So Your Company Went Mobile … Now What?

(NewsUSA) – Most companies know the need to go mobile to make their workforce more productive and efficient, but many don’t know what is needed outside of buying some tablets and software.The truth is, companies simply don’t consider how a mobile employee will carry or use a tablet while out in the field — whether that be an actual field, the floors of an emergency room, the roof of a hail-damaged house or the halls of a huge hotel.The problem is elegant in its simplicity — a tablet, like any tool, must be easily carried and accessible at all times.For most of us who sit behind a computer all day, this doesn’t seem like an issue — but think about what it would be like to climb a ladder while, at the same time, juggling a tablet.A mobile device-carrying solution is just as important for anyone working with a tablet (such as an iPad) as it is for a carpenter needing a toolbelt for a hammer.Mobility is all about efficiency and increased productivity. If executed right, that’s the end result. If executed wrong, it can be a costly mistake, hazardous to the worker’s safety.Enter RUNNUR, a hands-free, wearable system that locks a tablet directly to an employee’s side via a standard belt or heavy-duty belt clip.In one simple click, the system solves the problem of carrying a tablet for on-the-go work, even keeping it safe from inadvertent drops by way of a tethering system (much like a tiny rock climber’s rope)."Our products provide a unique combination of attributes: hands-free functionality, device access in one second, and protection against dropping," says Andrew Hamra, CEO of RUNNUR."We don’t expect a carpenter to carry his hammer around by hand all day. Neither should we expect someone to do the same with their tablet."Get more information or purchase your own RUNNUR at mobiletechgear.com

Mobile Payment App Gives Apple Pay a Run for Its Money

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – This fall, like clockwork, Apple, Inc. will launch its iPhone 8, with yet another new operating system. Added to the mix will be the launch of Apple Pay Cash and sending money inside its messenger app, also known as Peer to Peer (P2P).
The problem is that millions of Apple and Android users won’t be able to use it.
The reason is that you must have an iPhone 6 or higher to be compatible with iOS11, which means that of the more than 90 million iPhone users in the United States, approximately 55 million will not have access to Apple Pay Cash and P2P.
This gap in service by two of the largest technology companies in the world could send all of the excluded iPhone and Android users to seek an alternative way to send money and have it loaded to a card.
Enter MovoCash, the brainchild of Eric Solis, which has created a payment platform that allows consumers to link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported banks.
Unlike Apple Pay or Android Pay, MovoCash eliminates the need for retailers to buy expensive equipment.
“MovoCash is a transformative way to think about payments,” says Eric Solis, CEO and founder of the company.
“It always bugged me that companies like Apple would roll out a product that is so hard to use. You have to have a newer iPhone, you have to have a card that supports Apple Pay, you have to go to a merchant that supports Apple Pay. At the end of the day, so many consumers are locked out of the digital economy. We fixed all of that with MovoCash,” says Eric Solis, founder of the company.
To that point, MovoCash allows users (and even non-users) to send money to a friend instantly. And that friend can then turn around and buy a latte.
Some of the many advantages of Movocash compared to Apple Pay are that:
* Apple Pay can only be used by iPhone owners. With Movo- Cash, you can send money to anyone who has a smart phone.
* Only about 1 in 3 retailers support Apple Pay, while MovoCash is supported by more than 99.9 percent of retailers.
* Apple Pay can be spent where Apple Pay is accepted (usually not online) or sent to your bank. MovoCash, on the other hand, can be spent at nearly 100 percent of merchants. You can also get cash at an ATM, cash back with a purchase, pay bills, send someone a check, or shop online.
Consider this: according to Gartner, Inc., an American research and advisory firm providing information technology-related insight, of the 431 million smart phones sold worldwide in 2016, 352 million were Android devices and 77 million were iPhones. This is important because MovoCash has plans to expand globally.
As for the domestic market, there are 107 million Android smart phones in the United States and 90 million iPhones, of which 55 million are iPhone 5 or older. This means that a total of 142 million smart phone users in the United States will be blocked from using Apple Pay Cash. Alternatively, MovoCash works across all devices and has plans for global expansion.
“We are thrilled with the capabilities created with MovoCash,” says Solis.
“Our technology is available now and has many more features that make managing your money much easier than any other tool on the market.”
For more information, visit https://movo.cash/.

