Category: Business - Original Written by CNN News
5 problems with iOS 7, and how to fix them
(CNN) -- The new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7, was released September 18 to mostly positive reviews.
It was the biggest change to iOS since it was introduced six years ago, overhauled to add a slate of new features and a more streamlined, flat, abstract look.
But nobody's perfect, right?
It's not unusual for new operating systems to have some glitches in their earliest days. Nobody's talking about anything cataclysmic this time, like the Apple Maps fiasco on iOS 6 that led CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare apology -- and which some say led to the ouster of Apple senior vice president Scott Forstall.
An introduction to iOS7 An introduction to iOS7
A look at Apple's new operating system
But a couple of weeks into its existence, iOS 7 has prompted a handful of complaints from users. Here are five of the most frequently heard, along with tips for how to fix, or at least bypass, them.
Apple says it's aware of an issue that's causing texts sent through its iMessage app not to go through for some users.
On various Apple-oriented message boards, iOS 7 users were complaining that they'd send a message which appeared to work fine, only to later see the dreaded red exclamation point that means it wasn't actually sent.
"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 e-mailed to media outlets. "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."
The fix? Until the update rolls out, some users say they've been able to get rid of the problem by turning their phone off and back on.
Some folks say they're already sick of iOS 7. Literally.
iPhone and iPad users, or at least a few of them, say they're getting symptoms similar to motion sickness while looking at iOS 7 animations. On the new system, images zoom in and out when users switch between apps.
As TIME explains, the brain gets unsettled when the eyes try to focus on images that don't match up -- for example, when you're on a rocking ship or moving car and trying to read a stationary item, like a book.
The fix? iOS 7 users can go to "Settings," then "General" and then "Accessibility." Click on "Reduce Motion" to make the zooming go away.
This one has been mostly reported by users of older phones like the iPhone 4S. Simply, they say iOS 7 seems to drain their batteries faster than iOS 6 did.
One factor may be that iOS 7 expands the ability to run apps in the background while focusing on another task.
The fix? Again, go to "Settings" and "General," but then choose "Background App Refresh." From there, you can choose which apps you'll allow to run in the background and which you won't.
There are also general battery-saving steps, like dimming your screen and making sure things like GPS and Bluetooth are switched off if you're not using them.
Certain apps log you out
This one might take care of itself over time.
When Apple updates its operating system, apps that rely on parts of it (like Camera) must update as well. Until they do, they sometimes kick users out. On Apple message boards, users were mentioning apps like Snapchat and Mailbox as frequent offenders.
The fix? Some developers may have already tweaked their products, and other fixes are probably on the way. But if you're still having problems, you can go to "Settings," "General" and "Background App Refresh" again. Turn off any apps you're having problems with.
Lock screen bypass
This one has already been addressed in an iOS 7 update from Apple just days after the new operating system rolled out.
For the first few days, iPhones and iPads apparently were vulnerable in one particular instance. If users were running the Camera app and had Control Center activated on their Lock screens, there were a few steps someone could take to unlock their phones.
But the iOS 7.0.2 update, released on September 26, "fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode," according to Apple.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:30
Category: Business - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
Twyla Hayes co-owns Edible Arrangements in the Renaissance Center.
Business owners share tips for prospective start-ups
A growing number of people are taking the plunge and making their dreams of owning a small business a reality. Nearly five years ago, Detroit-resident Twyla Hayes and her husband, James, took a risk and decided to join the ranks of small business owners. They own Edible Arrangements®, which is located in Tower 100 of the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. (Edible Arrangements® is the leading supplier of fresh fruit arrangements for everyday occasions and events).
“People often think that owning a business is great because you will have more freedom to make decisions,” said Hayes. “While this is true, business owners must stay focused on their customers and always strive to exceed their expectations.”
Hayes always knew she wanted to own a business. She first learned about Edible Arrangements from her husband who sent her a couple of fresh fruit arrangements. The couple researched the company online and decided that they wanted to open the first Edible Arrangements retail store in Detroit. They did a lot of research up front to find just the right location for their business.
“I liked the idea of having our retail store in the Renaissance Center,” added Hayes. “It was a great decision because we consistently have new people who discover our store. We have a steady flow of customers who work in and around the Renaissance Center as well as visitors.”
