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About Amy Kissinger

Amy recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of arts in journalism. Amy is pursuing a career in web and/or print design.

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The Five C’s of Arizona

Copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. These “Five C’s” were the core of Arizona’s economy when it first became a state. Though not as important today, they assist in bringing residents and tourists alike to Arizona. If you went to elementary school here you may have heard of these in the classroom. If not, here is a quick breakdown:

The five C's of Arizona's economy


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Historic Route 66

First established in 1926, Route 66 is an American legend. Though it was, for all intents and purposes, “decommissioned” in 1985, the road still lives on in the various states it passed through. In Arizona it exists today as State Route 66. Take a look at the infographic below for more information about the historic road.

Route 66 information

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Population To Reach 7 Billion By The End Of 2011

Recently, National Geographic ran a feature on the world population.  Specifically, the fact that by the end of 2011 there will be 7 billion people in the world.  To put that in perspective, you could walk around the world 133 times in 7 billion steps.  And if 7 billion people isn’t daunting enough, it is projected that by 2045 there will be 9 billion people on the planet. Check out the infographic below to see some facts and figures on the world population.

7 Billion people in the world

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Where Are Americans Getting Their News?

For the past ten years television has been the most popular source of news for Americans, but according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center internet is quickly gaining ground towards becoming the most popular news source in America. In fact, among 18 to 29 year olds it already is, though for those 50 years and older the internet still ranks below both newspaper and television as their main source of news. The internet is also gaining ground among college graduates, while 75% of those who have a high school education or less turn to television. Where do you get your news?

Where do Americans get their news?

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Apple Now Worth Over $300 Billion

As of January 3, Apple’s market capitalization passed $300 billion, making them the second most valuable company in the world (just behind Exxon Mobil).  Since the bump that put them over the $300 billion mark, Apple’s value took a slight dip with the news that Steve Jobs, CEO and public face of the company, would be going on medical leave. However, the company is holding on to its second place position for now.  Check out the infographic below for more information.

Apple Worth $300 Billion

Keep an eye out for these Arizona wineries opening soon.

Upcoming Arizona Wineries

Love wine? Like to try out new companies and products? You’re in luck, in addition to the wineries already open around Arizona the following wineries will be opening soon.

Northern Arizona

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery
4053 E. Hwy 260, Camp Verde
(928) 567-2158


Sonoita/Elgin

Hannah’s Hill Vineyard & Winery
Elgin – visits by appointment only

San Pedro Valley Vineyard
Benson

Venado Cola Blanca
Patagonia
(520) 394-0239


Southeastern Arizona

Sierra Bonita Vineyard
Wilcox
(602) 202-5345

Broken Glass Vineyard and Winery Estates
WIlcox

Golden Rule Vineyards
Dragoon

Erath’s Cimarron Vineyard
Wilcox

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
13771 Fountain Hills Blvd. Suite 360, Fountain Hills
(602) 320-1485

Gallifant Cellars
Wilcox

Odyssey Cellars
8401 Bell Ranch Rd., Wilcox

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Electric Cars For The Eco-Friendly Commuter

“Going green” can be difficult in a city like Phoenix. You can keep track of your recyclables, buy organic and even compost, but what about that long commute every Monday through Friday? There are a few options open for those determined to reduce their carbon footprint: bus, light rail, carpool, bicycle or some combination thereof. However, each of these options comes with problems as well.

For the public transportation group the logistics and timing of catching a bus or light rail can mean adding extra time or distance onto your commute. The same could be said for carpooling, depending on the location and morning routines of any “carpool buddies.” As for bicycling, this mode of transportation is restricted by the distance you need to travel: too far and it’s just not possible for a morning commute. Fortunately, there is another option out there for the ardent environmentalist.

Electric vehicles. No, not hybrids, but completely electric cars run by batteries. Not only are these cars a way to stay green in a city with one of the worst commutes in the country, but when you buy an electric vehicle you are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.

Recently, Wired Magazine tested and rated four electric cars currently available to consumers. Following are the stats for those cars.

Chevrolet Volt
Price: starts at $40,280 ($32,780 after tax credit)
Range: 25 – 50 miles
Horsepower: 150
0 – 60 mph: ~ 9 seconds

Nissan Leaf
Price: starts at $33,720 ($26,220 after tax credit)
Range: up to 100 miles
Horsepower: 107
0 – 60 mph: ~ 10 seconds

Tesla Roadster 2.5

Price: starts at $109,000 ($101,500 after tax credit)
Range: up to 245 miles
Horsepower: 288
0 – 60 mph: ~ 3.7 seconds

Coda Automotive Coda
Price: starts at $44,900 ($37,400 after tax credit)
Range: 90 – 120 miles
Horsepower: 134 0 – 60 mph: ~ 10 – 11 seconds
Extra: View the history of the electric car and stats on carbon emissions and oil consumption.

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Arizona Bowl Game Statistics

It’s that time of year again…bowl game time.  The Insight Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship Game are fast approaching and come December 28, the top college football teams will be facing down in Tempe and Glendale.  Take a look at this infographic for information on the three Arizona football bowl games and stats on the participating teams.

To see if your team is favored to win check Touchdown AZ.

Statistics for the upcoming bowl games in Arizona.

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What You Get With The New Facebook Profile

On December 5 Facebook introduced another change to their ever-rotating lineup of profile options. The latest update establishes a new layout for user profiles and more options for displaying work and education information. While the new profile is currently on an opt-in basis only, Facebook will be gradually rolling out the change and plans to have all Facebook users switched by early 2011.

What to Expect:

While current profiles push basic user information such as career, education and hometown off to the side, the new profiles will feature this information at the top of the page directly under the user’s name. This move bumps off the most recent status update that was usually displayed in this spot.

The new profiles also feature 5 recently tagged photos in addition to the main profile picture and users can choose to display featured friend groups (family, coworkers, etc.). Facebook users can expect more than just a new profile page though. The photo display page has undergone a transformation as well, featuring an “infinite scroll” rather than the page-by-page layout of before.

Along with the aesthetic changes come increased options for connecting with other users. The new Facebook profile offers the option of tagging your coworkers in career information and listing projects you have worked on with them. As for education, you can list classes you have taken and connect with old classmates.

How to Opt-In:

If you can’t wait for the new profile to be implemented for all of Facebook you can opt-in to the change by visiting www.facebook.com/about/profile and clicking the green “Get the New Profile” button.

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Which Smartphone Is Right For You?

Smartphones are becoming more and more a part of everyday life.  As of October 2010 data from the Nielsen Company shows that 29.7 per cent of U.S. mobile phone users have smartphones with full operating systems.  Of those, the majority own phones with Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Windows Mobile operating systems.  However, as the mobile phone market becomes flooded with a slew of smartphones, the decision on which phone to pick becomes increasingly more difficult.  The following infographic will guide you through the decision making process and illustrate smartphone trends in the U.S.

Smartphone operating system trends in the U.S.

You don't have to be santa to give charitable gifts this season

Charitable And Socially Responsible Shopping Sites

There are so many ways to share the spirit of giving to those that need it.

 Many of your favorite online stores have special sections that donate portions of purchases to specific causes. Also, don’t forget the many independent artists and product-specific initiatives like (RED) and Tom’s Shoes that make contributions to improving quality of life as well.

 The list below includes sites in which portions of purchases go toward supporting a variety of charitable causes. These can be in the form of direct donations in someone else’s name, socially responsible, economically supportive and fairly traded gifts, coupons for charitable giving and other philanthropic initiatives.

 Choose what is important to you or the person you are shopping for. These sites operate year round, so you can make a difference everyday not just during the holidays!

 Happy shopping and thank you for sharing this season!

1. GoodSearch
GoodSearch is an online shopping outlet where a portion of your purchase from many online shopping sites will go to your choice of cause or charity.

2. iGive
iGive is another online shopping outlet, where you can register and donate a portion of your purchases from brand name online stores is donated to your cause.

3. GiftBack
At GiftBack, an online gift shopping center, 10% of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice.

4. Nonprofit Shopping Mall
When you purchase your gifts through Nonprofit Shopping Mall, a virtual mall in which you can find many popular retailers, a donation is made to your favorite charity.

5. The Hunger Site
The Hunger Site is an online charitable retailer that donates to charities for hunger, literacy, child health, the rainforest, breast cancer and animal rescues.

6. Greater Good
At Greater Good you can make a donation to a cause of your choice in someone else’s name here.

7. Oxfam America Unwrapped
At Oxfam America Unwrapped you can buy a charitable gift for worldwide communities in need in someone else’s name.

8. Network For Good
At Network for Good you can purchase a gift card for a friend or loved one to be used toward charity.

9. Universal Giving
Universal Giving is a searchable database of volunteer and donation opportunities.

10. Common Kindness
Common Kindness is home to coupons for many popular products. When you use a coupon from the site the organization donates to your favorite charity.

11. Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded U.S. service men and women. On their site you can make a donation in your name or in honor of someone else.

12. USO
The USO (United Service Organization) is dedicated to helping U.S. service men and women by providing care packages and much needed services where they are serving. You can make donations in your name or in honor of someone else.

13. Veterans Of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars advocates on behalf of veterans and ensures they are recognized for their service. You can donate through their website in your name or in honor of someone else.

Regifting this holiday season

Regifting This Holiday Season

Ever get gift that’s too nice just to toss in the trash, but not something you would ever use? Most people have, that’s why regifting is so popular. This holiday season be prepared to receive plenty of regift-worthy gifts. AZNow.Biz created an infographic to let you know that you’re not alone when you regift that fruitcake or hideous sweater from grandma. What we found is quite interesting, including what region and what age group regift the most.

Re-gifting statistics