Brian Banmiller's blog

Nope

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Need a moment to yourself? There's an app for that.

Have you ever been right in the middle of a big project or trying to finish a pile of paperwork when one of your co-workers tries to strike up a conversation? Or maybe you just have that one person around the office who likes to come by and make small talk at the worst time. Now there's Nope, the app to save you from workplace distractions.

All you have to do is install the extension for Google’s chrome browser and save your cell phone numbers. Then the next time someone just won't take the hint you press the giant “nope” button on the browser and a call is placed to your cell phone. When you answer, a 60 second audio file is played and in that time hopefully anyone hovering around has wandered away.  read more »

An Early Career Start

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Two Jersey boys are making some early career strides, and it comes with extra cheese and pepperoni.

Ten-year-old Nicholas Testa and his 12-year-old brother Michael are the sons of Carmine, owner of Carmine's Pizza Factory in Jersey City. From an early age the boys would go to work with their dad while their mom stayed home to take care of their baby sister. So to pass the time the boys began learning how to spin pizza dough.

Now their part time hobby has gone viral. Recently their dad uploaded a video of them practicing with a rubber pizza which has now been shared more than 200,000. The boys say they spend hours practicing and can now perform a variety of tricks, even while blindfolded.  read more »

Mom Proms

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Prom season is right around the corner, but you don't have to be in high school to join the party.

Betsy Crapps is the founder of a Detroit based event called Mom Prom. For about ten years, Betsy has been getting friends together for a night of dancing to benefit a selected charity. And to top it off party-goers are encouraged to wear those dresses destined for the back of the closet. Items such as old wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and even your original prom dress.  read more »

Fake News

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During the presidential election Facebook came under fire for posting articles that might not have been completely accurate. Now the social media giant is working to restore its reputation.

Back in December Facebook promised to roll out a disputed tag that users could click on stories they questioned. That tag would then link to fact checking services that would then explain why the story was not true. This week the disputed tags began appearing.

One of the first stories flagged was about President Trump's android device being the source of reported White House leaks. But if you click the disputed tag it explains that the source of the story is the Seattle Tribune which is a news and entertainment satire website.  read more »

Going Old School

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As technology continues to evolve, one company is hoping a little nostalgia might bring in some buyers.

Earlier this week the Nokia 3310, a model that's been out of date for a decade was relaunched by HMD Global. The new colorful version of everyone's first cell phone was debuted at an expo in Barcelona. It costs just over $50 and is being called a feature phone which means it doesn't have the capabilities of a smartphone. It is however upgraded from what you remember, meaning it now has a camera, color screen and MP3 player.  read more »

Troll Defense

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The internet is an open platform but not everything needs to be shared.

Thanks to social media and comment sections everyone with an opinion is now able to share it online. Unfortunately not all of those opinions should be shared and in some cases can be rude or cruel to whoever they are directed at. Now Google is stepping in with a new tool to keep internet trolls under the bridge where they belong.  read more »

Before They Were World Leaders

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Think you have to be born into a life of power and wealth to earn a little prestige, think again.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and yes that includes the leaders of some of the most powerful countries in the world. So if you think your job flipping burgers isn't going anywhere, MSN Money has put together a list of former jobs of world leaders to prove you wrong.  read more »

Sign Spinning Championship

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Ever see those people on the corner spinning a sign; turns out their time might be worth more than minimum wage.

Last week more than 100 of the best sign spinners competed in Las Vegas for the title of world sign spinning champion. In multiple heats, with music blasting, competitors wowed the crowd with skills that included twirling a five pound sign with one hand, twirling while taking off a jacket and twirling while holding a handstand.

Clint Hartman is a sign spinner from Oregon. He says he thought this would be a temporary job but has now been spinning for more than twelve years. And when he's not on the corner bringing in the customers he is teaching his moves to other people at least once a week.  read more »

Concierge Medical Care

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Looking to raise a little money; why not give, in order to receive?

Aubrey Serfling is President and CEO of Eisenhower Medical Center, located in Rancho Mirage, California. Since coming aboard seventeen years ago Serfling has helped to bring in $615 million, mainly due to a unique method of fundraising.

“I think it is a creative way and it's probably one of the better ideas I've had. “

It's called 24/7 Major Donor Recognition. People who donate a minimum of $250,000 over five years receive instant care no matter the time of day for themselves, family and visiting friends.  read more »

Monopoly

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Monopoly is getting an upgrade, and some fan favorites aren't making the cut.

Monopoly was introduced in 1903 as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one that promotes monopolies. In 1935 the game was published by Parker Brothers and is now distributed by Hasbro and licensed in more than 100 countries. Now the popular family game is undergoing some changes, and the fans are calling the shots.  read more »