Master Your IT Network With These Handy Tips

Whether you need a new IT network at home or in your office, setting one up from scratch can be quite daunting. Especially if you don’t have much technical experience with IT or the internet. Most people don’t have a clue where to even start.

It doesn’t always have to be that difficult, though. Creating a strong network that can help to keep you connected is achievable by anyone these days – you don’t have to be an IT whizz kid anymore! As long as you follow these next few tips, you should find that you are able to get either your office or home connected without too many bumps in the road.

Get Professional Help If Needed

One of the first things to remember is that it is always possible to get some professional help when setting up an IT network. This might not always be necessary, but if you are a complete novice when it comes to tech, then you might benefit from contacting a company like WGroup. They’ll be able to offer you plenty of help and advice, and might even be able to send someone around to provide hands-on help. If you do find that you get very frustrated trying to set up your network, make sure you do give the professionals a call!

Shop Around For Good Provider Deals

You will need to find a supplier to go with before you do start setting up your network. These days, there are so many different internet providers out there that it can be very difficult to decide which one is the best to go with. One of the best ways to decide is to shop around so that you have plenty of chance to compare deals. You’ll be able to take a look at what various companies can offer you for a price, and that should help you work out which deal will be the best value for money for you. You’ll now find a lot of comparison websites that make choosing the best internet provider even easier.

Think About The Optimum Connection Method

Once you are all ready with a provider and they have sent you a router, you need to think about how you will connect your computer. You have three options: Wi-Fi, with an ethernet cable, and Bluetooth. The majority of devices can now be connected all of these ways. If you need high internet speeds, then you might want to opt for using an ethernet cable, as that will allow you to transfer a lot more data. For those of you who want to use your devices all around the house, then it could be best to go for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as they are the more mobile options.

Carefully Consider Router Placement

Make sure that you place your router in an optimum space. This little gadget isn’t always the most aesthetically pleasing, so quite a few households tend to put theirs out of the way, like in a cupboard. Unfortunately, though, that could lead to weak Wi-Fi. Ideally, you need to put it in the middle of your home in a location that is as open as possible. It’s also best to place it away from any walls, although sometimes that might be difficult to achieve. Don’t forget to also place it away from any appliances that could cause interference, like a home phone or microwave.

Secure It Well

It is absolutely important to make sure that your IT network is as secure as possible. That will prevent any hackers from getting into the network and stealing your important data and information. When you first set up the network your provider will provide you with login details. It is crucial that you change these so that you can create a cryptic password that will be very difficult for others to guess.

Protect All Smart Devices

As well as securing your network, you also need to make sure all of the connected devices are protected as well. You should be able to password protect them so that only those with the log-in details can access them. Installing anti-virus software will also be a big help as well. Your internet network will then be a lot safer once all of your devices have been well protected.

Getting a new IT network up and running doesn’t have to be a huge challenge. Using all of these handy tips should help you do it successfully. Remember, if you do encounter any issues, you can always call in the pros.

The Tech That’s Making Driving Quicker And Safer

Although it is said that the traffic problems in the US are worse than most other places in the world, the road vehicles and roads themselves are much safer than they were just 40 years ago. Technology has made a difference to the safety when you are driving, much of which would have been tried out on racing cars first. Formula 1 is credited with many things that are now on our cars, including rear view mirrors. It was an F1 engineer in the 1950s that realized it would be safer for the racing drivers if they could see what was coming up behind them, and before this, road vehicles did not have this mirror that we now take for granted and use all the time.

Technology is continuing to advance all the time, and the roads and vehicles are benefitting from this.

Smart Highways

Technology has been developed in the UK that by using artificial intelligence and computer vision has enabled them to alter traffic paths. It is a pilot scheme at the moment and has only been running a few months but appears to be very successful. There are sensors that cover a 50-mile radius and they detect areas of congestion. This allows them to alter the flow of traffic and reduce bottlenecks by changing the traffic light signals. They will also prioritize the flow of traffic for emergency vehicles and public transport.

A company in Pittsburgh has come up with some AI that gives the traffic lights a certain amount of autonomy to decide when to change color. That information is then sent to other intersections so that they can react accordingly to the data, which is in a constant feedback loop. It is claimed that this technology can cut the waiting time at intersections by up to 40%, and as it is estimated that Americans spend 102 hours per year in traffic jams, that is quite a lot of time saved.

In Kansas, a startup has produced prefabricated concrete sections that are embedded with digital technology and fiber optics. They interlock with each other and work a bit like the touchpad of a laptop. The slabs are able to detect the weight and speed of vehicles and should there be an accident, they will inform the emergency services immediately. They will be perfect for electric vehicles and drivers will never be without wifi while driving on these roads.

