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Technologies Review | March 25, 2017

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Is SEO Worth It? Understanding Why You Need Help

March 2, 2016 |

If you read our recent article entitled “What Would an SEO Consultant Tell You“, you’ll know that choosing the right people for the job is crucial if you want your website to be a hit.

Aside from breaking down the nuances of SEO and why it’s important for your site, we also highlighted the importance of keeping pace with Google’s algorithms.

While many novices will assume that SEO optimisation is a one-time deal, the opposite is actually true. Because Google is constantly updating and improving its algorithms it means your site has to adapt.

Indeed, if you check the Moz.com history of Google changes, you’ll get a complete overview of how the search engine has moved from features designed to detect simple keywords (such as the Google Toolbar in 2000) to recent innovations such as RankBrain that can tackle non-understandable queries and learn what they mean in context.

Keeping tabs … Read More

How to Gamify Your Work Life

November 28, 2013 |

By Andrew Tipp

You are a professional dude. Or lady dude. You basically like what you do, and want to be awesome at your job. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes work doesn’t get done. Tasks are abandoned. Projects go unfinished.

Why?

It’s often because you get distracted. You get bored. Sometimes work feels like a drag, especially the mundane stuff. Can you make your professional world a more exciting place? Is there a way to make work more compelling?

There is. And it’s called gamification.

The idea of gamifying experiences to make them more interesting, engaging and productive has basically been around forever. We encounter it every day. Every time we collect stamps to ‘win’ a free coffee or hit shops on a specific day to ‘unlock’ a special deal, we are participating in gamification.

But how can this concept apply to professional life? By focusing on the game mechanics that keep us playing … Read More

Accessories for the Raspberry Pi

August 12, 2013 |

The Raspberry Pi is a sleek new single-board computer that gives users a fun and easy way to learn about the inner workings of computers and how to write computer code. And as it has gained popularity, it has been joined by a host of new accessories that add to the intrigue of this brilliant new device. Here is a list of some of the best accessories for the Raspberry Pi that help users around the world learn something new about technology.

Slice of Pi Breakout Board

The Slice of Pie breakout board is an inexpensive expansion board meant to be used specifically with the Raspberry Pi. It offers several In/Out channels for connectivity, and acts as a custom developmental area as well. It also contains connector mounts that can support a variety of different wireless modules, and is entirely wireless itself for ease of access for all users.

Trezor Shield

This project accessory … Read More

Simplify Your Email Responses

July 31, 2013 |

Most business owners spend a great deal of time answering emails and drafting new ones. If you’re running a web design business or handling an online component of any kind, you’re going to spend even more time than the average business owner. The frustrating thing for many business owners is that they have probably feel they have more productive things to do.

If you ever feel that way, or if you just want to save some extra time, here are some tips for simplifying your email responses. You can do this with just a short amount of time upfront.

Streamline Your Labels and Filters

Depending on how organized you are, you may have dozens of labels for all areas of your business, web design projects, and relationships. However, despite the fact that these labels are intended to make life easier, the sorting function can actually take up more time. If you … Read More

Top 5 Ways to Access Your PC on the Go

July 9, 2013 |

Have you ever needed to get to your computer or files from your computer when you’re on the go? There are a lot of options today that allow you to access your files from your cell phone or other mobile devices. No matter what type of device you have, you can easily get what you need.

5. LogMeIn

Image via Flickr by Michael Coté

If you need to access one computer from another, consider using a service like LogMeIn. This needs to be installed on both computers ahead of time. However, it will allow you to use the remote computer as if you were sitting right at it. There is great security with this program; you can set up passwords and codes, ensuring that only you can access your computer.

4. GoToMyPC

This remote desktop app for the new BlackBerry 10 OS is perfect if you want to access a Mac or PC from your BlackBerry phone. … Read More

Apps That Keep You Informed on the Latest Investment News

June 11, 2013 |

With the on-the-go lives we lead, the best way to stay in tune with financial news is by using apps dedicated to the investment world. To ensure your stocks are performing well and to stay up-to-date on current investment news and trends, consider these five apps.

1. SigFig

Screenshot via Google Play Store

SigFig can be downloaded for iOS, Android, and Windows phones. The Street has called this app, “A new threat to the financial industry’s status quo.” The app allows you to keep track of your entire investment portfolio including 401ks and IRAs.

This financial app also allows you to sync with over 60 brokerages, and displays your entire portfolio on one screen. A nice feature is the “hidden” account numbers when viewing your portfolio and the research tools included, such as stock market charts and predictors. This top-rated app even analyzes your portfolio and offers investment advice.

2. MarketMinder

3 Top Tech Gadgets Available in the Market

June 8, 2013 |

Technological advancements have taken toll on our lives. With the tech gadgets getting smarter and advanced every passing day, we’re finding it hard to turn a blind eye and not update ourselves. It’s difficult now to use our dear old mobile phone when we find the latest devices with more features in the market. We just need to get our hands on the best device, don’t we! Let’s have a look at some of the best tech gadgets to-date.

