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China Hesitates on Selling Armed Drones

An MQ-9 Reaper performs during an air show demonstration May 29, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.

More than 15 years after a U.S. Predator drone launched its first Hellfire missile, the United States remains reluctant to sell armed drones to even its closest allies. That hesitation in selling armed drones has left the door open for countries such as Israel and China to dominate military drone sales across the world. Now the U.S. government runs the risk of losing influence in a world of drone proliferation unless it reconsiders its policy on sales of military drones, according to a new report.

That U.S. reluctance to sell armed drones partly relies upon outdated assumptions based on preserving military drone technology as a unique weapon in the U.S. military’s arsenal, says Paul Scharre, project director for the 20YY Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). In a report titled “Drone Proliferation: Policy Choices for the Trump Administration,” Scharre and his CNAS colleagues argue that use of armed drones will continue to spread across the world regardless of whether or not the United States sells its own military drone technologies. They point out that more than 30 countries already have or are developing armed drones.

“Our current approach to exporting military drones and transparency regarding drone strikes is a bit of a holdover from the world of 15 years ago, when the technology was kind of special and the U.S. had a substantive lead relative to other countries,” Scharre says. “But in 2017, it doesn’t make sense when China is selling drones hand over fist to other countries, including U.S. partners.”

Israel has reigned as the world’s top exporter of military drones by accounting for 60 percent of international drone transfers in the past three decades. But China has taken the lead in selling armed drones and is not far behind in overall military drone sales. The global market for military drones was worth $8.6 billion in 2016 and could grow to $13.7 billion by 2026, according to a recent ReportLinker study. An even more bullish report by Statistics MRC suggested that the global market could surpass $22 billion by 2022.

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The U.S. government has only approved sales of armed military drones to the United Kingdom and Italy so far. By comparison, China has taken the lead in selling armed drones to countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates. China has also sold its CH-4 drone–a military drone strikingly similar in design to the U.S. Reaper drone–to U.S. allies such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

U.S. reluctance to sell military drones has even extended to unarmed types. In 2014, the Obama administration shut down an attempt by the country of Jordan to acquire Predator XP drones. Scharre and his colleagues describe that decision as “surprising” given that Jordan has previously bought U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft and receives over $300 million in military aid from the United States each year. Rebuffed by the U.S. government Jordan ended up purchasing Chinese CH-4 drones for its military.

In early 2017, China announced a historic agreement to sell as many as 300 of its Wing-Loong II attack drones to Saudi Arabia. It also reached an agreement to open a Saudi production line for the Reaper-style CH-4 drones. Such deals may help China close the sales gap with Israel, which has reigned as the world’s top exporter of military drones by accounting for 60 percent of international drone transfers in the past three decades.

The drone deals between China and U.S. allies represent more than lost business opportunities for  U.S. defense contractors that produce military drones. They also represent a potential loss of influence in shaping the standards of behavior for using armed military drones.

Treating Drones Like Missiles

Current U.S. policy on drone sales takes its cue from the 30-year-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) rather than any specific international agreements about exporting drones. The MTCR’s voluntary framework aims to limit exports of unmanned ballistic missile technologies and similar delivery vehicles that could carry weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons.

Previous U.S. policy has typically restricted sales of drones to other countries based on a strict interpretation of the MTCR that treats drones like missiles rather than aircraft. Such an interpretation makes little sense when the U.S. is willing to sell fighter jets but not unarmed drones to a close ally, Scharre says.

The CNAS report urges the Trump administration to loosen the U.S. policy on selling armed drones by simply adopting a different interpretation of the voluntary MTCR. That way the United States can remain relevant in broader discussions about the legal and moral issues surrounding armed drones and military drone strikes.

“We can place conditions on the use of U.S. drone systems and can train buyers on methods for avoiding civilian casualties,” Scharre explains. “There are sensible measures to put in place where we can shape what the world of drone proliferation will look like.”

There are signs that the Trump administration could be open to exporting more U.S. military drones. On June 24, the Trump administration approved a $2-billion sale to India involving two dozen unarmed surveillance drones in the form of the Guardian drone, an unarmed maritime version of the MQ-9 Reaper. More armed drone sales could potentially follow.

