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Linking Technology with Schools Essential In India

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There’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities in the world’s second most populous country. With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is challenged by poverty, crime, and hunger every day.

One particularly sobering area where this nation trails much of the rest of the world is in education.

The facts

According to a blog that monitors education, the statistics are disturbing:

* Fewer than 12 percent of high school graduates in India continue on to higher education; in the US, that figure is 83 percent.

* Many of those who go on to an institution of higher learning are receiving educations graded to be of middling or poor quality.

* There is a shortage of teachers.

* Indian students study abroad at a cost of $7 billion a year.

Volunteer opportunities

The low literacy rate can be traced to the high dropout rate and the lack of teachers who have sufficient training. What all this means is that there are opportunities for volunteers through programs such as Volunteer in India to help make a difference.

Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own lesson plans, although coordinated to make sure that Indian students get a well-rounded education, according to Volunteer in India. New methods of teaching could include making sure the students are tech-savvy.

A recent study lends hope that today’s modern tools can help lift India out of its education morass. The use of modern technology, including Facebook, actually helps university students do better with their assignments.

A study by Baylor University concluded that students perform better when they feel part of a community and less isolated. “Although some teachers may worry that social media distracts students from legitimate learning, we found that our Facebook group helped transform students from anonymous spectators into a community of active learners,” according to a Baylor professor who helped conduct the study.

Volunteers in India participants should be encouraged by the fact that students who took part in the Baylor study performed better than those students who were not part of the Facebook program.

The future looks better

The common refrain in recent years has been that India’s tech industry should have made bigger strides than it has. While large sums of money have been invested in technology, it was not emphasized in the schools. The reason India lagged was due to poor education, according to a report circulated by TED.

There’s a silver lining. According to a statistical look at India and the Internet, sales of “smart” devices skyrocketed in 2013. With more iPads and other tablets available to younger Indians, the hope is these devices will spark a thirst for learning.

Mobile Internet use is ready to explode in India, which furthers the notion that people will have another tech avenue for learning. As volunteers have focused on early education initiatives in India, children will get a head start on taking steps to attend the Manipal Institute of Technology, India’s foremost technological school.

The list of illustrious grads from MIT is long, and without these initiatives, India’s children could continue to languish behind the rest of the world. By getting involved now, volunteers can sow the seeds for a better educated population.

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Nanotechnology Advances In Skin-Whitening Products

Today’s best skin-whitening products rely upon natural, non-toxic ingredients while taking advantage of the latest research and technology. Glutathione, or gamma-glutamylcysteinylglycine (GSH), helps to lighten, whiten, and restore skin from the inside out. skin-whitening-complexion

That’s one of the reasons the latest skin-care advances for mature skin rely on this tiny protein molecule formed from three amino acids: gamma glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine.

Oxidation and oxidative stress

Researchers and physicians often talk about free radicals and oxidative stress which cause the body to work less well. As oxidative “rust” happens, the body’s cells lose glutathione, a powerful healing and protective agent.

Low glutathione levels are associated with diseases such as cataracts, cancer, atherosclerosis, and many others. Research indicates glutathione will defend the body against oxidation and exogenous toxins, including pesticides, benzenes, and pesticide compounds.

These attackers wreak havoc on the skin — which is visible for the world to see — and important, on unseen vital organs and processes. Today, researchers continue to study how increasing glutathione levels can support the immune system, digestive tract, and organs.

Of course, the skin is the body’s largest organ!

Skin-lightening innovations

There’s a lot of talk these days about glutathione’s usefulness as a safe and natural skin-whitening ingredient. Physicians and researchers know that glutathione stores diminish in the body with age.

Some physicians, including researcher Rob Keller, M.D. and his team, believe that higher glutathione levels help the body to fight a host of diseases associated with aging.

Medical scientists believe that glutathione may also help to reduce wrinkles, creases, and skin discoloration while improving skin texture. Regular use of glutathione aids the skin’s ability to hold moisture and thereby reduces its dry appearance or enlarged pores. Moist skin is more supple and feels better, too.

According to authors M. Varinia Michalun and ‎Joseph DiNardo, (Skin Care and Cosmetics Ingredient Dictionary, 2014) glutathione actually inactivates the enzyme associated with melanin pigmentation (tyrosinase). It works to stop new hyper-pigmentation as it “depigments” the skin.

Glutathione also boosts the skin’s oxygen levels and intracellular metabolism while reducing redness associated with inflammation. Some forms of the glutathione molecule perform extra duty by helping the body make Vitamin D.

Another natural remedy to the rescue

Because glutathione is considered a “master antioxidant,” the latest, safest skin-whitening treatments include natural glutathione. Sun damage, or free radical damage in the body, can cause changes in skin color over time, and supplemental glutathione may help the body to remedy this damage.

Flawless Beauty and Skin is one of the retailers that offers the latest skin-whitener technologies and skin-whitening products to the global marketplace.

