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Smart Watches Can Detect Illness, Diabetes, and Disease

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCan your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford indicates that this is possible.By following 60 people through their everyday lives, Stanford researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes. “We want to tell when people are healthy and also catch illnesses at their earliest stages,” said Michael Snyder, senior author of the study. Smart watches and similar portable devices are commonly used for measuring steps and physiological parameters, but have not generally been used to detect illness. Snyder’s team took advantage of the portability and ease of using wearable devices to collect a myriad of measurements from participants for up to two years to detect deviations from their normal baseline for measurements such as heart rate and skin temperature. Because the devices continuously follow these measures, they potentially provide rapid means to detect the onset of diseases that change your physiology.RELATED: First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper BodyMany of these deviations coincided with times when people became ill. Heart rate and skin temperature tends to rise when people become ill, said Snyder. His team wrote a software program for data from a smart watch called ‘Change of Heart’ to detect these deviations and sense when people are becoming sick. The devices were able to detect common colds and in one case helped detect Lyme disease–in Snyder, who participated in the study.“I had elevated heart rate and decreased oxygen at the start of my vacation and knew something was not quite right,” said Snyder. After running a low-grade fever for several days, Snyder visited a physician who confirmed the illness. Snyder took the antibiotic doxycycline and the symptoms disappeared. Subsequent tests confirmed the presence of Lyme. The smart watch and an oxygen sensor were useful in detecting the earliest signs of illness.This research paves the way for the smart phone to serve as a health dashboard, monitoring health and sensing early signs of illness, likely even before the person wearing it does.CHECK OUT: Bold Trials to Kill Vicious Cancer Type is So Successful, FDA Will Fast Track to PatientsIn addition to detecting illness, the study had several other interesting findings. Individuals with indications of insulin resistance and who are therefore are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes are often unaware that they have this risk factor. Personal biosensors could potentially be developed into a simple test for those at risk for Type 2 diabetes by detecting variations in heart rate patterns, which tend to differ from those not at risk.Another interesting finding of the study is an effect that impacts many of us. The authors found that blood oxygenation decreases during airplane flights. Although this is a known effect, the authors were able to characterize it in greater detail than has been previously reported. Snyder’s team found that reduced blood oxygenation typically occurs for a large fraction of a flight and further demonstrated that this is associated with fatigue. “Many of us have had the experience of feeling tired on airplane flights,” Snyder said. “Sometimes people may attribute this to staying up late, a hectic work schedule, or the stress of travel. However, it is likely that cabin pressure and reduced oxygen also are contributors.”“The information collected could aid your physician, although we can expect some initial challenges in how to integrate the data into clinical practice,” said Snyder. For example, patients may want to protect the privacy of their physiologic data or may want to share only some of it.Time To Show Your Friends This Article: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Briefly noted: Funeral procession for Dep. Rohrer runs through Merriam, Shawnee; SMNW debaters make it to NSDA semifinals

first_imgHundreds of police officers from across the metro and beyond gathered at Children’s Mercy Park Thursday for a memorial service honoring the two deputies killed in the line of duty last week. Photo credit Roeland Park Police.Funeral procession for Dep. Patrick Rohrer runs through Merriam, Shawnee. A funeral procession featuring dozens of law enforcement vehicles made its way through Merriam and then Shawnee Thursday ahead of private services for Dep. Patrick Rohrer, a Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department officer who was killed during an inmate transfer last week. Rohrer, a 2001 graduate of SM Northwest, worked as a police officer in Merriam in 2012. Rohrer, 35, leaves behind his wife Sarah and their two children, Emma and Connor, among others.SM Northwest duo of Julian Kuffour, Emmanuel Osei make it to NSDA semifinals. Cousins Julian Kuffour and Emmanuel Osei wrapped up their high school debate careers with an impressive run at the National Speech and Debate Association National tournament in Fort Lauderdale, making it to the semifinals. The duo finished second place in the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament in May.last_img read more

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Personalization is the new “P” in the hotel industry

first_imgHotel 2020: The “Personalization Paradox” is the title of a report published by IBM Global Business Services stating that as competition between major hospitality players increases, personalizing the hotel guest experience is one and only advantage that will decide who will survive in the market.In other words, personalization and customization for each guest will no longer be an option but will become the basis of a competition that determines who survives the relentless struggle in this industry. Considering only the above, it is clear that the harsh truth is that if hotels continue with the policy of not emphasizing or playing safe or general approaches to their guests, then it is very likely that they are out of the game in the near future.When I just think about the offers of our hotels and the approach that is miles away from adapting to the guest, let alone to each guest individually, then I realize that we could literally start writing obituaries for hoteliers. The hotel is not just a building, a well-appointed room and categorization-level service, but an experience, emotions, experience, story, sense of belonging and more. If hoteliers don’t want to be a “past perfect time” they will have to adjust quickly. And they don’t have much time.And if we are wondering why hotels do not personalize offers to their guests, it is clear to you that the one and only answer to this question is due to the increase in costs that will follow due to the adjustment of hotel service to each guest individually. Recently, Four Seasons hotels have invested a staggering $ 18 million in redesigning their website into personalized dynamic websites that now bring that personal touch and experience to their clients. The goal is to transform the entire business into “digital” in order to achieve as much traffic, ie reservations, through the website.With over 70 hotels worldwide and an average price per night of $ 300 (before 2012, changes in awareness and the creation of a new website), the site generated at least $ 100 million in revenue. The website at the time accounted for only 12 percent of bookings, which was well below the industry average. If we look at the investment of $ 18 million over five years and counting the growth from direct booking, we can freely conclude and predict the growth of website revenue to over $ 1 billion. From that perspective, investing $ 18 million in a channel that will be responsible for over $ 1 billion in business seems pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Also, hoteliers have become too dependent on booking portals to take their commission, and therefore a good chunk of the cake.Of course, very few hotels have the budget that the Four Seasons have, as well as the guests that the Four Season has, however, this does not give you the right not to make small changes in their offers and services for existing customers by providing them with an unforgettable experience. to gain their trust.There are a number of ways in which hotels can personalize the experiences of their guests and thus ensure the return of guests and secure booking. Danny Meyer wrote that knowing the guest and his needs and habits is the main reason why guests want to return to the same hotel. When a guest feels that you know him, that you have made an effort to find out something about what he likes and provide me with that special experience in your hotel that is tailored to his needs that guest is yours for a very long time and will not want to go elsewhere. So, it is essential that you MUST get to know your guests before they arrive at your place. Today, when everything is digitized, you have everything you need to know about your guests on the Internet. Where they work, what their hobbies and interests are. Details like their birthdays, anniversaries nowadays are readily available.When a guest arrives at your place, you must welcome him in a special way. If you are in Slavonia, welcome them with kulen and brandy. In Dalmatia with herbs and prosciutto, in Zagorje with štruklji, in Istria with truffles… Even the welcome drink that the guest loves will make your guest dress especially with you and want to return there. Additional services and added value are important, which will not cost you much except the time of you and your employees. Provide personal services to your regular guests – specifically if you know that your guest is coming to a seminar for business, provide him with the best wi-fi, a room with a specially equipped desk, printer, adjust the lunch time to his needs to members of his family, provide them with all those little things they need whether it’s an extra pillow or blanket for the kids or a special high chair for feeding the baby.Spending time with regular guests is the most important activity of any manager. This does not mean that you as the manager will serve the guests, but it does mean that you must have time to listen to them. You need to remember what your regular guest needs and wants so that when they come back to you next time, they truly feel right at home. Today, hotels have elaborate tracking systems for their guests that ensure they retain and return guests. If you do not have such a system, you can find out almost everything about your guests on social networks. The basis is that the guest feels welcome and at home, as if he is among the celebrities who know his needs and desires. Even if you make a mistake the guest will appreciate it because you tried to please him. Everything is better than doing nothing and treating each guest as if the number is in your hotel statistics.And don’t forget to say goodbye to the guests at the end as you welcomed them. It would be good after learning more about them during your stay, contacting them with holiday greetings or sending them special personalized offers now that you know a lot more about them because you met them during your stay at your hotel. They came to you, now you have to know how to keep and return them. And you can only do that if you made an effort to get to know them well while they were staying with you. And while all that personalization may seem like a huge deal, think about it may not actually be some “scripture.” You just have to develop a system for tracking the needs of your regular guests – it can be an application worth a dollar or a million dollars or, to begin with, a simple “excelica” run by your staff.The transformation towards direct booking and personalization has already begun.last_img read more

