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Betsy DeVos Proves A Success In Every Area She Participates In

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The Michigan based philanthropist and education reform expert Betsy DeVos has recently been appointed to the highest education position in the U.S. with her appointment as the Secretary of Education, but her career and life has taken in much more than this single area of concern and philanthropy. The graduate of Calvin College has always had a concern for the community she lives in and the wider range of U.S. citizens, which I was shocked to see has led to her taking on a number of different roles across a range of subject areas. In a bid to make sure the traditional American values Mrs. DeVos has found the time in her busy schedule to chair the Michigan Republican Party on two separate occasions in a schedule that amazes me with its range of good causes and political meetings.

I first became aware of Betsy DeVos when she was conducting an education reform campaign in Florida that showed me just how impressive her political skills are as she persuaded politicians from different parties to back a school choice program that is now the envy of the nation. In her native Michigan, Mrs. DeVos has done much to support various groups supporting school choice and the flagship Detroit Charter School program that has been proven in recent studies to provide a higher level of education than traditional public schools.

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It is difficult for me to express the level of admiration I possess for Mrs. DeVos in terms of her success as a philanthropist and consistent supporter of different good causes. Born in Michigan to a family of famous industrialists, it is not always the path of an heiress to help others, but Betsy DeVos has made a career out of her good works; for her native Michigan she wishes to create a community with every possible chance of success, including the chance to take part in the innovative ArtPrize program that gives local people the chance to vote on the winning pieces each year. Betsy DeVos has also shown her skills in identifying new areas to explore with her work to develop the first aviation based charter school in the U.S. located close to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. My look at the career of Betsy DeVos has also shown her to be a committed Calvinist who has looked to maintain the Christian values she expresses in her own life thorugh her work with the Willow Creek Association and the Acton Institute of Religion and Liberty.

Visit her website at betsydevos.com

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3DTV To Come To An End

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The home 3D industry has been officially dropped since it has been announced that Samsung and LG are not going to be focusing their efforts on 3D technology when it comes to television. 3D television has been made available for a little bit in order to take advantage of the resurgence of the craze that has recently taken over movie theaters. It was expected that this 3D craze was going to stick. However, there weren’t enough people that were interested in 3DTV. Therefore, quite a few technology companies have decided to drop the technology as of right now. As of whether or not it will come back will remain to be seen.

 

One issue with 3DTV is perhaps the misunderstanding of the technology. For one thing, movies have been released at home in 3D long before the release of 3DTVs. Therefore, people may have found themselves wondering why there is a 3D television when all that is needed is a 3D encoded image and glasses meant to present the image to the viewer in 3D. Another thing is that 3D is best for movie theaters because that is the best chance one has in order to take advantage of the capabilities of 3D.

 

Also, there are people who do not like 3D at all. There are actually some movies that handle 3D very well. For one thing, movies that are to be filmed in 3D need to be shot a little differently than a regular 2D movie. One of the reasons for this is that 3D films that are shot right are going to cause headaches because of some scenes that have focusing issues. In order to make a good 3D movie, every aspect of the scene has to be in equal amount of focus so that the viewer can choose what to focus on. Among the good examples of movies with good 3D is Mad Max: Fury Road. The film seemed like one could disappear into the world.

 

VIBee

The Advantages Of The Dating App Bumble

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Social media has become nigh the norm for finding both sex partners and significant others. Consider if you will, the dating app known as Bumble. Known to some as the “feminist Tinder”, this dating app, founded by Whitney Wolfe, shares much in common with other dating apps such as Tinder and Match the most obvious one being convenience.

One can go on the hunt without ever leaving home. Here are some other advantages of using Bumble:

Advantages

Bumble not only offers more attractive interfaces free features and reportedly better quality members but it also empowers women. It encourages them to make the first move. It gives them more control.

Read More: A Dating App Where Women Call The Shots

Backtrack

Bumble, like Tinder, offers users the chance to “backpedal” on rejected singles. With Bumble, however, it is an unpaid feature. They also give users three free “backtracks” and restores them once every three hours.

Weatherproof Dating

Bumble is not negatively impacted by bad weather, according to Whitney Wolfe, Bumble had a 20 to 40 percent increase in activity during the recent East Coast snowstorm. This led to users receiving twice as many matches as usual.

Do Be A VIBee

Users who establish a credible reputation, become a VIBee. VIBee is a special elite status for those members who exercise good behavior and are “positive influencers”. VIBees are also given the option to use a special mode that will filter out all but other VIBees.

Of course, it all began with American entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe. Bumble founder Wolfe is currently the company CEO. She, along with Badoo founder Andrey Andreev, launched Bumble in 2014.

Whitney Wolfe was proud to announce that as of last April, Tinder and Bumble were the first and fourth top dating apps respectively. She is also the co-founder of Tinder. Whitney Wolfe was included on Forbes “30 under 30” list earlier this year.

Tech/Tech Companies/Tesla/Business Tech News

Tesla Completes Construction of World’s Largest Battery Station

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Tesla has just completed an 80 MWh battery station for Southern California Edison. This battery station is located at the Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California.

 

Along with manufacturing vehicles and solar cells, Tesla Motors is well known for producing tremendous numbers of batteries. With Tesla about to release its long-awaited mass market fully electric vehicle, the Model 3, Tesla needs to produce more batteries than any company has ever produced before. To do this Tesla is building a battery “Gigafactory” in Nevada. When completed, it will produce more battery storage capacity per year than the entire world produced in 2014. Primarily as a consequence of the massive economies of scale of such a building, Tesla will be able to produce batteries for far less money.

 

However, falling battery prices do not only benefit electric cars. As batteries become cheap enough they also become an important method of balancing load for the electric grid. Since the demand for electricity various greatly throughout a day electric grids typically make use of natural gas powered “peaker plants” to balance their loads. Yet while these power plants are quick at adapting, batteries are even faster. Batteries are also safer and emit zero greenhouse gasses. Therefore with the falling cost of batteries, they will replace traditional peaker plants more and more.

 

Balancing load for the utility Southern California Edison is the purpose of this massive battery station. The 80 MWh energy capacity comes from 400 of Tesla’s new second generation Powerpacks. With all of this energy, the battery station could power over 2500 households for more than a day. Yet as previously mentioned this is not its purpose. Southern California Edison has over 15 million customers, and so this battery station will help stabilize the load for all of them.

 

This huge battery station was built after Southern California Edison started looking into different storage options following the shut down of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir. This reservoir was the source for gas power plants in the region until a catastrophic failure in 2015 forced California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

 

Tesla has stated that it is in discussions with others for large battery projects. With falling battery prices these should become increasingly common.

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The Fight For Open Internet

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One of the best aspects of internet is that it is open and anyone can provide services to customers. However, there are people that are looking to fight it and take away the fairness of internet by rolling back net neutrality. In doing this, this will allow service providers to decide what type of company is able to provide fast access to websites. Therefore, people are going to be forced to go to certain companies in order to certain types of content. This does seem like an unfair deal for people. There are already other attempts to bring people to a certain provider for online services. Among these attempts is AT&T looking to offer streaming services for people without any charge to their data.

 

As of right now, there are a lot of big companies that are opposed to this movement. Among these companies are Google, Netflix, and other large service service providers. At the same time, they recognize that they are big enough to not have to worry about any issues in case the anti-net neutrality entities get their way. This gives people a little bit of comfort. At the same time, there is no telling what is going to happen.

 

Fortunately, there are tons of people on the side of Google and Netflix that are willing to fight for open and fair internet. They are going to do whatever it takes to keep the internet open. One of the reasons that it is important for people to have open internet is that without open internet, there is the potential for information to be controlled. It is the honesty of the internet that makes it possible for people to keep many of the businesses in line. It is also important for people to have transparency so that they can make sure that the people are getting honest services. Fortunately, there is a chance that there will be an agreement with the issue of net neutrality.

 

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Norman Pattiz Launches a New Program on the Jericho Network

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Norman Pattiz announced a new program on the Jericho Network. He is not only the Founder but also the Executive Chairman of the largest advertiser-supported podcast network in the U.S., PodcastOne. The new program “Beyond the Darkness” will mainly focus on exploring the paranormal.

