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  • There is much speculation as to why Google put out the Pixel 3a but here are the most noticeable reasons that I picked up on as to why Google released the Pixel 3a. Apple Success Apple has had major success in the sales area of the iPhone XR. There is no hiding the fact that while the iPhone XS is a great phone it’s very expensive and Apple needed something in that sweet spot price point that they have had so much success with over the years. Google just like Apple went up with the price of the Pixel 3 to $999 for a base model and there is no phone by Google in that sweet spot of 400-700 dollars. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL put them in that sweet spot to be competitive with Apples XR series. Pixel 3 Quality Issues The Pixel 3a is much cheaper than the Pixel 3 but unlike the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a comes with 4 gigs of ram and not 3 like the first gen Pixel 3 this gives users incentive to trade in their phones and upgrade to a cheaper phone with fewer issues and more ram. Google Fi Google is desperately trying to get people onto Google Fi offering 50 percent off sales on the flagship Pixel 3 phone from $1000 to $500 dollars. The Pixel 3a will allow them to offer deals on Google Fi using a cheaper phone and offering better deals to get on Google Fi. Leftover Hardware No one has said this but I think part of the reason Google is doing Pixel 3a is they had extra hardware from the Pixel 2 launch. The Pixel 3a has very close to the same hardware specs as the Pixel 2 and I wonder if this...
  • If you have been reading my G Suite vs Office 365 Series Round 1 and G Suite vs Office 365  Series Round 2 have key points you should read as well. When it comes to comparing G Suite vs Office 365 in education you cannot even compare these two products. Both Google for education and Office 365 for education are free for all schools K-12.  Google Classroom’s document sharing, data collection, communication channels, and closed environment are great benefits. It’s very easy to start a classroom helpful instruction guide you through the entire process. Once you add students, sharing is even easier; you just send resources to the entire class. Googles tight app integration, ease of use, people’s familiarity with Gmail and Android have pushed education towards Google. Googles well-designed chrome browser and a huge selection of apps in the chrome apps store makes G Suite for education an easy pick for schools.  Microsoft partnered with PowerSchool’s largest student and education manager in the industry to help them gain ground on Google who is dominating this market in the united states.   Microsoft Office 365 for Education gives educators access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and all the core features of Office 365. Microsoft Teams also helps teachers collaborate on lesson plans and school events. Microsoft’s built-in video conferencing tools for Teams gives teachers another way to connect across schools and districts. Skype is another powerful tool allowing school districts to communicate with other districts across the world which is something I don’t see anyone doing with Google Hangouts.  Google puts out cheap Chromebooks which are very cheap compared to traditional computers while Microsoft tried to compete with the cheap Chromebook by putting out Windows S, but it failed due again to Googles well-designed chrome browser and a huge selection of apps in the chrome apps store.  Google has taken things to the next level with Chromebooks offering integration with printing using cloud print and...
  • When you compare to G Suite and Office 365 you can’t compare in house business apps at all for the simple fact Google really does not make any. While Google supports many more third-party apps then Office 365 hands down they do not make anything comparable to Office 365 Invoicing and Booking in house. While G suite has support for thousands of apps they are all third party none of them are made in house by Google.  Microsoft makes Customers, Invoicing and MileIQ. Googles G Suite has not competitor they build internally but they do compete in with Microsoft in other areas. G suite comes with Google Sites which is a very close competitor to Microsoft SharePoint and is at times easier to use than Microsoft SharePoint.   When it comes to basic apps G Suite has Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Forms and Drive which is a direct competitor to Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, OneNote, To Do, Forms and OneDrive. When you start getting into more advanced features of Office365 like Microsoft StaffHub, Sway, Dynamics and Planner Google G Suite has no competitor in this market unless you pay for a third-party app.  Microsoft Flow and PowerApps which is a very easy way to get apps to work together between Microsoft Office 365-third-party apps or to build custom apps. Microsoft made everything very easy and visual and drag and drop. While Google does have a very open API platform that works with all their apps Microsoft Flow and PowerApps does work well and is very easy to implement with no programming or technical knowledge.  Microsoft has Stream which is a great way to stream events for up to 10,000 attendees. Whether at home, work, or on the go everyone has a seamless video experience across web and mobile apps. But to be honest as great as this is for Microsoft, I know very few companies that use it and a YouTube just has...
  • Office 365 and G Suite both have their strong suites but there are places they fall short. To start with Office 365 and G Suite are both strong in the email area both Office 365 and Gmail both do well when it comes to email where the two differ is messaging. To start with Office 365 has Skype For Business and Microsoft Teams. While Google has Hangouts, Google Voice and Meets. While I have to say Hangouts is great and I have used it many times for podcasting it lacks the professional meeting and messaging features that Skype for Business offers its users. Google Meets while easy to use lacks the collaboration piece that Microsoft Teams has and offers, which is more of a competitor for Slack while Google has no real program like Slack or Teams Google Hangouts and Meets is a competitor for Skype For Business. Google lacks the professional features of Skype at times but beats Skype hands down in ease of use for users. Skype for Business users can set up and record online meetings for up to 250 people and broadcast meetings to up to 10,000 attendees. Skype streamlines caller management with its call forwarding and auto-attendant features. It also has a Skype Translator, a plugin that instantly translates voice and text. Google Meets supports between 30 – 100 people per session and lacks broadcasting and voting capabilities. When it comes to SMS messaging it’s not even a contest for the simple reasons is Skype for Business or Teams cannot do SMS messaging. Why Microsoft? Is the question I ask? Google Voice offers both unlimited voice and SMS messaging. But Google Voice does lack an enterprise level solution where Microsoft can offer an enterprise level cloud-based phone system with Skype for Business, G Suite has...
  • March 13, 2019

