iBeacon With HomeKit – What We Can Look Forward To

iBeacon is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication technology that enables mobile apps to capture signals from beacons in the physical world and react to them. It allows mobile apps to gauge their position on a micro-scale and deliver hyper-contextual content to users based on their location. We take a look at how these two Internet of Thing (IoT) endeavours by Apple will work together to make our lives simpler.

iBeacon on HomeKit

Currently, iBeacon has been largely marketed by Apple for the retail environment. With HomeKit, the home-grown BLE technology by Apple will be accessible to a larger customer base that is setting up a smart home. At its most basic level, the iBeacon will inform Apple’s smart home of the user’s presence when they come home and all systems will turn on as per pre-set conditions to welcome them and ready to use.

Using iBeacon in Smart Home Devices

iBEacon can be used to define actions for the smart appliances such as lighting, ventilators, heating/cooling systems, television etc. among other things. With Siri integration, simple voice commands and spoken reminders will automate the systems and activate appliances. Different apps such as the Calendar app and Notes app can also be used to work in tandem with Home Kit and iBeacon to give commands to the various smart appliances in the house.

HomeKit currently offers native support with iBeacon to control lighting in the house, there is a lot more that can be done if the imagination is stretched. For instance, a Beacon placed in the key will help your smartphone to track they key when it is misplaced within the house. Also, when the key is inserted in the lock, the variously programmed lights will be switched on as soon as one enters the house.

Apple iBeacon for the House

In 2014, Apple submitted a proposal for creating the first dedicated iBeacon – compatible beacon hardware for its Smart Home product. Apple iBeacon will turn the iPhone, iPad or other compatible iOS device into a temporarily discoverable beacon. Thus, used with HomeKit, the user will be able to control locks, lights, doors, security cameras, switches, plugs, kitchen appliances and much more. Apple will not be supplying the hardware for iBeacon as many third party hardware beacon devices are already available. Apple iBeacon will act more as a centralized control hub that can be triggered from the iPhone or iWatch.

What Kind of Smart Home Applications Can You Build Using iBeacon and HomeKit

There are a host of applications that are available for controlling lighting and other basic activities within the house. However, these are yet to be fully developed to be truly effectual. We bring you a few ideas where iBeacon can be applied with HomeKit to create a smart living space.

An iBeacon to notify select recipients of your arrival. For instance, the presence of family members can be detected via the application as they enter or leave the home

Automatically lock or turn off appliances such as computers, laptops or television in the house when the beacon device is not in proximity

Take photographs from the security camera or webcam remotely and email it to oneself by triggering the camera using the iBeacon. This way, any intruders photograph can be captured and stored securely even while the resident of the house is not at home

Turn on the music system in the car or at home to play any specific song when the beacon device is in proximity

Beacons are easy to install and set up and BLE Beacon shipments are expected to exceed over 400 million units in the next five years as per an ABI Research report. With the iOS 10 all set to hit the markets by next year, the use of iBeacon technology will soon be widespread globally.

Interesting Games in Your Android Mobile Phone

The open source Android platform is growing very fast. You can turn your Android smart phone into a pocket entertainment console by installing games. The touch screen and accelerometer sensor give an awesome gaming experience. Thousands of games are available for Android smart phones. For a long time Android had only some rip offs and incomplete games. We could not even compare Android Market with Apple’s application store. But the things got changed now.

Most of the Android phones are cheaper than Apple iPhone. Android has a wide selection of smart phones in different price ranges. This lead many people to choose Android phones. Now Android is the most widely used smart phone platform. Because of the popularity of Android, the game developers around the world began to bring their works to this platform. Now Android has a wide selection of great games.

Android market is an application that comes with all Android devices. Users can easily install apps and games from Android market. It has both paid and free applications and games. The apps and games are listed in different categories in Android market. It has featured, top free and top paid apps tabs for easy browsing. The search function in Android market is very helpful to the users. Here is the list of the most interesting Android Games.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is one of the most popular games. Angry Birds is physics based puzzle game with beautiful graphics. In this game you have to eliminate the evil pigs by slingshots using the birds and retrieve their eggs. You have different types of birds with different abilities to kill the pigs. This is a highly interesting game. There are a lot of Angry Birds fans around the globe. Angry Birds game is free in Android market. This game is available in three versions. The latest update released in December 2011 includes a new chapter named Bird Day Party. It has fifteen levels and updated graphics.

