Emerging Mobile Phone Technologies

Emerging Mobile Phone Technologies

Mobile phones have become indispensable and now play a big part in everyone’s lives. With the current technology that has made people and nations closer, mobile and handheld devices can truly be considered great inventions and innovations. Gone are the days when one has to go home first before he can use the telephone or go to a public phone booth to place an all-important call to a loved one or business contact. With the presence of mobile phones, everyone has now gone wireless. Communication has, indeed, turned very easy for all.

Mobile phone, as it name suggests, provides mobility. It is portable communication device. One can bring it anywhere. It is made possible by satellites that transmit signals for the phone to send and receive. It is very convenient as one can use it anywhere irregardless of time and region.

People everywhere have seen the evolution of communication technology. From a phone that uses wires to one that no longer requires any. From the analog to the wireless. In some places, wireless phones were provided with signals by the network company. In other places, a simulated card in inserted in the phone to grab and receive signals and send as well. These phones use the concept of signal transmission and radio wave theories that enables a two-way communication with real time and clearer conversation.

From the analog mobile phones that only allowed calling and voice conversation evolved the mobile phones that have text messaging features. It is another emergence in the world of mobile technology. A person may send a text message that will be received by another party. This message is sent through a signal passing to a gateway which transmits it to the receiving party.

In the turn of the 20th century, mobile phones have become more of a trend and companies have started to make them appear more sophisticated. Mobile phones started with big sizes which transformed to smaller ones and then became bigger again. It has developed much like how computers have. Nowadays, mobile phones are not just for communication. Originally, it had the voice call function but since the technology is growing day by day, the mobile technology grows along with it. Mobile phones now have been created with different functions and usage which are beyond plain communication usage. These functions are constantly updated and additional features are created each day.

Mobile phones also serve as mp3 players and/or audio, video file storage units where users may save audio files and listen to the music. Mobile phones now are also equipped with cameras that come in different pixels allowing people to take pictures anywhere and anytime. Almost all mobile phones of these times are designed with games, calculator, organizer, alarm clock, dictionary and many more. These are just now considered the basics. Some updated mobile phones may now take video clips and still photographs of which may be transferred to the computer for different purposes. Many mobile phones are also designed with touch screen features where a person doesn’t need to touch the keypad anymore. The screen of the phone is designed to recognize commands as the finger tip touches the screen.

Moreover, mobile phones are now used as computers. With the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), surfing the internet is now made possible. GPRS is used to transmit IP packets which enable users to use the internet wherever they go. People also use their mobile phones in banking transactions where they can send and receive money through phone.

Several high technology features are continuously being researched and applied to mobile phones. Not long ago when 3G system was developed. It enables users of the same networks call each other with real time camera. Through this system, one can actually see the person he is calling while talking to him. Long before people finally get familiar with the just launched 3G system, many companies are now researching on the higher system which is the fourth generation or 4G system. Researchers project the new system as faster with a connection speed reaching 100 Mb per second. This is seen to provide a better quality of call.

Mobile phones are not only for personal use like it was in the past. With mobile phones, reporters and journalists may now take and film news reports. Security system and surveillance are also possible.

It is seen in the near future that mobile phones are most likely to replace laptops. With the new mobile phones coming out of the market, viewing and working on documents only found in computers are now possible. It is also seen to replace entertainment devices with all the entertainment features new mobile phones have.

Mobile phones do not only play a big part in technology. Mobile phones also show fashion and style. Thus, to make these phones more appealing and attractive, manufacturers produce these phones in different colors, size, shape, and style.

Mobile phones are indeed one of the greatest contributions of technology. It has gone far beyond what man can imagine. Now, with the emergence of mobile technology, everyone just can’t live without one.

Proactive Software And The Business Of The Future

Proactive Software And The Business Of The Future

The Internet has combined with evolution of corporate data, processes and communications to create the basis for a revolution in corporate organization. Businesses are becoming increasingly modular, doing what they do best and outsourcing the rest. The organization is increasingly turning toward project teams which can be assembled when necessary and dispersed when projects are completed. To facilitate this, procedures and systems are being developed to control and support collaboration. The result? New opportunities for remote workers and virtual offices, with leaner, task focused and ultimately a more efficient organization, essentially unlimited access to resources and personnel around the globe.

The New Office of the Future

At the heart of the new business organization is the virtual business or virtual office. The virtual business can span geographical boundaries and provide instant and flexible collaboration to efficiently develop products and services with minimal supporting overhead. In this “office of the future”, remote workers are linked in a dispersed infrastructure that is supported by software that supports and controls collaboration. Individuals share data and applications over a distance, transmit data of all types easily and efficiently, and the workgroup can meet together to exchange information and views using a variety of different techniques, including videoconferencing, shared whiteboards, teleconferencing, instant messaging, and a variety of asynchronous correspondence and mail capabilities.

Supporting the office of the future is a wide and growing range of collaborative software tools that provide communications, project coordination, data sharing, and application access. The base for this communication is, of course, the Internet, which has been speeding as higher bandwidth technologies are rolled out. These large pipes enhance the opportunities for collaboration.

Always on, anywhere, any time provides the office of the future a number of advantages to both staff and business. To sketch in some of these:

* Any time – flexile working hours, with improved scheduling for business, and more efficient performance from remote workers.

* Any place – flexible work location making it possible to employ people who work at home or in different parts of the country, or even across the globe.

* Any competent task group – flexibility of project staffing, making it possible to make most efficient use of available personnel,

* Wider skill application – particular specialists may contribute to various projects rather than being dedicated to a single operation at one time in one place.

* Amorphous organization – making it possible to create workgroups as needed to handle new projects or new support activities without the upheaval associated with different times and places.

* Scalability and security – incorporating these characteristics in the modular systems and network infrastructure. Modules can be easily grown or combined, and security is integral to both policy and supporting IT infrastructure.

Management Implications

To gain these advantages, the virtual business requires careful planning. Special requirements include:

* A need to keep track of employees’ work, which may not be immediately visible as supervisors may not in the same place or even time zone.

* Need to provide and maintain adequate communications, including sufficient bandwidth for extended communications requirements of collaboration, and special communications tools to support collaborative work without the noise of the communications methods swamping the useful work.

* Tools to support the virtual organization, including communications and management applications. Management requirements are often overlooked, but are the making or the breaking of the virtual organization.

* Implementation of the components of the virtual organization without overspend. This requires careful planning and selection of appropriate systems. There is no one size fits all solution, and whatever infrastructure is working today there will be a need to change and adapted to future both operational requirements and meet today’s budget.

Management is a significant component of this new working environment and helps to bring all of the pieces together. Management tools need to be able to aid in project organization as well as being fitted into the collaboration infrastructure. Coordination applications need to be accessed by all workers on teams and within an organization. Management tools also need to fit organizational budgets and provide sufficient flexibility and scalability to successfully manage projects of varying size and complexity, providing security features to ensure the rules of the collaboration are controlled updated and followed. Distributed infrastructure and application aid collaborations between organisations but bring with them the need to ensure sensitive information can only be accessed by those authorised.

Conclusion

The virtual organization supported by control and collaboration technologies is becoming an increasingly visible phenomenon. As hotter competition forces a higher competitive response on us all it is likely to grow in importance as the performance and cost advantages become increasingly apparent. With lower operational expenses and higher performance on offer few can choose not to consider the option. Management of the virtual organisation is more demanding; it requires effective and accessible support and control tools. ProWorkflow from ProActive Software can help make the virtual organisation a reality for your business.

