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Volume Licensing To Manage Your Workplace PCs

April 23, 2013 |

Volume licensing, if properly understood, makes the perfect sense for any sort of business, small or large. Nobody can hearsay the fact that technology is among the most important enablers for business success in this age of cutthroat competition. VL  is almost equivalent to getting bulk discounts, although bulk purchasing is not necessary with volume licensing. Simply put, volume licensing as a procurement activity that enables you to purchase software by just paying for the license of usage, and not the complete bundle of software and its boxed contents with supplementary manuals and media. So, there is a huge chunk of software purchasing expenses gone out of the window, all courtesy volume licensing.

How Volume Licensing Enables You To Manage Your Workplace’s Pcs Better?

Apart from the obvious fact that you save a truck load of money on all your subsequent software purchases, there are some other very concrete and desirable benefits  from availing volume … Read More

How to Choose the Right Printer for Your PC

April 18, 2013 |

If you want to buy a printer the first thing you should know is that the offers of computer stores are diversified. This could only mean chances to find the right printer for your needs are high, but there are some important aspects you need to take into consideration.

In order to buy a printer you must firstly decide what you will use the device for. Depending on the answer to this question you can opt for one of the three types of printers: – Dot Matrix – Inkjet printers – Laser Printers

Dot Matrix printers Dot matrix printers were very common in the past, but nowadays they are only used for printing invoices and other similar forms. The main advantage of these printers is the low printing costs per page and the low priced consumables. On the other hand, the price of the device itself is larger than in the case of inkjet printers, … Read More

The Rise of Flash Means Big Benefits for Storage Consumers

April 11, 2013 |

There are rare moments in history when technology takes a serious leap. The change from walking to riding animals, then from horses to cars, is one example. The same trend has held true with data storage. The first method to come along was switches and lights, then punch cards, which were followed by tape and then hard disks made tape obsolete. Now, the information technology industry is on the verge of another massive shift: one that will take servers from disk-based storage to all-flash architectures.

The biggest sign that this change is real is the fact that EMC, the big disk drive maker, has started up a subsidiary that will make nothing but purpose-built solid state storage systems. This is a big tipoff that the company believes that its current mainstay is on the way to obsolescence. What makes solid state drives superior?

One of the biggest benefits of all-flash storage is speed. This allows it to … Read More

Is your Office “Ready to Go?”

April 8, 2013 |

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You’ve got your office all set up and ready to go. Each desk has a computer, the printers are in place, and the copy machine is waiting for jobs. The break room is stocked and the supply closet is overflowing.

Looks perfect, right? Not so fast!

Many business owners place so much focus on the outward accoutrements of day-to-day business operations that they neglect to pay attention to the inner workings of electrical wires and cables that actually allow their computers to compute, their Internet to connect, their printers to print—and their businesses to run smoothly!

Although wiring your office isn’t something you want to do yourself—leave that to the experts, for sure—you can take steps to ensure you have all the supplies you need to get your business connected, powered up and ready to go.

Here’s what you’ll need.

Network Cables

Computer networks require specialized cables. One option is … Read More

The Circular Saw – Why You Need One and What to Look For

March 11, 2013 |

If you want to cut through tough materials like 2x4s, plywood and various other building materials, a circular saw is a must have. Other basic saws are fine if you rarely get out and cut wood, but the vast majority of people will have multiple uses for a circular saw throughout a calendar year. Circular saws are designed to make quick work of most wood and they do so with a minimal amount of headaches. If you attempted the same amount of woodcutting with a handsaw, you would quickly learn the value of a solid circular saw in the old woodshed.

Key Features To Look For When Buying A Circular Saw

The first thing you want to figure out is whether you want to go with a corded or cordless circular saw. Both have advantages of course, but corded models are going to be what you need for heavy duty building. Cordless models are fine … Read More

Rumors Swirl About Remarkable Capabilties Of ‘Xbox 720’

January 22, 2013 |

 

As the new year dawns, tech enthusiasts anticipate the exciting gadgets the year will bring. Though all manufacturers are planning the release of at least one new toy, 2013 promises to be a big year for Microsoft’s Xbox. Though the exact name is not yet known, the release of Xbox’s newest gaming system is on the horizon. Tentatively known as the Xbox 720, this new system is expected to enter the market in time for the holiday season. Tech experts also expect the console to be packed with a variety of innovative features, some of which are appearing for the first time. Some of the most talked-about components expected to accompany this system are detailed below.

·         Incredible power. Industry experts report that the new Xbox will boast “massive power.” The machine’s four-core CPU will be more powerful than any gaming computer on the market, resulting in better artificial intelligence, graphics and overall performance. Xbox 720 will also … Read More

The Top 5 Mobile Gaming Graphics Cards

December 27, 2012 |

Nothing will make a bigger difference to playing games on your laptop than your graphics card. In this article, we’ll take a look at the five of the best, rated in reverse order, according to 3DMark06 and Max Payne 3 benchmark tests.

NVidia GeForce GTX 580M. This graphics card really belongs to a previous generation of NVidia’s offerings for mobile gaming; however, it’s still up there with the best of the newer models. There’s an incredible amount of power here.

3DMark06 score: 20,664

Max Payne 3: 30 FPS

 

AMD Radeon 7950M. Released in August, this card is sits at the upper end of the AMD graphics card range. It’s a serious option for consumers that currently have the older 6970M or 6990M sitting in their machines. Rumor has it that the 7950M is comparable to the 6970 desktop card.

3DMark06 score: Just over 21,000

Max Payne 3: 32 FPS at 1920×1080 and full graphics … Read More

Are CD’s and DVD’s Becoming Archaic?

December 10, 2012 |

Just like the cassette tape, VHS and 8-track before them, CDs and DVDs are becoming less and less relevant in today’s society — and soon will become archaic. CDs and DVDs served a purpose for years, but were never a perfect media for entertainment. Your favorite track or movie could all-too-frequently develop scratches, causing your CD to skip over your favorite song or your DVD to get stuck. While music stores and movie rental stores — these nearly dinosaurs as well — had technologies to fix scratches and preserve the media’s longevity, the average consumer did not.

With the rise in seamless digital technologies that allowed you to hear your favorite song at the press of a button, consumers moved away from CDs and DVDs. New formats like mp3s and streaming video allow you to catch up on your favorite TV show without recording it, or to purchase just that catchy tune … Read More

Learning Symbol Rate

September 28, 2012 |

Symbol rate is a mirror to the rates of state changing in the communication circuit. There are different ways to understand symbol rate. Symbol rates are basically used in digital communication (also known as baud or modulation rate). It defines the number of symbol changes (waveform changes or signalling events) which is referred as transmission medium per second using a digitally modulated signal or a line code. Symbol Rate can be better understood as, if a circuit is enabled to carry two tones per second, then the circuit is meant to have symbol rate as two. After getting into these technical terms one needs to understand the modulations. Circuits exercise different modulations techniques to carry multiple bits per symbol. If the circuit is confined to two variance tones then, the first tone can represent a 0 and the second tone can represent a 1. In this circuit, the symbol rate is the same as the bit rate.

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Hyper Thread Processor: A Logical Processor to Optimize the Performance of Your PC

September 27, 2012 |

Hyper threading is a technology, using which a user can optimize the speed of his PC. How is this possible? It is possible by making the CPU of your PC, act like multiple CPUs.

How does a CPU work? There are microprocessors present in a CPU, which carry out the computational work. However, all elements of CPU do not work at a time. For a specific task, a dedicated set of components work, and the rest of the components remain ideal. The idea behind using hyper thread is, to make use of the idle components.

Mechanism of Hyper thread To have hyper thread in a CPU means that your CPU has two sets of circuit, which are intended to keep a track of CPU’s functions. Hyper threading works by duplicating execution processes running on the CPU, but they do not take control over the PC’s functions. … 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

Adapting Mobile Development for Google Glasses

April 19, 2012 |

Google Glasses, called Project Glass by Google, proposes bringing augmented reality glasses to the mass market. It sounds like a futuristic promise, but Google wants to make this a reality. The device is worn like a typical pair of glasses and controlled with voice commands. Augmented reality glasses work with a heads up display that appears right in front of your eye. Google Glasses are going to take some time to materialize, but that’s more than enough time for the mobile development market to prepare itself. Given how different the Google Glasses input and interface is compared to current smart phones, a great deal of adjustment will be needed for this platform.

Unique Challenges of Google Glasses

One of the first obstacles that mobile developers need to overcome is the user interface that Google Glasses uses. You won’t be able to simply port over the same layout that worked in your smart phone applications, since … Read More

How to Extend Your Laptop Battery Life

February 6, 2012 |

Nothing is more frustrating than working away on your computer only to realize you are quickly running out of battery power. If you are starting to notice that your battery life isn’t serving you well, you might try some of these tips to try and conserve your battery power and hopefully extend its life.

1.Turn down the lights – One simple thing you can do is to turn down the brightness of your screen.

2.Keep it Cool – You’ll want to store your laptop in room temperature environments. Extended exposure to heat (like being kept in your car on warm days) or bright sunlight can drain your battery.

3.Defrag – Defragmenting your computer helps your computer run more efficiently and will help extend the life of your battery – plus, your computer will run faster too.

4.Let it Hibernate – Selecting hibernate instead of sleep mode is the best way to conserve battery power.

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