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The Use Of Smart Cards: Product Of A Good Card Management

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A functional card management system is what makes smart cards so useful especially in present times. In fact, smart cards are becoming more common in one’s wallet than cash. But what makes using smart cards more complex compared to paying using actual bills is that some smart cards, specifically those are given out by banking and lending institutions contain vital information about the cardholders. Why is it complex to use if you may ask? Let’s say you’re someone who is not so careful with your things. This means you are terrible at making sure your things are safe. If you lost your smart card that act as your bus pass or key to your office door, you’re so doomed. But what if your smart card is your credit card? It’s more complicated. Although a card management system can track and control what the credit card can do, once you lost your credit card, you will have to call the company to have it locked right away. If the credit card was used before it was locked away, it’s your responsibility to pay the amount the person who used your card, purchased in that small period of time.

Aside from credit and debit cards, there are other usages of smart cards that are given out by various companies by employing of use of a card management system which basically manages and controls the life span of smart cards. What are other things that smart cards can do? Below are some of those things:

  • The most common type of smart card that is known to mankind is the SIM card. Nowadays, SIM cards for mobile phones are now the nano-type cards which are smaller and carry more things than the old variant of the SIM cards.
  • If you love shopping, some shopping malls have loyalty cards or cards that carry stored values. Those smart cards continue to accumulate points every time you use them when shopping. Accumulated points can get you freebies and discounted items.
  • Smart cards are also used for healthcare services especially in more urbanized countries. These cards will enable patients to get discounts from doctor’s fee and other hospital expenses.

Idea For Electric Car Race Lighting Up

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With the world realizing the importance of conserving energy and protecting the environment, global demand has shifted from fossil fuels into more sustainable energy sources. One particular area of interest is battery technology. A few months ago, Tesla released the Powerwall Battery System, a solar charged battery system, which is becoming quite popular. There was even news of a Gold Coast resident setting up a residential power station in his house using the batteries. It seems that it’s going to be more common to see a Tesla battery in Gold Coast and in other places in Australia.

Speaking of battery technology, another field is being affected by the recent change in trends. With electric cars becoming more commonplace, there have been murmurings for an electric car race in Australia.

The BCCAN; the Bathurst Community Climate Action Network, believes that electric car races are a viable prospect, representative of the advancements of today towards the future. They believe that it is capable of being as popular as the more traditional automotive sport events. As such, they have been silently preaching about the idea of a big electric car racing event in Australia. They have proposed the nearby Mount Panorama Circuit as a possible venue.

This idea may have something to do with the fact that, last October, Alejandro Agag stated that he was looking towards other countries, Australia included, for possible venues for his Formula E event, of which he is the chief executive.  The Formula E is an automotive sport event that was envisioned as a means of demonstrating the potential of sustainable transportation, and how it could hold up to traditional methods of transport. Mr. Agag has been speaking with key figures all over Australia, such as in Sydney and Gold Coast.

Current technology means that the primary issue with electric cars, and, consequently, the event, is not the velocities e-cars are capable of achieving, but ensuring that their batteries last for the event. As it is, E-car racing events instead give every participating team two cars, with a switch occurring in place of a pit stop.

With the views on battery technology, many of the world’s minds are currently seeking a solution, which most believe will lead to massive leap with regards to renewable energy.

The technological advancements that led to the normality of seeing a Tesla battery in Gold Coast may one day lead to e-car races all over the world.

HTML5 Online Website Generation Tools

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The era of WYSIWYG HTML editors is drawing to an end. It is slowly being replaced by a number of online website generation tools. Their claim to fame is that they are accessible from any device and from anywhere. Yet, they are still able to create great sites without having deep coding or programming knowledge.

Three of the well-known online website generation tools currently are SILEX, Weebly and Wix.

SILEX

The Silex platform offers a WYSIWYG editor that is browser based. It has drag and drop, real time previews, and image and CSS editors. This is free, without hidden costs or any licensing requirements. Pages which are modified in the silex.me are saved in a user’s hard drive for ownership of data. A user is able to work with other developers through Dropbox or migrate a work to a host via FTP.

There are also numerous free templates found in GitHub and paid templates in Templamatic. There are many embeddable widgets for forms, slideshows and videos.

Weebly

Weebly pages are created from dropping text, images and several other elements to an editor canvas. The elements are re-arrangeable through dragging across pages and placing with thorough precision since elements snap to a grid automatically. Weebly doesn’t limit the customization options for these elements.

Aside from webpage design, Weebly has an app store named App Centre which allows for installation of application functionality to websites. The App Centre has everything from marketing apps to menu integrations.

Weebly is a one stop shop for creating websites and apps, including domain registration, hosting and SEO. However, not all things are free. A free plan gets a user a 5000MB storage, the Drag & Drop Site Builder and a sub-domain. There will be ads displayed on a site. To remove ads and add extra features, it is better to sign up as a paying account, from $10 – $60 monthly.

Wix

Wix provides a builder, 500MB storage, unlimited pages, secure hosting and a free mobile site. If this is not enough, a Premium Plan upgrade gets a user more features, from $4.08 – $24.92 monthly.

