Getting Your Vital Equipment for Your Practice Fixed

As a doctor, you rely on an array of equipment to diagnose and treat patients.  Everything from stethoscopes to endoscopes need to be at your disposal throughout the day.  However, when one of your pieces of equipment breaks, you may not have the time or the money to replace it.  Instead of throwing it out, you can get it fixed with online ordering, professional inspection, and endoscope repair services.  These options let you prolong the life of the equipment you need to help your patients.  They also spare you the time, money, and hassle of having to go out and buy new gear for practice.

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Ordering Services Online

When you work in a private practice, you may be busy from as early as 7:00 in the morning until as late as 6:00 at night.  You do not have time during the regular business day to head out to a repair shop and ask for services for your broken equipment.  Instead, you need faster and more convenient options for ordering repair services.  The website is set up so that you can fill out an online order form and specify what repairs you need done and on what type of gear.

The online order form is available at your convenience throughout the day.  You can fill it out during your lunch hour or before or after work.  You can even complete it on the weekend when you are at home.  Once you fill it out, you can then submit it online and follow the instructions for how to send in your broken gear.  This option saves you from having to take your equipment to a local repair shop.

Repairs

The business will inspect and repair your equipment so that it works like new.  Once the problem is identified, it is fixed quickly yet thoroughly.  The endoscope, stethoscope, or other gear is then tested to make sure it works properly before it is sent back to you.

All of the prices and services are available on the company’s website.  You can review the list of options available to you and also read the blog for more details about what the company can offer you as a client.

You rely on your scopes to treat and help patients at your private practice.  You can get them repaired quickly by ordering inspection and repair services online today.

Stay Cool with an Air Conditioning System Tune Up

As the weather starts to get hotter, it is a good idea to give your air conditioning system a tune up. In the same manner, it is good to go have someone go over your heating system prior to winter setting in. Therefore, it is good to have your system checked twice a year to minimize the chances of a malfunction during the times when you need your heating and air conditioning system the most. Your system is designed to keep you comfortable. You need to give it the care it needs so it can continue to do its job in an efficient manner. Places like Air On Time AC can take care of tuning up your system whether it is to keep you cool or to provide you with heating service Kingwood TX.

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One of the reasons you should schedule regular checkups and preventative maintenance service is because the manufacturer will likely require it in order to maintain warranty coverage. In addition, your HVAC system required a significant investment to have it installed. You will naturally want to take care of it and make it last as long as possible.

The main reason you want regular tune ups is for comfort. Having your air conditioning go out during the heat of the summer can result in some frustrating times. During the tune up, components that are subject to wear will be inspected to make sure they do not need to be replaced. Those things that need to be adjusted or lubricated will be taken care of at the time as well. Freon levels will be checked, and the system will be evaluated to make sure there is nothing to impede the air flow through the ducts.

 

One thing you can do yourself between tune ups to keep your system operating efficiently is to change the filters regularly. Your air conditioning service company can supply you with high quality filters and show you how to change them, if necessary. Clogged filters make your system work harder. This will result in higher energy bills. It will also make it harder for the system to keep you comfortable. In addition, indoor air quality will suffer.

Whether you are interested in saving on your energy bill, staying comfortable or making your equipment last, you will want to give your heating and air conditioning system the care it needs.

Char.gy taps into lampposts to charge your electric car

If you have a garage with a power socket, an electric car makes an awful lot of sense. If you park on the street, however, the infrastructural challenge of keeping your electron-powered vehicle topped up becomes complicated enough that perhaps sticking to driving on squished dinosaurs makes sense for a while longer. Until Char.gy comes along, that is.

“Seventy-two percent of drivers in London don’t have off-street parking,” says Richard Stobart, CEO of the London-based Char.gy. “If you want an electric car, not being able to charge at home is a major disincentive.”

So, in a world where people want to drive electric cars, cities are trying to clean up the air and car makers want to sell electric cars, how do you take on the not insignificant challenge of charging car batteries in a dense and fast-moving city such as London? You tap into other, already existing infrastructure, of course.

