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Windows XP
Tuesday, 8 April 2014, came and goes with nothing disastrous reported so far. Anybody panicked? Well, some of those who don’t want Microsoft to stop “supporting” Windows XP did.

If you’re still using a computer that’s running this old operating system, you do have options. Several sites offered various ways one can weather the storm. The suggestions ranged from the most obvious of just getting an updated version of XP to the most extreme of stop using your computer with Windows at all.

The next question is, what if all the options available online and in most cases suggestions from tech-savvy friends doesn’t work? What if, for a perfectly good reason (like the fact that upgrading from XP will cost you either money or time, and you have neither), you’re stuck with a computer using XP? What’s going to happen after April 8?

No major disaster of epic proportion will happen, at least for the time-being. Windows XP will continue to work, but it is in the risk department that vulnerability will steadily increase. Microsoft has not failed in reminding all its clients that that Windows XP will no longer be considered a safe place to store digital assets.

Even though the operating system has been repaired (“patched”) literally over 1,000 times, its foundation is as rickety as a wooden car that won’t be able to stand up against the onslaught of modern security threats. The information highway is already riddled with several hi-tech potholes that vintage tires used by Windows XP can easily be pierced. It will only allow unsecured data to be easily stolen, hacked or corrupted.

Hence, if nobody wants to avail of the options offered, it is suggested that owners of the old Windows OS avail of the “cash for old XP machines” offered by several retailers. The offer is not that bad if you really think of it. For instance, Best Buy says that you’ll get "a minimum of US$ 100" that can be put toward any other computer, including a Mac or a Chromebook. The deal runs until 19 April 2014 and the trade-in product should only be laptop.

The Microsoft Store will also give its clients US$ 100 for trading in their old XP relic, desktop or laptop. This money, however, can be put only toward a Windows computer. This would include a Surface (original model), in the event that you’re feeling frisky and want to try the switch to a more mobile Windows 8 device. The offer is good until 15 June 2014.


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Google Glass Out On 15th April

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Google Glass
When everyone thought that plans won’t push through, Google decided to inform the public that will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on 15 April 2014. This is considered as one of Google’s push to get the US$ 1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. market.

For a limited time starting 15 April, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program.

In a Google blogpost, it did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited.

"Every day we get requests from those of you who haven't found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too," the company said.

"That's why next Tuesday, April 15th, we'll be trying our latest and biggest Explorer Program expansion experiment to date. We'll be allowing anyone in the U.S. to become an Explorer by purchasing Glass."

Many tech pundits expect wearable devices to go mainstream this year, extending smartphone and tablet capabilities to gadgets worn on the body, from watches to headsets. Google has run campaigns in the past to drum up public involvement, including inviting people to tweet under the hashtag #ifihadglass for a chance to buy a pair of the glasses.

Google Glass has raised privacy concerns, prompting some legislators to propose bans on the gadget.


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Infographic Map
Do you know what your country is famous for?

An infographic map produced by elephant journal revealed some interesting things about each country, specifically in what it leads the world in.

For instance, the map showed that Republic of Ireland leads in quality of life, while Brazil leads in the number of FIFA World Cup Titles. Lithuania was identified as a country with one of the highest percentages of literate people in the whole world, while Philippines is known for its rampant usage of social media.

However, not all descriptions are flattering. The map identified Honduras as a country known for its high number of homicides, Spain with high cocaine use, Djibouti for child labor, Namibia for wealth inequality and Turkmenistan for corruption.

Other not so flattering label classified Russia as the country with the most number of raspberries and nuclear warheads, while United States can boast of having the most number of nobel laureates and people getting killed by lawnmowers.

Elephant journal described itself as dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society."We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. “

Founded as a print magazine in 2002, elephant journal went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009.

The journal has been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content ... two years running.


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FedEx
If you can’t afford to pay the air fare, try to get yourself mailed. This is probably what thousands of people are trying to do when they were caught sealed in shipping containers.

Officials at global delivery services company FedEx confirmed on 3 April that some 600,000 people seal themselves up every year. They also added that the number has been gradually rising over time. In the past year, for instance, the company documented well over half a million incidents in which employees discovered individuals crouched inside oversized cardboard boxes that were either left waiting outside homes or had mysteriously arrived at the doors of FedEx retail locations with completed shipping labels.

"Every day we receive dozens of reports from delivery drivers who go to pick up a large package only to suddenly hear someone breathing or rustling around inside," said FedEx director of operations Tim Brankley, explaining that most individuals caught mailing themselves are found curled up inside a cardboard box and hidden beneath a layer of packing peanuts.

"In most cases, we’re able to tell right away when a box contains a person, but every once in a while someone will make it all the way onto the truck."

“However, the bottom of the box usually isn’t reinforced enough and, once it's lifted, the person comes tumbling out in a shower of packing materials," added Brankley. "If they aren’t too stunned after hitting the ground, they typically just pick themselves up quickly and run off."

According to theonion.com, since it was founded in 1971, FedEx has reportedly dealt with increasingly elaborate attempts from people looking to mail themselves cross-country, with roughly 300,000 individuals per year contorting their bodies in cramped containers or shimmying into large cardboard shipping tubes to take advantage of affordable rates on delivery within three to five business days.

In addition, FedEx workers are also said to annually come across 150,000 packages containing people who paint their skin to look like statues and keep perfectly still to avoid detection.


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Sulit to OLX

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Sulit OLX
Sulit.com.ph has recently announced its re-branding strategy as it now known as OLX.ph. The move was made to help promote the "YESSS YAMAN!” campaign. OLX.ph encourages Filipinos to improve their lives by decluttering their homes, selling the items they are no longer using, and turning these into cash.

"The name change represents our commitment to change how Filipinos perceive online selling. That selling stuff you no longer use is simple and can actually help you earn additional cash," says OLX Philippines Managing Director RJ David who is running the rebranded site together with Arianne David – the same founders who propelled Sulit.com.ph to online supremacy.

In spite of the rebranding, OLX.ph maintains the formula of Sulit.com.ph, in which members can post and promote their items online for free, negotiate with potential buyers, and meet them to complete the transaction. David clarified that the rebranding introduces some changes in the website’s design, but existing users’ information, transaction history, as well as premium items (Sulit Gold) remain intact. Sulit members do not need to create a new user account or repost active ads.

Some of the key improvements to expect include the simplified ad process, upgraded Android app which will soon become available on iOS, and the current expansion of their Customer Support to assist their users even at night and on weekends. In addition, the rebranding will not affect the company’s local management team. Team OLX Philippines will still be managed by RJ and Arianne David, along with the same Sulit.com.ph team that has been of service since its launch in 2006.


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