This week we are releasing changes to DejaOffice PC CRM. A focus of these changes are to lower the number of keystrokes needed to create Calendar Events and Tasks, and to better utilize space on the Contact View Screen.
This set of changes is dubbed “2020”. For all of these changes you can revert to the 2019 screens by going to Settings, and then selecting Contacts, Calendar or Tasks, and choosing the option to use 2019 screen formats.
When creating an event, we have moved location higher, and condensed some of the options for private and complete. Most notably we have added “quick select” buttons for most common appointment times.
If you choose to make an appointment for a future day, for instance choose “T” for Tuesday – the appointment will automatically slot to your next available time on Tuesday. If there is no slot, a message will show for the Conflict. The system is always trying to slot you for the future. If you click “T” on Tuesday, it will be for the following week on Tuesday. If you click on “Today” it will be for later today.
The Task Edit screen largely follows the changes on Calendar Edit
Our goal With Contact View is to get more info into the available screens space. For our Palm Desktop customers, this has not been an issue, because the screen can easily display Contact info, Phone Numbers, Custom Fields and Notes. For our CRM Customers, however, the view area is both crowded and also forced you to scroll to see important information. There was no way to view History, Notes, and Custom Fields without scrolling up and down.
Our solution is to reset the field display if you give it enough width:
If you make the View Panel wider, it will automatically reset to a two-column format. This allows notes to show beside the Histories, and allows addresses to appear side-by-side.
For our CRM users, we recommend you keep the screen expanded as much as possible, and this will reduce the need to scroll.
With the expanded view – DejaOffice offers something unique in the CRM world – the ability to see both your notes and your history at the same time. Nearly all competing products use tabs, so you can see notes or history, but not both.
New Edit Modes for Contact Screen
We have added context sensitive editing. So if you click on an Address, it will go to the Address Edit view. If you click on the Custom Fields, it will go to the custom fields edit. If you click on the Notes Header it will go to the larger note edit screen, while clicking on the Notes Body will let you edit in the existing view frame.
Connecting personally relevant
information to people in an easy way is key to success in business. But the
pursuit of information connectivity can hit a wall when it reaches language
barriers. Happily, the latest generation of translation apps bridges the gaps
which previously separated businesses from worldwide customers. We’ll consider
how you can use an online language translator — software app, bot or online
translation services — to increase connections and improve communications with
Globalizing your customer communications with professional translation services
Globalization is a megatrend that
has transformed our world. The physical borders that previously separated us
have been replaced with cloud communications and devices which connect us with
everyone else. One main barrier remains language. And even here, thanks to the
latest batch of apps, the walls are tumbling down.
Who can provide translation
services? If you have the budget, it makes sense to turn to a translation agency that can provide an expert human translation. But for those
businesses that want to save money and cut some corners, we’ll outline
cost-saving alternatives to certified translation services. The economic benefits are already built-in:
the cost of localizing content is a fraction of the expense to create new,
original content. Reach a new country or region that expands your market and
your revenues. So it’s an investment with potentially rapid payoffs.
Localization services go beyond mere
translation. They involve the adaptation of measurement units and currency to
the target location. They sometimes require changing dates and number formats.
And, ideally, they involve knowing something about the cultural preferences of
your target market, adapting language and graphics accordingly. Localization
also involves many technical adaptations to get your website and software
localized, but that goes beyond the scope of this post. We’ll focus on the top translation apps, both for mobile devices and on the desktop, hitting the
leading business translators among them and identifying the best features of
Translation apps to close language gaps
What are the best translation apps?
There’s no one best translation app that does everything better than all
The most common language service that businesses require is document translation. What is the best
app to translate English to Spanish documents? It should come as no surprise
that Google Translate is the winner. Whether you translate English to Spanish
or Spanish to English, choose between copy and paste or choose document mode to
produce a translated document. The interface is fast and easy, on desktop and
Another common business
usage for translation apps is one-to-many
speech translation. This is useful when you have a conference call and not
all audience members understand the language of the speaker. Here Microsoft
Translator really shines. Each member of the audience is given a unique code that embeds their linguistic
preference. The speaker’s speech is automatically translated into the preferred
language in real-time, just like a simultaneous human interpreter.
