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RealtyGo’s 12 by 12 Sticker/Cling for Condominium Windows, Garage Windows, Business Windows, etc.. .

RealtyGo offers many different types of print ready PDF images, which automatically populate all your current listing information within your unique mobile listing code(s).

In the log-in area of your membership with RealtyGo you will have access to all the different types of PDF formats. You can either purchase your signage from RealtyGo or email the desired PDF to you local preferred printer.

Depending on the type of listing, the header or “top area of the image” will change accordingly. If the mobile listing category is ‘for lease’ the header image will display “FOR LEASE” (as shown in the image below) or  FOR SALE, VRBO, FSBO, APT4Rent, etc.. .

Advertise your Mobile Real Estate Listings everywhere!

RealtyGo – offering QR Code and SMS/MMS mobile technology to access all your mobile real estate listings and professional business information using any Smartphone, tablet, flip phone or any PDA device!

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RealtyGo Rider Signage for advertising your unique Mobile Listing Code(s) and Mobile Real Estate Listings

RealtyGo Rider Sign

RealtyGo Rider Sign - Full Color, also available in other colors!

4 Sale Rider Sign

Use our digital real estate promotion to list all your real estate listings within one easy to use Mobile channel. Scan, Text or GPS-APP to access all your listings, photos, professional contact information and more. Forward your listings to prospective buyers from your mobile phone, enable new customers and other business professionals to auto schedule an appointment to preview your listing(s).

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

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Skype acquires mobile video sharing startup Qik – VOIP – RealtyGo.co

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Internet telephony services provider Skype entered a definitive agreement to acquire mobile video software and services provider Qik. The transaction is expected to close later this month; financial terms were not disclosed, but multiple insider sources peg the purchase price at $100 million.

Qik’s platform enables consumers to capture and share video across mobile devices, the web and the desktop–content can be shared in real time or archived. The Qik solution extends across more than 200 mobile phones spanning the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems; in addition, Qik comes preloaded on a series of devices via partnerships with multiple manufacturers and mobile operators.

According to Skype, the acquisition bolsters its existing video calling services by adding recording, sharing and storage capabilities to its product portfolio. In addition, Skype can leverage Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks. Approximately 40 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls take place over video.

via Skype acquires mobile video sharing startup Qik – RealtyGo.co

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Google wants to patent mobile commerce • RealtyGo.co

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Google wants to patent mobile commerce

Google owes its success to putting advertising into parts of our lives where no one has ever put adverts before. Now a new patent illustrates the extent of its ambitions.

Last week Google applied to patent one of the cornerstones of mobile commerce – billing by SMS. Details of the invention, entitled “Text message payment”, are scant in the application that was published on Thursday. But US 2007/0203836 does, however, illustrate the extent of Google’s ambitions. It envisages payments for conventional retail shopping (for example at Starbucks or McDonald’s), as well as browser-based surfing, and SMS services such as ringtones.

Now that Text messaging is so natural to everyone with a cellphone, can m-commerce prevail vs the traditional card swipe? what happens if you loose your phone? We can’t wait till the mobile phone can get us dressed and brush our teeth some day.. .

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M-Commerce and the New Year.

Pay with Mobile.. can google really patent this?

Mobile pay or M-commerce

Almost half of U.S. consumers are expected to own smartphones by year-end, which will further speed the growth of mobile shopping,mobile browsing and mobile business. Can your Business run with out Mobile? RealtyGo.co

More U.S. schools are experimenting with Apple’s iPad as a learning tool, including Roslyn High School in Long Island, N.Y., which handed out 47 of the devices to students and teachers in two classes last month. The digital devices create a new communication channel between students and teachers and also preserve a record of each student’s work.

This year may finally be the year of the tablet, with a new iPad and a new version of the Google Android platform in the wings, according to a Forrester Research report, which projects a doubling in tablet sales in 2011. Also adding to tablet fever is growing use of the mobile devices as educational tools.

Mobile payment systems using near-field communications technology are emerging: Wells Fargo says it will start a trial with 200 employees in San Francisco, and Google reportedly is considering starting a similar service this year. “We have made an investment in this technology, and we hope this investment pays off,” says Peter Ho, a Wells Fargo product manager.

Bazaar Labs, which produces the Miso mobile check-in service for TV viewers, raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding. Google Ventures led the round, with Hearst joining in. Separately, Bazaar announced it has signed up the Oprah Winfrey Network as its first network partner of 2011

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Can the new LG smartphone save a company in trouble? – RealtyGo.co

Revol sidesteps bankruptcy, plans LG Android smartphone – RealtyGo.co

Regional, flat-rate CDMA operator Revol Wireless reached an agreement late last month with bondholders that the company said will prevent a possible bankruptcy.

