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Esqapes

On July 5th, Esqapes opened the world’s first virtual reality massage center. The Esqapes Immersive Relaxation Center, located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite M111, Los Angeles, CA 90036, is like a “mini-vacation” that anyone can enjoy during a lunch break or after a long day of work. Each Esqapes environment is designed to tantalize the senses and help guests shed the stresses of daily life.

By combining beautiful virtual reality environments, carefully curated fragrances and programmed, automated massages, Esqapes will transport guests to a state of relaxation unlike anything else.

Guests can choose from 10 different Esqapes: from a tropical Koi pond at an ocean front resort, to a luxurious cabin in a snow-covered wonderland, complete with a crackling fireplace.

“The goal of Esqapes is to provide guests with a unique way to relax and take a break from the routines, responsibilities and daily issues that can cause anxiety and stress. Esqapes is using VR in ways unlike any other company, which is to de-stress and help people relax. With a combination of proprietary software, and traditional wellness practices, Esqapes is offering the spa of the future, today,” says Micah Jackson, creator of Esqapes.

Esqapes  provides a novel method of immersing users into a virtual environment, while ushering them into a heightened state of relaxation. Using this system taps into the key senses that people use to evaluate their surroundings (sight, sound, smell, touch) which in turn helps them to relax and feel comfortable.

Micah has 20 years of expertise in innovative and interactive design. Some of his prior ventures include starting Angeles Vista Creative Ventures, LLC (AVCV) he worked for AOL, Yahoo, Disney. Three years ago, he resigned from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to pursue his newfound passion: virtual reality. Soon after, his first VR project ‘Where Angels Meet’ was chosen by Oculus/Facebook to receive funding as part of their prestigious Launchpad program. In 2018, he began to experiment with virtual reality experiences that transported viewers to beautiful places. This is how Esqapes was born.

As an African-American founder, it’s Micah’s mission to become a pioneer in the VR industry. With Esqapes, he can set this example. One of the founding principles is to maintain a diverse staff at every location and at all times. No location should be run by people of a single gender or a singular race. Guests should feel welcome at all times.

Guests can book at: https://www.myesqape.com/book

One Hour Translation: Google Wins the Battle of Real Time Voice Translators

OHT used expert in-house linguists to compare the performance of Skype Translator, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri in translating business and tourism expressions from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87) 

Google Assistant is the top performing real time voice translator, according to a benchmark conducted by One Hour Translation (OHT), an online platform which provides translations in more than 100 languages and 3,000 language pairs.

With demand for real time voice translation on the rise, OHT decided to test out the leading services: Skype Translator (run by Microsoft Translate), Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and rank them for accuracy.

With the help of expert in-house linguists OHT took 16 business and 10 tourism expressions and translated them from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa. The same sentences were then given to real time voice translator devices, apps and digital assistants to see just how they performed. The results were rated by the linguists on a scale of 0 to 6.

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in three out of the four languages – Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87).  Overall Japanese was the hardest language to translate with an average score of 3.7.  French was the easiest language for the instant voice translator devices to translate with an average of 4.75, followed by Spanish (4.54) and German (4.41).

“The real time voice translators were more accurate in translating tourism related experssions in comparison to business expressions” said Yaron Kaufman, chief marketing officer and co-founder of OHT. He attributed this to the use of a lot of business-related abbreviations which are not easily recognized by real time voice devices. Kaufman added that “despite the recent improvements in all of the assistants we tested, real time voice translations still cannot be relied on for business related content.”

Some examples of the sentences: “Stay on budget for this campaign, we can’t have it affecting our ROI”; “R&D are cutting too many corners, the product is undeployable”;  “Schedule a meeting between your CMO and our product manager”; “Do you have any allergies? This dish contains peanuts and avocado”; “I need to find the fastest way to the airport, my plane is leaving soon”; “My travel insurance should cover that bill.”

There are also new developments on the horizon in the field of real time voice translation. Among other advancements, Amazon is planning to release a DIY toolkit for creating translation apps and Xiaomi has released a new and advanced physical device for real time translations.

About One Hour Translation

One Hour Translation (OHT) believes that businesses should be able to reach any customer, anywhere, anytime, with no language barriers.

One Hour Translation’s AI powered cloud-based translation management platform, HALO,  helps enterprise customers reduce overhead by automating their translation process and workflow. HALO combines automated workflows, Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and professional translation services, to process all of the enterprise content quickly and easily via API/WEB. A dedicated NMT engine is automatically trained as the translations proceed and as a result the project’s cost keeps decreasing while translation speed improves. HALO is easy to implement and use, encrypted, secured and allows the enterprise to use any mix of its translators and reviewers with those of OHT, as well as any mix of NMTs for optimal quality and cost. The platform also allows OHT to manage a company’s resources and in-house budgets earmarked for translation in order to obtain the best possible results.

