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No 4G for the Moment, but 2013 Promises Great Things for British Consumers

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Mac Security Hype

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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? There are several scenarios where things can go wrong, which are worth considering:

Water damage

Left your tablet in a steamy bathroom, in the garden in pouring rain, or dropped it in the punch bowl at a party? Well, not all is lost. You may be able to make amends with your cherished device by packing it in a sealed plastic bag with Silica Gel (moisture-absorbent substance usually found in the packaging of electronic goods) for 48-72 hours. If you don’t have this at hand you can use uncooked rice as temporary replacement, whilst contacting your nearest electronics store for some gel, or ordering it online.You can try taking your tablet apart and let internal parts air out, but don’t use domestic devices such as an oven or hair drier, which are likely to make matters worse. Only open your device if you are confident you can put it back together though! If the screws won’t unscrew, leave it for the shop to fix!

Breakage

There are quite a lot of videos out there showing tablets shattered and abused using table saws, golf clubs, bricks, and other paraphernalia. Most real-life breakage scenarios are unlikely to go beyond a drop from the height of an average adult. Over time tablet manufacturers have introduced chemical processes to strengthen their display glass and chassis, and reports of an ominous cracked front panel (let alone damagedinternal parts) are decreasing.

Heat

Some tablets may reach a temporary state of malfunction in extremely hot weather conditions (this usually happens around 35 degrees Celsius), however permanent damage is rare. Under normal working conditions the average tablet heats up to around 25 Celsius, and several tests have found that after an hour of full-power operation (e.g. a video game) devices heat up to around 32 Celsius without any operational problems.

It would be unwise to say that the fear of damage caused to our electronic device isn’t real, however it issomewhat over-hyped. Reasonable amount of care is always recommended, but it can be safely stated that today’s tablets can suffer more blows than ever before.

This post was submitted on the behalf of Lenovo and their range of tablets (http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/learn/products/tablets/).

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 property: a photo of the device is taken and stored with a record of the flight number, date, and seat number. When a customer contacts the airline, company representatives are able to search the footage and pair the device with its rightful owner.

The airline also reports a case of a domestic flight in California, where a family of four left their tablet device on the plane. Having been delayed by 6 hours due to bad weather, upon arrival their only wish was to get home. 20 minutes after leaving the airport, the wife received an email on her mobile device asking her to call the baggage office. After giving a description of the device to the company’s telephone staff it was posted direct to her office.

Further success stories are found in London Underground’s lost property office. The LPO receives up to 1,500 items per day. On average one in four items are returned to their owners, and the success rate for higher value property such as phones, tablets, cameras, and other electronic devices,goes even higher at 40 per cent. Unrealistic as this may sound, expensive gadgets are regularly handed to London Underground staff by compassionate passengers.

It turns out, then, that non-technological methods can also yield results, which makes the following worth bearing in mind:

  • Customize your tablet – use a case or accessories that make it easily identifiable.
  • Tape a business card to the back of your device, or, if possible, have it engraved with your name and phone number.
  • If flying, let the airline have your phone number when booking your tickets and allocating seats.
  • Note your device’s serial and keep it in a safe place – this can help the manufacturer offer guidance in case of loss.

This article was submitted on behalf of Lenovo and their range of tablets (http://www.lenovo.com/enterprise/in/en/smb.html).

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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 and the contribution printing makes to this and also what we can all do to try and reduce both carbon emissions and recycle our printer consumables and hardware.

RetailBlue.com is an online retailer of computer parts, ink and toner cartridges, printers and other computer hardware and parts in Australia.

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 feasible to assign one to each student in a school.

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Predictably, many people question the suitability of tablet computers in the classroom. A tablet is only a limited resource without internet access. But many people are concerned about giving elementary to high school students such easy continuous access to the internet. The understandable concerns range from simple distraction to downright danger. Young students can discreetly listen to music, or be tempted to check their social networks when they should be researching a lesson. Additionally, more naïve students would be all the more accessible to online predators. The less mature the student, the greater the problems. There is some concern, additionally, about increased eye strain among young people who spend more and more time looking at computer screens. This makes teaching awareness and good work habits a priority.

IS IT WORTH IT?
Using tablet computers in the classroom can create these and other concerns. But once educators learn to adapt to the challenges, tablet computers are a versatile and stimulating classroom tool. Applications on these devices allow for easier note taking. A student using a program like Microsoft’s OneNote can take notes in class on the tablet and access those notes from any computer that has internet access. Programs like Tegrity make it easy to capture entire lectures for future reference during after hour studies.

