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Jim BevinAugust 24, 2018
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In a world where you can almost always see someone taking a selfie or posting a photo on Instagram, taking instant photos seems like a thing of the past. Today’s young generation is more predisposed to clinging to their smartphones and other gadgets. They don’t know the joy of clicking a Polaroid camera and seeing a photo come out seconds later.

There’s a genuine beauty in instant cameras. The way you have to manually fine-tune the settings of the camera in order to get the picture-perfect shot and the way a photo comes out shortly afterward is really fascinating.

What I’m going to share with you in this article is a list of the best instant cameras that you can take anywhere, even to the beach. Before that, let me share how the instant camera has continuously evolved into what it is today.

Brief History of the Instant Camera

The instant camera uses self-developing film, which creates a chemically developed photo shortly after clicking the camera. Polaroid Corporation was the one who pioneered and patented instant cameras. Soon after that, several different manufacturers followed suit.

In 1923, Samuel Shlafrock invented the earliest instant camera, which is made up of the camera and a portable wet darkroom in a single box, although it wasn’t until 1948 that the first commercial instant camera was offered in the market when American scientist Edwin Land created the model 95 Land Camera.

In 2009, Polaroid was purchased by PLR IP Holdings, LLC and was used to market Polaroid branded Fuji Instax instant cameras and several other digital cameras and portable printers.

The 3 Best Instant Cameras on my List

1.FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9

Being on the market for years, there is definitely a reason why the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is so well-liked. Aside from being one of the most affordable instant cameras in the market today, the Mini 9 is also very portable and intuitive to use. It also comes in different colors. So, you can choose something that perfectly fits your style.

If there is a downside to using the Mini 9, it’s that the photos come out as small. The Mini 9 also offers few features and is kind of hard to adjust to get the perfect shot.

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9

2.LOMOGRAPHY LOMO’INSTANT SQUARE

The Lomo’Instant is probably the instant camera with the most artistic design. The full body of the camera, with its leathery neck exposed, looks a lot like an old projector. To turn on the Lomo’Instant, you need to open the camera’s main flap and then it’s on.

The good thing about Lomo’Instant is that it guarantees very good quality photos with every click and offers numerous features. It also has an ability to swap between mini and square film.

There are two cons in using the Lomo’Instant, however: its pricey cost and the steep learning curve. Even with the manual, you will find that it is difficult to get the hang of using the camera’s features and functionalities.

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3.FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SQ6

Although the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 shares some similarities with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, it is clear that the SQ6 is the more premium offer.

The SQ6, with its square-shaped body, offers a total of seven settings. There’s the selfie mode, double exposure, toggles to control brightness, and even an automatic mode. It has a timer button for taking selfies. It also has a flash suppression button, which keeps the camera flash from firing automatically.

The SQ6 is a bit pricey; however, you can expect that it will provide you with great-looking photos and fond memories that are surely worth it.

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Conclusion

Overall, I think the best of the list is the Fujifilm Instax SQ6. Not only does it produce photos with great quality, but it is also simple and easy to use.


AdminAugust 16, 2018
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One could say that the key objective of any person in human resource is finding the right talent and placing him or her in the right position or role. Being tasked to do this with just a resume to go by proves to be quite difficult. After all, it is beyond any human’s capacity to be able to execute this task without any error.

Well, it seems that experts have found a way to incorporate artificial intelligence in the recruitment process. Read more to find out.

Importance of Hiring the Right Person for the Job

In every business, the employees are considered to be the most important and valuable asset because they are the lifeblood that which supports the whole operation of the business. Without the employees, the business could not be expected to continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

When the right person is hired for a position or role, the company moves in a positive direction and will most likely be successful in future endeavors. And so managers and owners alike need to be aware of the importance of an employee and how they can impact the business.

Now, if you were to hire the wrong candidate for the job, it could be damaging to the business, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. Hiring the wrong person can ultimately lead to stress and problems that could eventually hinder the development of the company. It actually goes beyond money. Time wasted in recruitment, training for replacements, and poor productivity are just some of the consequences that can impede a business.

In order for employees to really be involved and become committed to their jobs, it is vital that the right person is hired for the right job. In a typical recruitment scenario, however, hiring the wrong person for the job is inevitable. A candidate may seem like an excellent choice, having a great resume and acing the interviews, but he or she may still not be the best fit for the position or role. This is where Artificial Intelligence comes in to offer assistance.

Importance of Hiring the Right Person for the Job

One Major Challenge in Recruitment and How AI can Help

Human beings are without a doubt multifaceted, and so having to manage and deal with people always comes off as tricky. In turn, this makes people’s job in the human resource a tad difficult and loaded with challenges, including the selection and interview of applicants as well as job skills matching of suitable talents with the right position or role.

