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  • Life Insurance 101

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    August is here, and while I only have one kid left in college, it seems all everyone wants to talk about this month is going back to school.  With that in mind, here’s a quick life insurance education.  Additionally, below I dispel some myths and confirm some facts about the most important product mankind ever invented (that’s right—what else allows you to replace your income for pennies on the dollar AND protect your family!?!  The wheel was a pretty valuable invention, so I’d listen to an argument for that). Group life insurance through your employer is sufficient…
  • DISA Authorizes AWS as First Commercial Cloud Approved for Sensitive Workloads

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    I am happy to be able to announce that AWS has achieved the first DoD Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model's at security impact levels 3-5! AWS previously received a DoD Provisional Authorization for security impact levels 1-2. This new Authorization covers AWS GovCloud (US) and DoD customers can now move forward with their deployments of applications processing controlled and for official use only unclassified information. As part of the Level 3-5 Authorization, our partners and DoD customers will be able to implement a wide range of DoD requirements necessary to…
  • Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Back to School for College Students
    Erin Ferris
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    During the elementary, middle, and high school years, much of the responsibility for students’ health and safety belongs to teachers, administrators, and school nurses. Staff members know CPR, basic first aid, and how to use an AED. Staff members know where to find the AED, how to evacuate students from the building, and where to shelter in place. Staff members lead, students follow. But once students head off to college, a dramatic shift occurs. Though most colleges and universities provide students with extensive health and safety resources, students must begin to take responsibility for…
  • Summer movie spots: Traveling to the settings of blockbusters

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    People from all over the world flock to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.Yes, Los Angeles dazzles with it's Hollywood charm. Everywhere you turn, you see a landmark (or a person) that appeared on the big screen. But across America, many other cities and towns have starred in blockbusters, from Astoria, Ore., where Kindergarten Cop and Goonies were filmed, to Philadelphia that's known for the Rocky movies, all six of them.PhiladelphiaMany of the scenes from the popular series of boxing movies—always a hit with teens—were filmed in Philly. In Rocky 2, Rocky proposes to Adrian at…
  • It’s National Lemonade Day: Tart it up with Bigelow Tea

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tangy. Tart. Sour. All words used to describe the beaming lemon. And no better time than National Lemonade Day for Bigelow Tea to celebrate this wonder fruit. In fact, Bigelow Tea makes a Half-and-Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blend of rich black tea and lightly sweetened lemonade that’s brew-ready and super-refreshing!  The perfect cup to drink today … and everyday! Twitter pal @mariatack knows it’s “perfect for a hot day.” So, while we’re on the subject, some lemon tidbits to brighten your day… Lemons possess detoxifying and antibacterial propertiesskin…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Life Insurance 101

    Byron Udell
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    August is here, and while I only have one kid left in college, it seems all everyone wants to talk about this month is going back to school.  With that in mind, here’s a quick life insurance education.  Additionally, below I dispel some myths and confirm some facts about the most important product mankind ever invented (that’s right—what else allows you to replace your income for pennies on the dollar AND protect your family!?!  The wheel was a pretty valuable invention, so I’d listen to an argument for that). Group life insurance through your employer is sufficient…
  • Freedom On My Mind

    Byron Udell
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Even though the Fourth of July is in our rear view mirror, I’m still thinking about freedom. Believe it or not, life insurance and freedom are related.  When you or your family receives a death benefit, that money for the most part is delivered tax free.  When you know your family is protected, you are free from the heavy burden that comes with NOT having life insurance.  When you decide to do the right thing and get a quote, it’s FREE and takes only 5 minutes. You’re probably thinking, I’m healthy, I’m (sort of) young, I’m not going to die.  And you’re probably right –…
  • The Motley Fool Gets It Right

    Byron Udell
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    As Jason Hall adeptly points out in his piece on The Motley Fool, people are living longer these days.  That’s good to know, because it means I’ll have many more days like Tuesday – my birthday – in the coming years. Jason’s more important point in his story, in which I was heavily quoted, is that “you probably don’t have enough life insurance – if you have any at all.”  It’s refreshing to read a member of the media GET IT RIGHT.  So many journalists get it dead wrong when it comes to life insurance!  Case in point:  A former AccuQuote employee who still keeps an…
  • Everyone Has A Story...

    Byron Udell
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Calvin Lampert has been a customer of AccuQuote since 2006.  In 2012, Ishani and Cal completed a Policy Review analysis and together determined that Cal needed another $350,000 term policy because his other policy was expiring. Two months prior to Ishani’s call in 2012, Cal had just completed a physical exam; he was in perfect health. However, the carrier would not approve Cal’s new $350,000 term policy without additional testing.  Ishani never heard from Cal again until May of this year. It was quite an emotional reunion. After realizing it was Ishani, Calvin said, “I love you, you…
  • Want More Term Life Insurance But Don’t Want to Take a Medical Exam?

    Byron Udell
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:06 pm
    One of our top-rated carriers has a new program that makes it easier to purchase more term life insurance without a medical exam and with minimal paperwork.  Here’s how it works: If you purchased your current life insurance policy in the last five years, you may qualify to purchase additional term insurance of $250,000 to $1 million without the required medical exam provided your health has not declined. Find out if you qualify for this quick and easy way to increase your term insurance—without an exam—by calling us at 877-908-5093.  If your life has changed, shouldn’t your life…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • DISA Authorizes AWS as First Commercial Cloud Approved for Sensitive Workloads

    Jeff Barr
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    I am happy to be able to announce that AWS has achieved the first DoD Provisional Authorization under the DoD Cloud Security Model's at security impact levels 3-5! AWS previously received a DoD Provisional Authorization for security impact levels 1-2. This new Authorization covers AWS GovCloud (US) and DoD customers can now move forward with their deployments of applications processing controlled and for official use only unclassified information. As part of the Level 3-5 Authorization, our partners and DoD customers will be able to implement a wide range of DoD requirements necessary to…
  • New SSL Features for Amazon CloudFront - Session Tickets, OCSP Stapling, Perfect Forward Secrecy

    Jeff Barr
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    You probably know that you can use Amazon CloudFront to distribute your content to users around the world with a high degree of security, low latency and high data transfer speed. CloudFront supports the use of secure HTTPS connections from the origin to the edge and from the edge to the client; if you enable this option data travels from the origin to your end users in a secure, encrypted form. Today we are making some additional improvements to the performance and security of CloudFront's SSL implementation. These features are enabled automatically and work with the default CloudFront SSL…
  • Amazon SNS Update - Large Topics and MPNS Authenticated Mode

    Jeff Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fast and flexible push messaging service. You can easily send messages to Apple, Google, Fire OS and Windows devices, including Android devices in China (via Baidu Cloud Push). Today we are enhancing SNS with support for large topics (more than 10,000 subscribers) and authenticated delivery to MPNS (Microsoft Push Notification Service). Large Topics SNS offers two publish modes. First, you can push messages directly to specific mobile devices. Second, you can create an SNS topic, provide your customers with a mechanism to allow them to subscribe…
  • AWS Week in Review - August 11, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, August 11 We announced Multi-Factor Authentication for Amazon WorkSpaces. We announced that you can now Tag Your Elastic Load Balancers. The AWS Windows and .NET Developer Blog talked about S3 Server Side Encryption With Windows PowerShell. We published Episode 96 of the AWS Podcast. Tuesday, August 12 We announced that you can now Rapidly Deploy SharePoint on AWS With a New Deployment Guide and Templates. We announced that you can Simplify PHP Development With Z-Ray in the Cloud from Zend. A post on the AWS…
  • New Introductory AWS Videos & Labs - DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk, and Elastic MapReduce

    Jeff Barr
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Earlier this year, I wrote about our Free AWS Instructional Videos and the associated AWS labs. The videos and the labs will help you to get started using an AWS Service in about 30 minutes. We have recently added three new videos and labs to go along with them: Introduction to Amazon DynamoDB - Video / Lab Introduction to AWS Elastic Beanstalk - Video / Lab Introduction to Amazon Elastic MapReduce - Video / Lab. Each "Introduction to AWS" topic includes a short video to help you learn key concepts and terminology as well as see a step-by-step console demonstration. After watching the video,…
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  • Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Back to School for College Students

    Erin Ferris
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    During the elementary, middle, and high school years, much of the responsibility for students’ health and safety belongs to teachers, administrators, and school nurses. Staff members know CPR, basic first aid, and how to use an AED. Staff members know where to find the AED, how to evacuate students from the building, and where to shelter in place. Staff members lead, students follow. But once students head off to college, a dramatic shift occurs. Though most colleges and universities provide students with extensive health and safety resources, students must begin to take responsibility for…
  • The Journey from Arm to Arm — Wynonna & Cactus’ story

    Curtis Midkiff
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Blood donations help millions of patients in need.  To make the journey from “arm to arm,” every unit goes through so many steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be. After finding a blood donation opportunity, and going through a short health history questionnaire and mini-physical, the Red Cross collects about 1 pint of blood and several small test tubes from each donor.  The donation is stored in an iced cooler and then transported to a Red Cross manufacturing center, where it is then scanned into a computer database and sent off. The blood is received in one of three Red…
  • From Desk to Disaster: Interns Train to Become Responders

    Sarah Layton
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    By Liza Crawford, Media Relations Intern As a communications intern at the American Red Cross, I see stories every day about our volunteers responding to disasters. Their names are rarely mentioned, but their impact is clear. When a disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there, supporting those who have lost everything, providing them with basic necessities and comfort and holding their hands as they embark on the long journey to recovery. I joined the Red Cross because I wanted to be a part of this mission, so I jumped at the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and learn what it takes…
  • Sometimes Heroes Wear Crowns

    Sarah Layton
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Scott E. Toncray, APR Hayley Lewis, 21, Miss Tennessee 2014 recently preformed lifesaving skills she learned from being an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. A fellow pageant contestant choked on a piece of chicken and Lewis’ instincts kicked in enabling her to clear the airway of the other contestant who is also her friend. Lewis also had to preform CPR on a drowning victim when she was a lifeguard. “I just figured that it was time to renew my skills realizing how important they are,” Lewis said following the First Aid and CPR class at the Nashville Area chapter of the American…
  • 100 Days of Summer International #YouthDay

    Sarah Layton
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    By Eddie Zitnik, Chair, American Red Cross National Youth Council Today is International Youth Day, a special day during the year which celebrates the impact youth can make on society all around the world. At the American Red Cross we hope to inspire youth and young adults to donate blood this summer to help meet the daily need of 15,000 blood donations for approximately 2,700 hospitals across the country. As young people, we can make a difference. We are at an exciting time in history when youth have the potential to change the world in more ways than one. Donating blood is one of these…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • Summer movie spots: Traveling to the settings of blockbusters

    Amy Graff
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    People from all over the world flock to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.Yes, Los Angeles dazzles with it's Hollywood charm. Everywhere you turn, you see a landmark (or a person) that appeared on the big screen. But across America, many other cities and towns have starred in blockbusters, from Astoria, Ore., where Kindergarten Cop and Goonies were filmed, to Philadelphia that's known for the Rocky movies, all six of them.PhiladelphiaMany of the scenes from the popular series of boxing movies—always a hit with teens—were filmed in Philly. In Rocky 2, Rocky proposes to Adrian at…
  • Spokane, Wash.: Family reunion at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn

    Amy Graff
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    My family at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn.Every great hotel has a great lobby, a comfortable, inviting space where you can relax in an overstuffed chair and take in the bustling energy of the travelers coming and going. The staff behind the check-in counter wear warm smiles and quickly learn the names of guests. They remember that you're in town for a wedding or a graduation and ask you how the ceremony went. My 11-year-old daughter will be the first to tell you this. We recently stayed in a grand, luxurious hotel with a lobby fit for a queen. Oriental rugs the size of small…
  • Spokane, Wash.: Five fun neighborhoods for families to explore

    Amy Graff
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    On a visit to Spokane, you can easily spend all your time downtown as Riverfront Park offers an endless array of fun activities for families. But you should also check out the outlying neighborhoods where you'll find leafy streets lined with historic homes, bright blooming gardens and clusters of charming cafes, unique boutiques and hip restaurants where local chefs are using the freshest ingredients from the Spokane Valley to create inventive dishes. Put on your walking shoes and explore these enclaves!1) Brown's Addition: Spokane's oldest neighborhood This was Spokane's first residential…
  • Dick's: Best burgers in Spokane, Wash.

    Amy Graff
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    Where can a family of four eat for $15? Dick's Hamburgers in Spokane, Wash. We arrived in Spokane, Wash., at 9 p.m. We'd traveled over six hours all the way from Kelowna, B.C., driving around Lake Okanagan where vineyards blanketed the surrounding hillsides and then passing through pristine timberland before entering a vast sagebrush dessert where we were treated to a spectacular lightning storm. As we crossed Grand Coulee Dam, the rain poured so hard that police officers were parked at either side of the bridge to make sure drivers crossed safely. We wanted to reach Spokane before dark so we…
  • Spokane's Riverfront Park: A playground for families

    Amy Graff
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Spokane's Riverfront Park is a fun place for families to play.Spokane, Wash., hosted the World's Fair in 1974 to revive its blighted downtown. Many doubted that this small city of well under 200,000 could pull off an international event. But like the "Little Engine that Could," the community rallied and created a 100-acre park hugging the Spokane River. Big-name companies and countries from around the world built exhibits and attractions luring in over 5 million people. The world's smallest Expo was declared a big success.Today, Riverfront Park continues to attract locals and visitors from…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • It’s National Lemonade Day: Tart it up with Bigelow Tea

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tangy. Tart. Sour. All words used to describe the beaming lemon. And no better time than National Lemonade Day for Bigelow Tea to celebrate this wonder fruit. In fact, Bigelow Tea makes a Half-and-Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blend of rich black tea and lightly sweetened lemonade that’s brew-ready and super-refreshing!  The perfect cup to drink today … and everyday! Twitter pal @mariatack knows it’s “perfect for a hot day.” So, while we’re on the subject, some lemon tidbits to brighten your day… Lemons possess detoxifying and antibacterial propertiesskin…
  • Bigelow Tea And The Little League World Series!

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ah, summer…it’s a special time for Bigelow Tea for so many reasons! The weather is bright and sunny, there’s always a BBQ going on, there’s plenty of iced tea AND plenty of time to play ball! Bigelow Tea loves the boys of summer, and baseball in August also means the Little League World Series, happening August 8th–24th in Williamsport, PA. This famous international baseball tournament for young players between the ages of 11 and 13 is also broadcast nationally on ESPN. To legions of baseball fans “the world comes to Williamsport, Pennsylvania” in August. The Series…
  • Summer Vacations And Bigelow Tea

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    For many tea lovers, summer is all about traveling and seeing the world—with tea in hand! Facebook fan @DianaWay tells Bigelow Tea that she has iced Plantation Mint “in my ‘fridge 365 days a year.”  If you, like Diana, cannot live without tea, you can always bring your travel mug— but if you’re flying across the country or sailing the high seas, it’s quite likely that Bigelow Tea is being offered somewhere close by. Yes, it’s true! Your favorite Bigelow Tea varieties are found on the following cruise lines: Princess, Holland America, Costa and MSC.  Bigelow Tea is…
  • Bigelow Tea’s Back To College Tips

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s that time of year again. What seemed like an endless summer has now come to a sudden halt. College students have wrapped up once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunities, said good-bye to their parents for another semester, and moved back into their dorms. All these changes combined with figuring out your class schedule can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are a few “Back to College” tea drinking tips from Bigelow Tea: It always helps to have an assortment of Bigelow Tea for every occasion: A cup of Earl Grey for the morning, Green Tea with Mango for an…
  • Bigelow Tea And Lacrosse Are Deep Rooted In United States History

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The World Cup in Brazil certainly generated excitement this summer, but did you know we had some world class competition right here in the U.S. this July? The World Lacrosse Championships were held in Denver, Colorado over six days in July. The sports lovers at Bigelow Tea enjoy competition and know there are many sports and teams to root for—just like there are so many teas to choose from! It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea fan, asked recently: what’s your favorite Bigelow Tea? The Federation of International Lacrosse may not be a household name, but lacrosse has a…
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    Chrysler Blog

  • Car shows fuel enthusiasts' passion

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    With the purchase of every car, there’s a story to be told and bonds to be formed. Car shows and events, like the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Spring Festival of LXs, Moparpalooza, MoparFest and the countless other shows that occur every year, are the fuel that continues to strengthen those bonds and provide opportunity to share stories. Last week and this past weekend, we caught up with several people before and during the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Below is video of a few owners we met up with Saturday. For more, visit the Chrysler Group Facebook page. 
  • Meet the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The cat is out of the bag -- again! The cover is off the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HEMI® Hellcat, and the performance is just as fierce as the new Dodge Challenger SRT HEMI Hellcat that's been burning up the Internet with all the burnout videos recently. Watch the car being revealed at Here's the amazing news: Just like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new Charger SRT Hellcat's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. That's enough power to propel the Charger SRT Hellcat to a top speed…
  • Come cruising with us Saturday

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
      The annual Woodward Dream Cruise is as much about community and sharing our automotive passion as it is about getting behind the wheel. Stories of cruising and car modifications of yesteryear are repeated. Friendships are rekindled. New connections are fueled. And even a few car titles are transferred. All that and more centers around our collective love of the automobile. As people start lining up along the 16-mile WDC route this week, we want to know where the Chrysler Group-related clubs and our cruising gans will be gathering. We’ll be there this week and in full force…
  • WhatÂ’s Dodge going to reveal Wednesday?

