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