With the wearable technology industry constantly evolving and changing, how can any business keep up? In just eight short years, companies such as Apple and Google have completed flipped the market upside down and created a niche that used to never exist. By manufacturing devices that keep people connected 24/7, businesses are seeking to fully penetrate their consumers’ daily lives, a feat that most firms could never achieve. In order to successfully navigate this new space, it is important for all of those involved to understand the history of this field while also seeking to predict where it may go in the future. For more information on the evolution of wearable technology, check out the infographic below:
The battle between Android phones and iOS phones will probably never cease. Some people simply prefer one over the other and that is ok, too. After all, the world would be boring without some basic diversity and choice options. So, if we assume for a minute that you are on the side of the Androids, where can you go to buy unlocked Android phones? There are actually a number of possibilities out there and finding the right one for you really depends on your own needs and desires. Let’s take a look at some of the options.
Using Online Bidding Sites
Your first option is to use an online bidding site to find an unlocked Android. There are a number of pros and cons to this option. Firstly, there is a chance that you can get your hands on a really good phone for very little money. Of course, the chance is slim since you will be bidding against a range of other people, but sometimes you do strike it lucky. There is a downside as well, however. The biggest issue is that you don’t really know what condition the device is going to be in. Someone will generally post a photograph, but you don’t really know whether their description is correct until you have paid for the item and received it. Although you do have buyer protection, you will find that the hassle of returning the device and getting your money back is more than you had bargained for.
Speak to Family Members and Friends
People are always upgrading their phones, which means that it is likely that you know somebody who is getting rid of their old phone and getting their hands on a new one. Very often, these phones are also unlocked. Hence, you could ask whether they would be willing to sell their old phone on to you and since they are people you know, they may just give you a good deal. Indeed, they may even pass it on to your for free. The main downside is that you will always have an older model this way, rather than the latest thing.
Going to Dedicated Stores
There are also a number of dedicated stores that sell unlocked Android phones. Some of these stores are available online, others operate on the high street and can simply be visited at your convenience. There are a number of clear benefits to this option. The first is that the selection of phones available to you will be massive. Secondly, they will store both new and old models. Furthermore, all phones will be checked for quality and functionality and there will be an honest description of this. Hence, if your phone is not in the best condition, you will know about it before you buy it. The downside is that these phones tend to be slightly more expensive than what they would be anywhere else. This is because they have to be checked and tested and possibly repaired, and the shop also has to run a profit.
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The smartphone market is enormous. Within it, however, two smartphone designers and manufacturers stand at the forefront. These two companies are Apple and Google. Apple is very much a minority market. They cater to a highly lucrative niche. According to Cheap Phones, the new iPhone 6 sold for a minimum of $650. An iPhone 6 Plus with an astounding one-hundred and twenty-eight gigabytes of memory costs, on launch, an equally astounding $950. Google, on the other hand, have recently released their Android One smartphone in India for a much more manageable $100.
CNC stands for ‘computer numerical control’, and quite simply refers to the fact that these kinds of routers follow computer code when they cut, rather than being physically manned by a person. They’re extremely useful in numerous applications, because they’re extremely accurate and versatile – they’ll follow a design to incredibly high levels of detail, and they can cut all manner of materials into components for all manner of products.
Photocopiers- Big Boost to your Profit Margin
The history of the photocopiers goes back around 70 years. In the recent times, they are becoming immensely popular among the aspiring entrepreneurs, marketers and all sorts of people who have to indulge in scanning and printing process. In the past, they were considered as a piece of comfort for the office workers, but now they have become an invariable asset in the terms of business. It is almost impossible to function without them, even for a single day.
Advances in design software and improvements in printing technology have made it possible for many small to medium businesses to design, write and print their brochures in-house. Not only does this save money but it allows for small and manageable print runs. That way, amends and additions can be incorporated and brochures stay fresh and up to date.
Just as we know that “Charity begins at home”, it is imperative that the habit of saving first strikes its roots if you are taught the same at home. We adopt several measures to save some of our hard earned money every month. But have you ever thought that there’s a lot you can do to start saving at home. All you need to do is make certain changes in your lifestyle. Let us say, you can install energy efficient appliances that can save a lot of energy every month. And you will perhaps be surprised to find out how much you can actually save. In this article, we will catch a glimpse of the changes that you can make in your nest in order to save some money every month.
Keeping your company’s premises safe requires a holistic approach to security, with a smorgasbord of factors to be wary of aside from locking the front door and hoping for the best when you’re done for the day. Considering the furtiveness and tenacity of contemporary criminals, it’s no surprise that your firm should be on the front foot to avoid your property – physical or electronic – from falling into the wrong hands.
Internet technology comes in many forms, such as the connection and communication options. The use of the Internet requires a desktop computer, laptop computer, a web enabled device, or a smartphone or other wireless device. Today, it is almost a basic need for every individual to use internet technology, to perform his daily activities. In this article, we list some of the basic internet technologies which have grown popular in emerging economies.
One type of Internet connection that is common for many households is DSL. DSL is provided by your phone company and uses the existing phone line to your home. Speeds are offered at different prices to meet any type of need. A special modem is needed to connect your computer to the Internet. A wireless connection can be created in your home by adding a wireless router to the modem.
A second type of Internet connection for households in large cities is cable Broadband. This connection uses a cable connection to your home for the Internet. Cable connections are shared by other connected to the same cable line. This means that speeds will vary depending on the time of day. A special modem is also required to connect your computer to the Internet.
A third type of connection for homes in rural areas is satellite. A dish needs to be installed on your roof to receive a signal for an Internet connection. The speed is similar to A DSL connection and will be the best option if no other connection options are available.
This is a type of wireless connection that is available at many locations, such as restaurants. The use of a WiFi connection requires a laptop computer or web-enabled wireless device. WiFi is a free option for anyone to use to connect to the Internet. Users without an Internet connection at their home should find a local WiFi hotspot.
Homes that only have a standard phone line may still use a dial-up connection. This connection needs a modem that is installed in a desktop or laptop computer. A dial-up connection uses the phone line and is the slowest type of Internet connection for a home. One downside is the inability to make a call when a connection is made to the Internet.
Many types of communications options are available for high speed Internet connections. The use of an Internet connection that is high-speed is required for most communication options. Communication can be done via voice and even video over the Internet. Some of the popular communication options are as follows:
One communication option that is used on the Internet is VOIP. This is the Internet technology used by many companies offering phone service over the Internet. You can use VOIP at your home if there is a high-speed connection available. The use of VOIP allows you to cancel your land line service and only use Internet technology to make voice calls.
Skype is a computer application that uses the Internet to make calls. You can make a voice call or make call with video using a web camera. This software needs to be installed on your computer to make calls to other Skype users for free. Calls can also be made to land line numbers at a price that is peanuts when compared to ISD calling rates.
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Once the leader in the Smartphone operating system developers, Microsoft has currently a penetration lower than 5% in the smartphone market towards the end of 2011, currently ruled by Android. Android now has a third of the global market share (33%). RIM’s share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is barely holding at 25% and Palm, which is barely worth mentioning anymore, fell another point to 2.8%.
Microsoft is targeting to gain considerable market-share upto 10% for the time being and slowly regain its otherwise lost competitive advantage. By collaborating with HTC (Radar), Samsung and Nokia, Microsoft is targeting a mass market where it can reach out to its potential customers.
A question that may worry many technocrat is that with all the added GUI that microsoft has pumped into the Mango phones (Windows 7 and Windows 7.5), how will the added power consumption be handled by the high end processors added to these really smart phones (1 GHz processors are the norm now). Smartphone users are often plagued by the battery support that forces them to recharge their phones every alternate day or even everyday, if one talks for 4-5 hours. While, due to this very specific need, smartphones from Blackberry (RIM) and Nokia Symbian Smartphones are still in the market, its time to realize that business users of smartphone often value these hard performance factors over GUI improvements.
Another major area of focus is connectivity, especially over web. Most of these smartphone sucker out while being connected over 3G. If you are online, in most phones, if not all, you are likely to need to recharge your phone everyday, and effectively after a year, your battery starts showing signs of stress. I personally sometimes miss those days when I could charge my mobile once a week and that would satisfy all the phone-calls I needed to make. While I thrive on the web, it has its costs too.
With other features in the mobile market going for a rat race (like cameras, internal memory, etc), a major decision point in the purchasing behavior may be these factors. Also another decision factor may be the accessibility to services and distribution channels, something which Microsoft is targeting in a very focused manner by collaborating with Nokia, which has one of the most extensive servicing and distribution channels.
While in the days of cloud computing, what everyone else is using is also adding drastically to the experience of using a smartphone, it is necessary to understand that jumping into the smartphone bandwagon should be a decision taken more judiciously for every user, based on a smart analysis of one’s actual needs.
It remains to be seen who will win this fight for market-share in the operating systems market. It indeed is getting intensely competitive. Will Microsoft be able to turn over its bad times with this Windows 7 series? Only time will say. What do you think?
People often use the terms Information Technology and Information Systems interchangeably, although both the terminologies have established identities of their own. However it is crucial for every professional and individual to understand the subtle differences that defines the individuality of these disciplines.
Information Systems (IS) is a discipline bridging the business field and the well-defined computer science field (popularly called information technology) that has been evolving since it was coined in the early 1970s.An information systems discipline therefore is supported by the theoretical foundations of management social science, information theories and information technology such that students of the discipline have unique opportunity to explore the academics of various business models as well as related algorithmic processes within a computer science discipline. Typically, information systems include people, business procedures or processes, data, software, and hardware that are used to gather and analyze digital information. Specifically Information Systems are the intersection that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, & distribute data (computing) through its business processes, and implemented by its human capital.
While Information Technology (IT) typically is the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of digitized information, often represented technically as “Data” through electronics-based media built upon the disciplines of computing and telecommunications. The terminology was first coined in a 1958 by Leavitt and Whisler who defined it as “the new technology that does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology.” Essentially, in its raw form, it comprises of Hardware, Software, the platforms to support both, communication networks and protocols.
It is crucial to understand that while “Information Technology” is a huge discipline with an identity of its own, it essentially is a subset of the discipline “Information Systems”, although the latter evolved much later. The discipline of Information Systems specifically studies the intersection of Business Processes (which may or may not be technology enabled), People (who will be part of the business processes and will use information technology) and Information Technology.
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Today, a lot of stress is on code reuse, in the IT industry. In fact, the industry is thriving on the same. The problem is every business requirements have its very own set of specific needs which often are not met with by using standardized software packages and code modules, besides other barriers to success. Ideally software should be designed to complement and automate business processes. But since this becomes costly, modules and packages are standardized and IT business analysts try to fit the standard things to all problem domains. The net result is mayhem and chaos.
HP-Palm has become the hype that the mobile computing world could have done without. Is it really worth the hype? Will this $1.2 billion deal create waves in the already competitive market?
Hewlett Packard, the world leader in laptops (in terms of sales) has its own series of PDAs, less popularly known to the common man. The I-PAQ PDAs sold by HP does not rank among the top 10 PDA brands in terms of sales. With the focus shifting towards handheld computing devices, this may have been a desperate move by HP to claim its place in the competitive industry dominated by the likes of Blackberry, Apple, HTC, Nokia and O2.
The technical team or the product development team has come up with a ground breaking product. The technology can have a deep impact on the customer. The technical team knows it, and so does the customer. The contract for a long term engagement is about to hit off, and then the customer asks how much will this technology cost his pockets? In this competitive world, the technology developers do want the best price for the technology, but at the same time, they really do not know what the best price is to which your customer will give the green signal for a long term engagement. So how does one price an IT product?
Today the world is walking on core i5 laptops. They are high speed mean machine, well built and easy to handle. The Core i5 is now powering performance laptops for those customers who have the capability to shell out a little extra. Since they are made on Intel’s cutting-edge 32-nanometer manufacturing process, it readily outperforms the older Core 2 Duo, giving much more satisfaction to tech-savvy customers.
The demand for faster calculations can’t be met by only relying on the speed increase resulting from advances in computer technology as high end super computers are that much costly. One of the solutions to this problem for ‘not-so-deep-pockets’ is the distribution of the numerical tasks to a set of machines. So how to provide supercomputer capabilities cheaply? The answer is Beowolf Clusters. This process is called parallelization because the computers complete their tasks in parallel instead of the traditional step‐by‐step (serial) execution. As computer codes have been updated to use this new paradigm, the demand for parallel computers has grown. In general, such computers need to have:
Amidst a lot of hype as always, today 27th January, 2010, Apple launches the I-Pad. While it is being viewed as the product that will rejuvenate Apple’s revenues for years to come, a question many staunch Apple fans (and those who are not fans of course) will ask, is it really worth the hype? Apple has always created a market even when there is none. Will it be successful yet again this time?
Outsourcing is the mantra of the day. Today, many large MNCs, all across the globe, outsource activities like customer relationship management activities to cheap labor countries where English speaking skills are not a problem. A major concern in such outsourcing is the security in customer’s sensitive data.
The Nexus one was launched amongst all the attention and hype by HTC collaboration vis-a-vis the Droid (Motorola) with the onset of 2010. Both sport Google’s OS to begin with. So whats the hype about? This article makes a comparison between the key offerings of these top 2 phones.