Weird State Laws that Affect Your Small Business (Infographic)

Weird State Laws that Affect Your Small Business

You’ve broken the law.

Don’t let it bother you too much however, because it’s likely that almost everyone in the U.S. has broken a weird state law at one point or another and guess what! No one’s coming to get you.

You’ve heard about these laws, right? Statutes that declare things like, “One may not promote a ‘horse tripping event’” or “No animal may be hunted for on Sunday with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM“.

While many of these laws are a throwback to different times, they’re still on the books and enforceable as they were when created.

Some, such as “Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden” and “It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients” may even seem titteringly relevant today. Most? Not so much.

A Sample of Weird State Laws

As a small business owner, it’s interesting to take a look at those weird state laws that affect your company. There are plenty of them including:

  • In Carmel, California, women may not wear high heels while in the city limits. So, if you sell high-heeled shoes, make sure your customers don’t wear them out.
  • In Guilford, Connecticut, only white Christmas lights are allowed for display. So don’t go crazy with the red, green and … er … every other color!
  • In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, no person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle. Better provide employees and, potentially, customers with a changing room — to prevent the collapse of civilization.
  • In Georgia, raffles can be a crime if not registered ahead of time! If an organization not recognized as “non-profit” fails to register their raffle with the local sheriff, that group risks paying up to $10,000 in fines and spending five years in jail. Does that apply to social media raffles, too? Uh oh!
  • In Indiana, check forgery can be punished with public flogging up to 100 stripes. OK, as much as some local merchants might wish this was the case, let’s get realistic.

The list goes on and on so here’s an infographic that contains 51 of the weirdest, one from each state and from the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.).

Enjoy and remember, stay on the straight and narrow but always keep it a little weird.

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Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D

Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It allows users to visit the Himalayan region
  • The app is built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery
  • It works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above

Niantic, when it was a startup within Google, leveraged Google Maps as well as crowdsourced data to build the location-based app Field Trip and augmented reality game Ingress, before being spun off last year. Since then, the company has become a household name thanks to the runaway success of Pokemon Go, another location-based AR game. Now Google, leveraging its 3D mapping data, has launched its own experimental location-based game for children called Verne: The Himalayas.

The game essentially lets users roam about the Himalayas alongside a 500-foot Yeti called Verne. The game is only released for Android users, and is now available on Google Play for free. Built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery, the game lets users explore the Himalayas as the character Verne, run atop Mt. Everest, hang glide, ride a jetpack, skate across icy lakes, chase an argali goat, and even bang a gong.

As Verne moves along; famous points, landmarks and regions are highlighted within the app educating users about the geography. Very few get the privilege to explore the Himalayas, and with this app, Google looks to bring that exploration experience to the smartphone in an interactive manner.

In its blog post introducing the game, the Google Maps team said, “For years, Google Maps has been adding 3D imagery from all over the world – New York City, the Grand Canyon, Mont Blanc, and more. A few of us started wondering if this 3D imagery could make learning about the world a bit more fun for kids. We started playing with quick prototypes, and even brainstormed with our own kids to get inspired by their sense of curiosity. Our idea became a new, experimental app called Verne: The Himalayas. [..] We’re excited to share it today as a fun way for anyone to take a summer trip to the tallest mountain range in the world.”

For now, the game only focuses on visiting the Himalayan region and learning more about it, but we expect Google to release more games highlighting other famous regions across the globe in the future. Verne: The Himalyas app is 213MB in size and works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above. There is no word on availability for iOS devices.

The Pokemon Go game managed to become an instant success because of its recall value of the famous Pokemon series, and its interactive gameplay. The game was downloaded more than 10 million times within a week of its release in July, becoming the fastest such app to do so.

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In China, Fears That Pokemon Go May Aid Locating Military Bases

In China, Fears That Pokemon Go May Aid Locating Military Bases

Not everyone loves Pokemon Go, the mobile game that has become an instant hit around the world since a limited release just a week ago.

The augmented reality game, in which players walk around real-life neighbourhoods to hunt and catch virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens, has been blamed in the United States for several robberies of distracted mobile phone users and car crashes.

A US senator has asked the developers of the game to clarify its data privacy protections.

