Using Digital Technologies to Safeguard your Home

As we’re all aware, the world of technology has rapidly evolved since the turn of the millennium, owing mostly to the advent of fast internet speeds and smartphones. Our lives are much more connected and once near-impossible tasks can be performed with a few flicks of our thumbs.

 

In many different elements of our lives, we’ve seen huge breakthroughs that have positively affected the lives of many. In our social lives, it is now possible to stay in touch with distant friends and family members at practically no cost. We can discover almost every necessary piece of information with a simple Google search. We can purchase goods & services in a matter of minutes. The list is endless.

 

But what has the coming of the digital age done for our safety? What innovations have occurred to make our homes more safe and secure?

 

The internet of things for one, has enabled us to control many home appliances with our smartphones. Such luxuries as being able to heat your home when driving home from work have been made possible. More advanced implementations of IoT are surely on the way – refrigerators that automatically order groceries when supplies are low could make the lives of many easier.

 

In terms of home security, companies are making intelligent and advanced alarm systems that are much more effective than traditional, ringing alarms. If you’re living in the capital, you can avail of the many effective alarms that Dublin has to offer. Homeowners can now control their home security features on the move using a smartphone app, like that of PhoneWatch. Arming the alarm, checking on the status of your home or monitoring the temperature of your home are just some of the useful features accessible through the technology.

 

In contrast to the days of multiple false alarms and neighbours ignoring a ringing alarm due to their propensity to activate without reason, alarms these days are much more efficient. The best kind of alarms are only activated when there is strong suggestion that a threat is occurring. Modern alarms will be kitted out with motion sensors and heat sensors which will alert the device to unusual activity in the home. When this takes place, high-definition cameras will snap multiple split-second images that are then sent to a trained surveillance team who can then analyse the threat and contact the relevant parties. All this happens instantaneously and thanks to these technologies, homeowners can now have much greater peace of mind when it comes to home security.

Space saving with a baby sling? Other benefits?

Baby slings are becoming more and more common, but there are still many mothers and fathers who have never heard of them, or even if they have, they haven’t tried them.

Not only that, there are many people who have tried them but did not get along with them – most likely because they wore them wrong, or had the wrong size, or positioned the baby incorrectly.

Finally, there are the group of parents who swear by baby slings and could not imagine carrying babies around without one, the first 2 may very well become one of the third group if properly educated on the benefits and methods of using a baby sling.

So, benefits – what benefits

A baby sling / carrier is as good as an extra 2 arms, how many times have you uttered the words “I only have 2 hands” or “I wish I had 4 arms”? Well a baby sling allows you to carry your baby around, keeping him or her close to you and still have your arms free to do other tasks.

With a baby sling, you’re not restricted by space, remember back before baby was born when you were pregnant? You walked around freely (even if slightly uncomfortably!) without having to push around a pram or buggy, and without your arms aching from carrying all day – a baby sling can make you feel like you are back as one with your baby, the sling will hold your baby close to you whilst you walk around as normal.

Going out for the day can be a real headache when you have to pack up your car, a huge pram can fill your whole boot space leaving no room for anything else – going for a picnic? Nope – no room for a picnic basket, holidays? No room for suitcases – ditch the pram and take a baby sling instead, it can be folded up into a small square and placed anywhere without taking up any space whatsoever.

With your baby laying in a baby sling or carrier you can see your baby in front of you at all times, you may even breast feed your baby whilst he or she is in the baby carrier, as it can be positioned in many different ways. Not only that, your baby will be able to see your face for comfort, and feel your warmth, being tucked up in a baby carrier is almost like being in the womb, making your baby feel safe.

A baby carrier keeps your baby close and safe, removes the bulk of a pram from your life and frees your hands up for every day use, so you certainly can’t argue that there are benefits, and this is precisely why the die hard users would never be without, it is also why we recommend that anyone who has their doubts, has never tried one, or found them useless in the past try again, ensure you use it properly, give it a chance for a week, and then see if you can do without!

Crane Hire – A low cost way to lift

For a crane, there is no job that is too big, or too small that is of course, if you hire the right type of crane for the job. For many building contractors, it is simply not possible to carry out some types of jobs without needing to hire a crane, so it is important – in fact, vital to ensure that you know what you’re looking for from a crane hire company. It may be that you don’t even know what type of crane you need for the job, many companies will have a selection of cranes available, for example http://ldncranehire.co.uk/ hire several types of cranes.

The first thing you need to do is find out exactly what type of crane is required to safely carry out the work you require.

There are many different types of cranes available, ranging from cranes which are designed for rough terrain to cranes which are easily mobile, and of course those great tower cranes you often see on the skyline before a new building pops up. With that in mind, you need to consider the following points when deciding what crane hire company to use, and of course what type of crane you need for the job you are doing.

Ensure you hire a crane which is able to perform the job you need – if you have rough terrain with no way to level it out, but only require general lifting then an all terrain crain will do the job, otherwise you may need to build a stable base and hire out a tower crane – this will be assembled on your site, and is the type of crane which is used to construct tall buildings such as towe blocks and multi storey buildings, or even skyscrapers!

If you have nobody on your team who is qualified to drive a crane, you will need to hire an operator along with the crane – most crane hire companies will provide an operator for the crane, who will drive the crane to your site and perform all of the crane operating and related work for you. This is often the best option, as the operator will work with cranes day in – day out, and will know the crane well, whereas a qualified worker on your site is unlikely to be regularly controlling cranes.

Ensure that your crane operator, whether they are provided with the crane hire, or are one of your employees, are up to date and qualified in all of the latest health and safety procedures which must be adhered to whilst operating a crane.

Be sure that the crane you are hiring is fully serviced, this will not only show that the machine should be reliable and capable of doing the work you require, without braking down and grinding your project to a halt, it will also ensure that the company is at least reputable when it comes to their maintenance schedule.

You can never do enough research when it comes to hiring a crane – you need to be 100% certain that the company is reputable, safe, and reliable. Safety is a huge factor and any accident with a crane could seriously jeaporadise your project, or even your life. If a crane is operated incorrectly or unlicenced you could be in seriously hot water if something goes wrong, so be certain that the hire company is above board – ask people in your industry for recommendations, as word of mouth is often the best form of resarch.

