Rob’s Tech Tip: How to Cap Your Data Usage on Your Android

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This week, I’ve got a quick tip for all of you Android users! An issue we all face in our digital lives is the data limits on our smartphones. I am constantly streaming music while I’m out and about, and it seems that, in no time, I’ve maxed out my data plan!

Luckily, with an Android device, it is easy to set a cap on your data usage to ensure that you don’t exceed your limit. Simply go to “Settings”, and then select “Data Usage”. Here you can set a mobile data limit, as well as a warning that will alert you when you are getting close to your limit.

That’s all for now, have a great weekend!

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Rob’s Tech Tip: Digitize Your Notes As You Write with a Livescribe Smartpen!

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For those that like to take handwritten notes (like myself), digitizing your notes is a tedious process. I personally like to keep an archive of my notes in Evernote, so after each meeting I need to retype my notes into my computer. I could use a note taking app for the iPad or use the stylus included with my Samsung Note 2 to takes notes, but I personally find taking notes on a digital device ineffective. Livescribe has a product that will alleviate this issue!

The Livescribe 3 Smartpen is a pen the digitizes your notes as you write. You write, and the pen records what you’re writing. What’s more is the pen will actually record audio while you’re writing, so you not only have a digital archive of your notes, but you can play back the audio from the meeting as well! The really cool thing about the Livescribe 3 is that it will send the notes you’re writing wirelessly to your iOS device. Previously, you had to dock the pen with your computer and upload the notes and audio. Now, you simply write, and the notes show up in the LiveScribe app on your iPhone or iPad. The only stipulation is that you have to write on space dot paper, but the notebooks are not expensive.
For anyone who prefers to write on paper, the Livescribe 3 is an awesome investment.

Rob’s Tech Tip: Fotor, A Free Easy-to-Use Photo Editor!

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Editing photos is something that the average person has not time for. Most people take pictures and dump them into iPhoto, Picasa or some other photo organizer and just leave them there. Photo editing can be tedious, complicated, and frustrating. Fotor makes that process a bit easier!

Fotor has a desktop and mobile version that allows for organization and tons of cool editing features, including a tilt shift that allows you to keep one part of a photo in focus while shifting the rest of it out of focus, creating a really artistic effect. What’s best of all is Fotor has a web based version of the editor. Simply select a photo to edit, edit it right in your browser, and then choose what online photo gallery to share to (Picasa, Flickr, etc.). And it’s FREE!

Check it out at http://www.fotor.com/

Tech Tip: Garmin Heads Up Display – Your Best Option for a Safer GPS

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I recently read that the most popular GPS unit on the market is your smartphone. Every smartphone has a decent native maps application, and there are dozens of 3rd party apps out there that provide excellent navigation solutions. The issue with using a smartphone, however, is that it is illegal to use a smartphone while driving, and the repercussions of getting caught include a hefty fine and 5 points on your license. Not to mention that smartphone are typically tossed in a cup holder and require you take your eyes off the road to look at your next junction.

However, Garmin has created a product that alleviates the need to risk 5 points on your license and possibly a severe accident! The Garmin Heads Up Display is a GPS unit that projects its map and directions onto the windshield, no longer requiring you to take your eyes off the road. You can literally look at your directions and the road simultaneously. And at a price of $150, driving safely won’t break the bank. So take a look into Garmin’s Heads Up Display so you can drive safely WITHOUT getting lost!

Top Tech Tools for Managing Money – Herman & Company CPA’s

We at The DAE are always looking for innovative ways to use technology! Today’s guest blog is brought to you by Paul Herman of Herman & Company CPA’s, P.C., a full-service accounting firm in White Plains.

It’s no secret: Taking control of your personal finances and managing your money is the key to a long life of financial success. It’s also no secret that sometimes we don’t even have enough time to eat breakfast, let alone face the daunting task of looking at our “financial snapshot” on a regular basis. Luckily, technology has once again proven itself to making our lives just a little bit easier with these handy mobile apps that can help you become a personal finance wizard in just a matter of minutes.

  1. Mint.com. Named “Best Finance App” by the 1st Annual App Awards and TIME Magazine’s “50 Best iPhone Apps of 2011,” it’s safe to say this app is a must-have on your smartphone. Mint gives you a clear breakdown of exactly where your finances are going each month by category, allows you to set budgets, alerts you when you exceed your budget and shows you how much money you have at any given time. While discovering you have a $100-a-month iced coffee habit is not pleasant, stashing that money into a vacation savings fund sure is.
  2. Check. An app that alerts you when a bill is due? We’ll take it! Check monitors your bank accounts, credit cards and bills, and sends you alerts when your funds are low or you have a payment coming up. Never having to worry about overdraft fees or overdue bills again makes this app a winner!
  3. Expensify. This app keeps track of all your expenses, letting nothing slip through the cracks. From your bank accounts to car mileage to receipts to travel details, Expensify is your one-stop shop for keeping a detailed account of everything having to do with your money. And, as an added bonus, you don’t even need to be online to use it.
  4. DailyCost. Even more detailed than Mint, DailyCost keeps track of your purchases in specific categories such as “Coffee,” “Snacks” and “Breakfast.” In addition, it also has a graph feature that shows you an analysis of your weekly and monthly spending. Every little expense adds up, and DailyCost is your tool to showing you by exactly how much.

While we all wish we had more hours in the day to accomplish our daily tasks, these money-management apps might just be the next best thing. Keeping track of your finances while on the go means less stress, more time and (we hope) eventually more money in your pocket.

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Paul Herman is the founder and owner of Herman & Company CPA’s, P.C., a full-service accounting firm located in White Plains.  Herman & Company is dedicated to providing clients with a wide range of professional, personalized tax and financial services including tax planning and preparation, accounting services, financial services, financial retirement and planning services, estate planning and bookkeeping services. Contact Herman & Company CPA’s for a complimentary personal finance consultation.

Rob’s Tech Tip: Westchester Businesses, Check Out Workflowy to Stay Organized!

ImageI have been struggling to find a very simple and effective to do list solution that I actually use. The problem is that I have many different things going on at once, and my to do list gets super cluttered. WorkFlowy is a good solution for my needs. With WorkFlowy, I can create an item on my to-do list, and then zoom in on it and create subtasks within that one item, then zoom in on any subtask and create items within THAT. It works wonders for me because I can set up an item called The DAE, and underneath that, I can have “Marketing”, “Facility” etc. I can then zoom into “Marketing” and create items like “Social Media,” “Video,” etc. Then, within each of those, I can create subtasks.

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It’s like a detailed outline for running my business, but it doesn’t get overwhelming because I can look at only one, focused set of tasks at a time!
Definitely check it out!
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Rob’s Tech Tip: Evernote Web Clipper

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Evernote has added some extraordinarily powerful features to its Web Clipper! Firstly, if you are a Gmail user, clicking the Web Clipper icon with an email open will clip only that email and not the entire email window. Clicking the icon in any other scenario will automatically screenshot what you are looking at. The coolest new features allow you to edit and annotate that screenshot!

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For example, if there is someone’s name or personal information included in an email that you are clipping, you can use a pixelate tool to blur out that info. There are a number of annotation tools that allow you to highlight sections of the clipping and add comments as well. Best of all, using the new, simple Web Clipper tool bar, you can easily select which notebook you want your clipping to go into and add any necessary tags.
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