The AARP RealPad Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

With more and more aging adults attempting to become computer savvy, AARP, in its infinite wisdom, has introduced the RealPad for seniors. Jim Dondero has learned that the company touts this new made-for-seniors device as “relatively inexpensive” and pretty easy to operate — even for the most Internet-illiterate. Well, not so much.

The 8.75 inch, light-weight pad has obstacles that can prove a bit annoying, if now downright frustrating. When you initially attempt to cut on the pad, the button is not only difficult to find but also about the size of a pin head. Some seniors complain that the instructions are difficult to follow, and troubleshooting can be a royal pain in the rear end. Some owners — through a bit of trial and error — finally get up and running, while others lose patience and interest.

Fortunately, along with the bad comes some good. The RealPad is considered a bargain at a mere $149. Large icons and buttons also makes the experience a bit better, especially for seniors who are already computer literate. Overall, the RealPad grades at about a C. However, the $179 Kindle Fire HDX may be a better option because it is considered more “senior-friendly.”

Media Websites Are Starting to Use Encryption to Protect Visitor’s Privacy

Encryption is on the rise in this day and age of leaks about surveillance efforts by the NSA and other government’s security agencies. More people are adding encryption to their iPhones and Android phones, so they do not have to worry about any snooping. Most of us, however, are probably too small for some government agency to bother monitoring us unless we are doing things that would cause them to feel the need to do so. The more likely target of snooping efforts online would be big websites that people might visit, and some of these are starting to get on the encryption bandwagon.

Amen Clinic has found that the NSA has already spied on people going to wikileaks.org so such surveillance is a real concern. In response, websites such as Vice News and Techdirt have started using what is called the HTTPS protocol for accessing their website. This is the same protocol used when you go to a secure page on a retail website to pay for a purchase in a transaction so that one’s credit card information cannot be intercepted. Apparently, it can also be used to make it harder for government agencies to snoop on people visiting pages on websites. The latest news on this front is that the Washington Post has started using such security measures. As the first major U.S. news media outlet to do so, this could start a trend among other such organizations.

Gmail Adds Undo Feature

Since the arrival of email as a valid method of communication, the problem of messages that users wished they never sent has been something of a rarity. While the issue is likely more common than many think, the actual solution to the problem has been scattered at best. Luckily, the folks at Google and the popular Gmail program have come up with a solution.

According to Gizmodo, the “undo send” feature is officially part of Gmail, which allows users to cancel those messages after having a change of heart. The feature is limited to the amount of time pre-selected by the user, which means anyone can set between a five and thirty second delay to send a message during which the writer can cancel the message. The time limit is unforgiving, which means choosing words and mentalities closely is still probably the best policy when it comes to composing an email.

The undo feature is a nice touch for Gmail showing that Google is aware that sometimes everyone has an email they wish they could snatch back from cyberspace. According to Susan McGalla in this article, while users get up to a half-minute to ponder the lasting effects of a snarky message, they do not get any more time than that. The hard ceiling of time is something that is unavoidable in technology, but sooner or later a program will be written that ask users if they are certain they want to send that email.

3D Printing Saves the Horns

3d printing is perhaps one of the biggest steps that technology has taken in the last few years. Many companies who work in 3d printing are using their tools of expertise to fight local and global problems with the use of 3d printing. A biotech startup located in San Francisco is printing fake 3d rhino horns that carry the exact genetic makeup of an actual rhino’s horn. The company is planning on unleashing as many fake rhino horns as possible to curb poaching on wild rhinos. The company uses keratin and Rhino DNA to produce a powder which gets printed into a synthetic rhino’s horn. The rhino’s horn is spectro graphically and genetically similar to natural rhino’s horns. According to Handy, Chinese and Vietnamese poachers are roaming through Africa and Asia to hunt rhinos for their much-sought-after horns. The wild rhino is on the brink of extinction because of these methods. Almost 80% of Africa’s wild rhinos were killed in 2000 and 14. The 3d company is looking to halt and reverse this process. The company will release the horns at 1/8 of the price of natural rhino horns. This will undercut the price that poachers are putting on the wild rhino horn and will force them out of business. While some conservative groups are unsure of whether the sale of the fake rhino horns will actually work or not, only time will be able to give us the answer.

