Dec 05


Apple’s latest revolution, the iPad Air, was released November 1, just in time for small businesses gearing up to revamp goals and visions for 2014. It’s never too late to go mobile or update business management processes using mobile devices. Last quarter, the iPad generated $6.2 billion of revenue or 17 percent of Apple’s total revenue, highlights Business Insider. Apple’s revenue-generating tablet innovation indeed meets personal and business needs.

In the words of Apple, the iPad Air’s advanced wireless helps users “do more in more places.” Digitally inclined and technology-reliant entrepreneurs can manage a business right from the clutches of an iPad. Introduce the iPad Air into your business operations and improve how you manage workflow for 2014 with the following mobile apps.

GoToMeeting

Whether you’re at your home office or traveling for a conference, keep in touch with clients and employees with GoToMeeting. In seconds, you can schedule, host or join meetings on the iPad. The app provides onscreen communication flexibility; remote employees from anywhere can connect face-to-face to view presentations, share spreadsheets or discuss reports. On an iPad, the free HD video conferencing app features a whiteboard and highlighter for brainstorming sessions and HDFaces Video for exceptional video streaming.

GoPayment

The Intuit GoPayment app ensures that you’ll never miss a sale. Your iPad becomes a portable transaction machine and mobile card reader that accepts credit card payments. Easily sell merchandise at a local event by swiping a credit card and instantly gaining authorization. The customizable free app also records cash transactions, applies discounts and syncs with QuickBooks. Complement GoPayment with the QuickBooks Mobile app for managing invoices and accessing customer information, recommends the Intuit small business blog.

Readdle

Readdle helps individuals manage documents and fill in forms while on the go. Readdle identifies itself as a Printer Pro ($6.99) and PDF Expert ($9.99). Wirelessly print email attachments, photos or Dropbox files on compatible printers within the Wi-Fi network. As an intuitive PDF tool, Readdle enables you to “read, annotate, sign and fill out PDF forms on the iPad,” describes Readdle.com. Highlight text and save bookmarks using the PDF Expert tool. The Readdle app also features Calendar 5 ($6.99) for task management and viewing upcoming events on an easy-to-use interface.

Roambi

Roambi analyzes large amounts of data and transforms it into digestible information. The free Roambi Analytics app helps you “understand your numbers” through interactive navigation and data visualization from diverse viewpoints. Analyzing spreadsheet or CRM data becomes an engaging, guided experience. Interact with your data and share or present it from a mobile perspective.

Improve your data management even more with the free Roambi Flow app that helps you “tell your story.” After complex data and numbers are generated into understandable views with Roambi Analytics, you can publish information using Roambi Flow and the app’s high-quality templates. Embed videos and add images using rich interactive media for creating content that you can share with employees, clients and customers — all on your iPad.

Apr 23

Forbes reports that Apple has agreed to purchase chip manufacturer P.A. Semi for $278 million. The company, founded in 2003, focuses on sophisticated, low-power chips that could possibly used in future models of the iPhone.

The decision to center the iPhone design around a chip that Apple could own marks a significant strategic choice by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, and is aimed at ensuring Apple can continue to differentiate its flagship phone as a raft of competitors flood the market. According to a source affiliated with the chip company, Jobs and Senior Vice President Tony Fadell led the tiny group of executives who spearheaded the acquisition, which included negotiations that took place in Jobs’ home.
P.A. Semi and Apple are no strangers to each other, as the chipmaker was reportedly courted by Apple to possibly provide Power-based chips before Apple finally settled on the switch to Intel.

Recent rumors have suggested that future platforms based around Intel’s forthcoming Atom processor might be targeted for the iPhone, but Apple’s acquisition of P.A. Semi suggests that this may not be the case.

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