Jul 17
2014

The Health Benefits of Thinking Positively

Some people say that upon death, people have a choice to continue living despite their complications or submit themselves to eternity, before they actually pass away. The body is capable of many things, including quick and miraculous recoveries from anything, but the mind and heart decides the fate of one’s health. When you think positively, you could reduce the possible health issues you could have.

1. Positivity is Like for Like
When one thinks in a positive manner, they also attract individuals and positive things that happen in their lives. If you continue staying positive about your job or your projects, you could attract positive outcomes. The law of attraction can work in your favour if you believe in yourself.

2. Better Relationships
Focusing on the positive aspects of your partner or people in your team helps you build better relationships. Most people just focus on the bad side of a relationship, whether a serious one, or one based on friendship. When you ignore people’s defaults and see the positive side of their person, you can create great relationships as well.

3. Stress
You could easily de-stress yourself if you remove negative thoughts in your head. Having negative thoughts is an unnecessary burden; get rid of them as they will leave you helpless. With good quantities of positive thoughts, you could remove the stress from your life completely. It will also help you see that all your problems are great sources of strength and opportunities.

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Jun 18
2014

Some of the Most Interesting Kickstarter Projects in the Planet

Innovators all over the world are flocking to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to fund projects that have become impossible for capital-driven investors to digest. Listed here are some of the best Kickstarter projects that have a prototype, and some already distributed to contributors and are in stock.

1. Hexo+
Selfies are invading the internet and GoPro had allowed many athletes, musicians and ordinary people to use the camera to allow people to see their point of view. However, Hexo is a different story. The team developed a hovering device run by six rotors and can follow its user quickly with a speed of 45 MPH. Imagine you playing a third person or first person video game in its shots. Yes, it is that awesome.

2. E-Paper Watch
The Pebble E-Watch has become famous because it is fully customizable and allow you to download applications on your smartphone, both Android and iOS. The apps help monitor your heart rate and act as a pedometer. It also delivers messages from your smartphone via Bluetooth.


3. Form 1
New age 3D printer technology was once an absurd idea, but Form 1’s developers saw $2 million when they only needed $100,000 to develop their inexpensive 3D printer. High end 3D printers are still costly, but this one really beats the mainstream competition.

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May 19
2014

Between Happiness and Meaningfulness in Life

In a scientific view of things, researchers at Stanford University have made a comparison of happiness and meaningfulness in life. On a common standpoint, a person wants to pursue a happy and meaningful life, but the research indicates that happiness is selfish, and meaningfulness focuses on looking at the past, present and future, which makes the experience different from each other.

Finding meaning in life, according to the study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, is looking to the past for accomplishment and the future for goals, and achieving this is not a happy experience. Happiness, according to the psychological study, focuses on being more of a “taker” than a “giver.”

Every kind of occupation has pressure and difficulties, which could cloud the happiness and objective of the person, having them feel unhappiness and stress. But those unconcerned with life’s meaning find that they are more concerned about themselves rather than the past or future, in short, they find no direction or purpose for their lives.

Jennifer Aaker, a social psychologist who co-authored the study, said that meaningfulness meant being more of a “giver” than a taker.” Sticking with a happy life, which means all desires are met and needs are given without much difficulty, is that it leaves people unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The one who prioritizes meaning is built to endure, with a direction and goal while molding him or her into something capable of handling virtually anything.

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Apr 14
2014

Will it Be Beautiful to Live in a World With Balkanized Internet?

The internet radically changed the world because of its lightning fast speeds in transferring information from one place to the other. Networks transfer information into different areas of the world. However, because of the spying activities of the United States, many countries have tried to put some restraints in the way information is transferred from one place to another. This led to fears of the splintering of the world’s networks, or the balkanization of the internet.

Would it be beautiful to live in a world with networks that will require official access from government monitors before it comes through? Maybe not because changes in the information will distort the truth as the “raw” data is yet to be seen. The internet the world enjoys today is as raw and truthful as it could be, not unless corporations have sponsored several blogging or news website for use to their advantage.

Balkanized internet will also affect the evolution of the technology. Issues in China regarding Microsoft finally retiring Windows XP has many users worried since the country has not migrated to the newer operating systems due to China’s closed-door policies. If this happens everywhere, the world’s internet may evolve at a very slow pace.

In the end, the world will slow down. Small businesses will also lose their opportunity to reach out to larger markets. In the end, privacy is still a high price in the name of progress.

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Mar 12
2014

Why It Is Possible We Might Have AI’s As Intelligent As in “Her”

The Spike Jonze movie “Her” had a subtle sci-fi setting that still looks like our present, but the artificial intelligence “Samantha” and others like her made all the difference. She had a human-like capability to feel and understand, which drove the movie plotline to metaphysical proportions. It is possible that in the near future we have someone like Operating System Samantha.

Today, with the advent of self-driving car experiments and a speculated release time of 2020, these vehicles use information from all their surroundings using a data cloud that helps them drive people to their destination while minimizing travel time and ensuring fuel efficiency. With enough data collected from different personalities of people through social media, an artificial intelligence developer with access to such can create something like Samantha.

In the movie, Samantha said that she was created based on the personalities of her developers. But with social media, it becomes a better, advanced type of artificial intelligence.

However, it would be a very large undertaking because its development will be violating certain privacies as it uses social media, personal behaviour and other personal information from certain individuals.

However, looking at the development of artificial intelligences that detect voices and analyse data, such as Apple’s Siri, which acts like a personal assistant, only personal intuition is left for developers to give to AIs before we reach the first OS1.

