WIFI for the School Bus – Yay or Nay?

According to SinglePoint, school districts across the US are being consolidated, lengthening bus rides for children. Adding WIFI can be an educational tool while these kids are spending more time on their commute.

Currently, 38% of all kids under 2 have used a mobile device and 72% of kids under 8 have also used a mobile device. Twelve point one is the average age when a kid receives their first phone. Fifty-six percent of kids 8-12 have a cellphone and 88% of Americans over 18 have a mobile device. Right now, 51% of high school kids carry a cell phone. In just two years, family ownership of tablets has grown from 8% to 40% from 2011 to 2013.

Ninety-one percent of Americans currently have access to WIFI of atleast 10 Mbps downstream. And public access of wireless internet has increased from 20% in 2009 to 80% in 2013. There’s over 500 million internet-connected devices in homes and businesses.

Currently, 74% of teachers say that technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content. Additionally, 74% of teachers say that technology motivates students to learn. Parents agree. Sixty-eight percent of parents say that mobile devices and apps can help their students learn math, science, reading, foreign languages and social studies. Over 50% of parents say that schools should make more use of devices for education.

There you have it! Read on in the infographic below.


Why Healthcare Job Seekers Choose the PNW

According to Signature Hospice, the Pacific Northwest is the best place to be. And everyone else is catching on for good reason. Washington and Oregon have a lot to offer, let’s examine below.

The PNW has amazing amenities for your social life. There are 17 wine growing regions in Oregon and nine in Washington. This amounts to 540 wineries in Oregon and 690 wineries in Washington. Drink up!

If you’re a beer lover, don’t worry. Washington grows most of the United States hops with Oregon close behind. There’s 172 brewing companies in Oregon and 146 brewers in Washington. An impressive fact is that 53% of all draft beer brewed in Oregon is consumed in Oregon. Great example of the Eat Local movement!

The Seattle-Tacoma area is ranked #13 of the most “restaurant-crazed” cities in the US. There’s over 11,300 restaurants and 22.9 restaurants per 10,000 citizens. Portland is close behind at #15 with 22.5 restaurants per 10,000 citizens and a total of 7,200 restaurants. Amazingly, the smaller town of Bend, OR comes in at number 3 with 25.9 restaurants per 10,000 residents and a total of 300 restaurants!

Getting out and about is another great quality that the PNW has. There’s 196 state parks in Oregon and 142 state parks in Washington. Both states rank high in the US’s most active cities, happiest cities, and bike friendly cities.

There’s plenty more to read. See more in the infographic below.


The Growth of Mobile Gambling

Playing games on your phone has been popular ever since the epic snake game on the brick Motorola. It only makes sense that as phones and infrastructure has evolved, that people confident in their skills would play for money.

According to Smart Live Gaming, mobile gambling is growing at an exponential rate. In 2013, 64 million users were gambling via their smartphone or tablet. It’s expected in 2018 that 164 million users will be playing for money on their phones. That’s an incredible rate of growth!

Currently 76% of all online gamblers are male and 24% are female. Preferences over the device are split, with 47% using an iOS system and 42% are on Android. Thirty percent of gamblers play on a monthly basis while 54% play on a daily basis.

Current opinions on online gambling are interesting. Seventy-three percent of “polled” people have used a laptop to play or gamble online. Nine percent have not used a laptop to gamble online but may be interested in the future. Lastly, 18% have used a laptop to gamble online but are no longer interested.

There’s more information across different devices that might be worth it to check out below. Read on in the infographic below.


The Royal Family Tree

Whether you live in London or the USA, everyone loves to hear and read about the Royal family. Why? I’m not quite sure. It could be the fascination with the family line, the richness and crown jewels, the posh life, or the inspiration of continuity, service, and patriotism they provide.

According to The London Pass, there’s still more to learn than what you read in the tabloids about the Royal Family. They’ve compiled a family tree with a few facts for us to learn.

We’ll start off with the Queen and Prince Philip, the oldest of the current Royal Family.

  • The Queen has received a lot of unusual gifts during her reign. Jaguars, sloths, black bears, pineapples, and a 15lb box of prawns!
  • Prince Philip, when he was ‘on duty’, made a total of 4,632 speeches at meetings, conferences and receptions. That averages out to 8 speeches a month for 50 years!
  • Next in line is Prince Charles. He was heavily involved in the conservation of the planet, even converting his cars to run on biodiesel.
  • His wife, the famous Princess Diana, had an engagement ring made out of 14 solitaire diamonds and a 12 carat oval blue ceylon sapphire set in 18 carat gold.
  • Princess Anne actually has 4 names: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below (including more about the current Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge.


French drains from the perspective of Portland landscapers

To those of you without a yard, you’ve managed to escape a relatively time-consuming maintenance project that doesn’t end. However, you’ve missed out on big backyard BBQs, throwing the ball for your dog, or playing catch with your son. And those of us concerned about slope and drainage are blessed by the invention of the French drain, a wonderful drainage construction that diverts away water unseen, leaving us with beautiful grass and no mucky puddles of standing water.

According to Landscape East & West, a French Drain is a buried perforated pipe within a gravel bed, buried perforated side down at a depth of 12-18 inches. Gravity draws water in to the system, preventing pooling and diverting the water as directed. Shallow drains divert surface water. They’re often built in to retaining walls to relieve pressure build-up on the wall. Deeper drains prevent water from seeping in to the foundation and an interior French Drain stops water where it enters the home or basement.

