Brilliant New Online Magazine Launches

If you are a FlipBoard user (and if not, why not! ? ) you’ll know that it’s a great app for getting you the news and articles you want in a nice flip-to-turn-the-page design.
A handy new feature they added recently gives users the option of creating their own magazine on topics that matter to them, and then sharing it with the world.

So, without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to since the latest magazine to hit FlipBoard’s shelves:

Chris Neal’s Personal Technology Digest

Every day it will be beefing up the pages with news and stories from around the tech world. No more taking through repetitive tech blogs! Let me do the digging for you do you get straight to the juicy white mat.

Just click the link on your mobile device to add my new magazine to your virtual rack.

Become a Better Photographer

Whatever type of camera you have, if you are less than ecstatic with the results chances are you’re making a few very common mistakes that most people make when they just “point ‘n’ shoot”. I can help you transform your digital photography and quickly see a vast improvement in results.

Take your pick from my range of services:

  1. Ten Tips to Transform Your Photos (colour PDF manual, with sample photos, inc. 30 days support via email) – £50
  2. What do all those buttons do? — a personal tutorial on how to get the most from your camera (home visit, London area, includes 30 days support via phone and email) – £150
  3. Become a Better Photographer — a half-day one-to-one training session. Includes items 1 & 2 above, plus four hours’ personal training on using your camera and editing the results on your computer (home visit, London area. Includes 30 days phone and email support) – £300

Give me a call today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation.

Three case studies

Here are three case studies to give you an example of the types of problems I can help solve, how the customer benefitted, and what their investment was.

Patrick had recently moved into a new house and needed a media sharing solution. He had all his photos and movies on his iMac and wanted to be able to play movies and photo slideshows on his three TVs around the house, and to share them with other members of his family on their laptops. I advised him on the additional equipment he would need and obtained it for him. When it arrived I arranged to go in and set everything up. I connected media streaming devices to his TVs and modified his home network and computer settings to achieve the media sharing he wanted. Now his wife can view any photo on her laptop whenever she wants, and his teenage kids can choose movies from his collection and watch them on their laptops or on the TV in their bedrooms. Total cost: £700

Samantha was frustrated with her photos. She had a new, advanced digital camera but the results were often blurred, washed out, too dark or just ordinary. She wanted to be able to take photos that burst from the screen with life and colour, and impress her friends. Following a free initial consultation we spent a half day together at her home. I gave her some tips and training on how to avoid common pitfalls when taking photos, and I provided some basic training on how to use the software that came with her camera to improve the colour and contrast of her photos on the computer. Now her photos are, sharper, brighter, more colourful and full of life. Total cost: £300

Rick is a self-employed professional who travels a lot and needs all his customer information at his fingertips. He had invested in a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and a Samsung smartphone. All these devices were great but they weren’t connected. He had to use his phone to get contact information, and his laptop to view his appointments diary and customer notes. And his tablet provided him with email, Facebook and Angry Birds but nothing that would help him grow his business. We agreed he needed a way to synchronise email, appointments, phone numbers, and customer notes across all three devices, and provide an automatic backup of his most important information. Following the initial consultation I spent a day with Rick at his house. I directed him to some cloud-based services that could do what he wanted, got them installed and set up on his devices, and trained him how to use them to the full. Now he can update a phone number on his laptop and it gets changed on his phone automatically, he can create a diary appointment on his iPad and it appears on his laptop as a reminder, and he can consult his latest notes before a customer meeting anywhere in the world from any device he chooses. Total cost: £500

Give me a call and let’s talk about how I may be able to help achieve the changes you want in your digital life.