This year’s list also includes, from the U.S., the last two Olympic gold medals of the last century,Mae Whitman (3x, 1976 Olympic), (4x, 1904 Olympics) and (4x, 1936 Olympic). Of those medals, only Whitman would have been eligible for the Olympic Games the following summer due to not passing her physical in time for the Games. A bronze might have suited her but she would have just missed out by1-2% on the podium. Whitman was of course a gold medalist inF1 but never made the U.S. team. In total, there are 4 Olympic gold medals from American athletes from 1904-1946, three bronze medals andone silver. Most of these were won by people from the West. It might be fitting then that the top spot for the 2016 Games would belong to the South. Huge congrats to Ryan O’Connell for securing gold andChick Beers for winning her second gold.

3rd Place - South Korean Team (9/2 - 8/12)

The last part of the list has been quite hard to come by. SeveralSouth Koreanshave fallen out of the medals table, despite severalfirst-place finishes.

I did not include another gold medal in the team. As you all may have noticed, there is no Korean gold in the Olympics but only a Korean silver in F1 in 1996. The only other gold came in 1924 inInternational F3 . That is indeed another South Korean teamwhich had previously qualified for the Olympic teams in 1924 forGiant’s Sailing and 1920 for the World Tour series - so there is no explanation there. If the gold and silver medals from these South Korean teams were included in this column then the final spots are split fairly evenly between the South and North. South Korea is clearly at the top of the medal table and it should be.

4th Place - European Team (July 18 - 15)

This is quite a long list due to the recent team qualifying for the Olympic Games. It consists of 11 countries and one of them is the United States. They have wona total of15 gold medals(1908-1926),a total of3 bronzemedals (1962, 1973 and 1986), andtwo silvermedals (1960 and 1993). They have only one silver medal in F1 (and it was a bronze won in 1952). One might think of this in terms of how much the United States has contributed to Olympic medal success. However, it is also worth looking at howEuropeanmedal wins have played out in terms of participation and number of Olympic medals won. It might be more useful to look at the percentage of Olympic medals won by a number of teams in the same sport. Unfortunately we cannot look at individual results but we can at the team numbers. So if we compare the European teams with the same amount ofparticipation (in World Tour series, F1, GP2 and the Tour de France), there does seem to be a pattern of European teams winning more medals. The final European team isthe Netherlands (5,943 total medals), which hasonly two medal victories. They are the 1/8 of a point behind last place but they only collected one gold medal that year. The best European medalreward in the past(in terms of percentage of medals won) happened in 1992 in the Olympic team trials whenthe Swedish team collected 818 medals. They were also only third on the team table and the final prize was a gold medal in the Grand Prix.

5th Place - U.S. Team (July 18 - 15)

No surprises here as this is the top spot for the United States. The U.S. has won a total of 12 gold medals in F1 from 1913-1958 (including 3 in 1928). Three silver medals have been won in World Tour series (1958, 1974 and 1988), as well as one bronze (1964). Of the medals, five were silver and they only have one silver medal in F1. They were previously on top in World Tour Series for the entireentire 20th century (1929-1940), but after they retired they began to lose popularity. This is probably not surprising as they are in abadly-rated sports scene with a poor track record of high-quality sporting events such as the Summer Tour Series (WTS). So despite their impressive numbers in recent Olympics (4 gold medals since 1904), they will not start 2016 medals high on the

And here is what we know so far about the Giants’ 53-man roster. The Giants are still trying to figure out where their starters are at. The “backup” quarterback seems to be moving around, but some feel like the front office has made its preference on the man and is making the front office happy. Another player who may be included in that list is Brandon Weeden, so if the Giants do decide to bring back Weeden then he might not be able to be on the 53-man roster. I have mentioned Weeden before because of all the changes he is facing this year with all the new players and how much the offense is turning into The Boombox . I am still waiting to hear how that will affect Weeden’s chances with the team. This all comes after the Giants hired offensive line coach Bill Callahan to be their new offensive coordinator. Also we seem to be adding a new defensive line coach.

So far here is our current roster. I like to keep the updated list here so all previous versions (if any). The following players are no longer eligible to be claimed off the practice squad and are not going to make the 53-man roster.

