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  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Unless you are really, really broke or really, really rich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need some sort of long term care (LTC).If you’re extremely wealthy or dirt poor, go ahead and abandon this blog post (but come back in a week or so for the next one!). But for those who fall in the very large middle of those two categories—that’s almost everyone, by the way—you’ll want to keep reading. Who needs long term care? The short answer to this question is most of us. No one wants to think about getting old, wearing diapers, and not being able to go through life without…
  • AWS Week in Review - October 13, 2014

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, October 13 We announced the first Internet of Things (IoT) Hack Day at re:Invent. We announced that Amazon Elastic Transcoder now Supports HLSv4. The AWS Java Blog published Part 1 of the Introducing the DynamoDB API series. The AWS Ruby Development Blog launched a series of articles on the topic of Ruby on Rails on Amazon Web Services. Tuesday, October 14 A post on the AWS Security Blog announced Easier Role Selection for SAML-Based Single Sign-On. The AWS Mobile Development Blog published Part 2 of a series on…
  • Debunking a Red Cross Ebola Myth
    Laura Howe
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you’re online regularly, you can see some unusual and often outrageous claims, especially involving big topics in the news. Lately, you may have seen a ridiculous rumor about the Red Cross purposely spreading Ebola in African nations. The Red Cross and Red Crescent network across the globe does amazing work to respond to disasters and emergencies; promote health; tend to the sick and injured and get communities ready for future emergencies. Red Cross workers from around the world and volunteers from the Ebola affected countries are on the ground right now trying to stem the tide of this…
  • Tea on TV: Simon Baker on The Mentalist Is Never Far from a Cup of Tea! 

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve seen the hit CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably know that handsome Simon Baker plays the role of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who solves crimes with his skills of alert observation. And, if you’ve caught an episode of the show you would also know that the Patrick Jane character loves his tea! In almost every episode he drinks at least a cup … and sometimes he’s shown pouring and serving it too! Fans have become so obsessed with Baker’s character and his tea drinking, that they’ll even purchase teacups and…
  • Reinventing Innovation to Capture the Internet of Everything Opportunity

    Cisco Blog » The Platform
    Wim Elfrink
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The Internet of Everything (IoE) is not only disrupting traditional business models, it is also disrupting innovation itself. While the focus at this [...]
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

    Byron Udell
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Unless you are really, really broke or really, really rich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need some sort of long term care (LTC).If you’re extremely wealthy or dirt poor, go ahead and abandon this blog post (but come back in a week or so for the next one!). But for those who fall in the very large middle of those two categories—that’s almost everyone, by the way—you’ll want to keep reading. Who needs long term care? The short answer to this question is most of us. No one wants to think about getting old, wearing diapers, and not being able to go through life without…
  • In My World, EVERY Month Is Life Insurance Awareness Month

    Byron Udell
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    According to Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions to safeguard their families’ financial futures and a great resource for information, September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.It’s nice to raise awareness for the most important product mankind ever invented (if you disagree and want to debate this, email me at!), but the fact is if we are only thinking about life insurance one month out of every year, we’re in trouble. I find the best way to explain the value and importance of life insurance is…
  • 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 –…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • AWS Week in Review - October 13, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, October 13 We announced the first Internet of Things (IoT) Hack Day at re:Invent. We announced that Amazon Elastic Transcoder now Supports HLSv4. The AWS Java Blog published Part 1 of the Introducing the DynamoDB API series. The AWS Ruby Development Blog launched a series of articles on the topic of Ruby on Rails on Amazon Web Services. Tuesday, October 14 A post on the AWS Security Blog announced Easier Role Selection for SAML-Based Single Sign-On. The AWS Mobile Development Blog published Part 2 of a series on…
  • Fast, Easy, Free Data Sync from RDS MySQL to Amazon Redshift

    Jeff Barr
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    As you know, I'm a big fan of Amazon RDS. I love the fact that it allows you focus on your applications and not on keeping your database up and running. I'm also excited by the disruptive price, performance, and ease of use of Amazon Redshift, our petabyte-scale, fully managed data warehouse service that lets you get started for $0.25 per hour and costs less than $1,000 per TB per year. Many customers agree, as you can see from recent posts by Pinterest, Monetate, and Upworthy. Many AWS customers want to get their operational and transactional data from RDS into Redshift in order to run…
  • Amazon WorkSpaces Supports PCoIP Zero Clients

    Jeff Barr
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Amazon WorkSpaces provides a persistent, cloud-based desktop experience that can be accessed from a variety of devices including PC and Mac desktops and laptops, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android tablets. Support for PCoIP Zero Clients Today we are making WorkSpaces even more flexible by adding support for PCoIP zero clients. WorkSpaces desktops are rendered on the server and then transmitted to the endpoint as a highly compressed bitmap via the PCoIP protocol. Zero clients are simple, secure, single-purpose clients that are equipped with a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. The…
  • New AWS Quick Start - Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub

    Jeff Barr
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    date: 2014-10-15 2:03:16 PM The new Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide for Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub does exactly what the title suggests! The comprehensive (20 page) guide includes the architectural considerations and configuration steps that will help you to launch the new Cloudera Director and an associated Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) in a matter of minutes. As the folks at Cloudera said in their blog post, "Cloudera Director delivers an enterprise-class, elastic, self-service experience for Hadoop in cloud environments." The reference deployment takes the form of a…
  • Developer Preview of Version 3 of AWS SDK for PHP

    Jeff Barr
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Version 3 of the AWS SDK for PHP is now in Developer Preview and available on GitHub and Composer. Along with significant performance improvements, v3 brings a number of brand new features. Using the new version, you can now make asynchronous requests with Futures and Promises, query API responses with JMESPath, and bind default request parameters to service clients. The new SDK also includes some important architectural improvements. you can provide your own HTTP adapter and take advantage of a more streamlined event system offered by the latest version of the Guzzle library. The development…
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  • Debunking a Red Cross Ebola Myth

    Laura Howe
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you’re online regularly, you can see some unusual and often outrageous claims, especially involving big topics in the news. Lately, you may have seen a ridiculous rumor about the Red Cross purposely spreading Ebola in African nations. The Red Cross and Red Crescent network across the globe does amazing work to respond to disasters and emergencies; promote health; tend to the sick and injured and get communities ready for future emergencies. Red Cross workers from around the world and volunteers from the Ebola affected countries are on the ground right now trying to stem the tide of this…
  • Home Fire Campaign: Week 1 Wrap Up

    Beth Pullias
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    The American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is striving to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fores, and we’ve already made an impact. Over the weekend in Georgia, a Red Cross chapter and Boy Scout Troop went through many neighborhoods,installing fire alarms in the homes that were missing them. Later on, a woman turned on her self-cleaning oven and then took a nap. A pot of grease in the oven set off her recently installed smoke detector. Because of the this, the woman was able to wake up and safely escape her home. Local chapters are doing great work by…
  • Face Your Fears Day: A Confession

    Sarah Layton
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    My mother likes to tell the story of one summer day when I was about five years old, living in the tiny town of Marengo, Ohio. It was a windy day – enough to move the tree branches and leaves, but not enough to indicate a storm or any other danger. Mom recounts how I stood at the back screen door, terrified to go outside because of the wind. And being very concerned about our picnic table blowing away. Hi. My name is Sarah Layton. I work at the American Red Cross, and I have an irrational fear of the wind. From that illustration, I’m sure you can image how I reacted whenever a real storm…
  • Fire Alarm Fails: Part 1, Dance Party

    Beth Pullias
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We all remember those times a shrill, repetitive alarm interrupted a normal day — you burn your dinner, and the smoke alarms go off. You’re in a high school English class, and have to trudge outside in the rain for a fire drill. No matter if it’s a minor mishap or a drill, what a great opportunity to practice your fire escape plan! But some people don’t see a fire alarm as an opportunity to practice. Rather, we found some fantastic examples of what NOT to do during a fire alarm. Namely, have a dance party. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two…
  • Quiz: Are You Prepared for a Home Fire?

    Sarah Layton
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The stats seem dire: 7 people die and 36 people are injured every single day from home fires. Over $7 billion in property damage occurs each year due to home fires. We all learned “stop, drop and roll” if you are on fire, but what else can we do to prepare for the worst? This week, the Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Test yourself with this handy quiz to determine what you have covered, and what you and your family may need to work on:…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Tea on TV: Simon Baker on The Mentalist Is Never Far from a Cup of Tea! 

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve seen the hit CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably know that handsome Simon Baker plays the role of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who solves crimes with his skills of alert observation. And, if you’ve caught an episode of the show you would also know that the Patrick Jane character loves his tea! In almost every episode he drinks at least a cup … and sometimes he’s shown pouring and serving it too! Fans have become so obsessed with Baker’s character and his tea drinking, that they’ll even purchase teacups and…
  • Hey, Pumpkin! Bigelow Tea Has Recipes For National Pumpkin Month!

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    October officially marks the arrival of pumpkin season! Wholesome and fibrous, eaten or slathered on as a beauty treatment, pumpkin, studies say, is packed with essential nutrients for healthy eyes, mood, weight and skin. Plus, its distinctively sweet & savory flavor and meaty texture gives the gourd the ability to be scrumptious in every meal of the day! So keeping this in mind, check out Bigelow Tea for the perfect blend of Pumpkin Spice Tea—made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—to enjoy on its own or infuse into some incredible recipes ranging from dessert to…
  • Sip & Savor Bigelow Tea During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    During Breast Cancer Awareness Month everyone is encouraged to learn more about the disease and to consider ways to help those affected by it. If you or a loved one has breast cancer, you know that rest and relaxation can be important parts of the healing process. So today, brew a mug of Bigelow Tea and take some time out for yourself. And since it’s a month to “think pink,” why not give English Breakfast Tea (in its pretty pink box) a try! It’s the favorite of many tea lovers including @smartdinnerplan who tweeted about it recently! Like mindful meditation or deep breathing,…
  • Feed Your Neighbors: Bigelow Tea Highlights Food Bank Week

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you don’t know where your community food bank is, this is the time to find out. During National Food Bank Week this week, local communities are educating people about the importance of donating and volunteering at food banks in an effort to alleviate hunger in the United States. Bigelow Tea is committed to this cause and encourages others to help their hungry neighbors too. Near the Bigelow Tea headquarters in Fairfield, CT, the Connecticut Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. It is the state’s largest centralized source of donated,…
  • Bigelow Tea Talks Celiac Disease

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Bigelow Tea is all about a great cup of tea with so many tea varieties and different flavors  that speak for themselves! But even more than that, Bigelow Tea also promotes a healthy lifestyle and diet, and that’s why October’s Celiac Awareness Month is so important. It’s vital to take care of yourself and bring mindfulness to your day. Celiac Sprue (also known as gluten intolerance) is a serious medical condition you should be aware of—a permanent immune reaction to eatinggluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. If you are concerned about gluten, it’s good to know…
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    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

  • How to remove stains from polyester garments

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Q: My hubby gets food stains on these shirts, and I have been using "De Solv It" spray.  I have now noticed that his two white shirts have picked up all-over shadowy like stains.  How can I get rid of these? A:  To restore shirts if they are dingy, there are a few things you could try.  For 100% polyester white shirts, they actually can be washed with Clorox(r) Regular-Bleach, and you can start with a presoak.  Add 3 Tablespoons Clorox Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon cool water and stir.  Add the shirts, fully submerging them, and let them soak for 5 minutes.  Drain the soaking solution and…
  • Tips on how to remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Q: How do I remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains from a shirt? A: This is a classic combination stain, so it’s best to work on the oily component first, because you need to break up the oil before any bleach product can go after the colored component.  It’s also important to start work on the stain when it is dry, so don’t rinse it!  Start by applying a few drops of a good liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) directly to the stain and let it soak in.  Wait 5 minutes, and then rinse the stained area with a little warm water.  Next,…
  • How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Q: I accidentally threw my girls' clothes with a black dress of mine and all of their clothes now have a gray tint! I washed it a couple of times with vinegar (home remedy I read online) and it was no help. I'm getting ready to wash it with Clorox2, do you think that will do it? A: Unfortunately Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster is a little too gentle to strip away the unwanted color.  However, depending on the fiber content of the items that picked up the unwanted color, you may be able to restore the items with a diluted bleach and water solution using Clorox Regular-Bleach.  Not…
  • 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”…
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  • Data snacks on the FIFA World Cup 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Latin America was the second region worldwide with the highest growth in the Sports category during the World Cup. Latin Americans spent more minutes online than the worldwide average in the Sports category during the World Cup. During the second half of the World Cup, Europe was the region most engaged in the Sports category. Argentina led in the Latin American region in terms of reach in the Sports category with more than 10 points above the Latin American average. From within Latin America, Uruguay was the most engaged spending almost half an hour more online than the average Latin…
  • Upping the Ante on NHT

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    There are many challenges in developing effective countermeasures for NHT. First and foremost, since there are significant financial implications, it must be assumed that the parties that are engaged in NHT generation and other forms of invalid online advertising are highly motivated, intelligent, capable, and well-equipped. They cannot be taken lightly or underestimated, and the result is a threat landscape that is broad and evolving rapidly.  To that end, developing and maintaining effective countermeasures requires superior technology and data assets and an experienced team committed…
  • 5 Questions & Answers Shedding Light on How Americans Use Mobile Apps

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    We recently released the U.S. Mobile App Report which highlighted the many ways in which Americans are engaging with mobile media today. Understanding the who, what, where, when and why of mobile app activity can help shed some new light on this growing medium that can help mobile advertisers become smarter about their campaigns. Who is spending the most time in mobile apps? MillennialsMillennials (18-34 year olds) are a hot target for advertisers and they also tend to be heavier than average digital media users. So while every age segment is highly engaged with mobile apps, it’s…
  • comScore’s TRUSTe, BBB Certifications Extended