Having the latest and greatest crane on the market isn’t required – older cranes will get the job done, but newer cranes are often more advanced and can work faster and safer than older models, don’t let this influence you too heavily, but if you’re stuck choosing between 2 companies then this may swing it for you.

Always always always see the relevant health and safety and maintenance certificates and if possible, take a copy for your records – if something does happen to go wrong, then you want to be sure that you can prove you were not negligent, this could be the difference between your insurance company paying out, or your business going under!

Roofing, DIY or DI – DONT

Having your roof replaced, either on your home, your business, or even just your garage, can be an expensive job, unfortunately if you leave it in a state of disrepair, your repair bill is likely to be significantly more than if you just pay to get it fixed as soon as possible.

It’s important to know exactly what work needs doing, whether you survey and decide by yourself or pay a roofing specialist such as salfordroofing.co.uk to come out and do an initial survey and quotation for you.

You need to find out exactly what needs to be replaced, when people say they are having their roof replaced, generally they are just having the tiles or the shingles replaced, but more rarely the whole roof including the rafters may also need replaced. It’s imperative that you find out every last thing which needs replaced and have it all done at once, otherwise you’ll need to rip your roof apart again to replace a part which was missed.

Have a full inspection done on all aspects of your roof including the shingles or tiles, the flashings, the rafters and any vents and seals which may be installed. Sometimes you may choose to replace the guttering and fascia at the same time as replacing other parts of your roof.

Once you know exactly what needs replaced, you need to start getting quotes from professionals, or if you choose to DIY you need to find out some extra things such as;

What tools and equipment are needed to perform the job correctly?

There are many tools required to do a good quality roofing job. It may be possible to hire the tools you need, because some of the tools could be extremely expensive to purchase, which might actually make the job more expensive than it would be if you paid a professional roofing company to carry it out.

Disposing of the old roofing materials.

If you’re removing a roof full of tiles or shingle, it’s important to dispose of the waste material correctly. Some of it may be able to be recycled, whilst other materials should go to landfill. If you’re replacing shingles then you need to ensure they do not contain asbestos, if they do you’ll need to have it professionally handled and disposed of, and wear the appropriate safety masks and clothing – asbestos can be very dangerous to your health.

How long will it take?

The last thing you want is to have half of your roof removed and the heavens to open above you soaking your loft space, and potentially leaking through your ceilings. If you can not complete the job in a timely fashion then we’d recommend a company does this for you – they will have the manpower to get the job done much quicker than a single person diy repairing their roof, and they will also have a system in place to carry on working, or protect your home in the event of rain or snow.

Cost

Be sure you know exactly what it’s going to cost before you start the work, running out of money before the work is complete could be catastrophic.

So, should you hire in a contractor?

Consider all of the above and ask yourself whether you can tackle it or not. In our opinion, roofing work is not something which should be attempted by an amatuer, working at hight can be dangerous and one wrong move could cause serious injury. You must also take into consideration the safety of the public and your family when you consider making do it yourself changes to a structural part of your home.

Power Flushing The Oldest Two-Pipe System In The Country

When it comes to cutting edge solutions to improving heating systems, Powerflush UK have the edge over the competition. As the only company in the UK who have the necessary specialist equipment to enable them to take on large scale commercial jobs of up to 300 radiators at a single time, they are leading the way in the power flushing industry.

Power flushing is often thought of as a solution for modern central heating systems, however Powerflush UK have proved that this is not always the case. The company is one of the UK’s leading experts in power flushing systems, and thanks to their impressive modern equipment, they are able to tackle power flushing jobs of all sizes, including those on a very large scale. Recently they successfully completed an especially exciting job which was truly one of a kind.

The Trent Building at Nottingham University boasts the oldest two-pipe heating system in the UK, having been installed in this elegant building in 1928. At the time of its installation, this was the most innovative, cutting edge solution to heating, and it has remained in place until the present day. Recently, this ancient system was struggling to function correctly, failing to produce the heat necessary for a university building. Having tried to rectify the problem without success, the building management despaired of finding a solution and were beginning to consider replacing the entire system.

Luckily, Powerflush UK were able to step into the breach with their high quality equipment to perform an effective power flush throughout the building’s central heating system. Despite the enormity of the job, Powerflush UK were able to completely remove over three quarters of a century of sludge and debris, making the system as good as new once more. The management team were delighted with the results and the historic heating system has been preserved for many years to come.

A power flush is the term given to an effective cleaning process which is able to remove any debris and deposits from a central heating system. Over time, sludge, rust and other contaminants are able to build up, and as a result, the efficiency of a heating system declines. The telltale signs that a central heating system may require treatment include loud noises from the boiler, discolouration in the water when the radiators are bled, cold patches on radiators and excessive time taken for the system to heat up. When all other remedies have failed to resolve the problem, a power flush is the obvious solution.

Power flushing allows the water to circulate effectively around the system once more by removing all contaminants. By connecting a high flow/low pressure pumping unit to the system and by adding powerful cleansing chemicals including a sludge crust remover, corrosion inhibitor and a descaler, the limescale and other debris is broken down and removed from the system leaving it free to function effectively once more. Not only can a power flush lower the cost of energy bills, but it also ensures that the system produces optimal heat.

Car Warranties – what to look out for

If you’re looking to buy a car warranty or extended car warranty, you really need to do your homework. Before you even think about signing anything, you need to shop around, check what types of deals are available and compare the features which each individual company offers.

It is often a much better idea to find an independent car warranty provider than to purchase through a car dealership, as the salesman in the dealership will often be adding a very large profit margin onto the real world cost.

Dealership provided warranties can also be lacking in features, but people can easily be blinded by the convenience and sales talk given by the salesperson – don’t fall into the trap, tell them you’ll consider it and get back to them, then shop around!

So, you’ve avoided the first mistake of taking what the dealer offers you without doing any homework, but what’s next?

Well – much like car insurance, you can search online and find a huge amount of companies who’ll offer what you want, but like everything, not all companies will be equal.