OHT is the leader in translations for enterprise customers, currently serving over 60 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, HP, Xerox, Acer, Shell, Deloitte, HSBC, Procter & Gamble, IKEA, 3M, McCann, Allianz, Xiaomi and many other organizations.

One Hour Translation specializes in translation for 30 expert domains, including law, technology, marketing, website translation, applications, software and more.

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Casely Pioneers Monthly Subscription Box for IPhone Cases

Casely is an online tech-accessories retailer and operates the first and only phone case subscription club on the market. Casely strives to bring customers unique cases that reflect trends before they happen.

They aim to inspire the next generation of young style-istas to be the best version of themselves, and to be confident in everything they do–with or without a Casely in hand. Casely is your one-stop-shop for cases inspired by the latest fashions with that Brooklyn spunk.

Easy and smooth E-mail migration: how to make it real?

Nowadays, growing competition on the market makes a real boom in communications. Each mailing client tries to offer some extra-services: increasing the level of security, giving additional storage space, making a unique design or templates, etc. Therefore, for domestic usage people choose Thunderbird or Gmail, while for corporate needs MS Outlook seems to be more appropriate.

It happens that people have to migrate to another mailing client for some reasons. In this case, it is vital to ensure that your files will be imported without being damaged. So, if you have to migrate from Gmail to Outlook, you should primarily convert file formats, storing your correspondence. Which formats we are talking about? How to choose the reliable tool to convert mailbox files to PST format like this one https://www.outlooktransfer.com/products/mbox-to-outlook-transfer/? Let’s figure it out.

What is Mbox?

The MBOX format is supported by some e-mail apps and allows you to save e-mail messages in a single text file, for example, export all correspondence from the Inbox folder to the INBOX .mbox file. Messages are stored in chronological order, following one after the other, starting with the “From” heading. For example, all emails in your Gmail account are stored in this format.

What is PST?

PST is the file format of Microsoft Outlook. It keeps correspondence and contacts in a suitable for a storage format. It provides MS Outlook clients with the opportunity to contain a big amount of data in a compact way. Therefore, this is a good way to maintain your business communication.

How the Mbox to Outlook Transfer works?

This program earned its reputation as a product of GlexSoft LLC, specialized on the developing extensions for data conversion and email migration. It is compatible with all the Outlook versions, and offer the following features:

· Quick and highly-intuitive data analysis engine, able to process any size;

· Accurate files transferring from Mbox to PST;

· User-friendly interface;

· Performs direct import to Outlook profile or standalone file;

· Provides a high level of customers support.

Tutorials

A program website provides easy-to-learn tutorials on how to perform e-mail migration. If you still face any difficulties, you can always contact the support team ready to help you any time after purchasing a license or in case you have questions at any stage of reviewing the products.

Licensing

There are three types of license available for users:

● Home License – is suitable for home usage. It makes the conversion of data belonging to you and your family members and includes annual updates and support.

● Business License – is applicable for commercial use. It performs data transferring belonging to stuff and clients but no more than 50 people annually.

● Technical License – is a multiple tool, allowing an unlimited number of activations annually and extensive support.

Each of them may be tested during the trial period and seek to meet the strictest requirements of users.

What makes people use Mbox to Outlook Transfer?

There are 3 possible answers: reputation, high level of services and competitive pricing. If you still hesitate – we bet, your time worth this investment.

WaiverSign Takes on College Sports Championships

The game was on. The jury was out. This was the real thing. This type of volume had been simulated, but this was now the real world.

Would the newly launched online waiver software, WaiverSign, handle the volume of upwards of 4,000 sports fans signing digital liability waivers almost simultaneously?

Yes! It would. By the end of the weekend, more than 50,000 participants had signed a digital waiver using either the onsite kiosks provided, or via their personal Android or iOS devices.

“WaiverSign is proud to announce the small part they played in the excitement that surrounded the men’s college basketball championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this spring,” said Chip Broyles, WaiverSign VP of Business Development and Operations. He was onsite in Minneapolis and monitoring the action.

At one point on the Saturday of the two semi-final games, 4,000 guests signed waivers within 15 minutes. WaiverSign development teams were prepared for the high volume and were standing by at a moment’s notice to react to changing needs if necessary.

“I must admit, at any given time, there can be hundreds, if not thousands of participants going through WaiverSign processes with any number of businesses somewhere in the country. But this was admittedly the first time we had a single client processing that kind of volume all at one time. It was exciting, and a bit nerve racking. But I needn’t have worried. The whole event was a huge success,” Broyles concluded.