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are pleased to announce that comScore’s ScorecardResearch service has been re-certified in the TRUSTe Trusted Data Privacy program for 2015. Since we joined the program in 2011, we have found that the partnership with TRUSTe is enormously helpful in demonstrating our commitment to transparency around comScore’s internet measurement methodology. This program requires a rigorous review from TRUSTe’s experts of our opt-out mechanisms and processes. comScore is also required to respond to all consumer questions that come in via TRUSTe’s independent feedback/complaint mechanism.comScore…
  • The Huge Impact of the 2014 World Cup on Internet Usage in Brazil

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    The total number of Brazilian visitors to the Sports category increased 15% from May 2014 to June 2014, a very significant month-to-month increase. They also spent 10% more time browsing sports content and visited Sports websites 10% more frequently than in the previous month. In terms of video consumption, Brazilians watched 21% more Sports videos and spent 53.7 minutes per viewer consuming video content, an increase of 39%.  World Cup Interest Drives Big Jump in Audience at Top Sports Properties in BrazilThe World Cup helped drive substantial increases in the number of visitors to most…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Überm Zaun scheint immer die Sonne

    Volker Gwinner
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Als sich die Realschule langsam dem Ende zuneigte, musste ich mir Gedanken machen, was nun? Für mich waren eigentlich drei Sachen klar. Erstens: keine Schule mehr, Geld verdienen, unabhängig sein. Zweitens: irgendwas mit Autos. Drittens: sicherer, regionaler Arbeitsplatz. Wenn du diese 3 Begriffe bei Google eingibst dann kommt auf der ersten Seite: Daimler. Klar, das habe ich gemacht, als ich diesen Beitrag geschrieben habe. Damals habe ich mich mit meinen Eltern, Bekannten und Verwandten unterhalten, worunter auch sehr viele bei Daimler arbeiteten. Jeder hat mir dazu geraten. Dann war…
  • Gastbeitrag: Die geheime Welt der Ozeane

    Johannes Schnurr
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Erforschung des Lebensraums Tiefsee. „Wenn Sie mit einem U-Boot ins Meer hinabsteigen, erscheint es zunächst blau oder schwarz. Doch ab einer gewissen Tauchtiefe beginnt es plötzlich um Sie herum zu leuchten. Ab 200 Metern betreten wir eine funkelnde Zwischenwelt. Die Tiere kommunizieren mittels Licht, das ist ein atemberaubender Anblick“, berichtete Antje Boetius. Erstaunlicherweise sei die Oberfläche von Mond und Mars besser kartografiert als der Meeresboden. „Erst kürzlich haben wir auf einer Tauchfahrt im Südozean einen mehrere Kilometer hohen Berg entdeckt. Das…
  • Otto und der tiefere Sinn der Weltreisen-“G”-schichte

    Dan von Appen
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Es wäre ein fantastisches Hörbuch: Gunther Holtorf erzählt die Geschichte seiner Weltreise mit „Otto“, der treuen G-Klasse. 26 Jahre. 26 Kapitel. Unendlich viele Kilometer, Straßen, Eindrücke. Erlebnisse mit Menschen, Elefanten, Affen und Schlangen. Der ehemalige Manager berichtete davon bei der Übergabe von Otto an das Mercedes-Benz Museum. Rund 200 geladene Gäste des G-Modells-Clubs hörten ihm gebannt zu: Otto auf der gefährlichen Baumstamm-Brücke in Afrika. Otto als Fracht auf dem Container-Schiff hoch zur See. Otto metertief im Schlamm. Otto, umringt von Hundert indischen…
  • Western Star 5700XE: He must be a Transformer

    Paige Jarmer
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    It’s 102 degrees F in the shade. I’m in Las Vegas again to blog about the launch of a new vehicle. Why can’t they ever hold these events in some place nice – like the Yukon or maybe Patagonia? Haven’t they ever seen Ice Truckers? A curious roadrunner struts by. Instinctively, I search around for the Coyote. What greets my eyes, however, is a sight infinitely more rugged, stylish, and intelligent. He’s a cherry-red monster, fangs bared, ready to tear his rivals apart. He is Optimus Prime, the aerodynamic wonder and envy of the highways; he is the new Western Star 5700XE. Over the…
  • Was haben Chilisoße, Glückskekse und Popmusik gemeinsam?

    Tilo Hensel
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Wo wird die schärfste Chilisoße Europas hergestellt? Wo ist der Weltmarktführer für Glückskekse angesiedelt? Wo kann man Popmusik studieren? Wo kann man den Erfinder von Spaghettieis finden? Diesen Fragen kann ich bei einem Roadtrip mit Mercedes-Benz durch Baden-Württemberg nachgehen. Unter dem Motto “PlaceToBW” laden das Landesmarketing Baden-Württemberg und das Tourismusmarketing Baden-Württemberg zusammen mit Mercedes-Benz Blogger und Fotografen zu einer Blogger-Tour durchs Ländle ein. Man kann wahlweise an einer von fünf verschiedenen 3-tägigen Touren teilnehmen: Urlaub,…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • First Look: Will Disney's 'Moana' Become the Next 'Frozen'?

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    You can't deny the power of Disney's Frozen--that movie is more powerful than all of us combined, times infinity! And while Disney is doing all it can to satisfy our Frozen desires moving forward (from shorts to sequels to musicals to ice shows), it's hard not to anticipate the studio's next creation. In the immediate future, that would be Big Hero 6 (in theaters November 7), but in 2016 we'll be getting a new thrilling adventure called Moana -- and Disney has just...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Quiz: Which Bill Murray Character Are You?

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
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  • See What Happens When One Family Tackles the Ultimate 'Wonder Woman' Lego Set

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Now that Warner Bros. has made it all official and whatnot, we know we'll be seeing a lot of DC superheroes on the big screen over the next six years. Not only will they show up in live-action form, but also via Lego Movie spin-offs, like Lego Batman in 2017 and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018. Wonder Woman will be part of it all, appearing for the first time in a live-action movie when Gal Gadot plays her in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (in theaters March 2016), and then...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 'Pacific Rim II' Gets a Wild Teaser Poster; 'Pacific Rim III' Is Also in the Works

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Guillermo del Toro’s sequel to his mech-vs.-monsters movie Pacific Rim is like three years off in the future, but that hasn’t stopped Legendary Pictures from teasing fans with the below photo on its Facebook page.  The new poster is pretty cool looking, with a giant oceanic vortex opening and threatening to suck in all the big military ships in the area. Presumably this is another transdimensional portal so the Kaiju can return to wreak havoc on Earth. Just when you...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Exclusive: Camp Crystal Lake Art

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    It’s been 34 years since we first met Jason Voorhees’ murderous mother as she stalked and killed teenagers who were preparing Camp Crystal Lake for a summer of fun. But who can blame her? She was just being a doting mother taking revenge for her poor son who drowned… and then starred in 11 more frightful films. Louisiana artist Jeff Welborn created this exclusive Fandango original artwork inviting travelers to visit Camp Crystal Lake for some fun in the summer sun. Just...Read MoreRead Comments
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  • Tag Maker Banner

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’m sure you’ve seen the new Tag Maker punches which enable you to create handmade tags easily and quickly. They even feature a centered hole punch and eyelet setter – all in the same tool! As I’m sure you are aware, tags can be used for so many purposes beyond gift packaging labels. Check out the gallery […] The post Tag Maker Banner appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • 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.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Visit Garmin at NBAA Next Week!

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
      A number of exciting announcements have already been made this week ahead of the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition, including several from Garmin! Luckily, we’re only days away from the start of the world’s largest business aviation event where you’ll be able to see the latest we have to offer the business aircraft industry! This week, we announced our business and transport aircraft ADS-B solution, which is a minimally intrusive solution for operators looking to comply with the demands brought on by NextGen. With our GTX 3000, GDL 88…
  • Garmin Introduces Simple, Stand-Alone ADS-B Solution for Business and Transport Aircraft

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Garmin is excited to announce today, strategic partnerships with select members of our Authorized Dealer Network to provide a stand-alone Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution for business and transport aircraft. This minimally intrusive solution, not only satisfies global ADS-B requirements, but also leverages existing equipment to alleviate the need for costly Flight Management System (FMS) and cockpit display upgrades. Utilizing Garmin’s GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponders, GDL 88 ADS-B datalink and Flight Stream wireless gateway, operators are…
  • Peg’s Posts: Training tips from Kona contender, Timothy O’Donnell

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We’re just hours away from the start of the most grueling and most prestigious event in all of triathlon — the world championships in Kona, Hawaii. One of the elite men who’s been in the spotlight as a contender for the top spot, Timothy O’Donnell, “TO,” took some time earlier in the week to tell us about his training with the new Forerunner 920XT and to share some tips for all of you aspiring triathletes back at home.   Peg: As a pro triathlete, you have access to the best gear and coaching, but you’ve said that simplicity in equipment is important. How does the new 920XT…
  • Winterizing Your Marine Electronics

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    As the 2014 marine season comes to a close, many boats are currently being retired to slips, garages and storage units for winter hibernation.  Before doing so, there are many things that a mariner can do to prepare the marine electronics on-board for upcoming inactivity.  Here are a few tips for doing so: 1.  Check Cables/Wiring - Checking any exposed cables or wiring for corrosion or worn spots is important to do prior to storing your boat to avoid any potential damage done during your boat's down time.  Dust, rodents and temperature can exploit weak areas in…
  • Shades of Winter-World Premier Oct. 10th

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Already considered the raddest women's freeski films, Shades of Winter: PURE premieres this Friday, and Red Bull is offering free access.Beginning tomorrow, for 24 hours only, you'll be able to stream Shades of Winter: PURE for free at Shot on locations in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, USA and Canada, this all-female movie features some of the best freeski athletes while living their dream of skiing extraordinary lines all over the world.     
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    GE Global Research

  • Imaging the Brain in Real-Time with a PET-Enabled “Helmet-Cam”

    A. Nadeem Ishaque, Ph.D.
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Isaac Asimov described the human brain as “the most complicated organization of matter that we know.” Despite extraordinary advancements in multiple disciplines of science and technology over the last 100 years, our knowledge of the brain remains in its infancy. New tools are needed to study the brain at multiple scales from the molecular and cellular level to the level of circuits and networks and, finally, to the level of overall anatomic and functional organization. Such understanding is vital in developing novel treatment and diagnostic strategies for debilitating neurodegenerative…
  • Making Refinery Wastewater Clean

    Lei Wang
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    About four years ago, I visited Ordos, Inner Mongolia, to work on a project. When I arrived, all I saw was desolation. Rivers were dried up, lakes had shrunk, wetlands were destroyed, grasslands were shriveled. Yellow sand was ubiquitous, even within lake water. I had heard about the devastation in the arid region in China. Upon seeing all of this with my own eyes, however, I was still greatly affected and incredibly shocked. It’s hard to imagine how life goes on in such a rough environment, let alone how industry can move forward. I realized that some drastic changes must take place to…
  • 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…
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  • From Canada to Colombia: GM Adds 11 More Facilities That Subtract Waste

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    These days, everyone is trying to reduce the amount of waste they waste. With this concerted effort, the “Zero Waste” movement continues to grow. Today, 11 more GM facilities hit the landfill-free milestone. Our “Quest for Zero Landfill” began back in 2005 when Flint Engine Operations in Michigan became the first GM facility to earn landfill-free status, meaning that none of its waste is sent to a landfill. But it wasn’t as easy as throwing plastic bottles into a recycling bin. “Every landfill-free achievement – from our first in 2005 to these 11 we’re announcing today—is…
  • Getting Smart About Charging Electric Vehicles

    GM FastLane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    In late July, General Motors teamed up with seven other automakers, 15 electric utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with the goal of developing a standardized Smart Grid platform to be used across all electric vehicles from different automakers. Today, EPRI and the participating companies will showcase the progress they’ve made with a live Smart Grid demo, taking place on seven different electric vehicles (EV) simultaneously. The demo is taking place at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and includes production and concept vehicles from General Motors, Honda,…
  • Two Chevys Named to List of America’s Most Popular Green Vehicles

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    When it comes to the dirty dozen, the Environmental Working Group suggests you avoid certain fruits on their list of produce that is deemed harmful. But when it comes to clean vehicles, lemons these cars are not. Yahoo! Autos recently released its list of the top 12 most popular green cars on the market today, according to which vehicles potential buyers are searching for most. Two of the cars are Chevys: the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel & the Chevrolet Volt. In the article referenced above, auto blogger Steve Siler shares what he likes about each. If you’re talking green, you’d be hard…
  • When the Internet Goes Down, Start Your Engines!

    GM FastLane
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    When General Motors rolled out OnStar with 4G LTE this summer, we knew passengers would enjoy riding with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. However, one benefit of the new technology that may have been overlooked is the vehicles’ ability to enable connectivity when your home or business internet goes down. Such a situation took place at Buff Whelan Chevrolet last month, when the employees arrived to find both their Wi-Fi and LAN line were not working. “At a dealership we need an internet connection for pretty much everything we do,” said Matthew Oleszczuk, Buff Whelan salesman. “Leasing,…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About TOP TIER Gasoline

    GM FastLane
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Most drivers know that routine maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations are necessary to keep your vehicle in tip top shape.  However, many of us fill up our tanks at the most convenient filling station without giving the quality of the gasoline a second thought. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Currently, many gasoline retailers provide fuels with a minimum level of deposit control detergent which does not help prevent the build-up of deposits on fuel injectors and on intake valves.  This can lead to reduced engine performance. General Motors, along with six other top automakers, have…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • DISTRICT VOICES: Inside Panem with our finest citizens

    Emily Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet District Voices, the latest campaign in our Art, Copy & Code project—where we explore new ways for brands to connect with consumers through experiences that people love, remember and share. District Voices was created in partnership with Lionsgate to promote the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. -Ed.Greetings, Citizens of Panem!The Capitol has joined forces with Google and YouTube to celebrate the proud achievements of our strong, lively districts. Premiering today on YouTube, a new miniseries called DISTRICT VOICES will take you behind the scenes to meet…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends October 10-16

    Emily Wood
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Diet secrets from Zach Galifianakis, and cord cutting from a cable company?! Here's a look at another topsy-turvy week in search.A cast of charactersSearch will always have its fair share of characters and this week was no different. First up, moviegoers learned who’s next in line for Hollywood’s superhero treatment when Ezra Miller, star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, landed the title role in the 2018 film The Flash. And whispers are swirling in Tinseltown that Gal Gadot's already impressive resume—she’s set to play the world’s most famous Amazonian, Wonder Woman—will soon…
  • Android: Be together. Not the same.

