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Super Paints Improved by Technology


A new paint job is the most cost effective means to improve the appearance and increase the value of your home. Paints have been upgraded through technology to last a lifetime and protect the exterior from the elements while adding a professional designer touch. According to this blog, a good painting contractor will provide a comprehensive warranty and maintain a safe and clean work area.

Protect Your Investment

For most people, their home is their largest single investment. It should increase in value over time and may provide an income during their retirement years. There are new methods, such as powder coating, that provide a durable covering without drips and bubbles. It is applied with a spray gun, and the surface needs to be prepared to remove any oil.

The professional painting industry provides much more than simply applying a new coat of paint. Technology has entered the industry providing high-performance coatings and specialized services like cryogenic paint removal and infrared thermographics for restoring homes and commercial buildings. The technology for painting the exterior of a home is basically the same as it always was, which means brushes, sprayers and rollers. However, the quality of these tools must meet certain standards to provide the best job.

Today, paint not only protects against the weather, it can also deter insects, mold and other harmful things. Exterior house paint is now enhanced by technology with special moisture-resistant properties, environmentally friendly low VOCs and other qualities that provide a longer-lasting finish.

When to Paint?

The right time to paint your house will depend on the climate. A professional painting contractor will be able to tell you when the best time is to paint your home’s exterior and how long the job will take. This will depend on the previous surface paint and how much work it will take to properly prepare the house for the new paint. A well-prepared surface and paint job can last for up to 20 years.

The contractor will look for chipped, cracked or flaking paint and any water damage to the wood or siding of your home. They will be able to tell you what is needed to get your house in good shape again. Even if your house doesn’t have any damage, it may look shabby, and a new coat of paint will greatly improve its curb appeal. This is especially important if you are planning to sell the house.

What to Expect?

You can expect professional service from a reputable paint contractor. Some of the services provided are:

• A painting schedule that is convenient for you and your family

• A free estimate without hidden fees

• Color sample books and professional advice on the selection of color

• Skilled painters who have been background-checked and safety trained

Remember, when friends and family visit you, the first impression they get is the exterior of your home. A new coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home a showcase on your street. You can get the upgrade you need with a new paint job.

How to Move Your Beverage Cart Into the Spotlight!

Beverage carts have been around for years. They have been placed in so many locations that they have started to simply blend into the background. They all seem to be the same black or silver metal frame with some type of wheels, a large sticker advertising the brand and, most likely, a styrofoam cooler insert to hold the beverages. If your company has relied on beverage carts for marketing, then you need to be aware of new technology that can bring beverage carts out of the shadows and back into the spotlight.

Give Your Cart a New Skin

Graphic wraps are a very good way to add some visual candy to your cart. Beverage carts of the past typically had a few stickers or a big cardboard sign attached. They were simply not very creative by today’s standards. However, current enhanced-graphics technology can take any photo or logo and create a custom skin for your cart. A wrap can be used to change the whole mood of a promotion, so that your cart goes from being a utility vehicle to the center of attention. A skin can be elegant and sophisticated, or it can be trendy and fun. The colors and patterns you choose make all the difference. The overall concept is up to you and your marketing team. Some innovative ideas on using graphic wraps to enhance your cart can be seen in this photo gallery.

Shed Some Light on Your Product

In addition to giving a cart a gorgeous skin, you can also use the new LED technology to really make your cart stand out. You can remain competitive and profitable without going to the expense of an electric cart. LED lights can be added to any cart. Literally hundreds of them will run off a small standard 12-volt battery and a 3-amp fuse. LED lights can be used to decorate umbrellas on the carts, outline the cart, direct attention to shelves or provide operating lights for carts used during evening events. One trendy way to use LED lights is by placing them behind translucent prints of your logo. This will have an attractive effect of making your logo glow beautifully. This is a low-cost, eye-catching marketing tool.

If you are looking for something quite different for your high-end product, familiarize yourself with laser-cutting technology. Laser-cut steel is both elegant and striking. Check out the drink carts in this photo gallery to get an idea of how laser cutting technology can bring an element of beauty to your cart . Combining laser cutting with chrome brushing, colored steel or a backing of LED lights will give you a display that is truly unforgettable.

Beverage carts are a marketing staple, but that does not mean they can’t be the centerpiece of your promotion. Enhance your end product by surfing the net and checking out all the possibilities available with new technology! Your bottom line will be glad you did.

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Why Local Content Matters

No matter what type of online presence you have, from a blog to managing a website, are you focusing on local? Search engine optimization (SEO) has a subset of localized SEO (LSEO) for a reason: Geo-targeting your audience can help improve the quality of your content, loyal followers/customers and also with where you appear in search engine rankings. It’s not for everyone (such as huge corporations like Amazon with zero local focus) but for many smaller websites, it’s crucial.

For example, let’s say you provide contracting services in a metro area and want to reach as many of your neighbors as possible. The content on your landing pages, blogs, social media and anywhere else you manage needs to be geo-specific but still organic. You don’t want to stuff “Kansas City” or “Phoenix” into awkward places, but a reputable content creator can do so seamlessly to ensure more locals find you online.

The local approach

There are some websites that shy away from local content because they might serve a certain region but want to appeal to a national or international audience. A good example is a florist in Houston that also ships domestically. They may or may not have a brick and mortar location (but if they do, going local is even more important). Focusing on national customers is a good idea, but ignoring the appeal of “supporting local” means they’re bypassing what is probably a very lucrative and loyal market.

More and more consumers are looking for local businesses to get their business. You can see it in the thriving farmer’s markets, and you can even ask a premium price when reaching out to your local customers. Retailers and service providers can maximize on this trend by highlighting their family owned, local, Main Street style of business. You should have two focuses if this suits you: A local content marketing strategy and a generic one.

Pitfalls of content creation newbies

Now that you see the benefits of local content, can’t you just freshen up existing content yourself by peppering in some local language? Not necessarily, and it won’t be done as well as a professional. By utilizing keyword search technology that’s constantly changing, a professional can pinpoint the right “keyword density” to maximize your exposure while also using the most popular and trending words. You might know a nickname for different neighborhoods that are searchable, but you don’t know which are most searched.

Local content can make a huge difference in your visibility and ultimately success. Stop ignoring it.


Innovative Pet Gadgets


Dog lovers confess that they often go to great lengths to pamper their four-legged friends. After all, who is more loyal or deserving? There is an increasing number of gadgets on the market designed for pets. All make life a little easier and more fun for the pet or the owner.

Electronic Flea Comb

In addition to providing dogs with food, shelter and adequate amounts of exercise, pest control is another common part of ownership. Some indulge in homeopathic remedies and others routinely purchase chemical-laden collars, sprays or other commercial products in hopes of keeping fleas and ticks at bay. Eliminating the pests may become as easy as providing a dog with routine grooming using an electronic flea comb. The battery operated device emits a low-voltage signal that kills pests on contact. The insects are then trapped on the comb for easy removal. The comb is deemed safe for dogs and cats of all sizes.

Inflatable Pet Shower

Many loving dog owners bathe their pooch in the family bathtub. Apartment living often inhibits the possibility of bathing animals outdoors. Besides the hassle, consider that the fur and dander flows down the drain and may create a clog. Salons and clinics are willing to provide the service for a sometimes hefty price. An inflatable dog shower is an interesting alternative. Most take just a few minutes to set up and can, in most cases, handle canines up to 100 pounds. A handheld shower head makes cleaning your pooch easy. Best of all, inflatable pet showers are usually portable making it easy to take with you on family vacations when you don’t know what the accommodations will be like.

Dog Water Fountain

On a hot day, dogs enjoy a refreshing drink of water. While a water bowl is a convenient solution, it is not long before the water warms and becomes a catch-all for leaves or insects. The stagnant water also becomes a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Gadgets like the WaterDog are especially useful for outside-only dogs. The automated fountain attaches quickly to an outdoor spigot. When a dog approaches, sensors initiate a cooling stream of water. As the dog turns and walks away, the water stops flowing.

Cool Bed III

On hot days summer days, indoors or out, dogs may have a hard time finding a comfortable, cool, dry spot to relax. Without electricity, the Cool Bed offers soothing relief from the heat. Just fill the pad with the recommended amount of water and the specially designed core goes to work to reduce the temperature. Appropriate for use indoors and out, the bed is constructed of a durable combination of nylon and vinyl.

PetHub Pet Locator

Technology also aids in keeping four-legged friends safe. Inevitably, dogs or cats escape from the house or yard. Some may yank the leash out of your hand when out and about on a walk. When wearing a PetHub tag, anyone with a smartphone can simply scan the QR code on the tag and instantly see the animal’s profile, owner and contact information.


