Forbes Living Checks In with Wearable GPS Devices for Kids

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There are wearable devices for adults and pets and now there will soon be wearable devices for kids. Forbes Living locates wearable GPS devices for kids.

This is without any doubt – a Mommy Must Have. There are two companies, one American and one from South Korea, which have wearable GPS devices for kids. The American company’s product is already out and selling for about USD 129.00. It comes in either a bracelet or anklet, is waterproof and provides emergency features such as a panic button in case of abduction, and a warning if it is cut off or removed. Alerts are sent to the parents’ Android, iPhone or iPad. It comes in cool colors and has some fun attachables such as flowers and stars to put on it. The U.S.-made child wearable GPS is not too bulky for little wrists and ankles. The South Korean models have the option of communicating with children.

 In this day and age of not knowing who is waiting to harm a child, these two wearable GPS devices are cool and give parents some peace of mind. Forbes Living thinks this is a Mommy Must Have. What do you think? Would you buy one for each child?

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Forbes Living Reminds Readers of the 24 Hour Rule Travel Reservation Rule
Most people don’t remember the 24 hour rule when they make an airline reservation. Most airlines don’t usually post the rule or mention it on a phone call. Nor do many people know that it will soon apply to those making reservations through a travel agency. Forbes Living reminds readers what this rule is and how to use if when making or changing a reservation.

In 2012, the US Department of Transportation required air carriers to allow customers to hold a reservation, without payment or cancel a reservation without penalty for 24 hours after making the reservation – with some exceptions. This gave passengers the chance to fix mistakes like a misspelled name or a wrong date. Cancelled reservations could be rebooked as long as the departure date was more than a week away. Forbes Living learns that the regulatory agency wants to expand that rule to travel agencies.

This is good news for the nation’s travelers.  Just in case the airline forgets to mention the 24 hour rule, we urge readers to invoke it. The same applies when making travel arrangements through a travel agency.


If invoking the rule elicits a vague recitation of how the airline or agency interprets it, click here to file a consumer complaint with the Department of Transportation. No one should be cheated out their hard-earned money because the airline or agency wants to keep it. 

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Forbes Living Reminds Readers of the 24 Hour Rule Travel Reservation Rule

Most people don’t remember the 24 hour rule when they make an airline reservation. Most airlines don’t usually post the rule or mention it on a phone call. Nor do many people know that it will soon apply to those making reservations through a travel agency. Forbes Living reminds readers what this rule is and how to use if when making or changing a reservation.

In 2012, the US Department of Transportation required air carriers to allow customers to hold a reservation, without payment or cancel a reservation without penalty for 24 hours after making the reservation – with some exceptions. This gave passengers the chance to fix mistakes like a misspelled name or a wrong date. Cancelled reservations could be rebooked as long as the departure date was more than a week away. Forbes Living learns that the regulatory agency wants to expand that rule to travel agencies.

This is good news for the nation’s travelers.  Just in case the airline forgets to mention the 24 hour rule, we urge readers to invoke it. The same applies when making travel arrangements through a travel agency.

If invoking the rule elicits a vague recitation of how the airline or agency interprets it, click here to file a consumer complaint with the Department of Transportation. No one should be cheated out their hard-earned money because the airline or agency wants to keep it. 

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Forbes Living Wonders about Apps to Stop Smoking

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Smoking is a habit which is unhealthy to say the least and can be deadly if not stopped. Quitting is not easy. In fact, many ex-smokers will say that quitting is easy – they’ve quit over and over again. While there are many products in stores to help break the habit, this is the first Forbes Living heard of apps to help stop smoking.

Smoking kills approximately 443,000 people each year in the U.S. alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Cancer Society states that 70% of smokers want to quit, 40% will quit and 7% of those will be successful. Smoking is a behavioral addiction and apps are available to download and use in the fight to stop smoking. Both iPhone and Android users have several good choices. Apple users can grab the LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach app. It helps users devise a plan to quit and includes data on how much one smokes. Android users can use the Quit Now app which tracks cravings and shows the user how much money is saved when they quit. Forbes Living TV learns there are other apps which offer pretty much the same thing, and they all have community support for those sincerely wanting to kick the habit.

It makes sense to use an app to quit when so much of our lives are dedicated to our smart phones.  Go online and find one for yourself, a friend or loved one. The best app is the one the user sticks with in the long run. 

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Forbes Living Examines News about Child Vaccines

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Despite a strong stance against child vaccines, a new report finds there are no serious health risks to children after being vaccinated. Forbes Living examines the latest information.

Researchers have found that there is no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. Nor is there any proof vaccines cause childhood leukemia. These are the main reasons why some parents decline to have school age children vaccinated. Medical experts advise that the risks of the vaccines, which are small and not severe, should be weighed against the prevention of these illnesses which can cause death. A 2011 report on vaccine safety by the U.S. Institute of Medicine found that some vaccines can cause certain side effects but serious side effects are very rare. Of those, Forbes Living learns that a high fever and possible seizures were reported. As more people become better informed about the side effects and health benefits of school vaccinations, wariness may cause parents to halt disease prevention altogether. As many know, pediatricians are always a parent’s best resource on vaccinations and possible side effects. Seek the guidance of one before making a decision that can adversely affect the health and welfare of a child.

