Crypto TREND 2017-01

Everyone has heard how Bitcoin and other crypto currencies have made millionaires of those who bought as recently as a year ago. Gains of 1,000% or more are not just possible, they have been common place with many of these crypto currencies. Someone who bought Bitcoin in May 2016 at less than $500, would have had a gain of 1,400% in about 17 months. Then over the past few days, we saw Bitcoin lose almost $1,000, so to say these crypto currencies are volatile would be a massive understatement.

Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2008, we at Trend News have been skeptical of crypto currencies’ ability to survive, given that they present a very clear threat to governments who want to see and tax all transactions. But while we may still be cautious on the actual crypto currencies, we are very aware of the potential of the underlying technology that powers these electronic currencies. In fact, we believe that this technology will be a significant disruptor in how data is managed, and that it will impact every sector of the global economy, much like how the internet impacted media.

Here are some questions & answers to get us started…

Q: What are Crypto Currencies?

The most well known crypto currency (CC) is BITCOIN. It was the first CC, started in 2008. Today there are more than 800 CC’s, including Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, Zcash, Ripple, Monero, and they are all “virtual”. There are no “physical” coins or currency.

Q: How do CC’s work?

CC’s are virtual currencies that exist in very large distributed databases. These databases use BLOCKCHAIN technology. Because each Blockchain database is widely distributed, it is thought to be immune to hacking, as there is no central point of attack and every transaction is visible to everyone on the network. Each CC has a group of administrators, often called “miners”, who validate transactions. One CC called Ethereum uses “smart contracts” to validate transactions. Crypto TREND will provide more details in upcoming news publications.


Blockchain is the technology that underpins all CC’s. Each transaction for the purchase, sale, or exchange of CC’s is entered into a BLOCK that is added to the chain. This technology is complex and will not be explained here, but it has the potential to revolutionize the financial services industry, as transactions can be executed quickly and easily, reducing or eliminating fees. The technology is also being examined for applications in many other industries.

Q: Are CC Exchanges regulated by government?

For the most part, the answer is NO, which, for some users, is a big attractions of this market. It is the “wild west” right now, but governments in most developed countries are examining this market to decide what regulation may be needed. A big decision is whether to treat CC’s as a currency or a commodity / security. Canada and USA have so far declared that CC’s are legal, however the situation remains fluid as for reporting and tax implications. Crypto TREND will be following and reporting on these developments.

Q: How do I invest in this market?

You can buy, sell, and exchange CC’s using the services of specialized “Exchanges” that act as a brokerage. You start by selecting an Exchange, setting up an account, and transferring fiat currency into your account. You can then place your BUY and SELL CC orders. There are many exchanges around the world. Opening an account is fairly simple and these exchanges all have their own rules about initial funding and withdrawals.

Crypto TREND will be recommending CC Exchanges in future.

Q: Where do I keep my CC?

To have the freedom to move your crypto currencies around, and to pay bills, you will need to have a digital wallet. These wallets come in several formats, such as desktop, cloud based, hardware (USB), mobile phone, and paper. Many of them are FREE, however, security is a big factor as no one ever wants to lose their wallet or have it stolen. Crypto TREND will be recommending digital wallets in future.

Q: What can I do with my CC?

As well as investing in CC products, you can also use crypto currency for some financial transactions, such as money transfers and paying bills. The list of companies accepting crypto currency is growing fast, and includes big hitters like Microsoft, GAP, JC Penny, Expedia, Shopify,, Dish Network, Zynga, Subway, and WordPress.

Q: What’s next?

As we start off, we will keep each of the Crypto TREND articles short and keep the scope of each one as narrow as possible. As we noted earlier, we believe that the crypto currency technology will be a game changer and potential investment opportunities like this come by once or twice in a lifetime. Make no mistake, early investing in this sector will be only for your most speculative capital, money that you can afford to lose.

Even if you are not wanting to invest at this time, gaining an early understanding of this new disruptive technology will put you in an advantageous position to profit from our recommendations as we move forward.

Expect to see more news and specific recommendations from Crypto TREND as we start this journey into what may seem to be a foreign jungle at first. This is a volatile market and may not appeal to all investors, however, Crypto TREND will be your guide if and when you are ready.

Stay Tuned!

Source by Martin Straith

Golden Days of The Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

Remember those days of the 80s and early 90s when our favorite stop in the local market would be the “Video Library” that succeeded in delighting us each time we went there. The era that was ruled and dominated by a gadget loved by one and all, old or young – the Video Cassette Recorder or more commonly the VCR.

