3 Must-See National Parks in North America

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North America is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in the entire world. Sculpted mountains, idyllic lakes, and diverse flora span as far as the eye can see, drawing in travelers craving a taste of serenity from all around the globe. At locations such as these, feeling awestruck is a routine occurrence, and becoming truly in touch with nature’s sheer tranquility alters perspectives forever. Here’s three of our favorite national parks in the entire continent. 1.       Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Rising from the misty, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s […]

The Best Apps for Preventing Distracted Driving


Distracted driving — and the wave of devastation that comes with it — is a major issue today. In 2015, it was the cause of nearly 10 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle fatalities and around 16 percent of overall automobile injuries. Cellphone use has taken the forefront as the target goal for distracted driving prevention, though it’s not the only form. (Other examples include lack of focus due to preoccupation with something else, fatigue, conversations, and eating.) But it’s for a good reason. On average, reading or sending a text takes around five seconds; at a speed of 55 […]

How Can I Prevent Expensive Repairs to My Car?

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Routine car maintenance is an important thing that a lot of people tend to neglect or forget about altogether. An illumination of the dreaded “Check Engine” light is often times a scary thing for a car owner to see, and they may put off necessary vehicle checkups related to this occurrence out of fear of a potentially large repair bill. What isn’t often realized, however, is that failing to take reparative action in a timely manner could exacerbate the problems, calling for even more expensive repairs later on down the road. To prevent expensive and inconvenient transportation issues like this […]

Ancient Greek Artifacts and Construction Delays


For more than a decade, construction crews have tunneled away in Thessaloniki, an ancient Greek city steeped with history. The painstaking project will eventually yield an expanded, modern metro system to whisk residents and tourists alike throughout a series of underground tunnels. But, with the entire city being a veritable excavation site, this project is an exceptionally massive undertaking, with crews having to tread lightly as myriad archaeological discoveries are made along the way. To date, more than 300,000 artifacts have surfaced during excavations in the city. The latest came this week, as construction crews worked near the Hagia Sophia, […]

Form Workflows: The Latest Addition to Wireless Forms

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Users of Encore’s Ultimate tier now have access to a powerful new enhancement that can transform the ways in which their employees complete forms from the field. Aptly named Form Workflows, this revolutionary new tool ushers in a new era of user-friendly software that is designed to increase the collective teamwork of a business’ employees, specifically when it comes to form submissions. What is Form Workflows? If your business has ever experienced difficulties with processing documents in a timely manner due to stalls in transfer between departments, you’ve likely witnessed firsthand how inefficiency can be a detriment to your bottom […]

Photography: A Historic Snapshot


We live in a photo-centric world. There’s no doubt about that. We voluntarily chronicle just about every aspect of our lives, thanks in part to the proliferation of image-based social-sharing applications like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tumblr. “If it’s not on social media, did it ever really happen?” is sort of the unofficial mantra of today’s über-connected population. It’s kind of hard to imagine a time when people weren’t walking around with cameras at their side at all times. But it really hasn’t been all that long. Camera phones have only been around for just shy of 20 years, debuting […]

5 Tips to Organize Your Office Life


They say cleanliness is next to godliness. In the business world, it’s organization that reigns supreme. Whether you’re the one running the show, or are in one of the many supporting roles, maintaining a sense of structure in the things you do directly affects the bottom line. Organization means efficiency, which results in things getting done faster and accurately, which then means there’s more time to focus on the next project. Are you or your staff lacking on the organization front? Start with these five steps to get yourselves back on track. 1. Get Your Desk in Order We all […]

Freight and Farming: Two Essential Roles in the Food Industry

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The next time you take a bite out of a slice of pizza from your favorite local eatery, you might consider taking a step back and pondering the sheer logistics that had to take place in order to allow it to be sitting in front of you. Long before the food was even first placed into an oven, industries such as trucking and farming were working seamlessly together to harvest and transport its ingredients efficiently. It’s no secret that transportation and farming are two of the strongest vertebrae in the backbone of the United States’ food supply operation. With the tiniest […]

Tracking a Lost Car in New York City


“Dude … where’s my car?” I remember muttering those words — and no, I wasn’t referencing the movie, nor was I talking to anyone in particular — the instant I approached the place I was sure I parked my car the day prior, only to be presented with a vehicle that was decidedly not mine. I was living in Manhattan just after graduating college. The Upper West Side is littered with ample, meter-less parking on the street, but the caveat is you need to constantly move every day or two to accommodate street sweeping, garbage pickup, and the likes. It’s kind of […]

How Has Communication Evolved?

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Communication is one of the most important things to society, and it has continued to transform as time has churned forward. In contemporary times such as these, advances in technology have played huge roles in improving people’s access to one another, as they have simplified the logistics of communicating across far distances significantly. Cell phones and computers allow people to talk to one other nearly instantly even if they are thousands of miles apart, which is a fascinating concept, especially once the broader context of communication’s history is taken into account. If you could go back in time and talk […]