Google Translate is good
at one-to-one voice translation. A
voice-to-text algorithm translates your words as you speak. Press another
button and the app voice-translates into the language of your interlocutor. It
takes a few rounds for both sides to get comfortable with the back and forth in
a business or traveling context, but the process soon becomes natural and
Another feature of value
is camera translation. Several
translation apps have this capability. Point your phone camera at a foreign
language menu or sign or marketing brochure and a translation in your preferred
language overlays the original text. It’s an implementation of augmented
reality. It’s of great use when dealing with unfamiliar texts while on the go,
for ordering at restaurants or making sense of images online or in the physical
world. Both Microsoft Translator and Google Translate have this feature: judge
for yourself which is the more intuitive.
Some apps perform better in some
languages than others. While Google and Microsoft do well in Western languages,
try Baidu or Gengo for Asian languages, especially Chinese.
Working with freelance translation services to finish the job
Mobile apps can take you a long way,
but in terms of translation quality, they still cannot match a quality human
translator. You’ll want one of those on your side if you’re producing
translated materials for publication. There the cost of an embarrassing mistake
is too high to trust only machine translation. Find a translator specializing
in the language pair, direction, and who knows your target industry (Software
in Spanish, for example) on freelance marketplaces like Upwork or
Just sign up there as a client and
briefly describe your project. You’ll likely get a flood of applicants. Compare
their profiles, rating, rates, and reviews. A freelance translator – and you
should insist on a mother-tongue speaker of your target language — will
certainly cost less than an agency. how much do translation services cost? The
range is wide, from $0.01 to $0.20 per word. Bear in mind, too, that you will
need to invest personal time in selecting and managing your resources. Time is
money. Freelancers can be a cost-effective investment if you wisely. Often it
makes sense to do most of the work by machine translation, using your
freelancer as a proofreader and auditor, or as a watchdog on an agency. This
should give you a level of quality control and keep you safe from embarrassment
When translation and localization online services are needed
While our focus here is on budget translation solutions, there are times when you will want to pay a premium to have a translation company or localization agency to assist you. This is the case if you want to create a multilingual website, mobile app, or any other software. There are also ways to integrate automatic processes to expedite localization, and there are dedicated software apps for this. But this kind of project requires technical expertise beyond what most business people, or freelancers, possess. For these more complex projects, email a few translation and localization companies to get a free quote and some free strategic advice to get started. You can always leverage machine translation after a localization/globalization framework is in place.
For now, at least, you have some
starting points for getting “found in translation”. Good luck on the fast track
to going global!
The Best Translation Apps and Localization Services for Your Business was last modified: February 13th, 2020 by Ofer Tirosh
There is actually
quite a bit of understandable confusion regarding what defines the broad term “small
business.” Technically, it could essentially mean anything from a two-man
company that handles the local need for handyman work, to small scale
production facilities with complicated processes at every step.
What we are going to
discuss here will mostly be targeted towards small businesses with a decent
workforce and at least some scale. However, some of the lean management tips
will be applicable to any small business owner, even if they are the sole
proprietor and employee of their company right now.
Decide on a Lean Management Strategy
and Commit to It
There is no shortage
of lean methods these days, as a combination of modern software tools and
ancient wisdom has apparently come together in the best way possible. However,
the important part is to find a lean strategy that would be the best suited for
your business, and stick to it, instead of trying out too many principles at
Let’s for example,
take hoshin planning, or what is actually known as hoshin kanri. Hoshin
planning is a lean management technique based on two primary ideas:
Finding and confirming the right direction
Managing that direction with maximum efficiency
As one might guess,
hoshin planning is introduced and implemented on an administrative level, meant
for people with executive decision-making power. The many steps of hoshin kanri
can be divided into the following broad categories:
and finalizing an organization’s vision & direction
goals for breaking down the process effectively
down, deploying and implementing yearly objectives
reviews and annual reviews.
If you want to know
more, take a look at this guide for hoshin planning by Kanbanize, which provides
a comprehensive introduction and step-by-step guidance for implementing the
seven steps of hoshin kanri successfully. In fact, Kanbanize takes it one step
further by mapping the metrics of hoshin kanri on a Kanban board, simplifying
and visualizing the entire lean strategy.
Automation is actually
not a new concept, because it has been around for decades now, but thanks to
the recent improvements in machine learning, the usefulness of automation in
lean management has now become more valid than ever before.
