The use of mobile phones among children 8 to 18 continues to rise. Over the last five years, the number of youth who own their own cell phone has jumped from 33 percent to 66 percent. The dramatic rise of young people using mobile devices brings both challenges and possibilities. Today I want to highlight the positive possibilities of empowering youth with mobile devices. Other posts will consider education apps as well as how parents can help protect their children who are using smartphones, iPads, iPods and the like.
In the past, many schools banned mobile devices, and considered them a distraction from the learning experience. Now more and more schools are revisiting their mobile devices policies and considering ways that devices can be incorporated into the learning process. The reality is that over 75 percent of children from 12 to 17 now carry a cell phone (and many carry smartphones). We live in a wired world. When young people graduate from high school, using technology will most likely play a key role in their college as well as their careers. Recognizing the lifelong influence of technology, some schools have decided to welcome smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into the classroom.
The classroom setting provides an opportunity for students to learn about social media and mobile devices “in a supervised environment that emphasizes the development of attitudes and skills that will help keep them safe outside of school.” Many schools like Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati are asking how can mobile phones play an active role in learning. “I think it’s a discussion that is taking place in almost every school district,” says Todd Yohey, the superintendent of Ohio’s 8,100-student Oak Hills school district, which includes Oak Hills High.
Some schools have implemented a policy known as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). At New Canaan Public Schools, high schools students bring their smartphones and tablets for use in research, homework assignments and class projects. The library also provides 7 iPads to be shared among the students. By embracing technology, schools are teaching students how to learn using mobile devices as well as how to be responsible and safe online.
At a recent Riverside Chamber of Commerce students demonstrated how technology is a part of learning. Third-grader Kendall Lally talked about how she uses a comic book writing app on her iPod in learning to write. Ninth-grader Adnrew Savage demonstrated learning algebra on an iPad. Riverside Unified School District Superintendent Rick Miller said that “Fun apps, such as the one to teach writing through comic books, not only engage students’ interest, they extend academic learning beyond any homework assigned”.
 Victoria J. Rideout, M.A., Ulla G. Foehr, Ph.D., and Donald F. Roberts, Ph.D.. “GENERATION M2 – Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds.” The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2010 <http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/8010.pdf>
 Amanda Lenhart, Rich Ling, Scott Campbell, and Kristen Purcell. “Teens and Mobile Phones.” Pew Research Center, April 20, 2010 <http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Teens-and-Mobile-Phones.aspx>
 “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media.” Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) <http://www.cosn.org/Default.aspx?TabId=12543>
 Ian Quillen. “Schools Open Doors to Students’ Mobile Devices.” Education Week, October 2010
 Dayna Straehley. “Students show how technology boosts learning.” The Press Enterprise, May 10, 2012 <http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120510-riverside-students-show-how-technology-boosts-learning.ece>
In the last 30 days, it’s likely that you’ve used your smartphone to plan a meeting, solve a problem, settle an argument, check a score, decide where to eat, find out the traffic report, or get emergency help. According to Pew Research, 86% of smartphone users can be considered “just in time” cell users because they rely on the smartphone to solve problems or get answers immediate answers. “Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections” details this tendency among smartphone users.
As more and more people have adopted smartphone use, we’re fast becoming a culture of “real time information seekers and problem solvers.” Pew Research conducted a survey “between March 15 and April 3, 2012 among 2,254 adults age 18 and older and it found that 88% of adults are cell phone owners and that 46% are smartphone owners.” Their research indicated that 70% of all cell phone users and 86% of smartphone users had accessed their wireless devices within the last 30 days for time critical information.
While 88% of young people between 18-29 use their phones for “just in time” information (JIT users), it is interesting to discover that 57% of adults between 50-64 are also JIT users and 46% of adults over 64 are JIT users. Youth have been early adopters of smartphone technology, but this survey indicates that more and more older adults use their cell phones for much more than just calling friends and family. We are fast becoming a society of people used to instant information access.
Here are the highlights of how we are using cell phones:
- 41% of cell phone owners used their phone in the previous 30 days to coordinate a meeting or get-together.
- 35% used their phone to solve an unexpected problem they or someone else had encountered in the previous 30 days.
- 30% used their phone in the previous 30 days to decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant
- 27% used their phone in the previous 30 days to get information to help settle an argument they were having.
- 23% used their phone in the previous 30 days to look up a score of a sporting event.
- 20% used their phone in the previous 30 days for up-to-the-minute traffic or public transit information to find the fastest way to get somewhere.