The 80s was a time when cable tv had far from reached India in any form. It was a time where just one tech was to shine – the Video Cassette Recorder. As it so happened, the people had no choice whatsoever in watching programmes on the Television as the only channel available was the Doordarshan (more popularly DD) and later the DD Metro which in fact seemed a big bonus! It seemed just a perfect setting for something like a Video Cassette Recorder to make its presence felt and counted.

The Video Cassette Recorder opened up to the Indian people a whole new world of entertainment that was unknown prior to this. From watching just the news or documentaries sprinkled sparsely with a pinch of weekly serials, the common man now had the luxury of enjoying movies at the comfort of his bedroom – right from the old classics to the latest flicks of Bollywood.

Video Cassette Recorders used removable video cassettes (video tapes) which used magnetic tapes to record videos on them. What this meant was, not only could one watch prerecorded cassettes for films but they could also record shows and broadcast from the television that could be played on later! This was pure magic!!! Of course, there was on offer a cheaper variant of the VCR which we called the VCP – Video Cassette Player – which could only playback the cassette but not record.

The advent of VCRs in India gave a perfect opportunity for the business in the form of “Video Libraries” to flourish! Every local market had at a minimum 2 to 3 libraries to boast of, all of whom could comfortably survive despite t competition as the demand much overdid the supply by a huge margin. I still remember our very own “Micky Video Library” and the “Lords” library which were such hot spots in those times, the first one ironically being located in a small narrow lane was just a tiny little room with a collection of some hundred videos. The latter was a much more dignified a place with a far bigger collection of both Hindi and English movies and an air conditioned shop to flaunt! But to be honest it hardly mattered, as what was important was to get that latest release on the first chance – damn if it was pirated or if you had to shell out a few extra bucks!

The early VCRs were top loading models where you inserted the cassette in a slot that popped out from the top of the VCR on pressing the “Eject” button. It was later followed by the more sleek and improved versions of VCRs that were front loading, had a more appealing and modern feel to them, not to forget the constantly improved features being added One such feature I remember was the availability of a “Timer” where you could actually set the time at which the VCR would start recording!

It was not just Video Libraries that flourished. Video Cassette Recorders provided a remarkable opportunity for small time technicians and engineers with so many of these “Video Repair” shops that sprung up. The VCR functioned with a revolving “Head”with a small little pin which read the magnetic tape on the cassette. As was expected, with the dust and physical contact, invariably you would be faced with a situation where your “Head” went dirty and you needed either a “head cleaner” sprayed on it to get it cleaned, or in extreme cases, you had to take it to one of those repair shops.

The VCRs also ushered in an age of many different and new forms of entertainment revolving around the Television. Besides just movies, they also opened up doors to the Pakistani Plays which are remembered even till date. It brought to our homes some lovable characters from plays such as Dhoop Kinare and Tanhaiyan that became a part of our lives and live with us even today. And then there were those “Film Magazines”. I am not talking about the Fimfares or Star Dusts. The VCRs brought in the concept of video magazines such as “Leheren” which became a household name. They were basically around one hour shows that gave you the news from the Hindi Film Industry – something that today’s channels are full of and has now become such a taken for granted thing! At those times, such video magazines were your only re source to actually get live snippets into the lives of film stars or to watch the shooting of a film! Such an exciting thing it used to be!

A thing most reminiscent of those times was the quality of video that you got to watch – what was in the common language referred to as the “print” of the cassette. So often did you have to return a video as “the print” was so bad! So unlike the CDs and DVDs of today where there are no issues with the quality that you get to watch. But somehow, remembering it today, one somewhere in his heart wishes for those little nick-nags that today’s over-perfect world has totally eliminated:(

And how can one forget that “Counter” you had in those days on the VCRs. It was a small three digit counter with revolving dials that showed numbers 0-9 on each dial to represent the length of the video that had been played:) Starting from 000 it went on to 999 and was such a simple and a remarkable display of how a basic little concept could be put to such pertinent use! It was later replaced by a digital counter with the introduction of more enhanced and improved VCRs which offered a digital display. Again it is one of those things that make you wonder – do we really need all this advancement! Why have we forgotten to keep things simple:(

How can one ever forget that sound of a video cassette “Rewinding” and that distinct “thud” with which it stopped or when you pressed that “Stop” button! My heart goes out to those times:oops: Its truly is such a high reliving those moments from the past. I remember how the summer break meant so many films on the VCR, daily visits to the video library – which had even started home delivery and the phone services – some even going as far as providing a printed list of movies they had in their store! I even recall that as kids we used to get an extra VCR on hire for a few days as you could interconnect them with your VCR with a cable and actually make copies of the cassettes. To think of it now, how did I ever take that much of trouble to record a cassette! But then, that was the magic of those times.

