Monday, March 21, 2016
Author: Ken Scott
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Today’s corporate world is highly dependent on technology.  If you want to communicate and accomplish tasks swiftly, you need the right tools.  Many companies lease large quantities of technological hardware to stay up to date. 

In addition to the right hardware, you need the programs that will take your business to higher levels.  Programs such as these can be costly, but free alternatives are always emerging.  These are some of the most popular free online or web app programs for business. 

  1. Yammer
    Yammer is an online networking program similar to Facebook, but specifically geared toward group communication and project management in business.  With Yammer, you can assign roles and groups, keeping task information private or public. 
    Yammer also comes with an easily edited word, excel, and “notes” platform which makes document uploading, sharing and altering easy and efficient.  Yammer is user friendly and does not have a lot of fancy graphics, so you can easily access and utilize Yammer on your Smartphone, laptop, PC or tablet.
  2.  Fargo
    Fargo is a professional outlining tool, which connects to your dropbox account to automatically update and save your work.  It’s popular in the business world for outlining ideas, to do lists, and projects.  Many professionals also use the tool to lay out major press releases, training guides, and client or colleague communication.
  3.  Google Docs
    Google Documents is a popular free program for professionals.  You can access Google Docs from most devices, but a tablet, PC or laptop work best.  Google Documents allows you to share documents with multiple users, and allows each user invited to edit the document for easy and fast sharing.  You must have a google account to manage Google Documents, but anyone you invite can access and edit the documents.
  4. Planning Pod
    For the company that hosts or plans large events, this online software is easy to use and comes with a free trial to get you started.  Based on professional event planning software, Planning Pod is accessible from any device and helps organize professional level events, including trade shows, conferences, informational presentations, and large meetings or conventions.
  5. Boomerang
    Boomerang is a great web based application for CEOs or busy business professionals who work constantly.  This application is easiest to use on a PC, laptop, or tablet.  Boomerang allows you to schedule your emails so that they send at an optimum time. 
    So, if you’re working all hours of the night, or have international clients, you can draft the email you wish to send and schedule its release for an appropriate time.  This eliminates the need to revisit the same task multiple times, and allows you to work when you have the task fresh in your mind.
  6. Trello
    Trello is known as the free alternative to BaseCamp, and is a project management tool that allows executives or managers to monitor their employees’ progress.  Users of this program can assign tasks, update progress, and mark an assignment as completed.  You can also create extensive to do lists based on each project.  In addition, Trello has a fantastic blog which instructs users how to make the most of the program.
  7. MailChimp
    MailChimp is a free email blast tool, where you can design your own email template and send the email to multiple recipients.  This tool is very useful in marketing for smaller businesses, as it’s easy to use editor can help create professional emails for no cost. 
    You can store multiple lists according to which group you are targeting with your message.  Using a PC or laptop to design your emails is recommended, but MailChimp templates have viewing compatibility with smartphones, iphones, tablets and computers.
  8. GoTo Meeting
    GoTo Meeting is a free web conference tool for conference calls.  Many professionals use GoTo Meeting for conference calls, because you can hold as many meetings as you need to at no charge.  The software is compatible with Apple and PC devices, and can be accessed for attendance through laptop, PC, tablet, or smartphone.
  9.  TurboCash
    As the free alternative to QuickBooks, TurboCash helps smaller businesses with their accounting needs.  You can reconcile accounts and manage balances.  This is another program that is highly beneficial to professionals who work or have clientele internationally, since the program can be configured for different currencies.

Having access to the programs that will help your company grow and thrive can make all the difference in your company and your bottom line.  Companies large and small are now using free online programs and web apps to make their business more efficient.

Using free programs can mean the difference of thousands of dollars per year, and beginning with free programs can open the door for upgrades in the future.  Keep your employees equipped with the latest in technological hardware to make the most of these programs.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Author: Ken Scott
Google Chrome Logo

Since its initial release in September 2008, Google Chrome has built up a huge user base around the world. As per StatCounter data, this freeware web browser had a 58% share in web browser usage worldwide as of December 2015. This makes it the most-used web browser globally. What is even more remarkable about the Google Chrome journey is that it now comes with thousands (one estimate says there are more than 50,000) of extensions, most of which can be synced not just with the desktop and laptop computers but also with mobile devices.