Through The Looking Glass Of Web 2.0

Through The Looking Glass Of Web 2.0

Until I tried it, the whole 2.0 thing seemed like a joke to me. But the switch between the Google, Yahoo, MSN search engine Web 1.0 war and the environment of Web 2.0 is drastic.

For those of you who remember using a card catalog at the public library, the change is similar to the one you experienced using a computer to find a book for the first time. No endless cabinets of cards to hunt through. No misplaced cards that meant you wouldn’t find the book you were looking for that day. Every book in the library accessible from one keyboard.

In 2.0, knowledge is fast. It moves at the speed of the keyboard and web form. A story from New York hits the West Coast in the time it takes a web page to refresh. And when a network build on speed puts a premium on those sites and bloggers that can get information first, news hits even the gardening forums before it even reaches the cable news networks.

This is drastic transition in the evolution of the speed of knowledge. With the invention of the printing press by Johann Guttenberg in 1440, the rate at which knowledge spread become quicker. Word of mouth was no longer the only way to receive news. Afterwards came mail, newspapers, television, and 24 hour cable news. Each a leap forward from the past form of media.

Then came the internet. Within a few short years, knowledge was accessible from everywhere with a few clicks of the mouse. We can now store more information on our hard drives than we can find at the local library.

Now, with web 2.0, the filter and wait time of search engines is taken out. Some might say that this cuts down on accuracy, but with time, I think it will improve accuracy. Search engines try to guesstimate what searchers want by applying an algorithm to what they type in the form. With the new animal, people are the algorithms.

When I started building my library of musical tastes, I usually discovered new music through people that listened to the same type of music I listened to. If we both listened to Pink Floyd than I might take the chance and listen to some other music they suggested to me. This is a much more effective way to find new information than with an algorithm. Let people be your algorithm. Let links be distributed through the lateral route of tastes, themes, and interests rather than the direct route of search engines that require a user to know almost exactly what they want to find before they search.

There is also a time element involved. Some search engine results are just old. They aren’t what you are looking for. Some engines literally make sure links are aged before they are given the status they deserve.

In 2.0, a hour is a long time and a month is a lifetime. When searching through tagged sites or feeds, a site may gain 100 links to it in an hour by taggers. A traditional search engine can’t keep up with this. This type of link growth would have to be run through filters to check for spam or other tactics to artificially increase it’s rank. And still, the baby gets thrown out with the bath water a multitude of times.

Traditional search engines base all of their ranking systems on the votes of people who know how to build websites or at least post to forums. This is not very balanced. Sitting at the computer screen, you can assume all you want, but step out in the real world and just try to talk to anyone about HTML. Then you realize these are unheard internet votes.

Tagging and other web 2.0 technologies have brought a little more balanced to the system, giving those, whose tech savvy stops at bidding on Ebay, the internet right to vote. And when I finally got the chance to check it out by spending the last few weeks in the stream of web 2.0, I realized my whole vision was a little short sided. Sitting in box, typing code all day can skew your version of the world. Judging the needs of an internet audience by the whims of an algorithmic internet program can skew this vision even more.

Web 1.0 is Plato’s cave, only shadows of the true internet traffic flow. As Web 2.0 technologies become more mainstream, the traditional search engine will have to adapt to a more democratic union between “internet land owners” and those who only surf but probably make up a greater part of internet users.

cisco voip

cisco voip

Cisco VoIP, Easy Shortcut to an Effective and Unified Communication

Technology has a never-ending story. It speaks about change and evolution and not about permanence. From film-making to video game consoles, expect that technology will find a way to change these things into something that will interest the public as well as have it coping up with the drastic change of time and society.

From the traditional method of recording films during the pre-war times, there you have modern film-making equipments to help film-makers and producers make their movies very interesting to the viewing public. Fantasy, scientific fiction (sci-fi), and animated movies are now possible with these modern film-making gadgets and equipments. On the other hand, from the 2-dimesional graphics and monotonous audio outputs of Magnavox and Atari video game systems, there you have the seventh generation of video game consoles, such as the newly-released PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, which is now the center of attention of the gaming public.

Technology changed the way the people look and use such stuff.

It is not surprising to see communication tools evolve through the course of history. From the Morse code and telegraph mode of communication during the early times come the modern and sophisticated communication tools, which are produced for a single purpose-to provide individuals an effective, reliable, and convenient communication channel in keeping in touch with their friends and loved ones all over the world.

Regular telephone lines started the saga of modern communication system, which allowed individuals to make voice calls anywhere in the world in exchange for a certain fee charge on a per-minute or per-call basis, depending on the telephone service provider. At the later decades of the 20th century, mobile phones were introduced to the market. Such mobile phones allowed a user to make voice calls even if he or she is in a remote area, provided that the mobile phone service reaches such remote area. Satellite phones are also produced to cater individuals who are living outside the coverage area of a regular mobile phone service provider. These are all products of technology to make existing communication systems convenient and reliable for the public to use.

At the early years of the 21st century, the communication industry introduced another form of modern communication, which is said to be the most reliable and cost-effective communication tool nowadays-the Voice over Internet Protocol, or commonly known as VoIP. This latest communication offering is now wisely used for business application and now getting popular among residential and other applications as well.

VoIP differs from other communication system in one thing-communication medium. Unlike in regular telephone lines that make use of underground telephone cables and mobile phone lines that make use of signal towers, VoIP relies on a high-speed Internet connection to facilitate voice calls. Thus, VoIP routes voice conversations using the Internet or other Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks.

VoIP became popular to business applications because it cuts down telephone bills by as much as 60 percent, both in terms of installation costs and monthly bills. You only need to purchase one VoIP infrastructure and upgrade your existing VoIP system if you will need several lines in the future. In addition, VoIP systems are cheaper by about 22 percent in terms of operation compared to circuit-switched networks. That is why the installation cost and monthly billing in VoIP system is cheaper compared to regular telephone lines.

Such advantages prompt telecommunication giants to switch from their traditional phone system operations to VoIP system. One of which is Cisco, which provides VoIP-based structures to help business organizations integrate their communication system closely with their business processes as well as to ensure that information and other data reaches the intended recipients by using the most appropriate medium.

Cisco’s primary VoIP offering, which is the Cisco Unified Communication, is now a recognized product in voice as well as in data communication. It combined the advantageous features of networking security and open application programming interface to facilitate an effective business communication channel within the walls of your business organization, which can lead to simplified network management and lower total cost of business operation.

Soon, Cisco will introduce the VoIP system extensively to residential and other essential applications. They are committed to provide an effective and unified communication not just for businesses but for the world as a whole.

10 Major Reasons To Switch To Linux

10 Major Reasons To Switch To Linux

1. It Doesn’t Crash

Linux has been time-proven to be a reliable operating system. Although the desktop is not a new place for Linux, most Linux-based systems have been used as servers and embedded systems. High-visibility Web sites such as Google use Linux-based systems, but you also can find Linux inside the TiVo set-top box in many livingrooms.

Linux has proved to be so reliable and secure that it is commonly found in dedicated firewall and router systems used by high-profile companies to secure their networks. For more than ten years, it has not been uncommon for Linux systems to run for months or years without needing a single reboot.

2. Viruses Are Few and Far Between

Although it is possible to create a virus to target Linux systems, the design of the system itself makes it very difficult to become infected. A single user could cause local damage to his or her files by running a virus on his or her system; however, this would be an isolated instance rather than something could spread out of control.

In addition, virtually all Linux vendors offer free on-line security updates. The general philosophy of the Linux community has been to address possible security issues before they become a problem rather than hoping the susceptibility will go unnoticed.

