6 Detox Habits For A Healthier and Younger You In 2017!

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In the health and wellness community the term detox has always a hot topic and is often a conversation that can be heard buzzing amongst health enthusiasts – and for good reason!

But this isn’t a topic that only your health guru friends should be chatting about. No, detoxing is a conversation everyone should be having! Why? Because everyone should reap the benefits of detoxing. Who doesn’t want to feel; younger, lighter, hotter and healthier?!

With 2017 well on its way, and the last of the holiday parties long gone, it may be a good time for a detox. Embrace a healthier, younger, refreshed and focused you – perfect to tackle the rest of 2017 as your best self.

Everyone should be including detox practices into their daily routines. Detoxing will revitalize your health, your body and your mind.

But first, what is detoxing?

Detoxing is the act of sustaining from or eliminating the body of unhealthy substances, toxins and free radicals. Detoxing rids you of any impurities that have accumulated in your body.

That brings up the next question…

Why should you detox?

Your body is working 24/7 around the clock to keep you alive and it is constantly being bombarded with things like; bad habits (over-eating junk food, smoking, ect.) pollution, stress, negative people, built up toxins and so much more. It is important to get these things out of your system so your body can functional optimally, oh and of course leave you feeling trimmer, more energetic, younger and overall more attractive.

Your body deserves a helping hand and break – and that’s what detoxing is all about.

What are the Benefits of Detoxing?

  • Boosts your energy
  • Eliminate excess waste being held in your body
  • Improves your skin
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Reverses aging and feeling younger
  • Weight loss and overall feeling lighter
  • General sense of well-being
  • Improves immune system
  • Allows organs to work more efficiently
  • Improved sleep
  • And so much more!

Whether you are a familiar friend with detoxing or a new acquaintance, here are a few detox habits to get you in the right direction of being happy and healthy!

6 detoxing habits that will totally revitalize your life in 2017! Leaving you feeling younger and healthier!

  1. Sleeping with onions at the bottom of your socks

(Now this may sound a bit woo-woo but stick with it for a second.)

Most of us don’t think about the bottoms of our feet too often, if ever really at all (unless it’s to book a pedicure appointment). But, did you know that the bottoms of your feet offer direct access points to all your internal organs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) the bottom of feet are known to have thousands of meridians and nerve endings which each correlate to an organ in your body.

Onions are air purifiers, and when placed topically on skin they are known to kill germs and bacteria. When you sleep with onions on the bottoms of your feet, the phosphoric acid in onions is released and soaked up into your feet. The phosphoric acid (which is highly cleansing) then goes through all the nerve endings and up into your organs helping to purify and detox your blood as well as your organs. Your organs will be sparkling from the inside out!

  1. Intermittent Fasting

The word fasting can really freak some people out, but there are some studies that show it is an excellent form of detox and can offer a much-needed break for your body. (And don’t worry you won’t starve.)

Intermittent fasting is the practice of having longer periods of non-eating than eating. For example, one very popular time frame in the intermittent fasting community is a 16 hour fast and then you eat all your meals during the remaining 8 hours of the day.

Some researchers believe that if we are always eating we never give our body a break from digesting and it never has the chance to properly restore and repair itself because the body’s energy is instead occupied by constantly breaking down food.

Intermittent fasting has been known to provide individuals with:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved energy
  • Improved cell regeneration
  • Lowered insulin levels (aka lets your body start to burn fat!)
  • Improved digestion
  1. Golden milk

You’re probably thinking the last time you checked milk was white –  don’t worry you’re right on that one. Golden milk get’s its name from the all-star ingredient. . .turmeric. Side note: depending on the recipe you use there is no actual milk in it, but rather coconut milk or even coconut oil.

Turmeric is the goddesses of all spices and you should be consuming it daily! It offers a world of health and detox benefits, and is especially known to detox and cleanse the liver (perfect after a night out on the town!).

  1. EFT Tapping

EFT what?! EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is technique that combines over 5000 years of Eastern medicine practices to help rid your body of negative energies, toxins and more. EFT can be used to help detox your body and mind, by removing barriers that may cause you to be holding onto physical or emotional toxins (i.e. weight, stress, anxiety, poor digestion etc.).

EFT tapping consists of tapping 5-7 times on specific meridian (energy) points on your body to rebalance, cleanse and detoxify your system of any physical or emotional toxins.

Think of EFT tapping as having similar benefits to an acupuncture treatment – only cheaper (love it)!

  1. Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is amazing for helping you feel younger, healthier and more relaxed. An alternative therapy that consists of glass bulbs being placed on your skin creating a tight suction. This suction draws impurities from deep within the skin, allows new fresh blood to circulate and carries away stagnant blood, dead/damaged cells and any other toxins (similar to a deep tissue massage), making it the perfect detox treatment to add to your health regime.

This practice will leave your skin feeling refreshed, tighter and rejuvenated.

  1. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal (no, not the stuff that goes in the barbeque) has a very special power of being highly absorbing. Why does this matter? Well, when activated charcoal capsules are taken orally they do this incredible thing where as they make their way through your body they absorb up any toxins or things that shouldn’t be there along the way!

Activated charcoal is so good at this that doctors have used it on patients who have consumed too much alcohol or drugs to help rid their systems of these toxins.

Glow from the inside out!

Detoxification is a necessary process if you are looking to feel young, vibrant and healthy! Your body does so much for you, by implementing a few detoxing habits into your daily routine you are returning the favor and helping your body out. Detoxing will leave you glowing from the inside out.

Happy detoxing!

Why Cloud computing is preferred over traditional way

Why cloud computing is preferred over traditional ways

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As the world slowly becomes more and more interconnected, we get more and more dependent on people around us. When I say around, I do not just mean people in your immediate surrounding, but people far away, perhaps even across borders. So “around” basically incudes anyone and everyone around the world in the context of our increased interdependence. After all, the world is slowly becoming a global village and we are all either benefitting or suffering from this.

Now, of course when we think about it, our first guess is that the internet made it possible. However, the internet is a vast subject and referring to just the “net” is often confusing and can make things difficult. So, it is important that when we talk about the internet, we refer specifically to its specific features and technologies that really make a difference.

Cloud Computing:

One of the technologies that contribute immensely to this phenomenon of increased interdependence is that of cloud computing. Cloud computing is a technology that transcends your personal computer to reach out to a common host on the internet. This host then makes it possible for you to send, receive or store your data without occupying any space on your personal computer. So, this means that the person sitting across borders or on the opposite part of the world could interact with that data viz a viz the internet and technology of cloud computing. Moreover, you can interact with that data from anywhere in the world, on any device you want without caring about the device you initially created the data on.

