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Glance, at a Glance: the New Gadget That Transforms Ordinary Watches Into Smartwatches
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Glance, at a Glance: the New Gadget That Transforms Ordinary Watches Into Smartwatches

This week, the tech world was abuzz with news of Glance, an $80 gadget that gives smartwatch capabilities to any ordinary watch. According to techcrunch.com, the team behind Kiwi Wearables started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final design and production processes needed before the gadget can be sold. Glance is a small device designed to fit beneath the band of the wearer's watch. It offers a small OLED display and a wide range of features and capabilities that traditional watches can't offer. Glance's developers have enabled it to work with Android and iOS software, according to techcrunch.com. Eventually, BlackBerry and Windows phone support will be added. Some of the features Glance offers are call and text notifications, Bluetooth connectivity, phone location and remot...
Twitter Spreading Quickly Through Asia and Latin America, According to New Report
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Twitter Spreading Quickly Through Asia and Latin America, According to New Report

Although Wall Street might be worried about a slowdown in Twitter's domestic growth, the website that has brought "tweets" to millions of people is still spreading like wildfire through Asia and Latin America, according to a new report by eMarketer research firm.Over the past year, Twitter's growth in both Europe and the United States has started to slow down, and stock prices took a tumble to new lows. Twitter's shares closed last week at $30.50, less than $4 above their original public offering. Although investors might be worried about the plateau that growth seems to have reached here, the social network can still make huge gains in developing markets. Twitter's user base is projected to grow an incredible 25% this year worldwide, and is expected to jump another 19% in 2015 based on re...
IT Outsourcing Expected to Blossom in Indonesia Over the Next Five Years
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IT Outsourcing Expected to Blossom in Indonesia Over the Next Five Years

According to the Jakarta Post, the dawn of IT outsourcing is expected to hit Indonesia within the next five years. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country, and the region is expected to experience large growth in technology sectors within the upcoming decade. Media and communications, finance, insurance, manufacturing, and banking are expected to spend almost US $7 billion in 2014 on IT in Indonesia. As more and more money pours into IT, the pressure is on for businesses to adapt it to their business models and achieve goals through using IT solutions. International Data Corporation (IDC) Indonesia is currently predicting that business-led outcomes are going to be behind the majority of IT projects this year. As the technological marketplace continues to open up in Indo...
Bar Brings Big Discounts for Balding Patrons
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Bar Brings Big Discounts for Balding Patrons

The sign outside Otaskuke reads, "Baldness is a man's badge of honor." The Japanese-style pub whose name could be translated as "the baldie's friend" in the Akasaka district in Tokyo is a safe haven for the hairless, offering a sense of community to the bald and the balding. Otaskuke's drink specials are bringing it the most attention, though, since it discounts the tabs of the follicly-challenged. Every individual bald or balding person gets a neat 500 yen, which is about $4.94, taken off of the buffet bill of the group. The discount then gets larger for each balding patron who joins the party. “I don’t like to admit I’m going bald,” said Fumio Terashita, a businessman with a receding hairline. “But the bald discount idea is fun.” Oh, and if five bald people head to Otaskuke toge...
Digital Camera Manufacturers Are Overcoming Their Greatest Threat: the Smartphone
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Digital Camera Manufacturers Are Overcoming Their Greatest Threat: the Smartphone

The world's most popular photo site, Flickr, allows users to see which cameras are most commonly used in their online community, but the odd thing is that none of the top four are actually cameras. They're all smartphones. Respectively, the top four are the Apple iPhone 5, the Apple iPhone 5s, the Apple iPhone 4S, and the the Apple iPhone 4. What's more, digital camera sales have been tepidly declining for the past few years, while the sale of smartphones has skyrocketed by more than 600 million in the past five years.These are just two trends that indicate the public's demands and expectations have shifted. People nowadays are less concerned about taking higher quality photos, and would rather have the ability to instantly share their pictures across social networks instead. However, it f...
Price of Gold Continues to Fall, Shows No Sign of Stopping
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Price of Gold Continues to Fall, Shows No Sign of Stopping

In September 2011, the market price of gold hit its all-time peak at $1,895 per ounce. Almost three years later, on May 13, 2014, USA Today reported that the price had fallen to $1,293 -- a 32% decrease. Now, according to the USA Today article, experts are saying the price of gold could continue its steep and steady decline, eventually reaching $800 per ounce or even lower. As the U.S. continues to recover economically and tensions in Ukraine disperse, there will be little cause for gold prices to increase, USA Today reported. In a May 16 Market Watch article, it was reported that higher bond yields are also resulting in less demand for gold. Overall, the outlook for gold looks grim -- so what does this mean for people who use gold as an investment tool? The market price for go...
How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May
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How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May

May is National Home Remodeling Month -- and as temperatures finally begin to warm up after a rough winter, now is the best time to think about remodeling or renovating your home. According to a NorthJersey.com article, 2014 is expected to be a solid year for home renovations across the country. The National Association of Home Builders projected that homeowners will spend about $122.8 billion on home improvement and renovation projects this year, a 3.1% increase from 2013. Kitchens will continue to be a popular remodeling subject this season, according to a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) study; about 82% of NARI members identify kitchens as their primary service offering. "In addition to replacing counter tops or cabinets, a terrazzo floor is also a great ...
Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN
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Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN

Following the confirmation of a second diagnosed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the United States, federal health officials have alerted nearly two-dozen airports to be on the lookout for any sick travelers, posting warnings throughout the travel hubs in order to raise awareness of American citizens on their way to jet-set. MERS is characterized by a laundry list of symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and is confirmed to have killed more than 171 people so far. Why Are Health Officials So Concerned About MERS? Everyone from the United Nations to national governments, like the federal government of the United States, are taking seemingly extreme steps to push for greater awareness and detection of MERS entering different places around the world...
New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted
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New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted

A growing number of the Chinese population is finding itself without access to clean, drinkable water, new data shows. According to an April 23 Times of India article, 60% of China's officially-monitored groundwater is too polluted to drink. The clean water shortage is another indicator of China's continuing environmental problems. The Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, which monitors water quality at 4,778 locations in 203 cities, reported that 43.9% of the country's groundwater was of “relatively poor” quality, and requires treatment before it can be consumed by humans. The Ministry of Land and Resources rated the other 15.7% of monitored groundwater “very poor,” meaning the water is unfit for consumption even after treatment, according to a upi.com article. The decades-lon...
New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse
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New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse

According to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, which is the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics's official journal, the attitudes of parents towards substance abuse could help explain the observed ethnic variations in prescriptive drug abuse amongst teens. The research's finding support the accumulating evidence that parents continue to play a strong role in the decision making processes of adolescents, especially in regards to potentially hazardous behaviors. The researchers analyzed data based on a national survey of over 180,000 adolescents. Caucasian teens had the largest rates of prescription drug abuse, which is consistent with previous studies, but this new research found that teens coming from higher-income househo...