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
      While the Woodward Dream Cruise is a one-day affair – Aug. 16 this year – anyone who knows anything about it knows the cruise starts several days before. And what better way for a high-performance centenarian like Dodge to help get your muscle car fuel flowing than to unveil something new. You can see it for yourself when we live webcast the unveiling 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. While we can’t offer any hints on what Dodge will be unveiling, we can give you a rundown of the main speakers during the approximate 30-minute event, and you can guess for yourself: Tim…
  • Make Dodge, Mopar the epicenter of your Woodward Dream Cruise

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    It's just a bit more than a week until the "official" day of the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, Aug. 16. The rumble of engines, squeal of tires and cheers of car fans already echo around Woodward Avenue as enthusiasts "pregame," you could say, for the big event. The southwest corner of Woodward and 13 Mile Road is Mopar or No Car Central in the days leading up to the Dream Cruise. With the Dodge brand celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Chrysler Group's corporate display will be steeped in performance. The "Mopar or no car" rally cry is certain…
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  • Q2 M-Commerce Explodes to 47% Y/Y Gain: What it Means for the Growth of Mobile

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    The 47% gain is a headline-worthy number to be sure, but let’s unpack that number a bit to understand why the quarter was so strong and what it really means for the future growth of m-commerce. One factor that significantly benefited the growth rate for the quarter was a pretty favorable comparison to the same quarter last year. You can see from the chart below that, prior to this year, m-commerce tended to see a seasonal share dip during the spring months. This actually makes sense given that m-commerce is still an emerging market, and we often see these behaviors amplified during both the…
  • Next iPhone Release Has Potential for a Huge Upgrade Cycle

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    To gain some better context for how significant an upgrade cycle the new iPhone launch might be, we analyzed several data points from the comScore MobiLens® service, which measures a variety of device characteristics in addition to mobile phone owner attitudes and behaviors. The data revealed several insights suggesting that this could be a major upgrade cycle for many iPhone owners.The illustration below shows the existing base of U.S. iPhone owners (age 13+) by current device along with their intentions to upgrade their device in the next six months. Some of the highlights include: 35% of…
  • Does Snapchat’s Strength Among Millennials Predict Eventual Mainstream Success?

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The three leading companies in the social media sector – Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – are worth nearly $250 billion combined. What makes many social media companies so valuable is the power of the network effect to deliver highly engaged audiences at scale, which translates into the opportunity to monetize through high volumes of ads and other high-margin products. The network effect can be very powerful but is also very difficult to achieve, which is perhaps why many considered Snapchat a risky proposition a few months ago. Is it possible that the Snapchat founders already knew what…
  • The State of Social Media in Mexico

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    1. Mexico has a 98.2% reach in social media sites, which positions Mexico above other regions.Latin America has a 95.8% reach; followed by North America with 91.1%, and the same number is shown for Europe. The worldwide average reach is 87.1%. 2. Mexico is the second leading country in Latin America in terms of unique visitors to social networking sites.Using April data, Mexico has 24.9 million unique visitors to social media sites, positioned after Brazil that has 66 million unique visitors in the same month. Mexico is followed by Argentina and Colombia with 17.8 and 12.7 million…
  • IAB Peru Interviews Jodi McDermott, comScore Group VP

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Recently, comScore’s Digital Analytix® tool was named “Technology of the Year” by the prestigious Digital Analytics Association. IAB Peru reached out to Jodi McDermott, Vice President of Product Management for Digital Analytix, who spoke about the recognition, future goals, and what this achievement means to comScore customers in the Peruvian market.Congratulations on being named the "New Technology of the Year". Thank you very much. Tell me, did you prepare a presentation to tempt the nomination and the prize or did the news come as a surprise? We presented our nomination…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • “Sommerpause” statt “Sommerloch”

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    Endlich ist er da! Der Sommerurlaub! Büros und Hallen sind deutlich leerer und viele unserer Autoren lümmeln sich an Strand, erklimmen die Bergen oder werkeln im heimischen Garten – so auch viele unserer Leser. Deshalb haben wir uns entschieden, unsere Tradition auch im siebten Jahr fortzuführen; nämlich eine kurze Sommerpause einzulegen. Deshalb werden in den nächsten zwei Wochen keine neuen Beiträge erscheinen. Um die Wartezeit zu überbrücken haben wir die schönsten, interessantesten oder unterhaltsamsten Beiträge (aus unserer Sicht natürlich) der vergangenen Monate als…
  • Als Servicetechniker auf Weltreise mit dem Bus

    Anatoli Reklin
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Vom Okzident in den Orient – Ich bin „Bus-Fan“ und zwar Bekennender. „In Ulm, um Ulm und Ulm herum“ kommt man eben nicht „drum herum“ sich mit Setra-Bussen zu befassen- weil sie hier gebaut und verkauft werden. Für mich sind sie wie S-Klassen im großen Maßstab. Das Reisen mit ihnen ist schon etwas Besonderes. Ich hatte in diesem Jahr die Gelegenheit, als Service-Techniker an Bord des brandneuen Setra Comfort-Class 500 zu reisen. Die Bus-Weltreise war eine Idee des Unternehmens Avanti, Chef Hans-Peter Christoph ist ein leidenschaftlicher Busfahrer und Weltenbummler…
  • Gastbeitrag: Wie sieht die Mobilität der Zukunft aus?

    Simon Funke
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Wie können wir Verkehr und Mobilität so gestalten, sodass sie zukunftsfähig sind? Und was bedeutet hierbei eigentlich “zukunftsfähig”? Verkehrsvisionen aus den 1950er Jahren gingen von einer stetigen Steigerung der Verkehrsgeschwindigkeit aus, ausgehend von den technischen Möglichkeiten, die man sich ausmalte. Tatsächlich brachte auch Tesla-Gründer Elon Musk im letzten Jahr die Idee eines „Hyperloops“ auf. Dabei werden Menschen in Kapseln mittels Unterdruck wie auf einem Luftkissen mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit durch Rohre geschossen. Das Konzept ist nicht…
  • Blaumann an und ab geht’s – Ausbildung zum Automobilkaufmann

    Maximilian Morr
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Und plötzlich war die Schulzeit fast vorbei. Das letzte Jahr mit all den Prüfungen und Feierlichkeiten stand an und es kam unweigerlich der Gedanke bei mir auf, wie es denn nun weiter gehen sollte, nachdem 13 Jahre Schule hinter mir lagen. Ein reines Vollzeitstudium stand kaum zur Debatte, da ich keine Lust mehr auf das ständige Lernen hatte und nun mal endlich „anpacken“ wollte. Allerdings war mein Anspruch an meinen Einstieg ins Berufsleben hoch. Ich wollte etwas Namhaftes, etwas, bei dem die qualitativ hochwertigen Produkte im Fokus stehen und eine neue Herausforderung. Und als…
  • Weltpremiere neuer Mercedes-Benz Vito

    Dan von Appen
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Veni, Vidi, Vito: Transporter statt Techno im Berliner Kraftwerk „Transporter“ statt „Techno“: Das Berliner Kraftwerk bildete die Rohbau-Kulisse für die Premiere des neuen Mercedes-Benz Vito. Ein Ort wie eine Baustelle. Früher mal Heizkraftwerk, heute Szene-Kathedrale aus Beton und Stahl. Heute finden dort Konzerte statt (z.B. Max Herre) oder es tanzen Musik-Fans der maximalen Beats per Minute in der angeschlossenen Disco „Tresor“. Und weil überall Kabel aus der Wand hängen und der Putz bröckelt, möchte man am liebsten zum Werkzeug greifen. Ein Werkzeug will auch der neue…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.  Supposedly, it’s TNT — the next thing! But we as vendors need to be held accountable for making our case.   The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different?   Where’s the big advantage, and — more importantly — is the expected gain worth the trouble? Unless we — as an industry — can make our case for the new technology, it will join the scrap heap of glittery ideas once considered and eventually discarded.
  • Fanning Back In with SDDC

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    In my last two posts I mentioned that application fan-out and infrastructure fan-out result in an M-layer stack with a number of possible choices (a0-aN) within each layer. Creating a top-to-bottom connection for a new application and its data source is complex: If you consider what it would take for one person (or an IT team) to manually create this connection for every application in a data center, you've stumbled upon one of the key reasons for automating everything using a pure software-designed data center approach: SDDC is essentially the "pinch point" that removes the…
  • Losing My Religion

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    As a younger version of my present self, I was supremely confident in what I knew to be true — especially when it came to all things enterprise IT tech.   There was generally accepted wisdom about many things; to disagree with certain tenets made people question your expertise. But with age and experience, I realized that many of the “obvious truths” on which I had built my belief system were quickly becoming fallacies.   Time for a new religion? No, not really — more of a never-ending appreciation of how the world really works.  That means modifying old frameworks,…
  • This. Is. Awesome.

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
  • A couple neat observations from 8 weeks of road travel

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
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    Fandango Movie News

  • News Briefs: Dwayne Johnson to Star As DC Superhero; Brad Pitt in New 'Fury' Trailer

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Dwayne Johnson: It's good to have choices, isn't it? Dwayne Johnson (above in Hercules) says he will star in an upcoming DC Comics adaptation for the big screen, but he hasn't decided between playing superhero Shazam or Black Adam, Shazam's nemesis. Johnson also said Black Adam has been one of his favorite DC characters, which may give us a hint about his inclinations. It's not clear if this would be for a stand-alone project or a superhero team-up. [The Associated Press via USA Today]   Mack Bolan: Bradley Cooper is set to produce Mack Bolan and may star as the…
  • Here's Photo Proof That Chris Pratt Once Lived in a 'Scooby-Doo' Van

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    While making the rounds promoting Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt told stories about his younger years and how he dropped out of school, moved to Maui and lived in a van for awhile with a buddy. He told The Independent, "It would be different if I lived on the streets of Chicago and ate garbage from a dumpster. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, 15-20 hours per week, just enough to cover gas, food and fishing supplies. You know, it was charming time." Quite charming indeed, as this photo proves. Pratt managed to dig the image up, which…
  • Watch the Funny Animated Short Will Ferrell Is Turning into a Full-Length Movie

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions are making a full-length version of the animated short Henchmen: Ill Suited, which screened at the graphics and animation convention SIGGRAPH last week. Our friends at Film School Rejects tracked down the animated short, which features a goofy janitor who works nights at a museum in Supervillain City. His klutzy shenanigans set off a crazy chain of events that finds him donning a high-tech suit with incredible superpowers. The full-length film version will focus on a “fallen henchman” named Hank…
  • News Briefs: Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix in First 'Inherent Vice' Photo; Elijah Wood in Thrilling 'Open Windows' Trailer

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Inherent Vice: The first official photo from Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice reveals Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in appropriate period costume -- and hair. Set in the 1970s, the story follows a P.I. (Phoenix) and a Los Angeles police detective (Brolin) as they investigate the disappearance of a wealthy man. Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Owen Wilson also star; the movie opens on December 12. []   Mission: Impossible 5: Ving Rhames will apparently return in the next installment of Mission: Impossible. Director Christopher…
  • News Briefs: Two Sequels for Dwayne Johnson's 'Journey' Coming

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Journey Sequels: Dwayne Johnson is set to star in two more sequels to 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brendan Fraser starred in the first film, with Johnson stepping into the lead role for 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring) will be writing scripts for both the third and fourth installments; they recently worked with Johnson on the upcoming earthquake flick San Andreas. [Heat Vision]   The Hateful Eight: Reportedly, a trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight will screen in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For when…
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  • Mini mustache embroidery hoops

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
     Every now and then I like to do a little hand stitching, do you? These miniature (3″) embroidery hoops are the perfect size for a quick project that you can start and finish in less than 2 hours. I used the mustache stamps from What a Gentleman Clear Stamp Set which I stamped onto a piece […] The post Mini mustache embroidery hoops appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Summer sewing

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
     You might recognize this little playsuit as the same pattern I used here. It’s the completely adorable free playsuit pattern by Elegance and Elephants. This time, I used an unknown, super lightweight fabric with this tiny ditsy print. To recap, the pattern has some very lovely details, such as the pleat at the center front… …and the […] The post Summer sewing appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Giant paper maché letters

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    I love these giant paper maché letters I’m seeing everywhere, and it seems like everyone has a different way to decorate them. Above is my take. I punched multiple shapes from a few different sheets of cardstock, curled each shape slightly and adhered them to the front of the letter, so that each shape curls […] The post Giant paper maché letters appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Monthly round-up JULY

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This month has been a month to RELISH! Like many of you, I have had children home for the summer vacation and we’ve immersed ourselves in spending quality time together, playing, creating, reading and having fun. Many of my crafting projects have in some way involved them.  I had the chance to review the new Book […] The post Monthly round-up JULY appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Simple wall art

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
     I wanted to create some wall art for my daughter’s bedroom wall and I came up with this simple heart design. I really love my basic shape punches because they are so versatile and quick. For this geometric heart, I used my Block Party XL Squeeze Punch. I cut the squares in half across the […] The post Simple wall art appeared first on Fiskateers.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Garmin Pilot Expands Coverage into Canada

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just last month, Garmin announced worldwide coverage for iPad and iPhone so pilots around the globe can access all of the exciting features Garmin Pilot has to offer. These features included flight planning capabilities, comprehensive weather coverage and feature-rich navigation. With a lot of momentum behind us, we’re continuing to add even more coverage for pilots around the world – this time, in Canada! Garmin Pilot Canada Premium is available today in the iTunes store and offers a comprehensive suite of navigation and weather information for both Canada and the United States. North…
  • Celebrate National Aviation Day with Garmin!

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today is National Aviation Day in the United States, a day where aviation enthusiasts celebrate the fastest (and arguably, most fascinating!) mode of transportation – air travel. Today calls for a celebration for how far the aviation industry has come and all that air travel has contributed. Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established National Aviation Day in 1939 in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday, born August 19, 1871 (who was still alive at the time the holiday was named). Wilbur and Orville Wright would be in their 30’s when they would take to the skies for the…
  • VIRB Elite Wins Field & Stream Best of the Best Award

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we are excited to announce that the VIRB Elite action cam has won Field & Stream’s 2014 Best of the Best Award. “Our staff spent the better part of the past year finding and testing the gear that will make readers’ time in the woods more productive and more fun,” says Slaton White, Deputy Editor of Field & Stream. “The winning products not only withstood our tough testing, but they stood head and shoulders above the rest displaying absolute excellence in their field. The Best of the Best is the highest honor Field & Steam bestows on gear and the winning products…
  • Q&A with Team Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We caught up with Team Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson after his repeat championship at the Tour of Utah to hear how how this year's race went - and how the team celebrated after the big win!  How does it feel to win back-to-back championships at the Tour of Utah? It feels amazing. It is a race that really represents my characteristics as a cyclist so when you line up for an event like that you want to prove you are the best. I also am quite proud of winning this year as we as a team put our hands up as the favorites and controlled the event from start to finish.   What makes…
  • Exploring Useful Features of the G1000 Flight Deck

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Throughout a number of my longer cross-country flights, I am guilty of scrolling through pages upon pages of the G1000 menu trying to find a feature or function I have yet to use. Granted, I haven’t used them all but you never know when you might need one of those uncommonly-used features, right? During one of my more recent flights, I had the opportunity to use a function, which during my many hours of browsing through the G1000 menu structure, I often wondered, “When will I ever use this?” My curiosity had paid off! I was on a brief cross-country to visit some family during the 4th of…
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    GE Global Research

  • Powering Ideas on a Large Scale

    Michael Bowman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    In August 1964, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer’s World Fair and imagined what the world would be like in 2014. “The direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion,” he wrote. Fifty years later, in the spirit of Asimov, GE is making our own predictions about what the future will bring. This blog was originally published in GE’s “What’s Next” collection that gathers perspectives from the makers of tomorrow. Follow the series on Medium. Isaac Asimov predicted…
  • The Spirit of Invention: Advanced Materials Inspired by Isaac Asimov

    Christine M. Furstoss
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    In August 1964, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer’s World Fair and imagined what the world would be like in 2014. “The direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion,” he wrote. Fifty years later, in the spirit of Asimov, GE is making our own predictions about what the future will bring. This blog was originally published in GE’s “What’s Next” collection that gathers perspectives from the makers of tomorrow. Follow the series on Medium. Isaac Asimov pushed the…
  • The Quality of GE Researchers…and Why That’s So Important

    Daniel Cadel
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    GE Global Research asked some of our interns to share why they wanted to work here and what they’ve learned during their experience. This is the second in a series of intern blogs. Here’s what Dan Cadel had to say… GE is a big company. But at Global Research, it doesn’t feel that way. This summer, I have had the privilege of working as an R&D Intern at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. I’m working in the Turbine Heat Transfer Technologies Lab, which deals with allowing metal and ceramic components to safely run in an engine where the air temperatures are higher than the…
  • Engineering Institute Exposes Young Girls to Engineering Fields

    Cheryl Sabourin
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    GE Global Research recently hosted 30 middle schools students from the Niskayuna Engineering Institute for Young Women, a third-year program designed to encourage girls to explore careers in science and engineering. This also is the third year Sue Corah and I have co-led GRC’s day-long hands-on component of the program, which is co-sponsored with the Niskayuna Central School District. As I listened to the panel of GE women interact with the students at the end of the day, I realized that everyone really has their own story of how they ended up in their career—from the writing major who is…
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology: Changing the Way Engineers Think