Easily downloadable from the Chrome Web Store, the vast majority of the extensions are free. But it would pay to be cautious about what you download since these extensions, like all apps, tend to slow down the system. Here is a list of 10 of the best and most useful Google Chrome extensions for you to try out.

OneTab

This is ideal for those who want different web pages opening through different links without the hassle of managing multiple tabs. OneTab, as the name suggests, compresses all the open tabs into one tab. What makes this a useful extension is that the single compressed tab comes with the facility to enable easy reference to all the original tabs. The web pages and URLs can also be easily shared as this extension facilitates easy export of the tabs into a comprehensive list of the links.

TabCloud
Talking of tabs, there’s another Google Chrome extension called TabCloud, which helps easy saving of open tabs and their import from one desktop to another. It’s managed simply by saving the open tabs to the cloud and then opening one or all of them, as required, on to another desktop. There are a host of other features for ease of convenience in the use of TabCloud.

Boomerang
This one takes the basic functions of Gmail to a new level. With this extension, one can schedule sending of a message or even set up recurring email messages. It also helps in the postponement of emails; that is easily done by pushing an email out of the inbox and setting it to return at a specific time. For subscribers, this service comes with unlimited message credits while the free service allows scheduling of 10 messages a month.

Google Dictionary
Speed is of essence, especially in the midst of urgent work. The Google Dictionary extension makes it easier and faster to find the meaning of a new word, at the click of a button and without opening new links or tabs.

Video Stream
With this extension at hand, there’s no need to use complicated media server software to stream videos directly from the computer to the Chromecast or Android TV. An excellent feature of Video Stream is that it is compatible with a large variety of video formats at full resolution. It also supports subtitles.

Any.do
For the busy professionals of the day, especially CEOs trying to multi-task a large number of things, Any.do is an ideal partner. It’s a cross-platform that enables syncing of tasks and checklists from all desktops and devices. The result: there is just one comprehensive list of things to do, and of reminders which can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

LastPass
This free password manager is a welcome solution for any user seeking a short-cut to remembering the long list of passwords needed for myriad websites. It not only helps remember the passwords but in fact enables the generation of new secure passwords of all the websites that one wants to track.

Just Not Sorry
Now this one is just perfect for busy professionals who want every email from their account to make an impression. It functions by flagging words and phrases which are likely to dilute, if not negate, the impact of the communication.

ColorZilla
A computer system is as much about good designs as it is about good content. So if there’s Just Not Sorry to help improve the content of an email, ColorZilla does almost the same kind of work for a graphic designer. It helps in the creation of an exact color match, backed by a host of other useful features, such as palette viewer, gradient generator, etc.

StayFocused
This is a great choice for those wanting to stay focused on their task instead of wasting time on unproductive search. This is an excellent tool to help limit the amount of time spent by a user on time-wasting websites.

These extensions are available online at the Chrome Web Store, which was launched in 2010. They operate, along with applications and browser themes, in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Google Apps Script. Easy to manage (simply by going to chrome://extensions), they can be easily hidden, turned off, repaired in the event of being corrupted, adapted for use on multiple devices and even deleted.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Author: Ken Scott
Technology SIgn

The ages of archiving and organizing documents are long gone, actually the days of doing things manually have been forgotten.Nowadays technology innovations are life-savers for the big firms. Imagine in this technological era functioning without smart phones, laptops, personal computers, Wi-Fi, it would be a collapse of the scheme.

The existence of computers has rapidly become a big component of everyday activities. With the assistance of one touch you are at the center of billions information that otherwise would take a lot of time.

Gadgets ease your whole day movement, big firms rely on them constantly, and we can arguably state that we are nothing without them.

But let’s befairt. Not everyone can buy all of these necessities, and what happens if you buy and spend a lot of money for the gadget in need and it went into a technological coma?

That’s why we are here, to help any customer, regardless of their field. We take into consideration that nowadays buying every technological equipment can be all sorts of difficult, so we found the solution to your troubles. We are leaders in the business of renting and delivering wide variety of products such as: laptops, IPAD’s, tablet, audio-visual equipment and server rentals. We excel in the renting process from beginning to end.

