High speed internet has transformed those businesses that are small to medium in size, otherwise known as SMEs. Providers like Verizon Internet Service not only offer internet connections, but also the hosted services and software applications that businesses need. Why purchase expensive programs if they can be rented from a company on per-use basis? Businesses that choose to do this have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. There are many hosted business applications to choose from, which gives any business, regardless of size the chance to cut their costs. There is also a lot to offer for those home users that are looking for a new internet company. Simply by going online, popular companies all over the nation can be compared for the best value.
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Today’s small and medium businesses need to be able to have the ability to transfer large amounts of data safely and securely.And some of the fastest speeds available in the country are available via the internet plans that AT&T’s internet promotions provide. Businesses use high speed internet, not just for easier communication, but also so that they can connect multiple locations. We are not just talking about Megabits, but Gigabits per second (Gbps). Some think it’s still a long time off for these speeds to become a mainstream reality for internet users. But, ISPs are now on the move to provide an actual high-bandwidth communications solution that everyone can benefit from.
When looking for new ISPs, you may be thinking that ultra high speed is the only way to go. While that may be true for your family, it’s also important to note that other forms of internet have caught up to those high speed providers. One example is DSL service. Quest DSL can reach speeds of up to 50 mbps, to the delight of many of its customers. And the speed is perfect ideal for households with more than one computer. With speeds like that, multiple users can download streaming video simultaneously and instantly. So if you need high speed internet, this could be the way to go.
Technology does have a number of benefits, but for the developing child, it can result in the absence of the skills essential to proper development. In experiencing the world primarily in a virtual way, no physical contact occurs, which is necessary in order to learn about and understand the world around them. The same is true for person-to-person interactions. The virtual world doesn’t operate by the same rules as physical interactions do. And so certain facial and verbal clues, along with body language are not visible. So how can it be ensured that a child receives the contact they need with other people, but without depriving them of the benefits of technology?
The key may be in continuing to use traditional communication and other tools. As well, limiting the time a child spends with technology, especially during their younger years can help familiarize them with those things that are necessary for healthy development. It may also help to attach the importance of earning time or ownership of technology as a child gets older, so that respect for the use and cost of technology can be instilled. There are also many parents who have decided not to use technology at all, which also has its own set of benefits. The decision about whether or not to use technology in the home is one that only the parents can make.
Georgia Tech researchers are considering a solution that would allow for one terabit of data to be uploaded in – wait for it – one second. The wire, composed of graphene, would be able to transfer this amount over one or two meters with a graphene antenna, with up to 100 terabits a second being possible the closer you get. Graphene, which is essentially a sheet of carbon, is only one atom thick. Its honeycomb structure allows electrons to move through it up to 500 times faster than they would through silicon, and with almost no resistance.
In order to create an antenna, the graphene could be shaped into tiny, thin strips – just one micrometer long and up to one hundred nanometers wide is all that would be needed. This is the size at which data can be transmitted and received at terahertz frequency. The electromagnetic waves can interact with plasmonic waves in this frequency to send and receive data. A wireless connection using graphene could make wireless connections between chip components that much faster, because of the fact that graphene antennas can be created on a much smaller scale than wire antennas.
The above question was answered just the other day, when it was revealed that the Feds have been recording calls from ISPs for nearly 6 years. While the report stated only phone calls were recorded, most wouldn’t be surprised if the recorded data included emails, chat and other forms of communication as well. But how true is this news? Many internet companies have vehemently denied any knowledge of Prism, the highly-classified National Security Agency program, let alone acknowledged their participation. This has led many to wonder just what is going on in the halls of the United States government.
Apparently, the surveillance was begun under the Bush administration following the attacks on September 11th. And it has obviously been allowed to continue under Obama’s government. Interestingly, the revelations about the surveillance were fast and furious, with both American and British newspapers disclosing the program mere hours after a seven-year effort to clean up phone records in the United States was acknowledged by government officials. This indicated a decision to reveal intelligence secrets by an individual with access to these high-level documents. And in fact, if statements from The Washington Post are any indication, it was what they called a ‘disenchanted’ intelligence official who provided the information.
A new ruling that went into effect on Saturday will change the way cell phone customers go about switching to another wireless internet cellular carrier. According to the new rules, anyone wishing to switch their handset to another carrier must let their current carrier know about their intentions and receive permission from that carrier before they can unlock their handset.
The ruling came down from the Library of Congress, which governs copyright law. It stated that the unlocking of cell phones is not exempt from copyright protection, which could render illegal any unauthorized attempts to unlock. This may help to curb the millions of handsets which are unlocked without authorization and then resold at a much higher price than their subsidized counterparts. However, it has yet to be seen how cell phone customers will react to this new rule.
Online games aren’t what they used to be. These days, you can not only play your favorite games online, but you can voice and video chat with other players, which can greatly enhance your gaming experience. But there is a caveat to having all that ability to interact, and that is that it opens your computer up to being compromised.
