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Google to Start Regulating “Intrusive Interstitials” Come January

Tech Week August 31, 2016 at 9:38 am

Tech giant googleWebsites can start kissing their pop-up ads goodbye, as Google has just announced that it will begin cracking down on these “intrusive interstitials” come January 10, 2017.

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The announcement aims to reinforce the tech giant’s commitment to providing mobile users the best possible browsing and search experience, something that is simply impossible with the off-putting, badgering nature of some online advertisements.

Professionals from Bungemoe describe the “intrusive interstitials” Google is targeting as those advertisements that cover the main content at any time during the user’s browsing of a particular page. They note, however, that Google has outlined a few exceptions, such as interstitials that appear to be in response to the website’s legal obligation (cookie usage, age verification), login dialogs, and non-intrusive, easy-to-dismiss banners.

Open Doors

The use of “intrusive interstitials” has always been the most notorious advertising tactic on the internet, so much so that its creator had to apologize for what he had done. Pop-up ads have ruined countless hours of browsing, debilitated countless sites, and tricked countless users out of their money. One might wonder why Google has taken so long before making a move, and the answer lies in one of the core principles that made the search company so invaluable to begin with: internet freedom.

Google has always championed its capacity to allow every single one of its users to mold web-based experiences to their own accord. Unfortunately, pop-up ads came as what some users (marketers) wanted. Despite all the purported enemies of online freedom, the people who enjoyed it were the ones that ultimately made the strongest case for regulations.

Google will always tout its commitment to making the internet a place for every single user to make as their own, but this does not mean the company cannot throw its weight around and introduce regulations that will benefit more users in the long run.

The Battle Against Electrical Hazards at Home

Service Week August 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

Electrical HazardElectricity may be crucial in our daily lives, but it, too, can be a cause of a serious injury or even death. That is why people should always practice caution when handling electrical work. However, as accidents are unpredicatable and anyone can be a victim of electrical shock even right at home, some safety reminders are worth to be taken seriously.

Electric Shock and Its Causes

Electric shock occurs when one is exposed to electricity. At home, exposure to damaged wires and cables as well as broken or exposed plugs and sockets is the common cause of electrical shock incidents. Not wearing protective gear and not using insulated tools when working with electricity can also cause electric shock.

Electrical Injuries

The effect of electric shock depends on different variables, but most of all, on voltage. Children are the most common victims of low voltage shock, which usually causes slight injuries. On the other hand, high-voltage shock often causes burns. More severe cases can lead to internal bleeding, paralysis, brain damage and seizures, spine injuries, and even death.

Avoiding Electric Shock at Home

It may sound easy to avoid electrical shock incidents and injuries, but it isn’t. Just because you do not leave your appliances plugged in all night does not mean you are doing it all good. Below are some dos and don’ts to avoid being a victim of electric shock.

  • Use good insulators like protective tubing with heat shrink technology to wrap around damaged wires and cables.
  • Perform periodic inspection to identify damaged cables and sockets. Replace old electrical wirings with new ones. Remember that even insulated cables are prone to wear and tear after decades.
  •  Use only insulated tools when doing electrical work.
  • Choose and use adaptors wisely. Avoid using cheap or substandard ones. Remember also that you should not overload an adaptor, most especially if it is connected to another adopter.
  • Keep water away from electricity. However, do not hide cables and wires under the carpet.
  • Always use a tester first and de-energize an equipment before working on it.
  • Do not attempt to do electrical work if you are not sure of its ins and outs.

Electric shock can lead to serious injuries and even death. However, you can do steps to make sure your home stays safe against electric hazards.

3 Tips That Will Make Moving a Breeze

Service Week July 15, 2016 at 6:15 am

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Change is never easy for any person no matter how much they are open to it. However, it is inevitable in most cases. A new and promising job has come up, a business opportunity you cannot pass or a great chance to follow your dreams has presented itself but a challenge exists.

To get all this you need to move out of your comfort zone. Leave your familiar hometown with friends you have known for years to a place where nothing is familiar apart from the hope for a better future. Most people take the risk and decide to move and this is where you need the assistance of great moving companies in Salt Lake City. The following tips will make your moving life easy and probably help you settle in faster.

