Tuesday, April 23, 2019

App guides you to a perfect day

I believe that most people have the knowledge to create the type of life they want, they just don't have the perseverance to pursue their goals.

There are too many distractions in our daily lives. Dealing with work, family, children, money and other daily issues issues sap or energy and attention, leaving little time to devote to the thoughts and practices that bring us peace and happiness. Me time just boils down to sleep time.

A new app called My Perfect Day is designed to help us fallible human focus on things that are important to us while finding a measure of daily happiness.

The app is divided into four primary elements: Journaling, Breathing, Habits and Affirmations.

Journaling gets users' attention every morning and evening and guides them through a set of questions that focus on the things in their lives that bring them the highest level of happiness and overall fulfillment.

Breathing and Habits sections prompt users to pursue activities that contribute to their physical and emotional well being. Proper breathing routines can keep our bodies infused with fresh oxygen while Habits remind users to exercise, talk with partners or maintain an active social life.

And Affirmations deliver words of encouragement that keep users moving along their chosen path. Here's an example:

I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

The My Perfect Day app is scheduled to be released on May 1. The initial version will be for iPhones and other iOS devices. To get a closer look at the app, check the video below and visit the App Store preview.

Website has tips for app makers

If there's any doubt that we are rapidly moving into a fully mobile world, the latest Internet traffic statistics should put that to rest.

According to one report, more than 52 percent of worldwide website traffic in 2018 came from mobile phones. That's up from less than 44 present just two years earlier.

With mobile apps contributing a substantial amount of that traffic, it's little wider that businesses and organizations that were content to provide a simple website just a few years ago are now expanding to offer a dedicated mobile app.

Create.app is a website that offers a variety of free and useful tips and suggestions for anyone considering building their own app.

In one section, the site provides a step by step tutorial for using Mobincube, a software package that promises to create a simple app in as little as 20 minutes. For people who don't have professional programming experience, there's another section that looks at services such as Fiverr and Upwork that will connect potential clients to professional programmers.

For people who have a mobile app, Create.app offers tips for using social media and other channels to promote the app and increase visibility.

For more details and to read all of the tips and ideas, visit the Create.app website.    

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

App lets churches offer on-demand rides

Thanks to Uber and Lyft, the idea of getting an on-demand ride in someone’s personal car no longer sounds like such a crazy idea.

Now a digital entrepreneur has developed a system that lets church members use their smartphones to get rides to services and related events.

Like Uber and Lyft, ChurchRyde uses companion apps for passengers and drivers. But unlike the ride sharing services, there are no fees or credit cards involved.

ChurchRyde is designed to be used by churches and similar organizations to create carpools by pairing volunteer drivers with members who need transportation.

It uses a central platform to match rider requests with available drivers. Churches that register to use the app are responsible for setting a service area and approving drivers.

Apps for users and drivers are available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more details, check out the video below and visit the ChurchRyde website.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Service trains and launches affiliate marketers

In the days before the Internet changes all the rules for everybody, companies that produced goods to sell relied on distributors to get their products into stores. The distributors were the so-called middlemen who earned a commission by connecting manufacturers to retailers. 

Today, many distributors have been replaced by affiliate marketers. The affiliates set up blogs or websites to function as online stores, fine-tune the message for high search engine visibility and collect on the resulting sales.

Becoming an affiliate marketer is easier and cheaper than leasing a storefront on a busy highway, but it’s not a walk in the park. That’s why Wealthy Affiliate has built a thriving business by helping affiliate marketers take the plunge.

Wealthy Affiliate says it will help members develop or choose a niche business, build a website, host a domain and show members how to build online traffic and a customer base.

The service also trains members to choose products to sell and build relationships with product sources.   

The About Us page on the Wealthy Affiliate website doesn’t identify the company’s home location or the full names of founders and executives. But it does share some philosophical quotes from top executives, like this one from a co-founder named Kyle:

You cannot make people love a service, you have to create a service that people love.

Potential members who want to test drive the WealthAffiliate system can sign up for a free starter package that includes two websites, a week of live coaching and the first of seven training sessions. A Premium membership costs $49 a month and includes 50 websites and full training and support.

