Technology Solutions

On the Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone contains a multifunctional home screen with a semi-curved design. The right edge of the phone curves into a 2,560 x 160-pixel second menu that contains shortcuts to frequently used apps, alerts, and other functions. Notifications are displayed on the curved edge even when the phone cover is on and while streaming videos. The Edge has a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera and a 16 mpSmart OIS back camera. The phone offers multi-window functions for use of multiple apps simultaneously on one single screen. The 3000mAh battery charges 30 percent faster than most other smartphones and can go from dead to 50 percent charged in a half-hour. The Edge runs on the Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system and has a 5.6-inch Quad high definition plus super AMOLED display. It is available in white and charcoal black and costs $429 with a two-year contract.

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Fashion-Forward Time

The 1.9-ounce Pebble Steel smart watch syncs with both iPhone and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 functionality. The 144 x 168-pixel display screen emits a buzz when emails and text messages are received. The Pebble app store offers thousands of applications including a pedometer with background fitness tracking. The Pebble Steel is water-resistant, the LED backlight allows for readable daytime and nighttime viewing, and the lithium-ion polymer battery keeps the watch juiced for up to a week at a time. The stainless steel watch comes with a leather wrist band but a steel band can be purchased for $20 more. It is available in brushed stainless and matte black and costs $199.

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Streamline Your Inbox

Inbox is a Google email application that bundles emails into categories such as social, travel, purchases, promotional material, finance, and user-created groups. The emails are organized into collapsible folders and can be previewed without having to open an entire message. By swiping, users can archive emails or put them into “snooze” mode to view at a later time. With the “reminders” function, users can create alerts that appear at the top of the application. Inbox runs on the Gmail platform and current Gmail users must request an invite to download the app. Inbox is free and available for desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

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Debt Investing Reimagined

In the world of real estate investing, real estate debt investors take less risk, are the first repaid, and have higher claims on loan collateral compared to equity investors. AssetAvenue is a crowdfunding platform for real estate debt investors looking for these types of opportunities. AssetAvenue investors start with a minimum investment of $5,000 with terms of up to five years. Once an account is set up, potential investors choose from properties across all major categories. When a loan is fully funded, investor capital is taken out of escrow and investors begin to earn monthly interest and up to 12 percent in annual returns. AssetAvenue investments are institutionally vetted and are secured senior loans. Investors must register to use the free software.

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On-the-Go Expense Log

Deductr Pro is an expense tracking platform for small businesses to ensure accurate deductions during tax season. The software automatically documents expenses, income, mileage, and time through a computer, tablet, and smartphone whenever a card is swiped for business purposes. Users enter receipt information to record expenses and use GPS tracking on smartphones to log business mileage. Real-time data and reports that track savings and calculate deductible expenses are available as well. The Deductr Pro dashboard offers reports for profits and losses, tax summaries, contractor wages, mileage summaries, and more. Deductr Pro offers an annual plan for $199 and a monthly version for $19.95. The mobile app is free with a Deductr Pro account.

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Cordless Charging

The LithiumCard hyper charger by LinearFlux is the first battery-powered charger for electronic devices. About the thickness of five credit cards, the LithiumCard charges devices at a rate of 1 percent per minute and can be simultaneously charged while it charges. It comes equipped with retractable USB, micro-USB, and Apple Lightning cable connectors for charging most smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Using NanoStik technology, the LithiumCard can be mounted on devices and car dashboards. The LithiumCard comes in black and gold and costs $55.

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