Boogie Board is a different and popular tablet

Kent Displays, the company that makes the Boogie Board tablet, is getting more VC money and is hiring 40 more employees in Ohio.

The Boogie Board is a modern equivalent to the old-fashioned chalk slate – a device that allows users to write and quickly erase messages on a screen the size of a sheet of paper. Company spokesman Kevin Oswald said orders for the boards have forced the plant to run three shifts a day for much of the year.

He added that he expects orders to increase this fall when the company adds a version of the board that can save images for later use.

“[The expansion] will allow us to meet worldwide demand for the Boogie Board tablets for the foreseeable future,” Oswald said.

Sales of multimedia tablets, such as Apple’s iPad or Motorola’s Xoom, have boomed this year, but Oswald said Kent’s product doesn’t compete with those. Boogie Boards cost $40-$60, depending on size, and are meant as a replacement for notepads and paper, not computers.

It will be interesting to see if this technology eventually finds it’s way into the all-purpose tablets.

Some tips for your online dating profile

Here are some tips for creating your online dating profile. The article is aimed more towards advice for women, but men can benefit from some of the tips as well. Online dating is becoming more and more popular, so everyone should check it out if you’re looking for love or even a hookup.

Read the whole article, but here’s one of the tips:

7. Don’t Provide A Laundry List Of Things You Don’t Want

“No ultimatums,” says Davis.

Starting out with “Don’ts” and “Nevers” makes you sound negative and also tends to induce oversharing. If you say you could never be with a guy who isn’t as loyal as Lassie, odds are someone will read between the lines and figure out your last boyfriend cheated on you.

This is pretty good advice, as many profiles created by women seem to have plenty of ultimatums.

Another tip we think women should consider involves picture of their dogs. So many women seem to be obsessed with their pets, and then litter their profile with photos of the dog. Really? Unless the guy is a real dog lover, this is going to turn him off. Let him meet your pet and then see how it goes, but pictures of dogs, particularly those tiny designer dogs, are going to chase many men away.

4 Things You Can Use PayPal For  

The internet has given you a lot of convenient ways to handle your money, but there may be no way that is better than PayPal. PayPal has made it possible to give out money to merchants, friends and charities without having to use your credit card number and run the risk of identity theft. This system is one of the most sophisticated in the world. But, there are still a number of things that you can do with PayPal that you might not even be aware of. Here are those things.
 
1. Reach Card
 
You can put money on the Reach Card with PayPal. The Reach Card is a prepaid debit card, and like all cards, it’s possible that you can run out of money. With the use of PayPal, you can simply add money to your card any time you need to do so. It makes PayPal easy and the Reach Card even easier.
 
2. Mobile
 
These days, your cellphone can do anything, and the use of PayPal is a testament to that. With the PayPal app, you can simply log onto your account, pay people, and transfer funds to your checking account without ever having to log onto your home computer. This app makes payments and money management so simple that you will wonder how you ever lived without it. The best part about the app is it’s totally free. This way, you can get convenience at a completely affordable price.
 
3. Facebook
 
If you are online, then there is a good chance you are signed up with the world’s biggest social platform. Facebook is the number one site for people to stay connected with the people in their world. By using the Facebook app for Paypal, you can request money from up to 20 of your Facebook friends at one time. Additionally, you can set up an icon on your page that will allow your friends to send you money through PayPal. This is great whether you are collecting money for a charity or collecting cash for a bachelor party. It makes getting a group of people together a breeze.
 
4. Toolbars
 
Let’s say you run a blog that sells something you make. Collecting money can be difficult. You may not know how to set up a credit card processing system and you may not want to pay the fees. Luckily PayPal has a toolbar that takes the struggle and stress out of selling things on your site. This gadget allows you to place a PayPal toolbar into your blog so that anyone who is interested in purchasing something from you can do so without hassle.
 