It is hoped that these smarter highways will result in fewer accidents, especially where trucks and larger vehicles are concerned as they often cause the most damage. In the meantime, until the roads become smarter than the drivers, if you are involved in an accident with a large vehicle, a trucker accident lawyer is the best person to help you sort out the legal side of these matters. Hopefully as these new measures are rolled out more, that won’t be an issue you have to worry about, though.

Charge Vehicles While Driving Them

Electric vehicles are the future that is one thing there is no doubt about. However, some people are concerned about how long the range of the battery will be and if there will be enough charging points along highways to cope with the large numbers of cars. Dallas and Denver are trialing technology that will charge cars while on the move, so this will get over all over those problems.

This will have an effect on the battery technology of road vehicles. They will require minimal storage capacity, which will reduce the cost of the batteries and bring down the overall price of electric vehicles. It works with two wire coils, one acting as a transmitter and the other as a receiver. The magnetic fields these create produce an AC current, which is then used to power the cars.  It is said to be similar to the technology used for charging smartphones. Sweden and South Korea are already using something similar to power their public buses.

Is China leading The Way?

While many cities in America are trying various things to make the roads a safer place to be, it seems that China may be the first country to build the world’s first smart transportation system.

In a city that is about 250 miles south of Beijing, with a population of 7 million people, they are building a smart road that will have everything sandwiched into three layers. It will be finished off with a transparent surface that will allow sunlight to power all the lights on it as well as 800 homes. This all comes from just a one-kilometer stretch of road.

It will have sensors to monitor the traffic flow and speeds, as well as notifying the emergency services if an accident occurs. It will also charge electric vehicles as they travel along it. As China accounts for as many electric vehicle sales as the total for the rest of the world, it should be no surprise that they are investing heavily in the technology they need.

Changes To Road Vehicles

As we go about our day-to-day lives, a few changes on the roads might not be very apparent, However, changes to road vehicles are much more noticeable. The big change, of course, is the development of electric vehicles and this is continuing to happen worldwide. From motorcycles to heavy goods vehicles, electric versions of them all are being produced, and generally, they are being very well accepted.

Then there are the driverless cars, which no doubt will make it to our roads at some point. At the moment though, drivers still like to be in control and they are likely to take a little longer to be accepted. It is thought that driverless buses could be one of the first of these vehicles, and when the public use those and see that they are safe, then they will be more likely to consider buying a driverless car.

Most other changes to road vehicles are mechanical and not visual. Things to reduce the emissions are very popular at the moment, but the styling is not changing a great deal at all. For most drivers, all they want is to be able to get from A to B is the shortest time safely, and they will leave all the technical bits to the experts.

WhatASale Experience

Last week India’s first cashless store, WhatASale, launched a vending in our office building. What is WhatASale? It is India’s first cashier-less store that’s opened up in Kochi, Kerala. You need to follow three simple steps: download its app, open it and scan the unique QR code while entering the store. That’s it. You can now pick the items you need, and you can pay for via different online payment options.

Subhash S, CEO & CTO, Watasale, shared that he was inspired to attempt this because of the media attention received by Amazon Go. Using a combination of QR codes, computer vision, sensor fusion, deep learning, and AI this concept of pick up and go has been made possible. While they have an actual store, my experience is limited to the vending machine. You download the app and enter a one time password of 4 digits on the keypad. This will open the door.

Then you check and pick up what item or items you want. So far I and my colleague have only picked up Lays and Orea cookies. You know, when you get peckish 4 to 5 hours after dinner. You get the bill sent to the app and you pay later. You can use your credit/debit card or online payment apps. So easy. Best thing – this is a local company!

Searching

Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty in his feature debut and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. Set almost entirely on smartphones and computer screens, the film follows a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La) with the help of a police detective (Debra Messing). It is the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor.

A San Jose, California family – dad David Kim, mom Pamela & young daughter Margot – are seen in the opening credits in montages of taking photos, creating profiles on their home pc, then on Apple devices, take family photos, videos and sending mails. Pam dies of cancer leaving David to raise their teenaged daughter on his own. 2 years pass by the time the montage ends. One night, Margot goes to a friend’s house for her study-group and speaks to David who reminds her to do her chore of taking out the garbage. While David sleeps, Margot attempts to call him three times. The next morning, David is unable to reach Margot but assumes she has risen early to go to school. Later, he calls Margot’s piano instructor, but is informed that Margot had cancelled her lessons six months ago.

David discovers that Margot had been depositing the money for the lessons into her bank account, before suddenly transferring $2,500 to a deleted Venmo account. Realizing that Margot is missing, David calls the police, and the case is assigned to Detective Rosemary Vick, who asks for information about Margot’s personality and friendships. Alarms start to ring and David calls her friends on Facebook and finds out that the Margot actually has no friends from school. Vick calls to report that Margot made a fake ID for herself, and shows traffic-camera footage of Margot’s car at a highway-juncture outside of the city, suggesting Margot may have deliberately run away. When David expresses disbelief at his daughter’s action, Vick tells him an anecdote about her son, who she caught soliciting money from neighbors for a police charity in her name. She reveals that she ended up covering up for her son, telling the neighbors that she created the charity, and assures David that sometimes parents have no way of understanding their children.

