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How Cloud Software Can Cut Down Your Business Costs

In a troubled economy businesses are trying to minimize their spending and cloud software offers an excellent way to achieve that. But the problem is not many businesses are aware of the advantages offered by cloud software. So if you are one of the first to embrace these technologies you can gain a significant advantage over your competitors. Mentioned below are some ways web based software can save you money.

Subscription Model

Most web based software provides you with a pay as you go option. So you don’t have to spend a huge amount upfront to make use of the software. This also enables you to test the software without making a long term commitment. Additionally cloud based solutions are much cheaper compared to traditional desktop software. For example a web based Visio alternative like Creately costs 5$ per month compared to a 300-400$ Visio license.

Reduced Maintenance/Installation Costs

Because cloud software resides in vendor servers they are platform independent. Only thing you need to access them is a modern browser which can be easily downloaded for free. This means you don’t have to worry about downloads, installing the software, doing compatibility test before installing and upgrading, creating disk space for installations and a whole lot more. Basically you let the vendor handle the maintenance and upgrading while you use the software.

Collaboration Features to Improve Productivity

The collaboration features including real-time collaboration makes it very easy for teams to work together. Additionally they help people working from remote locations and independent contractors to easily share and edit documents. In real-time collaboration you can share a document with multiple persons and edit them simultaneously. You can instantly see the changes made by each other so there is little chance of someone getting confused. A good example of this is working with your accountants using a web based accounting tool like Freshbooks. Because both parties can see the changes instantly you can suggest modification, give explanations for some expenses etc. Another example is discussing your website layout with a web design company. You can share a UI mock-up and collaboratively edit it until both parties are satisfied about the design. These are just two examples, the possibilities are limitless.

Anywhere Access to Quickly Retrieve Data

Another big benefit of cloud software is you can access them from anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection. Instant access to data makes it very easy to take decisions and act faster according to the data. It is important to note that some cloud based vendors provide offline access as well, so you’re not handicapped when working in remote areas that don’t have Internet access. HTML5, On-premise installations are some of the things vendors provide to give offline access.

Other Ways Cloud Software Saves You Money

Mentioned above are some of the main ways cloud software helps your business save money. But there are plenty more. Because of online collaboration you dramatically reduce the number of meetings and the time spend on meetings. You cut down travel costs because now you no longer need to go to the client or vendor to discuss your plans. There are plenty of other little benefits that add up to make a significant difference.

With all these benefits it would be foolish not to give cloud software a try. Most of them offer a free trial so you have nothing to lose.

Nishadha Silva is a tech evangelist working for Creately, a web based diagram software to draw business process diagrams, flowcharts, organization charts, network diagrams and much more. Give it a try and feel the difference.

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4 Benefits of Embracing Technology Within The Education Sector

Today, almost everything that we come across has some technological connection to it. One of the major beneficiaries of this revolution is the education sector. The birth of educational technology has proved to be a huge boost to teachers and scholars across the globe.

Technology has redefined the stereotypical image of boring classrooms into an interesting one. Thanks to this development, learning and teaching has actually become a fun filled experience. There is every reason for everyone to consider embracing this modern invention. In case you are not aware of the positive impact of technology on education, here are 4 major benefits that come with using computers and software programs in the education sector.

Improved Learning Capability

One of the major benefits of using technology in the education sector is that it helps improve students’ learning capabilities. The field of education is very dynamic and constantly changing. Through technology, students can access new updates and information and thus develop a deeper understanding of some concepts that are taught in the classroom. Aside from accessing huge loads of information, students who use technology plan better for their studies with the help of software programs as compared to their conservative counterparts.

Wider access to education

Unlike in the past when education was only reserved for the elite class, the introduction of technology in the education sector has led to a major shift whereby everyone can access this basic right without any restrictions.

Instant Feedback and Assessment

Interaction with other classmates and teachers can be a big source of motivation for students. Technology has made it possible for scholars to interact via blogs and online forums. Unlike a few years ago, today students can interact with their fellow classmates from across the globe and share ideas freely. In addition, technology has made it possible for students to consult their teachers beyond school hours by sending emails and receiving instant feedback on anything they require. On their part, teachers are now better equipped to assess the performance of their students via online questionnaires or through discussions held on online school networking platforms.

Benefits to learning institutions

Introduction of information technology in learning institutions has eliminated the need for physical structures thus reducing the costs of operation. Learning centres can now operate with small but highly efficient faculties without having to invest billions for the same. It is clear that technology has overcome the barriers of classroom walls. Today, a lecturer can comfortably handle a class of over two thousand students thanks to the birth of virtual classrooms. This is unlike in the past when such a high number of students would have caused mayhem and confusion.
The benefits of embracing technology in the education sector are simply inexhaustible. There is no denying that technology and education are inseparable. If you have not yet employed the latest technology in your school or college education, then you are really missing out on something big. Hopeful, as we are, this article is going to guide you towards joining this positive revolution. All the best!

