December 29, 2013

Make the Calls Stop with These Call Blocking Tips

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You sit down to dinner and the phone rings. You get up and answer it because it might be your boss offering you that raise you wanted, but instead it's just some salesman. Marketing calls, unwanted callers and even your ex can get annoying when calling, but if you're tired of the calls don't worry, you can make them stop. In fact, there are more than a few ways that you can end the calls, even if you're on a landline without a number blocking service.

Telephone Preference Service  

One of the easiest ways to get started with stopping calls is to add your number to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This list is the official 'do not call' list and makes it illegal for marketers, charities, political parties, stores, and volunteer organizations to call you without your express consent. Unfortunately being on the TPS list does not automatically guarantee that you will not receive any more calls. For example, if you sign up to something online and submit your phone number, they can call you. In addition, anyone who already has an existing relationship with you (such as a previous agreement to call) can call you. Finally, some companies simply do not update their list of do not call numbers frequently enough, so you may continue to receive calls for some time after you put yourself on the TPS list. That aside, adding your number is fairly easy, and a good way to discourage marketing calls.

December 28, 2013

The Holiday’s Best Value Offers only from Tattoo

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Whether it is a well-deserved reward for a hardworking year that was or as a special gift for a loved one, Tattoo, the country’s most reliable mobile broadband, gives you the best prepaid value tablet bundle offers of the season!

You may just be able to check a wish off your list with Tattoo’s unbeaten prepaid tablet bundles! Save as much as P2845 with these new offers that carry a great selection of affordable tablets starting at P4995 for a CloudPad 705W or a SkyWorth S73 and P6995 for a SkyWorth S82. All these new bundles now come with a FREE Tattoo Mobile WiFi that allows you to connect up to 10 devices with speeds of up to 7.2mbps!

“As Tattoo’s offers evolve with the needs of our customers, we continue to create different bundles that would satisfy the desire to always be on trend. And with the surge of quality and reasonably priced tablets, we saw the opportunity to provide these latest gadgets to our subscribers through some of the best value offers available in the market today” said Globe Vice President for Tattoo Nomadic Broadband Business Dong Ronquillo.

Tattoo also gives you more reasons to enjoy the holidays with a wonderful freebie to kick start your mobile broadband connection by texting FREE1 to 8888 for 1 free surfing hour good for a day.

Try something new this season. Step up and join the Tattoo Tablet Revolution. Know more about Tattoo’s latest deals and visit, call 730-1010 or visit a Globe store near you.
December 28, 2013

Justin Timberlake is Back and So Am I

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I still remember when I first realized I had fallen in love with Justin Timberlake. It was about a decade ago, and I still lived in Houston, Texas. I was about 22 years old, fresh out of college. I was single and ready to mingle…and Justin Timberlake was just the music to get me moving.

There was a party in the Montrose area of Houston, which is known for its arts and culture. I remember walking up to the house, the Houston cityscape towering in the background. Music bumped from the inside, a keg pumping out Shiner Bock on the front lawn. This was the time when all the hip kids were drinking that Sparks stuff, but I never liked it. Me, I brought my own bottle of vodka and just needed to find something decent to mix it with.

Justin Timberlake

I remember walking in the front door with a few friends, realizing that I barely knew anyone at the party. But good God, there sure were a lot of indie-looking kids shoved in that little old house with their red lipstick and black rimmed glasses. I remember thinking that I wasn’t sure if I was cool enough to be there, but I shook that thought off and found some Sprite to mix with.

Before I knew it, I was mingling and chatting it up. Flirting—you know. What young twenty-somethings do. I remember looking out in the living room where the dance floor was and only seeing a few kids dancing.

But as the night rolled on and drinks flowed freely, everyone loosened up. And then it happened. “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake came on the stereo and the place erupted. Suddenly drinks were raised in the air and every single person in the house was dancing their asses off.

I remember looking around and feeling the music. I remember thinking, “God, this is the best night ever.”

And it was right then that it happened. I fell in love with Justin Timberlake.

JT and Me Today

Fast forward a decade. I’m no longer a recent college grad. No longer a single twenty something. No, I’m 32 years old with a 4 year old and a husband. Life is very different. It took some unexpected turns, but I have no complaints.

But the days of house parties and staying out all night dancing and drinking are long past, replaced by wine with dinner and early to bed nights. After all, who has the energy to party with kids? Not this girl.

However, recently, something has awakened inside of me. See, Justin Timberlake has returned with a new album. Like an old boyfriend, coming around and stirring up old emotions. I know I can never return to my old life, but it doesn’t mean I can’t relive some of those beautiful, exciting, old memories.

So he’s here, new music and all. And to make matters worse (better), he’s on tour. That’s right. He’s coming to see us. Dubbed the 20/20 Experience World Tour, Timberlake is heading out on a world tour that’s going to “Rock Your Body.” And mine too.

I’ve already cleared this with my husband. For one night in 2014, I’m going to relive my twenties. I’m going to see JT live. I’m going to drink. I’m going to dance. I’m going to swoon like I’m 22 again (But I won’t flirt like I’m 22 again. I love my husband!)

What Can We Expect From the Tour?

It’s already underway, and not to spoil the surprise or anything, I’ve been reading up on it. And I have to say, it sounds fabulous.  See, Timberlake has an added advantage over many other musicians. Not only does he have an amazing voice, but he can dance better than pretty much anyone. On top of that, he’s a great actor (as we have learned over the last few years). All of this means two things:
  • He has the skills to throw together the best entertainment experience you can ever imagine
  • He’s so big that no one is going to tell him what to do—he will put on the show he wants to put on
And it sounds like the result is simply amazing. Other highlights include:
  • The Tennessee Kids—the band he has put together for the performance sounds amazing
  • They have embellished old songs to make them larger than life
  • His crowd interaction—he’s not one of these guys who is too big to talk to the fans
Where Can You Buy Tickets?

Haven’t got tickets yet? You can buy Justin Timberlake tickets here.

Jennifer Wilson used to work in an ad agency in Houston, Texas. However, she has since started her own business as a freelance writer. And in case you didn’t figure it out, she’s also a diehard JT fan who is really really REALLY excited about his comeback.
December 17, 2013

A Sinking Ship, Blue Aliens and Abba: What DVD Does Just About EveryoneSeem to Own?

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The arrival of DVDs to the UK home entertainment market was a pretty exciting event, wasn’t it? Anyone who remembers using VHS tapes in the old days would have appreciated the chance to use a slicker and more modern way of watching their favourite programmes and movies.

As we all started to build up our DVD collections it was interesting to see how many of us bought the same things. For example, after a while just about everyone in my work had the same Blackadder and Friend sets as the ones I got for Christmas. So which DVDs are the most popular in the UK?

Titanic, Leonardo Dicaprio, Kate Winslet

The First Big Seller – Titanic

If you can remember the introduction of the DVD in the country then you might recall that Titanic topped the first Christmas sales list. This movie came out on DVD in 1998 when not everyone had a DVD player but it has still managed to become the first DVD to sell a million copies around the globe. There is a copy in my house and I reckon there is a very good chance that you have one too.

The UK’s Biggest Seller – Mamma Mia! The Movie

The launch of Mamma Mia! The Movie saw it very quickly smash all sorts of records. For a start, it became the fastest selling DVD the country has ever seen when it sold 1.6 million copies the day it was put on sale. It then went on to become the first disc to sell over 5 million in the UK. I can’t find any up to date sales figures but it has been stated that by the start of 2009 1 in every 4 households had a copy of it. In the US, first day sales brought in $30 million while in Sweden it is the highest selling DVD ever, with over half a million copies sold.

Second Place - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl?