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Feb 19
2014

Self-Driving Cars Might Mean the Slow Decline of Car Accident Compensation Claims

The IHS Automotive survey said that by 2020, the world will be seeing the first generation of self-driving cars. According to the IHS, these new self-driven cars will ensure at least 75% collision free roads and better optimization of fuel and vehicle resources. This might mean a challenge for no win no fee accident claims management companies and other legal solicitors.

Less troubles mean less headaches for many people, but some people’s headaches are other people’s businesses. The self-driving car makes use of currently existing sensor technologies such as side sensors and artificial intelligences that make use of GPS maps to get to different places. They also have connected car technologies that have them communicate with other vehicles for traffic efficiency.

Human error is a factor of car accident compensation claims. When we’re drunk, erratic driving can result to the loss of one or many human lives. Emotional response to bad traffic or unethical driving of other motorists could lead to disasters that can be costly and life-changing.

But still, the early days of self-driving cars are just about to start and claims management companies will certainly have their hands full trying to resolve many accidents from failed prototypes and first-generation cars.

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Feb 07
2014

The Internet’s Future: Three Things You Might See Happening

In the 90s, nobody knew that the Internet would grow a social network capability that would help flourish the internet marketing industry. During this time, websites were scattered and nobody expected that Google is a groundbreaking website indexing tool that allows users to find the information they need instantly. In the near future, the internet could bring about the following features.

1. Better Content
The internet’s connection speeds will inevitably quadruple or even triple in the next ten years. A 15MBPS right now could be the minimum speed of an internet connection at an affordable price. This means better content is on the way, such as higher definition streaming, faster international gaming and other new services made possible by the faster transfer of information.

2. Live Personal Documentaries
Along with the synchronized development of technology, people may create documentaries of themselves instead of writing blogs. In the future, blogs may still be famous as they are timeless as diaries, but more people may make use of personal documentaries to show the world who they are.

3. Internet in Your Appliances
With further developments in touch screen technology, your appliances could also have a sync feature similar to your smart devices. This helps them have a schedule for the things you need using the internet and based on your preferences. Aside from appliances, touchscreen technology could allow you to access the internet at any time anywhere with a touch screen surface.

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Jan 08
2014

What To Expect In Popular Culture in 2014?

Every year, technology improves as hypothesized by Moore’s law. Every year, people’s lives also become better or worse. Pop culture slowly becomes different as every aspect and detail of everyday life affects the demand and tastes of people. Here’s what you could expect in popular culture in 2014.

1. Decentralized
The growing number of mobile internet devices, expanding data plans and “Smart” TVs connecting to the internet and allowing people to view videos from the internet in high quality, will make entertainment decentralized. This means that both independent and company-based artists, musicians and actors will have their own share of the popularity pie in the world.

2. Personalized
With more internet services integrating personalization that provides suggestions to consumers regarding the media or information they would like to access, more people would know of cultural events and popular icons through the internet. All suggestions by famous networks and servers will be based on the previous preferences of their users.

3. Interactive
Today, touchscreen games on portable internet devices are a whole lot of fun. Technology in 2014 allows for a very immersive gaming experience. Graphics would greatly improve, along with a ton of other features that a few decades ago people will not have imagined.

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Dec 23
2013

A Weird List of Bizarre Nazi Arsenal Developed During WWII

Aside from gruesome human experiments and the genocide performed on prisoners of war by Germany during WWII, experimental weapons were also developed by their science and technology teams to aid the war effort. Some of them have worked, some of them did not see the light of day.

1. Heinkel He 162
The He 162 was a jet fighter with its concept coming straight from an aircraft design competition with German civilian architects. The aim of the He 162 research was to find a defensive aircraft that is easy to mass-produce and could be flown by inexperienced fighters. However, it turned out to be more complicated. It was made out of wood and only used a metal fuselage. It had 116 completed from production with only a fraction gaining proper flight.

2. Junkers Ju 332 Mammut
Similar to the He 162 fighter, the Mammut was made of wood. The German army was looking to replace the material used for conventional German cargo planes. The Ju 332 was designed to be a glider with a 60 meter pair of wings. It was first flown in April 1941, but it became impractical because it could not carry much weight.

3. Fiesler Fi 103R
Before the dreaded V-2 rocket was developed, a renowned German SS officer Otto Skorzeny designed a piloted version of the V-1 rocket, which, during its time, always crashed upon take-off. However, it didn’t see the glory of war because suicide jet planes downplayed the “German Warrior Tradition”, which does not glorify suicide.

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Nov 21
2013

UK Banks Suffer the Consequences of PPI Claims Influx

The increasing numbers of PPI claims in the United Kingdom is far from giving banks the financial breather they need to survive the harsh industrial climate brought about by the failure of their incentives and workplace systems. Lloyds had recently allocated an additional £750 million to their total refund bill, having them the biggest UK bank to have accrued PPI mis selling.

Lloyds Banking Group has its bill on £8 billion, more than half of the total PPI bill at £14 billion. Next to Lloyds, RBS had announced an additional £250 million for mis sold PPI refunds, having them a total of £2.6 billion for PPI redress. HSBC had added less than a billion to their PPI compensation pot.

PPI is a policy designed to repay loans and mortgages when consumers get sick or have an accident. Because of the intent to increase work volume for incentives, many bank employees mis sold the insurance to ineligible consumers. Anyone who was mis sold PPI could know the total refunds they can get through the use of a PPI calculator online.

The influx of PPI claims, born about by the calls to action by claims management companies and advertisements, had banks blaming the claims managers for increasing the financial industry’s administrative costs due to fraudulent claims.

As the Financial Ombudsman reaches its one-millionth PPI complaint, experts speculate that the entire PPI bill could reach more than £20 billion in the following year.

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