Cut the Rope

Cut the rope is a really interesting puzzle game. In this game your objective is to feed a cute monster. There is a candy is tied with ropes. You have to cut the ropes in a way that the candy would fall directly to the mouth of the hungry monster. This game has awesome cartoon style graphics. Cut the rope is a highly addictive fun game.

Drag Racing

Drag racing game is different from conventional racing games. It is an interesting game between two cars in a straight track. The fastest car between the two wins the game. This game has a wide selection of cars available. The multiplayer option allows you to play with your friends through Internet. By winning the races you can get points. You don’t need to steer the car in drag racing. Your performance in this game depends upon timely gear shifts. The game play is easy and simple. Using the points you can buy new cars and upgrade your cars. Drag racing is a highly interesting racing game.

Broken Hinge on MacBook Pro Laptop

Laptop screen hinges are one of the most delicate parts (besides your LCD screen) on your MacBook. Older MacBook Pro systems are especially vulnerable to hinge damage due to the very thin aluminum that surrounds the LCD screen to keep it in place. First of all, let’s discuss a few ways to avoid having your hinges get damaged in the first place.

Rule Number One:

ALWAYS use both hands when opening your screen. If you obey this one simple rule, your screen hinges and screen support assembly will last much longer. It sounds so simple, and yes, we forget about this important rule all the time, but when you grab your laptop and flip open the screen with one hand, you are flexing your screen in ways that it was not meant to be. Place your hands on either side of the screen and open slowly. It’s easy. Just take a breath and relax before you flip the lid. If you own an older MacBook, be sure the latch on the front is released BEFORE you try and open your screen. It is very easy to bend your screen housing, or worse, break your MacBook Pro screen.

Rule Number Two:

Keep your laptop away from the edge! The edge of the table, the edge of the seat of your car, the edge of your desk…you get the idea. It’s just another simple rule that can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs or parts replacement. Most hinge and screen frame damage is caused by drops – many of which could have been avoided if we all simply keep our MacBook Pro away from the edge of whatever we set it on.

Rule Number Three:

If your MacBook Pro is “parked” most of the time, you can probably skip this one – but, if you carry your laptop around a lot, get yourself a “sleeve” made of silicon, leather or other material that will help keep your MacBook Pro from slipping out of your butter fingers. Yeah, like we’ve never dropped our laptop before. Trust us. You want a sleeve.

Rule Number Four:

Get a good carrying case – one with a decent suspension. And no, we’re not talking about your cars suspension. Get a case with a back that has a suspended inner section for your MacBook Pro if possible. This will keep your laptop from coming into contact with the ground, since we know you like to toss your bag around at the end of the day.

OK, so you followed all these rules and it still happened – your MacBook Pro screen is all bent up, or out of alignment with the rest of the computer. Or, maybe you can’t even open the screen up.

First thing…STOP – do not pass go, do not attempt to open up your screen. There are all kinds of wonderful cables and such that are housed right around your MacBook Pro hinge assembly. These delicate cables can get ripped apart easily, increasing the cost of the repair you are going to get done so you can use your MacBook Pro again. Go borrow someone else’s computer to Google fora Mac laptop repair service. In other words, don’t risk opening up your screen and doing more damage.

When scheduling your laptop repair service you want to be sure to ask these questions:

Do you use Apple certified repair technicians? (YES)

How long of a warranty do you offer? (AT LEAST 1-YEAR)

Do you offer free shipping for repairs? (YES)

How long will the repair take? (24-HOURS)

Are you working out of your garage? (NO)

Do you offer toll-free customer support where I can speak to a human being? (YES)

We hope these tips help to keep your MacBook Pro running safe and strong. If you do wind up with a defective hinge or screen that needs replacement, you’ll at least know some important questions to ask when scheduling your repair.

Welding Jobs And Low Pay: (And 3 Things Can You Do About It Now)

The average welder is now 56 years old.

Young people are not becoming welders because the welding shop in school has been replaced by a computer room (which is crazy, because welding is the glue that holds our world together).

