Everyone has a smartphone these days, but for some of us, having all this technology at our fingertips is doing more harm than good. Fortunately, there are tons of apps out there changing people’s lives for the better. I’ve weeded through new releases, version updates, and makeovers throughout the past few weeks to highlight five incredibly useful apps.
1) Argus by Azumio
Argus was released last week, gaining lots of attention as an all-inclusive data app. It tracks fitness, diet and sleeping patterns, simultaneously pulling data from other apps in the Azumio network. The goal of Argus is to combine all health and fitness data (per user), making it one of the fastest growing apps on the market. Here are some quick facts about Argus:
- Free; however, Azumio’s other apps run $1.99 if you are considering integration
- 4 Star Rating
- Track hydration, vital signs, caffeine consumption, heart rate, movements, quality of sleep and sleep cycles
- Automatic tracking via iPhone’s built in sensors
- Pulls data from Azumio apps and third-party as well
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In the world we can find some 40,000 publicly traded companies of which almost 80 percent are stationed overseas, and this is a good indication that there are interesting investment potentials outside the borders of the United States.
Looked at this in a different way, over 50 percent of the global $38 trillion overall market capitalization is owned by the worldwide arena, and American mutual funds keep nearly $500 billion in international investments.
With all these potential investments outside the U.S., international investments have become an excellent vehicle to diversify an equity portfolio. A number of people claim that there’s definitely a growing connection in performance between international and domestic markets.
But while international markets usually tend to react in the same way to news or developments taking place around the world, after a while, global and domestic markets have a tendency to behave in different ways, and this helps to keep the balance in a diversified portfolio.
These days, you even have better options and monitor new investing developments thanks to many (investor relations) IR apps.
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It’s been noted several different times how important vibration monitoring is becoming these days, specifically when connected to the topic of nuclear power. However, what thoughts are made when vibration monitoring is connected to a different headline, like fracking? An important question seems to rise when the two are compared: can vibration monitoring make fracking safer?
Fracking, You Say?
Fracking is a term that is also known as “hydraulic fracking.” Simply put: this is considered to take place when fractures are forced into a rock layer by pressurized fluid. Though this process can happen naturally, it can now be seen to force oil and natural gas from shale.
So, is fracking actually safe? And how is fracking affected when vibration monitoring takes place?
The Connection Between Vibration Monitoring and Fracking
It’s been noted that while drilling and multistage fracking are actually driving the shale oil and gas revolution upward throughout North America, professionals are discovering that what works in one specific field may not be best for others. In fact, each new site must be studied and constantly innovated.
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We’ve all been through those moments where we really need the internet to cooperate and it just won’t do it! In our day and age, we want it fast and we’re quick to blame our internet service providers when we’re not getting it.
Here’s the thing though—it’s really not always their fault. When you’re dealing with wireless anything there’s a great deal that goes into how it performs; most of which relies on minimal interference and optimal configuration for everything to work together properly.
So, before you call up your internet service provider and yell, “Fraud! I want my money back!” it’s a good idea to understand what might actually be slowing down your connection speeds.
Here’s a few tips to get you started:
They look and sound almost exactly the same, but one actually comprises the other. A megabit is abbreviated as Mb and it takes 8 of these to make up a megabyte, abbreviated as MB. If you recently tested your connection with a program such as Netgear and it reported a 1.5MBps connection, that’s 1.5 MEGABYTES per second, which equals 12 MEGABITS per second.
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TenCate, the advanced technology company, recently won a tender for installing synthetic turf on the sports fields of the Dutch Jupiler League stadiums.
One of the important factors for choosing TenCate grass was innovation and the sustainability of their artificial grass system called GreenFields MX.
This is the first official synthetic turf pitch in which a number of new developments have been combined, resulting in an optimum ball and playing performance and full recyclability of the pitch. The innovative matrix weaving pattern additionally has a positive effect on the rotational resistance of the player’s feet.
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Using products made from sustainable materials or manufactured through sustainable processes can reduce your impact on the environment. The next time you go shopping, look for these products. Choosing them could help you make the world a better place.