Missile Test Launched by North Korea Was an ICBM

Missile Test-Launched by North Korea Was an ICBM, US Officials Confirm

North Korea did indeed test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) yesterday, as the nuclear-armed nation claimed, U.S. officials said.

“The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement yesterday (July 4). “Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”

North Korean state-run media asserted that the newly tested ICBM will allow the nation — which has repeatedly threatened to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan — to deliver nuclear weapons to targets anywhere in the world. But that claim is likely overblown, according to Western experts.

The available evidence suggests that the missile splashed down in the ocean about 590 miles (950 kilometers) from the launch site after flying for 37 minutes, said missile expert David Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“A flight time of 37 minutes would require it to reach a maximum altitude of more than 2,800 km (1700 miles),” Wright wrote in a blog postyesterday. “So if the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km (4,160 miles) on a standard trajectory. That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.”

Missiles that can fly at least 3,400 miles (5,500 km) are regarded as ICBMs. Western analysts believe North Korea has been working to develop such a vehicle for quite some time, though the exact route the nation is taking has remained a mystery. (North Korea is famously secretive, so it’s hard to know much about its missile and rocket program with certainty.)

Yesterday’s test was therefore revelatory. It apparently involved a KN-17 missile, which Pyongyang has test-launched before, topped with a second stage to make “a brand-new missile that has not been seen before,” CNN reported, citing U.S. officials.

“The focus now is on the capability of that second stage, and how it technically contributed to making Pyongyang’s latest test its first ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch,” CNN wrote.

Partner Series Missile Test-Launched by North Korea Was an ICBM, US Officials Confirm This photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in North Korea’s northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. Credit: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP North Korea did indeed test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) yesterday, as the nuclear-armed nation claimed, U.S. officials said. “The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement yesterday (July 4). “Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.” North Korean state-run media asserted that the newly tested ICBM will allow the nation — which has repeatedly threatened to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan — to deliver nuclear weapons to targets anywhere in the world. But that claim is likely overblown, according to Western experts. The available evidence suggests that the missile splashed down in the ocean about 590 miles (950 kilometers) from the launch site after flying for 37 minutes, said missile expert David Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A flight time of 37 minutes would require it to reach a maximum altitude of more than 2,800 km (1700 miles),” Wright wrote in a blog postyesterday. “So if the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km (4,160 miles) on a standard trajectory. That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.” Missiles that can fly at least 3,400 miles (5,500 km) are regarded as ICBMs. Western analysts believe North Korea has been working to develop such a vehicle for quite some time, though the exact route the nation is taking has remained a mystery. (North Korea is famously secretive, so it’s hard to know much about its missile and rocket program with certainty.) Yesterday’s test was therefore revelatory. It apparently involved a KN-17 missile, which Pyongyang has test-launched before, topped with a second stage to make “a brand-new missile that has not been seen before,” CNN reported, citing U.S. officials. “The focus now is on the capability of that second stage, and how it technically contributed to making Pyongyang’s latest test its first ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch,” CNN wrote.

Nokia launches world’s fastest routers to take on rival

SAN FRANCISCO: Nokia launched the world’s fastest network chips on Wednesday, breaking into the Juniper and Cisco dominated core router market and giving its existing network business a boost.

The new traffic routers can handle the greater demands of virtual reality programming, cloud-based internet services and next-generation mobile communications, the Finnish company said.

Nokia’s new products, which grew out of its 15.6 billion-euro ($17.5 billion) 2016 acquisition of Alcatel and its IP network gear business, should help it win business from companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.

For these “web-scale” customers speed is everything and unlike Nokia’s traditional telecoms customers they are still increasing spending on network gear.

The routers are compatible with older products and will also serve Nokia’s existing customers who want speed but must still contend with legacy gear needed to run existing services.

“Nokia will have the highest-performance system capacity in the market, and a lot of those web-scalers, they just want speed,” Ray Mota, principal analyst at ACG Research, told Reuters.

The former Alcatel IP networks business is already the world’s No. 2 player in edge routers behind Cisco, having displaced Juniper Networks, which is now No. 3.

