Online PR News – 23-June-2017 – Companies in the Houston and Katy Area can now purchase Business Class Computers and Laptops along with AutoCad Ready Workstations from local Computer Store, Impress Computers.
New computers and workstations come with a 3 year, next business class warranties and come with either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Pro.
Also available are refurbished units at around half the price of the new ones. These come with one year warranties and have brand new hard drives. Business class machines have i5 processors with 8GB of RAM, whilst the AutoCad Ready workstations have i7 or xeon processors with 32GB of RAM and solid state hard drives.These units start at $299.
New units have 3 year warranties and are less expensive than ordering from the manufacturer directly. They ship with i5 and i7 processors and are upgradeable.
These units are fully supported by both Impress Computers and the manufacturers and most units are in stock. This saves the customer both time waiting for the computer, quicker response on warranties, and the added advantage of dealing with humans instead of being placed on hold.
National Hire A Veteran Day set for July 25th.
Online PR News – 22-June-2017 – National Hire a Veteran Day a virtual career fair for veterans searching for Employment opportunities is scheduled for July 25th from 12:00pm- 3:00pm EST. hireourheroes.com the number one Veteran Job Board in the United States is launching an initiative for employers to hire qualified Veterans for civilian professional opportunities.
This event allows all companies interested in hiring veterans to meet and interview experienced veterans in a live, virtual, online environment without the cost and inconvenience of travel. Companies and Veterans have the opportunity to speak, review resumes, and discuss work experience, in a high efficient format.
This event specifically targets the United States Veteran population. Candidates with backgrounds in many fields, such as, Information Technology, Engineering, Cyber Security, to Sales and Marketing, Management, Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, and more, have the opportunity to interview for a civilian position.
Dan Caporale founded HireOurHeroes.com, an organization for those in the military who are now seeking employment opportunities in the civilian world. He wants Veterans to apply their leadership, expertise and other military skillsets, to jobs in the civilian workforce.
HireOurHeroes.coms main intention is to present veterans with opportunities. It allows them to relay their skills and find employment opportunities, by discovering what makes each vet different from other job applicants. By finding this they can create their own brand, which allows them to stick out to employers, states Caporale.
HireOurHeroes.com is the number one Veterans job board in the United States. In addition to listing employment opportunities, in a partnership with Hire Our Heroes, a national nonprofit organization, offering training programs for technologies and skills, and the tools and resources for Veterans to further enhance their career. Currently there are about 160,000 jobs posted on HireOurHeroes.com.
Finding jobs after the service can be difficult, but HireOurHeroes.com is the go to resource for Veterans to be successful in their civilian employment search.
For additional information about National Hire a Veteran Day and to register for the event, please visit www.hireourheroes.com and click on Virtual Career Fair. Veterans can register for the event on the career fair page starting two to three weeks prior to the event.
Award reflects Sals Auto consistent high level of customer service. Sal’s Auto Voted #1 Auto Repair Shop in Acton MA & Regional GOLD in Metrowest Boston.
Online PR News – 22-June-2017 – Sal’s Auto & Truck Repair in Acton, MA has earned the auto repair service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. Award reflects Sal’s Auto consistent high level of customer service. It was the third year in a row that Sal’s Auto received the coveted Award.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the auto repair & service shops in the greater Boston area were able to do it.” Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
“Sal’s Auto is proud to receive the Angie’s List Super Service Awards for the 3rd year in a row, to be VOTED the #1 Auto Service & Repair Shop in Acton, MA, and to earn Regional Gold in the Boston Metrowest area. These awards are particularly meaningful as we celebrate 40 years in business serving the Acton-Boxborough area. Special thanks to all our customers for trusting us with your auto service and repair needs!”
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged across all age groups as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality
“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And thats good for everyone.”
About Angie’s List:
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
About Sal’s Auto & Truck Repair Acton, MA: SalsAutoTruckRepair.com
Sal’s Auto ASE Certified mechanics offer complete vehicle maintenance and auto repairs for cars, SUVs & light trucks from oil change service, new tires, tire rotations, computerized wheel alignments, engine repair, vehicle towing and more. Since 1976, Sal’s Auto has served Acton, Boxborough, Bolton, Chelmsford, Concord, Carlisle, Harvard, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Westford MA and the Metro West Boston MA communities. For the 3rd consecutive year, Sal’s is the proud Winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award & the Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Award for #1 Auto Service in Acton, MA and Boston Metro West GOLD. Sal’s Auto takes great pride in offering auto service you can trust – guaranteed. Call Sal’s Auto at 978-263-2614 today for an appointment!
