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4 Major Web Design Trends for 2016

Looking to build your website rankings for the coming new year? Incorporate these web design trends with your site to keep your readers engaged.

It is incredibly fascinating to observe the evolution web design undergoes over the years. Sometimes changes occur seemingly all by themselves, sometimes as a reaction to changes in offline or online world; but the process never stops for a single moment. Knowing these tendencies, it is not all that hard to make an educated guess what web design will be like in 2016 – so let’s take a look.
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3 Reasons to Try Out Handwriting Again

In this technologically evolving world, it’s easy to forget about the technologies that got us to where we are today.

Many of them aren’t obsolete in the way the floppy disc or cassette tape is. Simple inventions like the ink pen continue to be as relevant today as they were when they were first introduced. They continue to have a very important relationship with humans, and the way we think and record our thoughts and feelings. Here are three reasons to think about making handwriting more a part of your life, as well as a suggestion to let uni-ball provide the pen you use to do it.

(1) Handwriting is the most tactile form of recorded communication. There is something about putting a pen to paper and using it to map out each character that represents a thought, which is useful in turning that thought into a memory. Typing just doesn’t have the same physical connection to higher thought. Perhaps this is because handwriting is so difficult to learn for the first time. Children labor at it in school, trying to get their clumsy fingers to mimic the motions necessary to craft neat print and cursive.

(2) Handwriting is personal. It’s a uniquely human form of recording words. Computers can generate their own text, but an individual’s handwriting is as unique as her fingerprint. When communicating from the heart, nothing works like handwriting.

(3) Handwriting is beautiful. Handwriting can achieve a nuanced beauty that a typeface never could. There is a place for both, of course. But without handwriting, written communication becomes tragically uniform.

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Uni-ball is trying to reclaim handwriting for a new generation, providing the best pen experience you’re likely to have. Click here to see some of the pen options that uni-ball brings to the table. Next time you need to make a note or write a letter, do it with uni-ball.

Is Google Getting Ready to Sell its Smart Contact Lens?

From bracelets that can track your daily activity and heart rate to watches that accept phone calls and send text messages, wearable technology is becoming more common. Until now, medical professionals have had to rely on obtrusive home tests and patient compliance to gather daily data on their patient’s chronic medical conditions. For millions of diabetics, this means constant monitoring of fluctuating blood glucose levels via a finger prick and a portable blood glucose monitor. A team within tech giant Google, known as Google X, is working on making wearable technology in the form a smart contact lens. Think of a smart lens as an amped-up technology-rich version of your favorite contact lenses such as the ultra-popular Acuvue Oasys lenses.
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5 Reasons eReaders Will Eventually Win You Over

Maybe old habits die hard, but we’ve got some insights provided by the Wise Ink Blog telling it how it is: you’ll want your eBooks sooner or later.

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You want the planet to survive and one thing that will certainly help make that happen is to dramatically reduce the demand for our natural resources. That’s what eReading devices bring to the table. With eReaders, publishing companies no longer have to use paper every time. Imagine thousands of books a year rendered in eBook format. That would mean thousands of books that saved up on paper and trees. If the trend continues to grow, the next generation of readers might have a shot at growing up with real forests and trees. Plus, every time you buy an eReader, you’re making a choice. You’re telling the industry that you’re willing to pay for this service. If you use that buying power to support eBooks and save trees, then perhaps more and more people would learn how to be responsible with their buying choices.
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Music tech: what choice will the connoisseur make?

While there are still thousands of vinyl junkies and lossless file obsessives scouring record stores, it seems like we’ve stopped caring quite so much about high fidelity in our music listening experience.

Just think of the tiny speakers you hear on mobile phones, or the muffled strains of an iPod dock. Fidelity has stopped being important. And, without sounding like your dad trying to push his 70’s prog rock on his kids, the trend of poor sound quality is grating on the ears.

Let’s look at the old days, when turntables were the name of the game. Although most people had to put up with less than high quality turntables, their speakers were invariably excellent. They didn’t have to worry about their internet connection timing out or their music buffering.

Indeed, no number of hi-tech laptops can beat a good quality sound system. And there’s still a huge number of products available to give you an optimal listening experience. So what could we recommend?
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Micromax: Enhancing the Mobile Experience in India

As one of the premiere mobile phone providers in India, it is no surprise that Micromax has managed to corner the market in amazing ways. Part of their strategy, of course, has been to command the best Micromax prices in India and of course make sure that they are at the forefront of technology, which is not always the easiest thing in the world. For example, part of the price they command is a direct result of the technology that the phones incorporate. As you probably know, mobile technology has been moved forward in great strides recently, and as such phones do need to be on the cutting edge. Micromax has done a great job of keeping their phones in the game, with high-end processors and access to the latest Android operating systems, such as Android KitKat and Lollipop. Some of the latest features from KitKat include:
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Underwater Photography: Rhinopias, Mariona, and Pygmy Seahorse

Two dives, 202 photos and over 140 minutes of bottom time. Sharing three shots (out of 202!!) from the weekend dive. We kicked off from Anilao PHOTO Hotel with Ivan Manzanares. Not only is he a spotter, he’s adept with a camera so he helped jog back my understanding of shooting with a P&S from 3 months of absence from Vitamin Sea.