David then finds Margot’s YouCast (a live streaming website) account and sees that she has been frequently chatting with a girl who goes by fish_n_chips. He tells this to Vick who says she enquired and spoke to the girl who is innocent and has an alibi of being in Pittsburgh. David finds that Margot frequently visited Barbosa Lake, which is near the highway-juncture where she was last seen. At the lake David finds Margot’s Pokémon key chain on the ground. The police arrive and discover Margot’s car underwater and an envelope containing $2,500. A sweep of the surrounding area is conducted by the police and volunteers, but a thunderstorm slows the progress. Margot’s body, however, is not found. David tracks a classmat of Margot who claims that she was with him and fights the boy.

his results in Vick telling David he can no longer take part in the investigation. Discouraged, David reviews the crime-scene photographs and notices his brother Peter’s jacket in the car. He then discovers text messages between Peter and Margot, suggesting that they had a sexual relationship. When David goes to Peter’s house to confront him, the latter explains that they actually were smoking weed together, and accuses David of being an incompetent father who did not notice that his daughter was suffering from depression. Just then Vick calls David and says that a  a former convict named Randy Cartoff has confessed in an online video to sexually assaulting and killing Margot, and seemingly killing himself afterwards. An empty-casket funeral is arranged for Margot.

As David is uploading photographs to a funeral streaming service, he notices that the website’s stock photograph features the same woman as fish_n_chips’ profile picture, implying that fish_n_chips is a false identity. He calls the woman supposedly behind the fish_n_chips account, and discovers that Vick had never actually contacted her. David attempts to call Vick, but instead reaches a dispatcher who inadvertently reveals that Vick volunteered to take the case, rather than being assigned to it. David googles Vick and finds that she knew Cartoff through a volunteer program for ex-convicts. He proceeds to report this to the sheriff, and at the funeral, Vick is arrested. We then get the confession from Vick that she was covering for her son, Robert.

Robert was using the e fish_n_chips account to get close to Margot because he was attracted to her. Margot sent him $2500 because she thought that he was a working-class girl whose mother was in the hospital suffering from cancer. Robert felt guilty and decided to confront Margot at the lake. He surprised Margot by getting into her car, prompting her to run. While trying to explain himself, Robert accidentally pushed Margot off a 50-foot ravine. He called Vick  decided to cover up the incident, pushing the car into the lake and falsifying the story of the fake ID to make it appear that Margot had run away. When David discovered that Margot had gone to the lake the night she disappeared, disproving the story that Margot ran away, Vick was forced to turn Cartoff into a scapegoat to save her son.

When David asks her where where Margot’s body is, and Vick tells him that Margot’s in the ravine and that even if she had survived the fall, she couldn’t have lived without water for five days. David tells the police to turn the car around, pointing out that a storm occurred on the third day of the search which would have provided Margot with water. At the ravine, the rescue crew discovers Margot severely injured but alive. Two years later, Margot is shown to have applied for college to major in piano, with her acceptance status as pending. Photographs and textual conversations show that the relationship between David and Margot has considerably improved.

Really unique perspective and a wonderfully well woven storyline along with an original execution. Good acting from Cho & Messing as well as Michelle La, giving us a great, empathetic character in Margot. 8.5 outta 10!

Care At Your Fingertips: How Phones Have Become A Positive Part Of Life

Busy lives within the home and the career space mean there’s a growing need for technology, specifically within our smartphones and tablets; to make them run smoother. Being able to access help, information, services, and products at the end of their fingertips make for a less stressful, and straightforward life, which is ideal for a busy woman. Ensuring that you strike a healthy balance can mean that you’re able to get the most from your phone, and they can become a positive aspect to many people’s lives, even though they can get a lot of bad press. The following are some of the countless areas of life, that the technology in your hand, can provide the care that you need.

A Place For Calm

With new apps coming into the market at an ever-increasing rate; it can prove difficult for the consumer to know which one to download and use. However, when it comes to mental health apps, there are a few that have made an impact on the market, and they’re helping people on a daily basis. Apps like Headspace, Calm, and Buddhify are just some of the latest in app technology aimed at helping people with their everyday stresses and mental health. By having the techniques and information at hand, wherever they are, people can overcome difficult situations, relax after a bad day, and manage their thoughts, without having to spend time and money on a therapist.

A Place For Help

Time is money, and people want to save both. Technology that helps the consumer in completing tasks with ease is another contributor to the relief of stress and aggravation. When it comes to supplying a business with payment details, or identity verification, it can feel like a laborious task to many, so services like Netverify, Squareup, and Venmo have been developed to make the process run as quickly and smoothly as possible. Whether you need a mesothelioma defense attorneys, a wedding planner, oryou’re in search of a reputable cosmetic dentist; your phone can also provide the contact details and reviews of countless businesses and services. Help really is at your fingertips.

A Place For Entertainment

Whether a person unwinds and switches off through reading, watching a movie, or by playing a game; there’s an app for everything, and they’re readily available in the palm of your hand. Doing something fun and enjoyable is a successful way to relieve stress and decompress after a long day in the office; luckily tablet and smartphone technology provide a quick escape when you’re on the way home, or have already got there. Reading and playing certain games are also thought to keep your brain happy and healthy; therefore, it can’t be a bad thing to have access to fun stuff most of the time.

A Place For All

Smartphones and tablets ensure that people can access exactly what they want and need at any point in their day. Whether it’s searching the web for an answer to a particular question or shopping for something at 3 am in the morning after shift work, the world is at the consumer’s fingertips. Now, online customer care is improving with the use of pop-up technology; so a person can access an assistant at the touch of their screen. Improved customer care for online shoppers will always feel like people are getting a helping hand with their questions and worries.

Choosing The Best Instructional Games For Your Children

It is important for you as a parent to have some influence on the video games your children choose to play. Of course, you need to make sure that the games your children are playing are age appropriate and that they do not contain too much violence either. Nevertheless, your control should run deeper than this. There are lots of instructional free kids’ games available on the internet today. It is important to try and integrate a variation of these into your child’s video gaming habits. After all, the combination of fun and education is a brilliant one that reaps benefits for the parents and children alike. So, how do you find the best instructional video games for your children to play?

Computer interaction

Whilst assessing the different kids’ games available you need to pay particular attention to the level of computer interaction on offer. Computers and the Internet play a monumental role in society today. All children need to get to grips with information technology at some point. After all, everything from doing your shopping to paying your bills is moving to an online platform. Furthermore, technology lies at the centre of most jobs these days. The sooner your children can become familiar with a computer the better. Therefore, you need to source video games with a lot of computer interaction potential. This means you should seek games that require your child to do a lot more than simply use a click on the mouse. This is where driving games come in very handy and beneficial. Get your children to grips with using the keyboard, adjusting the volume, and alike. In addition to this, it is also worth looking for games that have a number of different levels, as your child will learn the value of having to work hard to get the things they want in life. They will also feel a sense of pride whenever they complete a level, which can help with their development and confidence.

Emphasis on teamwork

There are many video games online that boast a two player option and sometimes they even have the potential for more than two players to join in. You should encourage your children to play these games. Working with other people is an essential part of life, both with regards to academically and socially. Children need to develop their social skills from a young age and multiplayer games allow them to do so. In addition to this, multiplayer games are great because children encourage one and other and they learn together. This creates a more fun and relaxing environment. It is also worth bearing in mind the fact that when you learn together, your level of learning often increases because different children bring different qualities to the plate and therefore they help each other in various areas of learning.

Focus on motor skills and hand-eye coordination

And lastly, you need to pay particular attention to motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Motor skills relate to completing a task through the ability to learn a sequence of movements to produce a smooth and efficient action. These two elements are key developmental areas and you will find that they are present in most of the free kids’ games available on the internet. However, some contain more potential for progress than others. You need to look for games whereby emphasis on looking at the screen and using your hands at the same time is evident. And with regards to motor skills look for games, such as action games, that use sequences.

If you take note of the three points mentioned in this article then you give yourself the basis to find the best instructional games for your children. Remember; computer interaction, multi-player potential, and focus on motor skills and hand-eye coordination. If you follow these pieces of advice, you should be able to find instructional games that not only bring your child enjoyment but also aid with their development too. Nevertheless, you still need to be mindful regarding the amount of time your child spends on such games. You also need to monitor your child’s activity to make sure they are not visiting sites or downloading things they should not be.

Why Watch Movies Online

The days of going to a movie theater are over it seems. In most parts of the world, streaming has taken over as the main source of entertainment for media. Whether it’s sports, films or music, hundreds of millions of users are participating on a daily basis. It’s interesting to see the turnaround after generations of cinemas and production companies holding the cards.

For many, it’s also a nice change because it provides a level of flexibility nobody had before. Nowadays, anyone with an internet connection can turn their TV and watch a blockbuster.

These are the other reasons it’s better to watch stuff online than it is to leave your home.