Wix provides a free URL on their domain. They make use of a blank website editor. Pages are created through the addition of elements to this editor, which include icons, buttons, forms, shapes, boxes and audio players. It also has an App Market for third-party app integration.

Conclusion

Creating websites is now done in a variety of ways. Online website generation tools like the ones mentioned above are an easy way to do so. However, for those wanting to pursue more like learn the underlying methods and techniques, as well as do coding, an HTML5 training is best.

How Saltwater Ponds Decline Due To The Presence Of Nitrogen

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The Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP) has come under fire from the residents of the island town of Tisbury. It is not the first time that the residents are pursuing options to restore Lake Tashmoo and Lagoon Pond that have declined due to nitrogen entering the watershed and causing algae blooms. After dozens of reviews by a national panel composed of engineers, professors and policy makers, the MEP was endorsed as a model.

MEP Director Brian Howes welcomed the criticisms because he believes that the people have a right to do so. On the three public hearings by the Tisbury board of health, some have casted doubt on MEP and presented their calculations and suggested different causes for the presence of nitrogen in the watersheds. A self-described amateur environmentalist, Donald Muckerheide suggested that groundwater has no role in the decline of saltwater ponds. He has suggested mechanical aeration to jump start the growth of plants and microorganisms that would consume excess nitrogen and bottom sediment which he believes resulted from a surface runoff and the effects of acid rain that started 30 years ago.

Three years ago, Muckerheide purchased a device that can be used to restore the health of the island ponds for a fraction of the cost of wastewater solutions. The device called the Toring Turbine had a 5-horsepower motor with a shaft and an 8-inch disc that spins to create negative vacuum and tiny bubbles that aerate the water. Muckerheide also believes that there is still enough oxygen on the island’s ponds but not the surplus required for the support of aerobic microbes and aerobic decomposition. He added that another form of aeration involves pumping water from the bottom or forcing it down from the surface could stir nitrogen in the bottom sediment and result into additional algae blooms. Dredging can be a problem as well because after a few years you are back to facing the same problem.

Pond & Lake Aeration is a technique that has been well developed to successfully clean water systems and turn a lake over to allow for more oxygen that is necessary for the survival of aquatic life. Aside from reducing mosquitoes, aeration also eliminates the foul odor resulting from dissolved gases.

Mobile App Launched For Tracking Great White Shark

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Residents in the northeast that visits the beach frequently have at some point experienced seeing a shark. These sightings can now be easily shared with the help of a mobile app which will sent the update not just to the person’s friends but to scientists as well.

Sharktivity is the latest mobile app that was developed in order for users to properly track sharks by marking the locations where they are spotted along the coast. Submission of the user’s own sighting is also possible with the app.

The app is not just any tracking app because there is a certain science followed in the tracking of the great whale shark. Sharktivity is an app developed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. This organization is based in Massachusetts and is a nonprofit organization that operates by protecting the existing white sharks which is also referred to as great whites. Another developer responsible in creating the app is Gregory Skomal who is a marine biologist and has experience in working at the Division of Marine Fisheries of the state for around 29 years.

Skomal, together with his team, will inspect every submission of sightings through the app. The app will also show the place where around 80 sharks that already tagged by researchers is located. As of the meantime, the app is only available for all users of iPhone devices.

According to the president of the conservancy, Cynthia Wigren, majority of the people that are visiting the beach have smartphones with them and with the app the information will be transmitted faster. She also added that the app will not only benefit the people going to the beach but boaters and fishermen as well and pilots that are travelling the East Coast.

On a statement released by the chief ranger of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Leslie Reynolds, before the development of this app, the lifeguards and the emergency responders will only receive information of any shark sighting after it has happened. The advantage of mobile app development in Singapore and in any parts of the world is that everything happens in real time.

Electric Cars Are Not The Solution To New Zealand’s Woes

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The government of New Zealand has announced its support for electric cars but according to motoring experts, traffic congestion cannot be solved by the introduction of electric cars. According to a car review website, the government’s announcement has certainly missed the point. The problem with transport is not between petroleum-based cars and electric cars but cars and public transport. The motorways of the city can be literally filled with electric cars but still traffic will not be solved.

A suggestion for the government of New Zealand is to invest in electric trains and buses not electric cars so that traffic congestion can be reduced. Cars are important for transport but they are more ideal for special trips on roads that are not likely to be congested with numerous cars and other vehicles. Cars are lousy forms of mass transport and using electric cars will not make a difference. Electric cars do not use energy while sitting still in traffic but so do petroleum-based cars. Most of the modern petroleum-based cars automatically switch off once they are not being driven.

An electric car that runs all day will drain its batteries. It also lacks the range to be a perfect alternative to traditional petrol cars. Contrary to what electric car manufacturer’s claim, the distance travelled is only about one third or two thirds the distance. In spite of the claims made by the government, New Zealand can benefit a lot from a nationwide train system that runs on renewable energy. The city stands to gain from less traffic congestion, fewer accidents involving trucks and reduction on the dependence to fossil fuels.

Actually, travel across Auckland should only take about 2 hours but traffic makes this impossible. The problem is due to the great number of cars sharing little space. Encouraging the use of electric cars on the streets will certainly result into more traffic since they are bound to increase the number of cars on the roads.

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