In March college hoops fans from around the country descended on US Bank Stadium to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Raiders, Auburn Tigers, and the Virginia Cavaliers. Throughout the championship weekend, fan-centered events were held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, about a mile and a half away from the tournament.

Spectators at sporting events don’t always have to sign waivers. In this case, free for all who had a ticket to the big games, or just $10 per person otherwise, the festival activities included scores of interactive events designed to get people hands-on experience with college sports. From batting cages to augmented reality basketball skills, these events excite the public and get everyone geared up for the big games.

“Those who wanted to join in the fun were asked to sign waivers. That’s where WaiverSign came in,” explained Broyles.

Prior to participation in any of the hands-on activities, a Release of Liability waiver must be signed on behalf of each participant. A representative with the company in charge of the activities explained: “We had previously used another white-label waiver signing solution to process participants at the fan events we sponsor throughout the year. We ended up looking for a new vendor that could provide additional functionality, as well as one that fit our budget appropriately. WaiverSign became the obvious choice for us rather quickly.”

“These events are quite popular, as it’s a family friendly environment full of exciting hands-on activities, sponsored giveaways, games and events,” he continues. “Celebrities from the world of college and professional basketball and broadcast sports show up on site for everything from 3-on-3 match-ups to autograph signing and handshaking. Kids as well as adults love it!”

“We’re pleased that the professional sports industry is now enjoying the benefits of presenting waivers digitally rather than on paper,” said Broyles. The benefits of going digital include immediate document retrieval, redundant and secure storage opportunities plus increased document integrity. Digital signature collection also means that companies can gather much more usable data simply because that data is readily accessible and typed and legible — not hand-written.

Using any web-enabled mobile device, parents or legal guardians can immediately sign digital waivers in English or Spanish for their children engaging in youth activities. An Event Management feature communicates to the event organizer and provides easy access to a printable list of names for managing event participants. It can identify and locate groups of people who signed a particular waiver or set of waivers for a certain activity on a specific day.

Lawyers like the fact that through a digital program people have access to documents they can read carefully and sign before they arrive at an activity destination so there’s no last-minute signing situation. The signed document is also delivered with the signer’s email address. The old paper waivers didn’t do that.

“WaiverSign offers a clean, solid product that customers appreciate when comparing other options. Add in simple, straight-forward pricing, mix that with a support team that works directly one-on-one with customers. You have a recipe designed to grow WaiverSign’s client base at a pace we’ve not seen in years past,” Broyles adds. “We fully expect this growth trend to continue. It’s been a wonderful couple of years.”

About WaiverSign

Founded in 2013, WaiverSign offers one of the most efficient, easy-to-use digital liability waivers and electronic liability release solutions available in today’s marketplace. An API (Application Programming Interface) allows other reservation and customer relationship databases to push and pull customer data directly to and from WaiverSign. This provides a simple and fool-proof way for collecting customer information in whatever reservation system being used. For more information, visit https://www.waiversign.com/ or call 877.741.7705.

About Resmark Systems

The premier marketing and reservation software platform for tour operators in the adventure travel industry was founded in 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Resmark Systems offers comprehensive tour operator software created by tour operators with multiple years of experience.  Resmark Systems software is designed to manage all functions of the tour operator business from online reservations and marketing to finances and accounting.  Resmark provides proven cost savings, comprehensive tracking and reporting and unparalleled lead conversion.  For more information, visit http://www.resmarksystems.com/ or call 888.RESMARK (737.6275).

Top 8 HR software for small business leaders

Despite tighter budgets and limited IT resources, small businesses still need to centralize workflows and be efficient, just like enterprise companies. This is especially true for HR departments. In this ebook, we’ll take a look at some of the best HR software for small business modern, cloud-based systems with industry-leading functionality at an affordable price point.

This ebook covers:

  • Small business HR pain points
  • Key HR software features
  • 8 top HR solutions for small business

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Vodafone Demonstrates 5G Power

Vodafone demonstrated the power of its 5G network by inviting British YouTube star Tom Cassell (aka Syndicate) to test-run a number of games from Hatch, the cloud gaming platform. The event took place at the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham where Birmingham City University students, studying Games Development and Computer Science, were also invited to compete against Syndicate in games streamed via the 5G network, allowing super quick response times and zero lag.

The UK Gaming industry is worth £3.86 billion, which accounts for more than half of the UK’s entertainment market

Tom Cassell said:

5G is completely changing the landscape when it comes to gaming on the go. The lower latency and the faster speeds available on 5G make it easier to play higher intensity online games such as Fortnite, as well as streaming games in real-time on Hatch.