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Forbes Living Shares a Unique Opportunity to #ForbesItForward

There are days when we need a cup of coffee to make things right again. And then there are the days when we have to have that coffee but all we have in our pockets and wallets is lint. That is when a “suspended coffee” hits the spot. Forbes Living is sharing a unique opportunity to #ForbesItForward.

Suspended Coffees is the name of a great organization which encourages people around the world to pay for their own cup of java and also pay for another. The second cup of coffee becomes “suspended” until someone in need comes in and asks if there are any “suspended” coffees. The founders of Suspended Coffees make it clear that the person in need may be a single mom who just dropped her kids off at school and has no coffee at home, or the person could be unemployed and just needs a place to sit down, relax, have some coffee while searching for jobs. There are many kinds of people in need today. It is up to the coffee house to make the determination about who needs the paid for coffee. Forbes Living suggests readers visit Suspended Coffees to find a business which supports this heart-warming act of positivity.

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Forbes Living Looks at the “New Retirement”

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Forbes Living observes that the “New Retirement” somewhat resembles No Retirement.  With the collapse of social safety nets and a lackluster investment landscape, many people are finding that life beyond age 65 means continuing to work, sometimes for minimum wage.  To help avoid such a dilemma, AARP offers some tips for a successful retirement.  Be more proactive — saving something is better than saving nothing.  Get over a fear of numbers and strive for financial literacy. 

Forbes Living advises how to deal with retirement in an era when few people are able to retire.

The Forbes Living TV show reports that the experts at AARP advise that “plain-vanilla” strategies, such as regular contributions, slow-and-steady growth and diversification, are often most effective over the long haul.  If you have a 401-K, don’t lose it; carry it over between jobs and don’t leave any employer contributions on the table.  A Roth IRA allows retirement savings to be withdrawn if needed without penalty or taxes and gives the option of paying taxes on contributions now instead of at the time of retirement.  Today, there are retirement strategies available to just about anyone.  Don’t get caught empty-handed.

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Forbes Living Asks: Are These Unexpected Factors Hurting Your Relationship?

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Forbes Living presents a list of factors that can help or harm relationships … and they’re things you may never have thought of.  For example, in a time when people really value equity in a relationship, the partner who tends to wield too much decision-making power is often the one who ends up dissatisfied with that balance of control.  Conflicting memories of key events can indicate that the moment didn’t have the same meaning for both parties.  Holding expectations that are too high can lead to big disappointments down the road.  Putting your partner on a pedestal is not good for either of you, as such high standards cannot be maintained.  Love yourself first, for only then can you exchange love with another.

Forbes Living offers a list of unforseen things that can affect a relationship.

The Forbes Living TV show is examining some unexpected factors that can have a big impact on personal relationships.  Keep the channels of communication open; be sensitive to when something’s wrong with your partner and be ready to ask for more information.  While texting is fun and convenient, don’t forget to take the conversation beyond that so that you do some deep communication in person.  Don’t overthink everything, feeling is much more important.  Remember that some conflict is actually healthy, so long as the two of you deal with it with patience and love, which is a good formula for a relationship in general.

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fotojournalismus:

Stuart Franklin, Tank Man of Tiananmen, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 4th June 1989.

"It was odd: at the beginning, the Tiananmen Square demonstrations had an upbeat, almost rock festival feel. But then as the army moved in, it turned ugly. So the following morning, I was on the balcony in my hotel room on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, about 150 metres from Tiananmen Square. I couldn’t leave the hotel, as Chinese security had occupied the lobby. It was a bit frustrating: having grown up with the Magnum ethos that if a picture isn’t good enough, you’re not close enough, I found myself looking on with quite a long lens.
I remember seeing a row of soldiers and a row of students facing each other at the entrance to the square. Then the tanks rolled forward, and this guy jumped out of the crowd and just did this whole dance in front of them. He jumped on and off the tank, and I was just photographing away.
To be honest, I was thinking that this wasn’t terribly interesting. But this guy from Vanity Fair was saying it was an iconic moment - a moment that history would remember. And I was going, “Really?” I didn’t get it. Photographically, it didn’t seem terribly interesting: the guy was really small. But I do think there is an energy to it - there is smoke coming out of one tank, as if they’re revving up to run him over. I saw two or three people in civilian clothes scoop him up and take him back into the crowd, which swallowed him up. He has not been seen or heard of since.
It was only after speaking to the Magnum office in Paris a couple of days later that I realised how important it was. They were saying: “This is amazing! You’ve got the tank man!” It’s always nice when you’re in the field and the office sound happy, which is rare.
Then Time magazine ran it big, and Life magazine ran it as a double page. It became an Amnesty International poster, up on every student wall. I was proud that it became so important to people. I’m not the only person who photographed the scene, so I wouldn’t say that mine was unique. But I’m not at all bored of talking about it.” 
- Stuart Franklin/Magnum, May 2009. (via Guardian)

Stuart Franklin’s film was smuggled out in a packet of tea by a French student and delivered to the Magnum office in Paris.
Also: There was not just one “tank man” photo. Four photographers (Charlie Cole, Arthur Tsang Hin Wah, Jeff Widener, Stuart Franklin) captured the encounter that day from the Beijing Hotel, overlooking Changan Avenue.

