Mobile is Where It’s At, Even Google Says So

According to the Australian company Search Factory, “How do I Google something” is googled over 4,000 times per month on average. Clearly there’s a little bit of a mix-up happening somewhere, but Google says its coming mostly from mobile users.

The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.”

With this shift towards mobile over desktop usage, it’s no wonder there are so many mobile applications these days. The Apple Store recorded over 1.2 million apps in July 2014 while the Android Store reported 1.3 million.

Ever wondered why your Google suggestions are so weird? Buzzfeed has the answer. For a good laugh, also check out “The 22 Most Satisfying Google Searches” on the site now.

 

 

mygooi™ Sponsors Design Competition

Students to create user interfaces for gooisocial mobile app

DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) December 19, 2014

Design students at Grand View University are being challenged to bring their fresh ideas to the business screen of mygooi’s gooisocial application, the company said. It is sponsoring a competition, which will take place the week of Jan. 12, with the winner receiving a gift card and recognition for the accomplishment.

The students are taking interactive design with Cyndi Wiley, assistant professor of art and design at the Des Moines school and winner of a 2014-15 professional development award provided by The Principal Financial Group. Wiley said the competition fits with her development of a program in Interactive Media Technology and Human Computer Interaction which is being funded, in part, by the award.

mygooi founder and president Jay Namboor said, “We are challenging the students to create a user interface (UI) that maintains the consistency of the app’s theme and purpose, using the skills they’ve learned in all their design classes. We’ll make a presentation about gooisocial, walking them through each screen and the app’s functionality. They will compete against each other in creating the most innovative UI design.

“On the last day of the competition, students will present their designs to professor Wiley and a team from mygooi. We’re looking for a winning UI design we can use partially or completely in the app. We’ll also encourage all participants to feature these designs in their portfolios and on their resumes.”

The free gooisocial app is business focused and driven by consumers. It does not include liking, friending or a skewed fan base but has a gooi rating scale that allows local businesses to compete with large corporations.
“It’s an interactive innovative app that rewards businesses for good service, and users for their feedback,” said Namboor. “gooisocial is a customizable, all-inclusive platform for businesses. It grows as their needs, products and fan base grow. This is the app that everyone will want to download.”

The UI is to be easy to navigate for all ages, but can be focused on males and females ages 20 through 40, according to the competition guidelines. The students must take into consideration mygooi’s corporate colors, fonts and the overall look of the current app screens.

“We want students to use their creativity to think outside the box!” added Namboor.
gooisocial (http://www.gooisocial.com, http://mygooi.com/products/gooisocial/), a free mobile social app, highlights businesses, places, people and things that are one-of-a-kind. Something gooi is not something you like; it’s something you or your trusted buddies in the gooiverse love. It is available for iOS (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gooisocial/id900305840?mt=8) and android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gooi.social).

Grand View University, founded in 1896, is a private not-for-profit liberal arts university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It offers a career-oriented, liberal arts–grounded curriculum at two campus locations in greater Des Moines.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where The Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.
Visit our website and download apps at http://www.mygooi.com.
mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at cff.org.

Media Contacts:
Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi.com

How Shakira Changed the World

This She Wolf is One Dedicated Advocate

Shakira is best known for her musical and dancing successes – we’ll admit that we Agents of Goo have rocked out to “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.” However, the Colombian artist has also made a name for herself as a humanitarian. Her charitable and advocacy work focus on global education and early childhood development. Shakira’s numerous accomplishments are outstanding, so we’ve compiled a short list of some of her most notable philanthropic efforts.

  1. Fundacion Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation)

    Shakira founded Fundacion Pies Descalzos in 1997. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping Colombian children in vulnerable and displaced communities through education, with schools being the center of community development. Through their Open Door School Strategy, the organization emphasizes Quality Public Education, Nutrition, and Life Tools for the youth, their families, and community members.

  2. ALAS Foundation

    Shakira was also one of the founding members of America Latina en Accion Solidaria (Latin America in Solidarity Action). This organization advocates for the implementation of policies to help with early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean. ALAS urges governments, potential allies, and society to invest in this important cause to “ensure a country’s growth and development.”

  3. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

    In autumn of 2003, Shakira became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The artist has continued her advocacy for global education through this position, and has met with children worldwide to encourage them to follow their educational dreams.

Your Holiday Work Party Unwrapped

Staying Healthy in the Midst of Holiday Parties is Piece of Cake

‘Tis the season for holiday parties at the office! While these events are great for getting to know your coworkers outside of emails and away from the copy machine, they are also a death trap for whatever is left of your summer diet. Staying healthy over the holidays can be a challenge, here’s help.

Potlucks are filled with unhealthy snacks. But they’re so delicious that even we Agents of Goo fall victim to their temptations! So what would it take to counteract the unwanted results from these popular goodies? We’ve compiled a list of party food recipes common over here in the States, and the ways you can look out for your health and shed some of the extra weight without feeling too much of a burn.

  1. Chewy Sugar Cookies – Gale Gand

    What’s a holiday party without sugar cookies? This recipe is hard to avoid with the combination of easy preparation and a perfectly soft end-result. Have you eaten one (or two, or three…) too many? Build a giant snowman to burn off those extra sugars!

  2. Scotcharoos – allrecipes.com

    Scotcharoos have to be one of my favorite party treats of all time. Consequently, I hear them calling my name at a party and end up eating too many of them. If you have the same problem that I do, play a game of ice or roller hockey to combat the calories.

  3. Buffet Meatballs – Taste of Home

    Whether they’re meatballs or little smokies, these hors d’oeuvres are practically guaranteed to be at every holiday party you attend. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re super easy to make (and you already learned how much I love my slow cooker). However, it’s easy to fill your plate with these deceiving little guys – and when a serving of only three meatballs is 160+ calories, you’re looking at a quick way to rack up your caloric intake. But no need to fret, you can burn some of that off by playing a game of basketball.

  4. Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Alton Brown

    Serve this delicious appetizer with a warm baguette and your coworkers will thank you. The ooey goodness of this dip makes it nearly impossible to keep from inhaling the whole dish. Scrub, vacuum, and declutter your way back to your pre-Spin Dip weight. While you’re at it, spread some holiday cheer by donating your unused clothes and household items to a local charity.

  5. Buffalo Chicken Dip – Claire Robinson

    This is another dip that is a must-have at parties. The buffalo sauce brings the perfect amount of heat and is balanced by the cream cheese and bleu cheese. If you’re like me and have had more scoops than you should, get active by having a snowball fight with your family.

  6. Outrageous Brownies – Ina Garten

    A party isn’t a party without brownies! While they may not be everyone’s kryptonite, the fudgey goodness is certainly dangerous to my (attempted) healthy diet. A winter hike may be the answer should you devour a few too many.

  7. Chex® Muddy Buddies® – Betty Crocker

    Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, whatever you choose to call it, is addictive! Who could resist the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar? It’s easy to lose track of how many handfuls you’ve had of this delicious snack. To counteract the adverse effects, grab a friend and go ice skating at your local rink.

  8. Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles – Paula Deen

    You are bound to see some of these goodies this holiday season. Chocolate covered pretzels are a quick dessert and make for an easy small gift for those extra people on your list! With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, you may find yourself reaching for a few more. Keep the fun going while working off some of those extra calories: turn on the Nintendo Wii and go virtual skiing.

What do Pirates, Vampires, and Serial Killers Have in Common?

If you came here looking for a short answer to the headline: Johnny Depp is the answer!

We all know Johnny Depp as an eccentric, versatile actor – he’s played a suave (yet unsuccessful) pirate, a passionate vampire, a murderous barber, an odd candyman, a Mad Hatter, and an artificial intelligence researcher, just to name a few. Needless to say, Depp can act in an array of challenging, quirky roles. This phenomenal actor has always lived a life of goo, both on and off the screen.

Depp’s gooi Philosophy

The actor has no problem passing up roles on big budget films with nearly-guaranteed success, stating, “I was so uncomfortable being a product, I swore to myself I would cut my own path. Besides I could always go back to playing guitar or pumping gas.” Depp has never let the money blind him from his true passion of portraying challenging, unique characters with depth to their personalities. However, Depp always seems to impress his audiences, and the actor landed his first oscar nomination for his work as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp drew his inspiration for Jack Sparrow after Keith Richards, the gooi lead singer of the Rolling Stones.

Depp before Depp

Born in Owensboro Kentucky in 1963, Depp and his family lived in 20 different places by the time he was seven years old. The now famous actor began some questionable habits at a young age, including smoking cigarettes and doing recreational drugs. He eventually dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a rock musician, starting with the band The Kids. Depp married Lori Anne Allison at age 20, whose career as a makeup artist allowed her to introduce Johnny to Nicolas Cage, a man who encouraged Depp to pursue acting. Though his relationship ended in divorce in 1985, Depp’s acting career was just beginning.

The Big Break

Despite his rocky adolescent years, Depp still managed to find success in acting. After meeting Nicolas Cage, Depp is introduced to an agent and lands a role in the 1984 film Nightmare on Elm Street. The actor quickly became a teen sensation when he earned the role of Officer Tom Hanson on the television series 21 Jump Street. However, Depp was uninterested in the role and eventually got out of a six year contract with the series.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

When discussing Depp’s acting career, it’s impossible to ignore his work with eccentric director Tim Burton. The two first worked together when Depp played the title role in Edward Scissorhands. Depp and Burton would go on to work together in numerous films, including Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.

Continuing to Follow the Goo

Depp has seen continued success with nominations and awards for various roles, including J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, and reprised performances of Captain Jack Sparrow. The actor will appear as The Wolf in Into the Woods this December, as well as the title character in Mortdecai, which is scheduled to be released in January or February.

mygooi™ to Collaborate on gooisafety With Speck USA

Companies will refine handling of customized safety needs

DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) November 14, 2014

Speck USA, Midwest leader in parking lot paving and maintenance and decorative concrete, and mygooi™ have entered into a partnership to perfect gooisafety applications, said mygooi president and founder Jay Namboor.

“Speck USA is the ideal partner to stress test our application,” Namboor said. “This ongoing collaboration is a starting point for us to work closely with the company’s business requirements.”

“The ability to send out important urgent information is a top reason we’re happy to be customizing and using gooisafety applications,” said Matt Mausser, Speck president and CEO. “We’re excited with the ability to drive safety information to employees and subcontractors and to have complete control of implementing our program.”

gooisafety (http://mygooi.com/products/gooisafety/) is a custom mobile application suite for workplace safety. It is customized to an organization’s specific state and federal (OSHA) reporting and threat concerns, putting the information to prevent accidents in every employee’s hands and making it faster and more efficient to mitigate and document accidents if they do happen. Using gooisafety on their mobile devices, organizations can implement everything from injury investigation reports to entire safety programs. Custom-designed mobile apps put safety information in the right hands, anytime and anywhere.

About Speck USA

Speck USA (http://www.speckusa.com/) knows concrete, working with it since the company’s founding in 1968 as a commercial parking lot maintenance company serving the Des Moines area. Now one of the largest paving and parking lot companies in the Midwest, Speck also provides full decorative and commercial concrete services to clients from small private firms to large multinational corporations, and to the residential market from individual homeowners to residential builders and general contractors. Speck’s unique combination of size and experience provides superior customer service, bringing unparalleled value to clients.

About mygooi

mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Stockholm, Sweden, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where The Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.
Visit our website and download apps at http://www.mygooi.com.
mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at cff.org.

Media Contacts:
Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi.com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi.com

Global Director for gooisocial Business Development Named

mygooi™ said it has named Ron Aylward to be global director of business development for its gooisocial media platform.

“We’re pleased to be able to draw on Ron’s strong international background,” said CEO Paul N. Greenwood, noting Aylward was most recently director of international franchise operations for health-and-wellness product retailer GNC Holdings.

“Our initial focus will be the SMB market in Latin America,” said Aylward. “The gooisocial media app is an incredibly useful tool for small and medium businesses to connect with customers. It is a steadily improving, business to business to customer tool, which develops a network that builds customer awareness and involvement.

“Businesses and customers can work closely together using gooisocial. It’s a great way for a customer who needs a product or service to connect with a business that has good reviews from trusted sources. It saves them time and effort, and they can negotiate right on their smart devices. Plus businesses can get immediate feedback on how well they’re doing, which gives them the opportunity to enhance performance.”

Greenwood noted that mygooi is developing exciting features it will be adding to the gooisocial platform over the next few months.

Aylward, who will be based in Florida, said he plans to have an advisory board in place by the end of the year, with members representing Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America. “The board will provide insights on how to serve the region better,” he said, adding that once Latin American operations are in place, he will be looking to opportunities in Asia’s SMB market.

Aylward led specialty retailer Starbucks Coffee Company’s international license division as vice president of operations and was regional director for chocolate-maker Godiva’s Midwest division before going to GNC.

Media Contacts

Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi(dot)com

Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi(dot)com

mygooi™ to Support MaxMyTV’s Efforts on Internet of Things

Advanced technology puts social media, home automation on any television

Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

The ability for people to participate in social media and to control a wide range of smart devices from a single point is taking a large step forward with the advent of MaxMyTV’s smart hub and sensor technology, says mygooi CEO Paul N. Greenwood.

“Bringing gooisocial to the Internet of Things platform provided by the MaxMyTV team is an exciting opportunity,” says Greenwood. “We are thrilled to be involved with their vision of providing the social experience integrated with TV.”

