Archive for February, 2012

How Not To Trash Your Dead Devices

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

When an appliance like a printer or cell phone dies, it can be tempting to just throw it in the garbage without a second thought. But there are many alternatives to trashing your technology, and there are many good reasons for not introducing your iPod to the Glad Man.

First of all, you should know that many devices contain elements which will eventually seep into and poison ground water. Some of these chemicals include mercury, lead and arsenic. So unless you want to drink a glass of poison or take a deadly shower in your near future, avoiding the garbage is your best bet.

Second, tossing your tech could mean that a dumpster diver gets access to all of the information on the device. Even the most damaged hard drive or SIM card can cough up information with the right tools. So if you don’t want anyone else to see the info that was on your device, don’t simply throw it out. Instead, search for organizations in your area which recycle devices. These could include:

– Area charities;

– Electronics waste days in your area (check your city’s web site);

– For-profit recyclers like New York’s 4th Bin;

– Non-profit recyclers such as the Electronics Takeback Coalition.

A few minutes spent doing an internet search will reveal many ways to recycle and/or donate your devices for reuse.

Sri Lanka To Get Mobile Broadband Boost

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Comverse Mobile Internet Data Manage and Monetization (DMM) has been chosen by Hutch Telecom Lanka as the solution which will help Sri Lanka handle its growing volume of data traffic. The solution offers excellent performance with a multi-featured solution that includes a policy and traffic managers, along with an application gateway. The application will allow for the acceleration of new mobile broadband plans and offerings which will offer users more quality and reliability in their connections. In addition, the solution will help to further differentiate Hutch Telecom Lanka in the market and fulfill more of its revenue potential. Sri Lanka’s mobile market has been growing at a rate of approximately 40% annually since 2009, reaching over eighteen million subscribers by the middle of last year.

Two Ways To Slash Your Technology Costs

Friday, February 24th, 2012

If you consistently find that there’s a widening gap between your paychecks, it may be time to re-examine your budget, along with your definitions of ‘want’ and ‘need’. Needs are things that are necessary for survival, such as food. Other items like HDTV are luxuries that enhance your experience, but aren’t crucial. When times are tough, there are a few ways you can tighten your belt.

1. Your landline phone

These days, many people use their cell phones as their primary phone. And disconnecting your landline can save you anywhere from 20 to 100 dollars each month. Check with your mobile carrier to see whether you can get a cheaper package than what you’re currently being charged by the phone company. If you can and your phone is a part of your internet service, you may be able to cancel your phone and keep the internet. If not, consider another internet type like cable.

2. Trim your TV

Did you used to delight in recording and watching your favorite shows on your DVR? If the romance has since gone out of your on-demand relationship, cutting this part of your TV service can help. All you have to do is think about how much you watch TV. Many of the programs you currently enjoy can be viewed on the internet through your TV with the simple addition of an HDMI cable, which costs around $30. And you may find that so many of your shows are available online that you don’t really need a TV subscription at all.

Here’s A Quick Way To Find Internet Service Providers In San Francisco

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

When you’re looking for the best internet service providers in San Francisco, you could ask your family or friends about their ISP experience. But are their needs the same as yours? Often, what may work for someone you know may not offer you the same benefits. So why not do a little research about internet companies on your own? This can easily be done online. Not only can you visit the web sites of internet companies to see what they offer, but you can also compare the pros and cons of each by using sites designed to help you make an informed decision. Usually, comparison resources will offer information about current promotions being offered by companies, in addition to criteria to help you determine which type of package suits your usual internet usage best. The best part about going online to research is that you don’t necessarily have to talk to any one company. That means you also can avoid being pressured into purchasing one service level over another, which can result in you paying only for the internet you need, and not a penny more. Another benefit of going online to compare ISPs is that you can read customer comments and reviews to get an idea of how a particular company performs in the event you have trouble with your connection.

Is Your High Speed Internet Provider What It Used To Be?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Many people wonder whether their connection with a high speed internet provider is as fast as it was when they first signed up. Some signs that your connection isn’t what it used to be could be frequent disconnection of internet radio, choppy viewing of online video, or downloads that seem to take forever. Using free internet speed tests can help you determine how fast your connection is, but these can be biased, as they only measure the time it takes data to travel from the test site. Data will travel at different speeds, depending on the site you’re trying to access. So if your provider has gotten slower as of late, checking out your options for a different connection may make more sense. Providers can be compared online and you can even sign up without having to call.

More Details About Verizon FiOS Promotions

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

You may already know that Verizon offers fast and reliable internet speed, even during peak hours. But here are the details of other Verizon FiOS promotions. Flex View offers a new way to access your media. Simply upload your content, and you can view it from wherever you happen to be. You can also use Flex View to download episodes of your favorite TV shows and movies. With up to 10,000 titles, boredom is not an option. When you want to get online, you can do so from virtually anywhere with Verizon Wi-Fi, which is offered at no extra cost. And the My FiOS App can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet for access to popular FiOS features whenever you wish. Last but not least, you can see new movies up to a month before they’re released elsewhere with FiOS On Demand.

