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  • Freedom On My Mind

    AccuQuote Blog
    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 –…
  • Big Data Update - New Blog and New Web-Based Training

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The topic of big data comes up almost every time I meet with current or potential AWS customers. They want to store, process, and extract meaning from data sets that seemingly grow in size with every meeting. In order to help our customers to understand the full spectrum of AWS resources that are available for use on their big data problems, we are introducing two new resources -- a new AWS Big Data Blog and web-based training on Big Data Technology Fundamentals. AWS Big Data Blog The AWS Big Data Blog is a way for data scientists and developers to learn big data best practices, discover…
  • Susan’s Story: How Donating Blood Saved Her Life
    Shane Kittelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    A blood donation is one of the greatest gifts that a person can give. It is a selfless act that can have a long-lasting impact on another person’s life. Susan, a committed Red Cross blood donor, regularly donated blood to help save the lives of others. Following one of her routine blood donation appointments, she received a message from the Red Cross that would help save hers. Susan’s Story: I came in and gave blood (like every 8-10 weeks). It seemed perfectly normal, and I felt perfectly normal. But, the day after my last donation, the Red Cross called me, and told me I should go to the…
  • Spokane, Wash.: Family reunion at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn

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

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Being a parent is possibly the most difficult and most rewarding job of all. Beyond feeding and clothing your children, there are boundaries to set, life lessons to teach and (of course!) lots of fun to be had! Parents Day is this Sunday, July 27th, so brew up a big pot of Bigelow Tea, pour it over ice and find a way to make the day matter! Parents Day was established “to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children.” Instead of being another day to honor parents, it is a day “when parents honor…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Freedom On My Mind

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

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

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

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

    Byron Udell
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Part of the American Dream is sending our children to college and preparing them for a bright future.  But with the current cost of college practically unfathomable and growing at a record rate, millions of American families are instead living a nightmare when it comes to financially planning for their children’s higher education. According to The College Board, the average ANNUAL total cost including tuition, housing and fees in 2013-2014 for an in-state public college is approximately $23,000; it’s a whopping $36,000 for an out-of-state public college; and a mind blowing $45,000 for a…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • Big Data Update - New Blog and New Web-Based Training

    Jeff Barr
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The topic of big data comes up almost every time I meet with current or potential AWS customers. They want to store, process, and extract meaning from data sets that seemingly grow in size with every meeting. In order to help our customers to understand the full spectrum of AWS resources that are available for use on their big data problems, we are introducing two new resources -- a new AWS Big Data Blog and web-based training on Big Data Technology Fundamentals. AWS Big Data Blog The AWS Big Data Blog is a way for data scientists and developers to learn big data best practices, discover…
  • AWS Week in Review - July 14, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, July 14 We launched Annual Pricing for AWS Marketplace Products. We announced Time to Live (TTL) Control for Amazon SNS. We announced that you can now Store and Monitor OS and Application Log Files with Amazon CloudWatch. We published Episode #93 of the AWS Podcast . I interviewed David Etue of SafeNet. Tuesday July 15 We announced General Availability and a Service Level Agreement for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. The AWS Application Management Blog reviewed Customer Highlights from Around the Web. A guest post on…
  • AWS Support API Update - Attachment Creation and Lightweight Monitoring

    Jeff Barr
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The AWS Support API provides you with a programmatic access to your support cases and to the AWS Trusted Advisor . Today we are extending the API in order to give you more control over the cases that you create and a new, lightweight way to access information about your cases. The examples in this post make use of the AWS SDK for Java . Creating Attachments for Support Cases When you create a support case, you may want to include additional information along with the case. Perhaps you want to attach some sample code, a protocol trace, or some screen shots. With today's release you can now…
  • Amazon RDS PostgreSQL Update - Service Level Agreement and General Availability

    Jeff Barr
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We launched RDS PostgreSQL at AWS re:Invent in November of 2013 in order to bring the benefits of a managed database service to the PostgreSQL community. Customers of all sizes are bringing their mission-critical PostgreSQL workloads to RDS at a rapid clip. Here is a small sample of the applications that have been launched on top of RDS PostgreSQL in the past 7 months: 6Wunderkinder - Wunderlist - Cross-platform mobile applications. Illumina - BaseSpace - an enterprise-scale web application. Netflix - Security Monkey - open source security solution. TigerLogic - Postano Platform - Engaging…
  • New Annual Pricing for AWS Marketplace Products

    Jeff Barr
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    I'm writing today to tell you about an important new feature for AWS Marketplace. As you may know, the AWS Marketplace lets you find, buy, and immediately start using a wide variety of software for developers and enterprises — 26 categories that span infrastructure, developer tools, and business applications. You can now purchase AWS Marketplace products on an annual subscription basis. You will make a single upfront payment by selecting the annual option and an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance type and have unlimited use of the software for that EC2 instance for the next 12…
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  • Susan’s Story: How Donating Blood Saved Her Life

    Shane Kittelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    A blood donation is one of the greatest gifts that a person can give. It is a selfless act that can have a long-lasting impact on another person’s life. Susan, a committed Red Cross blood donor, regularly donated blood to help save the lives of others. Following one of her routine blood donation appointments, she received a message from the Red Cross that would help save hers. Susan’s Story: I came in and gave blood (like every 8-10 weeks). It seemed perfectly normal, and I felt perfectly normal. But, the day after my last donation, the Red Cross called me, and told me I should go to the…
  • Spend Some Summer R&R with the Red Cross

    Sarah Layton
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Summer vacation may sound relaxing, but between packing for your trip to the beach and organizing barbecues, some of us might need a break from our summer break. What’s the solution? It’s as simple as choosing your day. Make an appointment, kick back in a comfy chair, roll up a sleeve and donate blood. It’s a great activity (sunnies and beach towel optional) to add to your summer plans. The entire process takes about an hour; the actual blood donation takes about eight to 10 minutes. It’s perfect to fit in some much needed R&R (rest and relaxation)! Giving blood isn’t just an…
  • Reporting for Duty: A Retired Army Colonel at the Red Cross

    Sarah Layton
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    In October of 2010, Retired Colonel Benjamin F. Robinson retired from a second career in civil service. The following week, Robinson walked through the front doors of the American Red Cross and said he was ready to volunteer. No time for relaxing – he had work to do. “There was no way I could sit at home and watch As the World Turns. I always said if I had the opportunity to pay back the Red Cross, I would,” Robinson said. For four years now, Robinson has been volunteering three days a week with the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, answering those very calls. While he describes it as…
  • I Think The Onion Has a Crush On Us…

    Kristiana Almeida
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    I’m a huge fan of The Onion – it’s a great place to get some fake news and a giggle or two. However, I have recently noticed a growing trend of Red Cross specific articles… Allow me to present the following evidence showing that The Onion may in fact, have a not-so-secret crush on the Red Cross: 1) STUDY: Nearly Half of Americans Can’t Swim The article was based on the results from our Swimming Survey 2) Then they published an article about Beach Safety Tips Curious, we think they must have LOVED reading our own beach safety tips and decided to add a few of their…
  • Capturing the Hearts of American Teens with International Humanitarian Law

    Niki Clark
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    I think I may be turning into an IHL nerd (Does that exist? Like a band nerd?). I just got an e-book copy of the Geneva conventions. Soren, IHL Action Campaign Participant and New Roots Charter School Student via Facebook In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans and instant connectivity, it takes something special to capture the hearts and minds of American teenagers and young adults. But getting them captivated about international humanitarian law? For three whole days? That’s really special. Launched in 2013 by the American Red Cross, the IHL Action Campaign gets young people (ages…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • Spokane, Wash.: Family reunion at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn

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

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

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

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

    Amy Graff
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    Have you ever considered Spokane, Wash., as a family getaway spot? Our family did!  Our family was ready to welcome summer with a mini vacation. Our two oldest kids had put away their backpacks and finished up school.  My husband had wrapped up a major project at work. As a mom with a new baby, I'd changed a lot of diapers and spent many days at home. I was rearing to get out and about.We decided on Father's Day weekend and wanted to pick a vacation spot that was fun for the kids and would be easily accessible for grandpa who'd be coming from Seattle. We'd been to Portland, Ore.,…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Third Generation Family Owned Bigelow Tea Celebrates Parents Day

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Being a parent is possibly the most difficult and most rewarding job of all. Beyond feeding and clothing your children, there are boundaries to set, life lessons to teach and (of course!) lots of fun to be had! Parents Day is this Sunday, July 27th, so brew up a big pot of Bigelow Tea, pour it over ice and find a way to make the day matter! Parents Day was established “to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children.” Instead of being another day to honor parents, it is a day “when parents honor…
  • Video Vignettes Celebrating Family And Bigelow Tea!

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    From moments of messy mayhem to sweet timeouts with tea—as seen in the video above!—family time is precious. And as a family-owned business, Bigelow Tea appreciates just how much the highs and lows enrich each unique family story, including yours! So thanks to those who’ve shared scenes from their family life, with tea as a supporting player. Here are a few more videos to make you smile: Crayons, a chatty baby and Cozy Chamomile for Mom: Tea parties? Not just for the adults! Check out these little cuties all dressed up and ready to pour: Do you have your own family tea tale to show…
  • Bigelow Tea Lovers #GetSocial

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last Thursday was Get to Know Your Customers Day, and Bigelow Tea is taking a moment to give a shout-out to all of you who share your passion for Bigelow Tea via social media! Thank you for talking tea online and even offering the occasional peek inside your tea cabinet by sharing photos, as a few Bigelow Tea Facebook followers did in this recent post. Several tea fans chimed in to answer the question: Is there a Bigelow Tea you enjoy morning, noon and night? Here’s a sampling of this lively tea chat: “Constant Comment” –Karen H. “Peppermint is always my…
  • Take Bigelow Tea on a Picnic in the Park

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This summer, make plans to go picnicking in a park—and bring along some Bigelow Tea! July marks both National Parks and Recreation Month and National Picnic Month, two great reasons for packing up a delicious spread and a big thermos of iced tea for a sunny day or a warm night outside. While whipping up salads, sandwiches or finger foods, brew one of Bigelow’s iced teas to go with these munchies. Both Perfect Peach and Red Raspberry herbal iced teas provide a taste of summer with their in-season fruit flavors. If guests prefer lemonade, Bigelow’s Half and Iced Tea and…
  • Happy Hour! Making Tea-Infused Cocktails with Bigelow Tea

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and Bigelow Tea has delicious recipes that will help you put the happy in Happy Hour. You love tea and you love your cocktails, so try combining the best of both worlds the next time you’re in the mood for an evening sipper, like tea-loving photographer @jillianguyette on Instagram. Jillian might be on to something with her black tea cocktail because People magazine’s StyleWatch recently noted that tea-infused cocktails are trending in cities like New York and San Francisco. Luckily, you don’t need to look further than Bigelow Tea for tasty…
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    Chrysler Blog

  • Redesigned Dodge Challengers roll out

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    For the past week, Portland, Oregon, has been the center of the Dodge Challenger universe. During that time, groups of journalists have come to the picturesque Northwest city to spend time driving the redesigned 2015 Dodge Challenger. In just a few weeks, the new Challenger will arrive in Dodge dealerships around the country. Need a spotter's guide to the new Dodge Challenger on the road? We've published several B-roll videos of the new muscle car, shot in the areas around Portland. Not surprisingly, the top-of-the-line Challenger SRT with the supercharged HEMI Hellcat V-8 attracts plenty of…
  • Jeep Girls: California or bust!

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Greetings from California, a home to the "happiest place on earth!" For the summer, the official start of 2014, we left the heat behind and headed further west to southern California. Ashley and I discovered along the way that the drive from Phoenix to San Diego can be described in one word: hot. The region, however, is not as simple to explain.  During this trek, we entered a region rich with military history, as well as diverse neighborhoods, offering great food, classic cars and courage, or as some like to say, "cajones!" "The Jeep Girls," Ashley &…
  • Ram claims the lead in towing standards

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
      Ever notice how sometimes it's hard to tell who's out front, in the lead, without a scorecard? Take towing capability, for example. It's at the heart of every great work truck and something pickup truck customers lean on heavily in making their purchase decisions. That's why automakers proudly tout their towing numbers at every opportunity. But, everybody can't be number one!  No, that bragging right now belongs exclusively to the Ram Truck Brand, thanks to the brand's new towing standards 'scorecard,' that comes straight from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Ram Truck…
  • Geared for fun

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    The high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, equipped now with an all-new automatic transmission, are arriving at FIAT studios this month. If you crave Abarth's performance but prefer an automatic transmission, then this car might be right for you. Many people don't know how to drive a stick shift or simply don't want to, but that doesn't mean they don't like speed, torque and having a ton of fun on the road, particularly when it comes in a small but wicked package. The reason behind the six-speed automatic transmission? To appeal to a much larger audience. Why not give people with…
  • Chrysler Group celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
     1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Just as the smoke clears from Fourth of July celebrations, you may see some classic and collector cars emerging from the haze. On Friday, car collectors and auto enthusiasts alike will celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day by taking to the streets in their collector cars or attending any of the more than 100 events planned across the U.S. and Canada. National Collector Car Appreciation Day kicked off in 2010 and is officially recognized by the United States government on the second Friday of July each year. It is held to "raise awareness of the…
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  • Participation of the Latin American Teams in the Digital Field

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    If you want to learn more about comScore Media Metrix for measurement of digital audiences, please contact us.
  • Is Mobile Bringing About the Death of the PC? Not Exactly…

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    While there is no doubt that the growth in mobile has been dramatic, for the most part it is not coming at the expense of desktop computer usage. Put another way, most of the growth of mobile has been activity that is incremental to what’s happening on existing platforms. Consider comScore data over the past year: Here we can see that mobile consumption has clearly exploded, with a 44% gain in mobile app usage and a 38% gain in mobile web usage. This has contributed to mobile growing its share of digital media time spent from 50% to 60% in the past year and owning a clear majority of time…
  • When Mobile Web Dominates Apps in an App-Dominated World

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Why Does a User Visit the App vs. the Website?Perhaps the best example of a browser-dominant media property is Wikimedia Foundation Sites, the organization that runs Wikipedia, one of the most popular sites on the web. But as popular as Wikipedia is, it remains one of the few large digital media properties that has succeeded on mobile despite a very small portion of its smartphone engagement occurring via app. In contrast, the smartphone audiences for most of the top properties spend the majority of their time on the app, not the mobile website. This is what you would expect given the many…
  • The Perils of Survey Data in Cross-Platform Measurement

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The following article identifies the sources and magnitude of these survey-based errors and shows how they can be eliminated through the use of behaviorally-measured panels. The article was recently published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Advertising Research and is reprinted with permission.View Now: The Perils of Survey Data in Cross-Platform Measurement
  • Major Mobile Milestones in May: Apps Now Drive Half of All Time Spent on Digital

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    Internet Radio Leads Categories Generating Majority of Activity from MobileWhile the mobile platform shift continues unabated, not every content category has experienced the shift at the same speed. An analysis of the leading content categories (based on those with at least 10 billion minutes of total engagement in May) showed which have seen the most pronounced shift to mobile. Amazingly, but perhaps not altogether unexpectedly, a couple of important categories have shifted almost exclusively to mobile. Digital Radio, led by category leader Pandora now generates more than 96% of its total…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • My Day of Caring: A great expericence in Berlin

    Maria D'Apice
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    My first time in Berlin was back in 1998. I was 15 and I took part in a cultural exchange. At that time I was too young to appreciate Berlin, so my first impression was not really a positive one. I came back in June 2013 to start my great adventure in Mercedes Benz Bank when I joined the Italian team to build the new Italy Retail Collection division. I am Italian, but from January 2011 to May 2013 I lived and worked in Ireland. After two years and half in the emerald island I needed a change, so here I was. Now, my perception of Berlin is completely different: I love Berlin and I cannot…
  • DSP – Annual Conference 2014: vom Bachelor in den Beruf

    Julian Janko
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Daimler Student Partnership (DSP) – Das Studentenförderprogramm der Daimler AG. Nach etwa einer Stunde Zugfahrt war ich am Bahnhof Sindelfingen angekommen, Treffpunkt der diesjährigen Daimler Student Partnership Annual Conference. Mein Name ist Julian Janko und ich studiere Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen im 7. Semester an der Hochschule Esslingen. Das dsp-Programm ist das Studentenförderprogramm der Daimler AG und bietet, neben einer jährlichen Konferenz, die intensive Betreuung durch einen Personal- und Fachbereichs-Mentor sowie diverse Trainingseinheiten an. Am Bahnhof Sindelfingen…
  • Weltpremiere smart fortwo und forfour: “For”-wärts, urbane Igel!

