Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard Review

Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard Review

I just bought a Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard over on Amazon for $16. Yes, that’s really the price!

It’s a wireless, bluetooth keyboard in the same design as the Apple Wireless Keyboard. I’ve been leaving the keyboard out in the family room, and it has become my new favorite tool for productive writing.

I’ve often bemoaned the fact that part of parenting involves sitting on the couch watching the kids. Sure, I can send and view emails on my cell phone (an iPhone 5C), but I hate typing on the phone keyboard.

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No longer! I just paired the keyboard to my phone. Now, whenever I am watching a movie with my toddler, I can write an article. In fact, I’m writing this article while my 3 year old watches Handy Mandy on the television. I’m able to have conversations with my wife, interact with my child, but stay productive. I’ve also written articles while my newborn naps.

My new workflow includes extensive usage of Evernote. I basically type my new articles in Evernote and later while I’m on my computer I edit and publish them (along with a photo).

It’s such a brilliant idea, and I wish I had thought of it sooner! I’m going to be so productive typing new articles.

As an example, I have managed to type 5 articles in a matter of 30 minutes (each one being about 250 words). Not the biggest articles, but exactly what I wanted to write.

So, go do yourself a favor and pick up a cheap wireless keyboard for your phone. You’ll never regret it! Leave a comment and let me know how you stay productive with kids.

How To Create a Breathtaking Website and Promote it Offline

Do you want to create an awesome website to captivate your visitors? If you answered yes, you need to use the right tools to meet your most challenging goals and shape your brilliant idea into a rewarding project. Your website is the first online impression to show people your brand identity. While it is key to consider important aspects such design, layout and typography; you may also bear in mind that once your website is up and running you need to promote it online and offline.

Online advertising is a must; there is no doubt about it. However, you can step aside and promote your website with printed materials. Offline marketing? Exactly. A nice-looking website will gain online reputation slowly but steadily, in the mean time, you can showcase your websites identity on bookmarks, brochures, flyers and even mugs.

For example, I designed my business cards with the specific aim of getting people to visit my redesigned website. My business cards have an attention-grabbing effect as they are 3D lenticular. If you want to know about this stylish printing option, visit my online printing provider. They offer a large collection of high-quality printing products.

As stated by Econsultancy, nearly 40% of online searchers make a purchase after being influenced by an offline channel. Did you expect such a significant influence? Probably not. It is really worth to advertise your website with traditional printed marketing materials.

When you are starting a web page from scratch or planning to redesign an old-fashion website, there are key aspects you need to consider:

Astonishing Web Design

At first glance, a clean and clear design is what makes someone stay or leave your site. The way you present your products or services is as important as the products you are offering. You do not need to follow a pattern; all you need to do is to experiment and identify the right layout and color combination that best works for your business. Keep an eye on design, 94% of people cite design as the reason they do not trust certain websites- according to an infographic by InstantShift.

SEO Friendly Navigation

Once you have chosen your website layout, I have one word you cannot forget: SEO. These days it is not enough to design an appealing and fully-functional website, Search Engine Optimization is a must as it improves or worsens the visibility of your website. User engagement, brand exposure and social media are key points to consider when designing an SEO-friendly webpage. Create a structure that search engines can follow.

Creative Typography

An exciting sales pitch with a unique font can be tremendously catchy. Font types have a huge impact on several features of your website such as readability, user experience, mood and more. If your goal is to develop a pleasant and consistent design, you need to focus your attention on choosing the right fonts, those that suit your brand identity and purpose. The ideal typography depends on the image you want to portray and the products you offer.

Responsive Web Design

Smartphones and tablets proliferation is the reason why Responsive Web Design (RWD) plays a crucial role when it comes to creating a website. In a world with multiple devices, platforms and browsers you need to ensure your visitors have a noteworthy website navigation and optimal user experience from the device of their preference.

There is a range of additional aspects including- but are not limited to- cinemagraphs, animation and content; which may also be considered when you are ready to design a the website of your dreams. Apart from all the online aspects to implement in your website strategy, do not underestimate the value of promoting your website with custom printed materials such as newsletters or business cards.

Was this article useful? What else should you keep in mind when designing your website? We appreciate you tell us your experiences in your comments below.

Introduction to Music Playlist

I saw this article where a deaf woman (since birth) asked a friend to create a playlist to introduce her to music (she had just receive a cochlear implant). What a challenge. Her friend decided to find one song from each year of her life.

What I understand about recipients of cochlear implants is that nobody really knows what it sounds like, because the people who are creating the technology can’t really use it on themselves. Of course, they can ask people what it sounds like, but from everything I’ve heard it’s less than satisfactory.

Out of curiosity, I thought I’d listen to all of the songs, and found them on YouTube. Here’s the full list:

  1. Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
  2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s The One
  3. Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs
  4. Joni Mitchell – Black Crow
  5. Steely Dan – Peg
  6. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
  7. Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?
  8. The Specials – Do Nothing
  9. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  10. The Jam – Town Called Malice
  11. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  12. Prince – When Doves Cry
  13. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  14. The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  15. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)
  16. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  17. The The August & September
  18. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
  19. Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!
  20. INXS – Baby Don’t Cry
  21. Nirvana – All Apologies
  22. Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia
  23. Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version
  24. Everything But The Girl – Missing
  25. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  26. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  27. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven
  28. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  29. Daft Punk – Digital Love
  30. The Streets – Turn The Page
  31. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  32. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC
  33. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
  34. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  35. Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  36. Elbow – One Day Like This
  37. Maximo Park – Tanned
  38. Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
  39. The Joy Formidable – Whirring
  40. Bat For Lashes – Laura
  41. Haim – Don’t Save Me

Personally, I think an introduction to music playlist should contain some classic music as well as other popular music, but it’s certainly interesting to see some music from another point of view. This list could more accurately be called: Introduction to Modern Music Playlist & Hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! It’s like listening to a pop radio station in many ways.

What music is missing from this list, and why?