Computing and the Print Industry

computing over a remote network of servers in one location securely accessed by various signed up individuals and organisations. The data held on these networks are securely held and are able to be accessed by various people working on the same project. In a nutshell, it is like a global hard drive. Rather than having to carry USB sticks and email documents across time zones and locations, all the people working on a particular project can have 24/7 access to the various bits of data from different contributors going into that project. Initially, this all might seem very disruptive to the print industry. However, cloud computing poses a number of benefits and companies in the field of print are learning to adapt.

Firstly, it is speeding up the production process through real time collaboration. Collaborators no longer have to send designs back and forth but share information over the cloud, making changes as and when necessary.

Secondly, it allows companies in the industry to improve their offering to their customers and clients. For example, products can now be tailored to meet specific low number orders as cloud computing reduces the cost of producing print goods (see below) while increasing the speed of production through real time collaboration.

There is a cost efficiency benefit also. Products can be printed on demand and thus the supply chain is rapidly improved. For multinational organisations this means they do not have to wait for days for products to be shipped from overseas and there is less administrative work involved as receipts and such are eliminated. Also, as the printing is on demand this reduces wastage, so therefore not only does it save money but it is more sustainable as far as the environment is concerned.

As sending images for printing via email can reduce the quality of the original design, quality can be improved through cloud printing. The most popular format for sending images via email is JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) as it can transfer large amounts of content in small files. But in order to do this it compresses the images thus causing a noticeable fuzziness when looked at closely. Though it is possible to reduce this upon opening the file it is time consuming. Thankfully, cloud printing eliminates this problem allowing printing companies to provide a more highly polished product and giving value for money to clients.

Cloud computing is also creating greater mobility for people. A growing number of workers are accessing email and data via their mobile phones. In the past, to print something they would have to log on to a laptop or desktop connected to a printer. Now they can connect their mobile devices to the cloud which in turn will be connected to a network of printers within reasonable reach. Leading the way in this innovation is HP with their ePrint Enterprise offering which works exclusively with BlackBerry. A similar service is offered (in the United States only) from Fed Ex.

Other companies leading the way in cloud printing include Hubcast and Caslon. The latter is aiming to work with large MNC’s such as Proctor and Gamble to simplify and improve the printing of their packaging materials through the many benefits mentioned above. The former has recently worked with HP to deliver mobile printing solutions for employees of various organisations across 135 markets.

Bugs Can Compromise Your Privacy

Any hidden web page object that is used to track visitors without being clearly visible is known as a web bug. They are invisible in order to covertly track a web visitor. If the object was visible, it would get in the way of the page, make visitors suspicious and probably be blocked. Scripts, iframes, images and other objects are used to create web bugs. The images and objects used generally don’t have any borders and are transparent though sometimes they merely blend into the background. The elements of web bugs are downsized to such a degree that the human eye simply cannot see them.

 

In addition, their tiny size means that their transfer rates will be all but unnoticeable. Visitors are tracked using cookies, IP addresses, header information and much more. Although web bugs may only track the visitor’s current page, there are bugs capable of going through the whole browsing history of an individual. You should not confuse web bugs with the software kind which describes an error, these bugs are deliberately created in order to track visitors.

 

Why Are Web Bugs Used?

As you might suspect, the whole point of creating web bugs is to improve the level of information garnered from online users for marketing purposes. Proponents of web bugs will say that they are there for a person’s convenience. However, they rightly cause privacy concerns because they aren’t easy to detect which means people can’t opt out. The only real plus point in relation to web bugs is the fact that they can collect useful consumer information and aid in online advertising.

 

Web Bug Invasion

Unfortunately, web bugs are blatantly misused by those who champion them. The biggest concern is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a specific limit on the number of different web bugs allowed on any one site. It is also the case where the information is illegally sold. Spam marketers use web bugs to find out if their spam mail is being received. If it is, they know that their emails are bypassing spam filters. Hidden objects are often linked with phishing sites, malware, viruses and other issues that affect your security.

 

The Best from the Digital Age

For most of us these days, using a computer has become a daily occurrence, so much so that many of us can’t imagine life without it. Completing work projects, checking correspondence, interacting socially and shopping online have all become part of our everyday existence, but not everyone has become part of the Digital Age. There is one significant group in our society which has been left behind by events, and it’s perhaps time to include them.

