Best Linux distros for small businesses in 2017

Running a small business is no easy task. The last thing you need is extra complexity in your IT infrastructure – so why turn to Linux? Well, it could (if you’re lucky) actually turn out to be a less complex choice for many tasks, depending on the distribution you select. And, critically, Linux is free; at least if you don’t figure in support costs. That’s an overhead ticked off the list.

So what’s the best choice for your small business? We’ve approached this selection with a few criteria in mind. Stability is first and foremost, because if you’re putting a distro to work, uptime is critical, and solid support provision comes a close second.

We’ve also considered practical capabilities, which is why you’ll find a couple of non-desktop distributions on our list: Linux is perhaps better suited to managing your behind-the-scenes hardware than it is being put in front of users who may be unfamiliar with Gnome or KDE.

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Built on the solid foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) – and, indeed, officially funded by Red Hat as of 2014 – CentOS is undoubtedly a distro with strong credentials. Its default Gnome desktop is pleasant and reasonably familiar to most computer users, the RPM package management system is widely supported, and it’s equally at home on workstations and servers.

CentOS harnesses the open source components of its parent OS, which actually make up the majority of RHEL – only Red Hat’s trademarks and a few proprietary components are omitted. Thanks to this unique partnership, updates tend to flow to CentOS only a day or two after they hit its parent – this is enterprise-class Linux that anyone can use.

CentOS is now one of the world’s most popular server distros, and is perfect if you want to build serious hardware appliances without paying for a Red Hat subscription. The downside of going free is support. While the CentOS community is brilliant, professional support is the key reason for using RHEL – but with server prices starting at $349 (around £270, AU$465) per year, it could be prohibitively expensive for small business use.

  • You can download CentOS here

ClearOS and CentOS are pretty close cousins. Both run many of the same packages inherited from RHEL, and can benefit from the swift Red Hat release cycle. But while CentOS is a functional desktop OS, ClearOS isn’t. Instead, it’s intended primarily as a server platform administered entirely from a web interface. Once it’s installed, you won’t need a keyboard, mouse, or even a monitor connected to its home machine.

Because of its tight focus, ClearOS is actually easier to use than most server operating systems. That web interface makes installing this operating system’s various components a breeze, so you’ll be able to quickly get your business protected with a firewall, manage an email server, install a file server or more – all safe in the knowledge that each of these components will (most likely) work perfectly together.

There’s support available if you’re somehow overwhelmed – it’s not the cheapest, but it’s there – and a specific paid-for Business edition which includes only highly-tested software packages and patches. You might also be interested in ClearVM, the team’s virtualisation solution; the free version allows you to finely manage the precise performance of two virtual machines and eight CPU cores.

  • You can download ClearOS 7 here

While CentOS is an open source OS based on a paid-for release, this goes the other way – community-developed OpenSUSE provides the basis of commercially-supported SUSE Linux Enterprise. SUSE actually borrows a lot from Red Hat, including its RPM package management system, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a clone.

OpenSUSE is one of the few distros to default to the graphically-heavy KDE window manager, though it comes with Mate, LXDE and others, so it’ll be comfortable on whatever hardware you’re using. In fact, if you’re looking to run small web appliances, the latest version heralds the release of a 64-bit Raspberry Pi edition, and it also includes 17% more packages than 42.1 – a huge upgrade.

Each Leap release receives critical updates for 18 months, after which you’ll need to upgrade to stay on top of the latest developments – bear this in mind if security, stability and low IT costs are a concern. Try the Tumbleweed release if you’re looking for rolling updates.

  • You can download OpenSUSE 42.2 here

If you’re running a small business, the security of your network should be as important a concern as the behaviour of your employees. IPFire ticks both these boxes at once. It’s an all-in-one Linux appliance: install it on a machine which sits between your internet connection and your network switch and it’ll do everything from managing IP addresses to protecting you with a firewall, and controlling what sites your workers are allowed to visit and when.

It does require a certain level of knowledge to get IPFire installed, and its unique nature – it’s constructed from scratch, not forked from any specific version of Linux – means it won’t be quite as easy to extend as other distros may be. Thankfully there are regular ‘Core’ updates, which incrementally keep IPFire up to date with the latest security and app updates.

Also bear in mind that this will require at least a machine with two network connections, and it’s all controlled from a web interface – this is definitely not a desktop OS. There’s paid support available if it all goes pear-shaped.

  • You can download IPFire 2.19 here

It’s the most popular Linux flavour out there, but Ubuntu’s reputation might lead you to think that it’s best suited to home users. Not so – Ubuntu’s stability and compatibility are very solid, there’s a free-to-use Ubuntu Server version to handle your backend tasks, and its use of Debian packages and the Apt package management system means you’ll be able to get the software you need quickly and easily.

Perhaps Ubuntu’s strongest feature is its support. The vast user base means there’s a raft of technical documentation available, and its generous community has answered just about every question you might have. This is precisely the reason we’ve suggested version 16.04 over the more recent 16.10 release – the April releases are tagged LTS for ‘long term support’, and will be maintained and cared for beyond the October ones. With 16.04, you’re covered until 2021, which could be a great advantage if downtime costs you money.

For those times when you need a little more help, the Ubuntu Advantage program offers a reasonably priced support program for desktops and servers.

  • You can download Ubuntu 16.04 here

Manjaro is built on top of Arch Linux, traditionally one of the more complex and obtuse Linux distros out there. This OS does away with that complexity, while sharing Arch’s streamlined, fast environment, its fearlessness regarding access to the very latest software, and its rolling release schedule.

Basically this means you should never have to install a later version of the software – you’ll get the updates as they’re released, and your Manjaro machines will upgrade over time rather than being taken out of service.

