We’ve been hearing a great deal about net neutrality as of late. But what exactly is net neutrality? In short, it is the mechanism by which all of the internet must be treated equally in all forms. When you think of cable services, you know that some providers offer channels that are exclusive to that package. The idea behind this is that consumers will pay more in order to gain access to this exclusive content. The internet is quite the opposite however, while individual websites are able to charge consumers to access its content, internet providers are not allowed to do this. Internet providers are required to provide the same speeds of loading and overall quality for every website under current net neutrality rules implemented during the Obama administration back in 2015. If they were to be repealed we could start seeing a very different internet every time we log in to our laptops. Internet providers could drastically slow down certain websites in order to promote the use of their own versions of the same product. If two video streaming services are the same price but one consistently loads faster than the other then consumers will naturally gravitate towards the one that is most convenient. The problem with this is that the product may not actually be worse and in fact could be superior to the competition but an internet provider could artificially degrade its quality. Many news sources are covering this issue very closely and as new developments arise we will undoubtedly hear about them immediately. A fair internet means that no one can be discriminated against or lack access to information because of their inability to pay for it. The best way to speak out against a full repeal of net neutrality is to contact your state and local representatives to ensure that they understand the position on this issue of the people that they promised to represent and protect their best interest. The fate of Net Neutrality is actually not decided yet. What the FCC has voted on is only the first step of repealing the rules currently in place. Until the process is complete we will continue to have an internet that cannot be influenced in any way, shape, or form by those who provide it.
One of the most devastating things on the planet today is high-energy bills, despite implemented measures to stop the power drain. Most individuals try various methods, but they give up after they fail to lower their energy bills. The reason for the rising costs of energy bills is explained in hidden energy costs in your household appliances.
Get Rid Of the Phantom Drain
Unknown to most homeowners is that if you leave your devices plugged in despite using them, they still draw power. The drain may be minimal, but with time, they can accumulate and increase your expense costs. To solve this, cut off the energy entirely to appliances such as your gaming consoles, TVs, computer screens among other devices. Cutting off the power saves you tens of dollars annually. The money could be useful in other ventures, especially now that the economy is so volatile (SaveOnEnergy).
By batching your gadgets into power strips as well as turning the devices off when you are not using them, could be the solution to your monstrous power bills every month. Make sure that you monitor your Weekly Energy Reports.
Stream Energy is a company providing wireless, home, protective and energy services. Its headquarters are based in Dallas, Texas at the Tollway Center. The company started its operations in 2004 as a retail electric provider in Texas. Thirteen years later, it has expanded its services to five states spread out across the USA. It is providing a source of income to thousands of household with its multi-marketing approach to the distribution of its energy solutions, as well as its other products and services.
For the second year in a row, Stream’s CEO and President, D Magazine’s Dallas 500 has recognized Larry Mondry as the region’s best and brightest CEO for his leadership skills. Recently, the company gained 30,000 new independent associates in five days, and they are on their way to the top of the consumer services sector. The privately held company is in the rank of companies with 201 to 500 employees and with the independent associates, they are set to increase their turn over and become industry heavyweights.
More about Stream Energy at https://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/directories/rep/report_rep.aspx?ID=ELSQL01DB1245339200001
The answer to as to why you might need a sound cybersecurity might seem too simple for you until you experience its devastating effects first hand. “Ransomware,” does it ring a bell? This article first appeared in “Investing News” authored by Jocelyn Aspa.
The report emphasized the growing need for excellent cybersecurity measures due to rising cyber crimes like the WannaCry attacks that happened in May 2017. The author wrote that the Ransomware infected over 300,000 digital users and software in over 150 countries.
Leave alone this incident, cyber crimes threats are increasing at an alarming rate, and its devastating effects is reported to be anywhere between $400billion and even as high as $500billion.
With the number of attacks increasing it carries the level of damage along, with politicians and bigger corporations at risk. The attackers are reported to be targeting mainly large center of information and attack carriers.
The article added that due to rising cybersecurity issues, more companies are learning from the history and embracing attack counter measures and the allocation of funds is gaining traction. But with Rubica app in all of your devices, you can avoid all of these headaches.
Rubica is the only company that can guarantee you online safety and privacy. It protects you, your family and your business from online cyber crimes like ransomware. Whether you are a small business or a world class corporation, Rubica can provide you security and total privacy. You just need to download their app and install it in all of your devices.
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There have been a lot of changes to the entertainment industry. For one thing, the technology for watching movies and playing games always involved one aspect ratio. As a result, if there is anything that has been produced for a different ratio, then it has to either be cropped or letterboxed. As a result, there has been some confusion and disappointment in the results. Now, Samsung has been at work in bringing tons of innovation to people. For one thing, they have come up with different shapes of monitors beyond the 16:9 aspect ratio. They have brought forth 21:9, 2.4:1, and now 32:9.
