well. Doing this manually is definitely not something amateurs should try, so getting a program to fix the problem for you is useful. Most of these programs are free, and there are many others besides Ccleaner.

Use Anti-malware Programs

The difference between malware and viruses is mostly semantic, but there are many different programs that can remove junk files and software off your computer if they are cause you trouble. For example, if you constantly get popups that advertise about something like antivirus, it means you probably have some sort of malware on your computer. Your computer won’t generally just tell you it has malware, you have to notice this for yourself. And unwanted popups in the form of Internet Explorer windows are a trick many extortion schemes use to make you buy software that will likely only make your computer worse.

Fortunately, you can solve this problem by getting some real software such as from Norton Online or Malwarebytes. These programs are experts on removing ridiculous junk from your computer so that it will run more smoothly without any annoying interruptions like popup windows. In point of fact, it’s a good idea to get antivirus software running on your computer as quickly as possible, since if you leave it unprotected, the problems could compound pretty quickly and leave your computer unusable in a hurry.

It can be irritating to get around to junk removal duty every week or so, but you’ll be happy you set something up in the long run when your computer isn’t taking 20 minutes to load because of a screen full of useless popups.

Author Bio Lindsey Mcmahon likes to travel, play and read in her free time. Her interests are entertainment, television and tech, but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers.

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Two smart apps to scan barcodes on your Android device

This is a guest post by Steven Bryant. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

Nowadays we see numerous types of barcode readers at the shops. It has become a necessity and most widely used device. The Smartphone industry, especially the Android manufacturers has embedded remarkable applications that provide more value and do various tasks that one can’t imagine performing with Smart phone.

You would be surprised to know that barcode scanner application is now available, which uses the Smartphone camera to reveal information stored on the product’s barcode. So you won’t have to carry products to cash counter, and instead get answers to all inquiries with your Android phone.

Two of the most intelligent applications that provide excellent shopping experience will be discussed here.

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ShopSavvy

-Functionality of this application is similar to traditional barcode scanner. You can easily view the prices by scanning the products with the Android device. Good thing about it is that it also beeps, which gives you the feeling of a top-notch barcode reader. Moreover, there are many innovative attributes that conventional bar code scanner do not offer.

-The users have the facility to conveniently purchase items from the online E-commerce sites. You will have the latest prices from the major retailers thus enabling users to make wise decision.

-The users can save money as they can take advantage of rebates, coupons and other promotional offers. You can easily search for the best retailers and stores in your neighborhood. Most compelling feature is the complete information of prices. So the customers can compare prices of leading stores and pick the product that meets your budget.

-Online shopping is easy and order can be placed directly on the website of merchant.

-You can customize and add information whereas the home-screen of this application also features a search box, thus facilitating the customers to use their specific keywords.

-No need to worry about currency as it supports USD, Sterling Pounds, Euro and many others.

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ScanLife

-Your Android device can perform functionalities of other products as well. This is another intelligent application that transforms the built-in camera into bar-code scanner.

-Just hold the Smartphone over the bar code imprinted on the product and all detail would appear on the Android device.

-Compare prices of different stores and take advantage of the best deal. So you have complete knowledge of the product’s average price.

-Wide range of 2D barcodes can be easily scanned with this intelligent application including EZcode, Data matrix etc. So shop with confidence and spend money wisely.

-This application not only gives you the price of the product, but also brings out other valuable information like ingredients, nutritional value. So the product can be easily purchased with few clicks.

-Users have complete information of prices from the major online stores Best Buy, Amazon etc. It extracts prices from more than 30 retailers as well as the prices of nearby stores can be searched conveniently.

-Moreover, the valuable information that you have gathered can be easily shared with your friends by creating QR code. Spread the scanned information through social sites (Twitter, Facebook).

Author Bio : Steven Bryant, marketing manager at www.tape4backup.com, writes about all types of technologies from disk solutions to the industry leading in tapes.

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Essential plugins for your WordPress blog

This is a guest post by Linda Waters. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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Blogging is now becoming synonymous to WordPress. This is a free platform with options to add both free and paid plugins to customize the website to have an ever increasing number of users. There are obviously thousands of WordPress plugins available, but there are some which serve as vital ones to sustain a WordPress site.

