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Top 3 things that worry me about #AppleWatch. No. 1: Will it reactive my #Fitbit  rash? 
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Three things I love about Amazon's Echo, and one thing that needs work. 
After a two-month wait, CIO.com reviewer James A. Martin finally got his hands on an Amazon Echo. There's a lot to love about the Bluetooth speaker and virtual assistant, but Echo has a long way to go before it's truly useful to the average consumer.
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Love this idea: For $20, you can select up to five #wearables to try for 1 week via new +Lumoidit startup. if you like one, you can buy it from them. Or send them all back. 
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Check out my early review of +Fitbit Surge, a 'fitness super watch.' 
CIO.com apps reviewer James A. Martin got his hands on an early release version of Fitbit's upcoming Surge 'fitness super watch,' which is expected in early 2015.
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Just in time for #Halloween: 12 #socialmedia horror stories. The first one is truly shocking. 
There are right ways for companies to use social media, and there are wrong ways. These 12 horror stories, spotlighted by a set of digital marketing professionals, are perfect examples of what organizations should never (ever) do on social sites.
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Selling an old #iPhone or #iPad? Here's how to NOT get ripped off, based on my own recent experience with a swindler. http://www.cio.com/article/2607121/mobile-apps/how-to-avoid-online-scams-when-selling-your-old-iphone-or-ipad.html
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New Savor Food #iOS   #app  creates a social network for foodies. 
The new, free Savor Food iOS app helps you discover new restaurants, dish by dish. Anyone who enjoys a quality meal will appreciate the app's photos and user reviews, though it does leave a few things to be desired, according to CIO.com reviewer James A. Martin.
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Adobe's new Slate #iPad   #app  does a great job of turning your text and photos into a visually compelling online presentation. Good tool for #socialmediamarketing . 
Adobe's new Slate iPad app is ideal for digital marketers, social media junkies and small businesses, because it makes it extremely easy to tell a story visually and share it online. Android users are out of luck, however.
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If robots can write for the LA Times & AP, serve as bellhops for Aloft Hotels & help customers at Orchard Supply Hardware, can they take your job? http://institute.lifereimagined.org/signature/29201-Robots-Want-Your-Job
“Danger, Will Robinson!” The phrase, uttered frequently by a friendly robot in the 1960s TV series Lost in Space, is so much a part of our shared vocabulary that it has its own Wikipedia page. For decades, robots have been the stuff of popular sci-fi, featuring prominently in the plots of ...
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Thank you! Alas, you forgot stylish. Are my socks any less than awesome? Still, I've already been replaced countless times (just not by bots--yet) and this pattern will continue. Like a former mid-level manager at the buggy-whip factory, I can merely marvel at the increasing number of horseless carriages and go find another way to feed myself. Which is just fine. I love the interwebz and technocraziness and do not miss the days of the media elite in any way.
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@CIOOnline: How to turn your #iPhone  into a USB thumb drive. 
Do you really need to keep toting that USB thumb drive? Thanks to apps like the recently released Pocket Drive for iOS, the answer is probably not. Here are a few app options that could replace your traditional thumb drive.
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Read all about it: How @GooglePlay Books tops the #Kindle when reading nonfiction books. 
A new 'skim' feature in Google Play Books makes flipping through the pages of an ebook much easier, and it's particularly valuable when reading nonfiction books.
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5 ways an #iPhone6Plus (or other #phablet) might pitch-hit as a laptop on your next business trip. 
Entrepreneurs and small business people have been loading up in recent years on gadgets when traveling. See these 5 reasons on why your iPhone may be enough
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Blogger, SEO, marketing and PR, social media, playwright, author
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Writing, editing, content marketing, blogging, SEO, social media, playwriting
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  • Writer & Marketer
    1994 - present
    I develop content for businesses and optimize it for search engines and social media. I'm also a blogger (Martin on Mobile Apps, A Southerner in San Francisco), and a playwright. I've written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, PC World, Macworld, many others and co-authored the book "Getting Organized in the Google Era" (Broadway Books, 2010).
  • Macworld magazine
    1992 - 1994
  • Publish magazine
    1988 - 1992
  • Computerworld
    1985 - 1988
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San Francisco, CA
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Greensboro, NC - Atlanta - Charleston, SC - Roanoke Rapids, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Introduction
I'm a blogger, SEO specialist, corporate blogging and social media consultant and marketing/PR writer based in San Francisco. I blog about mobile technology and write for online publications such as CIO and Small Business Computing. I coauthored the book Getting Organized in the Google Era, published by a Random House imprint in 2010.