- 19% used their phone to get help in an emergency situation.
As I read the report, I started thinking about my own smartphone use. What time-critical activities do I regularly engage in?
- Weather reports
- Coordinating meetings and lunch appointments
- Price checking
- Looking up movie showtimes
- Locating businesses
- Defining words
- Researching information that someone is talking to me about
Using a cell phone as a “just in time” device has become so second nature for most of us, I doubt we hardly think about how often we use the phone for referencing information needed in the moment. This raises the question, “How are you using your smartphone or cell phone?” What types of just in time information are you looking up on a regular basis?
 Lee Rainie and Susannah Fox. “Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections.” Pew Research, May 7, 2012
What position(s) do you hold at Cellular Sales? Sales Rep/Mentor/Events Team Member.
How long have you worked with the company? One year, six months.
What is your role within Cellular Sales? Sell phones and teach people how to sell phones. I currently have four reps that I mentor – teaching them the basics, making sure they are setting daily, monthly and yearly goals. I play a big role in our events program. I help Ralph Haynes, our Events Coordinator, out a lot with multiple shows.
Please tell me about your most rewarding or satisfying experience –your proudest moment – since you joined the company. My proudest moment actually happened very recently. I traveled outside of the Kansas City market to Coastal Texas for the Houston Rodeo. The National Events Coordinator, Mitchell Duncan, challenged me to break the 86 phone record in ten days, which was the most phones ever sold by one rep at the Houston Rodeo event. I sold 100; it was an amazing feeling.
What makes Cellular Sales such a special company? Flexibility/Opportunity.
What do you like best about working for Cellular Sales? I like working 3-4 days a week and spending the rest of the time relaxing and enjoying life.
Are there any obstacles you face at work? INVENTORY… and the only other obstacle I face at work is not challenging myself to the fullest. There are a lot of opportunities that I do not feel I take advantage of, and recognizing those is the hardest part.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Selling cars – I love sales. This [job] reminds me a lot of selling cars, and I loved selling cars. However, phones are definitely easier to get out the door.
What are your hobbies? Golf; I play on an indoor soccer team; I work out quite a bit; and I love down time.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you have to have with you? [I would have my] two best friends. I’m a huge social person, so I would need company. Also, I’m not creative, so maybe they would come up with an idea.
If a phone was named after you, what would it be called? The Balla Calla Reinvention
And finally…DROID or iPhone? I have a Droid, [and it's] just because I’m waiting for the iPhone 7.
How long have you been with Cellular Sales? I’ve been with Cellular Sales for 2 years.
What is your title or role within the company? Sales Representative
What initially attracted you to Cellular Sales? I was attracted to Cellular Sales for the opportunity to be in business for myself. The income potential and possibilities for success are unlimited for anyone, like myself, that has an entrepreneurial drive and spirit.
What keeps you here? Cellular Sales is a rewarding place to work. Our team, The Franchise, is like one big family. We work well together and support one another. The team leaders and regional directors are great coaches and mentors. They have an interest in helping me achieve my best, and it shows. It is motivating and inspiring to work with a group of people that really care.
What has been your most rewarding accomplishment thus far? What are you most proud of? My most rewarding accomplishment thus far was earning #1 in new lines last year in the North Carolina market.
What are some challenges you face on a day-to-day basis, and how do you overcome them? In a competitive industry and sales environment like ours, there are many challenges in dealing with the public on a day-to-day basis. However, my primary goal, regardless of the situation, is to treat every customer like I would my mother. I want every person I work with to feel I understand their needs and will offer them the best value for their money. This means not just selling them the best product, but providing them the best customer service possible. When they leave the store happy and satisfied with their experience, they will refer other customers and keep coming back. This is gratifying, and helps me deal with any challenges I face.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? The most interesting job I’ve had prior to Cellular Sales was a position as a cook with Aramark Services. I operated a cafeteria and prepared food for 200+ people daily. I didn’t have any formal culinary training prior to the job, but quickly realized I was a talented and creative cook. I honed my skills, which has since become a hobby that I enjoy with my family and friends.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy playing soccer and coaching athletics.
Do you have a funny story about working at Cellular Sales? No funny stories so far.
And finally, name your all-time favorite phone, and tell us why. My all-time favorite phone has to be the HTC Droid Incredible. The graphics are outstanding and it’s easy to use.
I was backing up my computer to an external hard drive when I accidentally knocked the hard drive off a table. While I recovered many files, I also permanently lost some files that were not on my computer. This was the second time I’d lost files due to a damaged hard drive. That’s when I started keep a backup of my computer online.