The main factor you’re going to want to look at is of course price, if you are money concious, but even if you have no money worries, and can afford a more expensive package, that isn’t always going to be the best way to go either, much like cheapest isn’t always the worst, most expensive isn’t always the best.

Firstly, compile a list of companies who offer a warranty service within your price range. Once you have this, list and compare all of the features they offer – if you’re not sure on something listed on their website, don’t be afraid to ring them, you can often get a simple answer over the phone, and you can also gauge how well they know their product.

Once you have a shortlist of companies who offer exactly what you need at a price you can afford, do some research on each of the companies, simply typing their name follow by the word “reviews” can be an easy way to find out how other people have found their services.

If a company has largely good reviews, keep it on your list, one with a majority of poor reviews should be struck off, you’re looking for a service which will save you money in the long run, one with poor customer reviews is unlikely to be the best choice, and the hassle you may have should you need to claim will not be worth it.

Once you’ve got your shortlist, ring them! Start with the most expensive, tell them you are looking at a few companies and company x is cheaper, do they have any form of price match or discount available, even if they beat the cheapest price, thank them and say you will get back to them.

Repeat this process with the whole list until you have the cheapest price available, and, as long as everything else checks out – reviews, features etc, then you’ve found the best company for you.

It may take you a couple of hours but it could save you hundreds!

Helping you deal with Hard Water problems

Water is one of the basic utilities that we need to survive and live comfortably. We need water for drinking, cooking, washing, bathing and even for industrial purposes. Our sources of water are both natural and man-made. Natural sources include rainfall, lakes, rivers and oceans while manmade sources are dams, wells and canals. A common classification of water is describing it as either soft or hard water.

The difference between hard water and soft water is that hard water contains a higher concentration of minerals collected mostly from the ground and rocks. When the rain water runs through soft rocks such as limestone, it absorbs lime from them. Other minerals that make the water ‘hard’ are magnesium and calcium. Water from the rain is the soft water type but when we channel it through the ground and into our water ways such as pipes, it goes along picking minerals.

One major problem with hard water is best seen in washing. This is because soap does not lather up well therefore making washing hard. This makes one end up using more soap and synthetic detergents. Further, washing in hard water leaves behind some scum on the surface of clothes making the clothes look unclean. In addition, bathing using hard water is undesired because it leaves ‘cud’ on our skin that does not rinse off. This residue clogs the body pores. With clogged pores one is susceptible to skin conditions such as rashes and even acne.

To deal with the problem of hard water, in washing, cleaning and bathing, one should ensure they use softened water. A simple way of softening your water is by purchasing what is called a water softener. This softener simply does that, to exchange the magnesium and calcium ions in the water with sodium ions or potassium ions, depending on whether the softener uses sodium or potassium. I myself use a Fleck water softener system at my new apartment, and I’m pretty happy with it so far.

Further, you may treat the water with vinegar or lemon juice by simply diluting the water with the vinegar or the lemon juice before use in cleaning and washing. If the clothes and kitchen ware is already stained by the hard water, soaking a piece of cloth in vinegar and rubbing the kitchen ware with it has been shown to remove such stains by dissolving the mineral deposits.
Another way of softening hard water is by boiling. The minerals in water solidify when heated in temperatures above 50 degrees. Wait for the water to cool down. When you notice some white particles settled at the bottom, siphon the water leaving the particles behind.

Another problem with hard water is that it damages kitchen appliances such as coffee machines, dish washers and boilers. This happens because hard water brings about lime scale development. When hard water is heated in temperatures above 55 degrees, the minerals solidify as the water evaporates thus forming lime scale. This lime scale clogs taps and other home appliances such as dishwasher, washing machine and coffee machine therefore damaging them. Further, lime scale coats the heating elements of such appliances making them less energy efficient.

To deal with this problem, one should ensure that these appliances such as the coffee machine have an inbuilt water filtration system. The softeners in a coffee machine for instance block water contaminants and therefore prevent minerals from clogging the machine.

However, hard water is not essentially bad. The mineral components in it have quite a number of health benefits. Magnesium for instance is an essential mineral that plays a part in reducing blood pressure by modulating vascular tone. Further, magnesium ions are heart friendly as they aid in keeping the heart rhythm steady. Calcium ions too have health benefits as they help in development of strong teeth and bones in children.

Registering a domain, what does x mean?

You may have heard a lot of terminology surrounding the domain names market, and you may not be sure exactly what it means, so we’re going to go over a few of the most common terms you’re likely to hear.

Appraisal: Appraisal in the domain world is the same as in other industries – it is the process of valuing a domain – deciding how much it is worth.

Domain Name: This is the actual domain name itself – the web address you type into your browser, for example yoursite.com

DNS / Domain Name servers: Also refered to as DNS servers, these are special servers which tell your internet browser where to go to find the website which is hosted on a domain name.

Web Host: This is a server, much like your computer at home which is housed in a special building and is designed to store websites in order to let people on the internet look at them

IP Address: This is like a street address, for servers (See web host above) that the DNS server (also above) tells your web browser to look at to see the website you’re looking for.

DNS Propagation: This is a process which involves all of the main Domain Name Servers across the world talking to each other to make sure they all have the same list of IP addresses for every website.

Registrant: This is the person who has registered the domain name, and is classed as the owner of the domain name for the amount of time which they have paid for. This can be anything from 1 year, to 10s of years if they renew every time their registration period is coming to an end

Domain Registration: This is the process of buying a domain name to use for your website. Once you’ve paid for a domain it will be considered registered.

Domain Registrar: A domain registrar is a company who sells domain names to the general public for a period of time.

Domain Renewal: When a domain name is due to expire (that is, get to the end of the term which it was registered for) it will be offered to the current owner for them to pay for additional years of registration, if they do not take up the offer the domain will expire. Registering Expired domains is then possible, as the previous owner is no longer in control of the domain.

Subdomain: A subdomain is basically an addition to a domain name which allows you to point part of the domain at a different website, or host your own seperate website on a subdomain. For example, yourdomain.com is the domain name, something.yourdomain.com is a subdomain.

TLD: A TLD, or Top Level Domain is the last part of a domain name (after the name itself, behind the last dot) for example com, net, org.