Manjaro’s default desktop, a spin of Xfce, is very Windows-like, so your users will likely feel comfortable immediately, and its other improvements over Arch – a better installer, improved hardware detection, repositories full of stable software – make it a solid choice for end-user systems. That’s its strong point, mind you. With some work you could probably build a server from Manjaro’s Minimal Net edition, a stripped-down version you can construct from the ground-up, but other distros handle that aspect a lot better.

You could also find a prebuilt version amongst Manjaro’s community editions which may suit your needs perfectly; check them out here .

  • You can download Manjaro 16.10.3 here

We’re entering the realm of more difficult distros here, and we’re doing it without the safety net of a dedicated paid support structure, but give Slackware a chance if you’re looking to build bespoke Linux systems.

It’s the oldest consistently maintained Linux distro, having first emerged in 1993, and as such it doesn’t make any assumptions about the way you’re going to use it, giving you more control than most other distros.

You’re going to need control, though: its package manager doesn’t resolve software dependencies, there’s no fixed release schedule (Slackware tends to come out when a new stable version is ready, and the most recent release gap was around three years), and there are no graphical configuration tools.

But knuckle down, edit a bunch of plain text files, and you’ll be able to create exactly the package you need for your business, all on top of a lightweight and bloat-free distro.

Google Gives Google+ Some Nips and Tucks

Google on Tuesday announced three new updates to Google+ in an effort to revive interest in the faltering product.

The added features will be rolled out next week, when the old Google+ layout will vanish.

First, lower quality comments will be hidden, although Google didn’t explain how comments will be judged or who will make those calls.

Google has tweaked the Google+ user interface to display more posts and less white space.

Further, a zoom functionality has been added to photos on Google+.

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Google is also bringing back the Events feature so users can create and join events on Google+ as they used to. However, Events will not be available to G Suite users.

The company will continue working on Google+ and is soliciting user feedback.

The Red-Headed Stepchild of Social Media

Google+ has not fared well in the social media space, and Google last year recharacterized it as a content curation site rather than a social network.

It redesigned the Google+ site, offering tools for moderating communities, as well as adding images and linking to comments.

There’s a dearth of statistics and information about Google+ online to support either side of debate over the validity of its existence.

Although some have compared it to the walking dead, Google+ has an estimated 120 million unique monthly users, according to eBizMBA, which ranked it sixth on its top 15 list of most popular social networking sites in January. Its eBizMBA rank — which is a continually updated average of each website’s global Alexa rank and U.S. Compete and Quantcast ranks — is 34.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest were the five most popular social networking sites in January. and Tumblr, Instagram, Reddit, Flickr and Vine are among the sites trailing after Google+ in the top 15.

“Google+ has had a hard time getting traction,” noted Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.

That’s because it was late to the game, he told TechNewsWorld. “Most people have accounts on other social sites, and adding yet another is too much overhead for most.”

The Tweaks’ Impact

The latest changes to Google+ “should make the device more efficient,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

However, while positive, they are more “along the lines of a hotel saying they’re going to repaint the bathrooms and get rid of the smell,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They may lead fewer people to leave the service, but aren’t compelling enough to bring people back.”

Any improvement is good, Jude noted, but Google+ “is not a dominant player in social, so unless [the changes make it] remarkably better, it will still be an also-ran.”

Strengths, Weaknesses, Potential

The principal attraction of Google+ is the way it integrates with the Google solution set, Frost’s Jude remarked. “It’s possible to do everything in Google, rather than use several service providers.”

However, it’s one more application to manage, he said.

Another weakness is that Google “has not been exactly trustworthy with personal information,” Jude pointed out. “Many people distrust putting all of their personal lives under Google’s scrutiny.”

Google+ “could be a far better way to do social networking, but like the kid in school with great potential, if [Google isn’t] willing to put in the effort, that potential will never be reached,” Enderle observed.

The service “could be a useful way to manage internal company communications and teams,” Jude suggested.

As for why Google is continuing to work on Google+, given the service’s relatively weak showing and its failure to compete with Facebook, it may be that company officials “just haven’t got around to shutting it down yet,” Enderle said. “Unless their interest changes, I expect that decision is still coming.”

Google Surpasses Apple to Become the Most Valuable Brand in the World: Report

Breaking Apple’s five-year record, Google has taken the top spot as the most valuable brand in the world. In the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report, Apple comes in second, followed by Amazon, AT&T, Microsoft, Samsung, Verizon, Walmart, Facebook, and ICBC.

Google Surpasses Apple to Become the Most Valuable Brand in the World: Report

Brand Finance’s analysts feel that Apple has “over-exploited the goodwill of its customers” and has “repeatedly disillusioned its advocates with tweaks when material changes were expected.” Here the report is talking about the minimal changes introduced on iPhone devices year after year. Furthermore, the report says that “the snaking queues of early adopters have shrunk almost to the point of invisibility,” and that “Apple’s loss has been Google’s gain.” Google has been given a brand value of $109.47 billion (roughly Rs. Rs. 7,36,016 crores), compared to Apple’s $107.141 billion (roughly Rs. 7,20,294 crores)

“Put simply, Apple has over-exploited the goodwill of its customers, it has failed to generate significant revenues from newer products such as the Apple Watch and cannot demonstrate that genuinely innovative technologies desired by consumers are in the pipeline. Its brand has lost its lustre and must now compete on an increasingly level playing field not just with traditional rival Samsung, but a slew of Chinese brands such as Huawei and OnePlus in the smartphone market, Apple’s key source of
profitability,” the report reads.

Google held the world’s most valuable brand title in 2011, and has now regained it back. Most of the credit is gone to its Search business, which largely remains unchallenged, and is the mainstay of its advertising income. The report states that the “ad revenues were up 20 percent in 2016, despite a fall in cost per click, as ad budgets are increasingly directed online. Desktop advertising remains far more lucrative than mobile, despite its prematurely diagnosed decline.” Furthermore, 2016 marks Google’s foray into the mainstream smartphone market as well – with the launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which according to the report have received great sales figures.