Smartphones are little computers we carry in our pockets. Keeping a backup of the smartphone online is just as important as keeping a backup of our computers. Our smartphones have music, contacts, documents and videos that need to be safeguarded. If you lose the phone or damage the phone, a backup keeps you from losing valuable information and can make restoring files fairly easy.
What are the best backup solutions?
Since the iPhone now uses iCloud as a primary backup, I am going to focus on Android backup solutions.
MyBackup Pro – The easiest and most popular overall Android backup solution, MyBackup Pro gives you choice of creating an SD card backup or an online backup (using Rerware servers). Non-rooted and rooted Android phones can use MyBackup Pro to back up SMS and MMS messages, call log, photos, contacts, bookmarks, system settings, home screens, alarms, dictionary, calendar events, and music playlists. This is a top-rated app in Google Play, and user after user mentions how this app came was a lifesaver they had to do an unexpected restore due to phone crashes. MyBackup Pro support all Android versions back to 1.5+ and has the best cross-Android-platform support available. Note – The online backup option comes with 50 MB free online storage space, and offers 250 MB for $1 per month or 1 GB for $2 per month.
Contacts – If you use Google as your “go to” for email then you don’t have to backup contacts though you can as a double safe. Just make sure your Google backup is enabled on your Google account by visiting Settings, Personal, Backup and reset, and select both Backup my data and Automatic restore. Then under Settings, Personal, Accounts & Sync, and select your Google account and select all syncing options.
Music Library (Google Play or Amazon Cloud) – If you have a large music collection, it is easier to sync it via the computer onto Google Play or the Amazon Cloud Player. I’ve written about these services several times in the past (see Syncing Files). I use both of them and with recent updates, they are incredibly easy to keep files in-sync and accessed via your various mobile devices (except of course iOS).
iSyncr for iTunes (PC) – One challenge some Android users face is syncing iTunes playlists and music with the Android. iSyncr is consistently the top-rated iTunes sync program for Androids. It works your iTunes playlists, libraries, album art, ratings, play counts, last played, and last skipped date. Additionally, it works with Rocket Music Player to browse and play your music by albums, artists, genres, songs, podcasts and playlists. (Note – There is also a Mac version.)
Bookmarks – MyBackup Pro offers a backup solution for bookmarks, but if you use bookmarks as extensively as I do, you may want a bookmark syncing solution that goes between laptop and all wireless devices. Xmarks was one of my personal favorite apps that I started using last year.
Passwords – The best app I’ve run across for syncing all my passwords (and keeping them secure) is LastPass. Syncing across all my devices, it provides tracking, generating and accessing passwords, numbers and more.
There are a wide range of apps designed to help keep you and your loved ones safer in the midst of dangers, emergencies, health situations and more. Yesterday I wrote about apps that send out alerts and monitor your devices (see part 1). Today, I want to focus on apps that provide emergency notifications, apps that improve driving safety, and utility apps that provide a variety of services.
3. Emergency Notifications
In case of a large emergency, there are apps that provide updates, preparation and more. Tapping the national CodeRED® Emergency Notification System, the CodeRED Mobile Alert App delivers national and local alerts based on your position. There is also a $4.99 per year, alert subscription that gives users immediate threat updates based on location.
Emergency Radio draws from an extensive database of live police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, NOAA weather, coast guard, HAM radio, and other frequencies. You can listen in on broadcasts from local neighborhoods or in cities far away. While Emergency Radio currently just supports iOS, Scanner Radio is an Android app that offers live audio from over 3,300 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world.
The US Government has a FEMA app that provides detailed information on a variety of disasters with an interactive emergency kit checklist, a list of emergency meeting locations, and other details on how to prepare for and survive a disaster.
An interesting family emergency preparation app known as Life360 gives families the tools to create safety points during emergencies, tracking tools, check-in information, and cross-platform group messaging for known threats, alerts, and more.
4. Driving Apps
Avoid the dangerous distraction of text messages and emails while driving with Drive Safe.ly. The basic app is free. Once you install it, you register email accounts, text accounts, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts. Set to “On.” Then when a new message comes, the voice will read your message. To unlock all features, it costs $9.99, plus the site mentions a “Pro version” that costs $13.95 for individuals or $34.95 for a family, but the benefits vs the costs for the pro-version are not really clear.
