10 Solar Power Uses That Will Surprise You | Life Hack

When you have an ample source of renewable energy, why waste non-renewable alternatives? It seems, the government of USA has given this a careful thought and has proclaimed a plan to maximize the production of solar panels in the first half of 2016 to 35 gigawatts. When compared to the amount of solar panels developed worldwide, this number is exceptionally very large. Thanks to the declining cost of installing and developing solar panels, the market for these will grow globally by 2017.

Even if the solar panel market is new, one cannot deny its potential as an alternative to fossil fuels. On many occasions, we have seen these panels being used for solar pool heating or for lighting up an apartment. But you will be quite surprised to see how this energy is used in some unexpected areas. Here are 10 of the most unexpected uses of solar power that will leave you awestruck.

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Apple growth strategy hits major roadblock in India | Business Insider

The Indian government has rejected a request by Apple to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country, Bloomberg reports.

It’s a major setback to Apple’s India strategy, a major component of which was reusing old iPhones as a low-cost option in addition to selling new iPhones, which are too expensive for many Indians.

Indian smartphone companies opposed Apple’s application, according to Bloomberg.

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Google Says These 5 Food Trends Are Sweeping America | Adweek

Trying to decide what to make for dinner tonight? No shame in Googling it like the rest of America.

When it comes to learning new recipes, it’s no surprise that everyone’s turning to the search engine giant for advice. A report released Thursday by Google gives a glimpse into what everyone’s cooking, buying and ordering.

“With every query typed into a search bar, we are given a glimpse into user considerations or intentions,” according to the report. “By compiling top searches, we are able to render a strong representation of the United States’ population and gain insight into this population’s behavior.”

The results are based on the volume of search queries related to food every month between January 2014 and January 2016. Results were measured for year-over-year growth, velocity and acceleration of searches.

These insights could have an impact not just on dinner tables but also on brands’ bottom lines. For example, when General Mills began to see a heightened interest in going gluten-free, the company decided to adapt the trend into products and advertising.

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The Jerk Whisperer: How to Have Good Conversations with the Worst Kinds of People | Page19

You’d think that some workplaces are exempt from power struggles, personality clashes, and interpersonal drama. Alas! I’m a psychologist who once naively believed that she had found one truly harmonious profession, only to completely rethink that notion just months into my practice.

Having studied human behavior, I know that there are some approaches that are more productive than others when it comes to having a conversation with prickly characters. Here’s how to talk with four difficult characters that you’re likely to run into in your day-to-day, at work or in social settings.

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Overworked, underpaid Americans could soon get some relief | Money CNN

Millions of people who work long hours today will soon get more money … or more free time. Or not.

By mid-May, the Department of Labor is expected to formally expand the number of workers entitled to overtime pay.

The changes are intended to give a fairer shake to very low-paid salaried workers who don’t get overtime even though they put in well over 40 hours a week. Why? Because they have some ‘managerial duties.’

But some employers could find ways around the new rules.

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What Makes More Sense? Temps or Full-Timers? | Payroll Link

downloadFilling certain positions with temporary workers rather than regular full-time employees sometimes makes sense for a business. But you have to make the decision wisely and comply with federal regulations classifying employees and differentiating them from temporary workers. If you don’t, you may find yourself in court as many other companies have in the past few years, when they were sued by long-term temporaries working for them.

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Factoring: Buyer’s Guide and Companies to Consider | Business News Daily

Allocating capital for businesses of any size can be a stressful undertaking. Traditional bank loans can take weeks to become available, and even alternative lenders may charge higher interest rates for the convenience of fast cash. The process can be frustrating, and can throw a wrench into a smoothly running business.

If you’d rather not go through the hassle of taking out a loan, you may want to consider using a factoring service. Factoring is an alternative method of finance that allows business owners to sell their invoices, or accounts receivable, to a third party (the “factor”) for a certain percentage of their total value. The factor pays this portion of the invoice, sometimes in as little as 24 hours. Then, the company collects your customers’ payments and forwards the remainder to you, minus its service fee.

This solution gives quickly expanding businesses reliable capital to carry them to their next transaction.

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