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Smartphone Security for Toddlers

child in schoolSmartphones have made it possible for us to browse the web, communicate with others in a variety of ways and shop online with just a few taps on a screen. The makers of smartphones have made it incredibly easy to do all these tasks — so easy, in fact, that a toddler can do it. That’s what Paul Stoute learned when his 14-month-old daughter, Sorella, bought a vintage car on eBay. Here’s the rest of the story (along with some tips for keeping your phone kid-safe). Read More

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5 Ways Increase Affiliate Marketing Profits Throughout the Holiday Shopping Season

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Is it too early to be talking about holiday shopping–I don’t think so.

The holiday season is a time of the year when even people who might ordinarily be very frugal feel stimulated to buy things for loved ones. Because of that, the span of time between the first day of autumn and the middle of January is an excellent time to capitalize on affiliate marketing efforts. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think. Keep reading to get a few worthwhile strategies. Read More

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Gamification: A Key Part of Blended Learning

As children, we learned a wealth of factual knowledge, much of which we didn’t retain beyond puberty. As we grew older, however, our educational efforts become something different altogether: we learn instead how to teach ourselves, and to love the pursuit of knowledge instead of just the possession.

Learning has taken on different forms over the years to respond to challenges in the classroom, ranging from high student-to-teacher ratios to flagging student engagement. Blended learning is one of these new approaches. As the name suggests, blended learning makes use of multiple techniques to create more well-rounded experiences for students. Read More

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Engaging Reluctant Learners: Teaching Vocabulary with Prezi

Beginning as a digital presentation tool for the business world, Prezi has made its mark as a visually engaging method of displaying ideas, pictures, videos, links and sounds. Its concept is similar to that of a PowerPoint, yet, it’s a more amped-up version with its unique ability to zoom in and out of ideas on a large path. If you play around with the platform enough, you can really create some stunning presentations.

Recently, Prezi has entered the education community. Getting our students hooked on learning in a conventional classroom has been more difficult to achieve given our constantly evolving society, so we have been attempting to think outside of the box on some new ways to reach our Generation Y students vocabulary. Read More

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Does Saturation Slay Horror?

Ever notice how horror games become watered down with each new iteration? Subsequent titles in a series generally get more bizzare or strange, instead of repeating the core horror themes. The original Resident Evil offered plenty of nail-biting horror. Resident Evil 2, on the other hand, was more action oriented; the same is true of the Dead Space series as well. The original Dead Space was full of horror and dread, yet Dead Space 2 – while the scope of the game was larger, and the mechanics greatly improved – was more focused on the action.

You can, of course, make arguments for exclusions to the rule such as Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil 3 – thanks to Nemesis – and System Shock 2. That said, it certainly seems like saturation has a way of destroying the best horror titles. Let’s not even bother to discuss Resident Evil 6, which was more of a big blockbuster action title a la Michael Bay explosions. Read More

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Open Source Solutions Continue to Transform the World

Open source technology is becoming increasingly pervasive, much to the delight of the business executive, the consumer and everyone in between. According to the 2014 Future of Open Source Survey, businesses across all verticals are exceedingly adopting open source technology because of the speed with which innovation occurs, the cost savings that are realized as a result and because of the quality of the code itself. Read More

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The Secret to a Successful Information Dashboard

Information dashboards were once the province of professionals, but that’s starting to change. These days, consumers are just as eager to track and compare metrics, whether they’re looking at how many calories they burned for the day with their physical activity or tracking how much of their monthly grocery budgets went to produce.

If you are looking for a good way to connect with your consumer audience, offering them an information dashboard might be the answer. Read on to find out what exactly these dashboards are, why they work, and how you can implement them. Read More

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How to Avoid Blogging Burnout

yoda teaches bloggingYou’ve got the perfect setup – working from home, for yourself, while taking care of your kids. It’s likely every mother’s dream to be able to do what you do. You are a blogger, with the ability to write about your favorite topics and make some money while doing so from the comfort of your home.

It sounds perfect – until it isn’t. Burnout can happen to anyone, at any time, and can be tough to break out of. You can no longer think of ideas, or you feel like you’re just doing the same old thing. Unfortunately, if it’s your source of income, you need to get over it in a hurry. Here are some ideas to help you bust the burnout and get back to doing what you love. Read More

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The Starter Guide to Online PR

Before an organization, business or public figure can succeed, it needs two things: For people to know who they are, and for those same people to like them. As the web took off, the public relations professional’s job became easier in some ways and more difficult in others. Since we’re moving into a new online paradigm, the field looks dramatically different than it did even a few years ago.

What is Online PR? Read More

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Inexpensive Vegan Recipes Even Meat Lovers Would Surely Love

Do you know the advantages of going vegan? It’s not only healthy, but cheaper too. How so? Some of you might be thinking, NO WAY!

Two words, people: Online. Recipes. Read More