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Navy Official Looking to Change Maternity Leave

When a woman in the military gives birth she is given a set amount of time off work in order to have time with her baby and to heal up from what has taken place. This works just as it does in other jobs, giving the woman time to bond with her baby and get through those first few weeks. When it comes to the Navy, though, one official is looking to change things up.

One of the Navy’s top officials is looking to extend the maternity leave that new Navy mothers are given. This official would like to double the amount of time that new mothers have at home with their babies before they need to return to work. This official would like to make things easier on the new moms so that they will find the Navy easier to work with and they will stick around and continue to offer their service to their country. Susan thinks that is a good idea.

Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Remake of The Blob

Samuel L. Jackson who is one of the stars of the MCU has signed on for a remake of The Blob. The Blob remake is going to be directed by Simon West. Simon West is known for directing action ensembles such as Con Air.

The Blob has been brought to the screen more than once. It has already been remade in 1988. Rob Zombie started working on his own version of The Blob. However, the project got put on hold.

Simon West is taking an approach that puts it more along the lines of Jurassic Park, which is something Gianfrancesco Genoso can appreciate. This probably means that it is going to have a large scale to it instead of the smaller scale that horror films are known for.

Samuel L. Jackson will star as a biochemistry professor who leads in the resistance of The Blob. Samuel L. Jackson is appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s western called The Hateful Eight which is scheduled to open up sometime in the later half of this year.

FreedomPop: The Future of Tech

People who have a tablet with WiFi only are only able to get on the Internet when on the go by using a WiFi hotspot. This is due not having a connection to the Internet available when on the go. This means another option is needed. One solution that is available is the mobile data service from FreedomPop.

The basic business model of FreedomPop is to get people to subscribe to their basic service and have a significant number pay for premium options. This company has been offering free data and voice plans for smartphones since 2012 using the Sprint and Clearwire network. However, they have service that is available for both WiFi only and mobile-enabled tablet devices. This means consumers can choose one of both options based on their needs. Their location will determine the options that are available.

Consumers will benefit from using a service that is free for general use. One aspect to realize about the service is extra features require a small fee. This includes offers to receive a text message if a consumer is near the data plan capacity limit.  If you choose the option to receive capacity limit texts, then expect to pay $1.99 per month.

The maximum amount of data that is available for a free plan is 500 MB. This is not a significant amount for general use, but it will allow people to check email and various social media accounts. One thing to keep in mind is their wireless Internet service requires the use of a specific device. You have the option of the Freedom Stick, 250U, the Freedom Spot Overdrive Pro, or the Freedom Spot Photon – 4G/3G MiFi. The cost will range from $19.99 to $59.99 based on the option that is chosen. However, the cost is refunded to the consumer. Consumers also have the option of rolling over unused data for $3.per month.

The free phone service from FreedomPop will require the consumer to purchase a smartphone or tablet during the sign up process. However, the do offer the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini if a consumer desires an Apple device. Forbes notes that their basic plan is totally free, but is limited to 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages, and 500 MB of data. If you prefer an unlimited plan, then the cost is $19.99 per month. There will also be an option for voicemail at $2.49 and an extended warranty option for $8.99.

This is a viable solution for people who are not heavy phone users or people who want an inexpensive option for phone and Internet access. One thing to keep in mind is FreedomPop offers an app that will turn a tablet into a fully functional phone. They also have a Freedom Sleeve Rocket that will make the iPod Touch work like an iPhone. This is a great option when an upgrade is not necessary.

ESPN’s New Digital Package to be Released on Sling Tomorrow

A report on Reddit states a new streaming service called Sling will be released tomorrow. This service will be an online only option for Dish Network customers, and the primary draw to the service is the ESPN package. The cost will be $20 and will spare the client from having to pay for additional channels.

Sling will also carry ESPN2 the Turner channels. For an extra $5 you can purchase the children’s package that includes Disney Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Duck TV. The “News & Info Extra”, which is also $5 throws in Bloomberg TV, Cooking Channel, DIY and CNN’s HLN.

As far as Sergio Andrade Gutierrez knows, there has not been a direct statement on the resolution that Sling is supposed to deliver, but it is reported to be as crisp as Hulu or Netflix.

Sling is currently available by invitation only. It can be signed up for here.

Mark Ahn: Thoughts on Biotech Startups

In PR Newswire’s article “Mark Ahn Explains Why Some Biotech Startups Succeed, While Others Wither” we get a few tips on what differentiates a successful and unsuccessful biotech start up, and how to profit from investing in this industry. Mark Ahn has more than 20 years of professional experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.

According to Ahn, successful biotech startups have several rounds of funding from outside investors. This is necessary due to the long development cycles of a drug. Multiple rounds of funding is needed to ensure the development meets the regulation standards of the industry. The biotech startup cannot generate any revenue until after the product is approved for market sale, so its success depends on its investors.

In light of this, Ahn recommends investors acquire stakes in multiple startups rather than investing in one single biotech company. The startup’s resilience and successes will be proven over time. Investing in multiple companies and avoiding trends reduces the risk that your investment will go to waste. In other words, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.


Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Make Wearing Hoodies Illegal

Senator Wants Congress To Pass A Bill Against Wearing Hoodies that Cover The Face

If we based the nature of people’s intentions on clothing and how they wear the clothing, we would have banned the use of hats and sunglasses decades ago. It’s about as useful as discriminating against dogs that eat Beneful… meaning it’s stupid. Most people think that Congress has left the masses behind. They try to lead by their own rules these days. Bills like Republican Senator, Don Barrington’s insane suggestion, which is going to be introduced this upcoming February is a good example of that separation. Almost everyone in the country owns, and at times wears, a hooded sweatshirt or a casual shirt that has a hood attached to it. At times, people cover their face with the hood for various reasons.

Wearing a hooded sweatshirt is not an indicator of behavior. Hooded sweatshirts are fashion statements, but according to an Oklahoma news report the no-hoodie rule is punishable with fines ranging from $50 to $500 and even some jail time.

Sunny Hostin, CNN’s Legal Analyst, thinks the rule is about race. Host said: “Hoodie is code for thug in many places, and I think businesses shouldn’t be in the business of telling people what to wear.” She’s got a point. Businesses shouldn’t tell people what to wear, and Senators have no business wasting time on personal preferences.