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5 Shipping Apps for Online Business Owners

It seemed obvious, when you set up your business, that shipping would be one of the easiest functions of the operation. The mail carrier comes to your house and business every day, and in the past you’ve given him or her letters or boxes to be shipped.

It was all simple enough, so it’s easy to understand why people rarely see it coming in business: shipping high quantities of items to worldwide locations is actually quite a challenging task for most businesses!

But we now live in a world where mobile technologies are all around us, even in our pocket. Smartphones allow a greater level of productivity and management than at any other time in human history. And along with smartphone technology comes their greatest asset: applications.

Take a look at these five shipping apps that make shipping easier for online business owners.

1. Avery Universal Package Tracker

The awesome thing about the app that Avery has put together is that you can track shipments across many of the shipping carriers are typically used by corporate customers. UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and others can be found here, all accessible within a single app.

You can key in a tracking number individually or track many items at once, across many carriers. This app is available on Apple iPhone, Google Android, but may not be out on BlackBerry just yet. We would also be surprised if they do not make a mobile app for Windows Phone eventually, as that platform grows in popularity.

2. FedEx Mobile

This is a pretty cool app that generates shipping labels and can get you shipping rates. And since it’s associated with FedEx, you’ll be able to access their website from within the app, and track anything you’ve mailed.

The updating is literally up-to-the-minute, and quite handy if you’re in a situation when you’re eagerly awaiting the successful arrival of a package. They have this app on the platforms of Apple iPhone, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry.

Again, we would be quite surprised if they did not make their mobile app available to the users of the Windows Phone, since that platform is steadily gaining market share.

3. UPS Mobile

UPS has always been a leader in shipping, and their app will always be one of the best. The downside is that they’re going to focus on their shipping company and shipped items only, which may not work if you need to use many different vendors. But if you do all your shipping through UPS, then this app will work well for you.

Inside the app is a directory to UPS retail locations, which can come in handy in a pinch. Like other apps, you can track all your UPS shipments, make labels for your items, and get estimates of costs to ship and the varying delivery times across the world. This app is available on Apple iPhone, Google Android, RIM Blackberry, and potentially soon on Windows Phone.

4. USPS Mobile

The USPS Mobile app is available on Apple iPhone, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry currently. Similar to the UPS app, it’s a great way to track anything mailed via USPS offices and find retail locations and kiosks nearby.

5. Custom applications and software

If you have a specific type of business that requires specialized shipping solutions such as shipping storage containers, you’ll need a vendor who can provide that custom technology and software for your business.

Software typically isn’t cheap, but the prices are coming down compared with the past, and the opportunity to increase revenue and decrease expenses over the long haul will make it worth the investment!


12 Cool Gadget Gift Ideas

For the geek in you or for those geeks you love, there are many awesome gadgets available to impress and inspire. There are Star Wars gifts and presents for the individual that’s just tired of the same old thing for Christmas or birthdays. This year, try some thing new.

There are at least 12 cool gadget gift ideas to choose from.

1. Electric guitar T-shirt

This cool geeky gift for the kid is amazing! The neck of the guitar that’s printed on this shirt actually represents real notes on the neck of a real guitar. This might just be the perfect thing for the kid who gets a kick out of quirky gifts.

2. The sliding keyboard case

For those who’ve gone from regular cell phone to the smartphone with touchscreen, you might be missing the feel of the keys. This handy gadget lets you return to the old style, either permanently or just for fun.

3. Weather station keyring

Never leave home without the latest forecast. You don’t even have to check your phone. Simply take a look at your keyring and you’ll know if it’ll rain or shine. This gadget is downright awesome.

4. Striiv

This gadget helps to keep you in shape by monitoring the miles and times you’ve put in on your workouts. This little device should inspire you to get up and moving, and depending on your performance, Striiv will donate to charity in your name.

5. Pole dancer alarm clock

Don’t just wake up and go to work; wake up to a tiny buxom blonde stripper swinging around a pole. The background music will get you going if she doesn’t. This is a nifty gift for a bachelor.

6. Message to space

Not sure if this should be considered a gadget, but it’s definitely worth considering as a very neat gift. You receive a box and fill out all the information on the application inside. Then you write a very important message and put the message in the box. The message will be sent into space via a laser. You message could be read for potentially thousands of years.

7. Build your own roller coaster

Just what every big kid wants. This kit comes complete with everything you need to build your own roller coaster replica.

8. Pogo instant photo printer

If you are out and about and have many photos crammed onto your smartphone, this is a handy device to save the day. A little photo printer can make prints of photos in minutes.

9. Eye clock

This zany clock will keep you laughing. Instead of hands pointing at the hour and the minute, the pupils of eyes do the job. This little white box holds a simple pair of black pupils that tell the time.

10. Voice-activated R2D2

This replica of the Star Wars favorite is perfect for kids or adults. This little robot obeys 40 commands and plays hide-n-seek as well.