They are among seven African-Americans who own Edible Arrangements retail stores in the Metro Detroit area. Along the way, they’ve gained key insight as entrepreneurs and now offer a few tips for those exploring the possibility of owning a business:
• Don’t be afraid to take risks. “Owning a business is a risk,” said Al Robinson, co-owner, Edible Arrangements in Troy. “However, doing your homework and advance planning can go a long way to ensure you are best prepared for the journey to becoming an entrepreneur.”
• Be driven and set goals as a business owner. “You need to have high expectations as a business owner to achieve success,” said Monica Wilks, owner of Edible Arrangements in Dearborn Heights and Wyandotte. “You also need to mentor your team to give them the opportunities to grow.”
• Always be in a constant state of learning. “You’ll learn from your customers as well as other entrepreneurs,” said Vikki Hardy Brown, owner of Edible Arrangements in Farmington and Lake Orion. “Have a vision and always maintain standards of excellence.”
• Persevere during challenging times. “It is easy to give up during challenging times,” said Leslie Robinson, co-owner, Edible Arrangements in Troy. “However, it also presents an opportunity to evaluate your business and implement changes that can positively impact the bottom line.”
• Have a good team in place. “The foundation for a successful business is a solid team of employees,” said William Hardy, co-owner, Edible Arrangements in Lake Orion. “Tell your employees when they are doing a great job. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it can go a long way.”
“It’s important to have a good support system in place,” added Hayes. “My husband and I both work hard to ensure our business is successful. We also recognize the need to maintain balance and spend quality time with our family.
“There are so many wonderful benefits to being an entrepreneur,” she said. “A highlight is interacting with our customers and knowing that we are bringing a smile to the faces of recipients of a fresh fruit arrangement.”
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 09:26
Chrysler Group LLC Reports August 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 12 Percent; Best August Sales in Six Years
Category: Business - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 165,552 units, a 12 percent increase compared with sales in August 2012 (148,472 units), and the group’s best August sales since 2007.
The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in August compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand’s 29 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during the month. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 41-consecutive months in August.
Full release and sales chart: http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=14816&mid=23
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:44
Category: Business - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle
Paul A. Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc. and CEO of Proctor Financial Inc., this month will speak at Wayne State University about ways start-up businesses can attract investors and protect their financial investments.
Glantz will present “Valley of Death: Surviving the Financial Rut” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer St. The free workshop is open to the public. Parking is available for $6.50 in the structure across West Palmer Street from the law school.
The event is sponsored by Wayne State’s Blackstone LaunchPad business laboratory, Wayne Law’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law, WSU Front Door and Wayne State student venture M-Squared Financial.
“The reference to ‘Valley of Death’ in the title of Glantz’s keynote talk refers to the vulnerable stage of a new business venture that occurs after the owners have made their initial financial investment but before they have generated enough sales to get out of the red,” said Aubrey Agee, a senior program administrator with Blackstone LaunchPad. “Entrepreneurs who lose their focus and momentum during this stage risk devastating consequences, including significant financial losses, harm to their reputation among investors and a blow to their confidence from which many don’t recover. This workshop will give invaluable tips on how to avoid this fate.”
Glantz, a 1980 graduate of Wayne State’s School of Business Administration, was honored by the university as a distinguished alumnus in 2006. He raised $45 million in capital to start the Emagine theater chain, which was the first in the nation to convert all of its screens to high-definition digital. An active community volunteer, he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Business Administration, as well as a member of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and chairman of its investment committee.
A venture coach for Blackstone LaunchPad’s student entrepreneurs, Glantz in his keynote speech will focus on how startup entrepreneurs can find life-sustaining investors after launching. Also speaking at the workshop will be student entrepreneurs, who will share “leap of faith” stories of investing in their businesses and developing sales strategies to make it out of the “valley of death.”
The event begins with registration and light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by short introductions by Detroit entrepreneurs Agee of Blackstone LaunchPad, Nilesh Joshi of Joshi Biochemical, Dom Holmes of Pay-It-Forward, Kelly Guillory of Ashur Collective, and Max Ermakov and JJ Clenik of M-Squared Financial. The keynote talk will begin at 6:15 p.m., and hors d’oeuvres and networking can be enjoyed from 7:15 to 8 p.m.
