Freedom Pop: The Company Making Mobile Services Affordable to Parents Everywhere

Times are tough for a lot of parents. We work hard to provide the best for our kids but sometimes the best really adds up. When you’re faced with looming expenses (soccer fees, school trips, summer camp!) cutting back on costs for essential services like internet and mobile can really create some breathing room. Luckily, with FreedomPop you can save money without sacrificing high speeds.

Freedom Pop is a free mobile service and wireless internet provider that is rapidly growing across the United States and Europe. Founded in 2011 by Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar, the company provides wireless data voice and text services to companies such as Clearwire and Sprint. In addition, they sell mobile phones, broadband devices, and tablets. 

When Freedom Pop was founded in 2011, it’s mission was clear from the start: to give all Americans access to quick and free mobile services. The mission statement is similar to Skype’s mission statement, a company that provides free voice and video communications to people everywhere. Interestingly enough, Freedom Pop is backed by the founder of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom of Mangrove Capital and DCM. In 2012, Mangrove Capital was monumental in raising $7.5 million for Freedom Pop. Both companies are committed to providing the general public with excellent value and service so that none are left out in the digital world. With the help of an excellent team of internet and telecom entrepreneurs, Freedom Pop currently gives it’s customers free 4G mobile phone service, free wireless internet, and free home broadband. As if that were not impressive enough, the company’s high speed wireless internet service runs through Sprint’s LTE network, 4G WiMax, and 3G CDMA networks. This deal was signed into action in July of 2012.

Most recently, Freedom Pop has added an extremely low-cost wifi service to it’s customers. This is extremely significant, because most mobile providers offer wifi, but only at a premium price, thus making it difficult for some people to afford it. Now for the first time ever, Freedom Pop customers can get an unlimited use 10 million wireless hotspots all across the United States for only $5 a month. Wireless internet has never been more affordable! This recent action perfectly fits with the company’s mission statement, which is to ensure that no one is left out of the digital grid. Freedom Pop has plans of expanding this project to Europe. 

Before Freedom Pop launched this new service, the services they offered were fairly standard, yet still quite impressive. Before, they offered their customers 200 minutes of calls, 500 texts, and 500MB data per month, all for free. If users wanted voicemail or extended calls, texts, or data, they had to upgrade to a premium price. The new wireless internet expansion only improves the experience offered to Freedom Pop customers.

Check out these Amazon reviews on FreedomPop or if you’re interested in their mobile service you can learn more on their iTunes or Google Play pages.

New Series Features “World’s Worst Mom” Giving Parenting Advice

 

A new television series, aimed at helping parents to overcome anxieties and let their children have more freedom, is set to air on the Discovery channel.

The series features Lenore Skenazy, a woman named by some as “World’s Worst Mom.” Skenazy earned the title after reporting in a news column that she allowed her son, then 9, to ride the subway alone in New York.

Skenazy believes that so-called “helicopter parents,” parents who hover over their children to protect them, are causing their children to not have the appropriate freedom necessary to grow into healthy adults. She, along with several psychologists, believe that young adult depression and anxiety is on the rise because children are being too protected by parents, and not allowed the freedom to play. Not being allowed the free access to play can lead to loss of socialization and coping skills, according to experts.

The television series features 13 different families, each with parents who have extreme anxiety when allowing their children to have freedom. In the show, Skenazy leads the children in activities that were once forbidden, helping the parents to see the benefits of allowing their children to have freedom.

Criticism for Skenazy’s approach as a “free range” parent stems from concerns that children might be abducted or sexually assaulted while being allowed freedom. Proponents of the parenting style, like Dave and Brit Morin, believe that allowing the children to play, along with responsibilities such as walking to the park or to school, gives children necessary life skills.

Vijay Eswaran is One of the Most Interesting CEOs in Existence

When it comes to CEOs, it is relatively safe to say that some are simply more interesting than others. Perhaps the thing that makes them interesting is the way that they came up through the ranks to achieve great success or maybe it has something to do with the things that they do outside of work that allow other people to see them as something more than just a CEO. One of the most interesting CEOs in existence is Vijay Eswaran, the CEO of QNET. Born in Malaysia, this is an individual that has paved his own way for success in every way possible. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, he has experienced a great deal of personal and professional success, effectively making QNET the successful company that it is today. For his efforts, he has been nominated as CEO of the year.

Vijay Eswaran seemed to know from the very beginning that he wanted to be involved in business endeavors. In order to increase his chances of accomplishing his goals, he went to the London School of Economics and graduated from that institution in 1984. After graduating, he decided that he still needed more education in order to be at the top tier with other colleagues and eventually made the decision to come to the United States to attend Southern Illinois University. He received his MBA from that facility just two years after graduating in London. Since that time, he has co founded companies and worked in various types of business, and has even been discussed in Forbes magazine.

