Technology has moved at a fast pace over the last decade. Wouldn’t you agree? As a result, many technologies have replaced the need for human resources in some fields, and it has also impacted education drastically.Before delving into the impacts of technology on education however, consider:· How travel agents have been largely replaced by online reservation systems.· In 1901, Charles Holland Duel stated that “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. This was over one century ago, where numerous inventions had yet to be patented and trademarked.· The number one focus on this list of technological impacts, is how computers and the internet has affected lifestyles and education. Everything can be shared in an instant, and snail mail is no longer the main method of communication. In the past one had to wait a few days before receiving a message, unless a phone or fax were used.In the 21st century, educational institutions have moved with the times by integrating technology into learning. After all, our educational systems are a critical part of societal norms.Here are some of the key ways that technology has broadened teaching horizons:Traditional colleges have adopted online methods of learning, which is otherwise known as online colleges. No longer do students have to relocate from thousands of miles away to get a quality education. All that’s needed is a computer and connection to the internet to plug into online learning.This has opened up numerous doors for working adults who have previously been restricted by time and resources. The technology of online videos or recorded tutorials allows students to study on their own time, whether day or night.A study by US News purports that nearly 6.1 million students were enrolled in online college course in 2011. This number is expected to grow as the stigma of online certification has somewhat been lifted due to its increasing popularity in the workplace.Other ways that technology affects education include the student’s ability to research faster than ever, compared to pouring over books in the library. As an example, a study by the Pew Research Center suggests that digital technologies have helped students to become more self-sufficient researchers.Educators too have integrated technology into learning, with the distribution of course material and online video, voice, or written tutorials for student references.Finally, there has also been a dynamic shift in the communication between students and teachers via online, social and digital mediums.
A few weeks ago, a prospective client approached our company seeking Intellectual Property Coverage. He did not fully understand the coverage but was adamant that a policy be issued as quickly as possible. Of course this raised some red flags. Upon further discussions, it was noted that his software company was being sued for copyright infringement from a US based company. Since there was a pending litigation in place, we were unable to assist in providing coverage and suggested he contact law firms that specialize in Intellectual property disputes. This unfortunate incident could have been avoided if his current insurance broker and the client took the necessary time to fully understand the business model and possible exposures. The policy issued to this client was a standard CGL policy covering premises liability and specifically excluded trademark, patent and copyright infringement. In today’s fast paced & uncertain economic environment, intellectual property suits involving infringement of trademark, copyright and patents are being filed and litigated at alarming rates with crippling costs to both parties involved.
So what exactly is Intellectual Property? It can be broken down as follows:
Industrial property – includes inventions (patents), trademarks & industrial designs
Copyright – includes literary & artistic works such as articles, novels, drawings, paintings, designs.
These exclusive legal rights allow the owners of intellectual property to prosper from the property they have created, thus allowing a financial incentive for the creation and investment in their intellectual property. However, many new start-ups in addition to small and medium sized companies do not fully understand their benefits or potential implications. These organizations may have very valuable rights but are unable to use them effectively while others are unintentionally violating intellectual property rights of others without being aware of costly legal ramifications.
Some important terminology was used above and should be explained further.
Patents – Cover new inventions including process, machine, manufacture or any new and useful improvement of an existing invention.
Trade-marks- Provide exclusive rights to word(s), symbols and designs to distinguish goods or services from others in similar marketplace.
Copyright – Only the copyright owner, often the creator of the work, can produce, reproduce, or grant permission to others to do so.
As technology moves ahead at lightning speed, it has made it increasingly easy to reproduce countless types of materials that are subject to copyright. Companies must be very careful not to infringe on the rights of others. Penalties for trademark, patent and copyright infringement have become very costly and will damage the reputation of these companies on a world wide scale. Up until the mid 1990′s, the primary assets of most companies was their building, equipment, stock etc. Not anymore. Although these items still are very valuable, intellectual property, computer data, customer information are just as valuable and could lead to financial hardship if they are not protected with proper security measures and specific insurance coverage’s.
When dealing with the various forms of IP, it is advisable to seek out a lawyer/law firm that specializes in copyright, patents, trademarks, or trade secrets. They should fully understand your business model and your technology as well as you do while being able to explain the legal issues in this complex field in clear, practical language that you can understand.
Another important way to protect IP is to obtain Intellectual Property Insurance. This coverage protects companies for copyright, trademark or patent infringement claims arising out of the company’s operation. An Intellectual Property policy will pay the costs to defend you if someone tries to claim the rights to the same business model, process, or application. As long as the company is not aware of any pending litigation, infringements or violations, one can apply for insurance to protect your trademark or patent. Very few standard insurance policies protect businesses from loss or damage to their intellectual property. Similar to seeking out a prudent lawyer, it is just as important to seek out a company that specializes in this type of insurance. Make sure the policy is not limited to your specific province or state but rather on a worldwide basis. With more and more insurance companies entering this market, it should be rather easy to obtain a policy that fits your exposure.
There are numerous ways for companies to increase their net gain, and most of them focus on sales and marketing. But for companies that are looking to profit in every way possible, decreasing their power costs is as important as increasing their sales. In a perfect business world, a company’s sales would continue to grow without setback. But for most companies, sales efforts ride the wave of consumer buying power. Reducing power costs through energy efficient construction, on the other hand, allows companies to pad their profits with the same amount of cost savings year after year.
A recent survey concerning the decision-making of company executives in relation to energy efficiency revealed the following data: 52 percent of surveyed executives said that they were investing in energy efficient construction as a cost saving measure, and 62 percent reported that they were more focused on energy efficient design than they were as recently as five years ago. To offer an idea of how much money a company can save by implementing energy-efficient design, it helps to look at the two biggest power consumers in most commercial buildings: an HVAC system and an interior lighting system, which account for roughly 40 to 60 percent and 30 percent of a commercial building’s electrical usage, respectively.
Over 30 years, 50 percent of an HVAC system’s total cost-including first cost and maintenance cost-results from energy usage. Keeping this mind, consider that taking a simple measure like downsizing air distribution fans, which account for 7 percent of a commercial building’s total electrical cost, can reduce a building’s annual power costs by roughly four percent. Combine a reduction in fan size with a reduction in chiller size and the implementation of a high efficiency boiler -none of which compromise temperature quality-and the four percent reduction can more than triple.
To achieve an energy efficient lighting system, many companies choose to retrofit incandescent lighting systems to accommodate fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent lighting is five times more energy efficient than incandescent lighting. More specifically, an incandescent light bulb costs $30 more in energy usage over the course of its lifetime than a fluorescent bulb. If your company uses thousands of light bulbs or even hundreds, simply replacing incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting can result in five-figure cost savings.
While the majority of a company’s bottom line is determined by its ability to succeed in the business arena, cutting energy costs by working with an energy efficient consultant can mean the difference between a great bottom lines result and a superior bottom line. Because wasted energy is wasted money, remodeling your building for energy efficiency is more than just good for the environment; it’s also invaluable for your company.
Vacations are always an important part of modern lifestyle. These are breaks from the hectic schedules and long hours of work life when you can relax and unwind in a beautiful destination of your choice.
Travel to Vietnam
Among many countries of Asia there is an exotic and a land of varied wonders that awaits you and your family at Vietnam. This country is the last one on the Indochinese Peninsula. One of the first things that will always strike you about this country is the advancements and the modernity that it has achieved even while they have carefully preserved their rich heritage and cultural traditions.
This is a country that has various places for sightseeing many of which are even considered to be world heritage sites. There are plenty of shopping attractions and beach destinations with a wide variety of activities and leisure pursuits.
Food of course can be the last but definitely not the least. There is a delectable cuisine that you can taste here in Vietnam that will entice you with its beautiful flavors and taste.
There are several places that you can visit in this beautiful oriental country. There is an ancient city of Hue that served as its capital. It is declared to be an international heritage site by UNESCO. Within this there are the Thai Hoa Palace, Cua Ngo Mon and the Imperial City that you will get to see as well.
One of the most famous places to visit in this country is Hoi An. This is a 200 years old city that still has the ruins preserved. It is a beautiful trip to the past of this country and there is a Cong temple here that stands since 1653.
Hanoi is the present day modern capital city of Vietnam that is also one of its important centers of political, economic and cultural affairs. You will be able to see a wide variety of architectural feats here along with shops and restaurants too. Look out for authentic Vietnamese cuisine and places where you can buy indigenous silk.
The largest city of the country is however Ho Chi Minh City. It is a place that is marked with a lot of activity and sustains a constant urban excitement. There is plenty of excitement that you can look forward to when you are here.
And if you are done with your sightseeing of this incredible country make sure you travel to some of the exotic beaches as well. There are plenty of options in Cua Dai, Bai Tam and Mui Ne.
So you are thinking of getting some extra money to make some urgent home repairs, the porch door needs replacing, along with a new hot water system. Unfortunately you do not have the money in the bank, but neither do you have a secure porch door or any constant hot water.
Have you considered personal loans? A lot of people take out personal loans for this type of repair. Car repairs and even holidays are used by people with their newly acquired finances. Most people have heard that a poor credit score is not a good thing (However even those that have a poor financial history can still get loans). But how do you make a good rating?
One of thing major pieces of advice from experts, before you apply for finance it is best to get a credit report completed from a reputable source. This will give you an idea of the chance of getting your application approved. In the United States of America there are three levels of credit rating, basically the higher it is the better it is.
An excellent rating is above 760, a good rating would be between 700 and 759 and a poor rating would be between 640 to 699. if you are at the top end, 760 and above then there is no point in making your rating any better. However with other ratings it is worth trying to improve as it will help your chances of succeeding in the application.
There does seem to be a bit of a chicken and egg situation sometimes, you need finance but have a poor score,but to improve you need a lender to give you a chance. Well, luckily there are things that you and your family if you have one, can do to improve your rating.
Having a poor rating does not mean you have to be stuck with it, starting to pay the bills on time instead of late or not at all will start to get you on the right path. Some lenders will still give applicants loans even with a low score, but the total given will be lower than usually and the percentage rate will be considerably higher. So you will pay more over the period of the finance.
Families can help too. If a member of your family has a good rating then some credit card companies can add you to that family members credit card as an authorized user, this will help with any poor credit score. Also having a family member with a good rating co-sign the loan could help you get what you need.
Finding the correct lender for your score is a good way to make sure that you are getting what you deserve, if you have a high score you deserve some of the best deals on the market. Instead of going to your bank or card company you can go online and search for a matching company. Companies like this are a good place go to make sure you achieve the best deal.
What are a matching company and what do they do? You enter your details on their online program and your information will be fed to several of their approved lenders, in turn the lenders will then return to the matching company with a list of loans that they are able to offer.
Once the offers come back it is then up to the applicant to choose one and complete all the necessary paperwork. A check will then be received within a matter of days and your new boiler and door fitted soon after.
Everyone is busy. Busy in shopping online and in the malls. Popular online portals are breaking and making new sale records! All thanks to the convenience and the availability of easy payment options and funds!
Here are few of the factors that are making online businesses a success
Credit Cards: A credit card is plastic money. It is one of the easiest form in which a person gets a personal loan.
All online portals as well as retailers in malls accept credit cards issued by various banks.
Online payment becomes very simple and safe, thanks to the one time passwords generated for such transactions.
A PIN is sufficient for shopping using a credit card at any retail store.
Personal loans for shopping: When we apply for a personal loan, we don’t have to provide the financier with the details of what we want the loan for.
Thus these days’ personal loans are being used to finance shopping.
They can also be used as wedding loans, vacation loans and educational loans.
Payment Processing: As far as payment processing is concerned, the following factors matter to both the consumer and the online retailer.
Uncomplicated manoeuvring on website: It is important for the payment process to be step-by-step and easy to understand. Most websites work on this section very carefully and thus the online shopping experience is satisfactory.
Processing Costs: Processing costs matter to the retailers. More the processing fees they have to pay to providers of payment gateways like Visa, the lesser are their margins. So to have an effective business the processing costs need to be low.
Number of payment options: Multiple payment options should be available for the customer to make payment. This makes the shopping a convenient proposition.
Time taken to process transactions: Processing time not only tests your patience but sometimes also the strength of your internet connection!
Cash on Delivery: This is also known as “collection on delivery.” This is a very popular mode of making payments for shopping in the developing world.
It enhances impulse purchases.