Knowing the number of things, you need to move

Preparation is essential before you move. Understanding the number of things, you must move means that you will be able to get enough boxes and packing items to fit everything. Estimate the items depending on their sizes. The last thing you need is stress over packing.

Be orderly

Moving is only temporary. You need to know where everything is when you arrive at your destination. Make sure that you mark boxes clearly for fragile items and those that are likely to be lost when moving. Furthermore, doing this makes it easy to unpack and rearrange your new house once you arrive. Proper packing makes it easy for the movers to help you settle in.

Keep time when moving

Find out the distance of your new town. It is important to travel at the right time especially when you decide to enlist the services of a moving company. Avoid moving on weekends and holidays when there is a lot of traffic. It is important to arrive at your destination before dark. Let people see you coming in. you may be lucky to make new acquaintances.

Work with a team of professional movers. The extra dollars you pay is worth every penny. Convenience is key.

Why Glass Windows Make the Finest Choice

Back2School June 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

Glass Window from IndianaIf you plan to build or renovate your home, better consider having glass windows. These windows create an impressive aesthetics and make your home look and feel more spacious.

Building a home entails meticulous and careful planning. Every aspect of your home must blend harmoniously with the rest to create beauty and balance. This is why many homeowners today choose glass windows for their newly built home. 

Impressive and Appealing

Glass windows render class and sophistication to your interior. The curb appeal that these windows make is simply astonishing that it never fails to catch the attention of guests. Whether it’s raining hard, snowing or the sun is shining bright, glass windows don’t fail to make a positive impression; they make your home beautiful regardless of the season. 

More Spacious

Haven’t you noticed why glass windows tend to make a room appear bigger? One of the things that make a room spacious is light, and this is where glass windows come in. It allows more light to get inside the room, giving the eyes the perception of a wide space. Even if you already have a big home, adding glass windows will make it look bigger and definitely better. 

Energy-Saver

Using glass windows helps bring natural or ambient light in, thereby helping you save on energy costs. Think about it, with sufficient ambient light, you don’t need to turn on many lamps. Suburban Glass Service, Inc. reminds you to get your windows from a reputable company offering both installation and window repair in Indianapolis.

Now you see why glass windows are becoming a big hit with homeowners. They not only make your home look beautiful, they also make it look more spacious and more energy-efficient. With glass windows, you’ll improve the look and resale value of your home. 

Simplify Your Travel Plans

Next Stop June 15, 2016 at 9:27 am

Business TravelIn case you are taking a business trip as an individual or a group, the chances are that your focus will drift from the trip’s purpose to planning the trip itself. This will significantly reduce the chances of a fruitful trip, which is why you will need a business travel management company to organize your travels and hotel bookings.

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For a business trip, your business travel manager will recommend the best means of travel, taking into consideration the timing, convenience, and intention of your journey. Additionally, they will make your travel documents ready, and inform you on the procedures needed before traveling. In the case of international tours, you will require knowing the current status of the place you are going.

While the internet and news will give you a rough impression of what to expect, it is still an armature view. You will need to know the finer details regarding security, legislation, traffic patterns and hotel prices in accordance to your budget. Additionally, some airlines are owned by travel management companies and as their customer, you stand to enjoy friendly pricing, additional in-flight services, and convenient supplementary travel services like chauffeured cabs and tour vans.

Reservations

You may note that some international hotels are on big campaigns to increase occupancy. This is the more reason you should avoid falling victim of marketing techniques. Knowledge of the security and privacy of hotels is best obtained from an expert. Travel management companies will also help you manage the data regarding your expenses by managing your credit card activities. In case you want to make the various comparison in real time, your travel manager will give you the right information to make an informed choice.

Business travel management companies offer travel arrangements like access to your fare for tickets, rental cars, and hotel reservations.

4 Core Skills to Develop from Ages 1 to 5

Travel Weekly May 24, 2016 at 1:00 am

Core Skills for Children in Salt Lake CityThe first five years of a child is the most important stage of a child’s learning development. Children learn quickly by following what they see and hear. They become better communicators both in non-verbal and verbal language.

Often, though, parents forget to focus on their child’s learning stage. They are too busy to oversee their development so they use gadgets as surrogates. But, early childhood learning experts explain that parents should focus on the four core skills that are crucial to children’s future learning development.