There are a several utility apps that can provide support in various situations. MedWatcher for instance, provides medicine update information for prescription drugs. Users can access the latest updates as well as submit adverse reactions to medications through the app. While it is designed for medical professionals, anyone that wants to know more about his or her prescription drugs will find this app helpful.
One great utility for a wide range of situations is a flashlight. I’ve been using myLite for over a year, and have had multiple occasions to access this app. From needing light when I woke up in the middle of the night to walking in the neighborhood after sunset, myLite has provided a consistent easy to use light source.
My Security App (Android version; iPhone version) is like a Swiss Army app. It comes with a range of security applications like Live Friend Tracker, 128 bit encryption, and those who track you don’t even need to have a smartphone. They can track you via the company website.
A free of charge personal security app with great features like live Friend Tracker, with connections to Facebook & Twitter. All information is sent through 128 bit encryption. Thanks to our server and website solution people do not need to have a smartphone to track you, that can be done directly through our website. It also comes with Sleep Safe, a sound and motion detector, allowing you to sleep in strange places with a phone on guard. Like the apps mentioned previously, this comes with a panic button and a safety cam that communicates with company servers.
The British Red Cross First Aid delivers vital medical information where and when you need it. From heart attack help to insect bites, colds and more. This helpful app offers videos, quizzes and step-by-step instructions.
If you have found other apps helpful in safety situations, please leave a comment and tell us what you like and why.
Smartphones offer a range of tools that can help you and your loved ones stay safer. From personal security to health to emergency situations, there are a wide range of applications that help you send instant alerts, learn about potential dangers or even track stolen electronics. By utilizing the basic tools of a smartphone such as GPS, two way communication or even the camera light, these tools can turn your phone into a tool for navigating through challenging situations.
Since there are so many apps that promise some form of safety, I’ve decided to group them in five key categories: alerts, monitoring, emergency notifications, driving, and utilities. I’ve put the first two in this post and will follow-up with the next three in tomorrow’s post.
Whether facing physical danger, an accident or sudden health issues, there are a range of applications that make it easy to send an instant alert to friends, family and professionals. When you download bSafe, it suggests a group of contacts who you often engage. In case of an emergency, bSafe sends an SOS alarm message to selected contacts with your GPS position, and a call to one It also offers a premium service that provides life GPS tracing. Friends can follow you home via GPS to make sure your are safe.
Safety Grid, Streetsafe and MyForce are all variations of paid services. SafetyGrid and MyForce can be activated for silent monitoring by a crisis response team. SafetyGrid also offers medical evacuation coverage for a yearly fee. Streetsafe is also a monitored service, but it also includes the “Walk with Me” service for students or elderly or anyone walking at night or through a potentially dangerous area. A trained professional stays on the phone and talks you through the walk home. In case of emergency, they contact 911.
There are also specialized alert apps for specific situations. For parents, the Safe & Sound app stores a profile of each child. In case of emergency, the app can send out profile information to emergency personal in 10 seconds or less. The Rave alert can send out a mass emergency alert via Facebook, Twitter and email contacts in case of an emergency situation on a campus, in a business, school district or other institution.
In addition to sending out alerts, there are apps that allow you to monitor the phone in use from a distance. Prey is an open source app that can be used on your smartphone, tablet and laptop. Prey runs virtually invisible on your device, but in case it is stolen, you can activate monitoring via SMS or on the website. Prey can take a picture, send GPS info, and sound an alarm (with a variety of configurations). Prey keep a “recoveries” blog where users can tell their recovery story.
Securafone gives you the ability to turn on monitoring for children, seniors, and employees in a variety of potential risk situations. Securafone can prevent texting and emailing while driving, send speed alerts, connect people to emergency services, and provide instant alerts with the person is in a dangerous situation (from schoolyard bullies to car accidents and more).
Tomorrow, I’ll cover safety apps that focus on emergency notifications, driving, and utilities. (See part 2).
Over the last three years, the use of smartphones has exploded. As more and more people are carrying their own smartphones and tablets, they often have better mobile computing tools that what their company provides. This means more and more employees are opting to use their own devices for work projects.
Consider a recent study by LANDesk. After surveying 193 IT managers and administrators from medium to large organizations, here is what they found:
- 44 percent of those surveyed said at least part of their workforce works remotely.
- 77 percent of those surveyed said end users use their personal mobile devices in the workplace.
- 54 percent of those surveyed reported that they do not currently have a security strategy for mobile devices in place.
- 37 percent of those surveyed reported that they deal with more than 10 malware incidents a month.
That second bullet is an eye-opener. 77 percent of those surveyed acknowledged that employees are using their personal mobile devices in the workplace. This means that IT faces the challenges of supporting a very different workplace that just a few years ago. Steve Workman, Vice President of LANDesk says, “The days of provisioning and maintaining a single computing platform, locking down work environments and mandating productivity systems are dead. This survey of mobile device management drives these points home. We surveyed a cross section of IT managers and administrators, and their feedback shows the dramatic nature of this shift and emphasises the immediacy of the change.”
This new challenge requires businesses to have some type of mobile device management (MDM) plan, and this challenge is not simply for larger companies. SMBs must be prepared as well. Eric Lai from ZDNet points out the danger for smaller businesses. He says, “But in terms of who proportionally gets hit harder, a smaller firm could find itself crippled if a few hundred key customer details are compromised.”
If you’re a small business-owner with employees using their own devices in the workplace, you might consider looking at AirWatch offers support for managing a range of devices including Android, IOS, Blackberry, Windows, and Symbian. While many MDM solutions focus primarily on enterprise implementations, AirWatch offers support for small businesses, enterprise level, education and government. Some of the features, small businesses owners will appreciate include:
- Pay month-to-month for the number of active devices
- Leverage a cloud model to reduce costs and free up resources
- Increase efficiency by streamlining and automating IT tasks
- Gain visibility and control over all your mobile assets
- Increase employee satisfaction and reduce IT costs through BYOD
 “Do mobile devices in the workplace create security problems?” Help Net Security, May 10, 2012 <http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=12903>
 Eric Lai. “Hey SMBs: Here’s An Affordable Mobile Device Management Option.” ZDNet, May 4, 2012 <http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/hey-smbs-heres-an-affordable-mobile-device-management-option/3064>
School is almost out, the sun is shining, the kids are antsy, and the road is calling. Time to plan your family vacation. Before you head out the door, check out our Top 10 Apps for Vacation. These apps are available from Google Play and the IOS App Store.
Before you grab your keys and jump in the car, you need to figure out where to go and what to do. Over the years, TripAdvisor has emerged as one of the most popular tools for researching travel from vacations to weekend getaways to business trips. From your smartphone or tablet, you can browse 45+ millions reviews and opinions for vacations spots, lodging, restaurants, attractions, and more. This is must have for planning your next trip.
2. Vacation Planner
It’s the night before vacation. The kids can’t sleep, the dog is howling, and you’re busy making sure you don’t forget something. Use your Vacation Planner app to review a pre-populated list of vacation essentials. This handy little tool is easily configured and customized, and it does not need to interact with Internet, so your privacy is assured.
Forward all your hotel, airline, car rental and restaurant reservations to Tripit. They’ll organize your trip and provide you with an itinerary that you can easily access from the car, the hotel, the airport and just about anywhere else (even without WiFi connection). If your traveling in a group, Tripit can keep everyone in sync throughout the trip, plus you can easily share trip plans with family and friends.
4. Google Maps
You’re driving down the highway, counting cars and singing “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” when your stomach cries out, “I’m hungry.” Click open the Google Places app and find the closest place to eat. Google Maps comes packaged with a mobile suite including Google Navigation (free, voice-guided GPS navigation system), Google Places (find, rate, and get recommendations for places), and Google Latitude (see friends on the map and check in at places). This handy app shows up again and again in best-loved travel apps. Once you try it, you’ll see why.
Some guy on I-95 has pulled over to let his dog take a quick walk, and a 45 minute traffic jam ensues as everyone rubbernecks to see what is going on. Avoid this mess with the Waze app. Connect with drivers just up the road and find out what’s waiting ahead with this social traffic app. Using real-time road reports from drivers nearby, “Waze: Community GPS Navigation” gives you relevant traffic information at any given moment.
If you’re taking to the air this summer, you might be sure to utilize one of the most popular Android travels apps, FlightTrack. Find out real-time departure info, delays and gate numbers as well as alternate flights, detailed flight delay forecast, on-going flight tracking, and seating maps. Plus, you can easily jot down notes about your seat numbers, confirmations numbers and more.
While visiting a new town, you ask the locals for food recommendations. Just to be safe, open Yelp and double check their recommendations. Last year while visiting Plymouth Rock, MA, Yelp sent me to the Blue-Eyed Crab Grill & Bar where I ate the best seafood of my whole vacation.
