Which Among State University Graduates Earn The Most


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Which of the nation’s top state universities produce graduates who go on to make the biggest bucks?

Among all 50 state “flagship” schools, recent graduates of the University of California-Berkeley earn the highest median starting salary, at $53,100, according to CollegeMeasures.org. In comparison, new graduates at the University of South Dakota in the small town of Vermillion earn the least, at $35,900.

State flagship universities are typically the most prestigious public university in each of the 50 states. Such school typically attract higher performing students, receive greater financial support from their respective state governments and enjoy the best graduation rates among public institutions in the United States.

State flagships whose grads earn the highest starting salaries

1. University of California-Berkeley: $53,100
2. University of Maryland: $50,600
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: $50,600
4. University of Virginia: $50,500
5. University of Connecticut: $49,500
6. University of Texas: $49,100
7. Penn State University: $48,600
8. University of Wisconsin: $47,900
9. University of Delaware: $47,300
 University of Washington: $47,100

State flagships whose grads earn the lowest starting salaries

1. University of South Dakota: $35,900
2. University of Montana: $37,400
3. University of South Carolina: $39,400
4. University of Hawaii: $40,300
5. University of Oregon: $40,600
6. University of Kentucky: $40,600
7. University of Missouri: $40,900
8. University of Nebraska: $40,900
9. University of New Mexico: $41,100
10. University of Mississippi: $41,200

The salary figures were generated by research firm PayScale.com and made available through CollegeMeasures, which among other things lets people compare how private and state schools compare in terms of salaries, grad rates, freshman retention rates and more.

For those dreaming of attending UC Berkeley, meanwhile, the cost may be prohibitive if you aren’t a Californian. The price tag for non-residents is nearly $56,000 a year.

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Smartphone In Your Pocket: The Future In Diagnostic Technology


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By: Anthony Bond

Breakthrough:South Korean scientists have developed a technology that will allow Smartphones to diagnose diseases.

Breakthrough:South Korean scientists have developed a technology that will allow Smartphones to diagnose diseases.

When we are feeling under the weather a visit to the doctors’ surgery or hospital is a necessary evil to find out what is wrong with us.

But, if a team of scientists have their way, we may soon be able to get a diagnosis for our illnesses simply by using a mobile phone from the comfort of the armchair.

Backed by government funding, South Korean scientists have developed new mobile-phone technology designed to diagnose disease.

Incredibly, this could result in instant diagnosis’ for illnesses from just a droplet of blood or saliva on a Smartphone’s touchscreen.

And those behind the revolutionary technology say the recognition rate is almost 100 per cent accurate and as effective as conventional medical equipment.

The technology was developed on the basis of the touchscreen’s capacity to detect the minute electrical signals generated by a fingertip’s touch.

That ability is called ‘capacitive sensitivity’.

A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said when its technology is commercialised, it will revolutionise diagnostic medicine around the world.

Professor Park Hyun-Gyu says his team’s research will enable mobile phones to diagnose a range of diseases from cancer to diabetes.

He said biomolecules, like those produced by diseases, transmit similar signals that a touchscreen can recognise.

Mr Hyun-Gyu said: ‘If you have a certain type of DNA or proteins, the touchscreen would react in the same way as a finger’s electrical signal is detected.

The team believe they are the first to demonstrate that a touchscreen can be used to detect biomolecules.

But researcher Won Byoung-Yeon says more work needs to be done before the technology is perfected.

He said: ‘Currently, we’ve reached the level where we can detect certain biomolecules’ existence or concentration, but we can’t define what the biomolecule is.

‘Therefore, we’re producing a film covered in a substance which can selectively react to certain biomolecules so that we can determine what those biomolecules are.’

Once it’s moved beyond the laboratory, the team believes the technology could transform diagnostic techniques, and save billions in healthcare costs.