3. Virtually Hardware-Independent

Linux was designed and written to be easily portable to different hardware. For the desktop user, this means that Linux has been and likely always will be the first operating system to take advantage of advances in hardware technology such as AMD’s 64-bit processor chips.

4. Freedom of Choice

Linux offers freedom of choice as far as which manufacturer you purchase the software from as well as which application programs you wish to use. Being able to pick the manufacturer means you have a real choice as far as type of support you receive. Being open-source software, new manufacturers can enter the market to address customer needs.

Choice of application programs means that you can select the tools that best address your needs. For example, three popular word processors are available. All three are free and interoperate with Microsoft Word, but each offers unique advantages and disadvantages. The same is true of Web browsers.

5. Standards

Linux itself and many common applications follow open standards. This means an update on one system will not make other systems obsolete.

6. Applications, Applications, Applications

Each Linux distribution comes with hundreds and possibly thousands of application programs included. This alone can save you thousands of dollars for each desktop system you configure. Although this is a very small subset, consider that the OpenOffice.org office suite is included as well as the GIMP, a program similar to (and many people say more capable than Adobe Photoshop); Scribus, a document layout program similar to Quark Xpress; Evolution, an e-mail system equivalent to Microsoft’s Outlook Express; and hundreds more.

For the more technically inclined, development tools, such as compilers for the C, C++, Ada, Fortran, Pascal and other languages, are included as well as Perl, PHP and Python interpreters. Editors and versioning tools also are included in this category.

Whether you are looking for Instant Messaging clients, backup tools or Web site development packages, they likely are all included within your base Linux distribution.

7. Interoperability

More and more computers are being connected to networks. No system would be complete if it did not include tools to allow it to interoperate with computers running other operating systems. Once again, Linux is very strong in this area.

Linux includes Samba, software that allows Linux to act as a client on a Microsoft Windows-based network. In fact, Samba includes server facilities such that you could run a Linux system as the server for a group of Linux and Windows-based client systems.

In addition, Linux includes software to network with Apple networks and Novell’s Netware. NFS, the networking technology developed on UNIX systems also is included.

8. It’s a Community Relationship, Not a Customer Relationship

Other operating systems are the products of single vendors. Linux, on the other hand, is openly developed, and this technology is shared among vendors. This means you become part of a community rather than a customer of a single manufacturer. Also, the supplier community easily can adjust to the needs of various user communities rather than spouting a “one size fits all” philosophy.

This means you can select a Linux vendor that appears to best address your needs and feel confident that you could switch vendors at a later time without losing your investment–both in terms of costs and learning.

9. It’s Not How Big Your Processor Is…

Because of a combination of the internal design of Linux and development contributions from a diverse community, Linux tends to be more frugal in the use of computer resources. This may manifest itself in a single desktop system running faster with Linux than with another operating system, but the advantages go far beyond that. It is possible, for example, to configure a single Linux system to act as a terminal server and then use outdated hardware as what are called thin clients.

This server/thin client configuration makes it possible for older, less powerful hardware to share the resources of a single powerful system thus extending the life of older machines.

10. Linux Is Configurable

Linux is a true multi-user operating system. Each user can have his or her own individual configuration all on one computer. This includes the look of the desktop, what icons are displayed, what programs are started automatically when the user logs in and even what language the desktop is in.

And lastly no Bill schmendrick character telling you what you can and cannot do.

Bristol: More Than A City

Bristol: More Than A City

Situated in South West England between Somerset and Gloucestershire, through which the rivers Avon and Frome run through, Bristol is the United Kingdom’s ninth most populous city. The city’s prosperous economy owes its existence to the Port of Bristol, British Aerospace industry, Rolls-Royce and its ship-building industry.

Bristol has a population of 400,000, comprising ethnic groups such as English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Ulster, West Indians, Indians, Pakistanis, and others. Though Bristol has a comparatively moderate climate, it is also one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the United Kingdom. However, the Bristol Channel sometimes provides cool sea breezes which lower the summer temperatures considerably. Winters are cold and the city experiences a high rainfall of 741-1060 mm annually.

Bristol International Airport at Lulsgate, which broke the three million mark in passenger numbers in 2002, is located nine miles from Bristol city centre, with scheduled flights available from and to major European cities, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Paris and Prague.

The main terminuses are the Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads connecting most major cities in UK such as Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Southampton, Swansea and York.

Main public transport comprised of the bus network. The National Express operates services to Marlborough St Coach station and MegaBus operates budget coach services from London to a stop outside the Hippodrome theatre.

Water-based transport such as the Bristol Ferry Boat which services the harbour, providing both leisure and commuter services between the city centre and the main rail station.

For comfortable, yet reasonably priced accommodation, South Bristol and localities around the airport, the Temple Meads station, and National Express Coach station are ideal places to start. For those with a little extra money to spend, deluxe hotels with top leisure facilities are available in the city centre. If you have a penchant for a breath of fresh natural air, consider the famous seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare.

The best place to start shopping is Broadmead, Bristol’s busiest shopping area that houses leading chain stores, an indoor shopping mall, and the Galleries Shopping Centre. The alleys and stalls in St Nicholas Market, located near Corn Street, also offer all sorts of accessories, produce and gifts etc.

There are also a number of high-class restaurants in Bristol, but less expensive eateries such as Pan Asian fast food are also available. Bars and pubs are mostly traditional in style and can be quite packed and vibrant, or comparatively quiet depending on location. Avid night clubbers should check out The Works, Evolution, Creation, Cafe Blue, Lakota, Thekla and the Tantric Jazz Café.

Some of the main places of attraction include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol’s most famous landmark; Clifton Observatory and Caves, which houses the famous Camera Obscura; Bristol Industrial Museum, an old-fashioned industrial museum featuring selection of working and static exhibits; Theatre Royal, the oldest working theatre in England displaying many of its original Georgian features; St Mary’s Redcliffe Church, the famous parish church; and the SS Great Britain, the world’s first iron hulled, screw propeller-driven, steam-powered passenger liner.

Popular festivals and events include the Bristol Community Festival, held in July at Ashton Court Estate, showcasing a performing arts marquee showcasing cabaret and comedy, bungee jumping, fairground rides, and a huge children’s area; The Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition, Bristol’s first fine art gallery and one of six royal art academies in the United Kingdom; Bristol Balloon Fiesta, a gathering of Hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over world, held in August at Ashton Court; the Lloyds TSB Harbour Regatta displaying hundreds of boats, musical performances, kids’ entertainment, fireworks etc; Glastonbury Festival, a summer festival with famous bands and musicians, comedy, dance, a circus and a variety of stage performances; and Brief Encounters, a celebration of the art of film, featuring short films from new and established artists.

Telescopes 101

Telescopes 101

Buying the right telescope to take your love of astronomy to the next level is a big next step in the development of your passion for the stars. In many ways, it is a big step from someone who is just fooling around with astronomy to a serious student of the science. But you and I both know that there is still another big step after buying a telescope before you really know how to use it.

So it is critically important that you get just the right telescope for where you are and what your star gazing preferences are. To start with, let’s discuss the three major kinds of telescopes and then lay down some “Telescope 101” concepts to increase your chances that you will buy the right thing.

The three primary types of telescopes that the amateur astronomer might buy are the Refractor, the Reflector and the Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. The first two are named for the kind of lens that is used. It is pretty easy to see that the lens is the heart of the telescope so the kind that you will use will determine the success of your use of that telescope.

The refractor lens is the simplest because it uses a convex lens to focus the light on the eyepiece. So the lens bends outwards for this purpose. The refractor telescope’s strength is in viewing planets. The reflector’s strength is in seeing more distant objects and the lens is concave or bends in. It uses mirrors to focus the image that you eventually see. The final type, the Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is the most complex and accomplishes the goals of both but it uses an involved system of mirrors to capture the image you want to see.

