Sep 7th 2015
Did you know that today is Labor Day?
In the United States Labor Day is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and it’s actually a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economics achievements of workers.
Labor Day was first celebrated on February 21, 1887 in New York City. However, more than 100 years after, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first to suggest celebrating Labor Day after witnessing the annual labour festival in Toronto, Canada. However, other believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the CLU. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the CLU urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations”, followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday.
The holiday often marks for many people as a day of rest or as their last chance to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
So enjoy your Labor Day guys.
Liron and the Ginger Team.
Aug 19th 2015
Well August is almost over, which means that school is about to start. In order to help you with your back to school planning, we decided to share with you our pick for the top 7 back to school FREE apps.
Because let’s face it, apps just make our life easier, and there’s nothing we like more than FREE stuff!.
These apps can not only help you with the planning, they can also save you time, money, and help you with getting back to school on a budget (without going broke). These apps are easy to use and of course free!.
So check them out and see what they can do for you.
- MyHomework – This app is available for both Apple, Google Android products.
This app allows syudents to keep track of their classroom assignments. You can easily color-code assignments by due date and even syncs information to your desktop computer which will help you to keep all of your info in one easy to find place.
- TeamSnap – Available for both Apple, Google Android products.
This app is perfect for coaches looking to manage rosters, schedules, practices, and more. You can also use the app to communicate the information to team parents. And the parents can keep an eye on their kids’ stats and communicate with other parents as well.
- CourseSmart – Available for both Apple and Google Android products.
Forget the days of carting around heavy textbooks! The CourseSmart app has the power to put a semester’s worth of books on a laptop, tablet, or even a smart phone. Although most books are free to transfer, some will cost you, however that cost is still less than if you were to buy the text in print.
- Dictionary.com – Available for both Apple and Google Android products
This app is exactly what it sounds like, a dictionary at your fingertips. You can find the meaning to words at the tips of your finger with this easy to use app.
- Evernote – Available for Apple and Google Android products, Blackberry products
This app allows you to type as well as synchronize your class notes, lists, and more. Then, all of the notes you enter are searchable for easy access. Never lose important notes and information again with this easy to use app.
- Student Tracker Life 360 Locator – Available for both Apple and Google Android products.
If you are worried about your younger kid walking home, the Life360 Family Locator can help you find peace of mind. All you need to do is register her cell and this easy to use Life360 app will locate her on the map. It also has a panic button in case of emergency. How cool is that?And last, but not least….
- Ginger – Ginger Page is available for both Apple and Android, and Ginger Keyboard available for Android products.
– Ginger Page Writing App: Ginger’s writing app offers you a better way to write in English. Get everything you need to quickly compose high-quality text that amplifies your message, everywhere you write.
– Ginger Keyboard: Allows users to send better, less embarrassing texts and higher quality writing. You can even customize your keyboard’s Smart Bar with the apps you want to have there for a truly optimized and productive mobile flow. Make the most out of idle time by playing a quick game of Snake, Squash, Copter or 2048 and catch up on the headlines from leading news outlets while you’re waiting for replies.
These fantastic apps are easy to use and as mentioned, FREE! Give them a try on your smartphone today and see how your school year can be a little bit easier as well as less expensive!
Liron and the Ginger Team.
Jul 30th 2015
Do you ever wonder how we ever managed without our smartphones?
These days, our phones are with us 24/7, and we need to check them constantly, afraid of missing something or someone. And if, god forgive, we forget them at home we feel almost naked, and our fingers have no idea what to do with themselves.
However, 10 years ago, when the smartphone was still just a ‘wet dream’, we were able to manage pretty well without it.
So what’s better, with or without?
Here are 19 things we use to do, way back when we didn’t have smartphones:
- We could enjoy a concert/show, without feeling an uncontrolled urge to take a picture.
- We could sleep without worrying about every little notification we received on Facebook or WhatsApp.
- If we wanted to know what was going on in the world, we simply bought a newspaper.
- When we wanted to listen to music, we recorded our favorite songs on tapes and even gave them as gifts to the boy we liked at school.
- In order to get to places, we had to interact with people, and actually communicate with others
- When we scheduled an appointment, we didn’t know when they would arrive, where they’d arrive and if they’re planning on arriving at all…
- Social situations, like riding an elevator, were very awkward as there was nothing to stare at…
- We remembered all of our friends’ telephone numbers.
- We thought that prank-calls were the funniest thing in the world.
- We all used to own an answering machine, and we even left people messages.
