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  • A Baby Boomer’s Education about Baby Boomers

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    In the back to school swirl that we’re in, I thought I’d teach the readers of this blog about a group I’m very familiar with: Baby Boomers.  How familiar?  Well, I am one!  At 56, I’m a full fledge Boomer! Many people don’t even know what defines a Boomer, how large a group we are, or what we’re all about.  Well, let’s change that. Here’s a quick education on my people (stats courtesy of - Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964 (I came into this world in 1958!) - There are currently about 77 million Boomers in this…
  • Amazon SNS - Now With Enhanced Support for iOS 8

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fast, flexible, managed push service that makes it simple and cost-effective to push notifications to Apple, Google, Fire OS, and Windows devices, as well as Android devices in China with Baidu Cloud Push. With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, Apple has introduced new features that enable some rich new use cases for mobile push notifications — interactive push notifications, third party widgets, and larger (2 KB) payloads. With these new features, you can message and engage your customers even when your app is not currently active. Today, we are…
  • Initiation: The Bridge
    Jenelle Eli
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    This post was written by Melanie Pipkin Kozel, a member of the American Red Cross media team.    After nearly three years with the American Red Cross, I have been sent on my first big deployment to the Philippines to document how the Red Cross is helping those affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. As I prepared for this international trip, I got my shots, stocked up on bug spray and prepared for a week that would be far outside my normal office duties of scheduling and staffing national media interviews and managing communications projects. Travel through the island of Leyte via…
  • The best DIY travel-themed Halloween costume ideas

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Are you a traveler at heart? Show off your true passion on Halloween by putting together a travel-themed Halloween costume. We've tracked down some of the most fun and clever ideas for you and they're all costumes that you can put together yourself. Just as you have to plan ahead for your travels, you have to plan ahead for Halloween. Flight Attendant CostumeYou'll be flying high dressed as a flight attendant. (photography by Suzie Reecer)Inspired by the old-school Pan Am flight attendant uniforms, this costume requires a red or blue pencil skirt, white blouse, silk scarf, a smart pair of…
  • Sipping Bigelow Green Tea Is Smart!

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Bigelow Tea recognizes that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month—so here’s some info about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Symptoms of Prostate cancer include frequent or painful urination and frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. Living a healthy lifestyle (eating well, avoiding smoking and exercising often) can help prevent the disease, but men over the age of 50—or over 40 if you are African-American or have a family history of the disease—should consider yearly exams for the disease. A study, published in the academic…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • A Baby Boomer’s Education about Baby Boomers

    Byron Udell
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    In the back to school swirl that we’re in, I thought I’d teach the readers of this blog about a group I’m very familiar with: Baby Boomers.  How familiar?  Well, I am one!  At 56, I’m a full fledge Boomer! Many people don’t even know what defines a Boomer, how large a group we are, or what we’re all about.  Well, let’s change that. Here’s a quick education on my people (stats courtesy of - Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964 (I came into this world in 1958!) - There are currently about 77 million Boomers in this…
  • 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…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • Amazon SNS - Now With Enhanced Support for iOS 8

    Jeff Barr
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fast, flexible, managed push service that makes it simple and cost-effective to push notifications to Apple, Google, Fire OS, and Windows devices, as well as Android devices in China with Baidu Cloud Push. With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, Apple has introduced new features that enable some rich new use cases for mobile push notifications — interactive push notifications, third party widgets, and larger (2 KB) payloads. With these new features, you can message and engage your customers even when your app is not currently active. Today, we are…
  • The AWS Loft Will Return on October 1st

    Jeff Barr
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    As I promised earlier this year, the AWS Pop-up Loft is reopening on Wednesday, October 1st in San Francisco with a full calendar of events designed to help developers, architects, and entrepreneurs learn about and make use of AWS. Come to the AWS Loft and meet 1:1 with an AWS technical expert, learn about AWS in detailed product sessions, and gain hands-on experience through our instructor-led Technical Bootcamps and our self-paced hands-on labs. Take a look at the Schedule of Events to learn more about what we have planned. Hours and Location The AWS Loft will be open Monday through Friday,…
  • Consistent View for Elastic MapReduce's File System

    Jeff Barr
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Many AWS developers are using Amazon Elastic MapReduce (a managed Hadoop service) to quickly and cost-effectively build applications that process vast amounts of data. The EMR File System (EMRFS) allows AWS customers to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) as a durable and cost-effective data store that is independent of the memory and compute resources of any particular cluster. It also allows multiple EMR clusters to process the same data set. This file system is accessed via the s3:// scheme. Because S3 is designed for eventual consistency, if one application creates an S3 object it may…
  • Amazon AppStream Now Supports Chrome Browser and Chromebooks

    Jeff Barr
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As you might know from reading my earlier posts (Amazon AppStream - Deliver Streaming Applications from the Cloud and Amazon AppStream - Now Available to All Developers), Amazon AppStream gives you the power to build complex applications that run from simple devices, unconstrained by the compute power, storage, or graphical rendering capabilities of the device. As an example of what AppStream can do, read about the Eve Online Character Creator (pictured at right). Today we are extending AppStream with support for desktop Chrome browsers (Windows and Mac OS X) and Chromebooks. Developers of…
  • AWS Week in Review - September 6, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, September 8 We announced that you can now Use AWS OpsWorks & Ruby to Build and Scale Simple Workflow Applications. The new Hello OpsWorks Tutorial will help you to get started. Tuesday, September 9 We announced that you can now Kick-Start Your Cloud Storage Project With the Riverbed SteelStore Gateway. Wednesday, September 10 The AWS Startup Collection published Part 2 of an article on User-State Data Synchronization for Mobile Apps With Amazon Cognito. Thursday, September 11 We announced that…
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  • Initiation: The Bridge

    Jenelle Eli
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    This post was written by Melanie Pipkin Kozel, a member of the American Red Cross media team.    After nearly three years with the American Red Cross, I have been sent on my first big deployment to the Philippines to document how the Red Cross is helping those affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. As I prepared for this international trip, I got my shots, stocked up on bug spray and prepared for a week that would be far outside my normal office duties of scheduling and staffing national media interviews and managing communications projects. Travel through the island of Leyte via…
  • Thunder and Frightening

    Erin Ferris
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Schools across the country are back in session, and with the first weeks of class come first fire and severe weather drills. (Some scheduled, some not…during my kids’ first week of school a little kindergartener accidentally initiated a school-wide evacuation and all students received a quick but important lesson about when and when not to touch the fire alarm.) While these drills are vital to the safety of our children and their teachers, they occasionally trigger fears children might not have otherwise experienced. On Monday morning, one of my daughter’s best friends, Kate – an…
  • Hope for Peace: The Missing in Colombia

    Niki McMillan
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Jordi Raich, ICRC in Colombia Story by Viviana Cristian, National Capital Region, Disaster Response Leader and Casework Supervisor As the daughter of Colombian immigrants, I was excited to have the opportunity to sit in on an interview with Jordi Raich, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Bogota, Colombia.  For the last three generations, Colombia has been involved in a conflict that has displaced over four million people. While many Colombians have sought asylum abroad, those who have stayed have risked kidnappings, recruitment into armed forces, and…
  • QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

    Curtis Midkiff
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red Cross drowning prevention campaign comes at a time when a new national survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the…
  • Rip Currents – What Lies Beneath

    Sarah Layton
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    By Dr. Peter G. Wernicki As Hurricane Cristobal moves slowly up the Atlantic and Hurricane Marie tears through the Pacific, they are bringing high surf to vacation spots along both coasts and tempting surfers and adventurous swimmers to run headlong into the beckoning waves. But it’s easy to forget that beneath those breakers there may be a danger that doesn’t advertise: deadly rip currents that can pull surfers and swimmers too far out to sea. Unfortunately, every year, even strong swimmers drown due to rip currents they either didn’t expect or didn’t respect. So before you head to…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • The best DIY travel-themed Halloween costume ideas

    Amy Graff
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Are you a traveler at heart? Show off your true passion on Halloween by putting together a travel-themed Halloween costume. We've tracked down some of the most fun and clever ideas for you and they're all costumes that you can put together yourself. Just as you have to plan ahead for your travels, you have to plan ahead for Halloween. Flight Attendant CostumeYou'll be flying high dressed as a flight attendant. (photography by Suzie Reecer)Inspired by the old-school Pan Am flight attendant uniforms, this costume requires a red or blue pencil skirt, white blouse, silk scarf, a smart pair of…
  • Fun and silly way to see San Francisco? Ride the Ducks!

    Amy Graff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One of the best — and most entertaining — ways to see San Francisco is on a Ride the Ducks tour, which you can pick up in Fisherman's Wharf.On these wild and raucous tours, a group of tourists load into a World War II amphibious landing craft that whirls around the city past the top sights and then drops into San Francisco Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline.Along the way a high-energy tour guide—who either drank eight cups of Starbucks before coming into work or is a close relative of Richard Simmons—shares facts about the city, plays high-energy music and cracks jokes…
  • 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…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Sipping Bigelow Green Tea Is Smart!

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Bigelow Tea recognizes that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month—so here’s some info about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Symptoms of Prostate cancer include frequent or painful urination and frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. Living a healthy lifestyle (eating well, avoiding smoking and exercising often) can help prevent the disease, but men over the age of 50—or over 40 if you are African-American or have a family history of the disease—should consider yearly exams for the disease. A study, published in the academic…
  • Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from Bigelow Tea!

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    ¡Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month! Bigelow Tea appreciates history and loves learning about world cultures, so here’s a chance to talk more about one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S.! What began as a week of observation in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson became, under President Ronald Reagan, a full 30-day period from September 15 through October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors hail from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain—many of whom arrived in the United States…
  • It’s A Cross Country Road Trip With #BigTeaBar (Bigelow Tea)

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
      You’ve probably had Bigelow Tea on the road before … but this is something else altogether! In keeping with the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bigelow family, Bigelow Tea is making a cross-country trip in a super-cool customized retro 1977 Air Stream travel trailer. Its mission? To share tea and talk with tea lovers all over the U.S.! Now that’s a road trip of epic proportions! The Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar will hit the highway starting in Boston on September 21st and work its way across the U.S., offering fresh-brewed samples of old favorites, like “Constant Comment”® and new…
  • Cindi Bigelow’s Fun Tea Facts

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Brew a mug of “Constant Comment®” and maybe even grab a little something sweet … ‘cause you’re in for a real treat today! Bigelow Tea’s own 3rdgeneration President & CEO, Cindi Bigelow, is back on the HooplaHa network channel with Tea Time With Cindi- Fun Tea Facts. This is a totally TEAriffic episode! Cindi discusses how different types of tea, despite coming from the same bush called Camellia Sinensis, can have completely distinct tastes, colors, and caffeine contents. In a nutshell, it’s the exposure to air, or processing, that gives each tea the unique…
  • Food Bloggers And Bigelow Tea Unite!

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’re reading this blog, then you know that blogs are the best! They’re a great way to get up-to-date information and new viewpoints on interesting topics, like tea of course! And if you enjoy food—and, really, who doesn’t?!—you probably devour Bigelow Tea’s recipe blogs and you may even follow a few food bloggers. If so, you might be interested to know that Bigelow Tea is a “grand sponsor” of the 2014 International Food Blogger Conference! Yes, the conference, which takes place in Seattle from September 19-21, is a fabulous way for food bloggers to interact with…
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    Chrysler Blog

  • The Capability, Durability and Power of Numbers

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    There’s a lot riding on numbers. It goes without saying that birthdays and anniversaries, for example, are a ‘must’ to remember, or suffer the consequences. For Ram Truck pickup customers, numbers have always told a story of capability, power and durability. The Ram 2500  and 3500 Heavy Duty truck models offer customers with a big job to do a wide range of choices to get behind the wheel of what works best for even the most extreme jobs. Add to those numbers a trio of best-in-class torque, payload and capacity figures and a heritage of pickup truck excellence emerges…
  • 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 fans 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…
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    Dr Laundry

  • Removing Butter Coffee Stains

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Have you been wondering about giving “Butter Coffee” a try? First, there’s the different ways you can make it: just add unsalted butter, or butter and coconut oil, or maybe butter and MCT Oil (that’s medium chain triglyceride oil), or maybe really go for it and buy the expensive coffee and upgraded MCT Oil to make your butter coffee “bulletproof," as they say. There are different ways to brew the coffee, and different equipment options for blending up the coffee and butter. Any new trend has its devotees who swear by it, going head-to-head with those who aren’t so impressed.
  • College Laundry Tips

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Chances are lots of college-bound freshmen are asking for a new computer to take to school this Fall.  But there’s something even more important than a new lap top for back-to-school--a laundry basket full of all the essential supplies a student will need to do the laundry at college, of course!  Not sure how doing laundry works at your student’s college?  That’s not surprising—the question rarely comes up during college tours unless you’re Dr. Laundry and like asking about it.  If you don’t know, you can run a search on your college’s website with the keyword “laundry”…
  • Treating Hamburger Grease

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    What's good for getting out grease from hamburgers? Happy 4th of July! With BBQ season really kicking in, this is a very timely question! A great technique for getting out greasy burger drips is to jumpstart cleaning by first pretreating them with a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes). Note that it's important to work on the stain when it's dry, so don't rinse it first! Just apply a few drops to the stain and let it soak in for a few minutes. Next, wash the item in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox®…
  • Treating Flower Pollen

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    How can I remove flower pollen that got on my clothes? <p>A big bouquet of lilies may be beautiful, but they can lead to problems when pollen comes into contact with fabric. The good news is the resulting stain can be removed! You can make the job easier by getting as much of the pollen off the fabric before you apply any water or laundry products so have less stain to deal with. Start by brushing or shaking away as much pollen as you can. You can also gently press a little clear cellophane tape to the pollen and lift it away. It's sticky, so any pollen that remains will benefit from…
  • Denim Care, Part 2

