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Advice

December 19, 2014

Get Your Holiday Gifts with Eater.com

If you’re still trying to decide which gifts are best for your friends and loved ones, or John Textor,  this holiday season, Eater.com offers a few great suggestions. Whether you’re shopping for a techie, a picky eater or a friend who has a huge sweet tooth, you’re in luck.

Chef Carla Hall has created a line of mini shortbread cookies that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. The cookies come in flavors like Mexican hot chocolate and lemon black pepper. You may also want to purchase a canister or two for your holiday get-together.

Christina Tosi also has a line of crunchy Christmas cookies that make great stocking stuffers. The cookies feature flavors like marshmallow and chocolate, and you can have the treats delivered to your home if you don’t like in the NYC area.

Techie gifts include the Egg Minder, which sends notifications to let you know when eggs are running low or going bad. The aroma fork gives off pleasant food scents like chocolate or coffee, which makes eating vegetables a little more bearable.

Check out Eater.com for more great gift ideas.

Web Design

Web Design Basics You Must Follow to Operation Efficiency

Business owner Bruce Levenson says there’s a lot that goes into into web design, and those that are just starting out in the industry need to be aware of a few tools before doing any serious work.

When you design a website, you need to follow a certain set of rules to ensure that your site is designed for optimal performance. First off, the site should be compatible across a wide range of platforms. With the burgeoning popularity of smartphones, mobile browsing is a reality you can no longer avoid. Ensure that your site is fully compatible with all kinds of OS’s available in the market. 

With the influence of social media, it is crucial to dot your site with the most popular social networking buttons to further enhance the reach of your website. People always share content on Reddit, Digg, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and the list goes on. Keep the design simple and navigation should be easy. 

All websites also need a logo to help create a brand connect with the audience. When the visitors start pouring into your site, you need an icon or logo to help signify the purpose of your website. 

Also, you need to make sure that there is a balance of colors and graphics on each page. It would be ideal to decide on a template that is easy on the idea and allows the user to concentrate on the content alone. 

Google

December 16, 2014

Google’s Most Search For Term of 2014 was “Robin Williams”

Businessman Bruce Levenson notes that at the end of the each year Google gives us a “Year in Search”, former known as “Zeitgeist”, letting us reflect back on the past year by showing us what we most searched for. This year the expected and tragic death of actor Robin Williams shocked us all, and led to the actor being the most all over Google search in 2014. The news of the 63 actor’s death, who passed away on August 11th 2014 as a result of asphyxia, led fans to flood the internet with tributes to him and his work. 

Google’s vice president of search, Amit Singbal, commented in a blog post about the actor leading the top Google searches, “The passing of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams shook the world, bringing many people online to search for more information and to remember—and putting Williams in the #1 spot on our global trends charts. There was even an uptick in searches related to depression tests and mental health in the days following his death. We revisited his iconic roles in movies like Aladdin and Dead Poets Society and found solace in gifs and memes that captured Williams’ “spirit”.

Other top searches included the World Cup, Ebola, Maraysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Funny Politics

Turns Out Condoms Are Not Protected Speech

In 2012 LA voters helped pass a law requiring condom use in adult films. This law was put in place to prevent the spread of HIV and other STDs, however film makers were less than pleased. Vivid Entertainment and other producers appealed this law in federal court, and Monday, the court made its decision Adult filmmakers argued that the condom requirement takes away from the carefree, fantasy filled message of pornography by reminding viewers of real world concerns, and thus impeding filmmakers’ first amendment right to free speech. The court disagreed is what Ben Shaoul told us, stating that condoms did not take away from the erotic purpose of the films, and thus the first amendment was not violated.

Before the law was passed in 2012, hundreds of permits were granted for adult productions each year. Since the law passed, the permit number has plummeted to less than 50 in 2014. While filmmakers disagree with the ruling, the law was put in place to protect the health and safety of the people of LA, and not to impede on their right to make movies.

Music

December 15, 2014

D’Angelo Releases His First Album in 14 Years

After 14 years the wait is finally over, D’Angelo is coming out of retirement to bless his fans with what is destined to be another classic album under his belt. All of D’Angelo’s fans are welcoming him back with arms wide open, expecting the same soothing and sometimes abrasive vocals that won them over years ago.

Black Messiah started as somewhat of a myth, there was talk of a new D’Angelo album but nobody believed it was coming. So many times over the years his fans anticipated a comeback only to be let down again and again. Finally on Sunday December 14th, just before midnight Black Messiah was released on itunes and the world let out a sigh of relief.