So to select just the right kind of telescope, your objectives in using the telescope are important. To really understand the strengths and weaknesses not only of the lenses and telescope design but also in how the telescope performs in various star gazing situations, it is best to do some homework up front and get exposure to the different kinds. So before you make your first purchase…

* Above all, establish a relationship with a reputable telescope shop that employs people who know their stuff. If you buy your telescope at a Wal-Mart or department store, the odds you will get the right thing are remote.

* Pick the brains of the experts. If you are not already active in an astronomy society or club, the sales people at the telescope store will be able to guide you to the active societies in your area. Once you have connections with people who have bought telescopes, you can get advice about what works and what to avoid that is more valid than anything you will get from a web article or a salesperson at Wal-Mart.

* Try before you buy. This is another advantage of going on some field trips with the astronomy club. You can set aside some quality hours with people who know telescopes and have their rigs set up to examine their equipment, learn the key technical aspects, and try them out before you sink money in your own set up.

There are other considerations to factor into your final purchase decision. How mobile must your telescope be? The tripod or other accessory decisions will change significantly with a telescope that will live on your deck versus one that you plan to take to many remote locations. Along those lines, how difficult is the set up and break down? How complex is the telescope and will you have trouble with maintenance? Network to get the answers to these and other questions. If you do your homework like this, you will find just the right telescope for this next big step in the evolution of your passion for astronomy.

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Crm Mash-up Catch-up

Crm Mash-up Catch-up

A mash-up, sounds yummy, with gravy. But for anyone out there who doesn’t know what a mash-up is, or what it has to do with Customer Relationships, it is about technology, and it’s great with or without the gravy! Mash-ups are basically web applications that combine content from multiple sources and serves it up as an integrated information piece. For instance, in servicing a customer, you can build a page that has the customer information (your old legacy database), past purchasing activities (your less old legacy database), the store locations (new POS) and details of purchases (inventory system), weather and news clips for their customer’s area (weather network, google news), status of customer order (UPS), and payment history (SAP). What customer rep wouldn’t want access to that screen. Mmmmm……..

Mash-ups are going to change the way everybody does business. Mostly because mash-ups are changing the way people view and use information on the Internet, generally, right now. As a result, customer expectations will translate into very rich and specific service experiences. The push for a customized customer experience will translate into software expectations that can deliver a familiar processing environment that is in the “comfort zone” and available where and when.
Mash ups are an exciting genre of interactive web applications that draw upon content retrieved from multiple external data sources to create entirely new and innovative services. Salesboom.com delivers on demand CRM software on a web platform utilizing mash-up capacity. This facilitates development of powerful and efficient use of information resources in the improvement of processes in the business line along with incredible improvements in data contextualization and sharing.

Salesboom incorporates standard tools such as AJAX, Javascript and XML and has separated application logic from presentation and reporting pieces to save processing resources and increase transaction times. This in turn allows Salesboom to deliver lightweight tools with rich features previously reserved for expensive, on-site applications.

The greatest benefit is that Salesboom.com can create highly customized tools, and because the technology behind the mash-up is flexible, if the business or a process changes, it is possible to change pieces of code without having to rewrite or acquire a whole new software. There are some steps though in preparing for good mash-up presentation, and it is important for any business considering CRM solutions to consider the following:

1.Salesboom uses AJAX and COMET as programming tools, a move that increases responsiveness and user interaction
2.Salesboom has a Professional Services Team that specializes in cleaning and preparing data for use in mash-ups.
3.Salesboom presents clean, intuitive interfaces in the form of Push Panels, that enable users to interact with the web mash up, be it company data, outside Internet sources, partner sites, etc.
4.Salesboom offers users tools that promote evolution of an informal corporate taxonomy enabling possibilities for organizations to use mash-ups in an incredibly profitable way.
5.The Salesboom platform guarantees access to mash-up functionality because it has adopted the Service Oriented Platform (SOP) and has a public Application Program Interface (API) as part of it’s Operating System (OS) for easy incorporation of relevant information sources.
6.Salesboom promotes the formalization of the organizational workflow model.

“At Salesboom.com we offer a CRM solution, with integration options at every business line. This approach supports delivery of a highly customized customer service experience in the form of interactive mash ups. We believe that your customers are our customers – once removed, and we take pride in delivering solid, flexible tools to you and yours”. Tom Stephano, Marketing Director, Salesboom.com

The Key To Your Financial Freedom May Be In Affiliate Marketing (3)

The Key To Your Financial Freedom May Be In Affiliate Marketing

Being creative and innovative is a great way to achieve in affiliate marketing, but it’s not always about how well you stand out in a crowd. In this article, you will learn a lot about how successful affiliate marketers make their money by reading different tips and tactics that the experts have been using to drive traffic and sell products for years.

Affiliate marketers should always be experimenting with different styles and techniques. Since the internet is in a state of perpetual evolution, your affiliate campaign should be, as well. Some things you try are not going to work, but you simply will never know unless you try them out. Experimenting is the way to go.

When working to build your social media accounts so you can post affiliate links there, retweet or repost other people’s content. This will build your audience as that person will realize you exist, and they may just like what you have to say so much that they retweet or repost what YOU are posting, too!

Offer customers to your website exclusive services if they make a purchase from the advertisers in your affiliate program. Do not restrict vital data this way, but make sure which customers who do buy get something of definite value out of your websites bonus content. This will encourage both purchases from your affiliate and repeat visits to your website.

When picking the best affiliate network for your website or business, one of the most important factors to consider is how well the programs convert for affiliates. In other words, how often are customers clicking on the links and buying the products advertised by affiliates. A high conversion rate indicates that an affiliate program has high potential for profitability.

Keep your articles fairly short. Promoting your affiliate products means writing lots and lots of articles. A 400-word, very focused article will hold your readers’ attention better than an 800-word essay. Don’t get caught up in trying to jam too much quality information into one article. Each article should be like a snack — three to four good pieces of information, an attention-grabbing title and a conclusion with a call to action.

You can set up your affiliate marketing account through each company that you would like. Each company will have their own criteria for allowing you to be an affiliate, but most just appreciate the free publicity. Just make sure that the company you choose has products that you want to endorse.

Know who your audience is. When you know who is visiting your site and what they are looking to find, then you will be able to pick affiliate products that are profitable. Think about the problems that your audience typically encounters, and seek out products that offer solutions to those problems.

Selling products is the ultimate goal, but you are not the actual company selling them. That makes affiliate marketing very unique, as you’re only acting as a middleman. That’s exactly why you need the best possible information if you hope to achieve your goals as an affiliate marketer. Understand the market first and then proceed from there.

The Miraculous Conversion

The Miraculous Conversion

The recent bloodbath among online content peddlers and digital media proselytisers can be traced to two deadly sins. The first was to assume that traffic equals sales. In other words, that a miraculous conversion will spontaneously occur among the hordes of visitors to a web site. It was taken as an article of faith that a certain percentage of this mass will inevitably and nigh hypnotically reach for their bulging pocketbooks and purchase content, however packaged. Moreover, ad revenues (more reasonably) were assumed to be closely correlated with “eyeballs”. This myth led to an obsession with counters, page hits, impressions, unique visitors, statistics and demographics.