Cloud Deployment:

A cloud computing system can be deployed in different ways and the way that you use your cloud depends greatly on how this deployment takes place. The three ways of deployment are Pubic, Private or Hybrid. A public cloud is one that is operated by a third-party that offers its services to people without any judgement. A private cloud, on the other hand, is a person-specific or company-specific cloud that is used only by the creating party (and employees, in case the company provides access to its employees). These are two opposites end of the spectrum. Hybrid Cloud lies somewhere in the middle and combines the characteristics of both Private and Public Clouds. Since, cloud deployment is not an easy task, you should be smart enough to use established firms such as https://www.computersinthecity.co.uk/ to help you with the initial implementation.

Advantages:

Given that cloud computing is a very advanced technology (much more advance than our previous data storage technologies) it is expected that it will transcend the previous technologies in several aspects. In fact, one of the highlighting aspects is the fact that it allows mobility to you to use the data while encouraging collaboration through the sharing feature to multiple people around the world. But that is not the only advantage that Cloud Computing enjoys over traditional forms. Here are some of the other advantages in this regard:

 

  • Low Cost Solution:

 

When you think about a cloud computing system in a corporate setting, you will contrast it with the choice of using dedicated machines and systems to manage an intra corporation data sharing system. However, such a system is obviously not only expensive to implement, but also to maintain with several electrical and electronic risks associated with the machines.

Using cloud computing helps to greatly minimize the risks and the set up costs may rarely, if ever, exceed the costs of the setup of a conventional system.

 

  • Flexibility:

 

Investments in old data storage and sharing equipment is often seen as a locking up of resources because not only are the investments high, but the time to recover that investment from your everyday operations takes a lot of time. Cloud Computing, on the other hand, allows you to not only vary your usage of the technology, but also allows automatic timely updates to help you increase efficiency – something which conventional systems could never achieve.

 

  • Backup:

 

Data Backup  is crucial not only to huge corporations but also to individual users. So, you always back up the data on your phone to a cloud in case something happens to your phone. This reflects an important aspect of tangible technology, that it can falter and malfunction without any warning. When it comes to cloud computing, however, not only are the risks of malfunction very minute, but the fact that your data is already backed up, without you even asking, means that it has you covered in any emergencies.

Why You Shouldn’t Build an Attachment With Your Gadgets

Why You Shouldn’t Build an Attachment With Your Gadgets

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Many of us use technology all the time. Mobile gadgets and various other technological products have become a part of modern day life, and are commonly used in everyday life. Do you even think twice before picking up your phone and checking whether you have any messages or not? Most people spend the best part of their day glued to their computer screens, working away and not realizing the amount of harm that they end up causing their body. There are countless harmful effects of becoming excessively dependent on technology to the point that you feel that you’ve become addicted. Let me list a few.

The Blue Light

Every single screen that you look at emits a blue light. Back in 1979, scientists at NASA were looking for a way by which they could keep their astronauts awake for prolonged periods of time. They realized that methamphetamines were not a viable solution, as it affected astronauts greatly. As a result, they came up with another solution; the use of blue light. Our bodies, by default, are trained to wake up when you are exposed to blue light. This has been the case since forever, and it’s what our bodies are trained to. How many times have you gotten in bed with your mobile phone, and ended up spending a couple of hours simply browsing while you wait for your sleep? The reason for that is simple: the blue light emitting from the screen of your mobile phone can cause serious harm, and as long as you are looking for it, the brain receptors believe that it’s still day.

Silent Killers

Excessive exposure to mobile phone screens can cause serious harm to your body. These are silent killers that can have a major impact on your health and well-being. Continued exposure to your mobile phones can have a disastrous effect on your health and affect your focus greatly as well. Numerous studies have shown that excessive reliance on technology can affect your thinking capabilities as well.

So What Can You Do About It?

After prolonged use of mobile phones and gadgets, many people feel that they are completely dependent on their phones. If you have a phone that you’d like to get rid of or make a switch, you can do so by selling it online. Companies such as iGotOffer.com offer users the option of selling their mobile phones.

If you want top cash for your smartphone without having to go through a great deal of hassle, you can easily sell it online. All you have to do is to visit the company’s website and input the details of your device. The company will check the mobile phone and then give you an estimate for the prices. You can then decide whether it’s a suitable option for you or not. Selling off your mobile phone is quite easy now, and it doesn’t require as much of a hassle as it used to once.

Success Stories 101—Victory Studios

Success Stories 101—Victory Studios

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When it comes to production houses in LA or Seattle, one name stands out from the rest more than any other, Victory Studios. This venture started by the untiring and detailed efforts of Conrad and Laura Denke who created this company in pursuit of their lifelong dream and passion to create great productions in the filmmaking industry that entertain, educate and inspire. Victory Studios, formerly known as American Production Services, did not happen accidentally. Through careful planning and an ear to the ground on new technology, Conrad and Laura formed this prolific $20M organization.

Victory Studios in the making

Prior to modern affordable postproduction equipment and techniques of today, Laura and Conrad started their business in 16mm film production. Incredibly slow and time-consuming, Denke could see that video would eventually take over. As video production began to surface and frustrated with the lack of quality at other local video postproduction houses, the two decided to invest in their own video equipment and offer post-production services to other filmmakers. Emphasizing quality, affordability, speed, and easy access, American Production Services (APS) was born.

Conrad already had vast experience in documentaries and filmmaking. Not only had he worked at the local PBS station, and served in the Air Force documenting military operations in many different countries, he also worked at a commercial production house in Seattle performing all aspects of film production and post. There, winning national awards for his work, he fine-tuned his multiple skills. Taking a big leap in 1978, he left that company and started APS in a commercially zoned house that served both as a residence and headquarters for the new business. Barely making ends meet at the beginning, and unable to afford a receptionist, Denke saw a perfect opportunity to expand the business when a typesetting company closed next door. He and Laura acquired their equipment and client list. Having learned the typesetting and printing business as part of his previous employment, Denke hired and taught a new employee to run the typesetting business while also operating as the receptionist for American Production Services. He also built other parts to the business including audio and video duplication, production equipment rentals and all aspects of production services from writing to post-production. Once their video production business became steady, they sold off the typesetting business, bought another house next door for expansion, rented and renovated another building to serve as a large production studio which they named Studio One, and pioneered the beginning of computer graphics services (One of their first jobs in computer graphics was to provide background graphics for one of the first Star Trek movies). APS continued exponential growth and the company purchased a building near Microsoft to service their duplication and post-production needs, moved their operation in the two houses to the former Armed Forces Induction Services building in Seattle which they purchased to create the largest production services facility in the Northwest. American Production Services changed its name to Victory Studios and continued with innovation in digital production leading to a national role as one of the leaders in introducing High Definition Video production to the world. They purchased another building in Los Angeles where they ran their second HD editing facility which pioneered the implementation in Hollywood of HD technology. Victory performed post-production services working on the first HD films for Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon A Time in Mexico with Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas, and Selma Hayek), ABC (Santa Who with Leslie Nielson), HBO (Boycott, the story of Martin Luther King) and many others.

