8 Things You Should Know Before Building a Mobile App #apps, #iphone, #features, #mobile-applications, #app-store, #trending, #uncategorized, #startups, #tech, #apps-software


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8 Things You Should Know Before Building a Mobile App

App appeal is obvious. The barrier to entry? So low! The upshot of producing the next Angry Birds or beer-chug simulator? So high! Heck, with just a small investment of time and cash, it’s not hard for would-be mobile moguls to turn a concept into a steady stream of cash. And thanks to today’s app stores, it’s never been easier to try your hand at becoming the next tech tycoon.

Here’s (almost) everything you need to know before you get started on your own app — and what I wish I knew before I got into the game.

1. What Does It Cost to Make an App?

If you’re new to the app game, prepare for some sticker shock. Making an app will cost you, at the very minimum, around $10,000. This is for a super-simple program — none of that fancy enterprise or social networking jibber-jabber. Even still, any app worth its weight in code will likely cost you closer to $20,000.
Unless you have some basic design skills, you’ll need to enlist the help of both a programmer and a designer. And these guys ain’t cheap — particularly programmers who, thanks to a pronounced shortage of qualified coders, can pretty much name their prices. (A suggestion for those low on funds: Find some creative way to come up with the cash. I funded my app through Airbnb income.)

You can try to offload some of your costs by offering your guys equity; on the other hand, everybody tries to get free (or close to free) apps by offering developers equity. So unless you can really sell them on the strength of your idea (or bring something totally rad to the table, such as a celebrity), you better be prepared to pony up some cash. Of course, adding in some equity as a bonus is never a bad idea, so you’ll probably want to dish out some shares too.

This basic supply/demand dynamic also means that many developers ask for some pretty insane terms. Some demand deals that involve a huge upfront payment in exchange for a few weeks (or even just days) of work. And if a decent developer isn’t already working full time, it’s not unreasonable to assume he’s at least a little commitment-averse. So, if you’re serious about making something beyond a quickie cash grab, find a developer you are sure will stay with the project for updates, and not abandon it the second it hits the store.

And get it all in writing. If you don’t want to hire a lawyer, find a boilerplate contract online or get one from somebody else who’s gone through the process, and just swap in your names and numbers.

If you can, you’ll also want to work with people who are local to you — or at least with people who are willing to join you for regular Skype chats or Google Hangouts. I had weekly beer summits with my coder and designer, which proved super helpful as we continued to fine-tune our app well into its development.

One more unavoidable cost: Apple charges $100 per year to hold onto a developer’s account (which you need to publish your app). So be sure to reserve an extra Benjamin for your budget.

2. What Should You Charge for Your App?

I would consider starting one’s app at or near $1.99. It’s premium price, but it’s also immensely satisfying to get more than a buck per download after Apple takes away its 30%. And, as with most things, it’s a lot easier to lower the price later than it is to raise it.

During the holiday period, we briefly played around with a special promotion that dropped our app price to $0.99. Predictably, this spiked our downloads, but it didn’t actually raise our total revenue. Even on Christmas Day — the single biggest download day for just about everybody — our revenue was actually higher a week or so later, once we had raised the price back to $1.99.

The obvious exception: If your primary business model involves in-app purchases, ads or the like, you’ll probably want to give your app away for free. After all, a quick glance at Apple’s top grossing charts shows a whole bunch of free apps.

3. When Will You Get Paid?

Apple sends you cash one month at a time, up to 45 days after the month has ended. So, if your app goes live in January, you can expect your first kickback sometime in early March. Oh, and Apple only pays you if your earned amount totals at least $150, so you may have to wait before getting your first payment. Keep in mind, Apple only pays you through direct deposit.

4. How Do You Write Your iTunes Description?

Don’t try to rock the boat here. Take a look at a bunch of hit apps, and crib their formats. If it works for them, it’ll work for you. Typically, this involves a quickie intro statement, press blurbs and a list of your key features. Then add some screenshots (the most interesting ones first) and call it a day.

5. What’s the Best Way to Beta Test?

Getting an unreleased app onto your friends’ iPhones isn’t the easiest thing in the world. My developer and I are in total agreement that the best method is a program called TestFlight. which makes it very easy to send build updates to registered devices, over the air.

6. What Happens When You Get Featured on iTunes?

Getting featured on iTunes is obviously awesome, but what exactly does it get you? When Apple included our app on its featured lists, we enjoyed a predictable flow of downloads almost identical in volume every single day we were parked there. Especially fascinating, the “New Notable” list gave us almost exactly twice as many daily downloads as the “What’s Hot” list. I’m assuming this is because, when you tap the “Featured” tab on the “App Store” app, “New Notable” pops up by default.

7. How Do You Get Press?

As a longtime tech writer, the main advice I can give you in your pursuit for press is that less is more. If you think a site or publication would be into your app, don’t email the entire staff or the big boss — just find the writer who covers your category, briefly summarize your app in an email, and attach a download code (Apple gives you 50 for every update). Smaller sites may be more responsive than the big guys, and if you build up enough buzz, you can rest assured that the majors will come knocking.

If a journalist doesn’t get back to you, move on. And don’t even touch that phone or personal email address (unless that person is a freelancer) — writers hate nothing more than phone or personal inbox press pitches.

Consider also producing an embeddable YouTube or Vimeo ad of some sort. Not only does this provide one more avenue for people to stumble upon your app, but it also gives bloggers something alive and colorful to toss into posts, which could increase the chances that they’ll write about you. Keep it simple, and preferably, well under two minutes. And don’t forget to promote over Twitter. Facebook. etc.