A significant number of the older members of our communities have little or no experience of computers, and will not be aware of the many benefits that regular internet usage can bring. In an era when we are encouraging young children to find their way around the web and to become increasingly au fait with everything computers can achieve, it seems a shame that we are neglecting those at the other end of the age scale.

Those who were born in the 1980s and beyond have grown up in an era of technological innovation, and are therefore better equipped to understand the many gadgets and gizmos that have appeared on the shelves of our stores ever since. Although there are plenty of older people who know their way around a digital camera or a mobile phone, there are still too many who struggle to understand just what a computer, and the internet, can do.

The first step is the most important one

Needless to say, switching on a computer and accessing the worldwide web is a simple operation for most of us, and if some of the less enlightened members of our senior communities could be encouraged to try it, they will undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised by this simplicity. The most difficult hurdle in this is likely to be the first one of all: how best to guide and support the uninitiated through that vital initial step.

A worthy campaign by the BBC in recent times to get older people involved in internet life produced some interesting results, with many initially reluctant participants discovering many of the benefits of web usage. If the momentum from this outreach programme could be harnessed further, we may find a growing number of men and women becoming more and more keen to put the computer through its paces.

Cloud Computing for the Home

Cloud computing not only transforms home computing, but the way we work and live. If that sounds overblown, consider how working from home and consuming entertainment have changed over the last few years. And the rise of the ‘Internet of Things’, which will co-ordinate internet connected devices, can make your home life more relaxing and enjoyable.

There are already lots of advantages to embracing cloud computing in your home, whether it’s for work, pleasure or managing your household.

Cloud Storage for the home:
One of the big early selling points of cloud computing has been the availability of cheap, plentiful storage space for photos, videos, work documents and anything else you can think of. Cloud storage providers include UK-based Memstore, along with U.S companies such as Dropbox, Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft.

It’s important to check out the various options and not just sign up to the most familiar brand names, as costs can vary depending on the storage needed. And in the UK it’s also well worth considering a UK-based provider like Memset, as they’ll be fully-compliant with UK specific laws and regulations, which isn’t the case for businesses based elsewhere.

Backing up anything valuable to you, whether its photos of your family, household documents like your insurance forms, or work documents, is essential. Many people rely on external hard drives for manual backups, which is a good idea. But these backups are often left sat next to computers, so in the event of a robbery, you lose both the originals and backups.

For peace of mind, backing up once to an external hard drive and once to a cloud service means that you have security whatever happens. And it’s low cost – Memstore is a great example as you only pay for the space you use and when you download beyond large amounts. For instance, you can store up to 100GB and download 20GB per month for just £3.95 per month.

If you check the disk space you’ve used on your computer and laptop now, you’ll probably find it’s a lot less to backup than you might think.

Cloud Streaming for the home:
Whether you enjoy music, movies or even videogames, we’re all becoming used to cloud storage and streaming.

If you just want instant access, you can choose from a variety of services such as Spotify to get access to a huge range of music, or Lovefilm and Netflix to stream movies to your tablet or TV – apps for games consoles mean you don’t need to move the computer or trail wires through your house.

But if you’re worried about relying on the cloud for all your entertainment, you can still buy physical CDs and DVDs etc. Legally backing up entertainment you own to cloud storage or a more tailored cloud service means the physical copy can be stored out of the way in the cupboard or loft, and you can now access the entertainment you own wherever you have an internet connection.

A new dawn of super-fast internet

4G finally goes live in the UK on the 30th of October heralding a new dawn of super-fast internet for Brits. After heavy delays caused by legal threats between the networks and legal threats within the industry, Orange and T Mobile’s owner, Everything Everywhere, has been granted permission by Ofcom to plough on ahead with the launch of the first LTE network on British soil over their existing 2G spectrum.

As part of the deal Everything Everywhere has been forced to sell off a chunk of this to Three Mobile so that they don’t have monopolistic control over the new technology. Next year, the other networks will get their pick of the airwaves as the government prepares to sell of the 4G spectrum. Unfortunately, however, Apple’s iPhone 5 will only work at full speed on the old 2G spectrum that will be available from EE and Three. If you’re an iFan, then you’d better make sure your brand new iPhone is on one of these providers.