It could be applied to inexpensively diagnose diseases in environments like nursing homes or mobile clinics, and radically reduce the necessity and expense of sending samples to a lab for testing.

The International telecommunications Union says billions of people use mobile phones around the world every day.

The idea of exposing their touchscreens to saliva or blood samples may not appeal to many, but according to Mr Hyun-Gyu’s team the practice will one day save time, money and lives.

Whom To Marry (By Kids)


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You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
— Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen, age 10
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then..
— Camille, age 10
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori, age 8
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
–Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually get them interested enough to go for a second date.                                                                 — Martin, age
When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7( Love her )
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.                         — Curt, age 7

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is …….

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
— Ricky, age 10

Did Apple Overestimate iPhone 5 Demand?


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An iphone5Apple (APPL) and the iPhone 5 have been the center of speculation this week ever since the Wall Street Journal report that the company had cut parts orders  for its latest model by as much as a half. Now a respected market research firm is suggesting that Apple grossly overestimated demand for the iPhone 5.

According to DisplaySearch, the initial iPhone 5 production run was too big to sustain, as Brooke Corthers reported at CNET. Paul Semenza, senior vice president of analyst services at DisplaySearch, said the firm started to hear about cutbacks just before New Year’s:

“It was a very quick ramp up. The Q4 [estimate] was originally about 61 million displays [for the iPhone 5]… that may be dialed back, but anything near that number is still huge,” he said, referring to an estimate of display shipments for the iPhone 5.

“That would support the theory that the ramp was too much to sustain.”

In comparison, in the last calendar quarter of 2011, during which the wildly popular iPhone 4S was announced on October 4, Apple sold 37 million units.

When the iPhone 5 was released, Apple said that pre-orders sold out 20 times faster than previous versions. The company might have had reason to think that demand for the iPhone 5 would be far larger than that of any previous model. And yet the sale of 61 million displays would suggest that Apple had expected nearly double the sales at a time when Google (GOOG) Android-based units were dominating global smartphone sales. The question is whether Apple was overly optimistic in setting its orders

.Apple’s stock has taken a beating since the Journal report on Sunday. It currently sits around $486, below $500 and far off the high of $705.07 earlier in the year.


FORBES: Apple Says iPhone 5 Demand Outstrips Supply As Pre-orders ‘Shatter’ Previous Records

 Image courtesy of Apple

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How To Use Your IPAD As Your Second Monitor



Do you feel deprived having only monitor on your desk? Would you like a second one, but don’t want to shell out the money? If you have an iPad, you can take advantage of the device’s high-resolution screen and use it as if it were fancy wireless monitor.

A number of apps can transform your tablet into a display, but until recently they cost a few bucks. Now, Avatron has just released a free version of its popular Air Display app.

Air Display is a great little second screen for your PC or Mac, but it costs $10. The free version of Air Display has all the same features and abilities, but it adds advertising to the mix, so you have to contend with an ad on your extended desktop.

Not only does Air Display extend the desktop, it also takes advantage of the iPad to let you use it as a touchscreen. That’s handy, but anyone with meaty fingers won’t want to do that all the time, as it can be hard to aim at Windows controls. It’s the same problem that Windows 8 users are finding when they try to touch their way around the desktop. Speaking of Windows 8, though, beware: the app does not work with the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system, so you’ll need Windows 7 or older system versions.

One of my favorite features is that Air Display (and Air Display Free) works in both “portrait” and “landscape” modes — just rotate the iPad and it automatically changes.

Consider Air Display Free on a trial basis. If you like the way that it works, $10 gets you a version without advertisements on your desktop.

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How To Remotely Grab Your Files Off Your Home PC?


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ImageUntil we store all of our digital files in the Internet “cloud” — and given the ongoing privacy, security and reliability concerns with the Web, that might yet be a while — we will continue to accidentally leave important files behind. You might have left something on your home PC that you need at work, or vice versa. You might even realize you need a critical file that’s on your desktop in the office when you’re on a business trip halfway across the country.

