App Ed Review https://appedreview.com Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:25:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 Kid-Friendly Apps for Your Little Ones https://appedreview.com/blog/kid-friendly-apps-for-your-little-ones/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:25:15 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36258 Everybody knows that the internet, all of its benefits notwithstanding, is full of some pretty R rated stuff. That fact alone has made a lot of parents worry about letting their children have a smartphone or tablet and giving them access to the entirety of the internet. However, children are also absolutely obsessed with these ...

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Everybody knows that the internet, all of its benefits notwithstanding, is full of some pretty R rated stuff. That fact alone has made a lot of parents worry about letting their children have a smartphone or tablet and giving them access to the entirety of the internet. However, children are also absolutely obsessed with these devices and it might just be a matter of time before they’re at an age where it is acceptable for them to have a device to putter around on, or maybe the incessant asking for one has finally gotten to you, no judgement here.

Fortunately, the adult parts of the digital world can be effectively roped off if you install the right apps on that device before you give control of it to your young one. This way, you won’t have to worry about what your child is accessing online and whether or not it’s appropriate. There’s a lot out there that children just simply aren’t equipped to process yet with their developing brains, so it’s essential that these apps be employed.

Which apps might I be talking about, exactly? I’ll fill you in:

YouTube Kids

Watching videos is a great pass time on any device. The sheer amount of videos out there that can help your child learn, laugh, and spend their time in an engaging yet development healthy manner is staggering. YouTube Kids is a perfect platform to allow them access to these videos that are appropriate for children without any unsavory ones sneaking in. Not only that, YouTube Kids is specifically designed to be easy for children to use, with big buttons that are easy to find & press so your child won’t be overwhelmed by the experience.

Netsanity

This next app is one that you should consider to be a giant protective sphere around the entire device that will allow you to set whatever parental controls you desire. Netsanity will allow you to block access to certain applications as well as other useful features like help you limit screen time. If you so choose, you can have it so that texts and calls from the outside world are completely blocked and with Netsanity installed, you’ll also be able to locate the device in moments should your child misplace it. As an all-around parental control app, Netsanity fits the bill perfectly.

BrainPop

An educational yet engaging experience, BrainPop delivers educational content right to your child’s device to help them develop skills that help them later in life, as well as foster an interest in things like math and science. Whether it is learning about the atmosphere on Mars or simple tricks to make math problems just a little easier to understand, BrainPop is an excellent way for your child to make use of their screen time in a constructive manner.

Despite the apprehension held by a lot of parents, a device with the right apps on it is actually an amazing experience for your child to develop and grow. The sheer amount of knowledge contained on the internet is perfect for the curious mind and your child might end up developing a lifelong passion thanks to the internet exposing it to them. Just make sure to only have the right apps, lest they be exposed to much less savory content.

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Personalised Tutoring Apps: The Benefits Of Using Them https://appedreview.com/blog/personalised-tutoring-apps-the-benefits-of-using-them/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:06:20 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36251 Technology has brought about many advances into the quality of lives of people. One significant field that technology continues to impact positively is education. Learning is no longer a mere four-wall experience thanks to various online classes and personalised tutoring apps today. If you consider switching from the traditional tutoring setup to using tutoring apps ...

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Technology has brought about many advances into the quality of lives of people. One significant field that technology continues to impact positively is education. Learning is no longer a mere four-wall experience thanks to various online classes and personalised tutoring apps today. If you consider switching from the traditional tutoring setup to using tutoring apps for your kid, you’ll need to know what a tutoring app is and the benefits you’ll get from them.

What is a tutoring app?

A tutoring application is a downloadable virtual learning platform that you can save on your device. When thecombined power of technology and the internet gave birth to the concept of electronic learning or e-learning, it paved the way to the creation of various personalised tutoring websites, such as Cluey Learning, for instance. Soon, with all the gadgets and devices coming out, and as people grew more dependent on them, the creation of mobile tutoring applications has become the next, most logical step in learning.

 

Benefits that Tutoring Apps Can Offer

Ditching the traditional tutoring approach that your child has gotten used to may have its challenges, but when you consider the benefits of using tutoring apps instead, you’ll find that it can truly be rewarding. Here are some of the benefits that tutoring apps have to offer:

  1. Portability – Since tutoring apps can be saved on your mobile device, you can bring it anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re inside the car, at home, or a hotel during a vacation, learning is just a button away.
  2. Convenience – A traditional tutorial setup will always require in-person meetups to conduct sessions. This means that you’ll have to clear up parts of your calendar to accompany your child to the learning center. You’ll also have to deal with books and other learning materials. With tutoring apps, all sessions are done virtually, so your kid can learn while you’re just at home, and all tools and learning materials are easily accessible through the app.
  3. Customized – Classes are done in a one-on-one setup. This means that lessons and courses are tailor-made to your child’s needs. You’ll provide necessary information regarding the learning needs of your child, and the tutoring app will take this into consideration when offering specific subjects and approaches to learning.
  4. Expert Tutors – Tutorial centers don’t always have certified tutors who specialize in a particular subject. Tutoring apps are different. Since personalization is highlighted, they make sure that qualified tutors who are experts in their field of study are there to provide students with in-depth learning.
  5. Less Costly – When downloading a tutoring app, you’ll be required to pay for the app and some in-app purchases, especially learning materials or other tools necessary for the lessons. But you can still save a lot from these expenditures compared to when you’re paying for the maintenance fee, service fee, and other charges for a learning facility. You also have to drive to these on-site tutorial centers, which means that more than the money spent on fuel, you also have to spend time on the road.
  6. Interactive Visuals – Tutoring apps provide electronic reading and other learning materials.They could add features that allow virtual interaction. For instance, online tutors and students can view and manipulate the shapes and images in real-time.
  7. Gamification – Tutoring apps combine fun and earning with its gamification approach. This is especially appealing to young students. They can earn points by passing exams, participating in activities and discussion, and submitting assignments on time. This helps increase engagement, and it motivates the student to do more. This gamification system also works for older students, especially when rewards are offered corresponding to the points earned.
  8. Auto-Feedback – With a tutoring app’s built-in computation and analysis capability, calculating grades is much easier. Hence, performance feedbacks are generated faster. The app will filter through the data and help identify which specific aspects require more attention and also offer ways to develop them.
  9. Paperless – Since tutoring apps provide the books and learning materials virtually in electronic file format, there will be little to no papers used on the process. This means you are contributing to the preservation of the environment. You’ll have no paper wastes, and more trees are spared.

The rise of mobility and connectivity has found its way into the educational system and made many changes that were not possible in the past. Tutoring applications are examples of this techno-educational revolution. However, a parent’s role in helping a child cope with his or her studies remains an integral part of the child’s learning and development. These apps can be useful to supplement learning, but they can never entirely replace the learning and social interaction a student gets to experience at school.

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5 Best Apps To Scan; Manage Your Receipts https://appedreview.com/blog/5-best-apps-to-scan-manage-your-receipts/ Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:14:39 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36242 Holding physical receipts whether it is for business expense management, tax purposes, or personal budget interest can be costly and tiresome to your business. But with the current technology, there are advancements made for financial apps and image recognition designed to assist you in keeping tracks of your receipts by use of either your smartphone ...

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Holding physical receipts whether it is for business expense management, tax purposes, or personal budget interest can be costly and tiresome to your business. But with the current technology, there are advancements made for financial apps and image recognition designed to assist you in keeping tracks of your receipts by use of either your smartphone or desktop. That is why in the article below, we focus on some of the top note keeping apps that can both scan and manage your script with tracking capabilities. It includes;

Zoho Expense

These are one of the Zoho’s suites of software and expense-tracking apps with inbuilt text recognition and receipt management. These features make it essential for receipt management and allow you to track your expenses like mileage. Also, the software has a free plan that gives you 100 free scans in a month; it implies it has a large allowance compared to the other limiting OCR scans receipts apps. Moreover, its scanning capabilities are fast and accurate that generates information from a receipt in a minute or less and available for Android and iOS systems.

Expensify

Being one of the most popular apps to scan and manage receipts, it allows you to capture receipts, generate mileage reports, and import credit card. Its popularity was brought about due to its expense submission features and financial statement simplified by entering recipients email address while submitting reports. More so, the software has a free plan of 5 scans per month, but for unlimited scans and extra features, it allows you to upgrade to a paid plan in the app. The app is available for Android and iOS operating system for perfect functionality.

Evernote

It’s well known for being a general note taking app but a useful receipt storage app as it is capable of recognising images with texts. It is essential to those who need to keep their receipts recorded but not generate expense reports. It allows you to scan your image gallery with text and also take receipts images to store. Its features make it a physical receipt scanner as it digitalises the physical documents that you capture through your camera. It also notifies you while taking the photo of a receipt or document and asks you for permission to store it. It implies that it is an efficient scanner and receipt manager as it is the best when it comes to receipt sorting by use of labels. Hence, it’s free software for both Android and iOS with more organisational features.