Always go for safety first

It’s important to note that some skin whiteners or lightening agents offered by foreign retailers may contain heavy metals such as mercury. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), companies in Thailand, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Lebanon, Mexico, and even in the U.S. have recently manufactured and sold skin lighteners containing mercury.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety confirms these products are usually less expensive and easily purchased from Internet sellers.

 

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Signs Your Business May Need a Plasma Table

Does your company produce a lot of customized metal fabrication, or do you do a small amount of prototype cutting? If so, you might be a great candidate for a plasma table that’s designed precisely for businesses like yours.

Tables are custom-made to your specifications, which can reduce double work for your employees and improve the overall efficiency in your workplace. Using a plasma table can mean saving on wasted materials; it speeds up the process and makes the workload easier for your employees.

If you’re just starting to shop for the best plasma tables around, start by researching the reputation of the company. In an ideal world, they manufacture in the US, come with financing options so your startup stays in the black, and have a long history of industry-specific experience.

You also need quality installation and training to make sure the table works for you and not the other way around. Here are a few signs that you should be in the market for a plasma table.

1. Your workload is picking up

Instead of hiring more workers or putting existing employees under more stress, consider investing in the best tools your company needs. As you grow, you need and deserve better quality tools and platforms, perhaps including a plasma table.

2. Quality has been suffering

Have you noticed a lot of wasted materials, and cuts that aren’t precise? Or do your employees seem to be overloaded even though they’re the best around?

Before trying to tackle potential worker problems, consider whether a lack of quality tools might be to blame. A worker is only as good as the tools, including plasma tables, and vice versa; so make sure you’re on top of things.

3. You have new clients or a new worker pool

Take advantage of big changes such as a hiring spree or a big new client that just signed. This is a prime opportunity to update your equipment and get everyone trained at the same time.

By installing a new tool or device, you can take advantage of on-site training so everyone’s on the same page. Otherwise, it’s easy to lose track of who was trained on what, and that’s a dangerous downward spiral.

Finally, if you want to stay or become a big player in a competitive field like manufacturing, you have to have the right tools at your disposal. Your competition may already have them, and that puts you at a disadvantage. It’s time to level the playing field.

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Apps Every Realtor Should Have

Selling properties is no easy job, but if you’re a real estate agent, you my be making it tougher than it has to be. The good news is that it’s currently a seller’s market, and more homeowners are looking to outsource the task of unloading their property. HouseSold

That means more commissions for you, but also a lot more work. But you should know that if it’s related to real estate, there’s probably an app for it.

Depending on your specialty, there are any number of apps that might work for you. If you own a real estate franchise, are in the field as a Realtor, or specialize in a niche type of property, you already have a full plate.

Check out MagicPlan, which enables you to customize floor plans with the swipe of a finger. The camera maps out a room and creates an instant mapping system, which means instant floor plans for your marketing efforts.

Apps to try

When it comes to the biggies like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, Redfin, and others, you probably already have a favorite. But do you have their app?

Each one has its pros and cons, so don’t assume your favorite website will naturally turn out to be your favorite app. They’re all free, so spend a little time playing with each, and pick the one that looks like it could be your go-to resource. Any more than one and you risk wasting of a lot of time.

You need to be able to jot down notes quickly, especially when you’re meeting with sellers and buyers, and that’s exactly what JotNote Scanner lets you do. Part notetaker and part scanner, it can turn any iPhone into an instant scanner so you can share from cloud storage, email, and other locations.

Nobody has time for massive scanners anymore, so leave those high-tech gadgets in the office and streamline your mobile readiness.

Keep up with the competition

Real estate still entails a lot of paperwork, and there’s no telling when you might have to grab a few potted plants for extra curb appeal just before an open house. Lose that receipt, and you’ve instantly lost a deduction.

Apps such as Priximiant’s Digital Receipts let you snap a photo of a receipt and store it instantly. The app is free, and it helps you go green in a paperless environment.

Stay on top of the local market with LoopNet, which is basically an MLS for commercial properties. This is crucial for commercial real estate agents who need to have a pulse on what’s happening in the market at all times.

With more high-tech businesses sure to be launched in 2014, those commercial shoppers will be looking for property, and you need to keep up with their tech savviness.

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Searching for Tech Support Leads to Scams

If you were a hacker and created a site to obtain sensitive information, what sort of site would it be? According to computer experts, the most popular type of site is one devoted to tech support, because consumers instinctively trust such companies. tech support

There are certainly hundreds of legitimate tech support companies out there, so how can you distinguish a scam site from a real one? You certainly shouldn’t assume the top search results are the most reputable.

Kevin Boynton is the owner of a Richmond-based computer repair company. He says, “I get calls all the time from people saying ‘they took my money, I let them into my computer and they said they fixed all the problems and if I have any more problems, give them a call back but then they didn’t fix my problem.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, these people never get another reply. If you’re looking for a reputable tech support company, read reviews, talk to a live person, and get those testimonials.

The biggest niche

According to Boynton, the most common scams happen when consumers are looking for help with computers, not more complex tech help. “They see a phone number that says call us now for support, and they think okay.”

Many of these consumers never bother to do their research; they blindly trust what might be a marketing scam. “They will answer the phone as HP Support, but they are going to give you a hard sale and they are going to try to talk you into buying some sort of support,” Boynton warns.

