Baltimores City Lights

first_imgPerformers parade through downtown Baltimore during the Light City Baltimore 2016 while onlookers took in the sights behind the ship The Pride of Baltimore II. (Photos by Anderson Ward) Baltimore’s Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation, goes until April 3. ‘Peacock,’ by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller, is one of the light art installations on view to the public.last_img

Crystal on Broadway is an exclusive new partners

first_img“Crystal on Broadway” is an exclusive new partnership with multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, Kevin McCollum, that will bring cast members and creative experts from some of theatre’s premier shows to Crystal Cruises’ stages and venues. McCollum – who boasts a 25-year career in the theatre industry and counts In the Heights, Avenue Q, Rent, Motown: The Musical, and Something Rotten! among some of his great successes – will help present performances, lectures and Q&A with some of theatre’s top artists on select Crystal sailings.Debuting summer 2017, the new line-up will feature guest singers, dancers, choreographers, directors, designers and other artists on designated voyages on Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.               “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Kevin McCollum and his vast network of talented performers,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO and president. “The artists and experts set for this exclusive new programme hail straight from Broadway, offering our guests the superlative calibre of entertainment, enrichment and insider viewpoints they expect aboard a Crystal ship.”last_img read more

Rep Noble invites residents to open office hour in Plymouth

first_img27Apr Rep. Noble invites residents to open office hour in Plymouth Categories: Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth will host an open office hour on Monday, May 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Plymouth Township Office Multi-Function Room, 9955 N. Haggerty Rd.“A government that is accessible and listens to the people is more efficient and effective,” Rep. Noble said. “I always want to hear from residents about state issues and this is a great opportunity to have an open and direct dialogue.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or via email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

Englishlanguage teaching channel English Club TV

first_imgEnglish-language teaching channel English Club TV has struck a deal with the Hungarian Cable Communications Association for distribution by members of the association.Ferenc Kery, president of the Hungarian Cable Communications Association, said: “The English Club TV Channel is included in the Agreed Tier on the Cable System. The Hungarian Cable Communications Association is respecting the channel for its efforts since it helps all Hungarian viewers improve their English in the best way.”The latest deal follows one signed between the channel and Latvian Electronic Communications Companies Association, which was created to distribute and promote TV channels in the Baltic States.last_img read more

Middle Eastern subscription ondemand service icfl

first_imgMiddle Eastern subscription on-demand service icflix has launched in Kuwait.Icflix has formed a strategic partnership with Ooredoo Kuwait to offer the platform locally. Ooredoo (formerly known as Qatar Telecom) will offer the service free for two months to its Shamel tier customers for a promotional period.Non-Shamel users can access the service for 2.4KD (US$7.99) a month.The deal means icflix originals such as Al Makida and HIV and new Arabic drama Alf Leila Wa Leila (1001 Nights) will be available to Ooredoo customers.Icflix offers a mix of originals, local Middle Eastern shows, Bollywood films and acquired US fare.“This [deal] is great news for those who enjoy watching movies and TV series on the go on their smart phones or tablets,” said Carlos Tibi, CEO, icflix.last_img read more