Receipts by waves for business

As the title suggests, it is a business tracking tool for tracking and scanning receipts. The app allows you to search for receipts in your phone gallery thus making it an outstanding feature. Its scanning capabilities are beneficial that you do not need to spend lots of time editing your receipt information. If you are looking for free software with an unlimited number of scans each month, then receipts by waves are good to go. If you wish to manage the receipts after submission, then you must log in to the wave website for it to function. The business expense tracking tool is fit for both Android and iOS operating systems.

Google lens/photos

You can use the Google integration of Google photos app or a Google assistant to manage your receipts by the use of Google lenses. It allows you to discover any information about any picture currently integrated to Google photos for all android users. If you are using the assistant, use the command ‘show me my scripts’ to generate the list of your receipts. For Google photos, type receipts in the search bar and the images will bring out any pictures of receipts. Although the apps cannot generate reports, they can help you manage your receipts photos which makes it more convenient as they are a pre-installed app for all Android devices. It implies that you do not have to download more apps for them to function.

The apps also allow you to scan the photos thus can scan the receipts. It’s scanning capability is made possible by the availability of downloadable Google lens, photos and assistant which are free for Android and iOS operating systems. Each one of them is also downloadable in the pdf format to avoid incurring more charges for there services

From the descriptions above, although all of the five apps can scan and manage your receipts, some tend to work faster than the other. But, the apps are essential for your daily life and business all you need to know is how suitable are the apps for the services you want.

 

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Why Screen Recording is Gaining Popularity https://appedreview.com/blog/why-screen-recording-is-gaining-popularity/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 17:03:58 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36230 Over the last year or so it seems as though the popularity of screen recording has surged. That may come as a surprise, especially seeing as screen recording is not new and has in fact been around for well over a decade. The increase in the popularity of screen recording may be based on several ...

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Over the last year or so it seems as though the popularity of screen recording has surged. That may come as a surprise, especially seeing as screen recording is not new and has in fact been around for well over a decade.

The increase in the popularity of screen recording may be based on several factors however, that just so happen to coincide.

Built-in Screen Capture Tools

Up until fairly recently there were very few built-in screen capture tools. That meant that to use screen recording you would first have to find a software, install it, and then learn how to use it.

That has changed, and nowadays more and more platforms have built-in screen capture tools of their own that enable screen recording. In the span of just over a year Apple has added a screen recording feature to iOS 11 and macOS Mojave, and Microsoft has a screen recording tool (of sorts) in Windows 10.

The same applies to other platforms, especially consoles – most of which have screen recording capabilities built-in. Overall this had made accessing screen recording more convenient than ever and contributed to its popularity.

User-Friendly Software

Another factor to consider is the simple fact that the current generation of screen recording software is far more user-friendly than previous generations.

Improvements to the user interface, controls, and features of screen recorders have made them far more accessible to average users. Some screen recording software are so user-friendly that their learning curve is practically non-existent, for example Movavi Screen Recorder Studio.

In short it is no longer as daunting to use screen recorders, and you won’t need any technical knowledge or experience with video capture. To be honest in some regards nowadays it is easier to use screen recording than it is to record conventional videos.

More Content to Record

Alongside the greater access and increased user-friendliness of screen recording there is the fact that people have become more aware of its potential to record various types of content.

Nowadays screen recording is being used more often than not as a tool to save content ranging from online streaming videos to livestreams, video calls, or ephemeral content. The fact that live videos and ephemeral content on social media are so popular has added to the appeal of being able to save such content using screen recording.

Unfortunately this is part of the problem with the current popularity of screen recording, as it has given rise to privacy and copyright concerns. Although app developers have taken steps to address it, the fact of the matter is that there is no real way to completely stop a screen recorder from capturing videos.

Final Words

In the next few years it is likely that screen recording will continue to grow in popularity, and may even start to be as ubiquitously used as screenshots are. Although its main surge in popularity is due to its role to save content however, it still remains a popular tool to create content involving any digital product.

While additional measures may be taken to stem privacy and copyright issues, overall it isn’t likely to impact the popularity of screen recording. If anything as more and more platforms add built-in screen recorders that are user-friendly – it is likely such issues will become more prevalent.

All said and done all of the factors described above are likely to have contributed to the current popularity of screen recording, and will probably continue to do so. It may be a surprise – but it is high time screen recording came into its own as it finally seems to have done.

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How to Become an Electronic Design Engineer in 2019 https://appedreview.com/blog/how-to-become-an-electronic-design-engineer-in-2019/ Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:24:14 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36227 The demand for engineers at all levels is booming at the moment and electronic design is no different. As an electronic design engineer, you’ll be asked to work in a wide variety of sectors. Your job as an electronics designer will consist of developing, testing, and designing components, systems, equipment or devices that are using ...