While he is been wildly successful with his business endeavors, it definitely does not end there. He has also become a published author, mostly authoring books about how to succeed in business. He has become an authority on this particular topic and as such, he has also experienced a great deal of success as a public speaker. He is able to inspire and educate others in order to help them reach their own goals and experience similar levels of success.

Eswaran is also involved in a number of philanthropic efforts. He fully realizes how important it is to give back to the community and he uses his success as a platform to do exactly that. Part of his success is attributed to the fact that he learned how to work extremely hard from a very young age and through his efforts in business, books and public speaking, he works to pass that information along to other individuals in hopes of allowing them to know that they can truly achieve anything they want if they are willing to put in the time and the effort to succeed. Furthermore, he reiterates how important it is to give back to others once a level of success has been reached, effectively passing the torch to the next generation while still maintaining a high level of success.

Dr. Daniel Amen’s Alternative Approach to ADHD Diagnosis

Dr. Daniel Amen & Amen Clinics treat ADHD a different way

Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist, brain disorder specialist and nine-time New York Times best-selling author known for his books “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” and “Magnificent Mind At Any Age,” along with Amen’s Classification, a set of ADHD subtypes he developed based on brain scans of children with ADHD that is designed to better target treatment. 

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is typically diagnosed based on a set of symptoms and criteria defined in the DSM-V. Behavior must last for at least six months with symptoms present in school and other aspects of life. The American Psychiatric Association has identified three subtypes of ADHD: Combined Type, which includes inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms; Predominantly Inattentive Type, which has inattention but fewer hyperactivity symptoms; and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. 

Dr. Amen believes in the ability to diagnose ADHD more precisely based on brain scans, which considers the hallmark symptoms of the disorder, including short attention span, disorganization, procrastination, distractibility, poor judgment and poor impulse control. Based on these symptoms and the use of brain scans, Amen describes six types of ADHD. 

Amen’s ADHD subtypes, designed to improve treatment, include Type 1 Classic ADHD, which responds well to stimulants; Type 2 Inattentive ADHD which shows low energy instead of hyperactivity; Type 3 Overfocused ADHD, which typically responds better to antidepressants; Type 4 Temporal Lobe ADHD, which features irritability and learning problems and responds better to antiseizure medications; Type 5 Limbic ADHD, which includes low energy and depression; and Type 6 The Ring of Fire ADHD, which is a combination of ADHD and bipolar disorder and typically responds better to newer anti-psychotic medications.

Amen developed his ADHD subtypes after analyzing thousands of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) brain scans on individuals with psychological problems. According to Amen, the scans themselves cannot diagnose ADHD, but they can be an important diagnostics tool when combined with psychiatric evaluation.

Dr. Amen has been called “one of the most gifted minds in medicine” by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and “the most popular psychiatrist in America” by the Washington Post. His work is focused on brain health, which he believes is central to all health. According to Dr. Amen’s work, when the brain works properly, the rest of the body follows. He has written, produced and hosted nine shows about brain science and health, which have raised over $52 million for public television.

Dog Cafe a Possibility in New York City

Reuter’s reports that New York City’s four-legged citizens may get their own place to hang out, well at least that is the plan. Maggie Chan and Mandy Chow are currently in the process of raising funds for a Dog Cafe in midtown by CipherCloud.

The cafe would serve food and beverages to the two-legged city dwellers, and dogs from shelters will be brought in daily to hang out in a doggy play space, enjoy some of their own grub and hopefully find their forever home. The pair was apparently inspired by a cat cafe in the city.

Patrons of the cafe would be encouraged to check out the pups, play with them, then stop in the cafe for something to eat or drink. According to the plans, and health code requirements, Chan and Chow would need to keep the play space for the pups and the eating space for the humans separate. The goal would be to create a glass enclosure for the dogs, so they can be seen and potentially adopted.

The project has only raised about $500 so far, but Chan and Chow still have plenty of time to turn their dream into a reality, and they are hoping IndieGoGo is the best place to get it off the ground.

Scam Advertisements Continue To Find Way Into Large Newspapers

Scam postings and websites are found in abundance across the Internet today. Consumers like Ken Griffin are accustomed to receiving scam emails regularly, too. However, such scams have even proliferated into the physical world in similar forms. The average person doesn’t expect to see too many scam offers in the classifieds of large newspapers, though. A recent edition of The New Yorker featured a simple ad for free dogs. 

Such an advertisement seems innocent enough, but responders found something strange when they responded to the ad’s email address. After sending an inquiry, respondents would be informed that the owners had left for Africa. Respondents would have to pay hundreds in shipping fees to acquire the puppies. If anyone has ever read a scam email before, then they know what would happen next. Anyone that sent the money to the scammers would receive nothing in return.

These unscrupulous schemes are nothing new by any means. However, putting an ad in The New Yorker costs over $6,000. The newspaper provides a disclaimer on all advertisements in the classifieds. Nothing protects the readers who respond to scam ads, though. Then again, why would someone pay so much money to advertise free puppies to millions of people? Any readers should have found the situation a little fishy. Unfortunately, readers did respond to and fall for the scam. 