Wifi Connections

When the revolution first happened, it didn’t take off right away. Why? It was down to the slow internet speeds. Streamers constantly had to suffer the buffer and that took away from the experience. Today, it’s an entirely different experience as wifi speeds are stronger and getting even more powerful. Even with a 4k HD television, it isn’t an issue with Suddenlink Communications. Plus, you can boost the signal and watch from anywhere in the house. Not only is it easier to stream movies, but it’s reliable too.

The Cost

Going to the cinema is expensive. Once you factor in the cost of the ticket and the popcorn and drinks, it can be over $30. So much for a cheap date night! Netflix and Amazon Prime are nowhere near as pricey. A subscription with these two is $7.99 and $9.99 per month respectively. And, there is a range of programs to choose from whether you’re a TV addict or a movie buff. For $120 a year on Prime, a streamer can enjoy a multitude of shows and films, whereas it would cost around $250 for the same service at a theater.

New Releases

In the past, the argument against using Netflix and Prime was that it was like owning DVDs. You weren’t watching new or current, just rehashing old shows and movies. The same can’t be said today as these giants are beginning to release originals titles that are only available on their platforms. As well as “Orange is the New Black” and “The Man in the High Castle,” both have released films. “The Outlaw King” is one of the latest which featured a great cast and received very good reviews. So as well as being cheap, streaming online is also original. Plus, it isn’t illegal.

Shareable

Once you watch something on Netflix, you can share it with the world on social media. Some people might not like this idea, but it’s hard to argue it isn’t popular with a vast majority of fans. Part of consuming media is forming an opinion and sharing it with others. There’s a social element to it. Although it is possible with a traditional film, it isn’t as straightforward and as hassle-free. With Netflix or Prime, users click a button, spread the word, and start a conversation.

In the 21st-century, this is an essential part of watching movies.

Modern Technology’s Positive Impact On Business Communication Explained

While modern technology is designed to improve our lives and bring people together, many find that it has the inverse impact. Or at least this rings true in our personal lives. When it comes to business, though, there’s no question that the positives outweigh the positives. This is especially true when dealing with communication.

Communication sits at the heart of every modern business venture, which is why all companies should take note. Here are just five ways in which modern tech is a force for good in this aspect of business:

1| It’s easier for companies to showcase their products and services. Illustrations and imagery are particularly powerful as a picture says a thousand words. Moreover, the use of social media allows companies to express their brand image in a very effective way. This type of communication strengthens the bond with existing customers and helps the business reach new clients too. Businesses that embrace this fully gain a huge advantage over those that don’t.

2| Internal communication is made easier thanks to team messaging Apps, emails, and other tech devices. In many cases, those features allow companies to avoid lengthy team meetings in favor of short, sharp briefings. Meanwhile, some employees may gain the opportunity to work from home, which can be beneficial for all parties. Perhaps most significantly, it is the perfect way to remove the need for long journeys to other branches of the business. This is great news for time and money.

3| Collaborations are greatly improved. This is thanks partly to the communication links and the use of unambiguous features. Microsoft office templates, for example, allow people to work on the same or related project(s) in an efficient manner. It removes any danger regarding a lack of cohesion while also avoiding human errors. Better still, any items that end up with the clients will be sure to follow the same blueprint, meaning the improved clarity is extended to them. It may even aid sales.

4| Networking with other companies becomes quicker, cheaper, and more accessible. Social platforms like LinkedIn are particularly useful. However, it’s equally possible to use forums or simply contact companies directly through their on-site details. A stronger network instantly improves a business’s prospects and can open the door to many new opportunities. Without modern tech, forming those vital business links would become far tougher for all involved.

5| Businesses can protect themselves on an intellectual level with far greater results. Modern tech makes it easy to take out copyrights and patents. Meanwhile, setting up notifications that alert owners to the illegal duplication of content makes life a lot easier. Screenshots and other tools also enable victims to gather the evidence before taking the culprit to court for damages. In fact, businesses can even find commercial lawyers to represent their cases with great ease.

Essentially, then, modern technology and communication go hand in hand. As such, every modern owner or director is advised to take advantage by incorporating at least some of those ideas with immediate effect. Productivity, profitability, and enjoyment along the way should all soar.

Can Gaming Be Good For You?

Today, gaming has taken off in a huge way – to the point that many young people are getting their social needs met through online gaming rather than playing out with other children.  In some ways, this can be a concern for parents, yet there’s research to suggest that gaming can be good for you.

Of course, as with anything, moderation is a critical element – in the sense that overindulgence in anything can be unhealthy… just like how watching too much TV can zombie us out, yet research has shown that a little bit of gaming a day can actually be good for you.

In this article we’re therefore going to look at how videogames can be good for you, as today, the days of playing Mario Kart, sitting alone in your room are mostly gone.  Today, games are connecting people. They are also expanding us as individuals… as many games involve a large component of strategy which enhance cognitive and creative ability.