The platform for 4G services will only be available through the new “EE” brand so even T Mobile and Orange customers won’t be able to get the highest speeds unless they transfer their 4G ready pay monthly phones over to the new network on a 4GEE tariff. That said, it seems like the old network operators are trying to make it as easy as possible to transfer over to EE. They currently are offering a range of 4G enabled handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and the iPhone 5 at attractive prices in order to woo over consumers who want to prepare for the changeover and have their new phones straight away.

This head start for a 4G Britain doesn’t come without its drawbacks. By getting to the 4G buffet early, they’ve got the chance to pile their plate high with all of the early adopter customers who are willing to pay a premium for faster internet. Though they haven’t explicitly stated it, don’t be surprised if you’ll be looking at an extra four to five pounds a month on your bill. That means that the rest of us will either have to wait until the New Year for the upgrade or be willing to stump up the extra cash.

The Cheapest Computer to Date

If we look few decades back, it was almost impossible to think of working with a computer without any proficiency of knowledge about it. Gradually, the developers made it simple by making use of a graphical operating system. Now, it is simpler yet by the invention of Raspberry Pi, it has been developed by a charity called Raspberry Pi Foundation. It is not more than the size of a credit card. The feature which makes it genuinely special is its ‘ease of use’, especially for the beginners. Another important factor is its price, which is either $25 or $35, depending upon the version. The price is good news for them who can’t afford to buy a usual desktop.

These days computers are important, as these have become important means for communicating, be it for business purpose or some personal need. We could assure you that Raspberry Pi fulfills the basic needs of all classes of people. However, you need to understand one thing clearly, from the moment you take the circuit out of the package, do not expect things to happen automatically. If you do not know how to work with Raspberry Pi, land up on Raspberry Pi’s website for online help and start working with it.

Before purchasing a Raspberry Pi, you should know certain things about it to make a better choice. We have gathered a precise info about it, here you go:

Raspberry Pi has two versions, one is Model A and another is Model B. Model B is better version than that of Model A, and it is more expensive too. Let us see few of the features of both flavors of Raspberry Pi: Model A has only one USB port, but Model B has two such ports. Unlike Model B, Model A lacks in Ethernet port. Other than few certain things, major part of the hardware is more or less similar.

Let us dig deeper into the hardware section: It has 700MHz ARM1176JZF-S CPU, it has a Broadcom Video Core IV GPU, 256MB of SDRAM. RCA & HDMI are the two video outputs that you can find in the circuit, also a 3.5 mm audio output. It is important to note here, it receives its power from a micro USB adapter, this means that this circuit doesn’t have any Switch ON or Switch OFF button; rather it draws its power from plugging the adapter into the circuit.

It is not necessary to remind you of the fact that, you will not get a capable computer with the kind of price that has been mentioned, but it is also a fact that you will not have a great multi-tasking and web browsing experience with the circuit of Raspberry Pi. All that you can run are: fundamental desktop jobs, few low-end games which can otherwise made to run in lower models of smartphones, play HD videos.

Did we mention that, to use Raspberry Pi, you need few components such as: a monitor with digital connection and compatible video cable, a USB keyboard and a mouse (if required)? Do not forget a micro USB power adapter or else your computer will be a box, which is meant for a showpiece in the drawing room.

There is nothing exciting about it, as it is just a bare board with no chassis, you have to put all the efforts to build it as a computer and the difficult part is that, you need to know little bit of Linux to have a command over it.

T Mobile and Orange to EE

The company behind Orange and T-Mobile, Everything Everywhere, has undergone a huge transformation, launching a new brand called EE. In terms of numbers of customers, they could already boast of being the largest network in the UK and now they can also lay claim to being the only true 4G network for at least the next year. Their new flagship stores opened on October 30th, the same day on which their 4G network went live and ended its test phase. This new high-speed network will cover 16 major cities in the UK by Christmas with the goal of being able to offer 4G to 70% of the population by this time next year. While this is all huge news to the UK phone-landscape, it has undoubtedly caused confusion amongst existing customers and has people wondering just what it is exactly that they’re being offered.