    Emily Wood
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Good things happen when everybody’s invited. A few years ago, we had the thought that phones (and stuff that hadn’t even been invented yet like tablets and smart watches) would be way more interesting if everyone could build new things together. So we created Android as an open platform, and put it out there for everyone to imagine, invent, make, or buy whatever they wanted. Since then, all kinds of people—from companies big and small to folks on Kickstarter, kids in schools, and crazy smart developers—have been innovating faster, together, more than we ever could alone. And the best…
  • OMG! Mobile voice survey reveals teens love to talk

    Emily Wood
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    “Ok Google, do I need an umbrella today?” “How tall do you need to be to ride the Cyclone?” “How long does a goat live?” People of all ages are starting to talk to their devices more regularly—in fact, our data also show mobile voice searches more than doubled in the past year. But how, why and where do people use voice search? To find out, we commissioned a study, conducted by Northstar Research, surveying 1,400 Americans across all age groups. Here are the results:We weren’t surprised to find that teens—always ahead of the curve when it comes to new technology—talk to…
  • Google Express: more cities, more stores and a new name

    Emily Wood
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    One year ago, the first Google Shopping Express order was delivered—a box of granola. Our idea was to make shopping your favorite local stores as easy and fast as shopping online, and to help you get what you need delivered the same day. Since then, you’ve told us how we helped you restock diapers in the nick of time, made sure you had Bananagrams for family game night, and even made you feel connected to the outside world when you were home sick. Along the way, we've expanded to new locations, brought on more merchants, and offered more products. And now, we’re adding to the program…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Barry Spurr email scandal: sadly, a taste for literature does not guarantee solid morals | Jeff Sparrow

    Jeff Sparrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Spurr affair should serve as a warning against some old fashioned return to Great Literary Values as an educational panaceaProfessor Barry Spurrs contribution to the review of the National Curriculum mentions Aboriginal people more than 20 times. In each and every reference, he calls for less attention to Aboriginal achievements or culture. Thats not surprising. On the evidence of the emails published by New Matilda, Spurrs words made him appear to be an old-school racist, whose bigotry extends to all the usual targets (women, Muslims and, of course, Indigenous people). If we wouldnt take…
  • While waging the 'war' against cancer, we have lost sight of the broader view of health | Ranjana Srivastava

    Ranjana Srivastava
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The emphasis on a disease rather than the whole patient is misplaced and hapless patients discover that their concerns are relegated to the bottom of the healthcare hierarchySometime ago the first patient of the day pulled up a chair and declared, well, you are the final stop, doctor. No one else can find whats wrong with me.Since he threw down the gauntlet like that, we regarded each other with some curiosity. To me, he looked well but then, many cancer patients do while harbouring insidious disease. He, meanwhile, had also sized me up. Eyeing the pile of chemotherapy orders on my desk, he…
  • They vote for you: How we're taking back politics

    Matthew Landauer and Katherine Szuminska
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The launch of OpenAustralias new site They Vote for You reveals for the first time how our politicians really vote in our nameEveryone should know what their politicians do and say on their behalf in parliament. If they dont, how can they be held to account? And how can we begin talk to them about what we want them to do?Trust in politics is at an all time low. Yet we live in a time when technology has the potential to bring us closer than ever to our representatives. Its time we started using it. Continue reading...
  • Coal seam gas, or clean drinking water. It cant be both | Michael Moore

    Michael Moore
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Its vital the communitys long-term need for drinking water is placed before the short-term profits of the mining companies There are few things more fundamental to our health and wellbeing than access to clean air and water. Australia is lucky enough to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, due in no small part to the protection of our drinking water catchments. NSW governments from both sides of politics have prioritised the security of the special areas of Sydneys drinking water catchments, where water collects for use by our cities and towns. These special areas of…
  • Steve Bell on David Cameron's plans to curb EU migrants cartoon

    Steve Bell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
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    Hu' Blog


    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • 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…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Behind the Scenes Video & Pictures From Maker Faire NYC

    Marcia Hansen
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm 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 York: Intel Edison and…
  • Intel Extreme Masters is Coming to SAP Center in San Jose

    Don Bowden
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    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…
  • Maker Faire Excitement: Photos from the event

    Marcia Hansen
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    It’s been an exciting few days at Maker Faire NYC. That excitement comes from the entrepreneurs, creatives, tinkerers, and children who attend. It’s a family event, with 1000 exhibitors who bring their passion and great ideas, along with their spirit of enthusiastic collaboration. It’s a dream event for artists and technologists. Quite simply, it’s brain candy because it fuels their next inventions. Enjoy these great people photos from Maker Faire: Dale Dougherty, Founder of Make and the maker movement. Spellbinding 3D show. Happy drummer at Maker Faire NYC 2014. Woman…
  • 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…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Johnson & Johnson Supports Spirit Day

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    by R. Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies The statistics are sobering and unacceptable. Half of all children are bullied at some point during their school years. For LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth, that number climbs much higher to eight out of ten being bullied, according to a GLSEN National School Climate Survey. But actions can speak louder than the words of someone who bullies. Johnson & Johnson will once again support Spirit Day, a national event created to stand-up to bullying and support LGBT youth. Spirit…
  • Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award Bestowed to Photojournalist

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    by Greg Panico, Janssen Research & Development, LLC One particularly unfortunate aspect of mental illnesses is the stigma attached to them. Stigma is one of the one reason why many people do not get the treatment they deserve. There is tremendous need to advocate for people with mental illnesses, to raise public awareness, and to invest in prevention, treatment and recovery. To spark the process of recovery there has to be public recognition that brain disorders are treatable and there must be no shame and no stigma attached. That is why the Janssen Research & Development Neuroscience…
  • By Chance, I Kept My Vision

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Tier Brown Acker, Contract Administrator, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Editor’s Note: In recognition of World Sight Day, which is Thursday, Oct. 9, please take the #EyePledge and get your eyes examined. At age 27, I hadn’t really failed at anything in life – until I failed a recent eye exam.  Although I have always kept a real focus on my health and wellness, it never dawned on me that my eyes were on a completely separate course than the rest of my body.  But through a chance set of circumstances, I was diagnosed with a serious eye condition and today I’m grateful…
  • Helping Expecting Moms Get Ready for Fall and Flu

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    by Susan Can, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson It’s that time of year where days are getting shorter, flip flops and t-shirts are replaced by jackets and boots,  leaves are starting to change color and pumpkin flavored everything is in full force. All clear indications that fall and winter seasons are upon us. These signs are not just indicative of winter and fall. They are also signs that flu season is also approaching.  There is no clear indicator for when flu season will begin and end, but flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February and…
  • Upholding Our Legacy

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    By Alex Gorsky, CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson As a father and as CEO of a company advancing the latest innovations in science and health care, it is unthinkable to me that nearly three million newborns throughout the world die each year from mostly preventable conditions. It’s unthinkable, but sadly it’s also true. Knowing this fact, I feel an even deeper commitment to upholding our company’s long legacy of caring for the health of women and children and ensuring the health outcomes of individuals are not determined solely by where they are born. This is an important week for…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • 5 Tips to Transfer Data from Your Old PC to a New One

    Caroline Lalla
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new computer is an exciting undertaking. The possibilities of faster computing speed, more space and more organized files await you, as soon as you boot up for the first time. As does the prospect of moving all your old files to your new PC. If you’re not sure where to start, following is an overview of the steps you should take when moving data from one PC to another – and some of the options available for transferring those files. 1. Archive and put your older files in…
  • Lenovo AnyFabric: Like an LZR Racer Suit for your Data Center

    Paul Scaini
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This isn’t a blog about banned Speedo swimwear or sorting through fabric swatches for drapery or a new sofa; it’s about network switching fabrics. That’s when servers in a network interconnect through multiple network switches. This spreads the network traffic across multiple links; kind of like threads in a fabric — providing a much higher throughput and increased redundancy compared to traditional networks. Most other tier-1 server vendors have some sort of mezzanine card offered on their performance two-processor rack server offerings. This is because it allows…
  • Lenovo CEO Shows Up At New Employee Training, Dispenses Advice

    Gavin O'Hara
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, more than 225 recent college graduates began their new jobs at Lenovo's Beijing office. During the orientation meeting, they had an unexpected visitor: Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing. (Or, as many call him, "YY.") He spoke off the cuff to the group, sharing his thoughts on the company, the future and the opportunity before them. Below are excerpts from his conversation with a future generation of Lenovians... 25 years ago, I was as young as you are when I joined Lenovo. I had the same passion, dreams and hopes as you do today. I worked from being a sales guy all the way…
  • OYW Delegate: Holly Zhang

    Michelle Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Get to know our One Young World Delegates! Name: Yunzhu Holly ZHANG Job Title: Global Communications Manager Hometown: Harbin, China What I Do? I pull together shows, including Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to have people all around the world to see our coolest products. I translate for our Chairman and CEO Yuanqing and senior leaders, and sit in their media interviews and earnings announcements. I take international media groups to visit our worldwide campuses and generate media coverage. I’m working with passion. Places I’ve Gone?
  • OYW Delegate: Angie Zhang

    Michelle Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Get to know our One Young World Delegates! Name: Angie Yi ZHANG Job Title: Social Innovation Specialist, MBG Social and Digital Marketing Hometown: Beijing, China What I Do? I work in the MBG social and digital marketing team, responsible for global social-led campaigns to promote Lenovo Yoga products across social media platforms. I help create centralized social strategy and social content for our markets across the global to utilize. In the past 6 months, I have been concentrating on leveraging our celebrity product engineer Ashton Kutcher on social media – promoting his role as…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Taking a Chunk Out of the Cost of College: Introducing LinkedIn’s College Scholarship

    Aaron Levin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We hear from students and recent graduates on a daily basis who are struggling in their decision about where to go to school and what to study. Over the course of the last three years, LinkedIn has been working hard to bring students new tools to help them through this decision making process. But an even bigger pain point seems to be figuring out just how they are going to pay for it all. To help with this problem, we are proud to introduce LinkedIn’s very first scholarship. We are giving away $100,000 in scholarships, with five grand prizes of $10,000. One grand prize will be given away…
  • Your Skills Are Your Competitive Edge on LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Mathieu Bastian
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Members who list  skills on their LinkedIn profiles receive an average of 13 times more profile views than those who don’t. That fact alone underscores the importance of making your profile shine with a comprehensive list of professional skills and expertise. There are more than 45,000 standardized skills to choose from to spruce up your profile (we recently added a thousand new ones). To help you think about what skills to add, we wanted to provide an inside look at the trends we’ve seein over the past year. More specifically, which skills and industries have been climbing the ranks,…
  • Big Thinkers. Big Data. Big Opportunity: Announcing The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge

    Deepak Agarwal
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Facilitating economic empowerment is a big task that will require bold thinking by smart, passionate individuals and groups. Today, we’re kicking off an initiative that aims to encourage this type of big thinking: the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge. The LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge is an idea that emerged from the development of the Economic Graph, a digital mapping of the global economy, comprised of a profile for every professional, company, job opportunity, the skills required to…
  • If You Could Fix One Thing, What Would It Be?

    Amy Chen
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    All day long we tolerate stuff we know is dumb because “that’s just the way it is.” We don’t have the time to come up with solutions, or don’t own the problem. But what if we could ask the world’s brightest minds in business how they would fix the broken things we all know should — and can — be? That’s just what we’ve done for this LinkedIn series, “Let’s Fix It.” We asked more than 60 Influencers to identify a vexing problem — big or small — and propose a workable solution. Their scope ranged from global initiatives…
  • What It Takes for a Young Professional to Get Hired Today

    Allison Schnidman
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Growing up, I remember working hard for good grades but stressing over what I really needed to do to get a job one day. I worked a number of odd jobs to gain valuable skills, and while that experience was important, it wasn’t everything. Developing soft skills was just as important to grow my career. But which soft skills are employers looking for in young professionals today? This question continues to cause young professionals a great deal of angst. As a researcher at LinkedIn, I wanted to find the answer in order to help young people get hired.  So, my team asked over 1,400 hiring…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Happy National Book Month!