The Nokia business also competes with Huawei in router markets outside the United States, where the privately-held Chinese firm is barred for national security reasons.

Nokia executives expect to take market share from all the big competitors, including Cisco and Juniper as well as Huawei.

“Whether its web-scale or vertical markets (such as banks, transportation, energy and public sector), where we have been less exposed in routers, clearly we will gain share,” Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri told Reuters in an interview.

“This gives us momentum in core routing.”

Simon Leopold, a financial analyst with Raymond James, said Juniper, which depends for around a quarter of sales from web-scale customers such as Facebook could be hardest hit. “There is at least headline risk to Juniper, once Nokia ships,” he said.

Shares of Juniper Networks fell 2.4% to $28.60, while Cisco fell 1% to $31.38. Nokia’s U.S.-listed shares dipped a little under 1%.

PETABITS

Nokia said it is introducing its latest FP4 silicon chipset capable of processing data at 2.4 terabits per second. The new chipsets are set to ship in the fourth quarter, with routers running FP4 chips ready in the first quarter of next year.

These will be built into routers to operate both ultra high-speed “core” networks at the heart of the biggest internet services and also “edge” networks that link datacenters to front-line customer services on mobile or fixed-line networks.

Telecom operators’ capital spending is rising by just 2-3% a year which means Nokia is turning to web-scale players whose spending on new network gear is growing by double-digits.

FP4 chips, which are manufactured for Nokia by Taiwan’s TSMC are designed using circuits as narrow as 16 nanometers apart, skipping 22- and 28-nanometer-sized circuits compared to the prior FP3 processor built at 40-nanometer scale, Nokia said.

Nokia is introducing the 7950 petabit-class router aimed at the core routing market to help it win business from customers such as Apple and Facebook. A petabit can transmit 5,000 two-hour-long high-definition videos every second.

For edge network customers, Nokia is introducing its 7750 router, offering the highest traffic capacity on the market.

Mota said the Nokia 7750 can deliver speeds of up to 4.8 terabits per slot, compared with Juniper’s 3 terabit edge router speeds, which had been the industry’s fastest. A terabit can transfer a high-definition Netflix TV episode in one second.
Beyond sheer speed, there is enough processing power head-room in its new chipset to offer built-in security features to fend off distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
BT managing director and chief network architect Neil McRae said the British telecoms operator, an early customer of Nokia’s new products, is already running thousands of 7750 edge routers and hundreds of 7950 systems in its core network.
“If you look at London, one of the busiest parts of our network, we need this platform today,” McRae said.

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Know What Factors are Essential when Looking for the Best Cleaning and Handyman Service Provider

If you are looking forward to have your house cleaned or serviced by a reputable cleaning and handyman services, then it really is essential and important that you will have to be really specific about your search. Generally speaking, there will most likely be a handful of things that you could choose to do and the very specifics that we have along should help and guide you accordingly.

Be sure you will check on the things we have included below for you to secure that you will benefit greatly at the end of the day. To know these things is a great way for you to ensure that your investment is spent accordingly.

Do not forget that it really is important for you to be certain about your selection and that you should know what your goals are in the first place. Do so in a way that you should be really specific about your search throughout. Opt to check the overall expertise of cleaning and handyman services if you have small repairs you need done. However, going for a bigger project such as plumbing will require the expertise of plumbing contractors and services.
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Remember that it also is in your best interest to make sure that you will first gather a list of contractors and handyman services that you could rely on. This should then give you the very advantage and assurance that you will have a worthy find at the end of the day. Remember that the professional you will ask for names from should be legit and someone you could trust.
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Do not forget that it is very crucial for you to secure that you will want to consider the overall experience they have in the industry. Technically speaking, the more years they have spent should mean that they are more aware of the very things that needed done. Remember that it pays to be very specific about such matter in order for you to check and confirm that they are appropriate as per your needs is concerned.

Keep in mind that licenses also are among the things you should never forget to ask about as well. Be sure you will want to check on such matter just so you will be able to confirm they are legit and capable of handling the job thoroughly.

For them to be insured is yet another thing you should concern yourself about as well. Check their website and the reviews and feedback it also entails.

