This year has seen many new innovations in technology and the smartphone. Various apps, functions, and upgrades have kept consumers going after the new smart devices as if they were candy.
This year has seen some of the most interesting and useful devices ever to hit the mainstream. Everyone is wanting a piece of the action. Here are the five best smartphones of 2013.
1. Sony Yuga
Sony is joining the craze to create a five-inch screen for its 2013 Smartphone. This device has a quad core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage space. This is just the basics of this awesome new phone.
2. Samsung Galaxy Premier
The South Korean company, Samsung, has introduced a high-quality phone with a low price tag. This amazing device has a 4.65 inch AMOLED screen with a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 SoC inside. Because of all the special features, the phone was delayed going onto the shelves for the 2013 year.
3. BlackBerry 10
This phone is quite different from the BlackBerry phones seen in the past. Unlike the BlackBerry 7, this one is based on a UNIX-type platform called the QNX. It has a whole new home screen with new tiles more like a Windows phone.
The inbox on this phone is not like an app; it’s more like an operating system (OS), which means it’s accessible wherever you go. The new addition called PEEK also allows you to see Facebook and Twitter notifications without leaving the home page. This is quite exceptional.
4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
This brand-new Sony phone came out with a bang. Without any prior warning, it was advertised everywhere. Its razor-thin construction was catching eyes left and right. The same specs that were offered in previous versions are present in this one, despite how incredibly thin the structure is.
And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the new Sony Ericsson was upgraded with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB MicroSD storage.
5. HTC One
This innovative new phone takes the spotlight among the top devices of 2013. The HTC One has all the same capabilities and functions as all the rest.
However, it also has a very amazing and interesting capability that’s very different. Not only can this smartphone find any television show you might be interested in; it can also serve as the remote control for your TV and other devices in the household. This is one smart device.
Before they’re all gone, you might want to get one of these smart devices. It’s sure to make life easier and a lot more fun!
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There are few things that are more valuable than a passion for learning. Part of being a parent is wanting to give your children the tools they need not only to do well in school, but be successful in life and accomplish their goals.
Study after study shows that the earlier you start educating your child, the better. Early learning is an important part of raising a happy and healthy child: not only helping him or her to be academically smart in a traditional sense, but giving the child the confidence and curiosity to explore the surrounding world.
Early learning technology for your toddler
The benefits of early education are endless. Learning doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade, it starts at home. If you’re looking for some tools to help cultivate your child’s learning, here are four software programs that are designed to give your child an early lead.
1. Jumpstart Toddler
Knowledge Adventure, the company behind Jumpstart Toddler, has a lot of the same goals you do: to prepare your child to succeed in grade school and beyond. The Jumpstart Toddler software encourages curiosity with engaging challenges, games, music, and graphics.
Preschoolers that use the Jumpstart Toddler software don’t just get the tools they need to become successful learners, but they develop that even-more-important interest in learning as well.
2. Crayola Magic 3D
Many early-learning software programs focus on reading skills, shapes, and colors, but those aren’t the only skills your child should have. With Crayola Magic, kids can draw to their heart’s content and there’s no fear about their leaving crayon marks on the walls.
Creativity and self-expression are important in every stage of life. This program gives kids an outlet to improve their skills and try new things.
3. The Reader Rabbit series
The Learning Company is known for its effective and beloved educational products for children of all ages, from babies and toddlers to fifth graders. With The Learning Company’s software — specifically, the Reader Rabbit games — your child will have fun and learn to read at the same time.
4. Millie’s Math House
Kids learn in different ways, and everyone ends up being better in some subjects than others, so you want to cover all your bases in early education with regard to both subject matter and learning styles.
It’s obviously important to give kids early exposure to thinking critically, exploring creativity, and discovering a love for reading; but the analytic, logical side of their brains usually goes ignored in early learning. A lot of kids struggle with math and science simply because they were never taught to think in terms of numbers, which makes it hard to learn mathematical concepts later on without that basic foundation.
With Millie’s Math House, toddlers are exposed to simple math concepts and get to try their hand at using that particular side of their brain.
As a parent, you want to provide a solid foundation for your child. Part of doing that is to take care of his or her health with a good diet and by treating common problems like colic or infant gas. But you also want to take care of the child’s mental health as well.