Ryan Nassib, G, Jets: Nassib seems to be moving around and maybe I am just getting ahead of myself. The good thing is I am not sure where his true position is on the depth chart at this point. The reason I am taking a wait and see approach is because the Giants did not pick up their fifth-year option on the veteran. That means in 2015 they will have to sign him off of the practice squad. If they do sign him then the decision may not be whether to keep him on the practice squad or cut him. As we know sometimes teams need to keep players to protect their draft picks. The Jets have a pretty good draft pick, so what else is there? How long can he keep playing until he has to be re-signed? If he is cut or loses the starting job to either Brandon Mosley or Keenan Robinson then they are saving a pick here. Either way I hope they avoid it and keep him.

Will Sutton, TE, Giants: One of the more interesting developments when it comes to the 53-man roster is that last season the Giants cut Adrian Peterson and kept him on the 53-man roster. That left him as a practice squad player for 2014. This year we might see the Giants try to get him to sign with a team. The other interesting development is that the Giants may continue to try to keep their depth on the practice squad. I do not see them bringing anyone up unless it is in a real emergency and some other player has to go.

Jason Kelce, TE, Redskins: After trading for Evan Engram and having him make the team this season, the team now has some problems on the offensive line too. This means Kelce is in their crosshairs. The problem? I do not think Kelce does a lot for the Redskins . Another player who is still on the team but not on the 53-man roster is Jamison Crowder. The Redskins do not appear to be very happy with their tight end depth and will probably be more aggressive moving Kelce to the practice squad if they happen to cut him. If they do not cut him they will need to get him another team to keep him.

Khalil Mack, DE, Raiders: I am no longer keeping my fingers crossed that Mack is cut off their practice squad, but I hope he goes. This should be considered a surprise since Mack is not a great pass rusher and could potentially help in one specific area of the defense. Mack has played very well for the Raiders this year and has a career sack total of 3.5. That is far better than his career total of 0.5 and that one of these days he will be able to join Andre Branch as the only Raiders to have 2 career 10.5 sacks in his career. It would be good to have Mack back and the Raiders know that. I do not think they would call up Mack if he was not named to the 53-man roster.

Greg Hardy, LB, Cowboys: One thing that makes Hardy so interesting as a candidate to be cut is the way they have re-signed him this season. They signed him after he was suspended on three counts and I cannot imagine them cutting him now unless it is to protect a prospect or maybe take him over a backup linebacker. That would be a surprise. It is possible it is because nobody else is trying to take him off the practice squad. I have not heard anything from the team about Hardy’s situation in a while, so hopefully this news can be an exception.

What this means in practical terms is that this month, their flights will now be French-speaking.

In Maythis year, a couple who did not know each other took an Air Canada flight for Canada Day that they expected to take from Montreal to Vancouver and Vancouver to Toronto but ended up in Vancouver instead at 6 pm, a full seven hours later, due to a hold during the flight. They claim that they were treated unfairly by the airline and for nothing.

This time, on the day the Air Canada flight landed in Montreal, it was not given off, which would have been possible if one of the passengers had said something along the lines of, “Your airline doesn’t listen to us. It’s a terrible mistake, but I’ve had it.” But the plane continued on as scheduled and landed in Toronto at 4 pm that evening, still at 6 pm after they had been held for more than seven hours. This time it was also not given off, but after they were given an extra hour that they had not agreed to, they were supposed to board a separate plane at 9 pm with nothing but a few bags and their Canadian credit cards. Despite the fact that they had been at no loss while the time was held, they were then asked to wait while a person they had not spoken to and did not know boarded the unescorted airplane. They were then given a $60 tip and a free flight. The airline, to which this lawsuit was finally filed, has denied the allegations that were made by the couple. In an attempt to settle the dispute, Air Canada gave away an extra $450 of luggage that a companion had been looking forward to bringing on the flight. The case was settled for $5,000 (this amount actually includes a hotel stay), with Air Canada paying $100 in legal fees. The couple now has to get the extra $450 travel voucher just to fly again at the time when this incident happened.

Again, not saying this is not a bad thing and should be welcomed in many areas, but it should always not be done to such a small extent that the airlines can’t respond to concerns or accommodate complaints. Now, about that price increase on October 2, 2009: it is a $150 increase under the terms of a CADA agreement. This was added to the previous $200 cost of a one-way ticket, the increase resulting from an increase in the cost of Canadian Air Service. The additional cost was for “increased capacity and increased number of seats,” that is, another revenue boost. That the CADA agreement is what caused these increases is not news to anyone who has ever dealt with them. One particular scenario that is discussed very often revolves around what has long been considered an inflated revenue figure in relation to revenue growth.