One just is forced to think – why does technology have such a crab mentality where it needs to pull someone down to be able to climb up:( Why does each new technology have to kill its predecessor. Why can’t the old and the new coexist? Why cant we have the old with the new. I am only thankful and feel privileged to have experienced and used these winners of the past.

Thanks for joining in, see you next week, same day, same time with another pick from the past in The Lost Technology…

Source by S Agrawal

Tips to Read Faster and Better, Find More Time to Enjoy Your Life

Learning and even keeping up with technology, news, health and investment reports in this information age can seem overwhelming. Many people can actually cover tons of material but in actuality the fastest reading people with the best understanding and understanding of content have the advantage in many aspects of business, life and even finances.

Do you want to become a fast reader? Reading faster is not about going through text of books without understanding the context. Rather, it is about taking in the information at at an enjoyable manner but still pick up the speed. The question is if it takes you a few days to finish a long novel how would you like to finish those same novels in a few hours? If you would like to speed up your reading time to this pace, then this article is for you!

Do Not Sound out the Words

When we were kids, we were taught to sound out the words in our head. Of course, this is an effective method in teaching kids to read. However, we carry this habit into our adult years as well. This technique is called sub-vocalization, and this certainly affects our reading speed. The problem with this technique is that our eyes register the text much faster when compared to inner monologue. Here try to avoid this, and it can be achieved through practice and concentration.

Stop Reading Word by Word

Another common mistake is reading text word by word. This is another practice that slows down your reading speed. Try to read in chunks. Few people will read the whole sentence. However, you can eliminate the prepositions and scan for only the important words. Our brain is complex and since it has a great ability to fill in gaps of information.

Preview the Material

Review text material before you read. Look at the headings of each chapter and go through the bullet-points. Try reading the first and last paragraph of the chapter. This will not give you details, but overall you will know the important parts. Use this method for difficult and unfamiliar text.

Eliminate the Habit of Regression

This is the method of reading the same paragraph, sentence or section two to three times. Most of the people regress since they lose track of their place in the text. You can avoid this with the help of a marker or a pointer. Few other regress since they think they have not understood the text in the first round itself. Try to concentrate and understand the matter in the first attempt itself. Become an impatient reader, be anxious to see what is around the next page and red with a purpose. Moreover, you need to decide if the information is that important to reread.

Practice with Easier Text

If you want to train yourself, to read faster, start with simple and easier text. Something like a travel book might be a good start while a physics textbook can throw you off. Read at least three times a week and gradually increase the speed in reading the text.

Source by Leon Edward

Blockchain: Open Source Money

"Blockchains are simply distributed transaction processing engines. The technology allows data to be stored in a variety of different places while tracking the relationship between different parties to that data. a transaction, such as a currency changing hands or a new device being added to a network, it is recorded in the chain and anyone can track what has happened. trace. " Fortune tech, Stacey Higginbotham, May 29, 2015

What if we lived in a world where global access to money was available to everyone? Money can zoom around the globe at the speed of digital as a peer-to-peer decentralized and cooperative process – no top-down banking system needed. Trust relationships happen automatically via digitally signed, permission-less transactions, destroying the inevitability of poverty. Would this represent a giant step for humanity?

Such is the utopian dream of tech developers. The next generation of computer networking gears up to surround the world for the greater good. Welcome to the intended blockchain (financial) transformation of the world.

Ignore it at your own peril.

My article of May 2016, The Power Behind the Throne , discusses the mostly under-reported, yet steady advancement, toward a cashless society via blockchain technology, and my thoughts about who really benefits. It could end up as the giant leap for the banking industry, gaining omnipotent control over our financial transactions. A Bloomberg article, Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash, May 2, 2016, cited representatives from NASDAQ, Citigroup Inc., Visa Inc., Fidelity, Fiserv Inc., Pfizer Inc. and others in attendance.

Enter 2017 and the documentary produced to inspire and excite: The Blockchain and Us. Some say that 2017 will be the year this technology moves into the mainstream; others say it's just too risky.

The infomercial-type documentary introduces "leaders" from countries around the world who extol the value of open source money, the grassroots, and bottom-up cultural game-changer begun by Bitcoin in 2008. Blockchain technology and its potential impact is likened to how the introduction of the airplane changed society; the structure of the financial services industry, alone, is said to transform 100% to digital within 20 years. Additionally, blockchain technology is expected to:

  • Affect every industry as a "value" platform with military-grade cryptology
  • Create a generational shift in technology, an opportunity capable of "lifting people out of poverty"
  • Accommodate what they called, "smart" contracts
  • Exert a substantial shift in how the Internet could be used to create new forms of value and new ways of transacting value
  • Generate more jobs due to automation

There you have it … Blockchain and Us. Yet naysayers, such as myself, can not see the commensurate personal benefit. Surrender the paltry financial privacy we have left via cash to the Goliath banking industry? It occurs to me we may not have a choice since the "little" people appear to be the revenue units simply along for the ride.

That said, using cash and paying as you go, has obvious and maybe not so obvious benefits:

  • Choice
  • Transaction privacy
  • No bank-interest charges (overdraft, credit cards, loans, lines of credit, etc.)
  • Possible 5% vendor discount upon request
  • Fiscal responsibility that credit use has destroyed
  • Curbing the instant-gratification mindset easy credit encourages
  • More personal time when keeping up with debt means working harder / faster

I think living in a material world makes is easy to forget that the complete definition of wealth includes more than accumulation. The intangible wealth of personal wellbeing and peace of mind are priceless until they are overlooked and under-valued. Instead of the utopian dream, imagine this: We no longer make purchases we do not need, with money we do not have to impress people who do not really care about us. If more people would make a habit of using cash, we could strengthen our own money-management skills towards building real wealth, and also send a message to those who own the gold.

Source by Susan Boskey

Apple’s iPhone 7 – Latest News, Leaks, and Rumors Etc

Apple’s new iPhone 7 will be released this year in September and we all are expecting this device to be utterly different from their iPhone 6s inside and out. It is likely that the iPhone 7 will feature a brand new and improved Jony Ive design. Plus, everyone is looking forward it to be the thinnest and satin Apple device so far with good looks and some brand new features with it.

Recently last month, Apple unveiled their iPhone sales which had decreased and they lost £140 million in the market value of Apple’s shares. This clearly means that Apple will have to work hard in order to convince their existing iPhone users so that they upgrade to their upcoming iPhone 7 this September and also compete with Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is also releasing this year.

Let’s just start and analyse the latest news and rumors about Apple’s soon to be released iPhone 7.

Latest news and rumors claim that Apple might use a dual camera setup for their new iPhone 7 Plus, but it could be that the dual camera display could be the same size as a Plus included with the new dual camera. It is expected to be called the iPhone 7 Pro and could be featured as a supercharged phablet and Apple might also release three different versions of the iPhone 7. Having three iPhone models appears to be beyond belief, but so did the Apple’s larger Plus version device which turn out very well.


Few months back, it was rumored that the iPhone 7 could be charged wirelessly, but this rumor seem less likely now. Apple is currently working on wireless charging but it is way too far from conventional, according to Bloomberg. Instead, Apple is developing on “cutting-edge” technology which will allow iPhones and iPads to charge without cables or charging mats. But it won’t be here until 2017. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see this feature on the iPhone 7. It is very hard to comment on rumors of this new technology.

It is also rumored that iPhone 7 will feature a totally improved camera for this handset. Apple’s new iPhone 7 will use a new dual camera system with an Optical Zoom and 2-3x magnification, according to Apple’s Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities. This new system/feature reportedly is from Linx. This company was brought by Apple a year ago. However, this new dual camera system is configured to be featured only on the iPhone 7 Plus.

It is also predicted that Apple’s new iPhone 7 will feature a built-in Touch ID and will have a screen made of sapphire glass. Apple already is using this for their Apple Watches and they might be ready to import this element into their devices.

Apple’s new iPhone 7 might move to glass-on-glass screens which possibly will have a QHD or even a 4K display. Many Android devices already have QHD screens and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 4K display, therefore it is likely that the iPhone 7 might jump up the resolution. If this is true, then the iPhone 7 might also get bigger and could see a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models.

Regarding the price for the new iPhone 7, there isn’t any price rumors. However, it is likely that the new iPhone will be costly and it could be around £539/$649.


