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The Technology is Out There

Advances in technology occur continuously, this is particularly true of the vastly competitive and high value world of mobile telecommunications. New mobile phone handsets hit the shelves on a daily daily basis and each is a slight (or sometimes major) improvement on its predecessor. In the past phone giants such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry and Apple have gone head to head to develop the most intuitive operating systems, create the most user friendly QWERTY keyboard and integrate touch screen technology to the greatest effect. More recently the focus has been on offering higher resolution cameras, speeding up internet connectivity and offering the most desirable range of apps, these are however by no means the sole aims of manufacturers: all of these small battles are ongoing and developments occur and are integrated into new handsets constantly.

Just because the latest handsets in the UK do not offer certain features however does not mean that they do not exist. A cursory glance at the technology on offer in China and Japan for instance shows that despite the late slightly improved incarnation of the iPhone may be at the cutting edge on our shores, it is by no means the most 'techie' model currently in production. Rather than importing certain handsets and encountering the high unit cost and absence of technical support that comes with it however, we can look to overseas markets and make some pretty solid judgments about what technology could be introducing the UK market over the next year, based on what already exists on the other side of the globe.

One of the most exciting and potentially groundbreaking pieces of technology found in a great number of Japanese phones is the FeliCa chip, handsets featuring this minuscule piece of hardware are referred to as 'Wallet Phones' as this chip allows the handset to perform cashless, instant financial transactions. Compatible with train station ticket machines, vending machines and payment terminals at numerous stores in Japan, the phone owner can pay for goods and services instantly with their phone. Astoundingly this technology first came into use 2004 but has still not been established in the UK, this may be about to change given the recent introduction of Barclaycard contactless technology which operates in a similar manner to the FeliCa chip. Mobile phone network provider Orange have also teamed up with Barclaycard in this venture and filed to develop a handset which fulfills this function in the near future.

Although less likely to bring about a major cultural change than wallet phone technology, gadget enthusiasts and traveling businessmen alike will be excited at the prospect of mobile phones which incorporated projectors. Already in its third generation in the Far East, internal projector technology could revolutionize the way in which business presentations are made and videos are shown on the move. With some handsets capable to project high resolution visuals up to 8 feet tall already on sale in Asia, it is only a matter of time before European distributors start pushing …

Advantages of Email Encryption

The most popular use of the Internet remains to be the email. Providers now have complicated additions like attachments and spam blockers but the point of email remains the same-instant correspondence. From connecting to friends and relatives on the other side of the globe to delivering information to mass recipients, internet users continue to find purpose in electronic mail. As internet dependence increases, so does the kind of information people attach in their emails.

The technological age brought about new kinds of criminals who perform destructive activities. Whether you are an important member of an intelligence group or a civilian, email encryption can prove useful in safeguarding the information the recipient singularly should see.

How does email encryption work?

Depending on the kind of encryption you acquire, the process differs but the goal is the same. Encryption protects the actual message in your email with the intended recipient knowing how to decode it to reveal the sensitive data.

Most encryption for emails is asymmetric where the sender uses software to encrypt an email, send the message to the recipient who knows how to decrypt the email. Another method is by installing email encryption software. For this to work, the same program should be installed in the receiving unit.

Why should you encrypt your emails?

For businesses in competitive fields, the advantage of encryption is more pronounced. This avoids competitors from intercepting information they can use for corporate espionage. You can protect confidential data, ranging from employee names to plans for expansion.

For private individuals, encryption is similarly as necessary. Basic personal information like your home address or private mobile number should be kept private. Identity thieves can use your financial details like credit card information, social security numbers, and insurance details.

People who send private messages, videos, and photos will similarly benefit from email encryption. This is especially important for public personalities like politicians who need to keep their work life and private life separate. Many careers have been ruined by private emails made public.

What should you look for in a security company?

There are businesses now responding to the demand of safe email exchanges. Security companies are now expanding to document destruction and email archiving solutions. If you are thinking of hiring a company for added security, there are qualities you should look out for.

Being at the top of the field in terms of technology is an important consideration. They should always be a couple of steps ahead of IT criminals who are always improving their own technology. A company employing professionals with backgrounds working in intelligence and security is a plus.

Similarly, find a company offering more than simple email protection. Some companies have spam blockers or additionally provide security in other aspects like physical security through alarm systems. When it comes to securing data, electronic or physical, choose only the best no matter the cost.…

Memory Cards Complete Guide

Ever wondered what are these tiny chips? Confused by the names?
We are here to help you.

