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Advantages And Disadvantages Of New Technology

techWe have all seen new advances in technology that have amazed and astounded us. In the workplace technology is revolutionizing the way we do business. At home it is changing the way we view the world, the way we get information, and the way we entertain ourselves. And while new technology has many advantages there are also disadvantages; I will discuss both here.

In the workplace mobile and consumer technologies allow employees to work when and where they want. Many forward thinking companies are developing new strategies with these new technologies in mind. Those companies are reporting encouraging results. With over 70 percent reporting improved sales, and over half reporting improved returns.

As you can see, technology can be an important part of today’s workplace

However there are also recognizable disadvantages. One of the main problems with tech in the workplace is the risk of constant distractions. Emailing, web training, Skype, and cell phones can all be a recipe for confusion and distractions at work. Loss in communication skills is also a potential problem posed by technology.

As we tweet, Facebook, Skype, and email. We are not required to learn and use the listening, and social skills required in building professional relationships.

At home social media sites like Facebook and twitter help us keep up with family and friends, especially the ones we do not see very often. It allows us to express ourselves, and even make new friends.

Facebook is always there. On sleepless nights, or busy days, you can always log in to check up on loved ones, send a quick message or just entertain yourself. Facebook also allows us to connect with old friends, or people we thought we might never see again. While social media has many great benefits there are also negatives. Cyber bullying has been a frequent topic lately, with several severe cases reported with dire consequences.  Social networks can sometimes cause us to lose some privacy, and can cause us to waste time that could be used on more productive endeavors such as academics.

Video games have become a favorite pastime for many of today’s youth, and adults alike

Gaming can be a lot of fun and has several hidden advantages as well. Studies have shown that video games can improve young children’s motor skills. Video games can also be a great way to relieve stress.

Gaming has been shown to improve vision in people with cataracts. Researchers also believe video games can help improve decision making skills. Drawbacks include violent games that may be inappropriate for children. Too much time spent gaming can have negative effects on other areas of life, such a school. There have been reported instances of gaming addiction. One South Korean man recently died after spending 50 hours straight gaming without a break.

Reports show that 98 percent of the U.S. households that are online use social media sites

That 75 percent of the world’s population now has cell phones, and 68 percent of the U.S. households play computer or video games. These recent technologies are changing the way we live, work, and play. The way we communicate, keep in touch, reconnect and express ourselves. We are finding new ways to unwind, learn, and process information.

However, we may create new problems as we rely on new technology. A decrease in interpersonal communication skills, due to electronic communication, is a potential problem. We give up privacy, become over involved and perhaps less productive as we spend more time socializing, gaming, emailing, texting, and tweeting. It remains to be seen if new technology will move us forward or ultimately set us back.

About the Author

Donna Lee is the technology lead at Edictive.com she holds an engineering degree from Berkeley California. Her other passion lies in the film industry and its technology. 

Upcoming Summer 2013 Google SEO Changes

Matt Cutts of Google tells us what we should expect MAY happen over the summer of 2013 in the way of SEO changes from Google. Since these were identified as "possibilities" please take the information with a grain of salt.

Matt specifically, he eludes to the coming Penguin 2.0 update, which should deliver a more comprehensive web spam offensive against black hat SEO. He also mentioned advitorials, that native advertising should not float page rank. If you are buying page rank via paid advertising you should consider your alternatives. A really great change he eluded to was that Google plans to update their algorithms to reduce or eliminate search clustering results, especially where it happens on the first page of search results. He said that this will more likely be pushed down into subsequent pages as Google refines its clustering results. Lots more information is planned to be disclosed to webmasters by Google to assist them in improving their sites.

If I had to take one theme away from this video, I'd advise webmasters to avoid paid links for the purpose of achieving page rank.

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What Should I Look For In An HDMI Cable?

Buying an High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable looks like a simple task for many people. HDMI cables are manufactured, designed and tested to extremely rigid specifications by their makers, but not all of them are created equal. Because of this, it is important for people to do a little research about the HDMI cable that they are planning to buy.
 
This helps buyers avoid troublesome returns and costly mistakes. There are several things that people should look at in an HDMI cable to make sure that they are getting their money’s worth.
 
Construction
 
Construction refers to how an HDMI cable is manufactured and is always related to the materials used. When purchasing an HDMI cable, people should look how the data transfer wires are protected, coated and shielded. This is because a huge amount of visual and audio data is transferred through the HDMI cable.
 
At the same time, a customer should make sure that the cable is manufactured from high quality materials and protected from possible interference. They should also look for innovative internal design features that are intended to improve the cable’s reliability and performance.
 
In-Wall Rating
 
The in-wall rating is another important consideration for a person who is planning to run their HDMI cable through their wall into another room. A number of HDMI cables are rated to be used this way while others are not. The visual and audio experience might not achieve the quality that an individual is expecting if they run an unrated cable through their wall.
 
A person who needs an in-wall HDMI cable should always check the specifications of the cable that they are buying. If they are in doubt, they should ask questions to avoid making the wrong purchase.
 
Connectors
 
An HDMI cable’s connector should also be closely scrutinized. This is because the connector’s quality makes a big difference in the sound and picture produced. At the same time, the best connectors are gold plated.
 
Gold is a good signal conductor. It does not tarnish easily, and it does not greatly affect the price of an HDMI cable. It is also a good material for electrical coupling. People should also look for HDMI cables with connectors that are fabricated using zinc oxide if they want improved RFI and EM shielding.
 