No matter what the situation, it appears that MIcrosoft’s SkyDrive has your back.

You may have heard that SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, which is baked into Windows 8 and in the newest version of Microsoft Office. It is alsoavailable as a download for older versions of Windows. And you probably also know it starts you off with 7GB for free.

What you might not be familiar with is Fetch, one of SkyDrive’s lesser known features. In a nutshell, SkyDrive lets you browse a remote PC and review important documents via your browser. You can upload files to your SkyDrive account and then download them to any PC.

In order for this to work, a few things need to fall into place. The remote PC must have SkyDrive installed, of course. And the Fetch feature needs to be turned on. You might have let SkyDrive enable it automatically when you installed the app. But if you didn’t find SkyDrive in the notification area of the taskbar, right-click and choose Settings. Then check “Let me use SkyDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC.” Click OK and reboot.

Finally, the remote PC must be turned on whenever you need to reach it remotely.

To use Fetch, open a browser on any PC and go to your SkyDrive page. From there, find your remote PC in the navigation pane on the left side of the screen and locate the file you need. It’s that easy.

Of course, your remote PC needs to be turned on for this to work. But the fact that SkyDrive lets you pluck any file off the computer — even ones not stored in the SkyDrive folder — makes this an incredibly useful tool for anyone who finds themselves using more than one PC.

By: Dave Johnson © 2013 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

Wendy’s Doubles Down On Dollar Menu


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wendys_dcAlthough it bumped Burger King out of second place by positioning itself as a more upscale fast-food burger chain, now Wendy’s is supersizing its value menu by adding a second tier of under-$2 items in addition to a core group of 99¢ offerings.

The company missed analysts’ earnings expectations last quarter, while rival McDonald’s recovered from an October dip in sales by heavily promoting its dollar menu. (The thousands of McDonald’s stores that stayed open on Thanksgiving helped lift sales too.)

Wendy’s appears to be taking a page from McD’s playbook. Industry publication Burger Business reports that the chain plans to roll out its “Right Price Right Size” value menu, now being tested in some locations, systemwide next year.

In a conference call last month, president and CEO Emil Brolick told investors, “We have lost some share in the value-menu area,” and said  the new menu would help the company reverse that slide. Brolick said one culprit was a lack of consistency among franchisees as to which items were on the menu, which confused customers.

According to research firm Technomic, Wendy’s took the No. 2 spot from Burger King among fast-food burger brands last year. Helped along by Burger King’s sluggish response to changing tastes among fast-food diners, Wendy’s stole the King’s crown by focusing on higher-end (and higher-priced) items like bigger, more natural-looking patties and specialty sandwiches like an asiago ranch chicken club.

The problem was, it got almost too good at aligning itself with the higher end of the market. “The new menu is intended to better balance Wendy’s overall menu, which had gotten top-heavy through [the addition] of higher-priced sandwiches,” Burger Business observed.

“We do believe that the number of price-value-sensitive customers out there is not insignificant,” Brolick told analysts. He’s right. Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant-industry analyst at research company NPD Group, says fast-food diners, especially those under 35, are abandoning combo meals in favor of the dollar menu to save a few bucks.

Wendy’s new 99¢ menu will include six core items: value-sized chicken nuggets, fries, soda, small Frosty, junior cheeseburger, and crispy chicken sandwich. There will be a second tier of more profitable items priced from $1.29 to $1.79 that franchisees can choose to offer or else charge what they want, as long as prices stay below $2, Burger Business said. More choice for customers, higher margins for Wendy’s — everybody’s happy.

Burger King’s slogan is “Have it your way.” Maybe Wendy’s should be “Have it both ways.”

By: Martha C. White, TIME

How To Turn Your iPhone Into A Projector


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For many people, the days of booking a conference room equipped with an overhead projector so you can display content from your laptop are over. Increasingly, you need to show off documents on the go — away from the home office, and maybe not even on a laptop at all, but rather on your phone or tablet.