WHOIS: This is a lookup (or the database itself which is looked up) of a database which holds all of the information about domain names, you can do a whois on a particular domain name and find out information such as when it was registered, when it expires, and who registered the domain name (where available)

Selling your internet based business

For those of you selling an internet business, or a website you’ve had for some time, it’s worth considering calling in the professionals.

There’s no denying that a car dealership sells cars for more than a private seller, and the same works with websites and domain names, brokers such as www.w3businessadvisors.com are experts when it comes to valuing, marketing and selling online businesses, and that’s why you shouldn’t overlook what a broker can do for you.

If your website is generating a stable, monthly income then you can expect to command at least 6 months worth of income as a sale value for your website, however, the general range is even higher than that, with 6 – 12 months being the norm, and some certain niches even bringing up to 18 months worth of income.

You might be thinking that you’ll find it easy enough to sell your website by yourself, and that could possibly be true, but many of the larger public marketplaces are full of people who are looking to buy websites just to sell them on again for profit, so the amount they are willing to pay is often significantly less than a website is worth.

Not only that, because of the low entry requirements to these marketplaces, you can spend days, even weeks discussing details of the sale with someone, only for them to pull out at the last minute because they can’t afford it (or even worse, never could!), or have changed their mind, or have decided they’d like to pay less.

We all know the old saying, time is money, so paying for a professional to handle the sale may cost you money, but it will save you time, so if you value your time then handing the process over to someone who does it for a living is likely going to be the better option.

Allowing a professional service or company to sell your website or other online business for you means you’ll have a professional valuation, and know exactly what your website is worth, it’s then up to you whether you agree to sell it for less or not.

The website broker will do all of your advertising for you and will handle any questions, queries and discussions with potential buyers. Generally websites sold via brokers will achieve their true worth, sometimes even more – this is in part due to the professional nature of the brokers, and the trust that buyers place on buying from a broker, but also because a brokerage fee is usually a percentage of the final sale value, so it is in the website brokers best interest to sell your website or online business for the highest possible amount – the more they sell for, the more they get in fees.

This also helps you out, because if you’re happy with one price, and a broker manages to sell your website for more, the difference between your asking price and the actual sale price will often cover most of the broker’s commission, meaning you effectively paid nothing (or very little) for their services, and also saved your own time. That’s win-win for everyone involved, you don’t need to spend time marketing and trying to sell to possible time wasters, the buyer feels that they have a good deal and also have the security of buying through a broker, and the broker has made a percentage of the sale value.

At the end of it all, you’ve offloaded a website you no longer wanted, and made some money – what’s not to like?

The Best Steam Cleaner Guide For You

Steam cleaners are extremely efficient machines that are thoroughly adept at cleaning dust particles. They are also capable of killing bacteria and other unwanted microorganisms such as germs, viruses etc. This is because steam cleaners use vaporized water for the purposes of cleaning. This vaporized water is stored in a cylinder. The cylinder is an essential part of every good quality steam cleaner.

Various steam cleaners have varying sizes of cylinders fitted in them. Quite often the variation in costs of the cylinder is also centralized on the size of the cylinder. Steam cleaners with bigger cylinders cost more than those with smaller cylinders. However, exceptions are always there. If you have a bigger house with greater surface area to clean going for a steam cleaner with a big cylinder is always the smarter choice. This is also a sensible choice.

The advantage that you will have with a steam cleaner that has a more voluminous cylinder is that the cleaning can be done on a longer surface area. Also crucial is the fact that a bigger cylinder does not require refilling of water too often. Hence your household staff or you will find it less cumbersome. Understand the mechanism of the steam cleaner before you purchase it. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of buying a steam cleaner. However the benefits always far outweigh the drawbacks when you buy a good quality steam cleaner.

Steam cleaners with smaller cylinders can be bought for smaller households. Why spend more when a less expensive steam cleaner can fulfill your needs? Remember that more expensive cylinders do not always reflect better quality. Make sure that the steam cleaner you buy is within your budget. Going for expensive items is not always a smarter choice. Quality steam cleaners can also be bought at relatively lower costs.

In this regard, information can be very useful. However, information overload should be avoided. E-commerce websites have a variety of steam cleaners available for sale. You can compare the prices of steam cleaners on the various e-commerce platforms. Make sure that you purchase the steam cleaner at the lowest price available. You can get the best steam cleaner by doing comparison of several models online.

Make sure that you actually need the steam cleaner that you are planning to buy. Do not fall victim to consumerism. Do not buy an expensive steam cleaner just because your colleagues and friends have expensive steam cleaners. If all your needs can be fulfilled by a steam mop which is relatively inexpensive you should buy a steam mop. Even when buying a steam mop you must compare its price on the various online E-commerce platforms.

Always go for the steam cleaner or steam mop that best suits your needs. Remember that buying articles that you do not need will not only lessen the available space in your house. But it would also lessen the amount of green that you have in your wallet. But make sure that you do not buy a cheaper steam cleaner just to save money. The steam cleaner is an important equipment for your home. Hence, buy the best as per your needs.

How Hard Is It To Delete Safari From Mac Computers?

Mac computers are incredibly easy to use. In fact, this is one of the most important reasons why people prefer the computers that are created by Apple. It is very easy to install programs and use them. However, this does not mean that there are no problems that will be incredibly frustrating. While most of the Windows users simply believe that it is their operating system and they get used to it, when referring to the users that love Macs, we are faced with difficulties as it is particularly stressing to see that many things cannot be done.

One of the best examples of something that is complicated is going to appear when you want to delete Safari. In order to do this you need to be able to learn how to uninstall programs that come with the operating system. At the same time, you will need to be sure that the system was cleaned of all the traces of the program, including browsing history and more.

The really good news is that it is not at all difficult to eliminate Safari from a Mac computer when you use cleaning software. A really good example is Movavi Mac Cleaner. It will allow you to remove the software that you desire with just a few clicks. This does include the standard Safari browser. Never choose to eliminate Safari without it in the event that you are worried about privacy. This is something that you have to remember as it is the only real way to delete all the associated files.

