Is it hard to get your teenager to put down their cell phone? Probably not any harder than it would be if you asked them to cut off their right hand. What are they doing on that cell phone? They are likely communicating. Or they could be playing a game. The reason that they are probably either social networking or gaming is that they have now finally reached the point where they are running neck and neck in time spent on smart phones. Yes, it’s true, social networking has dethroned the formerly most accessed thing in the mobile website world… gaming. And whereas your teenager may be maturing at a slower level, experts are claiming that social networking is reaching full maturity at a furious pace. Perhaps there was just too much gaming saturating the Internet. But if you have played some of these more sophisticated, globally reaching online games it doesn’t take any kind of social media coaching to recognize that some of these games are in and of themselves a form of social networking.
Even the Almighty Email Takes a Backseat
Lets face it… Why wait for someone to email you when you can simply open up a chat line and talk to them as if they were in the same room with you? Better yet, punch a button and you can actually appear face-to-face and speak as if they were sitting directly in front of you – which in a way, they are. Skype, Facetime and other person-to-person chats are revolutionizing what used to be the quickest way to ‘ speak’ with someone… email. And though social networking may be competing with gaming, a type of partnership has been formed between the two. Kids from Wyoming are playing the same game online as kids in China. They are playing at the same time and with each other. This interaction of global proportion is a type of social networking – albeit an entirely separate community from traditional social networking websites.
How Did This All Gets Started?
These days, you can download any number of free apps to your phone – most of them having to do with games. You can play poker at a table with several other players, each of them with their own avatar (picture, character and/or alter ego by which they are known online), compete against others playing slot machines and even buy them virtual ‘drinks’. Back in the day of course, video games preceded Internet games. You could play with someone else as long as they were standing right next to and you had a television set. Finally, computer games were born which required the insertion of some type of floppy disk or other source of information for the computer to follow.
Clearly online gaming has come a long ways and though currently outdone by social networking, at least when it comes to popularity, promises to remain a steadfast fixture in societies both on and off the Internet.Tags: marketing, social media
No doubt, you have plenty of electronics in your life. Since these fun gadgets can be expensive, you want them to last as long as they can. There are plenty of hazards that can attribute to your electronics’ shortened lifespan and smoke is one of the big ones. For many who have a home office, smoking in their office is almost a perk of staying at home and even those that only use their electronics for personal reasons may not consider the damage they are doing to their gadgets just by lighting up. If you want your expensive electronic toys to last as long as they possibly can, you will want to stop smoking around them.
Smoking is never good for anyone. The Surgeon General’s warnings on the cover aren’t just for show. The fact is that cigarettes contain plenty of harmful chemicals and additives that have been proven to be harmful to the smoker and anyone who happens to be unfortunate enough to be around someone who lights up. This smoke and the chemicals contained therein leave a film or a residue as it settles. If you are a smoker, you likely smoke in your car, and have the problem of removing this film from the inside windshield from time to time in order to see, so you know exactly how annoying the film can be. That same smoke snakes its way into every nook and cranny that it can, including into your gadgets, leaving that same film on vital electronic components in your favorite gadgets, which can lead to damage or just flat out make the gadget in question stop working completely.
If you want that nicotine fix but also want to keep your gadgets at peak performance, you do have a few alternatives. Nicotine gum is a great way to get that nicotine fix without annoying the people around you and since there is no smoke, the safety of your gadgets is better preserved. Many smokers, however, have a tough time breaking the habit of smoking and a better option than gum may be an electronic cigarette. Electronic cigarettes provide smokers with a healthier alternative to smoking without having to break their habit. You still go through the same motions of holding a cigarette and inhaling and exhaling, and the vapor that you inhale can be customized so that it feels almost identical to taking a drag of your favorite brand.
Electronics really can last for a very long time if cared for properly. Make sure that they do not get overheated, keep them as dust and dirt free as possible, and keep them away from smoke. Otherwise, you are just wasting money.
We are living in the future we dreamt about when we are kids. No, we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards quite yet, but we are getting there! We use our phones more for surfing the internet and using apps than we do for making calls. Even our telephone calls have become futuristic with the invention of the video chat. Since we live in the future, there is no reason that you can’t stay informed of any subject you want, 24 hours a day, and that includes the Kentucky Derby.
One of the great things about living in the future is that we have an electronic gadget for pretty much anything. If you want to stay on top of your favorite subjects, including full details on Kentucky Derby 2013, you can easily do so from pretty much anywhere. If you are in line at the grocery store, you can check Kentucky Derby odds right from your phone. If you have an e-reader (and these days, who doesn’t?), you are likely able to connect to the internet directly through the reader to get up to the minute information on the Kentucky Derby 2013 contenders, anywhere you decide you want to stop to check.
Tracking Down Information
Since we live in the future, one of the great tools available to us is the internet. You can find information on pretty much any topic just with a quick search. It is no different when it comes to staying informed about the Derby. By conducting quick searches, you can find the most read information, but if you want to limit your search to only new information, you can even adjust your search to include only news from the past day or so.
If you are someone who is looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby, you definitely want to be up to date on all of your Derby information. Luckily, it is easy to do in this day and age. If you are planning on betting the race, you need to be as informed as possible, and as often as possible.
