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Product Review: Leef iBridge

Leef iBridge – The simplest way to get your iPhone pictures to and from a jump drive.

How It Works:
The Leef iBridge works when paired with the Leef iBridge app in the App Store. Once you have that downloaded, you can use the iBridge to transfer photos and other files to and from your iPhone.

“When do you use it?”
I mostly use this product when I want to print pictures out at the store. It’s always a hassle to plug in my iPhone with the charging cord because I end up having to wait forever for thousands of pictures to load when I really only want to print a few. And connecting via the kiosk wifi only works for me about 1% of the time. Now that I have my iBridge, I simply plug it into my phone, open the app, and move the photos I want to print from my iPhone to my iBridge. Then, I can work the photo kiosk as if I were plugging in any jump drive and it works perfectly and saves me so much time!

Another time I have used the iBridge is to clear up space on my phone’s storage. You can get an iBridge with all the way up to 256GB, so there should be plenty of room for all of your photos!

Pricing:
Pricing ranges from $54.50 (16GB) to $349.00 (256GB). At the time of this article, price ranges are cut to $35 to $250.00.

Where To Get It:
You can get the Leef iBridge from leefco.com/ibridge or on Amazon.

Feature Friday: Verses

Looking for a simple, fun way to memorize Scripture? We have found an incredible app that helps with just that. This week’s Feature Friday is: Verses. It is currently available on iOS devices. You can check out their website here: http://www.getverses.com/

Pricing:
The app is free for the KJV. If you want to memorize Scripture for a different version, it costs $3.99-$6.99 depending on which version you want.

How It Works:
Once you choose a version, you simply choose a book, then chapter, then the verse you want to start with. Verses presents you with games to play to help you memorize the verse, such as reordering the verse, filling in the blanks, and a few more.

When you have memorized one verse, you can move on to another. You can also choose to group several verses at a time.

Where To Get It:
You can get this app in the App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/verses-bible-memory/id939461663?ls=1&mt=8

This has already helped us memorize Scripture, and we hope it helps you too!

Feature Friday: Echo

This week’s Feature Friday is an app called Echo! (https://new.echoprayer.com) I just recently downloaded this and it has quickly become one of my favorite apps.

Simply put, Echo helps you remember to pray. All you have to do is add what you want to pray for and then Echo will send you push notification reminders! You can also mark a prayer as “Answered” and view a list of answered prayers. Below are some screenshots of an example use of the app!

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Feature Friday: Jauntful

Today’s Feature Friday site is Jauntful.

Ever wanted to share your favorite restaurants or local places with your friends? Jauntful allows you to do just that.

Once you create a profile on their site, you can easily choose which city you want to create a guide for. After you select a city, you simply type in the address you want to add to the guide and add a short description! Each location provides a default image, but you can change that if you want to.

Jauntful is a great tool if you want to create a custom guide to the city of your choice!

If you know of a helpful website you would like us to check out and share, send us a message via our contact form below!

How to protect your children from dangerous iPhone content

There have been several articles circulating lately that warn parents of the most dangerous mobile apps for their children. While it is very important to know what to look out for, it is equally (if not more) important to know how to protect them from this content ever being an issue. In this blog post, I will explain several ways to protect your children from these dangerous apps.

**Note: This blog post is written specifically for iPhone and iOS systems**

1. Use the built-in iOS Restrictions (Parental controls)

(This option is best used for children who have their own device. See #2 if you just want information about letting your child borrow your device to play a game, etc.)

Apple knows that there are apps that may be inappropriate for children and has parental controls built in to their settings. To access these go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions.

To use this feature, you will need to choose “Enable Restrictions”. Once you do this, the device will ask you to enter a 4-digit passcode. This code will be used to modify or turn off Restrictions.

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This is really an underrated feature of iPhones, because it can be very useful in this scenario. While it doesn’t allow you to control every single app, there are some specific apps that you can directly deny access to. (Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, & CarPlay). You can also choose to block your child from installing any apps and making in-app purchases.

Another feature of this section is the ability to decide which ratings can determine whether or not your child can download content. For example, you can choose to block Explicit songs in the iTunes store or only allow apps with a content rating for a certain age range.

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Most children like to use their phones for games, so the setting at the bottom of the Restrictions page may come in handy. There are 2 settings here for Game Center: Multiplayer Games and Adding Friends. If you turn these features off, your children will not be able to connect with other players and potentially dangerous strangers.

For more info, see this article – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304

2. Use the built-in iOS Guided Access

(This option is best used for children who do not have their own device. This is for parents who just let their children borrow their device to play games, etc.)