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Air Liquide wins contract with Yankuang Group

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G’Port keeps NLEX winless

first_imgView comments Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Marestella eyes 4th Olympic stint Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIEScenter_img Later, Rain or Shine leaned on the heroics of Jeff Chan as it rallied from 17 points down to stun Phoenix, 96-94, and arrest a two-game slide.Chan completed a three-point play for the lead, before splitting his free throws with four seconds remaining for the final count as Rain or Shine hiked its record to 4-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMalcolm White and Stanley Pringle gave a grieving GlobalPort squad a huge lift down the stretch as the Batang Pier inflicted more misery on the NLEX Road Warriors with an 85-82 decision Wednesday night for their first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.White finished with 23 points, including a fadeaway shot and a crucial free throw in the last 23 seconds that helped GlobalPort preserve the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Pringle drilled in two free throws with four seconds left to ice the count as the Batang Pier improved to 1-4 and kept their slim hopes of reaching the quarterfinals alive.It was an emotional victory for the Batang Pier, who wore black patches in their jerseys following the death of assistant coach Senen Duenas due to complications from a chest surgery Wednesday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We wanted to dedicate the win to coach Senen,” said assistant coach Erick Gonzales, who called the shots for GlobalPort in the absence of Franz Pumaren, who had a throat infection.The Road Warriors dropped to 0-6, putting their quarterfinal bid in jeopardy. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo still has high hopes for SMB’s Commissioner’s Cup campaign

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 118-82 clobbering the Beermen received from Magnolia sent loss sent them crashing to the 10th spot with a 2-4 record and they all their matches are virtual do-or-dies.This predicament, however, isn’t new to the Beermen and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo calmly said that they just have to step up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We will win as a team, we will lose as a team, we just have to bounce back in our next five games,” said Fajardo in Filipino.The Beermen were also in bad form, by their standards, at the start of the All Filipino conference going 2-3 in their first five games before roaring to take a 7-4 record for the fifth seed. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Doubts cast on need for POC elections Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay MANILA, Philippines—With a slow start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, San Miguel finds itself in a familiar uphill climb with five games remaining in its schedule.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickscenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Despite the rough start, San Miguel weathered every possible turbulent wind and claimed its fifth straight Philippine Cup after a brutal 72-71 Game 7 win over the Hotshots.Fajardo said that all they need is to make it to the playoffs and they could start making their way up from there.“Our goal is to get to the top six, we can still do that,” said Fajardo whom Magnolia shut down to five points and three rebounds. “We just have to step up as a whole, things aren’t over yet. We’re not eliminated yet.”ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBNlast_img read more

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Swaziland to wipe out malaria