A resume may contain lots of data but if it does not contain any relevant data, then it will only make it difficult for human resource to do the proper assessment. And so companies continue to strain through heaps of resume. In fact, there are times when promising candidates get overlooked because of weak resume signals like the level of education among many others.

An artificial intelligence-equipped platform can help human resource in this regard. AI can be used inefficiently executing the screening process up until job skills matching. Moreover, AI can ultimately negate prejudices across levels of colleges and cities and provide a uniform platform for recruiters and candidates alike.

In a sense, artificial intelligence bridges gaps and changes in how recruiters function while also managing the entire recruitment structure. Most importantly, AI and predictive analytics can provide the necessary impartiality to the recruitment process.

One Major Challenge in Recruitment and How AI can Help

Benefits of using AI in Human Resource

To sum it all up, using AI in human resource amounts to better output and efficiency, excellent applicant experience, standardized quality of recruitment, and most importantly, savings in time and resources.

Benefits of using AI in Human Resource

With all that being said, it is imperative that companies see the benefits of using AI in empowering their human resource. In that way, they can address real business problems and develop an efficient recruitment system moving forward.


Jim BevinJuly 27, 2018
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Back when I graduated in college and started to be a working individual, one reality that I was always being kept reminded of is how there is so little time to do everything. I mean, who hasn’t ever wished that they could be more productive and be more efficient?

As for me, I almost always get pulled in so many different directions that I don’t know which way to go first. On top of that, there are so many distractions that eventually waste most of my precious time.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my years of working, it is “how being organized can help me become more productive and efficient at work”. In order to save precious time and become more productive, you only need to avoid distractions and keep yourself organized.

In this article, you will read about the importance of being organized and you will get acquainted with some of the best productivity tools that can help boost your productivity and can help reduce wasted time.

Best productivity tools

Importance of Being Organized

Now, some people may take this for granted, but being organized can bring lots of benefits not only to working individuals but to all people in general.

The first and most important benefit of being organized is gaining focus. When you’re focused, you can think about what you want to do and what you want to achieve. Having focus also lets you make good choices, both at work and in your personal life. Also, when you’re focused, you’re also able to do more and in lesser time. Not to mention that your stress levels will significantly be reduced since you’re free from clutter and chaos.

Another benefit is having a better work-life balance. Most of us may not realize this, but we can sometimes get so wrapped up in the jobs that we lose sight of the things that truly matter. Yes, having a job is important because it gets food on the table, but you also have to remember why you’re working so hard. Since being organized can help us be more efficient and focused, we no longer have to spend as much time at work and we can spend our precious time with our loved ones.

Lastly, being organized can bring more energy and enthusiasm in your life. Having to deal with disorganized tables and files can be physically and mentally draining. Being organized can provide the clarity that you need in order to feel more energetic in your day-to-day life.

Why You Should Use Productivity Tools

If you’re thinking along the lines of “I could always just use Excel to keep track of my work”, then I’ve got something to tell you: “You’re missing the big picture, buddy.”

Productivity tools can bring a lot of benefits to everyone, especially to those who are working. One notable benefit is, of course, improvements in productivity and efficiency. Certainly, you would want to see a considerable increase in the amount of work that you do. But productivity tools do more than that; it’s not always about output as there is definitely more to it than just that.

Not only do productivity tools improve the quantity of your work, but it also improves the quality as well. You can also reap some long-term benefits, like having the opportunity to correct past mistakes, for instance, from most online productivity tools.

Recommended Productivity Tools that You Can Use

  1. Trello

Trello is a collaboration tool that can help you organize all of your tasks or projects, turning it into visually appealing, user-friendly boards. Trello is considered to be a powerhouse in project management, and it also has plenty of integrations with other applications that can help to automate some of your work. Another good thing about Trello is that you can use it for free.

Trello is a collaboration tool

  1. Be Focused

Be Focused is one of the Pomodoro applications for macOS. Be Focused has a neat and minimalist theme for its user interface, and it provides an easy access to your timers while also providing enough additional features without creating disorder. You will be happy to know that you can use Be Focused free of cost.

Be Focused is one of the Pomodoro applications for macOS

  1. Zapier

Zapier is a web-based service that lets its users integrate the web applications that they use and automate tasks relating to those applications. Of course, not every task can be automated by using Zapier, but it will surely complete a huge part of your boring and repetitive tasks. Not only that, it will be much easier to monitor and organize your tasks if a large part of it can be handled automatically by a tool. You can absolutely use Zapier for free, but you can also opt to use its premium version for just $20 per month.

Zapier is a web-based service

When all is said and done, what really matters is how you value productivity within yourself or an organization. It is not necessarily about the tools that you use but how you use it. If you only see the quantifiable side of being productive, then you may be missing the true benefits of your software and tools.


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.

Upwork

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.

Toptal

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.

Guru

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 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.



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