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Happenings on the iBeacons Front
This technology has been making buzz all over for a few very good reasons. The iBeacons technology is still surrounded in mystery –What is its potential? What are Apple’s plans for this technology? How will this technology change the face of marketing forever? When we introduced you to iBeacons making waves in retail stores like Macy’s here, they were preparing to completely reshape our shopping experiences.
  • 30 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2797
Creating a Website DVR
Are you ready for a new application for you entertainment pleasure? I think that a highly functional, socially interactive, Website DVR needs to be created. It should be able to record shows directly from various websites such as: ABC, NBC, CW, HBO, ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube channels, etc… There will be no buffering, no waiting, and no internet needed. Sound like a great idea? Keep reading…
  • 19 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2734
2013 Year in Review
Well, 2013 is winding to an end and it’s been a big one here at J&S Tech Designs. We’ve been working hard to try to engage our customers and deliver information that you care about. Speaking of which, our blog has taken off this year and here are the top ten blog articles that our readers have viewed the most.
  • 11 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1774
Keep an Eye on Apple’s iBeacon
After its quiet announcement of a new feature called iBeacon back in June, Apple hasn’t revealed a whole lot about its potential and intended purposes. That hasn’t kept us from being very interested. What iBeacon does is it allows a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled device to turn into a beacon that has the ability to transmit data to iOS7 devices once they’re in range (within 160 feet). They’re extremely significant because they have location accuracy higher even than GPS. Recently, the interest of retailers (like Macy’s) has been piqued because these iBeacons can be used to geofence areas like indoor spaces. They do this using signal emitters or other iOS devices that are low-cost.
  • 4 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3834
Coin: The Next Big Thing
I think I found the next big thing. More like it found me. I was on Facebook the other day when a promoted Facebook ad straight in my newsfeed caught my attention. I clicked. I was directed to a sleek clean site with a video. They have a very clean and modern website that is designed to drive sales and not get in the way of itself. The video is what sold it to me. Short and to the point they hit all the right cool factors and explanations I needed to make a decision to purchase. They have all the right technology for me: Bluetooth LTE, Cardswipe to load cards on my phone, the app on my phone, etc. They also have the right amount of humor sprinkled throughout their website (check out the FAQ’s and find the cooking question). But what exactly am I talking about? It’s called Coin and it’s pretty unique.
  • 22 November 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1982
Google’s Mystery Barges –What Are They Really Up To?
Google has been the talk for the past several weeks after the first of these initial mystery barges was sited in San Francisco Bay. All we knew was that the barges were owned by Google. Well, we all know what that means. Let the speculation begin! And speculate we did… What was Google planning? What were they building? Why keep it so secret?
  • 12 November 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2178
Putting out Media Fires - Elon Musk
Elon Musk should definitely be used to grabbing headlines by now. But with two fires in the past month, his cars are grabbing headlines for different reasons. Musk's stand on all this publicity? He's asking the public to use a little common sense and take a look at the statistics. Nearly 200,000 car fires take place in America yearly. So far, two have involved the big name of Tesla.
  • 29 October 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2510
BYOD/BYOA: Benefits to Your Organization
BYOD (bring your own device) and BYOA (bring your own application) are two fast moving trends that are surfacing in a growing number of businesses and organizations. BYOD and BYOA are exploding in popularity for a multitude of reasons. Convenience, simplicity, and availability are just a few. People are bringing their devices and applications into the workplace for two very simple reasons. The first –they have them and the second –they know how to use them well. Many of these personal devices (including smartphones, laptops, tablets,etc.) are better and more capable than the organization's actual equipment. This is the same story for the individual apps that people are using and bringing into their company atmosphere. Where do business consultants fit into this mix? Well, as consultants, we're using BYOD/BYOA daily. This trend opens up several doors to a whole realm of advantages to businesses. 
  • 8 October 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2714
Project Loon Sets up Camp in California
When we last checked in with Project Loon here, they were in New Zealand working out some kinks and setting some records. Since getting back from New Zealand, the Project Loon team has set up shop in California's Central Valley. The team has been busy conducting a series of research flights. As it's been since the beginning, the purpose of their flights is to research various approaches for improving the technology that they are working with. They are working to improve the configuration and battery like of their solar panel power system, the balloon envelope design, their own radio configuration, etc. It seems like they're following a "what can go wrong and how can we fix it?" approach.With each test flight they are able to gather a little more information and use that new info to develop their technology from those results.
  • 3 September 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2485
Hyperloop: Elon Musk Making Big Moves

Highly successful Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk took over the news yesterday when he unveiled his initial design plans for the Hyperloop. This new form of transportation being described is a superfast transport system that, traveling at 800 miles per hour, would use pillows of air shoot passengers in pods between San Fransisco and Los Angeles in just over 30 minutes. This system would also cost only fraction of the currently proposed high speed rail project.

  • 13 August 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3122
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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