The Fun with Wii U Fit | notorias

August 7th, 2014

The Wii U Fit game is available for the Nintendo Wii U console and comes with a balance board that is integrated for the game's workout activities. The balance board does more than that though, it also measures your weight

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The Fun with Wii U Fit | notorias

August 7th, 2014

The Wii U Fit game is available for the Nintendo Wii U console and comes with a balance board that is integrated for the game's workout activities. The balance board does more than that though, it also measures your weight

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Leaving The Corner & Dipping My Toes: Wii fit mess

August 6th, 2014

Wii fit mess. So, do you remember a couple of days ago when I posted some pink pants that I've had for like 10 yrs, and I was so proud that they still fit me, well here is the “real” story, when I gain weight I pack it in my

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Fit Music for WiiU review - Nisute

August 3rd, 2014

During the last generation Nintendo made fitness games popular with the release of Wii Fit . The game was accompanied by the balance board peripheral that.

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Fitness Face-Off Xbox One Vs Nintendo Wii U - Consumer Reports …

July 31st, 2014

Sure, your kids (or you!) could camp out on the couch and play video games all day on either of these consoles. But they also offer ways for you (and your kids) to get into better shape. Wii Fit U, Nintendo's major fitness offering

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Wii Fit Trainer vs Chunk | DReager1's Blog

July 25th, 2014

The Chunk may have a gun at the ready, but it won't be enough to take on the Wii Fit Trainer! The Wii Fit Trainer is pretty athletic and her hand to hand skills should not be underestimated. The Chunk can fire off as many

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How to Use LinkedIn Showcase Pages

July 23rd, 2014

Showcasing your niche customers is easier then you think with LinkedIn

In today’s business world, not everything falls into a simple category. Product offerings have become more diverse, target audiences have increased and markets have gone global.

The problem – up until now – has been clearly displaying this variety of brand identities on social media sites, which typically ask businesses to choose a single category, limiting their abilities to reach diverse audiences.

However, LinkedIn’s Showcase Pages might be just the solution you need to show the complexity of your brand in one, single place.

What are LinkedIn Showcase Pages?

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LinkedIn Showcase Pages are extensions of a standard brand page on LinkedIn. Your typical LinkedIn page stays in existence to provide background information on your company, to share contact information, and to release updates and other relevant information.  Showcase Pages provide supplementary information like a specific group of products or services your company offers.

Put simply, Showcase Pages allow brands that may have a diverse target market, multiple brand messages or various product lines to segment messaging and reach out to different audiences – without creating additional brand pages.

According to LinkedIn, Showcase Pages allow brands to drive engagement through product spotlights, to share specific content with the right audience members and to create more meaningful relationships with customers, contacts and potential clients.

Getting Started with LinkedIn Showcase Pages

Getting your Showcase page started is pretty simple. As such, it should be a top priority for any brand looking for ways to enhance their presence on LinkedIn.

First, be sure your main business page is up to date and relevant. If you have yet to create one, this is the time to do so. Without a central business page, Showcase Pages cannot be created. Plus, with the widespread presence LinkedIn has these days, it’s almost a crime to not have a LinkedIn account.

Consider which segments of your business or industry you’d like to showcase and click on the “edit” menu within your company page. Choose “Create a Showcase Page” from the dropdown menu. Lastly, start sharing content. It’s that easy.

How to Use Showcase Pages Effectively

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The options for using Showcase Pages are limitless. However, to get started, consider adding a few of the following to your digital marketing campaign:

Share Product Announcements

Have a new line that’s launching or a new product that you’d like to focus on marketing? Showcase Pages offer an excellent launch pad.

Think about what market your new product or line would appeal to most. From there, choose the target market that the product should target. This allows search users to more easily find your product, allowing for a more targeted advertising campaign.

For example, if a precision machining shop wanted to reach out to a global market with a new product line, setting up a Showcase Page to highlight new machinery or special deals would allow the shop to share basic information, rates, client testimonials and videos that demonstrate the process.

If your brand has a product announcement of any kind, a Showcase Page could go a long way in helping your promote your news right off the bat.

Drive Website Traffic

If you’re interested in generating a new referral source for web traffic, LinkedIn Showcase Pages could provide a boost.

It all comes down to an effective call to action. As long as your Showcase Page is updated regularly with new content, helpful links and changes in contact info, you’ll receive some level of traffic from the network.

To drive this traffic to your website, though, you need to make sure that your message is clear. By taking the time to include “Click here to learn more,” “Order here” or something else that incites your LinkedIn viewer to visit your website, you’ll generate more site visits and, hopefully, more LinkedIn followers.

Share Special Offers and Events

By turning your Showcase Page into hubs of useful information, you’ll keep attraction levels high. By sharing information relating to live events, product offers, new sales, webinars and upcoming announcements, viewers will have a reason to return on a regular basis.

When a company provides measurable value while targeting a specific audience, there’s no limit to the potential for online success. LinkedIn’s Showcase Pages make this easier than ever before.

How do you like to use LinkedIn’s Showcase Pages? Tell me in the comments section below!

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Utah 3DS StreetPass: SALE OVER: Wii Fit Meter for $9.99 at Best Buy

July 23rd, 2014

Continuing their great sales on Nintendo systems, games, and accesssories, for today only, Best Buy and BestBuy.com have the official Wii Fit Meter that works with Wii Fit U for the Nintendo Wii U for only $9.99, normally

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Best Buy - Wii Fit U Activity Meter for $10 | GoNintendo - What are …

July 23rd, 2014

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ESRI UC 2014: Notes From The Floor

July 23rd, 2014

Screenshot_2014-07-16-16-51-27This ESRI Conference was just amazing, it was very difficult to slow down and look at the vendors closely, so many of them were so interesting, but for you dear reader, no effort is too great, so I took the time to smell the roses and see what the scope of this conference was. I thought since it was a GIS conference, I would clock how much I walked the vendor show in a day.

