There are lots of choices for web browsers nowadays. Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and the tried and true Explorer are all viable options. But what exactly is it about a person that makes them choose to use one over another. Does your choice in browsers say something about your personality? Blogthings.com thinks so.


Different Key Strokes for Different Folks


For instance, if you use Chrome, you’re willing to jump onto the latest trends. And you’re ready to do this even if all the details of these trends haven’t yet been nailed down. Chrome users, the website says, are never satisfied with the status quo and are always striving for more.


But what if you use Firefox? According to Blogthings, you’re untamed and willing to buck the system. What ifyou utilize Internet Explorer? Then you’re likely to be a down-to-earth person who plays by the rules. Opera users, according to the quiz, love to chart their own course to success. These users can adapt to any situation, the site says, with grace and style.


Explorer Still Number One


Of course, Internet Explorer is still the most popular web browser in existence, according to the numbers. The website W3Counter states that Explorer holds a market share of 28.8 percent in the browser world. 2nd is Chrome, with 26.4 percent. Firefox comes in third with a market share of 23.3 percent, while Safari pulls up fourth with 6.2 percent. Opera ranks fifth with a market share of 2.3 percent.


Searching for the Right Browsers


The Blogthings quiz is fun. It is an interesting thing to ponder, but ultimately how do you select which browser fits you? To figure this out, our advice is to try different ones out. Don’t just use the one that was included with your computer. Try them all out. You might even find you prefer to use one for work accounts, and one for your personal accounts.

 

Bad ideas are usually more common then good ones. But do they all disappear? The fact is that, a lot of them stick around for a while, so just for fun, we have compiled a list of three. The question is, who is buying these, if anyone?


Social Media for Your Bathroom


This app is rather ridiculous and a little gross. It’s called the iPoo and it is pretty self-explanatory. It is particularly for people who wish to stay connected to their friends while in the bathroom. It is not polite to talk on the phone to people when using the bathroom, not to mention connect via social networks.


Tacos Through the Air


We all like fast-food tacos. But going to get those tacos? That’s not as much fun. TacoCopter wants to solve this problem by delivering tacos in California’s Silicon Valley with helicopter drones. Yes, drones won’t just be for killing terrorists if TacoCopter gets its way. This service, of course, isn’t yet operational. And the chances are good that it will never accomplish this milestone. But the company does boast a live website.


A Stranger Is Only a Friend You Haven’t Met?


If you feel like your Facebook page can use more friends you can utilize the new service called Airtime. It collects information regarding your likes and interests and finds individuals who have the same interests. If you don't like the strangers that it brings up for you, you can click the “next” button to move on to the next person. This service is just for those people lonely enough to wade through the often questionable world of online strangers.

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In recent months Antivirus software did not recognize and contain some huge malware attacks. This has caused it to take a beating in the media.


Antivirus Not Necessary on Smartphones?


There has also been a realization recently that people who do the majority of their computing via smartphone probably don’t need Antivirus software. A lot of people check their emails, social media accounts, and surf the web utilizing their smartphones. If the antivirus industry doesn’t build software that is useful to these folks, they are passing up on an invaluable market.


Smartphones vs. PCs


First, modern smartphones operate differently than traditional PCs and laptops. On a smartphone, each app is provided with its own work environment and is not able to access the data found in other apps. This really is a nice security upgrade from the world of PCs and laptops. Malware that is just installed onto a smartphone is able to do little harm. So there is the first strike against conventional antivirus software: there's not as much need for it on a smartphone.


Another reason the separation of apps makes antivirus software less useful on smartphones is that current software cannot scan every single app. Due to this, current antivirus software does little to combat the malware that can attack smartphones.


Smartphone Antivirus Programs


We have discussed a couple reasons why the antivirus software that is currently out there is not very efficient for smartphones. But that doesn’t stop companies from offering it. VirusBarrier is a good example of this. It can be purchased through Apple’s App Store, but it can’t actually scan anything on a smartphone. Users have to send any attachments or documents they want scanned for viruses through VirusBarrier before downloading it using their email client. This can be both frustrating and almost useless for consumers. Until companies start developing more advanced antivirus software that is able to actually scan apps on smartphones, there is little reason to purchase antivirus software for your smartphone.

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File Sharing Programs

On July 20, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

Have you ever had this issue, you have to send a huge file but the file is way too big to attach to an email? Well, you are in luck. There are numerous programs out there that let you share or send large files. We have detailed four of the most popular below.


YouSendIt


YouSendIt is free and easy to use. It lets you send huge files through their cloud-based storage system.  One of the best things about YouSendIt, is that you can set an expiration date for the data you have uploaded. You are also able to limit who can access which files. This gives the user a lot of control and a a bit more security.


DropSend


DropSend operates in much the same way as YouSendIt.  DropSend, though, offers file-sharing programs in a variety of option. For instance, you can choose DropSend Lite, which is free. This version allows you to send five files a month. The basic version of the program costs $5 a month, and permits you to send 15 files a month. The business version – $99 a month – allows users to send a limitless number of files each month.


SugarSync


SugarSync has grown in popularity together with the rise in smartphones and tablet computers. That’s because users can make a SugarSync account that immediately saves their files on all of their devices at once – everything from their smartphones to their desktop computers to their tablets. SugarSync also allows users to provide access to these large files to specific users. It’s an easy way to allow family members or coworkers to view movies, pictures and other big files without using e-mail.


Dropbox


Dropbox, too, has become a must-have program for mobile computing. Like SugarSync, it lets you instantaneously store files on all of your devices at the same time. It also comes in both free and paid varieties.

 

Technology That is on the Cutting Edge

On July 18, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

Yearly, the writers at technology and business magazines recognize those gadgets which are on the cutting-edge. These are the tech tools that can perhaps change our lives. Of course, it's impossible to anticipate with any certainty which gadgets may become mainstays and which will go the way of the laser disc. But the editors at Inc. Magazine recently took a shot at guessing the latest technology that might change our world. Here are some of their picks:


V-MODA VAMP


The downside to listening to music on the iPhone is straightforward: It doesn’t always sound good. The V-MODA VAMP hopes to improve this. This product behaves as a tiny amplifier for the iPhone 4 or 4S, adding quality and volume to the devices’ music-playing capabilities. The product also serves a secondary function: it provides a back-up battery, giving your iPhone 4 a longer life.


Alice Receptionist


Alice is a virtual receptionist that relies on sensors to detect when individuals get into the office. Visitors can then tap a touchscreen to get in touch with employees and they can also chat through video services using Alice. This is a huge benefit to companies who want to save money by not employing a receptionist, and it’s simple to use.


Microsoft SmartGlass


Through the use of SmartGlass, which is created by Microsoft, you can turn your tablet or smartphone into a controller for your HDTV. It permits you to simply use gestures on your device to control music, games, and videos on your TV. This technology is not out quite yet but the people at Inc. think it will be a game changer.


You never know what technologies are going to make a splash but the three above have received a great deal of attention.

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Common PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid

On July 13, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

PowerPoint presentations are the vacation slide shows of the business world: we’ve all sat through uninteresting ones that seemed to last forever. But there are a few tips that you can follow to prevent creating a PowerPoint presentation that bores your co-workers. This is important: You create PowerPoint presentations to spread your message, promote products and get results. You can’t make this happen if no one’s listening to them.


Don’t Forget Creativity


Just because PowerPoint is easy to use, doesn’t mean you get to be lazy. Making a good presentation still takes imagination. Try thinking of out of the box methods to catch your audiences attention, or make a certain slide memorable. Perhaps a quote that captures what you are talking about while that slide is up. Your audience will not remember your presentation if you use too many slides stuffed with bullet points of unnecessary information.


Rather, use the opportunity of having a visual aid to enhance your presentation. That is the advantage of using PowerPoint; to help memory retention through visual stimulation.


Come with Solutions


Giving solutions or insights into the data you present is yet another way to help make your PowerPoint noteworthy. If your meeting is not simply to inform your audience but get them to think about the data and perhaps come up with suggestions for enhancement or change, get them thinking along the same lines as you by offering them some ideas to ponder.


Also, if your presentation gives some important information, expand on that. For example, if sales dropped dramatically last quarter, explain why. You are providing them with the information anyway, so expanding on it can only help to give them a well rounded picture of the company and what they can do to improve or help things.


Don’t Get Too Fancy


While you should be creative when you make your slides, don’t opt for all the bells and whistles. A typical mistake managers make is using pointless graphics and pictures, thinking this pop of color will draw the attention of the audience. What it usually does is distract. Additionally, many people simply read their slides to the audience, this is unnecessary and can bore, if not annoy, the audience. They will just read your points. Instead, focus on the most significant item and go in depth. Otherwise you could have just emailed the presentation to them and saved your breath.

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Losing Your Smartphone

On July 11, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

Smartphones are very important tools today, but what happens should you lose your phone?

The security risk of lost smartphones

Researchers at Symantec found that 96 percent of individuals that pick up a lost smartphone tried to access personal or business data stored in the device. The research also found out that 45 percent of individuals who found a lost smartphone attempted to access the corporate e-mail client on the device. This is scary news. Naturally, smartphones are designed to be tiny. It's not hard to misplace them.

Human nature and smartphone tech

The Symantec study is an intriguing one because it says a whole lot about human nature. Symantec intentionally left 50 smartphones in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa. Each phone was loaded with fake files and apps that contained no information but were labeled with enticing names such as "online banking," "social media," and "saved passwords."

