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What’s With All The Twitter Bashing?


Twitter user growth is to slow, the business model is an afterthought, investors are unhappy with market value and the international software communications platform is not planning on turning things around any time soon. These phrases listed above are just four of the most ridiculous headlines which have appeared on the world wide web in the month of June, 2014.

Realistically, the San Francisco, California based social media, messaging corporation, Twitter, is exactly where it should be. In the last fifty two weeks, Twitter, INC. has seen a low of $29.51, a high of $74.73 and the business presently holds a New York Stock Exchange value of $41.33. The company went public on November 7th, 2013 and has over one thousand operating staff members in their San Francisco office. Dick Costolo is the chief executive officer, Jack Dorsey is the executive chairman, Biz Stone is the Founder and Evan Williams is the Co-Founder of the all-inclusive technology computer program, Twitter.

Dick Costolo has had past product management, business operations and investor growth experience at FlowPlay, Google, FeedBurner, About.Me, TellApart and TubeMogul. Aside from Twitter, Jack Dorsey is the Chief Executive Officer of mobile payments company Square, has been acknowledged as a member of Time Magazines one hundred most powerful human beings and was named as an exceptional pioneer under thirty five years of age by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review. Evan Williams is the chief executive officer at news blog Medium, a consultant at curated web messaging system Branch and Co-Founder of project management software Pyra Labs. Biz Stone has experience working with Medium, Jelly, Obvious, Google and Xanga.

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Google Does Not Remove British Guardian Press Components


Google, the search and advertising platform with over twenty eight thousand recorded active employees, decided not to remove a variety of online networks in association with assorted British newspaper articles. It was not made clear who made a request directed at the worlds informational and organizational search giant. The demand was to completely get rid of multiple community reports within their corporate computer network.

Google is an international software, video streaming and information technology business organization headquartered in Mountain View, California (United States of America).
Google is an international software, video streaming and information technology business organization headquartered in Mountain View, California (United States of America).
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Twitch Announces Building Of New San Francisco Office


Twitch, the social live streaming program platform for gamers, has nearly doubled their number of online consumers in the last year alone. In hopes to appeal to a larger group of advertisers and customers, Twitch has announced the construction of a brand new office in San Francisco, California (United States of America).

Organization Twitch, was founded in 2011 and has been funded over thirty million dollars in the last three years from Draper Associates, Thrive Capital,Take-two interactive platform and others. Emmett Shear is the current Chief Executive Officer and founder of the social media, video streaming platform, Twitch.

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LiveRail Obtained By Social Networking Power House Facebook Inc.


Facebook, the social networking corporation currently categorized as the second most valuable internet company online, is acquiring program broadcasting organization LiveRail, for an undisclosed amount of capital. Facebook has been searching for a way to incorporate video advertising into the already extremely well-liked computer social networking system.

LiveRail is a media producing internet program for online television, which was founded in April of 2008 and is located in the San Francisco region of California (United States of America). Mark Trefgarne is the ongoing Chief Executive Officer and Andrei Dunca is the current Chief Technology Officer at LiveRail.

Update: Facebook spends upwards of four hundred million dollars in the acquisition of internet video advertising business, LiveRail.

MapR Technologies Receives A New Round Of Funding From Google Capital.


MapR Technologies Founded in 2009 and Headquartered in San Jose, California.
MapR Technologies Was Founded In 2009.

MapR Technologies was founded in 2009 by M.C. Shrivas and John Schroeder. The cloud computing and software analytics company has been funded over one hundred and seventy million dollars in the last five years. MapR Technologies is headquartered in San Jose, California. Tomer Shiran is currently the vice president of product management.

