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Five Ways Smartphones to Search Smart

Five Ways Smartphones to Search Smart

The future of search engine optimization is coming soon. When people think of the future of cars, they think flying cars and driverless cars. Internet searches could undergo similarly radical changes. According to experts, phones may be doing the searching for us in the future. New technologies called “context searching” will allow this. We won’t have to ask for what we want. It will happen for us automatically.

Much of this is already happening. Think of the last time you bought something on Amazon. At the bottom of the order page, Amazon writes “Those who purchased X also bought Y and Z.” Similarly, Google uses your history to show you locations you might want to visit.

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Here are five ways your phone will be able to “search smart” for you in the future.

1. Scanning emails

Imagine this: Google scans your emails to find messages about flights and your travel itinerary. When a flight is delayed, you get a text alert letting you know it was delayed. The airlines also send text alerts, but in the future, your phone will search without you telling it to and will find out if your flight is delayed. Google will scan emails for other things too. For example, it might see that you have purchased books and therefore suggest other books in the same genre that you might like to read. It might find you coupons based on your coffee preferences. In the future, Google might search for coupons that could be used at the airport while you wait for the flight. It could find you a hotel if you are planning an overnight stay.

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2. Pinpoint locations

Waze and Google Maps could check your search history to determine where you might want to visit next. They could make predictions based on your past to suggest locations you should visit. If you just stopped at a coffee place, they might give you suggestions for restaurants for lunch, bookstores for relaxation, or bars for social gatherings. It might tell you to go to a supermarket when you need to. The possibilities for what your phone might search for in the future are limitless. Your phone’s guesses might not be correct all the time, but they could be a way to predict your movements.

3. Wear the latest searches

Wearable technology is a trend in itself. It can tell you how much you walked, your sleep habits, your heart rate, your calorie intake, your nutrition or lack of nutrition, and other health and wellness data. If you have had a bad night’s sleep, future phones might search for coffee places near you to help you become alert. If you have been eating poorly, your phone might search for the nearest pharmacy or vitamin store to supplement your poor nutrition. Your phone might also give you promotional offers for health and wellness facility memberships. Advertisers will have to find a way to capitalize on this trend of context searching. The data will feed into your phone, and your phone will answer your questions without your even having to ask.

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4. Help save your marriage

You might be playing a song on your phone. This song might trigger the need to send flowers to your spouse because it is Valentine’s Day or your anniversary. The phone will locate florists or go online and order them for you. The phone might add chocolates or other helpful hints that would save your marriage. If you do make a purchase from the florist, you might then receive future promotions for Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. throughout the year when flowers are usually purchased. The flower purchases might trigger advertisements for cards, music, getaways and more to help you look good to your spouse. Search data might show that you need to apologize. You could purchase a gift to say you’re sorry. That data will trigger more options to buy.

5. Plan your outings

Imagine that you have planned a trip outdoors with your family, but the day of the event, it is raining, and you don’t want to go. Your phone could search for indoor outing possibilities, such as Laser Tag or museums. You might be given promotions for indoor activities, such as free bowling tickets. Or, you might have planned an indoor activity but want to be outdoors because the weather is so nice. In that case, your phone might search for suitable activities that are available, such rafting, paddle boats, dolphin watching, or bike rentals for exploring a park. Or, you might be on a trip and need to find something to do. The phone could anticipate your needs based on your location and send you compatible promotions.

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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