TSX Venture 140505 149914 212568

first_imgTSX Venture1,405.051,499.142,125.68 Those who have already averaged down and find themselves, if not “all in,” then perhaps with less cash than they’d like, must hold and not lose their nerve. We’re in front of what may be the most spectacular buying opportunity in years. Sure, if a company suffers a major political setback, runs out of money, or shows in some other way that it’s unlikely to deliver, then sell – but do not sell just because the market is down. TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)11,871.2312,178.6613,611.32 Gold Producers (GDX)44.0546.7058.34 Gold1,642.021,620.381,515.88 Gold and Silver HEADLINESTravelers to India Face Special Gold Scans at Major Indian Airports (Emirates24|7)Travelers to India are being scanned for gold and gold ornaments in the country’s major airports in an effort to collect duties on gold amounts exceeding a law-defined maximum.According to an Indian law enacted in 1967, people traveling to India are obliged to pay a duty for carrying any gold ornaments valued at more than Rs20,000 (roughly $375 at today’s exchange rate); for males the allowed amount is lower by half: Rs10,000 (roughly $185).At current gold prices, the amount of gold one can carry without paying additional custom duties is tiny. An Indian woman on average wears a gold chain weighing 16-25 grams at least, which at the current price would be worth at least US$845-1,320 and exceeds the tax-free allowance.People of Indian origin can carry up to 10 kilos of gold, provided they pay a duty. Recently the authorities have seen a spike in undeclared gold being smuggled into the country as gold prices, and the amount of applicable duties, rose.The market for gold in India is legendary, and since 2008, the metal has remained one of the preferred investments for Indians. The increasing amounts of gold smuggled into India are not accounted for in official statistics for gold imports, so we can only guess how much more gold Indians are buying than what is reported in government numbers, which must be seen as the lowest figures in a possible range.Indonesia Plans Export Tax on Copper, Gold, Silver Ores, up to 50% (CommodityOnline)Indonesia plans to impose a 20-50% export tax on a wide range of commodities sold in ore form. Fourteen minerals are subject to this legislation, including gold and silver. The justification?“We want miners to process and refine the ore in the country and therefore stimulate the construction of more smelters here,” stated Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa who also added that the implementation of export tax was not aimed at increasing the country’s revenues but was targeted to deincentivize the mining companies from selling the commodities as ores.This initiative may look reasonable: the government attempts to maximize the use of the country’s natural resources and expand the value chain of the local mining industry, which would incentivize creation of new production facilities and consequently workplaces, as well as generate tax revenue.But changes in legislation – and Indonesia has already made some questionable decisions this year – do not encourage foreign investment and may strangle local industry. Such moves are certainly keeping our investment money out of the country. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International SpeculatorDespite rising costs, this company’s increasing production keeps cash flow up. We like the potential this play has for production growth and discovery – see our latest comment and recommendation update. Copper3.733.794.12 Rock & Stock StatsLastOne Month AgoOne Year Ago Oil102.54101.47109.24 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)21.9722.8337.94 Silver Stocks (SIL)20.1421.2725.85 Those who are new to the sector should buy first tranches on great companies and prepare to average down with second tranches and stink bids, should they be so fortunate as to get opportunities to do so.What if I’m Wrong?At the close of our conference in Weston, David Galland polled our attendees, asking how many thought the US and global economies were actually recovering (implying that we should not be investing with further crisis in mind, but improving economic conditions). In the entire, packed room, only a handful of hands went up. Okay, we had just presented a lot of evidence for why the Casey consensus is for more crisis ahead, but there were different views among speakers, and the overwhelming majority of independent-minded thinkers present agreed that the fundamental trend we’re betting on remains solid.If they – and we here at Casey Research – are all wrong, and the bull market for metals is over, you may lose some money. This is why we always urge readers in the strongest terms not to speculate with money they cannot afford to lose. There is, however, no practical limit to how much money you can win, if we’re right – and that’s why we do urge readers in the strongest terms to embrace intelligent speculation.As Rick says, in these markets, you’re either a contrarian or a victim. Bear markets are for buying and bull markets are for selling. We believe we have entered an acute, but temporary, buyer’s market. Our path is therefore clear: we must buy the bear.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Silver30.3531.3539.31 This company is one of our favorite takeover candidates. It’s well cashed up, consistently delivers high-grade intercepts from its multiple projects, and the shares are trading near 52-week lows. Here’s our latest take. BIG GOLDA number of BIG GOLD companies filed their quarterly reports last week – check out the latest on your favorites on the portfolio page. Dear Readers,Your metals team has just returned from the Casey Research Recovery Reality Check conference in Weston, Florida. I think the quality of the speakers was perhaps the best ever. There were clever tales and insights aplenty, but I’ll cut to the chase for investors in the metals and mining sector: The correction we’ve been experiencing was discussed at length, and while no one is sure when it will bottom, legendary investors in our sector are buying now.Some say my calls to buy the best of the best mining stocks in the midst of a continuing share-price decline evoke a fear akin to what one feels trying to catch a falling safe. It may help to know that investors today are buying alongside Rick Rule of Sprott Global, John Hathaway of the Tocqueville Fund, and Doug Casey, of course – among other legendary resource investors.I interviewed Rick in Florida, as you may have seen in last week’s Conversations with Casey. We both have a sense that the meltdown in our sector may well get worse before things get better. The “sell in May” conventional wisdom could collide with an already bearish sentiment and truly rustle the whole resource-sector herd to the share-price slaughterhouse.We Should Be So LuckyI’ve said that before: we should be so lucky as to get another 2008-style buying opportunity – and that’s what we’d have if the market melts down from this low point.I’ve also said “buy low and sell high” so often, it’s starting to sound like I’m stuttering. It sounds easy, but it’s not – if it were, everyone would do it, and there’d be no profit in it. Contrarianism 101: You have to buy when others are panicking and there’s blood in the streets. That means you have to master the fear and do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.Email from some unhappy readers whose recent share purchases are down have made me wonder if they thought we were joking or merely being rhetorical about this. The whole idea behind the tranche buying system we advocate is to take advantage of downward volatility, and the objective of placing stink bids is to capture “stupid” prices. I meant exactly what I said: we offered guidance on lower prices because we believed a major correction was a distinct probability. Well, here it is.I see the buying opportunities shaping up with fear and excitement. My fear is not that our speculations won’t work out: rather, it’s that – as happened in 2008 – too few investors will have the courage to follow through on their contrarian ideals. The excitement, of course, is that we face truly spectacular contrarian opportunities.“When Will the Pain Stop?”A friend, reader, and fellow speculator who attended our conference asked me half-jokingly when the market would bottom. He knows I don’t have a crystal ball, but the way he phrased it was interesting: “When will the pain stop?” It was delivered with a smile that showed he understood the long-term trend we’re betting on remains solid; when you believe in a better future but suffer pain in the present, you don’t want your life to end – you want the pain to stop.I said I saw the slaughterhouse potential mentioned above, and that I was hoping for a chance at phenomenally stupid prices on great companies. However, any number of factors could reverse the market’s current fear-dominant sentiment back to being greed-dominant again. Scary news on the geopolitical front – just one potential black swan among many – could send gold shooting north in short order. With many gold companies severely undervalued, that could bring greed back to the forefront with a vengeance.I also interviewed John Hathaway (coming soon to an inbox near you), who said he thinks we’re close to the bottom now. Gold stocks are already undervalued and he’s buying.He may be right. I had dinner with a friend the other night who is a much more mainstream investor than I am. He told me he’d just bought Newmont for the reasons Jeff Clark outlined in BIG GOLD last month – but he’s not a subscriber. He reasoned that while gold is up over the last year, the retreat from last fall’s peak has producers so beaten down, many are deeply undervalued relative to the strength of the underlying commodity. He saw an opportunity, liked Newmont’s dividend structure, and took it.If mainstream investors are waking up to the opportunities in oversold gold stocks, Hathaway could be right: We have bottomed, and the time to buy is now.Rick, by the way, says my anecdote matches his observations; he thinks more mainstream investors are becoming aware of today’s specific opportunity in gold stocks, as the high-visibility gold indices such as the HUI have diverged substantially from the gold price. He says that’s bullish, but suspects that present market negativity will take a while yet to reverse – and that that’s a great thing. He likes to buy what others are afraid to touch; usually, that means grassroots plays, but now he’s very pleased to be able to buy advanced developers and even producers that are on sale. Rick shares my excitement at the prospect of 2008-style prices – he seemed almost gleeful when I spoke with him.I talked about this with Doug, of course, and he agrees – he said he looks forward to seeing my shopping list.What to DoIf John is right and we are at a cyclical bottom, now is the time to buy.I would not go “all in” even if I were positive John is right, because no one knows the future for certain. Still, I would move aggressively, deploying more cash into gold stocks. In fact, the divergence between gold and gold stocks has become so great, some of our conference speakers mentioned selling some of their gold to buy more gold stocks.[Some of the biggest institutional and mutual fund managers believe that gold miners are severely undervalued, and they’re urging their clients to load up.]If I were sure Rick is right about lower prices in the months just ahead, that would not make buying some undervalued stocks now a bad idea. Again, no one can be sure – a point Rick himself made. If the companies are solid, well financed, and have projects of genuine merit and the right people to push them forward, today’s buyers should come out well, regardless of the fluctuations along the way – as long as they don’t panic and sell at the real bottom, when they should be buying with gusto.Key point: no one can call the exact market bottom, except in hindsight.That means you have to buy when prices are low and not worry too much about how much lower they could go. That takes discipline and nerves of steel – the DNA of the contrarian mind. This is precisely the rare and difficult ability that makes fortunes for speculators – and the reason they deserve to make those fortunes.Profiting from 2008 was only “easy” in hindsight – many people chickened out at the moment of truth, when share prices went into freefall and I was putting “BEST BUY” on many stocks. Others were willing but lacked the liquidity to follow those recommendations. I know – I got the agonized emails.So, here we are in 2012, potentially on the verge of a similar sell-off within an underlying trend that remains as bullish as ever. What to do:Those who’ve taken our advice to take profits along the way and maintain a cash reserve should remember 2008, hold on to their courage, buy first and second tranches where appropriate, and prepare to buy low in a big way with stink bids.last_img read more

We are not quitting We cant We wont Yes the

first_imgWe are not quitting. We can’t. We won’t. Yes, there may be bruises and even blood along the way, but like the first Christians, our people do not turn back – they continue regardless. We’ve come out of the state’s cultivated darkness, and we are moving into more and more light. Why would we want to go back to where we were? Even if we tried to do it, could we really stick with it? Could our minds really fit back into their old restraints? This is why freedom will win, my friends: The genie is out of the bottle, and the Internet has spread the message to the four corners of the Earth. It’s a better message. It produces better people. And in the end, we will win. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Our people are better than theirs. Not because we were born better, but because finding and living according to truth produces better people than blind obedience and fear of the lash. You may have heard that Silk Road – the truly free online market – was taken down today, by the FBI. In response, the price of Bitcoin crashed 24%. Yet here I am – just a few hours later, feeling very optimistic. Why? Because the philosophy of freedom just showed itself to be massively stronger than statism and its “don’t think, just obey” philosophy. Here’s What Happened As I was finishing my lunch, I saw a story posted on the takedown/crash. I did a bit of checking and conversed with a friend, and then hustled over to a place I know where crypto-anarchists hang out online. These guys were already talking about replacing Silk Road, and doing a better job of it. Forget about the drugs aspect of this – I don’t care for drugs and neither do the people I listened in on – they just want to build free markets. Contrast that to a financial site, where I found a couple of Bitcoin haters, a Fed trying to supercharge as much fear as he/she could, and several people trying to buy Bitcoin at its lows, or lamenting that they were out of extra cash to buy right away. But here’s the interesting part: In the face of an orchestrated attack (and you can be sure that the Feds arranged the day’s events for maximum fear – that’s what they do), even these people, within minutes, were walking forward, not backward. A Better Philosophy Wins Out Arguably, the greatest triumph of a new philosophy has to be that of the early Christians (of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries AD), they simply would not be stopped, no matter what was thrown at them. And why wouldn’t they turn back? Because the Roman way was ridiculous and barbaric. Their gods were vile, vain, sometimes stupid and often cruel. Who wants to worship that? These Christians – whatever their faults or virtues – had found a God who loved them, who wished to help and enlighten them, who said they were meant to be free and prosperous. Which way would you choose? The Romans persecuted them and sometimes killed them, but they would not be turned around. These people chose the better philosophy, and in the end, they won. Today, I saw the same thing, wrapped in modern circumstances. Freedom-minded people are not stopping, are not abandoning their views. And why should they? Shall we go back to the idiocy and self-contradictory life of worshiping the state? Of pretending that robbery is somehow – magically – not robbery when the government does it? Our minds have been removed from the state’s intimidation and conditioning. Shall we go back to believing lies and repeating vapid slogans for the rest of our lives? There are real reasons why individuals move from bondage to liberty, but very seldom the reverse. The Bottom Line Facts At the end of all the discussions, all the fears, all the questions, all of the explaining to newbs and concerned friends, stand these facts: Our philosophy is better than theirs. We offer men and women truth, understanding, compassion (the real kind), and strong, direct relationships. The state offers punishment, fear, an occasional promise of plunder, and intrusion into every relationship in your life.last_img read more

Bad Boy Billionaires Next Big Investment…

first_img “Bad Boy” Billionaire’s Next Big Investment… He was investigated by the FBI for hacking at age 16… By age 19 he cofounded the fastest growing business of all time… Then at just 24, he became founding president of the world’s largest social media website… Now he’s funding the first ever human trial of a revolutionary new technology that could ultimately end all disease… And you could make ten times your money on this breakthrough, if you act BEFORE midnight, Monday, October 17… Click here to learn more. AR Is the Future The problem with virtual reality that requires headsets or expensive computers to power the experience is that it greatly limits where and how the technology can be used. It also limits the market potential. This is where augmented reality, or AR, has an extraordinary advantage. AR is just what it sounds like… technology that is used to augment the real world. It enables, through some form of goggles or eyewear, the user to see information, graphics, messages, etc. overlaid on top of his view of the real world. And this is exactly why AR is the next smartphone, in terms of a consumer electronics product that will ship a billion-plus units a year. You may remember the Google Glass product from a few years ago—one of the first attempts at selling AR to the public. It never achieved mass adoption, but most first-generation products don’t. Google Glass Just think of the first personal digital assistant, the Apple Newton, released in 1993. It was a fantastic product at the time, but it was large, bulky, black and white, required a stylus, and had no wireless connection to the internet. It just wasn’t compelling enough. But Apple took that learning, combined it with a cellphone, and years later launched a product that revolutionized personal communications… the iPhone, of course. While it certainly won’t take more than a decade for AR to reach that level, the important thing is that the technology has already taken many of its first steps toward mass adoption. AR devices are like simple eyewear, so they do not limit or constrict a user. Quite the opposite: AR improves a user’s experience with the real world, it simplifies life, and it will save us time and frustration in doing simple tasks, like taking out a smartphone to check the weather, replying to a text message, or receiving a phone call. Imagine this: You are sitting in a café enjoying your morning latte and a message comes in from a friend asking about dinner this evening. You can speak a command, verbally reply to the message with a response, and instruct the message to be sent. Just like that. Users wouldn’t even have to lift a finger. Or how about this: Two friends are sitting in a park for their weekly chess match… but there is no chessboard in sight. They are both wearing augmented reality glasses, which look like normal glasses. Through this special technology, they can both see a chessboard in front of them and move the pieces on the board, just as if they were playing with a real chess set. Imagine the work, educational, and gaming applications of a technology like this. Imagine schoolchildren studying our solar system being able to “fly” from Earth to Mars to Jupiter’s moons and learn about them in a deeply visual, immersive way. The potential applications are nearly limitless, and the best part is that AR improves the basic things in life that we do every day. Communicating socially, sending messages, searching for and receiving information, and entertainment. AR will quickly become the next computing interface, the next-generation computing platform, and a completely new way to experience data, video, information, and entertainment. It will be prolific, pervasive, and profound for society. And the market could be as big as $120 billion by 2020. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor P.S. Augmented reality is just one sector of technology that will someday bring life-altering returns to early investors. You can learn more about another world-changing technology with the potential to create fortunes for early investors by watching my brand-new video presentation right here. Recommended Links – Editor’s note: There’s an innovative technology that will replace your smartphone in the not-too-distant future. In today’s Weekend Edition, tech guru Jeff Brown, editor of Bonner & Partners’ Exponential Tech Investor, details this fascinating product… As he says, “It will be prolific, pervasive, and profound for society. And the market could be as big as $120 billion by 2020”… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor Simplicity… ease of use… convenience… a meaningful improvement of some daily task or activity… These simple things are the hallmarks of successful technology adoptions. The difference between a billion people using a new product or service or just 100,000 people. It’s the difference between a smash hit and a niche product offering. And it’s how I identified the innovative technology that will replace your smartphone in the not-too-distant future. Think about something as simple as the telephone. After it was introduced in 1900, it took about 50 years to reach 90% penetration in the United States, as a basic communications infrastructure was being built out. And when it was done, it greatly simplified and improved life. Or the television… It took about 15 years or so for the TV to reach 90% penetration. This allowed people to receive real-time news, information, and entertainment from the comfort of their own homes. The cellphone took about 12 years. This extraordinary improvement to our standard of living enabled communications and accessibility pretty much anywhere. Once Apple came out with its revolutionary iPhone in 2007, it took less than eight years for pretty much everyone to have a smartphone of some kind or another. But what was really important here was that the technology was developed by a company whose background was in personal computers and software, not one of the giant cellphone makers. All of these technological developments brought convenience, simplicity, and improvements to our everyday lives. But what’s next? Smartwatches, like the Apple Watch, are nice to have, as are fitness trackers like the Fitbit. But they are really not that transformative. The benefits received are simply not compelling enough for a billion-plus people to adopt. When looking for products and technologies that have the potential to attract a billion-plus users, it’s critical to think about the things that most people do every single day. And today, communicating socially, sending messages, searching for and receiving information, and enjoying entertainment top the list of what modern consumers spend their time doing. Just think of smartphone applications you and your friends and family use most often… They likely include apps for social media, messaging, and entertainment. Following Facebook Perhaps no company understands this better than Facebook. In 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram – and its 30 million users – for $1 billion. Instagram is a social media application that allows users to post photographs so others can see them. Many thought the acquisition was crazy. But today, Instagram has over 500 million users and was recently valued at $35 billion. Not so crazy after all. A 35-times return on investment in only a few years. Incredible. Facebook didn’t stop there. In 2014, it spent $19 billion to acquire an early-stage messaging application company called WhatsApp. WhatsApp simply allows users to send messages and pictures back and forth for free. It now has more than a billion users and is forecast to generate $5 billion in annual revenue by 2020. A third acquisition that is much more telling about the future is Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of Oculus, also in 2014. Oculus is a pioneering company in a technology called virtual reality, or VR. As the name suggests, the technology revolves around computer-generated environments viewed through eyewear that blocks out the real world so that the wearer is immersed in a virtual world. Oculus delivers VR experiences via an integrated audio and video headset that looks like this: — Oculus’ VR headset Essentially, the headset is connected to an expensive personal computer system that can run highly immersive games, entertainment, and educational applications. If you haven’t tried one before, it creates a very realistic environment where you can feel physically in touch and more involved in the media that you are consuming. Hillary Linked to Secret Account Benghazi. The email scandal. Now this… A close look at Hillary’s “Financial Disclosure Report” (form 278) reveals Hillary and husband Bill have now invested over $1 million in controversial account that lets bankers earn up to 37 times more interest than they pay you, the general public. Click here to continue reading…last_img read more

The Next Big Thing in Cannabis Terpenes

first_img This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The future of the industry is all in the nose. Free Green Entrepreneur App Innovation –shares Download Our Free Android App Image credit: Sharon Mccutcheon | EyeEm | Getty Images CEO of Orchid Essentials Magazine Contributor 3 min read Corey Mangold The Next Big Thing in Cannabis? Terpenes Next Article Looking for a new angle to approach the cannabis business? While medical and lifestyle entrepreneurs have been homing in on the active cannabinoids THC and CBD, many say the plant’s real potential has been right under our noses. Literally.They’re talking about terpenes, organic compounds that exist in the essential oils of all kinds of plants. Terpenes are what give herbs, flowers, and fruits their signature aromas. They also create, when processed, the distinct character of flavorings, perfumes, and colognes. You may be familiar with the calming effects of lavender extract and chamomile tea, or a citrus body wash that wakes you up in the morning and clears the mind. Similarly, cannabis is bursting with terpenes. Without them, the plant has no soul. Related: 3 Ways Cannabis Brands Can Make a Powerful First ImpressionThe Scented BuzzTo date, some 350 terpenes have been identified in cannabis. The reason one strain smells and tastes different from another is because of its unique terpene profile. While the flower is most often associated with the scent of skunk (also caused by a terpene!), depending on the strain, it may share terpenes with other botanicals, like lavender, chamomile, lemon, wood, grass, grape, orange, mango, pine needle, and even banana. The sedating indica varieties, for example, often contain high levels of terpenes called linalool and myrcene, creating a fragrance that’s often described as deep and low. Sativa strains, which are more uplifting, may smell like fresh-cut grass or pine, and sweet citrus, thanks to the terpenes pinene and limonene. Whether it comes down to aromatherapy, or some other characteristic of the compounds (we need more science), terpenes also seem to affect the mind and body. They’re thought to work in tandem with CBD and THC to create the full cannabis experience, known in the industry as the entourage effect. The combination in one strain might make you feel sleepy; the mix in another, alert. Or you might get paranoid, giggly, hungry, or none of the above. What does this mean for entrepreneurs? Understand terpenes and you have a whole new palette to craft the next generation of cannabis products. Related: 5 Things You Should Know About CBDCashing InGreen founders are already beginning to harness the power of these beguiling compounds. Cannabis cultivators can boost the natural levels of various terpenes for a certain effect through growing techniques. However, it’s easier to add specific formulas of the compounds to finished products such as vaporizer cartridges and CBD oil. Companies like Los Angeles Refinery are making terpene concentrates from cannabis; Global Cannabinoids does too, using hemp, while True Terpenes produces cannabis-like formulas from other botanicals, which are much cheaper. (Purely cannabis-­derived terpenes are selling for hundreds of dollars per gram—and you’d better believe that a true connoisseur can tell the difference.)Another promising market, with legalization, is perfume. A trend for cannabis-inspired fragrances is already taking hold in the beauty aisles, and at least one product, Fog & Tree, actually uses the plant’s terpenes in its men’s cologne. As scientists find out more about the impact of individual terpenes, both psychological and potentially medical, whole new wellness opportunities may open up. So as the laws change and research builds, follow the scent!Related: The Rise of the Ganja Sommelier Add to Queue Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. September 26, 2018last_img read more

