Author: Melissa Thompson

Going to a FoIP System

In the late 1990’s the fax machine was considered to be an anachronism on its way out, like the rotary dial phone. With the rise of the internet, and specifically email and other forms of cyber communication, the bulky hard copy faxes that had taken over many business procedures throughout the world were thought to be disposable. Many offices began to whittle away at their fax machine budgets and prepare to go completely paperless. But the disappearance of the fax machine did not occur; instead, it evolved into FoIP — Fax over Internet Protocol. This is also called Broadband Telephony, Internet Telephony, and Broadband Telephone Service. No matter what it’s called, the system uses the public internet (IP) instead of the public switched telephone network (PSTN). What does FoIP do? The reason that VoIP technology was developed in the first place was the increasing unreliability of the existing telephone networks throughout the world. Even in North America, where the telephone was first invented and exploited, the telephonic infrastructure was beginning to decay at an accelerating rate, and with the breakup of the AT&T monolith into regional companies, the maintenance budgets were cut drastically, so that landline services became unacceptable to many major corporations for their most important transmissions. As large corporations go, so go the small fry. Smaller companies also began clamoring for a better way to send and...

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Latest Research Shows Promise in Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins affect nearly one in every two individuals around the world, causing unattractive cords and twists beneath the skin, dark, visible veins, and in the most severe cases, pain and swelling that makes living a normal life a true challenge. Varicose veins take place for a variety of reasons, including genetic predispositions to vein wall issues, obesity, pregnancy, and strenuous occupations that require ample time spent on the feet each day. While there are at-home remedies prescribed to help ease the discomfort associated with varicose veins, some turn to professional help when symptoms reach a debilitating level. Surgery,...

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Scrotox: The Number of Men Wanting the Operation Doubles in a Year

What is Scrotox? Well, let’s start by explaining its counterpoint: Botox. Botox is an injection of a special kind of toxin that has been used in medicine for quite some time. Only until recently has it been approved for aesthetic purposes such as to deter the appearance of wrinkles. Scrotox is just another variation of this, except it is meant for the scrotum, and promises to reduce wrinkles, sweating, and can actually make this part of the male organ appear larger. The idea of a shot being integrated for the testicular region is beyond me, yet the number of men wanting the operation has literally doubled in the past year. Now why is that? Let us take a look at the facts. Though it costs a considerable amount of money, and is only approved at a certain number of clinics, men are flocking to the idea of a “larger scrotum” based on the notion that it will appeal to women more. Case and point, no man cares if their testicular region is less prone to sweat or has less wrinkles. What this procedure is doing is emphasizing the male stereotype that a larger penis or testicular area is appealing to women. I cannot argue against that. However, is this taking it too far? According to a recent study by Psychology Today, seven out of eight women (roughly 84 percent...

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5 Unique Home Improvement Options

Whereas many people want to go standard and traditional routes when it comes to home improvement, there are those who want to take the road less traveled. These individuals want to stick out, they want to be noticed, and they want their homes to reflect their desire for uniqueness. Five ways that you can do this, to varying degrees of practicality, include installing a rubber roof, using styled solar panels, installing custom awnings, landscaping your yard for garden use rather than for grass like a typical lawn, or maybe even really customizing your windows and doors. A Rubber Roof Did you know that you can install a rubber roof on your home? Most people don’t! But the fact is, there are all sort of positives for reasons like cost effectiveness, longevity, ease of repair, and even color options. If you want a quirky thing to be able to say to your home improvement buddies, you can’t go too far wrong being able to say the statement ‘yep, it was time to replace the roof, so I went with rubber.’ That’s some conversation gold, right there. Stylish Solar Panels Solar panels definitely aren’t mainstream yet. And that means if you want to be one of those hip, early adopter home improvement gurus, you still have time to get some panels and decide how you want them to fit in with...

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Independent Insurance Agent Brian Greenberg in the top 1% of financial professionals worldwide

Million Dollar Roundtable is a premier association for financial and insurance professionals and they recently chose Phoenix-based life insurer Brian Greenberg to join them. Only the top 1% of financial and insurance agents are eligible to join the roundtable and this is determined by their commissions and sales volume. The Million Dollar Roundtable also has their own strict ethics code members must abide by. Greenberg runs True Blue Life Insurance, which got off to an unusual start. He began his career by working with MetLife as a traditional agent. He would spend his time arranging appointments and meeting with potential customers in their homes, but he says that he was never comfortable making a sales pitch to people. He believes that life insurance is something that should be bought, rather than sold. While many would agree that personal contact is important to many businesses, Greenberg felt differently about life insurance. There are many people who are uncomfortable about discussing their medical history or having blood pressure tests performed by insurance agents, which is usually needed to get insurance. There were other people who didn’t want to discuss their finances with a stranger, especially if they had lost money. It also takes a lot of time and paperwork to acquire insurance. Greenberg was a tech-savvy guy in his 30s when he entered the market in 2007 so he did what...

