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It's only a big deal if they make a truly stunning device. Otherwise it's a snooze. Google has always made some kind of reference. Their main reason for the Motorola purchase was for patents.
1 year, 7 months ago on Google working on "X Phone" to directly compete with Samsung, Apple
@MattWilkins I think read receipts are an archaic Windows legacy that should rightly be "sent out to the country to live with grandma". Frankly, if I want you to know I've read your email, I'll let you know.
1 year, 9 months ago on Gmail gets more advanced, should professionals use it exclusively?
I think unless you have some serious corporate needs, Gmail is just fine for real estate agents. Most people don't give a rats behind what your .com address is. They just want to be able to get ahold of you. As matter fact with some of the names agents pick for their websites, they are probably better off.
If you throw in their superior spam protection it's a no-brainer. I get almost no spam to my inbox and that is huge, huge deal for me.
I don't know why the Journal would make a big deal of 10,000 screens. Apple doesn't order in the thousands, it orders in the millions. I'm also not convinced Apple will roll an iPad mini out for the holidays. There has been a shrinking supply of iMacs to third party dealers which would indicate updates. They could just call it year and roll iMacs and iPad minis out early in 2013
1 year, 9 months ago on Apple's ordering of 10,000 mini tablet screens validates iPad mini rumors
I love the idea. It becomes problematic if your office has built-ins. It would be nice to find add-on solutions that don't look clumsy.
1 year, 10 months ago on The stand-up desk craze: what is it, and how can you try it out?
Correction - iPhone 5 will be available to everyone in the US on September 21st both in-store and delivery, period. The only exceprion to this would some of the lesser carriers in the US. As a matter of fact, for the last couple of years, some lucky folks have gotten iPhone delivery one to two days before the actual release date. The 28th release date will be for a second set of countries.
In terms of "aesthetics" slowing down adoption rates one needs only to look at the the 4S adoption rates that were through the roof. I think the design is absolutely killer, unless you are a fan plastic-backed look-alike phones, then you are excused. Take a look a the video outlining the design and manufacture process on Apple's home page. Even if you are not a design fan you'll appreciate the level of attention to detail that has gone into the iPhone 5. iPhones designs are iterative. Much in the same way BMW designs cars. You know it's a BMW.
1 year, 10 months ago on iPhone 5 details: top 20 details you'll want to know
This the kind stuff that really resonates, as opposed to something that just ends up being another monthly bill. Kudos Destiny!!
1 year, 10 months ago on HaikuDeck: the cure for ugly, boring presentations
I love the general ease of use that Apple's Keynote provides, and is a nice option to that app. Well done to the creators. I'm pretty difficult to please when it comes to tech and especially new tech, so this app is a welcome addition to the arsenal.
Is it just me, or does nobody comment on AG any longer.
1 year, 10 months ago on Local realtor association sues member for internet comments
@davetipton It's not just your association in Tampa. Our MLS and associations in Orange County CA know there is an internet. They just don't believe everyone should be able to access it - i.e. cross-browser compatibility, iPads, iPhones etc. We've been waiting years and are still waiting. Sometime this year we're told, which is what we heard last year.
These blatant advertisements masquerading as posts are really starting to get annoying. An why it's particular product? I believe the emperor has no clothes.
1 year, 10 months ago on 3 things you might not know about contact management systems
Skip all the noise and go straight to this book - Insanely Simple "The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success" by Ken Segall. I must have listened to this book ten times by now since I I got it two months ago. I'll continue to listen just for inspiration. A quote from the book - "Complexity is easy, simplicity is hard work."
1 year, 11 months ago on Top 15 must read business books
Well, make that three months, technically.
1 year, 11 months ago on Housing and the July jobs report
Only two more months of this nonsense and we can have someone new In The White House.
