Cryptocurrency’s New Pal

A PayPal flug next to a Bitcoin symbol on the moon

Francis Scialabba

In one small step for a digital future, and one giant leap for anyone with #Bitcoin in their Twitter bio, payments giant PayPal announced yesterday it would let users “buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrency directly from their PayPal accounts.”  Why it’s a BFDPayPal isn’t the first to allow crypto transactions (other upstart fintechs like Robinhood and Square have been doing so for years), but this news is newsworthy for two reasons:PayPal is huge: It has over 346 million active accounts worldwide, and it processed $222 billion in payments last quarter.Many retailers use PayPal: You’ll now be able to buy your morning coffee using bitcoin or other approved cryptocurrencies at any of the 26 million merchants that use PayPal’s online payment systems. Zoom out: Businesses have shied away from cryptocurrency transactions because of long transfer times and price volatility. But PayPal has allayed those fears by converting the cryptocurrency used to buy a coffee into dollars, pounds, or any other currency that the merchant would typically accept. It’s been a good week for crypto On Monday, during an International Monetary Fund panel, Fed Chair Jerome Powell shared his thoughts on the U.S. creating a central bank digital currency (CBDC): “We do think it’s more important to get it right than to be the first.” Not exactly a gung-ho endorsement of a CBDC, but he didn’t reject the idea, either. Powell’s right about one thing: The U.S. definitely won’t be the first. China has been testing out a new digital currency tied to its central bank since April, while the Central Bank of the Bahamas launched a digital version of the Bahamian dollar yesterday called—and this is pretty epic—Sand Dollar. 
Bitcoin to the moon? 
The most powerful monetary policymakers discussing digital currencies, paired with PayPal’s stamp of approval, sent the price of Bitcoin soaring. Already up over 19% this month, the world’s largest crypto jumped as much as 8.5% yesterday to just under $13,000. That’s the highest price since summer 2019.            

Windows end-support list in October 2020

According to Microsoft’s end-support document, the most important software that will go on the unsupported list will be Windows 10, version 1709 (Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise).

But if you also have Windows 10 versions 1803 (Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise), 1809 (Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstation, IoT Core) or Windows Server version 1809 (Datacenter Core, Standard Core), they will expire on November 10th.

You should also start preparing to upgrade if you have Windows 10, version 1903 (Enterprise, Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, IoT Enterprise) or Windows Server, version 1903 (Datacenter, Standard) because they will be retired on December 8th.

What is the software end-support list for October 13th?

Regarding Microsoft software, the list is a lot longer, and all the tools listed below will be retired on October 13th.

Access 2010
Dynamics GP 2010
Excel 2010
Excel Mobile 2010
Exchange Server 2010 (all editions)
FAST Search Server 2010 (all editions)
Groove Server 2010
Office 2010 (all editions)
OneNote 2010
PowerPoint 2010
Project 2010
Publisher 2010
Search Server 2010
System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
System Center Essentials 2010
Visio 2010 (all editions)
Word 2010
Windows Embedded Standard 7
Office 2016 for Mac (all editions)
Excel 2016 for Mac
Outlook 2016 for Mac
PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Word 2016 for Mac

We also have to mention that most of these products will switch to an extended support regime but to stay safe you will need to purchase Extended Security for them.

If you are using any of these OS versions or software you should start thinking of alternatives or upgrades. Also, make sure you have the latest security updates installed.

Create Your Own Job!

Finding Work in Today’s Economy is Almost Impossible,
Creating Your Own Job is the Solution!

