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Touch Screens As A New Innovation For Motorcycles

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Motorcycle driving is way more dangerous and riskier than car driving. Now, these motorcycles are getting touch screens.

New maker joining the trend

The maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles, Polaris recently announced how it is putting the touch screen displays on its new bikes and off road vehicles. It is joining the innovation BMW and Harley-Davidson started in the past years.

Ride Command will enable motorcycle riders to sync their cellphones with their bike’s infotainment system, to map out their routes, to stay connected with their friends and to even check their social media accounts through the bike’s display screen. To be able to do these, bikers might need to take their hands away from the handle.

How about safety?

According to the company, the safety of doesn’t alarm regulators or riders as it is what consumers want. Executives say, riders are more worried about the touch screens being too high tech. The system can be shut off, though, by tapping the display for 3 seconds.

How about people who don’t need it?

For people who don’t need the technology, Polaris is making sure it is not an intrusion to those people, according to its president of motorcycles Steve Menneto.

Computer gadgets or software are everywhere and in moving and electronic things. Even if the need for simplified vehicles is better, there’s still no avoiding these computer assisted or enabled transportation.

Hindrance vs. Enhancement

A car, a modern one, usually runs millions of lines in software codes, and a motorcycle runs around the same number of codes.

Even though software is what powers most aspects of people’s lives, it is a question whether it is a hindrance rather than an enhancement.

A music system is probably of lesser importance in comparison of a system that detects approaching vehicles which is a transportation necessity.

For navigation systems, Polaris wants a rider to be able to experience anything done in cars. The company is able to integrate these in bikes. The customers are the ones deciding how they can use them.

There are still other innovations worth checking for those who don’t need too much. Solo Moto parts is a great resource to start.

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BUSINESS

Sena Positive About The Continued Demand For Condos

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Sena Development Plc, a company listed under SET, remains positive regarding the demand for housing projects in Bangkok thus their plan to develop four additional condominiums in the area with a total worth of 2.14 billion baht before the end of 2016.

According to Kessara Thanyalakpark, the deputy chief executive of the company, there are a number of property developers that are still going about their plans to launch their projects for the second half of this year. This is in spite of the not so good economy of the country which resulted to a reduction in home ownership within the metropolitan city. The percentage now stands at an estimate of 60 to 70 per cent.

Ms. Kessara also added that despite the high competition within the market, the developers are still pushing forward with their plan to launch new projects. This is because of the number of migrants in the city that are still not registered and are looking for housing units either for rent or sale.

Condominiums are also now considered a great investment because of the lower interest rates when it comes to deposit payments as well as the changing pattern of the stock market.

People looking to buy their own home will now face a stricter approval method when it comes to their mortgage, according to Ms. Kessara. She also revealed that clients under Sena are already facing rejections from bank and the rate for the first six months of the year is at 20 to 30 per cent.

Sena is planning to launch for more condominiums. The first project in the area of Bang Kradi will have a total of 348 units and will be worth 210 million baht. The second project in Sukhumvit Soi 50 will have 578 units amounting to 1.13 billion baht. The third and fourth projects located at Rama II Road and Bang Na Area will have 322 and 42 units with a respective with of 540 million baht and 160 million baht. The project will continue because the company recognizes that many are still looking for condos for sale in Bangkok.

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LIFESTYLE

What Is The Big Deal With Ugly Christmas Sweater?

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Last year, the National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day fell on December 18 and it has been considered a tradition for the last few years. You may have seen the continued increase in interest when it comes to the ugly Christmas sweater and some of you may have even been invited to attend an ugly Christmas sweater event last holiday. What really is the big deal for this trend?

According to sources, the very first ugly Christmas sweater party was held in Vancouver, Canada during 2001. The reason why the apparel might have so much appeal can be attributed to the fact that it is a major source of nostalgia for many. It is also a representation of the entire festivity no matter how cheesy. It is also another chance to appreciate the well meaning gifts that are given to young people mostly from their moms or grandmas who are fond of the holiday apparel.

Atlantic, on the other hand, has a new take on why many people nowadays seem to indulge in wearing the ugly Christmas sweater. If some people start a war with Christmas then the ugly Christmas sweater which is terrible looking but provides an awesome appeal is considered the demilitarized zone. Despite the fact that it is called ugly Christmas sweater, it does not point to the fact that people hate Christmas but rather it is a symbol of an inclusive and a safe celebration.

Other people are considering that the ugly Christmas sweater is one way for people to let out their holiday stress brought about by the holiday season since it can be emotionally and financially draining. If you talk to sociologists they will give you a list of the stress which can be obtained during the holiday and holding parties such as the ugly Christmas sweater event is just one way to ease out the tension.

According to Fred Davis, the bringing back of the ugly Christmas sweater can be one way of expressing nostalgia. This usually happens in periods where usual traditions are no longer being performed. Some people may feel that they have to use the sweater as a way to think of the past happiness that the item brings during the holiday season. Whatever the case is, it is safe to say that the next holiday will be filled with ugly Christmas sweaters.

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BUSINESS

Impact Of Latest Change In Home Delivery To Packaging

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Many years ago, door to door is a common occurrence but the products delivered are milk and newspaper. This practice has already stopped and people thought that door to door deliveries would be a thing of the past but they are wrong. With the rise of online shopping, home deliveries are now coming back in trend. You may have noticed around your neighborhood that there are daily deliveries of different products from milk to dry cleaning as well as deliveries made by the local supermarket as more and more people are doing their shopping on the phone or online.

Back in 2010, the biggest name in home delivery in the United States is the Peapod and other businesses such as Waitrose in the United Kingdom. In the case of France, the home deliveries are mostly accomplished with the help of La Petite Reine while the inner city is being delivered their package through what they call cargo bikes. The biggest name in courier services of today is the DHL but during that time it was only a startup business.

For some time, various sectors such as the government, the consumers and the groups under the trade industry are calling out to the big brands to reduce the amount of carbon footprint that they are contributing into the environment. There are also data offered in different things such as the ingredients used and the provenance is just among many others. The resulting packaging is one that is full of data with very little space left for the design elements that are the main eye-catcher to consumers.

There is now a new technology utilized by smartphones wherein all the users have to do is point the phone in the specific product and another portal will open which contains all the product information. Shoppers will be able to see all the ingredients of the product, where to acquire recipes and watch videos regarding the product. These can be used both on products on shelf or on the internet. For reliable packaging items, take a look at the wide array of choices from PaperMart.com.

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BUSINESS LIFESTYLE

Wood From Baltimore Rowhouses Converted To Furniture

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Jim Klausmeyer who is a woodworker, is busy choosing plank from thousands of lumbers that are for sale at the Riverside shop. According to him, the yellow pine that he has chosen is denser compared to other planks that can be bought at the local home stores, evident by the rings stamped on the wood in tight group.

The 27 year old woodworker also shared how years before, the trees used for lumber is given time to grow before harvesting. The pine that was chosen by Klausmeyer will be transformed into a barn-style door which is one of the well known items being orders from Sandtown Millworks. Sandtown Millworks is known as a woodworking company that make use of salvaged lumber coming from the old establishments in the Baltimore area such as old buildings, rowhouses and factories. They are transformed into rustic furniture with high quality.

Klausmeyer is the production manager as well as one of the partners in Sandtown. He started doing carpentry works at the age of 17 and he was one of the carpenters who renovated the rowhouses that are given to the New Renaissance Architects and Builders which is the parent company of the company he is working now – Sandtown.

Klausmeyer revealed that many of the houses that they are working on was built more than a century ago and because of the work they do on these houses they were able to appreciated the wood that are used to build one.

The woods that are utilized on those houses are usually made out of trees that are more than a century and they are referred to as old-growth lumber.

Sandtown Millworks was founded in 2011 with the goal of using wood salvaged from rowhouses and perform woodwork without losing its natural beauty. This is according to the founder of Sandtown Millworks as well as the New Renaissance, John Bolster, who is now 47 years old. Bolster got into renovation more than 20 years ago and that when he saw that many of the wood taken from the houses are being saved. Now he is making sure that every wood is saved and transformed into furniture such as vanity units.

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Digital Maps Now Utilized By Ambulance

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In a recent meeting that was held by the board members of the Nodaway County Ambulance District, they have decided on another important decision that will improve the health care services in the form of digital maps which will be used by the drivers of their ambulance vehicles.

In an attempt to start the digitalization, the county has purchased six units of iPads that comes with OtterBox cases. The approval was given by the Midwest Computer located in Platte City and the total purchase bill was $4,121.94 which is said to be lowest of all the bids submitted.

During the meeting which was held last month, the board had already talked about the option of using a program for the electronic mapping which was developed by Midland GIS. The developer is also the same administrator that is serving the 911 hotline in the county. The recommendation came from Rex Wallace who is the current assessor of the Nodaway County. As of the moment, the crews of the ambulance are using printed plat map book. There was a recent incident wherein the north county residence that is located near Wilcox has been plotted in the wrong location on the map. It caused a distress call after the ambulance has to travel back to the right location thereby doubling the usual response time.

The district staffs of the ambulance are now under training headed by the Midland GIS on how to use the new program. Once they have completed the training, the iPads will then be placed in every ambulance used by the county.

According to Bill Florea who is the current District Manager of Operations of the Nodaway County Ambulance, the digital map will help the crew to pinpoint the location more accurately. Every address on has a representative dot on the map which pinpoints to the exact location of the building or place.

Florae also shared how it is before the introduction of the plat book. The situation was much worse because the passenger have to check on a large map illustration of the county while it is opened on the vehicle’s dash board to be used as reference day and night in order to get to the right location.

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BUSINESS

Will The Halving Result To Fewer Miners?

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The bitcoin system will cease to operate if not for the most important task which is the mining. Mining is the process of putting additional transaction records into the public ledger of the bitcoin network. The ledger is consists of many blocks that represents the transactions and all of these blocks are connected in a chain. The chain of blocks is what made up one of the most widely popular technological innovation of this generation – Blockchain.

In order for a block to be marked as valid, it must have proof that work has been done on the block. The bitcoin employs the hashcash function as a proof on each of the processed block. The main goal of the process is to gain an incentive from the current resource as well as make it difficult to process. The protocol also gives reward to miners who have processed and complete a block as a form of reward. In the beginning, the reward is one way of sending out coins to public and enters it into a circulation. This is needed to be done since there is no central body that is authorized to circulate the digital currency.

Aside from the block reward, there is also additional transaction fee that is paid if the user chooses to. As the numbers of users that are doing business with bitcoins increases, the blocks eventually become full and when that time comes, the transaction that has the highest fees will be the first on the list. This is done in order to give excellent service to users that are paying higher compared to others. With this continued process, the cycle of mining continues to be funded. The only problem is that as of the moment, the average of transaction fees are less than half of a bitcoin for each block.

Miners knows how bitcoin mining works and they understand that while the reward is able to cover the fees, there will come a time that the bitcoins sent out as incentive will decrease in supply – for every 210,00 blocks, halving occurs.

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