If ESRI could make them cheaply enough, a pedometer would be a cool item to add to the conference bag, but I digress.  There is an unbelievable amount of things you can do with this GIS data. The thing to keep in mind going in, is that this isn’t like a static Google Map (although a lot of companies will overlay data on to Google Earth). This is GPS location coordinate data that you can then use to render a map. The military applications were the most fun to check out, although probably have the least amount of generic use.

One example I saw was from TouchShare, a leader in geospatial collaborative solutions. Their are multiple layers to their software stack.

The first thing you notice is that you can share a screen, so you have these giant touch tables that you can easily navigate and apply lenses to, or draw on, that will remind you of a show like 24. You could, in real time, have a command center going and people out in the field, on a map, where you are feeding data to it, like enemy deployments, and redraw the soldiers incursion map.

The “lenses” allow you to have a layer view that you can drag over an area, say for example a map of IED explosions, if you don’t care about the whole map, but a particular area, the lens will just show those IED marks in the area it is active. You can overlay different lenses to intersect datasets in a geographic region, so in the IED example, you could have a Poppy Field lens overlay it (or even just activate both for the entire map), and then look for a high frequency of IED attacks that is geographically close to a Poppy Field under the assumption that terrorists are protecting an income source. It can then pull up biographic data of known terrorists that are known to be in that area.

TouchShare_Attack Density vs. IED activity

In a similar vein was in the law enforcement community. I saw an example from Snaptrends that was almost scary. They provide real-time, location-based social intelligence.

Their SaaS software identifies relevant, open/public social media content within a specific geography to enable organizations to more effectively: Prevent, Identify, Respond to and Investigate crimes, threats and emergencies. you can see icons popping up on the map of people sending a Tweet or posting on Facebook (assuming geotagging is enabled), as well as cross reference in the police report data. So for example, suddenly you see a bunch of tweets popping up on a corner, you can click on them and see what they are, could be a bunch of people taking pictures of a fight or something.

That can tie in to the police report data to see what kind of incident is getting reported. You can start to know about events before they get reported, verging on Minority Report style crime divisions. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.stmapping

What I found most useful however, was the application within government infrastructure, especially in smaller to medium size cities that typically have smaller budgets and are more cost conscious (the larger ones should be, but don’t seem to be). The ability to track and monitor assets and predict maintenance schedules was sweet. You could also interface with the citizenry to report information back to you. Say there is a dead animal in the road that needs to be picked up, or you are walking at night and see massive overwatering or a broken sprinkler.

Speaking of watering, with all the various water shortages, especially here in California, we are constantly talking about conservation, but if you look at the waste in landscape watering, you can see huge potential for savings, but no one bothers to do it. The three main players I saw in this space were Trimble, Cityworks and Cartegraph, the latter seeming to be the most recent entry in this market and the former two have a co-opertition relationship.

There is a lot going on in this space and it all starts with getting an inventory of your city’s assets. This is streets, lights, sprinklers, parks, sidewalks, fire hydrants; what you have and where it is located. You need to inspect the condition of your assets, set their value, assess their performance, at what point do they fail, and at what point it makes more sense to repair or to replace the asset. Once you have everything in place, then you are able to really manage your work and do predictive analysis. If you’ve got an item that is failing now and it turns out the same item, like a fire hydrant, is due to be replaced around the corner in a month, you might as well consolidate the work and have it done at the same time. It is less expensive to make a single trip than multiple trips, so you start to reduce costs.

What I really like is tying this in with a service like SeeClickFix that allows citizens to report non-emergency items in a city, like broken sprinklers, a street light that is out, dangerous sidewalk cracks,dead animal in the street, that kind of thing. These should go in to the cities intake system where you could let some items get automatically routed to service tickets or maybe they are reviewed before they are routed.

It is a great way for a city to make things easier for their citizens, they don’t need to know which entity manages which asset. Maybe there is an HOA for the landscape watering, or the county manages the traffic signals and the city does the street sweeping. If the city took it on themselves to do the routing, then the citizens can just make the reports.

The possibilities for automation, improving responsiveness and cutting costs are really very exciting, at least to me. ESRI has a huge array of developer options as well, pretty much any modern language and platform you care to name, even scripting languages like Python. The array of options is just massive. One thing that struck me is the responsiveness of all these vendors parsing through what has to be massive amounts of data.IMAG0777

I ran across one of the old product reviews I’d written about 25 years ago, and I was gushing at the amazing performance of *only* taking 15 minutes to churn through 20,000 lines of source code, just crazy. The “at a glance’ guide for the conference was over 80 pages. There were so many breakout sessions and tutorials that I had to just focus on the vendor floor. ESRI even went so far as to make the tables in some of the areas whiteboards, so you could brainstorm while you were sitting and chatting, I saw a good number of tables with ideas on them, I just had no idea what they were talking about.

To wrap up all too soon, you gotta check out this Twitter page http://twitter.com/geoawesomeness/media I was ready to grab 20 pictures off of it for this story, but then I thought about it and the important take away is that just about all data that occurs is being stored, the challenge for these vendors is primarily finding interesting, useful and innovative ways to provide it to you. A little out of the box thinking and you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.

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