This is most practical for parents who want to control their child’s use while borrowing a device. For example, they ask to play a certain game on your phone and you want to make sure that’s all they have access to. To use this feature, you will navigate to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Guided Access. (It’s toward the bottom of the page.)

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Once you toggle this setting to On, you will see the different options for this setting. First, you can set a passcode. If your child attempts to leave the app you want them on, they will need to enter that passcode. Next, you can set time limits. So, if you only want them to have access for a certain amount of time, you can set an alarm here.

Now that you have it on and set up how you would like, you use it by pressing the home button 3 times once you have the app opened that you want to give access to. When you do this, you can either go ahead and press “Start” or as it says at the bottom, first circle the part of the app you don’t want to allow access to. An example of this would be letting them browse Instagram, but circling the button that posts a picture so that feature is blocked. Once you press “Start”, you simply enter your passcode and it’s ready to be used. Pretty cool.

3. Be aware of location settings.

If you’re child has an iPhone, it is extremely important that you understand location settings. Especially if they are using Instagram, Facebook, and other social media.

**It is important to mention that these settings can be set up in the Restrictions section (point #1). From there, you can choose the options you want and then choose “Don’t Allow Changes” so that your child can’t change the security settings you set up.**

I’ll first discuss the location settings of apps. To see which apps are using location go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. This will show you a list of apps that have requested access to the phone’s location and whether or not it is allowed. You can change the access for any app here.

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Since Instagram is becoming increasingly popular with children, I will use this as an example. The location options for Instagram are “Never” and “While Using the App”. If it is set to “While Using the App”, the location of where your child is when they are posting a picture on Instagram is shared with everyone (if their profile is public) or all of their friends (if their profile is private).

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: If your child has an Instagram, please make sure it is private. There are too many dangerous strangers on that app and simply changing the profile to private can make a huge difference in your child’s online safety. (It’s as easy as pressing the Settings icon and toggling the option “Private Account” to On.)

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Now I will switch to discussing a different part of the location settings. The iPhone itself has location settings that you need to be aware of. An iPhone can track where you have been, when you were there, and for exactly how long – down to the minute. And most people have no idea how to change this setting, but I will explain that now. You will need to go to Settings -> Location Services -> System Services (all the way at the bottom) -> Frequent Locations. This may actually scare you a little if you have never seen it before, but just toggle it to “Off” and there will be no need to worry.

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4. Check out this downloadable app – OurPact

If those 2 options aren’t enough, you can look into an app called OurPact. This may be helpful if you don’t want to set up each of your children’s phone individually. This app allows you to manage several devices from your own phone. Some features include setting time limits, blocking Internet access, blocking social media, and more! It’s feature-rich and could be used in several different ways. One practical use would be blocking phone access during dinner so the family can focus on each other. You can read about all of the features and download the app on their website – http://ourpact.com/

The easiest way to control your child’s access is to simply purchase them a phone that is not a smartphone. However, if they do have an iPhone, hopefully these tips will help! If you have any questions about this or know of another way to protect your children from dangerous iPhone apps, send us a message via our contact form below and we’ll get in touch ASAP.

5 Reasons A Local Pharmacy Needs A Website

85% of consumers are searching for local businesses online.* That’s a lot of people that could easily be made aware of your business by having a website. This is especially important for local pharmacies, because most people are going to already know about the major chains. Having an online presence is essential to reaching the maximum amount of people. You can use your website to become a resource or to link to other resources like The Independent Pharmacist. This blog focuses on small, locally owned, independent pharmacies and 5 reasons why they need a website.

1. Exposure

As mentioned in the introduction, there is a substantial number of people using search engines to search for local businesses. Having a website gives you exposure that can greatly increases your pharmacy’s chances of the general public finding and choosing your business. The chart below shows how many people have performed Google searches for the phrase “pharmacies near me” over the past several years. You can easily see that the number is increasing. People are searching, and you need a chance to be listed among the results.

Google searches for “Pharmacies near me”

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2. Conversion

Being listed among the search results is a start, but it’s not the main goal of having exposure through a website. You want a website that converts someone searching online to a patient. To do that, your site will need (at least) these features.