“mygooi’s social media platform is the perfect match for our technology,” noted MaxMyTV CEO Robert Kennedy. “Their app to bring people together fits our technology to bring the varied developments in smart computing – personal and embedded – into a single, convenient place. Delivering social media via MaxMyTV is a great opportunity.”

‘The Smart Hub upgrades your TV to a Home Automation and Social Media Control Center,” says MaxMyTV as ;part of its Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maxmytv/maxmytv-home-automation-and-social-media-overlay-o?ref=discovery), which runs through Dec. 6. The McDonald, Pennsylvania, company is seeking to raise $250,000.

gooisocial (http://www.gooisocial.com) is a mobile social app that highlights businesses, places, people and things that are one-of-a-kind. Something gooi is not something you like; it’s something you or your trusted buddies in the gooiverse Love.

The Internet of Things refers to interconnecting uniquely identifiable embedded, portable and wearable computing devices. This advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications. Analysts expect this interconnection to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid. The “Things” referred to include home monitoring systems (thermostats, security) and a wide variety of devices, such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals and automobiles with built-in sensors.

About mygooi
mygooi™ is an energetic brand platform that is digital, creative, disruptive and global. Its portfolio of emerging products sizzles with IC/DC (Innovation and Creativity/Disruption and Community). mygooi’s utility and purpose are to bring people together with innovative digital products. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Stockholm, Sweden, and Chennai, India, mygooi lives where the sun always shines and has as its mission to Go Where The Life Is.™

See mygooi updates and watch gooination grow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygooi.
Visit our website and download apps at http://www.mygooi.com.
mygooi supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check them out at cff.org.

Media Contacts:
Mark Perlman
mygooi
312-315-0707 / Markp(at)mygooi(dot)com

Richard Greb
mygooi
847-651-1445 / Richardg(at)mygooi(dot)com

How to be Lazy and Healthy

 

4 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes to Try This Autumn

We all Deserve to Relax

My favorite season is finally here! Autumn brings Pumpkin Spice Lattes, piping hot soups, layers upon layers of clothes…and the inevitable demise of your summer diet. While these cooler months can make you want to throw some Easy Mac in the microwave and curl up under the blankets, you don’t have to completely abandon good-for-you food. You can come home from work to a home cooked healthy meal without sacrificing your lazy evening on the couch.

Pizza and the Power of a Slow Cooker

Though we Agents of Goo love our pizza, we also recognize the importance of balance in living a healthy life. However, we know that a hectic work schedule can make finding that balance difficult. Our easy solution for wholesome food this autumn? Let your slow cooker do the work! Below are a few healthy, easy recipes that are must-haves during the cooler months.

  1. Crockpot Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

    From Cup of Judy
    While some stuffed pepper recipes cause you to sacrifice health for taste, this recipe doesn’t! If you’re watching your fat intake, ground turkey can be a good alternative to beef, but only if you check the labels! The important thing is to make sure that the meat you select is at least 90/10 (90% lean and 10% fat content). Remember, certain cuts of the same meat contain more fat than others, so read your labels to make sure that you’re selecting the leaner option.
    That being said, when I made this recipe last week, I omitted the canned tomato sauce and substituted a mixture of tomato paste, water, and lemon juice. While I cooked the ground turkey, I added some cumin, chili powder, and a hint of Nature’s Seasoning – delicious! Finally, you can substitute cooked rice for the quinoa, but bear in mind that quinoa is the healthier option.

  2. Easy Crockpot Applesauce

    From The Frugal Girls
    Apples are in season in autumn and I just went to an orchard and pumpkin patch on Sunday. Therefore, stumbling upon this slow cooker applesauce made my week! In this recipe, Heidi from The Frugal Girls uses one teaspoon of sugar and adjusts that amount to taste. However, using sweeter apples can allow you to completely omit the added sugar. Also, I’m a big fan of cinnamon, so you can bet that my applesauce will include a aving lot of it!

  3. Wake up to Crockpot Breakfast Burritos

    From Cooking Books
    Nothing beats waking up and having breakfast already made! This recipe requires little effort when you’re feeling groggy – just scramble some eggs, place them in soft shell tortillas, and add some of your slow cooker filling. You can serve these breakfast burritos with your favorite toppings, such as hot sauce, salsa, and homemade guacamole. An added bonus: this slow cooker filling can be reheated easily when you’re in a breakfast-for-dinner mood!

  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

    From If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
    What would an autumn recipe list be without a hearty soup? This chicken chili has little prep time and a LOT of flavor. For a little bit more of a kick, add some extra cumin and chili powder.