    Meg @ Lulu
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    October is here and we know that with the changing season, many of your thoughts have turned to fall leaves, pumpkin-spiced lattes and well… anything and everything pumpkin-spiced. But here at Lulu, we can’t stop thinking about BOOKS! October is actually National Book Month. It’s a time to celebrate the joy that paper, binding and the written word can bring us. In honor of National Book Month, we wanted to share a myriad of fun facts that may change how you look at your favorite books and authors forever! 1. We all know the smell of old books is glorious, but there’s…
  •’s Fall Conference Line-up

    Meg @ Lulu
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We’re hitting the road this fall! Dan Dillon, our resident product marketing extraordinaire, and Glenn Hunt, self-publishing guru and Lulu forum moderator, will be speaking on three panels at the upcoming Self-Publishing Book Expo. Additionally, Lulu’s founder and chairman, Bob Young, who works to keep Lulu and the industry at the front of digital disruption and innovative, will be speaking at three key digital conferences this fall. The upcoming events include: All Things Open – October 22, 2014 in Raleigh, NC Speaker: Bob Young Topic: So You Want to Start an Open Source Company?
  • Make a Vote for Yourself: The Best Book Award Opportunities

    Meg @ Lulu
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    One of our authors recently shared quite a long list of awards for self-published authors. Her action inspired us to qualify that list and find the best awards where our authors can submit their books for consideration. We’ve compiled that list for you and attached it here. It includes information on award deadlines, fees, contacts, when it will be announced and information to help you determine if your book will qualify (like publication dates). We love the books you create – you’ve poured your heart and soul into them (never mind the countless hours) and we want to make it easier…
  • 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…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
  • 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...
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    The Old New Thing

  • Scripting an Internet Explorer window

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program takes a random walk through MSDN by starting at the Create­Process page and randomly clicking links. The exercise is not as important as the technique it demonstrates. function randomwalk(ie, steps) { for (var count = 0; count < steps; count++) { WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(ie.document.title); var links = ie.document.querySelectorAll("#mainSection a"); do { var randomLink = links[Math.floor(Math.random() * links.length)]; } while (randomLink.protocol != "http:"); WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Clicking on " + randomLink.innerText);; while (ie.busy)…
  • When are global objects constructed and destructed by Visual C++?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we're going to fill in the following chart: When does it run? Constructor Destructor Global object in EXE Global object in DLL The C++ language specification provides some leeway to implementations on when global static objects are constructed. It can construct the object before main begins, or it construct the object on demand according to complicated rules. You can read [basic.start.init] for the gory details. Let's assume for the sake of discussion that global static objects are constructed before main begins. For global objects in the EXE, constructing them is no big deal because…
  • If only DLLs can get DllMain notifications, how can an EXE receive a notification when a thread is created (for example)?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When a DLL is loaded, it receives a DLL_PROCESS_ATTACH notification, and when it is unloaded (or when the process terminates), it gets a DLL_PROCESS_DETACH notification. DLLs also receive DLL_THREAD_ATTACH notifications when a thread is created and DLL_THREAD_DETACH notifications when a thread exits. But what if you are an EXE? EXEs don't have a Dll­Main, so there is no way to receive these notifications. The trick here is to hire a lackey. Create a helper DLL, called, say, LACKEY.DLL. Your EXE links to the lackey, and the lackey's job is to forward all Dll­Main notifications back to…
  • The GetCurrentThread function is like a check payable to Bearer: What it means depends on who's holding it

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Get­Current­Thread function returns a pseudo-handle to the current thread. The documentation goes into significant detail on what this means, but I fear that it may have fallen into the trap of providing so much documentation that people decide to skip it. Okay, so first of all, what is a pseudo-handle? a pseudo-handle is a sentinel value for HANDLE that is not really a handle, but it can act like one. The pseudo-handle returned by Get­Current­Thread means, "The thread that this code is running on." Note that this is a context-sensitive proposition. All the text in MSDN is…
  • Is there a way to disable a specific balloon notification without disabling all of them?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is a group policy called Turn off all balloon notifications, but what if you want to turn off only one specific notification? The taskbar does not offer fine-grained policy control over balloon notifications. All you have is the giant sledgehammer that turns off all of them. If there is a specific balloon you want to disable, you have to check with the specific program that is raising them, or the specific product feature, to see if it offers a way to turn the balloon off. For example, there is a setting to disable the low disk space checks and another one to disable notifications that…
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    Molson in the Community

  • It’s a Win-Win with Our Beer Print

    Melisa Chung
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    To me Our Beer Print in Supply Chain is all about doing more with less, we’ve been doing this in Supply Chain for as long as I can remember. Producing more beer whilst using less of the earth’s resources is good for the planet and also produces savings for us! The World Class Supply Chain program sets out the roadmap for how we will continue to optimize our breweries and logistics operations across eight different pillars: Environment, Health & Safety Quality People, Management Team Empowerment Logistics Asset Care ‘Our Beer Print’ The Our Beer Print pillar gives our breweries the…
  • 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…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Using ILM from Oracle Enterprise Manager

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    If you are upgrading to Oracle Database 12c for an Oracle Utilities Application Framework based product then you can use Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage your Information Lifecycle Management based data management solution. To use it you simply install Oracle Enterprise Manager and then register the 12c database instance (PDB and non-PDB are supported) and then when selecting the database target use the Information Lifecycle Management menu option from the Administration --> Storage menus. For example: This means that you can use Oracle Enterprise Manager as a viable alternative to ILM…
  • SOA Suite 12c pre-sales demo on-demand webcast & ppt presentations & demos

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    You are consultant and want to get an overview what is new in SOA Suite 12c? Make sure you watch our on-demand webcast with Yogesh. At our SOA Community Workspace (SOA Community membership required) you can find a complete kit for your event including ppt material and demos: SOA Suite 12c kit & BPM Suite 12c ppt kit. Play Offering SOA & BPM Partner Community For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please…
  • Partner Resource Kit JDeveloper 12.1.3 & Mobile Application Framework (MAF)

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Mobile Application Framework (Oracle MAF) is a hybrid mobile framework that enables developers to rapidly develop single-source applications and deploy to both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. Oracle MAF leverages Java, HTML5 and JavaScript to deliver a complete MVC framework with declarative user interface definition, device features integration and built-in security. Technical resources JDeveloper and Oracle ADF Technical Resources Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c ( Mobile Application Framework at Oracle Technology Network with MAF download resource & MAF…
  • G1 GC Glossary of Terms

    yu zhang-Oracle
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    G1 GC Glossary of Terms We will explain some terms displayed in g1 gc logs in this blog. This is an ongoing effort as the g1 gc logs keep evolving.  This is inspired by feedback by Charlie Hunt and others. Heap Region: G1 divides the heap into heap regions. The regions for Eden, Survivor and Old are not contiguous. Region size is 1m, 2m, 4m,8m, 16m, or 32m depending on heap size The goal is to have 2014 regions. Collection Set(CSet): The set of regions to be collected in a gc pause. The number of young/survivor/old regions in CSet is decided dynamically according to pause time goal and…
  • Why Another MVC Framework in Java EE 8?

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Some of you may be aware that MVC 1.0 was launched as JSR 371. Targeted for Java EE 8 the goal of the JSR is to provide a standards based action-oriented web framework for Java EE. 'Why' and 'why now' are two perfectly reasonable questions to explore carefully with regards to this JSR. After all JSF has long been included in Java EE as a standards based MVC web framework. In addition although JSF is a component-oriented web framework there are myriad Java web frameworks that are action-oriented including ones that are very Java EE/CDI friendly such as VRaptor (indeed we had a session on…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Solutions Series, Part 7: Vote!

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    By Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, U.S. citizens will vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard.In this installment of her Solutions Series, Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project, writes about the importance of voting, especially in the…
  • The Cleanest Power – $20 Million & Change invests in Hawaiian rooftop solar project

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Last year, Patagonia Works announced the launch of $20 Million & Change, an investment fund for companies and initiatives that, in the words of our founder Yvon Chouinard, “work with nature rather than use it up.” We promised to update you from time to time on how this project is shaping up. We’re entering into an agreement with Kina‘ole Capital Partners to create a $27 million fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar power systems in Hawai‘i, where most homeowners currently use electricity generated by coal and oil. If more businesses followed this investment…
  • Solutions Series, Part 6: Resist giving in to disillusionment

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching in the United States. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard. In this installment of her Solutions Series, Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project, writes about what voting and citizenship mean to her. Stay tuned for a…
  • Relay Handoff on a Slovenian Alpine Playground

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Luka Krajnc All stories have to start somewhere. This one started over a cold beer when Marko Prezelj, Tadej Krišelj and I were sitting on the porch of Marko´s house on a warm, early summer evening discussing future plans. The debate evolved and ideas flew by when Marko briefly mentioned that together with Klemen Mali, more than ten years ago, he tried to climb a new route on the northwest face of Vežica in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. The wall lies in the northern part of Slovenia and is known for its steep nature and quality limestone. After climbing one long pitch and scoping the…
  • Greenland Vertical Sailing 2014 – Part 3, Back to civilization and summary of climbs

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    By Nico Favresse, photos by The Wild Bunch How could we describe the feeling of taking our first shower in over two months? Mmmm... We have just hit civilization in Greenland. These last three weeks have been very exciting in many ways! Adventurous climbing, a close polar bear encounter (without anything to defend ourselves) and a very scary crossing back to Greenland which included a strong storm with snow and huge waves! On this kind of trip the adventure never seems to end until you are back under that hot shower. It does make the shower so much better! Editor’s note: Catch up with…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Help! My Car Has Been Invaded by Rodents!

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Brrr .. it's a wet, snowy day out there. I just want to curl up someplace warm and dry where it's dark and quiet and I'll be relatively undisturbed. Maybe with some tasty snacks nearby for when I...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Stuck in the Mud - Tips for Getting Your Tires out of the Mire

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock In some parts of the country, getting stuck in mud is a more likely scenario than getting stuck in snow. Ultimately, it's the same root cause: lack of traction under your tires. Luckily, similar tips can be used...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Time for Winter Tires

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock It's October. I know you don't want to think about it .. neither do I. It was just yesterday we were enjoying a BBQ party out on the patio. But it's time to face reality ... winter is...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Micro cars .. stuck in the past or future trend?

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Oxyman, Wikimedia Commons I watched a lot of movies in university that I probably wouldn't watch now. You know, those kind of movies where you come out of the theatre a little shell-shocked and have to go over to...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • 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"/>
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    Open Mike

  • Ebola: Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Crisis

    Mike Critelli
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    In following the stories about the Ebola virus, I am reminded that 13 years ago this month, I was in the middle of helping manage the mailing industry’s response to the anthrax bio-terrorism crisis.  For people whose memories of 2001 anthrax crisis have faded, these were a few of the critical facts:   Five people died from having received letters from unknown sources laced with anthrax, a bacteria that, if “weaponized,” as these letters were, can be fatal if inhaled.  Anthrax bacteria have been around for centuries, but humans are not usually exposed to them in the ways that the…
  • What Consumers and Clinicians Need From Health Record Systems

    Mike Critelli
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In the Friday, September 12, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Mark Sklar wrote an Op-Ed piece entitled “Doctoring in the Age of Obamacare.”  His message was depressingly similar to what so many physicians are saying: government-mandated changes in healthcare payment, delivery, and electronic medical requirements are reducing productivity and patient satisfaction and the quality of care.   What has gone wrong?  Although Sklar documents some of the problems, and others appear in other commentaries about these requirements: Governments and insurance plans force doctors to…
  • 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…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Some Things to Think About

    Karen Padir
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    It doesn’t take much convincing to get IT people – and developers – to think about cyber security. However, just in case, the US Department of Homeland Security has declared October “Cyber Security Awareness Month.” While the event’s focus is very broad – from consumers and even children on up, this year a specific element of the event is building security into information technology products, including the phones, tablets, and computers. There is no doubt data, especially sensitive data, must be better protected, whether in the cloud, in a local data-center, or traveling…
  • Ignite Your Co-Marketing with Progress!

    A.J. Kriete
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    At Progress, we know that as a Progress Partner, you may have a marketing and sales team – or that YOU MAY BE the marketing and sales team. We know that you may also be the head of operations, the legal team, director of finance, receptionist, janitor… etc. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping Partners like you with your various marketing initiatives such as demand generation, lead nurturing, communications, and much more. One of the most important ways we can help is through our Ignite Marketing Resources Site. Log into PartnerLink, and visit the site today. We think you’ll like…
  • Looking Back at #PRGS14

    Sumit Sarkar
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hard to believe it’s been over a week since Progress Exchange! With over 10 hands-on workshops, more than 40 technical sessions, four technical tracks and countless networking opportunities, our annual customer and partner conference couldn’t have gone any better. The reaction from Progress DataDirect customers was particularly enthusiastic. People seemed to enjoy the keynote from Michael Benedict, president of the Data Connectivity and Integration Business Unit. During his session, Michael discussed how data is the new oil. It’s a huge asset for optimizing your applications, and…
  • Docker Powers up PaaS for Telcos

    Paul Nashawaty
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Paul Nashawaty, Senior PaaS Solutions Engineer, Progress Pacific A while back, I wrote up a post aimed at telcos looking to expand their cloud offerings. My advice to them today is the same as it was then—you have to add value to your offering beyond infrastructure. Century Link’s recent foray into the cloud with Panamax seems to support that. It simply isn’t enough to just provide server space to customers these days. You have to sweeten the deal with features and tools that aid application development and deployment. Luckily, with a powerful PaaS and technology like Docker, adding…
  • Change is VERY Good

    Karen Padir
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Change is good. It’s a mantra that people repeat all the time but not always with much sense of conviction. In our corner of the world, though, change is constant and exciting. It’s what we do! It isn’t’ just change for the sake of change — it is about being a learning and adaptive organization. Progress has been doing change since it was launched. And, in the two years since I came on board, the pace has quickened. We’ve pared off pieces that didn’t fit our core focus on delivering next generation application development, deployment and integration solutions. And we have…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Lorena Blanco-Silva
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I am a native New Mexican (from Roswell, N.M.—yep, the alien one!) and a first-generation college student.  Prior to coming home to New Mexico, I had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of Development and Marketing for Southwest Airlines’s Community Partner, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in San Antonio, Texas.  I also have had the distinct pleasure and honor of being part of the ¡Lánzate! program since its inception in 2004. The ¡Lánzate! program is geared toward Hispanic college students with economic need who attend school far away from…
  • Going Green: Five Ways to Travel Green

    Victoria Campbell
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The end of the Wright Amendment is here, and that means brand new nonstop destinations from Dallas Love Field!  This is a very exciting milestone for Southwest Airlines and for our Customers, and we are proud to celebrate #nonstoplove.  The next time that you travel on Southwest, whether you’re on one of our nonstop flights out of Dallas, or one of the 96 cities we serve, make sure you’re aware of your habits wherever you go. Traveling green is just as important as living green, so here are some tips to travel green on your next trip: Unplug your home.  Chargers, microwaves,…
  • Southwest Airlines’ BIG Winter Travel Sale Has Arrived!

