Archive | May, 2018

One Laptop Per Child Movement

30 May

One Laptop Per Child was started by Nicholas Negroponte  to empower the world’s poorest children through education. The organization’s aim is to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future. If you are interested in supporting this organization or support their cause please follow the link below.

http://one.laptop.org/

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Digital Hoarding

28 May

Are you a digital hoarder? How do you keep track of your digital files. One argument states that a large amount of digital content is not a problem in itself; rather, the problem is content findability. How do find your digital files? Many people use Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox or Box or organize their files. What system do you use?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_hoarding

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Tech Camps For Kids

27 May

Looking to get your child in a tech camp? Have you checked out Classroom Antics? It was established to address the rising demand for STEM-based childhood education. Today children are more comfortable with video games than board games, and more likely to read books on a smart device than in paperback. How do we prepare our children to use and, better yet, invent tomorrow’s technological or scientific advancement? Sign up them for a tech camp! You can choose from classes like LEGO Robotics to Video Production.

http://www.classroomantics.com/

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Target Cartwheel App Save You Money

26 May

I recently discovered that Cartwheel app from Target and it saved me some money. You can choose offers, scan your barcode at checkout, and save at each trip. Have you tried it yet?

https://cartwheel.target.com/

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Lily Camera

23 May

Lily is the world’s first throw-and-shoot camera. It lets anyone create Cinematic footage previously reserved for professional filmmakers. The camera is waterproof, ultra-portable, and shoots HD pictures and videos. A friend of mine recently purchased one and the aerial photography is stunning – the device is right out of science fiction.

http://www.lily.camera/

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Tips to Protect Your House from Mother Nature

22 May

 

Your home has been expertly designed to protect you and your loved ones from the incredible forces of natural elements. It is your shelter against rain, snow, ice, hail, wind and more. Because your home will take the brunt force of Mother Nature’s wrath, the unfortunate reality is that it can become damaged in the process. As a homeowner, you understandably want to keep your home maintained in the best condition possible. By following a few important steps, you can protect your home from the effects of Mother Nature, and you can be prepared to act quickly if damage occurs.

Understand the Dangers

Many types of natural disasters and bad weather events can damage your home. Depending on where you live, you may be more prone to some dangers than others. For example, those living in California may be more likely to experience an earthquake than those living in Florida. However, hurricanes may be more common in Florida. Severe storms and tornadoes are common in the states in Tornado Alley. When you understand more about the most common dangers that could damage your home, you can take steps to better protect your home against damage.

Examine Your Home Carefully

The time to inspect your home’s structural condition, protective elements and risk factors is before a damaging event occurs. For example, if you live in Florida, look at the quality and condition of your roof, and ensure that your storm shutters are in proper working order. If you have tree branches located close to windows or the roof, trim these back so that they do not cause property damage. If flooding is a possibility, invest in a sump pump for your basement. These are just a few examples of the steps that homeowners can take to minimize damage to their homes.

 

Purchase Home Insurance

While your efforts to protect your home can go a long way toward preventing damage, the reality is that some damage may still occur. It is important that you have a way to pay for repairs to your home if a disastrous event does occur. Review your current home insurance policy to ensure that it is fully protective. Consider purchasing optional coverage, such as earthquake coverage, windstorm coverage or flood coverage as needed based on the most obvious risk factors to your home.

Invest in a Home Warranty

You may be asked if you want to purchase a home warranty on your home at the time you originally purchase the property, but you can also purchase a warranty at any other time. A warranty may be used to pay for damage to windows, the roof, the HVAC system and many other expensive components. Coverage under a warranty varies, but this coverage may pay for both repairs and replacements as needed.

 

Have an Emergency Plan

All homeowners should think ahead about what they will do in an emergency situation. You should know where you will meet up with family members if you become separated and your phones are not working. You should have a financial plan in place to pay for a home insurance deductible at a moment’s notice. You should also think about temporary shelter if you need to relocate while your house is being repaired.

