Alternative Ways to Charge Your Cell Phone

Rather than plugging into an outlet or a computer USB port, there are new and emerging charging technologies that make it faster and easier than ever to get life back into your phone. This is good news for anyone who depends on their phone day and night. Wireless charging technology is the future goal for developers. Here are some alternative ways to charge your phone that are being developed:

Wireless Charging Stations

The companies developing wireless charging stations for smartphones like the iPhone 6 have big plans to scale usage of their products and for universal adoption.

According to CNET, there are two current standards for wireless cell phone charging: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Qi. They both use inductive charging, but on different wavelengths. PMA produces the Duracell Powermat, which is in Starbucks in the Boston-area and will soon be in McDonald’s in Europe. It’s developing charging stations to be more interactive, too. They enable store personnel to see how long customers are using chargers and even offer items like coupons for store products. Qi is used with high profile cell phones such as the HTC Droid DNA and Nokia Lumia 920. Soon, it also will support the Galaxy S4.

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) uses technology based on magnetic resonance. This is different than inductive charging because instead of placing the phone in charging cradles on a mat, users simply place their devices on the mat for wireless charging. This means several devices can charge on a single mat at the same time, even if just a part of the phone is touching the mat. Furthermore, A4WP mats can charge devices through several layers. For example, you can place a magazine over the mat with the phone on top, and your phone will still charge.

Faster Charge Times

Lithium battery technology is allowing smartphones to hold charges longer, and now Qnovo wants to make these batteries charge up to 75 percent faster, reports Forbes. They have developed software that can be used with existing operating systems and an augmented chipset that monitors battery voltage, temperature and usage to speed up charging. They are working to get their technology into most cell phones in 2015.

In addition, by 2016, StoreDot expects to sell a slim battery made with nanotechnology that is able to charge a smartphone in 30 seconds.


Micro-windmills are another piece of technology being tested for smartphone battery life. Invented by research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao, 10 micro-windmills can fit on a single grain of rice. These micro-windmills are not only miniscule but also are sturdy because they are made from a durable nickel alloy material. And, another major perk is that they can be mass-produced inexpensively.

According to the University of Texas, Arlington, Chiao and Rao envision embedding the windmills into the sleeves of cell phones so they are available when the battery is low. Then, all the user has to do is simply wave the phone in the air, hold it out the window of a moving car or hold it in front of a fan in order to charge it.

Must-Have Cloud Storage Features for Startups

Perhaps you’ve thought that your startup business could benefit from the cloud, but didn’t know how it could serve your particular needs. Well, business in the cloud means having online automatic backup services and easy, automatic file syncing and sharing. This doesn’t even include being able to access any file from anywhere in the world at any time. When your business is cloud based, saving money becomes an automatic perk, as well.

The following are just a few more reasons why your startup business needs the cloud.


Companies spend a lot of money on hardware, software and hiring and maintaining an IT staff when first starting their businesses. Fortunately, using the cloud can now change that. Your cloud service provider installs, manages, troubleshoots and takes care of all ongoing support for your IT staff. It also takes less hardware to run your business from the cloud, which helps to free up IT resources.


Your business consists of databases, documents, presentations, audio and huge amounts of files. Until now, this all has been physically stored on flash drives, network attached storage (NAS) and external hard drives, but these kinds of storage options make your business extremely vulnerable to loss. This way, your data can be stolen, your office can flood, your building can catch on fire or your system can suffer a devastating crash that wipes out your drives, destroying all your data.

On the other hand, the cloud is like a giant external hard drive that is conveniently located in one easily accessible online location. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing files. Furthermore, free online backup can be customized to be done at a time you specify. Zip Cloud, for instance, is a cloud service provider that has unlimited file storage no matter the size for only $4.95 per month.

Mobility and Sharing

Being able to access your entire business anywhere is priceless. Through the cloud you can share and access information wirelessly, which is one of the cloud’s biggest benefits. For example, Dropbox is a great way for employees to share documents, presentations and photos with each other. It also helps to eliminate time-consuming emails because everyone can see what is being worked on in the cloud. And, all files can be synced between all devices from smartphones to computers.

Customer Service and HR

Customers are your bread and butter; therefore, exceptional customer service is needed for a business to survive. The cloud provides various features for your customers such as giving them real time personalized video support, which they can access through any of their devices. They also can use the cloud to get quick answers to their questions 24/7. Salesforce, for instance, has always-on customer service, personalized service and multichannel support. Furthermore, the cloud gives you tools such as bookkeeping, invoicing and payment processing so you can deal with customers, employees and projects.


