What you didn’t know about Keurig Coffee Machines

If you can’t start your day without the sweet aroma of coffee luring you to the kitchen, you’ll want to know how your beloved Keurig coffee machine came to be. After all, Keurig coffee can give you that much-needed boost in the morning, so being knowledgeable on what it can offer as an overall brand can help you make an informed decision on your coffee machine and pod purchases now and into the future.

Keurig, the single-serve brewer and coffee pod manufacturer, was founded in 1992, in Massachusetts. By 1998, it had established itself firmly in the office market, launching its first brewers and K-Cup pods much to the delight of the bleary-eyed office worker with not enough sleep, and too much work.

Before long, homeowners wanted what offices had, and Keurig began to develop home-use brewers which were released onto the market in 2004 just when another power company started getting bigger such as Samsung. Just two years later, Green Coffee Roasters absorbed Keurig, changing the name to Keurig Green Mountain in 2014. However, that didn’t spell the end of Keurig, with it becoming the new manufacturer’s leading brand. After all, names sell, and boy did Keurig sell.

After some years, Keurig and Green Mountain became known as the high-end supllier which proved exceptionally profitable. By 2010, sales had topped $1.2 billion, and in 2014, coffee pods for Keurig machines alone brought in profits of $3.6 billion.

While it was clear to see that Keurig and the likes of  Green Mountain were onto a winner with their amalgamation and subsequent blending of resources, they didn’t stop there. It wasn’t enough to just sell brewers and pods to offices and homeowners; they wanted more. And, they got it.

By 2011, the signature was on the dotted line, and Green Mountain had begun working with Dunkin’ Donuts to serve single-serve KCup versions of pods. Some Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also started offering the single versions instore. It was a winning recipe, and other restaurants and franchises were wanting a taste of the action. Starbucks followed suit, signing a similar contract that saw coffee plus tea in single pods being sold at Starbucks, with Keurigs being displayed for sale in stores as well.

In just two decades, Keurig/ Green Mountain had tapped into the office market, the homeowner’s market, and finally, the franchise market. It has been named the Single Serve Coffee Maker Brand of the Year for four consecutive years (2012-2015), the best all-around single-serve coffee maker in 2013, and was even named one of the 50 best US Manufacturers in 2014. That’s just to name a few.

Keurig is now known for its hot and cold coffee, tea, cocoa, dairy-based beverages, cider, fruit drinks, and lemonades. It also offers over 400 products, 60 brands of coffee, and pods other than KCup pods such as Vue, Rivo, K-Carafe and K-Mug pods.

5 Spectacular Space Discoveries in Five Years

Earth is an amazing place. It’s filled with different people, cultures, cities, towns and countries, and it’s home to millions of species of wildlife like algae. While Earth is largely a source of amazement, with new things being discovered on a regular basis, the planets, suns and stars encompassing it are equally as exciting. They too, are involved in major discoveries.

Therefore, it’s important to shine the spotlight on the many new discoveries that have been made in the last five years. So, what has been happening while we go about our daily lives here on Earth?

Proxima B was discovered

Approximately 4.2 light years from Earth’s sun lies a star called Proxima Centauri. While this star has been known to exist for many years, a planet surrounding that star has just been discovered. Aptly named Proxima B, it has a mass of around 1.27 times Earth’s mass, and there’s every possibility life exists on it.

From this discovery, a group called Project Blue began fundraising for a space telescope in order to study Proxima B in much finer detail. The ultimate goal is to look for signs of life.

From this fundraising effort, Breakthrough Foundation which is headed by people such as Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, launched an initiative called Breakthrough Starshot. The goal is to now not only look for signs of life, but to send a spacecraft the size of a microchip to Proxima B for a better look.

Ice deposit discovered on Mars

There has always been a possibility that eventually Mars could be habitable, but a new discovery has made that more possible than ever. Last year, an ice deposit comparable in size to the size of New Mexico was discovered in the mid-northern latitudes of Mars. It sits approximately 3-33 feet below the surface, and is made up of 50-85 percent water. It’s similar in volume to Lake Superior, and could prove useful if humans decided to inhabit the red planet.

Juno visits Jupiter

While it hasn’t provided any major breakthroughs, the news that NASA’s spacecraft Juno made it to Jupiter last year was music to the ears of many. Settling into orbit, Juno now approaches Jupiter every 53 days, providing stunning pictures with every rotation.

Human colonies to be built on Mars

It’s an exciting yet scary thought – relocating to Mars. Imagine telling your friends and family you’re moving ‘out of state’, only to buy a one-way ticket to Mars instead? Ask Elon Musk!

That could soon be the reality. SpaceX plans to build human colonies on Mars, with a sample collection mission to take place first in 2020. In fact, they even intend on sending unmanned landers to the surface of Mars by as early as 2018!

Ice volcanoes discovered on planet Ceres

You’ve heard of volcanoes spouting lava, but have you heard of ice volcanos? You have now. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft discovered cryovolcanoes could exists at the bottom of many craters on the small planet of Ceres. These volcanoes may spout ice and mud instead of lava.

Earth is an amazing place, but with major discoveries still being made about the planets surrounding us, it seems like we’re only just scratching the surface!

10 Years of Trial and Error for Samsung mobile phones

With a public fallacy of being the little brother to Apple, Samsung has battled for over a decade to prove its worth in the mobile phone market. While it’s clear to see they’ve got their finger on the pulse when it comes to televisions, whiteware and other appliances, it’s been trial and error when rolling out mobile phones and smart phones.

Although if there’s one thing Samsung wishes to clear up, it’s that it came first in the smart phone race against Apple, not second. (more…)

A General History of Apple Inc

With 500 stores across 21 countries, it’s fair to say Apple Inc, designer and manufacturer of
computer hardware, software and electronics, is one of the leading players in the retail game.
Not only is Apple worth almost $800 billion as of 2017, but it also has over one billion of its products in the hands of loyal customers.

This equates to approximately one Apple product per person in the developed world. So with this staggering success evident, it’s hard to believe Apple Inc. had humble beginnings. It’s even harder to believe Apple Inc. had to work hard to sustain its place in the market.

The beginning

Apple was officially established on April Fool’s Day in 1976, but it was no laughing matter for the
three shareholders and co-founders. Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne had worked hard to sell the first Apple I personal computer kit, which was released on April 11, 1976 with a sale price of $666.66. Each sold their own assets to fund the venture, and in the end it would certainly pay off. (more…)

Pinterest New Update – Related Shopping Products?

Pinterest which is considered one of the top social media platforms has been ranked anywhere between number four to number seven where Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat dominated the top five of last year.  Pinterest is more known for its visual appeal where users share their images by pinning also known as sharing, on a specific “board” associated with a category that you decide.  Pinterest started to put more effort in sharing their platform across the web world by providing a new upgrade to users.

This new upgrade provides the individual to hover over an image and the platform to provide a pop up with related searches.  They also provide this new mode for those who use the chrome browser.  This is available as an extension for the browser giving the Web server the same ability as in the Pinterest website.

When the Web surfer hovers over the image with the mouse cursor, a window will show information on products and other photos related to that image.  Sometimes they will even pop up a shopping list where you can purchase the item through the company.  The technology works by looking at the algorithm of the colors, patterns and text to determine how it to the user.  It is quite incredible use of technology in almost can be thought of as a artificial intelligence.  This will evolve into something more amazing.

This is a great tool also for those who do market research as it will bring up potentially new ideas and strategies.  It can also look at the whole HML page and provide the same information instead of hovering just over that one image.

The most popular categories on Pinterest are cooking, fashion and home décor.  The majority of the users are female but there is a growing male user base at the moment with one third of all sign-ups being male.  Over 75% of the platform usage is found on mobile tablets and phones.  This will only increase in the next decade as for most other social media platforms.  Furthermore an interesting note for companies doing research is that 90% of all users who share on Pinterest have shopped online within the past 6 months

Space Algae ready For Travel to Colonize New Worlds?

Algae is known for its toughness and able to handle extreme weather on earth.  The toughest of all algae or from the areas of the Arctic were the weather is unfulfilling.  It is known as a photosynthesis type organism and produces over 70% to 90% of the world’s oxygen.  Another interesting fact is that there are over 20,000 different types of algae.

Recently, scientists took two hardy species of Arctic  algae and brought it on board the International Station in space.  The algae spent 16 months not from the inside of the space station, but out side the space station.  It was basically literally in space.  After over 500 days, the algae returned back to earth and was further study by scientist.

algae example – Not ones sent to space

Some of the interesting facts was that it was able to withstand the intense energy from space radiation and on top of a that handled temperatures that fluctuated from minus 20°C and upwards to 47°C.  Also take into account it was in the space vacuum as some would call it.  The algae was able to two continue its growth and behaved like normal algae when it was back on earth.  The next step is for scientists to further see if there is any damages done to their DNA of both specimen.  From further reading, it seems that the algae was first dehydrated and then was launched onto the station.

Overall the algae was kept at a low metabolic state and basically didn’t grow.  In other words it was in a dormant state capable of surviving in space.  The purpose of the study was to demonstrate that organisms from Earth could withstand space by just being bare.  It also provides the case of meteorites are the spawn of creation.