    Liz Blumberg
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year—prices are falling even lower on Southwest Airlines! Today, Southwest is launching a three-day travel sale with fares starting as low as $49 one-way! For three days only, our Customers can purchase nonstop, one-way tickets for $49, $99, $129, or $149 to select destinations—spread the word! These low fares are available for purchase on starting Tuesday, October 14 through Thursday, October 16, 2014, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city, for travel every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, December…
  • Goodbye Wright Amendment in Photos

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Well, you asked for them!  Here’s a sampling of the photos taken this morning at Dallas Love Field and on our first nonstop flights—Enjoy!  Have pictures of your own from today’s events?  Share them by tagging them #NonstopLove. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly takes boarding passes on the first non-stop flight out of Dallas Love Field. The Wright Amendment ended on Monday, Oct. 13 2014, allowing non-stop flights to anywhere in the U.S. from Dallas Love Field. / Stephen M. Keller, 2014 Southwest Airlines President Emeritus Colleen Barrett celebrates the end of the Wright…
  • Adios, Wright Amendment! Hello, America!

    Gary Kelly
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hurrah!  That is the collective cheer from all 45,000+ Southwest Airlines Employees, as this month we are finally free from the shackles of the Wright Amendment.  The passage of this law in 1979 made our home airport of Dallas Love Field the first and only airport in the United States to be restricted to a small service area—flights out of the airport would be limited to destinations in Texas and its neighboring states (later expanded to include Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, and Missouri).  Ten years ago, we set out to repeal this restriction, leading a successful effort to overturn the…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Turkey Hill on Instagram: Do you notice a common theme?

    Turkey Hill Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why we’re not going to write a lot in this blog entry, and we’re going to let the pictures below do the talking for us. Each of these photos were taken by fans and posted on Instagram. If you’re on Instagram too, feel free... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All Natural Recipe Contest: We have a winner!

    Turkey Hill Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    It wasn’t easy for us to choose the four finalists who would face off in this year’s All Natural Recipe Contest, and it probably wasn’t easy for you to choose which one would get your winning vote. But more 1,600 votes were cast, and the winner is… Madelyn D. of Tamaqua, PA... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cirque du Soleil is coming to central PA and we’re giving away tickets!

    Turkey Hill Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve got a big announcement about a big prize (a $250 value!) that’s hiding at the Turkey Hill Experience AS WE SPEAK (or as we type). The acrobatic Cirque du Soleil show “Varekai” is coming to Hershey’s Giant Center on October 29-November 2 and they’ve given us... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Second scoop: A history of Turkey Hill’s Giant Cow

    Turkey Hill Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The following history of our iconic Giant Cow was published here on the blog back in 2008, but we’re posting it again because, well, she’s our Giant Cow and we love her! In 1967, Turkey Hill Dairy purchased a Jersey cow that did not resemble an other Jersey cows found on the rolling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Join the “bigger, better and funner” fall ice cream party TONIGHT from 7-8 PM EST!

    Turkey Hill Team
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week’s fall ice cream party was delayed, so we’re hosting a bigger, better and funner party TONIGHT from 7-8 p.m. EST. (And yes, we know “funner” isn’t a word, but it’s an ice cream party, so it’s okay!) To join the fun, simply bring a bowl of your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Are You Adding (Digital) Value to Your Legal Practice?

    Damon Miño
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Gavin Kogan caters to the people. With a thriving practice where he advocates for Cannabis law, Gavin and his fellow legal practitioners at L+G, LLP evangelize digital tools as the key in providing exemplary client service. An active advocate for digital tools, Gavin sat down with us to explain why digital tools automate and feed business growth. Without doubt, his walk in the ‘Cloud’ reintroduces the notion of adding value to both your practice and your clients. What made you decide to use DocuSign? As an attorney I’ve had my eye on electronic signature conventions since UCITA in the…
  • Grab Your Spot to Experience Digital Business In Action with K2 and DocuSign

    Michael Schultz
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Business process applications have helped automate and streamline much of business workflows. However, when it comes to the moment of truth when a sign off or signature is required, processes revert to manual, non-secure paper-based methods that delay transactions, waste time and money, and create poor experiences for customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Our partner K2 recently integrated DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform into K2 blackpearl to help organizations go 100% digital. Now K2 customers can create end-to-end business process applications that…
  • 2015 Starts Here: Key Trends to Kick Off Innovation

    Arif Faruki
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Procurement rock stars came together for the second DocuSign Advisory Council meeting just in time for the #Dreamforce kick-off.  With a room full of whip-smart and innovation-hungry execs, you’re bound to learn best practices to mold the future. Icing on the cake: Practitioners from Sales and HR functions were also invited to share the successes and wisdom in their areas and collaborate with Procurement to cross pollinate the best practices and enhance the symbiotic relationship between the functions. This way we all received the full blast of the potential of Digital Transaction…
  • Cap Off Dreamforce 14 with the Best Brews in San Francisco

    Madeline Van Remortel
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    After a week of keynotes and networking, you’re ready to go forth and congregate at the local watering hole. But this is Dreamforce '14 – go big or go home – so we’ve scoured San Fran for the best bars and brews that make it their business to impress. Round up some friends or colleagues and enjoy responsibly! Bar Agricole: The men behind Bar Agricole, Thad Voegler and Eric Johnson, have paved the way in the SF bartending scene. Every aspect is perfectly executed, whether it be their five different kinds of ice or their local juices and produce. Drinks worth trying are the Moonraker…
  • Sweet Dreamforce 14 Recovery: Top 5 Dessert Spots

    Madeline Van Remortel
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Don’t fight your desert cravings: embrace them with the decadent and unique offerings. After walking 10,000 miles this week (at least that’s what it felt like), you deserve every last bite. Bi-Rite Creamery: The standard for frozen deliciousness in San Francisco. Located across from the legendary Bi-Rite market, their ice cream and baked goods are constantly pushing the limits of the dessert world. Make it a goal to stop by and try their acclaimed Balsamic Strawberry, or their ever changing soft serve options. The Ferry Building: You don’t just go looking for desserts in the city…
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  • My Learning Experience at RB So Far

    Lauretta P
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hi, I’m Lauretta! After the completion of my Bsc in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2012, I joined RB Nigeria as a Management Trainee (MT). I was asked to share my experience as an MT and I thought I could also share it here to encourage anyone seeking to build a career with RB.   What I’ve been doing on my training program As part of my training program in RB Nigeria, I have been exposed to various departments: production, procurement, planning, and operations excellence (OPEX). I also had trade visits to understand the Sales function. Right from my first month, I…
  • Why RB Was the Right Company for My First Internship

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

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

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

    18 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Did you know that every day 19,000 children under 5 die because of a lack of clean water? 20 November is the World Children’s Day. All RB offices worldide organised events  with Save the Children to raise employees’ awareness of this tragic issue. Our Moscow office wanted to be a part of this initiative. We wanted to attract RB employees’ attention to the main causes of the preventable deaths from diarrhoea (lack of access to essential services such as clean water, sanitation, healthcare) and to the RB&Save the Children partnership program. At places where employees…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • The future of customer experience is ours to choose

    Brian Solis
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The future of CX or customer experience is a bit of a play on words…it’s ours to choose rather than ours to lose. The truth is that many businesses are already losing, they just don’t realize it yet. Executives are making great assumptions about customer behavior that lead to new investments and new technology. But over time, this leads companies away from — rather than closer to — their customers, simply because the customer journey is evolving faster than our experience learning from and successfully shaping it is. My research shows that connected customers who live an active…
  • Collaboration part 2: the age of collaboration: now and into the future

    Lisanne Powers
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    If you watch the latest season of Mad Men, you’ll see the first tentative efforts of the now common conference call. The scene is set between the New York headquarters of fictional marketing agency Sterling, Cooper & Price and its brand new west coast office in Los Angeles. Senior executives in both offices are stretching over their desks towards a primitive and wholly inadequate 1960s speaker phone. While the wonder and the novelty of the conference call, complete with static and cut-outs is comical, it does reveal the precise time when communications evolved from binary two-way phone…
  • Big data: looking inward, looking outward

    John Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Big data in the enterprise has a trajectory for success. Nemertes’ 2014-15 Enterprise Technology Benchmark shows that nearly two-thirds of organizations now claim to have a big data effort, and most start with an inward-facing objective. Although the media hype is about how big data helps you better understand your customers, your public image, or the effectiveness of your advertising, our research shows most organizations are instead looking at operational data. Their goal is to improve their ability to execute on their core missions, or to cut overhead; that is, how to become more…
  • The Collaboration Double Gap

    Cara Knight
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    In the recent global IDG research survey commissioned by AT&T, organizations listed that unified communications and collaboration (UCC) deployments were considered to be a highly important enabler in achieving their businesses objectives. Is this a ground-breaking revelation? Not really. Technology vendors, telcos, and service providers have been championing the tangible benefits UCC can bring to organizations for a number of years. Examining the gap between adoption and vision In terms of adoption, however, many companies are still at the tip of the iceberg, and here we find our first…
  • Collaboration Part 1: Getting the Measure of Collaboration

    Cara Knight
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    IT departments are currently caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to delivering and synchronizing collaboration technologies. Striking the right balance between supporting individual preferences to use personal tools and devices, while balancing those needs with organizational security, continuity, and measurable success, is a challenge that continues to cause headaches. According to the latest IDG survey on Global UC and Collaboration, a significant percentage of employees are using personal tools and/or inexpensive web applications, often without the IT department’s…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • How Much of Your Credit Line Can You Tap?

    Alan Hart
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Forecast your ability to borrow on your line of credit with accuracy and confidence In a recent blog entry I tried to convey how important it is to be able to accurately and completely forecast a company’s balance sheet and the many benefits associated with it.  For many Budget Maestro customers  who also use Analytics Maestro, this is an everyday reality. We looked at one important benefit, the forecasting of meeting or breaching loan covenants and how properly planning and continuously analyzing (with Analytics Maestro) can show us in advance how the company is going to perform and what…
  • Are Data Scientists and Financial Analysts Becoming Obsolete?

    Alan Hart
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Why data scientists are still needed in large organizations and how technology can offer great benefits to smaller companies. I read an article by Nicole Laskowski, Senior News Writer, titled:  “Will the rise of self-service BI tools lead to the demise of the data scientists?” The author questions whether readily available business intelligence tools used by non-technical company employees, without help from financial analysts and data scientists, may make the reliance on such corporate positions a thing of the past. It’s true that with the help of some very advanced analytical tools,…
  • Will you Breach Your Loan Covenants?

    Alan Hart
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    How technology can help in forecasting your debt covenants compliance Having debt while running a business is common; in fact, most companies are never able to grow on their own unless they acquire some kind of debt, such as a bank line of credit, a long-term business loan, or factoring of accounts receivable.  In larger organizations, issuing corporate bonds is another way to secure financing in addition to equity financing.  Small and medium size organizations are almost always dependent on a line of credit and/or long-term loans, generally secured by their accounts receivable and…
  • Better Financial Analytics for Everyone

    Alan Hart
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Who can really benefit from this? Lately I’ve been reading a lot of information on various websites and blogs and listening to client comments and questions about analytics, or more precisely, how to better use the vast amounts of data available in most business environments to create meaningful reports and drive the decision making process that will transform observations derived from this data into action items, ultimately responding to what that data was trying to tell in the first place. The most common question I hear is: Can a good set of analytic tools be implemented in smaller…
  • 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…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Private equity poised to take up M&A baton

    Brett Cole
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Headlines scream cancelled deals, volatile markets and seeping investor confidence. But the best global M&A market in five years has some very, very powerful supporters: private equity. Blackstone Group is raising money for its seventh global private equity fund and second opportunistic fund. Steve Schwarzman, Blackstone’s chairman, says: “we are well positioned to capitalize on the […] The post Private equity poised to take up M&A baton appeared first on ansarada.
  • ansarada’s tips on making M&A easier

    Brett Cole
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    ansarada’s Joel White has been advising analysts and associates on M&A due diligence since 2007. He was the third full time employee at ansarada and has advised on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of M&A transactions. Joel, who loves chesterfield lounges and carving his own pipes, has smoking hot advice for sell-side analysts and […] The post ansarada’s tips on making M&A easier appeared first on ansarada.
  • Do looks help the M&A banker?

    Brett Cole
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    If looks equate to deal making prowess then Andrea Orcel, sole chief executive of investment banking at UBS, clearly leads the M&A pack. Mr Orcel, according to Anita Raghavan of the New York Times, “looks like a Wall Street version of George Clooney.” Good-looking people, according to Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor at the University of […] The post Do looks help the M&A banker? appeared first on ansarada.
  • Is U.S. IPO market warning M&A?