This article is about the various memory components available in the market for mobile phones.


Memory Stick

MS Memory Stick is a removable flash memory card format, launched by Sony in October 1998, and is also used in general to describe the whole family of Memory Sticks. This family includes the Memory Stick Pro, a revision that allows greater maximum storage capacity and faster file transfers speeds, and Memory Stick Duo, a small-form-factor version of the Memory Stick.

50.0 x 21.5 x 2.8 mm

Memory Stick Duo

MS Duo

31.0 × 20.0 × 1.6 mm

The Memory Stick Duo, which is slightly smaller than the competitive Secure Digital format, was developed in response to Sony's need for a smaller flash memory card for pocket-sized digital cameras and cell phones, as well as Sony's PSP. Memory Stick Duos are available in all the same variants as their larger cousins ​​(normal ones limited to 128 MB, larger Pro Sticks, with and without High Speed ​​mode), and a simple adapter (often sold together with the Memory Stick Duo) allows a Duo to be used in any device that can accept their larger cousins.

Memory Stick Micro M2

15.0 x 12.5 x 1.2 mm

Sony announced a new Memory Stick format on 30 September 2005. The new Memory Stick M2 ("micro") measures 15 x 12.5 x 1.2 mm and could theoretically have 32GB in the future. Maximum transfer speed is 160MB / s. It will come with an adapter, much like the Duo Sticks, to ensure compatibility with current Pro devices.

Multi Media Card

MMC

32 x 24 x 1.5 mm

The MMC card or MultiMediaCard was introduced in 1997 by SanDisk Corporation and Siemens AG. At that point the MMC card was the smallest memory card, about the size of a postage stamp, in the market based on flash memory technology. The MMC card is very similar to the Secure Digital Memory Card, actually the SD Memory Card is based on the MMC card. They have almost the same form factor the only differences are that the SD Memory Cards are slightly thicker and they have a write protection switch.

Since the MMC card had slow transfer speed, 2.5 MB / sec, in comparison to other memory cards, mostly compared to SD Memory Card, a new high performance version of the MMC card was introduced in 2005 by the name MMCplus. The MMCplus has today the highest, up to 52 MB / sec, theoretical data transfer speed in the whole memory card industry.

The MultiMediaCard Association announced that by the end of 2005 the secureMMC application will only be available for the MMCplus and MMCmobile memory cards. The SecureMMC is a copyright protection application that features DRM, Digital Rights Management, and VPN, Virtual Private Network, capabilities.


Reduced Size Multi Media Card

RS-MMC

16 x 24 x 1.5 mm

MMCmobile (RS-MMC)

RS-MMC, Reduced Size MultiMediaCard, was introduced …

Business Technology Solutions – Escalate Your Profits

The primary focus of all the prominent organizations is on improving profits and controlling costs.

Particularly to establish and run small business, it becomes necessary to perform various tasks properly. Many business owners experience a great problem if they are not able to keep abreast with the latest technology. Business sector is witnessing new imports and additions every now and then, you need to take benefit from as many latest tools and services that are obtainable to make your business flourish. Even within a tight budget, you can manage to endow your business with great technologies at an affordable price using various Business Technology solutions. Let us consider some points on how these solutions help you to grow your business.

With excessive use of Internet worldwide, it has become quite easier for businessmen to reach their target audience. Internet is providing great opportunities to entrepreneurs to make their presence felt and market their services or products. Social networking has become an incredible way to make use of technologies to promote your business and that to free of cost. You just need to create your accounts on these sites and get unbelievable exposure to the people across the world.

You can also run your online payroll using efficient payroll solutions available online. It definitely helps you to function your business successfully and makes it easier for your employees to get their money on time.

Beside payroll solutions, technologies such as web conferencing solutions have an incredible advantage as they help a lot in interacting with foreign clients.

You can make a big difference in your profits by using IT solutions regarding your business. IT solutions providers help a business with its security management, CRM, network planning, HRM and other computing services.

In addition to this, there are utility service providers as well. They work for quality performance of businesses by understanding the business goals of their clients

Virtual phone systems offer great heights to your business. Through these systems you can avail multiple extensions, call forwarding and many other compiled options from a single location. Now, even a small desktop can manage the professionalismism just like big business, that's the wonder of technology. Tele-suspects are the result of the popularity of these extremely beneficial technologies.

