The world has undergone enormous changes over the past decade. We now live in a world where communication is paramount. It seems that everyone and everything is connected in some way.For school students this has made things much more efficient. Research papers that used to involve hours of laborious effort, can now be researched and documented without ever touching a card catalog or a periodical index. Worlds of information are now available at the click of a mouse.Questions that people pondered without any answer previously can now simply be typed into any convenient search engine and answered almost immediately. There are countless sites filled with informative short articles all over the Internet. Videos and music can now be seen on demand and news from across the world can be delivered in an instant.There are some people who worry that the technological revolution and evolution we are experiencing today is moving too fast. There seems to be a loss of privacy in some respects and the specter of a Big Brother society looms larger than it has since 1984. Whether their fears are well founded or not will remain to be seen, but it is unlikely that people will ever willingly give up the almost instant connections to our wired world.Flying in the face of these fears are individuals who share their worlds through their blogs. What used to be shared with only close friends is now put online for millions of people to see if they should happen upon the blogger’s website. Individuals are learning to take advantage of this by using their well placed blogs to sell products and services. The internet has allowed individuals an opportunity to step on to the same playing field as the big boys of business. With the right information and the ability to get it seen, anyone can now reach the masses and share their thoughts, feelings and even sales pitches.Businesses as well as individuals have come to rely on the Internet as a source of advertising and actual sales. Entire business models have been constructed and thriving based solely on using Internet websites. It is rare today to find a traditional brick and mortar establishment that does not have some type of online presence. Any business that does not adapt and grow to keep up with the newest technology seriously risks being left behind in the wake of their competitors who choose to ride technology’s leading edge.Time will tell where this all will lead. We should make the most of the positive possibilities technology promises, but we should also keep a careful watch on where we are going.
Online article writers could do a great service to the future of mankind by writing more science and space articles. Why? Well, because every time we do more space research we find applications and transfer technologies here on Earth to make our lives easier, more fulfilling, or safer. It is my contention that every online article writer should commit to writing 2 or more articles on space and post them online to get the main media primed and to take humankind to greater heights.Now then, online article directories would also have to pitch in and add categories for the inflow of new space articles. Indeed, there are two ways to look at this. (1) An article directory could be proactive in Space Technologies and make a totally new category “SPACE” and include:(1) Space Technologies
(2) Private Space Flight
(3) Space Exploration
(4) Science FictionOr, (2) online article directories could make it a sub-category could simply be added to the Education Category or Technology Category, as it could easily fall-in next to the Science “sub-category” and just call it; Space. If one of the top online article directories does this, then I will post 20 articles to each of the sub-categories in addition to any I already have sitting in other categories, yet where those articles have to do with mankind’s final frontier.Yes, I do believe if an online article directory “DID” choose the separate category strategy, that they would in fact draw-in new writers in that venue, and there would be a place for all of the new Private Space industry companies, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts to post their articles too, and that could upgrade the status of the directory site which hosts 100s of thousands of articles.Also, remember Google is also heavy into supporting and funding such technologies too, which could possibly also increase rankings online in search engines. Definitely something to think about. Why do I suggest this you ask? Well, I recently noted, that I have about 50 more articles I am now in the process of writing on NEO research, space colonies, NASA astro-biology, private space flight, etc. – and yet, there is really no specific place for them at any of the online article directories, at least the top ranked ones that is.Internet Article Directories need to think ahead, as things progress, and it is an un-served niche, which would be easy to exploit and it would bring value to the reader and help the space industry, not to mention attract more students to math and science, which will help in the future of innovation world-wide. Think on it.
