Mobile Phone Privacy Redefined

If you think of the 1900s, many things come into your mind but nothing that is intertwined with privacy issues will crop up. Technology at that time was at its infancy, and end-users had little to worry about their private or sensitive information. However, with the upsurge in technological advancements and the rampant diffusion of the Internet, privacy has become one of the biggest issues of the twenty-first century. There are numerous end-users who sit behind computer screens or hold hand-held devices that subject them to multiple vulnerabilities. Some find privacy vulnerabilities a way of making more money while others manipulate such information for their malicious gain.
Mobile phones have become the biggest menace when it comes to privacy issues. Sleek and sophisticated devices get stolen every other moment, and those who end up with them can access all sort of information that they carry. At times, the value and sensitivity of information that is lost or exposed after theft cases occur is more precious than the gadgets themselves. Users remain helpless, not knowing what to do to reduce the risk they face especially given that they can’t tell how bad the exposure could be. Still, other users crave for more privacy while using their mobile phones than any device, even a Blackberry, can ever give. From calls, to text messages, to email messages, some users desire for the ultimate privacy, but they have never gotten that, at least until recently.
The Blackphone, released recently by some Geeks from Spain could be the solution that twenty-first century end-users need. Users do not need to worry, unless otherwise, because if they own the phone, they can make encrypted calls, browse anonymously, and even text without compromising their privacy. It is the first retail-grade device to be designed solely for privacy. Its embedded technology makes it easy to secure digital assets regardless of in whose hands the smartphone is. Its automatic wipe-down technology in the event of a theft case is aimed at disabling the device permanently making it useless to the unauthorized owner and securing sensitive information. Well, there you have it; the Blackphone, securing your data.

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Today’s Reading Habits

Reading habits have changed over the years. The trend is severely affected especially for young “tech –savvy” people. It is very rare these days to find young people burdening themselves with brown colored, hard covered books extracting information and updating their knowledge statuses. Rather, the trend is shifting to social networking sites (SNS). SNSs have taken most of people’s study, work, and even free time. Every so often, people turn to their smartphones while in study rooms, lecture rooms, waiting rooms, and while travelling. A few years back, people would have been seen flipping through the pages of a novel or a newspaper, or better yet struggling to decipher the content from huge scientific or psychosocial books. You don’t see that today.

Reading trends did not interest me much until recently when I shared an essay that had caught my eye. A friend who also happened to view it after I shared also propagated the piece of literature that was apparently funny to some and provocative to others. The response was instantaneous, and most of the people in my circle or my friend’s circle made comments on the SNS or through other means. It got me moved as I have been recommending books to people to read, and I have been engaging people in debates but the response was never like what I saw. I almost phoned a friend of mine who lectures to give him a proposition that he should probably be putting his lectures online – in an SNS – in order to get most of his students who have a phobia for books to read. But then I remembered that I can always write this article and post it on the SNS – he’ll probably come across it and implement my idea…

 

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Increasing Your Creativity

The ability to conjure original ideas is essential in the production as well as other industries. As a result, many ask, “what can I do to raise my creativity?” Take a walk, jog, wash dishes, or do some gardening, I would advise. The subconscious mind continuously processes ideas as well as stimuli consciously. Others say that working on a problem just before going to sleep is the best thing as it allows the subconscious mind to take over. When you wake up, the problem seems simpler, and you can jot down all the ideas that the mind worked on while asleep.

One thing that we should all note is that there is no one way for generating novel and great ideas. What works for one person may not be pragmatic to another individual. Structure is a sure way for guiding creativity, but it presents as a stumbling block and poses as a key downfall to many. Inspiration, an essential underlying factor in creativity, is not measurable physically, and it is not tangible in any concrete manner. Although there are specific methods to generate ideas, the point remains that creativity is an immeasurable quality that can only be discerned by the attuned mind. It cannot be limited, and thus anything that puts sets limits cannot subsume creativity.

The creativity of a person is normally influenced by their standpoint on creativity. One sure way to raise creativity is to comprehend how we perceive the phenomenon itself and especially how it works out for each one of us. You cannot expect the same results or performance from a group of people you teach creativity. Everyone will come out with a unique perception. This seems obvious, but creativity is hardly taught in that manner.
Another essential point to consider is the fact that creativity is strongly connected to receptiveness to life and what is means to us. It implies being open to ourselves, about others, and to what is true. Creativity thrives well when people admit the truth about things to themselves and others. For example, it is always true that people are valuable. If I attempt to attain my goals by neglecting the feelings or rights of others, I deceive myself and cause my perception to be blurred. In turn, my creativity runs low as my lack of concern for others stands as a roadblock.

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The Best Job in Kenya

We all work so hard to get an employment. To secure a blue collar job that assures us of a fat and timely pay slip. In fact, working so hard at school is not the only thing that we do to ensure that we get that dream job, or start off on the right path to our desired careers. In addition to class work, most of us ensure that they gain enough exposure through attachments and internship; I underwent through two attachments and a long internship to ensure that I was a desirable candidate in the eyes of Mr. Employer. However, “what is the best job in Kenya?” One may ask. Or what’s worth investing in when it comes to education? These are valuable questions that require the attention of anyone who is in their early teens or on the verge of shaping their careers. It is essential to consider these questions carefully as they will determine whether you will access the corner officer you dream of every day after college classes or you will spend the rest of your life applying for jobs and signing resignation letters.

A friend of mine recently told me that a friend of hers was back to books and was working donkey-hard to earn a Master’s degree so that he can secure enough votes to become a county head. So many people are rushing into politics now that devolution is here and a share of the national cake is more available to the lower county or community levels. But is being a politician desirable in Kenya? It is indeed. Because the payoff is great. All you need is five years in a good political seat and you can amass enough wealth to build a mini-empire of rental houses that will bring you passive income for the rest of your life. However, that is not a career that finds space during dinner discussions or in father-son career advice chats for obvious reasons. Politics has a bad track record. It is referred to as a dirty game, most of the people who top the list for hate speech are politicians, and ethics committees interlink most corruption cases with politics. So in my view, politics is not the best career in Kenya.

Those looking for jobs have for long seen the government as the desirable employer. Doctors, public health officers, nurses, accountants, and other professionals have sought slots in the public sector due to the well remunerated job ranks and fat allowances. However, over the recent past, top government officials have lamented the highly expensive workforce that leads to the expenditure of a huge percentage of the tax payers money. As a result, I would say, getting a job in the public sector, or even in the counties, has become hard, if not impossible. Those securing jobs are only employed through renewable contracts that are predominantly performance based. This has caused many to turn to the private sector for an opportunity to make a living. Non-Governmental Organizations were also popular but their popularity is slowly fading away as many lack grants or donor money to perpetuate their activities and remunerate their employees generously.

This then brings me to my conclusion; the best job in Kenya is that of entrepreneurship. Businesses are doing great and those who own or have huge management posts in big businesses have nothing to worry about when it comes to matters of putting bread on the table. In fact, the worry for some is how to handle the fame they get after gaining so much wealth, and, of course, how to spend the money. While ordinary professional-overly educated Kenyans go about a lot of hustle on a day to day basis on order to put food on the table, businessmen spend most of their time in meetings – most of which are done in fancy coffee shops or relaxation gardens – closing deals that will shake market indices. I want to be an entrepreneur, no doubt, and am starting off by being a freelancer. That is the best job in Kenya.

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Sleep Apnea or ADHD

Over the years, attention deficit disorder has become a common occurrence affecting and projections state that around 3 to 7 percent of the children are affected. The disorder comprises of symptoms such as distractibility, poor constant attention, irritability, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. These developmental deficits ascend comparatively early in childhood, characteristically before a child reaches 7 years, and may continue well over time. Clinicians propose three subtypes of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): predominantly hyperactive, predominantly inattentive, and combine types. As yet, neither clinicians nor researchers have confirmed the causes or etiological factors behind the development of the disease. Instead, many studies suggest that anomalies in the function and anatomy of the prefrontal cortex of the brain as well as its networks might be behind this disorder.

Many researchers have delved into studies leading to the advancement of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of mental diseases classification. Over the recent past, sleep apnea has shown significant correlation with attention deficit disorder leading to further classification of the disorder. Researchers have concentrated on the neurobehavioral characteristics of the disease, assessing the response of these children to treatment. However, identifying a relationship between attention deficit and sleep apnea has not been an easy task. This paper intends to show the various limitations and successes regarding the classification and diagnosis of the two disorders: attention deficit and sleep apnea. It will also discuss the implication of discoveries in these contentious areas in diagnosis.

The Anger Sins

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We are created to propagate love, but at times, we opt to dispense fury – anger is a manifestation of wrath. We get angry because of a myriad of things that take place all around us. And in today’s world, getting angry is almost commonplace. A day hardly goes by before one or two things make us mad. Thousands of hardworking, honest people are annoyed because their pension or savings have been cut down due to the avaricious dealings of big corporations. Others are outraged because they have been mistreated or even laid off from their occupation. Still others have lost a loved one. Many others are angry because of expensive, debilitating illness. One may perceive all these as logical reasons to spur fury.
The grand question that lingers in the minds of many Christians is: is getting angry a sin?
All through the bible, we find a handful of instances where men got angry. Cain, Esau, Jacob, Job, Moses, Levi, Balaam, Samson, Balak, Asa, David, Eliab, Jonah, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, the inhabitants of Ephesus, the Pharisees, and the brother of the prodigal son all got angry at one point, the Bible reports. The Bible also records, in Exodus 32:10, and Psalms 7:11, the ire of God. The New Testament also records instances where Christ got angry (Mark 3:1-5, John 2:13-16, and Mathew 23:23-31.
So, is all the anger we experience today warranted, vindicated, or justifiable?
The book of proverbs perhaps provides us with proper guidance on that by calling those who can control their rage wise and those who cannot contain it fools (Proverbs 29:11). But does the bible imply that being a fool is being a sinner? Probably not. One thing is sure, though; getting angry is an enticement to commit sin. What people do after getting angry is what is of greater concern. If the will of our Heavenly Father is that we do not vent the anger in us, we need to assess the worth of the things that make us mad in the first place, and next, what the Lord wants us to do with the feelings of anger. Ephesians 4:26-27 elucidates what God wants: do not let the dusk come while you are still annoyed. We also have to be careful not to sin by nursing our grudges.
Could it be more clearer…..?

I am stuck: writing

 

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I am stuck. I mumbled these three words over and over before shutting the computer crudely and slapping the screen flat. I was tired of trying to coin words for an essay question that I barely understood what it required. Before that essay, I was an Olympic diver or at least I thought I was one. I had been congratulated many a times for penning enthralling heart-touching poems. My posts had received many a likes. I was on the verge of self-publishing a novel. My manuscript was coming out just nicely. I could churn out professional and personal essays that were sitting at my table, internet, or hard drive. So, I was on top.
But here was an essay that made me ask myself: Can I write? Not tangibly. Not literally. Not technically. I was already doing that. Rather, the question was, can I make the words warble? Does my prose have that sensible thing to speak to readers? Am I exceptional at presenting not narrating, or narrating not presenting, or designing an entire cosmos that wasn’t there before for purposes of enthralling and sweeping readers off their feet?
So why was I getting stuck and hard pressed for ideas if I am a good writer. Suddenly, it dawned on me that a good essay idea or prompt is not the be-all end-all idea. So, I resorted to pushing on. But I was not going to go back to the computer just yet. Instead, I dug into a few lazily thrown magazines and read almost everything in them whether interesting, relevant, long, short, well-written, or not. All the while, ideas kept crossing my mind. Trains of thoughts, I may say, filled my mind. Then, I took a nap – healthy nap. When I woke up, I did so with a start, and my fingers were itching to meet the keyboard to write continue with the story from where I had left it.

 

 

Antidote to The So-Busy Lifestyles

I know the meaning of busy, or at least I think I do. Okay, I am busy, at times, judging by my own standards of busy. Because, let’s face it, at times we seem busy with nothing while, at other times, we do nothing that is associated with busy. Too much of that, I just have to say that I have been busy, not quite, not a bit, but real busy over the past few days. You will forgive me if I have not called you, called you back, texted you, texted you back, or facebooked with the rest of the social networkers out there. I did not even have time to write, well not as in writing academic-thesis-oriented stuff, but this kind, the inspirational kind, the fulfilling kind. I have not had time to read, yet am an avid reader. I have not had time to sleep, enough, or do any of that stuff that stress free people do, like walk down boulevards picking blossoming flowers and sticking them in budding plants so that they can look like blossoming flowers. In sum, I have just been on this keyboard, doing things that I presume will bring me monetary solutions for my stack-piled problems.

Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. In fact, we seem as though we cannot even get enough time to do the most basic things that are critical for one to live a comfortable normal life. There is a danger to this kind of lifestyle. It is totally not recommended not to find time to pause every now and them. Even the heart, the organ that we so often describe as the center of human life, the one that we so often like to think never rests till we bid the world farewell, rests. The heart rests after every heartbeat, before it plunges back in with systolic and diastolic pressures, as lively as new machines are. Implying that resting is a rule of nature, which should not be broken if life activities are to go on smoothly. Yet, we need much more than periodic rests, much more than 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, even more than that one hour out of every twelve hours of busy. What we need, what we really need is rest from routines, normals, and schedules. We need different every so often. So, break free, take a break from how you do things. Skip that appointment, miss than TV program, and do something completely different that will give you true psychological rest.

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Simple Magics of Destressing

We all go through tiresome, perhaps stressful, times in our lives. The way we cope and deal with stress and tiredness is vital to our health.
Simply put, high levels of stress can cause unwanted health related issues. Continuous stress that goes without relief may lead to distress, a condition that occurs in reaction to negative stress (there can be positive stress). Distress is known to cause headaches, high blood pressure, stomach upsets, insomnia, hypersomnia, chest pain, and worsening of diseases or their symptoms. Stress becomes worse when people try to counter it by turning to drugs, alcohol, or even tobacco. Instead of turning down the stress meters, such actions usually increase stress.
So, what are some of the simple steps that you can use to relieve stress?
1. Breathe in, breathe deeply
Oxygen equals life, and using it to relieve stress is a good technique. Breathe in as deeply as you can as you count to eight (silently), pause the process for a heartbeat or even two, then exhale gradually as you repeat the act of counting. Repeat. This extremely simple technique is sure to leave you feeling invigorated, and it can actually enhance your memory.

2. Maintain proper posture and stretch.
Ergonomics, a branch of biology and engineering usually reiterates the importance of proper posture at places of work. Ensuring proper posture and stretching can actually assist in relieving pain, relaxing tired muscles, de-stressing, and re-energizing the body. In myriad wars, they are the cornerstone for general fitness. Try stretching and rolling your head while pulling the arms across the body. While doing this, ensure you are standing uprightly with your shoulders back and the stomach in.
3. Relieve stress with a daydream
You can ward stress off using nothing more than an imaginative mind. This method, also known as “creative visualization” assists you freshen up by focusing the mind on positive things that will invite the serenity and peace needed to conquer even the most daunting task. Try it, just imagine of an experience or a place that invites calm and happiness. Try remembering that one time when you felt at peace, or visualize a fictional event that would bring happiness to you….
Ok, pinch yourself now.

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