At the same time, a real and sustained boom is beginning in the USA for many reasons – a boom that will last 20 years – a boom that will be screaming out for (and paying big bucks for) welders. Why will the boom happen? What can you do to make $100 an hour? Why are welding wages still so low? Get the answers here.

What is good about welding?

Welding is one of a few crafts or trade crafts that can be utilized in a long list of other trade crafts and locations that don’t normally come to mind. For example: I started welding at 13 to repair motorcycles and cars.

At age 19 I was building gates (gates that are still there and beautiful 40 years later). I became an industrial electrician and welded as an electrician. Artist use welding.

Injection molds used to made plastic parts, are repaired by welders. Stainless piping in food grade factories are installed and repaired by welders. And there are some welders who make $100 an hour doing these and other specialties in the welding industry…

Why are the prospects better than ever for welders?

The boom is under way. It is the oil and gas boom – oil is being extracted by new technologies is such large volumes, the USA is once again the # 1 world producer.

Manufacturing is coming BACK to the USA.

The 3D Printer and other new technologies and the cost of labor in China: it is driving manufacturing home for good. By 2020 the hourly rate for a Chinese worker will be $6.43 an hour.

China will soon more expensive than the USA for Manufacturing.

Few people understand that American workers are 3 times more efficient than Chinese workers. Add in the cost of shipping to the USA and it is easy to see why the U.S. will add 2,000,000 (two million) manufacturing jobs by 2020.

What 3 things can you do to make sure you are a highly paid welder?

Highly Paid Welder Action One:

Start or upgrade your welding career by mastering the hardest and oldest welding process FIRST. Stick or SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is about 100 years old and is the hardest process to master. It came into it’s own during World War Two because it was adapted to ship building – it allowed Kaiser Steel to build a new ship every 3 days – no wonder the Germans lost!

In some circles, stick welding is considered to be a Dinosaur. Don’t listen to that! It is easy to set up and very portable. It is extremely durable because it is simple. It can be used in a light breeze – most other processes cannot. It can weld just about anything. And you will have more opportunities to earn more money.

Highly Paid Welder Action Two:

Discover welding pipe with stick. Pipe welders are the king of the hill in welding. They make the most money – and they do it for the least work. Don’t get me wrong, pipe welders work hard. However, good pipe welders don’t prepare pipe. They don’t grind. There skill is valuable enough that they often sit in the truck until the next joint is ready. They can’t be risking injury doing anything less than welding pipe.

Highly Paid Welder Action Three:

Get your own rig. A welding rig is a truck with a welder on it. A good rig includes all the supporting tools, cable reels and more. A welder with a rig is a rig welder. A rig welder will make more money because companies will rent your rig and employ you at the same time. Rig welders generally earn $65 to $150 an hour.

Being a rig welder is also a flexible move.

Think about it – a welder without a rig (welders without a rig are called a “single handers”) can also accept work as a single hander – they just park their rig and weld with the company welder if that is how the job is structured. However, when a company needs to rent rigs, a rig welder is the best solution – and the welder who owns a rig can fill the bill. The opposite is not true (obviously). A single hand welder who does not own a rig cannot take a job as a rig welder.

What is the other advantage to becoming a rig welder?

Managing a rig (maintenance, repair and care) starts any welder into the world of “You Inc” – into thinking logistically and strategically about welding – almost like a business. Why is business management a benefit?

A welder who can manage him or herself (as well as a laborer or two and a welder’s helper) can contract on any federal installation (such as a military base). No contractor license is required. It is not uncommon for a welder who is contracting to make $1,000 a day.

WHY is the pay so low for so many welders?

The low pay many welders experience is associated with MIG welding. MIG is often utilized in factory situations where trailers or lifts or custom construction trucks are made (for example). Why is the pay so low for MIG welders?

Here’s why: If you walk into a factory and apply for a job and you interview well – and they have a vacancy for a welder – they may train you to be a MIG welder in one day.

Typically, any skill that can be learned in one day will not pay well.

With that said, I don’t want to run down MIG or MIG welders in this article. MIG is an awesome process. The low end of the MIG pay scale involves a welder making the same simple, non-critical welds over and over (and you can see why the pay is low).