Our motto is renting is the best option possible. We help you in maintaining your money in your pocket, and we are providing technology for every occasion such as trade shows, training seminars and etc. for any length of time.

Our basic goal is to reduce your expenses to a minimum, and accommodate you with supplies for a stable short and long-term relation.

At Computer Rentals your request is our stir, everything you desire we accomplish.

From wide range of computer, laptop and MacBook rentals with brands like: “Dell”, “HP”, “IBM”, “Sony”, “Lenovo”, “Samsung”, where the best thing is that you can choose which operating system you need: Windows 8, Windows Vista, MacIntosh, Linux and more, also we provide server rentals and rentals for Tablets, IPads or any product from Apple.

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Our employees make certaine everything is functional and up and running when the event starts. We even stay during the event to make sure that everything goes to plan. Our company provides tech support 24/7. The service also includes the dismantling of the gear after the event. One of the best features in using our services is that you rent top-notch gear every time, and with fees like ours, at the terminal of the day you will feel lucky you did not buy, but you rented.

Our rental plans diverse from any other you have ever acknowledgedd. We as a company like to treat every request, and every wish accordingly, we suit the rental plans to your needs. Our renting prices vary from client to client, individually assessing the demand. We are great that way, we tell all of the costs in advance, so you won’t be surprised at the end with cost you weren’t aware of. We are flexible with our rates, because we listen and appreciate the needs of the client.

Basically from now on you don't have to worry about updating your own equipment when you can rent it instead for fraction of the price.Also now you don't have to worry about maintenance costs every year, there won’t be any. We feel that renting computers is just the sensible thing to do, business wise and its tax deductable.

At computer rentals we provide all kinds of gear for your necesity. If you are ever in doubt trust us when we say renting is the best option for all customers, you get the best that is available at the moment, and you get quality service for a very small portion of what you would have spent if you bought all that gear. Renting is better in every way.

When thinking of renting anything, from now on think Computer Rental, our services are offered nationwide, and if that is not a plus we deliver to all of the hottest tourist destinations. Take this exceptional opportunity and contact us about anything you have upcoming. We will be more than professional and arrange the required products and go through a rental plan with you. We have the best employees and with their help we will answer all of your questions and concerns.

Make the first step towards low risks, and small fees, feel free to contact us even just for information, and most important become one of our clients, because we treat clients as family.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Author: Ken Scott
Computer CPU

You seem to find that your system has stopped functioning well. It has gone slow, applications have lately been crashing and you are also facing the problem of ‘Blue Screen’. You might wonder whether it is the computer’s hardware that has been failing or it is a software related problem that can by fixed on your own. It may not be simple to figure that out. This is because software problems, as well as, hardware problems can often show similar symptoms. For instance, often you might encounter blue screen problem that might have been occurring due to hardware or software problems.

Your computer has become slow

You must have heard about all such stories about slowing down of a computer over a period as the user had installed too many software that started functioning at startup or because it was attacked by a malware. The user eventually came to a conclusion that his system had become slow as it was an old one and so he got it replaced.

However, the belief was not correct. In case, you encounter a situation where your system has slowed down, it might be having a problem in software that can be easily taken care of.  You must note here that your computer does not slow down due to hardware problems. It is true that there are a few exceptions to this rule when the CPU has got overheated and has been down clocking itself and running at a slower speed to remain cooler. However, most of the times, your system becomes slow due to software issues.

Blue screen problem

Present versions of Microsoft Windows are quite stable as compared to the earlier versions. If the drivers of your system are well programmed and makes use of reliable hardware, a windows based PC should not throw the issue of blue screen. However, if you are experiencing frequent blue screen related problems, there is a probability that the hardware of your PC is failing.

However, it is also true that if your hardware drivers are not programmed well, your computer can witness blue-screen related issues. In case you have recently upgraded or installed your hardware drivers and then the occurrences of blue screen problem have started, uninstall the driver. You can also use the system restore option. However, if you have not touched your drivers lately and still face this problem, there is a great likelihood that it is a hardware related issue.

