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As with any truck owner, brand loyalty is huge and once a truck owner knows what brand they are going to be loyal to it rarely if ever changes. This holds true for owners of the Dodge Ram just as much as any other truck and with the release of the Hemi engine a few years ago, Ram enjoyed some serious changes in loyalty from other trucks to theirs.
For 2014, the Dodge Ram has already won the award for Motor Trend Truck of the Year and is still a fan favorite in many ways. Showing off with the best gas mileage for full size trucks, with the V6 and eight-speed transmission, the 2014 Dodge Ram is a tough truck to beat. Many of the upgrades were made for the 2013 model year, but the 2014 carries over as a fantastic truck.
When you suffer an injury it can be a life-altering event, whether the damage is severe or not. What can be the most frustrating part about an injury is that it can happen at a moment’s notice, without any warning at all, but the consequences last for the rest of your life.
An injury may occur when you’re playing a sport or working out at the gym. Or it may be a car crash that changes your life. Some injuries can even occur around your home, where you’d least expect something bad to happen.
If you’ve experienced an injury and your body facing the ordeal of recovery, here are a few of the things you should keep in mind to help you get past the situation.
Assess the severity
Bumping your toe on the kitchen counter can sting for a minute and possibly make you shout in pain. But a car accident may leave you with more serious and lasting concerns.
Whatever the event might be, it’s vital that you first assess the severity, as a way of finding out how you should go about resolving the issue.
Seek medical attention
If your injury is extremely serious, you’ll probably want to seek medical attention. It’s also important to remember that sometimes after a car accident or other type of injury event, you might not notice that you’re hurting at first.
When adrenaline kicks in, your body may not let you know that you’re in pain; it may be masked until you calm down. So be sure to pay attention and take extra care when assessing your injuries.
Even in the most mild of car accidents, don’t neglect to get the information of the other driver, so you can contact him or her in the event that a seemingly minor collision turns out to pose pressing issues for your health.
Rehabilitate your injury properly
After suffering an injury and initial treatment, it’s likely you’ll require medical rehabilitation care. In some cases, this process will require you to visit a clinic on a regular basis to work on recovering the muscle, joint, or bone functions that were impaired.
In other cases, you may be able to do these exercises at home and on your own time. This might mean a more expedient recovery process, assuming you do it right.
Maintain the health of the injured areas in the future
You may never feel completely healed after an injury. Some issues may persist for months or even years after the incident.
However, in order to avoid further injuries in the future, you want to make sure that you maintain the health of the recovered portion(s) of your body. This may mean wearing a protective brace of you have joint problems, or stretching more diligently before and after any exercise or other exertions.
The varieties of injuries are vast, but making sure you take care of your health should be a constant.
You can get better after an injury or an accident. However, follow the tips above to ensure that you get back to being as healthy as you possibly can be.
Ever think of giving up your digital gadgetry for just one day? System overload is almost a borderline disease of epidemic proportions; maybe it’s time to temporarily unplug and take a break.
You can disconnect from the world of technology and reconnect with yourself. Here’s how.
Take small steps
Unplugging from technology is somewhat comparable to an addict starting to get clean. For some, it might feel that intense.
At first, it’s likely you’ll hear your phone buzzing, even though it’s off. The constant sense that something in your pocket is ringing or buzzing may drive you a bit mad at first.
You may have an overwhelming need to get online just so you can still feel that “sense of connection’ to the rest of the world. But you should really give yourself a break.
You probably didn’t realize how intertwined you were with your smartphone, and technology in general, until you shut it off. Admit it: You’re physically entangled with the digital age. Now, stop and consider how it’s affecting you.
This awareness is the first step in the process of cleansing digitally.
You might get a sense of newfound freedom once you break your constant connection. You no longer have to Google every idea that pops into your head, reply to every email instantly, or log onto Facebook or tweet every second of your life.
Your loved ones will support and connect with you in person. Relax. Facebook and Twitter will still be there when you reconnect after your temporary respite.
Disconnect to reconnect
As you disconnect from technology, you’ll find you’re actually reconnecting with family and friends more than ever, since you’re not glued to a device or monitor. Remember when people used to look each other in the eye and have a conversation?
Be present in the moment
Taking yourself out of the digital rat race will allow you to live in the present moment where there’s no past (emails to answer) or future (someone’s texting you). It’s just you with yourself, no one else. Breathe.
Tap into your inner zen
The absence of 24/7 digital connection will help you understand you can’t control everything. When you’re not living on Twitter and checking for updates on a particular situation over which you have zero control anyway, it’s actually quite freeing.
Just let it go. You can’t change things like the weather, airport delays, or other people’s behavior.
Rediscover your focus
When was the last time you read an interesting book from cover to cover? A physical book? Trading in constant bombardment of digital information for quiet time either to read a new book or laugh with your children will realign your focus with the real world.
