How to Apply to College for Free | Best Colleges

Elroy Mariano

Applying to college for free can offer students a chance to explore their options while also possibly saving hundreds of dollars.

The benefits of applying to multiple colleges are plentiful. Students can aim for their dream schools, assure entry into colleges where acceptance is likely, find the right fit and compare financial aid packages to see which institution is the most affordable for their family.

And most first-time freshmen do just that, with more than 80% applying to at least three colleges, according to data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Some experts even suggest shooting for a far higher number. Allen Koh, CEO of Cardinal Education, a California-based educational consulting company, encourages the students he works with to apply to 14 colleges.

“The entire probability and risk distribution spectrum will be represented with 14 schools,” Koh says.

Cardinal Education breaks that spectrum of 14 schools down into

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Welcome Group Double-Downs in Fast-Growing Tomball Industrial Market

Elroy Mariano

HOUSTON, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Welcome Group, a Houston-based conglomerate of companies that own and develop single-tenant office, lab, industrial, and manufacturing facilities, currently owns more than five million square feet of single-tenant industrial facilities in more than 100 locations. The company’s portfolio expands across Houston and throughout Texas. Using its keen eye for the next big thing in land development, Welcome Group is increasing its investment in the Tomball market.

Devasco International Building – 1626 S Cherry St, Tomball, TX

Welcome Group’s latest Tomball purchases include developed land in the Tomball Business and Technology Park and a large industrial building on South Cherry Street. Welcome Group is developing a 65,961 square-foot build-to-suit facility in the Park that will become the new United States headquarters for JDR Cable Systems. Welcome Group entered a long-term lease with JDR to help bring them to Tomball from Houston

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TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

Elroy Mariano

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.


In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


The following transactions will be prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates
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Lilbits: Giving old gadgets new life

Elroy Mariano

Pebble was one of the first companies in the smartwatch space, and even though it’s been years since a new Pebble device was released, aging Pebble smartwatches have a loyal following. And that’s led to some interesting developments, including the formation of a Rebble Alliance that built a cloud service that would allow old Pebble watches to keep working after the Pebble servers went offline.

Now Rebble is taking some of the money it’s raised and launching a grant program to encourage development of new apps and features for Pebble devices, such as a new smartphone app, new firmware, or new watch faces or apps, among other things.

It’s just one of the latest examples of independent developers breathing new life into old gadgets. Another recent (and kind of weird) example? A team of developers have created a custom ROM that brings Android 7 to a kid’s tablet that shipped

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