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Month: September 2017

Best Buy & Staples: Printer Shopping Made Easy

Online shopping is increasingly becoming the new black. From the simplest items such as groceries to office equipment, people are now turning to online platforms such as Best Buy and Staples to shop for almost everything. Due to that, such online stores are now on the rise and every day we wake up to news about the launching of a new shopping platform. However old is gold and the old online shopping stores remain the best especially for office equipment like printers. To help you prepare for what you should expect, my team and I went hunting in platforms known for providing the best selection of printers. We have put together a list showing differences between printers in these two shops and the overall shopping experience.

Brands available at Best Buy

At Best Buy you get to choose between HP, Epson, Canon, and Brother. All these come from well-established brands and which are known for their efficiency.

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Epson printers-Printers from Epson are the most common sight at any office which goes a long way in proving that they are efficient. They boast a 3-in-1 functionality, inbuilt wireless networking, a 100 sheets input tray and even borderless printing. Through Best Buy you are now able to buy this printer.

Canon– Printers from Canon take you a notch higher with their four in one functionality, and different print speeds. They too offer you wireless and inbuilt networking.

Hp– These are simply the best from Best Buy, and they pride themselves over Wi-FI, four in one functionality, a 35 sheet automatic document feeder, a 100 sheet input tray and they can print up to 9.5 black sheets and up to 6.8 ISO colored papers.

Brother -These too, bring with them some remarkable features, and they have an even higher capacity of tray input as they can hold up to 250 sheets. They also boast a touch screen and four in one functionality. They can print up to 32 papers.

Staples is your Office Superstore

Printers at Staples

At Staples, you get printers from the same brands as those at Bestbuy just that, Staples goes on to add your options by offering those from Kodak, expression, and Dell.

Kodak– With the latest printer from Kodak, you get to do everything from scanning, downloading and printing projects all in one step. They are wireless, and some of them have LCD screens. You get to buy them quickly from Staples.

Expression-They come in a compact size which allows you to use them even in minimal space but they are highly functional, and you can scan copy and print freely. The 2.7 LCD screen enables you to navigate effortlessly.

Dell -These have 3 in 1 functionality, have high speeds, they allow two-sided printing which saves you on time and they have USB and Ethernet inputs.

 

Best Buy expert services and Unbeatable Prices

Overall shopping experience

Both shops offer you a good shopping experience, if you are doing it online, the response is quite fast, and the delivery is always on time. They stock printers from some of the best brands which ensure that you get nothing but the best. Also, they offer a diverse array to select from regarding size and price. Both shops are more than willing to replace printers which have issues hence your money does not go to waste if you buy a product which is not functional.

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5 Free Resources for Math Teachers Using Chromebooks

One of the many questions that I received in my email this week came from a reader who wanted to know what some of my favorite resources for teaching math are. She added the stipulation that they needed to work on Chromebooks because her district just replaced old Windows computers in a lab with a Chromebook cart arrangement. Here are the suggestions that I shared.

Desmos is a free graphing calculator that you can use in your web browser on a Chromebook or any other computer using the Chrome browser. It is also available for mobile phones. Desmos has a robust website full of activities and lessons to use in your classroom.

Graph.tk is a free online graphing utility that allows you to plot multiple functions through its dynamically re-sizing grid. To graph an equation on Graph.tk just click the “+” symbol to enter a new equation. One thing that isn’t clear the first time you use Graph.tk is that you need to delete the existing default equations before you start.

GeoGebra Classic is the browser-based version of the popular GeoGebra software. For more than ten years teachers have used GeoGebra to teach graphing functions, probability, data analysis, and much more.

Math Vocabulary Cards is a free Chrome app designed for elementary school students. The app offers exactly what its name implies, a series of flashcards of mathematics vocabulary terms. Each card contains a term, a diagram, and a definition. By default the term is hidden and students have to guess the term based on the definition and diagram. Students can also use the cards with the definitions hidden and the terms revealed.

Geoboard is a free app on which students stretch virtual rubber bands over pegboards to create lines and shapes to learn about perimeter, area, and angles. The app is available as a Chrome app. It can also be used directly in any modern web browser. The browser-based version can be found here.

Article originally posted on freetech4teachers.com .

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Cujo Smart Firewall: Stay Safe Online



Well when I started using the Cujo smart firewall I thought it was great. I really think it is a great tool to have for your all of your devices. And believe I love this Cujo smart firewall product that is selling great at BestBuy stores.CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it like antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.