The Truth about the Job Market
It’s no secret that the job market is more volatile and unpredictable
than ever these days. Depending on where you live, the
unemployment rates can fluctuate from a reasonable 7% to as high as
25% and who knows exactly how high they could go in the near
future.
Finding a job is almost impossible. Companies everywhere are
cutting costs and downsizing like there’s no tomorrow. For many
companies there really is no tomorrow; even the “Fail-proof”
companies are seeing bankruptcies and buyouts more often than ever
in the past 100 years! If you don’t already have a steady, stable job
with a well-established company then you definitely picked the wrong
decade to be unemployed in. Even if you have a stable job there’s
really no telling if it will be there next month, or even next week.
So what’s the solution? What can do you? You can’t just
magically change the economy and make the job market better; you
probably won’t get a lot done by writing a letter to your senator either.
Believe it or not there is a solution and it requires a lot of work and
dedication but it’s a lot better than being unemployed.
Create your own job! I know, that sounds a little funny when you
just look at it like that but it’s the truth. There are no jobs out there
and the few that are open are only going to highly qualified people with years of experience so unless you fit that category you have to
create your own job. Specifically I’m talking about freelancing.
People have been doing freelancing for thousands of years; even
in ancient Rome the army hired mercenaries to go into battle when
there weren’t enough soldiers. Mercenaries were freelance warriors;
they weren’t employed full-time by a particular nation’s army—they
just worked for whoever was willing to pay the most.
Hopefully you don’t have to do any paid fighting any time soon
but the spirit of the mercenary and the idea of contract work carries on
thousands of years later in the form of freelancing. By becoming your
own boss and establishing contract relationships you open up a world
of money-making possibilities while completely abandoning all of the
negative aspects that come with a typical, “9 to 5” job.
In this book we’re going to explore the many options you have
should you choose to become a freelancer. We’re going to talk about
freelance work in a way that allows you to learn the essential
techniques regardless of what field you choose to freelance in, be it
business, graphic design or even housekeeping!
So what’s so great about freelance work exactly? Well, let me start out
by giving you an example of the type of person freelancing is NOT good
for. If the following paragraph describes your life then you can stop
reading this and just go back to what you were doing.
Do you enjoy getting up early, every single morning and wading
through miles of traffic to get to work? Do you find it exciting seeing
the exact same people every single day, five to six days a week with
absolutely no variety or change? Are you your boss’ best friend? Do you
look forward to answering to your boss and having to meet his or her
deadlines constantly? Do you enjoy never seeing your family members
during the day or always having to miss out on events like school
recitals and soccer games? Is it fun to make poverty-level wages and
live paycheck to paycheck so that you pretty much have no variety in
your life because any big expense could make your bills come crashing
down on you?
If you answered yes to all of those questions then, as I said, stop
reading and go back to your “wonderful” life—freelance work probably
isn’t for you. If you did freelance work you’d be your own boss; you’d
be taking your career into your own hands and having complete control
over your life. You can just throw this book away or delete it from your
hard drive.
Now, if you didn’t’ answer yes to all of those questions you might
be the type of person who could have a lucrative career freelancing.
Get comfortable, grab a pen and a pad of paper so you can take some
notes and get ready to explore one of the most rewarding and lucrative
ways of making a living in the 21st century.
Does freelancing mean you will get rich overnight? No, it takes
work and dedication. There are a number of obstacles that you will
have to overcome but the rewards will be substantial if you are willing
to put in the time and effort. The possibilities are endless. There are
opportunities for any person to break into the lucrative career of
freelancing. All you need is diligence, patience, and tenacity to pursue
it and make it happen. This book will show you how.
On the other hand, if you are the person that was described at
the beginning of the chapter, get that beverage and curl up with the
latest novel by your favorite author. It might be enjoyable reading and
that is fine. Just remember, unless you are doing that for a living, you
won’t be making a dime.
Be Your Own Boss
Freelancing allows you to be your own boss. This means you
make your own hours. Making your own hours does not mean loafing
around all day. It means having the self-discipline to set aside a certain
amount of hours that you work each day. But, as the boss, you get to
decide what those hours are. That way you can pick up the kids from
school, have lunch with the spouse, go to the gym during the day when
it’s not so crowded, and never have to make that horrible rush-hour
commute.
Wear what you want. Does your current job have a dress code?
How does sitting in your pajamas all day sound; what about just
spending the day wearing your favorite pair of worn out jeans and that
T-shirt from that unforgettable 1980’s rock concert. If you are an
independent agent, like a freelancer, then you decide the dress code.
Set Your Own Price
Being a freelancer means that you get to set your own prices for
what your time is worth. You get to determine your own prices based
on your costs and your time. You don’t have to pay yourself a minimum
amount or charge a certain amount; you have total control over what
kind of money you can make. Instead of waiting years to get a raise
you can adjust your own prices. As you become more proficient and
widen your client base you can double and triple your earnings as you
see fit.
Live Wherever You Want
Have you ever considered living somewhere else but your job
and family obligations keep you stuck in the same place. Freelancing
gives you the freedom to take your family, if that applies to you or just
yourself and live wherever you want. As long as you have a phone, a
computer and a way to receive mail, you can live at the South Pole or
Hawaii and still have a lucrative freelancing career. Your home is your
office. You can be sitting in a coffee shop and enjoying a scone with a
mocha latte at the same time you are making millions of dollars.

Realistic Expectations
A lot of people live by two very popular, old
saying: “Nothing in life is free,” and “If it sounds
too good to be true then it probably is.” In the
case of freelancing, the price is minimal. As you
will see in future chapters you will need some
general items such as a computer, a printer and
maybe a fax and scanner. After you have the
materials needed to be a freelancer your greatest
cost will be your time and effort. How much are you
worth? The best part is that you get to decide what your
time and effort are worth.
As far as the rule “if it sounds too good to be
true it probably is,” here is something to consider. You
should not quit your day job immediately and hope to
make $10,000 next month. Instead, start slow and
work your way to making the money
you want. If you are making the
equivalent of your full time job and you have too much freelance work
to do, then decide to freelance full time and quit your day job. If you
work hard this process can happen rather quickly, so don’t be
discouraged. The jobs are real. The money is real. The only investment
is the amount of time you are willing to invest.
The market for freelancers is growing in leaps and bounds. The
future markets are projected to continue to grow at the same rapid
rate. This means more fantastic freelance opportunities and greater
potential income. Companies love working with freelancers because
they’re a lot more convenient and often a lot less expensive than
hiring traditional employees. When a company hires a freelancer the
freelancer worries about the materials and methods in completing the
project. The company (or individual) only has to be concerned with
communicating their needs to the contractor (another word for
freelancer) and approving the final results. Freelancers don’t have to
be hired out from temp agencies, given benefits for meeting work hour
requirements or any other formalities that employees require. Because
of this and thanks to the trend of downsizing and cutting employees,
freelancing is becoming more active and profitable than ever!
Let’s do a brief overview of the pros and cons to give you a clear
image of what you can expect when getting into freelancing.
The Pros
· Be your own boss, set your own hours
· Never get fired—you only have to look for new clients
· Work when you want and how you want, no limits
· Work thousands of miles away, no distance barriers.
· Spend more time with your family and friends
· Potentially make a lot more money than a “9 to 5” job.
· Economy affects job availability differently; usually a poor
economy increases freelance work rather than decrease it.
The Cons
· No work is guaranteed—you’re always looking for clients.
· Profits will be slow until you build up your business.
· In the U.S. you will have to pay more taxes.
· You must be skilled or a professional; there’s no freelance
hamburger flipping.
While there are definitely some caveats to be had about freelancing
you can see that there are more pros than cons and honestly the pros
outweigh the cons, for most people anyway. The versatility of freelance
jobs makes them a powerful choice for anyone who’s had trouble
holding down a steady job with their local economy.
Who Freelance Works For
If you’re the type of person who likes to have a different thing to
do every day and loves variety then freelancing will probably work well
for you. Anyone who is sociable and can easily communicate with other
people will excel at freelance work. Sometimes the hardest part is
convincing a client to bid on you for a job or just speaking with them
about the semantics of a particular job. People who are skilled but
can’t seem to find work that’s stable are prime candidates for freelance
work; it allows them to stay on top of their field without having to look
for committed, full-time work.
Who Freelance Doesn’t Work For
As I’ve stated previously, freelancing is not for everyone. If
you’re the type of person who loves to do the exact same thing every
day then freelancing is probably not for you. Freelancing means you’re
dealing with many different clients who all have very different goals; if
you’re the type of person who keeps to a tight schedule and plans out
the entire day the night before then freelance work may be too
unpredictable for you. You might consider picking one day of the week
to work on small freelance projects so you can supplement your
existing income without throwing your schedule off balance. This
problem can be drastically reduced if you develop a faithful client base
that has consistent needs.
How Do I Get Started?
A lot of people are apprehensive about starting a freelance career.
There are a thousand questions to ask because it’s so incredibly
different from having a traditional job. The first thing to do is to
establish the difference between working freelance and owning your
own business.
When you do freelance work you essentially are your own
business. You have to pay taxes differently and you have to take care
of the portion that would normally be covered by the company. That
being said, there’s a clear difference between being a freelancer and a
business owner. Owning your own business means that you have an
establishment or work from your home and you do business with
clients, so far it’s the same as freelancing. The difference is that
businesses usually require a business license and special tax status.
Aside from that, as a business you’ll generally be the type of person
who hires employees to get work done. The key difference is that if
you own a business you usually sell a product or offer a standardized
service and there are rarely contracts involved beyond the standard
warrantees and terms of service etc. As a freelancer you are merely
completing a service for a client and do contracts on a per-client basis;
every situation is different.
It’s a fine line but the point I’m trying to make is that freelance
work is less complicated, less expensive and usually less work than
owning your own business. As long as you set up an easy way to do
your taxes (usually quarterly) you pretty much just have to get clients,
do work and receive payment. Every country, state and territory is
different but in general you don’t require a special license to become a
freelancer.
Who Makes The Money?