If one were to look at the chart of Air Canada’s finances, one is able to see that Air Canada does indeed look like a profit maker these days. In addition to the increases, Air Canada’s revenue growth, which comes from the increased revenue from what was previously CAC and from the sale of the airline’s assets, is far outpacing Air Canada’s expenses overall. It is only this change in business strategy that puts one on good financial footing. It is just that it is very difficult to calculate anything beyond a certain amount of revenue growth, one which includes a large amount of CAC. In the past, this figure has always been much lower than that of expenses. This is because on average, one can imagine the revenue from CAC coming in close to the costs. But as Air Canada’s revenues grow, Air Canada’s expenses (both real and financial) naturally rise. So while the number of passengers flying Air Canada’s aircraft will remain roughly the same, the number of seats it must accommodate will definitely rise (to more than its previous business model did allow it), and in doing so, costs are going to be higher as well. It will be interesting to see how much that increase looks to the financial picture, but it sure isn’t increasing all at once. As with all things to do with Air Canada, the company is not going to be able to simply ignore it and continue on its path without much change. That is one of the bigger lessons that the company will have to learn from these recent allegations, to the degree that it can, before it repeats these same mistakes in the future. But that still leaves one to wonder if there is anything that this case, and a new year, could do to force that company to change their ways. In the absence of any other action, what would it take to change the status quo? It seems unlikely. Air Canada has been operating in a bad situation for quite some time, and for some time is unlikely to improve. But perhaps the only way to reverse this trajectory is if the company is forced to act quickly. Then, maybe the government will actually give the necessary funding to keep things from going the way they have for years. Until then, Air Canada may well continue on its current track despite facing some increased expenses

I’ve heard from some friends that some of these smart speakers have cameras, too. As these gadgets start to evolve, the amount of government interest will increase as well .

To get to the core of what Google is doing, we have to take a step back to the very origins of online shopping. According to Google’s public roadmap , in 2012 Mark and Larry wanted “the product to be really great and easy to use but for those who can’t really use the product. That was the original mission of the first thing we did, if you’ll recall. The first thing we did to this product was we said, let’s start by taking a step back and say, okay, this product is actually, when the product is purchased by the customer, what are the features of that user? We call it the user experience. What is the user’s expectations around what’s it like to walk into a store and how is it going to behave with that retailer or with this brand, whether they need a product quickly or whether it has a particular customer base,” says Borthwick. “In other words, is it going to appeal to a broad range of consumers?” “And once you find out what those core features are and how those core features can actually improve the buying experience, you can scale up to other businesses that are not so focused on the core market,” says Borthwick. You can read the entire Google roadmap here. In April 2016 Google unveiled Google Home , a smart speaker that offers Amazon Echo and Apple Siri as well as an array of other features for music, scheduling, and voice controls on the cheap. In addition, it includes Wi-Fi connectivity, a microphone, accelerometers and motion sensors, and a “natural language” voice recognition engine. More than 4 million Home units have shipped since its announcement . And now the same company is working on Google Assistant, which is a competitor to Amazon’s Alexa. Google is known for developing hardware, but the company is also known as a supplier for Google Glass. In March 2017, Google announced it had a partnership with Intel for the creation of Google Glassdevices. And when it comes to devices, Google is not the first one to experiment with AI. Amazon has been working on its own software, called the Echo . In the summer of last year, Amazon released Echo Spot which is an app that lets you play music from your Amazon Music library from your smartphone . Just this past January, Apple and Google announced the release of Siri by Amazon . As far as the technology goes, Google and Amazon are still at the testing phase. We first heard about Google Voice last fall , and the company launched it in beta form on August, 2016. Google’s goal is to bring the tech to the same level of consumer services that we have on mobile. Currently, Google Voice only supports Android and iOS devices, but there will soon be an API for Windows phones. Google has also published three free mobile applications to demonstrate the ability to talk to the Google assistant. Speaking of Google Assistant, today the company launched a free app to access it in the App Store and Google Play. The assistant also appears as a “custom” Google assistant in settings, and appears in the search bar.

That’s the core of it.

So when Google comes out with another one of these products, then you have to start thinking about new features. That’s where things get tricky. This is where we can start to imagine where the line becomes difficult. For example, there are a billion of us, so it’s pretty easy to imagine new features in this world where we don’t all use the same products. We’ll all probably want to know where we can find out about a specific search query, or how much information about a subject that the voice will process. How would a company like Apple or Amazon possibly handle that? We’ll all probably be willing to pay lots of money for more intelligent products. We may want a smartphone with Siri , or a television with Cortana , or a set top box with Google Cast , or an electric toothbrush with Google Assistant . That’s all on us and we’ll decide.

What people are likely to want is control over how their search and Google services act in their home. It may not be “Big Brother” monitoring their every move, but at the end of the day, we all have to agree which type of services we want. And the core of people’s demand will still be the same: We want the technology we want. What we don’t want is new services encroaching on what we already use.

In light of how the world already is, I still believe that there is a good chance we’ll find ourselves in another world in which we get increasingly smart and use the most advanced, innovative, and cutting-edge technology to improve our lives. But we have to first decide what we want. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child . We already have many smart phones and wearable devices (smart glasses/watches) and as we come


I am not the only individual who is looking for solutions to the epidemic of pre-term births. Many parents are in the same situation and have to face unimaginable pain and loss that they don’t want to take on; however, they fear the medical consequences of their pregnancy and not wanting to give birth to a baby that dies. Here is some information and ideas that you might want to think about.

  1. Baby’s Heart Becomes An Island In The Pond

I had heard about the risk that the baby’s heart becomes an island in and around the placenta. Most of the time it causes no harm to the baby in the long run because of the fast pace and the normal blood loss. However, some women report that if the baby’s heart does become an island, the placenta will expel all of the oxygen and nutrients from the baby’s body. In other words, the baby will die in a short amount of time. It is unfortunate that this can happen, but the problem has more to do with the fact that most doctors are still struggling with trying to treat the problem. The problem is still fairly new, but most doctors just don’t yet have a correct treatment for this problem. In most cases the baby is not in danger of dying during the delivery, but his or her oxygen needs are compromised. At this point, a woman might face the decision to have an induced birth to treat the oxygen consumption and nutrient loss. On the other hand, many doctors are now recognizing that taking off the oxygen mask and delivering the baby may be a terrible experience for the mother. In any case, there could be a good chance that the baby will survive the birth, although if he or she is very small, she should take precautions to ensure this won’t occur.

The following is an article that I read about this problem, written by Dr. Peter J. Gammie, DVM (via ).

“The oxygen saturation of the baby’s body will start getting very low as soon as the pre-placental vascular network is complete, and will then reach its lowest point about 2 to 5 hours after the placenta is born. The oxygen saturation will decrease even more gradually over the remainder of the 6-hour perinatal period until about 12 hours after birth. The baby may lose up to 20 percent of his or her blood. The maternal position during birth will significantly increase the risk of loss of blood; the mother and infant have a higher risk of injury from the placenta.”

The following is a video titled “Pre-Placental Hypercapnia: An Unusual Birth” that shows a very interesting phenomenon that occurs in the early stages of labor. My wife and I watched this video and learned that during an induced birth, blood flows from the baby’s ventricles (the largest blood vessels in the body) toward their pulmonary arteries (the small blood vessels). This action would not occur in natural childbirth as the pulmonary artery vessels could not receive much blood flow for about 45 minutes after birth. Later into the labor, the blood pressure of the baby increases while the heart’s pumping action slows down. This can cause the pulmonary artery vessels to dilate and form small holes that allow oxygen and nutrients to be absorbed by the baby’s body. It is important to note that the heart and lungs do not take any action to aid the oxygen consumption/nutrient depletion during birth. The heart continues to pump while oxygen and food are being ingested by the baby. We watched the video and we learned that in order for this event to occur during labor these things would happen. That is to say, the baby’s heart is being squeezed by the placenta’s vascular network. There was a lot of discussion with our family about this phenomenon, but since it is so unique to a natural birth I would like to share it with you. My wife and I watched the video and learned that an important component of this process is that the baby’s blood pressure increases rapidly while he/she is in labor.

This is not good news to be an optimistic fan; we’ve gotten used to this.

In addition, I’m beginning to think the Steelers might have to address the depth at OLB which is a big need. That said, Mike Adams was cut this week and he has some promise, but if the Steelers feel you are not worth their cap space, they might as well go the other way.

Panthers at Packers

This game has been written about for a while now, but with some interesting tidbits. (See: )

On one side of the ball, I get why the Panthers would be willing to release Brandon LaFell and I think they want to make a move that will make it for them. The same is true of the Packers, if Aaron Rodgers has decided that you can no longer count on him to be the starter for the foreseeable future, and the Packers need to address their running back issues, or at least get the ball in their offense more than their defense for the next two. The Panthers cannot run the ball effectively enough to compete with the Green Bay pass rush and the Packers defense. This would allow the Panthers to put more pressure on the Packers QB this year and then let the Panthers get into the playoffs.

In addition, with Kelvin Benjamin sidelined with a rib injury and the running game that the Panthers run, it would be smart to go with Cam Newton, or at the very least something closer to him. Cameron Brate (whose most recent injury was severe enough that he missed the training camp and preseason games), and even a fourth receiver could do some damage to one of the best front fours in football, but I am not sure that a true ball carrier should be a factor in the Panthers offense.

In the end, I have a hard time seeing the Panthers scoring another touchdowns at Lambeau. This means that this is a two point game until the last minute, and if not for Aaron Rodgers, it might be close, but it is not close, either. The Panthers need to win this game, and if they have to go on the road to do so, I would rather watch Rodgers take the ball than to see them trying to score against a mediocre Packers linebacking corps.

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(The horse from the “S-List”onthe bottom has beencanceled)

Here are the items that we need for the shelter and how many of the following items you have: 1) 1 1/4” x 12” Wood/Sisal 2) 1” x 12” Wood/Sisal 3) 1” x 12” Wood/Sisal 4) Tarp 4) 10’ rope 5) Heavy duty garbage bag I have been told the following items can be purchased together and the extra ones are not worth a couple hundred bucks each. Be sure to check in with your local store to see if they carry most items.

Step #1) 1.4 lbs of lumber. Be sure to usepreferably2’x6 boards. Wood is a great insulator, so you want your fire walls to be a thick layer of alder, acacia and oak. I was unable to find a lumber that is larger than 24 wide and had wood that was only 15 wide. I found that a plywood board was too skinny and a 20 x 40 board was big enough. So take your time and make sure that you have the right size and width board for the ground.

Step #2) 1-2 lbs of Sisal. Not even close. This thing is hard to cut. Sisal is good for insulating, but it won’t grow with the weather because it is hard and dry and it won’t warm up well in the winter. I like using oak fiber Sisal. So you’ll need both. And since this is going to be on a wood structure, it’s a good idea to fill-in the holes. I used 1-2 cans of asphalt sealer and it worked great.

Step #3) 1/4” x 10” wood. This has to be cut down to size, and if you’ve read any of the other blogs and stories already, you know this. It is important that you cut this down with the largest screw you can get your hands on. You can use about a 3/4” bit - if your drill drill is bigger than that, you’ll need a better choice.

Step #4) 2-3 gallons of water.

So far I’ve used only one cup. I’m sure we’d have to double that next time.

Step #5) 10 rope. This part is important and makes your life a lot easier. As I mentioned above, it should be a wood structure. To secure your fire walls as well as to pull the rope down after the fire is finished, you’ll need 10’ of Rope.

Some additional steps: 1) Prepare fire pit. I like the one found on this site. I found it to be a good idea to pre-heat the firepit with a BBQ grate on it beforehand to keep the hot air from being too hot to the ground. We’ll do this again! 2) Prepare shelter. This part will be as much about how you position the fire walls, as it will be about how big each fire wall is needed to be. I like to position mine high above my fire pit and to the side of the shelter so I have the best view of when the fire is about to start and will dissipate when it gets too hot. If I need to move it, I’ll leave out the side so that air does not circulate when I move it. Remember, air cannot circulate when there is not enough of it. 3) Decide on what kind of wood you want. All the other things (tarp top, firewood, gravel etc) are really up to you, but depending on the materials you want and the sizes you need for the shelter, you may have to select different types of wood. I prefer pine and acacia in all their glory (and I don’t know why people don’t get more of a tan from a lot of trees!). 4) Determine where you will put your shelter. I like to choose a spot where alotof sunlight rises up through the wood and the bottom of the fire wall. I’m not sure I have ever seen such a high amount of sunlight in winter anywhere in the Merrimack Valley. In many areas of the Merrimack Valley, the sun is a lot lower so it is not as nice as the higher temperatures. 5) Plan shelter on site and dig out any soil you need. I used a gravel pit to dig out the soil before the shelter was put up. 6) Once your shelter is down, we’ll find a spot for

That could be changing, though. It seems that the Federal Aviation Administration is seeking ways to bring down flight prices. In October a proposed rule change was submitted that involves allowing airlines greater flexibility in the pricing of tickets. Airlines could use their own internal pricing systems and pass that cost on to their passengers, thus lowering your airline’s own costs. To keep costs on a downward trend with passengers, the proposed rule is geared toward pricing tickets on a “best efforts” basis, where airlines are permitted to offer the lowest possible cost for two reasons. The first reason is to help preserve the value of the airline’s low fare, allowing airlines to sell off valuable inventory. The second reason is to keep costs in check by reducing overhead, and making airlines more cost-competitive.

The proposed rule change also allows airlines to drop prices after a certain number of people cancel their fares, in order to discourage long-distance airfares. One interesting provision of the proposed rule would allow airlines to advertise fares between two specific airports to make up for a reduced ticket price, rather than dropping prices at more distant airports. How many Americans have been forced to change their flights to a distant hub due to a price war between planes?

Airlines that are allowed price wars may also be able to use these price reductions to encourage passengers to fly with their particular airline, eliminating the need for passengers to change flights and potentially saving valuable dollars. Here’s the thing is, airline pricing is supposed to be based on what it costs to get service to every stop. Under the current rules, a flight to Detroit costs $190, and a flight from New York to Denver can cost more than $300. What if we gave airlines the ability to offer low prices through promotions? Airlines that were profitable enough could make up the difference. It’s a win-win.

Under the proposed rules, airlines would be able to offer some form of “opt in” deal, in which passengers could select a pre-selected destination from a limited list of airlines that they want to fly with, then pay for a minimum number of journeys with that airline. This would be an interesting way to encourage more people to join a particular airline, since people are attracted to airlines for different reasons than prices, such as convenience. Under the proposed rules, airlines would also be able to offer ticket pricing directly to customers, which would allow consumers to see an airline’s service before the ticket is ever purchased.

The way airlines already handle ticket pricing is they price tickets in increments. For example, a ticket in Denver costs $120, and a ticket to New York costs $190. Under the proposed rules, a cheaper ticket would cost $70 more, and a more expensive one $100 more, to ensure a competitive price. This means that once the customer receives the ticket price, there’s really no way to change it. So, at the end of the day, the passenger pays for the benefit of a lower, lower price. Under the proposed rules, customers would be able to actually choose their own seat on a flight, not pay for it.

On paper, there might actually be a very good reason why you may not want to purchase this phone. This device could do well by being just a bit cheaper to purchase. Below are some things to look for when deciding if you want a mid-range smartphone.

What is mid-range? According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the American consumer base for mid-range devices is typically defined as “consumer groups who are somewhat lower-priced than high-end ones”. This means that most people will consider a mid-range phone a “good choice for someone who wants a moderately-priced entry-level high-end phone with a good amount of capacity, performance, and value to meet their needs”. However, the cost of doing business dictates that consumers will consider relatively inexpensive options for a variety of reasons. These reasons include: They are relatively easier to acquire. In most cases, a purchase the product outright will not be any less easy to make than one made over time by negotiating an offer. In fact, many manufacturers have policies designed to make the purchase of a brand new product easier to make. These products are relatively disposable. When someone buys the product directly from the vendor, they might be inclined to sell it to someone else without any consideration of actual usage, saving the cost of making it. This is often a problem in cases of budget-conscious consumers purchasing inexpensive electronics. These devices are cheap to make. If a company is going to be buying this product on a regular basis (e.g., monthly) then they will generally require a lower margin to sell it, reducing its total cost. Therefore, it is desirable for consumers to be able to purchase a mid-range phone that is, most obviously, good, and with the least amount of effort and resources required to make it. However, it must be kept in mind that the manufacturer (or the company that makes the phone) must be spending time and resources to make a product; thus, it is not a matter of buying a cheap phone that will do just fine.

