Author: David Shelley

iPhone Launch Center Pro | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

launch center proAre you an avid iPhone user?  If you are, you know apps are essential to using your phone.  The Launch Center pro allows you to quickly launch pre-setup functions.  Basically this is a speed dial for your everyday tasks.  You create the short-cuts for task you do on a daily basis and simply launch the shortcut and choose the task you want to perform.  You can create shortcuts for contact, for email, or for facebook/twitter.

Marco Polo App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Marco Polo AppHave you ever lost your phone?  My husband loses his phone ALL THE TIME!  I was looking up fun apps and found this iPhone app called MARCO!  Basically the app runs in the background, and as long as its running you just shout out MARCO and it will shout back at you POLO!  You can install this on multiple devices and change the trigger phrase to anything you want for each device to distinguish them.  This works even if your device is in sleep mode or silent mode.  It also has volume boost even if your phone is on low volume.  This is a pretty nifty app for those who tend to mis-place their phones.

Morning App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

morning appI found another cool app the other day called MORNING.  This is a weather, to-do, news and more app.  It will keep track of your time, keep you updated and help you get started right.  The app will display items such as the weather, reminders, your morning commute, news, calendar and date/time.  You can customize it to your specifications. This is yet another great iPhone app to keep you organized and start your day off just right.

Nighthawk X4 Wireless Router | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Nighthawk x4 routerNetgear has launched its Nighthawk X4 Smart Wifi Router.  Upon seeing the picture of the router I thought it had wings and could fly.   Well no not really but its pretty cool looking.  The device boast about delivering speeds up to 1733 Mbps on the 5Ghz band and up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band.  The router sells for $279.99, has a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, includes Dyanamic QoS prioritization capabilities.  It also inclues two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port for sharing external storage.  There are 4 external antennas, 128mb of internal storage and 256mb of RAM.  It also includes 5 gigabit ports with one for the modem.  A new feature that includes support for iTunes server for playing music on AirPlay devices.  If you’re a gamer or someone who streams lots of data on different devices, this is the router for you!!!

Snupps The Organizational App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Snupps appYet another cool app, Snupps!  Snupps allow you to keep track of your things.  This app gives you the ability to catalog your stuff.  You can take a picture of your item and then give it a description and store it in the app.  Great for storing information such as warranties, receipts, or expensive heirlooms.  The app stores your information on Amazon’s data cloud behind firewalls and can sync across all your devices.

Stream Web App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Here is another app for those who love social media.  Stream Web app allows you to stream and share your photos as well as your interests.  Stream is an anonymous social media network that allows you to share content and allows you to see what others are sharing.  You’ll have infinite tabs, you can arrange your tabs how you like and thus allowing you to view multiple sites at the same time.  You can cut out anything you see on your screen and then share what you want via SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter and many of other social media platforms.

What is Cortana? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

CortanaWhat is Cortana?  This is the Windows phone version of Apple’s Siri.  Cortana is available on the new Windows based smartphones that come with Windows 8.1 update.  Like Siri, Cortana will ask about your interests, what things you like to do, ect…  One key feature of Cortana is that it has the ability to know your name and pronounce it appropriately as it will try to pronounce it, you have the ability to speak it and Cortana will do its best to match your pronunciation.  Cortana is launched by tapping the Notebook icon at the top of the screen.  You can type or speak your questions.

Outlook 2013-Helpful tidbits

Outlook 2013Outlook 2013 has not impressed many users.  Its lack of color was a huge disappointment as well as the changes made from 2010 to 2013 weren’t as grand as Microsoft would love to believe. Here are some things you can do to help you live better with Outlook 2013.  Change the color from white to dark gray.  If the application starts acting up, you can compact  your pst file to help. Another neat feature is the ability to Reply inline, meaning when you reply they stay in the reading pane, you can click the POP OUT button if you want the old way of working.  Take quick action by using the floating cross icon to delete, the flag icon to flag an item and the blue bar to the left to mark a message as unread.  You can also link contacts from Facebook, LinkedIN and other sources.  You can see more or less by using the View and then Message Preview to turn off the preview of your messages.  You can also restore the To Do Bar by selecting the to Do Bar options under the view tab to bring it back.  These are just a few tidbits to help you use Outlook 2013 better.

How to protect your iCloud | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iCloudAfter some high profile “hacks” over the weekend, people are asking how they can protect themselves and the photos they take with their Apple device.  Here are a few steps you can take to make things more secure…however, your best bet is to stop taking pictures you don’t want anyone else to see with your phone!

1-      Turn off Photo Stream

  1. With this on, every photo you take is being uploaded to iCloud

2-      Change your password regularly

  1. Also, use a different password for your different accounts

3-      Enable 2 step authentication

  1. This requires that you enter your password and a code sent to your registered device before making account changes.


Good Luck!