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Once I got over the “ick” factor of the suggestion that blue jeans can go a year without washing, I gave a little thought to the idea of what steps it would take to keep a dark item looking as close to new for as long as possible.  To be fair, why wouldn’t he want his jeans to look like new?  At the point of sale, a garment usually has a finish on it that helps it feel crisp and new, and this finish usually washes off, so I can see why someone would want to put off that first wash cycle as long as possible.  But clothing does get dirty, and you really do decrease your chances of…
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  • Digital Analytix® Rated Strong Performer by TrustRadius

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    As a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, we continuously seek to redefine the way businesses measure consumer behavior in the marketplace and across their own products and properties.  Digital Analytix is a unique product to comScore that allows our clients to combine their own data with comScore’s data to provide a deeper understanding of their customers’ journeys across digital assets.We highly value user feedback from both the TrustRadius reviews and through our own client advisory board meetings. By maintaining an open communication channel with our users and the…
  • Tinder Sparks Renewed Interest in Online Dating Category

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Fortunately the internet has helped play a role in increasing the efficiency with which people can establish mutual interest and get to that first date. Online dating became one of the early stars of the internet, both in its ability to engage audiences and to establish real revenue streams from paying customers.But despite its lofty position as one of the high-profile categories of the internet, in recent years it has faded to the background as social media has emerged and co-opted much of its mindshare. While the category has always retained its basic utility of being able to match people…
  • Lessons Learned in Digital Advertising

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Through comScore’s extensive, global research in the digital advertising space, we’ve identified key Lessons Learned that help shed light on the current state of the industry and guide us on a path toward more effective planning, stronger evaluation and overall improved results for media buyers and sellers. Media Buyer ResourcesMedia Seller Resources  Booklet.pdfBooklet.pdfcomScore solutions for Media Buyers & SellerscomScore validated Campaign Essentials™ (vCE®) is a holistic ad and audience delivery validation solution that provides deep campaign insights, in-flight…
  • Top 5 Metrics You're Measuring Incorrectly

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    With the availability of numerous devices offering web access, daily usage trends, and multi-device ownership by individual consumers, traditional analytics are not only misleading, but often flat out wrong. Here are a few of the metrics being measured incorrectly or not addressed at all by traditional analytics providers:1. Unique Visitors (Unique Browsers)With the majority of the total U.S. internet audience using multiple devices, visitors aren’t just counted when they visit a site; they are counted every time they visit via a new electronic device throughout the day. “Device…
  • 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…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Auslandspraktikum Türkei – Hoş Geldiniz Istanbul’a

    Lukas Haas
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Nach einer langen Planungsphase startete Ende Juli 2014 mein Flugzeug Richtung Türkei. Mein Ziel, nicht etwa ein Strand an der türkischen Riviera, sondern der Daimler Buses Standort, Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş. in Istanbul. Mein Name ist Lukas Haas. Im Rahmen meines Dualen Studiums bei der EvoBus GmbH in Neu-Ulm hatte ich die Möglichkeit einen Praxiseinsatz an einem ausländischen Standort zu absolvieren. Ich musste nicht lange überlegen. Eine andere Kultur, einen anderen Tagesablauf und einen anderen Standort kennenlernen, diese Erfahrung möchte ich unbedingt machen. Hinzu kommt die…
  • Dual down under

    Tobias Bopp
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Auslandspraxissemester in Australien. Schon seit Beginn meines Dualen Studiums als Wirtschaftsingenieur wusste ich, dass ich eine Praxisphase – anstelle bei der EvoBus GmbH in Neu-Ulm – auch im Ausland absolvieren kann. Klar, dass ich diese Möglichkeit auch nutzen wollte, um Daimler Buses noch von einer anderen Seite zu sehen, und natürlich auch um neue Kulturen kennenzulernen. Da Australien für mich schon von klein auf ein Kontinent war, der mich sehr begeisterte, wollte ich genau dort auch mein Auslandspraxissemester machen. Melbourne schien mir die perfekte Stadt dafür.
  • Mit ProCent zu Gast im Schloss Bellevue

    Tim Strebe
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Der Bundespräsident lässt bitten „Was für eine Ehre! Werde ich wohl kurz mit dem Bundespräsidenten sprechen können? Soll ich überhaupt den Kollegen davon erzählen oder gelte ich dann als Wichtigtuer? Was soll ich anziehen?…“ Viele Fragen gehen mir durch den Kopf, als ich im August mit den Fingern über den goldenen Deutschland-Adler streiche, der leicht erhaben die Mitte der Einladung zum Bürgerfest des Bundespräsidenten ziert. An erster Stelle freue ich mich einfach, gemeinsam mit Kolleginnen und Kollegen anderer Werke an diesem „Fest der freien Bürgergesellschaft“…
  • Tote Winkel erkennen: Blind-Spot-Assist

    Claws Tohsche
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Die tödliche Gefahr des Übersehens von Radfahrern oder Fußgängern bei Rechtsabbiegevorgängen ist permanent vorhanden. Obwohl die zahlreichen, an der Beifahrertür montierten, Spiegel Überblick und eine gewisse Sicherheit versprechen, ist der Trucker hinter dem Lenkrad häufig nicht in der Lage, den Bereich rechts neben seinem Lastwagen zu überblicken – und dabei noch gleichzeitig nach vorne und nach links zur Fahrerseite, den Überblick zu behalten. Dazu stellten wir gerade einen neu entwickelten Abbiegesensor für Lastkraftwagen vor: Der sogenannte Blind-Spot-Assist (BSA) wird…
  • Der Serengeti-Löwe

    Erdal Ak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Affalterbach. AMG. Weltpremiere Mercedes-AMG GT. Um mich herum: 300 Medienvertreter, 200 Mitarbeiter, 73 Shuttles, drei Spiel-Sitzkonsolen, mehrere Kamerateams und irgendein undefinierbares Geräusch (röhrend-blubbernd) aus der Ferne. Ein Zoo in Affalterbach? Gemurmel: „Der Star des Abends…“! Star? Ich sehe diverse Herrschaften: Rennfahrer (Nico Rosberg, Bernd Schneider), Größen aus der Daimler-Welt (Dieter Zetsche, Thomas Weber, Ola Källenius, Tobias Moers) und lese gleichzeitig in der Presse-Information: „Emotionale Gesamterscheinung. Kraftvoll-herausmodellierte Muskeln.
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Fall 2014 edition!

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
  • The Full Application Spectrum

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    In a previous post I highlighted that certain application workloads (public cloud, web-scale, etc.) were pulling applications and data increasingly closer together. Is it possible for them to get any closer? The answer is yes. There are emerging use cases where vast amounts of application data need to be stored in memory to achieve high-performance and low-latency. There are a few problems to be solved: No matter how many servers you try and gang together, the application data capacity requirements for this new class of applications far exceed the aggregate capacity of the largest of…
  • Going All-Flash

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A memo from Captain Obvious: flash continues to change how we think about storage.  For me, the party started way back in 2008 when EMC introduced an enterprise-grade flash drive for Symmetrix.  Fast forward to 2014, and the party is still rocking strong … Up to now, most of my customer discussions have been how to best use flash with precision: surgical strikes on key areas where IO response times are a problem.  The approach makes a certain sense: flash drives are more expensive than the magnetic spinning variety. But in the last six months, it’s not unusual to meet a…
  • On disruptive storage upgrades

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
  • VMworld 2014 INF1864 Software Defined Storagewhats next?

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
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    Fandango Movie News

  • See the First Official Video of the New "Millennium Falcon" from 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Both J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII) and Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) are having a lot of fun teasing fans with tiny reveals of their respective upcoming movies via social media, and now they're beginning to intersect in some very amusing ways. Just recently Zack Snyder shot down a rumor that one of the Batmobiles was stolen from the set of Batman v Superman by posting this image of Gotham City cops arresting a Star Wars stormtrooper for the crime.   ...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: Deadpool Movie Is Finally on Its Way; Watch Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Trailer

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Deadpool: Five years after making his movie debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox has finally greenlit a solo spin-off for the "Merc with a Mouth." Deadpool will be released just in time for Valentine's Day on February 12, 2016. It's expected that Ryan Reynolds will reprise the role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, and we'll see if his version dons the character's trademark mask (Scott Adkins took over for Reynolds in the 2009 movie when he became known simply as the...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Movie News: Channing Tatum Turns 'Genius'; 'Paranormal Activity 5' Gets Title and Release Date

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Struck by Genius: Channing Tatum could get a beautiful mind if he signs on to this project being tailored for him. Struck by Genius is the true story of a party animal who gained uncanny math skills after getting beat up outside a karaoke bar. What sounds like a superhero origin story, though, will actually be pretty dramatic, and that could mean further recognition of Tatum as a respectable actor in the wake of his Oscar buzz with Foxcatcher. [THR]  ...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: The 10 Most Popular Movie Myths That People Actually Believe Are True

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The movies have taught us many things over the years – like doing drugs and having sex at a secluded summer camp will result in dying an absolutely horrible death, and swimming in the ocean increases our chances of being devoured by a giant sea predator by roughly a billion percent. Or so. As it turns out, most of these things simply aren’t true. The guys at All Time 10s have compiled this handy video list that would make The Mythbusters proud.   If...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 'By the Sea' First Look: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Show Off a Miserable Marriage

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Entertainment Weekly shared some exclusive photos of the upcoming Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt romantic drama By the Sea. It’s the couple’s first on-screen collaboration since they met working on Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005, and it’s Jolie’s third time in the director’s chair. She also wrote the film and is producing (with Pitt coproducing).  Jolie and Pitt are newlyweds, but the film centers on a couple at the end of their rope who take a...Read MoreRead Comments
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  • Geometric Felt Coasters

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’m still more than a little bit in love with the whole geometric trend. It’s such a strong, bold look and can be used in so many different ways. I was recently inspired by these modular coasters, spotted on the Purl Bee website and there’s always a place for new coasters in my home! I wanted […] The post Geometric Felt Coasters appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Reusable lunch bags

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are coming to the last few days of summer vacation, and I must admit I’m feeling nostalgic for the days when we still had a long, hot summer ahead of us. I think the kids are, in some ways, starting to feel ready to get back to school, but I’m feeling a little sad! […] The post Reusable lunch bags appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • 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.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Beechjet 400A Takes Flight With Garmin G5000

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • Advanced Avionics and Autopilots – ESP vs. USP

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    As aircraft, avionics and autopilots become more advanced and packed with enhanced features, it’s even more important for pilots to know their airplane and fully understand its capabilities. There’s no question the fully integrated Garmin GFC 700 autopilot offers inherent advantages in safety, redundancy and reliability. While the GFC 700 and Garmin Integrated Flight Decks are loaded with a number of incredible features, Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Underspeed Protection (USP) are two elements that are easily confused and both just happen to be available as an option on a number…
  • Introducing fēnix 2 Special Edition

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      Today we're excited to announce a special edition fēnix 2 bundle. Complete with a bold red band and a new, non-negative display, the fēnix 2 is the ideal multisport athlete’s training partner and combines the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches. Available now, fēnix 2 Special Edition will retail for $399.99 for the watch, and $449.99 for the performer bundle with HRM-Run. Training Features Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, paddling, skiing, or even swimming, the fēnix 2 lets you easily switch between feature sets for easier…
  • Peg’s Posts: See a Team Garmin-Sharp Pro be a Hero

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    It’s not often you see a pro cyclist pulling double duty as sag support on a ride, but it happened near Garmin headquarters recently, and we’re able to share it…all because another rider had his bike equipped with a VIRB action camera. And thanks to video overlay capability of VIRB showing speed and other data, you’ll see that this pro didn’t seem to be burdened by his extra load. The hero of our VIRB video here is none other than Ben King, who paid a visit to Garmin headquarters along with other members of Team Garmin-Sharp following their performance at the US Pro Challenge. After…
  • Canadian Fishing Team Continues Winning in 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Chris and Cory Johnston have had quite the summer.  We've told you about how well they've done in numerous Canadian fishing tournaments but they haven't stopped that momentum.  They haven't been content with excelling in the tournaments that Canada has to offer, so now they're turning their sights towards the U.S.  Last weekend, Chris and Cory fished the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Lake St. Clair outside of Detroit.  Fishing primarily for smallmouth bass, Chris finished the 3-day tournament in third place and Cory in fifth.  As a result,…
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    GE Global Research

  • Helping Astronauts Back on Earth

    Vikas Revanna Shivaprabhu
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    I received an email in early May from GE Global Research regarding a summer internship position in Niskayuna, NY – an email that was both unexpected and very exciting. After an interview and a few anxious days of waiting, I was ecstatic to learn that I had been selected for a 14-week internship in the Biomedical Image Analysis Lab. As a graduate student whose research concentration is in medical image analysis, my goal was to work for a leading company in the medical imaging industry, so that I could interact and connect with the brightest minds in the field. And because I was in the final…
  • My Unique Technology Discovery during a Spontaneous Trip

    Lishun Hu
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    During the Christmas season in 2011 I went on a business trip to Europe. My initial plan was to visit some business sites in Germany and Austria for a technical exchange. However, just as I was about to return to China, I changed my mind after a phone call with a member of our sales team who was in Europe with Yong Mill customers. He mentioned that he was going to visit Arcelor Mittal. The idea of visiting the world’s leading steel and mining company intrigued me so much that I decided to visit them instead of going back home. And thanks to this spontaneous trip, I discovered an energy…
  • Flaws in the Rough

    Luke Xie
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    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 fourth in a series of intern blogs. Here’s what Luke Xie had to say… Flaws in my world are like gems in the rough: they have exceptional potential but are hidden and undetected. These flaws can occur during the manufacturing processes of turbine blades in a jet or gas engine. If large enough, they can have significant impact on performance, durability, and safety of the engine. Detecting these flaws before turbine blades enter service is…
  • Driving Research in Electric Machines

    Baoyun Ge
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:11 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 third in a series of intern blogs. Here’s what Baoyun Ge had to say… From the very beginning when I began studying the power area, I heard many impressive stories about GRC, ranging from the work done in home appliances to high performance machine drive systems. My research is in electric machines and GRC has a leading position in this area. I had no second thoughts about working here this summer as an intern and looked forward to this…
  • Green Skies of Brazil