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Where to Find a Reliable DJ

With today’s technology making almost everything easy to do, many people try their hand at becoming a DJ. Still the music killing skills of a real DJ is most sough after. Due to this, event managers try their best to find only the best DJ for any big event. So, what must one do to find this music expert. This is a challenging task for someone who has no idea where to look. In this case, the best thing to do is approach a trustworthy DJ service Austin agency. This company is your go-to place if you want to avail of the most reliable DJ service. They will introduce you to the DJ who can perform the service that you specify. If you request for a quote or a review, they will also be happy to show it to you. What is more is that you will reap plenty of benefits for finding a DJ through this agency.

The first one is that you can be assured that you are getting a DJ with the right skills. Before a DJ company would accept a DJ to their agency, he or she should have the remarkable ability to please the crowd and get people moving through his ability to mix and make music. These agencies will not accept those with insufficient experience. A very good DJ will keep your guests entertained during the event.

The right DJ has confidence and this is a benefit of hiring a DJ from a DJ Service agency. You, at the same time, can be confident that things will not go wrong with your event because you have a good DJ to steer the crowd. Before hiring a DJ, check reviews and history with previous clients. This information will be happily provided by the agency that believes in his abilities. Alos, when looking for a DJ, get the one with the highest client satisfaction rating. Most importantly, he or she should have the ability to communicated with you and the guests to your event. In other words, the DJ should be able to establish rapport with everyone with ease.
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Lastly, but never the least, you should hire a DJ who is known to be reliable. To make this possible, you must come to a reliable agency. This means the DJ should come to the event as scheduled. In the event that the DJ could not make it because he got sick or he has an emergency a reliable DJ service Austin company should be able to provide a replacement. The DJ should also have the ability to improvise if a technical difficulty is encountered. If you are looking for a DJ, go here.A Quick Overlook of Tips – Your Cheatsheet

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What Do You Need to Know When You are Remodeling Your Residence?

As you live in your home you will start having a feeling that you need to change something and that is the place you will require remodeling your home. It can be that you have to change the design of a specific room, you may need to grow the space in your home, you may need to change the general color of the house with the objective that you increase the feel of the house, and you may moreover need to get that design you have been imagining to have in your home. Before beginning the remodeling process it is essential to put two or three things into thought.

It is essential to consider the most recent designs that are accessible in that present time, fashion will dependably change yet a design that will prompt the perfect house will dependably remain. You should consider retaining the engineering of the wall and the roofing patterns before you make the last move. It is important to know the kind of upgrade you want to have for your house and the reasons for the upgrade. For instance in case you are planning to increase your home size then you need to perceive the reason you require another bathroom or bedroom is basic in light of the fact that you will have the ability to make the major planning.

It is important to ensure that you get the best material for your remodeling process, ensure you have materials that are of good quality this will prevent any kind of costs you may incur in the future for maintenance or damage expenses. It is basic to get a specialist remodeling company to do the work for you, this is crucial in light of the fact that they know definitely what they are doing and they will give you a useful advice. You can get these experts from online sites where they promote their services; loved ones can likewise refer you to remodeling organizations that they have worked with some time recently.
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Guarantee that items are kept safe in the midst of the remodeling process this will save you the money you may incur to replace the damaged properties. You should ensure that you move and pack all the important objects you have until the remodeling process is done.
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Sufficient communication processes are likewise essential in the remodeling procedure, you ought to dependably speak with the remodelers and the specialists on precisely what you need to be done in your home this will prevent any future issues that may happen if the house is not redesigned to your liking. You may likewise have the capacity to rethink the remodeling design from the guidance you get from the specialists that is the reason speaking with them is vital.

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Important information about residential roofing materials

One of the things that you cannot ignore in your home is a leaking roof. You should act without delay as soon as you notice that a part of your roof has a crack or a piece is missing or leaking. Ignoring that may lead to severe water damage. There are a number of materials that are available for roofing. The most important thing to look for is the performance of the material and the durability.

When shopping for your roofing materials, you need to have these points in mind. If you are roofing a new house, you need to listen to the contractor. If you are looking for materials for repair, here is what you need to know.