11. Roomba Robot vacuum

Instead of vacuuming the floor the old-fashioned way, opt to let the Roomba Robot do it for you. This little round robot will vacuum all floors by moving around on its own and navigating around obstacles.

12. Letter art

For a unique twist, consider buying your geek the gift of letter art. Maybe you could have the person’s name spelled out and framed, or you could even create a cool quote. Whatever you choose to make, you can do this with letter art.

These are just some of the nifty and cool gadgets that would make the perfect gift. Don’t settle for the ordinary, when these extraordinary options are right at your fingertips.

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Otterbox Commuter Series Offers Elegant Simplicity

The new Commuter Series from Otterbox combines two necessities into one convenient package. Put the contents of your wallet into your phone case and make life simpler. No more wondering where each item is. They’re together in one sleek and sexy unit. Check out the Otterbox Commuter Series wallet for  Apple iPhone 5/5s and Samsung GALAXY S4.


The Top 5 Smartphones of 2013

This year has seen many new innovations in technology and the smartphone. Various apps, functions, and upgrades have kept consumers going after the new smart devices as if they were candy.

This year has seen some of the most interesting and useful devices ever to hit the mainstream. Everyone is wanting a piece of the action. Here are the five best smartphones of 2013.

1. Sony Yuga

Sony is joining the craze to create a five-inch screen for its 2013 Smartphone. This device has a quad core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage space. This is just the basics of this awesome new phone.

2. Samsung Galaxy Premier

The South Korean company, Samsung, has introduced a high-quality phone with a low price tag. This amazing device has a 4.65 inch AMOLED screen with a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 SoC inside. Because of all the special features, the phone was delayed going onto the shelves for the 2013 year.

3. BlackBerry 10

This phone is quite different from the BlackBerry phones seen in the past. Unlike the BlackBerry 7, this one is based on a UNIX-type platform called the QNX. It has a whole new home screen with new tiles more like a Windows phone.

The inbox on this phone is not like an app; it’s more like an operating system (OS), which means it’s accessible wherever you go. The new addition called PEEK also allows you to see Facebook and Twitter notifications without leaving the home page. This is quite exceptional.

4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

This brand-new Sony phone came out with a bang. Without any prior warning, it was advertised everywhere. Its razor-thin construction was catching eyes left and right. The same specs that were offered in previous versions are present in this one, despite how incredibly thin the structure is.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the new Sony Ericsson was upgraded with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB MicroSD storage.

5. HTC One

This innovative new phone takes the spotlight among the top devices of 2013. The HTC One has all the same capabilities and functions as all the rest.

However, it also has a very amazing and interesting capability that’s very different. Not only can this smartphone find any television show you might be interested in; it can also serve as the remote control for your TV and other devices in the household. This is one smart device.

Before they’re all gone, you might want to get one of these smart devices. It’s sure to make life easier and a lot more fun!


4 Early Learning Software Programs for Your Baby or Toddler

There are few things that are more valuable than a passion for learning. Part of being a parent is wanting to give your children the tools they need not only to do well in school, but be successful in life and accomplish their goals.

Study after study shows that the earlier you start educating your child, the better. Early learning is an important part of raising a happy and healthy child: not only helping him or her to be academically smart in a traditional sense, but giving the child the confidence and curiosity to explore the surrounding world.

Early learning technology for your toddler

The benefits of early education are endless. Learning doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade, it starts at home. If you’re looking for some tools to help cultivate your child’s learning, here are four software programs that are designed to give your child an early lead.

1. Jumpstart Toddler

Knowledge Adventure, the company behind Jumpstart Toddler, has a lot of the same goals you do: to prepare your child to succeed in grade school and beyond. The Jumpstart Toddler software encourages curiosity with engaging challenges, games, music, and graphics.

Preschoolers that use the Jumpstart Toddler software don’t just get the tools they need to become successful learners, but they develop that even-more-important interest in learning as well.

2. Crayola Magic 3D

Many early-learning software programs focus on reading skills, shapes, and colors, but those aren’t the only skills your child should have. With Crayola Magic, kids can draw to their heart’s content and there’s no fear about their leaving crayon marks on the walls.

Creativity and self-expression are important in every stage of life. This program gives kids an outlet to improve their skills and try new things.

3. The Reader Rabbit series

The Learning Company is known for its effective and beloved educational products for children of all ages, from babies and toddlers to fifth graders. With The Learning Company’s software — specifically, the Reader Rabbit games — your child will have fun and learn to read at the same time.

4. Millie’s Math House

Kids learn in different ways, and everyone ends up being better in some subjects than others, so you want to cover all your bases in early education with regard to both subject matter and learning styles.

It’s obviously important to give kids early exposure to thinking critically, exploring creativity, and discovering a love for reading; but the analytic, logical side of their brains usually goes ignored in early learning. A lot of kids struggle with math and science simply because they were never taught to think in terms of numbers, which makes it hard to learn mathematical concepts later on without that basic foundation.

With Millie’s Math House, toddlers are exposed to simple math concepts and get to try their hand at using that particular side of their brain.

As a parent, you want to provide a solid foundation for your child. Part of doing that is to take care of his or her health with a good diet and by treating common problems like colic or infant gas. But you also want to take care of the child’s mental health as well.

If you get children interested in learning from the very beginning, they’re more likely to do better in school (from kindergarten all the way through college) and become lifelong learners. Early education can help toddlers get a jump-start on reading skills and creativity, and even promote good self-esteem.

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Intuit Gets You in the Game

One small business got the surprise of a lifetime when Intuit showed them how much they were appreciated. What started as a small purchase escalated quickly, much to the amazement and joy of the business owners. The gifts purchased were given to Bright Pink, an organization focused on reducing risk for breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Find out what happened in the video:

If you’re a fan of small business, help choose the one that gets the big prize. Visit and vote for your favorite business. The winner will get their very own 30 second ad during the biggest game February 2, 2014.


5 IPhone Apps for Atlanta Adventurers

Whether you’re just visiting Atlanta or you’ve lived here your entire life, there’s always a new adventure to have in the city. With the help of some free iPhone apps, you can be on your way to finding a new favorite hangout or getting a great deal on a local attraction.

Here are five must-have apps to help you find your next adventure in Atlanta.

1. Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura is a great website and app that aims to help adventurers find really cool spots that aren’t very well-known. If you prefer to get beyond the typical tourist spots or you’re just wanting to try something new, Atlas Obscura has a ton of bizarre and amazing locations to visit in Atlanta and all over the world.

2. Scoutmob

Scoutmob is your key to awesome deals and bargains at restaurants, stores, and local attractions. Atlanta is just one of the dozen or so cities that this app covers.

3. Beat the Traffic

As with any big city, Atlanta traffic can kill a great adventure if you don’t time things right. With the Beat the Traffic app, you can do just that: find a way around slow traffic and frequent stops and get on to your adventure.

4. CityPass Mobile

See the local tourist attractions — the zoo, CNN studios, the aquarium, museums, and more — and save a bunch of money while doing it. Those admission prices add up really fast; with the CityPass, you can get in at a fraction of the price, and all you have to do is show them your smartphone.

5. Atlanta map and walking tours

This app has both a free and a paid version, and it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to learn more about Atlanta and you don’t quite know where to begin. Make your iPhone your tour guide and get out of that hotel room … or if you live in Atlanta, get out and learn something new about your city.

To find more restaurants and businesses in the area, you can always check online directories — either while planning your trip in advance, or on a spur-of-the-moment decision to try something new. Whether you’re driving through Atlanta, flying in, or just taking a walk through your own neighborhood, there are always new places to discover and new adventures waiting to be had.


The 5 Most Outstanding ADHD Apps of 2013, for the Smart Device

Many people around the world suffer from ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disease can be very debilitating and cause problems in all areas of life.

Not only children suffer from this condition, but adolescents and some adults struggle with its effects. There are many ways to treat the illness and many options to think about when dealing with the symptoms. One of the worst symptoms of ADHD is the inability to concentrate or focus.

Medical professionals, ADHD sufferers, and their families are always searching for ways to deal with these issues. Believe it or not, there are now apps for the smartphone that provide help in dealing with ADHD symptoms. Because technology has entered so many facets of our lives, high-tech companies have developed apps for organizing and remembering important tasks.

Here are five of the best.

1. Due-Super reminders/reusable egg-timers

This amazing app, compatible with the iPhone, reminds you of important tasks that need to be done throughout the day. The application uses 12 different alert tones with louder pitches being used for more important tasks and softer ones for casual reminders. This program is perfect for those who have difficulties with memory due to ADHD.

2. EpicWin

Never before have apps been this interactive and productive at the same time. With EpicWin, you can create an avatar with opportunities to gain additional riches and improving stats as you complete your chores.

If chores are not catalogued, then the avatar cannot be updated. This helps children with ADHD learn the importance of finishing their work through a reward system.

3. Dragon Dictation

This app is perfect for people who simply cannot wait to send an email or take a note. Instead of trying to text while driving, use this voice-activated app to do the work for you. For those who suffer with an attention-deficit condition, this app is perfect for keeping up with your fast-paced mind.

4. Attention Exercise

This app may just be what the doctor order for the ADHD patient. To help improve your focus and lengthen your attention span, its drawing exercises can work wonders. You should notice an increase in patience after the completion of each task.

5. Adult ADHD

Not all sufferers of attention deficit disorder are children. Many sufferers of this illness are in fact adults. This app provides a questionnaire to ascertain whether you definitely have this condition. The program suggests doctors and medications that might assist in the treatment of the illness.

ADHD is a serious illness, and having a way to control the symptoms is the best avenue of treatment. Medications, natural remedies and therapy are all good options. But using smart device apps can help to organize and control these overwhelming areas of your life even further.

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