The Smart Home Automation industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been growing at a rapid pace since its dawn over the last several years. The market is becoming more and more aware of the capabilities of having a complete automation system whether at the scale of individual residences, palaces, real estate developments, and hotels. Many developments in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have already been completed with a pre-installed automation system. Many developments in areas like Victory Heights, Arabian Ranches, Sports City, and Reem Island have also been built with infrastructure to support such technologies in the future.In basic form, automation includes systems that control Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Curtains and Multimedia. The market in the UAE has not only begun to realize the benefits in terms of comfort, security, and luxury. But also in terms of energy saving and increasing property value, thus all these realizations will continue to lead to a booming market in the UAE.As automation is somewhat of a new technology in the mainstream market, one must be aware of the countless number of underlying technologies that connect and allow for the communication between a user and the Light Dimming Systems or Air Conditioning Systems. On the surface, these technologies may seem to lead to the same functionality, but in the back-end, they are different in potentially catastrophic ways. This leads us to the reason why we started composing this article, that is, to shed light onto the pros and cons of the different technologies (regardless of product or vendor) which are available in the UAE market today.Any automation system is composed of 2 high-level components, the controller, and the modules. The modules include light dimmers, relay switches, thermostats, motorized curtain control systems, distributed speakers..etc. which are to be controlled by the home owner. The controller, is the heart of the system from which signals are sent to “Dim the lights” or “turn on the air conditioning”. The method of communication between the controller and the modules are the Automation Communication Technology which we wish to address in this article. The method of communication can either be through wires or wireless and are usually in line with certain protocols or standards of communication. This article will explore and compare KNX, X10, Zigbee, En-Ocean, and Z-wave.The criteria for comparison which we will explore are the following:
Reliability of Communication: How reliable is the communication between the Controller and the Modules? When a message is sent to a module, the system must ensure the message’s arrival and confirmation of receipt. Scoring well in this criteria is very important to ensure that even under circumstances of wired or wireless interference messages are resent until confirmed by the receiving module. Not all protocols comply with this requirement.
Security of Communication: The protocol must guarantee that a 3rd party cannot infiltrate an existing system and operate it with unauthorized access. The results of a hacker entering a parking lot of a hotel and turning all its lights off is disastrous.
Features and Capabilities: It is important that automation technologies go beyond just controlling individual modules and have the capability to integrate with other systems most typically entertainment since that is an area of high usage of any home owner. Example: Easy Integration with Multi-room Music Systems, Multi-room multimedia distribution systems (Movies, Videos, Pictures, Music)…etc.
Investment Protection: It is important to make sure that installed Controller or Modules can be easily replaced in the future. Consider having installed a system that has some components fail after 5 years, and at the same time, the company which installed it became bankrupt. The home owner would be left with no choice but to completely revamp the entire electrical system in the residence which would cost more in time, labor, and equipment that what was originally paid for the automation system. Having a system that is standardized means that any other company can support it or replace certain parts with different products, maybe from different vendors, in order to ensure continued operation.
Interoperability: This criteria refers to the capability of the Controller to speak to multiple Modules from different manufacturers. This will ensure that a system is made up with Lighting, HVAC, Curtains, Appliances, and Multimedia Control Modules are purchased from different manufacturers which are the best or most specialized in those fields. This ensures that a system has the best-in class Modules for each particular purpose. It is not logical that the best manufacturer of light dimmers is also the best manufacturer of curtain control systems, or audio systems. Some communication protocols are closed or proprietary, thus forcing the customer to purchase everything from a single manufacturer. This criteria also overlaps with the Investment Protection Criteria since having an interoperable system will give future flexibility to easily replace Modules even if the company which installed them has closed down.
The remainder of this document will address each communication technology based on the above criteria.KNXKNX is an international standard of communication typically installed in wired twisted pair environments. KNX was designed in 1990 and was made as a very robust protocol to be used in industrial automation applications. The protocols reliability cannot be questioned since it implements many OSI communication layers and is quite complex. KNX is also controlled by the KNX association and any company usually spends thousands of dirhams on their employees to go through training in order to understand the inner workings of the system. KNX is a complex protocol by nature, and was designed long before the “smart home” concept was born, thus the hardware that has the capability to support the complexity of KNX is expensive not only to engineer, but also to manufacture and thus the hopes for this technology to become cheaper than its current alternatives is futile.KNX has and is a popular choice for hotels since 2006 and has been deployed in many developments such as the Shangri-la in Dubai, Rotana Hotels in the Marina, Fairmont, Movenpick to name a few. KNX is also being specified by many real estate consultants for major developments in the Abu Dhabi Reem Island and Yas Island.
Reliability of Communication: Yes
Security of Communication: Yes
Features and Capabilities: No. KNX has been more focused at the simple facility of automation and typically fits in hotel environments where customization and multimedia integration is not required.
Investment Protection: Yes
X10X10 is an international open standard developed in 1975 by Pico Electronics of Scotland, in order to allow remote control of home devices and appliances. It primarily uses the 220Vpower line wiring for sending messages between the Controller and the Modules (Lighting, HVAC…etc).X10 has only receyved some popularity many years ago when automation technology started being introduced in the UAE. And was typically installed in small villa project then was slowly discontinued due to its reliability issues.