All in One SEO Pack

No doubt that All in One SEO Pack is the best plug-in out there for efficient advancement of your WordPress sites and blogs on search engines. It is great for both beginners (plug-in is very easy to use intuitively) and pros who can tune all the features they want. This tool was updated recently; this update includes new interface and new features, for example, the ability to control social media activity of your website.

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WordPress SEO

SEO is something that keeps a blog or website running, it’s like oxygen for live organisms. To have the best SEO services available for any WordPress site, you can install WordPress SEO that could be named ‘the only choice’ with excellent track records and outcomes.

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Google Analytics Dashboard

It is really important for the admins to know how much of the traffic they are hitting with the way they have set their blog or website. This plug-in, the Google Analytics Dashboard, does the exact thing to the admin(s) by letting them know about the traffic to adjust the situation.

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Login Lockdown

Many WordPress blogs and sites often have a multiple number of bloggers, writers and editors working on it. Sometimes the login information gets leaked and dubious people become able to login. This particular plug-in, the Login Lockdown, does pretty much what the name suggests and protects the login details by conforming them only for verified users.

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Admin Menu Editor

This is one cool plug-in that allows the WordPress developers to work and customize the home screen according to the needs of that particular client depending on their working pattern and areas of interest. It allows you to optimize the homepage for your own and make it simple to work with it.

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Better Internal Link Search

This plug-in enhances the capabilities of the default WordPress search options by enabling it to actually search through all the contents, not only the titles.

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Gravity Form

This plug-in requires a developer’s license to be obtained to use it, which will cost money. Still, it is well worth it since it provides you with the best WordPress forms for nothing but the best site.

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Simple WordPress Backup

Anything and everything with a chance of getting crushed anytime should have a backup. This plug-in keeps each and everything uploaded and shared on WordPress backed up, so if there occurs anything that makes the site go down or even closed, all the data and items will be there to retrieve.

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WP-Optimize

This is one plug-in that works to enhance the overall experience with the site and keeps things going on nicely for the admin(s).

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Dynamic Widget

Last but so not the least, this plug-in allows admin(s) to customize the sidebar display according to their preferences to create that unique blog for a massive turnover and traffic!

Download

Author Bio : Linda Waters is a Blogger, marketing executive at mspy.fr. Focuses on blogging about mobile technologies and cell phone tracking apps.

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The Best Out Of Your Gmail With Simple Tweaks

This is a guest post by Robert Renalt. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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Gmail is a worldwide mail service, and the most favorite service of the users, globally. There are however, features that users do not use to their fullest. We’re going to discuss about few of the simple features that will be helpful to both novice users and the experts, to utilize this service in a better manner.

Read on to have know-how about the simple tweaks, to have an improved experience of using Gmail, next time.

Fetching mails have been made too easy:

Eventually, you may have a stack of hundreds of mails in your mailbox. It could be difficult to fetch a long lost mail from such a huge lot of mails. So, Google has come up with an easy search parameter viz. parameter: message size. For example, if you remember a mail that has attachment of 15 MB, but older than 4 months, then you can type as—size:15m older_than:4m (“older_than” is a modifier), to fetch it or narrowing down your search.

However, if you want to list out the e-mails that have attachments bigger than 15 MB, then type—size:15m.

Working offline has been made more convenient:

Situation may arise that you do not have any internet connection or internet connection would be too slow to allow you to work properly. In such a scenario, you can get your ‘Gmail Offline’ downloaded and installed in your system, so that you can carry out all the activities that you would have done in an online Gmail account—right from composing mails, reading mails, archiving mails to searching mails. The only thing you cannot do is to send the composed mails, all you need to do is syncing them, so that next time you’re online, the mails will be sent automatically.

Do remember that ‘Gmail Offline’ requires Google Chrome browser.

Cluttered thread is not a problem anymore!

The longer the thread of e-mail is, the more difficult it is to follow the e-mail. Whenever, you click on the ‘Reply’ button to reply to a sender, it will show the entire conversation in the body of the mail, which could be annoying. This problem can be avoided, if you select the part of the conversation that you want to reply to, and then hit the ‘Reply’ button.

