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Saturday, 26 July 2014 06:34
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People have been trying to create a portable phone since Alexander Graham Bell first attempts. So, just how early on did someone finally succeed? According to The Daily Mail Online, W W McFarlane’s creation in the 1920′s was one of the earliest in portable phones.

The device, invented by Philadelpia experimenter W W McFarlane required three pieces of stove pipe stuck to a board as an aerial.

Unlike many wireless ‘telephones’ of the period, it could transmit and receive, like a contemporary telephone.

It worked over a range of up to 500 yards, the newspaper reports.

The ‘transceiver’ device was bulky – as well as the stove pipes, it required a box sitting in the car next to the chauffeur – but it was well ahead of its time.

Technologically, the device – unearthed in an Ohio newspaper, the Sandusky Register by Smithsonian.com, is more akin to a walkie talkie, as you had to ‘push to talk’, rather than having a true two-way conversation.

After the jump, a video about two New York women from 1922 and their portable phone that connects to a fire hydrant.

 
Saturday, 26 July 2014 06:34
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The Better Business Bureau is 100 years old this year, and to celebrate, they’ve made an infographic of their accomplishments. The top of the graphic is below, and the full version is available here.

Bbb 100 Year Infographic

Friday, 25 July 2014 11:07
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In Insights from a Franchise Insider, author Bill Hunt shares insights from his 25 year career opening and supporting international franchises around the world.

Nsights From a Franchise Insider

I’m looking forward to reading this book.

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Bill Hunt wrote Insights from a Franchise Insider to share his quarter century of overseas experience with other North American master franchise companies on how to open and support international franchises in the emerging countries around the world. This book focuses on his challenges to introduce North American real estate franchising into the emerging countries of Latin America and Asia.

Friday, 25 July 2014 08:59
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Water balloon fights are fun, but filling dozens of water balloons at the spigot, isn’t.

Thankfully an inventive dad has just changed childhood forever. Josh Malone, along with his kids, has developed a way to fill 100 balloons in one minute. His device, called “Bunch O Balloons”, attaches directly to the hose and contains 37 pre-connected balloons that automatically fill and tie themselves.

The system is easy enough for kids of all ages.

As of this article’s writing, Malone’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the initial manufacturing of the device had nearly 10,000 backers and had reached $348,000 of his $10,000 funding goal!

Friday, 25 July 2014 08:48
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Barn owl

One Cotati, California man has an avian solution to pest control: planting nesting boxes for barn owls in vineyards so they can prey upon rodents.

John Schuster, owner of Wild Wing Co., said his boxes have helped put a significant dent in gopher populations in North Bay vineyards and beyond, using nature to protect a multibillion-dollar crop.

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