Yearly Archives: 2012

Online Gaming and Identity Theft

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Millions of people play online games everyday. While the most popular are MMORPGs, there are also many other genres that are popular online. Considering the amount of information that typically has to be shared to make an account on one of these games, there are some people that are worried about the potential for identity theft. Is this threat a reality, or is it being inflated? Read on and find out.

Making an Account
Most online games, except for the many free Flash games, require at least some information before you can make an account. They require the player’s name, email address and maybe their address and phone number. Other games require a credit card for monthly billing, and this means that you are sharing even more sensitive data.

Brute Force Hacking
When you share sensitive information with an online game, that information is stored within a secure server. While … Read the rest

Tablet PCs – How Durable Are They?

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After several attempts of introduction into the market around the mid-2000s, tablets are now big business. The vision of ‘holding the internet at the palm of your hand’ has finally come to life, having conquered our minds, hearts, and pockets. But it so happens that these gadgets are most prone to accidents. We carry them everywhere and more than any other device we use them in highly precarious environments such as train-stations, shops, in the kitchen, even in the bath!

It is no wonder then that tablet durability has become a matter of high-priority, as well as a unique selling point for tablet manufacturers, some of which go into extreme lengths to ensure their products’ endurance in various conditions.

This puts the end-consumer in a predicament: is reasonable amount of care in handling our tablets enough, or should we be compulsively paying for extra insurance at the point of purchase? … Read the rest

Help! I Lost My Tablet!

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Forgot your precious tablet on an airplane or on the train? A location-based find-my-device feature might fail where connection is limited, or due to the way it’s configured (some users disable their location features). It is astonishing to see gadget owners despair when technology doesn’t readily come to their rescue. A highly feasible and often overlooked way to retrieve lost gadgets is to do things the ‘old school’ way, and use companies’ lost and found service.

An interesting statistic: more tablets are left behind on airplanes than mobile phones. As soon as off the plane, people tend to reach for their phones, whereas tablet devices often go unnoticed. And lack of identifying features (especially with a self-locking mechanism in place) leave a large number of tablets unclaimed, and ultimately deemed as lost property.

But some cases can be reassuring.Virgin America, for example, reports a new policy of handling valuable lost … Read the rest

Inkjet Cartridges and the Environment

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The Modern Printing in the Home and For Business looks at the development of printing from its earliest invention to 3D printing today. It also looks at and explores the use of the most common printers in the home and business today, laser printers and inkjet printers. This also includes how inkjet printers work, how laser printers work and how toner cartridges print on a page.

There is a lot of debate around the world on ink cartridges so we take a look at the topical issue of genuine ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges and remanufactured ink cartridges. There are strengths and weaknesses for each and cost is not the only issue that should be considered.

With the cost of electricity rising and the need to reduce waste and reduce our carbon emissions to improve ourselves as citizens of this earth, we look at the issue of global warming … Read the rest

Tablet Computers in Classrooms: Boon or Bane?

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In the field of education teachers constantly seek creative new ideas to make the classroom more productive. Modern technology has long been a resource for up-to-the-minute classroom innovations. With each new technological tool, however, there are some questions as to its classroom appropriateness or effectiveness. Tablet computers are no exception.

Educators have been using computers in class for decades now. Schools have whole computer labs with which to teach students the basics of computer use. Computers quickly became more of a learning tool than a class subject and schools across the nation have put desktop computers in each classroom. But providing each student with their own desktop is ridiculously inefficient, though the benefits are the stuff of a modern educator’s dreams. Laptops solve the problem of space and size, but are still cumbersome. Happily, the latest generation of computers, tablet computers, are even more streamlined, lightweight and portable, making it … Read the rest

Three tools to help manage your life efficiently

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It doesn’t matter if you need to launch a new product, write a book, or design a new website - at the end of the day, everything breaks down into tasks that you need to complete. we all have different systems how to make sure that we get things done - here are three tools that help us do it.

Focus booster

The Pomodoro technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo back in the 80’s, and is very simple:

1. Choose your task and work on it for 25 minutes.

2. Rest for 5 minutes.

3. Rinse and repeat 4 times, then take a longer break.

 

This technique is an excellent way to make sure that you are focused on one specific task at time. Knowing that you have a limited length of time to work on your task before you take a short break, makes it much easier to … Read the rest

The Paperless Office

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According to a report from the Bureau of International Recycling, the Environmental Protection Agency and The Economist, the average person in the US uses 5.57 trees per year.

Time magazine reports that a single office worker can use 10,000 sheets of copier paper annually.

And yet, the reliance on paper has been found to not only be primarily habitual rather than necessary, reducing its consumption has actually been found to be beneficial.

This has driven businesses and consumers alike to consider ways to reduce their paper consumption.

Using technology to replace or reduce paper is applicable both in the home and in business, and the tools, techniques (and price tags) vary depending on the need, current state and future goals.

To begin, the easiest first step is to simply skip the paper altogether. Eliminate the need for paper right at the source by saving important documents to PDF, using electronic … Read the rest

What’s So Great About The Raspberry Pi?

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29th February 2012 wasn’t just another extra day in the leap year’s calendar; it also marked the launch of the Raspberry Pi. The single-board computer has been developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a charity founded to promote basic computer science education. It marks a revolution in science teaching as it can easily be adapted to create a number of diverse projects, teaching students valuable computing skills.

Hardware

This mini-PC uses a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), including a 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S processor and comes in two models both having 256 megabytes of RAM: the Model A which costs $25 and Model B which costs $35. Model B has two USB ports and an Ethernet port while Model A only offers a single USB port.

Software & Operating System

The Raspberry Pi uses a Linux-based kernel operating system, Debian, by default. However, Iceweasel, Calligra Suite, and Python … Read the rest

The Personal Cloud

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One of the most saturated and fiercely competitive emerging markets in the world today exists within cloud computing, specifically consumer/personal cloud computing.

There are a lot of different descriptions of what the personal cloud is, to me it means online storage, synchronization and streaming. Specifically, putting your data online, accessing it across all your devices and sharing it with others.

It’s understandable that there are so many companies jockeying for position within public cloud provision, it’s an exciting place. To be at the heart of a $2 trillion (according to market research guru’s Gartner) consumer spend on content, devices and associated services makes a lot of sense. However, despite there being such excitement about this sector (venture capitalists continue to pour millions of dollars into start ups) I think the days of the traditional cloud model are numbered, here’s why…

The amount of information we store online each year doubles, … Read the rest

The Power of Social Recommendations in London

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Recommendations are almost always paid heed to. When someone tells us about how beautiful a place is or how scrumptious the food at a restaurant is, we try to check it out ourselves. Not necessarily would we always agree with recommendations from friends and family, yet we are tempted to try them even if a particular thing does not interest us. Such recommendations are termed as social recommendations.

Social recommendations have taken a whole new form through the increasing popularity of web applications, such as shopping services and online sharing. In such applications, it is the interpersonal influence that is orchestrated to play a more important and critical role. Surveys say that 45 per cent mothers’ purchasing decisions are influenced by recommendations through the social media.

Smartphones and tablets have made web accessibility all too easy. These gadgets help people stay connected, entertain themselves and consume and access information, irrespective … Read the rest

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