By doing this, you will have the selected text in the body of the e-mail and the mess will be reduced to a great extent.

Disable the conversation view:

Certain users are comfortable with the spread out view of their e-mails, to have a better view while navigating through the mailbox, which means that they do not need the entire thread of their conversation.

To opt for the spread out view, you need to go to the ‘settings’ of your Gmail account and choose “Conversation view off”.

These are few of the simple tweaks that let you have an easy navigation through your Gmail mailbox.

Author Bio : This guest post is contributed by Robert at Mytechgurus. Get good Tips and tricks for resolving technical issues with computers and for computer repair.

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Mobile Apps and future of banking

This is a guest post by Nand Kishore. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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Banking has witnessed immense change in the last few decades. From banking physically through  branches to online banking to now banking via smartphone apps; managing your money or doing financial transactions has gone for a complete transformation. The proliferation of mobile devices and apps and the groundswell of demand from consumers to offer banking services on their devices led to the introduction of mobile banking. Today every bank is considering launching its exclusive mobile app wherein its customers can get access to products and services. Moreover, banks and financial institutions see major benefits arising out of providing services via mobile apps. Mobile apps are no more an alternate medium to reach customers, provide services but have become central to the entire strategy.

What’s driving the growth?

Several factors are at play behind the surge in the demand for mobile banking. First is ubiquity of smartphones and Tablets. These devices have become powerful allowing people not only to remain connected round-the-clock but also to help them perform complex tasks. Consumers are increasingly finding it easy, convenient and secure to transact through their mobile. Bandwidth latency and speed has improved manifolds allowing people to do banking from anywhere and anytime. And banks have started realizing the economic impact of integrating mobile apps into their ecosystem. Higher ROI, increased productivity, and better customer services etc., are driving banks to adopt mobile apps.

How banks are using mobile apps?

  • Payments – Banks are providing payment services via mobile apps that can allow customers to pay bills using the app.
  • Deposits Checks – Customers can now scan the checks or pay orders using functionality available in their mobile device and app and deposit it to banks for quicker realization.
  • ATM, Branch locators – Mobile apps are fast becoming a popular tools to locate ATMs and branches of banks. The apps can guide customers to nearby ATMs/branches in any location with maps.
  • Other Services – Some banks have also started providing other services like facility to open fixed deposits, buy insurance, and investments etc., through their mobile app.

What’s in the future?

Banking via a mobile phone started with simple services like SMS alerts, customer services etc. The introduction of apps in the banking sphere has taken it to the next level. However, it is just the beginning. As mobile technology further makes progress, there are many possibilities which are in the offing. In future, we can see interaction between mobile devices and ATMs through Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions. The customer can connect with the ATM and perform desired transactions through his mobile. Similarly, services like mobile wallet (m-wallet) will also go popular allowing people to make payments anywhere using the mobile. The impact of mobile apps on banking will not only be felt on the consumer side but also within the banks. We will see more usage of apps in performing line-of-business activities. The banking staff will be armed with mobile devices loaded with tons of data which will enable them to perform their tasks efficiently and speedily.

The mobile apps are expected to do a lot in the future. It will be interesting to watch how banks tap the opportunities available to make themselves agile, innovative and responsive.

Author Bio: Besides being a tech publisher, Nand Kishore is also interested in photography and lover of all things electronic. He works for [x] cube LABS a complete mobility solutions company.

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Top 10 phones in 2012

This is a guest post by Linda Waters. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

Every year the cell phone market is flooded with phones which are more sophisticated than their predecessors. In 2012, all the cell phone manufacturing giants like Apple, HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung competed with each other to produce something unique. There are several factors that count when you judge a cell phone. These factors include memory, display, navigation, resolution, apps and ease of usage etc. Having analyzed the main novelties I suggest the list of top 10 phones of the year 2012:

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Apple has come up with a cell phone which is your work station, entertains you and connects to the outer world with social media integration like never before. It’s thinner, lighter and longer than iPhone 4S. Some people think it’s the same iPhone but a little more expensive – it is actually not the case. You need to check this out to understand that Apple has reengineered the iPhone altogether. The screen is 4 inches long with the headphone slot at the bottom. Unlike iPhone 4S it takes nano SIM card instead of micro SIM. It’s a must-have cell phone.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III received an unprecedented anticipation after iPhone. The smartphone has an extraordinary elegant design which is sleek and stylish. It has a huge screen of 4.8 inches, easy navigation and the memory of the phone can be increased up to 64 GB. Also it comes with a pre-installed drop box which gives you extra storage capacity.