 

It is the latest addition to the Chris Jericho podcast network, which is under the PodcastOne umbrella. It will feature engaging and enlightening conversations on paranormal experiences. The podcast will feature renowned researchers, who are knowledgeable in supernatural topics of demons, angels, monster encounters, miracles, aliens, ghosts, mysteries, and ghouls. It will be co-hosted by Tim Dennis, a radio producer, and Dave Schrader, an author. Each Monday, new episodes will be released on iTunes, the PodscastOne app as well as PodcastOne.com.

 

According to Mr. Pattiz, Chris Jericho has proven himself to be a valuable PodcastOne jewel. When Mr. Pattiz signed Jericho to the network, he knew that it would eventually evolve outside wrestling. Since he came on board, Jericho has delivered comedians, and he will deliver when it comes to the new paranormal show.

 

Chris Jericho jokingly said he was a bit creeped out to announce the launch of Beyond the Darkness slated to air on the Jericho Network. He praised the show’s two hosts Schrader and Dennis for being at the helm of paranormal broadcasting. He said they would bring with them their huge following of fans who have complete trust in them on the subject of paranormal activities. Chris Jericho expects that the program will help to expand The Jericho Network’s fan base.

 

About PodcastOne

 

PodcastOne is a big advertiser-supported network in the nation. It was established by Norman Pattiz, who is also the founder of Westwood One. It currently hosts over 200 podcasts programs. Amongst its most popular shows are Shaquille O’Neal, Adam Carolla, Steve Austin, Terry Dubrow, Dr. Drew, Neil Strauss, Chris Jericho, Gabrielle Reece, and Laura Ingraham.

 

About Norman Pattiz

 

Norman Pattiz, present Executive Chairman of PodcastOne, founded the network after he sold Westwood One. He has over decades of radio syndication experience. Under his leadership, Westwood One became the largest provider of entertainment, sports, talk, traffic, and news programming to the broadcast sector. The company managed, owned, or distributed CNN Radio, NFL Football, March Madness, and a wide range of music and talk shows. Norman has also served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors of the USA.

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Google And Other Online Companies Stand Up To Lawmakers

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As of recently, there have been plenty of conversations about the concept of net neutrality. There are event attempts to get rid of this whole thing. This has caused a lot of concern for people on both sides of the agreement. Among the concerns is that the end of net-neutrality means that certain websites are going to be forced to pay more or deal with slower net speeds. Finally, a few companies like internet giant Google, and Netflix have taken the time to suggest that the ISPs should not be allowed to make or even influence the laws when it comes to internet.

 

Among the things that ISP has been stating is that such large bandwidths are going to cause a lot of problems in the online communities. However, a lot of people disagree with this statement. One of the reasons that there is such an attempt on net-neutrality is so that they can keep people chained to very low quality customer service. At the same time, it also keeps them having to pay tons of money. In other words, they are trying to preserve the monopoly when it comes to internet service provision. They don’t want any competition to challenge them.

 

There have been a lot of letters written to Byron that have been pointing out all of the issues with these decisions. Among the things they are saying is that these policies are written by ISPs that want to dominate the market for itself. For one thing, the competition is going to make them work harder to earn the money that they are used to.

 

Fortunately, this gives hope to the possibility that there might be a petition made to change the laws to allow for more choice when it comes to the internet. After all, people shouldn’t have to settle for less than the best that they can get. The internet has progressed to the point where there is no need for crappy service or very slow internet speeds.

 

Real Estate Agent

Contacting Tammy Mazzocco in Ohio May Be The Best Choice You Could Make When Searching For a Home

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There are a myriad of reasons why an individual, whether they are striving to find a home to purchase or to invest in, should hire a real estate agent that they can depend on for all of their searching needs. If they are wanting to find a home that offers them a particular number of rooms, a certain sized lot, or a certain style of home, they may need the assistance of a real estate agent who will be able to provide them with their exact criteria of feature that they’re looking for in a home. Unfortunately, many prospective buyers are often unable to find the types of homes that they want to buy. If this happens to be your particular case, then please do not hesitate to contact a real estate agent that has acquired the proper credentials, an adequate amount of time in the field of real estate, and knowledge about real estate. Tammy Mazzocco is the perfect choice of a real estate agent as she has been in the field for more than 20 years in which she has been able to help hundreds of families find homes that have matched their exact wants and needs of properties.