    Dan von Appen
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Es gibt Kleinwagen, deren Idee und Konzept ist es, nun ja, eben klein zu sein. Und es gibt kleine Wagen, hinter denen sich etwas mehr verbirgt. Sie transportieren auch mehr, als man es von einem Kleinwagen erwartet. Eine großartige Idee zum Beispiel. Dazu fallen mir spontan die „Ente“ von Citroen und der allererste Austin Mini als geniale Konstruktion von Sir Alec Issigonis ein. Diese Autos entstanden aber schon in den 40er und 50er Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts. Seitdem hat sich einiges verändert. Das Leben der Menschen. Viele zieht es heute in die Großstädte oder an deren Rand.
  • Schon gesehen? Die Weltpremiere der neuen smarts in Berlin

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Lange erwartet, ta-taa, hier sind sie: Die ersten Bilder des neuen smart fortwo und des smart forfour bei ihrer Weltpremiere im Tempodrom in Berlin! Der Kraftstoffverbrauch liegt beim fortwo bei 4,1 l/100 km, und die CO2-Emissionen 93 g/km und beim fourfour bei 4,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen 97 g/km – jeweils kombiniert.* Motor: Verbaut werden wieder Dreizylinder-Motoren mit einer Leistung von 45 kW/60 PS, 52 kW/71 PS oder 66 kW/90 PS Getriebe: für die Kraftübertragung ist ein Fünfgang-Schaltgetriebe oder eine Doppelkupplungs-Automatik namens “twinamic” zuständig.
  • “WM-Liner”: Fertigstellung just in time

    Richard Kienberger
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Es ist kurz nach Mitternacht, als sich in einer warmen Julinacht Berlin in ein Tollhaus verwandelt. Wildfremde Menschen fallen sich um den Hals, Chinaböller werden abgebrannt, Straßen sind binnen Minuten verstopft und eine Melange aus zehntausendfachem Dauerhupen, Polizeisirenen und den Jubelgesängen der Fußballfans vermischt sich zu einer orgiastischen Geräuschkulisse. Seit wenigen Minuten steht fest, dass Deutschlands Nationalmannschaft das nervenaufreibende Endspiel gegen Argentinien gewonnen hat und neuer Fußballweltmeister ist. Was macht der Fußball mit den Menschen? Selbst wenn…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • A cool internal thread re: Virtualization.

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
  • Some really cool XtremIO facts.

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
  • VSAN: The First 100+ Days

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I have the distinct privilege of working closely with VMware’s VSAN team.  As a career storage guy, I find VSAN fascinating on many levels: - It’s a bona-fide storage product from a company not known for storage - It’s a 100% software product, uniquely interwoven with the vSphere hypervisor - It doesn’t look or act like a familiar storage array To say there were a few personal worry-bubbles when we took it to market would be an understatement.  What would our customers think?  How would storage people react to it? Now that the first full quarter is behind us (and…
  • VMworld 2014: vodgeball!

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
  • VMworld Sessions to sign up for!

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Will Ferrell Wants to Reboot Bizarre 'Manimal' TV Show

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you were alive and watching TV during an eight-week period in 1983, you may remember the short-lived show Manimal. Simon MacCorkindale starred as a rich playboy who solved crimes with his ability to morph into any animal he wanted – a skill bestowed upon him by some African tribe. It was every bit as wonderfully bizarre as it sounds – and naturally Will Ferrell is totally up for rebooting it as a movie. Sony Pictures Animation has teamed up with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) to create a hybridized live-action-and-animation update of Manimal.
  • News Bites: First Look at 'Insidious: Chapter 3'

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Insidious: Chapter 3: Production has begun on Insidious: Chapter 3, and to mark the occasion, the first image has been released, featuring writer-director-actor Leigh Whannell and actress Lin Shaye. Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott star in new roles; Whannell, Shaye and Angus Sampson are reprising their characters for the third installment, which is a prequel to the first two movies in the franchise. Insidious: Chapter 3 is set to arrive in theaters on May 29, 2015. [Focus Features]   Brooklyn Family Robinson: Steve Carell will produce and star in Brooklyn Family Robinson, an…
  • Quiz: What Mythological Figure Are You?

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
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  • See an Incredible Abandoned Movie Theater Rotting Away in the Egyptian Desert

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas discovered an abandoned movie theater hidden in the Sinai desert. According to the photographer’s blog, a wealthy man from France purchased vintage movie-theater seats from Cairo to build an outdoor cinema. After hauling a massive generator and screen to the site, his dream was brought to life. However, the cinema was not well received by several locals who sabotaged the generator. No films were ever screened, and the theater was left abandoned in the desert. For those of you wondering if Kikkas’ story is real or just a creative work of fiction,…
  • Sandra Bullock Goes from Space to the Wild Tupperware Parties of the 1950s

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The first social networking didn’t start online. It started at home Tupperware parties during the 1950s. Brownie Wise is the pioneering saleswoman behind the mid-20th century Tupperware Home Party craze. Women invited their friends and neighbors over to their home for a shindig where they presented the latest Tupperware line — a set of popular storage and serving products. It was part social event, part sales presentation, and the marketing plan worked like gangbusters. You weren’t the ideal 1950s housewife unless you had a set of Tupperware. The company is still going…
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  • New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other […] The post New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Cardboard Box Arcade

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are well into the throws of summer here, and between trips to the beach, swimming lessons, picnics and playdates, my kids are always looking for an opportunity to be creative at home. Having the kids work on making a cardboard box arcade will provide hours of fun and entertainment as well make memories to last a […] The post Cardboard Box Arcade appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Create Behind the Seams ~ Winners!

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The past month has been an exciting one as we got to see the wonderful entries into our Create Behind the Seams challenge we’ve been hosting with Pellon. The contest drew to a close yesterday, and it’s my pleasure to announce the first, second and third place winners today! All winners were picked at random from among […] The post Create Behind the Seams ~ Winners! appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Stencil technique – with punches

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Playing around with my new Fern Lever Punch the other day led me to come up with a stenciling technique that I had a lot of fun with and the more intricate the punch design, the better. Start out by punching out your design from a scrap of card stock. Put the punched shapes to one […] The post Stencil technique – with punches appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Make it Monday – Abacus

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a craft idea for kids, using supplies you likely already have to hand. You’ll need : 4 wooden skewers (trimmed and with the pointy ends chopped off) 6 – 8 large popsicle sticks Plastic pony beads Hot glue gun. Construct the abacus by glueing 3 popsicle sticks together in an  ‘A-frame’ structure, with one popsicle […] The post Make it Monday – Abacus appeared first on Fiskateers.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Team X Introduces a New 7-Inch G3X Touch Display

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just ahead of the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration in Oshkosh, Wisconsin next week, Garmin and Team X are excited to introduce a new G3X Touch 7-inch display option for experimental aircraft! The new touchscreen display compliments the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch, offering even more panel design options and added redundancy.  The 7-inch G3X Touch display features a high-resolution, infrared touchscreen display. We’re certain pilots and aircraft homebuilders will be delighted with the 7-inch display, particularly if height and width constraints are of concern in their…
  • Canadian Fishing Team Continues Strong Season with Garmin

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A few weeks ago we told you about Corey and Chris Johnston, a Garmin-sponsored Canadian fishing team based out of Ontario that was having a very successful month of June.  They won a local Pro Bass Tournament with a full suite of Garmin gear on board. The Johnston boys didn't stop there.  They carried that momentum into the month of July and have been doing extremely well.  Corey and Chris competed in the CSFL (Competitive Sprot Fishing League) Casey Cup on Lake Simcoe in Orillia, Ontario.  With a 5 fish limit of smallmouth bass, the Johnstons won the tournament…
  • Nutrition for Cyclists with Team Garmin-Sharp Chef Sean Fowler

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Whether you’re training for your first race or riding your eighth Tour de France (Johan Vansummeren!), nutrition is key to perform your best. Team Garmin-Sharp chefs Sean and Olga Fowler have been fueling the riders since their first Tour de France in 2009. Among the teams favorite dishes are soups and stews after cold days, and spicy, sweet and sour curry dishes when they’re tired and the weather is hot. And of course, lots of fruits and vegetables! Sean was kind enough to share some nutrition tips while cooking lunch for the riders in their argyle kitchen van parked outside…
  • Garmin Introduces Wireless Cockpit Connectivity

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
      Garmin is excited to introduce an expanded Connext portfolio of products and features, which includes connectivity between select Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot for iPad/iPhone and certain Android devices. This connectivity is made possible by Flight Stream 110 or Flight Stream 210, which are small, Bluetooth wireless gateways that are easily installed and connected to Garmin avionics. Even more, it is compatible our GTN and GNS WAAS series navigators, G3X Touch, GDL 88 and GDL 69/69A, so thousands of customers can take advantage of this exciting new technology!   Two-way…
  • Q&A with Team Garmin-Sharp Mechanic Geoff Brown

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Whether you have one bike or 20, keeping it properly tuned up is extremely important, which is why the Team Garmin-Sharp mechanics have such an important job—the team literally could not function without them! We were able to chat with mechanic Geoff Brown ahead of the Tour de France, and get some insight on what it's like working for an elite cycling team.  What’s the most important tip you can share to riders at home who want to keep their bike in good condition?      How do you keep your cool when something happens to a rider’s bike during a big race?
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    GE Global Research

  • Calorie Counting Made Easy

    Matt Webster
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    A few years ago I asked my wife if she would like an activity monitor for her birthday, to help automatically track her calories.  To my surprise she answered, “Does it automatically track the calories I eat?” I told her that that was crazy and not possible.  She replied, “Then I don’t want it!”  For her birthday she still got a Fitbit™ activity monitor from me (and loves it), but I got something as well…an idea was born as I began to challenge whether this really was crazy and impossible. We are developing advanced sensor technology to make estimation of dietary calories in…
  • From Nobel Ideas to Industrial Success – Bill Edelstein’s Legacy

    Scott Smith
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) was discovered in the late 1940s by groups at Harvard and Stanford, led by Edward Purcell and Felix Bloch, and turned into a rudimentary imaging modality by Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield. All of these men won the Nobel Prize. GRC retiree William (Bill) Edelstein played a key role in translating these preliminary ideas into high quality magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a robust industry, one that continues to be a flagship modality for GE Healthcare today. “For his pioneering developments leading to the commercialization of MRI for medical…
  • Meet & Greet GE Researchers at ASME Turbo 2014

    Thomas Ripplinger
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Do you love gas turbine research as much as I do? Then I want to meet you next week! Since joining GE Global Research Europe almost two years ago as manager of the Thermal Sciences Lab in Munich, I have had the opportunity to work with my team on challenging projects in Aviation thermal management, advanced heat exchangers, reciprocating engines and electronics cooling for transportation and subsea applications. And just recently we started to intensify our activities on the area of gas turbine heat transfer in order to support the local businesses and our home base on their exciting new gas…
  • Global Innovation Fuels Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

    Christof Sihler
    29 May 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Oil and gas exploration is pushing out into deeper waters further offshore – up to 3000m deep and over 100km away from the coast. In these cases, operations are challenging and building a floating oil platform is a very expensive undertaking. That is why, for over a decade, GE’s researchers have been looking at developing technologies that could revolutionize offshore oil and gas production, by creating a seafloor unit that processes wellstream fluid right on the seabed. This unit could deliver not only a smarter and more cost efficient solution, but also one which is more environmentally…
  • Israel: A Source of Innovation for GE

    Oded Meirav
    22 May 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Unlike other research organizations within GE Global Research, my team is not tasked with developing technology for GE’s businesses. Instead…we hunt! Our job is to identify external innovation and facilitate partnerships with Israeli inventors and companies. Coined as the “startup nation,” Israel is a hotbed for entrepreneurship, technology & creativity. Here are a few facts about Israel I’ll bet you did not know: The external memory drive, known as “the memory stick,” was invented by an Israeli company called M-System, acquired by SanDisk in 2006 Apple’s only R&D…
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  • Fledged Falcons Take Flight at GM’s Technical Center

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Our technical center in Warren, Michigan, is where many of our automotive technology and design ideas take flight. The same can be said for the site’s vast bird population—including its latest additions—peregrine falcons. Just ask Flash, Warren and Lenney, who call the Tech Center home.  The young falcons have recently begun venturing out of their nest to learn how to fly. Occasionally, as young birds begin to develop their flight muscles, they may become stranded on the ground, unable to return to their nest. To support these federally protected birds, Michigan’s Department of…
  • Designing Handcycles, Rebuilding Lives