And although the game is not available in China, the world’s biggest smartphone and online gaming market, some people there fear it could become a Trojan horse for offensive action by the United States and Japan.

“Don’t play Pokemon GO!!!” said user Pitaorenzhe on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. “It’s so the US and Japan can explore China’s secret bases!”

The conspiracy theory is that Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd, which part owns the Pokemon franchise, and America’s Google can work out where Chinese military bases are by seeing where users can’t go to capture Pokemon characters.

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The game relies on Google services such as Maps.

The theory is that if Nintendo places rare Pokemon in areas where they see players aren’t going, and nobody attempts to capture the creature, it can be deduced that the location has restricted access and could be a military zone.

“Then, when war breaks out, Japan and the US can easily target their guided missiles, and China will have been destroyed by the invasion of a Japanese-American game,” said a social media post circulated on Weibo.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was unaware of reports that the game could be a security risk and that he didn’t have time to play with such things. He gave no further details.

Other government ministries did not respond to faxed questions about the game.

Undeterred fans
But the calls for a boycott, and the fact that Pokemon Go hasn’t even been released in China, have not deterred fans.

“I really looked forward to playing the Pokemon artificial reality game since they first announced it. I really liked Pokemon as a kid,” said Gan Tian, a 22-year-old student at Tsinghua University. She plays an unofficial version with an artificial map based on countries where the game is available.

But for many others in the country, playing is proving a challenge. Not only is the game not on Chinese app stores, but Google services are blocked in China.

Nintendo has given no indication as to when or whether Pokemon Go will be released in China.

Niantic, the lab that developed the game, declined to comment on Friday on an eventual launch. Chief executive John Hanke said in an interview that it would be technically possible to launch in China, but noted a host of complex rules and restrictions.

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Tags: Android, Apps, China, Gaming, Google, Niantic, Pokemon, Pokemon Go

 

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Hackers Breach FossHub to Deliver Trojan That Rewrites MBR

Hackers Breach FossHub to Deliver Trojan That Rewrites MBR

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The malicious files were introduced on FossHub on Tuesday
  • The infected files were available for download for around 3 hours
  • The code didn’t do anything major but shows the security leak

How many times have you looked past the security signs that warn you that installing particular software could be dangerous for your computer? How many of us run untested programs with administrator privileges? In all likelihood, you would have done it countless times. In all honesty, we all have. Some users don’t even have an antivirus program installed or a firewall enabled. Now, a hacker group that goes by the name of Pegglecrew has shown us how this carelessness can cost us our important data.

If you visited the website FossHub on Tuesday and downloaded either Classic Shell or audio editing software Audacity, you are at risk of having downloaded a Trojan that rewrites the user’s Master Boot Record (MBR) for Windows, and although nothing seems to happen at first, on rebooting the PC, you will find the following message:

As you reboot, you find that something has overwritten your MBR! It is a sad thing your adventures have ended here! Direct all hate to Pegglecrew (@cultofrazer on Twitter)

Notably, the @CultofRazer Twitter handle actually belongs to gaming firm Razer, and was hijacked for a while by the Pegglecrew team. The tweets posted detailing exploits have since been removed.

The entire thing seems harmless and childish as the infected code doesn’t do anything apart from rewriting the MBR, which contains information about the boot-up process of the computer. However, it should be pointed out that the hackers could have very easily stolen personal information from each of the infected computers. The hackers claimed to have attempted to install a rootkit, but gave up when they initially failed.

Explaining how the entire process panned out, a person who claims to be part of Pegglecrew said, “We were able to grab data from this network service to obtain source code and passwords that led us further into the infrastructure of FossHub and eventually gain control of their production machines, backup and mirror locations, and FTP credentials for the caching service they use, as well as the Google Apps-hosted email,” in an email to Softpedia.

Users seeing the message on startup will be unable to boot their computer unless they recover their MBR via the Windows recovery CD or other recovery options. You can can follow instructions posted by YouTuber ‘danooct1’ in his video here. Danooct1 also claims the infected binaries were not detected by file verification service Virus Total, and are largely identical in size to the originals.

Pegglecrew in one of its @CultofRazer tweets said it had managed compromise both Audacity and Fosshub servers, with the latter hack including the site admin’s email.

