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It’s no secret that billionaires buy expensive properties that are out of reach for most people. But what about the things they put into them? Many a billionaire has done something weird and unusual with their home because, why not? When there’s plenty of money for the mundane things, it’s time to find those extras to make the home as unique as possible. Why buy gold plated cars or put money into plastic surgery when you can create an ultra-luxury pad like no other? Following are three billionaires and the craziest technology they’ve put into their homes.

Bill Gates:

It stands to reason that the man who helped found Microsoft would put as much unique tech into his home as possible. Some of the more unusual things he’s installed include a pool with an underwater music system. No more swimming to the sound of silence with the latest music broadcasting through the water. Instead of artwork on the walls, there are large monitors that display artwork or photographs. Tired of looking at the current display? Change it in an instant by selecting a new image that’s stored on a local server designed for just that purpose.

Ira Rennert:

Ira Rennert, an industrial billionaire, has a sprawling estate in the famous Hamptons, also known as the summer playground for New York City’s elite residents. Construction on the estate began in 1998 and took five years to finish. The final result looks as if Rennert transplanted a sprawling English country estate to Sagaponack, New York, and set it along the waterline. It has beautifully manicured grounds, a central courtyard, pools, tennis courts, and an incredible art collection. But the estate also draws a lot of power and the local electric company wasn’t able to keep up with the draw. Rennert got around the problem by putting in his own power plant to generate enough electricity.

Al Corbi:

Al Corbi made his fortune by founding the security solutions firm, SAFE (Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments).  He and his wife currently reside in the Hollywood Hills, and it should be no surprise that their home has some of the most high-tech security features available. The Corbi’s don’t even need keys to enter their home due to biometric recognition software and it’s safe from earthquakes, thanks to steel-reinforced concrete caissons. Most of the features in Corbi’s home seem like something made up for a movie, and the home often doubles as a demonstration house for his company.

Daryl Katz:

Daryl Katz is the previous owner of the Rexall chain of drugstores located in Canada and the current owner of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team. He’s currently focusing on getting into the movie business and bought the home located on the site where Art Linkletter’s home once stood in Bel Air. The previous home was a mid-century work of art but was showing its age. A developer bought the property and pulled down most of the home, leaving some original elements behind. While details are scarce on what kind of weird technology he’s putting in this home, he does have a hockey rink installed in his home in Canada. Maybe he’ll install one in his Bel Air home, so visiting hockey players can keep their skills sharp while away from home ice.

These are just three billionaires who have installed crazy tech in their homes. They do it because they can and because they want to. While it’s very unlikely that the average homeowner is going to have an onsite power plant or a swimming pool that plays music underwater, it’s nice to dream of owning something like that.

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Solar Power At Its Least Expensive:

Solar panels are less expensive today than they’ve ever been. Current costs can be found as low as seventy cents per Watt. That means you can install a 3.1 kWh system—something requisite for a household or small business’s use—for only $2,170. Additionally, installing such a system will increase the value of your property $18,000 or more in most places.

By spending $2,170 in the short run, you gain $15,830 in the long run. And that’s not to mention your savings on electricity. If you’re paying $100 a month in utility bills for electricity, that’s $1,200 a year, or $2,400 in two years. Your new solar system will pay for itself in less than two years. Also, most systems have a warranty of ten or more years; meaning you’re guaranteed eight years of grid-free energy.

The Key To Making The Solar Solution Work For You:

You’re going to need several things to make solar work for you as ideally as possible. First, you’ll need somewhere energy can be stored. A large battery is fine, or a sequence of them. This must be scaled up dependent on your energy needs. Additionally, you’ll want to consolidate energy such that things you use require less.

Granted, with most solar systems, you won’t have to change your lifestyle much if at all. However, if you want to get the fullest effect, it makes sense to make the switch to less energy-intensive lighting solutions. Consider LEDs, as a for instance.

According to ATG, LED Manufacturer, LED wall pack lights are “ideal for application in parking garages, walkways, landscapes, and other commercial exteriors.” These lights are being used as solutions by corporations and government institutions.