    James R. Maughan, Ph.D.
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Early in my career when I was researching advanced concepts for combustion, I had a great new idea for blending steam, fuel, and air in a way that would improve emissions and operability. I took the concept to a design review with more senior engineers who pointed out that it was great…except there wasn’t a good way to manufacture it. Many engineers have had similar experiences, and sometimes learn early in their careers to be more careful – and therefore less creative – about new ideas. Today, advanced manufacturing technology is not only critical for productivity, quality, and…
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  • GM Futurliner: By The Numbers

    Weber Detroit
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Hundreds of classic and exotic cars will be listed at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2015, but one particular example will literally tower over everything else. A 1940 GM Futurliner, originally built to transport GM’s Parade of Progress tour across the country, will be sold at auction later this year. Since everyone will likely focus on the final selling price, we decided to pull up some other numbers and figures associated with the Futurliner. Enjoy! 1939: Construction of the new Futurliners began in 1939 and extended into 1940. None of the Futurliners would enter active…
  • Food Scraps to Garden Snacks: GM Ren Cen Compost Benefits Urban Farms

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Landfill-free is not a finish line. Even after a facility achieves landfill-free status, we still look for ways to reduce its impact. Take our global headquarters, the 5.5 million square foot GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. We’re now composting food prep scraps from various restaurant kitchens. So far we’ve collected 12,000 pounds since April—about the weight of an elephant. We found that just like in the drive to become landfill-free, other building tenants were supportive of the action and enthusiastic to help. Now, for example, when Andiamo Riverfront chefs peel and chop…
  • Growing Up Green: Rob Threlkeld’s Route to Manager of Renewable Energy

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When Rob Threlkeld was in second grade, he learned that acid rain affected the production of maple syrup. As a kid without a fully developed worldview, this stuck with Rob because he loved pancakes. Years later, he’s one of the few within General Motors who knew exactly what he wanted to do from a young age. “That discussion about the impact on something simple like a breakfast topping really impacted me as a young kid,” said Rob. “It blossomed into something more when Mrs. O’Neal taught us about global warming in the 5th grade.” Rob is now GM’s manager of renewable energy. He…
  • 2015 Corvette’s Vigilant Valet Mode

    Weber Detroit
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    With great power – like that found in the new 2015 Corvette Stingray, to say nothing of the forthcoming 2015 Corvette Z06 – comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, not every valet charged with handling your vehicle or ushering it to and from a parking spot abides by that same philosophy. Stories of valets abusing both privilege and customers’ vehicles are everywhere, and make car owners think twice about handing their vehicles over to a supposed “parking professional.” Fortunately, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette can provide owners a little added peace of mind each time they toss a…
  • Ten Favorite GM Muscle Machines

    Weber Detroit
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    To celebrate the anniversary of the ’64 GTO, we’re showcasing ten of our favorite GM muscle cars and performance machines. If your favorite isn’t on the list, let us know what it is in the comments below. 1964 Pontiac GTO Automakers used big, powerful engines long before 1964, but they were typically relegated to big, heavy, full-size cars. Things changed in 1964, when Pontiac decided to ignore corporate policy and stuff an engine larger than 330 cubic-inches into the intermediate Tempest LeMans, essentially creating the first true muscle car. The Gran Turismo Omologato package…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 8-14

    Emily Wood
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Demonstrations in Missouri and the death of Robin Williams had people searching for a greater understanding this week. Losing a Hollywood legendFirst up, the news of Robin Williams’ death sparked tens of millions of searches about the beloved actor’s life and career. Legions of fans searched for every one of their favorite films from Williams’ decades-long career; top topics include Hook, Jumanji and Good Morning Vietnam. Many were looking up his most memorable quotes and roles, including the “O captain, my captain” monologue in Dead Poets Society, Genie’s first scene in Aladdin,…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 1-7

    Emily Wood
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We may be hitting the last days of summer but the heat is still picking up, especially on search. Read on to learn what sizzled on the trends charts this past week.Trouble in paradiseWould you turn down a free trip to Hawaii? Julio and Iselle aren’t. The two hurricanes are barreling towards the islands, bringing 90 mph winds, flash floods and hordes of searches with them. If Iselle makes landfall, she’ll be the first hurricane to hit the Big Island since 1950. Julio, like the tag-a-long younger brother, is right on Iselle’s tail. You can review tips on how to stay safe during hurricane…
  • Fifteen ways to change the world: the 2014 Google Science Fair Global Finalists

    Emily Wood
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Kenneth Shinozuka, from New York City, wants to help people with Alzheimer’s Disease, like his grandfather. Kenneth developed a small, wearable sensor to be worn on his grandfather’s foot. When pressure is applied to the sensor, it alerts his family via a mobile app, which allows them to monitor when his grandfather is on the move. By monitoring this behavior, Kenneth hopes to understand the causes of wandering brought on by Alzheimer’s, and to ultimately find a way to mitigate or prevent it. Samuel Burrow, from the U.K., wants to improve the environment by reducing pollution. Taking…
  • A first step toward more global email

    Emily Wood
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Cross-posted on the Official Gmail BlogWhether your email address is firstname.lastname@ or something more expressive like corgicrazy@, an email address says something about who you are. But from the start, email addresses have always required you to use non-accented Latin characters when signing up. Less than half of the world’s population has a mother tongue that uses the Latin alphabet. And even fewer people use only the letters A-Z. So if your name (or that of your favorite pet) contains accented characters (like “José Ramón”) or is written in another script like Chinese or…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends July 25-31

    Emily Wood
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    The dog days of summer are upon us (just look at the last time we posted on this here blog), but there’s still plenty of excitement to keep search buzzing. From big baseball news to blockbusters, here’s a look at the last seven days in search:Baseball bombshellsThis season’s MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and as news of surprise trades emerged, people were quick to catch the latest via search. More than half of the day’s hot trends were baseball-related, and searches for the blogs [mlb trade rumors] reached their highest volume all year. From the three-way trade that landed David…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Boost Up for Back to School

    Ashley Mowrey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-school tradition: carpooling. Of course, whenever cars and kids are involved, safety is the top priority. So, as your little (or big!) one heads back to school this year, we hope you’ll enjoy our helpful tips – based on the respected American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations – to help keep all kids safe on their way to school,…
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
  • Keep Your Family Safe: Take Home Messages from a National Safety Meeting

    Joseph Colella
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s new in car seat designs and features? How are they becoming easier to use and more protective? What is the real-world side of the new Federal regulations being put in place? Many of these questions were answered at a gathering of safety leaders last week, and attendees walked away with shared information, ideas and best practices. The ultimate goal was to empower the families we serve to protect themselves against the biggest killer of young Americans – motor vehicle crashes. The Lifesavers Conference is the only national highway safety meeting of its kind, helping participants…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • In praise of Bedford | Editorial

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Lets hear it for the UKs most generous townJohn Bunyan, Bedfords most famous inhabitant, once observed: You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. It seems that Bunyans words have not fallen on stony ground in his home town. A new survey by the online donation site JustGiving claims that Bedford is the UKs most generous place, with 42,000 givers out of 79,000 Bedfordians contributing £1.15m in the year to May 2014 the only place in Britain where a majority are givers. Bedfords MP Richard Fuller says he is not surprised and the result…
  • The Palestine problem will remain unsolved while the killing continues | Oliver Miles

    Oliver Miles
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    None of the big players in Gaza know what change looks like, but it wont happen by force. The status quo is not an optionThe current war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas is the third in six years. The Palestine issue is separate from the problems in Iraq and Syria, which are making the headlines today, but it continues to spread its poison.Israel wants demilitarisation of Gaza; Hamas wants the blockade ended. Neither objective is realistic. There is no effective mediator. Both the Americans and the Egyptians regard Hamas as terrorists. America arms Israel and Egypt collaborates with Israel in…
  • The west should take note: there is no avoiding Isis | Shiraz Maher

    Shiraz Maher
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The increased radicalisation of British jihadis, bolstered by an assured caliphate, has given the militant group global ambitionsFor those of who have followed the conflict in Syria and Iraq closely, it came as no surprise shocking though it was to discover that a seemingly British jihadist had beheaded the American journalist James Foley. Over the past year jihadists from this country have participated in suicide bombings, tortured detainees in their care, and executed prisoners of war.It is true that not every British fighter who has travelled to Syria engages in these types of acts.
  • For a shining example of trade unionism, look no further than football | Ellie Mae OHagan

    Ellie Mae O'Hagan
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Professional Footballers Association shows what can be achieved when everyone is working for the same goalThe socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. Thats how I see football, thats how I see life. So said Bill Shankly, legend of Liverpool Football Club.Liverpool fans (like me) who lovingly quote Shanklys words are often told that were idealists; that his egalitarian vision is a far cry from the reality of contemporary football. But although socialism is going a bit far, Shankly may have had a point: because it is in…
  • Your 10 wildest job interview stories: 'full-frontal naked picture on the CV'

    Lilah Raptopoulos
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Free advice to future employees the world over: do not do any of these things, everMany of us struggle with first impressions: first interviews, first dates, first days of school, first times the bad ones are the most difficult to erase. But there is something about turning our own painful experiences into stories humour ascribes some value to a moment wed rather forget. All we can do is share and listen, trade and laugh.My worst job interview was my first-ever to work at an architectural firm. I carefully laid out all the drawings on my bedroom floor, put them into plastic sleeves in a…
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    Hu' Blog

  • Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts. GAD greatly simplifies and automates high availability to ensure continuous operations for your most mission critical data and applications. With GAD we are extending storage virtualization, which up to now has been vertically oriented behind our enterprise storage systems so that it is extended horizontally across multiple enterprise…
  • Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

    Hu Yoshida
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. The industry is recognizing the need to bring this data under the control of IT and there…
  • VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new storage technologies like Virtual Volume (aka VVol). VVol, from VMware, which enables the integration of vendor specific, value add features, with vSphere management and services. VVol is next in the series of innovation in storage technologies from VMware. VVOL promises to be the next big thing in the storage ecosystem due to its ability to immensely…
  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site,  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise…
  • Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies may fail or have a very short life span before they are replaced by newer or more comprehensive technology solutions. Unfortunately when this happens with storage, we are often left with the legacy of stranded storage, with tons of data that must be migrated to be usable…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Making Strides in Parkinson’s Research with the Michael J. Fox Foundation

    Krystal Temple
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Wearable devices can help monitor Parkinson’s symptoms. Parkinson’s disease affects more than five million people around the world and is second only to Alzheimer’s in prevalence. The disease is a debilitating neurological disorder.  Its symptoms—tremors, stiffness, difficulty walking—start imperceptibly, but worsen over time. And despite the billions of dollars spent each year on research, there has been very little innovation in how the disease is monitored and treated. Doctors continue to rely on traditional methods such as periodic clinical assessments and patient diaries…
  • Why RealSense is REALLY Important

    Eric Mantion
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    So, I’ll start with a confession: I’m a geek. I mean really a geek. Like “I can cite Pi to 9 digits but I have no idea how many innings there are, in a football game” Geek. I’m also a gamer, big time. I love the fact that world’s biggest video game tournament pays the players ALMOST as much as the World Cup. So I know with these two monikers under my belt, anything relating to Xbox Kinect would be natural for me to love. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, the new Intel RealSense technology is similar to Kinect, in that it combines an RGB camera…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 is On!

    Don Bowden
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    We are at day four of the Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 opener taking place here at the Shenzhen Cartoon and Anime Festival. The first three days have seen some awesome competition among the HearthStone, StarCraft II and League of Legends players, the tournament has been well received and the crowds have been enthusiastic. The Hearthstone tournament has been completed with Amaz beating Azeri and taking home the $4,000 first prize. StarCraft II quarter finals are taking place today (Saturday the 19th) with the finals happening tomorrow with the winner taking home the lion’s share of the…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 kicks off in Shenzhen China

    Don Bowden
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    This is the ultimate prize, this is what the competition over the course of the season leads to, this is what every competitor is aiming for. It’s hard to believe we are starting our 9th season of Intel Extreme Masters, WOW! Time really does fly when you are having fun. We are kicking off the season at the Shenzhen Cartoon and Anime Festival July 16th~ 21st. This event in Shenzhen is the fifth time that the Intel® Extreme Masters has visited China, and the second year in a row we have kick off the season in China, previous stops were in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. This 9th season…
  • And Now for Something Completely Different: Pocket Avatars

    Michael A. Bell
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:53 pm
    What do you get when you combine some interesting new technology with avatars and mobile chat messaging capability?  A completely new way to connect, chat and have a little fun! Over the years, our very own Intel Labs have become known as a place for innovation and technologies that often shape the future of computing and the consumer experience. Sometimes it is significant standards-based technologies like USB, other times it is incremental technologies that we integrate into our products. Not all Intel Labs projects make it to the big time, but occasionally there are projects interesting…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Janssen Healthy Minds Program Explores Major Depressive Disorder

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As there is significant public discussion right now about depression, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company, is posting its Healthy Minds segment about major depressive disorder ahead of its planned release in October to help provide some additional resources on this disorder. Major depression, a largely misunderstood disease, is expected to be the number one cause of disability worldwide by 2030, and tragically there are more than 38,000 suicides in the United States each year. Featured in the video series is Dr. Husseini Manji, a psychiatrist and…
  • Education about Brain Disorders Benefits Us All

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Vicki Mabrey, Guest Contributor to JNJ Blog Editor’s Note: Emmy-award winning journalist Vicki Mabrey is the host of Healthy Minds, a new digital news program about brain health from Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company.  Recently, it was my pleasure to learn more about the brain and disorders of the brain when I interviewed Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Dr. Husseini Manji. Dr. Manji shared his knowledge with me for the new Healthy Minds video series, which is launching this week on the Johnson & Johnson You Tube…
  • The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout Station Debuts in Biddeford, Maine

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    By Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company  This summer the City of Biddeford, Maine, working with Johnson & Johnson, launched a 7 Minute Workout Station, providing the local community and visitors the opportunity to get a simple, fast, science-based workout for free. The station is a freestanding structure that is modeled after the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout, and includes instructions on how to execute each exercise using the station. It was an exciting…
  • Our Path to 60: A Journey of Product Stewardship at Johnson & Johnson

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    by Brian K. Boyd, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson A core tenet of Johnson & Johnson’s citizenship and sustainability commitments is our focus on safeguarding the planet. As my colleague Shaun Mickus recently discussed, our company has been guided by Our Credo since 1943, which is when the notion of sustainability got its formal start at Johnson & Johnson. Environmental responsibility is as important to us today as it was back then. As head of environment, health, safety and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, I’m…
  • World Hepatitis Day — Why We Should All Think Again

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific Today is World Hepatitis Day, one of only four disease-related awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year’s theme is ‘Think Again’, calling upon policy-makers, health workers and the public to re-think viral hepatitis. It’s a critically important day because more than 500 million people, many unknowingly, are affected by viral hepatitis globally. And more so for us here in Asia Pacific where recent data showed that 70% of…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Server Disaggregation

    Jeff Schneider
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    IT planners and product designers are looking at products and data centers in new ways. They are exploring ideas such as a rack containing separate chassis for CPU, memory and storage in hyper-scale computing, or choosing best-of-breed solutions for each tier of an enterprise network. The reasons for exploring these ideas revolve around increasing flexibility in the infrastructure and reducing costs. Generically, this is called disaggregation. Does it make sense to disaggregate your mainstream server? The rate of technology change continues to accelerate. This means adding new capabilities…
  • 6 Easy Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life

    Caroline Lalla
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Laptops are our gateways to all things online. Your high-powered Lenovo or Think notebook will follow you from home to office to coffee shops and back, hour after hour…as long as you take a few steps to maximize the battery’s power. The good news is that your advanced Lenovo battery is engineered to adapt charge thresholds and keep the “juices” flowing. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting settings—it’s all done automatically based on your day-to-day usage. But what if you have a long flight? Or can’t find a free power source at the…
  • Private Cloud Server Sweet Spot

    Laura Frombach
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Almost every organization is either considering a private cloud or has already begun implementation. The host server architecture is a key component of the private cloud virtual infrastructure. The cost-performance sweet spot for virtualization hosting is typically an x86 server featuring two-socket multi-core processors. Historically, virtualization scalability has been constrained by processor and memory limitations. However, advances in processor technology yield impressive virtualization ratios. With the virtual-to-physical ratios enabled by multi-core processor advances and supporting…
  • The Easiest Way to Share Content - Lenovo’s SHAREit App

    Robert Straub
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Do you ever need to transfer files quickly from one device to the other?  Do you hate having to park files in the cloud, log in on the other device and download them?  What if you aren’t connected to a network. Now that problem is solved!  SHAREit is the world’s fastest way to share photos, docs, files, folders and more across devices…even if you’re not connected to a network!  SHAREit eliminates the need for cables to wirelessly transfer information rapidly between devices – either with friends, or to take your personal content on…
  • Tapping into ThinkStation Design

    David Hill
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Designing a workstation can be a seemingly daunting task; it’s full of technical constraints and functional complexities that most designers find less than glamorous. Due to the tooling investment required, the design platform also has to be designed to last for as long as 5 years. It’s a far cry from designing the fall fashion collection for the next “runway” in Milan. It’s about expressing and enhancing functionality through inspired design for a very specific and demanding audience. To develop such a targeted design takes strong understanding of their wants…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • An Internship Can Lead to a Full-Time Job, But Your Industry Matters

    Sohan Murthy
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Classes are starting again and you’re probably getting ready to take on another year of college. Time to make friends with new roommates, figure out what textbooks to buy, and get the scoop on where all the hot parties are (among other related things that PR won’t let me talk about). If your college experience was like mine, one question will come up more often than others when you’re back at school: “Where did you intern over the summer?” Or, more worryingly, “Did you intern over the summer?” Internships can give you an edge in some cases, but is an internship right for you?
  • Giving You More Reasons to Share on SlideShare