Conclusion:

A certified structural MIG welder is worth more money than a person welding after a day of training in a factory. Sadly, even the skilled and certified MIG welder will not earn a lot of money. Stick pipe welding must be mastered – and when it is, a welder can earn $74,346 to $200,000 or more a year.

What should you do next?

What To Look For In A Taxi Service

When you order a taxi, you want to make sure that you can trust the car you are getting into to take you safely to your destination of choice. It can be difficult to know exactly what company to use, given that there are so many. To help you out, you’ll find a compilation of tips right here relating to choosing the best taxi service.

Qualified Drivers

One of the most important things when choosing a taxi is ensuring that the drivers are qualified. This means full licences and years of experience. The taxi driver is the most important person in getting you to your destination when you take a taxi service, so they must be an extremely competent driver. They should also offer you a friendly and professional experience that you are completely satisfied with at the end of your journey.

Safe Vehicles

Another major deciding factor when choosing a taxi is safe vehicles. The car you are driving in should have passed all relevant tests and inspections and not be in need of any repair work if it is to be on the roads. An unsafe vehicle puts you and others on the roads at risk and no taxi service should use one. The car that gives you a ride should also be comfortable and clean, as cleanliness issues will make your journey unpleasant.

Value For Money

We’ve all heard of people getting ripped off by crazily expensive taxi meters. When you order a taxi you want to know that you will pay a fair price. This means that the metre should run at a fair rate and that you will not pay over the odds for a short journey. A decent taxi should also offer flat rates for common trips, such as to the airport. This way, you know exactly what to expect and can budget accordingly. For many, a taxi is an occasional treat and it should not cost them an unreasonable amount to avail themselves of it. If you are happy with your taxi service at the end of your ride, then you can offer a tip to show your gratitude to the driver and taxi company.

Easy Booking System

A taxi service should allow you to book in a multitude of ways, so you can choose whatever is most convenient to you at the time. This could be online, through an app, or by phone. A taxi that offers more than one platform to book on gives you more flexibility in your journey.

Established Company

One of the best things to do when deciding on a taxi is to go with an already established company. You don’t know for sure if you can trust new firms so why take that risk? Choose a taxi service that has been around for years and has many customer reviews, so you know you are getting a good taxi service before you book.

iPhone Apps For Travelers

The iPhone and iPod Touch Apple devices have what seems like an unlimited number of applications that are useful for travelers. Better yet, applications are constantly being developed to keep up with the wants and needs of consumers. Some are free, but some are also worth the few extra dollars. You can begin planning your next trip with several iPhone apps that let you book and make reservations right from your phone. These apps often tie into your Paypal or other credit card accounts making booking as simple as a click. There are fare comparison tools as well with many search options that can help you get the lowest rates for your next flight. The Kayak app for one does an extensive search of all the deals it can find online in terms of airfare, hotel prices, car rentals, and virtually everything else you need to book for a trip. You can finalize your reservations and book straight from Kayak on your iPhone.

Don’t limit your travels only to places where you know the local language. Instead, download one of the many good translation tools and customizable translator applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications are generally free and translate in over 30 languages. These applications are useful for translating basic words and phrases, though it is not always grammatically correct. Though you should not rely on this app while traveling, it is a useful reference to be used in some situations.

Sometimes one of the most frustrating things while in a foreign city is trying to find a public bathroom. Luckily, one of the many iPhone apps for travelers is SitOrSquat. This free application locates the closest bathroom to you when nature calls based on the address or zip code you provide it. You can even add bathrooms that you may discover while exploring new places. Perhaps one of the best features about this application is that it tells you if a bathroom in a given place is open or not.

It is easier to keep in touch while on the go with the Skype app for iPhone and iPod Touch and will save you further on roaming charges so long as you can get a hold of a good wi-fi signal. You can do everything with this app on your mobile device as you can do with Skype on your computer, except for video conferencing. You can easily save money with Skype on your iPhone or iPod Touch by avoiding expensive roaming and data plans. The only catch is that you’ll need a wireless connection to benefit from all of Skype’s voice and text messaging features.

The Currency iPhone app is straightforward and simple-it provides updated exchange rates for over 90 forms of currency around the world. This app is also available in 15 different languages. If you are looking for a currency not on the extensive list, or you need this app in another language, you can let the developers know and they are open to suggestions. The 5 apps listed above are only some of the many useful travel applications for iPhone and iPod Touch. App developers are constantly coming out with new and handy apps for frequent travelers. Whether you need to search for hotel or flight information, translate a few words, or find a bathroom while in a foreign country, iPhone apps make traveling and communicating fun and easy.