    Weber Detroit
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    My name is Travis Wood.  I was in the U.S. Army for just shy of 13 years.  On my final deployment my life was completely changed forever.  I was in Southern Afghanistan recovering assets for the Canadian Army when I was targeted by the enemy by an IED (improvised explosive device) detonated by a moped battery.  The blast made light work of the 90,000lb vehicle that I was in and turned the engineering marvel into a pile of rubble. The explosive was 3 Russian anti-tank mines that were left over from the Russians in the 1980’s. The blast broke my back in multiple locations, my pelvis was…
  • Mary Barra Reads about Crayons, and Draws a Crowd

    Weber Detroit
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    At Detroit’s Rivard Plaza, hundreds of children are getting a head start on their reading skills at Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront, presented by the GM Foundation and hosted by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Last Friday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra supported the interactive, early literacy program by reading the New York Times’ best-selling children’s book “The Day The Crayons Quit” to approximately 150 Detroit-area day campers and families. They listened intently as Barra read letters from a rainbow of crayons, each looking to make their own colorful impact on the…
  • Stop Idling and Start Saving With Chevrolet

    Weber Detroit
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Critics and customers alike are praising the new stop/start system incorporated on 2015 Chevrolet Impala and Malibu models equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The system, which turns the engine off as the vehicle comes to a stop in order to save fuel, is known for performing smoothly and effortlessly – but developing a system that delivers silky-smooth starts time after time was anything but effortless. In fact, the refinement exhibited by this system is the result of extensive work by General Motors engineers. “We approached this program assuming the system would always be on, and…
  • Guest Post: Helping Farmers Feed the World – An Innovative Partnership with Chevrolet and Future Farmers of America

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    CF Industries strongly supports efforts to educate farmers about efficient, effective and responsible use of fertilizer.  In that spirit, today we are announcing an exciting new partnership with Chevrolet to benefit the National FFA Organization (FFA).  CF Industries is donating $600,000 to FFA to support excellence in farmer education and fertilizer best management practices.  Our future farmers must rise to the challenge of growing enough food to feed a global population projected to reach nine billion by 2050.  The efficient use of fertilizer is essential to meet this challenge.
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Little Box Challenge opens for submissions

    Emily Wood
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    These days, if you’re an engineer, inventor or just a tinkerer with a garage, you don’t have to look far for a juicy opportunity: there are cash prize challenges dedicated to landing on the moon, building a self-driving car, cleaning the oceans, or inventing an extra-clever robot. Today, together with the IEEE, we’re adding one more: shrinking a big box into a little box. Seriously.Of course, there’s more to it than that. Especially when the big box is a power inverter, a picnic cooler-sized device used to convert the energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles & wind (DC…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends July 11-17

    Emily Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The World Cup is over and order has finally been restored to the universe. Now that football mania is behind us, searchers are getting the latest info about the world off the pitch. From Tesla announcing their cheapest car ever, the $35,000 Model 3 (OK, so “cheap” is relative) to the tragic events surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, read on to see what trended this week.Cutting the cord … but not reallyNetflix binge-watchers had a near-panic attack when rumors swirled that beloved show Orange is the New Black was getting the axe. But have no fear, friends—the show lives to see…
  • America's businesses are using the web to grow

    Emily Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Over the past few months, we’ve had the chance to talk to businesses all over the country and hear stories of how they’ve become successful. For many, it’s pretty simple: the Internet. The web is helping businesses and communities across the U.S. to grow and succeed. In fact, last year Google’s search and advertising tools helped provide $111 billion of economic activity for more than 1.5 million businesses—advertisers, publishers and nonprofits—across the U.S.Take Go2marine, a boat supply company located on Bainbridge Island, off the coast of Washington State. Because of their…
  • From superheroes to the battle of the battles—the World Cup through search

    Emily Wood
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Yesterday, Germany won their fourth world championship, and, over the course of the last month, the world watched them do it—in Brazil, in bars and living rooms around the world, on their phones and laptops and tablets. This World Cup was the most digital, most connected, and most searched global event we've seen to date. There were more than 2.1 billion tournament-related searches on Google, many of which we shared on our trends hub. Looking at the trends from each match, you’ll see some topics that you’d expect to catch the world’s attention, such as top players and…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends July 4-10

    Emily Wood
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Though the World Cup continued to draw search attention, this week it had some company. So in addition to Neymar, people were searching for Lebron James (who's taking his talents back to Cleveland) and Roger Federer (who lost at Wimbledon after a tough match). And following the announcement of this year's Emmy Award nominations, people turned to search to learn more about the snubs and surprises, including Laverne Cox, the first openly transgender nominee. Here’s a look at some more top trends in search this week, from the Quidditch World Cup to the world’s highest-valued potato salad:A…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It’s no surprise that your little one can make a big mess (it’s a universal fact, as any mom will confirm), so sometimes it’s necessary to deep clean your Graco, particularly your car seat. After a winter full of snack crumbs, sticky little hands, and spilled juice, it’s nice to add your child’s “ride” to your spring cleaning list. Here are some of our favorite, super-simple tips for keeping your child’s car seat spic ‘n span! The washing machine is our friend. The soft seat cover on your Graco car seat is probably full of all those crumbs we mentioned down in the creases.
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Witness to a 2-hour Arizona execution: Joseph Wood gasped before he died | Mauricio Marin

    Mauricio Marin in Florence, Arizona
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Inside the chamber, I counted 660 gulps. The priest's watch counted 117 minutes. The death penalty was not supposed to go like this Plus: Arizona killer Joseph Wood dies after almost two hoursYou want to be prepared to watch a man who has been prepared to die. Wednesday afternoon was scheduled to be the state of Arizona's first time using this particular combination of lethal-injection drugs. But this was also my first time witnessing a state execution, so I made sure the state prison staff here had a notepad ready, and I asked my colleagues what it was supposed to be like.It's all very…
  • The McDonald's Mom paradox: why are we not letting this woman make enough money to take care of her own child? | Sadhbh Walshe

    Sadhbh Walshe
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Another working single mother goes to jail for 'abandoning' a young kid. Politicians keep funding families that earn six figures, and not a new minimum wage. Something doesn't add upFor Debra Harrell, the last Monday in June started pretty much like any other day for her and not unlike every morning for so many of her fellow lower-class working single mothers.In the morning, she dropped off her nine-and-a-half-year-old daughter at a park down the block from her South Carolina home, just as she had been doing for the past several days, and went to her day job. Continue reading...
  • Exercise experts can turn anything into a 'fun' way for women to lose weight | Emma Brockes

    Emma Brockes
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Fitness trends rely on the assumption that women are so desperate to be thin that we will check our faculties at the doorIf you're a woman between 20 and 50, you have lived through and probably paid to participate in at least one of the following: "strippercise"; trampolining; jump rope; belly-dancing; trapeze artistry; water yoga, aerial yoga, naked yoga; pole-dancing. Some of us even went to that class at Equinox where a version of '80s aerobics is combined with theories in motivational psychology: the one where, while bouncing around, an instructor exhorted us to shout mantras…
  • We have paid a heavy price for our peaceful student protest | Kelly Rogers and Simon Furse

    Kelly Rogers and Simon Furse
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Arrested three times, suspended for nine months our treatment by Birmingham University shows a new intolerance for dissentWe have both just been suspended from the University of Birmingham for nine months because of our part in an occupation that took place last November.This year the university has collectively had us arrested three times, taken out an injunction banning us from occupational protest for a year, put us through a stressful nine-month-long disciplinary process, suspended us for two months, reinstated us briefly just to suspend us again only one month away from graduation.
  • If you plan to avoid air travel due to MH17, let simple math be your guide | James Ball

    James Ball
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You've undoubtedly heard that you're more likely to get hit by lightning or die in a car wreck. But is that really true?Is it really so irrational to avoid air travel in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, and the TransAsia crash off the coast of Taiwan, and now the Algerian airliner in Northern Africa?Yes. Completely, totally and entirely irrational. You are probably not going to die in an airplane crash. Continue reading...
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    Hu' Blog

  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words “One Hitachi”. As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does not fit all. Prior to the meeting we all had to submit our shirt sizes, S, M, L, or XL. But even then, a size M in the US or UK is not the same as a size M in Japan or Hong Kong. Luckily we had enough of an assortment of sizes that we could swap around to find the…
  • Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Blog post in review. Please check back later  
  • Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago.” This is a powerful statement about the power of technology. However, that child in Africa will not be able to benefit from that wealth of information like a child in Silicon Valley. The reason for this is that the social infrastructure is not there to support that child in Africa as it is in Silicon Valley. Technology without…
  • HCP Puts IT in Control of Content Mobility

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mobility is a macro trend that is transformative. Mobile devices, mobile workforces, mobility of data on premise, off premise, and across the globe, create many new business opportunities. However mobility also presents new challenges for the IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of the data content. Hitachi Data Systems has announced major new enhancements to its Hitachi Content Platform that enables tightly integrated control and management of content wherever it is accessed, whether on mobile devices like iPads and smartphones, edge devices in remote…
  • IT Does Matter – And the World is not Flat

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Back in 2003, as the IT industry was recovering from the excesses of the dot com boom/bust, the Harvard Business Review’s Editor-At-Large, Nicolas Carr published a paper titled IT doesn’t Matter, in which he claimed that “As information technology’s power and ubiquity has grown, its strategic importance has diminished.” In 2004, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published a national best seller entitled The World is Flat, which is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce where all competitors have an equal opportunity primarily due to the…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 is On!

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

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

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

    Jessica Hansen
    16 May 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This week, Intel participated in the fifth annual LIVE! with Kelly and Michael “Top Teacher Week” program which honors teachers across the United States. Educators are nominated by members of their communities who want to recognize their outstanding dedication and contributions to their schools. On Monday, the show honored “Top Teacher” finalist Athena Davis of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tennessee. According to her “Top Teacher” nomination, Ms. Davis is an “amazing and creative teacher that inspires greatness from her students.” She teaches several subjects, hosts a…
  • Happy Earth Day! Be Green: Recycle Your Old Electronics Today

    Jessica Hansen
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Every year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day – a day to celebrate the little blue planet we live on and think about how we can better take care of it. Earth Day’s origins trace back to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (credited as Earth Day’s founder) and the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. What started in the U.S. is now celebrated across the globe as a call to action to combat climate change and reduce the demands we place on our precious resources. In keeping with the spirit of Earth day, I thought it would be a good time for a reminder that it’s…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Our Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen We are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine. Our grief is compounded by the news that many of the passengers on the flight were members of the HIV community traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  This includes many close friends and longtime partners of Johnson & Johnson, including visionary HIV researcher Dr. Joep Lange with whom I have personally worked with for…
  • Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil. TOUR DO CARINHO AND WORLD BLOOD DONATION DAY: Caring for Families in Brazil FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil. In conjunction with the company’s CARE…
  • Why I Raced to Brazil

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Peter Monk, Senior Account Manager, Janssen Immunology UK My great passion is football and helping those less fortunate than myself. Despite my obvious physical disability in only having one arm, I consider myself lucky.  I do not live in poverty or have cancer, and I want to help people as an employee of Johnson & Johnson, but also through my personal contribution as an individual. Volunteering and being able to give back to others really matters to me because we can touch people’s lives by making a difference, however big or small. That is why I was proud to stand along my UK…
  • Sustainability and Health: How Our Environmental Stewardship Helps Create Healthier Lives

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen EMEA and Executive Sponsor, Janssen Sustainability Council I see a strong relationship between a healthy environment and human health — it is something I think about often both at home and in my work. Protecting the environment for future generations is something that I am personally passionate about, and in my day-to-day life, I’ve made many small changes – from increasing recycling to turning down the heating and switching to a smaller, more fuel-efficient car. At work, I’ve collaborated with our UK facilities and fleet teams to…
  • A Johnson & Johnson Working Mom Meets President Obama

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    By Laura Donovan, Manager, Social Media, Johnson & Johnson Lisa with President Obama at lunch in Washington, D.C. Photo by Getty Images. Lisa Rumain has a few tips for going out to lunch with the President of the United States: Wear comfortable shoes (she didn’t); order what he’s having (she did); savor every minute (she absolutely did). Earlier this week Lisa, a Total Rewards Manager for Johnson & Johnson based at World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, got the surprise of her life when she found out she would be having lunch with President Obama in Washington, D.C. “I had a…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Server Management Automation

    Ken Timmons
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The IT industry is continually evolving, but one constant is that IT administrators are being asked to do more with less — while still enabling business growth and maintaining service levels to their customers. Providing highly reliable infrastructures to host business-critical applications while responding quickly to business and market changes, is a challenge made more difficult when considering constrained budgets and fewer available resources. Automating portions of IT operations that are repetitive, manual and error prone can immediately reduce costs and increase service levels,…
  • [ID]#BUILTTOEXPLORE :  10 perangkat bagi yang bercita-cita menjadi musisi

    Stephanie Hing
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bisa memakai musik yang dramatis, kami sarankan The Final Countdown oleh Europe. Itu cara favorit kami untuk bersiap-siap akhir musim panas - bahkan jika suara bising dari weker kamu mungkin butuh perbaikan.  Tapi ini sedikit kabar baik: Semester mendatang adalah saatnya kamu mencari tahu "diri kamu" dan kalau kamu pikir itu melibatkan musik dalam segala cara atau bentuk, kami telah mengumpulkan beberapa alat yang jelas harus kamu isi ke Yoga 2 Pro kamu. #1. Spotify Entah kamu bercita-cita jadi seorang pianis, gitaris, pemain biola atau DJ, setiap calon musisi harus memiliki akses ke…
  • [ID]#BUILTTOEXPLORE : 10 perangkat berguna bagi yang bercita-cita menjadi fotografer

    Stephanie Hing
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ya itu sedikit dramatis. Kalau kamu berpikir untuk menangkap momen ini untuk membuatnya abadi, kamu mungkin bisa. Itulah gunanya instagram, kan? Itu sesuatu yang kita sia-siakan dengan bertebarannya ponsel kamera dan perangkat di sekitar kita setiap saat, tapi kalau kamu terus menerus melihat pemandangan layak foto di sekitar kamu, mungkin ini saatnya kamu mendengarkan hati kamu dan isi Yoga Tablet kamu dengan 10 aplikasi yang disetujui para fotografer amatir ini. #1. 500PX Jangan khawatir, gambar kamu pasti bisa lebih besar dari 500 piksel. Mungkin salah satu komunitas fotografi online…
  • [ID]#BUILTTOEXPLORE : 10 perangkat mudah bagi yang bercita-cita menjadi chef handal