Along the way, Victory Studios won many national and international awards for its work. A few notable achievements include National Emmy recognition for Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project, Several regional Emmy awards, an award for Directing from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, US International Film Festival awards, IFPA awards, a Chris award from the Columbus film festival, New York International Film and TV Festival awards, International Television and Video Association awards, many Telly awards and several Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Denke has been personally awarded the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Conrad and Laura’s company, Victory Studios, continues today with the development of original programming. Victory Studios currently has a team of employees working on several different series like “Band in Seattle,” “Daredevils and Disasters”, “More than a President’s Mother, the story of Lillian Carter,” “Music for Young People,” and more.

The Victory Secret

Victory Studios made its name by ensuring that the company stays ahead of the game. As for continuing pioneers in production and post-production, the company is always looking for better and easier ways to produce great programming. From its international magazine, HighDef, to its continued development of exciting original programming, Victory Studios continues to lead the way.

About Conrad and Laura

The founders of Victory Studios, Conrad and Laura Denke, have two children Elisabeth Anne and Alexander Lee. More information about their history with American Production Services and Victory Studios can be found at www.VictoryStudios.com.

3 Ways You Can Boost Your Happiness Just By Eating Less Meat in 2018

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If you’re still looking for a new year’s resolution that will finally turn your whole life around, I have a suggestion for you.

Become a vegetarian!

Might not be what you expected, but have you ever really thought about it and how life without meat can make you happier in so many ways? You probably haven’t. And that’s alright. The society we live in doesn’t want you to stop eating meat. It’s part of the plan of big corporations, and one of the awful, immoral, unhealthy habits of the average person. So it’s just easier to do what everyone else is doing, as it’s considered the norm.

1. More fresh food.

No meat means more fruits, veggies, seeds, and good carbs and proteins. The main thing about all these is that they are fresh, and will make you feel and look so too.

The vitamins and nutrients in these foods will make your skin look better, you look and feel younger, have more energy, think more clearly, and much more.

2. A clearer conscience.

When you stop eating meat for good, you’ll feel relieved. You’re getting back to the right path, as we aren’t really meant to consume meat from dead animals. That’s beneficial not only to your body, but to your mind and soul too.

By being free from the guilt of hurting other beings, you’ll experience life more deeply now, will become happier, will open your soul, and reconnect with yourself.

3. You’ll feel lighter.

Because our bodies can’t digest meat properly, we usually feel bloated after eating it, even if it’s been a whole day. Our stomach is upset, we have this unpleasant taste in our mouth, and our organs aren’t happy about having to deal with this type of food.

But if there’s no meat in your menu anymore, you’ll feel lighter.

Everything you need to know about above the ground tornado shelters

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The National Centers for Environmental Information highlights that the US ranks the top in terms of absolute tornado counts. There are roughly 1,000 tornadoes recorded every year. In 2017 alone, there was a sum of 1,406 tornadoes in the US. The numbers confirm that there is a significant need for taking as many protective measures as possible.

This brings us to the need for tornado shelters. A tornado shelter is a structure that is designed to protect its occupants from winds and flying debris accompanying tornados. Since the number of tornados is high and climate change has made weather catastrophes more common, it is best to have a tornado shelter on your property.

Home Advisor points out that the average cost of a tornado shelter is $5,681. The cost typically lies within a range of $2,139 – $9,224 with the lowest price stands at $500 and the highest expenditure amounting to $19,700.

Here’s an in-depth look at the types of tornado shelter and ground tornado shelters:

Different types of tornado shelters

There are several types of tornado shelter with each having its pros and cons. These include:

Part of the house tornado shelters

These shelter structures are made inside your house. They closely resemble a fortified bank safe. However, not everybody can have these made inside the house. The construction of an in-house tornado shelter depends on the water table in your neighborhood.

Such a tornado shelter is made with reinforced wood and steel or concrete. You can also use the structure as a storage room or closet in times of safety. It is also vital to note that this kind of tornado shelter is anchored to the foundation of your house. This prevents it from lifting or overturning during windy conditions.

Prebuilt shelter

Homeowners can also buy a pre-built structure and add it to their existing home. These also need to be anchored to the foundation of a house. Prebuilt structures are available in various styles entailing steel skeleton units and welded steel boxes as well.

Underground shelter

These tornado shelters are the ones that we commonly see in movies. They are pre-built structures that are made of concrete or reinforced steel. On top of that, they are installed underneath a garage or underground in a yard.

Plus, reinforced material is used to make both ceilings and walls. Underground storm shelters are resistant to extreme debris and winds. There is a drawback though. These aren’t accessible during the storm as it may be dangerous to leave the house to go outside and seek shelter.

More on ground storm shelters – underground and above ground units

Ground shelters are not limited to underground shelters only. These also include Above Ground Tornado Shelters types. The names of both these kinds of tornado storm shelters deliver their meanings.

An above ground storm shelter is positioned above the surface, whereas, an underground tornado shelter is pa resent underground. The question is which of these two is the safest. The answer isn’t a simple one.

While everyone may think that underground protection units are an excellent choice in the event of a fierce tornado, it is crucial to note that technology has advanced significantly. Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute has tested such units and agrees with the point.

It is now established that a 15-pound 2×4 aboveground storm shelter room can withstand 100 miles of wind per hour. Besides, flooding is a serious concern related to in-ground storm shelters. The unit can become flooded with water in case flash flooding or heavy rains accompany the storm.

This can prove to be fatal for the people seeking shelter in an underground storm shelter unit. What’s more, there is also the risk of debris blocking the opening of the shelter unit, which can result in occupants remaining trapped in the unit for a long time, particularly, if help doesn’t reach in time.

In contrast, above ground shelters are tested for being waterproof. Plus, there are declined risks of getting trapped within the unit. In case all the exits get blocked, inhabitants can use a provided wrench to create a new exit by removing the panels. Modern time above ground structures is also designed to be modular. This means that if you relocate, you can take the unit with you.

Bottom line

There are several types of tornado shelters. Of these, above ground tornado shelters are increasingly gaining prominence owing to their safe construction and fewer risks of getting flooded, blocked out, and more.

5 Tips on Selecting a Custom Software Developer

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Custom software helps companies set themselves apart from the competition. Outsourcing your development needs to a third party can help streamline processes, track workflows, and increase productivity.

You want a product on your terms that meets your requirements. There are certain things to look for in a software developer:

1. What experience do they bring?

This means not just how long they’ve been in the software business, but what kind of experience they have with the type of software you’re looking for. Quality development requires programming from the ground up, not just patching together code snippets behind a user interface.

There’s a lot involved in this, such as data integrity, security, error handling, and cross-platform compatibility. The more experience a development team has in customizing a certain type of system, the higher the quality of their product. Be sure to ask about past development in similar projects, as well as the experience of the programmers involved.

2. Do they understand your industry?

Outside developers also need to be familiar with your industry. They need to be aware of current trends, regulations, common service issues, and customer expectations. For example, the requirements for a healthcare system will be very different from those of a construction company.

Ask just how much industry knowledge your developers bring to the table. They should at least be willing to learn whatever information you can give them. Instead of being focused on the latest technology or flashiest interfaces, they should deliver a solution that supports your brand within your industry.

3. What do they recommend?

An experienced agency should have clear ideas on how to best meet your requirements. Their developers should determine quickly what frameworks, protocols, and platforms will deliver the best value. They should be able to explain to you the current technical standards, understand exactly what needs to be done, and outline the steps they’ll take to get there.

Be wary of developers who try to sell you an out-of-the-box solution without taking the time to understand your company and your needs. If you’re pressed for time and money, an existing solution with a few minor changes may work. But the best value will come from a software vendor with a solid grasp of your operations and your expectations.

4. Can they provide accurate price quotes?

The pricing for software development can vary widely, depending on the vendor, the scope of the project, plans for integration, or future maintenance. You want a developer that will give you a fair and comprehensive estimate of your costs. However, if there’s a chance that you’ll be initiating changes mid-project, you should be flexible on your budget.

Custom software can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. You may run out of funds if the agency requires further compensation as projects become more complex. Both sides should be clear on the pricing structure.

5. What level of testing do they conduct?

Thorough testing is necessary to identify and avoid potential failures and security vulnerabilities. They should explore a variety of likely use cases. Checks, including user testing and real data, should be done at every phase to ensure you have the desired speed, capacities, and functionality.

This should include full documentation and accountability on all discovered bugs and fixes. Marginal or no system glitches are rare, and such claims should be viewed with suspicion if adequate testing hasn’t been done.

Even for smaller companies, customized software tools can provide a distinct advantage. Whether it’s a mobile app for customers or in-house analytic tools, only experience and careful attention will ensure that it fits your unique operations.

 

Why Rap Music Is Considered To Be an Expressive Form of Language

Why Rap Music Is Considered To Be an Expressive Form of Language

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There is no doubt that music is a language which can be used to communicate with people from all around the world. Each genre has its own unique methodology of communicating about an era, an idea, an influence or social issue that has to be addressed. However, out of all the genres present in the industry today, rap is considered to be one of the most expressive forms of music.

This genre has been present for decades now and the world has witnessed the emergence of musicians who have taken rap to a whole different level. How can anyone forget the Tupac era? His music shed light on police brutality and other core social issues that were unaddressed by the media and society. During this era, the notorious B.I.G used his dark semibiographical lyrics to talk about violence and hardship. These musicians used their music to speak about social issues that needed to be addressed. Without their efforts, these issues would still be prevalent in our society today.

Furthermore, their music paved the way for artists all around the world to use their lyrics to support a positive agenda. Every year it seems that rappers are addressing social issues such as the Black Rights Movement. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar have used their music to voice how people are being treated differently because of their skin color, i.e. racism and color discrimination. Rap artists have continued to create audio symbols of liberation, resistance, and empowerment.

Rap Is Not Limited to Social Issues

Previously, rap was only used to speak about social issues such as gang violence, gun control, and other issues. However, now artists are even using rap to talk about religion. There are many artists such as Radikal Hughes, who has dedicated his music career to spreading Christianity. Radikal Hughes has used his music to talk to millions of people about the beautiful aspects of Christianity and has collaborated with renowned artist Viktory, who is another Christian rapper.

At the same time rappers, such as Kanye West, are using their music to support political agendas. He is not only using his lyrics to voice his ideology and political beliefs but is also using his social media presence to spread his message. It does not matter how controversial his beliefs might be, through his music he has the ability to speak to millions of people all around the world.

Furthermore, artists are also using their lyrics to battle with other artists using subliminal messages. For example, Nicki Minaj has been quite vocal with her lyrics as she continues to refer to Cardi B in her music. What makes these messages more effective is the fact that each artist mostly never name who the message is for.

So you might listen to a whole track without realizing that the song was dedicated to throwing shade on another artist. Due to the versatility that the rap genres provide, the artist will continue to speak through their music and will spread their message to millions of people.

For Actors: How Important It Is To Delve in the Character You Are Portraying?

For Actors: How Important It Is To Delve in the Character You Are Portraying?

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Lena Headey, who we all know for portraying the phenomenal character of Cersei Lannister in HBO TV series Game of Thrones. She once appeared in Jimmy Kimmel Live and raised many eyebrows with one significant point in her conversation with the host. She told Jimmy how in real life, the public tends to hate her, she has been the victim of hate mail, anger and resentment of the general public who basically despise the character of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones and her antics.

The point here is that Lena’s acting is so close to original that it has influenced the audience on a whole different level that they are accorded to tracing the same feelings and emotions with the original actor. Lena has arguably done one of the best jobs in acting with her role in Game of Thrones, which brings us to the point that how important it is for an actor to adapt to the role they are portraying.

Daniel Craig is not Daniel Craig, he’s James Bond. Not many actors have the ability to spin and shuffle their skills to take up the whole character. It is one of the most complicated skills of acting and hard to acquire for professionals.

In relation to this, actor and producer Jeff Gum offers his insights on what exactly it is like to get completely into your character. He says: “I love characters that I can delve into the mindset of – it’s a given that no one wants to play a 2-dimensional character but some are still even more complicated than others. Villains are the most fun to play for me, they’re usually that way for a reason and I love the process of finding out why that is and their backstory of how they got there and became that way. One man’s villain is always another man’s hero and it’s a really interesting character type to prepare for – finding both who is and what are their weak spots, and when and why they finally show it. It’s often quite liberating to be able to break the barriers of the stereotypical villain.”

The psychological effect people have associated with certain people is a remarkable aspect that aspiring actors can use in their profession. Since people have the potential of getting influenced just by a character, it can be used in different ways to inspire a lot of great ideas to people. When directors and producers are aiming to sway the audience with a purpose, they choose actors who can actually become the human version of the idea they are trying to communicate.

This practice is certainly rewarding in the profession of acting and is now being taught by many acting schools. It is important to gauge how far the character can be traced in a normal portrayal and what are the key metrics which cannot be avoided on any cost. This is what makes a great actor!

Into A World Of Gold

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Gold is something that can be worn on every occasion, whether it is wedding, parties, normal daily wear, holidays and almost everything. The reason is that gold jewellery is not always heavy; it has numerous designs that fit in every situation.

Starting with a quick dig into the historic times reveals that the early men used animal parts like tooth, or something carved out of bones as decorative pieces for themselves. The head of such group of early men wore heavy body coverings, something made out of animal skin or fur. Then came a drift towards more handmade items, and when the man discovered metals, it began to carve things out of it. The techniques got better and now it is well a master piece. Obviously, machines help in the designs, manufacturing but gold jewellery has more of engineering and rules to know rather than just wearing it.

Holidays are a time, when we think about what to wear. Of course, it is not a celebration but in a way it is, again it is not of daily wear but again somehow it is. Top trending wears for holidays are listed below so that you never miss the chance:

Heart shapes necklaces

Be it from the titanic, heart shape are a perfect to go on date or a romantic walk across the beach. It is elegant and somehow making you more beautiful. Light weight gold necklace designs are well for a date, lunch outside, a romantic walk. Any top shops will have these and light weight gold necklace designs with price in rupees will depend on purity and weight and applicable for other jewellery.

Hard stones
Stones are always a perfect couple for gold. Available in many shades, it just upgrades your gold jewellery and it is also not that traditional and not that party look. Statement jewellery is making a head with these pretty little gems.

Hefty gold chains
More of a retro look, hefty gold chains are well for an outing, party, a dinner and what to mention, almost it fits in with everything.

Cosmic chandeliers
Bold statement earring, cosmic chandeliers are well for a party and even for an exotic photo shoot.

Bangles
Light gold bangle set are good to wear while travelling, poojas and ceremonies, outings, dinner or like that. However, it is not like a party wear. Bracelets are party wear in that case.

Gold is believed to be an auspicious metal with many gods, and goddesses shown wearing it like in India, and that is the reason that it is good for wearing. Even some belief is there that gold represent the sun and hence also reflects the sun’s energy.

One will thus find something of daily wear, and of course, perfect enough to capture your eyes like light weight gold necklace designs with price in rupees will be much lesser than heavy one but still it will be something that one may be able to wear on a daily basis, or light weight earrings, light weight bangles, gold bangle set etc. The top of the gold shops nearby you or that already popular will provide you with the description of each of their item. They would have a brief prospective and features that make them unique and different.

Why We Need to Tell the Youth That It’s Okay to Start Over

Why We Need to Tell the Youth That It’s Okay to Start Over

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People in their teenage years are often pushed and rushed to make decisions about subjects and things that they do not even have the mental capacity to understand. What this does to their brain is that it causes them to speed up and make decisions that they may or may not regret in later life. One such thing is being forced to pick a career when they can merely even cook a meal for themselves.

While this may work for people who truly love what decision they took in the early years of their life, it has also caused many people to feel unhappy and confused in their waking lives in the later years of their lives. For instance, if a person opts to study and practice engineering, only to realize that they would prefer to become a doctor instead, it may be too late to change their mind then, because they would have spent too much money and time on becoming an engineer. Even if they have time and money to start over, there’s always going to be thousands of people who tell them it’s a waste at this point.

Adults Start over All the Time

There are so many adults who understand that starting over is exactly what they need in order to become content with their lives in general. This is why it is truly sad to see that the youth is often told that they only get one chance and one shot at any in life. Not only does this cause the brain to experience bouts of inadequacy at the thought of starting over, but this is also one of the main reasons why people are depressed and unhappy with their lives.

However, there are so many successful people who were not successful at all until they started over. They only gained recognition, riches, and fame after they started over. A person is bound to learn only from their mistakes and shortcomings. The fact that schools and society do not acknowledge this fact is certainly not a good thing.

One personality, Guy Quigley, actually started over multiple times before he became a filmmaker, entrepreneur, businessman, and author that he is today. Guy Quigley moved to several places to find his true niche, initially business in London UK, then Cattle ranching in Zambia central Africa and on to the Pharmaceutical world he developed the well-known common cold franchise know as Cold-Eeze®, thus establishing the United States marketplace for the use of zinc lozenges. He took his Company public where it was remarkably successful and ran it for 20 years. He was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the year and over the years his Cold-Eeze® product received numerous awards. He also wrote some iconic books in the process of doing so. Although the first books that Quigley wrote dedicated to his daughters, he soon found the therapeutic properties of writing were too good to leave behind and so, he continued writing. Guy Quigley also formed a media production company called, ThunderSmoke Media LLC, along with his actor son Jody Quigley.

If We Did One Thing For Our Whole Life, How Boring Would It Be?

It is a psychologically proven fact that doing the same thing for the rest of our lives would not just be boring, but it would actually be enough to make a normal person feel like a robot or like they have nothing going on in life – the only exception being a person who loves what they do daily. It is important and completely normal to feel indecisive about something regardless of what this may be.

Thus, it is important to teach the youth things that would help them reflect on their problems and their mistakes rather than make them feel inadequate about it. For a positive change in this world, it is important to teach the youth that it is alright to start over in life.

See You in Los Angeles: 7 Local Places to Meet a Celebrity

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The world of modern media is designed in such a way that world famous celebrities are known to almost everyone. Politicians, sportsmen, TV and Hollywood celebrities look at us from numerous magazines, newspaper covers, shop windows, and billboards. They talk to us on the radio and TV. However, they all seek to avoid excessive attention. And not without reason glossy magazines spend so much money on professional paparazzi, who specifically track down celebrities.

Of course, celebrities are the usual people, and they also visit various public places. It’s not a secret that there are a lot of them in Los Angeles. So, if your aim is to see a celebrity, it’s recommended to head to the City of Angels, then pick up exotic car rental at Los Angeles Airport, and find the following places…

Malibu Beach

Many kilometers of sandy beaches, breathtaking relief, significant distance from Los Angeles’ city bustle and an amazingly mild climate attracted not only Spanish discoverer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who first landed there in the distant 1542, but also the most recognizable celebrities of modern times. Today, Malibu is a town with the world’s largest percentage of celebrities.