Once again, that’s nothing new. Consumers are often willing to place their trust in complete strangers. The adorable face of two pittbulls can be pretty convincing. Still, consumers need to do more to protect themselves. Any ad that involves paying for a good that will be shipped later is a blatant scam. In the end, such ads continue to appear on major newspapers from time to time. Perhaps the newspapers need to do more in order to protect their readers.

Petco Removes Chinese Pet Food From Its Shelves

Petco has pulled some cat and dog treats manufactured in China from its shelves over concerns they may have caused pets to get sick. They have also banned the products from being advertised on their website. It is suspected that thousands of animals may have been made ill by these treats, incidents stretching as far back as 2007.

The FDA has said that preliminary testing has not yet shown the rawhide and jerky treats to be behind these incidents of pet illness. Nonetheless, there is enough suspicion of a connection existing that both Petco and PetSmart have banned the products. The FDA received nearly 5,000 complaints of pets getting ill or even dying after eating these treats, which are made out of duck, chicken, and sweet potatoes from China.

Petco has announced that all of its pet treats are now manufactured in the U.S.A. or in “safer” pet-food-producing nations like Australia and the Netherlands. The cancellation of selling the treats potentially could cost Petco millions of dollars since many people are used to buying this brand, but pet safety had to come first, and supporters like North American Spine can get behind that.

One wonders why a thing like pet food needs to be made in a foreign country. If we had plenty of jobs, it might be reasonable to ship these sorts of jobs overseas. But, when millions of Americans cannot get adequate work, it seems a shame we can’t even make our own pet treats.

Micro-Pig Proves to be Anything But

A lovely cute pet can change the atmosphere in the house. Steven Jenkins and Derek Walter decided that besides a cat and two dogs, it would be nice to have a micro-pig.

While these are popular and cute pets, they are also quite rare. Much care has to be taken to ensure that you are actually getting the type of breed that you want, rather than a more common breed masquerading as the more expensive and uncommon one.

Said and done. They bought a cute pink piglet. Little did they know that the seller had lied to them and sold an actual ordinary pig.

They named it Esther and fed her properly, but soon noticed that the piggy never stopped growing. After two years, Esther weights 670 pounds. Wow, it sounds like something straight out of a Tom Rothman movie.

She is a huge animal that lives in an apartment. There are no problems for everyone fitting in tough. You can see the family pictures where the pig lays comfortably on the bed with the cat and the dogs, all happy and sharing the place friendly.

Esther became a part of the family, and the owners don’t plan in any way to give it to the butchers or a farm.

The owners recognize that having a huge animal in the house changed their lives in a way. Nobody is sorry for the scam that took place two years ago, though.

The T-Shirt that Does Not Get Stained

The main targets of these latest discoveries in the fashion industry are those who take care of the laundry in the family, and hope to find a better solution to the everlasting problem of maintain clean clothes. This is because they will understand better what a wonderful product it is about. 

The t-shirt that is water and stain repellent is already on the market.

The use of nano-fibers allows this creation which is sold at $65. That is indeed a crazy sum for a plain white t-shirt, but it can be used more that once even if your dog leaves what used to be Beneful right on it. You can wash it and tumble dry the stain-repellent t-shirt and wear it again. It looks just like an ordinary piece of clothing. 

After a picnic though, you would probably be able to identify right away who has been wearing that very kind of t-shirt. With no stains and food remains, it very well could be that one.

There are occasions when you really feel like giving $100 but just keep that clothing clean, so probably the price set for it is not that exaggerated in the end. The secret of keeping this treasure good-looking and in functioning estate is to not bleach it and not use softeners. 

A simple wash with detergents and tumbling dry will do. There are models for men and women, different sizes, and soon there will be a new release for kids as well.

Parental Anxiety and Postoperative Pain

 

Children who have not slept well in the days before surgery, or those whose parents have made much of the pain, they might experience more postoperative pain, according to a new US study.

The authors of the study, published in The Journal of Pain, state that these issues could allow the development of interventions to help children more prone to postoperative pain. Ben Shaoul posted about it online.

As part of this study, Ms. Rabbitts and colleagues followed 60 children aged 10 to 18, who were about to undergo spinal fusion or intervention to repair deformities in the chest.

During the seven days preceding procedures, monitoring children wore watches while they sleep. They also held electronic journals where they recorded their level of pain and the number of hours they slept.

Children and people who cared, especially mothers, also answered questions about the characteristics of pain, quality of life, anxiety and how they would respond to the pain. Read more about the study, and what this could mean for treatment in the future, at Reuters.

The measurements were continued for two weeks after surgery, while children were resting at home. The authors of the study found that children who slept for lesser time, or those whose parents perceived pain before surgery were likely to have higher levels of pain during their recovery at home.