Your computer is not booting

In case you find that your computer fails to boot, it can be having either a hardware issue or a software-related problem. Have you observed whether Windows has been trying to boot but failed midway during the booting process? Does your system unable to identify its hard drive or not getting powered on at all? You need to consult the troubleshooting guide in such a scenario.

What happens when hardware components start failing?

CPU:  If the CPU has failed, your system may not boot at all. On the other hand, if your CPU has got overheated, your system may enter ‘Blue Screen’ problem when it is under stress.
Hard Drive: In case the hard drive of your system has begun to fail, the files might get corrupted. You can then experience delays whenever you try to access a file or save files in your hard drive. There may be scenarios when even the operating system might stop booting.

RAM: You must be aware that RAM is the location where data gets written by the various applications. It is used to store data for a short-term. In case, your system’s RAM is about to fail, an application may have written its data to RAM but while trying to retrieve it later, it might get a wrong value. This would ultimately crash the application and lead to other problems like file corruption and blue screens.

Motherboard: Problems associated with your system’s motherboard night be quite tough to detect. You might occasionally encounter blue screens or similar issues.

Other problems: In case a computer slows down, it can be due to software -related issues.
However, you just cannot rule out the occurrences of several of these symptoms due to software-related issues. Harmful malware might invade the kernel of your Windows Operating system and cause blue screen problem. Though some ideas have been explained to show the differences between the two types of problems, but it is not quite easy to diagnose at times. So often troubleshooting is done using a trial and error method.

For possible attacks on your system by a harmful malware, your computer should be scanned at regular intervals. The sure-shot method of ascertaining if the problem is hardware or software related is to try restoring your system’s software status to the default state. You can check if the issue still exists after restoring the OS to its original state. If the problem still persists, there could a hardware issue.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Author: Ken Scott
Old Personal Computer

The word ‘computer’ refers to a device or person that possesses the capability to compute. The earliest computer was invented a little more than half a century ago. In fact, the term PC or Personal Computer, which we are all used to by now, did not exist until the first home computer hit the commercial markets.

Our generation is so used to the PC; we practically use it for everything today. But, did you know that the modern PC is the result of a spectrum of technological evolution that occurred over decades. Well, if you didn’t, here’s a brief look at all the technologies that have led to the enhanced version of the PC as we know it today.

Magnetic drums and vacuum tubes

The first “computers” were very different from what we use now. They were fed power using vacuum tubes and storage was handled using magnetic drums. The vacuum tubes were used to control the flow of electricity via a sealed container. The container was composed of transparent glass and shaped roughly similar to a cylinder. The magnetic drums used for storage were basically cylinders coated with metal and a material called magnetic iron-oxide.

The first computer was called the ENIAC (Electric Numerical Integrator and Computer) and John Presper Eckert and John Mauchly invented it. The ENIAC’s construction included 70,000 resistors, 17,458 vacuum tubes, 1,500 relays, 10,000 capacitors, 6000 manual switches, and 5,000,000 soldered joints. It was a massive machine that covered the 1800 square feet and weighed over 25 tons. The ENIAC could carry out large-scale calculations within a second. To be more precise, that included 38 divisions, 357 multiplications or 5,000 additions.

However, due to the complex parts involved, re-programming the computer would take up to a week and maintenance was required round the clock. ENIAC was also an expensive machine to run and its application was limited to very specific tasks. Other problems included overheating and extremely high electricity consumption.

The advent of transistors

By 1956, vacuum tubes were replaced by a new technology that allowed computers to run transistors. Transistors had a significant impact on how electronics were developed and they were mich more dependable than vacuum tubes. Thanks to transistor, computers became more efficient, smaller, cheaper, and also, faster. This was also the time symbolic language like FORTRAN and COBOL came into play. These languages would eventually build the foundation for advanced programming languages of the future.

Eventually, even transistors had to be replaced with something better because they were causing drastic heating issues that led to internal damages.

