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Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

10. Build Your Own DIY Amazon Echo

9. Add Wi-Fi to Your DSLR Camera

8. Build Your Own Private, Syncing Cloud Storage Service

7. Roll Your Own Image Hosting Service

6. Build Your Own Streaming Dash Cam

5. Roll Your Own Home Theater PC

4. Roll Your Own VPN

3. Build A Fully-Functional Arcade Table or Cabinet

2. Host Your Own RSS Feed Reader

1. Build Your Own Computer


Posted on: December 2, 2016, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

Vancouver Island Regional Library generated a total economic impact of $94,783,558 in 2015

“Vancouver Island Regional Library published their economic impact study in July 2016, with the following findings:

  • The full economic impact of Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2015 was $94,783,558
  • For every $1 invested, customers receive $5.36 in value
  • ROI is 335%
  • Value per open hour: $1,107.73

Vancouver Island Regional Library serves a population of 430,000 citizens across 77,000 square kilometers, through 39 branches and an expert staff of 391 people.




Posted on: December 1, 2016, 6:57 am Category: Uncategorized

Kawartha Lakes Demonstrates the Value of Local Libraries

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library recently announced the results of their economic impact study. Based on 2014 data, and using the methodology developed for the Toronto Public Library by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, the study demonstrates that for every dollar invested in the library, Kawartha Lakes residents received $7.05 in benefits.

Study shows City libraries are much more than just books

Kawartha Lakes Public Library Economic Impact Study 2014

Posted on: November 30, 2016, 9:55 am Category: Uncategorized

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts and Extroverts Are Different

 The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts and Extroverts Are Different

“The difference between introverts and extroverts isn’t as important as we make it out to be. As this video explains, though, there are some scientific reasons why some lean more towards one end of this spectrum or the other.

As the video from ASAP Science explains, one key distinction between both camps is what’s known as “baseline arousal.” People leaning towards the extrovert end of the spectrum have a lower energy level to start with, leading them to more loud or exciting events to feel fulfilled. Whereas a more introverted person will get all the stimulation they need from a quiet walk in the park.

The video goes on to explain, as we have touched on before, that introversion and extroversion aren’t mutually exclusive. People can be in the middle of the spectrum (known as ambiverts), and neither extreme is a clear social disadvantage. Check out the video for more about the social and neuroscience of this socialization spectrum.

Introverts vs Extroverts | ASAP Science”


Posted on: November 30, 2016, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Build an Online Community

“In the digital marketing world, more and more brands are now geared towards building a community. A community is a group of people engaging, sharing, and working toward a common goal. They are bound by similar interests, or thoughts. Brands like Disney and Red Bull have embraced this marketing initiative.”


Here are a few tips on how to build your own community.

Target Emotions

Educate Your Followers

Hear Them Out

In Conclusion

“Build a dynamic community by welcoming your followers—both the good, and the not so good ones. Allow room for engagement and discussion, so you can learn from them. Educate them so they can also learn from you. Foster growth by helping them connect with others, so they can learn from each other as well.”


Posted on: November 29, 2016, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

New Survey Findings on Millennials and Television Viewing and Steaming Media (TiVO 2016 Consumer Trends Survey)

New Survey Findings on Millennials and Television Viewing and Steaming Media (TiVO 2016 Consumer Trends Survey)

“From TIVo:

TiVo released follow-up findings from its 2016 TiVo consumer survey, focusing on the behavior of U.S. millennials and how this coveted demographic interacts with video content, products and services in contrast to other generations.

Continuing the conversation around “show dumping,” TiVo found that millennials and Generation Z viewers are the most likely to give up on shows they previously enjoyed when it becomes too difficult to access them, either finding the content trapped behind paywalls or spread across a variety of entertainment sources. On the other hand, TiVo’s survey also revealed that the millennial generation spends the most time each day watching video content – there is simply a limit to how many hoops they are willing to jump through before quitting on a specific show:


  • A staggering 54 percent of millennials have “show dumped,” giving up on a show they previously enjoyed because it became too difficult to access the content, in contrast to just 17 percent of boomers
  • Millennials also consume the most amount of content, more than 6 hours per day
  • Millennials spend 32 minutes per day searching for content to watch, a number boosted by the number of services and devices they have in the home

In contrast to other generations, millennials are most comfortable with video entertainment services and devices, likely driven by their desire to stay at the forefront of the newest content and best available innovations in entertainment technology:

  • 73 percent of millennials have streaming video devices at home
  • 91 percent pay for at least one subscription streaming service
  • On average, millennials own 3 streaming devices and subscribe to 2.7 paid streaming services, providing them with a myriad of entertainment options and access points

The complex, multi-service entertainment setup in most millennial homes splits viewing time across many platforms and services. millennials have high expectations for cross-platform discovery solutions, which are largely unmet:

  • 83 percent of millennial pay-TV subscribers use the programming guide every day
  • 53 percent of millennials want recommendations on what to watch
  • 55 percent would pay to simplify search across platforms
  • 43 percent of millennials use voice commands every day where only 8 percent of Boomers feel comfortable enough with the technology to do the same
  • 46 percent of millennials feel extremely frustrated when they cannot easily find and access the programs they want to watch, in contrast to just 20 percent of boomers

These results illuminate millennial viewing habits and the existing gap between viewer expectation and the current limitations of the discovery experience available to the average consumer. To appeal to millennials and future generations, best-in-class content and technology are necessary to capture continued interest, engagement and satisfaction.

These generational results are the U.S. subset of the overall research findings from an online survey of 5,500 pay-TV and OTT subscribers across seven countries worldwide with 2,500 interviews completed in the U.S., and 500 interviews completed in each additional country, including the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan and India.



Posted on: November 28, 2016, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized

9 tech trends that will make billions of dollars starting in 2017

9 tech trends that will make billions of dollars starting in 2017

  1. AI and advanced machine learning
  2. Virtual assistants
  3. Intelligent things
  4. Virtual and augmented reality
  5. Digital twins
  6. Blockchain and distributed ledgers
  7. Conversational systems
  8. Mesh app and service architecture
  9. Adaptive Security Architecture


Posted on: November 27, 2016, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized