What is eSports?

The first video game ever made was patented in 1947, a simple analogue device designed to emulate a missile targeting system. However, video games did not become more widely popular until almost thirty years later, when Atari’s pong became quite popular in the United States. Since 1980s, these games and gaming systems have become a vital part of the entertainment industry and everyday life for the average person. Almost every household in America has either a gaming system or a computer to play video games on, and as a result of this popularity, a new industry is forming around the video gaming culture. Videos on platforms such as Youtube of individuals playing video games have gained immense popularity over the previous decade. Even as early as 2010, there were video game players making enough money to live on by streaming and broadcasting their gameplay online, and being paid to advertise for various companies. eSports, also sometimes referred to as electronic sports, are competitions between professional video game players that are now played on television, not just shown online. This world of professional video game playing involves hundreds of millions of dollars today, and could soon be taken seriously on a more mainstream level. According to some surveys, this year alone as many as 400 million individuals worldwide will watch some form of eSports, and approximately half of those people do so regularly. The audience for professional video game playing is focused primarily in the United States and China, as well …

Farm to Table Movement

For decades now, there have been many individuals who take issue with the food service and grocery industry. Factory farming has had a variety of negative effects on the environment, and the treatment of the livestock in these places has been well publicized as being inhumane. The large grocery chains in America waste millions of tons of food annually that goes bad and unsold, and there are health concerns about the long term storage and chemical additives in the food. As more and more information concerning things like small farm economics and food safety became available to the public, a movement began to grow. Focusing on ensuring that their food is exclusively obtained directly from the primary source of the product, the Farm-to-Table movement is the result of decades of building change in the attitude towards food safety and traceability. One of the first and most well known farm-to-table restaurant is called Chez Panisse, located in Berkley, California. Founded by food activist and author Alice Waters, Chez Panisse is famous for developing a network among the local farms and dairies to purchase their food directly from the source. Food-to-table restaurants like this have become more and more popular since the early 2000s, turning into one of the most widespread fads in the restaurant industry. By cutting out middlemen and large national chains, the food-to-table movement takes money that would leave a local area forever and funnels it back into the community. There are of course many critics of the food-to-table …

The Franchise Builders

When your business becomes successful enough that it becomes necessary to open up more than one new location, you should begin the process of building yourself a franchise. Any store with more than two locations is a chain, and every chain is a franchise, requiring different business strategies than when only operating one storefront. At the Franchise Builders, there is a group of dedicated professional franchise developers waiting to help you build your business to greater heights. Franchise Builders offers our clients a variety of different services from marketing to technological support, everything necessary to help you develop your franchise. We do far more than just take care of the paperwork required for you to legally sell a franchise, though we can help with that as well. The staff we employ include a variety of professionals, from strategists to engineers, all focused on helping your business become more successful. We take care of all franchise related services. The founders of Franchise Builders are successful business owners themselves, who have an intimate understanding of what it takes to run a profitable franchise in a volatile economy. They own and operate a handful franchise systems, and as a result the services offered by Franchise Builders is always relevant and tested in the real world. This insight into what challenges a new franchise owner will face is unparalleled by any of the competition in the industry. A well of advice and experience is just waiting to be tapped by our customers, letting them …

Titanium Payments

The electronic payment industry has become very lucrative over the previous two decades, starting in the late nineties with Cofinity. Cofinity, soon to be renamed PayPal, was the first and most popular of the electronic payment transfer companies. Purchased in eBay in 2002, Paypal remained a subsidiary of eBay until 2015, when it gained its independence. Companies such as PayPal operate online payments systems that allow customers to make financial transactions online and across the world, in an easier and more efficient way than simply using a bank. Titanium Payments is one of these companies, offering to its customers the ability to make online money transfers and other services valuable in the modern commercial arena. Titanium Payments was originally founded in 2000 as Alpha Processing, before it was folded up and merged with the MLS Direct Network during its national launch in 2004. In 2016, Titanium Payments was launched as its own company for the first time, separate from its predecessors. Revolutionary in its structure, Titanium Payments is designed to take profits that would normally accumulate at a corporate level, and funnel them back into local communities and our business partners. As a result, we allow are clients to save more money than any of the other competitors in the industry. Titanium Payments was founded as a response to the flaws in the online payment processing industry, in which merchants using the programs were charged higher fees so that the corporate profits were not impacted, with local street level agents …

REIvault

Marketing and advertising are both crucial aspects of running a successful business, and ensuring that your business will continue to grow in the future. Every major corporation in the world has entire divisions devoted to marketing and sales strategies, and it takes years to train an educate an employee in those fields. For a small business owner, hiring a full team of professionals to help market their product and increase their sales is simply not a possibility. There is no money available for that level of expenditure, and as a result local businesses often have difficulty trying to reach a larger market. REIvault is a solution to this problem, a company devoted to give our customers the service and treatment you could expect from a team of dozens of experts, all without having to hire a single person. REIvault gives our investors and agents the resources and opportunities that could rival the skills of an entire marketing department of a larger company. We allow our customers to focus on running their business and making money, while we take care of all of their marketing and advertising needs, finding them customers ready to make a purchase. The services that we offer vary from customer to customer, but entail just about any task required for marketing purposes. There are a large amount of tasks involved in successfully marketing your business to customers and clients, all of which REIvault is happy to take care of for you. Starting with basic marketing strategies, like …