8. How Do You Avoid the Spam?

Within days of hitting the App Store, expect whichever email you linked to your iTunes developer’s account to be pounded with spam. Most try to lure you into ponying over money in exchange for positive reviews, under the guise of “mobile marketing.” Let’s put it this way: If you don’t regularly buy Viagra pills online, then you probably shouldn’t give cash to these guys. Of course, if you’re smart enough to make an app, you’re smart enough to know this already.

What other tips do you have for app development and promotion? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV – standard features, specifications, and dimensions #jeep, #grand #cherokee, #2014,specifications, #features, #dimensions


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2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee features, specifications, and dimensions

Curb weight includes standard equipment and full quantities of fuel, lubricant and coolant. Payload is the maximum allowable weight of driver, passengers, cargo, and options, rounded to the nearest 10 lbs.

Maximum trailer towing: 6,200 lb with the V6. 7,400 pounds with other engines and rear wheel drive; 7,200 pounds with other engines and four wheel drive.

* V8 buyers: add ten pounds to this payload rating. ** Diesel buyers: 1290 lb

The SRT8 has a weight distribution of 54/46.

Chassis specifications

Longitudinal front engine, rear drive; 4×4 has transfer case with full time four wheel drive

Short- and long-arm independent (SLA), coil springs, gas-charged, twin-tube coil-over shock absorbers, upper- and lower-control arms (“A” arms), stabilizer bar

Multi-link rear suspension, coil spring, twin tube shocks (including load leveling for towing), aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber) plus a separate toe link.

Power rack-and-pinion on V8; otherwise, electro-hydraulic

18.9:1 on center, 15.7:1 at full lock

37.1 ft. (11.3 m) (lock-to-lock steering wheel rotations: 3.67)

12.9 x 1.2 (328 x 30) vented disc with 1.89 (48) two-piston pin-slider caliper and ABS; 282 square inches swept area

12.6 x 0.55 (320 x 14) disc with 1.89 (48) single-piston pin-slider caliper and single-channel ABS(b); 257 square inches swept area

Single-rate, tandem diaphragm vacuum

Turning diameter is measured at the outside of the tires at curb height. Turning diameters and steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock, may differ with optional tires and wheels. Three-channel ABS standard on 4×2. Four-channel ABS standard on 4×4.

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6 Phone System Features Every Business Needs

The technology of telephony is always changing. There are big infrastructure changes, such as the shift from landlines to mobile and the shift from traditional phones to VoIP. There are also many small functional changes that these big changes make possible.

In this article, we highlight six features of modern business phone systems that have been enabled by big telephony changes over the past two decades. Some of these features bring small efficiencies to how your business uses its phones, while others bring systemic improvements to how phone systems are managed and secured. All are easy to implement. If your business is lacking any of them, 2014 could be the year to change that.

1. Forward your calls to any device with “Find Me, Follow Me”

When you receive an email, you can read it from your computer in the office, your tablet at home, your cell phone on the road or any other device with Internet access. Find Me, Follow Me (FMFM), a feature common to modern phone systems, makes the same possible with phone calls.

Phone calls happen in real time, so you need to set some rules for how you want FMFM to reach you. You can have it, for example, ring all your devices simultaneously, or have them ring in your chosen sequence: Try my office line first. If I don’t answer that, then call my cell. If I don’t answer that, then call my coworker. If there s still no answer, then go to voicemail.

“Almost any business that is heavily sales-oriented is going to find this a very attractive feature,” explains Jeff Palmer, manager of inside sales and marketing at Jive Communications. “Especially when you’re talking about professional sales, like insurance agents, real estate agents, anyone dealing in investments, or high-end professional sales these people can’t afford to miss calls, so FMFM allows them to not be handcuffed to their desks.”

2. Read quickly instead of listening slowly with voicemail transcription

If you run a small business or spend much time on the phone, chances are good you also spend a lot of time listening to voicemail messages. A feature common to many newer phone services is voicemail transcription.

“This is huge for our customers,” explains Jeff Valentine, chief marketing officer at Fonality. “Instead of listening to voicemails, with this add-on users can read their voicemails in their email inbox. We literally transcribe the messages into text and email both the transcription as well as an attachment with the original audio recording to the user.”

These services rely on speech recognition technology to transcribe the audio into emails. This means the messages aren’t always transcribed perfectly word-for-word, but not having someone listen to and manually transcribe messages removes any privacy risks.

3. Add new extensions as needed with easy expansion

Traditional telephones are needy; they need their own wire connecting them to the network. If your network has only ten lines and you want an 11th phone, then a new physical line must be added. This is inconvenient and expensive, and it might even be the reason you started looking into new phone systems in the first place.

Unlike traditional telephones, VoIP phones connect to computer networks. They can either plug directly into computers, plug into the networks the computers are on, or in the case of VoIP softphones (software phones), run as software on a computer. In all three cases, the number of phones on a network is limited only by bandwidth.

The shift away from copper phone lines to digital bandwidth is one of the big infrastructure changes we mentioned. Unlike phone lines, bandwidth isn’t a physical thing. Bandwidth can be thought of as a virtual commodity; if more is needed, you simply pay for more. In most cases, no physical hardware changes need to be made.

4. Have total control over active calls with Monitor, Whisper, Barge and Record

One of the big infrastructure changes we’ve seen is the digitalization of voice calls. Calls that operate in the digital world can seamlessly integrate with computers. This means many advanced call features are only a mouse click away.

Below is an example of the Heads Up Display (HUD) used by Fonality phone systems. Each phone line in the system is displayed in its own box, with different colors to indicate the status of the call. Clicking on an active call displays the pop-up window seen here in the lower center.

