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End-User Programming Using Modeling and Semantic Web

Even if programming is made easier, only a proportion of people would actually be interested or capable of doing this. But, there's still an advantage to collections, people in the same team or department as an end user programmer, then all in the team have much closer access to someone who understands their, and the team's tasks, requirements, and projects. This closes the gap between those producing software systems, and those who require the software. This also makes it easier to iterate through solutions and solve problems more quickly and collaboratively.

Software tools to improve and combine UML and other modeling, spreadsheet, Web 2 / Semantic Web, and software solutions are required to allow this kind of end user participatory development and a sustained collaborative organization push towards achieving this. To achieve this, end users and teams need to be able to visualize their solutions both literally as diagrams, and metaphorically via problem solving collaboration. This would reflect the intentions that were expressed decades ago in the form of PC based computing and spreadsheets, but add better information and modeling organization, and collaboration capabilities.

To make the above practical, sustained research is needed in these areas. Such research would have many practical spin-offs. Professor Richard Vidgen (2009) describes research into "how technology is developed and used within organizations." So a way can be provided of applying this research and enabling more end user participation. This research is to test an approach of using digital technology, to make software and modeling development easier for computer literate end users. This would then enable them to solve problems to help their, and their teams' work to be more productive. The current problem is that the communication and translation steps required between users, and software developers, and help desk are too many, and too varied, these results in cost, uncertainty, delays, confusion, and confrontation. The solution is for software developers to develop more customisable software that can be customized by end-users.

An example of the need to apply such research is user's development of spreadsheets, this indicates user's willingness to use and develop software to meet their needs, but productivity in spreadsheet development can be poor, as they are difficult to track, and share. More advanced software tools are often not available to users, or take too long to learn. Semantic Web technologies can provide a solution to this by provision of free and customizable, shareable, and fully visualized applications for use in particular sections. Development of such applications, and their use in industry would be proof of this.

The essence of the problem is that organizations and individuals have many problems resulting from the lack of facilities to allow users to program. This causes many issues, which need to be urgently tackled by organizations in the short term. This creates an ironic dilemma, that the problems caused by lack of end user programming facilities cause there to be a need to tackle these problems via quick fixes because they are so urgent. This …

Influencer Marketing Platforms

A lot of marketers around the world are searching for ways to connect with their audiences in an effective and greater way. It’s becoming very clear that most of the consumers trust their co-consumers than brands. Meaning, the great and genuine power lies with the customers, which is why Brands need to adapt their marketing strategies in order for them to create better experiences for their audience.

We all know that the Influencer Marketing idea is a slow but steady one. Unlike the traditional marketing, most of the businesses and brands are willing or need to be willing to invest the time to develop authentic and genuine relationships with their influencers. Results are measured in the acquisition of new brand loyalists and not often measured by dollars and cents, but it is difficult to gain success without an extra fund to back it up. That’s what business is, you need to invest time and money, in return, if your marketing strategy is excellent, it’s either you gain more trusts and more funds or you fail if your marketing does not work.

The actual marketing requires time and attention, you don’t need to be more focused on tasks like managing campaigns and influencer relationship but just watch it out. The most important tasks are finding the right people to work with, monitoring campaigns and measuring the success or failure, but remember, failure motivates you to work and drive better to gain your success. You don’t need to give most of your time on doing those multiple tasks, that is why software is invented. If accounting tools save you time in counting your money and just leaving you free to focus on how to higher your earnings. These influencer marketing platforms reduce the time-sucking administrative tasks that distract you from reaching your goals and objectives.

If you are new to the Influencer Marketing world, these apps can serve as your preliminary steps to slowly gain your success as an influencer, and also to ease your tasks while starting, they help you build solid campaigns without your head hurting.

  • TapInfluence has launched TapFusion in September of 2015, it is an automation software, they bill it as an Enterprise solution, they have Target, Volvo, Lego, and The Gap as their customer list features. An impressive list that serves as the proof of their website’s boasts about the platform’s effectiveness. The software itself is more like an influencer marketplace, Brands and Agencies can search through the software’s massive database of influencers. And ones they found their influencers, they will work with them to define what does the campaign looks like when it’s launched. As soon as the campaigns are launched and go live in the feeds of social media users anywhere in the world, the software collects all relevant data to feed into its analytics and reporting engine. TapFusion is an incredibly efficient platform to work on but this is not a platform for small agencies or businesses. Sign up for a demo and an

Convert Your Computer Monitor to TV Using a Combo TV Box

After the emergence of LCD computer monitors, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) display units became on the verge of extinction; however, continued innovative capability of human brain immediately discovered better ways to utilize unused Computer Monitors by using a combo box to offer capabilities similar to conventional television sets. In short, a TV combo box gives a computer monitor new capabilities to receive and display broadcast television channels. We’ve all witnessed mass replacement of cathode ray tubes (CRT) with latest liquid crystal display (LCD) units either by large corporations or individuals.

Cathode ray tube (CRT) technology used on old computer display units and television sets can be described as a vacuum tube fitted with an electron gun and a fluorescence screen that works by lighting an electronic beam which in turn creates images in the form of light emitted from the florescence screen. On the other hand, liquid crystal display (LCD) panels commonly used on modern computer monitors and flat television screen are best described as thin film transistor liquid display using liquid crystals to filter the amount of light entering the panel thereby creating images. A combo TV box came to the rescue of CRT monitors which were being disposed off as electronic waste after becoming redundant.

In order to give your computer monitor TV reception capabilities using a combo box, first you must purchase a genuine combo box from an electronic store. You’ll need to establish the kind of TV signal reception you would prefer for your combo box i.e. digital signals, analog signals or a hybrid (capable of both receptions); to make a more informed decision, identify available free to air channels in your area and transmission signals used. After you’ve made up your mind, consider visiting an available electronic store and purchase a combo TV box with VGA compatibility (able to connect with your monitor’s VGA port).

How to connect a combo TV box to your computer monitor;

• First, switch off the main device and monitor, then connect VGA output outlet from the combo TV box to VGA input outlet of your monitor.

• You’ll then need to connect the sound outlet from combo TV box to sound inlet of your monitor or external speakers if your monitor does not have in built speakers. This ensures you have sound reception alongside pictures from the broadcaster.

• Insert the antennae cable into the antennae cable interface of your combo TV box.

• Turn on the monitor and combo TV box; in most cases, the combo box is powered via VGA cable from computer monitor.

• You’ll notice a blue screen (not necessarily blue) on the monitor screen with TV menu, select search channels automatically. Channels having signals in the area will be stored; and there is your monitor TV.…

Apple iPhone – No Doubts in Quality

The arrival of iPhones of Apple Inc. has been a real storm in the telecommunications sector. As with any product, Apple Inc. from the consumer market holds much expectation on iPhone. Thanks to the high-end technology and elegant features, iPhones succeeded to win the hearts. The Multimedia and Internet enabled Quad band GSM phone supports EDGE called iPhone, Apple Inc. 29th in June 2007 in the USA

Apple, known for technological innovations and developments, it was not prepared, at the goodwill of the time. It is clear from just one glance at iPhone. The Apple iPhone comes with a built-in camera function and a portable media player, which is really intriguing. The digital camera provides the user the perfect images of excellent quality. It is possible to use for the shoot, record, store and send pictures, w is an element of fun into it.

Together with him, iPhone also has the functions of SMS and visual voicemail that things more benefit to the user. The audience of Apple comes with an attractive slimline casing, which is more impressive. The user can easily and comfortably the tasks, including e-mail, web browsing and local Wi-Fi connectivity. It is also possible for him to do functions such as conferencing, call hold, call merge Caller ID, and the integration with other cellular network functions with the help of Apple iPhones.

The Apple iPhone is a feature of Visual Voice Mail assists the user in viewing a list of current voice-mail messages on the screen, without requiring a call to the voice mail. It is also possible for him to hear and delete messages in a non-chronological order by selecting them from a list on the screen. This feature is not available in most of the phones. The latest ringtone, the iPhone on 5 September, 2007, makes it possible for the user to create custom ring tones from the iTunes Music purchased for a small fee. The ringtones are between 3 to 30 seconds long a part of a song that can input and output. …

FARO Competitive Advantage Technology Uncovered

Any business venture that aims to become competitive in the 21st century would be better off having a reliable technology company, like FARO, on its side.

FARO is a world-known NASDAQ-listed company that specializes in the development of software and computer-aided measurement systems. The FARO headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida in the United States.

But since it markets its products around the world, FARO has offices in every major part of the globe. Its European headquarters can be found in Korntal-Münchingen near Stuttgart, Germany while its Asian headquarters can be found in Singapore.

FARO has at least 909 human resources distributed all over its European and Asian headquarters as well as in its branch offices in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, Korea, India, China, Italy, France, Canada, Spain, Turkey and other countries .

FARO Products

Companies that deal with component assemblies, inventory documentation, inspecting components and production planning are well aware of the importance of using only products that have been duly certified. FARO's product lines are reliable when it comes to the digital scanning of historical sites as well as reconstruction of crime scenes and investigating accident sites.

Production and assembly processes are made more efficient through the use of FARO's high-precision 3D measurements. Truly, the industry-specific software solutions of the company, along with its portable coordinate measuring device, allow companies to conduct 3D scanning even in hard-to-reach areas.

Amongst the highly in-demand products FARO products are the CAM2® Measure and CAM2® Q measurement and reporting software which are CAD-based, the TrackArm, the Laser Tracker ION, the FARO Laser Scanner Photon, the FARO PowerGage, Gage Plus and Gage Standard as well as the Laser ScanArm, Fusion, Platinum, Quantum FARO measurement arms.

FARO is ISO Certified

The company has been a trusted corporate partner for modern companies that do not want to gamble with their business processes. For starters, FARO is not only ISO 9001: 2000-certified, but it has also been certified under ISO / IEC 17025: 2005.

ISO 9000 certification is vital for global-operating companies since it means the company follows a set of standards of quality management systems as provided by the International Organization for Standardization or ISO. The requirements for the standards are changed over time depending on the need.

While ISO standardization is commonly applied in manufacturing, it has grown and is now used in a variety of organization and products including software and services. A company like FARO can claim to be ISO 9001-certified or 9001-registered if it has been certified and certified independently to be in compliance with the specified standards.

While an ISO-certification does not guarantee a certain quality of the services and end products provided by a company, it does however certify that the formal business processes are implemented which includes the keeping of adequate records, the monitoring of company processes to ensure their effectiveness, checking of defects and implementation of corrective measures among others.

With all these, FARO customers can expect that the company can provide a solution for …

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?…