1. Physical Development

Do you know the importance of recess? This is not purely for snack time. In fact, recess is deemed to improve children’s attention and physical strength. They get stressed from school, so once they set foot on the playground, they get crazy. They jump, slide, swing, run, and socialize. Once the bell rings, their mind is back to the lesson. Physical activities reduce students’ moodiness and even prevent ADHD.

2. Cognitive Development

At an early stage, children should start with pattern recognition. In Salt Lake City, child care centers like Smart Kids Development Center use words, numbers, colors, symbols, pictures and more that help children improve their memory, mathematical skills, and even social skills. They also use arts such as painting and dancing to follow a certain rhythm of music and colors. They suggest parents do this at home since it also contributes to their discipline and organization.

3. Social Development

Aside from playing with other kids, there are other effective ways to develop their social skills. One is through shared reading. According to some experiments, shared reading between adults and children improve their vocabulary. If you connect emotions to it, children will become more interactive with their books, teachers, and classmates. Social skill doesn’t only come from playing, but also in fun learning.

4. Emotional Development

As kids grow, they learn to lie because of society’s influence. They lie because they know their wrong actions have consequences. Once they get caught, their self-esteem declines. Parents can scold their kids whenever they want, but they should not always pinpoint their mistakes. Constant blaming will lower their confidence that will affect their social development. It is best to accept their mistakes and teach them the right way to solve them without forcing or shouting.

Many parents take their kids to daycare centers because of their trusted learning styles. But, these experts strongly recommend finding time to help kids develop these four core skills as well. After all, a child’s future starts at home.

Why Jumping on a Trampoline is Good for Your Health

Next Stop May 4, 2016 at 1:00 am

TrampolineNot many people are aware of it but trampoline jumping is actually good for the body. Sure, it’s fun and exciting to do. But if you think about it, trampoline jumping can also be a great alternative to traditional physical exercises.

Improve coordination

Jumping on an inground trampoline can help improve your balance and motor skills, says Trampolines.com. Apart from being useful for sports training, it is also great for those suffering from a physical condition that puts them at risk of falling even when they are just walking. Regular trampoline jumping lets them improve their sense of balance and coordination over time.

Enhance low cardio exercise

Common gym movements such as lunges, jumping jacks, and squats can be modified for the trampoline. In fact, trampoline jumps have the same effect as low cardio exercise but with the additional benefit of muscle strengthening. With regular trampoline exercises of 20 minutes for 3-4 times a week, your body will increase its metabolism. Which, in turn, burns off fat.   

Relieve stress

It really is fun to jump on a trampoline. This is partly due to the release of “happy” hormones like endorphins, which creates a feel good sensation. Jumping can also release the tension in your abdominal muscles, jaw, chest, and back, allowing you to feel more relaxed. So jump away and relieve your stress and anxieties.

There are different types of trampolines available in the market today. They are designed for recreational or competitive purposes and vary in terms of size, cost, and quality. If you are looking to purchase one, make sure to choose something that gives good value for your money.

Choose a trampoline that is not only well-constructed, but also shows durability thanks to its high-quality materials. With an excellent quality and durable trampoline, you will surely make your jumps more fun and enjoyable since you won’t have to worry about breaking it down.

Concrete Services Offered by Construction Experts

Next Stop April 13, 2016 at 5:42 am

Construction Experts in UtahConstruction expert offers construction and repair for small and large projects. Clients ranging from businesses, mining industries, homeowners, and contractors require different types of construction needs.

Greene’s Construction enumerates some common type construction services that are usually unheard of by clients:

Random Radon Testing

Various environmental quality and safety organizations advocate for the awareness and mitigation of radon gas to homeowners.

Radon gas is an odorless and invisible gas that enters homes through the house foundation and goes undetected. It’s a by-product of the radioactive uranium breakdown in the soil and can cause some fatal health issues such as leukemia and lung cancer. Despite radon gas’ undetected entry into homes, random tests are available that aim to detect the gas. Effective detection and mitigation system cut the harmful gas’ entry into homes granting your safety.

Wall and Flat Sawing

Flat sawing uses a flat saw that penetrates concrete. It’s useful in preparing cracks for repair, removing damaged parts during demolition, and provides expansion joints. Wall sawing, on the other hand, creates openings through concrete walls. It’s also used for selective demolition of existing construction structures.