Top Six Free Apps for Streaming Movies and TV Shows on Android

There are many apps that let the Android users stream movies and TV shows on their devices for free.

Here, I am listing some of the topmost apps, which will put hundreds of movies and countless TV shows at your fingertips.

SPB TV

SPB TV is an amazing app that provides you a good mix of content from across the world. The owners of Android smartphones, tablets, and Android TV can enjoy more than 200 TV channels with this app.

To have a smooth viewing experience, you would need an LTE, Wi-Fi, 3G, or WiMAX Internet connection. The app has more than more than five million users.

Crackle

Crackle is a popular free app which to stream movies and TV shows on Android devices. You can get an amazing collection of media with this app, however, in exchange, you will have to watch the commercials during the stream.

Some of the original programs of Crackle original include Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Sports Jeopardy and Joe Dirt 2.

Hulu

Hulu lets you watch movies and premium TV shows on their Android phones or smartphones for free. This app is filled with the latest and classic shows, movies, and popular kids’ programs.

Well, there are no subscription charges of the free version of Hulu, to get complete access to app’s library you will have to pay $7.99 a month (with advertisements) or $11.99 a month (without advertisements).

Showbox

Showbox is another excellent app with a huge library of over 10,000 movies and TV shows. This app also allows you to download the content and watch it offline.

This app is not available on Google Play, but you can download it from its official website. It has more than 10 million active users.

Toonmania

Toonmania is an awesome app that is specifically developed and crafted to watch anime and cartoons with comfort. This app features a huge selection of dubbed Anime, Cartoons, and Anime/Cartoon Movies. The instinctive and clean layout of this app allows you to easily navigate everything and discover what you are looking for.

Currently, Toonmania is not available at Google Play Store. However, you can download the APK file of this app from Aptoide.

Crunchyroll:

Crunchyroll is another popular app to stream Amine movies and shows on Android. This app is available at Google Play Store and has more than five million downloads.

The free version of this app feature advertisements, but you can get an ad-free premium version for $4.99 a month with a 14-day trial.

Secrets To Fixing Your Credit Scores That Shape Your Financial Future

With all the buzz lately about having a proper credit score, don’t you think it is time to do a check up on your credit report?

Are you at a loss with where to begin?

Many people simply ignore what could be lying in wait on their credit report until the need for new credit comes along. Understandably so, credit scores are not given much thought until the time comes for a major purchase.

Maybe the time has come and you are in the market for a brand new car. Having a reliable car is a necessity for traveling to work or seeking medical treatment. Are you afraid to apply for a loan because you do not know what is on your credit history? Have you seen your friends and family be turned down because of minor discrepancies listed on their credit report? Did they do the wise thing and get a free credit report before going after that loan?

It would have saved them some frustration, knowing up front what their credit score amounts to – and, for them to have been able to take action before jumping in on that loan app headfirst.

Do not be like the other people you have seen get turned down for credit. Perhaps there is nothing to worry about, but don’t you think yourself the wiser for knowing in advance what could prevent you from getting that brand new car or truck? Are you behind in your student loan payments? Have you missed paying your child support on time? Yes, these things will show up on your credit report. Even an unpaid late fee from Blockbusters movie rentals can sit on your credit history for years and years and you never even knew that was going to be there, right?

That is why it is imperative that you grab a free credit score report quickly, in advance, right now. Aren’t you curious about what is on there? Well, you should be prepared for surprises. Many people get a case of the ohhs and ahhs when they first see their credit history.

In fact, you may catch yourself saying, “What the heck! That’s not me!”

At least you can take matters into your own hands when you know up front what is listed in your credit history. You can take steps to repair or remove doubt from your records since you will fully know what is listed. Moreover, the best part of this whole deal is you can get your credit score from the top bureaus without paying one cent to them. You are entitled to know what records they are keeping, so do not wait any longer. Get your free credit report today.