At the time Mamma Mia! The Movie took the best selling record the DVD it snatched the title from was this one. While the film which was based on Abba songs has sold over 5 million, the Johnny Depp movie was sitting at 4.7 million on the most recent figures I could find. Worldwide, 11 million copies were sold in the first week after it was released. Is this still the second best seller in the UK? It seems to be, as apart from Mamma Mia! I can find no mention of any other DVD selling more. I bought a copy for my daughter but, of course, tastes change over the years and she now doesn’t watch it anymore. If this same thing occurs in your house then you can always go online and sell your unwanted DVDs for good money.

The Current Best Seller – Despicable Me 2

At the tail end of 2013 the top seller in the UK’s DVD market is Despicable Me 2. This is a fun little movie which my daughter loves. It was released not too long ago so there is still time for it to move up the all time best sellers list. Cartoon movies obviously don’t have the same universal appeal as the likes of Titanic Abba and Pirates of the Caribbean, so it is unlikely to ever challenge those movies in terms of overall sales.

Another Huge Seller – Avatar

There is no doubt that the film Avatar also sold a huge number of copies but how many? The first fact to jump out is that it sold so many copes on Blu-ray and DVD that director James Cameron supposedly made $350 million (over £200 million) off the movie overall. In the US, 2.5 million DVDs were sold on the day it was released and it also quickly became the fastest selling Blu-ray disc to date. The most recent figures show more than 10 and a half million DVDs sold worldwide but I can’t find a UK specific figure.

Breaking Bad

TV Series and Boxed Sets: Breaking Bad and Downtown Abbey

Away from the movies, TV series and box sets are also traditionally big sellers. At the current time, Breaking Bad is the top seller, with Mrs Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Mrs Brown Rides Again not far behind.  Classics such as Blackadder, Mr Bean, Friends, House and the Sopranos have also presumably each sold millions of copies over the years. The most up to date details I found online show that Downtown Abbey is the UK’s best selling box set of all time, although no exact sales figures were given.

What other DVDs do you think just about everyone seems to own?
December 13, 2013

Globe Telecom to offer the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display

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Globe Telecom announced last December 9 that it will offer iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini with Retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular in the Philippines starting December 19, 2013. Globe Telecom will offer these new iPads with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its fast Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with speeds up to 42mbps.

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December 13, 2013

Why You Should Consider Selling an eBook on Your Blog

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If you haven't considered adding an ebook to your blog, it's time you did. It really doesn't take a genius to put one together and it need cost no more than your time. The result can not only be an extremely powerful business-building tool but also an additional income stream. It's easy to automate the selling process and you might even find yourself in the Amazon bestseller list!

Anyone Can Write A Book

There are those who always think they could write an ebook - given the right set of circumstances - and never do. There are others, perhaps the majority, who think that they can't write one. That they don't have the skill.

Nonsense. Anyone can write an ebook. What you need to do is get over the "writing" part.

If a friend was sitting next to you, could you describe your business or product to them? Not only could you, but doubtless in great detail. You might even be passionate about it. So write it like you'd say it. Don't worry about the spelling or the grammar. If that's a weak point, get someone else to check it. Your sole purpose is to describe your products, or your service, in a way that shows people the benefits and in language they'll understand. That's all you need to do. Have a conversation, but write it down. You can even speak it into some kind of recording device if you like and have someone transcribe it.

You can get professional services very affordably at places like Fiverr and Elance. It's a good idea to have a well-designed cover, even on an ebook, because impact is important. As for content, if you save it to the cloud using Google Drive, Dropbox or a service like that, then providing you've got fast internet access, you can access it and work on it wherever you are, whenever time allows. Check out services like Hughesnet reviews for fast internet in your area.

Publishing: Which Platform

While e-readers like the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader are excellent gadgets for reading novels or text-only documents, they don't handle graphics very well (although the Kindle Fire and iPad do).