 

As you can imagine, there are a wide range of damaging forces that can wreak havoc on your home. Your home may protect you and your loved ones from injury in a worst-case situation, but it may require a significant amount of repair work as a result of damage inflicted by Mother Nature. As a homeowner, you need to ensure that your home is in the best condition possible before an event occurs. You also need to use insurance and warranties to have a financial plan to repair the damage. After you have applied these tips, you can rest assured that you are as prepared as possible for a damaging event.

 

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Transfer Software Easily From One PC To Another

21 May

Do you need an easy way to move your computer from one PC to another? Do you need to make a perfect backup copy of your computer? A friend mine had me check out Laplink and it’s really cool. I found out that it’s the only software that automatically moves files, settings, and even programs from an old PC to a new PC – or, perform a complete upgrade on your Windows PC. If you want to be safe and back up your system, you should check out this app.

For limited time you can save 35% by using coupon code LAPLINK35
http://www.laplink.com/

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Great Marketing Strategies For The Real Estate Industry

20 May

If you want to succeed in business, you have to have a desire that is backed up with an effective plan. The real estate industry is growing at a fast rate. For you to succeed in the real estate industry, you need to have a concrete marketing strategy that will give you an edge over your competitors. This article focuses on some key marketing strategies that will help you improve your real estate business:

 

  1. Being active on all social networks.

In today’s world, everyone has an account on at least one social media platform. Social media is not a medium of interaction nowadays; it has become more than that. Because most people are active on social media, it is possible and easier to reach many people at once. It has become easier and faster for clients and customers to communicate on a personal level. Therefore, the better you can manage your business’s online presence, the better reputation you will get. A good reputation in business assures you more sales.

 

  1. Develop a website.

It is one of the most effective real estate marketing strategies that most successful agents use. When clients are looking for houses, they use the internet to look for a variety of options. As a real estate agent, you want your properties to appear the moment a client searches on the internet. However, you cannot be found if you do not have a website. It is vital to invest in web design, and go for an eye-catching and attractive design that will attract more people. Before potential clients contact you, they go to your website. Therefore, make sure you make a superb first impression.

 

  1. Build a solid personal brand.

In most cases, property investors like dealing with real estate agents they know and trust. As a result, a good real estate marketing strategy is to build your brand and avoid marketing other brands. The personal brand you create is what investors remember you by. A good brand needs credibility and integrity. Building a personal brand can be as simple as giving your clients branded mugs, pens, and shirts. You are offering your clients things they use on a daily basis. Once you do a good job, your clients give referrals to their friends, family members, and business partners. In the long run, you will no longer need to chase property investors; they are the ones who will find you.

 

  1. Keep in touch with your clients.

As a real estate agent, you have to stay in touch will all your clients. The reason is that some of the property investors have made real estate their full-time job, and they are always buying and selling houses. To ensure that they always look for you in case they get a deal, you have to be in communication with them regularly. On the other hand, some of your clients do not buy or sell houses frequently, but you need to make sure that when they do, they will call you. For you to succeed in the real estate industry, you need to ensure that marketing does not end when you close a deal with a client. Contact your clients and thank them for the business. The essence of regular communication is to remind your clients that you still exist and you can be of help they need to buy or sell a house.

 

Succeeding in real estate is not an easy thing, but with proper planning it is achievable. The competition in the real estate industry is high, and to gain an edge you have to come up with creative ideas to sell investment properties. The real estate marketing strategies discussed in this article should help you improve your marketing skills and gain an edge over all your competitors. All the best.

 

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Test Your Knowledge at Mental Floss

19 May

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on Mental Floss. If you want to shock your brain then jump over to their quizzes or maybe you just want to learn some amazing facts. Watch videos and read articles that will just simply stimulate your mind.

Mentalfloss.com

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Explore Top Trends on Google

18 May

What are the top search topics on Google? What are the most trending terms people are typing today? What have been the most popular searches over the last 12 months? Google Trends gives you the ability to explore what people are thinking about now. You can even type in your own search term and see where it ranks.

http://www.google.com/trends/explore

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