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Get up before dawn, take a surfboard and wait for the wave in the vicinity of the Malibu Pier from 6 till 8 in the morning. Alternatively, jogging along the surf line and meditation on the beach with the first rays of the sun are also suitable activities. This is what Will Smith, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Ryan Phillippe, Linda Hamilton, Pink and many other famous people living in first-class houses along the ocean line regularly do. The territory of the beaches is completely public, so no fences or barriers will stop you.

 

Whole Foods Organic Products Chain

Whole Foods Market in Sherman Oaks, CA

The fashion for healthy food and organic products grown without the use of GMOs and chemical fertilizers has long swept California. Of course, it hasn’t bypassed celebrities. Offering a full range of organic food, the largest supermarket chain of premium type Whole Foods has become a favorite celebrities’ grocery store. Here you will be most likely to meet face to face such celebrities as Jessica Simpson, Holly Barry, or someone from Los Angeles Lakers. This is about Whole Foods in the Venice area, as it’s the last similar store before entering Malibu while driving along the Pacific Highway.

 

Staples Center

Staples Center & Magic Johnson

What a celebrity doesn’t like to see other celebrities and show oneself? Perhaps the surest way to drop a hot dog on Jack Nicholson or to shed beer on Bill Murray is to buy tickets for one of the home games of Lakers or Clippers. Despite the abundance of VIP lodges, many celebrities like to sit in the forefront among ordinary fans. True, the price of such tickets reaches several thousand dollars per game, and this fact can scare many people. However, what can’t you do for a unique photo with your favorite celebrity!

 

Restaurant E Baldi, Beverly Hills

In general, the number of chic restaurants in the Beverly Hills is incredible. Each of them is interesting in its own way, plus several new places always open in the new season. However, our goal is not only delicious food, but also the need to see Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz.

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Perhaps the Italian restaurant of the famous chef Edoardo Baldi is the most suitable spot for this purpose. A small room creates a homely atmosphere, which means it increases your chances of a cherished photo. A refined Italian food and an elegant wine list will only help you consolidate the acquaintance. Don’t forget to make the reservation in advance!

 

Drai’s Night Club

W Hollywood—Drai s Hollywood VIP

(photo by W Worldwide)

As in the case of restaurants, the nightlife in Los Angeles is no less diverse. However, based on the purpose of the visit, we are interested in a top-level club, but with a fairly democratic atmosphere, so that the celebrities don’t hide from ordinary visitors in unapproachable VIP-boxes with huge bodyguards. For this reason, Drai`s is ideally suited. This small establishment is located on the last floor of Hotel W. Great music, fresh air, a zone with a pool and a lot of celebrities – what else do you need? Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore and other party lovers can appear there.

 

Tesla Motors Showroom LA

The brainchild of Elon Musk, a sports electric car of the new generation – quickly won the hearts of not only the millionaires of Silicon Valley, but also of Hollywood celebrities. Chic design, ultra-modern technologies, a unique environmental friendliness, an excellent exterior- all these features led to the fact that the queue for a new Tesla car has been stretched for almost two years. In our case, one thing pleases – the celebrities who haven’t yet bought an electric car, are still more than those who bought it.

Tesla Store Los Angeles

(photo by Tesla Motors Image Library)

Therefore, it’s worth going to Tesla Motors Showroom in Los Angeles. Perhaps, you’ll see there David Duchovny who has claimed many times that he is a fan of electric cars.

 

Spa Touch of Faith Aesthetics

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(photo by Michael Locke)

This is one of the leading cosmetology salons in Los Angeles, which is located in the Hollywood area. Founded by charming Faith Tatro – a famous face skin care specialist, Touch of Faith has become a Mecca for celebrities of the beautiful half of humanity. Special care technology with the use of exclusive formulas is quite expensive to increase the chance of your meeting with such celebrities like Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Here are 5 Important Tips For Small Businesses Looking To Get Better Organic Rankings In Austin

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Are you a small business based in Austin? Regardless of which niche you operate in, the chances are you are present online. After all, now, having an online presence is considered to be a necessity. There are 3.58 billion internet users and 2.77 billion social media users in the world. This makes online platforms a great way to reach your target audience.

However, one must also remember that there are 200 million active websites on the internet. Some of them might be operating in Austin as well. How do you ensure that your audience chooses your product or site from the sea of other options available? You do it via adopting a sound SEO strategy.

A lot of times the importance of organic reach is underestimated. Among all other types of SEO strategies, you must employ, you must also strive to improve your organic ranking. After all, 51% of website traffic is derived from organic searches. Hence, you must ask your Austin SEO company to improve your organic ranking.

Here are five tips that might come in handy during the process.

  1.    Identifying target keywords

The first step towards improving your organic ranking is finding the right keywords to include in your website and content. The significance of keyword research cannot be stressed enough. Let’s just say that the probability of success of your SEO strategy depends on it.

Make sure you do a thorough target keyword research. Look for words that your potential customers are likely to use in their search. They must be relevant to your niche. Also, you might want to include some local keywords as well, if you only operate in Austin. So, if you are a law firm based in Austin, a keyword like “law firm in Austin” or “Austin law firm” should be included in your content.

  1.    Optimize your website based on buyer persona first and foremost

You might be tempted to optimize your site based on search engine and algorithms. However, you must remember that algorithms are prone to changes. And these changes are generally reflective of what users want.

Rather than chasing the dream of being search engine optimized, begin by optimizing your website based on your target audience. Create a buyer persona. Identify the critical characteristic of your target audience. Think of them as humans rather than traffic. Try to gauge their needs and demands from a website. Optimize your website to fulfill those demands. You will see that your website will automatically and consistently have a high ranking on the search engine as well.

So, make the content relevant, educational and personal. The more your consumers relate to your content, the more they will share it. This, in turn, will lead to high user engagement which is also a marker of high organic ranking.

  1.    Use social media platforms

We know what you are thinking. How can social media affect increasing organic ranking in a search engine? Well, most search engines, including Google, determine your business’s ranking based on social shares as well. The more a given post is shared on social media platforms, the higher will be your ranking. This is why to improve your organic ranking; you must make use of your social media accounts as well.

Include the target keywords in your social media posts. Try to make your content viral by making them relevant and engaging. Get people to share them. A strong social media presence will establish you as a credible player in your niche.

  1.    Write blogs

Blog posts are an excellent way of improving organic ranking. The newer the content you add to your website, the higher your ranking gets. Not to mention that it allows you to add relevant keywords without stuffing them unnecessarily.

