Twitter Photo Search

10 Dec

Are you looking for a quick way to search Twitter for an image? If so, then you need to try Twipho! You simply log into your Twitter account and start searching for images. Remember some images could be inappropriate!

http://twipho.net/

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Streaming Music Services

9 Dec

Are you continually looking to stream music for free or cheap? You may have know that Grooveshark closed down in 2015 and Limewire in 2010, but alternatives are available to stream music for free or on the cheap today?

List of Streaming Music Services

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/grooveshark-limewire-alternatives/

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5 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Real Estate Business

7 Dec

Real estate market is growing fast, but at the same time, it is very competitive and challenging. Technological innovations for both agents and clients make the selling and buying of property more accessible and easy. Below is a list of top ways that technology can boost your real estate business.

 

Mobile Optimization

Majority of people nowadays use tablets and mobile devices to search for homes. As an agent, you need to have a real estate app and update the information about your business on a regular basis. You can use designs that will most likely capture the interest of clients by providing necessary information about listings. You should include your contacts so that customers may contact you for comprehensive details. Mobile apps enable agents to communicate with clients during the process of searching for homes through text messages, personalized listings and push notification. Nowadays, people embrace new technology fast, and if they can’t access your services on their mobile devices, you risk losing them to your competitor. You should make sure that you are well-informed about the latest real estate apps to be ahead in the market.

 

Emails and Newsletters

Coming up with a strategy where you send monthly newsletters and emails to people is a way of updating new and potential homebuyers on current listings. It is a branding effort that shows that you are an expert in the real estate market. Many clients get referred to agents by happy customers. By sending informative emails and newsletters, your clients will give your details to their friends and family. It is an efficient way to ensure recent updates reach your clients. Email drip marketing is a way of reminding clients of your unique expertise and differentiates you from your competitors. Readers are attracted to messages that are well-organized and informative. You ought to develop a design that is mobile-friendly because about half of your customers will read the emails and newsletters on mobile devices.

 

Photography

Real estate agents need to include bright and appealing photos on their websites to attract property buyers. Human beings are visual creatures and love images that are pleasing to the eyes. Good photography attracts buyers to inspect and buy your property. Avoid misleading photos such as making rooms look bigger than they are; it can leave a negative impression that a client can’t forget. You should always include the floor so that potential buyers can visualize the layout. Also, aerial shoots is a way to make the property stand out and seem more real. Everything inside the compound should be included in the photo.

 

Social Media

Social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat are necessary for any real estate professional. You need to utilize these sites maximally and create an organized plan to avoid getting sidetracked. Additionally, you should be selective on the channels you invest in and the type of audience you want to target. For example, Twitter is efficient in sharing articles, and Pinterest is best for visual inspiration. Over promotion can be detrimental to your business. At least 80% of the photos should directly relate to the interests of buyers, and 20% connected to the listings and information about your business.

 

Plugins

Plugins are great technology resources for real estate agents. They help in accessing information and enhancement of your website, mainly if you use CMS systems or WordPress. Real estate agents need to work on listings correctly. Plugins offer them an opportunity to stay on top the market. Consumers are online most of the time, and it’s a great way to network with them and inform them about recent listings in the marketplace.

Technology has made the management of real estate businesses more efficient. Staying up-to-date with new technology is a way of showing potential homebuyers that you are serious about your real estate business. If you want to attract more customers than your competitors, you should utilize social media sites and other online platforms to market your company.

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Safety Guide for Caregivers

6 Dec

Are you taking care of a senior citizen? I just was sent a new safety guide for senior home safety. The guide provides everything you need to know to ensure that every room in a senior’s home is safe. There is also an interactive feature; clicking on any room in the house illustration will jump you to that room’s helpful tips!