If it's mostly words, then by all means look into publishing on Kindle and other devices (via and, but if you have a book that has lots of photos and diagrams, PDF is probably the format of choice. Any computer can read it, so can tablets. This makes your ebook easily accessible to a huge market. To complete the process, it's relatively easy to set up selling via Paypal or similar services and to redirect people to a download page so you don't have to worry about actual delivery.

Work Once, Earn Forever?

Of course you don't have to sell your ebook, you could just give it away as a promotional tool or a way to get potential customers' email addresses. Short reports and "fact files" are usually a very popular way to achieve this.

However, if you've put lots of time and effort in, and developed a decent-sized publication that has real value, it's only right you should get some reward. The beauty of publishing an ebook is the royalty effect: you write it once, but you can sell it for years. What's more, it will build your reputation for you. It's about perception. You wrote a book, therefore you are an expert - that's simply how people see you. There's also a spin-off effect that often your product and/or service is seen as more valuable, because of its associated with a "famous" author.

If you've never written a book before it's fair to say it does take some effort. Once it's done though, and you've put a bit of effort into promoting it, you can reap the rewards for the foreseeable future. So what are you waiting for?

Author Bio:

Laura Spicer is an author. She loves writing about the benefits of authorship on small business and work at home mom blogs. She also wrote some Hughesnet reviews as part of her work at home career.
December 11, 2013

Desktop Computers: Learn All-you Can Now

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The same as at any other higher priced investment, it is worth it to be educated when going pc shopping. Reading the remainder of the post is a great measure to take. This post is written by specialists. Join an on-line group for those who know about computers. They can surely assist you in finding a pc that satisfies your requirements. And since they understand computers, they can surely help you prevent the brands which won't serve you well. Attempt to absorb as much info as possible, and also you'll obtain a computer you will really be pleased with.

Don't overlook the essence of the pc screen when contemplating your purchase. The specifications of the real computer might be astonishing, if the screen is lousy, your general experience will probably be awful also. Don't Forget, it is the screen which you'll possess the most interaction with, therefore be prepared to spend a lot more to get one you enjoy. When it is time to buy a pc, look around. You might be surprised to find shops frequently have sales on computers, and occasionally, the computer you desire will be at a considerably lower cost at one shop versus another shop. You might even decide to appear on-line to locate which of the location shops are having sales.

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With our help, you can effectively increase the productivity of your company, as well as reduce the amount of money you spend on in-house staffing and program licensing.

Nobody should purchase a pc without carefully reviewing the guarantee coverage provided with a specified machine. Warranties of the year or more are perfect, plus it certainly does pay to find these legal for both software and hardware issues equally. This could actually supply substantial savings should something fail.  Try on-line comparison shopping if you are in need of a pc. Using comparison websites that show what a particular version provides across several manufacturers will help you you determine where to buy. Additionally, it may save you lots of cash. Particular websites might provide useful additions and free delivery.

Whenever you go to search for your own desktop, ensure you're able to get legal applications for this. Any new pc should include a CD and product key so you can get critical service upgrades and really understand that you possess the copy.  If your home office or small-business demands one or more desktop computers, lots of people even have a notebook or iPad for advantage. All of the computers can discuss the main programs and tips, making it simple for sales representatives to remain connected with their workplace while on your way.

If you're actually a computer whiz, you can assemble your very own pc system. This involves extensive study of accessible specs and the skill to put together the pc by yourself. You might also be able to truly have a computer shop do the assembly for you, as well as the end result is generally a highquality device.  Choosing between a Mac and a PC could be a difficult choice. Note that altering os is a fresh learning experience and may take some time to understand. If you already understand one of them well, the best course of action would be to stick with that specific system later on, also.

For those who have some demand for portability, consider if a pc is appropriate for you. Backgrounds aren't made whatsoever to be mobile. Even getting them into another area can become a huge issue. If you need to go to your pc, then choose for a notebook within the background.  Making the best choice when choosing between desktop computer alternatives is crucial. This post has provided you some good guidance, and therefore you should implement the suggestions inside. Should you choose, the best computer will be yours in a very brief issue of time, so use each suggestion and get your own background!