Monitor: This lets you simply listen in on a call. Neither party can hear you on the line. This is useful for employee training and monitoring for quality assurance.

Whisper: This lets you listen in on a call and speak so that only the internal party can hear you. Giving suggestions to an employee who is speaking with a customer is one use-case scenario for this feature.

Barge: This lets you join an in-progress call, allowing both parties to hear you. It’s similar to a conference call, but can be initiated anytime. If, for example, a manager is monitoring a call and needs to intervene, the barge function allows that.

Record: Accessed by pushing the red circle, this starts a two-way recording of the phone conversation. The recording is saved as an audio file on a network server, where it can later be retrieved and reviewed.

5. Manage systems with ease with an intuitive browser interface

What good are new features if you can’t figure out how to access them? Thankfully, recent years have brought huge improvements to user interfaces. Gone are the days when changing a small setting on office hardware required learning the exact sequence of buttons to push on an unintuitive panel with no user feedback.

Many modern systems allow you to make configuration changes through a user-friendly web browser interface. These interfaces keep simple tasks simple- changing your voicemail greeting, viewing call statistics and managing active calls are all as straightforward as browsing a web page.

The Shoretel® Contact Center Director shows the level of control available with browser-based system management tools

Intuitive browser interfaces have done more than make simple tasks simple; they’ve also made advanced tasks available to un-advanced users. Making system-wide changes like rearranging extensions and reorganizing call-flow processes can often be accomplished without calling in outside help.

6. Secure and simplify your phone system by moving it to the Cloud

Perhaps the biggest benefit of all is the ability to make the management of your phone system infrastructure someone else’s responsibility.

“For small and medium businesses, we’re starting to see a big wave of people wanting to move to the cloud,” says Palmer of Jive Communications. This shift is primarily due to a desire for improved security, simplicity and more trouble-free system management.

It’s a common misconception that in-house systems are more secure than cloud-based systems they’re only more secure if they’re better managed. While many larger organizations do have teams of dedicated IT security specialists keeping their internal networks safe, small and midsize businesses often do not. Moving core components of a telephone system to a cloud-based service puts it in the hands of the professional security experts these companies employ to keep customer data safe. It’s often the most economical way to keep your system secure.

It can also be an economical way to keep things simple. Business phone networks are complex, and keeping them running smoothly can be a challenge, especially as a company grows. Moving infrastructure management to the cloud shifts this responsibility to companies that specialize in this area.

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Auto Lifts Features and Functions Auto Lift – Derek Weaver Company #pegasus #auto #racing


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Understanding Auto Lift Features and Functions

Symmetric, Asymmetric and SuperSymmetric Arms and Columns

To begin understanding the differences between these lift terms we need to define each and how they apply to the 2 post automotive lift.

Symmetric – For Lift Arms. the term symmetric means that all 4 arms are of equal length and the vehicle will essentially be loaded 50/50 on the lift.

For Lift Columns. the term symmetric means that the columns are squarely facing each other (not turned on an angle).

For Loading – The arms are positioned parallel in the front and parallel in the back allowing the vehicle to enter with the most drive through clearance. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

Symmetric Lift Columns with Symmetric Lift Arms

Asymmetric – For Lift Arms. the term asymmetric means the four arms are not of equal length. Asymmetric lift arms will have 2 equal length shorter arms toward the front of the vehicle and 2 equal length longer arms towards the rear. The vehicle will essentially be loaded 30/70 on the lift with equal weight on each arm. This creates an offset towards the rear of the lift allowing the car door to open easier behind the column on narrower lifts.

For Lift Columns. the term asymmetric means that the columns have either been turned on an angle facing more towards the rear of the vehicle or the column has been manufactured with a built in angle facing more towards the rear. This allows a different load angle for lifting a vehicle asymmetrically.

For Loading – The arms are folded back towards the rear of the lift to allow the vehicle to enter the lift. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

Asymmetric Lift Columns with Asymmetric Lift Arms

SuperSymmetric – For Lift Arms. the term supersymmetric means that the front arms telescope in 3 stages and the rear arms telescope in 2 stages. The 3 stage front arms and 2 stage rear arms allow both asymmetric and symmetric lifting methods. The 3 stage arm can retract short enough for asymmetric loading and yet extend long enough to reach frames for symmetric loading. The vehicle can essentially be loaded 50/50 or 30/70 with equal weight on each arm.

For Lift Columns. the term SuperSymmetric does not apply. Lifts with supersymmetric arms are typically found on columns that are symmetric. This allows the most width between the columns providing better flexibility for both lifting methods and drive through clearance.

For Loading – The arms are positioned parallel in the front and parallel in the back allowing the vehicle to enter with the most drive through clearance. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

SuperSymmetric Lift Arms with Symmetric Columns

Baseplate and Overhead Lift Designs Baseplate 2 Post Auto Lifts offer features that allow the lift to be installed under lower ceiling heights than overhead models. Most baseplate designs can be installed under a 10 foot ceiling because of the shorter column height. The typical baseplate column is 9 3 in overall height.

Note: The ceiling may become the height limitation for lifting some vehicles because the vehicle could travel up higher than the columns.

The baseplate style utilizes a floor plate to cover the hydraulic hose and cables that run between the 2 posts. This plate (hence the name baseplate) is only 1 in height and has become lower and lower over time to become less of an obstacle than in early years. The baseplate is ramped on each side to allow for easy rollover for vehicles, jacks, tool boxes and other shop equipment.

