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Jim BevinJuly 13, 2018
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1.Upwork

Upwork, formerly known as Odesk, is one of the most recognized online outsourcing internet sites in the world.

If you are planning on starting an online or freelancing career, Upwork will provide the best platform for you. You can start by creating your own profile and then taking proficiency exams in many distinctive fields. If you’re into writing, you can take English proficiency and technical writing tests too. If you’re into coding, you can take proficiency tests about Java or Python.

The more proficiency and technical tests you passed, the greater the possibility of you landing a job more quickly.

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2.Toptal

Toptal is another online outsourcing internet site that networks the top 3% of software engineering, design, and finance talent available on demand to help companies accelerate, adapt, and scale.

With a distinctly different approach than the other services found on the Internet, Toptal is for experienced, talented freelancers. Passing Toptal’s screening process gives freelancers unparalleled access to meaningful projects with great clients, such as Zendesk, JPMorgan, and Airbnb.

Toptal also offers its freelancers a fair compensation since there are no low-bid contests. It also lets them join the Toptal community for them to arrange frequent meetups and tech events.

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3.Freelancer

Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace website that allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to compete. It is also one of the largest outsourcing websites where you can apply for online jobs. Essentially, it is a marketplace where employers and employees are able to find each other.

Freelancer is the place where web developers, virtual assistants, and other IT-associated individuals can hangout to fish some clients. They only need to create profiles on the site in order for them to win and complete work.

A series of account options are made available to freelancers, which ranges from free access to professional and premium subscriptions.

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4.Guru

Guru, a freelance marketplace, allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. It is easy to use, transparent, and full of flexibility since it has an easy interface and an excellent rating system. Employers can evaluate freelancers by way of checking their profiles, which consists of reviews, recommendations, testimonials, and portfolio of their previous works.

Moreover, Guru has a handy payment system for freelancers, which is known as the SafePay system. The site also has a workroom that lets freelancers manage their work. Lastly, it also offers a daily job-matching feature to make sure that freelancers don’t miss out on any good opportunity.

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5.Craigslist

Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections focused on jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, et cetera.

Even though most people see Craigslist as only a platform for buying and selling things, it is, in fact, a great source of quality freelance jobs, including IT jobs. You can easily search various types of online jobs in the “jobs” section, ranging from finance and coding to admin/office to real estate to human resources and even technical jobs.

This outsourcing site has a super minimalist and bare design, but don’t let that fool you since Craigslist is an online job search beast.

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Jim BevinJune 25, 2018
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The internet is full of freebies; if you know where to look, that is. You might get surprised at how much free stuff is being offered online. There are actually a lot of websites that offer various free items, but you also need to be cautious since there are also a lot of scammers out there in the digital world.

Why are Things being Offered for Free?

There can be several reasons why users choose to offer free items on the Internet. It could be done as part of a marketing campaign, or simply because of a phenomenon called “Freecycling”. Freecycling is centered on the idea that many people have used items that are still useful but aren’t being used.

Instead of throwing them away and wasting their usefulness, the owners of those things offer them to the general public for free.

Freecycling: Is it Safe?

Dealing with a stranger on the Internet can be pretty risky, so it is always advised to proceed with care. It also wouldn’t hurt to use some common sense when you’re transacting with someone you haven’t met before.

Of course, you can always deal with your used and surplus items by donating them or giving them to somewhere like The Salvation Army. Evidently, it is a much safer way than Freecycling.

Top 5 Trustworthy Websites and Apps with Freecycling Offers

In this article, you will learn about some of the most trustworthy websites and apps that offer free stuff, whether you’re hunting for a certain book or a used cabinet.

So, without much further ado, here are the websites and mobile applications that you can turn to in finding the best Freecycling offer.

1.Craigslist

Craigslist is an American classified advertisement website that has various sections from jobs to housing and for sale items and services. It has a mixed reputation, so users are advised to use caution and a bit of common sense when interacting with total strangers. Among other things, it is a great source of Freecycling offers.

2.Yerdle

Yerdle is a smartphone app-based service for trading used goods. It is created and managed by a San Francisco-based company with the same name. Yerdle describes itself as the “people-powered store”. The main idea of the company is so unique in that the more stuff you give away, the more credits you earn. You can then use these credits to purchase things that interest you in Yerdle without having to use the money. It is truly one unique Freecycling experience.

3.FreeStuff.com

FreeStuff.com gives people access to some free samples of common household items, varying from laundry detergent to cosmetics and shampoo. It lets people save money on many items and lets them try out new brands for free.