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December 10, 2013

Rest in Peace, Paul Walker

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Paul Walker

The world recently mourns the untimely demise of Hollywood actor Paul Walker, who became a household name through his role as Brian O'Conner in the film franchise, Fast And The Furious. Slated to reprise his role for the 7th film installment, the charismatic actor figured in a car crash with one of his friends aboard a Porsche Carrera GT. They were reported to have just left a charity event for Walker's Reach Out Worldwide foundation for the benefit of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Authorities agreed that speed might have played a vital role in the fate of the Walker and his friend who were found dead on the spot in the total-wrecked sports car. It sure is a sudden and unfortunate end for someone who have made a living driving all those fascinating muscle cars in his films. The world lost yet another hero.

While this sudden turn of events brought forth stories of Paul Walker's heroic acts when he was alive, with dearest friends and fans having their own stories to tell, may this accident also remind everyone to always be careful when behind the steering wheel. Accidents and unfortunate events lurk in every corner while you are out on the road that is why it is a must to always be on guard. Road safety, like strictly following road signs as well as keeping those seat belts on, could go a very long way. Precautions like checking your engine and your tires, as well as your gas and oil, before each road trip is also of utmost importance. It might also be the most opportune time to seriously consider that car insurance buying guide you have been trying to ignore for a long time now.

We may not predict road accidents nor ward them off every single time, but it will prove beneficial if you are to think ahead of yourself and get that car insurance as soon as you find the time. It will also be helpful to consult with sites like Zanda, in case you have no idea on which car insurance to opt for that will work best with your needs and your budget specifications. You might also consider a couple of the best car insurance companies based on Consumer Reports, Amica Insurance and Auto Owners Insurance for a suitable car insurance plan for you and your car. Bear in mind that a car insurance company's reputation is their best qualification so make sure to check out previous customers' feedback after they made their claims.

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December 05, 2013

Working from Home in Style

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Working from home can sound like a very attractive proposition. After all, what could be more comfortable than working in your pyjamas? However, once the novelty wears off, many find that working in solitude has its drawbacks and it can be easy to lose focus. Here are a few tips for making sure that if you do work from home, you work in style:
  • Carefully choose how you dress: Clearly you don’t need to wear a suit to sit in your own lounge. However, you should strive to make your home working environment a professional working environment. Therefore, what you wear will say a lot about your mindset. As a rule of thumb, make sure that you would be happy bumping into a client or customer in your chosen outfit.

  • The right furniture: The space that you choose to work in also impacts your output. If you have an office at home, that is ideal. However, even if you are working in the dining room or lounge, you can make it look like a place of work. Purchasing office furniture is a great way to transform the space. Ergonomic furniture is particularly comfortable and can make all the difference, especially when you don’t have a colleague’s desk or the meeting room to get you out of your desk.

  • Change of scenery: Because the home environment is so self-contained, you must factor a change of scenery into your day. This can be difficult if you’re having a busy period or feel that you must be constantly available. It is well worth checking out where you can purchase software to give you access to all programmes on your desktop wherever you may be. Suddenly a change of scenery won’t seem so daunting.

  • Have a conversation: Solitude can be the biggest difficulty if you work from home. Entire days can pass you by without saying more than a few words to another human being. It is very important to make sure that you have as much interaction with other people as possible. It will keep you fresh and focused and probably boost your output in the long run. Pick up the phone as often as you can and make a call even if it isn’t work related. If possible, make sure that these are video calls on Skype. Having actual face time with other people will be a refreshing experience.

  • Organize yourself: If you work in an office, there are likely to be systems in place to organize your work. However, if you work from home, you may find that files are scattered across multiple locations. FindIt is a great platform which allows you to search files across a variety of platforms, from Dropbox to Gmail and beyond. It’s a great one-stop-shop for finding pretty much anything.

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