Indeed, many companies are focusing on the gamification of education as a way to enhance the learning experience.  For instance, language learning with apps like Duolingo or brain training games that help with memory, focus and cognition can be a very positive resource.

1. THE INFLUENCE OF VIDEO GAMES

If we look at games like Rollercoaster Tycoon or Candy Crush, few would argue these games are a dangerous social influence.  Whilst they might be considered to be the tool of choice for procrastinators to procrastinate, they can also be helpful in terms of one’s cognition.

Yet, when we look more toward action packed games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto we can see the reason some people consider these violent games to have a negative influence, particularly on young impressionable minds.  That said, some could argue that these games provide an effective channel to vent anger and decompress.

2. THE LONELY DAYS ARE GONE

The challenge with gaming is that it can turn into an addiction.  There’s nothing wrong with getting a gamer desk for computers, in fact this can make ergonomic sense, but there has to be moderation in terms of the amount of time spent sitting on your own in a room playing video games as this form of detachment and dissociation isn’t healthy… but in small doses, gaming has been proven to benefit a person’s mental and emotional health – as today, it’s much more of a social and collaborative experience than it once was.

Specifically, video games have been known to improve self-esteem, confidence, and intellect in terms of thinking strategically.  Today, as there are around 1.2 billion people playing video games throughout the world gaming has become a much more social affair than it once was – meaning there’s now an element of teamwork and friendship on offer.

3. THE CONCLUSION

The conclusion is that gaming can be good for you, in moderation, and depending on what games are being played.  We are living in a much more digital world to the point that everything is done online today, even dating, so in the “new world” perhaps we need to let go of the notion that gaming is intrinsically bad for us.

Do Mobile Phones Help Or Hinder Socialising?

When we refer to a mobile phone today, it carries an entirely different connotation to what it did years ago. It’s amazing how mobile phones have changed over the years, far beyond simple mobility to much more through to texting, cameras, social media apps, banking and so on. Mobile phones are a multi-functional tool that encapsulates mostly everything we need to survive in modern society.

But most importantly, one of the the most interesting things about phones being what it does and doesn’t do for our social skills. We can’t deny our interaction with each has changed as relationships with our phones have become stronger, so let’s explore a few areas we’re all too familiar with in order to answer whether cells help or hinder social lives.

Hiding Behind The Screen

The ability to hide one’s emotions by using our cells is an incredibly powerful and desirable tool for many. For example, face to face interaction with another while arguing may become more heated when you can witness one another’s body language and words fly out without thinking in the moment. However arguing over text, it’s impossible to see or hear how the other person is actually feeling, all you have to go on is there choice and arrangement of words, and perhaps a few emojis on a message. The ability to downplay our emotions by using our phones as a filter, can help in some circumstances to think about what you’ll type before you send it, and even convey that you’re not at all upset about a situation you are. In opposition you can explain you’re incredibly happy for someone, even though you may not be. In person, hiding is a lot harder to do, as your body language, tone of voice,and language are a strong indication of your standpoint on a discussion. Using your phone to actively hide your emotions to prevent hurting someone is a positive for socialising. However, consistently pretending you’re not as happy, sad, or pleased as you express over your phone can begin portraying yourself to others as someone you’re not. This can hinder your social life by sacrificing who you truly are as you constantly dull/or even change what you think to suit and serve others.

On The Go

If you’re travelling, working and just generally a busybody, you may have little to no time as it is to dedicate to visiting your nan you haven’t seen for a while or having a catch up with your best friend. This is when mobile phones could enhance your social life, however, it can’t replace the impact of real face to face interaction, but advanced technology such as Face-time allows it to come pretty close. The same goes for keeping in touch with your sibling, friend, work colleague a text message to catch-up, or a phone call on your lunch break. When you’re physical presence is everywhere else but with your closest, a mobile can keep you connected to a degree, helping you to maintain connections with people when you’re away.

Living In The Moment

It’s not unfamiliar to go out for lunch whether with family, friends or a date and sometimes (usually by habit) be driven to look at your phone. Worst of all it’s probably not for anything of particular importance, it’s just a sudden impulse that takes you away from living in the moment. When you’re too concerned with taking selfies, tagging your location for every stranger and it’s dog to find you and posting on Facebook to update your status your constant connection to your cell could mean you miss what’s going on in front of you. Some people may think looking at your phone while you’re with them is actually a bit rude, which also hinders the socialising factor.

Dating

With a surge in apps such as Tinder and Grindr, it’s changed the game for romantic hookups almost completely. With people advertising themselves as a commodity online, the past protocol of  meeting people in person has somewhat taken a back seat. There are some drawbacks to discuss here. With Tindr for instance being concocted solely on the basis of how someone looks and swiping people left to right depending on whether you approve or not. This action entails judging people imminently and  encourages a shallow selection process meaning you may reject someone whose personality who would of perfectly gelled with yours. However, for those leading a busy lifestyle, it enables them to meet like minded people without having to actively leave their workplace or house to connect with someone initially in person.

