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Elderly Hardest Hit by Digital Divide

College Elder Care Survey: MOBILE tablet OWNERS needed! Working to Bridge the Digital Divide’ one question at a time.

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Elderly Hit Hardest by Digital Divide

Click to take the brief survey – share with friends/family.

SURVEY: Bridging Elderly Digital Divide with mHealth

As seniors age they endure many changes and losses. This can lead to isolation and loneliness. While many younger people are comfortable with mobile technology and the internet a great many older adults are not. This has been referred to as the ‘Digital Divide’ and affects millions in America. I’m working to change that. As President of the Madison College, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society the focus of my HONORS project involves conducting eldercare research in mobile applications for older adults. My team is entering the final stage of this critical research. I am calling upon my LinkedIn network for help with this effort. We are in need of more respondents – please be one or find one. It is hoped our research will lead to the creation of software that will help diminish lonliness and bridge the ‘Digital Divide’.

The mHealth SURVEY Madison College is conducting centers on TWO groups:

  • Those OVER 50 years of age that own a mobile tablet.
  • Those who provide health, housing or wellness services to adults over 62.

Your survey feedback will be used to help Senior Citizens – it is important! Time is short as we are near our data collecting deadline. Please respond ASAP. Do share this critical survey with the relevant audience. The Needs revealed by this eldercare survey will be addressed through the creation of new mobile apps for Seniors developed by my company.

Share the Survey LINK:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mhealthSeniors

Mobile Applications for Apple, Kindle and Android

Mobiles Hot. Whats Next?

Mobile Applications for Apple, Kindle and Android

Publishing Cutting Edge Mobile Apps

Google acquired Nest for billions, and then Facebook spent several more billion on Oculus VR. We’re only a few months into 2014, and already billions have been spent by some of the world’s largest digital players, with each of these companies eager to own the next big thing. Mobile is right here, right now, but everyone knows that…In the battle to find and claim the next device that everyone will want, these companies will soon realize that next big thing is not a thing at all: It’s your…READ MORE

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BIMx – the ultimate BIM project presenter app

Open iTunes to buy and download apps.

Description

BIMx – the ultimate BIM project presenter app – is the greatly enhanced sequel to the original BIMx, the “Mobile Product of the Year, 2012” at the Construction Computing Awards. It features the “BIMx Hyper-model”, a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation.

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Quick, clean, and efficient. An iPad wielding architects best friend – BIMx. The BIM project presenter app.

BIMx Hyper-models offer extremely smooth handling and outstanding performance even for projects with complex 3D building models and excessive 2D documentation.

If you are an architect using ArchiCAD, BIMx is the perfect tool for you to present and/or share your designs with clients and contractors. In addition to making the whole workflow virtually hassle-free, BIMx will save you considerable money and the misery that comes with printing plans. You can unlock the BIMx Docs functionality for one project for less than the price of printing five standard documentation sheets and for unlimited number of projects for less than the printing cost of one complete documentation set. If you are not an architect but have a building project you need to follow, simply ask your architect to share with you the BIMx Hyper-model of the project to your iPhone/iPad.
Features include:

• BIMx Hyper-model*3D app display screen 568x568
• Fly & Walk mode
• Gravity & Egress recognition
• Hyperlinked 2D & 3D
• Smooth 2D-3D transition*
• Real-time 3D cutaway
• Trace 2D drawings on 3D*
• Photo-realistic mode
• Stereo 3D mode
• Left & right-handed joystick
• Finger controls (zoom, pan, rotate)
• On-screen navigation map
• Adjustable navigation speed

The Mobile App Bandwagon: Small Business Savior or Gimmick? | Innovation Insights | WIRED

By comprehending the benefits of digital to one’s business in the form of a mobile/native app, fledgling enterprises can easily reap the advantages of lower overhead costs and time, diminishing administrative demands, increased user engagement and exposure, and overall larger profits across the board.

According to a recent 2012 study from the Small Business and Entrepreneur Council, 78 percent of small business owners about 1.28 million have cited that they’ve saved an estimated 5.6 hours a median of 4.0 hours per day on the job simply from their firm’s use of mobile apps. Clearly, it’s evident that time does indeed translate into money. With the amount of hours of man power saved using apps, the translation into a dollar amount is certainly positive. The report delves deeper by providing an approximate number for savings in the form of $275 a week and $14,317 per year – a staggering figure for anyone with a small business or start up.

The concept of integrating apps into small business operations also has its fair share of marketing advantages. A New York Times article cites the following example

Why Bad Linkbait Needs to Die: How Linkable Assets Deliver 10x More Value – Moz

How linkable assets deliver 10x the value

The great thing about linkable assets is that, when successful, they take on a life of their own and the SEO benefit can grow to 10 or even 100 times what was originally anticipated.

Good linkable assets earn repeat visits and traffic over time. Links aren’t pushed but earned in unexpected places with natural and topically relevant anchor text. Plus, when you publish valuable content actually related to your core subject matter, you help establish yourself as an authority on that topic, and more likely to appear in search results for topically relevant queries.

Because good linkable assets often earn a greater variety of links spread over time through value instead of aggressive link promotion, they are less likely to ever earn a Google penalty.

Examples of linkable assets include this worldwide guide to etiquette, this online salary calculator or even Moz’s Google Algorithm Change History.

Questions used to help identify linkable assets:

Does it create something new?
Does it make something easier?
Is it likely to be used again and again?
Does it reveal new insight or knowledge?
Does it create something beautiful?
Does it evoke a strong emotional response?
Does it provide practical value?

Can linkable assets also be linkbait?

The most successful linkable assets possess the better qualities of fine linkbait. In fact, for SEO benefit, it’s essential that your linkable asset invoke a strong emotional response or be perceived as having high practical value.

This is the “sweet spot” in the middle that combines the best marketing value of linkbait with the added value of linkable assets.
Linkable assets: exemplary examples
Visual assets

Rand mentioned a good number in his recent Whiteboard Friday Why Visual Assets > Infographics, so I wanted to list a few more that offer high practical value and succeed in earning natural, highly-topical links.

Can an infographic act as a linkable asset? Yes, when it meets the requirements defined above.

This excellent Radiation Dose Chart infographic created by xkcd not only inspires awe but has been linked to thousands of times due to people wanting to share its practical utility.