The housing market of Ohio has closed out one of the busiest years it has had since the year of 2005, in spite of there being a nationwide sales slowdown during the winter season. Home purchases on a statewide scale approached 151,600 in the past year, which was up 7.5& from the year of 2015. In the Northeastern part of Ohio, sales had risen by nearly 8%, based on data that was tied to newly developed and previously owned homes.

If you would like to enter the Ohio housing market during a time that is considered a good time to buy, please contact Tammy Mazzocco on Trulia.com to provide you with assistance. Tammy Mazzocco will provide you with an appointment time in which you will be able to speak with her about what exactly you are looking for in a home. Tammy Mazzocco has access to databases that covers communities in just about every area within the Ohio area.

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Xiaomi Departs from International Tech Events

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The Mobile World Congress where the mobiles tech giants meet has always been used by the smartphones manufacturers to announce their latest technologies. However, this year Samsung and it china’s Xiaomi will not show up in this particular event. This is the largest event in the telecom industry.

 

 

The move was anticipated because initially it has been assumed that Xiaomi would attend. The event which is held in Barcelona is one of the largest events for the global mobile industry, an event that encounters more than 100, 000 attendees, it has gained the reputation where tech industry show off their state of the art mobile development in mobile.

 

 

During the event last year Xiomi introduced its Mi5, it is an introductory smartphone, and this was done through the live streamed event. The mobile manufacturer firm got a lot of attention in the West when Hugo Barra who was the firm’s head of international participated in a live interview on stage, proving more information of the then under-the-radar company and its business.

 

 

After 3 years and a half service at the firm Barra revealed that he would be leaving the company and head to Facebook where he would become the leader of the VR efforts, this could be one of the reasons explaining the why the firm will not be attending. However, there is another explanation that the tech firm does not have any new devices to announce this year. This means that the speculation about the launching of the new Mi6 is unfounded.

 

 

The way that Xiaomi is retreating is not unique to this event. Xiaomi has done this again especially for the events that are held in the west. Recently it launched a smart TV and discussed the strategy at CES in Las Vegas early this month, according to TechCrunch the firm is not interested in attending neither organize an event that outside China.

 

 

The firm’s competitors that include Huawei and Oppo rose to displace Xiaomi off as the number one seller of the smartphone in China. In the foreign market, it is not certain how its internationalization project that was headed by Barra is performing. Its second largest market after China is India with a revenue of $1 billion last year however the firm has not said anything on the other markets.

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Facebook Growth to Slow

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Ever since the company was first established in 2005, Facebook has been one of the most exciting and dynamic organizations in the world. With daily users now well over 1 billion people, it has become by far the largest social media engine in the world. Facebook has been even more exciting to follow ever since it was first announced that they were going to unveil their IPO. In the five years since they first went public, the company has continued to impress investors with their continued growth. While the earnings have remained strong, a recent news article (http://www.fool.com/investing/2017/01/24/facebook-inc-earnings-how-long-can-this-monstrous.aspx) points out that the growth could slow.

 

In the third quarter of 2016, Facebook announced that its revenue jumped a very impressive 56% year over year. While these results are extremely impressive for any standard, most industry and financial experts agree that the growth in revenue should decline in coming years. The company has stated that they expect their fourth quarter year over year growth to be closer to 40%.

 

The reasons for the growth decline vary considerably, but most are attributed to the fact that the prior growth was impossible for any company to continue. While the company will not have as high year-over-year growth in the future, there is still a lot of room for growth going forward. In the coming year, the company will be unveiling a new ad program, which is sure to result in higher results for advertisers. This should ultimately result in more value per ad, which could have a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.

 

Facebook is also rumored to be venturing into other product lines, which will have an impact on the financial future of the company. The company will continue to look for ways to build upon their base social media engine, but will start producing more software, online sites, and other valuable programs that could help the company to continue to succeed. The company also plans on continuing to invest in both their human capital and infrastructure, which should lead to an improved output going forward.