 

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Nokia launched Nokia Lumia 820 with Windows 8. The phone is better than its big brother in terms of memory, processor, volume etc. It’s a perfect virtual work station with Qualcomm processor and memory that can be expanded up to 64 GB.

 

 

 

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Sony Ericsson XperiaT

Sony Xperia T is a nifty smartphone that has been featured in Bond film Skyfall. The phone has a scratch resistant glass that gives a long-lasting protection. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, easy navigation, 16 GB inbuilt memory with a1.5GHz Qualcomm Krait dual-core processor.

 

 

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LG Optimus G

The best thing about this smartphone is its simplicity. It has 32GB memory with 13 MP camera. It’s a pretty stylish phone with large display and HD resolution.

 

 

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The smartphone has an elegant design with a massive screen which dwarfs every other phone in comparison. It has 8 megapixel camera with LED flash.

 

 

 

 

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HTC One X+

It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The picture quality of HTC One X+ is simply amazing. It comes with 4.7-inch Super LCD 2. It has an expandable memory with great navigation ease.

Google Nexus 4 by LG

 

Google Nexus 4 by LG

The smartphone comes with an amazing Android 4.2 with 1.5 GHz Quad-Core fast processor, 16 GB memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a large display.

 

 

HTC Droid DNA

 

HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA is popular for its incredible display and resolution. Other features include Google Android OS 4.1, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16 GB internal memory etc.

 

 

BlackBerry Curve 9370

BlackBerry Curve 9370

It is really light and compact with great battery life. It’s user-friendly and affordable compared to other smartphones available in the market.

 

 

 

Author Bio : Linda Waters  is a Blogger, marketing executive at mSpy and mobile technologies adorer. Works at cell phone tracking industry in order to make the life of parents easier. 

Smart TVs Introduce Ease to Convenience

This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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Television over the last couple of decades has cemented themselves as a home fixture drawing families around the tube every evening to catch up on news, sitcoms, and the latest sports event. The technology has been advancing to improve the audience’s experience by adding more channels, higher resolution, bigger screens. Now, though, television companies have taken it a step further by incorporating another growing aspect in people’s lives- the internet. Mobile phones have incorporated the internet and they have become smart, so have the televisions become smart now.

Internet companies have been vying for the attention of consumers, and succeeding, by introducing new and exciting features to various websites, and social media. Nowadays, a majority of people are connected one way or the other over the internet, either by Facebook, or email. Television designers have tapped into this market by allowing online services to be accessed through their televisions.

With smart TVs the audience are not limited by what to watch because of what is being broadcasted at the time. They can now access sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon to tap into their ever-expanding collection of shows and movies. Because the television is connected to the internet by Wi-Fi or Ethernet, these sites can now stream seamlessly through the television offering the same comfort and ease a DVD would provide.  The huge rise in internet television has give a huge blow to cable companies because they cannot contend with the cheap subscriptions of Netflix, et al.

Smart TVs have also allowed for people to connect with social media on a split screen to whatever they are watching. Comments can be made about the last play, or what outfit so-and-so is wearing. This allows the audience the comfort of never having to leave the couch or interrupt what they are watching to post online. VoIP services, like Skype, are available as an app on the smart tvs so video communication can happen in a big screen format. Crowds can now be brought in to the screen for huge reunions without having to cram around a laptop’s webcam.

There are many other apps that are available for smart TVs. Some are built-in and some can be downloaded. With each smart TV there is a separate menu, like a desktop, where the apps available can be scrolled through and selected by remote. If one has an external keyboard, too, that widens the possibilities of a smart TV. People can surf the web from their couch and take care of all the business, like shopping and finance, while watching the season premiere of their favorite show.