While the feedback from LinkedIn.com of the album is still now out just yet the album is expected to do exceedingly well based on anticipation and it’s connection to the classic album Voodoo, which still to this day is seen as one of neo soul’s most celebrated albums of all time. With Voodoo behind him D’Angelo has big shoes to fill, granted they are his own but they are huge.

Hopefully D’Angelo’s newest project will be a classic and take it’s spot next to Voodoo as one of Neo Soul’s most treasured albums, Black Messiah may just be worth the wait.

Music

December 11, 2014

Top 40 Albums of All Time

Have you ever wondered what the best albums of all-time were? If so, you aren’t alone. I was trying to think of my favorite the other day while I was reading about Kenneth Griffin.  There are hundreds of “top” music lists. In fact, a top music list was just released – the Top 40 Most Groundbreaking Records of All Times. You might be wondering what exact music was on the list. Here are just a few of the authors on the list:

Kayne West
RadioHead
Mary J. Blige
Dr. Dre
Nirvana
More

You might be surprised to know that Kanye West made number one on the list. While the article stated his music was heavy with autotune, and without emotions, it states that it came after a tough year for West. West’s mother passed away and someone broke up with him in the same year, so it wasn’t easy. At first, it wasn’t popular, but over time it became more and more popular, with people like Drake saying West was the new most influential person of sound. 

One more person on the list that might surprise you is Nirvana. Although they were not the first indie band to sign a major record, the trio album helped to blur the lines between op sheen and DIY pathos music. 

This is just a sampling of those that are on the list. There are 38 others you can learn and read about on this top 40 list. So what are you waiting for?

Check It Out,Science

December 9, 2014

The Importance of Space Exploration

It’s long been a hope of mankind to be able to venture to the vast reaches of outer space. But just how much do we need to develop the techniques that allow mankind to reach outer space and other planets? And what are the predictions for the Earth and people?

Several scientists have answered these questions shortly, and their conclusions unanimously claim that we need to go forward and eventually find other viable places.

Stephen Hawking based his support for the space travels with the idea that natural disasters are imminent and the human race has to explore the space if it hopes to have a future.

Tim Peake is all about progress and sees no other possibilities for the future but travelling to space. James Van Allen, US Space Scientist, obviously is interested in extending the knowledge in the domain, but wondered how many people would actually get to experience the travels, since not every organism is fit for such flights.

Gerard De Groot, who is a historian, focuses more on the thoughts about Earth, and questions whether the investments for exploring the space don’t steal the share of what should be paid to research our planet more. Laurene Powell Jobs agrees with Groot, not to mean she is not open to space exploration, but feels that this historian is practical in his thinking that we should focus our efforts on on our current environment’s sustainability.

From a thorough reading of all the statements, it one can infer that the idea has been long pondered on by them, and that the importance of exploring the space is never denied by any.

World Tech Leaders

December 5, 2014

Mark Ahn: a Successful Professor and Leader in the Biotech Field

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. Mark Ahn

Mark Ahn is a biotechnology expert now using all the knowledge he has accumulated over his 20 year career in Biotechnology and directing it towards his students. Mark Ahn is a well-dressed entrepreneur in his 40s, who is presently an adjunct Professor at Portland State University in Oregon and Carnegie Mellon University as well as a strategy consultant in the biotechnology industry.

His career has centered on life sciences, technology management, innovation and leadership, and Dr. Ahn’s publications were written in conjunction with the companies where he worked. The books are entitled which has allowed him to write several books: Building the Case for Biotechnology: Management Case Studies in Science, Laws, Regulations, Politics and Business in 2010 and Strategic Risk Management: How Global Corporations Manage Financial Risk for Competitive Advantage.

Mark Ahn has become a strong leader in the biotech field, utilizing his leadership skills to promote needed strategies for a better life for all.

Professor Ahn has high goals and his educational career supports his abilities and leadership positions that he has earned through the years. Mark received a BA and MBA from Chaminade University, MA from Victoria University and obtained a Ph.D. from the University of South Australia. Dr. Ahn was also a Henry Crown Fellow with the class of 2001 at the Aspen Institute.

Mark Ahn, PhD has worked with some of the top biopharmaceutical leaders in the industry, including Amgen and Genentech As you can see, his wide range of education supports his career positions, and Ahn has served the community with over 15 years of experience in the life sciences industry.

