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Innovative Harness Allows Dogs and Humans to Communicate

Nov 26, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Innovative Harness Allows Dogs and Humans to Communicate

Communication is going to the dogs...in a good way. New developments in technology are allowing humans to communicate with animals in groundbreaking ways. Now, taking your dog on a walk may provide an entirely new method for two-way communication. A new dog harness created by computer scientists can change the way people interact with animals. Beyond bow wow, pet owners and trainers can understand more of what’s in Fido’s mind than ever before. 

A New Communication Platform

Dogs communicate primarily through body language and other subtle signals. North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that tap into these signals. The harness is outfitted with a variety of sensors which can determine the posture of the dog as well as whether it is sitting, standing or running.

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6 Apps to Help You Run Your Small Business

Nov 24, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

6 Apps to Help You Run Your Small Business

While it’s not quite true that you can rule the world with your mobile device, business apps available today make running your small business on the go easier than ever. Check out the following mobile apps to see which may best suit your small business.

Intuit Quickbooks

For one-stop shopping, you can’t get much better than Quickbooks. Their mobile app allows you to create estimates and invoices and download bank transactions on a variety of devices, including Mac, PC, Android and iOS platforms. The service starts at an affordable $12.95/month for the Simple Start Plan, and the 30-day free trial includes Quickbooks Online Payroll and Quickbooks Payments.

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Fabulous Window Treatment Trends You’ll Want to Try

Nov 21, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Fabulous Window Treatment Trends You’ll Want to Try

Window treatments can make or break your decor. The right shades provide a unifying effect for your decorating scheme and counterbalance the furniture styles you’ve chosen. However, dated blinds can make even the most up-to-date home seem dowdy. Try these window treatment trends to keep your home’s style fresh and current.

Simple Style

It is said that less is more, and this has never been truer for modern style. The layered sheers and heavy drapes of days gone by are no longer in vogue. Instead, choose window treatments that suit your purpose. Stick to more opaque fabrics for areas where you’ll need privacy like in bathrooms and bedrooms; try more translucent options for the kitchen, family room or sun room.

Custom Accents

Just because you’re keeping it simple doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flair. Ideas abound for DIY curtain customization.

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Incorporating Smart Features into Your New Home’s Design

Nov 19, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Incorporating Smart Features into Your New Home’s Design

With the integration of smartphones into our daily life, more home builders are opting to add smart features to their new homes. Check out these available options for your home.

Climate Control

Would you like to have a house that remembers and sets the appropriate temperature for you? Nest’s Learning Thermostat does just that for under $250. Its software learns your usage patterns and then selects the right temperature for you based on your past usage. Its interface is similar to that of the iPod and is easy to use. Wi-Fi connectivity means you can adjust temperatures from afar if needed.

Enforcing lights-out for the kids just got easier. With Bluetooth-enabled connectivity, you can set or change the lighting from anywhere in range. Avi-on, manufacturer of smart light switches for GE’s Jasco brand, Oort and Seed are among a few companies that are creating Bluetooth-friendly light switches.

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Landlord 101

Nov 17, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Landlord 101

Owning rental property can provide a steady income. However, this area of business can also be fraught with pitfalls. It’s important to do your homework and know your legal rights. Willingness to work with industry professionals when needed is also a plus. Read on to discover the basics of how to be an effective landlord.

Budget Cashflow

In order to maintain positive cash flow, you’ll need to make sure that your estimated income exceeds your expenses. Research rent prices in your area and base your estimated income on the resulting figure. Next, add up your expenses. This includes, but isn’t limited to mortgage payments, insurance, repair and maintenance, property taxes, any HOA fees, and vacancy periods with no tenants. 

If the property you’re considering won’t provide an actual income soon after purchase, it might be a better idea to pass on it. Your local real estate agent can help crunch numbers and find a good fit for your budget.

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