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Find Out If A Robot Will Take Your Job

5 Jun

What is the likelihood that your job will be replaced by robots? Search for your position and find out  the probability it will be automated.

I remember back in 2013 reading Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne’s report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. At the time, I tried to visualize what this report meant, and now this website makes their report actionable. According to the report, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk. What are chances your job is obsolete? Will you need to find another skill?

 https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/

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Chip Reader Help at Point of Sale

30 Oct

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You may have noticed recently that some merchants except the chip on your credit card and some don’t. I happily discovered that one local retailer inserted a temporary plastic card in the slot that said “coming soon” rather than letting you guess. It’s never clear if the chip reader is activated o you need to stand there waiting for a moment until the cashier tells you whether or not its OK to swipe or insert your card. If you need to insert your credit card with a chip into the slot, make sure you snugly press the card into the slot or the transaction will fail.

I wish all the retailers used the method of blocking the credit card chip reader slot until it was activated to avoid confusion, but the good news is eventually all retailers will have it activated so you won’t have to be left wondering. What has your chip reader experience been?

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Tech In Our Everyday Life

24 Sep

The simple things in life can cause the most joy and frustration. Tech can sometimes look so simple, but it’s actually more complicated than it looks. Whether you are looking for tips on computers, internet, gadgets or technology, then you need to check Tech In Our Everyday Life. The site features “how tos” to common issues that people run into with you tech like “How to Back Up an iPhone to an External Drive”. Check out this site if you need to add smile to your life!

http://techin.oureverydaylife.com/

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Cool Tools

4 Aug

Are you looking for a really cool gadget? Cool Tools features unique books, gadgets, software, videos, maps, hardware, material, or websites that are tried and true. Reviews on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it. Items can be either old or new as long as they are wonderful. The most recent cool tool on the site is Arctic Breeze USB-Powered Fan. A nice fan you can plug into your computer to cool down. I guess this tool really is cool 🙂

Check out Cool Tools for unique gadgets!
http://cool-tools.org

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No Selfie Sticks Allowed

22 Feb

Have you ever been somewhere and you had to ask a total stranger to take your picture? You have to hand your phone to them and then they have to struggle to find the snap button. Now you don’t have to do that anymore! The art of taking a picture changed last year with the invention of the selfie stick. The selfie stick holds your phone so you can hold it out in front of you and snap a shot.

However recently many museums and other establishments have been banning them because they say the stick is a hazard. The stick can accidentally trip or clothesline guests causing injury. I can see their point because it causes a legal situation for the establishment. What do you think? Should sticks be banned? I think establishments need to adjust to technology and make rules and special areas to embrace the selfie stick. Could users of selfie sticks sign waivers when they enter? I also think users should be aware of their surroundings and be courteous of others too. It’s a two way street and the reality is personal mobile phones aren’t going away and either are selfie sticks. People like to take pictures of themselves.

Here’s some examples:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=selfiesticks

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Hire An Online Expert

5 Jan

Who you gonna call? You may remember that old slogan from the 1980s hit comedy Ghostbusters, but the reality is today you can get help on anything from one tap on your phone. I discovered a site called Presto Experts which gives you live expert advice on any topic. If you are stuck in a bind and need an answer to something why call all over when you can get it in one place. The site has more than 30,000 registered experts in over 600 categories to find you the right expert to supply them with professional advice and assistance. You follow three steps.

First you find your topic. The categories of help are technology, counseling, education, health, design, business, social media, shopping, coaching, legal and home improvement. Then you narrow down to the experts you like by reviewing their ratings and then pick one to get it done. I discovered rates vary between individuals and so does the expertise. Thus, you need to do some quick research on the individual you choose.

http://www.prestoexperts.com/

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Free Virus Protection Software

22 Nov

A friend told me about a free virus protection for your PC called Malwarebytes. It scans your machine for malware. If you are looking for a way to ramp up security on your machine, check out this software.

Top points of Malwarebytes:

  • Light speed quick scanning
  • Performs full scans for all drives
  • Database updates released daily
  • Quarantines files that are a threat

http://malwarebytes.com

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Tile App

21 Sep

Never lose anything again. The site says, “Just attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item you might lose: laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes—you name it. Then get on with the fun.” You can pre-order you Tile now for $18.95 USD.

Tile App

  • Tiles last one year
  • Emits a sound so you can hear it
  • Saves last GPS location of tile
  • No batteries needed

How will this work with people privacy? Are you concerned? Will you buy this app?

http://www.thetileapp.com/

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Family photo via Skype?

1 Sep

How do you stay together? Are you a Skype user? I read in Parade Magazine that Skype, the free video message service, started a campaign called Skype Stay Together that asks you how you use their product to do just that. One interesting story focused on how the popular video service was used to create family portraits with members that were scattered across another continent.

Denis is from Uganda and connects with his family via Skype everyday. One day Denis attempted to arrange a physical family portrait but logistically could not schedule it. How do you snap that family portrait with everyone miles away? Why not use Skype?

How to take a family portrait with Skype:
1. Connect parties with Skype
2. Set up camera with timer on tripod
3. Setup projector against white surface / wall
4. Get family to leave a spot open for you in photo and stand in that spot
5. Snap photo

Denis teamed up with artist John Klang to capture pictures of him standing with his family via Skype. You can read more stories about what people do to stay connected. I just thought this was the most innovative one.

Is it real or is it Skype? Read more stories here.
http://skypestaytogether.com/

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Connectivity is a Human Right

21 Aug

Did you know almost two-thirds of the planet is offline? Recently Leading Hands talked about Google Internet Balloons, now Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is shaking the same stick. He says, “Connectivity is a human right.” His plan is join forces with other companies and pull it off through the organization Internet.org.

Internet.org is a group created to develop the creation of Internet balloons, inexpensive lightRadio technology to small villages without cell towers and smartphones that cost less than $15. According to this CNN article, “Most of us take the Internet for granted. But think about what Internet access would mean to 5 billion people who don’t currently have it.” Follow the link below to the organization that has been created to make this Internet for all a reality.

Everyone be online through Internet.org
http://internet.org

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