My only impression of the iOS 7

ios7iveMost of the changes in iOS 7 have to do with design, but many of the software features Apple did add are things Android owners have been enjoying for years. In fact, Android fans and bloggers began howling about all the copycat features as soon as Apple announced iOS 7.

They have a point.

Android evolved quickly, but Apple has taken a slow, cautious approach with iOS. It feels like Apple’s iOS team has buried their heads in the sand when it comes to making big improvements that people want. iOS 7 finally brings some of those features to the iPhone.

The most obvious is the Control Center, a panel that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen and lets you adjust basic settings like screen brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and airplane mode. It’s been one of the most-requested iOS features for years now, and you’ll finally get it with iOS 7.

There are other things: improved multitasking with apps, an assistant in the drop-down notifications menu that gives you an overview of the weather and events in your day’s calendar, and a feature called AirDrop that lets you wirelessly swap files between iPhones. All are really nice features, but they all copy Android in one form or another.

In the end, iOS 7 is an admission from Apple that it needs to catch up to all the great stuff owners of other smartphone platforms enjoy.

The iOS 7 is among the largest upgrades the OS has ever been given – not quite the game changer that the iPhone OS 2 and the App Store were, but it certainly took a lot of effort. It not only brings some key new features and a few cool system apps, but it also completely overhauls the user interface and tweaks the right things under the hood.

Key features

  • Complete UI overhaul with adaptive colors and system-wide Back swipe gesture
  • New system icons and folders, animated icons available
  • System-wide parallax effect
  • Dynamic wallpapers
  • Control Center with toggles, multimedia controls and shortcuts
  • Updated Notification Center with three tabs
  • All apps multitasking with new card interface
  • Updated Safari browser with unified search filed
  • iTunes radio
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Inclinometer within the Compass app
  • Camera filters with live preview and new square mode
  • New Photos app with better photo organization, picture editing
  • Weather app with live weather animations
  • Updated Maps with Night mode and Turn-by-Turn walking directions
  • New Siri interface, new supported commands, new voices
  • Contact Blacklist
  • FaceTime audio
  • Activation lock
  • Automatic app update
  • Cellular data usage breakdown
  • Chinese-English, Italian, Korean and Dutch dictionaries
  • iOS in the Car coming in 2014 in selected cars

Main disadvantages

  • Very iTunes dependent for uploading files and multimedia
  • No open file system means you often have to duplicate files
  • Limited integration of 3rd party social networks and services
  • No widgets
  • Air Drop works only between selected iOS 7 or later running devices
  • No lockscreen shortcuts (besides those in the Control Center)
  • Very basic camera UI with limited features and settings
  • Limited codecs support
  • iTunes radio only works in the US

The changes are more cosmetic and iterative than they are record-breaking. Even with all the overhauled design that reskins practically every element with a gleaming-new interface. From what I’ve seen so far (including hands-on time with iOS 7 on an iPhone 5), we like the latest  do more.


Below, you’ll find a list of the iOS 7 features that Apple focused on today, and next to that, a brief description of how that trait exists on AndroidWindows Phone, and BlackBerry rivals (or at least one manufacturer’s take on said platform). Read on below for more detail about how iOS 7 stacks up.


iOS 7 Android 4.2 Windows Phone 8 BlackBerry 10
Control Center Yes, varies by phone-maker No, settings
System access settings
Notification center Detailed notifications Live tile
BlackBerry Hub, badges
Multitasking preview Recents list Multitasking preview Active Frames grid
Surfaced camera modes Varies by Android skin Third-party
Video, Time Shift modes
Photos grouped by
years, location
Albums, other filters Albums, date Albums, recent
Shared photo stream Samsung Galaxy S4 Share one by one Share one by one
Peer-to-peer sharing (AirDrop) Android Beam (NFC) Tap + Share (NFC) NFC sharing
Unified browser bar Yes Yes Yes
Personalized radio/discovery Google Play Music All Access Nokia Music Third-party app
Voice access to
system settings
Samsung’s S Voice No systems access No systems access
Automatic app updates Optional, by app ‘Update all’ option Individual
No No No
In-dash integration
(iOS for cars)
Driving mode/S Drive Nokia Drive Third-party apps




PTIC launches US-Philippines business and information technology delivery council

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SAN FRANCISCO — Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Silicon Valley, in partnership with the PhilippinesDepartment of Trade and Industry, has announced the inception of the US-Philippines Business and Information Technology Delivery Council, a consortium with Terranex LLC, Rendition Digital, Exist Global, Ionics, Orange & Bronze, Ayannah, and Innerworks.

