Advantages and Disadvantages of Alternative Medicine

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There are reasons why people chose alternative medicine and reasons why they avoid it, preferring conventional medicine. Alternative medicine is safer than standard health treatments and usually works. It’s true that it can’t be used in severe conditions like car accidents or other severe emergencies, but be that as it may, there are enough situations in which alternative medicine is recommended. When it comes to emotional and spiritual needs, non-conventional medicine may come up with the solution. Furthermore, it’s better for preventing illnesses than standard medicine. More and more physicians nowadays agree upon the benefits of alternative medicine and also even advise their clients to choose the best natural treatment for them.

One of the advantages of alternative medicine is that it encompasses a broad range of therapies, treatments and products, thus the search for obtaining positive results doesn’t flow on a narrow path at all.

A pretty important disadvantage states the idea that, even though the expenses of using acupuncture or chiropractic are sometimes covered by health insurances, the majority of alternative treatments are not reimbursed.

There are certain risks that come along with the usage of natural remedies. Despite the use of herbs throughout the years and even ancient times, not all of them have been studied regarding their safety and efficiency. There are issues concerning their purity and their possible interaction with other substances related to conventional therapies. The majority of information regarding herbs have been perpetuated throughout history and with the help of tradition. Many people assume that herbal medicines are better than synthetic drugs simply because, well, they are natural and not synthetic, therefore present no risk. But they are not risk free; they can do more harm than good if taken without having the details of their effects over the body.

People might abuse of natural medicines the same way as they do it in the case of synthetic drugs. They have the misconception that if unconventional medicine consists of herbal products which are natural, then there is no harm done if they triple the dosage or more. This is totally wrong and can have serious consequences. Take vitamins for example. They are just vitamins, right? They can’t possibly do any damage inside the body. But they do. Vitamin overdosing or vitamin toxicity can lead to unpleasant effects depending on the vitamin that has been taken one too many times. Vitamin A over dosage can cause liver problems, osteoporosis, hair loss and other dangerous effects and Hypervitaminosis D leads to dehydration, vomiting, anorexia and even kidney stones.

An advantage of using herbal remedies concerns the effectiveness related with chronic health issues that don’t respond well or even at all to traditional medicines. If long term medication is needed, then herbs are pretty much safer than conventional drugs. The alternative medicine industry takes advantage from this and keeps evolving and developing due to the constant need for natural remedies.

Another advantage is the low cost of herbal products compared to synthetic drugs which are highly priced for the simple reason that researching and testing the products is expensive. Furthermore, herbal products can be bought without a prescription and are easy to procure. The availability of natural remedies is outstanding; chamomile for example can be easily picked out from a nearby field.

The advantages of using herbal medicines are numerous, but so are the disadvantages. The best idea would be to consider modern medicine according to the severity of the illness, to consult a physician upon the proper medication and dosage and if you do chose the alternative medicine, try to gather enough information upon both kinds of treatments, natural or synthetic, so you may reassure yourself that you took the right decision to balance your health situation.

Source by Peter Rosenblum

Learning How To Learn

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We go to school to learn; but, did we ever learn how to learn? Have you ever wondered how we learned to speak or to read and write? How do we learn to drive a car, fly an airplane or, for that matter, walk and run? How do we learn arithmetic? How do we learn to communicate? How do we learn to respect, trust and love? How do we learn anything?

Learning how to learn is important because if we don’t or can’t learn, we’re in big trouble! Obviously, we did learn. We learned many behaviors and a fair amount of knowledge. Just by the fact that you are reading and understanding these words suggest not only that you did learn, but that you can learn. Yet, the question is how did you do it? Because if you know how you did it, you can apply that knowledge to just about anything that needs to be learned.

Simply stated, learning is a process of creating, arranging and re-arranging neural interactions and neural program structures within the brain. We’re actually pre-programmed and hard wired for learning and we really don’t have to learn how to learn. But, we can learn how to enhance and magnify our capacity to learn. All learning is in the brain. Even if we are learning a physical dance movement with our feet, the learning is taking place in the brain where neurological “magic” is happening. From there, nerves and muscles are coordinated in an extraordinarily complex process of bioelectrochemical signals.

Before the brain can begin it’s creating, arranging and re-arranging of neural interactions, i.e., before there can be learning, there must be input. Input comes in the form of raw sensory data. Depending on how that date comes in can greatly accelerate, or impede, learning. Raw sensory data is received through the eyes (sight), the ears (sound), the skin (touch), the nose (smell), the tongue (taste) and the musculoskeletal system (movement). Of course, our nervous system is at the base of all these sensory systems, sometimes referred to as the “Sensorium.” Also, a process called “synaesthesia” is often referred to in learning theory. Synaesthesia is the ability to mix up the senses; for example, you can hear the color blue or see the sound of wind. This kind of imaginative shifting of sensory modalities can often be helpful in working with learning disabilities.

In the 1970’s a Bulgarian psychologist by the name of Georgi Lazanov revolutionized the field of learning with his ideas of “superlearning” and “suggestology.” His premise was that various environmental stimuli, when regulated properly, can accelerate learning. Specifically, an environment that induces relaxation was optimal for learning. Another key factor in superlearning was rhythm. The proper rhythms used alternatively, either from background music or sound, is also highly conducive to accelerated learning. Basically, what Lozanov, and others who have followed appear to be saying is that learning is best accomplished in a very relaxed almost hypnotic state of mind. This is very interesting because our schools are anything but relaxing and trance inducing.

Imagine a classroom that is not brightly lit, that is spacious enough for 25 children to lie on the clean, carpeted floor. Imagine soft background sounds, perhaps that of a waterfall or a babbling brook. Imagine then hearing, either from an audio tape or a live person, the singing of the multiplication tables, beginning with the 2’s. Each run through the table is sung at a different rate, rhythm, tone, cadence and volume. Following this exercise, imagine the children then sitting at desks and writing out the multiplication tables they just heard with different colored crayons. Then imagine them singing them out aloud themselves. Imagine any number of games that can then be played using the multiplication tables. How long and how difficult do you think it will be for students to learn the tables this way? Will it be torturous or enjoyable? Gee, kids might even like coming to school to learn! Now, that would be a revolution in education!

Want to learn to ski, or sail, or dance, or surf, or fly an airplane? Well, just about anything can be learned in a very similar method as described above. The only difference is that in the case of physical activities, visualization replaces physical activity. So, let’s say you want to learn to… a musical instrument, play the guitar. You can greatly enhance your learning capacity by taking a piece of the skill, say a simple chord, and, in a very relaxed and calm state of mind, you practice that chord in your mind. You visualize every single detail of your hand and fingers. You feel the pressure of the strings on your fingers; you hear the sound of the chord being strummed. Want to learn to fly an airplane? Well, you don’t necessarily need to relax and visualize it. Today, with the advent of modern computer technology, you can enter a flight simulator, which is just inner visualization materialized outward via technology. Even home computers now have flight training programs. Want to improve your athletic performance? There is no question that relaxed visualization is a key component. Top athletes from all over the world and their coaches will attest to the fact that inner visualization has a tremendous impact on improving performance.

The gist of the matter is simple: learning takes place in the brain and the most conducive environment for the brain to learn in is one which allows neural connections to be formed easily, quickly and without resistance or distractions. Subdued lighting, soft background, trance inducing music and relaxation are a highly effective environment for learning and visualization.

Ever wonder why it’s so hard to learn new behaviors? Generally it’s because there is so much stress and anxiety about it. If you really want to learn new behaviors (as opposed to being coerced into it), then use relaxation and visualization. Practice seeing in your mind’s eye the new behavior. As you repeat this process you are creating new neural pathways which are the basis of the behavior you want to generate. Give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily you can learn a new behavior and how well your brain can work when given the proper environment.

Source by Ken Fields

A Quick and Easy Texas Holdem Poker Lesson for Beginners

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The great thing about Texas Holdem Poker is that it is easy to learn. Even a beginner can quickly develop into a winning player. By following a sound strategy and playing the best starting hands a Texas Holdem Poker newbie can dramatically shorten the learning curve. So what are the best hands that a beginner should play?

The best hands for a beginner to play are Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Jack-Jack, Ace-King fitted (example – Ace of clubs & King of clubs).

I strongly recommend that you only play these starting hands as a beginner. In other words, if you are dealt a hand other than one of the above then fold!

Folding is one of the most difficult decisions for a Texas Holdem Poker beginner to do. The mindset of most Texas Holdem Poker beginners is to hang around and see the flop in the hopes of hitting it just right and improving a hand.

While a beginner will hit the flop and improve their hand occasionally, more often than not they will miss it. The Texas Holdem Poker beginner player that plays poor starting hands will end up throwing more money away than they will win.

When you are dealt one of the best starting hands I recommend raising the pot which will serve two purposes. First, it will force players with weak hands to fold instead of allowing them to stay in the game and see the flop for free.

Secondly, by seeing who raises and calls you get to see who feels that they have a good hand and who may be trying to hang in for the flop.

When the flop is deal you should look carefully to see if you have improved your hand. Even if you have not improved your hand, because you started started out with one of the better hands you may still have the best hand. This is especially true if your starting hand was a pair of aces or kings.

If your opponents raise back this can be a strong signal that they may have a powerful hand. Ask yourself, "What could my opponent have?" "Could they have improved their hand?"

Ask yourself these questions after each round of cards are dealt and try to "read" your opponents hand.

If you have a high pair a raise after the flop can help you assess whether your opponents feel if they have a strong hand or not.

If you think you are beat there is no shame in folding at this point.

When the turn card has been revealed, if you think that you may still have the best hand I would raise the pot so that I could obtain information about my opponents' hands.

I would follow this same strategy on the river card.

To summarize this basic Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy:

– stick to playing the best starting hands

– fold the bad hands

– use the power of the raise to knock out weak players and to assess the strength of your opponents hands

By following this Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy you will start out winning more hands than you lose. You will start out winning more money than you will lose.

Source by Michael Vall

The Internet and Teaching Relationship

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As this fast-paced technological age directs the future, ways to integrate it in the
classroom becomes a primary focus for educators today. Unfortunately,
there is no hard and fast rule for integration in any classroom.
Ultimately, it depends upon many factors before a plan for integration
can be made. First and foremost access to computers should be
considered. Depending upon the access, integration can occur on
varying levels. Gradual integration is the best way to start utilizing
the internet in the classroom. A great starting point is to use a
single lesson for the student's first immersion into this new form of
teaching. As familiarity and comfort increases the teacher and student
would progress towards a project involving a thematic unit. Finally,
as a long-term commitment the teacher and student could try a yearlong
activity structured as a project (Karchmer 2000).

Whether integration occurs as suggested above or in another modified
fashion, the following core components should be incorporated and
considered during this integration.

o The agenda for integration should always be curriculated correlated
and driven.

o The lesson or mode of integration should be thoroughly prepared and
studied by the teacher.

o The teacher should be knowledgeable about the components of the
lesson and in using the internet.

The benefits of the Internet for teachers are many. First, teachers
can use the Internet for sharing resources. Teachers can display theirs
own innovative lessons for others to use, or they can utilize the
World Wide Web as a resource for gathering information such as lesson
plans and activities for use in the classroom. Second, teachers can
interact with others in order to share ideas and determine solutions
for the common classroom. Finally, it is important to remember that
the Internet provides global access to resources (Dyrli & Krona-man,
1995). Such resources can be found in locations all over the world and
are specifically designed for the benefit of teachers, students, and
other individuals. The Internet fosters the sense of a global teaching
community because it allows individuals to correspond with each other
from anywhere on the globe.

As with teachers, the benefits to students are many. Access to the
Internet and the wealth of information it provides allows students to
have greater control over their own learning. The Internet empowers
students to make decisions regarding their research and to become more
independent learners. . It also opens the doors to places and
opportunities a student would not be able to access in a normal
classroom. The ability to email students from different parts of the
world and receive first-hand accounts on current events in that part
of the world as well as exposure to the different culture in that part
of the world is an example of two things that would normally be
impossible in today's classroom.

