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ALGORITHM: Internet Dictionary Word of the Day


A set of mathematical rules that search engines use to rank the search results once a user has entered in a keyword (or keywords) when performing an online search. In other words, it is a method of ranking the Web site listings contained within its index.

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Wireless and Your Health.

mobile devices 2New technology always has its naysayers. With the rapidly growing amount of wireless technology available, many people fear what it could be doing to their health.

Mobile and wireless devices emit radiation – that’s a scientific fact. What we don’t know is how much radiation our bodies are receiving from this technology.

What the Experts Have to Say

On one hand, some scientists claim to have found evidence saying wireless devices are harmful, but on the other hand it’s harder to find evidence saying something isn’t harmful. You’d be trying to prove that something doesn’t exist, which is harder than proving that something does. The World Health Organization has concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to confirm these health fears. Read More »

What is the Difference Between a Modem and a Router?

Routers and modems look very similar, a little plastic box with blinking lights, so justifiably many people cannot tell them apart from each other. However, a router and a modem each serve their own purpose, and once you recognize the differences between the two they are fairly easy to understand.

If you are interested in learning more about our own internet services, you can contact Tranquility today. We will do our best to assist you with any questions or internet situations you may have.

Get to Know the New Apple iOS 7.

If you’re an iPhone user, Apple has big news for you. With the release of iOS 7 this fall, the company will be presenting the first major redesign of the iPhone since the first version came out in 2007. This operating system overhaul will be available for the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini, and the fifth generation of the iPod Touch.


The design changes to the operating system are easy to see at first glance. The graphics are sharper, the icons flatter, the color theme more pastel and the background more distant from the icons. There’s also a new slide-from-the-bottom unlock function and animated transitions when opening and closing apps.

There are other, less obvious changes to iOS 7 as well. These added features and modifications include:

  • Control Center

The control center is a brand new addition to the iOS repertoire. It groups all of your frequently used settings into one place, including airplane mode, Wifi, bluetooth, music controls, screen brightness, the camera and more. An added feature accessible through the control center is a flashlight application, which uses the device’s built-in camera flash.

  • Safari

Apple improved the Safari app by unifying the URL field and search field and more flexible browser tabs. The browser tabs appear as vertically scrolling rectangles that can be swiped away and are no longer limited to eight at a time. iOS 7 also allows users access to Apple’s new iCloud Keychain to store passwords and credit card information across devices, giving you immediate access to password protected sites and autofilling billing information. Read More »

How to Add an Image to Your Gmail Signature

Embedding an Image into Gmail Signature

Not long ago we showed you how to create a signature in your Gmail or Tnetmail accounts. What if you want to add a little pizazz to your signature with an image? The following steps and video show you how to do just that.

  1. First be sure that the image you want to insert can be found on a public website.
  2. If it cannot, follow the following steps to create a URL for your image: Read More »

Confusing Internet Terms Explained

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Internet dialogue gets used every day and can be quite confusing if you do not fully understand what it means. Below are some terms that the Tranquility team most commonly receives questions about and what they mean or  do.

What is that?

  • Browser – Common browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. These programs display websites and allow you to access and retrieve information from the Internet.
  • URL (Uniform Resource Locator) – Also known as your web address, web browsers use this formatted text string as a shortcut to locate websites in the World Wide Web.
  • Address Bar – Located in the upper portion of the browser, this is where you type the URL address for websites. The address bar also displays the website you are currently visiting.
    This is an example of an address bar.

    This is an example of an address bar.

  • Search Engine – This is the term for resources like Google, Bing, and Yahoo that scan the Internet using keywords entered into a search box. The search engine then finds and displays web pages that contain or are related to those keywords.
  • OS (Operating System) – Common examples of an OS are Windows 8 for PC and iOS7 for the iPhone. Basically, the OS is a software program responsible for allowing communication between the computer hardware and the software. A computer and the programs installed on it are essentially useless without an OS.

Still Confused?

No need to fret if you still do not understand or if you have other questions! Just give Tranquility a call today and they can help you with any concerns you may have.


How To Create an Email Signature

Setting Up an Email Signature on Gmail

Gmail and Tnetmail offer you the option to have a default signature that places itself at the end of all your sent emails. The following steps and video explain how to create and customize this signature.

  1. When logged into your Gmail, click on the settings gear in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. Click on “Settings” in the drop down box.
  3. Go to the “General” tab and scroll down to “Signature.” Highlight the bubble next to your name and email address. Make sure the desired email account is displayed.
  4. Type your signature into the text field. You should at least include your email and phone number. Usually, you will also want to include your company name, job title, and web address. Your address and a fax number may also be helpful depending on your business.
  5. If you would like to hyperlink your web address, simply highlight the address and then click the link button on the formatting bar at the top of the text field.
  6. You can edit the font of your signature with the options in the formatting bar. Gmail gives you a limited number of font types to choose from because these fonts are compatible on any computer and with any email service.
  7. Then check the box below the text field to make sure your signature will be inserted before quoted text in replies.
  8. When you are all finished, scroll down and click on “Save Changes” at the bottom of the settings page.

Keep on the lookout for a video on how to upload and insert an image into your Gmail signature in the near future.

Adding a signature to your Tnetmail account is done in the exact same fashion as Gmail. If you are interested in using Tnetmail, contact Tranquility for information.

Flat Branch Home Loans: Taking Internet and Design to the Next Level.

A Business on a Mission

Flat Branch Home Loans: Quality, full service, local.

Flat Branch Home Loans: Quality, full service, local.

The Flat Branch mission is clear: quality, impeccable, local, full service. A business aiming to be the best at every step of a home loan process, their goal is continuous improvement and growth.

Flat Branch opened in 2005,  and after two years of business Flat Branch consisted of 30 employees. Now employing 85 people, Flat Branch has nearly tripled in size, 40 of which were hired this year! In 2011, Inc. magazine listed Flat Branch one of the “Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies.”

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CoMo Massage Adapts a More “Tranquil” Environment

CoMo Massage Focuses on Mind and Body


Therapists at KeLani Wellness Spa: (left to right) Samantha, Alison, and Andrea

CoMo Massage at KeLani Wellness Spa strives to provide its clients with a therapeutic massage in a day spa atmosphere. Alison Sower, founder of CoMo Massage, started her career in 2009 after she fell in love with the calming atmosphere of massage.

CoMo Massage stands for not just Columbia, Missouri, but also Combined Modalities. Sower focuses her therapy on the health benefits of massage to maximize the therapeutic payoff for her customers.

Sower often wonders what the world would be like if everyone just had a massage. You could say this idea became one of the motives behind moving CoMo Massage to the former KeLani Wellness Spa building on East Walnut Street. Because of the increased space, Sower and the other therapists of KeLani Wellness Spa are now able to ensure that more customers experience the relaxation of mind and body through massage. Read More »

New Features For Gmail Inbox

Gmail Spices Things Up With New Update

Google’s latest update takes customizing your Gmail experience to a whole new level. The new Gmail automatically filters emails into specific category tabs as they arrive. The idea is to make it easier for users to read messages of the same type all at once and avoid annoying inbox clutter. You can now separate your casual reads from more pressing emails by allowing five new tabs:New-Gmail-inbox-web-002

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