It failed, however, to take into account the dwindling efficacy of what Seth Godin, in his brilliant essay (“Unleashing the IdeaVirus”), calls “Interruption Marketing” – ads, banners, spam and fliers. It also ignored, at its peril, the ethos of free content and open source prevalent among the Internet opinion leaders, movers and shapers. These two neglected aspects of Internet hype and culture led to the trouncing of erstwhile promising web media companies while their business models were exposed as wishful thinking.

The second mistake was to exclusively cater to the needs of a highly idiosyncratic group of people (Silicone Valley geeks and nerds). The assumption that the USA (let alone the rest of the world) is Silicone Valley writ large proved to be calamitous to the industry.

In the 1970s and 1980s, evolutionary biologists like Richard Dawkins and Rupert Sheldrake developed models of cultural evolution. Dawkins’ “meme” is a cultural element (like a behaviour or an idea) passed from one individual to another and from one generation to another not through biological -genetic means – but by imitation. Sheldrake added the notion of contagion – “morphic resonance” – which causes behaviour patterns to suddenly emerged in whole populations. Physicists talked about sudden “phase transitions”, the emergent results of a critical mass reached. A latter day thinker, Michael Gladwell, called it the “tipping point”.

Seth Godin invented the concept of an “ideavirus” and an attendant marketing terminology. In a nutshell, he says, to use his own summation:

“Marketing by interrupting people isn’t cost-effective anymore. You can’t afford to seek out people and send them unwanted marketing, in large groups and hope that some will send you money. Instead the future belongs to marketers who establish a foundation and process where interested people can market to each other. Ignite consumer networks and then get out of the way and let them talk.”

This is sound advice with a shaky conclusion. The conversion from exposure to a marketing message (even from peers within a consumer network) – to an actual sale is a convoluted, multi-layered, highly complex process. It is not a “black box”, better left unattended to. It is the same deadly sin all over again – the belief in a miraculous conversion. And it is highly US-centric. People in other parts of the world interact entirely differently.

You can get them to visit and you get them to talk and you can get them to excite others. But to get them to buy – is a whole different ballgame. Dot.coms had better begin to study its rules.

The Top Five Cellular Phone Models for 2006 in USA

The Top Five Cellular Phone Models for 2006 in USA

With the advent of the mobile phone industry, mobile phone companies have long been contesting for the latest models that would captivate the market and make the buyers go “gaga” over it. So far, there are countless cellular phone models from Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and other companies.

The market differs in all parts of the world. A company may dominate in USA but not in Asia, same is true with the network service providers. Recently, there was a survey which showed a result of the Top Ten Models in the US region as of June this year.

As you take a read, you will discover that according to Wirefly and Amazon.com, sales show that the US mobile phone market is dominated by Motorola and no trace of Nokia could be felt.

First in the list is Motorola RAZR V3. What makes it a hit? To date, it is considered to be the thinnest device. Its features include: it measures 89x 53 x 13.9 mm. It is created from metal-alloy which makes it being remarkably thin; the RAZR V3 is only weighing a mere 95 grams. Because of its thinness, plastic would inherently be too fragile. Therefore, the anodized aluminum casing was created for stability, which would make it defiant enough to falls, drops and so forth.

Another great phone from Motorola is their Motorola E815. What makes it the number 2 best seller for Americans? It has an EvDo or Evolution for Data Only. It is sleek and it owns the following features: It is an attractive silver flip phone which any active individual could wish for. It has an on-the-go mobile broadband connectivity, hasty internet connection, MP3 player, Bluetooth and a 1.3 mega pixel camera. These make it a must-have.

The third spot is the throne of Samsung PM-A740. This clamshell camera phone has Stub/extendable antenna. It weighs 98 grams with the dimensions of 89x 46×25 millimeters. It has 1.5 MB memory, GPS and could be used in different languages. Its self-timer and web browser are remarkable features not to forget its ever-entertaining games and headset jack.

Motorola V330 takes number four. It weighs 120grams as a clamshell mobile phone with a stub antenna. It appears with the dimensions 89x49x25 millimeter. It has 1000 phonebook capacity with Bluetooth, PC Sync and USB. Amazing features like the Foto Fun photo editor, Motomixer ring tone composer and MP3 are sure to pull the attention of mobile phone goers. It also has the web browser.

Doing well at number five is the Audiovox 8910. As the other top mobile phones, it is also clamshell in shape with the dimensions of 89x48x22 mm. It is light at 91 grams and has stub extendable antenna. Moreover, it has 4-way keypad navigation and a 32 MB memory. It may come in nice colors that make it trendy. Its speakerphone, wallpapers and screensavers that are sure to get you ‘hooked’ with it.

Feel the American mobile phone culture, go buy one. Yes, one of the five top- selling mobile phones in the United States.

Are Apple right to brick hacked iphones

Are Apple right to brick hacked iphones

iPhone is an Internet enabled and multimedia mobile phone well designed and marketed by Apple. IPhone has a multi touch screen with buttons and virtual keyboard. The primary function of IPhone includes those of a portable media player and a camera phone with an addition of visual voicemail and text messaging. IPhone also provides Internet services including web browser, e-mail, and WiFi connectivity. IPhone also support EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) data technology. The IPhone was introduced on 29th June’07 for the first time in United States, and then in the UK, France, and Germany in Nov’07. Initially IPhones are sold only at AT&T network with a Simlock, in place a variety of hackers have found techniques to unbolt the device.

Not only are sure Apple stores annulled the warranty on hacked and not closed IPhones but Apple just freed a statement which says that the unlock process attached with a future IPhone update may ground your phone as a useless brick. Users from installing illegal unlocking program are strongly discouraged by Apple because the enduring incapability to use an IPhone due to fitting or installing unlocking software is not enclosed under the warranty of IPhone. Remember not to update your phone until you are not sure that is safe if you have already unlocked it. Bricking is somewhat done unintentionally, but bricking it entirely is something Apple should really work hard to avoid. They should try to avoid it even if it costs a revenue share from AT&T. The main concern about every user is for the safe advancement or development of Apples that so far have made the IPhone better. IPhone software license agreements are violated by users who make illegal alteration to the software on their IPhones. There is a superior side to all this offered, you can get Apple to make firmware that does not brick IPhones and most press releases also state the feature update through the firmware. This is previously how the Play Station Portable (PSP) firmware updates were made as must haves for owners. Unlocking the IPhone is not practically as appealing or attractive, if it means you don’t acquire the advantage of novel features. An excellent thing when you consider that the finest IPhone novelties in the previous few months are the third party hacks, but not the official Apple updates and the web apps.

It has been discovered by Apple that many of the illegal IPhone unlocking programs accessible on the net reason permanent damage to the software of IPhone. This will probably result in the customized IPhone becoming everlastingly terminal when a future IPhone software update Apple-supplied is installed. Apple tactics to let go the next IPhone software update which contains many new features counting the iTunes WiFi Music Store. Apple powerfully disheartens consumers from installing illegal unlocking programs on their IPhones. IPhone is one of the greatest gadgets today which are most popular among the youngsters and businessmen. IPhone have great features with unbelievable results.

Giblink – A Growing Leader In Social Networking

Giblink – A Growing Leader In Social Networking

When it comes to the internet and the opportunity to make money, you don’t need a crystal ball to look into the future. The internet and online business is really in its infancy, creating many opportunities. The world of online communities, business networking, and social networking are just in their infancy and the future holds plenty of opportunity for the entrepreneur spirit.

One of the first to bring social networking to the world is MySpace.com. In fact, they can be credited with giving the world a glimpse of what the future holds. Youtube.com has also changed the way we interact. No longer is the internet about text and still pictures, now we have live video. Many other companies have broken ground in the way the internet is used. Companies like Squido, Dreammatches, GoDaddy.com, and Facebook have expanded both social and business communities. This has resulted in entrepreneurs using these sites to network and communicate with others, and to grow their business.

