Must Have 5 Apps for Your Phone in 2018

Dark Sky

Dark Sky continues to gather the best weather data. Its new look and best feature which includes the unified timeline that has an easy to read scrollable timeline hours and days ahead. In my opinion, it is the best weather app available, and it presents a vast amount of information while being user friendly.

 

Karma

Karma is an App that connects you to charities and nonprofits. Maybe you want to volunteer or make donations?  It’s set up to make it seamless for all the groups looking to reach out. However you want you want to assist, there are various options such as..homeless and animal shelters to orphans and much more.

 

Smart Phone

 

Noted

The app records audio, allowing users to type out notes (with rich text and image support), automatically time stamped with “time tags” . The iPhone can be used as a audio recording and note-taking tool  for lectures, meetings etc.  Of course it is synced through iCloud.  Save up to five recordings, while adding features such as noise reduction and exporting notes to PDF.

 

WhatTheFont

A basic, user friendly App helps you identify fonts, using optical character recognition and your iPhone’s camera lenses as a viewfinder. Just snap a picture of the font you want to, and the app takes over. Simple…

 

 Clips

Apple’s Clips video app is an all-in-one package. Its purpose is to take video clips, edit, share with your social media contacts. The user friendly controls allow the editing tools, make it easy to insert voice, filters, special effects and much more. the best part is the ease in sending it to your contacts to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other social media outlets.

 

 

Government Websites to visit

 

Goverment

Ten Resourceful, Informative Government Websites 

1. Healthfinder.gov

Official site of Affordable Care Act. A site with access to tools, information.

A solid source for information and current uptdates.

Health Conditions and Diseases /New technology in the medical field. Healthy top to bottom.

2. Census Bureau.gov

The census is to figure out how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives.

But the census is much more than just apportioning seats. It’s a once-a-decade chance to track the shifting demographics of America.

How many people live in big cities? How many children live in each household? What is the nation’s racial and ethnic breakdown? Federal and state governments rely on census data to budget for social welfare programs and design public transportation systems. Cities and private industry use demographic figures to plan hospital expansions and housing developments, and assess the need for new schools or new strip malls.

The Bureau collects population data for the purposes of accurately congressional districts, the federal government uses census data, among other reasons, to determine: The allocation of federal funding for education programs in states and communities.

Every year, federal and state governments use census data to allocate more than $400 billion toward public services and infrastructure [source: U.S. Census Bureau].

Because this data is so important, all U.S. residents (regardless of immigration status) are technically required by law to faithfully and accurately fill out the census form. When Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she would only answer the first question on the 2010 census form — and not provide individual names, ages or ethnicities of household members

3.Congress.gov

The mission of Library Services is to develop qualitatively the Library’s universal collections, which document the history and further the creativity of the American people and which record and contribute to the advancement of civilization and knowledge throughout the world, and to acquire, organize, provide access to, maintain, secure, and preserve these collections.

4.Data.gov

The home of the U.S. Government’s open data You will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations,

The heart of Data.gov is the catalog . The Data.gov catalog brings together datasets from hundreds of agency sources across the federal government and from 50 non-federal sources.

5.MultiState.US

MultiState Associates is the nation’s leading state and local government relations services firm. They uncover legislation and regulations of interest at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—whether potentially adverse or beneficial to their organization.

To solve our client’s needs, they identify the best advocates in the states and localities. They build and manage coalitions to amplify an organization’s voice. The resulting messages resonate with policymakers and constituencies.

Providing confidential benchmarking and strategy, they help optimize the government affairs function. Most importantly, they ensure our clients and their employees comply with federal, state, and local ethics and lobbying laws when carrying out their work.

6. IRS.gov

The funds donated, raised are neccesar taxes to contribute in many important areas. To name a small few. In addition to paying the salaries of government workers, tax dollars also help to support resources, our law enforcement police and our Park Patrol. Fire ladies and Men. Tax dollars are to ensure the bridges highway, road systems that are to provide trust safe travel on are safe and well spent-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks, Schools.

7. USPS.com

USPS- all things delivered, to your home, business. The public staple, a mail box to drop off ones letters etc. a Post Office supplied with a P.O. box in many towns and cities.

8.USCIS.gov

They push for humanitarian programs that will be part of the protection advocacy group to individuals involving the United States displaced through Political, Civil unrest, Famine, and many are escaping death or torture and leaving their countries to live. (See the “Humanitarian” page.)

