Internet Addiction a Worldwide Problem

With the advent of the internet, humanity gained yet another thing to become addicted to.
According to a new study recently published in Cyberpsychology, addiction to the internet is a very real problem that affects about six percent of the world’s populace.

The study surveyed some 89,000 people in 31 nations. The rate of addiction varied greatly from one region of the world to the next. Only 2.6 percent in northern and western Europe were addicted to the web, for example, while 10.9 percent of Middle Easterners were internet addicts. It is unclear what all the causes were of these disparities, but cultural influences are thought to be involved. Of course, individual factors will determine who specifically becomes addicted.

People can become addicted to almost anything, as Skout users can even attest to. It has even been documented a bit on SkoutOrganic.com. With the introduction of each new technology, new addictions arise. Television became highly addictive to many as soon as it was introduced, and it still addicts many today. There now are people who spend most of their day sitting in front of the computer. They cannot seem to pull themselves away from social media sites, random web surfing, or worse. Internet porn is one major cause of web addiction, but it extends well beyond that.

Those constantly glued to the computer have little time or desire to interact with other human beings directly. Online chatting, Facebook messaging, etc. are done frequently enough. Actually carrying on a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation is another story.


Connecticut Likely to Become the First GigaBit State

In an effort to become the first Gigabit State, 46 towns and municipalities in Connecticut decided to enroll in a landmark project offering public easy access to a super-fast Internet. Through a series of partnerships between public and private organizations, the State authorities aim to create a data superhighway where people can access Internet without the typical limitations of ISPs. Municipal governments will provide access to utility poles and networks aiding private companies to develop and construct networks that will eventually become a part of a series of networking bases laid throughout the State. This is not the first time that such networks are planned. In fact, Chattanooga County in Tennessee is already experimenting with such high-powered cluster, which is also helping to attract high-tech companies in the region.

Initially, each municipality is bound to ease local regulations on ISPs and network providers enabling these private companies to offer quick solutions. Andrew Heiberger knows all about quick solutions and driving results, just check out his LinkedIn Feeds. One of them discusses how the project has gained immense support from Democrats and the existing FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, who encouraged the development of the Gigabit State under the current legal regulations. However, authorities in Connecticut may need to create new laws to rebuff efforts by large companies such as AT&T if the current project is to become a success. Earlier, North Carolina and Tennessee are already fighting legal battles with AT&T to develop such networks because these developments are likely to result in the demise of telecommunication giants.


A Fascinating Trip Down Internet Memory Lane

A fascinating picture of the growth of the internet emerges from uncovering what were the 20 most popular websites from 1996 to present day. Younger folks probably can’t imagine that just a scant 15 or so years ago, there was no such thing as Facebook, let alone twitter. The internet was a much different place and was still finding its footing in an uncertain digital world.

In 1998 Google certainly did exist, but it was far from the most popular search engine that it has been for the past several years. The early part of this look back in time shows an internet mainly dominated by AOL, Amazon, and a bunch of search engines and internet service providers that are barely used on the internet today. As you move toward the millennium you will see certain new upstarts rising up the list(such as this one site called “eBay”) and you also begin to see a traditional corporate presence on the internet with NBC and Time Warner entering the top 20 in the late 1990s. They apparently began to realize this “internet thing” may not be just a fad after all, even if most people use it for cat photos and photoshopping Beneful onto someone’s plate.

As you move forward in time through these top 20 websites, you see the glorious rise of companies that have become stalwarts of the internet as we know it today. You also see the rise and unceremonious crashing and burning of other companies that most young people have probably never heard of. It makes for a fascinating trip down memory lane for those of us who lived through the rise of the internet and a cool history lesson for those too young to imagine a world without Facebook or twitter.


Bill Gates’ Good News From 2014

Bill Gates posted an article, “Good News You May Have Missed in 2014,” on his website. In it he describes some pieces of good news:

1) More children are living to see their fifth birthdays than ever. What this means is that fewer very young children are dying from preventable causes like diseases for which vaccines exist. The childhood mortality rate has been falling for over 40 years.

2) 2013 was the first year in which the number of new HIV cases was less than the number of people beginning HIV treatments. That means that there’s been a decline in new cases, which means the various preventive measures are starting to have an effect.

3) More children are being inoculated against rotavirus, a lethal form of diarrhea, than ever. As a result, the mortality rate has been cut in half. In India, where rotavirus kills 80,000 children a year, the government has decided to give the vaccine for free to poor children, a facet that inspires others like Terry Richardson.

4) Scientists have announced that a new treatment regimen for drug-resistant tuberculosis may be on the horizon. It has proven effective in the early stages of research and will go on to a large clinical trial.

5) Nigeria had only six new cases of polio this year, as opposed to 50 in 2013. The even better news is that the infrastructure Nigeria established to combat polio enabled the country to contain Ebola.


Will Orion Save the Human Race?