Integrated circuits


By 1964, transistors were on the way out and being replaced by integrated circuits. Integrated circuits were a huge advancement in the field of semi-conductor technology. They paved the way for miniature transistors to be mounted on silicon chips. Some would say that this was the beginning of the modern computer. These integrated circuits improved things in a major way. Speeds improved and computers became way more efficient. Added to that, computers became smaller and could be accessed by a larger audience. Eventually, keyboards replaced punch cards and the monitor display was integrated into the system. This phase also saw operating systems come into play, allowing the execution of multiple applications on a single system.

The PC is born

The 4th generation saw the rise of the personal computer. This phase in the evolution of computers saw the development of microprocessors and it happened during the year 1971. Intel developed the first chip and it was called the 4004. Microprocessors consist of several integrated circuits on a single silicon chip. The chip played host to the CPU, input controls, output controls, and memory. The technology was simple leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generations.

A decade from this point, the world saw the launch of the first home computer or PC, which was introduced into the market by IBM. Apple with its signature Macintosh or the Mac soon followed IBM, as we refer to it now.

From here on, several iterations of the PC began to evolve, including the portable laptop.

The Internet and GUI

The next phase saw the creation of computer networks, which eventually led to the development of what we now refer to as the ‘internet’. This was also the same time advanced versions of GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) came into being. GUIs are what allow us to use mice and keyboards to navigate our respective operating systems.

The Internet, on the other hand, needs very little introduction. Thanks to the Internet, our PCs today are more than just computing machines. They serve every task imaginable from allowing us to communicate with several people across the globe to even choosing our favorite kind of entertainment. 

Today’s PCs still run on microprocessors, however, on versions that are highly advanced compared to their predecessors.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Author: Ken Scott

Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure from Microsoft you can use for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner-hosted datacenters.

Recently, five major new features have been added to Microsoft Azure, including some expansions to existing features. These new features and additions are sure to be of interest to a wide range of users.

Azure to Integrate with Akamai CDN

Although Microsoft has always enjoyed a close relationship with Akamai, early in 2016, Azure users will be able to deploy content into the Akamai content delivery network and buy Akamai offerings through their Azure self-service portal. This will allow users to reach a broader audience, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

PowerShell Almost Ready

The preview release of Azure Powershell 1.0 arrived earlier this month. With it, you can manage Azure resources and services from the command line instead of through a graphical user interface (GUI.) However, it’s a huge change that it is not compatible with previous versions.

Azure App Service Supports Go

Support for Google’s Go with Web apps was added to Azure earlier this month. Currently, only Go 1.4.2 and Go 1.5.1 are supported in their 64-bit forms and the whole package is experimental at present. Azure will configure the web.config file if needed for the app, but you can supply your own if your implementation requires custom settings. Eventually, Go support on Azure with offer full support status.

Azure Backup Improved

Azure Backup has grown to provide backup support for Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange, and Windows Clients. The cost of backups is two-fold. There’s one charge for the size of the instance itself ($5 and up) and a charge for the storage used by the backup. The range of products covered by Azure Backup will likely continue to expand.

Azure File Storage Has SMB

Azure File Storage performs conventional Windows file shares via the SMB 3.0 protocol in the cloud. The idea is to support existing applications as they are moved to the cloud, some of which might depend of Server Message Block share operations. These shares can be mounted anywhere, allowing cloud and on-premises applications to share storage and data in a recognizable way.

It should be noted that clients connecting to an Azure File Storage share will be limited by their level of SMB support. SMB 2.1 for Windows 7 lacks support for encryption; Windows 8 and up, as well as Windows Server 2012 and up supports SMB 3.0, but most recent Linux distributions support SMB 3.0.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Author: Ken Scott

Though it might appear that the good old desktop maybe on its way out, thanks to the growing proliferation of mobile devices and technology, the truth is actually quite contrary. Desktops are here to stay and will, most likely, continue to do so. If you find that hard to believe, just take a look around any office environment.

To make things more interesting, the world of desktop innovation is charging ahead with the development of several tools oriented towards PC use. Whether it's file editing or accounting, there has been a massive inflow of desktop applications for multiple purposes in the past couple of years. Here is a list of some of the applications that are actually worth taking a look at, if you still happen to be a hardcore desktop fan.