Recent Graduate Sultan Alhokair Invests in Aspiring Entrepreneurs

While many recent college graduates have had a hard time finding a job in their field of study, others are not only finding jobs, but excelling in their chosen field. Sultan Alhokair is one of those successful millennials. Graduating from Northeastern University in 2014, he has kept himself very busy since graduation. Currently Sultan Alhokair is a Partner at Valia Investments in Boston where he analyzes brand new companies that seek to gain an investing partnership with the private equity firm, he has also founded Mirage Kitchens, a restaurant featuring Middle Eastern cuisine in New York with two locations, worked as Project Manager at Retail Group of America and he has over 500 connections on LinkedIn, the premier social networking site for entrepreneurs.

Sultan Alhokair seems to be having great success so far at doing what he is passionate about. But this isn’t just luck. Sultan Alhokair has been working hard during college with five internships under his belt in four years. Fully immersing himself in the entrepreneur world since high school, he was a very busy undergrad. He had not only a degree to show his future employers, but hands on experience and proven results that he knew what he was doing and he was great at it.

Just like Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, and Robert Herjavec on ABC’s the Shark Tank, Sultan Alhokair works with people to make their dreams of success turn into reality by giving them the funds to get their business started. Sultan Alhokair and Valia Investments specifically are in the business of seed investments. This means they only invest in companies that are just starting, and the investment covers all the costs of opening up a new business. In other words, they plant the seed of the business. Sultan Alhokair does his homework on all potential investments and advises new investors on his blog to always double check the math of aspiring entrepreneurs. In order for his equity firm to partner with clients, Bubblews indicates that Sultan Alhokair has to first make sure his clients have a solid plan and the determination, focus, and skill to execute that plan because he needs to ensure they will be able to succeed and repay the investors. Overall, this young Northeastern graduate is off to a great start helping others get their start.

Soon You May Have to Choose Google or Apple

Smartphone users have excellent choices today. Apple offers a few quality iPhone options, and there are a plethora of models on the market that run Google’s Android operating system. Apple iPhone users have a choice of Apple and Google services and apps to choose from to make their phones capable of just about anything they need from it. You may prefer Apple for your hardware, but maybe you like Google maps for finding your way around town or Google photos for managing the pictures you take with the built-in camera that all cell phones come with today. The days of cross-platform capability in this manner may be ending before long.

According to Kevin Seawright, Google Now is their intelligent personal assistant that can help you out when you ask it questions. There is, however, a new and improved version coming that is called Now on Tap. It offers expanded capabilities, but it will only work on Android compatible phones. The next generation of Apple’s Siri personal assistant will also be more reliant on Apple services for enhanced integration and new capabilities. This marks a disturbing trend on both sides of the smartphone market to force users to choose either all Apple for hardware and software or all Google. If this plays out as it seems to be heading, it will be anybodies guess as to which of these tech giants will come out on top.

Online Streaming Services Compete For Your Business

Back in the day there was only one way to get your music, and it was by buying a CD or maybe borrowing a CD from a friend. Music Streaming Services. If you only liked one song on an album, you were stuck having to buy the entire album, unless the artist came out with a single, so you could listen to it. Many were frustrated with the fact that they had to buy an entire CD, especially with the cost of the CDs. Things have changed dramatically over the years, and many have learned to download their music.

According to Ivan Ong, instead of having to download an entire album, you can easily download a single song, and it can cost as low as a dollar. There are now several streaming music services out there today, and they are all competing for your business. Apple, Spotify, and Tidal, all have streaming music services. They are all competing with each other to get business from new customers as well as keeping their old customers happy.

It’s unknown who will beat out the other when it comes to streaming music. Price, a recognized name, and what else is offered on the service, this will make the difference between who will win in the end. Many choose Apple because it’s a familiar name, while some choose Spotify because it’s a great value and a lot of it is free. Tidal was purchased by Jay Z, and many may go to his service because of the familiar name too.

