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Do Real Estate Agents Need Apple's New iPhone XS?
Smartphones play bigger and bigger roles in our lives, to the point that many people manage their livelihood through their phone. With smartphones having such an impact on our day-to-day lives, it's important to keep up with the latest technology. One of the latest updates came on September 12, when Apple unveiled its latest iPhones. Among these are the iPhone XS (starting at $999) and iPhone XS Max (starting at $1,099). However, while many were expecting a revolutionary new device, Apple instead offers a better, faster version of its predecessor. They explained that the "iPhone XS is everything you love about iPhone. Taken to the extreme." In other words, it is a much better, faster version of the iPhone X. So then, the question real estate agents should be asking themselves becomes, "Do I need one?"
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Top 8 Real Estate Gadgets for 2016
In 2015, technology became even more necessary, wearables more popular and smart phones got even smarter. We've reached the golden age of gadgets, and it's time to begin planning for what will come in the year ahead. We've made a list of the top gadgets that will help drive your business forward in 2016. 1. Activity-tracking wearables If you're burning the candle at both ends, you're going to wear yourself down and your work will be affected. It's important to take care of yourself so you can be at your peak to help keep your clients happy. Activity-tracking wearables can help you take even better care of yourself by tracking your exercise, sleep patterns, calorie intake and more. Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Microsoft all make wearable activity trackers with styles to fit any budget. 2. Wearables to keep you safe Agent safety has always been a top priority. Cuff is a smart device that fits into jewelry or keychains and pairs with an app on your phone to monitor your location. If you ever feel like you're in trouble, you can activate an emergency alert through the device. A notification will be sent through your phone to your VIP contact list so they can call the police and direct them to your location. 3. Picture-Printing Phone Case Let's face it. We have so many pictures on our phones that, most of the time, we can't even remember what's on there. With Prynt Case, you can turn your smart phone case into a photo printer. The case attaches to the back of your phone, and the compatible app prints images right from your phone. No ink required, Prynt Case prints on the provided ZINK Paper. What better way to connect with potential buyers than to send them home with snapshots of their favorite listings?
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Pocket PCs, iPad, and Outlook Tips
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Five Requirements For Your Laptop
We receive a lot of calls from people experiencing low performance from their laptops. The questions most asked are, “Why is it running slow?” and “How do I know what laptop to buy?” In this article, I will discuss five important things for the performance of a laptop. 1. Portability - Although a nice display can range from 14” to 17.3”, a question you have to ask yourself is: How will the size of my laptop’s display benefit me? A bigger display is always nice, and you’ll have an easier time looking at the screen from a distance. However, if portability is important to you, then the balance is well set in the 15.6” range. A laptop of that size gives just enough display to have everything you need at a nice resolution without losing the HD ability. 2. Anti-Glare or Non Reflective Displays - Most laptops recently released come with anti-glare or non-reflective coatings on the glass. Tis is very convenient if you use your laptop outside your office. Your current laptop may not have this. The best way to tell is self-testing--if inside light reflects off the screen, you don’t have it. 3. Hard Drives – The next important component is the hard drive or HDD. This is the device that stores your files and programs. People often don’t notice, but harddrives have set read speeds. Most laptop drives come with 5400rpm (revolutions per minute), but you may be able to purchase a more powerful 7200rpm HDD. Although the difference may only be a few seconds, while transferring files, it translates to maybe a minute or two. The amazing thing about choosing a hard drive is that you can choose a 5400rpm hard drive now and worry about upgrading it later. Laptop hard drives are very easily interchangeable.
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3 Simple Ways to Maintain Your Mac
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What to Do When Tech Problems Strike
Technology is a wonderful thing. When your devices function properly and you know how to leverage them, your work and personal lives run so much more efficiently. However, when your electronics are down, your business is down, too. This is especially true for real estate agents. Not only are most agents mobile--using their smartphone, laptops, and tablets on the go--but as independent contractors, they have no employer IT department to turn to when their computer, phone, or printer stops working. Some try the DIY troubleshooting route--but too often this ends in wasted time, energy, and frustration. So where can an agent turn in a tech crisis? Well, that depends on what you need help with. Today, we're going to guide you through different support options for various tech issues. Help! I'm having problems with my real estate software! Because modern real estate solutions are largely web-based, many difficulties have been eliminated since there's no software to install. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's all smooth sailing. Sometimes data is accidentally deleted, or upgrades make old features hard to find. Fortunately, most real estate software comes with robust tech support options including phone, email, and live chat support. Many also have video tutorials or a built-in Knowledge Database that lets agents use a search feature to find answers to a specific question they may have. Check with your vendor for tech support options. Tech support is important, so if you find that your vendor's options are inadequate, consider switching to a new solution. If you need guidance, many of our product reviews provide available tech support options. If you're simply looking to use a product better, many vendors offer live training webinars. Check your vendor's website for more information, or see our webinar listings here. If a solution is offered by your broker, MLS, or association, there may be training sessions available through them. Check with your organization for details.
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One Way an iPad Won't Replace a Newspaper...
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Will an iPad Blend?
This Black Friday, many post-Thanksgiving shoppers will be off weeding through commercials and sales pitches in search of the right product.  Whether winter mittens or new digital cameras, there will be a lot of informercials and product demonstrations to wade through. Real estate technology is no different. But in honor of today's antics, this week's Friday Funny is dedicated to the creative sales pitch behind the renowned Blendtec. To prove the virility of this blender, the maker routinely documents the hearty technology products this food blender can reduce to mere ashes. This week's demonstration: the iPad. 
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How to Shoot Listing Photos at Dusk
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Apple Introduces a Revolutionary New Laptop with No Keyboard!
Do you hate keyboards? Do you wish you could power your MAC computer for a full 18 minutes before re-powering? Do you want a computer that is virtually indestructable, unless dropped or hit? Would you like to send your friend an email in just 45 minutes? MAC has what you need!  Do anything on the new MAC Book Wheel in just a few hundred clicks! Not to steal all their punch lines, but if you like to poke fun at Apple and would care to have a laugh before you head into your weekend, check out the Onion News Networks' latest spoof, as seen on YouTube.
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Three iPad Contenders: WePad, Moby and HP Slate
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10 Reasons You Should Stay Away from the iPad
To counter the numerous articles spouting accolades of the iPad and the wonders it can perform for the real estate agent, RET Staff members created a document to bring balance to the discussion.   First of all, we are not against the iPad, but we do have some reasonable doubt as to its usefulness in business. For personal use, we will not comment. Our website is not about promoting the latest and greatest technology for personal use. We look for the business value technology products and services can bring you.    If you are thinking of buying an iPad for business use, wait until you’re read the top ten reasons why real estate agents should NOT use the iPad for business.
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Palm May Face Obsolescence
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Digital SLR Cameras on a Shoestring
Remember when it was common to drop $500 to $700 on a nice digital point-and-shoot? These days, with the same money, you can pick up a digital SLR camera. These aren't professional models or the very best that current technology has to offer, but for the photo enthusiast on a budget—or even the avid family photographer—they can be a big leap forward. With larger sensors and generally faster performance than snapshot models offer, these cameras provide plenty of tools to photographers who prefer a camera with more than one button. And if you save your pennies, you can increase their flexibility and image quality in the future with additional lens and accessory purchases. But which to buy from this year's models, continue reading for my take. 
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Using Technology
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