Archive for January 15, 2013

Fun Career Aptitude Tests that are Free

Have you ever thought of the difference between aptitude and skills? A good number of people are still confused about the real difference between both these aspects. Your ability to perform a task can be described as a skill and you will be able to enhance skills and knowledge through experience and education.

Meanwhile, aptitude is your natural abilities and tendencies that will determine which work environments and opportunities will flow best for you. Everybody has different talents and gifts that can be used in business to solve problems for others. It’s up to you to discover what you’re good at and begin to build your career around those assets.

These quality websites offer free career aptitude tests for people to identify their innate talents and here are the 7 most popular:

1) www.TestForCareer.com

TestForCareer.com one of the more popular free career aptitude tests out there because it is only 10 questions and no registration is required to see your results. You can also find Career tips and resources in the Career Guide plus other cool features like games. Best of all the site makes it easy to share your Test Results with your friends so it’s a lot more fun! This personality test is perfect for kids, teenagers and adults.

2) www.FunEducation.com

This website offers an employment personality test to evaluate your innate aptitude and it will help you to discover a perfect career. The test is designed in such a manner that it will uncover your areas of interest and identifying your strongest work-related interests will become a hassle free process. The free report, based on the test, will make you familiarize with Big 5 traits and your primary career areas. It can be described as a 45 to 60 minute test and it also comprises of 485 questions.

3) www.ColorWize.com

Color plays an important role in deciding the aptitude of a person and according to the school of psychoanalysis; your favorite color has a deep relationship with your personality. This website offers a 10-minute free career aptitude test to identify a career that matches your personality and you will be able to know about top 40 careers that correspond to your color signature. The positive feedback of the existing users makes this test immensely popular among a huge number of people.

4) www.LiveCareer.com

If you are interested in learning about your job interests you will be able to find an in-depth and comprehensive career aptitude test on this website. More than 5 million people have already taken this test and it will provide you scores on 15 basic interest scales, 27 job categories and 38 educational interests. You will also receive a work personality profile that will give you a better understanding about the most suitable work environments and the increasing popularity of this career aptitude test clearly shows that it is scientifically validated and reliable as well.

5) www.PrincetonReview.com

Free registration with this website will make you eligible to take this 5-minute test and the career aptitude profiles attached with this test contain detailed information about the strengths needed for each job. This website does not confine itself by providing the career aptitude results alone; on the other hand, it will come up with top quality schools that will go in complete harmony with your future requirements.

6) www.CareerFitter.com

This test comprises of 60 questions to evaluate your career aptitude and a scientific summary of your job personality will be prepared, based on your answers. The report will also contain the list of jobs and careers that go well with your personality and a good number of people are of the opinion that it is one of the most effective free career aptitude tests available in these days.

7) www.CareerPath.com

You can find some useful resources and free career tests at this website. They also offer career planning and advice to help you find your career path in life.

If you are unsure of what direction you want to take in life or just curious about what types of positions you might be good at then Career Aptitude Tests are always an interesting way of getting feedback. You can also visit your School Counsellor and inquire about the career aptitude tests that they may have access to.

There are a variety of paid aptitude tests out there that some people recommend if you are interested in more advanced results. However, the free tests are usually sufficient in providing a general overview of what careers are fitting for your personality type and abilities.

 

Samsung Pioneers Bendable Smartphone Technology At CES 2013

By now, everyone is aware the future is fast approaching and technology is growing at a rapid pace! It won’t be surprising if people could actually have theater sized television sets, talking refrigerator and even spend vacations in mars within the next two decades or so. The sole attention is now lent on the world of smartphones, televisions and tablets.

Samsung has further moved the gadget technology ahead by unveiling the impressive concept of bendable smartphones at the CES 2013. The consumer electronic expo held this year witnessed some of the innovative releases and products that will soon reach individual hands in a short period.

Among them, Samsung’s prototype Windows 8 smartphone grabbed the attention of everyone. It sports an OLED display and is completely protected by a hard metallic match box sized body. As it’s still in alpha stage, you may not be able to fold it in half like a piece of paper but the foldable phone can actually be rounded to form a tube while it continues to display the home screen of Windows 8!

Samsung TVs at CES 2013 Swept Major TV Awards

Samsung TVs at CES 2013 Swept Major TV Awards (Photo credit: samsungtomorrow)

While the flexible concept might sound simple at first, it has a whole lot of potential and will bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets. Samsung in their key note video revealed that they can be used to fold big sized tablet screens within small boxes and can be pulled out whenever required.

The company also revealed during their CES 2013 keynote that they are using OLEDs because the technology is most suitable with bendable displays because liquid crystal displays cannot be used with this concept. OLED screens use minimal light and instead of using the chemicals on glass, Samsung has used it on very thin, foldable plastic to create the display.

Designers will find it convenient to create apps and hardware with ease because the curved edges combined with bendable screens make it easy to split content as well as enclose huge sized screens within mobile sized cases. While this idea is in vogue for years now, Samsung seems to be taking it forward and taking necessary steps to commercialize the bendable screens.

The screens when bent are not ideal for touch screen experience which is why the company seems to be working more on a virtual reality styled navigation. Users can flick through apps and use them with the help of inbuilt capture that will capture their actions. This will ensure that it doesn’t end up annoying users while they try to touch and navigate in these bendable displays.

Windows 8

Windows 8 (Photo credit: Andy_BB)

There is no official word on the availability of them in the commercial market as Samsung didn’t reveal much details yet it is clear that they might be the pioneers of bringing this technology to the mainstream market.

This is just the beginning because chances are high that this will also favor virtual reality combined with the help of Kinect by Microsoft and lead to a much better consumer entertainment options in the near future. With so much more to do with bendable and foldable displays, it’s a short wait like any other gadget and technology update before it becomes a commonly used peripheral by the consumers.

Lacrosse Basics for Beginners

Lacrosse is a team sport in which players must pass, catch and carry a rubber ball with sticks with a mesh pocket. The objective of the game is to score points by throwing the ball into the opposing goal.

History of Lacrosse

The history of lacrosse is difficult to trace because the facts are often mixed with fiction and many aspects of the history of the sport have been transmitted as folklore. In the literature we find that for Native Americans, lacrosse was neither a sport nor a fun game; it was rather a religious practice.

"Ball players" painted by George Cat...

“Ball players” painted by George Catlin, illustrates various Native Americans playing lacrosse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A number of rituals that were followed before the game resembled war rituals. The players painted themselves in camouflage and painted their sticks too. They also danced and performed sacrifices a day before the game.

The lacrosse has been an Olympic sport in two editions of the Summer Olympic Games in 1904 and 1908. On both occasions it was only open to men and won by a Canadian team. It was also a demonstration event in 1928, 1932 and 1948. Lacrosse World Championships are held every four years.

Modern day Lacrosse:

A faceoff during a Division I lacrosse game be...

A faceoff during a Division I lacrosse game between the Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports in North America. The sport is divided into four distinct sets: the men’s field lacrosse, women’s field lacrosse, Lacrosse and Inter-Crosse.

1. The men’s field lacrosse:

The men’s field lacrosse is played by two teams of ten players each on a field. The most noticeable feature of the lacrosse field is the use of longer sticks by three defenders and one midfielder of each team.

2. The women’s field lacrosse:

The women’s field lacrosse is a non-contact sport played by twelve players per team. The movement of the ball and the ability to pass are key elements of the sport and the shallow depth of the pocket hanging on the stick makes the reception and ball control more difficult.

3. Lacrosse:

Field Lacrosse - Mpls vs Wpg Warriors-box team

Field Lacrosse – Mpls vs Wpg Warriors-box team (Photo credit: Larry Ziffle)

Lacrosse was born in 1930. It is a way to take advantage of hockey pitches, which are unoccupied during the summer months. Lacrosse is sometimes regarded as the fastest sport on two feet. Bounce and body checking on the ground make the game exciting to watch. In addition, the rule that a team has 30 seconds to score a point or else has to drop the ball to a player of the opposing team helps to raise the score of the teams and necessitates speed. Lacrosse is usually played on a cement surface.

The professional indoor lacrosse is similar to lacrosse in many ways, particularly in terms of the number of players per side, i.e. 5 players and a goalie, the rule of 30 seconds and the existence of boards around the surface of the game.

4. Inter-Crosse:

The Inter-Crosse, a form of Lacrosse is a low risk game designed for education and entertainment. This game is easy to play and requires molded plastic sticks and a small softball. It allows the participants to learn the basics of lacrosse i.e. collection, transportation, passing and catching the ball.

Lacrosse equipment:

1. The Crosse:

The lacrosse stick or Crosse can be wooden or made of aluminum or composite materials with a pocket in the head near its tip. It must be 40-42 inches long for an attacker and 52-72 inches for the three defenders and a midfielder. The clubhead is 6.5 – 10 inches wide, except the goalkeeper’s that can be 10-12 inches wide.

Lacrosse ball

Lacrosse ball (Photo credit: DBduo Photography)

2. The Ball.

The ball must be made of solid rubber and can be white, yellow, or orange. It measures 7.75-8 inches in circumference and weighs 5-5.25 ounces.

3. The hull – A protective iron helmet should be used by all players

4. Gloves – It is mandatory for all players to wear gloves.

5. Protective Equipment:

Field Lacrosse Goalkeeper

Field Lacrosse Goalkeeper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All the players barring the goalkeeper must wear pads / overalls, elbow guard and a protective cup. The goalkeeper is required to wear a throat protector along with his helmet, protective overalls, gloves and mouthpiece.

The sport of lacrosse is still developing and trying to gain popularity. Advertising campaigns organized by minor lacrosse clubs have begun to bear fruit. Daily publication of the results of the Junior League matches are contributing in gathering public interest.