    Lucas Malta
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Not every professional gets to see on a daily basis the impact of her/his work on other people’s lives. If you happen to be a physician you might; however, if like me you decided to become an engineer, it is likely that you will not experience this feeling as frequently. The Green Skies of Brazil was launched as part of one of the largest collaborative civil aviation programs: the Brazil ATM Joint Research, led by GE Aviation and the Brazil Air Navigation Service Provider, DECEA. This partnership with key civil aviation stakeholders includes the airlines, their association ABEAR, and the…
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  • Safer Roadways through Vehicle Connectivity

    GM FastLane
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    CEO Mary Barra recently announced advanced, highly automated vehicle technologies coming to GM in the near future.   The American Society of Mechanical Engineers offers this guest blog on a presentation about how roadways can be made safer through vehicle connectivity.   The American Society of Mechanical Engineers had the special privilege to host Donald K. Grimm, staff researcher in the Perception and Vehicle Control Systems Group for the GM Electrical and Controls Integration Lab, at the inaugural Advanced Design and Manufacturing Impact Forum 2014 held in August in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • From 0 – 60: The Numbers Behind Toledo Transmission’s Pollution Prevention Award

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    In the midst of National Pollution Prevention week, we’re excited to announce that our Toledo Transmission plant, the manufacturer of the 8 speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, has been awarded a “Most Valuable Pollution Prevention” (MVP2) award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. NPPR is a non-profit organization devoted to pollution prevention. In fact, this is the largest membership organization in the U.S. devoted solely to pollution prevention. Pollution is prevented through actions like reducing emissions, eliminating landfill and…
  • Lego Blue Corvette

    GM FastLane
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Ever since he can remember, Dave Slater has always wanted a 1969 Corvette. But rather than scrimping and saving for it, he just went ahead and built his dream car. Out of Legos. Since he uploaded it on Aug. 29, Dave’s design and creation of a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette is gathering support among both Lego and Corvette enthusiasts. “I didn’t expect for the project to take off like it has. The response has been enthusiastic ever since I posted images of the design back in May.” Dave has been a long time Lego fan, and sharing his love with his wife started him on the road to create this…
  • Command Center Visit Reinforces My OnStar Advantage

    GM FastLane
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the OnStar Command Center with listeners of the “Manic Mommies” podcast from across the country as part of a trip to Detroit to visit our friends from Chevrolet. As a Chevy customer myself, I am already a believer in OnStar, but it was really eye-opening seeing what happens behind the scenes. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York and drive 67 highway miles daily on my commute from the Rochester suburbs to the campus at Syracuse University where I work. I have driven my Traverse in all kinds of weather conditions along the New York State…
  • Video: General Motors Environment 101

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We talk a lot about the environment on this blog. After all, it is a sustainability blog. But sometimes words just don’t cut it. You, the reader, need a visual; something that stimulates your occipital lobe. So we created a video that showcases the sustainability team you’ve come to know and love, and we added a few things to punch it up. We think after you watch it you’ll come away with a greater understanding of how we operate at GM. We hope you enjoy. The post Video: General Motors Environment 101 appeared first on FastLane.
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends Sept 12-18

    Emily Wood
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    -Welcome to this week’s search trends. May I take your order?-Can I have a referendum on independence, a totally inappropriate flight passenger with a Hollywood baby on the side?-Coming right up!Flag and country“They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!” That was Sir William Wallace battlecry for Scottish independence in the film Braveheart. While this week’s events in Scotland weren’t quite as cinematic, the results could have been revolutionary. On Thursday the world watched and searched as an unprecedented numbers of Scots went to the polls to answer the…
  • For the next five billion: Android One

    Emily Wood
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    Knowledge is a game changer. I’ve long been inspired by the Internet and how it opens the doors to opportunity. It provides access to knowledge, no matter who you are or where you are. For instance, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Nobel Laureate at a world-class research center or a young student at a rural school in Indonesia, with Google Search, you have the same information at your fingertips as anyone else.If we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly it’s through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends Sept 5-11

    Emily Wood
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    New phones, new games, new looks. Let’s take a peek at all the happenings this week in search:All you can eat? The Olive Garden learned this week that it’s risky to get between people and their food. The restaurant chain’s new “Never Ending Pasta Pass” offered up to 1,000 people seven weeks of unlimited pasta, salad and those sneaky-good breadsticks for just $100. The rush of pasta lovers eager for a deal crashed the Olive Garden website before the pass was even for sale—and thousands more turned to search to learn more about the debacle.The latest editionIt was a big week…
  • Google Drive and the Docs editors: designed with everyone in mind

    Emily Wood
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Imagine trying to keep track of another person’s real-time edits in a document—using only your ears. Or trying to create a table from spreadsheet data—without being able to clearly see the cells. Whether you’re backing up a file in Drive or crunching some numbers in Sheets, it should be easy to bring your ideas to life using Google’s tools. But if you’re blind or have low vision, you may need to rely on assistive technologies such as screen readers and Braille displays—and that can make working in the cloud challenging. While screen readers can parse static webpages (like this…
  • Call me maybe? Introducing free voice calls from Hangouts

    Emily Wood
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    We know how important it is to keep in touch with friends and family, especially when they’re spread around the world. Hangouts already makes it easy to send a quick message, or start a group video chat. But sometimes it’s best to just call to say “I love you,” and with the new version of Hangouts you can.Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.To…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Even nurses have to pay bills and rent, you know | Barbara Ellen

    Barbara Ellen
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    People who work in healthcare should not be vilified for considering industrial actionAround two-thirds of Unison NHS workers have voted to back what could become the first major strike action over pay for 32 years. Nurses, occupational therapists, healthcare assistants, porters and other NHS staff are "demoralised and demotivated", because 70% of nurses and 60% of NHS staff are set to be denied the proposed universal pay rise of 1% for the next two years, when real pay has fallen dramatically over recent years.Other ballots must take place before industrial action becomes a…
  • Exhilarating times at Westminster mean new challenges for our leaders | Anne McElvoy

    Anne McElvoy
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The no vote in Scotland has transformed the political agendas on the eve of the party conference seasonIn the small hours of Friday morning, when no one was sure whether the UK still existed, a tempest broke over the capital. Drum rolls of thunder and flashes of angry lightning distracted us from the proportion of yeses and nos in Clackmannanshire and the Western Isles. The celestial timing was apt. An ancient in Macbeth mulls that he has seen "hours dreadful and things strange, but this sore night hath trifled former knowings". On this occasion, the kingdom remained whole and, by…
  • Scottish referendum: people are energised and this new way of doing politics is not going to change | Armando Iannucci

    Armando Iannucci
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Voters were presented with an astonishing proposition Take everything you're used to in politics and put it to one side and start againMy suspicion is that a lot of Scots voted no on Thursday with a wearied sense of disappointment that they weren't doing something far more exciting instead. The yes camp always looked cooler, younger, brighter; no doubt they had the better parties at night. It's hard to dress up a negative as anything other than the rejection of someone else's argument and those voting no must have felt like the grown-ups coming in to switch the lights on and whisper it's time…
  • Silicon Valley has a proud record on innovation, a shameful one on equality | Jesse Jackson

    Jesse Jackson
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Hi-tech giants have a moral and economic duty to promote inclusivity in their workforcesA new climate of change, hope and progress is now gripping Silicon Valley and the hi-tech industry. Inclusion and equal opportunity in the technology industry are the 21st-century civil rights imperatives. They are today's dynamic, disruptive change agents reshaping the culture and character of the hi-tech industry.Technology is supposed to be about innovation, opportunity and inclusion, but, sadly, patterns of exclusion remain the order of the day. In fact, the tech industry is perhaps America's worst…
  • Dear recorder teacher, I'm so sorry | Victoria Coren Mitchell

    Victoria Coren Mitchell
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Far too late, I've realised I should have taken my childhood music lessons more seriouslyWhen I was at school, I got into trouble quite often. Nothing major; I wasn't one for truancy, violence or jacking up in the classroom. It was just cheek, messing about, that sort of thing.It felt like terrible injustice when I was sent out of the room or given a detention but, as a grown-up, my sympathy is almost entirely with the teachers. How dispiriting, if you're attempting to share knowledge with inquiring young minds, to find your charges refusing to engage with quadratic equations or oxbow lakes…
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    Hu' Blog

  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
  • If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong. The correct number is 738 as of 2Q 2014! This is according to Skyhigh Networks’ recently published “Cloud…
  • VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following: Business Defined IT With UCP and vCOps VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management…
  • 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…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Behind the Scenes Pictures From Maker Faire NYC

    Marcia Hansen
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Come to Maker Faire NYC at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, September 20-21, 2014. Today was setup day at the New York Hall of Science in preparation for Maker Faire NYC. Billed  as the biggest show and tell on earth, it’s pure excitement for makers, designers, and tech enthusiasts of all types. I have to say, I feel like a kid in a candy store or that it’s the night before Christmas. I can’t wait for the magic to begin. Check out the behind the scenes photos the crew took this morning as the booth was being setup. Also see additional coverage on iQ: World Maker Faire New…
  • Intel Extreme Masters is Coming to SAP Center in San Jose

    Don Bowden
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Intel Extreme Masters and ESL are bringing the worlds best League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm players to San Jose’s SAP Center December 6th and 7th. Never before have we held an IEM Tournament at a venue this large, this is going to be EPIC! This is our ninth season of  IEM and we’ve taken this event all over the world, Europe, South America, China, Singapore and I’m really excited to have this event in my home town and so close to Intel headquarters. This is going to give my family, Intel employees and their families, and the entire San Francisco Bay…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Toronto comes to and end, Flash takes the win!

    Don Bowden
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Korea’s Flash (Lee Young Ho) handily defeated Korea’s Zest (Joo Sung Wook) in the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm finals here at Fan Expo. With a score of 4 to 1 Flash showed the kind of dominance he was known for in his Brood Wars career. The victory not only earned him the IEM Toronto trophy and the $10,000 first prize, it also earned him a place in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championships. Flash accepting his winners trophy   Flash started playing StarCraft II in 2011/2012 and in a short two years has proven to be a formidable competitor who is no doubt making the StarCraft…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Kickin it at FanExpo Toronto

    Don Bowden
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Here we are at FanExpo in Toronto for the second stop of Intel Extreme Masters Season 9. This stop features the best of the best StarCraft II players competing for their share of the $25,000 prize purse with the winner waking away with a cool $10,000. This stop is all about StarCraft II and among the StarCraft II elite are two of Canada’s best players who are hoping the home field advantage will give them a leg up on the powerhouse Korean players. Canadian player HuK managed to take the first match of the tournament defeating Koreas Leenock, HuK took the game and set but his momentum…
  • 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…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Call to Protect Public Health by Bolstering the World’s Defense Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    by Adrian Thomas M.D., Vice President, Global Market Access & Commercial Strategy Operations and Head, Global Public Health at Janssen Early in my career in Australia’s Flying Doctor Service, I had the privilege of providing emergency care to the rural poor.  In many cases, I was able to give my patients innovative treatments that cured their ailments and improved their health and lives overall.  The feelings I experienced from helping those vulnerable patients stays with me today and continues to drive me in my current role overseeing our global health portfolio of products and…
  • Transforming the Global Tuberculosis Response: Putting an End to Pediatric TB

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    by Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen In today’s global health efforts, we continuously highlight the plight of disease on children and remind ourselves that the needs of this population cannot be forgotten. In some areas, we have done extremely well in ensuring that young people receive the care they need to live healthy lives. For example, there has been a recent groundswell of activity around pediatric HIV, with growing awareness leading to unprecedented financial and resource commitments directed towards this important…
  • World Suicide Prevention Day

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    By Dr. Husseini Manji and Dr. Carla Canuso Tragically, approximately one million people die from suicide each year worldwide.  While the act of taking one’s life may be unthinkable to most people, suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in most countries and accounts for more lives lost each year than homicide and war combined.  It is a complex phenomenon influenced by biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and environmental factors. Brain disorders, particularly depression and alcohol/substance use disorders, are a major risk factor for suicide.  Indeed, nearly two-thirds of…
  • Racing For A Cause

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: September is AFib Awareness Month. In this post, NASCAR Legend Michael Waltrip opens up about his mother’s experience with atrial fibrillation and stroke. During the month Michael is teaming up with Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, to help raise awareness about this condition. By Michael Waltrip, NASCAR Team Owner and Driver As a racecar driver, I’ve had my fair share of hits, twists and turns. But one of the hardest hits I ever took was when my mom had a major stroke due to atrial fibrillation, or AFib, which left her permanently disabled. This was the…
  • Helping to Tackle the Ebola Outbreak

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to spread, we are reminded of our critical responsibility as the world’s largest health care company to help improve the lives of people around the globe whether it is working to prevent diseases in vulnerable populations or contributing to humanitarian relief efforts. During this crucial time as the Ebola virus threatens to infect thousands more, we are working diligently to broadly collaborate with global health organizations and government agencies in the region to help minimize the…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Handpicked Windows 8 apps for fun and getting it done

    Milee Marcotte
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Now that you have your Windows 8 device, it's time to discover the apps that enhance how you use it.  We know this can be a bit of a challenge, since the Windows Store has over 200,000 apps competing for your attention!  That's why we've created  We've found a variety of apps that will open new ways for you to have fun and get things done. Our team checks out the latest app releases, popular categories, quality and app ratings in the Windows Store.  Then we download the apps ourselves, put them through testing, and pick the ones that merit…
  • Easily Share Files and Devices on Your Home Network

    Caroline Lalla
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. With Windows 8.1, it’s easier than ever to set up a home network. You can connect multiple PCs to printers, smartphones and other wireless devices to share music, videos and documents.  The quickest way to start “networking” with other devices in your home is to set up a HomeGroup. Any computer running Windows 8.1 can create or join a HomeGroup. It’s the simplest way to share files and folders, and takes seconds to set up: First, Prepare Your System For Sharing On A Home Network For a…
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 – Pure Awesomeness

