Livescribe Smartpens: now available at Mac & PC Doctors

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A Livescribe smartpen is perfect for use during lectures, meetings or conferences. The products allow you to:

  • write notes
  • capture audio recordings
  • upload and store your notes and audio on Echo Desktop or the Livescribe+ mobile app (both available for free download)
  • access your notes and recordings on your linked device

Being able to listen back to your recordings lets you expand on your initial notes and ensures you do not miss out on any information.

Livescribe Echo

After initially setting up your Livescribe Echo using the supplied starter notebook, taking your notes is as simple as turning on the pen and starting to write. To record audio, simply tap the record button at the bottom of your page. Once your notes and audio have been recorded, tap on your notes to replay your meetings or lectures. You can then transfer all your notes and audio using Echo desktop on your computer via the USB cable.This allows you to review your notes and listen back to your recordings as many times as you like, at your own pace.

Livescribe 3

The Livescribe 3 smartpen is the company’s latest addition to their smartpen collection and works in a similar way to the Livescribe Echo, with a few differences. Instead of linking with Echo Desktop, the Livescribe 3 is designed to sync your notes to an iPad, tablet or smartphone, via bluetooth, using the Livescribe+ mobile app. Once you have registered your smartpen on the app, your notes and recording will automatically load onto your iPad, tablet or smartphone in real time.  Also, while the recording function of the Livescribe Echo utilises the microphone installed in the actual pen, the Livescribe 3 uses the microphone and speakers on your linked device, providing audio of even higher quality. The app also gives you the option of converting your written notes into text, so they can used in computer programs, documents and online.

 

The videos above will help to give you an idea of what to expect from your Livescribe smartpen and explains how you can start using it. If you are interested in purchasing one of these items, you can call us on (07) 3848 9438, or we can show you these devices in action at the Source Kids Expo on 6-7 July. For more information about Source Kids and to register for the expo, visit https://www.sourcekids.com.au/expo-brisbane.

7 Apps Your Small Business Needs This EOFY.

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#1 Expensify 

Expensify allows you to track your mileage, receipts and time to allow you to easily produce expense reports

Expensify’s features include:

  • Accounting integrations including Quickbooks and Xero
  • Reimbursement options for employees
  • Credit card upload
  • Corporate card options
  • Next day direct deposits
  • Time and mileage tracker
  • Receipt capture
  • Global currency converter
  • Production and distribution of expense reports
  • And more

Read more about Expensify here!

 

#2 QuickBooks 

Quickbooks is an app that will help your small business, especially around EOFY time.

Quickbooks is a ‘smarter’ business tool that allows you to control all of your small business’s financial operations from one application. Sync Quickbooks to your bank account to ensure your files are always up to date which will help you get more organised and allow you to track every dollar that comes in and out of your business.

Quickbooks will allow you to control everything listed below all in one place:

  • Invoicing
  • Payroll
  • Tax
  • GST
  • Payments
  • Reports
  • Automatic calculations
  • Timesheets
  • And more

Read more on how you can get your small business in order here!

 

#3 Slack 

The next app that your small business needs is Slack.

Slack is a collaboration hub that will offer your employees a space to share documents, videos, images, feedback and face to face communication.

Slack can connect to over 1,000 other applications including Dropbox and Google Drive to bring all of your files together in one, easy to access place.

Slack also has security features so you can ensure your work is kept safe and private.

Read more about this app here!

 

#4 FreshBooks

FreshBooks is an iOS application that will help you get all your small business’s financial matters organised.

This app allows you to produce and personalise all your invoices and allows you to set up automatic billing. You can access this app from any of your devices as well as giving you the ability to accept payment methods from your mobile devices.

Track all of the following on one easy to use app:

  • time/payroll
  • expenses
  • reporting
  • estimates
  • invoicing
  • projects
  • payments
  • and more

Click here to read more about this app that will help your small business this EOFY.

 

#5 Evernote

EVERNOTE is an iOS application that will help your small business get organised.