According to the study results, 72 percent of people who found a phone made an effort to access photos, 57 percent made an effort to open a file named "saved passwords," and 43 percent made an effort to open the "online banking" app. This should concern those who have the habit of losing their phone.

Protecting your smartphone

These numbers may very well be frightening but there are things that people can do to protect themselves in case they misplace their smartphones.

The easiest way to guard the data on your smartphone is always to create a secure password. It might seem obvious, but you would be astonished at how many people don’t password protect their phones. There are also many apps that securely lock specific apps or files. A less obvious choice is to subscribe to a service that lets you remotely wipe your smartphones memory. Regardless of which method you utilize, it’s crucial that you take some method of securing your smartphone in the event of loss or theft.

 

Tips to Efficiently Procrastinate with Facebook

On July 6, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

We can all admit to spending a lot of time on Facebook. This is even more evident when you have work to do. Reading that business report or putting the final touches on that important presentation seems to take a backseat to Facebook. As a matter of fact, it’s often when there’s important work to do that it feels like we want to see what Facebook friends are up to, or want to post about that vacation. This might be inevitable, but this is one way you can make your Facebook experience more effective.

Filtering Friends

You know that Facebook friend - the one that is invariably posting about the minutia of what they’re eating or which reality Television show they’re watching. Despite the fact that they spend time muddling your Facebook news feed with the trivial, you want to stay their Facebook friend. Do not fear, as there is an answer.

There is hope, since Facebook allows you to trim the material you receive in your news feed and filter out updates from specific sources. Find an update from a person you’d like to eliminate from your news feed and click on the arrow that pops up if you move your mouse’s cursor over the top right side of the update. A menu will show on the screen. Choose “unsubscribe from status updates” for that person to block messages.

Extending Messages, not Friendships

There is yet another way that you can send a message to folks on Facebook, even if they are not already your Facebook friend. This is dependent on if they have allowed it in their settings - if they have, you'll be able to do this straight from their Facebook profile page. Just navigate to their page and then click the “Message” button on the upper-right hand corner.

Also, if you feel like you’re always on Facebook to chat with your friends, there is a solution that doesn’t even require being logged into Facebook! For example, should you have a Windows Live profile, you can integrate it with your Facebook account. This integration is also offered by Yahoo messenger. Perform a simple search through Facebook’s documentation to discover how this can be done.

 

Smartphones are wonderful tools. But there's one weakness that virtually every smartphone shares: short battery life. This is a frustrating problem. As you're logging onto the Web, looking at your e-mail messages, and making phone calls, you're draining your phone's battery. With many of the top smartphones on the market, you're fortunate to make it home after the workday with enough battery life left to fit in one quick call for take-out food.


The problem is that smartphones do so a variety of things, and run so many apps at once that their batteries can’t take it. There are several steps you can take to make your battery last a little longer. We have outlined a few below.


Dimming that smartphone screen


You may not realize this, but keeping your screen at its full brightness setting drains the battery very quickly. An easy way to stop this rapid drain is to lower the screen brightness to a level that is still comfortable for you. Your screen don't have to be as bright as the sun.


Screen lighting


You can also change the number of seconds your screen stays lit after you have touched it. The more your screen stays lit once you have stopped using it, the more your battery will empty.


Bluetooth


A Bluetooth device is a huge drain on your battery as well. As it is always looking for outside signals, it is continuously draining your battery. So when you are in meetings or not anticipating calls, shutting it off can make your smartphone’s battery work for a lot longer.

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Utilize Filters to Minimize Spam

On June 27, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Social Media

Do you get a lot of spam? You don't need to constantly put up with it; there are a few actions you can take to get spam out of your inbox and your life.


The Power of Filters


First, you could create a whitelist filter. Many email services provide users with filtering options. You can use these options to create filters that leave crucial email messages untouched while sending everything else into a secondary, less-important email folder. With the judicious use of filters, you can send email messages from certain senders to your main inbox. Those originating from other users - the ones that you don't think are quite so important - will automatically be shuttled to other folders. You can then check these messages at your leisure.


A More Subtle Serving of Spam


Have you heard of bacn? It is a much more subtle type of spam when compared to discount Rolex emails. These are generally things you have opted into such as catalogs and coupons from stores you frequent. But, while you opted in at some time, you may not wish to receive these anymore.


You can easily prevent these newsletters from filling your inbox, though, by building a filter that conveniently sequesters email messages with the word "unsubscribe" in it. This is valuable because email newsletters must give users the ability to unsubscribe from them. Therefore, they all must include the word "unsubscribe" somewhere in their messages. Of course, you can manually unsubscribe from email newsletters, too. However, this will take more time and effort.


These are two ways that you can use filters to easily keep spam and bacn out of your inbox. I would suggest that you spend a couple minutes setting these filters up. It will save you time and a headache in the long run.

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