Speed Rating
 
The speed rating refers to the cable’s performance in data transfer. An HDMI cable will always be rated for its capability to process visual and audio frequencies along with its speed. A good HDMI cable has the capability to continuously handle a throughput of at least 10.2 GBPS. This enables it to be compatible with high definition signals that can reach up to 1080p resolution and full HD 3D. Higher speed ratings indicate increased bandwidth to support intercommunication, audio and video features for future and emerging technologies.
 
Bit Depth Rating
 
High quality HDMI cables often offer high bandwidth. This means they have the capability to transmit more specific color data than a poorly constructed cable. A basic HDMI cable can handle an 8-bit color stream while more high-bandwidth and sophisticated models have the capability for 12-bit, 10-bit and even 14-bit color depth.
 
Length
 
A person should also look at the length of the HDMI cable that they are planning to purchase. Cables that are longer than six to ten feet always require additional shielding and security. 

About the Author

Michael Alvarez has been working in the electronics and technology field for over 20 years.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise of HDMI cables with others; while continuing to grow his knowledge.

Having A Backup Plan

External Hard DriveImagine everything on your computer – pictures, home videos, resume’s, business documents, contacts. If you don’t have a backup plan for all of that information, you could be at risk of losing it all at any moment. The majority of computer users will deal with the reality of losing their data at some point in their lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

How often Should you Backup?

Someone who is using a computer mostly for gaming or just for surfing the web most likely won’t need to back up their computer on a regular basis. Someone that uses their computer for storing work or schoolwork related documents may want to consider backing up their computer on a weekly or daily basis.

What Do you need to backup?

Sure you will need to backup the obvious data files, such as your pictures, videos and Word and Excel documents, but there are others to consider as well. Everything in your settings, all the shortcuts that you have stored on your Desktop, and all of your applications can be backed up as well. It takes a computer anywhere between 1-5 days to get it back up and running after a hard drive failure, but backing up those extra items will get you up and running as smoothly as possible.

What Do You Use to Backup

Data can be backed up on a variety of hardware that range wildly in price and size. You can use something as simple as a USB drive will work for small amounts of data, and it is fine if you don’t store much on your computer. The average computer user will need some sort of external hard drive, which can store sometimes more information than your computer can. Home servers also work for backing up your data, but it is a secondary function and shouldn’t be the only purpose that you will use it for.

Some computers like those made by Apple can come with a service pre-installed called Time Machine, which automatically takes backups of the information you store on your computer. They will store your information safe and secure in servers far away, and you won’t have to worry about data backup yourself. Talk with the manufacturer of your computer first about the details of your preinstalled service if your computer came with one.

Additional Recommendations

Once you attempt to back everything up, make sure that it is in fact backed up and you have access to the information. If you have regular backups scheduled, be sure that they are in fact working and are keeping up to date versions of your files. Because files are often lost during natural disasters, keep a secondary backup in a separate location from where your computer is located. Finally, remember that all things digital have a lifespan. Whether you’re storing your valuable pictures on CD’s or disk drives, it’s important to know that they have a specified shelf life. Transfer that information to a new location every now and then to insure that you don’t lose those files. Additionally, the devices that you transfer information to in the future will be smaller, less expensive, and will be much smaller.

is a computer expert that works on computers on a daily basis. He works with the Data Recovery Group on helping people backup and recover their important data.

What Would you do with a Gigabit?

A nonprofit, US Ignite, has been conferring with developers throughout the country in an attempt to discover some of the untapped potential in one gigabit. This, of course, is of special interest to Google Fiber, as this sector of the tech tycoon is focused on deploying high-speed networks and creating more rural internet options. US Ignite and Google Fiber will be working together at the Kansas City Fiber Space in November to find new developers to bring into the fold.

US Ignite will attend the Kansas City Fiber Space to test and review some of the gigabit applications national and local developers put together for high speed networks similar to Google Fiber. Some of the possibilities for these types of applications include:

• Internet speed not limited by bandwidth
• Natural feeling real-time collaboration
• Immediate results from Big Data computations
• Control the mouse/keyboard with eyes, hands and body language
• No delay or latency to hinder responsiveness

Developers that are interested in building these types of applications should visit the Kansas City Fiber Space event during the first weekend of November. US Ignite is currently accepting ideas and developer applications for this gigabyte challenge. Developers will get to build apps using Google Fiber, and will get invaluable access to resources for storage. Developers will also be able to compute on site, and have access to prominent technology advisors as well.

Any developers that think they may have an idea should get on board with the Kansas City Fiber Space event as soon as possible. US Ignite actually has a video on their website that explains the entire Application Summit process in great detail, including some of the recent gigabit-based applications that have already been unveiled as well. Developers can go on the website and easily submit their own idea in just a few minutes.

Google Fiber recently announced it will be able to bring high-speed internet service to Lenexa, west of South KC. Google still has to design and build the network in this area before it will begin registering local customers. According to a recent article on Telecompetitor.com, Leichtman Research Group, around 78 percent of American households use broadband to connect to the internet. In regards to the total number households that have internet access in the U.S, 94 percent now use broadband services. Only one percent of the country says broadband is not available in their area, this is down from six percent during 2008. Those who can't access broadband or cable Internet are fortunate are having to find alternatives in satellite internet , technology advancement is allowing households and businesses to have a better internet experience.

The Leichtman study also found that around 55 percent of American adults now use their smartphones to access the Internet; this is a 44 percent increase from 2012. As we continue to expand broadband to all corners of the US, there will more and more opportunities to find new uses for gigabit applications. As the hardware and IT efficiency continue to increase, the gigabit application may very well serve as the cornerstone to our next technological boom.

 

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