Baseplate Style 2 Post Auto Lift with SuperSymmetric Arms

Lift arms used on baseplate lifts are typically symmetrical due to presence of the baseplate. Using asymmetric arms is not available because the baseplate will not allow the asymmetric front arms to fold back towards the rear for loading. However, SuperSymmetric arms have become a popular choice because the 3 stage front arms are shorter and can still lift asymmetrically on some vehicles.

Note: Using SuperSymmetric arms on a baseplate lift does not mean you can load any vehicle asymmetrically. Pay attention that the weight is place equally on each of the 4 arms.

Overhead Style 2 Post Auto Lifts are available in many variations and heights. The most common height for overhead lifts will allow the lift to fit under a 12 ceiling. Thus the overall height is typically around 142 or 11 10 . Some models offer the ability to be raised during installation to a secondary height setting if more ceiling height is available. This higher setting can help on some taller vehicles but most common trucks and vans are fine with the lower setting. If you have the space you might as well use it, right. Overhead lifts can also be as tall as 14 in higher capacity models used for utility and heavier service trucks. With the overhead design the hydraulic hose and cables are ran through the overhead beam to each column. One benefit in doing this is it leaves a clear floor between the columns. This leaves the floor clear of obstructions for rolling jacks, tool boxes and other shop equipment between the lift columns. The overhead beam will also have an overhead shut-off bar or cable mounted just below the beam. This device will shut-off the motor if a vehicle is raised high enough to contact it thus preventing the vehicle from hitting the beam.

Overhead 2 Post Auto Lift with Symmetric Columns and SuperSymmetric Arms

Lift arms for overhead models can vary between all 3 types; symmetric, asymmetric and SuperSymmetric. With all these choices available it is easy to see why the overhead models are so popular. This flexibility gives larger shops a lot of options for lifting different types of vehicles. Columns are also flexible for overhead models with available symmetric or asymmetric types.

Single Point and Dual Point Safety Locks

Safety lock styles can come in one of two different types on 2 post auto lifts – single or dual point lock release.

Single Point Lock Release is a feature that saves time and effort to release the safety locks when you are ready to lower the vehicle. All lifts have safety locks that engage every 2-4 inches as the lift is raised. When the desired height is reached, the lift is lowered into the nearest lock position. After the work is completed and you are clear to lower the lift, two things need to happen. First, the lift needs to be raised up enough to disengage from the locked position. Second is to release or disengage the lock system on each column so the lift can be lowered with the lowering handle on the power unit. The lock release lever is held while lowering to prevent the locks from locking until the lowered position is reached. So one hand is holding the locks disengaged at the single point lock release while the other is lowering the lift with the lowering handle on the power unit. On a single point lock release the operator simply has one lever to move to unlock the locks in both columns. This lever is connected to the two locks by means of a cable. When the lever is moved the cable will provide the same action for both column locks. The single point lock release lever is located on the same column as the power unit for ease of operation of all lift controls.

Single Point Lock Release Lever Controls Both Column Locks From One Side

Dual Point Lock Release systems have pull type releases located on each column or lift carriage. This requires the operator to go to each column to pull the release before lowering. The lock will stay disengaged until the lift is raised again. Once the lift begins to raise again the locks will reset and start locking again.

Note: The dual lock system works differently than the single point type in two ways. First, the locks stay disengaged once they are released so the operator can go to the power unit to lower the lift. Second, the dual point locks do not engage again until the lift is raised. On a single point lock system the locks will engage again after you let go of the lever.


7 Music Discovery Tools to Find New Tunes #social, #twitter, #music, #apps, #features, #music-discovery, #mixcloud, #hype-machine, #last-fm, #uncategorized


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7 Music Discovery Tools to Find New Tunes

It’s easy to get stuck in a music rut. That go-to iTunes playlist or Pandora station will probably do the trick, but with so much great music out there, why settle for the same old favorites?

The infinite catalog of music, new and old, is a both a blessing and a curse. While music fans unfortunately have to accept that they will never be able to listen to every band, album or song, retreating to the comfort of your personal music library is no way to find your next favorite artist.

Spotify ‘s latest curation features, Browse and Discover. are a push in the right direction, and Rdio integrates music discovery into its top-notch app with subtle recommendations from listeners in your network placed all over the player.

These streaming services’ social features aren’t the only ways to discover new music, but they tap into what’s key about successful music suggestions today: social curation.

If you are on the lookout for new tunes, try these seven websites and apps that are perfect for social music discovery.

How do you find new music? Share your method in the comments.

1. Mixcloud

Instead of finding individual songs and artists, on Mixcloud you’ll find mixes and radio shows by DJs — both amateur and professional — that weave in and out of genres and styles. In the end, it brings you music you might never have heard otherwise.

Search for mixes by tag (genre or artist name will usually do the trick, but tags can get fairly creative) or follow users to find out when they upload, favorite or listen to a new mix. Recommended users include FACT Magazine Mix Archive. Diplo and Friends on BBC1 and The Quietus .

After you press play on the mix, all the work on your end is done. If you enjoyed the mix, poke around the page to find the tracklisting, genre tags, sidebars with recommended people to follow, other mixes listeners enjoyed, and a similar mix that is already queued up for your listening pleasure.

2. This Is My Jam

You know that feeling. You might be out dancing at club, driving in a car, listening to your iPod on shuffle. Then a song comes on — that song. You cannot do anything else but pump your arm in the air and shout, “This is my jam !” Well, that’s exactly TIMJ, just on the Internet.

In beta, This Is My Jam asks you to proudly share your favorite song of the moment — or the week, more precisely, since jams expire after seven days. You can explore similar and suggested songs based on your current jam in the sidebar and a related section. Through these recommended picks, you can find other jammers who are also jammin’ a similar jam.

The homepage shows a feed of the active jams of users you follow, which you can listen to through a sleek bottom-bar player. You can also comment on and favorite all user’s jams to make new friends, and maybe even bounce off music recs.

3. Bandcamp

In addition to being a great way to buy music from independent artists, Bandcamp helps you find music you want to support.

Its Discover section lets you toggle between different genres, tags, available formats and recommendations (including staff picks, best-selling and artist-recommended), and opens up endless browsing possibilities.

Bandcamp’s homepage is filled with curation, from features on Bandcamp artists, to fan spotlights, to “Bandcamp Weekly,” which highlights new music. Bandcamp’s fan pages let users display their purchases and wish lists, write a description about their favorite tracks from one of those purchases, and follow artists and other fans to stay up-to-date on what people are listening to.

4. Last.fm

While Last.fm has been around since 2002 (or forever, in Internet terms), its music discovery and recommendation tools are only getting better. In the last year, its music recs feel even more spot on than ever.

Organized in tiles at the top your dashboard, the recommendation section takes what you have been listening to (your Last.fm “scrobbles”) and offers suggestions based on that data while noting which artists you like that are similar. The expanded recommendations page offers even more options to sort through, such as tags, related artists, new releases and some free downloads. You can better the odds of a helpful recommendation by removing artists in which you know you’re not interested.

Plus, Last.fm makes it even easier for you: Listen to its radio station based on your recommendations.

Of course, Last.fm’s social features are still rife with discovery possibilities. Find your friends to see what they’re scrobbling now (feel free to make fun of them if you catch them listening to something that ruins their credibility), check out gigs happening in your area and invite your friends.

5. Hype Machine

Despite its name, Hype Machine circumvents the so-called hype machine of the major music press to bring you what’s being shared across all music sites right now. In the span of a few songs, you could find a crazy EDM remix next to a folksy ballad, DIY punk single and a glitchy electronic track.

It’s those remixes that thrive on Hype Machine — some users may not exactly create them with artist permission and are instead mixed by amateur DJs. As a result, they might not receive the attention they’d deserve on a standard music website. Hype Machine offers “Remixes Only” and “No Remixes” filters on its Popular page.

Like most websites, Hype Machine offers easy social sharing options to build the hype on your favorite song.

6. The Vinyl District

There’s no better place to find new music than in a record store. Record shop employees are some of the most knowledgeable, nicest people you’ll ever meet, and are happy for you to pick their brains about music recommendations and the latest releases.

Unsure of where your local store is, or in an unfamiliar town? Find the stop nearest you with The Vinyl District’s record store locator app. It uses your phone’s GPS to find the closest record shop, with updates, tips and directory improvements added by users. Plus, users can check in to shops and post statuses about their visits to the social feed.

The app also features a section that lists upcoming record and music fairs happening all around the globe. It’s part-Yelp. part-community listing board for record stores.

7. Twitter

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No, we’re not just talking about Twitter Music (although that’s fun to explore). Twitter itself has become an invaluable resource for staying up-to-date on the latest news, and music is no different.

Follow music publications and writers whose tastes seem to align with yours (or be adventurous and follow someone with different tastes), and check out the artists they’re tweeting about. It’s their jobs to stay on top of the latest on the music scene, which is a valuable resource. NPR Music and All Songs Considered are perfect stepping stones. They cover a range of independent and major label music, and NPR’s “First Listen” lets you hear new music before it’s on the physical or digital shelves. Pitchfork Advance lets you do the same, accompanied by full-screen art from the release.

And those who make music are also big fans of musicians, and often tweet about their favorite new listens or touring buds. Flying Lotus and Four Tet are as enthusiastic music fans as they are talented and innovative producers. The Talkhouse highlights musicians writing about new releases, giving interesting insight that’s been previously unexplored and might resonate with fans who aren’t into traditional music blogs.


Features New Auto Loan Refinance With Bad Credit Solutions Program – NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 #auto #start


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ValleyAutoLoan.com Features New Auto Loan Refinance With Bad Credit Solutions Program http://valleyautoloan.com/ has recently developed a database of auto loans with bad credit solutions geared toward helping consumers. Buyers can finance any vehicle by utilizing the listing of companies that will provide the lower loan rates.

NEW YORK. March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Finding automotive vehicle loans at lower rates for refinancing can often be a challenge. The people at Valley Auto Loans have recently developed a database to assist owners with bad credit in their efforts to locate companies that will finance them at rates lower than the standard rate. The program and information can be found at: http://valleyautoloan.com/bad-credit-auto-refinance/ .

By providing consumers with a simple way to secure auto financing, Valley Auto Loans has taken a major step to assist owners with a convenient way to finance a new or used vehicle or to refinance the car they currently have. The database has businesses that range from local companies to providers on a regional level. This variety and number of refinance companies available in the database gives the buyer the best chance at obtaining the most favorable refinance rates .

Sincehigh risk drivers and those with bad credit face a greater challenge of finding auto refinancing due to low credit scores, driving infractions and poor driving history, the database is a welcome resource for bringing the two groups together in one convenient location.

The companies in the database include loan providers and loan servicing companies. Rates typically may be lower when they come directly from the loan provider. The online database makes the process of researching and comparing the rates simpler and easier for consumers by eliminating the need to contact each company directly to obtain their loan rates.

Having multiple companies to compare and choose from gives the customer more options. Customers are less likely to get stuck with higher refinancing loan rates when they have multiple listings from which to select. The traditional method of calling each company individually was challenging and many consumers often accepted the rate that they received from the first company they called which might not have been the lowest available. Many customers wouldn’t take the time to contact more than one company.

With a major revision of their website this year and the addition of several new finance lenders, Valley Auto Loans has streamlined the refinancing experience for those with bad credit that are seeking lower interest rates.

About Valley Auto Loans

Valley Auto Loans is the leading auto and cars finance provider in USA fully dedicated to help its customers acquire national car and auto financing. They design and develop customized no credit auto and car financing, bad and good credit auto and car loans. Voted the best for “Quality Customer Service; Best National Auto Loans Service” by thousands of people, their finance experts focus in providing its customers information and various tools available for different auto loan offers, help them to choose the best that fits their budget as well as the related eligibility guidelines in detail.

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SOURCE Valley Auto Loans


Used Car Dealer Website Features #auto #body #parts


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Used Car Dealer Website Features

Factory51 provides all the features you need at a price point that is totally affordable. Just $49 per month! Check out the features below, view our demo website, then SIGN-UP!

For more information about working with me, with no obligation whatsoever, simply email me using the form on my Contact page. Alternatively, you can call me directly at 515-975-0515. I will happily answer any questions you have and make sure you get all the information you need.

Here is a list of the car dealer website features we offer for only a $49 PER MONTH .

  • Add, Modify, Delete

Add, modify and delete your used car inventory listings when you want. From work, home or the road everything is accessible from any web browser. Adding new listings is a simple 3 step process.

Step 1 pick a category button for your vehicle (i.e. Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Trailer, etc. ).

Step 2 add the details. Make, model, mileage, color, features, etc. (list a little or a lot – it is up to you).

Step 3 Upload your photos. DONE!

Your car, truck, SUV (whatever vehicle) listing is LIVE on your website. Need to make changes? No problem, making revisions are just as easy.

  • Designed For Your Inventory!
    One of the powerful features of our website system is you can create new categories for your almost anything. Create whatever category button you need. Boats, Motorcycles, ATVs, Trailers, etc. It is all up to you. And when then category is empty, the button doesn’t show up.
  • Up to 16 Photos Per Vehicle Listing
    Add up to 16 photos per listing to highlight the features that will help sell your cars. Potential buyers can rollover the images to see of other photos or click on an image to see them showcased. Photos are resized automatically to fit your website. Just take the pictures and upload.
  • Embedded YouTube videos
    YouTube has over 2 billion view each day! Grab your share by uploading videos of your vehicles. Then embed those videos so they play right on your website. Videos are a great way to highlight antique, unique or special vehicles. Make a “walk around” video or a “ride along” video. Videos could be just the thing to make a deal!
  • CraigsList Cars Trucks Description Builder
    CraigsList.org provides a great resource for used car dealers. You can target car buyers that are right in your area. With our CraigsList description builder, all the information you entered on your website for a vehicle is automatically coded for you to just Copy Paste into your CraigsList ad description.
  • The 8 Million Visitor Ad Network
    A newly developed feature employs the power of RSS feeds to help distribute your inventory listings to other websites around the internet. We submit vehicles to sites like Vast.com. Oodle.com and Trovit.com automatically, they in turn display on the vehicles on their network of websites. They provide data to sites like AOL Autos, Used Cars at Overstock.com, MyRide, AutoMedia and many more (whether to include the listings is at the sole discretion of these companies). This can increase your exposure throughout the internet. Best of all it’s FREE .
  • Vehicle Report Links
    If you subscribe to CARFAX or AutoCheck let us know. We can build links to display your purchased reports right on your website.
  • Contact Us Forms
    In addition to your contact information displayed on the leftside of EVERY page, there are also email forms on nearly every page of your website. It provides potential buyers with their choice of ways to contact you.
  • Payment Estimator
    Whether or not you offer financing. Having a payment calculator can help buyers estimate and plan their budget for their desired automobile. The Payment Calculator is easy to easy and is accessible on any page. Car buyers can adjust down payment amounts, terms and interest percent to get an idea of their potential car payment.
  • Easy to find NEW ARRIVALS
    We have found some buyers might regularly visit your website to see what’s new. You site will automatically display vehicles you have added within the past 7 days to appear in a NEW ARRIVALS button on your site.
  • Easy to find SPECIALS
    Maybe you advertise locally and want to display those advertised vehicles on your site for consistency. Or maybe you just want to create more interest in a certain car or truck. We have created a quick way to “tag” vehicles as SPECIALS. It is as simple as Yes or No. SPECIAL tagged vehicles are automatically added to a special category (button) that is displayed first in your menu listing on your website.
  • Easy to find BUY HERE PAY HERE Listings
    With the increasing number of BUY HERE PAY HERE dealers, we have added a “tagging” option so all BUY HERE PAY HERE vehicles can be easily viewed by potential buyers on your website.
  • Search Engine Optimized (SEO)
    We focus your website optimization on your business and location. After all, it is extremely important that local customers are able to find you. But we don’t stop there. We research common search phrases for your particular area. For instance, maybe there are a lot of searches for “Used cars in [your state].” We analyze where you appear in the listings and focus on raising your natural ranking (or where you appear in the results page).
  • Find Out Who Is Visiting Your Website
    Keeping track of your website performance is important. First, it lets you know how many people are coming to your site. Secondly, it will give you advanced information like, how long each visitor at your website, pages they viewed, what site brought them to your website and whether or not they are a return visitor. You can also see what Keywords were used to bring them to your site. Upon creation of your site we install the code from StatCounter.com for tracking and real-time visitor reports. If you would like Google Analytics or another tracking service just let us know.
  • Web Hosting
    Web hosting for your website is INCLUDED with your monthly fee.
  • Domain Name

    If you don’t have a domain name one can be provided FREE!