4.FreeSamples.org

FreeSamples.org is a portal that gives people access to different free product offers, ranging from household products to coupons for products and local restaurants. It is highly advised to visit the portal every day since offers are being updated daily.

5.The Freecycle Network

The Freecycle Network, also known as TFN or simply Freecycle, is a nonprofit organization that is registered in Arizona and as a charity in the UK. Freecycle is made up of almost seven million members worldwide. Its objective is to keep usable items out of landfills. Membership is free.

Freecycling is a great way to get “junk” off of your hands without the need to pay someone to pick it up.  Over time we all tend to have useless “things” that accumulate in our living space, things that we are illogically attached to.  Hoarding is a major problem for many of us and Freecycling can offer a great way to clean out some space for a clean state of mind.  And of course, what is the sweetest part about Freecycling?  You can pick up free inventory and sell it!  Just put aside some storage/warehouse space and like magic, you have free inventory to resell all over the world.


Jim BevinJune 22, 2018
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When the iPhone was first released back in 2007, the only way to run software on it was through Web applications or apps for short, and it was limited to those apps published by Apple. A year later, when Apple’s iTunes and App Store were introduced, iPhone owners were suddenly able to choose from a variety of apps that could actually be installed on the phone itself.

To date, there are over 2 million apps that are available in the App Store. That may sound like a lot of apps, but the public’s appetite for apps is endless and grows every day. People still want even more apps and so they eventually turned to jailbreak.

What is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking an iPhone doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve unlocked it. To be more clear, it’s a kind of hack that opens up the iPhone’s firmware (code that contains the operating instructions for hardware) to allow you to install third-party applications.

Jailbreaking, also called iOS jailbreaking, is a process whereby an iPhone owner removes software limitations and restrictions that are imposed by Apple on their products, such as iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. The main limitation of iPhones is that their applications or software can only be installed from the App Store.

Jailbreaking is usually done by using a series of kernel patches. These kernel patches permit root access to iOS, allowing the downloading and installation of additional applications, extensions, and themes that were originally not available through the official Apple App Store.

In broader terms, jailbreaking means breaking the device out of its “jail”. In some

aspects, it is comparable to Android rooting.

There are four types of jailbreaks: the untethered jailbreak, tethered jailbreak, semi-tethered jailbreak, and semi-untethered jailbreak. In this article, we will be discussing jailbreaking in general, so we won’t be going deep into these four types.

Is it Safe to Jailbreak Your iPhone?

Jailbreaking an iPhone is relatively safe and surprisingly legal (in some countries), although you might want to consider the fact that jailbreaking your phone will take you away from Apple’s safety walls. Security concerns may possibly arise. Also, you will invalidate your iPhone’s warranty plus it might cause your iPhone to function erratically, which might frequently drain your battery.

Of course, every time you update your iOS, it will break your jailbroken phone. Or you can always opt to un-jailbreak your iPhone if you so wish.

Jailbreaking Your iPhone

When you jailbreak an iPhone, it goes through a “chain of trust” that is a sequence of checks among software components, which is always executed in a certain order. The sequence begins with boot ROM. Then, it moves on to loading low-level bootloader software, also called LLB, which controls the general data storage and transfer between computers and digital devices. After that comes iBoot, then the operating system kernel. And finally, the operating system kernel loads the user application. As these sequences of checks are done, the iPhone is being checked for any unauthorized application or software.

So, basically, when you jailbreak your iPhone, you are altering or modifying the iBoot and operating system kernel in the process, making them unable to do the digital signature checks, which evaluate and identify the authorized from the unauthorized application or software.  Jailbreaking iPhones is a one million dollars plus industry which shows no trace of slowing down.  This is because jailbreaking extends the capability of your phone beyond the limitations that Apple has created for it.


Jim BevinJune 19, 2018
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At the present, I assume that everyone probably has a basic understanding of what a Bitcoin is and how it works, but do you know how an AI would describe Bitcoin and how it usually works? Let’s find out.

A Brief Definition of Bitcoin

For the benefit of those who don’t know, Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency to have been marketed on the Internet. It is also the first decentralized digital currency; it works without a central bank or single administrator.

In simpler words, Bitcoin is a form of electronic cash that is regulated and distributed with encryption methods, then stored on a ledger. It can generally be sent peer-to-peer without the need for a financial intermediary.  Computer networks are known as “miners” solve complex mathematical puzzles in order to verify bitcoin transactions to prevent fraud on the payment network.  In exchange for solving these puzzles, miners are awarded small bitcoin fees for profit.

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A Hilarious Bitcoin Explainer Created by an AI

On YouTube, a hilarious video is slowly gaining popularity on the Internet. The video was uploaded by Botnik Studios and was posted on May 22, 2018. It is 2 minutes and 35 seconds in length and is very entertaining. By the end of the video, surely you will be laughing your head off.

According to the video description, it is supposed to be a “basic stage training” on Bitcoin, but it resulted in almost complete nonsense. The YouTube video focuses on a voice over of the texts that are generated by an AI, which used a predictive keyboard technique that is trained on dozens of Bitcoin explainers.

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What Did it Actually Say?

Here’s the complete transcription of the entire YouTube video:

Narrator: By now, you’ve heard of Bitcoin, the most valuable form of electricity. But what is Bitcoin? As if replacing gold is the most important big deal in history. To understand how Bitcoin transactions are created, randomly pick a number between 1 and 30,000. Now, spend that amount of money on etherion – this is known as “hashing the code” to get some of that Bitcoin. Joe has become popular by typing so much that he is now worth around 500 million Bitcoin. If Alice wants to make huge numbers of money from Joe, Alice can use techniques from calculus to do things like identify 4,096 pizzas and then compute them into her desk drawer. Joe has become polluted; Joe must now leave the public for a full year and join his attorney Michael Marcovici for clarity. This represents 128 stocks of money. This money is converted to viruses living on Alice’s DNA. This virus allows the CIA Chief of Transactions into my brain. This is my brain coming online as I thought about Bitcoin mining, and I knew it was wrong. Despite the risk, one benefit of Bitcoin is that you can upload a version of your future self on the darknet, but it will kill your retirement account because it is over 1,000 years old and has a taste for expensive silver keyboards. To gain access to the blockchain, you can install exploit.bin, and it will remind you every day of your biggest nightmares. The most popular form of Bitcoin is The Wild Richard. It can be used to pay for counterfeit coffee and other forbidden merchandise; however, I guarantee you could make a quick fortune selling the private chat of a federal judge to my grandchildren. Caution: the safest way to protect your Bitcoin wallet is simply to lose it. Just remember the Bitcoin password “pubkeyhash at Bob’s”, and you will get a good deal. More caution: the last time I mined a fresh Bitcoin, billionaire killer, Mark February, tried to patent my life. This was a very basic stage training on Bitcoin. To learn more about how to hack the next big wave of money, I teach a master class on top of the shortest mountain in China. Thank you all for your email addresses. You may now unplug the Internet.

All jokes aside, this is just a funny test of what is commonly known as “Machine Learning.”  Machine Learning is heavily based on statistics and is actually very effective in the real world today.  For example, Google uses machine learning to keep spam out of your inbox every day.  The programming language known as Python is widely used to develop Machine Learning or AI projects.  Hopefully, one day in the future, when AI becomes a serious threat to human brain power, future AI won’t look back at a time when we laughed at its infantile cognitive days like this bitcoin explanation experiment.  In the future, let’s just hope that the joke won’t be on us humans.

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Jim BevinJune 7, 2018
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There are currently a lot of interesting start-up business ideas that are quite confusing. Of course, you will need to consider a start-up business idea that is not only profitable but also great in the long-term.  Trying out a new trend can prove to be risky, but it can also be highly rewarding if you’re successful with your business venture. Even so, it can sometimes get terrifying when you think about the money that you will be investing in this new venture. So, it is only reasonable that you take extreme caution and invest only in things that you think you are sure to give you some return on your investment.

What is a Start-Up Company?

A start-up company is an entrepreneurial venture that is typically a newly-emerged business that aims to answer a marketplace need by developing a feasible business model around a product, service, process, or a platform.

The biggest difference between a start-up and a small business is their top objectives. When compared with small businesses, start-ups are more focused on top-notch revenue and growth potential. Small businesses are driven by profitability and consistency, or more precisely, stable long-term gain.

Currently Existing Start-Up Companies

Now that you know what a start-up company is and what its objectives are, you will learn about some start-up companies currently in operation. First off is Pinterest, a web and mobile application company that operates a software system that is designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly using images – and on a shorter scale – GIFs and videos. Second on our list is Dropbox, a file-hosting service operated by American company Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Lastly, we have Airbnb, an American company that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, hostel beds, and hotel rooms.

