Well Its been a while
It has been a considerable amount of time since i uploaded a new blog post it has been the busiest and most hectic few months of my life.
On the 21st of January i started my advanced apprenticeship with Shape Creative based in St martins square Leicester. My apprenticeship is officially in Social & Digital marketing. However i have gained so many new skills and expanded my view on what marketing is. Previous to working at shape i was solely focused on social media marketing, strategies,platforms and integrating the latest tech into all of them.
A New Train of thought
Since i started my apprenticeship i have completely changed my view on marketing and my mind set has changed for the better. i now have a strong understanding of not only Social media marketing but i have vastly improved my knowledge of my industry over the last 3 months i have put in a Herculean effort to learn the ropes of how a creative studio works. i have began to learn to code HTML and css and will shortly be moving on to app development for iOS and Android. I was quite surprised how fast my HTML and CSS skills developed i went from knowing very little to creating HTML content that went on to clients live sites in the space of a few days. Aside from these technical aspects i have learn’t to create high quality reports for customers as well as SDA reports and i have just recently the journey in to In-depth product descriptions and copy-writing i greatly under estimated how hard product description writing would be, I’m glad to say i have improved greatly at writing them now.
By far the biggest change in my tech life is the change i made from PC to Mac
i never thought id prefer the Mac platform and I’m still not a 100% sold as I’m a bit of a sucker for windows 8 in all fairness but that’s a post for another time.
To conclude this post.
I have learn’t so much so fast it’s hard for me to express via this blog post
i am committed to getting my skills to an intermediate level by the end of the year and i hope to get an advanced skill set within a few year.
This Post was written by James English (@jamese986)
P.s I want a pair of these
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Apple Ipad mini
Apple just announced their 7.9-inch iPad mini and is now officially ready to enter the fight in the ultra portable tablet market.
The Ipad Mini comes in both black and white. The 7.9 inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over its 7-inch competitors. The area measures 29.6 square inches to 21.9 on a 16:9 7-inch tablet. It has the same resolution as the original iPad & iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768.
The iPad mini has an A5 chip which is the equivalent of the current iPod touch. It has a front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with 5-megapixel camera in back. It also includes Apple’s new Lightning connector, which first debuted on the iPhone 5. The Ipad Mini weighs in at 10.9 ounces, the iPad mini is less than half the weight of the full-size iPad. And is just 0.28 of an inch thick.
The iPad mini pricing for the U.S. is
16 GB Wi-Fi only – $329
16 GB 4G LTE – $459
32GB Wi-Fi Only – $429
32GB 4G LTE – $559
64GB Wi-fi only -$529
64GB 4G LTE – $659
Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2, and the cellular models will come about two weeks later. Also The popular smart cover is getting shrunk as well for the new iPad, with multiple colors offered, including blue, green, pink and black.
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Apple Ipad 4
Everyone expected today’s Apple event to be all about the iPad mini, but as it turned out Apple unveiled the fourth generation of its iPad iOS-running tablet which has surprised everyone.
The iPad 4 features a new A6X chip LTE for mobile versions and faster Wi-Fi This is the same chip that is in the new iPhone 5 and is supposed to be twice as fast as the iPad 3.
The iPad 4 has the same 10 hour battery as the now-obsolete iPad 3 the iPad 4 will sell for the same price as the ipad 3. Here are the U.S. pricing’s
16GB Wi-Fi – $499
16GB LTE- $629
32GB Wi-Fi – $599
32GB LTE – $729
64GB Wi-Fi – $699
64GB LTE – $829
Undoubtedly, this is a great device for new iPad owners (or iPad 2 owners) — but for iPad 3 owners, the feeling is a bit bittersweet. The iPad 2 will also stick around – it will retail, starting at $399 now. Shipping of the Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi units starts on November 2, with the LTE-packing ones coming two weeks later.