Another benefit to the student is that the Internet is flexible and
provides a forum for creating, publishing, searching, and making
decisions. There are many ways of exploring, and no single correct way
exists. Students must decide on the searching path for themselves.
This type of decision-making skill will prove to be invaluable to the
student as they grow and enter college and the work world.

Before deciding to bring the Internet into the classroom, teachers
must investigate the barriers to implementation as well as the
potential benefits of Internet use. As with most things, along with
the positive, there are often negative aspects. Several barriers to
use are related to initial setup for Internet access; others are
related to actual use of the Internet.

One major barrier to implementing Internet access in classes is the
lack of computers and for those schools with computers there is a lack
of teacher training in Internet use (Sanchez, 1995). Many teachers do
not know how to use the Internet or to integrate the resources
available on the Internet into their curriculum. Another barrier to
implementation is the lack of class time that can be devoted to using
the Internet (Frazier, 1995). Another problem is that many school
districts are fearful of the cost of implementation and are skeptical
in regard to the benefits of having access to the Internet. Because
children are involved – and teachers are responsible – the problem of
Internet pornography is particularly acute in the school setting. This
is probably the main reason many school districts and parents are
hesitant to integrate the Internet.

Now comes the hard part, how do I plan to integrate the internet into
my classroom? First, I plan on using blackboard as a means of
communication with my students. Because many of them will attend ULL,
this can prove to be an invaluable learning experience for future
collegiate endeavors. Since I am talking about eighth gradeifted
Algebra I, my expectations will not be as stringent as a college
instructor. I plan on utilizing the forum discussions, possibly an
online quiz, and the fostering of communication among my students from
the three different schools I teach at. I plan to require that they
fill in their homepage as well as download a digital picture (I will
take with a digital camera and save on disk) so that they can
experience some technological aspects of the internet as well as
foster some familiarity between students. I also plan to try and have
an open chat time concern a chosen mathematical topic. The primary
goal I will have is to have the students become familiar with
blackboard and to have the student's foster communication and feel a
sense of familiarity with students taking the same class across the

I also plan on having students turn in the problem of the week on for every week. These problems are always NCTM driven
and meet the requirements of the state and nation. These problems are
very similar to ones the student will be expected to solve on the Math
Leap. Since the problems deal with current events on a weekly basis,
it will also serve the dual purpose of incorporating Math and Social
Studies by keeping the student's abreast of some aspect of what is
going on in the world today.

Source by Johnny Watts

Cold Forging Processes – From Its Basics to Its Complexes

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Cold forging is a process in metal working that basically makes use of a pressing tool or a die. Whatever the shape of the pressing tool used in the process will also be the shape of the output. It is usually done in room or near room temperature. At some points, it is also known as cold heading.

Basic cold forging process .

The simplest form of the cold forging process evolves on some steps. It starts when a bar or wire stock is placed at the stamping or pressing tool. The most common results are nails, screw with a head or a bolt. Once these outputs undergo another cold heading process, the shape may be changed to other forms. The most common examples are the heads of screw drivers or knurls.

More complicated cold forging processes .

Aside from the process described above, there are other complicated processes behind cold forging. These things are described as follows:

Forward Extrusion .

A punch is used in order to push the billet through a pressing tool. The material flows in a similar direction as that of the punch. This is commonly used in reducing wall thickness as well as in the production of solid shapes like circles, triangles and rectangles.

Backward Extrusion .

Unlike in forward extrusion, this process takes the opposite direction going to the upper portion of the punch. This is famous in the production of inner and outer circular diameters or rectangles forming around a circle.

Side Extrusion .

This process apparently goes in a sideways direction from the punch.

These are among the popular processes behind cold forging. Ironing, nosing, radial forging and upsetting may also be involved. A combination or a sequence of these processes may be employed in the production of an output. This will enable the manufacturer to produce different shapes and designs to the material.