    Brett Cole
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Is a canary, in the form of the U.S. IPO market, sounding a warning about the M&A bull market? The U.S. IPO market, whose cycle is so often in lock step with M&A, has been, well, less than bullish since Chinese Internet giant Alibaba raised $25 billion less than three weeks ago. The Wall Street […] The post Is U.S. IPO market warning M&A? appeared first on ansarada.
  • Ivan Glasenberg, M&A icon

    Brett Cole
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Ivan Glasenberg is an irresistible target for a M&A banker. That’s because the Glencore chief executive is so much like a M&A banker. Mr Glasenberg famously told the Wall Street Journal he doesn’t believe in work-life balance or lying on a beach. “We work. You don’t come here to take life easy. And we all […] The post Ivan Glasenberg, M&A icon appeared first on ansarada.
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  • Lack of compliance costs a restaurant chain dearly in FLSA penalties

    Jon Burns
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ruby Tuesday Inc., a nationwide chain that operates more than 750 restaurants, recently agreed to pay out a staggering $3 million to settle a class action Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Replicon servers not affected by Shellshock

    Siddharth Deb
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Recently, independent research teams identified a new vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell software component (Bash). Dubbed “Shellshock,” this bug can be used by hackers to take control of a system remotely and exploit Web servers. Blog tags: Corporate
  • 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…
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • The Retiree Next Door: Tips and Insight to Build a Successful Retirement

    Victoria Araj
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I recently had an opportunity to read “The Retiree Next Door,” an e-book that sheds light on how successful retirees saved and planned for their golden years. This summer, conducted an online survey of 510 Americans and invited some of the top social influencers in personal finance to review the data and provide additional commentary to create the e-book. It’s important to note that of those surveyed, four out of five are fully retired, are between the ages of 60 and 79, and have at least some college education. I’m sharing some of the key data and recommendations from…
  • Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows – Market Update

    Anthony Fontana
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Headline News MBA Purchase Applications – The steep drop underway in mortgage rates is stimulating demand for refinancing, but it isn’t yet doing much for home purchases. The purchase index fell 1.0% for the week and 4.0% for the year. Producer Price Index – The PPI for total final demand in September slipped 0.1%, following no change in August. Retail Sales – Auto sales and gasoline sales tugged down on retail sales in September. Sales declined 0.3% after jumping 0.6% in August. Jobless Claims – Claims declined 23,000, marking now the lowest point of the recovery and the lowest…
  • Ask Ryan Newman Anything on Reddit This Friday at 2:00 pm ET

    Keith Guyot
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Attention NASCAR fans! On Friday, October 24, you’ll get your chance to ask Ryan Newman any question you’d like. That’s right, from 2:00 p.m. ET to 2:45 p.m. ET, Ryan Newman will be answering fans’ questions on Reddit in a post called an Ask Me Anything (AMA). What Is Reddit? Reddit is an online community made up of millions of people who post user-generated content, news articles and pictures. Posts are divided into subreddits, which are mini-communities broken up by interests, subject matters and help forums. For example, if you’re interested in all things technology, you can…
  • How Self-Employment Affects Your Mortgage Application

    Lilly Keyes
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    There’s no doubt that being your own boss can be awesome. Whether it’s being able to make your own hours or approving your own vacation time, there are definite advantages to being self-employed. The less-than-awesome part? Self-employment makes the mortgage process more complicated for you than for those who work 9-to-5 jobs. Because you don’t receive a regular paycheck, you might be viewed as a higher risk by mortgage companies. Although you have a few more hoops to jump through, it’s still very possible to get a mortgage when you’re self-employed! Here are some tips to help you…
  • Ghoulishly Great Halloween Recipes

    Kevin Graham
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Halloween is all about tricks and treats. Unfortunately, if you only eat candy that day, your dentist and doctor might not be too pleased with you. In the spirit of the holiday, the team here at Quicken Loans wanted to give you some of our personal favorite spooky, creepy, crawly Halloween recipe ideas. Hopefully these help you celebrate without the sugar coma. Appetizers Here are some appetizers to get your meal off to a scary good start. Edible First Aid This one is super simple and spooky. You only need a few ingredients: Graham crackers Cream cheese Raspberry or strawberry jelly Cut…
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    NACD Blog

  • Complexity and the Boardroom

    Adam Lee
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    At the final plenary session of the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, NACD President and CEO Ken Daly spoke with Steven Reinemund, director of Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Marriott, and American Express, and Gen. H. Hugh Shelton (Ret.), chairman of Red Hat and director of L-3 Communications on the issue of business complexity. The current environment is dynamic, fast-paced, and tumultuous, Daly observed. Not only must boards stay vigilant of disruptive forces—including those identified by NACD’s Directorship 2020: economics, geopolitics, competition, technology, demographics, innovation,…
  • Future Trends in Market Disruption

    Ashley M. Marchand
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Seasoned venture capitalists during a keynote session this morning at the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference discussed future trends in marketplace disruption. Scott Kupor, director of the National Venture Capital Association and managing partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said that from an entrepreneurial standpoint, the so-called next big thing is whatever a business is doing to be innovative in their field. What many entrepreneurs are doing is streamlining the chain by which products or business ideas make it to market. They’re getting rid of the middle man.
  • In Conversation with James Jones

    Jesse Rhodes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    As the business world is continuously reshaped through advances in technology, growth of new markets, and changing political landscapes, the issues that arise in both the public and private sectors have become increasingly complex. The international crises that dominate news headlines today–the emergence of the Islamic State, the ongoing war in Syria, and the crisis in Ukraine–will play a part in redefining global markets and impact how companies operate in the future. In a conversation with NACD Senior Advisor Jeffrey M. Cunningham, Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), former…
  • Insights From Wikimedia Foundation Advisor Sue Gardner

    Ashley M. Marchand
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Few companies have disrupted so-called business-as-usual as much as the Wikimedia Foundation. The nonprofit foundation is behind the website Wikipedia, an online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia that has become the fifth most visited website in the world. At the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, Sue Gardner, the former executive director and current special advisor for Wikimedia, shared her insights on the open nature of Wikipedia and the risks involved in that business model. Her thoughts resonate not only for the technology or publishing companies, but also for corporate boardrooms across a…
  • Generational Dynamics in the Boardroom

    Ashley M. Marchand
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    During today’s keynote address at the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, Chuck Underwood—founder and principal of The Generational Imperative, a consulting firm that provides training and research on generational demographics to businesses and governmental officials—shared some key takeaways on how generational demographics affect corporate governance. He began by sharing three key points about generational dynamics. “Between birth and the late teens or early 20s, individuals form core values molded by teachings and personal experiences, and those core values are by and large…
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    The Whitepages blog | Data for Good

  • New! Spam Score for Whitepages Current Caller ID

    Lori Roth
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    We’ve got exciting news about our Android app Whitepages Current Caller ID. Say hello to our latest feature, Spam Score. Here’s how it works. When an incoming call is suspected of spam, users get a Spam Score notification screen. That lists important tidbits like the spam level based on a score of 0-10, the amount [...] The post New! Spam Score for Whitepages Current Caller ID appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Whitepages Women at the GHC: Reflections & Takeaways

    Kathleen Moore
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
      This past week I attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix, Arizona along with some of my fellow female coworkers from Whitepages. At the conference, I met women (and a few men) from all over the world, listened to technical speakers, participated in career workshops, and learned about some [...] The post Whitepages Women at the GHC: Reflections & Takeaways appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • How’d You Get That Number? The History of the 10-Digit Phone Number

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
      Ever wonder how the ten-digit phone number came to be? In the US and Canada, a phone number consists of three parts: a three-digit area code, a three-digit exchange number and a four-digit station number. Before mobile phones, the area code told you the broader location of the caller, the three-digit exchange number honed [...] The post How’d You Get That Number? The History of the 10-Digit Phone Number appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • You Don’t Know Jack: Pet Names that are “People” Names

    Rebecca Carroll
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    No question, pets are part of one’s family – so much so, it seems there’s been an increase in giving the family pet a name that, in the past, has usually belonged exclusively to humans. Growing up, in fact, two of our dogs were named Rosie and Tammy.  And many pet owners say their pets [...] The post You Don’t Know Jack: Pet Names that are “People” Names appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Infamous Infants: Names Shared with Celebrity Babies

    Rebecca Carroll
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      Stars are always starting new trends, and the names they choose for their children are no exception. In honor of some of 2014’s latest A-list infants, we took a look at the popularity of 20 names in the country shared with this year’s celebrity offspring, and Parents magazine’s In Name Only blog joined us. [...] The post Infamous Infants: Names Shared with Celebrity Babies appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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  • Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Assesses Future Impact of Current Market Conditions

    GC Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Guy Carpenter hosted “The Reinsurance Industry of the Future,” the Reinsurance Symposium held in Baden-Baden, Germany on October 19. A distinguished line-up of industry luminaries... Continue reading...
  • Capital – Multiple Issues Require Multifaceted Solutions

    GC Editor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Matthew Day, Head of Rating Agency Advisory, Strategic Advisory EMEA - Capital Optimization Contact What drives (re)insurer capital planning? Maybe it is risk appetite, internal dynamic capital... Continue reading...
  • Centralization of Reinsurance Buying

    GC Editor
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Massimo Reina, CEO, Continental Europe & MENA, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC Contact It should come as no surprise that there is a general trend among larger cedents to centralize reinsurance... Continue reading...
  • Hurricane Gonzalo — Update

    GC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Hurricane Gonzalo is now a dangerous Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and is expected to make a close approach to Bermuda, with closest approach this evening. Model guidance is in... Continue reading...
  • Week’s Top Stories: October 11 — 17, 2014

    GC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Understanding Emerging Risks: Executive Summary: (Re)insurers today face a degree of change and uncertainty that appears to be evolving at an ever quickening pace. Guy Carpenter has published a... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Hearts of Baltimore Vegan Crab Cakes

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another vegan installment of our Meatless Monday recipe share series. 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. When you think about veganism, crab cakes are not generally the first thing to pop into your head but we’re going to change that today. This uber-delicious (tasting…
  • 10 Best Countries to Grow Old

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aging is a natural part of life and as life-expectancy increases, we all have a vested interest in what life will look like as we get older in Canada and in other countries around the world. I have previously explored a variety of global rankings in posts like the best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best…
  • How does the NFL remain a nonprofit as 275,000 others lose their 501(c)3 status?

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It is rather distressing to see the huge number of nonprofits in the US that have had their 501(c)3 status status revoked over the last year as a result of changing regulations and deeper analysis by the IRS. The 501(c)3 status allows a nonprofit a wide range of benefits including but not limited to exemption from federal and/or state corporate income taxes, the ability to apply for grants and other public or private allocations available only to IRS-recognized, 501(c)3 organizations and discount on US Postal bulk-mail rates and other services. In the meantime many of us learned this week…
  • New study ‘How America Gives’ provides huge insight into nonprofit fundraising changes

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A brand new report via the Chronicle of Philanthropy takes an in-depth look at the relationship between nonprofit fundraising, donor earnings and contributions in the United States both pre and post recession and the findings are incredibly informative. There will of course be a great deal of conjecture about how the data reflects on the gaps between the highest and lowest earners and how they in turn support the nonprofit sector but rather than focus too deeply on that I thought we’d focus on what the data tells us and how it relates to fundraising overall in the US for 2014 and…
  • 3 Key Findings from customer service survey that nonprofits should heed

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We’ve long wondered how much knowledge those involved in nonprofit fundraising could learn from benchmarking data about customer service that is acquired from industries outside of the charity sector. There is a great range of strong research about the satisfaction and experiences of customers with companies and in many cases we can substitute the word donor for customer to see how these results might influence a nonprofit. After all, the needs and expectations of a customer who purchases goods and services canl share many of the same values and needs of a donor that has chosen to…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Find the Right Motorcycle Riding Club

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Riding clubs are a great way for riders to connect—and, of course, hit the road—with other enthusiasts. But even a quick Internet search yields a staggering number of club options, especially in warm weather areas. So, how do you narrow down your choices and find a comfortable group of motorcycle riders? Riding Clubs: What They Are & What They’re Not Long story short: a motorcycle riding club isn’t a “motorcycle gang.” Instead, a riding club is simply a group of riders organized around an idea—enthusiasm for a particular brand of bike—and dedicated to…
  • SLIDESHOW: Motorcycle Sidecars: More Uses Than You’d Think

    Amy Tyszkiewicz
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hitting the open road alone and experiencing the sense of freedom and adventure of riding a motorcycle is what it’s all about for most riders. But for some, they want to share that experience and bring someone along. That desire to share the fun is certainly not new, as the sidecar was invented around the turn of the 20th Century, according to Rider magazine. While the details are spotty, in 1893, a French newspaper created a contest that offered a prize for the best way tic array a passenger, says Rider magazine. The final solutions presented were the forecar (passenger in the front),…
  • His or Hers? Why Household Finances Are Both Partners’ Business

    Nicole Markle
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably not personally involved in all of your household’s money management. Statistics from Pew Research show that one partner is typically more involved in managing the household’s finances than the other. While splitting responsibilities can make sense, both partners should be involved in important financial decisions, says The New York Times. In the event of an emergency, you may be required to assume full responsibility for household finances, which means it’s important for you and your partner to stay on top of the family’s money…
  • Alternatives to Bagging Your Leaves

    Amy Tyszkiewicz
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As the leaves begin to fall, your love-hate relationship with your rake returns. If you find yourself dreading bagging all those leaves, there’s an alternative disposal method that might be a good solution for you. Fallen leaves shouldn’t be bagged and sent to the trash, according to LocalHarvest. When you throw away fallen leaves, you are also tossing out vital nutrients that your garden, lawn and plants can use. Here are a few tips, provided by LocalHarvest, on how to get more use from those fallen leaves. Get to Know Home Insurance Like a ProProtect what matters most with…
  • 10 Simple Life Changes To Boost Your Emergency Fund Savings

    Nicole Markle
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The daily expenses of life can make it difficult to put aside extra money, but that doesn’t change the fact that bad luck can happen to anyone. And if you don’t have an emergency fund built up, bad luck could force you to dip into your savings for your retirement or your children’s education. However, Americans only save 4.5 percent of their income, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s down from 5.6 percent in 2013. Business Insider recommends that everyone should have 3-6 months of expenses ready in their emergency fund, so it’s critical that you…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Using Social Media to Connect and Manage People— How We Do It

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    For the third time in just a few months, OSSCube has received an award celebrating our internal and external HR and people management practices. These awards are especially important to us because we take pride in our corporate culture, and knowing that our corporate culture is having a positive impact on the community is a wonderful feeling. This latest award, “Excellence in Social Media People Campaign” was presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at their annual gala. The award focuses on social media activity that engages outside employment prospects and garners a…
  • Mobile Apps: Can They be Secure Enough?