“People want to charge their cars while they are doing something else, preferably when they are parked at home and asleep in their beds,” Stobart points out, and offers a solution. The company has developed charge points that connect to the existing street furniture: Lampposts. Makes sense: The cables are already there, the local government owns them, and once you’ve gone that far, you may as well make the next couple of logical steps.

“Our vision is that there will be several lampposts near your home with a charge-point that you can park near to charge overnight,” Richard explains. “We are developing a platform to manage the charging too, using a business model not dissimilar from mobile phone contracts. Users pay a monthly fee for access to the charge points and a free allocation of charge.”

The early-stage company is running a pilot program with Richmond Council in London, installing a number of units in Barnes and Kew, with the first charging points appearing later this summer.

“We are trying to create a win-win solution for everyone, not least local government,” says Stobart, addressing part of the challenge of building a marketplace with multiple players. “We are making it seamless and effectively free for the councils and solving the problem of half of all public charge points being out of service.”

25% of U.S. driving could be done by self-driving cars by 2030, study finds

Self-driving still seems to be a ways off from active public use on regular roads, but once it arrives, it could ramp very quickly, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group. The study found that by 2030, up to a quarter of driving miles in the U.S. could be handled by self-driving electric vehicles operating in shared service fleets in cities, due mostly to considerable cost savings for urban drivers.

The big change BCG sees is a result of the rise in interest in autonomous technologies, paired with the increased electrification of vehicles. There’s also more pressure on cities to come up with alternate transportation solutions that address increasing congestion. All of that added together could drive reduction in costs by up to 60 percent for drivers who opt into using shared self-driving services vs. owning and operating their own cars.

This won’t result in a precipitous drop in the car sales market, however, according to BCG. Total demand for cars will remain high, but the shift of who owns them and how they’re used will change dramatically, if the report’s findings prove correct – particularly in large cities where the fleets could have ramifications including decreased traffic congestion, but also decreased ridership, which the research firm says could lead to regulated limits on how many self-driving taxi services can operate in a given area.

 Ultimately, the dramatic uptake is down to cold, hard cash: BCG says that shared fleets might be able to effectively double discretionary income for the average city-dweller over the course of a year, and we all know fun money is a powerful motivator.

Studies don’t always line up with reality, of course, but it’s clear automakers are investing in and planning for a future in which shared fleet services play a key role in their city-based business. Timelines can easily change, but this looks like a reasonable picture of our eventual future.

Expectant results after HGH usage

Human growth hormone is important for the growth of the body. It is naturally produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. The secretion is high in adolescence and starts to decline as the age goes up. Where there is a problem in pituitary gland or hypothalamus, the HGH secretion is destructed. However, the deficiency of HGH is balanced by administering HGH synthetic and alternative supplements. This growth hormone is essential for athletes and bodybuilders for muscle recovery and growth. HGH provides umpteen benefits either in the form of endogenous or exogenous.

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Improves healing fractures:

Many local growth factors and hormone are responsible for regulating bone metabolism and mineral. They also associate with healing fractured conditions. HGH administration showed a speed up in the bone regeneration, bone healing. Growth factor-like IGF-1 is a well-known hormone that stimulates the bone metabolism. HGH plays a vital role in the repair of wear and tear and speeds up healing.

Makes bones stronger

The pituitary released growth hormone is essential in regulating bone growth, especially during puberty. GH stimulates IGF-1 production which is produced in the liver and released into the blood. When the aging process starts, the elder people will not be able to form or replace with bone quickly. The IGF-1 & Growth hormone stimulate bone-forming and reabsorbing cells, lead to increased bone mass.

Improves sleep pattern:

Most of the growth hormone secretion happen after the onset of sleep and continue to rise during the first few hours of sleep. People whose sleep is deprived due to various factors are negatively affected throughout the day. Poor sleep changes the functions of pituitary and hypothalamus, further alters the release time of growth hormone.

