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Your phone’s not just a phone anymore. We explore what’s possible.

New Year! New Tech! A Quick Two Pick of CES 2017

January 13, 2017

CES 2017 just recently took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It has different keynote speakers, tech marketplaces and a lot of new tech innovations.  One of the items that I was most interested in was the laptop that now has three monitors produced by Razer.  They are currently calling the laptop Project Valerie.  Even though we are still waiting for a launch date and price.  I see maybe owning this laptop. Development work will be easier as I will not have to carry a monitor or two around for a multiple monitor set up with my laptop.

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Alex is a developer at Sephone, helping to build apps and websites. He is also working on his Master’s degree in Computer Science.

Mobile Security – Android Edition

December 16, 2016

As we dive further into the holiday season, a time when many of us are busy catching up with friends and family, it is important to remember the little things. The way the snow drapes across the horizon can be especially frustrating at times, but it is also beautiful. Take some time to appreciate friends new and old; perform a random act of kindness for a stranger. Be a little selfish, too – enjoy a mug of hot cocoa, get cozy under your favorite blanket, and take some time to review the security options on your Android phone.

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Gary is a team member at Sephone, helping to design, build and maintain websites. He is also a web design student at the New England School of Communications of Husson University.

The App Trap: How Many of Those Do You Need Anyway?

December 2, 2016

It is the Holiday Season and we all have shopping to do.  It seems like every store is sending us emails, with special deals, coupons and the like.  To top it off, most of the Big Box or Chain Stores have their own Apps that we can download on handwithphoneplussealour phones for free and we feel like we have a chance to get the best deal of the day!

I found that my phone has so many Apps that I am constantly am scrolling to find the App that belongs to the store that I am in, maybe a store I only go to once a year! Then, after a store or two, relearning the ins and outs of each one AGAIN -I finally get frustrated and don’t use any of them!  So I am the loser, in a store not saving the money I had wanted to, overwhelmed.

RetailMeNot Saves the Day!

There is ONE App and ONE Website that does it all. RetailMeNot is like a Mall for Shopping. 50,000 stores are listed on the site or app and all I have to do is use this ONE App, learn how to use it and not get stuck in the frenzy of using this store or that store’s App that I only use rarely. The site pulls from the retailers site and it updated as the Retailer updates.  RetailMeNot keeps me in one place using one App.

Coupons, Trending Items, Holiday Deals

The website also helps to plan ahead if I shopping online or just making my list, while the App is great for “on the fly” behavior. All in one place that is free and in the palm of your hand. Simple is good.  Download it and give it alogo_app_retail try!  It may remind you of stores that may not be the ones you instantly think of like KMART or to eat, like Domino’s.  It is pretty handy and you may just decide to keep it on your phone after the Holiday insanity is over.

 

*Thank you RetailMeNot for the use of images.

 

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Kelly’s been known as the Marketing Maven since before the term was hip. (That means she’s old.) As a natural Community Builder, she loves to get people together, bring resources to the table and solve problems!

3 Changes in 12 Years

November 4, 2016

During my last semester as a college student in 2005, I sat down with the partners and developers at Sephone to talk about the kind of work we wanted to do. We talked about giving people control of their own websites – a pretty novel concept back then, when WordPress wasn’t yet a common name in the business world and the only real option for digital communication was an email or instant message.

Over the past twelve years, we at Sephone, have built three versions of our own content management systems, a new e-commerce engine, secure file sharing and storage platforms, a nationwide event directory, and countless custom applications for businesses of all kinds. A lot has changed since those first days of 2005, but three main threads stand out as the biggest shifts in how we use our digital tools.

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He’s interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Beauty is only “Skin” Deep

October 21, 2016

This Goes For Websites too!

Brady’s last post about eCommerce websites and the holidays approaching, inspired me to write this post:

Business owners want their company website to look beautiful, maybe have a lot of “glitz” and functionality.  But Google isn’t always that impressed.

Each year, Google changes up their algorithm 500-600 times.  Some changes are small and others aren’t so small. Some have big consequences.  Business owners are running their businesses and don’t always notice, they may see their website as a beautiful, shiny thing. They love it, it is like a child. read more

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Kelly’s been known as the Marketing Maven since before the term was hip. (That means she’s old.) As a natural Community Builder, she loves to get people together, bring resources to the table and solve problems!

I am responding! Are you?

September 9, 2016

A Volunteer Firefighter and Sephone Web Developer Explains…

There are Apps out there in our life from small games to Facebook and Instagram.  An App that I use a lot is for the fire department I serve on is iamresponding.com.  Although, you still need the radio to communicate on scenes, if someone has a pager and is in a bad area and can still use data and/or text message then they will be able to know they have a call and subsequently call in using the App.

This App is a time saver

Using it keeps you from needing to page personnel about an upcoming training.  Sending out a message through this App will also send a text message. One step.

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Alex is a developer at Sephone, helping to build apps and websites. He is also working on his Master’s degree in Computer Science.

Snaps and Pokémon: are you down with AR?

August 18, 2016

The world is changing – right in front of our eyes.

Snapchat’s not my most-used app, but it’s a great way to keep in touch with friends. Lately it’s been good for some laughs, too, with its awesome facial recognition filters that can change you into a championship swimmer, an animal, or even swap your face with a friend’s.

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And if you’re reading this post in 2016, there’s probably a good chance you’ve at least experimented with Pokémon GO. (No shame.) Whether you’re at a park, a museum, or in the comfort of your own home, it’s now completely normal to see imaginary creatures a few feet in front of you (…at least if you’re playing Pokémon GO).

What do Snapchat filters and Pokémon have in common? They’ve both introduced the masses to a field of tech called augmented reality. AR takes elements of the physical world and adds (augments) those objects with digital enhancements. It’s one of those technologies that’s been out in the wild for a long time, but before now it hadn’t really made it to the mainstream.

We see this cycle happen a lot in the tech world:

  1. A science fiction writer comes up with a concept (1950).
  2. Someone invents a way to make a version of it happen in real life (1968).
  3. Some movie uses the technology and everyone talks about it (2002).
  4. There’s usually a TED talk (2012).
  5. Some mainstream technology uses it (2016).
  6. It’s everywhere.

Part of the fun of technology is trying to predict what will happen next – or how a current technology can be used in new ways. I can already tell it will be really amazing to see how AR is used in the coming years and decades!

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Justin is a web and mobile developer at Sephone. He’s interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Virtual Reality and the Cardboard Spec

June 17, 2016

Perhaps you’ve been thinking lately that the modern world isn’t futuristic enough. We’ve seen Back to the Future – where are our hoverboards?

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Apparently, they’re in Spain. Image cred: NowThisNews

For those unaware, the tech world has been moving to some pretty amazing places as of late. One of these is the wonderful world of virtual reality – simply strap a device to your face, and suddenly media becomes ever more immersive. Neat, right? Absolutely! So let’s take a look at some of these headsets.

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Gary is a team member at Sephone, helping to design, build and maintain websites. He is also a web design student at the New England School of Communications of Husson University.