Ever since the iPhone came out, I've tried a number of ToDo list solutions. However, ever since starting to use Daylite, I find it difficult to run my business on two different platforms. Daylite easily takes care of tasks and calendar items within the same program. I love the ingenuity of some of the these system apps and web apps. But more and more productivity for me means and all-in-one app solution.
2 years ago on 3 hot productivity apps for busy professionals
I vote Conservative, period! If some the The Realtor Party agenda happens to fall into that slot, fine.
2 years ago on Realtor Party? Count me out
I've found that if I express my dissatisfaction with Obamacare, I am labeled as mean and selfish. Nonetheless, I'm good with much of it except the mandate portion. I'm much more in favor of letting market forces truly be allowed to work and figure out a way to offer catastrophic-only policies in combination with HSA accounts for office visits.
Part of the problem is that anybody that has insurance, has no idea how much things cost because someone else is paying for it. It's intersecting that the cost of lasik surgery has come down over the years even though that particular practice is expensive to be involved with as a business. Why? Because of competition and no insurance companies getting in the way. The lazy way of solving the healthcare problem is to throw up our hands and say let government take care of it instead of figuring out much more granular solutions.
As I love to say on this site - complexity is easy, simplicity is hard work.
2 years ago on Health care ruling's impact on small business
One way to take care of a BIG chunk of California's debt, is to figure out a way to take us into some form of bankruptcy. Bankruptcy would allow us in theory to trash all the public sector union contracts. Hopefully, then we could move every single public sector worker over to Social Security, even cops and firefighters.
Yes I know I'm speaking sacrilege here. But who in the private sector gets to retire at 55 years of age with a pension worth 90% of their salary? I'll tell you who, NOBODY. Public sector unions are KILLING us, period!!
If you want a job in the public sector, great. Take the job because you want it, not because you get a cushy pension and benefits. If you don't want the job then get out. I'm sure someone will take the job just to earn the money.
2 years ago on Why California's population is packing their bags for Texas
Well, this doesn't look good. :) I know like Apple, that BlackBerry has it's fanboys but I think it's time look elsewhere at least for now.
2 years ago on BlackBerry's vision of customer service's future is bright
@Ann Arbor Real Estate I'm glad I'm not alone on this. I just don't get this irrational need to hang on to Internet Explorer.
2 years, 1 month ago on Boost productivity with "accelerators" in Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft needs to revamp it's naming conventions for their Mobile OS. Currently their is Window Phone, RT and to a certain extent because the UI, Metro. Apple has one name for it's iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad - that being iOS. There is no room for confusion in the public eye between Mac OS X and iOS. Microsoft needs one name to rule them all on their mobile platform. Are you ready - Metro OS. I think the public will embrace the simplicity of it. Will Microsoft do that - probably not. Simplicity is not in Microsoft's DNA. Too bad really.
2 years, 1 month ago on Surface: Microsoft unveils new tablet
Does no one comment on AG any longer? Hello... Is thing on...
2 years, 1 month ago on Are social networks making us awkward offline?
I always find AG's IE articles amusing. Someone is always trying to give voice to an increasingly irrelevant browser. The stats are proof positive on that point. I think all the annoyances are not worth whatever tie-ins there are to the Windows ecosystem. People use Chrome, Firefox and Safari because these browsers just get out of your way and let you work and play.
Part of the reason IE is still around is because of users who will never change and users that are stuck using it because of lazy developers that won't write for anything other than IE. It certainly isn't because of the fabulous UI or user experience. Too bad people choose to wallow in mediocrity.
This is an interesting and perhaps smart move from Microsoft. Marrying an operating system with your own hardware has worked very well for Apple for quite some time. It remains to be seen if this move causes confusion among consumers with the Pro version.The Pro version will need to have pretty great battery life to be truly compelling. Another pitfall would a WiFi only if you are a road warrior.
The Pro version has been Microsoft's vision from day one ten or eleven years ago when then CEO Bill Gates promoted the idea of tablet computing. When Apple entered the tablet market in 2010, their vision was to veer away a complex and in many ways onerous desktop OS. iOS seemed to be the magic sauce that was needed along with some really slick hardware.