Although the exact
details of automation tools applicable and useful in streamlining the processes
in your business will vary in accordance with the concerned industry, take a
look at the list below to take note of the most useful utilizations of
automation for lean production and management:
lead generation and client assignment
pipeline updates and management
client management, follow-ups and service
management, automatic vendor payments and payment reminders
accountant with automation tools developed for accountancy
delivery route optimization via AI-assisted GPS with real time updates
the need for data entry via the use of portable barcode scanners
general data entry work such as form filling as much as possible with automated
The principle idea
behind any lean management principle is to shed unnecessary steps, processes
and measures from the business to boost productivity and profits.
The principle of
automation is also quite similar, as it aims to minimize human effort and
error, replacing it with mechanized efficiency, accuracy and productive
capacity, wherever possible. This is the reason why automation and lean are so
closely linked with each other, and in this modern age of business, they are
often indistinguishable and mutually inclusive for streamlining production and
Businesses often make
the mistake of thinking that streamlining is a complicated affair, but in
truth, it’s actually quite the opposite. It may seem overly complicated in the
beginning, but the end goal of every step involved in streamlining a business
is simplification. To implement the same in your own business with efficiency,
consider the following few tips:
instead of increasing the number of people under your direct payroll
to handle seasonal rushes or particularly big orders/projects
list of services & tools you use concise by only keeping the ones necessary
Pay bills on
time and according to your financial settings
smaller bills as soon as possible
tax money after every payment
meetings in person when necessary, and keep them short
the chain of command by removing unnecessary authentication requirements
With fewer processes to
handle, the business automatically becomes more productive, streamlined and
profitable, which is exactly what lean manufacturing and management is all
about. The steps need not all be implemented at once of course, but initiation
is still important. Take your time, but get started as soon as possible. The
leaner your company becomes, the easier it will be for the establishment to grow sustainably
Streamlining a Small Business: 3 Effective Tips for Leaner, Better Management was last modified: February 12th, 2020 by Sehar Ali
I’ve been managing offshore teams since 2002, that’s when I founded Optics for Hire in the US and partnered with a team of optical engineers in Lviv, Ukraine.
Our Team in 2003.
The work we do involves helping companies design and manufacture lenses and optical systems. We’ve worked with some great engineers at leading companies like Amazon, GE, Mattel, Netgear, and many others.
Having engineers in Ukraine and customers in the United States leads to a number of potential failure points for project management. Issues we have to manage include time zone differences, language differences, different cultural expectations, jargon differences and more. Managing these risks has been critical to our success.
As our business grew and platforms like Elance launched, we expanded our use of remote teams, including hiring from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Belarus for marketing, web development and many other skill sets.
In the years since 2002, thanks to new communication tools and software platforms, it has become easier to succeed in managing offshore teams.
When we started we used only email (this was pre-Skype, and phoning was expensive). This made talking about complicated technical subjects difficult.
Here are five key lessons learned in the last 18 years:
1. Use Pictures, Screen Shares, and Voice Talk as Much as Possible
Don’t expect to be successful with email alone.
Chat is better than emails, voice is better than chat, voice with a screen share plus video is best of all. It can be too easy to send a quick email to communicate, but if you haven’t been clear your partner could waste a full workday halfway across the world working on the wrong thing.
Don’t let that happen.
2. Always Explain Your Assumptions
A word like ‘expensive’ can mean different things in different cultures and in different contexts. Maybe when making a prototype expensive doesn’t matter to you but in production, it matters a great deal. Maybe expensive to us means more than $1,000 and to your partner, it means more than $100.
One way to make sure you understand everyone’s assumptions is to use ‘open-ended’ questions like “what do you mean by that?”
3. Make Sure You Communicate Not Just What You ‘Want’ But Also What You Really Need
Clearly explain your end goal and be open to listening to feedback to see if your partner has a different approach. The reason you hire someone is usually that they have a skill set you don’t. Make sure you respect that skill.
It can be easy to pressure an offshore employee into doing a job a certain way, but they probably know a lot better than you do about how to do their job. Listen and learn from them and you will get better results.
Don’t get stagnate. If you aren’t trying new and better ways to communicate and manage projects you and your customers will be worse off.
5. Understand Vacations and Holiday Schedules
It’s no fun to find out just before a deadline that your team isn’t going to be working because of a three day Holiday you never heard of. So ask ( often ) about time-lines, working days and make sure you each understand when you and they will and will not be available
Working with offshore teams has been fun and profitable for our organization and our customers, we’ve made our share of missteps but I’ve never regretted the path we took. I wish you luck on your engineering projects and please connect with me if I can be of help you can find me here.
