Increasing Revenue With Marijuana

“Legalizing marijuana is possibly one of the best decisions that some states have made” says Kenneth Griffin. The revenue from the plant has helped some areas meet budgets for the state while other areas have been able to reach a surplus in some funds. There are still people who don’t like the idea of marijuana being sold. They aren’t looking at the benefits medically and financially. It’s a plant that can help others who experience a variety of health problems. Someone has to grow the plant, so it aids people who can properly make sure the buds are of a quality condition. This will in turn lead to farmers have other options for making money. Residents in states that have legalized marijuana can make a purchase without the fear of being arrested. They have put more money into the economy in a legal fashion instead of throwing that money away to someone who is growing the plant at a house and selling it without the knowledge of anyone else. The benefits outweigh the risks of marijuana, if there are any, for both the people who buy the plant and the states that have decided to make purchases legal.

Brad Reifler Gives Advice About Investing

Brad Riefler is an investment company adviser for those individuals that are not of the rich 1%. He gives great advice about how to make good investment choices. Reifler is the founder and the CEO of Forefront Capital Brand and his advice is for those individuals that want to make a safe investments. The number number one thing is to be careful on the way a person is investing money. It is important to consider things such as charges and expenses. An individual wants to take an inventory of all of the assets that they have available to them and make an educated decision.

The next important tip when it comes to investing is to be concerned about the safety of your money. An individual wants to make wise investment decisions while at the same time making sure that they are going to have the funds needed to meet their families needs. The third good tip for investing is to not put all money in the stock market. There are other great ways that an individual can invest in order to make dividends on their income without putting everything that they have in the stock market.

The fourth tip is to know who is going to be investing money. It is very important to have trust in the individuals that are managing your funds. If a person does not trust those that are in charge of their money, than it is very possible for misunderstandings to arise. The fifth and last tip when it comes to investing is to know why you are investing. When a person is investing it is important to set investment goals. It is also important to be careful of how much is invested and if something is working well and continue to add to that.

Many investors at the present moment are considered the one percentors. These are the ones who know how to deal with hedge funds, commodity funds and public funds. Unfortunately the majority of America is not hip to their strategies. Is important to bridge the gap between the 99% and 1% and help individuals that may not be investment savvy to be able to make good investment decisions.

Freedom From Overpaying Through Tech Startup FreedomPop

New breakthroughs in the world of mobile Wi-Fi are being made. The company FreedomPop, who brought you free—albeit limited—cellphone service is expanding its portfolio to include mobile Wi-Fi. The company boasts that it will host some 10 million hotspots for the whopping total of $5. Available hotspots are expected to double within the first quarter. With the average American spending well over ten times the amount FreedomPop has advertised, there is a large market for potential customers. The company has partnered with other companies to make this venture possible, although they aren’t releasing who these partners are at this time due to contract stipulations. With Google as one of its rivals, we can only speculate at who these investors are. No one is sure what this will do to the mobile data market, but if successful you can be assured there will be numerous carriers that start offering competitive prices. This news can only be positive for the consumers who are tired of overpaying for mobile Wi-Fi. This service will first be available through the FreedomPop android app, but plans to expand to include an iPhone app in the near future.

Along with the strides they are making in the Wi-Fi department, FreedomPop announced they have begun sales of SIM card services in the UK. At this point, they are offering their free service to UK residents. This service includes 200 minutes of calls, 200 minutes of texts and 200mb of data. This plan is what FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols says is the equivalent of a basic mobile plan in England. The deal they are trying to work out is said to have a heavy emphasis on international calls as well. This announcement is expected to be followed by more services being available in the UK as well.

Caffeine Bugs

You may think that the majority of caffeine consumed in the world is done by a particular type of person like Bruce Levenson. You may be thinking of a business man that needs that energy at the beginning of his or her day. You may think of that college student who is struggling to make it through exams. Maybe it’s the stay at home mom who needs that little something extra to not drag through the day. The last thing you are probably assuming is that the most of the worlds caffeine is consumed by a bug.