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The demand for engineers at all levels is booming at the moment and electronic design is no different. As an electronic design engineer, you’ll be asked to work in a wide variety of sectors. Your job as an electronics designer will consist of developing, testing, and designing components, systems, equipment or devices that are using electricity as their main source of power. You’ll also be working at every step of the design and development process, all the way up to manufacturing. Let’s take a look at some of the qualifications needed to become an electronic design engineer in 2019.

What Qualifications are Needed?

The average electronics engineer will have a degree in electronic or electrical engineering. Other relevant entry subjects include communications engineering, aeronautical engineering, mathematics, applied physics, computer science engineering and software engineering, just to name a few. If you want to become a chartered or incorporated engineer, it would also be wise that your degree is accredited by a recognised professional body, like the IET for instance.

People with an HND, or any relevant NVQ Level three qualification, could apply for an engineering technician position. You can also do so if you complete an apprenticeship. However, this also means that you’ll be working at a lower position, and you’ll need to acquire further qualifications to work as an engineer. You can also start getting more experience by picking up a circuit designer software and start learning the basics of circuit engineering on your own. But make sure that you pick one that is user-friendly with a unified design environment that will make using the different tools easier and a large CAD library to choose from.

The Skills Needed to Become an Electronics Design Engineer

If you want to become a successful electronics design engineer, you have to make sure that you have the proper set of skills as well. First of all, you’ll need to have strong problem solving and analytical skills if you want to be able to quickly identify potential problems with circuits and how to fix them. Electronic design engineers should also have some level of manual skill, be innovative, creative and have a certain attention to detail. They’ll also need to have some leadership skills, be able to work in multidisciplinary teams in conjunction with other engineers and professionals, and have organisational and project management skills.

Work Experience

While work experience isn’t essential, having some relevant work experience could also help you land a position as an electronic design engineer. For example, experience in a relevant placement could give you some much-needed hands-on experience and will definitely be a plus. You could also decide to go for a sandwich placement as you study for becoming a chartered engineer.

Conclusion

Electronic design engineering is a very promising field with tons of possibilities. If you feel like this could be the career path for you, make sure that you learn more about the profession and everything it has to offer.

~ By Emily Roberts

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Online Education: Destroying Traditional Barriers with Video Conferencing https://appedreview.com/blog/online-education-destroying-traditional-barriers-with-video-conferencing/ Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:53:14 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36222 The area of global education has benefited a lot and in various ways from the rise of communication technology. Breakthroughs in broadband connectivity, as well as in mobile internet solutions not only affect consumers – these breakthroughs make tasks in the education sector that much easier as well. You only need to look at the ...

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The area of global education has benefited a lot and in various ways from the rise of communication technology. Breakthroughs in broadband connectivity, as well as in mobile internet solutions not only affect consumers – these breakthroughs make tasks in the education sector that much easier as well. You only need to look at the rise of online education to see that technology has made information and education available to more people in our times.

“Technology is now making online education a better option for more people.”

Online education is built on – among other foundations – video conferencing technology, which allows educators to bridge distance and time gaps, and conquer traditional barriers and challenges in the realm of education.

Online education – particularly modes that use video conferencing – are able to make classes available to people who normally would not be able to have access to classes because of time or distance issues.

Distance education based on email communications have helped open this sector up, but it is video calling – even with consumer apps like Skype, WhatsApp, and Apple’s FaceTime – that add the elements of visualization, personal engagement, and contextualization to classes.

Reaching Students at Lower Cost

Traditional educational methods require teachers to go where the students are, and teach them on a regular basis. Education based on traditional methods require infrastructure to be effective, and of course, infrastructure demands money.

“Traditional education is better is some respects, but it always requires costly infrastructure.”

With online education, and especially with video conferencing, you almost never need the infrastructure that traditional educational methods demand and require. Of course, you will need to spend for a good internet connection – but the ubiquity of network technology, computers, and mobile devices, has made this cost almost negligible.

Education has also received a bump in quality when – through video conferencing – schools and educational institutions can now bring quality expert teachers to places where their expertise would not have been possible to avail. Bringing an expert would usually entail cost, but through video conferencing technology, that cost is immediately mitigated.

Overcoming the Barriers of Time and Distance

With online education based on video conferencing, the traditional barriers of time and distance are effectively eliminated by technology. Classes are held at the time when both teacher and student/s are available and convenient. And a robust broadband internet connection conquers distance in most cases.