- We usually kept our thoughts to ourselves, because there was no one to “like” them.
- When we wanted to take pictures, we used to take them with this weird device call a “camera”.
- Then we needed to wait a week till we could receive our developed pictures, only to find out that in most of them your uncle’s finger was covering the lens.
- When we wanted to write something, we used pencils and pens.
- When we needed to write papers, we had to go to this place called a “Library”.
- When we went out with our friends, we had to talk to them in order to catch up.
- But… we were mainly bored….
- Really bored…
- Never leave us smartphone!!!!
Liron and the Ginger Team.
Jul 16th 2015
So this week we decided to address those of you who usually postpone their tasks and assignments to the last minute… AKA “Procrastinators”.
A procrastinator is a person who delays or puts things off, that could (and should) be done in a timely manner. The word comes from the Latin verb ‘Procrasinare’, which means deferred until tomorrow (pro=forward, and crastinus= of-tomorrow). Procrastinators usually postpone and put off things due to laziness or carelessness. Being a procrastinator doesn’t mean you’re not a hard worker, it just mean that you have to work a little more to get past your habits.
There are 5 types of procrastinators:
- The Daredevil – This one starts his work only when the deadline is just around the corner. His work is always done under great pressure and usually with a lot of errors, as he doesn’t really care about the quality of it as long as it gets done.
- The Self-Saboteur – This one is his own worst enemy, putting obstacles in his path to stop himself from completing his work; that way he can say it wasn’t his fault. He can handle stress and does not care what others think of him.
- The Ostrich – Likes to stick his head in the sand and ignore his assignments, avoiding having to make decisions. He’s afraid of failure and feeling useless, and can’t handle stress at all. He’s very serious about his work and is concerned about what others think of him.
- The Chicken – Can’t make a decision to save his life, as there are too many choices. By the time he makes up his mind, it’s too late, causing him to feel like he may as well put things off and let someone else choose for him.
- The Perfectionist – He is ruled by what others think of him, and will settle for nothing less than perfection (which is impossible). He delays work until he is sure that other won’t criticize it.
Whatever type of procrastinator you are, you need to conquer your fears, stop making excuses and just go for it.
We’ll end with a lighter note, so here are some funny quotes and examples, our inner-procrastinator can relate to:
- “When the number of postponed tasks is rapidly growing, one needs to find a solution… tomorrow”
- The meaning of the word “tomorrow” is: ‘the best time to do everything you planned for today.’
- Nike’s logo should be ‘Just Do It… Tomorrow’
- “I am the best procrastinator I know. If procrastination was an Olympic Game, I’m sure I would have won the gold medal.”
- Procrastination is: “being very busy doing things one doesn’t need to do in order to avoid doing anything one is actually supposed to be doing.”
- “Maybe sometimes I procrastinate doing my work, but I’ve never procrastinated taking a nap.”
- “There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you are supposed to be doing something else.”
With Ginger Keyboard you can fight the “procrastination epidemic” by listing all your tasks and assignments using Any.do directly from your keyboard.
Download the latest version here.
Liron and the Ginger Team.
Jul 2nd 2015
We are excited to announce, that earlier this week, engadget published an article by our very own CMO Oded Llios, “Does Siri Proactive Spell the End of Keyboards?”
As keyboards are becoming more and more contextual awareness, being able to process the user’s input, integrate with other apps, and are built to maximize productivity. The possibilities of their usefulness are becoming nearly boundless.
Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
“At last month’s WWDC, when Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior VP of Services and Software, stepped on stage to demonstrate the powerful new capabilities of the enhanced version of Siri, he walked into his own worst nightmare. Asking the personal assistant to “play that song from Selma” Siri thought for a moment and then starting playing “Selene” by Imagine Dragons. After an awkward pause, Mr. Cue tried it again, with Siri (thankfully) getting it right on the second try. While there certainly are a number of really impressive features that Apple included in the new Siri (cleverly named Siri Proactive), Siri’s very public failure underscored one of the biggest problems that voice-enabled personal assistants still are plagued with: they just don’t get you…yet.
Now, just because they are not perfect today, smartphone-based personal assistants – from Siri to Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana – have dramatically improved over the last several years. In fact, they have gotten so good, that we must ask ourselves: as our personal assistants become smarter and more accurate, how will this impact our reliance on written forms of communication and will there come a time that we won’t have to rely at all on our keyboards to communicate?…”
To read the full article, click here.
Liron and the Ginger Team