Did you know your home is always using power? Even when you have your appliances, gadgets and devices turned off, they use what’s referred to as “vampire power.” Believe it or not, unless you actually pull the plug on your electronics, they use energy in standby, which is exactly what vampire power is.
Cell phone chargers and similar gadgets are notorious for draining power even when nothing is plugged in to charge. That’s why a lot of times chargers are warm to the touch when you remove them from the wall. They still waste energy even when a device is not plugged into the charging end.
The problem with that scenario is the connected devices and appliances are using unnecessary power. This means, of course, you’re racking up your power bill, but you’re also consuming valuable resources in the process. It may not be an issue in the short term, but over time you’re collectively spending more money than you need to, and it adds up! According to the Energy Information Administration, consumers in the US spend more than $3 billion a year on vampire power. Read the rest of this entry
The wedding venue is the heart of your big day. Nothing else can happen without it. It should be the priority of anyone preparing for a wedding.
We always believe in learning from those who came before. This is why we’re proud to present the worst wedding venue mistakes ever made by a bride and groom.
1. Booking the Date First
Don’t waste your time booking venues that fit in with your date. This goes doubly true if you’re holding a wedding in the summer (wedding season). Be flexible with your dates and book the venue first.
After all, your significant other isn’t going anywhere. The wedding can wait a few days!
2. Don’t Wait to Book
It’s all well and good visiting lots of different venues, but you need to actually book one. Most venues will only give you a limited time to make a decision. Go over this time and the venue is back on the market.
The best dates only go to those brides who move quickly. Visit your venues and make a decision as soon as possible. Read the rest of this entry
‘The 7 Signs of Dirt Lurking In Your Office’
This infographic highlights where dirt and germs can be found in the every day office, plus further statistics on bacteria aswell as how to combat dirt and prevent germs from spreading.
- 60% of illnesses are caused by dirty surfaces in the work place
- Office desks have over 10,000 bacteria lurking
- Within 8 hours, 1 bacterium on a damp cloth can multiply to 6 million
What To Do?
- Wash your hands regularly
- Disinfect your keyboard and mouse
- Use antibacterial hand wash.
- Don’t eat at your desk.
- If you’re ill, stay at home.
- Use disposable cloths or paper towels.
- Re-usable cloths should be disinfected.
Use separate mops & buckets for kitchens and toilets
The cleanliness in your office depends on a number of factors. The health and hygiene policy, the standard of cleaning and eductation in the work place. A cleaning audit will highlight any areas that need addressing. Read the rest of this entry
SEO, or search engine optimization, is a valid and valuable tool for any business owner with a web presence. However, using outdated or ineffective strategies to bring attention to your business site or blog will do you far more harm than good. Here are 3 strategies it’s better to avoid.
The content of your business website is key, especially if you’re a small business or a company with a web-only presence. Valuable, well-written, and informative content that’s tailored to your target audience will bring in more potential customers. You don’t have to become the next Hemmingway or Faulkner – publishing relevant, understandable content is your main objective.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation count too. Consider hiring an editor if composition isn’t your strong suit. At the very least, find a proofreader with good skills to double check your work before publishing your content. Read the rest of this entry
Everyone knows that there’s a bitter rivalry between Apple and Microsoft, but did you know that Google is another competing force that’s trying to match Apple in many respects? These two tech giants have many similar products and loyal fan followings.
Apple has been a powerful tech company for years, but it gained major notoriety after creating the iPhone. This device completely revolutionized the smartphone industry, and it’s also responsible for the modern smartphone market. Not only that, but Apple also designed the iPad, which put tablets into the hands of consumers.
After acquiring Android, Google fired back with many similar devices. Unlike Apple’s iconic mobile devices, Google allowed manufacturers to openly use the Android OS to build smartphones and tablets. While no Android tablet or smartphone has the following of the iPhone and iPad, the Android OS is more popular than iOS.
Both of these companies have created streaming hardware. Apple developed Apple TV, which has been around for years. This small device allows you to stream from iOS devices and Apple computers so that you can easily watch movies from your TV. While it took longer to develop, Google developed the Chromecast device to battle Apple TV. Read the rest of this entry
The descriptive phrase applied by automaker Mercedes-Benz to describe their futuristic initiative to align cars and their owners together in a more personalized way is “predictive user experience.” According to the company’s announcement at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, “we’re working on a new generation of vehicles that truly serve as digital companions. They learn your habits, adapt to your choices, predict your moves, and interact with your social network.”
Cars today are already many times smarter than their predecessors of just a few years ago. However, the phrase “predictive user experience” implies a significant leap forward in innovation. Cars featuring predictive user experience would do more than simply offer new and advanced electronic features. Over time cars would actually learn aspects of the driving experience preferred by its drivers and then deliver more of that experience.
A Non-Automotive Example of Predictive User Experience
Many people are familiar with the internet radio service Pandora.Pandora is widely used with more than 70+ million users as of late 2013. Pandora serves as a non-automotive example that effectively illustrates the basic principle of predictive user experience.
Pandora listeners have the ability to interact with the system to register their likes and dislikes for various musical artists and selections in real time as they hear them. This interaction allows Pandora to learn the individualized musical tastes of each listener.Pandora can then offer up a personalized listening experience for each listener by playing more of what a listener likes, and even eliminate what they don’t like. Read the rest of this entry