Just think how good you will feel when you get that new ride. Nothing will be holding you back any longer. You can go when and where ever you want. There will be no more worries about the car breaking down on you anymore, because now, you have bought a reliable vehicle. Go ahead, now, and investigate your records by getting a free credit report, check your credit score, and see if you have what it takes to walk in to that loan officer and then drive out with a nice new car.

Mobile Oil Change Business – Keeping Track Of Your Business And Customers

Let’s say you have a solid mobile oil change business and you want to make sure you keep track of your customers and keep them from migrating to competitors who put out low-ball coupons or fixed site locations with low-cost come-ons. What’s the best way to do this? Well, not long ago a successful mobile truck repair and oil changing entrepreneur asked me if “there is a program that will help with keeping track of customers, and help keep track of when to send out a flyer/postcard for repeat business.” Turns out the answer; is yes and this is a very good question. Let’s talk shall we?

Yes, there are several “Contact Management Software suites for small businesses” in fact, just search that phrase, better yet there are Apps now that do the same thing, store it all in the cloud and do nearly everything for you, inexpensive service companies, usually they are quite good. Also if you do mobile oil changing there are several companies in the Industry that will do this for you, sometimes the companies that sell you the oil will give you such software, others are Industry Vendors and often at trade shows, but if you don’t have time to go to one, just subscribe to NOLN – National Oil and Lube News; you can find them online because these contact software companies advertise with them.

Also there are such data bases for the auto detailing business and especially nice and sophisticated systems for carwashes. Subscribe to Professional Carwashing Magazine; also online. All these are great places to find the tools to keep track of customers.

Now then, what about integration of this data with financial spread sheets for forecasting and preparing accounting statements and taxes? This was the entrepreneur’s next important question; “What type of financial programs are out there besides Quickin Books. I have used it in the past and I figure there might be a better one out there that I may not know of. What did you use?”

Personally, I like Quicken and QuickBooks a lot, easy to work with and all the CPAs can use this information to help you. However there are Quicken “partners” that are industry specific, which makes it really nice to do spread-sheets, projections, proformas, and forecasting – also building nice P&Ls and Balance Sheets, and other misc. business financial documents. It’s nice to be all-connected, with a data base system including everything, even down to the end user information, of course security is very important for any platform, as you can NEVER allow yourself to be hacked or have a laptop stolen with personal customer information on it – right? Think on this and continued success in your mobile oil change business.

Business Communication: Are You Providing Guides for Your Business?

If you want people to do business with you, they have to be able to find you.

For people to find you, you have to make sure that you have guides leading them to your business.

Guides are often people, but they can sometimes be things as well, such as maps or websites or other useful tools that lead others to our door.

The prime guides for any business are the people who work for them, regardless of what role they play or where they fit on the organizational chart.

If your employees share your intent and are dedicated to the work that they do, they will be beacons of light guiding clients to your door. In an era of disengagement, the company that is able to light a passion in their workers is the company most people really want to do business with. We are all searching for someone who cares.

Equally important guides are your customers. When they are happy, they will each make it their unpaid mission to bring more and more business to you. They are happy, and they want their friends to be happy too, so they encourage them to call on the place that met their needs for a reasonable investment.

Within your business, your employees play many different roles but one must also be a guide.

That starts with the receptionist at the front door who makes people feel welcome, sees to their comfort, and allows them access to the person who can guide them to the next step.

They are then guided by a manager, perhaps, and if that person cannot complete the service they require, all the way to the owner.

At each stage, the guide must remain respectful and courteous to the person approaching the business.

Think about the companies you enjoy doing business with, the places to which you remain loyal and give referrals to your friends. What is it about them that makes you feel good?

You will find it is the car repair shop where the front desk person at the service bay is cheerful and helpful and remembers you. You will find it is the place where the guide delivering the service gives you a reasonable expectation of when the work will be completed and for what cost, and delivers according to the guidelines he or she has given you.

You will find it is the food shopping area where you feel welcome because there is ample parking, shopping carts at the door and no unnecessarily long waiting periods to get checked out.

Just as every person wanting to achieve something needs a guide, so does every business who wants to prosper need to ensure they offer guides.

Guides are not mere conveniences to the business like telephone answering systems that leave the caller in limbo. Guides are conveniences to the customers. When your business offers good guides to help customers and other business partners achieve their intent, you will continue to prosper.