Reliability of Communication: No. Since it is prone to interference from multiple sources like transformers, motors typically found in TVs, washing machines, fans…etc. Also, messages from Controller to Modules are never acknowledged so there is no 2-way communication.
Security of Communication: No. If a 3rd party can tap into the powerline of a house, messages can easily be sent to control whatever the 3rd party wishes.
Features and Capabilities: Yes. This technology can easily be integrated into PC based systems and many options are available to provide feature rich capabilities for residential applications.
Investment Protection: Yes
ZigbeeZigBee is an open wireless network communication protocol based on the IEEE specification IEEE 802.15.4, which enables the Controller to communicate with its Modules via Radio Frequency. The standard is a development of the ZigBee Alliance, which was founded in the end of 2002. It is an industry alliance of more than 230 enterprises who take up the worldwide development of this technology. The first ZigBee products came on the market in the beginning of 2005. Because Zigbee standardises only the lower protocol layers (radio layer), the different manufacturers have defined their own higher software layers. As a result ZigBee devices of different manufacturers are not compatible with each other.
Reliability of Communication: Yes. A wireless mesh network is created and ensures multiple path routing to every module which translates to long reach, and high reliability in case of interference or even in case of in-path device failure.
Security of Communication: No. Zigbee uses weak hashing algorithms and has been researched to be penetrable. Penetration is not easy but software tools such as “Killerbee” exist and can allow any person with little Linux and scripting experience to hack into an existing Zigbee network.
Features and Capabilities: Yes
Investment Protection: Yes
En-OceanEnOcean is a wireless radio frequency based, energy harvesting technology used primarily in building automation systems. It is not set out for international, European or national standardization; however, EnOcean GmbH is offering its technology and licenses for the patented features under license within the EnOcean Alliance framework. The concept was developed to enable batteryless sensors and switches for building automation. Which is questionable in terms of energy saving because existing alternatives can consume as little as 500W per 60 storey tower in automation devices.EnOcean based technologies have been installed in some big projects such as the Abu Dhabi Central Market, the Dubai Financial Center…etc.
Reliability of Communication: No, En-Ocean does not offer 2-way communication between the Controller and its Modules. Also the Controller is at a star network with the Modules and there is no wireless meshing, this one-to-one signal mapping can drastically fail in times of high interference.
Security of Communication: Yes
Price: No, En-Ocean prices are more aligned with KNX.
Features and Capabilities: No. Supported but not yet seen in the market.
Investment Protection: Yes
Z-waveAmong all the above protocols, Z-wave ranks the best so far. The strength of Z-wave lies in the big number of different products from different manufacturers as well as the very robust, 2-way, meshed, and secured wireless communication. Z-wave chips also consume a 10mW at peak and are low cost compared to all other alternatives. Why? because Z-wave has been originally designed for residential applications.Z-wave is viewed as the next generation of Smart Home Technology and product lines have started to emerge from big players such as Honeywell and Schneider Electric. This technology is not only feature full, reliable and secure, but will be offered at competitive prices and investment protection for projects of any size starting with individual villas all the way to large real estate towers. As of today, Z-wave has been deployed in many villas in the UAE at an individual scale. Z-wave is also starting to make its way through many of the large tenders for developments throughout the Emirates.
Reliability of Communication: Yes
Security of Communication: Yes
Features and Capabilities: Yes
Investment Protection: Yes
The credit card industry in the United States has been dominated by technology that includes a magnetic strip for many years now. While this is still the dominant method that credit card companies use for their credit cards, it may not be that way forever. Technology known as EMV (Europay Mastercard & Visa), has the potential to replace the magnetic strip in the future. While you may have been hearing about this technology from merchant services reps to invest in new terminals, don’t make the move just yet.Why is EMV better than Magstripe Technology?What exactly is EMV and why would credit card companies want to use it instead of a magnetic strip? The primary difference between EMV and the magnetic strip is that EMV cards use an embedded microprocessor chip within the card to encrypt the data for each transaction. This chip is a type of small computer that provides strong security features and other capabilities not possible with traditional magnetic stripe cards. When the card gets close to a reader, it is activated electronically. The chip receives a signal from the card reader and then sends a signal back to authenticate the card. The chip typically has the technology to alternate between verification methods for each individual transaction. For example, sometimes it asks for a pin number and sometimes it will ask for a signature. EMV is considered to be a safer credit card technology because the payment information changes every time. By comparison, with a magnetic strip, the payment information is the same for every transaction. This makes it more difficult for identity thieves to use stolen credit cards.Another type of chip card technology used for payment is called contactless (a subject worthy of it’s own future article). It works by holding the contactless chip card within a couple of inches of a contactless-capable reader. The reader energizes the chip embedded in the card and allows exchange of data via radio frequency without the card ever leaving the cardholder’s possessionMagnetic stripe cards can be susceptible to fraud through skimming, where a card is swiped through a magnetic stripe reader to record the information needed to use the card for payment. The cardholder gets the card back and is unaware of the risk of fraud. The data stolen from the card can be written to another magnetic stripe card, effectively creating a duplicate that can be swiped to make a fraudulent purchase at an unsuspecting merchant.How quickly will this transition take place?Because of the increased protection from credit card fraud, it is inevitable that the United States will adopt this technology but it will take a while. Just to give you a bit of history, back in 2001 3des pin pads were announced as being a necessity to replace less secure pin pads. The full implementation wasn’t completed until 2009-2010. Keep in mind, this was just a pin pad that required a lot less-no new cards, new hardware, new encryption and new programming. With the new EMV technology, issuers will need to issue new cards (they say this new chip embedded card costs about $5 each in comparison to the current magstripe cards at $.05 each), new machines need to be developed and placed, new pin pads and new programming for it all. And the EMV “Standard” as it is called, has yet to even be announced. So, if it took 8-9 years to implement new pin pads, how long do you think EMV will take?As of right now, processors have till April 2013 to be “ready” to process these transactions so they are implementing the back end. Issuers are gearing up as well and, in fact, some are beginning to issue new EMV type cards to their card holders who travel internationally, where EMV technology is the standard.There is certified equipment currently available that can handle EMV transactions but, they’ll need to be updated once the EMV standards have been set. Some of them will need a peripheral device attached. So, as a merchant, my advice is to wait it out for a while until it becomes absolutely necessary to get the new equipment.Card companies starting to implement this technologyAlthough this technology has been a little bit slow to be adopted in the US, some credit card companies are starting to implement the technology. Many of the credit card companies in the United States are starting to issue cards that have both EMV and magnetic strips in them. This makes it possible for them to use the cards and regular retailers in the United States or with credit card machines that use EMV in Europe. As more people start to use these cards, the technology will slowly be adopted in the US.· In August 2011, Visa announced plans to accelerate chip migration and adoption of mobile payments in the United States, through retailer incentives, processing infrastructure acceptance requirements and counterfeit card liability shift.· In January 2012, MasterCard announced their U.S. roadmap to enable the next generation of electronic payments, with EMV the foundational technology.· In March 2012, Discover announced implementation of a 2013 mandate for acquirers and direct-connect merchants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, to support EMV.· In June 2012, American Express announced its U.S. EMV roadmap to advance contact, contactless and mobile payments and plans to begin issuing EMV-compliant cards in the U.S. in the latter half of 2012.Thanks to the EMV standards, chip card issuers have a uniform standard to help them ensure that the payment cards they give their cardholders will work in EMV compliant acceptance infrastructures anywhere in the world. Merchants and banks can invest in chip card acceptance infrastructures knowing EMV compliant cards have been developed based on uniform standards. Cardholders can feel more confident knowing the security advantages of EMV will help protect them against the risk of fraud anywhere EMV is implemented.Beginning this October, retailers who process most of their Visa card transactions from payment terminals capable of handling EMV chip-based cards may be able to avoid having a PCI data-security audit on an annual basis – and eventually pay lower interchange fees as well.In 2015, the card associations will begin to shift liability for card fraud to further motivate compliance of EMV-capable terminals.. For example, liability will be assumed by the card-issuing bank if the card used does not have an EMV chip but the merchant’s payment terminal is EMV-capable. Conversely, merchants will be liable if the card does contain a chip but the terminal is not able to process it.So, in summary, EMV is definitely coming and merchants simply need to stay informed in order to make intelligent decisions for their business. Hopefully this article has enlightened you regarding this topic.
