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Apple IMessage Is Slow

The bug in Apple’s iMessage text system has caused annoyance and frustration to many, many users, so has it been fixed with the iOS 7.1 software update?

Introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2011 the Apple iMessage feature was intended to be a great way of keeping in contact with family, friends or business associates for free using WiFi or 3G – free of charge providing both the sending and receiving devices are Apple devices. If the receiving device is a non Apple device then the message will be sent as a normal SMS (text), Apple has cleverly differentiated between the two and iMessages are colored blue whilst SMS are colored green.

Unfortunately the iMessage system has been plagued by problems since the iOS 7 software update with users reporting flaws such as messages being delivered very late, not being sent at all with the sender receiving an alert saying “message not sent” with an exclamation point! Other glitches to come to light include iMessage just stops functioning completely or that the time out function fails resulting in sent messages appearing to just hang in limbo, neither sent or not sent, just remaining forever in the state of “send”. A temporary fix for this was often to switch off the device and switch it back on again, but this was found to be very temporary with the problem coming back again in time for the next iMessage attempt. Apple were well aware of the problem, intending to fix the bug with a software update to iOS 7, this statement was released to the Wall Street Journal:

We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will have a fix available in an upcoming software update,” Apple said in a statement. “In the meantime, we encourage any users having problems to reference our troubleshooting documents or contact AppleCare to help resolve their issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes impacted users.

Unfortunately users were still reporting problems after updating their operating system to iOS 7.03 so there were many hopeful Apple device owners waiting for the arrival of iOS 7.1 in the hope that this time the iMessage bug fix would work for them.

iOS 7.1 arrived in March 2014 and we are pleased to tell you that, in our experience, it has fixed the flaws in the iMessage system. Other than the fact that we needed to re-activate iMessage, we have had no issues with it at all, however there are still reports of users suffering the same kind of problems mentioned prior to iOS 7.1 – although it should be said that at the time of writing these reports seem to be few and far between. If you are still experiencing problems with the iMessage system it might help if you give some of the following steps a try:

Turn iMessage off and on again

Go to Settings > Messages > turn iMessage switch to off (white), wait for a minute or so then turn iMessage switch to on (green). iMessage should now re-activate

Reset your iPad

Depress and hold the Home Button and the Sleep/Wake Button simultaneously until your device switches off then hold the Power Button until it switches back on again

Reset Network Settings

Go to General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

Gas Distribution Software – Qualities To Look For

If your company is part of the highly competitive gas and fuel distribution industry, it’s absolutely crucial that you do everything in your power to keep up with or surpass the competition. In this technological day and age, one good place to start is by finding the best ERP (enterprise resource planning) software for your company. Just as its name implies, a good ERP product will provide your company with the capability to more efficiently plan and utilize your resources.

That can be complicated in an industry as complex as the petroleum business is. It’s not unusual for companies to be using different software products for various areas of the business – one for accounting, one for marketing, another for inventory management, and so on. But in order for your company to run at its peak of efficiency, it’s vital to have open communication back and forth between departments, between different divisions and with entities outside the company as well. That’s exactly what the right ERP fuel management software can do for you.

Thanks to ERP technology, a single software package can streamline and automate virtually every business task – inventory management, delivery of product to the customer, accounting, sales and marketing, etc. Today’s ERP software products facilitate not only communication between different departments within the same company, they also improve communication with customers and vendors, allowing your entire organization to work in unison.

So what are the specific qualities you should be looking for in ERP fuel management software for your company? First and foremost, consider what it takes to achieve success within the industry. It’s helpful to make a list of what you believe your company needs to accomplish in order to keep up with or surpass the competition, then ask the software developer you choose to work with to recommend the ERP gas distribution software that can best accomplish those items. Such a list might include the following:

  • Accurately forecast delivery needs of clients
  • Track inventory levels so you can keep up with the demands of your customers
  • Coordinate activities of and streamline paperwork for tank wagons
  • Calculate taxes due
  • Analyze payment records of customers
  • Track new payables, credit memos, etc., and streamline vendor accounts
  • Maintain an accurate historical record of customer purchases
  • Automate your company’s purchasing processes
  • Improve relationships with customers and vendors, allowing you to keep track of communications more effectively and improve your reputation within the industry

It’s also important to make certain that whatever software developer you choose to work with has specific experience within the fuel and gas distribution industry. Create your own list, find the right software company and you’re well on your way to choosing the best ERP solution for your business.

Secure Your Brand’s GTLD With SLAM Strategy

The Internet is ever changing and moving on from being merely a technical administrator to a social driver. No surprise then that web domain names or the generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are also witnessing an evolution – gTLDs are no longer restricted to.com,.net or.org, but are expanding into more innovative and intuitive names that strike easy recognition with consumers of a particular brand.

Why should you invest in new gTLDs?
Today, domain names are powerful as they represent a brand’s image on the Internet. They build a sense of recognition for consumers to locate a brand and identify with its business. For this reason, the domain name your business holds becomes the foundation on which you may build your digital strategy.

The Internet changes faster than what most businesses can keep up with, and it is crucial that your online identity and marketing strategy keep up with these changes. A strong gTLD will allow your business to adapt and serve as crucial marketing tools that solidify your online reputation and revenue, while keeping the return of investments at a favourable ratio.

The right domain name and Internet strategy aligned around it can help you increase online traffic, strengthen brand image and distinguish you in front of consumers from other similar service providers. Addition of new gTLDs in the domain name system is a valuable tool that businesses can profit from. It provides space for companies to innovate and move step-in-step with expanding consumer choices. The more intuitive and aligned your domain name is, the easier it will be for your clients to locate you.

The gTLD buzz
ICANN’s new gTLD programme is perhaps the biggest expansion in digital real estate since the advent of the Internet. Businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities can operate a top-level domain of their preference to engage their target audience, drive revenue and build a stable online brand. Owning a dot brand will also help businesses generate income through second-level agreements and registrations with suppliers, distributors and other partners. Businesses can now control their brand on the Internet at a new level.

Are there risks involved with gTLDs?
While the benefits are many, there are some factors a business must consider:
• Investment and loss – The evaluation and registry operating costs add up to USD$185,000, and businesses must show sufficient financial depth for minimum of three years. With no guarantee of ROI or the string you apply for, businesses may stand to lose some or all of their investment.
• Staffing – Highly skilled technical expertise is needed to run a registry, which requires both capital and trust.
• Competition – Your gTLD could conflict with similar TLDs, possibly in your area. Higher the competition, lesser the chances of your business standing out. Further, you will require a comprehensive business plan to lead the gTLD to a successful revenue generation model.

What SLAM does for you?
To make your gTLD work for you in the vast digital space, you need a partner with expertise in managing domains. SLAM Strategy has pioneered the internet marketing space by building brands and managing various aspects of digital marketing. Not being part of the traditional gTLD industry gives them the edge over other industry insiders who have been implementing a standard protocol when it comes to launching gTLDs.

As a business, you would be concerned about the return of investment you can expect from foraying into the digital space. The truth is that with the right strategy of finding your target market, your brand name can maximise online visibility and client conversions in the most cost effective manner possible. SLAM Strategy undertakes the various aspects of filing and managing a gTLD for your business to allow you to leverage your brand equity and stand apart from competition.