Top 5 Smartwatches Available Right Now

Shop, best, digital, gadget, smartwatch, tech

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:45:59 +0000

In the modern world, easy access to digital communications, planning, and notifications has never been more important. Although smart phones today come with all sorts of powerful capabilities that help you organize your world like never before, sometimes you need even more assistance. If you are walking in a busy street, out on the road, or on a run, it may not be practical for you to hold a device. If you are thinking about finding a way to do all of the things you need without the hassle of handling a device at all times, it may be time to consider the purchase of a smart watch. A smart watch is a watch that connects to your devices and has the capability to handle your notifications, calendar events, message, and more. Managing all these things has never been easier, especially when you are on the go. The problem is, although there are many smart watches out there, they may not be manufactured well, or they may have limited options and abilities. If you are looking for a smart watch to work in the best way possible with your device, you may not be able to afford purchasing anything short of the very best. Here is a list of the top five smart watches available right now. Pebble Steel Pebble Steel is a stainless steel smart watch by Pebble, which means it’s also compatible with Pebble’s apps and Apple devices. The watch’s front is crafted of Corning Gorilla Glass, making it very difficult to scratch or break. Plus, it is really resistant. Although an advanced device, its tactile metal buttons will make you feel right at home. It’s also waterproof up to 160 feet of water. Now that’s impressive! Buy Pebble The Pebble watch is a sleek watch with many uses. It can be used to view email notifications, caller ID, your calendar, and any of your favorite apps on your wrist. You can customize the watch by downloading different watch faces. One of the best things about this watch is its capability to control music playing on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and many more music apps. If you prefer to only download apps to suit your style and interests, as well as have a watch that is compatible with both Apple and Android devices, then the Pebble watch is the watch for you. Buy Sony Universal SmartWatch 2 Sony’s Universal SmartWatch 2 is a smart watch made to enhance Android user experience, helping you live and communicate that much better. The Sony Universal SmartWatch 2 is made for Android, acting as a multi-functional watch that integrates an Android app interface and remote controls. It also can work as a stand-alone watch with normal functions such as watch face customization and alarms. Buy Samsung Gear 2 Like the Pebble does with Apple and Android devices and Sony Universal SmartWatch2 does for Android devices, the Samsung Gear 2 works with Samsung devices. The Samsung Gear 2 offers Samsung users an even more advanced experience by offering a seamless way to communicate by connecting to their Samsung device. The watch allows users to make and receive calls, notifies users of updates from their phone, and even has a camera that shoots in 720p. This is one thing that the other smart watches cannot do…yet. Buy Martian Passport SmartWatch The Martian Passport Smartwatch is deceivingly high-tech despite its old-school aesthetics. The user of the watch can use voice commands, set alarms, create calendar events, check weather, and search the web, with the benefit of doing so hands-free. The watch also allows users to view notifications such as SMS, calendar updates, email and social messages. The Martian Passport Smartwatch allows the user to make calls and send and receive hands-free voice-to-text messages. Buy Conclusion All of these smart watches are excellent to use and are of extremely high quality. All have the capability to connect with the devices you already own, including the ability to notify, send and receive messages, make calendar events, and more. The biggest difference between all of these watches is the devices that they have been designed to be connected to. Simply put, while Pebble watches have been designed to work with Apple and Android products, the Samsung Gear 2 watch was made for Samsung devices, and the Sony Universal Smartwatch 2 was made for Android. The Martian Passport Smartwatch is compatible with both iPhone 4s and Samsung S-Voice phones. Because this compatibility issue exists, picking your favorite out of the five above is reliant on the device you currently own. However, if you are looking to buy two new devices at once, that is, a new phone and new smart watch, any decision is more about your specific preferences. Weigh and compare your options. No matter which smart watch you end up with, you can guarantee that you’ll possess a high quality item that will assist you in your busy daily life to a new fantastic level never experienced before, for a long period of time. Remember that smart watches, especially ones as good as these, are an investment, but are nevertheless an investment worth making.

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 21 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

Sell a Story, Not a Brand

Business, advertising, brand, branding, Marketing, practices, story

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:31:30 +0000

Throughout time there have been many kinds of advertising strategies, and as these practices evolve we have found out the things that work, and the things that do not. The tendency to make the consumer feel more worthy if they have a particular product, for example, has proved to be very effective. At the same time, making a consumer feel bad about themselves has also been found to work very well, although the former of these two methods is more positive. When testing the effectiveness of selling a brand versus selling a story, we found that the latter of the two is much more efficient. Here are the reasons why. Stories inspire people Similar to praising customers, telling stories has a positive effect. If a story is well told, it can have the potential to touch many people. If a story is related to a cause or issue, then there is a high chance that those viewers will feel encouraged to share the information with anyone that they know. Word of mouth is still, in this day and age, one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) methods to spread the word. Besides people buying the product, that’s the most important thing to your brand’s success. People relate to stories When you sell a story instead of a brand, people can relate to it much more. This is crucial to your brand’s success because when people relate to a story and the personalities in it they are emotionally connected, and when this occurs they are more likely to want to buy the product. People also need to feel like they need the product, and many times this need is subliminal. When they connect to the story, they can suddenly see how it will work in their lives and how it will improve their situation because it helps the characters or people in the story. Without knowing it, they’ll be persuaded of its logical uses while they have instead been persuaded emotionally. While brands don’t have faces, people do. People won’t care about your brand inherently. You have to make them care. It makes them pay attention longer When people are engaged in a story, they are more likely to pay attention for longer. This is particularly crucial in TV commercials where most people mute their television. If they see that a story is being told, instead of a blatant item being sold, they will be more curious to see what company is behind it all. If your story is engaging enough, they’ll be thinking about it later. It makes you more believable Any good story highlights life’s flaws and all of the different ways people are not perfect. If a brand is selling its name instead of the story, it is often that the brand is presenting itself as being perfect, which is something no one will believe. Plus, it takes an amount of trust for a consumer to try out a new product. Sell a story and people see you are more believable, and when you are believable, you are most trustworthy, and when you are more trustworthy, you’ll have more people buying your product. It makes you less intimidating As more modes of communication bring more enlightenment to the masses about how large companies and corporations often abuse their power in a number of ways, people become more skeptical. Some may even fear and be intimidated by these companies. Even if your brand does not try to evoke these feelings, other companies that do have generally made people a lot more wary of them. People are a lot savvier now, and they ask a lot more questions. People feel more separate from companies now more than ever. However, if you tell a story, suddenly you are not a large corporation, or even a small one. You become a neighbor, a lover, a family member, or a friend. When people are not intimidated by advertisements and their related advertisers, they are much more open to the idea of consuming the product, pure and simple. It looks like you care Although this motive goes against the selflessness that stories are mostly meant to demonstrate, it is important to seem like a company who cares and wants to give back to the community. When people tie your company to a cause they forget your basic advertising motive, and whatever you do, you must never seem selfish. Even if you are a company that truly does wish to give back, which is certainly quite necessary where it really counts, portraying your brand as philanthropic only helps you at the end of the day. Telling a story instead of selling a brand has been proven to be a much more effective advertising method. Apply this strategy today and your brand will be much more successful.

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 21 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

Organize your Brain: The Best Tools for Writers

Tools, apps, organization, Resources, writers

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:10 +0000

Here is a very random list of tools and resources you can use when you are writing. There are tools for helping to organize your thoughts, days, your workload, and your research. There are even websites that help you cite, write, fact check, and even organize some help for your work by having others do it for you. Let’s take a look. InfoPlease You can organize your research with InfoPlease. It is a research resource where you can get all your information in one place. It is an almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, biography reference and an atlas all in one place. Open Office You can pay Microsoft a lot of money for their office tools, or you can use Open Office. It does many of the same things that the Microsoft Office Suite, which includes a word processor, presentation tools, organizer and much more. EssayMama This is one of the best organizing tools for the fact that it does your work for you. Under normal circumstances, you have to organize your own workload and fit it around your life, but with EssayMama you just give them your work. You then have a large hole in your schedule that you can fill with other things. They send back your work as per the deadline and you do with it what you will. It is simple, easy and can also get you out of a jam if you have a deadline looming over you. Autocrit Organize your writing with AutoCrit. It will identify the weaker words in your text and show them to you. It is then up to you to decide to keep or replace them. It can really help you organize your proofreading process. Citing Sources This is a resource provided by the Duke University Library and it helps you organize your citation and resources. It shows you why you need a bibliography and reference section and shows you how to reference correctly and cite correctly. It shows you how to write your bibliography/reference section in the correct manner and helps you organize yourself so that you remain consistent when you reference and cite. RhymeZone Organize your rhymes like a gangster in a movie with this tool. It helps you rhyme words, which is very handy if you are trying to come up with a title or a tag line for a piece of your work. Dictionary.com Organize what you mean and what you do not understand with this online dictionary. It has numerous other features that can help you streamline your writing. Writer’s Café This is a truly great tool for new writers. It uses software to help the writer keep a journal, a diary and a date book (which may basically be the same thing). It helps the writer with its own organizer, and it gives writing tips and advice for newbies. Writer’s Cafe is ideal for people trying to write fiction, and will help you organize your efforts when you are writing on a deadline. MediLexico Organize your medical knowledge and jargon with this tool. You can find all the terms you need for writing your project. It has a comprehensive dictionary of medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical words, as well as health care acronyms and abbreviations. Creativity Portal Prompts This is a tool for organizing your words when you have writers’ block. It gives you a number of prompts and after a while, you may find that your creativity starts up again. A.nnotate This is a tool that helps you organize your work by letting you leave notes for yourself on your online research. It means you can save pages and then return to them and see the notes you left for yourself. Memonic This is a research-organizing tool. It allows you to take notes, clip web content and remove content so you can print it or save it on your computer. It allows you to share the information and helps you organize what you want to keep for your research. Zotero  This tool allows you to collect, cite, share and organize all of your research and your sources. It is handy if you are working with other people or if you simply want to show that you are making progress. You can use it personally as your own research log. The Literary Machine This is a tool that allows you to compile writing modules and research. It then makes it easier for you to jump back to it later and use it in your work or in the planning stage. It puts your research in one place, which may help you organize your essay planning a little easier. Scrivener Plan your drafts and organize your research with this tool. It has areas that help you write research and write different types of text, and there are lots of features you can play with in order to organize yourself. It is a very popular tool that helps people get organized when working on their writing project. Evernote This is possibly the most popular tool on this list. It allows you to make notes, store images, store, audio, and movies. It allows you to set up your own categories so you can organize your files personally, and it has a Dictaphone function. Used correctly, it can help you organize your day, your research and your workload.