It also establishes you as an expert in the field, thereby increasing traffic to your website. So, even if someone isn’t interested in availing your services today, the fact that your blog was useful for them might expose them to your business.

  1.    Monitor performance

You can’t just implement an SEO strategy for improving organic reach and then forget about it. You must monitor your organic ranking closely to see if there is any positive impact on the ranking. If not, it is time to alter your strategy.

Even if it is working today, doesn’t mean it will work forever. Keep monitoring your performance and keep reoptimizing it as per the changing keywords and consumer characteristics.

Conclusion

These five tips are bound to help your small business to get a better organic reach in Austin. If you know how to improve your ranking, you would know what to ask from your Austin SEO company.

Work to improve your online presence. Get a high organic ranking. Watch as your website traffic and your sales turnover increases.

 

Cyber Security: Retain Cyber Trust and Improve User Experience.

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Cybersecurity is defined as technologies developed to protect computers, computer hardware, software, networks and data from unauthorized access. It has always been a challenge over the years as the threat of frauds mechanisms created the different shortcut to break the security protocol. Thus, to maintain their data privacy and security advance technology is now dominating cyberspace. Likewise, AI, IoT, are major actors in many instances to take over the activities of the cybersecurity.

Talking about cyber vulnerabilities, these are supplied through the Internet by cybercriminals, terrorist groups, and hackers. The internet offers lots of benefits to advertise our business across the globe in minimum charges. With less human efforts in a very short span of time connection can be established through which business is possible.

Factors that must be paid attention while integrating cybersecurity into a user experience

Getting rid of frauds in real time is a better option rather solving it when things are not in hands. It is an essential part of the user’s information is stored in the database of the many private and public organizations.

Therefore, in order to protect the user from online fraud is the biggest challenge in the cyber world. And yes in terms of financial security, it is crucial to secure our financial information that can affect our user’s financial status.  In that case, one must pay attention to possible solutions to secure the user information.

Here are some important cybersecurity factors that need to be considered to avoid the cybercrimes.

  1.    Information utilities

As data play a significance on a global scale, information is becoming the major power of the world. Today user information is the becoming source of businesses for many platforms. E-commerce business model is totally dependent on the information. Thus, looking at the present trend, it is expected to be more dominant in the upcoming years. Personal data theft leaves people in a helpless situation.

With time these types of activities are becoming common. In order to be on a safer side, serious actions need to be taken to avoid its huge impact in present and future.

  1.    Big Data

These days’ businesses and enterprises are processing personal data every day than ever before as the user interaction is more on daily basis. Now data comes in new types and formats, it is less structured unlike conventional data, therefore there are possibilities for data theft. Improper internal processes can be serious cybersecurity threats to such big data. Therefore, when such vulnerabilities may lead big disasters.   Hence it becomes important to get some updating software versions and maintaining basic security protocol. Apart from that there should be time to time upgrading and checking routines are the remedies for the security major issues.

  1.    Artificial Intelligence

AI is a remarkable technology in every sense as it gave solution for every raised complexity.  It created a difference in ICS Security that is the reason for the widespread use of artificial intelligence. It is witnessed in the past how strategically AI helped users to business to take decisions. With the help of Artificial Intelligence security organizations are taking better decision comparatively. It can replace the short comes of cyber security with faster troubleshooting a certain extent.

When it comes about the data security large multinational company or a small company is using AI that is helping them to make better out of the worst situation.

  1.    Internet of Things

New businesses are heavily relying on internet and advance technologies for data access and transfer. Some of them are not so aware of the hidden problems and uses the new age technology without giving much emphasis to safety. However, the vulnerability of personal data can be a serious threat in person. IoT is coming with major tactics when it comes about security. IoT is famous about the connectivity around the world. in that case it is outraging the traditional possibilities. Therefore, the use of faulty communication methods and default password mechanisms are not going for a long run.

  1.    Blockchain

If Ransomware is a widespread cybersecurity threat on   internet, then BlocKchain is the cure of it. In this case files within the infected systems would be encrypted which helps in the data theft. Thus, a big sum is needed to pay in order to retrieve the decrypt solution of the documents.

There have been many cases where businesses have to face such situations. Therefore, cybersecurity is related to protecting your internet and network-based digital equipment and information.  The deal is to secure the data from unauthorized access and alteration. As the Internet is now the source of information that can be advertised and sell our products in various forms do user’s financial transactions.

Final Words

Though internet was never developed to track the behavior of user’s activities but due to the brewing of harming online activities with time these things kept on changing. Hence, the Internet became common platform for sharing information of the users. The technology is coming with many alternatives in order to breach the unwanted and harmful cyber activities.

Author Bio

Collen Jansen is a digital marketing specialist at Quytech, Leading Mobile app Development Company. At Quytech, you can Hire iPhone Developers to develop an iPhone app for your business to grow your business. She loves to write about latest app development trends and technology.

How to Attract More Positivity into Your Love Life

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We are all essentially longing for profound relationships in our lives. All you need to do is attract positive people into your life and flush out the negativities, right? Well, it is easier said than done, isn’t it?

Whatever change you want to make in your life, you have to start with yourself first. If you are missing positivity, think about why you are overwhelmed with the negatives to begin with. It is all a state of mind. Some people wouldn’t even notice all the bad things like you do so think really hard why your mind is occupied with such matters.

Also, love is a two-way street. It takes a lot of communicating and listening to keep things on track. Kickstarting a love life can be tricky business. Some do it with counseling, some purchase sex products, and some revisit their old sentiments to rekindle the fire. Whatever the case, you must apply yourself just as much you have to be ready to receive emotions from your partner completely. If you want to make an even stronger connection and turn those negatives into positives, try…

  1. Making your partner comfortable

This is one of the more important things you need to take care of in your love life. Find out what your partner thoroughly enjoys and needs to stay balanced. An expression of love can do wonders so remember to make your lovey-dovey feel special and wanted every once in a while. Sometimes even the simplest of gestures can make a world of difference. For instance, chocolates and intimate treats are a great way to bring back a positive and fun outlook on life.

  1. Using positive words

Just knowing your partner inside out is not enough to keep a relationship going. You have to express what you see, create a list of your partner’s qualities that you can relate to. The key is to use as many affirming words as possible to describe them. Here’s a little test: Just try asking any person to say three positive and three negative things about themselves. Chances are the latter will pop to mind much quicker than the former. We are all focused on the bad things in our lives we fail to notice all the good stuff happening around us. If your partner has trouble knowing his or her worth, reward them with a genuine compliment that will turn any frown upside down.