These monitors come with a lot of good potential for entertainment. For one thing, it is no longer necessary to put up with those annoying black bars. This also encourages producers of games and movies to experiment with alternate aspect ratios. They no longer have to deal with the complaints of black bars from customers that just want to have their screens filled. Customers are also going to be made aware of different options for aspect ratios. This makes it really fun for people who may want to have different options for entertainment.
While these monitors are amazing to look at, it is highly unlikely that these monitors are going to be translated to televisions. HDTVs are going to maintain their 16:9 ratio for a long time to come. Another thing that is makes these monitors unique is that they have a slightly higher resolutions than UHD televisions. They are a bit closer to theatrical 4K as opposed to the home version of 4K. Therefore, as technology develops, people will eventually get to see how powerful these items can be.
While people are marveling at the change in aspect ratios for TVs, Samsung has been releasing a lot of new monitors of different aspect ratios for computers. The computer world already has TVs beat with the new 21:9 sets which are roughly the shape of CinemaScope theater screens. Now, Samsung has released two new aspect ratios. One is the 2.4:1 monitor and the staggering 32:9 monitor. The 32:9 monitor is the widest that one is going to get. To make things even better, the screens are curved for the monitors which give it a cinematic quality.
Customers are initially going to use it for gaming. However, there are other uses for it. For one thing, this gives people the chance to watch some of their favorite movies in their full aspect ratio without having to put up with black bars that come with letterboxing. However, as with the movie theaters, some movies are going to be in a smaller aspect ratio and will appear in the middle of the screen with black bars on the side of the image. For the 2.4:1 screen, some films will not have black bars. However, the 32:9 device is going to always have black bars on the side because there are no films that have been shot in that ratio. However, it is exciting to watch even ultra wide movies and experience the full effect of 70MM spectacles like How The West Was Won.
One of the best things about these different aspect ratios is that it is allowing more room for art. As one would know, many paintings are shown in a wide variety of aspect ratios. The attempts to make everything uniform is rather criminal.
Among the changes that this society is undergoing is in the entertainment industry. For one thing, it used to be cable that was considered one of the premium ways to get entertainment. As a matter of fact, there was a point when the choices that people had were signals from the airwaves, cable television and then the relatively new satellite television. However, the internet has eventually brought forth something better. This is streaming services. This has gotten people to make the switch at a steady rate. For one thing, internet streaming has brought forth a lot of advantages that people have come to enjoy.
Among the advantages that people are able to enjoy are more options with the shows. Among the options that people have is the episodes of their chosen shows they can watch and the time they can watch them. When one compares this to having to wait until a certain time slot to watch any episode, this is one of the major advantages that people can hope for with internet streaming.
Another aspect of internet streaming businesses that beat out all of the cable TV businesses is the customer service. A lot of customers are not happy with the service that is given to them from cable companies. However, internet streaming has a much improved customer service. For one thing, people could reach the service provider through phone, email, or other means. It is no wonder people prefer services from mobile providers and internet streaming service.
All of the shows that are on cable TV are available for the internet. As a matter of fact, the internet also has a ton of exclusive shows. Therefore, when people are faced with dropping one service for another, they are more likely to drop the cable services. As a matter of fact, cable is obsolete. Even satellite TV is having a hard time keeping up with the services that are offered by internet streaming services.
Recent reports indicate has launched a venture capital division that focuses on artificial intelligence. TechCrunch reports the new division will be run by Anna Patterson, who is a longtime vice president of engineering at Google. The program will include a cast of engineers instead of Google’s traditional cast of venture investors. It is no surprise that Google plans to build a venture capital program based on the company’s CEO recent announcement it will become “AI first” instead of “mobile first.”
Google introduced new processing unit chips that engineers promise will train AI faster for businesses and researchers. The company also announced at the I/O Developers Conference that its virtual personal assistant, Google Assistant, will become more conversational. The new development also plays into the hands of the company’s recent acquisition of Kaggle, a software platform that hosts machine learning and data science competitions.
Reports indicate that Google’s new AI venture capital arm will work separately from its investment organization, Google Ventures. The new program aims to target AI startups and to offer mentorship from some of the company’s best people in its AI department. Some entrepreneurs are wary of Google’s foray into AI corporate venture capital, thinking the company may be biting off more than it can chew. However, tech experts are quick to point out that Google is an industry giant and is a powerhouse in AI research and development.