    Danika Alston Loadholt
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Have you heard the great news? Lenovo recently announced two new rack systems and one new tower — the ThinkServer RD550, RD650 and TD350 — into our growing portfolio. While all of these new servers are noteworthy; today, I’m going to take you through the key features of the ThinkServer TD350 tower system. The tower market is extremely dynamic, so the two-socket TD350 is designed for the ultimate in performance, flexibility, reliability, and of course, awesomeness.   Our customers want high-performance tower servers that are versatile enough to handle workloads…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Learns the Value of the ThinkServer SA120

    Edgar Haren
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a challenging and engaging educational experience, while also promoting the development of ground-breaking educational research. One of the oldest schools within the University of Hawaii, the College of Education is made up of an estimated 1,600 students and 350 faculty members, and has been providing educational research, policy studies, curriculum development, professional development and educational services since 1888. With nearly 2,000 students and faculty logging on to the College of Education’s intranet site daily — and…
  • 7 Tips to Secure and Protect Your PC

    Caroline Lalla
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. What would you do if all the data on your computer were suddenly inaccessible? Or your banking information was compromised? Unfortunately, these cyber threats are very real and prevalent. Thankfully, there are plenty of steps you can take to safely protect your PC and the data stored on it. We caught up with Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee to get his “must do” list for securing your Lenovo device. Here are the seven critical steps he recommends you take today: 1. Always apply security…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Small Town, Big Impact: How People Helped Get Me Here

    Jess Ratty
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    People helped get me here. I’ve gone from a 16-year-old waitress to the 30-year-old business owner and brand communications manager of an incredible crowdfunding platform – and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing people from my LinkedIn network. I grew up in Cornwall, in the south of England. From an early age, I knew this was where I belonged. Despite calling my home a small seaside town in Cornwall, I developed a burning ambition to prove that no matter your location, you can still make a big impact, wherever you are. It’s been a tough journey, but I’m thankful to the…
  • Helping Professionals Achieve Their Career Aspirations: Kaplan’s Career Journey Powered by LinkedIn

    Janine Taormina
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our mission at LinkedIn is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. That’s why we’re excited to power Kaplan’s Career Journey, a free online course where you’ll learn to use the power of social media to implement practical strategies for career advancement, professional development and personal transformation. By signing-in to Career Journey with LinkedIn, Kaplan will deliver to you a highly personalized learning experience based on your LinkedIn profile and network.  These experiences include: Highlighting skills to develop when you’re…
  • Here’s How You Can Take Action and Make The World a Better Place

    Florencia Iriondo
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    This post is part of a series in which Influencers and members discuss how to drive change that matters. Read all the posts here and write your own; include the hashtag #2030NOW in the body of your post to join the global social good conversation happening this week. Procrastination leads to an exhausting feeling of guilt. There’s something you know you should be doing, but for some reason – be it conformity or laziness – you stay away from it. Whether you’re delaying homework for lack of time, avoiding a big project because your boss imposed it on you or not tackling a challenge for…
  • Living LinkedIn’s Culture of Transformation: Announcing 2014 LinkedIn Employee Transformation Grants

    Chris Kelleher
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I am thrilled to work for a company with a big and inspiring vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. To achieve our vision, LinkedIn fosters a culture of transformation — of the world, the company, ourselves. One of the ways we bring this to life is through LinkedIn for Good’s Employee Transformation Grant program. As Chair of the LinkedIn for Good for Employees Grants program, I am honored to announce this year’s winners. These grant winners, chosen from more than 74 applicants representing our offices around the world, have been awarded…
  • LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day is Back on November 6th

    Darain Faraz
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    From the moment our parents proudly displayed our first painting on the refrigerator to the day they offered their excited congratulations when we landed our first jobs, there are milestones in each of our lives that are cause for celebration both for us and our parents. Then, as we start out on our careers, something curious happens. When we are achieving some of our biggest professional accomplishments, be that securing a big deal or completing an important project, the volume of that parental acknowledgment seems to reduce. Not because our parents stop caring, but because distance, lack of…
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    Lulu Blog

  • What’s New at

    Meg @ Lulu
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Over the past few months, we’ve been focusing on ways to make an easier, more engaging experience for authors and shoppers alike. You’ll notice that as of today has a brand new look and feel, which has been developed with the goal of streamlining your experience. The new will help you connect with the tools or books you’re looking for faster. Here’s how: Bookshelves on the logged out landing page will be continuously updated to highlight books to readers looking for a specific genre or book based on time of year. If you need help,…
  • The Power to Connect: Children, Writing and Storytelling

    Meg @ Lulu
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Pam Allen is a world-renowned literacy expert, author and motivational speaker. She has often spoken about the many reasons why starting children’s education in writing early in their academic careers is imperative. Of course, Allen supports the reasons we’re accustomed to hearing—writing builds confidence in a child’s sense of self while facilitating emotional growth; it helps kids create and strengthen their identities; and develops critical thinking skills. But there is more to Allen’s advocating for the early introduction of creative writing: the importance of language and its…
  • 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…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
  • My Rules for Tipping

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    To celebrate International Housekeeping Week, we are placing tip envelopes in 160,000+ rooms. Most people are not sure who to tip and who not to tip when they receive good service. I try to tip everyone from the pizza deliveryman to the parking attendant to the waiter and bellman. I...
  • Smiles are Better Than Smiley Faces

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I had lunch the other day with our terrific general managers from select service and extended stay brands known as CFRST – Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites. We talked about social media and how it’s changing customer service. As I listened to our...
  • Teaching "Hospitality 101" in China

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    My father was given many opportunities because a college professor saw his potential. This professor helped my father get an education and gain the knowledge and skills he needed to start a company. That’s what great teachers do—they help students build the foundation for a rewarding future career. Last year,...
  • Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    (I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...
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    The Old New Thing

  • I marked my parameter as [optional], so why do I get an RPC error when I pass NULL?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Consider the following interface declaration in an IDL file: // Code in italics is wrong interface IFoo : IUnknown { HRESULT Cancel([in, optional, string] LPCWSTR pszReason); }; The idea here is that you want to be able to call the Cancel method as pFoo->Cancel(NULL) if you don't want to provide a reason. If you try this, you'll find that the call sometimes fails with error 0x800706F4, which decodes to HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(RPC_X_NULL_REF_POINTER). What's going on here? The optional attribute does not mean what you think it means. To a C or C++ programmer, an "optional" pointer parameter…
  • The stream pointer position in IDataObject::GetData and IDataObject::GetDataHere is significant

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    An oft-overlooked detail of the IData­Object::Get­Data and IData­Object::Get­Data­Here methods is the position of the stream pointer when the result is a stream. These rules are buried in the documentation, so I'm going to call them out louder. Let's look at IData­Object::Get­Data first. If IData­Object::Get­Data returns a stream, then the stream pointer must be positioned at the end of the stream before the stream is returned. In other words, the last thing you do before returning the stream is seek it to the end. The contents of the data object are…
  • The citizenship test is pass/fail; there's no blue ribbon for acing it

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The civics portion of the United States citizenship test is an oral exam wherein you must correctly answer six out of ten questions. One of my friends studiously prepared for his examination, going so far as buying a CD with the questions and answers and listening to it every day during his commute to and from work. At last, the day arrived, and my friend went in to take his citizenship examination. The examiner led him to an office, and the two of them sat down for the test. "Who was President during World War II?" — Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Correct. How many justices are there on the…
  • Poor man's comments: Inserting text that has no effect into a configuration file

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Consider a program which has a configuration file, but the configuration file format does not have provisions for comments. Maybe the program has a "list of authorized users", where each line takes the form allow x or deny x, where x is a group or user. For example, suppose we have access_list that goes like this: allow payroll_department deny alice allow personnel_department allow bob This is the sort of file that can really use comments because people are going to want to know things like "Why does Bob have access?" One way of doing this is to embed the comments in the configuration file in…
  • Microspeak: spend

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Remember, Microspeak is not merely for jargon exclusive to Microsoft, but it's jargon you need to know. We don't encounter the term spend much in the engineering side of the company, but it's in common use among those who regularly deal with money and budgets. We are in line with company standards with regard to spend for this type of event. Q4 spend will be higher as a result of widget recolorization. Our corresponding spend will increase significantly if we adopt this proposal. From the above citations, it is apparent that the word spend is shorthand for expenditure. And then there's this…
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    Molson in the Community

  • Molson Coors reçoit le Club de la Médaille d’or lors de l’ouverture de leur 47e saison

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Molson Coors était l’hôte de la première activité de la 47e saison du Club de la Médaille d’or à la Salle John-Molson, le mardi 16 septembre dernier. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a remis des bourses à trois athlètes de la relève :  Rosalie Lalonde, joueuse de basketball en fauteuil roulant (Saint-Clet); Samuel Murray, joueur de racquetball (Brossard); et Alexandre Obomsawin, volleyeur (Gatineau). Cet événement était animé par le champion olympique en bosses des Jeux de 1994, Jean-Luc Brassard. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a également honoré les entraîneurs Sylvain…
  • Récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur/Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Le 4 juin dernier, Le Club de hockey Canadien et Molson Coors ont procédé conjointement à la remise des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur pour la saison 2013-2014. Les récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur sont : Cédric McNicoll (McGill Redmen) et Jeremy Grégoire (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau) qui se sont chacun mérité une bourse d’étude de $6,000 répartie sur 3 ans. Le gagnant du Mérite Guy-Lafleur est Philippe-Alexandre Vinette (Le Titan de Princeville) qui s’est mérité une bourse d’étude de $1,000. Les gagnants étaient heureux de…
  • Great Day for Molson Coors at the 2014 World Beer Cup

    Melisa Chung
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Molson Coors added to its collection of brewing honors when the 2014 World Beer Cup Awards were announced in Denver last Friday evening. Eight Molson Coors beers received individual honors, including a sweep of the “American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener.”  In addition this year, Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors’ head brewmaster, Dr. David Ryder, was recognized as the champion brewery and brewmaster (respectively) among large brewing companies. Following is the complete list of brand medals won by Molson Coors: GOLD Coors Light (Coors Brewing Co.) – American-Style Lager…
  • Kamenitza Fan Cup Receives Award for Responsibility

    Melisa Chung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For 11 years, Kamenitza has hosted the biggest amateur soccer tournament in Bulgaria, aptly named the Kamenitza Fan Cup. At this year’s 11th annual Responsible Business Awards, the Kamenitza Fan cup received the first runner-up award for excellence in cause-related marketing. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, recognizes those Bulgarian businesses that excel in corporate social responsibility. The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious CSR competition in Bulgaria and this year a record number of companies participated. A total of 56…
  • Recognizing a Champion of Hope

    Melisa Chung
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, the Denver and Golden offices hold an annual giving campaign to support the Mile High United Way and make a positive impact in our community. This year’s campaign raised a record breaking $175,000 – an increase of 30% over last year! Each year, Mile High United Way honours exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and demonstrated commitment to the community. Molson Coors received the Champion of Hope award, which recognizes companies who go above and beyond…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Why I’m Joining the People’s Climate March

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia It is the work of this generation to make clear we reject the status quo—a race toward the destruction of our planet and the wild places we play in and love. We cannot sit idly by while large special interests destroy the planet for profit without regard for our children and grandchildren. We have to keep the pressure on. That means being loud and visible in the streets, in town halls and our capitals, and most important, in our elections—voting for candidates who understand we are facing a climate crisis. It means protecting local surf breaks, rivers,…
  • Red Shins

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    By Craig Holloway Back in February, I started volunteering for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), a nonprofit that protects open space through land acquisitions and conservation easements. They have a number of preserves scattered across the valley and the Valley View Preserve was their newest one. OVLC volunteers had already built two trails on Valley View and were now building Luci's Trail. While I was out on a hike I met Bill Brothers, a volunteer who said they could use my help building Luci's. I asked when could I start. On my first day, Rick Bisaccia, the preserve manager, had…
  • FORCE – A seven-city film tour with Patagonia climber and photographer Mikey Schaefer

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    By Fitz Cahall I’m a homebody. My friend Mikey Schaefer is not. I made a conscious choice to develop a lifelong relationship with my local ranges and the urban environment right out my front door. A climber and photographer by trade, Mikey travels the world and he, much like I did, found a landscape that left its mark on him. It was 15,000 miles away, but, hey, when a place speaks to you, you listen. “Patagonia chose me, as much as I chose Patagonia,” Mikey will tell you if you ask. I’d say the same thing about the Sierra and the Cascades. Since his first trip as a 21-year-old to this…
  • Greenland Vertical Sailing 2014 – Part 2, Bad weather, boat concert and night climbing

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    By Nico Favresse, photos by The Wild Bunch Three weeks have passed now since we arrived on Baffin Island. [Editor’s note: Get caught up with Part 1 here.] Our first encounter with the local population already happened miles away from the coast when we met eight polar bears drifting on chunks of pack ice. It was quite a surprise running into them while weaving through broken up pack ice in thick mist. After a quick stop in Clyde River to clear Canadian border formalities, we set sail for the big walls of Sam Ford Fjord. Right away our minds were blown away by the amount of huge rock faces…
  • Elwha River Uplift

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Words and photos by Dylan Tomine The kids and I decided to squeeze in one last, close-to-home, weekday excursion before school started, so we headed over to the newly dam-free Elwha River for a little float. The last piece of the upper dam was removed last week, so it seemed like a good time to go see what had changed since I was there earlier this summer. And I wanted the kids to experience a river being reborn. That’s Weston and Skyla starting out, courtesy of our friends at Olympic Raft & Kayak. The first thing we noticed was the amazing clarity of the water. Opponents of the dam…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Most Congested Cities in Canada

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Now that we're well into September, I remember what it is I miss most about summer - lighter traffic. In the fall we're all back to work, back to school, back in our cars. And let me tell...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • 'Tis the Season for Tailgating

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Well, it's September. Summer road trip season is officially over. But I can't be too sad because we're moving into my next favourite car season: tailgating season! Point of clarification: tailgating in this instance is the "social event...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Can you drive manual transmission?

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Photo: iStock I really like watching the Amazing Race (and not just because Petro-Canada is a sponsor of this year's The Amazing Race Canada!). But I am always amazed that every season, there is at least one team that appears...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Myths vs. Realities of Fuel Efficiency

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We've written plenty of posts about fuel efficiency since we kicked off the PumpTalk blog seven years back. But something we haven't really addressed are some of the "fuel saving myths" that have found their way into popular culture over...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • 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"/>
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    Open Mike

  • Innovations in Delivery and Logistics

    Mike Critelli
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    I spent a significant part of my business career at Pitney Bowes.  During that time, as a company leader, I advocated and implemented a great deal of innovation to improve the delivery or mail and packages, but the U.S. Postal Service and its major competitors, UPS and FedEx, did not have the infrastructure in place to lead the market into a new era of same-day delivery of a wide variety of items.   I am pleased to see what has happened in the last few years.  The Postal Service now offers Sunday delivery of packages for  FedEx and UPS both offer same-day delivery, a…
  • 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…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Flashback Friday: A LUVLines Look Around the System

    Richard West
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    For over 40 years, LUVLines, our internal Employee magazine, has featured news from around the system while also showcasing the FUN we have both on and off the clock.  Our Flashback this week takes a look back at some of these features from the late summer of 1994. Taking the Plunge at ABQ With temperatures well in excess of 100, Albuquerque Employees look for creative ways to stay cool.  In this photo, a CFM-56 engine intake cover doubles as a pool.  (Pretty sure we wouldn’t get away with this today!) OKC Native American Festival As the official airline of the Red Earth Native American…
  • Celebrating Nonstop Love in Dallas with You, Our Customers!

    Liz Blumberg
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    October 13 is officially less than a month away, which means the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment is ON!  As you can imagine, this is a historic day for our Company, North Texas, and most importantly for you—our Customers!  This milestone wouldn’t be possible without your LUV and support, which is why it’s time to celebrate YOU.  Please mark your calendars and join us for several celebratory events as we gear up to Set Love Free.  Say Goodbye Wright Amendment, Hello America! Nonstop Love Concert Series | Every Tuesday from September 23 through October 14 Grab your…
  • Going Green: Electric Cars

    Victoria Campbell
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Southwest LUVs to be Green, and we are always looking for ways to inform and help our Employees and Customers go Green in their daily lives. Electric cars have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation due to the low cost to operate, as well as their lower air pollution levels, which is a great example of going Green to save Green!  In fact, the United States has the largest fleet of plug-in electric vehicles in the world with more than 250,000 electric cars sold since 2008. Electric cars use a rechargeable battery, a more environmentally-friendly and lower cost power source…
  • Introducing Southwest: The Magazine

    Jay Heinrichs
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Southwest Airlines new look has a lot of moving parts—literally. One of them is its inflight magazine. Not only did our name change from Spirit to Southwest: The Magazine, but hundreds of thousands of a special, celebratory September issue were switched out on planes beginning September 8 and 9.  (Click here to read more about the first version of our September issue.) Among the commemorative touches in the issue: a new cover, showing off Southwest’s cool new heart. That heart, by the way, is a real, physical object. It’s big, it’s 3D, and it’s handcrafted of metallic parts.
  • Nonstop Love: Phoenix Phast

    Scott Camacho
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 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…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • And the fake news story is…

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    On Wednesday, we wrote about four wild and crazy ice cream stories — three were real and one was fake — and challenged you to guess which one was the bogus tale. Before we reveal the answer, we wanted to remind everyone that MONDAY is the deadline for entries into our All Natural Recipe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Weird and wacky ice cream news: Which story is fake?

    Turkey Hill Team
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ice cream is tasty – we all know that – but it also attracts its fair share of bizarre news stories. Below are three strange but true recent ice cream-related stories, plus one story made up by the Turkey Hill team. Can you spot the fake story? Sound off with a comment! 1. YER OUTTA [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Whoopie Pie! How would you describe our newest Limited Edition Ice Cream?

    Turkey Hill Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Ask anyone in our neck of the woods what a “whoopie pie” is, and they’ll tell you — it’s one of the best snacks this side of the Mississippi. For those who don’t know, a whoopie pie is is a treat made with icing served between two round pieces of cake. Although... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s National Chocolate Milk Shake Day!

    Turkey Hill Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day (insert applause here), which gives you the perfect excuse to whip up a milkshake this evening after dinner. To celebrate the day, our local FOX morning show invited the Turkey Hill team to stop by the studio this morning to show viewers how to make the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Second Scoop: Time-released flavors in a single bite of ice cream!

    Turkey Hill Team
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The following was posted a few years ago, but it’s such a cool story, we’ve decided to post it again. Which two ice cream flavors would you blend using this technology? You may have seen commercials on TV for gum that can change from one flavor to another while you chew it. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Guided By History

  • A Responsible Dog

    Steve Greenwood
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jack, Tig, and many other dogs have served as alert guards and loyal companions in protecting money for Wells Fargo. The image of a faithful dog guarding a treasure box became a universal symbol of security and service for the express business. Mexico City (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Dogs and their owners form a bond based on trust and responsibility.  I’ve showered affection and praise and sometimes voiced frustration with our family dogs. They got into everything, but were always part of the family. We formed an inseparable bond. Yet, sometimes a dog becomes separated from its…
  • Adopt a Native Elder Program

    Amanda Walters
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rochelle is a Museum Assistant at the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Phoenix. She has been with the museum since 2011 after receiving her B.A. in History at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and strongly believes in the traditions and rituals that make up the superstructure of her tribe. Rochelle is a hoarder of books, an apprentice to beadwork, and a lover of British television shows/B-films/bad music/photography, and of course all things history. This is Rochelle’s second post for Guided by History. (AW)     I first became…
  • American Red Cross and Wells Fargo

    Steve Greenwood
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    When disasters such as the earthquake in Napa Valley suddenly strike our communities, Wells Fargo supports the efforts of such long-established organizations as the American Red Cross to provide national and international disaster relief.  For over 125 years, the Red Cross has coordinated relief efforts to communities immobilized by disaster and supported our troops and their families.  Early on, Wells Fargo aided their efforts. In 1909, a torrential downpour in northern Mexico resulted in flash floods with thousands becoming homeless overnight, many losing their livelihood when their farms…
  • A Key to the Zoo

    Anna Lucas Mayer
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    My husband has fond memories of visiting the zoo as a child and using his plastic Trunkey the Elephant key to unlock special talking storybooks, audio exhibits with fascinating information about the animals. My son was thrilled to continue the tradition recently getting his own key. He learned all about giraffes that day and insists on keeping it in the drawer with our house keys. The Wells Fargo Corporate Archives has its own zoo key, too. In 1987 the Wells Fargo Foundation funded a grant for 33 new multilingual story boxes at the San Francisco Zoo that provided surprising animal facts in…
  • Maynard Dixon Country

    Amanda Walters
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Christopher Adix is Museum Assistant at our Wells Fargo History Museum in Phoenix. He also works as a tour guide at Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school of architecture). He lives in Scottsdale with his wife, three children and two dogs. When not working, Chris is camping and hiking, visiting other museums or vacuuming dog hair. This is Chris’s second post for Guided By History. (AW) Chris Adix (Wells Fargo History Museum) Maynard Dixon was born in Fresno, California in January of 1876.  Most of his life was spent in the southwest.   He began his career as…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Pardon the Disruption

    Ryan Vandersloot
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Having previously been a sales representative in the staffing industry, I was inundated with sales and HR paperwork that required signatures. Often times, the laborious nature of this paperwork and need for a timely turnaround resulted in increased risk for my company and a major headache for me. Enter Digital Business! The concept of using a service to electronically fill out and sign paperwork sounded brilliant. So I refreshed my career with a position that lived and breathed digital business. I understood the paper’s pain but I didn’t know just was how transformative digital and…
  • 100% Digital = 100% Empowered Financial Institutions

    Andrew Gaston
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By upgrading to digital business platforms, financial institutions are finding that they can accelerate revenues while driving down costs, all while delighting their Customers and Members by allowing them to execute business processes in real time.  Enabling customers and members to be able to securely view, sign and acknowledge documents on their mobile devices is the #1 way to drive up NPS scores and drive customer and member satisfaction with Banks and Credit Unions. Here are leading areas where Banks and Credit Unions can offer an immediate impact: Cut Paper out of Lending Processes –…
  • Join Us for Our Upcoming Real Estate, Mortgage and Property Management Webinars!

    Suzanne Alberti
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Contributed by Katie Lance, CEO & Founder of Katie Lance Consulting  Education is a critical part of staying on top of what’s going on in the industry. We at DocuSign have crafted a series of webinars aimed at keeping you informed and aware. We’re busy expanding our efforts to include offerings for mortgage brokers, property managers and homebuilders in addition to residential real estate brokers, so there’s a little something for everyone. Read on to choose the right webinar – or webinars – for you. DocuSign for Mortgage Brokers 101 is designed to help mortgage brokers…
  • It’s A Social World: 3 Ways to Listen In

    Nathan Cowan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As our world becomes increasingly digital and “always-on”, the speed of sales and customer engagement have seemingly jumped into hyper drive. Our customer and prospect communities are now taking to social media and other ‘instant’ forms of communication and, as sales professionals, we need to rapidly adapt so that we can quickly translate our approach to an entirely new audience. Dive a little deeper into this new digital sales world and you’ll uncover the term “social selling,” which requires a finessed ear and eye in order to fully engage with prospects and customers. So…
  • 3 Ways to Convince Your Team to #GoDigital

    Neil Hudspith
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
     As business professionals, we’re wired to embrace potential and opportunity, particularly if the end results see you swimming in profitability, sustainability and influence. So why aren’t we taking our businesses digital? With myriad opportunities to engage and serve a buzzing and bustling global community, the term “slow to change,” doesn’t make sense. Curious also it is to read that a MIT and CapGemini Study estimated 65% of companies are rated as “Beginners” in terms of digital business maturity. In that same report, Starbuck’s Chief Digital Officer, Adam Brotman lent…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Dial M for mCommerce: why now’s the time to swipe right for mobile revenue

    Brian Solis
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the mobile screen is the first screen, not the second screen. Design and invest accordingly. Tell me if you’ve heard (or experienced) this one before: You’re in the market for a new product. You receive an email that prompts you to go online to learn more about competitive products while you’re at it. You hop from site-to-site or page-to-page only to become increasingly frustrated with the process because the sites are incredibly difficult to navigate, relevant information is impossible to find, and you can’t complete a transaction…
  • Cross-Silo Security and Governance

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    For modern businesses, big data and analytics can transform operations, enabling better decision-making and offering previously unattainable customer or market insights. However, with the majority of big data initiatives being owned by individual lines of business, security considerations can often fall by the wayside. Join us for a live webinar on September 25 at 1 p.m. EDT and hear from Gartner’s Dr. Brian Lowans and AT&T’s Anne Wolfe, privacy and data management executive director, as they discuss how organizations can nurture an enterprise-wide culture of collaboration and…
  • The Importance of Security Event and Threat Analysis Services

    Andy Daudelin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today’s cyber world is plagued with never-ending security risks. We are all familiar with Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks that can bring down a website. But far more dangerous are the silent attacks that slowly enter the environment, often sitting idle for weeks or months before taking action. With the growth of Bring Your Own Device or BYOD, along with cloud applications and storage options, IT departments are greatly challenged. It may seem a daunting task to sufficiently monitor security threats across today’s complex environment. More than ever, it is extremely important…
  • Red Bull Racing kicks data analysis and collaboration into high gear

    Bernard Yee
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    For the winners of the last four FIA Formula One Drivers and Constructors’ World Championship titles, the 2014 season was always going to be more intense than ever. Infiniti Red Bull Racing, like its competitors, had to entirely redesign its cars to accommodate the most fundamental F1 regulation changes in a decade. Restrictions on track time for testing and the size of the on-site technical crew are also still in effect, meaning the team must to do more with less throughout the year. The plan: intense pre-season innovation and ongoing evolution at a blistering pace. To execute this…
  • Redefining Delivery of Network Services with Network on Demand

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:23 pm
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Accounting Technology Tools – Fact or Hype?

    Alan Hart
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Do you really get value out of all your IT investments? In another interesting article on the’s website, the author Doug Sleeter, President at The Sleeter Group, Inc.  brings up the challenge of identifying good technology products and separating them from products that are often marketed using unrealistic claims; products that rarely live up to the expectation.  Although the author is mainly referring to software products, it is clear that these principles apply to all technology products and service offerings. Software is a major contributor here, causing…
  • Were you unexpectedly promoted to the CFO position?

    Alan Hart
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A great opportunity for positive change. I recently ran across a blog entry on the web site, titled “The Accidental CFO” and authored by Samuel Dergel, Director – Executive Search at Stanton Chase International, accessed with a free membership to, which is an excellent online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals. In this article, the author discusses the seldom but possible scenario when an accounting or finance executive is promoted to the CFO position “accidentally”, or unexpectedly for…
  • One ERP System or Many?

