The Ins and Outs of Amazon’s Unlimited Kindle Service

You’ve probably heard the news – Amazon recently introduced the Kindle Unlimited Service. What does it mean for its subscribers? In short, they get access to more than 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks for $9.99 per month.

The service is a significant improvement to Amazon’s existing offering. Its current selection of e-books, Kindle Owners Lending Library, works only with Kindle devices and allows users to check one free book per month.  But, Kindle Unlimited Service gives users access to a large amount of unlimited e-books from the Kindle reading library that can be read on a Kindle, tablets with free Kindle reading apps, iOS and Android devices, and on Windows and Mac desktops and laptops.

According to Mashable, subscribers will have access to a broad selection of books and will not have a limit as to how long they can hold onto a book. Members will, though, be limited to holding 10 digital books at a time. In addition, Amazon said there would be no waiting list on Kindle Unlimited Service.

Are you planning to use Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Service? Comment below or let us know on Twitter.

Bigger, Better and Faster: Setting the New Standard for Mobile File Management

There was a point where 2 GB of storage was more than enough. But not today.

There was also a time when people were OK with using a different app for each of their mobile needs (be it printing, file sharing, etc). But that just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Enterprise mobility management leader Cortado is in tune with the needs of today’s mobile users, consumer and business alike. The company today announces it is not only offering 5x’s more free storage (10GB), but is now offering a web version of its free productivity app Cortado Workplace. Cortado is the ONE solution for all productivity needs for users on the go, be it printing or file sharing, in addition to offering the security users need to assure their private documents stay private. Cortado is truly the “full package.”

Find the full details in the press release here.

A Simpler Approach for Smarter Cars

Manufacturing cars with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software can be a complicated process that can take several years. But for now, Apple and Google have come up with a simpler and faster approach to implement their “smart” services.

Users of Apple CarPlay will be able to connect their phones to supported vehicles through a Lightning cable, which will enable them to view a version of iOS on their car screen. Siri, Apple’s automated voice system, will enable users to ask for directions, select music, make phone calls through the car’s audio system and text without having to look down at their devices.

At the recent Google I/O conference, Android Auto was introduced as one of the latest developments of Google. Android users can plug in their phones using a MicroUSB to connect the device to the car. Google Maps will continue to be the primary tool in giving directions.

To broaden their capabilities, both Android Auto and CarPlay are already approaching applications developers so other apps can be displayed in users’ cars as well. According to Naoki Sugimoto, Senior Program Director for Honda’s Silicon Valley Lab, configuring Android Auto in the manufacturing of a car could be much simpler, since it does not involve any special software.

Both Honda and Volvo have rumored plans to support both iOS and Android at the same time.

For now, the plug-in system will still provide users with amplitude of choices, including:

  • Control of the dashboard
  • Climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Should Apple or Android hurry in designing a smart auto rather than the plug-in system? Comment below or let us know on Twitter.

Work Smart, Live Smart – In a Smart Home

As technology evolves, our world is becoming smarter and smarter. We have smartphones, smart cars, smart TVs, so why not a smart home?

Alex Hawkinson, CEO of the two-year-old smart home company SmartThings, recently gave a tour of his smart home, showing off its state-of-the-art technologies that make everyday tasks easier.

Hawkinson’s smart home has more than 150 connected devices. He wears a bracelet called the Jawbone UP fitness tracker, which monitors his movement and wirelessly relays information to his smartphone, which passes signals to the home-controlling software in the cloud.

When the house “knows” he’s awake, thermostats will automatically adjust the home’s temperature, the coffee pot will start brewing, and certain doors will unlock. Additionally, when the cabinet is opened to grab a cup for coffee, a voice sounding similar to iPhone’s Siri will say the day’s weather forecast.

What smart home feature do you think would be most useful? Comment below or share with us on Twitter.

 

How to Move 8K Mailboxes to Office 365 in 3 Weeks and Save $100K

A seamless move to Office 365 is critical for customers’ happiness and partners’ profitability. But, that’s easier said than done because migration projects can easily become an expensive nightmare.

Aware of this, Finland-based hosted services provider Appelsiini needed a solution that would quickly and easily move its costumers to Office 365 without the hassle. By using BitTitan’s fully automated solution MigrationWiz, they achieved their goal and much more.

The provider moved more than 8,000 mailboxes to O365 simultaneously for three clients, totaling 2TB of data, in just three weeks, with zero downtime. The estimated savings were close to $100,000.

By using MigrationWiz, Appelsiini not only removed the complexity of email migration, but also significantly lowered their total cost of migration, passing along those savings to their customers.

