Are you satisfied with your selfie? You love the selfie but you can’t afford to bring along a film crew with you. No problem darling. Here is the… Selfie Stick (Black without Remote) by CamKix. Beware, this version does not come with a remote. What a great tool for photography. Comes with universal phone holder suitable for iPhone.
The selfie stick is compact and will fit in your handbag, saddlebag, suitcase, etc. Beauty is only an arm-length away!
If you are interested in the remote capabilities you may want to look at this: Selfie Stick With Remote by Ipow. It is ideal for travel, video diaries, camping, concerts, aerial photos, sports, etc.
Now you can get all of your friends in the picture and add it to your favorite social media application.
Posted by RD Bentley as Science Sightings
Raw walnuts contain antioxidants.They also contain triglycerides of the n-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid which is effective in reducing heart risk. There’s one more thing. Important research shows that walnuts may prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Important research shows that walnuts may prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Walnuts (particularly in their raw form) contain the highest level and potency of antioxidants, including free antioxidants and antioxidants bound to fiber.
Walnuts are top nut for heart-healthy antioxidants. Compared to other tree nuts and ground nuts (almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, and pecans), walnuts (particularly in their raw form) contain the highest level and potency of antioxidants, including free antioxidants and antioxidants bound to fiber.
“Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts,” said Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who did the analysis. “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet.”
Reminder: Your phone can do a lot of things, but it doesn’t know how to swim. It needs a life jacket.
Our smartphones endure a lot during the day. We take them out in the pouring rain. They’re close by our side while we’re sipping on our morning coffee. Liquid is always nearby, and a big enough spill will wipe your phone out. If a bag of rice doesn’t save it, your warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan won’t either.
Some smartphone manufacturers have already designed their phones to be waterproof, but Apple hasn’t given us the luxury yet.
To ensure that water doesn’t seep into your precious iPhone, get a water-protective case. Siri will thank you later.
This bad boy keeps your brand new iPhone 6 dry for only $14.99. It looks great too.
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Here’s one for you iPhone 6 Plus fans. Not only is it water-resistant, but it’s also dust and shock proof. It comes with a built-in screen protector, and three cases to match (or disguise) the color of your iPhone. Its sporty profile design makes your iPhone look like a million bucks, but you only have to pay $19.99 for it.
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Here’s another one for the iPhone 6 Plus. Great for those who like water sports and activities. Comes in a variety of colors.
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A water-resistant case for those who have the older iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5. Similar to the Supcase model above, this New Trent model also has three interchangable back plates.
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A water-resistant carrying case. Works with iPhone 5 and 5S, as well as many other smartphones. It’s certified to take 100 feet of water. Impressive.
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Posted by RD Bentley as Technology
Silicon Valley would like to break the Chinese code, because of the expanding internet market in China. However, there’s one major problem. Silicon Valley is currently being blocked in China. While Google and Facebook currently dominate the global market, the other tech giants in China appear to be gaining some ground. Baidu and Alibaba are two major competitors.
You may by chance have heard of Alibaba. “On September 5, 2014, the group—in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—set a US$60- to $66- per-share price range for its scheduled initial public offering (IPO), the final price of which would be determined after an international roadshow. The listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was expected to raise more than $20 billion, making it the largest technology listing in U.S. history, exceeding that of Facebook.”
Headquartered in the city of Beijing, Baidu is a major search engine in China, rivaling that of Google in the United States. Baidu was established in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu. In May of 2014, Baidu ranked 5th, according to the Alexa internet rankings.
“In 1994, Robin Li joined IDD Information Services, a New Jersey division of Dow Jones and Company, where he helped develop software for the online edition of the Wall Street Journal.”
In 1996, Li developed RankDex, an algorithm for search engines.
Baidu is really big in China and it keeps growing. Adding to its many accolades, “on July 18, 2014, the company launched a Brazilian version of the search engine, Baidu Busca.” Baidu has broken the code in Brazil.