If you get children interested in learning from the very beginning, they’re more likely to do better in school (from kindergarten all the way through college) and become lifelong learners. Early education can help toddlers get a jump-start on reading skills and creativity, and even promote good self-esteem.
One small business got the surprise of a lifetime when Intuit showed them how much they were appreciated. What started as a small purchase escalated quickly, much to the amazement and joy of the business owners. The gifts purchased were given to Bright Pink, an organization focused on reducing risk for breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Find out what happened in the video:
If you’re a fan of small business, help choose the one that gets the big prize. Visit http://smallbusinessbiggame.com and vote for your favorite business. The winner will get their very own 30 second ad during the biggest game February 2, 2014.
Whether you’re just visiting Atlanta or you’ve lived here your entire life, there’s always a new adventure to have in the city. With the help of some free iPhone apps, you can be on your way to finding a new favorite hangout or getting a great deal on a local attraction.
Here are five must-have apps to help you find your next adventure in Atlanta.
1. Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura is a great website and app that aims to help adventurers find really cool spots that aren’t very well-known. If you prefer to get beyond the typical tourist spots or you’re just wanting to try something new, Atlas Obscura has a ton of bizarre and amazing locations to visit in Atlanta and all over the world.
Scoutmob is your key to awesome deals and bargains at restaurants, stores, and local attractions. Atlanta is just one of the dozen or so cities that this app covers.
3. Beat the Traffic
As with any big city, Atlanta traffic can kill a great adventure if you don’t time things right. With the Beat the Traffic app, you can do just that: find a way around slow traffic and frequent stops and get on to your adventure.
4. CityPass Mobile
See the local tourist attractions — the zoo, CNN studios, the aquarium, museums, and more — and save a bunch of money while doing it. Those admission prices add up really fast; with the CityPass, you can get in at a fraction of the price, and all you have to do is show them your smartphone.
5. Atlanta map and walking tours
This app has both a free and a paid version, and it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to learn more about Atlanta and you don’t quite know where to begin. Make your iPhone your tour guide and get out of that hotel room … or if you live in Atlanta, get out and learn something new about your city.
To find more restaurants and businesses in the area, you can always check online directories — either while planning your trip in advance, or on a spur-of-the-moment decision to try something new. Whether you’re driving through Atlanta, flying in, or just taking a walk through your own neighborhood, there are always new places to discover and new adventures waiting to be had.
Many people around the world suffer from ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disease can be very debilitating and cause problems in all areas of life.
Not only children suffer from this condition, but adolescents and some adults struggle with its effects. There are many ways to treat the illness and many options to think about when dealing with the symptoms. One of the worst symptoms of ADHD is the inability to concentrate or focus.
Medical professionals, ADHD sufferers, and their families are always searching for ways to deal with these issues. Believe it or not, there are now apps for the smartphone that provide help in dealing with ADHD symptoms. Because technology has entered so many facets of our lives, high-tech companies have developed apps for organizing and remembering important tasks.
Here are five of the best.
1. Due-Super reminders/reusable egg-timers
This amazing app, compatible with the iPhone, reminds you of important tasks that need to be done throughout the day. The application uses 12 different alert tones with louder pitches being used for more important tasks and softer ones for casual reminders. This program is perfect for those who have difficulties with memory due to ADHD.
Never before have apps been this interactive and productive at the same time. With EpicWin, you can create an avatar with opportunities to gain additional riches and improving stats as you complete your chores.
If chores are not catalogued, then the avatar cannot be updated. This helps children with ADHD learn the importance of finishing their work through a reward system.
3. Dragon Dictation
This app is perfect for people who simply cannot wait to send an email or take a note. Instead of trying to text while driving, use this voice-activated app to do the work for you. For those who suffer with an attention-deficit condition, this app is perfect for keeping up with your fast-paced mind.
4. Attention Exercise
This app may just be what the doctor order for the ADHD patient. To help improve your focus and lengthen your attention span, its drawing exercises can work wonders. You should notice an increase in patience after the completion of each task.
5. Adult ADHD
Not all sufferers of attention deficit disorder are children. Many sufferers of this illness are in fact adults. This app provides a questionnaire to ascertain whether you definitely have this condition. The program suggests doctors and medications that might assist in the treatment of the illness.