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Jessica Millis
Jessica Millis
Jessica Millis, freelance writer and educator (writing classes) from JMU. Currently working on her first novel. More about Jessica - http://about.me/jessica.millis

 

20 Reasons You Should Start Your Business Now!

Business, Inspiration, motivation, resonds, start

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:43:42 +0000

So you have a dream, but may you be too afraid to pursue it. A dream to start a business can be particularly scary, because in some cases your financial security depends on it. Whether or not you may realize it, thoughts like these are based on fear. After all, your dream is unique and important to you, so you should not push it away. Here are 20 reasons why you should start your business now. Do not let fear run your life Fear is one of the worst things for motivation. If you want to accomplish a lot in life, you cannot let fear be any part of it. Time never stops Death is an unfortunate part of life, but there is no escaping that it exists. You are not getting any younger; you do not have any more time than you had before. The longer you wait, the longer until you realize your dream. This may seem pessimistic, but it is very much true. Take this as a motivator to get you started. You can work anywhere When you work for yourself, your office is anywhere you would like it to be. It is a risk Fear can be a part of starting something as large a task as starting your own business, but it is also a risk. It is good to take risks because then you are living on the edge, and when you live on the edge, every experience causes you to grow as a person. Your business is wanted Assuming that your business will have no public demand is a thought usually based on negative feelings. Find your niche and sell your idea to whoever it takes to get your business launched. If you have a desire for the product or service you are trying to bring to market, it is most likely that others do too. You can write it off Although a lot of work and effort goes into making a business, it can really pay off (aside from sales). When it comes time to write your taxes, you can write off deductions, which include all sorts of things from supplies to Internet service. Even if you have a small business, you can really make tax time work quite well for you. No one else will do it for you If you have a dream, it is up to you to achieve it. No one else will do the work for you. You cannot sit around waiting for it to happen. The Internet The Internet is often a free platform for you to promote your business. This can guarantee you at least some amount of success. You were terminated from your previous job Most people lose their job at least once in their life, and it may not be even their fault. The economy has businesses making a lot of decisions they may not want to, but need to make, and laying you off may have been one of those decisions. Finding a new job that will ask for all of the skills you used at your previous may be extremely difficult. When you start a business, this search can be quickly bypassed. You will be your own boss One of the best things about starting your own business is the fact that you won’t have to work under anyone else. Inexpensive technology In today’s world, much of the market is dependent on technology and communication with it. Thankfully though, technology is getting cheaper everyday, making it ever easier for you than before. Do it before someone else does If your idea is especially unique, do not wait for someone else to do it. Cheap labor The recession has hit employees in a frustrating manner; getting the job they deserve has never been harder, due to competition. As the boss, however, you will be able to pick from the best people you would like, and have the luxury to be picky. And because there are so many people wanting jobs, you can lower your pay rate. This makes it difficult for employees, but much easier for you. People are starting to spend again The recession is still a major issue, but people are starting to spend a little extra now. They could be taking their money to your business. You have energy now If you have an idea for a business, it is most likely you have a passion for it. Especially if you’re young, a passion for the business of your dreams can give you a lot of energy to accomplish just that. Take advantage of this and hone it to your goals. Earning a living Simply put: businesses make money, the kind of money that can give you the right kind of living. Retire earlier If you own a business, you could make more money than you ever would working for someone else, and you could retire much sooner. Easier ways to fund With websites such as IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, it has never been easier to get your business started, especially if you don’t want to pull cash out of your own wallet. Even if you fail, it’s not the end of the world Although there’s a high chance your company will do very well, there’s a chance it may fail. However, every time you fail you’ll learn what does not work, getting you closer to success. Set a good example Set a good example by taking the risks and the leap of faith required to start your business. If you start a business, you may inspire others around you (including yourself) and that is a very powerful thing.

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 21 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

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