My personal blog, A Southerner in San Francisco, was recently showcased on Blogs of Note. 

I'm also a playwright, with five productions of four short plays produced in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2011. 

You can learn more about me on my website, James A. Martin.
Bragging rights
My short play, "The Buck Naked Church of Truth," was mentioned in a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Grimsley High School
  • Kiser Junior High School
  • Sternberger Elementary
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Adobe Slate iPad app lets you quickly create rich visual stories | CIO
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Adobe's new Slate iPad app is ideal for digital marketers, social media junkies and small businesses, because it makes it extremely easy to

Top 5 Reasons Why Customer Support Calls Still Rule
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Learn the top 5 reasons why customer support calls are best delivered by phone, even in this day and age.

Is Google’s new algorithm apocalyptic for PR wire services?
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Sites such as PRWeb and PRNewswire have seen huge drops in search traffic after Google’s newest algorithm update. That may be a good thing.

Why You Need to Download Adobe's New 'Voice' iPad App
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Adobe just released a terrific iPad-only app, called Adobe Voice, that makes it ridiculously easy to create visual presentations with custom

Free New York Times iOS App Isn’t Entirely Free
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This week, The New York Times released a free iOS news summary app. But there's a catch (or two), says CIO.com blogger James A. Martin.

Another (Great) Reason to Use OpenTable iOS App
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OpenTable recently launched a pilot program that enables restaurant patrons in San Francisco to pay their tabs via the OpenTable iPhone app.

Best iOS Apps of Spring 2014
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CIO.com blogger James A. Martin picks his personal favorite apps from among those he's reviewed this year, including one that creates its ow

Why Microsoft Office for iPad was Worth the Wait
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After much speculation, Microsoft released official Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps for Apple iPad tablets. CIO.com blogger James A.

3 Must-Have Android/iOS Apps for Following March Madness
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March Madness is upon us. Each of these three free Android and iPhone/iPad apps will keep you updated on news and scores — and a couple of t

'PhoneClean' Makes it Easy to Free Your iPhone/iPad Storage
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Apple's iOS 7.1 software requires 2.5GB of free storage space for a wireless install, so now is a good time for some iPhone or iPad spring c

The Best Apps for Taking iPhone Selfies
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If you're a "selfie" fanatic, CIO.com blogger James A. Martin wants you to consider getting someone else to take your picture. Failing that,

SEO Is About Content (Again)
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There's been a lot written in the past year or two about Google's big algorithm changes— Panda and Penguin (and their various updates) and H

3 Surprises in the Cool New 'Ken Burns' iPad App
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Master documentary filmmaker Ken Burns released a new iPad app, and it can teach you some fascinating things about America. But — surprise —

12 Things to Love and Hate About Google Glass
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CIO.com contributor James A. Martin wore Google's mobile computing device off and on for six weeks. Here's what he loved and hated about the

3 Ways to Combat 'Flappy Bird' Withdrawal
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The developer of the popular Flappy Bird iOS and Android game yanked the software from both Apple and Google stores, but CIO.com blogger Jam

Top New Fitness and Wellness Gadgets for 2014
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Among the many gadgets unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, these 12 headbands, wristbands, earbuds and watches should help you t

12 Top Fitness and Wellness Apps for 2014
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Still holding onto your New Year's resolution to get fit? These mobile apps will help you stay on track.

Kindle Tablet ‘Immersion Reading’ is a Book Lover's Dream
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Amazon/Audible’s combination of listening to professional narration while reading ebooks is unique and valuable, according to CIO.com blogge