You might be wondering just who exactly makes all the money when it
comes to freelancing. The best part of freelancing is that there is a
niche for almost every skill. As long as you are proficient in a particular
skill you have just as good a chance as anyone else of making a lot of
money with freelance work. If you are good the demands upon your
skills will be greater than the supply you can produce. Don’t worry if
you’re not 100% sure about what your path is going to be. Throughout
the course of this book we’re going to assess what your strengths are
and talk about how you can use them to their fullest for the best profit
potential.
Why is freelancing so lucrative? Well as I said before, companies
are outsourcing more and more work every year. It is much more cost
effective for a company to outsource work to a free agent than to pay
and maintain one full time employee. A company can find the right
professional for a particular project rather than relying on a few
employees who may not have the expertise needed to complete the
project.
The people who make the most money doing freelance work are
the type of people who know how to market themselves. They
develop relationships with a large client base and know how to expand
their business and maintain a certain level of quality. Many freelancers
become extremely wealthy; in the end it all boils down to your client
connections and your reputation. Who are these freelancers? How do
they become rich? How do they find their clients?
You’re probably excited to get going and start learning all of
these fantastic techniques right now; not to worry, we’ll be discussing
all of these things and more in the coming chapters. The immediate
answer is technology. The days of typewriters are gone. The days of
waiting for a response from a client by postal service are gone. We live
in a world of modern technology. Documents can be written, saved,
and transmitted over thousands of miles in just a few short seconds.
Words can reach thousands of people instantly. There is email now. In
fact, you can chat online with clients on a real time basis. Information
is easy to find, store, and send. That is why you can live anywhere you
like as a freelancer. You are not confined to any one geographical
address as long as some type of internet access is available.
Another advantage of modern technology is the ability for
freelancers and their clients to find one another. There are many
websites where a client can post a job and a freelancer can instantly
respond to it. Again, geographical distance is not an issue. A client can
be in Japan and the freelancer can be in sunny Florida and they can
have a successful partnership agreement. Technology is the absolute
answer to world-wide connections and limitless opportunity. Our ability
to communicate with almost no restrictions allows a freelancer to
connect with clients and complete projects from literally anywhere on
the planet. Since your work is not necessarily localized, as it is with
many businesses, you have limitless opportunities for wealth.
What’s My Niche?
In case you’re not familiar with the term, a niche is a specific or
distinct segment of a market. This could be a particular category of
work or a target audience. Work-At-Home Moms, for instance, is a
particular niche. There are people all over the world who market
products towards mothers who make a living from home. Alternatively
there are millions of moms who work for themselves.
Another word you could use is penchant. People often say “I
have a penchant for …” when they’re talking about a particular
strength or affinity to something. So your penchant is the strength
that you have to market and your niche is the actual market you’re
going after. When it comes to freelance there really are no limits. You
can do work for any niche imaginable. In the world of computers and
technology the most common niches to work for are digitally based
industries where the distance between client and freelancer has no
bearing and work can be submitted on the internet instead of inperson.
Here’s a brief list of the most popular niches.
Writing
This could include just about anything. Writing is one of the most
popular niche markets for freelancers because companies
everywhere need copy to be written but more often than
not they don’t really need so much that they can
justify hiring a professional copywriter. The great
thing about this market is that it’s probably the most
versatile one there is; as long as you are a competent
writer you can write about any subject imaginable.
Voice- Over Work
This is another excellent niche. Like writing, this
really requires no extra skills or knowledge
beyond being able to read well. Even if
you don’t think you have a very good
voice, you can become a successful voiceover
artist. It’s how you say the words that
ultimately matters.
Video and Screen Capture Video
A lot of large companies do training courses on an annual or semiannual
basis. Especially if they’re a computer-based company
they will need screen capture video to train their
employees on how to use essential
software. Since these types of
projects come up so rarely it’s
almost never necessary to hire an
employee to make the videos so this is a
popular niche to get freelance work in.
Research
Research is a lucrative freelancing option to get into although it’s
arguably hard to find reputable companies to work for. Research is
exactly what it sounds like; you get small projects where you
simply have to research a topic and provide information on it.
It’s rarely needed as much as other niches like writing but
it’s something to consider.
Graphic Design and Art
Despite the very specific, very talent-based nature of this niche it’s one
of the absolute most popular niches in regards to freelance work.
Companies very rarely hire full-time or part-time graphic designers
unless the company is involved with printing services etc. Almost all
companies employ freelance graphic designers whenever they need to
design new graphics or update old graphics; this can be anything from
billboards to website images. If you have a talent for designing and
creating images with the computer (and even better if you have an art
degree) you can make a substantial profit from freelancing in the graphic
design field.

Software Development and Programming
This is another very skill-based niche but it’s also very lucrative.
Again, most companies that need this type of work don’t need it
on a day-to-day basis so it’s almost always hired out to
freelancers. That means you’ll have a much easier time finding a job than some other niches with more competition. The other benefit of freelance
programming is that often times your clients will know absolutely
nothing about programming so if you’re skilled but can’t quite cut it in
the professional realm of programming you might still have a chance
to build up your experience with freelance jobs.
Finance & Bookkeeping
You might be noticing a trend with the jobs I’m listing. The types of
things freelancers do are generally things that
simply aren’t required year-round.
Financing and accounting are things that people tend to do periodically
so they often hire a freelancer since it’s way more cost effective than
hiring an employee. The higher your education is the better but if you
have experience with accounting you can still do well in this field
without specific training.
That’s just a tiny list of some of the most popular types of jobs,
and even at that it’s hardly complete. The possibilities are really
limitless; I could probably fill the rest of this entire book just with job
descriptions. Instead I’ll give you a short list of some of the other
types of jobs you might look into, aside from the 8 I mentioned earlier
these are the most popular and highest paying freelance jobs:
· Animators (for film)
· Cartographers
· Computer programmers
· Consultants (political, architectural, sales, marketing,
etc.)
· Culinary jobs (chefs, wine connoisseurs, etc.)
· Data encoders/Data processors
· Editors/Copyeditors
· Engineers
· Events planners (corporate planning, party planning, etc.)
· Financial planners
· Florists
· Inspectors
· Interior designers
· Landscape artists
· Massage therapists
· Photographers
· Private investigators
· Seamstresses
· Telemarketers
· Translators and interpreters
· Tutors
· Upholsterers
· Web designers
And there are many, many more where that came from. So, as
you can see, as long as you’re very good at something, there is a
niche and a client base waiting for you to take their money!
Have a Plan!
Anyone who ever had a prosperous and profitable career as a
freelancer didn’t just jump into it with their eyes closed. You definitely
don’t want to just quite your day job and try to freelance or drop
everything you’re doing for it. You need to have a long-term plan that
you can slowly execute and eventually reap the profits from.
You’ve already got a head start because you’re reading this
book. The next step is to do some extra research outside of this text in
order to assess where your opportunities lie and how deep you can get
into freelancing at this point.
For instance, if you already have a job but simply aren’t making
enough money, you can try freelancing on your spare time to try and
supplement your income. If you find that your freelance jobs are
slowly increasing and beginning to pay more than your day job you
can consider quitting and asking for a part-time schedule and focusing
on your freelance work. Any transition you make should be slow; until
you get established as a freelancer with a decent client base it’s just as
volatile as the employment job market; the only difference is that
finding new clients is a lot easier than finding new employers.
The first bit of research you should do is with online freelancing
services. Luckily for you there are tons. Once you’ve used one or two
of these services a while you can eventually start running the whole
show yourself but these networks are a great place to get into
freelancing because they do a lot of the work for you. After you’ve
become an established freelancer with a client base you can move past
these websites and make slightly higher profits. These are my top
picks for freelancing websites:
· Allfreelance.com
· Aquent.com
· Elance.com
· Craigslist.org
· vWorker.com
· Ifreelance.com
· Odesk.com
· Centralmall.com
· Consultingexchange.com
· Contentexchange.com
· Ework.com
· freelanceworkexchange.com
· Freelancejobsearch
· Guru.com
· Monster.com
· Sologig.com
Of these websites I’m going to specifically talk about ODesk, Craigslist,
Elance, vWorker (formerly rent-a-coder) and Guru. These are my 5
favorite websites to use and they all have unique advantages that
make each of them worth trying out.
How these sites works varies pretty widely. Some sites, like
Craigslist, are more so bulletin boards than networks. Other sites
charge you a monthly or yearly fee but most of them will offer a free
service in addition to their paid service (or they’ll take a percentage of
your profits). Look around and see if your skills match with any of the
jobs posted. Even if you don’t see many jobs requiring your skills,
don’t give up. It could mean that your niche is in an untapped area. If
so, Congratulations! This means that you will have a lot less
competition.
Look for a variety of jobs that match your skills. When you find
some, look at how much those jobs pay—the amounts will vary. As
clients become more familiar with your work and you build trust and a
reputation, you can begin to demand more money.
Many sites require you to bid on projects. The stipulation is that
you have to pay some sort of commission to the company who owns
the site. Take some time and look at these sites. You may also use a
search engine such as Google and use the key word “freelance” or you
may add some specific skills to narrow your search such as “freelance
writing.”

One Very Important Word: NO!
Go ahead and practice saying it. Say it to yourself in the mirror.
Get used to being able to say it without hesitation or over analysis.
Just because a client offers you a job does not mean you have to take
it. Is the job something you can do? Does the job fit into your overall
plan of acquiring a long term client? Think of the job as a step in the
road to the million dollars you seek. Also consider what would happen
if you did not take the job. It is not always prudent to take on a job
just because it meets the short term goal of a paycheck. If it does not
pay well or the client is not likely to be a repeat customer, then politely
decline. Again, you have to manage your time and resources wisely.
You need to pick your clients and jobs wisely as well.


Powerful Tips for LegallyImproving Your Credit Score

Part 1

There are many misconceptions about credit scores out there. There are customers who believe
that they don’t have a credit score and many customers who think that their credit scores just
don’t really matter. These sorts of misconceptions can hurt your chances at some jobs, at good
interest rates, and even your chances of getting some apartments.

The truth is, of you have a bank account and bills, then you have a credit score, and your credit
score matters more than you might think. Your credit score may be called many things,
including a credit risk rating, a FICO score, a credit rating, a FICO rating, or a credit risk score.
All these terms refer to the same thing: the three-digit number that lets lenders get an idea of how
likely you are to repay your bills.

Every time you apply for credit, apply for a job that requires you to handle money, or even apply
for some more exclusive types of apartment living, your credit score is checked.

In fact, your credit score can be checked by anyone with a legitimate business need to do so.
Your credit score is based on your past financial responsibilities and past payments and credit,
and it provides potential lenders with a quick snapshot of your current financial state and past
repayment habits.

In other words, your credit score lets lenders know quickly how much of a credit risk you are.
Based on this credit score, lenders decide whether to trust you financially – and give you better
rates when you apply for a loan. Apartment managers can use your credit score to decide
whether you can be trusted to pay your rent on time. Employers can use your credit score to
decide whether you can be trusted in a high-responsibility job that requires you to handle money.

The problem with credit scores is that there is quite a bit of misinformation circulated about,
especially through some less than scrupulous companies who claim they can help you with your
credit report and credit score – for a cost, of course.

From advertisements and suspect claims, customers sometimes come away with the idea that in
order to boost their credit score, they have to pay money to a company or leave credit repair in
the hands of so-called “experts.” Nothing could be further from the truth. It is perfectly possible
to pay down debts and boost your credit on your own, with no expensive help whatsoever.

In fact, the following 101 tips can get you well on your way to boosting your credit score and
saving you money.

NORWEGIAN SEAFOOD

Surrounded by Arctic waters, Norway’s coastal towns sit upon the edge of oceans that are seven times the size of the country.

Norwegian Halibut

Norwegian Halibut

Atlantic Halibut from Norway delivers a delicate white meat and firm, juicy texture perfect for any dish. Learn more about this delicious, wild-caught and ocean-farmed fish.

Deepwater Norwegian Prawn

Deepwater Norwegian Prawn

Deepwater Prawn from Norway offers a distinctively firm texture and light pink color comes from the cold, clear waters of Norway. Learn more about its unmatched quality and balanced sweet and salty flavor.

Deepwater Norwegian Prawn

Deepwater Norwegian Prawn

Deepwater Prawn from Norway offers a distinctively firm texture and light pink color comes from the cold, clear waters of Norway. Learn more about its unmatched quality and balanced sweet and salty flavor.

Norwegian Haddock

Norwegian Haddock

Wild-caught Haddock from Norway enjoys one of the world’s largest haddock stocks thanks to Norwegians’ respect for nature and strict guidelines for protecting the stock.

Norwegian Salmon

Norwegian Salmon

Sustainably farmed Norwegian Salmon delivers a clean taste and texture that comes from a slow, natural growth process and exceptional regulations to ensure safety.

Premium Norwegian Mackerel

Norwegian Mackerel

Norwegian Mackerel—known for vivid tiger stripes—is favored worldwide for its firm, flavorful meat and high omega 3 fatty acids. Learn more about what distinguishes this succulent fish.

Premium Norwegian Mackerel

Norwegian Mackerel

Norwegian Mackerel—known for vivid tiger stripes—is favored worldwide for its firm, flavorful meat and high omega 3 fatty acids. Learn more about what distinguishes this succulent fish.

Norwegian Cod

Norwegian Cod

Norwegian Cod is known as Norway’s “white gold”. Renowned for its delicate white color, flaky structure and superior flavor, it’s one of the most common and economically important marine fishes in Norway. 

Skrei: Norwegian Cod

Skrei

Skrei is often called the “Norwegian Miracle.” Available for only a limited time each year, see how Skrei’s epic swim through Arctic waters transforms cod into a true seasonal delicacy. 

Bacalao

Bacalao

Bacalao has been a nutritious staple of the Norwegian diet since Vikings roamed the seas. Long a major export of the North Atlantic region, today it is still a staple of Mediterranean, South American, Caribbean and West African cuisines. 

The cold, clear waters are the perfect environment for fish, supporting many different species and nurturing them at the optimum temperature until they’re ready to be caught.

Is it true that a juice loses vitamins because it is squeezed?

If you have been to a supermarket in recent months, you have surely seen the machines for squeezing juice at the moment. This juice purchase option began to extend two years ago and has not ceased to win customers, while taking them away from customers of the bottled juice of a lifetime.