The cloud is cost-effective in many ways. For example, you don’t have to pay for training courses or software licenses, which can be expensive if you have a lot of employees. And, since you don’t need a physical location to store and backup your data, you save money on office rent.

Being a subscriber to a cloud service provider means free software updates and upgrades. Due to SaaS (software as a service) and API (application programming interfaces), a company’s programmers can write their own programs to be compatible with other programs and thereby save on application and program expenses.

One of the best benefits of the cloud is that many providers have pay-as-you-go payment plans. This means you only have to pay for what you use, and there is no long term contract to worry about.

How E-Commerce Websites Can Avoid the 4 Most Common SEO Mistakes

How E-Commerce Websites Can Avoid the 4 Most Common SEO Mistakes
When writing web copy for SEO, there are certain mistakes that many e-commerce websites make. These mistakes can cause a big drop in website rankings and a subsequent drop in the number of visitors the site enjoys and may cause other problems related to search engine rankings as well, explains this article on Avoiding these four easy and honest SEO mistakes can help any e-commerce provider enjoy a hearty amount of productive internet traffic.
Mistake #1: Reciprocal Linking

Reciprocal linking is the SEO equivalent to reciprocal backscratching in which both parties help each other gain a better outcome. The only problem with doing this is that it can lead to problems with manual penalties with the search engines. Having too much traffic linked from one site decreases an e-commerce website’s rankings. The problem is especially problematic for reciprocal linking done through footers. Any e-commerce site considering reciprocal linking should think carefully before proceeding. The best way to get around a footer link is to use an actual link.
Mistake #2: Improper Affiliate Linking

While some affiliate links can help e-commerce with SEO, too much of a good thing is a big mistake. Putting in affiliate link after affiliate link causes an e-commerce site to lose site integrity. In order to avoid problems with affiliate linking, e-commerce proprietors should create a dedicated landing page for affiliate links. At least once each month, e-commerce website managers should test all affiliate links to ensure they are working properly. Finally, e-commerce websites should clearly state their relationship and what they get out of the affiliate linking process.
Mistake #3: Low Authority Influences

Businesses in specific niches, such as health and wellness, use internet marketing and SEO to improve their site rankings and reach more customers. E-commerce websites in a particular market niche often reach out to the major influencers in that realm and ask them to place links back to their website. Unfortunately, if the links are created by other websites with a low domain authority, this could demolish the e-commerce website’s SEO rankings. Too many influencer websites or websites that use the same wording for the links can negate any benefits of the added website traffic. Any e-commerce website that plans to initiate an influencer campaign should take action by providing the correct coding for links, thoroughly researching their targets and creating a specific landing page for the links from the influencers.
Mistake #4: Spammy Guest Blogging

Guest blogging can be a fun way for an e-commerce website to add interesting content and spruce things up a bit. However, when guest blogging is done as a primarily link-building endeavor, it can knock down the e-commerce website’s rankings with SEO. Guest bloggers who write blogs here, there and everywhere can lower an e-commerce website’s rankings. So can guest blog content related to a historically problematic online industry such as internet gambling. To avoid problems with guest blogging, e-commerce website operators should choose their guest bloggers carefully, including taking the time to ensure the guest blogger doesn’t do too many posts or include too many links.


Team Interval 7

by John Jonelis

Kids are dropping dead on the athletic field. Dead! These are our kids—those highly cherished and precocious little brats, grades K-12. Just a few years back we suffered a miserable year—120 deaths according to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Here’s a huge problem waiting to get fixed.

I recall Coach Bodle from my high school years. “Hey kid,” he’d say, “Scrape yerself off da ground. Yuh got yer bell rung is all. Shake it off! Da team needs yuh. Get back out there and gimme a hunert ‘n’ twenty percent!” An inspiring speech. Always got results. Players knew the alternative. During my moments of serious academic pursuit, I’d draw Coach Bodle in the margins of my textbook. The result always came out looking like the Frankenstein Monster. This was a guy whose claim to fame was an ejection due to unnecessary roughness in a semi-pro football game. But I made allowances for his furious temper. Had no alternative. Anyway, I figured the guy got his bell run too many times.

That was a different era. Nowadays coaching is a profession. They know better. The liability is huge. People can go to jail. Eighty percent of athletic injuries happen at the high school level. Same old/same old doesn’t cut it and the demand for change rings powerful and loud.

Tonight I get to see Tyrre Burks, founder of Team Interval tell us what he proposes to do about it. Continue reading INJURIES TREATED BADLY

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