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  • Unauthorized Purchases: Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over App Spending

    Unauthorized Purchases: Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over App Spending

    Ecommerce giant Amazon was sued by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allowing children to buy virtual items on mobile apps without getting the consent of the parents. In-app business The US regulator said Amazon did not make it clear to parents permitting the downloads that the users would […]

  • RFID Technology: Things You Need to Know

    RFID Technology: Things You Need to Know

    The RFID technology has been used in many ways since it was introduced. Now, it is one important facet of every logistics operation. But while RFID systems have become widespread, only a few completely understand how it works and how to maximize its benefits. It pays to know and to […]

  • There’s no I in Team: How to Build Teamwork in the Workplace

    There’s no I in Team: How to Build Teamwork in the Workplace

    It’s easy to talk about teamwork, but only a few really understand how it should be done. Belonging in a team that works for a common vision can give your employees a sense of accomplishment, and will enable them to do their jobs better. It takes good leadership to build […]

  • 4 Helpful Reminders in Buying a New Home

    4 Helpful Reminders in Buying a New Home

    When buying a home for the first time, things can easily become overwhelming. Suddenly, you have many things to take into heavy consideration, from the prices of the building materials to the proximity of commercial establishments. Fortunately, there are many practical ways to help you decide when it comes to […]

  • Is It Time to Move In Together? 3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner

    Is It Time to Move In Together? 3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner

    Any couple that decides to live together will be facing a major adjustment in their relationship. After all, there is a lot more to it than just moving things to a new place. It will test a person’s abilities to compromise and tolerate each other’s interests. In Australia, couples cohabiting […]

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Unauthorized Purchases: Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over App Spending

Unauthorized Purchases: Amazon Faces Lawsuit Over App Spending

July 14, 2014 at 10:39 am 0 comments

iphoneEcommerce giant Amazon was sued by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allowing children to buy virtual items on mobile apps without getting the consent of the parents.

In-app business

The US regulator said Amazon did not make it clear to parents permitting the downloads that the users would spend in-app charges without controls.

“Amazon’s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents’ accounts without permission,” said FTC chair Edith Ramirez in a statement. “Even Amazon’s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.”

The FTC asked the court for fines and refunds to parents who were charged millions of dollars.

Deceptive billing

Meanwhile, Amazon responded to the accusations, saying it was “deeply disappointed” by the FTC’s demands.

Parents began complaining about unauthorized charges soon after Amazon began collecting in-app payments.

The company refused a settlement offer and said in a statement that it would not acknowledge stricter controls.

RFID Technology: Things You Need to Know

RFID Technology: Things You Need to Know

July 12, 2014 at 7:47 am 0 comments

RFID ChipThe RFID technology has been used in many ways since it was introduced. Now, it is one important facet of every logistics operation. But while RFID systems have become widespread, only a few completely understand how it works and how to maximize its benefits. It pays to know and to understand the basics of RFID technology to make the most of its benefits for your operations.

Same Idea, Different Method

RFID is quite similar to the bar code technology; the only difference is that the former uses radio waves to capture data. Generally, a full RFID system has three main parts, which include the antenna, transreceiver, and transponder. The antenna detects nearby transponders, which the transreceiver decodes. Depending on the type of tags, you can read data, write new ones, or do both.

Active and Passive Tags

There are two types of: the active and the passive. Active tags use their own power source, which helps the reader to detect the tag even from a considerable distance. Passive tags, on the other hand, rely on the reader for a quick burst of minimal power. While they last longer than active tags, some industries prefer the latter. The military, for instance, mandates active RFID tags for logistical purposes.

Tag Placement

As noted by Milpac.com, the renowned military software developer, tag placement plays a key role in ensuring an efficient military shipment process. For instance, external container labels make it easier for handlers to tag pallets or record data. It simplifies the process of preparing RFID data that will be submitted to the Wide-Area Workflow (WAWF) platform.

Outside of the military supplies industry, manufacturing, for instance, it is also important to take into account tag placement. It helps monitor and manage large-scale inventory operations. It is easier to find a particular item if they are labeled according to a set standard.

The world of modern logistics would not have become what it is today without RFID. This seemingly simple technology has raised the bar in tracking shipments and sets the tone for the next developments in the industry. From military supplies to manufacturing, the RFID technology promises a bright future for everyone.

