Mortgage and finance apps keep growing
The world of personal finance, banking, mortgages, stocks, etc was revolutionized several decades ago as the web became a part of our lives. It was stunning how much you could now accomplish with and Internet connection and the Worldwide Web at your fingertips. The entire area of personal finance was one of the early drivers here, as people could now check their stock quotes in real time and search for mortgage rates without going from bank to bank and getting jerked around by bankers. if you were thinking of moving anywhere your mortgage search was now easier. If you wanted a second home in Canada, you could learn about Canadian mortgage rates online without leaving your home. The power of all this information totally revolutionized many industries overnight.
Now we’re in yet another revolution with the proliferation of finance apps, stock apps, mortgage apps, etc. This time it’s less about what you can find, but how easily you can find it or even have it pushed to you. Any time. Any place. That’s the mobile revolution, and websites now have new and more powerful competition for your business with apps.
This of course is great for the consumer. There are tons of new apps to help you with every aspect of your personal finance needs. Zillow just updated its mortgage marketplace app. Apps like Mint and a slew of competitors help you track all of your spending. Simple budgeting is no longer the ideal. You can track everything now in real time. Apps like SavedPlus help you make sure to save a little every day.
There are so many out there that it’s easy to get intimidated. The key is picking something important to you, like perhaps daily budgeting, and then look for apps that help with that. It’s sometimes better to focus on one thing at a time. As you get a new app, it’s really about developing a new habit in how you go about your daily life. The app is just a tool, though obviously a very powerful one. But often we’ll download an app and then never use it. This is why focusing on one thing at a time and developing a new habit before going on to the next one can help you be much more effective.
Once you realize the power of one app and see how much it can help you organize your life, then you’ll be that much more motivated to move on to the next one.
This of course applies less to young people who are accustomed to having all sorts of apps in their life. But for the rest of us, a deliberate approach can be very helpful.
4 Reasons Your Medical Facility Should Upgrade to Tablets
Most medical facilities have a “system” in place. For example, when a patient comes in for an appointment, she sees a medical assistant, followed by a nurse, then a doctor and finally, a specialist. The “system” — whatever it is — is probably decades old, and it probably worked relatively well until recently. The way of doing things in the past looks decidedly different from the way things are in the present, and that old “system” is no longer the most efficient way to communicate information about a patient to everyone on her health care team.
As anyone currently enrolled in medical school, nursing school or trying to discover more about a master’s degree in nutrition and wellness can tell you, technology is taking over. If your “system” still requires the use of paper charts, laptops or stationary computers to record patient data, the time has come to jump to the front of the line in health care technology and upgrade to tablets. This technology is so smart that it lets doctors go retro and “write” notes again, communication errors are lessened, and time and money are saved. Tablets truly can help make good health care even better.
Penmanship Applies, Again
Tablet technology allows for doctors and care providers to literally write (with their fingers) once again. For many care providers, writing notes was a way to ensure that the narrative of patient care didn’t get lost in the collection of patient data. For many doctors and nurses, a patient’s story of illness is as important as the data that surrounds that story. Tablets can allow for aspects of a patient’s information to be gathered — the who, what, when, where and how that data supplies — and the story of that data in the patient’s words and their care provider’s words. Information like age, race, prescriptions and dosage and the specifics of a diagnosis can all be recorded in a way that makes data usable and interpretable — not just for the patient to whom it directly applies, but also for researchers. The information is valuable to public health and for determining the treatment of different pathologies. With tablets, this technology-driven aspect of patient care can still accommodate the old-school style of recording so that the arc of a story of pathology and health doesn’t get sidelined or overlooked.
Porta-Mobility Is Total
It’s undeniable that the mobility and portability of tablets make their use an asset in health care settings. Unlike paper charts that stay in the patient’s room, charts and data put into tablets can be accessed anywhere and at any time by the entire team that is attending. And being able to chart and record data from anywhere is an added benefit that saves a lot of time. Whereas a desktop- or laptop-centered charting environment often requires double duty — after writing in a patient’s paper chart, a nurse or doctor still has to record the information again (or get someone else to do it) on the computer — tablet recordkeeping is a one-time deal that stays with the record maker and the patient, while updating the rest of team at the same time.
From simple data recordkeeping to the collaboration and communication they help facilitate, the applications used by doctors and nurses on tablets are transforming how information is gathered, interpreted and applied in patient care. From apps on interactive anatomy for the budding med student to peruse to Drchrono, the application that allows doctors to dictate notes, write prescriptions and manage patient files with an app that stores high-resolution X-rays in the cloud, so that a doctor and team can always have access to them, the application world of tablets is rich, useful and available at almost all times.
Time Is Money. Money Is Time.
