Pioneering App Breaks the Mold on Social Media

(NewsUSA) -In the crowded world of social media, many businesses, influencers, and nonprofit organizations are looking for new ways to be heard, without censorship and becoming the product for big tech’s complex revenue systems.Breakout, a new free audio app currently raising money via crowdfunding (https://breakoutsocial.com/investors/), represents a unique addition to the social media space that will let users not only connect and share without censorship, but also own and sell their own data.The Breakout platform’s features were designed to provide an audio social experience that is simple, predictable, and profitable.Users create a profile and can explore different Breakout Rooms, where people with similar interests can come together and share their ideas. Very soon Breakout will also be able to help connect users to companies that are interested in the user’s data, but the users retain control."All of the social media giants sell this data and they keep 100% of revenue, and the user has no say in the transaction," according to the company website."Further, users have no say about to whom that the data will be sold."Breakout allows users to own their own data, and choose what data to sell and at what price.Breakout can be used in many ways by businesses, social media influencers, and nonprofit organizations.

Monitor Your Mitral Valve to Maximize Your Health

(NewsUSA) -A diagnosis of mitral valve disease may seem daunting at first, but taking a team approach and working with your doctor for regular monitoring is the best way to ensure your ongoing health.Mitral valve disease occurs when the valve between the upper left chamber of the heart (left atrium) and the lower left chamber of the heart (left ventricle) does not function properly; it either fails to close completely.Mitral valve disease, in severe cases, can lead to pulmonary congestion or heart palpitations, often due to atrial fibrillation.Staying in regular contact with your health care professional is the best way to ensure your continued health and management of mitral valve disease, according to the American Heart Association.And don’t neglect regular doctor visits."Mitral valve repair is often recommended in asymptomatic patients with severe mitral regurgitation to prevent long-term complications, and it can be life saving in symptomatic patients. That is why it is so critical to evaluate the severity of the disease and determine if surgery is the right choice," says Robert O. Bonow, M.D., professor of cardiology at Northwestern University and past president of the American Heart Association.Some key ways to take care of your heart health include:

BookTrib’s Bites: Four Great Gift Ideas for The Holidays

(NewsUSA)Twisted Tea Christmas"Twisted Tea Christmas"
by Laura ChildsAn attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Tea maven Theodosia and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town.As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla secretly reveals to Theodosia that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway with a syringe sticking out of her neck. On a lighter note, this book also includes delicious recipes and teatime tips! Purchase at https://amzn.to/3nvDGAS.Red Deception"Red Deception"
by Ed Fuller and Gary GrossmanBlending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, authors Fuller and Grossman have once again drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power. Former intelligence officer Dan Reilly predicted terrorist attacks in a report years earlier. It was supposed to be top secret. And it was, until it was somehow exposed to unsavory characters who put it in the hands of foreign operatives. Now it’s the basis of plans for destruction.Packed with action scenes and brimming with spies, sexpionage, counterspies and unlikely heroes, this riveting geopolitical thriller will have you guessing until the very last page and you will be continuously surprised by every turn of events. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3gwMm4J. Now also available as an audiobook at https://adbl.co/3hRvdnM.The Burning Light of Two Stars"The Burning Light of Two Stars"
by Laura DavisThis riveting memoir that reads like a novel is a gut-wrenching story of a mother and daughter who had every reason to never speak again yet were determined to find their way back into each other’s lives.A vivid examination of the endurance of mother-daughter love, written by the author of the classic bestseller, The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis’ new memoir begs the reader to consider: Can you caretake a parent who betrayed you in the past? How do you open a heart that’s been closed for good reason? What happens when a dramatic, narcissistic, elderly mother moves across the country to entrust her formerly-estranged daughter with the rest of her life? Fireworks fly, but can the two reconcile? Visit https://lauradavis.net/the-burning-light-of-two-stars/If Not You, Then Who?: The Young Inventor's Bundle "If Not You, Then Who?: The Young Inventor’s Bundle "
by David & Emberli PridhamLooking for the perfect holiday gift? If you like fun, informative and factual kid’s books like "The Magic School Bus," then you’ll love the new STEM series, "If Not You, Then Who?," a recent Amazon bestseller, which is now available as a special four-book set in a beautiful magnetic box for children ages 4 to 8. The books each offer different inventor themes: "The Girl in Pink Pajamas," "Noah’s Treehouse," "Let the Games Begin" and "Going Green," along with a new "Inventor’s Journal." The series aims to teach children about the inventions and patents in everyday life, inspiring them to create their own. The books are fun to read for both adults and children. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3ojmYF2.NOTE: BookBites is presented by BookTrib.com

Poll Reveals Changes to Seniors’ Lives Since the Pandemic

(NewsUSA) – The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment period (October 15 — December 7) is open. If you’re eligible for Medicare, now is the time to think about how your life and health may have changed over the past year and whether switching your Medicare plan, including considering an "all-in-one" Medicare Advantage plan, will provide you with the coverage and support that you will need next year.According to a new national poll from Humana, four-in-five people aged 64+ say that their lives have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes may shape how you choose a health plan, so be sure to be informed on the options to ensure you select the best one for you.

