Use Cases

Posted by Charles Edge on January 14th, 2015

After months of working on Bushel, we’re super proud to announce that we’re leaving our pilot phase and are now generally available! With this full release comes a new logo, some new screens and we’re stoked to have everyone let us know what you think!

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Posted by Charles Edge on January 9th, 2015

One of the great things that Bushel does for you is keep inventory of your devices. And this time of the year, many a customer needs to do so. Luckily, at Bushel, we saw whole tax season thing coming, so

To export information about your devices, open Bushel and click on the Devices option in the sidebar. From there, you will see export options for QuickBooks and Xero. You’ll also see an option to export all your data. This option is available to export all of the data so you can parse out anything you don’t need to import into another tool and import it there.

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Once exported, you’ll see a file in your Downloads directory.

Good luck with those taxes!

Posted by Charles Edge on January 8th, 2015

Tax season: the race is on towards April 15th, when your taxes are due! Some people have a nice sorted list of all their expenses, maybe even color coded. Others have receipts in a musty old hat. Some, have done no work in preparation. Either way, you’re still waiting for that W-2 so yo have some time. And we have some apps to help you start preparing for that fateful day, tax day:

  • Bloomberg BNA Quick Tax Reference – All the tax information you could ever want in one quick and easy little app!
  • Xero – Xero is one of the best money managers for Small Business that I’ve seen. It’s easy to setup, easy to track things and they have a rapidly growing list of parter tools they work with! If you’re in a small business, having one pane of glass with all of your account information readily available on an iPad makes things super-easy to make quick decisions on the fly! But equally as important this time of the year, it’s easy to get your tax preparer all the stuff they might need!
  • Mint – Mint is one of the easiest personal money managers I’ve ever seen. It’s simple to setup new accounts as in most cases you just enter the username and password that you use on a vendors websites. Once in, you can define budgets, bank accounts and credit card accounts. As you classify your transactions throughout the year, you get a good idea on what’s going to be tax deductible and what can easily be written off. You can then provide this information to your tax accountants and let them do all the work!Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.34.21 PM
  • ItsDeductible Donation Tracker – Track your donations and have them automatically flow into TurboTax!
  • iDonatedIt – Track your donations so you don’t have to show up to your tax preparer with a whole bunch of pieces of paper from Goodwill. Easy app, just give the preparer the total and you’re done with it.
  • TurboTax – Or you can enter the information yourself! Apps like Turbo Tax look to make the process as simple as possible. For example, the attached screenshot shows how TurboTax automatically scrapes information off a W-2 and helps to get your taxes done in as little as 10 minutes! Boom.Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.30.47 PM

 

  • IRS2Go – Track your return status and get some tips and tricks straight from the IRS!
  • H&R Block 1040EZ – If you make less than 100K and are using a 1040EZ (standard deducations instead of itemized) then you might be able to use the Block app. Similar to TurboTax, just take a picture of a W-2 and they’ll basically do the rest!
  • MyBlock – If you use H&R Block to prepare your taxes in the US (they are pretty much the biggest game in town for that) then you can use their handy little app to see old taxes, estimate new taxes and work on your next tax filing!
  • Ask a CPA/Tax Preparer – When all else fails, ask for tax directions!

Posted by Charles Edge on December 29th, 2014

I’ve recently read that some have a few security concerns surrounding what’s available in the lock screen on an iOS device. To be clear, you can’t do much with these features without authenticating. The way we’re going to disable them is using a Profile, created in Apple Configurator (a tool that is very helpful during the setup of Apple devices), and installing that profile on an iOS device. Download Apple Configurator on the App Store and open.

Once open, click on Supervise and then click on the Plus sign icon (+) in the Profiles section of the screen. At the General screen, we need to set the profile as non-removable without special password. To do so, scroll down and then choose With Authorization in the Security field. Then provide a password.

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Next, we’ll set the specific policy. To do so, click on the Restriction option in the sidebar. Then click on Configure to see the options.

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Uncheck the boxes for the following if you so choose:

  • Allow Passbook notifications in Lock screen: Disables notifications sent using the Passbook app from appearing on the lock screen.
  • Show Control Center in Lock screen: Disables the Control Center app (used to change songs, enable/disable Wi-Fi, enable/disable Bluetooth, enable Airplane mode, lock portrait orientation mode, AirDrop Contacts, enable the flashlight, enable and disable Do Not Disturb, access the camera app (not old pictures, mind you), access the clock/alarm/stopwatch, etc.
  • Show Notification Center in Lock screen: Shows notifications (emergency alerts, calendar appointments, etc. If you try to open any apps you’ll need to enter a passcode or provide a fingerprint.
  • Show Today view in Lock screen: Disables the Today tab of the Notification Center.

Click on the Save button to save your profile. Click on the Export button to Export your profile.

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Provide a name and a location to save the profile to and click on the Save button. Once saved, open the profile on an iOS device (you can send it to the iOS device using Messages, an Email or even using Apple Configurator). Once installed, you cannot remove the profile without providing the password we just gave it. Don’t forget that password or it will be hard to manage those Apple devices in the long term. Enjoy!

Posted by Charles Edge on December 23rd, 2014

‘Tis the season to be sending people photo books of your kids, family, coworkers and pets (dogs, monkeys, cats, fish and of course hedgehogs). And we want to help you. Our contribution is to provide a few options for sending these awesome little books that tell people you spent at least 5 minutes thinking about what you were going to get them! So without further ado: