Archive for March, 2012

Austin Identified As Having Fastest Internet By Pando

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

New data about American broadband speeds was recently released by Pando Networks, and it appears that those living in Austin, Texas are enjoying higher broadband speeds than the rest of the country. This came as no surprise, as Austin is one of the nation’s technology-rich cities, along with New York and San Francisco. But how fast is fast? Pando pegged Austin’s speeds at 841 Kbps. The slowest speed was recorded by the company in El Paso, who is chugging along at roughly half the speed of Austin at 483 Kbps. Pando Networks provides software to businesses and consumers which enable those customers to download large files efficiently. The software is also used by game companies, and measures how fast data is being delivered to end users.

How Web Timers Can Help You Squeeze More Minutes From Your Day

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you tend to get carried away while on the web when you should be getting other things done, you are not alone. Many caution against grocery shopping on an empty stomach, as this can result in more food being purchased than you need. The same goes for surfing the web without keeping track of the time: you can end up spending hours online if you don’t stay focused on the reason you’re surfing in the first place.

Help With Tracking Your Time

If you find that being online frequently interferes with your ability to complete other tasks, then you may benefit from a web timer. These tools will show you how much time you spend online, and can also be used to limit your time so that you can get things done. Many types of timers are available, and many are free. They range from a clock that you start right from a web page, to more sophisticated timers which include additional features, such as web site filtering.

The timer you choose will depend on the environment you’re in, i.e. surfing for leisure at home or sitting at your desk at the office.

Other Benefits Of Tracking Web Time

These days, everyone is online, and you can get online from anywhere. Kids are especially likely to get lost in the web, spending hours playing games, chatting or just surfing. Timers can monitor the time spent online so that parents don’t have to take time out of their day to check in every few minutes.

Employers Begin To Ask Applicants For Facebook Info

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

A number of internet users have utilized Facebook for other purposes than communicating with friends. Indeed, there is lots of advice online about how to bust a cheating spouse or stalk a crush by spying on their Facebook activities. But does this practice have a place in the interview room? That’s the question that’s now being debated, due to yesterday’s AP release. Employers have used Facebook to review the public pages of prospective employees in the past. But since users have begun tweaking their security levels, many of these pages have become private. And so some employers are now asking interviewees to add company managers to their contact lists. Others have taken it even further, asking would-be employees to cough up their usernames and passwords to the service. Some experts say that asking interviewees to relinquish their online privacy in exchange for a possible position is regressive.

Easy Ways To Update Your PC

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Most people dread having to update everything on their computers. But it’s actually much easier than you think. By keeping just a few of your computer’s programs updated, you can ensure that your system is safe from hackers and malfunctions that can seriously degrade computer performance.

Updating Automatically

You can ensure that several of your computer programs are updated by using Windows Update. Programs that can be updated with this feature include Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. You can get to Windows Update by going to the Control Panel. You can also set your computer to check for updates automatically in this section, which will eliminate the need to update manually.

Browser Updates

Most browsers now offer automatic updating. But you may sometimes want to ensure that you have the latest browser version by checking manually. If you have Google Chrome, this can be done by clicking the wrench icon and choosing the About Google Chrome option. The resulting dialog box will tell you if there is a new version available.

Get A Free Updater App

If you want to make your computer updates even easier, you can download free software which will scan the current programs on your PC to see if they are the same versions of the programs it has in its database.

More Customers Accessing Mobile Financial Services: Report

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a press release today which details some of the findings of their recent Consumers and Mobile Financial Services report. The report revealed that the number of American consumers who use their mobile phone to access financial accounts has now reached 1 out of 5. And indications are that 1 out of 5 Americans are interested in using mobile banking in the future. However, it seems that the level of its security is causing many consumers to continue to remain skeptical about the benefits of mobile banking. The report states that forty-four percent of mobile banking users are between the ages of 18 and 29, and that the most common activities by consumers who bank via their phone are the checking of balances and the monitoring of recent transactions.

Unlocking Your Computer’s Keyboard

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Have you ever pressed something on your keyboard, only to find minutes later that you were no longer able to type? This can be really frustrating, especially if you use your computer to complete numerous tasks.

A locked keyboard isn’t uncommon, and there are actually a few steps you can try to unlock it which can help you avoid a costly trip to your local office supply store.

Diagnose The Problem

The first thing to do is identify a few signs that your keyboard may still be working. For instance, if your cursor is still blinking and you can still move your mouse, then the issue may be with the connection from your keyboard to your computer. Ensure that your keyboard is plugged all the way into its port on the back of your computer.