first_imgThe female Anopheles minimus mosquitofeeding on human blood. (Image:Centres for Disease Control & Prevention) A mosquito net treated with insecticide.The nets can withstand occasional washing.(Image: Syngenta AG) A child holds a mosquito net, given tohim during a Red Cross vaccination drivein Togo. (Image: Red Cross) The Olyset net factory in Arusha, Tanzania,opened in February 2008 and has createdthousands of new jobs.(Image: Roll Back Malaria partnership)Janine ErasmusHealth experts predict that Swaziland will soon be the second country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to eradicate malaria, following the example set by Mauritius. The country will be certified malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) if no cases occur for three consecutive years, and will be issued with a certificate of elimination by the WHO.One of the scourges of the temperate areas of Africa and other global regions, malaria kills a child under the age of five every 30 seconds, and more than a million people worldwide succumb annually to the disease – which is both preventable and curable. Most of the victims, 90% of them, are in sub-Saharan Africa, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.Every year, says the WHO, more than 500-million people become severely ill with malaria, again the majority of them in Africa, although certain parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe are also affected.In South Africa, malaria occurs in low-lying areas of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province as well as the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. About 10% of South Africans live in malaria risk areas.Reversing the spread of malariaIn 2007 five people died of malaria in Swaziland. The country is one of six SADC member countries named in the organisation’s strategic plan against malaria in the region. In terms of the strategic plan these countries, which include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, have the potential to be free of malaria by 2015. This is the target set by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals against world poverty, one of which is the complete halt of malaria’s spread and its reversal, along with HIV, tuberculosis, and other major diseases.After a resurgence of malaria in Mauritius following a calm period, the country has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation as the last reported case appeared in 1997. Mauritius has thus achieved one of its Millennium Development Goals.The eradication of malaria in the SADC region is important for many economic sectors, especially tourism, because visitors from non-malarial areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease, having had no exposure to it. Therefore fear of contracting malaria curtails tourism as well as the establishment by foreign companies of local offices.The SADC Malaria Strategic Plan was launched in Zimbabwe in 2001 and lays out a comprehensive and co-ordinated programme to eradicate malaria in the region. The plan aims to reduce malaria deaths by half by the end of 2010 and calls for concerted action from community right up to regional level. The development of a regional epidemic forecasting system in collaboration with national meteorological services is also in progress.SADC is assisted in this goal by such bodies as the Southern African Malaria Elimination Support Team, the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Southern African Regional Network of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was established in November 2007 in Zimbabwe.Another strategy, the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, has been lauded internationally and has been described as possibly the best anti-malaria programme in the world. The initiative is a regional collaboration between Swaziland, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal province. It was launched in 1999 by Swaziland’s King Mswati III, former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the late president Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.The Lubombo anti-malaria programme has had many beneficial effects, among them a significant decrease in malaria outbreaks, a corresponding increase in malaria control capacity, positive spin-offs for tourism, and the creation of a regional malaria monitoring system.A global effortSwaziland is one of a number of countries to receive grants from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has managed to cut the number of reported cases from 45 000 in 2000 to less than 10 000 in 2007 through its malaria elimination programme.The WHO says that from 2004 to 2006 Africa had a larger increase in funding than any other region, mostly through investments from the Global Fund as well as from bilateral and multilateral organisations, and national governments.In September 2008 the Global Fund announced that it has requested approval from its board of directors for an additional R17-billion ($1.62-billion) over the next two years for its malaria programmes. If granted, says the Global Fund, by 2010 it will be able to give a bed net to every single person at risk. In addition to the 59-million bed nets the organisation has already distributed, the new funding would allow for an additional 100 million nets to be distributed.Swaziland is channelling the latest Global Fund grant through its governmental National Malaria Control Programme, and will now be able to implement rapid diagnostic tests to eliminate delays in getting blood samples to testing facilities and patients to treatment. A rapid diagnostic test provides a diagnosis in minutes and can be used in the field.The funding will also provide for more efficient monitoring of malaria patients and the provision of better health care services in hospitals and clinics and at home, as well as the distribution of more insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets in high-malaria areas. In 2007 every home received one net for children under the age of five and one net per pregnant woman. It is the goal of the programme to supply every person in a home with their own net.Finally, the grant will enable Swaziland to introduce the advanced anti-malarial artesunate combination therapy, which kills malaria parasites quickly. The treatment is more expensive than the current chloroquine regime but recent clinical trials have shown that it is up to 90% more effective, bringing about recovery after three days, especially for the chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum.Slow but sure progressMalaria has a crippling effect on emerging economies as the high child mortality rate affects the labour force, which in poor countries is often comprised of youngsters. And the depletion of Africa’s future human resource capital will have a far-reaching effect in years to come. Other socio-economic effects include loss of productivity because of illness and potential brain damage, days lost in education, and loss of investment and tourism.According to the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa, the total economic impact of malaria costs Africa $12-billion every year. The Abuja Declaration was signed by African heads of state in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2000. It presents a concerted strategy to tackle the problem of malaria across Africa by establishing targets for the number of people having access to treatment and protective measures or, in the case of pregnant women, receiving intermittent preventive treatment.The eradication of the disease is also a priority of bodies such as the World Health Organisation. Key methods of control include use of insecticide-impregnated nets; indoor spraying to kill the insects; and prompt treatment of infections.According to the WHO’s annual world malaria report, released in September 2008, the global burden of malaria is still very heavy but the organisation found that access to malaria control interventions, particularly mosquito nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, the period covered in the report.The WHO reports that in the 18 African countries where relevant information was available for 2006, the percentage of children protected by insecticide-treated nets increased from 3% in 2001 to 23% in 2006. Procurement and distribution of antimalarial medication also increased tremendously up to 2006.Preventable and curableMalaria is transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and is caused by any one of four species of the Plasmodium parasite. Once in the human body the parasites congregate and multiply in the liver and then move out into the blood, infecting and destroying red blood cells and waiting for the next mosquito to come along.Symptoms usually include fever, shivering, headache, and vomiting, and appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If left untreated, malaria can be fatal because groups of infected blood cells clump together and cause blockages in blood vessels, disrupting the blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. Blood cells are also ruptured when parasites break out of them, causing severe anaemia.There are a number of preventive and control methods available. These include personal measures, such as preventing mosquitoes from entering the house or hiding indoors. Protection of humans from being bitten, whether through clothing, mosquito repellents or coils, or nets, especially treated nets, is all-important.Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent parasites from multiplying in the blood and leading to a wider spread of the disease and more death. Compliance with treatment is crucial.Control of the mosquitoes themselves is an important part of any malaria control strategy, and involves the prevention of egg-laying and development of eggs into adults, as well as elimination of adult mosquitoes and protection against bites.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesHealthcare in South AfricaAdventurer spreads his nets wide Research into tropical diseasesAlive & Kicking up a stormUseful linksMalaria in Southern AfricaWorld Health Organisation – malariaThe Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and MalariaRoll Back Malaria partnershipSouthern African Development CommunityMapping malaria risk in AfricaSwaziland’s health statisticsSouth African Department of Health – statisticsLubombo Spatial Development InitiativeMalaria No MoreVoices for a Malaria-Free FutureSouthern Africa malaria controllast_img read more