Sierra Nevada Beer
You might not equate brewing beer with saving the planet, but Sierra Nevada has combined these two pursuits in every conceivable way.
Sierra Nevada creates 20 percent of its own power needs with 10,573 solar panels. The company also has hydrogen fuel cells that create about 40 percent of the brewery’s energy needs which is an extremely an inventive way to make its factory more sustainable. Sierra Nevada doesn’t stop there. Some other innovative measures include:
Composting organic waste to fertilize the company’s gardens and fields
Using the CO2 produced through fermentation in its factory
Convertible its restaurant’s used vegetable oil into biofuel for its fleet of delivery trucks
Not many companies make that kind of commitment to the environment. Think about that the next time you go out for a six-pack
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Many people associate green living with drastic lifestyle changes or giving up modern conveniences. However, there are a number of simple ways to reduce energy costs and consumption without sacrificing comforts.
Of course, it is important to understand many of the common sources of energy loss to know where to start. This guide will show simple ways to gauge your energy consumption and ways to go green without stressing your lifestyle or budget.
Analyzing Energy Costs
When it comes to reducing energy bills, knowing the appliances and devices that consume the most power helps. Though your personal situation might vary, due to model differences and other factors, common energy hogs in the home include:
- Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers
- Water Heaters
Refrigerators and Freezers
Computers and other Electronics
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Just a few years ago, natural household cleaning products were almost solely restricted to the shelves of health food stores. Now, a quick browse of product offerings from mass-market retailers like Target and Walmart shows how environmentally sustainable products are becoming more like the norm, rather than hard to find.
Product Sales on the Rise
A company called Packaged Facts found that in 2011, sales of green cleaning products topped out at $640 million, a significant increase from 2007 totals of $303 million. One of the big reasons sales more than doubled in four years is likely that marketing departments realized the need for such products existed. The key was to make it easier for customers to find them without going to great lengths.
Clorox’s Existing Product Line
The Clorox Company is just one example of a well-known company that branched out and appealed to eco-friendly consumers. Their Green Works line features a full assortment of household cleaning products made from mostly natural ingredients. Whether consumers are looking for toilet bowl cleaner or all-purpose wipes, the collection has products to suit those needs, and they’re readily available in grocery stores.
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After a long winter of freezing temperatures and rising energy bills the average homeowner will now be pleased they can finally turn down the dial and cut their energy consumption.
However, there is still likely to be the odd cooler day, and are we really prepared to go through the same thing when winter rolls around again sometime in mid-September?
In order to combat the rising energy prices some homeowners have been doing everything they can to make their property more efficient and cut down on excess consumption.
As well as leaving them with some extra pounds in their pocket this will also help them do their bit for the environment and the summer seems the perfect time to compound those efforts and for others to follow in the same vein.
The Winds Of Change
In the wake of new environmental initiatives that have been brought by the government, there are now much more stringent rules and regulations involved in the construction and development of properties.
Not only do all new dwellings and those proposed to be expanded need to have an SAP calculation carried out in order to determine the property’s energy performance certificate (EPC), but there are also regulations to meet regarding airtightness and air leakage. Continue reading “Most Energy Efficient House In The World”
Saving energy is something that is on almost every home-owners mind these days. Whether you are looking for ways to cut your ever-increasing energy bills, or simply want to reduce your carbon footprint, there are lots of devices on the market that promise they can help you.
The question is, do these energy saving devices really work, or are they simply fancy looking white boxes that nothing other than cost you even more money?
The answer is, it depends. Some energy saving devices work by directly reducing the amount of power your appliances or heating systems consume, others rely on power factor correction. Those devices do offer substantial potential savings.
There are, however, some devices that simply highlight the amount of energy you are using. These devices do not offer a direct energy saving, however, they may help you to identify power hungry devices.
How Energy Saving Devices Work
Power factor correction devices work by reducing inefficiencies in the electrical supply. Some kinds of appliances (primarily ones which have electric motors) have “inductive reactive currents” which place an additional burden on the electrical supply.
Power factor correction devices use capacitors to counteract the inductive elements of the power load, improving the efficiency of the power supply. If you have appliances with inefficient motors, then using a power factor correction device will make these more efficient.
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