Thursday, May 30
A Parking Lot That Could Power Your Business — and the Country
Lifestyle

A Parking Lot That Could Power Your Business — and the Country

What if a parking lot could power your entire business? That's the premise behind a new idea proposed by Idaho couple Julie and Scott Brusaw. Scott Brusaw, who is an electrical engineer, is focused, along with his wife, on creating streets lined with solar panels that will span the entire United States. "All of the current asphalt and concrete currently soaking up the sun can be covered with our technology to turn that sunlight into clean, renewable electricity," Brusaw explains. The idea is promising enough that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration has granted it funding, and the couple, who own a company called Solar Roadways, are currently seeking $1 million on Indiegogo so that they can commercially manufacturer the product for the first time. The hexagonal solar panels, which...
Model Sues Google and Yahoo for Search Results Linked to Her Name
Business

Model Sues Google and Yahoo for Search Results Linked to Her Name

Is Google to blame if its search results give you a bad name? An Argentine model, Maria Belen Rodriguez, is currently suing both Yahoo and search engine giant Google over search results that link her name to pornographic online sites and escort services.The adult websites are using older images of Rodriguez without her permission. Although she was awarded a reduced sum of $6,200 in an earlier legal action suit back in 2006, the TV personality is seeking further damages owing to ongoing emotional distress, and so that her name can be unlinked to the websites once and for all. In an interview with CNN, Rodriguez is critical of those who would dismiss her claim because of free speech rights. "They have ruined my life and now say that what I'm asking for is censorship? It suits them, but...
Why Women are Underrepresented in the Financial Planning Industry
Business

Why Women are Underrepresented in the Financial Planning Industry

If you have ever considered hiring a financial adviser, you probably expected that your adviser would be a man. You wouldn't be wrong in your assumption -- because the financial services industry severely lacks in female financial advisers and planners, a recent study has shown. While females represent 51% of the U.S. population and are more likely to graduate college than men, only 23% of all certified financial planners (CFP) are female. According to the Motley Fool, women are generally turned away from becoming financial advisers because of barriers to entry into the profession they face. The gender disparity in the financial services profession comes as a surprise, especially when one study by two University of California professors proved that women tend to be better investor...
Smartphones Now Being Used as Remote Controls
Business

Smartphones Now Being Used as Remote Controls

Smartphones have been getting more intelligent for years now, so it was only a matter of time before mobile developers added TV remote capabilities to their products. Universal Electronics, a top technological provider for wireless remote control of consumer electronics and digital media, announced last month that Samsung would be incorporating their WatchOn technology into the company's latest smartphones, which would allow users to control their TVs with the device's built-in infrared sensor. Meanwhile, Apple has made their Apple TV all the more usable by allowing people to control it with their iOS devices, like the iPhone or iPad. The product comes with a nice, little remote, but users often have several troubles with it. Firstly, it's easy to lose. Secondly, it doesn't have a QW...
IT Outsourcing Expected to Blossom in Indonesia Over the Next Five Years
Business, World

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...
Experts Say American Doctors are Wrongly Prescribing ADHD Medication to 10,000 Toddlers
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Experts Say American Doctors are Wrongly Prescribing ADHD Medication to 10,000 Toddlers

According to a published report from the Centers for Disease Control, over 10,000 two and three-year-olds in America are being medicated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — a number that has experts highly concerned because of the implications of diagnosing this disorder at such a young age. Many have labeled the high number of prescriptions as medically irresponsible.Current pediatric guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend any diagnosis for children three years of age or younger, including the distribution of any stimulant medication — the results of which have never been tested for efficacy or safety on children that young. While medications can help treat the condition in adults, they are not without risks, including growth suppression, ...
Bar Brings Big Discounts for Balding Patrons
World

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...
New Sunglasses Connect to Your Smartphone So They Never Get Lost
Fashion, Lifestyle

New Sunglasses Connect to Your Smartphone So They Never Get Lost

In an industry where the topography is constantly shifting with each new wave and trend, it's a pretty big deal to have fashion critics claim that your new product will completely change the future of eyewear, which is precisely what they're saying about Tzurkuri. The Sydney-based business is currently manufacturing a kind of sunglass that can be tracked and located with asimple, mobile app so that they'll get lost ever again. At $350 a pair, the Tzurkuri shades aren't really quite available yet, but the company is taking a limited amount of preorders for $49 each, with a remaining $200 being charged once the shades ship out, which means excited techies/fashionistas can get $100 for being the first of their friends with geo-located sunglasses. It might seem like a steep price just fo...
DCF Inspector Failed to Properly Measure Pool Fence, Could Have Prevented Daycare Drowning
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DCF Inspector Failed to Properly Measure Pool Fence, Could Have Prevented Daycare Drowning

Investigations into the death of a three-year-old boy who died from drowning in a daycare pool this past December are still ongoing in West Miami-Dade. This week, police discovered that a state inspector had approved the fencing at the home day care center without ever having actually measured the gate, the fence, or the gaps between the slats in order to make sure children could not slip through. At the end of last year, parents Mirelys Morales and Yunior Feliciano were shocked to find out from their daycare that their son had fallen into a pool, and had drowned. The daycare had been recommended to them by their son's nursery school. Maylind Brache was in charge of the home daycare, and left the children during the day under the care of her mother. The boy was left alone on a patio,...
Digital Camera Manufacturers Are Overcoming Their Greatest Threat: the Smartphone
Business, World

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...