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October 26, 2014

The Best Alternative To Google AdSense

There are a ton of ad networks out there that publishers can use to monetize their traffic. The first one that comes to mind is Google AdSense, of course, but—believe it or not—there are alternatives. I’ve tested many of them, here on VentureBreak and elsewhere, and there’s only one that I can recommend as a true AdSense competitor: Adversal.

Adversal pays decently, and the ads are extremely well-tailored to the content of any given page. The company offers industry-standard banner ad sizes, including:

300×1050 Portrait 300×600 Large Skyscraper 300×250 Rectangle 728×90 Leaderboard 468×60 Standard Banner 160×600 Wide [...]
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September 19, 2014

Sleep Cycle Power Nap: The Best App To Refresh Your Mind

Any time I can take a nap and pass it off as work, I jump at the opportunity. And that’s exactly what happened this evening when I tried Sleep Cycle Power Nap. And boy, do I feel good.

Made by Northcube, developer of the original Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, the app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to determine which phase of sleep you’re in, waking you before you fall into deep sleep, so you wake up feeling energized after a quick power nap.

How It Works

The process is simple. When you start the app, you have three nap options: power nap, recovery nap, and 1 sleep cycle.

Power Nap, the app’s main attraction, will wake you up just before you [...]

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April 30, 2014

A Review: Does Google Glass Make Sense?

I was pretty excited when I first heard about Google Glass and got on the list early hoping to get my hands on it. When Google held a one day sale earlier this month for their Explorer Program, I was keen to sign up. It arrived just two days later and I was excited to put it through the paces. Quickly, though, it dawned on me that it needed to be measured for any unique value or applications that may help justify the enormous $1,500 price point. Could the Google Glass enable someone to do something entirely new that could justify the price?

While there are a lot of videos online describing the design, materials, and look of Glass—I didn’t see much showcasing [...]

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December 30, 2013

Review: ION Air Copy

Scanning has long been a difficult thing for most consumers. If you don’t know what you’re doing, setting up and using a scanner—especially a wireless one—can be intimidating. How can we solve this problem? ION’s Air Copy is a big step in the right direction.

Short Version

Air Copy by ION is a cool little gadget that scans photos and documents and sends them wirelessly to your computer or mobile device. It generates its own WiFi network, so you don’t need to have an existing LAN to use it. It’s controlled by ION’s official Air Copy apps, which are available for free on all major platforms.

It’s pretty easy to use: you just [...]

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