This is a new concept that has been embroidered by many organizations to escalate their profits. It is a cost-effective approach that enables the organizations to streamline the business processes. …

Market Technology: The Missing Link

Although many, aspects of Industry have morphed and changed over the last, few decades, there are several outposts that continue to find their way. In spite of technological advances, process improvements, changing Market and Customer demands, fierce Competition and even the advent of the Internet and powerful, Marketing platforms – like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter – the prevailing mindset has not changed dramatically.

In 1981, we submitted a manuscript to Harvard Business School for review and consideration. It was titled, “Market Technology: The Missing Link.”

It certainly would not rival Ted Leavitt’s “Marketing Myopia,” however Market Technology approached the fundamental issue differently and distinctively.

The actual manuscript was a “library of congress” class of document complete with concept overview, relevant models, heavy detailed, descriptors, case examples to demonstrate that the stuff had been applied to the real world, etc.

In its raw form – Market Technology advocated that companies must treat their marketing, sales and business development needs similarly to the way core engineering and product development are handled. Determining the right response and the right mix for a company’s marketing and sales programs is no different than determining a company’s products and services. In fact, conceiving effective programs is as complex and critical to the company’s success, as conceiving its product set. This meant that the Marketing discipline and process need to be integrated into the business. In fact, with small-to-medium, sized companies – the Market Program – is classified, as critical – in that, it could make or break a company.

For smaller firms – they must get it right – out-of-the-gate, and may not get a second chance.

This is one aspect that distinguishes smaller companies from their larger counterparts – as the larger firm can absorb a missed opportunity or loss more readily.

How many companies have you been associated with that thought and operated this way?

Market Technology represents a Mindset, framework, methodology, process orientation and an implementation -ready, program all rolled-up in one, complete package.

In your company, what role does Marketing play?

Most, will respond by indicating that Marketing plays a support role for either the product/service or to provide mainline support to the company’s Salesforce or Distribution Network (Channel Partners).

Reference will be made to Trade Show support, MarComm, collateral material, brochures, data sheets and even the dreaded “lead generation program.”

In your company, what is the stature of Marketing?

There are exceptions (depending on the Industry and Company make-up), however most will indicate that it is not a Leadership role (although the Marketing Team wants it to be).

What is the missing ingredient?

Is it that Senior Management did not come from the Marketing discipline and will not give it its day and cut it loose?

Is it that companies have experienced too, many false starts with their Marketing Program or it just doesn’t work?

Is marketing too, risky and costly compared to making investment in other areas of the company?

Is marketing viewed, as a luxury vs. a mainline contributor?…

The Importance of Funny Videos

Watching funny videos has its own advantages. When life has become very monotonous these days you have to enjoy certain moments in it by way of relaxation of mind. There are many ways of diverting your mind. Some of the well-known diversions include reading books, listening to good music and watching movies to name a few. Watching videos has become increasingly a popular means of diversion these days thanks to the demanding circumstances around us that makes us grope for amusement opportunities.

In short it can be said that watching funny videos is an opportunity to amuse thoroughly. It is one of the ways by which the tension prevailing in the mind can be subjugated. It is usually not easy to subjugate the tension in the mind. On the contrary if you watch something that enables you to laugh with a wide-open mouth then it means that the video has succeeded in relaxing your troubled and agitated mind. You will find much to your delight a number of funny videos across the Internet. All you have to do is browse through the Internet for a considerable period of time and identify such videos. The beauty in these videos is that you can upload them on to your own website free of cost or sometimes for a very moderate fee.

If you have such videos uploaded on to your website, then the popularity of your website increases too. If the popularity of your website increases, then the traffic is also bound to increase. Hence it is not a bad idea to upload one or two videos that are funny on to your own website. This will keep the visitors glued to the video and in the process they will pay a keen visit to your website too to find more details about the product or the services you are selling through the website. The visitors get an opportunity to relax and laugh by looking at the funny incidents depicted in the footages.

It is important to know that creating a video that is laden with a funny incident is indeed not easy. It is in fact tough to create such video footages. The creator has to be creative and imaginative. He should never lack in imagination or skill for that matter. It is often said that creativity is the hallmark of such creations. Creativity is inborn and innate. If it is in you then make use of it to nicety. Across the websites it is nice to find several forums especially webmaster forums that devote a forum for funny clips and videos. You can share your own creations with the other members of the forum. You can also share funny pictures that you possess. It is a great time to rejoice by participating in such forums. Animation skills are put to good use in the creation of such videos. The advancement made in the field of technology is widely used in the creation of these videos that more and more people …

Prospects for Software Testing Careers in the Future

A software tester is an IT related professional whose function is to recover bugs or unexpected flaws in completed software applications prior to public release. These individuals are valuable team members whose role is to assist the software development team in missing faults or undesired behaviors in programs or applications.

