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Appraisal of the iPhone Family Tracker app

Appraisal of the iPhone Family Tracker app

In a world which seems to be frequently buffeted by all kinds of dangers, keeping track of your loved ones does make a lot of sense. This means that it is not enough to merely get a text message or even a phone call from your family members – it is also necessary to actually keep track of their location. Thanks to the arrival of mobile technology, you can indeed use an app such as the iPhone Family Tracker app to do so.

Let’s start with the ‘why’

Why should you use a tracking app? Agreed, there are benefits as well as doubts about the use of such apps. Some of the answers that we got after going through websites such as Cellphonetracker.net, quora.com, etc., ranged from: ‘Why not? It allows people to keep an eye on everybody.’, over: ‘Not sure – isn’t it kind of invasive.’, to: ‘It makes sense because people might forget to call or text their whereabouts.’, or: ‘Peace of mind – the best way in which everybody knows about everybody else, including their own location too.’

So that may have been a rather huge melting pot of answers. Perhaps the best way to then address this question is to get into specifics and check out the Family Tracker iPhone app and the information surrounding such mobile apps.

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Permission

One of the biggest points of debate as far as tracking apps are concerned is the invasiveness of it all. This is true especially for mobile apps that are installed in secret – when the user of the cell phone is not aware that their phone is being tracked by someone else. Sure it is possible to install such apps without being detected, and the guide above explains it, but to play safe, it’s always best to ask for consent.

With the Family Tracker app, you remove this concern right away. Every member in your group knows that their phone is being tracked. As a parent, you may need to explain the reasons for this to your children. But once the right information has been given in the right manner, you can certainly get everybody involved in the eco-system of safety.

Remote access

The simplest way in which you can track the location or status of an individual is to call them. But what if they do not pick up the phone? Or the phone is set on silent? What if text messages go unanswered? And what if, genuinely, the person does not want to be disturbed at that time?

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Your concern does not go away because you have no idea of why an individual is unreachable. Here is where the app can help out. You can check the location on a map. You can even activate an alarm on the phone from a remote location. You can also maintain data on the routes taken by an individual in the recent past – called GPS breadcrumbs. These are all immensely useful.

Tracking

Family Tracker has been used in several cases. Worried parents have been able to find children who have gone missing. In fact, tracking apps have allowed people to keep track of each other even during natural disasters when everything is asunder. It all starts with you giving permission for the app to be installed on your phone.

So how does it work? How can you use it? As long as a phone is running the app, it can be tracked. Now here is the important thing to remember – the app can help only as long as it is running on the phone. Unfortunately, when someone gets abducted, probably the very first thing that happens is the kidnapper takes away their phone, dismantles the battery and throws it all away. Or simply destroys the phone.

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But the Family Tracker app can help pinpoint the last known location of the phone. This can prove to be a serious game-changer in such an unfortunate scenario. Being able to get quickly to the last known location is one of the most effective ways in which to start a hunt for a missing child, isn’t it?

Geofencing

The app allows you to be notified via email or text. You can also use this app to set up limits or boundaries. Simply put – you can set a geographical area for each device and get notified if the device is entering or leaving this area. These notifications are real-time and can be a big advantage indeed. All you have to do is use your web browser and check out all the information you need for the location of a loved one.

Finally, it is important to educate young children and teenagers about the necessity for such an app. If there is one ‘demographic’ that will have the most objection to this app, it is the teenager who really does not want to be tracked. Involve them in the setting of the app and tell them exactly why it is good for their safety and you will have a smoother run.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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