According to the technology news, lots of up coming changes are being planned for overcoming the demands of Instant information to the consumers. Information technology will now pay attention to growing article writing trends and blog contents.Free contents are articles news and blogs and other free information on the Internet. Since people are eager to buy and use latest new technology for ease and comfort, why not use the eBook reading devices for free contents also as a paid gig. Any search that asks for article or blogs on a certain topics will pay to read articles or blog posts. Just like ebooks blog content are becoming very popular every day.When blogs contents channels marketing the distribution towards reading devices blogs content on any topic can become paid services for those who need to use this information. As this market already exists. All bloggers will take that idea very positively. It is going to be a profitable business whoever takes it over. This idea seems to be full of Information technology challenges right now, but has lots of advantages for revenues. A team of technology expert and marketing Gurus from the top companies like Amazon Google Microsoft can figure out a solution.Books are with us in some form of the primitive stages of human life. starting from People wrote their own script on stones and skin. Pages and script changed with time and development but preserving information stayed the same for last fifteen hundred years. Now it is time that ink and pages change to pixels for a greater information technology role.Ebooks are here for a while and they are here to stay. If you are looking to self publish there is no better choice than the ebook. Since it’s merely a digital file. It is a very inexpensive format for selling. Distribution is simple and is delivered the same minute you buy at anytime of the 24 hours of the day.Right now there are several formats but two major formats that are being used by several reading devices. If you are very serious about your book to really sell you have to produce it in one of these two formats.Kindle as you know is Amazon’s eBook format and most popular right now. But for you to get your book published in kindle format you will have to fill up a form at Amazon where they will tell you more details to publish. Details like chapters and pages, as kindle does not have page number like a hard cover book. Ebooks compatible to Kindle format do not have1. Page numbers
2. Images of any kind
3. Build in dictionary
4. Connects to Wikipedia
5. Have another feature called Now, it is a search service
6. It’s battery is to be charged after almost every 24 hours.The next format, is named as e-Pub. This is the format of all other major players for the reading device. Apple’s iBook store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, Sony’s reader store, and Borders store, all have e-pub format.If you need to make your e-pub document there are number of open source programs out there that simplifies the process. Calibre, is supposed to be very efficient to create e-Pub. Calibre is a book management program that supports a huge variety of file formats including Rich Format Text, as well as PDF.So, with the information technology revolution once you write make sure to publish it in the most lasting format which I feel right now is Kindle.
After writing a large quantity of articles on personal tech, science, and the latest discoveries and research it had occurred to me that somewhere along the line science in the news media got hijacked by all of our personal technologies in toys. Now then, don’t get me wrong, some of the new technology that we have, especially all this mobile technology is wondrous indeed.It helps us do everything we do more efficiently, except perhaps drive the car while we are trying to use it, and please don’t. We don’t need you to run over a pedestrian or cyclist, or get into a head-on collision, or drive off into a tree or ditch. If you do that you won’t be able to write many more articles online will you?Okay so, back to my point; it’s okay to write about personal technology and the science behind it, but there’s a difference between writing about scientific facts and discoveries, and the personal technology sector. If you’re going to write about personal technologies might I suggest some of the following subtopics, as they’ve done very well for me;GPS
Mobile Payment Systems
Social Networks and Mobile TechWhat I’m saying to you is this; there is plenty to write about in this venue, and the category is large enough to include a tremendous amount of sub subjects and subtopics. If you choose to write about “technology” regardless of what type, you should remind the reader of the type of technology you are discussing in the first sentence and the title should reference it too – do not waster the reader’s time.Is it a personal mobile tech device, or are you talking about alternative energy technologies for instance? Indeed, when it comes to alternative energy that in and of itself has just is many or more subtopics to consider. The same goes for those who write about hard science, there are so many subcategories, and so many offshoots and applications for all of these researched findings and discoveries that you could never finish.As soon as you got done with one subtopic, you’d find yourself with several more new items to discuss the very next day. Consider if you will the value of writing on these types of concepts, the number of articles you could produce, and the number of readers you could enlighten. Might I suggest to you that it is rather “unlimited” in that regard?Perhaps this is why I have chosen to continue to produce quality online content along these lines of affairs. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and listen to some of my advice here as you prepare the very best quality content on personal tech. The reader deserves the best, and you should deliver it, even as you realize you can never actually finish, because there will always be more to write about tomorrow.