    Stephanie Hing
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Kamu bukan satu-satunya yang gugup, jangan khawatir. Dan kalau mengemas makan siang ke sekolah membuat kamu tertarik dalam seni dan ilmu makanan, kamu mungkin mau mempertimbangkan mengambil satu-dua kursus seni kuliner tahun ini. Jangan lupa mengisi Yoga 2 Pro kamu dengan suguhan-suguhan ini! #1. Yoga Chef Semua yang dibutuhkan seorang koki. Yoga Chef adalah aplikasi memasak Lenovo sendiri yang sudah dimuat sebelumnya ke Yoga 2 Pro. Ikuti langkah demi langkah petunjuk sederhana dalam Mode Tent sementara kamu menyiapkan hidangan di samping. Bekerjalah dengan kontrol suara / gerakan saat tangan…
  • [ID]#BUILTTOEXPLORE : 10 perangkat berguna bagi yang bercita-cita menjadi jurnalis

    Stephanie Hing
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Musim panas hampir berakhir! Karena kamu sibuk beberapa minggu ini, kami putuskan untuk membantu kamu mengumpulkan peralatan yang kamu butuhkan untuk menemukan Rory Gilmore dalam diri kamu. Ayo,isilah Yoga Tablet kamu dengan aplikasi-aplikasi ini dan berjuanglah menjadi Kepala Editor majalah sekolah. #1. Evernote Menjadi pekerja yang proaktif dan berkeliling adalah bagian dari menjadi seorang jurnalis. Saat kamu melakukan tugas lapangan, kamu mungkin tidak rkesempatan duduk untuk menangkap cerita. Tuliskan catatan kamu di Evernote saat mewawancarai narasumber, mengerjakan cerita kamu di jalan…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Strong Economic Optimism In India Amidst A Mixed Global Picture: LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook

    Sam Gager
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The headline from our Q1 2014 LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook was “scattered optimism” about the global economy among business leaders. The latest results from Q2 show a decrease in the already moderate optimistic outlook among the majority of the 15 countries we surveyed, with one notable exception: India. Confidence in the global economy among business leaders in India took a major leap from 51% to 71% in Q2. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) pro-business and pro-job creation agenda and its extremely strong showing in India’s 2014 general election in May is a likely spark for…
  • On the Design Front Lines of LinkedIn’s Connected App

    Mauroof Ahmed
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You know those rooms in the movies where battles are planned and strategies decided? Well, imagine my surprise when, just weeks after my college graduation and fresh into my new job at LinkedIn, I found myself locked in a room full of seasoned user experience designers, developers and product managers mapping out our strategy for the design of LinkedIn’s Connected app for iPhone. For weeks, we spent endless hours looking at research, talking to our members and rethinking the way LinkedIn could help you better manage your relationships — and I not only had a seat at the table, but held…
  • Help Others, Help Yourself: How I Reinvigorated My Job Search by Volunteering

    Spencer Lopez
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Will This Ever End? By the end of October 2012, I had been searching for my next career for nearly 7 months. I can safely say that it felt more like 7 years. The optimism I felt when my journey first started had trickled away in a haze of cover letters and job applications that received no positive responses (or no response at all). And if my feelings of uselessness and depression at that time weren’t enough, Superstorm Sandy promptly came along and plunged my family into darkness for 10 long days. The Storm Delivers Chaos… And Perspective. Ironically, I began to see the light after…
  • Pursuing My Passion From Government Bureaucracy to Corporate Strategy

    Ritesh Kumar Singh
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have always dreamt of a world where one can do whatever one wants, consume whatever one wishes, live wherever one desires. Globalization makes it happen by ensuring freer movement of capital, merchandise and people across regions. Trade policy is one of the main tools that promotes this borderless world, and that’s the reason why it has always fascinated me. My first real exposure to trade policy was in 1991 when India started its economic reforms that opened the country to the forces of globalization and free market economics. In 1995, the same year the World Trade Organization (WTO)…
  • Announcing LinkedIn Nonprofit Innovation Grant Recipients 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

    Ariana Younai
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    LinkedIn for Good’s vision is to connect our members, employees, and communities to opportunities that make a positive impact on the world. In alignment with two of LinkedIn’s cultural tenets, transformation and taking intelligent risks, our grants program empowers employees with resources to support and take action on causes they care most strongly about. As Chair of the LinkedIn for Good for Employees Grants Program, I continue to be amazed by our employees’ efforts to act on inspiring ideas for social impact. Our Nonprofit Innovation Grants program, launched in 2013, awards $10,000…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Meet NaNoWriMo Accelerator Author: Marquel Sherry

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

    Meg @ Lulu
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    What first motivated you to write a book? I’ve always been a voracious reader, particularly of fantasy novels. Writing seemed like a natural extension of all this reading; the practice of building a world, filling it with people, thinking of stories to breathe life into that world–that all became a fun diversion for me as a young girl. I’ve just been writing ever since. What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process? For me, the biggest hurdle when it comes to writing a story is actually getting it down in words. Dreaming up plots and premises is fun…
  • Top 10 Tips: Your Book should (actually) look like a Book

    Meg @ Lulu
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    New authors are always excited to announce the publication of their latest work. After months or years of writing, rewriting, editing and re-editing, just getting through the publishing wizard feels like a monumental accomplishment. To celebrate this milestone, new authors often post an announcement in the Lulu Author Workshop forums. Expecting praise, adulation, or maybe just a friendly slap on the back, these newly minted authors are often shocked by the scathing criticism they receive from their fellow Lulu authors. No one has ever accused authors of being overly kind or supportive, but…
  • Top 10 Tips: Think Like a Librarian

    Meg @ Lulu
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Something you should know…librarians dream in Metadata. “Meta what?” you ask. Metadata is data about data. In eBook terms it consists of your title, subtitle, author name, category, etc. For those of you who remember the 1900s, metadata would be the cards in a card catalog. When eBook buyers search for something to read, it’s your metadata that they find. Let’s take a look at an example of very bad metadata. Imagine putting this in your title field: “My Journey to Self Fulfillment and Profit Relationship Singles Conspiracy Diet Recipe free Coupons Weight Loss (A Book About…
  • Top 10 Tips: Get to Know and Love your Audience

    Meg @ Lulu
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Spoiler alert. The most important step towards effectively marketing your product – whether it’s a book or a business or a lemonade stand – is understanding your audience. We knew this was true for as a business, and wanted to see if this basic principle was also true for successful authors. So we posed a question to a large group of our most successful authors: “Why do you think your book was so successful?” Here’s what they said: The top 3 answers that authors credited for their book’s success are all representative of understanding and providing content for a very…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Hard Work Matters

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

    Marriott on the Move
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Listen to blog Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years. Murphy was our third golden retriever. He brightened our lives with sweetness and goodness. The only thing he ever asked from us was to be petted. He...
  • A Tale of Two Graduations

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Gonzalez & Marriott Families at Cornell University Graduation I recently attended the graduation ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Our grandson, Matthew, was receiving his masters in hotel administration. It was a great thrill to see him walk across the stage and receive his diploma. Matthew is our daughter...
  • From Homeless to Homeowner

    Marriott on the Move
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    When we acquired the management business of Gaylord Hotels, we discovered that their corporate culture mirrored ours. Their employees are called “Stars” and they do much to celebrate them and provide opportunities for them. Each year we select nine or 10 associates from around the world to honor with the...
  • All You Need is Love

    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    It seems that couples are everywhere in the summer months. Couples are walking in parks, in your local movie theater, and in your neighborhood restaurants. Most notably, couples are walking hand-in-hand from wedding ceremonies around the world. My own wedding anniversary is this month. On June 29, Donna and I...
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    The Old New Thing

  • When will GetSystemWindowsDirectory return something different from GetWindowsDirectory?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most of the time, the Get­Window­Directory returns the Windows directory. However, as noted in the documentation for Get­System­Windows­Directory: With Terminal Services, the Get­System­Windows­Directory function retrieves the path of the system Windows directory, while the Get­Windows­Directory function retrieves the path of a Windows directory that is private for each user. On a single-user system, Get­System­Windows­Directory is the same as Get­Windows­Directory. What's going on here, and how do I test this scenario? When Terminal…
  • Microspeak: Tell Mode / Ask Mode

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a product nears release, the rate of change slows down, and along the way, the ship room goes through stages known as Tell Mode and Ask Mode. In Tell Mode, any changes to the product do not require prior approval, but you are required to present your changes to the next ship room meeting and be prepared to explain and defend them. The purpose of this exercise is to get teams accustomed to the idea of having to present their changes to the ship room as a warm-up for Ask Mode. There is also the psychological aspect: If you have to present and defend your changes, you are going to be more…
  • The alternate story of the time one of my colleagues debugged a line-of-business application for a package delivery service

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some people objected to the length, the structure, the metaphors, the speculation, and fabrication. So let's say they were my editors. Here's what the article might have looked like, had I taken their recommendations. (Some recommendations were to text that was also recommended cut. I applied the recommendations before cutting; the cuts are in gray.) You tell me whether you like the original or the edited version. Back in the days of Windows 95 development, one of my colleagues debugged a line-of-business application for a major delivery service. This was a program that the company gave…
  • How can I get the URL to the Web page the clipboard was copied from?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you copy content from a Web page to the clipboard and then paste it into OneNote, OneNote pastes the content but also annotates it "Pasted from ...". How does OneNote know where the content was copied from? As noted in the documentation for the HTML clipboard format, Web browsers can provide an optional Source­URL property to specify the Web page the HTML was copied from. Let's write a Little Program that mimics what OneNote does, but just in plain text, because I don't want to try to parse HTML. This is much easier to do in C#, because the BCL provides most of the helper functions.
  • The time one of my colleagues debugged a line-of-business application for a package delivery service

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Back in the days of Windows 95 development, one of my colleagues debugged a line-of-business application for a major delivery service. This was a program that the company gave to its top-tier high-volume customers, so that they could place and track their orders directly. And by directly, I mean that the program dialed the modem (since that was how computers communicated with each other back then) to contact the delivery service's mainframe (it was all mainframes back then) and upload the new orders and download the status of existing orders.¹ Version 1.0 of the application had a…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Modern Sales Enabled through Siebel and Oracle Sales Cloud Integration

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Modern Sales will enable your reps to Sell More, Know More and Grow More. To compete and win, Modern Sales teams need new skills to sell to today's customers. They must be mobile, productive and agile. You can now leverage existing Siebel investments to take advantage of Oracle Sales Cloud capabilities. Learn about Siebel and Sales Cloud integration touch points and the planned roadmap for the coming year and view a demo of what's available today for Siebel customers. View webinar replay here!
  • Oracle CX Cloud Integrations Update With a Spotlight on Oracle Sales Cloud Integrations Webinar

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Learn about the Oracle CX Cloud Integrations that are available today as well as additional integrations that are on the roadmap. Leading customer experiences need to bring together the best in sales, marketing, service, social, and commerce technologies. The Oracle CX solution portfolio contains all the pieces you need to deliver optimized experiences across the customer lifecycle at a lower cost. This session provides an overview of how the Oracle CX Cloud Portfolio provides a full spectrum of customer experience soutions -- from attracting and engaging new customers to serving and…
  • Oracle Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud Integration webinar for partners

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Oracle's pre-integrated solution connects sales and marketing activities and increases the velocity of leads to opportunities. Learn how our CX portfolio aligns processes and provides deeper customer insight. This webcast describes in-depth the existing integrations, customer vignettes, and planned roadmap. Join Leslie Buhrer, Sr. Director of Oracle Sales Cloud and Caryn Reddick, Sr. Director of Oracle Marketing Cloud along with our product management experts to get your integrated portfolio questions answered. Take webinar replay here!
  • Oracle Sales Cloud Financial Services Demo Environment Now Available!

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Product Management and GSE (Global Sales Engineering) are pleased to announce the general availability of the new Financial Services CX Demonstration Environment. This environment is single instance supporting five distinct Financial Services sub-industry demonstrations including Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Wholesaling Life and Annuities, Wealth Management, and Mutual Fund Wholesaling. All five demonstrations are rooted in Sales Cloud Release 8, and some include other CX solutions such as OSN and Eloqua. This demo is based on Release 8 Patch Bundle 3. View webcast here!
  • Gamification

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    This week is the culmination of several months of work, bringing together a pair of breakfasts in Adelaide and Perth. Just two small breakfasts, but the effort! From sorting catering, to inviting clients, writing presentations, organising flights and accommodation, collaborating with fellow speakers. It’s a huge effort. I need a rest. But the rewards make it worth it. The conversations we have with our clients are illuminating, and different. We found ourselves talking about business challenges, about how to make things work, rather than that awkward vendor client discussion about selling…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Annie Leonard In my last essay, I talked about an updated vision of environmental changemaking, one that recognizes that many businesses are potential allies in the transformation to a responsible sustainable economy. Not all businesses, mind you, but a good number really do want clean energy, safe products, and decently paid workers. This time, we’ll talk about what we can all do to scale up these kinds of solutions, whether we work within a business or we use its products and services. When I talk to all kinds of people working to make today’s companies more sustainable, often…
  • Thai Boxing

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    By Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll “Climb it for me!” he yelled as I walked out of the hospital room. I gladly would if I could, I thought to myself, but this one might just be too hard. I can’t make any promises. A few days earlier, after a nice enjoyable day of climbing, we were heading back to my friend Sasha’s house to cook up some grub. He was on his motorbike, I was driving his van. Life was sweet. In a split second everything changed. An old man came out from a side road and didn’t see the motorbike coming. We had some good adventures lined up for the week, but now Sasha was…
  • Patagonia’s Plastic Packaging – A study on the challenges of garment delivery

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Nellie Cohen & Elissa Loughman Patagonia’s finished goods factories package each individual product we make in a polybag. Some of our direct customers (people who order from our catalog or have expressed disappointment in the amount of waste generated by polybags. This customer feedback inspired us to investigate ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from Patagonia’s product packaging. Editor’s note: The tone of today’s post is a bit formal due to its origins as an internal case study. It’s a good look into the workings of our company and the…
  • Stepping from Sand to Pavement – San Sebastián Surfilm Festibal 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    By Tom Doidge-Harrison Travel in all its various guises is at the heart of surfing, so it was appropriate that there was a little of it involved for most of the people—Patagonia or otherwise—at this year’s Surfilm Festibal in San Sebastián, Spain. They say that change is good and that exploring new places nourishes the soul, but Nora, my three-year-old daughter wasn’t letting on if it did. Changing time zones with a small child is a test of a parent’s reserves of patience. From her perspective, though, once we were in country and with day time operations revolving around…
  • My Best Surf Session

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Laurel Winterbourne Head-high peaks stacked in perfect rows, warm clear water, and glassy surface conditions were not the reasons for the best surf session of my life. Sometimes it’s about more than that. If you were asked to describe your most memorable surf session, what would you say? Would you scroll through your memories of surf trips to the South Pacific, or an epic day at your home break with no one out except you and the dolphins? That’s what would have come to mind before my experience with the athletes from the High Fives Foundation. While surfing with this crew of…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Bike Alert! Keeping Summer Cyclists Safe

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock This sobering statistic came across my desk the other day: about 100 cyclists per month are injured in Vancouver between May and October. Sadly, that number is just a drop in the bucket - according to the CAA,...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Five Essential Items to Bring on Your Summer Road Trip

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Heading to the cottage, embarking on a camping adventure or just enjoying the scenery slide by - road trip season has officially kicked off! As a road trip enthusiast myself, I thought that now seemed like a good...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Could you pass your Learner's test today?