Right after Apple, Amazon took the third spot with 53 percent brand value growth. The analysts feel that the “firm is growing strongly as it continues to both reshape the retail market and to capture an ever larger share of it.” In its latest earnings report, Amazon has stated it will create 100,000 jobs in the US over the next 18 months. With this growth confidence, the analysts feel that Amazon could well be on the top spot next year. Even social giant Facebook found a spot in the top 10, and secured the 9th position with an 82 percent brand value growth.

PS4 System Software Update 4.50 to Add External Hard Drive Support

One of the biggest differentiators between the Xbox One and PS4 was the ability to use external storage. Plugging an external hard drive to an Xbox One allowed you to download and run games of it. The PS4 had no such option, restricting the use of USB storage to play music and video, or back up an entire PS4. This will change with the PS4 system software update 4.50 codenamed Sasuke.

PS4 System Software Update 4.50 to Add External Hard Drive Support

“With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console,” writes John Koller, Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment, America. “This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.

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“Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.”

Other additions with the 4.50 update include adding the ability to view Blu-ray movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Further come the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed on PSN, a simplified notification list, and a revamped Quick Menu that takes less of the gameplay screen.

Along with these additions, you can finally use your own screenshots and pictures as a wallpaper. The PS4 system software update 4.50 is currently in beta. Judging by past betas, we should see this hit the general public by the end of the month at the very latest.

PS4 Pro Boost Mode Discovered in PS4 System Software Update 4.50; Promises Better Frame-Rates

While Sony announced that the PS4 system software update 4.50 (codename Sasuke) would bring some needed additions such as external storage support for games and the ability to view Blu-ray movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset, there seems to be one surprise the company was holding back on.

PS4 Pro Boost Mode Discovered in PS4 System Software Update 4.50; Promises Better Frame-Rates

According to several gamers who are testing the software update, which is currently in beta, the PS4 Pro gets Boost Mode. This allows smoother performance, particularly better frame-rates for games that have not decided to add enhancements for the PS4 Pro.

Early reports from popular gaming forum NeoGAF claim the likes of Yakuza 0, Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege, Bloodborne, and Until Dawn have seen marked improvements on the PS4 Pro.

For its part, Sony does make it clear in its description of Boost Mode that enabling it could introduce “unexpected behaviour during gameplay” possibly alluding to graphical artefacts and anomalies.

The discovery of Boost Mode and Sony’s silence about it in its official PS4 system update post leads us to believe that company may need to test it further before it is safe to unleash onto a larger audience. Perhaps the performance increases being touted at the moment, may be scaled down to improve stability.

2017 has started with a bang for Sony. It absolutely dominated January with the likes of Yakuza 0, Gravity Rush 2, Tales of Berseria, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue being exclusive to the PS4 and PS4 Pro. February sees Nioh and Horizon Zero Dawn also exclusive for its consoles. The addition of a Boost Mode for the PS4 Pro could simply add more value for existing owners and potential customers considering the likes of GTA V and Bloodborne — popular games with no PS4 Pro support — could benefit immensely from this move.

Canon Launches 10 New Printers in Professional Printing Domain

Extending its offerings in the professional printing domain to offer vibrant image quality with increased versatility for print service providers, digital imaging company Canon India on Saturday launched 10 new printers.

Canon Launches 10 New Printers in Professional Printing Domain

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO series includes 12-colour Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-520 and Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-540, eight-colour Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-540S and Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-560S.

Also launched is the five-colour Canon imagePROGRAF 671E, offering a right mix of affordability features to the small and medium business segment.

“As we embark on the landmark journey of our third decade of existence in the country, we have further amplified our commitment, across both B2B and B2C segments,” said Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, in a statement.

Another large format printer announced is “Oce ColorWave 700”, designed for wide range of graphic arts applications like wall papers, in shop brandings, signage etc.

Consisting of the Canon imagePRESS C850, Canon imagePRESS C750, Canon imagePRESS C650 digital colour production presses, the new series incorporates a variety of updated features and technology to help meet the requirements of its target markets, including commercial printers, in-plant operations, and other print service providers, the company said.

Canon also launched “imagePRESS C8000VP” based on the successful legacy product C10000VP offering offset-like vibrant, stable output quality and supports specialty media including vellum, film and synthetics.

Health benefits of Forskolin supplements

Forskolin supplements are widely used to support fat burning and help in combating a variety of health issues. It has earned a reputation of being a fat burner and testosterone booster which makes it highly endearing to fitness freaks and athletes. There is a plethora of uses of http://fckfat.com/forskolin-supplements/ which have been discussed here.

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What is Forskolin? 

Forskolin is an active component of the tuberous roots of Coleus, a member of the mint family that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and Asia such as India, Nepal, Thailand and East African countries. The biological name of Coleus is Plectranthus barbatus. Forskolin, extracted from the roots of Coleus, has been used in many traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system. Forskolin increases the level of cellular messengers known as cAMP by activating the enzyme adenylyl cyclase which have led to it being used in experimental clinical researches.

Uses

One of the most popular uses of Forskolin is fat burning. A study conducted by the University of Kansas found that obese men who were given 250mg of 10 percent Forskolin- containing coleus twice a day reported a loss of 7.8 times more body fat, 34% more bio-available testosterone and a gain of 35% more bone mass than the obese men who were given a placebo. http://fckfat.com/forskolin-supplements/ stimulates the release of stored fat from fat cells. Clinical experiments have shown that Forskolin may cause fat loss while preserving muscle mass. Even though, on the basis of experiments, it cannot be conclusively said that Forskolin can cause weight loss but it does protect against weight gain. A study conducted on obese women found that Forskolin reduces hunger and weight gain,

but does not reduce body fat in women. Therefore, Forskolin supplements can be used to reduce obesity by combining it with proper diet and exercise.