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    In the last few years—right before our eyes—communication has changed. From intern­et browsing, to text and e-mail messaging, people are going mobile. In fact, upwards of 80% of users are opening their e-mails on mobile devices. It can no longer be denied that the business world must begin to work within the mobile world of customers. In fact, mobile strategy must be a priority when it comes to connecting with current and potential markets. Though mobile security is discussed almost constantly, it recently came under fire when Gartner released a new report on mobile application…
  • Automation: Can it Change Business for the Better?

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I recently attended the CIOsynergy conference in San Francisco, where Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other top-ranked professionals gathered with software vendors to discuss some of the industry’s hottest topics. Throughout the day there were several panels and presentations, but for me, one of the most interesting of the day was “The Value of Automating the IT Enterprise and Beyond,” with Jonathan Crane, President and COO at IPSoft.From the beginning of his presentation Crane was open and honest about what automation means for the current accepted business model; “automation…
  • 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…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Tips for a Waste Free School Year

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The beginning of autumn means the start of a new school year, marking a joyous occasion for parents and a tearful end to summer vacation for kids. In honor of this occasion, we decided to share a few tips that can make this school year your most eco-friendly to date: -  Before shopping for new school supplies, take inventory of what supplies you already have and can use again this year. Should you have to get new materials, look for things you can get the most use out of (i.e., reloadable mechanical pencils). - Aim for packing “waste-free” lunches. This includes implementing reusable…
  • Amid legal strife, Oakland will return garbage contract to Waste Management

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In a surprising turn of events, The City of Oakland has decided to bow out of the legal battle brought on by Waste Management and give back the contract that will keep the company in control of a majority of the waste collection services. While the council’s unanimous vote allows California Waste Solutions (CWS) to still be in charge for collecting recyclables, garbage and compost collection duties will be the responsibility of Waste Management. This means that the hundred plus year relationship between Waste management and Oakland will continue. Some city officials are meeting the decision…
  • 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…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Making first birthdays a smashing success

    Maerenn Jepsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A child’s first birthday party is a big deal. And while some parents might stress over deciding on the perfect cake, theme and decorations, Kate Sommers didn’t have to look far for inspiration when planning the big event for her twin sons, Charlie and Arthur. Meet Kate and her family in the latest MyStory video. As part of her job as a community engagement specialist for Big G cereals, Kate had the inside scoop on Cheerios-themed party recipes, themes and decorations that she and the team had been creating to share online. That’s just one example of Kate’s connection to the fans of…
  • Our top five favorite game day recipes

    Madison Mayberry
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    With football season in full swing, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite recipes for game day. Fire up the remote — the snacks just got interesting! Queso Fundido with Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa Game day cheese dip gets a much needed makeover with Monterey Jack and queso Chihuahua cheeses — both of which are known for melting fantastically. Crispy Buffalo Chicken Poppers These tasty Buffalo chicken poppers won’t last long, so make extra! Pillsbury Crescent rounds are filled with a creamy Buffalo chicken mixture and rolled in panko bread crumbs for a downright delicious…
  • Who says cereals don’t have prizes anymore?

    Kevin Hunt
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Years ago, your choice of cereal maybe had more to do with the prize or giveaway pictured on the box than the cereal itself. Loyalty to one brand over another was sometimes fleeting, and you may have asked your mom to buy several different cereals at each trip to the store. “As a kid, many times the toy was the reason I bought the cereal,” says Adam Naide, a cereal super-fan in Georgia, who I met via social media. “I remember racing to open up the box when I got home and sometimes the prize would be outside the bag, another time I would have to stick my hand in the cereal bag to dig for…
  • How your cravings become snacks

    Lynne Morioka
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s 3:30 p.m. You had a healthy salad for lunch then a busy afternoon. Now your stomach is starting to growl, your energy is getting low and you’re starting to crave something sweet, but not too sweet. Something like dessert, but healthier and substantial enough to carry you through until dinner. And there it is – a container of Yoplait Greek Key Lime that hits all the right notes. But how do companies know exactly how to take your craving and make it into the perfect snack? And why are snacks becoming so important anyway? “How do we know what people want? We talk to people about…
  • How you can help the bees

    Kevin Hunt
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    When you think of planting flowers, you usually don’t think of using an airplane. But much like how water can be dropped on a wildfire, Cascadian Farm recently found a plane to drop colorful “Seedles” – small balls made from compost, clay and seeds – on a field near an organic farm in Yolo County, California. Why? Because wildflowers are important to the future of bees. The “seed ball drop” last month was captured on video to help Cascadian Farm launch Bee Friendlier, a new cause platform for the brand to increase awareness of the decline of bees and the small changes we can…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Pump Up Your Change Management Competencies

    China Gorman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IBM recently released an executive report: "Making change work... while the work keeps changing – How change architects lead and manage organizational change." The report, based on data from their latest "Making Change Work Study" seems a very pertinent one for the times.
  • Exceeding Expectations

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How Best Companies create customer and employee loyaltyWhat are your expectations as an employee or as a customer? If you’re like most, you want to be treated honestly and fairly. You want to receive something of value in exchange for your time or money. You want to be satisfied.
  • 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.”
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Independent Financial Advisors are CEOs

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Going independent means you are ready to be a true entrepreneur. Being the CEO of your own financial business is a dream come true for those who don’t want to conform to the big wire houses or answer to anyone. While this avenue isn’t for everyone, every day financial advisors seek out to become their own CEO.  Complete independence provides great opportunities for advisors seeking to be their own boss, becoming a business leader and building their own business model in complete freedom and with flexibility. Starting your own business and serving as CEO is simple, but building a business…
  • Using Your Hobby to Prospect for Clients

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Can you imagine saying to your partner, “Honey, I’m going sailing. For work?” David Edwards, president of New York-based Heron Financial Group, found a way to leverage his love of sailing with successful client prospecting. “What you need to do is create opportunities for prospects to get to know you in a ‘non-salesy’ environment,” said Edwards. Sailing fits the bill, for Edwards. Why does Edwards’ strategy work? He’s putting himself where his prospective clients are. According to a video made by Edwards, his firm services “time-stressed executives, between 45 and 55…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Announces Record Attendance for 2014 Convention

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*, successfully completed the 2014 National Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, October 9-11, 2014, with record attendance.   With over 450 in attendance, the theme of the three-day Convention, Summit’s Superheroes, focused on providing Summit’s advisors with the tools and strategies for them to discover and maximize their inner superhero powers and to grow their businesses.   Headlining this year’s convention was Brad Meltzer, the author of several #1 New York Times®…
  • How can you Break the Cycle of Overspending?

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    With the economy continuing to rebound, the stock market holding strong and the unemployment rate down, we appear to be further down the road of recovery. With the latest economic crisis, however, have we learned any lessons when it came to overspending? In the past few weeks, Apple saw a “record number” of pre-orders for its newest iPhone, with the model sold out and shipping dates pushed back by several weeks. According to auto sales trackers J.D. Power and LMC Automotive, when 2014 is done, consumers will have spent a near-record $39 billion on new automobiles, especially SUVs and…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    WHEN WILL THE MARKET CALM DOWN? Earnings didn’t preoccupy investors last week; Europe did. The International Monetary Fund warned that the euro area could enter another recession; European Central Bank president Mario Draghi urged EU member nations to go in for quantitative easing, but German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble disagreed. IMF and Federal Reserve officials noted the potential for Europe to slow global and U.S. growth. Factor in a selloff in small caps and a plunge for oil, and you had the CBOE VIX hitting an 8-month high of 20.53 Friday. A very poor week for equities ended…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • The Ripple Effect: How to Motivate Your Employees to Motivate One Another

    Jonathan McClellan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Much has been made of the impact employee recognition can have on reinforcing positive results. And with good reason: Employee recognition can lead to a whole host of positive outcomes, including improved employee engagement, transformed company culture, improved office morale, etc. Typically, when we talk about employee engagement, we’re referring to the ways in which managers can encourage and motivate employees to succeed in the workplace. But, as I discussed in a recent video about the influencing stage of the career evolution model, employees have the ability to impact the engagement…
  • Moving the Employee Engagement Needle Past 30 Percent

    Jonathan McClellan
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Though we might not have been aware of it at the time, sports and competition taught us the value of engagement and enrichment. We all wanted nothing more than to be the MVP and enjoy the glory associated with it. We learned, we practiced and we received recognition for each milestone accomplished throughout the season. We consciously understood the MVP worked hard, never cut corners, actively participated and enjoyed the thrill of being on the field. Believe it or not, business isn’t very different from sports. Different personalities, skills and work ethics live in the office just as they…
  • Snapshot: Upcoming CXPA Insight Exchange

    Rhonda Basler
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Each year, the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CPXA) hosts a national Customer Experience Day (CXDay). Coinciding with Customer Service Week, this event is dedicated to raising awareness of the customer experience and celebrating the professionals who make great customer experiences happen. Across the globe, more than 2,800 customer experience professionals set aside Oct. 7 to participate in CXDay. Between networking events in 22 cities in the U.S. and Europe, webinars, Google Hangouts and Twitter conversations, CXDay engagement was an interactive and social success. Customer…
  • Applying a Fresh Perspective to the Customer Experience: An Interview with Keith Fenhaus, President & CEO of Hallmark Business Connections

    Rhonda Basler
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a Hallmark company we inherently celebrate the people of business – customers, partners, and associates – for the individuals they are and the uniqueness they bring to our lives in the work environment.  As an active member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), we always pause on CXDay (Customer Experience Day – the day created to celebrate the CX discipline) to celebrate not only our great customers, but also our team members. Keith Fenhaus, President and CEO, and Rhonda Basler, Director of Customer Engagement, at Hallmark Business Connections This year’s…
  • Individual, Intimate and Invited: The Reasons Why Our Customer Care Teams Need More Resources

    Rhonda Basler
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Front-line employees, including those in contact centers and customer service, are working individually with customers. They also have the chance to work very intimately, because most often they have been invited into the conversation by the customer – not the other way around.  Every day, these front-line employees have a surplus of opportunities to create advocates, calm detractors and/or turn an individual who is merely transacting with your company into a meaningfully engaged customer. A transacting customer buys from you, but probably doesn’t remember anything meaningful about your…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • New advanced ticket options

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    We’ve just added some new features giving you more control when you setup your tickets:     Ticket Category Seelect a category header to group tickets together on your event page Exact availability By default we won’t show visitors how many tickets you have remaining. We’ll show warnings such as “Tickets selling quickly” or “Last few remaining” but these will be generic without revealing your remaining allocation. If you prefer, you can show the exact number of tickets remaining using this option Show Pending onsale tickets By default when…
  • Ticket categorisation

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Running an event with lots of ticket types? Sometimes the choice can be a bit confusing for customers, so you can now categorise your tickets into groups. When adding your tickets, simply select a category from the list (we’ve got loads to pick from) and we’ll group all tickets with the same category together on your event page. You can also move tickets around within the category groups, and rearrange the categories so they appear exactly how you want them to appear. Head over to the tickets overview to get started
  • Private visibility for events is here

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    When adding an event through the Promotion Centre, by default your event will be added to our listings network, including – the UK’s busiest events guide and a number of partner websites and apps. This gives your event great exposure, but sometimes you might be looking to add an event so you can utilise our ticket sales service, but don’t require this distribution. Examples might be a private fundraiser, an awards ceremony that’s for nominees only, or even a staff night out.   When you add your event, simply select ‘Private’ as the…
  • A new way to discover events is here

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Skiddle are developing a new way to find events, building on the events platform we’ve pioneered over the last 14 years. Always keen to keep innovating, and creating more user-friendly ways for our visitors to find and discover events, we’ve now launched a new event search, with several new features. Here’s a quick preview:   Filter events to suit your preferences Filter events, by location, date, distance, event category, music genres and more. Pick as many filters as you wish to narrow down the huge selection of events to ones that match your preferences. Fancy…
  • Optimise your event snippet to sell more tickets

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    So you’ve posted your events onto Skiddle, popped some tickets on sale. You can see 1,000s of visitors looking at your event info. But did you know, by optimising the information you enter you can dramatically improve how many tickets you sell, by up to 200%. So what makes the difference between a visitor buying tickets for your event, or skipping on by and purchasing for another event? We recently commissioned some user testing to see how real visitors react to different event snippets. This video is an extract from one test (this user was selected at random and was unknown to Skiddle…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Spinning Up Surf, Sun and Sensational ROI

    Danielle Nelson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This year’s DMA is coming up quickly, and will be held right here in San Diego—not far from Anderson HQ in Poway—October 25-30, at the San Diego Convention Center. Although the warmth of California’s summer is fading fast, the west coast venue is sure to be a relief for people flying in from less sunny parts of the country, as well as a beacon for those seeking DM’s best and brightest, people, technologies and ideas. We’ll be there—with ROI on wheels As we have for the past 15 years, Anderson will have a strong presence at this year’s exhibition hall (October 26-28), rocking a…
  • How to Keep Your DM Creative Fresh and Your Results Strong

