A 24-hour charging solution

On July 31, 2013, in Uncategorized, by mnsa323aq2w

Most smart phone owners hate charging their devices. And why is that? You need to keep track of power cords that inevitably get lose or wind up snarled in a mess in your desk drawer. Maybe it’s time for you to severe the cord and go wireless: You can with the Duracell Powermat 24-Hour Power System.

Positive Press

CNET recently gave the Powermat 24-Hour Power System a positive review. This isn’t surprising. The device allows users to charge two iPhone or Galaxy Samsung smart phones at the same time for up to 24 hours. It also comes with its very own portable back-up battery.

Power all day

To work the system, you need to affix a specially designed case either around your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smart phone. Once it’s in place, you can use the system’s Powermat to wirelessly charge your phone. Your phone, when completely charged, should have sufficient power to run for 24 straight hours.

Backup battery

Is the Powermat 24-Hour Power System a sound investment for you? Probably so, if you’re constantly on the run. With this system you won’t have to keep track of wires. And with the portable back-up battery unit, you won’t have to worry about seeing your smart phone shut down while you’re on the road.


Protecting your smartphone from disaster

On July 26, 2013, in Uncategorized, by kx93z6g

What’s the first thing that goes through your mind after you’ve dropped your smartphone? That might not be printable, right? If you’ve invested in a smartphone case that utilizes the latest in protection technology, your first thoughts after dropping your phone could be clean enough to print in a family newspaper. That’s because the newest cases developed for smartphones do a much better job of protecting these types of devices from accidental falls or bumps.

Powerful protection

The New York Times’ Gadgetwise column recently concentrated on a new era of protective cases made for smartphones. As reported by the Times, these new cases do a significantly better job of padding smartphones.


The Times focused on the London-based Tech21, a company that has created D30, a polymer it injects in the edges of its smartphone cases. According to Tech21, this polymer absorbs any shocks – from falls or bangs – that smartphones receive. The polymer then distributes the impact of these falls and bangs so that the smartphone it protects isn’t damaged.

An investment worth making?

The best news? The cases made by Tech21 are reasonably priced, according to the Times. The company’s Impact Band case costs $30. Its more upscale Impact Mesh will cost you $35. That’s very little dollars to spend on ensuring serenity.


You can monitor your employees. Should you?

On July 16, 2013, in Uncategorized, by EllwangerGemmell269

Faculty members at Harvard University were shocked to discover that university administrators monitored their e-mail accounts recently to find the origin of a media leak about a school cheating scandal. But should they have been?

Privacy matters

These are the issues that Thomas Claburn, editor-at-large with Information Week, recently tackled in an online feature story. In his story, Claburn wrote about Harvard University administrators searching the e-mail accounts of 16 faculty members to locate the source of leaks to the media about a recent cheating scandal at the school. Faculty members were angered and shocked at the administrators’ actions.

Different levels

But Claburn wrote that it’s naïve to be surprised by this type of surveillance. Employees, he said, should be expecting their bosses to monitor their computer behavior, especially when these employees are working on company-provided equipment.


For Claburn, monitoring largely comes down to trust. Companies that explain their monitoring policies clearly, will have fewer problems with disgruntled employees. And those that trust their workers to act like grown-ups are frequently rewarded with harder-working and more loyal workers.


The essentials every business website needs

On July 11, 2013, in Uncategorized, by ShariMayo22

Your phone is quiet. Customers aren’t sending you e-mail messages. Worst of all, no one’s spending money at your store. Your often worry that you’ll soon be broke. There could be a host of factors that cause your small business’ struggles. But have you thought about the role your business’ website might be playing? A bad business website is often even worse than no website at all. It could be costing you business.

The essentials

Fortunately, Entrepreneur Magazine recently ran a feature story outlining the essential elements that every business website needs. Stick to the magazine’s tips, and you’ll be certain that your business’ website isn’t costing you sales. For instance, Entrepreneur says that your website ought to include a clear description of what your business is, exactly what it does and who it serves. As the story says, you need to sum up your services on the homepage, where every visitor can quickly see them.

Not hard to find

Entrepreneur next advises that you don’t make your site difficult to find. You can do this by choosing a domain name which makes sense. If your business is Sue’s Beauty Shop, try for the domain name www.suesbeautyshop.com. In the event you have to turn to www.clippersue.com, you might find that your customers can’t find your site. To make your domain name easy to remember, avoid using dashes or numbers in it.

A clear map

Once customers reach your website, you need to be sure they can find what they’re searching for. This simply means including easy-to-find links to your site’s pages and an easy to get to site map. These navigation tools will guide your customers to what they need. And they will prevent them from fleeing your website – possibly before they order any services or goods – in frustration.


You love cooking. You adore gadgets. If only you could discover a Web site combining both of your passions. You know what? There is. It’s called The Sweethome, and you will find it online at www.thesweethome.com. The site, as its name suggests, provides advice on how homeowners can purchase those kitchen gadgets that make cooking an especially sweet experience.

The best-of feature

These best-of lists are the reason for The Sweethome’s existence. Visitors can learn which corkscrews, ice cube trays, bottle openers and vegetable peelers that the site’s editors consider top-of-the-line. It’s a smart idea to go to the site before you purchase any kitchen device.

The reviews

The site also covers major appliances. If you’re looking for a new dishwasher, toaster oven, juicer or blender, you should visit The Sweethome first. Think of it as a type of Angie’s List for the tech-obsessed. Each one of these best-of stories contain clear pictures of the appliance or kitchen gadget under discussion. They also contain plenty of information about why each gadget or device is the best in its class.

The rest of your home

Of course, you don’t spend all your time in the kitchen. For this reason, The Sweethome reviews bathroom devices, lawn-and-garden tools, laundry appliances and the best hammers, screwdrivers and drills for your toolbox. Our recommendation? Before you write a check or swipe your credit card, research your purchases on The Sweethome. You just might become hooked on the site.


Turning off the tech

On July 3, 2013, in Uncategorized, by x1a3aw8j

When is it time to switch off the smartphone, put the tablet in your desk drawer and shut the lid on the laptop? A recent column in the New York Times indicates that we could all use the occasional tech break. The reason? Far too much tech – text messages, Tweets, Facebook postings, Angry Birds – may very well be distracting us so much that we’re struggling to concentrate. When we can’t concentrate, we can’t be as productive as we need to be.

Even the techies shut down

The Times story focused on some highly unlikely supporters of the take-a-tech-break theory: techies themselves. The Times, in fact, highlighted the case of an author and former Twitter employee. This techie was writing a book. But the constant chirping of his iPhone kept him from concentrating. Once this techie ditched the phone, he found that the words flowed. His advice? Ditching the tech can significantly boost productivity.

Not alone

This writer is not alone. The author of the Times story, in fact, considers himself a techie. But he and his fellow techie fans take their own breaks from their electronic gadgets. As the author writes, when he and his friends gather for dinners, they place their smartphones in the middle of the table. Whoever touches a phone first has got to pay for dinner.

What about you?

So, what about you? Is it time for you to put away your electronic devices? Possibly. Are you continually distracted by the sound of incoming text messages? Can you hold a conversation without wanting to get to the next level in Angry Birds? Do you engage with your friends solely through Tweets? If so, it might be time for you to put away the tech temporarly. You could be amazed at how interesting the world can be without them.