This makes online education a great choice for adults who need to work and study at the same time. While work schedules typically require the daytime, nighttime classes in the convenience of their homes are now naturally possible with video conferencing.

“Video conferencing has radically changed education in this age.”

One of the big beneficiaries of online education are the countries where English is not the native language. In these areas, getting a traditional English education – through a school or a personal tutor – will cost a lot. Companies and institutions now offer English classes at hugely affordable rates via online learning.

Students in these language classes don’t have to travel or spend too much to get quality language education, as video conferencing is making things easier for these learners.

Technological Limitations of Online Learning

The first requirement of online learning is, of course, that both the teacher and the student/s can get on the internet. This requires robust internet connectivity that sometimes is not available in certain areas.

But the reach of the internet is widening at breakneck speed, and it should only be a matter of time for this to reach areas without a proper internet connection. The unstoppable progress of technology also means that the cost of getting good internet is always trending down.

Going into the nitty gritty, educators and prospective students need to agree on what medium and app they are going to use for establishing contact. Again, these small details and issues are mitigated by the fact that most devices and apps are cross-platform in nature, and it will just be a matter of choosing one that is available to both.

Of course, proprietary platform apps like Apple’s FaceTime have situational issues in this regard – as you can’t use FaceTime on Android (source: JoyofAndroid), obviously. But if both teacher and student use Mac or iOS devices, then it shouldn’t even be a problem.

Video Conferencing for Online Education is Here to Stay

Video conferencing has had a huge impact on online education – and even just the state of global education in general – that one can’t really imagine going without this technology. Schools and universities – some begrudgingly – are beginning to open up to the idea of distance education. They can’t avoid it – this is the reality brought about by technology.

And online education is only ever going to get better, as technology pushes forward more and more. Education is one of the sectors which will generally benefit from breakthroughs in communication and information technology, and may it ever be so. The world is certainly a better place for it than without it.

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A Developer’s Guide in Producing an Effective Tutorial Video https://appedreview.com/blog/a-developers-guide-in-producing-an-effective-tutorial-video/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:54:11 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36216 Have you always wanted to make a tutorial video but were too worried you wouldn’t pull it off? Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m a developer, not a video producer!”? If so, we have a question for you: why not be both? Everyone starts somewhere. You might not become an expert video editor overnight, ...

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Have you always wanted to make a tutorial video but were too worried you wouldn’t pull it off? Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m a developer, not a video producer!”? If so, we have a question for you: why not be both?

Everyone starts somewhere. You might not become an expert video editor overnight, but you will improve with time. Besides, no one watches tutorial videos because they want Hollywood-level narration and editing. They watch because they want to learn.

And you have something to teach them. So, buckle up. This is a tutorial on making tutorial videos.

What you’ll need:

  • Video editor of choice. Any video editor you’re familiar with will do. Video tutorials don’t need fancy graphics and effects, just good content.
  • Recording device. Your phone’s or your headset’s built-in microphone will do the job, but you can always invest in a high-end microphone if you want.
  • Screen recording software. You’ll be demonstrating a lot of coding in your video, which means your viewers need to see how you do it. TechRadar lists OBS Studio, FlashBack Express, and Apowersoft as the top three best free screen recording software.
  • A good topic. A good topic is clear and specific. Tutorial videos answer specific questions like “How do I code a website from scratch?” or “What’s the difference between Python and Ruby on Rails?”

Step 1: Know your audience

Are you talking to beginners with zero knowledge of coding? Do you want to make tutorials for developers with years of experience using Java?

Of course, each video you make could have different audiences. You don’t have to dedicate your whole channel for beginning developers if you don’t want to.

However, it is important to have one specific audience for each video. Imagine if a beginner tried watching a video on C++ meant for a general audience. They wouldn’t be able to understand what you’re talking about because they’re unfamiliar with the subject.

Step 2: Prepare a rough outline

You can start winging your narration once you’ve gotten the hang of it. For now, start by writing a rough outline containing all the topics you’d like to touch on during the tutorial.

Your outline will serve as your guide about what to talk about and when. Don’t write a script—it’ll come off as unnatural. Just explain as if you were explaining to a friend.

Here are a few tips when writing your outline:

  • Keep your introductions short. People watch tutorial videos because they want to learn. If you spend too much time talking about yourself or your channel, they could lose interest and switch to a different video.
  • Don’t hard sell. If you’re promoting a website, product, or service, don’t make it too obvious. Try to introduce what you’re promoting subtly. Emphasize why you would personally use that website, product, or service—instead of bluntly asking your viewers to buy the offer. Better yet: have a discount code to give away. For example, you could partner with The Serp Company and offer discounts on consultation services. People are more likely to avail services if they can save money on their purchase.
  • Ask clients’ permission before you use commissioned code. If you’re demonstrating something that involves work for a client, make sure you’re not violating any agreements. If you made a web design for ONE400 websites, for instance, make sure they don’t mind you showing the world how you accomplished that project.
  • Give them a reason to go back to your channel. At the end of your video, make sure to engage your viewers. Ask them how they would do things differently, have them send requests for tutorials, or host giveaways.