Read the news release to learn how BitTitan’s MigrationWiz can help you make the move.

How to Take High-quality Photos of Fireworks with Your Smartphone

Smartphone camera technology has vastly improved over recent years, giving people the luxury of near-DSLR quality without having to carry a large camera. When 4th of July fireworks begin shooting off into the skies of America this weekend, consider these tips that will help capture your memorable moments in the best quality possible.

  • Get into position early to allow for the best vantage point. Avoid smoke as much as possible by considering the wind direction.
  • Attach your phone to a tripod. While this may not be possible for many users, it does provide more stability (and less blur) as the shutter stays open longer to catch light.
  • No tripod? A worthy alternative is the self-timer feature. This will eliminate the blur caused by a user when touching the screen to take the photo.
  • Avoid digital zoom by investing in a telephoto lens product like the Olloclip.
  • Adjust camera settings while shooting fireworks.  Turn off your flash and HDR settings to start. If your smartphone has a night mode, turn it on for a crisper photo.
  • Don’t rule out manual settings. ISO settings should be set low, ranging from 100 to 200.  Reduce or increase your exposure time by a couple seconds to capture light trails.
  • Apple, Android and Windows app stores offer third party apps giving you more control if your phone doesn’t come standard with manual settings.

Share links to your fireworks photos in our comments section!

What Does the Sprint/T-Mobile Deal Really Mean?

While rumors of the Sprint/T-Mobile deal have been swirling since early December, we’re just now starting to hear more speculation about it. What are the next steps for the development of the story?

First, the deal will undergo an evaluation by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division to determine how it would affect the U.S. wireless market. Then, the FCC will examine the potential merger to ascertain if the deal is in the public interest.

But in the meantime, two key issues people are talking about are what the deal means for the customer and for spectrum holdings. To give us a better idea of what sort of coverage subscribers can expect if the two companies join forces, Mosaik Solutions created these maps.

We’re eager to see how the deal pans out between now and August. Make sure to check back as we’ll be posting more updates!

Top Tech to Watch from Google I/O

Google I/O 2014, a developer-focused conference featuring highly technical sessions on new technologies, always delivers exciting technological advancements.

As expected, Android was the star of the show with developments in several different areas. Here are a few of our favorite announcements coming from the conference:

Android Wear

Google’s latest addition to wearable tech features smart watches from Samsung and LG. Equipped with software that enables voice commands and notifications, users can save time by glancing at their watch rather than reaching for their phone.

Android TV

To join the ranks of Apple TV and Fire TV, Google is releasing its very own media hub, Android TV. This will be featured in new models of Sony and Sharp TVs. Android users will love it, as they will be able to use their mobile devices as remote controls.

Android Auto

While it is unclear when this is going to hit the market, Android Auto enables users to plug their smartphone into a touchscreen-equipped car to control navigation, messaging and music by voice command.

Android Work

Google is also looking to simplify Android devices in the work environment. Android Work features unlimited cloud storage, Samsung Knox integration for improved MDM and automatic interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

What’s your favorite thing to come out of this year’s Google I/O?

The Newest Smartphone on the Block: Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon introduced its latest development to the smartphone market last week. The new device, Fire Phone, contains Firefly technology, Mayday customer service and an advanced camera system.

But can Amazon’s newest development compete against iPhone and Android smartphones?

While some critics argue the Fire Phone will not bring an innovative perspective to the smartphone market, others say Amazon has a greater chance of becoming more competitive in this industry, beating Microsoft with its Windows Phone.

The Fire Phone has a number of features to look forward to, including:

  • Dynamic Perspective with a 3D interface
  • Firefly technology- quick identification of printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, movies, songs and 100 million more items
  • A 4.7-inch screen, which is smaller than most Android phones, but larger than Apple’s iPhone
  • 13 megapixels camera
  • Free unlimited cloud storage

What’s your take on Amazon’s move into the smartphone market? Comment below, or let us know on Twitter.

Next Step for Ultra HD – A Test Run at FIFA World Cup

Just as the shipments for Ultra HD/4K passed the one million mark, the BBC is testing 4K broadcast feeds of three FIFA World Cup matches over an IP network and an existing DTT network.

The closed trials will help the BBC better understand the future of a hybrid broadcasting modelhow to deliver Ultra HD efficiently and at a high quality.

While viewers won’t see the BBC’s 4K broadcasts, World Cup fanatics have plenty of options to watch matches as technology has made this the most accessible FIFA event in history. Rest assured, fans are able to catch all the nostalgia the World Cup has to offer with radio, television and streaming services currently available.

Can you imagine the possibilities of sports broadcast once 4K technologies become the new standard?