“Sals Auto is proud to receive the Angies List Super Service Awards for the 3rd year in a row, to be VOTED the #1 Auto Service & Repair Shop in Acton MA, and to earn Regional Gold in the Boston Metrowest area. These awards are particularly meaningful as we celebrate 40 years in business serving the Acton-Boxborough area. Special thanks to all our customers for trusting us with your auto service and repair needs!”
This week we are featuring an option trading idea based on a stock on the IBD Top 50 List that just delivered robust earnings guidance. We have added this spread to the Terry’s Tips portfolio which trades vertical credit put spreads on selected IBD Top 50 companies (this portfolio has gained 77% so far in 2017).
Is Alibaba (BABA) Ready to Accelerate Higher?
Alibaba, broke out to fresh all-time highs last week following better than expected financial results both on the top and bottom line. Prices have been forming a bull flag pattern which is a pause that refreshes higher.
If you concur with the views expressed by these analysts, consider making this trade which is a bet that BABA will continue to advance (or at least not decline very much) over the next five weeks:
What impressed investors even more than the company’s financial result, was the company’s forward guidance. The Chinese e-commerce giant estimates that revenue will increase almost 50% in the 2018 fiscal year. Analysts had previously estimated a revenue increase of about 35%. In the wake of this news, the average price target was raised to $160 with the highest at $190.
After a round of profit taking the stock should resume its climb. The stock price has not closed below its 10-day moving average since February. One way to bet on a further climb would be to put on a bull put credit spread where the short strike was below the 20-day moving average. Support is seen near the 10-day moving average at $136.92.
Buy To Open BABA 21Jul17 133 puts (BABA170728P133)
Sell To Open BABA 21Jul17 136 puts (BABA170728P136) for a credit of $1.12 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.03 less than the mid-point of the option spread when BABA was trading slightly above $139. Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.
If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $2 per contract (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee). Each contract would then yield $110 and your broker would charge a $300 maintenance fee, making your investment $190 ($300 – $110). If BABA closes at any price above $136 on July 28, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 58% (603% annualized).
As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.
United Way is partnering with Envative to make Roc the Day, their flagship fund-raising event, easier for agencies to participate in and for ROC stars to give!
Online PR News – 20-June-2017 – United Way of Greater Rochester has partnered with local software development firm, Envative, to rewrite United Ways web-based software application for the charitable organizations flagship donation event, Roc the Day, for 2017.
ROC the Day is a community-wide 24-hour day of online giving. Thousands of donors come together each year to support hundreds of not-for-profit organizations from across the region. To date, ROC the Day has raised millions of dollars each November to give an end-of-year boost to the charities doing great work in the Rochester community.
United Ways primary goals for updating the ROC the Day system include mobile-device responsiveness and user interface improvements, such as agency search and a streamlined donation check-out process. In addition, users can expect an updated look and feel for the ROC the Day website. Combined with other functional updates, the planned changes will ensure an improved user experience for United Way participant agencies and ROC Stars (donors) alike.
Envative has managed United Ways web properties since 2014 and has made incremental site improvements each year. Our partners at Envative help us to provide the most user-friendly experience for our donors, the participating non-profits and our community, said Juli Geyer, Director of Marketing and Communications at United Way. ROC the Day is a fun event to rally our community to help hundreds of great causes, and were excited to work with Envative to revamp the site for this years event.
United Ways commitment to making broader website enhancements this year is a testament to the organizations dedication to providing successful fundraising for the hundreds of participating not-for-profits throughout the Greater Rochester community and nine-county region.
Envative, located at 50 University Ave., Rochester, NY, is one of the areas premier custom software development firms and creators of engaging web, mobile and design experiences for a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors.
Kreston Reeves Assists Management Buyout
Online PR News – 20-June-2017 – Woodfield Systems Limited, a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine loading arms, is under new ownership following a management buyout (MBO) by four of its senior management team.
David Williams, Christina Collins, Gary Reddecliffe and Glen Doherty have acquired a majority shareholding in the business from the previous parent, offshore and marine company MacGregor, which is part of global firm Cargotec. MacGregor will retain a minority shareholding in the new parent company as part of the deal.
“Woodfield Systems was acquired as part of the Aker Solutions acquisition by MacGregor back in 2014, however due to the specific client base of Woodfield we have always sat outside the core portfolio of MacGregor,” said David Williams Sales Director.
The MBO allows us to fully focus on our core business and supporting our customers with our range of products and services for the onshore marine loading and fluid transfer of crude oil, refined products, chemicals LPG and LNG.
The Kent-based company started trading in 1932 and today employs over 60 people. The MBO team is exceptionally positive about the future of the business and are confident that under its direction, the company can place greater focus on providing industry leading support and service for Woodfields customers.
The MBO team was supported by Scott Miles, Advisory and Assurance Partner of regional finance and accountancy experts Kreston Reeves, in negotiating the deal for the buyout.
Scott said: It was great to play an active part in securing the future for another thriving business in Kent, and to work again with Sean and the Outset team. The new management board deserve every success ahead of them and I and my colleagues at Kreston Reeves look forward to our continued development of our relationship with Woodfield Systems.
Legal support on the transaction was provided by Outset Group. The team, comprising expert advisers in employment, corporate and property, was led by Sean Gorman, Head of Corporate and Commercial.
Sean said: Its been a pleasure to work both with the MBO team at Woodfield Systems, whose energy and enthusiasm for the Woodfield business is immediately evident, and alongside Scott from Kreston Reeves. The teams at Kreston Reeves and Outset Group supported the MBO team in identifying and resolving key issues, helping to deliver a deal which benefits all parties. On behalf of the team, I wish the new owners the very best of success in the future. Im sure their ambitions will be achieved through the drive and passion they have shown for their business during the acquisition.
This week we are featuring another option trading idea based on a selection from Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List. I hope that it is of interest to you.
Is Arista Networks (ANET) Ready For An Acceleration To The Upside?
Arista Networks is up 56.3% YTD and recently published articles indicate the stock is poised for more upside. Here are two of them – With legal risks fading, Barclays raises Arista Networks target and Needham: 100G upgrade cycle is a boon for Arista Networks.
If you concur with the views expressed by these analysts, consider making this trade which is a bet that ANET will continue to advance (or at least not decline very much) over the next five weeks:
Buy To Open ANET 21Jul17 145 puts (ANET170721P145)
Sell To Open ANET 21Jul17 150 puts (ANET170721P150) for a credit of $1.80 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ANET was trading slightly above $150. Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.
If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $2 per contract (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee). Each contract would then yield $178 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $322 ($500 – $178). If ANET closes at any price above $150 on July 17, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 55% (572% annualized).
Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:
IBD Underlying Updates June 16, 2017
We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run. The Terry’s Tips portfolio which places spreads like the above one has gained 76% in the first five months of 2017 in spite of incurring some losses on some of the spreads placed. Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.
As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.
Modern day businesses have grown, over the years, to depend completely and totally on the companys IT infrastructure
Online PR News – 20-June-2017 – Modern day businesses have grown, over the years, to depend completely and totally on the companys IT infrastructure, as even small businesses will operate with several satellite machines that communicate between each other and a central server. While modern technology has vastly improved the operating efficiency of each business, it also poses severe lurking risks with the possibility of failure. In the past, losing years of data and months of work was never really an issue, however due to so much information being stored electronically, computer failures could lead so serious monetary losses. As a result, data loss prevention has become a fundamental component of all operating businesses
Several methods exist through which data loss can be protected against, although the most common occurs through a local backup to a NAS (network-attached storage) drive. This backup functions basically as a large on-site hard drive that connect to the network. This enables users to create daily backup images of the server and can be used in the event of a server failure to continue to access files. However, a NAS drive doesnt provide quite enough protection against modern issues. Common events, such as a building fire or a Cryptolocker virus that could spread and lock down all devices connected to the network would still stand to potentially lose data.
Consequently, proper security measures will require that each company also utilizes an off-site backup plan. Typically, this constitutes an incremental backup which occurs at regular intervals, usually between 15 minutes to a day. The incremental off-site backup is important because it does two things: it keeps the data in a location that wont be hit by the same potential fire as the local backup, and it protects data against severe viruses such as Cryptolocker. In the event of a serious emergency, a user can just dial back the system to the previous increment and download the image, resulting in just a short period of downtime before the business is operational again.
While these data loss prevention techniques are important, they can sometimes be a little difficult to set up. Fortunately for business owners in the Houston area, an IT managed services company by the name of Impress Computers has been supporting the city for well over 10 years. The local IT gurus have built up a 4.8 star rating through their impeccable, prompt service and have made life a whole lot easier for the companies they support. For any business looking for a robust data protection program, Impress and its friendly technicians is the best place to stop.
