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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

5 Productivity-Inducing iPhone Apps

Life is hectic. Sometimes, in all the chaos, it’s hard to actually get anything done. However, like all things in the world, there’s even an app (or several) for the productivity-challenged. Today we rounded up five iPhone apps that are sure to get you back on the productivity train.

A list of our top 5 iPhone apps for increasing productivity.
Photo Cred: BusinessInsider.com
1. Clear
Keep yourself organized (and therefore more productive) with this list-keeping app. The simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to put things on a list…and check them off when you’re finished.

2. eWallet
These days, life involves a lot of passwords. Nothing slows you down (and frustrates you) more than not being able to login to your accounts because you can’t remember the password. eWallet uses 256-bit AES encryption to securely store your passwords, account information and card numbers.

3. Bump Pay
After a dinner with friends, who wants to take the time to count out (or actually has) the cash to split the bill? With Bump Pay you can easily transfer money from your PayPal account to a friend’s—with a fist pound.

4. Quick Office
Ever wish you could edit documents during the train ride to work? Maybe you need to have access to Word or Excel documents while away from your desk. That’s what Quick Office allows—create, view and edit Microsoft Office files from your iPhone.

5. myZOMM for iPhone
It’s hard to be productive if you can’t find your keys or don’t remember where you parked your car. Pair your iPhone with a ZOMM Wireless Leash Plus and the myZOMM app to get instant alerts if you walk away from your keys. Tag items, such as a parking spot or business, and get instant directions to that location when you’re ready to return.

 The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.

Feeling more productive yet?

What’s your favorite productivity app?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A Countdown of Our Five Favorite iPhone 5 Rumors

It seems that as soon as Apple releases a new iPhone, the whole world almost immediately begins speculating on the next generation iPhone. What will it look like? What will it do? How soon can we have it? And exactly how much will it cost?

With only five (speculated) months separating us from the iPhone 5, let’s take a look at the top five rumors circulating about the next-gen iPhone, countdown style.

Our next generation iPhone 5 rumor coundown

(Image courtesy of iphone5latest.com)

5. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cell phone technology, but apparently it is with the iPhone 5. Rumor has it the iPhone 5 may feature up to a 4.6-inch screen, compared to its predecessors’ 3.5-inch screens.

4. Of course, better is always better. The new iPhone 5 will supposedly operate on the better, faster 4G LTE network.

3. Bigger, better, and totally different. Some speculate that Apple is testing its iPhone 5 prototypes in the iPhone 4 and 4s case to avoid leaks. They believe the actual iPhone5 will take on a completely redesigned and positively mysterious form.

2. While the screen may be bigger, the docking port may be smaller. According to some speculators, this “miniaturized dock connector” will free up space in the iPhone for “other components.”

Drumroll, please.

1. Our #1 rumor about the iPhone 5 is that it will be made of Liquidmetal! Sounds very space age, right? Liquidmetal or “amorphous metal alloy” is described as a “metallic glass” and should be thinner, lighter, and tougher. Sounds good to us!

Planning on investing in the next iPhone? Don’t forget to protect your investment with a Wireless Leash (and accompanying iPhone app)—because nothing’s worse than a really cool phone…lost.

What’s your favorite rumor circulating about the iPhone 5?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Smartphones and Restaurants: Taking Your Phone to Dinner [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine this: You have a dinner date with friends on a Friday night. You need to decide where you’re going, what time to get there and what to order. How do you decide? Chances are that you’ll use your smartphone to help you make one (or more) of those decisions.

According to research done by Lab42, 20 percent of you will user your smartphone to communicate dinner plans, 19 percent will use your smartphone to find a restaurant and another 20 percent will view a menu on your smartphone.

The infographic below shows these (and many more) facts about how Americans are using their smartphones before, during and after eating dinner out at a restaurant. If you’re planning a dinner date soon, consider trying our Personal Concierge service—they’ll take care of all the details while you play with your smartphone.

Smartphone infographic

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

How Much Does it Cost to Lose a Smartphone?

60 million. That’s the number of phones lost, stolen or damaged each year. If you’re lucky, you’ve never had to deal with the headaches, costs and general frustrations that come with losing a phone. To most people, losing a phone is worse than losing their keys, wallet or car. And when you break down what all replacing a lost phone entails, it makes a lot of sense.

lost smartphone
While the total costs to replace your phone will depend upon the type and the carrier you utilize, it’s not just the money that you have to worry about. Often times our smartphones hold business contacts, bank passwords and even photo galleries. So on top of the nearly $900 dollars it would take to replace an iPhone, you’ve lost valuable contacts, information and memories.

Jeanette Pavini, contributor at Market Watch, shared a story about one of her readers:

“Her iPhone was stolen while she was on public transit. She didn’t have phone insurance, her renter’s insurance didn’t cover the loss, and she was told if she canceled her phone contract, she would be liable for a hefty early termination fee. In the end, she paid a small fortune and learned a big lesson.”

 The lesson learned? Don’t lose your phone! Stories like these are exactly why Laurie and our team created the Wireless Leash—so no one would ever have to deal with the pain and struggle of replacing a lost phone. With our Wireless Leash you can make a one-time investment that will protect your phone time after time.

Have you ever lost your phone? What things did you have to deal with to replace it? Share your story by leaving a comment!

 

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Help with Tasks from the Mundane to the Insane: the ZOMM Personal Concierge

Have you ever wanted your very own personal assistant? Now it’s easier than ever to have one with the ZOMM Personal Concierge.

Your ZOMM Personal Concierge can add time back into your day by handling tasks from the mundane to the insane. From making dinner reservations to getting seats at a sold out show, our Person Concierge is available to help you day or night.

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Lost Cell Phone Project

Have you ever lost your cell phone? If you found it—did someone else return it to you? Was it in the hands of a stranger for a period of time?

Apparently, most Americans would have rummaged through that lost phone of yours. Symantec recently conducted a study where they lost smartphones on purpose. The phones were bugged with tracking and logging software that kept track of where the phones went and what information was accessed.

lost phone study
From an article on MSNBC about the study:

“To spice up the test, the phones had an obvious file named ‘contacts,’ making it easy for any finder to connect with the phone’s rightful owner.   But the phones also offered tempting files, with names like ‘banking information,’ and ‘HR files.’  

Some 43 percent of finders clicked on an app labeled ‘online banking.’ And 53 percent clicked on a filed named ‘HR salaries.’ A file named ‘saved passwords’ was opened by 57 percent of finders. Social networking tools and personal e-mail were checked by 60 percent. And a folder labeled ‘private photos’ tempted 72 percent.

Collectively, 89 percent of finders clicked on something they probably shouldn’t have.

Meanwhile, only 50 percent of finders offered to return the gadgets, even though the owner’s name was listed clearly within the contacts file”

The results are pretty shocking to us—especially when you realize that most, if not all, of the lost phone finders weren’t criminals. These were normal, everyday people who found a lost phone and decided to snoop.

So how can you prevent this from happening to you? First, you can set a passcode on your phone—half to three quarters of people don’t take this simple step that adds a layer of protection. Second, you can invest in a device that prevents phone loss. Our Wireless Leash is made especially to make sure you don’t ever find yourself without your phone.

How do you protect your phone from being lost?

 

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

March Madness and Technology

March Madness is here—the NCAA tournament kicks off this week with 64 teams battling it out to be crowned the best college team in the country. While they fight it out on the court, thousands of people in homes, offices and school across the country will fight it out with their brackets.

 

Photo Cred: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

As with sporting events like the Super Bowl, there are lots of ways technology helps make March Madness that much more enjoyable. Here are just a few of them:

Bet it all on a Brilliantly-Built Bracket

No longer will you need to handwrite a bracket or draw names out of a hat—check out RunYourPool.com to make the office contest a breeze.  There are also lots of option on sites like ESPN, NCAA and Yahoo!, to make your bracketology a breeze.

Don’t Miss a Play

Last year, IMRE Sports revealed that 1 in 4 Americans would be using social media to follow the tournament. Of those, 27% said they would be using a mobile app to view games and 31% said they’d be watching via YouTube.

Other stats IMRE discovered were that 62% of people using social media would be doing it just to check the scores, while 44% of them would be watching the games.

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So, if you’re looking for the perfect app to keep up with all the games, try one of these: ESPN Scorecenter (free), March Madness Mania ($0.99) and Office Pool Picker 2012 ($0.99).

How do you use mobile and/or social media to stay up-to-date with March Madness?

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Help the ZOMM Wireless Leash Get on the Shelf at Walmart!

We’re excited to be competing in Walmart’s Get on the Shelf contest this year. One lucky winner will get the chance to have their product stocked on shelves in Walmart stores throughout the country!

Vote in Get On The Shelf

As our loyal customers and fans, we’re hoping you will help us in our venture. In order to win, we need votes—so if you feel we deserve this honor, there are a few ways you can help:

You can vote once per avenue, per day. We truly appreciate it!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Win ZOMM Personal Concierge Service for a Year!

The ZOMM Personal Concierge can add time back into your day by handling tasks from the mundane to the insane. Let us plan your family trip, get flowers to your mom on special occasions, provide hard to get concert tickets, make last-minute dinner reservations, and much more—all for free!

That’s right, during the month of March, you can enter to win a free one-year subscription to the ZOMM Personal Concierge. All you have to do is provide your name and email address. Click on the image to enter!

win zomm personal concierge

If you win a one-year subscription to the ZOMM Personal Concierge, what will you do with it?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Google Goggles – The Glasses of the Future?

The future is here. According to multiple sources, later this year, Google plans to release Android-powered glasses. The New York Times describe them as:

google glasses

Image courtesy of thecoolgadgets.com


 “…eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment and, this being a Google product, advertisements onto the lenses. The glasses are not being designed to be worn constantly — although Google engineers expect some users will wear them a lot — but will be more like smartphones, used when needed, with the lenses serving as a kind of see-through computer monitor.”

While no one (that can talk about it) has actually seen the glasses, they are rumored to be equipped with GPS, motion sensors, a camera, and audio input/output. It’s likely the glasses will allow users to play virtual reality games, and more:

“Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them. For instance, a person looking at a landmark could see detailed historical information and comments about it left by friends. If facial recognition software becomes accurate enough, the glasses could remind a wearer of when and how he met the vaguely familiar person standing in front of him at a party.”

We’re excited to see the progression of this type of technology—and how we can use it here at ZOMM.

What do you think about technology like this? Will tech continue to go in this direction—could smartphones eventually be phased out as the technology behind them fuses with technology like these Google glasses? 

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