Author: Ryan Cooper

March 30, 2016 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

Today we feature 4 must-have mobile apps for event professionals.

With technology revolutionizing the event experience in more ways than one, MCR Rental Solutions thought it would be helpful to share our favourite mobile event apps with you.

So feel free to try them out and share them with your network.

Let’s go…

Zwoor

zwoor logo - eventZwoor is a favourite one-stop-shop mobile application for event professionals. It changes how events are managed, how products are presented, and how event professionals connect with one another before, during and after events. This mobile application was developed by Twoor LLC. and features a function that conveniently displays all event information in one spot; including custom calendars, social media profiles, venue logistics, push notifications for announcements and more!

 

Bizzabo

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Bizzabo is an award-winning mobile app made with event professionals in mind. It was created in 2012 and is now used by 5000+ event organizations, along with many other reputable websites like VentureBeat; Accenture; Argos and more. Better yet, a part of its one-stop-shop event functionality, Bizzabo also has its own website builder embedded in its software; this means users will have the ability to create simple event websites within 2 minutes.

ScannerPro

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Instantly transform your smartphone into a portable scanner with ScannerPro. According to the New York Times’ testimony, ScannerPro is “perhaps the best app for quickly scanning and saving a digital version of a paper document.” Easy-to-use and affordable, event professionals now can turn printed copies, dashboards, and receipts into professional looking PDFs with their smartphone camera. All PDFs can be emailed, faxed, or printed immediately after.

Hootsuite

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If you thought social media was too tough to manage, think again. Hootsuite instantly merges networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and more into one simple social media dashboard. Hootsuite also works with both mobile and desktop and it allows users to update social media statuses from one spot. Hootsuite also helps users track influencers and targeted conversations, mentions and more all which instantly enhances the social media management experience.

Summary

Events can get incredibly chaotic at times. Event professionals need structure and organization, which gives us the time to enjoy the very events we attend. MCR Rental Solutions use mobile apps to help us enjoy trade shows and we strongly recommend the must-have mobile apps for event professionals listed above. And if you think we missed out on your favourite event app, let us know in our comments section below, we’d love to share them with our readers. Stay tuned for part 2.

 

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December 3, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

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Peter Poehle is officially a god. Well at the least he is in an event industry and marketing world sort of way. His app, SponsorMyEvent, makes it easier for event marketing professionals and sponsors looking for events connect with one another for free.

“Everyone who has ever organized an event knows very well how difficult it can be to find and manage the right sponsor. On the other hand companies are spending each year nothing less than $54-billion just to get some visibility just through sponsorships.” says Poehle in his explainer video.

From the armchair, SponsorMyEvent is what you get when you mash LinkedIn and Tinder up together and program its soul for event organizer-sponsor hookups. There is a zero spam tolerance and SponsorMyEvent also features a convenient messaging system, which helps both parties connect and negotiate and close event package deals with one another in real time.

SponsorMyEvent has been featured in The Next Web, Event Industry News, Event Manager Blog, TechsyTalk, and Entrepreneur Country and more.

Check out SponsorMyEvent’s video below and let us know what you think in our comments section.

Source: YouTube

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November 27, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

raspberry pi 5

This is what the world’s first-ever $5 programmable computer looks like, the Raspberry Pi Zero, a computer made to help millions around the world learn how to program. Its creation marks a new benchmark in the evolution of the computer, an innovation first introduced during World War II to calculate complex math problems. Back then, computers were so large that only one could fit in one large room.

Today we embrace the Raspberry Pi Zero, a credit card-sized computer made in Wales, given away for free with The MagPi December magazine edition in UK.

The Raspberry Pi features the following specs:

– A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor;
– 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1);
– 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM;
– A micro-SD card slot;
– A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output;
– Micro-USB sockets for data and power;
– An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header;
– Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B;
– An unpopulated composite video header;
– Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm.

Take a gander at the video below and let us know what you think of the world’s first-ever $5 programmable computer.

Source: WSJ

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November 25, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

samsung nano tech

Samsung’s new ad campaign called, ‘Happy accidents’ manifests an imaginary scenerio most tech lovers have played around with; but, rarely follow through on: to break your ‘old’ TV so you can buy a new one.

And a word from the wise suggests to many of us that the holiday sales season is not about buying what we need but about buying what we can get.

The new Samsung campaign features Samsung’s latest Samsung SUHD TV, all accompanied with the latest and greatest Nano Crystal technology offering more colour, depth and detail, a picture one will want to hold for as long as possible…Even if it means finding any excuse to break your ‘old’ TV.

Check out the Samsung ad below and watch folks like yourself live out what you may be thinking already.

Source: Samsung

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November 17, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

hacker
Remember the hacking story of Chelsea Clark? Chelsea was a 27-year-old bartender living in Toronto when her laptop camera was hacked in the middle of the night as she watched Netflix with her boyfriend.