The Best Internet Providers And Your Budget

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

We all enjoy splurging once in awhile. And sometimes, that occurs with internet service or television service. Instead of the same slow speeds and channels, having the fastest connection and access to HD is the way that many customers choose to go. But just because you may have signed up with who you thought was one of the best internet providers, you may not be getting the value that you figured you would. Of course that deal you signed up for looked good, but did you look deeper? Will you be able to make the most out of your internet connection by being online a lot, or will you only use it a few times a week? Will you spend time with the family watching movies, or do you find yourself being out of the home with them more? If you have spent your money on high speed and high definition but aren’t going to be around to use it, then is it really worth paying for?

Beware Of The Air Card When Travelling With Family

Monday, February 13th, 2012

These days, there’s a host of entertainment available when travelling with your family over long distances. Technology has allowed families to transform any vehicle into a mobile movie theater. But you might want to keep on eye on how you get those movies while on your journey. John Gibson from the province of Saskatchewan, Canada decided to take a Christmas trip with his children to visit their grandparents who lived in Phoenix. On the way, he figured an easy way to prevent boredom would be to let his kids stream movies on his laptop from his Netflix account, using his father’s air-card. But neither Gibson nor his father was expecting a $10,000 bill to arrive as a result of all that mobile movie watching. The behemoth bill was due to roaming charges and constant internet, according to the cell carrier. After an explanation, the bill was reduced to $1,000.

The Difference Between Qwest DSL And Other Connections

Friday, February 10th, 2012

When it’s time for you to switch your internet service, you may be wondering which connection can offer you the most in terms of speed and value. For example, can the connection you get from a company like Qwest DSL compete with a connection like fiber optic? The most important thing to realize when comparing connections is the differences between how they get you online. DSL delivers a connection with your phone line. The signal in the line is split to allow for voice and data, which is delivered over copper telephone lines. In the case of fiber optic, lines are used for data only. In addition, the lines are constructed of pure glass fibers which are then encased in a polymer coating. Data is transmitted over this type of cable using light pulses, meaning that data travels faster, as it is moving at the speed of light.

Wireless Internet Service Now Available In Boise

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Select areas in Boise, Idaho now have access to wireless internet service, according to a recent PR Newswire release. And the deployment of the network is ahead of schedule. The Boise area was a test site for a next-generation high speed wireless network that can reach up to 100Mbps. It was confirmed in the release that wireless internet is now available in several high-demand areas which include public areas, businesses, apartment complexes and subdivisions. The provider who made the connections available says that multiple high speed internet service plans are available and that the company has verified the stability of the network and the quality of the service. Other steps are also in the works for the company, who says that announcements will be made on social media sites in addition to their web site.

Looking To Compare Internet Providers? Get Started Easily

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

You may never have thought that the time would come to compare internet providers again, but things happen. Your service may have become slower, or you may be looking for something that’s less of a strain on your household budget. Whatever your reason, resources are available online that can help you identify the kind of connection you need and locate the providers in your area who can offer it. But before you begin your research, thinking about your usage needs can make it much easier to choose a provider. After all, there’s no sense in paying for a super-fast connection if you’ll never use it to its full potential. Finding out how much data you use each month is as easy as looking at your recent internet bill.

Is Qwest Internet Right For You?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

If you’ve been reading the news, then you probably know that Qwest internet became CenturyLink in 2011. And while the name and logo may have changed, those looking for internet will still have the same problem: deciding whether or not Centurylink is a provider that will meet their internet needs. When considering any company, knowing how you use the internet is the most important thing, because the more high-bandwidth activities you engage in online, the more data you will use each month. Understanding which block of data you fall into will make it much easier to choose a package. Determining the reliability of a company is another step, which can be completed by reading customer reviews that detail how a particular company dealt with an issue the customer was having.

SES-3 Relocated To Meet Satellite Internet Service Demand

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Business Wire announced yesterday that SES, a global leader in satellite internet service, would soon complete its repositioning of its SES-3 satellite from geostationary orbit over North America to a 108.2 degree position over Asia. The move comes as a result of rapidly-growing customer demand for cutting-edge and reliable satellite service, and will increase coverage for the Middle East as well. The reposition will allow for the support of data, video and voice applications for the general public, as well as be able to meet the needs of government agencies who need to be able to communicate securely. SES’s CEO and President said that the relocation will not affect existing services, as the company already has 49 geostationary satellites in Earth’s orbit. The repositioning of the SES-3 is expected to be complete by February 6th of this year.