Where to print smartphone photos?

Right from your phone to your mailbox! No hassle necessary.

This is so cool and comes very highly recommended by some of our clients — 100 of your favorite smartphone photos packaged in a beautiful 4.5” X 6.5” album delivered right to your door for just $2.99 a month.

As more and more precious memories are now being captured behind the lens of a smartphone, one innovative family dreamed up and launched what we now know as the GrooveBook (as seen on Shark Tank nearly a year ago.)

Little did this husband and wife team, Julie and Brian Whiteman, know that within a year of appearing on Shark Tank, Shutterfly would acquire their soon to be multi-million dollar company for $14.5 million.

The concept is quite simple.

GrooveBook

GrooveBook is a mobile app company that lets you choose and print up to 100 of your favorite smartphone photos each month. Photos are printed on glossy photo paper and are perforated for easy removal from a 4.5” X 6.5” photo book. You can choose how many of each photo you’d like, upload them, and receive your GrooveBook in the mail within 10-12 days, all for $2.99/month (which includes shipping and handling).

You can then frame your photos, share them with family/friends, or keep them neatly in the book. Each photo includes location and date the pictures were taken.

Want to download GrooveBook for yourself?

GrooveBook requires an iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for the iPhone 5 and can be downloaded here.

It is also compatible with most Android devices and can be downloaded here.

What are your thoughts on GrooveBook? Are you getting photo books in the mail each month?

And as always, if you break your phone while taking a photo, or if you need assistance in telling your business story, we can help!

A Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Looking for that perfect mobile device, but just can’t decide on which one to get? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options displayed in various Black Friday ads?

Well, here’s a few things to keep in mind while doing your holiday shopping.

1. Cost — When looking to purchase a tablet, keep in mind who it’s going to and how much it would cost to repair. As many brands are marketing the best tablet yet, consider the repair costs if it were to break. So many of these tablets are not cost effective to fix. So yes, you may be getting a ‘steal of a deal’ on Black Friday, but if that ‘steal of a deal’ gets a shattered screen, you could probably buy a brand new tablet (or two) for the price it would be to fix. In our experience an iPad is a better investment because they can be easily repaired and the resale value is better when you decide to upgrade.

2. Phones — If you’re debating between an iPod and an iPhone, consider the phone. Especially if you’re buying for a child. Apple designed iPods to be ‘throw-aways,’ but depending on the repair and the storage space (GB) of the device, it may not be cost effective to repair. Yes, it can be done, but by the time it’s all said and done it could be cheaper to buy a brand new one. Whereas, with a phone, you’d be getting all the benefits of an iPod plus it’s easily repaired. You’d also be able to download the ‘Find my Friends’ app, which allows you to keep tabs on your children at all times. This is especially helpful if your child says one thing but goes somewhere else.

3. Cases — Just because you put a protective case over your device does not mean it’s indestructible. Yes, they protect the device somewhat but if you drop it just so, it’s going to break. It doesn’t matter what case is on it. We’ve seen breaks in all major brands on cases, however we see a lot of breaks when a child takes it out of the case “just for a second.”

4. Insurance — Would you like to purchase the 2-year warranty for $59.99? How many times have you been in the check out line when the cashier asks that question? There are a couple of things to think about before hitting the sales.

  • Insurance through your wireless carrier — Consider how much your monthly coverage is going to cost you. Do you have to pay a deductible when you make a claim? What does the insurance cover? Many companies charge around $9.00/month, which adds up to $108/year. And don’t forget to read the fine print. Most companies also charge an additional $100-200 deductible. So if you break your precious iPhone screen after one year, you just spent $200-300 for that screen replacement when your local repair shop would have charged $100.

Stocking Stuffers

  • Insurance through your mass retail store — These plans are often something to consider when purchasing a computer or tablet. Typical plans for a tablet would run around $50 for a 2-year service plan. On most devices, with the exception of mobile phones, there is not a deductible. A mobile phone might run you $130 plus $49/claim. If you anticipate breaking your phone more than once this might be the plan for you.
  • No insurance — If you have a good track record with your devices you might opt to keep that money in your pocket. If you do run into an issue with your device contact 815 Media and we can hook you up!

When you do decide on that perfect tablet, consider a few stocking stuffers such as our four-foot Belkin Lightning to USB Cables compatible with any lightning adapter iOS device for $18 plus tax, which is considerably cheaper than any of our competitors. Or an 815 Media classic tee for $9. These super soft, super awesome shirts come in orange and navy and can be purchased here.

#TechieTuesday

In case you’ve missed it, each Tuesday we discuss new (er) technology as it relates to our lives. You know tips and tricks that not only better better us in the business world, but also in our personal lives.

So far, we’ve talked about things that we use both around the house and in the office such as the Tile App and Dropcam. But we want to know what types of technology YOU use on a daily basis.

Take our survey for a chance to win some trendy 815 Media gear.

And as of today, we’ve created an option to have #TechieTuesday delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here at the bottom of the page.

Read, enjoy, share. #TechieTuesday.

How to safely wipe your Apple devices

We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding how to wipe your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch of all data when selling or giving away your iOS device. We know there is an enormous amount of conflicting information out there, so today we want to set the record straight.

Before you sell or give away your iOS device, make sure that you’ve removed all of your personal information by getting back to the factory default state. The following steps will guide you through the process:

1. Back up your device.
2. Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
-This will completely erase your device and turn off iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, Game Center, and other services.
-If you’re using iOS 7 or later and have Find My iPhone turned on, your Apple ID and password will be required. After you provide your password, the device will be erased and removed from your account so that the next owner can activate it.
3. Contact your carrier for guidance on transferring service to the new owner.

When the device is turned on for the first time by the new owner, Setup Assistant will guide them through the setup process.

Please note: If you manually delete contacts, calendars, reminders, documents, photo streams, or any other iCloud data while signed in to your iCloud account, the content will also be deleted from the iCloud servers and all of your iCloud devices. Don’t do it.

Also, if you’re in the market for a new mobile device or looking to sell yours, we highly recommend swappa.com. Swappa doesn’t allow any junk devices as they verify all listings and there are no seller fees making it cheaper to buy and sell.

What other questions do you guys have regarding these topics?

815 Media’s best friends

Ok, so here’s the deal…We love, love, LOVE to see our clients sporting our 815 gear. Keep those vacation photos coming! But we also have a soft spot in our hearts for animals — dogs, cats, cattle, horses, pot-belly pigs. You name it, we love it. Well, except for maybe mice, but that’s a story for another day.

Anyway, we are so excited to announce our first ever photo contest featuring YOU and your ANIMALS! All you have to do is send us your favorite photo of your pets for a chance to win an iPad mini AND an 815 Limited Edition sweatshirt. Bonus points will go to those of you who send us photos connecting your pets to 815 in one way or another. Remember 815 is a technology agency located in Princeton, Illinois specializing in web design, mobile repairs, online marketing, and more.

To get this party started, we thought we’d share some of our favorite photos with our best friends. I mean who doesn’t love a golden retriever sporting some trendy sunglasses?!

Her future with 815 Media is so bright!

Her future with 815 Media is so bright!

We will be accepting photos through Friday, October 10 and voting will continue through Friday, October 24 with the winner being announced the week of October 26. With each submission please include your name, address, pet’s name and send to katlyn@eightonefive.com. To vote for your favorites, all you’ll have to do is ‘like’ and share the photo on Facebook here.

Please note, by sending us your photos you are agreeing to allow us to use your photos for any promotions that may appear on our website, blog, Facebook, or any other social media outlet.

Happy voting and good luck!