There’s no I in Team: How to Build Teamwork in the Workplace

There’s no I in Team: How to Build Teamwork in the Workplace

July 8, 2014 at 3:51 am 0 comments

workplaceIt’s easy to talk about teamwork, but only a few really understand how it should be done. Belonging in a team that works for a common vision can give your employees a sense of accomplishment, and will enable them to do their jobs better.

It takes good leadership to build a team. As a leader, it is your responsibility to promote teamwork in the workplace.

Outline and Delegate Responsibilities

You can boost teamwork among your employees when you outline their roles and delegate tasks in a specific project. This does not only promote teamwork and camaraderie in the workplace; it will also show that you fully trust your team to do some key responsibilities.

It’s easier to delegate and collaborate tasks than before because of high-end audio visual innovations. Collaborating tasks is no longer limited to shared folders and video chats—there are a range of tools that can provide a better communication system with your team.

Remedy Disputes

In the workplace, you cannot avoid disputes among team members. It’s your responsibility to create a peaceful environment, so make sure that you give detailed instructions on how to resolve issues efficiently and productively. Small disagreements can turn into bigger interpersonal conflict and significantly affect work, so when an issue emerges, intervene immediately.

Encourage Social Activities

Do not limit the workplace into just “a workplace”. Organize fun and social activities, so your employees will get to know more about one another. Outings, company dinners, and games build camaraderie. This is also a good starting point for great friendships that will last in the later years.

Offer Rewards and Recognition

Appreciate your employees’ hard work, especially if they really deserve to be recognized. Many leaders do not offer rewards and recognition programs, as they don’t believe people should be rewarded for “doing their job.” Don’t be one of those bosses, because you may lose many employees who have great potential.

Remember that the efforts of a team will produce greater results than individual efforts. Promote teamwork in the workplace, as it will greatly pay off in the future.

4 Helpful Reminders in Buying a New Home

4 Helpful Reminders in Buying a New Home

July 3, 2014 at 5:30 am Comments are Disabled

house designsWhen buying a home for the first time, things can easily become overwhelming. Suddenly, you have many things to take into heavy consideration, from the prices of the building materials to the proximity of commercial establishments. Fortunately, there are many practical ways to help you decide when it comes to buying or building your home.

Here are some helpful reminders you can use to get you started:

Consider the livable space

Naturally, you want to have as much living space as possible. Keep in mind, however, that huge spaces do not always have a positive impact. All you have to do is to know how much you actually need. For instance, if you are having a hard time choosing among 2 storey house designs, select the one that suits your living requirements better. Always consider what you are going to do with the space you have, especially when it comes to future use. Remember that bigger is not always better; often small spaces are more than enough.

Think Long Term

Homes do not depreciate that quickly compared to other heavy investments and assets. Still, it is best to think long term and take into account the service life of your property. Do you intend to move to another property in the next few years, or are you staying for good?

See What You Can Afford

This is probably one of the most basic things that you should do. It does not have to restrict your choices, though. If you find a better building or an interior design plan, but it is just a bit beyond your budget, then try to find a way to get those additional features. On the other hand, you may choose alternative options. Talk to your builder for good measure.

Know Your Future Neighbour

According to experts, simply observing the neighbourhood is not good enough. Take some time in knowing your neighbours; try to establish a good rapport with them. This will help you settle into the community easier.

Buying a new home for the first time is a memorable experience. It is up to you how you would benefit from the situation. By taking each step carefully, you can make the most of this opportunity.

Is It Time to Move In Together? 3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner

Is It Time to Move In Together? 3 Things to Discuss with Your Partner

July 1, 2014 at 5:03 am Comments are Disabled

removal companiesAny couple that decides to live together will be facing a major adjustment in their relationship. After all, there is a lot more to it than just moving things to a new place. It will test a person’s abilities to compromise and tolerate each other’s interests.

In Australia, couples cohabiting rose from 4.7% to 14.9%, becoming the norm to live in such relationship. So, before you and your partner make this life-changing decision, be sure you discuss the following things:

Things to move

Most likely, you will find items that are same between your two homes such as sofas or dressers that may not fit in the new place. Moving can be costly, which is why removal companies in Perth recommend getting rid of excess belongings, whether you donate them or have a garage sale. The more things you have, the bigger the truck you will need.

