Are you wondering how the Internet of Things is being used in commercial and industrial organizations today? Go beyond connected devices, and use the power of intelligent processing to make sense of aggregated data in the cloud—from hundreds, thousands, or even millions of devices. See how predictive analytics based on trends, information, and intelligent processing of data can make a meaningful business impact.
In this in-depth course, learn to use your existing developer skills to solve business problems in new and exciting ways, using free versions of Visual Studio and Windows, along with a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3. Explore Windows 10 IoT Core, see how to develop for Windows and non-Windows IoT devices, and find out how to use Azure IoT Hub and Stream Analytics to establish two-way communication between IoT devices and the cloud. Plus, integrate Arduino device capabilities with Windows 10 device capabilities in a single code project. Check it out!
1 | Introduction to IoT
Find out what IoT is and how it is being used in industry today (consumer products and industrial systems). Hear about current opportunities for commercial businesses and makers.
2 | Windows 10 and Universal Windows Platform Apps
Learn about the benefits that Windows 10 UWP provides to developers. See a demo using Visual Studio Community 2015 (free download) to create Windows 10 UWP apps.
3 | Introduction to Windows 10 IoT Core
Explore the capabilities provided by Windows 10 IoT Core, and see a demo on creating and deploying a C#/XAML app to a Raspberry Pi. The app toggles on and off a connected LED.
4 | Introduction to Azure Services for IoT
Explore the Azure services that are available to help you with your IoT implementations, including Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Azure IoT Suite, and machine learning services.
5 | Azure IoT Hub and Device Communications
See a demo using the Azure IoT SDK for Node.js to create an IoT device app that sends data to Azure IoT Hub for real-time analysis. It also receives a command used to control a connected LED.
6 | Running Arduino Wiring Code on Windows 10 IoT Core
Learn to use the “Arduino Wiring Application for Windows IoT Core” Visual Studio project template to compile Arduino sketch code and to deploy the app to a Raspberry Pi device.
7 | Creating Node.js Apps for Windows 10 IoT Core
See a demo using Visual Studio to create a Node.js Web Server project for a Raspberry Pi 2 device running Windows 10 IoT Core. The deployed app toggles an LED on and off.
8 | Windows Remote Arduino and Virtual Shields
Hear about Windows Remote Arduino and Windows Virtual Shields for Arduino, and see how to control Arduino UNO hardware from a Windows 10 device using a Wi-Fi connection.
9 | IoT Resources and Open Source Code Projects
Get links to additional IoT resources, including open source code projects for Windows and non-Windows IoT devices that connect to Azure and Azure IoT Hub.
This tutorial will show you how to create your first interactive augmented reality product using blippbuilder from blippar.
If you use the Chrome web browser, you can control your computer with your smartphone or tablet with Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app from anywhere in the world.
Not only that, you can control your mouse by swiping on the screen, and it’s incredibly easy to use.
Watch here how I’m putting my work computer to sleep from this Galaxy S7 Active:
In fact, I’m writing this sentence right here on my iPhone using the Chrome Remote Desktop app. Check it out!
It works over WiFi, as well as LTE, and I was surprised by how responsive it was. There wasn’t that much lag between the input on my iPhone and mouse movements/typing on my computer.
Unfortunately, it can’t wake your computer when it’s in sleep mode, and the Remote Desktop function can be temperamental at times and suddenly decide that it doesn’t want to work anymore. Still, it’s pretty cool and amazing that it’s as responsive as it is.
Why would you want to do this? The real question is: Why wouldn’t you want to? There have been numerous times when I wish I could access my computer at home while I’m at work to download something so it’s ready when I get home.
It’s incredibly easy to set this up, see how:
If you haven’t synced with Chrome yet, go to Settings (three horizontal lines) on the top right of Chrome, then simply sign in with your Google account.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t wake your computer if it’s in sleep mode, which is a real bummer, as you wouldn’t have to leave the computer you want to control on all the time.
An SEO audit is rarely limited to the www (or non-www) version of a website. When looking for potential duplicate content, it’s often important to know how many subdomains exist and, more importantly, how many of them are indexed by Google.
An easy way to find indexed subdomains is to use search operators.
However, this technique has its limits. It’s unlikely that the site you’re auditing has as many subdomains as wordpress.com, but you may come across a site with several dozen subdomains. This can potentially cause the following issues:
This extension, Personal Blocklist (by Google), will make your life easier. It allows you to “block” domains from appearing in your search results.
The key here is that the extension operates at the subdomain level and stores the domains in a list.
I’ve recently been looking for directories that allow you to connect with prospective customers, build some links, and add exposure to an app pre-launch. I have found some similar lists elsewhere, but typically a lot of the sites in the list are spammy or gone forever.
This is a current list of sites I’ve found for building an email list before you launch. Leave me a comment to add or remove a site and I will keep this list current.