French drains are relatively low cost and easy to install. Maintenance is almost nothing, and should be checked once every 10 years. They can also be covered in pretty landscape so you don’t even know they’re there.

There’s lots more to read about Portland rain in the infographic below!


Be green & stay cool with energy efficient air conditioning

Everyone wants to save money and still be comfortable. And as luck would have it, there is a way to meet those two criteria. Sometimes, you have to spend a little to save a little and that includes replacing your 10 year old air conditioner.

According to AAA Heating and Cooling, you can positively impact the environment by investing in a new and energy efficient air conditioning unit. There’s about 31.2 million US households that have an AC unit that’s 10 years or older. Of that bracket, 15.9 million households have a 10-14 year old unit, 6.9 million have a 15-19 year old unit, and 8.4 million have an AC unit that’s 20 years or older. That’s pretty dang old for an appliance that get’s used every day for half of the year!

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating is a system that ranks the energy efficiency of an AC unit. The greater the SEER, the more efficient the unit. Units from 1992 or before have a SEER value of 10. In 2005, most units were produced with a minimum rating of 13 and today’s units have SEER ratings up to 23. Upgrading from a 20 year old air conditioner to a SEER rated AC unit of 16 can reduce electricity costs by 42%!

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below.


Iconic scenes from the move Casino

According to Smart Live Gaming, Casino is one of the more iconic, legendary, and impact-fully accurate stories of it’s time. The film that premiered in 1995 was based on the real-life story of Frank Rosenthal. A casino boss in Las Vegas, Rosenthal initiated the sports-betting in casinos that’s become so popular today.

Legends like Robert de Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci make this movie timeless. Let’s take a look at some iconic scenes that really happened (in real life).

1. An interesting quirk, Frank was quite particular about his blueberry muffins. Each muffin needed to have a specific number of blueberries in them.

2. Due to mechanical problems, an airplane really did land on a fairway. Oh and the airplane contained quite a few federal agents.

3. Sam Rothstein was the first person to introduce sports betting in Las Vegas casinos.

4. A hammer to the hand was an effective way to deal with a group of cheaters. Yes, this happened in real life.

5. Frank Rosenthal’s car did explode. A fortunate turn of luck with a metal plate under his seat saved his life.

6. After a man shot up a casino, Rosenthal’s men punished him by putting his head in a vice grip. Interested? Read more in the infographic below.


How to incorporate solar energy in to your home

Solar is the future! It’s a clean source of energy and you can use it to decrease your existing energy bills. Imagine Energy shows us how with a handy infographic.

Investing in solar equipment for your home is no small thing, but if you’re interested in helping contribute to a cleaner environment and lowering your energy bills, it’s a great endeavor to undertake.

Electrical power needs an extra 258 gigawatts to meet future demand by 2030. This equates to an additional 250 to 500 baseload power plants rated at between one-half and one gigawatt of energy. In addition, infrastructure costs are increasing. So the cost of maintaining the power grid will only go up. This includes high-voltage transmission lines and towers, power sub-stations, and electric distribution systems. In the next ten years, electric utilities will invest $14 billion per year.

In 1997, rate caps were put in place and have begun to expire. This gives the impression that rates are rising when in actuality, costs that have already been incurred by the energy company are being transferred to customers.

Solar panel advancements are making it cheaper and easier to install and maintain. This leads to a quicker return on investment, solar rebate programs, higher appraisal values with solar powered homes, and selling 15% faster than other homes.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below.


The Role of Web Hosting to Your Website

Web hosting. It’s such a fundamental part of your website that many don’t know about or overlook. There’s plenty of intricacies and details that can increase the speed and delivery time of your site without costing your first-born child. Let’s see what Cheap Web Hosting Now can tell us from their handy infographic.

Your website is delivered from the web host, which pushes it to the world wide web. Internet users type in your site’s URL and see what’s on your site because of the web host. There’s three main types of web hosting: Shared, VPS, and Dedicated.

Shared hosting is like an apartment. There’s a lot of partitions but you all share the same building / server.

VPS is like a townhouse. You’re connected but together if that makes sense.

Dedicated hosting is like owning your own home. Everything on it is yours.

Capacities are something you should be aware of. There’s about 10-100 MB of disk space and 105 gigabytes of data transfer per month. Each HTML page can take up from 5-50 KB of disk space on your web server, so depending on how large your site is, you may need a large server. This can be determined by multiplying the average page size by the average page views per month.

Read more in the infographic below.



Irish Business Mobile Migration

All business is migrating towards mobile. People are always on the go and their phones aren’t just a security blanket any more. Mobile technology is used to do a lot. You can pay your bills, publish content, and do everything social for just a few examples.

Now that consumers are mobile, businesses are following suit. Employees demand to get their email on their phone and want to bring their own devices to work. Employers are now taking strides to accompany these requests for the sake of employee happiness and productivity.

According to Eureka Ireland Blog, the present and future of Irish business is most definitely mobile. Nine out of ten small businesses use a mobile device to conduct business and 52% of small businesses use tablets. This obviously shows the transition away from clunky huge work laptops that are outdated from the moment they’re issued. Smart phones and tablets are the new norm for people in their personal lives and it’s only natural that businesses eventually follow suit.

Nearly 40% of Irish businesses are using cloud computing. And 57.1% of Irish employees engage in a sort of “Bring Your Own Device.” Twenty-five percent of Irish employees use their own mobile devices at work and 38% of businesses expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016.

There’s plenty more to see, read on in the infographic below.