The LG Optimus is headed to Revol.Scott Bergs, Revol’s chief operating officer, said Revol was unable to repay its senior secured notes due Dec. 15, and as a result began negotiations with its bondholders. He said the company reached an agreement with the bondholders Dec. 30 that extends the deadline for the repayment to April 30. He said the extension will give Revol additional time to obtain the necessary funds. However, in the event the company remains unable to repay the notes when they become due in April, Bergs said the agreement outlines a transfer of control of Revol to its bondholders–a stipulation he said is intended to prevent Revol from having to file for bankruptcy.

Bergs declined to name the bondholders. The company owes $150 million.

Bergs said Revol encountered some unexpected “hiccups in our refinancing plan,” and the company was therefore unable to make its Dec. 15 payments. “We still remain excited about our growth trajectory,” he said.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Revol–a privately held carrier with 350 employees and operations in Ohio and surrounding areas–is currently in merger discussions with another regional, flat-rate CDMA carrier, Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Both companies share the same main investors–Boston’s M/C Venture Partners and Virginia’s Columbia Capital–as well as the same CEO, Bill Javis. Revol’s Bergs acknowledged that such a tie-up could be explored, and said the companies have collaborated in the past, but declined to comment on any possible merger discussions.

Interestingly, Revol’s financial troubles come during a busy time for the carrier: Revol plans to begin selling its first Android smartphone, the LG Optimus, Jan. 7 for $299. The phone will be available with a no-contract, monthly service plan of $55 per month, which includes unlimited talking, texting and data.
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every social service is an island… ; Great Article, we had to Repost!

Google has unveiled the awkwardly-named Hotpot, which is a kind of ratings tool and recommendation engine for Google Places.

As you review restaurants, music venues, stores and the like, Hotpot’s recommendation engine learns what you like and suggests other places you might like. Throw in recommendations from friends and Hotpot starts to sound very useful. Indeed Hotpot is useful, bringing location-based searching, algorithms that learn what you like and friends’ recommendations together in a single place.

But, perhaps because of that combination of features, it’s also awkward to set up and poorly integrated with the rest of Google’s services. It has some features that trump its main competitor, Yelp, like the awesome search tool. But the social and community aspects of Hotpot — features Yelp handles well — are too difficult to get set up.

Which isn’t to say that Hotpot isn’t useful. You just have to clear its awkward silo-style hurdles first. If you head over to the new Hotpot URL, you’ll be asked to sign in with your Google account and then to pick a nickname for use on Google Places.

Once that’s done you’ll need to find your friends and “add” then to your list of Hotpot friends. Setting up Hotpot feels a bit like you just slipped back in time five years to a web where every social service is an island.

It could be that Google was worried about another Buzz-style backlash if it made Hotpot’s social features automated. Instead, everything is manual — you’re presented with a list of friends that you can add (follow might be the more familiar verb here) much like the process Google Reader uses.

However, with Reader the sharing notices are sent inside the Reader web app. With Hotpot, the notices are sent to your friend’s Gmail account for approval. Worse, there doesn’t seem to be an “Add all” button — if you’ve got 300 friends, you’ll be click “Add” 300 times.

Once you’ve made it past the initial hurdles of setting Hotpot up, its results are actually pretty good. Having only tested Hotpot for a few hours, it’s hard to judge the quality of recommendations, but as a simple Google Places search tool, the interface is clean and easy to use.

Hotpot is also integrated into normal Google searches as well. Just click the Places option in the list of filters and you see reviews and ratings from your friends alongside the familiar Yelp, Urbanspoon and other aggregated ratings.

The aggregated reviews are a win for Hotpot. The big difference between Yelp and Google Hotpot is volume — Yelp has hundreds of reviews for all the restaurants in my neighborhood written by individuals from its loyal users. Google has a big enough database of user reviews, but it’s not as vibrant or extensive as Yelp’s.

But Hotpot gets around that limitation by culling reviews from around the web — in the case of restaurants, there’s Zagat, OpenTable, Gayot, Yelp, Blogspot and WordPress food blogs. Some places have a lot of Google user reviews, but Yelp usually always has more.

Though there needs to be a way to keep reviews from Insider Pages from showing up in Hotpot. They are universally worthless and presumably written mainly by YouTube commenters.

It’s interesting to note that Yelp is all about community, and Hotpot’s mapping and searching features are more advanced, but its community and social features are lacking. The two would be a perfect match if they were combined. Yelp reportedly screwed up a chance to be bought by Google last year — consider it salt on the wound that Google is pulling reviews from Yelp to beef up its own competing product.

Where Hotpot may find its big mojo, which would save it from the same fate as Google Wave, is inside Google’s mobile apps. For now that means Android 1.6+, though an iPhone app is in the works. There’s no word on a Windows Mobile app.

The new features in the Google Android app mean that, if you’re in an unfamiliar part of town, you can quickly find a nearby restaurant that your friends love, or an out-of-the-way music store you didn’t know about.

Link: http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/11/google-hotpot-smartens-up-local-search-but-its-no-yelp-killer/

RealtyGo.co launches its answer to “Hot Spots” mid February of 2011

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