If you’re already signed up to a plan with either orange or T-Mobile, you’ll still need to sign a new contract and basically join a new service if you wish to take advantage of EE’s 4G network. That being said, if you’re happy with your current plan, that won’t disappear and everything that you enjoy about your existing contract will stay the same, including your number, mobile service and plan details (and, perhaps more importantly for some, your Orange Wednesdays benefits). If you do choose to upgrade to 4G, discounts are available with the possibility of being able to shift over with no penalty.

EE has stated that ‘eligible’ Orange and T-Mobile customers will be provided with a ‘straightforward’ way changing over to their newly launched 4G service. Bear in mind though that in order to make use of the 4G coverage, you will need a 4G compatible phone, a 4G SIM card and a 4G plan directly from EE. It’s also not an entirely inexpensive move, with contracts only available for 24-months at a time, starting from £36 per month for a mere 500MB of data and going up to a maximum limit of 8GB for £56, with no unlimited plans on offer. That being said, the new tariffs are flexible, and if you find yourself nearing your data limit regularly, you can shift up a tariff. Also, in an attempt to eliminate any chance of buyer’s remorse, you’re still afforded the option to move back down to your original plan should things not work out. Keep in mind though that you won’t be able to go lower than the tariff which you originally signed though.

Currently, the only phones to offer 4G and LTE services are, rather unsurprisingly, the higher end models. As such, expect an upfront cost for your plan as well in order to purchase the handset as only the Ascend P1 is offered free of charge, but only from tariffs price at £41 a month or higher. EE have also confirmed that there won’t be any pay as you go plans available at Launch but haven’t ruled out the possibility in the future, likely when the other networks finalise the 4G spectrums they’ll be using and are able to compete with EE directly.

It’s also worth noting that no handset bought before mid-September will work on the 4G network with the sole exception of the UK version of the iPhone 5 which just happened to be on the compatible 1800MHz spectrum. Regardless of what the specifications for any other phones might say, the modems and antennas are different enough to make them incompatible with the current 4G network from EE. As such, any phones you’d want to use on their contracts would have to be bought directly from them. Luckily, the range of phones on offer from EE is respectable, ranging from Android equipped devices such as the excellent Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Apple’s iPhone 5 and even Nokia’s Windows 8-based 920, all high-performance, high-quality (if expensive) phones.

While EE is very much pushing the message that it wants to create a network for everyone, not just the elite, upgrading is still a pricey proposition for most people. Although, with the speeds being offered, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see data allowances slowly being pushed up for all. If that happens, we’d soon be caught in a space-war between the major operators once they pitch in with their 4G offerings and, with any luck, we may well see the unintended benefit of skyrocketing mobile data usage over the next few years. At 4G speeds, it’s going to be pretty easy to tear through those 500MB data caps after all.

Cool Mouse That You Can Use In Windows

Here are five windows operations that you can use on some occasions with windows or associated software.

 

1 – Open new links in brand new tabs on Windows Internet Explorer

 

If your mouse has three buttons – then use the middle one to open new tabs. Hover the mouse pointer over the link and press the mouse wheel to open up new tabs.  All you need to do is place the mouse pointer over a link and then press down on the middle mouse button (the mouse wheel).

The middle mouse button is able to roll forward or back, however, it is also able to be pressed down and clicked just like a button.  If you do this on a link then it will open up that link in a new tab.  This is a lot quicker than pressing right-click and clicking on “open in a new tab.”  It is an easier way to research certain items by simply clicking in order to open new tabs.

If you are feeling the super lazy you can hold CTRL and press Tab to scroll through your tabbed windows – or you can even hold Alt and press Tab to see a screen of windows – which shows all of the items you have active at the moment, including your tabbed windows.

 

2 – You may find hidden menus within context menus on Windows

 

Some article and icon buttons on Microsoft Windows may be right-clicked on to reveal a context menu. Some icons you are able to hold shift upon in order to reveal an even bigger listed menu.  You should try it on your hard drive file.  This is a very nice little trick to use if you are a hardcore windows user.