In a blog post by Audacity, it has acknowledged the incident, admitting one of its download servers had been compromised, and adding, “We have now replaced the 2.1.2 hacked windows installer and disabled that hacked account on FossHub.com – We are taking the incident very seriously indeed. We are working hard, in collaboration with FossHub.com, to do what we can to help prevent such an incident in future.”

FossHub has posted a separate apology on Reddit, where the company has explained how they had to shut down their primary server to prevent the spread of infected files and how its team members were not able to sleep for 30 hours.

Ironically, FossHub’s ‘About Us’ section on the website reads, “No adware, No spyware, No bundles, No malware, Fast downloads, Free services and a single ad. Most people like us.”

In a statement to Gizmodo, Pegglecrew detailed the reasons behind its hack, “We targeted Fosshub because we wanted inform people to keep better care of their security… all of the users actually clicked past a prompt telling them that it could be dangerous. That’s just one example of user carelessness and it barely amounts to the quantity of terrible passwords (also exploited in this attack) and other terrible practices.”

The entire incident goes to show how we all need to be more careful about the software that we install and depicts how disastrous the consequences can potentially be, if we are not. Audacity on its blog warns users should install antivirus programs and firewalls, and verify all files that they download before installing them by online file verification services like Virus Total. It also warns against deceptive advertising.

Tags: Apps, FossHub Hack, Hacking, Internet, Malware

 

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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.
Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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Parallel Revolution Creates Shirts that are Green and Stylish

ParallelRevolution

A new brand has its sights set on a better way to make clothing. But, for a change, the focus seems to be as much on the way the clothes look and feel as on the environment.

Parallel Revolution is the brainchild of Jake Wade, a recent graduate of California State University, Chico’s entrepreneurship program. During his freshman year he co-founded the company. After half a dozen modifications and pivots, the brand finally found itself in the ‘Eco-USA-Craftsmanship’ niche.

Wade told Business Opportunities in a recent interview:

“We’ve completed a production run of what we believe to be the most sustainable shirt in the world, made in America. An ‘old’ tagline of ours is ‘Planet Earth’s Preferred Outfitter,’ which stems from our commitment in making things Earth can be proud of (or would ‘approve [of]’).”

Parallel Revolution markets eco-friendly hemp clothing sans the tie-dye hippie feel. Even the company’s packaging and tags are recyclable and reusable. Heck, the tags can even be planted to grow wildflowers.

All of the woven products are produced in the U.S. with some smaller items being produced overseas. The company says its approach supports the farmers who grow the materials for its textiles and their families. Parallel Revolution also says it invests two percent of each sale to benefit charity and nonprofit organizations.

Parallel Revolution’s products focus on letting the materials speak for themselves, Wade explains.  When it comes to his goals, he plans to “let handsome design do the selling and hemp’s natural properties deliver lasting satisfaction for the customer.”

In this video, Wade talks more about the benefits he hopes customers will see in the clothing line.

There are many reasons hemp makes great clothing, Wade says. The material is breathable, comfortable and durable. Wade even claims it contains natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties keeping you cleaner and fresher for longer. But Hemp is also stronger than cotton, polyester, and blends of the two thanks to its rugged fibers.

Even Parallel Revolution’s buttons are created from strong, eco-friendly materials. Each is crafted from a Tagua palm nut from the rain forests of Ecuador, Columbia, Peru and Southern Panama. Local workers collect the fallen nuts, which are later sold to a button manufacturer. There they are carved, finished, and sometimes dyed to meet specifications.

The idea is not only to use sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable materials, but also to take advantage of the crack and fade resistant properties the Tagua nuts offer.

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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is a mobile game based on the classic Nintendo hit
  • You find Pokemon by walking around in the real world
  • To capture Pokemon you point your camera at the virtual monster

Right now, it feels like the world is divided neatly into two groups: those who are playing Pokemon Go, and those who are wondering what on Earth the rest of us are talking about when we complain about how there are no Pokestops nearby, or gloat that we found a Geodude in our own kitchen!

Pokemon is an international phenomenon that got started more than 20 years ago, in 1995. The video game has inspired comic books, movies, and television series, so even if you never played the game, you might recognise its weird mish-mash monsters, or might at least remember the name Pikachu.