  • Hours, Directions, & Contact Info – This seems obvious, but it is one of the most important aspects of a website. It’s important that someone can go to your website and easily learn when you are open, how to get to your location, and a way to contact you. Not having this information displayed in a clear and accessible way is one of the easiest ways to lose business.
  • Services – Another point that seems obvious, but is extremely important. People coming to your site will want to be able to find information about services they are looking for. Local pharmacies can sometimes offer niche services that a chain pharmacy may not be able to offer. Take advantage of having a website and use it to advertise those niche services to bring in more business.
  • General Information – See #3 for the explanation about why this is important.

3. Information

Once someone visits your site, you need to give them a reason to come back. The more online attention you can get, the better. And one of the best ways to accomplish this is through a blog. Examples of blog posts for your pharmacy could include updates on insurance information or drug information. If you show that you are knowledgeable on these subjects, people will come back to your site when they have questions about anything related to pharmacy. You can use your website to become a resource. And the more people that use your site as a resource, the higher you rank on search engines and the better chance you have of even more people finding your business.

4. Online Refill Requests

The best websites are useful websites. One way to make your pharmacy’s website useful is by allowing patients to complete refill requests online. People are always on the go, so making your patient’s requests easier and more convenient will be appreciated.

5. Applications

Once you have a successful website, it might be time to focus on a mobile application. As stated in the previous section, people are always on the go which makes convenience appreciated. Some features of a pharmacy’s application may include allowing patient’s to request refills, displaying your blog posts, and sending out updates. With push notifications, you can send out messages to anyone who has downloaded your app or even target specific groups based on their location or amount of time they have had the application.

*Statistic from http://www.slideshare.net/

If you would like more information, fill out our contact form below and we will get back to you ASAP!

Define “SEO”

SEO is a hot topic right now in the world of web design. It’s also kind of hard to explain, but we’ll give it our best shot. First off, you should know it’s an acronym. SEO = Search Engine Optimization.

Dictionary Definition: [n] the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine. (confused? read on)

Our Definition: doing some things (we’ll elaborate later) to help your site rank higher on search engines

“Ok, so what are these ‘things’ that make my site rank higher?”
Depends on who you ask. With SEO, you have to be careful to not break any rules. Since everyone wants their site to rank high, some people have found ways to trick the system.. but that road usually just leads to being blacklisted. Which sounds bad without even having to explain what it means.

“Gotcha. But you didn’t really answer my question.”
Right, sorry. The best thing you can do to improve your SEO is to make sure your site always has fresh content that is relative to your website’s topic. Really, you just want to have a strong web presence.

“How do I get a strong web presence?”
There are several things that contribute to a strong web presence. One is a blog. Writing a blog is a great way to produce and share information about your organization. Another way is through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, and the list goes on… Any way to get people talking about you is good for SEO.

“But I still don’t really get it. What exactly is SEO?”
Let us try to explain it this way.. Take Google for example. When you do a search for “web design company near me”, Google has to have some way to decide which sites are listed on page 1 and page 2 and so on. For the sake of time, let’s just say Google “scans the Internet” and the websites that are the most popular and have the best and most relative content get pushed to the top. SEO includes all of the practices and tips that help your website become one of those popular sites.

“How do I know if my SEO is good or bad?”
Do a Google search for some keywords related to your website and see where you rank on the results. (P.S. It takes a while for Google to pick up on new websites, so if it’s new you may not get ‘real’ results from this.)

Any more questions about SEO? Have a word you need us to define? Send us a message via our contact form below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

CWTech Toolkit: College Edition
(5 Web Tools for Students)

This isn’t your typical list of book rental sites and study material.. This is a list of real, practical web tools for college students. And the best part? They are all FREE!

1. Google Drive: the perfect tool for group projects


I didn’t start using Google Drive until after college, but I wish I would have known about it then! It’s perfect for group projects.

“Why?”
Google Drive makes it easy to share documents and edit the same files. It’s convenient to be able to share files between your group, but I want to focus in on being able to edit the same document. (Side note: this document can be a regular text document, slides, spreadsheet, etc.) Once someone who has a gmail address creates the document, they can share the link to it with anyone they want (even people who don’t have gmail) by typing in their e-mail address. Once everyone has the link, they can open the document and any changes will be seen by everyone. Even cooler, if 2 or more people are looking at the document at the same time, Google will show you who is looking at it and where exactly their cursor is on the document. You can also make comments to your group right there in the document. It’s great.

“How do I sign up?”
You can make a Google account here – https://accounts.google.com/signup. Once you sign up, go to Google drive and you can start creating and sharing documents!

2. Dropbox: the perfect tool for sharing documents


I know I just said Google Drive is a convenient way to share files, but if you’re trying to send anything “big”, Dropbox may be the better option.