PayPal is a great invention that is making your life easier. With these simply applications, it’s revolutionizing the way and the ease with which you pay for your goods and services. If you haven’t explored these wonderful conveniences, it’s a good time to start. 

From 1G to 4G- Cell Phones Making Moves

The famous Grateful Dead lyric is, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” While those words were describing the drug-fueled events of the 1960s, they could easily be attributed to the evolution of the cell phone. For one, the size of cell phones has changed dramatically with each generation.

They were first manufactured in a size similar to a brick (think Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell) and then shrunk to the scale of a cracker. And then there is a cell phone’s capability—at their inception they could only make static-filled phone calls, while today we use them for anything but calls.

However, the advancements of cell phones themselves are only half the story. Their popularity helped revolutionize data and communication networks; like the latest satellite technology from wildbluedeals and wireless communications. So from 1G to 4G, here is a recount of the trip travelled thus far, and where the journey may be taking us next. 

1G

In the 1980s, man made the first cell phone network for mass consumers, and it was fairly decent. The first generation of wireless telephony was completely analog based, unlike its progeny that runs on digital systems.

In the U.S., cell phones operated on the AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) network (TACS and NMT in Europe), which basically modulated calls to a higher frequency around 150MHz or more. Hardly what one would call advanced; it was as if your cell phone was just as powerful as your ham radio.

Meanwhile, the phones themselves were bulky and had nearly no data capability whatsoever. That meant no texting, no cameras and no apps. Teenyboppers in the 80s sure had it rough. 

2G

The digital age finally arrived in the second generation. In the early 1990s, digital TDMA-based systems were introduced—GSM first in Europe and D-AMPS in the U.S. With digital technology, voice quality improved, security was stronger and power was increased, while equipment became less expensive and more refined (i.e. phones that could really be considered hand-held). Read the rest of this entry »

When a Business Website Revamp is Necessary

Websites play an important role in the success of businesses. Over time, though, you could find that your site lacks the features that will serve your customers best. That could mean that you quickly start to lose those customers to your online competitors. Knowing when a business website revamp is necessary, however, will help you stay abreast of the latest design features so that your site can reach its maximum potential.
 
Acquiring New Products or Services
 
You already pay attention to the latest trends to make sure that your business offers the products and services that your customers need. Make sure that your website matches the changes within your company.
 
If, for instance, you start to sell a new line of products, then you will need to update your site to keep visitors informed. Revamping your site at this time serves multiple purposes. First, it will allow you to tell your current customers about your newest products. Second, it will help new customers find your site with search engines.
 
Rebranding Your Logo
 
Without the right approach to online marketing, something as simple as rebranding your logo could confuse your customers. Customers quickly grow accustomed to your company’s appearance and methods. When you make changes, they need to happen consistently. If, for instance, your website has your old logo, but your packaging materials show the new one, then you could confuse your customers. You want a cohesive approach to marketing your business. That means making uniform changes across all platforms.
 
Redefining Your Company
 
At times, you might want to redefine your company by creating a new corporate personality or making slight modifications to the ways that you have met consumer demand in the past. Much like rebranding your logo, you need to implement company changes across all platforms at the same time. You don’t want some of your products presenting the company’s old personality while others use the new one. That’s not only confusing, but an ineffective use of resources that could have a negative impact on your sales.
 
Keeping Up With New Technologies
 
Even if your company remains constant, your website will need to evolve. Imagine encountering a website that hadn’t been updated since the 90s. It would look out-of-date and, quite frankly, untrustworthy. Keeping up with new trends in technology can help you reach new customers and offer improved services to those you already have.
 
The recent Metrofax website redesign for instance, makes it easier for customers to explore their online and mobile fax options. This appeals to small business owners and managers that don’t have a lot of time to search a company’s website to learn about service options. Instead, they can instantly see the features that they might use for their Android and iPhone devices in addition to standard Internet access.
 
Redesigning your website requires a big commitment, but it can quickly pay off by improving the services that you offer your customers. What are some of the newest website designs that would help your customers most?

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