Shopular.com, the leading mobile couponing and shopping app available for free download from Apple iTunes and Google Play, reveals how Santa – along with shoppers across America – will be using their mobile devices to find the best deals for 2014 holiday shopping.
Mobile deal hunting has become a red-hot national pastime! To get a pulse on holiday retail trends, Shopular recently surveyed nearly 600 consumers to find out why ‘tis the season when holiday retail deal hunting has taken a decidedly mobile twist.
The survey results are contained in Shopular’s 2014 Holiday Shopping Infographic featured on the Shopular.com blog. According to the research, 95 percent of consumers plan to use their mobile device to find deals while shopping on Black Friday. [Shopular]
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Australia is high up on the list of places I can’t wait to visit. Cold beer, long drives, diverse climates, colorful language, deadly creatures, unique accents, and a tendency to barbecue. This place is sounding awfully familiar. The only thing my native country of Texas can’t compete with are the pristine beaches of the Land Down Under. To get an idea of Texas beaches (for all of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing one) imagine deep, brown, murky water, scratchy seaweed scattered over sand made from crushed shells that cut feet like broken glass, a plethora of trash, and finally a beautiful view of a few dozen oil rigs waiting for their very own BP gulf spill moment.
Ok, maybe Texas beaches aren’t that bad (kind of are though), but Australia has more to offer than beautiful beaches when it comes to travel. Taking a glance at today’s infographic sheds some light on where actual Aussies travel when they holiday domestically. Surprisingly, Tasmania tops the list with half of all visitors going for a vacation. With a strong cultural arts scene, and of course, one of the most unique natural environments on the planet, Tasmania is a destination for family and thrill seekers alike. This graphic also proves that every territory in Australia is worth visiting. With the exception of Western Australia, every territory had over 40 percent of travelers on vacation.
Australia is a country rich with character. Every territory has its own culture and lifestyle. Before you just book a flight to Sydney, do your research – you may be missing out on a whole lot of fun. [Source: Meriton Serviced Apartments]
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If you’ve never heard of big data before, you might be interested to know you’re a part of it. Big data is a term used to describe the unbelievable growth and accessibility of data and information on the Internet. The amount of information we put online everyday is astonishing. Think about it, there are millions and billions of people using the Internet everyday, and if each one put out just a little bit of information, that number would grow exponentially in no time.
According to the infographic, big data has almost quadrupled in the last three years, with no signs of slowing down. The good news is that hardware costs are lessening as software and services are becoming responsible for big data revenue.
The term ‘big data’ also encompasses all of the complex data sets – whether they’re structured or not – floating around the Internet. Ironically, one of the most popular ways people have been organizing data in the last few years is through infographics. So, just remember the next time you’re browsing DailyInfographic that someone just like you was responsible for gathering and organizing tons of information into a eye-appealing visualization.
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Focus. YOU, focus! Read this, pay attention – your well-being depends on it. Being present is the act of using your mind only for the task at hand. Almost 50 percent of people admit their mind wanders while attempting to complete another task. No joke – you should have been in my mind while I wrote that last sentence. I was thinking about lunch, the weather, overhearing coworker’s conversations. A fifteen-word sentence took me almost an entire minute to write. Being present really does make a difference.
‘How can I be more present?’ you may ask. Well, there are classes on it. The creator of Today’s infographic PresenceTraining.co.uk provides exactly that. Or if you’re looking to just get your feet wet you can Google some techniques on practicing it. It’s all about improving your mindful meditation skills. Increasing your mindfulness can help drastically decrease anxiety, depression, and stress. Students who have taken a class on mindfulness had an average of 13 percent better scores on tests in only two weeks.
Being mindful isn’t only about focusing and forgetting everything but the task at hand. Being mindful is also stopping to smell the roses. To really smell the roses, though. To think about why they smell good, what memories does the smell trigger? Flavors or tastes that come about? Try it out – you’ll be surprised how much more life enjoyment you feel. [via]
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Information storage is becoming more and more convenient as cloud computing is becoming standard procedure for many individuals and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to access multiple files from different devices, regardless of where they’re at (just as long as they have an Internet connection). Organizations are beginning to implement clouds into the daily routine of employees, making the system more easily accessible.
69 percent of organizations surveyed have at least one application in the cloud, while 18 percent plan to have at least one in the next 12 months, leaving only 13 percent that plan to have an application in the cloud within the next 1 – 3 years.This technological innovation has helped increase IT efficiency all over the map, while keeping IT staffs employed.
Three models of the cloud are currently being used, which include public, private, and a hybrid cloud. The majority of users interact with the public cloud, while 57 percent use the private, and only 19 percent use the hybrid. Although these clouds make it easier for users to acquire information, they are not without their faults.
A problem for the public cloud is that there is an uncertain ability to enforce security policies. There is also a concern for access across an untrusted network, as well as uncertainty in the ability to audit providers. However, enterprise strategies for security are being created and implemented, providing a much safer cloud for users to interact with. [via]