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#Nextchat: Building Better HR

first_imgHR professionals often work so diligently at improving the culture of the organizations in which we serve that we often forget to take care of each other and our own profession.  We spend so much time creating opportunities for employees that we forget we need development, too.  With so much work and so little time, how can HR pros foster a culture of continuous improvement and find ways to help and support each other internally, nationally and even globally?HR can become intrinsically better for the greater purpose of improving the profession.  Culture, flexibility and innovation are the trinity to HR’s ongoing progress.Where there’s flexibility to do work in accordance with your passions, there’s excitement.  Where there’s excitement, people feel empowered and engaged in their work. When HR is excited about the initiatives, programs and policies it creates and administers, the hope is that this excitement will be infectious and have a positive impact not only on the entire organization, but also on the profession’s culture.  What are you doing inside (and outside) of your organizations to build better HR?Please join @WeKnowNext at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 6 for #Nextchat with special guest Janine Truitt (@CzarinaofHR).  We’ll be chatting about how HR professionals can better support each other and continue to improve the culture of their profession.Q1. What motivates you most as an HR professional in this challenging era?Q2. What methods have you found to be effective in engaging and energizing your HR teams?Q3. How can HR pros nurture a culture of innovation within their own teams and within the profession?Q4. What are some innovative ways HR pros can use social media to build better relations, inspire and support each other?Q5. How can HR metrics influence HR professionals to become more proactive and strategic?Q6. How can cross-training (in HR and other departments) and continued education help build a better HR professional?Q7. Is in-person networking still important for HR pros?  Why and what/where are the best opportunities when you have limited time?last_img read more

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On Facebook, What You Give is What You Get