Rum Aficionados Are in For a Treat with Relaunch, New Label

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Rum aficionados, rejoice. A classic brand is re-entering the spotlight with a new look.
St. Lucia Distillers is re-launching the Chairman’s Reserve rum in the United States in July 2017, and will unveil new packaging designed to highlight the brand’s distinguished history and reputation for quality blends in the English rum style.
“Chairman’s Reserve has always been recognized amongst the finest rums in the world,” says Benjamin Jones, director of North America for the brand.
“Now, with an elegant, refreshed look, Chairman’s Reserve will return the spotlight to St. Lucia as an island with a rich and an original legacy for producing world-class rum,” he says.
The new label for Chairman’s Reserve positions the brand to compete at the premium level in the rum category and compete against premium aged spirits overall, according to a company statement.
The Chairman’s Reserve portfolio includes Chairman’s Reserve Rum Original, Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Original, Chairman’s Reserve The Forgotten Casks, and Chairman’s Reserve White Rum.
Chairman’s Reserve Rum Original is the flagship St. Lucian rum, created in 1999. Chairman’s Reserve Original combines rums from Coffey column stills and copper pot stills, well blended after maturation and further aged in oak casks.
Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Original starts with original Chairman’s Reserve and adds a spicy kick from a Caribbean bark known as “Bois Bande,” which has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Other key ingredients include cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, and allspice, as well as lemon and orange peels.
The Forgotten Casks of Chairman’s Reserve is formulated to mimic casks of rum that were saved from the St. Lucia Distillers during a fire on May 2, 2007. The casks were misplaced, then rediscovered, but were too old for the Chairman’s Original blend, and the rum was released on its own in the extra-aged category.
The product was successful enough for Chairman’s Reserve to regularly hold back some original rum for additional aging and branding as Forgotten Casks.
Chairman’s Reserve White Rum features hints of citrus and a blend of three- to four-year-old rums aged in American white oak casks after distillation in copper pot stills and a Coffey still.
In addition, “St. Lucia Distillers will re-release the brand, “1931,” as a limited reserve expression in the Chairman’s portfolio,” according to a company statement. The rare aged rum will be known as “Chairman’s Reserve 1931.”
For more information about Chairman’s Reserve products and the relaunch, visit spiribam.com.

Mobile Banking Offers Greater Ease, Better Deals

(NewsUSA) – It seems that almost anything can be done with a click of a mouse or a downloaded app these days — including your banking.Online-only banks are gaining popularity for many reasons, as more people become comfortable with managing their finances online.According to the Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, "forty-three percent of all mobile phone owners with a bank account had used mobile banking in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 39 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013."Although checking one’s account balance is the most popular mobile banking activity, mobile banking offers many other advantages, including:-Greater efficiency. Mobile banking with an app allows consumers to bank 24/7, without the hassle of having to locate and visit a brick-and-mortar bank.-Greater savings. Consumers who open a checking account with Republic Bank & Trust Company’s MemoryBank can earn up to 1.50 percent Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on their deposits, so long as they meet a monthly minimum of one direct deposit and five debit card uses, and receive online statements, as detailed by visiting MyMemoryBank.com/info.By contrast, rates at typical brick-and-mortar banks range from 0.04 percent to 0.06 percent. The reduced operating costs of a branchless bank allow MemoryBank to pass the infrastructure savings along to its customers.-Fewer fees. Many brick-and-mortar banks still charge a monthly maintenance fee for accounts, as well as fees for using non-network ATMs; MemoryBank charges no maintenance fees for its EarnMore Checking account and offers access to more than 85,000 ATMs worldwide with no fee.Although privacy and security remain concerns for consumers, most are taking steps to protect themselves while enjoying the benefits of mobile banking.The Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report, which includes survey results from approximately 2,500 adults in the United States, finds that 84 percent of consumers use mobile banking install updates, 70 percent use password protection on their phones, and 58 percent use customized privacy settings.Today’s consumers use smartphones to inform financial decisions, according to the report. For example, 43 percent of mobile banking users in the survey who received a low balance alert moved money into the account.For more information about the benefits of mobile banking, visit MyMemoryBank.com/info