Everyone born from 1985 and after should read this and study the picture to understand what happened there. 

fotojournalismus:

Stuart Franklin, Tank Man of TiananmenTiananmen Square, Beijing, 4th June 1989.

"It was odd: at the beginning, the Tiananmen Square demonstrations had an upbeat, almost rock festival feel. But then as the army moved in, it turned ugly. So the following morning, I was on the balcony in my hotel room on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, about 150 metres from Tiananmen Square. I couldn’t leave the hotel, as Chinese security had occupied the lobby. It was a bit frustrating: having grown up with the Magnum ethos that if a picture isn’t good enough, you’re not close enough, I found myself looking on with quite a long lens.

I remember seeing a row of soldiers and a row of students facing each other at the entrance to the square. Then the tanks rolled forward, and this guy jumped out of the crowd and just did this whole dance in front of them. He jumped on and off the tank, and I was just photographing away.

To be honest, I was thinking that this wasn’t terribly interesting. But this guy from Vanity Fair was saying it was an iconic moment - a moment that history would remember. And I was going, “Really?” I didn’t get it. Photographically, it didn’t seem terribly interesting: the guy was really small. But I do think there is an energy to it - there is smoke coming out of one tank, as if they’re revving up to run him over. I saw two or three people in civilian clothes scoop him up and take him back into the crowd, which swallowed him up. He has not been seen or heard of since.

It was only after speaking to the Magnum office in Paris a couple of days later that I realised how important it was. They were saying: “This is amazing! You’ve got the tank man!” It’s always nice when you’re in the field and the office sound happy, which is rare.

Then Time magazine ran it big, and Life magazine ran it as a double page. It became an Amnesty International poster, up on every student wall. I was proud that it became so important to people. I’m not the only person who photographed the scene, so I wouldn’t say that mine was unique. But I’m not at all bored of talking about it.” 

- Stuart Franklin/Magnum, May 2009. (via Guardian)

Stuart Franklin’s film was smuggled out in a packet of tea by a French student and delivered to the Magnum office in Paris.

Also: There was not just one “tank man” photo. Four photographers (Charlie Cole, Arthur Tsang Hin Wah, Jeff Widener, Stuart Franklin) captured the encounter that day from the Beijing Hotel, overlooking Changan Avenue.

Everyone born from 1985 and after should read this and study the picture to understand what happened there. 

Forbes Living Looks at the Movement Behind Reset the Net Campaigns

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It was a year ago today that a worker for the NSA let the world know it was being spied on by the government. What happened after that was a world-wide revolt for privacy which spurred the Reset the Net campaign which begins today. Forbes Living looks at how it came to be.

Proponents of privacy will always fight for the right to surf the Net without the prying eyes of governments. The Reset the Net movement is a large campaign to let international governments know that its citizens do not want or need their noisiness. Major brand tech and communication companies such as Google, Comcast and Reddit, as well as human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Greenpeace, are offering technical protections for their customers. In fact, there are more than 200 websites in all taking part.

Forbes Living TV also sees the need for any tech or communications company offering email, video sharing or live chat apps like Skype, to also build secure code into them so ensure users are shielded from those who do not need to know. It’s up to Internet users world-wide to take their own steps to keep others out of their online life. Reset the Net splash screens roll out Thursday, June 6.

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Forbes Living Relays a Plea to the Famous: “Please Don’t Crash My Wedding”

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Forbes Living has learned that the incidence of famous-name stars from the movie, music and sports worlds being guilty of crashing the weddings of average folk is noticeably on the rise.  These big-name celebrities decry their lack of privacy when conducting their own normal, everyday activities like eating out or shopping, yet they think nothing of imposing themselves into a wedding party, usually dressed entirely inappropriately and uninvited.  The true star of the wedding day is supposed to be the bride — this is her moment in the spotlight.  Some brides are complaining about being robbed of the limelight on their big day.

Forbes Living notes that more frequently, big celebrities are butting into a normal couple’s most important day.

The Forbes Living TV show notes the lengths to which celebrities have gone to keeping their own nuptials private and secluded.  Even the most starstruck of ordinary people can be quite resentful when they realize that a star used their big day to attract publicity.  It seems to be the product of an over-inflated sense of entitlement.  The famous are usually allowed to skip the lines and enjoy all the perks typical of royalty.  They feel they deserve an all-access pass to life — their own as well as everyone else’s.  The increasing occurrence of this party crashing has nervous brides-to-be appealing to these notable luminaries:  your place is on the red carpet, not in my wedding photos.

 

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