As health care costs continue to grow, anything that can save a provider and patient money is going to be valuable. Tablet portability and mobility already save time in data collection and interpretation, and as with most industries: The more time that gets saved in providing health care, the less money gets spent. This, in addition to the capability of a team of professionals how have better communications and less errors as a result of being a tablet-friendly culture, means that upgrading to a “system” of tablet-driven recordkeeping will not just make good financial sense, it makes good patient care sense as well.
About the Author: Candace Jones is a contributing writer and iPad owner who recently completed a master’s in nutrition and wellness.
Mobile apps fuel casino games
The latest newfangled craze is mobile gaming and you can do it all from your smartphone like place a sports bet, take a seat at a poker table or even play free bingo online all from your mobile device. It’s safe to say that we all possess mobile phones these days and mobile gambling is a world much larger than just calling in a quick wager on a football game.
Let’s take a look at an online gambling site like Ladbrokes. They’ve got it all from casino games, poker, bingo, sports and lotto. After a Ladbrokes Bingo review, I noticed that it has yet to launch bingo on its mobile app but you can access most every other type of game. Players can download an app to their cellphone or tablet and access all the games it has to offer in a matter of minutes.
When registering with a mobile casino or bingo app, players generally use the same log in details that are used at the regular site. One of the perks is that most gambling sites consider this a new registration and players become eligible to a whole host of new bonus offers from No Deposit Bonuses to Welcome Bonus and reloads. What’s a reload? A reload bonus or redeposit bonus is a deposit match bonus applicable to deposits made after the initial. For example, a deposit of $10 with a 300% match would give a player $40 to play with. Not all games are just played for fun. They can be played for real cash which equals real wins.
Depending on your location in the world, there are a vast number of online casinos powered by a variety of software that feature mobile options. Perhaps you prefer Microgaming software, the Ladbrokes Mobile Casino features a range of old favorites including Avalon, Tomb Raider, Mega Moohlah, Thunderstruck, Major Millions and Mermaids Millions. Other casino games offered are Jacks or Better, Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Keno, Fruit Fiesta, Royal Derby, Scratch n Score, Double Magic, Pub Fruity, Treasure Nile, Baccarat and Scratchcards.
You will find that the majority of online casinos do not offer their entire suite of games on their mobile applications but Ladbrokes does an incredible job of dazzling players with an impressive variety.
Use your mobile phone to open a door to gambling at its most convenient. No traffic jam, waiting room, grocery store line or long car ride will ever be the same when you’ve got gambling on the go!
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Tags: bingo, bingo apps, bingo games, casino apps, casino games, mobile bingo, mobile gaming, poker, sports
Top casino games for your mobile phone
It seems like no matter what kind of casino you select, slot machines are one of the top casino games. They have attractive graphics and sounds based upon a creative theme. They also offer fun little twists such as bonus rounds and free spins. Therefore, with the availability of slot machine games to mobile phone users, it should be no surprise that these games continue to be a top casino game. Some mobile phone users prefer slot machines because they are quick to play and do not require a great deal of concentration. These characteristics make them excellent for playing while on the go.
Mobile casinos offer several different versions of slot machine games for their users. Among these is the game, Thunderstruck. Based upon a Norse mythology theme, Thunderstruck features the god, Thor. An adventurous game, Thunderstruck offers players an option to earn free spins. Also, it has another bonus round where a player’s winnings may be doubled. Mermaid Millions is another mobile casino slot machine that has mythical creatures. With five reels, Mermaid Millions also provides for 15 paylines. The goal of this game is for a player to get at least three of the same symbol in order.
One slot machine game for mobile users at Jackpot city is a game known as Double Magic. The three reels of this game feature all of the traditional slot machine symbols found on the first machines. For instance, you can find cherries, lemons, bars and red 7’s. Getting at least one cherry symbol will provide some winnings to players. However, getting more will increase the amount of money won. This slot machine only features one payline which makes it easy to play on your mobile phone when on the go. The maximum payout with Double Magic is 1600 coins which is a nice amount to win if just passing time!
Picture This: An Instagram Camera
Tech developer ADR Studios has revealed a new concept design, that is sure to make the many Instagram users in the world gather their pitchforks and torches (or just start a cause on Kickstarter) and plead for someone to make this a mass produced reality.
Meet the Instagram camera.
That is a digital handheld camera that can print an instant photo from the model, complete with all of the features the Instagram app allows. What strikes me right away about this project is:
A. That’s a beautiful camera. Not just “hipster cool” but genuinely well designed.
B. This is an incredible marriage of times gone by charm (the polaroid this whole thing is based off of) and new technology (Instagram, obviously), that wouldn’t look out of place in a 50′s sci-fi where a vague idea of what future technology might hold, was paired with a current product to create something that’s just kind of out there.