Precious Metals Investing 2017: Keep an Eye on Silver

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to investing in precious metals, gold usually gets most of the attention. But silver — and silver mining — may now be the better bet.
In early 2017, gains on silver were nearly twice those on gold — and both beat the S&P 500. Despite silver prices fluctuating this year, investment analysts still predict further gains, with silver prices climbing higher in the next few years.
The reason is simple: rising demand at a time of shrinking supply.
The world now uses an increasing amount of silver. Humans have always coveted the shiny metal for coins, jewelry, and all sorts of utensils and serving dishes. But now, silver has become a vital industrial workhorse. It’s crucial for smartphones, flat-panel TVs, solar panels, cars, and many other uses. In fact, industrial uses now gobble up half of all the global silver production — with demand climbing dramatically.
The increased demand alone is pushing silver prices higher. But prices are also getting a boost from a shortfall in the supply of silver. Because of historical low silver prices, many once-productive mines have shut down and exploration for new mines has slowed.
Buying silver is one way to cash in on these trends. A more clever approach, however, is to invest in promising silver mining companies. One of those is Viscount Mining Corp (TSXV: VML, OTCQB:VLMGF).
Viscount has shrewdly searched out and acquired properties that show huge potential for silver mining, but that have not been developed. For example, Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie found a property in Colorado named Silver Cliff that had been assessed in the 1980s as containing more than 50 million ounces of silver.
“It hadn’t been developed as a mine, because the exploration company was sold and the property had reverted back to the original owners,” says MacKenzie.
MacKenzie sought out the owners and acquired the property. And Viscount’s own test drilling now shows some of the highest concentrations of silver ore ever found in North America.
The company is now looking for experienced partners to mine Silver Cliff and other properties, which would mean many years of impressive returns for Viscount’s shareholders.

Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cable TV? That was so three years ago.
These days, consumers are opting to cut the cable cord and stream their TV live.
According to a study by Deloitte in Nov. 2014, the stronghold that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies have held over TV programming is giving way to subscription streaming services and products that use this platform.
Some common complaints and reasons for dropping cable service include the high cost of packages, having to watch programs when they are aired, and the inconvenience of multiple desirable shows airing at once.
While cable subscribers have cited live sports as a reason to stick with traditional cable, various professional sports organizations are detecting the shift away from this model, as noted by the NFL’s recent interest in providing streaming content to its consumers.
“The NFL has always been committed to being at the forefront of media innovation,” says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “[W]e are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape.”
To this end, one company is doing its best to lure customers away from their cable boxes and satellite dishes and, to date, the virtual monopoly that has been in place.
ZUMMBOX 2.0 is a 4K streaming media player with a built-in digital antenna, which allows users to enjoy all of their traditional streaming content, while providing access to free television programming.
The way it works is this: the box essentially serves as a content- aggregating device, featuring a built-in app store, allowing consumers to download a variety of apps and other software that provides access to a diverse range of TV shows, movies, sports, gaming, podcasts, and radio.
Other key features include voice command recognition, Bluetooth compatibility, built-in DVR, and an optical import for surround sound, as well as four USB ports and three memory options.
For parents who are concerned about certain programming, the device includes a parental control feature and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The device also complies with the Online Privacy Protection Act, and does not distribute personal information to outside parties without the consent of the user.
Unlike its competitors, there is no contract, no monthly fees and a two-year warranty. The product is available for a one-time payment of $159 and available online exclusively at Fundingotc.com.
Zumm and the creators of the ZUMMBOX 2.0 have been working with Fundingotc.com, a unique full-service crowdfunding platform, to help launch this device.
The difference between Fundingotc.com and other crowdfunding sites is that, instead of a large quantity of campaigns with questionable viability and best efforts deliverables, Fundingotc.com only posts time-to-market technologies and opportunities that have been proven to deliver.
“Time-to-market” means that the companies and products offered on this platform are already tested and past the initial development stage. Fundingotc.com also provides access to extensive marketing capabilities spanning print, radio, TV, affiliate marketing and other media outlets.
Fundingotc.com clients receive full service from copy and posting, to media and advertising. So unlike every other crowdfunding platform, they work to drive traffic to client campaigns.

Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.
Webco Medical & Dental Supplies Co., a Hudson, Florida-based company led by Christopher Cooley, is the first and only dental distribution company to be designated by the U.S. government as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
This designation means that the U.S. government must allocate 5 percent of its budget to purchase dental products and services from Webco.
To support the growth capital Webco needs for this designation, they accessed capital via the Entrex Capital Market System, founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through a tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors with monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
“Working with the Entrex team offers me, as a veteran and entrepreneur, access to a capital market system to support the growth capital needed to help fulfill my vision of Webco,” says Mr. Cooley.
“Without access to capital, my vision would be limited,” adds Cooley in a statement issued by Entrex announcing the first TIGRcub investor purchases for Webco. “I feel Entrex and the TIGRcub offer Webco access to capital that is difficult, if not impossible, to find today,” he adds.
The capital from TIGRcub investors will help Cooley grow the operations, distribution and inventories to help Webco become one of the nation’s leading Dental Distributors.
“Entrex offers a Capital Market System for investors to find, research, track, manage and trade TIGRcub Securities” says Stephen H. Watkins CEO of Entrex.
“Helping Webco, as a veteran-owned business, makes the Entrex team proud not only to support entrepreneurs across America, but to help serve the veterans that guard and defend our nation’s safety,” Watkins continues in his statement.
According to the statement, Watkins feels confident that investors will recognize how well military veterans’ dedication translates into the business sector, and how valuable their support is to a small business that might struggle to find other funding.
“We hope that by supporting veteran-owned businesses and helping investors access this sector, we can support entrepreneurship and the American dream with and through the people that protect us,” he notes.
Visit entrex.net for more information about Entrex’s TIGRcub and Veteran-Owned Business accessing capital.

University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group’s Annual Trading Challenge

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For college students who aspire to work in financial markets, there is no better way to experience trading than participating in CME Group’s annual Trading Challenge.
This year, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., beat out nearly 600 teams to take the top prize in the 14th annual contest — the first time in three years that the winning team was based in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.; Imperial College in London, England; and California University Chico in Chico, Calif., rounded out the top five.
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year to help educate the next generation of finance professionals on derivatives markets in today’s interconnected global economy.
During the four-week competition, students learn hands-on techniques and gain experience that they might not otherwise get by trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple-asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news are also provided to students free of charge.
In addition to the $1500 cash prize awarded to each member of the first-place team, the top five teams receive a cash prize. The top 10 percent of teams are also invited to attend a one-day market education conference in Chicago at CME Group in April.
This year’s competition saw record participation from more than 2,300 students from 35 countries around the world. Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using CME Group’s Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that offers interactive demonstrations of the role of futures markets in everyday life, along with a trading simulator.
“We are continually impressed with the participants, who are students studying business, finance, agriculture and economics at some of the world’s best universities,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “For many, this is their first hands-on experience in the markets. Inspiring the best and brightest students is a priority for CME Group around the world, and we think the Challenge does just that.”
Registration for next year’s competition will open in early 2018. To learn more about the Trading Challenge, visit http://www.cmegroup.com/education/trading_challenge.html

Entrepreneurs Provide TIPS! Monthly Yield Now Makes Sense

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -The ability to invest in cash-flowing and profitable entrepreneurs has disappeared with the loss of the regional exchanges in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle, among others. Local investors have lost the ability to invest locally — easily.
The Entrex Capital Market System was founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through their tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
The Entrex Market Index, or EMI, is similar to Nasdaq’s Composite Index — yet it offers monthly yield returns to investors via TIPS, or TIGRcub Interest Payments.
“The investor benefit, compared to the NASDAQ composite, is monthly yield payments from a diversified basket of entrepreneurial companies — without having to liquidate your holdings,” Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of The Entrex Capital Market, says in a statement.
The companies under the umbrella of the EMI include those with revenue ranging from $5 million to $250 million, a largely underserved sector of the United States economy, according to the Entrex statement.
The TIGRcub financing option is available for both public and private companies; they can use the Regulation D exemption through the Entrex Capital Market System to offer their TIGRcub securities through placement brokers in an initial offering process similar to that of a typical Initial Public Offering.
Each company can sell up to 10 percent of its TIGRcub offering to the EMI, which allows for diverse monthly yield investments that take advantage of the cash flow and growth opportunities across the entrepreneurial sector, according to the Entrex statement.
“Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the ‘Top Line,’ something that is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance,” Mr. Watkins explains in a statement regarding Overstock.com, one of the companies that has issued a TIGRcub.
“TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing,” he adds.
Visit www.entrexmarketindex.com to view the index and some of the companies listed, and visit www.entrex.net for more details about the company’s strategies and mission.

Help Protect The Young Adult Lifestyle

(NewsUSA) – Young adults have ambitious future plans and want to experience a lot throughout their lifetime.Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and many are unaware that their futures are vulnerable to unexpected medical costs. When an illness or injury occurs, medical bills can put financial health at risk and cause fun experiences to become unaffordable luxuries. By helping to pay costs not typically covered by major medical, supplemental insurance like Aflac can help young adults continue to experience the life they love.Learn more at www.aflac.com/lifestyleSee full-sized image here.