Start-Up Business Ideas in 2018

And now, you will be shown different amazing start-up business ideas for you to try out in 2018. These ideas have been quite popular for a long time, which makes them more competitive but less risky. Fundamentally, these niche examples will help you make a lot of money.

1.Selfie Drones

The drone business is one of the highest potential business trends in the market today. There is actually a growing demand and interest for this business – from drones delivering parcels to farmers monitoring their crops to photographers and videographers looking to get the perfect aerial shot.

If you decide to start a venture on this particular business idea, you will want to choose the best market to target. A few good ideas to consider are selfie drones, toy drones, and drones with the camera for industrial use.

2.Smartwatches

One of the products that have a steady growing demand on the market are smartwatches, a wearable touchscreen computer in the form of a wristwatch. Smartwatches are very much a mainstream tech category today, with top wrist wearable companions from Samsung, Apple, Tag Heuer, and LG to name a few.

3.Dash Cams

Dash cams are one of those start-up business ideas that will continue to grow in fame since they are pretty much practical and also having a viral element to them. A lot of insurance companies accept dash cam videos in claims to be used in evidence nowadays. In a couple of years, the industry is anticipated to grow rapidly worldwide.

4.Wireless Earphones

With the advancement of technology – spurring the development of Bluetooth and WiFi – wireless earphones are a start-up business idea that is growing in popularity. However, we must not forget that there’s also a convenient component to them.

5.Power Bank

Power banks are mobile chargers that are charged in advance for later use. It’s a great product in that it is very convenient and practical. It is perfect when you’re traveling to remote locations with limited access to electrical outlets. Since the majority of consumers, today own a mobile device, accessories, such as power banks and earphones. are expected to rapidly grow in popularity. And so, this start-up business idea might be a gold mine for those who are looking for a chance to develop their own business.


Jim BevinNovember 24, 2017
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Year after year, the deals on one of the most anticipated days of the year – Black Friday, are becoming better as consumers become more tech-savvy.

I often collect the worst deals from paper fliers, so I decided to share my Black Friday experience with our fellow readers. So here are the deals that you must avoid at all cost or else the given money would be for nothing.

Big-screen HDTVs

Every year, you will be welcomed by amazing offers of HDTVs, but I highly recommend that you think a bit before buying.

These TVs all have HDMI ports and some of them even have Wi-Fi antennas, but the technology is getting old. They are thick, heavy and some of them won’t find your favorite sports channels.

You will get a way better item if you purchase a cutting-edge OLED TV that would look like a wallpaper to your wall and not like you’ve parked your car in the room.

Hoverboards

Two years ago, the whole world was shacking due to the hoverboard craze, that’s already dead. However, you can still find them on the market and, in fact, there are hundreds of random brands most of which won’t last through the holidays. Note that, these hoverboards must be used with protection as you can get hurt.

Check the deals for electric skateboards as you might find some pretty good deals that won’t include breaking your gift or yourself.

Camcorders

Why would you need a camcorder in the 21st century? I even thought that they don’t sell them anymore. Instead of buying a camcorder, we would recommend investing the money in a better smartphone as it would be from a far greater use than a device that can be used for a single purpose only.

Inexpensive Drones

Drones are flying robots and it’s perfectly normal for them to cost more. It’s a unique gift, but they can be quite expensive. However, the higher the price, the more durable it will be. Low-quality drones are hard to control and they tend to break in the first two days of exploiting them. So, if you have decided about buying one, then you will have to pay more if you’d like to enjoy it.

Cheap Windows PCs

We already reminded you that in this article, but it’s the 21st century, people! Avoid Windows computers that have mobile standard CPU’s. Celeron, Core i3 & 2GB of RAM must be the keywords to avoid at all costs.

Why would you need a device that’s worth a $100, but can’t perform any operations that would make it worth? Computers cost money if you want them to work smoothly.

DVD Player

Nowadays, I see little to no reasoning for buying a DVD/Blu-ray player at home. Most people who own these devices have already forgotten how to turn them on.

Instead, you can either subscribe online for a streaming service online or look out for a good set-top box to install. This would give you thousands of titles and hours of entertainment.

Wi-Fi Booster

If you own a house, then you must have the problem with the internet connectivity. You have internet on the second floor, but it can’t reach the kitchen or the backyard. It really is troublesome, but Wi-Fi boosters won’t do the trick as most of them don’t work well.

Instead, you can invest in a high-quality network system that would grow your network coverage considerably.



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