8. Augmented Driving
iOnRoad Augmented Driving for Android and Augmented Driving for iPhone use your smartphone’s camera and GPS to detect vehicles and other objects in front of your to help you drive safer. While these are no substitute for safe driving, they do offer help avoiding speeding, detecting other cars, and staying in your lane. iOnRoad Augmented Driving won the CES 2012 Design and Engineering Showcase award among many other awards.
9. Wikitude/Layar/World Explorer
Today your exploring the streets the San Francisco. No tour guide? That’s okay. Hold up your smartphone and snap a picture. Using Wikitude, Layar, or World Explorer, you can find all sorts of interesting facts, videos, images, and social networking connections right in the picture.
10. Trip Journal
Since everybody back home is not on vacation, why not add insult to injury by sharing every moment of your glorious trip? Give them up to the minute news on your exciting vacation spots with the Trip Journal app. Trip Journal makes it easy to share your route, notes, photos, and videos with your friends on Facebook, Google Earth, Picasa, Flickr, Youtube, and Twitter.
In the last couple weeks, Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive have both released desktop versions of their online drives. These desktop applications make it easy to keep your music, videos, pictures, and documents available online via any device such as a computer, a smartphone, a tablet, a media player or even your television.
Up to now, the most common application for online drives has been syncing music via services like iCloud, Amazon Cloud Player, and Google Play. With the explosion of tablets, smartphones, SSD laptops, more and more people want access to all their files anytime. Now music, video, ebooks, documents, spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations, movies, and much more can be easily access via cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Drive.
While Amazon and Google have both offered some form of an online drive for the past year, their recent desktop versions make it easy to upload files to your cloud drive. Here’s a quick snapshot of both services.
Working similar to the Mobile Me service, Google Drive installs a “sync folder” on your desktop. You can sign up at Google Drive. In order to use it, you must have a Gmail account. Google Drive comes with 5GB of free space. Once you install the drive, it immediately syncs all your online Google Docs to the sync folder on your computer. Whenever you want to add a file to Google Drive, simply drop the file in your sync folder. If you’re online, it will automatically sync folders. If not, it will automatically sync files as soon as your online again.
You can create new folders in your Google Drive folder, move files between folders, and add/remove files. Google Drive immediately syncs folders, files, and any changes you’ve made.
Amazon Cloud Drive
The Amazon Cloud Drive does not install a sync folder on your computer. It installs an icon in your system tray. Once you install the application, you can click on the Amazon Cloud icon. Then you’ll need to sign into your Amazon account (or create an account if you don’t have one). Like Google Drive, it comes with 5 GB of free space. To sync a file, simply drag a file or folder to the Amazon Cloud icon, and it will instantly begin to sync the files.
I wanted to test it’s ability to detect file types, so I added some MP3 files to the Amazon Cloud icon. Then I opened the Amazon Player on my Android. The MP3 files were on my Amazon Player ready for play or download. It’s a simple process, but if you want to add multiple MP3 files, Amazon recommends you Launch Cloud Player.
Which cloud drive is better? So far, I can’t recommend one drive over another at this point. Currently I am syncing files to iCloud, Box, Dropbox, Amazon and Google Drive. I want to compare how they develop and what process is simplest. If you want to share files, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box offer simple share solutions. Amazon doesn’t appear to offer a sharing solution at this point. All services offer the ability to expand the drive size based on some type of fee.
April was a busy month for Cellular Sales. New stores opened in states all across the country. With the opening of stores in Delaware and Connecticut last Tuesday, Cellular Sales reached a new milestone: 500 stores and counting. The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Cellular Sales COO James Thome who said, “It’s all because of our people. Our business model of hiring high quality and dedicated employees to make sure you’re happy.”
In the last few years, smartphones have come to dominate Cellular Sales business and now more than half the phones sold are smartphones. More and more Americans from all ages and all walks of life are discovering the power of smartphones for everything from keeping grocery lists to tracking news to remembering meetings. Cellular Sales experts help customers find the ideal smartphone or regular cell phone that will meet their needs. The attention to customers has propelled Cellular Sales to the nation’s largest Verizon retailer.
The 500 store milestone is just the beginning. Cellular Sales plans to open another 75 to 100 stores by the end of the year, and expects to break the 2 million mark in annual phone sales. The Northwest and Northeast have both emerged a potentially large growth markets. By creating new markets and expanding existing markets, Cellular Sales is creating new job opportunities throughout the country for eager sales professionals who want to build their own business. To learn morea bout working for Cellular Sales, visit joincellularsales.com.