The Internet’s fundamental purpose is to help people communicate information. That information could be a simple message, a picture, a video or a computer program. With so much information being shared, it is not always easy to find what you need – in a timely manner and usable format. This includes finding others who need what you have. Here, we’ll take aim at some tools to help you find… anything.
Four points apply to how efficient you can be at finding what you need:
That fourth point is especially important when it comes to Twitter, Facebook, other social media, and the ever expanding Internet of Things.
One thing I’ve always advocated is spending at least 15 minutes every day in “research” – regardless of what you do, what your job is, or how well your business is doing. Fifteen minutes = 1% of your day. Per the Pareto Principle, theoretically that 1% of effort may be responsible for over 50% of your total results. Automating manual searches across multiple “networks” (or boxes in the above analogy) is a 100x force multiplier.
Time is valuable – 15 minutes a day equates to over 90 hours a year, more than two full work weeks focused just on evaluating qualified “information.” Considering that “information” could include “who needs what you have” – in a timely manner, your competitiveness and marketability increases exponentially.
IFTTT is an unbelievably powerful, extremely easy to use tool that can give you near NSA-level omniscience about… anything.
With “IF This Then That” you define what you are looking for and if it happens – an “action” will be generated. That action could be to email you (and up to 4 more addresses), or any number of other options depending upon the specific you channels you define – Twitter, Blogger, Reddit, YouTube, Office 365 & Office Calendar, Instagram, DropBox, iOS and Android wearables, GE devices, even eBay and over 160 other different channels are available. The reverse is also possible, that is – if you do “x” then “y” will automatically happen.
Thus, if someone references you on Twitter, you can get an email about it; if someone posts a specific product on eBay, you can get notice of that, too. That’s just one option of many, depending on each channel you define. IFTTT helps you spend less time searching for stuff and more time acting on relevant things.
Some of you may be familiar with Google Alerts — notifying you of whenever something new on the web matches your “key word” query is published. That is just one of potentially thousands of applications IFTTT is able to deliver because it does the same thing for nearly 200 different channels including elements of the Internet of Things.
IFTTT was referred to me by HeroicSearch.com’s super innovative PR Team. Their latest blog post has the potential to make you exponentially more effective with your work, your business, or anything else. It is that good… if not better.
Coffee Craze makes you the owner of a Coffee Shop – part arcade game, part small business simulator. As the owner, it is up to you to make your little shop a success by keeping your customers happy.
You will play the role of a barista while also managing your kitchen. A barista is similar to a “bartender” – it is an Italian word for one who works behind a counter and is specially trained in serving hot and cold drinks, usually with an espresso machine.
If successful, you will also be able to order exciting upgrades to make your business more fun and productive. Imagine how much talent is required to serve hot drinks on rollerskates!
In addition to serving coffee and espresso, your customers fancy your cake and pastries, too. Don’t panic when your customers start to line up, just focus on their orders.
Each item on your menu is tied to one of twelve keys which align to their location in your kitchen.
As you finish filling one order, you can move onto the next – as you can put orders into a queue.
When one is completed, the next begins. That’s important because cakes don’t appear out of nowhere – you have to make and bake ‘em.
“You can please most people most of the time, but you can’t please everyone all of the time.”
Fast, accurate service will keep your customers happy!
If you miss the free download, you can still buy Coffee Craze on Opera Mobile Store here.
What is Lucky Wednesday? It is an occasional event offered by Opera Mobile Store in conjunction with a developer to make a Premium App available to everyone for Free!
We have mobile devices so we can conveniently communicate with friends, family, coworkers, clients and others. The following are five very popular apps that can make all of that easier for you on your Android Device.
Take the Right Call with Truecaller. Truecaller is replacing the phonebook, making it more intelligent and useful. Free Download for Android.
Join more than 516 million Viber users and make phone and video calls for free. Free Android Download.
Vine makes video fun. You can watch, create and share short looping videos — anytime, anywhere. Free Download for Android.
Through these videos, called Vines, people have an entirely new medium to express themselves and their creativity. Vine empowers anyone to share stories with the world and is a space where people can connect, entertain and be entertained.
Free for Android Users.
Contacts+ is your everyday contacts & dialer app, powered with text messaging, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and much more – all in one place.
With Contacts+ you can send FREE and regular text messages without switching apps, auto-sync beautiful pics to your contacts from Facebook, and get birthday reminders so you’ll never forget a birthday again!
Contacts+ is the place to connect, however you want, with the people you care about!
Get on-the-go access to your professional network with the LinkedIn app for Android.
Fluffy the Hamster escaped from his cage and is out to travel the world. Can you help him?
It’s a dangerous world out there even for the world’s greatest superheroes. It is even more dangerous for a little, poor, defenseless hamster.
But wait! Fluffy has you to help him navigate the deadly chasms and canyons by building bridges for him. You have to be quick and nimble as there’s no telling what Fluffy will face! Feed him as you go to get cool upgrades!
Trick Hamster is a great game for kids and adults who like to test their hand-eye coordination and reflexes.
Electronic Arts is known for making great games. The limited free trial period lets you try before you buy – making it safe for your pocket book, too.
Free Download with Limited Time Trial
Get it now on Opera Mobile Store — Trick Hamster for Java and Symbian
There’s the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”
Where conventional hack and slash takes you dungeon diving, Pizza Ninja 3 throws you into the kitchen. You’ll slice, dice, chop and try to shred your way through cheese and mushrooms, peppers and sausages as the pizza orders come in faster and faster.
While slicing them in mid-air is challenge enough, you’ll need to avoid the bombs.
The Bombs – yes.
One wrong move and your Double Deluxe Combo will turn you into… Tossed Salad!
If you are looking to test your hand-eye coordination, timing and ninjitsu-precision, Pizza Ninja 3 will give you a great work out and… probably make you very hungry… for pizza.
Pizzas, of course, are sold separately and not available for delivery through Opera Mobile Store.
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