Parental Controls for all devices

Websites and App Filtering

The Cujo smart firewall can protect your kids from inappropriate websites and apps

Schedules

You can manage  internet access by day and time.

Time limits

Control the time allowed for internet activities like social media and video streaming.

User Profile

Create individual settings for each family member and it has simple set up

The Main Features of the Cujo Smart Firewall

•         BUSINESS-LEVEL INTERNET SECURITY  

Cujo detects and blocks malicious sites and hacks.

•         GUARDS ALL DEVICES

The Cujo smart firewall will protect and control all of your home devices from laptops to smartphones.

•         PARENTAL CONTROLS

The Cujo helps you avoid inappropriate sites and apps, and manage access schedules.

•         CONNECT TO ROUTER, CONTROL WITH APP

You can use the step by step set up guide or call their support team to activate the cujo smart firewall device, if you can’t work it right.

•         BLAZING FAST (built with 1GB Ethernet)

The Cujo smart firewall is built with 1 gb Ethernet and this will not slow your network.

Parental controls features:

– parental controls for all devices

– internet filter

– time limits

– social media monitoring

– pause internet

– alerts and reporting

– remote administration

– user profiles and settings

Why I think Parents Will Love It

Because not only work will CUJO on antivirus and as for your entire network, but it also comes with a wealth of parental controls. And you can also and definitely create multiple profiles each with customizable settings. And the big kids can have different parameters than the little kids. Also within the profiles, you can set internet filters, time limits, and even monitor social media which is a HUGE game changer for device monitoring. You even have the ability to pause internet – ideal for family dinners, or at bed time. All the while it’s quietly working in the background to also stop viruses and other online threats.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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How To Save Money Playing Real Life Minecraft

In the popular video game, Minecraft, the player spends hours, usually, mining minerals, smelting them for use in building tools, and building a world of their own out of materials they gather from nature. Just like in pioneer days. This game has revitalized interest in architecture and construction.

However, in pioneer days, the cost of building your own home was much lower since you cut all the materials yourself and did most of the construction, as well. These days, building your own home can cost you more than an arm and a leg. Below are a few ideas that may help your budget.

Do It Yourself

How many times have you listened to the woes of friends and family members that have purchased their own homes? The slight miscalculations that left a door frame off center or the shotty job putting the flooring in are usually among the common list of issues.

Among the reasons for being upset is feeling like they paid too much and received too little in return. This is one of those moments where doing it yourself would solve so many problems at one time. Yes, it can be a lot more work, but in the end, you have exactly what you want and you paid less for it.

Hire Wisely

If you’re like most people you were not born with the knowledge or talent for carpentry, or to be an electrician. Let’s face it, most days, some of us are lucky if we don’t trip over our own feet. Hiring a contractor can be a huge help. They take care of building your dream home and all you have to do is step back and pay for it.

So, how do you save money? Building your own home is a monumental task and hiring someone to do it should have monumental consideration. Get several bids. Then, sit down and discuss with all involved the pros and cons of each bid and determine which contractor gives you the most bang for your buck.

Keep Things Under Budget

A huge task, at best, is to keep something under budget. School systems struggle to do it. The President of the United States has trouble doing it and men and women in everyday life have a difficult time keeping things within the budget, much less under budget. It all comes down to willpower.

Do you really need the most expensive black marble counter tops you can find? No. Must you put natural oak floors throughout the house? No. Sit down with your budget and see where you might be able to compromise. In most cases, you can always go back later and remodel when you are at a more fruitful financial chapter of your life.

Building your own home is an exciting adventure. It doesn’t need to be an expensive one.

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4 Stocks That Could Double in 2017

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State Operated Casinos

State operated, land based casinos are a major source of revenue for many states. They offer many of the same gaming experiences as Las Vegas casinos such as the traditional blackjack and poker table games, as well as a large variety of slot machines. Technology has changed the style of the slots, transforming them into a visual entertainment experience mimicking games and game shows such as Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune.

Instead of marketing the casinos as places to gamble, the experience has been repackaged as gaming. Critics say it is clearly a way to make losing your money as fun because the odds are always in favor of the casino. But the amount a player spends at a slot machine can be as little as five cents per play while getting the benefit of being visually entertained. Add to this the fact that many casinos also offer live entertainment and popular restaurants to eat at, and the casino is now an adult getaway.