Forskolin has also been used to relieve bronchospasms during asthmatic attacks. This is attributed to its action of increasing the level of cAMP as described before which causes relaxation of the muscles around the bronchial tubes. Forskolin can also be used to treat hypertension. A study conducted in India found that Forskolin reduced blood pressure significantly in over 75% of the patients who participated in the test. Forskolin has been used intravenously to treat congestive heart failure and idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy.

Forskolin can be used in the treatment of cancer by virtue of its ability to activate the enzyme protein phosphatase 2 that is responsible for rapid rate of cell division. A 2011 study by the University of Madrid found that the activation of phosphatase 2 enzyme by Forskolin had a detrimental effect on the rectal tumours. It has also been discovered that Forskolin causes apoptosis, a biological term for programmed cell death, in multiple myeloma cancer cells.

Forskolin can also be used to treat a host of other conditions such as erectile dysfunction, skin diseases, glaucoma, etc.

Side effects

The potential side effects are unclear yet it is believed that Forskolin supplements may negatively interact with calcium channel blockers, anti-platelet drugs, anti-hypertensive drugs and nitrates.

Amazing results of Trenbolone!

If you search on the internet about which are the top most effective dietary supplementation products that are widely sold in the market, you will find the name of Trenbolone as a potentially active product. It is one of the most popularly used steroidal medications and has been in the limelight recently because of its fame among professional body builders and athletes. The product is made available on different authorised local pharmacies and online medical websites in various forms of pills, capsules and injections that have been standardised. To know the efficacy of Trenbolone, do not restrict your research to only critical reviews and ratings made by experienced customers. It is advised that you dig deep into scientific knowledge about how the product is formulated and what are its individual components, which contribute to the strong anabolic character of the medication.

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What do you need to know about Trenbolone?

There are many Trenbolone reviews that you can easily access through medical websites, which discusses about the dosage cycles and the regulation of the product during the dietary supplementation course. Who uses Trenbolone? Fitness enthusiasts comprising of athletes and body builders have the urge to improve their performance in any sports act and for that, they need to build up their muscles and body in a certain way which will upgrade their physical strength to a large extent. Trenbolone serves the perfect action of improving your muscle strength and helps in anabolic increase in the size and shape of muscle tissues within short period of exposure to the drug.

The characteristic features of Trenbolone have been listed below:

  1. It is a 19-nor AAS or anabolic androgenic steroid.
  2. Clinical reports suggest that it is five hundred times more effective and strong than synthetic testosterone supplements.
  3. Can exist in three different forms and contain the same hormone in the active state.
  4. There are two esters of Trenbolone namely Trenbolone Enanthate and Trenbolone Acetate.
  5. Trenbolone Acetate has short ester life span.
  6. Trenbolone Enanthate has long ester life span.
  7. Parabolan is the brand name of Trenbolone hexahydro benzyl carbonate, another ester forms that exists in both long and short life spans.
  8. Trnebolone has equal amount of androgenic and anabolic properties, which is a huge advantage for users to get both the effects from the same product.

Why is Trenbolone so effective?

The efficacy and extent of anabolic results obtained from Trenbolone varies from user to user, depending on several physiological and administration factors. What makes the product highly efficient in its work are listed below:

  • Promotes nitrogen retention within muscle tissues.
  • Stimulates the production of IGF-1.
  • Improves the RBC count.
  • Accelerates rate of protein synthesis.
  • Boosts muscle gain and intensifies physical power.
  • Improves nutrient uptake of cells (mostly in cattle for which it was initially designed).
  • Reduces the release of glucocorticoids which contributes to fat gain.
  • Improves hardness of muscles and vascularity.
  • Many Trenbolone reviews even suggest that the product helps in efficient muscle preservation and improves the post exercise recovery.

3 Essentials of a Business Website

During web design consults, clients ask questions of all kinds. One of the common questions that come up is – “what features are critical for my company website?”

Well, the answer is not that simple.

However, there are some basic aspects that are common to all websites. Our website design Manchester team today discusses the 3 essential aspects of a business website. Let’s explore.

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Call to Action (CTA)

Each page should have a CTA that allows customers to take immediate action.

The action could be to buy a product, request a quote, call a number, fill in your contact form, or subscribe to your newsletter.

As your Manchester website design agency, we can create highly effective calls to action buttons.  

Concise Message

When visitors land on your message, they take less than 5 seconds to decide whether they want to stay or bounce off. You have just a short window of time to communicate your message.

So keep your message concise and to the point. This way, you get noticed, and the visitor may be enticed to stay longer and explore your website further.

Take for instance, Zappos. Their message is “fast, free shipping.” That’s it. Their message is all of 3 words long. But it makes their USP crystal clear.

A lot of businesses do not even know what is different about them.

Social Media Buttons

Do not let go of any opportunity to integrate social media with your content.

Be sure to include social media sharing buttons on your content rich pages. When visitors land on your blog post and find the content useful, they might want to share it with their friends/followers.

So make social sharing easy. It’s good for you and your business.

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Need help updating your website? Not sure if these features could be incorporated in your current website? Blue Whale Media Web Design Manchester can build a stunning new website for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

HGH Side Effects On Men From Injections & Pills

Before undergoing hormone therapy or buying HGH supplements it is important to understand it along with its benefits and possible side effects. The impact of growth hormone on the body is complicated and huge. This hormone is manufactured and secreted by pituitary gland. Along with taking a major role in growth, it has lot of impacts on other gland functions including manufacturing and release of other hormones.

In adolescence growth hormone is major for height or growth. It takes very important role in aging processes like increase in fat tissue and reduced muscle mass as one age.