These Philippine-homegrown organizations are at the forefront of the software and product development, information technology (IT), business and knowledge process delivery, and electronics manufacturing industries.

PTIC Trade Commissioner Michael Ignacio said that by joining forces, the companies intend to bolster business development initiatives and build more partnerships starting in the San Francisco Bay Area. PTIC has plans to institutionalize the council and also expects to build market presence ultimately in the entire US and Canada.

“We want to foster collaboration and cross-pollination amongst the council members, while enabling competitive differentiation,” said Trade Commissioner Ignacio. “PTIC has screened companies that have demonstrated excellence in the service that they offer. We are thrilled to work as a team to achieve greater growth.”

“There’s no better time than now to launch this,” announced Philippine Consul General Marciano Paynor. “This is a train ride that we should not miss. With the right companies, we can build a microcosm that will drive the Philippines in the limelight of the global economic scene.”

The global offshore software and product development, business process support, and electronic contract manufacturing services markets are expected to hit at least US $1 trillion in 2018. In addition, technology analyst firm Gartner recently predicted that by 2014, IT hiring in major Western markets will come predominantly from Asian-headquartered companies.

Consul General Paynor added, “The council will have the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism, all Philippine government agencies with US Pacific Northwest representation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We look forward to bringing to work our extensive network and breadth of experience to all of the member companies.”

The US-Philippines Business and Information Technology Delivery Council will have a formal launch on November 13, Tuesday at  447 Sutter Street, 5th Floor Social Hall, San Francisco, CA 94108. Companies interested to learn more about working with these companies are invited to attend the launch and executive briefing, which will feature customer success stories on global delivery and shared services. Send an email to request an invitation.

For more information about this event, please visit:

 PTIC – Silicon Valley

The Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Silicon Valley is the Commercial Section of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the representative office of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry in the US Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

PTIC Silicon Valley covers the US Pacific Northwest, which includes the following: Alaska, Northern Nevada/Reno, Colorado, Northern California, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming.

The mandates of PTIC – Silicon Valley include trade promotion, investment promotion, trade policy negotiations, and protection of Philippine business interests.

Philippine companies participating

TerraNex LLC

For US companies rationalizing their operations, offshoring full customer support to TerraNex LLC is the logical next step. For over five years, our state-of-the-art Philippine customer support services have enabled Australian and Asian companies to achieve targeted business outcomes. Now serving US companies, TerraNex LLC can collaborate in attaining corporate goals.

Rendition digital international

Rendition Digital International helps mid-size and large software, games, media and web focused firms develop cost effective solutions, frees them from routine tasks and allows them create better value for their customers. Their solutions include software and web development, games and social media moderation, digital publishing, typesetting and graphics creation. High quality services are produced in low cost facilities in Asia and draw upon deep subject matter expertise and project management

Exist Global

Exist is a software and technology services provider that specializes in Open Source, Java, and Ruby on Rails application development. Works with start-ups to enterprise industry leaders around the world as their technology partner by collaborating to deliver strategic business results, reduce costs, and increase the value of their IT investments.

Their services include end-to-end software product development in Java and Ruby on Rails, web and mobile (iOS and Android) application development, and independent software testing services.


A leading electronics services provider based in the Philippines and listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ionics EMS Inc. offers EMS and ODM services with product design and design support, new product introduction, industrial engineering and manufacturing system and integrated supply chain management.The customer segments Ionics EMS serves are the PC and computer peripherals, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial and medical equipment industries. Its production facilities in the Philippines are certified in ISO9001 with design, ISO14001, TL9000 for telecommunications, and TS16949 for automotive manufacturing.

About Orange and Bronze

Orange & Bronze Software Labs is the first and only official SpringSource partner based in the Philippines. With its team of innovators in enterprise software development, the company mainly leverages on its expertise in Java, specializing in Spring, Hibernate and Grails, as well as Python and Django. As an expert in Spring technology, O&B uses AppFuse and Grails in providing top-notch software development services delivered on-time. Its client portfolio includes industry-leading companies in the US, Europe and Asia. O&B is the Philippine pioneer of Agile software development methodologies.


Innerworks International is a leading provider of IT outsourcing with clients in Asia, United States and Europe. Since 2002, they have been creating innovations across different technological platforms and


Ayannah aims to be the leading provider of mobile commerce and payment services to the world’s unbanked. For unbanked residents in emerging markets, we provide accessible digital commerce and payment services to spur financial inclusion and literacy and give access to products and services that improve quality of

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To Outsource, Or Not To Outsource your Social Media

“Should I outsource my social media?” is one of the most popular question that a lot of businesses ask these days. The truth is there are many things that factor in and you’ll to look at them before considering making any decision about outsourcing social media.

The first thing I want to clarify is that social media outsourcing comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s important to realize that just because a social media service provider offers a specific package or arrangement for their services, doesn’t mean those are the only options out there. There are lots of ways you can work with social media professionals to make your social media effective and it doesn’t have to just be someone posting for you. I think the reason many ask if they should outsource social media is because they are overwhelmed. They don’t understand how the tools work, they don’t know where they should post, they don’t know what to post, and they don’t know how much time and money they should invest. So, they find someone to post for them and all they get is joy of paying someone else to be as scattered and random in their postings as they would’ve been doing it by themselves.

However I would say yes, I believe most small businesses and entrepreneurs need external help with their social media. This would enable business owners to really focus on what’s important and that’s to generate revenue and find new customers, but I don’t think you should hire someone else to simply post for you. Rather, the scenario looks much more like a partnership than an outsourcing agreement. 

So, how to find the right help and relationship to have with a social media company? Ask yourself the following questions to determine what you need:

  • How big is your company?

    Are you a one-woman (or man) shop and everyone knows it? Or, are you a small business, but customers interact with several employees on a regular basis? Regardless of size, social media needs to be transparent. Don’t ever use a ghost poster and intentionally hide that person’s identity or appear as if they are someone else. If multiple people post under one profile, they should always sign their posts with their names or have separate profiles so they can be identified. You don’t want to turn people off by losing the personal connection they can feel by knowing who they’re interacting with. If you’re a one-person shop, it doesn’t make very much sense to have anyone else posting for you. Your customers come to you for a reason and so you should always be the one posting. You need to interact with your customers personally to make the connections with them that draw them to your business.

  • Do you like doing social media?

    If you absolutely can’t stand social media and get frustrated with it frequently, you probably shouldn’t be the one posting. Definitely don’t do it because you “have to.” If you aren’t enthused about it, get someone else to post for your company, but make sure they are using the language you want them to use. Make it very transparent that someone else is posting and make it very clear they are the delivery person of the information that’s being transferred. They should be personable and friendly. One important note, however, is that most people that say they hate social media are actually scared, overwhelmed, and confused by it. If that’s you, simply take the time to learn the tools, then learn the strategy, piece-by-piece. I think you’ll find your feelings about it will change drastically. Don’t expect to learn it all overnight. Break it down into very small pieces and go step-by-step.

  • Do you know the tools?

    Sometimes I work with people who are excited to get started in social media, but they don’t know how to log into their Facebook account. Social media services are different than accounting services. Since it is social, after all, you need to take personal ownership in it. As much as some may not like it, you shouldn’t outsource your social media just because you don’t want to learn the tools. You don’t have to become an expert at it, but finding a social media partner is more about making it efficient and effective, not just dumping it so you don’t have to do the work. Would you ever dump your customer service department or sales staff to a call center in China just because you don’t understand how the process works or you don’t want to learn how? That’s not a very good strategy in my opinion. If you don’t know how to log into your accounts, that is not the time to outsource any of your social media. Think of it differently; once you learn the tools and know how to use them, THEN you can graduate to finding a partner to help create efficiency. 