Source by Richard C. Milton

The Basics of CNC Machine Tools

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To most of us, CNC sounds foreign, but equipment belonging to the CNC category are a daily thing for those related to manufacturing and fabrication industries. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control which has been used since the 1970's at the sunset of computers. That is how it got its name, except that it was first called only NC or numerical control when it was first introduced.

The CNC is programmed to reduce manual intervention in a certain fabrication process, thus reducing production time and waste, thereby resulting to increased production efficiency. To illustrate this, metal preparation using conventional tools would require the operator to manually bore hole on the metal using a drill press. But before he can do it, he has to secure the metal in place, select the desired speed for rotation of the drill press, activate the spindle and manually drive the drill into the metal. That takes a lot of steps and errors and accidents are bound to happen at each step of the process.

The CNC machine simplifies all these work for the operator. With the CNC equivalent of the drill press, he only has to position the metal in its place, activate the spindle, set the controls and the machine does the rest. It is very well like the automated ways of doing things. Everything that an operator is required to do with the conventional machine tools is programmable with CNC machines.

Another advantage of a CNC machine is being able to produce consistent and accurate work pieces. Once the programming controls had been set, the CNC machine can produce thousands of identical pieces in a short span of time. This is almost impossible if done manually.

CNC machines are also flexible since processes are programmed. You can run a specific program for one piece, save it and recall it again the next time that piece is to be reproduced. These machines are also easy to set-up, so, allowing you to meet your deadlines faster.

All CNC machines have motion control, whether linear or rotary. This is one of the things that they have in common. The path or direction that the machine follows is called axis. The more axes the machine has, the more complex it is.

Common industrial examples of CNC tools are welders, drills, grinders, routers and lathes. But it is noteworthy to know that even home tools that belong to the CNC category. These are electronic paper cutters, quilting and embroidery machines and yes, your computer printer which operates on the X axis only.

Without us knowing it, some tools that we encounter as we do about our respectable businesses may be CNC machines too. The use of these machines is not only exclusive to the metal industry but in large range endeavors as well, especially those that require mass production of articles. As the demand increases, the need for producers to meet these demands becomes more urgent as well. But thanks to CNC machines, production processes are made easier, faster and safer.

Source by Cindy Hanson

Learn How To Play Poker – The Easy Way

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Some call Poker the Game of Elites. There are actually different kinds of poker but the basics are almost the same. Before you can enjoy the most popular card game, you should first learn how to play poker.

The goal is to get the best combination made out of five cards. There will be two hole cards for each player and five community cards that everyone can use. There will be a button which will be passed on clockwise to see the betting order. The cards will be distributed clockwise as well during the first deal. However, the last action will be determined by the dealer during the whole course of the betting.

Poker starts when the player located at the dealer's left would give a small blind. Then player on his left would give the large blind. If the game is just $ 1 per bet, the small blind would give $ 0.50 while the large blind would give $ 1.

Every player will get two cards from the dealer then the round of betting will follow suit. Players can bet, fold, raise, or just check in each betting round. Check is your option not to bet. Raise is to bring up the bet which is only done if you are confident that you have winning cards. Fold is forfeiting the game and leaving all your bets on the pot.

The dealer will start distributing cards on the table every betting round until they reach the last round to give their bets. It is important that you know the different card combinations and rankings so you could learn how to play poker .

Straight Flush – this is the set of cards in sequence that has the same suit. The lowest is the clubs while the highest rank is the diamond. For example, you have the cards 2, 3 4, 5, 6, all in hearts then you have a Straight Flush.

Quad – this is having four cards of different suits but has the same rank. Four aces, four queens, four jacks, and so on. Since poker needs five cards, the other one left will be the kicker and it has no value.

Boat – this is made up of three cards that have the same rank and a pair. If two players both have full houses, they have to compare the rank of the boat's three cards.

Of course, there is also the Straight, Triplets, Two pairs, and a simple Pair. All of your five cards will be laid down the table when the last betting round is over. In case two players have the same card value, then they have to equally split all the money in the pot.

