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Thursday, October 31, 2013

How Enterprises Are Cutting Costs With Optimized Service Scheduling Software

field service enterpriseKeeping your competitive edge means sharpening many aspects of your business operation. For the field service industry, much of the company depends on a well-managed service schedule. Leaving this task to human error when other field service companies have adopted optimized service scheduling software to better handle the job will likely dull your competitive edge before it’s had a chance to cut into a piece of the pie. Why does optimized service scheduling software make such a profound difference? The answer lies within your business financials.

Service scheduling software cuts operational cost so that your business can continue to offer fair and competitive pricing. Here’s how:

5 Wi-Fi Tips For Home Or Office

Today people use a lot more than their computers to access the internet. Devices like smartphones, TVs, game consoles, iPods, tablets and more might need a reliable internet connection to function properly. A poor internet connection is not only bad for entertainment; it could impair the productivity of a business. If you’re using an internet connection for business purposes, here are 5 tips to get the most out of your Wi-Fi.

Linksys WAG54GS ADSL2+ Modem Router
Linksys WAG54GS ADSL2+ Modem Router (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Look At The Post Office Fibre Optic Broadband

One of the biggest selling points of Post Office broadband is the status of the Post Office as a very popular brand.  Almost everyone in the UK has, at one point or the other, has gone to the post office for a transaction - no matter how small. So, the awareness of the brand is very high, and in the same vein, almost every member of the public trusts the brand.

English: Fibre optic strands
English: Fibre optic strands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Does The Nokia Lumia 920 Measure Up To The Blackberry Z10?

The Blackberry Z10 has finally made its arrival, marching in loud and proud with the Blackberry 10 operating system accompanying it. The company hopes that this unit will be the one that will help rejuvenate sales to the company. The Z10 is a worthy competitor against other smart phones like the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3, but the truth is, the smart phone should be placed in the same category as the Nokia Lumia 920. This Windows 8 smart phone is quickly rising in the ranks toward smart phone superiority, and the Z10 could be the closest thing the 920 has to a contender. How do these two phones compare when it comes to specification?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ant Hill Or Hornet's Nest? The Deal With Software Bugs


The word causes some peoples' skin to crawl, even though by and large, most bugs are harmless. But the creepy-crawlies betray the fear we have of bugs that can destroy: hornets that sting, termites that eat through walls and floors, those crazy bullet-ants whose bite feels like a blast from a .357. In fact, the same goes for software bugs. Most are harmless, but the ones that aren't...

Software Bugs
Software Bugs (Photo credit: FastJack)

How To Choose A Telephone Maintenance Provider And The Cost Of Getting It Wrong

Maintaining a business telephone system can be a difficult task, with many firms lacking the internal resources to achieve adequate support in-house. This makes it practical to outsource maintenance to a third party provider.

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NortelT7316 telephone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Organizations may be nervous about the concept of relying on an external maintenance team to carry out critical work, although there are a number of benefits associated with this approach which also need to be weighed when making a decision, as well as pitfalls that can arise if no action is taken. Here is an examination of the aspects of telephone maintenance providers which you should look for when choosing a firm, in conjunction with a discussion of why making the wrong choice can have serious ramifications.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Infographic: Smartphone User Around the World

Coupon Audit  has created a very informative and educational infographic with regards to smartphone user around the world. Feel free to share this infographic with your friends.

Why Do I Need A Cover For My Smartphone?

Most people spend hundreds of pounds on their smartphones and in recent years, smartphone owners have become very dependent on their gadgets. For many of us, the value of the phone is not the main thing that we want to protect, it is the value of its functions. So many people struggle to imagine everyday life without a constant connection to social media, email and Google. The ability to photograph what is around you and share it with friends is something which was unheard of just over a couple of decades ago whereas now, we take this for granted.

6 Awesome Video & Movie-Making Apps For Your Tablet

Do it yourself videos and movies are everywhere. Whether you want to make them for purely personal reasons or for professional reasons, it’s ever more important for you to have access to the best video and movie making apps, so you can get the results you want. Apps are here, apps are there, apps are everywhere -- and so are the opportunities and ideas for great videos and self-made movies.
Without further ado, here are six awesome video and moving making apps to help you unleash your 21st century Shakespeare or your closet George Lucas….

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tech History - Evolutionary Algorithms


For the past few thousand years, engineers assumed that the best way to move water round a right angle was as you’d probably expect – just round a bend in the shape of a quarter of a circle. It makes sense; the water pressure is maintained and you’d expect it to flow perfectly round. The engineers did well. They were intuitive, and used the best configuration they knew of. When the first piped water flowed round the fist-ever bend in the first-ever pipe and nothing awful happened, I doubt anyone breathed a sigh of relief. It makes perfect sense it would flow around, and it did, and that’s the way the system stayed until very recently.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Why Your Business Should Adopt An Enterprise Messaging System

In order for a business to get ahead in this modern world, it needs to understand and incorporate current trends in data receiving, messaging and IT. Being left behind is a fear that all businesses have, but one way to ahead of the curve is to incorporate an enterprise messaging system into your businesses operation.

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English: Architecture of Interactive Voice Response Systems Deutsch: Architektur von Interactive Voice Response Systems (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An enterprise messaging system is a platform that enables businesses to deploy fully-featured voice mail and messaging to their subscribers, who will in turn benefit from a more efficient messaging experience. It is designed for flexibility and ease of use, with a messaging platform that supports basic voice mail, unified messaging and interactive voice response technology.

What Does It Cost to Run a startup?

Below is a very informative infographics from Staff.com, it basically how much and what is needed to run a start-up company.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mobile marketing and businesses

With new technology on the market today it is extremely simple for a consumer to visit a store, research information about a specific product and get the details they need to make a purchase. By using a smartphone or tablet, all of this can be done at the same time without ever having to leave the couch. Due to this growing phenomenon, companies need to be able to build a strong presence in the mobile and social space. This is true now more than ever as consumers interact with your company on a daily basis by using social media and have the social power to make or break your brand on the Internet. The trick for business owners is to be able to identify strategies that will allow you to raise awareness of your products and services, strengthen your brand and reach your business goals. By taking a look at the following infographic you will be able to see ways that companies are harnessing the power of mobile marketing in order to grow.

It Is About Time You Ditch Your Cable Guy And Not Compromise On Good TV!

Most people spend a lot of money on cable and other entertainment fees, and they do not enjoy it at all. You find that the only time you watch your TV is in the evenings and weekends. The rest of the time you are either too busy at work, or there is nothing worth watching on TV. To top up the pain, if you have not made your payments, the cable goes out unceremoniously regardless of how loyal you have been in the past.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Video Switcher To Consolidate Keyboards And Mice From Two Different Computers

It's the ultimate first world problem: you have multiple computers and only so much desk space to go around. There are plenty of reasons why a person would have more than one computer: maybe it's for work, or maybe you have a second PC for gaming. The reasons are many, but there's one problem: what do you do about the multiple keyboards and mice? How many mouse pads do you really have room for? Is there a better way? Thankfully, the answer is yes.

How Long Should Our Server Restoration Take?

For any company that relies on the web, servers remain an absolutely vital business resource.  It’s a simple unfortunate fact, though, that they have been known to fail.  On top of this, many users aren’t aware of just how long a full restoration can take.  That’s why we’ve put together this guide on the different aspects that affect a server recovery.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Best Scalable Connectivity Options For Fast Growing Businesses

If you're a flourishing business that is enjoying unprecedented growth, you need the infrastructure to take your company to the next level. From hiring new staff to purchasing new products, you essentially have to 'feed' your business a bigger diet to maintain its growth, beat your competitors and consolidate your customer base. Here, we look at some of the best scalable connectivity options for fast growing businesses today.

A Disaster Recovery Plan That Works

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) with a well-prepared disaster recovery plan gives their clients the advantage of remaining operational in the wake of a disaster. Every MSP ought to have a detailed plan documenting procedures to prevent downtime or loss of data due to a disaster and how to recover from one. A simple system glitch or larger-scale power failure can wreak havoc on a business. Mother Nature can have devastating effects as well. Severe rain and snow might result in power outages or flooding and some regions are susceptible to tornado and earthquake damage. A MSP proactive in putting a procedure in place to avoid such a crippling situation is better prepared in keeping client business operations functioning and critical data safe.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Can I Protect My Laptop From Damage?

The main selling point of laptops is the fact that they are portable. The convenience of having all of your files on the move, with the ability to complete your work or access the internet pretty much anywhere is ideal for many of us. With this convenience comes two inevitable drawbacks – security and damage. Whilst you’re transporting your laptop from one place to the next, it is at risk of being stolen or becoming damaged.

Benq laptop
Benq laptop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday, October 21, 2013

What Is The Best Wireless Solution For My Business?

Determining which wireless router for your SME or large enterprise can prove to be a confusing and time consuming task.  The numerous reviews coupled with the latest introduction of 802.11ac routers make the purchase of a wireless access point a complex experience.

Wireless Router
Wireless Router (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Choosing the best router for your business can be simplified if you understand exactly what you are buying.  The vendors which manufacture routers will make huge promises in terms of router performance, connectivity, coverage, and the capability to handle data intensive tasks.  Then you read the conflicting consumer reviews which may or may not offer reliable information which results in a confusing and frustrating effort.

There is a high probability you are likely more confused after doping research than when you started.  Additionally, many businesses are questioning whether or not they should consider an 802.11ac router which is the newest connectivity standard in an effort to prepare for the next generation of wireless devices.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Can Hosted PBX Systems Secure Your Data From A Disaster?


When it comes to business endeavors, security is always a priority. That’s why many entrepreneurs eventually think of one question before paying for a hosted PBX system: would it actually lead to better data protection? The answer to that isn’t as straightforward as some might want it to be. So, those who’d like to find out whether they’d really get security-boosting benefits from remotely-run PBX services should simply do one thing – read this write-up.   

Top Level Definitions of IP And IP Related Technologies


There is no question that we are finally heading towards a deeper period of the technology age. As we move forward into the world of IP Telephony, VOIP and Unified Communications, it is time to be clear on what we are getting into. Here are definitions of some of the broad concepts.

What is IP?

IP stands for Internet Protocol. This is the protocol, or method used in which data is transferred from one computer to another via the Internet. Each workstation is referred to as the host. It has its own IP address used to uniquely identify that specific workstation/computer from the rest of the computers running in the Internet.

Friday, October 18, 2013

How To Photograph Flowers On Your Smartphone


This article has been written to give some simple, easy to understand tips to take better photographs of flowers using the camera on your phone.  I have written it to help amateurs like me capture better photos using the cameras we already have available. 

Flowers are things of beauty and have long been the subject of artists in all manner of mediums.  Flowers have a natural beauty and perfection that you cannot help but admire.  You may be taking the picture just for your own memories or so you can share what you’ve seen with someone else but whatever your reason for taking the photo, it’s nice to take the best photo that you can.  You never know, if you get a really good one you could even have it printed up as a large canvas print and hang it up at home! 

The Revolution Of Online Learning


The advent of the internet and online learning has affected almost every aspect of our lives – from the way we work and communicate to our perception of politics and activism. Education is not exempt from the incredible changes that are taking place. As we speak, online education is replacing physical universities at a rapid pace.

English: Online Learning
English: Online Learning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier this year, the largest university system in the world - the California State University system - announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at its campuses. Public universities are moving their courses online – from excel training to intense computer science courses.

Top 4 Reasons Not To Restrict Your Kids From Using Technology


We live in an age where technology is developing at a more rapid pace than ever. In ten years, there may be things that are taken for granted that we never dreamed about.

1) It can save their lives.

The number one thing to know about modern technology is that it saves lives. A child with a cell phone, for instance, can alert his parents or the police when he finds himself in danger. The cell is, therefore, one of the first things that children should be taught how to use. If you install the appropriate controls on it, then they will not be able to abuse the phone, or even discover areas that they were not meant to see.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Unheard Shortcuts In Windows Media Player Classic


With many types of format files supported, for sure Media Player Classic is a well-known program that is used by a lot of people across the globe. This program appears in two versions: the media player classic home cinema and the media player classic black edition. Still, when using this application people like to have short commands. That is how they do not have to make a tone of clicks and check settings. So here are top five keyboard shortcuts that are very popular in Media Player Classic.

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English: Screenshot of captured with Window Clippings Español: Captura de un programa libre llamado media player classic (ver http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_player_classic) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thunderbolt To HDMI Vs Direct Connection Using HDMI Cables, Which Is Faster?


People today want to experience a high quality video connection from their MacBook to their TV. However, there are two types of connections being used today. This includes Thunderbolt to HDMI and direct connection using HDMI cables only.
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Español: Cable HDMI 1.4, rizado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consumers often ask if there is any difference in connecting their latest generation Mac to a TV set with a direct connection using HDMI or a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor. Although they have the same use, there are several noticeable differences between a direct connection and a Thunderbolt with an HDMI adapter.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Benefits Of A QWERTY Keyboard On A Smartphone


There are many smartphone handsets out there that have been given a QWERTY keyboard but there are also plenty that have not, so what are the benefits?  The format has proved to be very successful with the BlackBerry range and the QWERTY keyboard is something of an asset here, firstly because it allows the user to be a little quicker with their typing.  This means that both emails and text messages can be completely more quickly.  The buttons on a physical QWERTY keyboard can often be easier to use than those on a virtual keyboard.  As the vast majority of users will send a minimum of one text each day, not to mention replying to emails, there is a great deal of typing on the handset and buttons that respond properly are a bonus. A business mobile phone is certainly more effective with a proper keyboard even though it means a smaller screen.

English: QWERTY keypad from mobile phone Nokia...
English: QWERTY keypad from mobile phone Nokia E61i. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Plotters Are Environmentally Friendly And Why?


Environmentally friendly plotters are those that are energy efficient and reduce the impact that they have on the environment. Such plotters also tend to produce less heat and reduce cooling by a substantial amount, thereby providing a more pleasant work environment. Most eco-friendly plotters are Energy Star compliant, which guarantees that they have met strict energy efficiency guidelines without sacrificing performance or productivity.

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The average maximum ozone emissions of OCE eco-friendly plotters are about one-tenth that of other conventional printers. In addition, most of these printers utilise recycled paper. Over a period of sixty months, using 4,500 square feet of recycled paper saves 38 trees, 877 gallons of oil, 9,200KWH of energy and 15,750 gallons of water. Below is a look at various brands that offer environmentally friendly plotters.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Benefits And Issues Of BYOD In The Workplace


Bring your own device (BYOD) has become a mainstay in the company office, much like the coffee cup filled with your favourite type of Joe. And just like that coffee, BYOD can bring both positive and negative aspects to a company.

Yet employees everywhere are jumping onto the BYOD bandwagon, with over 80% of employees using their mobile devices for work, according to CIO. Many employees believe that the benefits outweigh the problems, since executives think it increases a worker's productivity, efficiency and creativity.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Managed Services, IT Teams, And Multi-Vendor Workplaces


Not many employees outside the IT office really know what goes on in there. Oftentimes, members of the IT team are encumbered with creating and deploying a new project, which, due to the complexity of technology and the rate at which it is advancing, could sometimes take up to a year. Then, before you know it, that brand new technology becomes outdated.

You want your business to run as efficiently as possible. This means putting the brainpower and resources where they are needed, not creating headaches by trying to stay on top of an ever-changing game. That's why so many companies are looking to managed services to align their IT team with their business and all their clients.

Ready For Anything - Arming Against Computer Maladies


They always say that the best medicine of all is prevention and they could not have been more on the money when it comes to computers. Ask any static or mobile computer repair technician how many of their daily callouts would have been 100% unnecessary if the respective users of the computers had simply exercised a minor level of caution and chances are the answer would be about the 85% mark.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Build Your Own Site Or Hire Someone?


When you own an online business, it is important to have an online presence where customers can easily find you. It helps establish your brand as well as credibility. However, all business owners may not have much knowledge required to build a website and you may not have the time to figure out the requirements. If you get a professional to build it for you, you may have to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars for a simple site. You will have to weigh the options of time, cost, maintenance and difficulty while making the decision.

Friday, October 11, 2013

What Features Do You Actually Need On A New Mobile Phone?


With so many mobile phones on the market to choose from, knowing which one is right for you can be pretty difficult. The average customer has a hard time understanding the technical jargon used in mobile phone spec lists, and reading these list is instrumental in making sure that the phone you're getting is both right for you and good value for money. Plus, most people only buy a new mobile around once every two years, and since mobile technology changes so fast what you expect from a phone this shopping trip is not exactly the same as what you expected on your last trip. Today we're taking a look at some of the things you should expect from a good quality, mid-range phone these days. So if you're in the process of mobile shopping, here's a little help for you...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

DVDs versus USB Flash Drives

As a professional photographer, there are any number of decisions you have to make throughout the course of a project, including how best to present the completed pictures to your client. DVDs have traditionally and consistently been the medium of choice when it comes to photo storage. However, DVDs are prone to getting scratched, warped, or even corrupted through use. It also takes a lot longer to upload pictures to a DVD, which can cause a significant time delay for you if you have a lot of projects on tap. On the other hand, USB flash drives are far more durable and portable. You can upload large blocks of information to them much faster than you can to a DVD. And pen drives can be used to share pictures from any device. Given the significant advantages of flash drives, it is little wonder why customers and photographers alike prefer them to DVDs.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Top Tips for Selecting Antivirus for PC Security


The importance of your Internet Security: 

The internet has re-invented the whole way in which we interact with each other; the world has shrunk into a global village thanks to the internet and now people sitting in distant countries can share stuff with each other simultaneously. But with all this access, there also comes the potential for abuse.

The internet makes you incredibly vulnerable to external threats and exposes you to the risk of losing your personal information like credit card and banking data. Hackers can gain excess to your most intimate personal information by tricking you to click on certain links that take you to fake websites or initiate the download of dangerous viruses, thus the purpose of antivirus software at its most basic; implies the following three steps:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mobile Security For Enterprise Companies


Mobile Device SecuritySmartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are in the process of changing the way many things are done, including the way we do business. Of course, even as mobile computing opens certain doors for us, they open up quite a few others that perhaps we didn't intend to open. These doors, of course, are the threats to security that mobile computing presents, which creates new challenges for businesses as they begin to rely more and more on mobile devices.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Identify That Hideous Bug With These Super Smartphone Apps!


 With the recent introduction of warmer summers we are starting to experience a new influx of tropical bugs in our homes and gardens. Some of them are quite stunning but also more than a little scary, especially those flying critters. So how do we differentiate between the safe and the not so safe insects? Okay, you may not be at risk of a life threatening bite, but it always pays to be on the cautious side. It would be great if we all had a degree in zoology, but sadly we don’t. So, how about the next best thing? Your Smartphone may just have the answer, there are several Apps that allow us to identify these bugs and check out how bad that sting or bite really is. This article takes two of these and offers an unbiased review of each for your perusal- Enjoy!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Rise of Samsung

March 1938: Founding chairman Byung-Chull Lee started a business in Taegu, Korea, with 30,000 won (about $29.50 in dollars today). He was the son of a wealthy landowner and rice miller. Company was initially a food exporter, selling Korean fish, vegetables, and fruit.

In a little over a decade, Samsung moved into the production of food, and established manufacturing and sales operations

Factoid: The name Samsung means “Three Stars” in Korean.

Identifying Migration Risks


After the decision has been made to migrate to a colocation facility in Houston, it is vital to develop a comprehensive migration plan. This plan must look at each aspect of the migration and identify all the possible problems that may occur. It is vital to identify as many of the potential risks as possible and fully understand them before you migrate. This article will look at the possible problems that a migration may encounter with regards to each of the seven layers that make up the Open System Interconnection (OSI). These seven layers are:

How To Clean A Printer


As everything else in your home, once in a while, your printer needs some regular cleaning. It is very easy and it is the best alternative to buying a new one. However, before we start, we will have to remind you that the first thing you are supposed to do is checking the manufacturer's instructions. Usually, they are written on a sheet of paper and go with the printer itself. However, if you don't have such a documentation, you can check the manufacturer's website. In recent years most of the provide plenty of useful information on what to / not to do when cleaning your printer. So here are some further tips on how to clean your printer properly.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Read The Small Print In Your Broadband Deals


When we come to choose broadband, we have to make sure that we understand what we are purchasing. If we're doing it for the first time, or even if we have delved into the market before, it can be a confusing activity. This is because there is so much choice and, quite frankly, so little transparency.

This article will look at broadband advertising, so that if you're looking for Post Office home phone broadband, Sky broadband, BT broadband or any other type of broadband, you'll have a better understanding of what you are actually going to get, and a better strategy to find the best offering for your particular circumstances.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Building a Safe WiFi Network at Your Business

Over 300,000 Internet crimes were reported around the world in 2011. Internet crime increased 3.4 percent from 2010. In terms of hard cold dollars, the complaints and crimes costs losses of close to half a billion dollars.

If you’re building a network, you need to secure it. Hackers are using the most sophisticated tools to slip in and that’s why it’s imperative to put the best solutions in play. Network authentication will verify user identity and allow easier tracing through passwords and user names. This can be vital when you’re looking to locate a breach in the system.

Laptop Vs. Tablet


With all the promise that the table market and wireless technology has to offer, you might be thinking whether purchasing a laptop is still an exceptional thought. A laptop computer as compared to a desktop computer is by fat superiors when it comes to its mobility aspect. However, in this modern era, there are some other versatile devices and gadgets, like tablet, that you can also use for work, watching movies, for fun and entertainment, browsing web or even for business.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mobile Security Challenges For Enterprise Companies


The latest wave in the tide of internet revolution has been the amazing spread of mobile devices and the gradual closing of the gap between the personal computer and mobile telecommunications. Thanks to the global proliferation of smartphones and their associated networks, mobile devices are now ubiquitous in developed countries and elsewhere as personal information resources. We are now witnessing the inevitable movement of mobile devices from personal uses to work and business applications as mobile information technology gradually supplants the old wired model and the division between voice communication and the internet. With this change comes an inevitable rise in the security risks that businesses must face.

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