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Monthly Archives: February 2014

MobileARQ Helps Us Re-imagine The Way We Look At School Directories

February 28, 2014 |

In an age of online homework postings and digital blackboards and interactive pre-literacy computers for toddlers, it was only a matter of time before the school-issued phonebook went the way of the typewriter.

With the MobileArq digital school directory, Niru Mallavarupu thinks that day has come. Mallavarupu, a former distributed computing professional, approached the MobileArq project as a frustrated mother, trying to keep track of two children amid all the other tasks of daily life. As she frames it, the shift from a printed to digital format makes sense on a number of levels, for users and organizations alike.

The idea, she says, is to “fulfill a basic and totally intuitive function: creating a permanent, easily accessible, impossible-to-lose format for school directories.”

The MobileArq app brings a constantly updating digital school directory to any mobile device. Parents have instant, portable access to contact information for the school … Read More

Here’s Why You Should Switch To A PAYG Mobile Tariff

February 26, 2014 |

Billions of people around the world have mobile phone contracts, often referred to as post-pay contracts. Such contracts enable one to have the convenience of paying for any mobile phone charges on a monthly basis.

The trouble is, they aren’t always good value for money. Here are some reasons why you should ditch your mobile phone contract and opt for a pre-pay tariff, either with your existing network provider or with someone else.

You Don’t Have To Pay Over-The-Odds For A Handset

It’s a well-known fact that on monthly post-pay contracts, mobile phones are subsidised by network operators; in other words, they buy your handset from the manufacturer and pay for it out of their own money, and then get the money back off you through your monthly instalments.

The trouble is, network operators charge you more for doing this instead of just charging you the actual phone price. For example, in the UK it … Read More

5 Elements Of Site Design That Keep Visitors Interested

February 26, 2014 |

Having great content on your website is just half the battle. These days, when there are over 600 million vastly different websites out there, visitors’ attention spans are even shorter than ever. People want to be instantly wowed in their first impression of a site, in addition to wanting to receive quality information. To deliver both, and keep your visitors interested, there are five things you need to remember when designing your site:

1. Novelty

Having something different on your web page, whether it be a picture, design or unconventional way to display information, is going to keep visitors interested. After all, having a generic website with generic information is not going to do you any favors. Chances are, people can (and will )find that information from some other website. Pages with designs that demonstrate creativity and originality command immediate attention, and can help websites gain and sustain visitors.

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Technology In Your Home That Will Save You Money Over Time

February 26, 2014 |

Today’s technology is coming out of the computer and into your home as manufacturers reach out with new ways to rescue you from costly expenses. The emphasis is on saving energy, on using both hardware and intelligent software to streamline wastage and save your hard-earned cash. Let’s look at some of the approaches being used to solve your money problems with technology.

Smart Thermostats

There’s a new generation of smart thermostats being fitted in homes with the express intent of cutting expensive energy bills. They learn patterns of usage, turning off when a room is unoccupied. These microprocessor controlled devices are quite capable of learning personal preferences and schedules, efficiently managing heating and cooling.

Motion Sensors

An electronic eye designed to register whether a room is currently in use, motion sensors detect the tiniest movement but they posses enough programming to intelligently discriminate between the family pet and a … Read More

5 Benefits Of Using Technology To Create Online Forms

February 25, 2014 |

If you own a business, chances are your customers or clients will have to fill out a form at one point or another. There are various forms that need to be filled out for a multitude of reasons including insurance, legal, medical, applications, or even simply a new customer/client form. All of this paperwork can easily become a hassle. However, thanks to new technologies, online forms are becoming more and more popular. Here are 5 benefits of using technology to create online forms.

1. They Allow for HTML Designs, Without Requiring Experience

Your business forms don’t have to be bland black and white sheets of paper. By using an online form for your business you will be able to add html to create a beautifully designed form. Not sure how HTML works? No problem! It is easy to use html codes without programming thanks to the easy-to-use themes and templates provided by … Read More

Always Loved Technology? 6 Careers To Embrace Your Passion

February 21, 2014 |

There are many people that want to take their love for technology and apply that passion towards a career. Technology is a very vast market, and there is never a shortage of things to talk about. However, one may have a little bit of trouble figuring out exactly what they want to do. However, there are plenty of career opportunities for those that love tech. Here are the top six careers that will allow you to embrace your passion for technology.

1. YouTube Personality

While it might not seem like a viable career, there are many different YouTube personalities that have made a decent career out of talking about tech products. These products range from PCs, mobile phones, laptops, TVs, video games, and all other things that are technology related. While it’s hard to gain a YouTube following, this career path allows you to be your own boss and talk about … Read More

6 Amazing iPhone Accessories From CES 2014

February 21, 2014 |

According to the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of adults in the United States now own a Smartphone. Naturally, designers and entrepreneurs have come out of the woodwork with new accessories for your device. Here are six amazing accessories.

The PowerAll

The PowerAll (http://www.thepowerall.com/) is a rechargeable 12000mAh battery with two USB ports that will charge your smartphone six times before needed a recharge itself. The charger doubles as a 400 amp engine-starter and has an LED flashlight. It’s about twice as thick as a smartphone, so you’ll probably want to leave it in the car.

Surfr

EnerPlex’s Surfr (enerplex.biz.) is a solar charger, and one of the coolest Samsung cases to come out at CES (there is also an iPhone 5/5s Version). The case has a 2500 mAh capacity, so it’ll double your phones stock battery life. Solar charging isn’t very fast, so fortunately the Surfr can also … Read More

How To Use The Web To Get Your First Job

February 18, 2014 |

Landing up with your first job is always a dream come true for millions. And to make things somewhat easier, the web is always comes to our rescue. The following post explores the importance of web in the process of job search. Read on to know more.

All of us experience this situation pretty often in our lives—hunting for the perfect job. Once our studies come to an end, the next thing that we look for is a job. Whether it is about volatile economies or about recessions, job search will always remain a great task—of finding the perfect job for you.

In today’s competitive job market, searching and landing up with the right job is not a cakewalk. However, with the advent of the Internet, things have become quite easy. Today, in the era of digital media, job search seems like a click away. How do we … Read More

A Technological Big-Bang To Advertising

February 15, 2014 |

Commerce has always been commerce, but the way it’s conducted, and where it’s conducted, are constantly changing. Now that trend is pushing business onto the internet, along with everything else in the digital age.

In 2012, e-commerce represented a nearly $300 billion industry. Presumably, that figure is only going up.

As Adspert COO Stephanie Richter explains, “regardless of what product a company is offering, online marketing is central to relevance. It’s the present and future of all business. Any company interested in expanding its sales and not looking at search engine advertising is missing out on a huge potential market, and runs the risk of becoming left behind in the digital age.”

Adspert is only one of a multitude of companies taking an active role in shaping the new online economy. Specifically, their newest product, The Big Bang Machine, looks to change the … Read More

Able-HD: A Portable Monitor That Will Make Your Life Easier

February 15, 2014 |

Laptop users who have never tried using an extra screen may want to give it some thought.

After bringing in almost $100,000 on their first campaign, Able-HD CEO Nell Harton and the folks behind the Able-HD portable monitor are going back to Kickstarter to raise money for the new and improved Able-HD Plus.

With a synthetic polymer casing, thermoplastic acrylic screen and detachable adaptor board that doubles as a prop stand, the updated version is, according to Harton, “stronger, clearer and even more reduced in terms of design” than its predecessor.

Harton says that fragility was the main impulse to go back to the drawing board, but that the design team took advantage of the opportunity “to rethink the entire system design.”

The main development to come out of this process seems to be the first-ever … Read More

Increase Productivity: No More No-Shows

February 15, 2014 |

For the average person, an appointment is just another task out of the many in a crowded day and busy week, but for businesses — be it a health clinic or a hair salon — appointments are money. Appointments are time, which is also money. Appointments are the essence of how the entire operation functions.

For a customer, the worst a missed appointment can mean is the headache of having to set up another one. For a business, though, a whole day’s schedule can be thrown off. There are the costs of preparing for the appointment — in a doctor’s office, these can amount to as much as $150 per appointment — and then the broader operational costs of missing out on the other client who would have shown up, of keeping standby clients waiting unnecessarily, of wasting time and energy trying to track down a no-show and rework … Read More

6 Businesses That Will Stay Relevant As Technology Changes

February 13, 2014 |

Technology continues to advance, and as it does some jobs are being phased out for more efficient automated methods. For example, in many production facilities, line workers are being replaced by highly efficient robotic procedures. However, if you’re just starting out, or looking to change careers, here are a few jobs that will be relevant no matter how much technology progresses.

1. Computer Science

Even as technology advances, computer scientists will still be needed to repair, program, and design the technologies that replace traditional jobs. It’s arguable that the more advanced technology becomes, the more faulty it becomes, and the higher the need there will be for those with computer science knowledge.

2. Engineers

Someone has to build the computers, mainframes, and robots that replace human workers, and who better than engineers? Becoming an engineer is easier than ever; there are plenty of engineering schools online for interested students. … Read More

Predictions About The Cloud Came True [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 10, 2014 |

The cloud–as we are all well aware–is a massive, physical collection of interconnected information technology servers that are easily accessible by a user through a network, allowing for servers to essentially be outsourced.

We’ve all been hearing about the cloud since 2011, if not before. But do you have a grasp on how the prophecies experts were spouting in 2010 have come true? Check out these stats.

-80% of CIO’s have some form of infrastructure delivered through a cloud network.

-84% of CIO’s who have moved to the cloud have cut down on application costs

-21% is the average amount of annual savings for users who move applications to the cloud

-33% if IT budgets were estimated to be spent on cloud computing in 2013

The predictions of the IT industries best minds in 2011 have all come true in 2014. … Read More