Movavi Mac Cleaner is a software program that can so easily help you to remove Safari and many other programs. At the same time, it comes to the table with some pretty interesting extra features you will want to learn more about. Software allows you to delete the large files that occupy a lot of space on your computer. At the same time, it will help you to basically end up with a computer that runs a lot faster than before you use it. What many users do not know is that as time passes, loading time for the operating system increases.

Make sure that you know all the options that are available for you if you want to remove Mac programs or clean the computer. You will find different ones to choose from, with Movavi being definitely number one on the list.

You Are Paying for it, Make Sure You Get It All!

If you are a business that is looking to grow and you are considering increasing your online presence using a company that offers you everything, make sure you know what ‘everything’ really can be. Do not let yourself sign up with a company only to find out there is another one out there that offers more services you did not even know were options. Below are a few tips and ideas of what a good online boosting company will look like and how you can find the very best.

1)Make sure they offer search engine optimizing.

You want your web presence to look good, but you also want to make sure it is being seen by as many eyes as possible. A company that knows how to get you ranked highly and seen first on search engines will really get your business seen and start to grow that client or customer database you are looking for.

2)Pay Per Click Management

There are companies out there that only do pay per click work. They will charge you for just this one service. This will leave you searching for another company to do the rest of the web work and most times if you ask a company that offers more services if they can help you with pay per click they have the know how to do it and can easily help you out! All you have to do is find a multi-service company and ask!

3)Social Media Management Services

Did you know that you do not have to worry about the upkeep of your social media business pages? Companies that cover it all have amazingly skilled people that will keep your Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Instagram, or other online platforms up to date and looking great! You have enough to worry about just running a business why should you have to worry about the up keep of online stuff too when there are people to do that for you!

4)A company who knows how to get you on the list.

The yellow pages are something of the past. Well, the actual paper yellow pages. Now they are online, and there are more than just the yellow pages. A smart company knows how to get you on those list. Even at the top of those list. So that when people open up the list of business like yours in their area you are eye catching and draw in their business. Get someone who can get you on the list.

5)Website Creators are highly sought after.

You might have started a website for your business, but if you are looking to step up your game on the world wide web hiring someone to create your website is a very smart thing to do. They can take your current web address and transform it into something truly amazing. Depending on the services you choose from this company they could even continue to keep it current and catching so that it produces the highest level of business for you at all times.

6)Design Services are a must have.

A lot of companies out there want to take what you already have and just boost its appearance on line getting it seen by more people. A solid company like Dominate with SEO has an actual design team that will take what you have and transform it into what you want to have. With a listening ear and a designing heart they can take the things you express about your business and give it the online face lift you want. Hiring a company that does all the things previously listed AND that has a design team is really what you are looking for to bring your ‘A’ game to the internet.

7)Last but not least is digital marketing consulting.

You do not want to pay someone to just make you look good online. You need that hard earned money of yours to work even harder for you. With companies like Dominate with SEO not only will you be getting all these great things but you will have a sounding board for your digital marketing questions. If you even need help deciding if a certain thing is a good choice for your business presence online just ask, that’ is what you are paying for!

When choosing a company to help up your game online make sure you consider all these things. Ask questions and make sure you are happy with the services you are getting, and that you are getting all the services you want and deserve to get. You do not want to be left wishing you would have gone a different direction with your online business content when you could of had it all. Find a solid company like Dominate with SEO. Better yet, contact Dominate with SEO and get your online presence to its highest potential!

The all new DDR4 vs DDR3

With the release of DDR4 to the widescale market, we decided to check out the differences between it, and DDR3 (The until now, best on the market).

We checked out Crucial’s DDR4 offerings and were surprised at just how much of a speed increase the new modules have over the older DDR3 modules. With DDR3 bandwidth throughput maxing out at around 6.4Gb/s, DDR4 has almost tripled in efficiencey, with an over 17Gb/s throughput.

This really is quite something, as with most things PC related, the higher the number the better, even for a novice this is simple to understand.

So what does that mean for people looking to upgrade?

Well unfortunately for most of us, DDR4 isn’t backward compatible, with a new 288 pin configuration and a new “slot cutout” position, it’s impossible to fit DDR4 into an older DDR3 system, and likewise a motherboard which supports DDR4 will not accept a DDR3 module. In the past we’ve seen backwards compatibility through older DDR versions, but in this instance it isn’t possible. Chances are you have DDR3 and won’t be able to upgrade without also upgrading at least your mainboard (motherboard) which will work out costly.

As yet, until prices come down you may be better visiting a computer repairs shop in Dublin to see what upgrades are possible without costing too much.

Some new processors require DDR4 to even function, so we can see it becoming more common fairly quickly as technology moves on (which is happening at a blistering rate).

Local Building Firm uses Modern Technology to Assure Quality

Birmingham Driveway have stepped things up in terms of their technology. We all know how frustrating it can be when you work in a profession to think that something is level, only to find that it isn’t. When this happens, you need to re-do the entire project again and if you don’t then it could result in more problems later down the line. On top of this, you may also find that you are wasting your customer’s time, so this is again, something that you need to think about. From a customer point of view, if you don’t have a very good builder working with you, you may find that the result at the end just isn’t what you wanted and this will set you back in terms of both time and money.

Birmingham Driveway however have put an end to all of this, by investing in some satellite guided laser-levelling equipment. This equipment is fully designed to check the layout of the job before it has been completed, ensuring that it is done to the highest quality as well as making sure that everything is in full and complete order. The technology can also be used to determine the quality of the job upon completion so you can already start to see how this could revolutionise the driveway industry and everything that is involved with the general construction.

A lot of people who work in the driveway industry are forced to use manual levelling equipment when measuring out their driveways and this can make things even more difficult for the future. From this point, they then need to attach string, or rope to two posts and this is the level for any work that is going to be done. With weather conditions and manual labour, it is understandable how this could be slightly off in some instances and if you don’t have a completely level driveway then this can lead to plenty of problems later. Even so, true professionals can generally get it completely level but that doesn’t mean that it is worth taking the risk.