    Amit Sawhney
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    SlideShare community: We’ve heard you loud and clear! Over the last few years, we’ve created and enhanced premium tools built to empower you with better ways to market and share your content. Well, today, we’re answering your call for more features that will broaden your audience. Now, all users will have access to our most popular premium features that include detailed analytics, profile customization and additional upload options, like video and private uploads. We’ll be rolling out a new feature every month starting in September to all SlideShare members. Here’s what you have to…
  • Following Dreams and Creating My Own Path

    Abi Smigel Mullins
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The idea that my career would have something to do with water and art was a no brainer from a very early age. I loved to swim, I was obsessed with learning about ocean inhabitants and my fisher price camera was a constant companion, this was all at the ripe old age of nine. When I made the connection that it was someone’s job to hold the camera for the underwater natural history shows, I had my job title and an answer to the obligatory question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I never looked back. I had the good fortune to attend a state liberal arts college that allowed its…
  • Tech Is Taking a Bite Out of The Big Apple

    Raghu Hariharan
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of blog posts by LinkedIn’s rockstar summer interns. If often feels like everyone in business school wants to work in San Francisco. Because Silicon Valley has the reputation as a global center of innovation and is home to the headquarters of some of the world’s most prominent technology companies, it follows that aspiring tech business leaders would want to sit closest to the action. In contrast, New York City is perceived as the city of bankers and consultants. After spending most of their waking hours hunched over spreadsheets and…
  • Let the Games Begin: How You Rank Against Professionals Like You on LinkedIn

    Abhishek Gupta
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    “How You Rank” is one of the most popular destinations on LinkedIn – we get it. It’s hard not to keep checking back to see how you rank among your connections and colleagues at your company. For those of you who are premium members, we’ve recently added another competitive lens with “Professionals Like You”. Not only can you can see where you stack up in your first degree network and company, but now you can view how you rank among your industry peers (if you’ve ever wondered whether you have a professional doppelganger, this list is a treasure trove). So what does this…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Why children should be writing stories

    Meg @ Lulu
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    We couldn’t agree more with Gail E. Tompkins. As a professor of literacy and early education at California State University and author of numerous books touting the benefits of learning composition skills from an early age, Prof. Tompkins has consistently acknowledged the importance creative writing carries in early childhood education. Prof. Tompkins outlines seven unique reasons why children should write stories. These are: to provide entertainment for the child and others to foster artistic expression to explore functions and values of writing to stimulate imagination to clarify thinking…
  • Summer is not quite over…get in a good read before it ends!

    Meg @ Lulu
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
      Summer is perfect for tackling your reading list. Whether you’re an avid reader that keeps an ongoing list of books on your phone or tablet, or a more casual reader who picks up a book from time to time, nothing beats the heat like laying in a hammock or by the pool with a great book. But what if the unspeakable happens. What if one of the books you’ve chosen for this favored reading time is not what you expected? What if halfway through the book you realize that the book is just plain not for you? There are studies that map the ability of a person to stop reading a book they’ve…
  • Lulu Jr. is launching new educational programs

    Meg @ Lulu
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    At Lulu Jr., it is our mission to inspire creativity, strengthen literacy skills and build self-esteem among children. We believe that teachers and educators are critical partners as we work to achieve this goal by helping students bring their stories to life as published books. Today, we are excited to announce the latest advancement in storytelling with the launch of Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs. Lulu Jr.’s Storybook and Classbook programs support elementary school writing and language arts curricula through project based learning, communication and collaboration at a time when…
  • Meet NaNoWriMo Accelerator Author: Marquel Sherry

    Meg @ Lulu
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    What first motivated you to write a book? I’ve wanted to since grade school I just could never get a whole story out. NaNoWriMo kind of helped push me to finishe a story. What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process? The editing part was hardest for me. It was relatively easing getting everything typed out but it was painfully tedious going back and trying to fix things If you could offer an aspiring author any piece of advice, what would it be? Go for it. Even if you think it’s crap. I still kinda think my stuff is crap but someone obviously liked I so…
  • Meet NaNoWriMo Accelerator Author: Ashley Stinson

    Meg @ Lulu
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    What first motivated you to write a book? I’ve always been a voracious reader, particularly of fantasy novels. Writing seemed like a natural extension of all this reading; the practice of building a world, filling it with people, thinking of stories to breathe life into that world–that all became a fun diversion for me as a young girl. I’ve just been writing ever since. What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process? For me, the biggest hurdle when it comes to writing a story is actually getting it down in words. Dreaming up plots and premises is fun…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Unpacking in a Hurry

    Marriott on the Move
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    During a recent weekend trip with my wife, I noticed something I had not in 59 years of marriage: how she unpacks in a hotel room. The way someone packs, or unpacks, is not usually eye-catching; but I noticed we do different things when we enter the room. My wife...
  • You Ate, We Gave

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In May of this year, Marriott International hotels made major donations to The Prince’s Trust (UK hotels) and SOS Children’s Villages (Continental European hotels). These charitable partners are part of our “World of Opportunity Europe” initiative which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential by providing employment...
  • A Year of Surprises

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Marriott Rewards is all about helping travelers create memories that last. To mark our loyalty program’s 30th birthday, we’ve been celebrating with a “Year of Surprises.” We’ve asked people to nominate a loved one who deserves a special celebration. Nominations have been rolling in and we’ve been able to make...
  • A Better World for Business

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Signing a deal to build Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. How we do business is just as important as the business we do. That has been our approach on running a successful company for the past 87 years and has become deeply embedded in the heritage, culture and integrity of Marriott....
  • Hard Work Matters

    Marriott on the Move
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Bill Marriott with his sons in 1970, learning how things work in a hotel kitchen. My father grew up on his father’s farm, just west of Ogden, in the small town of Marriott, Utah, which was settled by his grandfather, John Marriott after he crossed the plains with the Mormon...
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    The Old New Thing

  • Some reasons not to do anything scary in your DllMain, part 3

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the same week, the shell team was asked to investigate two failures. The first one was a deadlock in Explorer. The participating threads look like this: Thread 1 called Free­Library on a shell extension as part of normal Co­Free­Unused­Libraries processing. That DLL called Ole­Uninitialize from its Dll­Main function. This thread blocked because the COM lock was held by thread 2. Thread 2 called Co­Create­Instance, and COM tried to load the DLL which handles the object, but the thread blocked because the loader lock was held by thread 1.
  • If you're looking for the code that displays a particular dialog box, the most directly way to find it is to look for the dialog box

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Suppose you are working in a large or unfamiliar code base and you want to know where the code is that displays a particular dialog box or message box or something. Probably the most direct way of figuring this out is to look for the strings. Say there is a message box that asks for user confirmation. "Are you sure you want to frobulate the flux capacitor?" Search for that string in your source code. It will probably be in a resource file. resource.rc:IDS_CONFIRM­FROBULATE "Are you sure you want to frobulate the flux capacitor?" Great, now you have the string ID for that message. You can…
  • My friend and his buddy invented the online shopping cart back in 1994

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Back in 1994 or so, my friend helped out his buddy who worked as the IT department for a local Seattle company known as Sub Pop Records. Here's what their Web site looked like back then. Oh, and in case you were wondering, when I said that his buddy worked as the IT department, I mean that the IT department consisted of one guy, namely him. And this wasn't even his real job. His main job was as their payroll guy; he just did their IT because he happened to know a little bit about computers. (If you asked him, he'd say that his main job was as a band member in Earth.) The mission was to make…
  • News flash: Big houses cost more to maintain

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2005, we learned that big houses cost more to heat. In 2006, we learned that big houses cost more to cool. But then the research into big houses seems to have stalled. No worries. The research journal The Wall Street Journal recently released a paper concluding that big houses cost more to maintain.
  • Deleting elements from an JavaScript array and closing up the gaps

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program is an exercise that solves the following problem: Given a JavaScript array a and an unsorted array indices (possibly containing duplicates), calculate the result of deleting all of the elements from the original array as specified by the indices. For example, suppose a = ["alice", "bob", "charles", "david", "eve"] and indices = [2, 4, 2, 0]. a[0] = "alice"; a[1] = "bob"; a[2] = "charles"; a[3] = "david"; a[4] = "eve"; a.length= 5; The indices specify that elements 2 (charles), 4 (eve), 2 (charles again, redundant), and 0 (alice) should be…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Panduit Delivers on the Digital Business Promise

    Kellsey Ruppel
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    How a 60-Year-Old Company Transformed into a Modern Digital BusinessConnecting with audiences through a robust online experience across multiple channels and devices is a nonnegotiable requirement in today’s digital world. Companies need a digital platform that helps them create, manage, and integrate processes, content, analytics, and more.Panduit, a company founded nearly 60 years ago, needed to simplify and modernize its enterprise application and infrastructure to position itself for long-term growth. Learn how it transformed into a digital business using Oracle WebCenter and Oracle…
  • Why your Netapp is so slow...

    Darius Zanganeh
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Have you ever wondered why your Netapp FAS box is slow and doesn't perform well at large block workloads?  In this blog entry I will give you a little bit of information that will probably help you understand why it’s so slow, why you shouldn't use it for applications that read and write in large blocks like 64k, 128k, 256k ++ etc..  Of course since I work for Oracle at this time, I will show you why the ZS3 storage boxes are excellent choices for these types of workloads. Netapp’s Fundamental Problem The fundamental problem you have running these workloads on Netapp is the…
  • Solaris OpenStack Horizon customizations

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    In Oracle Solaris OpenStack Havana, we have customized the Horizon BUI by modifying existing dashboard and panels to reflect only those features that we support. The modification mostly involves:  --  disabling an widget (checkbox, button, textarea, and so on) --  removal of a tab from a panel --  removal of options from pull-down menus The following table lists the customizations that we have made. | Where                       |…
  • New Video: How Innovation Happens Today

    Kerrie Jordan
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    How do you make innovation happen at your organization? If whiteboards, spreadsheets, point solutions or complicated systems are involved, you'll want to watch this new video!  See how Oracle Innovation Management can make it easier to know which ideas to pursue.  Remove guesswork and turn innovation into a structured, consistent and effective business process.  Become an innovation hero!  Watch in HD for supreme viewing experience, and learn how you can build your innovation discipline into a scaleable, repeatable, and strategic business process.
  • Using Asset Groups

    Owen Allen
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    I got a question about putting assets in groups: "I'm planning on installing some agents manually on existing systems, and I want to have them put in a specific asset group once they're discovered. I don't see any way to tell the install script to put the asset in a group. How can I add the assets to a group, either through the UI or the CLI?" There are a few ways. In the CLI, you can use groups mode, and use this command to add an asset to a group: attach -n| --gear <asset name> -g| --group <group> You can also use -U| --uuid <UUID> to specify the asset if you…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Greenland Vertical Sailing 2014 – Part 1, Warming up in Uummannaq and 24 hours on the wall

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    By Nico Favresse, photos by the Wild Bunch   July 15, 2014—We are off again on an exciting adventure! Reverend Captain Bob Shepton is very excited to have the Wild Bunch—Sean Villanueva, Olivier Favresse, Ben Ditto and I—back on board the Dodo’s Delight for some jamming and big walls. Already four years have passed since our last expedition in Greenland with captain Bob. This time though we brought more musical instruments, more fishing equipment and more whiskey for our captain, all of which we hope will help us with our new assignment: testing the acoustics of some massive big…
  • Trying to Be Responsible – Patagonia Environmental & Social Initiatives 2014

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Jim Little We just finished our 2014 Environmental & Social Initiatives booklet and would love to share it with you. In it you’ll find a pretty comprehensive accounting of everything Patagonia did this year to conduct ourselves in an environmentally and socially conscious manner. The booklet includes stories about our efforts as a business and as individuals, and a list of all the environmental groups (770 of them working in 16 countries) we helped to support. Above are some shots from the booklet’s table of contents to give you a taste of what lies within, and below the fold, an…
  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Mother's Have It Hardest

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall "I remember really quickly going from, 'Wow, I'm home, this feels great', to 'Holy s***, what did I do to my mom'?" says alpinist Kyle Dempster. "And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers." Today, we bring you two stories—one from Hilary Oliver, and one from Kyle Dempster and his mother, Terry—about the struggle of loving an adventurer. The struggle between loving them so much that you don't want to see them hurt, and loving them so much that you want to support them in pursuing their dreams—in doing the things that make them…
  • A River Reborn – Floating the Elwha River after dam removal

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    By Dylan Tomine It’s difficult to put into words exactly how it feels to experience the newly free Elwha River. Gratitude, for sure, for all the people and organizations who put so much into bringing the dams down. And awe, as nature takes over and the river finds it’s new-old path to the sea. And fun, of course, to be there taking it all in with my good friend and DamNation producer/underwater photographer, Matt Stoecker. We floated the Elwha under crazy blue skies and warm air, with the winners of the Patagonia/DamNation photo contest and our gracious hosts from Olympic Raft &…
  • 2014 Bike to Work Week Recap
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Reno Recap By Gavin Back The numbers are in from Patagonia’s Bike to Work Week and this was the Reno DC’s best year yet! We had a total of 118 people riding for a total of 4,550 miles ridden. This means a total of $4,550 donated to an awesome local non-profit, the Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis seeks to promote cycling and bike safety, and distributes bikes to children in the Reno area. We would like to thank the members of Kiwanis who took time to visit the Reno DC prior to Bike to Work Week and helped Casey and Eric tune our bikes. All four of you did a great job keeping us safe on the…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Road Trippin' - With Kids!

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Almost every summer, my parents would pack my brother and I into our 1984 Plymouth Reliant and drive from Edmonton to Kelowna to visit family. Our in-car entertainment system consisted of: Sleeping (my brother) Reading books (me) Staring...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Staying in Shape on the Road - Fitness Tips for Road Trips

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock When I was younger, I used to drive my parents crazy (like most kids) with the "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" litany. But as I've gotten older, I've learned the value...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • On the Road Again: What's Your Ultimate Road Trip Playlist?

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I remember a loooong drive from Banff to Vancouver when, two hours in, the unthinkable happened. The iPod died. With a sketchy radio signal and no other forms of music available, we had no choice but to pull...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: What Kind of Road Trip Packer Are You?

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo: iStock My least favourite thing about road trips is packing up the vehicle. Correct car packing procedure involves four things I greatly dislike: thinking, planning, bending and doing. I'm more of a spontaneous, "toss it in and hope for...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • 6 Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Heat

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Photo: iStock Every time I get into my car these days, it's like I'm walking into a Bikram yoga class - unbelievably hot and instantly sweaty. Since we made the switch from underground parking to street parking a few years...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Open Mike

  • The under appreciated problem of everyday violence around the world

    Mike Critelli
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every once in a while, I am fortunate to read a book that presents a set of insights that I am surprised I did not understand previously.  Moreover, the author describes a problem that is not well-understood or well-appreciated by well-educated, well-meaning Americans.   Such a book, which I have just finished, is called The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence I by Gary A. Haugen, the founder and president of a not-for-profit organization called the International Justice Mission.  Haugen documents a simple, but profound and overlooked point: we will never…
  • Henry Ford may have been right, but his insight is irrelevant.

    Mike Critelli
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer gave a persuasive, but ultimately misleading, TED lecture in the attached video clip in which he makes the argument that reducing tax rates on the rich does not increase job creation, and tthat reducing income inequality is the answer to our unemployment crisis.  Like many people who advocate higher minimum wages and income redistribution, he channels Henry Ford’s comment that he paid high wages so that his workers would have enough money to buy Ford cars.   Henry Ford’s comment was possibly true, but…
  • Higher minimum wages: “gentrifying” the job market

    Mike Critelli
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Over the years, I have met many elected officials, more often than not, Democrats who, from a combination of wanting to make peoples’ lives better through laws and regulations and resentment against successful people, advocate sweeping changes to “redistribute wealth” or “reduce income inequality.” More often than not, they fail to achieve their goals, because, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, smart or rich people who are determined and agile find a way to turn every new law, regulation, or changed market situation to their advantage.   Most of those who are poor…
  • The Flawed Congressional Budget Office Report on the Effects of Minimum Wage Increases

    Mike Critelli
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Congressional Budget Office (“the CBO”) published a report on February 18, 2014, with its estimates of the effect of a federal minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10.  The headlines from the Report would appear to support the finding that the increase would cost 500,000 jobs, but would lift 9 million families out of poverty and produce more real income from the country as a whole, because those benefiting from the minimum wage would spend more and create additional jobs and income.  Not surprisingly, one candidate sent me an announcement with a solicitation and with her…
  • The “real” scoop on pharmacies, drug companies, and health insurance plans

    Mike Critelli
    15 Feb 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the funniest comedians I ever saw in person was Robert Klein, back in 1973, when I was a law student at Harvard and he performed at the Passim Coffee House in Harvard Square.  One remark he made that night comes back to me whenever I think about the healthcare industry.   Klein’s comic style was to point out something we all see every day and to give us the “real” scoop on it.  I remember him talking about life insurance and contrasting the TV ads at the time, which proclaimed “Insurance is love.”  He then said:  “That’s not what life insurance is really all…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • MongoDB, Cassandra, APIs Oh My! Let’s Talk Data at Progress Exchange

    Jeff Reser
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    45 days to go until Progress Exchange 2014, and our team at Progress DataDirect can’t wait! This year, Progress’ annual partner and customer conference will take place October 6-8 in Orlando, FL. If you attended last year’s event in Boston, you probably remember lots of orange, sparks everywhere and news of significant updates to our Pacific PaaS solution. The focus this year is to demonstrate just how far we’ve progressed (no pun intended) since then! We’ll be talking next generation application development, and all that encompasses – from mobile, to data connectivity, to cloud,…
  • 3 Surprising Tips to Create Data-Driven Business Apps

    Michael Benedict
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    Michael Benedict, President, Data Connectivity and Integration, Progress Software Rapidly Build Data-Powered Enterprise Applications Unless your app is connected to your relevant and continuously expanding data sources, it is half baked, with no substance. It’s like a Formula One race car without any fuel. Like spaghetti without meatballs. Like yin without any yang. So whether you’re a line of business or IT professional, you already understand how much data matters. It’s what sets you apart, defines and differentiates your business. So, having fast and easy access to that…
  • Say Hello to Trivia Tuesdays with Progress

    Christina Pizzella
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you love trivia? What about cool prizes? Starting tomorrow, you’ll have the chance to win some cool prizes when you join Progress for Trivia Tuesday, Orlando-themed trivia! Why Orlando? Glad you asked! We will be hosting this year’s Exchange Conference, October 6-8 in – guess where?? – Orlando, FL! Ready to join us? Here’s how to play: Progress will post one Trivia question to both @ProgressSW and at or around 9:30AM ET every Tuesday until Exchange, beginning August 19, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014. Look for our posts featuring the popular hashtag…
  • Make the Move to OpenEdge 11.4 – NOW         

    colleen smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Can your application development team respond to the needs of the digital workplace? It’s no secret that mobile devices have conquered the US, to the point that most of us have more than one of them. In other countries, especially in the developing world, many people meet all of their computing needs with a smartphone. Many of today’s workers need tablets and smartphones to be productive in their jobs. Such environments lend themselves to cloud, web and mobile applications that are dynamic and easy to use. In my many conversations with Progress® OpenEdge® customers, we’ve discussed…
  • Mobile App Strategy: Add Value to Existing Innovation

    Michelle Tackabery
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    There’s a lot of apps out there already. Consumers are hungry for the latest and greatest thing, and often that can translate into anything that makes their lives easier. Instead of adding new products to your lineup, consider how a mobile app might give new value to your existing success stories. Your business is starting to think about the evolution of technology and how you can support existing goals with a mobile app strategy. Often this means looking toward what new things you could be doing, when the best approach is to consider how your existing innovations can be supported. Mark…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Making Barron’s Wish an Incredible Journey

    Juli McClave, Volunteer Manager for Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    At Southwest Airlines, we connect people to what’s important in their lives.  We LUV celebrations and making the ordinary, extraordinary.  This is a guest post by Juli McClave, wish granter and Volunteer Manager for Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, experiences are made by the journey, not the destination.  As a society that tends to focus on the grand finale, we often miss the beauty of the adventure in simply enjoying the ride.  The ride is something 11-year-old Barron does not take for granted. Barron has chronic kidney disease and will…
  • Going Green: Five Surprising Recyclable Items

    Alyssa Eliasen
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    At Southwest Airlines, we have established an onboard co-mingled recycling program that we are proud to report has diverted more than 12,500 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard from landfills into recycling facilities since August 2008.  That’s the weight of nearly 300 Boeing 737-700 aircraft! When they’re not on our canyon blue planes, many of our Customers and Employees also recycle commonly-known items, including paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass.  But many other items can be recycled, and some of them on this list may surprise you: Wine corks: After you’ve enjoyed…
  • Southwest’s History: It’s not all about Planes

    Anna Weinberger
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In celebration of National Aviation Day, August 19, our Corporate Archiving Intern Anna Weinberger (pictured above on the right) shares her experience at a recent Aviation Archivist Summit event hosted at Southwest’s Headquarters in Dallas. As the Corporate Archiving Intern this summer, I have to confess something: I don’t know much about airplanes.  You want to discuss preserving photographs?  Great! You’re interested in the easiest way to catalogue LUVLines (our internal Employee magazine) for future use?  Me too!  You want to talk about how important the DC-3 was to the…
  • Nonstop Love: Fast Lauderdale

    Michele Kyle
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.  Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”   We are excited to begin this new era by serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2.  The addition of these 15 new…
  • Happy National Roller Coaster Day!

    Jake Garbelotti
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, August 16, happens to be National Roller Coaster Day, and here at Southwest Airlines with our Fun-LUVing, quirky side, we’ve certainly got a roller-coaster story for you!  Supply Chain Management Intern Jake Garbelotti shares his LUV of flying and LUV of roller coasters with us. Enjoy! “Balder” is Jake’s personal favorite! We all travel for different reasons, whether it is for family, a nice relaxing time on the beach, or a trip to a new and exciting city to see all the sights.  However, for me, I travel for one reason—a fast-paced journey to ride every roller coaster in…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Facebook highlights: What would you do if the power went out?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    July and National Ice Cream Month might be over, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! That’s especially true over on our Facebook Page, where we’ve been posting all sorts of stuff in recent weeks. If you’re not already a fan of Turkey Hill on Facebook, we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fried Chicken and Waffles ice cream (would you try it?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A loooong time ago (way back in 2011), we wrote about a hip, new ice cream truck called Coolhaus that was cruising the streets of Los Angeles, selling funky flavors of ice cream. Since then, Coolhaus has enjoyed some success, because they still have their Los Angeles truck, but they’ve also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Second Scoop: The mysterious history of the ice cream sundae

    Turkey Hill Team
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The history of ice cream is shrouded in mystery, so it’s no surprise that the origins of the ice cream sundae are equally cloudy. By definition a sundae is ice cream, typically served in a bowl-like glass, and topped with whipped cream, syrup (usually chocolate), nuts and other goodies. It sounds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WANTED: Recipes using All Natural Ice Cream for a chance to win a ONE YEAR supply of ice cream!

    Turkey Hill Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    A lot of folks don’t know this, but ice cream makes a tasty ingredient in so many desserts. That’s the inspiration behind our 2014 Ultimate Recipe Contest, which challenges you to use our ALL NATURAL ICE CREAM in any recipe you’d like. Send us your recipes and we’ll choose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chocolate lovers rejoice! Deep Dark Chocolate has arrived!

    Turkey Hill Team
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    By a show of hands, who likes chocolate? Of course, we can’t see everyone with their hands raised, but we’ll assume many of you are reading this blog entry right now with your hand in the air. If you are a chocolate fan (you can put your hand down now), you’ll love our August... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Guided By History

  • At the Burroughs

    Marianne Babal
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    After a busy Friday afternoon tallying accounts, the weekend probably couldn’t come soon enough for this bank employee standing at a Burroughs Adding Machine. This Team Member was photographed at a small-town Minnesota bank a century ago on August 21, 1914. On the job in Minnesota, August 21, 1914 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) In the 1910s, women were leaving the restrictive Victorian era behind, both in dress and in embracing new opportunities. Increasingly freed by technology—whether by choice or necessity—from work at home, young women could train at vocational schools in office…
  • Driving smart devices

    Charles Riggs
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Before mobile banking—banking via mobile device, that is—there was banking via automobile. In the 1960s, Wells Fargo customers could transact financial services from the convenience of their cars. After World War II, American society experienced dynamic changes. People were on the move—South to North, Midwest to Southwest, city to suburb. Automobiles were produced and financed quickly, and it was a time of high mobility. Wells Fargo Bank understood that banking had to keep pace; technology adapted with drive-through service. Wells Fargo also opened offices in more locations—with lots…
  • Wildfires in Washington

    Steve Greenwood
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    This summer’s wildfires raging throughout the West remind us that such challenges are difficult to face. July’s Carlton Complex burned through central Washington and surpassed the 1902 Yacolt Burn as the state’s largest recorded wildfire. Map of 1902 Yacolt Burn(Image courtesy of USDA Forest Service) Named after the town of Yacolt, this September wildfire decimated the area between the Columbia River and Mount St. Helens traveling 36 miles in 36 hours. At one point, the fire was 12 miles wide! Frank Barnes witnessed the Yacolt Burn and wrote, “The smoke darkened the sun so that,…
  • Belt Buckle Giveaways

    Anna Lucas Mayer
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Nowadays the plush pony is the star of annual new account promotions, but in the 1970s Wells Fargo belt buckles were all the rage. Graphic artist Michael Dolas designed a rectangular buckle featuring a stagecoach in 1973, and a few years later an oval buckle with an agent’s star was offered. Both are marked on the back as copyrighted by Wells Fargo and Company and were featured in regional print ads for store openings and stagecoach appearances. A gold panning kit was offered to customers who opened a Gold Account (those gold-themed marketing geniuses) and is still available for purchase at…
  • Back to school? You never left!

    Steven Greenstein
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Did you stop learning when you left school? I sure didn’t. I am a student every day of the world around me. We learn something new every day, about our past, present, and future. It could be something as simple as finding a new route to work, or a new food you like, or you could find out about your own past, or visit a museum and learn how you fit in the world around you. Slate and books for school in “the olden days” (Wells Fargo History Museum) Here at Guided by History, and at the Wells Fargo History Museums we want to help you learn, but just as importantly, we never stop…
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    Xerox Blogs

  • Business as Usual? No way!

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Der Datenbestand von Unternehmen hat eine Dimension erreicht, für die ein neues Buzzword kreiiert wurde: Big Data. Für diejenigen, die aus dieser Informationsflut wertvolle Erkenntnisse über ihr laufendes und kommendes Geschäft extrahieren wollen, stellt dabei aber nicht nur das ‚Big‘ eine große Herausforderung dar. Das Problem wird dadurch verschärft, dass der größte Teil der gespeicherten Daten unstrukturiert vorliegt. Kein Wunder also, dass die Nachfrage nach einer qualifizierten Unterstützung beim Schürfen der verborgenen Informationsnuggets rasant ansteigt.
  • Alles Yoga, oder was?

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    In vielen Unternehmen regiert blanker Aktionismus: Ein Meeting jagt das nächste, in aufwändigen Präsentationen werden neue Ideen vorgestellt, es werden Paper verfasst, Events werden geplant, überall bimmeln und piepsen die Smartphones und Tablets, es herrscht Daueralarm – und was kommt am Ende dabei heraus? Nichts!
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Scale your Business and Boost Cultural Evangelists

    Loren Alhadeff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re scaling your company upwards, you’re reaping the seeds of a standout team culture. I always look at success as the side effect to collective passion for the company and brand. Forget the phrase, it takes a village; it actually takes a family to spike success upwards. That being said, when you’re in the rewarding position to scale up, you need to keep your family at the heart of your growth-inducing strategies. Of course, we champion relationships as the key to Sales success, but by the same token, your business’ upwards scaling depends upon nurturing connectivity with your…
  • How to Provide Golden Service for Sterling Sales

    Loren Alhadeff
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Contributed by Gerhard Gschwandtner, Founder and CEO, Selling Power  Enter an office brimming with determined sales professionals. Bright and eager, they clamor to their cubicles ready to translate leads into customers. Before they pick up their phones and skim fingers on keys, I’d like to dive into a deeper approach that carries more heft than a polished pitch. As a sales professional, you’re introducing them to a product that heals pain points in their business lives. Consider yourself a business psychoanalyst with empathy and direct listening as the pillars of your craft. As with any…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Sign or Send a Document Directly From Your Email with the DocuSign Mobile App.

    Michael Palmer
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you know you can receive and sign a document anywhere your mobile device can go? No more printing, signing, and returning email attachments – you can do it all from the your mobile device! You can also easily send documents from your email out for signature by importing them into the mobile app. What’re you waiting for? Start sending and signing digitally today! Note: This feature is currently supported on both iOS and Android devices – Windows Mobile users can download the attachment and access it from within the app. To import a document from an email on your iOS device (iPhone,…
  • Want to Tweet with Madison Hildebrand? Grab your chance on August 21st!

    Suzanne Alberti
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Contributed by Katie Lance, CEO and Founder of Katie Lance Consulting​ Have you ever wanted to meet Madison Hildebrand? As a real estate broker and media celebrity, having starred in the Bravo television series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Madison brings a wealth of experience and charisma to his role as a DocuSign ambassador – and he’ll be firing up the @DocuSign handle on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.  Moderating the hashtag freeflow is DocuSign’s Real Estate Social Media consultant, Katie Lance! During this half-hour chat, you’ll have the opportunity to ask…
  • 5 Steps to Becoming a Webinar Rock Star

    Edward Xiao
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the years have gone by, webinars have carved out a niche as an effective inbound marketing tactic. They allow companies to demonstrate expertise, as well as entice potential clients with new features and aspects of their products. They’re relatively simple to produce, can be perfected to every company’s tastes, and stand as low-risk, high-reward engagements. Because webinars have become extremely popular over the years, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at ways to make webinars more effective. We at DocuSign take great pride in executing our webinars, and have over the years…
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    RB (Reckitt Benckiser)

  • Why RB Was the Right Company for My First Internship

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    I am a psychology student with my minor in business studies. I joined RB as an intern in General Management and CSR in Mannheim in summer 2014. Even though this seems like a short period, I can tell so far, that RB is an amazing company to work for. I would like to share some of my experiences with you.   To be honest, I started my internship with mixed feelings since this is my first internship and I haven’t experienced the work in a big company before. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel lost at any moment because everyone tried to help me out to find the right directions and places to go…
  • Which Brand Are You? Find Out with Brand Me!

    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
      Andrej speaks about Brand Me and the importance of having your own personal brand, not only to understand more about yourself but also to be able to find the right job for you Recently RB launched its new  global online platform BrandMe  and I like this idea so much. BrandMe helps you understand the reach and impact of your online presence, and uses your social media profiles and interactive tests and quizzes to show you how to best represent yourself online. I use social media to share with my friends some interesting articles and information.  So I clearly understand the…
  • My Experience Helps With a Study to Benefit Young People in the Workplace

    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
    Last week, because I am a fairly young RB employee, I had the chance to participate in the international research event on the subject of  ‘Labour values of the youth and developing young talents in company management’, held by the Higher School of Economics in partnership with Oxford CLS Campus. The study’s purpose is to identify which values of younger workers should be taken into account when developing programmes for selection, orientation and retention of young prospective employees. It also hopes to understand what tools and programs could help HR to balance the interests of…
  • Celebrating World Children’s Day with RB Russia

    18 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Did you know that every day 19,000 children under 5 die because of a lack of clean water? 20 November is the World Children’s Day. All RB offices worldide organised events  with Save the Children to raise employees’ awareness of this tragic issue. Our Moscow office wanted to be a part of this initiative. We wanted to attract RB employees’ attention to the main causes of the preventable deaths from diarrhoea (lack of access to essential services such as clean water, sanitation, healthcare) and to the RB&Save the Children partnership program. At places where employees…
  • Four Lessons I’ve Learned in my Four Months at RB

    18 Dec 2013 | 8:43 am
    My RB career began roughly around four months ago. I joined as a Sales & Marketing Management Trainee in RB Bangladesh, and although I’ve worked part-time in several companies, none of them compare to how RB has (in such a short time, too!) honed my professional skills and changed my outlook in life. So here are the top four lessons I’ve learned since I’ve joined, which I hope will be useful for graduates looking to apply to the RB Graduate Program:   1. It’s perfectly normal to stumble; it comes with taking risks. One of my biggest fears after joining RB was that I…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Why Businesses Are Moving to All IP Networks

    Lee Sheehan
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Today’s new networking standards make working with older technologies a challenge. The need for WAN services that are “always on” and available “anywhere” has instigated the necessity for highly scalable, reliable, and traffic-engineered IP architectures with remote and mobile access to IP VPN. Unscalable, rigid, and uneconomical legacy VPNs and fixed leased lines just won’t cut it. Yet keeping costs down is essential. In fact, your IT department is probably under more pressure to deliver more services, IT resources, and applications with less budget and staff than…
  • Is That DDoS Attack a Smokescreen for Something Worse?