But you can stay safer when you play online games when you follow a few simple tips. Keeping your antivirus software current is always a good idea so that your computer can be monitored for the latest threats. If you’re not playing an authorized version of your game, then you may be subjecting yourself to security vulnerabilities, as well as fines if you are found out. Arguments with other players can lead to attacks on your computer. But notifying moderators can help you avoid a personal attack. Also, getting to know the blocking features of your game can come in handy. And keeping as much personal information as possible out of any conversation, video or otherwise will ensure that you can game online safely.
If you enjoy taking pictures with your phone and then uploading them to Facebook, you may have noticed that photos uploaded in this way will end up in the “Mobile Uploads” album. But if you have an iOS or Android phone, you can actually specify which folder you want your photos to go into when you upload them from your device.
Although the process isn’t new, the iOS and Android app has been recently streamlined. If you have an iOS phone, you can choose to add your photos to an existing album, or create a new album as you upload your photos. If you’re an Android user, you will need to log into Facebook before you upload and create the album you wish to upload your photos into. Of course, you can do this by simply visiting the Photos tab and tapping on the plus sign.
If you’ve been daydreaming about the time when you will be able to roll up your technology and put it in your pocket like yesterday’s sales report, you might not have to wait much longer. New tablets have been developed in a joint effort between Intel Labs, Queen’s University and Plastic Logic, and they look just like a sheet of paper.
The almost 11 inch plastic display is flexible and reacts to touch. Where a series of tablets are present, each can display a different app, and screens can interact with each other. For example, if a document needs to be opened on another tablet, you simply tap one page on another, and then use a twist or flick to execute additional commands.
Much has been in the news regarding the new rules of copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks. The Copyright Alert System, or CAS, which is supposed to deter subscribers from sharing illegal software, music and other files. Several well-known internet service providers Los Angeles are already participating.
The CAS consists of multi-level warnings to would-be infringers, beginning with a subtle message in the beginning and slowly graduating in urgency until the slowing down of internet speed or temporary suspension becomes necessary. But internet users also have a way to appeal these actions. They can pay $35 and request that their network activity be reviewed. If no incriminating evidence is found, the user can have their money refunded. But illegal activity is detectable using MarkMonitor software.
If your computer is running slower than normal or you notice an increasing number of errors, don’t throw away your system just yet; there are actually steps you can take to keep your computer running the way it should. The first most common problem are registry errors. These are common because of all the uninstalling of programs that goes on with a typical computer. And it makes your computer work harder. But you can easily correct this with a program that scans, identifies and then fixes these errors.
Another common issue that can gum up your computer’s digital pathways are malware and viruses. These also cause your computer to work harder than it needs to, shortening its life by a significant amount. Basic rules still apply for downloading anything from the internet: don’t do so unless you know and trust where you’re getting it from. As with registry errors, there is all kinds of software available to scan your computer for and eliminate viruses.
Companies like internet service providers Houston have long had issues with how to not only optimize their networks, but monetize them as well. But thanks to the more sophisticated IP services which are entering the market, every internet company can better scale their networks, utilize their resources and offer more to their customers.
In the past, a service provider would struggle with a language barrier of sorts between themselves and consumers; the provider would perceive value in common flat-rate pricing for up and downstream data rates, while the consumer would look at the function of content. But the provision of value-added services has proven to be a win-win for both provider and consumer, as providers can now invest in IP service delivery and earn revenue, while the consumer enjoys more control over their services.
A Canadian teenager who committed suicide last week after years of bullying has resulted in renewed vigilance to stop online bullying. Another social media giant, Twitter, made history today when it used a new tool to block account creation by neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover. The block came after a request by Lower Saxony authorities asked Twitter to close the group’s account and disallow future accounts that may be requested by them.
Twitter’s tool allows for the blockage of content in a country which deems it illegal, but allows the content to be visible to other users via an internet service providers Philadelphia or other connection. In Germany, there are strict laws which prohibit any symbols or slogans of the Nazi era from being used. However, the group’s web site was hosted in the United States.
Transparent and flexible computers and capacitors with super powers. These are just two of the many applications possible with graphene, a material that’s only one layer of atoms thick. But if you’re still waiting to get online with internet service providers Minneapolis using your transparent computer, you may have to wait a few more years.
In fact, it may be a decade before the issues that make graphene computers impractical are resolved. This is because the material doesn’t have a crucial element needed for the properly-directed flow of charge through circuits, also known as a bandgap. As a result, the material is not yet ready to replace today’s semiconductor components. But the material’s resilience to bending and pressure, along with its imperviousness to gas make it a sure entry into near-future research.