One solution? Turn your iPhone into a portable projector.

The ipico Hand-held Projector is a cool piece of hardware. Weighing less than 4 ounces and roughly twice as thick as an iPhone, it easily slips into your bag or pocket. Connect your iPhone to the projector via a pop-up docking port, and it can beam the iPhone’s display on a nearby wall. The image can be as small as 5 inches or as large as 50 inches, and the 960-by-540 pixel output is surprisingly good for many kinds of content.

Unfortunately, the projector doesn’t simply reproduce whatever’s on the iPhone’s display, like a traditional projector would do. Instead, you need to run the ipico app, which lets you choose specific kinds of content. You can play videos stored on your iPhone, for example, as well as photos, YouTube videos, Facebook and websites.

It’s with websites that ipico starts to become really useful for business. Navigate to Google Docs, for example, and you can display any of your Google documents on the wall from your phone.

Another useful function for the ipico: You can project the iPhone’s camera, which means you can use it to project a close-up view of hardware or paper documents — handy for a live demo before a large audience.

The ipico Hand-held Projector costs $129 and works with phones older than the iPhone 5 (such as the 4s, 4 and 3GS. It comes with a short USB cable for charging the integrated Li-Ion battery. The company says the battery is good for about 90 minutes of run-time.


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China Plans To Build The World’s Tallest Building In Just 90 Days


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By: Nick Carbone / TIME


If only constructing a skyscraper were as easy as stacking Legos. Then, we’d be throwing together 200-story towers in a matter of weeks, just clicking blocks together until we got bored. But the idea isn’t so far-fetched: if China’s Broad Sustainable Building Corp. is doing its math and crossing its ts properly, it could be topping out a 2,749-ft.-tall skyscraper — the world’s tallest — in just three months.

Starting in January, the race will be on against what seems to be an impossibly short deadline. Broad is allotting just 90 days to construct the 220-story tower, dubbed Sky City, in the city of Changsha, in China’s southeastern Hunan province — meaning the building will go up at a rate of about five stories a day, according to Construction Week Online.

It’s not only the speed, though; it’s the height. Upon completion, Sky City will be 32 ft. taller than the Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world. It’ll also go up 24 times quicker. Upon completion, the tower will contain a school, hospital, 17 helipads and apartments for 30,000 people, according to online design magazine Dezeen. It’s unclear, though, if it will have a lobby — the regimented prefab construction has prohibited wide open spaces on the ground floor of previous Broad buildings, Wired explains.

Broad began as an air-conditioner manufacturer but diversified after developing a new method of constructing prefab skyscrapers, whose components slot together like Erector Set pieces. According to Wired, the company’s founder and chairman Zhang Yue was inspired by the immense devastation of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, which killed more than 68,000 people, to develop quake-friendly building designs; the sturdy modular style Broad pioneered is 95% prefabricated in the company’s factories in Hunan province.

As of September, Broad had built 17 of the prefab structures, all but one in China, and fast: the company put up a 15-story hotel in just two days, and a 30-story tower in just 15. The structures are as bland as a Sears Catalog Home, and as pretty as a stack of plywood, but for Zhang, it’s not about style. Broad’s buildings use less concrete in the floors and less steel in the support beams, reducing the weight and increasing its earthquake resilience — Zhang says his buildings are meant to withstand a 9.0-magnitude temblor.

Indeed, the towers’ blandness and adaptability is part of the plan: Broad plans to monetize its housing concept by licensing the technology to countries across the globe. Franchisees can then build the pieces locally to prevent the exorbitant cost of shipping the prefabricated pieces.

As for Sky City, Broad plans to start laying the foundation at the end of November, with the three-month race against the clock starting at the end of the year and running through March. Ladies and gentlemen, get out your stopwatches — this one could be a nail-biter.