It would seem Microsoft has seen unfortunate splintering of Android and has acted to avoid that fate as best they can. Microsoft is a little late to the tablet party. That said I have always thought Windows Phone 7 is a slicker OS that Android. It appears RT seems to be some kind of Windows Phone variant. That would seem to be the more interesting play as a foil not against Apple but against Android.
I wasn't quite sure where to post this but this seems as good a place as any. I was thinking about the early days the IPad and AGBeat stories surrounding the IPad's first year. I was SOOOOO right. AGBeat was not a fan. Go back read the articles and comments. Pretty funny in hindsight.
AGBeat Claim Chowder - iPad
2 years, 1 month ago on Bing integrates Qwiki, search gets sexy
It sucks being wrong.
2 years, 1 month ago on Apple Reveals New iPad Touch Screen Tablet... With Wings?
I've found the perfect term for times I read dubious tech posts on real estate tech sites - Claim Chowder. I know I sometimes come off as a jerk on these posts. But you can't just have a bunch of cheerleaders.
"There’s a term called Claim Chowder that was, as far as I can tell, coined by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. It refers to when someone makes a prediction with an aura of certainty and knowledge that turns out to be horribly wrong." Credit - The 401st Blow.
This is a great post on Claim Chowder.
2 years, 1 month ago on BlackBerry's vision of customer service's future is bright
@Yves Cuyugan Maybe. The jury is still out. Companies agree to be aquured mostly for money not someone elses grand vision. Usually, the talent within the acquired company will leave to do other things. RIM's problem for the last five years has been the lack of vision and lack of execution. You can buy all the great tech in the world but if you have lousy management, forget it.
Palm had an operating system with great potential when they were bought by HP. Problem, HP could not execute. If RIM can't win hearts and minds later this year with their new operating system then the future looks bleak for them.
The two most mentioned password mangers in the tech community are LastPass.com and 1Password - agilebits.com.
2 years, 1 month ago on Top 8 ways to choose a password online
I started laughing out loud when I read the headline. I come not to bury Caesar, but to praise him - In reading the article I wasn't quite sure if it was in praise of BlackBerry or just the fanciful vision the future they paint in the video. In any case, as "visionary" as the video is, I doubt that BlackBerry will be on the forefront of any of these technologies.
We are five years into the touch screen revolution and BlackBerry has yet to produce a touch screen phone that anyone will buy. They also can't seem to put out an OS that doesn't feel like one is using DOS. Their new OS won't be out until late this year and may be to little to late. Has the rotund lady started singing? No, not yet but she is on her way to the theatre. BlackBerry has been down before and might make it back this time but it will be a long hard slog.
Skydrive is a nice solution to have as an alternative to Dropbox and Google Drive. I'm a Mac user and have a SkyDrive account, I've just never used it. I have a lot of tools lying around just in case - Box, SugarSync, Cubby etc.
I was starting to run out of space with my free Dropbox account when G Drive came along. I've been using G Drive since day one and find it to be very effective and seamless for my day to day real estate files. There is a nice plus in that it is integrated into Docusign. I also found a nice iOS utility called FileExplorer for both iPhone and iPad that syncs perfectly with G Drive. File Explorer also syncs with Dropbox so I don't even use the iOS version of Dropbox.
I'm a pretty basic user since I mostly use G Drive for my real estate files (I don't have paper files anymore and will go out of my way to be paperless), so I don't need all of the checkboxes above. As long everything is in sync on every device I I own I'm happy.
If you are heavily invested in the Windows ecosystem, SkyDrive makes sense. And, as long it's free it doesn't hurt to have it in your toolbox. Although I have to say, I haven't seen SkyDrive integrated into other services like Docusign. Or maybe I just haven't noticed.
