Efficiency of Hunting Apps and of Crossbows

Hunting apps have become useful tools because they enable users to access information they need in their hunting endeavors while in the field. Whether one is looking for a new ground in which to hunt or information about the expedition; on potential partners or just staying up to date with weather developments, hunting apps can make a hunter well-prepared and at the same time, make him or her feel a lot safer.

 

Choosing a Hunting App

Different hunting apps have been developed for a variety purposes. Yet no matter what the app intends to specifically provide, its main use is to make hunting experiences a lot easier and the outlook more circumspect. That being the case, hunting applications to be truly functional must include the following features:

1. Provide maps and detailed information about the hunting area being covered. In addition, it allows for map sharing among hunting partners

2. Information must include a snapshot of the game, their movements and patterns of their activities.

3. Allow multiple app users to connect with each other to make known their positions as a means of avoiding mishaps or accidents.

4. Have pages that will let the app users analyze his or her hunting data in order to monitor the progress achieved.

In having those basic features, members of the hunting team will be able to gather data they can use in organizing a hunting trip with higher potential for achieving success, regardless of the hunting weapon to use.

When it comes to choosing their weapon, most millennials are more inclined to choose a crossbow as their hunting gear.

The Rising Popularity of Crossbows as Ultimate Kill-Gears

Actually, it does not come as a surprise why crossbows have become the ultimate kill-gears in the hunting realms. After all, the prehistoric inventor of this weapon actually had hunting in his mind when he assembled the first composite bow.

 

Yet in today’s recreational hunting expeditions, crossbows just like hunting apps, make the hunting exercise more enjoyable because they promote greater ease.

1. First off, crossbows come with quivers or those magazine-type attachments that allow users to load 5 up to 10 bolts; making reloading of ammunition much easier and faster. Crossbow bolts, by the way, are the shorter versions of the arrows of conventional composite bows.

2. Still, what is probably the first and foremost reason why many choose a crossbow as hunting gear is that becoming skilled in the use of one, does not require intensive practice. Unlike with composite bows, to which an archer has to practice techniques for applying the right draw weight in order to produce a commensurate speed. With a crossbow, a hunter can fire bolts in realistic ranges, typically between 30 to 40 yards, whilst requiring minimal adjustments. .

3. Moreover, greater accuracy can be achieved by mounting a scope as additional crossbow feature.

4. When reading information on why many are choosing crossbow for hunting, it will interest readers to know that once gun season is over, use of archery gears for hunting allows hunting for a longer period.

Still Using Zoom? Time to Consider Other Options

Zoom, the video-conferencing tool that millions started using while in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, has come under fire for critical security flaws. Although the company has made updates in order to address the security lapses, use of the cloud-based platform has already exploded into a series of massive hacking incidents.

As nations went into lockdown, people video-called each other, institutions and companies tele-conferenced and held meetings, while learners attended online classes chose to use the cloud-based service. Although many found the platform user friendly, they were not aware that ease of use came with a price: a flawed security system.

In a short span of time in the midst of an ongoing lockdown, cyber criminals were able to steal and sell more than 500,000 accounts.

The new term “Zoombombed” came to be used to describe incidents in which uninvited attendees maliciously infiltrated and disrupted streamed meetings and/or virtual gatherings.

Although at first perceived by Zoom fans as mere rumours intending  to discredit the company, because Zoom’s stock market value had quickly doubled to nearly $35 billion. However as security experts scrutinized and pointed out the weaknesses of Zoom’s privacy and security measures, the company’s CEO Eric Yuan had no other choice but to acknowledge the lapses.

Zoom CEO’s Statement Conveyed via Live YouTube Stream

After being confronted with reports disclosing Zoom’s serious security lapses and with one lawsuit after another being filed against the company, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan came out with a public apology last April 08, 2020, via the company’s live YouTube webinar, captioned as “Ask Eric.”

After saying he is “deeply sorry” for his company’s failure to meet user security and privacy expectations, the Zoom CEO went on to explain that the design of the platform was made without foreseeing that in just a few weeks, nearly everyone across the globe would be using Zoom; not only for socializing, but also for working and studying from home. To that he added that because

”The system’s new user base was using the platform in a number of “unexpected ways;’ we were faced with challenges that we failed to anticipate during Zoom’s conception.”

Yuan also gave assurance that they are taking the issues seriously as they are now looking into each issue, albeit with a less assuring statement:

” If we find an issue, we will acknowledge it and we will fix it.”

One might take that statement to mean that if Zoom’s staff will base security updates on a per case basis and not entirely on safety protocols that will make the cloud-based platform a secure environment in which to communicate.

Based on the Zoom CEO’s acknowledgment that they still have a lot of work to accomplish in order to ensure the security of all the new consumer use cases, it would be wise for Zoom users to reconsider their choice of video-chat and tele-conferencing platform.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act : How Does it Affect Tech Businesses?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is a sweeping reform of the tax code that was signed into law by president Donald Trump in Dec. 22., 2017. The new tax law includes mostly tax breaks, reduction of tax rates and significant increases in personal deductions for individual taxpayers.

Tech businesses, just like any other enterprise and regardless of structure, are likely to benefit from the changes. The legislation of the tax reforms was seen as a way of encouraging businesses to expand and hire more workers.

If a tech business is registered as a corporation, the most important change brought by the Act is the lowering of the Corporate Tax rate from a previous high of 35%, down to a new low of 21%.

Major TCJA Reforms that Allow Greater Reductions on Taxable Business Income

The TCJA modified the following allowable deductions to pose as significant tax reliefs, mainly because they can greatly reduce the taxable income of corporations and/or pass-through businesses.

Pass-through businesses by the way, are usually small or medium-sized enterprises in any industry. They are registered either as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) or S-Corporation. Their main difference from traditional or C corporations is that income generated by the business, passes on as taxable income of the business owner/s, and not of the corporation.

Lump-Sum 20% Deduction on Qualified Business Income

Owners of pass through businesses can apply a lump-sum 20% deduction to further reduce their taxable income. However, this tax relief is available only when the taxable income is less than $157,500 and if the business owner is single; or less than $315,000 for married business owners.

100% Depreciation on Capitalized Expenditure

Capitalized expenditures are those that form part of the assets of the business rather than treated as outright expenses for the year. Traditionally, capitalized expenditures are gradually depreciated over a specific life and only the depreciation for the year gets recognized as an expense that can reduce the taxable income of a business.

The TCJA modified this method of recognizing depreciation expenses by allowing corporations and pass through businesses to treat the full cost of an acquisition on the very first year; instead of spreading them out as depreciation expenses throughout the life of the asset.

This tax amendment encourages businesses to further invest on computers, vehicles and other cost-intensive equipment and major property renovations.

Modification on the Treatment of Net Operating Loss (NOL)

Prior to the enactment of the TCJA, a resulting Net Operating Loss or NOL can be carried back for up to two years. Now, when a business incurred losses instead of profit during the tax year, the NOL amount can apply as further reductions on the taxable income on next year’s tax return. In case, the business incurs another NOL on the next tax year, they can be added to the previous year’s NOL onward, and for an indefinite period of time.

However, this tax relief is something that business owners must work out with a seasoned tax consultant, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not inclined to readily accept NOLs at face value. Expect an IRS examiner to carefully scrutinize the tax return in order to ascertain the propriety of all deductions made against the gross profit.

Gear Up with a High Tech Solar Powered Charger During Extreme Outdoor Adventures

While out on an outdoor adventure whether for purely explorational and recreational purpose or for carrying out a specific mission (e.g. research, competitive training), you will likely be using numerous smartphone apps that can quickly drain the battery off your mobile device.

Taking more than one smart device and a powerbank with you is a good idea, but it is against the principle of “traveling light” during long outdoor travels of the extreme kind. Powerbanks are lightweight enough, but they eventually run out juice, specially if it has to keep up with your frequent charging during days of outdoor tripping. The more sensible thing to do is to bring a highly advanced solar powered charger.

A powerful solar powered charger simply gets its energy from the sun. Now to avoid draining this device, you only need to place it directly under the scorching heat of the sun and let its technology to do the rest. In the meantime, find a shady area in which to fasten your hammock, as you need to avoid overexposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays if you have to stop and rest. Well, when it comes to this camping device, the best type to bring is a parachute hammock, because it is made from the same lightweight but sturdy materials used for parachutes.

Features that Make a Solar-Powered Charger Reliable and Powerful

More often than not the robust kind of solar-powered chargers include the word “Extreme to its brand.” Mainly because they are meant for outdoor activities that commonly take a person away from electrical outlets for days under harsh conditions.

The powerful type usually houses a 9,000 mAh battery, a size that is tolerable enough to load as extra weight in one’s backpack. Moreover, for a solar charger to be powerful under extreme outdoor travel, it must be outfitted with at least a 3 to 3.5- watt solar panel. That way, the charger can take in and store as much solar energy as possible through highly efficient monocrystalline solar cells.

An extreme solar charger includes other features such as waterproof, shockproof, scratch proof and built with a 5V USB port; plus an option for charging via an electrical outlet by way of 12V DC socket. Although 5V USB is pretty standard for any type of portable device, it is still best to check just how much voltage your device can take in case it deviates from the standard.