The Financial Risk to Launching

To many gamers, 3D seems like a gimmick – but if the general entertainment market moves towards 3D, it would be foolish for consoles to not at least be 3D capable. Currently, the only next generation console looking for release in the near future is Nintendo’s offering. As with the Wii, it doesn’t appear that Nintendo are directly competing with either Microsoft or Sony – looking instead to solidify their position with the more casual audience with the Wii U. This infographic by ladbrokesgames.com  details some of the interesting aspects of Sony’s financial motivations in the technological arms-race that is console development.

Of particular interest are the rumours of an always-on approach to DRM (or the ability to use purchased games on a single console) – effectively killing the used games market. Interestingly, Ubisoft (pioneers, for good or bad of “working exactly as intended” always-on DRM) were recently seen to be backing down from such an approach because of the image problem it had created for the company. Do you think such a move would be terrible PR for Sony, or good financial sense? Do you think 3d offers an enriched experience, or wish it would quit circling the drain and just die already?

Another feature that is not only not going to be added, but will actually be removed, is the Audience noise-cancelling processor chip. The firm said that Apple instead has decided to return to in house audio, a move which might quite likely seek to give the tyrannical company even more control over its products and cut costs.

There’s even talk that the iPhone 5 might not arrive with EU compatible 4G support in October. This is perfectly possible, seeing as their major markets (the UK and Germany) don’t currently have sufficient 4G coverage to make it worthwhile. Were people’s expectations too high, or are Apple losing their shine? We can’t be sure until we know for definite what will be launched on the 15th September. In the meantime, here’s a video that supposedly demonstrates the iPhone 5 booting up. Most people think it’s fake but I like to think it isn’t.

Know The latest iPhone

It’s iPhone season again, just in case you hadn’t noticed. We’ve been bombarded by hundreds of supposed leaks, photos, videos, rumours and educated guesses. All of these have been promising additions, changes, new features and the like, but it seems in recent days like the rumours have been going in the opposite direction.

Let’s take a sample. First, after months of speculation, it seems that Apple has finally chosen not to include NFC in their new iPhone 5. There was a wide assumption that they would do so, seeing as Passbook e-wallet functionality has been baked into the new iOS 6 software. It’s a feature that the iPhone’s main rivals include as standard. The choice not to include it seems like a regressive step. The technology is certainly ready even if the customers aren’t. It isn’t even prohibitively expensive, so they can’t claim it’s to do with keeping costs down. Heck, even the BlackBerry Curves now have NFC contactless payments built in.

On the world’s most anticipated (and probably most expensive) smartphone it seems like an unusual move to create the software and then fail to implement the hardware. That means it will be another year before we see iPhone 5 NFC technology, putting them two years behind BlackBerry and Samsung in the contactless payment wars. If this kind of technology takes off, and it really could do with the push from EE, Vodafone and O2, then Apple will be at a major disadvantage in the feature stakes.

It’s possible that Apple are just being cautious. Uptake and usage is not high (from both merchants and consumers) so to add it as standard might not make sense. There could be NFC models in certain countries where uptake has proven to be higher. We’ve only seen one phone broken down in Asia, so we don’t know if this is the EU or American version. Another reason they may not have implemented it is over security concerns raised at the Black Hat conference over summer. Charlie Harris demonstrated a method for NFC linking a phone’s browser to an infected web page without the user’s consent. This can be done even if the phone is in someone’s pocket and locked. Scary stuff.

Another feature that is not only not going to be added, but will actually be removed, is the Audience noise-cancelling processor chip. The firm said that Apple instead has decided to return to in house audio, a move which might quite likely seek to give the tyrannical company even more control over its products and cut costs.

Apps for Businessman

Android apps are mobile software designed to run on android operating system which has become the most popular platform in tablets and other mobile devices. Since the introduction of android platform hosted by Google, more than 350,000 android apps have been made available and easy to download from Google Play online store.
Majority of android apps offer a businessman platform to address his/her business issues professionally. Here is a list of 5 Android Apps for businessman.

1. Google Drive
Take charge of your businesses’ productivity using this android app. It gives you storage of up to 5 gigabytes encouraging you to save everything including your businesses’ documents in any format. These files are available offline hence accessible without the need of a mobile data bundle. Google drive can take a photo of printed text and converting it to a Google document and sync files with your PC.

2. Dolphin Browser HD
This is another powerful web browser for your android giving a businessman quality and fast access to the internet. It offers a multi-tab functionality letting you open more than one webpages in several tabs. Switching between these tabs is much easier making this browser look like the usual home desktop browsers. Products’ blogs can be uploaded to your business site using this app. It also offers businessman an opportunity to post links and blogs about their products for the purpose of online marketing. Other features include multi-touch zooming, bookmarking, versatile add-ons and optional mobile view.

3. Cam-Scanner
This app turns your android phone into a fax machine and a document scanner. It gives you the ability to scan multiple pages of a document including receipts, business and membership cards, books and magazines, bills and other relevant business documents deemed important. Documents scanned using Cam-Scanner can be faxed via the internet. Some of such documents can be merged into using this app to save on space and enhance accessibility.

4. Olive office Premium
This android app is the same as MS Office used on home desktop computers. With this app you can create, edit, save or delete office files such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint Slides describing your products and services as a businessman. Blogs to be posted on your website can be generated using this app without the need of a home desktop computer. This is a premium version app and is therefore completely different from any other. Olive office premium helps you keep track of your documents on your android phone with full MS office support.

5. PicsArt Photo Studio Pro
This is probably the only free camera app in the market that has more functions and photo effects than any other photo editing app. It comes with a PicIn network support feature through which as a businessman can edit and upload his products’ images to his/her business website. Sharing of images is possible through the PicIn plugin network and other social networks like Twitter and Facebook. In addition to this great feature, the app has filters such as cartoonizer and sketcher that allow users to make drawings and animations of your products and business easily.

EBook Creation Software

The social web is entirely changing the way that authors are publishing and readers are reading books. But all of this change is creating an overwhelming decision for writers who are looking to create and publish ebooks. There are innumerable software programs and apps available that authors can choose from. It can be overwhelming to figure out which software is the best.

Here are some considerations for writers who are just beginning their research into the best services to fit their needs.

Price – all too often price is the deciding factor in any purchase. The cost of some of the available ebook software can run high, but if you’ve figured out how many copies of your book will sell, the price may be agreeable. However, for aspiring or first time writers, cost may be prohibitive; in this case, look for a free solution – there are lots of them out there.

Learning curve – a lot of the older software available demands that the author is quite technically savvy. As new software and apps are developed, the process is made easier and becomes more streamlined. Even if the author is comfortable with HTML, maybe they feel that the time they could spend formatting the book could be better spent editing and working on PR. When publishing boils down to a one-person process, every minute is precious

Customizable – how much control do you want over the design of the book? Some software have fairly stringent templates that you must stick to. Others let you design your own cover page, use unconventional layout design, etc.  Do you want to include other media like audio, video and images? Each platform offers different functionality so it’s a good idea to run through a checklist of what you need and what each one offers.

Publication channels – does the software or app you’re using offer a database of other ebooks that their users have created? Is it popular? Do they promote new books through social media, press releases or other channels? If it’s important to you, look for software or apps that have a vibrant online presence and following.

Compatibility – depending on the platform or software you’re using, you may or may not be able to publish your books everywhere you like. Some will only produce your work in an Epub format. Others offer a range, including EPub, iBook, or others that are compatible with online sellers. Deciding on a marketing plan for your book first is a good way to gauge what formats you’ll need to have available. Generally, the more widely available your book is the more publicity and sales you’ll receive.

Recommendations from writing communities – try joining any of the numerous writers’ and publishers’ forums and communities. There are writers of all backgrounds, genres and experiences there who can answer your questions and offer useful tips. These sites usually have a handful of good moderators who will monitor the sites’ activities and make sure that the information being presented is fair and unbiased. They’ll often have a page of tried-and-true resources that you know you can trust. Just don’t forget to do your due diligence!

Internet Connection Types

Over the last two decades, the Internet has pervaded our everyday lifestyles in a way that makes the cyber world less of a luxury and more of a necessity for access to opportunity and information. With that in mind, not everyone requires the same connection speed for their Internet service, as we all tend to use it with a different purpose in mind. To make the search for the ideal Internet connection a little bit simpler, let’s look at some common Internet options and dissect which speed may best meet your own online needs.