Somewhat on the plus side, many of these scam artists are “just” out for your money and are not seeking to install malicious software on your computer. If you’re looking for a technician to actually repair your computer, be wary of any high pressure sales.

While this may not be illegal, it’s an iffy business model that indicates they don’t put the customer first. Plus, you can always challenge credit card purchases if you didn’t agree to the purchase.

Bigger fish in the sea

On the other hand, some sites are indeed designed strictly to steal your information. These probably won’t turn up among the top Google search results, but some companies do a great job of manipulating search engine optimization (SEO) for short periods of time to get higher rankings and attract potential victims.

If a “support company” is actually doing something illegal, they’ll be caught soon enough, but possibly not in time to save you. Your best move is to trust your gut, do your homework, and rely on real reviews.

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Open Letter: The Web We Want

We’ve become dependent on the web as a civilization. Our future – the children – are dependent on it as well. Shouldn’t it be accessible by all? If you agree with Firefox that user privacy is important and that the web is for everyone, join them. Sound off at http://mzl.la/1hHyqBq

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Is a Handyman in Your Smartphone a Good Idea?

You have access to absolutely everything in your smartphone, from YouTube videos on how to fix a garbage disposal to apps on the basics for being a handyman. This is certainly convenient, and in some cases it can save you a lot of money and hassle.

However, no technology can be a genuine substitute for a true handyman. Is the trend of everyone going DIY and being frugal getting out of hand?

There are some handyman services you can certainly do yourself most of the time, such as swapping out a light bulb or cleaning a rain gutter, assuming you’re physically capable. However, handymen do a lot more than that, such as full remodeling, plumbing, and some are even certified electricians.

Many of these tasks require a license for a reason; they can be dangerous in a newbie’s hands. Here’s how to tell if a handyman task is doable for you, or you should get professional help instead.

Know where the technology comes from

If you look at a six-minute Vine video on how to install a deadbolt, you might have a better idea than you did six minutes ago, but you’re no handyman. While there’s no chance of getting electrocuted as there would be with doorbell wiring, do you really want to risk having a door that’s less than 100 percent safe?

If a burglar targets your home, you want the peace of mind of knowing an expert installed the locks. Websites such as YouTube and Vine certainly have some very helpful tutorials, but you need to look closer and see who posted them.

Read the handyman reviews and see if the social media site links to a professional company or organization. Is the person who made the video a certified expert who has testimonies to back him or her up? If so, you’re on the right path.

Understand your own limits

There are how-to guides online and apps targeted for fellow handyman professionals and Average Joes alike. It’s not the creator’s job to keep you safe from yourself, so make sure you understand if you’re in the target demographic or not.

If everything sounds Greek but you think you may be able to follow along, it’s probably better to sit this one out and call in the experts. It’s understandable that you desire that grand feeling that comes from taking care of your own homestead, though.

If you want to improve your handyman skills, there are many ways to do it. It can provide you with great satisfaction in the long run, but you shouldn’t dive into the deep end right away.

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Apps for Choosing the Perfect Paint

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Choosing the color of a house or apartment building can give you a lot of stress. You want it to stand out, but in the right way; yet the building still needs to look like it matches the neighborhood.

You don’t want to be that bright purple matte house in a sea of beiges and grays. But you also want your style and personality to shine through. Looking at a swatch of color in the home improvement store isn’t much help, but fortunately there are apps that will come to your rescue.

First, your should recognize that painting a residential structure yourself is rarely a good idea. Go to a local professional company that won’t just do a standout job, but can help you identify a color scheme that’s perfect for you.

Next, start considering which apps can help you find the ideal color, just in case you want a little more variety. The DIY Home Color app enables you to explore a slew of recommendations based on style, the effect you want to achieve, and general trends.

An app for all homeowners

The HGTV Color Guide is a sure thing, because the Home and Garden network is already a proven expert in all things home-related. Browse by color, check out more than 150 themes, and enjoy insider tips on the best paint colors by style.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, the AnyPaintColor app features 130,000 hues from scores of designers, so you’ll have pretty much every option at your fingertip.

For those who have a more refined taste and are up for trendsetting when it comes to curb appeal, the Benjamin Moore Color Capture app allows you to turn any favorite photo into a color scheme.

Love that snapshot of the beach? You can mimic the photograph and the feel of that day by reproducing the palette in your mobile device.

A colorful life

Download ColorClix by Olympic Print and enjoy an approach that’s similar to Benjamin Moore, but with a more traditional twist. Sherwin-Williams’s Color Snap is another option, and this app lets you share your ideas easily.

Yet another alternative, Voice of Color, offers a similar approach but is known for designer twists that can be achieved with a frugal budget.

No matter which app helps you pick, keep in mind that nothing compares to quality paint with a professional touch. While it might seem like you’re saving a lot of money going DIY, what’s the end result really going to look like?

You certainly wouldn’t paint your car yourself, and your home has the potential to be an even bigger eye catcher (in a good or bad way).

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