Good Teams Communicate

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In the hustle and bustle of everyday work, it’s easy to forget to communicate with your team. You know what you’re working on, why write a long email about it? But bringing everyone up to speed on projects, releases or new initiatives is important for overall team performance and a culture of trust.

So how do you get your message across?

Avoid the meeting trap

A lot of teams compensate for poor internal communication by having lots of meetings. And to make sure nobody feels left out of the loop, everyone is invited to all the meetings — a great way to waste a lot of time :)

Death by 1000 meetings

Avoid boring emails

We all get them: thousand word emails that you don’t really want to read (especially not on a smartphone). Nobody really reads them – people might skim through, if you’re lucky.

Internal emails don’t have to be ugly – market to your co-workers.

The big secret? If something needs to be said, you need to sell your message to co-workers in an attractive, visual package – just like your communication with customers. Use visuals, photos, pull-quotes and other style elements to present your message in an engaging way. It’ll help get the message across and get every in the team up to speed.

Attractive internal emails

As an added bonus, packaging your message in an attractive internal email can be a great way to refine your message before you go live and tell the world.

But won’t it take a lot of time?

Not with the right tools :) We built an add on for Mail Designer called Team & Business Communication, which offers designs for exactly these types of emails. Whether you’re announcing a new project, updating everyone with the latest sales numbers, or introducing a new hire, Team & Business has got you covered. Check it out.

Oh Capitan, my Capitan… Compatibility overview for OS X El Capitan

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OS X El Capitan is now available as a Public Beta. We’ve put together a short compatibility overview for you. Here’s a small summary of our experiences so far.

  • Mail Designer: To send or not to send, that is the question. Don’t worry with the latest El Capitan beta, Mail Designer 2 and Mail Designer Pro should work fine. More details here
  • Spot Maps: Keep a clear overview of your networks. Spot Maps works seamlessly with El Capitan.
  • CoverScout & SongGenie: Bring some color to your music library. In our early tests, both CoverScout and SongGenie worked without issue with El Capitan and the latest version of iTunes.
  • Greeting Cards: Happy belated Birthday! Greeting Cards should work with the very latest El Capitan beta, however, since the Apple Mail app still seems to be changing quite a bit, we recommend holding off until the final version of El Capitan ships.
  • iSale: Sell on eBay. iSale also supports El Capitan.
  • tizi for Mac, TV for Mac and MediaCentral: Get your popcorn ready! Both tizi apps and MediaCentral will shine El Capitan.
  • The Tube: Upgrade for more TV enjoyment. If you’re using The Tube, we recommend you upgrade to tizi for Mac for El Capitan — not only will you be fully compatible with Apple’s latest OS, you’ll also get to enjoy new features like visual timeshift, recording, editing, and share features.

Ready to Rock! OS X El Capitan compatibility check with Mail Designer

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OS X El Capitan has been announced and is now available as a Public Beta. The equinux Development Team took this time to test the stability of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro and reports that after the first test, Mail Designer Pro 2 worked flawlessly with Apple’s newest operating system. We’ll be releasing a free update closer to the full launch to take advantage of some of the new features and UI changes.

With the latest El Capitan beta, Mail Designer 2 should work fine for the most part, though we have seen some issues with Apple Mail integration in previous betas. Therefore, we recommend waiting for the final release of El Capitan for those who mainly use Mail Designer 2 in cooperation with Apple Mail

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Charge devices – Autobahn style: Turbolader vs. integrated USB car port

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In the US 85% drive to work every day, and every fifth person has at least a 45 minute commute. Plenty of time to give your iPhone or iPad that extra morning boost, don’t you think?

USB port in the car? Thanks, I already have one built it…

It’s true, pretty much every new car comes with an integrated USB port, but the question is, how well does it really perform?

Our test shows that charging your cell with this USB port is basically like driving in 1st gear on the Autobahn. The tizi team put it to the test. We compared our tizi Turbolader 3x Mega (More details on tizi USA / or visit tizi Europe) with a maximum output of 2.4A per port, to the leading integrated USB port in a new car.

The results are astonishing!! Check out the video and see for yourself!

Standard USB ports in the car only offer a mere 0.5A of power. Our road test makes it official.  You’d basically have to cruise the 6 hours from San Francisco to LA in order to fully charge most current smartphones with your car’s integrated USB port and iPads and Tabs often won’t charge at all.

Get 3 times the SPEED with the tizi Turbolader

Our test results show:

  • an integrated USB port: an  iPhone 6 Plus needs more than 6 hours to fully charge
  • tizi Turbolader: does the same job in around 2 hours

Driving for 30 minutes

The tizi Turbolader even meistered the quick-charge test with the iPhone 6. Forgot to charge your phone overnight? In just 30 minutes, you can charge your iPhone 6 up to 1/3 of the way while driving to work.

  • An iPhone plugged into the car’s integrated USB port only charged 11%,
  • whereas the iPhone connected to the tizi Turbolader charged a proper 34%.

The tizi Turbolader (Amazon US / Amazon EU) models can charge up to 4 USB devices simultaneously with full power. Depending on which model you choose, you’ll have up to 9.6A power reserve with more juice than any integrated car USB port can currently offer, even the shiniest, newest, premium class cars. Find all available models and prices here. (Visit tizi USA or tizi Europe)

 

Beta 1 of VPN Tracker 365 for OS X El Capitan is available now

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The world is changing and your security needs to evolve with it. We’re pleased to announce that the first beta of VPN Tracker 365 is available for download. Our development team is looking forward to your feedback to improve the forthcoming version.

Interested developers, consultants and security experts with access to OS X El Capitan will be able to take an early look at the VPN Tracker 365.

The next generation of VPN Tracker is about: highest data security on the internet for all of your Macs — when and where you need it. VPN Tracker 365 will be available as a service plan later this year, alongside OS X El Capitan and replace the existing VPN Tracker.

The first VPN Tracker 365 Beta is now available for download on our OS X El Capitan technology preview page.

Distribute content curation via email

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With Mail Designer Pro 2.3, you can create your own curated newsletters.

Mashable and Pinterest have shown how it’s done and many other curated content platforms, such as; Webdesigner News or Designer News, have since followed suit. The idea behind content curation is to find, filter, and share interesting content and now, this is conveniently possible to do by Mail. The new Mail Designer Pro 2.3 has greatly improved link formatting options making it easy to share your curated content by email. Even the biggest names in business rely on emails since email marketing has been shown to be around 40 times more effective than Facebook! It’s no wonder that widely-reached curated websites happily send informative emails or newsletters to their users, keeping them in the loop and sharing exciting content.

Give it a try: Test drive Mail Designer Pro for free (download)

tizi Turbolader 4x Mega – Grab the SUV of USB car chargers

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The tizi tuning team has maximized the charging power and connection possibilities for your cockpit: Get the ultimate energy boost with tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA and leave those other chargers in the dust.
Maximum speed: Your new charging highway

Get in gear with the tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA, offering 4 USB ports with maximum charging power for your USB devices all at the same time (up to 2.4A on each USB port).

Maximum capacity: Backseat gadgets welcome
The “intelligent charging assistant” – The Auto Max Power™ Technology determines the perfect charging power for each device: iPads charge with high power and your iPhone charges 2x faster than with its original charging cable!

02-Turbo-4x-Mega-incarSafety first!
The big, robust body of the tizi Turbolader 4x Mega is designed to stay cool and not overheat. The rugged, off-road design also ensures that the tizi 4x MEGA fits snuggly into the cigarette lighter port. You’re always sure to find a parking spot for your devices here.

Maximum style 
Convenient cockpit charm? The red/silver aluminum design is a real eye-catcher for any vehicle, from family van to sporty convertible, it just looks good.

With four ports, you’re ready for every scenario… 

  • Family trip – Lights, camera, and never ending action: Finally a charging device with enough space and power for smartphones, tablets and even more juice left over for the GPS, Kindle, camera, USB fan, mini fridge, handheld game device etc…
  • Power-up for those Business trips: On the road again and this time, fully charged: Keep the juice flowing for your smartphones, Netbooks, smart watches and mobile batteries.
  • Road trip with friends: Connect four! Off to a festival, comic convention, or to chill on the beach?  Now it’s possible to all arrive with a fully loaded smartphone.

Get the tizi Turbolader 4x MEGA now for only 39.99 Euros at Amazon.

 

Watch out! Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is here!

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Are your newsletters really ready for Apple Watch? With the Mail Designer 2.2 update, you can optimize your design ideas for the newest Wearables. The following five new features give you even more control of your text workflows, design creations and inspiration. Here we go…

MD2.2WatchHands Up! Optimize emails for the new Apple Watch
You can create responsive designs for desktop, the newest smartphones, and now also for the Apple Watch: with an intuitive Plain Text Design Tool, your newsletter messages come across just as they should, even on Apple’s newest wearable trend. Optimize your message layouts for easy reading on the Apple Watch.

Look & Feel: Smart Apple Watch preview
Don’t have an Apple Watch? No problem, our nifty Apple Watch Preview shows you exactly how your newsletter message will look in real time! Virtually scroll through and edit your text and layout to create the coolest newsletters any wrist has ever seen!

Increase opening rates: Brand new Inbox Optimizing Tool
It only takes a few seconds for the recipient to decide whether or not to open your email.  It’s advisable to avoid email faux pas such as, “If you are unable to read this email, please click here” – totally lame! The Inbox Optimizing Tool transforms you into a true communications professional with the ability to tune your opening rate easily.

Spice up your subject lines and include creative text snippets which make your recipients more inclined to click and open your newsletter. Our Inbox Optimizer shows you everything as a preview as well.

Improved Picture Workflow: Support of Apple Photos App 
Do you have a huge collection of photos? Put them to use! Access your new OS X Photos library right within Mail Designer Pro. Just drag and drop your coolest photos from the newest Photos App from OS X 10.10.3 into your newsletter.

Force TouchThe Pressure’s on: Now you can design with Force Touch
Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is in perfect tune with the newest generation of MacBook tools. Increase your design productivity with Force Touch shortcuts on the latest trackpads. You’ll be surprised how easy you can force click to jump into background edit mode.

You’d like to get on board the creative train and download Mail Designer Pro 2.2? The app is still available for a short time at a upgrade price of only 49.99 EUR. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is available for download in the equinux Online Store as well as in the Mac App Store.

 

 

Thin, light and dented – our 12″ Retina MacBook unboxing

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Our brand new 12″ MacBook just arrived and it’s thin, light and… dented? Right out of the box we noticed two large dents on the bottom case!

We make tizi accessories & gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac (including chargers and flip-cables), so we asked our tizi packaging and product engineering team to investigate with their years of experience in product-packaging design.

Our tizi engineers discovered that the European power supply must have been jostled during transport, causing the rear edge of the power adapter and the front end of the plug to push up into the underside of the MacBook.
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This won’t be an issue in the US, where the power adapter has prongs that fold up into the power brick – which is probably why the engineers in Cupertino didn’t catch it.

When you line up the power supply with the dents, you can see they line up perfectly. The little instruction booklet included with the MacBook also has marking on it, confirming the theory:

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We’ve contacted Apple about the issue and they’ll replace our Macbook — so if you’ve ordered a new 12″ MacBook in Europe, be sure to check the underside of your new machine for dents once you get it!


equinux make apps and the tizi line gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Check out the new tizi line of products — now available in the US from Amazon.com:

· tizi flip: The awesome, flippable lightning charging cable for your iPhone & iPad
· tizi Schlingel: The handy lightning charging cable that clips to your bag or keychain
· tizi Turbolader 3x Mega: The V12 turbo for your gadgets: charge 3 devices in your car

If you have Apple Watch, check out our free tizi Calc design calculator!