The 5 Lessons I Learned From Managing an Off Shore Engineering Team was last modified: February 11th, 2020 by John Ellis
If we started naming all marketing options that a small
business has, we’d end up with a pretty long list.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest are
mandatory. Each business also has a website, and most have a blog, too. Email
marketing is still a valid practice. Many small businesses engage in local
marketing practices. They print out brochures, publish radio commercials, and
promote themselves through billboards.
There is one thing that connects all these practices: content.
Great content will drive traffic to your website. It’s what makes the difference in clicks, likes,
conversions, and everything else that defines the results of your campaign.
In Keap’s 2020 Small Business Marketing Trends Report, only 13% of the respondents said that distributing content was an
important goal when using social media to market their business. At the same
time, 43.6% of the respondents said that they didn’t know if their marketing
efforts were effective.
Maybe that’s the trick. Small business owners need to
focus more on distributing content, so they would see better results from their
Guide on Content Writing for Small Businesses in 2020
1. Know What You Already Have
Chances are, you already have some content out there by
the time you’re reading this article. What kind of content is it? Start by
doing a thorough evaluation, so you can take steps towards improvement.
These are the questions to answer:
Are your blog posts, social media posts, and all other
publications written in the voice of your brand?
Are they written for a particular target audience?
Are you already getting good results from a particular
type of content?
How many likes, shares, and comments does an average post
get? How many would you want to get?
Are your posts unique when you compare them to the
content that your competitors publish?
Do they offer practical solutions to particular issues
that your audience faces?
When you analyze your published content through these
questions, you’ll figure out what it misses and what aspects you should keep.
2. Make a Content Marketing Plan
After evaluating your published content, it’s time to
plan the new steps.
Remember the main rules of content writing:
Your posts must convey the brand’s voice
They should be focused towards a target reader
They must be unique
They must deliver solutions and value
If you analyze a competitor who’s successful with their
content marketing, you’ll see how they meet all those standards.
When planning your content calendar, you want to achieve
the same goal, but you’ll do it through unique content. You can look through school essay topics ideas to get new ideas.
A blog post is not much different from an essay. It needs a thesis statement in
the beginning, arguments that prove that thesis, and a conclusion with a
3. Hire Writers
How many blog posts, landing pages, guest posts, and
social media posts do you publish per week? If you want to share different
types of content, you’ll have to write something every single day.
Can you cope with such a challenge?
Let’s face it: when you run a small business, you can’t
afford to spend at least two hours writing every day. Do you know what
successful business owners do? They get dissertation help
from professional writers. Writing agencies will pair you with a writer
educated in the niche of your business. They will take your content marketing
calendar, and they will develop content based on it.
You can also
consult your writers when developing the content calendar. They can help with audience analysis.
4. Measure the Results
You are not measuring the number of posts you publish on
a weekly or monthly basis. You’re not measuring likes, shares and comments for
the sake of reaching higher numbers. What you need to measure is the return of investment.
You can evaluate the success of your marketing campaign
when you pay attention to the leads, sales, onsite engagement, web traffic, and
social media engagement factors.
It’s not easy, so most small business owners hire
marketing agencies to help them with this aspect. But hey; you can make an
attempt and rest assured that you’ll be getting better with practice.
Deliver What Your Audience Wants
Essentially, that’s the main rule for successful content
You won’t write content just for the sake of publishing
something. You’ll do it because your target audience needs solutions that you
Everything will seem complicated at first. After the
first report, you’ll realize that you know what you’re doing. The experience
will teach you.
Content Writing Guide for Small Businesses in 2020 was last modified: February 10th, 2020 by Bobbi Sanchez
Microsoft has recently announced the end of Outlook Customer Manager, with access to your online data to be ended June 30, 2020.
Outlook Customer Manager was introduced by Microsoft in 2016 as a replacement to Business Contact manager. It sits on top of Outlook and provides key business features. Most notably, it offers Company Records, Shared Contacts, Activity History, Deal tracking, and integrated Document management.