According to Marketing China, Baidu is the number one in the market, with 64.5% of the users, the closest competitor, 360, who launched its own search engine in August, has already taken hold of 10.2% users.
Posted by RD Bentley as Future Tech
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the FAA’s plan to modernize the National Airspace System (NAS). Through NextGen, FAA is addressing the impact of air traffic growth by increasing capacity and efficiency while simultaneously improving safety, reducing environmental impacts, and increasing user access to the NAS. To achieve its NextGen goals, FAA is implementing new Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) routes and procedures that leverage emerging technologies and aircraft navigation capabilities.
What is Performance-Based Navigation?
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) is comprised of Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using performance standards.
What Is RNAV?
RNAV enables aircraft to fly on any desired flight path within the coverage of ground- or space – based navigation aids, within the limits of the capability of aircraft self-contained systems, or a combination of both capabilities.
What Is RNP?
RNP is RNAV with the addition of an onboard performance monitoring and alerting capability. RNP enables the aircraft navigation system to monitor the navigation performance it achieves and inform the crew if the requirement is not met during an operation. This onboard monitoring and alerting capability enhances the pilot’s situational awareness and can enable reduced obstacle clearance.
Certain RNP operations require advanced features of the onboard navigation function and approved training and crew procedures. These operations must receive approvals that are characterized as Authorization Required (AR), similar to approvals required for operations to conduct Instrument Landing System Category II and III approaches.
RNAV and RNP provide for more efficient design of airspace and procedures which collectively result in improved safety, capacity, predictability, operational efficiency, and environmental impacts. Specifically, improved access and flexibility help to enhance reliability and reduce delays by defining more precise terminal area procedures.
RNAV and RNP provide environmental benefits because aircraft are able to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. RNAV procedures can provide benefits in all phases of flight, including departure, en route, arrival, approach, and transitioning airspace.
Performance-based navigation will:
There are four types of PBN procedures: RNAV Standard Instrument Departure (SID), RNAV Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR), Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach procedures, and RNAV Routes. These procedures reduce the risk of communication errors for pilots and controllers and take advantage of the aircraft’s onboard navigation system.
Other PBN categories include LNAV/VNAV and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach procedures. LPV approach procedures are beneficial for smaller airports because it enables general aviation aircraft to land in lower visibility conditions, providing more access to those airports throughout the year.
Optimized Profile Descent is a more efficient method by which aircraft approach airports prior to landing. It is designed to reduce level off during descent thus reducing fuel consumption and noise.
Process improvement Initiatives
An implementation plan called NAV Lean was created to improve and streamline processes used for developing and implementing all instrument flight procedures (IFP) including PBN. The NAV Lean program will produce safe and efficient procedures to help accelerate environmental benefits and save money for the industry.
The FAA is collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) to promote global awareness and understanding of PBN. Presently, FAA is involved in a joint ICAO/International Air Transport Association PBN initiative to coordinate/leverage government and industry resources to accelerate PBN implementation internationally. These efforts are helping FAA and ICAO to create the best implementation practices and operational standards.
What if Starbucks was a theater that sold coffee? What if the theater had internet access supreme? These radical ideas are the stuff that dreams are made of. Starbucks seems to be rebranding itself in a really big way.
Will this rebranding package change the way films are marketed? Maybe this is the arena that pilots will be tested on.
What if Starbucks is trying to create a major movie itself? The possibiliies are numerous here.
Coffee firms selling movies. This is an interesting idea. We’ll see how it goes.
Who am I to question cultural relativism? Real men have made Dutch clogs for centuries and real people have been wearing the Klomp for centuries. Nevertheless, the beginning of wooden footwear in Europe is not known to be an exact science.
The oldest wooden footwear in Europe dates from 1230 and 1280. The evidence of discovered wooden footwear points back to the Netherlands. Maybe our cultural relativism was valid.
