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Changing Web Hosting Services

July 16, 2013 |

If you’ve never had to endure the aggravation and inconvenience of dealing with an unsavory Web host, I — and many others — envy you. It happens subtly, at first, though it might seem to spring forth suddenly. There are always warning signs. A minor, low importance support ticket takes a few weeks to close. Perhaps you’d forgotten about it entirely. Your site goes down a few times in one week, but it happens early in the morning, so you figure it’s not a big deal. Then it goes down during peak hours and you can’t reach anyone on the phone. Maybe you’ve gone over your allotted bandwidth with nary a message of warning or offer to upgrade. Maybe the server itself crashed and the host is “working on it.”

It’s easy to overlook a few hiccups, but if you’re with a less-than-scrupulous Web host they’ll progress beyond the occasional annoyance. By the time … Read More

Roadtrip 2.0 – How Technology Can Make Your Summer Trip Better Than Ever

June 25, 2013 |

Back in the old days, keeping long car trips interesting took some brain-wracking creativity and it wasn’t always pretty. After all, you can only sing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” so many times. Luckily, we’re living in the wonderful Information Age when technology is mobile and versatile. If you’re planning a big road trip this summer, consider integrating these wonderful pieces of technology to make the vacation more enjoyable.

Playlists That Don’t Stop

Image via Flickr by marie 11

Gone are the days of the painstakingly organized mix cassette or CD collection. With the help of an MP3 player or even a smartphone, you can take your entire music collection with you on your summer road trip. Most digital music devices only need a simple peripheral to connect to car audio equipment, so for a pittance you can go through as many playlists as you can imagine. Better yet, ditch … Read More

4 DSLRs for Various Types of Photographers

November 21, 2012 |

If you’re serious about photography, the best place to start is with a great camera. You’ll be able to snap the photos you have always dreamed of, thanks to the high-tech digital photo processing paired with the single-lens reflex setup so you can see exactly what will be in your photo. When you’re shopping for a DSLR camera, there are several great options to choose from, depending on what your main goals are when you take pictures.

1. Canon T3i: This DSLR is perfect for anyone who is loyal to Canon’s cameras and who already has one or more Canon lenses that will work with the camera. In addition to compatibility with Canon lenses, the Canon T3i can handle lenses from other brands as well. Some of its other perks include its pro-level video at an entry level price of just $600. It also has a rotating LCD display to make it easy for you to view your … Read More

Best Things to Use the iPhone 5 For

October 25, 2012 |

The Iphone 5 is great for many things, but one of the best things about it is the camera enhancements. So much attention to detail has been given here such as a a sapphire crystal lens protects the camera from scratches when you put it down on a hard surface. Photo’s are captured about 40% quicker than they were on the 4s allowing you to click away in the knowledge that you are capturing every frame of a moment. There is the new addition of the panorama mode which allows you to capture photos as you turn around, which the phone then stitches together to create a panoramic photograph. Quite a fun and useful feature once you get the hang of it. The low light mode is much improved, so you can expect greater quality pictures when a location is dimly lit.

Although we’ve seen it before on other phones, the ability to snap … Read More

Mobile Reputation Management

September 25, 2012 |

Mobile marketing discussions often center around the best techniques to get your message to the widest possible audience, with less attention paid to the diverse methods to pull in customers. If you’re always pushing out your message or aggressively self-marketing without paying attention to the needs or wants of your customers or target population, your reputation will show it. Just like a friend who always turns the conversation around to her, the behavior gets old quickly. If you suspect your marketing strategy needs some help opening up to your customers’ perspective, you may be able to learn some lessons from reputation management.

What is reputation management?

Reputation management began as a PR term for helping turn around a lukewarm or outright negative public perception of a company or brand by soliciting good reviews. While some companies may practice this after-the-fact type of management, it’s more effective to monitor your brand on a regular basis and respond to … Read More

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review

August 29, 2012 |

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 reboot is great, but doesn’t quite match the original

 

Samsung is one of the few manufactures who is actually able to challenge Apple at the top of the tablet market, however its latest effort doesn’t quite hit the heights of its predecessor, although at less than $400 the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is priced accordingly, And, its Samsung’s top tab at the moment.

You’d be right to think that the Galaxy Tab 2 would build on the specs of its 10.1-inch brother, but you’ll still find a dual-core CPU, a 3.15-megapxiel rear camera and a 7,000 mAh battery under the hood.

The Galaxy Tab 2 is a slightly more budget-friendly slate, and Samsung has saved itself money with the uninspiring grey plastic case, VGA quality front facing camera and added weight – which defiantly makes the tablet feel cheaper in the hand and less pleasing on the eye.

The dual-core … Read More

New Great Gears Of The Month

August 21, 2012 |

Here’s the list of 6 new great gears this month.

 

Agnostic Audio Dock: Samsung Da-E750 Docking Station

The Samsung DA-E750 declares its OS agnosticism with a dual-docking system that allows you to plug in both iOS and Android devices. That is good news for all since the device is sure to deliver quality sound as it is a throwback to classic audio sensibilities with its mahogany finish and hybrid vacuum tube amplifier. Packing 2.1 channel fiberglass speakers and a 100W subwoofer, the DA-E750 is a must have for audiophiles.

