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Finding Places To Charge Your Car

24 Aug

Do you have an electric car? Did you know that PlugShare is a good resource for finding places to charge. You can also sign up for EVGO and Chargepoint so you can access the fast chargers. If you don’t want to sign up, then you may find charging stations at Walmarts and Dunkin Donuts. However you’ll have to check stores individually because availability varies from location to location. Where do you recommend charging your vehicle?

https://www.plugshare.com/ 

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Delete Your Old Tweets

13 Aug

Would you like to clean-up your Twitter feed? Do you have a bunch of old tweets that don’t mean a thing? Try out Tweet Delete to protect your privacy by automatically deleting posts older than a specified age from your Twitter feed. This allows you to delete all your tweets all at once (up to 3,200 tweets), and helps make it easier to delete multiple tweets in one go.

https://www.tweetdelete.net

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Where Are Tech Jobs Booming In the Next 5 Years?

12 Aug

The tech industry is growing fast, with an estimated 182,000 jobs added to the industry in 2016 alone. This brings the total number of jobs to around 7.3 million and accounting for an estimated eight percent of the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also predicting that tech jobs will account for 2.4 percent of all jobs added annually to the economy.

With the tech sector growing so rapidly, and with many cities already considered tech hubs, will there be a change in where these jobs will be booming in the next five years? The answers may not surprise you if you’re a part of the industry, but to those seeking new employment opportunities, here are the five states in which tech jobs are slated to grow in the next five years.

 

Texas

Austin, Dallas, and Houston are the primary tech hubs in Texas, a state renown for both its can-do attitude and its love for start up companies. For those interested in working in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and machine learning, Austin is a great place to settle. Houston is currently on the hunt for more software developers and engineers as well, while Dallas is currently a hub for established technologies and engineering companies.

 

Colorado

Colorado has a booming tech community and is well known for housing some of the most interesting companies working in big data and app development. Most of these companies can be found in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder along with other major cities across the state. However, the real advantage is found in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: start-ups will find that Colorado is very welcoming to start ups, including a concentration of VC firms in Boulder and an influx of business-minded tech entrepreneurs that find the state very welcoming to bringing in new jobs.

 

Utah

Utah is currently considered a prime state for tech employers and employees; some of the best places to live in Utah, including Provo, are also tech hubs that support web developers, software engineers, and coders. The state is also home to ancestry.com, a genealogical website that is undergoing massive growth and is actively hiring for tech positions. Although not considered a startup haven, Utah is building a reputation for itself as a state that supports new and emerging technologies.

 

Michigan

Although Michigan is probably best known to Americans as the home of auto industry, the state is also currently leading in tech specialty job growth. Detroit, in particular, is seeing a boom in emerging technologies, such as driverless cars, while Ann Arbor is growing in engineering research, data processing, testing labs, and computer systems design. The biggest pull for tech professionals to move to Michigan is thought to be the pay; in Michigan, the average tech wage stood at $84.800; while this is lower than the $105,400 national average, the cost-of-living in Michigan is significantly lower than in places such as Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta.

 

North Carolina

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the tech industry that North Carolina has made the list. The state is home to the Research Triangle, which is made up of the University of North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC – Chapel Hill, which has long been a hub of developing technology for the country. Now, Research Triangle Park, a campus that currently hosts over 240 startups, is a major destination for tech professionals. With companies ranging from web developers to green technologies to information technology, this massive 7,000-acre compound is eager to take on as many tech employees as possible.

 

Technology drives almost everything in America; from banking and engineering to social media and online workflows, it is the single biggest driver of the success of the American economy. Although there are several great tech hubs that have not been listed, these five states are where the tech boom is headed next. Now all that’s left to do is to fill out a resume and start applying for tech jobs in these areas.

 

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Road-Racing For Everyone?

6 Aug

Have you ever dreamed of auto-racing? A new trend sweeping North America is racing cars that cost $500 or less – it’s called 24 Hours of LeMons. All you need to do is buy a car for $500 or less (not including safety equipment, brakes, and wheels/tires) and have a valid street driver’s license.

A friend mine bought a car, started driving with a group of guys and enjoys racing on the weekends. Are you thinking of driving? In order to drive, your car must pass the 24 hours of LeMons’ tech inspection. You will need to add a roll cage, seat harness, fuel cell protector and fire extinguishing equipment.

Start your dream of auto-racing with 24 Hours of LeMons
https://24hoursoflemons.com/

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DIY Tech Improvements That Will Increase Home Value

29 Jul

The housing market is booming in many areas around the world. With that growth, there are a lot of people who are starting to make investments in various areas in their home. There is a lot of new technology that can help you in this process. If you are looking to increase the value of your home, one of the best ways to do that is by upgrading the technology in your home. It is really amazing to see what kind of home technology is now available for owners to use. This is something that buyers are starting to look for in their current market. Over time, you should look at what to improve in your home to add value in this area. Here are some of the most important improvements that you can do to add value to your home.

Communication

One of the best ways to upgrade any home is to look at the communication technology within it. With all of the new options today, you can easily install new ways to communicate with family members. With the invention of smart devices such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, it it possible to control your lights, turn off your appliances, and order groceries all with your voice. These devices, depending on the quality and features you are looking for, range from about $50 to $100 on the more economic end, with higher quality voice interactive devices costing anywhere from $130 to $180.

Smart home communication has also drastically improved the effectiveness of home security. With such tech advancements, the police station or firemen can automatically be contacted as soon as a home is broken into or smoke sets off the fire alarm. Over time, these and many more innovations will help to increase the value of your home and improve the overall living experience.

Smart HVAC

When owning a house, there are a lot of expenses that must be paid every month. One of the biggest expenses in owning a home is understanding how much electricity and gas your home uses. A lot of the new HVAC systems are designed to use less than before. You can have a setting installed where you will use as little as possible based on the temperature outside for the day. With all of the changes that are going on in this area, many new buyers are looking for ways to make a smaller impact on the environment.

Not only will the environment benefit, but your HVAC system will last longer as well. There are a lot of people who are excited about the changes that are taking place in this area, and the demand for smart HVAC options in homes is higher than ever before. For now, smart HVAC systems range from about $2,000 – $3,000, but in the coming years, many people in the real estate industry expect that this will be a growth area for years to come.

Smart Appliances

Another trend in the industry is having smart appliances in your home. Not only will these appliances use less electricity, but they can also alert you when things are wrong. For example, some of the newest technology in refrigerators will let you know when food is starting to go bad. This will allow you to use it before you have to throw it out. This saves you time, and it also makes a positive impact on the overall environment.

With all of the new technology that is in the market today from $1,800 smart ovens to $4,000 smart refrigerators, you will be able to improve the value of your home quickly and easily with these upgrades. If you are thinking about going the for sale by owner route, this will make the selling process easier and your initial expenses will result in an even greater return. Many buyers in the market want their homes to be upgraded to reduce costs and use less energy than ever before.

Final Thoughts

For many people, a home is their largest and most important investment. It only makes sense to invest to upgrade your home in a variety of ways. With all of the changes that are starting to take place with innovation in the industry, there are a lot of people who are excited and ready to upgrade their home. Most of these upgrades will improve the value of the home because they save money over time. The upgrades will also make living in the home more desirable over a period of time.

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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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