Spotting, and Thwarting, the Latest Gift Card Scams

(NewsUSA) – The warning couldn’t be blunter: "Any time someone asks you to solve a problem using gift cards, it’s a scam."So say consumer fraud experts as we head into the holiday season — an especially popular time for scammers who love tricking people into buying gift cards as step one of their own nefarious schemes. And once they’ve wormed the PIN number on the back of those cards from their victims, well … as the Federal Trade Commission notes, "they can get quick cash while staying anonymous."How much cash? More than $429 million since 2018, according to the latest FTC figures. And just to show you how trendy these con artists can be, some are now selling the cards for Bitcoin on online exchanges instead of just, say, auctioning them off the old-fashioned way on normal websites.So how could anyone fall for a scam like this?It’s all about plausible excuses."Scammers prey on people’s fear and have just enough personal information to create a sense of panic," says Jenny Grounds, chief marketing officer of Cybercrime Support Network, an organization combating cybercrime for individuals and small businesses and educating consumers about scams through resource platforms like scamspotter.org. "It’s that panic that makes their targets feel they need to act immediately without a chance to stop and think."Here are some common scenarios to be on the alert for:

Next Wave of Electric Cars Have Better Batteries

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The auto industry continues to market electric cars as the “next best thing,” and the newest generation of electric vehicles (EVs) are more than up to speed.
Although widespread adoption of EVs took some time to find its footing in the United States and was slow to get off the ground, more car shoppers are seeing the benefits of EVs and hybrids. Several improvements in the latest models have helped overcome some hurdles that might have made buyers hesitant to embrace EVs.
Some of the key features consumers want include:
– More power. Consumers want increased range and fast charging. The battery life of newer electric cars allows for several hundred miles on a single charge.
– More style. Car buyers don’t want to sacrifice comfort and style, and manufacturers are rising to this challenge with roomy designs equal to those of conventional cars.
“Consumers are ready to switch to electric vehicles,” according to Brian Moody, Executive Editor for Autotrader.
“Things they consider when thinking about buying an electric vehicle include reduced environmental guilt, less time refueling, and never having to change your oil again,” he says.
One example of the latest in EV technology is the EV6, auto maker Kia’s first entry into the battery-powered vehicle market. (Click here to view video).
The EV6 features an ultra-fast 350-kilowatt charger that enables the car to go from a 10 percent to 80 percent charge in less than 18 minutes, ready for up to 210 miles of range.
It’s also designed with a distinctive Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) feature that enables use of the battery as a mobile power source for multiple applications, according to the company website. Other advances include both rear wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive, as well as two battery sizes, 58.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh.
The latest battery technology meets consumers’ need for speed with the 576 HP power to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds. The style factor is there, too. The EV6 channels the design of current crossover vehicles with a four-door sedan body and seating for five passengers. The EV6 is scheduled to debut in early 2022.
Visit kia.com for more information about the latest in electric vehicle technology.

3 Reasons to Try Mobile Tire Installation This Winter

(James Taylor) – If you’re thinking of traveling this winter, you may want to consider replacing your tires.Until recently, tire replacement involved wasting a day at the shop, haggling over the prices of a very limited selection and impatiently waiting for your vehicle to finally be serviced.Here are three reasons to try online ordering combined with mobile tire installation.

BookTrib’s Bites: Nostalgia, Human Drama and Two Thrillers

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“Into the Sky with Diamonds”
by Ronald P. Grelsamer

One small step for a man. One giant leap for rock ‘n roll. NASA’s race with the Russians to land a man on the moon. The meteoric rise of the Beatles, considered by many to have revolutionized the music industry. In the postwar era, each stood as an unprecedented cultural watershed. Together, they captured the heady zeitgeist of the 1960s and ignited the imagination of just about everyone on the planet.

Bet on Veterans for Manufacturing Jobs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Manufacturing companies continue to struggle to find skilled employees, but they may be overlooking the perfect talent pool — veterans.
Veterans generally possess the skill sets, both hard and soft, and the personality to make them desirable hires in any field.
In fact, veterans share many traits that make them an especially good fit for jobs in manufacturing, according to Julie Davis, director of workforce development at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), an organization dedicated to supporting North America’s manufacturers of construction and agricultural equipment.
“Military veterans have been trained to live the values of their service whether in or out of uniform,” says Davis.
“So, when you’re talking to a veteran during a job interview, ask them what their values are. When you hear their answer, you’ll likely conclude that they are a much better culture fit than you’d originally thought.”
Traits that make veterans great employees include:
– Entrepreneurial spirit. Veterans tend to take ownership of their responsibilities and do their best work at whatever job they are assigned.
– Versatile. Many veterans were trained in one area and shifted to another during their military service. They are adept at transferring existing skills and knowledge to adapt to new roles.
– Flexible. Military veterans could be sitting at a desk one day, and deployed the next day; they are accustomed to adapting to changing business needs.
– Skillful. The military is on the cutting edge of technology, and many veterans are highly trained experts with advanced knowledge of their field, and tuned in to how innovation can advance goals.
– Loyal. Veterans have a strong sense of organizational commitment. They embrace many of the values important in the manufacturing industry, including duty, respect, selflessness, integrity, honor, courage, and commitment.
Hiring veterans has financial benefits as well, both for the veterans themselves and for companies.
Programs such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides tax credits for companies that hire veterans, and the VA Special Employer Incentive Program is designed to reimburse portions of veterans’ salaries. In addition, the Department of Defense Skill Bridge Program pays employers to hire veterans to train and work on a temporary basis for up to six months. Another option is the Manufacturing Institute Heroes MAKE America program created specifically to help train veterans for manufacturing jobs.
Visit aem.org/workforce-solutions for more information on these programs and on workforce development for the manufacturing industry.

“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” Holiday Movie Event Has Something for Everyone

(NewsUSA) – Now more than ever, it’s time for holiday cheer, and Lifetime is set to deliver with the network’s annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime slate of original heartwarming holiday programming.Lifetime’s huge, 35 movie holiday slate kicks off on November 12. After Thanksgiving, the network debuts 30 new holiday movies in 30 days,between November 26 and December 25, starring, Reba McEntire, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Joan Hart, Jana Kramer, Kirk Franklin, Tia Mowry, Smokey Robinson, Ricki Lake, John Schneider and many more.This year’s movies offer something for everyone, and reflect Lifetime’s ongoing commitment to diverse storytelling. In "Baking Spirits Bright," (11/21) Mira Varma (Rekha Sharma) proudly operates her family’s fruitcake business, despite the declining popularity of the once-ubiquitous holiday dessert. Mira’s parents hire Brady Phillips (Dion Johnstone) and his high-powered marketing company to turn business around and boost sales for the holidays. Naturally, romance ensues as Mira works to hold onto the heart of the company she loves, while her heart has other ideas as well.In "Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune," (11/26) showstopper Reba McEntire is Georgia Winter, half of a singing duo with her ex-husband, Joe (John Schneider). Years after their personal and professional breakup, the pair agree to reunite for a Christmas charity concert at the request of their daughter, Belle. Georgia and Joe find themselves getting back in tune, both on stage and off.For those Lifetime fans who can’t get enough Liddle, Kelly Rowland returns in the third film, "Merry Liddle Christmas Baby." (11/27)This Christmas, Jacquie Liddle (Rowland) and her husband Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) are preparing for the arrival of their first baby. More merriment and mayhem abound as Jacquie’s sister Treena (Latonya Williams) and her husband Julian (Jaime M. Callica) consider adopting a baby themselves, and their fashionista sister Kiara (Bresha Webb) heats up her relationship with boyfriend Chris (Nathan Witte).As in 2020, Lifetime’s 2021 programming includes a LGBTQ+ romance.This year, in "Under the Christmas Tree,"(12/19) Ricki Lake stars as the p?tissiere extraordinaire in a small town who also acts as matchmaker for Alma Beltran (Elise Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Tattiawna Jones). Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor’s Holiday Celebration in Alma’s back yard. What starts as a sparring match turns to a romance between the two women as Lake encourages them take a leap of faith with love and Christmas magic.Fan favorite Mario Lopez returns this year in "Holiday in Santa Fe," (12/10) in which he attempts to hang on to his family-owned business of Mexican-inspired holiday ornaments and décor, while sparks fly with the big-chain greeting-card executive who wants to acquire the company.Visit mylifetime.com for more information about the complete 2021 It’s a Wonderful Lifetime lineup.