You can view the guide here: https://www.mobilehelp.com/safety-guide-for-caregivers/

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Top 5 Running Apps for 2017

5 Dec

Are you an avid runner? Most of my friends who are harriers have their favorite app and they mostly reference MapMyRun. I stumbled upon this article from Babble Out that reviews the top five running apps. How does this list stack up to your favorite? As you can see, MapMyRun is on it!

Top 5 Running Apps

  • Run Keeper
  • Strava
  • Gmap Pedometer
  • MapMyRun
  • Runtastic

https://www.thebabbleout.com/running/5-absolute-best-running-apps/

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Free Safe Games, Videos & Books For Kids

4 Dec

Are you looking for free games, videos and books for your kids? Have you checked out Funbrain? The site was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8 and has been the top site in free educational games for kids since 1997. It offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. The site to provides a fun and safe experience and does not collect personally identifiable information from kids. You can sort games, videos and books by grade level, popularity or type of content. Have fun and start exploring today.

https://www.funbrain.com/

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For a Stress Free Holiday Season, Create a Morning Routine

3 Dec

The holidays are the busiest time of year, and they can be quite stressful. However, there are a few things that you can do to make them easier. One of the biggest things is to create a morning routine that gets you up and going. Here’s how:


Source: Dadsolo

Additional Holiday Morning Routine Resources:

  1. Advice on establishing a successful morning routine for kids
  2. Outsource what you can – e.g. hire a dog walker
  3. How to de-stress your morning routine
  4. Tips on how to get the kids to school on time
  5. A revolutionary morning routine hack for kids – play music

Now that you know how to energize your mornings, you’re ready to take on those holiday plans. Pull out Grandma’s favorite recipes, put on some upbeat holiday music, and get to it!

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Change Happened: Big Data for a Better World 2017

25 Nov

Northeastern Ohio nonprofit innovators met for first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference on November 16 at Hyland Software’s sprawling Westlake, Ohio campus. Leading Hands Through Technology (LHTT) and Workman’s Circle teamed up to offer the event for local nonprofits to discuss how analytics could be used to help their organization’s stay profitable and sustainable. The conference, sponsored by Hyland Software and Kent Displays, captivated the attendees offering participants the chance to ask the panelists and keynote speaker questions.

Panelists included Leon Wilson from the Cleveland Foundation, David M. Holmes from the Foundation Center and Jason Therrien from Thunder::Tech. Moderated by Marc Majers, the founder of LHTT, the session focused on questions ranging from where a nonprofit should start with analytics to how an organization should continue to grow their metrics. Mr. Wilson focused on planning funding for nonprofits so they can ultimately gain traction with their mission. Leon stated that in order to start and grow metrics, organization’s need to carefully plan how they are going to generate donations and funding. Mr Holmes, a veteran of the Foundation Center, highlighted that there is a plethora of free resources to help organizations understand how to increase their reach. David gave examples of groups that walked into his center wondering how to strengthen their efforts and left with a solid game plan. The key to strengthening their efforts was first determining what they wanted to achieve. Jason spoke about using analytics as a bargaining chip to negotiate with other groups; it is amazing how most groups do not understand the value of their data and how they can use it. An organization must harness the power of their own information to effectively change minds.

The panelists stressed that nonprofits conduct an information audit and realize the what they are first own. Once organizations determine the information they have, then they must figure out what to focus on. Start with a goal and then map out a plan to accomplish it – a goal without a plan is just a wish. Find low hanging fruit and get small wins. One of these starting points is website analytics. Mr. Therrien specifically cited an organization that used Google Analytics in conjunction with Google Maps to pinpoint where donations are coming from. After doing the geographical overlay exercise, the organization identified that a high target donor area was not giving because they never canvassed the area. The group also stated that “Big Data” and “Data Scientists” are buzz words and each organization needs to define what these words need. “Big Data” from one organization to another can mean something totally different – do not get lost in the tech jargon.

Todd Packer, co-creator of the event and volunteer from Workman’s Circle, introduced the keynote speaker Kambiz Ghazinour, PhD from Kent State University who lead an intriguing session on how organizations should pay attention to how they encrypt their data. The keynote started by defining how “Big Data” was introduced during the dawn of the Internet and then moved to how it has evolved today.

Kambiz lectured that companies have time and time again run contests to challenge the world to crack their data and the Internet easily figured it out. The professor stressed that with just a few pieces of information like a date of birth, gender or ZIP, a person can be quickly identified. He referenced two examples from NetFlix and Yahoo; the two tech giants thought they had done enough to protect their customer’s identity, but that was far from the truth. Dr. Ghazinour stressed that nonprofit organizations must protect their constituents data at all costs and follow strong tactics to reduce risk of breech. He said, “Anonymization is difficult so any privacy guarantee must be proven and established formally, minimally.” If you would like review the presentation, please continue on SlideShare.

On behalf of Workman’s Circle, Leading Hands Through Technology would like to thank the speakers, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees of the first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference. If you would like to sign up for upcoming LHTT events or donate to the cause, please contact us.

 

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Apple Fans Paradise

24 Nov

Are you looking for a place to swim in everything Apple? Look no further than the Apple Pit! It brings you all the latest from the world of Apple, and makes an effort to be a knowledge-base on all their products. I just read a good article about how to make the most of 3D touch apps for the iPhone. Check out the latest reviews, descriptions and news breaks on iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches! Thanks to James for the link.

https://www.applepit.com/

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Getting Started With Home Automation

20 Nov

If you are interested in working with smart home technology, you are not alone. Over the past few years, Americans have bought millions of home sensors and automation products designed to make their homes smarter and safer.

 

Here are some ways that you can get off to a great start using home automation:

 

Security cameras and sensors:

Twenty years ago, you would like need to get another phone line and have your burglar alarm signal go out on a private circuit or line. Today, your options are much more lightweight. You merely need to decide what type of sensors and functionality that you would like.

It is very possible for you to choose carbon dioxide sensors that can double as fire detectors and blend that with cameras and motion sensors that can be tied to a smartphone application that will allow you to have 24 hour control over your home environment when you are not there. Another difference that you will notice by purchasing in the here and now is that the cost is much less than it used to be for the same level of coverage.

If your security system becomes too complex or sophisticated as you prepare to buy it, you might look at smart hubs that are put out by well known manufacturers like Samsung. Instead of forcing you to use proprietary sensors and cameras, most hubs are standards based and let you use most manufacturer’s equipment. You can then also take advantage of the hub manufacturer’s smart phone application to drive your security system.

 

Smart thermostat:

One of the most annoying things for people who live in an environment where the weather changes frequently is constantly resetting their thermostat manually. Fortunately, it is possible to upgrade your thermostat for a reasonable price.

Post-upgrade, you should be able to control it via a smartphone application that allows you to schedule when you would like it to start increasing or decreasing your temperature. So if you are in the middle of a cold winter and leave your place unheated while you are gone during the day, using a smart thermostat can take away the inconvenience of coming home to a cold apartment or home. You merely schedule it or turn the heat on while you are still at work. You can then arrive home to a warm house without wasting electricity.

 

Home entertainment system:

20 years ago, Bill Gates talked about a home system that would allow you to have your own identity within the home and have your house change to match your moods, matching your musical taste, your television programming taste, and your general home environment preferences. Today, it is quite possible to customize your own environment in much the same way without having to spend too much money.

One easy way to get started is to choose a smartphone application that identifies you in each room of your house to your IOT (Internet of Things) devices. You can then have it customize your experience as you move from room to room. You should be able to find applications that can recognize what temperature, music, and lighting that you like quite easily. Of course in a year or two, you should be able to also consider using the latest technology, which uses radar to identify your personal heartbeat and then pass the identification to your smart home system.

 

Getting started with automation in your home is much easier today than it was in the past. Locating all the features that you want by looking at available security, heating, and entertainment options can help you decide how sophisticated that you want your system to be.

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