When to Buy a Mid-Range Phone

As I said, there are essentially two categories of consumers, those who buy very inexpensive high-end, and those purchasing very expensive mid-range devices. The market for low-priced mid-range devices is still small, but it is growing very quickly. As a result, many mid-range phones are available now, at a variety of prices. However, it is important to be wary of what the price may be when you get your hands on a mid-range phone. This is where you should use a salesperson to sell you on something that is already on the market. The device is priced on the basis of its actual value. For instance, someone buying a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 may be able to upgrade to a larger battery for around $100, or to a faster processor for about $15. But, in reality a person buying an 8GB model from Samsung should be able to upgrade to an 18GB model for the same price. The manufacturer will be spending time and resources to make every dollar count; if they can get the cost of each component down to be substantially less than the value of the entire product, then the person will be able to make a purchase. Even though the manufacturer will be spending time and resources to make this phone perform well, the actual cost for a mid-range Android phone does not include any additional engineering and development costs. In short, those looking for the cheapest way to get a mid-range Android device are not really looking for a device that performs well. Instead, you should be looking for a mid-range Android phone that is inexpensive in its actual price.

Choosing a Great Phone To Buy

Now that we have covered the key reasons to purchase a mid-range phone, let’s take a look at a number of the best Android smartphones. These devices are a very good way to compare mid-range phones from different manufacturers and also to decide which one you want to take a chance on purchasing.

Design vs Features

Of the two main areas of hardware design on a device, this has to be considered first. We believe that the best Android smartphone is a device that looks great on the inside. However, there is something to be said for a device that features a great screen and does really well in nearly every aspect of performance and looks. Many of the popular Android phones from various manufacturers feature flagship specs and offer a number of different models based on performance, hardware features and features of their brand of software. In contrast, a mid-range device should be designed based on the device’s use of the hardware for productivity, media playback and storage.

Most people will never buy a mid-range phone on the basis of the software because we prefer them to be fully developed

Spaceport spokesman Mike Stokes

According to an aerial view, the storm has made landfall in St. Augustine, FL, and is expected to continue moving NE by this afternoon. As shown below, the eye and center of the storm are now very close to the east coast of Florida and about 90 miles north of the state. A second image shows a view from the National Hurricane Center’s Miami campus from where we can observe the eye and middle of the storm.

The Weather Channel has a video of this system, here .

The National Hurricane Center now has this system for the next 24 hours as an 8-10 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph , with a central pressure of 1051 mb, maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, and maximum sustained winds around 80 mph in the center of the cyclone. This system has no significant storm motion (although some potential frontal boundaries could develop) and is being reported around the world.

Some additional updates from the National Hurricane Center, via The Weather Channel

The Storm is on the East Coast of Florida This morning (Tuesday, September 7), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a Level 3 Hurricane Watch for eastern Florida. The watch was issued from 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, through 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 9th. A hurricane warning has been issued for Florida from 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, through 4 a.m. Thursday, September 9th for the outer part of the state south of the Intracoastal Waterway. There is a chance that the hurricane center could change in the near term. (To read more about the NHC tropical system forecast systems , click here .) In addition, a Hurricane Watch is in effect for western North Carolina in the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 7 through 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9th (with a possible extension to Thursday, Sept. 10th). The NHC has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for eastern North Carolina and southwestern Georgia from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect for Florida. (To read more about the NHC tropical system forecast systems , click here .) There is a 5 percent chance the system will produce a tropical storm with sustained winds of 74 mph or greater by 5 a.m. Thursday. The system is expected to slowly move toward the east and could become a tropical storm on Thursday and then tropical storm or hurricane by Friday. At its location along the coast, the hurricane has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, with a central pressure of about 971 mb. (Click here for NHC forecast system animations. )

Saw this photo of the storm: Click To Expand

This is the last image I hope to post today. So many wonderful people and organizations have offered to help me make this trip possible. This photo is from a concert that featured singer/songwriter Lauren Laverne Imelda’s band, The Hounds Of Cydonia.

These guys worked behind the scenes to make it happen…

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