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Between writing for PumpTalk and being out on the world, I feel that I have a pretty good handle on the rules of the road. But then I came across this video on the Globe and Mail, demonstrating that many...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Fido On Board - Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Car

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock We're headed over to Pender Island for our first road trip of the summer next week and we're bringing our dog Emmy Lou. Even though Emmy is super super old, she still perks up in a new place...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • An update for our email subscribers

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As we announced in an earlier post, we have changed our email provider for the delivery of PumpTalk email. If you're receiving this, you have been successfully switched. If you have any questions about your subscription, please get in touch...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Progress Newsroom

  • They’re Powered by Progress and Proud of it!

    Chuck Sicard
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    As part of our Partner+ Program, we recently rolled out the very first round of our Powered by Progress Award program where we challenged our partners to put together creative sales, marketing, event or program campaigns focused around the Progress technology they use to power their business and their “Powered by Progress” story. Our first round of award campaigns was held December 1, 2013 – May, 31, 2014, where partners could win awards in the categories of Events, Demand Generation and Web/Social Media. First place in the Events category was our partner B&L Information…
  • Webinar: How to Deliver Compelling Business Apps

    Michelle Tackabery
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Applications and mobile devices have changed our lives. Can you leverage web and mobile technologies in the business software application space as well? Last week my team went to lunch, and on the way to our favorite restaurant near the Progress Morrisville office we spotted a Tesla electric car. The car dominated the lunchtime conversation among the interns, and on the way back, we spotted another, different, Tesla. So the conversation spun back around to these exciting, innovative, and disruptive cars. Wasn’t it just another electric car? I asked. Oh, no! they replied. You can buy…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Wrangling Data

    Dustin Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Dustin Smith, Product Marketing Manager at Tableau Software If you’re in sales or marketing then it’s very likely you have a data wrangling addiction.  Don’t deny it, we’ve all been there.  You hop between any number of systems in a given day (Salesforce, Eloqua, Oracle, SQL Server, HubSpot, etc., etc., etc.) and the only way to take control of your world is to dump all that data into one place and try to make some sense of it. For many it starts innocently enough by just needing to mash-up two Excel spreadsheets.  Soon, however, it spirals out of control as the data gets bigger…
  • Technology that Matters

    Suzanne Rose
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Anne Frank said, “People are really good at heart.” Most of us seek a life of meaning—one filled with good deeds, random acts of kindness and charitable giving. But if the act of giving is too complex or there is doubt about whether a charitable contribution will be accepted or applied constructively, the impulse to give can easily slip away. Good Done Great is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting its clients’ organizations and partners by simplifying the processes associated with charitable giving for individuals, corporations and philanthropies—and making it easier for…
  • The Three Ailments of Social Marketing

    Todd Van Hoosear
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    I am a public relations professional by training and practice, but I spent a few years as a “programmer/analyst” that helped sharpen my tech skills. That technical background helped me see the value of blogging and social media very early on: by 2004 I was actively blogging, by 2005 I was heading up the social media practice at my PR agency, and by 2006 I had founded the Social Media Club Boston at the request of Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells. I’ll admit that when I first got started in social media, I fell victim to all three common ailments of the social set. First, Shiny…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Southwest Spends a couple Days on the Hill

    Sandy Nelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This post is co-authored by Southwest Senior Business Consultant Bill Owen and Southwest Communications Specialist Sandy Nelson. What happens when you assemble a group of Southwest Airlines Employees in our nation’s capital to learn how to engage our elected officials on issues important to SWA?  The answer is … something wonderful! Earlier this month, we and 25 other Southwest Employees from across the system gathered in Washington, D.C. to participate in our annual grassroots training program, Days on the Hill.  This program is unique within the airline industry in that Southwest …
  • Pilots Lend a Hand at Young Eagles Rally

    Jacob North
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have always found wisdom in Ben Franklin’s quotes. Two of my favorites are: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” and “Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.”  Thanks to those that encouraged me to learn by doing, I now have the amazing opportunity to help youngsters stoke the fire of their own curiosity and give them the hope to believe they can do great things. A Local EAA Pilot alongside three students. Over the last four years, some Fellow Southwest Pilots and I have had the privilege to volunteer…
  • Going Green: It’s Hammock Day—Try an Upcycled Plastic Bag Hammock

    Marnie Brown
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Today, July 22, marks National Hammock Day, a reminder in the midst of the dog days of summer to take some time to relax and enjoy.  There’s nothing like relaxing on a lazy summer day in a hammock you’ve made yourself by upcycling materials you have on hand! The most basic kind of hammock consists of mosquito netting or a sheet held up by two posts, often trees. You can also make a sturdier and more accessible hammock out of many items you may already have lying around, such as drop cloth, rope, old sheets or towels, or even plastic bags—thin rope makes for the most reliable material,…
  • An Artist’s Discovery

    Monica Del Rio
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    This guest post from Illinois high schooler Hannah Munson originally appeared in the July 2014 edition of our onboard magazine, Spirit.  Southwest Airlines has proudly supported the Congressional Art Competition for 13 consecutive years.  In 2014, 370 congressional offices participated in the Congressional Art Competition.  Southwest donated complimentary airfare to more than 350 students to travel to Washington, D.C. to see their award-winning artwork hang in the Capitol.  Additionally, Southwest Airlines donated airfare for guardian guests to accompany the students to the Capitol,…
  • Nonstop Love: MORELANDO

    Adam Rucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”   We are excited to begin this new era by serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2.  The addition of these 15…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • RECIPE: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (what would you top yours with?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Those of you who live in central Pennsylvania will want to wake up early on Friday morning (or set your DVRs) because Turkey Hill will make TWO live, in-studio appearances on ABC-27’s morning news. Our first appearance will be around 6:10 a.m., when we’ll talk about National Ice Cream Month and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A few ideas to help you celebrate National Ice Cream Day (Anyone got any others?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    You’re probably already aware that July is National Ice Cream Month, but the reasons to celebrate keep on coming, because today is National Ice Cream Day! National Ice Cream Month all started in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New prizes! Which of these ice cream bowls would you choose?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    This week brings three new prizes, and the theme is ice cream bowls. Chances are, you’ve already got an ice cream bowl (or two or three) at home, but you can always use one more, right? Oh, and don’t forget that tomorrow (Sunday, July 21) is NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY, so stock up today so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quotes rewritten: Scoop, and ye shall receive

    Turkey Hill Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Wayne Gretzky was a great hockey player — perhaps the greatest of all time. He’s also the man behind one of the most frequently quoted lines of the past 30 years: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” In other words, you’ll never succeed in reaching your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Second Scoop: Would you eat Tabasco ice cream?

    Turkey Hill Team
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We posted this tempting question about four years ago, but with the weather heating up here in Lancaster County, we thought it would be appropriate to bring it back for another taste! Dairy products (or, more specifically, milk) have long been used to put out the fires burning in your mouth after a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Perfect Excuse To Get Together

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    It seems unbelievable that we’ve already passed the Fourth of July, indicating that not too long from now we’ll be waving goodbye to 2014 and saying “HELLO!” to 2015. During the celebration of America’s independence, we take time to reflect on the many sacrifices made for our great country and to appreciate the freedoms and liberties we have. For many, it’s time shared with family and friends, which usually includes a good meal and great conversations under a sky of fireworks. Our friends at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee know all about seizing the…
  • Why We Do What We Do – KNOW Hunger Nashville Holds a SNAP Challenge

    Jeffrey Wood
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    All along in Nashville the KNOW Hunger Nashville team and our partners have rallied around a singular cause, to raise awareness about hunger and nutrition in the Nashville area. On May 29th, we came one step closer to meeting our goals in this area with a total of 25 key leaders from across the community in the areas of faith, hunger awareness, community betterment, politics and agriculture at a SNAP Challenge event held at Tennessee State University. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – it’s what used to be known as the federal food stamp program. SNAP Challenges…
  • Adversity on the Field

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    1 May 2014 | 11:46 am
    Prior to joining Tyson Foods, I had the privilege of working for a World Champion NFL team, so I have seen excellence on and off the field first-hand, alongside the hard work and preparation it takes to get there as a unit. So when I tell you that I could not be more PROUD to now work with my GREAT teammates at Tyson, it does not begin to explain how I feel about this organization – who we are and what we do to feed families. In light of the recent chain of weather events that have unleashed mass destruction and impacted hundreds of lives across the South, how grateful I am to work for a…
  • It’s the least we could do

    Ed Nicholson
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m with the Tyson Meals that Matter team in Mayflower, Arkansas.  I’ve seen lots of tornado damage in my career with Tyson, going back to the ’96 Moore, Oklahoma storm.  Joplin and Alabama in 2011.  Moore again last year; to name a few. I don’t care how much one might have seen, you never cease to be amazed at the stuff nature can do. I’m grateful for and proud of the people in this company I work for, who are always willing to drop what they’re doing to go help out.  It might get easy to get too proud of what we’re doing, but for the contact…
  • Mid-Week Hope Break

    Jeffrey Wood
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    KNOW Hunger Art Contest Winners1st Place: Emily Miller, Jackie Martinez and Briana London – MLK Jr. Academic Magnet School; 2nd Place: Emma Jones – MLK Jr. Academic Magnet School; 3rd Place: Kayla Smith – John Early Middle School Writing a mid-week update on happenings for the KNOW Hunger Nashville project that is sure to leave you with a bit of hope. Just two weeks ago on March 26 and 27, the team was busy being part of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Spring Symposium and the Family Supper Program, a joint partnership with the Urban League of Middle…
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    Guided By History

  • Stationery not stationary

    Ryan Baum
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    1855 Wells Fargo cover (Ryan Baum collection) The stagecoach is Wells Fargo’s icon. It’s our Brand, our corporate identity that represents our commitment to customers, that we’re with you now and over time. Branding has been part of Wells Fargo’s identity since the very beginning: historic documents and stationery show how Wells Fargo branded itself in the past, and how we identified the Company and supported customers. The stagecoach transported people and bullion, and something equally valuable in frontier days—information, letters and newspapers. Initial envelopes…
  • At the beach

    Charles Riggs
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Summer is at its mid-point. (Between the end of school, that is, and back to school.) You’re at the beach just about every day, right? Of course you are. Mr. Weatherball at the beach (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Wells Fargo’s Corporate Archives has a print ad from the 1950s featuring “Mr. Weatherball,” who personified Northwestern National Bank (Minneapolis and the midwest) and was used in a variety of ads in those years. In this one, Mr. Weatherball joins Maureen on the beach as reward for helping her finance a beach vacation. Who says financial knowledge isn’t fun?
  • Wealth over time

    Charles Riggs
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Wealth is accumulated over time for most people. The trick is to stick with some fundamentals, keep your eye on the ball, and involve professionals. Many of us, however, imagine ourselves striking it rich in one moment, making the big score and eliminating worry. Here’s a terrific image from our historical collection. It’s an ambrotype, and dates approximately to the late 1850s, about the time Wells Fargo opened for business. The man holds a good sized nugget of ore, and the couple seems satisfied. They look to have hit it big, and are celebrating with some fine clothes and a…
  • Wells Fargo at bat

    Christy Horton
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Summertime is in full swing, and we are about half way through the official 2014 Major League Baseball season. One of the interesting things about banks from across the country is that many of them have had their own baseball teams. In the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives we often come across great images of the employee teams, including this one from our old express office in Denver. Here are a few baseball teams from Wells Fargo’s past I want to share with you. Having grown up in Los Angeles, baseball games mean Dodger stadium, with Dodger dogs and peanuts. This is hard to admit now…
  • Wells Fargo stagecoach celebrates the 4th of July

    Danielle Anderson
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    Fireworks, friends, barbecues, American flags, games … just a few ways I’ll be celebrating the 4th of July weekend.  I hope you get to do the same! Celebrations will be happening all over the USA this weekend, and our stagecoach will be stopping by a few to show our American pride; will we be at yours? The Wells Fargo stagecoach in Dunwoody, Georgia, 2013 (Wells Fargo Stagecoach appearance program) Date Event City State 7/3/2014 Menomonee Falls Optimists Club Independence Day Parade Menomonee Falls WI 7/3/2014 Cody Stampede July 3rd Parade Cody WY 7/4/2014 Show Low July 4th event…
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    Xerox Blogs

  • Alles Yoga, oder was?

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

  • Three Secrets of the Top Digital Counties

    Farah Ahmed
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Contributed by Katie Burke, Government Program Specialist at Laserfiche.  “Going digital” has been a topic of conversation in government for many years, yet very few organizations have actually mastered the concept. Digitization brings benefits such as reduced costs, increased efficiency and better service delivery. But with ever-evolving technology and changing demands from citizens and employees, “going digital” can feel like a revolutionary undertaking, rather than an evolution of current practices. So who are the leaders in digital government, and how are they achieving it? Each…
  • Efficiency in Real Time: An Orbitz Success Story

    Priya Patel
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Paper simply didn’t cut it for Orbitz, a leading travel booking website that exists to make travel easier and more efficient for customers around the world. Even though Orbitz’s Global Vice President Peggy Bianco brought on Salesforce to bring organization into their substantial pool of customer sales data, something was still amiss. With the implementation of Salesforce, Peggy hired Melissa VanDyke to maximize the efficiency and results that come with the cloud-based CRM platform. As Salesforce Admin at Orbitz, Melissa specialized in turning CRM workflows into bona fide powerhouses for…
  • Vote for DocuSign as the Top Personal Productivity App at the Tabby Awards!

