Not a day goes by that we don’t hear the same message, “we must act to save our planet and our species.” From the mere task and urgency at hand, most of us become overwhelmed by the responsibility and thus do nothing. Understanding this burden companies, organizations, and activists have created tools to help guide us towards the right path, make the right decisions, and take the right actions.

Some of these tools can be found right on our android tablets. They are easy to use, convenient and even fun. Let’s take a look at how we can protect our planet with our android tablets.

The CO2 Fit App

The CO2 Fit App is a tool that will help you monitor and track your transport CO2 emissions. Moreover, it also rewards you for taking sustainable, alternative means of transportation via a virtual green currency. Whether you drive, cycle, take public transport or walk, this tool can help you understand what you need to do to reduce your emission by presenting other greener options available. All you have to do is simply start the app before each trip, and it will track your speed, distance and give you your CO2 emissions value.

Eco Charger

Let’s consider this: every time you leave your phone or tablet plugged when it’s fully charged, you use about another 1 WATT of energy. If we take into consideration all the phones and tablets on our planet, and the number of times an individual may leave them plugged in after full charge, well, that a lot of energy wasted.  To help individuals take action and save energy, this app notifies you when your phone/tablet is fully charged. The app also comes in handy when you are traveling, or when your battery is overheating or is under an abnormally high voltage intake.

GoodGuide

This app is not only good for our planet, but is also good for your health. All you have to do is download the app and use your device to scan the barcode of the product you are thinking about buying.  The GoodGuide app then immediately reveals the health, environmental, and social performance ratings of the product. You can scan foods, personal care products, and household cleaners and items. The app also offers safer and more environmentally friendly alternatives to your product thus guiding you towards a more conscious lifestyle and shopping.

JouleBug

JouleBug brings entertainment, fun, and competition to sustainable living. It is an application that rewards you for your sustainable choices. You can receive badges, pins, and points, every time you take the right action. Whether it’s bringing your own reusable bag, mug, or container, biking to your office, or recycling, JouleBug rewards you for doing the right thing. You can compete with your friends while saving money and reducing your carbon emissions.

Green Globe App

Love traveling, but you also worry about emissions? Now you can travel with sustainability in mind with this Green Global App. The app provides a list of sustainable hotels, attractions, tours and even cruise lines – as sustainable as those can be – so that you can enjoy some luxury without feeling guilty.

Oroeco

Oroeco is another application that tracks your carbon footprint. This app however, does not only track your transportation footprint, it also takes into consideration the goods you consume. The app breaks down your actions, what you buy, and what you consume, and provides you with your emissions number and impact on your planet. You can even compare your emissions number with those of your friends and neighbours.

This is just another way our Android tablets are helping us live a more satisfying life!

According to a market research report shared by industry research firm IBISWorld, the virtual data room vendor industry has grown at an annualized rate of 16.7 percent from 2009 to 2014. The virtual data room (VDR) online repository works as a perfect substitute for physical data rooms by managing the storage and disclosure of documents related to M&A transactions or even venture capital transactions. These online data rooms offer better efficiency, security, and save costs.

The majority of data stored and distributed through VDRs is confidential, and hence maintaining their security with restricted access is of the utmost importance. For the protection of such sensitive information and limited disclosure without any leakage, foolproof PDF security software is required.

Let’s look at how this software can help maintain security for the smooth functioning of virtual data rooms.

Limited User Access

Unlike physical data rooms, where only one bidder team can access the confidential information related to the company undergoing the M&A process, it is possible for multiple users to access virtual data rooms at once. This facility is enhanced by a PDF security tool through secured login credentials for every user. The tool can enable the VDR vendor to offer access only to the interested bidders and their advisers as well as remove user access once the application is withdrawn. An unauthorized user will never be able to login to the VDR, and thus can never access its confidential data.

 VDR Access for Multiple Devices

A comprehensive PDF security solution for the VDR will empower users to access it using their login credentials across multiple devices. The security tool will lock user access for select devices to offer better flexibility to the bidders. Specific time limits can be placed to monitor viewing time of the confidential documents across devices. It is possible to set expiration dates to restrict document access based on the number of pages viewed, number of days from initial login, and other factors.