 

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Military Drives Motor Vehicle Innovation


Military vehicles are the apex of engineering, designed to conquer the toughest environments in the world and survive live fire day in and day out. According to Global Firepower, the U.S. military currently has more than 25,000 armored fighting vehicles and more than 8,000 tanks ready to deploy to fields of fire. Military vehicles come in all shapes and sizes and here are some of the world’s most amazing military vehicles:

Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle

With one of the coolest names for a patrol vehicle ever, the Foxhound Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Light Patrol Vehicle is small enough to be transported via helicopter sling to theaters of war around the world. According to Military Factory, the Foxhound went into production for the British military in 2011 as a response to combat actions in the Middle East. Powered by the Steyr M-16 Monoblock engine, the Foxhound has a modular cabin that can be customized to multiple troop loads. Monitors and thermal visioning provide full views of the outside of the vehicle and its surroundings, and the Foxhound is capable of speeds of 50 miles per hour with a range of more than 300 miles. A seven and a half ton beast of a light patrol vehicle, the Foxhound debuted under the name Ocelot and has been a key part of British military intervention in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kawasaki KLR650

Marines are known for doing whatever it takes with whatever they can to win any conflict. The Kawasaki KLR650 is used by Marines for convoy control, courier duty, and military police work. Built for efficiency, The New York Times reports that the KLR650 gets 96 miles to the gallon at its operational baseline 55 miles an hour. While it’s not something you’ll find at a local Kawasaki dealer, KLR650’s are out on the market, so you don’t have to join the Marines if you want to drive this amazing military vehicle.

Polaris Defense Sportsman

The Polaris Defense Sportsman is an 850cc ATV with 77 horsepower designed for use in the toughest of terrains. Featuring keyless, the Defense Sportsman uses a 4-stroke twin cylinder engine for maximum power in its class. Unlike the Kawasaki, the Polaris is available for civilian use. With just a few aftermarket parts, it can conquer some serious territory.

Chenowth Fast Attack Vehicle

The Chenowth Fast Attack Vehicle was used in Operation Desert Storm by the U.S. Military. Powered by a 200 horsepower VW engine, the Chenowth has an effective range of 210 miles and can be outfitted with an extra fuel bladder that increases its range to a staggering 1000 miles. Capable of speeds of 80 miles per hour, the Chenowth is still used frequently in the Middle East and is outfitted with armor, machine guns, and anti-armor ordinance to make is a massively cable fighting vehicle. Used for close air support and search and rescue missions, many Chenowths have been decommissioned and are available to consumers looking to create the ultimate dune buggy.

MEASURING THE FUTURE


Figure 1The Angel Edge – John Jonelis

From the Journal of the Heartland Angels

Yes you can – you CAN measure the future!

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According to the Kauffman Foundation, Angel Investors—on average—enjoy a capital gain on three out of ten deals. Out of those—on average—one is a huge blockbuster winner, three—on average—do marginally better than break-even, and the other six—on average—are complete losers. The winner is so huge that, according to Kauffman, Angels do very well indeed—that is, on average.

You may ask, “Hey Jonelis, why all the harping on the word average?” Because average is a fantasy. It doesn’t exist for you. It doesn’t exist for me. It’s a composite of the whole crowd. Continue reading

ARISE 2.0


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Whadaya think happens when 15,000 people get behind the entrepreneurs in their own neighborhood? Good things—that’s what happens! Energy. Enthusiasm. Stuff gets done! Lemme tell you about it: Continue reading

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Tech Lovers: Put an End to Dropped Calls and Improve Cell Phone Reception


There are lots of technologies available to help boost your cell phone signal. You could install a signal booster, set up a cell to VoIP antenna, or hop carriers. Which option is right for you depends on your specific situation. We’ll help you decide the best decision for you and your calling habits.

Signal Booster

Using a signal booster, you can improve the cellular reception in your car, home, or office. There are a range of models and options to choose from, but they all work basically the same way. These devices relay the signal between your phone and the cellular tower. This can be a simple repeater or a smart signal booster. The difference is that a repeater will just repeat anything it receives. On the other hand, a smart signal booster will clean up the incoming signal before forwarding it. This can improve call quality while boosting your signal.

Cell to VoIP

Similar to a signal booster, there is a range of devices you can purchase to pickup your cellular signal and transmit your call over the internet. This is a good option when you have a broadband connection in an area with poor cellular reception. However, rural areas will commonly have poor cellular service and lack high-speed internet service. Also, if you’re going to use VoIP, why would you pay for a cell phone bill? You can save a lot of money by switching to a VoIP service and forwarding your calls to your cell phone when you’re away from your home or office.