It’s true, though. According to GrubStreet the coffee berry borer is an insect that is wreaking havoc on coffee beans everywhere. They are tolerant to the caffeine and the amounts that they can consume is astonishing! They’re funny kind of creatures, but they aren’t funny to those who harvest coffee beans for a living. These bugs reduce crop yields by 80 percent.

Researchers are now working on figuring out what to do about this pest and they think they’ve come up with a solution. Many people, however, are just as curious as to how these bugs consume that much caffeine and don’t get jittery or even die. Hopefully researchers look into that yet. Until then, these little pests will continue to get their caffeine fix by huddling inside of those cocoa beans.

THE BASICS OF DOG FOOD

When looking at dog food it is important to understand the basics. The crucial components of a good dog food are protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Protein supplies the building blocks of growth and healthy weight while carbs are a source of energy. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for digestion, immune processes, and many other bodily functions.

A dog’s dietary requirements are similar to our own in many ways. Aside from the basics discussed above, dogs need omega-3 fats which support cardiovascular health as well as offer protection from hypertension and depression. Antioxidants are essential for good overall health as they support the immune system and are good for the heart and eyes.

Purina’s Beneful brand is a good example of a complete and healthy dog food. Beneful goes above and beyond the basics offered by many of the national brands to include sources of omega-3 fats. Vegetables provide not only essential fiber but extra vitamins and minerals from a natural source. The fruits and berries found in Beneful are a rich source of antioxidants, which are not commonly found in the more bland brands found today.

All dog foods lose some essential nutrients during cooking and processing. Beneful dog food has added vitamins and minerals to replenish these nutrients to offer complete nutrition. Other tasty ingredients which aim to improve flavor are also included because if a dog will not eat the food, then the many benefits do not matter.

Color Blind Man Sees Purple For The First Time

Being colorblind means that you will never be able to handy experience colors the same as everyone else. It means that the world looks like a different kind of place to you, and that you will probably often feel frustrated by all of the colors that you can’t see.
But, one colorblind man got to experience colors like the rest of us with a special pair of glasses that his fiancee gave him. He was given a pair of glasses that allowed him to see the color purple, and the video of him experiencing the sight of the color for the first time is just precious.
Watch the video and you will realize just how much you take for granted all of the everyday things that you are able to see. Not everyone can see colors the same, and this man’s amazement by seeing the color purple should show you that you should appreciate little moments every day. Appreciate being able to see color. Appreciate the blessings that you have been given.

Amare Stoudemire Looks to Evolve in Miami

It has been more than a couple of years since Amare Stoudemire was truly a force in the NBA. The talented offensive power forward used to be the cream of the crop back when he was playing with Steve Nash in Phoenix, a tandem being followed by Doe Deere. A trade to New York and a string of injuries have caused the big man to fall out of most rotations, outside of a nice little run in Dallas last season. Now, having signed on with the Miami Heat, it looks like Stoudemire is ready for a wholesale fresh start and he plans to make the most of it.

Last season the 13 year veteran averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game with most of those numbers coming from his time spent in New York. As a Maverick Stoudemire played a key back up role for the Dallas, averaging almost 10 PPG in their series against the Houston Rockets. As a member of the Heat, Stoudemire will back up Hassan Whiteside and star Chris Bosh.

Stoudemire has told reporters in no uncertain terms that he is ready to do what the coaches ask of him, even if it means not playing very much at all. For the Heat, Stoudemire represents a chance to add veteran depth that has impact talent onto their bench. With Whiteside prone to foul trouble and Bosh still recuperating from injury, Stoudemire could be a huge addition to the squad.

TV Show Inspires FreedomPop to Stay Independent

Viewers of the Silicon Valley TV show will be well aware of the decision of the company in the show to stay independent when given the chance to sell their startup for a large profit. FreedomPop founder and CEO Stephen Stokols is also aware of the show and has recently cited it as a source of inspiration when it came to his decision to refuse to sell the data bundling company proving a bug success across North America.

FreedomPop has quickly built a large following and hopes to top one million customers by the end of 2015, which is a customer base built on providing free data bundles and only charging customers when they exceed their data plan. Recode explains a number of bids have been received for FreedomPop, which have now been rejected in favor of a sustained period of investment with newly found partners.