Reduces cardiovascular risk:

Adults with GH deficiency will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A clinical research was made on 104 patients’ who had reduced GH levels. Those patients had higher body mass and triglyceride concentrations. The results suggested that lipoprotein metabolism was altered by growth hormone deficiency, increased the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

HGH result time depends on the dosage and the users should not exceed the prescribed dose to speed up the HGH results.

HGH Results after One month:

Once the HGH cycle is started, the hormone starts to trigger changes in the body. Within the first week, increased energy and vitality might be experienced by the users. Concentration power will be hyped. Users will be able to do hard exercise easily. Most users reported that their moods change better and the disorders such as depression, mood swing goes away.

After two months:

The hormone helps to regenerate cells, improves muscle tone and skin. After two months many users experienced enhanced night vision and eyesight. Since the metabolism speeds up, the users start to drop down with their fat level.

After six months:

When the therapy ends by the sixth month, the users can experience before and after effects of human growth hormone such as healthier immune system, increased energy, stamina and endurance, improved sleep pattern, youthful skin, Muscle recovery and growth along with faster metabolism.

Revolut users can now apply for credit in just a few minutes

Just a few weeks after N26 started offering credit in Germany, fintech startup Revolut is also launching a brand new credit feature for U.K. users. Behind the scenes, Revolut is working with Lending Works to provide those credit lines.

Lending Works is a peer-to-peer lending company that matches individual lenders with borrowers. So Revolut chose not to work with a traditional bank for this feature.

As always, you only need to open Revolut’s mobile app to apply for credit. You can select how much money you want and the number of months you need to pay it back. You’ll also need to enter your monthly income and residential status. After that, you get a quote and you can accept or decline.

Revolut says you’ll end up paying £52 to borrow £1,000 over a year — that’s a 9.9 percent representative APR. This should be cheaper than using your credit card or a traditional loan. Of course, this will vary greatly if you try to borrow more money over a longer period.

You can get a credit line for £500 to £5,000 with a repayment period between 12 and 60 months. You also can repay the loan early.

 And this is just step one as Revolut plans to partner with more third-party companies in the future. You can expect travel insurance, an investment product and savings accounts in multiple currencies.

While Lending Works is an easy way to get started, Revolut also plans to allow lending and borrowing between Revolut users in multiple countries. If Revolut can assess the risks correctly, this could end up generating a steady revenue stream for the startup.

Revolut now has 530,000 users across Europe. After signing up, you receive a MasterCard that lets you spend money anywhere around the world without any fee. You can top up your Revolut account in USD, GBP and EUR using a credit card or bank transfer.

Revolut tries to match the interbank rate as much as possible when you convert money between these three currencies and transfer money out of your Revolut account in 23 currencies. Slowly but surely, Revolut is building an alternative to your good old bank account.

Spotify and Waze partner to play music and navigate seamlessly

Driving in a car and listening to music go hand in hand, and now a new partnership between music streaming app Spotify and navigation app Waze hopes to make that experience more seamless in the connected age. The two have teamed up so that users of the Waze app can listen to Spotify playlists from within the app, and Spotify users can continue to get their Waze navigation instructions while in the music app.

The partnership — which will also let you switch between the apps and browse your playlists in Waze, but only when your car is at a complete stop — is rolling out first to Android users globally, the companies tell us. No comment on when it will be turned on for iOS.

The move is an interesting one for a few reasons, starting with usability.

If you’ve ever launched Spotify while also launching a mapping app through your phone in a car, you will know that it doesn’t always work as seamlessly as you’d want.

Occasionally your music drops when the mapping app tells you where to turn. Sometimes, on my iPhone, I’ve seen it default to Apple’s Music player instead. (Google “Waze and Spotify” and you can see some of the problems that people have had.) Creating a more seamless integration will help troubleshoot problems like this.

It will also create a better experience on the screen: Users who are in the Spotify app will now get a short version of the next navigation instruction, while Waze users will get a short description of what they’re listening to, with the option to skip or change the music without needing to open the Spotify app.

For Waze, it’s notable that it selected Spotify first for this kind of integration.