    Megan Lew
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Tabby Awards shines light on the most innovative mobile apps from around the globe. Through July 25th, mobile devotees worldwide will vote for the app that made the familiar swish and tap a treat. We’re absolutely thrilled to count DocuSign’s mobile app as a contender for the Top Personal Productivity App! The current finalists bring together a global community of 92 apps ranging from the prolific to the up-and-coming. Apps such as The Huffington Post and Prezi green light valuable productivity; we’re honored to be among brands that lie at the tip of the mainstream tongue. This…
  • Dubai: Smart City

    sheetal sewsanker
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Dubai is no stranger to world-firsts and smart infrastructure. Whether it be the construction of the Burj-Al Arab (world’s only 7-star hotel from 1999-2008), Palm islands (world's largest artificial islands), driver-less metro (world's longest fully automated metro network), Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest tower) or recently, The Mall of the World (world’s first climate-controlled domed city) - Dubai has definitely raised the bar of what is technologically possible. Therefore it wasn’t a surprise when it was announced that a new project was being launched to transform Dubai into a…
  • Why Football is Missing an Open Goal

    Jesper Frederiksen
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Football is a global business, and business today means blending the commercial with technological know-how. But while commercial success in football is a refined art, the use of technology to manage key operations is yet to kick off. Jesper Frederiksen, VP EMEA (and lifelong Chelsea fan),DocuSign, gives an honest appraisal of the next big technology debate in football. Football is missing an open goal when it comes to technology. Don’t worry, I’m not bringing up the goal line technology debate (which frankly, after the near apocalyptic arguments of recent years, hasn’t caused the…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • AT&T Awarded for Sustainable Business Practices By Sonoco

    LeAnne Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging and services companies in the world, recently recognized AT&T as a 2014 Sonoco Sustainable Supplier at the company’s annual Supplier Diversity Business Conference and networking dinner. This annual award recognizes Sonoco’s suppliers who demonstrate “measurable, strategic and transparent social, diversity and environmental responsibility efforts” and highlights the important role that Sonoco places on the use of diverse suppliers. This is the second year Sonoco has recognized the category of Sonoco Sustainable Suppliers. As…
  • 4 Benefits of Working with an AT&T Solution Provider

    Jennifer Thatcher
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Did you know that AT&T has more than 500 Solution Providers who are prepared to deliver their knowledge and expertise to help you meet your business challenges?  They add their value to AT&T services to bring your business the most targeted and powerful solutions possible. Our Solution Providers are independent, value-added network advisors. They are trained, entrusted and authorized to sell our complete product suite along with their own product and services including network design and implementation, software, hardware, professional services, and more. They are as passionate about…
  • Oschner Health System – access to patient data – personal devices

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
  • AT&T is an IDC MarketScape Leader Worldwide

    Paula Waldron
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Leading research and advisory firm, IDC, has published the long awaited IDC MarketScape: Worldwide MSS MarketScape Report, where AT&T was named a “Leader”.  Published in June, the 2014 Vendor Assessment compared 11 organizations that offer managed security services (MSS) worldwide using the IDC MarketScape model. The findings were based on in-depth managed security services provider (MSSP) interviews and more than 20 surveys with providers’ customers. Recognized managed security strengths As noted in the IDC MarketScape report, “the company is investing heavily in cloud…
  • VoIP Basics Part 1: An Introduction to IP Telephony

    Lee Woodring
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’ve probably heard the term Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), but you may not have thought deeply about its implications. In this three-part blog post series, I offer an introduction to VoIP (this post), discuss quality and speed benefits (part 2), and explore expanding VoIP capabilities (part 3). So let’s get started. VoIP offers traditional voice services to keep businesses communicating, plus access to advanced applications that potentially help your staff to be more productive and drive possible cost savings. Business VoIP services help integrate emerging technologies…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • No Time for Budget

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

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

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

    Alan Hart
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    An often-overlooked reason Recently there was a question posted on (an online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals) on the often-dysfunctional relationship between CEOs and their CFOs, and trying to explore the underlying reasons for that and what can be done to prevent it. There were a lot of answers posted by contributors participating in the “Ask the Experts” feature of this website, including my own little input in an area I thought was important. In my work I interact with company upper…
  • Automated Budgeting and Business Intelligence for Manufacturers

    Alan Hart
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Are you ready to automate the budgeting process? In my consulting practice I frequently work with small and medium size manufacturing companies.  While many of them have been able to fully automate their accounting systems, there is still a lot to be desired in the area of automated budgeting, forecasting and business intelligence. Over the years I saw companies transition from partial or even complete manual accounting (yes, the system where you keep track of your inventory and other accounting data by using inventory cards, account ledger cards, etc.) to fully automated accounting and ERP…
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  • Achieving Competitive Advantage through your Workforce

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

    Karen Bell
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Let’s start by stating the obvious: you need to be recording the work time of your non-exempt employees. That’s nothing you didn’t know, right? But were you aware that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 7 in 10 companies are not compliant with wage & hour laws? That’s definitely not a statistic you want to be part of! According to compliance expert and labor law attorney, Brian Dixon, of the labor law firm Littler Mendelson, U.S. federal labor regulations dictate that tracking non-exempt employee time is a basic, non-delegable responsibility for employers. And while it…
  • Are your Employees Getting “World Cup Flu?”

    Siddharth Deb
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    The FIFA World Cup 2014, the world’s biggest sporting event, started in Brazil on June 12 and will be watched by over 800 million viewers every day on television until the grand finale on July 13. Since the matches are usually held during the day, employees in companies located in the Americas and Western Europe will find that their work hours may overlap with crucial games involving their favorite teams, while millions across Asia and Australia will get to view matches late in the evening, or at night. However, “World Cup flu” is one thing that many companies won’t be able to avoid.
  • Hyson Products uses Replicon to streamline HR processes and save money

    Siddharth Deb
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hyson Products, part of the Barnes Group, is based in Brecksville, Ohio, and manufactures precision springs, stampings, and custom metal products for aerospace and industrial applications. Before Replicon—manual procedures wasted time and effort Before Hyson started using Replicon, the HR department had to collect paper timesheets submitted by nearly 100 employees, manually transcribe all the data into a spreadsheet, and then run each timesheet through a scanner. The spreadsheet and scanned timesheets had to be emailed to the financial accounting team, which used the data to process the…
  • How Atlas Pipeline Boosted Efficiency and ROI by using Replicon

    Siddharth Deb
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    Atlas Pipeline Partners, LP, is a prominent player in the gathering and processing segments of the midstream natural gas industry. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company has about 425 employees in decentralized field locations in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Blog tags: Corporate
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • What Your Student Loans Mean for Your Mortgage

    Lilly Keyes
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    On the scale of big lifetime purchases, it’s safe to say mortgage loans rank pretty high. Another big one? College education. Out of the 20 million Americans who attend college each year, nearly 60% take out loans to cover the cost of their education. A majority of them are still paying them off in their 30s, and 17% of those making payments are older than 50 years old, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Because of these large numbers, it’s looking like millenials are waiting longer to buy homes. In 2010, the National Association of REALTORS reported the average first-time home…
  • A Weight Loss Transformation Worth Sharing: How It Happened

    Lisa Schlosberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A before and after picture of my one year transformation. I didn’t transform my mind and body overnight. If you’ve kept up with the first few blog posts of this series, you’re probably curious about how I actually lost 150 pounds. Nothing happened; I had no “aha moment.” I’ve heard the burning question countless times, but I admit that I still can’t answer it. I don’t know what suddenly made me do it. I do know that for the first time in my life, it was self-motivated. That’s what made this time different, and that’s why I could successfully execute the decision to change…
  • Top Tips on Picking the Right Financial Planner

    Keith Guyot
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    More than one million individuals and married couples filed for bankruptcy in 2013, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Courts statistics. Some of these cases were due to recklessness, but others can be attributed to bad investments and simple misfortune. The likes of Bernie Madoff and other unsavory Wall Street types spooked many Americans to the point of never trusting financial advisors again. A CFA Institute and Edelman Investor Trust study found that only 52% of investors trust investment firms to act in an honest manner. Due diligence and a little common sense can lead you to a financial…
  • Neighbors’ Unkempt Homes Decrease Your Home Value: How to Take Action

    Rachel Beger
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    We all like to take pride in the hard work we put into our lawn and our home, but that can be tough when we look next door and our neighbor has a rusty trailer with weeds growing out the sides sitting in the driveway. If your neighbor has grass 2 feet tall, stacks of newspapers on the porch and unsightly siding, the value of your own home can be affected. It’s crazy to think, but it’s true. Buyers look for homes in kept-up neighborhoods, and even if your home is beautiful inside and out, your neighbor’s neglected lawn can decrease the value of your house 5–10%. Don’t let frustration…
  • 3 Must-Have Greenery Elements for a Refreshing Yard

    Andrea Davis
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    This is a guest post from Andrea Davis. Davis is the editor of HomeAdvisor, an online service that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free, ensuring quick and reliable contractor services at reasonable prices. Whether it’s just a green lawn or trees, shrubs and flowers, your backyard should be inviting and picturesque. Adding greenery is the first step to a beautiful landscape, and greenery is what first attracts a visitor’s eye when they walk into your backyard. To help you determine the best kind of greenery to install in your backyard, here are…
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    NACD Blog

  • The Environmental and Competitive Disruptors That Lie Ahead

    Ashley M. Marchand
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    More than 100 directors gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver on July 15 to learn about competitive and environmental forces that can disrupt business as usual. The half-day symposium was the second of three NACD Directorship 2020 events this year. The forums are addressing seven disruptive forces (competition, demographics, economics, environment, geopolitics, innovation, and technology)—the major trends and transitions expected to drive significant change for companies and industries in the near future—and the implications for the boardroom. Environmental Disruptors Linda J. Fisher, vice…
  • Responding to Activist Challenges in the Boardroom

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

    NACD Staff
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    This spring, members of the NACD Advisory Council on Risk Oversight convened in Washington, D.C., to discuss how boards can strengthen their dialogue with management on risk oversight. Participants—including Michael Hofmann, the former chief risk officer of Koch Industries and current director of Calpine—shared experiences, lessons learned, and effective approaches for embedding risk in board-level strategy dialogue. From that discussion—detailed in the meeting’s Summary of Proceedings—delegates focused on these steps directors can take. They include: Establish a clear definition of…
  • Proxy Season Paradoxes

    Ken Daly
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    As corporate fiduciaries, directors represent shareholders. But what should boards do when their sense of corporate good conflicts with resolutions advanced by specific owners? It is easy to say that boards need to do more to oversee risk, or to improve strategy, but without real-world testing, these statements become platitudes. Let’s take a look behind the headlines surrounding six recent proxy season conflicts—starting with five Fortune 500 companies (Bank of America, Darden, Staples, Target, and Walmart) and closing with a mid-market real estate investment trust (REIT) family…
  • As Risks Grow in Complexity, Forum Speakers Urge Savvy

    Matt Abedi
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:19 am
    Last week in Washington, D.C., directors convened at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Spring Forum to hear experts discuss how boards can prepare for the future of American business. Panel topics ranged from oversight of emerging risks to talent development and even advertising. The common thread was clear: directors will continue to be confronted with nontraditional challenges. Case in point: The aftermath of the cyber attack at Target has made the challenge of effectively overseeing cybersecurity risk a priority. ISS recently recommended voting against seven of Target’s…
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    The WhitePages Blog

  • Founding Fathers at your 4th of July Barbecue?

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

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

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

    Lori Roth
    30 May 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today, WhitePages released a new version of  Mr. Number, and added a new feature to the popular call & text blocking and spam identification Android app. The newest release of Mr. Number gives users even more insight and control–by automatically adding names for recent callers or texters not already in your address book or identified [...]The post Mr. Number Even More Useful for Call Blocking? You Betcha! appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • WhitePages Current a Webby Awards Official Honoree

    Rebecca Carroll
    23 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
      This year, the Internet turned 25, and the Webby Awards marked it recently with some memorable awards at their 18th Annual Awards presentation. What are the Webbys? They’re called the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the leading international award honoring excellence [...]The post WhitePages Current a Webby Awards Official Honoree appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 10 key findings to help nonprofits reach Millennials

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Successful nonprofit fundraising activities are extremely reliant on planning, forecasting and research and every charity is keen to ensure best practices are in place for today, tomorrow and much deeper into the future. So much of what we read and research directly impacts today and tomorrow but we may be overlooking the future at times and when it comes to the donors of tomorrow your audience will be the ‘millennials’. Millennials is the word used to define the demographic of today’s youth and young adults much as we previously had baby boomers or Generation X and Y. In…
  • 10 best countries for global professionals on the move according to latest report

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Global citizenship is not a new concept by any means but it is becoming a more popular concept as markets open and people move for better opportunities. As a Canadian call centre, we are aware of the benefits of working in Canada and I was interested in exploring how it compared to other countries as I have done 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…
  • Key findings from AFP study of nonprofit fundraising special events

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Association of Fundraising Professionals have just released an extensive study of nonprofit fundraising special events which provide an extremely detailed look at the type, frequency and importance of special events for fundraising purposes. Truly worth examination overall, today I’ll highlight some of the key findings. The AFP study polled more than 3,700 organizations in February of this year and the collected data aims to review complex information in relation to event planning and management for the industry which in turn can assist nonprofit management in planning their own…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Bistro Beet Burgers

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for another summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan 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. The summer months bring about thoughts of BBQs and burgers, and just because you’ve made the choice to go vegan doesn’t mean you have give up your favourite foods.
  • New study highlights value of annual funds for nonprofits

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A brand new study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative reveals that organizations are much more likely to reach or exceed their yearly fundraising goals if they operate an ‘annual fund’. While that information could be considered somewhat intuitive the report that the NRC have produced sheds interesting light on the overall value of annual funds in relation to meeting funding objectives. An annual fund is a planned and structured method to obtain donor gifts on a consistent yearly basis to provide funding for the running costs and activities for a charity. Most frequently these…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • The Service Provider: A Startup's Unexpected Best Friend

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

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

    6 Jun 2014 | 5:34 am
    We live in an age of customer fulfillment, where application engineering practices are going through constant change. Decades old applications can no longer satiate the needs of today’s socially engaged consumer. This change is forcing management teams to rethink existing applications and, in many cases, start from scratch to create a product capable of meeting market demands.One solution to  key modernization challenges is for organizations to create a strategic plan to build adaptable business applications. This can help a business disrupt their industry;rather than be…
  • Elastic Development Framework— Saving TCO in Application Expansion

