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In July we went launched a new WordPress website for Michigan State University.  The website was designed for one of MSU’s long-term research projects, the Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site, which is part of the LTER Network established by the National Science Foundation.  My team and I were thrilled at the opportunity to work with a big ten university.  We were also extremely excited to be able spread our love of WordPress and open source technology. The Integration of WordPress and Ruby on Rails MSU was a unique web design project for us. It was our first collegiate project and our first integration to Ruby on Rails.  I’ll admit I was a little scared about the whole ROR integration.  But my fears were unjustified as MSU’s resident technical wizard, Sven, was able to pull it all together.  My senior coder, Chris, wrote a custom plu... (more)

Appeon Mobile Beta2 - 48 Hours

** Hot News ** Appeon Mobile     Appeon Corporation has just released its Appeon Mobile product's beta2 version the other week. Again, like the alpha and beta1 release beforehand - I have been privileged to once again participate in this momentous and historic setting PowerBuilder event! The beta2 release really steps up the game for iOS based mobile computing through PowerBuilder. Here are some of the great new features that I have tested in the first 48 hours of installing this release ... iPhone Real PB application on my aactual iPhone!   The beta1 release of Appeon Mobile only supported the iPad. Beta2 steps up the supported devices by adding the iPhone simulator and support for the actual iPhone device itself (iP4, iP4s and iP5). Amazingly, all I needed to do was download the Appeon WorkSpace application from the iStore for the iPhone, add an application refere... (more)

IoT Company Secures $20 Million Series D Funding

Enlighted, the company bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the workplace with its smart sensor network and lighting control, announced that it has secured $20 million in a Series D funding round. All of Enlighted's current investors -- Draper Nexus Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, RockPort Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Intel Capital -- participated in this round. "Enlighted is on a tear, with strong customer momentum and revenue growth," said Joe Costello, who was recently appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Enlighted. "With this latest funding, we'll be able to keep up with current demand and continue to develop advanced workplace applications based on our sensor network and analytics platform, further extending the value of our system for customers." Enlighted's people-smart lighting sensor product not only saves ener... (more)

Wall Street News Alert: Breaking News Alert - SDVG! March 30, 2007

WESTON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- Wall Street News Alert's "stocks to watch" this morning are: Superior Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SDVG), Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC), Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) and Bear Stearns Companies Inc. (NYSE: BSC). Superior Development Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SDVG) is another new stock to put on your radar and watch as Wall Street News Alert initiates coverage of the company. Thursday after the markets closed, the company, a residential real estate development company, issued a press release announcing that due to the overwhelming response that it has received for its Lease Purchase Program aimed to curtail the fallout in the subprime lending market announced by the Company on March 21, 2007, it will create a Lease Purchase Mortgage subsidiary to further implement the program and work directly with mortgage ... (more)

Data Reveals Which Electronic Signature Features Interest You

A question I often think about is inspired by you – by the comments we get on the DocuSign Facebook Page and the conversations we have on Twitter as @DocuSign. What features of DocuSign’s electronic signature platform are you interested in? To that end, I’ve looked at the topics we’ve covered: DocuSign brings electronic signature to iPad: We focus more on the DocuSign electronic signature experience on iPad rather than a specific feature. With cool new mobile devices available, including iPhone 4 and Droid 2, I wanted to share how we can experience fast, complete and trusted electronic signature while we’re on the go! Right after Apple released the iPad, Doug Rybacki, director of product management for DocuSign, confirmed that DocuSign subscribers can create DocuSign envelopes on the iPad and it works well for templates and sending for eSignature with Freeform sign... (more)

Is There a Need for a Cloud Storage Broker?