But there is one company that is standing out from the crowd. The evolution online ahs taken things to a new level and Giblink is one of the companies that is taking advantage of the available technology. Giblink stands for Global Internet business Link and they’ve managed to migrate various communication clusters so that they are all under one roof. This is a company that’s emerging as a stand-alone business.

Giblink is one of the few sites that merges social networking, web design, web services, and business networking with sales. If you took the best of MySpace, GoDaddy, and YouTube with a direct sales tier for generating substantial revenue, you would in essence have Giblink.

The entire system is based on a four tier revenue model, which includes referrals, direct sales, membership activity, and validation with the company’s profit sharing. Not only does this system make Giblink an attractive venture. It also highlights just how advanced communication has become on a global scale. Just how sophisticated it is can be seen in this business model.

There are three individual yet integrated modules. Giblink is responsible for the social and business networking of the business. It provides classified advertising, e-cards, forums, blogs, clubs, and a host of marketing tools.

Giblink does things better. Let’s look at MySpace classified ads, which are divided into categories. Giblink doesn’t do that instead using a search providing a less cluttered, more intuitive, and more useful tool.

Gibsales is responsible for the registration of domain names, hosting, website design, and all other services associated with online business. They offer sites that give their members leverage within the market and that have a proven track record of generating revenue that’s in the billions each year.

Gibsales is also very innovative. Let’s look at choosing a domain name. At GoDaddy you type in what you want, it will come back telling you it’s available or not providing a couple of options if it is taken. Gibsales on the other hand has you type in a keyword you want to see in your domain name and then it provides you a list of fifty names that are available. Now that’s much more effective and convenient saving a great deal of time.

The Gibline is a unique unit with revenue potential that earns revenue through POD’s, which will generate a 100% revenue share matching bonus for each pod.

Giblink is innovative, technologically advanced, and network driven. It’s a proven system that uses social and business networks to build and generate revenue that grows. If you are an entrepreneur or small business, you should check into what Giblink has to offer. There’s a lot of potential here. The question is do you recognize a “gold mine” when you see one.

Decentralizing IT

Decentralizing IT

For decades, the classic model of how a business organizes its computer services department was to establish a separate IT department with an independent management structure which may extend all the way to the executive suite. Over the years, the autonomy of that centralized IT function took on almost mythic proportions and in some cases resulted in abusive attitudes and ways of doing business that almost gave the impression that the business existed to serve the IT department rather than the other way around.

This was a particularly prevalent model when all business computer processing was done by a large centralized mainframe computer, usually made by IBM. These mega computers are and were expensive and complicated to program and operate which dictated that to be successful, a business had to keep on staff a small army of computer specialists, many of whom seemed to speak an entirely different language and come from a different culture than those in the rest of the business.

This was a natural and necessary business paradigm under the circumstances when “big iron” ruled the IT community. However, the last several decades have seen changes to how IT gets its business done. First was the introduction of smaller, powerful systems driven by operating systems like UNIX that were capable of great efficiencies that challenged the supremacy of the mainframe in business.

The movement toward network computing which was a natural business evolution to facilitate greater data access and to build stronger communications between spread out departments in the business world further eroded the need for one centralized powerful computer operated by a select few who spoke a cryptic language. Network computing started the process of democratizing computing power in the business world. With the new dominance of the internet and the need to take the business paradigm into cyberspace, the business model of decentralized data processing has taken on new meaning and importance.

In many businesses, the final stage of IT decentralization has begun to become a reality. By locating centers of operations and development authority and responsibility directly at the department level, the efficiencies of IT decentralization have become possible at every level of the business.

This trend in locating department specific applications along with the computing resources to support them to the department level is a significant change to the business culture. Not only do the departments who benefit from those applications take ownership over the operation of those computing systems, programming and development resources will be become part of the department structure as well.

For example, if the HR department has a suite of applications that are used to tracking payroll, benefits, etc., that application will be placed completely under the authority of HR. As such, areas of authority that were formerly the sole responsibility of IT such as systems analysis, development, programming and computer operations will become part of the HR management structure. As a result, each department develops an ability to converse in IT terminologies which results in a higher IT awareness across the business that is healthy for long-term analysis of needs and resources to meet those needs.

This is not to say that new problems and challenges do not come along with the decentralization of IT. Some IT issues must be addressed at a global level because they impact the business as a whole. So there is still need for a CIO and some high level IT controls to which each of the departmentalized systems must be accountable.

Further, the issue of systems integration and finding synergies between systems to maximize the efficiency of systems becomes more difficult when each department operates its own IT operation. If each department owns and operates its own hardware and network, communications across the business are challenged and there is a higher chance that underutilization of systems will be a result. Quality control at the systems administration level is more difficult because systems administrators may be answerable only to the department level more so than to the business in general.

These organizational issues must be resolved at a high level so the transition from a centralized to decentralized way of doing business can be successful. But the rewards of putting computing power at the department level outweigh the risks of failure and justify the effort that will go with such a large change to the corporate culture.

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You Had Me At EVDO

You Had Me At EVDO

I have been having too much fun, so now is the time to get a little technical. The ironic thing is that today’s more technical comments are about technology that is meant to allow people to have a lot of fun on their mobile phones and waste tons of productive time just watching movies and TV from their phone. We have come full circle. Cell phones originally were developed to allow people to be more productive and now they will allow people to screw around anytime, anywhere. That is progress!

What Is EVDO?

EVDO is short for “Evolution, Data Only” although sometimes referred to as “Evolution, Data Optimized”. EVDO is a highly adaptive standard for wireless broadband that has been introduced to improve the performance of 3rd generation, 3G, mobile Internet access.

Wireless broadband has its obvious advantages over standard, hard wire broadband connections and the most pertinent of these advantages is the mobility of the broadband device. By using wireless Internet connections it has been possible to access the Internet using not only notepad computers but also cellular phones and other mobile devices.

The Advantages Of EVDO.

While mobile Internet access has progressed, the existing standards do have limitations. The bandwidth is limited and subsequently only comparatively small amounts of data can be transmitted to end-users without a loss of performance and quality. EVDO is unique in its approach to try and counteract this. Complex mathematical formulas are used in order to assign a unique signature to every mobile device. Once this device sends a signal requesting data transmission, the signature is applied to the signal and the altered message is sent. The receiver uses the inverse of the equation to convert the signal back again. EVDO also breaks data down into smaller packages of information and sends these packages separately. In essence this means that the bandwidth usage from any single device is cut down massively, allowing for many other users to gain high speed Internet access through any mobile device. It also means that in total less information needs to be sent. Without the use of EVDO, mobile devices struggle to gain the bandwidth they require in order to seamlessly log onto websites, especially if those sites have a lot of data to send. With EVDO this basically becomes a thing of the past and millions of people on their cell phones can access the same sites at the same time with little or no effect.

EVDO Performance.

EVDO can potentially produce a 2.4-megabit throughput. This is as powerful as a great many American DSL broadband connections found in people’s homes. Of course, because EVDO is truly wireless and portable it doesn’t matter where you are, you can access the Internet on your cell phone, your notepad or any mobile device without fear of poor quality.

The Existing Technology.

EVDO has been introduced to compete with existing wireless Internet technology called W-CDMA. However, W-CDMA requires a permanent path to be created between receiver and transmitter, unnecessarily using vast amounts of the available bandwidth. EVDO does not require this because it creates packages and sends the information in smaller parts. One of the big advantages of introducing EVDO, though, is that it uses exactly the same frequencies as existing methods, meaning there would be no structural change required to establish a usable network.