Some of these sites require your app to be launched or in beta, but most could accept it in either state. Quite of few of these sites will accept small to medium sized payments in exchange for an expedited review or posting. A few of these sites are explicitly about advertising.
Beta or Launched
The term “social media” has only recently become a hot topic for businesses and bloggers. What began as a means of networking and connecting with friends and family has become an integral part of any marketing or engagement strategy.
Whether you’re starting a blog to finally quit that 9-to-5 job, or you need the one you have to take off, the proper use of social media is going to be on your radar. You may think it’s as simple as posting and moving on, but there’s so much more to it.
Lucky for you, I’m here to help with a massive infographic that has everything you need to ignite social media marketing in 2016. Let’s take a look at what you’re getting in this epic resource.
Infographic source: onblastblog.com
Some infographics will provide information on maybe one or two social media platforms, but not this one. Here you’re getting the complete rundown of five different networks:
Facebook alone has over 1.19 billion active users each month! The sheer potential to reach your audience is massive, and that’s an understatement. As I was saying earlier though, it’s not enough to simply post and move on. There are factors that affect your success, and they differ per platform.
For example, the best days to post on Facebook are Thursday and Friday. For Twitter, though, it’s entirely different; the best days are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday! That’s just the tip of the iceberg too, there are also ideal times to post that differ per platform as well.
This infographic will reveal everything you need to unlock the potential of today’s largest social media platforms.
Great, so you understand the intricacies of social media, but how does this benefit your online blog or business? The three biggest advantages of a proper social media strategy are audience engagement, increased traffic, and Brand Awareness.
Posting on the right platforms at the right time can bring in new readers, spread awareness of your site, and give you opportunities to engage your audience and grow your reputation among them. Many bloggers will make the mistake of only using social media as a means of promoting their content, but it does so much more if you know the secrets behind it all.
Take this infographic and run with it. This information will empower you to utilize social media to its fullest potential. Share your thoughts and your success stories in the comments below!
In this post we will cover 11 steps on how to make an Infographic and avoid common mistakes. See why Infographics are such a powerful marketing, SEO and traffic magnet if done right.
I have learned several lessons on my short Infographic journey and wanted to share my learning outcomes; hopefully these can help you be prepared and show you how to make an Infographic.
Before we jump in let’s look at;
Hope you are convinced about the advantages of creating an Infographic. Note – The topic and content of your Infographic is very important to achieve some of the benefits discussed above. Now let’s look at the steps, how to make an Infographic.
You need a topic that is laser focused or super targeted. Topics like ‘blogging’ and ‘content marketing’ are too broad and you need to narrow your topic down. You can use BuzzSumo to find the most popular content in – your niche or the best industry websites. BuzzSumo shows you content that has done well in social media; so you can pick a proven topic with interest. Make a shortlist and add at least 3 topics to it.
The next stage is to check if someone has already made a killer infographic on your topic. Check in Google, Google Images, Pinterest and Visual.ly. If industry giants like Neil Patel or Brian Dean have done an infographic on the topic you have short listed then move to the next one on your list. If lesser known names have done an infographic and it has NOT done well in terms or social shares and backlinks (use BuzzSumo to check) then you might be able to reuse the infographic with due credit to get a quick bang for buck. The key is to promote the infographic and amplify its visibility. You can do some paid promotion using the cost you saved by not creating the infographic.
The heading is very important for marketing. It is also the first thing your readers read. Spend some time and do research on the heading. I don’t look at SEO for my Infographic heading as I want something catchy. My primary objective with creating an Infographic is to get backlinks and brand recognition; yours may be different. Here are two tools you can use to help with a catchy heading: Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator and CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer.
Traditionally Infographics and stats go hand to hand; unless it’s a classic recipe or topic. So now is the time to look for stats to strengthen your case.
A word of caution: If you can’t find any stats then you may have to rethink the topic.
Next step is to draft your Infographic in point form or summary form. This is what you will be giving your designers (assuming you will be outsourcing the design work). Don’t send this to the designers just yet. Read the next point first…
I like to draft my article before I contact the designers. When you draft the article you start to think more and get a feel for the points and their flow. You may want to make changes to your summary like, the order or wordings. You don’t want to be contacting your designer half way through their work and making changes and that’s why I like this approach.
After all, infographic creation is a form of creative art and the designers need time. This is only true if you have good designers. If you are trialing someone for the first time then you probably want to follow-up. If it’s a new designer ask to see a draft upfront to avoid disappointment and to make sure you are on the right track.
Infographic designers generally either charge by the hour or charge per point. If you can get a draft say after 2 hours or say after 5 points, then do that. This gives you a chance to review their work and make sure you like their design and direction.
Your priority is to get your Infographic completed with the lowest cost and the least time. If you want to order multiple items like a PDF of the Infographic then wait for the Infographic to be completed first. If you don’t like the Infographic then there is no point in having a PDF of the work you do not like.