    Alan Hart
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Why completely consolidating ERP systems may not be the right answer I just finished reading an interesting article published in TechTarget and authored by Linda Rosencrance, Freelance Writer and Editor, titled “Is Consolidating Disparate ERP Financial Systems worth it? The essence of this piece is the pros and cons of integrating or merging an enterprise’s collection of ERP and other financial and accounting software applications into a single instance ERP software solution and whether it is even practical to do that.  Since many large enterprises, and numerous smaller organizations…
  • 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…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Vault ranks best accounting firms

    Brett Cole
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Vault, the New York-based provider of workplace intelligence, has ranked the top ten U.S. accounting firms. The rankings were compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues accounting professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings – such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, and compensation – with overall prestige, according to Vault. PwC […] The post Vault ranks best accounting firms appeared first on ansarada.
  • Glencore V BHP

    Brett Cole
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Two global mining giants. Two contrasting styles. One is in the midst of a huge deal, BHP Billiton. The other is cooling its heels, Glencore. But how long will Glencore’s chief executive Ivan Glasenberg wait before pulling the M&A trigger, the Financial Times asked this week? That’s easy to answer. Glencore is not, contrary to […] The post Glencore V BHP appeared first on ansarada.
  • Obama fumes but inversions set to continue

    Brett Cole
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Calvin Coolidge said the chief business of the American people is business. So it is with inversions, the hottest trend in M&A, accounting for two thirds of proposed U.S. outbound deals in the year to August. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. Congress should try to stop U.S. corporations from transferring their incorporation overseas to […] The post Obama fumes but inversions set to continue appeared first on ansarada.
  • Loeb, Ackman should prompt Boards to call bankers

    Brett Cole
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    News that Daniel Loeb raised $2.5 billion last month in a matter of weeks and William Ackman all but securing $2 billion for his new planned listed fund should have chief executives and boards on the phone to their M&A bankers. The firepower these stars of the hedge fund industry can muster, these so-called activist […] The post Loeb, Ackman should prompt Boards to call bankers appeared first on ansarada.
  • Boutiques Pull in M&A Bankers

    Brett Cole
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    For boutique investment banks there has never been a better time to recruit talent. The Financial Times reports that 30 and 40 something bankers are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of career progress. Their path to a coveted managing director promotion is blocked by dealmakers in their fifties that show no sign of giving up […] The post Boutiques Pull in M&A Bankers appeared first on ansarada.
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  • How to use time tracking to maximize SR&ED claims—a seminar hosted by Replicon & Boast Capital

    Siddharth Deb
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    As we reported earlier, Canada’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax program provides tax credits, sometimes in the form of cash, for research and development projects to help keep Canada at the forefront of scientific and technical advancements. To qualify, companies must meet strict documentation and employee time tracking requirements set forth by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon ranks #184 among the world’s 500 largest cloud applications vendors

    Siddharth Deb
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Replicon has ranked 184th among the top 500 cloud application vendors according to this year’s Apps Run The Cloud list. With a year-on-year growth of 37.5%, Replicon continues its run as one of the fastest growing cloud services providers in the world. The rankings in the study are based on 2011–2013 cloud subscription revenues of more than 500 enterprise applications vendors, and are updated every year. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Employee time tracking is dead

    Praveen Krishnan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    iBeacons, Bluetooth Low Energy, Proximity sensing and the obsolescence of time tracking as we know it. Businesses have to track the time their employees work for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is to pay them correctly or bill clients accurately. Today, there are various means and devices used to achieve this: paper punch cards, handwritten sheets of paper, spreadsheets, online software, and time clocks, to name a few. Most of these methods have been in use for several decades, and all of them have one critical point of failure—the employee—upon whom the onus of tracking…
  • 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
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • How to Find the Right School When Moving

    Halina Matt
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    “I love everything about moving!” said no one ever. While the prospect of finding a home that has the fireplace you’ve always wanted, that wraparound porch of your dreams, and enough bedrooms to fit your whole family can be very exciting, there are many areas that can seem stressful, especially when you don’t know where to start. For families with school-age children (or those who are planning to expand), one of the largest considerations is the school district to which they’ll be moving. But did you know that even if you don’t have children, it pays to choose a neighborhood with…
  • Increase Your Home’s ROI with a Bathroom Remodel

    Contractor Connection
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:59 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. Whether you’re buying a new home or selling the one you own, you might want to consider investing in a bathroom remodel. Most homeowners prefer a bathroom that is spacious and has modern appeal. For many, the bathroom is a sanctuary after a long day of stress. Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel Bathroom remodels can become expensive quickly, but they also offer an excellent return on investment. Not only will remodeling…
  • Federal Reserve Press Release in Plain English 17.0

    Bob Walters
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This is a guest post from Bob Walters, chief economist and vice president of the Capital Markets Group at Quicken Loans.  Here we go again. The Federal Reserve met again yesterday. The results? Pretty much the same as ever. Instead of me telling you here and telling you again, I’ll make it easy on you this month. Just read below to get the story – the latest Fed release in plain English. My comments are in bold. As always, let me know if you have any questions. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity is expanding at a…
  • Mortgage Applications Continue Downward Trend – Market Update

    Anthony Fontana
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Headlines from Last Week MBA Purchase Applications – Mortgage applications continued to decrease, this time dropping 7.2%. Jobless Claims – Initial claims rose from 11,000 to 315,000. Continuing claims rose from 9,000 to 2.487 million. Retail Sales – Sales jumped 0.6% in August after a rise of 0.3% in July. Mortgage Rates According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac, average fixed-rate mortgages moved upward slightly following an increase in bond yields. 30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) averaged 4.12% with an average 0.5 point for the week ending September…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Your Dream Home

    Miranda Crace
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    You’ve been searching for your dream home, and it seems like it’s just not out there. Or maybe you just started looking and are now filled with inspiration; you want to merge elements from several houses into one, amazing home! Building the perfect home for you and your family can seem like a daunting task. Where do you even start? Here are some do’s and don’t that will start you in the right direction. DO set a budget, and stick to it! Building a new home always costs more than you think it will. First, figure out how much money you can put into your new home. Next, budget how much…
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    NACD Blog

  • Around the World in Three Days: NACD’s NEW Global Village

    NACD Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Are you ready to gain international insights from a swath of countries—including Brazil, Ireland, and Malaysia – without having to stand in line at customs? You’re in luck with this year’s NACD Board Leadership Conference. Our theme, “beyond borders,” is about more than extending your operations across boundary lines. It’s about expanding how you think about business, the boardroom, and global issues. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the NACD Global Village, a unique environment where NACD members and international business leaders can discuss emerging trends and…
  • On Track at Conference: Use Learning Tracks to Maximize Your Breakout Session Options

    NACD Staff
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This October, the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference: Beyond Borders will offer exclusive learning resources, unique networking opportunities, engaging peer exchanges, and nearly 100 breakout sessions. And to optimize your time with us, we’ve created a new track system to help you navigate the robust agenda to what interests you most. So how does the track system work? Whatever your interests–from social media and technology, to audit and regulatory issues, addressing emerging risks, and more–you’ll find educational sessions that meet your specific professional development…
  • You Asked. We Listened. New Networking Opportunities at Conference.

    NACD Staff
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    When you come to NACD’s annual Board Leadership Conference, you know you’ll hear hard-hitting insights, participate in engaging sessions, and network with leading boardroom experts and peers. But this year, the conference has been designed to offer more opportunities than ever for you to connect face-to-face with today’s big thinkers and agenda-setters. In addition to our hallmark networking-packed power breakfasts, keynote luncheons, cocktail receptions, dinners, and NACD Fellowship and NACD Chapter gatherings, the 2014 agenda features longer breaks, giving you more time between each…
  • Current Efforts Toward Corporate Disclosure Reform

    NACD Staff
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    The discussion surrounding corporate disclosure reform has consistently centered on the issue of how to provide sufficient levels of information to investors and other readers without overburdening those responsible for preparing the disclosures. On July 29, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) hosted an event addressing corporate disclosure reform. A variety of issues involving disclosure reform were discussed in panels featuring general counsels from leading companies, former officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the…
  • 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.
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    The WhitePages Blog | White Pages and Transparent Thoughts

  • Pitch It to Win It: 2014 Whitepages Hackathon

    Kushal Shah
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
      Last Friday, we kicked off our first ever Whitepages Hackathon. It was a fantastic event with huge participation, great ideas and lots of fun. The idea behind it was a long time in the making. Every day at work I hear questions or suggestions on how to best leverage our data. Whether it’s an [...] The post Pitch It to Win It: 2014 Whitepages Hackathon appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Best Practices for Increasing User Conversion

    Ashkaan Khatakhotan
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    My name is Ashkaan Khatakhotan and I was a web development intern on Whitepages core site team this past summer.   Over the course of my internship I built the UI of a V1 rails web app for collection and distribution of contact information. During this time I had to deal with issues of attracting [...] The post Best Practices for Increasing User Conversion appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Across the Savannah: Popular Names Shared with Travel Destinations

    Rebecca Carroll
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, Virginia, Florence, and Victoria: Most Popular Names Shared With Places In honor of summer travel, we took a look at the most popular names in the country that are shared with travel destinations. While there are plenty of places named after people, like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., we found that Virginia tops the list [...] The post Across the Savannah: Popular Names Shared with Travel Destinations appeared first on 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.
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  • Week’s Top Stories: September 13 — 19, 2014

    GC Editor
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cyber, Terrorism and New Compensation Structures Highlighted as Critical Emerging Risks: Guy Carpenter published a new report highlighting emerging risks facing the (re)insurance sector, including... Continue reading...
  • Terrorism Reinsurance Strategies

    GC Editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Even if the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA) is renewed without wholesale changes, the recent organic growth in US nationwide workers compensation premiums as a result of... Continue reading...
  • As Cyber-Attacks Escalate, So Does Demand for Cyber-Specific Insurance

    GC Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Morley Speed, Managing Director, UK Cyber Solutions; Kirsten Eickstaedt, Senior Vice President, European Division and Casualty Solutions Group ; Mike Brown and Jeremy Platt, Co-Leaders of Cyber... Continue reading...
  • Hurricane Odile

    GC Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Hurricane Odile made a direct hit to the Southern end of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, Sunday night, with impacts of great severity. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 125 mph, a Category 3... Continue reading...
  • Capital Markets Growth and Innovations Continue

    GC Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
     Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Structuring, GC Securities  Contact The influx of new capital into the (re)insurance industry constitutes the largest change to the sector’s capital structure in... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Join in celebrating Peace Day Sunday September 21st

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We consider our support of social movements like 1 Billion Rising, #SpiritDay and Day of Pink part of our CSR business initiatives and we’re proud to be adding Peace Day thanks to Peace One Day to this list. Peace One Day is the brainchild of filmmaker Jeremy Gilley who in the late “1990s became preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the issue of peace.” In 1999, this interest in the idea of peace led him to found “Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United…
  • How might Twitter adding news filters impact nonprofits?

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When it comes to social media for nonprofits I’m still a huge advocate of  the power of Twitter to broadcast your updates and messages. Overall your Twitter audience are typically more in tune with your specific feed items than Facebook for example and by audience I mean potential supporters. No matter how many changes Facebook make to their newsfeed it’s still infinitely quicker to search for content you find relevant on Twitter in addition to your feed generally working in better harmony with your interests. The bad news is that this could be moving towards a model of filtered…
  • Four ways to spruce up your nonprofit fundraising newsletter

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    While the focus of much of what I’ve written about nonprofit fundraising recently has focused on online fundraising and social media I thought today would be a great opportunity to give applause to the power of the newsletter which remains an important fundraising tool for so many charities. An article I recently read provided a short list of newsletter tips which I thought would be worth expanding upon. The beauty of newsletter communication for nonprofits is the potential engagement level with your audience. Whilst it’s no bad thing to have Facebook page followers and Twitter fans the…
  • Amazing public support via online fundraising after fire destroys dogs’ home in England

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We saw another remarkable example of the power of viral nonprofit fundraising emerge last week from the UK from an unlikely quarter. Although not as global or planned as the recent successes of The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that I had written about, the overnight outpouring of support for a dog shelter in Manchester, England was amazing to watch in real time. A little background information first, Manchester Dogs Home has been finding homes for and caring for homeless canines for over 120 years. On the night of September 11th last week a fire began at the centre which rapidly spread to one of…
  • Meatless Monday with 30-Minutes Vegan Minestrone

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing 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. Transitioning your vegan menu from summer to fall dishes may seem daunting, but that doesn’t have to be the case. This time of year there is still an abundance of local and seasonal…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • How to Dispose of an Old Computer and Thwart Identity Thieves

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Banging a hammer against your hard drive: It’s not just a satisfying way take out your extra aggression on a helpless piece of old technology. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also says it’s one way to help protect sensitive data that may still be held within an old personal computer you want to discard. The idea, the federal tech agency says, is to “disfigure, bend, mangle or otherwise mutilate” your hard drive so it can’t be reinserted into another computer. Find an AgentTake the conversation offline. Find an Allstate agent near you. Search Now…
  • Easily Lost? You Can Make Your Own Compass

    Cristel Mohrman
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      Here’s a great little outdoor challenge: assemble a compass with these instructions from It’s a fun way to show kids how people navigated the “old-school” way, before GPS and apps. What you’ll need: Sewing needle (1-2 inches long) Small magnet Small piece of cork (from a wine bottle is great) Small cup of water (to float the cork in) Pair of pliers Small knife Safety gloves (when handling the pliers/knife) Small cup or bowl 1. Hold the needle with the point facing away from you. Rub your magnet over the needle about 30-40 times, always in the same…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hurricane Hazards and How to Prepare for Them

    Nicole Markle
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Hurricanes are dangerous storms with a series of hazards that can have an impact long after the winds die down. Here’s a look at five hurricane-related hazards and how you can help protect your family and property against them. Share this infographic on your site.Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog. The post INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Hurricane Hazards and How to Prepare for Them appeared first on The Allstate Blog.
  • Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations: What to Know About HOAs Before You Buy

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’re shopping for a new house, you’re likely to come across at least a few properties that are part of a homeowners association, or HOA. Some 26 million homes across the country are governed by them, according to the trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI). Of course, amenities like swimming pools or club houses can make it tempting to gloss over the realities of living under an HOA – but it’s important that you don’t. For one thing, there’s the money. HOAs assess fees that help maintain common areas and cover community services, so knowing the size of the fee (and…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Tropical Weather Watches and Warnings

    Nicole Markle
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    If you live in an area threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes, it’s important to know what all the watches and warnings mean and how to prepare for them. Share this infographic on your site.Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog. The post INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Tropical Weather Watches and Warnings appeared first on The Allstate Blog.
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Cloud Computing: Doing Business in an On-Demand World

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Chances are, at this moment you have at least one device connected to the cloud. Whether it be a cell phone tethered to a laptop or documents stored in a virtual folder, information can be managed from any location with an internet connection. At first, this may have seemed like a terrific way to evolve personal computing; but in recent years, the cloud has changed the face of modern-day business.  Companies like Amazon have harnessed their brand influence and funneled it into the creation of successful cloud-hosting platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS). From supporting the operation of…
  • Data warehousing on Hadoop