C. Far from a novelty, this thing could actually make a practical investment considering its’ list of features.
• 16 GB mass storage.
• Wifi and Bluetooth.
• 4:3 touchscreen.
• 2 main lens, first for main capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing.
• Optical zoom.
• LED Flash.
• Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real.
• Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets.
• Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks.
• InstaOs 1.0, which put together Facebook and Instagram App feature.
Now again, this is still a concept and as of now, no one has plans to make this thing on a retail level. Still though, with the mass popularity of the Instagram app, and the many social networking friendly features this thing has, someone with the ability to make this would be a fool not to considering it’s almost literally a license to print money.
How use and don’t use apps
In many cases, our use of apps is fleeting. With kids, one mom described the concept of “app burnout” as her kids got bored and went back to their toys.
That said, there are many sticky apps where people use them religiously.
This is a totally new industry, so it will evolve quite a bit as more people use apps.
CES kicks off
The biggest technology and gadget show, CES, just kicked off in Las Vegas, and as usual much of the talk surrounds Apple:
Apple is the only company that consistently gets big buzz out of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — without even attending.
This year will be no different.
Connected TVs — TVs that connect to and can access content from the Internet — will be a big part of CES this year. And just about everyone in tech expects Apple at some point to launch such a television — an iTV — that easily consumes and shares with other Apple devices content served from the company’s media-storing iCloud.
Microsoft made news earlier by saying this was the last year they would attend CES/ Why attend if Apple gets all the buzz anyways? Maybe Microsoft should focus on new products instead of protecting its Windows/Office cash cow? Or maybe not . . .
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Mobile games will drive holiday shopping
Poker is fun, and tons of people love to play. Like most games, it was a huge leap forward when we could play them on our computers. Then game better networks and amazing online experiences with these games.
Smart phones have taken all of this to a new level. Now you can play games of every kind everywhere. You can play by yourself or with other people. Add in social networking, and gaming even becomes a new way of communicating with friends – let’s chat while we play a game!
Of course this is going to drive tons of holiday sales, and phones, iPads and other devices fly off the shelves. People of all ages love this stuff, and kids are obsessed with it. Tons of companies are cashing in on mobile gaming as tons of mobile betting apps are downloaded for all sorts of devices.
Stuff like iCoud makes mobile gaming even better. Now you can track your games and scores from multiple Apple devices, from your iPhone to your iPad to your laptop. It’s just amazing.
The growth here is exponential, so expect some huge numbers from the holiday season and the week after Christmas when people downloads apps on the new gadgets they found under the Christmas tree!
Steve Jobs backs down on subscription pricing
A couple months back, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a number of enemies by implementing restrictions around App Store subscription pricing that included a 30 percent finder’s fee for Apple. Apparently some of that change is being rolled back, though Apple won’t be making it easy for subscribers to get content outside the App Store.
The new rules don’t go into effect until the end of the month, at which point we’ll be able to see just how well the app development world is handling the restrictions. Several publishers have pledged to comply with the new rules, but others have pledged to abandon the App Store altogether. I’ll be particularly curious to see what happens to the developers who continue on like nothing has changed. Will we see mass bans from the App Store?
To me, this change seems like a PR move. Apple knows that there are quite a few customers who are also App Store developers, and those guys were not happy when the changes rolled out. Hell, I wasn’t happy and I have no stake in the situation whatsoever.
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Weather Doodle now available for the iPad
The Apple iPad may already come pre-loaded with a pretty handy, no-frills weather app, but for those that want their weather forecasts delivered with a bit of style, Tiny Mammal’s Weather Doodle is just the app for you. Although it’s been available for the iPhone since late 2010, the app has finally made its way onto the iPad, and it’s currently on sale for only $0.99 (normally $1.99) through May 23rd.
Weather enthusiasts won’t find too much to get excited about — using individual weather stations within cities across the world, you can access basic info like current conditions, the 5-day forecast, and wind speeds and humidity — but it’s in the presentation where the app really shines. Instead of just seeing a static image of the weather conditions, Weather Doodle depicts it using animated art, whether it’s the moon glowing, snow falling, or lightning striking from storm clouds. There are three different art themes to choose from (with more on the way), but only one of them comes installed with the app. The other two can be purchased for an additional $0.99 each, which is perhaps its biggest shortcoming. Fortunately, the one theme that is included (titled Paperscape, which looks like a grade-school art project using construction paper) is undoubtedly the best of the bunch.
Still, for as appealing as the simple yet beautiful presentation may be (it certainly makes checking the weather more interesting than usual), the lack of any really cool features prevents Weather Doodle from being a must-have app. It’s a great deal at its current sale price, but at its usual $1.99 price point, there’s just not enough there to make it worthwhile.