These machines offer juice squeezed at the moment and no additive or preservative is added, so for many, the question may arise as to whether vitamins are lost in a matter of hours or maintained. Fortunately, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has conducted an investigation.

This study on the different juices has also served to know which is the cheapest freshly squeezed juice, something that you can check in our article.


In the OCU they have analyzed 24 samples of juices that have been collected from supermarkets that were stored after 24 hours.

The analyzes were of samples collected in supermarkets during hours between 12:00 and 16:00, with the machines running from the first hour, and resulted in no hygiene problem with the juices collected: “No microorganisms are detected that they cause diseases and the rest appear in acceptable quantities. These products are safe and consumed at the time of purchase. ”

Regarding the analysis on vitamin C, the results have been clear and it has been proven that there is no loss of vitamins: “we measure the amount of vitamin C contained in the samples on the day of purchase and also after 24, 48 and 72 hours. The results are clear: vitamin C, as levels remain stable as long as the juice has been kept cold. “

Therefore you know, when someone tells you to take the juice fast so that vitamins are lost, you may not know what really happens or that it is only a trick for you to take it fast.

Now you have an answer.

5 Apple products to give away at Christmas without going bankrupt

It is true that Apple products are more expensive than those of its competitors. The exclusivity that Apple gives does not have other brands, as well as the quantity and quality of the apple brand software.

If you want to give a gift to someone who has an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac and is fully compatible with their products, bet on Apple’s official products to avoid problems. They have warranty and technical service in their stores without comparison, in addition to integrating better with all their devices.

The problem? Prices. The “Apple rate” is usually quite high, but you don’t always have to leave a kidney to buy official Apple products. You can find very useful products that are not that expensive.

Apple AirPods with charging case
Airpods 2

The best known headphones in the world and therefore the most desired are the AirPods. These white headphones have become a new standard in terms of quality Bluetooth headphones, compatible with both iPhone and Android phones. Now the second generation AirPods are discounted for only € 148.99 on Amazon.

With a battery that gives you up to 5 hours of playback and a magnetized cable charging box that increases the service life up to 24 hours, they are surely a truly wireless headset with the best battery of the moment.

Includes functions such as touch playback control, “Hey Siri” without touching anything, H1 chip to improve pairing and connection quality with iPhone, iPad and Macs.
Airpods 2
Apple AirPods 2

The AirPods 2 is the second version of the popular Apple wireless headphones. The new version features new features such as active Siri listening, wireless charging case and enhanced autonomy, plus Bluetooth 5.0 for faster and more stable connectivity.
Amazon offer
64GB iPad mini
iPad mini

The iPad mini is Apple’s most compact tablet that has become much faster in the latest model and finally has Apple Pencil support for taking notes or drawing.

This Apple tablet that normally costs € 449 is now discounted on Amazon for only € 377.25 with 64GB of memory.

After years without updating now, this iPad mini with 7.9-inch screen matches the larger iPad with the Bionic A12 processor. It has a start button with a Touch ID fingerprint reader and a battery of up to 10 hours of autonomy.

It is the perfect tablet to take it everywhere, watch series, movies or use it to take notes without having to carry a bag or backpack.


Apple Beats Powerbeats Pro

For those who are looking for Apple headphones that isolate better than AirPods but are compatible with physical activities, such as running or playing sports in a gym, its Beats headphone brand launched the Powerbeats Pro.

Apple sports headphones are now on sale at Amazon, because they have gone from € 250 that usually cost only € 217.49 with free shipping.

They include functions such as “Hey Siri” without the need to touch buttons, playback control by physical buttons, a much more stable setting than the AirPods behind the ear and an important detail: a battery of up to 9 hours uninterrupted with a single charge. Thanks to its cargo box you can have 1.5 extra hours just being connected 5 minutes.

Apple Pencil
Apple Pencil

Do you want to give an Apple product that unleashes the creativity of someone? The Apple Pencil is the perfect product for all people who have one of the new iPad, iPad mini or iPad Pro.

This digital pen allows you to synchronize immediately with these iPad simply by connecting to its Lightning port.

It has thousands of pressure levels, a latency of only 20ms compared to what is seen on the screen and a battery that offers you 12 hours of uninterrupted use.

It is an essential accessory for iPad users who use it at all times to take notes or for artists and enjoy design and drawing applications.

IPhone Smart Battery Case
Apple Smart Battery Case

The iPhone has a good battery, but not as good as the latest Android that include batteries with much more capacity. Although it is true that iPhone tend to better manage battery consumption, it is not a panacea and many people end up taking a charger wherever they go.