Source by Coronaer L Smith

How to CLEP College Courses

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First off what is CLEPing a college course? The CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is a way to basically challenge a credit. So as an example if you took a bunch of advanced biology courses in high school then you most likely have what it takes to pass your first year college biology. The CLEP exams allow you to basically write the final exam and if you pass then you can skip the credit.

Basically there are 5 steps to take in order to CLEP an exam.

Step 1. Is the course you want to take available?

Check to see if the course you want to challenge is offered by the

Step 2. Does your college accept this CLEP CREDIT?

Now that you know that you can CLEP out of that course you need to check your college's policy on CLEP exams. The easiest way is to go talk to one of your councilors at your school. If you do not want to do this, or your not at the college yest, then you can usually find this information online if you type in "YOUR COLLEGE clep policy".

Step 3. Study for the CLEP exam

You have a lot of options here but there are three main ways to study for your exam. The first way is to buy the official guide or another guide in book form. This is a good option for some student but you will still need supplementary material to get the answers as these guides are only in question / answer format. Some of the guides such as Cracking the CLEP offer a little more information but in general it can be a bit hard with only a book study guide.

The second method is to use an online CLEP study guides in order to study for your given test. One of the more popular guide is known as Instantcert (See bottom for link). Instantcert is especially useful if you plan to CLEP out of several courses. This is because their method is a monthly fee ($ 20 at the time of writing this) but this gives you access to all of their CLEP guides. Also instead of just a simple answer they give you detailed descriptions which help a lot more then simply knowing the answer was B or D. This is certainly not a perfect method and looks to work better for some subjects better than others. The nice thing about them is that they show you the last 10 people who have taken a given subject and what they scored. This way you can see if people are having a lot of success with that subject or if it's a dud using their site.

The third, and cheapest way, is to try and do it all by yourself using Google and the library. If you are really good at using google, and researching in general, then there are plenty of resources out there to study for any of the CLEP exam. However, this method requires a lot of work on your part and you may not find many practice questions. If you go this route I highly suggest you get either a book or online study guide to supplement your research.

Step 4. Write the Exam

A lot of schools offer CLEP exams directly on campus but there are also many test centers. You can find the closest one nearest you using . To write the exam the college charges $ 77 but a lot of colleges tack on an extra charge so it usually comes to around $ 100.

Step 5. Laugh at the People in the Class

Well now that you CLEPed out of your first class go see the people still in class and let them know or just laugh at them as they waste them time and money. Some colleges accept numerous CLEP credits so check it out and you could skip almost a whole semester of school.

Source by Andrew O'shea

The Five Laws of Gold

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We live in an impatient age, and when it comes to money we want more of it now, today, not tomorrow. Whether it’s a deposit for a mortgage or clearing those credit cards that sap our energy long after we stopped enjoying what we bought with them, the sooner the better. When it comes to investing, we want easy pickings and quick returns. Hence the current mania for crypto-currencies. Why invest in nanotechnology or machine learning when Ethereum is locked in an endless upward spiral and Bitcoin is the gift that keeps on giving?

A century ago, the American writer George S Clason took a different approach. In The Richest Man in Babylon he gave the world a treasure trove – literally – of financial principles based on things that might seem old-fashioned today: caution, prudence and wisdom. Clason used the wise men of the ancient city of Babylon as the spokesmen for his financial advice, but that advice is as relevant today as it was a century ago, when the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression were looming.

Take for example, the five laws of gold. If you are looking to place your personal finances on a sound footing, wherever you are in life, these are for you:

Law No1: Gold comes gladly and in increasing quantity to anyone who puts by at least a tenth of their earnings to create an estate for their future and that of their family. In other words, save 10% of your income. Minimum. Save more than that if you can. And that 10% is not for next year’s holiday or a new car. It’s for the long-term. Your 10% can include your pension contributions, ISAs, premium bonds or any kind of high interest/restricted access savings account. OK, interest rates for savers are at historic lows now, but who knows where they’ll be in five or ten years? And compound interest means your savings will grow faster than you think.

