What Apple Says About the New iOS 7

This update features a beautiful new design and also contains hundreds of new features, including the following:

New design
1. Redesigned interface updates the entire system and every built-in app
2. Subtle motion and animation; layers and translucency provide depth
3. Elegant new color palette and refined typography
4. Updated system sounds and ringtones

Control Center
1. Quick access to commonly used controls and apps with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen
2. Turn on & off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb; adjust screen brightness; access media controls; turn on AirPlay and AirDrop
3. Quickly access flashlight, timer, calculator, camera and music controls

Notification Center improvements
1. New Today view gives you an overview of your day, including weather, calendar, and stocks
2. Notifications dismissed on one device dismisses across all your devices

Multitasking improvements
1. Preview screens of open apps when you switch between them
2. Permits any app to keep content up to date in the background

Camera improvements
1. Swipe through different camera modes – video, still photo, square aspect, and panorama
2. Real-time photo filters with iPhone 4S or later, and iPod touch (5th generation)

Photos improvements
1. Automatically organizes your photos and videos based on time and location into Moments
2. iCloud Photo Sharing supports multiple contributors and videos, plus a new Activity view
3. Add photo filter effects
4. Flickr and Vimeo support

AirDrop
1. Quickly and easily share content with people nearby
2. Securely encrypted transfers with no network or setup required
3. Supported on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account

Safari improvements
1. New iPhone tab view that lets you easily switch between open web pages
2. Unified smart search field for both search terms and web addresses
3. Shared Links shows web pages shared by people you follow on Twitter

iTunes Radio
1. Streaming radio service
2. Pick from over 250 featured and genre-focused stations
3. Start your own station from your favorite artist or song

Siri improvements
1. New, more natural sounding male and female voices for US English, French and German
2. Integrated Wikipedia, Twitter search, and Bing web search results
3. Change settings including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and brightness
4. Supported on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation)

App Store improvements
1. See apps relevant to your current location with Popular Near Me
2. Discover age-appropriate apps in the Kids category
3. Keep your apps up to date automatically

Find My iPhone Activation Lock
1. Turning off Find My iPhone, erasing your device, reactivation, and signing out of iCloud requires your Apple ID password
2. A custom message can be displayed on your device even after a remote erase

iTunes Store improvements
1. Preview and buy songs you’ve heard on iTunes Radio while inside the iTunes Store
2. Add to, and shop from, your iTunes Wish List
3. Scan code with camera to redeem iTunes Gift Cards

Music improvements
1. Play music purchases from iCloud
2. Rotate your iPhone or iPod touch to browse your music with the Album Wall

Videos improvements
1. Play movie and TV show purchases from iCloud
2. View similar movies and TV shows from Related

Maps improvements
1. Turn-by-turn walking directions
2. Automatic night mode
3. Bookmarks shared across devices via iCloud

Mail improvements
1. New Smart Mailboxes, including Unread, Attachments, All Drafts and To or CC
2. Improved search
3. View PDF annotations

FaceTime audio calling

Block unwanted Phone, Messages and FaceTime callers

Support for sending long MMS messages

Pull down on any Home Screen to reveal Spotlight search

Scan to acquire Passbook passes

New ringtones, alarms, alerts and system sounds

Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Italian, Korean, and Dutch

Inclinometer in the Compass app

Wi-Fi HotSpot 2.0 support

Accessibility features
1. Individuals with limited physical motor skills can now control their device using Switch Control
2. Customize closed caption style
3. Handwriting input support in VoiceOver
4. Math input support using Nemeth Braille in VoiceOver
5. Select from multiple premium voices for speak selection and VoiceOver
6. Support for Made for iPhone Hearing Aids and stereo audio for iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)

Enterprise features
1. Manage which apps and accounts are used to open documents and attachments
2. Per App VPN
3. App Store license management
4. Enterprise single sign-on
5. Remote configuration of managed apps
6. Automatic data protection for third-party apps
7. Exchange Notes syncing
8. Install custom fonts
9. New management queries and restrictions

Education features
1. Mobile device management for Apple TV
2. Request AirPlay Mirroring from a student device to Apple TV
3. Pre-configure AirPlay destinations and AirPrint printers
4. Streamlined MDM enrollment
5. Ability to restrict changes to accounts
6. Web content filtering
7. Authorized apps can initiate single app mode
8. Configure accessibility settings for single app mode