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3 Ways to Experience Art In Stunning Technicolor The Next Time You’re On A Cruise

Cruises capitalize on the fact that there is no shortage of things to do while you’re out at sea. If by some weird happenstance you do exhaust your options, the amazing thing about cruises is that the ship has a destination in mind. You spend a week or so relaxing the day away, stuffing your face with all you can eat buffets, being entertained until your eyes fall out, and then when you finally become bored with your options, you port at your destination and you go out and see the sights in whatever exotic location you’ve chosen to visit. If you think that you’re going to be bored on a cruise, you’re sorely wrong. But if you’re curious as to just how much there is to do, here are just 3 ways you can experience art in stunning technicolor the next time you take a cruise: Through Art Auctions Park West Gallery takes the world by storm with the art it provides the world in its galleries in cities, but also abroad and on the very cruise ships you’re taking your next vacation on. Cruise ships lack no amenity, but if you’re looking for ways to embrace art while on the open sea, you need to attend an art auction on the ship, put on by Park West Gallery. You might find yourself being moved by a work...

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Why the post-Brexit prime property market is still worthy of investment

Record numbers of transactions crumbled immediately following the EU referendum, due to buyers pulling out of sales. However, overseas investors brightened estate agents and mortgage brokers days around the nation as they took advantage of the 31-year low fall in the value of the pound and swooped in to replace those losses. The decrease in the value of Sterling is boosting the prime property market, with US buyers benefiting from discounts of up to 10 percent and everyone able to negotiate higher discounts in asking prices of up to £25,000, which is a significant increase on the £4,000 reported average in January. A large majority of the investments made in US dollars over the last six months were Americans who had already been renting in the UK taking advantage of the conversion rate and investing while they can. With lending rates also extremely attractive and household debt continuously reducing since 2008, buyers are finding themselves at a significantly lower risk when investing in new property or up-sizing. Interest rates are currently below 2 percent and are expected to stay there for at least the next 12 months and with deals at 3 percent fixed for 10 years, the market is extremely attractive for investors. Investing in Prime Central London For investors looking at prime central London, Mayfair property values are strong and the choice of listings available is significantly...

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Tips and Tricks for Lowering Your Vehicle Insurance Quickly

As a consumer, you probably assume (correctly) that you should keep your monthly bills as low as possible. There are numerous expenses that can be trimmed down or even eliminated to some degree, but they often require making lifestyle changes. Thankfully, it is possible to lower your car insurance expenses by implementing a variety of unique tactics. Within this guide, you will learn how to lower your insurance quickly and easily. Take A Driving Course Many people believe a driving course is a waste of time and money. This isn’t necessarily true. The fact of the matter is that a driving course can help you in a variety of ways. First and foremost, it will give you the ability to learn proper driving techniques, so you’ll be much less likely to get involved in a car accident. At the same time, a driving course can actually help you cut down your insurance. Most driving courses are recognized by insurance companies, and they’ll usually give you a discount for participating. Safety and Security Devices Another thing to keep in mind is that insurance companies determine your premiums based on the likelihood that your vehicle will be stolen. If you happen to live in a crime ridden area, it’s highly likely that you’ll be required to pay higher premiums. This can be very annoying, but it’s actually something you can get...

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5 Tips To Prepare For The Holiday Season

November is solidly upon us again, and that means the holiday season is thundering towards us like a jingle bell wearing freight train. Friends, family, and co-workers are on your mind as the season of giving and sharing is coming about. Dreams of times together over big meals, thoughts of shared special times and sweet conversations with loved ones give us hope in the return of the season. You deeply desire to have a full and meaningful season with your loved ones, one that focuses on the good in life, and the meaning of the season. What are some ways you can prepare for the season well? Set a healthy pace Running, running, running is not the speed you want to be going. You can be so busy, you miss those deeply meaningful moments with those you love so much. Set a pace that allows you to see and hear those who mean the most to you. Create times that enable you to devote yourself entirely to the moment you are in. Don’t be afraid to put down your devices, turn off the entertainment system, and disconnect from the outside world. Those you love will thank you for it. Set a budget Has a realistic budget been set for your different expenditures? Consider your food and drink costs, gift costs, and incidental costs. Try to avoid overextending yourself and...

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Hotwire PR Acquires Eastwick Communications to Strengthen US Presence and Secure its Position in the Top Ten Technology Agencies in North America

Hotwire to Offer Best of Breed Multinational Communications Campaigns across Europe, North America and APAC NEW YORK: Hotwire PR, the global PR and communications consultancy, today announced it has acquired Eastwick Communications, an award-winning technology communications agency. This investment fuels Hotwire’s ambition to offer a truly global client and employee centred alternative to behemoth multinationals. This acquisition further strengthens Hotwire’s reach and expertise as a large multinational with the service ethos and deep connections that only a local agency can offer. The investment for the acquisition came from Hotwire’s parent company, Enero Group Limited (ASX: EGG), a boutique network of marketing and communications businesses. Both Barbara Bates and Heather Kernahan of Eastwick will remain in their roles as CEO, North America and President respectively within the new Hotwire US business, overseeing offices in both San Francisco and New York. Barbara will report into Hotwire’s Global CEO Brendon Craigie. All leadership team members from Hotwire and Eastwick remain in place. Together, the new team brings Hotwire’s headcount in the US to 70, 42 in San Francisco and 28 in New York. Founded in 1991, this year Eastwick celebrated its 25th anniversary. The company has continued to innovate with programs such as its CMO-in-residence and the addition of its Digital Brand Lab. Eastwick has been widely recognized and awarded as a premier technology agency for clients ranging from startups to the...

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