Law No2: Gold labours diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds profitable employment for it. So, if you’re looking to invest rather than save, do it wisely. No crypto-currencies or pyramid schemes. We’re focusing on the words “profitable” and “employment”. Make your money work for you but remember the best you can hope for this side of the rainbow is steady returns over the long term, not lottery wins. In practice this is likely to mean shares in established companies offering a regular dividend and a steady upward trend in share price. You can invest directly, or through a fund manager in the form of unit trusts, but before parting with a single penny, see Laws 3, 4 and 5…

Law No3: Gold clings to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of those wise in handling it. Before you do anything, talk to a qualified, experienced financial adviser. If you don’t know one, do some research. Check them out on the internet. What expertise do they have? What kind of clients? Read the reviews. Call them first and get a feel for what they can offer you, then decide if a face to face meeting will work. Check out their commission arrangements. Are they independent or tied to a particular company, under contract to push that company’s financial products? A decent financial adviser will encourage you to get the basics in place: pension, life insurance, somewhere to live, before steering you towards investing in emerging markets and space travel. When you’re satisfied that you’ve found an adviser you can count on, listen to them. Trust their advice. But review your relationship with them at regular intervals, say annually, and if you’re not happy, look elsewhere. Chances are, if your judgment was sound in the first place, you’ll stick with the same adviser for many years to come.

Law No4: Gold slips away from the one who invests it in businesses or purposes with which they not familiar or which are not approved by those skilled in its keep. If you have a deep knowledge of food retail, by all means invest in the supermarket chain that is increasing market share. Likewise, if you work for a company that has an employee share ownership scheme, it makes sense to take advantage of it, if you’re sure that your company has good prospects. But, you should never invest in any market or financial product that you don’t understand (remember the Crash!) or can’t fully research. If you are tempted to try your hand at currency dealing or options trading and you have a financial adviser, talk to them first. If they’re not up to speed, ask them to refer you to someone who is. Best of all, steer clear of anything you’re not sure about, no matter how big the potential returns.

Law No5: Gold flees the one seeking impossible earnings or who follows the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts his own inexperience. Again, the fifth law follows on the heels of the fourth. If you start scouring the internet for financial advice and wealth creation ideas, your inbox will soon be full of “tricksters and schemers” promising you the earth if you’ll invest £999 in their “system” for turning £1 into £1XXXXXX on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Remember, the only one who makes money in a gold rush is the one selling shovels. Buy the wrong shovel and you’ll quickly dig yourself into debt. Not only will you pay through the nose for a system that has no proven value; by following it you will probably lose a lot more than the price you paid for it. At the very least you should check genuine reviews of the product. And never buy any system, investment vehicle or financial product from any company that is not registered by a national watchdog, such as the Financial Conduct Authority for the UK.

Source by Ian Paul Jones

Top 10 Cross-Platform Mobile App Development Tools for Enterprises

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The mobile app development has become imperative for enterprises success nowadays. The continued growth of the smartphones provides businesses a unique opportunity to connect with potential customers via mobile apps. With so many mobile devices storming the market each day, it’s no treat for developers to create apps that can work on multiple platforms.

In the past few years, the popularity of cross-platform mobile app development tools has increased in a big way. These tools enable developers to write code once and run it on multiple platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows. According to a recent study by Forrester, 60% of enterprises are already using cross-platform development. Cross-platform mobile app development tools will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years. As per the predictions of IDC, by 2017, the market for cross-development tools will reach $4.8 billion, increasing at a compound rate of 38%.

Below is the list of top 10 cross-platform mobile app development tools which have made the lives of developers a lot easier.

1. Xamarin

Xamarin is a cross-platform app development tool that offers several amazing features such as the ability to add components directly from an interface, native API access, integration with backends, and forms interfaces for sharing the code. This tool empowers developers to build native apps for multiple platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows), with a single shared C# codebase. Moreover, developers can use the same APIs, language, and IDE everywhere. Xamarin has been used by several big names, including Dow Jones, IBM, Foursquare, and Microsoft.

2. Adobe

Adobe offers PhoneGap Build (cloud-based) and PhoneGap (an open source solution based on Apache Cordova).

The developed applications can access native, specific device functions across various device platforms, using Cordova, an open-source set of device APIs. With Cordova’s cross-platform plug-ins and APIs, developers can build and code apps using Java Web languages – HTML5, and CSS3. Using Cordova, developers can create an app with a single codebase. The apps that are created once can be run on all devices- be it iOS, Android or BlackBerry.

3. Ionic

Ionic is an open-source SDK that comes with default JavaScript and CSS components. It helps developers to build cross-platform mobile apps using web technologies like SASS, HTML5, and CSS. Ionic framework comes with more than 120 native device features, including Fingerprint Auth, HealthKit, and Bluetooth. It also features TypeScript extensions and Cordova/PhoneGap plugins.

4. Sencha

Sencha Touch, an MVC-based JavaScript framework, provides a high level of responsiveness for your app and is compatible with all the latest versions of iOS, Android, and Blackberry. Developers can use Sencha to develop apps in HTML5, which can be further translated to cross-platform apps with the help of PhoneGap. Sencha comes with high-performance UI widgets for toolbars, lists, menus, and forms.

5. Appcelerator

Appcelerator is based on the concept of “write once, run everywhere” and offers a single JavaScript codebase for its applications. Apps can be created with fewer lines of code using Appcelerator. It also supports real-time mobile analytics and can be used to build Android, iOS, browser-based HTML5, and Windows apps. Appcelerator supports over 5,000 devices and the MVC framework Alloy, the Eclipse-based IDE Studio, and OS APIs.

6. RhoMobile

The RhoMobile framework is used for developing native and cross-platform enterprise and consumer mobile apps. Applications written on RhoMobile Suite can be run on Android, iOS, and Windows. This tool consists of a broad API set, a built-in MVC (Model View Controller) pattern, integrated data synchronization, an Object Relational Mapper for data-intensive apps, RhoGallery, RhoConnect, RhoStudio, RhoElements, and Rhodes. Mobile app development services using RhoMobile are provided on the cloud and comprise of synchronization, hosted build, and application management.

7. NativeScript

NativeScript has supported integration with Visual Studio Code and it allows developers to build the cross-platform native mobile apps from a single JavaScript codebase. This open-source framework gives developers a direct access to every component from Angular, TypeScript or JavaScript and native platform API. The structure part and coding style of NativeScript apps resemble HTML-based web apps. Gartner has named NativeScript as a “Leader” in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms.

8. MonoCross

MonoCross is an open-source cross-platform mobile app development framework that lets developers create engaging apps on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Webkit enabled phones. With MonoCross, you have the flexibility to write one app for all supported architectures and platforms and have a custom user interface for each platform. MonoCross uses the Mono framework, C#, and Microsoft.NET and you are not required to have knowledge of the low-level elaborations of all platforms.

9. Codename One

Codename One enables rapid development of applications and deep integration with the native platform. The flexible architecture of Codename One lets the UI work seamlessly across all platforms. The code is written in Java and the app is verified and tested with Codename One’s test automation tools and simulator devices. This framework supports popular IDE’s like IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, and NetBeans. It ensures compatibility with upcoming iOS versions as it uses ParparVM. The developers can build native Windows and native iOS apps without Windows PC or Mac machine.

10. Convertigo

Convertigo enables developers to develop mobile apps once and run on iOS, Android, and Windows. This platform offers four solutions – Convertigo Server, Convertigo SDK, Convertigo Studio, and Convertigo Cloud. It comes with various connectors like web services or SQL databases to connect to enterprise data. Convertigo has full sync data replication feature due to which data can be accessed offline.

Cross-platform mobile app development is based on the popular languages like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. The cross-platform mobile app development tools are quite versatile and let developers develop apps in one environment and run them on multiple native platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows.

Which tool will you prefer to get your apps developed? Reply in the comment section.

Source by Seema Sharma

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