Dial-Up

By far the most inexpensive of Internet options, dial-up – otherwise known as analog (56k) – is famous for — beyond its trademark connection sound — boasting the slowest Internet connection speed on the market. Using an ISP-provided public telephone network to connect, the quality of the access is relatively poor compared to its competitors and reaches a meager speed height of about 56 Kbps, much too slow for quality streaming or downloading. Still, dial-up is the economical option for a family living on a low budget, or for anyone who desires basic access to Web pages, but not necessarily the flashy substance of video and audio.

DSL

The spark that set off the Internet in the last decade, DSL connections have given access to millions more people since its introduction, as it touts speeds as high as 9 Mbps. The connection uses a two-wire copper phone line that avoids clogging your phone landline in the way dial-up is known to do. DSL is broken down into three subcategories:

  • ADSL. The ubiquitous asymmetrical digital subscriber line connection peaks at a speed of 9 Mbps when receiving data, making it faster than its SDSL counterpart in addition to being the most chosen amongst customers. If living in a metropolitan area, users may also choose the supped-up version of ADSL often referred to as ADSL +2, which involves the installation of a special filter that amplifies download speeds.
  • SDSL. The symmetrical digital subscriber line supports speeds up to 3 Mbps, differing from ADSL significantly by having the same speeds for uploads as it does downloads. Further varying from its DSL sibling, it uses telephone lines already in existence in addition to a specific modem for the Internet type. If you desire a more consistent connection – especially if you upload files frequently – SDSL may be your best option in what is considered the xDSL family.
  • VDSL. Very High DSL stands out from the pack as the DSL type catered toward short-distance connections, often more ideal for small businesses.

HTML Web Site Development

Since its creation in the earliest days of the Internet Era, the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) has struggled to find a place as anything more than a tool for the presentation or formatting of text and images. HTML 5 has provided both the base functionality and ease of extensibility that promises to elevate the once-lowly markup language to a useful application development tool.

HTML 5 is best thought of as a web standard which combines the simplicity of HTML, the presentation flexibility of the Cascading Style Sheet 3 specification, and JavaScript’s ability to access and manipulate real-time data on both the server and application levels. Although each of these has its own relative strengths and weaknesses, they are at their most synergistic when used concurrently within the HTML 5 framework.

A complete study of HTML 5 is far beyond the scope of this short article. For a more thorough review of the topic, the interested reader is encouraged to visit the World Wide Web Consortium’s HTML 5 Specification site. Instead, we will turn our attention to three areas where HTML 5 is already proving its utility.

HTML 5 for Web Site Development

Thanks to the inherent versatility of HTML 5, the need for extensive skills in Cascading Style Sheets for content presentation or in JavaScript, or some other CGI language, for form processing or database design and access is quickly slipping into the past. HTML 5 provides new, more versatile support for traditional form controls such as buttons, boxes, and text areas, as well as the ability to automatically update web content when newer content becomes available. This is, of course, in addition to the already-existing ability to “customize” content presentation to the individual’s preferences.

HTML 5 and Web Applications

The ability of HTML 5 to precisely define content, layout, and server/client data exchanges makes this technology ideal for the development of “cloud” applications or applications that require local data sharing and collaboration. Although many such applications will demand more than JavaScript and style sheets are currently capable of delivering, HTML 5 will be useful in both prototyping and deployment of web-based software applications.

Yet another exciting feature of HTML 5, which is discussed in the following section, is that it allows both web site content and web applications to be quickly “repackaged” for use on mobile devices.

HTML 5 and Mobile Devices

With HTML 5, it is now possible that web content presentation can be optimized for the user’s mobile device. Using a combination of simple JavaScript routines and style sheets that are device-specific, existing web content can be tailored to the capabilities of devices such as smart phones, tablets, and even e-book readers. In fact, the anticipated future importance of HTML 5 is evidenced by the fact that companies such as AT&T and Nokia now include support for HTML 5 as either a basic component in their software development kits or as optional “add-ons” to older packages.

Getting Started with Online Marketing

As a small business owner, you know that time is money. You simply do not have the time to devote to online marketing efforts that may or may not generate visitors to your website and convert them to customers. You have a finite amount of time to devote to online marketing efforts. Moreover, you need to see a return on the time investment when you allocate your valuable time resources to online marketing.