The answer to the original question is, phones hinder socialisation when people use it as there only option to interact with people, as opposed to making an effort to see them face to face. After all, mobile phones don’t force people to carry them everywhere and compulsively look at them at every opportunity, that’s purely based on how individuals decide to alter their behaviour around phones, to an extent some may even have withdrawal symptoms. So in fact, when the questions of whether socialisation is hindered or helped by cells, actually largely come down to the choices of people, the phone cannot be blamed for hinder or enhancing socialising.

Website Perfection: Achieve it Today

When you are trying to run a successful business, there are plenty of things you should be doing to make things better. You have to understand what it takes to make your company a success, and there are plenty of avenues that you need to explore to keep this in mind. One of the biggest and best ways of making your business better is to ensure you have a wonderful website to showcase the brand.

Coming up with the best ideas of making your website better is really important, and there are so many different things that you can do to achieve this. When you think about the different ideas you could use, it’s essential to consider what makes a great website. These are some of the things that you have to keep in mind when you are looking to achieve website perfection.

Design

Making sure you do as much as you can to improve the website comes down largely to the design of the site. There are loads of things you can do to improve the way the website comes across, and this is something you need to keep in mind. Try to experiment with different templates and some of the different layouts and designs for the website. These days you can create your own website, and the design plays such a big role in that.

Content

The content is also massively important when it comes to improving your website and attracting more interest. You need to keep things informative, interesting and give people a reason to want to revisit the site. This is something you need to keep in mind when it comes to improving and doing what is best for the site. You will also need to consider whether or not to hire writers to pen your content – this is especially important if you have a blog as part of the site.

Scalability

Scalability is really important, and it is something that you need to make sure you focus on if you want the company to progress. Scaling down and making sure you have a website that is mobile compatible is really important for future progression. Make sure you use the web-editor for the Mac in order to work on your website and enhance scalability. This is something you need to make sure you are focused on for the future, and it takes a lot to achieve this. You need a website that is accessible for everyone, and scalability plays a major part in this.

Add a Blog

You need to do as much as you can to make the website more interesting, and try to improve the appeal of the site and the business. There are a lot of things that can influence the blog, and you’ve got to look at how to come up with snappy and engaging blog content. There are a lot of things that play a part in the process of starting a website blog, and writing great posts is something that can be essential for improving the website.

There are a lot of different ways in which to make your website better, and this is something you need to keep in mind moving forward. If you can get the best possible website for your business, you will be able to increase business opportunities and achieve more success. Your website is a business template, and you’ve got to make sure you are focused on making things better and presenting the best possible image of the business.

WIFI On Optic Fibre Is Here

So we have these monster speeds now available in Kerala. I just saw this add spring up all over Youtube and a couple of other places. Would I really need 200Mbps speed for my internet at home? What am I planning to download – the history of the world? Unless you are on the USS Enterprise or one of the other starships, I doubt you could really need those astronomical speeds (maybe) and I bet the monthly charges are astronomical as well.

I will wait and watch as my 10mbps speed seems ok to me at the moment (I could use 25 but let’s see).

How Can Professional Illustrations Increase Sales?

Making as many sales as possible is the bottom line for all businesses. This is why entrepreneurs apply all marketing strategies that are appropriate to boost revenue. Did you know that illustrations are an excellent marketing strategy that promotes an increase in sales in many ways? Hiring an expert who creates illustration for big-brand products is advantageous to the company. To make this issue clear, let us look at how using professional illustrations increases sales for a company.

A Compelling Website

Illustrations are an amazing way to make your website look better and enhance user experience. Professional illustrators create authentic yet attractive media that will not slow down website visitors because it is too heavy. Entrepreneurs who employ the work of these experts realize an increase in sales within no time as more people visit the website. Illustration can be included with the products that a business is offering. Experts will make the illustrations attractive so that potential buyers will be convinced to buy.

Higher Conversion Rates

Now that the business has a website with an excellent user experience, the conversion rate determines the sales it will experience. Some businesses even use specific strategies that are aimed at converting potential customers to actual buyers of the offered goods or services. As the potential buyers admire the attractive and professionally branded product, they are compelled to buy them. Illustration can also be employed on free promotional gifts and samples. Clients will want to try these products even if it is their first time using them.

Increased Brand Awareness

Making people aware of your brand can be an uphill task. But did you know that illustrations are one way of increasing awareness? As a matter of fact, this is extremely effective when proper strategies are engaged. Illustrations are used to brand the website, social media pages, sold goods and packaging. As the illustrations on these items make their way to the web, homes, streets and magazines, people get to know of your brand. In return, this will increase sales for your company.