  • Ready to get started? Not sure what the next step is?

    Easy, call 515-975-0515 and talk with Steve.


    Policy Features from American Collectors Insurance #auto #tinting


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    It s more than just a car. It s your passion.

    We make sure it s protected with coverage that serves

    Love the Details

    Just like your collector vehicle, quality and value live in the details. Get the right protection for your investment with a policy that best fits your needs.

    Collector vehicles tend to appreciate so it is important to make sure that your insurance policy covers your prized collector for its full value. American Collectors insures Collector Vehicles for the “Agreed value”, meaning that in the event of a total loss, you are paid that amount (less any applicable deductible) with no depreciation.

    Select the mileage plan that suits your needs— We don t believe in a one size fits all policy so we offer plans that are tailored to your needs. You can purchase one of three mileage plans: 2,500 5,000 or our exclusive Freedom Tier plan which allows more freedom than any other collector vehicle insurance provider! True collectors are allowed occasional general use plus up to 7,500 annual miles.

    QUICK, GET A QUOTE.

    It s easy! Simply give us a call during our business hours at (800) 360-2277 and speak with one of our Collector Insurance Specialists. They will give you a customized quote. If you re ready to purchase coverage, they ll walk you through the entire process making it a quick and pleasant experience for you.

    You can also get a quick quote and apply for coverage online by clicking here .

    CALL US TOLL FREE AT

    • 1-800-360-2277 Monday—Friday, 8:30am to 7:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

    If you qualify, we can provide coverage over the phone, without complicated applications or forms.

    • Dates of birth and driver s license numbers for all household residents
    • Vehicle information (year, make, model, VIN)
    • Your personal auto policy limits of liability
    • Method of payment (we accept all major credit cards)

    Please Note: Program features and availability vary by state. Please contact American Collectors Insurance for additional information.


    Features New Auto Loan Refinance With Bad Credit Solutions Program – NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 #led #auto #lights


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    ValleyAutoLoan.com Features New Auto Loan Refinance With Bad Credit Solutions Program http://valleyautoloan.com/ has recently developed a database of auto loans with bad credit solutions geared toward helping consumers. Buyers can finance any vehicle by utilizing the listing of companies that will provide the lower loan rates.

    NEW YORK. March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Finding automotive vehicle loans at lower rates for refinancing can often be a challenge. The people at Valley Auto Loans have recently developed a database to assist owners with bad credit in their efforts to locate companies that will finance them at rates lower than the standard rate. The program and information can be found at: http://valleyautoloan.com/bad-credit-auto-refinance/ .

    By providing consumers with a simple way to secure auto financing, Valley Auto Loans has taken a major step to assist owners with a convenient way to finance a new or used vehicle or to refinance the car they currently have. The database has businesses that range from local companies to providers on a regional level. This variety and number of refinance companies available in the database gives the buyer the best chance at obtaining the most favorable refinance rates .

    Sincehigh risk drivers and those with bad credit face a greater challenge of finding auto refinancing due to low credit scores, driving infractions and poor driving history, the database is a welcome resource for bringing the two groups together in one convenient location.

    The companies in the database include loan providers and loan servicing companies. Rates typically may be lower when they come directly from the loan provider. The online database makes the process of researching and comparing the rates simpler and easier for consumers by eliminating the need to contact each company directly to obtain their loan rates.

    Having multiple companies to compare and choose from gives the customer more options. Customers are less likely to get stuck with higher refinancing loan rates when they have multiple listings from which to select. The traditional method of calling each company individually was challenging and many consumers often accepted the rate that they received from the first company they called which might not have been the lowest available. Many customers wouldn’t take the time to contact more than one company.

    With a major revision of their website this year and the addition of several new finance lenders, Valley Auto Loans has streamlined the refinancing experience for those with bad credit that are seeking lower interest rates.

    About Valley Auto Loans

    Valley Auto Loans is the leading auto and cars finance provider in USA fully dedicated to help its customers acquire national car and auto financing. They design and develop customized no credit auto and car financing, bad and good credit auto and car loans. Voted the best for “Quality Customer Service; Best National Auto Loans Service” by thousands of people, their finance experts focus in providing its customers information and various tools available for different auto loan offers, help them to choose the best that fits their budget as well as the related eligibility guidelines in detail.

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    SOURCE Valley Auto Loans


    Auto Lifts Features and Functions Auto Lift – Derek Weaver Company #bad #credit #auto #financing


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    Auto Lifts

    Understanding Auto Lift Features and Functions

    Symmetric, Asymmetric and SuperSymmetric Arms and Columns

    To begin understanding the differences between these lift terms we need to define each and how they apply to the 2 post automotive lift.

    Symmetric – For Lift Arms. the term symmetric means that all 4 arms are of equal length and the vehicle will essentially be loaded 50/50 on the lift.

    For Lift Columns. the term symmetric means that the columns are squarely facing each other (not turned on an angle).

    For Loading – The arms are positioned parallel in the front and parallel in the back allowing the vehicle to enter with the most drive through clearance. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

    Symmetric Lift Columns with Symmetric Lift Arms

    Asymmetric – For Lift Arms. the term asymmetric means the four arms are not of equal length. Asymmetric lift arms will have 2 equal length shorter arms toward the front of the vehicle and 2 equal length longer arms towards the rear. The vehicle will essentially be loaded 30/70 on the lift with equal weight on each arm. This creates an offset towards the rear of the lift allowing the car door to open easier behind the column on narrower lifts.