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Impact of Growth hormone deficiency

Along with having impact on growth related aspects, human growth hormone also plays a major role in

  • Sugar metabolism which has high impact on energy levels needed for muscle cells
  • Fluid balance in the body is also affected by growth hormone. Body fluids are maintained by hypothalamus gland located closed to the pituitary gland in the brain. This gland is responsible for all kinds of autonomic nervous systems like body responses on which human has no control, temperature, breathing, and heart rate.

Body composition

  • Once the individual reaches his 30s the level of growth hormone start gradually declining even though this starts in adolescent. So there will be aging processes like declination in the level of testosterone and estrogen, increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and decreased metabolism.
  • This decline in the level of growth hormone also plays a major role in overall wellness and health of an individual. But the age people experience this will be different for different individuals. One thing in common is there will be both mental and physical decline when there are growth hormone deficiencies.
  • If the decline is age related then growth hormone therapy is not usually recommended by doctors. If the declination is due to disease processes like Turner Syndrome or prader-willie syndrome or due to damaged pituitary gland then physicians recommend hormone therapies.

Side effects:

There are some common side effects which are the results of HGH deficiencies. They are

  • Joint pain
  • Pain in nerve
  • Muscle pain
  • Individual may experience enhanced level in their LDL low density lipoprotein cholesterol. This will in future heighten up the risk of heart attack since there will be buildup of plaque in arteries

But the negative effects depend on the lifestyle, weight, age of the person, dosage he has taken, as well as on the frequency of the dosages. To enhance endurance, stamina, and muscle growth and development bodybuilders and athletes rely on HGH injections. It is safer to use supplements like this. This is the reason HGH is considered as a performance enhancing drug. Today it is banned by most of the sorting and athletic organizations around the globe.

Side effects are also experienced if HGH is used by a person who already has adequate level of growth hormones. That is it is better if a physician overlooks on the use of human growth hormone therapy or injections.

Sony Entertainment CEO Exiting to Become Snap Chairman

Sony Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton will step down to become chairman of the board of messaging app owner Snap Inc, a move that puts an experienced Hollywood executive in a prominent role as the technology company prepares for an initial public offering.

Sony Entertainment CEO Exiting to Become Snap ChairmanLynton will give up his current position at Sony’s movie and television unit on February 2 but remain as co-CEO for six months to help find a successor, Japanese conglomerate Sony Corp said in a statement on Friday.

Snap, the owner of the popular Snapchat app, is expected to go public early this year, vying for a $25 billion valuation. Lynton was an early investor in the company co-founded by 26-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel, and has served on its board for nearly four years.

The Venice, California-based company has made a push into news and entertainment content, a strategy that heightened competition with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In 2015, it began sharing video and articles from TV networks such as CNN and ESPN on a feature called Snapchat Discover.

It also signed deals in 2016 with media companies such as Walt Disney Co and Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal to have them produce original shows for Snapchat.

Lynton, in a 13-year career at Sony, oversaw hit movies including the “The Social Network” and James Bond film “Skyfall,” but the studio has lagged behind competitors in box office share and big hits over the past year.

The TV studio under Lynton also produced successful shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “The Blacklist.”

Lynton’s tenure at Sony Entertainment was also marked by a devastating computer hack in 2014 that exposed a trove of embarrassing e-mails and employee data. The cyber-attack, which the United States blamed on North Korea, crippled the studio for months and prompted an executive shuffle.

Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai will take on a larger role at the entertainment division, adding the position of co-CEO and chairman of the unit, the company said. The Tokyo-based Hirai will add a second office in Culver City, California, where the film studio is based.

“As we look ahead, we see our entertainment businesses as essential parts of Sony,” Hirai said.

In November, Sony Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida said a turnaround of the movie division was “progressing, but it takes time for the benefit to be realized.”

Medical Negligence Experts Provide Support For All Types Of Negligence Claims

Medical negligence is when doctors fail to provide right treatment for their patients who led them to suffer any injuryor any sorts of medical complications. United Kingdom proves to be the right place for providing high quality and appropriate treatment for any medical complications very few medical negligence cases have been reported compared to other parts of world. Still, it is unproductive about behavior of doctors where even a small careless mistake can lead to any major injury.
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For instance, during surgery it is mandatory that doctors must not wear any ornaments including wrist watches. What if the doctor fails to notice that he wears his wrist watch and during surgery it fells inside patient’s stomach where it is kept as such and stomach is stitched? This may create certain medical complications and this is again a negligence of doctor which is clearly evidenced. Such patients who suffer from this negligence of doctors can very well claim compensation for their pain. However, process of claiming compensation is not so easy and needs professional guidance. That’s how medical negligence experts have positioned their role among others.

Types of claims

These medical negligence experts are generally referred as solicitors. There could be many possibilities and reasons why these kinds of mistakes happen during medical treatments. What needs to be done next matters a lot. These experts help claimants in realizing their pain and need to get compensation. Then, on starting your claim process all medical records related to defective treatment process need to be collected. If there need any additional records such as tests, x ray report etc. they need to be collected as well. After collection of all relevant documents including medical reports solicitors guide claimants in filing case against their physicians. So, follow guidance of solicitors and get ready with all necessary medical records and cooperate better to claim your compensation. Once case if filed, it is not necessary to get settlement before judges where it can be settled outside the court as well. Only constraint for filing such negligence claims includes the time frame. Such cases need to be filed within 3 years of defective treatments.

 

Buying HGH legally

Human growth hormone or HGH supplements are available only with a prescription, as is a medicine used to treat children with growth impairment. Yet, when there are growth related issues, a doctor may not prescribe hormones right away as there can be side effects. The only way to get HGH supplements the legal way is to get a prescription from the doctor. At the same time, since HGH supplements are also popular with bodybuilders, there are many underground stores that may deal with these supplements. But these stores and sellers may not be that trustworthy.