Communicating the Message

When people are researching a product, they expect to find as much information as possible before they will purchase it. The more information they get, they more convinced to buy they become. Illustrations are an attractive way to communicate information to the audience. Experts argue that products with attractive and informative illustrations easily convince potential customers to buy. Therefore, your work as a business person is to ensure that your illustrator is professional enough to provide this level of quality.

Creating a Desire

Have you ever looked at an illustration of a food product and felt hungry? Well, such a desire is often experienced across a variety of categories of goods and services that have attractive and compelling illustrations. Experienced illustrators work to create a desire to buy particular products. Most people actually do not need to read the accompanying text if there is any. The art is enough to trigger the urge to acquire that product.

From the above details, it is clear that professional illustrators can increase sales for a business. They require cooperation from owners and managers to reach their goal easily.

Mi LED Smart TV 4A (32) Installed

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Well I have the tv installed. I spoke to the installation guy this morning at around 10:30 am while I was drinking coffee and he came here by 11 am. It took an hour to install the tv on a wall mount and show me how to connect to the internet (normally using wifi but since I don’t have wifi, I opted to connect the tv to my phone’s hotspot.

I installed a couple of apps for Youtube & Hotstar via the aptoide tv app for Android televisions. This works out great. But my very first act was to check on playing movies via a thumbdrive and ofcourse I picked Star Trek as my very first movie to run on it. It looks great.

Bought A Smart TV Online

I finally bought my first ever tv! Yay! Now when I say that, this is the first ever tv I have personally bought. I haven’t watched anything on a tv for over 10 years but there is a tv in this apartment in the living room but only my parents watch that.

I watch everything on my computer, my current 15.6 in Dell. That is gonna change. I placed an order for the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80 cm (32)

Highlights
  • 20 W Speaker Output
  • 1366 x 768 HD Ready – Great picture quality
  • 60 Hz : Standard refresh rate for blur-free picture quality
  • 3 x HDMI : For set top box, consoles and Blu-ray players
  • 2 x USB : Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or USB device
  • Ultra-bright LED display
  • Powerful 20W stereo speakers
  • 700,000+ hours of content on PatchWall
  • 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM + 8GB Storage
  • One remote: Control TV, set-top box and more

Broadband Problems Fixed?

Well it looks like the problem is solved. Finally, after well over 4 days and many,many phone calls and complaints and emails later, Asianet had determined that the problem was —- drum roll please —– the new modem that they had given me and come to install just over a week ago!

Yes, by my count I have called them over 20+ times during the past 30 days or so. I have emailed them 5 to 6 times. I have raised complaints and I have made them escalate and finally it was so simple they could have done this days ago. There must have been nothing wrong with my old modem but they determined that the several outages I have been facing recently was due to a modem fault. And so they gave me a new one – which was faulty! They came and changed the charger but that was not it.

So today a guy came in, the same guy who gave me the previous replacement, and had a new one installed and changed the charger too. It’s been working fine since 1:20 pm. We’ll see how this goes. I had thought of going over on Friday and cancelling my connection and getting one from Airtel. Asianet does have the best plans though and they are economical. But if they keep this up I will have to cancel.

NO BROADBAND INTERNET FOR THREE DAYS – ASIANET

My internet connection has been down for three days! It went down early Friday morning – I reached home at 2am and wanted to stream a football match but the connection went down and so I called and complained. This is day THREE and I still don’t have a solution. Congratulations Asianet Broadband, this is a new low performance in customer care for you.

This is despite two technicians coming to my apartment and who told me that the problem was fixed. The internet then worked for 45 mins after they left and then went dead again. When I asked them what was the issue for me not getting internet since early Friday morning, they told me that after a fibre cut in the area they were upgrading the system here which is why I had no connectivity. So this is a known problem and yet no one in Asianet bothered to inform me about this!

Also wonderful fixing of the solution – they come here, it works for 45 mins and then it goes down again. Terrible service. 3 whole days and you STILL have no solution to the problem. I have called up one of the technicians and informed them that it is still down. You have no answer. I just spoke to someone at your call center and he told me that as it is a Sunday they have less technicians which is why there is a delay in solving my problem. When I reminded him that I raised the complaint on Friday and Friday and Saturday this should not have been a problem, he had no answer. “Sir tomorrow morning you issue with me solved – for certain”. He has no clue as to what is going on!

What are you planning to do about my problem? No internet service for 3 days other than a bit here and there (in total maybe 3 hours). THREE DAYS AND YOU CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM!! Fibre Cut or System upgrade, I don’t know what is the real issue. I only hear excuses. Even before these three days I was having regular outages for over a month (PLEASE CHECK MY CALL HISTORY TO YOUR CUSTOMER CARE CENTER and the COMPLAINT HISTORY) – is this all a fibre cut and gross incompetence on your technicians part?