Features for China
1. Tencent Weibo integration
2. Chinese-English bilingual dictionary
3. Improved handwriting input with improved accuracy, stroke order independence and support for simultaneous multiple character input

Bug fixes
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Some Love iOS 7 While Others Want to Wish it Away

We’re receiving conflicting reviews about Apple’s iOS 7. Those who love it say that the iPhone has now been reborn, while those who are having temper tantrums with the latest technology reference the new screen icons as being “flat”, that there are too many unnecessary movements, it’s less intuitive, the battery drains even faster (and the battery notification is flawed), no “home” button swipe, and the keyboard layout is not desirable. There was also a complaint about the charger issues, because people couldn’t use other types of chargers, mostly the cheaper ones (well, that’s like putting 87 grade gasoline in a brand new luxury vehicle that is only supposed to use 93 Premium grade gasoline—it just doesn’t make much sense). 

Pro-iOS 7 users stand tall and proud when they say the iOS 7 is anything but “flat” looking, with more vibrant colors, its cleaner and sleeker look, it has major “pop” factor. They admit that the icons don’t have the 3D look of previous versions, but the new icons have an appeal that makes the change worthwhile. The lock screen also gets kudos (no more accidental taps on the emergency button). Apple has offered even more wallpaper features (7 of which are tailored for the new iPhone 5C), zooming apps, and better photo organization options. The Apple Weather App has been spruced up allowing you to also see an hourly forecast. Apple has improved folder options, allowing users to place an unlimited number of apps within folders, helping to significantly reduce home screen clutter. Then there’s the lightning fast email, new ring tones, and a new and improved Calendar app. Oh and did we mention the subtle animations that randomly float across your screen? Very artsy!

So what are your thoughts about the new iOS 7? Do you like it or not? Is it easier to navigate or does it make you want to toss it over a bridge? If you are new to the Apple world, do you feel more empowered or more intimidated by iOS 7? If you are a long-time Apple user, are you loving the improvements or do you wish they would stop and let you enjoy what you have?

If you are interested in downloading the newest version please read this article on what to do first before taking that step: http://mashable.com/2013/09/17/what-to-do-before-ios-7/

Below please find links to some of the reviews (pro and con) concerning the iOS 7.

http://mashable.com/2013/09/20/worst-things-about-ios-7/

http://mashable.com/2013/09/20/ios-7-review/

 

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A Startup’s Biggest Mistakes

Anyone who has ever started a business can recall at least three mistakes that they made and later learned from. Meridith Dennes shared her top three mistakes for Project Eve.

Dennes wrote that she made the mistake of paying too much for formation. Dennes’ company shelled out a $5,000 retainer to a top Wall Street law firm to handle her company’s formation papers. One 6-minute phone call with the firm ate up the retainer, and then her company dug themselves deeper into a hole by hiring another large firm in the Silicone Valley, when she could have saved thousands by using the online service Rocket Lawyer.

Her second mistake was hiring a graphic designer to also do coding. Lesson learned: hire one graphic designer, one coder, and review their portfolios, and references. Mistake number three for Dennes’ company (and most) was not setting milestones and due dates for projects. There’s a saying that, “a goal without a due date is merely a dream,” and for many companies it also means a great number of painful failures.

We would like to add a few more mistakes to this list:

1. Not hiring or contracting with the right team of individuals early enough. If you need help with business development, office support, social media, or bookkeeping, get help as soon as possible. If not you will find yourself drowning before you even get into the ‘race’.

2. Not having a realistic business plan. Some people either have extremely lofty and weighted business plans that eventually become overwhelming and too far fetched, or they have such loosely written business plans that the words scream, “no ambition!” The business plan is your road map, so follow it, modify it when necessary, get professional help developing and reviewing it, and look for a quality business plan writer not just a cheap one.

3. Quitting your day job too soon. Too many times people quit their job too quickly to chase their dreams of entrepreneurship. That same job that provided a stable weekly, biweekly, or monthly income (oftentimes with benefits) gets scrapped for the romanticized idea of ‘being your own boss’ and having so-called ‘freedom’ and ‘extra time’. What most people don’t realize is that entrepreneurship means more work, more work hours, less personal time, an unstable environment usually for the first 5-10 years, inconsistent pay, and sometimes low or no benefits (i.e., medical, dental, life, vacation, sick pay, etc.) for several years.