State operated casinos differ from privately owned casinos in two ways. The first is that by law, the casino has to pay out a certain percentage of gaming money back to the players in the form of winnings, called the pay off percentage. The second is that while the states take in millions of dollars each year from casino operations, most of that money is returned to the public to fund public programs such as education or senior citizen programs that benefit all its citizens.

Looking toward the future, states are now looking at online casinos for additional sources of revenue. The Department of Justice ruled that online gaming (excluding sports betting) did not violate any Federal laws, and gave each state the right to decide whether or not it was legal for their citizens. Nevada and New Jersey are two states that already allow online gaming if you are within the geographical boundaries of the state.

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Tips For Running A Successful Business

Well there’s one thing i know when it comes to success, I’ve always believed in the saying, The length of our life is finite, but its wideness depends on us, to start great businesses. Marty J. Stallone is a great businessman and he is the  executive vice president of land development at metropolitan development group. And this just means that our purpose is to achieve the grandest things and widen the scope of our lives in the short time we have.

You should make a choice, any choice

You know people are constantly changing and, as a result, the world is constantly changing, too. When running a business in which a lot of time is spent on decision-making and measuring consequences is probably a waste of resources. And It doesn’t do anything but increase anxiety and fear of failure. Even with all of your planning, the winds will change and you’ll be back to worrying again.

So try and understand that failure is an opportunity, and a chance to try overcome all of the challenges. The companies that quickly meet problems head-on are better equipped to minimize future errors. Dormancy is the worst possible outcome of any challenge. The only bad decision you can make is to make none.

And become the industry, don’t just exist within it

Well, I call this the “The Green Fluorescent Umbrella” philosophy. Consider that being the best umbrella maker in the world might be difficult to achieve. But being the best green fluorescent umbrella maker is probably much easier, even if it means having to create your own road map to success.

And you can find out that, It’s very easy to fall into the temptation of commoditizing a company, fitting it into the existing spectrum in order to chase temporary economic success. But we live in a time of shifting paradigms, so it would be a big mistake to take advantage of an existing market rather than try to create a new one. Investing in macro goals is the biggest and most important commitment any business can make. So don’t be afraid to create your own lane.

The best business advice that I can give you

Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Because most successful business owners will tell you they could not have accomplished their goals without help–from a mentor, colleague, even mom and dad. And for many, their ability to evaluate, internalize and act on the counsel they received was instrumental in getting their companies off the ground.In an effort to tap some of this wisdom, we called on business gurus to tell us the very best piece of advice they’ve received. From hiring to philanthropy and more, their responses were as varied as the companies they run.

My list of wise people to connect with on social media

1. Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight) “Social media is not just an activity; it is an investment of valuable time and resources. Surround yourself with people who not just support you and stay with you, but inform your thinking about ways to WOW your online presence”

2. Ann Tran (@anntran_) “Humility, gentleness, and helpfulness go so much further and open doors you cannot imagine. Think from a higher level and try to see beyond today. Some hard work and insight will bring you to paths that will reward you so highly, it’ll make the little inconvenience you incurred so worth it.”

3. Jessica Northey (@jessicanorthey) “In Social Media the “squeaky wheel” gets the oil. You have to put yourself out there, to find people who will relate or even debate with you, depending on what you are looking for.”

4. Mari Smith (@marismith) “We must develop a thick skin. With an unshakeable sense of self – and a commitment to being compassionate – nothing will faze you.”

5. Aaron Lee (@askaaronlee) “These days, social media waits for no one. If you’re LATE for the party, you’ll probably be covered by all the noise and you might not be able to get your voice across. It could only mean that if you want to be heard by the crowd, you have to be fast; and on social media, that means you have to be REALLY fast.”

Some of the  best management tips for small business owners

Plan Ahead for Better Time Management

Well I think when you trying to help improve your time management skills, you should think about spending a half-hour to an hour every morning planning the day and prioritizing the most important tasks first in a list fashion. Prioritization is vital. Some people save their toughest tasks for the end of the day, but it may be easier to complete these tasks when the brain is freshest and the energy levels are high.

And also while creating your plans, think about allowing at least two slots for planned disruptions from others within the company… This may help make the company run smoother, which leads to growth.

Please be sure to follow these tips, and you may observe tasks are getting done more consistently and smoothly. And also you can consider making sure that your team leaders are trained on time management and have them do the same for their employees. This may help make the company run smoother, which leads to growth. It also benefits each employee’s personal life due to lack of stress from not getting things complete, which also benefits the entire company.