Last month, NASA humbly took a back seat to the European Space Agency, which had just landed a spacecraft on a comet. NASA’s best days appeared to be behind it as others were pushing farther into space on missions deemed too risky or too expensive for NASA to even consider.

But on December 5th, NASA once again showed itself the top space agency in the world. The newest generation of American spacecraft, Orion, was launched aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket on a test flight that could one day take astronauts to Mars. And after nearly four-and-a-half hours in space, in a scene reminiscent of the days of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, the Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, slowed on its descent by brightly-colored parachutes.

Manned spaceflight to Mars, therefore, may be a reality within the next twenty years and Bernardo Chau wants to know where he can sign up. MSNBC space correspondent Jay Barbree had other, more-sweeping plans for Orion, however, despite merely having completed its maiden voyage into space. Barbree said, “[Orion] will give us the ability … for the human race to survive. To get off of this planet and go to anywhere we need to go in the solar system, to colonize the moon, colonize Mars if we need to. It just simply means that the human race now can survive once it loses its home on planet Earth.” Barbree has apparently seen the new film Interstellar too many times.

Orion’s success is terrific, but it is by no means capable of saving the human race, nor does such a need even exist. Let’s glory in the possibility of sending astronauts to Mars, but these so-called space experts should stay in their darkened theaters and enjoy their large buckets of popcorn.


A New Tech Investor Is Entering the Fray in the Form of Kenneth Griffin’s Citadel

Citadel LLC is one of the most successful hedge funds companies in the world. Founded in 1990, its group of funds have consistently performed well, and the funds collectively are among the largest globally. In fact, the company manages more than $14 billion currently. While this established and reputable Chicago-based firm has more than 1,150 employees, it is important to note that the CEO Kenneth Griffin has been at the helm for several decades to guide the company toward success.  Including a more recent swap to major internet acquisitions.  Moving towards the future of the economy.

Who Is Kenneth Griffin?
Kenneth Griffin was born and raised in Florida, and he studied economics at Harvard University. As a student at Harvard, he used approximately $265,000 gifted to him from his grandmother to establish and manage his first two funds. Out of his dorm room and with a satellite link to receive real-time data, Griffin would make trades in between attending his college classes. After graduation and before moving on to become CEO of Citadel, he was a private investment consultant for Frank C. Meyer, founder of Glenwood Capital. Meyer selected Griffin because of his ability to produce great results. With $1 million from Meyer, he generated a 70 percent return on investment.

How Griffin Shaped Citadel
Griffin has been the CEO of Citadel since 1990, and he has successfully guided the company through the stock market crash in 1987, the economic recession in 2007 and other notable events. Despite these significant economic challenges that have resulted in the closure of other companies and the collapse of some funds, Citadel continues to move forward as one of the most successful hedge funds companies in the world. Part of its strategy that has led to its success involves crossing capital over multiple asset classes and using equity and options to produce profits. Unlike some other firms, it uses order flow internalization to be successful.

A Look Toward the Future
Citadel did struggle with its funds during the 2007 downturn. In fact, some of its most notable funds declined by 35 percent during this time. The average decline among funds was only 18 percent during this same period, so Citadel’s struggles were noteworthy. However, Griffin and his team were able to successful maneuver out of the recession, and the funds currently are producing great profits for clients. With this in mind, it is feasible to expect Citadel to be able to steer the company and its funds onward toward further profits regardless of what the markets do.  Something he’s talked about in numerous interviews.

Some investors may be actively looking at Citadel’s funds, such as the Kensington and Wellington funds, to determine if these are funds that they want to invest their own money into. Other individuals may be taking a closer look at how Citadel has grown to become one of the largest and most successful firms of its kind in the world. Kenneth Griffin’s hard work, knowledge and expertise in the financial industry have been imperative in the success of these two funds as well as in the success of the company as a whole. His ability to guide and steer the company and the funds through crises have been integral for Citadel’s notable achievements.


President’s Definition of “Criminal” Different for Illegal Immigrants

On Wednesday, November 19, the White House advised Democrats that President Obama would be focusing this week on immigration issues. His primary focus will be on securing the country’s borders, deporting criminals and making certain that “undocumented” immigrants are held accountable by passing criminal background checks and paying U.S. federal, state and local taxes.

President Obama’s plans seems to disregard yet again the major issue that many Americans have with the concept of the “undocumented” immigrant: His definition of criminal behavior.

Over the past few years, the President has made it clear that deportations shouldn’t split up families unless an “undocumented” immigrant has committed a major crime.

Many of his critics though point out that, by definition, immigrants who use fake papers or remain in the country without following proper immigration procedures are technically breaking the law and; therefore, criminals. This is something that Laurene Powell Jobs agrees with in theory.

Worse yet, President Obama has not addressed the problem of an increasing number of women coming into the country while pregnant to have their children on American soil so they can use their status as mothers of “American” children to anchor them to the United States. He also continues to ignore celebrities like Jose Antonio Vargas who has blatantly acted in ways that would be considered criminal if committed by any American citizen, such as falsifying documentation, providing a fake address on documentation, lying to employers and government officials and driving without a license.