Online PR News – 20-June-2017 – The Telly Awards has named MEDIABOSS as a winner in the 38th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled Data Unknown: “India’s Mobile Generation”. With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, this is truly an honor.
“India’s Mobile Generation” is part of the branded video series, Data Unknown created by Steve Kenniston, the former VP of Product Marketing at global storage company, INFINIDAT. Kenniston partnered with MEDIABOSS to produce the series.
“The premise of Data Unknown is to show how data is influencing every moment of our lives,” said Steve Kenniston, Host and Creator of Data Unknown. “Working with MEDIABOSS on this project is the single most important decision regarding the show. Their extensive knowledge of and background in the Technology industry was critical in producing Data Unknown. Their insight helped bring the series’ goal to life.”
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. MEDIABOSS’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
“MediaBoss was an amazing partner in the creation of Data Unknown, an innovative series of programs designed to show the human impact of the tremendous increase in the World’s use and consumption of data. We traveled around the world to meet some of the people who deal with this phenomenon every day and hear their stories,” said Ian Barrett, Creative Director, MEDIABOSS. “This episode took us to India and we shared some insight as to how they were able to embrace technology and become a leader in data technology. We’re proud to accept this award in recognition of the hard work involved in making such a special program.”
MEDIABOSS is an award-winning full-service production and post company creating content for distribution across all media platforms. Our services include live broadcast; inbound marketing; content development; production; design and post for television and digital advertising.
“Working with MEDIABOSS on this project is the single most important decision regarding the show. Their extensive knowledge of and background in the Technology industry was critical in producing Data Unknown.”
Online PR News – 19-June-2017 – When Trading Meets Gaming, the presentation by Harborx, was a success at the recent FinDEVr London 2017 conference held on June 12-13 in London. Harborx, a fintech startup that offers clients a currency trading app with strong gaming features, was among presenters at the event, where it was selected to share its journey of building a uniquely gamified mobile currency trading environment.
Harborx CEO Wissam Sabbah and CTO David Sung delivered a 15-minute presentation outlining the main features of the Harborx trading platform, as well as its technical infrastructure. Since FinDEVr events are positioned as developers conferences with a strong emphasis on technology, Harborx team has spent a lot of time outlining the workings on the platforms backend.
Harborx is probably the first company to combine trading with gaming in such a way, – says CTO David Sung.- It may be easy to build a game, but as a serious broker, we deal with clients funds and real-time market conditions, so there is no space for an error or a slightest delay. As we wanted to simplify trading and make it exciting through gamification, neither of the popular third-party trading platforms could meet our requirements. Harborx team ended up building our own trading engine and combining it with gamification features. Our developers had to overcome multiple challenges, such as asynchronous development cycles and the fact that we cannot afford even slightest delay in data flow. We believe that by sharing our experience we can help other members of the finch community.
Weve shared our experience of combining trading and gaming, as we believe that the future of many industries, not just trading, is in gamification. Everyone plays games, especially the millennials, so gamifying is the way to get people engaged – be it into forex trading, a learning process or anything else. Weve seen it work for Harborx and believe that our experience can be applied in other areas of fintech. This is why were here in London- says Harborx CEO Wissam Sabbah.
Harborx’s presentation was well-received by FinDEVr audience and followed by the events highest number of audience questions and upvotes, showing that a new twist on the familiar industry of currency trading sparkles interest among different audiences.
Harborxs active social media coverage of the event has earned the startup FinDEVrs Best Photo award.
FinDEVr (www.findevr.com, @FinDEVr) is the only conference focused on the TECHNOLOGY side of fintech. Its mission is to serve the financial services developer community. By showcasing the latest tools, technologies, APIs, platforms, case studies and tutorials, FinDEVr hopes to help CTOs, developers, software architects, UX designers, VPs of engineering, product managers and other technologists create the next wave of fintech innovation. For more information on the event or to view videos of previous presentations, please visit london2017.findevr.com.
Harborx (http://harborx.com) is a FinTech startup created with the mission to simplify currency trading (forex), making it fun and accessible to anyone with a mobile.
Harborx Limited is regulated by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission under license number 230/14 in accordance with the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive of the European Union, and the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law of Cyprus (Law 144 (1) / 2007). Harborx.com is owned and operated by Harborx Limited.
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