Google Nexus 7:

Recently Google Nexus 7, an android tablet, has won award for being the best tablet available in the market. Nexus 7 has a big screen which is always a plus point for users and has a beautifully textured surface. It has a slim bezel, putting the entire focus on the 7 inches screen and a usb port sideways. Nexus 7 has a conspicuously big, stronger battery and Google chrome browser to enable … Read More

A Pageless Future For The Web

May 29, 2013 |

The web was created and launched by researchers at CERN in 1989, with the first public web server instructions launched almost exactly 20 years ago in 1993. Over the decades, the web has grown from a tiny part of the Internet, accounting for just 1% of traffic in its earliest days.

Today, there are over 630 million websites, yet the fundamentals of layout and how they are structured have changed little. Catalogue-style navigation still harks back to an era of print design, and is more compatible with laptop or PC devices as opposed to tablets, smartphones and other new technologies.

Chuck Longanecker of PandoDaily.com said that websites were still aspiring to the standards of print, holding designers back from exploring more creative, user-friendly designs.

“Still tied to the same print-based paradigms and catalog-style navigation, these outdated formats now shackle designers to a limited framework that prevents them from truly exploring the advantages inherent in the … Read More

Apple’s Resized SIM Cards

May 29, 2013 |

If you own an iPhone 5, whether you know it or not, you’re already a user of the new Nano SIM card modules. Apple is known for being a technological pioneer, and it was the first manufacturer that brought us the previous generation Micro SIM cards, which all major phone manufacturers have now adopted as a mainstream standard.

The Basics

SIM stands for subscriber identity (or identification) module. It is an integrated circuit that stores the identity and related key of the user, in a secure way used to authenticate subscribers on mobile telephony devices.

A SIM card embeds a SIM in a removable plastic and metal strip, used to identify the mobile subscriber to the network without which the device is useless. The original SIM card was made the same size as credit cards (85.60 mm x 53.98 mm x 0.76 mm) and was never widely used. Technically speaking, the SIM cards we … Read More

5 Reasons Why Wireless Is the New Home Security Trend

May 28, 2013 |

Before I ramble on why you should prefer wireless home security systems over “wired” ones, let me humor you with a couple of hilarious yet thought provoking quotes I stumbled upon about safety:

“Work safe today–heaven can wait.”

“Safety doesn’t happen by accident”

“Safety isn’t expensive it’s priceless.”

“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”

“Your first mistake could be your last.”

Safety – there is no other aspect of human life that seems so fragile than our safety. That is probably why you’re here reading this – because you have realized this inescapable fact as well. When shopping for home security systems, there are simply two options to choose from: wired systems and wireless systems. In this article, well discuss the 5 reasons why you should choose wireless security systems over its counterpart.

  1. Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication – No Lines To Cut!

The number one reason why you should … Read More

Why You Should Go for LED Christmas Lights? Top 7 Reasons

May 23, 2013 |

Many people think of outdoor decoration as hobby. This is why they are always looking for something new. One of the best innovations in this technology was LED lights. As you can see, more and more people these days prefer this type of technology rather than the old-school bulbs. To tell you the truth they had many disadvantages such as overheating and great energy consumption. Well, forget about that because now you will be able to get LED lights at really low rates and the best part is they will perform better than the ordinary bulbs. Here are 7 reasons why LED lights are better:

1. LED Lights Are Energy Efficient

Maybe it is high time for us to start thinking green and eco. This is why one of the most important things you need to know regarding LED lights is that they are extremely energy efficient. As a matter of fact they will … Read More

Seven Deadly Sins of SMES: The Biggest Challenges

May 23, 2013 |

There are plenty of online articles giving advice to SMEs on how to avoid common mistakes but many get stuck into too much detail and forget about the very basic things that businesses get wrong from the start.

So what are the seven deadly SME sins?

1. Underestimating the competition

Whatever line of business you are in there will always be competition in the same field. The biggest sin you can make is to underestimate your competitors, both in terms of their own abilities but also in the ways they can undermine your operations.

This can be something as simple as undercutting your charges right through to specifically targeting your customer base. The only thing you can really do is make sure you stay aware of any potential threats and respond quickly.

2. Charging too much

One way of avoiding being undercut on prices is to make sure you are not charging too much … Read More

Success Online: Great Web Design Pointers

May 16, 2013 |

Just because you have created your own website doesn’t automatically mean that your company will profit from it the next day.

This isn’t some kind of magic that can make you successful overnight. There are still things that need to be done so you can attract your readers’ attention and keep them interested until they are ready to acquire whatever it is that you are offering. So, how exactly are you going to do this? For starters, you must be willing to invest in a stable and reliable web host. You wouldn’t want to experience a lot of downtime, because that can cost you. Once you have your own domain, the next important factor is to create the right web design for your business.

Time Is Gold, Don’t Waste It

When choosing or making your own web design, always remember to never waste the time of your readers. Make sure your website is efficient, has … Read More