Copy Prevention and Protection

The bidders who have authorized access to the VDR may try to forward the information documents to others through unauthorized access attempts or even by printing documents. Effective PDF security software for digital rights management can be used to prohibit any document printing, or specific restrictions can be placed on the number of document pages that can be printed.

The PDF security tool can help avoid any other attempts to copy information such as offline downloading, image capture through print screen or screen grab tools, and so forth. If a document leaks through, the security software inserts a watermark revealing the user name, company name, email ID, and so forth. This would discourage any authorized users from sharing the private information, as they would not want their names tracked through the watermarks.

Virtual data rooms with a relevant PDF security solution can ensure secured enterprise file sharing and smooth collaboration for M&A transactions. If you aspire to be a reliable virtual data room vendor, opt for the right PDF security software.

There is little doubt that silicon, and the ways we have shaped it, has transformed our world and our society. Silicon, though the most common element on Earth, has gained its mainstream fame over the last 40 years due to its uses in various computer, digital and electronic devices. With just a minute of thought, there is almost nothing in your life that does not involve silicon.

But that’s just the electronics. What you may not know is that silicon actually has many more uses than just in computers, so it leads us to think, what would the world be like if there was no silicon?

Not only would computers not exist – nor smartphones or tablets, which make your briefcase or purse already a little lighter to carry – but there are even some very basic, low-tech ways that silicon would dramatically affect our lives.

In the first place, our beaches on our shores would be dramatically different, as sand is mainly silica. And if you are along coastlines, especially on the East Coast, you can look up from the beaches and see the lighthouses – they would be different too, as the windows are made from sand.  And if a lighthouse is made of cement, tat cement may no longer exist because silicon is a key element in most cement. That would mean that airport runways would break down and be unusable, and the absence of silicon would impact the airplanes themselves, as many jets use computers to fly, give information to the black box and establish a correct course and altitude for a particular route.

Silicon has a flame-retardant quality to it in that it can counterbalance oxygen. If silicon were gone, the likely would be even more oxygen available, which might be good for our breathing, but it also exposes wood and paper to higher risk of fire – even spontaneous combustion near a heat source would be possible.

Most airplanes would not work, though older planes flying over land in daylight could find their way to the ground. However, most radio communications would go out, all television and Internet capability and most GPS systems would not work. Traffic (if there were any older cars on the road) would be a nightmare because most traffic signals would not work, and trains would not operate – or ones that were older would not have many of their signals working and would put them at risk of colliding and/or derailing.

Buildings, dams, and other structures would be at great risk of collapsing and decaying without silica, and many people might be susceptible to diseases because silica is often used as a trace element in many medications. The effectiveness of these medications would be impacted, though the extent is not known.  Silica has a vital function in some medications and not in others, depending on their make-up.

Just by doing an assessment of the reach of silica, it can be seen clearly that I silicon stopped existing, there could very well be chaos and disorder all around the world because of the various uses and value that silicon has in everyday objects.

But what is silicon did not exist at all, as the initial question seems to imply? What would our world be like if we never had silicon?

Well, it might be safe to say that the world may not be so chaotic, because if the element did not exist, there could be other elements that human ingenuity could have found to use in various areas. It’s certainly possible that some electronics would work differently than we know them now, and cement would have different qualities, and maybe cars might still be analog. Not to mention microwaves and clocks.

Human ingenuity has played a role in our world being in the 21st century. But to be honest, we might still have a 198th century world if we did not have silicon. Or, if we were still in the 21st century society, it would be a more expensive world because replacing silicon with other elements that are not as common as silicon would mean great cost for those producers of modern devices. Imagine your current $15,000 car costing $30,000 or more because of silicon being replaced by some other less common element.

And your cable bill being $200 per month rather than just $100. Talk about an outrage – you would have to get on your $2,000 smartphone and give them a piece of your mind! This, interestingly, would cost no more than it does in a silicon world. So you have that going for you, which is nice.

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