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As promised a blog post by the weekend ha-ha. Sorry for not posting much recently it has been beyond hectic over the past few weeks. For those who don’t know over the past few months I got enrolled on a apprenticeship course with digital marketing mentor I’m glad to say i have passed the course and achieved a Btec in Social media marketing which is something i am quite proud of as it’s a very new course and not many people have them.
Currently I’m looking for a job which is proving pretty difficult i have sent my CV out more times than i can remember. Some companies get back to you while most don’t and if you have ever been unemployed or looking for work there’s nothing worse than when a company doesn’t get back to you insert sad-face haha. Maybe it shouldn’t be a big deal and could just be my naive view of the world as this is the first time I’ve been searching and applying for jobs. Hopefully something will come up soon i have 2 new leads i need to follow up so fingers crossed.
Over the past month plenty of things have happened the iPhone 5 has been released Nokia have stepped up their game and are starting to comeback at the competition Apple vs Samsung has turned in to an interesting monster Apple won but now Samsung are suing Apple plus apparently Samsung sent the 1billon dollars in truck loads of Cents. Also with Apple’s IOS6 update removing Google maps and replacing it with Apple maps has been more than a fail.The current big news is Windows 8 and the iPad mini so far i can tell you that the iPad mini is expected to be announced/released on the 23rd of October 2012 which i will blog about in a later post.
Many thanks from @jamese986
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Apple quietly quits claiming that its Mac OS X is virus proof
Apple have quietly changed their view that the Mac OSX is virus proof its not the biggest announcement of the year but it is a more important one. apple used to say “It doesn’t get PC viruses” its been replaced by the statement “It is built to be safe” this decision comes only a couple of months after thousands of Apple Mac’s got infected with malware. However, the occurrence should hardly be surprising given the number of Mac’s Apple has sold.
Is Fancy pinterest +1
it is fair to say that the new fancy app has impressed me. especially the latest version it simple effective and i have founded immensely fun to use. the description written by fancy( fancy is for curators of style, its part blog,part magazine and part bookmarking tool. Its a place to discover great stuff to create a collection of things that define your style to create a museum of you.
we built it because we love to show the things we have and to window-shop for things we admire.
the hybrid approach to the app is pinterest based but this hybrid app seems to be much more advanced in terms of the sale’s side of thing it not only enables the user to see the high quality pictures but if its for sale in the corner there is a price tag enabling in a subtle way the user to gain access to thousands of different products brands and designers worldwide this is one of fancy’s strongest points.
another key factor in why i think Fancy is pinterest +1’d is because if there is a picture you only need to click the image twice and you go directly to the website. its super fast and efficient. and with the built in social networking features like linking with Facebook and twitter its easy to control if you want things posted or not i personally have the push notifications active as their is a real sense of community and group interaction on fancy
the equivalent of a Facebook like or google+1 is simple if you like an item/picture you simply click the Fancy button and it then becomes Fancy’d
a sweet simple app with an extremely tasteful layout. and with no official pinterest app as of yet for iPad and a mediocre one for iPhone Fancy has a real chance to compete with pinterest and I’m certain is one to watch
not knocking pinterest as i think is a great platform but at the moment fancy has won me over
many thanks for reading
Just a quick update on friday the 18th of may it was my 18th birthday 🙂 and i was lucky enough to receive a apple iPad 2 however it didn’t get delivered until the 20th of may (typical). anyway this was my first apple product since the iPod which truth be told i really wasn’t that blown away with. the main reason i wanted an iPad was because after starting my pre-apprenticeship course in social media i had to lug around my laptop and its charger case and a fair amount of paper work. i also had to carry around a separate bag with my other belongings in. and it was becoming a pain in the bum. especially when i had to go birmingham for 2days. i can safely say the iPad 2 blew me away my windows laptop is noisy fairly slow heavy bulky and requires a huge power brick charger. But no more for the iPad has saved me from this it super fast lightweight and only requires a usb plug and cable to charge this = Happy Me. Aside from this the amount of relevant apps regarding social media and productivity was astound and the best thing their all high quality. I cant wait to start my full time apprenticeship and really push the iPad to its limits
thanks from James