    Melinda Risolo
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you’re lucky enough to have a strong control, in any medium, by all means keep using it. You may be tired of it—but as long as it delivers great results, don’t mess with a winner That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge it. Test, test, test is the holy mantra of direct marketing and the only way to generate continuous improvements in ROI. But what to test? It depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Here are two ways to keep your DM creative fresh and your results strong Tweak your control. Small changes can drive incremental lift in response and/or reduction in cost, and…
  • Understanding the True Power Behind Marketing Success: The Offer

    James Pennington
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I’ve actively worked in direct marketing for more than 30 years, and never before has it been this easy to be a great marketer. The Internet now provides access to virtually unlimited free information on marketing best practices through blogs, webinars and more. Yet in spite of this pervasive availability of information on how to make marketing work better, there are still many marketers who miss or ignore practices that have been proven to work time and time again. One often misunderstood and misused element in marketing is the offer. Once the audience is properly identified and…
  • 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 this…
  • 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…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • OMgirl is In! New Colors and Styles for Fall

    Barefoot Yoga
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    To browse our full selection of fun and fashionable new OMgirl clothing for fall, visit!  
  • Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month: Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

    Barefoot Yoga
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Our teacher for the month of September is Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, founder of Golden Bridge Yoga. Gurmukh first began practicing in 1970 after meeting Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan and receiving her name, which means, “one who helps people across the world ocean.” After studying with Yogi Bhajan, she started teaching, and after the birth of her daughter in 1982, […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Preparing Your Business for EMV

    Merchant Warehouse
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE In October of 2015, EMV will become a reality for those individuals invovled in the process of accepting credit cards. While Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, each has their own unique description for the changes in liability, beginning in October 2015 when a fraudulent transaction occurs, liability for any resulting counterfeit losses will fall on whichever part of the chain is responsible for the EMV transaction not occurring.If your business is not EMV ready, now is the time to begin developing and implementing your EMV roadmap. Learn more about EMV, the…
  • Developing Mobile Advertisements that Work

    Merchant Warehouse
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE As increasing numbers of consumers continue to use their smart devices (phones and tablets) to both research products before shopping as well as interact with these devices while shopping. Retailers looking to take advantage of this trend are leveraging new technologies such as location based advertising and beacons to increase their ability to connect with their customers when they are in-store and nearby.A recent report from Ninth Decimal, examined which information and offers in retail-related mobile ads US mobile device users are most likely to engage with. For retailers considering…
  • This Month in Payments News: September 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    SHARE Each month we round up the most interesting news in payments, the stories that have the potential to change the industry in ways big and small.  In our series here on the Resource Center, each month, we round up the biggest stories in the payments industry -- the breaking news and developing trends that stand to change this space and herald innovation. In this edition, we’re covering mid-August to the end of September. Follow along! August and September were big months for the payments industry, with many of the tech giants announcing new products, partnerships and splits. Here…
  • Defining EMV Security

    Merchant Warehouse
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Starting in October 2015, all four major card brands will shift financial liability for fraudulent transactions to the entity that’s responsible for a card present payment transaction not being processed via an EMV chip card. That means that if fraud occurs based on a consumer card that is only enabled with a mag-stripe, the card issuer may be liable. But that liability could shift to the merchant if the issuer is enabled with an EMV chip (contact or contactless) and the merchant didn’t have the necessary equipment to process that transaction. The guidelines vary by brand, but the…
  • 3 Tips to Help Prepare Your Customers for Apple Pay, NFC and EMV

    Michael Gavin
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Apple Pay™, NFC and EMV have been all the buzz lately. Apple Pay, which uses Near Field Communication (NFC), will be available later this month and the EMV liability shift is only a year away. As these positive and exciting changes enter the payments industry, both you and your customers need to prepare for them. Last month when Apple announced the new iPhone© 6, iPhone© 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch, they also introduced their new payment service, Apple Pay, which uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to make secure transactions using contactless technology. To make a…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Marketing Tips and Tricks From Years Past

    Danny Trizio
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Image courtesy of Mark Ramsay’s photostream As the saying goes, old habits die hard. This is somewhat odd considering that habits of our predecessors included using the phone and sending letters instead of email, and making in-person drop-ins instead of large scale marketing campaigns. While it’s understandable that many of today’s conveniences simply weren’t available to those who came before us, there’s also something to be said about the simpler and more personal approach of years past. Marketing automation has become a trending topic for the past few years and is seemingly…
  • Tech Matters: The Advantages and Pitfalls of Running Windows on a Mac

    Shawn Philpot
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Image courtesy of DeclanTM’s photostream I totally get it.  Apple MacBooks are awesome computers that make getting things done easy.  They are premium computers that last long and come with a huge amount of support.  Why would you want anything else? When Intel chips made it possible for Mac to run Windows it really changed the game.  You can run the operating system of your choice on a fantastic piece of hardware.  But, there are some important things to consider. First, you must choose HOW you will run Windows on a Mac.  There are two ways of doing this: 1.    Through virtual…
  • Holiday Cheer in the Workplace

    Natalie Darr
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Image courtesy of Jim Lukach’s photostream The time has come, fellow professionals. The Holiday season is approaching and there is no turning back.  As we speak; my coworkers are conjuring up ideas on how to one-up each other for Halloween.  As we dive into the November and December months, stress tends to follow us into our lives, both professionally and personally. Shopping, baking, family, parties and more shopping becomes a daily occurrence in addition to deadlines, projects and meetings. Instead of your busy schedule strangling you, learn to embrace the jingle bells and…
  • Staying Fit While Working

    Pamela McCafferty
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Image courtesy of MilitaryHealth’s photostream You spend 8 hours or more a day at work in front of your computer eating whatever you can get our hands on and not properly getting exercising. This has an impact on your health whether you know it or not, and the lack of free time keeps you from going to the gym on a regular basis. Here are a few tips that will help you stay fit while working. Do not skip meals – You are working on a project and you don’t want to stop but it is actually a good idea to take a step back and go for a walk, eat your lunch and then dive back into the…
  • Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing on Social Media

    Justin Heegan
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Image courtesy of Alan Reeves’ photostream Whether you fashion yourself as a social media aficionado or a technological novice, I’m sure you’ve come across a plethora of things you should be doing on social media to promote you and/or your business. A quick Google search will get you hundreds upon thousands of tips, most of them helpful, but how often do these things tell you exactly what you shouldn’t be doing? In the light of changing things up a bit, here’s a satirically-driven list of things you should NOT be doing (again, DO NOT DO THESE THINGS) with social media: 1. SELL,…
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  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
  • The Future Is Now And HR Should Be Ready

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technology’s moving faster than ever and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The future is now and HR should be ready, here’s some things to prepare for. Recruitment’s becoming a ‘buyers market’ Recruitment will become as much a ‘buyers market’ as a ‘sellers’ one. Top talent will choose where they work and who for. Brands will have to prove that they offer the environment and culture that beats the competition or risk losing the best applicants. Ensuring that employees have access to benefits that are useful in the real world is key.
  • 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Thanks to the internet, personal branding and electronic communication creating your CV has become more of an art than simply documenting your experience and qualifications. Here are 10 CV templates guaranteed to get you noticed. Below are 10 great examples of ready built CV templates. 3-Piece Resume CV Cover Letter Clean Resume Clean Resume/CV Resume Simple Resume Resume 3-Piece Swiss Style Resume set Professional Resume/CV Clean Infographic Resume Vol 2 & Cover Letter The post 10 CV Templates Guaranteed To Get You Noticed appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 8 Tips For A LinkedIn Profile That Commands Attention

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Standing out in a very crowded social network isn’t easy. Here’s 6 tips for a LinkedIn profile that commands attention and gets you noticed by the right people. 1) Tell Your Story in the first person When people or brands look for valuable connections or potential candidates on LinkedIn (or anywhere for that matter) they’re looking for an individual. They’re not interested in a profile full of text copied and pasted from various ‘How To’ articles. The internet’s made many things slightly less formal. Your summary should be told by you, as you, not as…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To Address Them)

    Anywhere Pad Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    It’s often been said that experience is a difficult teacher, giving the test first and the lesson only after. But even minor mistakes can be costly in fields as dynamic – if not volatile – as business and corporate governance, leading to wasted time, resources, productivity and opportunities. To maximise operations and results, more and more companies are exploring the benefits of adopting new technology like virtual boardrooms. But as with most digital solutions, it may take others more time Continue Reading » The post The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To…
  • Anywhere Pad Protected From Shellshock

    Anywhere Pad Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Security will always be one of our top priorities, so we would like to inform our users that Anywhere Pad is protected against Shellshock threats. All Linux servers in Amazon have been patched with the latest bash update, which comes with the corresponding security fix for Shellshock. Our Anywhere Pad servers are now running CentOS patched with the latest batch version including the latest CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) reported. The specific version is bash-4.1.2-15.el6_5.2. Shellshock, also known by its other Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad Protected From…
  • Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto

    Alexandrea Roman
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    We’re ending this productive week on a high note by attending two major events in two continents today, the 3rd of October. Catch Anywhere Pad at the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Annual Convention in London, England and the Governance Centre of Excellence’s Conference for Corporate Secretaries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you happen to be anywhere in either city, we’d love to see you drop by our booths. The IoD Annual Convention, one of the biggest events in the British business Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto appeared…
  • 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 Continue Reading » The post Catch Anywhere Pad on Exhibit at Malaysia’s MAICSA Annual Conference…
  • 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 Continue Reading » The post Remote Board Meetings: Are You Breaking the Law? appeared first on…
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • To Russia with Love: Thwarted ITAR Violations Straight out of a Movie

    Lori Padley-Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our leading man could start a new trend in films based on export compliance crimes. Fifty-three year old Dmitry Ustinov has been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison after violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Export compliance transgressions and slaps on the wrist from ITAR are nothing new – stories of companies that dropped the ball on restricted and denied party screening or inadvertently committed a deemed export violation are a dime a dozen. But Dmitry Ustinov’s failed yet elaborate scheme stands out for stirring up…
  • Beware of Elicitation: Gateway to Deemed Export Violations

    Lori Padley-Lee
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Don’t be fooled by flattery and fake praise. Keep sensitive information to yourself. Whether it’s the corporate world or the realm of education and research, most organizations are aware of the risk of deemed export violations and take prudent action to safeguard technology, research, and other controlled data. Limiting visitor access to certain areas of the lab, performing restricted/denied party screening on foreign job applicants or non-U.S. citizens attending a meeting, ensuring laptops and smartphones containing sensitive information are password-protected and always in the…
  • Impromptu FBI Visits Hope to Curb Deemed Export Violations

    Lori Padley-Lee
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Busted for a deemed export violation? Fear not – your visit from the FBI is unlikely to look like this. Let’s face it, unannounced company is rarely appreciated. If you haven’t washed the dishes, wiped the mud off the dog’s feet or tidied the mountain of shoes in your foyer, you may not wish to welcome guests into your home. If you work in a University or research facility in the United States, though, you should be prepared for unannounced visitors – from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The threat of deemed export violations means you must always be ready to put out…
  • 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…
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    P1 e-Social

  • 3D Shoe Printing

    P1 Buddy
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Would you like having a pair of brand new shoes that is comfortable at first wear without having to “break it in” or having to wear it relentlessly enough to get it comfy? Well, dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them will soon […] The post 3D Shoe Printing appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently Down The…. Oh Wait It’s Sunk

    P1 Buddy
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
          1st  #P1NostalgicNation Competition Challenge – #FoldABoat Remember when you were in primary school and you first came across origami? What was the first thing you learned to fold? A paper crane? Do you remember paper boats? Are you ready to take on the 1st challenge in the #P1NostalgicNation competition? Your […] The post Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently Down The…. Oh Wait It’s Sunk appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Keeping Employees Happy, 5 Key Lessons

    P1 Buddy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    According to a survey on Employee Job Satisfaction in Malaysia, 78% of the respondents claimed that they were unhappy with their current job. While it is often perceived that the main reason many young talent leave a company is due to the low salary, only 17% out of the […] The post Keeping Employees Happy, 5 Key Lessons appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 10 Free Social Media Tools For Your Business

    P1 Buddy
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    In today’s business society, social media is a power to be reckoned with and smart businesses are acknowledging that. Social media channels are tools that create a direct line of communication between your company and consumers. It gives anyone with an Internet connection instant access to the latest buzz around […] The post 10 Free Social Media Tools For Your Business appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • The Yesteryears Of Your Childhood, Relive It!

    P1 Buddy
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    P1 Nostalgic Nation Competition Instructions As part of the #P1NostalgicNation competition, P1 Connect will return you to the heydays of your childhood where you’ll find out if your childhood memories still personify you! Complete our three challenges and stand a chance to win some awesome prizes, and maybe relive your […] The post The Yesteryears Of Your Childhood, Relive It! appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Prospecting Tips for Enterprise World 2014

    Simon Harvey
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year's Enterprise World conference is once again almost upon us, and for those of us in the OpenText partner world its time to dust off the tradeshow booth and pull out our finest branded polo shirts ready for a trip down to Orlando. Over the last year OpenText have talked a lot about the Digital-First World - the new enterprise landscape where the technological advances and digitalization of data exchange will rewrite the rules of information management. It will be interesting to see how that vision is developed on the main stage as the show commences. Call me a veteran if you…
  • B2B Viral Campaigns Done Right: 2 Lessons

    Simon Harvey
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    B2B ad campaigns are often run as an afterthought, because a lot of companies think that they can’t be as effective as B2C campaigns. This idea is wrong, but it’s enduring. Even after numerous viral B2B campaign successes, many ask if it’s even possible for this to happen. For B2B companies looking for exposure, there’s good news: it’s possible to get people excited about your B2B firm. It’s not only possible for a B2B ad campaign to go viral, but successful campaigns share recognizable elements. This means that there’s a clear science to…
  • 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…
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