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The nature of app engineering for enterprise businesses is changing fast, and it’s bringing with it new budget black holes; consuming valuable time, energy, and money.So what are these black holes? They’re more common than you think;  in fact, the most common types of costs associated with developing apps are: on-going operating costs and the need for future investments (like upgrades). So what exactly are these challenges? Can they be avoided? How can you make sure you’re not breaking the bank with every new and upgraded app? In order for your business to succeed and stay on-time and…
  • Three Exciting Things: 2014 Future of Open Source Survey

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    At OSSCube we’re in the business of solving problems. We help people choose solutions that best fit their business, and we do it in a unique way. Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the open source technology community; and its growth is vital to ours.  Because we are so invested in the open source, the annual Black Duck “Future of Open Source Survey” is one of the highlights of our year. This survey compiles responses from vendors and non-vendors across a variety of industries, and polls their knowledge and use of open source technology. The point is to show how open source is…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • SF Recycling Centers Causing Friction Among Locals

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

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    Albertsons, a grocery chain with more than a thousand locations nation-wide, has agreed to pay $3.3 million dollars to settle a case brought against them alleging stores in California mishandled the disposal of hazardous waste. In the lawsuit, filed in the Orange County Superior Court, several government agencies accused Albertsons of illegally transporting and disposing of dangerous and possibly deadly materials including pool chemicals, batteries, and various types of over-the-counter medication. It was claimed that these products were disposed of in dumpsters meant for non-hazardous…
  • San Francisco Looks Towards Becoming A “Zero-Waste” City by 2020

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Adding to their long list of groundbreaking waste-reduction measures, the city of San Francisco is looking to see the fruits of their labor culminate with a complete end to all landfill contributions by the year 2020. Though it seems like quite a lofty goal for a modern metropolitan city, SF’s senior Commercial Zero Waste coordinator Jack Macy is confident that it can be reached. Since 2002, Macy has worked towards getting some of the most progressive waste management legislation passed, including requiring construction waste to be recycled, banning plastic bags from the checkout line in…
  • The Low-Down on Lowes: Lowe’s ordered to pay $18.1 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations

    18 May 2014 | 3:29 pm
    36 years ago, the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York, began coming under serious scrutiny as disproportionate rates of reproductive disorders (miscarriages and birth defects) among its residents sparked an investigation which disclosed that the community had been built on a former chemical waste ground used to dump over 20,000 tons of toxic waste – and the city knew it. Two years later, and multiple civic actions to pressure government to relocate residents, culminated in a declaration that the city was a “national emergency” by President Jimmy Carter, who then…
  • Upcycle It! Turning Trash into Treasure

    1 May 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Making stuff out of junk lying around goes back to our earliest memories of making pies out of mud.  It’s instinctive…and it’s as much a part of being a kid, as getting ice cream all over your face.  For the past two years, kids have been getting to be kids – and – do something great for the planet at the Richmond Art Center’s second-annual maker festival: Upcycle.  The family-centric event invites kids of all ages to make art and essentials out of, well, junk.  While families create art from the stuff of landfills, they also are treated to some timely lessons about how they…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • “Official Cereal of Dadhood” shows us #HowToDad

    Lynne Morioka
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Dads. They follow their kids on Instagram, they give high fives, they’re not fazed by excellent kid stunts and they can still get the young ones to take out the trash. And now, Peanut Butter Cheerios in Canada –  the “Official Cereal of Dadhood” – is celebrating modern fathers with #HowToDad. “It just made sense to declare Peanut Butter Cheerios as ‘The Official Cereal of Dadhood,’ because like great dads, Peanut Butter Cheerios lie somewhere in the intersection of awesome and responsible,” says Josh Stein, creative director, Tribal Worldwide – Toronto…
  • The “Show Us Your Superstar” winner

    Kevin Hunt
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Totino’s BOLD just helped turn one of WWE’s biggest fans into a character worthy of being in the ring with its biggest superstars. Mitchell LaValley, a 19-year old from of Raleigh, North Carolina, was selected as the “Show Us Your Superstar” contest winner. His video submission – one of about 800 received in just 12 days – showcased his “Jake Tucker” persona. His character also is known as “Mama’s Boy.” Here’s the winning video he submitted to Totino’s and WWE: This month, LaValley traveled with his mom, Deborah, and…
  • Venus Williams invites fans to help empower young women

    Nicola Dixon
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, 74 percent of the population of Malawi lives in poverty, and the education of girls – particularly those from rural communities – often ends following primary school, according to UNESCO. Tennis champ Venus Williams witnessed this poverty first hand in 2012 during a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa with CARE USA, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, and has since been a voice for the young women she met. “When I visited Africa for the first time, I met so many young women who were eager for a chance to go to school because they knew it would help them escape the…
  • Old El Paso’s pop-up restaurant in Australia

    Monte Olmsted
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    In a mix of flavor, fun and fantasy, Old El Paso Stand ‘N Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas made their recent debut in Australia via a temporary taco restaurant in the busy Melbourne Emporium. As many as 500 people per day stop by the Stand ‘N Stuff Tortilla Family Bar and buy a taco. Then they watch as a tortilla is warmed on a miniature Ferris wheel and delivered to a chef, who fills it with Old El Paso-seasoned beef, chicken or pork and passes it to them via a sushi-style conveyor belt. Consumers’ delicious creations can then be topped with Old El Paso sauces. The site also…
  • 3 technologies farmers are using to protect the environment

    Jerry Lynch
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    In April of this year, General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell joined Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon to announce a commitment to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through an initiative called Field to Market (FTM). The announcement was made in Bentonville, Arkansas, at Walmart’s first-ever Sustainable Product Expo. General Mills and Walmart pledged to more than double the reach of Field to Market, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working across the agriculture supply chain to address the food demands of the rapidly…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Urgency of Leadership Development

    China Gorman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In March I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2014” survey. After relooking through the report, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014. I previously discussed the need to reskill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent.
  • Three Steps to Transforming Your Culture

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Changing the culture is a process, not a one-time initiativeCreating a great workplace is easy when you have a great culture. Employees are likely to be engaged and happy in organizations where trust abounds and communication flows freely. However, many organizations struggle with cultures characterized by departmental silos, hidden agendas and information that doesn’t cascade as quickly or smoothly as it should.
  • Financial Stress? What Financial Stress?

    China Gorman
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties? SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey “Employee Financial Stress.” They found that 61% of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38% would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”
  • Working Parents Feel More – Not Less – Stress

    China Gorman
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, “The Modern Family Index” that explores what it means to be a working parent today. The study revealed some insightful points, including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work.
  • #GenMobile

    China Gorman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    State of Mind Not Function of AgeWe’re at a turning point with mobile technology. For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba Networks identifies these users as “generation mobile.”
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Summit Brokerage Recognized as an Elite Independent Broker-Dealer in Financial Planning Magazine

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc.the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*, was recognized today in Financial Planning Magazine as an Elite Independent Broker-Dealer. In the article, 4 Elite IBDs You May Not Know, Andrew Pavia discusses how Financial Planning tracks several performance statistics of Broker-Dealers and how outperformance in this category makes these broker-dealers worth watching. Specifically, Pavia mentions the number of high-end reps which is considered production of above $150,000. Pavia says, “Summit has the most advisors with production above $150,000…
  • Why is Generation X Going Broke?

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Gen X is perhaps more diverse than any other generation when it comes to race, ethnicity and culture. They are earning money, spending it, and have become growing, important consumers to marketers worldwide. So why is Generation X – those 65 million kids born between 1964 and 1980 – going broke? A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts entitled, “Retirement Security Across Generations: Are Americans Prepared for Their Golden Years?” examines the savings behavior of five age groups before the Great Recession. The research also explores how wealth losses during the recession affected each…
  • Top Financial Mistakes When Going Through a Divorce

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Breaking up is hard to do and divorce can be expensive. When you’re going through the pain and emotional battles of a divorce, it’s easy to overlook financial issues which can hurt you years later. offers advice on the top costly financial mistakes people make when going through a divorce. Don’t Be a Financial Victim. If you suspect your spouse is planning a divorce, make copies of all important financial records, including account statements (savings, investment, real estate partnership) and data which relates to your marital lifestyle (checking accounts, charge card…
  • How Rich Do You Think You Are?

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    In the land of opportunity, Americans may believe it’s harder to get rich than in the past. When asked about the likelihood of getting rich personally, however, one-third say it’s very or somewhat likely they will attain wealth because of their work, investments, inheritance or just plain good luck. How rich do you think you are? A few years ago, Bankrate – a leading online aggregator of financial rate information – commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to explore how people feel about their chances for prosperity, as well as how they define wealth and their…
  • Developing a Dual-Impact Brand

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Branding is an essential part of any viable business, but is more important than ever for financial advisors. However, unless you’re focused on developing a “dual-impact brand,” you’re likely missing a tremendous opportunity to connect with potential wealthy clients. With a dual-impact brand you’re not only effectively positioning yourself to affluent individuals, wealthy business owners, charitable organizations, and the like, but you’re also effectively positioning yourself to key referral sources. A dual-impact brand conveys to the very wealthy that you have the highest levels…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Customer Retention Isn’t Enough: How to Grow Customer Advocates

    Rhonda Basler
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The most basic business tenet is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago: businesses need new customers and they need to retain current ones. Coming out of a somewhat lingering recession, how do you go about doing this? How is it different today, than it was last year? People don’t trust advertising.   They trust what other people say about your company’s products or services.  Brand reputation is created more by human conveyance than by Super Bowl commercials, magazine ads and self-promotional YouTube videos. According to a McKinsey & Co. study, 66% of the economy is being…
  • Happy Fourth of July From Hallmark Business Connections

    Heather Teskey
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Every year Hallmark Business Connections recognizes the importance of thanking the members of our nation’s Armed Forces. The Fourth of July is not only a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, to celebrate and enjoy parades and fireworks, but it’s also a time to honor the true meaning of the Fourth by honoring our nation’s active duty U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans. As you celebrate Independence Day, be sure to have a fun, festive and safe celebration. From all of us at Hallmark Business Connections, we wish you a happy Fourth of July! The post Happy Fourth of…
  • Walk Your Way Toward Workplace Health Promotion

    Jennifer Patel
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Walking while you work may not only improve employee health, but it may also boost workplace productivity, according to recent research from the University of Minnesota.  The study followed a group of 40 employees whose offices were retrofitted with treadmill desks to be operated by employees at up to 2 miles per hour.  Over the course of a year, employees’ workplace performance and interaction with supervisors and co-workers increased substantially due to using a treadmill while working. There are many ways to inspire and encourage workplace wellness, including walking during lunch,…
  • Employee Engagement: Getting at the Heart of What Truly Matters to Employees

    Jonathan McClellan
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    Employee engagement.  It’s a concept that organizations prioritize for a number of different reasons.  Forbes notes that engaged employees are more likely to be motivated, committed to their employer, and focused on achieving business goals and driving the organization’s future.  Disengaged employees, on the other hand, can impact workplace productivity, office morale, and individual stress levels. With 70% of employees reporting they’re disengaged at work, employers must find ways of inspiring deep and lasting engagement around the office.  But what is employee engagement really? …
  • Take Wellness Into Account When Traveling

    Jennifer Patel
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Throughout your career, the occasional work trip is a certainty few can avoid. Wherever the road takes you, embrace the journey toward better health. From 9-5 and well beyond, by plane, train, car or bus, there are numerous ways you can live a healthier life while traveling or commuting. It just takes a little extra effort and planning. It’s easy to feel like you’re too busy to stay healthy while traveling or commuting. The excuses are plentiful: Your space is too cramped, you can’t find decent food options or you’re just simply out of your rhythm because the day is too long. Having a…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Specialty Equipment

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

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

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

    Melissa Martinez
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It’s been two months since I attended South by Southwest (SXSW), but the experience hasn’t gone stale. The food was tasty, the music was invigorating, and the technology was pretty impressive. There were also some helpful and insightful pieces of information that I vividly remember, and continue recalling today. Social Media and the 50+ Market   The 50+ population is continuing to increase rapidly, and for the next 18 years, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8000 a day. This segment holds 2.3 trillion dollars in disposable income. 60% of those ages 50–64 are using…
  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Inkjet Print

    Kelsey Comes
    29 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you have a printer at home, chances are it’s an inkjet. Anderson’s five commercial inkjet machines are bigger and more complex than the average desktop model, but they operate on the same printing principles. The Basics Inkjet printers operate by using heads to spray droplets of ink onto the paper below. Commercial inkjet printers are hooked up to a computer, just like a home printer. The heads are mounted over a conveyer belt that carries pieces of paper under them—at Anderson, these pieces are most commonly postcards, glued self-mailers, and closed-face #10 envelopes, all in need…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Uddiyana Bandha

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Uddiyana Bandha is the second of the inner lock in yoga. Uddiyana in Sanskrit means to ‘fly up’ or ‘rise up’. This suggests all your inner organs – the abdomen, the diaphragm and the stomach – moving up and rising toward your spine. In the abstract, it means moving your energy from your mula bandha […]
  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Our beautiful Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags come in a variety of authentic Indian sari patterns and a rainbow of beautiful colors. They are large enough to hold yoga mats of almost any size, and come with a comfortably wide strap for carrying over the shoulder or cross-body. The front pocket can easily hold your keys, phone and wallet […]
  • Demystifying Mula Bandha

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
      Mula in Sanskrit means ‘root’, ‘base’, ‘foundation’, ‘beginning’, ‘origin.’ Bandha means ‘catching hold of’, ‘fetter’, ‘bondage.’ Mula Bandha, or root lock, is one of four bandhas mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradiprika and the Gheranda Samhita. The root refers to the pelvic floor or more precisely, the perineum. It is not the muscle that […]
  • Top 5 Tips for Your First Yoga Class

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Excited for that first class but don’t know quite what to expect when it comes to etiquette? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts below to get in the know! 1. Try to get there about 10-15 minutes early (and don’t be late if you can help it!), and once you’re there, stay for […]
  • Grace’s Pick of the Week: Surf Nomad Pants by OMgirl

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    OMgirl’s beloved Surf Nomad is back for the summer! Made with a lightweight skirt, its wide leg pants are a breezy fit for those chilly nights. This customer favorite offers great mobility for yoga, walks on the beach or lounging at home. For more easy, breezy yoga clothing for summer, visit!
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  • Yeah, I got my first EMV-enabled card!

