4 Legal References for SMBs and Informed Readers

Old Tyme Legal AdWhether or not you are a small business owner, you are probably exposed to legal topics on a regular basis. There are daily news developments regarding patent lawsuits, especially in the mobile arena. “I’m not a lawyer” (INAL) is a common phrase you’ll see on message boards and blogs as individuals seek informal guidance on areas such as business formation and Intellectual Property (IP) issues.

While you always have the option of consulting a licensed attorney, you may first want to do your own research so you can have an informed conversation. I’ve found the publications from Nolo® to be extremely helpful for general and business-specific legal knowledge. Here are some recommendations from my personal library.

Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law – covers a variety of subjects for your business and home, and is a good first step when you begin your research.

Form Your Own Limited Liability Company – Covers what an LLC is and compares it to other business entities. Member/manager responsibilities and tax issues are covered in detail. Takes you step by step through the process of forming your own LLC. Nolo has similar references available should you choose another entity type such as an S Corp, C Corp or Partnership.

Legal Guide to Web & Software Development – covers areas such as licensing agreements, contracts and IP law (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents). Whether you are building your own web site or software, or contracting out development projects, this is a very useful guide.

Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name – from your company and product names to your logo, trademarks are something you’ll want to learn about. What exactly is the difference between TM, SM and ®, when can you use them, and what can be trademarked? You’ll find out here. You will also learn how to conduct a trademark search, which is helpful if you are marketing a new product or service. A registered trademark will provide the most protection. This guide also walks you through the process of registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

For tablet and e-reader users, these books are available in electronic format, so you can refer to them any time no matter where you are.

Klisto™ Mobile Database for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch® is now available on the Apple AppStore. Your data synced on your devices and the cloud.

“Nolo” is a federally registered trademark. All trademarks appearing here are the property of their respective owners. This article is not legal advice and I am not a lawyer. If you require professional assistance you should consult with an attorney licensed in your state. I figured I should add this paragraph based on what I learned in the books I just mentioned =)

Infogenium Software Releases Klisto™ Mobile Database App with Cloud Sync for iPad® and iPhone®

Infogenium Software Releases Klisto™ Mobile Database App with Cloud Sync for iPad® and iPhone®

Mobile Database Now Available in Apple’s App Store

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 12, 2012 – Infogenium Software today announced the availability of Klisto, a mobile database app for iPad and iPhone devices that syncs with the cloud, to keep data organized on multiple devices while also providing web access and collaboration features.

Klisto lets users organize and edit business and personal data with an easy-to-use native iOS mobile app. Users can create and customize any list for their needs. Klisto works with the cloud, to keep data in sync on all your devices and support data access and collaboration through a desktop web browser at Klisto.com.

“We’re very excited to offer Klisto to the community of empowered iPhone and iPad users.” said Andre Oporto, founder of Infogenium Software. “Klisto has cloud features that set it apart from other mobile database products, including automatic syncing, as well as web access to cloud data for editing and collaboration. Small to midsize businesses and consultants will find Klisto especially useful, thanks to templates that are provided for organizing business data such as customer information, sales and inventory. Power users will find it useful as a productivity tool. This is a very flexible app that makes it simple to keep your data in sync on all your mobile devices.”

Klisto is a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It is now available worldwide in Apple’s App Store for $9.99 in the U.S. and is priced accordingly in other regions. Cloud sync and Klisto.com access require a paid subscription, which is available through In App Purchase. A 14-day subscription is included with the purchase of the Klisto app. Cloud storage for records and files is limited based on the selected subscription. For more information visit: http://www.infogenium.com/klisto

Infogenium Software LLC is a privately held company with headquarters outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to help individuals and organizations grow and share knowledge, by providing simple and effective productivity and collaboration tools.

Klisto and the Klisto Cloud logo are trademarks of Infogenium Software LLC. Apple, the Apple logo, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Andre Oporto
Founder and President
Infogenium Software LLC
Tel: +1.484.693.0876
Email: press@infogenium.com
Twitter: @infogeniumsoft

Klisto™ Mobile Database for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is now available on the Apple AppStore

Your data on your devices, organized and in sync

The Klisto Cloud

Klisto™ is a mobile database app for your iPad and iPhone that syncs with the cloud to keep your data organized and accessible. Organize your business and personal data. Create and customize any list for your needs. Works with the cloud to keep your data in sync on all your devices. You can also access your data through a web browser at Klisto.com.


The 5 Traits of Great Cloud-Syncing Apps

Some of the most useful mobile apps sync their data with cloud storage. Apps sync either with a custom-tailored cloud service (ex: Things and Klisto™) or using services such as Dropbox or iCloud. Cloud syncing is critical for users with multiple devices, but there are certain app features that are required to make this an ideal experience.

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1. Automatic Syncing

An automatic sync should start on app launch, when returning to the app from multitasking, or after updating a data record. Customers cannot be expected to remember to sync. Forgetting to do so results in confusion from incomplete or stale data. Duplicates or conflicting updates may be entered if a user does not see the latest entries. This is especially important for multi-user solutions.

One of my favorite apps requires me to manually sync to Dropbox by clicking a button. Syncing at startup or app switch should be just as simple but is not supported. I have had more than one occasion where I wasn’t sure what happened to my latest entries, (“didn’t I already add that password?”), only to find them when I synced. This doesn’t happen often but when it does it is very frustrating.

2. Sync On Demand

There is something very reassuring about being able to click a button and know all your data is updated and in sync. Sometimes a user just wants to be sure. Without the means to sync manually, users are less confident: they feel they have less control of their data.

Whether manual or automatic, it is critical that all updates are synced when this takes place, by both downloading the latest changes from the cloud to the app, and uploading your changes from the app to the cloud.

3. Keep you informed

“When did I last sync? What is the progress of my current sync?” This is information the customer needs to know. A timestamp should be displayed, preferably on the same screen as the manual sync button. During a sync, the user needs to know what is happening.

The worst train rides I have experienced involved breakdowns where nobody told us what was happening for what felt like forever. Communication is vital to good service, and a cloud-enabled app is no exception.

4. Ubiquitous

Apps are not just for smartphones any more. Customers want to use their data on all their devices and platforms. The best products give you options, including tablet and desktop OS or web interfaces.

5. Just work

No worries! Users need to feel confident that the data they are looking at is the latest and is consistent. Data needs to be available, even when an internet connection is not. Uploads and downloads should be as fast as possible and let you continue working. Any conflicts or issues must be made known immediately.

Apps that do these five things well make syncing almost an afterthought. The technology does its job and users can keep working. Apps that struggle in these areas become a burden or concern, which will make customers hesitate to use them and look for alternatives.

What cloud features do you look for in your mobile apps? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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