Although controversial, Facebook’s way to protect its account users – by requesting their mobile phone numbers where login approvals were needed- was valuable enough to the company to have received some tweaks over the weekend. Now, instead of including mobile device passwords in a reverse lookup database, the phone numbers have been removed. But Facebook spokespersons are saying this move is only a temporary one while the company works out how to allow users to opt out of the reverse lookup feature.
Why is the feature so controversial? Because any user wanting more protection would, in exchange, risk exposure of their mobile phone numbers to possibly all users of Facebook. It also seems that entering a mobile phone number is now mandatory for anyone wanting a Facebook account, something that is sure to create further controversy in future.
That’s just what many people are doing since the advent of the smart phone. After all, what good is a landline when you can use your mobile phone with Internet Service Providers St. Louis both at home and on the go? But, as cut and dried a decision as cutting your landline loose may be, there are still things to consider.
One consideration is your service. Your mobile phone may work very well for the few calls you may make in a day, but what’s the reception like the rest of the time? If you find that you suffer through multiple dropped calls, then keeping your landline may be the better option.
Most of those still hanging onto their landlines are doing so for accessibility to complete emergency services. What this means is, you may be able to dial 911 with your phone and reach on operator, but they won’t be able to trace your location.
There’s a lot of talk about net neutrality these days. Some are saying there is already too much regulation, while others think that regulation, in part, by internet service providers Nashville is the only way to stop cyber crime in its tracks. But the question of regulation carries with it a number of pros and cons.
A core truth of regulation is that it can help to stop crimes like identity theft and malware from affecting us. But on the other hand, that very regulation requires us to give up some of our security in the form of personal information.
Despite the millions of dollars lost every year as a result of cyber crime, there remains little in the way of executable ways to address the issue. So should the public simply wait until government devises ways to meet the problem head on? Most say no, that educating oneself is the only reliable way to stop cyber crime. What’s your opinion?
Imagining life without internet would be a daunting task even for someone who isn’t really a tech buff these days. So the thought of actually experiencing this should send chills down your spine. And if the noise generated by Facebook is to be believed, some of us are in for a summer of some serious goose bumps courtesy DNSChanger.
Ninth of July
DNSChanger, a computer monitoring software or infection, came to the core thanks to international hackers’ endeavor to run an advertising scam which would have helped them inject computer monitoring software – like the keylogger in a few cases – into their targeted systems; and help it did. The FBI, in an oddball moment, spread a safety net via government computers to bail out the infected users. However, the word is that these bailed out connections would no longer work after July 9 since the safety net system is going to be shut down.
Facebook’s Also Pulls Up Its Socks
FBI is campaigning for people to visit a website which informs whether or not their system is infected, and also how it can be fixed, since these users would not be able to access the Internet after July 9. Now onwards, Facebook would also inform infected users about the risks of their infection and how to rectify them, which is a result of the social networking site’s work with DNSChanger Working Group. In a way, Facebook is following the footsteps of Google who has been clamoring about the need for campaigns with regards to infected computers.
Absolute Lack of Awareness
It is common for users to have menacing software – like a keylogger or other kinds of spyware – in their systems, have their antivirus deactivated and yet know nothing about it. And the likelihood is that once the users are without Internet after July 9 and open their Internet Explorer page and get the ‘page not found’, the only thought that’d spring would be to believe that their connection is broken. Therefore campaigning is the need of the hour or else the infected users might end up spending their summers cursing their Internet connections instead of taking the necessary steps to overcome their issue.
DNS is a Massive Network
DNS is a huge network formulated by a multitude of servers, which translates web addresses into numerical addresses for the computers’ use. The targeted computers have been programmed in such a way so that a rogue DNS server is eventually used by the said users. This enables the attackers to link up these computers to imitated versions of various websites at the users’ expense.
The monetary gain for the hackers is quite colossal, especially since they earn huge profits through advertisements that originally appear on the fraudulent websites that the victims end up visiting. This particular scan has mustered a mammoth $14 billion for the hackers, according to FBI, and of course that number would keep on mounting unless sufficient awareness is created and in turn the necessary precautionary measures are taken.
Jane Andrew is a writer and guest blogger of mobistealth with years of experience in tech industry. She loves to write about keylogger and monitoring software for computers. You can also follow her on Twitter @janeandrew01 to get tip about cell phone and computer monitoring.
Compensation may be coming for those who say they didn’t sign up for service from RealNetworks. A complaint filed by prosecutors in Washington state disputed the music-streaming service’s e-commerce practices. Real Networks was already under investigation by the Washington State Attorney General Rob Mckenna. McKenna said deceptive practices included pre-checked boxes not necessarily apparent to the consumer, and free trials for subscriptions services that ultimately were not free. RealNetworks has said that it will set up a compensation fund of $2 million dollars for affected consumers, in addition to paying the Attorney General’s office $400,000 for legal costs. The company has stated that it does not agree with the filed complaint from the Attorney General’s office, but did acknowledge that some aspects of its practices were not what its customers would normally expect from the company.