First, you need to establish want needs to be done. You should never climb your house just to estimate the crack. You need to use a pair of binoculars when you are looking for any cracks on the roof. That way you will not endanger your life. Look for missing shingles, cracked areas or curled places in the roof. Check the areas around chimneys and roof valleys. When you carry out inspection and find out that you need to replace your roof, call a contractor immediately.
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To make sure you have the best out your roofing project, it is better to have a new roof than repairing the existing one. The the reason is that when you repair iron sheets, chances of requiring more repair almost immediately are very high. Some roofing materials are heavier than others may overstress rafters and other structural parts leading to more damages.
For you to have a smooth life as you buy materials for your house, make sure you calculate the estimated cost. The Roofing materials are measured in length. You will know how much material you need by measuring in length. In a view to make sure you are ready, take the measurement and calculate to know the amount of money required.
The other factor you need to consider is the warranty. Most warranties cover for full replacement of materials and installation only for a limited time. You need to be sure of what your warranty covers. Some warranties are long term, they go up to fifty years especially steel. You need to ask about the fire rating of the roof.
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If you are thinking about using solar, it is important to have it installed the same time with the roof. The first step is the expert to examine the strength of the roof and the weight it is possible to bear without causing trouble. When you are considering which shelter to purchase, the choice should be between aesthetics against cost. Roofing materials are there in various prices and different durability.

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Taking a Closer Look at What Makes for a Great Dentist While you’ll have to consider a lot of different factors whenever you’re hoping to maintain and improve your health, there is no doubt that finding the right types of health care professionals will be one of the most important things you can do. Due to the fact that doctors tend to focus on all of the different parts of the body, there is no doubt that he’ll prove to be a fantastic resource for you to check out. If you’re serious about complete and comprehensive health care, then it will be equally important for you to be able to get some proper care for your teeth, mouth, and gums. This is because the health status of your mouth will actually play a major role in the kind of health you’ll experience in all of the other parts of your body. To ensure that you’re always maintaining the health and well-being of your mouth, it’s a good idea to have a dentist you can visit regularly who will be capable of helping you keep everything clean and in great shape. Many people who are hoping to get the highest level of dental care will find that there can be a lot of different questions to ask when it comes to the kinds of dentists who will be right for the job. If you can focus on finding someone who has the right set of professional qualities, you’ll have no problem getting the highest level of care.
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More than anything else, you need to find the kind of dentist who has helped many dental patients over the course of his entire career. There are all kinds of benefits to enjoy when you have a dentist who has been working with patients for a great number of years. The past experiences that the dentist will have had dealing with other patients will make it possible for you to have your own potential problems diagnosed prior to them hurting you. They’ll also know what types of solutions to look for in order to correct all of the issues that might come up when you get your regular checkup.
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As you can see, there’s a lot that you’ll need to consider if you really want to be sure that you’re getting the most out of your trip to the dentist. What you’ll find is that the right kind of dentist is going to have the skills and abilities to protect your mouth from any troubles that could threaten the health and beauty of your smile.

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Understanding Bow Hunting Bow hunting seems to be forgotten in today’s world notwithstanding the fact that it is one of the oldest forms of hunting. In bow hunting, a bow and an arrow are necessary tools for killing the game. Because this practice has existed for so long, it is also key to explore its details even in our time. In so doing, we will be able to rekindle the desire for many people who snub this practice as being too archaic. The following items are key to this our important discussion. The person conducting bow hunting Bow hunting would not exist if there was no one to conduct it. The actor in bow hunting is the hunter and it is required that the hunter should possess the skills outlined below. Firstly, it is required that he be experienced in hunting and should be a master of all the hunting paraphernalia associated with bow hunting. The second thing he should possess other than experience is the hunting gear associated with bow hunting. Finally, he should have knowledge of the right area to hunt the game he needs. The Hunting Equipment Bow hunting process also needs that the hunter should be in possession of a number of necessary hunting tools. The primary tool for bowhunting is the bow. The bow ought to be made using the right technique and material to ensure that it doesn’t pose any danger to the hunter and also to ensure that it lasts long. Bows can be made of wood or metal and are of various types such as the recurve bow and the spider takedown recurve bow.
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The arrow and the queer is another set of bow hunting tools. Arrows are used alongside the bows. The queer is primarily used for storing or carrying the arrows. The best quality of an arrow is that it should be light so that its flight in the air is flawless. The arrows should also have sharp pointed edges to ensure that their strike is lethal. Arrows can be made of metal or wood.
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Queers, on the other hand, should be designed to appear light as they are carried on the back of the hunter. The queer should also be closable to ensure that the darts in it do not harm the hunter. Queers can be made of leather, rubber or plastic. The weight of the queer and the number of arrows available for storage or to be carried during the hunting process dictate the kind of a queer the hunter should choose. It should be taken with great concern, the fact that all these hunting equipment ought to be serviced as often as possible to ensure that they continue to work as recommended and also to ensure that they don’t pose any safety risks to the users.

