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Kayla Sigafoos-Wortley

Kayla Sigafoos-Wortley

Kayla Wortley is a Marketing Maven coming from the Beauty Industry. She is now the Marketing Specialist at IOGEAR in charge of Social Media and Marketing. With a diverse background of industries she is ready to take on the technology world!

Festival and Concert Essentials

Music festival season and summer concert series are right around the corner. This means long hours watching your favorite bands and looking up lyrics and trying to find your friends when you lose them at the pretzel stand. I asked some of our coworkers what the biggest bummer is when their battery runs out on their devices and here is the list:

  • Trying to get in contact with friends when you get lost
  • Meet up with your friends at the venue that you didn't drive with
  • Call Uber/Lyft/Taxi after the event
  • camera/GoPro dies so you can't capture all the memorable moments of your night
  • your electronic cigarettes die

Then we asked, "What is a necessity to bring to the event so you have a carefree experience?"


Do you Instagram, Tweet or Facebook?

One common trend on all of these social media websites are hashtags. Hashtags are EVERYWHERE. I even had a friend the other day say the word basic and make a hashtag out of their fingers, I mean come on, and do you need to hashtag our convo, does that really add any value? Well whether it did or didn't is still debatable. So since it is almost the end of 2014 we decided to round up the top hashtags that are used on social media.


Are you curious what Apple has in store for 2015?

Are you curious what Apple has in store for 2015? We were too, so we did some research to see what surprise and treats we could start getting excited for, check out our list and let us know your thoughts!

  • iPhone 6s & iPhone 6S +, these are bound to happen, same phone better inside working system!
  • Apple Watch will debut; will Apple survive in wearable tech?
  • Apple pay will force more and more retailers in to enabling NFC. This also means that Apple will probably open the platform up to third-party companies as well
  • Apple will integrate more in to healthcare, is this because of Steve Jobs being sick in his last years? Who knows, but this will definitely begin to be a big player!
  • There will not be an actual Apple TV, they will update their TV set-top box but they will not sell full blown Apple TV's.
  • OSX will update to become more like iOS

What updates do you wish Apple would make? How about updates to their phones or systems. What updates to their computers do you want to see? Maybe a new model?

Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!


Mac Verse PC

Mac Verse PC

Recently in the office we were trying out some new products and I automatically reached for the Mac, after a few comments about PC and Mac I decided that I needed to do some more research so next time this argument comes up I have more backing because just saying "Mac is better" clearly did not win me the argument. I scavenged so many sites about pros and cons and of course the typical ecosystem argument comes up, which I have to say is a huge reason I always go for Apple products, but before my entire room looked like I just left the Apple store I did use PC's, I mean really what changed my mind, was it the awesome marketing or was it really the software and hardware of the products... I don't know, jury is still out on that but let's get to the nitty gritty of pros and cons of these items!


Microsoft Office for iPhone… it is now here & it’s free?!

Microsoft Office for iPhone… it is now here & it's free?!

When Microsoft Office originally came out for iPhone everyone was pretty disappointed. Let's be real, no one was happy with it. It had only a few editing tools and constantly messed up the layout. To correct this problem, Microsoft is completely getting rid of Office Mobile and allowing customers to download three iPhone apps: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This will be exactly how it is on the iPad. Some great additions to the iPhone apps:

  • In Excel there is a full view version where readers can view the file without worrying that they will accidentally press a button and erase the whole thing.
  • In word, the Ribbon for the keyboard is at the bottom so it is out of the way and view while users are on the word app unless they need to type.

How to be the CHAMPION of your day!

How to be the CHAMPION of your day!

Sometimes when we get in a routine we forget how great life is and we go through the motions, this isn't always the best way to live. You can become distracted and frustrated, unable to complete simple tasks.

So here is a healthy reminder of how to have the best day/week ever!


How do you communicate on your Phone?

There are so many apps and different forms of communication that you can use to get a hold of a friend or send a funny message. Sometimes texting just doesn't get the hilarity of the story across and you do not necessarily have time or want to talk on the phone. Or maybe you are traveling abroad and you want to check in back home without breaking the bank, there are a million and one reasons to download some of these apps! Check out our list of top ways of communication on your cell phones!


New iOS8 Updates

iOS8 for Apple just came out and brought about some new features that are pretty cool. We compiled a list of the top 11 features that you can now use. Some are cool, different and can even save your life? Weird right, who would have thought that Apple would save your life?


Internet Safety Basics- You are not alone!

Internet safety is important for all ages! With how many “villians” are out there on the web trying to steal your information, you need to make sure you are at least covering the basics. There are of course a lot more intense ways to protect you on the internet but let's just start with the basics for now.


Issues with Technology in the Classroom

Technology is constantly changing and so are our students, this means that teachers and students need to grow in to the use of technology in a classroom, together.


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Integrating something new in to a routine that you have been doing for a long time is scary, especially when that something new has so many new variables it can sometimes be hard to plan for. For teachers, adopting technology in to the classroom can be very difficult for multiple reasons from not being provided the proper instruction or technology to them being resistant because they are set in their ways. Technology can help students learn and flourish at a young age with technology that they will be using through schooling and work. Here are 3 reasons why the integration of tech can be difficult in a classroom.