2 years, 1 month ago on Comparing cloud storage solutions, SkyDrive looks good
@InnaHardison I didn't assume that at all. I was merely making a general statement about two elements in agent sites I would like to see excluded and included.
2 years, 1 month ago on Resistance to Zillow's new agent websites mounting
@MergeApp The Daylite widget would be pretty cool. Have you seen Daylite 4? Marketcircle says some third party add-ons will break once you migrate from 3 to 4. I'm all the kinks will be worked out eventually. I think you can you can make the comparison of Apple moving from OS9 to OSX
2 years, 1 month ago on Merge: if Apple and real estate made a baby
That's funny I saw almost the exact same post here - http://stevenjobsdead.com/tag/apple/
I would also add Apple has been smart enough to buy the right tech as well, starting with their purchase of Next from Steve Jobs in 1996. Apple's other secret weapon is keeping it simple. Sounds easy doesn't it. As outlined in Ken Segall's book "insanely Simple", it's not that easy. The book by the way, is a great model for any business, especially real estate.
2 years, 1 month ago on Apple philosophy: compete by owning key technologies
@MergeApp It's pretty cool. Although I'm pretty invested in Daylite. I'll play around with it. I like the overall concept. I'm not sure I want to do dual data entry. Their are some features you just can't duplicate from desktop to web. My favorite feature in Daylite is the ability to tag incoming and outgoing email to transactions and people.
@nealcabage @Ann Arbor Real Estate I've looked at their three templates. They are pretty basic fair. And for ten bucks, god bless. But to make it like these are the second coming or some fabulous new tech is ridiculous. Second, they are not that much better looking than Listingbook. Also, Listingbook is tied directly to our MLS, so the info as current as I get as an agent. You can also check actual closed comps based on you own neighborhood, map search, the whole bit. You even get Community Info. Check the link blow.
In terms of the competition, if you look around you will find vendors that offer websites starting at $25 with IDX included. And in some cases you can get them to waive the setup. All you have to do is a little research. As far the "LOSS" goes... well let's not be so innocent. Very few if any organizations do anything for cheap or nothing without getting something on the backend. Google doesn't give you all those freebees out of the goodness of their heart and neither does Zillow.
@Jay Thompson Here they are.
@drewmeyers @nealcabage @Ann Arbor Real Estate Ditto.
@nealcabage @Ann Arbor Real Estate Quality???? Seriously??? Wow you guys are easily impressed. What's the cost of having a lousy looking site for $120 per year. I would rather give it to Listingbook.
Hmm... Being the massive Apple evangelist that I am, i'll have to delve into this more before rendering an opinion an opinion. It has to be pretty amazing before I give it the Apple seal of approval. ;) Of course that goes for any tech. I'm hard to please. Think of me as the John C Dvorak of real estate tech.
@InnaHardison Oh yeah two more things - no Flash and extensive use of HTML5. Am I asking too much? ;)
God bless America.
2 years, 1 month ago on The inspirational tale of an exploding mini-donut empire
I couldn't agree more. Particularly with this quote, "But the result they generally produce is the transfer of cash from their customers’ Levis to their own". I've ranted about that more than people want to hear I'm sure.
Providing buyers and sellers with some good old fashioned service and integrity on top of the flash and dazzle goes al long way towards a keeping your business thriving.
2 years, 1 month ago on What it takes to succeed in the service industry
@Jay Thompson Sorry man. When I see beautifully executed tech, I applaud it. When I see crap, I nail it. Nobody in this business should have to put up with mediocrity masquerading as excellence. We've put up with it for years from real estate vendors. Must be the Steve Jobs in me. And If I come off looking like an Ahole, well then I wear that mantle proudly.
Man I'm more and more salty as dig into this. Is there nobody to just blatantly stand up and say the emperor has no clothes!!
Who cares about he IDX issues. Have you seen the sites? They are crap. Which is an insult to crap. Come on people we need to be more discerning than this when putting ourselves out in public.
