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For the tech savvy food truck owner that may not have invested in an electronic tablet for their food truck business yet, we wanted to review the newest solution available to you.

ipad-mini

While the 10-inch iPad dominates tablet sales within the mobile food industry (most who own it use it for their PoS system such as Square), the iPad Mini is the new kid on the mid-sized tablet block. While you have a whole crop of 7-inch tablets on store shelves that start at $199, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD.

The iPad Mini is different from these devices in a few key ways: It has a slighter larger and wider 7.8-inch screen, better hardware specs in most categories, access to the simple and refined iOS operating system and Apple’s vast selection of quality apps and content.

That being said, it also has a much higher price tag. The iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. The top of the line iPad Mini is 64GB, can connect over Wi-Fi and cellular connections, and costs $659.

The choice between Apple products largely depends on what you’re going to use the device for. If it is a laptop replacement, sticking with the faster, larger, higher-resolution 10-inch iPad with Retina is still your best bet. The exception might be situations where the smaller size is a must-have feature, such as working in the field.

The price difference between the iPad 2 and the iPad Mini is negligible – the iPad 2 is only $70 more – so that decision comes down to size preference and specs like camera resolution. The iPad Mini has better cameras – the same ones found on the newest 10-inch iPad.

Pros: The iPad Mini’s ultra thin and light design is far more intimate and book like than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen’s dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.

Cons: The iPad Mini costs a lot, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn’t as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.

The Final Word: The iPad Mini is the best iPad Apple has created to date. Not because of its feature set, power, hardware or design but, because at this size, a greater number of food truck owners will be able to see an actual purpose for it; reading books, mobile point of sales, browsing the web on the move, all without feeling like they’re using a laptop or their smartphone.

 

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Who Unfollowed Me: Twitter Technology Review

Who Unfollowed Me

Developer: C. Robinson
Cost: Free for lite use, $4.99 per year for upgraded Pro use
Website: http://who.unfollowed.me

The Who Unfollowed Me website is a must use for any Twitter user who is interested in finding out who recently unfollowed them. Are you a food truck owner who recently had a drop in your follower count? Who Unfollowed Me is the perfect site to check out to follow up with these individuals, or to even unfollow them back (payback can be a real *^%&$).

This non-affiliated Twitter application is simple in the theory behind it, however Who Unfollowed Me is brilliant in its execution. Web developer Collin Robinson, built the perfect tool for all of us Twitter-holics who love to know, who unfollowed us! The process for finding out could not be simpler.

  • Visit the site and click on the button at the top to authorize the site to track your Twitter account.

Note: Heed the warning under the input bar, that if your tweets are private, you must approve the system to follow you or else you cannot be tracked!

Once you have done this, the application does the rest. It will create a benchmark for your account based on your current statistics. No registration is required, and you can use the site every 15 minutes if you choose to. The upgraded “pro” package will cost you only $4.99 a year but will provide additional features such as automatically checking unfollowers, unfollow those not following back and a 45 day unfollower history.

It can’t get any more simple than that. Click and check who has recently unfollowed your Twitter account. In addition you can find out who you may be following, but not following you, or vice versa (who is following you but not getting a return follow by your account).

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Designed with food truck owners in mind the Sprinter is available in three lengths with a choice of two roof heights. The Sprinter competes in a class with the Chevrolet Express, Ford E-Series, GMC Savana and Nissan NV.

2012 Sprinter

New for 2012

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter enters the 2012 model year with no changes. The 2011 Sprinter underwent a big change following the split from the Chrysler Corporation; once sold at Dodge dealerships, the Sprinter is now sold and serviced at Mercedes-Benz stores. The BlueTEC diesel, still the lone engine choice for the Sprinter, is also unchanged but meets emissions requirements for all 50 states.

Exterior

The back doors open to the vehicle’s full height and swing open 270 degrees. One-touch, triple-flash turn signals and wide-angle mirrors are standard. A power sliding door is optional on both cargo and passenger models. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power windows, locks and integrated wide-angle mirrors
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Optional 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard sliding passenger-side door
  • Dual hinged doors in back with a 270-degree opening
  • Optional side doors (in place of sliding door)
  • Optional heated windshield and rain-sensing wipers

Interior

For food truck owners who will only use the front section for seating, have the option of two buckets or a three person bench seat. The cargo area is a blank slate for your own personal touches including cargo management systems such as shelves, floor rails, and sliding door partitions. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear-wheel housings. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or vinyl seats
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD player
  • Optional six-CD changer

Under the Hood

Sprinters come in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) ratings.. Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs and power rack-and-pinion steering. Mechanical features include:

  • 188-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 325 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission

EPA Fuel Economy

Not rated

Safety

  • Safety features include:
  • Optional side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control

Starting MSRP

$36,290–$45,050

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