For a closer look, visit the Wealthy Affiliate website.     

Sunday, March 17, 2019

DigitalCRM has affordable CRM software

So many businesses now use customer relationship management software that I'm surprised to encounter one that doesn't have immediate access to the full history of my purchases and service calls.

With the recent advances on cloud computing, sophisticated sales CRM software is no longer just for the rich and famous.

Take DigitalCRM sales CRM software for example. It's an online customer management tool that offer top-level features for as kittle as $500.

Digital CRM's dashboard includes contact, sales lead and sales force management modules; sales pipeline tracking; and territory management. It also features a suite of reports, analytics forecast tools along with the ability to create newsletters and web forms that produce sales leads.

A Contact Manager process helps users maintain contact, lead, account lists by storing phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other information in a centralized location. The Sales Pipeline view lets managers see the status of current leads, customers won and lost, prospects and proposals.

In addition to online CRM software, DigitalCRM also offers help desk software that includes a knowledgeable, service ticketing, a service dashboard and analytics.

For more details on pricing and features, visit the DigitalCRM website.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Mictic turns body movements into music

One of the mesmerizing charms of an orchestra conductor is the way he (or she) appears to create music out of thin air with the wave of a baton.

That may be what a group opt Swiss engineers were going for when they invented Mictic. It's a wireless sensor that produces lush, fully-formed notes and chords from hand movements.

To see what I'm talking about, check out the video below. A cellist performs a short piece by moving his right hand across the strings while his left hand moves up and down the fretboard.

But look closely - there's no bow in his right hand and he soon lifts his left hand off the neck of the cello. He's playing music without an instrument.

The creators of Mictic call it "the world's first body instrument" that launches "the beginning of a new era:  audio augmented reality."

The device pairs a wrist sensor that's the size of a large watch with a companion app that interprets body movements and instantly transforms them into sounds.

Mictic developers plan to launch the device early next year. They have created a few sound kits that  match musical instruments and plan to expend into other sounds. Their website mentions plans for kits that will mimic the sounds of a lightsaber or a robot.

Mictic AG is currently looking for investors and plans to launch a pre-release sale by the end of April to raise development funding.

For more details, to get on the company's mailing list and to watch several more videos, visit the the Mictic website. You can also follow @Mictic_Move on Twitter.

Monday, March 11, 2019

App creates augmented reality objects

The arrival of Pokémon GO in 2016 not only got people out of their home to search for digital creatures, it also introduced average folks to the mysterious world of augmented reality.  Suddenly they could see a Pidgey hopping around the shopping mall and a swarm of Zubats gathered on the library steps.

Now a new iOS app could expand the AR world even more by making it easy to create and share augmented reality objects.

Advncd AR allows users to create their own custom augmented reality objects using their own photos. It eliminates the need to comb the Internet looking for collections of AR objects to download and deploy.

With Advncd AR, users select an object that they would like to create, then upload photos and text to the app.

The app comes with libraries stocked with animations and simple screens. The app currently has six models and use cases to choose from and the developers indicate more could be added in the future. 

When the object is in place, the app generates a QR that to share with friends and associates. when they scan the code, they will see the objects you created.

Advncd AR is available as a free download in the iTunes App Store.

To get a closer look at the app, check out the video below and visit the Advncd AR website.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Software helps vendors create affiliate marketing programs

Affiliate marketing has become a lucrative two-way channel for both both companies with products to sell and the affiliates willing to put a link or a widget on their website.

When a blogger writes about a cosmetic and points readers to a vendor, the blogger and the vendor both make money on a sale. Economists call that a virtuous circle.

Omnistar helps lubricate that circle by providing vendors with a platform to build and manage an affiliate program.

OSI Affiliate Software walks users through the necessary steps for an affiliate program. To start, it creates a social share widget that users can deploy on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to capture visitor email addresses. 

It also provides a customizable thanks you page and email templates as well as forms and pop-ups.

Once the program is up and running, the software can reward affiliates with contests, commissions, discounts or gift cards.

Omnistar offers a free trail and says its software can get an affiliate program running in 10 minutes or less. Pricing for the platform starts at $47 per month or $470 for a year.

For more details, visit the Omnistar website.

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