Photo-sharing app review: Tadaa for iPhone

Tadaa is a a photo-sharing app that lets you edit and apply filters to your photos and share them in a community.

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My Tadaa page – click to view

I love taking photos with my iPhone and after I stopped using Instagram, I tried a number of similar apps to use for posting my pictures online.  Tadaa offers much superior editing features, and I’m hooked!

What I like about Tadaa:

  1. Photo quality and size
    Comparing the Instagram pics I posted before with Tadaa pics, I realise how much I missed higher quality and larger (zoomable) pictures. Tadaa pics are posted at a maximum of 2048 x 2048 pixels and unlike Instagram, Tadaa doesn’t restrict users to a square image. Read More…
  

What to do with Duplicate Accounts in LinkedIn

In every LinkedIn workshop I find at least one person who has a duplicate LinkedIn profile – this is a very common occurrence as most professionals think they should create a LinkedIn profile for every new job or career.  This is not true, and can be crippling to your profile for various reasons:

  • Duplicate LinkedIn accountsWhen searching for your name in LinkedIn, all your (and your namesakes’) profiles will be returned in the results.  This is very confusing and does you no favours. Someone you have done business with may ask for your connection on the old profile and you will not receive the request, or worse… someone WANTS to do business with you but you do not answer their messages to your old profile.
  • All your professional experience, education and skills on ONE profile gives a complete overview of you as a professional. There’s no reason to separate it.
  • As you change jobs or companies, the email from your LinkedIn profile may be sent to a deleted email address.  The right thing to do would be to add a personal email address such as your Gmail address to your LinkedIn profile to allow password reminders/changes to be sent to you.  This way you will always be able to log into your LinkedIn profile to update your new position & company, and add your new email address. Read More…
  

LinkedIn Answers Shutdown on 31 January

If you have been a LinkedIn user for a while, you would have noticed quite a few changes in 2012:
(I link each topic to the LinkedIn help centre’s explanation as I don’t want to duplicate it all here)

The above were all changes for the better, and it’s clear that LinkedIn is improving in leaps and bounds!

The latest change baffles me a little, but I’m sure we will soon see why they have decided to shut down the ANSWERS section on 31 January, 2013.  I have always loved this section and found many answers to my questions by searching for answers there.  They promise to develop new and more engaging ways for us to share and discuss professional topics on LinkedIn, but if you have a lot of questions and answers you value in the ANSWERS section you will have to save it somewhere before 31 January!

I’ll be watching their plans and report back here with news!

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Added 28 January 2013:

With the demise of LinkedIn Answers, there is a new place to come to ask any question, any time. We aim to provide answers from people with authority in the topic.

Please visit the new Q&A Forum now (use the link below) and ‘Like’ a Discussion to help promote the Forum amongst your contacts.

And finally, please actively participate. Not only will you be helping others but you will broaden your professional network in the process. If you would like to help moderate any section of this Forum, please contact the group moderators.

MAIN FORUM:
Q&A Forum ►http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4805754

  

MMO for DADS

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My character in Guilwars2: Maximo Destroyer

MMO is not an acronym that is familiar to the parent generation. It stands for massively multiplayer online gaming.

I use Guildwars2 to create common ground between me and my godson. He lives 1000s of km away from me and it’s tricky to always stay in communication and even more so to capture their attention. Lets be honest what red blooded man does not like a bit of death and destruction. That’s the main theme with most of these games. Create your character and run around killing things.

Guildwars2 is no exception to the killing spree but it is certainly not the only activity available. It allows you to gather items and then use them to craft other goods. The details of your chosen game is less important. The fact that you can team up with your kid and go on wild virtual adventures together is more relevant.

Here is the real gold nugget: it’s easy to setup a free TeamSpeak server on your PC. Using TeamSpeak and a headphone set you and your kid can talk to each other on your virtual world adventures. Most of your communication will be centred around the game play but as any parent will tell you having the common ground is invaluable. I find that it’s him teaching and leading me and this makes a interesting dynamic change from the parent always being the one that knows more about something and the parent leading the way.

Having created a platform that you can naturally talk to each other and have common goals will lead to more communication between you and your kid. On occasion he might even share some personal detail that you would not have been told had it not been for the relaxed and social environment you are now in.

TeamSpeak allows multiple connections. In one of our recent online sessions he asked if some of his buddies could join in. I could easily setup some new users and provide login passwords. I was the “cool dad” chatting and running around adventuring with my godson and his mates.

PRICELESS!!!

  

iCloud made simple

If you have more than one iDevice and/or a Mac and an iDevice you should be using iCloud.icloud logo

Check list of requirements:

  • OS 10.7.2 or later on your Mac.
  • iOS 6 or later on your iDevice

WHY should I?

  • If your iDevice or Mac is stolen or lost you can use Find my iPhone/iPad/Mac to locate it.
  • iCloud is an easy and cable free way of synchronizing data across your iDevices and your Mac.
  • Apart from boring calendar events and contacts your photos can wirelessly be synchronized using Photo Stream!
  • Previously the only way to sync data was to manually connect your iDevice with its cable to your Mac and let iTunes do its work.

Easy steps:

Apple step by step can be found at:
http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/ios.html
http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/mac.html

  • If you already have an iTunes account, then enter your username and password into the iCloud System Preferences of both your iDevice and your Mac. Your iTunes account will automatically be upgraded to your new iCloud account.
  • Your iCloud account, iTunes account and Apple ID can and should all be exactly the same thing. To have a different login for any one of these causes unnecessary confusion and hassle.
  • In the iCloud preferences panel on both Mac and iDevice tick on all the options except for document and data sharing. Don’t click Back to My Mac either. Apple are still ironing out some serious issues with this feature. (Documents and Data sharing is only used for iWork)

It’s that easy!