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Getting HGH from a doctor

There are many supplements that are listed under controlled substances and these may not be easily available or may not be available at all. But HGH supplements are not controlled substances but there are certain regulations regarding its use. They are listed under ‘prescription only’ medicines.  It was in the 1970s that FDA approved the use of synthetic human growth hormones. Known in different names, the growth hormone is available in different forms and formulations. The ingredients may differ from supplement to supplement depending on the manufacturer. Click here to know about ordering legal forms of GH.

There are different kinds of growth problems and each needs a specific treatment. An example can be the cachexia disease which is a muscle-wasting problem found in certain people. For them, a special type of HGH supplement called as Serostim HGH injections is given. This type of disease is commonly seen in patients with HIV and AIDS. The supplements help them to build muscles and regain their normal body size. For children who do not have normal growth due to insufficient levels of growth hormone are given Norditropin HGH.

Thus, to get HGH from a doctor means the person may be suffering from some extreme growth impairment issues. Only then the doctor will prescribe HGH treatment to the patients. In mild cases, the growth hormone is not recommended. Also, it being a hormone supplement, it can bring about certain changes in the body functions and hence, it should only be taken under the guidance of a doctor.

The ways to get HGH legally

A growth hormone is naturally produced in the body in most. It is the pituitary gland in the brain that secretes the hormone along with other hormones. Since growth hormone is what is responsible for the normal growth of a person, it is considered to be one of the most important hormones in the body. Though in most, pituitary gland functions normally, there may certain cases wherein the gland is unable to work well because of the damage caused to it. The HGH supplements will help the pituitary gland to work normally and help it to secrete the growth hormone.

To obtain HGH supplements legally, it is important to visit a doctor and talk to him about the reasons for HGH supplements. He will undertake some tests to evaluate the working and levels of growth hormone in your body and then if he detects growth hormone deficiency, he may or may not prescribe the hormone therapy.

Nintendo Switch Up for Pre-Order on GameStop

The Nintendo Switch price or release date may not have been officially revealed by Nintendo but that hasn’t stopped retailers from listing it for pre-order.

Nintendo Switch Up for Pre-Order on GameStopGameStop Italy has put up a pre-order page for the Nintendo Switch. It states a price of 399.98 Euros (approximately Rs. 28,500), which is around 100 Euros more than what was leaked prior. Quite possibly a placeholder price.

Though nothing has been said of its raw performance numbers, developer kits allegedly sport the following specifications:

Four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, max 2GHz
Nvidia second-generation Maxwell architecture
256 CUDA cores, max 1GHz, 1024 FLOPS/cycle
4GB RAM (25.6 GB/s, VRAM shared)
32 GB storage (Max transfer 400 MB/s)
USB 2.0 and 3.0
1280 x 720 6.2-inch IPS LCD
1080p at 60 fps or 4k at 30 fps max video output
Capacitance method, 10-point multi-touch
It will be interesting to see how close the retail unit is to its developer kit. Earlier, we reported that the Nintendo Switch would be priced from $249 (around Rs. 17,000) onwards. It appears that this will be the case. UK-based retailer Gameseek has the console listed for £198.50. This puts it in line with the anticipated pricing outed by LetsPlayVideoGames’ Laura Kate Dale.

“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames read at the time. “We have also learned that a separate SKU featuring more internal storage and a packed in game is planned to sell at £249.99.” This will, if Nintendo’s plans bear fruition, result in a dollar pricing of $249.99 (approximately Rs. 17,000) and $299.99 (around Rs. 20,250) respectively.

Fiat Chrysler, Google Partner on Android-Based Car Infotainment System

While Google is already making its presence in cars with Android Auto, it remains an overlay (like an app) on top of a car’s infotainment system. Modern cars that have a touchscreen-based interface in the centre console are still based on in-house proprietary platforms. Ahead of CES 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) – the world’s seventh-largest auto maker – has announced a new version of its UConnect infotainment system. Thanks to recent partnership with Google where FCA is making autonomous cars for Google’s new Waymo platform, the new iteration of UConnect will now be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Fiat Chrysler, Google Partner on Android-Based Car Infotainment SystemFCA cars will still retain the look-and-feel of older UConnect interface, similar to how Android phone makers like Samsung or even Xiaomi customise Android to create a unique experience for their phones. But, since it’s based on Android, it is said to get access to useful Google apps like Assistant, Maps and other Android apps like Spotify, Pandora, etc. This interface will also allow users to control basic features of the car like air conditioning. And if you wish to connect your phone to the car, the system will also support Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.
For car makers, having control over the infotainment interface is important because it is part of their brand identity, as The Verge points out. Which is why the open-source nature of Android is conducive to mould it to their liking. Plus, since app developers already make apps for Android, it avoids the hassle for car makers to get them separately coded for their proprietary platform. FCA’s new UConnect platform will compete with BlackBerry QNX and Microsoft’s car platform that Ford has used in the past. Even Apple is said to be working on a car operating system.

Flipkart iPhone 6 Exchange Offer Reduces Apple Smartphone’s Price to Rs. 9,990

In what can be considered as the biggest discount yet, an ongoing Flipkart iPhone 6 exchange offer that brings down the price of the smartphone’s 16GB Space Grey to as low as Rs. 9,990. The Flipkart iPhone 6 offer provides up to Rs. 22,000 discount on the 16GB Space Grey variant, making it possible to buy the device under Rs. 10,000 when one includes the Rs. 5,000 flat discount being offered alongside.

Flipkart iPhone 6 Exchange Offer Reduces Apple Smartphone's Price to Rs. 9,990The Flipkart iPhone 6 exchange offer is accompanied with an extra 5 percent instant discount on Axis Bank Buzz Credit Cards as well. As we mentioned, e-commerce site is offering a flat Rs. 5,000 off (13 percent) on the iPhone 6 Space Grey 16GB variant, and is selling it for Rs. 31,990. The company is also touting an additional Rs. 2,000 off on regular exchange value under the Flipkart iPhone 6 exchange offer.

Flipkart’s iPhone 6 offer provides up to a maximum of Rs. 22,000 discount on exchange of old phones. This discount varies depending on the model, but we discovered that exchanging the iPhone 6s garners the maximum discount (Rs. 22,000). However, it is unlikely that anyone would exchange their functional iPhone 6s unit with 3D Touch for a two-year-old iPhone 6 that has been outdated for quite some time.
Other models, such as Moto X Play, Xiaomi Redmi Mi 4, OnePlus One, and Asus ZenFone 2, get discounts of Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000 as part of the Flipkart iPhone 6 exchange offer.
The iPhone 6 16GB Silver variant has not got the Rs. 5,000 price cut, and is available for Rs. 36,990. However, the exchange offer is applicable offering a maximum of up to Rs. 20,000 discount. The iPhone 6 was launched in 2015, while the latest phone from Apple is the iPhone 7. Flipkart is offering an exchange discount of up to Rs. 20,000 on all of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

The big highlights of the iPhone 7 are that the base variant has been bumped up to 32GB, the physical press of the Home Button and the 3.5mm audio jack have been removed. The larger iPhone 7 Plus also introduced a dual camera setup for the first time.

Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops With Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ Processors Unveiled Ahead of CES 2017

Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad laptop portfolio and made some notable improvements on its existing laptops. The new laptops from the company include the ThinkPad X270, the 13.3-inch ThinkPad Yoga 370, four new ThinkPad T Ultrabook models, the ThinkPad L 14-inch and 15-inch laptops, and a ThinkPad 13 variant.

Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops With Intel 'Kaby Lake' Processors Unveiled Ahead of CES 2017The newly-unveiled laptops will all run Microsoft’ Signature Edition image of Windows 10 in order to save users from unwanted apps and bloatware, as pointed out in a report by Engadget. Some of the laptops have further been provided with the support for Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad and for Windows Hello.

All the new laptops from Lenovo pack seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. Further, some of the larger models, including ThinkPad T470, T470p, T570, L470, and L570, are also available with the option of faster Intel Optane 3D storage.

Among the new laptops, there is a 12-inch ThinkPad X270 with a touchscreen option, starting at $909 (roughly Rs.62,000) and will be made available next March. The ThinkPad Yoga 370 with a 13.3-inch display will start shipping in March for $1,264 (roughly Rs. 86,200) while the new ThinkPad 13 laptop has been priced by the company at $674 (roughly Rs. 45,900).

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock, priced at $280 (roughly Rs. 19,100) by the company, provides users with power, two DisplayPort connectors, HDMI, VGA, five USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, audio, and another Thunderbolt 3 port as well.

After the unveiling of the new laptops, it will be interesting to see what the company has in store for users at its CES 2017 event early next month.

MobiKwik to Soon Enable Utility Bill Payments, Receives RBI Approval

Mobile wallet firm MobiKwik on Wednesday said its users across the country will be able to pay their utility and convenience bills using the wallet as the company has received an in-principle approval from the RBI to set up a Bharat Bill Payments Operating Unit (BBPOU).

MobiKwik to Soon Enable Utility Bill Payments, Receives RBI ApprovalThe company will now be integrated in Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS), a bill payment system by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), offering interoperable and accessible bill payment service to customers through a network of agents, MobiKwik said in a release.

It said BBPS is a tiered structure for operating the bill payment system in the country under a single brand, and NPCI will function as the authorized Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU), which will be responsible for setting business standards, rules and procedures for technical and business requirements for all the participants.

In its initial phase beginning this month, BBPS will cover repetitive payments for everyday utility services such as electricity, water, gas, telephone and Direct-to-Home (DTH), the release added.
“We are determined to serve the entire country with digital payments and enable Indians from rural or urban areas in making seamless and secure payments from their mobile phones,” MobiKwik Cofounder Bipin Preet Singh said.
Founded in 2009, MobiKwik claims to have a network of more than 250,000 direct merchants and 45 million-plus users.

Auto or Replacement: What Are Your Options?

Deciding on whether you should repair the glass in your vehicle, or to replace it entirely, depends on a variety of factors – including how extensive the damage is, and how expensive each option is, and which option you can likely afford.

One of the most important pieces of glass in your vehicle is the windshield, or windscreen – and this is important in protecting you from debris, insects, and harsh weather conditions. The windshield is important as it provides structural support to the rest of the car as well, and though it is made of a strong material, it is still vulnerable to damage.

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If your windshield is chipped or cracked (because of flying debris), this can hinder your view, and can even cause an accident. A crack in your windshield also means that there may be a leak if you’re driving and it happens to rain. If your windshield is chipped, the damage will have the appearance of a spider web, and can be caused by rocks, or hail stones. A crack, however, looks as though there is a line running through your windshield, and these, too, can damage the integrity of the glass.

Repairing your auto glass can be an option if you may be under a tight budget, for it is a cheaper option. However, merely repairing your glass may not be good enough, if the damage is too extensive.  If the crack is less than three inches long, or if the chip is roughly the size of a quarter, then your glass can be safely repaired. However, if the damage is bigger, then it is advisable to get the glass replaced.

Another thing to note is where your windshield is damaged. For example, if the corner of your windshield is damaged, this can compromise the integrity of the windshield, and is advised that you get the windshield replaced. Though the option of repairing the glass is possible, it is preferred to get your windshield replaced, and car mechanics will advise you to do the same.

Another thing to look out for is to make sure that the crack does not impede your vision. For example, if there is a chip at eye level, or if the crack disrupts your vision, it is better to get your windshield replaced, rather than repaired. Repairs are possible, but the repair can leave minor changes in the glass, which can be distracting to you while you drive. Thus, it is better to get your windshield replaced entirely, to stay on the safe side.

AUTO Glass Quote MN is one such repair service that provides a variety of services to its customers, and does so with a highly trained workforce that is well-equipped to be able to handle any situation that they may come across. The company provides auto glass replacement and repair to local companies, allowing the general public easier access to their services; the staff is highly dedicated in providing quality workmanship in an efficient manner, so that your car is returned to you in mint condition as soon as possible. What makes them a special favourite is the fact that these services are provided at market rates, making them affordable to the general customer, and guaranteeing absolute customer satisfaction.

Over 70 Percent Rural Citizens Have Adopted E-Wallets, Says IT Ministry

More than 70 percent of rural citizens have adopted the methods of e-wallets followed by Unified Payment Interface (UPI) payment option, the Electronics and IT Ministry said today.

Over 70 Percent Rural Citizens Have Adopted E-Wallets, Says IT Ministry“An overview of the current data available with the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) shows that more than 70 percent rural citizens have adopted the methods of e-wallets, 16 percent opted for Unified Payment Interface (UPI),” the ministry said in a release.

Rest of the people looked at Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) & Cards or Point of Sale(PoS).

Similarly, more than 85 percent of the merchants have adopted the e-Wallet system and 13 percent have opted for UPI, the statement said.

“The speed and scale at which digital transformation in taking place in India is paving the way for a digitally empowered, participative and inclusive society,” MeitY Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

Under its Digital Payments awareness and training programme, the Ministry said that Common Service Centre (CSC) network, which provides government service in rural area, has enrolled over 25 lakh rural citizens for digital payments.

“Achieving the 25 lakh mark in such a short time is an indication of the pace at which digital adoption is gaining momentum among rural citizens,” Sundararajan said.

Over 55,000 merchants have started offering digital payment options to rural customers across various districts and blocks in India,” the statement said.

The DigiDhan Abhiyan aims to reach over 1 crore rural citizens through this massive outreach programme. The campaign aims to cover 2 lakh Common Service Centres (CSC) in rural and semi-urban areas and also reach out to 2.5 lakh Gram panchayats across the country. The centres will cover one member from each household and will cater to 40 households in a catchment area.

Facebook Now Lets You Sign Into Android Apps With Mobile Number

Facebook at its annual developer F8 conference earlier this year showcased its Account Kit authentication system. The new system was essentially a new way Facebook wanted people to log into any app instead of the traditional ways. The company has now updated its Account Kit developer tool which lets people sign in to Android apps using Facebook’s instant verification system.

Facebook Now Lets You Sign Into Android Apps With Mobile NumberFacebook’s Ethan Goldman-Kirst, Software Engineer with Identify Tools team, in a blog post explains the instant verification process, “When a person enters his/her phone number into an app using Account Kit, via Android services, we attempt a match with the verified phone number listed on the person’s Facebook profile. This is only possible if the person is logged into the Facebook app on the same device.”

Developers can now take advantage of the new instant verification by integrating the new Facebook SDK for your apps or sites using Account Kit.

Ethan further adds that if there isn’t a match, a SMS will be sent to verify and complete sign-in process. “If there is a match, we can complete the verification without sending a one-time password (OTP) via SMS, making the sign-in flow more seamless. If there isn’t a successful match, a SMS will be sent with a verification code to complete the sign-in. This feature is used only to improve the verification process in a secure way and no additional Facebook information is shared with the app.”

Facebook claims that there has been 97 percent conversation rate in the initial tests which means people entered an app through the instant verification system. The company named Familonet as its early partner which is an app that helps people stay safe by letting them share their location with friends and family in real-time. “Account Kit phone number login increased their registrations by 40 percent. Recent implementation of instant verification lifted their conversion rates by 5 percent, and this continues to rise,” adds Facebook team.

How GIS Is Used by Mobile Companies

There is no denying that the field of mobile technology has really taken off. Mobile companies are operating at huge profits because their products are so in demand right now. It isn’t crazy to see everyone from elementary school kids to great-grandparents using mobile devices. They are so integrated into daily life that many people spend their whole day with their mobile device literally strapped to their side.
However, despite the popularity, there is also an expectation for these companies to always be working on the next best thing. They have to step up their game constantly to keep up with demand and to stay competitive. If a company can’t compete, it will quickly lose ground to other companies that are on top of things.
One of the ways that companies are starting to branch out and improve involves geographic information system technology. GIS is technology that creates data based on location. It can be used in many ways, as noted by USC, and mobile companies are starting to experiment with how this can benefit their customers. Here are some ways they are putting GIS to use.

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Helping Businesses
One way mobile companies are really branching out is by creating new technology that is useful for various businesses. GIS allows them to create mapping programs that can be used to do things like map boundaries of a property. This is incredibly useful for companies in real estate, construction, and the government. It can also be used to look underground, which comes in handy if you are digging or laying materials underground.
Assisting Outdoor Enthusiasts
Because GIS creates maps, it is ideal for use in targeting outdoor enthusiasts who love to run, bike, hike, climb or do anything else in the wild. The outdoors can be dangerous because it is so easy to get lost. The wild is wild because it hasn’t been nicely landscaped and there aren’t manmade paths and roadways. Once you set out on a hike in uncharted territory, you have to be careful. Many paper maps won’t have the routes you need to see, so you could wander into a bad spot. GIS programs, though, are able to give you real-time data and accuracy so that you can be safer and enjoy your outdoor hobbies.
Behind the Scenes
Most mobile companies use GIS in their own operations. They help track workers, manage towers and assist with planning new construction. These uses have helped to increase efficiency, which is great for customers in the long run because it lowers prices. It also has helped to automate processes, which, again, leads to better productivity and lower prices for customers.
GIS is something that has actually been around for a while, but due to the advancements in mobile devices, it is now becoming something that can be useful to every person. Through using GIS, mobile companies are able to create better applications and programs for their devices to make them even more useful to their users. In the future, it is likely that GIS will be used in even more ways to help the continued improvement and usefulness of mobile devices.