Author Bio: Blogger who talks about technology and education for http://www.security-training-course.com/

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How Technology Has Evolved Us

Considering the pros and cons, I believe that we are lucky to be alive in this part of human history. The Information Age is the realization of the prolific, futuristic fantasies of the 1940s and 50s (well, no antigravity cars and moon colonies… yet), and the typical person living today has unprecedented access to so much information, as well as gadgets and gizmos made possible by one of the catalyst technologies of the digital revolution: the integrated circuit.

Because of these advances, our daily lives are also affected. We do things differently, ideally better, but that is not always the case. Below are a few choice then-and-now comparisons that show how things have changed compared to the recent past.

Mail

Mail has come a long way since the days of the PonyExpress. While actual mail is still sent and received in large volumes all over the world, electronic mail has made sending letters much, much faster (a reason why regular mail has been given the derogatory nickname, “snail mail”).

One of the downsides to this electronic mail is that it’s just too easy to send mail to so many people at once (no postage stamps needed), and so there came to be SPAM that fills your electronic mailbox with hundreds of advertisements and offers that you probably don’t need. This is way more irritating than the catalogs that they send to your real mailbox; at least you could use the paper for fish wrapping.

 

The Telephone

Conceptualized during the 1800s by various brilliant scientific minds of the time (including AlexanderBell and ThomasEdison), the telephone was a key piece of technology that paved the way for our modern information networks. The device was pretty straightforward, and it did not really do anything beyond.

Today’s phones are veritable mobile computing devices capable of sending and receiving many forms of data, keeping people connected to each other virtually anywhere in the world. The complexity and features of today’s phones vary from simpleandeasytousephone units to feature-packed, multitaskingsmartphones that blur the boundaries between a personal computer and a mobile phone.

Technologies that allow the smartphone to be your wallet, a monetary transaction device as well as your identification device (using biometrics), are already present. Soon, it will be the only thing you need to have in your pocket.

 

Conversation in General

With the introduction of so many new ways to interact with people, the regular banter of people began to take place while physically distant from one another. Granted, there were already telephones back then, but with the addition of text chatting, video conferences, and other online methods of communication, it is an ironic trend that people have become more distant from one another.

Twitter, one of the biggest social media networks on the internet, is a poster child for this trend. There is only so much you can convey in 140 characters, but it would seem that the character limit is more than sufficient for most people. Brevity is a good in certain situations, but not to the point when meaning is diminished because of it.

Food

Let’s stray from the communication-related technologies and move to another essential part of living: physical sustenance. It didn’t used to be the case that everything you ate came out of a can or plastic bag. More time and effort was made by the cooks to prepare food, and with more people now having malnutrition problems (morbidlyobese or skeletally anorexic), one could surmise that food eating habits were healthier back then.

It’s not all bad in the present, however. Thanks to technology-assisted methods of farming, we are able to enjoy just about any fruit or vegetable all year long. There are also safer methods of controlling pests, and the yield and quality of the produce have been vastly improved.

Cigarettes

Even one of the older vices of humanity gets a refresh. Despite all of the downsides to burning tobacco and inhaling the smoke, we have been doing it for quite some time. I don’t buy that it’s a purely chemical addiction; there’s the social dimension to this, and cigars, pipes, and cigarettes have always been romanticized as a mildly dangerous, but socially acceptable vice.

The modern cigarette isn’t one bit safer than just drying and rolling your own leaf, but technology delivers with the ecigarette. It doesn’t really contain any tobacco (it comes in just about any flavor, though), but it has nicotine, the chemical that gets you hooked. Acceptance of this new spin on an old habit is slow, but it’s getting there. People generally start with a disposable e-cigarette or two, and if they find it satisfactory, move onto more personalized “vaping” devices and their choice of e-juice flavors (the liquid you put into the e-cigarette that produces the vapor), and even the strength of nicotine your body prefers.

It Goes On and On

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg on how our march of progress changes the way we humans live. Ideally, these changes are for the betterment of us and our civilization, but as you can see, there are unforeseen negative ramifications that emerge with every change. That should not prevent us from moving forward, however. It is our imperative as sentient beings to move onward, take the good things we have learned, discard the bad, and continue our perpetual journey.

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Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is currently working with her friends on a blog, WordBaristas.