If you are thinking about getting a smart TV, make sure you know what your internet provider is offering you in terms of data. Streaming videos, and surfing the web, to excess can cause slower speeds towards the end of the month so you might want to consider getting an upgrade in terms of service to keep your internet running smoothly and keep you up to date with the latest in television and internet trends.

Author Bio : Lindsey Mcmahon is a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. She currently works for GetDirectTV.org, which is a marketplace for quality developers and companies.

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The best applications for GPS navigation

This is a guest post by Ida C. Evans. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

In the modern day, cell phone navigation is becoming even more integrated and thereby even more important. On some of the higher range smartphones you have the ability to navigate as comprehensively as if you had bought a dedicated GPS device. The great thing is that you’re not limited to a certain phone if you want excellent navigation- most of the best tools tend to be apps that you can download to your smartphone- giving you a little bit more freedom in choosing your phone; although with some apps it may come down to Android vs. iOS. But then again, doesn’t it always?) So I’ve made a list of what I believe to be the 3 best GPRS navigation apps for you to consider.

NavFree, It’s all in the name – It’s a Navigation application, and it’s free (Believe me, the website makes it very clear just how free it is!) NavFree boasts turn-by-turn navigation as well as on-board storage of maps so that you don’t have to have a data connection to be able to navigate. It’s an excellent app with support in 34 countries (Constantly growing too) Everything is free from downloading and storage to updating and of course, usage. As far as free solutions go, you’re hard-pressed to find anything better than NavFree; and the best thing about it is it’s available across platforms, so whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you’ll be able to download and use it.

http://www.navmii.com/gpsnavigation

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The second strong recommendation is Sygic – another excellent navigation tool, with COMPREHENSIVE offline map support (They boast that their maps are just as in-depth as Tom-Tom maps, strong claim but they back it up). It’s also available of iPhone and Android (It used to be available on the Nokia Ovi store, but there doesn’t seem to be compatibility for current flagship Nokias) The catch? Unfortunately its not as ‘Free’ as NavFree. You can download a trial for free but you eventually have to purchase the application outright in order to have full features. Having said that, it is worth every cent, a premium GPS app with excellent offline compatibility.

http://www.sygic.com/en

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The Final recommendation is Waze- Although Waze is a little different from the other two. It’s a bit of a navigation app- and a social network if that makes sense. It offers navigational features as you’d expect, but it’s a community driven application and therein lays its strength. Drivers are constantly on the application updating other drivers of traffic on certain routes, roadblocks, even gas prices! So you just need to keep tabs of what your community members are saying and use that to your advantage to make your route as convenient and stress free as possible. Its definitely a unique feature and makes it a more friendly and fun alternative.

http://www.waze.com/

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All in all, you’re in safe hands whether you turn to the paid apps or the free apps- navigation is following the trends of most smartphone apps. Smartphones and the apps available are becoming a lot more advanced, I mean, just the other day I came across an anti-theft app called mSpy- a piece of software that is able to track your phone if its stolen and help you retrieve it! The smartphone world is an increasingly advanced one, but I’m grateful for all of these advancements because they will help your life (And navigation) become a lot easier to live in the long run.

Author Bio: This is a guest post contributed by Ida C. Evans – an experienced writer in a high tech sphere. Ida C. Evans works at a company developing spy software and engaged in maintaining its blog.

Mobile Apps to Make Your Travel Experience Memorable

5 Mobile Apps to Make Your Travel Experience Memorable

This is a guest post by Ida C. Evans. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

Mobile Apps to Make Your Travel Experience Memorable

The travel industry has changed much due to mobile technology: oodles of travel apps have mushroomed the web, promising to make your travel experience memorable.

Whether you need some inspirational things or just need solutions that will be of practical use, you can find a lot of apps that will suit your needs. There are mobile apps that can make your traveling much easier, regardless of whether you’re crossing Sahara Desert on a camel or climbing Everest.

If you lay in necessary apps beforehand, you can do without an Internet access. You’ll be able to avoid exorbitantly high bills and save time. Consider the following apps that can make your traveling memorable.