Computer scientists have discovered that at least 47 cellular carriers have a vulnerability in their network which can allow connection hijacking to take place. The vulnerability exists in the firewalls of cellular carriers, whose dropped packets of data can be used to hijack connections, even though they contain invalid TCP sequence numbers. Once hijacked, malicious content can be injected into the traffic flowing between a smartphone and the websites visited with it. This malicious content can range anywhere from the unintended following or posting of Twitter and Facebook messages to the luring of users to fraudulent banking web sites. The discovery of this new avenue of attack has also debunked a common assumption that internet connections over encrypted WiFi or cellular networks are safe for communication. Researchers performed test attacks on Android phones from HTC, Motorola and Samsung and found that connections could be hijacked when the phone was connected to a nationwide carrier which used sequence number checking.
The GPS holds a place of prominence in many vehicles these days. But more and more, the smart phone is becoming a digital Swiss Army knife, thanks to the many apps that are available. Traveling can be made much easier with smart phone apps that offer the most accurate information, just when you need it.
Available for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry, Hopstop works best for anyone who opts to use public transportation, bike or walk their way around. This app provides comprehensive information on subway station schedules, taxi usage and points of interest that are near to your location. It also provides city guides, something that is uncommon for an app of this type.
If you like to be on the lookout for speed traps, then Trapster may help make your trip more interesting. Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, this app will alert you to upcoming speed traps, red light cameras and even road construction and traffic problems. This crowdsourcing app aggregates the uploaded data from almost fifteen million users and displays it in real time, and you will have to have your own account in order to be able to contribute your own discoveries.
If the tipoff received by The Wall Street Journal is any indication, the next iPhone could have a four-inch screen. According to the publication, Apple has been contacting several Asian suppliers to enquire about larger screens than those on the latest iPhone. At least four inches in size, this would put the new screens one half inch ahead of the current iPhone screens. While the WSJ wouldn’t get specific about who they received this information from, they did say that the individual or individuals were ‘familiar with the situation’. If the sources are reliable, then production involving the new screens could gain momentum as early as next month, seeing as the next iPhone is most recently reported to be unveiled this fall. Along with the tipoff comes speculation about the reason for the ordering of the larger screens. Some suspect Apple is attempting to keep up with its Samsung Android rival.
This week, the Netherlands became the second country in the world to have net neutrality legislation added to its telecommunications law and passed. In addition, the law includes provisions which require that websites ask users for their permission before storing cookies on their browsers, although this facet of the legislation won’t go into effect until next year. The legislation follows events which occurred in the last quarter of 2011, when a continued decrease in SMS and voice services was noticed. However, data usage continued to rise due to more consumers using apps to communicate. So KPN, a leading telecom provider in the Netherlands, planned to make users pay extra to use these apps. Two other companies quickly followed. This caused a huge public outcry, after which KPN quickly withdrew its intentions. The new law will ensure that any company who provides internet access treats all internet services equally, which means that they cannot charge customers extra to access competing services.
When you’re traveling for business and bringing your technology with you, any number of things can happen that can derail your plans to make some progress during your trip. Let’s face it; having a smartphone or tablet is great, but if they aren’t functional due to forgotten chargers or issues with the device, then you will leave yourself high and dry.
Are You Willing To Lose Your Tech?
If you just bought the new iPhone, or are taking your favorite tablet with you, you may wish to think again. Having older tech that you aren’t worried about losing or becoming damaged will hurt a lot less than losing something new. Customs and TSA officials have, and do confiscate personal technology on a random basis if they see something they don’t like. And before you leave for your trip, enlist the help of a cloud storage service so that you can reach all of your important documents in the event your tech is confiscated, lost or stolen.
Are You Willing To Pay Top Dollar For Necessities?
It’s a good thing that stores now exist in airports where you can pick up chargers or other vital cords in case you forget to pack them at home. But shopping for connections at these stores can mean that you pay way too much for them. Take a few minutes before you leave to ensure you have all of the connections and chargers you need, so that you don’t have to waste time looking for a store and then paying a lot of money at the airport.
Have you ever wondered who has searched for your name after a job interview or other meeting? BrandYourself may be able to tell you. The new online reputation management company assists people with the control of their names in Google results, and yesterday, they released a new feature of the service. The new feature reveals the workplaces and locations of those who have visited an individual’s BrandYourself profile. Unfortunately, if the visitor doesn’t work for a large company, it’s unlikely you will be able to find out where they work. But knowing who is looking for you can motivate you to keep your profile up to date with the latest good news about you. Although it only launched in March of this year, BrandYourself boasts over twenty thousand users. This may be because its identified a niche between popular sites like LinkedIn and Ziggs, each of whom track users, but don’t offer the same amount of information.