That is why Birmingham Driveway have decided to invest in this new technology, which uses laser levelling systems to ensure that the end result is completely 100% level without any room for error. This allows the people who are installing the driveway to get the job done to a remarkable standard and it also ensures that the customer gets the best result as well. With so many companies wanting to provide a better service to their customers, technology upgrades have gone through the roof but some companies just aren’t willing to pay the money needed to invest. With companies like Birmingham Driveway however, they are diligent in their approach to their job and the customers that they serve and that is why they have chosen to invest in this laser levelling system.

The satellite guided laser-levelling equipment is state of the art and a lot of contractors are still using pen and paper so you can already start to see how this could change the way things are done from the moment they arrive on site. Of course, there are always advancements in the construction industry and things are always changing but as you can see, it is very important for companies to change with the times and that is why Birmingham Driveway have gone with this. Customers can now expect to receive a service that is incomparable to companies that still use pen and paper and it is a great step forward for technology and the driveway industry.

Reasons Why You Have To Consider Getting IPhone Insurance

IPhone owners love the smartphone and use it all the time. This is quite normal. After all, we are talking about the very first phone of its kind launched on the market. People love it and will spend a lot of money on a new generation iPhone. Because of the fact that you would need to pay a lot for your new smartphone and that much important data is stored on the device, iPhone insurance becomes necessary.
If you still do not know why iPhone insurance is necessary, here are some reasons that you want to remember.

IPhone Insurance Is Cheap

You do not need to pay much for the insurance policy. In most cases the price is just around 2 dollars per month. This is enough to cover the much more expensive iPhone. You do not need to be extremely careful and you just have to keep using as you normally do. In the event that the device is damaged or dropped at a restaurant, the insurance provider will cover the costs.

The Process Is Really Simple

Most people are actually surprised to see how easy it is to insure an iPhone. All that you really need to do is go online, find a reputable service provider and then complete a specific form. In only a matter of minutes you will be able to get the insurance that you want for your smartphone.

Accidental Damage Is Covered

Most problems with an iPhone are associated with accidental damage, which is not covered by the warranty that you get from Apple. This even includes loss, theft and loss. The phone is going to normally be insured with a brand new iPhone in a pretty short period of time, sometimes just 2 days. In the event that the warranty expired, the insurance will also cover internal malfunctions. Phones would be repaired and damaged components would be replaced. This basically completes the warranty coverage, which is definitely not as great as most people think.

Theft Coverage Is Included

This is really important. Warranty does not cover you in the event that your iPhone is stolen. Theft and even unauthorized calls will be covered by the iPhone insurance. If you do not have insurance, you will spend a lot of money.

Bonuses Can Be Offered

Based on the iPhone insurance policy that you will choose, the provider can offer bonuses. This is something that most people do not even know until they get the bonus. As an example, it is possible to get the iPhone 5 insured and at the start of the policy you would only pay half of the premium for three months. The discount is normally not that much in terms of value but every single dollar counts.

All the reasons that were mentioned above surely highlight the fact that it is a really good idea to cover an iPhone that would even cost 500 EUR. Make sure that you consider such an insurance policy with any electronics device that costs a lot for you.

When Is It Time To Hire Professional SEO Services?

When Is It Time To Hire Professional SEO Services?

Nowadays, because of the free information that is available online, many business owners have in-house departments handle search engine optimization tasks. This is definitely something that can be considered because of the fact that savings are possible. However, after some time, it is vital that you focus on hiring professional SEO services. Deciding when to make the investment is something difficult but it is a necessity.

While there is no exact blueprint that needs to be followed, we should highlight some situations when it is a good idea to move towards professional search engine optimization work.

When Your Budget Allows It

Most business owners think about the budget that is available and will almost always focus on making a costly investment just when the profit allows it. When referring to search engine optimization we refer to a service that does tend to bring in long term benefits. The sooner you work with the professionals, the sooner great results will appear. Because of this, we have to say that whenever your budget allows SEO investments, it is a good idea to hire the professionals.

When Rankings Are Going Down

There are many different reasons why the rankings of a website go down. You might be faced with some bad SEO work that was done in the past or it is possible that your competition is gaining on you and getting better results. No matter the case, if you see that others get better results, it means that it is time to call a professional. Just make sure that you do not hire the first one that you find. Since rankings are going down, the necessity to work with a good professional is automatically a lot higher.

When In-House SEO Knowledge Is Limited

Many try to handle search engine optimization in-house in an attempt to save money but the people that are normally hired by the firm will not be SEO specialists. Contrary to popular belief, search engine optimization is not easy to learn. If your profile is different, you will not have people that actually know much about SEO. When the knowledge of the people that work for you is limited, you should not even think about doing work internally. It is better to go for the professional SEO services even if this means that you have to invest beyond the profit that you make at the moment. In time, costs will be covered as you get more clients from search engines.

When You Sell Products/Services Online

In the event that you use your website in order to make sales, it is a necessity to use search engine optimization and the truth is that it is always better to go for the professional services. Have patience and choose those companies that know as much as possible about everything that has to be done to increase rankings for online stores. Not all firms are specialized in such a service so do be sure that you read reviews. That counts the most at the end of the day as you want to work with people that know everything about optimizing online stores.

Hoverboards seized amidst safety fears

Around 15 thousand hoverboards, or smart scooters have been seized by trading standards in the UK it has been announced.

UK Trading standards have seized more than 15 thousand of these self balancing scooters at many ports and airports across the UK in a bid to stop the flow of dangerous boards entering the country. Trading standards has said that, of 17000 boards which have been inspected, over 15000 of them were dangerous – that’s a whopping 88%.

So what makes these dangerous exactly – well, you might think it’s the chance of falling off and bruising your ego, but whilst that is true, it’s not the reason they are being seized. These smart scooters are seriously popular this year, and with any hot new gadget, many manufacturers across China put them into mass production, as quickly, and cheaply as possible.

Anything done cheaply and in a rush comes with it’s risks, but these have a particularly serious issue – an issue which could see you lose your home or your life – they can, and have been known to, burst into flames – quite literally.

Trading standards has said that some of the issues found were plugs which didn’t have a fuse – effectively meaning the wire itself would act as the fuse when it reached melting point, causing fire. Faulty wiring and chargers were also found in the shipments, adding more reason to be very diligent when purchasing these.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of these boards being seized, with Ireland’s CCPC (Competition and Consumer Protection Comission) seizing 1400 at Dublin port a little over a week ago, citing “Serious safety concerns” – these were rumoured to be headed for a well known high street retailer, although no official statement was released on this matter.