Nextiva

Email systems and chat programs commonly used by businesses for the purposes of internal communication such as those sold by Microsoft are by and large flawed, in a variety of ways. Designed more for ease of use and simplicity than to meet the challenges offered by the complex needs of growing businesses, these programs are simply unable to complete the tasks that they are being used for efficiently. Nextiva is a comprehensive communications suite, designed for the use of businesses in aiding communication with a variety of programs, superior to its competition in every conceivable way. Nextiva offers a better version of essentially every commonly used method of online communication, with specially designed software designed to take full advantage of cloud computing. Cloud computing involves the storage of large amounts of information in outside devices and networks, allowing the provider to shoulder the costs of keeping all that data on servers, and improving the quality of the web-service being provided. It keeps information stored online rather than in your hard drive, freeing up gigabytes of space. Nextiva’s business phone service reaps the benefit of cloud computing, offering customers an unparalleled and reliable call making, text messaging, and voicemail services all with unlimited hours at an affordable cost. The service is in high definition on a national level, letting you turn voicemails into emails and queue calls while taking care of business. The SMS, or text messaging, service allows customers to send written messages as well, and is included in the …

Pros and Cons of Being a Vegetarian vs Vegan

For most individuals, there is no real perceptible difference between a vegetarian or vegan diet. To the layman, they are all simply fad diets that limit the kinds of foods you are able to enjoy for little to no health benefits. However, there is in fact an important distinction to be made between the two diets. Vegetarians do not eat any meat products, but are able to consume things like dairy products and eggs. Vegans do not eat any kind of animal food products, and many vegans make an effort not to even use inedible animal products like wool or leather. As a result, vegetarianism is considered to be just a diet, while veganism is considered to be an entire way of life. While there is still a great deal of debate over whether or not a vegan diet is healthier than a vegetarian diet, it is almost universally accepted than a vegan diet is healthier than a diet including animal products. According to some studies, more than ten million lives could be saved every year from deaths related to the consumption of animals or their byproducts. There are a variety of reasons that the vegan diet is healthier, the first of which is that it encourages weight loss. There are far less calories being ingested by someone on a vegan diet than even one on a vegetarian diet, and the food being consumed is much lower in fat content. Furthermore, those individuals who live a vegan lifestyle are at …

Machine Learning

For more than a hundred years, mathematicians and engineers have been developing the field of computer science. What started as a theoretical thought experiment all those years ago, the concept of a computer device that can think, is now a goal modern engineers strive to reach. The concept of an artificial intelligence is now a staple of the science fiction genre, while various theories have developed as an attempt to explain how such a creation would function. The scientific study of algorithms and statistical models that allow computers to become more efficient at completing a given task is known as machine learning, and this study is key to the history and development of modern computer programming. At its core, Machine Learning is not a very complex concept, following several basic steps. Firstly, you need data on whatever task you are trying to have completed, in  order to use a basis for a mathematical model. The algorithms used to create this model based on the sample data can then be used in order to make predictions on how the task will be completed or make decisions on how to best complete the task. These basic machine learning algorithms are the basis for all email filtering, firewall protections, and audio-visual analysis. Machine learning tasks come in three main categories: supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and active learning tasks. There are also tasks that fall somewhere in between unsupervised and supervised learning tasks, referred to as semi-supervised tasks, that combine characteristics of both. Supervised …

Facial Recognition

Over the last several decades, the increasing popularity of law enforcement television shows has made the general public become familiar with the concept of facial recognition software. A common plot device for screenwriters looking to introduce a character, facial recognition systems are any device able to identify an individual from a digital image or a frame from a video file. These systems work in several ways and are used in a surprisingly large variety of ways throughout the technological world. For the most part, facial recognition software works on simple, basic programming functions. Algorithms are written and mathematical models are made in order to identify several main facial features in the image being analyzed, which are then compared to images stored in a database of some kind. These programs are becoming more and more sophisticated as time passes, taking note on everything from skin blemishes to bone structure in order to ensure that the wrong images are not matched together. Originally, facial recognition capabilities began to be developed in the early 1960s, by researchers employed by a still unidentified intelligence agency. The original method, as developed by scientists Blesdoe, Chan, and Bisson, was to measure the distance between important features on the face such as the eyes and nose. These distances were then mapped against those stored in the database, allowing a crude if fairly reliable method of facial recognition. Over the next five decades, the ability of facial recognition software to match images of faces together has improved drastically. …

Integrative Medicine

When most people talk about holistic medicinal practices, they are thinking of baseless superstitious nonsense with no real health benefits. Decades of charlatans and snake oil salesmen using the term ‘holistic medicine’, have turned it into a punchline instead of a way of life. However, the actual definition of the term can be expressed as an approach to medicine involving a focus on not just physical health, but also mental and spiritual health as well. When viewed under this rather vague bit of semantic pedantry, the terms holistic and integrative medicine are all but indistinguishable. When most people talk about holistic medicinal practices, they are thinking of baseless superstitious nonsense with no real health benefits. Decades of charlatans and snake oil salesmen using the term ‘holistic medicine’, have turned it into a punchline instead of a way of life. However, the actual definition of the term can be expressed as an approach to medicine involving a focus on not just physical health, but also mental and spiritual health as well. When viewed under this rather vague bit of semantic pedantry, the terms holistic and integrative medicine are all but indistinguishable. When the care that each patient receives is meticulously designed for their individual needs, their health is bound to improve over the long term. Integrative medicine is not the same as holistic medicine however it is distinguished by several defining characteristics. Without these principles, the course of treatment cannot be considered integrative medicine. The first principal of integrative medicine is …