There are various news and rumors that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. Apple has filed a patent for ports that ejects water, this is the main challenge to make a waterproof handset.

Apparently, the patent shoes a connector which is covered by a self-healing elastomer, according to Electronic Device with Hidden Connector. The patent includes the elastomer to penetrate of a probe and self-seal once the probe is removed. The port is isolated from the elements at all times which still allows easy and quick access for charging the handset or use the headphones.

Li-Fi internet:

Several news claim that the company wants to include a superfast Li-Fi internet on their iPhone 7. Li-Fi transfers information in a dual technique by using light. Not like Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. Li-Fi creates a network by using light spectrum. This will allow data to be communicated through light bulbs rapidly which will have 1GB/sec transfer speed, way faster than an ordinary Wi-Fi.

However, this feature it not so clear. Usually, Apple waits for a while before they introduce a new technology to their products and Li-Fi is currently on its testing phases.

A10 Processor:

The next iPhone is predicted to feature the latest A10 processor and RAM of 3GB. This will make the new device even more energy- efficient and even faster than their predecessor.

Release date:

Just like in 2014 and 2015, everyone is expecting for the iPhone 7 to be launched in September this year along with iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has been unveiling their iPhone Plus for the past 2 years, therefore the pattern is very easy and simple to follow.

Source by Mohsin Sidhu

The Scope Of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Technology (AMET) In India

Clearing an engineering exam examination or an architecture paper should not be spelled as the last word for a student pursuing Non-Medical. They are fresh science minds. Thus, like the commerce and arts streams, they too should have reliable alternative options to choose from. Aircraft Maintenance is one such field. It includes understanding the minute details of an aircraft, its parts, and systems. It includes the outer periphery form, the engine, and other machinery parts.

If math and physics concepts, their understanding and applicability interest you, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering might well be your cup of tea. Moreover, AME technology is the only certified course in India that apart from proper Mechanical Engineering or years of experience in the Aircraft Maintenance Industry makes you eligible to apply for the DGCA's air maintenance licenses. AMET actually makes you the doctor of the aircraft. You will then, be required to cure its ailments, for its maintenance as well as to decide on its air-worthiness.

Let us now analyze its direct scope in the background of the Indian Aviation Industry:

  • India is a developing country, and so is its aviation industry. More and More people are now choosing to fly the distance as and when possible. As a result, there is a never-before increase in the number of aircraft entering the Indian Airspace. This directly increases the number of jobs available in this field.
  • Air-ticket fares are going down, and the number of flyers is constantly rising. The once-in-losses sector is now clocking phenomenal profits. Even the international aviation companies and investors are eyeing Indian aviation Industry as a good prospect. This directly increases the future prospects for the AMET's required for maintaining their aircraft.
  • Private Air-clubs could also become an option.Thus an AME course pass-out can also clock in working-hours at private air-clubs, working directly or in between shifts.
  • National Forces may also hire your services. Since all our national defense forces, the military, naval as well and air employ aircraft of different types and size; they also require specialized Aircraft Maintenance engineers at all times to maintain their air-capabilities.
  • It is a well-paying job. An aircraft is a heavy investment. Thus, the companies are always ready to pay good salaries to keep them well-maintained. As a result, the AME Technicians generally earn much more than a normal engineer or an architect.
  • It is a hands-on job. Aircraft Maintenance technicians are required to enter the aircraft as and when they land and work as per maintenance routines and requirements. It means means getting your hands in and dirty. For those who all are not fan of the 9-to-6 computer office jobs, this could be an epitome choice.

Source by Veenu Singla

Fix MagicJack Problems by Tweaking and Changing Your Proxy Settings

Identifying/Changing Your MagicJack Proxy to fix call quality problems

MagicJack is selling like hotcakes all around the country. This is great for the parent company, but can present challenges for the consumers that purchase the device, particularly if you live in one of their crowded markets (i.e. for me in Atlanta). I’ve been working on several tips and tricks to optimize MagicJack and fix some common problems, and this one solves the issue mentioned above. After experiencing some pops and cracks in my calls, I started wondering if maybe the MagicJack server was slightly overloaded, and if so, was there a way to change the server. After scouring through every program option, I realized that there wasn’t a way to specify a different server from within the MagicJack application, but having a good understanding of networking, I was sure I could find some tricks.

After experimentation, I found that if a MagicJack server wasn’t available, it automatically routed to the next available server, so in my case, if the Atlanta server was down for some reason, I would be automatically routed to the next closest server, or Memphis, TN. To make MagicJack think that Atlanta was down, I created a fake route on my computer that pointed to a non-existent server, and once MagicJack determined it couldn’t connect to Atlanta, as expected, I was routed to Memphis. I jumped out of excitement upon realizing that the quality was now PERFECT. There were no more pops or cracks, and none of my call recipients were complaining of static. This tip to optimize MagicJack and fix some common problems is the one I needed to throw away my home phone bill. Just a warning, these next few steps are pretty technical, so please be careful, or ask a techie friend to help you out!

Find your proxy to fix common MagicJack problems

To effectively optimize MagicJack and fix call quality problems, you need to first identify the proxy server that you are using. The steps below outline how to identify the proxy and vms servers that MagicJack is currently using to complete calls:

Step 1) Download the application pmdump from – pmdump lets you dump the memory from a particular process; this is how we will get the proxy server

Step 2) Start MagicJack

Step 3) Identify MagicJack’s process ID (PID)

a) Open a command prompt (start->run->cmd).

b) Execute pmdump -list

c) Find “magicjack.exe” in the output. Note the number associated with it (usually 3 to 4 digits).

Step 4) Make at least one call

Step 5) Using the command prompt and PID as described above, execute: pmdump [pid] magicjack.txt

Step 6) Open magicjack.txt using a text editor and search for the string: s=ENSResip

For example, if you connect to the Atlanta proxy, you should see:

o=- 390440284 390440284 IN IP4


c=IN IP4

Note the IP addresses for both the proxy and the vms servers ( for proxy and for vms).

So you’ve found your proxy, now it is time to change it

Windows has a great built in function for establishing “routes” for servers. As I mentioned earlier in the article, the next trick to optimize MagicJack and fix call quality problems is making MagicJack think that the Atlanta server is down, so it will default to the next available server. Using the “route” command, you can set the Atlanta proxy and vms servers to a non-existent IP address on your local network (if your computer is, you could use anything in that range, so To do this, run the following command from the command prompt:

route add [ip of proxy] mask -p

route add [ip of vms] mask -p

The command above will tell your computer that the MagicJack proxy server is actually at, which is a bad address, so MagicJack will try the next available, and hopefully less busy, server. The -p option tells your computer to keep the route persistent, or remember it after a reboot. If you want to use a specific proxy server (i.e. you decide that the Austin, Texas server is the absolute best), you basically repeat the process above, but block EVERY proxy server, except for the one you want to use.

Source by Paul Falor

Sports in the 1990s – Era of Technology, Greed and Perseverance and Sports Lighting Decor

The decision of the 1990s was the decade of technology. The sporting world and their stars made it into everyone's home instantaneously and sports fans did not have to wait until the morning newspaper to see the results from the before or to read about their favorite sporting event, team or player. By the click of a mouse and with high-speed technology, the sporting news made it into fans home almost as fast as it happened. Fans lighted their homes with sports-themed lighting décor. In addition, television reached out to Americans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the start and growth of cable television and 24 hour news, sports, and entertainment channels. American, as well, enjoyed a decade of relative peace and prosperity and the economy did skyrocket on the heels of dotcom and technology-related stocks. However, this did lead to some challenges in the sporting world.

With this economic spur, athletes began wanting more. They were able to move more freely amongst teams who would pay them the most money and a team's success was often judged on how much money the owners spent to get the best players than on the player's themselves. Fans began rooting for the uniform rather than the athletes themselves since athletes switched teams in a blink of an eye.

Michael Jordan became one of the wealthiest athletes with his endorsements and sneaker. This sparked even high school and underclassman college athletes wanting to get in the act of making money. More kids than ever left school early to play professional sports. And, for the first time ever, the World Series was canceled to the argument over how to spend the billions of dollars sports owners were so-call hoarding for themselves.

Scandal also hit both athletes and Americans. The decade saw former football runner, OJ Simpson, running form the law and former boxer, Michael Tyson raaging inside a jail cell. You saw President Clinton fight against Monica Lewinsky. This brought to light racial issues still remaining in the sporting world. The fuss over Tiger Woods in golf world reminded us of how golf was mainly games played by white. But, on the other hand, Americans of all colors celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the baseball's great Jackie Robinson. In addition, women began providing themselves in sports with Olympic medals in softball, soccer and volleyball and the United States women's soccer team 2 World Cup Championships – one even on US soil.

And, as American began looking into the next century and the challenges that may occur, they, as they have always done, turned to sports and athletes for inspiration and courage. They found this in cycling's great Lance Armstrong, who won the grueling Tour de France after survival cancer and when one-handed baseball pitcher Jim Abbott threw for a no-hitter in baseball.

Show your passion for sports by displaying sports memorabilia in your home. You can also add sports lamps and accessories to provide that illumination light while showing off your team spirit and loyalty.

Source by Shelley McCabe

Top 10 Ways to Clean Up, Organize & Save Space On Your Hard Drive

If your computer is running slower these days, or freezes up when you have too many programs running, you might need to reorganize your hard drive. Even if your computer runs smoothly right now, it is still beneficial to know all of the space saving techniques that you can use to make sure your computer is clean, easy to navigate and in it's best possible condition. Before you begin, take a look at the current disk space you are utilizing and how much free disk space you have available.

Go to "My Computer"

(PC Users) Right click on "C Drive"

Go to "Properties"

In the General tab, it should give you pie chart and information regarding the amount of free space currently available on your hard drive. If your space is less than your used space, it is important that you make sure you are maximizing your computer's performance by cleaning up your disk. Here is a list of ten ways to clean up, organize and save space on your computer's hard drive.

1. Save space on your hard drive: Disk Clean Up

In the "Properties" dialogue box that you checked out by right clicking your "C Drive" folder, again, go to the "General Tab." Click on "Disk Cleanup." After this function has scanned your computer for available space, it will present you with another dialogue box. Here, you can view the files that are currently available to be deleted without causing problems on your system. These types of files include: Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin and can even compress your older files. You can click on each item, and view a brief description of what their purpose and reason is for being on your system. If it says, "You can safely delete these files" definitely check mark these items. The other items you will have to use severe discretion, as once they are deleted they will not be available again. After checking marking the files you want to delete, click on "Clean up."

2. Save space and organize your hard drive: Defrag your Computer

In the "Properties" dialogue box that you checked out by right clicking your "C Drive" folder, go to the "Tools" tab. Click on the "Defrag Now" button and your computer will analyze the space and information on your hard drive. After this, it will let you know if you need to defrag. If it recommends that you defrag, go ahead and do this. Nothing will be deleted, but your computer will maximize all the information it has on it by reorganizing the files.

3. Save space on your hard drive: Delete old or unused Program Files

Go to your control panel; Open up the folder entitled, "Add or Remove Programs." Your computer may take a couple minutes to list your currently installed program files. Once it compiles the list, look through it and observe carefully the amount of space each program is taking up, how often you use each program, what company the program was downloaded from, and the name of the program. Do not delete any program that you are not aware of its use. It could possibly be a very important windows program that you are not aware is running to ensure proper computer functionality. But, if there are old, unused programs that you do not plan to use any longer, or do not need, go ahead and remove these programs.

4. Save space on your hard drive: Invest in an external hard drive

External hard drives are a great resource for anyone and everyone. They provide a great way of saving space on your computer by allowing you to transfer old, rarely used files that you may want to access later, onto another hard drive that will store them safely. Another great use for a hard drive is for back up purposes. An external hard drive will not get a virus, so by transferring important files onto it; you are guaranteed a safe back up of all your documents.

5. Save Space on your hard drive: Zip it up!

Zipping up your files is basically a way of compressing your files into very, very small files, while keeping them easily accessible if you ever need them. There are many ways to do this, but the most common and easy way is to use a program like "WinZip." You can get a free version of this program at:

Winzip Archive Utility

It advertises as a free trial, but, between you and me, you never really have to purchase the full version. The evaluation version will work fine.

Good files to zip up are documents and files that are important, but you do not need to access very often. If you need these files at least once a month, do not archive them, because it will become a hassle trying to open them back up all the time. Take the files you do not need to use all the time, zip them up into pertinent folders, and delete the originals. Anytime you need to use the files, simply unzip the contents of the folders and enjoy!

6. Save Space on your hard drive: Save onto Data Disks

Saving files onto data disks is not the ideal scenario, as you can not really fit all that much onto them, and they cost money. But, if you first zip the files up that you're going to transfer onto the data disks, then you will be able to fit more information onto them. After that, you can go back and delete all the files from your computer. Personally, if you're going to purchase data disks, and go through the trouble of transferring files onto them, it would be better to invest into an external hard drive. They will hold more information and be easier to work with.