Airport Transit Guide

You can get this iOS niche application for only $4.99. With Airport Transit Guide you will always know how to get from an airport to the town center no matter where you are. It can be used as an exhaustive travel guide as it contains information about expected prices, taxi services, public transport, and links to the airport’s website.

aMetro (Android)/ MetrO (iOS)

This free application lets you view maps of public transit systems for major cities of the world. Just enter your place of departure and destination, and you’ll see the shortest travel times.

EveryTrail Pro

This GPS-enabled app allows you to map your trip. Just click the button “Start Tracking” as you start going, and the app will start tracking your path on a map. This software will be appreciated by travellers who like to remember their trips in detail.

Goby

This free application for iOS and Android is designed for dynamic people who want to squeeze as much fun as they wherever they are. It uses an activity-driven search engine that informs its user about fun things that can be done while driving on the highway or having some free time in your hometown. However, this fun application currently covers the USA.

Lonely Planet

This application is often called “the Bible” on the road and enjoys  a great popularity among independent travelers; It allows you to get info about many destinations of the world. Sights are listed too along with addresses, links to the map, phone numbers, hours, and a detailed text description, just as you would see in the ordinary guidebook. probably, the biggest advantage of Lonely Planet is the offline availability of both the text and maps.

If you are a lucky owner of a smartphone, you can make your travels easier by using handy mobile apps available. Whether you’re spending a family vacation in Thailand or just hitting the road, check out these apps to create a planned, organized, and hassle-free trip.

Author Bio: Ida C. Evans is an experienced writer in the high tech sphere. Ida C Evans works at an mSpy company developing cell phone spy software.

BlackBerry – Smartphones have become the Indispensable Need of Businesspersons

This is a guest post by Alaa Younes. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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You must have noticed that these days the trend of buying Blackberry Smartphones have been increased among the business professionals. There are many reasons, which are associated with the more number of purchases of Blackberry smartphones by the professionals. The major reasons are as follows:

Efficient Interaction

To interact with the prospects on immediate basis is the key to a successful business. Blackberry handset offers the facility of automatic pull email services for updates along with efficient push services to send information to the potential customer. This pull and push service of Blackberry supports its users to interact with their clients without wasting a single minutes, which is quite a convenience for both buyer and seller.

Professional Looks

Another major reason based on which every professional wants to buy this smart gadget is its professional look with QWERTY keyboard. The best part is that now different Blackberry cases are also available in the market, which can be considered the best not only to protect the gadget from being damaged but also to enhance its looks in a way that is required in the professional world.

Business Supportive Apps

The third and most important reason to buy this smart gadget is the availability of various business supportive apps, which assist the users in conducting their distinct business operations. Some of the apps, which have become the indispensable need of the professionals of the current age, are as follows:

  • Evernote

To take notes while attending meetings and presentation is the most common thing in the professional world. Thus, the need for having an efficient note-taking app was obvious and now this amazing app is available for Blackberry users with the name of Evernote.

It is an easy to use app, in which you can record notes. This app has its voice supportive feature using which you can also record voice clips for your notes. The best feature of this amazing app is its synchronizing capability with PC and other electronic devices to retrieve data with ease.

  •  Documents to Go Premium 2.0

If you are a professional, who is involved in extensive presentations with clients and management then it is the best app for you. This app is available for just $15, and is compatible with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for efficient conversion of one file into another, which is truly a time saving feature.

  • Tungle. me

It is a free app available for Blackberry users. The basic purpose to get this app is to customize the calendar by fixing important appointments for meetings, presentations, seminars, and much more in advance. Thus, you can say that this is the right app for you to give your reminder on the fixed date so that you may not forget any important event.

  • IM+

IM+ is all-in-one messenger using which you can integrate your all contacts for just $39.99. Using this amazing app, you can communicate to all your business clients simultaneously irrespective of the fact which messenger they are using.

  • Super power

We all know that battery life of all the smartphones can create trouble especially if you are a busy professional. To avoid this hassle, buy Superpower app just for $1 in order to extend the batter life of your gadget with ease. This is the best way to allow you more phone usage for the successful operations of the business.

Author Bio : This article is written by Alaa Younes who is a professional writer and technology blogger. She loves to write specially about blackberry. If you want to know more information about Blackberry cases contact Alaa on wrappz.

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Top 3 Tablet Devices for Small Businesses

This is a guest post by Jarin Mariea. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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These three tablet devices are the best for use in the modern-day business environment. All sport a front and rear facing camera and have excellent specs to run a variety of apps.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

This new phablet (Phone Tablet) is a great tool for a business. It can be used to make and receive calls, but also has a large screen that can be access with the new Samsung stylus pen. This is a smaller tablet, but the screen is big enough to write notes, read email, create charts, and access PDF files. The resolution of the phone is only 720 by 1280, but the super AMOLED screen makes every image clear. The Note II has 2 GB of RAM with up to 64 GB of on board storage. The Micro SD card reader can hold up to 64 GB cards. The device comes with Android 4.1 preinstalled, connecting to the numerous business oriented and productivity apps in the Google Play store. The downside to this phablet is the size; it may be a little small for many businesspeople. However, the size also makes the device ultra-portable.

Asus Transformer Infinity

Since the launch of the Transformer line of tablets in 2011, these devices have shown to be top of the industry in design and execution. The Transformer Infinity is the latest entry and comes with a 1.0 inch 1920 by 1200 screen, 1 GB of ram, a Tegra 3 processor, and is available in with 32 or 65 GB of on device memory. This tablet is perfect for using the wide area of business oriented production apps available in the Google Play store. The screen is well-lit and sensitive to touch, with the high quality that ASUS puts in to all their products. The Transformer series becomes highly recommended when connected to the Keyboard dock, turning the 10-inch tablet in to a small laptop. There is over 14 hours of battery life, so this device can last for a full day with no charge. The tablet has a HDMI port for outputting to a screen as well headphone jack, b/g/n wifi card, and a Micro SD reader. The keyboard dock adds a full-sized SD reader and another USB 2.0 port. It is the perfect full sized tablet for a businessperson on the go.

Ipad Mini

This smaller Ipad cousin is a lightweight alternative to larger models. The 7.9-inch screen sports a 1024 by 768 resolutions, which is big enough to show bright and beautiful graphics. The device comes in a wifi only or cellular model, with access to the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint networks. The models come with either 16 to 64 GB of storage on the system. The chip is a dual core chip with a dual core graphics processor, offering the same level of quality as an Ipad 2. The best thing about the Ipad mini is the size: it is small enough to carry around but big enough to do work on. The Ipad is part of the Apple family, so there are many productivity and business oriented apps available in the ITunes store. The biggest downside of the Ipad mini is the storage. There is no expansion slot for Micro SD cards. However, this is a good device for the memory conscious businessperson.

Author Bio : Jarin Mariea loves to contribute frequently on POS system such as CheckWay Systems. Who has been in the retail point of sale business for the past 20 years.

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Top Three New Apps for an Organized College Life

This is a guest post by James Traynor. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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How many well organized college students do you know? Probably not too many. Luckily for us disorganized students, technology is here to help. The rise of iPhones and iPads has opened up a tremendous resource for any person struggling to keep themselves in order, but students are in the best spot to capitalize on it.

After all, most students own some type of Apple product, and good organization can make a much bigger difference in a student’s life. With that said, here are three new apps that scatterbrained college learners should give a shot.

1. Evernote 5

Evernote is a fantastic note taking app that is a real step above handwriting notes in a spiral notebook. The interface is clean and well designed, making the app a blast to use even on the small screen of an iPhone 4.

Evernote 5 keeps your notes well organized, and one of the best parts is that they’re saved on iCloud which means you can take notes on one device and read them on another. You can also tag your notes for easy searching, or add a location and see it on the map. Evernote 5 is free, but there is a premium version with even more features that you might want to check out.

2. Mint

Personal finance is not something a lot of college students like to think about, but that might change thanks to Mint. Mint (in combination with a free mint.com account) lets you keep track of bank account balances, daily spending, bills, and lots of other fiscally important stuff. Mint makes it much easier for a financial novice to budget.