Fortunately there is a good alternative with DejaOffice. DejaOffice PC CRM provides the following essential features:
Integrated Document Management
Integrated Mobile Apps
Telephone Technical Support
DejaOffice PC CRM provides a number of features that Outlook Customer Manager badly needed, but never had:
CompanionLink provides US based Telephone Technical Support for DejaOffice. There are three levels of support available: Free support, for general information and how-to advice, RunStart service for $49 where CompanionLink will help you set up your database and get you launched with the product, and Premium Support which provides a year of “white-glove” service for you DejaOffice CRM for Outlook site.
Outlook Customer Manager will be Discontinued – Here’s an Alternative! was last modified: February 9th, 2020 by Wayland Bruns
practices have a real impact for websites and their importance should not be
neglected. Individuals who are new to SEO and who would like to take this huge
burden off their shoulders should resort to professional services. What is the
point of trying to improve your website’s ranking if you lack the expertise and
the tools to do so? There are professionals that can help you with this and
that will make a huge difference as far as the success of your website is concerned.
to Expect from Professional SEO Services?
is definitely worth it to pay for professional SEO because
this delivers a measurable impact and it is successful even in today’s crowded
search landscape. You need digital marketing in order to stay ahead of your competition
and there are numerous advantages to hiring a SEO reseller:
Expertise; you will have access to a team of specialists that are aware of the latest advancements in the SEO field and that know exactly what needs to be done to create a successful digital marketing campaign for your business
Boost quality traffic; the purpose of SEO is not to attract just any visitors to your website; it is to attract the right visitors to your website;
Save money for you can resell the services you receive under your brand.
Offer more services to your customers, including search engine optimization
It is possible to provide a wide range of services to your customers in order to keep them happy and to maintain their loyalty. You can outsource the actual work to a specialized firm that has the skills and the tools to perform professional SEO services. People prefer working with an agency that provides various services such as website design, development, management and SEO. Furthermore, thanks to professional SEO you can be one step ahead of your competitors and thanks to SEO services you add value to your clients. Becoming a SEO reseller is the smartest thing you can do for your business but the most difficult aspect is to find an agency that is trustworthy, one that delivers its services in a timely manner and that is up to date with the latest changes in SEO. Although there are companies that prefer to manage SEO in house, this requires a significant financial investment not to mention that the persons they hire for the task might not be familiar with the latest SEO trends.
to Keep up with SEO Trends
SEO changes all the time. According to searchenginejournal.com “Optimization techniques that worked years ago fall by the wayside, and SEO as a whole evolves into a more intelligent discipline that evolves beyond spamming Google with links and keywords”. It is difficult to master the most efficient strategies in this field and this is why it makes sense to resort to professional services. The most efficient techniques focus on the following aspects: on-page optimization, link building, content and technical SEO. These should be at the core of any search engine optimization campaign. Using the right keywords for your business has proved to be quite efficient as far as SEO is concerned but the problem with keywords is that they can become redundant and repetitive. Although keywords remain the foundation of a SEO strategy, nowadays specialists focus their attention on topics and entities such as people, places, thinks.
Ranking is influenced by content, links and rankbrain, and when you optimize your website you should make sure you do it for keywords, entities and topics. As far as content is concerned, we all know how vital it is for how your site performs and for its ranking. What most people do not know is how to create valuable and original content, content that will attract visitors and that will make a difference in the online environment. This is why you need professional SEO services USA that will deliver the content you need for your website after having performed industry research. It is important to know your competition, to see what it has to offer and you do not so that you can make the necessary modifications.
According to link-building-strategies.com “Every site owner should have an idea about what they want to get out of the web presence, but this is not always the right one. The needs of your business always come first and this is what you should focus on. If you want to boost your sales on a certain segment of the activity, you should focus your SEO process on how you can achieve this goal”. It is impossible to know what changes need to be made to your website if you do not audit it first and this is one of the professional services offered by specialized agencies.
on, if you are determined to pay for SEO services you should know what to
expect from them. You should be aware of the fact that changes will not occur
over night and this process takes time. Nonetheless, SEO results are measurable
and they will be visible provided you hire the right agency for the job. It is
not enough to build a website and expect it to be successful. You have to
invest in it, to optimize it constantly, to resort to professional SEO that
will handle keyword optimization, topic optimization, link building and other
services that are essential to the success of your website.
According to semrush.com: ”If you want search engines to offer your content in results, you need to do three things:
these search engines understand who you are and what you offer.
them that you are the most credible option for their users.
your content deliverable.”
is more complicated than most people imagine and this is why there is an
increased demand for professional services among website owners who understand that
they need the best SEO in order to build and maintain a powerful presence in
the online environment.
