Smartphones Are Now The Leading Device To Browse The Internet

New research from Ofcom has revealed that smartphones are now the leading device for browsing online over other popular devices such as laptops and tablets. Two thirds of people in the UK now own smartphones which they use on a regular basis, spending nearly two hours a day browsing online, accessing their social media accounts and to use banking and shopping applications.

Due to the shift in smartphone trends, it’s highly important for any business to ensure that their website is responsive to adapt to different shape and sizes devices such as smartphones and tablets. The latest Google update ranks websites based on their responsiveness over the standard design so in order to avoid being penalised, ensure your web developers create your site based on responsiveness. At Surge Marketing Solutions, a web design company based in Middlesbrough, they ensure that all of their websites they build for clients are responsive.

The Ofcom 2015 Communication Report which was published at the beginning of August found that there has been a huge shift in smartphone usage since 2014; 22% of internet users turned to their mobile first in 2014 whereas this year a third (33%) of internet users see this device as important for their first-time searches.

The age demographics of smartphone users is on the rise, in 2012 only 19% of 55-64 year olds owned a smartphone, now this has more than doubled with 50% of this age category now owning a smartphone. One of the reasons of the this dramatic, yet positive increase is due to the introduction of 4G mobile data in the UK in 2012 (from EE), followed a year by later by their competitors Vodafone and O2; subscriptions for 4G jumped massively from 2.7 million to 23.6 million by the end of 2014.

As mentioned previously, it is highly important for businesses to create responsive websites to meet the demands from the growing smartphone users, otherwise you could be missing out on a huge market of customers. Surge Marketing Solutions offer website design in Middlesbrough and throughout the North East to businesses from all industries. The team at Surge are web design experts who can handle any challenge they are faced with, for more information or to contact the team at Surge, please visit www.surgemarketingsolutions.co.uk.

Surge Marketing Solutions and Primitive Angels Case Study

Surge Marketing Solutions, are web design specialists who are based in Middlesbrough yet offer website solutions to a range of businesses across the North East of England. With their team of web experts, Surge Marketing Solutions have worked with a range of clients in many industries including sport and leisure, beauty and construction. One of their most recent clients is Primitive Angel, let’s see how Surge Marketing offered support and solutions for their website.

Primitive Angel are based in Stockton-on-Tees and offer personalised gifts for people of all ages; some of their gifts include home décor, engagement, wedding and christening gifts both online and in their store. Other items on their website include a range of ribbons, fabrics and wool, which Primitive Angel host a range of hand-making workshops to their customers.

Surge Marketing Solutions were already aware that this client had an e-commerce website, however, Primitive Angel had limited access so they were unable to add new stock, change item descriptions. Primitive Angel’s main aim was to find Web design Middlesbrough to help them solve the issue of limited access and wanted a responsive website, meaning they wanted their site to adapt to all devices such as mobiles and tablets too.

Once the client contacted Surge they explained other options they wanted on their new site too. This included a booking system so customers of the company could book into the workshops; they also wanted MailChimp integration, so email campaigns, discounts and promotions could be cross-sold across the website.

The first step for Surge Marketing Solutions was to train the staff at Primitive Angel on how to add new products and other functions to their website such as different shipping methods and they even added a blog section. After the basics were shown to the client, Surge then integrated MailChimp into the website so that customers could enter their email into the mailing list once on the site to be kept up-to-date with special offers and promotions. Other functions which were added to the site by Surge included a booking calendar, contact form and an area where users could create and view their account as opposed to a direct checkout system.

If you are interested in implementing any of the functions mentioned in this case study to your website then please visit www.surgemarketingsolutions.co.uk for more information. The team at Surge are experts in website design and can offer solutions for any of your website issues and doubts.

Affordable Web Designers in Newcastle upon Tyne

Now-a-days, having a website is not enough to drive traffic. You need to have it designed uniquely so that it appeals to your target audience and moreover, it must be ranked high search engines. About 2 billion people across the world use the internet regularly and 72% of them do not bother to look beyond the 1st page of a search result. As they say “The best place to hide a dead body is the 2nd page of Google search”. Moreover, smartphones have made internet much easier to access and thus, your website needs to be mobile friendly too.