Designs are very subjective and not everyone likes the same thing. What you may like is something another person may not like. As long as the colors and design are neutral and can please 80% of the viewer’s then that’s a good outcome.
Don’t forget to include your references and logo on the Infographic itself. You want your Infographic to be shared and brand recognition. Including the references is a good idea as you want to acknowledge the original source material. The references can also help in sharing your Infographic as it is good for their brand.
Use social media to market your Infographic; Pinterest is a must. You can also use Infographic listing directories like the following (courtesy of Neil Patel):
You should also use these social media sites to submit your Infographic:
Go to Google and search for your Infographic topic or keyword. Then go to the top 20 or 30 sites and send them an email to see if they are interested in publishing your Infographic. If they get back to you and say ‘yes’ and the site has a reasonable Domain Authority (above 30, as a rule of thumb) then offer to write an intro.
Here is a detailed Content Promotion Infographic Checklist that you can use.
Be Prepared to Make Mistakes and Learn. Don’t get disheartened if your first attempt was not successful; mine wasn’t either. At the least you will get some experience; worst case scenario you can write what you learn. For my 1st Infographic I gave the designer nothing more than 2 of my website pages and soon I started giving them a summary document with a brief. Do not be under the illusion that, the more information you provide the better; it’s actually quite the opposite. Give brief information to the point. You will learn and evolve over time. You just have to start somewhere.
Try to create a story with your infographic. Happy Infographic marketing!
Apps mainly do two things: They either distract us or keep us on track. If you’re a busy entrepreneur or someone who works for one, it’s best to stick to the latter kind, at least during working hours, especially if you want to be a productivity powerhouse.
Productivity apps can give you — and, yes, your boss, too — a leg up on putting your most organized, efficient professional foot forward.
Some are built to tame your inbox, while others streamline your to-dos or track your expenses. You can also use efficiency apps to sharpen your focus before a big meeting or to communicate with your coworkers under the radar (for strictly work-related conversations, right?). And then there’s the type that bosses love the most, procrastination-preventing apps that whip you into action.
Related: 10 Tools for Getting More Done Every Day
If you’re looking to crush your A-game at work, check out the productivity apps neatly packed into the infographic by global human resources consulting firm Adecco below. Go get it, worker bees.
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Which Tech Billionaires Donate the Most to Charity? (Infographic)
Everyone loves free stuff. And when that free stuff can help you grow your business and increase revenue, even better.
Unfortunately, with so many resources online, it can be difficult to find the right product for your business’ needs. So we’ve created this resource to help you access the free tools you need to extend your budget and thrive.
At Expertise, we use many of these products daily. There are thousands of free tools online, so we’ll update this guide as often as possible. We’ll stop boring you with the long introduction and let you find what you need.
Images can highlight your product, break up long blocks of text, and improve your site’s user experience. However, uploading huge files can slow down your site and drive visitors away at alarming rates. The best way to include high-quality images without crippling your page speed is to compress image files.
It’s time to get those generic impersonal stock photos off your website. Users aren’t convinced by headset-wearing models or handshakes at a fake business meeting. Many people have seen significant improvements to their sites with the use of images of “real” people. Creative Commons Zero (CC0) images do not require attribution, even for commercial use. You may be able to find more visually appealing images from one of these free stock photo resources. Many of these images are of landscapes and cityscapes, but that can still bring life to your website in ways a cheesy stock image can’t.
Content is king. Whether you’re trying to attract new customers, sell an e-commerce product, build authoritative links, send compelling emails or anything else, you need content to get you there. A website with no words isn’t going to be helpful, and neither is a site full of typos and awkward sentences. These content tools can help you plan, perfect, and publish content faster and easier.
Search Engine Optimization should be a focus for anyone operating a website and looking to grow their audience. Previously, we covered the essentials to an optimized small business website and ranking in Google Maps. This list will identify free tools to amplify your SEO strategy and may help you improve rankings, get content ideas, analyze competitors, and build links.
For many people, ambient noise or consistent music without vocals can boost creativity and focus. Depending on your line of work, creating a distraction-free workspace so you can get into your “flow” state can unleash a new level of productivity and creativity. Give one of these tools a try to see for yourself.
No matter the size of your business, social media is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with customers and manage your online reputation. However, planning and scheduling social media posts on several platforms can be a challenge, so we found a few resources to make that task easier.
During the daily grind of owning and operating a business, it’s easy to lose sight of the many opportunities to learn and grow. But taking the time to step back and develop new skills can make the difference between a stagnant business and one that launches to the next level.
If you’re looking for courses created and led by professors at some of the top universities in the world, we’ve got you covered. These Universities have created open course platforms so you can take real classes, without the tuition.
So there you have it! Hopefully, you were able to find the tools for your need. There is a universe of free resources online, and we want to give you access to as many as possible in one place, so check back soon for updates! And if you see anything we missed, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] so we can share that resource with the community.