Citizenship (Includes the Related Naturalization Process)

Adoptions

Civic Integration

Much more

9.WhiteHouse.gov

Official site of the US Government

10. USA.gov

U.S. Government Services and Information

Find government information and services by topic.

Benefits, Grants, Loans

Consumer Issues

Disability Services

Disasters and Emergencies

Earth and the Environment

Find government information on energy, green technology, pollution, wildlife, and more.

Education

Find government information on education including primary, secondary, and higher education.

Government Agencies and Elected Officials

Find information for federal, state, and local government agencies and elected officials.

Health

Find health resources from the government.

Housing

Get information and services to help with finding and keeping a home.

Jobs and Unemployment

Find out how and where to look for a new job or career, get help if you are unemployed, and more.

Laws and Legal Issues

Learn how to report a crime, locate a federal inmate, research common U.S. laws, and file a complaint against the government.

Ten Government Sites with Endless Resources, Information History, Links, Up to date info and more .

 

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Honesty Makes Sense!

What do you consider being honest? Is honesty only offering a response to a question with some truth? Are we being dishonest when we avoid telling a significant other, family member or friend something… to avoid a problem? Everyday it seems as though people are avoiding smaller and smaller issues. If we continue to ignore, hide or avoid a small issue, does it not eventually accumulate into a bigger issue?

“every waterfall starts with a drop.” arrows-clipart11

Honesty is the Best Policy

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My take: In business or personal, I believe that it is important to be honest. Yes, often the truth hurts but dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that could come from being forthcoming will only help us grow and become stronger. Obviously, when one conveys a message,  tact and consideration should be part of the delivery.  The more challenges we face (and overcome) the stronger our resolve is;  as we “tackle” the daily grind that life throws at us why not just be honest?

“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”  ~Edgar J. Mohn

“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.”  ~Author Unknown

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

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References: Business Week

Reporting Software

Some useful reporting software:

# Business Objects
# Crystal Reports
# Information Builders’ FOCUS and WebFOCUS
# Izenda Self-Service Reports
# Jreport by Jinfonet Software
# LogiXML
# MicroStrategy
# MicroStrategy Reporting Suite
# Oracle XML Publisher
# QuSheet (shareware)
# SAS, as part of the BI Server suite.
# SQL Server Reporting Services

Five Simple Actions

Five simple actions to enhance your work environment:

1- Say “Hello”

2-A “Please and Thank you” is nice.

3-Listen and acknowledge, it is nice to be heard.

4-Offer support, “anything I can do to help?”

5-“Have a nice day” is a good end to the work day.

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Often a little action here or there can brighten up a day.


Chris Brogan’s Best Advice About Personal Branding

One of my favorite sites to visit is Chris Brogan’s. He has an unbelievable amount of insight, I learn something new each day. Today I am going to share some of his knowledge on personal Branding.

  1. 100 Personal Branding Tactics Using Social Media
  2. The Real Power of Personal Branding
  3. Develop a Strong Personal Brand Online (part 1)
  4. Develop a Strong Personal Brand Online (part 2)
  5. Strip Malls for Personal Brands
  6. Passion Drives Personal Brand
  7. Elements of a Personal Brand
  8. Personal Branding and Social Media
  9. Quick Branding Tips for Individuals
  10. 10 Ways to Make Your Next Conference Better

Chris Brogan can also be found on Twitter @chrisbrogan

Thanks Chris for allowing us to steal your knowledge!

Please feel free to visit my other site Mark Salinas, Healthy Living Today

Teamwork

A big challenge in the world today is to have a strong team with a similar goal for the good of the company. A successful organization needs a strong team to maintain stability growth. “How do we do this?”

Team Work

A few ideas:

Take a day as a group and go work on something together where you can easily see what you’ve accomplished. For example, take your team out to plant trees or bushes at a local charity. Planting works well because it is easy to see how much your team has obviously accomplished . Many of our daily business activities do not show progress or accomplishment in an obvious way. Planting together is also good because it gives people a chance to talk while they plant and get to know each other better outside of work conversations.

Do a ropes course or something similar together. Rope courses are great team building activities. These courses help to build trust in your group and are important team building events. Groups can make use of a ropes-course for meetings, workshops, seminars, business training programs, etc.

Start a company Softball, or Soccer team. Again on the same team trying for the same goal (no pun intended).

There are many ways for a team to grow within an organization but it starts with trust. Get the group outside of the work environment and “make some things happen.”