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What the Future of Connected Cars Looks Like

Do you remember the days when we were simply happy to have a car that came with a great sound system? Now that seems like an ancient feature of the past, thanks to what’s known as “connected cars”. If you’re not familiar with what that is, a connected car is simply a vehicle that has the capabilities to be “plugged in” to the internet and oftentimes a local... ❯❯❯

Socrative App Makes for An Interactive Classroom

Every teacher dreads those moments when they ask the class a question and not a single student raises their hand. Have you done a bad job of teaching the material? Are they uncertain, bored, or sleeping in their seats? In truth, the more likely answer is that they are simply too shy to raise their hands. The pressure to conform is a powerful motivating force that holds back even the smartest... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Learning to Use New Software Quickly and Easily

If your job depends on it, you might need to learn a new software. It’s an inevitable process in today’s world. One of the only ways to compete in this fast-paced, hyper-digital landscape is to be up to speed on all the newest software and platforms. However, if you are not accustomed to a new platform or software, or if you come from a generation where cloud computing might as well be... ❯❯❯

Free and Easy Methods to Increase Online Exposure for Your Web Business

If you’re looking to increase the viability of your business you’ve got to get on the internet. The web is the best way for you to vastly expand your potential consumer base, reach emerging markets all around the world and even create some viral excitement that takes your brand to the next level. But once you get your company online you’ve got to make sure people find it. And... ❯❯❯

New Apps That Help You Reduce the Amount of Energy You Use at Home

Energy efficiency. As more people become aware of how important it is to preserve the environment as well as its resources, that is a phrase that tends to come up pretty often in conversation. And in the efforts to be more energy efficient, we do things like turn out the lights when we leave a room, turn off the water while we’re brushing our teeth, use fluorescent light bulbs instead of... ❯❯❯

Should You Purchase New or Used Computer Parts?

These days, purchasing a good computer can seem like putting a small down payment on a condo. This is especially true if you need computers or parts for your business’s operations. While you could go to where you purchases the computer, chances are good that they will charge an exorbitant fee on top of the cost of the parts, which are already marked up two and half times past wholesale... ❯❯❯

How to Select the Best Ethernet Service for Your Business

Businesses these days are practically beholden to internet connectivity and the communication and information services it can provide. Can you even imagine managing your day-to-day operations without the benefits of email, for example? Heck, you can’t even manage your personal life without a smartphone, a computer, and a home WiFi network, so it’s easy to see why businesses these days... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Finding New Customers and Increasing Sales

With technology at our fingertips on a regular basis, it is often obvious that using the Internet is a great way to improve sales for your business and gain new customers. However, many business owners have no idea where to begin! Here are some tips to help you best utilize the Internet to find new customers and increase sales online. Social media platforms are excellent marketing tools for... ❯❯❯

Does the Technology in Your Office Need an Update?

At the rate technology is advancing, which is faster than ever before, your office might need a major upgrade every two years. This includes not only hardware, like computers and printers, but also software too. Having all the up to date software is not only important for staying up to date and current, but updating all your technology can also make your business run more efficiently and... ❯❯❯

5 Beginner Tips for Using the Internet Safely

Generally speaking, using the internet is bound to be a safer activity than, say, cliff diving, bungee jumping, or motor sports. But that doesn’t mean that your activities on the internet can’t have a negative impact on your life. And for people who are new to using the internet independently (i.e. without a parent looking over their shoulder), navigating the waters of the worldwide... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Business Laptop Buying Tips

If you’re ready to take the plunge and buy a new laptop for your business, you’ll have no shortage of options. The laptop market is absolutely crammed with machines, and most of them are quite impressive. Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in the past decade, and even if it has only been a few years since you last purchased a computer, much has changed. The popularity of... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Successfully Running an Online Business From Home

These days it’s completely possible to run a fun and profitable business right from the comfort of your very own home. In fact, it’s not even that difficult, as long as your approach is sound and your work ethic is solid. Thanks to the enormous reach and popularity of the internet, an e-commerce business can actually perform better than a brick and mortar store, with lower overhead and... ❯❯❯

Microsoft Releases XBox Music App

If you want to forgo CDs and records, move your music collection to the cloud and check out the latest and greatest through a streaming music service you’ll have no shortage of choices. Spotify and Mog have carved out a huge chunk of the market share, but they aren’t the only options that enjoy major fan support. Basically every company that offers some sort of entertainment hardware... ❯❯❯

Woman Calendar May Help on the Fertility Front

While there is, as yet, no mobile application that can guarantee pregnancy, there are a few apps out there designed to help women understand their own bodily cycles as a way to increase the odds of pregnancy. Most are fairly basic, offering a standard calendar that allows for the input of important dates (the start of menses, the date of ovulation, and so on). But if you’re actively trying... ❯❯❯

Google’s Project Loon to Test Solar Balloon Powered Internet Network

Leave it to Google to come up with something so outlandish that even seasoned pundits have to do a double-take to make sure they read it right. Although they’ve brought us innovations like the self-driving car, Glass, Replay (to chart trending tweets), Street View (so easy to find a new doctor’s office now!), and calls from Gmail, Google may have lost us with the aptly named Project... ❯❯❯