EVERNOTE allows you to:

  • take notes
  •  make checklists
  • save online documents
  •  sync all your documents across all of your electronic devices
  •  collaborate and share your work with others in your workplace
  • create agendas and memos
  •  develops projects and share them with others
  •  plan events
  •  use your device’s camera to digitalise and scan – handwritten notes, business cards and other paper documents
  •  takes notes in a variety of formats including text, sketches, video, PDF, audio, web clippings and more
  •  annotate documents during meetings
  •  clip and highlight articles from research into your notes
  •  add a passcode lock to ensure security
  •  and more…

Click here to read more about this app and download it now to stay organised this financial year in your small business.

 

#6 Spark 

Are you finding that your business email is getting out of hand? Then Spark is the app for you!

Spark automatically organises your mailbox into three seperate inboxes – newsletter, personal and notifications. Along with these inboxes, comes options for you to further sort your emails with:

  • follow up reminders
  • built-in calendar
  • quick replies option
  • smart searches
  • send email later option
  • powerful integrations

Along with these features, Spark also offers collaborative options for you and your team to create, discuss and share emails.

Read more now.

 

#7 IFTTT

This app offers users a revolutionary way to start making their most used apps work together.
IFTTT connects over 600 apps available on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch including Twitter, Gmail, Instagram, Google Drive, Philips Hue and more to make your everyday habits trackable and maintainable.

Use IFTTT’s curated Applets to assist in maximising the effectiveness of technology in your work place.

Read more  about this revolutionary app and download it now from the App Store.

Our New Location.

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Mac & PC Doctors has moved to a bigger and better location just five minutes from our previous Annerley one. This location will allow us to expand our company and be able to offer you more when it comes to technological training and MPD Accessibility offerings.
If you are wanting to come visit us, see the videos and images below that outline multiple routes.

This video shows you how to get to our new Rocklea location if you are coming from the City along Ipswich Road.

 

How to get to our new location if you are coming along Fairfield Road from Brisbane City.

 

General Directions To 7/1311 Ipswich Road, Rocklea

 

 

 

 

 

Autism Awareness Month

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As April comes to an end, so does Autism Awareness Month marked from Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.
This month aims to bring focus to the thousands of people who receive an autism diagnosis every year as well as raise awareness and acceptance for autism.
 
However, even though there are just a few days left in April and therefore Autism Awareness Month, we at Mac & PC Doctors have correlated some standout articles and events that a worth your time.
 
In light of this month, Autism Parenting Magazine released an incredibly comprehensive list of around 100 apps to download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. These apps assist those who are on the spectrum with educating themselves on autism as well as improving their ability to learn with engaging games.
 
Check out this list here:
 
 
Queensland association ‘Go Blue for Autism’ has again partnered with Warner Bros. Movie World to offer early access to the park for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Sunday 29th of April. Guests with ASD will receive free entry to the park from 8:30 am. See below to read more about this event.
 
 
If you want to purchase some merchandise like water bottles, keep cups, t-shirts and more to show your support for ‘Go Blue for Autism’ head to:
 
 
If you are concerned about your child or would like a bit more clarity surrounding autism, head to Autism Awareness Australia.
 
 
 

Apple’s Proposed New Disability Emojis.

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Apple proposed 13 new emojis to the Unicode Consortium in March in an attempt to expand their emoji’s representation of all people. They have presented emojis featuring accessibility-related instruments such as prosthetic limbs and hearing aids. As well as depicting people who suffer from deafness or troubled hearing, low vision or blindness along with disabilities like PTSD, anxiety and autism. 

Unicode is a not-for-profit organisation that reviews emoji proposals. 

In their proposal, Apple wrote, “At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs.” They continued by saying, “at Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs. Adding emoji emblematic to users’ life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability.”

Apple worked with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the National Association of the Deaf and the American Council of the Blind to develop these emojis that are being proposed to the Unicode Consortium. 

With only one current disability emoji existing on IOS devices; the wheelchair symbol, it is clear to see why there is a need to introduce more inclusive emojis.

These are just some of the emojis which are being proposed by Apple :  

 

If these emojis are approved by Unicode, they will begin appearing in updates on Apple devices in the second-half of 2019.