    Sam Farraj
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Two new reports confirm that Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are growing across virtually all types of business. They are often a deliberate distraction, hiding thefts of funds, data, and personal identity. According to a new report, over half of all companies reporting DDoS attacks on their web infrastructure also reported that customer data, money, or intellectual property had been stolen while the companies’ IT teams were focused on responding to the attacks. These conclusions reveal a heightened sophistication among the hackers initiating the DDoS activities. While some…
  • The Perils of Consumer Devices in the Enterprise

    Curlis Phillip
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    How many times have you left your smartphone or tablet device on a table at a coffee shop while you went for a drink refill, or left it on a chair at the airport for a quick moment while en route to a long overdue vacation? A consumer report from a recent survey showed that smartphone theft among adult victims doubled in 2013, and it was projected that 1.4 million were lost and never recovered. Mobile device theft is on the rise across the country and is costing consumers billions of dollars each year. Many of those devices are being used to access company data, now that more and more…
  • Supply Chain Transparency: Seeing All the Way from Supplier to Shelf

    Jo Gibbons
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Predicting the future was an ability once claimed by only the mysterious and gifted, but today’s technologies can predict tomorrow’s outcomes with relative certainty. Suffice it to say, clairvoyants have been displaced by computer algorithms and smart devices, indispensable tools for any business today. Also vital to the health of any business is an intelligent supply chain that networks suppliers, transportation, distribution, and end customers. Visibility and effective control over this flow directly impacts a company’s overall success. A perfect example of an intelligent supply…
  • VoIP Basics Part 3: Voice and Data Working Together

    Lee Woodring
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    In my last post, we talked about packet vs. analog communication. In this post, I outline how VoIP technology enables voice and data to work together and the requirements IT should consider when incorporating VoIP. Voice packets by their nature tend to be very large and require a high degree of quality. When voice packets are added to an existing data-intense network, bandwidth (capacity) can suffer. When data drops out of an application, the program does not work right. When voice packets fall by the wayside, conversations don’t sound right. It is very important for modern IP networks to…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • The Determining Factor in Choosing Business Software

    Alan Hart
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Find the right application, embrace its benefits, and accept its imperfections If you are a frequent user of a particular software application (most business software users are) you become comfortable with its features and operation and learn to live with its inevitable quirks and other so called “bugs” that unless they are severe and cause your system to crash, you’ve most likely found workarounds or learned to ignore them altogether. When I was in the software development and publishing industry it was common to call these odd behaviors “undocumented features”.  Our customers…
  • Questions you Should Ask During the Planning and Analysis Process

    Alan Hart
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    And the Planning and Analysis tools allowing you to ask these questions. Recently, there was an article published by (a TechTarget publication) and authored by Nicole Laskowski, Senior News Writer.  The title of this article is: “Want Better Analytics? Start asking ‘crunchy’ questions. One of the main points delivered in this article is that by using key performance indicators, aligned with strategic goals and specific questions used to query the data, business intelligence can be developed and customized to each company, regardless of industry. Another point is that…
  • No Time for Budget

    Alan Hart
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Why is this process flawed in so many organizations? CFO Magazine recently featured an article titled “No Time for Budgets” authored by Edward Teach. This article points out that traditional budgeting (e.g., the corporate annual budget) is flawed and often irrelevant to the changing economic reality.  It quotes Steve Player who is the North America program director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table saying, among other things, that using traditional budgeting tools is often based on assumptions that turn out to be wrong, or inaccurate at best, and not being able to continuously monitor…
  • Onboarding a new Budgeting, Forecasting and Business Intelligence System

    Alan Hart
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    What to do to ease-in the new process I just finished reading an article by Rob Livingstone titled “BP&F (Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting) software budget manager training tips”.  This is available to registered users (free registration) at: After registering, the article can be found at: The focus of this article are the four steps needed to be taken in order to successfully onboard a new budgeting, planning and forecasting…
  • 2014 top accounting software buyer trends

    Alan Hart
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I just read an interesting report published by accounting software research firm, Software Advice titled:  Small Business Accounting Software Buyer View 2014.  It was compiled and written by Noel Radley, Managing Editor, Software Advice and can be found at the following link: Accounting Software Buyer View 2014. The report was compiled from data acquired from surveying several hundred buyers primarily representing small companies, with the majority of them under 500 employees and under $50 MM in annual revenue. Buyers were questioned on their search for the right accounting software for…
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  • Bay Area Repliconians Support AIDS Research and Education

    Maya Desai
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Repliconians are not only 100% committed to remaining the leader in cloud-based time tracking, but we also strive to give back to our communities and to make the world a better place. We recognize that a talented group of like-minded people is somewhat obligated to make a difference for those less fortunate than we are. Last month, 11 Repliconians participated in AIDS Walk San Francisco. This annual event has raised $82 million to fight HIV/AIDS since its inception in 1987. Our intrepid team headed (by train, taxi, car, or carpool) to San Francisco ― braving the iconic foggy skies and…
  • Don’t Let Overtime Non-compliance Sucker Punch Your Bottom Line!

    Karen Bell
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Not complying with overtime provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Fair Labor Standards Act” (FLSA) can lead to hefty payouts of back wages and penalties, not to mention the headache of collective action lawsuits and expensive settlements. Willful violators may also be fined and prosecuted criminally, and a second conviction may result in (gulp!) imprisonment. Need proof of the pain we’re talking about? Here are real-life examples of what companies have had to shell out: Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon Named Finalist for 2014 Golden Bridge Award

    Siddharth Deb
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Redwood City, CA – August 6, 2014 We’re excited to share the news that Replicon has been named finalist for a Golden Bridge Award! The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program, with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices, is a tribute to the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions. Blog tags: Corporate
  • How organizations can save resources and become more efficient

    Siddharth Deb
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    In this series, we take a look at ways in which organizations, managers, and individuals can improve productivity and get better results by managing time better. Organizations of all sizes constantly strive to be more efficient and productive. Over the years, automation and computerization have brought in significant improvements in efficiency and productivity to workplaces, and more work now gets done in less time, by fewer people. There is a thriving industry that caters to providing information, tips, and software applications that help busy people get things done and generally improve…
  • Achieving Competitive Advantage through your Workforce

    Karen Bell
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    According to industry analyst Barry Wilderman, some business goals are, and will always remain, old school―and delighting the customer is chief among them. One way to do this is to proactively optimize the modern workforce to ensure that excellent customer support and a superior customer experience are a given. Today it is therefore more important than ever for organizations to manage their workforce effectively, gain the needed visibility to ensure that customer and administrative tasks are completed quickly and cost effectively, and to rely on technology to help bridge this gap. Blog…
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • This Week in Financial Blunders: Kids, Animals and the Super Bowl

    Travis Pelto
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The world of finances has not stopped moving since the last This Week in Financial Blunders; the blog just took a little siesta. While Citibank paid off fines, we were deep in a slumber. As Time Warner told Rupert Murdoch they were not interested in being bought out, we were having one of those crazy dream-within-a-dreams. Just as the ice bucket challenge began to raise millions of dollars, we began to wake up and rub our weary eyes. Now that the power nap is completed, let’s look at some financial news that ranges from feel-good to cringe-worthy. The Kids Are Alright? Most aspire to have a…
  • Things You Shouldn’t Do When Applying for a Mortgage

    Lilly Keyes
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    When you decide you’re ready to buy a home, you’ll (hopefully) examine your own finances closer than you ever have before – because your mortgage underwriter will be looking at your finances even more closely. It’s the underwriter’s job to evaluate your income, credit score and assets to make sure you’re a solid loan candidate. Because of this, it’s important that nothing you do makes your mortgage company question your ability to pay them back. To show them you’re nothing short of their dream loan candidate, here’s a list of things you should avoid doing during the mortgage…
  • How to Turn Your Spare Change into Stocks

    Sean T. Johnston
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    We like to talk about savings quite a bit, and with good reason. Frankly, as a country, we’re not doing very much of it. Planning for future events, be they life emergencies, college expenses or retirement, is critical. No matter what stage of life you’re in, you should be putting some money aside on a regular basis. We’ve talked about easy and fun ways to do that in the past, but a new smartphone app is giving would-be investors an even easier way to start saving and investing. Acorns, currently in beta for both Android and iOS, allows users to round up everyday debit and credit card…
  • Midway Through 2014, Home Insurance Premiums Up Slightly

    Arthur Murray
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This article was contributed by Arthur Murray, editor., LLC is an insurance marketplace offering homeowners in 44 states comparative rates on home and auto insurance. The Rate Report generates average premiums based on policies sold over the past 12 months with carrier partners including Safeco Insurance, The Hartford, MetLife, Travelers, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, ASI and Foremost. They may not be typical for all customers. The average U.S. homeowners insurance premium for the second quarter of 2014 increased to…
  • Protect Your Roof from Severe Summer Weather

    Contractor Connection
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The following guest post is from Contractor Connection, a national leader in providing trustworthy, top-quality professionals for your home improvement or repair project. Recently named #1 in contractor emergency services according to a leading customer satisfaction study, Contractor Connection is a subject matter expert when it comes to protecting and repairing your home from hail damage. Summer may be known for fun in the sun, but according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, June is a peak month for hail storms. The NOAA says hail causes approximately $1 billion in damage to…
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    NACD Blog

  • NACD’s Second Small-Cap Forum Helps Directors Understand the Risks and Responsibilities of a Growing Business

    Jesse Rhodes
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    The majority of companies in the United States are small cap, defined as companies below $500 million in market capitalization. While they are rich in ingenuity, small-cap companies have unique challenges that can be daunting for any board to manage. With smaller staffs and fewer resources than their large-cap counterparts, the time and talents of company executives are spread thin in the face of pressure for fast growth in an uncertain economic environment. This July, NACD, in partnership with Epsen Fuller Group, Fenwick & West, and Latham & Watkins held its second Small-Cap Forum.
  • Voluntary Public-Private Partnership on Cyber-Risk Oversight

    Adam Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected and posted the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight on the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program website. At a press conference yesterday, four panelists, Ken Daly, president and CEO, NACD; Mark Camillo, head of cyber products for the Americas Region, AIG; Larry Clinton, president and CEO, ISA; and Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS, spoke generally about cybersecurity as an issue for directors, and specifically about the contents of the handbook,…
  • Through the Boardroom Lens

    Ashley M. Marchand
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Directors attending the recent NACD Directorship 2020 event in Denver, Colorado engaged in group discussions about how boards can anticipate and effectively respond to environmental and competitive disruptors in the marketplace. The half-day symposium at the Ritz-Carlton on July 15 was the second of three NACD Directorship 2020 events this year addressing seven disruptive forces and their implications for the boardroom. Summaries of the Denver speakers’ main points are available here. Following each speaker, directors developed key takeaways for boards. Those takeaways fell within the…
  • The Environmental and Competitive Disruptors That Lie Ahead

    Ashley M. Marchand
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    More than 100 directors gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver on July 15 to hear expert speakers put a boardroom lens on the competitive and environmental forces that are having a far-reaching impact on companies across industries. The half-day symposium was the second of three NACD Directorship 2020events this year. The forums are addressing seven disruptive forces (competition, demographics, economics, environment, geopolitics, innovation, and technology)—the major trends and transitions expected to drive significant change for companies and industries in the near future—and the…
  • Responding to Activist Challenges in the Boardroom

    NACD Staff
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Recently, NACD convened the spring 2014 meeting of the Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council. Delegates discussed the impact of activist investor challenges in the boardroom, with guests Janet Clark, a former director of Dell and Bill McCracken, a former chairman of CA Inc. This session built on dialogue from the council’s previous meeting in November 2013, where delegates discussed shareholder activism from the investor perspective with two representatives of activist hedge fund Trian Partners: Nelson Peltz, CEO and founding partner and Brian Schorr, partner and chief…
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    The WhitePages Blog

  • Got the New Amazon Fire Phone? We’ve Got the Apps

    Bill Brooks
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Thinking of getting Amazon’s new Fire phone? We’ve custom built our award-winning apps for optimum performance with the Fire phone’s unique capabilities. The new Fire phone makes it easier than ever for users to communicate using the suite of WhitePages apps for everything from rich contact and caller ID data to the ability to block [...]The post Got the New Amazon Fire Phone? We’ve Got the Apps appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Rain or shine, we mini golf.

    Chelsey Nelson
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Take a group of twenty WhitePages interns, their mentors, and managers to a mini golf course then tell them there are prizes. Odds are you’ll come out of the round thinking mini golf was an Olympic sport. Did your team putt the best overall score? Congratulations, bronze medals and prizes for all! Did you putt [...]The post Rain or shine, we mini golf. appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Founding Fathers at your 4th of July Barbecue?

    Rebecca Carroll
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Before we fire up the grill and put out the potato salad, we decided to dig into some data and see how many people in the U.S. share names with some of our country’s most patriotic founders. Interestingly, John Adams (9,893 people), Robert Morris (7,367 people), and John Hancock (1,616 people), are the top three [...]The post Founding Fathers at your 4th of July Barbecue? appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Manic, Monday? People Named after the Days of the Week

    Rebecca Carroll
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    Nicole Kidman and Mike Myers don’t have any reason to get the “Sunday Blues” (realizing the weekend’s been fun, and now there’s a 5-day work week ahead)–they both have beautiful daughters named after the day of the week named for the center of our solar system, so that made us wonder:How many people in the [...]The post Manic, Monday? People Named after the Days of the Week appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Happy Father’s Day: Most Popular TV Dad Names

    Rebecca Carroll
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Oh, Dad: he might be the top dog at home, but have you ever come across someone who shares a name with one of television’s favorite fathers?. We looked at new “dad-a”  and found that a number of John Waltons (1,459 people), Jim Andersons (1,304 people), and Tim Taylors (1,096 people), are living among us, possibly asking, “Were [...]The post Happy Father’s Day: Most Popular TV Dad Names appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
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  • The Terrorism Reinsurance Market

    GC Editor
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Despite the recent spike in terrorist-related activity, evolving capacity and the absence of a major terrorism loss for reinsurers have resulted in a softening terrorism reinsurance market in areas... Continue reading...
  • Potential Future Risks

    GC Editor
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The spillover of violence from Syria to other Middle Eastern countries is a clear risk in 2014 and beyond. The conflict, and the sectarian tensions that underpin it, could destabilize a number of... Continue reading...
  • GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Mahomed Akoob, Managing Director, Hannover Re Takaful

    GC Editor
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In our fourth MENA Insights interview Mahomed Akoob, managing director of Hannover Re Takaful, considers the huge potential of the Takaful and Retakaful market in the region, which he thinks could... Continue reading...
  • Key Battlegrounds

    GC Editor
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The next 18 months are likely to be an important period for Afghanistan and Pakistan in determining whether the impending withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan could be exploited by... Continue reading...
  • Week’s Top Stories: August 9 — 15, 2014

    GC Editor
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Fadi AbuNahl, Chief Executive, Trust Re: In our third MENA Insights interview Fadi AbuNahl, chief executive of Trust Re, describes how the MENA re/insurance market has... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Five ways a nonprofit can improve online donation forms

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Recently I’ve seen more and more valuable information about how to improve the online donation forms used by nonprofits. As you would expect not only is the donation form a key feature within a website for those who elect to support an organization but the efficiency of these pages can greatly impact nonprofit fundraising overall. According to various studies donation forms that are confusing, slow to load or not optimized for mobile browsing are all likely to reduce the likelihood of a donor completing the transaction and/or donating less. Regardless of the size of your charity…
  • 15 Most Innovative Countries in the World According to Global Innovation Index

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Innovation is a key component to a country’s appeal and economic success. As a Canadian call centre, we embrace innovation and were intrigued to see how Canada compared on the global scale. Previously, we’ve explored where Canada ranks in posts like the best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best…
  • Six key ways a donor survey can help your nonprofit fundraising planning

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Nonprofit fundraising often strives to employ the best in new technology and social media tips to move forward the dual goals of audience engagement and sourcing potential new donors. Much of what I write relates to overall trends in the sector and technology tips that can help accomplish the above. However another valuable and sometimes overlooked tool is the reader/audience survey which can help you harvest important feedback from those that already follow your charity and hold opinions about it. Providing you have a reasonably broad sample population of supporters to work with, a survey…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Pulled “Pork” BBQ Sandwiches

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for another summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support the reduction of meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. The summer months bring about thoughts of BBQs and just because you’ve made the choice to go vegan doesn’t mean you have give up your favourite foods or flavours.
  • 5 Tips to get started with Google My Business (and why nonprofits should)

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The newest tool from Google might become the best Google based solution yet for nonprofits looking to coordinate their Google+ profiles and business/personal Google profiles into a single home that allows the user to manage everything efficiently and most importantly help build awareness and engagement. A brand new tool called ‘Google My Business’ is now rolling out to the public and it aims to become the dashboard for small businesses and that can certainly include nonprofits as they’ve built a category for non profit organizations. Google My Business isn’t a…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Accion Chicago Helps Women, Minorities in Small Business

    Nicole Markle
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Among the many groups in Chicago that help small businesses, Accion Chicago aims to represent the “under-represented, including women, minorities and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs,” says Betsy Neely Sikma, manager of Accion’s development and communications. The nonprofit provides customized business support, credit repair counseling and — for those who qualify — small-business loans ranging from $500 to $50,000, Neely Sikma says. Last year alone it made 430 loans that created or maintained 1,631 jobs and generated $27 million in local payroll funds, she adds. “One of our…
  • QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the National Parks?

    Nicole Markle
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Our national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the country, and lucky for us, there are 59 of them just waiting to be explored and enjoyed — that’s a lifetime of road trips! From California to Alaska to North Carolina, each park is filled with unique geological features that’ll make your jaw drop. Javascript is disabled Javascript is disabled on your browser. Please enable it in order to use this form. Loading Name That National Park Can you spot the difference between Yosemite and Arches? Test your national park knowledge: Match the park name to its picture, then move…
  • How Your House Can Star in the ‘Hollywood of the South’

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Atlanta is quickly earning its place as the “Hollywood of the South,” FOX News reports. Dozens of film and TV projects were shot in Georgia in 2013, according to the official site of Georgia Film & Music. Many of them were filmed in the metro Atlanta area, including “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “Prisoners.” Local film productions spent $933.9 million in the state and generated $3.3 billion in economic impact last year, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. Find an Atlanta AgentAllstate agents live and work in your community. Find…
  • Houston’s Fastest-Growing Communities

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s no secret the Houston area is booming. In fact, a recent study by Atlanta-area relocation firm WelcomeMat Services ranks one of the city’s ZIP codes as the fastest growing in the nation. Two others were also near the top of the list, says Brian Mattingly, CEO of WelcomeMat. Can you guess which Houston–area ZIP code was ranked No. 1 in the study? Click through to learn the answer and check out other fast-growing Houston communities. 77494/Katy“G” jewels g is for grandma, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0 The suburban Katy, Texas, 77494 ZIP code was ranked as the fastest-growing in the…
  • Tips for Safe Driving in Phoenix During the Summer

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Summer weather can bring hazardous driving conditions to Phoenix, with dust storms, monsoon-flooded roads and searing temperatures not uncommon, and each presenting a different type of danger, says Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS). With so many potential weather-related situations, exercising vigilance is critical for drivers to keep themselves and others safe. Here are a few things to look out for: Car Maintenance Tires, belts and hoses can be strained in hot temperatures, according to the DPS. Keeping your car’s vulnerable parts in tip-top…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Paradigm Shifts and the Falling Cost of Starting a Business

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    In March of this year Martin Chavez, CIO at Goldman Sachs, sat down to explain paradigm shifts in technology and the business world. He started the roughly 5 minute conversation by explaining matter-of-factly that “every 20 years, in the software business, there is a paradigm shift.” This notion creates quite a stir for the business world, as companies must learn to adapt and grow with these new ways of doing work, and creating information.Here is a rough timeline of the last 40 years (as described by Chavez):40 years ago:Computers begin to be used for business. If you want the massive…
  • Do I need to know Java to learn Hadoop?

