Yearly Archives: 2012

The Future of Digital Cameras

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Digital cameras have so far stayed out of the smartphone sphere. While smartphones have cameras and social sharing features, digital cameras have remained purely for photography. Until now.

A New Era of Cameras

Samsung has recently released news of their Galaxy camera, which is basically a digital camera in the front, and a smart phone from the back.

The 16.3 megapixel Galaxy is powered by Andriod 4.1 Jelly Bean, and has 3G, 4G, and dual-band WiFi connectivity abilities. This allows users access to a whole range of abilities that were previously closed to digital camera users. Andriod allows users to immediately edit their photos in Photoshop Touch, or whatever photo editing apps they choose from the Play Store, on the 4.77 inch HD touch display, which has 308 pixels per inch.

After editing, users can immediately upload their photos to their favorite social media platform, making the shooting, editing, sharing … Read the rest

Why Your Website Bounce Rate is Too High

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Most web masters know what bounce rate is and how it can negatively affect a website. Obviously the higher your bounce rate the worse your website is performing. Google analytics provides great insight to bounce rate and will give you the exact percentage of users leaving, the time they spend on your page and what pages they leave from. If your bounce rate is any higher than 50% your website is underperforming. The ideal range for most well performing websites is somewhere between the 30 to 40% range. In this article we are going to go over some common causes of high bounce rates.

Your Site Isn’t Mobile

Approximately 20% of all web searches are performed on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. If your website doesn’t have a responsive design or a mobile version, many users will have difficulty navigating your site. Users will have to scroll, … Read the rest

How to develop for iOS

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Considered the holy grail of mobile app development, developing an app for the iOS platform is not as impossible as some may thing. Granted, it is harder than developing for Android or Windows Phone, but it is still doable.

The first step to developing for iOS is to decide what you will be developing and how you are going to go about developing the app. If you’re not an experienced programmer, now may be a good time to put your ideas back into the reality glass. If you don’t have thousands of dollars, developing an Angry Birds or Words with Friends style game may be dreaming a bit too big. Pick an idea that will not cost too much time and resources. If you are completely naïve, get some expert opinions from a forum online.

Once you have decided what your app will do, it’s time to get the programming … Read the rest

3 Free Resources for IT Certifications

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The IT market is saturated with professionals offering their services. Certifications are an absolutely necessary key to securing work in this market and having the most-up-to-date ones is of course extremely important! It can at times even compensate for a lack in work experience as it can show that we are skilled in the areas potential employers are looking for. On our journey of becoming more and more successful in IT, we need to know the cutting edge technologies to stay competitive.

 

Learning and expanding our resume makes us marketable and remaining up-to-date makes us more capable and valuable to our current or future employers. While many new professionals in the IT industry begin with the CompTIA A+ certification, working their way up from there to the Network+ and Security+ certifications from CompTIA, certifications vary depending on the chosen career path. For example, people in networking will be interested … Read the rest

5 Great Tools for Organising Day to Day Life

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Years ago the normal way of organising our day-to-day life was with a calendar hanging on the kitchen door. But now, with the internet; smart phones, tablets, etc – there are so many more ways we can keep our lives in check.

 

We now find ourselves with a range of online tools for those everyday tasks that were once so tedious! It’s time to embrace the digital age and all it’s short cuts with these 5 great online tools for organizing day-to-day life!

 

  1. Do you spend a lot of time travelling? If so, then Trip It is your answer. For stress free trips, Trip It comes in handy for organizing all the necessary details and storing them in one easy, simple and accessible place! Providing an itinerary, Trip It is an app you can download on your iPad or iPhone! Once you start using it, you’ll wonder how
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Some “Secret” Benefits to Video Games

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If you’ve ever been on your computer playing a game and looked to the corner only to discover that you’ve just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft, I’m sure you’d love to believe that there is some redeeming value to the time you’ve lost. On August 3rd, PBS MediaShift released an article claiming that video games teach “a new literacy.” And while I do not personally game, I agree to a certain extent – there are hidden benefits to playing video games.

 

Ryan, my husband, games, and given the trend, I would be willing to bet that my son will become one as soon as he is of age. I tend to see playing Xbox all afternoon as a massive waste of his time, but today’s video games have many more benefits than the tired “hand-eye coordination” argument that has been around for a … Read the rest

Top Gadgets for your HDTV

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Who doesn’t LOVE their HDTV? Sitting in your special spot, kicking back and enjoying the best in home entertainment is as awesome as…well, beer on tap, in the desert. Ok, maybe not as good as that, but you get the picture. We have so many types of HDTV to choose from, too: Plasma, LCD, LED, DLP and 3-D TV.

What about the toys; you know, the stuff you really want to hook up to the HDTV, to enhance your experience, or better yet—rub in the faces of your friends. Here’s my personal list of the top gadgets you should consider buying for your High Definition Boob Tube.

Apple TV: Under a hundred bucks, almost as good as Blu-ray (1080p), streaming, minimalistic and easy to set up; what could be better? This is the best of the best when it comes to streaming boxes. Choose from thousands of movies, current … Read the rest

Femto-Photography

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Sounding like something straight out of science fiction, a new camera technology developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can actually visualize photons of light passing onto and by objects. The group has posted a series of videos which show the amazing properties of light as never seen before. In the future this technology may also be used to see around corners and aid doctors by delivering imagery of the interior of the human body with out the use of X-rays.

The new camera heralds the dawn of what the researchers are calling ‘Femto Photography’. Presumably the name comes from the extreme speed with which each frame is captured (femto is a unit meaning 0.000000000000001). The revolutionary technique is pioneered by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group which also collaborated with the Bawendi Lab in the Department of Chemistry at MIT. In order to create the … Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note II

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IFA 2011 was dominated fairly successfully by the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Note ‘phablet’. It’s had a pretty good year, selling well and generally being awesome all round. The second one, announced at IFA 2012, looks set to be even more impressive.

Taking its design cues from the Samsung Galaxy S III the Note II is slimmer and curvier than its predecessor whilst still being a fair bit bigger with its 5.5-inch screen. That touchscreen display is a HD Super-AMOLED 1280×720 16:9 screen which Samsung claim is thinner, brighter and lighter than the Note II. Looks wise, it will be available in two colours known in typical marketing speak as “Marble White” and “Titanium Grey”.

The headline grabbing specs though, make for pretty impressive reading. Its 1.6Ghz quad-core processor is likely to make it one of the fastest phones around and when you combine that with 2GB of … Read the rest

5 New Ways to Protect Your Identity When Using Your Mobile Device

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A mobile phone is a very handy thing to have. You can use it to do your work—talking to your fellow staff members and clients or going online to do research for your business or conduct an order. Or you can use it for entertainment—playing games, talking to friends, listening to music, watching videos, or simply browsing the web for interesting information. All of this on a device that is small enough to fit into your pocket.

But this small device can be the source of big trouble for you if you are not careful. Like any machine that has Internet access, a smartphone can be the target of malicious software that can be used to steal your identity. The thief can then gain access to your social security number and open up a credit card account in your name, subsequently running up huge bills and leaving you holding the … Read the rest

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