You can now take advantage of your notes, calendar events, contacts and pictures auto synchronizing across your devices.

How did you ever live without this amazing functionality?

  

Why I left Instagram

After my last blog post, ‘Why I loved Instagram‘, I thought I’d explain why I have deleted my account yesterday.  There has been a lot of discussion about it everywhere on the Internet, but it seems most people stare themselves blind against the Terms & Conditions changes.  My reasons are perhaps only my own, but I will try to explain here for those who may have used it for the same reasons.

Goodbye InstagramThe reasons I will no longer be posting to Instagram:

  1. No ‘Preview on Twitter’
    In December 2012 Instagram (who was by now owned by Facebook) stopped supporting Twitter previews of Instagram photos, and while users can still post links to their Instagram photos on Twitter, they are no longer able to view Instagram photos from within the Twitter stream across both the Twitter Web site and mobile apps. Twitter is my main social media platform and it is really important to me that my followers can see previews of photos so they can choose if they want to click on it to see it on the Instagram site.  Now, a post from Instagram to Twitter will show the text and a cryptic link to Instagram, which gets a lot less engagement from Twitter users.  Previously, my Instagram photos got a lot of attention from my Twitter followers, but no more… I don’t blame them as I now find myself skipping over Instagram links in my Twitter timeline, rather than opening a website just to see a pic I may have no interest in. Read More…
  

Why I loved Instagram

On the 6th of January 2011 I made a new friend.  I found Instagram, and I was immediately hooked! I love taking pictures of things around me, people and places, and while my then iPhone 3GS was not the most advanced in photography, I always had it with me and it made perfect sense to use that to take photos rather than carting the SLR everywhere.

Note: Instagram is a mobile photo sharing app, originally only for iOS devices, but later also for other platforms.

Thank you InstagramHere are the 6 main reasons why I loved Instagram and used it daily for almost 2 years:

  1. Filters, frames, rotation, & tilt-shift
    Looking back at my first Instagram pictures now, I cringe at the overuse of filters, frames and other atrocities, but these could make a photo look a little different, highlight good parts or hide bad lighting – in my ‘3GS frame-of-mind’ anyway!  Tilt-shift was a quick and easy way to blur the background or just highlight parts of a photo.  Instagram also added new filters and functionality later. Read More…
  

Social Media Step 1: a LinkedIn profile

Before you start with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any other social media marketing for your business, make sure you have an up to date LinkedIn profile. This will ensure that other professionals can find you online, and you have control over what you want them to know about you as a professional.

LinkedInThe three main reasons why every professional person should have a LinkedIn profile:

  1. Search Results
    If you have never ‘Googled’ your own name, do it now! If you have a LinkedIn profile, your LinkedIn profile will most likely be the first search result. Now picture someone who doesn’t know much about you, but would like to do business with you… what will they find when they Google your name? It’s even more important if you have namesakes because your profile on LinkedIn should make it easy to figure out which one YOU are! Read More…
  

IP webcam

IP webcams are not new to the market. Traditionally they were prohibitively expensive and needed to be integrated into some sophisticated system to actually give you the functionality you needed. New to the market are WIFI IP Webcams like http://www.foscamsa.co.za/products/foscam-fi8918w-wireless-ip-camera-11.htmlFoscam 1

Foscam is a well established name in the security camera market. It’s great that they have brought a product like the FI8918W Wireless IP Camera to the market. It can be wall or roof mounted. It allows remote Pan/Tilt control (Pan:270deg& Tilt:120deg) Best of all other than the power cable it’s all WIFI. The camera joins your home WIFI network. Another huge bonus feature is that you don’t need special software to view and control the camera. It’s all browser controlled. The website has a unique, secure code to access so that you don’t have to worry about the bad guys spying on your home. The website allows control and viewing of up to 9 cameras. This built in scalability is great as it soon becomes “imperative” to have one of these setup in a couple of places in the house.

Foscam also makes a WIFI outdoor IP Webcam. It’s not as clever as it’s static but has the all weather advantage. http://www.foscamsa.co.za/foscam-fi8904w-outdoor-wireless-ip-camera-3.html

Summary: Well worth a look as this is tech that was only for the big league and was prohibitively expensive. Foscam has introduced a product that immediately gives you full functionality at a price the average home owner can afford.

  

What is Social Networking?

If you look up the definition of social networking on Google, you will mostly find references to web sites like Facebook and Twitter, dedicated to posting messages and sharing photographs. This, however, is only in reference to the way we understand it in our hi-tech world today.

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Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If we ask someone of age 80-90 what social networking is, she may tell you it’s what they used to do after church on a Sunday, or whenever they had a gathering of neighbours.  They would have discussed where to get the best deals, how the weather is affecting crops, the financial state of the country, and other interests they share.  This is also what we still do today when we are having drinks or a meal with our friends – we talk about things we are interested in, share experiences and ask/give advice. We attend business networking functions and discuss topics around our professions or industries with our colleagues or industry peers.

Using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social media platforms use the same principles as described above, we just do it online! There are of course the added factors of everything we say being published online, enabling those we grant access to it to read it again, quote it, share it, etc. but essentially the concepts remain the same.

Learn more about using social media to market your business online by attending one of my workshops!

  
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