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Technologies Review | March 29, 2017

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Teach Yourself Programming: The 5 Best Sites For Learning To Code

March 14, 2014 |

These days, basic programming skills are quickly becoming a requirement for success in a variety of fields. Once the exclusive province of professional programmers in the tech industry, coding has finally gone mainstream. As such, amateurs and professionals of all stripes are learning to program like never before. If you’re interested in adding an impressive skill set to your resume, improving your programming abilities, or simply have an interest in coding, there are several great sites for you to learn at your own pace and from your existing skill level. Here are five of the best resources for online programming education.

Udemy

As an open-air bazaar of e-learning, Udemy is the premier destination for many neophytes looking to pick up their first programming language. Featuring more than 12,000 courses in everything from Python to C++ to Lisp, Udemy can help you learn any coding language you desire. Best of all, quite … Read More

Clickdrive: Automobile Digital Revolution

March 1, 2014 |

The digital revolution — development of increasingly specialized mobile applications — has changed the way we think about everything from retail to exercise, and cars are not immune to this shift.

The latest models boast voice-recognition software and real-time GPS mapping. Soon, cars will be parking themselves.

In many respects though, the auto-industry has yet to maximize the potential of mobile technology.

Clickdrive is hoping to change that.

“After experiencing issues with my own car, I was personally inspired to create a solution to the lack of data available on my car,” says former Lehman Brothers trading systems designer and Clickdrive founder Mark Sutheran. “Wifi and highspeed networks have become ubiquitous, but why aren’t our cars taking advantage of the situation?”

Clickdrive is a mobile hardware device that connects to Wifi and the … 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

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

Pixeom Takes Online Security to a New Level

February 7, 2014 |

They say, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” and the internet is no exception. Supposedly “free” services, be they email or social networking or what have you, all have their hidden costs. Facebook sells its users’ personal information, gmail uses email content for targeted advertising, and the whole of the internet, it seems, is increasingly susceptible to invasive monitoring from hackers and government intelligence agencies.

The problem, explains Pixeom co-founder and CEO Samir Nagar, is a system that privileges third-party service providers with control over and access to personal information.

”The public cloud services are all built on the foundation of the data center, and it’s a treasure trove of personal information that’s vulnerable to data breaches, or vulnerable to being accessed by the service providers, because they create their own encryption keys which lets them access your data.”

Privacy is the secret price of the “free” internet, … Read More

Sky Biz: 5 Ways Cloud Computing Revolutionized Business

January 28, 2014 |

With the advent of cloud computing, businesses can worry less about computing power or storage and focus on the issues that matter to customers or clients. Advantages of switching to cloud computing solutions to run your business include lower costs, increased scalability, improved security, and decreases in deployment time. There’s little wonder why many businesses are switching to cloud computing in order to increase their profit margins. In this article, you’ll learn more about the many benefits of cloud computing.

1. Lower Deployment Costs

Creating in-house solutions to store, access, and serve data can be laborious and time-consuming. With cloud computing, server space is always available for use and projects can be up and running in the time it takes to upload data. Not only do you save on the costs of hardware, you don’t need to lose money waiting for your computer systems to be up and running. With services … Read More

The Physical Size Of Big Data

January 21, 2014 |

The people over at Domo have done it again with an amazing infographic titled “The Physical Size Of Big Data”. The infographic talks about how big data would be if it were a physical size. The amount of data is amazing and would tower of us and flood cities and the world. The report was done by a group of students from Stanford University, the report shows that the whole world produces around 1,200 Exabytes of data every year.

There are a lot of cool things about the infographic, for example there are over 80 million iPhone 5s in the world, and if you were to lay them down side by side they would circle the world more than 100 times. By reading this you will appreciate that Data is not physical and how amazing technology truly is.

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Database Dilemma: 5 Reasons Access May Not Be Enough For Your Business

December 31, 2013 |

Almost every business has use for a good database.  Many simply turn to Microsoft Access as the solution, since it is already included in their Microsoft Suite. A software firm developing an application, however, will take database limitations under consideration and will determine the best database for the project. In-house deployment means having to make those decisions without the assistance of a development vendor. While small, in-house projects might seem to be a good fit for Access, the developers should be aware of the limitations and weigh them against potential growth and future needs, just as a professional would do for a client.

Consider how experienced design firms make database determinations. When exploring application designs for their clients, five particular factors would likely take Access out of contention as a database solution. Current and future needs would both fall under consideration in the assessment.

Concurrent Users

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Developing A Strategy For The Private Cloud

December 30, 2013 |

With all the hype surrounding cloud computing in the IT world, it can be hard to know the best way to go about taking advantage of the many benefits the private cloud has to offer. Many vendors are looking to capitalize on its popularity but are offering solutions that are cloud services in name only, making it even more difficult to understand what a private cloud really entails. In order to succeed, IT leaders must understand what the private cloud is, what it can provide and how it can help them meet specific business goals.

What is the Private Cloud?

This cloud option is a shared model for operating an IT infrastructure, characterized by self-service, broad network access, pooled resources, rapid elasticity and measured services. Like other forms of cloud computing, the private cloud is a new way of running an IT infrastructure that can help lower costs, improve efficiency and automate processes.

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Tech Evolution: 6 Technologies That Do More Than You Think

December 18, 2013 |

Every year there are astounding developments and advances in all aspects of daily life. From how our dentists work on our teeth to how rockets sent into space will impact the now and future. Here are six areas where technology has advanced in different fields with potentially astounding results, where you wouldn’t think we need to go further.

Heart Implants

The technology to replace a heart and revive life in and of itself was an amazing advance in health. But once we knew how to do this, it was clear there could still be better, easier, and safer means of recreating the heart. The greatest advance has been in the area of stem cell research. The journal CELL released studies that show in animals with heart damage (after failure or blood loss), injecting stem cells begins a process of the heart repairing itself.

Rocket and Space Travel

The greatest … Read More

Cloud Computing In 2014 & Beyond

December 17, 2013 |

With cloud computing being adopted by more and more industries as a way to store and access information, 2014 is being predicted as the year of the cloud. The consequences of this new innovation have the potential to change the gentle acceptance of cloud computing taking place now into a shockwave that will affect the IT landscape as well as business computing for years to come.

Personal Cloud Computing

Google — with its Chromebook, Android OS and Google Play store (where thousands of apps are free) — has already committed to personal cloud computing. All its hardware entries are cloud-centric and none use the typical hard drive configuration. Microsoft and Apple are also gearing up for the cloud revolution, with Windows 8 and Apple OS X (Mountain Lion) having woven the cloud into the next generation of desktop and laptop computers.

The only factor throttling back the cloud revolution is … Read More

Understanding Private and Public Clouds: Why Companies Choose Private Cloud

December 17, 2013 |

Quite frankly, the cloud computing industry comes with jargons and terminologies that only the IT personnel and administrators can understand. Therefore, the IT industry must also bear the weight of clarifying the functions, features and exactitude of terms to educate and inform CIOs, managers and startups on their decision-making process for cloud adoption.

The purpose of this article is to clarify the difference between the public and private cloud and why some companies may prefer the latter.

Cloud computing is a widely discussed and debatable topic for a few years now, and whilst the public cloud gets a bulk of attention that links to high-profile tech brands including Google and Amazon, our goal is to understand more about the functions of a private cloud and its impact for long-term business operations.

To understand each cloud type, we define a private cloud as a highly virtualised data centre … Read More

What Questions To Ask When Moving To The Cloud

December 16, 2013 |

While many small businesses are rushing to the cloud to realize cost savings and improved infrastructure, some are doing so without thinking through the hard questions that should accompany a major change such as this. If you’re contemplating a move to the cloud, slow down and ask any potential cloud vendor how they handle security, customer service, and cost associated with the cloud.

Security

Particularly if you are considering moving to a public cloud, where your enterprise data co-locates with that of other businesses, you will need to ask any potential cloud provider several questions about their security. These include:

  • Who can access the data center and what internal access controls they use?
  • What sort of active threat monitoring do they perform?
  • What level of security does the organization need from a data center?
  • What type of encryption, if any, does the cloud provider use with the organization’s … Read More