    Jenn Reichenbacher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE A milestone. I open my mail on just a regular day to find it – something I have been waiting for – my first EMV credit card. Standard to some and irrelevant to others, as a professional in the payments space, I actually understand EMV and what it means to me as a customer as well as the industry at large. It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the last countries in the world to adopt EMV. For those not familiar with EMV, the cards look pretty much the same as traditional magnetic stripe card, exclusive of an integrated circuit or ‘chip’ within the card – but, they greatly…
  • What does Geo-location mean for Mobile Payments? Everything.

    Patrick Turiano
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    SHARE Geo-location is one of those buzz words that continues to be used in the world of payments. Many large technology players are putting a lot of investment dollars behind geo-based payment applications. The power of proximity, as I like to call it, may be the key factor to bringing mobile payments to mass adoption. Before we can understand the benefits of geo-driven payments and the different applications of geo-location, let’s first define what geo-location means. Geo-location is nothing more than the process and technology of locating an object’s geographic location. Smartphones use…
  • Tech's Key Players: How They're Moving into Payments and What You Need to Know

    Patrick Turiano
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    SHARE Many of the major tech companies in the U.S. are currently working to add payments technology to their portfolios. What these companies -- including Amazon, Apple and Google -- bring to the table is a large cohort of customers who already rely on their services. If consumers already trust Amazon with their purchases and Google with their online identities, it's not a big leap to trust them with payments. These companies and a few other notables are poised to become active players in this rapidly evolving space. Of course, these companies weren't originally founded as payment gateways or…
  • Merchant Warehouse Uncovers Missed Opportunity for Retailers This Back-to-School Shopping Season

    Merchant Warehouse
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE Survey Finds Consumers Want Loyalty Programs, but Few Offered by Retailers for Back-to-School  Boston, MA (July 8, 2014) -- Back-to-school shopping is the second largest retail event of the year, only behind holiday shopping. However, businesses are failing to use loyalty programs in order to take full advantage of the $72.5 billion back-to-school shopping opportunity, according to findings from a new study, conducted in June 2014 by payment technologies leader, Merchant Warehouse. The missed back-to-school loyalty opportunity could impact retailers’ sales later in the year, too,…
  • Merchant Warehouse Back to School Survey | Findings - Business

    Merchant Warehouse
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Surveyed over 100 small businesses who owned or managed an SMB. All retailers sold “back-to-school” items. Definition of a loyalty campaign: A promotion intended to incentivize repeat/regular customers.   THE STORY  Even though 58 percent of retailers agree loyalty campaigns can have a positive impact on their back-to-school shopping season, only 34 percent plan to run a loyalty campaign this back-to-school shopping season.  Where does technology fit in? While there are a variety of reasons retailers are not planning to run loyalty campaigns this back-to-school…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Tech Matters: The Need for Speed

    Shawn Philpot
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of jonel hanopol’s photostream No other adage applies to business as much as “time is money.”  Everything is on a tight schedule and one mishap can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.  With this in mind many business neglect to make sure that their Internet is up to speed. There is a fear in selecting the appropriate service and speed because many of us don’t know what those numbers mean but the tech matters. I will break down two important aspects that are related to each other, but they’re not the same: Internet speed and bandwidth. The internet speed is…
  • 3 Reasons Why Context Is Queen and Content Marketing Can No Longer Be Ignored

    Tony Zayas
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of Sean MacEntee’s photostream The rise and growth of content marketing has virtually transformed the way that businesses interact with their prospects, customers and clients online. It has changed the expectations of what type of information can and should be available from businesses and it has empowered the consumer. And for all of this, context has become a very close second to content. Content is still King, but… The saying, “Content is king,” has held true for a very long time. On the web this has been a universal truth, through and through. But in…
  • 5 Useful Tips When Asking for a Raise

    Barbara Sulik
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Philip Taylor’s photostream Do you feel like you should be earning more money?  Are other people in similar roles earning more than you?  Has it been more than 12 months without a performance increase?  Here are some tips to ask your Supervisor for a raise. 1.    Schedule a time to meet with your supervisor The big question is whether you should indicate what you want to talk about or not.  Only you know the culture of your organization and the relationship you have with your supervisor.  Disclosing why you want to meet allows your supervisor extra time to come…
  • 3 Tips to Manage Stress

    Brianne Kistler
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Becky Wetherington’s photostream As I sit at my desk on this mid-July day, I look around and notice a certain type of energy. Everyone is typing away, shifting around, answering phone calls and working at feverish pace. People are moving and talking even faster than normal, trying to beat deadlines and complete what needs to be done. Why, you ask? Well, folks, it is none other than Convention season—the final stretch before our big event occurs and there’s a lot to be accomplished. Though everyone is excited, they can’t seem to ignore that burning, underlying…
  • Do We Speak a Dead Language?

    Tom Zobel
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
      Image courtesy of Nicolas Nova’s photostream With social media posting, text messaging and ease of chatting at an all-time high, the English language has been taking quite a hit. Abbreviations are everywhere, from the oldies but goodies like ‘AFK’ and ‘LOL’ (which, by the way, is almost always typed with a straight face) – to the more complex, like ‘IIRC’ and ‘SWIDT.’ Just about anything nowadays gets shortened to an acronym (or JAANGSTAA). As a self-proclaimed wordsmith, this troubles me. It seems that our culture is taking shortcuts so much that we aren’t as…
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  • 9 Easy (And Mostly Free) Ways To Increase Morale In The Office

    Barry Chignell
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Even in the happiest of offices there are those days where morale may dip a little. Luckily there are certain things that management and leaders can do to raise spirits and help prevent the office atmosphere from effecting productivity, engagement and the general wellbeing of your employees. 1) Take an interest As a leader you should already have a vested interest in the day to day activities of your subordinates, including any challenges they may have. It is, however, all too easy to lose track and become distant from your team or department due to other commitments. Making time to pro…
  • Want More Influence In HR? Here Are 6 Ways To Achieve It

    Barry Chignell
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A company’s greatest asset is its employees, the HUMANS that work every day to drive the business forward. As such, human resources professionals are those best qualified to manage, strategise and advise on best practices where human capital is concerned. But how can HR gain the influence within the business that they deserve? 1) Know your audience and be prepared to speak their language In order to be heard in HR you need to know your audience and what makes them take notice and listen. In many cases this will be the financial impact of what you’re proposing, but it could also be…
  • 5 Essential Google+ Communities For HR Professionals

    Barry Chignell
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Google+ is an underused and often overlooked resource for inspiration, news and communication. One of the great features of the platform is it’s lively communities which cater for every topic under the sun. below are 5 such communities that are particularly useful for the HR professional. Social Recruiting This is a community for recruiters – in house or agency, hiring manager or HR. TalentCulture – World of Work An open online community of talent-minded professionals devoted to advancing the World of Work, Recruiting, HR Tech, Social Learning, Building Leaders and…
  • The Formula To Actually Get Things Done As A Team

    Barry Chignell
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Meeting, discussing and planning a project or team task is all very well, but how productive are these discussions? In some cases brainstorming, mind-melding or whatever phrase is used for simply talking to each other, actually delays the tasks that are needed to complete what needs to be done. Here are 5 ways that you and your team can supercharge your project planning and get on with what’s important. Make sure the meeting(s) aren’t a waste of everyone’s time Meeting to discuss your ideas, team and individual actions and milestones can’t be avoided in most cases.
  • CIPHR Update July 2014

    Emma Kettley
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Two thirds of CIPHR’s customers have made the move to SaaS. The number of customers moving to SaaS is on the rise, in the last 2 years 100% of new customers have implemented SaaS.  The SaaS solution provides a variety of benefits in comparison to the on premise approach. One of the most prominent advantages is the ability to free up resources. Access through the cloud allows us to  easily access  your CIPHR system over a secure web connection, enabling efficient support and delivery of services, eliminating the need for backups and on-site visits. This has allowed our Service Desk…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • Anywhere Pad Featured in The Edge Singapore

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

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

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

    Alexandrea Roman
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    A board package is more than just a compilation of documents; it is a catalyst for knowledge transfer and discussion in a board meeting. But because there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to putting together a board package, different organisations follow their own processes. However, some practices are effective, while others are mistakes. Is your organisation guilty of committing the latter? Here are typical board package mistakes and why organisations should stop making them: 1. Using printed board packages or the wrong digital tools Some organisations still stick to paper-based…
  • What Your Board Book Solution Says About Your Organisation

    Alexandrea Roman
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    When it comes to choosing a board book solution, organisations have four options: paper, homegrown system, third-party tools, and board portal software. You may not realise it, but your choice of a board book solution says a lot about your organisation, particularly about its attitude toward technology and its priorities. Does your organisation send the message you want it to send? Read on to find out. Delayed: Paper Organisations that still choose to use paper for their board meetings are seen as traditional. In certain situations, sticking to tradition is a positive thing, but not in this…
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    Blogging Ways

  • How to Use Free 3G Internet on Vodafone? Latest Trick 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you looking for- Latest Vodafone 3G Trick to Use Free Internet ? Vodafone 3G Proxy trick 2013-2014 Free 3G/GPRS internet on Vodafone New Sims If Yes, then you all are at very right place, as today I am going to tell that. In this article, I am going to tell you How to Use [...]How to Use Free 3G Internet on Vodafone? Latest Trick 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • List of Top 10 Female Bloggers Blog in 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Now a days Women’s are equally considered along with Men’s. They were treated as the key for success behind every men. Without Women’s (a wife, a daughter and a mother), world is no more exist. Therefore today’s post is all about Top Most Popular Female Bloggers in 2014 and their blogs. These are the best [...]List of Top 10 Female Bloggers Blog in 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • Top 10 Premium Blogger Blogspot Templates in 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Looking for Top 10 Premium Blogger Templates 2014? or planning to run your own blog, consider Blogger as one of the platforms you should look into. Blogger is a popular blog-publishing service which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a sub-domain of Therefore today i am [...]Top 10 Premium Blogger Blogspot Templates in 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • 4 Things that Most of the People Hate in a Website

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Hello Friends! Hope you all are enjoying your day. Now I am here with a very interesting topic. This article is very useful for new bloggers. In this article you can learn some things that people will hate in a website. People do many mistakes in their websites and these mistakes decrease lots of visitors [...]4 Things that Most of the People Hate in a Website is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • Giveaway #1- Win 5 Single Site License of SEOPressor V5 Premium Plugin

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Its being great excitement here as today Blogging Ways going to announce its first free Giveaway of SEOPressor V5 plugin for his readers. Recently If you know that I have done a complete review on it and believe me it actually works. Hence this plugin consists of all SEO features till today. Therefore today I [...]Giveaway #1- Win 5 Single Site License of SEOPressor V5 Premium Plugin is a post from: Blogging Ways
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • OFAC Scrutiny Knows No Borders

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

    Lori Padley-Lee
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    A man-made menace to society? Not with the enforcement of export laws. Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Transformers: Age of Extinction yet, you may want to delay reading this week’s blog! The summer blockbuster movie season is in full swing, with Transformers: Age of Extinction appearing at the top of the box office standings over the Fourth of July weekend. But while the film may be a crowd pleaser, it gets an “F” when it comes to export compliance authenticity. It’s not that any of the characters are dodging their Export Control Reform (ECR )reclassification obligations, or not…
  • OFAC Lenience? Don’t Bank on It

    Lori Padley-Lee
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Unless you have an extra $9 billion lying around, take care to avoid violating sanctions. French financial services company BNP Paribas, (named the fourth largest bank in the world by Bloomberg and Forbes), has set a record we’re certain they’d gladly relinquish to someone else if only they could. They’ve been ordered to pay a fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged U.S. sanctions violations (something that a Restricted or Denied Party Screening process combined with a country export license system could have prevented). The fine would amount to the largest penalty ever inflicted upon a…
  • What Do Deemed Export Violations and Social Media Have in Common?

    Lori Padley-Lee
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    Using social media wisely can protect you from dangerous compliance missteps. Not long ago a teenager made news for throwing a party in his parents’ absence. What’s so newsworthy about that? He advertised the party on Twitter, and as a result an estimated 1500 to 2000 people showed up. The kids caused over $70,000 damage to the house (to be fair, it’s pretty tough to stand shoulder to shoulder with over a thousand people and not knock over a vase or two).  This young host learned a lesson about social media that every company with an online presence should keep in mind. Particularly…
  • Are Export Sanctions Against Russia Backfiring?

    Lori Padley-Lee
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:15 am
    The grip of export sanctions is tightening, with American companies feeling the pain Since the Russian annexation of Crimea earlier this year, the United States has imposed several export sanctions targeting a few dozen Russian individuals, companies and banks. But this past weekend’s downing of a Ukrainian military transport plane – killing all 40 service members and nine crew – has led to new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko putting pressure on the West to mandate even more economic sanctions, and to do so quickly. From an export compliance standpoint, American companies have been…
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    P1 e-Social

  • 5 Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy

    P1 Buddy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    The internet has become an essential need in our lives. We rely on the internet to connect with people via email and social media, we shop for clothes and search for information whenever we have access to the internet. Free public wifi has made it convenient and cheap for us […] The post 5 Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Why Are Malaysians Obsessed With Selfies?

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Selfies – we love them, we hate them, but we just can’t get away from them, especially in Asian countries! It has become one of the most popular social trends in Malaysia. Selfies are constantly in the news – as a way to raise money for charity (#nomakeupselfie), the inappropriate […] The post Why Are Malaysians Obsessed With Selfies? appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 8 Entrepreneurship Lessons from P1′s CEO

    P1 Buddy
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In late May, we had the chance to pick the brains of CC Puan, the CEO of P1, to get his take on entrepreneurship and what it takes to succeed. Here are the 8 lessons we learned from him. 1. Be passionate about what you do Deep in my heart, I’m […] The post 8 Entrepreneurship Lessons from P1′s CEO appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top Ramadhan Buffet Places in Kuala Lumpur And Selangor

    P1 Buddy
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The holy month of Ramadhan  is here, a special time for Muslims to reflect and renew. This month of Ramadhan marks the period of fasting, the cleansing of the mind and the body. Even for the non-Muslims in Malaysia, Ramadhan is an exciting time. Food, cultural and festive activities are offered […] The post Top Ramadhan Buffet Places in Kuala Lumpur And Selangor appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • What Does It Mean To Go Truly Viral?

    P1 Buddy
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Lots of people would do just about anything to get in on the “secret formula” of going viral online. But is there a secret formula to do just that? Realistically, no – most things go viral by accident. Viral comes from the word “virus”, used in medical terms to describe […] The post What Does It Mean To Go Truly Viral? appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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