There are many types of technology that can be used in the K-12 classroom today. Our future classroom has become the present. Many items you might have heard about or seen, but not used. Maybe others are new and you haven’t even heard of them yet. We will review a few great technology options that can be utilized to create a whole new learning environment for our 21st century learners!o Electronic whiteboards are becoming more commonplace in many classrooms around the country. These interactive whiteboards basically consist of a board that usually mounted on a wall over your existing chalkboard or whiteboard. This board is connected to a computer, which is also connected to a projector that will display a screen onto the board. You are now able to pull-up websites, teach interactive lessons and games with lessons created for the device, and it will still be available to use as a traditional whiteboard, with the additional capability to save your work, so you don’t have to rewrite the day before’s material again – just pull it up! There are so many features to the electronic whiteboard, it is nearly impossible to keep up as the technology increases.o Accessories to the electronic whiteboard could include wireless interactive response systems or a wireless slate or keyboard. The interactive response systems are great for gathering data about what your students know before a lesson (preassessment) and after you have taught it (postassessment). They are basically a small remote control that will tell the class anonymously what they have learned, but is also able to print out a detailed report of each child’s knowledge after class is over. This could be extremely beneficial in tracking each individual student’s progress.o MP3 players are everywhere now. Most students of any grade have one or more. They are pretty much considered mainstream and if you have never used one in your classroom, it is time to come into the now. Find a simple to use mp3 player, a speaker system to hook it up, and add classroom appropriate music to it. I have math rap songs for instructional means, fun upbeat songs for celebration, and slow rhythmic music for testing or quiet sessions. Not only will students think you are cool, but the auditory learners will start to perk up with the addition of song into the curriculum on a daily basis.These are just a few types of technology used for the classroom, with many more to be discussed in subsequent articles. For now, get those technology brain cells working and realize we must address the needs of tomorrow’s learners because tomorrow is already here today.
With so many technological document management options available, it is important to determine what solution is right for you and your particular situation. The best way to determine which solution is right for you is by asking the right questions. Having the right questions in mind may be more important than the answers that you find.The key to finding the best document management technological solution is asking the right question. This means you must consider as many potential solutions as you can possibly generate and ask numerous questions including the following:- What costs are associated with each solution?- How much time and effort is required for implementation?- What will be the effect on the company, managers and workers?- What are the possible barriers to implementation?- What is the likelihood of success?- What are the potential risks?There is a three-step process that will greatly assist you in selecting the best document management technological solutions. In the initial step, you should aim to collect a wide range of solution ideas. Work to compile a list of creative options that vary in a number of ways. In the next step you should narrow down your wide-ranging list by selecting best four or five possible document management solutions. In the final step, you should select a final solution as well as one or two alternatives.Generating a long and varied list of possible document management technology solutions will offer you a drastic advantage over the usual approach, which is to come up with just a few alternatives to choose from. By developing specific criteria for you decision and by assigning particular weights to each one, you will ultimately bring objectivity to your process and will be able to avoid the temptation of simply selecting the easiest answer.If you limit yourself to a few alternatives it is much more likely that you will overlook the best document management technology solution. The first three or four ideas that come to mind may not be your best solution. Generating an all-embracing list is a better way to start. This way, you will improve your chance of exploring more unusual and innovative document management technology solutions. Try to generate a list of twenty possible solutions and then ask yourself the following:- Were you able to avoid making comments or passing judgment on the possible solutions as they were raised?- Were you able to think outside your own expertise and experience?- Do you understand each possible solution?- Did you go for a high quantity – at least 20 possible solutions?After generating a comprehensive list of document management technology solutions, you can now determine which option that you have gathered is the best. It is highly unlikely that every option is capable of producing the specific results you want or need. The following sub-tasks will allow you to compose a short list of the best possible options:- Develop a criteria for you selections and assign weights- Apply the criteria- Choose the best four to six technology solutionsWhen you are developing your criteria and weights to use in your decision-making process it is important to clearly define each factor. Next, apply this criterion in terms of “weight”. In other words, how important is cost? Is it the only factor driving your decision? Or are there other equally important factors? The weighting percentage used should total 100 percent.Weighting the criteria is important because it helps you choose the best document management solutions. This is an effective tool due to the fact that it compares your potential solutions objectively as well as guarantees equal consideration for alternative solutions. The problems that you identify and the solutions that you select will define the course of your document strategy. Use the ideas in this article to strengthen your decision-making process and select the best document management technological solutions to suit your needs.