Step 3: Record

Now’s the time to record your narration and your demonstration!

Keep in mind these reminders:

  • Record audio in a quiet, distraction-free place. It’s tiring to have to redo your recording all the time. Find a place where you can focus and record in peace.
  • Clean your desktop. Make sure your computer’s background is appropriate for public viewing. Similarly, make sure your browser’s bookmarks and open tabs are also clean.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s a recording, not a live stream. If you’re not happy with something, simply hit pause, take a deep breath, and get the recording devices rolling again. Don’t pressure yourself into getting it perfect the first time.

Step 4: Edit and publish

Using your video editing software, sync your audio and video files. Cut out unnecessary clips—a short but informative tutorial beats a long one that beats around the bush.

After rendering your video, try showing it to a friend. Get feedback and edit accordingly. The first draft is never perfect. Maybe you forgot to mention something important, or maybe you’re better off cutting some parts of the explanation. Don’t be afraid to have your work critiqued as long as it’s constructive.

With this guide, you’ll be confident to make tutorial videos in no time. Remember that you’re doing this to help people—the subscribers you’ll get will just be a great bonus!

 

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How to Write an eCommerce Business Plan For Online Store Success? https://appedreview.com/blog/how-to-write-an-ecommerce-business-plan-for-online-store-success/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:18:02 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36213 You will never make your eCommerce business successful without having a clear plan. There are four reasons why everyone needs to write a business plan: to estimate resources, evaluate opportunities, get new knowledge, and build a roadmap. If you have dozens of ideas on how to make your business profitable, don’t keep them in your ...

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You will never make your eCommerce business successful without having a clear plan. There are four reasons why everyone needs to write a business plan: to estimate resources, evaluate opportunities, get new knowledge, and build a roadmap.

If you have dozens of ideas on how to make your business profitable, don’t keep them in your head – put them down on paper. Check the following tips on how to write an outstanding business plan for an online store from scratch.

Structure is important

First of all, you should understand that a business plan is a formal document and it has a very clear structure. It should contain the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Company description
  • Product description
  • Market analysis
  • Marketing strategy
  • Financial plan

Every part of the business plan is equally important. If your document will not contain at least one of these elements, it will be useless. So, let’s discuss what you should write about in every section.

Executive summary

An executive summary is a short overview of your business plan. This is a section, which you should write the last. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t exceed two pages.

This section should contain a mission statement, which explains the purpose of your eCommerce business and its impact on the world. Also, you should describe your objectives: the most ambitious goals, which you want to achieve in 5 years.

Company description

Here you should briefly present basic information about your online store. Try to cover the following topics:

  • Ownership. List the names of the owners and founders of eCommerce business.
  • Succinctly explain where and in which way your online store will operate.
  • Need. Expound which need of your target audience your product will satisfy.
  • Business model. First of all, you should mention whether your company is B2B or B2C. Secondly, you should write what kind of goods you sell (tangible or intangible). Thirdly, you should explain whether your company is a products’ manufacturer, official distributor, dropshipper, etc.

Product description

Now you need to write about your product and explain which features make it special:

  • Manufacturing process. Explain where and how your products are manufactured and what kinds of materials are used in production.
  • Describe how your product and its packaging look like. Does its design differ from other items available in the market?
  • Pricing. You should make it clear whether you offer low-cost or luxury items.

Market analysis

This is one of the most important sections of your business plan. You should write about the current situation in your niche and how it influences your eCommerce business.

  • Target audience. Describe your ideal buyer. Specify his age, gender, social status, level of income, preferences, online shopping habits and behavior.
  • Industry. Define the market size as well as a stage of the industry life cycle. Write about the current trends and opportunities for growth.
  • Competitors. Identify your major competitors and point out their major strengths and weaknesses. You should analyze rivals’ marketing strategies and pay attention to their approaches to SEO, social media, paid ads, etc.

Marketing strategy

If you want to make your online store profitable, you should build an outstanding marketing strategy using different instruments.