A recent topic of discussion in cloud computing has been the notion of the cloud broker as an emerging business in the evolving cloud ecosystem, a “middleman” of sorts in the same sense as a real estate broker or a mortgage broker. A Gigaom article by Stacey Higginbotham entitled “Future of cloud computing … more clouds. Seriously” cites a Forrester report on the topic and delves into what such such a service might look like. The article suggests capabilities that include Cloudbursting, or instantly moving applications and data from one cloud to another, and in an interesting twist, it even suggests brokering human IT resources on a seasonal basis. The concept sounds novel, albeit even futuristic, but I’d like to examine it from the point of view of cloud storage since business adoption is growing and many of the principles apply. An automated infrastructure that de... (more)

How to Put Social Media Marketing to Work for Your Company

What’s clear from current research is that when we evaluate social media, we are not talking about the marketing longevity equivalent of the hula hoop or the Lambada. Social media marketing is here to stay.  If you are not already active in venues such as a business blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Slideshare, and YouTube, you should be asking yourself whether it’s way past time to jump in with both virtual feet. The answer to the question is yes with an important caveat… …Before making the commitment to one or many possible social media outlets, it is vital to determine whether: you understand the target audience that you intend to reach you have something valuable to communicate to that target audience you have someone with the time, skill, and enthusiasm to execute a consistent social media program–either inside or outside your organization you will mak... (more)

The New Way to Search for Real Estate in British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada, February 03, 2012 --( For the first time, buyers can locate properties for sale on the Internet using 360-degree imagery and travel up and down streets viewing homes - as if they were there in person. Vancouver-based is launching the unique property search service that utilizes Google’s Street View to locate homes currently for sale throughout British Columbia. Users simply click on the house symbol within Street View to instantly reveal property details with a link to the full-page listing on This includes comprehensive property information including a YouTube video, Walk Score and a link to the listing realtor’s contact information. If users see another house symbol up the road in Street View, they can move further up and compare property details. The way that this differs from the regular Google Street View... (more)

Introducing Hans: A WordPress Real Estate Theme

Earlier this month we launched a new premium WordPress theme designed for individual realtors, real estate companies, and home builders. The new real estate theme is a Genesis child theme and has functionality similar to the AgentPress theme from StudioPress. An Example of a Real Estate Firm Website Launch A few days before we officially released the theme I received a call from the president of a real estate firm in California. He needed a custom Genesis theme that was capable of integrating with the IDX functionality from Diverse Solutions. Before I could stop myself, I showed off our Hans theme and color options. It wasn’t even available yet, but I couldn’t help myself. The broker loved it and bought it as soon as I added it to our online store. He had us create a custom color scheme for it and integrate the IDX plugin and HTML code for him. We also set up the Age... (more)

Gold's 2012 Convention - Insights Into The Future Of The Iconic Brand

What a few weeks its been. From San Diego to San Francisco, and from Las Vegas to Vancouver; now I'm back home on this Sunday morning reflecting on what was one of the most interesting legs of my travels; the Gold's Gym 2012 Convention. It was the best I've attended to date. Our company Fitmarc enjoys close ties to GGI's leadership as well as dozens of its franchisees, who we service through our Les Mills distributorship and via Fitsomo, our social media company. This along with our close relations with the Gold's Gym Franchise Association enables my partner Robert Dyer  and I the chance to learn a little bit about Gold's, which is arguably the most iconic brand in the health club business today. Notable during the conference, which provided Jeffrey Gitomer as an excellent keynote speaker, was CEO Jim Snow's opening remarks. Here are a few things he said that struck... (more)

In defense of the 1%…

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you realize I stay away from political discussion. “McKain Viewpoint” is about my perspective on growing your business, creating distinction, and delivering the Ultimate Customer Experience ®. However, a societal issue is currently being debated in the political arena…and I just cannot find it in me to take a pass on commenting. How many times in the past few months have you heard a discussion about the “1%”? You know, those Americans in the top 1% of…well, I haven’t really heard it definitively stated as top 1% of annual income earned, net worth possessed, invested assets, or what; however, it’s the top of the economic charts for individuals in the nation…and it seems few are willing to defend them. A problem seems to be that people are throwing around the 1% statistic without knowing who these people really are. ... (more)