Time is money. This is particularly true for internet marketeers because there are so many demands on our time: product development, product marketing, list building, forum marketing – the day isn’t long enough.So do we want to add yet another item to our “To do” list? Even though podcasting is a buzz word, is it something that we should be doing? Is it really worth turning articles into podcasts, for instance?Well, first things first. Let’s look at what a pod cast is, and then look at the pros and cons.Briefly, a podcast is a pretty simple concept: it is an audio (or video) file that you can download and listen to, or watch. And although videos and audio files have been around the internet for years, podcasts are different because a) they are portable and they are ‘on demand’ (that’s the ‘pod’ part) and b) the ‘cast’ means that the file is sent via the web, which means any computer can access them using software that can subscribe, forward, cancel and so on. And, crucially, you can transfer them to an MP3 player.So why might it be worthwhile to turn your articles into podcasts, and how difficult might it be?Well, the number of people interested in downloading podcasts is increasing; this is partly due to the rise in mp3 players and smartphones, but also because you can listen or view podcasts anywhere so long as you have your mobile phone (for instance). You are not tied to your computer. So commuters, travelers, people on the move can choose to download podcasts and listen to them at their leisure.There’s another thing: podcasts are a great way to attract new customers. Software known as RSS feeds allow people to select their podcasts and download new material when it becomes available.Moreover, if you offer podcasts it puts you ahead of the pack – you benefit from the perception that you are up in the front rank from a technology point of view.And your podcasts can be syndicated – recent estimates put the number of people interested in podcasts at 56 million (in 2010) according to a market survey.Is it difficult to make a podcast? Well, it will take practice at first, and longer if you are not relaxed around technology. You will need a microphone, and some kind of recording software. You will need to create an RSS feed. Then you will need to upload your feed to the Internet and publish it. And then list it in directories, and wait for it to be indexed. And, by the way, there are numerous tutorials available on the net and social media sites that take you step by step though this process.If you have been writing articles for some time you have a databank of material that can be turned into podcasts. This means that you are not having to create any new material.All you will have to do is get to grips with the recording software and the RSS processes.Is it worth it? If you are starting out to build you online business, I would recommend that you make progress in other areas first. Build your mailing list. Create your products. Develop your affiliate profile. And so on.Podcasting is one part of your internet marketing strategy. Is it worth turning your articles into podcasts – yes, definitely. You will reach a wider audience. You will attract new customers. And you will be perceived as an author and marketer who is abreast of technology which will enhance your profile and status.Good luck! My best to you.
Do you get confused when you hear things like “2G Technology”, “3G Technology” “Smart Phones” and so on? Well, this article is written to explain in simple language just what 3G Technology really means. It stands for “Third Generation Technology.”Technology at its simplest just means the total knowledge and skills in any human society or group. Primitive technologies were concerned with skills of hunting, making stone tools and weaponry. Then came the Iron Age, the mechanical technologies of past centuries, bringing us to the electronic technologies of the current period in which we now live.During the past half century the whole world has seen the rise of electronic communications from Morse Code, telegraph, the telephone, that have literally changed our whole way of communicating.2G Technology is short for Second Generation Technology, primarily concerned with mobile or cellphone systems. Most simple phones, especially those used by young children and the elderly with no frills use 2G Technology.3G Technology, on the other hand, is a further development including much more than just phone calls. Third Generation Technology phones are much more concerned with downloading information such as music, videos, and taking digital photographs and movie presentations and forwarding them onto others. Receiving and sending faxes and receiving and sending emails are also part of the new 3G Technology. Some cell phones are almost like miniature laptop computers, enabling you to latch onto the World Wide Web. Such phones are known as “Smart Phones” and are among the most used cell phones by professional, business and sophisticated Internet users.You can see why cellphones using 3G Technology are so useful. They enable you to keep records, email messages, receive instructions, consult your diary, check inventories, watch movies or television programmes almost (but not quite) anywhere in the world. They are quite fast and are helped considerably by satellite tracking radio systems. There are many thousands of these satellites currently circulating the Globe. On top of this, some 3g phones have systems such as GPS, Gyroscopes and Accelerometers.With 3G Technology, your cellphone or mobile phone” will help you keep in contact with friends, send them photos and messages. While those of you needing to keep in touch with business colleagues will find the developing strengths of 3G Technology vital in your work.Whether you want a cellphone for pleasure, business or keeping in touch with friends, you will find the new 3G Technology here to assist you in ways unimaginable until now.Geoffrey Bennett