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Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were in a shopping mall and you had absolutely no clue where you were going? The chances are about 95% of us have experienced this, and about 95% of us would end up spending an additional 10 minutes wandering aimlessly in search of that “you are here” map directory.
Sure, after enough trial and error we might have eventually reached our destination, but wouldn’t it be nice if this entire process could be simpler? Good news, it can, it’s called indoor navigation technology and major industry players are involved including Google and Apple. There are even smaller players like JibeStream pushing to bring this technology to common everyday use!
The opportunity to navigate ourselves, independently, is about to change immensely. Indoor navigation technology is going to be the gateway to finding intended destinations in a more efficient manner.
In simple terms, indoor navigation technology is the GPS for buildings that are larger than your local radio shack. It could be a shopping mall or it could be a large corporation with many sectors that new employees, or even clients may have difficulty finding their way around.
The key concept here is that indoor navigation is something that can benefit anyone.
As mentioned above, this truly is a product that is going to have something to offer anyone. Lets walk through a couple different examples:
A family that moves to a new area visits the local shopping mall is a great example. Once walking inside the doors all that has to be done is booting this application up on a mobile device, giving it a target location, and letting the application tell you where to go.
An individual who lands an excellent position with a large company already has a lot on their table to prove to their superiors, the location of all things inside of the building shouldn’t be one of them. With indoor navigation this problem is solved before it ever blooms to be an inconvenience. A few buttons pressed and a minute or two spared and this individual can know exactly where they are going.
So two prime examples leads to the general consensus that, yes, this application can be used for anyone, anywhere. While it has certain ideal scenarios, as anything does, the core to the application itself is convenience.
It’s a modern day comfort to like to know where we are, and where we are going. This is a concept that is a routine, daily experience. This application allows this though to be plain reality at the press of a few buttons.
At one time there was no other choice but to read directory maps, place significant hope in our memory, and hope that the next steps taken were in the intended direction the maps said. While this may have been a challenge at one time, it’s a challenge that modern day technology helps us defeat.
Indoor navigation technology is the answer to never being lost indoors again. Put the maps away and let this do the walking for you.
Diamonds are the most well known jewels in the world. This isn’t only because they hold such incredible value, but because they symbolize “forever” in the realm of love. Diamonds are more than just a piece of jewelry; diamonds are the doorways toward showing a person you want to be with them forever. A jewel that symbolizes so much becomes that much more important to be informed about. Suddenly there are questions that come about such as:
“What is a good diamond?”
“How can you tell this cut from another?”
"Should I buy from a wholesale diamond store or a standard jewelry store?"
And the list can go on and on. With many of us not being certified jewelers this puts us in an interesting position when trying to shop for diamonds. Taking that into consideration, use the following to help you on your journey when buying diamonds:
The 4 C’s seems to be the most traditional method when selecting a diamond. Just about anywhere you look for diamond advice there are the 4 C’s. What are these you ask? They are:
In a way this can be used as a universal tool because it pretty much covers all the basics. It covers the range of expense, personal taste, and a majority of what you can expect from a diamond. On the other hand it’s also such a generic model for how to shop for diamonds that it takes away the fun factor of looking for the right gem. Check out this guide to learn more about the 4 Cs.
The perfect gem for one person can be the very opposite choice for another. Defining a “perfect,” gem for anyone prior to actually seeing it is impossible. With that in mind there are several different kinds of diamonds available. One of the most effective ways to choosing one is having it resonate with the individual it is being purchased for. Get creative!
Consider the type of personality that the person has and apply it to a gem. Make the effort to apply genuine thought behind a diamond choice as opposed to just a large gem.
Before going out to shop for a diamond have a general plan in motion. Take a few things into consideration such as:
Never just wing it on a decision as big as a diamond purchase. When you are going on this journey take the time to inform yourself so that you can properly discuss choices, but additionally, so you can negotiate. Knowledge is power during the process of a transaction. Knowing beforehand exactly what lengths you are willing to go, and roughly what it is you are looking for can save you a lot of time and trouble.
Lastly, enjoy it while you are out shopping for it. Take into consideration exactly how happy it’s going to make the person you are making the purchase for. This is likely a journey you will only take once in a life time, so make the most of it!
Home ownership can be a very overwhelming task. It comes with a list of responsibilities that seems to never end. Whether it’s replacing the light that blew out a week ago, or handling the bills, getting new windows and doors, it can be a lot to keep up with.
This makes the idea of saving money that much more appealing, and that much more important to know about. One of the most expensive challenges that come with home ownership is the wonderful energy bill. Energy bills fluctuate and change because of many factors that are beyond are control. The good news is that there are things we can do to help keep this cost down. The following are a few options to do exactly that: cut your energy bill down a notch or two.
Identify if your home has any and take the time to plug them. This is going to help keep your heating bill down and your wallet a little bit heavier. See this guide to learn more about detecting air leaks in your home.
There are a number of things you can do to windows to make them more energy efficient. Taking a few things into consideration when choosing a window you want it to be:
Not every window is made to be energy efficient. Make sure you do your proper research otherwise you may find no change in the energy bill (It might even go up!). It is also important to make sure you use a competent window installer to ensure the window is installed correctly. Some manufacturers such as Casa Bella offers window installation as well as manufacturing.
Insulation helps cut costs drastically. Many times this is associated with the attic, but there are several other places in a home that can be insulated and can contribute toward quite the cut in an energy bill.
Efficient airflow in a home is an effective way to keep energy costs. The reason for this is because trying to get a home to a particular temperature can be a challenge. Each time a door is opened on a hot day cold air goes out, and when heating a home hot air tends to rise.
A solid solution to this can be as simple as the purchase of a few fans to keep the air of a particular area in an enclosed space, circulating.
Taking the time to evaluate the doors to your home can be a major contributing factor to your energy costs. A door acts as a sealant for any form of energy going on inside your home, the less reliable the door, the more expensive the energy costs are going to be.
Take the time to make sure that the doors of your home are weather-resistant, energy efficient, and provide security to the home that you deserve.
Taking the time to evaluate a few changes to your home for energy efficiency can lead to you saving lots of money. Instead of spending money on an unpredictable energy bill you can find yourself in a seat of control and manipulating these costs toward something far easier to afford.
Making the effort to cut costs on the energy expense of your home will not only save you some money, but could very well make your home much more comfortable as well. Take a look into the options available to you and you won’t regret it.
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