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    With the increased adoption of big data in the past few years, the Hadoop ecosystem has exploded with many new projects. Now, coupled with the emergence of support from major vendors for enterprise connectors and security improvements Hadoop has become even more attractive to enterprise level businesses. With more information being gathered than ever before, it’s no wonder why Hadoop has become a compelling option for any business and hard to ignore by vendors in the big data processing space.I often come across customers and technical people with specific issues. Most are unsure if their…
  • CRM Success Through Effective Master Data Management Strategies

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you use a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system you can’t afford to ignore  proper data management techniques. Proper data management is critical to effective information governance. And, Master Data Management (MDM) plays a vital role in building results-oriented and effective CRM processes. With the evolution of Big Data, mastering MDM has become an even more critical entity."Over the last several years, CRM software sales have outstripped overall IT spending," said Bill O'Kane, research director at Gartner. "CRM leaders must understand the benefits of the MDM discipline to…
  • 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…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Waste Management taking Oakland to Court over Lost Contract

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    In the wake of the recent controversy over the city of Oakland offering a 10-year contract to a rival company, Houston-based Waste Management has decided to take their grievances to court. Waste Management, the nations largest trash and recycling hauler, claims that the Oakland City Council hindered the bidding process in order to stack the odds in favor of the West Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS). Citing the fact that CWS has never held a garbage hauling contract, submitted proposals past the agreed-upon due date, and failed to comply with Oakland’s contracting rules, Waste…
  • 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 property…
  • 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…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • General Mills reaffirms full-year 2015 growth targets

    Bridget Christenson
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    This morning General Mills reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and reaffirmed its constant-currency growth targets for the full fiscal year, but acknowledged conditions in the U.S. market are more challenging than expected. In the press release issued this morning, Ken Powell, chairman and chief executive officer said, “Back in June, we said our 2015 plans anticipated first-quarter EPS below year-ago levels. Our results were driven by sales and profit declines in the U.S., where industry trends were weak in the quarter. In addition, higher merchandising expense…
  • 12 secrets of success for working parents

    Shannon Heine
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    General Mills was recognized by Working Mother magazine today among the top five 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms. This is the 20th consecutive year General Mills has been named to the “100 Best Companies” list. Striking a balance between career and family life is no small feat.  Read on for secrets from moms and dads who work at General Mills and have who figured out how to advance in their careers, bond with their kids and maintain their sanity all at the same time.
  • Behind the scenes of “3rd Shift”

    Kevin Hunt
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    With a look and a line that mothers and fathers anywhere can appreciate, the boy in the latest Cheerios commercial will melt your heart. The new spot is titled “3rd Shift.” It’s a tribute to all working parents on the job while their families sleep, communicated through the words – and eyes – of a boy. You’ll start seeing it on TV today. You also can check it out on the Cheerios YouTube channel anytime. I was on the set of the ad in Chicago last fall to bring you this behind-the-scenes look. I talked with the director, Matt Smukler of Community Films, as well as others on…
  • A Helper restaurant?

    Kevin Hunt
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It started as an April Fools’ Day joke, but could a restaurant serving nothing but Helper actually be coming to a city near you? The Helper Hut took over Annie’s Parlour Friday night in Dinkytown, in Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota. It offered free Helper for dinner and then reopened for late night cravings early Saturday morning from Midnight to 2 a.m. The Helper Hut served three varieties, Crunchy Taco, Four Cheese Lasagna and Cheeseburger Macaroni. Subscribe to “A Taste of General Mills” by email - here - and we’ll notify you when there’s…
  • 5 tips to get veggies into your favorite family meals

    Lynne Morioka
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    If you’re like the typical American family, dinnertime is crunch time – kids arriving home from school, getting everyone ready for practice, games, music lessons, doing homework, taking the dog for a walk and getting everyone to bed on time. So, where does dinner fit in there again? Gina Neely, celebrity chef and TV host, is in the same boat. “As a mom, I know parents have the best of intentions and want to prepare exciting and nutritious dinners every night, but hectic schedules lead to falling back on those go-to meals …  spaghetti, anyone?” says Neely. “Easy steps, like…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Millennial Employees: Defying Assumptions

    China Gorman
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today. In my last post on Talent Acquisition Trends I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50% of the workforce by 2020.
  • Lesson 5 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #5: When it comes to your employees, be generous.An important lesson we can learn from Best Companies is that employee loyalty, commitment, and productivity are all real byproducts of generosity. Whether that generosity takes the form of transparent communication, increased autonomy, an intense focus on development, or simply the gift of a leader’s attention, all are guaranteed to be wise investments in a successful employer/employee relationship.
  • 5 Talent Acquisition Trends to Watch

    China Gorman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ultimate Software (#20 on this year’s FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for list) just released a whitepaper that looks at 5 top talent acquisition trends in today’s market. As much data as we might see on talent acquisition, it’s a perpetually interesting topic to look at because (and Ultimate Software puts it well), “A company can have the right technology, the right infrastructure, the right products and services – yet still fall short of expectations without the right people.”
  • Lesson 4 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #4: Leaders need to be on board for a great workplace culture to thrive.How much money would your company save if turnover were cut in half? Turnover rates at companies with high levels of trust are just a fraction of those of their industry peers.
  • Lesson 3 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #3: Being recognized as a Best Company is less about perks and more about the employee experience.What people often think makes a great workplace isn’t actually what makes it so. So say the Great Place to Work® Institute’s Leslie Caccamese and Katie Popp, two of the masterminds behind the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For Lists.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Should Financial Advisors Embrace Yelp and Other Third-Party Review Websites?

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    It is a common practice in the age of social media to consult with web-based review sites when choosing which restaurant to dine at or which hotel to book for a vacation. Reading what other customers had to say about their experiences with a particular establishment, both positive and negative, helps us make our own decisions. This method is right for almost every service sector – from electricians to dentists. Shouldn’t this same web-based review system be used to help people choose a financial advisor? Well, now it can, but it took the approval and some guidelines from the…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    SUMMER SPENDING SPREE LIFTS RETAIL SALES They increased 0.6% in August, easing some anxieties about a possible slowdown in personal spending. Core retail sales (which exclude auto, gas, food, and home improvement purchases and more closely match the consumer spending aspect of GDP) improved 0.4% last month, and were up 4.1% year-over-year. The Commerce Department also revised July’s headline retail sales gain up to 0.3%.1 CONSUMER SENTIMENT HITS A 14-MONTH PEAK At a reading of 84.6, September’s preliminary Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index was 2.1 points…
  • Best Seminar Idea Ever for Financial Advisors: A Facebook Workshop

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    If you think social media is just for the young, think again. Senior citizens are now the fastest-growing users of social media. These days, they don’t just have an email account. They are searching on Google, browsing Facebook newsfeeds and watching YouTube — sometimes from their tablets. In fact, according to AARP, “the top four online activities for people over 60 are Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube.” According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, “the 74-plus demographic is the fastest-growing demographic among social networks.”  The study…
  • Financial Advisors – Creating the Perfect Website for your Practice

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Although there is no exact formula to creating the perfect website for your financial practice, there are some common rules of thumb to increase your chances of designing a winning one. As web design, user experience, SEO, conversion rate optimization, and many other disciplines become more unified, incorporating these elements to your site will contribute to its success. Design: Your design needs to quickly and efficiently communicate what your website is about and demonstrate how it can add value to the user. Design is as much about responding to user needs as it is about visual appeal.
  • What Should Financial Advisors Be Telling Their Clients About Medicare?

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Most likely, you are seeing your role as a financial advisor become more involved when it comes to healthcare planning. In terms of potential expenditures and the overall impact on the client’s financial well-being, the stakes are huge. According to Genworth’s 2013 Cost of Care Survey, the median annual cost of private nursing home care has jumped 24 percent, from $67,527 to $83,950. Major medical expenses like surgery can put a significant dent in any portfolio. Through it all, the financial risks for your clients continue to increase as the population lives longer and needs…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Five Myths About Employee Engagement

    Jonathan McClellan
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Engaged employees deliver better work, are more productive, take fewer sick days and valuable to any company’s bottom line. So, if engaged employees benefit the company, why don’t more companies take part in ongoing engagement programs? With the surplus of information and opinions surrounding employee engagement, it’s easy to understand how companies may be challenged to clearly identify best and worst practices. Through misunderstandings regarding appropriate metrics and how success is defined, businesses often take no action, and as a result, guarantee failure to fully engage more…
  • The Power of Storytelling on Company to Customer Relationships

    Rhonda Basler
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    A childhood friendship torn apart after a partition divided a country is revived after 60 years of separation. How? Through the simple act of a Google search. In Google’s advertisement titled, “Google Search: Reunion,” viewers feel immediate connections as they watch the story unfold. Google proves it has the power to act as more than a search engine – it shows, not tells, that it is an essential part of our everyday lives. It links us together as people – not consumers – on a much more human level that defines true, meaningful customer experiences that build relationships and…
  • 10 Elements of Effective Wellness Incentive Programs

    Jennifer Patel
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    For employers, wellness incentive programs are not a new concept.  In fact, companies have been using incentives as part of their wellness programs to promote employee engagement and build a healthier workforce for years. However, navigating the complex system of rules, regulations, and standards associated with wellness incentives has long been a challenge for employers. Companies struggle to provide effective incentives for wellness program adoption and recent changes to incentives-based wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have only added to this complexity. To highlight…
  • 4 Employee Engagement Ideas Gone Wrong (and How to Fix Them)

    Jonathan McClellan
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report indicates less than a third (30%) of U.S. employees are engaged at work. While this number is slightly higher than the percentage of disengaged employees worldwide (13%), it still begs the question: In what ways are companies failing to engage their employees? What can they be doing better? When done right, employee engagement can lead to a whole host of positive outcomes: enhanced employee performance, transformed company culture, improved office morale, and the list goes on. But what happens when employee engagement ideas go wrong? We talk so…
  • 5 Myths About Wellness Engagement

    Jennifer Patel
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Over the years, wellness engagement programs have proven to be an invaluable resource for many organizations. But as wellness initiatives become a more widespread practice in business, so do the myths surrounding them. The idea of offering employees the tools and support to lead healthier lives can appear daunting, but with continuous encouragement from management teams, wellness programs can offer any size organization desired outcomes. Here’s the truth: wellness programs have the ability to impact multiple facets of your business, including company culture, employee satisfaction and even…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • Improving the quality of event images on Skiddle

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    New developments are underway at Skiddle, which will shortly see a new event search being released. It will be the most advanced event search in the UK and give the visitor a more visual and rewarding experience. What’s changing? We’re aiming to make our event search more visual, which in tests has boosted the conversion rate (number of tickets sold) for each event by up to 15%. This is a fantastic boost for your event. However, our tests also show that when poor quality images are used, it can reduce the conversion rate. As we’re always pushing to boost the number of…
  • 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.
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • SXSW Follow-Up: Pondering the Perils of Social Media Analytics

    Michael Walton
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    SXSW Follow-Up:  Pondering the Perils of Social Media Analytics Like a fine meal, the redolence of South by Southwest lingers to this day.  In particular, I’m thinking about a session called What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You, hosted by Alexandra Samuel from Vision Critical, Colby Flint from Discovery Communications, Jeremiah Owyang from Crowd Companies, and social media scholar Beth Kanter.  Nonprofit insights for a profit-focused world The session presented the results of an extensive analysis of social media data, posing whether social activity equates to conversion—in…
  • DRTV Success: Using Creative, Production and Results to Support and Build on Each Other

    Carlos Perez
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
     “In order to understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded, and obsessed with one small section of truth.” -Xun Zi, 312–230 BC Successful DRTV direct marketers know you need to approach DRTV with a consideration of the totality of circumstances and factors. DRTV is usually a high-profile, high-stakes effort for clients. It requires that creative and production be at their highest level of coordination, and that results are not the end of the effort, but are used tactically as a campaign deploys. No great creative message gets anywhere if it’s not…
  • The Effectiveness of Direct Mail in a Digital World

    Jennifer Jenkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
     It’s not an exaggeration to say the world is going digital.  But does that mean direct mail—long the standard for highly focused, results-driven marketing—is no longer effective and relevant?  On the contrary. In truth, printed direct mail has never been more effective.  Not only is it the most targeted of all mediums, but according to a Direct Marketing Association study, [1] it also surpasses email in terms of response rates from existing customers, averaging 3.4% compared to 0.12% for email. Part of a multichannel marketing approach Using a variety of devices, channels and…
  • 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…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: OMgirl Hatha Legging

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    OMgirl’s Hatha Leggings are a wardrobe staple that looks great with a tank or tee in the yoga studio, or paired with a comfy sweater for a casual weekend look. With no fuss or frills, these leggings are made of a blend of organic cotton and Lycra, with a roll-down waist for comfort and style. They […]
  • Yoga Shop of the Month: Rainbow Grocery

    Barefoot Yoga
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    This month we’re highlighting one of our favorite long-time customers, Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. When we were starting out more than 15 years ago, Barefoot Yoga was also based out of San Francisco, and we began selling our yoga mat bags at Rainbow Grocery in the early days. We’re happy to say that we’ve […]
  • The Curious Yogi – 5 of Your Yoga Questions Answered

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Want to Brush up on Your Yoga Knowledge? 5 Questions & Answers about Yoga You Always Wanted to Know Below! 1. I’ve heard quite a few yogis identify as vegetarian or vegan, and I’m wondering if there’s a specific reason why? While we can’t speak for everyone, the answer is generally that when it comes to […]
  • Yoga for Stress Relief

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Stress is an integral part of our lives, whether at home or at work. Stress is a reaction to our environment, when we are overwhelmed or feel incapable about handling a situation. A little stress is a good motivational to get something done or solve a problem. Constant and prolonged stress causes anxiety, depression, sleep […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Merchant Warehouse Integrates Global Storm POS into Genius Customer Engagement Platform

    Merchant Warehouse
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE Boston, MA (9/18/14) --  Payment technologies leader Merchant Warehouse® today announced the integration of Global Storm POS into the Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. The integration brings a wireless, cloud-based solution to Global Storm POS so customers can take advantage of EMV compliance, gift cards and new payment solutions like Apple PayTM through NFC technology. Global Storm POS is an iPad Point of Sale (POS) solution for retail, hospitality, grocery and quick service restaurants. Whether enabling pay at the table, payment capture or streamlining a…
  • Getting Started as an Agent: 3 Tips for Finding Prospects

    Michael Gavin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE So you’ve just started a career as an independent sales agent. You’ve attended trainings, learned the payment terminology, and invested in new marketing materials. Now you’re probably wondering where you can find sales opportunities to start making some money. Finding prospects may seem challenging, but it can be fairly simple if you use the right techniques. Some of the easiest and most obvious opportunities are often overlooked by agents. Here are a few tips to help you get started with finding prospects. Start with Your Family and Friends The easiest place to start seeking…
  • Merchant Warehouse Honored as Bronze Stevie Award Winner in 2014 American Business Awards

    Merchant Warehouse
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    SHARE Winners in ABA’s Tech & New Product Awards Ceremony Announced in San Francisco Boston, MA – September 15, 2014 – Payment technologies leader Merchant Warehouse® today announced that the company was presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year category for up to 2,500 employees in the 12th Annual American Business Awards. The award recognizes the achievements of Merchant Warehouse organization through its delivery of the Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. With the Genius Customer Engagement Platform, Merchant Warehouse is…
  • Host Card Emulation: Why Does It Matter?

