Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Your Choice in Browser: What it May Say About Your Personality

We all browse the web today. But we don’t all use the same browser. There are many choices out there – everything from the traditional Explorer to Firefox, Opera and Chrome.
But what does your choice of browser say about you? A lot, based on a well known online quiz on Blogthings.com.


Different Key Strokes for Different Folks


For instance, if you use Chrome, you’re willing to jump onto the most current trends. And you’re willing to do this even if all the details of these trends haven’t yet been nailed down. Chrome users, the website says, are rarely satisfied with the status quo and are always looking for more.


But what if you utilize Firefox? Based on Blogthings, you’re untamed and willing to buck the system. What ifyou utilize Internet Explorer? Then you’re likely to be a down-to-earth individual who plays by the rules. Opera users, as reported by the quiz, love to chart his or her own course to success. These users can adapt to any situation, the site says, with grace and style.


Explorer Still Number One


Of course, Internet Explorer continues to be the most popular web browser these days, based on the numbers. The website W3Counter states that Explorer holds a market share of 28.8 percent in the browser world. 2nd is Chrome, with 26.4 percent. Firefox comes in third with a market share of 23.3 percent, while Safari pulls up fourth with 6.2 percent. Opera ranks fifth with a market share of 2.3 percent.


Searching for the Right Browsers


The Blogthings quiz is fun. It is an intriguing thing to ponder, but ultimately how do you select which browser fits you? To work this out, our advice is to try different ones out. Don’t just use the one that was included with your computer. Try them all out. You may even find you prefer to use one for work accounts, and one for your personal accounts.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

3 Bad Ideas That Have Somehow Persisted in the Face of Common Sense

Think every bad technology idea disappears, that the marketplace kills off the saddest social media sites conceivable? Think again. An intriguing story by ComputerWorld’s Mike Elgan recently featured a number of the absolute worst technology ideas that defy taste and common sense. But yet …  they are still alive and kicking. Why? Maybe U.S. consumers aren’t as clever as we’d like to believe.


Social Media for Your Bathroom


How else, though, to explain the continuing life of iPoo?  As the ComputerWorld story says, this is a social network that is exactly what you think it is. It’s intended for people who are going to the bathroom and still don’t want to detach from their virtual friends. People shouldn’t talk on their cell phones when they’re sitting on the toilet. They shouldn’t post messages to their online friends about what they just had for dinner, either.


Tacos Through the Air


We all like fast-food tacos. But going to get those tacos? That’s not as much fun. TacoCopter wants to solve this challenge by delivering tacos in California’s Silicon Valley with helicopter drones. Yes, drones won’t just be for eliminating terrorists if TacoCopter gets its way. This service, of course, isn’t yet ready to go. And the likelihood is good that it will never achieve this milestone. But the company does boast a live website.


A Stranger Is Only a Friend You Haven’t Met?


Are you searching for more friends on Facebook? If so, you can use a new service called Airtime. It mines your Facebook profile and collects strangers that share similar interests to you. Then you're able to click “next” should you not like the stranger that they send you. This service may be a little creepy, though; such is the arena of online stranger.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You May Not Need Antivirus Software for Your Phone

Antivirus software has taken a beating recently in the news, mostly as it has struggled to identify and contain a few of the bigger malware attacks recently.


Antivirus Not Necessary on Smartphones?


There has also been a realization recently that individuals who do nearly all of their computing via smartphone most likely don’t need Antivirus software. Lots of people check their emails, social media accounts, and surf the web using their smartphones. If the antivirus industry doesn’t build software that is helpful to these folks, they are passing up on an invaluable market.


Smartphones vs. PCs


Smartphones operate differently from PCs. The apps on smartphones run on their own working environment, within their own systems and don't interact. The apps do not interact. This makes smartphones more secure, as malware can’t attack all of the systems at the same time. This inherently makes antivirus software almost needless.


Secondly, because of the way smartphones work, antivirus software can't do much to combat any malware smartphone users pick up. That's because antivirus software can't scan multiple apps to look for trouble.


Smartphone Antivirus Programs


That hasn't stopped companies from offering antivirus apps for smartphones. For instance VirusBarrier, which is an antivirus program that smartphone users can purchase in Apple's App Store. However , the program doesn't scan anything on a smartphone as it can't. Consumers, then, who want to scan email attachments have to send it to VirusBarrier from within their mail program. This is not just aggravating, it's also fairly pointless. Consumers should consider this great news. There really is no reason for them to waste their funds on antivirus software for their smartphones.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

File Sharing Programs

Have you ever attempted to send a large file only to find that it was too big for email? A lot of people have. That is why we have compiled the four most popular file-sharing programs below. Hopefully this makes your life a little easier.


YouSendIt


YouSendIt is a cloud-based storage system and is free. It permits you to share large files and it’s quite simple to use. One of several attractive things about YouSendIt is that it gives the user control over their files by allowing them to set an expiration date for access, and they can establish who is able to download the files.


DropSend


DropSend is very similar to YouSendIt. The primary difference being that it offers a range of options. You can choose the free option called DropSendLite. This version permits you to send five files a month. Then there is the basic version which allows you to send fifteen files a month and costs $5 a month. Finally there is the business version which comes with unlimited file sends and costs $99 a month.


SugarSync


SugarSync’s popularity grew as the popularity of smartphones and tablets grew. This is due to the fact that by setting up a SugarSync account users can save all of their files to all their devices at once. An additional advantage to SugarSync is that it allows users to specify who has access to these files; this makes it easy to share movies and music with family and coworkers.


Dropbox


Dropbox, too, has turned into a must-have program for mobile computing. Like SugarSync, it allows you to instantaneously store files on all of your devices at once. It also is available in both free and paid varieties.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Three Technologies That May Make a Splash This Year

New technologies come out every year, and you never know which ones are likely to change our lives. Inc. has compiled a list this year of the most innovative technologies that we should keep an eye on. We have laid out three of the most promising below.


V-MODA VAMP


As we swap most of our devices with smartphones, just about the most annoying things about the iPhone is the musical sound quality. The V-MODA VAMP wishes to improve this by acting as an amplifier for the iPhone 4 or 4S. It will also increase the battery life of the iPhone as it is a back-up battery as well.


Alice Receptionist


This is ideal for businesses who would like to save some money on a receptionist. Alice is a virtual receptionist that greets people when they enter the office. Visitors may then interact with its touchscreen to contact employees. The best part of Alice is that there is very low learning curve; it's supposed to by quite simple to use.


Microsoft SmartGlass


Through the use of SmartGlass, which is created by Microsoft, you can turn your tablet or smartphone into a controller for your HDTV. It permits you to simply use gestures on your device to control music, games, and videos on your TV. This technology is not out quite yet but the people at Inc. think it will be a game changer.


Again, there are no guarantees that any of these technologies really will hit it big. But there’s enough buzz and consumer interest to suggest that all three of them might capture the imagination, and spending dollars, of shoppers.

Friday, July 13, 2012

PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid

I’m sure you've had to sit through bland PowerPoint presentations before. It seems like they go on forever and you hardly retain any of the information. What a total waste of time right? If you agree, make your next presentation more unique with some of the ideas below.


Don’t Forget Creativity


As the writers at Microsoft’s Business Hub say, PowerPoint doesn’t give you authorization to get lazy. You still have to be innovative if you want to develop a winning presentation that grabs the attention of your audience. Which means that you can’t let PowerPoint’s usability trick you into thinking that you don’t have to produce engaging content. Just because you can create an endless series of text-filled slides doesn’t imply that you should.


Instead, use the slides to emphasize the most crucial and useful data. Don’t just use them as a way to show all the graphs you made, while detailing what they mean.


Come with Solutions


Giving solutions or insights into the information you present is another way to help make your PowerPoint memorable. If your meeting is not simply to inform your audience but get them to consider the data and perhaps come up with ideas for improvement or change, get them thinking along the same lines as you by giving them some creative ideas to ponder.


If your PowerPoint presentation reveals that sales are down, make sure you follow up with your own belief on why sales have decreased and what the company can do to boost them. If sales are up? Provide information on how your company can maintain its momentum.


Don’t Get Too Fancy


We said to get creative but that doesn’t mean you should utilize all the gimmicks that PowerPoint offers. Many managers throw in needless or annoying images in an attempt to grab attention. Any irrelevant images will only serve as a disruption. Then they will only recall the cute jumping dog in the corner of the slide instead of the information you were providing. A common mistake you will want to avoid as well, is reading the slides verbatim. Your audience does not want to read along with you. Instead, leave the slide up long enough for them to read the three bullets while verbally expanding on the single most important one. This way you can save your breath and avoid exhausting your audience’s attention span with redundancy.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Smartphones: What to do if You Lose One

Many if not most of us have smartphones these days and they hold a lot of information. What will happen if you lose it?





The security risk of lost smartphones





Researchers at Symantec found that 96 percent of individuals that pick up a lost smartphone attempted to access personal or business data stored within the device. The study also found out that 45 percent of individuals who found a lost smartphone made an effort to access the corporate e-mail client on the device. This is certainly scary news. After all, smartphones are designed to be tiny. It's easy to misplace them.





Human nature and smartphone tech





The Symantec study was in essence studying human nature. 50 smartphones were left in large cities in North America; namely New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa. Lots of files the phones contained were fake and had enticing labels that include “online banking” and “saved passwords”.





The results were that 72 percent of people that found the phones, at the very least, accessed the photos. That number can be chalked up to the curious nature of humanity, but when you realize that 43 percent of people attempted to open the “online banking” files things get a lot more concerning.





Protecting your smartphone





The Symantec study makes us understand that we have a ton of data on our smartphones which should be protected. Luckily, there are several easy ways to achieve this.





The simplest way is to generate a very secure password which is hard to guess. As an added measure there are many security programs that lock apps and files on smartphones. There are also some services and apps that can wipe a smartphone’s memory from a remote location. Whatever you decide to go with, it is now clear that smartphone security measures should be taken.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tips to Efficiently Procrastinate with Facebook

We can all admit to spending too much time on Facebook. This is even more evident when you have work to do. Reading that business report or putting the final touches on that important presentation seems to take a backseat to Facebook. As a matter of fact, it’s often when there’s important work to do that it feels like we want to see what Facebook friends are up to, or want to post about that vacation. This might be inevitable, but here's how you can make your Facebook experience more effective.





Filtering Friends



Have some Facebook friends that always clutter your news feed? If it’s not about what they’re eating that day, then it’s about all of the articles that they’ve read - or maybe even their opinion on their favorite reality show. Without de-friending this person, there's a method in which you can get rid of the clutter.



Facebook will let you restrict your news feed to things that you want to read. All you have to do is locate an update from this prolific Facebook friend, click the arrow that will appear whenever you hover over that update with your cursor, then choose to “unsubscribe from status updates” within the menu that will appear.





Extending Messages, not Friendships



Here’s another nifty Facebook tip: You are able to send messages to people without sending them a friend request. Simply go to the Facebook page of the non-friends to which you want to send messages. Seek out the “message” button on the upper-right corner of the page. Individuals who let others send them messages without first befriending them will have this button.



Also, if you feel like you’re always on Facebook to chat with your friends, there is a solution that doesn’t even require being logged into Facebook! For instance, should you have a Windows Live profile, you can integrate it with your Facebook account. This integration is also available from Yahoo messenger. Perform a simple search through Facebook’s documentation to learn how this can be done.