There is a fine line between an online entity and its clients. In spite of rising familiarity with the dangers postured by clients with advantages for consents, most associations still permit a heap of inward and outward gatherings to get to their most profitable frameworks and information. Many are setting trust in both workers and outsiders without reliable methods for overseeing, controlling, and observing the struggles that these people, groups, and associations need to work with basic frameworks and systems. Reports see insider dangers and outsider dangers to be independent and unmistakable issues. On account of outsider dangers, a review found the quantity of merchants of an organization’s system to have multiplied in only one year to a total of 181. Every week and every month, two in three organizations have encountered an information rupture in light of unsecured seller. It is no big surprise that more cybercriminals are seeing outsiders as a door into an organization’s system. Insiders give an alternate sort of info since they need to have some system access with a specific end goal to play out their employment obligations.
However, it’s their practices that have security faculty concerned. It just takes one worker to leave an association helpless. With the continuation of prominent information breaks, a large number of which were brought about by tradeoffs for long term certifications, it’s vital that associations control, oversee, and screen special access to their systems to relieve these hazards. The discoveries of this report disclose to us that many organizations can’t sufficiently deal with the hazard identified. Instead, it needs special attention beyond the ordinary. Insider ruptures, regardless of whether they are malevolent or inadvertent, can possibly go undetected for quite a long time. Months or years of this practice can crush an organization. When it comes to insiders and outsiders, businesses must be extra careful to not disclose any unnecessary information. It is not always evident which entities are reliable sources. In a situation of doubt, it is always better to side on the side of safety for precautionary reasons.
Lyft has launched its new Lux and Lux SUV services, adding a luxurious, high-end option to its ride-sharing business. The new offering is intended to round out its services and compete with Uber’s own luxury offering, UberLUX.
This isn’t Lyft’s first foray into upscale ride sharing. Currently, they offer a “Premier” service that gives riders the opportunity to ride in nicer-than-average vehicles for a little extra cash. But the LUX offering is a tier above in cost and quality of vehicles.
Among the requirements are black exteriors and black, “leather or leather like” interiors in a 2011 or newer car. The car itself must be on Lyft’s list of approved vehicles, which is replete with several luxury automakers such as Audi, BMW, Tesla, and Jaguar, just to name a few. As for LUX SUV, the requirements are the same as LUX, but vehicles must be able to seat six or more passengers. Think Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators.
When Lyft launched, it was intended to be a bare-bones ride-sharing service, but in recent years it’s begun rolling out services to compete more closely with its arch-rival, Uber. The launch of Lyft Lux is no exception, matching Uber’s similarly-named “UberLUX.”
Uber’s answer to luxury ride-sharing is a little more stringent than Lyft’s, in terms of driver requirements and availability. For starters, it’s currently only available in Los Angeles and Miami. As for vehicle requirements, UberLUX only allows models from less than a dozen automakers. With Uber’s offering, you could be riding in a Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Tesla. Like Lyft, the vehicle must also have a black exterior and interior and be in immaculate condition.
Either way, Lyft’s new services bring a lot of new options to the luxury side of ride-sharing services, and options are always good when it comes to folks who depend on ride-sharing for driving or for getting around.
Lyft riders and drivers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and San Jose can begin using its new Lux and LuxSUV services on May 25.
A recent study by Stanford University scientists has found out that most fitness trackers in the market can only be used to measure heart rate but not the amount of calories burnt during a workout. This means that you need to exercise caution when it comes to buying and using these devices. As a result, you are advised against using fitness trackers to judge what you eat.
This study has jolted the technological world. There have been calls for companies that manufacture fitness trackers release data indicating how their gadgets work out measurements. During the study, the accuracy of 7 fitness trackers was tested with 60 participants being asked to run, cycle, and walk. In the end, it was established that six of the seven fitness trackers could only estimate wearers’ heart rates. The six are the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, MIP Alpha 2, Samsung Gear S2, and PulseOn.
Only five devices were able to keep track of the participants’ energy use. Nonetheless, their measurements were still inaccurate because none of them had an error rate lower than 20%. The study’s coordinator Dr. Euan Ashley from Stanford’s department of cardiovascular medicine points out that fitness enthusiasts ought to be aware of the limitations and strengths of fitness devices before buying them.
Dr. Ashley further adds that those who use these gadgets should know that what they get are only rough estimates but not the actual energy expenditure. This is not only dangerous but also deceiving. For instance, you might engage in a workout and think that you have lost 400 calories. As a result, you may relax thinking that you have 400 calories to play around with. This can particularly be an issue more so among people who tend to base their diets basing on what they think they might have burnt off in their workouts.
In as much as technology for monitoring heart rate has improved, little can be said of the effectiveness of gadgets that purport to measure individual’s energy expenditure. This may have been caused by failure by companies to use heart rates. Besides this, there is a huge difference when it comes to energy expenditure among individuals. Therefore, a single parameter cannot be used to measure the amount of calories burnt during a workout.