We at Web Design Newcastle would help you reach the target audience by providing you with a bespoke website design and making it Search Engine Optimised. Our SEO solutions is sure to put your business above all of your competitors and project you to the right customers. We work with you from the beginning to understand your business and your requirements and design your website accordingly. We also provide bespoke web software development solutions to create, edit and update the website of your dreams. These softwares makes designing a website as easy as editing a word document. So you can design your own website just the way you like it.

Web Design Newcastle is a team of 16 highly motivated and passionate people, from project managers, graphic designers and PHP developers. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and serving the surrounding areas, we aim to provide the right solution for your business No job is too big or too small for us. We mainly do WordPress development. If you want to design your website with any of the popular Open Source solutions like Drupal, eCommerce websites and opencart, our experience technical staff can help you. Our WordPress solutions offer North East businesses an opportunity to revamp their online presence implement a cost effective and brand-worthy design to their website.

It doesn’t matter if you are an estate Agent, an auto dealer or an ecommerce website, we will have a Web software custom made, just for you. Since we are local, we can understand the business better and provide you with 100% satisfaction and exemplary results. With our web design your business is sure to flourish.

Browse the site to view examples of purpose-built templates, or call 0121 615 4697 to speak to one of our team, or go to http://www.webdesignnewcastle.co.uk/

Misconceptions of Cloud Service Debunked – Part Two

In a previous article, we looked at some of the common myths which people associate with Cloud services. These myths come from people who have never used a cloud themselves and usually turn other people away from using Cloud; however, it can benefit many businesses in the long run saving both time and money for yourself and your employees.

North East Cloud helps small to medium sized businesses in the North East of England by offering high quality IT support through the range of services, such as concept and private cloud, hosted exchange and cloud backup.

This article will highlight the final misconceptions which people assume when using a cloud solution.

Maintaining the Cloud is time consuming: software upgrades and maintenance of the server equipment is all managed by the cloud itself. Due to the cloud being outsourced all of the updates happen automatically so next time you log on you will be able to access all of the new features.

It is too complex: Cloud services, such as Private Cloud, are full of user-friendly features keeping the system simple and easy to navigate through. To name a few of the features on the Cloud; they showcase user-friendly dashboards, graphic and informative reporting and image-friendly making it easy on the eye for any user.

The Cloud service is just a phase: many people don’t realise that cloud has been around for a while, it is just more obvious to the public today with the use of Google Drive and iCloud. Research from Gartner forecasted that more than 50% of businesses will adopt to Cloud services by the end of 2015.

These are just a few reasons to emphasise why you should be moving over to Cloud today. Please visit www.northeastcloud.co.uk for more information on the Cloud services offered including concept and private cloud, Cloud backup and Hosted Exchange.

Minsteracres Wins the Big Lottery Fund Grant for Wind in The Willows Project

We all need a break from the day-to-day stress that life can throw at us, sometimes we need to relax and unwind for a couple of days in order to reignite our positive emotional feelings and to function properly. We all know that a few evenings of poor sleep can lead to a dysfunctional mind, which in turn affects our working days.

In order to relax, many find the easiest way is to go on holiday, to a peaceful retreat, such as Minsteracres, a Christian retreat based in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, in the North East of England. The centre is set in 110 acres of beautiful land with a lake and many scenic walking paths around the area.

During your stay at Minsteracres, you can come alone or join a group retreat, depending on the type of stay you are looking for. Further to this, set in their beautiful historic buildings and estate, they have spaces for prayer and room to hire if you want to organise your own retreat or events. Meals are provided during your stay, using fresh and local produce, along with their own vegetables which are planted and grown on-site by the volunteers.

In recent news, Minsteracres have won a £9,200 Big Lottery Fund grant for a year-long project to provide training opportunities for 13 to 80 year olds, to improve the wildlife habitats on the estate. The bid is called ‘Wind in the Willows’, named after Ratty, a character water vole from Kenneth Grahame’s famous novel. There are currently water voles living in the lakes, and this project will help the team to create open water and clear the water banks for the voles to feed and nest in.

Work has already began on this project with 170 pupils and 25 teachers from Bede Academy visiting the retreat earlier in July. During the Academy’s annual environment day, the pupils helped to cut back trees from the water edge, cleared flag iris in the ponds and also started to put posts in for a fence to keep sheep and other animals from entering the waters.

Once the fence is complete, up to 1,000 trees will be planted including birch, ash, willow and alder trees during February next year. From here, woodland management will begin and the new wood will be used to teach green wood working skills.

The environmental consultant who is leading the project, Andrew Pennington explains, “This grant offers us a unique opportunity to have people as young as 13 working alongside our established conservation volunteers – some as old as 80.

“Getting young and old to work together is something I’m really passionate about.” he explains, “When you get people collaborating on a project you can see conversations begin between them which break down the preconceptions of each about the other, and that’s a really good thing.

“We were so pleased to be invited to apply to the fund. It was a simple application and the process was really quick! Now that Bede Academy pupils have kick-started it, we’ll work with our own conservation volunteers and others to complete it within the year.”

If you are interested in learning more about the scheme please visit www.minsteracres.org for more information. On their website you will find information about their retreat packages along with a number of events which are running throughout the year.

Protecting Your Home, Garden And Bees All In One Go With Kill Line

Now that the summer months are in full swing, many of us will be sunbathing in our gardens on weekends and hosting barbeques for our family and friends. However, it’s not always as relaxing as we think, every five minutes we are out of our deck chairs screaming and running around the garden away from harmless animals such as Bees. Although Bees are known to only sting if you aggravate them, unlike wasps, sometimes when they travel in a swarm, it can be a great danger. If you have noticed a lot of bees in your garden, you may have a hive nest somewhere. If you suspect you may have a hive in your home or garden and are from the North East of England, you will have to get a professional Pest control business in, such as Kill Line, who will offer safe removal of the hives.

Although bees may appear aggressive, they are pretty harmless unless they feel endangered, such as someone upsetting the queen bee in her hive. In fact, some types of bees, such as honeybees are becoming endangered yet they are vital for the healthy environment and economy. This is why safe removal of a bee hive from your home is essential, so the pest control service experts can move the hives to a safer environment.

There are around 254 different species of bees in the UK, the most common species include honey bees, bumblebees, mining bees and mason bees. Both the honey bee and the bumblebee live socially where there is the queen bee of the hive and serviced by male drones and female worker bees. Bees will usually go back to the same hive every year although the queen bee changes; usually she passes the hive on to her daughter and the queen bee travels in a swarm to a new hive.

If you suspect you have a bee hive in your home and garden and want safe removal for both your family and the bees’ sake, please visit www.killline.co.uk. They provide pest control services throughout the North East including Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas.

How a Hosted Email Exchange can aid your business

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Have you heard of Hosted Email Exchange? Like many cloud computing solutions out there, hosted email exchange can be hugely beneficial to businesses, especially small to medium-sized enterprises.

In the case of Hosted Exchange, your business will be provided with a first-class email service. Having access to a great email-service for your business is more important than you might realise. For one, your work email is one that has to be shared by everyone in the office and it’s through email that employees do the majority of their communicating. No matter the size of your business, yours can benefit from hosted email exchange, but why is this?

Here are just some of the advantages of hosted email exchange:

  • Increased Productivity – Hosted Exchange means that you’re never away from your email, so you can stay connected even when you’re away from the office.
  • Improved Communication – You don’t have to worry about struggling to access your email in remote locations with Hosted Exchange, because it allows you to keep in touch no matter where you are.
  • Better Collaboration – Hosted exchange allows you to easily share and work on documents together, as well as providing you with much simpler scheduling options thanks to the shared calendar. This allows you to track everyone’s availability better and plan more effectively. All you have to do is check the calendar and see what your colleagues are up to.
  • Improved Business Focus – Most of us only have so much time to get everything done in the day and having to try and deal with email issues ends up being a major time waster. Hosted exchange frees up time for the important things, allowing you to focus on your business and produce better results.
  • Increased Security – Put simply, Hosted exchange is the way of the future. This email solution is infinitely more secure and efficient, which in this day and age a must-have for any business. Hosted exchange services also means you don’t have to worry about spam or malware thanks to excellent security filters in place.
  • Reduced Costs – Businesses are always looking for cost-effective work solutions, and Hosted Email Exchange can be a great way to save some money. Hosted Exchange means that you don’t have to invest in expensive software and hardware; instead, you only pay for what you use.

If hosted email exchange sounds like something that your business needs, Concept IT has the solutions you need to improve your business and simplify the way you communicate and work in the office.

Concept IT uses its Concept Cloud Platform in order to provide a superlative email service for businesses and is working to provide affordable and scalable solutions to businesses in the North East. If you run a business and are based in Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead or Durham, Concept IT can help provide you with the best in cloud backup solutions, data storage and business email solutions. With Concept IT you are guaranteed an email service that is safe, secure, efficient and flexible all at once.

Change Your Career this Summer with Driving Instructor Training

Spring and summer is a time of change and new beginnings. There’s something about the longer days and the warmer weather that pulls out of our winter funks and gets us feeling motivated to take control of things and shake up their lives for the better.

We all have different ways of approaching this and all take on personal projects. You might decide that now is the time to start that diet you’ve been thinking about in time for your holidays or you might decide to take an evening class to learn a new language or explore your creative side. Of course, you might also decide that this summer is the time for you to change your career.

We all get to that point in work where we feel like we’re stagnating and feel the urge to try something new. Finding the job that makes you happy can be a challenge and sometimes it can be several years working in several roles before you find the career for you.

If you have a driver’s licence and plenty of driving experience, then why not become a driving instructor this summer?

Working as a driving instructor offers several benefits that makes it a popular career of choice when people are thinking about making a change. For one, you get to be your own boss and plan your own hours, allowing you to make as little or as much money as you want. With the days getting longer, you can run lessons whenever you like and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

Many people find working as a driving instructor rewarding, but this sort of role is particularly suited to people that need that flexibility in their lives whilst earning a liveable income; for example, you might be a working mother that wants to spend more time at home. Working as a driving instructor allows you to operate within school hours so you can be home in the later afternoon. It’s also a great career change for people approaching retirement who still want to work but want to wind down from the 9-5 routine and start taking more time out for themselves.

Driving is an easily transferrable skill too as long as you have the patience and cool head needed to successfully teach someone the rules of the road. Driving instructor training will help you to develop these crucial skills and qualities of course, but it’s important to remember that teaching people to drive requires a great deal of diligence and care, and if you’re easily stressed out or don’t work well under pressure then this might not be the change that’s right for you.

If this sounds like the career for you and you want to become a driving instructor this summer, there are plenty of driving instructor courses based in your local area. For example, if you live in the North East, Clearway Driving School is just one of the North East driving schools that provides courses for aspiring driving instructors in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and more.

 

Maintaining Consistent Temperature Measurement During Sterilisation

It’s often necessary to monitor the actual product temperature when sterilising liquid products in containers. Whether you’re using thermocouples or PT100 resistance thermometer probes to achieve this, the optimum point of measurement is considered to be the central position within the product or container, regardless of its shape and size.

Unless there is a firm method that enables you to ‘fix’ the temperature sensor in the desired location, it will frequently shift position throughout the sterilisation cycle and this can lead to problems. This disruption can usually be attributed to the movement of the cart whilst the chamber is being loaded, but it may also be down to the temperature effects of expansion or contraction of the product and the temperature sensor.

Modern manufacturing facility Thermal Detection designed the GL45-BC in order to overcome these persistent problems. The product utilises a standard Duran GL45 bottle cap that has a captive, integral probe connection. The connector is made from Grade 316L stainless steel and can’t be removed from the cap itself.
When used with stainless steel sheathed thermocouples and PT100 resistance thermometers, a Teflon® sealant housed within the connector is used to retain the position of the temperature probe. After inserting the temperature probe to the desired position, just a slight tightening by hand of the cap nut is sufficient to retain the position of the probe and keep it secure throughout sterilisation.

Removal of the temperature probe following completion of the sterilisation cycle is fast and convenient; it’s simply a reversal of the insertion method.

Using the GL45-1

Where a simple thermocouple wire is to be used instead of a stainless steel sheathed thermocouple assembly, the GL45-1 offers a new solution that increases efficiency and productivity for the processes.

The standard Duran bottle cap uses the same captive Grade 316L stainless steel connector that is used with the GL45-BC. This time, a silicone rubber sealant is used to seal against the smaller size thermocouple wire. A cannular in the form of a Teflon® tube with a 6.0mm outer diameter and a bore of 3.8mm is permanently fixed to the underside of the GL45 bottle cap.

The Teflon® cannular is supplied to the customers at the required length, but if preferred it can be supplied at a length of up to 300mm long, giving the customer the chance to cut it to their own desired length.

The Teflon® cannular ensures that the hot junction of the thermocouple wire is retained in the desired location all throughout the sterilisation cycle. Where more than one location point of measurement is required, the cannular can be supplied with up to two holes cut in the side of it, allowing for the fitting of additional thermocouples. However, it is recommended that no more than three thermocouples be used with GL45-1 for safety reasons.

Both the GL45-BC and the GL45-1 probe mounting bottle caps are suitable for use with round glass Duran® bottles in various sizes: 100ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes and square Duran® bottles of 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml.

Similar caps are also available for use with the Corning® range of square polycarbonate bottles in the following sizes: 150ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes.

Maintaining Consistent Temperature Measurement During Sterilisation

It’s often necessary to monitor the actual product temperature when sterilising liquid products in containers. Whether you’re using thermocouples or PT100 resistance thermometer probes to achieve this, the optimum point of measurement is considered to be the central position within the product or container, regardless of its shape and size.

Unless there is a firm method that enables you to ‘fix’ the temperature sensor in the desired location, it will frequently shift position throughout the sterilisation cycle and this can lead to problems. This disruption can usually be attributed to the movement of the cart whilst the chamber is being loaded, but it may also be down to the temperature effects of expansion or contraction of the product and the temperature sensor.

Modern manufacturing facility Thermal Detection designed the GL45-BC in order to overcome these persistent problems. The product utilises a standard Duran GL45 bottle cap that has a captive, integral probe connection. The connector is made from Grade 316L stainless steel and can’t be removed from the cap itself.
When used with stainless steel sheathed thermocouples and PT100 resistance thermometers, a Teflon® sealant housed within the connector is used to retain the position of the temperature probe. After inserting the temperature probe to the desired position, just a slight tightening by hand of the cap nut is sufficient to retain the position of the probe and keep it secure throughout sterilisation.

Removal of the temperature probe following completion of the sterilisation cycle is fast and convenient; it’s simply a reversal of the insertion method.

Using the GL45-1

Where a simple thermocouple wire is to be used instead of a stainless steel sheathed thermocouple assembly, the GL45-1 offers a new solution that increases efficiency and productivity for the processes.

The standard Duran bottle cap uses the same captive Grade 316L stainless steel connector that is used with the GL45-BC. This time, a silicone rubber sealant is used to seal against the smaller size thermocouple wire. A cannular in the form of a Teflon® tube with a 6.0mm outer diameter and a bore of 3.8mm is permanently fixed to the underside of the GL45 bottle cap.

The Teflon® cannular is supplied to the customers at the required length, but if preferred it can be supplied at a length of up to 300mm long, giving the customer the chance to cut it to their own desired length.

The Teflon® cannular ensures that the hot junction of the thermocouple wire is retained in the desired location all throughout the sterilisation cycle. Where more than one location point of measurement is required, the cannular can be supplied with up to two holes cut in the side of it, allowing for the fitting of additional thermocouples. However, it is recommended that no more than three thermocouples be used with GL45-1 for safety reasons.

Both the GL45-BC and the GL45-1 probe mounting bottle caps are suitable for use with round glass Duran® bottles in various sizes: 100ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes and square Duran® bottles of 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml.

Similar caps are also available for use with the Corning® range of square polycarbonate bottles in the following sizes: 150ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes.

A look at the different forms of Cloud Storage

Cloud storage and Cloud computing have become significant contenders when it comes to storing crucial files and data safely. There are various reasons that a person might need access to completely secure storage, from wanting to protect personal records to needing to protect the information relating to your business’ customers. Security and safety is one of the most important components of computing these days.

While cloud computing solutions represents a major step forward for technology and how business is conducted online, it’s also caused some confusion and raised some concerns. Security worries notwithstanding, a big issue that many companies face is trying to figure out what form of cloud storage is best for them.
Currently there are three main types of cloud: public, private and hybrid. Let’s take a look at them in more detail to see exactly how they differ and the advantages that they offer to users.

Public Cloud
As the name suggests, a public cloud is used by more than one person or, in the case of business, more than one organisation. The public cloud works as shared physical hardware that is operated by a third-party provider; in other words, you don’t manage a public cloud, it’s managed for you.
Public cloud storage is well suited to small and medium sized businesses with changeable workloads and demands. Because it’s public, this form of cloud storage is much larger and generally less expensive to use because the infrastructure is spread across a number of users instead of just a few.

Private Cloud
Private clouds are often praised for being faster, more efficient and more secure. They are preferred by certain kinds of businesses, specifically businesses that are bound by regulations regarding sensitive information. For example, a hospital is likely to make use of private cloud platforms because hospitals are required to keep patient information confidential. Using a public cloud reduces the overall security and any company that stores sensitive information of any kind would be running a huge risk.

Private cloud computing also allows you to customise the various components such as computing, storage and networking.

Hybrid
Of course, if the benefits of private and public clouds sound equally appealing to you, then why not enjoy the best of both worlds? The combination of the two cloud types can effectively allow a person to build a form of storage that suits them perfectly.
For instance, if your company is privy to some sensitive information but would like to be able to use a public-cloud for all other operations, then you can. Having a mix of private and public also enables you to incorporate existing dedicated resources and use them more efficiently than ever before. The hybrid cloud’s biggest advantage is its flexibility, making it a very attractive choice amongst many businesses and people alike.

So there you have it, the three forms of cloud storage and how they work. Whether you’re in the market for storage or north east cloud backup, there will be a solution for you.

Getting the Body You Want Faster

You can’t fight against nature and you can’t change it, but you can certainly give it a bit of a boost, especially when it comes to your own body. We’re always looking for new (and let’s face it, quick) ways to lose weight, tone up and get in shape and the sad fact of the matter is that that often just won’t work. How many people have bought into the latest products that claim they can help you shed a stone in a week?

The key is to finding solutions that actually yield positive results and sticking with them. While there is no real way to get in shape quickly as it takes a great deal of dedication and effort, there are things that you can do to make things go a little quicker for you.

Change Things Up

Every two weeks, make sure you incorporate something new into your workout routine, such as swapping out your morning jog for a 30 minute swim instead. By diversifying the exercise you do, your body takes longer to plateau. When the body plateaus, you’ll stop seeing the results that you’ve come to expect from earlier efforts. This can lead you to feel like you’ve just been wasting your time and increases your chances of giving up.

So switch up your exercises, take more rest between sets, increase your weights or just take a rest when you need it. This is the way to make sure that you’re constantly changing things up to keep building momentum.

Keep Yourself Fuelled

Eating the right foods is key to losing weight and getting toned up. Your body is like a car that needs fuel to run; if you don’t keep its levels topped up then it breaks down. It’s the same with your body; to properly exercise and see some real results within good time, then you need to make sure you eat regularly, ideally before and after a workout.

After a workout your body has lost many vital nutrients, and if you don’t replenish them then your recovery time is delayed and your body will suffer for it. While you can be flexible

Supplements

Supplements aren’t to be used as a replacement for food, but they can be useful for people that are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of food intake they need daily to keep up with their workout. There are plenty of reputable sports supplement powders from suppliers like SS Health Foods, from body supreme diet whey protein tomuscle gain supplements.

Many bodybuilders find that supplements come in the most useful when it comes to fuelling up before and after the workout, as you can mix them up in Met-rx shakers and drink them down quickly and with ease.

Rest

The saying ‘no pain, no gain’ might be famous, but actually you’re more likely to see great bodybuilding results if you take time out to rest and fully recharge your body after a workout. It can be tempting to really push yourself to the limit simply because you want to see some results, but in the end that’s only going to do more harm than good.

Exercising is essentially the act of breaking down your body. Rest is needed so that your body can build back up again; if you don’t, all you’ll do is continue to break it down which will hinder your progress in ways you probably weren’t expecting. So, if you’re lifting, give yourself a day’s break from the gym before going back.

Follow these tips and you’ll start to see results quicker, compelling you to push on and keep going until you’ve reached your goal.

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