Mint has actually been around for a couple of years, but recent updates have optimized the app for the iPhone 5 and added a lot of great new features that make it even easier to keep track of your money. For a college student this could mean the difference between going out with friends on a Friday night and eating cold ramen in a dorm room.

3. Anki 2

Recent studies show that spaced repetition software is one of the best ways to learn and retain new information. We’re talking about high-tech flashcards, more or less, and Anki 2 is a great app for that. Flashcards are probably already part of your study routine, especially if you take a foreign language course, but Anki 2 helps you take them to a whole new level.

Creating the cards is quick and simple; you can even add images and sounds to your cards, or links to useful web pages. Once you start studying, Anki will schedule which cards to show you so that you’re best able to remember them permanently. Anki 2 is a great alternative to having cluttered stacks of index cards gathering dust around your apartment.

These are just a couple of new apps to help a disorganized college student, but they’re must haves. But almost anybody can benefit from these three apps, so don’t count yourself out if you’re not in school. Ending your organizational issues is probably easier than it has ever before; all you need is an iPhone or iPad and a little bit of help.

Author Bio : James Traynor is a freelance author, college student, and iOS user. He writes for various tech and entertainment blogs across the web, as well as contributing frequently to college research sites such as DegreeJungle.com. In his spare time, James enjoys designing websites and sampling as many different unique beers as he can find.

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What’s New on Apple’s New iMac

This is a guest post by Marcus Vann. If you would like to guest post on nimztech, Please check the guidelines.

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It isn’t long ago when Apple Inc. released the iPhone 5. Surely, the enthusiasts of the popular smartphone met the new product with open arms, even though were thought to have been “bored” by it. Nonetheless, people salivated over this product release, and apparently, Apple Inc. was not done yet.

Last October 23, the company announced its update on its line of desktop computers, which is the iMac. This was the first time in three years that Apple Inc. had made design changes and additional features to these computers. This announcement came shortly after the release of one of the many products of Apple, which is the iPad Mini.

About the iMac

First introduced in 1998, the iMac evolved through time. Continuous innovations and renovations, internal and external, were very evident through the years. The first “transparent gumdrop” monitor was a very well-known design of the iMac, and so is the one that is shaped like the Pixar lamp. Indeed, every design of the iMac was distinct. The company even shifted towards computers which utilizes flatscreen monitors. This gave consumers a wider computing experience.

Now, the new iMac is now out in stores. What does it have today that stands out from the other iterations of the iMac computers?

What’s new with the new iMac?

One thing that Apple Inc. added to the new iMac is its refined screen monitor. Although the new iMac today is still a “carbon copy” of the previous generation of Apple computers, the new one has a very thin screen monitor frame that measures up to about 5 millimeters on the edges. Running upwards to the top of the screen monitor, it carefully curves towards the back with a slight thickness to it.

What’s very interesting about the new iMac’s monitor’s screen glass and the display is combined through a special process. That process did not involve creating an air gap between the display and glass, which is usually at the thickness of 2 mm.

One can definitely ponder that looking at the display of the new iMac does not demonstrate any glare at all. This is due to the fact that the new iMac reduces glare at about 75 percent. In-plane switching technology, or IPS, is also evident on the screen, which means that the display in the monitor can be viewed completely in all angles.

Apart from the screen monitor’s glass-to-display combination, the whole thing itself is made from two aluminum pieces pressurized together with the use of heat. This makes the screen monitor sleeker and slimmer than the previous iMacs.

Moreover, it is a bit surprising that the iMac still doesn’t have a retina display despite the improved display. Ironically, only Apple’s Macbook Pro’s 13-inch display has that kind of feature.

Meanwhile, here are some of the other interesting features of the new iMac:

  • Intel-powered Ivy Bridge processors, which means that the new iMac could run on either Core i5 or a Core i7 processor.
  • A single Fusion Drive, which combines 128 GB flash storage and a 1 TB or 3 TB hard drive.
  • Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad

The new iMac released in the market is the one with the 21.5-inch display. Next month, Apple is expected to release other units, this time with a much larger 27-inch display.

Author Bio : Marcus Vann is a freelance tech blogger that has been writing about the latest trends in mobile tech, gadgets, social media, and anything related to technology.