 

3 – You are able to select columns of text with some Windows applications

 

On some applications you are able to select text on a vertical level as opposed to on a horizontal level.  You do this by holding the ALT key and then dragging the mouse across the text you would like to highlight.  This may be done on some versions of Microsoft word and many advanced editors that word have created.  You will even find that you can use this technique on the fantastic code writing software known as Notepad++.

 

Most Popular Mobile Apps

These apps have added to the scope of communication, location tracking, learning, gaming and entertainment thereby causing a sudden boost in the mobile application development industry. They are fast gaining significance for companies who wish to promote their products and services to smartphone users.

Trend wise, it is the mobile game applications that are most popular in the mobile app stores. We expect more game applications will be created by mobile application development companies to engage users while teaching them more about business activity.

Most Popular Mobile Apps in 2013
We expect the following top applications to lead others in terms of popularity in 2013.

Facebook:
The most popular application of 2012, Facebook can be used to market a company’s products and services while keeping connected to the target market. Customized Facebook applications allow companies to launch specials, showcase products and organize polls and giveaways for all mobile users on the go. The use of a company logo and corporate colors add a corporate look and style to the mobile app.

Mobile Tracker:
Companies such as movers, cab companies and car sales can create an application similar to the Mobile Tracker to allow users to track their friends anywhere in the world. All you have to do is enter their phone number, and using Google Maps the application will point the location of your friend.

Evernote:
All entrepreneurs who use smartphones or tablets and want to organize their day will use Evernote (there are free and subscription versions). It allows them to keep track of meetings, seminars and conferences. It also lets sales people save notes on client meetings and share the same while on the go. Most startups like the ease and convenience of using this app as it is more cost effective than commuting.

EchoSign for iOS by Adobe
This mobile app allows users to use digital signatures instead of signing hard copies and scanning the same. This helps traveling sales reps to get all contracts signed quickly. Users are able to send, sign and manage all sales documents from within the application. No need to carry paper-based contracts, now you can send the contract using EchoSign. Mobile app development companies can create e-signatures to promote your business

How for Choosing the Tablet PC

Tablet devices are not cheap. Even the good starter models are going to cost you over $150. So you have a moral obligation to make sure that you pick one that going to be right for you. It is in your best interest to purchase a tablet device that is going to have a clear return on investment for you in particular. The tablet must provide you with both a short term and long-term use. You must ensure that the return on your investment is more than just having another gadget to fill your drawers at home. This article has seven tips that will help you to pick the right tablet device for you. It features tips that are less about technical specifications, and more about real-world issues revolving around usability, usefulness and practicality.

 

1 – The feel, shape and grip of the device

This should be the most obvious factor when you are choosing a hand held device, specifically because it is a “Hand held device,” which indicates that it is going to spend a lot of time in your hand.

 

Why should the feel of the device affect how easy the tablet is to hold? A tablet may be heavy, slippery and wide, yet feel fine when you hold it. The trouble is that when you hold it for an hour your wrists, hands and fingers hurt. When you hold it for two hours every day then by Sunday your wrists, hands and fingers are aching.

 

The feel of the device relates to its size. The thicker a device is then the harder it is to hold for long periods. However, you should be aware that the size of your hand plays a part in this. Take your hand and rest the tip of your index finger on the tip of your thumb and you will make an oval shape. The distance between your two fingers (width, not length) is the ideal size for you to hold your tablet. So obviously a large mans hands is going to be able to comfortably hold a paving slab sized tablet, where a tiny 3 foot tall woman will not.

 

A tablet device with a good grip will mean that you will not have to grip the tablet as tightly, which is going to save your fingers and wrists from getting tired too quickly.

 

2 – The weight of the device

The weight of the device plays a big part when it comes to tablet use. This is because a tablet is meant to be held on one had for long periods of time whilst the other hand operates the device. This means that not only does a person have to hold the device in one hand, but also has to resist the force of their other hand pushing upon it. When using a Smartphone, only one hand is used and even then, the device is operated by the thumb of the same hand. Portable game consoles are controlled using two hands holding the device (except the Nintendo DS). A tablet device however is a one handed device unless a person is reading; therefore, it cannot be too heavy. When you are testing a tablet device, ask yourself if you would feel uncomfortable holding its weight for an hour.