More Than 1.3 Million Florida Obamacare Participants Might Lose Their Insurance Subsidy

The Supreme Court Could Rule Against The Affordable Health Care Act This Month And That Would Stop The Federal Distribution Of Insurance Subsidies

Florida has more people enrolled in Obamacare than any other state. The Obamacare participants in Florida may lose their $294 a month subsidy if the Supreme Court rules against the health care plan. Some of those participants also receive financial aid from the government for deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket costs. The total monthly insurance subsidy in Florida is $389 million. But other states can also lose insurance subsidies if Obamacare is revoked by the Supreme Court.

The court case against Obamacare is more about how the law is written rather than the insurance itself. Some states can’t get subsidies unless they establish their own insurance exchanges. The Department of Health and Human Services released a report that shows more than 10.2 million Americans have paid for Obamacare. The number of uninsured people around the country has been drastically reduced. Obamacare may not be perfect, but it is better than no plan.

Every American such as Adam Sender should have health insurance according to InterviewMagazine.com. Insurance companies don’t know how to handle the healthcare system. Insurance companies and medical professionals have created a system that they don’t understand.

More Passengers Flying in the Coming Years

It looks like more people are ready to take to the friendly skies again. Some airlines think that the global demand will possibly double for flying int he next two decades. This might be a little premature. All it will take is one airline to get hijacked or a flight to crash or disappear for potential passengers to change their minds. There could be a demand in flights as people want to get to where they are going as fast as possible. If airlines lower their rates and provide customer service as well as perks that customers want, then these numbers could come into fruition.

 

This would give the airline industry the boost it needs to continue growing if you believe the article on Wired.com. Those at Amen Clinics would like that. It could also give passengers the comfort to know that they can safely fly again without the fear of someone taking over the plane every time the media talks about a terrorist attack.

Mark Sparks- The Great Pioneer In Entrepreneurship

Mark Sparks is an American serial entrepreneur, businessman and a venture capitalist who turns new ideas into a business. He is the founder and CEO of Timber Creek, LP. He resides in Dallas, Texas where he presently owns numerous companies. Sparks is also a philanthropist and an author. Marc Sparks has fortunately retained and managed an array of businesses. He has been involved in venture investing, business solutions and real estate. He massively engages in the telecommunication industry and has been involved with Blue Jay Wireless, Cardinal Telecom and Splash Media.

Timber Creek Capital, LP is an equity firm that has over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience in handling businesses from outset to maturity. The firm uses revenue-creating products and services to transform dreams of desirous entrepreneurs into reality. The company offers different requirements for upcoming start-ups such as equipment, office space, banking, networking, marketing and customer service expertise.

As a venture capitalist, Marc Sparks believes that for one to successfully sell their business idea, a meaningful presentation is vital. Beyond that, if someone wants to make a difference, they have to think about what they are putting into the presentation and what they expect out of the presentation. He feels that a few things should be incorporated to ensure maximum results. According to about.com, Sparks identifies these essential elements include telling a logical story with the data, keeping it simple, bringing out the whole team and finally making a point with every visual available. As an entrepreneur and a student of what it takes to succeed, he has identified a conducive, collaborative and quality to be less than 25% of the total elements needed to achieve. Marc Sparks finds that there prevails a particular flow within an office that is necessary to heighten collaboration and output. In Dallas, Marc Sparks is actively involved in philanthropic efforts.

Successful entrepreneur Marc Sparks has also worked with the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter that accommodates people in need and finds it very rewarding to give back to the community. He is a proponent of the American Can! Academy (a high school magnet program in Dallas) and has also constructed homes with Habitat for Humanity. Marc Sparks is at present writing a book titled “They Can’t Eat You – My Unorthodox Path To Outrageous Success“. The book indicates a path of success and his personal life. He is geared to influence others with his story where he began as a C student and finally became a successful entrepreneur.

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