    For Lift Columns. the term asymmetric means that the columns have either been turned on an angle facing more towards the rear of the vehicle or the column has been manufactured with a built in angle facing more towards the rear. This allows a different load angle for lifting a vehicle asymmetrically.

    For Loading – The arms are folded back towards the rear of the lift to allow the vehicle to enter the lift. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

    Asymmetric Lift Columns with Asymmetric Lift Arms

    SuperSymmetric – For Lift Arms. the term supersymmetric means that the front arms telescope in 3 stages and the rear arms telescope in 2 stages. The 3 stage front arms and 2 stage rear arms allow both asymmetric and symmetric lifting methods. The 3 stage arm can retract short enough for asymmetric loading and yet extend long enough to reach frames for symmetric loading. The vehicle can essentially be loaded 50/50 or 30/70 with equal weight on each arm.

    For Lift Columns. the term SuperSymmetric does not apply. Lifts with supersymmetric arms are typically found on columns that are symmetric. This allows the most width between the columns providing better flexibility for both lifting methods and drive through clearance.

    For Loading – The arms are positioned parallel in the front and parallel in the back allowing the vehicle to enter with the most drive through clearance. Once the vehicle is in position, the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm.

    SuperSymmetric Lift Arms with Symmetric Columns

    Baseplate and Overhead Lift Designs Baseplate 2 Post Auto Lifts offer features that allow the lift to be installed under lower ceiling heights than overhead models. Most baseplate designs can be installed under a 10 foot ceiling because of the shorter column height. The typical baseplate column is 9 3 in overall height.

    Note: The ceiling may become the height limitation for lifting some vehicles because the vehicle could travel up higher than the columns.

    The baseplate style utilizes a floor plate to cover the hydraulic hose and cables that run between the 2 posts. This plate (hence the name baseplate) is only 1 in height and has become lower and lower over time to become less of an obstacle than in early years. The baseplate is ramped on each side to allow for easy rollover for vehicles, jacks, tool boxes and other shop equipment.

    Baseplate Style 2 Post Auto Lift with SuperSymmetric Arms

    Lift arms used on baseplate lifts are typically symmetrical due to presence of the baseplate. Using asymmetric arms is not available because the baseplate will not allow the asymmetric front arms to fold back towards the rear for loading. However, SuperSymmetric arms have become a popular choice because the 3 stage front arms are shorter and can still lift asymmetrically on some vehicles.

    Note: Using SuperSymmetric arms on a baseplate lift does not mean you can load any vehicle asymmetrically. Pay attention that the weight is place equally on each of the 4 arms.

    Overhead Style 2 Post Auto Lifts are available in many variations and heights. The most common height for overhead lifts will allow the lift to fit under a 12 ceiling. Thus the overall height is typically around 142 or 11 10 . Some models offer the ability to be raised during installation to a secondary height setting if more ceiling height is available. This higher setting can help on some taller vehicles but most common trucks and vans are fine with the lower setting. If you have the space you might as well use it, right. Overhead lifts can also be as tall as 14 in higher capacity models used for utility and heavier service trucks. With the overhead design the hydraulic hose and cables are ran through the overhead beam to each column. One benefit in doing this is it leaves a clear floor between the columns. This leaves the floor clear of obstructions for rolling jacks, tool boxes and other shop equipment between the lift columns. The overhead beam will also have an overhead shut-off bar or cable mounted just below the beam. This device will shut-off the motor if a vehicle is raised high enough to contact it thus preventing the vehicle from hitting the beam.

    Overhead 2 Post Auto Lift with Symmetric Columns and SuperSymmetric Arms

    Lift arms for overhead models can vary between all 3 types; symmetric, asymmetric and SuperSymmetric. With all these choices available it is easy to see why the overhead models are so popular. This flexibility gives larger shops a lot of options for lifting different types of vehicles. Columns are also flexible for overhead models with available symmetric or asymmetric types.

    Single Point and Dual Point Safety Locks

    Safety lock styles can come in one of two different types on 2 post auto lifts – single or dual point lock release.

    Single Point Lock Release is a feature that saves time and effort to release the safety locks when you are ready to lower the vehicle. All lifts have safety locks that engage every 2-4 inches as the lift is raised. When the desired height is reached, the lift is lowered into the nearest lock position. After the work is completed and you are clear to lower the lift, two things need to happen. First, the lift needs to be raised up enough to disengage from the locked position. Second is to release or disengage the lock system on each column so the lift can be lowered with the lowering handle on the power unit. The lock release lever is held while lowering to prevent the locks from locking until the lowered position is reached. So one hand is holding the locks disengaged at the single point lock release while the other is lowering the lift with the lowering handle on the power unit. On a single point lock release the operator simply has one lever to move to unlock the locks in both columns. This lever is connected to the two locks by means of a cable. When the lever is moved the cable will provide the same action for both column locks. The single point lock release lever is located on the same column as the power unit for ease of operation of all lift controls.

    Single Point Lock Release Lever Controls Both Column Locks From One Side

    Dual Point Lock Release systems have pull type releases located on each column or lift carriage. This requires the operator to go to each column to pull the release before lowering. The lock will stay disengaged until the lift is raised again. Once the lift begins to raise again the locks will reset and start locking again.

    Note: The dual lock system works differently than the single point type in two ways. First, the locks stay disengaged once they are released so the operator can go to the power unit to lower the lift. Second, the dual point locks do not engage again until the lift is raised. On a single point lock system the locks will engage again after you let go of the lever.