EVDO Service Providers In America.

Korea and America are leading the way in introducing EVDO to personal users and several services in the US are already operating several pricing and limit plans in order to allow users to easily access an effective Internet connection over their cell phone. Amp’d is one of the more recent plans to enter the market and with a service costing per month for an all-inclusive EVDO package, they look to be leading the way in pricing as well. The Amp’d service provides a wide range of MTV provided channels and media for you to download, if this is the package you choose, and there is sure to be something for everyone’s tastes. Verizon and Sprint also offer EVDO capable phones, which could be worth the look if you are looking for something more than the ‘extreme’ entertainment channels that Ampd Mobile offers.

By the way, you can purchase the same Amp’d Mobile Phones through Dealking.com at the same or cheaper prices, but also receive cash back. Check it out at dealking.com.

The Acer Laptops Fan

The Acer Laptops Fan

If you want to get in on the portable revolution, then one of the best options available is to look around on the internet for used laptops. Do you think of laptops in the same way many of us do: a fairly small portable computer that can open and close like a suitcase, with all of the capabilities of a desktop. Acer laptops have a well-deserved reputation for being some of the best laptops in the world.

Refurbished laptops have been around for a long time and will remain so because people everywhere are catching on to the incredible savings. And, refurbished laptops are definitely worth the value and savings. Refurbished laptops are a good value as the customer gets upgraded models with faster speeds, more memory, and more features at a discounted price.
Refurbished laptops are computers that have been bought new by a consumer and has been used between 1 day and 3 months.

Do not sacrifice quality for a special price, first priority is to make sure you’re buying laptops that can get the job done. And don’t let the small size fool you, laptops are very powerful.

Full laptops are the style notebook you’re used to, they range in size and weight, but are generally much heavier and bulkier than the other options. Refurbished laptops are considerably less than a new notebook computer and the best part is that it is easier than ever to hook up a home network.

Many new laptops can cost thousands of dollars while most refurbished laptop computers usually cost less than a couple of grand, and often less than 0. The major reason for the trend with laptop computers, is that they have simply become more of a tool and less of a novelty. Also, the evolution of dual core processors is big news in the laptop world and as they become more common in the marketplace it will be interesting to see how they cope with the multitude of applications that will be thrown at them.

No matter what awards for best rated laptops or what percentages of the world market that Acer acquires over the next few years, you can be sure that Acer will continue to put out the innovative products that they are known for. Personally, I think of used Toshiba laptops as retaining the same quality as the day they were bought, with solid keyboards, which made them expensive to buy, but also means that on the second hand market they hold their value.

Used laptops are those that have been used by a consumer for any length of time and then resold. No matter how you feel about laptops, they – and their successors – will be around for a long time. Of course, no matter how fascinating it is to think about the portability of laptops, there should be some concern about making work so portable. You should take a look at the software that is featured on Apples laptops and desktop computers.

The advances in computer electronics have brought us to the point where we can take these mobile and portable notebook computers all over the world. We can conduct business from home with our notebooks, and even connect our laptops to a computer network in San Fransisco from a coffee shop in Texas.

How Has The Cruise Industry Evolved

How Has The Cruise Industry Evolved

With cruises a popular choice amongst many holiday makers. It is interesting to see just how the industry has evolved from the days of early transportation to the multimillion pound leisure industry it now is. There have been many milestones during the growth of the industry which has pushed the boundaries of what is possible aboard a ship further and laid foundation for what was to become one of the must relaxing, luxurious holiday options available.

The wealth that the industrial revolution brought with it, combined with the good service and shorter transfer times of early trans-Atlantic flights, allowed passengers to arrive and spend more time at their destination. This brought about a steady decline in the demand for ship crossings. However by the time of this ‘air revolution’ cruise companies had already established a cruise model.

During the 1980’s cruise companies pioneered the idea of travelling for pleasure not just for purpose. It was still in the interest of the passengers to get to their destination, but the idea was to enjoy the journey as well. Ships became an ever more pleasurable place for passengers to spend time.

The cruise industry has evolved at a tremendous rate since the early days of cruising and offers unparalleled comfort. Cruise operators spend huge amounts on researching and developing what their current and potential customers want. Removed, from the old standards, of providing just a space on a ship, today’s liners provide Individual high quality living spaces. Cabins have evolved to be as stylish and comfortable as some of the world’s top hotels. Private bathrooms, Minibars and music systems are standard on most ships. In addition to this, individuals required to be contactable at any time are able to stay connected using sophisticated satellite broadband links.

Entertainment, equally, has also been included in the evolution of the cruise. Theatre, shows, ballrooms and all common place. Those looking for active pursuits are also catered for on today’s cruise ship with activities such as rock climbing, ice skating and even wave simulators.

With the evolution of ships into floating hotels comes a structure and network of cutting edge technology that keeps these huge vessels afloat. One of the earliest changes that accelerated the industry was the change in materials used to build propellers and hulls which laid a much sturdier foundation. Competition amongst cruise lines also pushed design and build forward at a great pace. Larger, faster ships were commissioned and lavish, luxurious designs of living spaces became an industry standard. This pushed the boundaries of marine physics and technology to new great heights, not too mention the perception of cruising.

With growing concerns about carbon emissions and the environment, the cruise industry are making strives to implement technology to help vessels reduce pollution. Advancement in the design of propulsion systems, cleaner fuel and reductions in weight has resulted in ships that consume less fuel. This eco-friendly knowledge, only adds to a complete relaxation and indulgence of a cruise holiday.

It is clear to see just how the cruise industry has evolved over the years. Technology has paved the way for large, more manoeuvrable, robust vessels. Whilst modern lifestyles and living, have created facilities to match those of international hotels. Whether it’s sending an email off the coast of Alaska or rock climbing at 100ft above sea level. Anything is now possible onboard a grand modern cruise ship.

Vodafone offer streamed news

Vodafone offer streamed news

Vodafone 3G customers can now watch a live streamed television news bulletin on their 3G mobile just like one they’d see on the box at home.

In a New Zealand first announced today, Vodafone in partnership with Prime News will deliver 3G customers “Prime News: First at 5.30” daily as part of the Sky News streamed channel. Prime is owned by Sky in New Zealand.

Tim Nichols, Head of Vodafone live! says this is a major milestone for Vodafone live! Mobile TV and marks the first evolution of the service since launch eight months ago.

“For the first time we can now offer a whole show to watch on your mobile at the same time it screens on the TV network. The fact that it’s a news show is particularly relevant in today’s fast paced world as many of us need to keep up to date but don’t often make it home for the news,” says Tim.

Vodafone has been closely monitoring viewing trends since launching 3G to deliver a service tailored to customer habits. Since launch, figures show the Sky News made-for-mobile channel is the most popular amongst customers, with viewing times spiking around lunchtime, the early evening and late at night.

“As a result of these trends Vodafone has partnered with Prime to deliver customers a streamed bulletin service during a time when they demand news most – the early evening,” says Tim.

“Vodafone live! Mobile TV with 3G means you can get news in a way that suits your lifestyle. Whether you’re waiting on the bus in traffic or working late, the news is right at your fingertips.”

Mad4mobilephones.com has reviewed the service and it is excellent from a users point of view. Vodafone Live continues to provide innovation in 3G services.

History of Web Design

History of Web Design

History is the replica of the present. Thus, we have to press our flashback imaginary buttons in order to have a sojourn in the times of yore.