@Jay Thompson Okay. I was wrong about how easy it is the find to the link. But OMG!!!! I'm sorry I found the link. The sites look like they were made by a twelve year old. I could do a better job with iWeb. I guess for ten bucks you can't expect much.
@RussBergeronMRED 10 bucks huh. Well you get what you pay for. Crap, crap and ultra-crap.
@drewmeyers I think Realtors as a group tend to be lemmings. That doesn't mean we can't be productive but we should be more selective and not run towards the latest shiny new object. We also tend to often settle for crap vendor products and snake oil. It's an uncomfortable thing to day but it's true. How do I know? I've been there and know a lot of other agent who have been there.
I'm very tech savvy. I went to Zillow's site to find samples of the sites or something that even mentions them. Nothing. I shouldn't have to drill around looking for something you are trying to sell me. I rarely go to Zillow. Man that one hell of a cheesy, Microsoft looking site. How could I possibly trust them with an agent site. I'm judgmental you say? Absofrigginlutely!!!
@TheRetailDoctor No problem. I like a nice healthy debate. And if I'm wrong, I'll come back and admit it. Here's to a great year everywhere. We could all use it.
2 years, 1 month ago on How JCPenney's new CEO successfully rehabbed an old brand
@TheRetailDoctor I'm going to actually bookmark this page and put in a calendar event for a year from now to come back and remark I was right. The rebrand will work. JCP will make up the customer loss with new customers that may not have shopped the brand before. Coupon clippers are not the only game in town. That is a fact.
As for the shareholders, They don't seem to have helped much in previous years. Part of cost cutting sometimes involves cutting jobs. It isn't pretty but that's the way it is. Lastly, in situations like this you need a leader with a singular vision that everyone else follows. If they don't like it, get out!
@Greg Saunders I saw those reports. The goal was not just to keep old customers but to attract new ones. JCP was not going to turn the tide right away and their current direction makes sense. There current sales strategy I think helps them get a better grasp in inventory management . Take RIM for example. They are sitting on roughly 1Billion dollars in unsold inventory. That's a huge headache.
Coming from Apple roots is not a guarantee of success but it sure helps. The mantra at Apple is SIMPLICITY. As quoted from the book on Apples guiding principles, Insanely Simple - "Complexity is easy, simplicity is hard work". Ron Johnson still has some hard work ahead of him but he is certainly on the right track. Don't confuse people with to much information.
On a similar note, Tony Fadell the "father of the iPod", started Nest. Fadell thought the thermostat need to be updated and simplified. And to that end, he succeeded. By the way, a Nest thermostat should be the closing gift you give your buyers. They will remember your for it. And when friends and family ask your buyers, "what's that cool thing on your wall?", your buyers will say, "my agent gave me that" Priceless!!
It probably doesn't mean anything, Some of their purchases have tended to be defensive as much as strategic. Apple and Google have had facial recognition for their photo editing apps for a few years. Even after Apple already had facial recognition in iPhoto, they bought a similar company by the name of Polar Rose back in 2010. Facebook is likely looking to acquire engineers and any patents the company might have.
2 years, 1 month ago on Facebook rumored to buy facial recognition startup, Face.com
I've saw this when they announced it but haven't had a chance to dig into it. It's always good to know a little code or have code snippets to be able to insert as needed.
2 years, 1 month ago on Mozilla project seeks to build a generation of webmakers
I would love to be sad about this but the reality is that most Realtors don't care for discount brokers. So I say, bring on the litigation baby!
2 years, 1 month ago on Redfin sued by CoreLogic over their Home Price Tool
Well, well, well. Is that IE I see at 38%... I believe it is! I hate to say I told you so but sometimes I just really love it. Some people just need to hang on to fading tech right along with their typewriters and fax machines. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Internet Explorer market share expanding, browser wars still hot
@franciszrobles Nice SPAM!!
2 years, 2 months ago on 3 questions early tech adopters must remember to ask
@MitchTheGeekGuy This is a garbage app. It looks like it was written by some dropout teen. These kinds of apps are all the same. They offer a cheap "mobile app" that is nothing more than some basic code. No wonder they won't give Erica the time of day. Thanks Erica, for outing these losers. I'm sorry, was I to blunt? :)
It doesn't really matter which real estate specific CRM you use so long you use it religiously. If you buy one where you pay a onetime cost you can always get a separate email drip campaign system since you'll be saving on the cost of a monthly paid CRM. There are good email services out there. The bottom line is that you need to do your research. Go online, talk to coworkers and make sure it works for your situation.
2 years, 2 months ago on Efficiency secret: being in tune with tech innovations
It always seems like one step forward and two steps back these. The buyer replacement process reminds me of a Seinfeld story about a rental car - "You know who to take the reservation, you just don't seem to able to HOLD the reservation." If you lose a buyer, the banks need to able to HOLD the reservation. When you get a new buyer, all things being relatively equal, you should just be able take up where you left off. The red tape is horrendous. I'm dealing with a credit union right now and lost a buyer. However, the new buyer should have an approval and be ready to start closing in couple of weeks.
I get back to same old commentary. The Feds needs use an iron fist with the banks give them all a clear standardized process. If they don't comply, the get heavily fined and quickly. And the fines continue until they do comply. I know this a rant but it frosts me because the process puts buyers and sellers through unneeded extra stress.
2 years, 2 months ago on Latest changes to the Bank of America short sale process
Well first off, every tech journalist I read, listen to and follow would have not problem publicly burning a vendor that screwed them over. Why? Because they are not just reviewers. They feel they owe it to their readers and listeners to warn them of shady vendors. Second, the public forum they have can sometimes help resolve someone else's problem.
I've been in the position of jumping to quickly, the price I pay for being bleeding edge. Well bleeding edge when it comes to real estate agents. I remember some arrogant dope at the office asking me how liked my new toy (I got the iPad 1 on the first day). He ended up getting an iPad a year later and I ended up teaching an iPad class for Realtors.
You should be discerning about your tech. Getting the hardware is relatively easy. It's difficult not getting sucked into apps and services you don't need, can get cheaper or for free.
Good advice. If you don't have a CRM, get one. If you do, use it religiously!!
Keep your email box inbox clean. Either action it, file it or delete it. You'll thank yourself. However don't rely on your email client as a filing system. I've had several people in my office who's Outlook files have been corrupted. If you want to see a real estate agent freak out, watch the look on that agent's face as he or she realizes their work history is lost to a corrupted Outlook file. DO NOT use your email client to store attachments. Make a file for everything and be diligent about it.
Going mobile is fantastic. I would be lost without it. However, don't get caught in the whirlwind of new apps and services that come out at a breakneck pace. Slow down. A carefully crafted system for handling data should only need only occasional tweaking.
If something in your system isn't working, simplify it. Hit it with the "Simple Stick". Where did I get that term? Glad you asked. I'm listening to a new book by Ken Segall called "Insanely Simple". I've listened to it 6 or 7 times and will continue to listen. If you simplify every single process you have in real estate your life WILL become easier. As Ken mentions in the book "Complexity is easy, simplicity is hard". Ken is not the first person to say that but it bears repeating. Efficiency is byproduct of Simplicity.
Ahhhh, you must have been reading Lifehacker.
2 years, 2 months ago on iPhone app emails you voice memos, improves productivity
Now this is something that gets my geeky side all excited. I belong to OCAR. They are oaky but not cutting edge as other services like MRIS and HAR. Certainly something for us to strive for.
2 years, 2 months ago on MRIS brings on Imprev to power integrated real estate marketing
Excuse me, how is this more efficient that Docusign? It's always nice to have an alternative but I'm not feeling warm and fuzzy about.
2 years, 2 months ago on Adobe EchoSign: free contract management, e-signatures
I prefer Docusign.