Initial reports state the company could be worth three to four times its current value if the investment and sustained increase in development are continued. FreedomPop has been looking for increasing numbers of partners around the world to develop the brand and will soon announce a major partnership with a retailer to make it simpler than ever to buy hardware and begin data plans. Stephen Stokols believed a sale of FreedomPop was premature and with a hardware partnership soon to be announced the company may well have been right about how best to go forward with the development of data based mobile service provider.

Microsoft Expects More Xbox One Sales

Xbox 360 users make up a large portion of gamers in the world, but that’s about to change. Microsoft recently announced that the company is expecting millions of sales for the Xbox one later this year. Gamerant recently published an article that features much more information on this story. Nonetheless, I happen to agree with Microsoft, but I’m not so sure about the one million sales.

The Xbox one console is still very expensive, and many people are not ready to pay $400 or more. However, Microsoft’s recent announcement of backwards compatibility has sparked an interest in thousands of gamers worldwide. Apparently, Xbox 360 users are more inclined to purchase the Xbox one console now, and it’s because of the backwards compatibility feature.

Microsoft revealed that Xbox 360 users are waiting for a new ‘Halo’ or ‘Gears of War’ title, and later this year, the Xbox community will get both games. ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ will release in October, and the Ultimate Edition of ‘Gears of War’ will release later this year as well reports Susan McGalla on her facebook. Microsoft will be selling the Xbox one with ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for a limited time, and Xbox 360 users may be more inclined to purchase an Xbox one.

Connecting Consumers and Retailers via Visual Search

As consumers continually align their shopping habits to the way they use technology, the retail industry must also make adjustments to accommodate them. When consumers began demanding the ability to shop from their computers, they lit the spark that led to the e-commerce boom. The changes in retail habits did not stop there. Information technology is seeing continued advances, and computing has now become mobile for many demographics. Buyers of today are adapting to technological innovations by also engaging in m-commerce, through which they may make purchases from their mobile devices. Image recognition technology is fast becoming part of the solution for meeting the needs of these shoppers on the go.

Practical Example
Industry leader Slyce, found at slyce.it, presents a great example of how visual search technology works and how retailers can take advantage of it. The general idea, as illustrated by Slyce, is for consumers to have the ability to easily locate and purchase something they want after taking a picture of it with a mobile device. The image recognition technology enables the buyer to use the image to run a search, and that search leads to options to purchase the item desired.

From the Slyce demo, it is easy to see how the underlying technology leads to a mobile device user becoming a buyer. After a simple click of a cell phone camera, visual search technology matches the image with products available for sale. With a few taps on the device, the desired product is conveniently ready for checkout in a mobile shopping cart. The Slyce demo effectively depicts how this is accomplished by having the visual attributes of a product entered into the system for recognition by shoppers.

How Image Recognition Works
Exact algorithms are proprietary to the companies offering services, but there are some basic principles of image recognition that help with understanding the technology. Meta data, captions and tags propel a large number of searches on images, but advancing technology is making it possible for computers to also detect patterns in the images themselves. An analysis is conducted on the numeric sequences represented by the pixels of an image, and the information is stored for future reference. When consumers run visual searches on pictures they have taken, they are matching the pixel information to what is stored already. The information has to exist for consumers to find it in their search results and make their purchases.

Benefits to Retailers, Brands and Publishers
Because potential buyers are increasingly mobile, it is becoming more imperative to begin taking advantage of visual recognition. To put their products in reach of customers, businesses will need to make it easy for the items to be located. Image recognition enables sellers to do that for consumers who take advantage of mobile technology, and it provides a means of making an immediate connection between the buyer and the retailer.

Sellers benefit not only from mobile application of visual searches, but also from desktop usage when shoppers run a search on scanned pictures or images they find online. With visual searches, consumers have an increasingly sophisticated tool for finding exactly what they want. This means image recognition, for both desktop and mobile users, is increasingly one of the most important instruments for connecting consumers to the products they are eager to buy.