Waze was acquired by Google in 2013 for $1.1 billion, and while Google has its own music service, Spotify is the world’s leader when it comes to the number of users for a music streaming app globally — 50 million paying, over 100 million overall — so this gives it a much stronger strike rate for the integration getting used.

Waze tells us that Spotify is the first and only partner for this kind of app-level integration for now. It will be interesting to see whether Waze intends to add more integrations of music or other services down the line.

More music services, to cover those who use Pandora, or Apple Music, or Tidal, for example… or even Google Play… would be an obvious start, but once you begin to think of other location-based apps or anything else you might do in a vehicle, such as search for a place to eat on Foursquare or Yelp, and you can imagine how these integrations could get very interesting.

In the meantime, Waze continues to expand its ubiquity in other ways.

Last year it launched a new Transport API program that works with with companies like Lyft to feed users of third-party apps notifications of the best turns to take as determined by Waze’s crowdsourced data and algorithms, while in other navigation and transportation-related apps. Waze has also been slowly building out a new carpooling service to add a completely different layer of service to its platform.

For Spotify, working with Waze is the latest move from the company to also increase its usage and usefulness beyond direct engagement with the Spotify app itself. In-car must be one of the most popular use cases for Spotify playlists, where you don’t have to think about and select what you want to hear because you, in theory, should be concentrating on the road. So plugging the gap to be able to access and use Spotify while navigating is a natural (and maybe overdue?) move.

To access the service on your Android phone, you need to have both apps installed, and then you go into the settings for either to turn on the integration.

Drivemode raises $6.5M from Panasonic and others for smartphone car tech

If you’re an Android device owner and also a driver, you may already be familiar with Drivemode: Available on Google Play, it’s one of the most popular apps for use in cars, with more than one million downloads and active users spread across 180 countries. The app is designed to reduce distractions for drivers via an eyes-free interface designed to access smartphone functions like navigation, messaging, calls and more, entirely via voice.

Drivemode just raised $6.5 million in a new Series A round, led by Panasonic, which, among its many talents, is also one of the largest automotive industry suppliers in the world. Panasonic is a strategic investor, and others included in the round include insurance provider Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance via its VC arm, as well as Innovative Venture Fund Investment and Miyako Capital. The nature and source of the funding suggests Drivemode has ambitions well beyond its existing consumer app. Founder and CEO Yo Koga confirms the company is focused on building out additional features for the app through its new partnership with Panasonic, but that it also has other ambitions in the works.

“Obviously, Panasonic wants to utilize our popularity as a driving app when working with automakers,” Koga explained. “So what we’re working on now is integrating their infotainment systems with our consumer app so that we can work with hardware products like display audio or basic audio, consumers have a lot more to users via the consumer app. At the same time, a lot of automakers are also interested in white label stuff as well, so that we’re working on separately, as well.”

Companies seem eager to partner with Drivemode; Koga says there’s a big backlog of deal pipeline it could pursue, but with a team of only eight people much of that has been on hold. What, then, is stopping other companies from stepping up and filling the demand either internally or via alternate partners? Google’s own Android Auto app on the Play Store enjoys worse reviews than Drivemode, for starters, which is a good indicator that Koga’s right when he points out how hard it is to make an app that does what Drivemode can do, and do it well.

“Drivemode is an extremely technical app,” he said. “A lot of automotive companies try to replicate what we’re doing, and a lot of hardware companies try to do this, too. Hardware companies, for example, can have fantastic hardware, but figuring out the hardware experience is the toughest part. Even simply answering incoming Facebook messages by voice is super technical, and not many can do it, at least with the right interface.”

 Drivemode has been working on the problem with actual user feedback since the app first launched in beta in 2014, and continues to iterate on its voice-based interaction model. It’s also in regular contact with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Koga says they see eye-to-eye with the federal body on where in-car use of devices and services are headed in terms of maximizing safety.

Meanwhile, he argues their value to potential automaker and supply-side partners will only grow, given the direction in which the industry is headed.