Visit The Control Panel

You can access the menu for your keyboard by going to Start: Settings: Control Panel:Keyboard. Check to ensure that the hardware for your keyboard is working properly. If all is well, it’s time for the next step.

Reboot

If your keyboard still fails to respond, you can restart your computer by first saving your work, and then going to the Start Menu, choosing ‘Shut Down’, and then selecting Restart from the drop-down menu. This is often enough to correct a frozen keyboard.

HomeFusion Hits Wireless Broadband Market

Friday, March 9th, 2012

A major internet service provider introduced a new version of wireless broadband that will allow those living in rural or otherwise remote areas without access to DSL or cable to get online. The HomeFusion service involves the affixing of a large cylinder-shaped antenna to the outside of a home. Areas which will be the first to get the service include homes in Texas and Alabama, with installation occurring later in March of this year. Other homes will come online by the end of the year. While the upfront cost for the antenna is $200, installation is offered at no charge, with internet service starting at $60 monthly for 10GB. Speeds will reach speeds of twelve megabits per second for downloading, and up to five megabits per second for uploading. Customers can also choose from a 20GB plan for $90/mo and a $120 per month plan that allows for 30 GB.

The Mystery of HDMI Cable Revealed

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

HDMI stands for “High-Definition Multimedia Interface”. This cable type was created by the content provider industry to address the issue of copying video content. The idea was not to benefit the consumer, but to benefit content providers like movie studios.

What HDMI Cable Is Used For

Most often, HDMI cable is used to connect two devices, such as your computer with your TV. This mode of connection allows internet video content to be viewed on a television set. So if you missed an episode of your favorite show and don’t have a DVR, you can simply search for it online and watch it on your larger television screen.

Common HDMI Myths

Only HDMI offers an HD signal

This is untrue, as both RGB and analog video cables support HD. Not only that, but they offer a higher level of reliability than HDMI cable.

A More Expensive HDMI Cable Will Offer Higher Quality Video

This is a topic where opinions are clearly divided. Some will say that higher-priced cable offers a superior experience to their cheaper counterparts. These are often the same people who say that buying a brand name cable is better than purchasing a no-name product. When deciding this for yourself, consider the way in which HDMI transmits information. It does so digitally, and because of this, there is no need for a shielded copper wire. So you may want to use caution when considering the purchase of an expensive HDMI cable which boasts this type of construction.

More Government Agency Attacks Leading To More Desire For Internet Control

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Defense Department has stated that in order to better prevent attacks from cybercriminals, it needs more control over internet technology. At an RSA security conference last week, it was stated that those departments responsible for the safeguarding of U.S. interests needed to take a more active role in governing the internet. And even though the Department of Defense is being urged to drastically cut its costs for things like ground forces and ships over the next ten years, it plans to increase its investments in cyber defense. A complete change in the way the internet infrastructure currently functions is the idea, with the ability to isolate systems when they’ve become compromised by cyber criminals. But this would be opposite to the free nature of internet hardware, which is not easily available for centralized control. This has experts worried, as they say that the growing influence of the Department Of Defense would send the wrong message to countries like Russia who utilize censorship on their citizens.

Try This Before You Spend Money On A New Computer

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

If your computer has become sluggish in recent years and is experiencing many errors, you may think that the time has come to take a deep breath and spend more than you want to on a new one. But before you do, you might want to check and see if your computer is able to run a different version of Windows. 64-bit is the newest Windows version, with many incarnations using the new version. As well, there are a number of different programs which are now compatible with 64-bit, which means that you may be more easily able to make the transition.

Today’s computers are able to continue operating long after their predecessors, thanks to advancements in CPU technology. This means that your computer could very well be 64-bit compatible; all you have to do is run this quick check:

–¬†Download a program like 64bit Checker and install it.

–¬†You will see your current operating system at the top of the program’s window. Look near the bottom beside “Processor” to see whether your system can support 64-bit.

If your computer can support 64-bit, visit the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor before installing Windows to see if there are any issues with your current hardware that might cause your new version of Windows to work incorrectly.

World’s Smallest Memory Chip Developed by SanDisk

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

SanDisk, developer of small and reliable storage solutions including mobile cards and mp3 players, has developed a 128 GB NAND flash memory chip that’s smaller than a penny. The only chip of its kind currently in production, the device’s storage area is a mere 170mm squared in size. However, it currently leads in the three-bit per cell technology. The development of the chip will add even more value to the wildly-popular devices the company produces, as it will allow for the development of smaller devices that are capable of more powerful computing than their larger counterparts, without the high costs that usually accompany the purchase of such products. An interesting feature of the chip include the fact that it was built on SanDisk’s 19 nanometer technology, which can hold about three thousand circuit lines across the width of one human hair.