Top 10 Car Technology Trends From CES 2010

first_img The innovations that will be on tap in the next year and beyond Top 10 Car Technology Trends From CES 2010 The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas each January is where gadget makers gather to show off their latest gizmos, and in the past few years CES has increasingly attracted automakers and suppliers who introduce their tech innovations at the show alongside aftermarket companies. And while CES is a showcase for products and features that we’ll see in cars and in stores within the next year, it also offers a glimpse at cutting-edge technologies that are a little farther down the road.There’s no better place than CES to see what the short-term and long-term future of car electronics holds for drivers. Here are 10 car tech trends we identified at this year’s show.Smartphone AppsCES 2010 may be remembered as the year automakers and suppliers went app happy. Ford introduced innovative apps for its Sync system that allow access to Twitter feeds and other content in the car, while OnStar showed an app for the upcoming Chevy Volt that lets owners check charging status, schedule charge times, remotely start the car and more. And auto electronics suppliers such as Continental and Hughes Telematics showed future-concept apps that allow you to do everything from remotely checking tire pressure to analyzing emissions.PandoraCES 2010 was also the year that internet-radio service Pandora came to the car in a big way through Ford’s Sync system and head units from Alpine and Pioneer. Each uses Pandora’s smartphone app to access the service and then pipe it into the car so it can be safely controlled by the head unit or, in the case of Sync, via voice controls. Radio was the first entertainment technology available in cars, and while satellite radio offers more variety for a price and HD Radio provides more features for free, Pandora offers the best of both worlds.Easier Portable Device IntegrationAutomakers and aftermarket manufacturers know that for most drivers it’s all about how well their portable media and communications devices integrate into a vehicle. Ford’s Sync system continues to raise the bar by adding features like the aforementioned apps for bringing content into cars. Kia introduced its new Uvo system that runs on similar Microsoft software and offers many of the same features and conveniences of Sync. Meanwhile, aftermarket companies like Alpine, Kenwood and Pioneer continue to roll out unique features that make using portables easier and safer while behind the wheel.Better Voice ControlsSync also largely sets the standard in voice control for accessing content on portable media players and using a mobile phone while behind the wheel, and the system got an upgrade in the form of a “flatter” command sequencing, meaning less structured and rigid input on the part of a driver. Kia’s Uvo system uses a new Microsoft-developed voice engine that makes it easier to say what you want the system to do instead of having to remove your hands from the wheel and your eyes from the road.More Accurate TrafficFor many drivers, real-time traffic is still the missing piece of the navigation puzzle: Existing systems can tell you where to go and how long it will take to get there, but usually fall short on providing a detailed picture of the traffic along the way. Inrix, a major supplier of traffic info, made several announcements at the show that could help.The company is extending its coverage beyond major highways to surface streets by March 2010, and its service will provide traffic info for the nav portion of the new MyFord Touch system, replacing Sirius Traffic. Finally, Inrix introduced a new and more extensive iPhone app called Traffic Pro. This all means that with Inrix gathering data from more users, an accurate picture of the traffic on your commute could become much clearer.More Detailed MapsIn the same way that traffic is becoming more comprehensive, nav system mapping is getting more “granular.” The two major map-data suppliers each introduced innovations that will better help drivers find their way and also add some safety. Navteq showed a new LIDAR-based data-gathering system that goes Google Street View one better by providing detailed 3-D and 360-degree renderings of areas. Tele Atlas announced new mapping software that can provide details such as road curvature and grade percentage to potentially help cars not only save fuel, but keep drivers and their passengers safer by potentially alerting them to road features that could prove dangerous.Aftermarket Camera SystemsIn the same way that automakers have been muscling in on the aftermarket’s turf in audio, video and other areas, brands such as Alpine and Kenwood are challenging the OEMs with cool new camera systems. Alpine showed a prototype of a multicamera system that provides a 360-degree view similar to Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, while Kenwood offers a tiny camera that can be hooked up to the company’s A/V head units to provide various wide-angled views in the rear or front of a vehicle.Disc-Less Head UnitsThis is a trend that Alpine created and has virtually owned in the last few years. But at CES 2010, Pioneer and Kenwood both debuted “mech-less” head units without a disc drive that are primarily used to control an iPod or other portable media player.Eco RoutingEven though gas prices have eased somewhat, drivers are increasingly fuel-cost-conscious and many also want to monitor their carbon footprint. Garmin introduced an upgrade to its ecoRoute software, called ecoRoute hd, that allows the company’s existing Nuvi portable nav systems to display diagnostic and performance data obtained wirelessly through a vehicle’s OBD II port. Pioneer added a feature called Eco Graph that lets a driver view and calculate in real-time the impact his driving has on the environment.The Connected CarCars that can connect to the internet–and therefore to our connected lives–were a common theme at CES. The new MyFord Touch/Sync system allows you to access the Web in a variety of ways. Suppliers such as Continental and Hughes Telematics showed technology that will allow owners to monitor their vehicles from anywhere in the world via a smartphone; receive RSS feeds in the car and have them read using text-to-speech technology; get detailed restaurant reviews and discounts; and customize their daily commutes using smart nav routing.� Edmunds Inc. All rights reserved.More from EdmundsCar Audio & Electronics CenterCar Audio & Electronics Articles The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 6 min read March 15, 2010 Next Article –shares Technology Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now »last_img read more