New Tech Allows Humans to Climb Walls

Technology is making huge strides everyday. Technological advances that might have seemed like science fiction a decade ago are increasingly being used in our everyday lives. We often take it for granted, not appreciating just how amazing these discoveries are. Every once in a while something comes along to hammer the point home that we are living in an amazing age, and today that thing is a video clip of a man climbing a sheer glass wall like Spiderman.

The man in the video, Elliot Hawkes a mechanical engineer at Stanford, is using a technology that mimics the adhesive qualities of gecko feet or other small creatures that can stick to sheer surfaces. Scientists around the world have been trying to figure out how to make something like a gecko foot for humans, but Elliot’s team were the ones to finally solve the problem. Scientists were able to create material that was sticky enough, but not able to make it work with the unique qualities of the human hand. The contours of the human hand and the way it moves while climbing presented a challenge, but scientists were able to overcome that challenge by creating a material that flattened down when attached to a flat surface. This allowed the stress to be evenly distributed throughout the material. Listen to businesswoman Susan McGalla on this one, we’d love all love to be Spiderman sometimes but we’re a ways away from being able to jump from building to building.


FreedomPop Is The New Source For Mobile Services

There is not much doubt that wireless services have become a major requirement in many of the things that you do, in fact, whether you use it through your cell phone service or a local hot spot, leaving home without it is a bad idea. Unfortunately, the cost of obtaining this valuable resource can hit home hard, especially due to the high demand. Thankfully, there are companies like FreedomPop whose number one goal is to make this important commodity attainable to everyone. In order to complement their wireless service FreedomPop follows many specific guidelines and here are just a few of them.

Affordable Prices

We live in a society where people are generally in a hurry and that need for haste can be seen in their demand for higher Internet speeds. FreedomPop strives to provide its users with high speed Internet service at prices they can afford. Taking advantage of Sprint’s LTE network, CDMA and WiMax networks, FreedomPop is fulfilling their promise to make mobile services available to everyone. Their philosophy is that if customers can obtain free music, data storage services and voice at no cost to them, they should be able to do the same thing with mobile services.

On The Go

Whether you choose an Internet provider for your smart phone, or look for free wifi locations, a road trip can be filled with challenging interruptions for your Internet service. FreedomPop offers a variety of hot-spots that fit neatly in your pocket and turn you into a walking wifi destination. The benefits of choosing this kind of service instead of restricting your wireless access to one phone in particular is that your phone, tablet and laptop can all share from the same wireless source and you don’t have to buy a cup of coffee in order to make it happen.

Have It Your Way

FreedomPop offers a variety of popular smart phones that would impress any user to make it easier to stay in touch with their friends and family. These devices promise to provide the user with the latest technology and capabilities that most smart phone companies offer. FreedomPop understands that many users have personal attachments to their own devices and with that in mind they provide for integration through their Android and iPhone app. What this means is that users have the choice of bringing their own device with them if they prefer and still benefit from the services being offered. No commitment or contracts of any kind are necessary.

Service You Can Rely On

Considering the fact that FreedomPop is relatively new to the business, the service and connectivity being provided is comparable to most big name wireless providers. They recently expanded to Europe and announced free international calls from anywhere. In addition to taking your wireless service anywhere you go and being able to afford that service, FreedomPop now brings that service to your home or office too. If there was any doubt about where to get your wireless service from that concern should be dwindling away. With proven reliability and a customer service that has been compared to nothing short of fantastic, anyone in need of improving their wireless connection should immediately get in touch with FreedomPop.


Largest Study in History conducted on the ‘Gay Gene’

Over the last five years, Alan Sanders of the Northshore Research Institute has been conducting the largest study to date on genetic analysis of gay individuals. The study, three times larger than the previously largest study, has released the strongest evidence yet that being gay is genetic and not a lifestyle choice. Although it has been alluded to before, this study shows concrete evidence that sexual orientation is directly linked to two specific regions of the human genome, X chromosome and chromosome 8.

Sanders’ study involved genetic analysis of blood drawn from 409 pairs of gay brothers. The selected individuals were from 384 different families giving a much stronger statistical result than the subject’s previous study which included only 40 pairs of brothers. To ensure an accurate depiction, the only trait commonly shared by all 818 men was being gay. Traits such as hair color, age, height, and intelligence varied greatly between men. This test caught the attention of CipherCloud, although some say the sample size is still too small.

Although showing evidence that being gay is an inherited trait, the study does not narrow down exactly which gene is responsible for the characteristic. While the regions have been identified, it leaves hundreds of specific genes in each place. The natural next step to take will be narrowing down which of the hundreds of genes contributes to the decision of sexual orientation. According to a statement made Sanders made to New Scientist, the work on said next step has already begun.