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These Are The Best Ultrabooks Right Now

It’s a great time to buy ultrabooks. Many of them feature better designs than the ones released last year. Not only are they faster, but they look better too!

In an effort to come out on top, manufacturers are increasingly throwing in more stuff to sweeten the deal.

If you’re in the market for an ultrabook, you might want to take a look at this list.

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

 

Positioned as the direct competitor to the MacBook Air, the UX31A is a truly wonderful ultrabook. Just like the first Zenbooks, the UX31A retains the wedge design of its body.

The lid features a bluish aluminum cover with textured ripples that emanate from the center. It’s a wonderful look that contrasts nicely with the silvery brushed aluminum bottom frame.

The laptop contains an i7 – 3517U processor, meaning it’s a low – voltage processor, designed to provide better battery life. Since it’s also an i7, expect some great performance.

You also get a 256 SSD and a 13.3 – inch with a wonderful 1080p IPS screen. It definitely blows away the rest.

Gigabyte U2442

 

Gigabyte’s foray into the world of ultrabooksis impressive. If you’re willing to accept a slightly thicker ultrabookthan the UX31A, then the U2442 is a good choice because of the hardware it contains.

Featuring a fully – fledged i5 Ivy Bridge processor (not the low voltage ones), this ultrabookhas some great performance. It has a 128 GB SSD that helps improve boot times, and generally keeps the whole system feeling fast.

Aside from that, you have an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M video card, which isn’t something you usually find in ultrabooks. How does it perform?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 actually runs at a smooth 33 fps. Mass effect 3 also runs at the same rate. You can actually get some decent gaming done in this game.

To top it all off is 8 GB of RAM for amazing multitasking and a 1600 x 900 resolution.

Samsung Series 9

 

For those looking for one of the most elegant ultrabooksever made, then the Samsung Series 9 is the perfect choice.

This laptop features a 13 – inch screen with a wonderful 1600 x 1200 resolution. There’s also 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD to help with performance.

Overall, it’s a great – performing laptop that does what it’s advertised – to be the ultrabookof your dreams.

Acer S5

 

Acer has been stepping up their game as of late. The S5 is a truly remarkable ultrabook. Weighing in at just 2.65 pounds, it’s also just 0.59 inches thick!

Coupled with an extremely smooth design and the magnesium – aluminum chassis, you’ve got a very elegant laptop right in your lap.

Aside from that, it’s got an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics. You’ll be able to do some light gaming there.

A 128 GB SSD helps things feel fast, as the laptop can boot up in just 10 seconds.

Conclusion

These four ultrabooksare very impressive. If you’re looking for one with graphicsthough, you definitely want to go with the Gigabyte laptop.

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Mikaela V Taylor is a blogger working for Cashforlaptops.com, where you can recycle laptop for cash and reduce tech waste.

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How Can You Make the Most of Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi has become something is considered an essential in most homes all around the world. What would people do without the internet? They would not be able to send emails, watch videos, check the weather or look for a map in order to determine the route for their weekend trip. Wi-Fi has simply become integral to work commitments and home life.

For this reason, it is highly important that individuals know how to get the most out of their Wi-Fi system. After all, there is nothing worse than an internet connection that is slow or continuously disconnects at random moments. A lot of people do not know it, but there are ways in which people can improve their connection by doing simple things which do not cost money.
This article will reveal certain tips in order to help individuals get the most out of their Wi-Fi connection:

Find the best spot for the wireless router to be placed

Where in which the wireless router is placed in the home or in the work place is highly important.

There are several factors which determine where the best place to put the router is and these will all be explained below:

The first thing that one needs to encounter is how close the router is to the outside area. A lot of routers have an omnidirectional antenna. If the one in question does not have one then this point will not be relevant. However, if the router in question does have an omnidirectional antenna then this should not be placed against an outside wall. The reason why this is the case is because it will send half of the signals outside, thus the connection is largely wasted.

In addition to this, a lot of people want their router to be placed somewhere which is not visible, after all, nobody wants a random box or wires on show in their house. Nevertheless, this is something which is highly unadvisable. Wireless routers are very susceptible to overheating and thus they need a clear air flow in order to ensure that this does not happen. The best place to put a wireless router is in open space where they are not obstructed by anything. After all, nobody wants to have to replace their wireless system because it has overheated.

Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind the height of the router. This is especially the case in houses that have more than one level. After all, the connection needs to reach the second floor so that the internet is available in that room. Therefore it is best to have the wireless connection placed as high up as is possible.

A final point worth noting regarding the placement of the wireless router is the other appliances that are nearby. It is highly important that there is nothing which will cause interference between the wireless connections reaching the other devices needed. In order to ensure this is the case it is highly recommendable to keep the router away from all appliances in general. However, if this is not feasible then simply do research to find out which appliances give out a strong signal and avoid these, for example, an oven.

Have a top quality wireless package

It is important to make sure that one has a top quality wireless package to start with if they want to ensure internet success. There are tons and tons of different internet packages available from different suppliers today and it is vital to seriously consider which one to go for before a final decision has been made.

In order to get the information you need on unlimited mobile broadband you should search online and compare different packages, read customer reviews and take the advice of experts in the field.

If the points in this article are considered then I am sure individuals will be well on their way to getting the very best out of their wireless connection.

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The above article is written by JD and he recommends that in order to get the information you need on unlimited mobile broadband, use free online resources like BroadbandExpert.com.au

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Can the Ouya Uproot Traditional Gaming Markets?

Los Angeles startup company, Ouya, plans on releasing it’s upcoming game console that aims to take a bite out traditional gaming markets. The Ouya will be based off of Google’s Android operating system, allowing for the console to adopt the app market style of selling games. In fact, the Ouya system won’t operate off of disks at all, unlike it’s competitors at Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.

Ouya launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring in $950,000 to get the idea off the ground, but ended up with over $8.5 million. With this kind of investment and excitement, one wonders how the game console is going to compete with the large game markets. By adopting the android app market style of selling, it is easy for game developers to get into the game and have the work bought, but if other companies don’t follow suit, then Ouya will have to battle for game titles to keep itself valid. But with over 63,000 supporters, it seems that this idea already has some legs to stand on.

If this concept in gaming is successful, what does that mean to other traditional game developers? Can Ouya do to them what streaming media did to traditional cable companies? If nothing more, maybe it can help the motivate the other companies to follow suit the way Netflix and Hulu sparked streaming options with traditional providers like DirecTV. However, traditional markets in these areas haven’t lost grasp of their holds too much in the market, though Netflix and Hulu have gained some ground.

Ouya will definitely need some quality titles if they plan on staying in the game for the long run. Ouya will for now plan to partner with OnLive, a streaming service for games, and currently they do have some titles that they plan on releasing for free, if at least only for a trial, upon the release of the system. The long term success of the gaming console will be told with time, for right now, it’s nice to see an option that’s a change of pace, and something so many people can get behind.

Jordan Mendys is a blogger and media professional based out of NC. In his spare time he is a freelance photographer and video producer. Follow him @JPMendys.

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What’s Next after 4G Tech? Advance Review

Yes after early debut of 4G technology, we are now again facing another surprise from the developers of this technology. They call it 5G technologies which promise a faster mobile internet for the consumers.

If you can figure out internet options in your area, especially if it is 4G, don’t just be contented with the faster mobile internet that you can receive. Be mindful that as the sales of smartphone and tablet users increase, it would have a direct impact to the congestion of the wireless networks provided by the network companies.

Give it five years from now and you would feel the deterioration of your internet speed. This is the prediction of the network developers. That is why while you are enjoying the current comfort 4G is offering, they are busy in researching and developing a much faster mobile internet connection.

So what would you expect from 5G technology? Here are the facts that would excite you for the future.

Faster mobile internet connection

 

It would be an understatement to say that 5G offers faster mobile internet connection from 4G technology. However, according to the standard of the International Telecommunications Union, 5G technology would have a speed of one gigabyte per second. It’s a literal speed that can download an HD movie in less than a minute. Imagine the data that speed can offer you? Another shocking part is it can actually shared by the entire household. For example, if you are comfortable with slower mobile internet speed, then you can actually share the remaining bandwidth to your family members. And that’s what we call intelligent network.

Intelligent network

 

The developers of this technology do not only focus on the speed. They also put emphasis on the reliability and usefulness of this technology which is not seen in the 4G. With intelligent capability to distinguish priority connections, consumers can now put machines into their internet. For example, you could actually set your thermostat in plus 20 degrees hotter even if you are still driving two miles away from your home. When you are in an emergency, this technology allows you to prioritize emergency calls using VoIP than your social media sites. They predicted that this technology in internet connectivity will be more inclined in the introduction of IP based machines, instruments and appliances. Would this be true, we don’t really know. What is cleat though is that it can make human lives more convenient.

Affordable

 

5G technology has been predicted to be much cheaper compared to its ancestors. This is because data caps will be avoided and companies will now charge its consumers in a much affordable price. Indirectly, people can save from the costly internet bill because of the 5G’s capacity to share. From the point of view of consumers, this technology is the best way to do things like watching TV, using the telephone and watching expensive movies in the cinemas in a single billed internet service. Now, you can save more from those expensive cable and telephone bills.

Review by: Jashon Wills

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Apple claims Samsung copied iPhone technology

An attorney for Apple told a jury Tuesday that rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy.

Attorney Harold McElhinny claimed Samsung Electronics Inc. chose to copy, making its smartphones and computer tablets illegal knockoffs of Apple’s popular products.

Samsung “has copied the entire design and user experience” of Apple’s iPhone and iPad,” McElhinny told a 10-person jury during his opening remarks at the closely watched patent trial.

Samsung denies the claims and its lawyers were expected to deliver their opening statement later in the day.

Samsung has previously countered that Apple did the stealing. It has also said some of the technology at issue, such as the rounded rectangular designs of smartphones and tablets has been the industry standard for years.

The witness lists of both sides are long on experts, engineers and designers and short on familiar names. For example, Apple CEO Tim Cook is not scheduled to testify.

Cupertino-based Apple filed its lawsuit against Samsung last year and is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.

The case marks the latest skirmish between the two companies over product designs. A similar trial began last week, and the two companies have been fighting in other courts in the United Kingdom and Germany.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose last month ordered Samsung to pull its Galaxy 10.1 computer tablet from the U.S. market pending the outcome of the patent trial. However, she barred Apple attorneys from telling jurors about the ban.

“In some sense, the big part of the case is not Apple’s demands for damages but whether Samsung gets to sell its products,” said Mark A. Lemley, a professor and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology.

A verdict in Apple’s favor could send a message to consumers that Android-based products such as Samsung’s are in legal jeopardy, Lemley said.

A verdict in Samsung’s favor, especially if it prevails on its demands that Apple pay its asking price for certain transmission technology, could lead to higher-priced Apple products.

In court papers filed last week, each company laid out its legal strategy in trial briefs.

Apple lawyers argue there is almost no difference between Samsung products and its own, and that the South Korean company’s internal documents show it copied Apple’s iconic designs and its interface.

Samsung denies the allegation and counter-claims that Apple copied its iPhone from Sony. Samsung lawyers noted that it has been developing mobile phones since 1991 and that Apple jumped into the market in 2007.

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Apple supplier Catcher Technology confirms gas leak at China plant

Catcher Technology, a casing supplier for Apple Inc, confirmed on Friday a report that a gas leak at one of its plants in Suzhou, eastern China, had caused injuries, but said the accident was unrelated to production.

China’s Xinhua Net reported late on Thursday that a chlorine gas leak during waste water processing at the plant earlier in the day had caused one death and left four people in comas.

“It has nothing to do with our production or material used. It happened when a contractor was processing waste; it was routine work. We are currently trying to understand what has gone wrong,” James Wu, Catcher’s vice president of corporate finance, told Reuters.

Wu did not confirm the number of the casualties or the nature of their injuries.

The company however later issued a statement, saying the accident involved five workers, though it also did not detail the nature of any injuries.

“The accident happened at the waste disposal facility and is not directly related to any manufacturing process, factory, or materials. This is also a single and isolated event,” the statement said.

Shares of Catcher plunged as much as 7 percent in early Taipei trading on Friday, the maximum allowed in a session, but trimmed losses to 0.91 percent at the close. The main TAIEX index was up 2.21 percent.

Last October, a separate Catcher plant in Suzhou was ordered closed for a time because of complaints from nearby residents about strong odours from gas emissions.

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Google, Facebook, eBay launch US Internet lobby

WASHINGTON: Big technology firms including Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon have joined to create a new lobby group aimed at promoting “an open, innovative and free Internet.”

The Internet Association announced its formation in a statement on its website, indicating it will be headed by Michael Beckerman, a former congressional staffer.

The group, to be officially launched in September, did not name its member companies but sources familiar with the group told AFP that Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon are among them.

“The newly formed Internet Association is comprised of some of the world’s most visible Internet companies and will be headquartered in Washington,” the statement said.

“Beckerman will lead the Internet Association’s efforts to advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on its participation.

But a source familiar with the lobby said it “is going to be a permanent association here in Washington and will be advocating on behalf of the Internet industry and its vast community of users.”

“The association will be advancing public policy solutions to strengthen America’s global Internet leadership,” the source told AFP, adding that the group was “the first trade association representing the Internet and Internet companies as a whole.”

Beckerman said: “I am honored to lead such an important undertaking. The Internet is the greatest engine for economic growth and prosperity the world has ever known. The Internet must have a voice in Washington.”

He added: “The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley anymore, the Internet has moved to Main Street. Our top priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound impacts of the Internet and Internet companies on jobs, economic growth and freedom.”

Beckerman was deputy staff director to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications and Internet policy. He previously was an aide to Representative Fred Upton.

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