Structural Demolition

Demolition services serve commercial, industrial, and residential projects. The demolition capabilities include sidewalk, driveway, selective, patio, and full structure demolition. Most technologically advanced demolition equipment offer excavation, hauling, and site work services.

From concrete placements to concrete cutting, construction experts combine skill with technology to ensure they do the right job and in the right way. Experts use the latest technology and innovation to provide quality services with accuracy and precision.

The Birth and Rebirth of Simple Machines

Next Stop April 13, 2016 at 5:37 am

Human beings are notable for their capacity to exceed expectations. Throughout history, people have developed a lot of equipment to make working easier. Before that, they used to do everything manually. It took a lot of effort and willpower to finish a menial task.

Work is defined as force acting on an object in the direction of movement. A machine makes work easier by transporting force from one place to another. It allows change of direction for a force. It also increases the size, speed or distance of the said force.

The Origin of the Six Simple Machines

The earliest known writings about simple machines date from the third century B.C.E., provided by Archimedes. He’s the first to recognise mathematical principles of the lever. In ancient Egypt, it’s the common equipment. Constructors used it to lift obelisks.

Poland first used the wheel and axle around 3500-3000 BC. Slovenia discovered windlass, the oldest device known. It lifts weights with the use of a pulley.

Mesopotamians first operated a pulley in 1500 B.C. But, Archimedes created the first compound pulley.

It is unclear where wedge originally came from. Based on historical artefacts, Greeks may have used it on sculptures and arrowheads.

Greeks first used a screw in a screw press. Archimedes had the credit for its invention, but there were signs of it starting in Ancient Egypt instead. They used it in clocks and to move things in the 15th century.

In the prehistoric times, they already used inclined planes. It wasn’t perceived as a machine then, since it didn’t have a mechanical aspect. The rocks in the Stonehenge were moved using it.

The Reincarnation of the Six Simple Machines

In the modern world, simple machines are in everyday objects. The lever is in crowbars, bottle openers and scissors. It is also on playground seesaws. The wheel and axle work as gears in elevators and cars. The pulley is on flagpoles and blinds. The inclined plane is used as a playground slide and in ramps. The wedge is in nails, knives and axes. The screw holds or moves things together.

Human beings incorporate simple machines into heavy machineries. Cranes, tractors and loading equipment are a few examples. It’s the combination of most of the simple machines into one.

Centuries after the discovery of simple machines, humans  keep on creating complex ones to accommodate a developing world.

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Perk it Up in Perth! Fun and Exciting Things to do in West Australia’s Capital City

Next Stop April 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

Have Fun and Do Exciting Things in PerthPerth, the capital city of Western Australia, boasts of a great balance of modern lifestyle and exotic nature. The city hosts a lot of exciting activities and stimulating adventures that you can definitely enjoy, Classic Hire notes. Whether you are a nature lover, an outdoorsy adventurer, or a laidback traveler, Perth surely has something to offer that will tickle your senses and entice your curiosity.

  1. Go for a thrilling nature camping experience. Perth has lots of parks and nature trails for people who want to explore and venture the Australian wild. Go trailing in Kings Park, have a smooth bicycle tour around Swan Valley, or go for an overnight stay in Serpentine National Park. Whether you want a camping guide, a tour package, or a car trailer, hire one in Perth and enjoy Australia’s exotic nature.
  2. Relax and swim in Perth’s breath-taking beaches. The city is home to nineteen amazing beaches, offering a wide variety of water and sand activities for you and for the whole family. You can enjoy snorkeling and witness Australia’s rich water life, or go on an adrenaline rush by surfing against Perth’s challenging and crazy waves. Relax and lie down on the fine sands as you watch the sunset, or be amazed at the free Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe, Perth’s most popular beach.
  3. Have a free and fun city tour with Perth’s Central Area Transit (CAT) bus. This free ride will take you to the city’s key attractions, with three separate lines coming from East Perth, West Perth and Northridge.
  4. Savour Australia’s gastronomic wonders with numerous restaurants and dining areas in the city. Perth is home to Little Creatures Brewery, the manufacturer of Australia’s finest craft beer. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch or dinner (or even free barbecue!) while enjoying exhilarating views of the city and the Swan River in Kings Park.

Whatever you are looking for when it comes to an exciting vacation, Perth will surely satisfy your desires and give you a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience that is truly memorable and unforgettable.