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Google’s Cloud Services Just Got Better

Jul 23, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Google’s Cloud Services Just Got Better

Google has just unveiled what may turn out to be one of the most promising products introduced this year. At the Google I/O developers conference the company introduced Google Cloud Dataflow, a cloud computing service. It was also demonstrated publicly for the first time. The new service is a successor to the MapReduce service. The company also introduced several other new services for developers. 

What is Google Cloud Dataflow?

Greg DeMichillie, Director of Product Management, wrote on the Google Cloud Platform blog, “A decade ago, Google invented MapReduce to process massive datasets using distributed computing. Since then, more devices and information require more capable analytics pipelines — though they are difficult to create and maintain.” 

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Why Your Business Needs a Newsletter

Jul 21, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Why Your Business Needs a Newsletter

In today’s digital climate, many businesses are starting to wonder if they should opt out of their newsletters. Some believe that social networking alone is enough to reach clients. However, this can be a mistake, as there are numerous benefits to newsletter marketing. Here’s a look at why your business needs a newsletter.

The Benefits

A company newsletter is a powerful tool with the potential to boost sales, strengthen loyalty, and increase brand awareness. While social media can also be used towards those ends, it is a completely different tool in your arsenal. This is becoming increasingly important, because as algorithms change, direct marketing through these sites may turn out to be more difficult for some small businesses. The newsletter is about delivering specific content to consumers who want to hear from you. It is also delivered directly to the inbox or mailbox of your customer.

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Affordable Beach Towns for a Fabulous Vacation Home

Jul 18, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Affordable Beach Towns for a Fabulous Vacation Home

Spending time on the beach can be very relaxing, but building your own vacation home in an out-of-the-way spot that isn’t crowded or expensive can be an ideal dream. Choosing the right place for a second home depends on whether you want a lot of activities to keep you entertained or a quiet place to relax. Here are a few inexpensive locations that provide a great getaway spot that you will want to return to over and over again.

Gearhart, OR

This quiet little beach town in Oregon has no traffic lights and boasts wide streets for bike riding. After spending the day exploring the unspoiled beaches, check out the antique shops or have a meal at the Pacific Way Cafe and Bakery. This sleepy little town has been a recreation destination since the late 1800s. It makes for a quiet location for your vacation home that you won’t want to leave.

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Getting a Great Deal on a Short Sale

Jul 16, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Getting a Great Deal on a Short Sale

The housing market is heating up and home buyers are looking for good deals. When you spot a too-good-to-be-true price on a house, chances are it’s a short sale. Buying a house that is a short sale can be rife with problems, but if done correctly, it could net you a sweet deal on a new home.

What is a short sale?

short sale is when a house is sold for less than what is owed on the mortgage against it. It can take longer to close a short sale because it requires the lender that holds the mortgage to “forgive” what is owed beyond the sale price of the house. While it appears that the mortgage company gets the bad deal in this situation, it can be more cost effective for all parties to have a short sale than allow a house to go into foreclosure.

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Buying a House When You Are Ready To Start a Family

Jul 14, 2014 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Buying a House When You Are Ready To Start a Family

Starting a family is a big decision, but finding a house that will grow with a budding family is also a big undertaking. It can be a daunting task to find the point at which price, size and features of a home intersect with your future needs. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Location, Location

With any home, location is important. When you’re buying a home with kids in mind, there are a few other considerations to keep in mind. The biggest deal breaker is the school district. If you plan to send your children to a public school, do a little homework. Find a compromise between good schools and the amount of house you can afford. Look for houses in that range. 

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