The DotLoop iPad app is out, and from what I've heard, it's pretty good! Once you download the app, you'll need to log in with the email address and password that myKW uses to automatically log you in. The problem is, since myKW automatically log you in, you probably don't know what the email address and password is. The steps below will help you to find that email address, and create a password to log into the app.
Just on the heels of Keller Williams' announcement that it's the #2 training organization in the world, we're proud to begin offering remote tech training for our agents at Keller Williams Realty Elite.
Beginning Thursday, February 13th, the eEdge Website tech training session will be held not only in our Northwest OKC training room, but also through TeamViewer as an online meeting. Due to the current spate of bad weather, we see this as an excellent opportunity to provide our agents with training without having to put themselves in danger of driving to the office. We're also looking into using this as a method for providing tech training to our Yukon business center.
A TeamViewer meeting allows the presenter to present his/her computer display to your device, to speak to remote viewers through audio and webcam video, to hear remote viewers' questions, to markup the screen as a whiteboard, and even to send files to remote viewers. And...it's FREE!
As pictured above, the TeamViewer app can be run on an iPad or Android tablet, so you can watch the training presentation side-by-side on your tablet while you work on your laptop/desktop! You can watch the meeting on your computer, but you will need to switch back-and-forth to watch the training, then to work on the training content. The tablet/computer setup is ideal.
Windows 8 ASUS Transformer Book T100
Why? Productivity and size.
For the past year or so, the computing market has been moving towards "hybrid" devices. These are devices that cross the line between tablet and laptop. Hybrids tend be Windows 8 devices with both a touchscreen and a keyboard, but some may fold from laptop to tablet mode, and some may detach from their keyboards completely.
The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is the latter, and for its price, it's pretty amazing. Normally $400 for the 64GB version (recommended), it has gone on sale for as low as $300, and tends to hover around $380. For basically a 10" tablet running full Windows 8.1 (as opposed to the crippled Windows 8 RT), and includes a detachable, hardshell keyboard dock (for laptop mode), it's a really great price.
Before you get too excited, be aware that the maximum built-in storage on this device is 64GB, which means you probably won't be storing all of your music, photos, and videos on the Transformer (all of your documents should fit, though). There is a MicroSD slot to expand your storage. Also, 10 inches makes for a large tablet, but a tiny laptop. You might be pumping out an Excel spreadsheet on the Transformer, but you might be squinting at the screen the whole time. However, there is a micro HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor.
Google Android Nexus 7 (2013)
Why? Price, openness.
If all you want is a tablet for entertainment purposes, Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet might be for you. You can some work done, but not like a full Windows 8 tablet/laptop hybrid like the ASUS Transformer.
The Nexus 7 certainly beats any tablet here on price. The MSRP is $280, but more often than not, you can find this tablet on Amazon at a significant discount. Currently, you can purchase the 32GB Nexus 7 for only $5 more than its 16GB variant. Bizarre, right? Last year's model currently goes for $180 (and it even briefly dipped to $100 just recently), and isn't a bad option if you don't mind the lack of a rear-facing camera.
Android OS is known for its openness, which is both a good and bad thing. On one hand, you can install apps (like emulators for playing Nintendo games) from outside Google's app store, but it also means that it's open to potential viruses. Android users are often in the situation of installing antivirus software on their phones!
Android devices are favorites among geeks for these reasons. If you're not a technophile, you may have an easier time in Apple's walled garden where you have less choices and settings, but an easier, more secure experience.
Apple iOS iPad mini with Retina Display
Why? Apps, build quality, speed, interoperability.
Between the three tablets here, at $400 for 16GB, you're paying the most and getting the least for your money. You're only getting a quarter of the storage that the ASUS Transformer provides without the keyboard, and the Nexus 7 has twice the storage for almost half the cost. The Retina option on the iPad means smaller, denser pixels which, in turn, means crisper graphics and better legibility. It adds $100 to the cost, but it's a must.
So why buy an iPad? One answer is apps. Developers tend to create apps for the iPad first because there is less OS fragmentation, less piracy, and more profitability.
Some other reasons why you might choose Apple are build quality, hardware specifications, and interoperability. The quality of Apple devices is impeccable. The only plastic on an iPad is the home button. Everything else is aluminum and glass. Apple's current hardware, their A7X chip, is faster than any quad-core chip you'll find in other mobile devices despite it only being dual-core. Finally, the interoperability of Apple devices is a major draw if you decide to jump head-on into the Apple ecosystem. Your iPad can mirror to your TV with an AppleTV. All of your Apple devices can sync your data (and photos) between each other with iCloud and Photo Stream. If already have a Mac desktop or laptop (or even an iPhone), keep going. Trust me. The more Apple products you adopt, the better they work together.
...Your kids don't really need to go to college anyway.
$380, 64GB - Amazon.com
$400, 64GB - MSRP
For people who want to get real work done while being as portable as possible. Entertainment is secondary.
$230, 32GB - Amazon.com
$280, 32GB - MSRP
For people who just want a good tablet for the lowest cost. Entertainment is a priority. Comfortable with Android OS.
iMagnet Phone Mount
$25 from Amazon.com
The iMagnet is a car mount for your phone that uses magnetism rather than cumbersome brackets to hold your phone. It works by inserting a very thin, metal disc between your phone and your phone's case (if you have an iPhone), or you can insert the disc under your battery cover (for phones with removable batteries). The magnet is in the rubber head of the mount, and won't scratch your phone.
The magnetic hold means all you have to do to mount your phone is slap it onto the mount—no resizing or pressing into brackets required! And the magnet is strong enough to withstand bumps in the road (no plans to test it in an accident, though).
The mount's head can be adjusted about 45-degrees (less than I'd like), and the base uses a sticky suction pad which means it's very strong, and can be cleaned off under running water without ruining its stickiness.
I have mine mounted at the top-left corner of my windshield so I have a heads-up display for my GPS app, phone calls, text messages, and music controls. I've even made FaceTime video calls while driving.
Limeade Burst Battery Pack
$25 from Amazon.com
Limeade's Burst battery pack is my choice for the best emergency recharging option. Despite a somewhat minor flaw, there are more pros that outweigh any cons.
First, the pros: This is the only battery pack that I know of that has BOTH a built-in, standard USB charger for charging itself AND a built-in, Lightning cable for charging (some) Apple devices (more on that later). Not only that, but both cables tuck away into the battery case, and blend in with the design.
Secondly, there are two USB ports at the bottom of the case to charge any other USB devices. While the built-in Lightning cable can only charge Apple devices, you can plug any other USB cable into the bottom ports to charge non-Apple devices. One port is 1 amp (for small devices like phones), the other port is 2.1 amps (for larger devices like tablets). Can the battery charge more than one device at a time? Absolutely. I've charged my iPhone 5S and iPad mini together.
Finally, the battery's capacity is pretty generous. At 5000 mAh (milliampre hours), it can, theoretically, fully charge an iPhone 5S almost 3.5 times (although 2.5 full charges is more realistic), and provide one full charge to an iPad mini.
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