  1. Learning from past relationships

The past we carry has a lot of weight. We all had different experiences with relationships and not all of them are good. But that is a chance to learn not to pout. Every connection we make can teach us about social interactions and empathy. Knowing what went wrong in your previous relationships is a great way to prevent history from happening again.

  1. Focusing on the bright side of your relationship

One thing about relationships is that they are like growing plants. You need to water them daily and if you pay attention to the progress every single day, you won’t notice much difference. Let the air in, let things breathe. Nurturing takes patience and a lot of effort, so give it your all if you truly want your relationship to prosper. Talk about everything that’s on your mind. Discuss other people’s relations, work on your mutual emotions, share your experiences, talk about sex, home, and future. Give each other the love treats you deserve!

Conclusion

Managing your love life is a continuous investment and bringing happiness and positivity into your love life takes practice. Even the smallest of gestures can make a huge impact, just remember that it has to come from an honest place. There are no positives without the negatives so embrace what you are. Only when you come to terms with yourself can you provide love to someone else.  

How not to get copyrighted by YouTube when Adding Music?

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Social media has been a great influence in recent times, so much so, that people have developed their careers around the same. It has created industries such as digital marketing companies, social media marketing fields, YouTube artists, and many more fields. YouTube has been instrumental as a platform for uploading and sharing videos where people have become famous overnight through smart thinking and creative application.

As a YouTube artist, you have to understand that only creating great content and uploading it is not the endpoint. Any video content developer has to create the video with high-quality graphics so that the viewers are attracted to the precise detailing they can see in your videos. These videos should also have copyright free music, which can be facilitated by converting YouTube to mp3 and this will help the users gain an experience worth remembering, along with your videos.

Then the video must be carefully edited to add visual effects and sound effects. This video must be uploaded and after uploading, it must be shared on social media. The thumbnail that is created for social media involves a meticulous process that requires vigilant editing and creative thinking. The thumbnail must be a large rendition of the entire video and it must be able to capture the essence of the entire video. This thumbnail will then start garnering the viewers you expected.

Using music
1. Music is an essential entity for uploading the YouTube video. Editing tools that will help you incorporate music in your videos such as convert YouTube from mp3 are important because they gather the views of people who enjoy the videos as well the people who are fans of the music you put in the video. Usually, original music videos cannot be placed on your video because YouTube will slam you with Copyrights, but this can be avoided by using the covers of the required songs.

These covers can help in making your video lively and jovial and keep the people watching your video hooked on the content. Remixes can also help in avoiding the Copyright problems and increase views. The appropriate sounds requirements of your video can be easily fulfilled using the editing tools. Adding music adds to the experience of watching a video and it turns a monotonous video into something interesting.

The video editing and music editing skills for a YouTube beginner are the keys to success. Once the video has the required thumbnail full of colour, designs, slogans, puns, cheesy dialogues, action shots, subject focus, bright and bold visuals, visual effects, and climax points, it can be shared on social media. This thumbnail has to be something that a viewer cannot scroll past so it is best to start out with something that is directed towards the audience.

Once the number of users watching your videos increases in volume, you can use social media as a tool to create hype for future videos. It can also be used for the Facebook Live feature that can help you interact with your users transparently.

How to know if the credit union you are considering is credible?

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If you have been weighing your options and given a few bonus points to credit unions over banks, then it’s about time that you look for a good credit union. But how do you do that? Almost every other credit union may seem to provide excellent services.

However, the hunt for a credible credit union only has one fair rule – all that glitters is not always gold. There’s no denying that the number of credit unions present in the US has shot up. Statista reports that as of the last quarter of 2016, there were 2,479 credit unions with assets equating to roughly $20 million in the US.

Moreover, a 2016 statistic reveals that 13 million new members have joined credit unions in the past five years. Just as the number of credit unions has gone up though, the number of scams and shady businesses have also spiraled.

Hence, without further ado, let’s dive into some vital pointers that speak volumes of a credit union’s credibility:

  1. Someone has something good to say about the credit union

Word of mouth is an influential tool, more than we can imagine. 92% of us trust recommendations made by people we know. In fact, the purchasing decisions of 74% of us are influenced by word of mouth.

Thus, word of mouth plays a vital role when you’re looking for a trustworthy credit union. This means that you can learn a lot about a credit union simply by asking around in your circle of friends and family.

Since membership of credit unions is based on several factors such as your workplace position, religious group, and so on, word of mouth makes way for itself. The simple thing to remember is that it is pretty sketchy if there’s nothing about a credit union’s reputation out there.

  1. The credit union is available in online search databases

A crucial part of looking for a credit union is conducting online research. For instance, if you are searching for a local credit union, for instance, Houston credit union, results should show on the first page of your browser.

More importantly, the name of the credit union that you are looking for should be present in a search database. For example, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) provides a credit union locator and allows you to explore credit unions. It’s a red flag if information related to a credit union is not present online.

  1. The credit union has both an online and offline presence

In the present world of digital marketing, having an online presence is crucial. As a matter of fact, researching for a credit union is as vital as asking about them among your offline circle of friends, colleagues, and family.

Additionally, if a credit union does not have a proper website, then it won’t show up in the online search database. So, that will strike out two major points on this list of ways to sniff out an untrustworthy credit union.

Moreover, a credit union’s online presence will also help you understand the services extended by the financial entity. For example, over half of the Americans think that credit unions don’t offer mobile banking services. You can easily learn about this from a credit union’s website.

  1. The credit union has positive online reviews

Online reviews hold the same power over us as word of mouth does. 67.7% of us allow our purchasing decisions to be influenced by e-testimonials. Not to mention, 90% of us read them before working with a business.

Hence, an authentic credit union should be backed with positive online reviews. Negative reviews travel fast so you can pick an unreliable or untrustworthy credit union easily. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to the research, then you can simply find your answer by using Bankrate’s Safe & Sound search feature.

This tool ranks credit unions relative to their peers. Therefore, the rating system helps determine how credible a credit union is.

  1. The credit union is federally insured

Another significant point that determines a credit unions’ authenticity is its insurance with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The major chunk of credit unions is federally insured. The NCUA provides the same insurance coverage on financial deposits that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) does on the part of bank deposits.

Although the majority of the credit unions tend to be federally insured, some may not be federally insured. Those credit unions are likely to be privately insured. Privately-insured credit unions are safe. However, they are not as safe as federally-insured ones.

The key point is to take out the time to learn about a credit union’s insurance before you seal the deal. There’s no reason to risk your money with a credit union that is not insured.

Summing up

Finding and trusting the right credit union is the same as looking for a bank for the first time. The process takes time and effort. Don’t forget to keep these pointers in your mind to select a reliable credit union.

 

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