Prof Mac Sharma, Computer Science Professor at Birmingham University observed the demo and said:

Mobile gaming has increased at least 10% year on year for the last 10 years. It rose 14% last year and with the advent of 5G I predict that it will almost double in the next couple of years.

Hatch is built for the 5G network, allowing gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates or adverts to interrupt play. Subscribers have access to more than 100 premium mobile games. Vodafone customers who sign up through the VeryMe Rewards app will be able to connect and game against friends.

New website exposing funeral home pricing controversy

Ninety-one percent of funeral homes and crematories across the country have never posted their prices online. Now there is a platform that has the prices and more: Funeralocity.com is a free comparison website offering users the largest search results of prices and locations of funeral homes and cremation providers in the US. Whether you are arranging an imminent service for a loved one or a future one for yourself, Funeralocity.com is an invaluable resource with its independently compiled and up-to-date information for the top 100+ metro areas in the country. With a simple search, you can find options in all 50 states.

“Planning a funeral is one of the most sensitive, emotional times in a person’s life, and Funeralocity.com is a tool that makes the experience less painful,” says Ed Michael Reggie, the site’s founder. “We offer the largest and most up-to-date set of prices for funeral homes and crematories that users can search in the privacy of their homes. Often, people planning services are not in the location of their loved one, so finding a funeral home from afar can be a daunting process. Funeralocity.com makes it easier.”

“We are bringing transparency to the funeral business,” Reggie continues.  “People planning services are often doing it for the first time and don’t know where to begin. Funeralocity.com is the place to compare all options in one place.”

Additionally, the site includes a special designation of “Excellence Provider” that indicates a fully-vetted funeral home that meets the site’s exacting standards. The criteria for accepting a funeral provider that applies for this designation include confirming licenses, and government standards compliance and requiring adherence to Funeralocity.com’s Excellence pledge.

“Distinguishing the most qualified funeral homes is key to the mission of Funeralocity.com,” Reggie noted. “We already furnish the most up-to-date pricing and information, but pointing consumers to the very best providers is a core objective of our business. Our ‘Excellence Providers’ are funeral homes and crematories that meet our very strict criteria and pledge to continue to offer those services that have made them the most reputable in their communities.”

The pledge includes a commitment to:

  • Maintain strict compliance with the letter and spirit of all laws and regulations that impact the funeral consumer, the funeral profession, and public health
  • Serve families in a professional and caring manner, be respectful of their wishes and confidences, honest and fair in all dealings with them, and considerate of those of limited means
  • Carry out all aspects of services in a competent and respectful manner
  • Refrain from engaging in any unprofessional conduct to deceive, defraud, or harm the public or the families being served
  • Refrain from engaging in false or misleading advertising
  • Maintain active community involvement and outreach
  • Protect confidential information pertaining to the deceased or the family of the deceased from disclosure in compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Charge families based upon its General Price List posted on Funeralocity.com;
  • List the name of the Funeral Director in Full and Continuous Charge (“FDFCC”) on the funeral home’s profile on Funeralocity.com
  • Provide to Funeralocity.com families a complete and clear itemized list of charges for services, facilities, equipment, merchandise607 and cash advanced items, and agree not to make any additional charges without their approval
  • Inform Funeralocity.com within thirty (30) days of any action taken against the funeral home(s) or funeral home director(s) by any governmental or regulatory agencies
  • Report any changes in license status to Funeralocity.com at funeralhomes@Funeralocity.com within ten (10) days of said change

Funeral homes and cremation providers that meet the site’s criteria and take the pledge are able to feature more detailed service information as well as reviews, photos, videos and testimonials on Funeralocity.com.

The app teaching anorexics to eat

More patients go into long-term remission by re-learning how to eat,
than through CBT or drugs

The Mandometer app connects to a weighing scale, and guides patients’ eating behavior by providing visual feedback. Redistributed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 from J Vis Exp. 2018; (135): 57432.

Swedish scientists say that eating disorders should be considered just that – eating disorders, rather than mental disorders. The proof, they say, is in the eating.

“Anorexic patients can learn to eat at a normal rate by adjusting food intake to feedback from a smartphone app,” says Per Södersten, Professor at the Karolinska Institute and lead author of an article in Frontiers in Neuroscience defending his pioneering method. “And in contrast to failing standard treatments, most regain a normal body weight, their health improves, and few relapse.”

The approach is based on the theory that slow eating and excessive physical exertion, both hallmarks of anorexia, are evolutionarily conserved responses to short food supply that can be triggered by dieting – and reversed by practicing normal eating.

Which came first: the diet or the anorexia?