We have to know the beginning in order to relate it to the present and the future. In the case of web design, history is conclusive and clear and it is interesting to dwell a tad in a world of imagination, art and craftsmanship. Together we go back…

In the late 1960’s, internet was used to transfer data between computers through the telephone network system. The transfer was made possible by transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP). It was developed by Advanced Research and Projects Agency. It was primarily developed for US military needs however, it was later used by some universities.

In 1969, aside from the creation of ARPANET, Generalized Markup Language (GML) was also created. This was made possible by the brilliant minds of Charles Goldfarb, Edward Mosher, and Raymond Lorie. GML was then used to facilitate text management in large information systems.

It was in 1980 when American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee built on GML and published a working draft of Standard GML, or SGML. This was later on adopted as the standard system by government agencies, research companies and schools. Few years after, a scientist working at CERN, the Nuclear Particle Physics Laboratory in Switzerland, by the name of Tim Berners-Lee, invented the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to define the structure of Web pages. It is a standard hypertext language protocol and browser program that interrupts the html version and converts it into text. HTML was used in a lot of contents and multi-media images or anything that uses tables, graphics, audio, video, and mathematics symbols.

Berners-Lee is also responsible for the early developments in the web’s ability to link academic papers like books researches and studies electronically. Another contribution was the inception of the concept of internet to answer the intellectual and emotional queries of people around the world.

It was also in 1980’s when the web experienced a rapid evolution. The changes are now used by business, education, government and other companies and entities. This is the ear when the World Wide Web was developed by a scientist who has explored communication methods through computer network.

Early on, browser programs were only capable of viewing texts, but nowadays, they have already developed into a wide range of computer platforms. Aside from that, there is also lots of authoring software available these days. In fact, it has turned very user-friendly that children can very well understand and use it!

Possible future of stock exchanges

Possible future of stock exchanges

With the electronic age firmly entrenched and the Internet and basic computer usage a fact of life, many people are taking a look at how computers are changing the workplace. Where most elementary schools may have had one or two computers in an entire school, some schools now have a laptop for every student. And while the average workplace use to have slow and clunky terminals, they have now been replaced with lightning fast machines capable of running a dozen complex programs at once.

One workplace that has been somewhat shielded by this evolution is the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Some consider this to be highly ironic, since the floor of the exchange is where the shares in the very computer companies that seem like they are taking over the world are traded.

The recent expulsion of Richard Grasso as head of the NYSE was seen as an ominous move by many specialists who work at the exchange. Grasso, while far from an ideal leader, was famous for trying to keep the individual traders employed when they could most likely be replaced by a newly designed computer system.

With the appointment of new exchange boss John Thain, a possible revamping of the entire trading system is expected, but how many jobs will it cost and what will it look like?

A major sign of impending change happened in April of 2005 when a company called Archipelago Holding merged with the New York Stock Exchange and the two became a publicly traded company. Archipelago is an electronic trading network, and it’s thought by many who work on the floor of the NYSE that this merger is the final nail in the coffin for the hundreds of people who carry on the tradition of floor selling that has been going on for over 200 years.

The possible evolution of the NYSE may not even be up to those that run it. As other markets across the world in places like Hong Kong, Frankfurt and London upgrade their trading methods and begin to phase out trading by people in favour of computers, an upgrade may become necessary to just keep up. Since the computer can process trades significantly faster than a human, the NYSE may have to do away with the traditional floor trader just so that the exchange remains competitive and relevant.

While the constant sea of change is inevitable, the future of the floor trader at the NYSE looks bleak. It is not known if there will still need to be traders to input the trades into the computers or if that phase of the trade will somehow be automated, as well. The only thing that is known for sure is that change will continue to happen and unless we learn to anticipate it, those that don’t will be left behind.

Great Network Marketing Advice To Help Your Business

Great Network Marketing Advice To Help Your Business

Before you read this article and put these tips to work for you, understand that network marketing is one of the oldest types of marketing in existence. With the evolution of both businesses and consumers, the only way you will make it is to stay informed and walking side-by-side with your market. Use these tips to help you along the way.

Always try to be available to your down line with your network marketing business. It can be a business killer if you are not in touch and available to your down line. Sometimes you have to make the effort yourself and get in touch with them to let them know you are there and available. You are there to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Know what your goals are. Successful business are made because the owner is constantly thinking about their company. They see that network marketing is a business builder, and something that needs to be done all of the time. Make sure you are doing everything that you can so that your goals will be reached efficiently.

If one network marketing opportunity fails find a new one. You already have the skills and experience, so just apply them to a new business! There are plenty of companies out there with different tools and techniques on offer to help you succeed. If you fail try try again until you succeed!

Use a variety of methods to get backlinks to your network marketing website, including posting on forums, listing it in topical directories, posting articles on other websites, and social media. Make it seem like you’re everywhere at once, always joining in conversations and answering any questions people might post about your website or your niche.

Avoid biting off more than you can chew with multiple income streams. Having multiple projects going that can build income is a vital key to true success but it’s not something you should start trying to do right out of the gate. Make one income stream a rousing success before you start building a new one.

The internet is the fastest way to expand your network. Online marketing systems allow you to generate targeted leads for your business. Also, the internet will save you time and money, since you can advertise and lead potential customers from all around the world to your website to purchase your products.

You can easily multiply the number of people to contact in your network marketing efforts by asking for referrals from those you already associate with in your network. For example, if you have one person in your current network who works at a school, there may be many people at that school who would like to be included in your network. Asking for a referral from the people in your network can help you easily increase your realm of contacts and marketing success.

Now, it should be quite clear to you that network marketing and the principles used within does not differ greatly from other types of marketing you’ve seen. Use these tips when you’re ready to get started and if you follow them successfully, you should be amply rewarded for your efforts as a marketer.

Making Life Simple With Wireless Technology

Making Life Simple With Wireless Technology

Wireless fidelity , or WiFi, is an amazing technology that allows you to network your computers, office, home, etc. without the need for wires. This makes networking so much easier and less messy because wires are not used. The computers simply connect to the network via radio signals.

Because of this easiness, many businesses, schools, malls, restaurants, cafes, stores, airports and other businesses have set up wireless hot spots that allow anyone to log onto the network. This is amazing for individuals that need to be able to work from any location, however there are some disadvantages because hot spots can be used by unauthorized users if not adequately protected through different security safeguards.

Hot spots are relatively new, but are growing in acceptance and popularity because of the incredible access it gives to students, travelers, business people and the like. Some hot spots are free, while others charge an hourly rate.

These days, if you go to an airport or hotel you will see signs that say internet zone or hotspot and will either say free or how to pay. Because of this evolution, individuals are able to work and study wherever they are, which makes traveling and working much easier and less downtime which is very important.

Wireless networking can also be installed in your home, which means you can work in any room in your home or even outside if you so choose. Many individuals are starting to realize how much easier this makes their lives and are installing the equipment necessary for a wireless network.

To get started, you will need an Internet connection, a router, and then wireless cards for your respective computers. The router allows the Internet signal to be routed throughout the home and the wireless cards that each computer has picks up the signal which eliminates the use of wires. All of this equipment can be purchased in your local computer store or online if you are looking for extra discounts.

If you are interested in installing a wireless network in your home, office, or business, then you can do some research online and install it yourself if you know even a little bit about computers. However, if you have a lot of computers you want to connect or are unsure of what you are doing, then you might consider hiring a professional to handle your wireless solution for you.

Once you have the wireless network setup anyone in your “hotspot” will be able to log onto the server as long as they are within range. However, if you want to exclude just anyone from logging on then you can use a virtual private network, Internet Protocol Security, or other security programs that will protect unauthorized users from logging onto your network.