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The reasons they’re being used like this is because they substantially reduce electricity costs in legally necessary illumination, saving such agencies exceptionally. But you need not use commercially-designed LEDs; there are lamps and other applications which are also readily available. The point is, it is effective.

Solar is also effective, which is why we’re seeing solar traffic lights, solar speed signs, and increasingly greater applications of the technology.

Traditionally Successful Methods Of Sustainability:

It never should have been outlawed in the first place, but there are many places in the country where rainwater collection is illegal. Still, in regions where it isn’t, one of the wisest moves you can make is adopting a system of rain barrels that send water to a primary holding tank.

If you can get a well on your property, as well as rain barrels, you have a solid chance of being entirely grid-free perpetually. Combining rain barrel water collection with a local well, solar panels, and LED lights will make your property fully functional in a sustainable way.

Given the strangeness in politics locally and internationally, many are looking to find energy solutions which take care of their needs dependably. Power outages of the grid variety can sometimes last for days, and as economic troubles increase, so do such outages.

Additionally, such measures decrease an individual’s carbon footprint, while providing cost-effective utility that saves money. At this point, the “green” aspect of solar technology and low-energy LEDs is almost secondary. The savings is a much more interesting advantage.

Upgrading For A Strange New World:

You can’t tell what strange things are going to happen politically and economically in the next several years. But with new technology that utilizes solar energy, and clever ways of utilizing surrounding resources, you can remain cutting edge, sustainably independent, and environmentally proactive.

Take some time to explore the resources of the web as regards technological utility solutions. You’ll find that advances in recent years have been both exceptional, and of an almost exponential kind.

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Your new Mac only comes with a few basic OS X system apps that do not seem to offer much usefulness. To increase the productivity of your Mac, you should install some useful apps that can improve your workflow in your personal purposes or professions. There are a number free Mac apps that can increase your productivity. It can be overwhelming as to which app to install since your Mac has limited disk space. Not all apps are good so you must know how to pick the right apps to install. The following are the top 7 productivity apps that to you can install on your Mac.

Top 7 Productivity Apps

1- Airmail:

Airmail is an email client that allows you to conveniently check the inbox of your email accounts on Mac. It supports the major email services such as Live.com, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and AOL Mail. It integrates with the calendar on Mac as well as other third party calendars. It also integrate with other apps like Evernote. You can set up folders to organize your email. Filters can be used to perform a search on the emails in the inbox.

2- 1Password:

1Password is an app used for storing all your passwords. It features a Watchtower services that reminds you when you need to change your password. It displays the logo of the website which you store password on. The password is encrypted on your computer rather than on a server. You can also use the app to store important data such as credit card details,

3- Tweetbot:

Tweetbot is a Twitter client that allows you to keep track of what’s happening on your Twitter profile. The Activity Tab is where you will find the notifications on new followers, someone mentioning you in their tweets, retweets of your posts and liking your tweets. Tweetbot is advertisement free because Twitter has ban displaying ads in third party clients. It is able to display photos streamed from your Instagram account.

4- Transmit:

Transmit is an app that you can use to transfer files to your server or file sharing services like Amazon S3, WebDAV and cloud storage. It supports both FTP, and SFTP servers. The transfer manager features a two pane view and you can access your folder in just one click. You can upload multiple files at one time. The file transfer can occur at a fast speed with the latest version being able to transfer files as fast as 25 times than the previous version.

 5- Keyboard Maestro:

Keyboard Maestro is an app that allows you to set up macros. It features a three columns macro editor with the first column listing the macros groups. When you select a group, the macros in the group will be displayed in the second column. The third column provides information on how the macros can be triggered and what actions it will execute. You can edit the new macro that you have created in the third column.

6- Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac:

Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac is a screen capture software designed to operate at the latest versions of Mac OS X. It features a fully resizable recording frame that can be resized to exactly fit the size of the area that you want to record. There are 4 types of screen capture resolution you can choose from the drop down menu including Full Screen, YouTube, Standard and Widescreen. It is able to record input from any external audio systems connected to your Mac computer including audio speakers, and microphone.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac includes a video editor for convenient editing of the video. For example, the video editor allows you to make some changes to the video, for example, cut off parts of the video where it records the online video buffering and not loading properly. You can add blocks of text onto the video to point out something to the audience.

The interface language is English by default but you can change it to your own native language in the program settings. In the program settings, you can also set it to automatically check updates. You can also specify the default folder where all the screen captured videos will be automatically saved. This prevents you from having to set the destination folder each time you record a video.

You can change the size of the recording frame in three ways including dragging the corner of the frame with your mouse cursor, select one of the preset resolutions from the drop down menu or manually type in the width and height of the resolution in the fields below. Movavi Screen Capture Studio offers 4 types of screen capture resolutions including full screen, YouTube, Standard and Widescreen. The Select Capture Area drop down menu can come in handy if you want to record screen on Mac at a specific screen resolution but you are not able to adjust the recording frame to the specific resolution you want with the mouse cursor.

7- Google Drive:

Google Drive offers a free cloud based storage that allows you to store up to 15GB of files. You can store all kinds of files in Google Drive including PDF, photos and videos. It features a search function that allows you to search for the files with a keyword for example the file name. There are 3 sharing permissions for the files on Google Drive including view, comment and edit. It will show the details about the files and let know what kinds of activities have been performed on the files. You can also browse the files offline on Google Drive.

You should never judge a book by its cover, but we’re all guilty of judging a home from the moment we see the front garden. Both the home and the people living in it are judged by the first impressions, it’s a habit that everyone has. Making your front garden is therefore a really key part in the presentation of your whole home, inside and out. You can create the impression you want by designing your front garden to suit you. Not only will a stylish front garden give people a little green eye of jealousy, it’ll also add value to your home which is a huge bonus!

Path and Driveway:

Your path or driveway is the area of your front garden that leads the eye straight to the home. Once you set your eyes on a layout such as a long path, you immediately follow the path with your eyes to see where it leads. Transform your path by edging it with a selection of plants that add character to your garden. By combining a selection of different flowers and plants you can create an aesthetically pleasing look that will catch people’s eyes and stand out beautifully. Your driveway can be emphasised by simply giving it an arrangement of lighting to sit along each side. Not only will this look really good on an evening and enable your home to stand out to passers-by, but you’re adding essential security to your home too.

Flower Power:

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It may seem like an obvious choice, but covering your front garden with an arrangement of gorgeous flowers will add great character as well as make it look really good. Whether you’re a fan of Peonies or Roses, you can plant a selection of them all over your front garden and emphasise the fresh, bright feel your home has to offer. Fresh flowers give an instant, welcoming feel and they also add a gorgeous aroma to your garden too.

Keep things Private:

When your front garden leads on to a road or street the one thing you want to try and incorporate into your garden is some privacy and security. Whilst security is essential in any home, privacy is not always an instant option. If you feel your front garden is a little exposing or open, introducing features such as a drystone wall or some wooden fencing will add that little extra privacy without shutting your home off from the rest of the world. Adding a matching gate will enable you to enter easily whilst giving your home that extra privacy. This is also really good for when young children or pets are living in your home, as you can keep them in your garden without worrying about them running out into the road.

Personal Touches:

Your front garden is seen by many people every day, so adding a personal touch will show off your personal style and highlight what the rest of your home is like. Keeping your front lawn neat and tidy is a great place to start. Planting a few brightly coloured flowers into some stylish. Bold pots will also add a heap of personality to your front garden. You can choose all kinds of styles that suit your home and make it that little more appealing. You could also look at introducing some cute items such as house name plates or numbers to not only make it easier for the postman, but also give your home a little something extra!

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Vinyl isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cellular protection. But that’s about to change. Though most people aren’t aware of how well it can fit over smartphones and defend them against daily wear and tear, one day they will. It’s the perfect addition to slim devices like the iPhone 7 that can’t handle the unnecessary weight that harder cases always add. Vinyl that’s been processed into the form of thin, flexible, yet durable skins will hug the 7’s curves and keep it looking mint.

Skins, decals, wraps—it doesn’t matter what you call it as long you get a skin for your new iPhone 7 that’s been precision cut with your device in mind from 3M vinyl. This material offers superior protection against the typical hazards your 7 will see. Things like keys, spare change, pens, and other sharp objects it may encounter in your bag or purse won’t be able to penetrate its grime-resistant surface. As a result, the aluminium backing and bezels stay mark-free. Meanwhile it enhances the 7’s already water-resistant surface so it can survive an accidental dip in the lake or a less dignified toilet. But the chances of these spills happening are rare, as vinyl adds significant grip to the phone, making it easier to keep in your hands and away from liquid disasters.

With an iPhone 7 skin you’re protecting all of the features that prompted you to pre-order the phone in the first place. Things like the significantly upgraded 12-megapixel camera, the A10 chip with 64-bit architecture andM10 motion coprocessor, its new static home button, and the enhanced battery.

But it’s not all about protecting its function. After all, this is an iPhone we’re talking about, a device known for its style as much as its processing powers. The way the vinyl looks is just as important as it performs, as you can’t expect to wrap up the 7 in something that smothers Apple’s original designs. Luckily there are skins that let the foundations of its design shine through. You can find carbon fiber iPhone 7 skins that highlight the fact that it’s an Apple phone. The color or texture of its signature apple logo can take on a totally different look from the rest of the skin so it stands out and broadcasts to the world that yes, you’re one of the lucky ones to have the brand new 7.

Of course, you can always cover up the apple in a design of your own making if you prefer. That’s the advantage of choosing vinyl to protect your device. Its flexibility is just as important as its tailor-made fit and durable material. It’s the whole package: customization, protection, and functionality. And that’s why vinyl will soon become the obvious choice when it comes to cellular protection.

A lot of new small business owners are trying to save money in their company by not paying for marketing. Instead, they DIY and for many reasons, this is completely understandable. First, we have been taught that you can market a company using the social tools you use in your personal life. Networks such as Facebook and Instagram are now some of the most powerful marketing tools online. Second, marketing through an agency is expensive. It might be too much for a small business owner to fit into their limited budget. Third, we’ve been told that marketing online is easy. This has given us a false sense of security and led us to believe that anyone can use SEO for their business. While it is possible to DIY SEO, people often miss out fundamental details.

Social Media

Yes, you can use social media for SEO and you should. Building up SEO through social media is an organic way to build your online profile. It doesn’t feel forced, and consumers don’t feel like they are being marketed too. At the same time, though, you shouldn’t use your business social network in the same way that you use a personal profile. You need to go a little deeper than that. We can look at Instagram as an example here. Marketing through Instagram isn’t just a case of adding beautiful pictures. You need to create actual ads using something like Facebook Ad Creator. You can learn how to do this online. This illustrates a common misconception. You might be using the same platforms but for business, you utilise them in different ways.

Content Creation

Content for SEO is about knowing what will and what won’t boost your search ranking. Adding a wealth of content will only boost your ranking if it’s of high quality. Poor quality content is just going to earn you a Google penalty, and this is one of the problems with DIY marketing. You can add plenty of content, but can you get it to the same quality level that a professional marketer could. The answer is probably no. Instead, you should focus on low amounts of content that are kept to a high standard. Or, you can encourage user generated content. If you can get effective UGC for your business, the marketing campaign will run itself.

Mobile Responsiveness

Finally, you need to think about mobile responsiveness and the modern consumer. The modern consumer probably isn’t using a laptop to view your site. Instead, they’ll be viewing the website on their phone or through another device. Despite this, the majority of websites online are not mobile responsive. They do not respond to the device that they are being viewed on. For instance, on a touch screen, a pinching mechanism is the most effective way to zoom in and out. Most sites are not equipped to allow customers to do this. If you can ensure your customers can you will have a definite advantage over competitors. But that’s not all. You should also look at unique ways to market specifically for mobile devices. By doing this, you can boost your SEO on a unique platform.

There’s nothing wrong with running your own marketing campaign. You do, however, need to make sure you reach the full potential for your business.