Pokemon Go is the latest installment in the franchise, and its first game for smartphones, developed by Niantic Labs, who earlier created a fairly similar (if not quite as successful) game called Ingress. With Pokemon Go, the team seems to have landed a super hit. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go, from the obvious, to the mind-blowing.

  1. Pokemon Go is a game for smartphones based on Nintendo’s classic Pokemon games.
  2. It’s available for both Android and iOS. It officially hasn’t launched in India yet, but is easy to get if you have an Android phone.
  3. It uses your phone’s camera to show you cute monsters (Pokemon) you can collect for points. You can also train these Pokemon up and make them battle in “Gyms”.
  4. Less than a week after its release, Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder.
  5. To find Pokemon to collect, and gyms to battle in, you have to walk around in the real world. Your character in the game walks and turns when you walk and turn.
  6. Some things, like hatching Pokemon eggs, require you to walk a set distance to accomplish – picked up a rare egg? Prepare to walk for 10 kilometers to get your Pokemon.
  7. Getting people out of the house means that a lot of strange and weird things are happening to Pokemon Go players who go into strange alleys looking for Pokemon – including one girl who found a dead body!
  8. Niantic has been overwhelmed with the demand for Pokemon Go, and the biggest complaint on Twitter right now is that the game’s servers cannot keep up. This is the reason why the game’s international release has been delayed.
  9. If you are on the iPhone, the app has full access to your Google account, which is obviously excessive for a game. The company has stated that this is a mistake it will address with an update to the app.
  10. Pokemon is a contraction for Pocket Monsters. The original game was made to give kids a feeling of what it was like to go out and collect things. The new game makes that a reality.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Cheat Sheet, Games, Mobiles, Niantic Labs, Pokemon, Pokemon Go
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fb Brings 360-diploma pictures to news FeedFacebook on Thursday released a feature that permits users to add pix with 360-degree perspectives.

Facebook Brings 360-Degree Photos to News Feed
apart from photographs taken from 360-degree cameras, panoramic photographs taken on a cell phonecan be converted to a 360-degree view at the newsfeed, the company stated on Thursday.

The pictures also can be visible in virtual truth well suited devices, fb stated.

The social community stated that 360 photos are now to be had to view on facebook through the netand the present day version of the facebook app on Android and iOS. It introduced that over the next fewdays, it’s going to roll out the capacity to publish 360 photographs.

facebook rolled out a comparable carrier for video ultimate September.

Explaining how the feature works, facebook in a weblog post stated, “truly take a landscape together with your phone or seize a 360-degree photograph the use of a 360 image app or 360 camera, and thenpublish it on fb as you would a normal image. From there, we’ll convert it to an immersive 360photograph that people can discover, just like how human beings revel in 360 films on fb.”

The social network added, “360 pix are easy to identify in information Feed: simply look for the compass icon on the right-hand facet of the image. discover a 360 photo on mobile via tapping and dragging thephoto or via transferring your telephone, and on the web by using clicking and dragging. Now yourbuddies can revel in the moments you share in 360 as though they have been clearly there with you, fromhiking through a national park, to wandering via a museum, to celebrating a marriage.”

Written with inputs from Reuters

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Herb Lubalin: Typographer – A e book that explores the typographic master

Herb Lubalin claimed no longer to be a remarkable typographer. “In reality,” he said, “I’m horrible,because I don’t observe the regulations.” This new book proves the other. On every page it featuresLubalin’s typographic genius (emblems, layouts, lettering and typefaces), and locations him at the forefrontof 20th century typographic innovation.

Lubalin is, by way of these days’s standards, a typographic grasp. the whole lot he did – operating in collaboration with some of the giants of lettering and kind – had the flicker of genius. He even had names for what he did: he described it as ‘photograph expressionism’ or ‘conceptual typography’. using hispotential to evolve, merge and create new typographic forms, he become capable of decorate and extendmeaning in methods that hadn’t been seen before.

Having published books celebrating the genius of Herb Lubalin as a graphic fashion designer running in lots of spheres, this new quantity Herb Lubalin: Typographer by way of Unit editions concentratescompletely on Lubalin’s typography. It comes with new texts, new design, new pictures, and masses ofpreviously unpublished material.

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