Testers can save the developers time and money by discovering program flaws early, thereby avoiding the necessity of having to release patches or fixes down the road. And in the worst case scenario, early detection of critical bugs will prevent the need to rebuild the software application from the flawed code on up.

Some testers are third party contractors. The reason for this is to ensure that the tester is completely objective and fulfills their job to the best of their ability. Software testers perform standardized tests as well as customized tests that often were never considered by the designers, but that are logical from the perspective of the end-user.

Software is constantly evolving, and as such is becoming more and more complex. The programming languages ​​and coding schema are so intricate that software testing is becoming more critical over time. Additionally, the software testing industry is part of the general IT field, which itself is experiencing tremendous job growth. Job growth from 2008 to 2018 for software testing is predicted to grow at a much greater-than-average rate with an increase of 38{90c905eaca51001bdd05d2b9e50215b66b04dff3fb532a24d541d876dbf9d189}. Few fields offer as many carers with such a fantastic potential as Information Technology professionals and particularly that of testers.

The IT field is reliably new and testers' job descriptions are constantly being updated. No degree is necessary for some software testing professionals but certain characteristics and skills are required. The software tester who understands at least the most basic of software languages ​​such as C, C ++ and java will have an easier time hiding bugs and flaws. Knowledge of software programming languages ​​helps in understanding what parts of the code may be at fault. Software testers may also have a four-year university degree in programming, software design, or computer engineering, or they may be enrolled to learn on the job from suitable applicants.

The role of a tester in a company is a proactive one and requires excellent communication skills as well as a large amount of tact. Software testers must be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and communicate to both professionals in IT as well as those in charge of funding.

There are many skilled opportunities for software testers. With the correct mindset and personality, a career in software testing can be a fulfilling one. Software testing opportunities exist for both the individual with a degree and for the determined and interested individual willing to learn on the job and study to improve their marketable job skills. Most companies know that even with a Bachelor's degree in IT, much of the software tester's true job skills will be learned by doing. …

Information Technology and the Global Village

The advancement in technology has certainly had a major effect on the lives of many. This world is becoming a global village and distances no longer a problem. Communications and mass information is just a few clicks away; thanks to the computer related technology, more specifically the utility of internet, which is a part of the information technology.

Social networking websites and chat related applications are now presenting quite a number of advantages to the users. They reduce distances between the users and help them connect with relatives and friends from all over the world. The aim of any social networking site is to make the application and utility user friendly.

With the technological changes and new developments occurring every day, internet users no longer have to face the problems online that they had to face lately due to technical glitches, which resulted in frustration. Now the users no longer have to rummage through heaps of messages to access a particular conversation or read at hyperactive speeds just to keep in touch with the discussion on hand. The systems have become more streamlined and responsive and thus more convenient to the users.

This constant and rapid change in web technology has opened many windows of opportunity for both the users and the developers. The users now have more options to switch to and the developers have to work to develop newer, better, efficient and easy to use portals.

In its early days, E-commerce existed simply as a form of facilitation for commercial and financial transactions. It is one of the few things that have changed with the passage of time. This historic turning of e-commerce occurred about three decades ago.

Technologies such as electronic data exchange and electronic funds transfer have been introduced and they had a revolutionary effect because these allowed the businesses to communicate the commercial documents such as the basics of purchase orders and invoices via electronic network systems securely. The growth of telephonic banking services, credit card transactions and automated teller machines has added a new dimension to e-commerce. There are still innumerable aspects of business and other related issues that are growing as per the users need and the information technology is providing a highly efficient and secure platform to them.

Electronic payment systems have become the engine for almost all online transactions. The major electronic payment systems that govern current online transactions are credit card processing systems and electronic payment gateways. The electronic payment gateways are the companies that facilitate financial transactions online by authenticating credit cards and online bank accounts authorizing certain transactions. They basically form the virtual connectivity between merchant’s website and the credit card companies; this sure reduces the hassle of long bank queues and offer purchasing options when ever and where ever any one pleases to have these while utilizing the splendors of computer technology.