“What’s going on in the automotive industry is that software will be key from now on,” Koga explained. “The problem with that is that automakers and suppliers don’t have direct access to the users, which is why they’re trying to come up with new standards like SDL [SmartDeviceLink] and others to figure out ways to connect with users. Getting data, and then liberating the data, in the automotive industry will be the key concern for [automakers].”

Drivemode’s free, in-app purchase supported model means it already has one of the largest install bases of any third-party software for use on smartphones in cars, which is bound to interest carmakers. Its range of features mean it can also reveal a lot about user habits, providing much more insight about customer behavior than carmakers, other than tech-centric players like Tesla, can generally expect to receive.

Lessons learned from the Russian hacking scandal and our ‘cyber’ election

Information security — or what is commonly referred to as “cyber” — has dominated the narrative in this week’s hearings on Capitol Hill about the Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Despite the political noise, a fact-based public debate on how to deal with strategic and targeted attacks is what’s needed now to develop better defenses for all — businesses or government organizations.

There is a universal agreement that a highly motivated and unapologetic entity has conducted an advanced and persistent campaign to disrupt, undermine and gain power over its strategic adversary. The questions become: What have we learned from the 2016 campaign and how are we going to adapt to prevent similar cyber campaigns in the future?

Convenience versus security

The alleged attempt by Russia to influence the outcome of the U.S. elections is today’s news. Yet this has not been and will not be the last time such operations have been conducted by nation-states, including our own.

From the Titan Rain in the early 2000s, to Operation Aurora/Hydraq in 2009-2011, Red October, Eurograbber and the infamous Sony intrusion, to name just a few, we see that well-funded global technology providers may still bend under the pressure of the advanced and persistent intrusion run by highly skilled cyber teams. In every circumstance, the pattern is: break in, harvest information and use it to gain influence.

If recent history is any lesson, the 2016 election has shown that complexity is often the primary source of weakness. Take the 2016 election campaign; years’ worth of private, high-value conversations were extracted from an unauthorized communication system and later strategically exposed to the public for a larger political effect. It is unlikely that any decisions to retain high-target sensitive information were made because sanctioned technologies were too simple and convenient.

Why do we still hope to teach end users to use complex products in the name of security? Do we, for example, rely on employees to never take a picture of a whiteboard or to ensure their phone settings are such that the picture is not stored in the cloud? Do we train our teams to make sure all IP is permanently deleted when it is no longer useful? Do we provide corporate phones that won’t talk to the internet and expect people not to use their personal devices? Or do we realize that they will default to the convenience of their own machines and provide them an easy-to-use application that auto-deletes proprietary information?

Offering our public officials and business leaders a simple system built to encourage collaboration while proactively deleting sensitive data could very well have made a significant difference in the many intrusion incidents we witnessed in 2016. We all need to come to grips with the fact that imposing complexity on end users will only further enable advanced and persistent adversaries.

Combating persistent adversaries

Many of us who worked in security during the Aurora incident response remember that it was an event that made the term “APT,” or advanced persistent threat, ubiquitous. Perhaps the most disappointing byproduct of Aurora was the sales frenzy it triggered in the infosec industry. Armies of “sportcoats” were unleashed to sell products that protected your everything from APTs. The current discussion of the “Russian Threat” has created a similar irrational demand for security silver bullets.

There is nothing wrong with developing defensive technologies, nor do I suggest that investments in layered security strategies are inappropriate. But we must face that existing security tech is often mere cyber speed bumps while the operating expense of protecting digital assets is fast outgrowing the value of what we attempt to secure.

Although there is no silver bullet solution, and security remains incredibly hard, enabling organizations to protect less is a first step in the right direction. Default ephemerality minimizes the window of opportunity for attackers. It robs advanced adversaries of persistence while offering an efficient and predictable framework for keeping proprietary information private.

 No matter how robust and layered your end-point defense is, if important communications are stored, they are vulnerable to anyone with enough resources and persistence. That applies to policy-makers, corporations, critical infrastructure and any organization working with information of value. The result is expensive and mostly ineffective attempts to protect communications we don’t benefit from storing.