  • Do you have a strategy?

    Many social media novices (and even those that have been around for a while) post as though they’re shooting an arrow with a blindfold on. They can’t see their target, and their posts are often random, inconsistent and vague, going in all sorts of directions. It doesn’t make sense to add more people in (or outside) your business posting with the same approach. All you’ll have is a mine field of random arrows flying around. Ouch! Watch out! It would make more sense to hire a company to help develop your strategy, rather than to handle your posting. Find someone who will help establish your goals and objectives, create a content list and library, and create an editorial calendar to establish timing and frequency for posting content that is relevant and appealing to your audience. (Check out my free Social Media Calendar Template).

    Make sure the company you hire takes the time to learn about your company, your customers, and asks you pressing questions about who you’d like to serve and what you want to achieve by serving that group of people. This is the core of establishing a solid marketing strategy. Don’t waste time shooting arrows that land all over the place and especially don’t multiply that by outsourcing. It’s more important and wise to invest in a partner to help you strategize and plan. You know the company you’re working with is good if they ask questions that are hard to answer or require you to consider new options. Sometimes you’re too close to your business to see things with a clear view.

  • Is posting the problem, or is creating content?

    Another reason business people outsource social media is because they don’t know what to say and think a social media agency is going to know the answers. While a good agency may how to find good content, you have to carefully evaluate what they’re doing for you. Are they simply going to post content that you have to provide? Are they going to provide content, and if so, do they know what is relevant and interesting to your audience? 

    Maybe, instead of worrying about finding someone to post for you (which only takes a few minutes a day if you put the right system in place), you should find someone who can help determine what to post. That includes creating lists of content, finding content, establishing the ideal mix of promotional and informative content, and identifying what your audience wants to hear. Once you’ve done all of this, you need to create an editorial calendar and schedule when you’ll post and when you’ll curate more content. After that, actually posting is simple as pie and doesn’t take much time at all.

  • How much time can you devote to posting?

    One of the most common pieces of advice floating around in the social media space is how much time a person should spend on social media per day. Everyone has a different answer for this, but the real answer is you should spend as much time as is necessary to be effective. That number isn’t going to be the same from business to business. You should also use your time in the most efficient way possible. I recommend creating a schedule that works for you. Don’t just set a timer and spend 30 minutes hanging out online. Use your time with intention and work through a list of tasks to complete. That will tell you how long to spend each day. If it takes longer than you have time, find the tasks that can be handled by someone else (like responding to very basic comments or inquiries).

    Don’t forget to include the time it takes to plan your social media and find new content. Weed out the things that can be done by someone else and hire a new member of your team, or find an external team to help.

  • How complex are the questions people ask about your business?

    Often, no one knows our businesses better than we do. It’s normal to feel that no one else can answer your customer’s questions better than you. This mindset will make life extremely difficult as your business grows. While it may be true, you have to put systems in place to remove yourself from your business and let it operate independently from you. (For a great book on this topic, read Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth.)

    Likewise, the same is true with social media. There’s a lot of interaction that needs to happen long before your customers will get to the deep questions only you can answer. It’s definitely possible to get help responding to comments and simply being social with your followers. Then, any tough questions can be forwarded to you for followup.

I hope you can see how outsourcing social media should be more than just hiring someone to post on your behalf. It really depends on where you are in understanding social media and how to utilize an outside resource to maximize efficiency while aligning with a strategy. Hiring help should be thought of as a way to improve social media and not a way to reduce the work you have to do. Otherwise, I believe you are just wasting money. You need to find someone who will work with you in the ways that make the most sense for your business and will give the best results. Don’t settle for cookie-cutter packages!

What are some ways you can hire a social media partner to help you improve? You can hit the “Work With Me?” section of this site and find out more.