Additionally, many textbooks are available in the form of ebooks, making it unnecessary to carry around multiple bulky books. On a tablet, textbooks come to life with the integration of audio and video enhancements. These elements engage and involve learners of every type. Classic literature in the public domain is easily found for free on the internet, further diminishing the bulk of books.

Every class subject can benefit from the use of tablet computers. Art classes can access topical websites and use drawing programs that employ a stylus. Science classes benefit through virtual labs created for online science experimentation and research. Numerous web-based computer programs are capable of tutoring and guiding students by analyzing their work and giving helpful evaluations. High school students can benefit from a variety of test preparation applications including preparation for the SAT or ACT.

THE FUTURE IS NOW
School districts in Virginia, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois have exhibited enough success with the devices to warrant further implementation. Colleges are passing out the devices to all their students. Now that the learning possibilities inherent to the tablet computer have been tapped, students and teachers in the modern classroom have more ways than ever to be engaged and interactive with the learning process.

 

About the Author - This article was written by Karl Stockton for the team at Keiser University Online.

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 avoid distractions like Facebook, email, or ‘just checking Cracked for a second’. The five minute break helps relax your brain, gives you the chance to get a fresh cup of coffee, or refresh your playlist, before you dive back into the task at hand.

 

FocusBooster is a desktop application that helps you use the Pomodoro technique with a clean interface that shows you exactly how much time you’ve been working on each task, and rings to let you know when your time is up.

 

MeetingKing

Managing meetings is always a hassle and usually takes you more time that you think. You need to make sure you don’t forget to invite the people that need to be there (and not invite those that shouldn’t). You need to create an agenda, and make sure that everyone knows what it is. And of course, when the meeting is over, you’re the one who has to sit down and decipher your handwriting as you rush to write down what decisions are taken, and what tasks need to be carried out, and send it off to everyone involved.

 

MeetingKing takes away that hassle. This online meeting and task management tool makes it really simple to to set up a meeting - in fact, you can even do it just by creating a new meeting event in your Outlook or Google Calendar. Creating agendas is easy, and there are pre-made agenda templates that you can easily adapt to your own purposes, and when the meeting is over, one click is all it takes to send emails to the meeting participants with the meeting summary and decisions.

 

Habit streak

‘Don’tbreakthechain’ is a method used by Jerry Seinfeld. And if Seinfeld uses it, can you afford not to?

 

The system is incredibly simple. Take a large calendar, and choose one task that you need to do daily. For example, ‘don’t smoke’, or ‘write one page of my book’. Every day you complete the task, you mark the day with a big red ‘X’. And you don’t ever, ever, break the chain.

 

The point is, of course, that after a few weeks of this, you LIKE seeing that big red ‘X’. You like seeing the chain grow, and you’ll work at not missing out any day, and making sure the chain doesn’t break.

 

HabitStreak is an Android app that does exactly that. You can enter one (or more) task and every day you mark it as complete, your chain grows. The longer your chain - the more likely you are to keep going, and in no time at all, you’ll find that your book is finished

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 note-taking tools like Google Notebook , and simply not printing if it is not absolutely necessary.

The next step for the home is to cut back on the paper clutter. With your basic internet connection and a few spare minutes you can make the switch to electronic billing. Many businesses even provide incentives for doing so, as it saves the company money as well. Then, sign up to stop receiving the unwanted junk mail that ends up clogging the mailbox, only to be directly deposited in the trash.

From a business standpoint, it can get a bit more complicated-and costly-to reduce paper.

To begin, find out how your business practices and policies on digital signatures. The need to sign documents is one of the most common reasons for printing, but it is not essential. Utilizing digital signatures means you aren’t required to print a contract only to sign and scan it right back to an electronic version.

Switch from business cards to a QR code style card that includes pertinent information. Contacts can scan the code with their smartphone or tablet and save your information directly. This eliminates the need for paper cards and has a greater guarantee that contacts will actually save your information.

Encourage traveling employees to go paperless with their boarding passes, hotel confirmations and rental car bookings.

Implement a technology solution for going paperless which utilizes electronic tasks, automatic routing of documents and digital storage of all information in the organization. This goes back to stopping the creation of paper files in the first place, as everything can be stored and accessed in its electronic version form within the system. The organization can share and collaborate without the need for printing.

Keep in mind, paper must not be totally eliminated “to achieve a paperless office”. It’s about reducing paper in whatever way is beneficial to you, your business and hopefully, the environment, too.

 

About the Author - Samantha McCollough works for iDatix who create intelligent software and solutions that align people, processes and technology to help businesses streamline their processes and simplifying their workplace.

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 are being planned to be incorporated into the device. Video apps use OpenMax, 3D apps use OpenGL ES, while 2D apps use Open VG. With more and more inventors creating Raspberry Pi projects the number of software and operating systems are set to increase.

What makes it stand out from the rest of the commercially-available computers?

• Size and Portability
Its physical area measures 3.370 in x 2.125 in and weighs only 45g (1.6oz) – similar to the size of a credit card and just as heavy as nine nickels.
• Cost
Compared to high-end, overpriced computers, the Raspberry Pi won’t murder your wallets with its price just as high as $35.
• Multi-functionality
From the achievable to the most ambitious, it’s set to redefine itself application after application.

These are some projects integrated with the Raspberry Pi that will surely give some of their predecessors a run for their money:

Media Player/Transporter

Right now, two projects are paving the way for this little device to transform into a media appliance – Raspbmc and OpenELEC – both using XBMC, an application for media playing. The former requires simple installation and comes with Windows installer so it pretty much self-assembles while OpenELEC requires Linux OS to run XBMC.

Another is the Android Transporter, created by Embedded Software Research (ESR) Labs. Now, real-time content-sharing such as streaming videos, presentation viewing, and gaming consoles could be done with an Android device, a wireless dongle and a Raspberry Pi.

Home Automation

With the integration of a Zigbee home automation server into this single-board computer, turning the lights off or opening a door is just a few clicks away on your smart phone. Even when you’re in a meeting, or in the park, or anywhere around the globe, your home’s security will never be at risk with the additional home security features bundled into the program.

MoccaPi

Practically, this application requires a Python-controlled microcontroller, a coffee machine and an SD card. Using the Raspberry Pi, pyMCU and Python modules for the software and some additional cables, the perfect brew could be with you at the touch of a button.

Raspberry Pi For Learning

The guys from the Raspberry Pi Foundation intend to be at the forefront of teaching basic computer skills to school-aged kids in programming and computing using the Raspberry Pi. Considering that it’s small enough to fit in your pocket and consists of a bare chip of electronic components and ports, students can now see what’s behind the plastic casing of their PCs. Mixing and matching of software is also possible since the computer runs on an open-source software so they get to know the underlying codes behind them.

It’s cheap, it’s handy, and it’s limitless. These are the reasons why this computer is a great learning device for children.
In a world where everything has shrunk in size but maintained and even grew in functionality, all eyes are set on what’s next in line when it comes to technological innovations.

Louisa Logan is a lover of computer engineering and she was one of the first to get her hands on a sought after Raspberry Pi computer from Premier Farnell Element 14 last March.

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, termed Zuckerberg’s Law by the press in reference to the prophetic statement made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg back in 2008. As we store more music, pictures, docs and movies online than ever before we consumers are developing an insatiable appetite for more and more space, and like the over weight person that frequents all you can eat buffets, we are never satisfied.

Now, consider that online storage is already expensive and despite the industries best efforts servers farms aren’t getting any cheaper to run. Power costs are rising along with the number of clever bods needed to run them. As each public cloud competitor scrambles for users they offer better and better deals, more and more storage to feed the ever hungry and demanding consumer. The free storage of 1gb offered a couple of years ago seems like a pittance in comparison with the 5gb (or so) average now on offer.

What we seem to now have is a perfect storm, with providers margins being squeezed from both the hosting companies and the user. As a result public cloud providers are starting to feel the pressure.

Now I don’t want to end this article on a downer, so before you reach for the hard stuff, STOP! There is a way forward. I think we should be looking to the companies that embrace alternative technology to the traditional client-server model, who are able to harness and use the computing resources of their users. I suggest that that peer-to-peer (P2P) technology is a great starting place. This is obviously not a new technology but I think given the right execution it’s the way to go.

Like a friendly college professor, Wikipedia explains that P2P is where; “each computer in the network can act as a client or server for the other computers in the network, allowing shared access to files and peripherals without the need for a central server”. Basically put, P2P gets rid of server farms.

We may also see additional benefits, such as increased privacy, as public cloud providers are no longer to access and sell our data, data that is currently stored on their servers. Users are also likely to find increased capacity and robustness as the load is spread across all the users on the network rather than through a centralised server.

So, if we want to continue to store ever increasing amounts of data in the cloud and be able to access it across all our devices without incurring higher costs, (to have our cake and eat it) P2P might be just the ticket.

About the author: Nick Lambert is a digital marketer at LifeStuff (www.golifestuff.com), providers of free cloud storage.

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 of the location. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Foursquare, Tumblr and other social networks have shrunk the world. Almost all mobile application help you connect and socialise on these social media websites.

Here are some of the best social media apps and sites for exploring London.

Foursquare

A location-based social networking website, foursquare is fast becoming a popular tool among mobile device users. It is a combination of friend-finder, competitive bar game and a city guide. Simply put, foursquare lets you ‘check-in’ to places with your phone. So when you ‘check-in’ to a theatre, your friends get an alert about your location and if they are close-by, they might come over to accompany you.

Stamped.com

So, you really liked the lasagna at the new Italian restaurant and feel that your friends should try it too. Stamp it on Stamped.com. You can recommend books, movies and everything else on this app. You’d wonder how is it different from Facebook? Stamped.com is different as it gives out only the best recommendations to its users from people they know and trust. These recommendations are called stamps and you have a limited number of stamps as you start out. When a friend thanks you for some place or thing you ‘stamped’, you get credit which helps you get more stamps. Stamped.com is a free app for iPod Touch and iPhone users currently.

Foodspotting

When one visits a new place, even a simple task such as finding good food becomes a feat. Whether it is a new city you are travelling to or your neighbourhood, finding a good place to eat is never easy, more so when people with you are not familiar with the place either. This is where Foodspotting, a mobile app, comes to your rescue. Though Foodspotting is much more than sharing food pictures with food lovers, it even has recommendations from friends and other people. In fact, the next time you go to a new restaurant at a new place, you may not even need to see the menu. Just look up the restaurant at Foodspotting, check out the dishes recommended by your friends and other Foodspotting users and savour its ‘nomness.’

Qype

The largest consumer review site in Europe, Qype helps you find the best place anywhere and everywhere. Whether it is a little quaint restaurant, hidden from public sight or a local landmark, Qype finds the best places in the world in over 1000 categories. This app is free to download and you can even write comments and reviews on the go, check-in to a place and upload pictures. The powerful map tool of Qype filters the area to get you the best places everywhere. Finding the best place in a new city is easy and quick with Qype.

Urbanspoon

A popular restaurant finder, Urbanspoon is another mobile application that helps you find the best dining space in your area. It even features reviews on food by critics and foodies. You can also keep a track of places you’d like to dine at in future through this app. With their new and advanced technology and features, iPad users can even book or reserve a table at a restaurant. Users can also record where and what they ate and how much they spent on Urbanspoon’s dineline. This app certainly is a delight for food lovers across the globe.

Zagat to go

While you are on the road and are looking out for a good place to grab a bite, Zagat to go is the app to fall back on. With this app, you can locate the nearest eatery and get as many as 45 recommendations every year about restaurants, the décor, service and food. You can even use this app to reserve a table. So, the next time you land at a place, use Zagat to go to make a table reservation and your dinner schedule will be set.

There are many other apps that are finding a niche in the market due to their distinctive services. And with such apps and sites, exploring a new place becomes a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Jonathan loves all things social and uses social reviews to guide him through every walk of life - from choosing a luxury London spa hotel (http://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/the-berkeley-spa-health-beauty.aspx) to deciding on what bagel to eat.

Google: Richer than Rich

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What do 28 of the poorest countries in the world have in common with Google? Their combined GDP did not surpass Google’s earnings in 2010, according to the IMF. Consider these numbers: Google paid $500 million in fines to cover the cost of extracting roughly $8.5 billion in profit by breaking U.S. laws that forbid Canadian companies from offering pharmaceutical products to U.S. residents.

With over 1 billion visitors every month, the company has access to consumers all over the world. That is roughly one out of every seven people on the planet. Advertising makes up 97 percent of their total revenue, and many top-paying vendors have questionable reputations.

Google spent over 260 million watts of electricity on powering its facilities. That is about ¼ of the output of a standard nuclear power plant and is about 50 percent of the electrical output produced by the Hoover Dam. Do the math: Is Google a de facto country?

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