    Google Allo Last Day

    Google said back in December that the messaging service Google Allo would be shut down at some point in March, and a banner across the official Allo website has confirmed that March 12th, 2019, was its last day in operation. A message on the home page is saying “Allo is signing off. Learn how to export your chats and more. We’re saying good–bye to Allo in March, 2019. During our time together, we brought you a smarter way to chat, with features like the Google Assistant, Allo for web and selfie stickers. We’re working to bring your favorite features to the Messages app so you can have richer conversations with all your friends. If you have an Android phone, we hope you’ll try Messages!”
  • February 15, 2019

    App Marketing Ideas You Need To Try

    Creating an app is only half the battle because it doesn’t matter how excellent your vision is if nobody downloads it, or even knows it’s there.  Nothing is more disheartening than putting all that time and effort into your work only to not see it bear fruit, so it’s important to know how to get the word out. Marketing anything can be a time-consuming and frustrating task, so let’s look at some of the most tried-and-true methods of marketing your app and driving downloads. Get in Touch Don’t wait for your app to hit the market before you start marketing it. Before your team starts designing your next great app, start talking to customers. Tell them about the app, how it will benefit them, and why it’s going to be just right for them. Incentivize it for them to make it worth their time–offer them a discount for taking the time to discuss it with you. After you’ve chatted with them, take a few minutes to discuss their preferences–find out what they’re looking for in an app. this can help you manage expectations and get an idea of what people’s real needs and wants are. Keeping the customer engaged throughout every step of the process is critical for your business. Retain your customers by letting them know about your app’s idea and ask them what they would really like to see in it. How can you make the app more savvy and beneficial for them? Remember, your customer has their own audience and if you’re able to convince them, you’ll be hitting all the right notes to bolster your success and staying power. Leverage Facebook advertising to reach your ideal target audience. One of the most effective ways of marketing anything these days, app or otherwise, is Facebook marketing.  First,...
  • If you are using Windows 10 with and your Chrome or Firefox is stuck at “Establishing Secure Connection” you are probably a victim of this update issue. Microsoft Edge has no issue just third party browsers have the issue. The problem started with the April 2018 Win10 1803 Feature Update and can also happen with fresh Windows installs that use 1803. The 1803 update can cause a core Windows identity service (CryptSvc) to loop endlessly and stall connections. The 1803 update had two Chrome issues that left Chrome stalled a CryptSvc problem and a Graphics GPU problem. The GPU problem was resolved by the May 1803 Update, build 17134.48 https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/bzZPHqKXODw The CryptSvc can be fixed (temporarily) by restarting the CryptSvc service from task manager. You can permanently fix the issue by deleting a registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\Root\ProtectedRoots in regedit and delete the Root folder. Make sure you take ownership of it before you delete it. Also disable inheritance. After you delete the root folder CryptSvc no longer stalls and Chrome and Firefox run fine.
  • November 12, 2018

    Google Pixel 3 Review

    The Google Pixel 3 has been released as the yearly refresh for Google phones. While the Google Pixel 3 has had its publicly know issues of the music turning off during taking pictures, the notch space showing up on the side and the sound not being equal on both sides do to the speaker design. While those issues are known I want to look at the device itself since I have a Google Pixel 2 and was considering updating to the Google Pixel 3. I would first like to talk about the screen while the Google Pixel 3 has a better screen resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels (443 pixels per inch) while the Google Pixel 2 has a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 pixels per inch) which is the same resolution as the original Google Pixel. The processor on the Google Pixel 3 was updated to Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which was in the Google Pixel 2. The one thing that kind of annoys me is the Pixel 3 has 4 gigs of rams the exact same amount as the Google Pixel 2. I think that’s a mistake and could be the issue of the music/camera issue that the Pixel 3 has but I am not sure. I just find it interesting that Pixel only has 4 gigs ram when Samsung and iPhone have 6 or 8 standards. The camera which is the real selling point for the Pixel 3 is the same a single 12.2MP rear camera that was in the Pixel 2. The front-facing camera on the Pixel 3 is dual 8MP front-facing cameras where the Pixel 2 only had a single 8MP front camera. While the ports are not much different both are USB C but different versions as Pixel 3 has USB...
  • Today, less and less people are using actual phone provider packages to stay in touch with friends through calls and texting. Apps have made such a big turn in the whole way we communicate to the extent we, as users, are looking for more features to make the communication even easier, quicker and more enjoyable. At moments it seems that using the usual ways to call or text might soon become a thing of the past same as landline phones are. So I did research on what people are currently looking for in apps that enable chatting and after testing some apps it seems people focus most on apps that either have smooth video calls or free international calls. So my next step was to find the best apps that do just that. I got to say, it was a somewhat tiresome task as to test absolutely every app would take quite some time. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a top 10 list of apps for chatting I’d like to share. The Best Apps For Chatting I love how the list puts on the table the current most popular apps so it was really easy to filter out apps I’d like to test. I grouped them in apps I consider is the best for video chats and apps best for free international calling. This way, I hope the task of choosing the right app for you will be much easier. Best Video Chat Apps First on my list is Viber. I just like how easy it is to make video calls and how reliable they are. Rarely, if almost never do I get lags or disconnections as long as I have a decent connection. All you have to do is press video call and boom, you’re in. If you ask me,...