We Need to Talk: Five Things Your Plumbing is Trying to Tell You Aug 21, 2014 08:08AM

WACO, Texas (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

When it comes to home plumbing, nonverbal clues and cues are the best resources for identifying hidden and yet undiscovered issues. However, it's not always easy to pick up on the messages a home's plumbing is sending out.

To help decipher what the toilet is touting and the sink is saying, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has offered insight into five things a home's plumbing is trying to tell its owner.

Plumbing Issue: When the dishwasher runs, it causes water to back up into the kitchen sink.

What your plumbing is telling you: A large volume of water is attempting to drain from the dishwasher all at once, but if there is an obstruction, it won't drain at full capacity. The obstruction may not have caused a clog yet, but chances are there is one in the near future. The obstruction could be anything from food blockage or a grease build-up to a corroding drainline. An experienced handy man can remove a simple blockage, but homeowners should never use caustic products down their drain as they can cause pipe deterioration.

Plumbing Issue: Whenever the toilet flushes, the temperature in the shower changes.

What your plumbing is telling you: Both the hot and cold water lines are run into one pipe, supplying a shower with a mixture of the two to create an enjoyable shower temperature. However, when a toilet is flushed, the cold water line is attempting to supply more than one fixture, causing it to divert some of the cold water supply from the shower to the toilet. This can also happen with hot water, if the washing machine is working while the homeowner is showering. Homeowners can correct this malfunction by replacing the basic shower valve with a pressure balance shower valve, which regulates the water temperature continuously.

Plumbing Issue: The water heater is making a strange gurgling sound.

What your plumbing is telling you: Gurgling in a water heater could be indicating one of two issues. The gurgling could be a symptom of a failed thermostat causing the water to overheat and boil. This is very dangerous and a plumbing professional should be called immediately. The second issue that could cause the sound is a build-up of sediment at the bottom of the tank, causing the water heater to run longer than necessary to heat through the sediment. In either case, a professional should be contacted for diagnosis.

Plumbing Issue: The shower head has a very low pressure.

What your plumbing is telling you: The shower head jets or flow restrictor inside the head could have calcium deposits blocking them. You could try cleaning them by placing a bag of vinegar and water over the shower head to soak, or replace the shower head completely. Shower head replacement is a simple DIY project.

Plumbing Issue: The toilet and drains gurgle and/or slow drains are noticed all over the house.

What your plumbing is telling you: If a homeowner notices any of these symptoms, the drainlines are sending out warnings that although they aren't broken, there could be serious consequences to ignoring these signs. Quite often, these are signs of a mainline blockage. A handy homeowner may be able to check an outdoor cleanout for signs of a block, but it is highly suggested a plumbing professional is called to do any work.

Not all strange pipe noises and plumbing peculiarities are trying to tell you something. However, when they are, it's usually a message homeowners should pay close attention to; it will save everyone time, money and heartache in the long run.

About Mr. Rooter®:
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500" and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit Mr.Rooter.com

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Sprite Kids Introduces Speaktacular Sight Words for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to Teach Children to use Intelligent Voice Recognition Powered by Nuance Aug 21, 2014 08:08AM

Fremont, California (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Award-winning children's app developer, Sprite Kids, today announced the launch of Speaktacular Sight Words available exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Speaktacular Sight Words is a revolutionary app that allows kindergarten through third grade children to use their own voices to recognize and properly pronounce words from three unique word lists critical to reading development. The app is powered by the NDEV Mobile developer program from Nuance Communications, a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.

In Speaktacular Sight Words, voice input complements the widely-used touch interface on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, enabling the app to hear, correct, and track the word read by the child. This automates the learning process, while leveraging an underutilized sensory input available on smart devices. It encourages children to use and develop their speech skills, which otherwise they do not develop when interacting with these devices. Children not only familiarize themselves with new words, but learn to actually read them and articulate them.

Speaktacular Sight Words features three word lists critical to learning to read: the Dolch Sight Words, Academic Vocabulary Words, and Trouble Words. Compiled by leading educational experts, the Dolch Sight Words list includes 220 words + 95 nouns encountered in children's books and are critical during the early stages of reading development. The Academic Vocabulary word list includes 287 academic vocabulary words that meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are traditionally used in academic dialogue and text.  These words are commonly used to help students understand oral directions and classroom instructional dialog, as well as comprehend text across different content areas – including math, science, and social studies/history. The Trouble Words list includes 125 words that special needs children often need extra help learning.   

"For the first time in the children's app market, we've been able to utilize the same world-recognized voice recognition software that powers some of the world's most powerful brands, and applied it to one of the most critical skills in the learning process; teaching children to read and correctly annunciate their words in an interactive and exciting format where they're rewarded for their efforts," said Sprite Kids Founder Nikita Sawant.

Traditionally, parents and teachers have used flashcards or lists to teach children the most frequently used words.  Instead of showing children flashcards over and over again, Speaktacular Sight Words features more than 700 commonly used words that are taught to children by Miko, an interactive monkey avatar who encourages them to advance by capturing their attention.

Miko guides children through the articulation adventure by instructing each child to read a word on the screen. First, he listens and understands the word read by the child using Nuance's voice recognition technology. Then, he provides them with encouraging feedback in smiles or by shaking his head if the spoken word is pronounced incorrectly.

Parents and teachers can choose between two settings: a teaching mode where a child is read a word and asked to repeat it or practice mode where a child can read and learn independently.  After reading five words, children are given a puzzle to solve which motivates them to learn five more words.  As they progress, they are given new games and puzzles to complete. 

Parents and teachers can individually see the progress of one child or an entire classroom with an innovative word-tracking option that automatically flags words a child is struggling with. Up to 30 user accounts can be established per app, allowing a parent with several kids of different ages or a teacher of an entire class to see the results and progress of each child independently. For words read incorrectly, the educator can hear what the child said when they read the word aloud.  This allows parents and teachers to help the child review the troubled word and keep track of progress. Words to be read are displayed with the Dyslexia Font to make it easier for readers with dyslexia.  A Custom Word List feature lets users create their own word list by choosing the words from all of the available word lists.

"Sprite Kids' Speaktacular Sight Words App will forever change how teachers and students learn and practice the invaluable reading component of mastering sight words," said Jayne Clare, special education professional and co-founder of Teachers with Apps. "Speaktacular Sight Words is engaging, informative, and, most importantly, advantageous for students and teachers."

The Speaktacular Sight Words App is available for $1.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at http://www.AppStore.com

About Sprite Kids
Located in Fremont, California, Sprite Kids was founded in 2013 by Nikita Kapoor with a focus on creating learning environments for children which spark creativity, instill a love for reading and which guide them to think logically.   The company's innovative apps for children have won praise by the tech industry, parents, and educators.  For more information, please visit http://www.spritekids.com.

About Nuance Communications,  Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit http://www.nuance.com.  

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Tranztec Solutions Announces New Expanded Tranzactor™ A2A Integration Library for the Transportation Industry Aug 21, 2014 08:08AM

Perrysburg, Ohio (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Tranztec Solutions, Inc., a leader in transportation technology, recently announced that its Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator, part of the Tranzactor™ Integration Suite, has expanded its integration library to include some of the most popular Transportation Applications available in the industry. Users of Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator can now link popular industry applications such as FleetLocate™ and TMW Synergize™ directly with any other application including popular dispatch systems from companies like TMW Systems and others. Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator now includes over 100 new integration functions allowing for even greater business automation across the entire enterprise.

What Is Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator?

Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator is a state-of-the-art business automation and integration platform designed for enterprise-wide process automation, data transformation and decision support for the Transportation Industry. Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator allows users to create business logic and automation workflows simply and easily with Visio style graphical editing, allowing companies to tightly integrate and automate all aspects of their business without the need for a large programming staff.

"Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator enables faster information flows and advanced business decisions", explained James King, Tranztec's Vice President of Product Management, "If you are manually entering data, enforcing process, or having people do repetitive tasks within your TMS, then you definitely need Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator."

"Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator empowers endless transportation automation possibilities," said Toby Miller, President of Tranztec, "We are specialists in integration-based services, and with Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator, there is virtually nothing we can't integrate or automate." Miller further explained, "Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator even enables the automatic creation of custom web-based services and applications. The technology is so powerful, it has been utilized as the infrastructure for much of our own software such as VIA™, our logistics mobile communications platform."

Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator powers transportation and software companies with business automation solutions including:

Dynamic Web Service Applications

Using our patent-pending workflow-based web service technology, Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator allows the creation of fully functional web services on top of any application without the need for extensive programming efforts. Leveraging this technology, Tranztec built a fully featured mobile application for a large international shipping firm that fully integrates with TMW Suite and TMW Synergize automating arrival and departure as well as providing integrated POD capture and processing.

Automatic Load Position Reporting, Messaging & Communication

Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator can be leveraged to create geo-fences that automate procedures based on business criteria in a custom set of workflows. Southern Tank Transport, a TL2000 customer, employed Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator to automatically monitor the movement of their trucks through the incoming position reports of their Qualcomm system. The custom workflow monitors loads for a specific customer, creates geo-fences for the customer locations automatically, and tracks when the truck is nearing, or entering the geo-fence. Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator leverages defined business rules to generate automated messages that a truck is arriving to their operations as well as the customer.

Automatic Data Extraction & Population

Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator also provides seamless, automated web integration from any website or portal, eliminating human errors and saving countless hours. Northern Refrigerated Trucking is using the technology to integrate with Lean Logistics. Efficiency is significantly gained through Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator's custom workflows to connect to Lean Logistics portal, extract offered load information, and send it to Truckmate as a Load Tender. Additionally, Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator tracks those loads and inputs the shipment status information into Lean Logistics from the EDI output from Truckmate. Once completed, the workflow seamlessly enters the invoices into Lean Logistics and makes decisions on what accessorial charges and other information to add to the invoice based on a set of defined business rules.

Automatic Billing/Invoicing

Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator can be used to streamline a company's billing process to not only manage the documents, but send the invoices. Several transportation companies have leveraged Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator to extract generated invoices of specific customers from TMW Suite and extract the POD paperwork from their document imaging system, convert everything to a single PDF format, and e-mail it to the customer without the need for user intervention.

About Tranzactor™ Integration Suite

Tranzactor™ Integration Suite is the result of 20 years of professional research in the transportation and logistics industries. The suite was developed to eliminate the underlying problems companies face in unifying the many different technologies used in the industry today helping them become more proficient, productive, and profitable. Tranzactor™ Integration Suite is a data integration, transformation, and communications platform that provides a wide range of integration solutions including web services, workflow, decision support, optimization, EDI, and secure communications. Tranzactor™ A2A Integrator comes as a standard component of the Tranzactor™ Integration Suite or may be purchased separately.

About Tranztec Solutions, Inc.
Tranztec Solutions' professionals have well over 30 years of expertise in software development in the Transportation industry covering every facet of technology. Our customers include many different sizes and types of Carriers and Logistics companies and some of the most well-known transportation technology providers from the United States and Canada.

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HelioPower, Inc. Announces New Director of Marketing Aug 21, 2014 08:08AM

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

HelioPower, Inc., an integrated energy solutions provider based in Murrieta, CA today announced the appointment of David Schooley as their new Director of Marketing. Schooley will serve on the organization's leadership team overseeing its marketing department and driving strategic planning and development for company's marketing initiatives across all HelioPower's service lines: Professional Services, EPC, Energy Analytics, PredictEnergyTM, and Asset Management/O&M (Operations & Maintenance).

Schooley has served as Marketing Director, Creative Director, and as a Consultant to hundreds of companies for more than 20 years. Prior to joining HelioPower, David worked on several Direct Response Television (DRTV) campaigns, including the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, the Ab Roller, the Pasta Pot, the University of Phoenix, the University of Devry, and American Tax. In addition, David has also engineered branding strategies and campaigns for GoPro Camera's, Traxxas RC, Amsoil, and Kumho Tires.

"I'm so excited David has chosen to join our team," said Scott Gordon, President of HelioPower, Inc. "David will be responsible for identifying market opportunities and developing new strategies for HelioPower while upholding our current reputation of quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and innovative, cost-effective energy solutions."

"I'm very happy for the opportunity HelioPower Inc. has given me to represent a company that I believe is truly the best value in solar," said David Schooley. "When compared to others, HelioPower is second to none with truly first class solar service, cost effective energy solutions, and superb solar maintenance for residential and commercial energy needs."

About HelioPower, Inc.
HelioPower is an integrated energy solutions company with more than 4,500 solar and clean energy systems engineered and installed since 2001. Founded in 2001, HelioPower's mission is to reduce energy costs and develop energy assets by leveraging renewable energy production, demand side management, and return on investment strategies for clients in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, please visit http://www.HelioPower.com.


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Hunhu Healthcare Enters into Licensing Agreement with Mayo Clinic Aug 21, 2014 08:07AM

Minneapolis, Minn. (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Hunhu Healthcare, Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of intelligent social wellness solutions, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Mayo Clinic to develop medical best practices, mobile technology and predictive analytics for recruiting, leveraging and managing its solution for online wellness communities.

According to Michael Emerson, co-founder and CEO of Hunhu Healthcare, the company has applied for two patents on the technology used in what he calls a social wellness solution, which is made up of a wearable pendant that detects movements (such as falls) and facilitates community conversations, an app for Android and Apple phones, a cloud-based database application, and a social networking platform.

"The philosophy behind Hunhu Healthcare is a many-to-one approach based on the belief that people heal better and faster when they are in a supportive culture and with the help of family, a social network, and their immediate community. The Hunhu solution combines the latest in wearable technology, mobile devices and social networking to deliver support and peace of mind to vulnerable individuals--and their families--when they are experiencing health care needs."

An example of community-based support is seen in a 2014 study by the University of Manchester, which examined patients with long-term health challenges (specifically, congestive heart failure and diabetes) to assess how social interactions influenced health outcomes. Researchers found that:

   •  The more socially connected and involved a patient was, the more engaged they were in their care plan,
   •  Social networks expand in accordance with the needs of the individual (in other words: the more you need, the more you get), and
   •  Social support results in fairly dramatic cost savings, and those with a greater level of illness showed the best results.

According to Emerson, the Hunhu solution is expected to be available for purchase by adults in transition to early retirement years, and individuals who need extended help for themselves or a loved one, in the second quarter of 2015. The company plans for several field trials in the fall of this year.


About Hunhu Healthcare
Hunhu Healthcare delivers an intelligent social wellness solution to vulnerable individuals and their supporters via an integration of cloud technology, predictive analytics, and a proprietary wearable device. To learn more, visit http://www.hunhuhealthcare.com.

For more information: Barbara Tabor, APR / (651) 230-9192 / barbara(at)taborpr(dot)com/ Tabor Communications Consulting for Hunhu Healthcare

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