iOS 6.1.3 Release Fixes Lock Screen Security Flaw | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

But will iOS 6.1.3 fix more importnt issues?

iOS 6.1.3 Fixes Lock Screen Security Flaw
· Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Today’s iOS 6.1.3 Release fixes the Lock Screen Security Flaw that many users have been reporting since iOS 6.1.

Video Demonstration of Lock Screen Security Flaw:

The lock screen security flaw allowed unauthorized users to access the phone app by bypassing the lock screen. Basically, the flaw meant that users could call people from lost or stolen iPhones. Not cool.

I hope iOS 6.1.3 also fixes a flaw that I have with callers hearing me speak when my iPhone battery has less than a 60% charge, and most importantly, my overall cell reception. Since iOS 6.1.0 release, the reception on my iPhone has been horrible. Not only have I missed basic sms messages, but I’ve also missed a few group sms messages sent by someone sitting less than 5 feet from me. It’s pretty sad. I’ve resorted to turning my phone completely off at night, letting it fully charge, and just praying that it finds a good cell tower in the morning.

Hopefully, this iOS 6.1.3 software release will be more friendly than other iOS 6.1 releases.

Social Media App Everest Invites You to Live Dreams, Goal Share | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

Everyone has their Everest. We help you climb yours.

Social Media App - Everest - Live Dreams and Achieve Personal Goals
· Monday, December 24th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Here’s a quick look at social media app Everest that invites you to live your dreams, and reach personal goals through goal sharing and challenging others with similar interests.

Full social media app review is coming soon! But as always, here are a few screen shots that should keep you busy for some time.

Everest for the iPhone is now available on the US and Canadian App Stores!

About Social Media App Everest (

Founded on the belief that there is no separation between creating a better self and a better world, Everest exists to unlock human potential. Whether people dream to run a marathon, travel the world, learn how to DJ, or read more nonfiction, Everest helps them keep taking the next step.

Review: What Should I Tip?, The Tip Calculator App | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

This is a review of What Should I Tip?, the tip calculator app by Wavelength Media, LLC that allows you to set a ‘tipping philosophy’.

What is What Should I Tip?

Simply put, it’s a tip calculator. Quickly executable, and simple to setup.

What Should I Tip? Is A Different Type of Tip Calculator

This tip calculator allows you to set your own ‘tipping philosophy’. You can choose either:

  1. Generous
  2. Fair
  3. Stingy

Which of those are you? Ha ha!

Moving forward…
Within the tipping philosophy that you choose, you’re able to rate the service you received either:

  1. Amazing
  2. Great
  3. Okay
  4. Sucked

Pretty straightforward, right?

Design & Usability

The user interface is awesome because of the big buttons and the clear direction. It’s easy to determine where sliding / flicking is available, even without written directions. Because there are only a few large buttons, the app itself isn’t overly complicated, and is easy to navigate.

Application Value

During a get-together at Rush Street in Culver City a few days ago, members of our rather large group received their individual bills with a line items for gratuity already added to the bill, along with a line item to add an “additional tip”. Besides this, there was the total line & signature line (of course), as well as three lines noting 10%, 15%, and 20% gratuity options. The gratuity line item that was automatically added to our bill was actually 18%. Awesome…not.

Based on our waitress’ service that evening, a few of us probably would have opted to choose a ‘stingy’ tipping philosophy, along with a side of service meter marked ‘sucked’. She seemed like a nice person, but we rarely saw her, and when we did, we had to remind her of what we needed.

The What Would You Tip? App would have definitely come in handy.

Make sure you grab it before January 23rd, 2013. After January 23rd, the app will be available for around $.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Track Your Grub with GrubHub | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 2 Comments

Ever wondered where your Delivery order was? Ever waited on hold to find out where your delivery was? Ever had a driver ask you for directions to deliver your food?

Well, soon you’ll be able to save yourself the headache, and Track Your Grub with GrubHub.

Track Your Grub with GrubHub provides diners with:

  • Order confirmation SMS texts containing updated delivery and pickup estimates;
  • SMS text notifications when food is available for pickup or has left the restaurant for delivery; and
  • In select areas, mapping functionality on GrubHub’s mobile ordering apps, allowing diners to track the last leg of the delivery process.

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Yelp Invites Users to Explore the Menu | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 in Branding · 1 Comment

Yelp invites users to “Explore the Menu” of the businesses listed on Yelp with the latest Yelp 6.3.0 release. And for the first time, since…ever, Yelp has released this feature on all three platforms, at the same time.

It’s certainly easier to check-in using Foursquare, but Yelp just gave you another reason to open Yelp first.

From the business page on the website, the mobile site or your Yelp App, look for the “Explore the Menu” link to see the new dedicated menu page when the business is open.

Specifics on menu items, like description and price, will match up with Yelp’s user generated photos and reviews mentioning that particular dish.

Feeling indecisive? Pick something with the “popular” tag – items Yelpers can’t stop talking about – and Yelp guarantees a good meal.

Other Yelp 6.3.0 features include:

We completely rebuilt our iPhone homepage notification bar to make it even easier to respond to friend requests, approve compliments, and view your past likes and comments.
Create more expressive and helpful tips on iPhone by attaching a photo to them.

While Yelp only mentions the iPhone above, the feature is visible on the iPad as well, making the change available on iOS as a whole.