Every Day a New Discovery

No, I will not fix your computer.

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A few years back I saw a man walking in NYC wearing a t-shirt with the saying, “No, I won’t fix your computer.” I was amused by the shirt and while I haven’t been the go-to person for fixing people’s computers, I’ve been known to tinker with a few people’s iPhones, iPads and pesky problems that can arise sometimes with apps and other what-have-you’s.

The truth of the matter is that I like doing these things. I like knowing that I can trust myself and that in turn, others have confidence in me. I instinctively know the terrain above and beyond my skills-set. After all, that’s what the Apple Genius Bar is for (wizards, every one of them).

But some times we don’t learn new things until we have to. After a question is posed to us we turn to the Internet like a sleuth trying to find any clues we can. And, every now and again, we come upon the solution to the problem that is deeply gratifying for the person who has come to us and in turn, makes us feel like we’ve truly been of help.

Recently my friend’s partner passed-away and she asked if I could help her save the voicemail greeting from her iPhone along with messages that her partner had left for her on her phone. I hadn’t any experience with this issue before and wanted very much to be able to help. But I also knew the stakes were quite high and that the last thing I wanted to do was to mess-up. After some contemplation I thought about offering to drive my friend to the Apple Store and be her buddy at the Genius Bar. But as often happens when the challenges are ramped-up a little, I started searching the Internet, long tail searches, keyword searches. Anything, everything.

First I came upon the application, DiskAid that offers iPhone phone transfers. And while it does a great job transferring all kinds of files it wasn’t until emailing support that I learned that voicemail messages aren’t stored on the phone, they’re stored on the phone carrier’s server.

At this point I contacted Verizon who had to transfer my call around to several departments and finally a helpful young woman rep told me, “Yes, I can help you! I actually haven’t had one of these requests in a long time.” The rep went on to tell me that Verizon outsources the support to a company, CBW Productions and provided the number.

You can either make the request via telephone customer service, 1-800-770-8046 or from their website. They will save greetings plus messages from a phone and send them to you either on cd, mp3 or usb. The price varies according to number of messages. All you need to provide is the phone number and password to enter the account. They would then take care of the recording.

And for people who are grieving it’s especially nice to know that you can do this from your computer, and not speak to anyone to make the request.

Navigating the App Workplace: A Guide for Social Media Marketers

The 26 tips series that I write on Social Media Examiner present a framework for looking at social media tactics.  In this new article, 26 Ways Social Media Marketers Use Smartphone Apps, the guiding principle was the ways in which our workplace and tools have changed.

No longer chained to a desk to conduct business and with a pocket-size device with apps that provide every function imaginable, we can be anywhere, anytime of the day. Of course, by this point in 2014, this is not a major revelation to most of us. But what is more revealing are the variety of apps that we interact with from smartphone to desktop and back and forth, again and again, in the course of our workday.

I invite you to read the post on SME, take time to comment, and share the post with colleagues and friends who may be interested. By sharing our finds with one another our mobile workday will become that much more enriched.

If you found your way to my blog as a result of the SME article, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

While you’re here you may also want to check out my portfolio. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below, or via the contact form.

–Debbie Hemley, @dhemley Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, PinterestLinkedIn, and Google +.

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Mobile Apps for Business and Social Networking

Mobile apps have taken the business world by storm.  Apps are targeted to specific interests and needs.  And, can assist carrying out business tasks and networking on the go.

Today, I have a new article on Social Media Examiner26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking. You can read the full post there.

If you’ve found your way to my blog as a result of the article, welcome and thanks for stopping by. You may want to check out my portfolio. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below or via the contact form.

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New Writings

I’ve had several new posts since my last update here on All the News–on Affiliate Marketing, Tips for Creating a Great Blog Post, and 20 iPhone Apps to Help You Create Amazing Photographs.

As I’ve often said on these pages and elsewhere, one of the things I love most about blogging is the research that is required for blog posts.  In particular, I had a great time trying out various photography iPhone apps.  It’s become a bit of a passion lately, taking photos and sharing them on Instagram.

Is Affiliate Marketing Right For You?

10 Tips for Creating a Great Blog Post

20 iPhone Apps to Help You Create Amazing Photographs

What have you been working on for your work or hobby?