7. Save Space on your hard drive: Music Files

Music files take up a ridiculous amount of space on your computer. By transfering these files onto an external drive, zipping them up, or burning them all onto data disks you will free up an exorbitant amount of space.

8. Organize your Hard Drive: Delete Files from your Desk Top

Having too many files on the desk top of your computer can feel cluttered and obtrusive. If you work on the computer, or use it for any time at all, you will feel all warm and fuzzy inside by deleting or moving the files from your desktop and putting them into files within your "My Documents" "Pictures" or other directories within your computer. It will also help you to access the files more intuitively and stay organized.

9. Organize your Hard Drive: Book Marks

This is not necessarily related to your hard drive, but it is refreshing to have a nice set of organized, well titled and descriptive bookmarks in the browser that you prefer. Open up your book marks, and properly title, organize in folders, delete unused links and view all your book marks. This will also take some time, but will probably save you time in the long run, by finding the sites you need right away and with ease.

10. Organize your Hard Drive: Delete, Rename and Organize your Folders

On your computer, the top tier of folder should be: My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Program Files, Temp, and Windows (or whatever operating system name or design is here.) There may be some others depending on what you have downloaded onto your system, like PHP, APACHE or others. Under these folders, you should do your best to organize, delete, rename and prioritize your files so that you can access them as easily as possible, and as intuitively as possible. It may take some time, but it end up saving you time in the long run; instead of searching through your entire computer for a file or folder, you'll know exactly where it's at. Also, by doing this, you might find folders and / or files that you can safely delete. DO NOT delete any files or folders within your windows or other operating system directory. In fact, do not even go in that folder unless you are an experienced operating system professional.

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Source by Christina Freeman

Ten of the Best Free Android News Apps

One of the most logical and useful groupings of applications are the Android news apps. It just makes sense to have one or more of these free apps on your phone so you can get the news you want when you want. Typically, all the bigger news sources provide their applications free of charge making these free news apps an even bigger no-brainer. This leaves everyone with one big decision to make: which one(s) to download. A secondary concern you should also consider is whether you want a local news app. Again, these are almost always free to download; however, the quality of these varies tremendously and it’s really a market-by-market issue. Of course, the bigger the market the better their Android news apps should be and this line of thinking usually holds true.

Regarding which of the many free Android news apps to download, the only way to figure it out is to learn more about them. Here is some periphery information about 10 of the best Android news apps:

FOX News

Like the TV channel and programming, this free Android app tends to provide its news from the more conservative point of view and spectrum. FOX News provides users with the latest news and updates from the people behind the FOX News Network. You can control the number of feeds and the type of news items you receive!

Tech Buzz Widget

Want to know the latest about technology, including any and all news about the Android OS, gaming, and mobile gadgets? If so, this free Android news app is the right app for you.


This is another app providing news on the mobile technologies niche. This one is more specialized toward information, news and rumors on all the latest about the Android OS and the Android Market.

Pulse News Reader

This Android news app will basically make you want to use your Android phone more and more for the sake of gathering news information. Its goal is to make reading your favorite news sources easier and more efficiently. It takes your favorite news sites and separates and orders them into a completely different look that’s easier to read and browse through. It really is a great app to have.

NYTimes for Android phone

This is one of the apps that nothing should need to be said about. It’s from one of the most trusted and popular news sources in the world. Now, you can read the famous NY TIMES articles without paying for the paper!

AP Mobile

This is one of the favorite free Android news apps of tens of thousands of users. AP Mobile gives you exclusive access to all Associated Press news feeds – the same source that provides news to every news outlet throughout the world.

BBC News

This app provides the latest headlines from one of the most trusted news sources in the world. It’s very compact and convenient; you will never miss an important world news event again with BBC News on your Android phone.

Express News

One of the most worthwhile free Android news apps around, Express News gives you instant access to more than 300 news providers all over the world. From the AFP and Associated Press to more localized sources like the Canadian Press. This list goes on and on and is great for those who like to take in the news from a multitude of sources.


The official USA Today app is definitely one of the best free Android news apps around. Get the latest news (current events, sports, weather, society and more) from one of the mot circulated newspapers in the United States.

NewsRob (Google Reader / RSS)

This free Android app is an RSS/Atom newsreader that syncs the most recent articles and content from feeds. It is auto-synced with Google Reader and allows for partial feeds in case you want to read the articles offline. Easily said, it’s one of the very best RSS/Atom readers available.

Source by Jed Lampi