A relentless data diet is ike eating too many slices of pizza. You’ll be badly nourished yet still feeling hungry for more.
Restore your sense of passion
While you’re on digital hiatus, take the time to rediscover what makes you tick. What are you passionate about? What do you consider fun? What makes you laugh or smile?
Tap into your creativity or do a hobby you used to love. There is a whole world offline. Go out and find it.
The latest developments in cyber security, medical technology, and mobile device software are paving the way to higher profits, less waste, and fewer errors across a broad spectrum of industries.
For instance, researchers at the University of Wisconsin have developed technology that prevents hackers from stealing customer credit card numbers. Students at MIT have come up with a mobile-based marketplace for wholesale food.
Medical supply companies are making progress on surgical sponges embedded with microchips that keep track of the number of instruments left inside patients. Take a closer look at each of these technological marvels.
Clever encryption technology keeps hackers guessing
Computer hackers often employ a brute-force method to crack passwords. They build huge clusters of computers that can cycle through thousands of password attempts per second.
Previous cyber security measures kept passwords relatively safe against this type of attack, but hackers could sometimes extract a password from a poorly defended network.
University of Wisconsin researcher Thomas Ristenpart and independent computer scientist Ari Juels may have come up with a security strategy that will thwart these brute-force attempts. The technique is based on the honeypot method employed by espionage agents.
Large databases of fake credit card numbers are set up to lure hackers into an attack. As they attempt to crack the network security by brute force, instead of being denied access for a wrong password attempt, they randomly receive fake data.
In the wake of the “successful” attack, the authorities can be alerted because an incorrect password got used.
Breakthrough in medical equipment may mean fewer lawsuits
Although it doesn’t happen very often, medical instruments left inside a patient can lead to severe medical complications and malpractice lawsuits. Hospital insurance companies refer to this kind of mishap as a “never event”: the kind of mistake that should never occur.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek:
One in 5,500 surgeries results in a medical instrument left inside a patient
Over the last 20 years, this type of event has happened five times a day, on average
It’s the most common type of preventable “never event” caused by human error
Other types of “never events” include removing the wrong organ or performing surgery on the wrong patient
New medical instruments with electronic bar codes could put an end to the counting errors that cause these mistakes. Medical supply maker Stryker spent $85 million to develop the technology.
MIT students develop mobile market for food supplies
Although close to 15 percent of all Americans are living with hunger, the country wastes an estimated 33 percent of edible food every year. Massachusetts Institute of Technology business students Emily Malina and Ricky Ashenfelter came up with a way to turn wasted food into profit and feed hungry people.
Instead of sending unwanted food to a landfill, it gets listed on a mobile application called Spoiler Alert. Commercial and independent consumers can bid on the food at prices far below the normal rates. The project is in the early stages of development, but by late 2014 it should be ready to begin a trial run.
From great quality whitening creams to fantastic makeup products, the Internet is becoming the best place to look when it comes to both skin care product recommendations and help with applying them. For people who are new to a skin-care regimen or for those who just want to find a good product to use each day, using the worldwide web can help out tremendously and save you some money in the process.
There are a few distinct actions the Internet is performing in terms of helping people look and feel better about themselves and their skin care routine.
Finding great products
One way the Internet is helping people find the right products is by allowing them to review what they are using. Do a simple search on a search engine with regard to a specific product and you’ll find a variety of review sites whose contents you can easily absorb right at home.
These reviews are being written by people of all ages who have tried the product in question. Whether it be a specific type of foundation or a cream cleanser that’s hit the store shelves and is getting a lot of attention, you can see how other people like the product before they even buy it for themselves.
The reason this is so useful is that it enables people to rule out bad skin-care products before they buy them. Makeup and skin care are very expensive, which is certainly not going to be news to individuals who buy these products on a routine basis.
Also, most stores have very strict policies when it comes to returning skin care and makeup items. Because of this, you might buy something you absolutely hate but are stuck with it because they are not allowed to return it.
By reading reviews about a product before buying it, you can make up your own mind about whether or not it’s worth buying.
Learning how to apply products
Besides reading reviews and watching online videos about skin care products, you can also use the Internet to your advantage when it comes to applying and otherwise using the products. Makeup tutorial and skin-care tutorial videos can be incredibly helpful, because they allow you to watch another person either do his or her own makeup or apply a specific product to someone’s face to achieve a beautiful look.
These tutorial videos come in especially handy for people who are not good at applying makeup. One person can watch another do her own makeup and then mimic her to achieve the same look. If you want to learn a new makeup application technique, these videos will come in just as handy.
Just pop on a video, mimic the person’s movements, and youll have beautiful skin that’s made up to look gorgeous. The Internet is truly a wonderful resource when it comes to both finding out and learning more about a specific skin care or makeup product right from home.