Free Commander XE

Free Commander XE

If you are getting too tired of the same old windows explorer layout, then the Free Commander XE is the answer to all your prayers. The application lets you divide your layout into two independent panes making navigation and multi-tasking much easier. Plus, you also get a nice add-on package containing very useful single-click features. Installation is also quite smooth and problem free.

SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey

The SeaMonkey is Mozilla's product suite that comes with applications such as the Thunderbird email client, Firefox web browser, and HTML editor. The HTML editor, especially, is quite a stand-out product. Though it cannot compete with the likes of professional programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver, it does get the job done. From basic HTML assembly to tag structure examination, the Mozilla HTML editor takes care of it all.

GIMP

The GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Product. It is a free application that is gaining widespread appreciation as a viable alternative to the big boss, Adobe Photoshop. In fact, it provides almost the same level of functionality and features that can be found on Photoshop. It offers support for multiple image formats and even Photoshop brushes. Apart from that, GIMP uses the same layer-based approach and editing features you'll find on Adobe's flagship image editing program. Added to that, there are tons of third party scripts and add-ons available for use.

7-Zip

7-Zip

If you are tired of file compressing programs such as WinRAR or WinZip, then 7-Zip is here to save the day. The application is absolutely free and supports several compression formats. It is pretty much a one-stop solution that can very well replace WinZip and WinRAR altogether.

AbiWord

AbiWord

If OpenOffice does not satisfy your need for an alternative to Microsoft Word, then AbiWord is what you are looking for. Designed to emulate most of the MSWord features and functionalities, AbiWord serves as a perfect free of cost replacement to the original Windows product. It even lets you collaborate with other AbiWord users through a network allowing real-time execution on the same document.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Author: Ken Scott
Acer’s Budget Ultraportable TravelMate B

If ultraportables have seemed elusively out of reach, Acer’s new machine the TravelMate B also going by the model number TMB115-MP-C23C, may offer some respite.

Affordable touch-screen ultraportable

Acer’s ultraportable is a laptop that comes at a highly competitive and very affordable $379. This may seem a tad higher than others in the budget segment, but keep in mind that the TravelMateB is a touch-enabled device that comes loaded with Windows 8.1. The TravelMate B has a 10 point touch screen system which is almost unheard of at this price point. The touch screen adds a bit to its price tag, with cheaper alternatives in non-touchscreen variants available from the likes of HP.  An added bonus is the two-year warranty that Acer offers for this laptop, compared to the usual one year that is the norm.

Its polycarbonate frame in black matte is a diminutive 0.83 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches (height/width/depth) and comes with a 11.6-inch screen that’s big enough to get the job done. Don’t expect any wonders from its LCD screen that comes in a 1366 x 768 resolution and you won’t be disappointed. Easy to travel with, it weighs in at 2.89 pounds.

Flexibility and connectivity

It comes equipped with multiple ports making it a handy device for daily use at work or home. Users will find the flexibility of having two USB 2.0 ports, as well as USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot along with an HDMI port and Ethernet port a big plus. Add to that the thoughtfully included HDMI to VGA adapter and you have a machine that is handy to hook up to an older style monitor as well. The WiFi is enabled to work on 5GHz networks as well as 2.4GHz networks, while the wireless connectivity comes from Bluetooth 4.0.

Packing some decent processing power

The TravelMate B comes with the processing power of the quad-core Intel Celeron N2940.  And while it doesn’t top the charts, it isn’t a straggler either, coming in at a healthy midway ranking on most tests. The integrated Intel HD graphics and its 1.83 GHz processor don’t pack enough of a punch to let you do any serious gaming, but it does fine on regular processing, browsing and Photoshop usage tests.

The TravelMate B has better memory and more storage capacity than most others in the budget segment with 4GB RAM and 500GB storage capacity.

A battery that keeps giving

The big thing the ultraportable from Acer has going for it, is the healthy 7 hours plus battery life. It may not quite compare to the nine hours a new MacBook 12 inch, but then again, it is so much more affordable.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Author: Ken Scott
Dell

Laptop manufacturer Dell does not have a many tablet products as Apple, Samsung or Lenovo but it is now making up for lost time by moving into the market with trendy products. Close on the heels of Venue 8 7000 which won Best of CES award, Dell has now launched the Venue 10 which is an enhanced version of Venue 8 7000. This improved version is larger in size and has a cylindrical battery attached to the lower edge that increases battery life by more than 7 hours and also has slots for setting up detachable keyboard.

The new cylindrical battery also has built in stereo speakers that are ideal for outdoors when ambient sound can influence tablet’s sound. The launch of windows 8 that is a tablet friendly operating system has led to growing demand for tabs that are slimmer and lighter than laptops and have similar features.

Design and Layout of the Dell Venue 10, 7000

Lenovo

Though the tab looks a little like Yoga Tablets of Lenovo its hinge does not flip out into a kickstand, you can attach the tablet into a keyboard and turn it into a regular laptop. The tablet which is slated for release in April 2015, has a slim body made of brushed aluminum and is ergonomically designed. As this version is targeted towards the business class it has responsive keyboard with a strong backlight that makes it easy to use in a dark room. Its keyboard cannot be attached to any other tablet as it attaches itself into to the battery extension from which it draws power.

Intel Atom processor powers the Venue 10 and it runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system to give it super power to zoom through processes. The 2 GB RAM provides enough speed and capacity to run multiple applications while the camera application allows users to blur and brighten or add contract to pictures.

Display and Applications

The screen resolution of this tablet is the same as previous one at 2560*1600 that is spread across 10.5-inch display. It also contains Intel’s 8-megapixel Real Sense 3D camera with rear shooter and stereoscopic 720 pixel cameras that can capture different layers of each shot. The large size of the tablet makes it easy to take pictures without obstructing cameras with fingers while shooting at high speeds.

To make it easy to use for businessmen the makers have installed Android for Work management tools so company specific programs can be installed and access to certain work data can be blocked if stolen. But users can also personalize the tablet with consumer grade applications from Play Store or Google Play. With the Bluetooth enabled keyboard and 32 GB storage the tablet could put you back by $629 in the United States.

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Monday, June 8, 2015
Author: Ken Scott
Linux

Technology, in recent times, has become a core part of all business related operations. So much so, that companies spend considerable amounts of money, time and other resources in order to ensure the proper setup of a technological infrastructure. This move towards a technology centered business and work environment only continues to expand and grow as time passes.

OS X Yosemite

As a business yourself, you probably put in a lot of effort in setting up your IT infrastructure as well, or maybe, you are in the process of doing so. You've probably noticed that one of the most major concerns about setting up a proper IT infrastructure was or is finding the right operating system (OS) for your systems. The most obvious choices would've included either the Apple OSX or the more common Microsoft Windows. But, there is and has always been another player in the game. A dark-horse by the name of Linux. If you haven't considered trying or switching to this OS, here are reasons why you should.

Cost-effective

The term 'cost-effective' wouldn't be the right term to describe the budget friendliness aspect of Linux because the fact is, the OS is absolutely free. All you have to download it from the company website and install it onto your systems. This is obviously a huge advantage, considering the facts that it’s rivals are quite expensive, especially the OSX operating system from Apple. Plus, Linux is also open-source, which means you get to do what you want with it. You can customize or modify it to suit your requirements.

User friendly

Though this was not the case earlier, Linux has changed a lot since its initial arrival. The system is just as easy to use as any other major operating system. It uses standard Unix commands and has a layout that is almost the same as any other commercial Unix based operating system. Though, the average user might find the dependence on keyboards too much to handle, it's a small price to pay for the flexibility and power that comes with Linux.

Those who are particular about a Graphical User Interface can always opt for add-ons such as Kubuntu and ZorinOS.

Security

Being an open-source platform, Linux has dedicated communities revolving around its development. Everyday, these communities work towards providing the latest bug and security fixes. On the other hand, popular OS options such as Windows and OSX depend on their parent companies to come up with security patches, which aren't always regular.

Low-resource requirement

Linux depends on minimal resources to operate and therefore, rarely faces performance issues. This isn't the case with an OS like Windows, because as systems get older, they become unable to support its high-resource requirements.

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