Keep your day job until your startup is paying you a consistent income every month (for at least 1 year) that doubles or even triples your salary from the 9 to 5. Yes, that means you will need to hire, outsource, or contract with someone to help you run things while you juggle both responsibilities. But guess what? It’s better to share that piece of pie than face shutting down your company and hitting the unemployment line because you miscalculated the potential growth of your startup. Look at your 9 to 5 job as an investor in your business and future. It is helping to provide a sense of stability during an unstable and unpredictable period of time in your business and life.

4. Not having a board of advisors or mentors. This isn’t just for the startup phase but throughout the entire life of your company, you need to have at least three people that you can turn to for professional advice. Creating an official or unofficial board of advisors can be extremely beneficial as they help you steer and navigate through the untimely storms that all businesses face. Don’t wait until the storm hits to seek counsel, turn to those individuals who are specialists and experts in business, finance, management, business development, customer and partner relations, etc. and ask them to sit down with you in person, over the phone, or virtually, and help you with both small and large issues that can and will impact your company.

Did your company have any bloops and blunders early on that you would like to share? What advice do you have for startups?

To read Meridith Dennes’ article please visit:
http://www.projecteve.com/3-epic-colossaly-stupid-startup-mistakes-that-i-made/

To speak with a consultant from Foreman & Associates to discuss your company’s growth, restructuring, or startup needs, please contact us at: info@foremanandassociates.co

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Say Good Bye to the CMO and Hello to the CCO

There is an interesting and insightful article written by Dominique Turpin, the President at IMD, that you should strongly consider reading that discusses the quickly declining role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) in today’s corporate structures. Turpin writes that the decline is due to several key factors such as a lack of immersion in marketing efforts by CMOs, the increase in power of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) [and an increase in Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) with a finance background], and the fact that marketing is hard to measure and even harder to define.

Turpin suggested that CMOs consider a re-imagined role and a new job title of Chief Customer Officer (CCO) where the focus is squarely on the customer, and being the voice of the customer. Then the old CMO role can transition over to the CEO who really should take the reigns of this position, while showing all employees the importance of putting the customer first (and that every single person in the organization has a responsibility to the customer).

With the shift in roles, the CFO can also take part in helping to develop the customer-focused approach, and complement the CCOs task of showing the return on investment from marketing—especially since there is a high demand for CCOs to be both financially literate and able to “produce hard numbers” while not encroaching too much on the CFOs role . The new CCO position places the customer back in the middle of the organizational “pie” and helps to realign the thought process from marketing and innovation back to the number one priority—customer satisfaction and relations.

Read more of Turpin’s article here:

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130821125212-3458678-the-chief-marketing-officer-is-dead?_mSplash=1

Share your thoughts? Is the CMO dying a slow and painful death? Is the position dead and we just don’t realize it? Does your organization still have a CMO position? Or has it transitioned to another more measurable and identifiable role, as defined by Turpin?

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Women Could Dominate the Future of Business and Global Innovation

Are you attending the Womenetics half-day conference in Atlanta?

The 2013 Global Women’s Initiative
Creating Shared Value: Powering Profits, Benefiting Society

September 25, 2013
Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia
8:00am to 1:30pm

Topic: Why Women Could Dominate the Future of Business and Global Innovation.

The Conference includes:
Three Interactive Panel Discussions with 17 International Thought Leaders • Collegiate Leadership Award Chosen by Former U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer • Resource Fair to Connect with Nonprofits Making a Difference

The Global Women’s Initiative features leading sustainability experts from cutting-edge corporations, academia and the nonprofit sector including:

Carol B. Cala, Vice President of Energy, Environment, Safety & Health – Lockheed Martin

Lane Moore, Founding Executive Chairman – Rubicon Global

Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Emory University

Janine Maxwell, Co-founder – Heart for Africa

Buy your ticket today!
https://womenetics2013gwi-atl-eorg.eventbrite.com/

To find out more about the conference visit: http://www.womenetics.com/details/68-atlanta-global-womens-initiative

What is Womenetics?
Womenetics provides high caliber content, programs and services to accelerate business by advancing women leaders. It is a globally recognized center of influence regarding gender diversity and women’s leadership. Driven by the belief that women’s full engagement is an imperative for economic prosperity, Womenetics’ mission is to develop, support and inspire female leaders to create an impact in their fields. Womenetics focuses on three areas: woman as effective business leaders, as successful business owners and as change agents around global issues impacting the bottom line. To join the conversation, visit http://www.womenetics.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @womenetics.

Re-posted by Foreman & Associates, LLC