Saving, investing and making money with technology

Day: July 21, 2017

Save up to $400 on Galaxy S8 and S8+ At BestBuy

Save up to $400 on the new Coral Blue Samsung GS8 or GS8+ when you buy and activate with a monthly installment plan or choose an unlocked version.

Minimum savings is $150. Terms and conditions apply.*

A Screen Without Limits

The Galaxy S8 has the world’s first Infinity Screen. The expansive display stretches from edge to edge, giving you the most amount of screen in the least amount of space. And the S8+ is even more massive — Samsung’s biggest screen yet.

Samsung’s Best Camera, Now Even Smarter.

Take clearer, sharper, more detailed selfies with Samsung’s best camera yet, and brilliant photos in any light with dual-pixel technology.

Look at Your World in a New Way

Bixby lives inside your camera, gallery and Internet to give you a deeper understanding of what you’re looking at. Just tap the Vision icon in your viewfinder and Bixby will serve up contextual icons: translation, QR code detection, landmark recognition and shopping.

A Phone That Can Take You Anywhere

A whole new VR experience with completely intuitive responses on the in-hand controller, and a Gear 360 that shoots in 4K and fits in your pocket.

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Continuing Education Courses Help HR Professionals Do Their Jobs Better

If you are working your way up the corporate ladder, you already know how important continuing education courses are. If you are a human resources manager, this can be a great way to keep up with all the changes in your field. Fortunately, taking the right courses is easier than it has ever been and the companies that offer these courses can be found online, which makes it easier to research them. Whether you are just out of college or a seasoned pro, there are always more things to learn and these classes make it fast and convenient to get the knowledge that you need to move forward with your career.

Knowledge Always Equals Power

There is no such thing as having too much knowledge and since the human resources field encompasses a variety of areas including payroll, employee performance reviews, and employee motivation, the learning has to be continuous if you want to keep up with everything. Professional courses are taught by instructors with experience in the field so they know what they are talking about every time. The courses can include subject areas such as training and development, analytics, performance management, and succession planning. In fact, when it comes to human resources management courses, there are many available options and the companies are continuously coming up with additional courses for you to increase your knowledge of the field that you love.

Taking the Classes Is Easy

The companies that offer these courses make it easy to take them because they are usually offered at a facility that is convenient for everyone. They usually offer lunch, coffee and tea, and snacks and, best of all, the courses are not lengthy. This means that they won’t interrupt your workload too much because most of them last anywhere from four days to three weeks with most being one week in length. They provide lodging recommendations and airport transfers for those students who come from far away and the classes are small and personal enough to make everyone feel comfortable. All of these things are important because professional development classes should always be easy to take, comfortable and relaxing, and, most of all, convenient.

The classes that these companies offer are also provided at different times so if you have a board meeting scheduled for the week that you are interested in, you can check another week and the class will likely be offered then as well. You get a certificate of completion when the class is over and you will make a lot of new friends, have some downtime to enjoy, and, most importantly, come away with great knowledge that is easily applied once you get back to your office. All human resources departments are crucial, regardless of the type of business you have, so taking HR courses regularly means that you are guaranteed to stay up to date with the information that you need to move up in your job. Regardless of your current position or how long you have been with your company, this is a great thing to know.

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Technology Can Help You Save Money At Home

Saving money at home is one of the most useful elements a family can implement into their financial planning.  There are numerous ways to cut the budget, and it literally pays to do the necessary research.  Smart technologies have made existing at home much more affordable.  

Each year brings us new and exciting technological advances, and it behooves us to implement these tools that have so graciously been gifted to us by science.  Take a moment to read through this short overview, highlighting a few ways in which technology can help you save money at home.  

Efficient windows and doors

The windows and doors of a home can be a significant source of loss when it comes to the cost of maintaining a home.  If the house’s windows and doors are old or cheaply made, they will leak air into and out of the home.  A leaky house means an expensive energy bill.

Advancements in technology have made windows and doors much more efficient than ever before.  Double paned windows and doors keep the house’s cooling and heating trapped inside, causing the HVAC unit to work less and use less energy.  

Smart thermostats can better regulate the home’s interior environment

After installing energy efficient windows and doors, try installing a smart thermostat to more efficiently regulate the internal environment.  Smart thermostats are different from programmable thermostats, because they do all the guess work on independently.  

A Smart thermostat will take into consideration the climate in which the house is located, the average temperatures for a specific time of year, and humidity inside the home to create the most ideal environment.  

Solar power is becoming more and more feasible

Solar power used to be an expensive alternative power source that was only a feasible idea for the more affluent people in the world, but not anymore.  Solar panels are more affordable than ever, and they are more mobile than they have ever been.  

Retrax Solar Solutions produces solar panel systems for residential use that offset all of the traditional troubles people have when switching to solar energy.  Unlike traditional solar panels, the Retrax solar panels ship easily to their desired location, and they are easily moved.

Smart window air conditioners

Amazingly enough, there are Smart window air conditioners.  They DO exist!  For those of us who live in structures that do not support central heat and air, and for commercial trailers on job sites, an intelligent window unit is like a gift from above.  

In particular, the Quirky + GE Aros smart air conditioner will gather information about the utility budget, the location of the structure it is cooling, and the average usage to create and maintain an ideal environment.  

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Some Tricks to Improve Your SEO Efforts

When you get started off on your quest for great SEO, there are going to be a lot of different paths you take to try and achieve a high ranking. Certain things will pay off, and others will end up feeling like a complete waste of time. SEOjury will help you to identify these high return activities early and allocate more of your time towards them, so you can create a chance for yourself to speed up the path to SEO success greatly.

One thing that marketers rightly stress over is keyword selection. Keywords are essentially the most focused version of your message, so you need to understand which ones you are going to use and then hammer them down. Something many marketers forget is that it isn’t about maximising the visitors to your site, it’s about maximising the buyers that get to your site. There are tonnes of people in the world who your product or service isn’t going to be right for, and you don’t need them. All you need is to get the people who are most likely to derive value from what you’re offering.

To find the right keywords, Google has a tool called the “Keyword Planner” which can help you to narrow down your results by basing your decisions on actual search results. The planner is judging the keywords for relevance to your content and then the overall demand that keyword is facing at the moment.

This may sound like a mundane task that is over focused on semantics, but 48% of marketers believe this to be the most effective SEO tactic there is. It has been found that 50% of search queries that are made have four or more words, and it is your job to make sure you have captured at least a few of these.

Similar to the use of keywords is the meta tag tool. Meta tags are small bits of text in the HTML code that describes the contents of a web page. Through Google, it can signal to visitors what the page is really about in a very succinct way. Studies have shown that 43.2% of people click on a specific result due to the influence of the meta description.

Between these two tools, you already have a lot to go on to make your website more SEO friendly, but the final piece of the puzzle is making sure your content is great. Having relevant keywords and proper meta descriptions helps, but no one is going to stay on your website if you have terrible content. People will be a lot less likely to buy if the content feels worthless, and they will leave after viewing one page, which will result in a high bounce rate.

Between all of this is a huge opportunity to create relevant content that engrosses the reader, and then have them buy whatever it is you are selling. All you need to do for this to happen is have decent content that Google can correctly classify and place in their search results. The combination of proper keywords and meta descriptions will make it much easier for this to happen as you will have a concise message to present to the world and Google.

SEO can seem very daunting in the beginning, but you should think of it the way you would think of public speaking. Your goal is to get out there and say things in an interesting way while also hammering down your main point. Your message is one thing (the content), and the way you present it (SEO) is what helps it spread.

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