 

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Struggling, cash strapped film­makers and directors can even the playing field as they go head to head with the big studios by calling upon Blackmagic who have announced their new Cinema Camera. Powerful features such as 13 stops of dynamic range, a high resolution 2,5K sensor and SSD recorder make it a match for any other similar device on the market. … Read More

The Divine Mystery of Employee Portals

June 12, 2012 |

Employee portals are nothing new. In fact, well over 10 years ago, they were being touted as the next big thing in enterprise tech. Since then many companies have adopted portal development strategies that often have included online timesheets, internal wiki systems for keeping company tech documents up to date and rich analytics solutions that can be accessed by multiple employees throughout a large corporation.

Whatever the use of employee portals, the big idea has always been to use enterprise information portals (EIPs) to distribute massive sets of business-specific information to as many employees possible. But by the end of the 2000s, the idea of employee portals seemed archaic on the surface. Then cloud computing and social media arrived on the scene, which some are saying might have breathed some life back into enterprise-level portal systems or “portlets.”

Cloud Security and Employee Portals

As cloud computing becomes overhyped, the cloud security debate gets even more … Read More

Feature Phones: The Nearly Forgotten Workhorses of the Cellular World

May 21, 2012 |

Smartphones, like the iPhone, the Blackberry and the various phones of the Android platform, have become incredibly popular, with recent statistics showing smartphone user stats beating feature phone user stats in the U.S. today. Many users praise the abilities of their phone, listing it as one of the top reasons that they own a smartphone at all. The assumption, however, that only smartphones can go on the Internet and perform helpful actions beyond phone calls is actually not true: The feature phones being made today are actually quite powerful and capable and you may not need a smartphone to get the features you want. Keep reading to learn some amazing things that you never suspected a feature phone could do!

Browsing the Web — No Smartphone Required

Today’s feature phones are able to browse the Internet in many cases. For example, the Nokia 112 and 110 both allow for Web surfing through the Nokia Browser. This browser uses … Read More

Moving Your Company’s Tech Safely

May 14, 2012 |

Moving your business is something that takes careful planning and strategic organization. Your company depends on a smooth move, so you likely spent hours researching movers and developing a moving strategy. Yet, when it comes to transporting the tech in your office you need to consider the following:

  • How will you keep the data on those computers secure?
  • How will you prevent damage as you prepare to move?
  • How can you ensure everything is set up and ready to go when you open your doors at your new location?

Purchase Appropriate Insurance

When moving tech, look closely at the insurance the moving company offers. If it is a per-pound insurance option, which is quite common, you may need additional insurance. Technology is worth far more than what it would get at a few cents per pound. You can purchase additional insurance to cover your technological investments through your insurance provider or from the moving company.

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The Mobile Cloud

April 26, 2012 |

With the rise of powerful cloud computing applications–and smartphones– the future of the Web is more about access than ownership. Applications won’t be owned, they’ll be accessed through the cloud. The same will be true for books, music and every other form of consumable digital media. Though Amazon stands as the giant of public cloud computing, there are many Amazon competitors that offer services with varying degrees of similarity to the electronic retailer’s own products. This is all made possible through elements of the cloud that only require minimal processing power on the devices used to access them. Mobility is the natural evolution of cloud technology. It won’t be long before everything that can be done on a computer will require neither a hard drive nor a computer, but a smartphone and a fast wireless connection. Here are a few current cloud-based technologies breaking ground in the mobile space.

1. Cloud Printing – Digital printing has … Read More

Nokia 808 PureView Review

April 13, 2012 |

Nokia’s new blower packs more pixels than most DSLRs, but its Symbian operating system hails from the dawn of time. Can its mammoth snapper make up for the lack of a modern smartphone OS?

41 MegaPixel Camera

Nokia won many fans with the N8 and its 12MP snapper, but the 808 takes camphones to a new level, It’s kitted out with a four-element Carl Zeiss lens and huge, 41 MegaPixel 1/1.2in sensor -that’s more than two times the size of that in the iPhone 4S, It’s only a tad smaller than the CX sensor in Nikon’s 1 series interchangeable lens cameras.

While Nokia’s dearly chuffed with that 41MP number, the largest images the 808 can actually create are 38MP, That’s still huge: enough for larger-than-A3 prints at 300dpi (standard print resolution for magazines). It also means you can select a small part of your photo and blow it up into a crisp, printable image, … Read More

Rapid Fashion: 3D Printing Hits the Runway

February 23, 2012 |

It seems like every year that passes brings us closer to our society’s idealized version of the future. Imagine bringing an iPad to a box social in 1950; how many heart attacks do you think you’d cause? As time marches by, technology also creeps out of our offices and homes and into other sectors of our lives. One trend I’ve picked up on over the past few years is how tech fashion is being created and sold to denizens of an increasingly digital world.

Apple has helped popularize technology and elevate to it culturally iconic status with its timeless aesthetic design. As a result, we are starting to see technology play a larger role in the fashion world. The first time I can remember Apple being used effectively as gear was the old-school iPod Shuffle with the clip. A later iteration of the Shuffle was literally turned into a pretty fancy watch by an enterprising … Read More