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Technical Issues for Remote Enterprises

There are so many people in the online world that do experience a few troubles with things that can go wrong when you are online and you may be experiencing some technical difficulties with your online enterprise. Many people who have online businesses really fear for these technical difficulties because anything can really happen when you are online. There are so many businesses who have these problems as well so you can really learn from their mistakes. Let us now look at some of the technical issues that you can encounter.

There are so many technical issues when it comes to using the computer or a laptop so you should always be prepared for any issues that go wrong with your device. If you are using your laptop to do your business and something goes wrong with your laptop, are your files safe? Do you have a back up plan that you can go to if your laptop is never fixed again? You should be able to answer these questions. Since there are always things that can happen to your technology, you should always have a very secure back up plan where you can store all your important things for your business. One really important place where you can store your files and important data is the clouds. Some people have problems with their macs and if you are one person who has a mac that is not functioning well anymore, you should really get it repaired at a mac repair shop because if you do not, you may really loose your business because you can not anymore work without your mac getting repaired.

Another technical problem that remote enterprises face is slow connection. Businesses with slow internet connections can really experience less sales and the like because people will not really like to spend for something that is not really clear in their services. Serving your customers well is one of your biggest missions as an online business and if you do not have a good internet connection, you can not really be able to please your clients. There are so many companies that really invest in a good internet connection where the speed is really fast because they can really do a better job at serving their customers and clients well this way. Like we have said, there are so many technical troubles for remote enterprises and if you are smart enough, you can really avoid having these troubles by looking at the mistakes that other people make.

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Guide to Buying Your Very First Mountain Bike

Once you decide it’s time you get a real mountain bike, you’d be surprised at how extensive your options are. As soon as you begin shopping, you’d figure out you have more than a handful of different models and attached features, price range, types, and brands.

However, you obviously can’t buy all of them, which means that before even taking that first step in buying, you have to carry with you realistic expectations first. You need to fully understand what makes a mountain bike the best choice based on your specific needs, preference, taste, and of course, the price in which your money can afford.

Setting a Budget
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The good news about buying a mountain bike for the first time is that you can pick an affordable one but without compromising your ride experience. There’s a chance you can afford a $10,000 mountain bike, but why would you purchase one with that price if you can get the same safety and fun on a more affordable model? Quite interestingly, you actually can opt to purchase a decent mountain bike for $500 and still enjoy the same fun. It is best that you look for an entry-level model but is built by a renowned brand. However, if you can spend as much as you want, then the sky is your only limit.
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Trail or Downhill?

Once you’ve figured out a budget, the next thing you decide on is the type of bike riding you’ll be doing for the most part. For this one, you will have to decide if you’re mostly biking in local trails or downhill. Keep in mind that there will be many differences between these two. But it’s a decision that quite easy to make; if you spend majority of your time riding in local trails, it means you can’t buy a downhill bike.

Exploring Your Options

At this point, you almost ready to make that crucial decision after learning how much you can afford and figuring out the kind of riding you’re doing for the most part. However, before you finally get to make that purchase, it is strongly advised that you first narrow down your list of prospects to about three or four and then find time to try them out. Even if your choices look stunning and perfect, there is no way for you to determine if you like how it rides if you don’t try them out. It’s just the same as buying a car in which you obviously will want to do a test drive first.