Why You Need the Best SEO Services to Be Successful in the Online World was last modified: February 13th, 2020 by Mihai Tudorache
Without a doubt, video production is getting cheaper these days, which makes it an affordable marketing tool even in the hands of small businesses. According to The State of Video Marketing in 2020 report by HubSpot, 92% of marketers who use video say that it’s an important part of their marketing strategy.
If you’re not going to broadcast your video ads across
national channels, but use social media, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook,
Instagram, etc., to promote your products, it may be quite enough to have an
Android smartphone with a decent camera, plus a few video editing apps to produce
an engaging and appealing product review, or even a creative ad.
There are hundreds of amazing apps available for Android
that you can download and use to create videos. In this article we’re going to
give you an idea of what type of applications you may need when dealing with
video files on your smartphone.
In particular, we’ll cover apps needed to edit your video,
convert between different video file types (e.g. MP4, MOV, 3GP, etc.), store
your recorded footage and repair video files if anything goes wrong.
So, if you’re ready to create some video clips that will
help you promote your business, this list of Android applications is a great point
to get started.
Video Editing Apps for Android
Most of the modern Android smartphones have in-built cameras
which are capable of producing high-quality videos. However, your source
footage needs to be edited before going live.
With the video editing software, you can cut out unwanted
frames, merge different recordings into a continuous clip, add beautiful transition
effects, fine-tune color tones, add texts and a logo over the video, and
ultimately give your video enough polish to make it look professional.
Although most of the video editing apps for Android
devices lack advanced features that you can find in desktop software, mobile
apps have a low learning curve, meaning you can create killer, hassle-free
videos on the fly.
Here are a couple of video editing apps we’d recommend you to start with:
1. Adobe Premiere Rush
Adobe Premiere Rush is a mobile version of the professional video editing software – Adobe Premiere Pro. It has enough features to fine-tune your video clips while you’re on the go, and then instantly share the clips from the app to social channels like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Adobe Premiere Rush allows you to trim your clips and add
transitions, automatically color-correct, and then add music from the built-in
library. There are also hundreds of video, image and animation templates
available right in the app, or from the Adobe Stock. You can use the templates
to enrich your footage and make it look professional.
Adobe Premiere Rush is easy to use across all your
devices and can be linked with other Adobe software products, such as Premiere
Pro, for example.
Overall, with the price tag starting at $9,99/month, we highly recommend Adobe Premiere Rush for editing videos on you Android device when you’re on the go.
is a free video editing app designed for mobile devices. This app has a bare
minimum of video editing features, yet allows you to produce great-looking and
With FilmoraGo, you can trim, split, rotate, zoom, speed up, or slow down your video. It also allows you to seamlessly add sound effects and audio tracks sourced either from the app’s library, or from your own files. Of course, there are controls for adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, temperature and applying pre-built filters. And with the library of stickers, overlays, preset intros, themes, transitions and animation effects, it’s easy to go creative with this app.
Video Repair Tools
One thing that is often overlooked by beginner
videographers is safety
and security of their footage. No matter how advanced technologies these
days are, there are always chances to lose your precious video due to some
glitch, or an accident.
Mistakenly deleted clips, formatted memory cards and
corrupted video files are just a few examples of how your recorded video may be
Simple file backups will save your work most of the time.
However, there are cases when the video file gets corrupted during the
recording process. You may realize this when trying to open or edit the video –
the file just won’t play.
If you’re recording video on your Android smartphone, it’s likely that the files are saved in either the MP4, or 3GP format. Now, there are video repair tools that can fix both 3GP and MP4 video files:
Restore.Media is a video recovery app that works online, meaning you can use it on your Android smartphone via a web-browser. Restore.Media allows you to repair corrupted 3GP, MP4, MOV and MXF files. It also has a video recovery algorithm optimized of Android devices.
We highly recommend that you add this tool to your bookmarks, so that when you get a damaged, unplayable video file, you know how to fix it. Also, there are lots of useful articles on the Restore.Media’s blog on how to prevent your video from being lost. For example, here is a detailed guide on repairing damaged 3GP files.
Video Converter Apps for Android
Generally, Android phones record video in the MP4 or 3GP
format. 3GP is a video format that was specifically developed for fast
streaming of the video content via 3G networks. MP4 is the most widely spread
video format, thanks to its great compression/video quality ratio. If you’re
recording video with some 3rd-pary apps, the output files can also
be in the MOV or even MXF format.
Now, some of the social networks (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo,
Facebook, Instagram, etc.) have certain restrictions when it comes to file
formats. In particular, the MP4 format is the one that is supported by all of
the mentioned platforms, while 3GP and MXF are likely to be rejected.
This is where you may need a video converter for your Android device.
VidSoftLab – Video Converter
Converter by VidSoftLab can convert for free virtually any video file to
the MP4 format. It supports AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, FLV, 3GP, and other video file
types. What’s more, this tiny app allows you to merge, trim, cut, reverse,
stabilize, crop and rotate the converted file and then upload it to a social
network – all with just a few simple clicks.
No matter what your source video file format is, with this tiny app, you will be able to quickly re-encode it and upload to any social platform you want.
Cloud Storage for Your Video Files
If you shoot video files on a regular basis, your smartphone will quickly run low on storage. Hence, you will need a place to store tons of your recorded footage. A great solution to this could be uploading your files to a cloud storage account.
is a simple answer here. With the personal account you get 15 GB of storage for
free. If you need more, there are the following options: 100GB of storage for
$1.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99 per month.
So, these were the 5 applications we recommend when you
record and edit videos for your business on Android. Armed with these apps, you
will be able to make your clips stand out of the crowd and get it noticed by
your potential customers.
Essential Android Apps for Creating Business Video was last modified: February 4th, 2020 by Andy Campbell
A portable charging station with added features of an alarm clock, a radio or a media player is helpful to charge a mobile phone anywhere. It has a comprehensive list of features including no dependency on plugs, compact size, its easy to carry and you can control functionalities without using the device. Its also compatible with all of the latest versions of iPhone devices. Wireless charging devices will free the users from cables, and iPhone docks are one of the cool accessories.
It has a compact size and one of the stable and secure iPhone Dock which any user can buy for best use. It is made up of medical-grade silicone with stainless steel borders and available in back and silver color. It is 5-foot-long with a cable and compatible with all the iPhones and iPads and there is only one negative point about it that if the wire is broken then the entire piece needs to be purchased. It is available for S49.95 on major E-commerce platforms.
2. Rerii Bamboo Charge Stand with Aluminum Base:
It has a strong base for iPad and adjustable style to accommodate the device with a thick base. It has a wooden look made up of bamboo and a robust aluminum base. To protect the iOS devices from scratches, it supports with rubber padding. It is available for $25.99.
3. Apple Lightning iPhone Dock:
It is developed by Apple and it is of the docks on which you can play music while the phone is kept on charging. It is made up of aluminum and comes in various colors including black, gold, silver, rose gold and space grey. It can be connected to the system for synchronization and cable is not given with the unit, which is a shortcoming for this dock. It is available at $40.04.
4. Elevation Lab CordDock V2:
It has a unique feature that lets your phone charging even if it is docked or undocked. It has a removable lightning port and provides the freedom to keep it horizontally or hold it upright. It is a very fast charger and it is available at $29.95.
5. YoFeW Apple Charging Stand:
It can be used to put multiple devices on the stand, which can be used for Facetime calls on a 60-degree angle. Charging cables wires or USB chargers are not a part of the package and it is priced at $29.99.
It comes in modern design and in black color, convenient cable wire and hole at the back help to handle the wire. Its design is suitable for video calls and robust stand with rubber pads to prevent scratches and it is available at the lowest cost of $9.99.
Some of them are
easy to use from far and handy operations can be done from the iPhone deck without
touching the mobile. The provided control panel helps the user to do the
required operations. iPhone docks are available in different sizes, finish and
price, users can choose from multiple options.
Best iPhone Docker for Easy Charging was last modified: February 3rd, 2020 by Sehar Ali
The Google Chrome Webstore houses tons of useful Chrome extensions for various activities like gaming, sports, web
design, freelancing and more. These extensions are very useful as they help freelancers,
solopreneurs and other small business owners work more efficiently, have fun
and stay productive. They help to keep all your productivity tools handy, so
you can easily access them when needed.
Unlike other on-premise software, extensions do
not require elaborate installation rituals and processes, neither do they
take-up sufficient ROM space. They’re like lite versions of your popular
So, What are Google Chrome Extensions?