A credit card is not an essential possession for the buyer.
The buyer can check the quality of the product and then pay
So this festive season, do not hesitate to shop and to gift! The availability of funds for shopping is not difficult anymore. Also the convenience of online shopping has brought various retailers to our doorstep. So let us shop all the way!
An easy way of shopping is using a credit card. It forms an integral part of most people’s financial planning. When used in the right manner, it helps reduce financial liability and optimizes financial resources.
While the rise of online lending in itself makes it more convenient for people to apply for finance, is this development a good thing for those who are already struggling? There are companies out there who charge expensive annual percentage rates (APRs), leaving many people in more trouble than when they first started.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Over the last few years, online lending has earned itself a bad reputation. The internet leaves many people vulnerable to fraud, so you should always exercise caution when inputting your financial details. The best way to make sure your information remains safe is to find a secure, reliable lending platform.
There is an unfair irony attached to lending today. Those with bad credit are often led to believe they have no financial options if they have made mistakes in the past, often making their situations seem more desperate than they actually are. This can result in people making bad decisions and can lead to borrowing through unstable sources.
Meanwhile, any lenders that do accept you with bad credit will charge extortionate interest rates because of your history, making it more difficult for you to meet your monthly repayment obligations – thus worsening your situation. This is a trap that many people fall into, and it gives online installment lenders a bad name.
However, this doesn’t need to be the case. If you can find yourself a reliable lending platform, you will be connected to a secure network of trustworthy lenders who can offer sensible solutions to your borrowing needs. Many of these lenders will assess your application, even if your credit file isn’t perfect or your income is lower than average.
Instead of (or in some cases, as well as) running credit checks, these lenders will take other factors into consideration, including your income and employment circumstances, and how long you have lived at your current address. They may even ask for references they can contact who will vouch for your character personally.
Even those who receive benefits as a form of income will be able to apply, giving everyone a fair and carefully considered chance of borrowing money. In these cases, applicants won’t be accepted for higher loans than they can afford to pay back, and interest rates will be low, meaning there is a better chance of managing repayments.
If you have poor credit and need to borrow money, consider a personal installment loan, but make sure the APR is advertised between 5.99% and 35.99%. There should also be a number of options in terms of flexible repayment, offering you the chance to pay the money back anywhere between six months and six years, depending on what you can afford to pay per month.
Small, carefully considered personal loans could actually help you build a financial profile making you eligible for better future borrowing. As long as the lender is responsible, and offers reasonable interest rates, online lending platforms can actually give people with more opportunities than many other lenders in terms of improving their situation.
With this in mind, personal loans can be beneficial to those hoping to improve their credit score, but only if some caution is exercised by both parties, and you only apply to borrow an amount you can afford to pay back.
Don’t you wish personal finance were a mandatory course in college? Unfortunately, too many of us learn by mistake. When you need a personal loan and are rejected, you might be baffled as to what went wrong- and how to fix it. Here are some clues.
No credit is a situation where you have never used credit and therefore have no credit history for the bank to review. They have no way of making an educated decision on whether or not you will pay back a personal loan based on your credit history. No credit is worse than bad credit. Qualifying for and making regular payments on these types of introductory forms of credit can overcome a “no credit” score:
· Student Loans
· Secured credit card (includes a down payment amount)
· Being added to a parent’s or spouses good credit: card, car loan, etc.
Low credit takes on several forms. If you’re using more than 30% of your allowable debt, it can negatively impact your score. Too many inquiries from shopping around for loans will also hit you hard. Lapses in payment, defaults, or bankruptcies are giant red flags and can take a long time to rebuild from.
Other things that lenders may look at are whether or not you have sizeable assets should you default on the loan. They also check to see if your debts are diversified or if you are only carrying one type of debt.
Proof of income is generally required when applying for a personal loan. If you are unemployed or underemployed, it can work against you in the loan approval process. Lenders may also require a work history to see how long you have been with your current employer, and to determine if you typically have job stability. Frequent job loss or change will tell a creditor that your payments may not be reliable.
PURPOSE OF THE LOAN
Believe it or not, your application can be rejected due to your proposed purpose for the loan. Financial institutions have the right to set up the parameters surrounding their disbursements and can accept or reject your application based on what you want to use the money for.
If you’ve defaulted on debt before, your name may be put on a list of whom not to loan to,’ also known as a “Blacklist.” This will follow you around for a long time and is difficult to erase. If you do resolve the debt issues, get documents to prove the resolution.
When it comes to a personal loan, you have to first learn to use it responsibly. Because if you miss a repayment, your credit score will be impacted adversely. And remember, that a credit score is an indicator of how well you manage your personal finances. Also, it plays a defining role when you apply for any kind of loan – secured and unsecured. It is suggested to apply for a loan slightly larger than what is needed so that you will be assured to have enough money to pay all bills necessary and still have some money left over to ensure that your bank account stays current.
A credit score can be defined as a number which reflects the financial situation of a person. If the person is well-off when it comes to financial matters, then he or she is said to have a high credit score. On the other hand, if a person is the exact opposite of this, then they possess a low credit score. There are a lot of factors that are considered by financial institutions for the purpose of evaluating a person’s credit score – usually, the credit scores of people vary from 300 to about 850.
A personal loan is a type of loan that is given by digital lenders, banks and credit unions to aid you in your plans, be it starting a small business, or making a big purchase. Personal loans tend to have an interest rate(s) lower than the credit cards; however, they can also be put to use for combining several credit card debts together into one monthly lower-cost payment.
Now, your credit score is built by keeping in mind various parameters from your credit reports. These reports serve the purpose of trailing your history of utilization of the credit across the duration of seven years. These credit reports are comprised of information, including how much credit you have utilized to date, the type of credit in your possession, the age of one’s credit accounts, whether one has put in for bankruptcy or liens filed against them, actions of debt collections taken against them, one’s total open lines of credit as well as recent inquiries for hard credit.
Like any other type of credit, personal loans are very capable of affecting your credit score. This can be done through the process of applying and withdrawing a personal loan. If you are curious as to how personal loans can end up affecting your credit, then read on to find out more about the context. There are many ways in which your credit can be affected by personal loans and some of them are listed below:
The ratio of your debt-to-income and loan
Debt-to-income ratio is considered to be the measure of your amount of income that you spend on the debt repayments. In the case of lenders, the amount of income that you receive is said to be one of the major factors proving that you are able to repay your loan.
Some of the lenders have come up with their own debt-to-income ratio so that their proprietary credit scores may make use of it in the form of a credit consideration. Do not fall into the kind of mindset that possessing a high amount of a loan would hurt your credit. The most damage it can do is raise the ratio of your debt-to-income so that you won’t be able to apply for loans anymore without it getting rejected or denied.
Paying loans on time will make credit scores soar
The moment your loan is approved, you have to make sure that you settle the payments of each month on time and in full. Delay in repayment may significantly impact the state of your credit score. However, on the other hand, if you make the payments on time every month, then your credit score will soar high, leading to an overall good score. This will not only make your name to the preferred borrower’s list, but it will prove to be beneficial for you in the long run.
Since your payment history is comprised of almost 35% of your credit score, paying loans on time is essential in cases like these so that your credit score can maintain a positive status.
Variety is built into your credit type
There are about five factors that are responsible for determining your credit score. These are composed of the payment history, the length of the credit history, the utilization ratio of the credit, the credit mix and new inquiries of the credit in accordance with FICO®.
The credit mix only accounts for about 35% of your total credit score, whereas when it comes to a personal loan you can have a varying mix of the credit types. This mix of all types of credit is viewed at a high level of approval by the creditors and lenders.
Origination fee charged by loans
Most of the lenders end up charging you an origination fee. This fee cannot be avoided at any cost and is instantly taken off from the amount of the loan payment. The amount of origination fees depends upon the amount of the loan you are about to borrow. Late payments can lead to an overdraft of fees and late expenses. Therefore, make sure that you pay complete repayment for each month before the deadline.
Avoiding penalties when it comes to payments
Some of the credit lenders tend to charge an additional fee if you end up paying your part of the loan earlier than the agreed date. This is because they are looking for moderate amounts of interest on your loan. Now, seeing that you have paid off your part of the loan before time, they will miss out on that interest that they could have possibly made if you had not cleared the debt soon enough before the deadline.