How to Choose a Great Attorney

Unless you’re a business owner or extremely wealthy, you probably only think about securing a relationship with an attorney during a stressful time. It might be drafting a will, during a divorce or when battling for custody. However, a great attorney is important to have on call no matter who you are. It’s not just the wealthy, those with current legal woes or small business owners who run into barriers with the law.

The good news is that you don’t need to have an attorney on retainer in order to ensure they have your back. Of course, when on retainer they’re legally committed to you, making them at your beck and call within an agreed amount of time. What many people don’t know is that simply “knowing” an attorney through a complimentary meet and greet means they’re much more likely to get back to you in urgent situations.

How can you pick the best attorney for you and your situation?

1. Consider your overarching needs

Attorneys specialize in different areas, from DUIs to tax preparation. A comprehensive team or firm specializes in numerous fields, many of which are complementary. For example, a divorce attorney might also specialize in custody or tax issues. You know where your niche is and what you’ll be most likely to need. However, even if an attorney doesn’t specialize in your situation at the time, they can quickly refer you to a colleague who does.

2. Trust your gut

Meeting with an attorney in person is paramount because they’re more likely to remember you. However, what’s more important is that you can get a feel for who they are. Many clients are trusting their attorneys with their life and well-being. You want to make sure you’re comfortable and have rapport with your attorney.

3. Hourly fees aren’t everything

Just because an attorney charges a lot doesn’t mean they’re the best, and just because a lawyer offers a low ball figure doesn’t mean you’re getting a great deal. Fees are part of what can be used to assess the “worth” of an attorney. Also look at their background, education, testimonials and how many cases they’ve won.

4. Follow up on referrals

A good attorney will have many testimonials and referrals to offer. While there’s certainly the issue of privacy to consider, there will probably be many happy clients who are willing to give recommendations. If not, look at numerous review sites and check the Better Business Bureau.


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4 Things You Shouldn’t Post About to Optimize Home Safety

It’s natural to want to share exciting news on social media or your blog, but be careful. Over-sharing can put you and your property in harm’s way. Even if you think you have top notch security settings on Facebook or another shareable platform, that doesn’t necessarily stop people who you think are “friends” or their acquaintances from spying on you with ill intentions. What if their phone gets stolen and the thief starts scrolling through their newsfeed for tips?

While it’s frustrating, it’s often best to wait to share some information about your home and whereabouts or (in some cases) never share at all. Otherwise, you might be unintentionally dishing up ideas and suggests for criminals and burglars without even knowing it. Here are some of the biggest posting faux pas to avoid and why.

1. Posting about vacation plans

You might be really excited about that upcoming, international, tropical trip but if you post about vacation plans before they happen, you’re essentially telling people your home will be unguarded. It doesn’t matter if you leave out specific dates or have a house sitter on duty (and post about that, too). It’s pretty easy for a pro burglar to figure out when you’re gone and when any housesitters are off duty.

2. Details of your custom built home

You have a reputable contractor secured and can’t wait to share the plans of your dream home as they come into focus. However, there might be valuable tools left at the work site or a vandal might get a kick out of harming your future home before it’s even completed. Never post addresses or photos that give away location.

3. Your address

Some social media sites encourage users to post personal information including their address and phone number. Your real friends already know where you live, and in instances where you do need to share your address (like online invitations), do so in the actual invitation and make sure it’s closed. There’s no reason to include your address to all your “friends.”

4. Photos of your home

There are some instances where this makes sense, like when your custom built home is complete or you just bought a new house. However, make sure to blur out any address numbers and don’t snap photos of desirable and theft-worthy items like that shiny new ATV.

Steer clear of advertising a prime location for theft and vandalism. Why give criminals more incentive than they already have?



Travel With Technology


You love gadgets, and that love is about to be increased tenfold if you also love to travel. The best new travel gadgets are out and they will make your globe trotting adventures even more amazing. Pack up your iPad and smart phone and hit the road, rails, and air with some new toys.

Increase Your Phone’s Battery Life

You’re going to need your phone for directions and reservations. Mophie has taken their battery packs and combined them with increased storage so your phone won’t die and you’ll have room for hundreds of pictures and videos. It’s also going to have enough room for storing movies for long flights or train rides and all of your favorite music to tune out your noisy neighbors in the hotel. An accompanying app ties in with iTunes and your existing photo gallery so you’re not having to manually move everything around.