If you’re in the market for one of these this Christmas, the recommendation is that you ensure that the packaging has the manufacturers name or trademark visible, and that the product itself has a genuine CE mark.

Facebook Founder Has A New Arrival – And A Huge Giveaway

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have welcomed the new addition to their family into the world – their baby daughter, “Max”.

In an open letter written to his new daughter, Mr Zuckerberg, the mastermind behind Facebook has pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook earned fortune to a new initiative based LLC.

Whilst it’s not entirely clear what the new initiative will be doing, Zuckerberg hinted at some possible uses in his letter to Max, saying

“Our initial areas of focus will be personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities”. The letter itself was over 2000 words long and already has over 1.1million likes. You can read the full open letter here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634

We believe that Zuckerberg and Chan will be targetting areas which personally interest them, such as Zuckerbergs recent “bring coding to schools” scheme, and the fight against ebola.

Zuckerberg won’t be giving away his majority stake in Facebook any time soon, nor will he be giving away his full fortune in 1 go – the first 3 years will see the new initiative be gifted 1 billion dollars worth of shares per year, with the rest of the money being drip fed over the lifetime of Mark and Priscilla.

This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has invested in projects which are beneficial to the world, with the internet.org initiative bringing together the world’s tech giants in a bid to provide internet to even the remotest parts of the world, along with plans to launch a satellite into space in order to provide internet to much of Africa. The satellite launch is expected to take place some time in 2016, and if it is a success, could see some very interesting projects in the future.

AMD Release New Crimson Edition Drivers & Control Centre

AMD have released a rather large change to it’s graphics drivers, and the Catalyst suite, replacing them with the new Radeon Crimson Edition software. This also includes AMD’s yearly major drive update, replacing the previous major update “Catalyst Omega” which added several new features.

So what’s new in Crimson Edition?

Well – quite a lot actually, the crimson edition software and drivers have taken into account community bug reports, fixing the top 10 bugs reported by the community. The stability is greatly increased over the Omega series of drivers, with greater testing done on various hardware, both manually in a real world situation, and by stress testing via automated programs.

So that covers stability, but there are many new performance and efficiency options, with game specific optimisations built in, directx 12 optimisation, power saving optimisation and frame rate improvements.

The software application itself also incorporates a shader cache for improved game loading, with less stuttering. custom resolution support, and additional features for OpenCL 2.0.

The UI has an all new look, faster startup times (Remember the slow loading of the older Catalyst Control Panel?!)

The optimisation options for gaming do produce some decent results, with SW: Battlefront loading almost 35% faster with AMD’s Shader Cache enabled.

We observed performance improvements across the board with various games we tested, the improvements aren’t going to change your life, or how you play, but they are certainly noticeable.

The new look is sleek, mondern, and places AMD well to increase quality across the brand.

Our conclusion: Update – the changes are worth the time required to complete the updates.

AMD affected by Windows 10 Update

Microsoft are in the process of rolling out the first major update release for Windows 10, and it is having some unexpected effects.

The update began rolling out last week, and we have since had many reports that the update is removing programs from user’s systsmes without any prior warning, and without permission.

Whilst the update itself is supposed to boost performance, improve Xbox compatibility, and enhance Microsoft’s Cortana, it appears to be removing third party hardware management programs – users have been reporting that CPU-Z and Speccy have been removed from their systems without any sort of notification, but more worryingly, AMD’s Catalyst Center has also been removed.

AMD’s Catalyst Center is the main control panel for AMD Radeon graphics cards used in many PC and laptop systems across the globe, and are a popular choice with gamers.

Users in the Windows 10 Subreddit over at Reddit have been taking to their keyboards to express their unhappiness at Microsoft’s latest actions.

Whilst most users seem happy that potentially incompatible programs would be disabled, almost all posters seemed to agree that removing programs without warning was not acceptable.

Microsoft have made it known from day one that Windows 10 updates would not be optional for home users, and that potentially dangerous software would be removed, and with this being the first major update to Windows 10, is this a sign of things to come?

Whilst we don’t have a problem with dangerous programs being removed, we have to question the motives behind it, and what exactly constitutes a dangerous program, because we’re fairly certain that AMD’s Catalyst Control Panel isn’t dangerous.

Whether Microsoft intend to continue down this path, or at least notify users of any potential conflicts with programs prior to removing them is yet to be seen, but with their intention to roll out Windows 10 to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems which have updates enabled in the next 12 months, the market share of Windows 10, and the number of affected users will certainly be larger.

Have you been affected by the recent Windows 10 update? What programs were removed for you? Let us know in the comments.

Digital Marketing – Taking The Internet By Storm

One of the most influential and emerging technology related strategies to burst onto the scene, and be in use all major online businesses, is SEO .

So what do we know about SEO?

It stands for Search Engine Optimisation and there are some incredible web applications developed for use in this industry, three of which we’ll cover in this article.

Majestic.com & Moz.com

These platform are built with the sole purpose of emulation. Emulation of what exactly? Google’s famous PR, or Page Rank, scoring system which is the measurement of a website’s authority and trust in the eyes of Google itself.

So up until a few years ago, anyone could check the PR score for any website as Google published the API for the database to be queried, and it really did emphasise how respected Google viewed the site itself.

This metric has since been rescinded from public consumption and is used only internally at Google itself.

Due to this, third party platforms such as Majestic.com, Moz.com & Ahrefs.com have developed their own metrics to measure the authority and trust of a website, trying to emulate as closely as possible Google’s PR framework.

With Moz.com’s Open Site Explorer – you can check many Moz based metrics but primarily there are two that marketers the world over look at. Domain Authority (DA) & Page Authority (PA).

These metrics take valuable information from the Moz.com database and assign a score to a web property based on various factors, including but not limited to, backlinks and social signals.

Majestic.com’s primary Metrics are Trust Flow (TF) and Citation Flow (CF). Both these metrics compile a score focused on various components in their database such as topical relevance and referring domains.

Inside the world of Digital Marketing and SEO in general, those two platforms are routinely used by experts focused on building relationships with influencers in the niche specific industry they are currently working on as it gives them the flexibility to build a network of high value individuals and influencers for content syndication purposes.

Majestic.com’s Trust Flow and Moz.com’s Domain Authority are the two most used metrics in the SEO industry today and this is unlikely to change.

Both of these applications have free accounts, intermediate accounts and professional accounts for all their user’s needs and when in that game – are absolutely crucial.

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The Big Thing This Christmas

Balance Board, Smart Scooter, Hover Board, Smart Wheel, Swegway, whatever you want to call them, the Swegway Smart Scooter is this year’s must-have Christmas Present.

Surprisingly, many of the large chain stores have chosen not to stock these, whether this is going to be the case come December, we can’t be sure, but we’ve managed to get hold of one, and we can certainly see what the hype is all about.

Riding the hoverboard (We tested Swegway Ireland’s carbon black smart wheel) was fairly easy, although it takes a few minutes to get used to the feeling from the self balancing mechanism, we were sure we were going to fall off initially, but that seemed to be due to lack of confidence. Once we got used to riding around our office, we soon figured out little tricks to keep speed around corners, and squeeze through small spaces.

Now, the reason we feel these are such a big deal and are going to be hard to get hold of, is because of the age range they suit – we’re fully grown adults and can happily scoot around on these great little gadgets, but we wanted to know if adults are the only market, so I took one home with me at the end of the day and let my siblings have ago.

My younger sister (13) loved it, and we all know how fussy teenagers can be, she spent a good half hour playing around on it, even the neighbours had a go, they run a paving firm so there was a good four or five lads testing it out before the inevitable happened – no, she didn’t fall off, the battery went flat! I hadn’t charged it since our earlier office escapade, so we popped it on charge for a few hours and then I gave my younger brother a go – he’s 9, and it’s a judgement call on your behalf whether or not you would buy one for your child at this age – I would say it depends on how sensible they are, you can build up a little bit of speed (around 15km/h) so falling off was a worry, however he got on just fine.

So this Christmas I can certainly imagine these being under a lot of Christmas trees, whether they’ll be for the adults in the family or the children, that’s up to you, but hours and hours of fun can be had by all ages, young or old, boy or girl, one size fits all.

These smart scooters come in a range of colours, the Swegway guys in Dublin which provided ours sell them in Black, Red, Blue, White, Green and Gold – so there’s something to suit everyone.

We’d recommend getting yours as soon as possible so you aren’t disappointed, as we can imagine stock will go fast!

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Android Dominating the TV Market?

Android has been going from strength to strength as an operating system, powering smartphones, netbooks and tablet PCs, but did you know, it is now also powering our TVs?

The latest TV technology has seen many of the big suppliers move to Android as the TVs base software, meaning you can run Android apps such as those you run on your smartphone, on your TV.

That may not sound like much, until you think of applications such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Kodi or XBMC which opens up a whole new world of TV viewing. Whether you like to watch TV boxsets, or catch up on your favourite soap operas, or like to watch sporting events, Android will really change the way you use your TV, and do away with the need for costly TV subscriptions.

That’s all very well for those of you who have the latest and greatest TV set, but what about those of you who have an older TV set which doesn’t run on Android, or perhaps isn’t even a Smart TV?

Well there’s good news – Almost any TV set is capable of using a Smart TV Box, Kodi TV boxes, also known as Smart TV Boxes or Android TV boxes plug into your TV via HDMI or AV cable, and run the Android operating system – think of it as an Android mini PC, and your TV as the monitor – these turn your TV set into a Smart TV for a relatively small cost and will allow you to do everything the latest Android Smart TVs do, without purchasing a new TV.

So you’ve got a new Android TV, or bought yourself a shiny new Android TV Box, what can you use it for?

Well now that your TV (or smart TV box) is running Android, you can think of it almost like a giant tablet PC – you can install games or other apps from Google’s Play app, apps like Kodi and XBMC which allow you to install hundreds of different addons to let you watch different types of content, Netflix, so you can watch your favourite shows back to back – everybody loves a good Netflix and chill session!

We have a game controller for our Smart TV Box which allows us to run emulator software to play all of our favourite games from yesteryear (Although it’s important to note, we own the games we play, and the console they belong to, it simply saves us digging them out from under the stairs!)

So – With Androids evolution into the TV market, your TV is will now be a full featured streaming media device, a games console, and a PC all in one!

Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year Is A… Well, It’s NOT A Word!

Over the past few years we’ve seen many of the latest words make it as the “word of the year”, with “Selfie” making it in 2013, and last year we had “Vape” – Not a problem, they were with the times, and we can see how they became the word of the year, but this year we have the good old crying with laughter emoji (remember when we called them emoticons?!) which we’re sure gets plenty of use, but lets be honest.. It’s just not a WORD!

We can sort of see where they are coming from – 2015 has been a big year in the world of emojis, with racially diverse emojis being added to many popular platforms and apps, iOS to name one.

Give it a try – a long press on the thumbs up in Whatsapp will give you a selection of skin tones to choose from, and it’s not only the thumbs up emoji – give some of the others a try too.

So what exactly is the word of the year?

Oxford dictionary have stated that their word of the year “is a word or expression that we can see has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.”

So what other words have been used a lot in 2015 that could have taken the Word Of The Year spot? The actual Oxford Dictionary shortlist included;

  • Refugee – with the current syrian crisis and the increasing number of refugee news, we feel this would be a good contender
  • On Fleek – Lets ignore the fact that this is in fact 2 words (the winner isn’t a word, after all) – this one is a pet hate of ours, I’d shortlist this for a “Worst word of the year” list!
  • Ad Blocker – again this is multiple words, and is certainly something which has increased in popularity over the past few years
  • Dark Web – Again, something that is much discussed, but not necessarily something Oxford Dictionary would want to draw attention to.

Other contenders included “lumbersexual”, “brexist” and “sharing economy”

So there we have it folks, 2015’s Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is not a word at all, it is the crying with laughter face emoji! What do you think next years WOTY will be? Let us know in the comments!