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    People frequently ask me if it’s necessary to have Java programming skills in order to enter the exciting world of Hadoop. When I begin to explain, I’m often met with a disappointment and a sense of limitation upon learning that Java and Hadoop do, in fact, go hand-in hand.  Let me start by saying that the answer to the question “Do I need to know Java to learn Hadoop?” is not a simple one. But I digress; the future of Hadoop is bright, and going forward, no requirements should be seen as limitations or roadblocks, but rather as ways to increase your expertise and become more…
  • Happy Employees and Getting Your Business to the Top

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Running a successful business isn’t easy. As a CEO, COO, or executive, you have to be concerned with countless issues, deadlines, budgets, and in some cases, investor relations; all while keeping cool, and protecting your company’s image.  With all of that stress comes a lot of uncertainty, and there’s no way of knowing the perfect formula for a successful business. As stressful as that may be, we know that one thing is certain: happy employees are the key to a smoother operation and in turn- more satisfied clients.  As a prominent global service provider, OSSCube takes pride in…
  • The Service Provider: A Startup's Unexpected Best Friend

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest (SXSW) with my company, OSSCube. For those who don’t know, the week-long annual festival in Austin, Texas involves vendors and exhibitors from all corners of the globe. Divided into film, music, and tech, you can catch musical performances from some of the industry’s biggest names, and most exciting new acts. You can also take in a film premier or panel with various industry gurus. Tens of thousands of people flock to Austin every year for this event and, to put it lightly, this is always a crazy week.  As a service…
  • SugarCRM Puts the "i" in Marketing at sugarCon 2014

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    From April 29, through May 1, 2014, CRM experts and SugarCRM proponents gathered in San Francisco for  SugarCon 2014. The three day conference included dozens of expert panels, training sessions, and plenty of time to meet with the best of SugarCRM’s partner program over food and drinks. This year’s theme, “The Power of i” focused on the capability of Sugar to put sales and marketing power within a business into the hands of the individual. Rather than leave customer information at the hands of a sales team, Sugar helps users across a variety of departments get the information they…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Leaky Pipes Not Helping California’s Drought

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s no secret that the Bay Area, as well as the rest of California, has been hit hard by this summer’s record-breaking drought. Unfortunately for Bay Area residents, newly released data on the condition of water pipes is showing us just how much of the water we have is wasted.   State records have reflected that the Bay Area loses a whopping 23 billion gallons of water a year, enough water to serve 71,000 families annually. The water loss can be attributed to failing, underground water pipes. These leaks not only waste the increasingly scares resource, but cause revenue losses and…
  • Oakland Gambles with New Trash Hauling Contract

    6 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For the first time in years, the city of Oakland will be counting on a different company to handle garbage pickup. Last week, city council unanimously voted to award the highly coveted 10-year contract (valued at $1 billion) to California Waste Solutions (CWS), an Oakland-based company whose primary expertise lies in recycling. The decision to place garbage-collecting responsibilities for the entire city in the hands of a company with no experience with garbage represents an extremely risky venture. With CWS taking over garbage collection duties, it marks the end a decades-long business…
  • As California’s Drought Worsens, Residents Continue to Consume

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    As California began to feel the worsening effects of this summers drought, Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20% cutback on overall water use among resident. Unfortunately, residents are failing to act accordingly. In a recently updated report of statewide water use, not only has consumption failed to fall, but also residents are actually using 1% more then last month.   This alarming data comes on the heels of the data released last month that showed only a 5% drop in use. Compared to the new data, those look more and more favorable. This is leaving state officials stammering to find means…
  • SF Recycling Centers Causing Friction Among Locals

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The recycling center at the Market Street Safeway In San Francisco a heated battle continues to over one current recycling center that has overstayed their welcome, as well as opposition over another one looking for city approval before setting up shop. At the Safeway located at 2020 Market St., residents and business owners had enough with the industrial sized center operated by Community Recyclers. People have grown tired of the seemingly endless line of shopping carts and overflowing trash bags lining the street up to the center, creating hefty amounts of litter, noise, and traffic…
  • Albertsons Settles Case Alleging Mishandling of Hazardous Waste

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    Albertsons, a grocery chain with more than a thousand locations nation-wide, has agreed to pay $3.3 million dollars to settle a case brought against them alleging stores in California mishandled the disposal of hazardous waste. In the lawsuit, filed in the Orange County Superior Court, several government agencies accused Albertsons of illegally transporting and disposing of dangerous and possibly deadly materials including pool chemicals, batteries, and various types of over-the-counter medication. It was claimed that these products were disposed of in dumpsters meant for non-hazardous…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Why Usher and BuzzBee want you to dance

    Kevin Hunt
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Usher can dance. There’s no doubt about that. But … BuzzBee? See for yourself in the latest commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios. The pairing of Usher and Buzz led to a fun 30-second commercial directed by Hype Williams, shot on the same set of Usher’s video for his new song – “She Came to Give it to You.” It really allowed Usher to showcase his skills, according to Gail Peterson, marketing associate director for Honey Nut Cheerios. “Usher is an overwhelming talent,” says Gail. “He’s a hard worker, but without a doubt his dancing is a gift…
  • 3 finalists in food at the 2014 Minnesota Cup

    Pete Speranza
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Minnesota has long been a hot bed for innovation – particularly when it comes to the food industry. That’s why I was so excited to be on the judging panel for and also host the 10th annual Minnesota Cup food division competition “Pitch Slam.” The Minnesota Cup is a competition for entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses working on innovative new business concepts. Ideas are judged by diverse review boards filled with experienced business professionals. This was the first year the competition featured a food/agriculture/beverage division. We, at General Mills,…
  • Here’s what it’s like to live your WWE dream

    Courtney Ziller
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    What’s it like to live out your lifelong dream? And how does life get kicked up a notch when you’re with the WWE team? I consider myself very lucky to have helped super fan turned superstar — Mitchell LaValley — live his WWE dream during his summer vacation. If you saw WWE’s biggest event of the season, SummerSlam, last night, you saw LaValley appear as “Jake Tucker,” aka “Mama’s Boy” as he made his official debut in front of a live audience of about 15,000 people in Los Angeles (plus, the broadcast audience watching worldwide). He…
  • 8 easy meals for busy college students

    Kelsey Stehlik
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    It’s painful to say this … but summer is coming to an end and college sweatshirts are being pulled out of closets. It’s an exciting time of the year – there’s nothing better than being back on campus for the fall semester. But between classes, friends, homework and football games, time is at a premium and cooking is generally not at the top of your to-do list. To help get college off to a great start, I’ve gathered eight quick recipes from some of our back to college-bound summer interns that take 45 minutes or fewer to make. Krishna Mahajan from the University of Michigan, who I…
  • A real fruit ninja

    Jonathan Spear
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    What do Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Guinness World Record holding swordsman Isao Machii and Fruit Ninja all have in common? They all came together at a fun event in Los Angeles to celebrate the news that Toaster Strudel is now made with more fruit! We invited Machii, who is a trained Samurai, to be a real-life Fruit Ninja (like the popular game app where players slice fruit images on the screen). He expertly sliced and diced several fruits tossed at him, including watermelon, pineapple, and even raspberries! Everyone cheered as Machii amazed the crowd yesterday with his skills. We’ll…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #1: Seven Workplace Factors that Impact Employee Health One of the top lessons for leaders that we took away from this year’s Great Place to Work® Conference was that wellness programs are not the lever that drives employees’ health in the workplace. Instead, improving the overall work environment is a far more effective way to keep employees healthy.
  • Leadership Challenges, Critical Skills and the Importance of Gender Diversity

    China Gorman
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board have recently released a report, “Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.” This report, the seventh of its kind published by DDI, includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders, 1,528 global human resource executives, and 2,031 participating organizations.
  • It’s All About Trust: Honesty and Transparency

    China Gorman
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Company cultures, the good, the bad, and – well in the interest of being nice we’ll leave it at that – have been the focus at Great Place to Work® for the last 25 years, since Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz researched their book The 100 Best Workplaces in America
  • What are your Sources of Hire?

    China Gorman
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A recent report from CareerXroads, “Sources of Hire 2014: Filling the Gaps” by Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, aims to continue the conversation about the data collection issues, source of hire trends, and challenges related to the recruiting supply chain. The report looks at 50 large firms (all with well-known brands) that filled 507,425 openings in the U.S. last year. This was the work of ~6000 recruiters and sourcers (80+ openings filled by each).
  • Friendships at Work

    China Gorman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces. Their study, titled “Relationships @Work,” surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K. What did they find?
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    Summit Brokerage

  • What’s Up with the Whole Credit Score Thing?

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Experian. Equifax. TransUnion. You know who they are and you know what they do, but do you know the FICO score they gave you? Your credit score is an indicator of your creditworthiness. Your credit history and credit score are vital pieces of information which are key to helping you secure your financial life. Think about it this way, every credit and debt move you make is tracked and then used to compute a FICO credit score for you. The interest rate you get on a home or car loan, for example, is, in part, determined by your credit score. Also, when you apply for a credit card or a charge…
  • Monthly Economic Update

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    THE MONTH IN BRIEF Stocks seemed set for just a slight July loss until developments on the last day of the month rattled Wall Street. Argentina effectively defaulted on its debt (for the second time in the past 13 years), and new data out of Washington showed that wages were finally on the way up (a caution flag for higher interest rates). The blue chips lost 317 points on July 31 (the Dow’s worst day since February 3) while the S&P 500 sank 39 points. The S&P lost 1.51% in an eventful month in which the Fed set an exit plan for QE3, a pair of geopolitical events troubled global…
  • 1 + 1 = 3: Doing the Little Things for Your Clients Add Up

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    No one ever meets the expectations of their customers. You can, however, exceed their expectations or your can fall short. The difference in falling short and exceeding is often the little things, which add up to make a big difference. In today’s business world, you need to find ways to stand out and differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd. Competition is healthy and keeps the top advisors on their toes. Walt Disney said it best: “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to…
  • Do I Need a Trust if My Last Name isn’t Rockefeller?

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    What if you died today? Do you have a revocable living trust in place so your assets will easily pass to your heirs without any cost or time delay? If so, does your trust have an incapacity clause in it? It’s important to have your affairs in order to protect yourself and your family and make certain everything is handled according to your wishes in the event of a tragedy. No matter what your assets or financial health, at a minimum, it might benefit you to have three documents: a will, a revocable living trust with an incapacity clause, and an advance directive with a durable power of…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Financial advisors William Buehler and Jordan Berryhill of Buehler & Berryhill Financial Partners in Henrico, VA, have recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the #1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. Previously affiliated with Signator Investors, Inc., the team manages over $20 million in client assets and has a combined 29 years of experience. Buehler & Berryhill Financial Partners has a deep knowledge of financial planning, including estate and business continuation planning. Their relationships with attorneys and accountants help them take the additional steps to…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wellness Engagement

    Jennifer Patel
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    We all know the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” seems like a simple approach to staying healthy. Unfortunately in today’s hectic world, the simple idea of living a healthy lifestyle is often put to wayside with demanding schedules involving work and family responsibilities. The effects of allowing personal wellness to take a backseat to other obligations can have negative long-term repercussions on the individual and ultimately will impact the employee’s performance. So, what is the solution? Various companies contribute greater productivity rates, increased workplace…
  • A New Approach to the Employee Review

    Jonathan McClellan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As managers, employee reviews are a critical aspect of how we help guide our employee through his or her career. In my previous series of blogs I discussed the importance of rewards and recognitions as it relates to an employee’s career evolution, but that role does assessment play in that evolution? Without a thoughtful, planned and well-executed employee review, management has essentially failed their employees’ career progression. I believe the traditional approach to performance reviews is outdated and ineffective. For an associate, it’s nice to sit down annually with a…
  • Wellness Programs: A Strategic Differentiator in the Workplace

    Jennifer Patel
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    According to a 2012 Workplace Wellness Market Review sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Workplace wellness programs have achieved a high penetration in the United States … analysis suggests that about three-quarters of employers with more than 50 employees now offer such a program, which translates into about 100,000 organizations.” With so many plans in place, today’s workplace wellness programs are more than just another piece of the employee benefits package. Employees are placing a premium on wellness, making them true…
  • Service Recovery: The Most Important Aspects of an Apology

    Rhonda Basler
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Call me crazy, but I love to talk with companies about how to apologize well.  For most companies and their customers, the period of time after a mistake has been made is uncomfortable at best and downright painful for many.  So why do I have this unusual fixation with the atonement process when typically it is not a pleasurable encounter?  Because, if not done well, the relationship with the customer is shortened and LTV (Life Time Value) drops.  Systemic issues can have a dramatic impact to overall customer equity (the sum of customer LTVs) and create PR and social media nightmares. But…
  • The Rise of On-Demand Recognition

    Jonathan McClellan
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    The rise of technological advancements, specifically in the mobile realm, has dramatically changed the way companies do business. When we work, where we work, how we work and with whom we work is in a constant state of flux. Because businesses move fast, employee recognition must adapt and move equally as fast, making recognition both accessible and available on demand. In today’s hectic pace of business, recognition occurs most frequently when we finally have a moment to pause and reflect on the day, week or month. It seems for many of us those moments are becoming fewer and further…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • How secure is your ticket outlet?

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    With cyber security being in the news every week and high profile brands being ‘hacked’, it’s important that when you choose a ticket outlet, you do some research to ensure they follow security best-practices to protect your customers from fraud. Every website that accepts card transactions needs to incorporate security measures to ensure the cardholder’s confidential details (including payment info) are kept secure. You will already be familiar with the padlock symbol showing the transmission of data is protected by SSL – this is a very basic measure that all…
  • Thanks for your feedback :)

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Since day one, we’ve built Skiddle around feedback from our Promoters and Customers. Recently we asked our event promoters to leave feedback on how we’re doing, and here’s the results. Our average score was a massive 9/10 from over 120 reviews- with an overwhelming number of promoters scoring us 10/10 – this makes us very happy! Below are some of the positive comments left by our promoters: “F… A…B! Easy to use, interactive and informative. 10/10″ “Excellent tool, enables us to promote our events for free, and if we need that extra boost…
  • Skiddle Traffic Update

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    The number of visitors using Skiddle to plan their weekends is growing and growing. The table below demonstrates traffic rankings for UK websites by Alexa (an independent analytics company), indicating Skiddle’s huge traffic flow. Site Traffic Rank of all UK websites Ticketmaster 294th 432nd Seetickets 563rd Residentadvisor 868th Ticketweb 2,082nd Ticketline 3,738th Gigantic 4,890th Fatsoma 5,048th Theticketsellers 16,134th Ticketarena 32,450th * Figures according to and were correct on 5th June 2014. Figures show website popularity based upon visitors and…
  • Mixmag Integration Rollout

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to power Mixmag’s new club listings submission service for their magazine. The new system will replace the current email system, allowing you to submit your events online, then edit them should the details change. The good news is this is all built upon the Skiddle Promotion Centre, so if you’ve already entered your event into Skiddle, it will automatically be picked up without you having to submit again! The process is being rolled out gradually, so you will receive more information from them shortly.
  • New Functionality: add multiple events

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you need to quickly add multiple events to Skiddle which are at the same venue (for example a weekly club night, regular exhibition, etc) we now have a quick way to do so. Using our ‘Quick Add’ form you can enter some basic information that all your events will share (title, short description, etc) then enter specific dates, with an area to add an artist lineup for each date if you wish. Once you hit save, our system will create individual listings for each date you’ve entered, so you can manage them individually. Have a read about this nifty new tool here: Quick Add…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Creating for the Hispanic Market

    Syra Villarreal
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The thing that makes targeting Hispanic consumers a bit tricky is not that they are vastly different from other segments, it’s that sometimes the cultural nuances are hard to put into words. You often hear, “Hispanics consider family to be extremely important.” Well, that’s the case for all segments. But it’s how this sentiment is executed that defines whether advertising will work or not. Take insurance, for example. Both General Market and Hispanic consumers recognize its value. But, whereas the General Market views insurance as a way to protect their financial assets, Hispanics…
  • Direct Mail Quality Best Practices

    Carolyn Albee
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When looking for the right direct mail partner, it’s important to find a firm that is committed to quality. Following are some direct mail quality best practices that will ensure your campaign is executed without a hitch. Proofreading Proofreading best practices include: Check for spelling and grammar errors. For example, Anderson proofreaders have a full-page checklist they follow to make sure all errors are caught consistently and correctly. Check all phone numbers, URLs and math within a given piece. If your CTAs are incorrect, your campaign is sunk from the beginning. Also, if important…
  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Specialty Equipment

    Kelsey Mathis
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Anderson has some specialty equipment on the production floor that streamline our print and mail jobs. These machines coat, stitch, perforate, and so much more, and allow us to process unique jobs in-house with efficiency and high quality. The following pictures, video, and descriptions will demonstrate our productivity in action! Here’s a bit more information about each one… UV Coater This machine runs cardstock paper and applies a UV coating to the outside of each sheet. Coating can be applied on one or both sides of the sheet. This creates a glossy finish. Postcards are the most…
  • Is It Time to Change Your Creative?

