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Top 5 Apps for Business Travel

March 18th, 2014

 

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Before the high tech era, business travellers would rely on their trusty Lonely Planet guidebook and a briefcase bursting with classified documents, itineraries, and muesli bar wrappers. Needless to say, it was a complete and utter hassle to have to cart around so much paperwork for a measly day trip to Sydney. Luckily, all the answers to our travel problems lie solely in our pockets – that and our handy Corporate Traveller agent. I’m talking about your smartphone – duh. This wondrous device plays host to a panoply of apps targeted towards professional travellers, whether it be a handy helper for a long-haul flight, storage for all your travel details or information on your destination. If you’ve got an upcoming corporate trip, turn your smart phone into the counterpart of an electronic Swiss Army knife with these five awesome apps.

Urbanspoon

Many people like to hate on Urbanspoon; I think they are just jealous they didn’t think of the idea or they are restaurants dealing with bad reviews. Personally, I love Urbanspoon and use it when finding restaurants and bars when visit a new city. The app uses your built-in GPS to locate nearby establishments which you can then divide between cuisine and price range. Most restaurant pages will include meal pictures, customer reviews, ratings and direct phone number allowing you to book a table with ease. If you also like surprises, give your iPhone a shake for a random restaurant idea.

ScanBiz Cards

If you’ve attended any kind of networking event in your time, you’ll know that business cards are essentially flying everywhere. At the end of the night, I’ll have a wallet full to the brim of weirdly shaped cards that I’ll then have to carry around with me until I get home. ScanBiz Cards eliminates this first world frustration by scanning your collection of business cards into iCloud which will then sync across multiple devices. ScanBiz Cards also works with Evernote, Linkedin, Salesforce and other CRMs.

Word Lens

Language is a wonderful thing that binds societies together, yet it also divides us. While most of us can rely on body language to get the point across in a foreign country, finding yourself in a scenario where you can’t communicate effectively or read the local dialect without resorting to your translation guide is positively maddening. That’s where Word Lens comes in handy. As you know, street signs are different in every country and what looks like a STOP sign in Australia might be a DANGER sign in another. Word Lens’ camera has the ability to snap a photo of large print words on billboards, street signs, and street signs and translate it into your native tongue.

Expensify

Unless you are an accountant, there are few (strange) folk in the world that would agree that filing expenses is a relaxing and valuable part of business. Save yourself the headache with Expensify; a nifty app that tracks all your expenses by syncing with your credit and debit cards. It tracks as you go and even compiles together an easy-to-navigate expense report at the end of your trip.

5 Tips To Blog Often & Effectively

March 3rd, 2014

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Starting a blog is easy. Sticking to a regular blogging schedule, however, is the hard part. Apart from speaking to online content experts Search Factory about how to grow your blog online, here are 5 tips that can help you blog more often and more effectively.

1. Blog in the morning.

We are often the most productive, and clear minded in the first few hours upon waking. Take advantage of these beneficial hours and write that blog post you’ve been meaning to pen as soon as you wake up. You’ll be free from most of the usual distractions one encounters once the rest of the world wakes up, giving you more time and focus to concentrate on the task at hand.

2. Set up a blogging schedule.

Committing to a blogging schedule can help you stay motivated throughout the weeks and months (years?) of your blog. Most bloggers find that putting up a new post twice a week (on Mondays and Thursdays) works best. This schedule gives you 2-3 days between blog entries – hopefully enough time for you to recharge and get inspired for that next epic post. Read the rest of 5 Tips To Blog Often & Effectively »

Five surprising facts about Wi-Fi

March 3rd, 2014

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Wi-Fi: As essential and intangible as the wind. We know that we can’t live without it, yet many have a limited grasp of what it actually is. Here at My Port we’ve put together five essential facts that you probably didn’t know about your Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi can travel much longer than you may think, from a few metres to many kilometres

You might that think that because you can’t get a stable internet access in your room, that Wi-Fi only travels over a few metres. While many Wi-Fi networks are typically for home use, and commonly have a range of around 30m, special Wi-Fi networks can reach more that 275 km in distance. This is done by network technicians creating special Wi-Fi range extenders. Don’t get too excited – the domestic Wi-Fi signal may fall far short of 10 metres if there are heavy obstructions. Read the rest of Five surprising facts about Wi-Fi »

How LinkedIn Killed Your Resume

February 19th, 2014

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For years we have been taught that having an up to date CV highlighting your skills and qualifications in an easy and concise manner is essential when job hunting. However, with the development of the internet a whole new way for individuals to develop and present their own personal brand has opened up. With social media and profiles on LinkedIn now readily accessible, how you appear online is an important part of how you come across to potential employers. It’s important that you get your LinkedIn profile right so that you have a chance of standing out in a crowded marketplace. Most employers are busy and can sometimes be handling hundreds of applications during the recruiting process so anything that highlights you from others is a bonus and may mean you are shifted further up the list. Read the rest of How LinkedIn Killed Your Resume »

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