“Why?”
Dropbox is basically a virtual jump drive. They give you 2 GB of space with their free plan, which should be plenty of room. In college, I used Dropbox mostly for sending albums of pictures. It’s easy to upload to Dropbox. Once you have a folder ready to send, all you have to do is type in the receiver’s e-mail address and they’ll get a link to your folder.

“How do I sign up?”
Follow this link to their home page sign-up form – https://www.dropbox.com/en/.

3. Skimm: the perfect tool for keeping up


Another web tool that I didn’t find until after college, but wish I would have had it sooner.

“Why?”
Most college students constantly have something going on, and that doesn’t leave much time for keeping up with what’s going on in the news. I’ll be honest. Most of my news in college came from Facebook posts and Buzzfeed. Which at least kept me decently up to date, but I was mostly behind on what was happening in the world. I just didn’t have time to watch the news or read through all kinds of articles. I still don’t make enough time for it, which is why Skimm is great. Skimm is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you nice summaries of news stories. Even better, it’s written as though you’re reading an e-mail from a friend – opposed to some article with big words that you don’t have the time to look up.

“How do I sign up?”
You can sign up here – http://www.theskimm.com/ – enjoy your daily Skimm!

4. Spotify Web Player: the perfect tool for your music


I know!! Spotify isn’t free. But, the web player is! If you do a lot of work from your laptop, that makes Spotify Web Player the perfect tool for listening to music.

“Why?”
This explanation is purely my opinion, but I have my reasons. First, there are SO many pre-made playlists. One of my pet peeves is starting on a project and then having to pause because my song ended and I have to go start a new one. Or, picking a bad playlist and having to pause to skip annoying songs. Thankfully, Spotify has some pretty great playlists. My personal favorites are the Discover Weekly, Afternoon Acoustic, and Praise & Worship. But if you aren’t into those, there are pages and pages of more for you to pick from. All kinds of music. Second, you have the option to make your own playlist. When you come across a song you really like, you can add it and make a playlist with all of your favorites. This is all in the free Spotify Web Player.

“How do I sign up?”
Go here – https://play.spotify.com/ – and start listening!

5. LinkedIn: the perfect tool for your future


I know it’s not as fun as Facebook or Twitter, but having a LinkedIn profile is important for your future career and business contacts.

“Why?”
LinkedIn is the “largest professional network”. It’s important to go ahead and make your profile in college so that you can start collecting business contacts. You never know what kinds of contacts you will need in your future! Don’t be afraid to add someone who comes to speak to your class or a business-person you meet just around your college’s town. Besides collecting valuable contacts, LinkedIn is a place where you can start your resume. There are plenty of job seekers on LinkedIn, so it’s important to make yourself look the best and add all of your important qualities and experience!

“How do I sign up?”
Sign up on their home page – https://www.linkedin.com/ – and start building your profile!

Define “Responsive”

If you have been keeping up with website design at all for the last year, you know a major buzzword is “responsive”. Example: You need a “responsive” website. But you may still be confused on what exactly that is. No worries, we’ll explain it all in this blog post.

Dictionary Definition: [adj] acting in response. (not the most helpful)

Our Definition: In the context of websites, responsive means that your website actually changes its layout based on the screen size it is being viewed on. (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.)

“Why do I need a responsive website?”
A couple reasons. First, Google cares about responsive websites and ranks them higher on its mobile search engine. Second, better user experience. You can understand this. You have gone to a site on your phone and had to zoom around and try to click microscopic links to find the information you need and it was probably very frustrating. When a site is responsive, the links and content change to fit the screen size and give a much better user experience.

“I have a desktop version of my website, but I also have a mobile version. Does that make my website ‘responsive’?”
In short, no. Having a mobile version of your website does not mean your website is responsive. However, as far as Google’s search results are concerned, a mobile version is a-ok.

“So if Google doesn’t care whether I have a mobile version or a responsive site, why should I?”
Good question. They may not care, but you probably should. A responsive site means much easier maintenance and updating, because you only have one website to work on (instead of 2 separate versions.)

“Where does the word ‘mobile-friendly’ fit in with all of this?”
The word ‘mobile-friendly’ gets thrown around a lot with the word ‘responsive’. The best way to answer this question is with an old school venn diagram.

responsive versus mobile friendly venn diagram

So basically, a responsive site is mobile-friendly.
And a mobile version is mobile-friendly.
But a mobile version is not a responsive site.

Have any questions about this or need us to define a certain word? Send us a message via our contact form below and we’ll answer ASAP.

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