Bring Your Entire Digital Movie Collection

When you have kids, movies are critical to a relatively peaceful journey. Nothing hushes up a chorus of “Are we there yet?” than some devices playing Daniel Tiger and Frozen. However, unless you want to have the same three movies on repeat for the duration of your vacation, the space on your tablets probably isn’t enough to keep everyone happy. The LaCie Fuel is a compact device with up to 1TB of storage, more than enough room for movies and even entire seasons of your favorite TV shows. It holds up to 500 movies and can play on five different devices at the same time.

Have WiFi Almost Anywhere

Sounds like a dream come true, right? Apple and all of its genius has created a little gadget that can save your sanity, especially if you travel for work. The Airport Express extends the range of available WiFi or becomes its own “base station”. All you have to do is plug an ethernet cable into the box and then plug the box into the outlet. When you turn your computer on, it will connect to the Airport Express and you’ll have your own WiFi. Genius!

Save Your Phone from Drowning

Whether you’re going to the beach or just staying in swanky hotels with swimming pools, your phone is bound to have an accident eventually. The Optrix iPhone Suit is a clear case that protects your phone from high impact falls and a swim in water up to 15 feet in depth. This is a must have even if you’re going someplace notoriously snowy like Calgary. According to Hotel Calgary’s website, they have a swimming pool and a whirlpool, so keep your precious phone safe even when you’re venturing into colder climates.

You let technology make your life easier in every day life, so don’t let yourself be stranded in a strange place without everything you need. Thanks to technology, you can have almost every technological comfort of home no matter how far away you are.

The Perils of the Time Warner Sweepstakes

Rupert Murdoch withdrew his $80 billion bid for Time Warner recently, which may signal an end to a bidding war that Time Warner executives had considered aggressive, if not hostile. While Fox officials represented the offer as a fair and friendly offer of $85 per share, Time Warner viewed the offer in a much different light. Time Warner responded immediately to the offer from Murdoch with a straight forward letter of rejection from CEO Jeff Bewkes. The Murdoch deal for Time Warner Inc. would have dwarfed the current proposal to merge with Time Warner Cable, which was made an independent company shortly before the Comcast offer.


According to the Consumer Federation of California website, only 11% of individuals polled actually approved of the Comcast merger proposal, while 56% were directly opposed. The Time Warner Inc. merger would have made Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox the primary overall market player, and probably the controlling entity within the comprehensive content industry. In addition, it would have also put Fox is a position to manipulate the Comcast Time Warner cable conglomerate. When big players make a move to take control of what the common people are allowed to access, the people pick up on the progression immediately.


Market leverage is what the entire perceptive sweepstakes have been about. In markets such as California, the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger could result in less consumer alternatives, not to mention the impact on the local cable companies in metro areas like San Francisco that may ultimately need to raise rates that may cause customer migration. Instead of a merger, what consumers need is more content providers. There are really only two types of markets. Those two natural enemies are competitive markets or cooperative markets. Highly-leverage corporate behemoths can wield power in a manner that forces a competitive market into a quasi-monopoly cooperative, which means that ultimately the consumer will be paying well in excess of the product value. Comcast has proven that result for nearly 40 years in terms of high cable rates and less-than-spectacular service. Neither merger would mean well for the consumer.


We are clearly in the information age in contemporary communications, and having very few major corporate players in the information delivery industry puts too much power in the hands of a few who may already be conspiring with the government to completely hand over the Internet to the common carrier systems. In return, the industry will make sure that information the government wants suppressed will stay suppressed. This co-oped power agreement can easily become a First Amendment issue. We are already seeing this dynamic in broadcast news and television. The next step will be gaining complete control of who can communicate through the Internet via implementation of the corporate media oligarchs as the information police.

Suppressed information and rewritten history have become major concerns for citizen journalists since the ability to communicate online became available to common people. Broadband technology has now allowed individuals to implement personal videos into the mix creating a firestorm that many governments and corporations would like to extinguish. We are just around the corner from the FCC decision, which will be decided by former primary cable industry lobbyist and now Chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler. In addition, Congress will need to approve any cable conglomerate merger. The question is, can the powers-that-be put the genie back in the bottle even with policing authority?

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