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Merging all things business with the latest in technology. This is The Purple Tie Show. The Purple Tie is a marketing and web development company located in Decatur, Alabama. We specialize in small to medium size businesses in need of a website and/or online marketing. This podcast is a weekly show that features Robert Martin and Blake Singleton discussing marketing, technology, and all manner of side tangents.

Dec 29, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Purple Tie! It’s been a heck of a year. We’ve all had our ups and downs, but a new year is just around the corner, and no one knows what’s in store for us!

Congratulations to Jacob, the highly unpaid intern, for graduating college and purchasing his new car! He bought a Honda Civic with Apple Car Play. Granted, the vehicle comes with an Android version as well, but let’s be real here. He bought it STRICTLY for the Apple Car Play. Okay, maybe not, but it was a deciding factor. Okay, maybe not that either, but it was in there. I was told something a long time ago by someone who works in the automotive industry. The smarter and safer we make cars, the more terrible drivers become. That’s because the cars will correct for mistakes and make driving less about the driver driving and more about getting from one place to another. I know that sounds strange, but when you think about it, it makes sense. With things like lane assist and break hold, it gives the driver every excuse not to pay attention to actually driving and let’s them do something else entirely.

Apple is reportedly putting Mac Pro, MacBook and iMac development on the back burner while the company focuses on iOS devices. This makes sense considering how much money they rake in every year from those devices, but that also means that Mac OS X devices will no longer be getting the innovation they’ve seen in the last decade. We talked about the MacBook Pro on the show, but there’s been little to no advancement on iMacs and Mac Pros in recent years. And that lack luster touch bar was a disappointment on so many levels.

I use Pandora for my everyday listening because I’ve been using it for YEARS AND YEARS, but the golden child at the moment is Spotify. All of my employees are listening to their own stations and customizing their collections to their own unique tastes. But streaming on your phone eats through data quickly. Second only to video, music streaming will tear through your data plan. If you’re using Pandora, good news! You’re already streaming at the lowest possible quality. If you’re on basically any other service, go into your settings and turn it down. Trust me, your data plan and pocket book will thank you later.

I said I’d put the link to the Healthy Up and Coming Restaurants in the show notes, but I can’t find it now. I apologize. When I find the link I’ll put it in here. If you’re listening on iTunes, go to and find this episode.

Nokia is famous for how durable their older phones were. And now they’re bringing them back! That’s right, you’ll be able to get a Nokia Candybar Phone sometime next year. And you won’t be able to break this one either.

And lastly, we talked about giving your clients too many options. We were giving three different levels of customization on websites that could be financed, but we’ve quickly found out that there’s just too much play in the contract for either party to get a decent deal. So, we’re removing all but a single finance option. This will make it easier for our clients and for us. Win, win.

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