You’ve been saving up. You’ve planned. You have your Megabus Coupons with free wi-fi. Your camera is ready. Your vacation is so close, you can taste the barbeque……Now what? What happens, when you get to your destination and you want to find a good Hungarian restaurant? Or if, on the spur of the moment, you need to find a romantic horse and buggy ride, so you can make that marriage proposal? Did you just find out about a concert, that you didn’t know about before? Need a rental car or even where the best places are to park?
Whether you travel only occasionally or you are the experienced traveler, Apple iPhone can make your trip easier, with numerous applications to help you along the way, of your next business trip or pleasure vacation. And, most of the app’s listed are FREE!
Ever gotten to the airport on time, only to find out your flight has in some way been delayed or even (gulp) cancelled? If you do a lot of airline travel, this app is a must, if you are interested in every aspect about your flight. It allows the user to check all important information about your flight, including delays, cancellations, gate numbers even aircraft speed and altitude.
The Weather Channel
Whether you are traveling by train, plain, automobile or motorcycle, this is a great application to have, in order to figure out what will be the day’s forecast, You don’t need to keep checking the weather on the hotel T.V., as if you have ADD. The Weather Channel allows you mobility to instantly check on the weather, at your current location.
One of the easiest ways to find places to eat, in whatever city you are staying in, is Urbanspoon. This application allows the user multiple search criteria, according to city, cuisine type, popularity, and price point. You can even just shake your phone and Urbanspoon will pick the restaurant for you. How easy!
If you don’t care to spend the day walking around, or you just need to get over to that special event, Taxi Magic is the easiest way to go, when you need a cab. From your phone you can call, track and pay for your cab. The “magic” is the cab company must be participating in the booking end of the app, in whatever city you find yourself. If the local cab companies do not participate in Taxi Magic, you will still be able to find a list of cab companies and numbers to call.
This is a simple to use comprehensive program that allows the user to search for a multitude of businesses, services and events. Search either by the city you are in or your current location. You can search restaurants, by the type of cuisine or shopping, by the type of store.Tags: travel, iPhone, Apps
Knowing full well that necessity is the mother of invention, Apple has found a way to expound on not only what is necessary, but what is convenient, fun, desirable, or just plain looks like it might be a good idea. Now does Apple have enough idea people, that they most likely don’t need your help? Yes, that is probably a very true statement. What if you have an absolutely mind blowing idea? How do you go about developing it?
You Know What They Say about Making Money
The old adage that it takes money to make money was never truer than it is these days. Everything costs something. And as much as you may have a good idea, you might need a little financial assistance to bring it to its fruition. That’s where a personal loan might come in handy. Going to a bank for this type of loan might present a problem, especially if you don’t have a great credit record. Let’s face it, most inventive geniuses are right down there with struggling actors and artists, until they come up with that one big idea. And as inexpensively as you try, coming up with that one big idea, on a starving inventive geniuses’ budget is harder than coming up with the idea itself. Personal loans are a decent place to turn, should you find yourself in need of some fast money. You’ve probably been warned about taking out quick loans, payday loans, personal loans, etc. And truth be told, if you don’t handle them correctly, personal loans can catch up with you and ruin even the best credit rating, if not paid back on time.
Get Ready to Spend That Money
The best way to be sure that the money you get from your loan is spent wisely is to plan. And then plan some more. With a solid plan and figuring in as many incidentals as you possibly can, you stand a better chance of spending that money wisely and efficiently. Wasting that money is only going to lead to the need for another loan, and who needs that? Outline everything and lay it out, so that you can take it one step at a time, once you have the necessary funds in your hand. And since Rome wasn’t built in a day, the chances that your big idea will be an overnight sensation are slim to none as well. What this may afford you however is the ability to develop your idea, into something tangible, so that others can see just how beneficial it could be. Once you’ve used that loan to make your idea into something that others can stand up and take notice of, it’s time to get some investors to back you and your project.
Of course one of the things that they’re going to need to give you money for besides the development of your new project is the money that you’ll need to pay back that loan.Tags: apple, Money, loans
The new iPad mini created by Apple, Co. is a much sought-after product and is sure to be on many people’s wish list. It is sleek and so thin that it can be held in one hand. It’s built to compete directly with the Amazon Kindle Fire, Google tablet and other 7-inch tablets. The advantage is the iPad mini has hundreds of amazing apps ready for download. This new innovation from Apple is sure to be a coveted Christmas present this year.
How Can I Afford It
The new iPad mini starts at around $300, and that is for the base model. This gorgeous iPad is sure to be on someone’s list on your family this year, so what are some options for making their wish come true? One way is by taking out a personal loan. This type of loan is perfect for short term emergencies or spending sprees at Christmas time. You can apply for a personal loan at your local bank or credit union, and other financial institutions as well. The lender will take a close look at your income and credit history before they lend you the money. When you apply for a personal loan, the lender will also take into account how well you’ve paid your debts in the past. Also, another thing they check for is your debt-to-income ratio. If you have good credit and can afford to take on another loan, they will happily loan you the money. This process is easy and the interest rate is much lower than what you’re paying on your credit cards.
Borrowing a little money for the holidays is quick and painless if you take out a short-term personal loan. It can really help boost your holiday budget so you can put more presents under the tree, including that sought after iPad mini! So talk to your spouse about the possibility of taking out a personal loan to help finance a great Christmas; and then go get that new iPad mini before the stores run out. You’ll be a hero this holiday season, and your budget will stay intact.
Tags: personal loans, ipad, christmas