I’ve often thought the Dutch clogs to be odd, but the discerning of fashion is not keen with some mortal men. The avant-garde do seem to grasp the importance of the fashion clog. And no matter if some of us think the clog to be a bit strange, it is a part of fashion that’s not going to go away. Chanel sells the expensive clog.
With our contemporary American mindset, we view the Dutch being behind the clog, yet I’m starting to experience the clog as an international fashion statement.
As we become more blessed with precipitation and good old soggy mud, we start to appreciate the practical need for a shoe that makes a statement and keeps the foot pleasantly dry. Who enjoys having wet feet?
Forgive my myopic shortcomings as a non-fashionista party member.
Now I get it. A quick slip of the clog and you’re at the opera. The smug stare of the Renaissance man sporting European wear is the perception. Where is my discipline? Where is my sense of Renaissance?
Posted by RD Bentley as Future Tech
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission…
The space program isn’t what it used to be. Forget about sending man to the moon. He needs a taxi to reach the Starship Enterprise. Psychedelic baby. We’ve just hired a $6.8 billion space taxi to transport Captain Kirk into space. Warp drive Scotty!
Flying Lizzards Batman! Money, thats what I want… In Room 253, our space committee has decided that if we are to conquer the future, then we must commit ourselves to owning the universe. Not only is the universe within our reach, it is our destiny.
If we are to succeed, we must economize our fiscal anatomy. Frankenstein must be operated on boy. The purveyors of space have sent the checks out; $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion will get the engines roaring. How much is the universe worth? Get over it Democrats!
“Eat the P I E until a “F I R E” glows, then go U P until it stops, touch a S T A R and you’ll see the S E C R E T M E N U !!!”.
Posted by RD Bentley as Geeky Tips
If you’re wanting to stream content with a device such as Apple TV for example, but you do not have a flat screen TV, there’s a gadget that you might be interested in. The HDMI to RCA composite enables users to stream with the old style television. Yes, Apple fans can watch Apple TV with that old TV. Chromecast is another viable choice.
With the use of this device (Portta 100HC Mini HDMI to 3RCA Composite AV Converter for TV/PC/PS3/Blue-ray DVD1080P,White / Black), the arrangement is possible.
What are the tools necessary to make the operation work? This gadget uses a normal size HDMI cord, and the RCA/AVG cable is needed.
Also, a USB power adapter (USB Power Adapters) is a must, because the HDMI to RCA composite does not produce its own power.
The MINI HDMI to AV signal converter which will convert HDMI video signal or audio signal to AV (CVBS) composite video signal and the FL / FR stereo audio signals, while support DVI system sideline signals. Help users convert the high quality of the HDMI video signal into normal CVBS signal (standard definition 480i, 576i).So that can play on TV, VHS VCR, DVD recorders, etc. Support NTSC and PAL two TV format.
Posted by RD Bentley as Future Tech
Hello! 4K Ultra HD is the next generation of television. Before this, the highest resolution was 1080p. 4K Ultra HD has four times the number of pixels as Full HD (3840 x 2160 pixels). There are a few details to straighten out, but it looks like this new technology has arrived. Regular HD TV has just become old-fashioned.
4K resolution has become the common name for ultra high definition television (UHDTV), although its resolution is only 3840 x 2160 (at a 16:9, or 1.78:1 aspect ratio), which is lower than the 4K industry standard of 4096 x 2160 (at a 19:10 or 1.9:1 aspect ratio).
The screen is bigger, without the loss of resolution.
When will 4K TV hit the mainstream? The estimates are around 7 years. Yet, currently there are affordable UHDTV’s on the market.
In 2014, Netflix began streaming House of Cards, Breaking Bad and “some nature documentaries” at 4K to compatible televisions with an HEVC decoder. Most 4K televisions sold in 2013 did not natively support HEVC, with most major manufacturers announcing support in 2014. Amazon Studios began shooting their full-length original series and new pilots with 4K resolution in 2014.