“We obviously had no idea it was taking place in the moment, but retroactively it was like a really, really deeply creepy feeling. It was very unnerving. I mean it does feel like there’s someone just in your home with you.”

The hacker who used the pseudonym, Mahmoud Abdo, took control over her boyfriend’s laptop webcam, video taped her, snapped a few still images of Chelsea while she was with her boyfriend, proceeded to hack into her Facebook, posted the intimate video on her timeline from a ‘fake account’ and left one chilling message, ‘Realy,cute couple [sic].’

But how is this possible when one has a “default anti-virus” and other security tools that protect us from unwanted eyes?

Hacking into laptop cameras in today’s information-rich world is rather simple, especially with all the how-to YouTube videos floating around in the web. According to Huffington Post, there is a 69% chance that one may be hacked in a lifetime — that’s a big number. And cyber security and privacy are big issues.

Let’s take a look at the infographic below and figure out just how hackable your life is in today’s world and what you can do to protect yourself from hackers.

infographic hacking
Source: Bitrebels

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November 12, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

jetpack flying around statue of  liberty

No need to pinch yourself MCR fan, this is real life. This is what the first true flying jetpack looks like, joyriding around New York City’s 93-metre tall Statue of Liberty.

Designed by jetpack ‘startup’ JetPack Aviation, the JB-9 JetPack backpack is officially powered by a jet turbine capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). It reaches speeds over 100 miles per hour (mph), altitudes as high as 10,000 feet (ft) with flight times lasting up to 10 minutes. Its body is conveniently small and light enough to carry around on your back and fit inside the trunk of your car.

The video below showcases the product of over 40 years of ‘heart work’ by arguably the world’s greatest RocketBelt design and flight team on earth.

No this is not a dream…Let us know what you think below in our comments box.

Source: JetPack Aviation

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November 10, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

oculus rift model

It was on March 24th 2014 when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he was going to acquire virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR — the official ‘number’ was for $2,001,985,000.

Today Oculus Rift is currently set to make its highly-anticipated debut early Q1 of 2016.

For all inquiring minds wondering whether or not your computers are compatible with the Oculus Rift headset, we have listed the minimum computer specs below for your perusal.

The minimum computer specs required for running Oculus Rift are:

– Nvidia GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
– Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
– 8GB+ RAM
– Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
– 2x USB 3.0 ports
– Windows 7 SP1 or newer

The augmented and virtual reality industry currently is on pace to hit $150-billion and expected to disrupt the mobile industry by 2020.

You have been warned…

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November 5, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

matt carrine

Congratulations are in order here at MCR Rental Solutions!

We are proud to announce that our very own Matt Carrine has been promoted to Manager of Service and Operations.

He began with the company as a service technician 11 years ago and has moved up the ranks to this new role.

Please join in our congratulating Matt and wish him continued success in his new, well-deserved position!

November 4, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

emoji works

The emoji has come a long way since creator Shigetaka Kurita introduced the world’s first 180-emoji set in 1998.

Emojis were initially created for mobile users to express thoughts and feelings in one character; let’s remember that this was at a time when cell phone text messages were limited to only 140 characters or less.

Today most mobile platforms support an average of 845 emoji characters, including Unicode 6.1.

However the iOS 9.1 supports 1,620 emojis; including, all regular emojis, country flags, modified emojis and new emoji characters which are created by joining others together — think about all the “family emojis” out there people…

Now let’s fast forward to the sudden rise of emoji popularity, which brings us to the side-effect of high number user complaints; specifically complaints about how difficult it was to create an emoji on a keyboard, emojis are normally hidden behind a tap or special character menu.

This notorious side-effect has led us to the by-product we see today and the good folks at EmojiWorks offer the emoji community a helpful hand, introducing their version of the emoji QWERTY keyboard.

The EmojiWorks emoji keyboard Pro is compatible with Mac and Windows through Bluetooth and available for $100 at EmojiWorks.

Below you’ll find the emoji keyboard in action. Check out the video and let us know what you think in our comments section.

Source: EmojiWorks

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October 30, 2015 Ryan Cooper No comments exist

beats dre
Thanks to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices of choice the wireless audio market which include technologies like; bluetooth sound bar speakers, wireless sound systems, wireless headphones and microphones are in high demand.

Shockingly the audio wireless market has reported growth 3 times faster than the current smartphone market, expected to rake in as much as $38.5-billion within 7 years.

Now when we compare the wireless audio market’s projected numbers to last year’s $6.9-billion value, we show a compound annual growth rate of just over 24 percent from now to 2022.

According to the IDC, the smartphone market is projected to show only an 8 percent compound annual growth rate from now to 2019.

Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner says that the smartphone market has seen slower growth in recent years because the market is driven by replacement, seeing fewer-first time buyers.

smartphone market projections

Apple, Bose, Harman, Sennheiser, Sony, and Philips are currently leading the wireless audio market today.

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