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What Mistakes Should You Avoid While Investing In Fixed Deposit?

People usually hesitate while investing their funds as they don’t want to end up losing their money. Investments always involve risks but investing in a right place can always help you earn higher returns. Since our  childhood, we have been taught to save money so that we can utilise it at the time of an emergency.

Though saving is an age old method, investing your funds these days can help you earn higher returns. You might have some surplus funds coming from a business profit or from a salary hike or even from inheritance. No matter how you receive the surplus money, investing them can always help you earn higher profits over it. When it comes to investments, people usually hesitate to invest their funds as it involves risk. But if you park your funds in the right place and at the right time, you are likely to earn benefits from it.

Fixed Deposits is a major and a commonly preferred way to invest funds. Though fixed deposits are considered as a safe investment option, there are times when you can make some mistakes while investing in a fixed deposit.  These mistakes can get you in a huge trouble. Although fixed deposits have less risk involving factors, it is still important that you must avoid these mistakes while investing your funds:

● Using all your savings:

At times, people resort to investing all their savings in the hopes that they will earn higher returns in the future. Even though you will be getting higher returns in the future, you should not invest all your savings in a Fixed Deposit account. It is a known fact that you can only withdraw funds from a Fixed Deposit after it gets matured. Thus, when you invest all your savings in a Fixed Deposit, you will have no financial backup whatsoever. In case if you need money urgently, it can get difficult for you to arrange funds if you don’t have a financial backup. In such scenarios, you might have to break your FD which is not an ideal situation to be in.

● Don’t ignore the liquidity term/conditions:

In case if you are stuck in a financial emergency and need some urgent funds, then you can use the money that you have invested in Fixed Deposits as an option. Though a Fixed Deposit account can be more liquid than other asset options, you cannot withdraw funds from your Fixed Deposit account. Fixed Deposits restrict fund withdrawal before its maturity. In such a situation, you can only break your Fixed Deposit to liquidate your funds, but breaking your Fixed Deposit will lead you to pay a penalty.

● Not being assured of your returns:

Before you invest your hard-earned money in a Fixed Deposit, it is essential that you have checked and compared all the prevailing rates in the market. Compare all the prevailing prices in the market and select the lender which provides you with the best rate of interest. Evaluate the returns by using various online tools like FD Calculator. This will help you to determine your earnings and you can do so within a few clicks.

● Compensation for inflation using an FD: 

If you intend to increase your purchasing power, a Fixed Deposit is not the greatest idea. Fixed Deposit interest rates have been influenced in the recent times. But before you invest, it is essential that you stay aware of all the latest happenings in the market.These are some mistakes that yo should avoid while investing in a fixed deposit to have safe investment and earn higher returns in the future.

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The Success Story of The Biggest Online Payment System {PayPal}

In the chart of successfully growing businesses, PayPal rightfully occupies one of the top spots. Founded in late 90’s by Elon Musk and a group of enthusiasts, PayPal is now recognised as the world’s largest online payment processor.

After seeing some ups and downs, the company proliferated. Between years 2000 and 2002 PayPal grew big enough to finally announce its entry to the charts of NASDAQ with $13 per share. Later, PayPal merged with eBay for the tremendous $1.5 billion, becoming the only payment gateway for eBay users.

PayPal is now available in 203 markets and multiple currencies. It allows customers to hold balances, deposit and withdraw their funds securely, with full compliance and control over their financial data.

The company also vouches for its moral standing in the market. Hence the decision to withdraw as a payment method from the majority of the gambling websites. The decision contributed to the reputation of PayPal; the platform is recognized as the world’s most reliable payment s with system ever growing user base. The company acquires different payment solutions to penetrate into the online retail market even further. Recently, they collaborated with the MasterCard, leading to the inception of the Secure Card service. This decision alone brought the company a revenue of the whopping $1.8 billion.

PayPal drives the time reduction for any transaction; financial data collection and manipulation is automatized. Information is processed through the innovative Informatica MDM, governance and PowerCenter platforms. Robust transaction control and security makes PayPal service the most preferred and trusted by the ever growing user base.

The prominent success story of PayPal has inspired many start-ups. Nevertheless, if you still think that transactions can’t go beyond bank accounts, we strongly suggest taking a closer look at our infographic below. Facts and figures speak for themselves; a quick and simplified system like PayPal is what you get by keeping up with times.

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