Don’t Miss Dec 30th!

Do not miss December 30, 2016 Amazon sale day.  The company is planning to sell a discount products that have not been moved off the shelf for the past couple of years.  The sale before New Year’s has been success in the past and Amazon continues to make the condition happen.

The whole ordeal begins at three in the morning Eastern time in many of the products will be discounted upwards to 50% off.  This includes movies, games, music, apps and e-books.  There has been some ads on the website depicting some games that will go on sale such as Titan fall two and rocket league.  Other items that will go on sale are under the wraps until the day of.

The so-called prime day of December 30 will go on for 24 hours starting at 3 AM Eastern time.  Supposedly Amazon knows the trends of the holiday sales as they know many of the items bought were cell phones, computers and tablets.  Now these individuals with these items are looking to purchase apps and games and so on.  The timing couldn’t be better before the new year as the consumers are full-fledged into their tablets and phones.

Diamonds has risen

The globes gold cost has actually produced an uprising of dealing rare-earth elements to another level. Together with fashion jewelry sales consists of precious jewelry such as diamonds as well as rubies are the more popular choices. With a lot of individuals that wish to change their jewelry for money, as his price rises.

A little recognize truth is that precious diamonds is known to take an incredibly long to be created naturally as it takes around 3 to 4 billion years.  These are a valued gems for fashion jewelry and also the most popular choice for rings in engagements and weddings. Because of this, Diamonds are sought after and at a high demand but yet it is limitedly readily available.  Because of this the cost is high but it still doesn’t stop individuals who will sometimes take out loans.

This postures the inquiry, do you know the most costly Diamond?

Envision a precious gem as large as our planet or better yet a star like a son.  Well the reality is this may be true and there may be many of them in our galaxy. Astronomers have discovered these plans that may hold or completely made of precious metals such as diamonds. The factor comes from its crystallized carbon of a planet that is named Lucy discover by astronomers, that is found approximate 50 light years away.

This white dwarf of a star has well been passed away for millions of years. As opposed to going supernova, the star has gone to be a stagnant rock. It had actually been supposed that the inside of the planet holds a large Diamond within the center lead that.

Let’s look at our planet, the greatest cut Diamond which has its origin from Africa which weighs around 500 carat belongs to “Crown Jewels” ( country of England) and is upwards to 300 million dollars.  This was cut from a 3,100 carat which is worth one billion bucks.

The worth certainly relies on the shade, dimension, high quality as well as cut.

Enormous solar project in the Desert of Nevada

A California firm says it will use $1 billion construct the biggest solar farming power plant on earth in the sunbaked Nevada desert located close to Vegas.

The Company’s executives unveiled these plans to build Towers which was dubbed the Sandstorm X Energy.

Business executive Smith mentions the aim will be to generate enough power for around one million houses.

The firm already runs one tower endeavor dubbed “Crescent Dunes” Energy power Plant.

This plant creates 110 mega-watts of full electricity using Mears and it’s the central power for a molten salt plants powering the plant upwards of 1000°F.

The byproduct power is subsequently used to drive electricity turbines.

Solar energy sector to enhance Electricity in East Africa

In other news Akon, the creator of many hit songs of Senegalese dissent, is in the forefront of helping a company supply electricity for upwards to 10 million houses in.

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Furthermore the plan is to start more solar power plants in 15 African nations.  They do recognized that there’s a deficiency of qualified labour to be able to perform the work and maintenance to satisfy with international standards.  So what is needed to start the work in these 15, training will be very important in order to jumpstart the projects.

Akon’s association/company provides basic free training for the first year for females and has already been successful.  The students receive basic training and principles on the best way to install accessories, battery and Panels.

Zika is spreading but how Bad?

Baseding upon FDA recent news, “As brand-new clinical and also epidemiological details pertaining to Zika infection has actually been observed from results of testing, it’s clear that extra preventive steps are required.”

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As the Zika infection has actually spread further north to southern U.S.A. in 2015 and all the way to Miami this year, as an important traveling advisory has been put out by the city of Miami.

Back in February, the FDA proceeded with standards for blood testing in Florida as well as Puerto Rico, both locations influenced by the infection. Because of the spread, test are being done for blood donation reserves. This is a precautionary to make sure that the supply of blood that is used for transfusion is not affected.

Due to the Zika infection quickly infecting various other parts of the globe, the Fda has actually altered its suggestions for given away blood. Moving forward, all blood given away in the USA must be evaluated for the Zika infection.

This recommendation will be continued to be in force until the virus has been subsided according to the FDA message.