  • Content strategy and SEO. What kind of content will you post on your website: blog posts, videos, podcasts, infographics, photos? Will you hire an in-house content creator or will utilize the best copywriting services?
  • Social media. Which of the popular social networks are the most important for your business? You should build a plan on how to boost engagement and reach on different platforms.
  • PR. Will you cooperate with the digital influencers? Will you promote your online store via niche blogs? Make a list of bloggers in your niche, which can help you to grab the attention of your target audience.

Financial plan

In this section, you should draw a real picture of how your online store will operate. It’s time to calculate your monthly operational costs and projected profit.

  • Will you work from home or rent an office in a business center? Will you utilize warehouse services to store your products? Answer these questions and estimate how much it will cost you.
  • Labor cost. How many people will you hire to run your online store? You should describe your dream team and set the payment rate. Don’t forget to mention how many hours your employees will work per week.
  • Website maintenance. Calculate web hosting fees and other related monthly payments.
  • Marketing expenses. You should set your marketing budget and decide how much you will spend on SEO, link building, the paid ad, influencer campaign, etc.
  • Projected profit. This part of the business plan is a cherry on the cake. You should calculate an amount of the fixed and variable expenses as well as potential revenue for 5 years. Now you can find out how much profit your eCommerce business will bring you.

In Conclusion

While writing an eCommerce business plan, you will analyze your strategy in more details. You will be able to define all the threats and opportunities, which your industry hides.

As a result, you will come up with fresh ideas on how to improve your strategy and achieve success. There is no room for a doubt that business plan development is worth your time and efforts.

Authored by Daniela McVicker

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The Effects of Technological Changes on Education https://appedreview.com/blog/the-effects-of-technological-changes-on-education/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:59:53 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36205 Imagine going back in time, before the onset of the internet, and having to write a seminar paper for one of your university courses. Sounds easy? Well, think again. Nowadays, we take most of our technology for granted, but back in the day, you’d have to go through the whole tedious process of searching the ...

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Imagine going back in time, before the onset of the internet, and having to write a seminar paper for one of your university courses. Sounds easy? Well, think again. Nowadays, we take most of our technology for granted, but back in the day, you’d have to go through the whole tedious process of searching the university libraries manually, writing stuff down on a piece of paper, and then typing it all over again. There were no digital libraries you could access online from the comforts of your home, there were no copy and paste features you could exploit, and there was no Microsoft Word to tell you how to spell the word ‘conscientiously’. Now, going back to the future, how exactly has technology changed our system of education thus far?

Knowledge became more accessible

Well, first of all, education has become a lot more accessible than it was just a few decadesago, thanks to the rapid growth of the internet. Today, students are no longer geographically bound to their universities and can access a plethora of online libraries and sources remotely. What’s more, there’s an increasing number of online teaching platforms such as Khan Academy, MOOCs, and even some legit universities have online degree programs.  Podcasts, webinars, and video conference calls are yet another thing which makes remote learning not just viable but a lot more fun. According to Statista, by 2022, the global e-learning market is projected to surpass a worth of 243 billion U.S. dollars, which means e-learning is here to stay.

 

Instant communication

 

Nowadays, communication is not just faster, it’s instant. As a result, students from all around the world can stay in contact with their tutors and colleagues even after school, through the use of e-mails and live messengers. This means that the days when you had to camp in front of your mentor’s office during office hours are a thing of the past. Some universities are even opting for the use of sophisticated chat-bots to aid students in the admissions process. However, while fully-fledged virtual peers are still out of the equation, group projects with real people have never been simpler. With the ability to rapidly share and download data from the cloud, multiple people can now work on the same project simultaneously.

Boosting efficiency and performance

The main deal with technology is that it allows us to focus on the more important aspects of learning, while it deals with the more repetitive elements of the process. For example, note-taking is such an arduous task in itself. You have to scribble down notes really fast and actually pay attention to what your mentor is saying at the same time. For this reason, some people prefer to record their lectures. However, manually transcribing them afterwards takes forever, as you’re constantly playing back that part you couldn’t really make out the first time, easily prolonging a one-hour lesson to two. Instead, what you should be doing is uploading that same recording to some fast online academic transcription services and letting the machines do all the hard work for you while you watch TV and hang out with your friends. For as the saying goes: work smarter, not harder.

Arrival of digital content

In the past, you had to sacrifice a huge chunk of your locker, and your bag, to carry the crazy amount of books you needed for every subject. Today, you just place them on your flash drive and stick them in your pocket. The digitalization of textbooks has made life so much easier, but e-books are only the beginning. In modern-day classrooms, various types of digital content are used to aid in the teaching process. This includes educational videos, interactive games, digital textbooks, and so on. Also, a good thing about digital content is that it’s extremely flexible and made readily available, meaning that tutors don’t have to rely solely on the same-old textbooks and strict schedules but can resort to improvisation to spark their pupils’ curiosity.

Artificial intelligence

With the advent of AI, we are slowly able to measure the individual progress of each student and find specific areas in which they require further assistance. In the near future, this AI and teacher collaboration will change the dynamic of the classroom, as the environment shifts more towards the virtual. For example, Carnegie Learning has created the Mika software which already provides personalized tutoring and real-time feedback for college freshman, while Netex Learning allows teachers to design their curriculums across different digital platforms and devices by customizing student material and so on. Despite this though, artificial intelligence is still in its infant stages. It might take a while before we see robots running around schools lecturing children.

To sum up, the modern classroom has already felt the effect of the internet, of cloud-based technologies, instant messaging, digital content, and AI experimentation. Now it’s up to the classroom of tomorrow to show what new and interesting inventions we’re going to utilize next.

~ Authored by Elaine Bennett

 

 

 

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Parking Software Solutions: What Is This Technology About? https://appedreview.com/blog/parking-software-solutions-what-is-this-technology-about/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:25:17 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36200 Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on the road has tremendously increased and is still on the rise. In fact, most American households own 2 or more cars because every member of the family needs a car to get around independently. Moreover, people seem to be getting increasingly impatient along with the advancement ...

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Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on the road has tremendously increased and is still on the rise. In fact, most American households own 2 or more cars because every member of the family needs a car to get around independently.

Moreover, people seem to be getting increasingly impatient along with the advancement oftechnology. Time is getting more and more important, and no one wants to waste a huge amount of time (and gas) just looking for a parking space to park their car. That’s why parking software solutions are now becoming a necessity in every establishment or event venue.

With parking software solutions, people can just take their car to the parking facility, get out of the car, and walk away. In about a minute, the car will be parked without having to drive it to the parking lot. How’s that for convenience?

What is this technology about?

If this is your first time to hear about parking software solutions, then the following can shed light.

1. It’s an easy way of maximizing parking spaces

Big buildings have the capacity to hold hundreds of people at the same time, and sometimes their parking space may not be enough to accommodate all their customer’s cars. This is one of the biggest problems in parking management. If your business’ parking space is not adequate, it is time to seek help from a parking software solutions company. They can create the best-fit parking design for your building so that all your employees’ and visitors’ cars are safely parked.

The solution is usually to go vertical. Vertical parking is just one of the many designs that can be developed by parking software solutions providers. If there’s no space on the ground, go up! This is usually done in open areas and can hold up to sixty vehicles in a space where a single level can only hold three. Cars are parked on top of another — they either rotate or are lifted up and down. Big buildings or larger facilities that have high-volume parking needs can also benefit from this since they have more vehicles to accommodate. Vertical parking can also be done inside a paid parking facility. Parking consultants provide the best recommendations on which design will work for any infrastructure. They will take care of the engineering, architecture, and technology involved in the design.

2. It offers parking payment solutions

Along with designing the best parking lot, a parking software solutions company can also take care of the payment system for paid parking services. Having a cashier at the entrance of a parking lot should be a thing of the past because there is already technology available where payment can be made using machines that are deployed in the parking facilities. This payment system can be created using software incorporated into any existing system of your company. It may even be available on mobile apps for added convenience to your customers. Automation in payments is safer than having actual attendants handling cash in the parking lot. Your parking employees can be productive in other ways, such as attending to customers’ needs and queries. 

3. It provides better safety and security

When large parking spaces are equipped with parking software, the infrastructure is usually filled with cameras and sensors to detect motion or monitor the activity in the area. This is to ensure that the cars are handled well and that no one is taking advantage of the driverless process. This is one way of protecting your business when a claim or complaint is received. You can always check your surveillance videos to see what actually happened. Plus, you are giving car owners that feeling of security and confidence that their beloved cars are in good hands whenever they are in your facility.

Moreover, in an automated parking facility, parking-related accidents are lessened and can even be completely eliminated. No more scratches on bumpers or pedestrian accidents. No more difficult reverse or parallel parking, and no more heated arguments among drivers. The automated system is perfectly efficient in parking cars without the involvement of drivers.

The Future in Parking Is Here

We are indeed entering the future right now. This technology was just a figment of our imagination back in the day and it was only seen in futuristic movies. Now, everything can be solved using modern technology and engineering, and it seems like there’s nothing impossible anymore — even when it comes to parking our cars. We no longer need to worry about where to park our cars and how to keep them safe while we are away doing important things. If you are a business owner, a parking software is your solution!

 

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