Traditional cigarettes have been a controversial subject for decades, forcing smokers and non-smokers to separate into confined areas based on health concerns. With the advent of the e-cigarette, smokers now have a healthier choice for curbing their nicotine cravings.
Though a heating element warms the nicotine and flavor-infused juice, vaping has become the newest way to reduce a person’s smoking habit and even stop it altogether.
Feels like cigarette
Depending on the manufacturer, e-cigs can look just like a traditional cigarette. Some types even come with a soft filter tip for the same sensation in the mouth. For many smokers, smoking isn’t just about inhaling nicotine; it’s also about a physical habit.
Pursing the lips around an e-cig is virtually the same as doing it with a traditional cigarette, which fulfills that person’s physical need to inhale. You truly inhale a mixture of vapor, rather than smoke, which makes the process easier on the lungs and body.
Cravings curbed in public places
Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. By using the e-cig as a crutch, the dedicated smoker has a ladder to reduce nicotine cravings. For example, a craving occurs as a smoker is walking through an outdoor mall.
Instead of waiting until a smoking area appears, he or she can simply use an e-cig, in almost any space. The FDA hasn’t regulated its use, making it easy to vape in an open area to reduce the cravings. Once satisfied, there’s no need to find a traditional smoking area where a cessation program is difficult to follow.
Adjustable nicotine levels
The e-cig uses e-juice as its vaping source. Nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and flavoring all mix in one cartridge. When a user purchases the e-juice, he selects a nicotine concentration, such as 6 or 24mg.
Users can even select 0mg if they only want the physical sensation of vaping. As a result, they can steadily reduce the nicotine levels while relying on the physical action they crave. With e-cig use, there’s no need to fiddle your fingers or find a new hobby.
Enlisting enticing flavors
As users reduce nicotine levels, they can center their senses on flavor. Because of the lower nicotine amounts, vaping will not offer the same effects as before.
Being able to select flavors, from bubblegum to banana, allows the vaping enthusiast to enjoy a new sensation. Choose from dozens of different flavors to make each vaping experience different. Nicotine patches, and other smoking cessation devices, can’t create this alternative sensation.
By switching to e-cigs, smokers can reduce their trash output as they try to kick the habit. Discarded cigarette butts may still tempt the user to smoke, because of their lingering scent and visual presence.
E-cigs are reusable devices with internal batteries to warm the e-juice. When the e-cig is out of sight, the user can concentrate on other interests rather than the next nicotine hit. With a cleaner environment, smoking cessation is possible.
Some smokers may turn to e-cigs temporarily to quit smoking, or take on the habit as a healthier form of nicotine inhalation. Regardless of the reason, users have more choices to curb their nicotine needs.
If you have a website that you want the entire world to see, then you have to figure out the best way to get views and traffic. With so much else going on across the Internet, it can feel like an uphill battle when it comes to getting your voice heard and attracting visitors.
But it’s not impossible. If you know how to maximize your SEO efforts, you can and will climb in the search rankings and start getting traffic to your page more than you ever imagined. Here are some insights into SEO and why it’s vital for the success of your site.
What is SEO?
SEO, or search engine optimization, refers to the tactics one uses to improve the placement of a particular website on a search engines such as Google or Yahoo. For example, when a person types a specific string of keywords or phrases into a search engine, you want to make sure that your website turns up on the first page of the results, and ideally within the first three to five listings.
It’s a fact of life that not many people take the trouble to look beyond the first half dozen items, and certainly not on the second or third page, for stuff they’re trying to find.
How can you improve your SEO?
There are a variety of different ways you can increase your SEO power. For starters, getting more traffic to your site will automatically increase your presence due to the amount of views you accumulate and the way that that total gets crunched in search engine algorithms.
But another option for SEO optimization is to phrase your website content and keywords with care so that people are more likely to come across them. There are also companies available that will help you increase your standing by applying the information and knowledge they have about the process. These services can be incredibly helpful in getting your page recognized by search engines and and driving more traffic your way.
Why is SEO important?
Without SEO, your website is going to struggle to survive. Even if you have a flood of visitors to your site on a daily basis, the only way to keep it growing, and potentially profitable, is to get new viewers on a regular basis.
While some sites can rely on references and word of mouth, SEO is where the most essential factors come into play. After all, whether someone is on the next block or the other side of the world, when they type in a string of keywords that relate to your specialties, you want to make sure that it’s you they find, even if they’ve never heard of you before.
You can easily increase your web traffic through the use of SEO optimization. But other sites are equally trying to increase their presence, so it’s going to require work and effort on your behalf.
If you incorporate the tactics of SEO, you can start ranking up today. And if you’re lost and don’t know what to do, then seek the advice of a company that can help you maximize your efforts.
As the economy improves, movement in the real estate market is picking up. More activity among buyers and sellers will lead to new home building and remodels.