    Marc Castrechini
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE An explanation of host card emulation (HCE) first requires a brief overview of near-field communications. Near-field communications, or NFC, requires a mobile device to have the necessary hardware installed, which could be in the form of a SIM card or NFC chipset installed directly in the device. This hardware element is responsible for performing certain security tasks, such as authentication and communication to a reader. NFC requires cooperation from and collaboration with carriers, and the hardware must be compatible with the payment system selected by the carrier. Host card…
  • Apple Pay is Here – Merchant Warehouse’s Genius Platform Accepts Apple Pay

    Merchant Warehouse
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    SHARE Apple Pay is here and Merchant Warehouse’s Genius Platform is ready. Customers using Apple Pay are able to pay in-person with their iPhone or Apple Watch at any retailer or business using Genius, which is already NFC enabled, from day one! Developers who have integrated to the Genius platform are ready to go and can begin offering their customer Apple Pay enabled solutions today! No additional development or updates are required. “When Merchant Warehouse launched the Genius Customer Engagement Platform more than two years ago, we knew that businesses would want to take advantage of…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Will Your Digital Footprint Lead to Future Profiling?

    Tom Zobel
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of David Goehring’s photostream Recently I saw this video where Mark Cuban has some interesting thoughts regarding Social Media and privacy. He makes the argument that eventually all of our posts, tweets, re-tweets, shares, likes, etc will be creating an online psychological profile that could prevent you from getting a job, or be used against you in court. Granted it’s essentially a plug for some new things Cuban has in the works, one of them being CyberDust, a feature that will allow you to send a text message that will vanish within 30 seconds of it being read by the…
  • Build Credibility through Honesty Online

    Justin Heegan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of birgerking’s photostream Have you heard the news? We’re supposed to get anywhere from ten to fifty times more snowfall this winter, and it’s supposed to start in late September/early October according to This particular article has pervaded my Facebook wall for much of the past month and has had me packing for a trip to the equator ever since. In fact, a friend of mine has already begun stocking up on supplies in anticipation of this severe weather event. If you’re sitting there reading this and saying to yourself: “This is unbelievable,”…
  • Rules for a Perfect Presentation Every Time

    Stephanie Novacek
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Proforma’s Meetings & Events Many of us have to deliver sales or educational presentations. These can be nerve-racking when trying to figure out your audience so you don’t lose their attention. Here are a few tips that will keep you in touch, no matter who your audience is! How you deliver the presentation can be just as important as the material discussed. Your verbal content only counts for 7% of the impression you give to your audience.  Whereas the non-verbal cue’s account for the remaining 93%. Broken down; 38% comes from your voice projection and tone…
  • 4 Tips for Managing Multiple Supervisors

    Pamela McCafferty
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Image courtesy of Evil Erin’s photostream It is very likely now-a-days for someone to report to more than one supervisor. Learning how to handle multiple supervisors is an essential skill in today’s complex business world. If confronted with this type of situation, it is important to ensure that each of your supervisors understands that you have multiple reporting responsibilities to help set expectations and availability. When someone is employed to work for multiple supervisors, it is imperative for them to: Recognize the challenges you face – There are numerous challenges that…
  • 7 Must Have Promotional Items for Today’s Mom

    Kendra Smith
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    As a working mom of a one year old who is always on the move, life has become all about convenience. If I see a product that can make my day a little more efficient, organized… or just easier… it will get my attention. It’s even better if I receive a product like this as a promotional item. If a company or organization gives me something I can really use, I know they “get” me. If you are looking for a creative way to keep your brand top-of-mind for today’s busy parents, here are my top seven suggestions for promotional items that will have them singing your praises. 1.    Hand…
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  • SSTL’s mission to recruit

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Surrey Satellite on a mission to recruit with CIPHR iRecruit Several years ago, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) chose CIPHR as its core HR system, replacing old software that was unable to scale with the growth of the organisation. So, when the time came to focus on recruitment, SSTL turned to CIPHR for guidance and opted to implement CIPHR iRecruit. The post SSTL’s mission to recruit appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 13 Android Apps That Help With Every Stage Of Your Day

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Some days can be more difficult than others and we all need a little help. With that in mind, here’s 13 Android apps that can help with every stage of your day. 1) Avoid the ‘Snooze’ with ‘SpinMe Alarm’ “Suck at waking up? Are you the type of person to set multiple alarms a few minutes apart from each other just to make sure you wake up on time? If so, say hello to your new alarm clock. SpinMe Alarm Clock is a super clever app designed to get you out of bed on time. The only way to turn off the alarm is by getting out of bed and physically spinning…
  • Is Your Career Suffering Through Lack Of Sleep?

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our lives we feel better after a good sleep and worse without any. Sleep is vital for our careers too – is your career suffering through lack of sleep? Employees who nap at work have lower levels of stress,  improved memory, cognitive function and general mood. Why do we sleep? We all know that we need sleep and that it makes us feel better. We know that just like hunger makes us want to eat, when we’re tired we want to sleep, whether through exercise, a hard day in the office or a day of driving. But why is it that our body needs to get a certain amount of…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Care About Employee Advocacy

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    How much time and effort do businesses put into ensuring their employees sing its band’s praises? Here’s 5 reasons you should care about employee advocacy. A brand advocate is typically described as “a customer who has been officially commissioned to speak on behalf of your brand without compensation”. It doesn’t have to be a customer however, and can just as easily be any one of a brand’s employees. Happy and engaged employees provide free advertising, reduce recruitment costs and improve your employer brand, for free, as well as offering many other…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Apprenticeships?

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Just what are the benefits of apprenticeships? How do they help your business and how do the apprentices themselves benefit? Wikipedia describes apprenticeships as - “Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeship also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Apprentices or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • Catch Anywhere Pad on Exhibit at Malaysia’s MAICSA Annual Conference

    Alexandrea Roman
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    We’ll be at the upcoming MAICSA Annual Conference to showcase Anywhere Pad. Visit our booth and we’ll give you a demo! After successfully participating in a series of events in the UK, you can now catch us on the other side of the world. We’ll be exhibiting Anywhere Pad at the Chartered Secretaries Malaysia (MAICSA) Annual Conference on Sept. 9 to 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Connexion@Nexus, Bangsar South City in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Jerry Chua, our business development manager will represent Anywhere Pad at the conference, along with Mr. Roland Avelino, one of our…
  • Remote Board Meetings: Are You Breaking the Law?

    Alexandrea Roman
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The increasing number of organisations transitioning to remote board meetings is supported by the growing presence of board portals in the software as a service (SaaS) market. From this alone, it seems that the road to the digitisation of meetings is smooth and steady, but that’s not always the case. Concerns over the legal implications of remote board meetings have been brought to attention, the first of which is, Are remote board meetings legal? The obvious answer is yes, but the real answer is this: The laws of where your organisation is located may govern the frequency and the…
  • 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.
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • Deemed Export Visitor Compliance: Five Tips for Rolling Out the Red Carpet

    Lori Padley-Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Don’t forget risk mitigation when rolling out the red carpet for international visitors. Whether you’re a corporation or a research institution, if you’re welcoming international visitors to your facility you have a legal obligation to avoid exposing them to unlicensed technology, blueprints, equipment used in your manufacturing process and other controlled data. Export compliance violations don’t just happen to exporters who ship goods across borders.  Export compliance violations can occur on your own organization’s premises – in the warehouse, in a laboratory, even in the…
  • Export Violations Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    Peter Mollard
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
                    When you think ‘export violation’, you probably don’t think stuffed animals! Earlier this month, Federal Customs officials announced that they had seized a veritable menagerie of animal trophies intended for export in the port of Los Angeles. The collection, worth an estimated $9,000, would have made Noah himself proud. Amongst the late animals were wildebeests, zebras, baboons and alligators. The collection was packed into seven crates marked only as “animal heads” – it’s no wonder customs officials decided to give the…
  • Standard Chartered Fined Again For AML Violations, Not Screening Against Restricted Party Lists

    Tristan Steiner
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Ethics and Compliance in Modern International Banking Practices. News from the banking side of export ethics and compliance: Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has agreed to pay a $300Million fine to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) for anti-money laundering (AML) violations. According to the DFS, Standard Chartered’s internal AML compliance system, the SCB Rulebook, which was developed in-house at its New York branch following a previous settlement with the DFS, failed to catch potentially high-risk transactions from Standard Chartered’s subsidiaries in Hong Kong and…
  • 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…
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    P1 e-Social

  • Free Stuff Malaysians Like

    P1 Buddy
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Malaysians are prudent spenders and since the local economy is not exactly a bed of roses at the moment, the purse string has just been drawn tighter therefore more and more Malaysians are turning to freebies to ease and comfort their pockets. For some, getting any sort of freebies is […] The post Free Stuff Malaysians Like appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Meet the Team at P1: Consider Digital

    P1 Buddy
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Understanding and navigating the ever-changing world of customers’ needs and demands lends a crucial edge in business competition that P1 recognizes as one of its key to remain ahead of its industry. If it’s going to adapt, it needs a team that can make that happen. That’s where Consider Digital […] The post Meet the Team at P1: Consider Digital appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top 10 Greatest Milestones that Malaysia Ever Achieved

    P1 Buddy
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
      Malaysia has travelled a long, hard road to earn many recognitions and accolades since achieving independence in 1957 and in conjunction with Malaysia’s 57th Independence Day or aptly known as Merdeka Day, we take a look at the 10 greatest milestones achieved by the nation.  Voted Top Ten Must-Visit […] The post Top 10 Greatest Milestones that Malaysia Ever Achieved appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Easy way to login to your Self Care via Facebook

    P1 Buddy
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    At P1, we’ve made it so easy for members to manage your own Self Care account. Just register once and you’ll be able to use our features to view account details, check data usage, pay bills online and edit billing address. Just follow these simple steps and you’re on your […] The post Easy way to login to your Self Care via Facebook appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Our Growth as a Business: Interior Workplace Solutions, Personalized To Fit

    P1 Buddy
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This month, we focus on another of P1’s successful business customers, Mr. Patrick Tay, Co-Founder & Associate Director of Interior Workplace Solutions. Discovering a niche while helping to set up offices for his previous employers sets the perfect example of jumping onto an opportunity whenever it presents itself to unleash […] The post Our Growth as a Business: Interior Workplace Solutions, Personalized To Fit appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing

    Simon Harvey
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fine-tune your content marketing plan. Flickr/Oleh Slobodeniuk / CC-BY In 2013, Google stopped giving out keyword information that it had long provided as an analytics tool. At the time, many interpreted this as a shot across the bow of traditional SEO, signalling that Google’s algorithms would be working even harder to reward content-rich sites, while filtering out SEO trickery. As of July 2014, Google seems to be confirming that SEO is on its way out. No longer will sites be able to rely on simply optimising themselves for Google via keywords and metatags. Replacing the…
  • The 3 Most Common Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

    Simon Harvey
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Courtesy daniel fardin / Foter A great social media campaign is essential to growing your business, even for B2B firms. B2B social media efforts naturally differ from B2C—for instance, while Facebook and Twitter are popular for B2C, the most popular platform for B2B efforts is LinkedIn. Different audiences require different approaches, and there are certain best practices that a B2B firm should follow for success in the online world. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes you should avoid in social media. 1. Leaving Your Social Media on Autopilot A popular genre of things to share on…
  • 3 Best Practices for B2B Visual Content

    Simon Harvey
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    General Electric’s savvy Pinterest page A picture’s worth a thousand words, but an image that’s attractive or tells a compelling story is worth a thousand shares. People understand that images are powerful—at least for B2C. There’s a conventional wisdom that great visual content is a necessity when marketing to customers, but extraneous when the audience is another business. However, the common perception is wrong. Just because B2B firms don’t have to appeal to the average person doesn’t reduce the appeal of easily digestible images. Market research shows that 44% of users are…
  • 3 Ways to Put Big Data to Work For You

    Simon Harvey
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A map of the internet. Courtesy Steve Jurvetson Flickr. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt famously said that people created 5 exabytes of information between the dawn of humans and 2003, and that we now create that much information every two days. Marissa Mayer, then-VP of Google and current CEO of Yahoo!, has shared similar claims about the explosion of data that’s created the current online world. The truth is, there’s so much information that we can’t know exactly how much data is out there. Though the numbers differ, the important thing is that today’s online…
  • Top 5 Inbound Marketing Blogs

    Simon Harvey
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Courtesy Marcella Palma Flickr In a world where people can fast-forward through commercials and install pop-up blocking software, inbound marketing earns a customer’s interest, rather than trying to buy it. Great content like blog posts, infographics, podcasts, and white papers have a better chance of generating interest and ultimately driving conversion than an old-fashioned mailer or billboard. However, part of thriving in a new marketing environment is staying current. If you want to be on top of the latest trends after implementing the best marketing practices, here are some inbound…
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