The information technology has come a long way and is ever evolving. It has truly made the world a global village.…

Six Advantages of Buying Office Stationery Online

One of the main tasks that Admin managers are trusted with is procuring office stationery. These are essential and purchasing them consumes a lot of time. One has to visit a number of vendors for various requirements and bargaining for the best prices at crowded markets takes almost the entire day, hampering all other work. The managers even fail to report on time as they spend most of their working hours searching for the best office stationery at the cheapest rates. The best solution to this is bringing a change in the way they procure stationery products.

Purchasing office stationery online is one of the best ways of reducing hassles which shopping from wholesalers often entails. But most people are ignorant of bonuses and perk that online shopping for office stationery offers, we have come up with six major advantages that one can have with e-commerce.

1. A wide range of options to choose from: The largest advantage of shopping online is wide range of options. An e-commerce portal does not have the restrictions of space unlike retail shops and so it offers a variety of options for buyers to choose from. An average website on office stationery products has atleast 10 times the number of stationery products found in big retail stores. It assumes more variety of products for customers and let them purchase the best product from a range of options.

2. A one-stop solution for customers: Once you start purchasing office stationery online , it automatically puts an end to the troubles which came along while you had to face multiple vendors. An online portal dealing with office supplies will have a product category that your business might need. While you can avail this, you do not have to visit a number of vendors in different parts of your city anymore. Shopping becomes more convenient as you get everything you need sitting in your home with a few clicks of your mouse.

3. Freedom of customers to compare product brand, prices and features: A website stocks all latest models from top brands more often. While purchasing office stationery products, all a customer needs to do is shuffle between the windows for comparing and selecting items they find suitable. A regular retail store can never offer the customers this chance to view a diverse variety of products in such small time frame.

4. Wholesale prices and attractive discounts for customers: A website does not have to invest in costly retail real estate. So they can always cut down on overhead costs and as a result the prices offered by them are quite cheap compared to retail stores. Online stores even offer attractive discounts to their customers.

5. Saves time: Since customers do not have to visit the markets for purchasing office stationery products, they can save both their time and energy. This time can be invested in browsing various online products to compare prices and find out offers. Adding the product of their choice to cart does not …

What Is Cloud Computing and Why You Should Use Cloud Computing

The Basics.

As businesses expand, they begin to experience some really difficult and expensive information technology (IT) challenges. Maintenance of hardware and software facilities can be a pain in the neck with traditional business computing systems. Cloud technologies and services present a smart, user-friendly solution. It’s also cheaper than traditional systems and increases the productivity and workflow of the business.

Cloud computing, by definition, is technology that makes use of the internet and servers centralized in remote data centers to store and maintain data and applications. So, Cloud technology makes computing more efficient by centralizing the storage of data, processing, and bandwidth.

Cloud services and products also allow users to make use of applications and software without installing the application on their personal computers or mobile devices. Users can access their personal files and documents by using any computer or device with internet access. The costs in effort and money spent on maintaining an in-house IT infrastructure is are gradually being replaced with Cloud-based infrastructure. While Cloud-based services are perfect for large enterprises, they’ve also proven ideal for small and medium-sized businesses.

Private Cloud or Public Cloud

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)- Examples of SaaS include SalesForce, Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, Gmail, and so on. With these services, just login with your credentials and get full access to the application and your previously stored information. With SaaS services, you can access your information anytime, anywhere, as long as you have internet access.

Private Cloud-The term “Cloud computing” or “the Cloud” also includes the utilization of outsourced hosting environments for remote data and file storage. Primarily, there are two cloud hosting scenarios that should be considered. These are shared, virtual servers, or dedicated, private Cloud servers. A private Cloud consists of servers that are dedicated to your company and data. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are the largest providers of Cloud hosting solutions.

Why You Should Use the Cloud.

Money savings-Cloud computing saves you substantial amount of money, the cost of Cloud computing is much more flexible than traditional methods. If there is need to pay for any service, you only need to pay for the services that you are using.

Disaster Recovery-With Cloud computing, it’s very easy to recover any file as long as they are backed up on the Cloud. So, if your physical devices malfunction, or are lost or stolen, your data is still safe and easily recoverable.

Work anywhere-Cloud computing enables you to access your files from anywhere as long as you’re connected to the internet. Many Cloud services also offer mobile apps so you can have access to your files irrespective of the device you are using.

Reduce Hardware-The use of Cloud computing reduces the amount of hardware used and the size of data centers. Some organizations eliminate physical data storage completely by operating their business totally on the Cloud.

Improved Collaboration- Cloud computing improves collaboration by allowing groups to meet virtually. You can view and edit shared documents and material with controlled access. This ability reduces the …