    Linda Frost
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    Think your current direct mail package is worn out and ready to retire? Well, it may only appear that way to you and others in your organization—but not to your prospects. When creative has been in use for some time, there can be a tendency to think it is “fatigued” and want to change it. But beware of change for the sake of change. Although you may be overly familiar with your mail piece after developing, updating and mailing it over time, it’s much fresher to your prospects. And with their busy lives and full mailboxes, even if it’s stellar, they may have no recollection of having…
  • New Technology for Direct Marketers: Even Stronger Customer-Targeted Messages with Beacons

    Leah Averre-Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Have you ever tapped a customer on the shoulder (and by “shoulder” I mean mobile­­­ device), and offered them an incentive just as they’re about to walk away from your product? The technology has been around for a while, however it wasn’t until this year’s 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that these shoulder-tapping devices, called beacons, got their spotlight. What are these beacons and how do they work? Essentially they’re low-powered, low-cost transmitters that notify mobile devices of their presence. The most well-known beacon is Apple’s iBeacon. SXSW is a huge…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Top 5 Calming Foods, Scents, and Drinks to Bring Yoga into Aspects of Your Everyday Life

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Sure, we all try to bring yoga into our everyday lives anyway! But with the hustle and bustle of school, work, and family, sometimes it’s helpful to have a calming yogic aspect not just in our practices, but in the practice of the foods we eat, drink and smell. Check out the recommendations below to […]
  • Mindful Eating

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Mindful eating can help us focus on staying healthy, relieve stress and get rid of any hang-ups we may have about eating. You do not have to deprive yourself of your favorite food. You do have to take one bite, and notice its texture, smell and flavor. Think about what you are feeling at that […]
  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: OMgirl Mindful Tank

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    OMgirl’s Mindful Tank is a sleek, sexy and versatile top that works great as a layering piece. Wear it over a bra top for a little extra coverage during your yoga practice, or layer it under a sweater for a casual, polished look. The tank’s Pima cotton/Modal blend feels luxuriously soft yet strong, and in a variety […]
  • OMgirl’s Fall Collection Has Arrived!

    Barefoot Yoga
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    OMgirl’s newest collection is here, with gorgeous new colors and patterns for Fall. Check out a selection of our stylish and stunning new stock of new OMgirl clothing below: To browse our entire selection of OMgirl practice tops, yoga bottoms and more, visit!
  • Jalanhandra Bandha

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Jalanhandra Bandha is the throat lock that regulates breath and energy to blood vessels and your neck. It is said to aid in sinus problems as well as well as the circulatory and respiratory systems. Is it performed in conjunction with breath exercises. To do Jalanhandra Bandha, sit cross-legged or with your bottom on your […]
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  • Leveraging Technology to Deliver an Amazing Customer Experience

    David McSweeney
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE As a service based business with more than 80,000 customers nationwide, it’s critical that we look beyond traditional service methodologies as we support each of our valued customers with a goal of delivering an amazing customer experience. Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a monumental shift for numerous organizations – small and large, moving from traditional call center environments to online self-service support. While it’s critical that we capitalize on the value that technology delivers in terms of cost savings, consumer expectations and 24/7/365 accessibility, it’s…
  • Which Mobile Payment Methods are Consumers Using?

    Merchant Warehouse
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    SHARE Mobile payments are beginning to make their mark on the US retail market. Starbucks is one of the biggest players in the space with over 10 million users actively using their mobile payment and loyalty application, an app that accounted for more than $1 billion in sales during 2013. However apps such as Starbucks, Google Wallet, ISIS, PayPal, LevelUp are just the tip of the iceberg, with new mobile payment options popping up on a near daily basis. Regardless as to the name or benefits of the application, most mobile apps leverage one of 4 types of methods for accepting and sending…
  • Online eCommerce - Tips for Addressing Abandoned Shopping Carts

    Jenn Reichenbacher
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Abandoned shopping carts have long been thorns in online retailers' sides, and the problem only gets worse with each passing year. Interestingly, few online retailers take steps to combat the problem and simply consider it part of doing business online. That's too bad because there are actually several ways to reduce abandoned shopping cart rates. If you own a brick-and-mortar store in conjunction with an e-commerce site, you're in an especially strong position. Omnichannel marketing, which refers to delivering a parallel shopping experience across a variety of sales channels, including…
  • Payments News Round-Up: August 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    SHARE Each month we round up the most interesting news in payments, the stories that have the potential to change the industry in ways big and small. Tell us what you think in the comments!  August 2014 Amazon Prepares to Make a Splash Amazon recently debuted its first smartphone, the Fire Phone, heralding a new direction for the ecommerce site. CNNMoney’s James O’Toole called it a “shopping device that makes calls,” referencing the phone’s Magic Window app, which essentially enables showrooming in the wild. Shortly thereafter, the company dove into the mobile payments fray…
  • Back to School, Back to the Store: Loyalty Programs Drive Return Shoppers

    Merchant Warehouse
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    SHARE Back to School season is serious business, with an estimated $72.9 billion retail dollars up for grabs. When it comes to back-to-school shopping, many retailers are failing to use loyalty programs in order to take full advantage of the lucrative back-to-school shopping opportunity.Our latest infographic looks at why retailers should be leveraging loyalty programs to significantly increase their returns during the back-to-school shopping season, as well as the value launching these programs can bring after the season is over. Click Infographic to Enlarge   For easy integration of…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Don’t Miss This Chance to Make a Great First Impression

    Barbara Sulik
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Zach Taylor’s photostream I once started a new job, on a Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Mind you, this was a typical Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. There was no explanation given on the somewhat odd start day and time. When I showed up, no one seemed to remember I was coming in. My desk was dusty, did not have any supplies and there was no plan for an orientation. I was walked around the building for about an hour and told that I could leave. That should have set off red flags about the type of employer and the value that was placed on employees, especially during the…
  • Event Planning Takeaways to Remember

    Brianne Kistler
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Being ask to join the Proforma family to Convention for the first time, I was incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2014 Proforma Convention and Family Reunion at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX. After spending a couple months preparing for Convention, I was both thrilled and nervous to see mine and my coworkers’ hard work put into action. While there, I quickly realized that Convention, as well as other events your company or business might put on, was an amazing learning opportunity. Here are some event planning takeaways to remember: •    Big…
  • Visual Branding: If You Pay 5 Bucks for a Logo…

    Patrick Magyar
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of THOR’s photostream Times are tough. Resources are scarce and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage cash flow. When I made ‘large’ purchases, which I consider my house; I had to remember that in the long run, it’s an investment that will yield a return down the road. Typically, this is the biggest invest one can make so it’s important to keep the end in mind. The same train of thought needs to be applied to logos and visual branding. Of course you can pay some online shop $5 for a logo, that’s the easy way out and your wallet won’t hate you for…
  • 7 Tips for Being a Better Listener

    Michelle McCafferty
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Jonathan Powell’s photostream “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change I used to be a great listener, back when I knew I didn’t know much of anything and was eager to absorb any insight people had to offer. But nowadays I sometimes find myself zoning out during conversations, or interrupting people before they can make their points. I’m not sure what changed – maybe I’m losing patience in my old age, or…
  • Follow Master Content Marketer Weird Al’s Best Practices for Engagement

    Tom Zobel
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Image courtesy of Matthew Glover’s photostream We are truly living in the digital age, where anyone and anything has the potential to go viral. The question is, how can you be a master content marketer like Weird Al? You may have been lost in the rainforest or on a spiritual journey to unplug from the Internet, but chances are you’ve recently noticed musician Weird Al Yankovic getting a lot of press online. He had the brilliant idea of releasing eight music videos in eight days, turning news feeds into a parody paradise. The premise was simple, and it caught a lot of headlines, but…
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  • Helping Employees To Beat The Winter Blues

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Helping employees to beat the Winter blues isn’t only good for them, but also for the business too. With such a great Summer this year it’ill be that little bit harder when the nights start to role in and things get colder. Here’s what your employees can do to stay happy and productive. Encourage annual leave to get some Winter sun One main factor which contributes to that feeling we get in Winter is the lack of sun in our lives. To counteract this encourage employees to take a few days off to get away in the sun and to soak up some vitamin D. If they’re unable to…
  • See Into The Future With Predictive Analytics

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    The more data we share, collect and analyse, the easier it is to see into the future with predictive analytics. But what’s it all about and how can it benefit your business? ‘Predictive Analytics’ is described as “In business, predictive models exploit patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify risks and opportunities. Models capture relationships among many factors to allow assessment of risk or potential associated with a particular set of conditions, guiding decision making for candidate transactions.” – from Wikipedia PA can be…
  • Get Smart And Catch The Right Talent

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Attracting and recruiting the right talent for your business is an ongoing challenge that many brands invest heavily in. If you get smart and catch the right talent then these investments are rewarded with employees that drive the business forward to new successes. Maintaining a strong employer brand, optimising the recruitment processes and ensuring that talent stays with your company are all top of recruitment and HR departments priorities (or should be). Do you have the tools to attract the right talent? To prepare for, monitor, test and learn from your recruiting efforts you need to…
  • Shark Safety Can Guide You In The Office

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    With Shark Week under way, we thought it would be fun to think of how shark safety can guide you in the office environment. Many of the shark safety guidelines detailed by National Geographic can be translated into good practices for any career minded individual. 1) “Avoid areas where animal, human, or fish waste enter the water. Sewage attracts bait fish, which in turn attract sharks.” Gossip attracts trouble and can leave you in deep water with your manager and colleagues. Avoid being drawn into gossip and avoid the temptation to join in. Not only does gossip usually lead to…
  • CIPHR Update August 2014

    Emma Kettley
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    CIPHR’s new Customer Satisfaction Survey – We’re all ears. We want to know how you feel about our software and services so that we can pinpoint areas to improve, whilst maintaining the ones you love. This survey will take just 2-3 minutes to complete. To thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback, you will be given the option to enter your details into our random prize draw to win a £100 Amazon gift card. CIPHR Mobile v2 – Register your interest now Your HR data is more accessible than ever. The CIPHR Mobile update is coming soon on a greater variety…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • Guide to Electronic Meeting Systems

    Alexandrea Roman
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Developments in technology have changed the way organisations facilitate meetings. Nowadays, meetings go beyond face-to-face interactions within the same room; instead, they transcend distances and timezones, allowing more people to connect with each other — whether for a sales presentation or a board meeting — in a virtual environment created by electronic meeting systems. What are Electronic Meeting Systems? Coined in 1988, the term ‘electronic meeting systems’ refers to software that facilitates collaborative decision-making and creative problem-solving. Its…
  • 8 Signs You Need Boardroom Software for Your Organisation

    Alexandrea Roman
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Just last year, one out of five people in the world owned a smartphone, while one out of 17 owned a tablet. And it doesn’t stop there. You can expect the numbers to rise by the end of 2014 and by the start of 2015, especially for tablets which are showing faster adoption rates compared to smartphones. It’s not a surprise that mobile devices have become necessary tools in the enterprise. They’ve become partners in productivity and efficiency for many people, from interns to CEOs. Thanks to the variety of apps in the market today, it seems there’s an ideal solution for…
  • Anywhere Pad Featured in The Edge Singapore

    Alexandrea Roman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Our very own Managing Director Lee Wan Lik, who was interviewed for the piece, shared that Anywhere Pad is in its pilot phase for the UK’s supermarket giant Tesco, where there will be more than 20- users logging on to the software. But that’s just the beginning. Lee also shared that Anywhere Pad, now on its third generation, will also be made available in Spanish and French to accommodate users from all over the world. Other languages will follow soon after the Spanish and French release. The universal appeal of Anywhere Pad lies in its easy usability and stringent security.
  • Anywhere Pad Version 4.0 Released

    Alexandrea Roman
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    As part of our never-ending effort to make Anywhere Pad a better experience for all our users, we’re happy to announce that we’ve just released Anywhere Pad Version 4.0.10742 to the App Store on July 14. We applied bug fixes and made these enhancements: Timezone support You can search and select your city from the drop-down menu when setting the time zone in the portal. Daylight Saving Time is automatically factored in, if applicable. For the mobile app, all date and time values are based on the local time zone of your device. Retention policy If you’re an organiser, you can…
  • How Board Software Harnesses the Power of Real-Time Information

    Anywhere Pad Team
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Access to real-time information through board software is always an advantage especially for boards. Directors armed with the latest data can make timely decisions and formulate relevant strategies applicable to the immediate situation at hand. But without access to the freshest information as it becomes available, directors will not be able to adjust their plans accordingly to accommodate last-minute developments. By the time they do make the adjustments, the changes may no longer be relevant because yet another development has taken place. Though information turnover isn’t necessarily…
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • Two of the Most Difficult Areas of Restricted and Denied Party Screening Today

    Tristan Steiner
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Dynamic Rescreening is a vital feature of the right solution to Restricted and Denied Party Screening difficulties. While working with professionals in the export compliance world, I have encountered two surprisingly difficult areas to make sense of, and make correct decisions about, when addressing due diligence with restricted and denied party screening activities. Read on, and let me know if this sounds familiar to you. First is OFAC’s “Revised Guidance on Entities Owned by Persons Whose Property and Interests in Property are Blocked,” which was published August 13th, 2014, and…
  • Three Reasons Why Exporters Continually Rescreen Against Denied and Restricted Parties

    Tristan Steiner
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    There are multiple reasons why export compliance professionals rescreen their company’s contacts each and every day. Screening for restricted and denied parties is now, more than ever before, seen as a critical component of the business of international trade. Within the process, however, there are a number of glaring opportunities for mistakes, such as forgetfulness, misspellings, assuming someone else has done it, or relying on outdated screening information generated some time ago through some abstract approach. From working in support of export compliance professionals and hearing…
  • Exporters Behaving Badly: Real World Export Compliance Horror Stories

    Peter Mollard
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    There are many rewards involved in doing business globally. Exporting gives companies access to larger markets and the chance to increase profits. But export compliance is a tricky business and the ramifications of an export violation can be severe. Consider these three recent cases:  The Case of the e-Bay Seller and the Gunsights First we present you with the troubling case of a 41 year old and her side-business on e-bay. The woman in question was gainfully employed by a government contractor and working at Fort Hood in Texas. As a way of earning more money, she sold surplus military…
  • Export Compliance Antagonist Dennis Rodman May Lose His BFF to a Pro Wrestler

    Lori Padley-Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Export Compliance rule-breaker Dennis Rodman could face some lonely days ahead. Earlier this year former NBA player Dennis Rodman was the subject of an investigation by the U.S. State and Treasury Departments concerning his appearance at North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-Un’s birthday party. No, he didn’t go to Asia to distribute the secret blueprints of any American companies (which would have been an egregious deemed export violation). But he did share items of which the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) did not approve. There was no restricted party screening, ECCN classification, or…
  • OFAC Scrutiny Knows No Borders

    Lori Padley-Lee
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    What’s happening in European financial institutions? OFAC wants to know. There’s a lot of scrutiny facing European financial institutions these days, leaving some to wonder why overseas banks are under such a large microscope – a microscope held by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The official answer according to The New York Times is that American banks typically avoid processing transactions with Iran, Sudan and other sanctioned nations. In general, financial institutions on this side of the pond are diligent about performing OFAC screening on potential clients,…
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    P1 e-Social

  • National Mourning Day – Do’s and Don’ts

    P1 Buddy
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
      As announced by the Prime Minister’s Department, the whole nation would be set to observe the National Day of Mourning on Aug 22 as remains of Malaysians who perished in the MH17 tragedy are brought back home. The national flag, Jalur Gemilang will be flown at half-mast as a […] The post National Mourning Day – Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Tips & Tricks to boost your WiFi signal

    P1 Buddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
      You’re streaming your favourite TV show and your broadband suddenly slows down. This really annoys not just you but millions of internet users suffering from the same dilemma. Fortunately, there are many ways to boost your WiFi signal and most of them simply involves a bit of tweaking to […] The post Tips & Tricks to boost your WiFi signal appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top 10 mobile apps for you to check on WiFi signal

    P1 Buddy
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    You have the most up-to-date device in your hand and you’re having a hard time connecting to the Internet. You fail to make calls or send text messages. Fuming frustration sets in as you realize the competency of your latest gadget is not in question but a weak network signal […] The post Top 10 mobile apps for you to check on WiFi signal appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

    P1 Buddy
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Nowadays, ever so often, you’ll come across someone with a job title that makes you go, “huh?” Understandably if you haven’t heard of it, then welcome to the modern era where professions have simply evolved in the past 10 years. Emergence of new technologies, downturns and ecological progression has contributed […] The post 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Our Growth as a Business: Telecontinent, A Calling Success

    P1 Buddy
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    We continue our series on P1’s successful business customers with Mr. Jusri Ong, Founder & Managing Director of Telecontinent. His professional life is a perfect example of how you can turn a challenge into an opportunity and succeed. When and how did the Telecontinent story begin? I’ve been in the […] The post Our Growth as a Business: Telecontinent, A Calling Success appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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