Most small business owners agree that internet marketing would benefit their business. However, with limited time available to learn the techniques of online marketing and even less time available to monitor successes that do not immediately translate into ROI, small business owners need a lean, mean initiation strategy to quickly and efficiently implement online marketing.

Six tips to help small business owners get started with internet marketing include:

Land that User!

The most important page of your small business website is the landing page, also known as the homepage. Your homepage must engage the user and compel them to investigate other pages within your site. Your landing page should not include all of the information about your business that you can stuff into one page. Instead, your homepage should give users a taste and leave them wanting more. You can accomplish this task in several ways. You might provide a teaser paragraph from three or four articles with the “Read More” link at the bottom of each paragraph. You have probably seen this technique in action. Once the reader is engaged by the first paragraph, they will click the link to read the rest of the article.

Content, Content, Content
Fresh, relevant and valuable content is essential to engage users. Few small businesses are entirely unique with regards to the products or services they provide. Therefore, you need to offer value in the way of content to your users. Content is not only important for engaging users, content is also a major factor utilized by the major search engines to rank your site in search engine results pages, or “SERPs.” Regularly post content that is of value to those that may visit your site, such as applicable blog posts, articles, and interesting information. If you do not have time to generate new content, several content resellers and freelance authors are available to lend a hand.

Get Social

Social media is a great way to increase the visibility of your business. However, just creating a profile page for your business on Facebook and expecting users to flock to your site won’t work. Create a Facebook “Fan” (business) page instead of a generic user profile page for your business. When you create a business page, you will have features that are not available to profile pages.

Once you create your business page, it is important to engage users. Post fresh, relevant and entertaining content, such as videos, articles and specials for Facebook Fans. Engage users by promptly answering questions, posting surveys and requesting for feedback from your users.

Offer a Clever Call to Action

Users usually don’t freely offer their contact information. However, you can obtain their contact information in exchange for something they view as valuable. Offer a discount coupon and ask that users register with their contact information. Make a white paper available for download and ask that the user provides contact information to access the download link. Get creative with your call to action and beef up your customer contact list.

Data storage device

When you buy a data storage, or build your own, say, a RAID, you naturally want it to work fast. I have never met a single person who does like the slow drives.

However, often the real-life read/write speed of a device is somewhat different from the values advertised by a vendor or in case of DIY device from the design-time speed estimation.

There are many reasons why a device performs slower than expected. For example, when analyzing NAS performance, you should take into account the throughput of network to which you connect the NAS. For the external drives connected to a PC via USB, the overall performance will be limited by USB bus which at least five times slower than the slowest hard drive.

However, before you set to find out why your data storage device doesn’t provide the maximum performance, let’s learn how to measure the performance.

The process of measuring various performance characteristics of a data storage device is called benchmarking. The main measured parameters are:

  • linear read and write speed – speed at which a device can read or write sequential blocks of data;
  • access time – time for which a device spits out the first block of the requested data;
  • Input/Output operations Per Second (IOPS) – a number of read or write operations a device handles per second…

Typically, linear read/write speed and access time are represented in charts with maximum and minimum values highlighted; IOPS is usually just a number.

It is very easy to analyze these characteristics – fast device is a device with a maximum linear speed and IOPS, and a minimum access time.

Best Google Nexus 7 tablet apps

Google’s Nexus 7 is the first tablet from search giant and technology powerhouse that may very well put up a formidable competition. Besides, Galaxy Tab the only real threat could be posed to Apple’s iPad is the Nexus 7 tablet. At £200, it’s cheap on pocket, for the 8GB model, and feels like a quality piece of hardware also. This is where is poses a serious threat to other contender including Samsung as well. The sheer amount of hardware and software features packed into Nexus tablet could turn out to be an inevitable turn-on for end-users. It exudes ‘Google Magic’ with every usage. Though it is in the budget tablet category, you won’t feel as if you compromised something by purchasing this one. It uses the “Jelly Bean” Android OS (the first to use this OS), and thus makes finding of apps for this device a bit tricky. It enhances itself with the apps and here are ten of the best apps for the Nexus. Let’s assume that sooner or later you’re going to get your hands on this lucrative and fruitful tablet from Google. But is the Google Play store ready to serve the new crop, let’s find out.