If you’re looking to build or remodel, you’ll want to know what the hot trends are, both to make your home more livable, but to add to its resale appeal and value in the future.
Technology is influencing remodeling trends
As with everything else, technology is influencing home construction and remodeling, whether one speaks of creating a greener, more energy-efficient environment, or installation of smart appliances throughout a residence.
For the kitchen, homeowners are purchasing appliances that use technology to run more efficiently. Some are connected to the web, use tech for remote operation, or act as another communications base in the kitchen.
Refrigerators with built-in Internet tablets can provide recipes at your fingertips and keep track of pantry and refrigerated food items to create shopping lists. Use of stainless steel for counters and work surfaces is growing, for a neater, high-tech appearance, as well as ease in cleaning.
Water-saving tubs, basins, and commodes can provide lower utility bills and help you do your part in contributing to the planet’s health. Dramatic front doors and entry ways are a hot trend, too. Spending time and money sprucing up the front access to your house dramatically adds to “curb appeal.”
Your high-tech family and personal spaces
Game and family rooms are making a comeback, thanks to technology. Home theaters and access to video and audio libraries throughout the home are easily installed, especially with the advent of Bluetooth and wireless technology. No longer do you need to tear apart walls to hard-wire your entertainment appliances.
Personal “spa space” added to baths in master bedrooms are on the uptick. Spa tubs, make-up vanities, and personal lounging space can add both to the appearance and usefulness of your personal space in the home.
Stand-alone tubs and showers that are capable of creating a personalized climate environment with rain streams and steam are popular options.
Some homeowners are considering the option of what is referred to as “multi-generational” living; that is, equipping a home for the owners to reside in the space as long as possible, with handicap access counter tops, and sensor-type on-off switches for faucets — not only in the kitchen, but in the baths as well.
Using green materials
Eco-friendly materials are more available and popular with both builders and remodelers. Owners want to purchase sustainable woods and other materials. New types of finishes are available for persons who have sensitivities to certain types of chemicals.
Adding fireplaces throughout the home, including kitchens and bedrooms, adds decorative warmth as well as a less expensive way to heat residences on a zone-by-zone basis. Home gourmets like the idea of having wood-burning cooking areas.
Quality hardware and accents
It’s important not to overlook one area when building or remodeling. The hardware in a project is too often an afterthought, and it shouldn’t be. Buying quality hardware for doors, cabinets, and other uses in construction or remodeling adds not only value but a nicer look to your home.
The Great Recession struck the housing industry in 2008 and reverberated throughout the U.S. economy for years. As unemployment eases and hiring picks up, people are finding that their financial situation is improving.
However, money may still be tight, especially with many people having given up critical funds from their retirement accounts. Recovering from the Great Recession may take some honest evaluation of finances and income to find secure footing.
It may be impossible magically to replace all the money lost from past economic woes. However, savvy people can look at their retirement accounts and alter their investing strategy.
In general, consumers should acquire more bonds instead of stocks as they age. When people are young, they can afford some risk, but older people need a retirement account that’s more steady.
Whether consumers have a 401(k) or a pension, consulting with a financial officer is a smart move to avoid further significant losses. You should stay aware of current economic conditions if you want to feel comfortable about investing.
Look into HARP
Because many homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their property is worth, the U.S. government has created a refinance program to help current account holders. Referred to as HARP, the program assists homeowners in good standing with their home loans to refinance with less interest, principal, or both.
The help enables struggling homeowners to arrange a lower payment each month and open up funds for economic stimulus. Homeowners may have enough money to buy a bed or couch after using HARP, which boosts the local economy.
Interested homeowners would need to talk to their lenders about a loan adjustment.
Consider debt consolidation
Some consumers may have relied on credit cards as a form of income during the Great Recession, but some of those cards reached their limit. Instead of filing for bankruptcy, debtors should look for a less damaging way to relieve themselves of high payments.
Debt consolidation programs are not loans, but strategies to negotiate lower interest rates or balances with creditors. Although consumers typically have to close these accounts to participate in a plan, they can slowly pay off the debt at a reasonable rate without severely damaging their credit history.
Once the debts are paid, consumer credit scores rise in response.
Although the world is full of material temptations, you should learn to avoid large purchases, such as boats. In fact, try to sell any items that aren’t necessary, including jet skis.
Possession of many recreational toys may indicate economic status, but paying for them and their required insurance adds up over time. Consider switching to a more frugal lifestyle to shore up savings and retirement accounts.
With smart spending, consumers will find themselves with a monthly surplus rather than a deficit.
Recovering from financial distress takes time and dedication to strategic spending. Look through monthly expenses to list any items that aren’t necessary.
Reducing the household to one car or renting out a room for some rental income are just two creative options to save money. Overall, consumers need to spend less than they make, as well as pay off any credit charges each month to avoid interest payments.