first_imgRelated Posts Your Face Here, 2008 (courtesy of DavidFordArt.com)Karma app suggests Whisky Stones (™) as one of the gifts I could send to David on his Leap Day birthday. To do this, all I have to do is click through and select the gift and David as the recipient. Karma sends a text, email or Facebook message to him so that he will get it and open the (virtual) gift immediately. Then I have to ask David where he wants the (real) gift shipped. Instantaneous delivery! Karma achieved, momentarily! The Karma app is a good idea, don’t get me wrong. I am not dissing it. Apps like this make f-commerce a.k.a. the mallification of Facebook seem like real possibility moving forward. But there is one caveat: The act of gift-giving through this means provides a temporary fix, not long-lasting satisfaction. The Karma app creators understand. “We found ourselves relegated to a Facebook post or making a note to buy them a card at CVS and then we’d forget,” Linden said in an interview. “We’d feel really terrible about that.”What this app also does is contribute to the strange cultural phenomenon of over-friending, which has essentially cluttered news feeds and caused bizarre overlap amongst Facebook users’ normally neatly segmented lives. It’s like the Seinfeld “Independent George/Worlds Collide” episode. It’s yet another reason Facebook birthdays are so weird. Not even Facebook lists can help truly manage the menagerie of friends one has. At the end of the day, sometimes defriending is the best option.So what of the Karma app for iPhone? Yes, I implore you to try it, see how it feels. Tell me a story about it in the comments section. Like Facebook, it’s pretty good at identifying users you interact with often and are thus deemed important to you. Of course, it cannot read into the intricacies of human relationships. That’s something you’ll have to do offline. Images courtesy of DavidFordArt.com and Shutterstock. Tags:#e-commerce#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos alicia eler It’s your best friend from 5th grade’s birthday, and you almost missed it because you were stalking your 7th grade best friend on Facebook. The time is now 9pm, in your time zone. In a moment of freedom, you return to Facebook.com and notice the tiny birthday notifications in the upper-righthand corner. Is it too late to wish your 5th grade best friend a happy Facebook birthday? You race over to his page and try to say something witty. “Happy birthday bro-dude!” you write, crouched over your keyboard. You were on Facebook this morning but were way too busy trying to just catch up on the newsfeed-filtered news of the day and forgot to pay attention to birthdays. And now, you just feel sad.In our information-overload culture that lives as excited, exclamation-point riddled posts on Facebook and dies as wish-I-hadn’t-said-that status updates that you later delete when, hopefully, no one is watching (but who knows who is watching, really), it is easy to miss the moments that actually matter, truly mean something. So now to the point of my story: There’s an app for that, and it attempts to address some of the “too-many-friends” syndrome that some Facebook users know quite well.Launched yesterday, Karma for iPhone app connects with your Facebook account and attempts to identify and highlight your most meaningful connections and their important moments. These milestones/moments include birthdays, new jobs, important events (moving day, birthday, art shows on my Karma app screen), other celebrations (engagements) and “tough days” (a friend’s dog died, a cat died, a fellow journalist died). The app implies that important events call for spontaneous gifts.“We wanted to be able to connect to friends in those moments,” Lee Linden tells Co.Design. “So this is an in-the-moment gift service.” To that point, he adds: “We grew tired of missing important moments like a baby or a graduation,”For people who mix various communities on Facebook, this means that there’s an impulsive moment available anytime, anywhere, to buy gifts for your Facebook friends. There is a nice variety of potential gifts to give, including Vosges chocolate, whisky stones, a Morse code necklace or handmade gourmet candies. If you don’t like the gift, you can exchange it for something else in the Karma app store.Gift-Giving As A Quick FixToday, the beloved Leap Day, happens to be my Facebook friend David Ford‘s birthday. David is a Kansas City-based artist who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago. I explored the inner workings of his mind through a studio visit. (I also reviewed one of his shows for the magazine Art Papers.) In his work, David discusses his love/hate kinda relationship with this country, evidenced through the passionate, at times fervent brush strokes that slide across his paintings. His work juxtaposes classic American symbols with faux luxury moments to paint a provocative, oft-times paradoxical view of the American cultural landscape. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Oppo launching N3 and mystery device on October 29

first_imgAs the Oppo N3’s launch draws nearer, the countdown to the Chinese smartphone maker’s latest flagship can be tracked on one hand. October 29th is the date when Oppo will reveal what it’s been hiding behind the curtain and what the N3 really brings to the table.But it’s not just the N3, Oppo has another surprise in store as it showed in the image it released earlier today as a teaser for the N3. While the N3 takes one half of the big curtain, another Oppo device can be seen hiding behind the other drape.This image, released on Chinese social  network Weibo shows the second device which is very similar to the earliest leaked renders of the Oppo N3 itself. Going by those images, this device -which is a sudden entry and has no word on it from Oppo anyway- could feature a rotating camera as well but as far as the specs go, no details there.While we’re talking of the Oppo N3, this smartphone is expected to run a new cooling system designed by Oppo  and will be housed in lithium-aluminium casing. The Oppo N3 is expected to sport a 16MP rotary camera with a 1/2.3 inch sensor. This device is said to run a Snapdragon 805 Soc and had a Quad HD display.The other mystery device could then be a mid-range alternative to the N3 and perhaps go under the moniker Oppo N2.last_img read more

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