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Photo Review: LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (#21108)

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Christmas 2014 greeted me with a coveted LEGO Ecto-1 from the LEGO Ideas catalog. For those unaware, ‘Ideas’ is a crowdsourcing campaign that LEGO set up many months ago. It essentially is a “built it and pitch it” program where anyone can show LEGO their creations, gain support and then have the marketing team over at Billund ‘productize’ it. The ECTO-1 from, a fanboy standpoint, is an instant win for such a campaign.
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The Digital Reading Revolution

The Internet had a lot to do with a relative slump in book sales and the subculture of bookworms and those searching for creative inspiration. The digital revolution started years ago and the world wide web offered information at the touch of a few buttons even with relatively slow download speeds at the start. Now, access to information is nearly instantaneous and practically everyone you know owns a computer, tablet or smart phone that keeps them connected to everything they could desire at all times. Books took a back seat to HD television and movies, streaming media and even online concerts because the Internet and the whole digital revolution gave people choices. And then came ebooks and things started to change.
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Pick My Style Instant Fashion Feedback App – your mobile second opinion!

What to wear? It’s a classic question many people face everyday. Fifteen11 Pte Ltd. recently announced the launch of Pick My Style a breakthrough Android app that makes answering this question with the help of peers simple, exciting and more fun than ever. Users have responded with enthusiasm.

To my fashion blogger friends: I’d love for you to try out a new app developed by some of my friends. Pick My Style is essentially your “mobile second opinion” allowing you to say “yay!” or “nay!” to other people’s #OOTD from around the world. You cna also opt to crowdsource a fashion opinion if you are torn between two pieces of fashion.

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Motorized Blinds: The New Grade A+ Boiler on the Block

I’ve been in the market for a whole set of blinds or curtains for the new house. It wouldn’t have been so urgent had (1) the afternoon sun be creeping into my LEGO pirate ship display above (which is a big no-no!) and (2) my toddler having a hard time going to sleep in the afternoon because we don’t have a single dim room.

The authorities might be attempting to drill into us the importance of Grade A boilers and other heating devices that can supposedly save us money, although we have another electric suggestion. Motorized blinds may have been some fancy gadget several years ago, but their capabilities over recent times have soared through the roof. Their features now mean that you can use them to great effect when it comes to temperature control, as we will now find out.
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Partition Manager Professional 10.5 and why it’s a necessity

As a tech guy who is very sensitive to storage space needs, I’ve been rather wary when it comes to the issue of dealing with managing storage space. For one, in the country I live, Internet penetration is on average quite slow so the cloud isn’t a good enough solution for backup solutions like Carbonite.

For the past 6 years I’ve been running Bootcamp on two MacBook Pros, playing around with the partition between Windows and Mac. I’ve been looking for a similar solution that isn’t from Apple which I can apply across the board to my other devices and it seems that the best solution offered today comes from Partition Master Professional (latest version is 10.5 as of this writing) by EaseUS. For instance, not only does it partition a drive, it can also remove a partition without deleting data, which is the most convenient thing ever. For those who tread the two paths of Mac and PC, you can also easily convert (format) to and from FAT32 and NTFS with ease.
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Using events to market your business

In this competitive business environment we are living in, it can be a daunting task to get a small business off the ground. With all of the other companies, it can be easy for your business to be swept under the rug and forgotten about unless you are very diligent with your preparation. There are a wide variety of factors to consider when you are first starting a business. Some of these details are more critical than others. It is the choices than you make during this crucial period that will determine if your business is a success or if it will disappear quickly. Here are some tips regarding how to make your small business grow.
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Paper or Pixels? Reading in the Digital Age

2015 marks the year where publishers finally see the sober reality of how traditional paper books have recovered sales. The eBook fad may be dying.
But eBooks are not dead. At least not yet (I personally still read on my Kindle). There’s many a reason as to why eBooks will still thrive together with print.

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Answering the #BootLEGO Question

This post originally appeared on THE DORKSIDE. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Is fake LEGO worth the money? It’s no joke: next to collecting Play Arts action figures, LEGO doesn’t come cheap. Although in recent years the Danish brick giant has come up with more affordable products like Mixels and Bionicle, the core LEGO sets are still priced at a premium. Add to the fact that in the Philippines, sets are priced around 30% higher for small to medium boxes and about 100% higher for the big collector sets. Any pragmatic AFOL – that is — Adult Fan of LEGO — may probably want to opt for an alternative, if there was one.

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