ADHD is a serious illness, and having a way to control the symptoms is the best avenue of treatment. Medications, natural remedies and therapy are all good options. But using smart device apps can help to organize and control these overwhelming areas of your life even further.
So you’re in that place again: searching for a job. The first thing to do is update your resume and cover letter. Then it’s time to hit the streets — or the web, that is.
Looking for a job these days consists of constantly tapping into the system. Whether it revolves around putting in applications, making follow-up calls, or even the interview process, there’s no time to waste. The competition is fierce.
It’s a good thing there are apps for your smartphone that make searching for a job much easier. Below are eight notable apps for your job search.
This free app lists both full- and part-time job positions. The search engine on this site allows you to search within a certain radius of your home for jobs that would suit you.
2. Job Search Engine by LinkUp.com
This free search engine provides access to job openings listed only on the employer’s website. This gives you the opportunity to find jobs that aren’t publicized anywhere else on the web.
3. What Color Is Your Parachute? (Job Interview tool)
This app lays out information on how to nail an interview. The program offers advice on how to dress, how to speak, and how to present your portfolio for serious consideration. These tips were created by Richard Bolles, author of bestselling guide of the same name, What Color Is Your Parachute?.
4. Facebook for iPhone
Yes, the most popular social media site is also a great place for finding a job. Use the Facebook app to post your qualifications, check out all job pages, and keep in touch with various updates and statuses. Facebook is a virtual stew of information and there’s a constant flow of opportunities.
This app has all the amenities of a social site with the addition of open job search capabilities. When you fill out the profile, the LinkedIn system automatically does a search for classified job ads that fit your qualifications. This app is a multi-purpose job tool that works wonders.
6. Pocket Resume
This app empowers you to make and send your resume right from your smartphone. You not longer have to wait to snag that job.
7. Interview prep questions
This awesome app uses flash cards with every possible question that might be asked at an interview. The app also provides the best possible answers in many different job situations.
8. Snap Dat digital business cards
This app designs and sends an unlimited number of business cards to prospective employers. Both the design and delivery of each card is free of charge, just like the app.
It’s worth repeating that each one of these smartphone apps is free. To maximize your chances of getting a great job, turn to these apps to get an edge over the competition.
Who doesn’t love a superhero? I mean, comic books have came to the rescue of many a mundane life: they take the average kid into a world of amazing feats and magic. The superhero with amazing abilities is larger than life.
But there’s another side to the superhero to which we rarely pay homage. The fact that these superheroes have a regular life with an ordinary office job makes them more human to us.
They deal with some of the same issues that many of the rest of us face in the office environment. So which one of our dashing heroes has that 9-5 office job? There are four very well-known superheroes that work in an office during the day.
Peter Parker, high school grad and newspaper photographer is our hero! While in costume as the web-crawling crime fighter Spider-Man, he amazes and intrigues with his ability to capture villains.
His life is clearly a duality. By day, he’s a geeky free-lance newspaper photographer who just cannot seem to catch a break from his boss, J. Jonah Jameson. The difference between this character and his costumed alter ego is as huge as from day to night. Who would have believed that Peter Parker could have such confidence in costume?
2. Iron Man
Tony Stark, the conceited CEO of Stark Enterprises, is an amazing superhero. Though he transforms from office to armor-wearing hero by night, his personality remains the same within the office.
His careless attitude and demeanor have unnerved many of his coworkers and subordinates. Does Tony Stark care about his reputation? Not at all!
Not only is Jennifer Walters strong and undefeatable as the crime-fighting green monster, she’s also a ruthless lawyer with the firm Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg and Holliway. She seldom ever loses a case. On many occasions she has helped her fellow superheroes in legal jams as well.
Bruce Wayne, the gothic superhero we all love, has a fairly normal life as a wealthy businessman. His high-society lifestyle is the flip side of his serious personality as the Batman.
When he fights crime, we can almost see him standing aside and dusting off his costume. His values and focus on the good of society show in his clean-cut hero attributes.
As we see, superheroes are not usually reckless (with the possible exception of Tony Stark). Some superheroes live something of the day-to-day life that most of us do. By day, the serious office duties may hold their attention; but at night, the world is grateful for the superhero’s daring rescue.