Funded out of New York City by The Blackstone Group’s Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Blackstone LaunchPad assists WSU student entrepreneurs with business plan development, networking and venture funding. The Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law coordinates Wayne Law’s business law courses, clinics, internships and community engagement activities. The Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law offers early-stage legal assistance to local startups and creates forums for entrepreneurs to receive general legal guidance, access community resources and share their own business experience. The Front Door is Wayne State’s business engagement office, connecting companies of all sizes to university resources. The Front Door was established in 2009 to address industry needs for access to university resources, from recruitment services to world-class researchers and state-of-the-art technologies. M-Squared Financial is a venture that facilitates the efforts of young companies by assisting with their financials.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:48
Category: Business - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Austin Black II is the founder of City Living Detroit, a full-service real estate brokerage that is headquartered in Detroit’s thriving Midtown neighborhood. His firm specializes in properties located in Detroit with a focus on downtown, the growing riverfront, the cultural center, and the city’s historic neighborhoods.
From an early age Black had shown an interest in urban development and major metropolitan cities. His fascination started with an elementary school project about skyscrapers and wind velocity. It continued later in life while studying at the university level. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, College of Architecture, Art and Planning where he studied redevelopment projects abroad and earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies. Black was also a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
After visiting more than 20 cities in Europe and Italy and earning a degree that concentrated on Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment, Black decided to return home to Detroit and put his knowledge and passion to make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise a family. He was determined to make a difference.
Upon his return, non-profit organizations like Detroit Synergy introduced Black to a diverse group of people that had a common goal of creating positive change in the community. Black credits Detroit Synergy for finding organizations with similar goals that helped him build a stronger connection to the community and introduced him to other opportunities.
In 2004, Black and four other young professionals came together to plan an event to showcase residential options in the city of Detroit. With the help of Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures and General Motors, the group hosted a housing fair at the GM Wintergarden. As a result of this partnership, City Living Detroit was formed, an organization that promotes Detroit as a vibrant urban center by providing resources that encourage people to move into the city.
Over the last four years, City Living Detroit has produced four housing fairs, three magazines, and several bus tours of residential developments throughout the city. Many people that attend its events are surprised at the amount of development happening here.
According to Black, there are several bright spots outside the growing Midtown and downtown neighborhoods.
“The Villages and East Jefferson corridor are seeing new retail business open, Livernois in northwest Detroit is starting to see new businesses open and Grandmont, Rosedale neighborhoods are going through an aggressive program to rehabilitate foreclosed homes. All of these initiatives are vital to stabilizing and growing the adjacent residential neighborhoods. There is a lot that can be learned from the success of organizations like Midtown Inc,” he said.
As the housing market is beginning to stabilize in the greater downtown neighborhoods (Midtown, downtown, Lafayette Park, Corktown) and many of the historic neighborhoods (Indian Village, Rosedale Park, Palmer Woods, Golf Club District, Sherwood Forest, University District), demand is growing while inventory is low, causing values to rise.
“For people that want to make a difference, there are endless opportunities to get involved with a strong support system that allows people to do things here that would not be possible in other major cities,” said Black. “National trends are changing in favor of city living. More people are gravitating to walkable mixed-use neighborhoods. Detroit is starting to benefit from this trend as more people are choosing to relocate from suburban communities to the city. A large percentage of the buyers we work with are suburbanites wanting to relocate to Detroit.”
Black has quickly proved to be a rising star in Detroit real estate, achieving success at all levels and racking up both local and national accolades. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2010 he was recognized by Realtor® magazine as one of 30 up and coming realtors under 30 in the nation. Crain’s Detroit Business named him to their Dream Board of Directors. He received the Rising Star Award from Max Broock Realtors and was named to the first Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in Their 20s list.
“Right now I’m working on the Willys Overland Lofts. City Living Detroit is in charge of the sales and marketing for this project. The development was the last new developments to launch when the housing market crashed in 2008. The first few years were difficult because of the uncertainty with the economy. Within the last 12 months we have seen a significant increase in sales with 14 units going under contract within this period, priced from $190,000 to $540,000. Many of our buyers are downsizing from large suburban homes and like the vibrancy that this prime Midtown location offers.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:35
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