Switch Carriers

Depending on where you live, the carrier with the most national coverage may not be the best choice for you. It’s much more important to have coverage where you live and work than to simply cover a large part of the country where you don’t typically make your calls. Before switching carriers, always check their sites to see if you’ll get service in your area. T-Mobile has a dedicated page of its coverage maps, with with a zip code finder and detailed information about its network’s range. It also offers a no-contract service that allows you to switch carriers easily if your calls are dropped too frequently.

Deciding What To Do

Now that you see the options you have, you’re probably wondering what you should do. Unfortunately, there’s no one answer for all situations. With some troubleshooting, you can figure out what’s right for your needs. Begin by using your phone to map out the signal strength in your area. If you’re having too many dropped calls at work or at home, take your phone on a tour of that location. Note the places where your signal drops below two bars, or cuts out entirely.

Finding the Signal

If you have at least two bars near a window, you could focus on making and receiving your calls in that area. Simply moving your home office or repositioning your desk can make a big difference in cellular reception. Ensuring that you’re not blocking your phone with your hand or pointing the antenna away from the location with the best reception can also help. If none of these options work, you can consider installing a signal booster. Most of these devices will need to be setup in a location with at least two bars of service.

Jumping Networks the Right Way

Don’t make the mistake of jumping out of a contract with poor reception at home only to find that your new contract has poor reception at work. Instead, you should focus on the no-contract plans that allow you to easily switch if the service doesn’t meet your needs. These pay-as-you-go plans will usually offer the most competitive plans because customers can easily switch services at any time. For this reason, they also tend to offer the best coverage.

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Factors That Cause Sluggish Internet Speeds | Why Is My Internet So Slow?!


There are several factors that can contribute to sluggish Internet speeds. If you have a “high-speed” Internet connection, then you should be getting at least 10 megabits-per-second connectivity speeds. The best high-speed connections will deliver as much as 1000 megabits-per-second – faster than a cat on fire! And if you are just managing an average connectivity speed of 25 megabits-per-second, then you are doing fine; surfing and streaming with mad speed.

But what about when your Internet speed is sluggish and slow?

If your Internet service is classified as a “high-speed” connection, and your performance is slow to the point of frustration, then there are some things you can check for, and just maybe speed that slow machine up. You see, the Internet is a huge network of different technologies attempting to come together and communicate with fast efficiency. That, obviously, doesn’t always happen. Your connectivity could be being affected by a variety of techy ailments. Here’s what to look for if your Internet speeds are 8 megabits-per-second or slower:

* If you really want fast Internet speeds, then it’s time to upgrade that 10-year-old Linksys router. You need a modern gigibit-speed router that is designed to accommodate truly fast connections, like 25 megabits-per-second and faster.
* If you already have a gigibit-speed router, then you need to make sure it has been properly configured. Make sure that you password-protect your home network so some freeloading SOB across the road isn’t piggybackin’ your signal; slowin’ down your surf speeds.
* If your network or machine has been infected with spyware or malware, those thieving programs could be sapping the speed from your connectivity. Pay for Norton’s or another top-rated anti-spyware network protector program.
* It could be an issue with your Internet service provider (ISP). In this case, the issue would most likely be short-lived, and rectify itself after a short while. Call your ISP if you think it’s something on their end slowing your connectivity down.
* If the memory in your browser cache is loaded full, then that could cause sluggishness as well. You need to keep as much hard drive space free as possible for the long-term best performance of your devices.
* Today’s web pages move electrons very quickly. If your device or machine is more than three years old, it may not be able to keep up with these zooming electron transfers. Upgrade your device in this case.
* Keep windows that are not in active use closed. Having a load of windows open simultaneously makes your CPU overburdened, possibly causing connectivity sluggishness.

So you see, if you are consistently getting Internet connectivity speeds of 8 megabits-per-second or less, then you very likely are being affected by one of the above possibilities. The list above is not inclusive, but it does touch on the most common issues with Internet speeds – find out more at iiNet http://www.iinet.net.au/internet/broadband/adsl/. Don’t assume that just because you got Time Warner’s best plan, you have high-speed Internet connectivity. Check other possible factors that could be slowing down your surfing experiences. It’s worth checking into because when you have super-fast Internet, life is simply better.