 

Best Google Nexus 7 tablet apps

1. Google Chrome

Google chrome is again an app from the powerhouse of innovation. Chrome has already proved its worth on PC segment and is ready to rock the smartphone and tablet segment as well. It is the first time optimization of Chrome has been done for a tablet. This is giving a light, functional browsing feel which all loves. It works surprisingly well in a typical Google style. Also Chrome keeps track of everything one does using the tablet to use the info and suggest useful widgets. Needless to mention that Google chrome browser is said to be one of the most powerful, light on resource and fastest browser out there. It will take the browsing experience on Nexus 7 tablet to a whole new level.

2. Google Currents

This application is also preloaded that helps the Nexus outpace competition. With Google Currents we get a friendly user interface, a neat / clean look and the “wow factor”. One understands that every inch of the Google Current app was designed with the Nexus in mind. It just shows once one loads it up for reading favourite blogs or surfing websites. It will serve as one of the best place to read your favourite news, feeds and other stuff. The way Google currents organizes all the feeds is incredible in itself.

3. Watch the News

Watch the news is a simple, easy way for keeping track of the current events. It features access to almost all popular news feeds/programs. Select your favourite category or channel and enjoy up to date news stream on your tablet with minimal fuss. Now, one can know by this app usage, what one talks when one talk about current issues. The UI is something to boast about for the developer.

4. Bloomberg for Tablet

Already a winner, Bloomberg’s tablet app has now sprinkled some more magic for the smaller screen tablets, comparable to its version on the Android tablets. One can watch related news articles and videos, and Bloomberg really improved it for the Nexus it seems. Swiping to view the previous or next topics / articles is also possible now. We can say that Bloomberg has done a commendable work and poured hard work in shaping up this application.

5. MX Player

Without music every smartphone, tablet is just a piece of junk. After all, smartphone and tablets are an entertainment device first and then gadget to serve different purpose. The Nexus 7, just like maximum Android devices, allows easy transfer of content both ways from the PC. All kinds of media may thus be used. But for reasons unknown, Google’s preloaded media player in the Nexus does not support playing of several video formats. Probably they would patch this oversight soon. Till then download MX Player. It is sure to patch up this oversight and enable you to conveniently play all popular video formats. Take a look at some more music player for android on geniusgeeks blog.

6. Flick Golf

Once you get the hang, this golfing video game is sure to make you an addict. It is a promising one to keep you entertained for hours by allowing you to experience the sport. It looks appealing / beautiful on the Nexus 7 screen. Flick, means once the ball is hit, a few well-placed flicks can still help you manipulate it.

7. Volume+ –

Android devices are cool as they are flexible to be hacked unlike the rigidity of Apple devices. Anything can be customized on android as long as there is an app for the change. Well if you don’t want to miss anything by pumping up / modifying the default volume of the movie or music, this app is for you. Boost and enjoy the enhanced volume and enjoy this app usage.

Choose a domain name

The internet has changed the way we do business and a website is an essential part of any company. Whatever your business is, the internet is the easiest way to let the world know about your services. From multinational firms to small one man bands, if you don’t have a website, then you are losing out and somebody else is taking your potential clients. When you start a website, the first thing that you will need to decide upon is what you wish the address of your site to be. Websites all have an address and these are known as domain names. Choosing domain names is quite important as this is generally how people will find you and sometimes judge your worth before they even look at your site.

A good idea is to try and make your domain name close or the same as the name of your company or the service you supply. For example if your company is called Hats With Tunes and you sell hats with built in radios you might want to choose a domain name such as hatswithtunes.com or radiohats.com. This way people browsing the internet can see straight away what your company provides and are more likely to visit your site.

The second part of domain names is known as the domain and are grouped into three types. Top level domains or TLD’s are the .com, .net, info and .org addresses and these are the most popular. However, as the internet has grown and the amount of websites has increased there have been more domain names made available and there are now second and third level domains. Other top level domains are to direct a viewer towards a specific country as in co.uk or .dk. if your business is specific to a certain country, then these domains are worth considering.

Many of the more obvious domain names are already in use and sometimes it is worth trying to be a little different when you are trying to come up with yours. If hatswithtunes.com has already been taken then perhaps look at the initials and try hwt.com. By doing this you can also make your domain name easier to remember than if your company has a long and confusing name. Also look at changing the level of the domain as just because .com has been used .net may still be available. Another factor to consider is the price of the domain name as these can differ quite considerably.