To forget your iPhone charger at home, the Smart Battery Case is perfect. They are silicone protective cases for iPhone that include a battery to extend the hours of use.

Apple Smart Battery Cases are available for many of the latest iPhone announced, such as iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XR and iPhone 7. Some models are on sale at Amazon.

They are normally more expensive batteries than some battery cases of other brands, but these have the quality and compatibility of Apple, with details such as being able to see the amount of energy left from the widget panel.

Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 for € 126.70
Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 Pro for € 126.70
Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 Pro Max for € 129.13
Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS for € 142.18
Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max for € 126.65
Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR for € 117.04
Smart Battery Case for iPhone 7 for € 91.77

Prices may vary, you can check it

Info on Bitcoin’s Surge Points to “Whale”

Back in late 2017 when bitcoin spiked to nearly $20,000 seemingly overnight, we felt like Ice-T trying to bag a perp: Was it Adam Smith’s ghost, or something more mischievous?

We’ll take something more mischievous. A new study in the Journal of Finance suggests 2017’s price surge was the doing of an unknown manipulator operating from a single account at Bitfinex, then the largest crypto exchange.

  • The nitty-gritty: The study’s finance professor authors argue the so-called whale used a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency called tether to ratchet up demand for bitcoin when bitcoin fell below certain price thresholds. That misconduct may have led to this:

Neumann’s no Longer a Royal We

Adam Neumann is stepping down as CEO of The We Company, the parent of WeWork. He’ll remain with the office rental company as non-executive chairman, aka a pilot who doesn’t get to touch the controls. 

The main instigator: Masayoshi Son, CEO of major WeWork investor SoftBank. 

  • Masa was gaga over Neumann as recently as this January, when he plugged $2 billion into WeWork at a $47 billion valuation.

But WeWork aged as gracefully into fall as the New York Mets

As it prepared for a monster IPO this summer, WeWork filed regulatory documents that left people who write words for a living “at a loss for words.” Convoluted financials, incomprehensible corporate governance structures, billions of dollars in losses…it’s all there. 

As Masa and other investors watched WeWork slash its valuation from $47 billion to $15 billion to salvage the IPO, their collective blood pressure climbed. When WeWork delayed its public offering last week, they’d had enough. 

First there was Adam, then came We 

Neumann co-founded WeWork in 2010, and with the right mix of charisma, capital, and shrewdness, he turned it into one of the most valuable startups in the country. 

  • Don’t forget how big WeWork is. Last September, the company topped JPMorgan to become the largest tenant of office space in Manhattan. 
  • WeWork has over 800 locations in cities as far-flung as Xi’An, China, and Columbus, Ohio. 

But unflattering media reports in recent weeks showed that Neumann’s eccentric leadership style and cozy financial relationship with the company had turned WeWork’s IPO radioactive on Wall St. 

Where does WeWork go from here? 

CFO Artie Minson and Vice Chairman Sebastian Gunningham will take over as co-CEOs, but don’t expect them to ring the bell at the Nasdaq this morning. Heavy job cuts could be on the horizon, and WeWork has a long way to go to resolve its governance, financial, and reputational issues.

The UN Circus Comes to Town

Manhattan readers: If you see more jacked people in sunglasses this week, it’s because they’re protecting the leaders of the world who are here for the United Nations General Assembly. There’ll be 600 meetings (none of which could have been emails) for the 193-member GA. We took a peek at a few leaders’ agendas…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Climate change. Following “tortuous all-night negotiations” over Germany’s $60 billion climate plan, Merkel is struggling to find her place on the climate change A-team, writes Bloomberg. Some one-star reviews:

  • From activists: insufficient for a “climate emergency.”
  • From economists: too gentle to force any changes from big business.

Today, Merkel joins ~60 heads of state at the UN’s Climate Action Summit. They’ve been told to leave the “beautiful speeches” at home and come instead with “concrete plans” for carbon neutrality by 2050.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

Economic uncertainty. After years of 8%-plus economic growth, India’s GDP is now growing closer to 5%. Unemployment is at 8.4% and rising.

Modi was in Houston yesterday at a rally with President Trump called “Howdy, Modi!” that drew more than 50,000 people to the Texans’ NRG Stadium—hope you picked him up on waivers. Trump and Modi were expected to iron out trade differences and could reportedly sign a deal this week.

As for other world leaders…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a regional security plan for the Gulf, but don’t expect a handshake with Trump.

Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro will open the UNGA with a speech to “reaffirm the issue” of Brazil’s sovereignty after criticism of Bolsonaro’s handling of the Amazon rainforest fires.

U.S. President Trump will put his dealmaking chops to the test. Some tensions that could use a little de-escalating this week, per Axios: Iran, North Korea, China, and the Taliban.

And then there are the leaders playing hooky from the UN: China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro.