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Thursday, July 23, 2015

10 tools that fix common Windows frustrations

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  To Cisco-backed Sensity, lights are just IoT waiting to happen | Apple, IBM release 10 new apps, incorporating analytics and iBeacons

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10 tools that fix common Windows frustrations
  Fixing broken WindowsAs far as operating systems go, Windows is robust, mature, and polished—but despite Microsoft's best efforts there are a few annoyances that just haven't (or can't) been improved yet.The lingering irritations can stem from a number of sources: security concerns, the decision to choose simplicity over complexity, plain old user error, or flat-out questionable interface decisions. Luckily, there are tools for almost every common Windows frustration you can think of. Here are 10 of them.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Dual Desktop Monitors Drive Productivity
Adding dual-monitor systems to workstations is a relatively inexpensive way to boost productivity and improve the knowledge worker experience. This paper will convey the business and user satisfaction benefits of upgrading workers' monitor systems to HD and dual-monitor configurations. View now

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To Cisco-backed Sensity, lights are just IoT waiting to happen
Cisco Systems is tightening its relationship with Sensity Systems, a Silicon Valley startup that wants buildings and cities now adopting LED lighting to embrace the Internet of Things.Sensity makes sensors and computers designed to be integrated with LED lights that can go into existing outdoor light fixtures. With Sensity's gear, the fixtures can do more than light up the streets and parking lots where they're installed. Its cameras, thermometers and other sensors can tell a lot of stories about what's going on under the lights. Parking, security and pedestrian traffic are key applications.As lighting owners move to LED to save energy, Sensity wants to usher them into the age of IoT and data analysis. It estimates there are about 4 billion outdoor light fixtures around the world and most will be converted to LED over the next 10 to 15 years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Apple, IBM release 10 new apps, incorporating analytics and iBeacons
Apple and IBM's enterprise partnership has yielded 10 new apps, including one that targets business travellers and others that make use of predictive analytics and iBeacons.The companies said last July they were working together to build apps for industries like health care, retail, and insurance. IBM also said it would sell and support Apple hardware.The first 10 apps came out in December, with further batches following in March and April. With the latest announcement, the companies have launched almost three dozen apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Expect more prize competitions to address tough IT, high-tech challenges
Many people criticize the federal government for myriad problems, but there is at least one program in recent years that has been a success – the use of competitions or crowdsourcing to address sometimes complex problems. And because of those accomplishments you can expect many more such contests in the future.+More on Network World: DARPA's $4M cyber-threat clash down to seven challengers+The White House Office of Science and Technology notes that in January 2015 the government will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the America Competes Act which in combination with has prompted more than 400 public-sector prize competitions which have doled out some $72 million in prizes.  Some agencies like NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as well as private entities like the X Prize Foundation have used competitions to address high-tech challenges for years with great success.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Gaining Clarity from the Chaos of Cloud Adoption
While enterprises recognize the risks and consequences of the phenomenon known as 'Shadow IT,' few have the ability to identify and reign in employee use of non-sanctioned, cloud-related services that could lead to potential liabilities and security issues. Learn More

Square's new Dashboard app can help you track your sales
Square has been expanding into the world of small-business financial services, and on Tuesday it continued that push with the launch of a new mobile app to help business owners track their sales.The new Square Dashboard app aims to give small businesses fresh insight into sales at all of their locations, directly from an iOS device.The app delivers real-time sales data, including both the number of items sold and the average sale amounts each day.Weekly, monthly and yearly sales can also be compared, and users can sort by items or categories to see which are doing particularly well.Alternatively, business owners can zero in and view sales data by location or by group of locations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Today's Lesson: Input devices; in the beginning was the keyboard ...
Old skool input In the beginning were punched cards, which were unspeakable and unclean, then paper tape which was much the same and only tolerated as there was b***** all else. But then came the keyboard and the nerds smiled upon it for it was good and made satisfying clicking noises.  After that cameth the mouse, which was also smiled upon, for it let us point and click and, eventually, had two different clicks and it could scroll. And it was good and the nerds were happy.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Mobirise: A free, simple, drag and drop mobile responsive Web site builder
I just discovered a free tool called Mobirise for building mobile and responsive Web sites that is, I think, quite excellent and definitely worth checking out.Despite an endless procession of tools over the last few years, creating a web site with any sophistication has remained difficult unless you're willing to go for a very generic look. Even using a template, getting your content looking like you want it to look and behaving how you want it to behave can be very tough, particularly if you're going to effectively support mobile access (the number of sites that still look terrible on mobile browsers is amazing) and now, thanks to Google, being mobile-compatible is de rigueur if you want to score with SEO. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Mobile App Management Takes Center Stage in the Enterprise
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The Swann DriveEye Ultra dash cam: Great gadget but where's my meteor?
Do you remember when the Chelyabinsk meteor entered the atmosphere over Russia in February, 2013? It wasn't a big meteor (estimated at around 20 meters in diameter and weighing about the same as the Eiffel Tower) but traveling at that speed (40,000 to 42,900 mph) it was a spectacular event. But have you ever wondered why there were so many videos of an event no one knew was going to happen? The answer, my friends, is dash cams.Yep, in Russia two of the more popular national pastimes (other than annexing adjoining countries and drinking vodka) are driving badly ... To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Zinstall: Making Windows migrations and upgrades painless (even for Windows 10!)
  Windows 10 will be released on July 29 and you're probably dreading the day because if you're on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 SP0, or Windows 8.0 there's no product upgrade path … you're going to have pay full whack; $119 for Home and $199 for Pro (Windows 10 is a free upgrade only for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1). Ouch.But wait, it gets better! As there's no product upgrade path not only will your wallet be empty but your calendar will be completely full because there's really no functional upgrade path at all! Windows 10 requires you to do a clean install so you're going to have to find all of your installation disks and … well, it's going to be quite a process. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Selfie time! What to look for in a front-facing Android phone camera
Reward your narcissism by bringing home the best phone for snapping selfies. Read More

How to configure a cheap, secure RAID backup system
We usually store our photos, documents, and more on a single hard disk—or, increasingly these days, a solid state drive (SSD)—but there's always the nagging worry that the disk will fail, taking all your work and memories with it. Backing up using Time Machine, Super Duper!, or CrashPlan, say, is a good way of reducing this risk, but there is another: RAID. RAID can be incredibly complicated, but it's extremely worthwhile—one of the things it can do is to mirror the contents of one disk completely to another, all the time. While cloning your hard disk using Super Duper!, for example, is something that might happen once a day, with a RAID system, every bit of data that's written to one disk is simultaneously written to the second, so that if one drive fails, you have a perfect copy of everything it contained on the second. (And optionally, if you replace the failed drive, everything will be mirrored back across to it automatically.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Tech experts rake in the cash by teaching online
  Rick Walter was facing a robust job market when he graduated from Brigham Young University in April of 2014 with an IS degree.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More




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