Category Archives for "Technology"

Recommended Chat Clients

In the news recently, it was announced that Facebook bought the company behind the popular chat software called WhatsApp.  Chat clients, or instant messenger, programs are different from SMS messaging because they use the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, so they don’t normally cost anything to use.  A […]

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Wearable Technologies and Use In Business

What is meant by “wearable” technologies? The term includes Google Glass and similar head-mounted tech and cameras such as Autograph which is designed to clip to your clothing and take a photo every minute or so. It also includes watches with computers built in, referred to as “smartwatches”. Examples of these are the Pebble and […]

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Microsoft: The Best Way to Upgrade From XP Is to Buy A New PC

The best way to upgrade from Windows XP is to buy a new PC, says Microsoft. That’s the advice it’s giving on a Windows blog post that marked 60 days until the end of support for XP Windows OS. (See http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windHYPERLINK “http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/02/06/help-your-friends-and-family-get-off-windows-xp.aspx”owsexperience/archive/2014/02/06/help-your-friends-and-family-get-off-windows-xp.aspx). Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote that readers of the official Windows blog are […]

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The Rise of Data Encryption for Everyone

Years ago, stories appeared in the news media of a government-backed scheme to monitor communications traffic. This project was established by the USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand governments (nicknamed “FiveEyes”) to monitor phone calls, faxes, emails, etc, on a worldwide basis. “Ah”, you might say, “I’ve read about the NSA monitoring in the […]

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Crowdfunding: A Story of Success and Failure

This is a story of two multi-million dollar projects and two crowdfunding websites, Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  The fact that one was successful and one wasn’t, despite the amount of money pledged, gives an interesting slant to the word “failure”. Pebble The Pebble is a smartwatch created by Pebble Technology and launched in 2013 after a […]

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Do Chromebooks Have a Role?

Desktop PCs, ultrabooks, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and… Chromebooks. What a choice! But, wait… Chromebook? What is it? Is there a role for it in this densely populated technological world? What is a Chromebook? The name “Chromebook” was invented by Google, the developer of the Google Chrome Internet browser and the Chrome operating system (OS) which […]

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Wearable Tech: What Is the Pebble?

2013 is the year when “wearable tech” came into prominence with the advent of Google Glass and mainstream smartwatches. The Pebble is a smartwatch from a small startup company in the USA. The Pebble is now on sale at Best Buy and on Amazon. What does it do? Watch Design The Pebble is a simple, […]

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