And while there is no compelling enough reason for retention of real-time communications in the face of security risks, we do it out of habit anyway. Because storage is free, just as are convenient services if only we allow the providers to access and hold on to our information.

What’s at stake?

Interestingly, in the 1990s, when cybersecurity was not much of a concept, Dan Geer foresaw that storage will be near free and, therefore, unreasonably costly in the future. At the time, not all appreciated the vision that storing everything would make the task of securing data nearly impossible and extremely expensive. Now there is almost a universal acceptance that we are simply storing too much.

As technology evolves, so do the capabilities of adversaries working to exploit not only the security flaws in common technology but the human nature of those with access to sensitive information. Things get even messier when an adversary begins to push the boundaries, exploiting the very strength of the system it seeks to compromise — free press, transparency, strong judiciary and law enforcement.

If before we used to fear the simple hacking of the election box, now it is clear there are multiple ways to disrupt and destabilize one’s political system. Several European nations are in the midst of their election campaigns. They, too, are facing foreign influence. Understanding how to adapt to increasingly sophisticated and unconventional tactics is all the more critical in minimizing the impact of the next generation of attacks built on the 2016 Russian playbook by other state and non-state attackers.

Progress will be made in the middle

So where do we go from here? Trust and understanding between the government and the industry is key to improving our readiness against foreign or domestic adversaries. Although it is understandable for law enforcement and intelligence to want more and easier access to information, including the ability to bypass encryption, it is counterproductive given the existing threats, including to the government’s own communications. Yet it is equally understandable that the private sector will not grant such easy access and should not be relied upon to do so.

We should perhaps face the fact that law enforcement will vilify encryption in the name of public safety, and privacy advocates will vilify surveillance techniques in the name of free speech and democracy. We should also expect to see more irresponsible reporting of leaked information and, as a result, silly and defensive posturing by companies suggesting that they have defeated the intelligence communities.

While extreme positions are important, progress will be made in the middle. That is why some of us will work fervently to create products that enable private communications, while others will be equally persistent in finding ways to gain unauthorized access to that same user content.

We can be certain that our adversaries continue to improve and build on their lessons learned from the 2016 elections, spinning off new hybrid attacks across global information networks. In turn, if we fight the instinct to continue hoarding sensitive communications and accept our own inability to access ephemeral conversations, we will extend this same limitation to our adversaries, eliminating the one weakness that proved most critical in disrupting our businesses and political system in 2016.

4 Tips for Getting Your Small Business Started

Getting a small business started is a risky proposition. Some experts say that half of all small businesses will fail in the first year of operation, and 90 percent of all small businesses will fail after five years. In the face of these steep odds, don’t give up on your dreams of growing your own small business. Instead, be inspired to work harder and more creatively to guarantee your success. Here are five tips to help you get started on the small business you’ve been dreaming about.
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Learn about Your Market

If you’re not already an expert in your field, do your research before jumping into a small business. You may want to open a restaurant, but if you’ve never worked in food services before you’ll have a lot to learn by starting at the top. Learn your business from the ground up. Consider taking a professional business class at a local college to get a better idea about what you’re getting into. You’ll need to understand both the nuances of your chosen business area and the overall demands of running a business.

Work with Your Neighbors

Find out about the local opportunities that are available in your neighborhood and take advantage of them. There are networking opportunities around every corner, and you would be foolish to pass them by. Get to know the other small business owners in your community and learn from their example. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, so keep your ears open and learn from their mistakes.

Partner with Established Companies

When it comes to important things, make sure you only partner with well-established and reputable companies. For example, if you need specific software, reach out to a company like Sierra Cad/Cam for more information about their products. Don’t settle for anything less than the best if your small business depends on it. You don’t want to pay for a painful lesson down the road.

Take Advantage of Social Media

Advertising used to be expensive, but now there are numerous social media platforms through which you can spread your message. Get accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. You don’t need to hire a social media pro to do the work for you either. Social media is open to all people, and your small business will find a wide audience if you reach out.