Splitting the expenses

Finances might seem straightforward, but it never hurts to have a conversation about it. From buying furniture to paying the movers, you need to have an honest conversation about money. You need to make sure you and your partner can cover the costs of sharing. Discuss and plan how you will split the expenses such as rent, bills, and groceries.

Having friends over

Most people love to socialise with friends in a bar, while others love having friends over on weeknights. To others, this arrangement sounds like the definition of living in hell. Before you move in together, be sure to talk to your partner how often you would like to have guests over. It is advisable as well to discuss each other’s role and responsibilities around the house.

Moving in together is an exciting step in any relationship, and having these conversations will ensure you will both have a smooth, easy move. Always talk things through before they become major problems.

Knicks Deal Chandler, Felton To Mavs

Knicks Deal Chandler, Felton To Mavs

June 27, 2014 at 7:42 am Comments are Disabled

With the recent opting out of Carmelo Anthony from the team, the New York Knicks are starting to move its pieces for a possible contention in the Eastern Conference.

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Reached an Agreement

Although there is no official announcement yet, sources say that Knicks President Phil Jackson has reached an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday to send key players Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, and Shane Larkin, plus the Mavs’ two second-round draft picks (#34 and #51).

Chandler is a familiar face for the Dallas crowd as he is a part of the 2010-2011 roster that won the NBA championship against Miami Heat. He has one year worth $14.6 million left on the contract, while Felton, who displayed one of his worst seasons, has one more year at $3.8 million with a player option for another season in the same range.

A Possible Lopsided Deal

Questions plagued Jackson on a possible lopsided deal, but he said that Calderon is a good fit to run the triangle offense. Calderon is one of the league’s premier 3-point shooter and steady ball handler, shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc last season, though he was tagged as a defensive liability in close games.

The Knicks don’t have draft picks prior to this trade, which still needs approval from the NBA.

Health Tips: Why You Should Take Care of Your Mouth

Health Tips: Why You Should Take Care of Your Mouth

June 25, 2014 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

oral healthSelf-confidence builds up through life experiences, though your physical appearance also plays a part in its development. Most people are confident simply because they can talk, laugh, and smile with ease, knowing they have a good set of teeth to show. Proper oral hygiene not only affects your mouth, but the whole body as well.

In South Africa, two of the biggest oral health problems are oral cancer and dental caries. Most dental illnesses occur in remote areas where the modes of transportation and communication are very limited. More dental clinics, though, like YourDentist.co.za, are more helping patients through the use of more advanced equipment and tools to treat patients.

Preventing Problems and Diseases

Dental Caries – Cavities occur when a sticky substance on your teeth combines with sugar or starch, forming an acid that destroys tooth enamel. Dental caries are easy to prevent. Just brush your teeth regularly (make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride) and rinse with mouthwash to reduce plaque and bacteria. Eat healthy foods with less sugar to lower the likelihood of plaque formation in your teeth.

Oral Cancer – Anything that increases your chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. For oral cancer, both smoking and inherited specific genes are considered as risk factors. Though smoking can be prevented, you cannot avoid inheriting DNAs. Cancer may develop in three areas in the mouth: the lips, oral cavities, and oropharynx. This occurs more often in men since they are prone to unhealthy vices.

You can prevent oral cancer by not smoking and drinking too much alcohol, particularly beer and hard liquor. Those who don’t smoke and drink have lower chances of developing the disease. Another way to prevent it is by lessening your exposure to direct sunlight. UV rays often cause lip cancer, which usually happens on the lower lip. Oral cancer spreads to the nearby areas such as the nose and throat, so make sure to avoid it.

Maintain proper dental hygiene to stay healthy. It is important to visit your dentist for a check-up at least twice a year.

Future Employment: Considering Virtual Assistants as Alternative Employees

Future Employment: Considering Virtual Assistants as Alternative Employees

June 20, 2014 at 4:24 am Comments are Disabled

virtual assistantsPutting up a new business is arguably the most difficult thing in the trade industry. There are loads of things to take care of, such as coming up with enough capital to start the business and choosing an appropriate location. Many business problems arise frequently. There are more businesses that go bankrupt than those that make it. The future of a business lies in the hands of its managers and how they handle every aspect of the enterprise.

It is essential that the people handling the industry are competent because manpower makes the business function. Management should know how to act and react. The first three years of the business are crucial. If things are not going according to plan, you should deliberate the best options and execute all necessary actions.

Resorting to Alternatives

Office space is a common problem for employers. Even if the company needs additional employees, you might reject applicants because you don’t have the space. If you’re short on resources to buy an office, you can resort to hiring virtual assistants instead. This also applies to businesses where an office is unnecessary.

Perks of Hiring VAs

Much like recruitment agencies, VA firms can save a company time, effort, and money when filling in vacancies in their departments. You can hire workers quickly without sacrificing the quality of the employees because they have already gone through screening courtesy of the agency. Virtual assistants are cost-efficient as well because you only pay for the time, skill, and service you use. You’re not required to provide them with office equipment and tools, allowances, benefits, and bonuses.

It is also more convenient because, according to 365VirtualAssistant, ‘hiring virtual assistants enables you to have highly skilled professionals accomplishing a specific type of job. It eliminates the need to socialize with colleagues, foster a company culture, and manage a physical office environment. Because virtual assistants work remotely, you won’t have to deal with sick/vacation leaves, overtime pay, even employee training. If you want to get tasks done in the most convenient ways possible, virtual assistants are exactly what you need.’

If you want to succeed in this industry, you have to play smart and acknowledge your resources; know how to handle them well. Second choices are not necessarily worse choices.

Impact Of Caffeine: Girls, Boys May React Differently After Puberty

Impact Of Caffeine: Girls, Boys May React Differently After Puberty

June 19, 2014 at 6:44 am Comments are Disabled

aluminum-canA new study published in the journal Pediatrics has shown that boys and girls process caffeine differently after puberty.

Caffeine intake

The researchers found that males had a greater response to caffeine than females, wherein they experience greater heart rate and blood pressure changes.

“We didn’t go into this research with a hypothesis about sex differences,” said lead researcher Jennifer Temple, “but that’s what kept coming up in our research.”

Temple and her team first noticed a trend a few years ago while analyzing kids’ diets.

They were surprised by the amount of coffee, soda, and energy drinks the children in her studies were consuming.

Sensitive to the effects

For this research, about 95 children and teens consumed the equivalent amount of three different drinks: orange juice, lemon-lime flavored soda, and lemonade with a placebo added or caffeine.

Temple discovered that for young children, ages 8 to 9, there is no gender difference in reaction to caffeine.

Boys between ages 15 to 17, on the other hand, reacted more immediately to caffeine than girls did.

The Secret of Great Civilisations

The Secret of Great Civilisations

June 17, 2014 at 6:28 am Comments are Disabled

accounting firmThe importance of accounting in any successful venture can’t be overstated. This fact was most clearly demonstrated when Hernando Cortes travelled to the new world; on his infamous expedition, he brought horses, soldiers, and his accountant Alonso de Avilla. Cortes named Avilla as the first mayor of Veracruz as a reward for his excellent service in the campaign.

This was not the first instance of accounting playing a pivotal role in the course of wars and history. The most successful civilisations the world has ever known used accounting to keep track of their own progress, and build even further. The Romans in particular were meticulous record keepers, wherein historians believe that everything down to the last nail was counted and recorded.

What makes accounting so special that it would play such a pivotal role in the growth and development of empires and kingdoms? People are quick to marvel at the feats of engineering, art, music, and literature that ancient civilisations were capable of. But few if any are ready to credit the art of accounting afforded to make it all possible. After all, a general can’t go to war if he doesn’t know how many soldiers, horses, swords, and so on he has at his disposal before beginning a campaign.

If we can imagine the world as a kitchen, and its leaders are the chefs, then accounting is the apprentice that gets all the ingredients ready at the start of the day. That isn’t to say that accounting is the apprentice to other professions, just that they serve as a base or a foundation for other fields to build on.

The world, however, doesn’t like to stand still very much, and everything needs to change to keep up. Accounting is no different; as territories expand, so do the assets that need counting. Accountants needed methods to keep track of larger sums of assets, and the double entry-accounting system – made famous by Luca Pacioli – was one of those systems.

Accounting isn’t the most glamorous profession in the world, and not many appreciate the role it plays in the advancement of everything else in the world. But if anyone wants to make progress in his or her business or in any other venture, they would be wise to secure the services of professionals to move everything along.

Just ask the accounting experts from Scolari Comerford. They will tell you that the world would be at a standstill, if not in chaos, without proper accounting.