Google Chrome extensions help to customize user
browsing experience. They can be installed on to Chrome to modify browser
appearance, functionality, and behavior. They enable users to personalize their
browsing experience by tweaking Chrome a little here and a little there.
Google Chrome extensions can perform functions
memory usage for more efficiency,
screen recording, e.t.c.
They are built on frameworks such as HTML,
devices, hence can be run from mobile as well as PC to provide seamless
How to Install Google Chrome Extensions
Whether you’re geeky or not, installing Google
Chrome extensions is easy, simple and straightforward.
Following are simple steps to install chrome
Chrome Web Store on your device (either your phone or your PC). You can also
search for the Google Chrome Webstore on Google
2. Search for and select the extension
You can also search by Features like
-Available for Android
-Works with Google Drive
Click on “Add to Chrome.”
Some extensions require certain data or
permissions to install or run smoothly. You also have the choice to allow or
disallow an extension from making changes to your browser.
To (de)activate the extension, click the menu
icon to the right of the address bar as shown below.
Hover over “More tools”, a drop-down menu will
appear to your left. Click on “Extensions”. Here you can (de)activate or remove
7 Top Google Chrome Extensions for Freelancers
1. Noisli Extension
With Noisli, you can block out annoying noises.
It works as a kind of active noise reduction/cancellation, which allows you
reduce or minimize unwanted sound by the introduction or addition of a second
sound, thus allowing you to create the right working environment as a
Some monotonous white noises help us stay
focused. Noisli has a host of noises to choose from and an option to customize
your own. With Noisli you can choose your own noise, time it, and adjust the
volume, all from within your web browser.
2. ColorZilla Extension
If you’re a freelance graphic designer, this
Chrome extension might just become your bestie. ColorZilla is a well-designed eyedropper
tool that reads colors in hexadecimal and RGB formats. With it, you can easily
and legally extract color data from any website, and that without having to
open another application.
Now available for Chrome, ColorZilla is one of
the most popular Firefox developer extensions. You can join over 5 million
other people who have downloaded it and are using it to improve their work.
3. Boomerang for Gmail Extension
Being a digital nomad comes with its benefits,
but constantly being on the move makes it occasionally difficult to keep pace
with emails. The Boomerang extension solves this challenge by allowing users to
schedule emails for a future date.
This is very handy for when you are on the move,
e-mailing someone in another time zone, or catching up on emails late at night.
Boomerang also allows users to schedule emails to self. This can be used as
alarms or reminders for important tasks, meetings, deadlines, follow-ups, etc.
It also sends prompts that nudge you to respond to emails.
4. Web Developer Extension
Developers will love the Web Developer Chrome
extension. It adds a toolbar button to your Chrome browser which contains or
displays various web developer tools you can use, all in one place.
With this Web Developer extension, you can
quickly and easily view responsive layouts, disable styles, and outline
5. Taco Extension
Do not let the name fool you, this beautiful Chrome
extension is a powerful hub for productivity. On any given day most of us use
up to 20 different apps and tools from Trello to Salesforce, you just name it.
Taco collects and assembles all your incoming
tasks and notifications from various apps into a single place, giving you a
bird’s eye view of all you need to do at any point in time, so you don’t miss
important tasks or notifications.
6. Save to Pocket Extension
When you create a Pocket account, you can save
stuff for later, say an article you love but can’t read immediately. Whatever
you save here can be synced and made available across all your devices. This
cross-platform extension allows freelancers, nomads or busy persons to keep up
with essential information by saving it for later.
This extension is great for freelancers,
writers, designers, entrepreneurs and business owners, it reduces multitasking so
they can focus on the task at hand.
Being a freelancer requires discipline, and
there are gazillion digital distractions when working on the web. We’ve all
been there, intend to take a break and spend five minutes on Facebook to catch
up, another five minutes to say hi on WhatsApp, but two hours later you’re on
Twitter or ranting about politics in some faraway forum.
Fortunately, StayFocusd helps us stay focused by
blocking out websites that distract us. Its customized settings allow you to
block access to entire sites, specific pages or certain content types such as
images and videos.
These extensions are easy to install, easy to
use and will help you get more done in your freelance business.
Which (of these) extensions do you use as a
freelancer? Let us know in the comments section.
7 Google Chrome Extensions that Boost Freelancers Productivity was last modified: January 27th, 2020 by Amos Onwukwe