Finally, if you’re buying brand new, don’t forget to ask about the terms of the warranty that comes with the bike purchase.

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Why You Should Consider Getting Your High School Diploma Online.

Quality education is essential for every person. Some people do not complete school because of one reason or another. There are many ways that someone can get an education. Many people prefer the conventional classroom setting. The presence of many schools all over the country also makes this form of learning the most preferred. Other people prefer homeschooling. All in all, it is good to consider a method that works for you. Online learning is an alternative that comes with a lot of advantages. Think about getting your high school diploma online if you are about to join high school. Why you need to get your certification on the internet is explained below.

Some people hate going to school. A number of factors can cause this. For instance, a person who is always bullied in school because of one reason or another may hate going to school. Such behavior is widespread among kids and even among pubescent. Quitting school is often what most victims of bullying resort to. Getting your high school certificate online is an alternative that someone can consider in a bid to avoid such scenarios. Online learning guarantees zero bullying. Additionally, online learning provides a personalized experience for the client since the tutors can mold their lessons to fit your specific needs.

It is advantageous to get your secondary school diploma online due to the absence of distractions. Friends and classmates prove to be a huge distraction in a traditional classroom setting. It is very common to find someone dozing off in the course of a lesson. In situations where the lesson is boring, people tend to daydream. Online schooling promises a distraction free environment. This is contributed by the fact that online learning requires you to specify times that you need to learn and also give full attention. Many times, online classes are largely interactive hence no chance of dozing or fantasizing.

Online schooling boasts of being flexible. The freedom of choosing when to learn is what makes online schooling flexible. With a regular physical high school, you need to wake up early and be in school on time. What is more, the lessons have set time limits that you have sit through whether you are tired or not. Online school gives you the liberty to choose when to learn for instance early morning or in the evening. Additionally, you can dictate how long a lesson takes. Compared to a normal school, online learning is faster hence it speeds up the process f you getting your diploma. Online secondary schools have no holidays. As a result more time is devoted to learning. The result of this is faster coverage of the syllabus in online learning compared to the traditional way of learning. You have the freedom to plan when to do assignments. Generally, before getting a high school diploma, it is good to weigh your options first before settling for anything.

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How to Choose Las Vegas Wedding Venues The idea of getting married and having it come to fruition is often a very dreamy and inspiring time. Marriage is the ultimate commitment and showing of dedication between two people that are in love and feel that they have found the one. Couples that decide to get married have a lot to get taken care of before that big day. The biggest part of the marriage process is planning the wedding. The first step for marrying couples is to choose a wedding date that they can both agree on. The second step when planning for the upcoming special day is find a wedding venue. One of the most popular wedding destinations for marrying couples is Las Vegas. It is chosen as a destination location for weddings because of its unique style and fun to be enjoyed along with the wedding day. Some things can be done to ensure that you choose the right Las Vegas wedding venues. The recommended first consideration for choosing a venue is deciding on a budget. Booking a place that is far too expensive can cause a lot of strain and many wind up losing their deposits. Figuring out how much to spend is important as there are also a slew of other purchases that will need to be made. Some other common wedding purchases are dresses, flowers, catering, and tuxedos. It is crucial to ensure that they have the date open for booking before paying any deposits or making any standing decisions. There are some Las Vegas wedding venues that show online calendars on their websites for quick reference. It is still wise to call and verify dates over the phone just to double-check that the date is available for booking. The capacity of the venue is something that needs to be considered as you will want it to be able to easily and comfortably seat and serve the guests. A helpful tip is to ask about catering choices so that you can ensure your guests are happy and well-fed at the reception. Logistics to the venue from hotels in town or from the airport will be essential to arrange so that there are no transportation problems. Whether or not the Las Vegas wedding venues you are thinking of booking are tasteful and elegant should be among the top aspects to consider. You and your partner should feel as though you are in your ideal wedding location. Touring the Las Vegas wedding venues in advance is the best way to get an idea of the look and feel. Choosing the best venue for your wedding is possible with some of these recommended steps.Finding Ways To Keep Up With Celebrations

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