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Tech Rant

Hey guys. So I tried making my first actual VLOG today and I didn’t have the best luck. I lost the last 5-7 minutes of my video. I have absolutely no clue what happened to that footage, but I am sad that it was lost. It’s very ironic I’m talking about technology & bugs…and then this happens. LOL! Oh well, all I can do is laugh about it.

Anyway, I will try to explain, in words, the last 5-7 minutes of my video below & I will embed the video below as well.

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As I was going to say, my phone works very well after the iOS 8.3 update. It’s been an enjoyable experience. But this is what usually happens when new OS’s or products come out…you have to be patient becuase it will be buggy. It’s true with every tech product or OS release. For example, I started using iCloud Photo Library a couple days ago. Actually, I started using it a little over a month ago when I was beta testing 10.10.3 but I ran into a huge problem with it so I turned it off and deleted the photos from the cloud. I waited the 30 days to make sure that iCloud Photo Library would be completely clear. So a couple days ago, I re-enabled iCloud Photo Library again and when I did that, all of my picture that were in the cloud…were still there even though the slate was clean. Maybe it was a cache thing, I don’t know. But after the process had been completed, I noticed that albums that I had merged or removed in the photos app were still visible in the cloud! I don’t know why the changes didn’t take. So I disabled iCloud Photo Library and re-enabled it again. I’m still waiting to see what happens, but so far it does look promising. I’m seeing new images showing up that weren’t in the cloud previously.

And the last part of my video talked about Android. I’m just not a big Android fan. The interface doens’t make logical sense to me. I used my friends Android device (Sorry, I don’t remember the model or Android version) and I wanted to open the calendar app. It was burried under 3 different menus. I found that to be very annoying. Whereas on iOS, the calendar app was right on the first home screen. All the apps you would want to access are right there on the home screen right out of the box. Now I know you could “move” the app to a home screen on an Android device, but just like I was saying about getting a PC and getting it configured the way I want, it takes a lot of time to get it setup the way I’d want it. However, I do have to praise Android for being open & that anyone can develop for Android. However, there are trade-offs with that. You have more security risks (malware) & app fragmentation when you’re open. When you’re closed, you have to follow the company’s rules & only use their published / public APIs for your apps. But you’re more secured.

Anyway, that’s all there was on the last 5-7 minutes of video. Hopefully I don’t run into more tech problems when I try to VLOG…

Feel free to leave a comment down below about the video or leave a question.

And here’s the video:

 

***PS*** My apologies for being scatter brained. I have ADD & I can get distracted easily. Also, as I know someone will point out, I realize Macs are PCs too. PC = personal computer. I should’ve said Windows Machines when I was talking about Windows or Microsoft.***

SquareUp everyone!

Hello everyone.

You are all probably wondering what the heck this blog title is all about.  Well, I am here to answer that.  🙂

SquareUp is a new company, founded by one of the co-founders of Twitter.  SquareUp makes it possible for anyone and everyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android devices to accept credit card transactions.  Yes, anyone with one of those devices can take credit card payments!  No monthly fees, no early termination fees, accepts cash transactions, has customer loyalty options, accept tips at either percent or to the whole dollar, and low credit card transaction fees.  That’s a really great deal if you don’t sell a lot of your product.  The transaction fees are .15 cents plus a small percentage.  That’s not too bad.  The average fees for other merchant companies are around .50 cents per transaction.  Oh, a plus to having SquareUp is that you don’t have to have a merchant account!  Those can become very costly.  Another plus is that SquareUp gives you the card reader for free!!!  I’m not kidding, it really is free!

The card reader plugs directly into the headphone jack of one of the devices listed above.

Here is a video showing how SquareUp works.


As you can see, it’s very easy to use yet intuitive enough to protect your customers’ privacy and credit card information.  Setting up an account is easy.  Just download the app from the App or Android store and create the account on the device.  Then visit the link they email you and apply to receive your free card reader.  They do a credit check on you to make sure it’s “you.”  Once that’s done, you can start accepting cash transactions right away.  A big plus is that if the person buying something from you is a square member, it can do a photo verification of the buyer so you really know it’s “them.”

Here is another promo video basically showing how SquareUp can help your business or personal use.


Finally, us individuals can take credit card payments easily and efficiently.  I plan on using mine for my hobby business.  How will you use yours?

You can follow SquareUp on here on Twitter

Here is their YouTube Channel

And, of course, here is their website.

Oh, the app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is free!

***Disclaimer***

I’m not being paid to promote this product in any way, shape, or form.