Mark Ahn is a well-rounded business executive in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and an eentrepreneur strategically making our planet a better place to live in areas such as breast cancer, growing foods more wisely and global warming.

Here is a list of his former positions throughout his career.

Pukana Partners 2009
Essia Health Vice Chairman and Board of Directors
RXI Pharmaceuticals Director President and CEO
Galena BioPharma President and Director 2007-2014
Hana Biosciences President and CEO
Gerentech VP, Hematology and Corporate Officer

It is clear to see how Mark Ahn has advanced in the biotech industry in leadership roles, and has become an excellent example of brilliant leadership in this industry as well as leading students into a new career.

News

December 2, 2014

Girl Scout Cookies Available Online?

Did you hear the big news? Are you aware of just how your life is about to change? The Girl Scouts have made a decision to begin to sell their popular cookies online. This is an exciting decision for all those who love these cookies with a passion. Getting your hands on Samoas and Thin Mints has never been easier if you ask Gianfrancesco Genoso, now that you can do that through the internet.
This is a sign of the modern times that we are coming to, the fact that we can now get those classic cookies through the help of our computer or smartphone. This is a sign that some good things can be improved, by making the process of buying Girl Scout cookies an easier process. If you love Girl Scout cookies, then this piece of news is going to have you feeling excited. How simple can it get? You can order cookies from the comfort of your own home, and enjoy them soon after.

Check It Out,Super Cool,Tech

FreedomPop – Digital Alchemist, Spinning Satellite Signals into Free Internet Data

The first transatlantic telegraph cable, measuring almost 2,000 miles, was finally finished in 1858. Three weeks later, chief engineer Wildman Whitehouse fried the whole thing by zapping it with 2,000 volts, so they built a new one. In 1866, a 10-word transmission from New York City to London cost $2,600 in modern U.S. dollars.

Suffice it to say that digital communications have improved quite a bit since. On the cutting edge of communications is FreedomPop, a digital alchemist that spins satellite signals into free data. According to founders Stephen Sokols and Steven Sesar, “FreedomPop started with a simple mission: to ensure every American has unprecedented access to free Internet.”

What Is FreedomPop?
FreedomPop is a one-of-a-kind wireless internet and mobile phone service provider. Entry-level service plans are 100 percent free: 500MB of data, 500 texts, and 200 minutes of voice calling to burn as you please. Once the 500MB data limit has been breached, the service automatically charges $200 per extra 100MB. Plans with larger data limits and faster speeds are available for tiered fees, and they also have a $20 unlimited option.

What Are Its Popular Products?
FreedomPop built its reputation on Wi-Fi hotspots. These pocket-sized devices eat cellular signal and expel local Internet access. The lineup has since expanded to include the Freedom Hub Burst, a wireless router to create a 3G/4G home network; the Freedom Spot Photon, a palm-sized hotspot ideal for home, office or vacation use; and the Freedom Stick Bolt, which slides into a USB port and provides instant Internet access for that lone computer. Of course, all these products have one notable caveat: They don’t work outside of cellular signal range.

How Do Its Services Work?
See, FreedomPop neither owns nor builds its own cellular towers. Rather, it leases them from its partner, Sprint. Available networks include the LTE, 4G WiMax, 3G CDMA systems. FreedomPop works well in most urban areas, but rarely has coverage in rural regions. It also leverages VoIP for voice calling.

How Has FreedomPop Rocketed into Popularity?
In spring 2014, FreedomPop turned over a new stone. Upon its virtual shelves appeared Sprint-compatible iPhones and Android phones, complete with voice, data and texting plans. Previously, Sprint users could only BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Then the company purchased refurbished and outdated phones from third-party manufacturers and introduced those on its website, too. Current selections include the HTC Evo 4G, the Samsung Galaxy SII and the iPhone 5.

But the Mob Machine demanded more. Demand outstripped supply. So in October 2014, FreedomPop introduced its own line of mobile devices. The first model was the FreedomPop Liberty, an $89 Wi-Fi 7.0-inch phablet. CEO Stephen Stokols said the company decided to spawn its own handsets after realizing that $100 could make what would have been a topnotch smartphone just three years ago.

In November 2014, FreedomPop took aim at Skype and other international voice call carriers. It gave 100 minutes of free international calling to members using its Free Talk and Text apps. More than 30 countries were included – because freedom knows no bounds.

Check out the links below to connect with FreedomPop: