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Growing Your Business: Ways to Get the Most of RFID Technology

Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Alesha Turman

TruckYou might think that it’s your first time to hear about radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, but chances are you you’ve already encountered it in the past. Think about the keycard you tap against a reader to enter your office building – that right there is an example of the technology.

RFID uses radio waves to transfer information from an electronic label or tag attached to an object, helping you identify and track items easily. The Department of Defense is one the first organizations to implement RFID solutions. Companies supplying to the DoD label their products with proper RFID tags and submit invoices via Wide Area Workflow (WAWF).

RFID speeds up information exchange between labels and readers, making data transmission automatic. The technology, however, isn’t simple to implement. There are several things you need to do toget the most of RFID in your business.

Understand the Technology

It’s important to have clear knowledge of the technology if you want to grow your business through RFID. Understand how it works, including its configurations and frequencies. If you plan to supply to the DoD, know the policies and solutions that the organization requires, such as the use of WAWF and linear and two-dimensional barcodes.

Identify the business issue to address

RFID solutions can help overcome environmental, quality control, and other limitations that restrict alternative identification methods, but you should only use it when it to solve a problem or meet specific needs. Review your operations to determine how the solution can improve your business.

Determine the information required

Take a look at your company’s processes. Can they be improved if more information is available or if current data is available more quickly? The remote reading capability, memory, and durability of RFID technology can help you access information in environments where other technologies can’t perform.

Know the needed performance characteristics

Setting communications goals and determining the data content needed and collection points will help you determine the performance your RFID system must provide. Application requirements drive decisions on choosing the right frequency, encoding method, tag types, reading equipment, and supporting software.

Take your business to the next level. Adopt an RFID solution and watch your company grow and expand.

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Michael Phelps To Come Out Of Retirement

Published on April 16th, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

Image by Linus Egger | FlickrOlympic legend Michael Phelps is expected to end his retirement and compete in Arizona at the end of the month, his coach announced.

Historic career record

The 28-year-old swimmer will compete for the first time since 2012 Olympic Games, where he won his 18th Olympic gold.

“He’s just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes,” said Phelps’ long-time coach Bob Bowman in a statement. “I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback.”

Phelps is one of the most successful Olympians in history, earning nearly 60 gold medals.

Return to swimming

Bowman said Phelps entered three competitions – the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100-meter butterfly.

He said Phelps will do everything to be back in top form. So far, he already had attended a series of trainings with Bowman’s team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.

Apart from Phelps, USA Swimming said fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Kate Ledecky are among those who will also return to swim.

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Making the Correct Property Investments

Published on April 15th, 2014 | by Rick Livingston

An ideal property investment provides excellent returns without considerable effort from the investor. Each investment strategy has a level of risk, return, and time commitment. In fact, some strategies can be a full time occupation such as fix and flipping, whilst others such as Australian real estate investment trusts (A-REITs) can require almost no effort.

Ideal property investment strategies include investing in commercial properties and long-term rental properties (LTRPs).

Commercial Property Investments

Sydney Australia City SkyscrapersWith commercial property investments, rent terms last longer, and it can take a long time to find a tenant. Loans, however, have shorter terms, but higher interest rates.

These investments offer different types of lease, however. In fact, some leases may require the tenants to pay for all including maintenance and repairs. Others may require the owners to pay for nearly all including converting or remodelling the property according to the tenant’s needs.

Long-Term Rental Property Investments

Investing in LTRPs can require substantial upfront cash. The returns, however, can be incredible, especially if you buy correctly and wait appropriately.

With LTRPs, you can gain over 20 per cent on cash returns, excluding appreciation, equity pay down, or tax benefits. Moreover, the actual return on investment (ROI) is higher than 20 per cent.

When you invest in LTRPs, you need to focus on cash flow. An ideal means to gain considerable cash flow is to buy properties below market value, make repairs to increase value and select homes that provide high rent to purchase price ratios.

It can be difficult to find LTRPs, however, and it can even take you months to find an ideal deal.

Whether you plan to invest in commercial properties, LTRPs, or other properties, consult an estate agent beforehand. After all, regardless of the profits they can provide, you won’t benefit from them if you start investing incorrectly.

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Home is Where the LED Lights Are

Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

LED lightIt was not too long ago when light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were reserved only for laser pointers. Now, these energy-efficient miniscule light bulbs have found their way to the centre of modern living. From billboard ads to cyclist jackets, you name it – LEDs probably have a hand on it.

Homes, most particularly, are hotbeds for the modern use of LEDs. There are a lot of things you can do with these tiny light sources, and with a bit of imagination, you can turn your abode into an illuminated wonderland. Plus, lighting up your home with LED designs is easy as ever with reputable electricians in Mornington Peninsula around.

Here are some of the few things you can try with LEDs:

Rainbow Stream

If you want to add a dash of creativity to your usual faucets and showerheads, add LEDs to them. Enjoy a stream of different hues every time you wash your hands or take a shower. You can even set the LED colour according to the water’s temperature – blue for cold and red for warm – for a grander effect.

Wall of Lights

Print wallpapers are boring; use LED wallpapers instead to jazz up your home’s interiors. As they come in various designs, you are free to choose whatever suits your interior’s current theme. They also double up as a great light source, so you do not have to turn on your lamp or other light fixtures every time you come into the room.

Multi-Coloured “Green” Box

LEDs make a great light source for plant boxes for many good reasons. One, illumination is not scattered. You do not have to use reflective materials to contain or direct light to the plants. Two, they are more energy-efficient than most lighting fixtures. You can turn them on even on gloomy or overcast days.

Adding Flare

LEDs make for cost-effective accent lighting, too. Put them on stairwells or kitchen islands so you do not have to grope around at night. You can be as creative as you can be when it comes to designs with rope lights and LED strips. Just make sure to consult an expert electrician before installing LEDs for good measure.

LEDs have come a long way from simply being a red light for laser pointers. Now, they are an important part of everyday living. It is only a matter of time now before society finds new ways for using LED lights.

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Three Things Couples Don’t Do, But Should

Published on April 7th, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

wedding bouquetA wedding is the most important day for a young couple; it’s also the most chaotic behind the scenes nightmares they will have to face – until the first baby comes along. The nice thing about planning a wedding nowadays, though, is that professional wedding planners can take care of all the stress.

Hiring a competent wedding planner should be an easy enough affair, simply because they’re all over the country. Some planners don’t put much stock in a physical office, preferring to conduct business and handle clients online. But just because there are wedding planners handling the case, doesn’t mean the couple can’t get involved. Couple participation isn’t necessary, but encouraged as there are a few things that the planner can suggest that need the couple’s cooperation or go-ahead.

Feed Everyone

One of the most important business items in planning a wedding is making sure that everyone is fed. But most of the time one group are excluded from the final list of attendees submitted to the caterer, the vendors. These are the photographers, videographers, band members, florists, and their respective assistants.

The couple usually neglects to include these people in the final list and end up paying more for unexpected heads. Many caterers will charge half-price for vendor meals, making the couple look like good people and financial geniuses.

Charge Everything

Electronics are playing larger roles in weddings, and planners depend on a constant connection with the couple, especially as the big day draws nearer. Planners will encourage couples to keep all their phones and communication devices charged, and couples will do well to listen. Nothing is worse for a planner than having something go down the wire and have no one on the other end of the line.

iPads and cell phones are also good back-up devices that can be used just in case the music stops working, or a projector breaks down just hours before the ceremony.

Review For All To See

Online wedding planners put their sanity on the line to make dream weddings come true, the least a couple can do after the event (other than paying them, of course) is provide a glaring review of their services. A wedding planner wouldn’t badger a couple about it, but every good thing deserves something good in return.

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Uncommon Investments of the Rich

Published on April 7th, 2014 | by Rick Livingston

Real estateNeophytes to the world of investment often go for the safest choices. Some choose to buy out a tech start-up, a colossal house for sale in Dasmariñas Village, or maybe something simpler like a luxury car. The rich, however, have a different approach when it comes to investment. Given that they have some money to lose, they have the capacity to try out different ventures that may result in sizeable long-term gains. Below are some of the unorthodox investments of the affluent.

Pets

There are many rich people who buy expensive animals breeds and invest in their health and accessories not only for companionship. A pooch, feline, and other exotic amphibians or reptiles can ensure some financial returns. Reselling these pets and joining high-profile pet shows can bring gains that are double the worth of the actual pets.

Musical Instruments and Art

Sentimental value is the last thing on a collector’s mind when buying art or musical instruments. The rich scour the world or patronize Christie’s and Sotheby’s to get rare pieces of art or musical instruments. The market for these items is stable, as those with artistic orientations are always after such pieces. If you’re wondering what makes John Lennon’s Steinway piano and Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud expensive, it’s the maker or owner’s prestige, novelty, and rarity that make them so.

Toys

Collecting toys might not be something many grownups do, but such a habit may result in a sizeable fortune over time. Vintage dolls, novel action figures, and unique car models can be a good source of money. You just have to keep them in good shape and watch out for the competition.

Sports Teams

The wealthy with an athletic inclination usually invest in sports teams. Such an investment is lucrative, although risks are occasionally high. If you’re wondering what makes this venture money-spinning, imagine the trail of people outside the stadium willing to buy tickets and the fans that want to buy jerseys, caps, and other collectibles.

Investment always involves risks, which double up if your subject of investment is not usual. In the meantime, it’s safe that you go for a mansion for sale in Dasmariñas Village or a fleet of cars.

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Home Fire Safety: 3 Causes of Residential Fires You Might Be Ignoring

Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

fire extinguishersFires are among the most common causes of damage to properties and even death across America. Residential fires, for example, claim not only homes, but also thousands of lives each year. Homeowners can prevent these blazes if they know about the risks and potential causes.

Most people tend to ignore simple problems and act only when the situation worsens. The same is true with residential fires. While you can have peace of mind by having good quality fire extinguishers ready at home, it’s still important to pay attention to simple details. What you don’t know can kill you, and turn your property into ashes. Here are some of the causes of home fires most homeowners overlook.

Fire in the Kitchen

Bad things can happen if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing when in the kitchen. If you leave your kitchen while cooking, chances are you’ll forget that you were cooking until you smell burnt food, or worse, hear an explosion. It may be surprising, but some fires start on electric stoves. Even if there aren’t any open flames, there’s always the possibility that you might forget to turn or plug them off.

Too Much Heat Can Kill You

Space heaters are useful during the winter months, but they can also start a fire and put your life in danger. These devices need space, so keep all combustible materials at least three feet away. Do not place your space heater near sources of water or moisture to avoid electrical shock.

Children Playing with Matches and Lighters

Statistics show that nearly 70,000 fires occur every year because of children playing with flammable items left unattended. If you want to preserve your home and everything inside it, don’t ever let your children experiment with matches and lighters.

You can prevent fires by being careful and observant. It also pays to have enough fire extinguishers in your home so you can deal with emergencies effectively.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

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Image by Jorge Figueroa | Flickr

For the first time in forever, Toy Story 3 has been unseated as the highest grossing animated film of all time, as it had to let it go and pass on the title to Disney’s “Frozen.”

Highest Grossing Animated Film of All Time

With it’s opening in Japan this weekend of March 29-30, the Disney animated hit has pushed its worldwide box office numbers to more than $1.072 billion.

The competition to beat was another Disney/Pixar animated feature, “Toy Story 3,” which grossed $1.063 billion in 2010. “Frozen” earned $398.4 million in domestic sales and $674 million in international sales to take the title.

A Global Hit

The Oscar Award-winning film, released in the United States and Canada in late November 2013, joined the billion-dollar box-office club early this March. The film has been shown in 36 countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

A #CongratulationsFrozen hashtag trended on Twitter, with fans, some calling themselves “frozenholics,” praising the film for its success.

The 3D fantasy-comedy film was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.” It was released on DVD and Blu-ray last March 18.

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Couldn’t Chair Less: Top Choices for Restaurant Seating Furniture

Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Lillian Johnson

restaurant chairsWhether you’re opening a new restaurant or renovating an old one, seating furniture is one of the most important things to keep in mind. If you’re planning to buy new restaurant chairs, you might find yourself overwhelmed with all the choices available. Read this short guide for help on choosing ideal material for your restaurant:

Aluminum

This material is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. If your restaurant has an open area where guests can dine al fresco, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet in the rain. It’s lightweight, so you can carry it around easily. It’s also easier to stack them, so you can save storage space for extra chairs. Seating furniture made of aluminum is ideal only for casual restaurants, though.

Wood

This is among the most affordable and durable seating materials available. It’s available in different wood types. Its coating can be in either paint or varnish, which allows you to choose from a variety of colors and finishes. Moreover, you can repaint or refinish its surface over time and hide the signs of wear and tear. One of the problems you might encounter with this material is water damage, though.

Resin

This scratch-resistant material is also ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s easy to maintain, as you can simply polish the surface to make it look brand new. It’s also 100% UV stabilized, so you can leave it under the sun for a long time.

Bamboo

Many people like bamboo because it’s an eco-friendly choice for furniture. It grows 10 times faster than hardwood, so using it doesn’t affect the environment significantly. Bamboo chairs are durable and it’s resistant to swelling and shrinking. It has a fine grain, which allows you to use different stains and finishes to give it a unique appearance.

These are only some of the materials you should check out when buying restaurant chairs. Look for reliable suppliers to make sure that you’re getting good quality furniture.

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Straightening the Myths about Crooked Teeth and Dental Braces

Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Joseph Francis

dentists offering invisalignIn Australia and across the globe, thousands of children and adults have crooked teeth or malocclusion. To solve the problem, dentists use different treatments to move teeth into its appropriate places, such as orthodontic braces. Before undergoing any type of treatment, such as getting Invisalign braces in Lane Cove, it’s important to learn about the different myths about crooked teeth and dental braces. When you understand your condition, you may look for the right options for your case.

Here are some myths about malocclusion and dental braces:

Preventing kids from thumb sucking and using pacifiers helps them avoid crooked teeth.

While using pacifiers and thumb sucking longer than four to six hours a day may result in crooked teeth, it isn’t the only reason for malocclusion. Even when children avoid or limit thumb sucking, they may still suffer from malocclusion. Other factors that can lead to crooked teeth are breathing through the mouths or getting into falling accidents. Furthermore, children can inherit mismatched traits, such as tooth size and jaw size, leading to crooked teeth.

Having wisdom teeth results in crooked teeth.

For many individuals, wisdom teeth lead to crooked teeth, as they cause crowding inside the mouth. There are not enough studies to support this notion. If it’s true, then simply extracting wisdom teeth will solve the problem. Even when the dentist removes your wisdom tooth, you may still suffer from the condition, as teeth move over time.

For braces to work, they need to be tight and painful.

Some think that the tighter their braces are, the more effective they are in treating malocclusion. In the past, conventional orthodontic braces are painful, as dentists only use stiff wires. With advancements in treating different oral conditions, you don’t need to suffer from pain and discomfort to receive effective treatments. Many dentists in Lane Cove offer Invisalign, an innovative product that straightens teeth without unsightly wires. Invisalign comes with a set of “invisible” braces in different sizes, gradually moving the teeth and decreasing pain.

Don’t let crooked teeth affect your looks and confidence. Visit your dentist to learn more about your options.

Resources:

http://appledental.com.au/our-treatments/invisalign/
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dental_care_thumb_sucking
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/malocclusion-and-orthodontics-cause

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