Attempts to treat anorexia as a mental illness have largely failed, claim the authors.

“The standard treatment worldwide, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), targets cognitive processes thought to maintain the disorder,” explains Södersten. “The rate of remission from eating disorders is at most 25% one year after CBT, with unknown outcomes in the long-term. Psychoactive drugs have proven even less effective.”

Instead, they say, we need to flip our perspective: to target eating behaviors that maintain dysfunctional cognitive processes.

“This new perspective is not so new: nearly 40 years ago, it was realized that the conspicuous high physical activity of anorexia is a normal, evolutionarily conserved response – i.e., foraging for food when it is in short supply – that can be triggered dietary restriction.

“In striking similarity to human anorexics, rats and mice given food only once a day begin to increase their running activity and decrease their food intake further to the point at which they lose a great deal of body weight and can eventually die.”

More recently, the theory has been elaborated and validated by studies of brain function.

“We find that chemical signaling in the starved brain supports the search for food, rather than eating itself,” reports Södersten.

How to eat

To prove that the evolutionary perspective works in practice, Södersten and his team have put their money where their (patient’s) mouth is. Their private clinics – which reinvest 100% of profits into research and development – are now the largest provider of eating disorders services in Sweden.

“We first proposed teaching anorexics to eat back in 1996. At the time, it was thought that this was misplaced and even dangerous; today, no-one can treat patients with eating disorders in the Region of Stockholm without a program for restoring their eating behavior.”

At the Mandometer clinics, the control of eating behavior is outsourced to a machine that provides feedback on how quickly to eat.

“Subjects eat food from a plate that sits on a scale connected to their smartphone. The scale records the weight loss of the plate during the meal, and via an app creates a curve of food intake, meal duration and rate of eating,” explains Södersten. “At regular intervals, a rating scale appears on the screen and the subject is asked to rate their feeling of fullness.”

“A reference curve for eating rate and a reference curve for the feeling of fullness are also displayed on the screen of the smartphone. The subject can thus adapt their own curves in real time to the reference curves, which are based on eating behavior recorded in healthy controls.”

Through this feedback, patients learn to visualize what normal portions of food look like and how to eat at a normal rate.

Satisfying results

The method has now been used to treat over 1500 patients to remission by practicing eating.

“The rate of remission is 75% in on average one year of treatment, the rate of relapse is 10% over five years of follow-up and no patient has died.”

This appears to be a vast improvement compared to the current best standard treatment of CBT. All the more so, considering that overall Södersten’s patients started off sicker than average.

“The difference in outcome is so big that, according to our medical statistician, a randomized control trial [RCT] is now redundant. Nevertheless, we invite a head-to-head RCT by independent researchers – so far, there are no takers.”

Advances That Can Prevent Stroke

Latest advances in stroke prevention replace older, less reliable methods. However, nearly half the country is still 10 years behind the times, says cardiologist Joshua S. Yamamoto, medical director at Foxhall Medicine in Washington, DC.

According to Dr. Yamamoto, the four major advancements everyone should know about are—

  1. The implantable cardiac monitor (made by Abbott/St Jude), which is a paper-clip-sized micro-chip that continuously monitors your heart and remotely alerts your doctor about significant irregularities.  “This is truly superior to the clunky wearable gear from the past,” says Dr. Yamamoto. As of 2019, it’s Medicare-approved for in-office insertion.  No preparation necessary.
  2. “DOACs,” Direct Oral Anti Coagulants.  This new class of “stroke prevention medications” is a million miles ahead of the old meds, like Warfarin/Coumadin.  This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile! The new meds are revolutionary. Here are the main benefits
    • Superior at preventing strokes
    • Lower bleeding complications
    • Have a stable dose that doesn’t require lab tests or constant adjustments (Nearly half the people taking Coumadin are not on the right dose, especially as the dose can change from week to week depending on your diet)
    • Starts immediately and stops or can be turned off quickly (Warfarin takes days to start and days to “reverse”)
    • Excellent absorption and efficacy with once-daily dosing
    • The only medications that prevent strokes for both atrial fibrillation AND arterial disease
  3. High resolution ultrasound (like for carotid studies) are much better than old-school imaging and can show disease progression. “In other words,” says Yamamoto, “this tech will let you know not just when to start treatment, but whether the treatment you are on is working well enough (for you) – all non-invasively and without radiation.”
  4. Functional testing, i.e., an exercise echocardiogram is an improvement on standard stress testing. “It is never just a pass/fail prospect. It tells you how effective your current therapy is and enables you to make adjustments.”  You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have a functional test, and again, there’s no invasive procedures, dye, injections or radiation.