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Major Landscaping Upgrades Coming to Arizona Golf Course
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Major Landscaping Upgrades Coming to Arizona Golf Course

Golf is just as fun as it is challenging and it is one of only two sports ever to be played on the moon. Though courses across the world look different, a lot of them play the same. There are two places where golf feels like an entirely different sport altogether: the moon and Arizona. Golfing in Arizona is unlike anywhere else in the world. The courses are long, dry, and the ball seemingly goes forever. They are hard courses to play, sure, but they are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and views in the world, as well. Highlighted by a few select courses in Phoenix, Tucson, and Scottsdale, there are more than 300 amazing looking courses across the state -- and many of these courses are improving every year. A few quality landscaping projects can increase a home's resale val...
The AI Age: Zinier Raises $22M To Automate Field Service Management Technology
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The AI Age: Zinier Raises $22M To Automate Field Service Management Technology

We're truly living in a technological era. Nearly every single industry -- from sophisticated data centers to gritty manufacturing plants -- has turned to advanced tech in an attempt to streamline their workflow and improve efficiency. With about 79% of consumers shopping online, even the traditional local retail store has had to reckon with this new technological age. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been at the forefront of these technologies: by allowing an intelligent computer program or robot to take over, the imperfections of human error can be eliminated and work can exponentially expand. The fresh-faced startup Zinier is interested in bringing this automation to industrial businesses by targeting field service management (FSM) systems. What Is FSM? Any job...
Data Infrastructure: Where Will The Future Take Us?
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Data Infrastructure: Where Will The Future Take Us?

Consider how much data you use in your daily life. The average cellphone plan offers users a few gigabytes a month to do with as they please; you can search the Internet, stream movies and TV shows online, and even pay bills. Now, imagine you're a growing business with hundreds or thousands of customers relying on your services. The amount of data required to meet their needs is going to be significantly more than your basic office building or startup location can churn out -- in fact, the average power density of a single data center is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building. Businesses in this data-hungry day and age are desperate for speed, storage, and smooth connectivity, but what about the future? According to an article posted on DataCenterKnowledge.com...
4 Ways to Stop Porch Pirates from Ruining Your Holiday
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4 Ways to Stop Porch Pirates from Ruining Your Holiday

The world-wide network responsible for transporting packages and daily mail is nothing short of amazing. On any given day, UPS alone handles about 15.8 million packages. However, during the holiday season, that number skyrockets as online gift-buying reaches its annual peak. With a rise in package delivery comes a corresponding rise in doorstep thefts. Dubbed "porch pirates," petty thieves all over the U.S. simply walk up to neighbor's front steps and swipe the neatly-wrapped parcels left by the postman. Though rather comic, every year porch pirates cause some serious damage. In fact, 26 million Americans say they've had a package stolen from their step during the holidays. If you've had a package stolen recently, or if you want to preemptively protect your holiday gifting pla...
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Want to Start A Food Truck Business? Make Sure You Know These 3 Rules

Modern American culture highly values independence and mobility. Our daily schedules have become packed frequent movement between our place of work, stores, restaurants, and more. In fact, our culture is so mobile that only 8.7% of houses in the U.S. do not possess a vehicle. The fast pace of American life is reflected in the way we eat. More and more, busy professionals, parents, and students use drive-through and grab-and-go food options to fuel their work days. This market trend has lead to an influx in food truck popularity. Hungry travelers looking for a convenient bite with more flavor than fast food flock to food trucks for their delicious quirks and quick service. For the right individual, starting a food truck business can be an incredible opportunity to take a pas...
Manufactured Homes May Be The Solution To Affordable Housing In Phoenix
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Manufactured Homes May Be The Solution To Affordable Housing In Phoenix

Manufactured housing may be the solution to Phoenix, AZ's affordable housing problem. According to AZ Central, factory-built houses have become more popular and prevalent in Phoenix than in any other metro area in Arizona. Phoenix is home to approximately 85,000 manufactured houses. In recent years, mobile homes have grown in popularity because of their affordability compared to other housing options. In fact, a movement is currently underway in Phoenix to increase the number of manufactured homes in existing neighborhoods and new communities. A conference was recently put together by Mark Stapp, a real-estate analyst and director of the master of real estate development program at Arizona University, and the Arizona Department of Housing. The Arizona Department of Real Estate was also ...
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Arizona State Officials Cancel Vaccination Program After Parental ‘Backlash’

It's no secret that the U.S.'s pharmaceutical market is growing rapidly as scientists continue to use their medical knowledge to develop cutting-edge treatment and prevention methods. In fact, the United States alone holds over 45% of the global pharmaceutical market. But according to USA Today, officials in Arizona have canceled what many believe to be an essential program across the state -- a program intended to educate parents about the importance of vaccines. This motion comes after state officials received numerous complaints from parents who have chosen not to immunize their children, most of whom are school-aged. It takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years to develop a medicine or vaccine, and these types of immunizations have proven to be essential in preventing some of the most d...
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Bellemont Paper Factory to Shut Its Doors By Winter 2019, Company Officials Say

Though it's been in business since 2001, a paper products plant in Bellemont has announced its plans to shut its doors and cease operations by winter of 2019, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. While this closure could lead to the loss of approximately 116 jobs, officials insist it was purely a financial decision that was made to "further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the professional hygiene business in North America." The plant's parent company, Essity, also shut down a similar plant in Flagstaff last year. These plants produce a raw paper material that's eventually manufactured into products like paper towel, tissues, and toilet paper. The U.S. paper recovery rate reached an all-time high of 67.2% in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase, but Am...
Sustainable, Refrigerated Shipping For Goods Big And Small
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Sustainable, Refrigerated Shipping For Goods Big And Small

The shipping industry has long had logistic challenges in the form of perishable goods. In recent weeks, the world's second largest container shipping company and a popular e-commerce grocery service have both found sustainable solutions. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed a contract to lease 2,000 cube refrigerators containers from SeaCube Containers that are 40-feet high and outfitted with Carrier Transicold's natural refrigerant-based NaturaLINE refrigeration system. This system from NaturaLINE helps to protect the environment by using repurposed CO2, proven to be the refrigerant with the lowest global warming potential (GWP) out of all container refrigerants that are currently in use. As typical shipping containers are made of durable steel that lasts an average of 2...
Protecting Your Small Business From Malicious Email
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Protecting Your Small Business From Malicious Email

Email is far from dead, folks. Businesses ranging from large to local all benefit from having an email system in place. For a small business, setting up an official email is a great way to keep all important business matters and inquiries in one convenient place. It's a little alarming, but about 97% of the 60 billion emails sent each day are considered spam. These spam messages may have been written intending harm for the receivers, or they may just be 'junk mail'. Email hosts nowadays have decent spam filters in place to comb through your incoming mail, but malicious messages can still slip through. Recognizing a Malicious Email They notify you of an order you never made, e.g. via PayPal or Amazon, and offer a link to cancel it. The email asks you to reply with personal info such as...